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Configuring EMC Isilon SmartConnect – Part II: SmartConnect Advanced

Configuring EMC Isilon SmartConnect – Part II: SmartConnect Advanced

In Part I, I covered SmartConnect Basic, an included feature of OneFS, that handles connections to Isilon node IP addresses based on a Round Robin connection policy. What do you do if you want a more dynamic, more resilient, and better load balanced solution? You implement SmartConnect Advanced. Remember, that SmartConnect Advanced requires an additional license. So why is SmartConnect Advanced so much better than SmartConnect Basic?  From a previous post, I mentioned: SmartConnect Basic has the following features: Static…

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Configuring EMC Isilon SmartConnect – Part I: SmartConnect Basic

Configuring EMC Isilon SmartConnect – Part I: SmartConnect Basic

I posted an article on VMware vSphere and EMC Isilon (VMware vSphere and EMC Isilon – One datastore or many?) and covered some of the basics of SmartConnect when used with NFS datastores.  I talked about some of the abilities of SmartConnect, but didn’t really cover how to configure it. As mentioned in my previous post, SmartConnect Basic handles Round Robin IP distribution as nodes are added to a cluster, while SmartConnect Advanced handles advanced IP distribution as nodes are…

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Update VMware Windows Guest DNS and WINS through PowerCLI

Update VMware Windows Guest DNS and WINS through PowerCLI

I was really taken with Arnim van Lieshout’s post on running getting WMI from inside a guest through the PowerCLI, so I decided to play around a little bit with this. The ability of the PowerCLI to use the Invoke-VMScript command is really a great addition to the set of tools the PowerCLI provides. I typically only have Windows guests, minus a couple VMware appliances, so I decide to focus on how to leverage this functionality within Windows.  There are…

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