Get The VMworld 2014 Mobile Application – It Runs on vCloud Air!

Yes, I am now pimping the VMworld 2014 Mobile Application for iOS and Android but there is a reason for it.  To be quick and simple, it’s actually hosted on VMware vCloud Air and was designed new for this year! Yes that’s right, this year the entire mobile app was built new to support the conference with information, notifications, some fun things, ... Read More »

The Best, Least-Used Feature of vCloud Connector

Most people are well aware of VMware vCloud Connector at this stage of the game.  If you are not, it is a FREE tool you can use to copy virtual machines between clouds.  Notice I did not say “vCloud’s”, because you can use this tool to move virtual machines between both vSphere and vCloud based clouds.  You can copy from ... Read More »

VMworld Group Discussions and Expert Sessions

As with previous years at VMworld, there will be group discussions and expert one on one sessions.  These have just been added to the content catalog so you might want to take a look at the ones available.  If you have not participated in these before, they are quite fun.  They are small rooms with up to 50 people and ... Read More »

VMworld Speaker Interview

Okay I had a little fun this week and I interviewed my co-worker and friend Jay Marshall about his sessions at VMworld.  He has 4 total sessions, but there is one in particular you REALLY might want to go to. HBC2609 – Smells Like Team Spirit: Achieve Hybrid Operations Nirvana with vCloud Air:  VMware Staff Automation Specialist Gary Coburn and Senior Technical ... Read More »

KOA Watkins Glen – Camping Review

Well, it’s been a few weeks since I stayed at the KOA Watkins Glen/Corning location in upstate New York.  Julie and I booked this back in February right after we bought the new motor coach and decided we still wanted to go do our annual Wine Weekend.  We decided to make it over July 4th, and take the motor coach ... Read More »

Check Out The New Cloud Academy

I just got word that this just launched today so go check out the new VMware Cloud Academy!  There is even a promotion for some free VMworld tickets, so take the quiz and see how you score and get entered! What is VMware Cloud Academy? “Think VMworld technical breakout but available on vcloud.vmware.com, that is freely accessible 365/days per year, PLUS ... Read More »

Building a Full Scale Hybrid Data Center

Some people may or may not have seen on the VMware vCloud Blog that I posted a series of articles documenting a very large scale lab build out.  The purpose of these articles was to try and drive home some of the examples you can do with Hybrid Cloud if you architect things properly.  You can do a lot with ... Read More »

Disaster Recovery Planning Is All About The Application Stack

Having done so much work recently on the vCloud Air – Disaster Recovery, and having done quite a bit of DR planning in past lives, I wanted to touch on a few things that have started cropping up.  What I am about to chat about is not something new, but it seems history as always tends to repeat itself.  As ... Read More »

How To Seed a vCloud Air – Disaster Recovery Replication Without Downtime

UPDATED 7/9/2014:  This has been tested and is SUPPORTED by VMware Engineering! I got this question the other day, and decided to just test it out.   The premise seemed sound but I wanted to see if anything would fail in the process of replication using a live cloned copy of the virtual machine in question.  Here is why I ... Read More »

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 the ... 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 »

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