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  • Dell TechCenter

    Dell Open Source Ecosystem Digest #13. Issue Highlight: "Inktank Spring Webinar Series"

    This week’s highlight: Inktank Spring Webinar Series and Registration:

    The End of RAID as We Know It with Ceph Replication
    Did you know that with Ceph you do not have to use RAID? (recorded)

    April 4th – Ceph Unified Storage with CloudStack
    Did you know that when using Ceph Unified Storage with CloudStack, Ceph is the one stop shop for both object and block storage?  Find out more when Wido den Hollander, Co-Founder at 42ON describes how CloudStack works and how Ceph is the best storage for the cloud.    

    April 10th – Technical Deep Dive into Ceph Object Storage

    Also, check out Inktank’s new resource page. Here you will find case studies, white papers, data sheets, videos and presentations all around Ceph and Inktank. This is a great educational resource for you to keep handy while you are building your Ceph clusters. Resource Page:



    OpenStack is an open source cloud operating system. You can find an overview here. You can find a vast collection of blogs written by OpenStack community members at Planet OpenStack. Below please find a compilation of content provided by Dell partners, friends and employees.

    Linux & Co.


    The Apache Hadoop project project develops open-source software for reliable, scalable, distributed computing. Learn more at the Apache Hadoop site. You will find content created by our partners who are part of our Dell Emerging Solutions Ecosystem.


    Please find detailed information on all contributors in our Wiki section.


    If you have any feedback, suggestions, ideas, or if you’d like to contribute - I’ll be happy to hear back from you.

    Twitter: @RafaelKnuth

  • Dell TechCenter

    7 Reasons Why OpenStack Matters

    Over the last few months I did a series of interview with OpenStack board members, representing various types of organizations. Hence, allow me to share my key takeaways from those interviews: Why does OpenStack matter? OpenStack matters, because:

    Enterprises want Amazon and VMware alternatives
    “There was a lot of pressure in the market to have an alternative ecosystem to Amazon as a public cloud and to VMware as a licensed internal cloud.” Rob Hirschfeld, Principal Cloud Architect at Dell. As for the public cloud, hosting companies such as Rackspace and Dreamhost want to create an alternative ecosystem to Amazon AWS in order to differentiate through service. Private cloud users on the other hand, are seeking for alternatives, where costs do not scale linearly as they grow their infrastructure.

    Cloud is open by nature …
    “Cloud in general is a baby of the open source culture.” Boris Renski, Co-Founder and EVP at Mirantis. Large consumer internet companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google built their cloud infrastructure out of components they invented and then later on outsourced as well as on already existing open source solutions:  “These companies understood that if they took the traditional enterprise route, the price for licenses ultimately would be greater than the revenues they could ever achieve. So they built the superefficient infrastructure stack completely leveraging open components and paying licenses to nobody.”

    … and so is OpenStack
    “From day one it was not positioned central to any particular vendor but as a conglomerate of different independent organizations. Because cloud is about open, and OpenStack is THE thing in the open cloud, it is effectively going to be one of the most disruptive movements in infrastructure computing during the next 5 to 10 years. OpenStack is going to change the entire industry upside down.” Boris Renski.

    OpenStack matures at rapid pace
    “Two years ago OpenStack was more of a promise than a reality. We had a production grade object storage environment, but Nova, the compute project was at best a couple thousands lines of code. Here we are now 600,000 lines codes later with hundreds of contributors from nearly a hundred countries. It’s amazing to see the progress we made in maturing the product. At Rackspace, we’re using that code to power the world’s second largest public cloud … and there are a lot of diverse use cases such as MercadoLibre, eBay and PayPal to name a few.” Jim Curry, GM Private Cloud at Rackspace.

    Its fundamental architecture is very sound
    “If you want to build Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in a scale out manner, then you need an asynchronous, loosely coupled, message based type of solution, so that you can create a distributed software system.” Randy Bias, Co-Founder and CTO at Cloudscaling. OpenStack meets those expectations, unlike many other open source IaaS projects.

