Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 30

Carolina’s User Summit – 15th May

Just to let everyone know that registrations are now open for the Carolina VMware User Summit. In case you don’t know it was really this VMUG and couple of the others that first got these big VMUG events started. I’ve attended every Carolina Summit since they started, but this year I’m taking a break. I think the folks down Carolina deserve a break from me – they must wonder how this funny-sounding Brit keeps popping up every year. It so happens that this year Carolina Summit falls in the same week as the London User Group. I missed the #lonvmug first meeting this year, and didn’t want to miss the 2nd as well. Plus the week after I will be in Columbus, Ohio – so travel was getting increasingly complex and ardorous.

Fortunately, I have sent my British Ambassador who acts as the UK presence when I’m otherwise engaged. He’s called Alan Renouf. And no he’s not French but from Beligium.

  • Morning Keynote presentation from Satyam Vaghani & Vinay Gaonkar
    • Two perspectives: The past and future of VMware storage
  • Afternoon Keynote presentation from Jake Howering, Cisco
    • Data Center Interconnect Strategies
  • Self-paced labs provided by Varrow
  • Instructor led labs provided by eGroup
  • Educational sessions including topics on:
    • PowerCLI 201 presented by Alan Renouf
    • vCenter Orchestrator presented by Cody Bunch
    • vCloud Director Deep Dive presented by Chris Colotti
    • vSphere and Network-Attached Storage Design Considerations presented by Scott Lowe
    • Discover your Enterprise Social Network with VMware SocialCast presented by Bryan Kuhn and Daniel Stevenson 
    • vCloud Director PowerCLI presented by Alan Renouf

Anyway to register follow the link below:


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Apr 30

Vendorwag in the Valley – PanoLogic

My very last “Vendorwag in the Valley” is with Zero Client specialists, PanoLogic. Pano System 5.0 includes everything you need to deploy virtual desktops on top of your VMware, Microsoft or Citrix virtualization platform. In one package and for one low price you get both our unique award-winning Pano Zero Client and the comprehensive hypervisor-independent Pano Controller management front-end, and the new Pano Maestro cross-group management tool. Together they provide a proven and integrated solution that lets you easily provision, deploy, monitor, and control your virtual desktops.

As with the other videos in the “Vendorwag in the Valley” we have diced & sliced them into 4 courses. First video is the “elevator pitch” which gives an introduction about who PanoLogic  are, what they do, and what their unique value-proposition is. Watch this video if you have never come across PanoLogic before. The second video is a slightly more technical video were we discuss in detail the advantages and disadvantages of the product. The third video is for the geeks who are in technical stuff – learn more about how it works with the Techknowlegy series.

In last episode I take part in the PC Challenge where I try to work out which device is a PC, Thin Client or PanaLogic Zero Client!

Mike Fodor – Executive Vice President of Customer Success

As executive vice president of customer success, Mike ensures Pano Logic customers have the dedicated technical resources that ensure a smooth transformation from PCs to zero client VDI. The first to occupy the position at Pano Logic, Mike assumed the role after more than five years asPano Logic’s vice president of product management. In that post, Mike developed and maintained close ties with the customer community and leveraged that insight to influence product development cycles to meet evolving end user needs. Mike began his career in Southern California as a technology manager for Walt Disney Feature Animation. He has spent more than a decade in Silicon Valley, holding management posts at NetIQ and PeopleSoft before joining Pano Logic. Mike holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

The Elevator Pitch:

The Techknowledgy Lowdown:

The Techknowledgy Demo:

The PC Challenge:

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Apr 30

With vSphere 5.0 and HA can I share datastores across clusters?

I have had this question multiple times by now so I figured I would write a short blog post about it. The question is if you can share datastores across clusters with vSphere 5.0 and HA enabled. This question comes from the fact that HA has a new feature called “datastore heartbeating” and uses the datastore as a communication mechanism.

The answer is short and sweet: Yes.

For each cluster a folder is created. The folder structure is as follows:

/<root of datastore>/.vSphere-HA/<cluster-specific-directory>/


The “cluster specific directory” is based on the uuid of the vCenter Server, the MoID of the cluster, a random 8 char string and the name of the host running vCenter Server. So even if you use dozens of vCenter Servers there is no need to worry.

Each folder contains the files HA needs/uses as shown in the screenshot below. So no need to worry around sharing of datastores across clusters. Frank also wrote an article about this from a Storage DRS perspective. Make sure you read it!

PS: all these details can be found in our Clustering Deepdive book… find it on Amazon.

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