VMworld – On demand video recommendations 2

This is part two of recommendations from the VMworld on-demand library. Applying Software Design Patterns and Methodologies to Your IT Services (CNA2141BE) SRE is the practice of leveraging software development principles for running and managing infrastructure, operations, and applications.  Super interesting concept session that covers methodologies that originated with google to ensure site or service […]

VMworld – On demand video recommendations 1

As I have done in previous years, I want to highlight some of my favourite VMworld sessions. I’ve gone with an eclectic selection, I wanted to step away from the day job and feature technology or concepts I think I’ll need to know about in the future. All VMworld videos are freely available on https://videos.vmworld.com/global/2018 […]

VMware Optimization Assessment and Marginal Gains

Marginal gains theory is again in focus following the Rio Olympics. In sport where the margins between glory and disappointment are so slender, coaches look for opportunities to optimize athletes natural ability through small cumulative changes. For example in preparation for the 2016 games when Team GB coaches noticed that women track cyclists sometimes missed […]

vcenter platform service controller high availability

vSphere 6 External Platform Service Controller with or without a load balancer vSphere 6 introduces a distributed architecture for SSO and some other services. Recommended topologies such as those in KB: 2108548 all point to an external platform service controller and at first look seem to indicate that high availability would require a 3rd party load […]

VCAP6 NV Deploy – Exam Preparation Workbook

For those aspiring to certify as VCIX6-NV, the VCAP6-NV Deploy is the second stop after obtaining VCP6-NV This excel workbook helps keep track of what objectives you feel comfortable with,  what needs to be mastered, as well as including the official references. Content is based on: https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=88781&ui=www_cert I will add additional references, page numbers etc, […]

VMware NSX Security Features – Who should pay for them?

One of the typical questions when considering NSX deployments is who should be the administrator?  However this is often a two horse race, between Network and Virtualization Systems Administrators. Although NSX is SDN (software defined networking), the driver behind much of what it does is due to security requirements, using vlans to segregate layer two networks, […]

NSX – Availability and Redundancy

vSphere administrators normally have two great fears, failure of Storage and failure in the network layer, as both of these can result in 100s or 1000s of virtual machines simultaneously going off line. Software defined networking such as NSX or vShield have the potential to bring those failures even closer to home. How has NSX been architected to make it […]