VMWare Storage Filters

During a recent server maintenance window, I came up against the VMWare Storage Filters. Unfortunately I wasn’t aware of them at the time. What this left me with was a LUN that was listed as available unused storage for all ESXi Hosts in the Cluster but could not be added as an extent for an existing Datastore. I could not for the life of me figure this out at 7pm on a Friday.

LUN Hide’n’Seek

Come Monday morning after a coffee and a bit of research I had solved my problem. VMWare storage filtering will filter out LUNS if that LUN is; already in use, referenced as an RDM or not available on all ESX Hosts. It was this last condition that made me wonder. I had rebuilt a sandbox ESXi host to ESX to make use of NetApp’s mbralign tools, but I had not reconnected it in vCenter. This host reference was left offline and moved outside of any clusters in vCenter. This lone offline ESXi host was what was blocking the clearly available LUN being listed as an available extent!

Morale of the story: anything registered in the vCenter will be in play, regardless of state or location of the object. More on Storage Filtering is available in the vSphere Online Library.

What a drive home yesterday afternoon, here’s the photos and tweets I posted.

"Racing this home"

"I think the storm is winning..."

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What a drive home yesterday afternoon, here’s the photos and tweets I posted.

"Racing this home"

"I think the storm is winning..."

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Free Antivirus – Avast! 5

For quite some time I have been recommending avast! Antivirus to Friends, Family and Colleagues to protect their personal computers. It’s simple, covers all bases and easy to maintain but most of all it’s free!

I was glad to find out recently that they’ve just released their latest major version of their free Antivirus product version 5. They’ve made it easier to use and it looks so much better.

avast5

Changes I’m glad to see:

  • Simplfied layout in program window
    The previous layout was far to confusing, I had trouble every time I launched it…
  • Easy access to Boot-time Scan under ‘Scan Computer’
    My must suggested fix for viruses on a computer, as it scans your disk for viruses before Windows starts making it possible to delete them.
  • Gaming mode
    Supresses notifications when a full screen application is launched
  • Easy to see protection status
    Nice big letters and colour right up the top so you know everything is running and up to date

If you’re not running antivirus or your currently paying for virus protection I’d strongly recommend avast! 5. Download it here: http://www.avast.com

Movember 2009 – Mo Grown

Movember is over, was great fun and a great feeling to be an offical Mo Bro this year. A big Thank you! to those who donated, final tally was $30 raised individually and a great effort from the team at work raising $270.50.

I’m a little short of words, so I thought I’d leave it up to the photos to do the talking. Enjoy :)

It was announced back in February of this year that Vodafone and 3 were to merge, in a hope to be more competitive in these troubled financial times. My comments on the proposal was initially bleak, but in light of some more recent news my thoughts on the proposal are coming around. The news in question is the article on Whirlpool “3 set to utilise Vodafone network

The access to Vodafone’s 2G network is in addition to the announcement back in April that 3 will roam onto Telstra’s NextG network. ie. When your out of the 3′s CBD coverage, you’ll get the advantage of using Telstra’s wide country coverage. However should you use any data on Telstra’s network it will not be included in any caps. At present the additional usage charge is $1.60/mb, under the new Telstra NextG agreement the roaming data charge will be 50c/mb. This is still quite high, but I do like the fact that I can still get coverage in the country areas of Western Australia for Voice and SMS.

So where is the advantage of gaining access to Vodafone’s 2G (or Voice/SMS/Slow Data) network? The original Whirlpool article suggests that data usage on the Vodafone 2G network will be included in 3′s cap. However what will my phone do when it can’t find 3′s 3G network? Will it drop back to Vodafone 2G or Telstra NextG? Whirlpool Forum members are seeing the Vodafone network appear as “3″ in addition to “3 (3G)”. Perhaps the SIM will instruct the phone to choose anything with “3″ in the network name. This also bring’s 3′s coverage to a mix of their own 3G (Voice/SMS/Fast Data) in the CBDs, Telstra’s 2G/NextG and Vodafone’s 2G in the CBD / Country. I also wonder if this will have any affect on the Telstra NextG whilst roaming agreement ?

Enough of me brain dumping for the morning, time to get back to my email and coffee.

RB

Movember – Halfway There!

It’s November 17th, which means I’m definately halfway through Movember! Please consider supporting my Mo by donating to Movember via my online donation page, http://au.movember.com/mospace/223349. Donations help the fight against prostate cancer & men’s depression.
Now for your entertainment, I present to you:

The three critical stages of the Mo

From this...

Stage 1 - Proof facial hair can be grown (Check!)

to this...

Stage 2 - A clean canvas (Check :()

and now this!

Stage 3 - Cultivation (Check!)

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