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Nov 12, 2014 - 2 minute read - vCenter

Web Client Sucks – Use VM Remote Console (VMRC)

Lets face it, there’s lots of things the web client sucks at. Using a console window in the browser is one of them. This bar at the top of the console window just takes up space. How about a useful hint, tell me how to get rid of this to make more use of the screen. Thankfully, on October 21st, 2014, VMware released the VM Remote Console (VMRC).

Nov 2, 2014 - 2 minute read - certification Pluralsight

Learning Powershell – Beginner Steps

I had a lot of trouble getting into PowerCLI. I knew some of the basic commands, but I never used it to do anything productive. The biggest site I managed had 150 VM’s, and I could do most tasks quickly through the vSphere client. Since then I’ve changed jobs, and now there’s thousands of VM’s to manage! Coming into such a large environment, I’ve had to learn Powershell and PowerCLI out of necessity.

Sep 28, 2014 - 2 minute read - storage XtremIO

Two weeks after XtremIO Gotcha

It’s been 2 weeks since I blogged about the XtremIO Gotcha, and the story has since been covered by many people and news services (See previous post for links). Chad Sakac quickly responded on his blog, and if you read through the comments, he says they’ll take care of customers: “I’ll say one thing more: we planned a ton of free services (and swing hardware!) to help customers and partners that need it – at NO COST TO THEM.

Sep 14, 2014 - 9 minute read - vmworld XtremIO

XtremIO Gotcha

17th Sept update:  I’ve been contacted directly by EMC, and they say they’ll work through this with us. Sounds promising. There’s been a lot of coverage on the topic. I’ve provided additional links at the end of the post.The funniest comment I’ve read so far is “More like Xtrem uh-oh”. 16th Sept update: here’s an official response from Chad Sakac http://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek/2014/09/on-disruptive-upgrades.html While at VMworld last month, I was networking with attendees when I mentioned my current employer purchased an XtremIO half X-Brick for a VDI project.

Aug 9, 2014 - 3 minute read - vmworld

Before you go to VMworld

You’ve got flights & accommodation, VMworld ticket, and sessions picked. There’s a few more of the boring, but important tasks that you should take care of before you leave for VMworld. Spoken like a true dad. Travel Insurance – hopefully you won’t need it, but it’s something you should get in case you lose items or need medical assistance. Make sure you understand what’s covered.  Register with smarttraveller.

Jul 12, 2014 - 2 minute read - community vExpert vmug

More Aussie vExperts / VCDX’s

Back in April, I did a post when VMware announced 754 vExperts for 2014. This week, 123 were named vExperts from the Q2 nominations. That adds another 2 Aussie vExperts to the list; Tim Williams (@ymmit85) and Matthew Healy (@matt232h). By my count, we now have 24 vExperts in Australia. Melbourne: 17 Brisbane: 4 Perth: 2 Sydney:1 (Nick Marshall moved to USA VMware HQ) 2014 APAC vExperts Name Last Twitter Region Alastair Cooke @DemitasseNZ New Zealand Andre Carpenter @andrecarpenter Melbourne Andrew Brydon @sidbrydon Melbourne Andrew Dauncey @daunce_ Melbourne Andrew Brydon @sidbrydon Melbourne Anthony Burke @pandom_ Melbourne Anthony Spiteri @anthonyspiteri Perth Arron Stebbing @ArronStebbing Melbourne Benjamin Troch @virtualb_me Singapore Chris Jones @cpjones44 Melbourne Craig Waters @cswaters1 Melbourne Dan Frith @penguinpunk Brisbane David Manconi @dmanconi New Zealand David Barclay @davidbarclay99 Brisbane Faisal Rahman @frtamal Frank Fan @frankfan7 Melbourne Grant Orchard @grantorchard Melbourne Greg Mulholland @g_mulholland Melbourne Iwan Rahabok @e1_ang Singapore Josh Odgers @josh_odgers Melbourne Justin Warren @jpwarren Melbourne Keiran Shelden @Keiran_Shelden Brisbane Mandeepak Sidhu @MannySidhu2 Melbourne Michael Webster @vcdxnz001 New Zealand Nathan Wheat @wheatcloud Melbourne Rob Waite @rob_waite_oz Melbourne Ryan McBride @RyanMcBride81 Sydney Shane White @ausvmguy Melbourne Tas Tareq Brisbane Tim Williams @ymmit85 Perth vExpert 2014 Q3 nominations are open until September 2014.

Jun 4, 2014 - 2 minute read - ESXi5.0 OfficeScan TrendMicro troubleshooting vCenter

vSphere Client Storage Views tab not showing any infomation

The storage views tab in the vSphere client disappeared, and vCenter System Services displayed some of the following errors: unable to retrieve health data from https://localhost:443/vsm/health.xmlunable to retrieve health data from https://localhost:443/eam/eamService-web/health.xmlunable to retrieve health data from https://localhost:443/SMS/health.xml VMware KB article 2016177 (vCenter Server Health status reports the error: Error retrieving health from url (2016177)) had the fix. This issue & kb is only for vCenter 5.

Jun 1, 2014 - 3 minute read - ESXi HA

Is Host Isolation Response set right for you?

Coming in to manage a virtual environment that’s already up and running, you guess it’s set up correctly for the most part. As time goes on, you may pick up a few things here and there to improve it. But what got me recently was the business’s interpretation of VMware’s HA. Know your environment, understand the options During a switch failure causing network isolation of a host, the business wanted to know why their VM’s weren’t restarted on the remaining hosts.

May 25, 2014 - 3 minute read - dell dset ESXi OpenManage troubleshooting

Running Dell DSET remotely on ESXi

For those using Dell hardware, when you log the job with Dell Support, they’ll ask you to run a DSET report. This collects various information of the server including service tag, all hardware devices, firmware versions etc. There’s 3 ways to get DSET info. 1) Install DSET locally 2) Run DSET LiveCD 3) Run DSET remotely and create a report on a local server. Each option has their pros and cons.

May 24, 2014 - 2 minute read - dell dset ESXi OpenManage

Installing Dell OpenManage on ESXi

Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) provides detailed information about the hardware. Handy to find out details of the physical drives, memory sticks and if there’s any failed components. If you log a support call with Dell, chances are they will ask for more details, and possibly a DSET report, and having OMSA already installed, makes life easier. Dell also leaverage the features of OMSA with other management packages such as OpenManage Essentials and the vSphere plugin.