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iSCSI Boot Disk disconnect fix

In one of our labs we are using iSCSI to boot our ESXi5.1 hosts from a VNXe. If you lose connectivity to the NIC that runs the boot LUN (switch reboot, cable disconnect, etc.), you will see the following error:

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Avamar/Datadomain Visio Stencils

In my role as an Advisory Solutions Architect I create a good bit of documents for internal and external customers. Today I am working on an Avamar and Data Domain solution. EMC is fairly good at providing Visio stencils. A

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Moving on

After less than a year, I came to the conclusion that a new opportunity that I came across was to hard to pass up. I really enjoyed my time at Windstream, and was blessed with a great team of people

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SRM 5 vSphere Replication – how to install and configure

In this article I want to focus on the installation and configuration of SRM 5 vSphere Replication. This new feature will provide bi-directional replication of Virtual Machines between your production vCenter and your DR vCenter. These Virtual Machines can be

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SQL, replication, and VMware SRM. How to replicate SQL and keep you network team happy.

So you made it down the path of virtualizing your servers and now are tasked to protect them and have a DR/BC plan. When using VMware the choice is simple, replicate the VM’s and protect them with SRM. The simplest

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Running vSphere 5 VSA in VMware Workstation 8

I do not have a lot of hardware laying around to test new things, so I have to use VMware Workstation to its full extent. I really wanted to test out vSphere 5 and the VSA to see how it worked.

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Windows 7 running from an USB stick

Even though it is not supported by Microsoft I need to give this a try one day. The document on how to do this can be found here: http://cid-289e752727148853.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Public/Windows7onUSB?uc=1&isFromRichUpload=1

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