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Upgrade to VCAP6 or VCIX6 ?

VMware has just started to release a 3 part series around VCIX6 certification. I remembered initially there was talks about removing VCAP (VMware Certified Advanced Professional) certification and replacing it with something else where you had to pass both the lab and design exam before you actually earned a certification. Well it looks like VMware has done a U turn and decided to keep the tracks of VCAP but added the VCIX (VMware Certified Implementation Expert). To obtain the VCIX status you need to pass the design AND lab exam.  As I am already VCAP5-DCA I was looking at options for obtaining either VCAP 6 or VCIX 6.  Based on VMware blog posts here are the following upgrade options : From VCAP5 Design to VCIX6 → Earn the VCAP6 Deployment certification by passing the VCAP6 Deployment Exam (lab). From VCAP5 Administration to VCIX6 → Earn the VCAP6 Design certification by passing the VCAP6 Design Exam. From VCAP5 Administration  and VCAP5 Design (both) to VCIX6 → Earn either

Automated Installation of SQL 2014 - Basic Starter

I have always been told by our Database Administrators that it is very hard to automate the installation of SQL server. We already had a process to automatically deploy some software like SCCM and Anti-Virus when a new server is provisioned. The next step for me was to try and deploy applications/features such as SQL and IIS. After much digging around Microsoft site I came across a few articles around deploying SQL Server 2014 via command line, sysprep and configuration file. Sysprep: Sysprep is good if you are going to have a specific VM image that will always be for deploying SQL as default. Considerations for Installing SQL Server Using SysPrep Install SQL Server 2014 Using SysPrep Command Line: You can use command line to type in all your options, features that you would like to install but that command could be a very long one!!! Install SQL Server 2014 from the Command Prompt Configuration File: A configuration file can be generated by going through

vROPS- Capacity Remaining What Will Fit?

I have been using vROPS for a few months now and noticed that under "Capacity Remaining" tab there is a section "What Will Fit".  As you can see vROPS has already done some analysis based on the metrics it has collected in your environment. If you click on the down triangle it will tell you what metrics it is using to base on that assumption From the above diagram "Average Profile" it tells us that my cluster is over provisioned by 81 VMs and the specs it has used to help give the number. As you can see this is based on "Demand". In my environment we are doing capacity by "Allocation" and also we deploy VMs with specific configurations for different clusters. So how do we do that ? On the same screen click on the right or left arrows until you see the "+" sign and click on this A new screen will prompt up Give the profile a name which will be display name as well Leave the object type as

ESXi Embedded Host Client Fling

Over the years it has always be quite a pain to manage an ESXi host standalone. You would either need to have installed the C# client or know your ESXCLI commands to do anything. As VMware is moving away from using the C# client you would most likely need to know your command lines to perform actions on the ESXi host. Recently released on VMware’s Fling website is “ESXi Embedded Host Client” which I think will overcome the above problem. So what is “ESXi Embedded Host Client” you may ask? It’s a small client software which is installed on the ESXi host for you to get a GUI interface by using a web browser.   It looks just like the web client for vCenter but is purely for just managing an ESXi host. You may wonder why would I need this as I could just use the web client and manage it. Well I have been through times where I had my ESXi host disconnected from vCenter and I need to SSH to the host or use C# client to access the host to perform some tasks. W