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Linked Mode separation? Veeam to the Rescue

Let’s suppose that we have a configuration where our VMware data-centres are geographically separated and we use more than one vCenter instance running in Linked Mode. I’m using this type of configuration in lab and production environments with great success, except there is one distinct drawback. When two VMware data-centres are running with Linked Mode vCenter configuration, we no longer have …

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Using Double-Take Software and the Virtual Recovery Appliance

When considering a BCP (Business Continuity Planning) solution for your application server environment, one product that you should definitely consider is Double-Take Availability from Vision Solutions. I’ve been using the Double-Take product suite since its earliest days when the company was originally NSI Software. Over recent years the company became branded as Double-Take Software to highlight their flagship product and …

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TDI – Using Test Driven Development Methodologies for Infrastructure

For those who have had exposure to development environments, you are probably familiar with TDD, or Test Driven Development. If not, then I highly recommend that you dig into the topic as it may be one of the best tools to have in your toolkit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test-driven_development The concept is simple: Design a test for an upcoming feature. Run the test to …

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Deploying the VMware vCenter Virtual Appliance on OSX

For those who want to leverage VMware vCenter for your lab, but you are running on Mac OSX with VMware Fusion, there are a couple of quick steps to get you working. The secondary title to this article could really be “How to deploy an OVF template on VMware Fusion”, but the specific goal I’m after is my vCenter appliance …