VSAN and upgrading

Posted by: tbailey

Heads up...if running hypervisor pre-5.5 u1 and VSAN you can't upgrade. This VSAN version was considered beta code and does not support a direct version upgrade.

first time playing with VMware's VSAN and found a problem

Posted by: tbailey

When adding the local disks to the VSAN datastore they must be clean; no existing partitions. To fix this, I wiped the partitions by SSHing into each host and running a few commands.

cd /vmfs/devices/disks

ls -l

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In this example you see one disk with ":1" and ":2" behind it. That signifies the partitions and, in this case, meaning two are there.

In order to delete them run the following command (replace the naa. piece with your storage entry):

partedUtil mklabel /vmfs/devices/disks/naa.50000393881b00ec gpt

Run "ls -l" again and the partitions should be gone allowing you to add the local disks into the VSAN datastore.

beta project last weekend

Posted by: tbailey

So the wifey and I are looking to do some changes around the house and we really like the whole dark cabinet thing especially with the lighter hardwood flooring we have. Spare bathroom...check...

Before

After

Used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations kit and so far pretty happy with the results. Switched out the hardware with some brushed nickel and added soft close feature...gave it a nice touch. Next steps are waiting to see how it holds up to day-to-day usage and, if all looks good, move onto the master bathroom.

Stratodesk and Intel NUC endpoints

Posted by: tbailey

With the VDI implementation I lead we ended up going with a product named Stratodesk for repurposing desktop PC's that we already had for connection into our VMware Horizon View environment. When we introduced Intel NUC's, though, some things didn't go quite as planned. Our standard image is 2.39.174 k305, which, we found out, doesn't work well with the NUC's. We'd see massive PCoIP transmit packet loss which would present a terrible experience to the end user. From what I could tell, though, 2.39.21 k305 didn't have this issue. We ended up switching up the version to 2.39.174 k313 and the end user experience was much more stable. We had logs in to Stratodesk and VMware and VMware saw some USB device negotiation coinciding with disconnects and "stage 11" crashes. We boot the OS off of a USB memory stick so maybe there were communication issues to the stick causing instability? Ultimately the k313 version had the proper driver set and the issues were resolved.

time to get this blog thing going again

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It'll probably be more work-related stuff, but I need to get back into this. Look for new posts soon...

eh...

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And yes, it does feel cold out there.

burrrrrrr!

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after upgrading to Windows 8.1 I was having a goofy video issue

Posted by: tbailey

Some applications would open fine, but others would be fuzzy/blurry. Really odd issue. After doing some searching, it's specific to the application and has a simple fix:

- Right click on the application/app shortcut and click Properties
- Click on the Compatibility tab
- Check Disable display scaling on high DPI settings checkbox

I really didn't think much of it until using software for manipulating pictures. Blurry app doesn't bode well when tweaking pictures ya know.

whew

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I remembered my login to this thing. :) Been a busy 3 months. More to come...

first shelf unit in the basement finally done

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It was a VERY long time coming. Second one next to it should be done by the weekend.

75.1 calories per serving eh?

Posted by: tbailey

Tub and Shower Magic

Nutritional Facts for Tub and Shower Magic
Serving Size: 1 (358 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 75.1
Calories from Fat 0%
Total Fat 0.0 g - 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0 g - 0%
Cholesterol 0.0 mg - 0%
Sodium 17.8 mg - 0%
Total Carbohydrate 3.3 g - 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g - 0%
Sugars 1.4 g - 5%
Protein 0.0 g - 0%

Definitely try this for cleaning...as a tasty drink, not so much.

neato entry for the new Subaru Forester

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I'll hafta check this out at the auto show...which is less than two months away!

saving big money today...

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...and yes, the Christmas section is being built. What a great way to completely kill the holiday season.

ESXi and vCenter 5.1 now available for download

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Gets it while it's hot!