Category Archives: Hardware

Vendor Partnership – What is it

Vendor Partnership I need to explain why this post is important. So many companies today are having a hard time knowing the difference between a partnership with a vendor and using a reseller/solution partner. Lets start with a reseller. These IT companies want your company to sell products. They have dedicated staff that has been… Read More »

Replacing failed drive in IBM DS3500 SAN

Replacing failed drive in IBM DS3500 SAN On an IBM DS3500 SAN you need to regularly check the event log because certain informational events won’t trigger an alert but do indicate a likely impending drive failure. Seeing an isolated VDD repair is normal, but when you see one paired with a “Destination drive error” or… Read More »

Migration to VEEAM

Migration to VEEAM When I started with my current employer we used a backup software called StoreServer. I was responsible for getting the tapes from the tape library and deliver them to the Controller to take offsite to a bank vault. In the afternoon I was responsible for putting tape back into the tape library,. After… Read More »

Dell SecureWorks

Dell SecureWorks The company I work for has used SecureWorks before I started. I really never realized how much they are doing. Here is a short description form Wiki. SecureWorks was founded as a privately held company in 1998 by Michael Pearson and Joan Wilbanks. In 2002 Michael R. Cote became President and CEO. In 2005,… Read More »

Upgrade Fabric OS on IBM Fiber Channel

This document explains how to update the fabric OS of a Brocade/IBM SAN fiber channel switch The model of the SAN fiber channel switch upgraded in this example is a SAN24B-4 (2498-B24) Download the Fabric OS To get the fabric OS upgrades go to the IBM website at this link – Support for IBM System… Read More »

Traffic Shaping and NIOC

Traffic shaping and Network I/O Control (NIOC) My current project is to move our network infrastructure within out virtual environment to the 10GB network. I will be removing twelve 1GB network cables per host.  Each host will have two 16GB Fiber Channel cards and two 10GB ethernet cards. I will have a total of four, not twelve… Read More »