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… :-)
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.
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.
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.