One of the best #vExpert gifts there is.

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Lifelong learning.
That is really something to live by. Never stop learning and growing and you will be even more successful both at work and privately. Always seek ways to expand your mind and you will be forever better.

One of the greatest gifts given to vExperts is the year long access to PluralSight, who offers more than 5000 online courses, on everything from arts to technology.  Even if you don’t get this for free, I truly recommend this. I had a subscription to PluralSight even before becoming a vExpert, and would buy a subscription again

So thank you very much PluralSight for this amazing gift!

A member of the Danish Arrow Blogger Board – Updated with Video

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Wow, I’ve been selected as one of the top bloggers in Denmark, along with quite a lot of my own technical heroes in Denmark. Namely the Arrow ECS Blogger Board.

I’m very honored to be considered one of the bloggers that gives information back to the community,  even though my blog posts aren’t often that technical as the rest of this blogger board. All 6 of the selected people are also designated vExperts, so its a really nice selection of people.

The board consist of people like Mads Fog Albrechtlund, one of Denmark’s leading VRO/VRA specialists, who works at Proact. Michael Ryom also works at Proact as an ESXi and vRealize specialist.

There’s also the Party Duo Frank Brix and Rasmus Haslund, who works for Cohesity and Veeam, and the last member at the moment is Robert Jensen from VMware Denmark, who is the one of the new vExperts from Denmark in 2016.

So I expect that this board of bloggers will post quite a few posts about VMware and virtualization in general. Today Frank Brix and myself was interviewed by Liselotte Foverskov from Arrow about our careers and community and VMware in general.

Update: here with a link to the video in danish though

 

The vExpert 2017 Applications are now open!

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Just to let you all know that you can now apply for the 2017 vExpert.

Hop over to http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2016/11/vexpert-2017-applications-are-now-open.html to fill out your application.

I have already filled out mine, and fingers are crossed until February 8th when they announce the new vExperts for 2017.

I can only encourage you to apply, the vExpert community is truly outstanding and have made quite a few new acquaintances through this.

Good Luck

 

 #vExpert gifts at #vmworld

My humble opinion is that this years best vExpert gift comes from Datrium Storage


They gave out a Raspberry Pi 3 to all vExperts who had registered.

Cohesity had a really nice Timbuk2 backpack with a 6000mAh power bank, charger cables and a water bottle also a very nice and useful gift.

Over at the Nimble booth they gave out t-shirts, unfortunately the largest was XL and not American sizes.

Docker gave out a vExpert Cap and a T-shirt if you sat in on 15 min session about docker, by a very enthusiastic speaker.

At the Solidfire booth I picked up the new version of Cards against humanity and a pair of the famous Solidfire socks 😉

I saw that both Datacore and Catalogic Software had something too, but didn’t get around to picking those up.

Only sad thing this year is that no one did the really nice vExpert Polos, that I see a lot of fellow vExperts wear at VMworld.


But a BIG thank you to all the companies that decided to do something for the vExpert community.

PernixData FVP in the Home Lab Part 3. (SUCCESS)

I must admit that I think I have made quite a few mistakes in this Install.

I was told that 6.0 is not supported by PernixData yet, but it has been known to work. So I installed a 5.5 VCSA instead, and voila it joined my AD without any problems that the 6.0 had. (Guess I need to try the 6.0 VCSA again).  Then Uninstalled and Reinstalled the PernixData Management Software, and still no plugin showed up. My friend @FrankBrix told me to look at the log files of the FVP software, and yes it would obviously there. The logfiles clearly showed that the software couldn’t connect to the SQL server, and I Discovered I had entered the wrong password!. One thing there, I do think the Installed could have checked that instead of just writing it to a config file. After correcting that, the FVP plugin worked on 5.5.

I thought that I would give 6.0 a shot again before configuring anything in FVP, and I could also get the FVP plugin to the 6.0 vCenter. However it kept giving me authentication errors, each time I tried anything with FVP. So I went back to 5.5 (now my 4.th vCenter install) and followed the guide to create an FVP cluster. After that I tried to add resources to my cluster, but it kept saying that “No PernixData compatible hosts have been detected…” So I double checked that the VIB was actually installed and I tried rebooting the ESXi, but to no avail.

Again @FrankBrix to the rescue. We setup a WebEx and in like 30 seconds after he took over my screen he had solved my problem. After reinstalling and creating datacenters and clusters 4 times, the last time I had accidently forgotten to put my host INTO the cluster. No wonder FVP couldnt get any hosts.

With that fixed PernixData started its magic. And WOW I must say, I can already feel a big difference from the last days without caching, and I’m looking forward to seeing the write Cache in action once I get all my machines up to speed again.

And damn here 1½ hours after it was created look at these stats

FVP in action

57.000 IOPS saved from my small little 4 disk Synology, no wonder I can feel a big difference.

FVP Latency

And the Latency really has gotten down as well. you can see a Big spike at around 10:22PM from the datastore, but the VM never saw it. And this is from a single cheap Kingston SSD. Will have to try this out in a heavier environment than my homelab sometime soon. I will post more stats when this has been running for some time.

Once again a big thanks to @frankbrix http://www.vfrank.org/ for the help.