Little Known CLARiiON Facts and Trivia

I’ve just returned from EMC training in MA, where we learned a wealth of information about how to use the array, but also some interesting background information about the device itself.

First, the name CLARiiON has some interesting history. Before EMC was EMC, it was Data General, who had a 16-bit minicomputer called the NOVA. DG later came up with new product which the engineers had named the NOVAII. The marketing group, not wanting to recycle the “NOVA” name, insisted that a new name be chosen. The engineers, always wanting to get their way in the end, came up with a anagram “AViiON” by reversing the letters, and cleverly placing the two “ii’s” in the middle. The CLARiiON is simply a derivative of this naming convention.

Secondly, most people know that the operating system of the CLARiiON is called “FLARE”, but it is not commonly known that this is actually an acronyms that stands for Fibre Logic Array Runtime Environment.

It is also fairly common knowledge that one can access “Engineering Mode” on a CLARiiON by pressing Ctl,shft, and f12 and entering the password “messner”. The story behind this password, however, is that the engineering group at the time were avid mountain climbers and chose the password in honor of Reinhold Messner, the first person to climb Everest without the use of oxygen. Apparently the password before that was “pink floyd”, but the marketing group didn’t approve and made them change it.

Quick and Easy Apache Password Protection

Here is a quick and easy HOWTO for setting up .htaccess password protection on web-accessable directories. It’s really easy, but it’s always nice to have the syntax right at your fingertips.

First, find your way into the directory you want to protect.

% cd /path/to/secure/directory

Next, create a file in this directory called “.htaccess” and insert the following lines:

AuthUserFile /path/to/secure/directory/.htpasswd
AuthGroupFile /dev/null
AuthName "Secure Document"
AuthType Basic

require user username

Remember to change “/path/to/secure/directory” to your path, and “username” to the the username you want. You can use any username you wish, and it does not need to exist as a UNIX user.

Now we can create the username and password. The following command does this by creating a file called “.htpasswd” with the username and encrypted password inside.

% /path/to/apache/install/bin/htpasswd -c .htpasswd username

Again, remember to change “username” to the username you have chosen, and enter the password twice when prompted.

Finally, we just have to make sure these two files are readable, and we are all done.

% chmod 755 .htaccess
% chmod 755 .htpasswd

This directory and all subdirectories will now prompt for this username and password whenever they are browsed to.