Author: James

My Many Ramblings

VMC Host Errors

When you run a large enough Infrastructure failure is inevitable. How you handle that can be a big differentiator. With VMware Cloud on AWS, the hosts are monitored 24×7 by VMware/AWS Support all as part of the service. If you pay for X number of hosts you should have X. That includes during maintenance and…
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VMware Certified Master Specialist HCI 2020

I recently sat ( and passed the VMware HCI Master Specialist exam (5V0-21.20). I wont go into any details of the contents but I will comment that I felt the questions were fair and that there wasn’t anything in it to trip you up. The required knowledge was certainly wider than the vSAN specialist exam.…
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Cloudflare Workers

I have been reading more and more about Cloudflare Workers and it looking really cool but I couldn’t think of how I might make use of them. Then I came across a post showing how to use the WP2Static plugin to take an existing WordPress site and migrate it into Cloudflare workers. That was the…
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New Host Family

VMware Cloud on AWS has introduced a new host to its lineup the “i3en”. This is based on the i3en.metal AWS instance. The specifications are certainly impressive packing in 96 logical cores, 768GiB RAM, and approximately 45.84 TiB of NVMe raw storage capacity per host. It’s certainly a monster with a 266% uplift in CPU,…
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Nutanix NCP

I saw a tweet a couple of weeks ago mentioning that Nutanix were offering a free go at the Nutanix Certified Professional exam. They are also offering free on-demand training to go with it. In my current role, I haven’t used Nutanix however I have good experience using it as the storage platform with vSphere…
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Monitoring VMC – Part 1

As previously mentioned I have been working a lot with VMware Cloud on AWS and one of the questions that often crops up is around an approach to monitoring. This is an interesting topic as VMC is technicaly “as a service” therefore the monitoring approach is a bit different. Technically AWS and VMware’s SRE teams…
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Cloudflare Setup for WordPress Users

I have been a huge fan of Cloudflare since they first came to my attention.  I did a post on them a few years ago. They do an excellent job of improving web performance and increasing security. I also find Cloudflare’s Blog a fascinating read I saw a tweet by Chris Wahl recently where he talked about a Cloudflare firewall rule…
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VeeamON2020

As everyone knows by now the world has changed possibly forever.  Due to Covid19 working from home has become the new normal.  We are lucky in the IT world that this has been fairly straightforward for most of us.  We are privileged in that it’s possible for us to continue indefinitely.  Organisations still need to…
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AWS Solution Architect – Associate

Today was a good day.   I renewed my AWS Solution Architect certification.   Although my work is primarily in and around the VMware ecosystem I have been working a lot with VMware Cloud on AWS recently with a number of our customers.     Having a good foundation of the core AWS services has…
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NFS 4.1

Switching on NFS4.1 In the Homelab   I like a number of Homelabers use Synology for storage.  In my case, I have two a 2 bay DS216+ and a 4 bay DS918 That I have filled with SSD’s NFS has been the prefered storage protocol for most people with Synology for two main reasons the biggest…
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