About

How’s it going? Thanks for visiting! My name is Cody Hosterman and I am currently a Technical Director for VMware Solutions at Pure Storage. My focus is VMware best practices, integration and general solutions. I love technology and I love learning about how it works. Previously, I worked at EMC Corporation in Symmetrix Engineering (VMAX) focusing on VMware as well. I’ve kicked around with VPLEX and ScaleIO a bit too. Current focus is on the vRealize suite, but also SRM. vRO and vRA are my current best friends. PowerShell is my friend as well. If you have questions hit me up on Twitter! Or comment on here.

In my spare time I like to bicycle, play in a kickball league with my friends, bar trivia, camping, hiking and traveling. Also a die hard college football fan (We Are… Penn State!).

Pennsylvania -> Massachusetts -> California.

Enjoy.

VMware vExpert 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

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20 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello Cody,

    I am using Pure snapping for refreshing Dev and UAT environments. I was told that it doesnt work for VMs with pure
    storage can I achieve the same in VMs as well.

    Regards,
    Deepak Almeida

    1. Yeah you certainly can use them–though it depends on what storage type you are using in a VMware environment. It is a bit more work with VMFS due to the abstraction layer but if you are using VVols it is very easy. So the question is first, are you using VMFS or VVols? Then depending on that, what tool would you like to use to manage snapshots? PowerShell? Python? Etc.

  2. Hi Cody,
    Thanks for the amazing blog and tutorials you posted here, they are really helpfull. I work in PRACSO wich is a Pure Partner, and I’m having problems conecting my VM’s to the storage via FC, think you can help me out?

  3. Hi Cody

    I been looking just for standard CLI reference guides and Admin Guides on the Pure Platform but hard to come by unless you are a customer I am assuming. I am currently a HPE 3PAR Engineer and will be supporting some Pure Storage soon, and trying to get up to speed on the Administrating the array from CLI and the Storage Admin Interface. Any help I would appreciate it!

    1. Hey! So I don’t think we have anything posted publicly, with that being said, once you get access it really doesn’t take long to learn. In supporting the arrays, will you be a customer or a partner? If you are a partner, reach out to your channel rep at Pure and they can get you access to our support site which has training and the guides etc. If you will be a customer, talk to your account team and they can do the same

  4. Hi Cody,
    In my work we will buy an x20 array in the coming weeks to create a vcenter Cluster with 3 hosts connected by fiber channel. I have been looking at documentation and several of your web guides and best practices and some questions have arisen. I don’t know if this is the right place to answer questions, but I haven’t found any pure storage support forum or community. I leave you doubts here in case you could answer me:
    1 My idea was to create a single vvol and submit it to the Cluster but I have read in your articles that you do not advise putting VCSA or AD in a vvol. Why is this?
    2 If I can’t put VCSA and AD in the vvol, is it a good idea to put a lun for VCSA and AD and a vvol for the rest?

    1. Hey! We do have a community :https://community.purestorage.com/ but probably our Slack channel will be faster help: https://codeinvite.purestorage.com/

      Anyways, in rare double failure scenarios where the host running a vCenter loses mgmt network access and then also fails (power loss) the host can’t talk to the VASA provider to boot vCenter and it becomes tricky to find the host with vCenter without vCenter. Believe it or not it has happened. Rare but yeah. So VMware doesn’t advise it and neither do we. AD is even less serious if designed well. We have had some customer authenticate the FlashArray with AD and not had redundant AD and that AD was also on vVols on that array. Therefore it couldnt authenticate, so they had to manually resurrect it. Basically if you have AD configured in a redundant fashion or you have it on another array, or on VMFS, or use local FA credentials you are fine. But we say this just to prevent the possibility.

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