migrations

How should I migrate VMware virtual machines between VMware data centres?

  • simon 

How should I migrate VMware virtual machines between VMware data centres? This is a question I got asked just before I broke for the festive period. In previous posts I’ve covered how to work around some of the most common issues that I see, providing mechanisms to help with Application Discovery and Network Mapping.  There are always nuances with any large scale migrations so with any migration the true consultative answer to this question is… Read More »How should I migrate VMware virtual machines between VMware data centres?

IDS and IPS in NSX-T

  • eleanor 

IDS and IPS in NSX-T IDS/IPS IDS stands for Intrusion Detection System and IPS stands for Intrusion Prevention System. It is what is says on the tin, it protects your environment from an attack. IDS is a system that monitors the traffic in case of an attack and In the event of this IPS will block the network traffic. In the newest release of NSX-T which was 3.0 this came with IDS with IPS following… Read More »IDS and IPS in NSX-T

Import Azure Rate Card to vROPs

Import Azure Rate Card to vROPs I’ve been working with a customer over the last day or so to import their Azure cost information (or Azure rate card) into vROPs so that they can run a what-if analysis to plan a migration to the public cloud. Within vROPs we have the option to upload our public cloud rate cards into the service, so the the data that is provided from the service reflects the actual… Read More »Import Azure Rate Card to vROPs

How to get the available Azure VM sizes with – Get-AzureRmVMSize

  • simon 

How to get the available Azure VM sizes with – Get-AzureRmVmSize I was recently working with a customer who was struggling to get a list of available Azure VM sizes for the locations he wanted to deploy Az IaaS VMs.  Whilst I work mainly with VMware technologies a customer is a customer, so I was more than happy to help. PowerShell As luck would have it there is a PowerShell module to provide just the… Read More »How to get the available Azure VM sizes with – Get-AzureRmVMSize

Extending Simple Network Mapping – TCP Port Descriptions

  • simon 

Simple Network Mapping In an earlier post I demonstrated how you could use a very simple toolset such as VMware tools and Netstat to create visualisations for what devices are talking to each other on a network.  I had a few thoughts of my own on some additional simple steps that could be taken to improve the data and visualisation still further. A few conversations on Twitter and LinkedIn, convinced me to pull them together… Read More »Extending Simple Network Mapping – TCP Port Descriptions

Simple Network Mapping using VMware tools and Netstat

  • simon 

Network Mapping I had fun working out a simple way to extend application discovery using VMware tools,  following a retweet or two (or 17) it seems like a lot of folks enjoyed reading about it too.  So fresh from putting together a simple method to interrogate application data, helped by some very clever engineering from the VMware tools team and the function from William Lam, I thought I’d write up how we can reuse the… Read More »Simple Network Mapping using VMware tools and Netstat

Extending Application Discovery in vSphere with VMware Tools 11

  • simon 

Application Discovery I read with great interest the recent article from William Lam regarding application discovery being included in VMware Tools version 11.  I’ve worked for many organisations in the past where having access to this information has been crucial for both strategic planning and operational activities.  Previously to get that information to support those activities I’ve used tools such as invoke-script or agents already installed on servers to run scripts that return the required… Read More »Extending Application Discovery in vSphere with VMware Tools 11

The impact of gravity on the Cloud

The impact of gravity on the cloud, what am I talking about now… Gravity is defined as “the force that attracts a body towards the centre of the earth”, that can be extrapolated onwards to state “or towards any other physical body having mass”.  It’s a force that has shape everything in our universe.  Which is interesting. A topic that people take a life time investigating and exploring, but why am I writing about gravity… Read More »The impact of gravity on the Cloud

North West England VMUG – Manchester 2019

  • simon 

North West England VMUG – Manchester 2019 My VMUG tour for 2019 continued in March with a trip up to Manchester.   However, this was a bit different, I was presenting this time.  The week before the event a colleague reached out to ask if I would be available to cover his slot, at first it seemed like a terrible idea.  I ran through all of the excuses I could think of not to present, and… Read More »North West England VMUG – Manchester 2019

Cloud Migration Steps to Success

  • simon 

Cloud Migration Steps to Success The future for many services will be cloud hosting.  Services that are now hosted on on-premises infrastructure, will be able to be rebuilt and consume cloud architectures in new and innovative ways outside of the traditional data center.  Imagine you’re tasked with overseeing that development of business services, how do you get there? what are the Cloud Migration Steps to Success? Cloud Strategy Not all organisations have the same requirements… Read More »Cloud Migration Steps to Success