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VCP5: Creating an iSCSI lab environment for vSphere

As I worked through the VCP5-DVC blueprint, the necessity to revisit iSCSI storage configuration and management became a key point of my study efforts. I had not used iSCSI storage before within a VMware vSphere environment, so learning how to tie it all into the infrastructure was totally new to me. In fact, the last time I had used iSCSI […]

PowerCLI script for applying Host Profile

Encountered an issue with Auto Deploy this week where it wasn’t properly assigning the VMware License key contained within the Host Profile, so the ESXi hosts would not add themselves into the vCenter environment automatically. Looking into the issue, we only have this problem when we try to have Auto Deploy add in HP blade servers using the VSAN license […]

VMware Cloud Automation Center Identity Store issue

There is a known-issue (KB article) where a tenant can lose connectivity to the identity store and prevent vCAC from working properly. It is a major pain if you encounter the issue within your environment and led me to spend several hours trying to fix within my own vCAC environment that is acting as the self-service portal for Hadoop-as-a-Service. The […]

VCP5-DCV and VMworld EMEA Preparations

It’s been very quiet around here since VMworld US ended a little over one month ago. I have had my head down studying for my VCP5-DCV exam — which I am taking on Wednesday. The rest of my spare time has been consumed getting ready for VMworld EMEA in Barcelona, Spain. I took the feedback received after VMworld US and […]

VMworld 2014 US Wrap-up

The conference was completed just over two weeks ago, and since then I’ve had the opportunity to go through my notes, think about the sessions I attended and summarize what insight I gained while there. The biggest takeaway I had for VMworld 2014 compared to last year revolved around lessons learned in 2013 were applied in 2014. The key insight […]