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Computer data storage, often called storage or memory, is a technology consisting of computer components and recording media used to retain digital data. In addition to local storage devices like CD and DVD readers, hard drives and flash drives, solid state drives can hold enormous amounts of data in a very small device. Cloud services and other new forms of remote storage also add to the capacity of devices and their ability to access more data without building additional data storage into a device.

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Andy's VMware vSphere tip#26: VMware vCenter Server stopped responding, cannot login, giving you an error? Check vCenter Server storage space, especially if using the appliance!

If you would like to discuss this post further please post a question to the VMware Topic area.
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Andy's VMware vSphere tip#17: Datastore storage: Leave at least 20-30% FREE!

If you create many VMs per datastore, and try to use all the storage space, this is a bad idea, you ideally need to reserve at least 20-30% per datastore based on total storage, to allow for Memory SWAP files - When a VM is powered on, it creates a swap file on the datatore (where the vmx configuration file is stored by default), which is equal to the memory assigned to the VM.

Also snapshots need additional storage space.

You can set alarms to warn you of storage (datastore) space issues.

If you would like to discuss this post further please post a question to the VMware Topic area.
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Andy's VMware vSphere tip#9: Use Templates. It surprises us, that many organisations waste time, cranking the handle, installing operating systems manually, by connecting an ISO, and doing next, next, next, reboot finish!

WHY!

Let vCenter Server do the heavy lifting for you, and spend some development time, creating Golden Masters for Windows 2012 R2, Windows 2016, Ubuntu 16.x etc - keep them patched and updated, create Many OS Customisations, and then when you get a service Request for a VM - sit back and Deploy from Template, which then Auto Renames the VM, Auto Joins domain, and is ready for hand over to the next team!

and you can sit back and take the pressure off.

If you have a SAN with VAAI enabled, deployment of templates will be very quick. (another TIP, do not have templates and VMs on the same datastore, create a datastore for storage of templates and datastore for isos).

https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.5/com.vmware.vsphere.vm_admin.doc/GUID-8254CD05-CC06-491D-BA56-A773A32A8130.html

Please post a question to the VMware Topic area, if you would like to discuss this further.
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Andy's VMware vSphere tip#7: SNAPSHOTS (Hyper-V calls them Checkpoints!) Believe it or not one of EE most asked questions in the VMware Topic area, at least one question a week is asked in the VMware Topic, and the response by many VMware Administrators, is "my datastore has filled up, my VM has stopped working, and says retry or abort - I've checked and there are no snapshots reported in Snapshot Manager!"

I'll tell you it It lies to you.... quickly check VM Folder on the datastore, if you see a file -0000x.vmdk - the likelihood is you have a snapshot!

and guess what I wrote an EE Article here

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_10300.html

If you use a backup product which is vSphere aware, it will use the Storage API - Snapshot method to backup your VMs, and most often leaves the VM running on a snapshot, and you are not aware.

CHECK DAILY FOR SNAPSHOTS as part of your VMware Daily Admin either manually, write a script, set a vCenter Server Alarm.

or use Snapwatcher by Opvizor - see here https://try.opvizor.com/snapwatcher/

Catch your VM snapshots before they catch YOU!

If you find yourself with a snapshot issue, out of your depth STOP! do not ignore it Ask for help on EE in the VMware Topic area, it's serious, and corruption can occur if not dealt with promptly and correctly.

Have a Good Weekend...

Andy
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Andy's VMware vSphere tip#6: [InstallationError] [Errno 28] No space left on device - updating from 6.5 U1 to 6.5 U2 (possible other versions as well!)

We were updating HPE Proliant Servers Generation 8 [G8], and it would appear as of writing HPE have still not released a Gen8 ESXi 6.5 U2 Image! So we had to use 6.5 U1 and updated to U2. [Please note always use the OEM version of ESXi for vendor servers, e.g. HPE, Dell, IBM/Lenovo, Fujitsu etc]

This might lead you to this VMware Kb - https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1007638

But it does not appear to be anything to do with space on the device, and when you investigate there is plenty of storage space.

Here's a quick workaround..

 Install the vib manually, see here

1. cd /tmp

2. wget http://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/esx/vmw/vib20/tools-light/VMware_locker_tools-light_6.5.0-1.47.8285314.vib

3. esxcli software vib install -f -v /tmp/VMware_locker_tools-light_6.5.0-1.47.8285314.vib

Complete 6.5 U2 upgrade as normal.

4. esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.5.0-20180502001-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

Done...
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Andy's VMware vSphere tip#4: Partitions :- OS Partitions have no place in VMware vSphere or Hyper-V. So do not create a C: Partition or volume, and D: Partition or volume on the same virtual disk. We used partitions in the dark old ages of DOS, when the limits of a partition were 32MB, so we had to create multiple partitions on our disks, to use all the disk space.

