Starting next Monday, Sept. 29th, I will start a new chapter of my professional life: I will be joining VMware as a PSO Consultant in the Rome office.
I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity: for many reasons VMware has always been a dream destination for me. Now this is finally happening and I am sure there is going to be a lot of hard work ahead, long hours, head down on books and manuals – especially during the first weeks – to be able to quickly grasp the wealth of incredible technologies I will help to implement for our customers.
But this is also what will make this new adventure the most important one so far for me: since I started my journey with virtualization, this is where I always wanted to be.
I hope that also this blog will benefit from the experience that I will be gaining in the next few months: expect more and more technical content on these pages.
Before I turn this page, let me say a heartfelt thank you to my past employer, CTERA Networks. It was a great ride with very special people and I wish the company all the best. I am definitely a better professional thanks to what I have learned from them.
VMworld Europe 2014 is only a mere four weeks away and now it is time to start focusing on it and achieve that sort of Zen mental state that it is required to survive the experience!
For the third year in a row the event will be held in Barcelona: somebody may object this, but from my perspective it does totally make sense. I admit I am totally biased as Barcelona is my favorite European city and a place where I’d move anytime if I had the chance, but let’s be honest: the city has a gorgeous weather in October, it is easily reachable from anywhere in Europe, it has great accommodation options, a working and efficient transportation system, food is great, it is a cheap place compared to other destinations and it is a pleasure for the eyes! Gimme Barcelona anytime!
After two Catalan VMworlds and almost a dozen leisure trips to Barcelona I can consider myself a veteran, so let me guide you through my experiences, who knows, you might find some useful advice here.
I 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.
This 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!
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.