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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Call to Action: VMworld 2014 Call for Papers is open

Today VMware opened the Call for Papers registration for VMworld 2014.  You can login an submit an abstract here: http://www.vmworld.com/community/conference/cfp This year there are only four main tracks, each with subtracks, as follows: End-User Computing · Horizon Desktop· Horizon Mobile · Horizon Social · Desktop-as-a-Service Hybrid Cloud · Public Cloud Software Defined Data Center ·…

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Protecting the Software-Defined World

Today, EMC announced their next generation of backup and recovery solutions.  I was unable to attend the announcement.  A replay of the announcement can be found here.  The new announcements include Data Protection Suite enhancements, a New Data Domain OS and new deployment models for VPLEX. One of the keys to protecting the software-defined world…

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Honored to be a vexpert for the sixth time!

This week VMware announced the vExpert class of 2014.  This year 754 outstanding members of the community received the award.  I’m honored to have been selected as a vExpert for the sixth year in a row.  The vExpert community is a fantastic mix of passionate people from all walks of life within our industry –…

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