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VMware and Storage crazy man, vExpert, MN VMUG leader

Deltaware Data Solutions Presents: Our First Annual Emerging Technology Summit

Exciting news! We have a even more of a amazing lineup for our ETS that is being hosted by Deltware Data Soluions. I will say that this event has been a huge undertaking for us, and that it will be the first of our Annual events around emerging technology. I ask that you please support the vendors by attending, and showing support for our event.

The event:

At Deltaware Data Solutions, we’re celebrating the new movie with a Star Wars themed Emerging Technology Summit to make sure all of our Jedi’s are ready for upcoming changes in IT. Join us for an educational forum showcasing emerging technologies and meet keynote speakers Stephen Foskett and Greg Schulz! You’ll also hear from three industry experts and visit vendor booths to meet companies with emerging technology one on one. Learn how emerging tech can make your data center environment better, faster, and ready to take on the future of IT. Attendees have a chance to win real lightsabers and R2-D2 droids so your IT environment will be ready for anything and you’ll be ready for The Force Awakens!

Keynote Speakers:

Greg Schulz – Founder of Storage IO



Greg has been in the IT business for over four decades and has many areas of expertise ranging from services, storage, networking, and hardware & software development. He is also the author of two books, “Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking” and “The Green and Virtual Data Center”, and contributor to several other projects.

Stephen Foskett – Founder of Tech Field Day


Stephen Foskett is a vendor-independent IT/business consultant to end users, managing services at companies like Contoural, Nirvanix, and now as Foskett Services. He is a contributing editor, columnist, and feature writer for industry publications, most notably Storage magazine. He often speaks at industry conferences and was awarded Microsoft MVP status in the area of File System Storage in 2008.

Guru Chahal – Vice President of Product at Avi Networks


On board with the founding team since the inception of Avi Networks, Guru helped define the product, drove initial customer development, product messaging, and technical partnerships. Prior to joining Avi Networks as the Vice President of Product, Guru was an investor at Lightspeed Venture Partners, where he focused on networking, security, cloud, data analytics, and infrastructure management. Before his work with LSVP, Guru was the Director of Product Management at Cisco Systems for the Unified Computing System product line – a multi-billion dollar business for Cisco.

Guru joined the UCS team before it shipped, helped define the product strategy and roadmaps, and was ultimately instrumental in ramping UCS traction. Before his time at Cisco, Guru held operational roles at Nuova Systems (acquired by Cisco Systems), and Tropos Networks (acquired by ABB). An alumnus of Harvard Business School and Purdue University, Guru holds several patents in networking.

Scott Davis – Chief Technology Officer at Infinio


Scott Davis is Chief Technology Officer at Infinio, a venture-backed storage startup company where he drives product and technology strategy and was formerly CTO of VMware’s End User Computing Business Unit. He was instrumental in driving product and technology strategy spanning the breadth of VMware’s product lines and also served as VMware’s Chief Data Center/Storage Architect and Field CTO. A recognized expert in virtualization, clustering, operating systems, file systems, storage, and end-user computing technologies such as VDI, graphics protocols and mobility/EMM, Mr. Davis has held senior engineering and business management roles with both startup ventures and established industry firms. Prior to joining VMware, he was President, CTO and Founder of Virtual Iron Software, which was acquired by Oracle and became the core of OracleVM. Prieviously, he was CTO at Mangosoft, an Internet software and storage company with pioneering peer-to-peer clustering, caching and file system products.  Scott began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation where he was Technical Director for the industry-acclaimed VAXCluster and VMS Volume Shadowing products, as well as DEC’s Windows NT clustering technology (later sold to Microsoft as the genesis of Microsoft ‘Wolfpack’ Cluster Server). Scott holds 17 US patents for clustering, storage and virtualization technologies and his products have won awards at Comdex, Demo and LinuxWorld.

Jeremiah Dooley – Principal Architect of Technology Solutions at SolidFire


Jeramiah Dooley is a Principal Architect, focusing on VMware, OpenStack and SolidFire converged infrastructure solutions. He brings more than 17 years of technology and design experience to his industry efforts.

He was most recently part of the VCE Office of the CTO, working with technology executives around the world on strategies to converge and transform IT infrastructure and operations. Previously, he was the global SME for Service Provider business development, multi-tenancy and vCloud Director design as part of the Field Enablement team within the VCE Corporate Engineering Group. He also developed Service Provider and Vertical Solutions for VCE, helping customers by providing pre-tested and validated guidelines for running different applications on Vblock platforms, including Cisco Unified Communications, VMware vCloud Director, and ESRI ArcGIS Server among others.

