Building a Windows 10 image for HPE Moonshot

The process is fairly simple, just follow the guidelines in the operating system deployment guide, I already have a Windows Deployment Services setup based on Windows Server 2012 R2 along with its ADK installed. Since here we intend to build a Windows 10 cartridge image we will need the latest ADK because it requires the… Read More »

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From the field: vMotion and Layer 3

So, when installing remote sites usually we end up with two nodes and for vMotion rather than using a switch we simply connect the ports back-to-back and we’re done. Now recently we were configuring a remote site (part of a larger project) and the guys connected the server back-to-back for vMotion and it didn’t work,… Read More »

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Biased with integrity!

As most of you do realize that within the past year it has been very much noticeable that a new hobby emerged and that’s picking on products and the product’s company and not long before this trend became personal and people started picking on each other. This post is my way of speaking to all… Read More »

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When NOT to Google

Yeah the topic is intriguing by itself but I thought about writing about this a while ago due to several incidents with several people. I started with my IT career at the age of 11 where my first job was to administer a LAN gaming shop, back then here in Lebanon the internet was a… Read More »

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NSX Agent Installation: Why the DNS is Important?

Although I have a lab that is currently running on NSX at home I was in need of something like a quick-test lab for NSX with me (on my mobile workstation) as I am preparing for the VCIX-NV, hereunder are my notes and the issues that I faced and how I resolved them: It is… Read More »

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OpenStack Training LAB Setup Notes

Recently I felt an urge to delve into OpenStack and I couldn’t find the time it needed from me so I had put it on the shelf for quite sometime, until I got an offer from InnoSoft with a 50% discount and luckily my management approved directly and I prepared myself to go to Dubai… Read More »

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VMware App Volumes 3 Add vCenter Failure

So I’ve been working on getting this version of App Volumes to run smoothly and sadly _smoothly_ is just a figure of speech here. So we’ve uploaded the virtual appliance and did the initial configuration, added the AD configuration and configured the necessary security groups where I have bypassed the vRops configuration in my case… Read More »

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HP SUM 7.5.1 with VMware ESXi 6.0 U2

I am currently troubleshooting something evil in my lab that has been haunting me for a couple of days now (but that is another story) one of my attempts was to update the firmware and drivers of my ESXi hosts. So I went to the HPE website and grabbed my copy of the SPP (Service… Read More »

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NSX: Cluster is already configured for VXLAN

Among the things I tend to do when preparing to delve into a product and of course it certification is to rip apart my lab in a continuous pace because I tend to break it as much as I can, but this time I didn’t do it myself :( and I didn’t get to enjoy… Read More »

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My PernixData vSphere Design Pocketbook v3 Submissions

So on the 29/03/2016 Frank Denneman announced the authors for the new vSphere Design Pocketbook v3 which is sponsored graciously by PernixData and the list is just amazing and rich with people of high caliber in terms of vSphere design and architecture. In the past two editions I was lucky that my entries were accepted,… Read More »

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vSphere 6u2 – Lab Upgrade

This blog is only limited to vCenter and ESXi upgrade: Release notes: vCenter: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsphere/60/vsphere-vcenter-server-60u2-release-notes.html ESXi: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsphere/60/vsphere-esxi-60u2-release-notes.html For those who do not know I am still using the Windows version of the vCenter Server (for not particular reason, maybe its loyalty because it went through a lot of upgrades and it grew on me ;-)). So… Read More »

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Invoke-Future | Set-NewChallenge

Well folks its that time in my life again where I am hammering myself with decisions about my work and seeking what is best for me (my career path) and my family’s (financial wise). I’ve been offered numerous positions in the past year (2015) most of them were out of Lebanon and all of them… Read More »

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Citrix Delivery Groups Power Plan Management – Powershell Script

Usually customers whom invest in VDI want to save on consumption whenever its possible, in terms of power management the user VDI VMs shouldn’t be up and running 24/7 they should be shutdown after working hours and then readied at the beginning of the business day. In the case of PVS, the default behavior is… Read More »

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Citrix Specialist Virtualization Endeavor Experience

I’ve been recently involved in a lot of projects covering Citrix products, and because of partnership requirement my company decided to pursue the Virtualization Specialist program. It has been a very busy period for me which kept me a bit away from blogging, so on my part I had to finish two things: Citrix Virtualization… Read More »

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Home Lab: The Cloud Within! – Part 1

Well folks it has been a while now since I have blogged, due to a lot of projects and I wanted to give my family a little bit of dedication as well. For those whom have been following me on Twitter saw what I have been preparing for =). So first before I got into… Read More »

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