Oct 232014
 

Halloween is upon us! As this scary(?) holiday filled with elaborate costumes, haunted houses and free candy approaches, our friends over at CloudPhysics are running a fun Halloween themed campaign open to everyone.

Curious if you’re running software vulnerable to Heartbleed or Shellshock? Are you running software that’s [nearing] end of support (Windows Server 2003 anyone)? Do you have unrealized, free storage space? If you don’t mind filling out short forms and have 15 minutes, the ghouls over at Cloud Physics will generate a full report of what’s happening in your virtualizaed datacenter, absolutely free. If you have other tools in your environment to tell you this stuff or know for a fact that none of these exist, you still may benefit. The report will also give you information about your virtualized datacenter that I haven’t mentioned or that you might not know about. You may get something similar to the infographic below.

 Click the infographic to find out more

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Sep 282014
 
PernixData FVP and vCenter Operations Integration

If you’ve been reading some of my previous posts you would probably have noticed that I’ve been writing a fair amount about vCenter Operations. There is a reason for this; it’s a very extensible product. There is a decent amount of third-party integration with vCenter Operations as well as a high amount of customization out [...]

Aug 272014
 
Visualizing vscsiStats via CloudPhysics

I was able to get a sneak peak at an unreleased feature from CloudPhysics last week and found out they are also showing it at their booth. The feature is called IO Workload Shapes and essentially it is the vscsiStats tool in a visual form. It is stunning (literally). I grabbed a few photos from [...]

Jul 172014
 
Operationalizing vCenter Operations - Part 1

I’ve been doing a lot of work with vCenter Operations over the last few months. I spent a lot of time with custom dashboards, super metrics and custom widgets based on XML files and widget interactions. The environment I’m in has an operations team responsible for monitoring 15+ vCenter environments. Most of the time spent [...]

Jul 082014
 
Varrow Bound

Starting July 28th, 2014 I will be moving to Varrow as a principal cloud architect. I am currently working with my boss (the illustrious Chris Horn) on what that is, so please, don’t ask. Seriously though, I will be covering things associated with the following words: Secure Cyber Metadata Scalable Five 9s Resilient Agnostic Cloud [...]

Jun 242014
 
Programmatically Push Custom Data into vCenter Operations

I’ve been doing a lot of customization with vCenter Operations Manager lately, mainly customized dashboards, and I wanted to explore ways of getting data into vCOps other than having to use a third party adapter (such as Hyperic) or make my own adapter. Enter the HTTP Post Adapter. The HTTP Post adapter comes with vCenter [...]

May 152014
 
Finding orphaned Virtual Machines - The Python Way

For the past few years I’ve done a little dabbling in Powershell for on-demand automation. I wanted to expand my horizons outside the realm of Powershell and find something more powerful, not only for vSphere, but other technologies that have APIs accessible via Python. I had never used Python, but had to start somewhere. I decided [...]

Apr 152014
 

In 2006 I had no idea what VMware was, let alone what virtualization was. At the time I was an active duty member in the United States Air Force working in communications doing AD migrations and file server consolidations onto CX700s. Fast forward to February 2014 and I’m VCDX #129. I first learned about virtualization [...]