First Look: vCloud Air On Demand

Last week VMware celebrated the official GA of vCloud Air in Australia. And while I’ve previously expressed mixed feelings around VMware’s Public Cloud strategy…the announcements at VMworld 2014 around the vCloud Air Network have eased my concerns around the Service Provider Partner ecosystem. Working for one of Australia’s leading vCloud Air Network SPs I fully expect to ride along on the marketing

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NSX vCloud Retrofit: Upgrade Issue – Edge Gateway Unmanageable in vCloud Director or Deployment Fails

We have been working with VMware GSS on an issue for a number of weeks whereby we were seeing some vShield Edge devices go into an unmanageable state from within the vCloud Director Portal. In a nutshell some VSEs (version 5.5.3) where stuck in a Configuring Loop upon the committal of a Service Config change. Subsequent reboots of the NSX

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How-To: Install PIP and VCA-CLI for vCloud Air|Director on OS X

There is a lot of talk going around how IT Pros can more efficiently operate and consume Cloud Based Services…AWS has lead the way in offering a rich set of APIs for it’s clients to use to help build out cloud applications and infrastructure and there are a ton of programming libraries and platforms that have seen the rise of

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Quick Post: Veeam 8 Network Priority Setting

Today I went through and upgraded our Veeam Backup and Replication Platform from v7 to v8. Overall the in place upgrade was painless, quick and efficient…however I came across an error when going through test runs of existing jobs that I had not seen in previous Veeam B&R Versions. So after what looks like a successful backup the Error: Completion

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Top vBlog 2015: Aussie (vMafia) Representation

The Top vBlog for 2015 Results where announced a couple of nights ago and Australia had strong representation throughout the 400 odd blogs listed at vSphere-Land.com I’ve pulled out the Aussie Blogs and listed them below. http://vsphere-land.com/news/top-vblog-2015-full-results.html Those with the Rank highlighted in Red are contributors to the @aussvMafia site with special mention to @JoshOdgers for taking out a top 20 spot

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Quick Post: E1000 vs VMXNET3

There are countless posts out there comparing E1000s and VMXNET3 and why the VMXNET3 should (where possible) always be used for Windows VMs. http://rickardnobel.se/vmxnet3-vs-e1000e-and-e1000-part-2/ http://longwhiteclouds.com/2014/08/01/vmware-vsphere-5-5-virtual-network-adapter-performance/ Last week I was provisioning a new Windows 2012 R2 VM to act as a Veeam Repository. For mass storage we have MD3200i’s presenting block storage over iSCSI. Going through the motions of a build

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NSX Bytes: 6.1.3 Upgrade and vSphere 6.0

Earlier today NSX-v 6.1.3 was released. This update brings vSphere 6.0 Support as well as bug fixes and a couple minor feature enhancements. https://www.vmware.com/support/nsx/doc/releasenotes_nsx_vsphere_613.html  There is a warning in the release notes: NSX vSphere 6.1.3 is compatible with vSphere 6.0. However, the new vSphere features introduced in vSphere 6.0 have not been tested with NSX vSphere. These new vSphere features

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vSphere 6.0 vCenter Server Appliance: Upgrading from 5.x

Like most VMware Junkies over the past 24 hours I’ve downloaded the vSphere 6.0 bits and had them ready and primed to deploy and discover all the new features. Given the nature of a .0 release (not withstanding Change Control) upgrading production systems won’t be happening any time soon…however I had an opportunity right away to upgrade the Zettagrid Lab

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NSX Host Preparation: Cluster Not Ready – Legacy vCNS VXLAN VIBs Installed

I came across a situation today while going through an NSX Setup and Configuration where I came across a Cluster under the Host Preparation Tab that was reporting a status of Not Ready – Resolve and listed some hosts as Ready and Not Ready…What made this strange was that this was a fresh deployment of NSX over the top of an existing

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NSX vCloud Retrofit: Controller Deployment Internal Server Error Has Occurred

During my initial work with NSX-v I was running various 6.0.x Builds together with vCD 5.5.2 and vCenter/ESXi 5.5 without issue. When NSX 6.1 was released I decided to clone off my base Production Environment to test a fresh deployment of 6.1.2 into a mature vCloud Director 5.5.2 instance that had vCNS running a VSM version of 5.5.3. When it

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