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Virtualization at Cloud Expo I received a pre-release edition of the book at VMworld 2009. This guide has a great selection of shortcuts, tips and best practices for setting up and maintaining vSphere 4. I would be an excellent addition to any VMware administrator’s bookshelf. The book’s size also makes it a great reference for consultants as well. It will easily fit into your backpack. It was authored by the following geniuses from the community: Thomas Bryant III Stu Radnidge Dave Mishchenko Alan Renouf Duncan Epping Bernie Baker Shows these guys some love and pick up a copy to support their efforts. ... (more)

Home Lab capable of running just about anything you want

A few months ago I set out to build a home lab that I could use to run vSphere, vCD, View, vCAC, vCO, vCops, and all other grat management tools that VMware has as well as Hyper-V, XenServer, KVM, OpenStack, Citrix XenDesktop, XenPVS and just about anything else I could think of running.  Initially I built a server with the following specs: The Power House (1) ASUS KGPE-D16 Dual Socket AMD Motherboard (2) AMD Opteron 6320 2.8GHz 8-Core Processors 128GB Memory 800W Corsair PowerSupply With this I also got a Synology DS1512+ with 15TB of Storage and a Cisco SG-300-20 20 Port Giga... (more)

vCloud Automation Center vCAC 6.0 – Using Linux Kickstart to Provision to Physical HP Server over iLo

That big ole title pretty much says it all. In this article I’m going to walk through how to deploy RHEL (Centos) Linux onto a Physical HP Server over the iLo interface using Kickstart. When provisioning to Physical servers such as an HP Proliant DL360 there are two methods built into vCAC. One is the […] ... (more)

VMware vRealize Automation – vRA7–vRealize Orchestrator vRealize Automation plugin 7.0.1 is now released

Advertise here with BSA OK not too much on this one.  If you wan to upgrade vRA to 7.0.1 and you want to use the plug-in in vRO 7.0 or 7.0.1 you will need this.  That’s basically it.  Just don’t forget you need this if you are upgrading and if you are doing a fresh install and are using […] Advertise here with BSA ... (more)

More on Cisco UCS, HP Matrix and ITaaS

I just finished reading Project California: a Data Center Virtualization Server - UCS (Unified Computing System) from Cisco. It gave an excellent take on Cisco’s view of how UCS benefits a datacenter. It also explains how new technologies from Intel, QLogic and Emulex all complement the Cisco gear. As a matter of fact, the first [...] ... (more)