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Heaven No! The vSphere Desktop Client Is Dead…Relax

So by now most people have read the blog post about the final days of the vSphere Desktop Client, many of us simply refer to as the C# client.  As a VMware employee obviously this was not much of a surprise.  As a customer previously I can remember all the way back to the original client that really only was ... Read More »

Voting is Open for 2013 Top 25 vBlogs

In case you haven’t heard the voting is now open for the 2013 Top 25 vBlogs at vSphere Land.  Last year I was humbled and surprised for my blog to come from nowhere to the 21st on the list.  I am hoping that I can stay in the top 25 for 2013, but myself and others need your help and ... Read More »

Workaround for vSphere 5.1 Guest Unable to collect IPv4 routing table

Folks this has become an interesting discussion on a VMware Community Forum as of a few weeks ago about this vSphere 5.1 error.  In fact I myself ran into the same issue on a new build with the vCloud Service Evaluation cloud a couple of weeks ago.  I decided being a good citizen and VMware employee to start an internal discussion of ... 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 »

[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] How a vCloud Director Export Actually Works

The question of “How does a vCloud Director Export Actually work?” came up yesterday from a fellow VCDX, Mark Achtemichuk.  I was pretty sure I had the right answer based on the work I did around the vCloud clone/copy process a couple of months back.  However, I did inquire with an engineering contact who not only verified my assumptions, but also provided ... Read More »

How To Handle Patch Management in vCloud Director

I have gotten this question a few times and I have seen it on a number of emails.  I wanted to take a moment to address this because there seems to be some confusion on just how to manage your deployed vApps, but also the ones in the vCloud Catalogs.  For the time being we can leave out the Fast Provisioning aspect ... Read More »

[INFO] Voting is Open for Top 25 vBlogs

In case you haven’t heard the voting is now open for the 2012 Top 25 vBlogs at vSphere Land.  This list year over year is the go to listing of the best virtualization bloggers around.  When I logged in to vote I was excited to see my own name listed!  Just being added to the list of nominations with the ... Read More »

Opvizor 1.5 Offers FREE Limited Edition

I was chatting with Dennis Zimmer, Chief Strategy Officer, of Opvizor this weekend, and he told me they have released a new 1.5 version of their product set.  Not only that, there is some new tutorial videos outlining the product itself that they have put together.  The best part is there is a limited 2 host version that is FREE, so you ... Read More »

BrownBag – vCloud Architecture Deep Dive Recording Available

For those of you who missed mine and David Hill’s brown bag hosted by ProfessionalVMware.com last night the recordings are available on iTunes now. To download any of the previous BrownBags click here There is also videos, slides and links available on ProfessionalVMware.com by clicking here. BrownBag Video/Presentation ProfessionalVMware Technical BrownBag – vCloud Architecture Deep Dive from ProfessionalVMware on Vimeo. Slides vCloud Architecture BrownBag View more ... Read More »

Gotcha: Upgrading vCenter 4.1 to 5.0 With Oracle 11gR2 May Need Client Patch

This is going to be the shortest article ever but needs to be written.  If you are running the Oracle 11gR2 client on your vCenter 4.1 Server with Windows 2008 R2, you may need a patch in order to upgrade the vCenter database during a 4.1 to 5.0 upgrade.  The Oracle download site only lists 11gR2 (11.2.0.1) for the latest client.  However ... Read More »

Gotcha: The Importance of NTP to VMware vCloud Director

So here I am again after working a couple days on a troubleshooting issue for a customer during a VMware vCloud upgrade that we finally got fixed.  I seem to now be the resident expert on getting the entire stack of VMware vCloud products upgraded in the right order and sequence as a matter of fact.  I wanted to really ... Read More »

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