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 …

Random thoughts – VMware Cloud on AWS

As you may or not be aware, today VMware unveiled their newly minted partnership with AWS.There’s been one article by Frank Denneman that takes a closer look at this partnership. There has also been an oped? piece published by our favorite cloud parody account, @cloud_opinion.  Señor _Opinion states in his article that AWS has blinked, that they are feeling pressure …

Adding Additional vCenter Instances to vRealize Automation

vRealize Automation (vRA), formerly vCloud Automation Center, has the ability to have multiple vCenters as endpoints. This is cool because if you need to do true multi-tenancy and a tenant has security requirements that require them to have their own vCenter instance. When you initially install vRA you installthe IaaS component, which in turn installs a vSphere Agent responsible for …

The New Cisco Virtual Switch Update Manager

Over the past few months I’ve had an opportunity to participate in a beta of Cisco’s new Virtual Switch Update Manager (VSUM). What is VSUM? VSUM is a free virtual appliance from Cisco that integrates into the vSphere Web Client. Once deployed, VSUM allows you to do the following (all from the web client): Deploy Nexus 1000v and Application Virtual …

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 to start with Learning Python …

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, …

Setting Perennial Reservations for MSCS with EMC CX/VNX Arrays

A few months ago I was putting together a technical solution to support a vSphere upgrade (physical hosts and vSphere version) and a SAN upgrade, As part of the upgrade, the customer wanted to virtualize their file services as well. The customer wanted the same level of availability and redundancy in the virtual environment that they had in the physical …