Atlantis USX Data Services with Hyper-Converged Architecture – Web Scale, Virtual Volumes & In-line Deduplication

Atlantis USX has some very cool technology which I’ve had the pleasure to ‘play’ with over the past few weeks. In these series of posts I’ll attempt to cover the various technologies within the Atlantis USX stack. The key technologies in the Atlantis USX In-Memory Data Services are: Inline IO and Data de-duplication Content awareContinue reading “Atlantis USX Data Services with Hyper-Converged Architecture – Web Scale, Virtual Volumes & In-line Deduplication”

Cannot decrypt password in sysprep after upgrading vCenter Server Appliance

A really quick post. I’ve recently just upgraded from vCSA 5.1 to vCSA 5.5 link and found that Horizon View can no longer complete sysprep customization due to the public key being changed when you upgrade to a new appliance. Just edit the customization specification to fix. Hope this helps.

Accelerating SDDC at Atlantis Computing

Sometimes an opportunity comes along that is just too damn exciting to pass. This is a short post on my latest move to Atlantis Computing from Canopy Cloud. My new role is primarily with the USX team to help drive the adoption of USX into large Enterprises and Service Providers. USX is Atlantis Computing’s newestContinue reading “Accelerating SDDC at Atlantis Computing”

#VMwarePEX parties

Quick post to list all the parties and tweetups that are happening this week. Day Time Venue Details Saturday 1830 – late vBeers @ Ri Ra Irish Pub, Mandalay Bay ResortThe Shoppes at Mandalay Bay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV http://www.vbeers.org/2013/02/20/vbeers-las-vegas-nv-saturday-23-february-2013/   BYOWallet. Sunday 2100 – late Community Tweetup @ The Burger BarContinue reading “#VMwarePEX parties”

VMworld Session Proposal(s) – not a single PowerPoint slide in sight!

Please influence the success of VMworld by spending some time to vote for the sessions that you would like see at San Francisco and Barcelona. Voting is as simple as a left mouse click, by going to http://www.vmworld.com. This year I decided to submit three sessions for VMworld based on work that I have doneContinue reading “VMworld Session Proposal(s) – not a single PowerPoint slide in sight!”

Cloud computing gets a lot more personal

I’ve just bought the biggest smartphone that I could find and have been using it for the past couple of weeks with great results. I’ve had both admiring looks and a few sniggers due to its size. It’s kind of a cross between a tablet and a phone. I’ve never put it up to myContinue reading “Cloud computing gets a lot more personal”

Uploading vShield Manager 5.0.1 to vCloud Director as a vApp Template

A quick post on how to enable the import of vShield Manager 5.0.1 OVA as a vApp Template into vCloud Director. This will allow you to spin up vCloud Director labs inside of vCloud Director for some crazy inception action. Note: that this method can be used for other appliances. As you know if youContinue reading “Uploading vShield Manager 5.0.1 to vCloud Director as a vApp Template”

Creating (a better) vSphere 5 ESXi embedded USB Stick (HP)

In a previous post I blogged about creating a vanilla vSphere 5 ESXi USB drive using the VMware .iso file from VMware. This post shows how to create one using the HP version of vSphere ESXi (5.0_Oct_2011_ESXi_HD-USB-SDImgeInstlr_Z7550-00253.iso). Note: (You can use any vendor customized vSphere ESXi .iso file: VMware, Dell and IBM). The HP version comesContinue reading “Creating (a better) vSphere 5 ESXi embedded USB Stick (HP)”

Configure NFS Storage on the VMware vCenter Server Appliance

This post highlights some best practices on the management of the vCSA log and core files. VMware recommends that these files are stored on an NFS share external to the vCSA due to the possibility of the default log and core locations filling up. When this happens, vCenter services will be impacted. For more informationContinue reading “Configure NFS Storage on the VMware vCenter Server Appliance”

Adding sysprep packages to the VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance

The VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) is a Linux version of the vCenter Server, this post discusses the placement of the System Preparation tools (sysprep) packages within the vCSA and how to make the contents of the DEPLOY.CAB file available. Once configured, it is possible to use Guest Operating System Customizations with the vCSA. MyContinue reading “Adding sysprep packages to the VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance”

