Installing Crashplan on ARM based QNAP

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The downside of living in the boonies in the UK is that the broadband speeds can be a little on the rubbish side. When I moved to my current house 4 years ago, I knew I'd be giving up good internet for for something a bit lacking. I just didn't think it would take so long to get something better going. This is yesterday's speedtest: Since a nice man from BT is due to visit tomorrow to sort me out with that "something better", I can finally take advantage of some of the cloud offerings that really haven't been practical until now. Foremost amongst these offerings for me is the ability to backup all of the photos and files that my family and I have created or acquired over the years. They are all stored on a 4-year old QNAP … [Read more...]

South West UK VMUG (9th September 2014)

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How time flies! The dust had barely settled on our second successful VMUG in Bristol and we were already well into planning for the next meeting. If you haven't already see an email or tweet about it, the next SWUKVMUG is being held on Tuesday 9th September 2014 at the mShed once again. We've got a little bit of last minute juggling going on with the agenda following some of the announcements coming out of VMworld US this week. The highlights include: VMware vSAN A VMworld update Mike Laverick will be speaking We hope to have a session about EVO:RAIL or vCloud Air (maybe both) Community speaker Seb Hakiel We'll also have representation and sessions from our sponsors: Platinum Sponsor Gold Sponsors    And to top it … [Read more...]

vCloud Director not reporting CPU Utilization

I came across a customer site recently where their vCloud Director (vCD) 5.1 implementation was not reporting CPU utilization for Organisation Virtual Datacenters (Org VDCs). RAM and storage allocation was fine, just CPU was not showing a usage bar, and the mouse over tip reported 0% allocated. Turns out this is a known issue with vCloud Director 5.1, and VMware have released KB 2054043 relating to this issue. Their advice (via the KB) is to: Upgrade vCloud Director to version 5.1.2 or later. Enable Elastic Allocation Pool mode for vCloud Director. To do this: Login to vCD as a System Administrator user. Navigate to Home > Administration > General. Unter the Miscellaneous section, check the box next to 'Make … [Read more...]

vCAC 6.0.1, Inaccessible Tenants, and Missing Identity Stores

With vCAC 6.0.x, there is a bug in the SSO appliance where several symptoms present all at the same time: Authentication to AD or LDAP identity stores fails, returning the user to the blank authentication screen. When logged-in to the default tenant as administrator (usually 'administrator@vsphere.local'), accessing tenant identity stores results in a 'System Exception' error. Tenant Admins cannot add or edit identity stores. This is a documented bug, as listed in VMware KB Article 2075011, and at the time of writing there is a workaround. The issue as documented is the administrator account in the default tenant expires 90 days after implementation of the appliance. I came across this issue, and was for a while not … [Read more...]

Public Catalog Access for vApp Authors fails post-v5.5.1 Upgrade

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This one stumped me for a little bit. The private cloud in my lab is fairly simple in layout - 2 RHEL cells with a vCNS load balancer, shared NFS server and DB server. The Organisations are provisioned such that of the 3 tenants, one is a master tenant that is only used for creating and maintaining vApp templates, via a Public Catalog for sharing the templates for cloud provisioning and vCAC blueprint testing. Running this configuration in with no changes to the default vCloud Director (vCD) roles worked fine - delegated LDAP users in the 2 user organisations were able to select vApp templates from the Public Catalog and deploy them locally. All good. The issue came when the cells for vCD were upgraded to the latest v5.5.1 build. … [Read more...]

South West UK VMUG (3rd June 2014)

I think it's safe to say that the first South West VMUG back in February was very successful. Our next one will be held at the same venue (Bristol's mShed) on June 3rd 2014. We've got some good sessions lined up and we'd love to have as many of you along as possible. So, if you'd like a day of discussion and learning with lots of people from the virtualisation community, then please sign up via the VMUG site. Session Times Session Description 10:30:00 11:00:00    Registration / Coffee 11:00:00 11:15:00 Welcome and Introduction 11:15:00 12:00:00 VMware Session on vCAC 12:00:00 12:45:00 Nimble Storage (Nick Dyer) 12:45:00 13:30:00    Lunch / Vendor Area 13:30:00 14:15:00 vCD Experience … [Read more...]

vCAC 5.2.1 Released

I missed this on Thursday. It slipped out quite quietly. However, VMware have now released version 5.2.1 of vCloud Automation Center. Possibly the best way to view this release is as an update-rollup as it includes features and fixes introduced in each of the following Hotfixes to 5.2: Hotfix 1 Hotfix 2 Hotfix 3 Hotfix 4 Hotfix 5 Hotfix 6 Also included are a few changes that seem to me to be aimed at closing a few gaps between 5.2 and 6.0. As far as upgrades go, the upgrade path seems to be from 5.2 only or 5.2.1 can be installed from scratch. There are a couple of installation / upgrade gotchas to be aware of so it's worth reading the release notes before planning an upgrade. I'll be giving it a try in the next few … [Read more...]

Baby vSpecialist!

Just a quick one to congratulate my co-author of this blog, Jeremy, and his wife on their membership of the "new parents' club". Baby Bowman arrived last night weighing in at 6lbs 9oz (about 3kg). … [Read more...]

Review: Learning PowerCLI

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Unless you’re new to vSphere, you’ll probably have heard about PowerCLI. You may already be using it regularly or perhaps you’ve found the occasional use for it and used one or more of the many excellent scripts that can be found on the internet. Either way, unless you’re an advanced user (or even a guru) of PowerCLI, there’s a book that’s been released recently that could be worth a look. "Learning PowerCLI”, by Robert van den Nieuwendijk, was released just a few weeks ago from publishers Packt Publishing. The author has posted many times on his blog with useful scripts, one-liners and tips for using PowerCLI in the past. Several times an issue that I’ve had has lead me to his blog so I was very interested to see if his knowledge and … [Read more...]

vCHS in the UK

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I was fortunate and privileged recently to be invited to the UK launch event for VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service in the UK. The first of many planned deployments in the EMEA region for VMware. VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service became public in the US in September last year.  Swiftly afterwards, VMware announced their plans to bring the service to EMEA in 2014 and, as of Tuesday 25th February, it is generally available in Europe. Besides being a blogger, I'm also fortunate to work for a leading VMware Partner in EMEA (Xtravirt). As we're one of the few Hybrid Cloud certified partners (at the time of writing), I'm hoping to be working on some vCHS projects in the near future. Exciting! Why the UK and Why now? The feedback from EMEA … [Read more...]