    It’s driven by a diverse, huge community
    “We have probably the most dynamic, engaged and diverse community ever. Linux had a perfect recipe of academic partners, enterprise partners and non-profits that had really moved the project forward. OpenStack has that same mix of academic users such as CERN and NeCTAR in Australia, and commercial users like eBay, Sony and PayPal, and a certain amount of non-profits like Wikimedia as well as big entities like IBM, HP and Intel.” Joshua McKenty, Co-Founder and CTO at Piston Cloud Computing.

    OpenStack is ready to scale
    “One of the developments we have been watching very closely has been the cells development.  Clearly a number of sites are pushing the thousand plus hypervisor scale at the moment, but the key break through will be with the OpenStack Grizzly release when the cells functionality is there, and this will allow us to construct hierarchies of cells of compute resources. This would remove one of the major limitations in terms of the total scalability.” Tim Bell, Infrastructure Manager at CERN.

    If you want to learn about OpenStack, its components and capabilities please go to the OpenStack Foundation website. And if you have the opportunity to join the crowd in person, visit the upcoming OpenStack Summit in Portland (OR).

  • Dell TechCenter

    Alex Rosemblat and Amit Agarwal talk about Datadog – SaaS Monitoring Service and DevOps Platform

    Datadog is a SaaS monitoring service and data platform for Dev and Ops teams in the cloud age. Unlike traditional monitoring products, Datadog focuses on presenting an integrated view of the tools and services used by IT teams across development and operations, and delivering the right insights to the relevant team members. In addition to its out-of-the-box capabilities, Datadog is built to aggregate data from applications such as Chef, MySQL and Git, cloud providers and specialized management tools. This integrated approach covers the full lifecycle from code change to deployment to monitoring alert with a consistent data model and experience from end-to-end.

    Time                      Questions
    0.00                        Introduction of Amit and Alex
    0.53                        Tell us about Datadog and History
    2.36                        Solution Overview – More than SaaS
    2.55                        What is Measured in the Tool/Dashboard?
    4.33                        Dashboard has Twitter Built-in?
    6.40                        Pricing and Tool Access
    7.15                        Integrations – Long List

    Amit Agarwal is VP of Products at Datadog. Throughout his 15 years of experience in the enterprise software industry, Amit has worked in various business strategy and senior technical management roles to bring new enterprise software products to market. 

    Before Datadog, Amit was the Director of Product Management at Quest Software (now Dell). In this role he led the product management team that was responsible for performance monitoring and high availability solutions.  Prior to Quest, Amit held product management roles at enterprise software firms including Datamirror (now IBM) and Embarcadero Technologies, and technical roles with 3D-medical imaging and mobile encryption software at companies in UK and Canada. 

    Amit holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a Master of Computer Science degree from Dalhousie University. He has also published referred papers for the IEEE journal.


    Alex Rosemblat is Director of Marketing at Datadog. Previously, Alex served as Product Marketing Manager for Dell’s Virtualization and Cloud Management product family (via the acquisition of VKernel). Alex has over nine years of experience with enterprise software and related technologies through product management, IT consulting, and pre-sales engineering with Symantec and Epic Systems Corporation. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Commerce, specializing in IT, from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

  • Dell TechCenter

    Yoram Heller of Morphlabs talks about OpenStack and mCloud

    Morphlabs, Inc. is a recognized leader in converged infrastructure solutions for the Enterprise and Service Providers. Our mCloud products combine best-of-breed software to deliver the most price performance private cloud available today. The mCloud solution’s next generation modular architecture completely integrates compute, storage and networking to dramatically reduce the cost of IT while accelerating time to market. Enterprises are free to focus on the tasks that differentiate their business, instead of worrying about IT procurement, integration, assembly and optimization.

    Time                      Question
    0.0                          Introduction of Yoram Heller
    0.25                        What is MorphLabs?
    0.40                        What types of Clouds does MorphLabs use?
    2.20                        Talk about Dell and MorphLabs partnership and products
    5.02                        New Solutions
    7.00                        Thoughts on where IaaS is going?
    11.15                     What about PaaS? Is it here now?

