[PODCAST] vChat : Episode 37 – VMware VVOLS & Other Chat


We’re back again with a new episode of the vChat podcast (#37).  We’ve got a new recording time pencilled in for every two weeks, so expect more regular content moving forward.  On with the show!  In vChat #37 Eric, David and myself talk about VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs), what they are, how they work, how they compare to alternatives, what’s required, and what we think the adoption rate will be. JOIN US to learn more! Topics discussed in the show include: Comparing Virtual … [Read more...]

[REVIEW] MSI GS60 2QE Ghost Pro – My New Laptop


With my faithful Apple MacPro finally giving up the ghost after 5 years of good service, it was time to go back out to market again for a new personal laptop.  I certainly get my moneys-worth out of the laptops I own, and since I only buy a laptop every 3-5 years I wanted to make sure I chose the right one for me. I like the Apple MacBook range of laptops, though this time I was after something a little different.  A laptop that I could use for both work and pleasure.  I now have … [Read more...]



Chad Sakac (aka Virtual Geek) joins me in this episode of the Data Center Insiders podcast to discuss his industry observations, and the trends we are currently experiencing. Meeting with many global businesses to discuss their IT strategy each week, Chad is armed with plenty of front-line and real-world feedback on how our industry is changings along with the challenges and IT opportunities being faced by many real-world companies out there. As always it's an entertaining, honest and … [Read more...]

[GUIDE] Official Apple TRIM Support for 3rd Party SSDs


Apple have just released an update to OS X that provides long overdue TRIM support to 3rd party SSDs.  For a while now Windows users have enjoyed TRIM support for 3rd party SSDs, though Apple, until now, have only supported TRIM on its own OEM SSD drives installed at time of manufacture. Now this isn’t a big deal for many owners of recent Apple desktop and laptop products since these days the storage is often non-upgradable or hard soldered onto the system board.  However, many owners, such … [Read more...]

Mounting 2.5” SSDs into an HP MicroServer

Mounting 2.5” SSDs into an HP MicroServer

Hey folks, just a quick post to show you my preferred method of mounting 2.5” SSD’s into my HP Micro Server, which I use for my VMware lab server. Most entry level servers, such as the MicroServer, as still equipped to primarily deal with 3.5” form-factor drives which in almost all instances excludes traditional SSD drives. It is technically possible to push a 2.5” SSD straight into the SATA port of the MicroServer, after removing an empty hard drive carrier.  The light weight of an SSD … [Read more...]

VMware Workstation – “The host is currently using the device”


I hit a problem recently in VMware Workstation (v11) where I couldn’t connect a USB storage device to my VM, as it claimed that “The connection for the USB device x  was unsuccessful - The host is currently using the device …”.  I knew that there weren’t any application or OS process accessing it, so thought it may be the USB pen drive itself. Looking within the Windows Explorer window I confirmed that the OS could see the device and that it was accessible (see below). I had the … [Read more...]

Running VMware vSphere 6.0 on HP Proliant MicroServer G7 (N54L)

VMware vSphere 6.0 on HP Proliant MicroServer N54L

I’ve had a few folks contact me over the past couple of weeks asking if VMware vSphere 6.0 will run on the HP Proliant MicroServer G7 (N54L)?  Well, the answer is yes, most definitely.  The standard VMware vSphere 6.0 ESXi detects the CPU, memory, disk and network correctly, without the requirement for any hacks or tweaks to the ESXi image.  The HP vSphere 6.0 image wasn’t even required for installation. In my lab I am running ESXi 6.0 directly from a USB pen drive that I have inserted into … [Read more...]

Havit Slim Laptop Cooling Pad HV-F2056


I’ve recently taken up doing some occasional PC gaming again after many years away.  I have always found gaming relaxing and a good way to chill-out in the evenings and weekend.  Of course, getting spare time to game is always an issue though it’s amazing where you can find the odd 15 –20 minutes when you look hard enough. My main PC is in the office so gaming from a laptop is the best option for me, as it is obviously portable and means I can sneak the occasional game a home. The … [Read more...]

HP MicroServer G8 – Now Under £100 !


It’s been a while since you’ve been able to pick up an HP entry level server for under £100, though the good-times have arrived again, at least here in the UK!  Note:  There is a free delivery offer for TechHead readers on HP MicroServer G8 bundles – check out the bottom of this post for details. HP have just increased their cash-back offer on their MicroServer from £60 to £80, meaning that after cash-back you can now get your hands on a entry level MicroServer for just under … [Read more...]