Monday, August 31, 2009

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

VMworld 09: Boot Camp: Sunday Review:

Before I say more I want to thank the LAB Team and VMware for putting together this VERY special opportunity of ALL day lab like this. The task of creating the environment for a LAB session of this size is amazing and the man power that was behind trying to pull it off.

That said, everything that could go wrong did go wrong. We didn't get to start any LAB work until about 2:30 in the afternoon, and only a few teams actually were able to complete an actual upgrade. But it wasn't a total wash. We had some good powerpoint material and all got to bond and ask questions and really get some good information that will help I think overall down the road with people moving to vSphere 4.

The vSphere upgrade/migration, we were told, is about 75% strategy/25% tactical compared to the focus in past migrations being more tactical.

You have three choices, update manager upgrade, clean install, or host update utility. There is so much changed between ESX 3.5 and vSphere 4, I think a clean environment build that you migrate too is the best option. Especially with the COS (if you are going to keep it around with VMware telling you that you should be moving away from it) being a virtual machine that has to be placed properly on local VMFS or a NON-shared SAN LUN.

Again LAB team we applaud your effort and look forward to a reunion at the next VMworld on your next LAB like this (just please announce it before we get our flights arranged next time).
VMworld 09: BOOT CAMP-Sunday:

Ok, up early and the first to register at the Marriott 7am registration. Minimal material is given out (Badge and program guide), have to get the other material later at Moscone Center. But that is fine...cause we have a very FULL day on instructor LAB today from 8:30 - 6:30 pm. Going to be a long but fun day!

More later...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

I will be Blogging from VMworld 2009!

This is my 4th VMworld event and I am very excited. VMware just has an awesome product line and vSphere 4 raises the bar even higher!

If your looking for some links with coverage from VMworld you can get everything right here:

But stay tuned right here for my own little perspective on the event.
Here is my schedule...and YES that is an ALL DAY Sunday LAB event with vSphere 4 for no extra charge!

Sunday 8:30 AM-6:30 PM-VMBC1000 Bootcamp VMware vSphere 4 Upgrade Boot Camp
Monday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM LAB02 VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager - Advanced Operations
Tuesday 9:30 AM-11:00 AM BC1500 vCenter Site Recovery Manager "Up and Running" - Best Practices & Avoiding the Pitfalls
11:00 AM-12:00 PM TA4940 Navigating the Cloud: IT Management Challenges and Opportunities
1:00 PM-2:00 PM BC3086 A Practical Guide for Recovering Key Applications Using VMware Site Recovery Manager
2:30 PM-3:30 PM BC3197 High Availability - Internals and Best Practices
4:00 PM-5:30 PM TA4060 The Path to COS-less ESX: Migrating Server Operations from ESX to ESXi
6:00 PM-7:30 PM BC3301 DR Architecture Design Workshop with SRM
Wednesday 9:30 AM-11:30 AM LAB09 VMware vCenter AppSpeed
12:00 PM-1:30 PM VM1700 vApps and advanced VM templates in vSphere 4
2:30 PM-3:30 PM TA2405 Best Practices for Virtualization Security
4:30 PM-5:30 PM TA3105 Long Distance VMotion
Thursday 9:30 AM-11:00 AM TA3603 Getting The Most Out Of VMotion: EVC, Performance Tuning, and Troubleshooting
11:30 AM-12:30 PM TA2731 Tips for Planning and Upgrading to vSphere 4
1:00 PM-2:00 PM VM2408 Tech Preview: VMware vCenter ConfigControl
3:00 PM-4:00 PM TA3045 Implementing VMware vSphere 4.0 with HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 technology
4:00 PM-5:30 PM TA2963 ESXtop for Advanced Users

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Lots of VMWorld material open to public:

All the following are now free for viewing:
VMworld Europe 2009
VMworld 2008
VMworld Europe 2008
VMworld 2007
VMworld 2006
VMworld 2005
VMworld 2004

Monday, August 3, 2009

VMWorld 2009 Boot Camp:

I received special notice about an ALL day vSphere LAB Boot Camp opportunity and I am happy to say I made the 190 person cut-off.

More info is located here:;jsessionid=ACD43B4889B98045533C8EDAD0651EC5

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