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Gotcha: Cannot Reset a vShield Edge in vCloud Director

Well kids, this one came full circle after a week of beating my head to a bloody pulp on the desk.  During some vCloud Director testing with David Hill and Duncan Epping, we ran into a snag whereby we could not seem to reset the vShield Edge Device.  Now, I admit I did read the error which was shown below …

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How To Change Your Beachbody Coach

If you bought the P90X workout or some other Beachbody program or nutritional product through Beachbody, than you already have a Beachbody Coach assigned to you and may not even know it. As a Beachbody customer you are automatically assigned to a Beachbody Coach when you resgister.  It is your right as a customer to switch to a different Beachbody Coach if …

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How To Fix Folder Permissions on an Iomega PX4-200D

For the past few months I have had my new Iomega PX4-200D which has worked out well for my vSphere and vCloud labs.  We also use this as our primary file server between systems in the house for media, pictures, and everything else.  For some time I have been fighting with the fact that both myself and my wife who …

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[INFO] Linux VMware Tools Install Changes to Upstart

This is another short post to let you all know myself and Jeremy Sage from VMware GSS found an interesting thing with VMware tools on newer versions of Linux.  I found this as I have been using the new CentOS 6.2 Minimal ISO for a lot of my new builds.  That will be a separate post, but if you have not tried it check …

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Becoming a Beachbody Coach

Today I decided to try to spread the word about the programs that changed my outlook on health and fitness.  It started with P90X and has now moved on to P90X2.  What I can say is both of these changed my life for the good and I am excited to try to spread the word as a coach.  If anyone …

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How To Convert From vCloud Linked Clones

This is just a really quick note to let folks know that yesterday on my Virtacore vCloud Express I happened to determine that the Organization vDC I was in was running Fast Provisioning.  Not hard to tell when things are deployed very fast actually.  I inquired and because I was an early Beta tester it had been enabled, but new accounts are not.  Once …

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How To Deploy WordPress to vCloud Express

It has been far too long since I put together a blog post, however that is because I have been spending my nights testing and perfecting the migration of my own blog, as well as other sites, to a vCloud Express provider.  I have moved three times this year alone from GoDaddy to BlueHost and finally to Virtacore.  Basically on any shared …

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6th Annual Winter Warmer New England VMUG Announced

Today I was informed by Chris Harney of the New England VMUG, that the registration page went live.  I will also be there presenting on the big stage at 10:00 as well as possibly for a breakout session.  Get signed up here and get you’re hotel reservations now!  Below is the high level outline for the day, but this one …

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[INFO] vCloud Director Clone Wars Update

This is a short update to the past articles on the vCloud Director Cloning process I wrote about a month or so back.  In a recent email exchange with Massimo Re Ferre’ it came to light that there is in fact a fast copy process that is invoked in vCloud DIrector PROVIDED all conditions are met.  If these conditions are met …

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FREE Holiday Gift From Veeam

VEEAM BACKUP & REPLICATION v6 LICENSES FOR YOUR LAB Yesterday Veeam announced a great deal for those of us running home labs that want to use their backup software. You can get Free NFR Licenses for Evaluation and Demonstration Use available to VMware vExperts, VMware Certified Professionals, VMware Certified Instructors, VMUG members, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, and Microsoft Certified Professionals. You can …

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How To Get Started with vCloud Connector 1.5 – Part 2

In Part One of this two-part series, we examined the deployment of vCloud Connector 1.5, the architecture, and the options for accessing the user interface through the vCloud Connector Portal or the vSphere Client.  Here is a quick review of some key points to remember if you read part one previously.  Part two will focus on the actual moving of your workloads …

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How To Get Started with vCloud Connector 1.5 – Part 1

So this weekend I set out to document and understand the new aspects of vCloud Connector 1.5 and how some of the components go together.  It seemed like there might be some interest in a how to article explaining the process not only of putting the pieces together, but also how to actually do some of the moving of workloads. …

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How To Patch vSphere 5 ESXi Without Update Manager

I wanted to document this real quick as I keep having to do this in my home lab on a semi-regular basis.  Since I only have a single physical server, and I use the vCenter appliance, I have no vSphere Update Manager installed for this one physical box.  I do use it for all my nested vSphere ESXi machines in the …

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vCloud Recovery Solutions – My Life After PTO

So if nothing else the title did the job and got your full undivided attention correct?  Well, I wish I could say I have a holy grail to present on this very topic, however I do not……yet.  My life has become 100% focussed on BCDR for vCloud, and will most likely this will be the case for some time to …

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Affordable Small Business Phone Solution

So a few months ago my wife and I decided to start up her small business.  So being the technology part of the partnership my job has been Twitter, Facebook, setting up the website, E-Mail addresses, domain names, and the biggest pain…the phone setup.  What complicated matters is we decided to use my VERY old and unused personal cell phone …

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