Yes Man or No Man, Which Are You?

So the other day I was told something very interesting and it got me thinking.  I was told “You say NO a lot and you need to stop doing that”.  I was actually not surprised that I was told I say no a lot.  I will explain why in a minute.  I was more surprised that someone wanted me to become ... Read More »

How to Configure Multiple Machines For vCloud Air – Disaster Recovery Replication

There is something people have asked as I have done multiple demonstrations of the vCloud Air – Disaster Recovery offering is “Can we configure multiple machines for replication?”.  Well, with the help of Akeem Jenkins and some lab testing we found out the answer is actually YES.  To be honest this was not something I was told would work when ... Read More »

vCloud OVF Import Fails From vCenter OVF Export

Today I just ran into a small little issue trying to re-export a virtual machine from vSphere on premises back to vCloud Air.  The interesting thing that I discovered with some help was this is caused by old vCloud data in the vApp configuration.  This problem happens when you do export a virtual machine from vCloud Director to vCenter then ... Read More »

Fail To Plan Then You Are Planning To Fail

I think we have all heard this at some point in our lives, but when it comes to Disaster Recovery Plans I’m getting more and more nervous about folks that seem to have NO plan.  Better yet they have no idea HOW to plan for various circumstances.  Having been part of multiple Disaster Recovery planning projects as an admin and ... Read More »

My Outdoor Wi-Fi Setup Adventure

As many people know by now I have moved to Tennessee and started building a house.  While in the process of building we are living in a Motor Coach we purchased and staying long-term in a really nice RV park.  The people there are great and the owners are really nice and fun to talk to.  One of the first ... Read More »

EMC World 2014 Personal Reflection

This week I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know some of the hardest working guys on the vCloud Air operations team.  In the course of the conversations and getting to know them beyond the scope of VMware and what they do, something came out that I always find interesting.  Something I have learned in recent years is ... Read More »

EMC World 2014 Day 1 Recap

Being my first time to EMC World, I was not sure what to expect.  Honestly my gauge of reference has always been VMworld from the last few years.  The day started off with the General Session with a lot of announcements all around as expected.  Being that I am still fielding calls for day-to-day work, but I was able to ... Read More »

vExpert Access to vCloud Air Re-Launched!

Well, I mentioned this was coming and thanks to Jeramiah Dooley offering to help out, we finally made it happen!  We’ve setup a process and a plan for vExperts to get access on a rolling basis to vCloud Air.  There is a lot of details so instead of repeating them, I will give you the pointers to the community links ... Read More »

EMC World 2014 Las Vegas

Funny as it sounds to me I have never presented at EMC World before.  I’m pretty excited about my first time as either a presenter or an attendee.  What makes this one cool for me because I will be presenting on all the new Recover As A Service (RaaS) components of vCloud Air, namely the Disaster Recovery offering.  I’ve done ... Read More »

vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Sizing Considerations

I’ve already fielded a number of questions on this topic and I want to start by saying this is not an “Official” recommendation hence why I am posting on my personal blog since this is more about considerations than actual calculations.  The trick with anything like this is running the risk of people taking what you say as gospel, and ... Read More »

7 Things To Know About vCloud Air Disaster Recovery

Well, there you have it vCloud Air Disaster Recovery is now generally available!  I’ve been working behind the scenes on this for some time since before it was in Beta, and I’m proud to say I have been part of this launch.  I plan on continuing to record some more videos and writing blog posts as well as speaking on ... Read More »

Common vCloud Air Questions

Every day I see an email thread or 10 about questions related to various aspects about vCloud Air.  Primarily it has to do with what a user has access to within the service.  I figured I’d do a quick personal blog post to address some of this.  I know where some of these things come from because I was a ... Read More »

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