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vExpert Stickers – 2017 Edition

Once again, I've teamed up with a member of the vCommunity to give out free vExpert stickers. This year, Jim Jones is helping out. This makes the 4th year in a row I've had stickers printed and mailed them all over the world to show my appreciation to my fellow...

vExpert Stickers – 2016

To me, the vExpert recognition means only one thing: community. As I've written in the past, I attribute much of my own success to the vExpert community.....years and years before I was accepted as one. The vExpert community has given me so much, whether it was...

Home Lab: A Place to Learn, Explore, and Grow

A continuation of my blog post about a career change prompted by the sheer desire to learn and grow. Experience is the teacher of all things -Julius Caesar I'm not the first to have a working home lab. As a matter of fact, I delayed it so long that I'm probably the...

PernixData FVP Freedom: Configuration and Performance (Part 3)

A continuation of a series for the installation and configuration of PernixData FVP Freedom. Part 1 shows how to install PernixData host extension module to the ESXi hosts and Part 2  demonstrates how to install the application and get started with PernixData FVP...

PernixData FVP Freedom: Installation (Part 2)

As a follow-up to Part 1, which shows how to install PernixData host extension module to the ESXi hosts, this post will demonstrate how to install the application and get started with PernixData FVP Freedom. Finally, Part 3 will demonstrate FVP configuration and...

PernixData FVP Freedom: Installation (Part 1)

PernixData has long been a sponsor for Louisville VMUG and, although I was very familiar with the concept, I finally had a chance to actually listen and engage during the most recent presentation. If you're not familiar with PernixData, they are a software solution...

The Only Constant In IT Is Change

A blog post about deliberations and decisions for my career move from 13+ years as a customer to working for a vendor. Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change -Jim Rohn. Flashback to 9-12 months ago: I've started to realize that working on...

Louisville VMUG – Introducing Lightning Rounds

As a newly minted VMUG leader, I've been spending countless hours on figuring out how to improve meetings, increase attendance, and bring in top-notch presentations and vendors that our members want to hear. An idea I've always wanted to pursue, even before becoming a...

Recap: Louisville VMUG Meeting – April 2015

The Louisville VMUG meeting was held April 17th, 2015 on the East end of Louisville. The location for this meeting was moved from downtown to one that was more convenient for folks to get to and find easy parking. This was a direct result of a poll we did at the...

vRealize Operations Manager – Missing Action Buttons

As demonstrated in this post, one of the new features in vRealize Operations Manager 6 is the presentation of Action Buttons to the user when a VM is determined to be critically low on resources. However, upon my initial deployment I noticed that these buttons were...

vRealize Operations Manager – Utilizing Action Buttons

The latest iteration of VMware's Operations Manager was released in late 2015. Along with the new branding (moving from vCenter Operations Manager [vCOps] to vRealize Operations Manager [vROps], the new version (v6) included many impressive new features. In my...

Top vBlog 2015 – Now Open

  The Top vBlog 2015 voting is now open and we'd like your consideration 🙂 This is a community-led (@EricSiebert) event that allows folks to vote for their peers and blogs surrounding the virtualization community. If you've enjoyed our site ITDiversified.com,...

Goal: Step Up to the Podium

I'm a very goal oriented person. As everyone should do, I make goals and strive to meet them. The majority of my goals are what I call "personal" goals but they are generally related to my career in some way or another. Historically these goals referred to learning a...

Using Thycotic Secret Server to Rotate VMware ESXi Root Passwords

One of my security related projects this coming year will be to reduce (remove?) the usage of identical passwords across similar devices. For example, how many of you utilize the same root password for ESXi servers or the same password for the local administrator...

VMware Site Recovery Manager – IP Customization

As mentioned in this article, there are many variables to take into consideration when deploying and configuring VMware Site Recovery Manager. When failing (or testing) your virtual machines from site to site, decisions must be made on what cluster will they start on,...

Configuring EMC RecoverPoint for use with VMware Site Recovery Manager

In RecoverPoint, Consistency Groups are used to define a group of LUNs that are replicated together. EMC documentation suggests that you group all SRM protection groups into a single (or very few) consistency groups within RecoverPoint. In our case, we've created two...

VMware Site Recovery Manager – Installation Tips and “Gotchas”

VMware's Site Recovery Manager provides the ability to failover VMs in the event of a disaster or for planned migrations between datacenters. In my case, we're using it for the former as we have two "main" datacenters, one located in Louisville and the other in...

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