Author: Barkz

Cisco PowerTool for setting up FlashStack Virtual Server Infrastructure

This is a great example of using the Cisco UCS PowerTool Suite for Microsoft PowerShell to setup a FlashStack. The Cisco UCS manager can be a bit overwhelming [...]

Access FlashBlade using the Pure Storage PowerShell SDK

In the latest release of the PowerShell SDK (1.7.4.0) we included a new cmdlet for sending CLI commands to the FlashArray. We added this cmdlet in case any new [...]

Using Protection Groups with VSS Snapshots

A common question I get about the Pure Storage Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) provider is; "How can I replicate a VSS snapshot?" Our VSS provider takes [...]

Pure Storage PowerShell SDK 1.7.4.0 Released

This new release adds support for connecting to Pure Storage FlashArray using IPv6. The only change in the connectivity process using New-PfaArray is using an [...]

New! Scale-Out Files Services with Windows Storage Server 2016

Rolling out of the lab and into production a new Pure Storage reference architecture (Download) for deploying a highly-available and scale-out Microsoft® [...]

New! FlashStack™ Mini CI for Microsoft Applications with Hyper-V

Hot off the presses, the new FlashStack™ Mini Converged Infrastructure Design Guide for Microsoft Applications with Hyper-V (Download). This new FlashStack [...]

Pure Storage Non-Disruptive Video Series – Chapter 3, the FINALE!

The final chapter in the Non-Disruptive Video Series is now available! In this chapter we focus on upgrading from a Pure Storage FlashArray//m20 to a [...]

Pure Storage PowerShell ISE Add-on

We all have ideas we all come up with daily based on customer interactions, self-learning or working with engineering. But the chance to make one of those [...]

Simple Provisioning Script to Create Multiple Volumes and Adding to a PGroup

Got this question today that a customer was looking for a provisioning script that allowed them to create several hundred volumes with assigned prefixes and [...]

New Release! Pure Storage PowerShell SDK 1.6.6.0

This new release of the Pure Storage PowerShell SDK provides easier access to IO and Space reporting metrics. For those customers that are interested in [...]

Checking for Active Remote Assist Session

Pure Storage support uses Remote Assist to help customers upgrade and troubleshoot should an issue arise. There have been a few requests from our System [...]

Ignite, Ignite, Ignite

Microsoft Ignite is always a great show because I finally get a chance to nerd out with like minded people. This year I am even more excited because of the [...]

Best Practice: Disable Disk Fragmentation Scheduled Task

By default Windows Server creates a scheduled task for defrag. Connected drives from a Pure Storage FlashArray do not need this defragmentation operation [...]

Create a Hierarchy Tree of Hosts, Volumes & Snapshots

The following script creates a visual hierarchy to show the Host to Volume to Snapshot relationship. PowerShell script: Clear-Host $return = Read-Host [...]

Get GitHub Download Release Metrics

Cody Hosterman, Argenis Fernandez and I have posted a lot of content to GitHub and one of the details I always wanted to know was "# of downloads for project [...]

Find All Disconnected Volumes

Updates 5/2/2017 - Added size of disconnected volume output. 5/1/2017 - Fixed bugs. There are many ways to determine what volumes are connected to a host [...]

Retrieving Members of Directory Service Configuration

Once Pure Storage FlashArray Directory Services has been configured seeing who has been added to the different defined groups (Array_Admin_Group, [...]

Always Use VIR IP for Pure Storage SMI-S Provider

When using the Pure Storage SMI-S Provider ALWAYS use the VIR IP address. The SMI-S Provider runs on the Active (Primary) controller and using the VIR IP [...]

Pure Storage + HoloLens

I’m so excited, it’s already been fun to develop demos for the capabilities of the Pure Storage platform but now its time for some new demos. First off, [...]

Setting up System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 with Pure Storage

We introduced support for Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) with the release of Purity 4.6. I covered the Pure Storage SMI-S Provider [...]

Pure Storage Non-Disruptive Video Series – Chapter 2

The next chapter in the Non-Disruptive Video Series is now available! In this chapter we focus on upgrading from a Pure Storage FlashArray FA-420 to a [...]

PowerShell SDK & Toolkit available via the PowerShell Gallery

On the heels of my post about transitioning to use PowerShell Remoting I have made the Pure Storage PowerShell SDK and Toolkit available via the [...]

Correlate a Volume to Source Snapshot

I received a request from a customer to determine what snapshot is the source of a created volume. Before I dig into how to determine the correlation using the [...]

PowerShell Remoting…Start Transitioning If You Haven’t

With the upcoming release of Windows Server 2016, Nano Server and all things related to Microsoft Azure learning PowerShell Remoting and start relying less and [...]

Integration of Pure Storage with SolarWinds®

All-flash arrays are the new normal in the data center. Pure Storage simplicity meets SolarWinds® end-to-end IT infrastructure management After several [...]

