Starting vRealize Orchestrator Client fails with “Unable to load resources”

December 27th, 2014 No comments

As my On-Demand NSX ICM course lab is still broken I wanted to play a bit with vRealize Automation 6.2 and the embedded vRealize Orchestrator 6.0.

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Setting up Cisco VIRL using VMware Workstation 10

December 24th, 2014 No comments

I did receive my Cisco VIRL download link yesterday and after a couple of minutes waiting (do use a download manager as they recommend, without it would abort a couple of times for me) I finally got the OVA and key file as well.

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VMUG presentations 2014

December 24th, 2014 No comments

Christmas is the time for sharing and giving. As I have been rather busy in the past 2 months to share other content you can find 3 of my VMUG and customer day presentations. Especially since both themes recently came up on twitter as well.

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VCDX troubleshooting mock scenarios – Part 2

October 11th, 2014 No comments

Just before VMworld starts I quickly wanted to share the new scenarios I created for the last batch of VCDX candidates, like last time, if you are interested in the actual solution to each of them hit me up on twitter via @fbuechsel and we can set up a webex session for you to actually do the 15 minutes troubleshooting mock and I will tell you the solution in the end.

As always all scenarios are based on actual SRs I had to deal with.

VCDX study group part 2

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VCP-NV exam experience

September 12th, 2014 2 comments

As I finally got the possibility to sit the exam I wanted to share the experience. The VCP-NV is the latest addition to the VMware certificate family and was officially released a couple of weeks ago.

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VCDX troubleshooting mock scenarios

September 8th, 2014 No comments

As another round of VCDX candidates will start doing mocks shortly I just quickly wanted to share the troubleshooting mock scenarios I put the last round of EMEA guys through.

Each scenario is based on an actual customer case, real world with little tweaks. Scenario 3 can also be tweaked by replacing the virtual against a physical vCenter Server.

VCDX study group

If you are interested in the solutions to each of them hit me up on twitter via @fbuechsel and we can set up a webex session for you to actually do the 15 minutes troubleshooting mock 🙂

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EMCCIS exam experience

September 7th, 2014 No comments

A while back I sat the EMCCIS and as there is very limited exposure for this exam track out there I wanted to do a small write up as I found the experience quite enjoyable.

The exam is clearly positioned as an entry level exam in a 3 step track so you can expect a very wide range of topics but no in depth technology questions. You should be familiar with all the concepts on the blueprint though, for most on a “describe” for some on a “configure” level.

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Migrating vCenter Server 5.5 from Server 2008 R2 to Server 2012 R2

August 28th, 2014 No comments

I got a request from one of our Technical Account Managers last week as one of his customers wanted to migrate vCenter Server 5.5 from a physical machine to a virtual machine. During that move the operating system should also change.

VMware actually does have a kb article on how to achieve this but it seems to be only validated up to version 5.0.

Migrating vCenter Server to a different host machine

Since SSO was introduced in version 5.1 the procedure should take that into account and therefore will change slightly.

DisclaimerThis is not a tested or officially approved procedure by VMware at any means, use at your own risks, don’t come to me complaining if everything breaks, DO A BACKUP!

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Book review: Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT right

August 10th, 2014 No comments

I just finished reading the book and I am very positively impressed by it. The target audience is described as follows.

Our goal was to create in one book—a comprehensive resource that a solution architect, system administrator, storage administrator, or database administrator could use to guide them through the necessary steps to successfully virtualize a database. Many of the lessons learned in this book apply to any business-critical application being virtualized from SAP, E-Business Suite, Microsoft Exchange, or Oracle, with the specific focus of this book on Microsoft SQL Server. Although you don’t have to be a database administrator to understand the contents of this book, it does help if you are technical and have a basic understanding of vSphere.

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Intermittent vMotion failures on ESXi 5.5

August 2nd, 2014 1 comment

A little while ago I had to work on a vMotion issue that showed some really interesting behaviour.

The customer described the issue with the vMotions getting stuck at 5, 13 and 91%.

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