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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 ...

Sequencing virtual machines startup script

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Whether it's for disaster recovery, maintenance or for your home lab, it's nice to be able to start-up machines in a specific order without having to do it manually. You can do it with vApps, but there are operational drawbacks in doing so, from those pesky warnings when you shutdown/startup ...

SCCM 2012 R2 Installation Script (Part 2)

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Here are the SQL scripts and the VBS. EnableMicrosoftUpdate.vbs Set ServiceManager = CreateObject("Microsoft.Update.ServiceManager") ServiceManager.ClientApplicationID = "My App" 'add the Microsoft Update Service by GUID Set NewUpdateService = ServiceManager.AddService2("7971f918-a847-4430-9279-4a52d1efe18d",7,"") This is the SQL Configuration File SQL2012-ConfigurationFile.ini [OPTIONS] IACCEPTSQLSERVERLICENSETERMS="True" SAPWD="Welcome!" ACTION="Install" ENU="True" QUIET="False" QUIETSIMPLE="True" UpdateEnabled="True" FEATURES=SQLENGINE,SSMS,ADV_SSMS UpdateSource="MU" HELP="False" INDICATEPROGRESS="False" X86="False" INSTALLSHAREDDIR="D:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server" INSTALLSHAREDWOWDIR="D:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server" INSTANCENAME="MSSQLSERVER" INSTANCEID="MSSQLSERVER" SQMREPORTING="False" ERRORREPORTING="False" INSTANCEDIR="E:\SQLInst" AGTSVCACCOUNT="NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM" AGTSVCSTARTUPTYPE="Automatic" COMMFABRICPORT="0" COMMFABRICNETWORKLEVEL="0" COMMFABRICENCRYPTION="0" MATRIXCMBRICKCOMMPORT="0" SQLSVCSTARTUPTYPE="Automatic" FILESTREAMLEVEL="0" ENABLERANU="False" SQLCOLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" SQLSVCACCOUNT="NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM" SQLSYSADMINACCOUNTS="BUILTIN\Administrators" SECURITYMODE="SQL" SQLBACKUPDIR="F:\SQLBack" SQLUSERDBDIR="E:\SQLData" SQLTEMPDBDIR="E:\SQLTemp" ADDCURRENTUSERASSQLADMIN="False" TCPENABLED="1" NPENABLED="0" BROWSERSVCSTARTUPTYPE="Disabled" And last, the SQL script to set the memory sizes (didn't ...

SCCM 2012 R2 Installation Script (Part 1)

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Well, as promised here is the script to setup all the pre-reqs for SCCM 2012 R2. To run this, you need to copy the files in the D: drive. You need: An SQL configuration file (SQL2012-ConfigurationFile.ini) An SQL script to set the memory sizes (SetSQLMemory.sql) A VBS script to enable the Windows Update feature (EnableMicrosoftUpdate.vbs) WUInstall ...