Category Archives: Cloud

Building a VCAP live exam lab environment (pt2)

I posted about building a lab environment the other day for the VCAP admin exams with some generalities around the exam environment and someone asked about kit specifics: DCA: 2 Physical hosts, one virtual machine (student desktop a.k.a. controlcenter) 18 … Continue reading

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VCP5-DCV updated for vSphere 5.5 (now 135 questions and two hours!)

After vSphere 5.1 was released the exam for the vSphere VCP-5DCV certification was modified to be “5.x agnostic.”  Which meant you could know only vSphere 5.0 or only 5.1 and still be able to answer any question on the exam. … Continue reading

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Building a VCAP live exam lab environment

Sections: Opening, Live exam environment summary, Live exam docs list, Scripts To prepare for one of the three VMware live lab exams (VCAP5-DCA, VCAP-DTA, VCAP-CIA) you may want to build your own test environment.  This accomplishes a variety of goals; … Continue reading

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VCAP5-DCA sample questions posted on the VMware forums

Three here: https://communities.vmware.com/message/2296321#2296321 Five here: https://communities.vmware.com/message/2308975#2308975  

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Nested ESXi 5.5 – Configure Virtual Flash?

VirtuallyGhetto has a great post on configuring VSAN on a nested ESXi box by getting a VMDK to report itself as an SSD disk.  However this doesn’t seem to work for Virtual Flash. Here is my nested host showing an … Continue reading

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vCenter Replication 5.5 appliance install

Time to play with a tool that was updated for 5.5 – vSphere Replication.  It comes (as is quickly becoming the norm) as a downloaded appliance that hooks into the vSphere Web Client for management and lets you schedule block-level … Continue reading

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Download to install or upgrade vCenter suite ovf? ova? zip? pak? gz?

Available downloads: ESXi = install ISO or upgrade .zip vCenter server: Install ISO, appliance ovf, appliance ova vCops = appliance .ova or upgrade .pak Data protection= .ova or upgrade ISO Orchestrator= appliance ovf or appliance ova vCNS = appliance ova … Continue reading

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Install and configure Orchestrator 5.5

With vSphere 5.5 Orchestrator now ships as an appliance.  I had quite a few problems implementing it and wanted to document my process, mostly in case I need to do this again. When you deploy the OVA/OVF for Orchestrator 5.5 … Continue reading

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Installing vSphere 5.5 tips and tricks pt 1

I’ll add additional posts as I run into new things, here are my notes so far. If you’re using Windows 2008 R2 U1 install the “feature” .NET 3.5.1 before you do anything else or you won’t be able to add … Continue reading

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PowerCLI fling preview

In the 8am PowerCLI session at Vmworld we were treated to PowerCLI on a Mac via the Web Client. The Windows domination of VMware management is almost over! Thanks Alan for the preview!

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