Go fishing at Pure//Accelerate for a Swordfish™

On Wednesday, September 18th @2:00-2:45pm I will be co-presenting with Richelle Ahlvers, Storage Management Software Architect from Broadcom, Inc. If you are interested in understanding how to manage storage systems with new standards, specifically the Swordfish™ Scalable Storage Management (SSM) API Specification (v1.1.0). v1.1.0 is the latest draft of [...]

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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 creating reports this [...]

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 Engineers about [...]

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 further investments [...]

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 performed as it [...]

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 -Prompt 'Enter the [...]

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 X". Although [...]

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 or host group, [...]

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, ReadOnly_Group or [...]

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 allows for [...]

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, Microsoft THANK [...]

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 Overview previously [...]

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 FlashArray//m20. Just as [...]

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 https://powershellgallery.com. [...]

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 Pure Storage [...]

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 less on the use [...]

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 months of work by [...]

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 downloaded [...]

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 the Non-Disruptive [...]

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 latest in [...]

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 need to go to the [...]

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 sessions and [...]

Pure Storage Python Toolkit with BASH on Windows 10

Microsoft recently announced the new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14316 which includes the ability to run native bash on Ubuntu on Windows. First off BRILLIANT! Secondly I [...]

Where are the Pure Storage SDKs and Toolkits?

I have received a lot of questions recently about the locations of the various SDKs and Toolkits for the Pure Storage® Windows PowerShell modules. There are two new [...]

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 Transport Layer [...]

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 with several new [...]

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 Yes, it 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 consolidate multiple data [...]

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 run through the [...]

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 wallpaper, also [...]

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 virtualized. So [...]

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 Remote Assist [...]

$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 why you want to [...]

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 they [...]

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 option. The [...]

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 Networking [...]

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 management feature [...]

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 provide a simple [...]

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 previous post,  [...]

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 1.0.15.0 Installing [...]

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 discussions with [...]

“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, Inc.! Andrew’s [...]

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 understands [...]

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 wanted to just put [...]

Announcing the New Pure Storage PowerShell SDK

We started supporting automation and management of the Pure Storage FlashArray with Windows PowerShell almost a year ago with the Pure Storage PowerShell Toolkit.  The [...]

Backup Automation with SQL Server PowerShell and Pure Storage PowerShell

Microsoft SQL Server is one of the primary workloads that Pure Storage customers run on our FlashArray and a frequent question we get is on the topic of automated backup [...]

Simplify Design of 100% Flash Storage for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 with Flashstack

I’m back from my blogging hiatus after wrapping up the new FlashStack Converged Infrastructure Design Guide for SQL 2014. This was a fun and challenging project building out [...]

Using FlashRecover Snapshots to Quickly Scale Creating Databases

I recently helped with a simple proof of concept to enable the ability to create a number of SQL Server databases without the need to have the MDF and LDF created from scratch [...]

Looking for the Pure Storage PowerShell Toolkit?

The PowerShell Toolkit has been moved to a new GitHub repository. With the soon to be released PowerShell SDK coming which provides full support through our Pure Storage [...]

Sneak Peek: Managing a FlashArray//m with the new Pure Storage PowerShell SDK 1.0

There are a lot of exciting things happening at Pure Storage today. Announcing the new FlashArray//m, our new cloud-based management and support with Pure1 and last but not [...]

Developing the Pure Storage PowerShell Toolkit vNext

The history of the Pure Storage PowerShell Toolkit started with some simple work in Windows PowerShell ISE with 5 basic cmdlets (Get-PfaApiToken, Connect-PfaController, [...]
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