vExpert Spotlight: Brian Knudtson

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Okt 312011
 
vExpert Spotlight: Brian Knudtson

Twitter Handle: @bknudtson
Blog URL:  http://knudt.net/vblog
Current Employer: Vital Support Systems (http://www.vitalsite.com)

How did you get into IT in the first place?

Must’ve been fate.  Ever since I was a kid I had my eyes set on being a paleontologist, but when it came time to look at colleges, I started to reconsider.  Seemed to not be a lot of room in that field.  Trying to come up with alternatives, I said to myself “You’ve enjoyed playing with computers more and more since you were 7, you can make a career out of that.”  My guidance counselor found a full ride scholarship that was being made available for a new school at the University of Nebraska Omaha.  I submitted for it and received it along with a web developer internship.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?

I was working for a health insurance company at the time (my second IT job), where I started as their Webmaster.  We had just completed our HIPAA project, where I was the lead of the infrastructure design/build out, and I transitioned to an analyst role on the infrastructure team.  I was tasked with figuring out how we could consolidate our data center before we ran out of space.  That’s when I discovered VMware and went to my first VMWorld (2004). 

Many things followed after that that lead to becoming a vExpert in 2009: heavy participation in the VMware communities from almost the beginning (announced at VMWorld 2004), cofounded the Omaha VMUG in 2006, started my blog and joined Twitter in 2009.  

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

IT is a large career field.  Pick a part that you are passionate about and work hard.  Go out of your way, continue learning and growing, be active in the community (both generally and IT communities, like VMUGs), and give your coworkers and associates something positive to remember about you.  People will notice your work ethic and capacity for learning and growing (good or bad).  All of my jobs in this industry were practically given to me by people I knew who respected me and my capabilities.

Also, don’t be afraid to take on unique opportunities.  Starting off as a developer, I never would’ve expected to find myself designing data centers, but I took on challenges that morphed my position in IT. And I haven’t regretted those decisions one little bit.

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Top 5 Planet V12N blog posts for week 43

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Okt 302011
 
Top 5 Planet V12N blog posts for week 43

For those that might have missed it, check your iPad for an update to the VMware View client.  We released an update to the iPad client that is optimized for View 5, it supports running as a background process,  and brings a new look and feel to the connection manager among other features.

Arne Fokkema - PowerCLI: Migrate templates during the Enter Maintenance Mode task - Normally when you put a host into Maintenance mode the templates will stay on the host instead of being migrate to a different host. This can be very annoying if you are performing maintenance on the vSphere host and a colleague needs to deploy a VM from the template. I am running vSphere 4.1 update 1. I don’t know if this is still the case with vSphere 5. The host in Maintenance mode will look like this.

Tommy TrogdenSetting up View 5 Connection Server for the 1st time - The next part of the Connection Broker install is to setup your vCenter and Composer credentials.    As with a lot of VMware’s new management user interfaces, everything is moving towards a Adobe Flex client to manage.  This is great because it frees you up from having to install management applications on your device.  It also makes it really handy to manage your View environment from just about any browser in any VM you happen to be in !!  VERY COOL.  Anyway, lets get back to the topic at hand. 

Chris Colotti - vCloud Director Clone Wars Part 2 (Deep Dive) - In part one we looked at the simple challenge of how to try and balance the I/O clone traffic on more than one host.  Although the fix is not ideal it does the job as best we can.  I decided to take a deeper look at this with a different scenario.  How does the cloning traffic flow when you are dealing with not only multiple clusters, but multiple vCenter Servers, and multiple datastores.

Eric Siebert - vSphere 5’s Storage DRS and storage profile function deliver control over storage resources - The release of VMware Inc.’s vSphere 5 brings many exciting new features and enhancements to the virtualization platform, especially when it comes to storage. Two of the biggest new features in that area are Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Profile-Driven Storage, which provide some much-needed control over storage resources.

Jase McCarty - VMware View – Better service with less $upport cost$ - I speak with customers all the time on various technologies.  One such technology that I speak about is virtual desktop technologies, architecture, sizing, and so on.  I don’t know if I can say that 2011 is the “Year of VDI”, but I can say I have spoken to quite a few customers about it.  Remember that 2009, 2010, & 2011 were touted as the “Year of VDI.”

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Upgrading VMware Tools to Fusion 4 or Workstation 8 fails with a VMware Tools unrecoverable error (2006900)

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Okt 302011
 
Upgrading VMware Tools to Fusion 4 or Workstation 8 fails with a VMware Tools unrecoverable error (2006900)

· Cannot install VMware Tools in Fusion 4 or Workstation 8 · Installing VMware Tools in Fusion 4 or Workstation 8 fails · When upgrading

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Changing a LUN to use a different Path Selection Policy (PSP) (1036189)

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Okt 302011
 
Changing a LUN to use a different Path Selection Policy (PSP) (1036189)

Based on your storage array vendor's best practices, you have configured your ESX and ESXi hosts with Round Robin Path Selection Policy (VMW_PSP_RR) for your storage array.

