Using vRealize Operations to identify Zombie VMs

This month the vExpert Cloud Management team challenged its members to utilise VMware Cloud Management tools to locate Zombie VMs. If we were able to do this, we were awarded a free T-Shirt and some trees planted in our name in the Amazon Rainforest. Quite a cool idea! Of course,...

Setting up an NTP Server on PhotonOS

I previously wrote about how you can reduce your Windows Server footprint by replacing your Windows DNS server with one running on PhotonOS. This is mostly suitable for a lab environment where the overhead of Windows and Licensing can be troublesome. This post goes further by showing the steps required...

Setting up a DNS Server with PhotonOS

With VMware removing the need for Windows Server for most of their solutions including vCenter, SRM, VROPS etc, I found that I only have 1 Windows Server remaining. With its main purpose for simply hosing the DNS Server role, I decided to migrate my DNS server to PhotonOS, an ultra-lightweight...

Migrating AWS EC2 Instances to VMware (Free software)

Earlier this week I posted about how to Migrate VMware Virtual Machines into AWS EC2 instances. I had a lot of interest from this post (1000's hits in the first 24 hours) and several people have asked me about migrating AWS EC2 Instances back to VMware Virtual Machines. So here...

Migrating VMware VMs to AWS – A to Z (Zero Cost)

There comes a time when you might need to leverage the benefits a public cloud such as AWS has, to host some applications. In my day to day experience, this generally applies to public-facing web applications. There are many benefits as to why you might want to migrate such an...

vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) 8.0 – What’s New?

It's only been a few months since vROps 7.5 was announced and we now have yet another awesome release. Introducing vRealize Operations Manager 8.0! vRealize Operations Manager 8.0 is now generally available So what's new in vROps 8.0? vRealize Operations Cloud That's right, soon you will be able to subscribe...

vSAN features by version & date

It's sometimes quite difficult to find out when a particular feature was released, or which product version is was fist available in. I've encountered this a few times recently and I have to go through all the release notes to get my answers. While doing this I put together this...

Official VMware Visio Stencils & Icons for 2019

I have been writing documentation for some time but it has always bothered me that there has been no official Visio Stencils or Icons for the documentation of VMware solutions. There are some unofficial icon set sources out there and there are a few official product diagrams available but I've never...
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