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Avamar Instant Access Restore Fails

Instant Access is a restore method in Avamar that allows you to mount a NFS export directly from the Data Domain to a VMware host in your environment.  This is a great method when you need a restore done quickly (1-2 minutes) rather than having to wait for it to copy all the blocks to […]

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Avamar Replication

I have been troubleshooting some Avamar replication integrated with Data Domain for over a week now and have finally got to a point where I am making some progress.  While troubleshooting with EMC and my own research I have learned a lot about how Avamar replicates and what the processes under the covers are. So […]

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Blueprints as Code in vRealize Automation 7 Part 2 – Adding Blueprints to Github and Setting up Jenkins

Welcome to part 2 of this 3-part series on blueprints as code in vRealize Automation 7 (vRA 7). In part 1, we walked through how to export blueprints from vRA 7. In this post we’ll discuss putting those exported blueprints into a source control system (Github) and setup our Jenkins server.  Here are links to the […]

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DIY – Resource Guru Outlook Calendar Integration with Zapier and AWS

The company I work for uses Resource Guru as a central resource scheduling tool for our engineers. Project Managers love it because they have a consolidated view of all of the engineers’ schedules, but for the engineers, it’s ANOTHER tool they have to log into. The main complaint I hear is: “Why should I have to […]

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vRealize 7 Application Services – Windows Agent Install

I am new to Application Services, and had some trouble successfully preparing the template. To prepare the template, a few pieces of software (including an agent) have to be installed in the template for vRA to be able to interact with the VM once it is deployed. Here are a few resources I found that […]

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vRealize Automation 7 – Custom Email Template XaaS Cleanup

A customer recently contacted me to help resolve a few issues with vRA 7’s custom email templates. Here are some of the changes I had to make. Templates have been updated from 6.2. Grab the new templates from the ‘Attachments’ section in the following KB:  Multiple XaaS (anything as a Service) workflows are displayed […]

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Building Your Own Voice Activated Skynet with Amazon Web Services

Hey all, Here are a couple of videos from this year’s Sirius Madness event where @virtualtacit and I demonstrated using Amazon Web Services and Alexa (Amazon Echo) to flip a Raspberry Pi controlled drone. Below you can find some of the background on how we built it. Oh, and aside from the fact that voice […]

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Amazon IoT Button Hacking: Part 1

Purpose I am working on the steps to grab the firmware from the Amazon IoT button and flash it onto the $5 DASH Buttons (think Tide/Cottenelle/Ziploc). There are a few really good existing articles that detail the steps, but I had some difficulty getting started. To be fair, the articles are great, but I am […]

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Blueprints as Code in vRealize Automation 7 Part 1 – Exporting Blueprints

I’ve been doing some work recently with vRealize Autmation 7 and exploring options of how to export blueprints so that they may be stored in a source control system, such as Github. In doing so I discovered a great post by Kris Thieler (@inkysea) which describes his newest Jenkins plugin for vRealize Automation (vRA) 7. […]

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Sirius Madness Session: Can I Move My Stuff To OpenStack?

March 17 marked the first Sirius Madness, a new name for the always-awesome annual event Varrow Madness.  I’m happy to report that this year’s Madness felt like the conference we’ve come to expect every year (with just a little less orange). This time I presented an intro to OpenStack.  Until mid 2015 I wasn’t super […]

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Avamar 7.3 is now available

Avamar 7.3 is now available for download and some interesting new features are: Customers can now finally deploy Avamar Virtual Edition 7.3 or upgrade from Avamar Virtual Edition 7.2 on their own without the assistance of EMC EMC Remote Proactive Services will continue to be available to perform upgrades for customers Both the OVA and OVF templates […]

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EMC World 2016 – EMC Elect Meetup with John Roese, EMC CTO

Got here a bit later due to giving feedback to a product manager on MyService360…when I came in, the room was doing introductions and topics were interested in. General topics of interest are around Dell/EMC/VMware, Software Defined Cloud/Storage, NFV – lots of familiar faces in the room. I’ve sat in several of these sessions (invite … Continue reading “EMC World 2016 – EMC Elect Meetup with John Roese, EMC CTO”

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Avamar 7.3 with Data Domain

I upgraded the Avamar in my lab yesterday to the GA release of Avamar 7.3.  After the upgrade finished I had several errors pertaining to the integration with my Data Domain.  Errors on the Avamar were related to the certificate exchange between Avamar and Data Domain and also that a password was not specified.  In Data […]

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EMC World 2016 – Day 3 Keynote

Got here a bit late due to VCE PTAB on the 5th floor – had to hike down to get a seat in the Analyst section. Started with a Mission Possible theme – Jeremy Burton in a bowtie, etc. CJ Desai Software Defined strategy has 3 components – 1) ScaleIO, 2) ECS, 3) IsilonSD Edge … Continue reading “EMC World 2016 – Day 3 Keynote”

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Cannot browse CIFS share presented on Data Domain

I have had this issue a couple times recently and want to put the resolution out in case someone encounters this same issue.  SMB signing is disabled by default on Data Domain so if you if your organization requires SMB signing this will need to be configured on the Data Domain. Login to the DD […]

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