Editor’s note: Keith Barker has been a CBT Nuggets Trainer since 2012. Some of his many areas of expertise include VMware, Cisco and Security. Out with the Old, In with the New VMware vSphere recently updated from version 5.5 to 6.0. Fortunately, most of the knowledge, understanding, and skills learned by using the previous version still apply to version 6.0. In this blog post I’ve written especially for VMinstall, I would like to highlight several changes that were implemented in version 6. What Makes vSphere 6 Better? 1. The vCenter server appliance, which previously had less capacity, is now on par with… [Read More]
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Hello and welcome to VMinstall. In this post I’ll share a list of 25 VMware interview questions that I have crafted to screen for the best talent to manage and support VMware vSphere. Why is my list any different from the hundreds of others on the web? Well, first of all, it’s not a VCP test brain-dump… Secondly, these interview questions are carefully crafted to narrow the talent pool to the most qualified, not the most memorized. These interview questions require hands on experience to answer! VMware Technical Interview Questions The list of questions below is intentionally broken up into… [Read More]
Not All VMware Jobs Are The Same! It was in 2000 when I got my first request to install VMware software on someone’s desktop. At the time I was a curious help desk technician for Northrup Grumman in Yuma, Arizona. After the installation, I recall how fascinated my 2 coworkers and I were by this new technology that let multiple operating systems run on the same hardware. My, how things have changed. Now I live and work in Phoenix, Arizona, manage vSphere engineers, and from those simple days 15 years ago I never would have guessed VMware would be what it… [Read More]
If you’ve been following my blog for any time, or if you’ve downloaded my free VMware beginner’s guide, then you probably know where I stand on OpenStack. If not, here it is, I think OpenStack is awesome! With that said, I wasn’t surprised when I read the post on Forbes by Ben Kepes about PayPal’s decision to Axe VMware. (I did also noticed this has been going on since 2013 but it looks like it’s finally happened.) This decision by PayPal doesn’t surprise me one bit. I’ve managed IT Operation on both cloud solutions and it makes sense, and here’s why. It’s because… [Read More]
VMware vSphere 6 Has Arrived! Here’s a list of all the new VMware products and the list includes download links to files and documentation to make your search for vSphere 6 quick and easy. Product Description Version Link Information Important VMware vSphere 6.0 (ESXi, vCenter) 6 Download Documentation Release Notes VMware Update Manager 6.0 6 Unavalable Documentation Release Notes VMware vSphere Update Manager PowerCLI 6.0 6 Download Documentation Release Notes VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.x 6.1.0 Download Documentation Release Notes VMware vRealize Automation 6.x 6.2.1 Download Documentation Release Notes VMware vRealize Orchestrator 6.x 6.0.1 Download Documentation Release Notes vRealize… [Read More]
We’ve all made rookie mistakes before but some errors are painful long after we’ve learned our lesson, ouch… Warning! These FIVE mistakes will make “Best of Brand” hardware look bad: Not testing ESXi host configuration settings (DRS, Storage-DRS, HA). Not testing NEW hardware deployments (server, storage, and networking). Deploying virtual servers with over-provisioned resources (memory, CPU, and storage). Not testing virtual hardware configs (vNIC, vControllers, and vDisks). Not properly managing dependent resources and oversubscribing storage and networking. Do you want to know why it’s so critical for new vSphere admins to avoid these mistakes? One word, Trust! And here’s why…because… [Read More]
Will You Be Left Out? In a recent article about Project Mystic posted on CRN, Kevin McLaughlin, dives into what his sources say are the good and bad side of working with VMware as a partner. But as I see it, Project Mystic isn’t anything new because Google and Amazon have been building converged infrastructure hardware for years in their clouds. Or did you not read my last post on white box servers? So let me ask – what makes VMware building a converges storage, network, and server appliance any different then let say Cisco UCS? Easy, they have the secret… [Read More]