Don’t over-complicate!

Having recently relocated my home office and my home lab within my house, I have set about rebuilding my lab from scratch. As it evolves or my needs change, a rebuild is good to purge out the remnants of the various experiments and tests that I’ve done. However, I will sometimes fall into the trap of trying to be too clever. Take last night as an example. I happened to read about a piece of software called Cobbler. To save anyone having to read what is quite a lengthy man page, Cobbler manages the provisioning of operating systems from a single server. I thought it would be great if I could automate and control the complete rebuild of my entire lab from bare metal to fully functional at the touch of a few buttons with my QNAP NAS acting as the Cobbler […]

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Vote For Your Top Virtualization Blogs

It’s that time again. For the last few years Eric Siebert, over at vsphere-land.com, has organised a vote giving you, the readers of virtualization blogs, the opportunity to decide which you think is the best. Jeremy and I run this site in our spare time because we want to but if you could see you way clear to voting for us, or any of you other favourite virtualization blogs, then you have our thanks. Just hit the “vote” button to the left to be directed to the voting page, or click here.

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New vOPS Server Explorer 6.3

A new version of vOPS Server Explorer is being launched today by vKernel (who were acquired by Quest and subsequently Dell). The company have a history of releasing free tools to assist vSphere administrators and the new version of vOPS Server Explorer builds on this reputation by bringing in an additional subset of functionality from their commercial product (vOPS Server Standard). Of course, as a free tool, one of its aims is to prove its value and help generate sales of the full, commercial product. I don’t think that should stop anyone trying it out though – you can’t knock a free tool. I used one of vKernel’s early tools to highlight a growing issue for a customer. So, what’s new in this version? Environment Explorer This is actually a pre-existing component in vOPS Server Explorer but some additional functionality […]

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First London VMUG of 2013 – Register Now!

You know that I love my VMUGs. They’re great events that offer plenty of opportunities to meet new people, network, learn a thing or two and – best of all – they’re free to attend! Thursday 24th January 2013 see’s this year’s first London VMUG occurring at the usual place near Mansion House tube station: London Chamber of Commerce and Industry 33 Queen Street London, EC4R 1AP There are some great presenters and subjects on the agenda, including the event’s sponsors – Nutanix, 10 ZiG and Zerto. There are usually a few prizes / giveaways on offer and I’m adding to that pot with a couple of VMware Fusion 5 Professional licenses… If you can’t make the event itself then there’s always vBeers nearby afterwards. It’s well worth attending, register on the VMUG website here. Agenda Here’s the Agenda: 8:30 Event Reception […]

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XenDesktop Licensing Service Crashes on License Addition

Hang on, I’m primarily a VMware virtualization focused blogger aren’t I? Mostly, yes, but there are environments I work on that have other virtualization products installed in them. One of these, a PoC for a project, had a XenDesktop Express installation running in it that had an expired trial license. I was able to retrieve a new license file from Citrix’s website… …and sought to use the Desktop Studio to apply it. However, I received a message back during the process to say that the License Server was not available: Error code: Citrix License Server currently unavailable. Check the license server and make sure it’s running, then try again. ============================== Exception: System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. at Citrix.Console.Common.CallbackEventArguments.OperationCompleteSynchronizer1.GetResults() at Citrix.Console.Common.CallbackEventArguments.OperationCompleteSynchronizer1.WaitForResults() at Citrix.Console.UI.Licensing.Mmc.LicensingResultPaneViewModel.UploadFileToLicenseServer(String fileName, Boolean overwrite) at Citrix.Console.UI.Licensing.Mmc.LicensingResultPaneViewModel.c__DisplayClass20.<;AddLicense&gt;b__1e() at Citrix.Console.CommonControls.ProgressDisplay.GenericProgressOperation.PerformOperationInternal() at Citrix.Console.CommonControls.ProgressDisplay.ProgressWindowOperation.PerformOperation() at Citrix.Console.CommonControls.ProgressDisplay.ProgressWindowViewModel.PerformAction(ManualResetEvent operationComplete) […]

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