Using EMC OpenReplicator for Array based migration from VMAX to XtremIO

Introduction As a Storage Administrator we are always involved in storage migrations to new hardware. They are time consuming and depending on the migration type can be difficult. EMC offers several licensed tools that can help alleviate and automate part of this process. One such tool is OpenReplicator, which we cover how to use this array based migration tool while migrating from a VMAX 40k to XtremIO... read more

How To Resolve PowerPath 6.1 Required KB Missing During Installation

The Issue During an upgrade to PowerPath 6.1 on Windows 2008 R2 server received an error for missing KB 2921916 and 3033929.   The first one is about Schannel and is 2014 release The second one is a SHA-2 patch from 2015 The above KB patches are for SHA-2 related patches dating 2014... read more

How To Build RPMS on CentOS 7

Introduction Building RPMS brings fear to new Linux system administrators. The uncertainty of setting up the build environment and the SPEC file definitions and usage can be daunting. In this post we will hope to alleviate those fears and show how you can create RPMS for applications and other items on CentOS / RHEL 7. The RPM Package Manager (RPM) is a powerful command line driven package management... read more

How To Mount a Windows Share on Ubuntu 16.0.4 LTS

Recently I just installed Ubuntu 16.0.4 LTS on my Dell laptop and needed to connect to my cifs share off the FreeNAS and ran the normal mount command and it failed. Never been an issue on Fedora 24 and a new install but has been many years since I have been on Ubuntu. From the above line you see that I am passing the dir_mode and file_mode parameters to make sure that I can read / write the share. This... read more

How To Map a Network Drive With Encrypted Password with PowerShell

Introduction With the New-PSDrive cmdlet add to PowerShell 3, we can now mount any available PSProvder as a drive. This is great and simple to execute, but the real question is how can I do this and not send the password in clear text, but encrypted. The answer to that question is yes and in this post we will discuss how. The Process The first piece of the puzzle is to create a secure string password for... read more

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