The NSX Roadblock

I’m a little frustrated! When VMware announced that their Network Virtualization acquisition Nicira (rebranded NSX) was officially GA at VMWorld 2013 most had a very real use case in applying the benefits of compute virtualization and apply that to the network stack. This was even more the case for people like myself who work for IaaS […] Read More

CloudPhysics: Enhanced Storage Analytics Cards [Part 1] – Datastore Contention

The guys at CloudPhysics have been busy behind the scenes of late working on improving an already great Analytic and Monitoring platform and recently I was able to preview a new enhanced set of Storage Analytic Cards. These cards are currently in Preview and with an official write up here by @esxtopGuru Which goes through the different […] Read More

What’s in a name?

Time fly’s where you are having fun! Two years ago I was privileged to be awarded my first vExpert Award…In that time I have been able to keep up my community related activities and have been awarded the vExpert for 2014. But this post isn’t about the award as such…the title to the post is […] Read More

VMware VSAN: VSPP Pricing Revealed

Just after the release of VSAN a couple weeks back, I wrote this post talking about the need for VSAN to appear on the VSPP pricelist. At the time there only a little info on dates and more importantly pricing. A few days later it was confirmed that VSPP pricing would appear in Q2 of this […] Read More

Quick Thought: VSAN Pricing…We need a VSPP Option

UPDATE: Looks like we will be seeing some VSPP Pricing for VSAN in Q2 vCenter and ESXi 5.5 Update 1 has reached GA, and we now have v1.0 of VSAN officially ready for production use. Technically it’s a winner, and from an industry maturity standpoint…it clearly sets a new direction in how storage is consumed […] Read More

PowerCli IOPS Metrics: vCloud Org and VPS Reporting

We have recently been working through a product where knowing and reporting on VM Max Read/Write IOPS was critical. We needed a way to be able to provide reporting on our clients VPSs and vCloud Organisation VMs. vCOPs is a seriously great monitoring and analytics tool, but it has got a flaw in it’s reporting […] Read More

Quick Post: vCloud 5.1.3 IP Sub Allocation Pool Error …not fixed

After our recent upgrade of vCloud Director from 1.5 to 5.1.2 we started to see some errors during our automated provisioning of VSEs that included the sub allocation of IPs…When creating a new VSE you will see an error similar to what shown below. Basically the bug incorrectly reports available IPs as being in use. […] Read More

Quick CloudPhysics Card: Windows Server 2012 and E1000 NICs

Over the past couple of months we have seen a number of support requests coming into our HelpDesk around network connection dropouts in Windows Server 2012 Guest systems. Common factor in all these requests where E1000 NICS. There are known issues with the E1000 NIC and Windows 2012 on ESXi 5.1 and above and […] Read More

vCOPS 5.8: Critical Data Collection Bug

UPDATE: VMware Global Support supplied me with vCOPs 5.8.0 Hot Fix 01 Build 1537842 which is available via a support request. This is a complete .pak update so you will need to go through the upgrade process as per usual. The issue of the missing data has been resolved, however I did need to go […] Read More

vCenter SSO 5.5: AD Group Membership Gotchya

I’ve been running vCenter SSO 5.5 in mixed mode with vCenter 5.1 for a little while in our lab and production environment and recently had to configure external authentication for access against a subset of VMs we host. I covered how to setup a vCenter 5.1 AD Identity source in a this previous post, and the […] Read More

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