VCP 5 Study Guide Review

              Fellow vExpert Brian Atkinson asked me to review his latest book VCP5 VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 Study Guide and I'm glad I agreed to do so. ¬†What a great resource for future VCP 5 test takers to have available to them!…

vSphere 5 Upgrade: PSOD for vSphere 4.1.0 Hosts

I had a customer get ambushed by this last week and wanted to put this out there so hopefully no one else will run into this huge problem. ¬†There is a VMware KB article out regarding the issue, however none of the release notes or upgrade documentation has been updated…

vCenter 5 Database Move: Update the tomcat DB pointer

Ran into a weird issue the other day and was totally perplexed.  I moved a vCenter database from one SQL server to another, as I have done numerous times before without issue, but this time something else cropped up.  The old SQL server kept receiveing login attempts from…

vSphere Customization Specification Manager Bug

I've been working at a client the past few weeks and one of my tasks was to begin the process of upgrading their infrastructure to vSphere 5.  As we all know, the first step is to upgrade vCenter.  So I walked through the upgrade across all…

NFS Large Disk Support in vSphere

I've run into this issue with a couple customers the past couple weeks, and there isn't anything definitive out there that I could find, so I thought I'd write about it.  These customers have a need for disks in a VM larger than…

Hitachi has gone 3D and it's good!

As many of you have already heard this morning, Hitachi has announced their new Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) and the software that goes along with it.  It's a pretty exciting time for the Hitachi folks as most new product launches are.  Having seen and actually used…

The Three Design Decisions - Choose Two

Someone on Twitter made a comment about a replication solution being expensive.  That particular solution is expensive, but I think that expense is relative to the problem you're trying to solve.  Something I always tell my customers when designing solutions is "You can have availability, performance, or…