I’m back home again, after spending the better part of this week in Copenhagen, attending VMworld Europe 2010. Let me just say, straight off the bat, that attending VMworld is probably the best idea I’ve had in years. In reality, that’s not saying much, but the value of attending is immense. The way VMworld is organized, with lots of simultaneous sessions, labs and other activities is both a challenge and a blessing.

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Undoubtedly one of the most popular «features» of VMworld 2010, both in the US and in EU, are the labs. These hands-on exercises in configuring and using various VMware products lets you play around without the need for lab equipment or licenses installed locally. What if VMware extended this to not only run during the VMworld conferences? Let us get our hands dirty all year round! It’s hard to have a full lab setup in the office, and if we could book time in the VMware Cloud Lane to play around with VMware vCloud™, VMware vCenter™ Site Recovery Manager or even VMware ThinApp™ that would be great!

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They found me! Well, not they, but Duco Jaspars (@vConsult) found me straight after the keynote and was promptly handed the Trainsignal VMware vSphere Pro Series Training Vol. 2. training kit. Duco Jaspars (@vConsult) Gerben Kloosterman has posted some pictures of the handover as well.

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[VMworld Europe 2010 is close. Very close. In fact, lots of people are already in place in Copenhagen, personally I don’t get until tomorrow evening (the 11th). Since I get in pretty late, I really hope I’ll be able to get to my hotel quickly, and then find Custom House for the Tweetup/VMUG Party. Remember I have a little contest going, where you can win a copy of Trainsignal VMware vSphere Pro Series Training Vol.

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Sometimes leaving the defaults in place might just come back and bite you, hard. That might also be the case with your vCenter 4.1 database, as I experienced back in July. All of a sudden my vCenter Server stopped working. The symptoms where pretty obvious, my client couldn’t connect to the vCenter server. Naturally I connected to the server, and noticed that the VMware VirtualCenter Server services had indeed stopped. No wonder the client couldn’t connect to it.

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Today I finally got word that I will indeed be going to VMworld Europe 2010 in Copenhagen! I’ve done the registration process, so all that remains is to book the flight and hotel and I’m ready to go. To celebrate this, I’ve decided to announce a little contest; Where is Christian aka h0bbel? The first person to find me, as in the physical me, in the Bella Center during VMworld Europe 2010, (I’ll be there Tuesday - Thursday) will receive a free copy of the Trainsignal VMware vSphere Pro Series Training Vol.

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We all know, and love, the fact that vSphere Hypervisor is free of charge. The free version doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of the fully licensed product, but it’s still very usable in many scenarios. Recently I’ve been investigating the possibilities of running vSphere Hypervisor on a number of floating branch offices, also known as vessels. I’m not going into details about the proposed setup, and how we intend to roll it and so on, but one of the things I really wanted to get out of this was to have all my off-site vSphere Hypervisor installs appear in my vCenter Client.

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Some topics seem to pop up at random intervals, one of them being virtualizing Microsoft Active Directory Domain Controller servers. The question is often either «Should I virtualize my Domain Controllers, and if so should I virtualize all of them?» or «Should I do a P2V (Physical 2 Virtual) conversion of my existing Domain Controllers, or create new ones?« In this post, I’ll be talking about the second question. While there is a lot to be said about the first one as well, I’ll leave that for future post.

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In fresh blog post, called «Resource pools and simultaneous vMotions» by Frank Denneman prompted a quick Twitter discussion regarding the vCenter client (and perhaps even vCenter itself). A simple Why are there no folders under Host and Clusters view ? from Maish Saidel-Keesing got the ball rolling. Could it be that the design of the client itself helps perpetuate the myth the resource pools is an organizational unit, one that should be used as a way of grouping VMs?

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