Get ready for Nordic VMUG Conference 2014

So it has almost been a year since the first Nordic VMUG Conference were held, in Bella Center in Copenhagen, on 3. december 2013.

Last year was a blast, with a lot of international speakers, sessions, vendor show-floor and plenty of opportunity for networking with peers in the industry.

On 20. november it is time for the second Nordic VMUG Conference, and it looks to been just as good as last years event, if not even better.

Beside all the international speakers, there are also a handful of local speakers, including a colleague of mine Nicolai Sandager and myself.
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Last half of VMworld 2014

Today is the last day of VMworld 2014 in Barcelona, but what have happened in the last couple of days, let’s have a look…

Tuesday, I spent almost the whole day just talking and socializing in the Hang Space, the Solutions Exchange and at the Bloggers table.
We from Businessmann had arranged for a private dinner for our customers at Restaurant La Gavina, from where we afterwards walked to Shôko Club where Veeam held an amazing party, although the music was very loud so it was a little difficult to talk at some points.
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Start of VMworld 2014

So back at VMworld, even through it was not the plan.
Got a call from my colleague Heino Skov last monday, that I was going.
So great opportunity, but tight schedule getting ready.

My company, Businessmann, have arranged a trip to VMworld 2014 in Barcelona, like last year.
This year it is organized in collaboration with Arrow ECS Denmark. We arrived in Barcelona sunday around noon, and started by heading out for a beer at a local café, with customers and partners. Afterwards Arrow ECS, had arranged a lunch for all of us with great tapas, at Piscolabis. And as such things go, we ended up having eaten too much :-)
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VCAP-DCA, Completed successfully

My exam story:

I sat my VMware VCAP-DCA exam on Monday 15th of September, at Arrow ECS’ Test Center in Ballerup, Denmark, at 09.30am.
I had scheduled it for 10.00am, but as the Test Center is a 240km drive away, I of cause left home very early Monday morning to be safe.
And because there was no issue with traffic, I arrived in good time, and was given the option to start my exam early.
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Book Review – Learning Veeam Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere

I have received this book as a free review sample, with the only requirement that I would write a review of it here on my blog and post short reviews of it on, and These should be unbiased and I was in no way obligated to write positive reviews.

Learning Veeam Backup and ReplicationThe book is available in both eBook and Print versions from Packt Publishing

I know Christian Mohn, the author of  “Learning Veeam Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere” from Twitter (@h0bbel), his blog and I have also listened to a few of his podcasts, vSoup, which he does regularly with co-presenters Ed Czerwin (@eczerwin) and Chris Dearden (@ChrisDearden).
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My first VMUG presentation

I did my first VMUG presentation at the Danish VMUG meeting on April 3., in Palads Biograf in Copenhagen.
For a summary of the day, go read Terkel Olsen’s blogpost: “Great VMUG Meeting in Denmark”

My subject/title was “100% virtualized on Apple hardware”, which I had 30 minutes to talk about. I was scheduled as the second speaker of the day, just a short break after Tommy Drægert from BitDefender.

I had done some presentations before, for maybe 30-35 people.
At the Danish VMUG meeting there were around 100 people in the cinema, so I was naturally a little nervous. It might also have had something to do with the fact that I decided, like 20-25 minutes before my presentation, to translate my complete slide deck from Danish to English, and also do the speaking in English instead of Danish.
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Virtualize OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware

Just a short announcement that I have written a blog post on my employers blog, called “Virtualize OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware”.
In the blogpost I try to answer the following questions:

  • What is required to vitualize OS X?
  • Which hardware is supported, and which hardware works?
  • How to license OS X in a virtual environment?
  • What are best practices for running OS X in a virtual environment?
  • How to safely deploy OS X from a template?
  • How to backup OS X in a virtual environment?

Head over to the bmspeak blog to read the post:

vCenter 5.5 install fails during vCenter Server Directory Service installation

Today I was installing a new vCenter 5.5 server for a customer,
on a freshly installed Windows Server 2012 VM, which would also be hosting the Micrsoft SQL database locally.

I had already joined the server to the domain and setup Micrsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1, and created the vCenter Database,
and an accompanying System DSN, so I was ready to do the vCenter installation.

I chose to install using the Simple Install method, because… well this was a simple installation.

SSO, vSphere Web Client and Inventory Service all installed with any issues.

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