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Top 5 Planet V12N blog posts for week 48

Scott Lowe – Examining VXLAN – It’s taken me far too long to write this post, that’s for sure. Since the announcement of VXLAN at VMworld earlier in the year, I’ve been searching for additional information on these questions: “What is VXLAN? How does it fit into the broader networking landscape? Why did we need a new standard?”

Cormac HoganUpgraded VMFS-5: Automatic Partition Format Change – By now, regular readers of this blog will be aware that VMFS-5 supports a single extent volume size of 64TB. In an earlier post, I mentioned that newly created VMFS-5 partitions use a GUID Partition Format, GPT. This partition format allows for the creation of large partition sizes to cater for the new single extent 64TB VMFS-5 volume.

Andre LeiboviciUse Flash Drives (SSD) for Linked Clones, not Replicas – In my previous article EMC FAST Cache effectiveness with VDI I focused on FAST Cache benefits for VDI deployments. The tests I completed also generated a huge quantity of data that is tremendously valuable for better sizing of VDI environments.

Wanda HeSQL Server Rolling Patch Upgrade using Standby VM – SQL Server patching is a common use case for high availability deployments. When people think about minimizing down time for patch upgrades, most people will think of SQL Server failover clustering or SQL Server database mirroring. Those are the two SQL Server native availability features that support rolling patch upgrade. Did you know that you could also perform rolling patch upgrades with just a standby virtual machine (VM) if you are running SQL Server on VMware?

Duncan EppingHow to create your own .vib files – Today I was asked the question on how to create a VIB file (.vib). In our documentation it is mentioned that you can create a VIB file to add firewall rules to your ESXi host. As the .vib tool is not available yet to the general public I decided to dig in to it. I want to stress that I tested this in my own lab, it is not supported at all, but might give a nice insight in how these VIB are constructed.

vExpert Spotlight: Marek Zdrojewski

Blog URL: http://defaultreasoning.wordpress.com/
Twitter handle: MarekDotZ
Current employer :Valid (www.valid.nl)

How did you get into IT?

That’s some time ago, since I was a child I always was interested in to computers, but I guess it all started when my cousin got one of the first Sinclair ZX 81 back in the eighties. When I was a teenager, my parents bought me an Atari 512ST. First, I was playing games, but later I started writing small programs in Basic and composing some music with my keyboard hooked up to the Atari with the MIDI interface.

In the nineties, I bought my first PC from the money I saved from working as a paperboy. From that time on things went really fast. I was playing with DOS/Windows, breaking, fixing, reinstalling and upgrading my PCs and servers. In that time, I also started an IT education at a regional school and worked as a System Administrator at a call center in the evening hours. After graduation, I continued to work there for more than four years. Bored with system administration, I realized that building an infrastructure was far more interesting than administrating it so I applied for a job as a System Engineer.

I stayed at my next IT company for about two years, mostly building Windows networks for different customers. I felt that this job was not challenging enough and at that time I came across my current employer. I applied for a job as an Infrastructure Specialist and was hired. I have been working there ever since. My job consists mostly of designing and implementing virtual infrastructure solutions based on VMware and Microsoft products. This includes storage and storage networking and of course virtualizing physical machines.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?

First time I heard of VMware was back in 2001 when the VMware Workstation was released. At that time I didn’t realize its potential so I never really picked it up and played with it. The first infrastructure I implemented was based on ESX 3.0 back in 2006. Since then, I was sold.

The vExpert award was really a surprise for me this year. I didn’t expect it at all. I started blogging three years ago with the idea to share my knowledge and providing solutions to interesting issues that I came across during the projects at our customers. I also joined the Dutch VMUG and I am frequent visitor/poster on VMware’s’ VMTN forum. I really enjoy it and I’m very glad we have this big active virtualization community in the world. There are a lot of great people on the blogosphere and twitter and they are a real inspiration to us all.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

First of all, don’t do it because you have to. Do it because you are passionate about technology, be open and share your knowledge through a blog, twitter or on a forum. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, there are a lot of people that will gladly help you. Build a home lab, play with the products. Test, break and fix them. This way you’ll build your knowledge and this will come in really handy on your job.