vSoup Special Edition #3 – Tech Field Day Soundbites

We couldn’t let the opportunity of getting some of these great Tech Field Day people to talk with is, while recording, so here it is:

Soundbites from Tech Field Day #6

vSoup Tech Field Day / BPaaS Soundbites with Mike Laverick and the happiest man in virtualization Tom Howarth.Mike Laverick talks about VMware SRM (surprise!) and virtualization management products.

Tom talks about Tech Field Day itself and current status and the possible future of VMware MVP.

At the end, we even have our first vendor on, with VKernel’s Brian Semple (what’s up with that twitter account Brian?) appearing explaining why VKernel presents at Tech Field Day.

Linkware:

Chinwag with Mike… and Chris Dearden [Episode 01]
VMware SRM
Nimble Storage
VKernel
Hyper-9/Virtualization Manager
VMware MVP (Mobile Virtualization Platform)

vSoup Special Edition #2 : Tech Field Day “Roundbus”

vSoup vBus recordingFollowing on from the great event hosted by VMunderground and Tech field day at Boston’s Famous Fenway Park, Chris, Ed and Christian kicked off a recording on the bus on the way to the Friday’s presentations. We’ve decided to call this groundbreaking format for social media “a Roundbus” 🙂

We talk about the upcoming days presentations from Zerto, a startup coming out of stealth mode any day now, Symantec, Embotics and NetApp. At this stage we didn’t know what exactly some of the vendors were going to present, so a few idea were knocked around.  We also discuss VMsafe and how it will make it off the power point and into your infrastructure. Where does Embotics fit into things? Are NetApp more than just a storage vendor? What is Rounders? Listen in and find out!

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vSoup Special Edition #1: vExpert Lowdown

During the Tech Field Day / VMunderground Beantown Party as a Service event at Fenway park, Chris , Ed and Christian tempted John Troyer to a quiet corner with a cool frosty beer.

We wouldn’t let him leave until we got the skinny on the vExpert program.

The following is a true and accurate account of the event…

note: no wookies where hurt while recording.

vSoup Split-Brain Hypervisors? #11

Scott Merrill

Would you run other hypervisors than VMware ESX/ESXi? If so, why, and even better, why would you want to run more than one? This weeks guests is Scott Merrill who’s employer recently decided to move from VMware based virtualization to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization as well as Microsoft Hyper-V.

That’s right, this episode of vSoup mainly focuses on non-VMware virtualization. And they all called us a one trick pony, guess that’s not the case after all!

Linkware

vSoup Raw #10

Stuart Radnidge

This time around, Stuart Radnidge is our guest, which somehow has prompted us to do a “RAW” recording. Minimal edits have been done, and we might just be a little more incoherent than usual.

Linkware

London VMUG Session
Rise of the Stupid Network
High Scalability
Evernote Architectural Digest
vSphere 4.0 Quick Start Guide: Shortcuts down the path of Virtualization
Internet censorship and you
Controversial Data Storage Directive Accepted

Competition Time !

If you would like to get your hands on a copy of “vSphere for Dummies” as reviewed by Chris recently here

“What books has Stuart been recently involved with?”

 

Winners will be announced when the next episode is released.

vSoup Golden Week #9

vSoup Episode #9, unlike AWS and PSN, is now available!

Christopher Wells

This time around we’re joined Christopher Wells aka the vSamurai.
At last, the vSamurai and vNinja gets talking!

Chris talks about his earthquake experience and life in Japan in general. Due to his recent experiences he’s even submitted a paper for VMworld 2011! Naturally we also get into disaster recovery and some whacky possible datacenter disasters. Veeam Backup and Recovery has it already, but will SRM get host based replication at some point?

What’s up with all the weird energy drink names? Since Chris enjoys his Pussy in the shed, we need an energy drink sponsor! Are clown jackets really the best way to monitor your environment?

VMware Cloud Foundry, why should we as sysadmins care?

Christopher Wells talks about his Tech Field Day #5 experience, and we’re extremely happy to announce that the entire vSoup crew, as well as this weeks guest has been invited to attend Tech Field Day #6 in Boston!

Episode #9 Linkware:

vSoup Script-o-gasm #8

vSoup Episode #8 is now available!

Jonathan Medd
In this episode we’re honored to have Jonathan Medd as our guest! As Jonathan runs his own podcast called Get-Scripting PowerShell, he proves that not only is he a great host on his own, but a very good guest as well.

