Archive for the ‘ Virtualization ’ Category

VMware Horizon (With View): Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0] – Jan 4 – 7 2016

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At TransUnion Interactive, we offer each associate a desktop virtual machine.  We use VMware Horizon View for this.  I am the primary system administrator responsible for our Horizon infrastructure.  Another team deals with the details of desktop support.  I recently had the opportunity to sit for the VMware training for Horizon, and here are a few notes about that class.

 

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3000 Virtual Machines!

At work, we just went over 3000 VMs.  vmware-logoThis is with a relatively small team, thanks to some innovative automation of provisioning and management.

 

 

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I passed the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exam!

I took the VCP550 exam for VCP5-DCV on 26 Feb 2015 and passed!  Here’s my thoughts on the test and how I prepared for it.

 

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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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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.

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.

 

XenServer 6.0 Upgrade Notes and Tips

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I’ve been running XenServer 5.X at home for a test lab for a couple of years.  It’s been stable and easy to use.  Upgrading to XenServer 6.0 has been on my to-do list, and I finally got around to it this weekend.  On my old clunky hardware, I had a few issues, so here’s some notes on what I did…

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VMware Online Training

I recently attended VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.0] class from VMware.  Normally I prefer to go to instructor led training.  This time, because of tight budgets and schedules, I elected to attend a Live Online class.  It wasn’t bad!  Read more to see what an online class from VMware is like… Read more

Come to the SLO VMware User Group!

vmug_logoI’m helping start a local San Luis Obispo VMware User Group.  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!

The first meeting is Wednesday, November 9, 2011 from 10 AM to 2 PM at San Luis Obispo City-County Library,  Library Community Room, 995 Palm Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.  VMware is buying lunch, and we’ll discuss highlights of VMworld 2011.

For more information, and to register for the event, click here.

In the future, we are standing up a SLO VMUG web site.  There’s not much there (yet), but we hope to get some content posted this weekend.

The best part of VMworld was…

The best part of VMworld 2011 was THE LABS!!!

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How do you have a 500 seat lab operating 0800-2000 daily with NO PC’s OR SERVERS in a back room?  The cloud.

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