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Reconfigure Update Manager on VCSA

Monday, August 21st, 2017

We had an issue with our vCenter appliance 6.5 when we upgraded to 6.5u1, that required a full redeployment. We backed up the database and redeployed the appliance. We took that opportunity to rename the appliance, which we were told was the only way to do that (backup/redeploy/restore) by VMware ...

Rolling back a vSphere upgrade

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Ahem... Being a vExpert doesn't mean you don't make stupid mistakes like everybody else... I pushed an update to vSphere 6.5 on a host and tada! Purple screen... I rebooted, crossing my fingers that it was a one time thing but no, it came back. Then it dawned on me to check ...

vExpert 2017

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

I was awarded a "vExpert" for 2017 by VMware! What an honour! Never thought I'd qualify for it, but I guess my humble efforts are recognized. Thank you VMware!

Introduction to VMware Photon OS

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

I wanted to play with Photon, so I was looking for some ideas/purposes to deploy a Photon VM in a Windows "shop" :) There's always some docker packages you can find that can be useful (SMTP server for test/dev environments for example). One good use I found is to build our ...

Stretched cluster VM localisation

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

A colleague asked me to help him out with an issue he had. On a stretched cluster, some VMs had storage on Site A but were powered-on on site B and that's a no-no in a normal situation. There's no built-in mechanism other than using DRS groups to do so. ...

Another certification…

Friday, October 21st, 2016

I regularly post about the latest certification exams I took... And today was the first of two for Cisco's CCNA Datacenter certification. In my new role, I am doing a lot of Cisco UCS and a bit of Nexus configurations and since I had little to no exposure to these platforms, ...

The blog is back!

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Before the holidays last year, I shut down the blog completely. I was up for renewal with the hosting service, and I wasn't putting in as much time as I hoped. But now it's back and I'll do my best to keep it relevant and useful for everyone.

Certification Status

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

I passed the VCAP-DCA exam a few weeks ago. It was a tough exam, like everybody else that has gone through it said, time management is the issue. Everything I had studied for, focused on as my weak spot, wasn't on the exam :) I basically relied on personal experience and ...

One step closer!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Last night I booked the VCAP-DCA 5.50 exam - scheduled for May 4th, 2015 - so about one month to prepare. I have been procrastinating, being somewhat intimidated by that exam. A fellow Vmware enthusiast offered to partner up for the studies, sharing progress and questions so I took him up ...

Lab update

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

I got rid of a rack full of equipment (2 ESXi rackmount servers, switches, routers, ASA Firewall, etc...) and replaced everything with a single ESXi server that will run nested environments (for DCA). I read through a few blogs while researching this and from what I can tell, Supermicro motherboards ...