Month: June 2012

Expanding a Linux disk with gparted (and getting swap out of the way)

Over the past year or so there have been a few times where I've need to expand a disk attached to a Debian system.  Now this isn't a hard task by any means, and may not even warrant a blog post, but the matter of it is that I always seem to forget the steps I need to take to get that unallocated space that I've added next to my actual EXT3 partition since the swap partition is always in the way!  So, I thought I would just throw up how I've done it in the past in hopes to maybe help a few others that visit, but more-so for myself and my memory (or lack there of).  Now keep in mind I'm sure there are ways to perform this exact same thing without taking the VM online, or I'm sure there are other 'better' ways to achieve the same results, but this way has worked for me consistently so it's what I chose to do.  Any other suggestions are certainly welcome in the comment box below. First off, you will need to expand your drive from within the vSphere Client, not rocket science here, pretty simple to do.  Next, get yourself a copy of gparted and mount the ISO to your VM and reboot booting into the gparted interface (accept all defaults for keymap, X, and resolutions, unless...

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Book Review – VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 Study Guide by Brian Atkinson

Over that past few weeks I've been lucky enough to be going over a reviewers copy of Brian Atkinson's (blog/twitter) new book VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 Study Guide.  During my VCP journey I have been through a lot, and I mean A LOT of study material (listed here) and let me say I wish I would have had this book during my studies.   First off, when you purchase this book you get way more than just a book.  In addition to the 753 pages, yes, 753 pages of exam oriented material you get the following… Tear card to help you align exam objectives with page numbers in the book. Practice questions at the end of every chapter (key for evaluating and knowing where you stand in certain areas) ONLINE ACCESS – Wow, you get an assessment test, all the chapter questions from the book, flash cards and a searchable glossary! Honestly, the name of this book could be a little lacking…sure it's a great Study Guide for the VCP 5 certification, but in my opinion it can be used for way more than that.  As a day to day VMware Administration you can (and I have) use this book as a point of reference to flip through and learn how to perform certain tasks, functions, features, etc… The book is jam packed full of information and...

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More StarWind News – and more free lisenses!!!!

Are you a VMware vExpert, VMware Certified Instructor (VCI), Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) or a Citrix Certified Instructor (CCI)?  If so you are in luck!!!  StarWind Software, the makers of the innovative iSCSI SAN software announced that they are now giving away NFR license keys of their High Availability SAN solutions to the groups listed above.  No way you say, yes way, you can head on over to this form to claim your copy of the StarWind iSCSI SAN, StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V as well as the new VM Backup solution that they have. It's great to see companies like this recognize the time that individuals from those communities put into 'spreading the word' and make it easier for all of us to gain access to the technologies that we need access to.  It makes everything so much easier when you arn't dealing with multiple trial licenses and expirey dates.  You can check out the official press release here. One note, you only have until the end of September to get over there and get your keys, so go sign up, and if the form is too tricky for you simply send a message over to Roman Shovkun (CSO of...

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VMware View – Reset, Refresh, Rebalance, Recompose, Rehuh?

For the past few months I've been playing around a little bit with VMware View, seeing what it is all about, what it has to offer and trying to find a place for it.  One of the great features that I love about View is the linked-clone functionality where I can spawn multiple desktops off of one parent virtual machine and do this in a very fast amount of time.  After playing around with some of my desktops I found that there was still quite a few tweaks and applications that I wanted to install on the parent VM, so I went ahead and updated the parent, took my snapshot, and went to the the View Manager to find out how to update the rest of the "linked" desktops.  This is where I ran into the option to Reset, Refresh, Rebalance, or Recompose.  So which one was it?  Well it's actually recompose that I need to perform, but for the record, this is what each option does…. Reset Pretty self explanatory really, a reset within View is the same as a reset within vSphere.  Basically does a hard power off on the VM and brings it back up.  This functionality can actually be performed (if you allow it) by the end user. Refresh When refreshing a desktop or a pool of desktops, you are basically bringing that VMs delta...

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StarWind Software Solution Receives U.S. Army Certificate of Networthiness (CoN)

Now I've never worked for the army/military and I really have no experience with them, but I'm sure that it takes a lot for them to give their stamp of approval on a product or solution.  Also, there must be strict security, compliance, and sustainability requirements that vendors and solutions must meet in order to receive such an honour.  Well, I'm proud to say that one of my sponsors, StarWind Software has met just that and recieved the Certificate of Netwothiness from the US Army.  You can check out the full press release here and while your there you might better go and grab yourself a copy of their free iSCSI SAN.  That's right, you can get the same security, comparability, and sustainability in your organization knowing that the US Army has put their support behind it, and you can get it for free.  Congrats...

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