Category: Technology

vSphere 6.5 – Top KB Articles for Upgrade Prep

Here are the top KB articles for upgrading to vSphere 6.5:

KB 2146420 – Estimating vCenter Server 5.5 to vCenter Server Appliance 6.x migration time
KB 2147711 – Estimating vCenter Server 5.5 or 6.0 to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 migration time
KB 2112283 – Regenerate vCenter Certificates
KB 2147548 – Important information before upgrading to vSphere 6.5
KB 2147686 – vCenter Server 6.5 upgrade best practices
KB 2147824 – Migrating VMFS 5 datastore to VMFS 6 datastore
KB 2147289 – Update Sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products
KB 2147929 – vSphere Client (HTML5) and vSphere Web Client 6.5 FAQ
KB 2113917 – Repointing VC 6.x to a PSC
KB 2113115 – VMware PSC 6.x FAQs
KB 2147454 – Linux VMware Tools update fails to complete
KB 2147672 – Supported and deprecated topologies for VMware vSphere 6.5

New Year… Brings Changes

With the New Year brings some new changes; I am transferring inside of VMware to a new group that is focusing on Cloud Consumption.

Cloud Consumption… WTH is that?

For the past, well as long as I have been in IT, I have been doing ‘Ping, Power and Pipe’. With IaaS it is in my opinion it has been done, most any experienced IT person could stand up IaaS.

In my new role I will be focusing on methods to consume the cloud offerings. For example, how does one define a service (in the ITIL sense) from this ‘Ping, Power, and Pipe’? Another example, what requirements does a consumer have? How can the cloud offering satisfy those requirements?

More importantly… “Define the services that consumers will utilize, while driving the architecture of the physical”

Happy New Years! 2013 will most definitely be a challenging year.

How I Get Things Done

Here are the programs and things that I need on a daily business to get my job done.

1. Instapaper – While reading blogs, security news and other information; I log the pages to instapaper.
2. Evernote – I have an AppleScript that takes items from Instapaper and places them into Evernote for later retrieval. I also use Evernote to keep wikis and other documents for easy search and access.
3. Skype – Great VoIP client and IM client, best of all it is secure where AIM, MSN and others are clear text.
4. iA Writer – One of the best writers that I have found for capturing thoughts, notes and blog posts. It is simple, slimmed down, and just works. It works with iCloud to keep all the docs in sync between my iDevices and Mac.
5. MindNode Pro – Before heading to iA Writer I mind map out my document in detail; mostly in order to get my thoughts in order.
6. OmniOutliner Pro – Once I have the mind map created I import it into OmniOutliner, where I can then edit the map, and add depth to the discussion points. From there I export it to a mark down file then into iA Writer for final editing.
7. MS Word – Once iA Writer has my document, I need to be able to put it a format that the tech writers can use. So to MS Word, for styling and final proof reading. 
8. OmniFocus – My GTD application, works great, I am able to use Apple Mail rules and formatting to put tasks in to OmniFocus remotely. OmniFocus also has great iDevice applications that allow for GTD on the go.
9. TextExpander – Working in a company that uses acronyms for everything, TextExpander allows me to type those acronyms and have them expanded for the final document.
10. SpiderOak – Securely keeps my machines in sync.

Other programs on my Mac that I use…

gfxCardStatus –  – Keeps tabs on my graphics card, for optimal battery life.
geektool – I have my RAM usage, network status and date on my desktop.
Adium – Best IM client for the Mac
Tweetbot – It may be in Alpha and crash sometimes, it is a blessing, compared to TweetDeck

 

SpiderOak v. Sugar Sync

 

I recently moved from Sugar Sync with over 60GB stored to SpiderOak for cloud based storage of documents, pictures and other data. Before I explain why here is a quick overview on how they work differently (based on the documentation on their web sites).

SugarSync

Data is transmitted unencrypted to SugarSync through a encrypted  SSL/TLS connection to the SugarSync servers. The data is then encrypted and stored on the SugarSync servers for later retrieval. This means that if SugarSync is ‘hacked’ or subpoenaed by a law enforcement agency they can have access to all of your data.
While I do not store sensitive information outside of secure containers (think TruCrypt files), it still concerned me enough to find a new cloud storage provider.

SpiderOak

SpiderOak does things differently, they do not want to know what information you store or how to get to it. Data is encrypted on the local machine before it is sent over a SSL/TLS connection to the SpiderOak servers. The key is based off the password that is used to create the account. This means that SpiderOak does not know your password or the encryption key for your data. Which ultimately means that if they are subpoenaed by a law enforcement agency, the only data that they can hand over is a jumble of random data bits.
Is there a perfect solution of course not; given enough time and enough resources any encryption method will fail. SpiderOak utilizes AES256 for their encryption. Assuming 10 billion billion keys per second, it would take 3 x 10^51 years; longer than the data I store is usable (barely).
If you want to try SpiderOak here go here. First 2GB is free, after that for $75/yr you can get 75GB (use the promo code ‘spring’), normally it is $100. Unlimited computers and devices, 100GB stored (compressed/de-duplicated) data.