NFS Best Practices by Cormac Hogan

16/12/2012 Lior Kamrat 0

Just finished reading the new NFS Best Practices published by Cormac in his blog, this is a “must read” getting started kinda posts in order to understand NFS infrastructure and features. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4   Cormac’s blog

YouTube Fever

19/06/2012 Lior Kamrat 0

Got this Facebook post announcing VMware has re-launched their TV channel on YouTube. Finally, something to watch while eating my lunch at the office 🙂 Check it out here: VMware TV on YouTube

Virtual Machine expiration date PowerCLI script

04/06/2012 Lior Kamrat 0

From time to time a new VM request pops out but what if this specific VM is only temporary? Well, it would be great if you could put an expiration date on this VM just like a carton of milk, don’t you think? In order to get a daily report for all your expired VM you need to do the following: Create an additional VM annotation value called “Expiration Date”. You will also have to fill up the actual expiration date for this VM in a “MM/dd/yyyy” Get-Date PowerShell command format, for example: 06/04/2012 The Script: [sourcecode language=”powershell”] $Server = [Read More]

Looking towards the “Horizon”

29/05/2012 Lior Kamrat 0

For those of you that have slept for the last 3-4 years, you really need a wakeup call – cloud computing is here! I’ve been following the VMware “Horizon” products family for some time now and it’s pretty cool and in my opinion, will set the the tone in VMworld 2012 this summer in San Francisco and Barcelona. This new upcoming line of cloud based products includes lots of new features which I will try to cover some of them in this post.

VMware vSphere PowerCLI Poster 5.0

27/05/2012 Lior Kamrat 0

Although it was released last September I thought it would be useful to share with you the latest PowerCLI poster which can help system administrators to start exploring the PowerCLI scripting world. If you aren’t familiar with PowerCLI I suggest you to start doing some digging so you can use and understand my upcoming scripts which will be release in future posts. You can download the poster and find additional info on the subject here: http://blogs.vmware.com/vipowershell/2011/09/powercli-poster-v50.html http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/PowerCLI/index.html

The road to VCAP4-DCA..

24/05/2012 Lior Kamrat 1

Well, got this email from VMware this morning: “Dear Lior Kamrat, Thank you for your interest in the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration program!  You have met the prerequisites and are now authorized to take this exam.  To schedule this exam, please contact Pearson VUE.  It can be scheduled online or by phone.” For those of  you who are not familiar with VMware advanced exams they are pretty hard to pass and include working on live servers and not just answering multiple-choice questions. I guess all I need now to become VCAP4-DCA is to schedule the exam (i’m thinking sometime in July), [Read More]

Using VMware Tools with roaming profiles – a big no no!

23/05/2012 Lior Kamrat 0

Hi there, While configuring bunch of Citrix XenApp farms and Microsoft remote desktop farms in a vSphere based environment I came across the annoying collision between VMware Tools Shared Folders feature and the roaming profile mechanism. Shared Folders feature provides a good way to share files and folders between your host computer and the VM. I know lots of administrators are using this feature and in general I don’t think it’s a bad idea but in the world of CIFS and shares there are some better and much more secured alternatives. After installing this feature notice that a new file called [Read More]

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