joining the dots from alerts to action groups
joining the dots from Hardware profiles and component sizes
Exam Experience - AZ-500 Microsoft Azure Security Technologies (Microsoft Certified Azure Security Engineer Associate)
AWOL. Absent With Out Labs
Culture Wars on the command line
If Docker + Powershell + AZ Cmdlets + Git is the answer, what is the question !?
Dig a bit deeper to bet better error reporting
How to get Azure data from inside the VM itself
A new improved exam - Now with Labs!
Changes in the Linux OMS agent highlight missed Syslog Configuration (RTFM or RTFRN)
Starting small and getting to enterprise redeployable lab blueprint
Starting small and getting to enterprise redeployable lab blueprint
Starting small and getting to enteprise redeployable lab blueprint
Best Guesses about the future of Work and Progress, whilst everything accelerates around us
Tick the box, but don't forget to check your CSS
Reverse Bel-Air on the LB
Exam Experience - 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions - (Post Jan 2018 Updates)
A different, but real-life, exam experience
RTFM, and then read the addendums, and the notes and all the links as well
Using powershell to read in keepass entries - part 2
Using powershell to read in keepass entries - part 1
Last month I sat and passed the VCIX-NV exam. Driven, like a lot of others, by the impending retirement of the exam that keeps getting extended…more on tha...
From OVA download to Get-VM, sub 10 mins!
recreating the missing local userDB
Why VMware's own defaults are wrong
Bugs that are fixed in 6.2 cause controller issues
Back to 28 Vulnerability
You need to join an ESXi host to AD but you do not have Domain Admins
This first post is to run through common issues that are simple and “reasonable” to presume the end-user/sysadmin has checked first
I should have found this years ago.
VMware started as a Type 2 Hypervisor for doing a bit of lab/development testing on.
It’s been 2 weeks now since I sat and passed the VCP-NV. Straight after the exam I went on holiday and on coming back I got straight back into work.
I was asked to look at an issue recently with bad IO performance on an SQL VM. SQLio tests were being run and the figures coming back were much lower than e...
This it my new site/blog which is hosted on Github Pages and created with Jekyll. It’s a steep learning curve as I’ve not used either before and involved a l...
I run my home lab on a PC running Windows 8.1 and VMware Workstation 10. The PC has an i7 with HT, 32GB RAM and an SSD.
I’m going to ignore any comments about DevOPs being a vague term like Cloud which means different things to different people.
In a recent change of tack to my learning plan I’ve moved from revising VCAP-DCA to VCP-NV. This has been driven by a need for work to be familiar with NSX ...
There was armageddon, then snowmageddon and now announcementageddon.
I upgraded my pc to a beefy spec just before Christmas. i7 4770s giving me 8 threads to throw at VMWorkstation and 16Gb of memory, along with my existing SS...
Last Thursday I got the early train to Leeds stationed myself in a coffee shop and proceeded to stuff coffee and pastries into my mouth and last minute vSphe...
I haven’t used host profiles much in anger. I’ve seen them used as first snapshots of host config, but rarely updated (naughty I know!).
I’ve been racking my brains thinking of a real-life VCAP-esque scenario that would force me to write a PowerCLI script.
[caption id=”” align=”aligncenter” width=”485”] http://xkcd.com/979/[/caption]
Everyone’s got one, and like petrolheads showing off their v8 or GTI here’s my vSphere homelab.
Like many I’m currently cramming for my VCAP-DCA.
Terminology shouldn't be a barrier to learning
vExpert - Why go for it?
I was asked to look at an issue on a customer account where when a server VM, used as a XenApp Dynamic Desktop server is moved from Computers OU to the desir...
After passing my VCP, and subsequently falling back into the bad habit of not studying! I’ve managed to get the VMware authorisation Pearson Vue confirmat...
Another of the outputs of our recent penetration test was an issue with Weak Ciphers in both the IPMI service on C200 Rack servers and B220 M3 blades and the...
We had a Pen Test done recently on a couple of vBlocks that we need some security accreditation against. (See how I'm being vague there for security reasons ...
VCP5 Experience Blog Post
During a recent patching cycle VMtools across a set of VMs were updated to the latest version. This was to patch security vulnerabilities in the versions wh...
Mobile apps for vSphere
I’ve been using my little HP Microserver and it’s a beauty. However I do have to keep powering it on and then connecting with vi client to the host then pow...
I’ve been revising for a good few weeks now.
I first commented on the VMware communities forums back in 2006 on an ESX 2.x related issue someone was having. I had a 7 years hiatus from 2007 to now :-)
Very very brief one this, but it had me foxed for 5 minutes and time is precious!
After being an evangelist last week I’m now converting my Auto-Deploy ESXi hosts into Stateful installs and therefore ditching their wonderful ephemeralness!
So here I’m going to describe what many possibly have done before, but it’s needed for the exam…..so here goes.
RHLES RHUI configuration tricks and tips
I had a design/suggested infrastructure set up on a recent project which basically had UMDS on a server in a DMZ getting ESXi patches from the internet via a...
Revision. It means to review (previously studied materials) according to dictionary.com
So when last we spoke I had left Linux updating.
So tonight’s revision was meant to be pretty quick. It is Game Of Thrones night after all!
So you deploy the VCA from the OVA. Easy peasy. Any monkey could do that!
This one should hopefully be short :-)
I’m 37, work at a global IT services company with big customers. When I started in 2005 my first project was helping deploy 10s of ESX hosts. Yes “ESX” v2....
I passed my VCP4 way back in 2011. Shortly after (very shortly!) those pesky developers released vSphere5. VMware generously allowed VCP4’s to upgrade by t...
layout: post title: NASty NAS behaviour! date: 2013-04-28T18:00:00+00:00 comments: true tags: cloudstation dsm nas synology Now let me ...
I recently had a request to provide some instructions for newly transitioned users on Windows 7 on “Where is it in Windows 7 compared to XP”. Now I’ve seen ...
Been away from tech-blogging for a while now for a number of reasons, not least studying for vcp4.
I wrote a brief post previously about online sync providers and storage. Following on from that I wanted to get my own house in order, quite literally. I h...
Time waits for no man, or member server - The Importance of Time Synchronisation in Windows 2008 Domains
Perhaps I should put it down to it being a Friday, like the inverse of a Monday instead of lots of things breaking, things just didn't seem to be working.
Current Whitebox Config
Ok, so I want to have my own ESXi host at home. Initially it may sound like a tall order but there are lots of good community sites out there describing how...
fix that bootable USB quickly
freebie software options
Is there such thing as a free lunch?