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Bitnami and VMware vCloud Air

Bitnami recently launched an integrated portal allowing you to deploy any of the Bitnami server applications directly into vCloud Air with (nearly) one click.  Today I finally got around to playing with it and have found it extremely simple and easy to quickly deploy anything from Bitnami.  You can read the full article about what they built here. For those of you not familiar with what Bitnami does, have a look at the homepage: https://bitnami.com/ From Wikipedia: Bitnami is a library of installers or software packages for web applications and development stacks as well as virtual appliances. Bitnami is sponsored by Bitrock, a company founded in 2003 in Seville, Spain by Daniel Lopez Ridruejo.[1] Bitnami stacks are used for installing software on Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and Solaris.[2] Bitnami VMware vCloud Air Back in June, Roshni Pary and Mike Roy wrote a quick blog article on how to use […]

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vCloud Air Disaster Recovery related articles

For around a year I have been working on the VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery offering, and have been giving a number of presentations, and writing articles about this topic. At a recent internal conference a number of people asked me if I could provide a list of all the recent articles I have written. Rather than keep sending emails with links, I thought it would make more sense to provide a list of links here so that I can refer back when needed. It may also help a few other people out in the blogosphere. In no particular order I have grouped these articles in two categories. 1st category is vSphere based Disaster Recovery, and the 2nd is Application based high availability. vSphere based Disaster Recovery Consideratons for Connecting to your recovered workloads While most of the talk around cloud-based disaster recovery is on how you protect your workloads, […]

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VMworld Barcelona – Where I will be

A few people have contacted me on twitter recently asking what sessions I am presenting at VMworld Barcelona 2015. This post is to provide a quick list of the sessions, and date and times of those sessions. Before we get into what where and when my sessions will be though. Lets have a quick re-cap on some of the things that happened at VMworld 2015 USA. Also watch a re-cap with Jay Marshall (who forgets he no longer works at VMware) and Gary Coburn talking about the Google vCloud Air partnership. and of course, no vCloud Air recap would be great without George Kobar having an appearance.  Watch George talk about Microsoft Sharepoint on vCloud Air. Here is my list of sessions: Session Number Session Title Abstract Date/Time EXPERT SESSION Disaster Recovery and Object Storage with Expert – David Hill Meet the experts session.  Come along and talk about vCloud […]

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Public Speaking Tips at IT Conferences

Recently I was asked by my manager to think about how I go about presenting at IT conferences.  I’ve now been presenting at IT conferences like VMworld and EMC world for the past five years and have seen my speaker scores steadily improve.  For me personally this has been the greatest achievement of my career so far, becoming a comfortable public speaker and learning how to present not only content, but make it interesting for the audience. First I wanted to start with a little history on my public speaking.  This is by far the most nerve racking thing I have EVER done in my life, and on this first day I would have done anything to get out of presenting a session. It is said that the fear of public speaking is a fear greater than death for most people. – Robert T. Kiyosaki I can certainly agree with […]

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VMworld 2015 must see sessions

Wow!  Its that time again already! (Although I am late publishing this)!! The VMworld 2015 content catalog has been released.  Its going to be a busy one again for me this year for sure! VMworld is a great time to learn some really cool stuff, and I always check the schedule to see what sessions I find interesting, not just on cloud, but on virtualization in general. See the list below for my must see VMworld sessions. I also thought I would list out my sessions so that anyone wanting to come find out more about vCloud Air can easily find the sessions. Its going to be another awesome VMworld, and feel free to come and see me at the end of any sessioins.  I am always available for a chat. VMworld 2015 Must See Sessions: Session Number Session Title Abstract Presenters Date/Time STO5333 Building a Strecthed Cluster with Virtual […]

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Your box is still initialising Sky+ HD

So my Sky+ HD Box has stopped working.  It was working fine, recording a program, then it just simply turned off and the TV receives no signal anymore. I tried all the obvious techniques.  Unplugged the box, disconnected all the cables, reconnected all the cables, plugged the box back in, nothing.  Same thing.  The power light and WIFI light come on as expected, but nothing appears on the TV. After googling the issue for a while, I discovered that it was the fact that my planner was full.  It was in the middle of a recording, and couldn’t delete anything, so simply hit 100% disk space and crashed.  Ok, so how do I get the box on to delete a program? First thing I tried is to do a software update.  This normally fixes 90% of the problems on a sky box and is really easy to do.  The steps […]

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Advanced Architecture Design for Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

Working over in vCloud Air Tech Marketing, I have been focusing a lot on Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery.  Recently I wrote a solution brief (Colotti started it, however I finished it) covering the advanced architecture required to implement a full Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery solution. This solution brief walks people through considerations around Authentication and DNS, leveraging data seeding for replication, and how to failback to your on-premises environment. Here is a sneak preview of some of the content from the Advanced Architecture Design for Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Solution Brief: Conclusions Assuring continuity of applications and data through enterprise-grade Disaster Recovery practices is a prerequisite for any full-scale enterprise hybrid architecture using VMware vCloud Air or any cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution. The examples reviewed here extend the vCloud Air use cases to include Disaster Recovery in the cloud, with Clear, simplified setup and migration processes Multiple options to support the DR environment with […]

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Error #1009 vSphere Web Client