Prior to joining VCE, Mr. Dooley was the Director of Engineering for Managed Services at Peak 10, a regional service provider based in Charlotte, NC. He directed the overall strategy, design and development of Peak 10’s Managed Services platform, which included the company’s Cloud Services, Data Protection, Managed Storage, Managed Security Device Management and BC/DR divisions. He has also held technology positions in the healthcare, legal and telecommunications fields during his career.

Event Agenda and Schedule

7:30 am – Registration begins

8:00 am – Keynote – Greg Schulz, Founder of Storage IO

          Topic: Bridging the IT Emerging Technology Gap 

8:45 am – Scott Davis, CTO at Infinio

           Topic: Disruptive Innovations in Enterprise Storage 

9:30 am – Jeremiah Dooley, Principal Architext, Technology Infrastructure at Solidfire

           Topic: Storage Architecture and Data Services: The Real Flash Revolution

10:15 am – Guru Chahal, Vice President of Product at Avi

           Topic: The network is NOT the problem! Deploy fast and debug faster with Avi

11:00 am – Open hours where attendees can visit vendor booths, attend breakout sessions, and eat lunch

  • Vendor booths open from 11 am – 2 pm
  • Lunch Served 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Breakout Sessions:
    • 11:00 am – Marco DiPasquale, Nexenta
                Topic: Data Armageddon and How Object Storage is Attempting to Address it. 
    • 11:30 am – Sirish Raghuram, Platform9
                Topic: Not-So-Extreme Makeover: Uncovering the Private Cloud Hidden in Your Existing Virtualized Infrastructure
    • 12:00 pm – Leo Leung, VP of Corporate Marketing at Scality
                Topic: Software Defined Storage: Myths and Realities
    • 12:30 pm – Krishna Subramanian, COO at Komprise
                Topic: Learn how to get infinite capacity with your storage
    • 1:00 pm – Jay Holzkamp, Micron
                Topic: Using flash effectively in a virtualized environment
    • 1:30 pm – Stephen Foskett, Founder of Tech Field Day
                Topic: The Four Horsemen of Storage System Performance

2:00 pm – Keynote Speaker – Stephen Foskett

           Topic: Out of the Lab and Into the Datacenter – Which Technologies are Ready?

3:00 pm – Wrap-Up


Event Time and Location 

November 10th at 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Westin Edina Galleria Hotel

3201 Galleria | Edina, Minnesota, 55435

Directions | Parking




Additional Vendors that will have booths:









Data Dynamics






Coho Data


VMunderground 2015

This is a shout out to the VMnderground team, the dedication and the sponsors for VMunderground 2015. Below you will see re posts of the content they have put together.

The below content is done by them, and reposed by me to help spread the word , show their efforts, and thank the sponsors. Off we go!


Who We Are

Brian Knudtson

Brian self describes as a “community guy” and believes that the power of a passionate bunch of people is something to behold.  He currently works at SimpliVity Corp and likes to point out that “Technical” comes before “Marketing” in his title.  Being the most consistent VMware conference attendee of the group, Brian has become the de facto leader of this circus.  God help us all.  Blogs at  Tweets at @bknudtson.  More bio on ourFounders page (because…you know…deduplication).

Jim Millard

Jim is the team’s newest addition, proving himself as ticketing maven and content jockey during his 2013 rookie year. In his day job, he delivers enterprise solutions and support to a variety of clients—often based on one of Brian’s designs. Jim has been a member of the leadership team for the Kansas City VMUG chapter since early 2007; like Brian, he is also a six-time vExpert, and also holds multiple VCP and VCAP certifications (albeit not as many). You can find his sometime-virtualization-related blogs at and can follow him on Twitter @millardjk


The Bettering of VMunderground


Every year, we try to put together something new to improve the VMunderground experience.  In the past, it’s mostly been based around increasing the number of people we can accommodate, which has required ticketing and venue changes over the years.  Last year, we feel we found the proper venue to enable us to bring in the right number of people, with room to still grow.  To that end, we were able to eliminate the need for tickets this year.

Last year, we worked with the vBrownBag crew to add an educational component to what we provide.  Already having a large venue we simply added additional hours to the venue rental and were able to introduce Opening Acts.  This proved to be such a huge success that I ended the event realizing that we couldn’t NOT bring Opening Acts back. Fortunately, the level of success didn’t necessitate too much improvement, so you’ll see some minor tweaks, but they’ll be minor.

