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Here are the high-level differences between SAS and SATA disk drives which I thought it’d be a perfect post for the blog as it contains some useful information that some might not be aware of. Capacity: SATA (or now called NL-SAS for Nearline SAS) disk drives are the largest on the market.  The largest SATA/NL-SAS drives available with widespread distribution today are 3TB. SAS disk drives are typically smaller than SATA.  The largest SAS drives…

Sometimes you will be asked by either the manufacturers support or perhaps by Lewan for data from your Fibre Channel switch. Here is how you can gather that information in a format that helps support and/or Lewan: Brocade – How-To Collect a “supportshow” from a Brocade Switch from a Windows Host with HyperTerminal Follow these steps: Start the HyperTerminal program by selecting Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Communications -> HyperTerminal. Make a new connection and select a name…

I posted awhile back about DropBox which allows you to store things online while having a local “drive” on your computer to use. Here’s a link to that post: http://djlaube.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/dropbox-online-sync-backup-for-multiple-computers/ Well, forget Dropbox! Nothing against them as it worked well, however I now use www.zumodrive.com! It basically has all the features of Dropbox (creates a “local drive” on your PC, can use for backup, keeps a local copy if you want it to, etc) and works…

I have used the Lefthand Networks Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) in the past (which can be found here: http://www.lefthandnetworks.com/vsa.aspx) which presents an iSCSI target off of local disk through an appliance inside a VM. It’s a great way to use internal storage and make it “look” and act like a SAN.I ran across this How-To for EMC’s Celerra VSA, which I didn’t really know about. So here’s the link to the How-To:http://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek/2008/08/celerra-virtual.html