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Michael Black | 07 Mar 2013 | 0 comments

 

Hi, all.

We have released a set of articles that contain information about troubleshooting the "failed" disk status, as reported by vxdisk.

Here is the link:

"Failed" or "failed was" is reported by vxdisk
http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH200618

Since this is a broad topic, the "technote" is actually a set of about a dozen article that have been organized into a logical tree structure, with TECH200618 at its "root."

Let us know what you think!
 

Regards,

Mike

jmartin | 28 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

 

On February 20, 2013, Symantec completed another release of Symantec Operations Readiness Tool (SORT)! With SORT’s focus of improving the total customer experience for Storage Foundation and NetBackup customers, we’ve added the following Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions features and improvements to the website:

  • Support of the Storage Foundation 6.0.2 release

Visit SORT at http://sort.symantec.com to see why thousands of Symantec customers continue to gain value from the site.

 

dennis_wenk | 27 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

The modern organization is highly dependent on information technology, simultaneously and quite unintentionally, information technology has introduced new exposures which have deceptively seeped into every layer of the financial organization.  The likelihood that an organization will experience a catastrophic loss from an IT-service interruption caused by an IT issue is far greater than an interruption coming from some disaster or ‘black swan’ event.  Still, the key to survival is allocating the appropriate amount of resources to the “right” risks; while that may include planning contingencies for a worse-case scenario, to be rational about risk more guidance regarding the investment tradeoffs that mitigate risk.

The “Big Question” is how to optimize scarce resources today, to achieve the greatest reduction in future losses.  The Big Question two components: (1) which risks are the serious ones and...

bpascua | 20 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

Recently one of my customers had a series of outages in the Communications between their buildings. The upshot of this is because of the way they had deployed their clusters they weren’t protected against their cluster nodes losing communications between each other. I have seen mixed experiences from my customers in terms of split brain issues (split brain is when all nodes in a cluster begin writing in an uncoordinated fashion to shared storage as they each believe they are the last node in the cluster)

I have seen customers running Campus Clusters with no split brain protection and have yet to see any problems. I have also seen other customers who go belt and braces using IO fencing which is built into VERITAS cluster server. Some have issues due to the way they handle the IO fencing devices as they are often not understood. So what's it all about then? it’s pretty simple.

For a cluster to work there needs to be a communication system between the...

c3lsius | 19 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

The Veritas Operations Manager team is launching a new version middle of this year, and we want you (current or new customers) to try out the beta and give us feedback. Check out the VOM and VOM Advanced 6.0 Technology Preview post on what new features you can expect and how to participate in the beta program.

Also, the VOM Tell Your Story Contest for current VOM or VOM Advanced customers has been extended to April 30, 2013. Share your experience about VOM or VOM Advanced to earn extra Symantec Connect points. Here are the contest details.

AlanTLR | 11 Feb 2013 | 1 comment

My role as a Systems Administrator and storage provisioner often results in requests for additional space, usually from an Oracle database administrator.  This often provides a challenge, as working under a very limited budget we often have to re-allocate resources.  We decided to try out Veritas Operations Manager before looking at Veritas Operations Manager Advanced.  

Using Veritas Operations Manager helps in the monitoring of the disk space and also allows one to view the tablespaces quickly of the databases, so one can tell if there's room for the Database Administrators to adjust the sizes of the tablespaces.  In most of my cases, where there is not more space available on the Oracle's filesystem and all tablespaces are full, I've been able to look at the free space of my other VXVM filesystems and re-allocate from there (Attachment 3, vomimg03...

TonyGriffiths | 01 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

Veritas Storage Foundation and High Availability Solutions (SFHA) 6.0.3 is now available

For AIX , Solaris, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux and HP-UX

SORT links are below:

 

Use SORT notifications to receive updates on new patches and documentation.

 

Cheers

Tony

 

 

 

 

 

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Product

Release type

Patch name

Release date

1

Veritas Storage Foundation HA 6.0.1

Maintenance Release

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Kimberley | 29 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

 

As Fujian Mobile in China rapidly grew from 2 million customers in 2003 to nearly 30 million today, the need for a secure, highly available, and efficient billing system became ever more important. Previous solutions suffered, becoming increasingly slow. It was simply unacceptable. After evaluating its options, Fujian selected Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows from Symantec. Consequently, Fujian witnessed unprecedented success with the new solution. Results include up to eightfold faster processing, the ability to re-assign 15 IT staff to more valuable tasks, a 50 percent reduction in storage needed for billing and reclaiming more than 10 terabytes. To learn more about how Symantec’s cluster file storage system drastically improved Fujian Mobile’s billing system, follow this link http://bit.ly/V29aY8   

bpascua | 23 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

When we talk about TRIM we aren’t referring to losing a few founds after Christmas, although I could certainly use that. TRIM refers to Solid State Drive and Flash technologies,  which are now becoming more prevalent in Data Centres as well as our consumer world. If you look to buy a laptop these days there is a strong case for opting for a solid state drive to give you faster boot up times and performance. Similarly there are many options in the Enterprise market from true flash arrays like Violin to the PCI accelerator cards like Fusion IO. In order to understand TRIM you need to have an idea of how Flash storage works. SSD’s use NAND memory to store and transfer information in pages.  A collection of pages  makes up a blocks. You cannot delete a page, you can only delete a chunk of pages (block) So when you delete a file it actually just gets marked for deletion and at a later time when enough pages are available they are deleted. This practice slows...

dennis_wenk | 17 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

A principal challenge many enterprises face is identifying exposures to their complex IT infrastructures.   There are considerable business dependencies on this strategic resource and weaknesses within the IT-infrastructure may lead to serious business interruptions.   It is not enough however, to merely identify weaknesses; the impact of those weaknesses must also be clearly understood and quantified.  This is an important point because it is difficult to know how much to invest to strengthen the infrastructure unless there is a sense of the size of the risk to the organization.

IT infrastructures can fail due to a wide range of events.  These events can be as simple as a process failure or as catastrophic as a full system crash.  It is unrealistic and costly to eliminate each and every harmful event; therefore, a priority ranking based on the consequence of the event is very useful.  Ranking the potentially damaging events based on...