2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 36,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 8 Film Festivals

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vPodcast Episode 1 – DVD Store exploits and ESXi host-facing switchport configs


In this episode, I introduced myself, my blog, VirtuallyMikeBrown.com, and talked about

  • My DVD Store exploits
  • ESXi Host-facing switchport configs

Right click here to download the full podcast

Don’t forget you can reach me on the Twitters, as well, @VirtuallyMikeB. If you have something you’d like to hear about on the vPodcast or wish to join yourself, please leave a comment (or send an email to virtuallymikeb [at] gmail.com and we’ll see about getting it done!

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Having problems with DVD Store 2.1? Perhaps this will help.


Oh…my…goodness. This caused me such a big headache. I’m using DVD Store as a placeholder for a production database in the lab. We’re in the middle of a proof-of-concept of SRM and we’re getting close to the due date. My boss comes to me and says, “We’re close to the due date. Do you want to document the vSphere 5.1 upgrade or work on DVD Store?” Well, having played with DVD Store a bit in the last few weeks and knowing it wasn’t “plug-n-play” for a custom database size, I couldn’t hand the DVD Store project over to a workmate in good conscience. I didn’t find the learning curve for a simple fellow like myself short and to throw someone else knee deep into the project when I’ve already played with it wouldn’t be right. “I’ll work on DVD Store.” I said, dejectedly. You see, I rarely get excited about scripts I don’t write myself. And to be perfectly honest, once I started reading about DVD Store and the amount of work that would have to go into getting a custom-sized database, I put it off as long as possible. Now I knew I was going to be elbow deep in scripts the next day and I wasn’t very happy about it. Here’s what I found out.

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