A look at VMware vCloud Director Organization LDAP Authentication Options

VMware vCloud Director can use three different authentication mechanisms for subscriber authentication to the VCD portal. The portal is accessed using the URL https://<cloud-url>/cloud/org/<organisation&gt;. In this post, I’ll try to highlight some of the authentication options that a subscriber can use to access the VCD portal. Supported LDAP Services Platform LDAP Server Authentication Methods WindowsContinue reading “A look at VMware vCloud Director Organization LDAP Authentication Options”

Configuring vCenter Server Virtual Appliance to use an Oracle database

In previous posts I blogged about what the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) is, its features and benefits, feature parity with the Windows vCenter Server and also how to quickly deploy the vCSA. For more information about the vCSA, please see the resources listed here https://vmwire.com/vmware-vcenter-server-virtual-appliance-vcsa/. This post extends the series with how to configure an externalContinue reading “Configuring vCenter Server Virtual Appliance to use an Oracle database”

My VCDX Journey – 5 simple steps to VCDX

I’ve just recently been awarded the VCDX4 certification after completing my defence in Frankfurt. It is part of the final stage in the VCDX certification culminating in a journey over the past year. Defence experiences have been shared by others such as Duncan Epping, Jason Boche, Scott Lowe and Kenneth van Ditmarsch and I foundContinue reading “My VCDX Journey – 5 simple steps to VCDX”

Creating vSphere 5 ESXi embedded USB Stick

A very quick post on how to create an image that contains vSphere 5 ESXi Embedded with which you can use to quickly create USB sticks that have the ESXi hypervisor installed.  This is not the same as creating a bootable USB key that contains the installation files to install ESXi from the USB stick.Continue reading “Creating vSphere 5 ESXi embedded USB Stick”

VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) Feature Parity

In a previous article I wrote about the vCSA’s features and benefits.  This post lists the interoperability or feature parity of the vCSA and the Windows vCenter Server.  For more information about the vCSA, please see the resources listed here https://vmwire.com/vmware-vcenter-server-virtual-appliance-vcsa/. A few readers have asked what works with the vCSA and what does not. The vCSA supportsContinue reading “VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) Feature Parity”

VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) features and benefits

The VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) provides an alternative option for organizations that chose not to run the Windows vCenter Server but still require centralised management of VMware vSphere deployments in the enterprise. It provides exactly the same functionality as the traditional Windows vCenter Server but packaged in a Linux distribution. I know thatContinue reading “VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) features and benefits”

vSphere 5 vCenter Server Virtual Appliance Quick-Start Guide

The vCenter Server Linux Virtual Appliance (vCSA) is a preconfigured Linux-based virtual machine that is optimized for running vCenter Server and associated services. This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to deploy the vCSA, configure networking, authentication, database and vCenter services.  For further information regarding the vCSA please refer to this post and this post.Continue reading “vSphere 5 vCenter Server Virtual Appliance Quick-Start Guide”

A List of VMware Employee Tweeps (people on Twitter)

Following on from the PSO NEMEA twitter list, I decided to go further and produce this list of VMware employees that are on Twitter, sorted alphabetically by Twitter ID as of 29/06/2011. Let me know if I have missed you out or you follow someone that works for VMware. Twitter ID Name Blog Follow @ady189Continue reading “A List of VMware Employee Tweeps (people on Twitter)”

VMware PSO NEMEA Twitter List

A list of VMware PSO consultants covering NEMEA that are on Twitter, sorted alphabetically by Twitter ID. Follow us for tweets from the real world. Twitter ID Name Blog Follow @ady189 Adrian Roberts Follow @avlieshout Arnim van Lieshout http://www.van-lieshout.com Follow @dpironet Didier Pironet deinoscloud.wordpress.com Follow @frankdenneman Frank Denneman http://www.frankdenneman.nl Follow @hugo_strydom Hugo Strydom http://www.vroem.co.za FollowContinue reading “VMware PSO NEMEA Twitter List”