Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
VMware Fault Tolerance (the best HA possible)
VMware DVS (VNetwork Distributed Virtual Switch)
Original source of this info was www.rtfm-ed.co.uk
Monday, September 15, 2008
I attended three instructor led labs today, Site Recovery Manager, Powershell scripting, and a third lab as a non-preregistered guest: VMware Life Cycle Manager. Overall I would say this was a very productive day with some very valuable hands-on experience. The SRM lab guys were very tired after being up all night due to some technical problems, which only allowed 2 out of the 4 rows of stations to be operational. But then this was the 8am first run of the Lab and there was still much learned in the session.
For me, I am wanting very little powerpoint presentation and more hands-on time. Some of the labs (SRM for example) spent over 1 hour just on the ppt stuff we all have seen before if you have been to any of your local Vmware stuff or VMUG events. This left very little time for hands-on and for the part you really want out of the labs. So my suggestinon VMware, less ppt, more using the products time..and I like a structured instructor led approach, not just read the PDF manual and follow the steps. Save that for the self-paced labs. The Life Cycle Manager got top pick for me, followed by the Powershell scripting lab, based on how the labs were run.
Well, off to the vendor Solutions Exchange Expo, probably the 2nd best reason to attend VMworld. With over 200 vendors all with solutions related to your virtual needs it is often overlooked as one of the best aspects of the show.
Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I sure hope you are signed up to attend VMworld, the largest virtualization event in the country. Although created by VMware and some partners, the even is really mean't to be a celebration of knowledge of this technology that is allowing us to rethink how we work and redesign our datacenters. So, no matter what Hypervisor fan you are...you really should be at this event!
With 300 breakout sessions, 13 instructor-led and five self-paced labs, nearly 8,000 total lab seats, and more than 200 sponsors and exhibitors it is THE event to attend for anyone into virtualization.
If you not attending though, be sure to watch the Keynotes LIVE here starting next tuesday at 8am (vegas time).
You might want to watch this video from the EMC World Las Vegas Event held in May of 2008. In particular the LAST video by Dr. Stephen Herrod Chief Technology OfficerVMware.
In addition, remember there is free training videos located at http://www.vmware.com/a/webcasts/recorded/
Friday, September 5, 2008
This Network World article is really hitting on some fundamental realities that I have been preaching for some time now in our own organization. As Virtual Infrastructure redesigns our datacenters and the skill sets have to increase, companies will have to reevaluate how they've organized IT. They also will need to reward those increasing there virtualization skills and taking on new responsibilities as datacenters are redesigned. Some good quotes from the article:
...The skill set required for this technology is only going to increase, as is the number of mission-critical applications hosted on a virtual architecture," he says. "So, its relevance is going to increase every year for the foreseeable future.
...virtualization has necessitated a higher level of trust among already integrated systems and network teams, as well as a higher skill level.
...The application administrators and developers need to be brought in to play along with the server, storage and network teams.
...At least get folks from different silos together, maybe monthly, to talk about virtualization best practices, product selection criteria and management processes
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Got an email today from VKernel mentioning their new tool. Might be a very good new market for this as in larger environments it can be difficult locating a particual VM. From the email:
- Simple appliance import in VC 2.5 in the open OVF format
- start the appliance, answer question about DHCP or not and time sever (appliance runs Suse Linux)
- Access the appliance via browswer, add your virtual center server or ESX server
- see the examples provided or better yet the help area for even more examples
Some quick examples I did:
vm.name:vmiamlookingfor --find a particular vm
vm.cdroms.object.cdroms.connected=true --vms with cd connected