Dell EMC

Dell iDRAC Automation with RACADM

Since as far back as I can remember, Dell have made available a CLI for their iDRACs. This means we can easily automate the configuration of the Dell iDRAC remotely. This is key for a number of reasons: Speed of server deployment. We can deploy servers much faster by automating...
Dell EMC

Dell PowerEdge Range – Naming scheme

Dell PowerEdge has been a main competitor in the server compute market for some years. Support for VMware's ESXi Hypervisor is forever strong and the HCL always updated. Support for the latest generation CPUs is always included with new releases and the online customization tool is a real selling point...
CertificationvSphere

VCAP6-DCV Design Exam Preparation

For those pursuing the VCAP6-DCV Design exam  / 3V0-622 I'm creating a series of blog posts to help with your learning. The notes are all based on the official GA blueprint, my personal experience with the live exam, books and blog posts by other community members all of which I have acknowledged below. If...
Dell EMC

Dell and EMC Merge into Dell EMC

Since I started working in IT I've always had a preference for Dell for compute and EMC for storage. Why? Probably because I was first introduced to the Dell Server range before HP and Cisco etc, I liked their build quality and logical placement of components. Furthermore I got hands...
vSAN

VMware vSAN – Career changer?

Since starting my career in technology, I've always had a keen interest in virtualization. Over time, the virtualization of other datacenter objects has become more common and affordable. vSphere, Horizon View, NSX to name a couple have assisted with this. More recently vSAN has seen a lot of growth. Duncan Epping @DuncanYB, tweets about this...
vSphere

Choosing the right CPU for your ESXi servers

When designing your Virtualization infrastructure, one very important consideration is to the processors that you spec your ESXi hypervisors with. I find that reviewing following points help with this challenge: Determine cost vs performance? What compatibility do you need? Are there any specific features that you require? Cost vs Performance You...
vSphere

When does VMware support end? (EOL for VMware Products)

Ever wondered when VMware stop supporting certain versions of vCenter Server / ESXi or in fact, any VMware product? Check out the VMware product lifecycle matrix here. Also review this page or the excerpt below for terminology General Support Phase The General Support phase begins on the date of general...
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