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    Anyone at Nutanix.Next?

    Anyone down in Miami this week?
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    Prebuilt w/ Intel Quadcore and 2 x Intel NICs?

    Looking for a good small silent or quiet box to use as an intelligent firewall. Want quad-core Intel and need two NICs. Would greatly prefer Intel chipset NICs, if possible. Any suggestions?
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    Dual VCDX!

    Woohoo! Got notice today that I received my VCDX-NV (Network Virtualization / NSX). Very cool. Was in the first group to go through the program.
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    Pilgrim in a Strange Land

    Sitting in an Azure session at MS TechEd. :)
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    VMware's New Expert Certification Program

    Sitting in the first of 3 classes on VMware NSX this week. It's the launching point for a new CCIE-like program. Just put up a post on it.
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    vSphere 5.5 U1 (With VSAN!) is Out! Go get it.
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    vExpert Applications Are Open!

    Applications for vExpert are open. Go apply if you want to attempt. Posting and helping others on here is a good community contribution item to put on the application.
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    Got more IOPS for the home lab!

    Oh yeah. :) Two 785GB FusionIO ioDrive2 cards.
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    Flash Virtualization in My Lab

    Upgraded the lab a bit yesterday. Took my 3rd host up to 32GB finally. Added a 128GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD to each host and put the current build of PernixData's FVP on there. Very nice. :) Taking a lot of I/O off my Synology. Not hitting it hard yet..still testing. But so far it's great.
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    Anyone Else a vExpert?

    4th year in a row! Woohoo! BTW: If you are, is giving you a free year subscription.
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    Submitting Sessions for VMworld?

    Anyone else submitting?
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    Synology Releases Fix for vSphere 5.1

    Synology has released DSM 4.1-2647. This fixes the problems with vSphere 5.1.
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    Cisco Offers Free Nexus 1000v

    My post here: Cisco split the product in to two license levels. An Essentials Edition that is free and an Advanced version that includes VSG for $695/socket. Very nice.
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    If you use a Synology NAS, don't upgrade to vSphere 5.1

    Heads up..a lot of people are having trouble with Synology DSM 4.1 and vSphere 5.1. Trouble as in..can't even boot a VM due to storage timeouts. Hold off until there is a fix from Synology.
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    No More vRAM Licensing?

    Can't believe we aren't discussing the rumors here....
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    Passed VCAP5-DCD

    Just passed the VCAP5-DCD exam. Took a little over 2 hours. If you took the VCAP4-DCD then this will be very familiar...just a slightly revised version. I hate these exams...not a fan of the question types.
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    Untangle on a Dual Core Atom

    Thinking of playing with an appliance for Untangle. Let's say I do a D2700. Right now I'm running Untangle in a VM, which after some network tweaking, runs well given 1 vCPU on a box with an Intel X3440. My load average is real high (6 to 13) under really heavy load...pulling full 50Mb down...
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    VMworld 2012 Public Voting is Open!

    Heads up that public voting is up for the VMworld sessions. My blog post here on my sessions: Appreciate any support. :)
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    Anyone going to EMC World?

    Anyone headed to EMC World in Vegas in May? EMC asked me to attend for a special thing so it looks like I'm going to go. It's my first one so it should be fun...I'm also not speaking or anything so I have no real obligations except for probably taking customers and partners to dinner/drinks...
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    vDS Broke My vCenter

    Working in the lab on some weirdness I was seeing with vNICs on UCS and the vDS. While rolling some hosts in/out of the vDS last night vCenter crashed and now won't start. Get this in the log: 2012-02-11T11:28:27.401-05:00 [02600 error 'Default'] [VpxdMain] Failed to initialize...
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    Headed off to Partner Exchange!

    Flying out to Vegas for VMware Partner Exchange this afternoon...going to be a looong week. Flying out early because I'm in the vCloud Director bootcamp over the weekend.
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    New video for my Cisco UCS course...

    Hate seeing myself on video...but Trainsignal put out the first clip from the course today:
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    Anyone going to Partner Exchange?

    Just signed up for Partner Exchange in Vegas in February. I can't wait. I'm not presenting or really working to meet with clients that week so I plan to relax this time and just enjoy myself...
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    VCP5 Exam

    I scheduled this exam like two months ago and kept rescheduling it..I think I literally did it 7 times due to other things come up and no time to prep. We have an engineer meeting on Monday and I wanted to talk to the guys about the exam so I just went and took it cold today without any prep...
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    Want lab licenses? Speak up.

    Go here:
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    Nick's New Invention: UberAlign

    Check it:
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    No free QoS in Untangle now?

    Looking to move to a virtual firewall/router and need QoS. Grabbed the latest Untangle and it appears that QoS is no longer a free feature. That right? If so what's my next option? pfSense is good, but the QoS is way above what I need and want to mess with. I really just need basic priority...
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    Help me. Cheapest ESXi 5 Host for Lab

    Working on a BoM (Bill of Materials) for our engineers for a home lab. We're hoping to help subsidize the cost for them. See if you can do better than me on the servers. I want them to have two physical hosts with 8GB each. No internal disks are needed. Minimum of 2 NICs, prefer 3. All...
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    vSphere 5 GA

    vSphere 5 is going GA right now. If you go look you may be able to download it. If not wait a couple hours as they update things.
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    Reminder... NFR Veeam Licenses for VCP, vExperts, and VCIs

    Just a reminder that Veeam is still doing this program for your lab.
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    Doing some lab work today...

    Spending the day on some lab work. We finally got some Cisco UCS lab gear here in Charlotte (have some in our other lab). EMC loaned me a VNXe to work with and do some blog posts on. Installing vSphere to the UCS blades right now. Just racked the VNXe.
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    What's New in vSphere 5 and SRM 5 Slide Deck

    I'm doing a series of GotoMeeting conferences with customers and others reviewing what's new in detail. If you want the slide deck I'm using to review it's here: I could do one for HFers if you guys want...
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    Cisco Live 2011 Recap

    Posted some of this in the networking forum but much of it applies to virtualization as well: Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3 -...
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    Big VMware Announcement!

    Stay tuned! Big announcement today/tomorrow (depends on where you are)!
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    Hard to beat Apple's service...

    Apple's service makes it hard to want to get a competing product. About two months ago I dropped my iPhone 4 in my driveway and cracked the screen. My case wasn't going to protect a drop straight face down... was functional, just ugly. I finally went to the Apple store the...
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    vExpert 2011!

    Woohoo! Woke up to a nice email: We're pleased to designate you as a vExpert 2011 as recognition of your contributions to the VMware, virtualization, and cloud computing communities. You’ve done work above and beyond, and we’re delighted to communicate more closely, to share resources, and...
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    Took the VCAP-DCD yesterday...

    Most of my experience is here: Overall, good example. Long exam. Never easy to write a design test like this but I think it's a lot better than the old test I took for my VCDX3 path.
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    Some 10Gb love for the home lab!

    New additions to the home VMware lab. Three Cisco 2960S switches w/ 10Gb uplinks. I had the 48-port already...the two 24-port PoE+ are new. Two Qlogic QLE8242 CNAs and a Qlogic QLE3242 10Gb NIC. And the little ASA5505...
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    I need someone that sells HP blade servers.

    I'm updating a spreadsheet comparison of HP C7K and Cisco UCS pricing. I want to work with someone that knows HP C7Ks to make sure it's a fair comparison and I'm not slanting or skewing the numbers. I'm happy to share all my UCS information as well for their knowledge and benefit. The goal is...
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    Anyone Going to Cisco Live in Vegas?

    Just made my travel arrangements and was curious if anyone else was going.