NOTICE: For more info on UBERAlign Advanced (API / CLI / Powershell) features also read the new post here: http://nickapedia.com/2011/11/07/for-advanced-users-uberalign-api-cli-powershell/ You know how in cartoons they show a small snowball rolling down a hill until it grows into a massive beast of a snow boulder? Well, that is kind of how my most recent UBER project has gone. I know it is a been a little while since I have released a tool for the community and I am hopefully making that up with my newest creation: UBERAlign. The idea of creating this came from the lack of a decent free alignment tool out there for VMware admins. Most every other one at there was either something you had to purchase or you had to be a customer of the vender to get access to it. And even after getting access these tools were either (in my opinion) limited in what they did, how they did it, or had become obsolete in a console-less vSphere 5 architecture. For those they don’t know, alignment with Virtual Machine disks on top of Storage Arrays has been a performance issue for a long time. I won’t go into long detail explaining the problem or the benefits to alignment. There are great posts by Duncan (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2010/04/08/aligning-your-vms-virtual-harddisks/) and Kevin(http://www.blueshiftblog.com/?p=300) on what the issues are and some of the tools available. So my goal in creating UBERAlign was to once and for all create a free and powerful tool resolve this issue for everyone in the VMware [...]
I was working on something completely different when I realized some of the code/graphics I had put together would look quite cool as a screensaver. So if you are a fan of the cloud, a fan of EMC, or even just a fan of slick multi-monitor screensavers; give my new EMCWorld 2011 screensaver a shot. Couple of details: It is hardware accelerated. I can’t guarantee the frame rate on weaker graphics chips. All mine are beefy. It is multi-monitor capable. Looks great on my 3 monitors. Works is all the resolutions I could try. You can have different resolutions on different monitors also. Each monitor gets a different randomized effect which looks quite cool. Reminds you every once in a while about EMCWorld 2011 being the place where Big Data and Cloud are going to meet. I don’t have a Mac version yet and probably won’t since I don’t own a Mac (I know, my team shuns me for this…) Video: EMCWorld 2011 Screensaverfrom Nicholas Weaver on Vimeo. And the download: EMCWorld 2011 UBER Screensaver Installation Instructions: Download Unzip Right click as an Administrator and click ‘Install’ Open up Screensaver settings and select ‘EMCWorld 2011’ Disclaimer: This screensaver is neither endorsed nor supported by anyone at EMC. It is solely the product of me, an overactive and slightly strange geek. Comments rock my world. Thanks .nick
I recently jumped in to help my team create a vAppliance for Unified Infrastructure Manager (UIM). This was to help enable both the EMC and Cisco field teams to demo and standup proof of concepts. As part of this I decided to try and create a web-only wizard for setting up the appliance. I used a combination of PHP/Perl/Bash and smashing my head on the keyboard. I made a short uber-video (just coined that term) which demonstrates how a simple 60 seconds web wizard let’s the user deploy UIM automatically. My goal is web-based configuration for everything I do from now on.
Every time I release a tool or write a blog post there is a voice in the back of my head saying, “Dude, no one is going to like this”. I think this is the first time that voice never said a word. From the beginning it was more of a question of how to make this work the way I wanted. And when I started to be able to play with it myself, I was blown away with how lucky I got in the final product.
The UBER VNX VSA was just released. Go HERE to download the new version. Another bug and another fix. I can’t tell if I am getting better at finding bugs or worse at testing. Today I was able to replicate a weird issue that caused iSCSI LUNs to not show up with the ESXi 4.1 iSCSI adapter. Quick fix but if you are going to do iSCSI instead of NFS and are having issues, download the new VSA below: Workstation Version (MD5: a2136179d4d9544e4f8e3b43b7cc182e) vSphere Version OVA (MD5: c3d8abfb536aecca34c83d318c2c3e5f) Thanks, .nick
Man this has been a busy couple months. I have a whole different blog post about VMworld and the MADNESS. But suffice to say I have been busy. So busy in fact that I didn’t really have time to work on the new Celerra UBER VSA until this week. Which also happens to be a week vacation for me. Now for a normal 9-5 kind of guy, working a little bit on your vacation is ok. Some people frown, some people smile and approve. But, on the vSpecialists this is a big "no-no". So because of my strong desire to get this awesome piece of virtual goodness in your hands I have risked the smack down from my teammates and managers for working on it during my vacation. I shall likely be banned from a console for a bit so remember me when you are checking out the UBER cool new Unisphere interface. And so I am excited to announce the release of the Celerra UBER VSA version 3. I got quite a bit of new features as well as the new code/management interface you have been hearing about. Here is the list of changes and additions: DART is now 18.104.22.168 Unisphere management console (rocks!) The Celerra VSA is now 64 bit! This means you can throw RAM at it for bigger setups and it will use it. Over 8GB becomes less beneficial without code changes to simulation services. Future updates will fix this from the Celerra VSA engineering teams. [...]