Keeping Up to Date and Reading VMware Documentation on Amazon Kindle

Since moving to Lincolnshire in August 2014 and whist still working on customer sites in London the majority of the time, I found myself doing
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vRealize Automation 6.1, SSO and the Identity Appliance

There seems to be some confusion as to whether or not the Identity Appliance that ships as part of vRealize Automation (previously known as vCloud
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New ESXi Whitebox Servers for Home Lab

I’ve been thinking about retiring my old home lab server hardware for some time now. I’ve had two little HP ProLiant ML110 G5 servers for
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04 Dec 2014
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Since moving to Lincolnshire in August 2014 and whist still working on customer sites in London the majority of the time, I found myself doing a lot of train journeys to and from London. I also started to realise that due to the workload I’ve been facing this year, sometimes juggling up to 5 customer engagements at once, that I very rarely have a few minutes during the day to actually read up on product documentation or anything else that is not directly related to the task at hand.

As we all know, things are moving very rapidly in our industry, more so now than ever before and the hypervisor and features that were once regarded as “awesome” back in the VMware ESX 3 or even 4 days now pale into insignificance when compared to the cast number of features and capabilities that lies simply within the ESXi 5.5 hypervisor. Then, when considering the entire vCloud suite of products and how they interact with each other and the hypervisor, it doesn’t take much to work out that things are becoming more and more complex with every release.

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23 Oct 2014
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There seems to be some confusion as to whether or not the Identity Appliance that ships as part of vRealize Automation (previously known as vCloud Automation Center, which will be referred to as vCAC 6 for the rest of this article) is required when deploying vCAC 6.1 in conjunction with vSphere 5.5 and later.

 As of vSphere 5.1, Single Sign-On (SSO) is a pre-requisite to installing the components for and including vCenter Server. It’s no secret that VMware’s initial implementation of SSO in vSphere 5.1 was terrible. It was over complicated in terms of its implementation requirements, even requiring its own database, to be manually set up using SQL scripts. Thankfully, VMware addressed many if not all of the SSO issues in its release vSphere 5.5, with SSO now being a much more simple and robust component in your vSphere 5.5 environment.

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29 Sep 2014
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I’ve been thinking about retiring my old home lab server hardware for some time now. I’ve had two little HP ProLiant ML110 G5 servers for 5+ years. They’ve been good little machines and didn’t cost too much to run, but I can now tell that time has taken its toll on them. They each have a dual core Intel Xeon processor and maxed out at 8GB of RAM. With the management components of products such as vSphere, vCAC, vCD, etc. nowadays requiring at least 8GB per appliance, these machines have basically been made obsolete by the requirements of most enterprise applications today.

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07 May 2014
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I am happy to announce that our new book, VMware vSphere Performance (ISBN: 9781118008195) is now available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk in eBook format on Kindle as well as Paperback. The Paperback version should be in stock at Amazon.com by 12 May 2014.

This title was first announced in 2011 and due to a number of issues and difficulties, the book was delayed several times. However, due to the hard work and dedication of my co-authors, Matt Liebowitz, Christopher Kusek and the editorial team at John Wiley & Sons, Inc. we were able to finally bring the title to print.

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04 Mar 2014
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On the 20th of February 2014, I published some of my PowerCLI scripts to GitHub in an attempt to have some sort of version control system in place as well as to make the scripts available to the general public. However, my current role doesn't really require that much scripting, and it really is only the occasional script that I have to put together. Therefore, I've only learned a little of PowerShell, basically enough to get the job done. I come from a C/C++ programming background and feel much more comfortable when working on a file with a .c, .cpp or a .h file extension.

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08 Dec 2013
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I remember struggling to get my head around Apache Webserver file permissions. It's a common issue, and I've seen forum posts this weekend with users struggling to get it right. That s what's prompted this post.

To allow the Apache web server process (httpd) to access and serve files from virtual host directories, httpd requires at least read access. However, with content management systems, httpd might also require write access to virtual host directories.

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