VMworld 2017 Call for Papers is now open!

Inspire the VMware community, VMworld 2017 Call for Papers is now open!

VMworld 2017 Call for Papers is now open!

We’re looking for speakers who will inspire the VMware community. Have you integrated VMware solutions and technologies in an innovative way? Do you have a best practice or individual technical tips and tricks to recommend? Can you tell us about an amazing app that leverages VMware solutions to improve your business? If so, please join us at VMworld 2017.


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After SQL Installation Drives Inaccessible

Recently I setup a VM using standard best practices.  Such as using PVSCSI for the Database drives, and formatting them GPT.  Everything checked out so I passed it on to the DBA to finish up with the SQL installation.  Soon later I received an email from him saying the drives were inaccessible.  I had no idea why because I had setup a lot of VM’s the same way without any issues.  I did a quick Google search for “drive inaccessible after SQL installation”.  It turns out a lot of people have the same issue as me.  It is the result of Microsoft locking down the security for the data on the drives.  They set it up so only SQL could have access to the files to prevent certain security issues.  You can read more about it here.

Nutanix .NEXT

I was honored this year to be chosen to be a part of the Nutanix Technology Champions.  I have only recently started using Nutanix, but I could clearly see what made it different.  In an age with the Public Clould all the rage.  I could see something like Nutanix really keeping the private data center alive.  The Public Cloud is so popular because it is such an easy way to consume resources as you need them.  I see what Nutanix is doing how it is really converging everything.  Not only are storage and compute converged, but so are the underlying software.  One software package to rule them all instead of a seperate piece of software for every feature you need.

That is why I am so excited about being a part of the NTC, and the free pass I received to go to the Nutanix .NEXT conference.  Conferences can be really expensive, and I would like to thank Nutanix for investing in its community and showing its appreciation.  I know at it I will meet a lot of new people and learn a lot of new things.  Conferences are really about networking with your peers, and sharing knowledge.  For that reason I see them as valuable as any training.  Hopefully I will meet everyone who reads this post, and if you have not registered yet you can at .NEXT

Only Default Printer Mapping Over With View 6.2

I recently had an issue with only the default printer being mapped over from the local Windows 7 PC to the View Client session.  It did not make any sense to me.  I had 10 printers mapped yet only 1 was showing up.  It turns out its a limitation of Windows 7.  If all the printers are using the same Driver and Port then you will only see the default printer under the Devices and Printers page.  If you right click that printer it will list all the printers you have mapped.  When you try to print something it will also list all your printers.

Updating Prism Central to 5.0

Nutanix recently released the 5.0 code, and it has a lot of new really nice features.  In a future post I plan on going over some of the features, and detail why they are so important.

Before you start upgrading all of your Nutanix host you should first upgrade Prism Central to 5.0  This server gives you an overview of all your Nutanix clusters and some management capabilities.  I am still fairly new to Nutanix so I was not sure how to upgrade Prism Central.  Usually you can upgrade from within the Nutanix console, but with this being a brand new release you had to download it directly from the website.  Sometime soon in the future it will be a part of the automatic upgrade within the Console.

At first I was a little confused about how to upgrade.  You would think there would be a separate upgrade for Prism Central since it was originally a  separate install.  Instead the update is included in the AOS 5 download.  Download the complete AOS 5.0 and also download the Upgrade Metadate File.
2017-01-17-08_43_02-nutanix-portalOnce you have that downloaded everything login to Prism Central. Next click the gear icon and then click upload the Prism Central Binary.  Now point  it to the AOS 5.0 download and the metadate file.  Click upgrade and soon you will be running Prism Central 5.0.  2017-01-17-08_46_42-nutanix-web-console

VMAX3 and Locked Devices

I have an application that writes to its Device then  inside the array that Device is mirrored to an BCV.  When it is time for a backup a script will kick off that will break the mirror.
Then the backup application reads the data from that mirrored BCV.  Sometimes things will go wrong and that script will never resync the mirror.  That then results in broken backups.  To fix this I had to go into the VMAX3 SYMCLI and run these few commands.

