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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Scale Applications Seamlessly and Remove the Infrastructure Roadblocks!

In today’s day and age, physical bare metal application servers are a thing of the past; niche!  Every business, regardless of size has a Virtual 1st Policy and most are approaching the 70% plus virtualized watermark.  As business leaders and technology professionals continue to virtualize more and more you’re likely placing the most mission critical applications within the…

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Empower Your Operations with Tintri and vRealize!

Introduction Monitoring, analytics and predictive analysis, are all necessary elements that make up any successful IT Shop World Wide!  As environments and business’ move towards 100% uptime and continue to drive forward it’s absolutely critical to know the health of all elements that make up the IT portfolio.  There are many different operations framework solutions…

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Power Up Your DR with Tintri and SRM!

Check out the video on VMware SRM Integration with Tintri ReplicateVM! Introduction Disaster Recovery is something that’s very near and dear to my heart all the way back to my years on the end-user side of the fence. The annual or semi-annual Disaster Recovery event is typically a very painful and long process with lots…

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Tintri – Get Thin for the Win!

Introduction At Tintri I talk with a lot of customers and prospects about their virtualization environments and how it relates to their storage configurations.  Virtual machine provisioning discussions come up quite a bit, so I thought I would write about some new features that Tintri just introduced. The method in which we deploy virtual machines…

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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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vCAC Integration with vCHS

Recently I have been helping several customers configure vCloud Automation Center in their environment. As part of the configuration, there has been desire to deploy not only in their private environment, but also into a vCHS instance. As most may or may not be aware, the backend for vCHS is actually based upon vCloud Director….

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