30 09, 2016

Amazon Echo: Initial Look

By | September 30th, 2016|Amazon Echo|0 Comments

I do find new gadgets exciting and when I do buy one, I can't wait for it to get delivered. Finally, I got my hands on my new Amazon Echo and I got a chance to play with it. Thought I should do a quick post on initial thoughts for anyone who's looking to get one. [...]

27 06, 2016

CloudCamp – London – A must attend!

By | June 27th, 2016|Cloud, General|0 Comments

So after so many attempts, I was finally able to attend Cloud Camp - London for the first time. It worked out quite nicely as I was at LonVMUG during the day and Cloud Camp's venue is just a short walk away. If you don't know about Cloud Camp already: CloudCamp is an "unconference" where [...]

21 06, 2016

Updated End of General Support for VMware NSX for vSphere 6.1.x

By | June 21st, 2016|NSX, vCNS|0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, NSX 6.2.3 was released. It had a lot of coverage, both by VMware itself and many bloggers. Quite rightly so as there are many new features and some would argue that it probably could easily have been called 6.3. However, amongst all that, you could be forgiven if you missed the extension [...]

26 04, 2016

A New Journey to the Cloud

By | April 26th, 2016|General|2 Comments

At the beginning of last year, I decided to become an independent contractor, so that I could be available for my parents whenever they needed me. That worked out quite well financially, allowing me to take time off when required. Being able to pick the kind of assignments I wanted also helped me enjoy them [...]

30 03, 2016

VSAN Health Service Plugin Configuration Button Not Visible

By | March 30th, 2016|Virtualization, VMware, VSAN|0 Comments

I know VSAN 6.2 is out now and may not have this issue but for the rest... Recently, I was deploying a VSAN 6.1 cluster in my lab. When I went to configure the Health Service Plugin, the "Edit settings..." button wasn't there! Hovering above the area where the button is supposed to be, did [...]

29 03, 2016

VMware Workstation: Error on Power On: Failed to lock the file

By | March 29th, 2016|Virtualization, Workstation|0 Comments

A quick one this: After recovering from a hung VMware Workstation host, I was booting up the virtual machines and on one of them, I saw the following error: Failed to lock the file. Cannot open the disk <disk name> or one of the snapshot disks it depends on. Module DiskEarly power on failed. Failed [...]

9 02, 2016

Zeal : Offline API Doc Repository And How To Integrate With Sublime Text

By | February 9th, 2016|How To, Virtualization, vSphere|0 Comments

Recently, I was looking at an old post by William Lam did on Dash; an offline documentation browser which is very useful for holding offline copies of vSphere and other APIs. As automation of all things picks up momentum, there is every chance that sooner or later, you'll find the need to keep offline but updated [...]

5 02, 2016

vExpert 2016: Thank You!

By | February 5th, 2016|General, VMware|2 Comments

Back in 2012, I joined Xtravirt. One of my colleagues was Darren Woollard (who works at Nutanix now). He knew that I had been blogging for a few years so while putting his vExpert application in, he asked me if I had ever applied for it. I didn't even know that mere mortals like me can become vExperts [...]

28 01, 2016

Ravello Systems’ Smart Labs: Great for Dev, Test and Demos

By | January 28th, 2016|Ravello, Virtualization|0 Comments

Last year, when I heard that Ravello Systems are offering free access to vExperts, I was amazed at the offer. https://twitter.com/AtherBeg/status/611730991963598849 Even though I have a fairly good sized lab in my study, there are many times when I want to play with some cool new technology but don't have the time or expertise to [...]

12 01, 2016

vSphere Update Manager: Scan (And Service) Failing At 4%

By | January 12th, 2016|vCenter, Virtualization, vSphere, VUM|0 Comments

Recently, I thought I should patch one of my vSphere clusters using VMware Update Manager so I started to do a "Scan" for the cluster. However, the process failed soon after starting. The first thing I noticed was that the "VMware vSphere Update Manager" service was going down with it. VMware vSphere Update Manager had an [...]