Episode 14-Ed Czerwin (@eczerwin) – How to get budget for backup

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In this weeks episode (iTunes and MP3) GS, Chris & Josh talk with Ed Czerwin about:

Topics:

  • Backups from remote sites
  • Seeding designs/challenges
  • How to get your budget approved
  • Best disaster recovery story yet
  • Worst datacenter/server closet yet?
  • P2V’s with a gun to your head
  • Backup to cloud
  • P2V choices
  • Remote sites arrays and VSAN
  • Awesomeness of public betas
  • What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
  • Chinese RedBull

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Episode 13-Joel Gibson

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In this weeks episode (iTunes and MP3) GS and Josh talk with Joel about:

  • Linked mode
  • Web client/C sharp client
  • VMA
  • Upgrades
  • Levels of redundancy
  • Importance of process
  • Timing of upgrades
  • Test labs
  • Challenges and solutions with multiple environments
  • Monitoring – vCheck script, vCOps
  • Challenges with product justification
  • Staying current
  • Certifications (VCAPs, VCDX)
  • Blogging and giving back
  • Backup design and features

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Episode 12.1-Recorded Live and in person with Brian Annis

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This is a special bonus episode I recorded with Brian Annis while I was at the NY/NJ VMUG conference last month. I’m hoping to do more of these when I’m attending VMUGs. Reach out if you’re interested. iTunes and MP3

In this show I talk with Brian about:

  • VMUG
  • Social media
  • Automation
  • DR

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Episode 12-Trevor Pott

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In this weeks episode (iTunes and MP3) from last year, don’t worry still very relevant, GS talks with Trevor Pott about:

  • Who is Trevor
  • What defines a SMB?
  • SMB challenges related to storage
  • The future of the SMB admin
  • Synology, Iomega, WD?
  • Virtual Storage Appliances
  • Hypervisor based storage (this was pre-VSAN)
  • Appliances – infrastructure vs. tools for running your business
  • Licensing (promise not too long)
  • Challenges of VMware entering the cloud provider space
  • The loss of “ease of use”

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Episode 11-Larry Smith Jr

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In this episode (iTunes and MP3) GS talks with Larry Smith (@mrlesmithjr) about:

  • Exadata
  • Upgrading vSphere
  • Test environments
  • Distributed virtual switches
  • Management clusters
  • Small clusters at remote sites
  • Moving VMs site-to-site
  • DR planning & strategy
  • P2V & V2P for DR
  • DR testing
  • Backups – agent vs. VM
  • Automation/orchestration
  • IPAM

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Episode 10-Greenfields with Bob Plankers

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In this episode, which was recorded last year (iTunes and MP3) GS talks with Bob Plankers (@plankers) about:

  • Bob’s getting started in virtualization story
  • His new greenfield environment
  • Blade storage arrays
  • DR and SRM
  • New to blades & blades vs. racks
  • Converged networking – challenges for virtualization admins
  • Where to find help?
  • The challenges of a standalone environment
  • GS’s odd vSphere Replication issue
  • Security hardening challenges
  • Getting started with configuration management (Chef, Puppet, etc)
  • The Phoenix Project

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Episode 9-VMUGing with Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick)

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This episode (recorded last year before VMworld iTunes and MP3) GS talks with Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick) about:

  • VMUGs – are they doing enough for users?
  • Are members doing enough for User Groups?
  • What has the VMUG done for Mike Laverick?
  • Speaking in front of groups
  • The approaching datacenter zombie apocalypse

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Episode 8-Gabe Maentz (@gmaentz) – The multi-hypervisor admin

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GS and Chris talk (iTunes and MP3) with Gabe Maentz (@gmaentz) about his incredibly high host to admin ratios and:

  • Upgrades (ESX to ESXi, virtual switch to distributed virtual switch
  • Importance of monitoring, interactions with other groups
  • Presenting to a VMUG
  • DR – what does Gabe do?
  • Provisioning/orchestration – new term “Sunrising”
  • VMworld – what made it worth it? And how to get it approved
  • A real world use case for a multi-hypervisor environment
  • Some VDI awesomeness

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Episode 7-Christian Mohn (@h0bbel) – All about partners with a Tech Champion

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Chris and GS talk this week with Christian Mohn (@h0bbel & vNinja.net) about life as a Datacenter Virtualization “Tech Champion” (iTunes or MP3):

– What to look for in a consultant?
– Healthchecks & free tools
– When do you upgrade?
– How to transition to a consulting role

Links
vCheck script
RVtools
Kendrick Coleman’s latest free tools
Christian’s Healthcheck post
VMTN Podcast Chris mentioned

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Episode 6 – Multiple Hypervisors – Do you have to be monogamous?

All three of us together again. No predictions, no year in review, just pure new content iTunes or MP3

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– Multi-hypervisor experiences – yes? no? why/why not?
– Musings on network virtualization, Cisco ACI, VMware NSX and what to look forward to
– Our current ideas on the unicorn that is storage virtualization
– vSphere upgrades – Josh & Chris upgrade their home labs (Angelo Luciani’s poll)
– No MS Technet – what does it mean for home labs?
– VMTN update what’s next?
– Chris’ rage against Web client/C# client

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