[Book Review] VCDX Boot Camp: Preparing for the VCDX Panel Defense (Rough Cuts version)

Since I plan on submitting my VCDX application in time for the VMworld 2013 deadline, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the VCDX boot camp book. While the book has not been officially released, there is a “rough cuts” version of it available right now via Safari Books Online (you can find it …

Possibilities of VMware HA – VM Component Protection

While at VMworld 2012 I attended a session called “vSphere HA and Datastore Access Outages – Current – Capabilities Deep-Dive and Tech Preview” also known as INF-BCO2807. The presentation was put together by Smriti Desai (@smriti_desai) and Keith Farkas, both from VMware. If you haven’t seen this session and have access to them online, you really should take a look, …

VCAP5-DCA – Objective 6.5 – Troubleshoot vCenter Server and ESXi Host Management

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 6.5 – Troubleshoot vCenter Server and ESXi Host Management Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Identify CLI commands and tools used to troubleshoot management issues If you can get to the console of your ESXi hosts, you can try restarting the …

VCAP5-DCA – Objective 6.2 – Troubleshoot CPU and Memory Performance

For this objective I used the following documents: http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-11812 – Everything ESXTOP http://www.yellow-bricks.com/esxtop/ – Good rollup from Duncan Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 6.2 – Troubleshoot CPU and Memory Performance Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Identify resxtop / esxtop metrics related to memory and CPU Here are a list of some of the …

Book Review – Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments (VMware Press)

I recently received a copy of Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments by Sean Crookston and Harley Stanger (find it here on Amazon) and I wanted to share my thoughts. Chapter 1: Laying the Groundwork What a great start. This chapter covers the core competencies of vSphere 5. Not only is the functionality of these competencies discussed, but the design …

VMware vCenter 5.1 SSO Installation Error 29133: Administrator login Error

Earlier this week I decided to go ahead and upgrade the vCenter in my lab from 5.0 –> 5.1. The first step of doing that is to install the new vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) component, which allows single sign on for the vCloud Suite. Before starting with the install I glanced over the vCenter 5.1 Release Notes as well …

VCAP5-DCA – Objective 6.1 – Configure, Manage, and Analyze vSphere Log Files

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 6.1 – Configure, Manage, and Analyze vSphere Log Files Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Identify vCenter Server log file names and locations Below are a list of the log file names and their locations  (I used VMware KB1021804 to help …

VCAP5-DCA – Objective 3.4 – Utilize Advanced vSphere Performance Monitoring Tools

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 3.4 – Utilize Advanced vSphere Performance Monitoring Tools Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Identify hot key fields used with resxtop / esxtop There are some different hot keys that will get you to different views within resxtop / esxtop and …