[INFO] vCloud Director Fast Provisioned Catalog Virtual Machines

A while back I was messing around with Fast Provisioning in vCloud Director and I noticed something I wanted to dig a little deeper into. My Co-Worker Cormac Hogan (@VMwarestorage) also wrote a little about this as well which does a great job showing the linked clone aspect. Also William Lam (@lamw) wrote up some nice scripts to find the ... Read More »

Building Your Cloud With vCloud Director

Below is a recording of the session I did in January 2012 at Gillette Stadium with Paul Lembo called “Building your cloud with vCloud Director”.  I finally got a copy of the session and wanted to share it for those that did not make that event.  It was well received and thanks to Chris Harney for getting me the session video.  It ... Read More »

How To Handle Some vCloud Director Challenges

The other day I was sent a link to a 9-slide deck titled “Life before and after vCloud Director”, put together by someone I do not know that takes time to point out some specific challenges with vCloud Director, mostly with networking and vShield Edge.  From what I have learned this deck was previously circulated and has recently re-surfaced.  It tries to explain ... Read More »

VMworld 2012 Voting is Open!

Hey have you heard, VMworld 2012 voting is open?!  Of course you have but this is my post like most other people’s to shamelessly plug my sessions as well as a few from some other noteworthy folks out there.  Below are the sessions that I am listed on either as the primary presenter, a co-presenter, or a moderator.  Now I ... Read More »

The Supercharged Challenger SRT8 Journey

Well after all these 38 years of my life it has become clear to me that you really only do live once.  Life is about doing what you love and in some cases doing what you WANT, just because you can.  In the spirit of that I have decided to take my 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 on a journey of horsepower.  For ... Read More »

Bad Idea: Disabling HA Admission Control With vCloud

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 »

The Beachbody Coach Opportunity

This is a re-post from the Virtual Fitness website Understanding the Beachbody Coach opportunity is fairly simple.  The first thing to know is that it’s not a scam, pyramid scheme, or a way to make a quick buck.  The funny thing about that is people always ask me if it is.  My response is typically: “Have you ever bought Pampered Chef, Tupperware, ... Read More »

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

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 »

DISH Network Hopper First Impressions

Last week I had my whole house DISH Network Hopper and Joey’s installed.  In order to first understand the setup you need to know we had SIX receivers previously all on our account with a DISH 1000 setup.  I had two DP-34 switches and multiple runs to the rooms.  The original gear consisted of: DISH 922 DISH 722 with Google TV Four DISH ... Read More »

A Letter to Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of the SRT Brand

UPDATED 4/12/12 – I saw today that Mr. Gilles is now on twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/RalphGilles).  Some folks may want to start letting him see the power of social media.  If you have a 2011 or newer SRT8 let him know how un-happy you are about the lack of tuning due to the rolling code encryption. Most anyone that owns a 2011 ... Read More »

Gotcha: Changing IP Address on vCenter With SRM

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

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 »

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