A Collection of My Writings, Notes, and Thoughts on Network, Security, Virtualization, and the Business of IT.

Aug 5, 2018

Create VMware ESXi USB Install Media

Create VMware ESXi USB Install Media

Download the ESXi ISO from the VMware Download Website. This ISO needs to be written to the USB, and be made bootable. There are many applications which can do this for you, in this example, we'll be using UNetbootin.

Aug 5, 2018

Intel NUC Lab Hosts Hardware Setup

Intel NUC Lab Hosts
Hardware Setup

As I've mentioned in prior posts, you don't need a bunch of expensive hardware to learn, and have a working lab. It's just easier to configure, and allows you to run more virtual machines at one time.

Aug 4, 2018

Installing Microsoft SQL 2016 and Management Studio

Installing Microsoft SQL 2016
and Management Studio

I'm installing MS SQL 2016 in this lab. Things like WSUS, will be moved here after their default installs, to see how those migration processes work. Later, these databases will be moved to a clustered environment, to explore that migration path, as well.

Jul 24, 2018

Install xRDP on Ubuntu 18.04

Install xRDP on Ubuntu 18.04

Because, Sometimes you need a Remote GUI.I like RDP, it's familiar. I've used it forever. It has it's strengths, like ease of setup, and familiarity. It also has some weaknesses if not

Jul 24, 2018

Install Chromium on Ubuntu 18.04

Install Chromium
on Ubuntu 18.04

Saying Hello to an Old Friend, or at Least it's Weird CousinI've been a Google Chrome fanboy for sometime. So, when I started using Ubuntu, I looked for my normal Google Chrome experience.

Jul 24, 2018

Install OpenSSH on Ubuntu 18.04

Install OpenSSH on Ubuntu 18.04

SSH, I mean Shhhh, They're ListeningYou're going to need it, you're going to use it. SSH is one of the first applications I install and configure, when setting up a new Linux host.

Jul 22, 2018

Laboratorium Rattus The Animal Within

Laboratorium Rattus The Animal Within

RebuildI finally had the opportunity to purchase some long awaited lab equipment. So of course, I'm going all Lab Rat, and doing a total rebuild. Making it presentable was a requirement from my

May 25, 2018

Who is Veeam? And Why I Use Them

Who is Veeam?
And Why I Use Them

Backing IT upProbably best known for it's backup and recovery products, Veeam has positioned itself in the last twelve years, as a market leader in the availability space. Servicing 300K customers, large and

Apr 16, 2018

RSA Conference 2018 Day One

Ready, Set, Go!The last two days, were spent preparing for RSAC. Making sure all the devices and external battery were charged. That all the cables, dongles, medicines, and snacks, were packed for

Apr 5, 2018

RSA Conference 2018 Are You Going?

Right Around The Corner, But What Is It?The RSA Conference is a very large, annual security conference held in San Francisco. It's a great opportunity to see all the latest security products/

Mar 15, 2018

VeeamON 2018 Conference Alright, Who's Going?

What?VeeamON is the annual conference for Veeam Customers and Partners. Two and a half days of General Sessions, Keynotes, over 60 breakout sessions, talking to Veeam Experts, getting certified, and exploring the

Dec 29, 2017

Finally Live with Only Two Days to Spare

Finally Live
with Only Two Days to Spare

Tick TockNothing like waiting until the last moment, with only two days remaining on my plan. I've been working on the blog migrations since summer, so I was neither surprised, nor

Dec 29, 2017

Python Learning Resources Quick List

Python Learning Resources
Quick List

PythonA friend on Twitter mentioned he was making a resolution to learn Python, and DM'd me privately to see if I knew of any links. I did a quick search of my timeline

Aug 28, 2017

Road to VMware VMWorld 2017 All 22 miles

Lucky Las VegasI live in Las Vegas, which is great, a lot of conferences are held here. I'm also fortunate, as my employer, believes in conferences and training. Saving on the travel costs

Mar 26, 2017

Do you love IT? Live IT!

Are you in tune?Ever take up an musical instrument? Perhaps, took a class at the community college or a private instructor? Maybe you finished the class, joined the school band, or had

Feb 14, 2017

RSA Conference CCSP Crash Course A Review

CCSP - Certified Cloud Security ProfessionalAs discussed in an earlier post, I elected for ISC2 training prior to the start of the RSA Conference. The CCSP crash course two-day was all day Sunday

Oct 20, 2016

RSA Conference Savings Early Bird

SavingsRegister for a Full Conference pass by November 4 and save $1,000 Last February, I attended the RSA Conference and BSides San Francisco and it was quite a first time experience for

Sep 6, 2016

Top vBlogs 2016 Virtualization Blogs

vSphere-land.comVisit Eric Siebert's blog today! Great posts as well as a wealth of information and resources. Did I mention resources? Ton's of them. Annually, they do a Top vBlogs list,

Aug 3, 2016

Change Management Change Your Evil Ways!

