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  1. I'm about to implement a Blade system to consolidate the majority of our physical servers along with a SAN to overcome our current fragmented DAS based environment. Everything is looking great but the one thing I can't get my head around is how we are supposed to get decent speed out of an 10Gbe iSCSI SAN compared to DAS when the bandwidth is going to be shared between around 15 different servers. We will have a 2 node SQL cluster and an Exchange box with their data in the SAN (both physical) and the Blades will be pooled into an ESX cluster with around 15 guests and all datastores also in the SAN. Am I missing something or is 10Gbps plenty to handle the traffic from all these servers?
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    Performance in a Blade\SAN\VMWare Environment

    That would be great! At the moment I'm really just trying to hash out a broad design and get some pricing so I can put together a summary and get initial approval then I'll most likely consult with someone on the exact components and modules I'll be needing.
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    Performance in a Blade\SAN\VMWare Environment

    Have you got any suggestions? Our budget is around $100K for an entire consolidation platform including all the licensing and support
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    Performance in a Blade\SAN\VMWare Environment

    Here it is... http://h20427.www2.hp.com/campaign/bizadva...?id=NASstorage2 Along with a HP C3000 Blade enclosure
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    Performance in a Blade\SAN\VMWare Environment

    Is it more or less the same as gigabit. I can't seem to find too much info on it...
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    Performance in a Blade\SAN\VMWare Environment

    Thanks for all the info, has anyone ever worked with 10Gbe and SANs?
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    Performance in a Blade\SAN\VMWare Environment

    By DAS I mean internal SAS drives in each of the servers, maybe the wrong term? Last time I checked the max theoretical limit is 3Gbps for those. We're going with HP. The bundle we're looking at can be found in this PDF. It's the Enterprise Virtualization Infrastructure Bundle on the right.
  8. We've replicated some of our SAN folders to a secondary site using DFS. The replication is working great however we have one user who cannot open any files with write permissions, he simply clicks on an excel spreadsheet (for example) and it opens up in read-only mode without even prompting him. Has anyone got any thoughts on why this might be? It's got us all stumped and it's holding up our project of putting more servers in remote sites. Thanks in advance.
  9. Can't see any problems with the permissions on the roots of the folders. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place...
  10. I'll have another look at the permissions tomorrow now that I've got a better idea of the symptoms, maybe I've missed something.
  11. I've done some more testing and managed to produce the following: A user from a remote office with a SAN in their site (SVR1) can access everything without any issues. They move to the main site and DFS correctly points then to the SAN (SVR2) the main site, but they cannot get write permissions on any of the shares. If I navigate to \\SVR1\Share I still have write permissions but if I navigate to \\SVR2\Share I don't have permissions. Could this be an issue with DFS not correctly replicating the ACLs? Also, when using the to tool on the effective permissions tab the user is shown as having full access at both ends. I've checked both NTFS and Share permissions and both appear to be fine. And no, we're using Office 2007 across the board.
  12. We've started a review of our remote sites and have just set up SAN replication using DFS for any sites with more that a dozen or so users. Our next priority to set up and exchange server in our biggest remote site. I was just wondering what options are availible to speed up email access for remote users? We were thinking along the lines of replicating the entire exchange server so that any users can travel to a remote site and still get high speed access to the mail. At the moment we're looking at setting up a continuously replicated exchange cluster over the WAN link. Has anyone got any other ideas for ever done anything like this before?
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    Exchange 2007 Replication Options

    The problem we're trying to address is large (1GB+) mailboxes having to be copies down whenever a user opens their email in another site. The managers\board will often drive to another city for a meeting and log in on someone elses PC.
  14. I'm having some trouble deploying WinZip 14.0 via group policy, I've added it as I should under the policy applying to the OUs that I want it installed for (all machines excluding thin-clients \ servers). The policy is clearly being recognised at startup since an 'Installing WinZip 14.0...' comes up but only for a few seconds then dissappears and continues logging on as usual. The install file is located on the SAN in a directory that all authenticated users have access to (including SYSTEM). Has anyone seen this before or know of anywhere I can look for a clue to point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance...
  15. Just 2 quick questions... Has anyone got a batch or something I can copy that will copy the Home Phone field in AD to the Business Phone Field? Also, whats the best way to export data from AD to a CSV file? Love you long time...
  16. Does anyone know how to centrally manage RSS Feeds in Exchange 2007? What I'm after is some way of controlling users' RSS Feeds in Outlook so that I can push out updates for the various RSS feeds related to our company. Thanks in advance...
  17. I'll test out the batch file in the morning. I was under the impression that deploying an MSI using group policy automatically forces it into unattended mode... is that right? I added the /qn switch to the INSTALLCMD property in the MSI using Orca but when I run the it I still get a GUI. Any ideas? Everyone at works goes around installing software manually and I really want to avoid that since we've got quite a few updates to deploy in the near future...
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    IE6 Compatibility Issue

    Just launched a new site (www.tasrail.com.au) but I'm having a few problems with IE6 compatibility. I should be able to figure it out myself but it could take a while so if anyone knows off the top of their head what would be causing it that'd be awesome. Cheers
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    IE6 Compatibility Issue