Keep a single partition per virtual disk. e.g. create a single virtual disk for C:, if you need a D; create another virtual disk.

You will thank me in the future, because it becomes much easier to expand C: and D:, if they are on separate virtual disks. You've also got the benefit of being able to specify which datastore, these will be hosted on which is important if you have tiered storage for performance.

So in Summary do not create partitions, C: D: E: F: on the same virtual disk, you will regret it, later and then you will have to use VMware Converter, to convert your machine and remedy the situation.

https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/31526/HOW-TO-P2V-V2V-for-FREE-VMware-vCenter-Converter-Standalone-6-2.html

Please feel free to post a question to the VMware or Virtualization topic areas to discuss this further.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
It may go away on new machines, but still will be with us a long time to come...

EE questions still being asked about Windows 2000 and Windows 2003
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by:John
Yes, older machines will have BIOS, but new ones just UEFI and Windows 10  (or Server 2016 and beyond)

Still, we are on the same page :)
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So this startup, Nectome, is engineering the science to preserve your brain -- memories in tact -- so that one day off in the future, it can be rebooted with full consciousness. Basically a full backup of your brain.

Catch being that the backup procedure is fatal.

https://nectome.com/
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by:Lucas Bishop
No question. Just a post about something I found a bit fascinating.
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by:aburr
it is interesting. I do not think I wil try it any time soon.
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Hello experts can you guys please advise me I have scenario I need to add more disk space to File server, The file server is a VM on Hyper-V host, Hyper-V host has 2TB X 4 HDD's with RAID 1, so we get 2TB for backup and 2TB for system which has server 2012 r2 host with role of Hyper-V it has two VM's a DC1 and File Server, can you guys please help me how can i move over to Raid 5 or 6 without losing data and my VMs machines.
Thanks
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by:Gerald Connolly
Yes go with RAID-6 or RAID10, do not use RAID-5

You should also be able to replace one of the Disk with a Bigger size and wait for it to sync, then replace the second drive and wait for it to sync, then either extend the current partitions, or create a new volume out of the unused space.

Please make sure you have viable backups before you attempt any reconfig of your storage (NB Schroedingers Backups)
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by:Yasir Arfat
Awesome thanks Gerald
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This is my school project / assignment scenario - I have to draw a Logical Network Design...NEED HELP

The rollout of the wireless network has been suspended for now, but the stock analysis tool is being implemented. It is to be called My Stock Analysis Tool (MSAT). MSAT is going to use a three-tier client-server architecture. The tiers will be a web browser at the client end, a separate web server tier, and the MSAT server that performs application logic and all the data storage and access logic. In this way, there is no issue with installing/supporting a software client on end-user computers. Both customers and DRUB staff will use MSAT through a web-based interface, although staff may see extra options. Apart from accessing MSAT, staff also use Microsoft spreadsheet and word processing software on their computers (Windows XP PCs and laptops) for preparing reports, with work-in-progress files stored on staff computers.
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by:Rob Henson
Snowbella, well done for being honest and up-front that this is a school project; that will help experts guide you rather than propose answers as they would for normal questions.

However, to get better assistance you need to raise this as a question using the big blue button at the top of the page or this link:

https://www.experts-exchange.com/askQuestion.jsp
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Just bought myself one of these - Transcend JetDrive Go 300S - I got the 128GB Model and being the impatient person that I am, decided to pay for premium delivery from Amazon so it would get to Australia within 3 days. Arrived right on time so kudos to Amazon for keeping their delivery promise.

Have been playing around with it for a few hours now and my first impressions are that I am suitably impressed.  Even though my iPhone 7 is already a 128GB, I find I've never got enough space so it's already about 70% full, which made me go looking for something to increase it.

It's fast, the IOS app for my iPhone and IPad is great and it doubles as a nice 128GB USB 3.1 Thumb Drive for my Windows PC as well.  Should be great for quick compressed Backups of my iPhone when travelling without my PC too!

Once I've explored all the available options and tested the unit thoroughly, I plan to write a review about it as an article here.

Wondering if anyone else owns one of these (or similar) little gadgets?  What do you think of them?
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by:Benny Shtark
for me, best are USB 3 type-C external SSD Disks.
yes, much expensive, but way faster then regular usb sticks..

depends on how much you value your time :D

something like this:
https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-T3-Portable-SSD-MU-PT250B/dp/B01AVF6WN2?th=1
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
I actually regularly carry around two SSDs (512GB and 1TB) and use a USB to SATA cord!

