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...]

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...]

VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials

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Late last year and earlier this year I had the great pleasure of being a technical reviewer for a book that's now available. VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials by Lauren Malhoit (of AdaptingIT podcast fame) has just been published by Packt Publishing. It takes readers through the steps of deploying and configuring vCOps (as many refer to it), through a tour of the dashboard and data navigation techniques, and finally covers some of the more complex integrations with other VMware and 3rd party products that are possible. If you're a user (or potential user) of vCenter Operations Manager then you may want to have a look. You can find out more about the book (and buy it) from one of these links*: Packt … [Read more...]

vCAC 5.2 – Accidental Deletion of a non-vCAC VM

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It was tempting to call this article "vCAC Ate My VM" but it's not a useful description of what it's actually about. I was onsite with a customer recently when an odd bit of behaviour occurred whilst testing some out some code in the BuildingMachine stub. I've reproduced what happened in my home lab and while it's a bit worrying and probably a bug, I'd hesitate to ring the alarm bells too loudly. A bit of scene setting is required to explain this first. The customer wanted to use user specified machine names. The blueprints in use have been configured to request a machine name from the person requesting a VM. This name is also used for the VM's guest OS hostname during the customization of the VM. Understandably this has to be … [Read more...]

Improving WordPress Blog Performance

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I've been neglecting this blog a little bit recently. So far in 2014 really. But it hadn't escaped my notice that it was running veeerrryyyyyy sssllloooooowwwwwlllllyyyy! Initially I tried just popping CloudFlare in front of it but this site was running so slowly that configuration would fail / timeout each time. In case it should be of any use, here's what I did to speed it up a little. Step 1: Make a Backup! It's a fundamental tenet of IT that you backup before you make a change that has the potential to break things and these changes could break things. Make sure that you have backups and you know how to use them. I use a plugin called BackWPup to make daily backups of the database and files to a Dropbox share. One of the … [Read more...]

vCAC 6.0.1 Released

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Sometime late last night, VMware popped version 6.0.1 of vCloud Automation Center on to their download site. This is a maintenance release designed to fix a few of the issues that exist within the 6.0 GA version of vCAC. They're too numerous to list here but there are a handful that are relevant to my current project and my home lab setup. However, I won't be installing it straight away. Known Issues Before embarking on an upgrade, read the release notes CAREFULLY! There are quite a number of known issues that will bite you if you're not prepared for them. For instance, the upgrade will revert vCAC to use the internal vCO instance rather than the external one if you've configured that. Also, .NET 4.5.1 is still not supported. … [Read more...]