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Can’t Discover ESXi using EMC Control Center May 15, 2011

Posted by General Zod in Tech, VMware.
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Since VMware has announced that 4.1 will be the last revision of ESX, I’ve started migrating our VMware Hosts to ESXi… and since I’d just acquired a new DL580 G7, I decided that it would be the first ESXi Host.  So when it came time for our SAN Admin to discover the host via the EMC Control Center, we were presented with the following error:

Not able to connect to host <SERVER.DOMAIN.COM>.  SSL certificate verification failed.

EMC support had the answer…

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The Best Career Move I Ever Made May 11, 2011

Posted by General Zod in Storytime, Tech.
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Back in 2004, I was hired by a rather large corporation to do the Systems Engineering for one of their sites.  One of the first things I’d asked for were details on deployment standards, so that I could make sure that any new systems were being deployed properly.  My manager pulled me aside and explained to me that our site was what was known as a “Delivery Center” that was separate from the company’s global network and were used to host any customer facing servers.  Unofficially, this meant that we were the “black sheep” of the company… and I was instructed by my manager to “make it up as I go”, because we weren’t held to the same standards as the other sites.

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Update Manager won’t recognize System DSN April 7, 2011

Posted by General Zod in Tech, VMware.
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So today, I took the first step towards upgrading my VMware environment from vSphere 4.0 to 4.1  Namely, I built a new VM that will eventually replace my existing vCenter server, and I installed Windows 2008 R2 Standard 64-bit upon it.  Then, I threw on the SQL 2008 64-bit ODBC drivers, configured the System DSN, and set about installing vCenter as well.  Everything went grand, but then…

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VMware VCB Backup Script March 8, 2011

Posted by General Zod in Backup, Tech, VMware.
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Back in October 2009, my crew at work had implemented VMware Consolidated Backup [VCB] as our solution for backing up virtual machines.  Since it was a command line driven solution, I’d accepted the challenge of scripting a solution to automate the backups.  Now, the solution that was developed may not be the most efficient method out there, but we still leverage the solution today because the more recent VMware Data Recovery [vDR] appliance just is not as reliable as we would like it to be.

I’m going to tell you about the VCB solution that we currently have in-place, and you’re more than welcome to adapt the following for use in your own environment.  However, please keep in mind the following two blurbs…

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Quiescing Issues in VMware for Data Recovery March 6, 2011

Posted by Chad in Backup, Tech, VMware.
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Last week, we implemented the VMware Data Recovery appliance into our cluster of hosts.  We have had a SAN LUN dedicated to doing backups, and finally got around to using it.  The installation of the VMWare DR appliance is very easy, with just a few key elements to know about. (more…)

Zod’s Top 10 Doctor Who Companions January 25, 2011

Posted by General Zod in Heroes, Sci-Fi, Television, Top Lists.
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I’ve been waxing nostalgic over Doctor Who lately… mostly by reading various articles off of Wikipedia.  Yesterday, I was discussing the show briefly with a work colleague who asked…

Which of the Doctor Who companions do you like the best?

Well… this grand question was demanding to be answered!  So I put together a Top 10 list of my personal favorites.  Please, read on…

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Why Friends Disappear after having Kids January 18, 2011

Posted by General Zod in Advice, Family, Storytime.
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Lately, I’ve been thinking about some of my old friends and how I haven’t seen them in many years.  After I had kids, several of them seemed to stop calling or visiting… and that was to be expected.  Of course, most of them probably thought that I was the one who dropped out.

Well… perception is reality.  So for those “child-free” folks out there who just don’t seem to understand why your friend who just had a kid has suddenly disappear from their social lives… here’s the scoop from someone who’s gone through it.

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Poster: Claudia Black January 13, 2011

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I’d made this motivational poster up a long while ago, and posted it on a pal’s blog.  He recently purged the archive on the blog, but reposted it because it was apparently a very popular hit.  Well… I thought I’d share the love even further and put it on here as well…

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How to Reset a Cisco Router to Factory Defaults January 13, 2011

Posted by General Zod in Networking, Tech.
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So I get a call from a blast from the past… Annabelle, or Anna for short.  Anna is an old comrade from my days as a “road technician”.  Everyone who meets Anna never forgets her, because she’s a very fit female who’s personality is similar to that of a piece of pink bubblegum.  (This means that she’s fun and sweet, but if you get too daring with her, she could explode all over you.)

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Board Lickin’ Good January 10, 2011

Posted by Chad in Food.
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Cutting board that is.  So you may have a taste for some bbq meat, but it’s too cold out side, or you don’t have the equipment.  Well, this recipe for bbq beef brisket should help get you through.  New wives, this is something so easy to make it’s almost impossible to burn it, and you’ll really make your husband very very happy.

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