    Yoram Heller – VP of Corporate Development

    Yoram Heller drives all partnerships, strategic alliances, and marketing for Morphlabs. .Throughout his career, Yoram has been passionate about disruptive technology and contributed to open source startups, including being employee number one at Webtide (acquired by Intalio).Yoram graduated from NYU’s Stern School of Business with majors in International Business and Marketing with a focus on Technology.

  • Dell TechCenter

    Converged Network Adapter Bandwidth Partitioning

    Bandwidth Partitioning

    Each modern CNA port provides 10Gbps of bandwidth per port. It makes sense to allow partitioning that bandwidth across various tasks rather than being forced to allocate it to one task per port. This makes even more sense when we consider that each port requires a dedicated physical Ethernet cable, and ensuring 100% usage of the capacity of each cable makes costs go down and maintenance easier.

    The NIC Partitioning feature of CNAs allows administrators to organize multiple tasks on each port and intelligently distribute the full capacity of each port’s total bandwidth across the various partitions.

    In theory, NIC Partitioning only splits the bandwidth of a port into multiple portions. However, the concept is analogous with hard drive partitioning, where each partition splits the disk space into multiple portions, but each portion then shows up as a "mini" hard drive that can be treated the same as the full drive itself.

    Similarly, each partition of a CNA port behaves like a "mini" port and can take up one or more personalities. Each personality of the partition further shows up as an individual entity which can then be configured to address specific needs in the operating system. Each partition performs according to the portion of bandwidth allocated to it and administrators can ensure the quality of service on certain partitions over others by such intelligent allocation of bandwidth.

    There are two aspects to configuring bandwidth allocation: minimum bandwidth and maximum bandwidth. To find out more, see the white paper located here.

    Additionally, iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller technology offers the remote ability to configure the CNA bandwidths.  Best practice workflows and scripts are available here.

    Related links:

  • Dell TechCenter

    WSMAN Request Redirection from the Host OS to iDRAC

    As more and more management functionalities are being added into iDRAC (Service Processor), there is a lesser and lesser need for fat proprietary agents to be running in the Operating Systems to enable system management/monitoring. In pursuit of this idea, multiple management capabilities are pushed to iDRAC and Dell has started working on enabling system management with thinner and thinner agents in the OS. describes some of these initiatives and one of them is Wsman Request redirection.

    Recently a new plugin was pushed to openwsman which enables the redirection of wsman requests from the host to iDRAC(or any remote wsman server). Essentially, the openwsman service running in the host will act as a proxy, filters the incoming requests based on the ResourceUri and forwards the right requests to iDRAC. The host's openwsman daemon (the proxy) eventually captures the response from iDRAC(or the remote server) and forwards the same to primary client. This setup will enable system management and monitoring without having to install any proprietary management agents in the OSes.

    NOTE: the redirection plugin is only available in 2.3.6 and higher versions of openwsman.


    To enable the WSMAN request redirection to idrac, the following section has to be added to openwsman.conf file:


    #mandatory fields








    #optional Fields

    #default is /wsman


    #default is basic


    #default is root/cimv2


    #default is 0


    #default is 0


    #default is NULL


    #default is NULL



    With the above configuraiton section added to opewsman.conf any WSMAN requests coming to the host with ResourceURI* will be redirected to iDRAC and all the other requests will be handled by one of the other openwsman plugins in the host. In the above example is the ip address of iDRAC, listening at port 443.

    iDRAC has SSL enabled by default. So, the server's identify certificate has to be provided to the redirect plugin. Please note, even in the case noverifypeer is set to 1 (where the servercert is not verified), a dummy cert has to be provided in the redirect section. For production servers, it is always recommended to have noverifypeer=0 and noverifyhost=0.


    The username and password values will be imported from the primary wsman request if none are provided in the redirect. The rest of the values pick up default values as shown above configuraiton. Now an example:


    wsman enumerate -h host_ip -V -v -c dummy.cert -P 5986 -u root -p password -y -O out

    NOTE: The username, password, cert provided in the primary wsman command are to autheticate to the host. The details captured in the openwsman.conf file are to authenticate to iDRAC.


