Singapore VMware User Conference (23rd Jan 2015)

Singapore National VMUG 2015

Calling all Singapore TechHeads!  Next week sees the Singapore VMware User Conference hit town, and what a great event it looks to be. I have been kindly asked to speak at the conference, which I am joined by some great speakers such as Scott Lowe, Scott Drummonds and Michael Webster – all of whom I have seen present before, and can definitely recommend. If you haven’t attend a VMware User Group meetings or conference before, then I highly recommend that you come along.  There is always a … [Read more...]

2015, Here We Go!

Cloud-Applications-tier-3.jpg

Well here it is… the first official full week back at work for 2015.  Firstly, Happy New Year to all my readers!  I hope you all had a nice relaxing holiday with family and friends. Now the holiday period is over I’m looking forward to the many inevitable exciting times and challenges this year, in an industry that still continues to move and innovate at a breath-taking pace.  For me, I can’t wait to get my feet back under the table to be part of this ride in the year ahead. My blog posts … [Read more...]

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

vChat Logo

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!

EMC-VSI-for-VMware-vCenter-6.3.jpg

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

wpid-lenovo-iomega-px.jpg

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!

EMC-VNX-VSA-Download.jpg

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

VMware-vSphere-5.5-U1-Hardening-Guide.jpg

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

EMC-Support-Web-Site.jpg

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

HP-Proliant-Broadcom.jpg

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...]