A customer of mine, who runs a pure HP environment based on c7000 and StoreServ 7200, wanted to get the HP Insight Control Storage Module for vCenter up and running. The problem was that while we were able to connect to the older MSA array they run for non-production workloads, we were unable to connect to the newer StoreServ 7200. There is full IP connectivity between the application server that the HP Insight components run on and the storage controllers/VSP (no firewalls between them, they are located in the same subnet).

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It’s been a while since I tried speculating on the soon-to-be-announced VMware Marvin project, but some very recent VMworld US 2014 session additions look really interesting in that regard:

If you look at 1767 specifically, since the other sessions are still very light on details, it has a rather interesting description:

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Following the success of the first vSphere Design Pocketbook, PernixData has created a new version, this time dubbed “Blog Edition”.  Where the first book focused on small “tweet sized” design tips, the new one allows for more in-depth articles, lifting the first editions 200 character limit.

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I was invited by Nick Martin and Tom Walat to join them in this pre-VMworld edition of the podcast, so if you’re not bored reading about my Marvin speculations already, you can now listen to them as well over at This Week in Virtualization by SearchServerVirtualization

It also covers some expectation for VMworld 2014, which is rapidly getting closer.

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While working on reconfiguring my home lab setup, and migrating all the vSphere resources into a single cluster I ran into a problem powering on one of the VMs which used to run on a single host. The power on operation yielded the following error message:

Invalid memory setting: memory reservation (sched.mem.min) should be equal to memsize (memsize)

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Marvin the Paranoid Android

The recent speculations surrounding Marvin has now hit The Register (to bad they don’t link this way, but I guess thats how it is) as well, but one piece is still missing, arguably the most important one. We all know that the most important piece of something like this is it’s name, or acronym, not it’s technical merit…

There has been a few attempts at guessing what Marvin is an acronym for,  and here are some good ones from Twitter:

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How long as NSX for vSphere 6.0.4 Documentation been publicly available? I just noticed this, and that the NSX downloads seem to be available via MyVMware - If you are entitled to it that is.

Does this mean it will be available for download and we get to play with it soon-ish? It might have been available earlier too, unnoticed by yours truly…

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Christian Mohn works as a Chief Technologist SDDC for Proact in Norway.

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