vChat – Episode 36 – It’s Been a While!

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Hi Folks, It’s back at it again! In vChat #36 Eric, David and myself talk about the latest trends in virtualization and enterprise computing – starting off with a vCatchup about what we’ve been up to. Specifically we talk about vSphere home labs, how to stay up to date on virtualization news, HP Microservers, Apple Mac Minis, and what we plan to chat about in the future! We wrap it up by talking about Dr Who.   vChat is a regular virtualization video chat covering VMware vSphere, … [Read more...]

EMC VSI Plugin v6.3 for VMware vCenter Now Available!

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The latest version (v6.3) of EMC’s Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) plug-in for VMware vCenter is now available to download for free from EMC's support portal. What is a VSI plug-in? If you're running EMC storage, or are thinking of implementing some EMC storage in the future, then definitely check out my earlier blog post which runs through what the EMC VSI plugin is and the functionality and benefits that it can offer (keeping in mind this was for the pre-web based version of vCenter).  In … [Read more...]

Lenovo EMC/Iomega PX NAS Update – New Look UI

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An update (4.1.102.29716) for the Lenovo/Iomega PX range of NAS devices is now available. This update is significant as it dramatically changes the look and feel of the PX devices web management interface, along with providing the following updates: New user-friendly setup sequence walks users through configuring basic device settings and commonly used options for Business or Home profiles. Includes optional guided tour for first-time users. NAS device is automatically secured during device … [Read more...]

EMC Storage Simulators for your lab – Free!

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Fancy running your own EMC Isilon, VNX, VNXe or ViPR installation in your own lab environment, to try out, trial and/or educate yourself with?  If so, you’ve come to the right post!  Here I provide the links to virtual instance simulators that are free to download, install, configure and use – plus there are no time restrictions on any of them! There is plenty of learning and fun to be had with trying out and running these EMC storage simulators in your own lab.  I will be … [Read more...]

VMware vSphere 5.5 U1 Hardening Guide Available

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The VMware vSphere Hardening Guide is something you should always be familiar with and keep stashed away in your vArmory of useful things.  This MS Excel based document/guide contains valuable information and a checklist of the settings and best practices that you should be applying to your vSphere infrastructure to ensure that it is secure against the risk of common exploits, etc. Mike Foley and the VMware vSphere security team have just released the latest update to the vSphere hardening … [Read more...]

Get Your Own EMC Support Portal Logon in 3 Easy Steps

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This post outlines how to get your own EMC.com support portal logon account in three easy steps!  Once you have created an account and have logged on you then have access to a wealth of technical, marketing and most excitingly, EMC product simulators, Virtual Storage Appliances (VSA) and VMware Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) plugins for EMC’s various storage platforms.  Having access to the EMC support portal is more exciting than ever with EMC releasing more and more (albeit … [Read more...]

HP Proliant Firmware Update Potential NIC Issue

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UPDATE 4th May 2014:  HP have released an updated version of the Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) Version 2014.02.0(B) (2nd May) that resolves the issue originally covered in this post.  You can find the update here which also includes an unrelated fix to address the recent OpenSSL HeartBleed security vulnerability.  Thanks to Rotem Agmon for providing the heads-up on this new HP update, also check out Rotem’s blog which can be found here. I like to ensure my home lab servers … [Read more...]

VMware Tools For Nested vSphere ESXi Instances

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Those of you running nested VMware vSphere ESXi instances will want to take a look at implementing ‘VMware Tools for nested ESXi’, which is an offering from VMware’s Fling team.  If you're not familiar with the concept of ‘nesting’ all it is referring to is a VM(s) running on a virtualized hypervisor instance, eg: ESXi.  A virtualized instance of the hypervisor running on top of another hypervisor, in this instance ESXi, is also considered as being ‘nested’. So Why Run VMware Tools On Nested … [Read more...]

VMware Fusion 6.0.2 Update Released

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VMware have just released a maintenance update (6.0.2) for their Mac based Fusion product.  Although a minor update it does address a number of bug fixes to the recently released Fusion 6.x virtualization product.  If you are running Fusion 6.x then the next time you start it up you should receive a notification window that the 6.0.2 update is available and that your installation can be updated.  One item of note is that Fusion 6.0.2 now provides "Easy Install" support for the final GA versions … [Read more...]