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Toronto VMUG – Jan 31 2017

Toronto VMUG – Jan 31 2017

The Toronto VMUG meeting was on January 31st 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. Here is the meeting recap with links to all the recorded presentations and slide decks: 7:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, and Networking 8:15 a.m. Toronto VMUG Community Update 8:30 a.m. Steve Sykes (VMware) Storage Performance Troubleshooting Slide deck 9:30 a.m. Sponsor … Continue reading

Destination VCDX6-NV (#vdm30in30 day 1)

Destination VCDX6-NV (#vdm30in30 day 1)

In the 1990s, I saw the dawn of the internet. I experienced the rush of hopes and dreams and possibilities. The tech bubbles, the mad scientists, the boisterous personalities that were larger than life. In the 90’s, we were living in the dreams of pioneers and frauds, cyberpunks and techno-anarchists. In the minds of the … Continue reading

vSphere Cluster Sizing Guidelines

vSphere Cluster Sizing Guidelines

When determining the size and scope of your clusters, there are many considerations such as licensing, hardware generations and the type of workloads. First, lets talk about the different types of clusters that can be deployed: Management cluster Used for managing the infrastructure. VMs like vCenter, vROPs, vRA, SRM, Log Insight, etc. are in this … Continue reading

VCAP5-DCA – Achievement Unlocked!

VCAP5-DCA – Achievement Unlocked!

  Finally I have completed my second VCAP after doing my VCAP5-DCD a few months back, I decided that I was going to continue on down the road of certification. To recap, I got knocked down on my first attempt of my VCAP-DCD, but then I changed strategies slightly and was able to comeback a … Continue reading

VCAP5-DCD Exam Prep – part 1

VCAP5-DCD Exam Prep – part 1

The past year has been a whirlwind of activity in my personal and professional life. I’ve taught 6 courses, redesigning 3 from scratch, changed jobs, ran 5 VMUG events including a superconference in Vancouver (2nd biggest in Canada), attended VMworld, participated as a competitor in Virtual Design Master Season 2, assisted in the Virtual Design … Continue reading

Dramatic Design Quotes

Dramatic Design Quotes

I always wonder what is the best way to remember key things points when I’m design complex systems. I have done mnemonics, mind castles, templates, checklists, flowcharts, you name it. I have found that the best way to remember things is to really understand them and incorporate them into the natural flow of things. If they … Continue reading

Webinar March 4th – Designing a VMware vSphere 5 virtual infrastructure

Webinar March 4th – Designing a VMware vSphere 5 virtual infrastructure

Date: March 4, 2015, 9:00am PT/ 12:00pm ET Anyone interested in exploring and understanding the issues and technologies involved in designing a VMware vSphere® 5 virtual infrastructure should attend this FREE webinar. Attendees will learn: How to identify the requirements, constraints, and assumptions that factor into a virtual infrastructure architecture What the major architectural components … Continue reading

Access to the new hosted Cisco VIRL hands on lab environment

Access to the new hosted Cisco VIRL hands on lab environment

Cisco’s VIRL (Virtual Internet Routing Lab)  is really quite a fascinating product that opens open a whole slew of new  possibilities. Essentially, it’s a Cisco’s core operating systems running as virtual machines with a Visio like front-end that allows for advanced modeling scenarios. It was initially introduced in 2013, but was officially released as a … Continue reading

VDI Solutions for Mac OSX

VDI Solutions for Mac OSX

I’ve talked a bit about Horizon View the possibilities around Linux. However being a Mac user I felt that I shouldn’t neglect OSX in these theoretical talks. How about an OSX RDSH server and hosted desktop scenario, how would we do that? Well theres a few ways this can actually be done right now, but … Continue reading

Linux Desktops for Horizon View

Linux Desktops for Horizon View

I started using GUI based operating systems on the Commodore Amiga 500 back in the 1980s. It was a marvel of technology and engineering at the time. Just think, an entire OS, games, utilities, development platform, 3D graphics and production quality sound card booting off a 1.44MB floppy. It was aimed at the “every user” … Continue reading

Windows licensing in a VMware Horizon 6 Environment under the new per user SA / VDA

Windows licensing in a VMware Horizon 6 Environment under the new per user SA / VDA

When deploying Horizon 6, there are three different versions: Standard: This provides core functionality with access to persistent and non-persistent desktops running Windows 7/8x Enterprise. Advanced: This provides all the features of standard, but also adds VSAN capability, RDSH and image management Enterprise: This provides all the features of advanced but also includes vCOps, Orchestrator, and App … Continue reading

VCAP5-DCD Study Guide – part 3

VCAP5-DCD Study Guide – part 3

Here are the resources I will use to study for the exam.     Video resources http://pluralsight.com/training/Courses/TableOfContents/designing-vmware-infrastructure http://pluralsight.com/training/Courses/TableOfContents/vmware-vsphere-security-design-security-basics http://pluralsight.com/training/Courses/TableOfContents/vmware-vsphere-security-design-architecture http://pluralsight.com/training/Courses/TableOfContents/vmware-vsphere-security-design-advanced-security Blog study guides         http://nickmarshall.com.au/vcap5-dcd-study-guide/ http://virtualb.eu/wordpress/?page_id=51 http://imallvirtual.com/vcap5-dcd/ http://paulpmeehan.com/vcap-dcd-study-guide/ http://thesaffageek.co.uk/vsphere-5-study-resources/vcap5-dca-dcd/ http://virtuallyhyper.com/2012/08/vcap5-dcd/ http://www.vwired.co.uk/vcap5-dcd/ http://www.virten.net/vcap5-dcd-study-guide/ http://www.virtxpert.com/tag/vcap-dcd/ http://www.rayheffer.com/1983/how-to-pass-the-vmware-vcap-dcd-exam-its-tough/ Books           http://www.pearsonitcertification.com/store/vcap5-dcd-official-cert-guide-with-dvd-vmware-certified-9780789750181 http://ca.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118407911.html http://www.pearsonitcertification.com/store/managing-and-optimizing-vmware-vsphere-deployments-9780321820471 Training         vSphere Design Workshop https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrreg/courses.cfm?ui=www_edu&a=one&id_subject=25719Continue reading

VCAP5-DCD Study Guide – part 1

VCAP5-DCD Study Guide – part 1

As many other people have done before, I am creating a VCAP-DCD study guide. However, I will try to tune it a bit to make it more systematic and associate all posts to specific areas of the exam blueprint. First off, here is a recap of the VMware certification hierarchy. In the image below, you will … Continue reading