Category Archives: virtualization

New Season, New Opportunity

As the days get shorter and the leaves begin to change, so does live in New England. The nights cool off and the lazy days of Summer give way to Fall. This season of change has brought one to me … Continue reading

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Mixed EqualLogic and MD3200i design for vSphere storage

Over the years, I have come across several SMB customers running vSphere on iSCSI.  While a majority of them opt for EqualLogic storage, some have existing MD3000i/MD3200i SANs that have been the workhorse Dell storage solution for years.  One question … Continue reading

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Dell VRTX- First Impressions

On Tuesday, 6/4/13, Dell unveiled its new PowerEdge VRTX converged system during the opening keynote at the 2013 Dell Enterprise Forum in San Jose, CA. The VRTX comes in a Tower or Rack mounted form factor covering 5RU. Inside, you … Continue reading

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VCAP5-DCA Testing Strategy and Tips

This year at VMworld in San Francisco, the #vBrownBag crew was able to host a series of Lightning Tech Talks, a series of 10 minute presentations in the HangSpace Community Stage. I was lucky enough to do two of the … Continue reading

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Disaster Recovery and VMware, Pre-SRM

A new customer asked me today if I had any experience with Disaster Recovery, and if I was familiar with VMware’s Site Recovery Manager product.  My Sales Associate said “Of course he knows it, He invented SRM”.  I had to … Continue reading

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VMware ColdClone utility

If you are a SysAdmin using VMware or work with customers in a virtual environment, you have more than likely performed a Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) migration.  In most cases, the free VMware Converter will perform  nicely here by imaging the physical … Continue reading

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Recover a VM from the vm–flat.vmdk file

Last week I was onsite with a new customer, spending some time familiarizing myself with their existing infrastructure.  They are running vSphere 4.1 on Dell servers and EqualLogic storage.  While the hardware layout was solid and installed well, it quickly … Continue reading

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