Pushing Virtual Limits

SS4200 – Update
July 1, 2009, 1:33 pm
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Just a quick note because I see a lot of people are still looking at that post. I held off on my purchase. Waiting on moving apartments before I purchase one.

(Hoping against hope I can find a condo with an AC vent in the closet – And that the closet is just big enough for a full sized rack)

The joys of a home rack system. I can dream right?


Provisioned Space vs Used Space
June 30, 2009, 9:38 pm
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Not sure how many of you have made the leap to vSphere but let me tell you this is my second biggest annoyance so far.

These should have better names and explanations but I will be diving into this as soon as I figure out the gameplan to resolve the issue.

#1 problem with vsphere? – Changing permissions between VC and vSphere. Didn’t see these ones coming in testing but man are they painful now.

More to follow once we get them resolved. Back into the trenches

Email Updates from your Home NAS? Ix2 does it
October 30, 2008, 9:44 pm
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to xyz

show details 5:43 PM (0 minutes ago)

This is a test message to validate that notification address ‘xyz‘ is reachable.

This is an automated message sent from your ‘tk-nas’ device. Please do not reply to this message.

Device Information:,, Iomega StorCenter ix2, 00D0B802A4C0


Iomega Ix2 – I have one! Very cool
October 30, 2008, 9:43 pm
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So I ended up getting my hands on an Ix2 for a pilot program with our field teams. Just doing the initial configuration now. Super simple – 5 minutes and it is available.

This week I will load some VMs on it and run it over the wire and configure it to hookup to my 360 (as well as the mundane backup duties it is meant for). Everyone should go buy one.

September 26, 2008, 10:01 pm
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Ok so Chi.MP is finally letting people setup accounts.

I submitted my first support request to them yesterday. Turns out to be something simple so I can’t wait to have that discussion with them.
After a hectic day in the office (hectic but great – this new role is going to keep me on my toes) I have been fiddling with it and decided to add my .mp page to my starting tabs.

Check it out – chi.mp

Or mine – bergin.mp

Sun xVM finally entering limited beta
August 8, 2008, 12:53 am
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See this post here and then here for details on how to sign up. This is definitely a good thing because I don’t see VMware spending the time to build a Sparc compliant VM platform anytime soon.
Having a number of Sparc boxes under my infrastructure I am dying to get my little hands on this and tweak with it to my hearts content. Will it ever rival VMware? I doubt it but for those of us who desperately need to leverage Sparc based hardware for platform testing this could be a god send.
Maybe someone in the blogosphere will take pity on me and let me in behind the velvet rope to put this through its paces. My contact info is there. Reach out and I will definitely run this stuff until it drops!

Favorite picture from this past weekend in NYC
July 30, 2008, 3:34 pm
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If you haven’t heard of the John J Harvey then I recommend you go visit this link

I took this while on a harbor trip this past saturday going under the Manhattan bridge.