My #HomeLab: Q4 '19 Update

Opening Most of you might have noticed the hiatus I’ve taken from the WS1 + Azure AD series; not to worry, this is only in anticipation of several interesting product changes that are relevant for the series. We will resume once those are in place later this year. In the interim, I’m taking advantage of the down time to do some infrastructure and architecture housekeeping. You might recall from my #homelab post that I mentioned a few tasks I’d like to see to completion before the end of the year. Namely, Add a fourth host to the vSAN cluster in order to support automatic rebuild in the event of a host-level failure Migrate the NSX-T 2.4 install base to the new Corfu structure – in effect, migrating the configuration to the Simplified UI Upgrade vSphere from 6.7U1 to 6.7U3 An item that I hadn’t originally planned, but ultimately implemented, was removing many of the overlay uplinks in each host to a consolidated N-VDS hosting vSAN, vMotion, the host TEPs, and edge VLAN uplinks. So let’s jump into some of these […]

#VMworld 2019

EDIT [9/8/19]: Here is the recorded version of our session if you weren’t able to attend: Session Recording Slides Leader board (@lamw) EDIT [8/9/19]: See for ‘Can’t Miss’ sessions to register for! It’s that time of year again; #VMworld 2019 is less than 3 weeks away, but the content catalog is live for you to book your conference schedule. A few sessions you might be interested in checking out: Workspace ONE and Azure AD Integration: Deep Dive from the Trenches [DEE2023BU] – Ryan Costello and I will dive deep on how to deliver a rich end-user experience with your investments in Workspace ONE and Azure AD/Office 365. This is 300 level configuration with live demos, so bring your tablets and notebooks! If you’re a fan of my recent post on the WS1 UEM SCIM Adapter fling, come checkout Joe and I give a LIVE DEMO in the Solution Exchange on Wednesday from 10:00AM-12:30PM PST, booth #949. Look for the “Innovation Accelerating Transformation” headline above the kiosks. Sneak peek! Stay tuned here for information on an additional session not yet […]

My #HomeLab

Preamble The time has finally come for an inaugural VP blog post, and what better way to kick this off than covering the #homelab? This quintessential tool has been the topic of many conversations (go checkout if that isn’t already obvious) and is, in my opinion, table stakes to a successful career in this industry. I started out with a humble 2 node ROBO vSAN cluster on whitebox chassis. Growing pains led me to what I have today, but rest assured that everyone has a starting point and there’s no shame in that fact. Consider yourself “ahead of the crowd” just by taking the first step; initiative and persistence are key to mastering this industry. Some believe that this tool should be subsidized; I fundamentally disagree. Your career requires constant maintenance and investment in order to provide fruits of your labor. If you have arrived at this post, I assume you concur. Enough of the opinion column, let’s jump into the real reason why you are. Overview Covering the #homelab build in one post isn’t going to cut it. […]