What is up at VMworld 2011

First of all I would like to thank my wonderful wife for letting me go to VMworld one week after our new daughter was born. Don’t worry, we have family in town so she is being take care of. This is a post that I wanted to write a week ago but I have been unplugged for a week to enjoy the before mentioned new child.

So what is going on at VMworld this year?


First up is v0dgeball. This is a great idea to let some of the vendors battle it out on the Dodgeball court and all the proceeds go to Charity. This year the Wounded Warrior project will receive the proceeds from the event. Please check out the details here. It is Sunday night so hopefully you are reading this in time.




In-n-Out Burger Run #v-in-n-out

As I have already mentioned a few times come we will be meeting up for some Double Double fun Monday night after the welcome reception and have you back in time to go to a party or two.
Details are here.


Do you have Leakage? Stop Leaks with Your Cloud

As someone that is back in the business of diapers I couldn’t help myself. One of the biggest obstacles to Public Cloud adoption is the loss of security and control. Is the public cloud is actually less secure? The answer really depends, but there are some of us still want to have that control and monitoring. Even though you think your company is not in the public cloud you may be surprised to find that certain projects that should be inside your walls have been using public cloud offerings to provide the on demand elastic resources that they could not get from internal IT. This is what we call leakage. Unauthorized movement of your data to a public cloud offering. Now this may be against policy, but how do you know this is not happening. One knee jerk reaction is to block everything and fire anyone that looks at an outside resource. Instead of playing defense I would rather advocate going on the offensive. Start to use your existing infrastructure to provide private cloud services. Use automation, monitoring, and management tools to make it a reality without killing the infrastructure teams. By providing on-demand service you provide a controlled alternative to the public cloud. Transitioning then to a Hybrid Cloud in order to provide the burstability with service providers infrastructure using the same VMware and EMC technology that you are used to using in your Enterprise.

Am I saying Hybrid Cloud is a diaper? Not sure. I will be in the EMC booth this week discussing how to use VMware and EMC technology to enable Your Cloud.

I look forward to making some updates to what is new as the show goes on.

In-n-Out VMworld 2011 Update

Just quick update and reminder about In-n-Out. Even though @jtroyer is a traitor going over to Five Guys we are still having the meetup. (five guys is good grease, don’t get me wrong.)

  1.  After the Monday welcome reception at VMworld (8:30 ish) meet near the Taxi stand at the Venetian.
  2. If you are wondering which In-n-out here it is.
In-n-Out (also called Awesome-ville)

vCloud Director Hard coded MAC

If you are like me and build and destroy things constantly or just like doing things in ways you probably are not supposed to here is a quick tip.

I was destroying a vCD environment the other day but I wanted to save some templates I created with vCD. Instead of exporting and re-importing or using some intelligent method. I used vCenter to clone the VM to another place. While I was using this machine I cloned it off a few times for some tests.

Then I noticed some network wackiness. A ping would work for a a little while then go away and come back. First thought was I messed something up in the networking on these new hosts. After searching and searching and checking for switching loops. I finally found the machine had a manually coded MAC address. So I had 5 VM’s on the network with the same MAC address. This obviously caused some issues.

To fix it I migrated the machines to VMXNET3, and removed the old NIC because I needed to do that anyway. You could also change the MAC back to automatic. I would guess you would need to powerdown for this, but I didn’t test this out yet.






VMworld 2011 – In-n-Out

I will be wearing a different shirt at VMworld this year, but that is not important. What is important is getting to In-n-Out.

Glad to see this year that Tim Oudin is organizing a run over to In-n-Out. I am planning an “afters” trip to In-n-out Monday night. Immediatley following the VMworld welcome reception we will pack folks into a cab and enjoy a Double Double (animal style).

Can’t wait to see you all again in Vegas this year.

A Quick Update – vSphere 5

Sometimes it seems like you look down and everything has changed. It has been almost 2 months since I blogged. That is unacceptable. I used to always write things that I was learning. I can assure you I leanr something new at work as a vSpecialist everyday.
Now that we can hopefully move past any licesing worries with vSphere 5.

I am exciting that we are now free to talk about:

  • Storage Clusters
  • Storage DRS
  • All new HA
  • Automatic Failback in SRM
  • Linked Clones in vCloud Director
  • Netflow in dvSwitches

So much goodness. So much potential for troubleshooting.

One potential issue I have found while installing vCenter 5. Make sure the vCenter server can resolve DNS and do reverse DNS. I thought I would be smart and placed my new vCenter in a new subnet that didn’t have the proper reverse lookup zones created. vCenter warned me during installation and then failed to generate the SSL certs and then the install failed. Just something to look out for.