Thursday, September 21, 2017

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 »

Gotcha: NTP Can Affect Load Balanced vCloud VMRC

This is short and sweet, but something we spent almost two weeks trying to resolve.  The environment was setup using my documentation on Load Balancing Cells but the Remote console was not load balancing correctly.  It worked if one cell was removed from the pool but not if both were live in the load balancer.  As it turns out we saw the following error: ... Read More »

[INFO] The Right vCloud Allocation Model For Catalogs

I wanted to supply a small, yet interesting piece of information that Frank Denneman and I discovered while writing our upcoming white paper.  I want to preface the fact we are looking at this from the PROVIDER’s perspective.  So from a catalog storage aspect this would be the “Published” catalogs maintained by the provider. In the course of examining the ... Read More »

[INFO] vCloud Director 1.5.1 Released!

I know I am about 8 hours late to the party on this one, but there is a few things I wanted to point out.  Although this is a minor release, with some feature enhancements, to me there is a lot to this in the way of fixes.  The feature enhancement list is not that long but some are key ... Read More »

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