New Pluralsight Course: What’s New in vSphere 6.5

      I’m happy to announce that my latest site from Pluralsight has been released; What’s New in vSphere 6.5. I’m super excited about this course! There are a ton of resources out there discussing everything that’s new and awesome with VMware’s latest release of their flagship product, vSphere 6.5. Here are just a few of many: Brian Graf has …

The Unofficial Official VMware Certified Professional 6 – DCV Study Guide

With VMworld 2015 around the corner I thought this would be a great time to announce our latest version of the VMware Certified Professional – DCV study guide. A few years back, Jason Langer (blog / twitter) and I teamed up with Veeam Software and released the VMware Certified Professional 5 – DCV study guide, which you can find here. …

XtremIO Integration with vCenter Operations

As XtremIO becomes more popular with customers, there will be a need to integrate the statistics it provides into third party monitoring systems. XtremIO has a very simple UI to work with and it shows you a decent amount of statistics already in the UI, per volume; IOPs, latency, bandwidth, etc… EMC already has a vCenter Operations adapter for the …

Configuring vCenter Operations Custom UI with Secure LDAP

I was recently working on a vCenter Operations (vCOps) installation at the customer site I work out and ran into an issue importing users from Active Directory (AD). In case you aren’t familiar with vCenter Operations, there are two UIs that can be accessed; a standard UI and a custom UI. The standard UI uses permissions defined within vCenter to …

PernixPro – A Flash Hypervisor Community

Today (October 14th), PernixData announced a new program that enables industry experts and enthusiasts to help shape one of the most (if not THE most) exciting products of 2013; PernixData FVP. PernixPro is a program that will allow its members to interact with PernixData experts, the research and development team and other PernixPro members. PernixPro also gives its members access …

Guest I/O Profiling – Survey Results

A month ago I posted a survey revolving around guest I/O workload characterization. The survey consisted of five questions (I wish I would have included a sixth) that asked respondents about their experience with profiling the I/O that goes to and from the guest VM to the storage subsystem. Let me tell you why this data is important: simply, knowing …

Want FREE VMware VCP5 and VCAP5 Study Guides? Veeam and Pure Storage got you Covered

  VMworld 2013 is fast approaching and there will be many things up for grabs. Free Swag, giveaways, contests, etc… are a part of the solutions exchange and something we’ve all come to love (most of us), and to a certain degree, expect. I’m here to tell you that Jason Langer and I will be adding to the Swag portion …

Changing of the Guard: PernixData goes GA with FVP 1.0

On August 6th, 2013 PernixData announced general availability of their Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP), version 1.0. For those of you who aren’t familiar with FVP, you can check out my post from May of this year, “PernixData Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP): The best idea you never had” Prior to the release I had the pleasure of being on a call …

Jumbo Frames and Multi-NIC vMotion Performance over 10Gbe – Part 2

A week ago I wrote a post as sort of a follow-on to Chris Wahl’s post on performance gains (or lack thereof) using jumbo frames for multi-NIC vMotion. A fellow blogger, Josh Odgers (blog / twitter), posted a comment stating more testing with the same workloads across tests would be interesting to see. In my previous testing I performed 3 …

Jumbo Frames and Multi-NIC vMotion Performance over 10Gbe

Chris Wahl recently wrote a blog post titled Do Jumbo Frames Improve vMotion Performance? Chris was doing these tests using a 1Gbe network and the results indicated that you get slightly better performance by NOT using jumbo frames. There were a few comments and questions regarding what this would look like if you had a 10Gbe infrastructure. I also had …