2001, 2015

How to install WordPress on a Synology Box?

By |January 20th, 2015|How To, Synology|0 Comments

My daughter has her own Wordpress.com blog where she posts articles about whatever she finds interesting. A few days back, she asked me if she could have a ISP-hosted WordPress blog, as she now wants have more control over things like themes and plugins etc. Before investing any money into it, I wanted to see just how […]

1301, 2015

OnePlus One Phone: A User Review

By |January 13th, 2015|Android, General, Hardware, Mobile|0 Comments

My wife was looking for a new phone and just before Christmas, I suggested her to go for a OnePlus One phone. At that time, they were offering the phone without the invite and promising delivery before Christmas. As luck would have it, by the time she made up her mind, it went back to […]

1201, 2015

A New Journey

By |January 12th, 2015|General|4 Comments

Today, I start my life as an independent/freelance consultant. This was one of the most difficult decisions of my life as I had to leave the best bunch of people to work with at Xtravirt. I know this is sudden and also came as a shock to many at Xtravirt but evaluating my priorities over […]

3112, 2014

My year in review

By |December 31st, 2014|General, Virtualization|3 Comments

As this year draws to a close and I review my performance as a passionate virtualisation enthusiast, this has been an “OK” year. My aim this year was to contribute more; both professionally and to the community. While I am happy that I did go some way in achieving that, I do feel that it could […]

2512, 2014

Stocking up on eBooks – Packt Publishing eBook Bonanza

By |December 25th, 2014|General, Virtualization|0 Comments

Every now and then, Packt Publishing comes up with this kind of promotion that feels too good to miss. Even though I am a bit late to talk about this (as the promotion started a week ago), I am still going to as it’s Christmas and I am sure, after all the festivities, you’re going […]

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|1 Comment

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 […]