Nagios / Icinga Monitoring for NetApp Solidfire/ H-Series

For NetApp Solidfire aka H-Series (ElementOS) there’s a Techical-Report, how to get your capacity and performance data into nice Grafana dashboards. That’s pretty cool, but Grafana itself cannot do any alarming. We are still using Nagios or Iciniga for our monitoring and alarming, so we needed a solution how to include the Solidfire storages into… Read More »

Unboxed: NetApp HCI

Today I want don’t want to hold back some new stuff from you. It’s time for unboxing a brand new NetApp HCI System. When you hear HCI, you think about Hyper Converged Infrastructure. With HCI you converge compute and storage infrastructure into one single chassis. But the biggest disadvantage is the scalability. You cannot independently… Read More »

NetApp FabricPool

Today in the talk: NetApp FabricPool. Or: “Bridging (All-Flash) FAS systems with the hybrid cloud(s)”. Introduction With NetApp FabricPool you can attach a S3 storage (NetApp StorageGRID, Amazon S3 or any other compatible) to an All-Flash FAS system and make it’s aggregates hybrid thereby. It could be used to move your cold data (i.e. snapshot… Read More »

NetApp ONTAP Select for VMware Datastores

For small environments, VMware’s software defined storage ‘vSAN’ is a very nice for solution for a shared storage between multiple hypervisors, which gives you the ability to use enterprise features like HA and DRS. But if your environment is too small, you may got a few problems because vSAN needs some requirements: at least one… Read More »

VMware vExpert 2018

Right after my two weeks long camping tour through Sweden, I noticed a mail from VMware. “You’re in. Welcome to the VMware vExpert Program“. VMware vExpert is a program to recognise the contribution in the VMware community, blogs and social media. In 2018 there are 1741 vExperts from 72 different countries. After my NetApp United… Read More »

ESXi Update 6.5 U2 fails

While upgrading from VMware ESXi, 6.5.0 to 6.5 Update 2, the update fails with the following error: [root@host:~] esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/echt_raid5/update-from-esxi6.5-6.5_update02.zip   [InstallationError]  Failed updating the bootloader: Execution of command /usr/lib/vmware/bootloader-installer/install-bootloader failed: non-zero code returned  return code: 1  output: ERROR: ld.so: object ‘/lib/libMallocArenaFix.so’ from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored.  Traceback (most recent call last):… Read More »