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….

Free DHS/FEMA Cybersecurity training courses from TEEX/NERRTC

The National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) (a member of The Texas A&M University System) has a suite of free cybersecurity classes available online.  Some are for new-comers to cybersecurity, others are more advanced for professionals.

I needed inexpensive classes to fulfill the continuing education requirements for my CISSP certification, and a number of these fit the bill!

Check them out!

Next SLO VMware User’s Group Meeting is April 30th!

The next meeting is Wednesday, April 30th, 2012 from 10 AM to 1:30 PM at San Luis Obispo City-County Library,  Library Community Room, 995 Palm Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

Hang Long from VMware will discuss VMware View Best Practices, and Virsto Software will present a technical overview of their storage products for virtualization and VDI.  Lunch will be provided.

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 April 28th, so hurry!

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