Following on from my previous post on configuring custom ESXi images for PXE deployment, it piqued my interest again in Auto Deploy, now that I have a lab large enough (enough physical failure domains) to justify auto-deploy I figured i’d give it another go. I have chosen to implement stateless caching as it will allow […]
I have recently been working on a larger scale platform for my employer, it requires quick deployments of environments on VSAN with some standardised VIBs added in, initially we were doing this with a standard ESXi ISO install through iDRAC and then installing vCenter, vSphere Update Manager and pushing the VIBs to the hosts via […]
I have been testing out Runecast Analyzer in my lab recently – it’s pretty badass, you can set it up to scan your virtual infrastructure at a vCenter level and will scan your vC, VMs and hosts looking for KBs that may apply, security compliance and best practises. As you can see my lab isn’t […]
VMware has opened access to sign up for the next vSphere Beta (some cool things are being talked about in there!). Obviously, as with any public beta program there is an NDA/MSBTA that needs agreed to and a baseline understanding of 5.5 and 6.0 features such that feedback can be contributed. You can sign up […]
I have been lucky enough to have had one of my articles selected for the vSphere Design Pocketbook v3 – After a little waiting, the vSphere Design Pocketbook v3 is now available for download, with print coming along shortly. You can find my original article included here: https://blah.cloud/infrastructure/safely-checkremove-orphaned-vmdk-files-from-esxi/ As Frank says, and is very important, […]
Just a quick share, I applied to the VMware vExpert program at the end of last year, almost completely forgot about it until this showed up in my Feedly today: http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2016/02/vexpert-2016-award-announcement.html?src=vmw_so_vex_mgray_1080 A quick Ctrl + F and there I am :) Should show up in the directory soon enough: https://communities.vmware.com/vexpert.jspa?src=vmw_so_vex_mgray_1080 This is more of just […]
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 […]
While doing some research for NSX setups I found the urge to delve deeper into the calculations of some of ESXi’s load-balancing and teaming types that are available, below I have outlined the scenarios, calculations (where appropriate) and recommendations when it comes to choosing a NIC load balancing and teaming type.
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 […]