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 […]

Why Docker Changes everything

There are many shifts we talk about in IT.  Here are 2 recent examples come to mind that most people are familiar with: The shift from physical to virtual The shift from on-prem infrastructure to cloud based consumption IT. Ultimately it is an organization with a clear vision that disrupts the status quo and creates […]

On reading about choosing between NSX and ACI

I consider myself  very fortunate to work in the IT industry.  Not only do I get to develop and deploy technologies that enhance the world we live in, but I also get more drama from the different companies than a soap opera.  Take for example the story of how Jayshree left Cisco to help build […]

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 […]

ESXi 4.1 command line awesomeness

I spend a lot of time on the command line of ESXi 4.1 due to my development duties at Sumavi.  There are quite a few things you can do on the command line that make it pretty cool to work with.  As such, in many instances I don’t install vSphere Server nor vSphere client.  I […]

ESXi 4.1: setting license via command line

Setting the license at the command line is done with the following command: [cc lang=”bash”] vim-cmd vimsvc/license [/cc] If you run it you’ll see that one of the options is to –set=string. But if you run it like this: [cc lang=”bash”] vim-cmd vimsvc/license –set=XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXX11 [/cc] You will get an error. The right way to do […]

VMware ESXi 4.1 install using Western Digital USB Hard Drive

After disabling all that ‘Smartware’ software as explained by on Western Digital’s website, I still had failures installing ESXi 4.1 when mcopy tries to grab the kickstart file. And after loading all you get to see is: [cc lang=”bash”] rescanning in 10 second(s), press to rescan immediately. [/cc] This happened with another drive I had […]