VMware vCenter vApp – Invalid Hostname. FQDN is required for joining a domain.

Hey folks, I recently upgraded my lab to vSphere 5.5 and decided to try out the vCenter virtual appliance (VCVA). During the install I entered the hostname without a domain since I wasn’t sure what domain it was going to reside on. Later when I tried to configure authentication I ran into this error. It wasn’t apparent at the time …

RecoverPoint/SE 4.0 SP1 – Deployment Manager Bug

Hey folks! Just a quick note on a bug I noticed with the RecoverPoint 4.0 Deployment Manager. Admittedly this had me scratching my head for a few minutes while I wondered why the “Next” button wasn’t available. At the “Installation and Change Management procedures” page in the DM, you have to select the various checkboxes to confirm you have reviewed …

RecoverPoint 4.0 – Unable to join clusters (Gateways and Maintenance Mode)

Hey folks! I have been working with EMC RecoverPoint for a while now, and I really love the product. It is one of those products I get excited about because once it is installed, it just works! For those who aren’t familiar, EMC’s RecoverPoint is a replication appliance (physical or virtual) that can be used to provide point-in-time recovery for …

Guest I/O Workload Characterization – A Survey

As I get deeper into the design aspect of all things vSphere I have started to realize that workload characterization is a key competency when it comes to right-sizing every aspect of your design. When characterizing the I/O workload of existing virtual workloads, there aren’t too many tools available (that I’m aware of) to accomplish this task. The two tools …

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 …

VPlex Non-Uniform and Uniform Configurations

I had a recent conversation with my friend, Joe (@virtacit), and my ValCo Labs brother, Josh (@joshcoen), about the different access methods for EMC’s VPlex. Now, if you aren’t familiar with VPlex, EMC is doing some amazing things with storage virtualization. VPlex allows you to take one (or many) storage arrays (EMC or otherwise) and present the storage to VPlex, …

PernixData Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP): The best idea you never had

PernixData, who recently came out of stealth mode, has introduced a product that will change the way you think about SSDs and server-side caching. PernixData was founded by Poojan Kumar (Oracle Exadata) and Satyam Vaghani (Mr. VMFS!), so lets just say PernixData knows a thing or two about storage. What is Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP)? FVP promises to bring you, …