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Mark Garringer | 15 Dec 2009 | 1 comment

Indiana Storage & High Availability User Group
Minutes from December 8, 2009

The third meeting of the Indiana Storage & High Availability User Group was held on Tuesday, December 8 2009 at Alverno Information Services in Beech Grove, IN. 10 individuals attended, representing 7 distinct organizations. In addition, Symantec was represented by two local attendees and one remote attendee.

The meeting began with lunch at 11:00 (thank you, Panera). At 11:25, we got down to business, with Brian Doyle welcoming the group, delivering some announcements and introductions, and highlighting the agenda for the session.

The announcements reiterated the highlights of the User Group website, the details on the Rewards Program, and information about how to obtain a...

Mike Reynolds PMM | 07 Dec 2009 | 3 comments

Veritas Storage Foundation and Veritas Cluster Server 5.1 are now available to customers. Below are a few key areas of innovation that you can expect in version 5.1:

  1. Zero reboot install and zero reboot upgrade to version 5.1:
    • Rolling upgrades for Storage Foundation, Cluster File System, Veritas Cluster Server and Storage Foundation for RAC clusters
    • Smaller host footprint with a 70% reduction in the number of packages for the full distribution
    • Removing the need for license keys to enable product functionality. To learn more, visit the keyless licensing blog and the keyless licensing video.
  2. Fully automated Solid State Drive (SSD)...
Dev Roy | 05 Dec 2009 | 0 comments

Storage Foundation HA 5.1 introduces keyless feature enablement. The primary objective of keyless is to improve the customer experience with Storage Foundation HA (SFHA) and make it easier to deploy, manage and use our products. Note that a customer continues to be required to have valid licenses for the product they are running. Entitlement does not change in 5.1

As customer would still require NFR keys hence this document shall be useful for customers Register and get their license keys and make 5.1 With Key after 60 days or else if customer is running on older version then also they can use the same procedure for the aquisition of license keys. Also this document provides information on how to download their product that they have purchased.

If you need more information on SFHA5.1 keyless then please visit the blog introducing-...

Dev Roy | 04 Dec 2009 | 1 comment

Symantec Employees are well aware of DocCentral but many users / clients are not aware of that it is available and they can download User Guides, Admin Guides, Release Notes, Installation Guides, Mannual Pages etc for the various flavours of UNIX ( AIX, Solaris, HP-UX ), Linux and Windows for entire Storage Foundation product line.

Please find the link bellow for Storage Foundation DocCentral:
http://sfdoccentral.symantec.com

Regards,
Dev Roy.

paul_cusick | 04 Dec 2009 | 3 comments

Overview

Starting with Storage Foundation HA 5.1, you can enable features using keyless licenses. The primary objective of keyless is to improve the customer experience with Storage Foundation HA (SFHA) and make it easier to deploy, manage and use our products. Keyless licensing continues to apply for all future releases starting with SFHA 5.1. Starting with Storage Foundation HA 6.1, ApplicationHA supports keyless licensing. Note that a customer continues to be required to have valid licenses for the product he/she is running. Entitlement does not change in 5.1 and beyond.

Review the information provided below as well as the attached pdf to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • What is the advantage of using keyless versus standard licensing?
    • Keyless simplifies the task of a system admin deploying SFHA in a production environment. It also results in better overall system...
dshupp | 10 Nov 2009 | 0 comments
Veritas Cluster Server One 5.0 is released on November 2nd 2009
 
Product Overview
 
Product Description:
 
Veritas Cluster Server One is the next generation of high availability solution to solve the emerging availability problems in virtualized, consolidated modern data centers. Veritas Cluster Server One provides rich awareness and control of both the applications as well as virtual machines. Veritas Cluster Server One maximizes application availability while minimizing capital and operational expenditure in virtual and scale-out environments. At the core is a flexible, scalable architecture which provides key capabilities such as local and remote failover, multi-tier application control, active/active data centers, prioritized availability, role-based access control, automation and standardization across physical and virtual environments.
 ...
Rishi Manocha | 09 Nov 2009 | 0 comments

Symantec is proud to announce the launch of Veritas Operations Services 2.0 (VOS 2.0). This release is a culmination of months of development based on customer feedback, and represents a significant step forward in the overall value that Veritas Storage Foundation, Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows and Veritas Cluster Server customers can expect to receive from VOS.

This underpinning of the release is an integrated customer experience which encompasses VOS services that customers have used for over two years. Below are key highlights of the release:

  • Updated look and feel of the site, reports, notifications, and search capabilities including a customizable dashboard
  • Increased visibility of vital information through integrated searches for patches, documentation, and UMI codes
  • Improved efficiency of data collection and reporting through an integrated data collector
  • Better data center coverage with increased  integration of...
Sandeep Agarwal | 26 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

Recently we got an escalation from the field on AIX in which we saw that gab paniced the node because it got a packet with a wrong sequence number. On further debugging we found that everything was correct except that 1 bit in the gab sequence number was flipped from 0 to 1 thus causing gab to panic the node since it suspected data corruption.
 
So, we asked the customer to enable LLT checksums (which are disabled by default) and see what happens. With LLT checksums enabled we saw that one of the LLT links reported a few LLT checksums errors and then again gab paniced the node with the same error - same sequence number bit flipped from a 0 to a 1.
 
So, we then asked the customer to turn on LLT checksum level 2. This level basically calculates 2 checksums, one for the messages received from gab (called mcksum - which is verified for corruption just before we deliver the msg to gab on the receiver) and one for the full...

Rick Stallcop | 26 Oct 2009 | 0 comments
CommandCentral Storage 5.1.1 is now available
 Product Overview
 New Features, Functionality, and Highlights:
 
·         EMC Celerra Support
·         Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM) Support
·         User Group Support
·         Non-system user discovery of Microsoft SQL Server
·         Default Discovery of ESX Servers is through VI SDK
·         Microsoft SQL 2008 Support
·         Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Support
·      ...
Rick Stallcop | 26 Oct 2009 | 0 comments
Veritas Storage Foundation and High Availability Solutions 5.0.1 on HP-UX 11i v3 is now available
The product documentation is available at http://sfdoccentral.symantec.com
 
The Late Breaking News is available at http://support.veritas.com/docs/331560
 
Storage Foundation and High Availability Solutions 5.0 RU3 for IBM Power on Linux is now Available