This week, Chicago

I’m having a great week in Chicago. It is a long haul from New Zealand but as with all travel it is eventually over. I am here for the VMUG User Conference which was  on Wednesday. The 850 people who came along had lots of learning and networking opportunities. I got to meet a whole bunch of new people and catch up with a lot of old friends. There are links to the huge amount of video that the vBrownBag crew made in this post on ProfessionalVMware.

Yesterday and today I am spending in downtown Chicago doing a training workshop at a law firm, they have a small team looking after their vSphere and View environment. I’m helping them to understand the parts that make up their environment and ways to get the best out of what they have. I didn’t realise they are a View site until I arrived, so being able to change the workshop content to match the client is really useful. These small group workshops are a lot of fun and allow us to really drill into the things that are important to this team. Big thanks to Chris Wahl who recommended me in here. If you would like me to run one of these workshops take a look at my workshops page and get in touch.

You may recall that the Blues Brothers movie takes place in Chicago and that the epic chase scene ends up in the square outside the Cook County City Hall. That square is right behind the building where I’m doing the workshop. That is one of my Chicago tourist places to visit ticked. Just one block away I got the classic view of the road running under the ”L” where some of the chase occurred.

I think I’m unduly excited about this because usually when I travel for conferences all I see is hotels and conference centres. Tomorrow I get to be a real tourist for a day before I leave Chicago early Sunday.

This week Chicago, next week Los Angeles for the VMUG user conference there.

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Final spaces for Chicago and Los Angeles Workshops

I have space left to deliver just two of my two day workshops while I’m in America next month.

  • Chicago, September 18th and 19th
  • Los Angeles, September 22nd and 23rd

I have a great workshop for operations and support teams who need to understand how to work in a vSphere environment. This pdf gives the details.

I also have a workshop about running a VMware View VDI environemnt, that course detail is here.

To book in a workshop simply email me now.

 

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Workshops, Chicago and Los Angeles in September

I will be in Chicago and Los Angeles next month to take part in the VMUG user conferences in those two fine cities.

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Before and between the VMUG conferences I’d like to book some training workshops. If you have a team in need of more vSphere skills then email me and we can setup a workshop. I have a few different workshops prepared, here’s the details, and can customize a workshop for your team.

If these cities and dates do not work there are other dates when I will be travelling and can add a workshop or two to my itinerary. My schedule ahead is always on this page.

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The great APAC Storage Debate

Here in the ANZ region we are known for trying anything new. Starting this week the APAC vBrownBag podcast is going to host the Storage Debate. Each episode I will propose a controversial idea about storage in enterprise IT and two teams of storage experts will tell us why the idea is right or wrong.

This week the proposition is:

“Host based caching is going to kill the market for all flash arrays before it really starts”

Arguing in favour are:

Arguing against are:

To take part live, register for the APAC vBrownBag series

To laugh along afterwards subscribe to the vBrownBag podcast on iTunes or use this link in your favourite non-apple podcatcher.

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Use the cloud to manage your cloud

Since hybrid clouds are all the rage right now it seems appropriate that there is a public cloud service that lets you easily manage your private cloud. Platform9 has just launched product to do exactly this.

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VMworld USA 2014

With  two weeks to go until I leave for the conference my schedule is starting to fill up. Like a lot of people VMworld is a busy time for me with too much to do and not enough time.

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VeeamON

I’ve been a fan of Veeam since the long distant days when FastSCP was the killer app for getting ISOs onto datastores. Veeam has been a great supporter of various community activities I have organized, from the vBrownBag Tech Talks, the VMdownUnderground party to the AutoLab.

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This year Veeam are holding their own conference, VeeamON. Three days of Veeam goodness, lots of discussion of Availability for your IT. I will be there making some vBrownBag Tech Talk videos and soaking up the Veeam green.

You can read what a few of my friends have to say about VeeamON: Marco Broeken, Andrea Mauro and Eric Seibert. Hopefully they will all make it to the conference and we can catch up there.

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Different focus with AWS

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A few weeks ago I attended the AWS Essentials and Architecting on AWS courses. Both were really good courses and lead by John Balsillie who is a friend from VMware training days. The biggest thing I noticed is that the conversation was on a different level to the VMware courses I have taught. vSphere courses are for Infrastructure people, AWS courses are for Application people.

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Demitasse vSphere Operations Workshop

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago I am now offering my own workshops. The first workshop is for people who work with vSphere but mostly care about what is inside the VMs. This workshop is for support and admin teams who need to know how vSphere works. This is a great place to start learning about virtualization and working with VMs. We will look at what VMs are, how to use VM features effectively and how to avoid problems with VMs. The areas covered are all about operating in a virtualized environment.

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A central feature of these workshops is that they do not have fixed content; we cover what the people in the room need. I usually cover the basics of virtualization and what a VM is along with fundamental VM operations. If your team needs to know more about Snapshots we will spend more time there. If we need to dig into how networking is setup on vSphere then we will go there. There aren’t a lot of slides but there will be a whiteboard and a lot of discussion.

The other central feature is hands on time, actually using a vSphere environment and seeing the results of the changes you make. When we come across questions like “what happens if I ….” then we do that thing in the lab. Unlike a production environment we have full access and don’t mind breaking things. We can see things like how vSphere HA works and what happens on datastores when we take snapshots.

I like to keep the workshop groups small, to make it easy to have a conversation. Usually three to eight attendees makes for a good workshop, enough for a conversation and small enough that everyone takes part. This workshop is usually two days long and I can deliver the workshop where you are, even in a smaller town. If this workshop sounds like something that would help your team then drop me an email alastair@demitasse.co.nz. For a look at where and when I am available take a look at my schedule page. I can run the workshop at your office, or at an offsite training centre. The attendees can all be from your company or a couple of companies can be combined into a single workshop. For more details there is an outline document for this workshop here and outlines of all my workshops here.

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Learning Moments–HA didn’t work

I’m starting a new series of blog posts, these are all about when things went wrong and needed to be fixed. The point of these is to help you learn from other people’s mistakes and avoid them in futurePrint

The Problem

This learning moment came from a health check that I did with a client. They had a small VMware estate with only three ESX servers and a small SAN. They asked for a health check because they had been let down by VMware High Availability (HA) when one of their ESX hosts crashed. None of the VMs on the failed ESX server had been restarted on the remaining ESX servers. Rather disappointing.

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