Tag Archives: Vmware


Application Dependency Diagram

In a Virtual design you need an application dependency diagram.  An application dependency diagram determines which items are related. During the discovering process of running services you can use this information to draw down the upstream and downstream relationships. If you have a website for example. The website runs on a webserver which runs on a linux server… Read More »

VMware vCenter Installable vs. Appliance

VMware vCenter Installable vs. Appliance VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) is a VMware’s official VA that can be used as an alternative way to implement a full vCenter Server, instead to install on a Windows Server (that must be deployed first). Unlike the installable version, it does not need a Windows Server license and… Read More »

Studying for my VCAP5-DCD

Here is how I have been studying for my VCAP5-DCD.  This is VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Design certification The blog posts out there have really got me nervous about this test.  There are 100 question and only 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete the questions.  The first time test takers are… Read More »

Transition from Small Business Server to Standard Windows Server 2012 R2

Transition Process: 1. To ensure a seamless transition we need to start by performing Health Check of AD and Exchange using tools like dcdiag, BPA for Small Business Server 2003, 2008 and 2011 and BPA for Exchange: http://blogs.technet.com/b/ptsblog/archive/2011/11/14/performing-an-active-directory-health-check-before-upgrading.aspx   2. Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices Analyzer: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5334   3. Ensure that we… Read More »

Hosting a domain controller in the cloud

Hosting a domain controller in the cloud We have clients that are having a rough time coming up with the the resources to purchase new server(s) to replace their aging Window Server 2003 system(s).  My company has been testing the ability to host a Primary Domain Controller in our Data center and then having a… Read More »

Virtualization project for a City in Northwest Iowa

Virtualization  project for a City in Northwest Iowa A smaller city in Northwest Iowa called and asked my current employer for to quote for a project. Here are the details of the project: Upgrade current Server to new Operating System Provide a backup solution with offsite capabilities Install and configure the latest version on Microsoft Exchange… Read More »