VMware Community Podcasts every Wednesday

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Over the last couple of months I’ve started to listen to the VMware Community Podcasts. These are every Wednesday at 12:00pm Pacific time, which currently equates to 8pm BST here in the UK (7pm in GMT). Latest topics have included vROps 6.6, vSan 6.6, code exchange and vRA 7.3. The Podcast is hosted by Eric Nielsen, one of the nicest guys I’ve had the pleasure of meeting at the last couple of VMworld’s, and he is so instrumental in all community activities from the podcast to VMTN, Cloudcred and the vExpert program.

The VMware Community Podcasts have been running for nine years now which I think is a major achievement if you think where we were with this kind of technology nine years ago!

Initially I was introduced to the VMware Community Podcasts through my addiction to Cloudcred,  but lately I have noticed a change in my behaviour, I’m becoming more interested in the podcast and finding out the next subject content and I find myself looking forward to Wednesday nights.

How to Listen

The podcast is hosted on TalkShoe and to listen to the podcast its quite straightforward. Just click the logo below and then click the link to listen live or to the last recording. Alternatively if you want to download it and listen to it say in the car there are 407 past editions to download and listen to at the same location.

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How to take part

Using the web client there is an interface to listen and a chat window where you can ask questions and Eric is always looking for questions for the guests, but I was intrigued how I could dial in. talkshoe

TalkShoe has a phone dial in but I think the phone charges would be prohibitive. It also has a VOIP dial in which sounded like a low cost option, but I struggled to find a way to dial in for free. TalkShoe has a classic client and the ShoePhone which I assumed was the way to go but I found it unstable. So I reached out to TalkShoe and joined a live support session and they suggested I use the X-Lite client. This allows you to dial in for free from the UK.

There is an excellent link on their website “Use X-Lite to Call Into TalkShoe on a Windows PC” https://support.talkshoe.com/customer/en/portal/articles/2596427-use-x-lite-to-call-into-talkshoe-on-a-windows-pc?b_id=14206

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So if you’re interested in all things VMware why not take a listen, and if you want the opportunity to ask some of the top VMware people some questions then why not dial in on a Wednesday night, after all its all about the community.

vExpert 2017 Award Announcement

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Today is a special day for me, I’ve been awarded vExpert 2017 from VMware and I’m so thrilled to make the list again, this being my second year as a vExpert.

To see the full list of vExperts and find out more about the program see the Announcement here.

I believe that becoming a vExpert is all about the community, and this last year I have tried to really get to know the people out there, and have now made new friends at the London VMUG as well as led the CloudCred team on the charge up the leader board. I’ve set questions for Cloudcred, Attended many events, all the UK London VMUG events, Airwatch and EUC events, VMworld 2016 Europe and the UK VMUG usercon. I used to be shy and intimidated by talking to people at these type of events but by taking the jump to get involved has been so rewarding for me, meeting people, seeing  then present and chatting over food and drink has been inspirational to me.

I’m really looking forward to continuing my journey with both VMware and the London VMUG and seeing where it takes me, only last week I was having vBeers with my good friends Chris Bradshaw and our very own London VMUG leader Dave Simpson

I’ve met a number of great people who have supported me on this journey and hopefully Ive supported them on their journey’s, far too many people to mention here (but I will try) so a big thanks to The London VMUG team, The Open Homelab project The Open Techcast team,  (hope to be a podcasting guest soon guys)

The following people for inspiring me (in no particular order)

A really special mention must go to NoellGrier @CloudCredGeek who as the Cloudcred admin must be really sick of all my emails about bugs, suggesting improvements, problems with tasks and why I can’t complete any tasks at the moment!

vmss2core – Fling from VMware

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Whilst working on a call with Microsoft this week they needed a full memory dump from a server.
The windows server wasn’t being particularly cooperative with running a program to make it blue screen and produce a complete memory dump so the support guy advised me of a rather cool way to get my memory dump.

Basically you can snapshot, or in my case suspend the server, then using a cool fling from VMware called vmss2core you can take a copy of the suspend file (VMSS) and convert this file to be a core dump file.

What’s more the vmss2core tool can produce core dump files for:

  • The Windows debugger (WinDbg)
  • Red Hat crash compatible core files
  • A physical memory view suitable for the Gnu debugger gdb
  • Solaris MDB (XXX)
  • Mac OS X formats

So to run the file you simple point vmss2core.exe at the VMSS file you have copied off your ESXi host and it will convert it for you.
To run the file you simply type vmss2core -W .vmss
There are different options depending on what format you want the dump file in.
For more information see the following PDF snapshot2core_technote

So in my case I entered vmss2core -W D:\memorydump\suspendfile.vmss
And just 6 minutes later it had taken my 16GB suspend file and created a 16GB memory dump.

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My biggest problem was finding a place where I could:

  • Copy my 16GB suspend file to.
  • Have sufficient space to create another 16GB memory dump file.

In the end I simply added a new 40GB disk to a server temporally to allow me to save my suspend file, convert it and upload it to Microsoft.

To download the Fling simply go to https://labs.vmware.com/flings/vmss2core
The instructions can be found http://www.vmware.com/pdf/snapshot2core_technote.pdf

Don’t forget as it’s a fling to go back and check for updates regularly, the current version was dated January the 13th so just three weeks ago.

UK VMUG Usercon 2016

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Well in two days’ time it will be the UK VMUG Usercon in Birmingham at the National Motorcycle Museum on Thursday November 17th. This will be my first year to attend the event having only attended the London VMUG up to now. This is a completely free event so if your in to VMware then you should come along and see what’s going on. As someone who has been lucky enough to join the VMware Community I can only say what a privilege it is to attend this kind of event and meet some of the Community Legends that are out there.

So what is there to expect on the day:

Keynote “VMware Strategy Update” by Joe Baguley, VMware VP & CTO EMEA

  • 5 breakout blocks with sessions by the community, VMware and sponsors
  • 15+ community discussion groups, topics led by peers
  • Closing keynote “Demystifying the Future of IT – An IT practitioners guide” by well-respected virtualization blogger Julian Wood (www.wooditwork.com)
  • Meet carefully selected VMware partners to discover innovative and complimentary virtualization solutions
  • vCurry Reception on Wednesday 16 November between 19:00 and 21:00.

I’m going to be there for the vCurry so come over and say hi if your there.

Want to know more, the agenda is available Here

Still interested then there is still time to register Here