A common criticism of the traditional conference circuit is the overemphasis on alcohol consumption.  While most of the VMunderground crew are perfectly happy to network over a variety of alcoholic beverages, by no means is that a requirement for any of us.  I have great conversations all week at VMworld over coffee, soda and even water, so I am by no means pushing off the fun conversations for when the beer flows.  To provide better options to those who prefer (or simply cannot) partake in the “adult beverages” we have added a full smoothie bar to the menu at VMunderground.

This year, we also wanted to improve the ability for community events at both VMworld conferences to obtain sponsors, so we gathered with the teams that put on vBrownBag TechTalks, Spousetivities and vRockStar to put together a series of packages to make it easy for vendors to sponsor multiple of these events in one shot.  The feedback (and signup rate) have been very positive.  I’m proud to announce the following sponsors have chosen to take advantage of these packages and will be the first to take advantage of this opportunity:





EMC Elect 2014





We’d like to give special thanks to these companies for truly getting and appreciating our little community. VMworld simply would not be the same without companies like these.  Give them (and all our sponsors) a special thank you before VMworld, then stop into their booths during the show to let them scan your badge and give your appreciation in person!

2015 Sponsors

Based on a crazy-committed platform of engagement, experience and excellence,Unitrends is the fastest-rising cost/value provider in the IT protection and disaster recovery industry. Our unique multi-environment arsenal of backup, archiving and disaster recovery solutions gives you the industry-leading technology you need to protect and preserve your physical, virtual, and cloud environments at the most affordable pricing available.

InfinioInfinio offers downloadable storage performance for virtual environments. Our software-only solution uses existing server resources to deliver the IOPS your virtualized applications and desktops demand — all with no new hardware, no reboots and no downtime. Learn more at


Next-generation IT requires a new way of thinking about infrastructure. To be ready for the next set of application demands and the expectations of its uses, the unification of networking, computing, management, security, and storage is a must, all while focusing on the application and what the application requires of the infrastructure. Cisco Data Center and Application-Centric Infrastructure solutions are poised to increase operating efficiencies, simplify IT operations, and enable business agility. Cisco solutions for business applications, cloud, big data, desktop virtualization, and data center mobility help ensure that your business data is transported securely, efficiently, and flexibly across a set of optimized data center resources. To learn more, visit

onecloud-logoOneCloud Software simply and cost effectively unlocks the power of the cloud as a secure extension of your enterprise data center. Through its patented Automated Cloud Engine™ (ACE), OneCloud auto-discovery quickly and simply sets up a cost optimized replica of your data center in the cloud. The policy capability then allows you to set business driven protection guidelines for all your applications and data. The result is the automation, scalability and efficiency necessary to use a hybrid cloud for applications such as disaster recovery and business continuity. OneCloud Software, Simplifying the Cloud.

cloudphysicsAnalytics is changing the nature of IT operations, enabling companies to shift from reactive to preemptive management of their environments. CloudPhysics makes it possible for vSphere users to use data-driven analytics to preempt and eliminate operational hazards that threaten disrupt infrastructure and applications. Check out our Free Edition

VMUGVMUG is the largest independent customer-led VMware user group in the world, offering all the resources you need to maximize your use of VMware. Visit and follow us on Twitter @MyVMUG to discover all that VMUG has to offer. And don’t forget to visit our booth while you’re at VMworld!

dattoDatto is an innovative provider of comprehensive backup, recovery and business continuity solutions used by thousands of managed service providers worldwide. Datto’s 140+ PB purpose-built cloud and family of software and hardware devices provide Total Data Protection everywhere business data lives. Whether your data is on-prem in a physical or virtual server, or in the cloud via SaaS applications, only Datto offers end-to-end recoverability and single-vendor accountability. Datto’s innovative technologies include Instant Virtualization, Screenshot Backup Verification™, Inverse Chain Technology™, Backup Insights™, and end-to-end encryption. All Datto solutions are supported by 24/7/365 in-house technical support and selected products offer time-based cloud data retention, for predictable billing and budget management. The Datto product line consists of the Datto SIRIS Family, Datto ALTO Family, Datto Backupify Family, Datto DNA Router, and Datto NAS.

At RackspaceRackspace, we’ll design, build, and run the best cloud for your unique needs—backed by the results-obsessed service that we call Fanatical Support®. It’s what the commodity cloud providers can’t deliver. Our managed cloud experts remove the hidden costs and headaches, so you can run your business.

