Updating vShield App to 5.0.1

  This week was the 5.0.1 update of vShield App.  I did run into some quirkyness installing, so here’s my quick rundown on how to upgrade vShield App to 5.0.1.   Step 1 Download the update from VMware’s site.   Step 2 Launch the vShield Manager home page and login.   Step 3 Click on…

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Pure Storage – Pure Genius

With the right software, even a technology as old as the disk drive can overcome some of its own limitations.  We can see many examples of this in the storage world these days.  XIO is a great example of a company taking the same disk drives we’ve been struggling with for decades, and making them…

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Virtualization Field Day 2

I’ll be heading to Virtualization Field Day 2 Feb 22-24 in Silicon Valley!  What is Virtualization Field Day?  It’s a 2 day event packed with in-depth and interactive Q&A between vendors in the virtualization space, and independent bloggers / writers / thought leaders in the industry. Vendors get to showcase products that are real, or on…

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HP Emulex CNA Firmware Problems on BL460G7

If you have HP BL 460 G7’s with the on-board 10GB CNA, you’re going to want to read this post regarding a problem with the latest firmware. This was first noticed this issue when updating firmware to troubleshoot an issue where the storage doesn’t come back up after rebooting an upstream Nexus switch. The symptoms…

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2011. . . An Epic Year

Over the past week, I have been reflecting on just how amazing 2011 was for me, with lots of help from the entire VMware community.  I won’t bore all my readers with EVERY detail, but what good is a blog if you can’t boast once in a while? In 2011, after a couple of years…

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Renumbering a VEM on the Cisco 1000V

For a while, I’ve been looking for a way to pick which “slots” our VEM’s go into on the 1000V VSM.  It would make troubleshooting much easier, and it just makes more sense to the networking guys who are used to working with physical line cards and supervisors. A network escalation engineer over at VMware…

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