Author Archives: Anthony Vandewerdt

About Anthony Vandewerdt

I am an IT Professional who lives and works in Melbourne Australia. This blog is totally my own work. It does not represent the views of any corporation. Constructive and useful comments are very very welcome.

Why the IBM SSIC is the best place to get your supported hardware information

Its been a while since I last blogged, but here is something that might interest you.  To spice things up I even recorded a quick video blog of the same information you will find written here.  So skip the video … Continue reading

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Actifio at Tech Field Day 11

In this blog post I want to inform you about Actifio’s presentation to Tech Field Day 11. Tech Field Days are one of my favourite technical information sources.    They involve a group of prominent bloggers and industry personalities being given … Continue reading

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Bits are cheap! Don’t sell yourself short on key length

Using SSH keys to perform password-free login is quite common in Unix hosts and in  Appliances that have embedded Unix (like Storwize products). You effectively have a public key which is shared  and a private key (usually with a PPK extension) … Continue reading

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Triple 000 app – a recommended app for all your smart devices

I want to draw my Australian friends to an app called “Emergency +”, available for your smart device (Apple, Android and Windows). The scenario is simple.  You see something terrible:  a fire; a car crash; a natural disaster.  The standard response is simple: … Continue reading

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Exact MSP Space Accounting on a Storwize Pool

I have blogged in the past about the classic IT Story, The Cuckoo’s Egg by Clifford Stoll.   A true story that details how Clifford discovered a hacker while trying to account for 9 seconds of mainframe processing time. I was … Continue reading

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Mapping Linux RDMs to Storwize Volumes

As a follow-up to my previous post about MPIO software and RDMs, I suggested SDDDSM could help you map Windows volumes to Storwize volumes.    This led to the obvious question:   What about Linux VMs? In a distant time … Continue reading

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Do RDMs need MPIO?

I got a great question the other day regarding VMware Raw Device Mappings: If an RDM is a direct pass though of a volume from Storage Device to VM, does the VM need MPIO software like a physical machine does? … Continue reading

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Evergreen Storage? Can it actually work?

Pure Storage is one of several hot flash vendors in the market right now.   Despite some negativity about their recent IPO, it actually shows that the market thinks they have got their product and execution right. One challenge for every … Continue reading

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vSphere ESXi6.0 CBT (VADP) bug that affects incremental backups / snapshots.

VMware recently posted a new KB article 2136854 to advertise a new issue that has been found with their Changed Block Tracking (CBT) code. It’s important to note that this is not the same one as posted recently also for ESXi 6.0 … Continue reading

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Accessing the Instrumentation

Here are some rather bad photos of my 1972 Holden HQ Kingswood Premier, one of my first ever cars (and one that I sadly no longer own): This was the V8 Four Litre model (actually 253 cubic inches, often jokingly described as … Continue reading

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