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Grok the Cloud – Virtualization and Automation Ramblings

What’s new for Virtual SAN 6.2?

What’s new for Virtual SAN 6.2? What’s new for Virtual SAN 6.2? Yes, finally… the Virtual SAN 6.2 release has just been announced. Needless to say, but I am very excited about this release. This is the release that I have personally been waiting for. Why? Well I think the list of new functionality will…

VMware NSX: 3 different use cases – via…

VMware NSX: 3 different use cases – via TechRepublic VMware NSX: 3 different use cases – via… VMware’s NSX is one of the most-popular options for network virtualization. Here’s how three companies are using it to power their businesses. VMware Advocacy

Photon Platform Devbox: give it a try!

Photon Platform Devbox: give it a try! (via VMware’s @mreferre) Photon Platform Devbox: give it a try! Since VMworld, we’ve been talking at length about Photon Platform . But before, we go any further, let me explain the two building blocks that make up the Photon Platform, which are Photon Machine and Photon Controller ….

VMware’s Casado warns Congress of…

VMware’s Casado warns Congress of “insufficient” national cyber defenses (@NetworkWorld) VMware’s Casado warns Congress of… VMware’s networking and security chief Martin Casado – a forefather of the software defined networking movement – testified before Congress last week that the country’s cyber security defenses are “insufficient.” VMware Advocacy

Nested ESXi in vCloud Air-Routed Edition

Over the past 3 years I have spent a lot of time building and refining nested ESXi as part of my day job.  I worked for a large service provider at the time, and we developed our own portal on top of both the vSphere API as well as the vCloud Director API.  Nesting VMware…

More Minimal VM options

Here are a few more great options for small test VMs: https://coreos.com/ (http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2014/07/how-to-quickly-deploy-coreos-on-esxi.html) http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os https://launchpad.net/cirros

Minimal Ubuntu VM

A great article on how to build a minimal Ubuntu VM: https://coderwall.com/p/a56j3w

A moment of reflection

I was passed this article yesterday and it really it home, so I thought I would share. http://www.daedtech.com/how-to-keep-your-best-programmers This video is linked within, and it is really worth a watch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc

vCenter Server Appliance(vCSA) as TFTP Server

One way to minimize the configuration of servers needed for the Auto Deploy infrastructure is to use the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) as the TFTP server.  Since Auto Deploy is built into the vCSA it has all the building blocks you need. Deploy your new vCSA Login and make sure all services are stopped (https://x.x.x.x:5480):…

Red Hat/CentOS TFTP Server Setup

There are many options for setting up a TFTP server. It can be Linux, Windows, or even ran right off of the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). Here are the steps I used to setup TFTP on CentOS:

Add the -c to this line:

Check to see if…