The Fire Inside

We often discuss how career may affect our family or family life, but have you ever thought about how family influence affects career? Think about the influence your parents had / have on your life.  What lessons, if any, did you learn from watching the way your parents approached career? How did those observations affect…

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Amplifying Your vCenter Alarms

While some people may wake up each morning based on circadian rhythm alone, many of us require an alarm to wake up on time.  What does the alarm clock (or alarm app) really do for you?  It allows you to set a specific time at which a loud noise will happen.  The noise does not…

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Two Nerds on a Journey

When is the last time you embarked on a journey?  A journey is likened to a lengthy adventure with a number of challenges to overcome along the way which result in personal development.  Movies like Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey or Journey to the Center of the Earth serve as excellent illustrations of what a journey might…

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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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