In Denver? Join us for Networking & Breakfast THis friday

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Allie Perry [fa icon="calendar'] December 7, 2015 [fa icon="tags'] Managed Services, Dell, VMware, Citrix, Lewan Events, Cisco, Nimble Storage, Barracuda, CommVault

Join us for breakfast, networking and the opportunity to give back to local nonprofit organizations.

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Lewan Named to CRN's 2015 Tech Elite 250 List

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Allie Perry [fa icon="calendar'] April 13, 2015 [fa icon="tags'] Managed Services, Dell, VMware, Citrix, Lewan Awards & Certifications, Microsoft, NetApp, Cisco, HP

For the third year in a row, Lewan has earned a prestigious spot on CRN's 2015 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.

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Lewan Named to 2015 Tech Elite 150 List

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Allie Perry [fa icon="calendar'] February 5, 2015 [fa icon="tags'] Managed Services, Dell, Citrix, Lewan Awards & Certifications, Microsoft, NetApp, Cisco, HP

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.

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Lewan Named to 2014 Tech Elite 250 List

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Allie Perry [fa icon="calendar'] April 14, 2014 [fa icon="tags'] Managed Services, Dell, Citrix, Lewan Awards & Certifications, Microsoft, NetApp, Cisco, HP

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.

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Lewan Selected for Dell's Cloud Client Computing Specialization

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Scott Pelletier [fa icon="calendar'] December 3, 2012 [fa icon="tags'] Dell, VMware, Citrix, Lewan Awards & Certifications

Lewan 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.

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Join us in Boulder next week for our 40th celebration

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] September 26, 2012 [fa icon="tags'] Dell, Citrix, Lewan Events, Cisco

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.

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Lewan is Dell's Partner of the Year!

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] July 3, 2012 [fa icon="tags'] Dell

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.

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First few hours on the Motorola Xoom

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] April 11, 2011 [fa icon="tags'] Dell, VMware, Apple, Citrix, HP, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, VMware vSphere

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

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

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] December 6, 2010 [fa icon="tags'] Dell

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?

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.

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

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".

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

Verifying and Monitoring the Disk Group Defragment

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.


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New Generation Nehalem Processors in a VMware Cluster

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] August 31, 2009 [fa icon="tags'] Dell, VMware, HP

If you purchase new Nehalem processors in the newest HP and Dell servers (HP G6 or Dell r610,710, etc) for use in an existing VMware cluster, you will need to make sure to enable a feature called VMware EVC to enable compatibility between previous generation processors and the latest Intel processors. Here are some links that have some very useful information about this. If you need any assistance or have questions, just ask!

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