The Virtualization Technology User Group (VTUG) is an IT professional user group with thousands of members and is growing every day. VTUG is the only virtualization user group of its size that is platform independent providing information content and education for ESX, Hyper-V, KVM and Xen. VTUG topics cover a wide range of technologies and solutions including server virtualization, storage, cloud computing, VDI, back up and data protection, security, networking and much more. VTUG looks to its community for peer to peer education and sharing of best practices and solutions. Join for free

Only SolidFireSolidFire’s all-flash array is capable of powering the VMware Software Defined Data Center. VMware’s vision to drive increased VM-awareness and management granularity at the storage system layer pairs extremely well with SolidFire’s Quality of Service architecture and guaranteed performance to each VM. SolidFire is purpose-built for the Software Defined Data Center and key benefits include simplified management, end-to-end Quality of Service, and deep integration with VAAI, SIOC, VVols and VASA. Guaranteed storage performance to every

Founded in 2004, Pluralsight is the global leader in online learning for serious software developers, IT specialists and creative technologists. As the world’s largest curated e-learning library for professionals, the company offers instant access to more than 3,000 courses authored by top experts. With customers in more than 150 countries, Pluralsight serves as a career catalyst, delivering hands-on, practical training for the most in-demand and understaffed jobs of today. For more information visit

EMC Elect 2014EMC Elect is a community-driven recognition and thank you for individual’s engagement with EMC as a brand over the last calendar year. Members of this peer nominated and peer reviewed group demonstrate outstanding Engagement, Commitment, and Leadership within the online community.  Find out more about the EMC Elect and the EMC Community Network at

brocade-logo-black-red-rgbBrocade® networking solutions help the world’s leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. Today, Brocade is extending its proven data center expertise across the entire network with future-proofed solutions built for critical initiatives such as consolidation, virtualization, and cloud computing.

Before You Go, 2015 Edition


Here we go: the home stretch before VMworld 2015 US opens in San Francisco, CA— and that means it’s also the kick-off for Opening Acts II and VMunderground. In the short few days before, we thought we’d pass along a few items of note…

Where we’ll be

City View at the Metreon
Top Floor
135 Fourth Street, San Francisco

You can enter from either the Fourth Street or Yerba Buena Park entrances. Take the elevators or escalators up to the top floor.


This is an adults-only party. We will be serving alcohol, and whether you plan to consume or not, it’s the law of the land that attendees have aged 21 years. You will need to provide proof of your age with a government-issued photo ID; driver’s license or passport are acceptable examples.

Wear your name tag! It’s a great way to reconnect with friends old and new.

Doors open at 8pm. Those holding VIP passes will be admitted at 7:30pm, but if we reach capacity after the doors open, your pass won’t guarantee admittance. Fire Marshall’s rules won’t be bent, period.

Opening Acts 2015 — Panelists and Moderators


With just over a week to go, the members of our panel sessions are being finalized; here’s who we’ve got on board…

Storage (SDS & traditional) (1pm)
Renée Lawrence, HDS (@reneehlawrence) moderator
Jase McCarty, VMware (@jasemccarty)
Gabriel Chapman, SolidFire (@bacon_is_king)
Stephen Foskett, Tech Field Day (@sfoskett)
Phoummala Schmitt, Blogger & cohost of Current Status podcast (@exchangegoddess)
Matt Cowger, EMC (@mcowger)
Calvin Zito, HP (@calvinzito)
Infrastructure (1pm)
Keith Norbie, SolidFire (@keithnorbiemoderator
J Metz, Cisco (@drjmetz)
Leah Schoeb, Intel (@vleahschoeb)
James Bowling, General Datatech (@vsential)
Eric Wright, VMturbo (@discoposse)
Hugo Phan, Atlantis Computing (@hugophan)
Stu Miniman, Wikibon (@stu)
Networking (SDN & traditional) (2pm)
Lauren Malhoit, Cisco (@malhoit) moderator
Tom Hollingsworth, Tech Field Day (@networkingnerd)
Lisa Caywood, Brocade (@realLisaC)
Ryan Hughes, Presidio (@angryjesters)
Scott Lowe, VMware (@scott_lowe)
Josh Coen, Sirius (@joshcoen)
Automation (2pm)
Tim Jabaut, BB&T (@vmcutlipmoderator
Al Renouf, VMware (@alanrenouf)
Josh Atwell, SolidFire (@josh_atwell)
Luc Dekens, Eurocontrol (@lucd22)
Jon Hildebrand, LightEdge Solutions (@snoopj123)
Smiti Sharma, EMC (@smiti_sharma)
Careers (3pm)
Damian Karlson, EMC (@sixfootdadmoderator
John Troyer, TechReckoning (@jtroyer)
Emad Younis, Tintri (@emad_younis)
Lauren Cooney, Cisco (@lcooney)
Keith Neighbors, Neighbors & Associates (@datastoragejobs)
Andy Tullo, ABS Technology Architects (@tulloat)
Data Protection (3pm)
Jim Millard, OneNeck IT Solutions (@millardjkmoderator
Chris Wahl, Rubrik (@chriswahl)
Gina Minks, Spanning (@gminks)
GS Khalsa, VMware (@gurusimran)
Tim Antonowicz, #vDB (@timantz)
Nick Howell, Cohesity (@datacenterdude)
Shannon Snowden, Zerto (@shannonsnowden)


