Book Review: Implementing VMware vCenter Server


Book Cover: Ipmlementing VMware vCenter Server

I was recently given the opportunity to review Packt Publishing’s recent release of Implementing VMware vCenter Server: A practical guide for deploying and using VMware vCenter, suitable for IT professionals.  At first glance, I wondered how an entire book could be written about vCenter alone.  While reading it, though, I was pleasantly surprised time and again when I saw how much good information was shared.  This book is an excellent primer for those new to vCenter and really, VMware in general.

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Thoughts on VCP Recertification


imageThanks to Twitter and Patrick Kremer’s article, I caught the recent news that starting 10 March 2014, VMware will require VCPs to recertify every 2 years to keep their certification current.  You can read VMware’s release here.  I took the time to read the comment threads on Patricks’ and other’s blogs to get an idea of folks’ reactions.  Since you asked, here are my thoughts on the subject.

I shouldn’t have to say that it’s obviously VMware’s prerogative to change or create new policies regarding their certification programs.  This shouldn’t be a topic of conversation. 

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Deploy and Manage Dell Management Suite Infrastructure


By request, this post is a reproduction of an internal operational document I handed over for the environment in which I installed it.

Overview

The Dell Management Infrastructure consists of two dedicated VMs in addition to relying on vCenter and a database. The two dedicated VMs run three separate Dell applications in a Windows Server 2008 R2 VM and a Linux Virtual Appliance. The three applications are Dell OpenManage (OME), Dell Repository Manager (RM), and the Dell Management Plug-in (DMP) Virtual Appliance itself. An overview of the infrastructure is below.

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SRM error – failed to recover datastore. An error occurred during host configuration


I’d like to share an error I was receiving when running test recoveries with SRM 5.1.1 on a NetApp, ONTAP version 8.1.2. The datastores in question were NFS. The error received in the SRM report is consistently in Section 4. Create Writable Storage Snapshot, but strangely, on differing datastores, first datastore 6, then on datastore 5, then back to datastore 6. This is without making changes to the environment in between tests. Weird, huh? The exact error in the report is

“Error – Failed to recover datastore ‘<datastore6>. An error occurred during host configuration.”

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Chinwag with Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick)


I was honored recently by being invited by Mike Laverick to be a guest on his Chinwag. Now, I knew what *the* Chinwag was, but I honestly didn’t know *what* a chinwag was. I had to look it up. It’s basically a chat – makes sense, right? You can find it on Mike’s blog, here. Our chat is below.

I’d like to thank Mike wholeheartedly for thinking of me and giving me the “publicity” that comes with being a guest on his Chinwag. It was truly an honor to “meet” him, as virtual as it was. I look forward to meeting him in person one day.

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Registration now open: Dallas–Fort Worth VMUG Meeting


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The DFW VMUG has opened registration for its upcoming local meeting.

Sign up here: http://www.vmug.com/e/in/eid=801&source=5

I’d like to thank our meeting sponsors, Nutanix and Zerto, for helping keep the VMUG alive and kicking.

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Yours truly will be giving a short presentation at 12:15 about why I worked *not* to have OTV implemented when the bank I worked for stood up its first DR site.  I’ll also speak about VXLAN and why it’s not a L2 Data Center Interconnect.  I’m sure you won’t want to miss that…

View the complete agenda for the most up-to-date information.  We’ll also hold a vBeers following the meeting, so come and say hi.

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My favorite virtualization blogs – oh, and go vote yourself!


 

So I just finished voting for my favorite blogs on vote-button-300x298Eric Siebert’s vSphere-land.com.  This was my second time voting and I’d like to thank Eric for hosting and TrainSignal for their support of Eric’s work.  The VMware army of bloggers is definitely strong, having added dozens of new bloggers this past year as well as the best bloggers posting great new content.  What I’d like to do here is run down the list of how I voted just to say thanks to those who’ve contributed so much to my personal success these past 12 months.

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