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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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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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vRealize Suite LifeCycle Manager – Environment

Intro As part of my new role, I have worked extensively on a project deploying VMware’s vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. It’s a project that is fairly new in the VMware ecosystem and not a lot of people have come across it.  If you run any of the following products then it’s worth checking it out. vRealize…
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Lab Storage

Lab Storage Update.   Since starting my new role with Xtravirt my Homelab has gone under a number of fairly significant changes.  At the moment its very much focused around the VMware stack and one of the things I needed was some more storage and especially some more storage performance.  With that in mind, I purchased…
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Sophos UTM – Lets Encrypt

Lets Encrypt   I have written previously around my use of Sophos UTM within my homelab.   Now I know it’s not a perfect device and some diehard network engineers will say it doesn’t have a CLI. But for my lab, my requirements and my level of skill its a dam good device with SO…
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Whats in my backpack?

I have seen a few posts online recently about the tools and technology people use on a day to day basis.    A few components that I have no one seems to have mentioned yet.  So I thought it was probably a good idea to share my list. I will probably do a separate list…
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2FA

In this day and age, two-factor authentication (2FA)  is basically a must. I try and use it on any system that supports it. I have a Yubikey and I am a massive fan of this but not everything supports U2F and sometimes it’s not convenient.  I recently have seen an announcement that Yubikey is developing a…
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New Laptop

I decided it was about time I replaced my trusted MacBook Air that I purchased back in 2011.   After waiting and watching the Apple announcements over the last couple of years I decided the MacBook Pro’s weren’t worth it.   So I have replaced my Air with yes you guessed it  another MacBook Air.…
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And now for something completely different

I have worked for my current employer Zen Internet for  3.5 years.  Over that time I have changed roles from what was originally a customer focused role into a role with one of the core platform teams.  This has meant looking after the majority of the Internal and customer Virtual platforms.  During this time Zen has…
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