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. https://communities.vmware.com/thread/433792 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

Why do I Tweet? – Top 5 Reasons for my addiction…

I’ll put it out there… I am addicted to Twitter. I’d be lost without it…for better or worse I rely heavily on the streams of 140 character updates to get me through a day. A lot of people (friends, family and co-workers) have asked me why I am on Twitter. They typically understand it to […] Read More


Seems that all bloggers I follow these days post a review on the year that’s been…in a short summation, my 2013 was extremely satisfying. Reading through my January 1st 2013 Post from last year, I managed to achieve my ultimate goal of greater work/life balance. This was done ultimately with a change in company and […] Read More

Upgrading vShield Manager 5.0.x – A Leap of Faith Upgrade

Having recently just completed the upgrading our vCloud Platform from 1.5 to 5.1 I thought it best to share my experiences around the upgrading of the vShield Manager Component of the vCloud Suite. There are plenty or reference articles out there on the on the general flakiness of the vShield Product and it certainly appears […] Read More

Nested ESXi – Reduced Network Throughput with Promiscuous Mode PortGroups

We have been conducting performance and stress testing of a new NFS connected storage platform over the past month or so and through that testing we have seen some interesting behaviours in terms of what effects overall performance relative to total network throughput vs Latency vs IOPS. Using a couple of stress test scripts, we […] Read More

vCenter SSO 5.5 Backwards Compatability: Mixed Mode Install

While at a post #vFourmAU event last week a group of us where talking about SSO in vCenter 5.1 and what a disaster it had been (credibility wise) and that VMware had done their best to improve the experience in the 5.5 release. Out of that conversation came word that if people where looking to […] Read More

vForum 2013: Session Details

vForum returns to the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Center next week and I’ll be attending for the 3rd year in a row, but this time around I’ll be there with ZettaGrid as a Platinum Sponsor, and also as a VMware vChampion. The vChampion Program is run in APJ and brings together a group of dedicated […] Read More

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