A Tale of Two vCenters, VxRail Edition

Picture yourself in front of a rack of VxRail appliances.  Ah, the bright shine of freshly racked and cabled new gear!  The network team has VLANs ready.  The operations team has picked out naming conventions for host names and virtual machines.  Storage capacity will be more than enough to support growth efforts for the next…

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Get Crafty with Career Progression

A recent discussion with a friend inspired this post. Whether you are a workaholic, forced to work overtime each week, or never take work home, when is the last time you stopped to reflect on career?  It seems to be something many of us consistently overlook.  Working on career progression through an iterative, routine process…

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Journey to vSAN – A Technical Adventure

Imagine having just configured some LUNs on your new PowerVault MD3820i.  Encryption key management has been configured, and 20 SEDs (self-encrypting drives) are spinning and ready for use with vSphere.  There are 4 SSDs in the PowerVault to use for caching that just need to be configured. “What do you mean these cache disks aren’t…

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DFW SpiceCorps – A 2017 Year in Review

Regardless of your field, if you aren’t a member of a professional networking group / community, I hope 2018 will be the year you choose to get involved.  There are powerful benefits to your career for participating. I’m the kind of guy who participates in IT communities and happen to be the co-leader of the…

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Captain vSAN and the Case of the Cluster License Mystery

Excitement was in the air for the technology team of Beast Mode, Inc.  After months of planning, some shiny new vSAN ReadyNodes finally arrived at the datacenter.  The implementation team gathered to rack and cable the new cluster and all other necessary equipment.  Even though ESXi was installed on the hosts with basic network settings configured,…

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A Letter to the Dreamer – Be Brave Enough

When is the last time you remember having a dream of some sort of achievement?  Maybe it was what you wanted to be when you grew up as of Kindergarten graduation, or perhaps it was something else.  Are the young the only ones who dream? Are they the only ones who would pursue a dream? …

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