The whole community has been buzzing with the news of the vExpert’s for 2010. As I said in the last all things virtual I didn’t think I was going to become one and I wasn’t surprised when I didn’t become one. I wrote a blog posting about the reasons I feel I didn’t get it and how I think if I keep trying hopefully I will be selected as one. One encouraging part from this past week was a twitter message from John Troyer the leader/owner of the vExpert community saying he thinks I’m off to a great start on my way to becoming one. Thanks John it really means a lot to me 🙂
Scott Lowe whose book Mastering VMware vSphere 4 was a massive help for my in my preparation for my VCP4 posted a very thought provoking posting all about blogging for the right reasons. This isn’t virtualisation per se but it does relate well to people blogging just for the sake of possibly becoming a vExpert or for getting a new job/role. Speaking of Scott’s book his book is now available as an Ebook.
Maish Saidel-Keesing alerted to the fact that in the latest workstation 7.1 build the icon for the VMware tools has changed. It is now obviously due to the release of vSphere Update 2 and vCentre 4 Update 2 and with this the new version of VMware Tools (Build 261974).
Arnim van Lieshout posted all about the latest release of the vEcoShell and the new features it has. The vEcoShell is a brilliant tool and is one I’m trying to strengthen my knowledge on due to the great customisations you can do with it and the power it has for running scripts via PowerCli in your virtual environment.
VMware have also released the latest version of the VCP on vSphere 4 Exam Blueprint Guide. These blueprints are amazing and are the best way I feel in making sure you know and have the required knowledge and skills to pass the VCP4 exam.
VMware have also announced that there is now support for VMware SDK’s via the support team tasked with this support. Mike DiPetrillo has written a blog posting all about this release and what it means for people like himself helping people prepare their applications and services for the cloud.
Rick Scherer has posted a blog posting all about EMC’s new technology EMC VPLEX. This was released at EMC world and allows the infamous long distance vmotion. I won’t try describe it capabilities as Rick has explained it great in his posting and the video from EMC world in which Nick Weaver (@lynxbat) had a major role in setting up and making sure it ran smoothly. The video is below
Jason Boche has posted up how to win yourself a free pass to this years VMworld.I’m sure a staggering amount of people are going to be entering as most companies are still weary of spending money on these kinds of conventions so this is a great way for someone to make it. I’ve been given the nod to make it to this years one which I’m extremely excited about and hopefully I can generate some really good blog postings while there like the ones I read so much for last years one.
While catching up on my VMware Communities Roundtable podcasts I was listening to the podcast from a few weeks back about the VCAP exams and was very pleased to hear that live labs are going to be a large part of the exams to stem the tide of people using “braindump” materials.
Colin Steele was the first person I saw to have posted a blog on an error is saw pour in at the VMware communities about a Microsoft patch that was preventing vSphere client logins. VMware have also created an official knowledgebase article on the problem and how to fix it.
Lastly a friend of mine who also works in virtualisation Kivian Johnson of First Rand Bank alerted me to a very helpful and possibly integral free tool by Foundstone a division of McAfee’s VIDigger. The tool is “designed to help administrators check the configuration of ESX server and the virtual machines hosted on ESX server against the VMware Infrastructure Hardening guide and other best practices.” I am yet to fully try it out in my lab environment but if it really does do all the things they say it will be a brilliant tool for any virtual infrastructure administrator.