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Microsoft Egypt Open Doors, what to expect, meet us there #Microsoft #Egypt #Cairo #opendoors

February 15, 2012 Leave a comment

it has been a while since the last blog entry, I so moved with this post and proud of it, we are so excited about the upcoming event for Microsoft Egypt open doors that will be held next Monday 20/2/2012.

I will not speak in the event, Microsoft has decided that this year speakers should be MSFTs, but we will have some cool demos to run in the demo area, my team and I will have some very cool demo to show you in the event, we have 3 main demos to run:

  • I will be presenting Exchange/SQL workload on Hyper-v and the benefits/challenges of running those workloads on top of Hyper-v.
  • Karim Hamdy and I will be presenting the DR site how to with Windows Data Center  2008 R2 edition, Hyper-v and Netapp for Active Directory, SQL, Exchange and Hyper-v workloads demystifying the building blocks for having a DR site for your main site on top of Hyper-v.
  • Mai Fawzi, will be demoing large VDI workload on top of Windows Data Center 2008 R2 with Citrix Xendesktop.

We will be waiting for you in the event, will be also happy to speak to you with regarding any specific technical workload you have enquiry about.

you can register in this link: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/InviteOnly.aspx?EventID=39-14-67-BB-B1-DE-12-3D-F4-CC-1B-89-E1-F2-07-4F&Culture=en-EG

See you there

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[Blog Post] Timeout error when Trying to connect to a disk drive over iSCSI using #Netapp #snapdrive

October 2, 2011 8 comments

Consider the following scenario:

you have a Netapp SAN, you created a FlexVol and Created a SAN LUN to be accessed from a system over iSCSI, when you connect to the LUN from the Snapdrive from the iSCSI initiator you get the following error

Error code : A timeout of 120 secs elapsed while waiting for volume arrival notification from the operating system.

Cause:

if you create the LUN from the System Manager or the CLI, the Drive MUST be formatted first before adding it using Snapdrive, otherwise you must create the LUN using the Snapdrive wizard.

to solve this issue:

create the LUN using the snapdrive wizard or following the following steps:

1- assign the LUN/s to the server that will access the LUN/s by assigning initiator group to the LUN

2- format the drive and don’t map any drive letter to it.

3- disconnect the LUNs from the host by removing the LUN mapping to the initiator group.

4- connect to the drive using the snapdrive software.

it worth mentioning that it the best practice is to create the LUNs from the snapdrive interface unless you really need to pre-create the LUNs.

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Speaking on Wednesday 28/9 at Microsoft about VDI building blocks with #Microsoft,#Citrix & #Netapp #mvpbuzz #xendesktop

September 11, 2011 Leave a comment

next Wednesday I will speak at Microsoft hero event about VDI building blocks with Microsoft, Citrix and Netapp solutions.

the session will be level 300-350 going from design to implementation, the session content will be:

No Marketing stuff , it is All Hot technical materials. so Drink a lot of Coffee :), The session is for Arabic language speakers

 book your calendar, you can confirm your registration and share it on linedin or facebook:

Linkedin:  http://events.linkedin.com/VDI-Building-Blocks-Microsoft-Citrix/pub/785942

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=215307091861783

– Introduction to Desktop Virtualization and what does it mean.

– Benefits of VDI for corporates

– Building Blocks for VDI:

    • Understand Hypervisor Requirements, Hyper-v, SCVMM
    • Understand Connection Broker Requirements Xendesktop
    • Understand application delivery requirements (Terminal Services and Xenapp)
    • Understand VDI Type and OS Delivery Types.

– Get your VDI on the right track:

  • Sizing your Hypervisor correctly Including Memory, Processor and Storage.
  • Designing Operating System Delivery
  • Sizing your application delivery infrastructure
  • Sizing remote access and network
  • Storage optimization matrix for VDI deployments (De-duplication, Thin Provisioning and Snapshots)
  • Design backup and restore

– Lab for end to end solution implementation

See you there,

NetApp and VMware View 5,000-Seat Performance Report #Netapp #vmware #vdi

September 5, 2011 Leave a comment

I got evolved in the past few months in designing and implementing large VDI solution, that will be weird for an Exchange MVP but I love the virtualization technology and couldn’t resist the temptation.

one of the most ugly parts of the VDI project is the storage design, in fact every VDI architect knows that storage sizing is one the painful aspects and one of the most critical parts for the VDI deployment success.

I spent hours trying to figure out the best model for the IOPs and Storage calculations for best and optimum user experience, and through hundreds of documents from Citrix, Netapp and Microsoft I found my method.

to start here is a nice link that will help you understand how things will go and spare the time of re-explaining the process

http://blogs.citrix.com/?s=Finding+a+Better+Way+to+Estimate+IOPS+for+VDI&submit_button=Search

to better know Citrix’s Side of the story (watch out, the CTX holds a lot of netapp’s data although that it doesn’t use or recommend netapp) http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX130632

and finally we see a closer look to storage performance from netapp, I have to say that this is one of the most well written documents concerning storage, storage performance and storage reporting, the document can be read here

http://media.netapp.com/documents/tr-3949.pdf

 

what I really loved that the report says that storage performance goes into several stages of its life cycle within the VDI project. the biggest IOPs hits are received during the first login attempts which is displayed in table 11 in the TR:

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what made me excited that I developed my own IOPs predictor that I used for my projects, gladly my calculation were less than 1000 IOPs difference than the actual testing WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO

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I will put the calculator under further testing and it should be published later this month.

 

have a nice VDI sizing.

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