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

Troubleshooting and Recovery Planning

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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

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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 Health Analyser – Top finds easy fixes

Part of the VMware TAM service are Best Practice Reviews, enabled in many cases by the VMware Health Analyser tool.  This post is a list of the top five configuration and best practice issues I typically encounter, and how you can resolve them within your estates. Use persistent and remote syslog logging to improve manageability “Remote logging both persistently on each host and to a central host (syslog server) can greatly improve administration and management.… Read More »VMware Health Analyser – Top finds easy fixes

VMware useful resources

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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

vExpert 2019 Announcement

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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

Cloud Consumption Silos

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We’ve spent years removing consumption silos, so why are they making a comeback under a cloud banner?

VMware VCAP DCV Deploy exam experience

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VMware VCAP DCV Deploy exam experience On the Thursday during VMworld in Barcelona I sat the VCAP deploy exam. I’d funded the trip to VMworld myself and had no customer commitments. So in addition to using the event to network, learn and have a bit of geeky fun, I decided to make use of the VMworld package discounts to sit the VCAP DCV Deploy exam. Earlier in the year at the empower event in Vienna,… Read More »VMware VCAP DCV Deploy exam experience

New Beginnings… VMware Technical Account Manager

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Starting from Monday 7th I’ll be joining VMware as a Technical Account Manager. I’ll be joining a growing team of talented individuals working directly with VMware’s customers to help them get the best out of the VMware organisation and technologies. For me this is a perfect fit, the latter part of my career has been focused on helping customers plan strategies and projects to deliver business value. I see the TAM role as a continuation… Read More »New Beginnings… VMware Technical Account Manager

Cloud Migration Steps to Success

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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