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Why I’m moving away from vVols on IBM SVC storage

Virtual Volumes, or vVols, sound like a pretty nice idea: We present a pool of storage to vCenter, which in turn gets control of storage events within that pool via something called VASA providers. Benefits of this include the following: vVols allow for policy-based storage assignment. We get to use an “inverted” snapshotting method, where […]

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PowerShell for Unix nerds

(This post was inspired by a question on ServerFault) Windows has had an increasingly useful scripting language since 2006 in PowerShell. Since Microsoft apparently fell in love with backend developers a while back, they’ve even ported the core of it to GNU/Linux and macOS. This is actually a big deal for us who prefer our […]

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Exporting mail to .PST files using PowerShell

We have one Exchange mailbox that has seen exponential growth with no good workaround to be had. I started worrying when we passed 100 GB for the single box, and by 160 GB users started getting properly annoyed by the performance when browsing the box. I spoke to the manager for the department and suggested […]

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Workaround for broken connection management in Exchange

For legacy reasons (don’t even ask…) we still have an old NLB-based Exchange 2010 mail server farm, with a CASArray consisting of two servers, in front of a DAG cluster at work. The interesting thing, of course, is when one of the CAS’s fail, Outlook clients don’t automatically start using the other CAS as you’d […]