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Troubleshooting and Recovery Planning

  • simon 

When there is an outage, it is natural to panic a little and maybe try a rush troubleshooting steps.  In my experience this is oftentimes counterproductive.  Symptoms can often be missed as the root cause, which has the net effect of extending the time to resolution.  So where would I suggest is the best place to start, well that in part depends on the symptoms.  However, the log files will tell you everything that you need to know.

Skyline Collector connect vCenter Server

  • simon 

Skyline Collector connect vCenter Server Working with a customer last week I came across an interesting gotcha when connecting the Skyline Collector to vCenter. I picked up the case as the customer was having difficulty gathering logs for a case raised with VMware GSS, they couldn’t log into the console of the collector as root and were not clear how to extract logs even if they could login. Resetting the root password So firstly I… Read More »Skyline Collector connect vCenter Server

VMware useful resources

  • simon 

VMware useful resources I put together a presentation not so long ago that focused on some key resources that are publicised to varying levels by VMware.  There are some real gems kicking around,  In addition of course to some of the resources I’ve published,  if you know where to look 🙂 Resources VMware Skyline https://www.vmware.com/uk/support/services/skyline.html You owe it too yourself to investigate the use of skyline in your estates, proactive outage alerts and reporting….. and… Read More »VMware useful resources

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

vExpert 2019 Announcement

  • simon 

vExpert 2019 Announcement I’m delighted to have been awarded vExpert for 2019, for the second year in succession. For those that don’t know, the annual VMware vExpert title is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the community of VMware users over the past year. The title is awarded to individuals for their commitment to sharing their knowledge and passion for VMware technology above and beyond their job requirement. The vCommunity is a welcoming,… Read More »vExpert 2019 Announcement

VCAP DCV 6.5 Design

  • simon 

VCAP DCV 6.5 Design One of the benefits of attending the VMware EMPOWER event in Vienna, is that part of the package includes an exam of your choosing from VCP to VCAP.  In addition to the awesome content, sessions, networking and technology updates. I passed my VCP 6.5 in 2017, I decided that I would take the opportunity to take my VMware Certified Advanced Professional Data Center Virtualization Design 6.5.  However, over the course of… Read More »VCAP DCV 6.5 Design

VMware EMPOWER

  • simon 

VMware EMPOWER Coming up fast is VMware EMPOWER event in Vienna Europe, 2nd to 4th July. I’m delighted to say that I will be going this year! I”m looking forward to all the sessions and networking opportunities that the event will present. However, for me I’m most anticipating attending the following sessions, “Center for Advanced Learning – Advanced Architecture Course: Business Transformation and Frameworks”.  I’ve heard really good things about these sessions from the community.… Read More »VMware EMPOWER

Requirements!

  • simon 

Following on from my earlier post about requirements, still remains as catchy as ever, I thought I’d try and cover off a quick example of what makes them and principles so important.

When working on any project, before commencing any kind of design work you should have a set of measurable requirements and principles to follow.  I appreciate that these are not available in all cases.  However, they do take away the guess work during design phases and help to keep everyone focused on deliverable.Read More »Requirements!

VMware vExpert 2018

  • simon 

  I am beyond delighted to have been accepted and named a vExpert for 2018. For those that don’t know, the annual VMware vExpert title is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the community of VMware users over the past year. The title is awarded to individuals (not employers) for their commitment to sharing their knowledge and passion for VMware technology above and beyond their job requirements. For the past year I’ve been… Read More »VMware vExpert 2018