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Using PowerShell to store S3 objects on Pure Storage FlashBlade

Update 12/5/2018: Pure Storage has modified the returned JSON file.  The AccessKey is no longer stored as Id, rather it is stored as Name.  I’ve updated the code below to reflect that.

Part of my job involves managing our storage fleet, both block storage and some file level services.  I recently had a conversation with some developers about methods in which we were storing files.  The current process involved multiple layers consisting of applications, servers, virtualization and storage systems.  Not that great for a rapidly growing file system.

I suggested to the team that we investigate the use of our Pure Storage FlashBlade investment.  The FlashBlade has native S3-compliant object store support, which would make it an ideal platform for what we were looking to do.  To prove out that the FlashBlade could be up for the task, and to give some basic examples, I leveraged the AWS Tools for PowerShell to do some file manipulation on a bucket within our FlashBlade.  If you’re looking to start doing some object storage on your FlashBlade check out the cmdlets here.  Don’t forget to check out the FlashBlade REST API guide to see how you could write some native API integration and bypass the AWS tools entirely.

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Booting ESXi in UEFI mode on Cisco UCS

Note: This process should work for Windows and Linux as well.  Verify the EFI boot path for the OS.

Through ESXi 6.0 I have run my hosts in Legacy BIOS mode on UCS.  There just was nothing significant enough worth the hassle of switching to UEFI on UCS (rather: I had more important fires to put out…).  The one feature I did want, Secure Boot, wasn’t supported by ESXi 6.0 and earlier.

vSphere 6.5 introduced support for Secure Boot.   Mike Foley has a great blog post about Secure Boot in ESXi 6.5.  If you are starting your 6.5 upgrade and are using Legacy mode, consider switching to UEFI.  It’s minimal effort and increases the security of your hypervisor.

Since I was working on rolling out a new UCS environment with ESXi 6.5 in a remote office environment, this felt like a great time to switch to UEFI and get the benefits of Secure Boot.  This is not complicated on UCS, but there is a new Boot Policy that must be created.  This policy can be reused for Windows (and other OS).

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Legrand Home Automation DNS Change

We built our house a few years ago.  Before all the drywall went up I wired tons of networking into each room, including for for the Legrand Home Automation system and whole house audio.  The core home automation module, the HA7000, is the integration work engine of the system.  It connects to Legrand’s cloud servers for remote alerting, updating, etc.  On February 20th, 2018 they had a significant service outage and their restoration procedure is not so seamless.  Rather than following their instructions of changing my home router’s DNS forwarder I broke out tcpdump and did some digging.  So if you have a Legrand system, need to do this update, and don’t want to pass your DNS traffic to them, read on.

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Are you registered for VMworld 2018?

It’s almost VMworld time!

Have you checked out the VMworld site yet and registered?  VMworld 2018 is being held in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay from August 26 – August 30.


VMworld is by far the conference I look forward to the most each and every year, and I can hardly believe it’s almost VMworld time again!  Each year VMworld gets bigger and better, and I am sure 2018 will be no exception.  This will be my 6th time heading to the event and I still find something new each trip.  If you’re looking to register for your first VMworld trip here’s some pointers I have learned from my trips so far.

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Welcome to my Blog

The Information Technology field is quite a unique space to plant roots for a career.  Very few fields have such open sharing of ideas, projects and aspirations as this field.  I have been quite fortunate to have entered into the IT space just as the Internet and online services were really becoming A Thing™.  I have always been amazed by just how eager fellow colleagues and peers are to share their ideas, scripts, projects, goals and accomplishments through both in person (conferences, work, over dinner) and through electronic mediums (blogs, forum posts, Slack channels).  Up until the beginning of this year I have been an in-office employee, which has afforded me the opportunity to share my knowledge and help empower others, just like those that helped me when I started out in this industry (thank you Russ).  I have always felt a great sense of satisfaction and pride when I can convey a topic to a colleague and recognize the light bulb go off.  However at the beginning of this year I embarked on a new opportunity, affording me the ability to work from my home office almost 100% of the time.  While this has granted me great changes in my work/life balance, it has to some degree removed my ability to share knowledge and exchange thoughts and ideas with others in my field.

Enter this sumistev.com.

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