Updated Pure Storage PowerShell Toolkit

I have updated the Pure Storage PowerShell Toolkit with a new cmdlet for testing Windows Server settings based on our best practices. The new release can be [...]

Pure Storage Non-Disruptive Video Series – Chapter 1

Since joining Pure Storage I've been able to work on very interesting projects but the Non-Disruptive Video Series has been one of my favorites. The goal of [...]

New! FlashStack for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

FlashStack is a flexible, all-flash converged infrastructure solution from Pure Storage® that brings the flash revolution to your data center. It combines the [...]

What Volume is Connected to What Host?

There was a Pure1 Community forum question asking how to identify what volume is connected to what host? Here are some simple scripts to display with no [...]

Demonstration of New Microsoft Azure Integration

During the Pure//Accelerate 2016 conference we announced the  Pure Storage Hybrid All-Flash Cloud with Microsoft Azure. During the conference we presented [...]

New Pure Storage PowerShell SDK Release

Today we released the new Pure Storage® PowerShell SDK 1.5. This new release addresses some core changes to the SDK that include: Upgraded to support [...]

Announcing: Pure Storage All-Flash Cloud for Microsoft Azure

Today is an exciting day at Pure Storage! Holding our 1st User Conference: Pure//Accelerate; announcing new products: FlashArray//m10 and FlashBlade; along [...]

Misconception of Microsoft Exchange Server support with Pure Storage FlashArray

The question from customers that consistently comes up is regarding support for Microsoft Exchange Server with a Pure Storage FlashArray. The simple answer is [...]

Pure Storage 40,000 Mailbox Resiliency Storage Solution (ESRP)

Unlike traditional disk based storage solutions where various arrays are designed to address specific customer profiles, FlashArray//m is designed to [...]

New PowerShell ISE *Preview* & PowerShell Gallery

There are so many great PowerShell development/scripting tools that have been developed offering a wide variety of features for every level of scripter. I’ve [...]

Photo of the Day: Pure Storage FlashArray//m Series Systems

Thanks to Alex Touchette who took an amazing perspective shot of a row of Pure Storage FlashArray//m series systems. Feel free to download and use as your [...]

Remove the Windows Features You Don’t Need to Save Some Space

Windows Server comes with a wealth of Roles and Features. In many cases not everyone uses all of the Roles or Features on every server deployed, physical or [...]

How-To: Enabling/Disabling Remote Assist with the PowerShell SDK

A question that is coming up often as more and more customers leverage the Pure Storage PowerShell SDK for automation management is, “How do I control [...]

$200 Discount Code for Pure//Accelerate, What do you want to learn?

Want to join us at Pure//Accelerate and save $200 off the registration fee??? The solution is as simple as our management interface: Send a tweet with [...]

Accelerate Your Pure Storage Experience

After being at Pure Storage for the last 2+ years there are so many amazing moments that I have experienced but if I could distill it down into my Top 5 here [...]

Kicking the Deployment Tires with Microsoft Nano Server

I finally started playing around with Microsoft Nano Server this past week and am quite amazed at the implementation of this new Windows Server deployment [...]

Pure Storage SMI-S Provider Overview

With the release of Purity 4.6 we introduce support for the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S).This specification was created by the Storage [...]

Learn about Commvault IntelliSnap technology integration with Pure Storage

Commvault adds orchestration and functional value on top of the Pure Storage FlashRecover Snapshot technology with the IntelliSnap™ technology snapshot [...]

Using the PowerShell SDK with System Center 2012 Orchestrator

The Pure Storage PowerShell SDK presents opportunities to automate tasks in a variety of different applications, services and tools. In this post, I want to [...]

Read a Password from a Secure File for use with the PowerShell SDK

Quick post on how to store and retrieve passwords to automate login to the Pure Storage FlashArray using the PowerShell SDK. We will use the basis of a [...]

Getting Started with the Pure Storage PowerShell SDK

A picture (or video in this case) is worth a thousand words. In this video I walk through the following: Installing the Pure Storage PowerShell SDK [...]

Calculating Block Size Using the Powershell SDK

The Pure Storage PowerShell SDK covers all aspects of management and automation for the FlashArray FA-400 series and the FlashArray//m series. In many of the [...]

“Pure Reduce” — Winner of the ASCII Art Competition

We held an ASCII art competition during the month of July and today we are announcing the winner. Congratulations, Andrew Reeves of Tecolote Research, [...]

Pure Storage PowerShell SDK FAQs

I have been fielding a few questions about the new release of the Pure Storage PowerShell SDK and I wanted to share the answers more broadly to ensure everyone [...]

Getting Started with the Pure Storage Python Toolkit

What?!? The Python Toolkit on the PowerShell Guy’s blog? Hell yeah I say, a cook is only as good as the number of spices and how to use those spices. I [...]
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