It’s sometimes necessary to clone VMs when you don’t have a vCenter, either because you plain don’t have one in a small customer environment or you are doing a deploy and don’t have vCenter deployed yet – you’ve created a template VM for Windows or such and want to roll out some DCs and management […]
Spent longer than necessary messing with vRealize Orchestrator and trying to get it to display the plugin in vCenter server appliance 6.0 U1, you can review my trials and tribulations here: https://communities.vmware.com/thread/523397?src=vmw_so_vex_mgray_1080 I have been trying to deploy vRealize Orchestrator 6.0.3 with my VCSA 6.0 U1 instance (supported according to compatibility matrix), the symptoms are […]
I was recently approached to write a guest blog post for Ravello Systems on Novosco’s use of their AWS/GCE hosted ESXi labs for CI automation testing.
With VMWorld EMEA not far over the horizon, I’ve finally managed to get past the seemingly never ending blockade of the vmworld.com website and booked my sessions, Below you can see the sessions i’ve booked as well as my interests (in case my brain melts due to too much or a single subject matter). My […]
If you’ve been reading my other posts of late, you will have gathered I’ve been building a new lab. I say “new”, the last one was a single R710 with a ReadyNas Ultra 6 attached. So essentially, this is my first REAL lab. It’s mostly based on Dell hardware; it’s cheap on eBay, I like […]
I recently rebuilt my lab and added 2x new ESXi hosts, I re-used my old single host in the process which I upgraded from ESXi 5.5 to 6.0 and patched to the same level as the new hosts. Everything was working as expected until it came for the time to enable HA. My old host […]
I have come across a number of environments where mystery “snapshot” files exist – they are not seen in snapshot manager, running a consolidation them doesn’t help, creating a snapshot (with memory, or guest OS quiescing) then running “Delete All” doesn’t resolve it, but some applications still think a snapshot is there. To take care […]
I’ve been playing with cloud platforms quite a lot recently, and in particular Juju‘s way of operations caught my particular attention.
It has, over the years always been quite a quandary to get SSO auth working from *nix->MS AD without a huge amount of fiddling and tinkering, but there is a new auth framework in town by the name of realmd. While tinkering with The Foreman recently it had dawned on me it would be cool […]
I have been recently setting up The Foreman as a Puppet management front end to allow me to quickly provision Linux based VMs on my VMware cluster