Naturally Jonathan talks about the new VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration. We even get the gritty details on the work behind writing such a book like schedules, publishing and dealing with technical editors.

We also touch into other topics like Microsoft System Center Orchestrator (Previously known as Opalis), PowerShell licensing change by Microsoft, community awards: Can you “catch them all”?

Episode #8 Linkware:

Competition Time

The competition is back! Don’t worry, we’re not trying to give away the cheesehat again! This time around we have a paperback copy of VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration book to give away.

Want to win it? Listen to the episode to find out how!

vSoup Everything is Better with Bacon #7

vSoup Episode #7 is now available!

Sean Clark
Sean Clark is our esteemed guest this time so naturally the first topic is
Argyle Sweater vests and Crocs, which surely is a winning combo?

Tech Field Day and Stephen Foskett, gets a lot of praise, but when will we get one in Europe? Xangati gets (even more) praise for the now infamous bacon and chocolate espresso beans serving!

How about a Cherry Pie and Bacon combo? It has already been done, Chris!

How about virtualizing your SQL servers? Do they require bacon? How do you go about setting up your storage for virtualized DBs? The Oracle tax on virtualization and licensing to finance uncle Larry any way around it? Is there a VMware vSphere Cluster size sweet spot, and if so, do they really resemble making love to a woman?! Will Christian reach virtualization nirvana in 2011? Party in the datacenter? If not, at least he gets to play with his fondleslab and vCenter!

Episode #7 Linkware:

Competition Time

We don’t have a new competition this time, but we do have a winner from our last one! As usual we numbered all of the comments, but this time we decided to do a manual draw. The winner, and only contestant, is <insert drumroll here>: @dncns! Congratulations, we’ll make sure David Owen sends you his mug!

Remember to follow @vsoup_podcast on Twitter.

vSoup Failure Rate #6

vSoup Episode #6 is now available!

David Owen
David Owen, who is not from Newcastle, is our esteemed guest. We get into certifications again, mainly the DCUCI and VCDX certifications. Is the VCDX actually worth it? Is the VCDX like the iPad 2? Wantware?

Will three yearly VCDX defenses be enough, or has VMware dropped the ball? How about those VCDX fauilure rates?

Of course, since David is our guest, the we also get into UCS and the little known UCS Express gets mentioned as well. Of course, there is room for some rather off topic talk too, like “Does being electrocuted by a server rack cause hair loss?” and can the Tesla electric cars run more than 20 minutes? Network discovery tools, are there any good ones out there?

There was also a call for virtualization community fundraiser for Japan!

Anyone in the community want to organize that and get it started?

Episode #6 Linkware:

Competition Time

Since we got no participants in the contest for Episode #5, we’ll save the cheesehat and t-shirt that Bob provided us with for later. We do however have a new contest this time as well, where David Owen generously offers to give away some vMackem.co.uk coffee mugs. Or you might just get a cheesehat, who knows?

Competition question: VMware vCenter Operations is the product formerly known as?

As before, we’ll number all the correct answers and draw one at random when the next episode is served.

Also, remember to follow @vsoup_podcast on Twitter.

vSoup the USB deviation #5

vSoup Episode #5 is now available!

Gabrie van Zanten
Gabrie van Zanten is our guest in Episode #5, where he explains some of the magic behind his Cheap disaster recovery with PowerShell concept. Management through a single pane/pain of glass also gets a mention. We even manage to find time to go sobbing about how generous and great the virtualization community is.

Is the world ready for DHCP only networks? Or how about production vSphere environments running of USB sticks? Seems like the dutch are, but is the rest of the world?

Episode #5 Linkware:

Competition Time

First off, in Episode #4 we had the HA & DRS Technical deepdive up for grabs. We’re pleased to announce that the winner is:

Congratulations Damian Karlson! We’ll be in touch to get your shipping address, and we’ll be sure to get the HA & DRS Technical Deepdive shipped your way as soon as possible.

New competition

Bob Plankers has decided to sponsor this episodes grand prize! To celebrate the Green Bay Packers and their win in Superbowl XLV he will provide a lucky listener with a cheese hat and a t-shirt from the University of Wisconsin, Madison! Of course, the lucky winner will have to provide us with a photo of themselves, or a hot loved one, in said outfit.

Competition question: How many DHCP servers did Christian manage to connect to a corporate network, and wreck total havoc?

 

As before, we’ll number all the correct answers and draw one at random when the next episode is served.

Also, remember to follow @vsoup_podcast on Twitter.