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Conditional branch configuration item search in Service Manager returns incorrect results (2008575)

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Conditional branch configuration item search in Service Manager returns incorrect results (2008575)

· When adding an action to a conditional branch to set a configuration item in Service Manager, the configuration item search returns all

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Checking media integrity for ESX/ESXi host installations or upgrades (1003674)

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Okt 302011
 
Checking media integrity for ESX/ESXi host installations or upgrades (1003674)

· ESX/ESXi Server host installation errors before completion. · ESX/ESXi Server host upgrade errors before completion · ESX/ESXi Server host installation fails to complete

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Unable to create snapshot: Operation failed because file already exists or Cannot complete the operation because the file or folder [DatastoreName] VMname/VMname.vmx already exists (1008058)

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Okt 302011
 
Unable to create snapshot: Operation failed because file already exists or Cannot complete the operation because the file or folder [DatastoreName] VMname/VMname.vmx already exists (1008058)

While creating a virtual machine snapshot from the VI or

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vFabric Hyperic Agent group alerts are visible only to the user who is also the group owner (1032779)

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Okt 302011
 
vFabric Hyperic Agent group alerts are visible only to the user who is also the group owner (1032779)

· In vFabric Hyperic Agent, only the user who is the group owner is able to see the group alerts in the Alert Center and Recent Alerts portlet ·

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JBoss monitoring in vFabric Hyper Agent fails with the error: java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: Could not initialize class org.jboss.invocation.unified.interfaces.JavaSerializationManager (2008724)

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Okt 302011
 
JBoss monitoring in vFabric Hyper Agent fails with the error: java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: Could not initialize class org.jboss.invocation.unified.interfaces.JavaSerializationManager (2008724)

· vFabric Hyperic Agent JBoss monitoring fails · In

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When creating a new person record in Service Manager, Organization is not automatically populated (2008574)

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When creating a new person record in Service Manager, Organization is not automatically populated (2008574)

· When creating a new person record from the Service Manager call screen, the Organization field is not populated automatically · All other

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Datastore Usage on Disk and Datastore Disk Overallocation Alarms fail after vCenter Server is restarted (2005697)

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Datastore Usage on Disk and Datastore Disk Overallocation Alarms fail after vCenter Server is restarted (2005697)

· Datastore Usage on Disk alarm fails to update after vCenter Server is restarted · Datastore Disk Overallocation alarm fails to update

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Collecting diagnostic information for VMware View

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Okt 292011
 

Greetings KBTV friends!

We have a new video for you today. it is a short video, but one which will be useful for all users who ever have to troubleshoot their VMware View environments.

This video demonstrates how to collect the diagnostic information for the various components within a VMware View environment. This can be especially useful when working with VMware's Technical Support staff in relation to a Support Request you may have opened, as by providing them with the necessary log support data at the beginning of the investigation process will speed up the entire process and help you get back to a more stable environment as soon as possible. 

For additional details see Collecting diagnostic information for VMware View (1017939) in our Knowledge Base

 

Okt 292011
 
ESX/ESXi 4.1 Update 2

The release of ESX/ESXi 4.1 Update 2 introduces support for Ubuntu 11.10, with these considerations:

  • OSP Format Tools are not available yet.

ESXi 5.0 support for Ubuntu 11.10 is not available yet.

For more information about software and hardware support, please check the VMware Compatibility Guide

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vExpert Spotlight: Henk Arts

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Okt 282011
 
vExpert Spotlight: Henk Arts

Twitter Handle: @vmhenk
Blog URL:  http://vmstarter.nl
Current Employer: Veeam software

How did you get into IT in the first place?

Just always played with C64, Atari, Commodore Amiga etc.

Started at an local Amiga reseller, quickly after this I started for the Amiga Tast Force (ATF) for desktop video (now called Multimedia) at Commodore. After a few jobs and 10+ years, I  worked for a company OTG software (created virual filesystems (HSM)) Legato Systems acquired OTG, and EMC acquired Legato. A while later EMC acquired VMware and VMware did start in the same office-corner as “the Legato team” (in this time called EMC software).

Here I did “learn” the potential of VMware and felt in love with the virtual world.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?

Through EMC (at that time my employer) I felt in love with the virtual world, and about 1,5 years ago I started to collect some tips and tricks on my blog vmstarter.nl

Some readers recommended me for vExpert, and to my big surprise, I received an email from John Troyer and his team that I was selected as a vExpert 2011 :-)

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

Follow your dream in finding a job that suits you. Never think you know enough, and learn every day (not so hard for virtualisation)

Don’t be afraid to get stuck into new things – accept that you will never know 100% of something and learn to apply old knowledge to new situations.

And also sorry: since THIS job is already taken, and I still love the ride every day ;-)

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VLAN ID changes for port groups that back external networks might cause network errors (2005830)

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Okt 282011
 
VLAN ID changes for port groups that back external networks might cause network errors (2005830)

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