Archive for October, 2012

vSphere 5.1 compatibility with VMware View

Better late than never, View 5.1 is now compatible with vSphere 5.1! I wonder if they share an interface now…

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2035268

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Re-IP vCenter 5.1 and the joys of SSO

I did my first production deployment of vCenter 5.1, and sure enough, there was a glitch. The admin of the system changed his mind on the VLAN scheme after Single Sign-On, the Inventory service and vCenter components were setup on a linked-mode DR vCenter. I didn’t have to do every step of KB 2033620 but it sure helped.

The new web interface sure is slick, but I keep bringing up up the old tried and true interface. VMware View sure has put me off of Flash, thats for sure. 

SSO is not fun.

 

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Passed the VCAP-DCD

I passed the VCAP-DCD exam on Tuesday! That test was beating- 4 hours is a long time for an exam. The test is covered by an NDA, so I can’t go into much detail about it, but if you are planning on taking it, be sure to check out the APAC vBrownbag sessions.

Here is the perm-link for resources on passing it.

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Razor is the bomb

Yesterday we had a great inaugral Regional Conference at the Dallas/Fort Worth VMware Users Group (#DFWVMUG). My favorite session by far was on Razor, a really badass open-source project by Nick Weaver (@lynxbat on twitter).

Razor is a bare-metal deployment tool, but it is so much more than that. I used to be a fan of stateless ESX using boot-from-SAN. Then I became a fan of Auto-Deploy. Now that all seems like too much work! Razor and PXE will make it all so simple!

One of the biggest bummers about VMware licensing is no Auto-deploy or Host profiles for Enterprise and lower licenses. That is a whole lot less painful now, especially since the smaller shops that can’t afford Enterprise Plus licensing need consistency more than bigger shops with more staff.

Watch a great video of Nick explaining what Razor can do.

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