Friday thanks to my sponsors

I wanted to say thanks to UniTrends and Altaro for being early sponsors on this blog. The idea of sponsors that can buy ads here is a new thing for me. I am looking to continue to work with sponsors that will help me in further improving this blog and using the revenue to build out my home lab that is used heavily when doing tests and writing the content here.

UniTrends offers backup and disaster recovery products that

Unitrends, a leader in enterprise-level data protection, offers the #1 all-in-one backup solution for virtual, physical and cloud. Building on over 20 years of industry firsts, Unitrends continues to lead the market.  Unitrends is used by IT professionals for backup of their virtual and physical servers and for performing disaster recovery to remote locations or to private or public cloud.  Unitrends not only continues to set the standard in virtual and physical server data protection, but its US-based support team boasts a 99% customer satisfaction rate, further reinforcing its reputation for quality.

 

Altaro offers backup for Hyper-V based virtualization. Below is a list of some of the new features in version 3.5.

  • Windows Server 2012 Support, including support for VHDX files.
  • Backup and restore of VMs located on network paths. (in Windows 2012)
  • Volume Shadow Copies of SMB3.0 network paths. (in Windows 2012)
  • CSV3.0 and scale-out CSV file shares . (in Windows 2012)
  • New and improved Metro-Style User Interface.

To close I would ask that if you are looking at backup products, you take the time and research these companies with your other options to see if they might be able to meet your requirements.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix 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 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Top Virtualization blog voting results are in – Thanks for your support

The results are in for the 2013 Top blog voting. I was lucky enough to just make it into the Top 50 again this year. This is a bigger accomplishment this year with a little over 200 blogs now in the voting. While there was almost no change in my ranking from last year, I did receive a lot more votes than in 2012. This allowed me to retain my Top 50 ranking with the added competition.

I wanted to say thanks to all that voted for me this year. I will continue to try and write on a regular basis and find topics that are of interest to others. You can see the full list of results via the link below.

http://vsphere-land.com/news/2013-top-vmware-virtualization-blog-voting-results.html

 

 

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix 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 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Voting for Top Virtualization Blogs is now open

Its that time of year again and Eric Siebert is running his voting for the top Virtualization Blogs. Eric collects all this voting data and publishes the list that is active for the year. He offers a main category and several sub categories such as VDI, Independent Blogger and several others.

Some of the things that you should take into account when voting are listed below.

  • Longevity – Anyone can start a blog but it requires dedication, time & effort to keep it going. Some bloggers start a blog only to have it fall to the wayside several months later. Things always come up in life but the good bloggers keep going regardless of what is happening in their life.

  • Length – It’s easy to make a quick blog post without much content, nothing wrong with this as long as you have good content in the post that people will enjoy. But some bloggers post pretty long detailed posts which takes a lot of time and effort to produce. The tip of the hat goes to these guys that burn the midnight oil trying to get you some great detailed information.

  • Frequency – Some bloggers post several times a week which provides readers with lots of content. This requires a lot of effort as bloggers have to come up with more content ideas to write about. Frequency ties into length, some do high frequency/low length, some do low frequency/high length, some do both. They’re all good and require a lot of time and effort on the bloggers part.

  • Quality – It all comes down to whats in the blog post regardless of how often or how long the blog posts are. After reading a blog post if you come away with learning something that you did not previously know and it benefits you in some way then you know you are reading a quality post. Good quality is usually the result of original content, its easy to re-hash something previously published elsewhere, the good bloggers come up with unique content or put their own unique spin on popular topics.

Last year I was lucky enough to be listed in the Top 50 blogs, earning the #47 position. This was a huge honor for me that represented a year of hard work. I try to share things that I come across in my projects working with customers and other experts on my team. Writing helps me to retain the information myself and hopefully is able to help others in the community by sharing the details.

This year I would appreciate your vote in the following categories.

  • 10 Favorite blogs voting
  • Favorite VDI blog (If available)

Voting will run until 3/1 so be sure to get your votes in. All the bloggers on the list work hard on their content and will appreciate your vote.

 

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About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix 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 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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VirtualizeTips Magazine February 2011 first edition

This is a project that I’ve been working on for a couple of months now and finally was able to bring it together. My dream for this is to produce something monthly if possible. I like the magazine format because it offers something different than just reading RSS feeds and blog posts. For the people that travel or use iPads or other tablets I hope this gives you something else of interest to read.

Initially the focus of the magazine will be heavily focused around VMware technology but as time passes I hope to be able to incorporate other Virtualization topics into the mix. The content will include interviews, how-to articles, reviews and community based topics.

This edition has articles that cover HP BladeSystem Matrix, Designing with VAAI, new VMware certifications, storage and networking articles and Kendrick Colemans home lab and several other topics.

You can download the Magazine in PDF Here or Here.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix 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 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Support Cub Scouts by buying some Delicious Popcorn

Hello everyone it’s for the Cub Scout Popcorn Sale, this is a once a year event and it raise most of the money to fund out events. I usually try and not write about anything that’s not Virtualization related here but this is a big deal to the scouts. So if you like Popcorn give the boys a hand and buy some. This popcorn is really good! My favorites are the Carmel Corn, un-popped corn and the Microwave corn, my kids think this stuff if way better than any kind that we buy at the stores.

Did you know you can help me earn my own way in Scouting? Just click here and place an order on my behalf. Trail’s End has made a lot of improvements this year. All microwave products are made with canola oil and all caramel products are naturally sweetened, so there are plenty of healthy, flavorful snacks to choose from.
70% of your purchase will be returned to my council, my unit and my Scout rewards. Online purchases help us fund fun, educational activities and help more kids experience all the things that make Scouting great.

Click here to buy some awesome popcorn.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix 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 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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How to use ESXplot to read your ESXTop reports

How to use ESXplot to read your ESXTop reports

By now everyone should know that esxtop is a great tool that you can use to find out what might be causing performance issues on your ESX host. I don’t plan on writing a post on how to use esxtop. You can refer to Duncan’s ESXtop post for details on thresholds or to VMwares esxtop bible for good base information.

This post is more of a starting point on what ESXplot is and how to install and use. By now most of you should know that ESXplot was born out of the mind of Geoff White of VMware. Geoff is a coworker of Scott Drummonds the well known ESX performance expert.  Esxplot is a GUI application that lets you explore the data collected by esxtop in batch mode. The program takes a single command line argument which is the esxtop batch mode output file.

Why would you want to use esxplot? Well in the past your options to examine these files were to use Excel or Perfmon. Both options were very slow, sometimes taking hours to import the file before viewing. With esxplot your dump file will open within seconds usually. For more details you can read Scott’s post on version 1.0.

If you are using Windows to view your files you have 2 options. You can use the Windows binary file or run the python script. If you wish to run the python script you will need the following applications installed.
Python 2.6 or higher but not Python 3.x – Download
wxPython – Download
NumPy is also needed – Download

Once installed the application is very easy to use. First thing to do in capture some data from esxtop in batch mode using the command below. Then copy the file over to your workstation that you will run esxplot on. Open the app and the File ->Import->Dataset option from the menu to view your file. Then from the lower left section that will list your Hosts name open the tree to view all the captured values.

esxtop -b -d 2 -n 100> esxtopcapturefile.csv

You can download esxplot from here.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix 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 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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