Posts Tagged ‘mbrscan’

MRBAlign for ESX availability is now live on NetApp NOW site

March 31st, 2009

I know some of you have been waiting patiently for MBRAlign after finding out that your ESX Virtual Machines have been out of alignment all this time (A common trend which affects nearly everyone who uses ESX!)

Well, the wait is over! Now you can actually go and download MBRAlign directly from the NetApp toolchest, without having to wait for someone (like me;)) to give you a copy to download! (I do appreciate you asking, and am more than happy to provide you the tools in any event :))

If you’ve used the MBRScan tool before, in order to determine if your machines are aligned or not, that is still available as part of the VMware ESX Host Utilities Kit (v5)

And now you can download MBRAlign directly from the NetApp Toolchest! Hoorah!  I implore you to please read the mbralign.pdf first before you do anything!

For some additional information on this, I encourage you to check out the NetApp community article which echos a number of these statements.

UPDATE – mbralign is available from the ToolChest on the website

So, check it out, let me know if you run into any problems or issues and I’ll see what I can do about em! ;)

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Sweet! NetApp VMware ESX Host Utility Kit 5.0R1 + mbrscan!

January 28th, 2009

Sweet! Yea, you heard me, sweet!

The VMware ESX Host Utility Kit v5.0R1 was just released! Hooray!

And one of the coolest parts of it – mbrscan!

mbrscan – interrogates a disk file and reports on the primary partitions’ alignment

For those of you who haven’t used mbrscan, you can use it to check the alignment of your vm’s in order to determine if they’re properly aligned on disk.  I’ve done it on countless vm’s with great success.

The even greater success will come about when you use mrbalign which I hope to see get approved and added to the HUK sometime in the near future! (Though if you want/need access to mbralign, which actually –aligns- your vm’s for you – contact your local Sales/PS org :))

No, that wasn’t a pitch, that was merely a factual statement, it’s a sweet tool though! I used that to align my VM’s I run on VMware fusion :)

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