Final Thoughts

Don’t forget our sponsors! Not only will they be present during the events, but they’ll be around all week at the conference. Let them know how much you enjoyed the events of the day: the more positive feedback they receive, the more likely they’ll be willing to continue supporting us.

See you on Sunday!!!


I have offered my services (I’m at least scary looking) to help out at VMunderground this year, thus you’ll see me in a VMunderground Tshirt.


See you at the event.



Roger L

I’m a Delegate at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015

I’m excited to announce that I am a Delegate for Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015

I will be on Monday’s Delegate Panel.


What is Tech Field Day?

Our Field Day events bring together innovative IT product vendors and independent thought leaders to share information and opinions in a presentation and discussion format. Independent bloggers, speakers, freelance writers, and podcasters have a public presence that has immense influence on the ways that products and companies are perceived and by IT practitioners. The world of media has changed, with social media and blogging gaining special importance. Our Field Day is an opportunity for tech companies and independent writers to meet, update and discuss products and form new communications.

We provide a valuable forum for engagement, education, hands-on experience, and feedback for vendors. And the attendees get access to the best information, high quality resources that lead to informed, more nuanced discussion about the marketplace.

I have been lucky to been a part of Tech Field Day for a couple years, and find it an increasingly valuable event to be part of.

Below is the Agenda for Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015

Below Content is from

TFD Extra VMworld-300
Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015 August 31–3, 2015
Who: Virtualization
What: Extra
When: Future
Where: San Francisco


“For Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015, we will have three different delegate panels, one per day.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday


Delegates are selected by the Field Day Delegate community. For more information on our selection process, please see our page about becoming a Field Day Delegate.

Alastair Cooke @DemitasseNZ
Trainer, Writer, Consultant, Geek. From New Zealand.
Amit Panchal @AmitPanchal76
Technical IT Manager and blogger at
Amy Manley @WyrdGirl
12 years in IT, vExpert and an automation junkie
Andrew Mauro @Andrea_Mauro
IT Architect with focus on virtualization, cloud and storage
Chris M Evans @ChrisMEvans
Chris is a UK-based consultant with an interest in all technologies, focusing on storage, virtualisation and cloud.
Christopher Kusek @cxi
CTO at @Xiologix – EVP of Engineering, Technology Evangelist, vExpert, EMC Elect, BDA, CISSP, MCT, Cloud, Ninja, Vegan, Single, Father, Cat, Humorist, Author
David Davis @DavidMDavis
David Davis is a well-known author, speaker, and trainer covering datacenter technologies.
Enrico Signoretti @ESignoretti
An IT consultant, entrepreneur and passionate blogger at (not necessarily in that order).
Eric Shanks @Eric_Shanks
Independent Blogger for, technical consultant, and Chicago VMUG Leader.
Howard Marks @DeepStorageNet
Storage Analyst Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Joep Piscaer @JPiscaer
Joep Piscaer is an IT architect at OGD ict-diensten, VMware VCDX #101, vExpert 2009, 2011 – 2013, member of the NL VMUG Customer Council and actively involved in the international VMware community. He writes on his blog,
Keith Townsend @CTOAdvisor
Keith Townsend is the founder of and is an IT management consultant with more than 15 years of related experience.
Larry Smith @MrLESmithJr
19 yrs. in IT | 11 yrs. VMware virtualization | VMware NSX Nut
Marco Broeken @MBroeken
Dutch Virtualization Admirer and DaaS Lover, Blogger at
Mark May @CincyStorage
Storage expert, unix curmudgeon, IT nerd, and sporadic blogger
Matthew Leib @MBLeib
Phoummala Schmitt @PhoummalaSchmit
Just trying to survive in IT as a (woman) Sr. Systems Engineer with a focus on Messaging , Virtualization, Storage.
Roger Lund @RogerLund
Roger evangelizes virtualization by night, and is a Sr. System Administration for a call center in the
Scott D. Lowe @OtherScottLowe
Scott D. Lowe is an independent consultant, blogger, and author focusing on issues that affect the CIO and on the virtualization and storage markets.
Shane Williford @coolsport00
Stephen Beaver @SBeaver
Stephen Beaver is the co-author of VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center and Scripting VMware Power Tools: Automating Virtual Infrastructure Administration.
Theresa Miller @24x7ITConnect
Citrix Technology Professional (CTP), MBA and Microsoft Exchange geek. Enjoying blogging and technical speaking.

