Thursday, 19 February 2015

About Speaking at January's LonVMUG

Ask people what their fears are and with the overwhelming majority, you'll get to public speaking sooner rather than later. Most people would rather do almost anything else, so to go and present to a room full of technical experts and be judged by them all, when you could just sit back and listen to someone else, in blissful anonymity? Well, surely there's no decision to be made? As a consequence, it's no surprise that the erstwhile LonVMUG ctte. wanted to do something to encourage members of the community to step up for the first time and present something, since new volunteers aren't always that forthcoming and listening to the same people each time around will eventually (eventually!) get stale. And so, the grand LonVMUG V-Factor competition was launched.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

vExpert Homelab 1 - Setting up a Cisco 3550 switch from scratch

I've been running a homelab for a number of years, but with the impending release of vSphere 6, my pair of old HP ML115 servers were looking a little tired. After being selected as a vExpert in 2015, I figured it was time to treat myself to some new infrastructure and also to rig up a proper network solution to underpin it all. I'd had an old Cisco 3550 (the layer 3 version) hanging around for a while waiting for this moment. I'm going to be using Intel NUC servers, so this is not going to go as far as nic teaming. This first post in my homelab series explains what I did to get the thing up and running with a very basic configuration,

I found some of this information easy to get hold of and some a little more tricky to find, so I hope assembling this in one place helps someone other than just me!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

VMware launches vSphere 6.0 and various other happenings

The worst kept secret in Hypervisor history was finally revealed last week, when VMware went public with the launch of vSphere 6.0 (alongside a swathe of other products) in what they are calling their biggest ever release. So big in fact that it's taking 28 days to get through it if you read up at, a microsite introduced under the title "One Cloud, Any Application". 28 days is handy in that it gives people time to digest a range of features and also write additional contributions (more on that later).

Sunday, 8 February 2015


In a move that I have to say that I did not see coming (but then I think no-one did) VMUG recently announced that subscribers to their VMUG Advantage initiative would also receive EVALExperience licenses for a number of vSphere related products meaning that these products are now available for use with a 365 day license which you can renew as long as you maintain your VMUG Advantage subscription .

As a home labber faced with rebuilds after 30-60 days, this is a godsend, I can now seriously think about downloading a product, installing, blogging and messing about in my own sweet time, rather than not bothering since I would imagine that I would blow through the license before I got much out of it.

The products that are licensed are;
•VMware vCenter Server™ 5 Standalone for vSphere 5
•VMware vSphere® with Operations Management™ Enterprise Plus
•VMware vCloud Suite® Standard
•VMware vRealize™ Operations Insight™
•VMware vRealize Operations™ 6 Enterprise
•VMware vRealize Log Insight™
•VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon®
•VMware Horizon® Advanced Edition
•VMware Virtual SAN™

Thursday, 5 February 2015

vExpert 2015

Well, well, well. I'm pleased to say that I have been awarded the title of VMware vExpert for 2015, my first time! You can see the full list here on the VMTN site. Congratulations to all the new and returning vExperts named this year.

It's rather humbling to gain this recognition and it really is great to see so many of the #LonVMUG folks who've helped me along the way be named as well. Cheers guys! Hopefully this will inspire me to do more in the future, I am really enjoying being a part of this community - I have so much I can learn and hopefully once in a while I can give something back.

I must add my thanks to Corey Romero for the effort he puts in to this every year. At least for now I won't have to ask him for help to get me into the vExpert party at VMworld again:-)