2014 Annual VTUG Winter Warmer

Well, it’s that time of year again!  Patriots playoff football, and technology all wrapped into one!  As always I will be there for a Keynote…with bells, and a Pats jersey on.  Are you going to be there for the learning and the fun?  If you have never been the VTUG is a great event and the Winter Warmer is one ... Read More »

What’s vCloud Air vCloud Connector Node Address

There has been a bit of confusion on this very simple question, and I think I have answered this question about 50 times in various places internally and externally.  Simply put when you get a vCloud Air Account, you already have access to a vCloud Connector Node on the vCloud Air side.  You only need to deploy the vCloud Connector ... Read More »

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 »

Helpful Things To Know About VMware vCloud Air

For the past few months I have of course been deep in the weeds working on all things vCloud Air.  I don’t think this is a surprise to anyone.  However, recently I have seen some interesting questions come through the inter-web that I wanted to make sure folks knew about the service and where you can find some useful information. ... 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 »

This Month Is A VMware Milestone For Me

So I have been in Palo Alto all week with my co-worker and close, if not best friend Kris Boyd and I got to thinking, this week marks a milestone anniversary for both of us.  Exactly 6 years ago this week Kris and I met for the first time at VMware Start Training.  We were attending with about 100 other ... Read More »

Liftmaster myQ Internet Gateway Review

Okay so I am a technology freak like most people.  People like me are always on the lookout for the next new thing.  Well, here is something I just installed that can be a life saver if you are like me.  At least once a week I drive away from the house and say to my wife. “Did I close ... Read More »

vCloud Air Tutorials

Yesterday Jenny Fong launched the VMware vCloud Air tutorial videos.  Many of these are from original videos Greg Herzog put together, and have been tweaked into some post style pages.  If you are still wondering how VMware vCloud Air can help you with the use of hybrid cloud.  They are arranged in easy to follow topics. Creating a Virtual Data ... Read More »

Using DYN Traffic Director With vCloud Air

Since the release of VMware vCloud Air, the various use cases coming up have been growing like weeds.  The more people understand the VMware vision of the hybrid cloud, the more things people think of they can do with it.  This example is no exception and as with my other short posts, this is just the start of the idea ... Read More »

3rd Party Networking Devices In vCloud Air

Something that has come up over the past few months since going live with VMware vCloud Air is the question of ‘Direct Internet Access’.  What I mean by this is some customers would like to give virtual machines the Public IP’s made available in vCloud Air instead of going through the vCloud Networking and Security Edge Gateway.  Another question has ... Read More »

How To Use vCloud Air For Disaster Recovery

At VMworld 2013 vCloud Air Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) was announced as something coming for VMware Hybrid Cloud.  However, recently some people have asked for alternatives while we wait for that to become available.  Disaster Recover to vCloud Air is a very attractive use case for a lot of people.  What I want to touch on is an ... 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 »

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