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Blair County Little Hack, Iteration 1: SUCCESS!

Now that another year of PCI auditing is behind me, I can finally post about how MASSIVELY SUCCESSFUL you all made the first #BCLittleHack! Brett and I were blown away by not only how many people registered for the event, but showed up with cool ideas and fun things to work on. Almost everyone stayed until the very end when Security had to usher us out the door. I want to thank everyone at Sheetz, VMware, and all of the attendees for helping us get this event off to a great start.

Blair County Little Hack, Iteration 1

Yep, we’re bringing the awesomeness of the Pittsburgh Little Hack to Blair County! Brett and I have only been to two, but we’ve already seen it payoff in community networking and real world work application. The Pittsburgh guys (and lady!) threatened to make the drive if we ever held one out our way, and we’re taking them up on the offer. Details below. Don’t know what a little hack is? See Carl Capozza’s post about his inspiration and intentions with the concept.

Disable TLS in ESXi and vCenter

Sometimes it feels like I should just redirect my blog to William Lam’s. It’s not that I read through it, implementing what he wrote about a year ago; but every time I have a task to tackle he’s in Google’s top five results. Recently my question was TLS, and he wrote my answer 18 months ago. VMware has a nice tool with great documentation and the best name: The TLS Configurator.

Linux IP customization with SRM

I’ve been a fan of VMware’s Site Recovery Manager since I began working with it about 5 years ago. It’s a simple but powerful orchestrator to fail over one or all of your VMs to another site. There are plenty of good guides on getting it working, and it is intuitive enough that most of the time you can just wing it; not that I condone that kind of administratorship… :-)

Building a blog with Hugo and Github

I managed to be a vCommunity lurker for a long time, but attending the PGH Little Hack on Oct 15th put an end to that. If you ever find yourself needing a shove to get something done, look no further than Ariel Sanchez Mora. He (not so gently) reminded me that the community only works when its members contribute. I’ve never felt I had much to add, but hopefully someone can find some use out of what I’ve learned so far.

Export VMs with OVFTool

Somewhere between the fat client and the Flash web client, VMware lost the ability to export a VM or template as an OVF. My experience is that though it runs and appears to succeed, you never get a good file out. I’ve tested with multiple vCenters, browsers, VMs, and Flash and H5 clients; it all fails. Enter OVFTool. VMware OVFTool is a command-line utility that allows you to import and export OVF packages to and from many VMware products.

The Beard: Care and Feeding

Since I’m new to blogging, I figured I better start simple and with something I know. What do we know better than our morning routine? There is no content of value here, so just skip on by if you’re not just here to waste time. I get asked a lot about how much work goes into a beard like mine. Most think I have special combs, brushes, oils, shampoos, conditioners, care providers, advisors, etc.