VMworld presentation 2300 “The Secret World of Certification Success”

Brilliant, eh?
Brilliant, eh?

We’ve historically had difficulty getting exam prep-like presentations at VMworld but given the change in certification with a re-certification policy it may be worthwhile to have an official presentation on it. So I put it in. Now..

If you’re interested in seeing this, I will need votes to get it into the “approved” state. So vote now and vote often.


I’ll also put in a plug for my colleagues presentation Clear out of the Fog of Traditional IT Service Management with vCloud Automation Center Governance (2607)

Horizon 6 (with View)! YAY!

Happy, happy.. joy, joy!
Happy, happy.. joy, joy!

So, if you haven’t heard Horizon 6 (with View) was announced today. We (VMware Education) will have a new course (Install, Configure, Manage) out soon. The course is being worked on as I speak and if you want in on the beta of the course sign up for them here – Beta classes are always 50% off and gets you in on the course material ahead of everyone else. (you still have to do work during the course by providing feedback on the course, lab work, etc.)

Now some usual verbiage: there is potential that what I talk about may not appear in the final product due to bug, security issue or gremlins. So take it with a grain of salt.

Now as to the product…

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Random Tidbits: Firefox Memory Leak

We have come so far, eh?

I probably should use Chrome or Safari (I’m on a Mac) but over the years I’ve become rather attached to using Firefox. Originally, it was because I wasn’t fond of how integrated (and security prone) Internet Explorer was. And Safari was pretty light on capabilities for certain things I needed so I had no choice but to use Firefox.

Over the years, Firefox has become somewhat “bloatware”. It has all the necessary bits that are needed to traverse the wilds of the internet and then some. Not surprisingly, this includes how much memory it takes. These days my Firefox eats up 1-1.5GB of memory. I only have 16GB so taking that much is quite a bit (!!!).

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A Look into Snapshots (video)

So for a change of pace I figured I’d give a try to a video. I’m in the process of trying to create others for my existing book to help supplement some of the material. And since I was in the mind of recording, I figured why not do this blog entry as a recording.

[cincopa AEAAbk7rSUlT]

Virtual Machine Files Part 1: vmx

Wow. That's a lot of files!A vSphere virtual machine (aka VM) is made up of a variety of files. In fact, many of those files carry over to Workstation and Fusion. But there are certain files that are specific to vSphere and may have slightly different behaviour than other platforms. Generally speaking, however, most behave the same and most can be edited. But remember that just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

So let’s take a look at what each of the files are and what they are used for. We’ll start with one of the more important files: vmx.

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(re)Learning to talk

It’s important to e-nun-ci-ate your words.

So for this blog entry I decided to try something new. In fact I’d actually writing this, so to speak, without actually typing. I decided to invest in the nuance Dragon speaking product. It has been around for quite a while and used primarily on Windows platform. However, using it on a Mac that has the latest Mac OS 10 is a bit of a challenge.

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