That’s an impressive list of delegates!

Presentation Calendar

Most presentations are streamed live on this page, at, and at some delegate and presenter web sites. After the event, the following pages contain video recordings of these presentations.

August 31, 2015 12:00-13:00 Data Gravity Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: Amit Panchal, Enrico Signoretti, Larry Smith, Marco Broeken, Mark May,Matthew Leib, Roger Lund, Scott D. Lowe
September 2, 2015 14:30-15:30 Datto Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: Alastair Cooke, Andrew Mauro, Chris Evans, Christopher Kusek, Enrico Signoretti, Keith Townsend, Marco Broeken, Theresa Miller
August 31, 2015 13:30-14:30 Platform9 Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: Amit Panchal, Enrico Signoretti, Larry Smith, Marco Broeken, Mark May,Matthew Leib, Roger Lund, Scott D. Lowe
August 31, 2015 15:00-16:00 Cirba Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: Amit Panchal, Enrico Signoretti, Larry Smith, Marco Broeken, Mark May,Matthew Leib, Roger Lund, Scott D. Lowe
August 31, 2015 16:30-17:30 Velostrata Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: Amit Panchal, Enrico Signoretti, Larry Smith, Marco Broeken, Mark May,Matthew Leib, Roger Lund, Scott D. Lowe
September 1, 2015 12:30-13:30 Primary Data Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: David Davis, Howard Marks, Joep Piscaer, Justin Warren, Phoummala Schmitt, Shane Williford, Stephen Beaver, Theresa Miller
September 1, 2015 15:30-16:30 SanDisk Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: David Davis, Howard Marks, Joep Piscaer, Justin Warren, Phoummala Schmitt, Shane Williford, Stephen Beaver, Theresa Miller
September 1, 2015 17:00-18:00 Reduxio Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: David Davis, Howard Marks, Joep Piscaer, Justin Warren, Phoummala Schmitt, Shane Williford, Stephen Beaver, Theresa Miller
September 2, 2015 13:00-14:00 Violin Memory Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: Alastair Cooke, Andrew Mauro, Chris Evans, Christopher Kusek, Enrico Signoretti, Keith Townsend, Marco Broeken, Theresa Miller


I’m looking forward to it! And you can look forward to me having some upcoming posts from me on the presenting companies.

Roger L

Repost : with a few additions: What is my SSO Domain Name & Site Name?

I had to use this today after forgetting a little used VMware Workstation Lab’s vSphere 6 sso domain.


I ended up finding this blog post, and i’m going to refer to it in my blog post as well.

vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 2: What is my SSO Domain Name & Site Name?


You will find it in the following two configuration files:





You have to enable shell via ssh to vcenter first.

login to vcenter via ssh. I enabled this by default.

If not do the below steps or skip this section if ssh is enabled.


How to enable ssh on the vcenter appliance



1. Open the console of the appliance using in this case the vsphere client.

2. Press F2 and log in as root.

3. Notice the choices and select Troubleshooting Mode Options.

4. Notice the two options. Select Enable SSH.

5.  Press Enter to enable it.


Command> shell.set –enabled True
Command> shell

localhost:~ # vi /etc/vmware/install-defaults/vmdir.domain-name

This returned


Thus I knew I had to login to [email protected] to vcenter.

P.S. Document your lab login and sso information… :0)

Roger L

Reset VMware vCenter Appliance 6 root password

If your like me, you often forget passwords or domains you setup in your lab environments.

Here are a blog post I found useful when playing in my lab.


VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 root account locked out after password expiration (2069041)

KB: 2069041
KB: 2069041
Updated: Aug 21, 2015Categories:

VMware vCenter Server Appliance

Product Version(s):
VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.x



“To reactivate the root account:

  1. Reboot the vCenter Server appliance using the vSphere Client.
  2. When the GRUB bootloader appears, press the spacebar to disable autoboot.Note: If the time between when you power on the virtual machine and when it exits the BIOS or EFI and launches the guest operating system is too short, you can adjust the delay. For more information, see Delay the Boot Sequence in the VMware vSphere 5.5 Documentation guide.
  3. Type p to access the appliance boot options.
  4. Enter the GRUB password.



Now I locked my self out trying passwords. Thus when you hit p you have to type your password. But it doesn’t lock you out at this point. Thus I found my password after a bit of work.


