I’ve recently published a whitepaper on KEMP Technologies’ range of commercial "LoadMaster" load balancer products that can be found via this post. Now KEMP has introduced a free version to their LoadMaster range of products. This is to provide small businesses and developers with robust and proven load balancing capabilities free of charge.
VMware has announced the list of selected vExperts for 2015. This year, I am again honoured and humbled to have been selected as a VMware vExpert. This is now my 5th year of being a vExpert and I'm looking forward to it more than ever before. This year has started with a roar. I'm already very busy and with the release of vSphere 6 now finally announced this week, I'm sure we all have a lot to learn and to share.
I'm happy to announce that following on from VMworld 2014 in Barcelona, I've authored a new technical whitepaper on KEMP Technologies’ virtual load balancer products (KEMP Virtual LoadMaster product range). The whitepaper was published today and can be viewed on the KEMP Technologies website.
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.
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.
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.
As of System Center 2012 R2, you can no longer convert a XenServer VM to a Hyper-V VM or perform other P2V conversions in VMM. < Doh
RT @egrigson: I like the fact that @Synology are patching DSM quickly, but it sure is a pain restarting my home lab all the time. < Agreed
Looks like I'll have some time I the afternoon to do some work with the #vRA REST API. Will have to blog it, or I'll forget!