1612, 2014

ESXi Time Configuration: Don’t point it towards the Windows Domain name

By |December 16th, 2014|ESX, vCenter, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere|0 Comments

Recently, a client asked me what happens if ESX(i) servers are pointed towards the Windows domain name in “Time Configuration” and one or more domain controllers are not contactable? While I had a theory, I realised I have never tested what actually happens and what is the failure process. As I have seen many environments […]

1711, 2014

Synology DSM 5.1 New Package: Security Advisor

By |November 17th, 2014|How To, Synology, Virtual Lab, Virtualization|1 Comment

I happen to have two Synology boxes in my lab (DS213+ and DS412+) and I try to keep them updated as much as I can. Recently, DSM 5.1 was released which applies to both of them so this weekend, I took a few minutes to update both of my devices. DSM 5.1 brings a lot […]

1011, 2014

ProTip: How to remind yourself of Advanced Settings changes in ESXi

By |November 10th, 2014|ESX, How To, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere|1 Comment

This post is about a very useful one-liner I use often and one that has saved me a lot of headache in the past. I tweeted about this one earlier in the year as well but thought this one actually deserves a blog post so that it’s not lost in the large space that is […]

311, 2014

User Experience Changes for my blog

By |November 3rd, 2014|General|0 Comments

Yes, this is the same blog site and looks a bit different but I hope the change is a positive one. I’ve been long aware that my blog has been in a state of disrepair and the readability has gone downhill. Due to commitments at work and home, I’ve not been getting the chance to […]

2710, 2014

Easier Fix: Failed to deploy OVF package: The task was canceled by a user.

By |October 27th, 2014|vCenter, vCOPs, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere|0 Comments

While deploying a vCenter Operations Manager appliance a few days back, I was hit by the following error message (towards the end of its deployment):

Failed to deploy OVF package: The task was canceled by a user.
That was of course surprising given I didn’t cancel the task. Thinking it might be a glitch, I tried it […]

1710, 2014

VMworld 2014 Europe – Day 4 (Last)

By |October 17th, 2014|Virtualization, VMware, VMworld|0 Comments

… and so the last day was upon me. Sort of a reality check that all the learning and meeting people is going to end (not to mention the great weather!) and soon it’ll be time to say goodbyes.

I’ve found that checking out is much easier if you’re too early or too late. If you’ve […]

1610, 2014

VMworld 2014 Europe – Day 3

By |October 16th, 2014|Virtualization, VMware, VMworld|2 Comments

Day 3 for me started with the general session. This time, I chose to sit in the blogger’s area, instead of the hall, which turned out to be the right decision. Comfortable seating and a table in front meant I could use my laptop to tweet as announcements were being made.

Anyway, focus for the session was […]

1510, 2014

VMworld 2014 Europe – Day 2

By |October 15th, 2014|Virtualization, VMware, VMworld|2 Comments

Well, the start to day 2 wasn’t too great – my laptop’s WiFi broke at the wrong time! I guess there’s never a right time to have a broken adapter but it’s time to buy another one! Anyway, managed to get the already delayed blog post about the previous two days out that I hope you’ve […]

1410, 2014

VMworld 2014 Europe – Day 0 and 1

By |October 14th, 2014|Virtualization, VMware|11 Comments

VMworld 2014 Europe will open for the general attendees today but as always, activities started a couple of days ago and in this post, I am documenting what’s been happening so far.

Like a lot of other people, I got here about noon on Sunday. I like to do that as that gives me a chance […]

810, 2014

vCloud Connector 2.6 Node Error: Incorrect URL

By |October 8th, 2014|Cloud, Virtualization|0 Comments

Just a quick note about a weird bug I came across yesterday. I was implementing a vCloud Connector 2.6 setup and about to do “Cloud Registrations” on their respective nodes. However, the following error message was returned when I first tried it:
Incorrect url https://<<Domain Name>>.local

I double-checked the URL in case it was mistyped but it […]