    Sending the above request to a host, output similar to the following will be noticed:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

    <s:Envelope xmlns:s="" xmlns:wsa="" xmlns:wsman="" xmlns:wsen="" xmlns:n1="">







































    The wsman redirection works with the standard Actions like enumerate, get, put, create, delete and invoke. The requests for associations on iDRAC CANNOT be redirected. Also, redirection for WSMAN indications is not enabled yet.


    On a side note, OpenLMI( ) is an initiative to provide common infrastructure to enable Management & monitoring of Linux Systems. This project provides low level interfaces to hardware and software management and monitoring in the form of CIMOM providers. The targets of this effort are the in-band components like Services, Network, Storage, etc. After registering these providers to a CIMOM they can be accessed via WSMAN too.

    Having the wsman redirection enabled (to iDRAC) and openlmi providers registered, will enable the Admins to have a single interface for managing both in-band and out-of-band components via WSMAN.

  • Dell TechCenter

    Join Dell at the Upcoming 12th Cloud Expo New York at No Charge

    Dell is a Silver Sponsor at the upcoming Cloud Expo in NY from June 10-13, 2013 and has a large supply of no cost attendee passes for customers, partners, and interested technologists. Please follow the steps below to obtain your no cost pass.

    Sponsor "VIP Gold Pass" Guest Registration Easy Steps:

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    3. Select the VIP Gold Pass Registration Option

    4. Enter the Discount Code: dellVIPgold

    5. Abracadabra! The price will re-set from $2,000 to $0 - what's not to like?

    Though VIP Gold registration does not - understandably since it is free - include lunch, Cloud Computing Bootcamp, Cloud Essentials, or Collectible Conference Bag - it gives you Full Conference Access for all four days - June 10-13 - which means you can choose from our 150+ breakout sessions, general sessions, industry keynotes, and "Power Panels" and of course attend the Expo Floor.  

    The New York event now includes Big Data Expo and SDN Expo, too. In short, a VIP Gold guest will be able to enjoy Four Busy Days, Three Crucial Themes, at One Convenient Location. 

  • KACE Blog

    Dr. K’s Korner – Ideas For Success – Notes & Naming Conventions

    I want to talk this month a little about the importance of naming conventions and notes fields. Sometimes we get lazy, thinking “Oh, I’ll get around to that later”. If we think longer term we realize that not everyone thinks the same way, and eventually one of us is going to leave the company due to winning the lottery, right? Given those eventualities, it’s a darn good idea to leave some notes for ourselves and others as to how we built and meant to use  things.

    This is all too common in Labeling. Whether it’sK1000K2000, or your inbox, a little laziness here can have major impact later on. Here’s an example: I create a new label, the first of 10 or so that I need to create for some new project, and I tell myself I’ll get to filling in the Notes of each label after I finish creating them all. They’re all very similar labels, so I’ll remember what I typed into the wizard…of the first label…after I finish creating all 10 labels… but I won’t!

    Let me explain:
    I know I’m not going to remember if I have a particular label, much less what the criteria was that I used in creating it. Especially if I got the SQL, and didn’t really understand it in the first place. So, I give it a good name, to aid in sorting my label list to find it when needed, and I type the exact label-wizard-criteria I used in building it, into the Notes field of the label. By following a simple regimen to clarify my work, I never have to worry about forgetting something important about the labels, or more importantly, someone else using them in ways they shouldn’t. I can only imagine a large team with a fair amount of staff-turnover… Multiple techs creating varied labels every day; It wouldn’t be possible to remain successful for long without a very good naming convention and notes-field-usage.

    Labels was the example given, but the benefits of some simple organization can be seen across all of the K-Appliances. On the K1000: Custom Inventory, Schedules, Scripts, KB Articles, Roles, Reports, Categories, Labels, LDAP Queries, etc. will benefit from some notes and naming convention. For the K2000: Source Media, Pre- & Post-Install Tasks, Scripted Installs, System Images, KBEs, Labels, etc. are more sustainable with some simple notes left behind. The more of them I have, and the longer it has been since each was created, the more important it is that I name them well, and notate them with all of the detail I might need later. The likelihood of my winning the lottery is much lower than the more realistic notion that I might forget how something was done six months ago.

