Interesting presentation on 3Par VVol support from HP


Just read this presentation from HP on 3Par VVol support. I can’t really wait for vSphere 6.0 and VVols…this is a game changer – been thinking about NFS instead of block storage but this changes things somewhat since now we can do data services per VVol.

I am very interested in how this will affect backups.


The first rule when contacting HP Support ….grab a AHS log!

Yeah…just wanted to document this here for me. Hopefully you can make some use of it as well.

Before opening up a case with HP Support for HP Proliant servers (at least Gen8 and newer) make sure you grab a AHS support log. They will in 99.9% of cases ask for this log before doing anything. Also, if it is a blade server make sure you grab a “show all” from the OA.

The easiest way to get this is to download the log through iLO (at least possible with firmware 2.03 and newer). Go to Information -> Active Health System Log. Pick out the time range you want the log for and fill out the contact information and press Download!

Here is a guide from HP for alternative ways to get the log.


Brilliant new adblocker – µBlock!

Hi all,

I’ve just discovered new adblocker which seems to be way easier on resources then Adblock Pro (which is a brilliant tool in every other way).

Check out µBlock.

So far it seems that my resource usage on my laptop is about ~15-20% lower then usual!


Cool feature of Solaris IPS – Search for a CVE


Just read a blog over at regarding searching installed packages by a CVE (Common Vulnerability and Exposures) number.

# pkg search -l CVE-2014-7187
info.cve set CVE-2014-7187 pkg:/support/critical-patch-update/solaris-11-cpu@2014.10-1

Source here


VCP – Going for the gold!

Howdy all.

Finally, after working with VMware virtualization products for more then 10 years I am finally going for the VCP.

The course has been booked in April if I remember correctly but I was hoping to finish the exam before that. To help me out I have two books, Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5 by Scott Lowe and VMware vSphere Design also by Scott Lowe, Forbes Guthrie and Kendrick Coleman.

Lets see if I can cram and take the exam before April!


Configuring DNAT for Google DNS servers on Technicolor routers

Howdy all,

Stole the commands from:

Add static routes for google dns servers Code:
nat mapadd intf=LocalNetwork type=napt outside_addr= inside_addr= outside_port=53 inside_port=53
nat mapadd intf=LocalNetwork type=napt outside_addr= inside_addr= outside_port=53 inside_port=53


This will make sure all requests for Google’s DNS servers will be redirected to the router (which could have some other DNS servers, maybe some SmartDNS servers?).


Yeah…the future of vCloud Director


I’ve been working with the vCloud Director for some time now. Now, late last year I started hearing some rumors that the future for the said product wasn’t all that bright.

Meh, I said. VMware won’t kill this product, It’s used by service providers and enterprises around the globe !

After reading loads of blogs and articles I came to the conclusion that the product would be staying with us for a long, long time.

Great I said – Let’s put our weight behind it and tell the world how awesome it is !

Boy was I wrong. Well… least I felt like VMware had thrown a snowball in the face of all the smaller service providers running vCloud.

The vCloud Director will be available for service providers for foreseeable future. However it will end up being “headless”, meaning that the web front is going away. Instead we will have the APIs to create our own interface on top of the vCloud Director.

I’m not sure when the product will be EoL’ed for enterprise customers. But vCAC would be the product they should be looking at instead.

The good thing is that most of the larger providers already have written their own interface. And there are even 3 or more commercial front ends available right now.

The bad thing is that the smaller ones will either have to write their own front end, buy a front end or start looking into other products.

Anyway – VMware: Not cool bro….not cool !

Maybe this would be the right time to start looking at an OpenStack powered front end for vSphere ?