General, Misc

SCOM+ Veeam MP+ Squared Up = awesome dashboards

In my day to day job I use SCOM, among other tools, as part of our monitoring suite, and let’s be honest SCOM dashboards can be at times :- Basic in metrics being reported on, particularly when it comes to VMware/Hyper-V monitoring. Very slow, sometimes downright unusable. Enhancing SCOM monitoring To address the 1st issue, we have been using Veeam…

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Misc

Raising your online profile – Sharing the knowledge is the *real power

Social media these days can be perceived in a bad light, the common perception is that it is mainly the hangout of trolls, celebrity stalkers and people who have a fascination with posting selfies. However there is a good use for social media, from a professional perspective. There are  so many types of social media e.g. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram,…

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Misc

VMware Fling – ESXi Embedded Host Client

If you’re a VMware admin, then you should already know about the excellent Flings from VMware, https://labs.vmware.com For those not in the know, Flings are side projects that VMware engineers work on in their spare time, and offer out to users for feedback etc. One of the recent VMware Fling releases was the ‘ESXi Embedded Host Client’ https://labs.vmware.com/flings/esxi-embedded-host-client This Fling…

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Misc

Top Tip – Keep it in your Pocket

Recently I was asked to be a guest on the Veeam Community Podcast http://www.veeam.com/podcast.html with Clint Wyckoff (@ClintWyckoff), and during our conversation we talked about my activity on social media, twitter in particular, and which tools I use. As a Windows Phone user (I know I know), I have tried out a number of Twitter clients , before settling on…

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Misc, VMware

Esxtop to the rescue !!

A request came in to investigate the performance of a 16 GB, 4 vCPU database VM , specifically the CPU performance. The usual starting place of the vCenter performance charts showed that actual vCPU utilisation wasn’t unusually high for sustained periods. So off to ESXTOP for a little more of a deep dive. ESXTOP It had been a while since…

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