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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...

Migrating VMs between Port Groups with Drag & Drop

Need to migrate a bunch of VMs to a different port group but hate going to the web client just for the Migration Wizard? Want to quickly move VMs around between a vDS and vSS or vice versa? Well wait no more 🙂 In the vSphere Client, navigate to Home --> Inventory...

vCenter Operations Manager – Adding Additional vCenters to Monitor

When it comes to vCenter, most companies I've worked with can easily utilize a single vCenter to manage all datacenters across their environment. However, when you add VMware's SRM product into the mix, multiple vCenter servers become a requirement in defining...

VMware vRealize Log Insight – Monitoring Synology Appliances

VMware vRealize Log Insight provides an easy way to gather logs and events from VMware products and anything else that can send syslog events. Log Insight also features the ability to easily import/export Content Packs which can feature customized queries, dashboards,...

Free: vExpert Sticker

As I've been recently awarded the vExpert title, I thought it would be fun to create some stickers to give out to the community. These were printed using the official #vExpert badge for 2014 and are 3" x 2". I only ordered a small quantity (100) of the 2014 version...

Recently Awarded: vExpert 2014

I'm ecstatic to say that I was officially named a vExpert by VMware for 2014. The vExpert program is a recognition to the contributions to those who have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. As...

VMware vSphere – Auditing Your Administrators

As written in my vSphere Security post, inside users (read administrators) should be considered your biggest threat to the virtual environment. As a result, auditing the environment should be the first step to ensure you're aware of all changes and modifications to...

Non-Persistent Disks – How to Lose Your Data in One Reboot

Though I'm familiar with the concept, I've never used a non-persistent disk in a production server environment. I don't even know of any good reason to do so. I have used non-persistent disks for Linked Clones where the data is blown away on a reboot (for temp...

Success in IT: Why a Career is Better Than a Job

This is a topic I've been considering writing for quite some time and was finally inspired by Chris Wahl's (@chriswahl) series on Career Advice he did during the Indy VMUG. In my own personal opinion, IT is an incredible industry, an industry so exciting because it...

VCAP-DCD 5.5 – Resources and Links

Gathering links and resources related directly to the VCAP-DCD 5.5 exam. This is the updated version of the VCAP-DCD 5.1 test and is officially exam VDCD550. This will be a working document as I go through the process of studying for the exam. Official Documentation...

vSphere Security – Protecting your Virtual Infrastructure

One of my goals for VMworld 2014 was to attend sessions surrounding vSphere security and learn additional ways to deploy secure and safe environments. I was able attend both a group discussion with Mike Foley (@MikeFoley) and other participants as well as Mike's...

VMworld 2014 – Day 2 Recap

Figured I’d give you guys a run down on things at VMworld already this week. This year is my 4th VMworld running and I have enjoyed every one of them. Conference: Although there were a bunch of community driven events yesterday, today was the “official” first day of...

VMware vSphere Update Manager – Patch Notifications

Not much of an introduction needed here - we all know patching is important. And it can be a burden, and it should be mandated by your security team. We also know that it's time consuming and not the most exciting item in the day-to-day operations tasks list....

Getting Value from VMware Operations Manager

It should come as no surprise that when you own the number one virtualization software you release award winning tools to manage and maintain it. VMware's vCenter Operations Manager provides an operational and management portal with capabilities far beyond what it's...

vCenter Operations Manager – Identifying Idle/Unused VMs

Let's face it, we're all busy people. Last minute projects, drive-by requests, and "I need it yesterday" requests seem to be non-stop no matter where you work within IT. Although they are equally important, proactive maintenance and tasks are usually an afterthought...

My First (and very positive) VCAP-DCA Experience

After wanting to schedule and take the VCAP exam for years, it's finally done...and it was good. As most others who have written a post-exam article state, it seems everyone has a VCAP-DCA/DCD experience post. That being said, it's what helped me the most in regards...

vCenter Operations Manager – Creating Dynamic Groups

Creating Dynamic groups within vCOps allows you to create a group based on user-defined criteria for different types of resources. Not only does this allow you to ensure you've captured all required resources, it can automatically add newly created resources to the...

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