Lewan Named to 2015 Tech Elite 150 List

For the third year in a row, Lewan has been recognized for our exemplary approach to delivery of Managed IT Services and been awarded a spot on the 2015 MSP Elite 150 list, part of CRN’s Managed Service Provider 500 (MSP500) list. The Elite 150 group is recognized as large data center-focused solution providers with a strong mix of on-premise professional services as well as off-premise services.

From CRN:

This annual list distinguishes the top technology providers and consultants in North America whose leading approach to managed services enables their customers to improve operational efficiencies, elicit greater value from their IT investments, and successfully leverage technology to achieve greater competitive advantage.

In today’s world of outsourced IT, the expertise of MSPs has become increasingly important to organizations. The plethora of choices in terms of consumption and procurement of technology can become overwhelming. To help facilitate companies’ selection and adoption of managed services and providers, CRN, the leading media outlet for technology vendors and solution providers who serve end-user customers, has identified the top 500 MSPs.

“The allure of Everything-as-a-Service to organizations is largely rooted in the appeal of predictable operational expenses, cost-cutting, resource allocation and access to on-demand/pay-as-you-go technology. Therein lies a great need for the expertise of managed service providers,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “We congratulate the managed service providers who have engineered, or re-engineered, their businesses to deliver the services their customers rely on for future growth and ongoing success.”

Lewan Named to 2014 Tech Elite 250 List

Lewan has once again earned a prestigious spot on CRN’s 2014 list of Tech Elite 250 IT Solution Providers. This elite group of IT solution providers have invested in the training and education needed to earn the most advanced technical certifications from leading vendors.

Lewan Technology, CRN Tech Elite 250From CRN:

In compiling the list, CRN editors worked with The Channel Company’s research group to define the most customer-beneficial technical certifications in the IT channel. These technical certifications – from vendors including Cisco, Citrix, Dell, HP, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware, and Symantec – have enabled solution providers to deliver the most premium products, service and support to their North American customers.

“The solution providers highlighted on our annual Tech Elite 250 have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and gained industry credibility by investing in the IT certifications necessary to stay competitive and deliver the highest level of service to their customers,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “These featured solution providers have enhanced and strengthened their partnerships by earning some of the most difficult certifications from some of the biggest names in IT. We congratulate these organizations and look forward to their continued success.”

Lewan Selected for Dell’s Cloud Client Computing Specialization

Dell_PartnerDirect_Premier_2011_RGBLewan has been selected as one of only 10 go to partners in North America for Dell’s Cloud Client Computing Partner Program.  Lewan’s capabilities in the applications delivery and client computing space has been recognized one again by our customers and vendor community as we continue to invest in this fast growing technology area. Lewan is a Dell Premier Partner, Citrix Platinum Partner and a VMware Premier Partner with a breadth of capabilities and specializes in delivering solutions in this space.

Join us in Boulder next week for our 40th celebration

Lewan has grown from calculator sales into a comprehensive lineup of IT and printing solutions, but our commitment to local service and support has never wavered since 1972. Stop by for an afternoon of celebration at the Dairy Center for the Arts. Our vendor sponsors will have booths setup and we’ll have music, refreshments, giveaways, prizes and more.

Lewan & Associates 40th Anniversary Celebration – Boulder
Wednesday October 3  |  3:30-6 pm  |  Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder

RSVP at www.lewan40th.com

Lewan is Dell’s Partner of the Year!

The annual awards honor Dell partners for delivering exemplary solutions for their customers during the past year, and guess what?  Lewan is Dell’s Partner of the Year! We often tell customers and prospects of our expertise with Dell hardware and software solutions but I’m guessing most of them just think that’s a sales pitch, it’s not, it’s a fact.

I’m excited to have received this recognition directly from Dell…more confirmation of what we already know…we’re really good at this stuff!

The full story is here; http://partnerdirect.dell.com/sites/channel/en_us/Pages/PartneroftheYear.aspx

First few hours on the Motorola Xoom

Just spend my first few hours on the Motorola Xoom that we have acquired for our Desktop Virtualization showroom!

http://danbrinkmann.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/my-first-few-hours-with-the-motorola-xoom/

The list of hardware and software continues to climb.  Any vendors want to get on the list?

  • Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop
  • VMware View
  • VMware vSphere
  • AppSense
  • Wyse Xenith
  • HP Thin Clients (various)
  • HP 8440p laptop (Citrix XenClient capable)
  • Streamed VHD delivery to HP All-in-one PC
  • Motorola Xoom
  • iPad 2
  • Dell Equallogic storage
  • HP P4000 (older Lefthand units running latest SANiQ)
  • NetApp
  • Dell m600 and m610 blades (thank you VERY much Dell for the additional memory!!!!

