VCAP-DCV Deploy – Objective 1.1 Perform Advanced ESXi Host Configuration – Part 1

To kick off the series on the blueprint for the VCAP-DCV exam, I thought I would start at the beginning.  I will split objective 1.1 into 3 parts: Objective 1.1 – Perform advanced ESXi Host Configuration Skills and Abilities (Part 1) Configure and Manage Auto Deploy configurations Determine use case for Stateless vs Stateful installs Create / Modify rules and rule sets Create and associate Host Profiles for an Auto Deploy reference host (Part 2) Configure Kernel Boot Parameters for scripted install according to a deployment plan: Modify scripted weasel install[…]

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VCAP-DCV Deploy – Study Guide Series

Since I hold a VCAP-DCD for 5.5, and want to upgrade to the VCIX-DCV 6, I have to study and take the VCAP-DCV Deploy test.  Thankfully, VMware has made the process easy – I don’t have to upgrade the VCAP-DCD first to 6.0, as it will count towards my VCIX! So, in order to assist me in studying, I decided to start a study guide series, following the objectives on the test’s blueprint (beta as of now). Here is the current blueprint (as of feb 2016) Section 1 – Create[…]

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Veeam Replication – Installation

To continue on the Replication Roundup series, and not too far behind the Veeam ON conference, it only make sense to highlight Veeam Availability Suite’s replication.  As a reminder, This series is not to compare / contrast features of each, but to simply highlight the process from start to finish to get a VM replicated. Veeam version 9 was just released, and thus – we are using version 9 for the series. Let’s get started with the installation of Veeam Backup and Recovery. The Lab Setup: For our lab, we[…]

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VeeamON – v9 Announcements

This week, I’m out at in Las Vegas for the 20125 VeeamON conference.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, as this is my first time, but let me tell you, Veeam has done a great job.  More posts for VeeamON this week, but this one is going to focus on new features that were announced for version 9. EMC VNX / VNXe storage snapshots Backup directly from storage snapshots, making your time on VMware snapshots limited.  Netapp and HP already supported. Cloud Connect Replication Just like Cloud Connect for offsite[…]

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VMworld 2015 – Day 1 Keynote

While VMworld kicked off Sunday with the Welcome reception, and even some sessions, Monday is the first full day. The day started off with the General Session / Keynote, with multiple speakers, including: Carl Eschenbach (VMware President) Bill Raghu Raghuram Yanbing Li Ray O’Ferrel Kit Colbert Carl Eschenbach started with some stats about this years VMworld – specifically that this year there were more than 23,000 attendees. He continued on with this years theme : Ready for Any. Specifically One Cloud. Any Application. Any Device.  And this theme carries throughout[…]

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VMworld 2015 – Kickoff

It’s that time again.  VMworld 2015 kicked off Saturday with the Welcome Reception. But, the unofficial start was earlier in the day. vBreakfast started off the day at Mel’s Diner.  This is the 4th year for this great get together organized by Shane Williford.  vBreakfast tweetup is a great time to meet with your fellow tweets in person, and too meet new ones. And, the food is fantastic. Starting off the afternoon was VMunderground Opening Acts.  Opening Acts is a great way to get the lowdown on the trends that[…]

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vSphere 6.0 Replication – VM Replication

Be sure to visit parts 1 and 2: vSphere 6.0 Replication – Installation vSphere 6.0 Replication – Configuration Now that we have vSphere Replication installed, and our primary and DR site’s connected, it’s time to get a VM replicating.  In my nested lab, I have a VM running Tiny Linux that we will replicate. First step, is the right click on the VM, and choose “All vSphere Replication Actions”, and then “Configure Replication.”  vSphere replication has the ability to replicate to a cloud provider, but in our case, we will[…]

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