Datanauts: Diving Deep Into vSphere Host Resources

Last week Frank and I had the pleasure and honor to join Chris Wahl and Ethan Banks in their awesome Datanauts podcast!

We discussed our upcoming book and the rationale behind it. After that we thoroughly discussed some topics on CPU architecture and Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA).

Don’t miss out and listen in on this and other amazing Datanauts podcasts:

Be sure to follow these accounts to get the latest updates about the book.

Twitter: @HostDeepDive
Facebook: HostDeepDive

 

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Top vBlog & VMworld session voting

It is that time of the year again! The annual top vBlog 2016 voting is open to show your appreciation for all the virtualization bloggers out there. I hope we at Cloudfix have created enough useful and diverse content in order to earn your vote. We sure love what we do, and we will strive to have another successful year of writing interesting blogs.

So click here to start your voting survey which will only takes a few moments. A big shout-out goes out to vSphere-land.com / Eric Siebert and sponsor VMturbo for making it all happen!

If you are willing to vote for us, we are listed in the main voting on the left side (blogs are listed in alphabetical order) and in the independent blogger section.

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In other news, the content catalog for the upcoming VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas is live! Make sure to check it out here! While doing so, it is also possible to cast your vote for your favorite sessions.

Our session (I will be speaking alongside Frank Denneman) is included in the catalog:

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Thank you in advance for considering us!!

 

 

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ISESteroids: The missing link for ISE

Recently I was busy scripting a Exchange migration (yes, i also do Microsoft besides VMware) in Powershell (Automating Cross-Forest moves from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2013 and related tasks) for a customer of mine and got annoyed by the limited functionality Windows Powershell ISE (Integrated Scripting Environment) is providing us by default,. I decided to look for a decent and affordable editor for Powershell. That’s when I stumbled upon ISESteroids (http://www.powertheshell.com/isesteroids2/).

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ISESteroids is a powershell module which adds all kind of handy functionality to the standard Windows Powershell ISE. Because I really liked it from the start I wanted to write a small blog article about it to share with you guys the 3 functionalities i like most and hope you find them just as useful as I do for writing Powershell scripts, functions and modules. For a total overview of the features of ISESteroids i’d like to point you to http://www.powertheshell.com/isesteroids2/feature-overview/

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Homelab Synology backup strategy

A while ago I finally had some attention for my much beloved data. I gave some thought on how my data would be safe if disaster would struck, like my Synology NAS catching fire. Or worse, my house…

So when I speak of  ‘my beloved data’, I am talking about:

  • Homelab data (VM’s etc.)
  • Personal documents
  • Photos & videos

I could live with my homelab data being lost. I would not be a happy man, but a complete homelab reinstall would be possible without any backup. However, if one can avoid the loss of data, one should. 🙂

More important however, are my personal documents and my photos/videos. Those are invaluable to me! I wanted to make sure that all this data is centralized on my Synology NAS and I have the requirement for an off-site backup. The off-site backup would have to be affordable while growing in GB’s. The RTO would not matter that much as long as I’m able to recover the data.
Also, I would like to reduce the number of cloud storage solutions (Google Drive, Onedrive, Dropbox) and their associated clients.

The diagram below shows the setup I came up with:

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vBeers Eindhoven – The “In Between VMworlds” Edition 2015

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For our dutch IT/virtualisation-enthousiasts we would like to point out the vBeers which are coming up again soon in the southern part of our beautiful country (Eindhoven to be exact).

Location: Eetcafé d’n Hertog
Address: Stationsplein 16, – 5611 AB Eindhoven (across Eindhoven Station, city center exit)
Date: Friday, 11th of September 2015
Time: From 17:30 hours

As this is the “In Between VMworlds” edition it’s a good opportunity to catch up on the announcements of VMworld SF and to surmise what could be the announcements for VMworld EMEA.

I would like to point out again that this really isn’t only for us vExpert’s or highly certified VMware-nerds but for every person who even has the remoted interest in IT and virtualisation, enjoys talking with co-enthousiasts and ofcourse drinking beers and eating snacks.

For more information and registering please visit:
http://defaultreasoning.com/2015/08/31/vbeers-eindhoven-the-in-between-vmworlds-edition-2015/ 

Thanks again to Marek, one of our dutch co-bloggers  for (co)-organizing this event again.

We enjoy these vBeers a lot and also will try to be there  and engage with our readership. Hope to meet you there!

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Silicon Valley Tour

As mentioned in our previous post, we had have the opportunity to visit a couple of very interesting companies located in silicon valley prior to VMworld US.

Rubrik

We started off on Thursday at Rubrik. Chris Wahl, John Koo and Arvind Nithrakashyap (aka Nitro 🙂 ) were kind enough to welcome us at Rubrik HQ. We also had the pleasure to shake hands with Rubrik’s CEO Bipul Sinha!

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We had a preview on Chris his upcoming VMworld presentation and discussed the vision and strategy of Rubrik as we went along. Some very interesting statements there about converged data management. As far as we can tell, Rubrik is bringing simplicity and infinite scaling into backup and recovery. The ease of deployment and their idea to create SLA domains to protect your data is really something that impressed us.

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Blog growth and VMware vExpert 2015!

Today we achieved the VMware vExpert 2015 status!! All three of us!! We are very happy with the fact we are being recognized as contributors to the VMware community.

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It is funny to see ourselves enthusiastic about blogging as we are! We used to make kinda fun of bloggers… don’t know why exactly, probably jealousy speaking back then. 😉
However, as we started Cloudfix in April 2014, we rapidly became more and more involved with each other as members of Cloudfix and the VMware community. Our hangouts chat, containing the three of us, is mega often used! We constantly discuss tech and other stuff with each other. Next to that, we track each others progress in our professional careers in an non-healthy competitive environment. I think we supplement each other. 🙂

So, setting up Cloudfix was a great idea and it’s really fun to do. It is time consuming, but worth it. We saw a growth in numbers of visitors we did not expect in the beginning. Heck, it even got better beginning 2015!! Pretty awesome for a beginning blog like ours…

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Welcome!

Welcome to Cloudfix, our blog!!

We recently decided to start this blog. We are still setting things up and shuffling a bit with the layout.
Shouldn’t take long now for us to start sharing and collaborating.

What makes us different from other blogs is that we are a bunch of guys participating in one blog rather than we all have our own! This should be good for our visitors; to have different perspectives on technologies we encounter. And because we all have our own package of experience, our blog posts should be diverse.

We hope we can welcome you as a regular visitor!!

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