vSphere Design BookFollowing the success of the first vSphere Design Pocketbook, PernixData has created a new version, this time dubbed «Blog Edition».  Where the first book focused on small «tweet sized» design tips, the new one allows for more in-depth articles, lifting the first editions 200 character limit.

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recording photoI was invited by Nick Martin and Tom Walat to join them in this pre-VMworld edition of the podcast, so if you’re not bored reading about my Marvin speculations already, you can now listen to them as well over at This Week in Virtualization by SearchServerVirtualization

It also covers some expectation for VMworld 2014, which is rapidly getting closer.

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Screenshot 2014-07-12 20.04.31While working on reconfiguring my home lab setup, and migrating all the vSphere resources into a single cluster I ran into a problem powering on one of the VMs which used to run on a single host. The power on operation yielded the following error message:

Invalid memory setting: memory reservation (sched.mem.min) should be equal to memsize (memsize)

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Packt Publishing has picked two winners in the Disaster Recovery using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager eBook contest.

The lucky winners are :

Dee Abson (@deeabson) and James Kilby (@jameskilbynet). Congratulations, Packt Publishing will be in touch with you ASAP.

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Packt Publishing  has picked three lucky winners  for the Veeam® Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere book.

The winners are as follows, with the winning comments:

Chris Childerhose:

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Marvin the Paranoid Android (HHGG) Marvin the Paranoid Android (HHGG)[/caption]

The recent speculations surrounding Marvin has now hit The Register (to bad they don’t link this way, but I guess thats how it is) as well, but one piece is still missing, arguably the most important one. We all know that the most important piece of something like this is it’s name, or acronym, not it’s technical merit…

There has been a few attempts at guessing what Marvin is an acronym for,  and here are some good ones from twitter:

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How long as NSX for vSphere 6.0.4 Documentation been publicly available? I just noticed this, and that the NSX downloads seem to be available via MyVMware - If you are entitled to it that is.

Download VMware NSX

Does this mean it will be available for download and we get to play with it soon-ish? It might have been available earlier too, unnoticed by yours truly…

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LearningVeeam125Update: The contest is now closed, and I have forwarded all comments to Packt Publishing, and they will contact the winners directly. Thanks to everyone who entered!

I have teamed up with Packt Publishing  to organize a giveaway of  my new Veeam® Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere book.

3 lucky winners stand a chance to win e-copies of their new book. Keep reading to find out how you can be one of them!

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Marvin the Paranoid Android (HHGG) Marvin the Paranoid Android (HHGG)

After close to a full day of Twitter speculations and discussions on what Marvin really is, some thoughts kept stuck with me, and this is my attempt at articulating what I think VMware might be up to.

_Please note that I have no real knowledge of the status of the project, nor if it really exists outside of a poster in a window in the VMware campus. All I do know is that there is a trademark registered, and that there seems to be some merit behind the speculations done by CRN and The Register._

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Yesterday Fletcher Cocquyt posted a rather interesting photo on his Twitter account:

This is, as far as I know, the first public sighting confirming the existence of the «mystic» project Marvin that VMware is working on. The text reads «Introducing the worlds first 100% VMware powered hyper converged infrastructure appliance.» I guess some of the VMware engineers forgot that the VMware campus get external visitors from time to time…

So what is it? Well, there aren’t many details available but Marvin is indeed a registered trademark, by VMware. According to the trademark registration, it’s purpose is pretty clear:

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A little over a month ago I announced the Want to Win a Google Chromecast contest and finally the winner has been selected. Since there was a grand total of 5 submissions, and one of them was immediately disqualified for a distinct lack of Ninja-presence, I decided to just do a random draw. The submitted photos were numbered by the order they appeared in on my post as I took this screenshot.

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While upgrading a vShield Manager 5.1.1 install to 5.1.4 at a client, I ran into an issue with logging in after a completed upgrade. The username and password used to log in, and subsequently upload the upgrade file, was no longer working after the upgrade finished and the vShield Manager appliance had been rebooted.

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I have a free Google Chromecast to give a way to one lucky winner. As part of being voted into the top 50 VMware & virtualization blogs I was lucky enough to win one for myself, and as an added bonus I get to give away one to one of my readers too! To be able to find a worthy winner of it, I’ve decided to host a contest.

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Eric Siebert has yet again pulled through, and organized his annual top VMware & virtualization blogs vote, and the results are now in. Congratulations to everyone involved, be it bloggers, podcasters or otherwise engaged in making this possible.

This year, Eric hosted a live Google Hangout session with John M. Troyer, David M. Davis and Rick Vanover where the top lists were revealed, be sure to check it out:

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This rather tongue-in-cheek title, is a play on Maish recent VSAN - The Unspoken Truth post where he highlights what he thinks is one of the hidden «problems» with the current version of VSAN is it’s inherent non-blade compatibility and current lack of «rack based VSAN ready nodes».

