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 …

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 working on this project was …

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 …

Objective 5.2 – Plan and Implement VMware Fault Tolerance

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 5.2 – Plan and Implement VMware Fault Tolerance   **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Knowledge Identify VMware Fault Tolerance requirements Figuring out VMware Fault Tolerance requirements can be a bit cumbersome, especially when browsing through all the different CPUs and their …

Host Profiles–Not quite there yet

Today I was setting up a host profile and found them to be extremely lacking in two areas (probably more); distributed environments and vNetworking. Distributed Environments:  I currently work in a large distributed enterprise with multiple vDatacenters.  Some items are standard across the enterprise, but there are site specific details that need to be configured.  I thought, “hey, I can …