[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 »

Bringing Fitness To The Virtual World

Many people who have been following me know that my only other hobby besides work is Health and Fitness.  About a month ago I started reaching out through Twitter and a new blog site, Virtual Fitness, to help others get fit if they wanted to change-up their routines.  The interesting thing I have found is that many people in the ... Read More »

Is Social Medium Destroying The Human Condition?

Some people close to me joke that I am not a “people person”.  However, truth be told, I much prefer to be in real live social situations with actual human beings than living in the social media space that has thrived recently.   I actually am a people person, I just don’t like big crowds of people.  It’s an “exit” fear or something.  I ... Read More »

vCloud Director Infrastructure Resiliency Case Study

A couple of weeks ago Duncan Epping and I released a blog article that was an overview of Disaster Recovery for vCloud Director.  Today the follow-up more detailed whitepaper was released to VMware.com.  You can download the full whitepaper from the Tech Resources site on VMware.com.  The paper focusses on one use case to expand on the solution we presented ... Read More »

Gotcha: vShield and vCloud Director Static – IP Pool Considerations

Some interesting conversation around this topic came up during our Disaster Recovery for vCloud testing, and they also rang true when I visited the vCloud Director Bootcamp at Partner Exchange a few weeks ago.  The challenge has to do with how to deal with vApps that are getting IP Addresses from a Static IP Pool within vCloud Director.  In turn, ... Read More »

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