Archives for January 2013

CPU Ready Revisted – Quick Reference Charts

I've written in the past about how high CPU Ready values can cause performance problems in VMware vSphere environments.  For those who don't know, CPU Ready is a measure of the amount of time that a guest VM is ready to run, but the VMware ESXi CPU Scheduler on the host is not able to immediately allocate cycles to the guest because it is busy doing work for other VM's.  CPU Ready values are exposed through ESXTOP and in the vSphere Client. I'm often called into customer environments to do performance troubleshooting, and CPU Ready is one of the first performance measurements I check my … [Read more...]

Clearpath Monthly Update – January 2013

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Clearpath Achieves EMC Signature Velocity Partner Status

For the past seven years, Clearpath has focused on developing and strengthening our partnerships with some of the most trusted technology solution providers in the industry. Our strategic and technological partnerships have allowed us to deliver the most advanced, comprehensive and cost-effective solutions possible. These relationships have helped us grow in ways never anticipated and drive us to raise our standards of expertise and service. I’m pleased to announce that Clearpath has raised the bar once again by achieving the highest level of EMC partnership status, EMC Signature Velocity … [Read more...]

EMC Releases VNXe Update with SRM, Writeable Snapshots, Encryption and More!

EMC released VNXe Operating Environment MR4 (version 2.4.20932) on January 7th.  The upgrade brings a few significant enhancements to the VNXe platform.  Before I cover the new features, let’s have a quick look at the VNXe series for those not familiar with it.   The EMC VNXe Series, a part of EMC’s VNX family, is an affordable unified storage platform designed for smaller businesses.  The unified platform provides both file and block services – iSCSI on block, and CIFS and NFS on file, with a nice base feature set including File Dedupe, Block Compression, Thin Provisioning, and Snapshots, … [Read more...]

Blank QuickLaunch Icons on View Desktop

I've been doing a several VMware View installs for customers this month.  During one of the engagements I ran into a strange issue where the Quick Launch icons on the Windows Taskbar of provisioned Linked Clones were blank.  Here's what it looked like: Clicking on the icons resulted in a warning: "Can't open this item.  It might have been moved, renamed, or deleted.  Do you want to remove this item?"  No, Windows; I don't want you to remove it, I just want you to fix it, thank you very much. I did a bit of digging and found another user on the VMware Communities forum had the … [Read more...]

EMC Releases Upgraded OE Code for VNXe with Great New Features

By Josh Townsend EMC released VNXe Operating Environment MR4 (version 2.4.20932) on January 7th. The upgrade brings a few significant enhancements to the VNXe platform. Before I cover the new features, let’s have a quick look at the VNXe series for those not familiar with it. The EMC VNXe Series, a part of EMC’s VNX family, is an affordable unified storage platform designed for smaller businesses. The unified platform provides both file and block services – iSCSI on block, and CIFS and NFS on file, with a nice base feature set including File Dedupe, Block Compression, Thin Provisioning, … [Read more...]

EMC Elect 2013 Awardees Announced

EMC announced today the inaugural 2013 class of EMC Elect.  The EMC Elect program, announced in November, recognizes EMC community including customers, partners, EMC employees, analysts and independent voices for going above and beyond to share their knowledge, collaborate, communicate (on social media, the EMC Community Network, at events like EMC World, etc.), and for being generally awesome in their EMC area of expertise. A panel of highly respected foundering members of the EMC Elect were chosen for their extensive participation with EMC as a brand. Their leadership, commitment and … [Read more...]

How to Upgrade Memory and Storage on the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13

My awesome wife and terrific in-laws got me one of those nifty new Yoga 13 IdeaPad's by Lenovo (Lenovo Yoga 13 IdeaPad Ultrabook 13.3" Touch-Screen Convertible Laptop) for my birthday/Christmas (one of the benefits of having your birthday 3 days before Christmas is "bigger" gifts). I'll be using the Yoga at home and at work as we do some BYOD (Bring Your Own Desktop) against the VMware View environment at Clearpath Solutions Group.  The form factor of the Yoga is great - lightweight to be used as a tablet, but big enough to be a full time laptop.  I also dig Windows 8 - I use the traditional … [Read more...]

Storage Basics – Part IX: Alternate IOPS Formula

It's been a long time since I published an article in my Storage Basics series - the series has been some of the top content on my site to date.  I sat for a beta version of the VMware Certified Advanced Professional - Desktop Design (VCAP-DTD) test today and was reminded by the test of a post I had in waiting about an alternate way to calculate IOPS (hint hint - memorize these formulas).  I have several more articles sitting in draft form, but a new job, crazy kids, home improvement projects, and a wife with chronic cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) leaks (it sounds bad - and it is - but look on … [Read more...]