  1.  symdev -lock list
  2. symdev release “Then confirm yes for each lock”

Looks really simple doesn’t it?  It took me a while to figure out.  It is not often I have to touch the VMAX and when I do it is usually with the GUI.  I also have a thick book of all the long complicated SYMCLI commands.  Thankfully through trial and error it ended up just being two simple commands.

New Year New Goals for 2017

For the year 2017 I have 3 certification I would like to achieve.  Not only to advance my career, but to also further my knowledge and my passion for technology. Some people may feel that certification are not really necessary or serve no real purpose.  That you shouldn’t need a certification to just prove you know something,  certifications are a great way to containerize what you should learn about a subject.  I feel by not pursuing a certification I would not get as deep into learning about a technologies as I should.

AWS Certification is my first goal of the year. I think it is going to be an very important skill going forward in IT.  The cloud is everywhere and is constantly growing, and AWS is currently the market leader. I think of cloud as a automated way to run a data center.  When you need to accomplish something such as deploying a VM or provisioning networks, you do it by utilizing and automated tasks.  There are some real private clouds, but in general is seems most private data centers are still doing this the old fashion way.  Manually deploying new VM’s or configuring the network by hand.  That is why AWS is so important because they have already designed an automated way for you to deploy your workloads.  Leaving you to architect and design how to run your workload on top of it.  The real skill is knowing how to use AWS, and understanding the entire compute stack.  With understanding the entire stack  you can really go anywhere in IT.

Next on my list is the VCAP-6 DCV Implementation.  VCAP stands for VMware Certified Advance Profession.  Before you can pursue these certifications you must have first earned you VCP or VMware Certified Profession.  I have a real passion for virtualization, and I love everything that goes along with it.  My long term goal is  to accomplish the VCDX, but I know that is still very far off.   There are many steps to this goal, and VCAP is just one of many along that journey.  With the implementation certification I will show I understand how to fully deploy vSphere into the datacenter.  On the surface the  deployment does not really seem all that difficult until you realize how many settings or “nerd knobs” there are with it.  To accomplish this I hope to get some real off site training.  If this happens it will be the first time in my career that I will have had actual training on something.  I always find it ironic that companies are willing to spend millions of dollars on equipment, but not 5,000 dollars on actual training.  I will also use Pluralsight which I have a free subscription with for being in the vExpert program.  Thank you Pluralsight for giving that to us.  Finally I will read lots of blogs and white papers.  The VCAP tests cover so much that you really have to learn all you can before taking the test.  It shows that you have real knowledge and are a subject matter expert on it.

Finally my final goal for the year is VCAP6- DCV Design.  Design is probably one of the hardest parts of IT.  When  you ask what is the best way to do something the infamous answer in IT is “it depends”.  Because its not always a one size fits all.  Best practice does have its place, but the real knowledge is knowing what the best way to do something, and not just the best practice.  I think that this test will be the hardest for me.  My career has always been focused on the doing and the the designing.  It will be a learning curve, but will be good challenge and really further my skills.

Accomplishing these 2 VCAP test will give me the VCIX or VMware Certified Implementation Expert.  Proving that I now have the knowledge to deploy vSphere in the Data Center.  Hopefully I will be able to accomplish all 3 of these goals within the year of 2017.  If I do then maybe I will move on to the VCIX-DTM or some other challenge.  If you have any career advice please leave a comment below.  Thanks for reading this post and have a good 2017.

vCenter Server Resource Missing or Invalid

Recently I was trying to deploy an OVA file.  After selecting the storage I recieved the following error. capture

I tried downloading the OVA again, but still had the same issue.  Luckily it was an easy fix.  I was trying to deploy the OVA at the Cluster level.  What I needed to do was deploy the OVA at the ESXi level in vCenter.  Hopefully in a future vSphere update this will no longer be an issue.

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