Soon to be added… Fusion-io card…wurd!

How-To : Dell MD3000i – Defragmenting the Disk Group (Merging Free Capacity within a Disk Group)

This lesson will show how to defragment the disk group on a Dell MD3000i storage array. Defragementing the disk group will merge and free up capacity within the disk group.

Why the need to Defragment the Disk Group?

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We can see the issue that is caused when we have deleted virtual disks inside a disk group by clicking on the "Disk Groups & Virtual Disks" link under the Summary tab on the Dell Storage Manager application.

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As shown above, you will see areas of "Free Capacity" which are stranded from each other, as they are not contiguous.

Performing the Disk Group Defragment

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To perform the disk group defragment, you will need to have installed the Dell MD Storage Manager CLI/Utilities onto a host (usually the same host that has the Dell Storage Manager installed will have the Storage Manager CLI installed as well).
You will use the "SMcli" utility to issue commands to the Dell MD3000i storage array, which is located under the following path depending on your operating system type:
C:Program Files (x86)DellMD Storage Managerclient = 64bit Operating System
C:Program FilesDellMD Storage Managerclient = 32bit Operating System

Type the following command in order to start the disk group defragment:
smcli -n hostname -p password -c "start diskgroup [1] defragment;"
The "hostname" field above should be replaced with the actual hostname of the storage array.
The "password" field above should be replaced with the configuration password for the array.
The diskGroup # is actually the identifier of the disk group. Ours happens to be the number "1".

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Next you should receive a screen like the above which shows the command completing successfully.

Verifying and Monitoring the Disk Group Defragment

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You can verify that the disk group defragment worked by looking at the Disk Groups and Virtual Disks summary again. It should now no longer show multiple "Free Capacity" entries! (1)
Notice the icon has changed for the virtual disk (2) which shows it is defragmenting the data.

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To monitor the process of the defrag, you have to look at a virtual disk that is being defragmented. Use the following command:
SMcli -n hostname -p mypassword -c "show virtualDisk [vdiskname] actionProgress;"
The "hostname" field above should be replaced with the actual hostname of the storage array.
The "password" field above should be replaced with the configuration password for the array.
The "vdiskname" field above should be replaced with the virtual disk name.

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Once the command executes, you should see the Defragment operation running as well as the percentage complete. Defragmenting the virtual disk will usually take awhile, so be patient during this process.

Changing the Virtual Disk Rebuild Priority

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In order to speed up the defragment operation or any other RAID rebuild process, you can run the following command:
smcli -n hostname -p mypassword -c "set virtualDisk [virtualDiskName] modificationPriority=highest;"
The "hostname" field above should be replaced with the actual hostname of the storage array.
The "password" field above should be replaced with the configuration password for the array.
The "vdiskname" field above should be replaced with the virtual disk name.

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Once the command executes, you should see a screen like the above.

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You can confirm the rebuild priority was changed by using the command listed above for monitoring the virtual disk. This will also show the rebuild priority, as circled in our screenshot above.

EqualLogic October 2010 User Conference Slides Available

The slides from the EqualLogic User Conference in San Diego are now available on the EqualLogic Support Site:
https://www.equallogic.com/support/october_presentations.aspx?id=9903
(You’ll need a Support Login to access the presentations)

There are a ton of awesome presentations from there detailing some very useful info. I would highly suggest taking a look through the presentations to see if anything might be useful in your environment.

Dell EqualLogic Firmware Alert – v5.0.0 and v5.0.1

I received the following information from Dell-EqualLogic regarding their v5.0.0 and v5.0.1 array firmware.

August 13th Update

Dell has identified the root cause of all the issues listed below for PS Series Firmware V5.0.0 and 5.0.1, which were previously communicated to you.  Dell is planning to release an updated firmware version (v5.0.2) addressing these issues on or around 08/30/2010.  Dell will contact you again as soon as  the update is available for download and installation.

Do Not Install Dell EqualLogic PS Series Firmware Versions 5.0.0 or 5.0.1

According to Dell’s records, you have recently downloaded v5.0.0 or v5.0.1 of the Dell EqualLogicTM firmware. Dell has become aware of potential issues with the installation and operation of these versions of the firmware. Under certain conditions, any or all of the following might occur:

• Volumes might not come online properly immediately after the install.
• Replication might not occur properly.
• VMware V4.1 Zero offload performance might be affected.

If you have not yet installed the V5.0.0 or V5.0.1 firmware updates, Dell recommends that you do not install at this time. Dell is working to resolve these issues in future releases.
If you have either of these firmware updates installed and are experiencing any issues with your array(s), please contact your local Dell EqualLogicTM technical support team for assistance.

Email: Eqlx-customer-service@dell.com
Phone: 1-800-945-3355 (U.S. and Canada)