ds713_smallI have recently purchased a Synology DS713+ unit as I needed a reliable storage solution for my new “all physical” vSphere Home Lab. Synology has a great reputation for quality, features and performances and it is one of the manufacturers of choice among home labbers. I was particularly intrigued by the fact that the DS7123+ comes with full VAAI capabilities at a reasonable price (I was able to find it for less than 400 Euros without disks).

I will spare you all the fancy stuff about the unboxing, the initial configuration and the detailed (and indeed impressive) features list and I will go straight to the point: I will show you how I managed to correctly set up a fully VAAI backed iSCSI DataStore for my ESXi 5.5 U1 hosts, after some trial and error: unfortunately the Synology documentation is a bit lacking on this topic and it took me a few attempts before I succeeded to do it correctly.

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06. April 2014 · 1 comment · Categories: vExpert · Tags: , ,

VMware-vExpert-2014-400x57This week is closing to an end and what a week it was! I woke up last Wednesday and found myself included in the list of vExpert 2014 nominees: needless to say, I could not be happier!

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For my current job I work a lot with NexentaOS (an OpenSolaris based distribution) VMs. Today I had to validate the procedure to upgrade VMware Tools on such VMs for a customer and came across some interesting issues.

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VMUG_IT-Twitter_SmallAfter the first successful event held in April 2013, VMUG Italy is proud to announce the date and location of its second User Conference, which will take place next May 7th in Milan, at the MiCO – Milano Congressi Conference Center.

We are in the early stages of the event organization, but stay assured that we – once again – will deliver a User Conference up to the high standards set last year.

We should be able to provide you with some details soon, including the names of the first International Speakers and a link to the registration page.

Be sure to subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed to stay up to date and also to follow both my personal Twitter account @stingray92 and VMUGIT’s official one @vmugit for real-time updates.

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It’s official: we (the VMUG Italy board) have been working for some time behind the scenes to organize the first VCAP/VCDX Boot Camp in Italy, and now we can officially announce it.

Mark this date and location on your calendar: April 7th, 2014, Milan, Italy.

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During this edition of VMworld Europe I followed only a few sessions, included two focusing on the new vCloud Hybrid Service directly offered by VMware, one presented by Massimo Re Ferre’ and another one by Chris Colotti and David Hill on “How to build a Hybrid Cloud in less than a day”.

In this post I will present Massimo’s session: PHC5070 – vCloud Hybrid Service: Architecture and Consumption Principles. This session was the first of a five part series, completely focused on vCHS.

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This post should hopefully be the first one in a series revolving around my new vSphere homelab. I have been running vSphere nested labs for quite a while, self-built or using the mighty Autolab, but recently I had both the need and the opportunity to put together a small “all-physical” lab. I will publish a post in the coming weeks with more details about its architecture and setup (hey! I’m still building it!) but I decided to pull the trigger and document a little inconvenience I managed to overcome quite easily. I hope you might find this info useful!

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VCDX 100As you most probably know, VCDX – VMware Certified Design Expert is the highest achievable level in VMware Certifications. Only a small group of skilled and experience professionals can show this title on their business cards and very few new ones are minted each year.

The path to VCDX is long and hard, it will require extensive knowledge, experience, hard study and understanding from the loved ones (which are usually neglected during the process). The exam itself consists of the “defence” of a design in front of a panel of other VCDXs.

So, even taking the decision to embark yourself onto the VCDX journey can give you headaches. For this reason, VCDX Boot Camps come to rescue!

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For the third year in a row I will be attending VMworld Europe, once again in sunny and beautiful Barcelona. I can safely consider myself as a seasoned VMworld attendee and the lessons learned in the past editions will definitely be useful to maximize my experience this year!

My plan is to attend less Sessions and Hands On Labs than in previous editions and be “more social”: Sessions will be most likely available after the event and it will be possible to take HOLs online as well later on, so no reason to spend too much time on those while there’s so many opportunities for interaction and networking.

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07. June 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: Technology · Tags: , , ,

In the last few years virtualization technologies have changed dramatically and irreversibly the way modern Data Centers are designed, implemented and managed. In modern DCs, virtual to physical ratios are growing constantly, due to the commonly accepted evidence that every workload is now a candidate for successful virtualization: cases where 100% of the systems are virtual are not uncommon anymore.

This clearly requires a different approach to many – if not all – the tasks that fall into the Operations area. Backup and Replication are probably the two tasks that more than any other have changed as a consequence of the opportunities that virtualization has presented to infrastructure designers, engineers and administrators.

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