Author Archives: timantz

About timantz

I am a Solutions Architect at SimpliVity, helping people around the country with their virtualization, storage, backup and recovery projects.

VCAP5-DCA Testing Strategy and Tips

This year at VMworld in San Francisco, the #vBrownBag crew was able to host a series of Lightning Tech Talks, a series of 10 minute presentations in the HangSpace Community Stage. I was lucky enough to do two of the … Continue reading

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Disaster Recovery and VMware, Pre-SRM

A new customer asked me today if I had any experience with Disaster Recovery, and if I was familiar with VMware’s Site Recovery Manager product.  My Sales Associate said “Of course he knows it, He invented SRM”.  I had to … Continue reading

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VMware ColdClone utility

If you are a SysAdmin using VMware or work with customers in a virtual environment, you have more than likely performed a Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) migration.  In most cases, the free VMware Converter will perform  nicely here by imaging the physical … Continue reading

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Recover a VM from the vm–flat.vmdk file

Last week I was onsite with a new customer, spending some time familiarizing myself with their existing infrastructure.  They are running vSphere 4.1 on Dell servers and EqualLogic storage.  While the hardware layout was solid and installed well, it quickly … Continue reading

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Overcoming PowerPoint – Virtual Whiteboarding

How do you whiteboard to an audience of 200+ people without a whiteboard? As a Solutions Architect, my job entails not only giving presentations to customers, but also at Lunch & Learn sessions and at conferences. It is very important … Continue reading

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Building a portable vSphere lab

When you are in the business of delivering virtualization solutions to customers, it helps if you know what you are talking about. While that is pretty obvious in and of itself, there is a great deal of work required to … Continue reading

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My VCAP-DCA experience

There is an old joke that starts out “What do you call the guy that finishes last in his class at Medical School?”  The answer is “Doctor”. As bad as that joke is, it is kind of how I feel … Continue reading

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My VCAP-DCD experience

After much procrastination, I decided to pursue my VCDX4 certification.  As most of you know, this means completing the VCAP-DCD and VCAP-DCA exams first.  I have been working with VMware for over 7 years and have my VCP on v3 … Continue reading

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DRaaS? The way of things to come

My week here at VMWorld 2011 has been quite hectic. With the recent release of vSphere 5, SRM 5, View 5, and all of the other Cloud offerings from VMware, it has been a whirlwind of activity. As I fly … Continue reading

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Hybrids are Bleeping Magic

I can’t state it enough.  When you are designing a virtual desktop environment, you need to correctly size the back end storage correctly.  I have been involved with several VDI deployments, VMware View in particular, and storage performance can make … Continue reading

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