Hosting and Branding Changes

hosting and branding is under construction
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Just some insight on what’s going on behind the scenes here.


I’m re-branding the Virtual Journeyman blog as vJourneyman to align with all my other social media naming. This tweak is probably overdue, but to be honest, I haven’t really been generating enough content to warrant spending time on the form or function of the blog. Having now gotten through the first full calendar year at work, I hope I have enough discipline and inspiration to post regularly.

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VSAN Value and Paradigm Shifts


The VSAN story is out and doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. It feels like everyone I talk to is asking about the product and the pricing model (see VSAN Pricing and Implications). More than once now, I’ve seen a wince or the written equivalent. I can certainly understand, as an extra $15K in licensing to a six CPU cluster is far from trivial. My goal here is to unpack the pricing a bit to examine the value that’s being delivered (the value is non-trivial as well). Continue reading VSAN Value and Paradigm Shifts

VSAN Pricing Revealed and Implications Explored

After a wide-open public beta, lots of speculation about licensing models and costs, and a long wait, VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) went GA on March 12, 2014. The basic issue of pricing was revealed: $2,495 per CPU socket for any workload or a $50/user model for Horizon View. What are the implications of VSAN pricing for end users? Continue reading VSAN Pricing Revealed and Implications Explored

VMware PEX 2014 Day 1

OK, so I really meant to do a series of posts speculating on General Availability announcements based on a close reading of the VMware Partner Exchange Content Catalog. Life intervened, and I only got through the VSAN content. And now that VMware PEX 2014 Day 1 has come and gone, it seems anti-climactic. There were no GA announcements on VSAN, BC/DR to vCHS, Desktone’s integration into the VMware lineup, NSX in the channel, or Airwatch mobile device management integration into the EUC lineup.

On the other hand, I’d have to characterize VMware PEX Day 1 as a success. Continue reading VMware PEX 2014 Day 1

PEX 2014 VSAN – Content Catalog Part 1

The PEX 2014 Content Catalog is online, so I had quite a bit of searching, slicing, and dicing to do. My initial read-through was looking for clues about announcements which might happen before Partner Exchange, but I gave up on that very quickly. If you think you’ve found something I’ve overlooked, I’d love to hear about it in the comments. Maybe a problem I had was getting sidetracked by content. So it seemed more productive to think about the interesting sessions. This is the first of a few posts about interesting stuff I saw in the content catalog. Continue reading PEX 2014 VSAN – Content Catalog Part 1

PEX 2014 – Making Plans for Hands on Labs

PEX 2014 - VMware Partner Exchange RegistrationPEX 2014 is actually going to be my first VMware Partner Exchange. Exciting! The full pass is booked and paid for. No turning back now! The early-bird deadline is January 6th, so book now to save some money ($300). This year the boot camps are from Feb 8-10 with the event proper on Feb 10-13. I won’t be making it out to the boot camps, but will be attempting to get on-site as early as possible on the 10th for the Hands on Labs. I seem to remember Continue reading PEX 2014 – Making Plans for Hands on Labs

VMware 2014 – A New Position, A New Beginning

By Andrea Pavanello (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0-it (], via Wikimedia Commons
As 2013 came to a close, I took advantage of a terrific job opportunity at a different company. I’m beginning the year as a field-deployed technical consultant at a technology distributor’s data center practice, focusing on VMware for the western region of the United States. VMware 2014 – yes, it’ll be a year eyeballs deep in VMware’s products for me. Continue reading VMware 2014 – A New Position, A New Beginning

Reclaim Thin Provisioned Space – Punchzero

Thin provisioning of virtual disks has been a quiet benefit to IT administrators working in virtual environments.  In the recent past of thick provisioned storage as the only option (still common in non-virtualized, local storage environments), administrators made educated guesses about the amount of disk space their systems would need.  Only in the 2008 Server family did Microsoft even include operating system tools to expand disk partitions, an incentive to over-provision storage. Continue reading Reclaim Thin Provisioned Space – Punchzero

Enabling and Accessing ESXi Shell

The ESXi Shell (formerly known as “Tech Support Mode”) is a Busybox embedded Linux environment which vSphere administrators can use as a direct command line administrative interface for the vSphere host. Everything one might want to do with the CLI (“run common system administration commands against ESX/ESXi systems”) can be done in the ESXi Shell for the local system. In addition, there are some commands and options that can only be run in the ESXi Shell. There’s also the added advantage of not needing to install the CLI package on a machine with network access to the vSphere host. It’s also where you’d run utility scripts like ghettoVCB for backup. Continue reading Enabling and Accessing ESXi Shell

Simplify software installation with Chocolatey

Working in the virtualization field demands a skill set which crosses domains.  Windows guest administration is one of the tasks that can’t be ignored. Be it template management, deployment, or performance troubleshooting, Windows administration is a basic skill that a well-rounded administrator should be able to do.  However, Windows administration can be a full time job, so if one’s focus is one level up, on the hypervisor, it’s important to have a consistent set of easily accessible tools to do basic administrative tasks.  A colleague pointed me to Chocolatey as a meta-tool which can help install and manage best-of-breed tools which often aren’t developed by Microsoft or included with the standard operating system install. Continue reading Simplify software installation with Chocolatey