Author Archives: Brandon Willmott

About Brandon Willmott

Brandon Willmott is a Global Sr. Solutions Engineer at VMware, 8x VMware vExpert, founder of the New Orleans VMUG and founder of the Baton Rouge VMUG. Brandon has been in IT for over 15 years, and holds AWS SA-A, VCP and CCNA certifications.

Rockin’ Around the Commitmas Tree

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My good friend Matthew Brender started a fun project for the holiday season called 12 Days of Commitmas to encourage everyone to continue to grow over the holiday season by learning or expanding their knowledge with git and coding. These skills will become increasingly prevalent and necessary in 2015 as more sysadmins and organizations implement version control to manage code for configuration management tools like Ansible.

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Use Case for Invalidating PernixData Read Cache

When sizing an acceleration resource for PernixData FVP, we look to recommend a resource that can contain the working set of data for the VMs using that resource. The majority of the time this isn’t a problem. However, we recently came across a use case where the working set of the VM was so large that the VM used the whole flash device and began garbage collection after just 3 days. Let’s take a closer look at what’s going on and how we found a feasible solution for the customer.

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Enabling Sublime Text for Command Line Use

I have been using Sublime Text 2 on my PC for a few months and now that I have a Mac, I got around to installing it today. I have been used to modifying scripts and code snippets from the command line by using “subl <filename>”. Unfortunately, that didn’t work after installing Sublime. I’ve read other blog and seen people use it so I figured that it was just an error after installation. Let’s fix it!

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Enable Software iSCSI Adapter Using PowerCLI

I recently began studying for the VCAP5-DCA (VDCA550) and in the course of administering a 2 host environment, it’s very rare that I have to use PowerCLI. The time it would take to write the script would easily exceed the time to perform the task by hand. But section 7 of the VCAP5-DCA blueprint states that the exam will cover PowerCLI and vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) so as I go work through the blueprint, I intend on becoming very comfortable with many different tasks in PowerCLI.

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