Entire write up by VMware here.


Roger L

Unitrends Free Edition. Protecting your assets with Asset Protection and Job Creation.

Yesterday I write on Installing and Configuring Unitrends free edition. Today I will cover protecting your assets with Asset Protection. Then we will go over Job Creation. This allows you to have a backup of your VM’s for free!



For this scenario we will be using vCenter 5.5.


And we are off!


1. Browse to the UI.

unitrends free edition UI


2. Close the welcome to Unitrends free.

unitrends free edition ui welcome

3. Navigate to Configure.

unitrends free edition ui configure

4. Click on the Protected Assets Tab.

unitrends free edition ui configure protected assets

5. Click Add, and select Virtual Host.

unitrends free edition ui configure protected assets add virtual host


6. Put in your vCenter information and click save.

unitrends free edition ui configure protected assets add virtual host details

7. Now navigate to Protect.

unitrends free edition ui protect

8. Highlight your vCenter

unitrends free edition ui protect select vcenter

9. Check the box next to the VM you would like to Backup.

unitrends free edition ui protect select vcenter select vm

10. Click Backup

unitrends free edition ui protect backup

11. A new window will popup, titled Create Backup Job.

unitrends free edition ui protect create backup jobJPG

12. Click Define Job Settings.

unitrends free edition ui protect create backup job define

For now we are going to just run this job once. This is called a on demand job.

13. Under Schedule, Select when to run this job: check Now, and save.

unitrends free edition ui protect create backup job define on demand


Right away a job success window pops up.

unitrends free edition ui protect job success


Lets take a look at the job to verify the job’s running status.

14. Click view Jobs.

unitrends free edition ui protect jobs running


15. Click on the job, and click View Details.

unitrends free edition ui protect jobs running view details


Once it completes you will see a Successful Status.

unitrends free edition ui protect job finished 1

Congrats! You have just protected your first VM!



Roger Lund

Installing and Configuring Unitrends free edition

Last week I wrote on Unitrends offers free backup’s with Unitrends Free. Unitrends is a leader in the backup space. And they recently announced a free edition.  Today I am going to cover deploying the software via a appliance, and the post deployment configuration. This is our first Step to backing up our virtual environment, for free!

Once we finish this, we will be ready to login to the UI, setup asset protection, and create a new backup job.


Before we start:

This requires a windows machine to launch the setup with .net framework 4.0. Note this does not install on the device you run it from, but deploy’s a appliance.



Ready, get set, and GO!


1. Run the unitrends Installer.

unitrends free edition exe

2. Fill out the vCenter information, and click Next.

unitrends free edition vcenter

3. Next name the appliance and select the VMware host and Datastore and click Next.

unitrends free edition vcenter host and datacenter


4. Now select your network, and give the appliance the correct network information for your environment, and click next.

unitrends free edition applaince network config

5. Now Configure the disk size, select the datastore, and disk provision method, and click install.

unitrends free edition disk config

6. Now browse to the IP Address, and proceed by ignoring any SSL warning, and agree to the agreement.

unitrends accept

7. Next we will setup the Date and time on the appliance. Once you have made any adjustments click next.

unitrends free edition date and time

8. Now we set the hostname, domain name, and password. Click Next.

unitrends free edition hostname and password

9. Next we set the mail server information and click Finish.

unitrends free edition email

On the next write up. I will cover protecting assets and creating jobs.

Roger Lund

Unitrends offers free backup’s with Unitrends Free

Product overview:

Unitrends is a software company that has been doing backup’s since 1985 according to Wikipedia. On may 12th they announced a open beta to a free version of Unitrends free..

Unitrends free is a Virtual Appliance that offers data protection in the form of a Linux based VMware or Hyper-v VM. You can protect VM’s with Full backup’s, incremental backups, on demand or scheduled. You can recover individual files, the entire vm or perform a instant recovery.


Features in Unitrends Free include:

  • Free vSphere and Hyper-V Backup for Unlimited Virtual Machines (VMs) and Sockets. Unlike other tools that restrict usage by number of VMs or sockets, Unitrends Free provides hypervisor-level protection for up to 1 terabyte (TB) of data.

  • Instant VM Recovery. Unitrends Free makes it possible to quickly run a VM directly from a backup to reduce downtime. Instant recovery also allows users to spin up copies of their VMs for recovery verification, testing and development.

  • Automated Daily Scheduling. The product features “set it and forget it” scheduling with daily recovery points to keep a user’s system protected at all times – even when no one is around.

  • Fast, Incremental Forever Backups. Unitrends Free delivers changed-block tracking and incremental forever backups to ensure that backups complete rapidly every day – without using a lot of storage.

