Someone asked me this week how I picked the top 5 blog posts. Did I have some sort of rating formula to decide which blog post should be on the list. The answer is short: No I don't. I just pick the five post of which I think they were most useful and/or enjoyable. This can be a deep technical post, but also a post about a newly released tool like the one from Richard below. There's no science behind this, based on feeling and it's personal. Hope this answers your question. Anyway, it's week 30 already, enjoy:
- Mike Laverick – Download the complete Vi3 Book for free
You can now download the Vi3book that I wrote with Ron Oglesby and Scott Herold for free.
You might like to supplement these free chapters with the free guides which I released with Vi3.5…
- Richard Garsthagen – New Beta Release – vAudit
Well after a few hours of programming, I am happy to make my latest utility available. The program is called vAudit and it allows you to audit your VMware View environments. vAudit will show you when your users are working with their desktops in an easy timeline.
- Mike Laverick | Duncan Epping – What I learned today (HA Split brain) RTFM and Yellow-Bricks
Anyway, the time for detecting split brain used to be 15 seconds, for
some reason this has changed to 12 seconds. I’m not 100% why, or if in
fact the underlying value has changed – or that VMware has merely
corrected its own documentation. You see its possible to get split
brain in Vi3.5 happening if the network goes down for more than 12
seconds, but comes back up on the 13th, 14th or 15th second. I guess I
will have to do some research on this one. Of course, the duration can
be changed – and split brain is trivial matter if you take the
neccessary network redundency steps…
- Joep Piscaer – How to configure VMware vCenter Orchestrator
While I was delivering a training course about vSphere last week, I decided to throw in some Orchestrator goodness, and configured it with the students. Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to actually using Orchestrator, so for now, I’ve limited this blog post to merely configuring it. I’m planning to dive deeper into it some time soon. Below is the complete configuration guide for VMware vCenter Orchestrator, including database and attaching it to LDAP. I’ve included some screenshots as well.
- Hany Michael – vSphere in a box Part 3: Lab Manager 4.0 Automation
I discovered another great use case while I was working on the Lab Manager, which is training the SysAdmins in my current corp on the new vSphere platform. We are also growing rapidly with our virtual environment (soon to be: private cloud) and we’ll definitely need more SysAdmins on board. That being said, I now have an instrumental tool for provisioning independent labs for the SysAdmins to login and have their own hands-on experience with the new platform.