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Holiday Donations on Cyber Monday

This holiday season, some of my family and I decided to take a new look at the way we treat gifts.  Many of us are fortunate enough that if we need something, we just go our and get it.  I for one am very much of this mindset that I don’t need gifts from other people.  If there is something …

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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 …

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PowerCLI for vCloud Director Survey

VMware recently announced a survey on the PowerCLI blog, which has been setup to poll people for what they think would be the best way to introduce cmdlets for vCloud Director.  As part of the survey VMware has also teamed up with TrainSignal and are giving away some PowerCLI training, if you haven’t seen this before then it is definitely …

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How To: Convert an Iomega IX4-200D to an IX4-200D “Cloud Edition”

Update (1-4-12) Per the comment from Simon Gallagher below it appears there is now an official firmware update for the original IX4-200D to make it Lion compatible without any need to make it a “Cloud Edition”. The content of the original post with links and instructions has been willingly removed.  As it turns out I was never supposed to have been given …

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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 …

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For Sale: Dell T310 Server with 20GB RAM

I am looking to upgrade my home lab, but I need to see if there is anyone interested in buying my Dell T310 first.  It is just over a year old, but will ship with the 20GB of ram.  I will want to keep the SATA drives so I can re-use them.  If you are local I could deliver it, …

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How To: Configure Time Machine For PX4-200D

This was amazingly easy once the latest update was installed onto the device so it worked with OSX Lion.  The first thing I noticed is you will want to do a couple of things before you enable it on the device.  By default there is a single volume called “Shares” on the device with most commonly used shares.  This is …

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vCloud Brown Bag Session

This Wednesday at 5:30PM Eastern time join myself and David Hill for a vCloud Brown Bag session on with VMware Professional.  We will be discussing the following topics and we will have access to my home lab for some limited show and tell. vCloud “Eco-System” of Components All the possible building blocks Importance of Orchestration and knowledge depth Solution in …

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Gotcha: Disabling VMware DRS with vCloud Director

In the past week there have been a rash of reports about people disabling VMware DRS, while vCloud Director was in place.  I have tweeted multiple times about this and also brought it up on the Community PodCast yesterday.  The more I bring it up the more people are asking why someone would do such a thing, and second what …

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vCloud Director Clone Wars Part 3 (Design Considerations)

In part one of this series, we examine the minor issue of the clone process being managed and loaded onto a single host in a cluster under vCloud Director.  In part two, we expanded on that to see how the different vApp deployment scenarios actually clone to other hosts.  Now in part three we want to understand what if anything …

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vCloud Director Clone Wars Part 2 (Deep Dive)

In part one we looked at the simple challenge of how to try and balance the I/O clone traffic on more than one host.  Although the fix is not ideal it does the job as best we can.  I decided to take a deeper look at this with a different scenario.  How does the cloning traffic flow when you are dealing …

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Gotcha: vCloud Director Clone Wars Part 1 (Overview)

A couple weeks ago there was a community post about a possible issue around vCloud Director and the I/O load of the clones hitting all one ESX host.  Duncan Epping and I did a little investigation on this and we discovered that this is not a vCloud Director issue so much as it is a function of vSphere’s cloning process. …

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VMworld 2011 – Copenhagen Recap

Since I was so busy during the week I was not able to post a daily recap, so this single longer post is my review of my week.  I apologize for the one long one, but sitting here on the plane for the eight-hour flight home, it seemed just easier.  Let me start by saying it was a great trip …

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VMworld Final Throwdown Caught On Camera

Some of you may have heard about the Dutch vMaffia, which being an honorary Dutchmen I am a proud to be a member of.  Unfortunately a fight broke out today at VMworld to settle the family business once and for all.  People need to realise they cannot over throw us and prices will be paid in full They even brought …

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VMworld 2011 – Copenhagen Day 0

Saturday/Sunday The trip here began late on Saturday night from Boston’s Logan Airport.  Although there was a two hour flight delay, we did have a bit of luck on check-in.  We arrived to Air France with a line of people as long as a ride at Disney World.  Surprisingly a very nice agent asked if we had checked in online. …

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