Monthly Archive: November 2016

Automatically Rename Virtual Machine on Boot

I was recently reminded of a technique I developed and used a decade ago to automatically rename virtual machines when they booted for the first time. The requirement was to make the deployment of identical VMs to multiple classroom computers as efficient as...

VMworld 2014 Roundup: Day 5

You know what they say, better late than never! At the end of my VMworld 2016 US posts, I pledged to catch up on some earlier VMworld posts that I missed. Towards the end of VMworld lies the inevitable fatigue and bone weariness that...

VMware{code} Hackathon: One for All and All for One

When I first heard about the VMware{code} Hackathon at VMworld 2016 US, I was excited, but also felt a bit trepidatious. I was keenly interested in attending, but wasn’t a “developer”. How much of a contribution could I make? As many wise folks...

Dragon Drop #1

Welcome to the inaugural Dragon Drop post. I’ll be recapping some of the items I’ve shared on social media during the week. I’ll be testing the waters with this kind of post this month, during #vDM30in30. If all goes well, it may become...

Python: A Long and Winding Road

I first encountered Python several years ago when working on Oracle Virtual Directory, part of the identity solution supporting a then new Oracle-based web portal. Oracle Virtual Directory, or OVD, was designed to abstract multiple identity stores, whether they were native identity stores...

VMware Platform Services Controller

What is the VMware Platform Services Controller? With vSphere 6, VMware updated the architecture for vCenter. One of those changes was the introduction of the Platform Services Controller, or PSC. The PSC combines a number of components, including those that used to be...

Anatomy of a Home Lab

Like many folks who study and earn a living from technology, especially virtualization, I have a home lab. My home lab’s fairly straightforward, with three Intel NUCs each acting as a VMware ESXi host. I’m working on upgrading my VCP as well as...