The New #EMC #Networker

Today EMC is announcing the new Networker 8 via a webcast, so I decided that I will be blogging about it as I watch it so I’ll be posting some highlights and new features as I go !

It is Networker’s 22nd Anniversary and for the announcement EMC has done a racing themed webcast that is set in a racing garage. EMC is comparing the new Networker 8 to a V8 engine.

Some of the Networker 8 Highlights:

The statement BACKUP LOG is not allowed while the recovery model is SIMPLE

When backing up SQL databases using the incremental option the backup job fails with “The statement BACKUP LOG is not allowed while the recovery model is SIMPLE” This is because the recovery model of the database being backed up is currently set to “Simple”. To resolve this error you must either change the database backup type to full, or change the database recovery model in SQL to either “BulkLogged or Full”.
The new EMC Avamar 6.1 Microsoft SQL plugin feature actually detects the recovery model of the database and skips the incremental backup, places a message in the log and automatically promotes the backup from an incremental to a full backup. So you can also upgrade Avamar to version 6.1 to resolve this error as well.

Avamar 6.1 Unified Proxy Appliance for VMware

I’m going back over some of the new differences in Avamar 6.1 and am very impressed with the enhancements that Avamar now has with VMware image based backups. Before version 6.1 you needed a seperate image proxy for Linux and a seperate proxy for Windows, now with the new proxy design both Operating Systems have been integrated into one proxy. Not only does the proxy support both OS’s but now it also supports File Level Recovery to both OS’s where as Windows was only supported previously. To be more specific; the Unified Proxy now supports Windows NTFS, and Linux ext2, ext3, and LVM. The proxy does NOT support the following: Windows GPT Partitions, Windows Dynamic disks, Extended Partitions, Encypted Partitions, Compressed Partitions, or XFS.

Retractable buttons on a flatscreen ?

I just got done checking out the video below and I am very impressed. If this works well it will be a game changer. I remember living off of my Blackberry Curve and typing faster on that mini keyboard than I could on my laptop, and then purchasing an iPhone 3G. I had the hardest time adapting to that new keyboard that had no feeling to it. Now I am seeing an amazing combination of both worlds ! I will be one of the first to try this out. Very Cool !

EMC ICSEA Isilon Certified

Posting up the next certification as I’m now completed with 2 of 3 of my goal for the month. Didnt seem like there was too much difference on the training between the ICSEA and the ICSA, but I’m going to assume the technical certifications will be much different. I’m not one to hang up physical certificates on my wall in my home office, so I decided to make a certifications page on my blog so I can visually keep track of all of them. It will take me awhile to dig up all of the other certifications but I’ll go ahead and start with the Isilon certs.

Isilon Certified Sales Associate

Well its official, I’ve completed step 1 of 3 in my Isilon certification adventure. So I’m going to hang this up on my blog wall and I’ll be making room for the next couple here shortly.

Isilon Training

I’m going through Isilon certification courses today as well as joining a training class this morning. Starting to take a plunge into big data best practices. I’m also overhauling this website so please excuse the dust 😉

Warning 6698 VSS exception code 0x800706be thrown freezing volumes – The remote procedure call failed

When you try to create shadow copies on large volumes that have a small cluster size (less than 4 kilobytes), or if you take snapshots of several very large volumes at the same time, the VSS software provider may use a larger paged pool memory allocation during the shadow copy creation than is required. If there is not sufficient paged pool memory available for the allocation, the shadow copy cannot complete and may cause the loss of all previous shadow copy tasks. Follow this article and apply the fix: