Late last year, I decided that I would try to automate the deployment of the NetApp Virtual Simulator. The organization I work for needed a method to easily and consistently deploy the simulator for customer demos and workshop sessions. Fortunately for me, Chef had already produced a cookbook that did exactly this, although I did run into a few issues getting it setup, which is why this blog post exists.… Read the rest
It’s a new year, which means it’s time to learn new things!
For the past 6 months, I’ve wanted to dive deeper into Ansible as a way to continuously force myself to write code in python. Naturally, I decided I would deploy Ansible Tower to monitor and manage my lab environment for changes and any configuration drift – there are two of us in the lab now, and we can’t afford to have any finger pointing =).… Read the rest
I recently decided to update my home lab with some new gear. The old 3 node cluster worked well however, I was running out of capacity and frankly they took up too much space in my office. I plan to write a post on the new setup but for now, let’s take a look at this issue with Nested ESXi!… Read the rest
Yep, here we go again. If you haven’t heard the news yet, VMware announced today that they are deprecating the C# client and going all in with a HTML5 web client. You can read the release here. Personally, I completely agree with this decision as long as the new web client supports all vSphere features from day one.… Read the rest
It’s been about a year since I decided to sit for both the VCAP-DCA and VCAP-DCD, but due to a job change and the proverbial drinking-from-the-firehose that has come with it, I have had to put them off. With the announcement of the VCIX 6 program, I figured that it would be best if I at least knocked out one of the exams by the end of the year.… Read the rest
It’s that special time of year again – when all of the vNerds from all walks of life congregate in beautiful downtown San Francisco for one weeks’ time, and engage in all things V.
This will be my third consecutive year attending VMworld, and I don’t need to tell you how much I am looking forward to it, but I am going to anyway.… Read the rest
At the end of December, I created a list of things I wanted to accomplish in 2015; one of the items on that list was to present at my local VMUG. Now, there were two main reasons I wanted to present on a topic: The first being a reason to force myself to get out of my comfort zone and get over my anxiety of speaking in front of a large group of people, and the second was to put the User back in the VMUG.… Read the rest
I have been meaning to write this post for over a week now but between being out of town and moving it’s been delayed. So here I am sitting in my car, listening to the ‘In Tech We Trust’ podcast, waiting for the clock to hit 9:00 before I walk into the office on my first day.… Read the rest