    So, put some thought into your naming conventions before you get too deep. An ounce of prevention beats tons of renaming later! Too late? You already have a thousand objects without notes or naming conventions? That’s okay. Make a policy moving forward, and retroactively fix things as you use them at minimum.

  • Dell TechCenter

    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) – Best Posts of the Week around Windows Server, Exchange, SystemCenter and more – #21

    Hi Community, here is my compilation of the most interesting technical blog posts written by members of the Microsoft MVP Community. The number of MVPs is growing well, I hope you enjoy their posts. @all MVPs If you'd like me to add your blog posts to my weekly compilation, please send me an email ( or reach out to me via Twitter (@FloKlaffenbach). Thanks!

    Featured Posts of the Week!

    Dell Compellent and Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) by Hans Vredevoort

    Simulate A Bandwidth Challenged WAN For BranchCache Demos On WS2012 Hyper-V by Aidan Finn

    Can't add a Hyper-V host to cluster using VMM 2012 SP1 by Kristian Nese

    Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming Mode “Independent” Offers Great Value by Didier van Hoye



    I’ll be speaking at the E2EVC Copenhagen in June of 2013 by Jeff Wouters


    5th grader creating Hyper-V virtual machine and installing Windows Server 2012 by Thomas Maurer

    Simulate A Bandwidth Challenged WAN For BranchCache Demos On WS2012 Hyper-V by Aidan Finn

    Check Integration Services Version By Using Powershell by Lai Yoong Seng 



    #PSTip Working with Excel constants by  



    PowerShell Books Rule by Jeffery Hicks

    #PSTip Get a list of geographical locations by 

    The Windows PowerShell 3.0 SDK Sample Pack by  


    System Center Core

    Building a Lab to Get Your Geek On! by Michael Bender

    More on Building Your Lab... by Michael Bender 


    System Center Virtual Machine Manager

    SCVMM 2008 R2–Error 2912 – An internal error has occurred trying to contact an agent by Ravikanth Chaganti

    Can't add a Hyper-V host to cluster using VMM 2012 SP1 by Kristian Nese

    Beware When Using Descriptive Names For VMM by Aidan Finn

    Issue with Migration of Virtual Machines |System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager| by Romeo Mlinar

     SQL Server

    #PSTip Generate T-SQL script for cloning a SQL database by Ravikanth Chaganti

    Windows Client

    Understanding ADKs and OPKs #Unattended #windows8 Installation Windows #ADK by Robert Smit 

    Microsoft Introduction To Windows 8 Client Hyper-V by Aidan Finn

    Windows 8–“You Already Own This App” But It’s Missing Or Not Installed by Aidan Finn

    Windows Server Core

    How to deploy an “classic” terminal services with Windows 2012 by Ravikanth Chaganti

    NetBIOS und der Failover-Cluster in German by Nils Kaczenski

    Dell Compellent and Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) by Hans Vredevoort

    Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming Mode “Independent” Offers Great Value by Didier van Hoye

    KB2830510 – Creating a Windows Server 2012 Failover Cluster Fails with Error 0xc000005e by Aidan Finn

    Videointerview with Leandro Carvalho about his Hyper-V Buch by Carsten Rachfahl

    Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Book by Hans Vredevoort


    Guide zu Claims-Based Identity mit dem Access Control Service in German by Robert Mühsig 