I've actually just recycled a Toshiba 3 Enclosure with another 1TB SSD. (and If I could find it on this pile of paper on my desk, I would photo graph it)

The flash used in modern day USB flash drives is of very poor quality - Source - Kingston!
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FEW TRICKS TO SPEEDUP PENDRIVE DATA TRANSFER RATE:

1.File system should be NTFS: If you want to Speedup Pendrive , then make sure you have NTFS as file system. You can do so by Right clicking on your pendrive and selecting Format,Select NTFS File system, Uncheck Quick Format And Click On Start.

2.Disk errors: To check disk errors go to the properties tab of your pen drive, then select ‘tools’ tab. You will find a ‘check now’ button, click it and then hit ‘start’ to fix the errors. The time taken for scan depends on the size of the pen drive.

3.Device policy: Under properties of your pen drive, select ‘hardware’ tab. Then select USB device from there that will lead you to a pop up window where you need to change settings. You can even have better performance of pen drive by clicking the option under ‘hardware’ tab.

4.Format: This is one of the effective options that many users have tried. When you have used your pen drive for quite a long time, you can speed it up by formatting the device.

Carefully test your pen drive with the factors given above to Speedup Pendrive. In addition to this, you should keep checking for these aspects regularly, say twice or thrice in a month.
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Yesterday, cyber resilience startup, UpGuard, issued a report that as many as 14 million U.S. Verizon customers have fallen victim to a hack that stole their names, addresses, account details, and PINs. The startup claims to have first notified Verizon on June 13th of the hack, citing a "misconfigured cloud-based file repository" as the cause.

In reply, Verizon has stated that there has been no loss or theft of customer information and that only 6 million customers may be at risk due to an informational cloud storage move where a third-party employee made external access available. Latest reports urge Verizon customers to update their Verizon PINs in order to safeguard their accounts.

Stay tuned for more information on what happened in this attack and how to safeguard your accounts.
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Hi, My Cisco Bladed server: Server1 Space is 300GB How to upgraded  2TB i have san storage Please need full configration..

Thanks
Kumar.P
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by:Brian B
Did you intend to ask this as a question? https://www.experts-exchange.com/askQuestion.jsp
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Path redundancy to storage device naa.514f0c5000000000 degraded. path vmhba3:C0:T3:L0 is down.
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by:Brian B
You have put this in posts. In order for more Experts to see it, I would suggest you put this up as a question (Use the "ask a question" button), but include more details so we can figure out how to help you.

Thanks,
Brian B
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by:Lucas Bishop
This is the location Brian was referring to:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/askQuestion.jsp
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by:Brian Matis
To some extent, perhaps... At least if you don't have a ton of files. Because of my photography work  over the past 10 years, I have several terabytes of photos and the thought of getting those into the cloud and paying for ongoing access to that amount of data is not welcoming to me. For that, I still do periodic hard drive backups and then put the hard drives into a storage unit so they're offsite.

But for a lot of my standard documents, yeah, iCloud backup has been great!

Another distinction for Time Machine though, is how you can rollback easily in case of accidental deletion. iCloud is nice because it provides offsite storage, syncing across devices and redundancy, but if doesn't protect against a deletion.
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by:Kyle Santos
Makes sense.  Thanks!
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by:Matt McLelland
And if you're really looking for a redundant backup for your GoPro - this is the newest edition to my family.  Turn it on, pop in the SD card, and backup is complete!

https://www.wdc.com/products/portable-storage/my-passport-wireless-pro.html
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by:Kyle Santos
Nice.  I shared that with a buddy of mine who uses his GoPro on his drone.
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Nice! Sony's Playstation 4 is finally going to allow external attached storage. Maybe I won't have to go through the hassle of upgrading the internal drive after all :-)
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/02/ps4-will-soon-support-external-usb-hard-drives/
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by:Lucas Bishop
In this scenario, you could update the primary HD to be a small (cheap) SSD for the OS only, then put a massive SSHD on the external port and see pretty significant performance gain.
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by:Brian Matis
Yeah, that'd be pretty sweet. I've got my PC set up that way and it's really nice :-)
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I wish I knew about this tool a week ago.  I would have tried it then.  Great video by a member who has been with EE for some time.  This is their first video and they hope to make more!

https://www.experts-exchange.com/videos/5838/AOMEI-Backupper-Pro-Cloning-software.html
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by:Dustin Saunders
I've used AOEMI to clone a hard drive to a SSD before, no complaints.  EaseUS Todo worked well for another time also (but was free) http://www.todo-backup.com/
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by:Dustin Saunders
I think they also used to have a partition manager that was pretty useful, could do tasks outside of the Windows OS limitation.
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Computer data storage, often called storage or memory, is a technology consisting of computer components and recording media used to retain digital data. In addition to local storage devices like CD and DVD readers, hard drives and flash drives, solid state drives can hold enormous amounts of data in a very small device. Cloud services and other new forms of remote storage also add to the capacity of devices and their ability to access more data without building additional data storage into a device.