Fear not, Virtually Benevolent will not harm you

OpenSSL has been patched, and the HTTPS certificate that protects the administrative backend of the site has been reissused. All users (me) have changed their passwords. The world can rest easy that your benevolent virtual blogger will not harm you.…

vExpert 2014

I would feel lacking in my duties if I didn't blog about the fact I've been selected as a VMware vExpert for the second year now. Full list here.…

VMware View optimization script breaks Windows security features

I've been using the Windows Optimization Guide for View Desktops guide on the VMware website for a long time. Hidden inside the PDF are some text file attachments that when converted to .bat, run though and disable most of the functions that bloat virtual desktop linked clones or are totally…

Great worst successful error

There is a bug in Windows Server 2012 R2 in the volume license activation wizard, that if you don't change the Key Management Service port setting when applying the configuration (from "0" to whatever you want it to be, such as the default of 1688) you get this absolutelty most…

Vote for the top 2014 vBlogs

You only have a week left to vote for your favorite virtualization blogs in the annual vSphere Land competition. Vote early, and vote often! Vote here!…

Being a VMware NIC isn't easy these days

Life is rough for a ESXi network card these days, both pNIC and vNIC. It's especially bad if you're using E1000/E1000e adapters in your VMs, or using Broadcom network cards, or a combination of both. And considering Broadcom cards are the built in pNIC adapters for nearly every piece…

Use FQDNs when doing SMB on Isilon

I ran across this little interesting tidbit in an EMC Support article that I wasn't aware of previously. Using the fully qualified domain name of the EMC Isilon SMB server for file sharing on is necessary for proper load balancing and access: Always use the fully qualified domain name (FQDN…

HTTPS

Everything on this blog now defaults to HTTPS traffic. There is nothing here that would ever really accept any input from anyone other than me (maybe that is reason enough) but I figured it was worth learning now to do on Ghost/nginx. Enjoy.…

VCAP5-DCA Experience

On Friday, February 7, I sat for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional, Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA) exam. Thinking about how I performed has consumed most of my idle hours, so after some reflection over the last week I've decided to document a bit of my perspective. I'll say as much…

Time to play the lottery

Over the weekend I facilitated a customer upgrade that involved: In place upgrade of Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2 on a vCenter Server. Direct upgrade from View Composer 2.6 to View Composer 5.3. Direct upgrade from VMware View 4.6 to Horizon View 5.3…