Rant Storage

Storage in Virtualization is it a real problem?

As a VMUG leader and a double VCDX I have seen one technology trend only increase over the years.  It’s the number of storage vendors!   Last year at our VMUG […]


Brocade Zoning via Scripting for FOS 7

About four years ago I wrote about how to do fiber channel zoning on Brocade switches using scripts.   The CLI on brocade is really feature rich but not super […]

Storage storage VMWare

How does storage multipathing work?

Every week I spend some time answering questions on the vmware forums.  It also provides me great idea’s for blog posts just like this one.   It started with a […]

Storage VMWare

VMware Lost access to volume on Brocade SAN switches

Earlier today I ran across the following errors in my ESXi logs:

It would always recover right away within 1 second and since I am on a Active/Active array […]


Lock down port speed on a brocade switch

Well this one is pretty simple and a lot of vendors still want the port speeds locked down.  So first of all use   switchshow   To show the current […]


Upgrade the firmware on a brocade switch

Yep I love doing this…. it’s really easy as long as you have an FTP server or run ftp on your desktop and have firewalls allowed…   The brocade switch […]

Linux Storage

Boot From SAN, multipath.conf and initrd

At work almost everything I run boots from SAN.  This allows flexability when hardware problems arise.  It does cause one issue, when moving storage systems how do you move your […]

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