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BIG SWITCH NETWORKS EXPAND THEIR REACH, NOW WITH HCI INTEGRATION

Big Switch Networks, the Santa Clara–based software-defined networking company, has just released a new version of the Big Cloud Fabric product. Big Cloud Fabric, a software-defined networking product that has been on the market for over four years, is heavily integrated into VMware. For the uninitiated, its core pitch is that with its product, you […]

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CHANGING THE GUARD: GOODBYE FLEX WEB CLIENT—HELLO HTML5, BABY

They’re changing the guard at Buckingham Palace. This is a major tourist attraction in London, and the changing of the guard happens every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, weather permitting. “Changing the guard” is also a well-known refrain used to signify the complete change of an environment. VMware is currently undergoing such a transformation with […]

Error “Idm client exception: Error trying to join AD, error code [11]” when joining a VCSA to AD domain

This is not clear in the documentation, but if you receive the following error when adding your device to an Active Directory: Error “Idm client exception: Error trying to join AD, error code [11]” when joining a VCSA to AD domain  The root cause of this is because of incorrectly formatted entries in the details form. […]

Cost to Build a New Virtualized Data Center, Part 2b

In part one of Cost to Build a New Virtualized Data Center, we discussed the basic software costs for a virtualized data center based on VMware vSphere 6.0, Citrix XenServer 6.5, Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2 and 2016, and Red Hat. If you missed that, please click here to review before continuing. Part 2a of this series concentrated on Hyper-V 2012 R2 […]

Cost to Build a New Virtualized Data Center, Part 2a

In part one of Cost to Build a New Virtualized Data Center, we discussed the basic software costs for a virtualized data center based on VMware vSphere 6.0, Citrix XenServer 6.5, Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2 and 2016, and Red Hat. If you missed that, please click here to review before continuing. This post will take […]

Cost to Build a New Virtualized Data Center

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been thinking about costs relating to a building a new virtualization-based data center. “What?” I hear you say. “Everywhere is virtualized—there is no such thing as a greenfield site anymore!” I would have said that myself, but in the last month I have come across three, one […]

VCP Foundation Objective 1.1 Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions

This is the start of the series digging into the blueprint for the VCP Foundation Exam. This post will deal with “Objective 1.1 Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions for a given use case”. Let’s get started. Identify available vSphere editions and features There are essentially 11 editions of vSphere available today, although the comparison on […]

VSAN is Great, but their Licensing Sucks

On April 1st I tweeted that VSAN Makes configuring your ESXi storage so easy, I only wish iSCSI was so simple, (controller issues not withstanding) — Tom Howarth (@tom_howarth) April 1, 2015 And I still stand by this remark. Building and configuring a New VSAN is simple, even if you have to spend most of […]

VMware Security Advisory:VMSA-2012-0005.2

I have been a little remise, and have not been posting these regularly. so in an attempt to catch up, there is unfortunately a big batch coming today Synopsis: VMware vCenter Server, Orchestrator, Update Manager,  vShield, vSphere Client, Workstation, Player, ESXi, and ESX address several security issues Issue date: 2012-03-15 Updated on: 2012-08-30 CVE numbers: […]