Category Archives: VMware

On being a vExpert

By | 2017-10-30

     I love learning new things.  I also love sharing the knowledge that I have out to folks who are interested in it.  That’s why I started this blog.  That’s why I help to run VTUG, AWS-PUG and host/present for vBrownBag.  This is on top of my full time role at GreenPages 🙂 It’s… Read More »

vROps – Create & Enable 6.0 Hardening Alerts

By | 2017-02-16

I’ve been spending a lot of time in vROps recently, so I’m going to do a little write up on 5.5 and 6.0 Hardening Alerts found in vRealize Operations Manager 6.4 In the vROps policy section, you’ll see that there is a default policy in the Policy Library called the vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide: “But… Read More »

Log Insight – Upgrade 3.6 to 4.0

By | 2016-12-14

Today I’m going to upgrade my 3 node Log Insight environment from 3.6 to 4.0. Here are the steps: Go to and download the upgrade package: Log into your Log Insight 3.6 environment and choose the menu option in the upper right corner and select Administration: Select “Cluster” and click the “Upgrade Cluster” button:… Read More »

Running Docker on CentOS on ESXi

By | 2016-08-05

Recently I’ve been playing with containers a little bit in my lab. Today I’m going to show you how to get a Docker engine running on a CentOS 7 VM running on an ESXi host. It’s surprisingly easy! First, what is Docker? It’s an engine that lays on top of an existing host OS and… Read More »

The Mistwire HomeLab setup!

By | 2016-07-27

Hi All! So this post has been a long time coming and I’ve spent the last week banging away at my environment to get it up to spec. I’m going to approach this article like I would a standard design engagement: list my requirements, risks, assumptions & constraints create a conceptual, logical and physical design… Read More »

vROps – Setting up alerting for vROps Cluster & vCenter metrics collecting

By | 2016-06-28

When you set up a new vROps environment 2 things that you are going to want to monitor are (1) the health of the vROps nodes themselves and (2) the collection status from the vCenters that you are collecting data from. These are the steps you’ll want to perform once you’ve got your outbound notifications… Read More »

AWS create billing alerts so that our free* account doesn’t surprise us

By | 2016-05-15

Now that I’ve been playing around a bit in the environment, I decided to create some alerts in case I accidentally (or on purpose) chose an option that will incur charges to my credit card. Here are the steps to set up an email alert for your AWS account. Before you create a billing alarm,… Read More »

How to get your free* AWS account & spin up your first VM

By | 2016-05-02

I’m currently playing around with AWS. I’m watching the really good Pluralsight video series from Elias Khnaser on it. In it he walks you through the process of signing up for the free account (asterisks on free because depending on what you choose you CAN get charged and sometimes it’s not clear what the free… Read More »

VSPHERE 6 – vRealize Orchestrator Upgrade

By | 2016-04-13

The last in this series of posts surrounding the lab upgrade to vSphere 6.0 will be for vRealize Orchestrator. This component disappeared from view in my web client following the upgrade to vCenter Server 6.0u1, which was expected from prior inspection of the compatibility matrix at We are going to need to get this… Read More »

vSphere 5.5 Storage Policies

By | 2016-03-27

A big push of VMware in the past couple of years has been policy based EVERYTHING. With the move towards automating every aspect of the implementation process, from storage to compute to networking, it seems that object metadata (tags) and policy associations are going to continue to play a bigger role in every tool set… Read More »