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Virtualisation from the trenches

May 22, 2014 - 3 minute read - community storage vExpert vmug

Melbourne VMUG May 2014 Wrap up

Last week we had the quarterly VMUG meeting at the Telstra Conference Centre. We paid homage to the creator of the VMware community, John Troyer, as he’s moved on from VMware after 9 years. John was responsible for the vExpert program, in which 16 were from Melbourne this year. If you want to participate in the VMUG community and perhaps become a vExpert, contact us about doing a community presentation.

Apr 6, 2014 - 2 minute read - vExpert vForum vmug vmworld

Congrats Aussie vExperts

Congratulations to all the vExperts from Australia, New Zealand & Singapore. It’s an honour to be included with such great local talent. Back in 2010, Greg Mulholland was the only vExpert that I actually knew in Australia. Now we have 23 in Australia, and 5 in New Zealand & Singapore. It’s great to see Melbourne VMUG members dominate the list of vExperts in our region. This is probably why the Melbourne VMUG has such a great turnout and so many community sessions.

Mar 30, 2014 - 1 minute read - community vmug

vBeers – Thursday 3rd April

Virtualisation is thirsty work Because there’s never enough time at the Melbourne VMUG to catchup with members, we’re having an in-between VMUG vBeers at Trunktown. If you can’t wait for the next VMUG, this should keep you going for another 6 weeks until the next Melbourne VMUG, on 15th May, 2014. There’s no official agenda, meeting topic, speakers or sponsors. It’s a social occasion of virtualisation folks having a few drinks.

Mar 29, 2014 - 2 minute read - community

Top vBlogs 2014 A/NZ

You’re all winners Eric Siebert announced the results of the top virtualisation blogs the other day and it was great to see the local Australia/New Zealand guys score well. These bloggers really are “community guys”. They’re all active on twitter, and have participated in a VMUG at some level. Here are the Australia/New Zealand voting results… Blog Rank Previous Change Total Votes Total Points #1 Votes Long White Virtual Clouds (M.

Mar 3, 2014 - 2 minute read - vmug

2014 Melbourne VMUG User Conference Wrap up

Record attendance Wow, we had 374 attendees at the Melbourne VMUG User Conference. The awesome turnout to this and other Melbourne VMUG events show’s we’re the premiere VMUG is the region. The steering committee of Craig Waters, Damien Calvert, Tony McPhail, Nathan Wheat and myself put in a huge effort to pull this one off. Keynotes International vRockstars Brad Hedlund (@bradhedlund), Chris Wahl (@ChrisWahl) and Scott Lowe (@scott_lowe) rocked it with the main keynotes.

Jan 30, 2014 - 3 minute read - vmug

2014 Melbourne VMUG User Conference

It’s on again! This years Melbourne VMUG User Conference is coming up next month on Tuesday 4th February at Hilton on the Park. This will be the third User Conference Melbourne has done. We’re expecting more than 350 attendees this year. International special guests Scott Lowe, Brad Hedlund and Chris Wahl will each be doing a keynote session. There’ll be 24 sponsors in the solutions exchange to show you their products and answer questions on how they work.

Jan 19, 2014 - 4 minute read - vForum vmug

vForum Sydney Wrap Up

Last year I went to vForum in Sydney (October 2013). This is the premier virtualisation event in the ANZ region. Lost in Translation I called the hotel the day before to confirm the reservation of a room with 2 singles. They informed me all they had was a room with 1 queen bed. This wasn’t going to work, as I was sharing a room with a mate to keep costs down.

Jan 5, 2014 - 5 minute read - backup crashplan lastpass security

Look after yourself and your data

A long time ago in a galaxy far away.. Looking back at my younger days of IT, I had plenty of time and disposable income. I spent plenty of all-nighters installing and breaking linux distros and various other toys, and when it did break, it took many hours of troubleshooting or eventually re-installing and re-configuring again. (backups? pfft). As I get older, I find myself paying extra for better quality products that save me time and make my life easier.

Nov 29, 2013 - 2 minute read - LogInsight troubleshooting

Missing VM NIC

The Disappearing Act A VM went off the network, and actually lost the NIC from within the VM’s hardware. Pouring through logs, (some thanks to LogInsight, more on that later), I discovered in vmware-xx.log: 2013-11-19T07:33:01.246Z| vcpu-0| Powering off Ethernet0 2013-11-19T07:33:01.246Z| vcpu-0| Hot removal done. ah ha! This shows Ethernet0 was removed via the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the Windows system tray. The solution is to add a new NIC of the same type.

Nov 15, 2013 - 1 minute read - powershell

Updating powershell help

When installing Powershell v3, it doesn’t install any local help files for get-help. If you are upgrading from v2 to v3, the help isn’t updated either. If you are using a proxy, a simple update-help may not work for you. Do the following: $webclient = New-Object System.Net.WebClient$creds = Get-Credential$webclient.Proxy.Credentials = $credsupdate-help This will connect to the internet and download the updated help files.