Archive for February, 2009

Back to the Salt Mines…

February 28, 2009

After a crazy week in Cannes, it’s back to London and the regular job for me. Many other bloggers have done an excellent job of reporting on the events of VMworld Europe 2009, I won’t bother re-hashing anything on here – just check out any of the links on my blogroll.

I’d like to say a special thanks to Carter for the totally unexpected mention in his #1 rated Managing VMware with PowerShell session – for those who have come here looking for that info check out the VI Toolkit Mastery section and lookout for updates to that in future!

Also thanks to John Troyer and VMware for awarding me with vExpert status for 2009 – I’ll put the logo up permanently soon. Congratulations to the other 299 vExperts – I am honoured to be considered in the same league as you.

VMwE 2009 for me was much better on the networking side than it was for technical content. So on that note I’d like to say Alan, Carter, Chad, Dennis, Duncan, Hugo, Tom, Jason, Gabe, Brenda, Wil, Eric, Steve, Doug, Matt, Mike D, Mike L, Scott, Luc, Xia, Susan G (VCP #1!), a whole bunch of my peers in London (Jagz and the UBS crew, Brian from Credit Suisse), the VMware London SE team & managers, and anyone else who I may have forgotten to mention – was fucking great to have met you all in person and hopefully we’ll meet again soon!


XenServer for Free? If True, it Could Be the Way in for Citrix…

February 19, 2009

I’ve weighed in before on the whole ‘unshackle free ESXi’, several times in fact. And I’m going to do it again, because this latest move by Citrix is _very_ interesting. It’s no secret that the only viable External Cloud providers out there at the moment are running Xen in one form or another. Not XenServer, just Xen. And if binary image compatibility isn’t there currently with XenServer, I’m sure it wouldn’t take much to do so. (more…)

VMware Converter 4.0 vs PlateSpin Migrate 8.0

February 17, 2009

I’ve been looking at the recent VMware Converter 4.0 release, and can’t help but think it spells trouble for PlateSpin. Converter is one of those products that’s kind of evolved from good enough for small time use to blossoming into an Enterprise worthy product. Now I must admit, I didn’t pay that much attention to Converter 3 – the demand for a single X2X migration tool in the Enterprise killed any chance it had of knocking PlateSpin out at my place. But alas, times change, budgets are tight and most places have a fair amount of experience with virtualisation by now. So when we looked back and saw that there wasn’t a single V2P migration in the past year, the old notion of placing high priority on a V2P backout plan for converted workloads was starting to look a bit wobbly. (more…)

Welcome to the New!

February 15, 2009

Still a little rough around the edges, but we’ll get there… the import feature worked a treat although I guess any direct links to imported posts will be gone forever. Oh well, c’est la vie!

Getting from Nice to Cannes / Cannes to Nice

February 14, 2009

VMworld Europe 2009 is only 1 week away, woohoo! I’m certainly getting pretty excited about it, so I thought I’d post up some info for anyone who is getting into Nice outside of the VMware provided bus times and travelling on their own dime or on restricted company dime (times are tough, I suspect most of us are lucky to be going at all).

The buses services around the Cote d’Azur are great – I’ve taken them a few times during various jaunts to the area and been amazed at what you get for a basic 1€ ticket. From Nice Airport, you have 2 options for buses – the 1€ Cannes RN7 (bus number 200, around 90mins journey time along the coast) or the ~15€ “Aeroport Express” (bus number 210, around 50mins journey time via the highway).

Here is a link to the timetable, route and departure location info for all buses departing from Nice Aeroport (might be worth saving the Bus 200 and Bus 210 pdf’s to your phone / laptop / ipod). Below is a screeny from the Nice Aeroport website with some basic info on the Bus services to Cannes.

UPDATE Hit the comments for direct links to the Bus 200 timetable and route info PDF. Thanks Anonymous, and sorry to hear you won’t be there.

VMworld Europe 2009 – "vinternals" Will _Not_ Be There…

February 14, 2009

… but Shyam and Stu from big-european-investment-bank-that-has-nothing-to-do-with-vinternals will be. Why am I saying this? Because it would be irresponsible of us not to have some dicussions with various vendors regarding their roadmaps and other potentially sensitive information during the course of the event. We completely understand that such discussions are not possible with media-blogger-types.

So to anyone out there who we do talk to, rest assured that the corporate non disclosure “cone of silence” will be in full effect, any information disclosed under NDA or the like will not make it’s way into the public domain via us. We are _not_ attending VMworld as “vinternals”, we are attending as responsible corporate citizens. At least while we’re sober 😉

ESXi Health Status Inequality – HP vs Dell

February 11, 2009

Ok, so I’m pretty sure most of you know I’ve been haxing around with ESXi for quite some time, but I only recently noticed the difference in what you see in vCenter Health Status depending on which hardware vendor you use. I’m sure you also all know that I’m a massive fan of HP, which is why I’m a so unimpressed with their integration with vCenter. For example, lets have a look at recent generation HP BL685c blade running the HP OEM version of ESXi 3.5 (installable), downloaded from the VMware website. (more…)

PowerCLI Mastery, Volume 3

February 9, 2009

Phew, Volume 1 and Volume 2 down, lets wrap this monster up. See, I told you I wasn’t going to leave you hanging for weeks to nail through all this.

So, picking up right from where we left off. We need to perform a configuration operation on an ESX host. Of the available properties we’re looking at now, which is most likely to tell us what we can configure? That’s right, the configManager property! If you guessed “config”, you were close – the config property tells us _what_ the current configuration values are. The configManager object tells _how_ we can do the configuring (is that even a word?). Lets click on that.

Now we’re cookin! AS you can see at the top of the page, the configManager object is a Data Object of Type ‘HostConfigManager’, the properties of which contain a whole bunch of Managed Objects. (more…)

PowerCLI Mastery, Volume 2

February 9, 2009

Thought I was going to drag this out in some scandalous attempt to keep the viewers coming back week after week? Actually, wish I had thought of that before just now. Anyways, let’s continue. If you haven’t read Volume 1 in the series, go do so now. I’ll wait for you.

So continuing on, let’s use the MOB to find a portgroup, and see if that helps us to know what we need to do. The MOB displays the internal object names for things rather than the display name you see in the VI client (the display name is still in there, but it’s usually a property of an object rather than the name of the object itself). If it makes navigation easier, open up the VI Client as well so you can see what internal object names map to which display names. (more…)

PowerCLI Mastery, Volume 1

February 9, 2009

OK, this one has been a looooooooooong time coming. I’ve been meaning to take a shot at conveying the advanced features of the VI SDK as applied to PowerShell for quite some time now. When Carter corrected me some months ago with regards to what is and isn’t possible with PowerCLI (in the first statelesx video, about 1 minute in I mistakenly suggested there was something it _couldn’t_ do :-), I’ve thought I really should get this info out there. Whether I will succeed in this post and the ones that follow is of course for you to decide (this is way to long for a single post), but I’m going to take you through what I think is the fastest way to get your head around the _entire_ SDK. That’s right, the whole fucking thing. For as you will see, when you conquer a small piece of the SDK, the rest falls like dominoes. (more…)