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VMworld 2011 Spousetivities

Spousetivities is now in its fourth year at VMworld, and Crystal (my wife and the founder of Spousetivities) has some great stuff planned for VMworld US this year. Thanks to her sponsors (in alphabetical order: eGroup, EMC, HP, HyTrust, Train Signal, and VMUG), she’s been able to pull together a great collection of activities for spouses or significant others traveling with you to VMworld in Las Vegas.

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Some Useful UNIX Commands on your Mac

Over the last day or so I’ve been messing around at the UNIX command line on my Mac, trying to find a workaround for a VPN policy that doesn’t allow split tunneling. (Just as a stupid side question, what is the security issue with split tunneling, anyway?) Along the way, I uncovered some handy commands for gathering information about the networking configuration of your Mac.

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Essential Apps for New Mac Owners

A few of my colleagues are switching from Windows to Mac OS X thanks to the recent release of the new MacBook Air models. As a Mac user for more than 8 years now (since well before the Intel switch), I thought it might be handy to post a list of what could be considered some essential apps for new Mac users.

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vSphere Networking Design Presentation

It seems this is the week for catching up on stuff that I should have done a long time ago! Earlier in the week it was posting a video of the stretched cluster presentation I gave back in May at the Carolina VMware User Summit; this time it’s finally getting around to posting the presentation I gave at the Denver VMUG back at the end of June.

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Time for a Fresh Start

I’ll bet that when you saw the title for this post, your first thought was that I was leaving EMC and starting a new job with a new employer. C’mon, admit it! No, I’m staying at EMC; this post is about getting a fresh start in a new location. That’s right; I’m relocating to the Denver, CO area. In fact, I signed lease papers on a house in the Castle Pines North area, just south of Denver, yesterday afternoon.

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Video of Stretched Cluster Presentation

David Davis (of Train Signal and VMwareVideos.com) was kind enough to record my stretched clusters presentation at the Carolinas VMware User Summit back in May. That video recording has now made its way online, so if you are interested in watching/hearing the presentation you’re in luck! I’ve embedded the YouTube video below, or you can follow this link to view it at the YouTube site.

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Summary of Cisco Live 2011 Blog Posts

This past week I had the opportunity to attend Cisco Live 2011 in Las Vegas. Along the way, I was blogging the sessions that I attended. To help make it easy to find the material, I thought I’d provide a quick “roll-up” post that summarizes not only the posts I published but also some posts from other bloggers. I’m sure that this list will not be comprehensive, but if you have additional posts/links you think I should add, let me know in the comments and I’ll update the post.

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BRKDCT-9131: Mobility and Virtualization with LISP and OTV

This is BRKDCT-9131, Mobility and Virtualization in the Data Center with LISP and OTV. This is one of the last, if not the last, session at Cisco Live 2011.

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BRKSAN-3707: Advanced SAN Services

This is BRKSAN-3707, Advanced SAN Services, presented by Mike Dunn.

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BRKDCT-3060: Deployment Considerations with Interconnecting DCs

This is BRKDCT-3060, Deployment Considerations with Interconnecting Data Centers, presented by Patrice Bellagamba (Distinguished SE) and Max Ardica (Solution Architect). Given that my role in virtualization and storage puts me squarely in the middle of these sorts of designs, I’m really looking forward to this session and gaining some valuable knowledge out of it.

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