vCenter 5 Database Move: Update the tomcat DB pointer

Ran into a weird issue the other day and was totally perplexed.  I moved a vCenter database from one SQL server to another, as I have done numerous times before without issue, but this time something else cropped up.  The old SQL server kept receiveing login attempts from the vCenter server.  What?!?   My DSNs for vCenter and Update Manager had been changed to point at the new DB server.  All apps and plugins that query vCenter use these DSNs, WTF is going on? The "VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices" service utilizes tomcat to connect…

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Hitachi has gone 3D and it's good!

As many of you have already heard this morning, Hitachi has announced their new Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) and the software that goes along with it.  It's a pretty exciting time for the Hitachi folks as most new product launches are.  Having seen and actually used the new box and software, I'm pretty excited too!   3D Baby! One of the coolest things that I think they have designed into the latest product is the ability to manage your storage across three different axis in your data center.  You can go wide by…

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SATA in a USP V. As rare as hens teeth

This post is for anyone interested in Hitachi storage who feels like they’ve had enough HAM for a lifetime and just wants a taste of something different for a change….One of the projects I’m currently working on involves deploying a new USP V with native SATA disks side-by-side with FC disks (when I say “native”, I mean the SATA is sitting inside the USP V and on an external array being virtualised with UVM).  Although this configuration has been supported for a while, it’s the first time I’ve seen or done it, and hence the…

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USP-V and Hitachi High Availability Manager

Well there has been a lot of confusion the past couple days about the latest announcement from HDS about clustering of the USP-V.  I hope to clear up some of the technical details with this post, but I'm sure there will be some questions that remain.First, lets talk about why someone would want to cluster the USP-V.  For me there are only two reasons to do this.First, if I have a box that has been on the floor for 3+ years and I'm having to pay maintenance on it, it might make more sense for me to buy…

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HDS Release VMware SRA v2

HDS slipped version 2 of their SRA adapter for Site Recovery Manager out onto VMware's download site.  I'm sure there will be an announcement next week at SNW.  You can find it here: http://www.vmware.com/downloads/…

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AMS 2000 Series

We've known about this box most of the summer but was sworn to secrecy.  I'm pretty excited about this latest release of the AMS line.  Moving enterprise features into the modular line is never a bad thing. Check out the official annoucement here: LINK…

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