    Same here, I don't usually bother with IE6 but some of our internal PCs still run it (not if i had a choice). It loads all the info but it's way too far from what it should be to be properly usable Can't you upgrade IE6 to IE7 or IE8 on those PCs? Unless they are Windows 95, 98, ME or 2000 workstations .... It causes loads of compatibility problems with some really old software when we upgrade, it's only on our terminal servers, they're more or less dedicated to one task that's why we haven't upgraded but now there's some stuff on the website they want access to as well. Plus it's a government owned company so there's some legal issues as well.
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    IE6 Compatibility Issue

    Same here, I don't usually bother with IE6 but some of our internal PCs still run it (not if i had a choice). It loads all the info but it's way too far from what it should be to be properly usable
  21. It's in the same room at the moment but we'll be deploying it shortly. I've got CISCO calling me again today but they don't seem to know what going wrong either
  22. I've just bought a Catalyst 2960 Series 24-port switch with SFP module but whenever I plug the fibre into the module I simply get no connection at all. I called CISCO and they sent me an IOS command to change the media type to SFP but that hasn't helped. I was thinking enabling auto negotiation would help but I can seem to get it working. Here's some output from the IOS: SWT04#show interface g0/1 GigabitEthernet0/1 is down, line protocol is down (notconnect) Hardware is Gigabit Ethernet, address is 081f.f36c.2599 MTU 1500 bytes, BW 10000 Kbit, DLY 1000 usec, reliability 255/255, txload 1/255, rxload 1/255 Encapsulation ARPA, loopback not set Keepalive not set Full-duplex, 1000Mb/s, link type is auto, media type is 1000BaseSX SFP input flow-control is off, output flow-control is unsupported ARP type: ARPA, ARP Timeout 04:00:00 Last input never, output never, output hang never Last clearing of "show interface" counters never Input queue: 0/75/0/0 (size/max/drops/flushes); Total outpt drops: 0 Queueing strategy: fifo Output queue: 0/40 (size/max) 5 minute input rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec 5 minute output rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec 0 packets input, 0 bytes, 0 no buffer Received 0 broadcasts (0 multicasts) 0 runts, 0 giants, 0 throttles 0 input errors, 0 CRC, 0 frame, 0 overrun, 0 ignored 0 watchdog, 0 multicast, 0 pause input 0 input packets with dribble condition detected 0 packets output, 0 bytes, 0 underruns 0 output errors, 0 collisions, 1 interface resets 0 babbles, 0 late collision, 0 deferred 0 lost carrier, 0 no carrier, 0 PAUSE output 0 output buffer failures, 0 output buffers swapped out Thanks to anyone that can help, cheers
  23. TRCSWI04#show version Cisco IOS Software, C2960 Software (C2960-LANBASEK9-M), Version 12.2(44)SE6, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1) Copyright © 1986-2009 by Cisco Systems, Inc. Compiled Mon 09-Mar-09 18:10 by gereddy Image text-base: 0x00003000, data-base: 0x01100000 ROM: Bootstrap program is C2960 boot loader BOOTLDR: C2960 Boot Loader (C2960-HBOOT-M) Version 12.2(44)SE6, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1) TRCSWI04 uptime is 33 minutes System returned to ROM by power-on System image file is "flash:c2960-lanbasek9-mz.122-44.SE6/c2960-lanbasek9-mz.122-44.SE6.bin" ........ ........ << Boring Stuff ........ cisco WS-C2960-24TC-L (PowerPC405) processor (revision J0) with 61440K/4088K bytes of memory. Processor board ID FOC1409V50L Last reset from power-on 1 Virtual Ethernet interface 24 FastEthernet interfaces 2 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces The password-recovery mechanism is enabled. 64K bytes of flash-simulated non-volatile configuration memory. Base ethernet MAC Address : 08:1F:F3:6C:25:80 Motherboard assembly number : 73-11437-07 Power supply part number : 341-0097-02 Motherboard serial number : FOC14095C2N Power supply serial number : DCA14078EGY Model revision number : J0 Motherboard revision number : B0 Model number : WS-C2960-24TC-L System serial number : FOC1409V50L Top Assembly Part Number : 800-29826-03 Top Assembly Revision Number : E0 Version ID : V06 CLEI Code Number : COMFT00BRA Hardware Board Revision Number : 0x01 Switch Ports Model SW Version SW Image ------ ----- ----- ---------- ---------- * 1 26 WS-C2960-24TC-L 12.2(44)SE6 C2960-LANBASEK9-M Configuration register is 0xF
  24. I'll post it all for you in the morning
  25. The other end goes into a media converter (RJ45) and then into the RJ45 Gigabit uplink on another switch. After I set the speed negotiation to auto the fibre side of the media converter lit up but still nothing lights up on the SFP port of the switch. Ill try get in there before anyone arrives tommorow and try a different port (all the uplink ports are taken bar one so I'll have to disconnect part of the network to try anything)
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