Author Archives: Chris

About Chris

Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area UC Davis Engineering Alumni 10 years of IT experience at an Energy Company Father of twins Lover of Carne Asada Fries

MS Ignite 2017 Experience

This year has been heavily Azure and Azure Stack for me, a departure from my normal VMware shenanigans. The change in focus afforded me the opportunity to attend MS Ignite 2017 in Orlando, a huge conference that is similar but very different from VMworld. LocationThe conference was at the South and West halls of the… Read More »

Scripted HPE Firmware and ESXi Software Update

I’m a big fan of PXE, but sometimes I don’t want to re-image. It may be a system that isn’t connected to PXE, or a system that I don’t have a profile for. In dealing with these one-off systems, I wanted to be able to apply update the firmware, update the ESXi OS, and apply… Read More »

Category: HP

SPBM/PBM Issues after decommissioning PSC

In a previous post, I discussed potential topologies of vCenters in a SSO domain. In general I think I have gotten burned a lot from having multiple vCenters and PSCs in a single SSO domain, but when things are working it’s pretty nice to have a consolidated view. In my latest issue, I decided to… Read More »

Comparing Performance R5 vs R1 with and without Compression/Dedupe on All-Flash VSAN

I built a small 4-node all-flash VSAN for a specific use at my company. We didn’t need high performance, but we wanted the space efficiencies of dedupe/compression plus erasure encoding (in our R5). Note that FTT=1, I could have tested FTT=2 for R1 but not for R5 so I didn’t bother. Equipment: 4xDL380 Gen9 servers… Read More »

Creating All-Flash Diskgroups on DL380 Gen 9 using PowerCLI

In a previous post, I discussed how the Web Client makes it difficult to create hybrid diskgroups grouped by array controller. I provided a PowerCLI script to automate diskgroup creation for this case. With All-Flash, the same issues around array controller grouping exists. A new issue that I encountered is that the “new-vsandiskgroup” cmdlet that… Read More »