    Other MVPs I follow

    James van den Berg - MVP for SCCDM System Center Cloud and DataCenter Management
    Kristian Nese - MVP for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management
    Ravikanth Chaganti - MVP for PowerShell
    Jan Egil Ring - MVP for PowerShell
    Jeffery Hicks - MVP for PowerShell
    Keith Hill - MVP for PowerShell
    David Moravec - MVP for PowerShell
    Aleksandar Nikolic - MVP for PowerShell
     - MVP for PowerShell
    Adam Driscoll - MVP for PowerShell
    Marcelo Vighi - MVP for Exchange
    Johan Veldhuis - MVP for Exchange
    Lai Yoong Seng - MVP for Virtual Machine
    Rob McShinsky - MVP for Virtual Machine
    Hans Vredevoort - MVP for Virtual Machine
    Leandro Carvalho - MVP for Virtual Machine
    Didier van Hoye - MVP for Virtual Machine
    Romeo Mlinar - MVP for Virtual Machine
    Aidan Finn - MVP for Virtual Machine
    Carsten Rachfahl - MVP for Virtual Machine
    Thomas Maurer - MVP for Virtual Machine
    Alessandro Cardoso - MVP for Virtual Machine
    Steve Jain - MVP for Virtual Machine
    Robert Smit - MVP for Cluster
    Marcelo Sinic - MVP Windows Expert-IT Pro
    Michael Bender - MVP Windows Expert-IT Pro
    Ulf B. Simon-Weidner - MVP for Windows Server - Directory Services
    Meinolf Weber - MVP for Windows Server - Directory Services
    Nils Kaczenski - MVP for Windows Server - Directory Services
    Kerstin Rachfahl - MVP for Office 365
    Matthias Wolf - MVP Group Policy
    Robert Mühsig - MVP ASP.NET/IIS

    No MVP but he should be one

    Jeff Wouters - PowerShell

  • Dell TechCenter

    Windows Server 2012 Licensing

    This blog was originally written by Perumal Raja & Gobind Vijayakumar from DELL Windows Engineering Team.

    Dell Supports Windows Server 2012 in our 11G and 12G servers. And with Windows Server 2012 Microsoft provides a more consistent licensing model and has more common features and reduced editions when compared with prior OS releases. Below are the editions in which Windows Server 2012 is offered -

    Four editions -Standard Datacenter, Foundation and Essentials


    The Datacenter edition license will be processor plus CAL; however, with the release of Windows Server 2012, the license will now cover up to two physical processors on a single server. Datacenter edition supports unlimited Virtual machines licenses.


    The Standard edition licensing will be processor plus CAL, where each license will cover up to two physical processors on a single server.  Standard Edition supports license for only two virtual machines.


    The Essentials license has not changed; it continues to be a server license for a two processor server that does not require CALs.


    The licensing for Foundation has not changed; it continues to be a server license for a one processor server that does not require CALs and is only sold through OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer).

    For Microsoft HPC – High Performance Computing customers Microsoft is providing HPC as a different package which is available to download from Microsoft Download site. It can be used along with Standard/Datacenter editions. Also the SBS edition supported in previous OS releases has been replaced by Windows Server 2012 Essentials.   Windows Server 2012 Essentials will support up to 25 users and 50 devices.  Essentials are offered for 1 Socket CPU servers.

    Please find the link below regarding the changes in Windows Server 2012 essentials from SBS 2011-

    Comparison between Windows Server 2012 Editions


    Ideal For

    High Level Feature Comparison

    Licensing Model



    Highly Virtualized Private and Hybrid Cloud Environment/Deployment

    Full Windows Server Functionality and Unlimited Virtual Instances

    Processor + CAL*



    Low Density and Non-Virtualized environment

    Full Windows Server Functionality and two Virtual Instances

    Processor + CAL*



    Small and Medium business environments

    Simpler interface , Pre-Configured connectivity to cloud based services; No Virtualization rights

    Server (25 User Account limit)



    Economical and General Purpose server

    General Purpose server functionality ; No Virtualization rights

    Server (15 User Account Limit)

    * CALS are required for every user/Device accessing the server. For more details contact Dell support

    Dell Windows Server 2012 OEM Product Availability

    Windows Server 2012 is offered from Dell through OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) channel where OS support will be provided by Dell, ROK (Retailer Option Kit) channel where support will be provided by Retailers, and S&P (Software & Peripherals) channels where OS support is provided by Microsoft. When you buy Windows Server 2012 through OEM channel, OS will be factory installed on the server which carries two processor licenses and comes pre-activated. If you plan to add more processors to the server then you need to buy additional licenses. Also, factory installed system comes with multilingual OS image which allows you to select the language of your choice. Note that this multilingual image doesn’t require any additional license.

    Similarly, OS brought through retailer channel will also have the same licensing terms and multilingual image option.

    Comments are welcome! To suggest a blog topic or make other comments, contact


    For more information about WS2012, visit the Windows Server 2012 wiki on Dell TechCenter