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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 …

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Writing for your audience – Quick tips for technical documentation

There is an art to documentation. As a Systems Architect, one of the key parts of my role is being able to create documents and guides for technical and business processes. Whether it is an existing process, or a newly developing concept, the method is most always the same. What is different in creating documentation is the style of writing …

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Installation versus Implementation

We have all gotten the pitch from the vendor: “you will be up and running in under 1 hour”. It varies in length, but the concept is the same most times. The idea that you go from CD or a download, to production in a minimal amount of time. What you will quickly learn is that there is a significant …