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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 https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-066 The second one is a SHA-2 patch from 2015  https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/3033929 The above KB patches are for SHA-2 related patches dating 2014... read more

Using PowerShell for EMC XtremIO

Introduction EMC have released XIOS version 4.1.10-33 and XMS version 4.2 recently and with this release they have added PowerShell support. Being a PowerShell guy this is a good thing for automation and maintaining EMC XtremIO. In this post we will cover downloading and installing PowerShell for XtremIO and a few of the available features. Installation Download the PowerShell Modules for XtremIO from... read more

How to Collect Clariion VNX SPCollects via Unisphere

Overview As a storage administrator there are times in which EMC support asks for SP Collects. As a new administrator this maybe a new request, no worries here are the steps to collect the information. Process To collect the SPCollects via the Unisphere GUI, follow these steps: Log in to the CLARiiON/VNX via Unisphere. On the Dashboard screen, select the CLARiiON/VNX system you wish to generate SPCollects... read more

Using EMC PowerPath with Oracle ASM

Introduction This post explains how to configure and use EMC PowerPath with Oracle ASM for clustered Oracle RAC servers running on RHEL 6.4 or higher servers. Oracle ASM ensures consistent naming of devices across RAC clusters, and also maintains permissions on devices across reboots, a feature that was important until UDEV rules were added to Linux with the 2.5 kernel. EMC PowerPath is an advanced... read more

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