Tag Archive for 'storage'

StorSimple Virtual Appliance

I have been interested in StorSimple for some time, but haven’t actually used it before.  Recently, Microsoft announced a virtual appliance preview.  It looks pretty interesting and I have a test scenario where I want to use it.  If my testing goes well, I may expand my use of it.  The documentation on it is […]

An online pack already exists…

Situation:  I have a 32bit file server running Windows Server 2003.  I have a new 2008 R2 (x64) file server running on Hyper-V.  Did I mention that the R2 server is on Clustered hosts? This is all simple.  Just drop the LUNs from the file server, give them to the cluster and assign them as […]

Data Protection Manager 2010

So I am a bit late realizing this, but the Beta for DPM 2010 is available now on the Connect site.  I haven’t read anything on it yet, so mainly I am just posting this to make myself look into it. https://connect.microsoft.com/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?SiteID=840&DownloadID=22070

How to remove a Persistent Reservation on a DS4700

We use a couple of IBM DS4700 storage controllers at my work, and I had one configured with a Windows 2008 Hyper-V cluster.  The cluster was for testing (I am building a new one on R2 for production) and when I went to remove everything that had been used for testing, I came up against […]

Monitoring drive space

One of the things that we spend a lot of time on is trying to keep track of what servers have enough free space.  We have a lot of different tools to check drive space, and we even use some of them from time to time.  We have a pretty complicated system created by Rickey […]

How to build cheap storage

 Patrick sent me this and I thought it was interesting: At Backblaze, we provide unlimited storage to our customers for only $5 per month, so we had to figure out how to store hundreds of petabytes of customer data in a reliable, scalable way—and keep our costs low. After looking at several overpriced commercial solutions, […]

What is the memory capacity of the human brain?

This came up in conversation with a friend of mine, and so I searched and found this answer.  Maybe instead of purchasing physical disks, we just need to get everyone to practice using their brain to remember things…  on second thought, we can’t get them to practice using their brains for much of anything so… […]