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 »

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 »

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