VMware is the AOL of the private cloud

This week at VMware Partner Exchange there was a nice announcement of VMware Integrated OpenStack or VIO.  VIO attempts to do what most of the developers of OpenStack have failed to do:  Make OpenStack easy to deploy and manage.  (It’s not, anybody who tells you different is trying to sell you something).  The sound bite […]

UCS Invicta iSCSI to VMware ESX

I have a 12TB UCS Invicta appliance in my lab I thought I’d try out.  The interface wasn’t as intuitive as I would have preferred, but the nice thing about it is that its simple and pretty easy to use once you get the feel of it. Invicta Configuration Create a LUN Navigate to the […]

Cisco, Cluster on Die, and the E5-2600v3

I was in a meeting where someone noted that VMware does not support the Cluster on Die feature of the new Intel Haswell E5-2600v3 processors.  The question came: “What performance degradation do we get by not having this supported?  And would it be better to instead use the M3 servers” This information they got from […]

Beyond Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

I wrote a blog a few days ago that I wanted to modify because I didn’t get it right.  First of all, please note that everything I write here are my own thoughts and not those of my employer. This article is about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), end user computing, Desktop As a Service (DaaS), […]

Configure VMware from scratch without Windows

One of the things that bugs me about vCenter (still) is that it is still very tied to the Windows operating system.  You have to have Windows to set it up and trying to go about without Windows is still somewhat difficult.  In my lab I’m trying to get away from doing Windows.  I have […]

Nexus 1000v – A kinder gentler approach

One of the issues skeptical Server Administrators have with the 1000v is that they don’t like the management interface being subject to a virtual machine.  Even though the 1000v can be configured so that if the VSM gets disconnected/powered-off/blownup the system ports can still be forwarded.  But that is voodoo.  Most say:  Give me a […]

Storage: The new sexy

I was fortunate enough to attend VMworld 2012 in San Francisco this year!  It is indeed a great privilege and I can’t thank Cisco enough for sending me.  There were lots of announcements that were pretty cool from a UCS standpoint like UCS Central and the vCenter plugin. (These were demoed in the Cisco booth) There were […]

An adventure in Powershell and the vSphere PowerCLI

I’ve always found a good way to get started with a new language is to just go head into it trying to solve some problem you’re working on, then ask the Internet via a search engine how to do something you want to do. Today I started for the first time with PowerShell. Here’s the […]

vSphere 5 Licensing fun

UPDATE (Aug 3, 2011): VMware changed the licensing model addressing many of the disadvantages laid out in this post. Among them: the monster 1TB VM will not be super expensive and the Enterprise+ license went up to 96GB of vRAM. The new vSphere 5 licensing information has taken the VMware blogger world by storm.  So […]

VMworld 2011 Sessions Posted

I am super excited for VMworld 2011 and I’ve already got my tickets, hotel (at the Venetian!) and dates ready to roll!  I was scrolling through the long list of sessions and found tons that seem really interesting to me. I submitted two sessions: #2815 “Secrets of ESXi Automated Installations” and #2642 “Pimp my ESXi […]