Of course, this is a reality; If you base your current infrastructure on blade servers, VSAN probably isn’t a good match as it stands today. Chances are that if you are currently running a blade-based datacenter, you have traditional external storage on the back end of that, and that you for quite some time will be running a form factor that VSAN simply isn’t designed for. I don’t disagree with Maish in that conclusion, not a bit.

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Remember, it’s all fun and games until someone loses a certification

VCP-DQ

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VCP5VMware has announced a Recertification Policy for it’s VMware Certified Professional program, effective as of March 10, 2014.

In short, it means that you are no longer a VCP(x) for life, but need to recertify every 2 years, unless you take a VCAP exam during the same period. If you do not upgrade your certification, your VCP status is revoked. For all the details, have a look at Recertification Policy: VMware Certified Professional.

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Once again, it’s time to vote for the top VMware & virtualization blogs.  As usual Eric Siebert has opened up the floodgates and set up a voting system, and once again managed to create a lot of work for himself.

So, let’s all make it worth his while and get as many votes in as possible! There are a lot of blogs listed, this time there are over 300 in total.

Cast your vote, and get more information about the process:

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The Dell PowerEdge VRTX shared infrastructure platform is interesting, and I’ve been lucky enough to be able to borrow one from Dell for testing purposes.

One of the things I wanted to test, was if it was possible to run VMware VSAN on it, even if the Shared PERC8 RAID controller it comes with is not on the VMware VSAN HCL, nor does it provide a method to do passthrough to present raw disks directly to the hosts.

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William Lam posted «Why you should rename the default VSAN Datastore name» where he outlines why the default name for VSAN data stores should be changed. Of course, I completely agree with his views on this; Leaving it at the default might cause confusion down the line.

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vNinja-LabsI needed something to spruce up my desktop environment, and it seems that one of the more popular ways to do that is to display random quotes and such on your desktop. Instead of hooking up to an existing quotes database, I simply made my own.

I have collected a few VCDX related tips and quotes, primarily from the archive Duncan Epping put together of VCDX Tips from VCDX 001 John Arrasjid, but also from the «submissions» I got from VCDX? Give Me a Quote! If anyone else wants their quote/tip/hint added to the database, please let me know!

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For a tiny project, I need some help from anyone who has completed (successfully or not) the VCDX process. _All I’m asking is that you provide me with a single line quote about the VCDX process, or the VCDX program itself. _ Please send any quotes to me on Twitter, either as a mention or as a DM, your choice. Once I have a handful of quotes available, they will be made public for others to use as well…

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During some way overdue housekeeping in my HP Microserver-based «Homelab» today, I ran into a rather annoying issue that prevented me from starting one of my more important VMs; namely my home Domain Controller.

In short, I removed an old SSD drive that I’ve used for vFlash Read Cache (vFRC) testing and installed a new 1TB drive instead. Since I have a rather beefy work lab now, I need space more than speed at home, so this seemed like a good idea at the time.

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When playing around with the Raspberry Pi Thin Client, I ran into an issue with the SSL certificates for the Citrix Receiver client. For some reason it didn’t want to play with the certificates installed on the server side, and popped the following error message:

**You have not chosen to trust "AddTrust External CA Root", the issuer of the server's security certificate.**

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On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 VMware User Group Denmark arranged the Nordic VMUG Conference. The event itself can only be described as a mini-VMworld, with over 600 registered attendees, and a speaker list worthy of such a nick-name.

The opening keynote was held by Joe Baguley, the closing keynote was held by Chad Sakac. In between those two, you had the possibility to attend sessions held by Cormac Hogan, Mike Laverick,  Frank Brix, Paudie O-Riordan, Frank Denneman, Mattias Sundling, David Davis and Duncan Epping.

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Some time during the Podcasting for Cancer fundraiser period I somehow suggested that we should pair it with this years Movember.

Despite my wife and daughters strenuous protests, I signed up and went all in. By all in, I mean, all in. For the first time since I went to my then employers christmas party dressed as a woman, I shaved my whole face.

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Danbo Boot Camp

A while before VMworld Europe 2013 in Barcelona, I was lucky enough to be asked by John Arrasjid if I wanted to help out reviewing the new VCAP-DCD boot camp VMware Education has been working on. So far the VCAP Design Boot Camp has been tested in Spain, Singapore, and Malaysia, with over 300 participants so far.

In addition to this, a two part vBrownbag series covering the boot camp content was recorded and released:

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Microsoft has launched Virtualization2, a program to educate VMware administrators on  Hyper-V and the System Center suite of tools. In short, these arefree online training sessiosn on November 19th and 20th, that also comes with a voucher for their new Microsoft virtualization certification exam (74-409).

This comes in addition to their existing Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start training course.

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Eric Siebert has just announced the preliminary details for next years Top vBlog vote. This time around it is sponsored by Veeam, and there are even prizes to be won, not only the notorious fame and fortune that comes with being voted in the top percentile. Thanks again to Eric for putting all of this together, there is a lot of work involved and the community really values the effort.

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