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Help the Wounded Warrior Project – EMC’s 5th Annual #v0dgeball

Help the Wounded Warrior Project – EMC’s 5th Annual #v0dgeball

That’s right, that time of year is approaching… VMworld US 2013. For the past 4 years, EMC has sponsored a v0dgeball (Translated Dodgeball for people with a virtual affinity) tourney at the US VMworld Conference. In those 4 years, v0dgeball participants, spectators, & contributors have raised over $30,000 in donations for the Wounded Warrior Project. Not too shabby, but we can do better.  So here we are again with EMC’s 5th Annual v0dgeball Tourney. A quick recap from last year:…

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Configuring the EMC Isilon NAS VAAI Plugin for vSphere 5.0/5.1

Configuring the EMC Isilon NAS VAAI Plugin for vSphere 5.0/5.1

Isilon OneFS 7.0 has been out for a couple months.  OneFS 7.0 has brought some additional features to Isilon, particularly toward VMware vSphere support. I blogged about VASA support in another article: Configuring the EMC Isilon VASA Provider. This article is going to focus on how to configure the NFS VAAI Plugin for Isilon when used with VMware vSphere 5. Requirements Here are the basic technical requirements to get the plugin working: An Isilon cluster running OneFS 7.0.0.0 or higher…

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A few BGInfo VBScripts for my VMs

A few BGInfo VBScripts for my VMs

I saw Ivo Beerens’ blog post about using BGInfo and VMware View: Display the protocol used on the VMware View desktop background and it made me think of some of the scripts I’ve used. I figured I would share them. I’ve used BGInfo for years, and have collected several scripts that I have used for various pieces of info that isn’t always the easiest to get from either the Windows registry or other places.  When I worked for a Service…

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EMC’s 4th Annual VMworld v0dgeball Tournament

EMC’s 4th Annual VMworld v0dgeball Tournament

VMworld time is here again. And for the 4thd year, EMC is hosting a v0dgeball tournament to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The folks at WWP have a primary mission of: Raising awareness and enlist ingthe public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. Helping injured service members aid and assist each other. Providing unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. Without your support, they cannot provide this vital assistance to our injured…

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vSphere 5 Lab Hosts – A Year Later

vSphere 5 Lab Hosts – A Year Later

So I have had my lab hosts for about a year. I have to say that they have done pretty well. Because of the cost I configured these hosts with 16GB of RAM each. At the time I built them, 8GB sticks of RAM were about $250 a piece, which was a little bit out of my price range. I recently found some 8GB Kingston memory that wasn’t going to break the bank, and give me the ability to do…

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