VMware Cloud on AWS

It seems like lately, all the buzz had been around the cloud, especially public cloud.  At VMworld 2017, there is certainly no exception to that.  In fact, in the morning keynote, AWS was onstage alongside Pat Gelsinger announcing VMware Cloud on AWS. What is VMware Cloud on AWS? Simply put, it’s running the VMware SDDC suite on AWS resources.  Once deployed, the underlying infrastructure is managed by AWS and VMware, allowing the customer to focus on simply consuming the resources paid for.  Maintenance is handled in a way that is[…]

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VMworld Day 1

After Partner Exchange, VMworld officially kicked off Sunday night, with a welcome reception in the Solutions Exchange.  The welcome reception is a great time to get a layout of the solutions exchange, and to start talking with some of the vendors at VMworld.  Accompanied by drinks and hor devours,  VMware makes it’s customers feel at home and energized for the week ahead. Starting off VMworld, we were able to hear from Pat Gelsinger, and Michael Dell, who both talked about the future of VMware, and the concerns around the Dell /[…]

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VMworld Benefit – Community!

  This year will be my 5th year attending the largest virtualization conference in the world, VMworld 2016.  I still remember my first year – arriving into San Francisco in 2012 wide-eyed and overwhelmed.  My hotel was a good 25-minute walk away from a convention center that was mostly underneath the ground. Once I finally found my way into the Moscone Center, I was quickly at a loss for what to do first.  Yes, I had filled out my calendar with sessions, time in the Solutions Exchange, and maybe some[…]

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v101tv – Initial ESXi Configuration

  Now that ESXi is installed on our server, let’s log into each of the vSphere clients – C# client, and the embedded HTML5 host client, to view the configuration options for our server.    

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VMworld 2016 – Coming soon

It’s that time of year again – time to get excited about heading to VMworld 2016! VMworld is the premier virtualization conference in the world, debuting  VMware’s products, vision, ecosystem partners, and community all in one place.  The event lasts 5 days, and could certainly fill more. Location: VMworld has been in San Francisco for the last handful of years at the Moscone Center, but this year, it’s back in Las Vegas.  This will be my first time to VMworld at Las Vegas, as VMware had an agreement to be[…]

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VCAP-DCV Deploy – Objective 1.2 Deploy vCenter Server

Now that the Platform Services Controller (PSC) is installed, it’s time to install the vCenter server.  For the lab, we will be installing vCenter 6 onto Windows 2012 R2. After mounting the ISO image, autorun will give us the option to install vCenter.  Choose vCenter Server from the External Deployment section. Configure the name of the vCenter server – this will be hard coded into the SSL certificate. Next, enter the details for the Platform Services Controller that was just setup. Confirm the SSL certificate (not shown), and choose an[…]

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VCAP-DCV Deploy – Objective 1.1 Perform Advanced ESXi Host Configuration – Part 3

  To finish off objective 1.1, we have three things to cover: Edit system swap / scratch configuration Configure ESXi to use a central syslog server Manage / edit the core dump configuration of an ESXi host Edit system swap / scratch configuration ESXi has a swap location to use in case RAM usage is too high, and it needs to swap out to disk.  We can configure the location to be used during the swapping.  The scratch partition is used to store vm-support output, which you need when you create[…]

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