VMworld Survival Guide For Introverts

With VMworld fast approaching, some are eager to party and catch up with Twitter friends. Wading through crowds vying for free USB keys and lighted rubber balls excites them. Others wonder how they will endure serial smalltalk. Or how they can make an appearance at an insanely loud, hot, alcohol-fueled soiree, and still execute a…

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Peak Virtualization and Time Dilation

In the movie Interstellar, one of the central themes throughout is gravity, and its effect on the passage of time. This time dilation is something that has long fascinated me, and it was great to see it fleshed out on the big screen by a master like Christopher Nolan. While not giving any spoilers, the…

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You Down With NTP?

(Yea! You know me!) NTP. How can I explain it? I’ll take you frame by frame it. I’m sure that no readers of Virtual Insanity would ever neglect to setup NTP properly on every single ESXi host.  But occasionally, our NTP source hiccups, or something happens to skew the time.  Recently I found a host…

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Upgrading SRM from 5.0 to 5.5

If you’re one of those shops that skipped over 5.1, and are now catching up and going to 5.5, you will run into problems with your SRM upgrade.  Here’s how to fix them. After you perform the upgrade, per the VMware Site Recovery Manager Installation Guide, you may run into permissions issues when launching the…

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Up Close and Personal With IBM PureApplication PaaS

The converged infrastructure value proposition, by now, is pretty evident to everyone in the industry. Whether that proposition can be realized, is highly dependent on your particular organization, and specific use case. Over the past several months, I have had an opportunity to be involved with a very high-profile pilot, with immovable, over-the-top deadlines.  In…

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One Blox To Rule Them All. . .

    This past week, I had the good fortune of attending Storage Field Day 3 (SFD) in Denver, Colorado. Field Days are events where a group of independent IT professionals chosen by a committee of like-minded people are brought together with start-ups, and mature companies who have new, innovative products. These companies all have…

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vShield App Upgrade Tips for the Paranoid*

  If you haven’t yet upgraded vShield App to version 5.1.2, here are a few tips not included in the instructions that could save you some pain during the process. Before you do anything, the obvious first step would be to snapshot your vShield Manager VM. Right after that, I recommend going in and setting…

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Keep SRM From Renaming Datastores on Recovery

VMware Site Recovery Manager is one of the best products in the VMware arsenal.  If you’re using SRM, there have been some welcome changes in recent versions.  One is the sheer magic of automatically resignaturing your datastores, and managing the whole process transparently. The only problem is, when the datasores fail over, they get renamed like…

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