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vCenter 5.5 Appliance Root Password Expired

Yep.  It happened to me this week about 15 minutes before a Varrow vCloud Air Deep Dive presentation where I was going to do live demos.  You have to love the live demo, right?  Well, when it happened I first found Mike Foley’s blog post about how to disable the expiration, but it was too late for that, but useful ... Read More »

vCloud Air vSphere Plugin Now Available

You may have seen that the new vCloud Air plugin for the vSphere Web Client is not available.  This was shown at VMworld and is now available adding a load of vCloud Air management right into the vSphere Web Client.  You can get the downloads and the documentation below.  I was playing with this in the internal BETA and it’s ... Read More »

Don’t Be Confused VMware HA != VMotion

Okay, this may sound like something of the most basic things to know, but I am posting this as I still hear how these two things are used interchangeably.  In most cases, it has to do with trying to design a multi-site vSphere deployment where you are trying to let the VMware technology solve the problem of designing for application ... Read More »

Voting is Open for 2013 Top 25 vBlogs

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In case you haven’t heard the voting is now open for the 2013 Top 25 vBlogs at vSphere Land.  Last year I was humbled and surprised for my blog to come from nowhere to the 21st on the list.  I am hoping that I can stay in the top 25 for 2013, but myself and others need your help and ... Read More »

Workaround for vSphere 5.1 Guest Unable to collect IPv4 routing table

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Folks this has become an interesting discussion on a VMware Community Forum as of a few weeks ago about this vSphere 5.1 error.  In fact I myself ran into the same issue on a new build with the vCloud Service Evaluation cloud a couple of weeks ago.  I decided being a good citizen and VMware employee to start an internal discussion of ... Read More »

Interesting VMware vSwitch Advanced Setting

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In recent weeks I have been working on configuring a workload as a virtual machine and I ran into a scenario where it required a specific vSwitch advanced setting to be used.  I will describe the basic setup then the resolution to the issue.  Below is a basic diagram of the setup for any vSphere virtual switch we have all seen before ... Read More »

How To Remove vSphere FT Secondary Virtual Machines Without vCenter

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Okay I know the title sounds a little bit like, “Why on earth would you need to do that?”.  Well as with everything this odd situation happened to me as I was rebuilding a lab kit in the Cambridge office.  Here is the situation that resulted in the need to deal with such an odd situation. vCenter Server was toast ... Read More »

Bad Idea: Disabling HA Admission Control With vCloud

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Gabe has written up a really nice article recently about HA Admission Control you should read.  It made me think of a very recently conversation I had with some folks about HA Admission Control and vCloud Director specifically.  Namely, the fact they disabled it entirely.  Even when I was a vSphere administrator, before I was more educated, I made the same mistakes of ... Read More »

[INFO] What Does Preparing a Host for vCloud Director Do?

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This question comes up a lot and only recently did I ask this of engineering and the answer is quite simple.  We all know that Preparing a host for vCloud Director essentially installs the vCloud Director Agent onto ESXi.  However, the secondary question that usually gets asked is, “What does the vCloud Director Agent actually do?”  I decided to ask that and ... Read More »

Gotcha: Changing IP Address on vCenter With SRM

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Post written by contributing author Kris Boyd and Chris Colotti As part of the Disaster Recovery solution that Duncan Epping and Chris Colotti developed, Kris Boyd has been working on a comparative VMware View Solution using the same basic principles.  However, one thing both solutions came across is a unique situation on the vCenter virtual machines when trying to use Site ... Read More »

Segregating The vCheck Daily Report Scripts

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Guest post by Shane Williford Last week I was going through some tweet history from my European colleagues, and one particular tweet stood out to me by Alan Renouf. He mentioned that “if you are a system admin of any kind, you *should* be using this tool”. That tool being vCheck (see HERE for info, download, & video on how to use). At ... Read More »

[INFO] The Right vCloud Allocation Model For Catalogs

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I wanted to supply a small, yet interesting piece of information that Frank Denneman and I discovered while writing our upcoming white paper.  I want to preface the fact we are looking at this from the PROVIDER’s perspective.  So from a catalog storage aspect this would be the “Published” catalogs maintained by the provider. In the course of examining the ... Read More »

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