Monthly Archives: November 2015

Another vSphere 6 Bug ->

Looks like another serious bug has been found for vSphere 6.  At the time of this post, no fix or patch has been released.  It doesn’t affect the actual operation of VMs, but can cause incorrect values to be returned when CBT values are calculated.  Which means any backup software that uses CBT (like 99.9% of most backup jobs) will end up with backed up data that isn’t restorable.  I’m quite happy with my decsion to stay with 5.5.  Get it together VMWare!

One Drive Pricing

Microsoft recently announced changes to thier One Drive pricing.  They’ve done away with the unlimted tier completely, citing they had users actually using it as unlimited storage (to the tune of 75 TB for each top end user).  Obviously that is extreme, but still…..if you sell something as an unlimited thing shouldn’t it be unlimited?  Whatever you think about it, Microsoft’s answer was to remove the unlimted storage option completely.  Other changes to the paid tier include:

  • Removal of the 100 GB and 200 GB plans, to be replaced with a 50 GB plan for $1.99 a month
  • The free tier will decrease from 15 GB to 5 GB, and the bonus 15 GB storage for uploading camera photos will be discontinued

Office 365 subscribers will be able to keep thier current level of storage for 12 months while they find someplace else to put the data.

Something worth pointing with all of these changes, the much “hated” and much complained about iCloud storage prices are either the same price or cheaper in 2 of the 3 tiers!

  • 50 GB for $.99 / month vs 200 GB for $1.99 / month
  • 200 GB for $2.99 / month vs $3.99 / month
  • 1 TB for $9.99 /month vs  $6.99 /month (includes Office 365)

I’ve not been able to find out for certain, but I believe Microsoft hosts One Drive themselves (I would assume on Azure) vs building it on top of a competing product like AWS.  I wonder what Microsoft will do with all of this reclaimed storage?  Users have 12 months to get the data off, given the lifecycle of enterprise storage….it wouldn’t suprise me in the slightest to find out 12 months from now is the planned end of life for a lot of disk arrays.  By doing this now, Microsoft will save themselves from needing to purchase a ton of hardware in 2016.  Either that, or perhaps we’ll see a reduction in storage pricing on Azure as the extra capacity is folding into that system.  Which works out great, anytime Azure or AWS lowers pricing the other one usually follows suit.  Works out great for consumers!

Cacti & Status Board

Something that has been on my list of things to look into for sometime is a way to integrate our monitoring applications (a combination of Veeam One, Cacti, and Icinga) and some “pretty” way of displaying all of the various WAN links and services on the wall.  Panic’s Status Board has always seemed like a great way to handle this, once I figured out a way to get the data formatted in a correct way and fed into it.

The easiest place to start seemed to be Cacti, all I needed to do was get the data from its graphs outputed and into Status Board.  I eventually found Adam Machin’s blog post about exporting graph data from Cacti into CSV files, which is one of the input types Cacti can accept.  His post got me started with a Cacti plugin named NmidDataExport that dumps the graph data to a CSV file on the Cacti server every two minutes.  The path to save the CSV file can be specified, I simply made it a path under /var/www so that it was accessible via Cacti’s Apache web server and *poof*!  As long as the iPad running Status Board is on the internal wifi that can access the VLAN the Cacti server is on, we’re in business!

The graphs Status Board makes are perfect for what I was looking for.  However there seems to be a bug in Status Board and dealing with the files generated by NmidDataExport.  It causes Status Board to crash as soon as it tries to open the file.  I am not sure but I believe it is due to how many digits exist after the decimal point in the CSV file.  I’ve got a support ticket open with Panic, they are working on a fix that wil be released shortly.  Once that is out, I’ll get some screenshots posted.  Between now and then I need to get to work on how I’m going to get data out of Veeam One or Icinga and into Status Board.  If anyone has any tips, contact me on Twitter or via email!