Cisco DCUCI v5.0 – Data Center Unified Computing Implementation, 22-26 July 2013

I recently attended Cisco DCUCI v5.0 – Data Center Unified Computing Implementation at Global Knowledge in Santa Clara.  This is one of the Cisco classes for using their Unified Computing System, which are basically a blade chassis system for servers.

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) is designed to serve the needs of engineers who implement Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) B-Series Blade Servers and Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers.

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VMware View: Desktop Fast Track [V5.1] Course – Online June 10-14, 2013

I recently had the pleasure of attending VMware View: Desktop Fast Track [V5.1] online.  We bought this directly from VMware, which gives you the (BONUS!) free voucher for the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Desktop examination.  The Fast Track class is actually a 5 day version of 2 standard classes (boot camp style) – it combines View 5.1 Install, Manage, Configure (4 days) with View 5.1 Design (3 days) into one fun filled 5 day week.  VMware says:

This fast-paced, extended-hours training course includes the content of the following courses:
•  VMware View: Install, Configure, Manage
•  VMware View: Design Best Practices
This hands-on training course builds your skills in the VMware® View™ suite: VMware® View Manager™, VMware® View Composer™, and VMware® ThinApp®. The course provides applications-oriented administrators with the knowledge and skills to virtualize Windows applications with ThinApp and to choose the best deployment and updating processes for their environment. The course also presents a methodology for analyzing and designing a View solution for the VMware® vSphere® infrastructure.

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Manager Tools Effective Manager Conference – 28 May 2013, San Jose

I attended the Manager Tools Effective Manager Conference in San Jose on 28 May 2013.  This was a great introduction to Manager Tools concepts, like one on ones, feedback, and coaching.  If you are in a hurry to get up to speed on Manager Tools, and you don’t have time to listen to all twenty some Manager Tools “Basics” podcasts, then you should go to an EMC…

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SF Bay Area UCS Users Group – April 25, 2013

As a new Cisco Unified Computing System user, I recently attended the quarterly SF Bay Area UCS Users Group on April 25, 2013 at Cisco in Santa Clara.  It was informative and I’m glad I went.  The public is invited to these, so if you have UCS or want to talk to someone who has UCS, you should register and come on down.

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Go see my friend Debu’s photography show in Palo Alto!

My friend and co-worker Debu (Debashish Basak) is a amateur photographer.  He has an exhibit of his works at Keeble & Shuchat Photography in Palo Alto…

 

 

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Next SLO VMware User’s Group Meeting is March 8th, 2013!

Our next meeting is Friday, March 8th, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM at Veterans Memorial Building Veterans Hall – Top Floor, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403.

This meeting is about:

  • VMUG News and Announcements
  • VDI Pain Points with Helixstorm
  • Nutanix Overview, Technical Deep Dive, and Block Demo
  • Lunch, Q&A Sessions, and Raffle

Anyone withing driving range of San Luis Obispo is welcome to come.  This is a great opportunity to come together with your fellow VMware users to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

For more information, and to register for the event, click here.  Registration closes Wed March 6th, so hurry!

While you’re at it, visit the SLO VMUG web site.

Dec 2012 SLO VMUG was a big success!

The Dec 2012 SLO VMUG was a big success!

Scott Smith presents at SLO VMUG, Dec 2012

We got started about 10, Scott Smith, local VMUG leader started off with a brief overview of recent VMUG activities.

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Next SLO VMware User’s Group Meeting is Dec 7th, 2012!

Our next meeting is Friday, December 7th, 2012 from 10:15 AM to 2:30 PM at San Luis Obispo City-County Library,  Library Community Room, 995 Palm Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

We’re basically going to talk about backup and recovery.  VMware will be presenting on some of their features like vSphere High Availability and the new vSphere Storage ApplianceVeeam Software will present on their backup solutions and provide lunch.

Anyone withing driving range of San Luis Obispo is welcome to come.  This is a great opportunity to come together with your fellow VMware users to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

For more information, and to register for the event, click here.  Registration closes Dec 6th, so hurry!

While you’re at it, visit the SLO VMUG web site.

EqualLogic Array Firmware Upgrades Are Non-Disruptive

 

Eager readers want to know if EqualLogic array firmware upgrades are non-disruptive, so we tested it in our mighty remote environment!

Bottom line:  The firmware update process halts I/Os during cut-over from one controller to the other.  This takes something like 27 seconds (26969 ms).  As most operating systems have a disk timeout value of 30 seconds or longer, no one really notices.

 

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Mandatory PCI uniform

We’ve been building a virtualized PCI environment, and we’ve adopted an official PCI work uniform to wear when doing PCI tasks….