Basic Statistics

Sometimes you want to get a quick view of some basic statistics on your server (i.e. uptime, smb traffic, network traffic, connections, etc.). There is a nice little command line utility called net statistics that is really nice for this.
You can use:
net statistics server
net statistics workstation

Net Statistics Server will yield the following information:

Statistics since 2/24/2012 2:58:36 PM

Sessions accepted 1
Sessions timed-out 0
Sessions errored-out 0

Kilobytes sent 17
Kilobytes received 9

Mean response time (msec) 0

System errors 0
Permission violations 0
Password violations 0

Files accessed 0
Communication devices accessed 0
Print jobs spooled 0

Times buffers exhausted

Big buffers 0
Request buffers 0

Net Statistics Workstation Yields this.

Statistics since 2/24/2012 2:58:30 PM

Bytes received 330263
Server Message Blocks (SMBs) received 434
Bytes transmitted 153877
Server Message Blocks (SMBs) transmitted 430
Read operations 50
Write operations 0
Raw reads denied 0
Raw writes denied 0

Network errors 0
Connections made 42
Reconnections made 55
Server disconnects 4

Sessions started 0
Hung sessions 0
Failed sessions 0
Failed operations 1
Use count 186
Failed use count 83

Another little basic weapon for your arsenal.

Stand up meetings to minimize the productivity killer!

Here is a great article about utilizing stand up meetings to reduce the length. We’ve all been in those meetings where people just go on and on, when all that’s really needed is a quick update.
Read the article and let me know what you think. What other ideas have you used or would like to try to reduce meetings?

vmWare backup strategy

Here is an interesting backup strategy for vmWare using Veeam. I would love to hear what others are using for solid backup strategies.

From Steve Galbincea via LinkedIn

Veeam the VMs to a SAN LUN, then back that up to tape once a week via Backup Exec and a quad-LTO5 array. We also have daily file level backups of critical dynamic data via Backup Exec as well. Combine those with VSS, SAN snapshots, and SAN replication to the DR cluster and we feel pretty well covered.

A really cool feature in Veeam is the ability to mount and start a VM from the Veeam backup storage right there in Veeam – you can then use vMotion and SvMotion to move the recovered VM back into your cluster with pretty much no downtime.