Wait, you're supposed to manage changes?Change management, change tracking, change control, simple words that mean so many different things to people. Most companies have some process to manage changes to their environment.

May 29, 2016

2016...50% done loading A Blur

WhirlwindMay and June were blurs and on the first of July, 50% of 2016 was complete. It has been a whirlwind the last couple of months for both my work and irl. I've

Apr 8, 2016

Sparks of Inspiration Be Inspired

What is Inspiration?A quick Google search on inspiration yields two simple definitions. To be "mentally stimulated to do or feel" and the act of "drawing in of breath; inhalation". A breathe of

Mar 8, 2016

E1000/VMXnet3 Tales from the Trench

A silent killerWas it a disaster situation? A 0-day? or a data center fire? Nope, not a flashy problem or even a spectacular firestorm. It was a simple changeAn inadvertent change of a

Jan 2, 2016

A Sip from the infoFireHose A Series

OverwhelmingThis is the first in a series posts titled Sipping from the Info Fire Hose. Plainly put, attempting to stay abreast in technology today is like attempting to drink from a firehose. You

Dec 31, 2015

Happy New Year and a New Home

Hello 20162015 is backed up and archived. Well not all of it. You may have noticed, the blog design and location has changed yet again. The virtual machine that I did all my

Oct 19, 2015

What is WSUS? Windows Server Update Services

WSUSWikipedia defines WSUS as: "Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), previously known as Software Update Services (SUS), is a computer program developed by Microsoft Corporation that enables administrators to manage the distribution of updates

Jul 10, 2015

My Pluralsight Review a Geek Candy Store

Carpe OpportunitatemFor a little over a month, I've had the excellent opportunity to review the entire Pluralsight catalog. First, I would like to say that I wasn't given the account to do a

Jul 8, 2015

AWS WorkSpaces VDI Minus the Infrastructure

WorkSpaces. What is it?VDI minus the I? Not quite, but could almost be.Depending our your desktop workload, AWS WorkSpaces could be a viable virtual desktop environment. Amazon WorkSpaces is a "managed

Jul 8, 2015

What is AWS? Amazon Web Services

AWSAWS is Amazon Web Services. They offer a set of products and services that include (1) "compute, storage, database, analytic's, application, and deployment services that help organizations move faster, lower IT costs, and

Jul 4, 2015

Learning New Things and Enjoying IT

BusyThis year has been fun and extremely busy. Quite the whirlwind. I had Alien Vault training in AZ, Citrix Synergy in Orlando, and recently learning Amazon Web Services. All this and 5 blog

Feb 18, 2015

What Blogging is for Me and What All This is

BloggingBlogging today comes in many forms. Personal blogs, business blogs, micro blogging platforms like Twitter and Tumblr, Some have advertisements, others not. It's up to each person or business to decide what content

Jan 14, 2015

What is NTP? Network Time Protocol

Time to Read ThisNetwork Time Protocol (NTP) is a timing protocol that allows time synchronization across devices on a network to the Coordinated Universal Time UTC time. NTP operates on UDP port 123.

Jan 2, 2015

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! As my holiday draws to a close, I bathe in the light of my laptop. Staring at the white blank page that is this blog, glowing bright and I wonder what I will write this year.

Oct 9, 2014

What is PowerShell? Microsoft PowerShell

What is PowerShell?
Microsoft PowerShell

PowerShell is a scripting language written on the .Net framework by Microsoft. Some would say, the new and improved Microsoft Command shell. A version of PowerShell has been available for Microsoft Operating Systems since Windows XP.

May 6, 2014

Citrix Synergy 2014 Anaheim!

Citrix Synergy 2014

I'm attending Citrix Synergy again this year. I'm sure the next few days will be filled with sessions, vendor meetings, and trying to figure out, this years, product name changes.

Oct 9, 2013

Setting up My Blog Version 1

Setting up My Blog
Version 1

Hello All!I'm going finally to start blogging. I've lurked far too long, though I've learned much from our online IT community. Now it's time to create a little content, as well as,