RecoverPoint 4.0 – Unable to join clusters (Gateways and Maintenance Mode)

Hey folks! I have been working with EMC RecoverPoint for a while now, and I really love the product. It is one of those products I get excited about because once it is installed, it just works! For those who aren’t familiar, EMC’s RecoverPoint is a replication appliance (physical or virtual) that can be used to provide point-in-time recovery for …

VPlex Non-Uniform and Uniform Configurations

I had a recent conversation with my friend, Joe (@virtacit), and my ValCo Labs brother, Josh (@joshcoen), about the different access methods for EMC’s VPlex. Now, if you aren’t familiar with VPlex, EMC is doing some amazing things with storage virtualization. VPlex allows you to take one (or many) storage arrays (EMC or otherwise) and present the storage to VPlex, …

VMware Workstation 8 “Micro-Freezes”

I ran into this issue recently, and even though the answer was out there, it took me a while to find the right fix. Here it is again… Symptom I built an admin workstation for work but soon noticed what others were calling “micro-freezes” while using the virtual machine. The virtual machine’s responsiveness was great, however, it would frequently hang …

How to enable W2K8 Storage Server iSCSI Target on any version – Windows MSI Hacking for the Win!

A while back, I was engineering different Windows 2008 cluster scenarios for a project. As usual, I took most of this work home to the Uberlab for further testing. Unfortunately, I ran into a snag. I didn’t have any iSCSI devices that could pass the Windows Cluster Validation Test. In short, whenever you build a cluster, MS attempts to validate …

Objective 3.1 – Configure Shared Storage for vSphere

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 3.1 – Configure Shared Storage for vSphere **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Knowledge Identify storage adapters and devices List of storage adapters includes: SCSI adapter iSCSI adapter RAID adapter Fibre Channel adapter Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) adapter Ethernet adapter Device …