  • Cloud Integration. Users can also take advantage of low cost long-term storage via integration with third-party clouds such as Google Cloud Storage, Google Nearline and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3).

  • Unitrends Community Integration. Users benefit from limitless support provided by the Unitrends Community. Directly integrated into the Unitrends Free user interface, IT professionals can search the forum and collaborate to help one another, while also earning attractive rewards. Source



The beta version of Unitrends Free is available to download now.  Here is the Unitrends Free Administrator’s Guide

In celebration of the launch, one lucky user will win a $1,500 Visa Giftcard.


To download the software and obtain more details regarding the sweepstakes, please visit:


I will be following up with installation and configuration of the product.


Roger Lund

Veeam 8 – Wan Acceleration : Role Installation and Setup


Veeam Wan Acceleration is a neat technology.


“Built-in WAN Acceleration dramatically reduces the bandwidth required for transferring backups and replicas over the WAN. This eliminates the need to acquire additional network bandwidth or deploy a general-purpose WAN accelerator appliance for fast off site backup and replication.

Built-in WAN Acceleration is available in Veeam® Backup & Replication™ Enterprise Plus Edition

Get your VMs off site up to 50x faster

Built-in WAN Acceleration utilizes global caching, variable block length data fingerprinting and traffic compression to reduce bandwidth requirements by an order of magnitude, while multiple WAN optimization ensures that your available bandwidth is leveraged to its fullest potential. Best of all, there are no appliances to deploy, virtual machine (VM)- or host-based agents to install, or network infrastructure changes to make. Veeam’s Built-in WAN Acceleration:

  • Helps get VMs off site up to 50 times faster than transferring raw data
  • Minimizes bandwidth consumption when copying backups and making replicas over the WAN
  • Supports unreliable and high latency network connections
  • Requires no changes to the existing network infrastructure

What is a WAN accelerator?

A WAN accelerator reduces the amount of data that needs to flow back and forth across the WAN by using caching and data compression techniques. Basically, a WAN accelerator works by caching duplicate files (or parts of files) so they can be referenced in global cache instead of having to be sent across the WAN again. WAN accelerators effectively trade off network I/O for disk I/O, thus significantly improving the performance of data transfers over the network in situations when bandwidth is the primary bottleneck.”


This is part of the Veeam Availability Suite v8

As a requirement , you need to install veeam 8.

Ideen has a nice write up on Installing Veeam 8. Veeam 8: Step-by-Step New Install


thus I am going to bypass that.

I have not had a chance to do a write up on how to set it up, and it’s been up my list a while. So here it is.



lets rock!


Open Veeam Backup


veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator start

Click on Backup Infrastructure

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup select backup infrastructure

Click on WAN Accelerators

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup select backup infrastructure then wan accelerator

Right click and select Add WANAcceleratorr

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server

Type in the DNS Name or IP Address.


veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server type in name


Select account, or create account if needed.


veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server select account


Review, and click Next.

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server install


veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server status installed

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server status finish


Now on to installing the WAN Accelerator.

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server install cache

Click Next.


veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator set cache drive and space


Select the local drive, and change the Cache size. This have to be enough to fit the VM’s your caching.

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator set cache drive and space install


Click Next.


veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server install cache status installed next

Click Next

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server install cache status installed finish

Repeat these steps for a VM on the wan side.

To enable WAN acceleration, you need to deploy a pair of WAN accelerators in your backup infrastructure.



On the next article, I will follow up with a separate post with setting up and testing a Job.



Roger Lund

vCloud Director 5.6.4 for Service Providers Release Notes

VMware has released a new release for vCloud Director, release 5.6.4


What’s in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

What’s New in this Release

  • Increased upgrade support: Added upgrade support from vCloud Director 5.5.2 and to vCloud Director 5.6.4 for Service Providers.
  • Increased guest operating system support: vCloud Director has added support for the following guest operating systems.
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
    • Ubuntu 14.04
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
    • CentOS 6.5
    • CentOS 7
    • Oracle Linux 6.5
    • Oracle Linux



Make sure to read the resolved issues and known issues


System Requirements, Installation, and Upgrade

For information about system requirements and installation instructions, see the VMware vCloud Director Installation and Upgrade Guide.

For interoperability information, see Interoperability Matrix, Upgrade Path and Configuration Maximums.


Also see vCloud Director 5.6 Upgrade Path and Configuration Maximums / vCloud Director 5.6 Configuration Maximums (2090718)  KB: 2090718





Roger Lund