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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The Power of Finding Your Community

I remember attending the VMUG UserCon in Dallas / Fort Worth for the first time back in 2013 and hearing Damian Karlson speak about vBrownBag.  At the time I had never heard of vBrownBag, but one thing that really hit me was his mention of community.  When he said “the community” he meant the virtualization…

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When the End User Saves the Day

The work day is almost over when you’re interrupted with an emergency.  A certain time sensitive financial function of one of your information systems isn’t working.  As luck would have it, the error is something you’ve never seen.  And the business is counting on you to fix it quickly, or this could be a very…

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If vSAN Powered The Matrix…

After finding out I was approved to attend VMworld this year, I signed up to present a vBrownBag Tech Talk on VMware vSAN.  Just a few weeks before the conference, I was lucky to secure an official slot on the agenda for Thursday afternoon. The idea for the talk was pretty simple.  If vSAN powered…

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A Collection of VMworld Podcasts

I’ve seen a number of blogs lately recommending sessions to attend for this year’s VMworld.  And then there are a number of blogs people have written for the first time attendee which have been extremely helpful.  Since I seem to be deriving a ton of value from various podcasts lately, I thought I would post…

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