VMware looking to increase staff by up to 25% this year

In a recent interview last week with the COO from VMware he mentioned that their workforce could grow by up to 25% this year. In response to a surge in demand for their Virtualization products.  There are a number of corporations that have aging servers that need to be updated quickly and VMware is positioned to help them consolidate servers on the latest generation of server hardware. Read the Reuters story here.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Solutions Architect for a VMware partner and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status for 2013, 2012 & 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Home Lab Setup: I haz a rack

Welp, thankfully I have a rack and things are coming together nicely. I picked up a UPS also, and two Linksys/Cisco SLM2008s. Also grabbed a third DL360 G4. Once things are cabled up and running today, I plan to do a fresh install of the entire environment to VI3. First things first though, I need to build a win2k3 vm for a template, then deploy a SQL2005 box and virtualcenter server. Then I need to setup openfiler for iscsi storage (the DL580 G2 has a drive cabinet attached with 800~GB raid 5 storage (with a hot spare too!)). I’m also thinking about setting up and playing with vyatta to see how well it can handle routing. All in good time though. Here’s some pics of the setup. I’ll be blogging more regularly with my machinations. And I fully realize doing this means I’ll be totally showing off for the ladies ;-) Also, the nice thing about having the WRT54G running tomato down in the basement in wireless bridge mode means I can sit upstairs with a lemonaide in the sunshine and VM to my hearts content without having to run cat5 everywhere!

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Ops Panel for ESX is the latest release from VMware Labs

The latest release from the VMware Labs team is Ops panel. It’s a pretty simple idea that adds a list of virtual machines located on a host and provides some basic power related functions. You can access this from the default web page of the ESX host. You can see a short video on this release on the Labs site.

The Operations Panel is a script tool, which runs on the client browser and extends the default ESX server web page with a short list of all available virtual machines. It gives the user the ability to perform simple power operations (start, stop, suspend, resume). Easily accessible user interface for some of the most common operations on an ESX host, available directly from the ESX home page.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Solutions Architect for a VMware partner and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status for 2013, 2012 & 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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VMware Certified Advanced Professional certifications grow closer

With the voting opening up for VMworld 2010 this fall, I noticed a session that grabbed my attention. It was submitted by John Hall from the Certification group at VMware. These are the long discussed advanced certifications that will also server as a mid point to the VCDX certification. You can see other sessions and vote here. I will keep watching this for more details as they are released.

Title: VMware Certified Advanced Professional Certifications Are Here
Session Id: V18061
Abstract:
This session announces the availability of two new Advanced certifications, the VCAP Enterprise and the VCAP Design certifications. These certifications allow a VMware Certified Professional to demonstrate advanced mastery of two areas of expertise: Enterprise Administration and Design. The VCAP Enterprise candidate demonstrates advanced abilities in implementation and administration of large and/or complex vSphere environments, while the VCAP Design candidate demonstrates advanced abilities in designing vSphere solutions. This session will further describe the purpose of these two certifications, along with the requirements for obtaining each.
Type: Breakout Session
Track: Virtualization 101
Speaker Detail: Speaker: Jon Hall Company: VMware, Inc.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Solutions Architect for a VMware partner and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status for 2013, 2012 & 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Failed HA configuration when adding vSphere host to cluster

Recently while setting up a new cluster on vSphere I had an issue with adding one of the hosts to the cluster. It would fail the HA configuration piece each time I would try. The host would join the cluster but HA would have a Red alarm for its failure. Nothing seemed to be wrong with the host, hardware or configuration. I would get the error listed below on each attempt.

cmd addnode failed for primary node: Internal AAM Error agent could not start

I found the following VMware KB article to help troubleshoot these types of errors. My issue ended up being an issue with the cluster that was created. I created a new cluster and moved my ESX Hosts and Virtual Machines over to it and the issue was gone. Before trying this route I had examined several of the options listed in the KB article.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Solutions Architect for a VMware partner and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status for 2013, 2012 & 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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