I’m very proud to announce that a tweet-sized vSphere design consideration I submitted in the beginning of June 2013 was deemed relevant and will be published in a pocket book titled “Tweet-sized vSphere Design Considerations”. This project was announced by Frank Denneman on his blog in June and about 400 entries were received as a part of the contest.
The contributors come from all parts of the world and they have been announced on this post.
The book will be available at PernixData booth during VMworld, exclusively from 4pm to 5pm, check out with no further delay Frank’s blog post to find out more!
© Frank Denneman
Thanks to the jury members (Frank Denneman, Duncan Epping, Cormac Hogan, Jason Nash, Vaughn Stewart) for validating my design consideration, I hope this tiny contribution will be useful to someone, somewhere!
And last but not least, it’s a great honor to be in company of such experts!
Welcome back to the vTalk interviews! This week’s vTalk session is dedicated to Pietro Piutti (@stingray92), an italian virtualization professional who is very active in the VMware Community (and not only!).
Pietro Piutti, Italy
Hello Pietro, before I begin with the questions, could you introduce yourself?
so first of all apologies if someone has already come with the vTalk name, I’m not very original today and that’s the only thing which came to my mind I would like to interview prominent members of the VMware Community worldwide, and due to geographic vicinity I will start the series with my friend and fellow VMware vExpert Karel Novak. We haven’t had a chance to sit for a beer, but the communication was intense as always!
Karel Novak, Czech Republic, VMware vExpert 2012 & 2013
Hello Karel! You’re the first Czech to have been nominated a vExpert in 2012, and once again this year in 2013, congratulations! How did you get into IT, and later into virtualization?
Yesterday, VMware announced the availability of a new product, VMware vCenter Log Insight. If browsing through various ESXi and vCenter logs was turning into a nightmare for you, this will most likely ease up your work.
vCenter Log Insight comes from the acquisition by VMware last year of a company called Pattern Insight. VMware was interested in the core functionality of one of their products and integrated it into their own product line.
vCenter Log Insight is currently available as a Beta version, and is provided in the form of a 572 MB virtual appliance (you will need a My VMware account to download the beta, links are at the end of the article). Availability is planned for Q3 2013 and product should be sold either standalone or in conjunction with vCenter Operations Manager.
I’ve installed the virtual appliance in our lab and found it to be very comfortable to use, I especially enjoy the following features:
- quick and easy setup
- very clean and user-friendly UI
- the various dashboards and the ability to customize them
- the ability to search keywords across logs, which is much easier than using notepad
Here are a few screenshots:
vCenter Log Insight virtual appliance booting
Once the appliance boots, you get a VERY sexy console screen, I’m all happy inside just at the thought of it:
After a couple minutes, some data begins to be collected and analyzed. Here’s a sample of the interactive analytics view:
This products promises to be a very powerful aid to admins, our logs are clean for now since we reinstalled the lab a couple days ago and made some cleanup, and we expect to see more activity as users start creating VMs again
If you want to learn more about vCenter Log Insight (I know you will!):
A great initiative from Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman, their two excellent books: VMware vSphere 4.1 HA/DRS and 5.0 Clustering Deepdive Kindle version are available for free!
I have bought those two books in the past and they are an invaluable resource for any serious professional who is into virtualization.
Go get them while they’re free, and drop a thank you note to Duncan and Frank!
http://t.co/cMNREZNzvH & http://t.co/ZL6HteCJwK
Dear readers, it’s been a long time since I’ve been actively posting on this blog, the reasons being mainly important changes in my life, both professional and personal. First of all, I’ve switched from Systems Administrator at HSBC Czech Republic to Presales Consultant at NextiraOne Czech Republic. This has been a very fundamental change in my professional life since I not only switched from a very technical position to a more sales oriented position (which still requires adequate technical knowledge) but also I switched from being an “end-user” to being a consultant at a systems integrator. You can imagine that it has taken some time to adapt Secondly, as the kids grow, they require more and more attention and this also impact my ability to stay behind the computer screen and write!
I hope you've had a nice summer time and enjoyable holidays as well! No such fun times for me, because (if you don't know – which means you don't follow me on twitter), I've decided to move along in my career and I will be moving to a new role in a few days. I hope to post more once the change is fully effective. If you want to get to the technical stuff, skip along these two paragraphs below
In the course of our work, we are all faced at a point with the necessity to implement "solutions" that are against nature and common sense. I invite you to take a journey on a fairy tale where a critical process requires Microsoft Office 2010 on a server to run. Using an enterprise, preconfigured MS Office 2010 package will install properly but may fail to activate. After investigating, I found out that Office wasn't able to find to resolve the address of the KMS License Server.
Here's how I resolved the issue:
Like many people I follow with interest, amusement and sometimes consternation the war that is waged by proxy between the two main virtualization contenders: VMware and Microsoft.
VMware, the market leader, weighs in with the incontestable arguments of proven, real world experience as well as a solid set of features. Microsoft, the challenger, arguments to this with cheaper licensing, reduced operational costs, integrated management with SCVMM and features to be introduced in their next hypervisor.
When I decided to pass my VCP5, I thought the hardest would be learning and preparing for the exam. On the fateful day of the exam, I thought the hardest would be to focus and don’t be distracted by feelings of fear and discouragement. I didn’t knew yet that the most challenging skill would be patience. In today’s ubiquitous world, we’re more and more plunged into semi-immediate communication be it twitter, mail, phone et all. The online shopping experience in this digital era almost makes us forget that there are also people who make certain things possible.
I passed my VCP in February, approximately 2 weeks before the VCP4 upgrade deadline, at a time when all VCP4 holders pushed their final rush to avoid sitting the ICM5 course.
The result was an overwhelming amount of work for the VMware team in charge of certifications: 10x the usual load!
This caused many people to rant and lament, including me. The certification took about 9 weeks to make it here, though I don’t know if homing pigeons were used for this. Nevertheless, now that I have it here, I feel that the journey was more important that the destination. already miss this feeling of waiting for something which required hard work and some sacrifices to attain. The good news is that VMware has released the VCAP5-DCD and is planning to launch the DCA version of their Advanced Professional curriculum. Something definitely worth preparing, hopefully once personal things (the birth of our next baby immediately followed by moving to a house) and professional things (upgrade to vsphere 5, install of veeam backup & replication, consolidation/virtualization of SQL physical servers) all settle down this summer.
Much to look forward to!