Month: March 2014

#TopvBlog2014 – Two words – Thank you!

As you have probably noticed (yeah right – you haven't noticed πŸ™‚ ) I have changed the little award banner on my left sidebar from 'Top 50' virtualization blogs to 'Top 25' virtualization blogs.  This year mwpreston.net moved up 19 spots to #20 on Eric Siebert's Top Blog voting and I couldn't be more humbled and appreciative of the VMware community.  Honestly, it's amazing to even be on the list, but moving up on the list over the last two years really gives me the drive to continue doing whatever it is you call this.  I am humbled, that's true – but honestly, I'm excited and content as well.  It feels great to be recognized and I think we can all agree on that. Here's the thing – Two and half years ago I attended my first VMworld – a lonely little vSphere admin who didn't really have a handle on the technology but was developing quite an interest in it.  Those 4 days really changed my outlook on my career and how I consume information.  Getting on Twitter, sitting through a "Start your virtualization blog" talk with none other than the great John Troyer, Eric Siebert, and David Davis, and just getting a handle on all of the community resources available has drastically changed how I consume and research any new IT initiatives.  Fast forward to today and I'm sitting...

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The ol’ vSphere upgrade ain’t what she used to be!

With Update 1 of vSphere 5.5 released to the masses I'm sure that there are a lot of IT environments finally making the jump to the latest version of the hypervisor.   I've begun the task of upgrading my vSphere environment in hopes of getting it up to snuff with all of the latest features and bug fixes.  5 years ago, this 'vSphere environment' consisted of vCenter Server and some hosts, now, vSphere environment contains a whole lot more than just the core components of hypervisor and management.  The following are just a few examples of the many reasons that I believe vSphere upgrades, while having gotten easier, take much much longer to complete – there is a lot to it! My vCenter Server has put on some pounds As I mentioned just a short 5 years ago I had no problems pealing through a vSphere upgrade in less than a day.  A simple vCenter upgrade followed by update manager orchestrating a handfull of host updates and voila, up to date.  Now, things have changed.  Yes, we've definitly accepted virtualization as a viable option for our production workloads, thus we've grown substantially, so there are more hosts to update – but hosts aren't really the most time consuming task in the process.  It's everything else.  Have a look at vCenter for instance – it's no longer just vCenter – it's moved...

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Packt offering Buy One Get One Free!

Who doesn't like free stuff right?!?!  I know we all do!  Just wanted to give everyone a heads up who might be thinking about buying a book from Packt Publishing that now is the time to do so.  Until the end of today they are offering a Buy One Get One free deal on all of their eBooks.  This is in celebration of their 2000th title being released.  So, if you were thinking about picking one up then hurry and do so!  If you weren't, you might want to head over and check out what they have to offer – might I suggest this one πŸ™‚ If you looking for other Virtualization focused books published by Packt, Damian Karlson has a great list over on ProfessionalVMware.com Anyways, just trying to spread the word...

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Friday Shorts – Updates, Veeam, Fevers, and Apple CIDR

Please get out of my Van Halen t-shirt before you jinx the band and they break up – Robbie (Adam Sandler) from The Wedding Singer Horizon DaaS now available directly from VMware The "Year of VDI" has yet to hit me and my day job.  There's always been lots of talk, but no walk – I have no excuse for this – just seems like it always takes the back burner in my list of priorities.  VMware seems to continue to aquire companies, hire resources and push their VDI initiatives so I have to believe that they know something I don't (maybe I'll be less busy this year).  Anyways, a recent announcement about Horizon DaaS being available now through vCHS is the latest in VMware's VDI arsenal.  Brian Madden has an excellent article about it on his site.  I'm interested to see how well adopted the cloud desktop is knowing that it hasn't made a huge impact inside of datacenters yet.  Only time will tell. vSphere 5.5 Update 1 is here! For all those who have implemented the "I don't upgrade until Update 1 is released" mindset get your bits downloaded because it is here.  For the rest of you, you can now find some new functionality inside of flagship hypervisor – you know, that little thing called VSAN.  VSAN support, which was once only available to a small subset...

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VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials by @malhoit – reviewed!

It should come as no surprise that I have been a huge fan of vCOPs – I've had the application installed in production ever since it's first beta with VMware, I've spoke twice at VMworld as a member of the customer panel, and I've done numerous blog posts about the value and benefits that you can get by implementing vCOPs.  That's why when I had the opportunity to perform a technical review of a new book by Lauren Malhoit (blog/twitter) centered around vCOPs I didn't have to think very long.  The book, titled VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials will most definitely not disappoint. To begin Lauren jumps into what exactly vCOPs is, the different versions available, and how each can benefit you.  From Chapter 2 on you can expect to see a slew of tutorials, real world examples and detailed descriptions about all of the functionality that vCenter Operations delivers.  vCenter Operations in its base is a very easy application to get setup and configured; understanding all of the dashboards, colors and data is a whole other challenge. This book however does a great job at explaining all of the different dashboards, badges, and metrics that vCOPs collects in an easy, real world fashion. Lauren doesn't just stop at that.  The remainder of the book takes you through step by step how to configure everything and anything that vCOPs has...

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