WTF!? - Powering on a virtual machine fails with the error: A general system error occurred

This can by far be one of the most frustrating error messages you will run across in a vSphere environment.  I was at a customer site yesterday and the customer ran across it while I was working through some other things.  He asked if I could fix it for him.…

The Cloud Orchestration Layer is Changing

With the recent purchases of a couple key companies within the cloud orchestration space I felt it was time to write about it.  The companies I am referring to are Cloupia, who was purchased by Cisco in December and Dynamic Ops, who was purchased by VMware in July.  In my…

vSphere Replication and SRM Implementation Notes

I went through a vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager implementation this week and overall it went very well.  There are a few things that aren't really noted in the documentation that I wanted to get out there just in case anyone else runs into the speed bumps I did…

Kemp Loadmaster: The Best Load Balancer You've Never Heard Of

I was contacted recently and asked to check out the latest virtual load balancer by Kemp Technologies and I have to say for the size of the package it sure packs some punch! The load balancer has all the features and functionality of the large scale "enterprise class"…

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!  I wish I had had it when…