Using Vagrant with the local laptop is convenient for small workloads (2-3 VMs). For larger workloads (3+ VMs), however, the MacBook Pro’s cooling fans start screaming at me. I decided to try out a Public Cloud provider, and Rackspace’s 6-month Dev Trial was very appealing. Read more on my experiences below… Continue reading “Vagrant Up Multiple VMs on Rackspace Public Cloud”
Linux Containers offer a different abstraction of the underlying infrastructure than traditional VMs: Instead of replicating an entire Operating System setup into a VM file (ex: VMDK), you merely bundle the relevant binaries for a particular application that you wish to run. So, in a way, a Container can almost be thought of as a VMware ThinApp (or the equivalent construct from non-VMware VDI Vendors). Continue reading “Containers: ThinApp for Linux Server Applications?”
Two new books on Virtualization and Cloud launched recently, and I am really excited about them:
Mastering vSphere 5.5 by Scott Lowe and Nick Marshall with Forbes Guthrie, Matt Liebowitz, and Josh Atwell
OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook, 2nd Edition by Kevin Jackson and Cody Bunch Continue reading “Learn More About vSphere 5.5 and OpenStack”
Pearson offered a substantial discount for it’s VCA, VCP, and VCAP Exams (75%!!!) at VMworld. Even though I have been neck-deep in CCIE Materials for the past year, I decided to try out the VCAP exams and gauge which topic areas I would need to improve on… Continue reading “My #VMworld VCAP Experiences”
The VMworld US 2013 edition of the vBrownBag Tech Talks were a big success. There was a lot of community participation both from presenters and attendees.
Now, we want to make the talks even more helpful to the vBrownBag audience: Which content do you want to see more of? The Voting Site that Cody developed will help the team in planning for Barcelona and for future events. Read Cody’s latest post for more info: http://professionalvmware.com/2013/09/vmworld-2013-vbrownbag-session-voting/
Somehow, my Vagrant session is sharing the top spot of the leaderboard with Colin McNamara with 6 votes a piece. I promise that I only created 3 dummy Twitter accounts to vote for myself. Seriously though, thank you to all of the listeners who enjoyed my content despite the few technical hiccups during my demo.
If you haven’t gone to the voting site yet, I encourage you to do so and let Team vBrownBag know which sessions you liked the most. You can vote for multiple tech talks: so, if you liked my session as well as Tony Foster’s VDI content, you can vote for both of us or for as many people as you’d like.
One last gratuitous plug for myself: Please keep voting for the Vagrant session!
The session is included below if you haven’t seen it yet. Warning: My voice was kind of turnt up to 11 (Rookie Mistake). So, be sure to lower your speakers:
So, you may be wondering…Where are the Day 3 highlights? Well, I was a little pre-occupied with on-site certification testing on both Day 2 and Day 3, but more on that later… Continue reading “VMworld 2013: Day 4 Highlights”
Day 1’s Keynote and announcements generated significant buzz around the direction of VMware’s Tech, and Day 2 allowed us a deeper look into the improvements that are now possible with the new software releases. Continue reading “VMworld 2013: Day 2 Highlights”
The first full day of VMworld 2013 started with a bang: featuring a number of big announcements accompanied by record attendance at the keynote, great sessions, and lots of activity at the Hands-On Lab. Continue reading “VMworld 2013: Day 1 Highlights”
When working with the EMC SMI-S Provider, the process to add an array is fairly intuitive: once you login to the SMI-S Provider via the TestSMIProvider Utility, the addsys command guides you step-by-step through the process. However, remsys is not nearly as intuitive. If you need to remove an array from the SMI-S provider (ex: array decommision) check out the steps below… Continue reading “EMC SMI-S Provider REMSYS Syntax”
Have you ever needed to move\restore Standard vSwitch portgroups? If so, I’m hoping you didn’t do it manually. o_0. I recently had to re-install a few servers that used the Standard vSwitch, and I cobbled together some PowerCLI code to help with the transition. Code samples included after the jump… Continue reading “Automated Portgroup Management on a Standard vSwitch”