Error #1009 vSphere Web Client

Recently I have been having some issues with plugins while working in my lab.  I recently wrote this article “Error 1063 vSphere Web Client” which documents how to disable selected plugins.  This fixed worked for a little while, but recently I have started receving a similar error but with the Error #1009 vSphere Web Client.  I tried the fix in my previous article again, however when I tried to go into the Client Plug-Ins area of the vSphere Web Client, I received the #1009 error everytime. The first thing I tried was to (obviously) Google the error, but I couldn’t find any resolution.  A few people have experienced this error on the communities forum but no one had a fix for it.  I phoned a friend in GSS, and they told me about an issue with cached objects that are stored in a SerenityDB folder.  They aparantly have bad references […]

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Nested ESXi on vCloud Air – Links

So for quite some time now, lots of people keep asking me about running Nested ESXi on vCloud Air and is it possible. The answer to that question is YES, you can run Nested ESXi on vCloud Air today. George Kobar, who is a colleague of mine in Technical Marketing wrote a great blog article on how to run Nested ESXi on vCloud Air. This got me thinking about how many other people have been doing this? Is it as popular as I thought? Are people just asking the question, or are they actually doing it? I started doing some searches on the internet for blog articles from the community, and I found quite a few on this topic, which is why I am writing this article. I thought it would be good to list all the articles in one place to make it easy for people to find. I […]

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VMware vCloud Director 8.0 Beta

VMware has just opened up an open beta for VMware vCloud Director 8.0 version. This is a major new release of vCloud Director and has lots of integration with new and important products to enable cloud providers deliver a true seamless cloud experience. I am now hearing people say, why would I want to test vCloud Director? Well, firstly if you are a service provider and are part of the vCloud Air Network, this will eventually become the latest version that you will be deploying. Secondly, it comes packed with cool features and integration with other VMware products. Just look at the list: vSphere 6.0 and NSX 6.1 compatibility Virtual Data Center (VDC) templates for self service enablement of OnDemand infrastructure vApp enhancements for better usability VM limits and throttling to drive better operation efficiency and minimize noisy neighbor issues in multi-tenant environments OAuth suport in authentication providers Better provisioning […]

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vCloud Air Technical Marketing is Hiring

vCloud Air Technical Marketing is Hiring

Looking for a new career? Are you someone who likes to teach technology to people? Do you get a buzz out of presenting to large crowds live on stage? Know about Cloud, Storage and Management? VMware’s vCloud Air technical marketing team might be looking for you. The team that I work in is currently looking to recruit two people to help create new content, assist customers with their use cases for cloud, and to talk to the virtualization community about cloud and how it can help drive customers business develop. Preferred candidates would be based on the west coast, or willing to relocate to Palo Alto. Job Description: The vCloud Air Platform team is looking for a Technical Marketing Manager (TMM) to support our growing user community. The candidate should have hands-on experience with virtualization (vSphere) or cloud (such as AWS, Azure, etc.) technologies and experience blogging or presenting about […]

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New Whitepaper: Implementing a Hybrid Cloud Strategy

One of the whitepapers I have been working on has just been published.  I have been working on this whitepaper with two of my fellow colleagues, Duncan Epping and Hany Michael.  I am extremely excited by the publication of this whitepaper, as it is my first official whitepaper.  It has been an interesting challenge and an exciting one to work with Duncan again (first time since the cloud practice days), and to also work with Hany. This whitepaper talks about how to implement a hybrid cloud strategy, and the concepts needed to do this.  It covers VMware vCloud Air, VMware NSX and VMware vRealize Automation, and how they fit together to provide you with a hybrid cloud.  It also has a really cool diagram produced by Hany. This was such a great project to work on, and was a joint collaboration between the Office of the CTO, the vCloud Air […]

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Error 1063 vSphere Web Client

I have recently been upgrading all our lab to vSphere 6.0 and have come across an interesting error everytime I login to the vSphere Web Client. Error 1063 vSphere Web Client The error is “An internal error has occured – Error #1063”. I actually migrated my previous version of vCenter 5.5 to vCenter 6.0 using the inbuilt upgrade.  This actually deploys a new vCenter Server Appliance with version 6.0 and migrates all the information from the previous appliance, including all the plugins. I would receive this error everytime I tried to click the Actions menu on any object.  Didn’t matter whether it was a host or a VM, this error always popped up.  Clicking yes never solved it, I couldn’t do anything. Then I started thinking about the upgrade.  I wonder if a plugin that was installed on the previous 5.5 version had been migrated across and was causing a […]

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Silicon Valley to Glasgow – April VMUGs I am presenting at

I’ve been invited to present at two VMUG’s in April which I am really looking forward too. First up is the Silicon Valley VMUG.  I presented at this event last year and it was awesome.  Really great venue, and great vendors supporting the User Conference.  Its great to get the opportunity to be back in my adopted home and talk about Disaster Recovery in the cloud. After I have finished my California trip I will be back in the sunny UK and presenting at the Scottish VMUG in Glasgow.  I will be talking about vCloud Air and giving an overview of the platform.  The last time I was in Glasgow was for a cup final when I was 18, and Aberdeen were playing.  (Its a long story). Silicon Valley VMUG 14th April – Register for the VMUG by following this link and the full agenda is available here. Scottish VMUG […]

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