Personal Bio:

My name is Justin Paul, I plan to use this space for my thoughts and a place to share ideas of what I know and have learned.

I am an avid Ford Mustang fan, I have a 1965 Coupe, 1996 Mustang GT, and 1996 Mustang Cobra convertible. In a previous life (ie. before becoming a parent) I also love to make home brew beer, especially IPA’s and stouts.

I grew up in New Bremen Ohio on a dairy farm, so I’m no stranger to hard work and long hours. I still try to help as much as possible, but with my schedule getting more and more complex it’s getting harder. Computers did not even become part of my life until I was probably 10-12. Now both family farms and an uncles house have benefited from my tinkering as they are all networked via wireless with Ubiquiti network gear, and share a single internet connection.

Many thanks go to my wife Kimberly as she has to put up with me daily, some days I think she wishes I didn’t know what a computer was. 🙂

Why I Blog: http://jpaul.me/?p=759

Professional Bio:

Justin Paul is a Technical Alliances Architect for Zerto. He has also been voted one of the top virtualization related blogger (at vsphere-land.com), as well as a recipient of several vendor recognition awards including VMware’s vExpert program (2011-2015) and the EMC Elect program (2013, 14).

Besides blogging, his articles have also been published in the Dayton Technology First IT journal, the official Zerto blog, and in print on various Zerto papers. He also holds many certifications, some of which include VMware VCAP-DCD5, VCAP-DCA5, VCP5-DV, Cisco CCNP Datacenter, and EMCIE for VNX and Recoverpoint.

Justin attended the University of Dayton and majored in Computer Information Systems. He has also attended several technology-specific training classes.

At his first job he was repeatedly pulled aside for thinking outside of the box and using solutions other than what was “in the book”. He still strives to break the “norm” and use innovative solutions and technologies for creative problem-solving.


Any views or opinions expressed here are strictly my own. I am solely responsible for all content published here. This is a personal blog, not my employer’s blog. Content published here is not read, reviewed, or approved in advance by my employer and does not necessarily represent or reflect the views or opinions of my employer or any of its divisions, subsidiaries, or business partners. Therefore it is also not the intellectual property of anyone other than myself. Moreover, this blog is a timeline of my thoughts and opinions, both of which will change over time. Therefore out of date posts should be treated as such, and may no longer reflect my current views or opinions.

Product Reviews: As with any and all product reviews on my site they are unpaid reviews. I am not compensated in any way for doing them. However, in some cases I do receive hardware or software so that I can conduct the review, but the product is returned to the vendor upon request after completing the review.

If you would like to contact me please email me at justin at jpaul dot me  or use twitter or another social networking platform.

Current Certifications: “The Cert Collage”

ccnp datacenter
EMC Implementation Engineer: VNX Specialist and Recoverpoint Certified
EMC Technology Architect: VNX Specialist
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Certifications I’m pursuing or will be pursuing:


Microsoft MCITP


Blogging Since May 1st, 2010

17 Responses to "About"

  1. Hi Justin,

    Thanks for the great tech doc on how to setup a virtual lab for MCITP. I have some issues getting it to properly NAT in Fedora 13, I might be doing something wrong in webmin. Thanks in advance for getting back to me.

    Kind regards,


  2. I ran into your website by googling HP P2000 iSCSI, and really appreciate your hard effort on these blogs, especially pratical solutions for SMB.

  3. Hey Justin, Had a question regarding the HP P4000 VSA. Our company recently purchased 2 of the P4000 VSA and 2 d2200SBs. The intent is to use them in our production environment where we don’t really need high IOs, just stability and reliability on a relatively small budget. Anyways. The question becomes, we so far have only received 1 of the VSA licenses and 1 of the d2200sb, and have installed them, and we are in the process of migrating our data over. The goal of the 2nd set of hw/sw was to be a mirror of the first set, and come into play if the 1st set fails for whatever reason. In recent reading, we stumbled across some pieces that say when we bring the 2nd system online in a couple weeks that we will basically have to wipe the current setup and start over. This doesn’t seem right to any level of enterprise san software… do you have any experience with this?


  4. The lefthand VSA (just like the non VSA lefthands) does not require you to wipe the unit if it is done properly.

    right now you should have a management group created and it will have just one VSA node in it.

    when you get the other unit you will simply add it to the cluster and change your volumes from network raid 0 to network raid 10 and it will automatically stripe the data to the second node.

    shoot me an email if you need more information, im sure i can find a youtube video or something on how this works.

  5. Hi Paul,
    Really enjoyed your PDF Document ‘Running vSphere 4 of HP p2000 San Solutions’ .

    This is exactly what i want to do and you publication has edged me to do it.

    I wanted to know if you had an upto date version for Vsphere 5 or 5.1?

    Really appreciate it.

    Many Thanks.

  6. Working some similar projects (Home lab) when I have spare time. Would be interested in shooting the proverbial sh$t with you if you ever have time. Im in Europe as a Core Federal EMC TC.

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