Category Archive: VMware

May 25

vSphere 6 Datacenter Design Cookbook – Ready for pre-Order!

The book covers the VMware Design Methodology and will provide a useful resource for Architects and Engineers preparing for the VMware Advance Design Certification. VMware vSphere 6.X Datacenter Design Cookbook contains recipes for the design and implementation of vSphere technologies to support a virtual datacenter design including discovery of functional and non-functional requirements, forming the conceptual design, creating a logical design, applying the logical design to a physical design, and creating the final design documentation.

May 14

Architecting EUC Solutions Delivered

Just received the copy of Architecting EUC Solutions by @bsuhr I ordered. No time to get into it this weekend but looking forward to reading it.

May 04

Handy vCenter Topology Script from virtuallyGhetto

Handy little script to generate a topology map (graph) of vCenter and Platform Services Controller (PSC) deployment from virtuallyGhetto by @lamw.

Apr 22

Book Review: IT Architect: Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design

IT Architect: Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design is well written and an easy read. I read it cover to cover over a couple nights. I found myself marking multiple pages to refer back to. It is packed with a great deal of useful information for both the seasoned Architect and those who are looking to gain a bit more insight on the process for creating a high quality design. The book focuses on enterprise class, but the design process can easily be (and should be) applied to any size or type of datacenter design.

Apr 19

Preparing Compute Nodes to Use SimpliVity DVP

With the efficiency SimpliVity’s Data Virtualization Platform (DVP) brings to data with deduplication, compression, and optimization SimpliVity customers often need to scale compute before they need to scale storage. As long as the SimpliVity environment is capable of providing the storage capacity and performance required the compute resources can be scaled using what we call compute nodes.

Apr 12

Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design On the Way!

I have been looking forward to this book being released ever since I got a peak at the draft at VMworld last year. Just ordered a copy and I should have it by Friday!!! Based on what I saw back in August, this book will likely become the go to resource for folks preparing for the VMware advanced design exams or working to successfully prepare and defend a VCDX design.

Mar 17

The 2nd Must Have PowerCLI Reference

Of course the first must have PowerCLI reference was the first edition of the VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference book which has had a spot on my desk for the last couple years and I refer to it often. I recently picked up the 2nd Edition of the book and it has now taken the 1st …

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Mar 16

Updating VCSA to 6.0U2 using the Appliance Management UI

I just finished updating my home lab to 6.0U1b yesterday and today VMware has released 6.0 Update 2 for both vCenter and ESXi. Figured I would write up how easy it is to update the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) to Update 2 using the Appliance Management UI.

Mar 16

Anatomy of a vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB)

I just finished updating my home lab ESXi host to ESXi 6.0U1b. I was just poking around after doing the update and thought it might be useful to dig into the vSphere Installation Bundle or VIB. A VIB is an installation package which containing software, updates, patches, and drivers which can be installed on ESXi hosts.

Mar 01

Quick PowerCLI to Get SnapShots and Size

Just a quick VMware PowerCLI one liner to display the number of snapshots for each VM and the total size in MB of the snapshots for each VM.

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