Scott's Weblog The weblog of an IT pro specializing in virtualization, networking, open source, and cloud computing

A Quicksilver Primer

Last week, I came the closest I’ve ever come to leaving Quicksilver and switching to an alternative application. It’s quite an honor to the almost-replacement, Alfred, that I even got as close as I did. In the end, though, Quicksilver won out again. During the process, a number of people asked me about Quicksilver, why I use it, and how I use it. After revisiting the reasons for using Quicksilver as part of the evaluation against Alfred, I thought now might be a good time to some answers to these questions.

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Distance vMotion = Stretched Cluster?

Apparently, some people within the virtualization and storage community took umbrage with one of my statements from my article on stretched clusters and distance vMotion. Specifically, this statement:

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Technology Short Take #12: Networking Edition

Now that I’ve published the Storage Edition of Technology Short Take #12, it’s time for the Networking Edition. Enjoy, and I hope you find something useful!

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Stretched Clusters, Distance vMotion and L2 Adjacency

Beth Pariseau recently published an article discussing the practical value of long-distance vMotion, partially in response to EMC’s announcement of VPLEX Geo at EMC World 2011. In that article, Beth quotes some text from a tweet I posted as well as some text from Chad Sakac’s recent post on VPLEX Geo. However, there are a couple inaccuracies from Beth’s article that I really feel need to be cleared up:

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Stretched Clustering Presentation

On May 5, I had the privilege of speaking in Charlotte, NC, at the Carolina VMware User’s Summit. I had been asked to deliver a presentation on the pros and cons of stretched clusters in VMware vSphere. Since I know that not everyone could make it to Charlotte, here’s a copy of the presentation I gave. It’s hosted via Sliderocket. Enjoy, and feel free to post any questions or suggestions in the comments to this post. Thanks!

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Technology Short Take #12: Storage Edition

I’m so far behind in my technology reading that I have this massive list of blog posts and links that I would normally put into an issue of Technology Short Takes. However, people are already “complaining” that my Short Takes aren’t all that short. To keep from overwhelming people, I’m breaking Technology Short Take #12 into three editions: Virtualization, Storage, and Networking.

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A Few References for CCNA Certification

It seems as if there’s been a bit of an increase in interest in attaining CCNA, especially among colleagues within the virtualization and storage areas. (One could allege that this is further evidence of a growing trend away from highly specialized IT folk, but that’s another topic for another day.) With that in mind, I thought I might post a few networking-related references to help others in their quest. So, with that in mind, here you go.

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AppleScripts for Yojimbo, Camino, and Skim

I’m not sure this post will be useful to many readers, but I do know that there are a fair number of readers who are also Mac users, and some have expressed interest in AppleScript and how I use it to “glue” some of my daily applications together for a more seamless workflow. If you’re one of those readers, then read on. (If you’re not, you can still keep reading. I might sway your mind.)

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A Month with Localscope

For the last month or so, I’ve been using an iPhone app called Localscope when I travel. It’s a pretty handy little app, designed to integrate with various online services such as Google, Twitter, Bing, and Foursquare, that leverages the iPhone’s GPS functionality and built-in compass to help you find local places of interest: restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream, etc.

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VMware ESXi Local Disks Showing as Remote

A little over a month ago, I was installing VMware ESXi on a Cisco UCS blade and noticed something odd during the installation. I posted a tweet about the incident. Here’s the text of the tweet in case the link above stops working:

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