Friday, January 29, 2016

I LOVE Tintri Clones! - Easy as 1 - 2 - 3

Hi Friends,

Still learning, still feel like a newb, but I'm learning about more Tintri goodness everyday!  One of my co-workers and I are setting up a new VDI environment and I've been getting to play with Tintri clones.  They're awesome!  They even make me look like a pro!!  Since Tintri is VMware aware it makes the clones super easy to create, customize and make available to VMware.

Today I thought I'd show you how easy it is to create one or multiple copies of your virtual machine using the Tintri VMstore.  Before you ask, yep, you can create clones using the Tintri vSphere Web Client Plugin directly from vCenter or you can use VAAI Copy Offload using the native vCenter clone but today I thought I'd start off with the Tintri GUI.

Step 1
Log into your Tintri VMstore.  Select the virtual machine you'd like to clone, right click it and select "Clone".

Step 2
Select if you want the snapshot to be Crash or VM consistent, give the clone a name, a Datastore, Host/Cluster, if you want a Customization Specification, how many clones and then click Clone.

For those of you not familiar with Customization Specifications, it's a feature in VMware vCenter that allows you to select customization steps for your new virtual machine so it will have it's own identity without running Sysprep.  Pretty cool huh?!?!

Yes and you read that right, I can create multiple machines at the same time!  OH YEAH!!!

Step 3
There's my new virtual machine and you can see towards the bottom of VMware vCenter all the creation, re-configuring, customizing and registering are happening automagically.

That's it!  See, I didn't sneak in any extra steps.  :-)  Easy as 1 - 2 - 3

This calls for a Flash Jump!

Until Next Time,

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I'm a Storage Administrator Genius! - Welcome to Tintri

Hi Friends,

It's your buddy Brain.  I've made the jump to Tintri.  I'm on day 3 and I feel like a complete newb again!  Check back regularly for updates in my learning process!

I started using Tintri storage and I can't believe how easy this product is!  Or you can just tell your boss you're a storage genius.

So instead of this:

You'll be this!

So here's how easy it is to add storage to VMware vCenter with Tintri.

1.  Grab the data IP from your Tintri.

 2.  Go to VMware vCenter and select Add Storage and select Network File System.

3.  Put in the data IP address of your Tintri, "/tintri" as your path and put in the name of your new datastore.

4.  That's it.  THAT'S IT?!?!?!  Yep, that's it.

Who's the greatest storage admin?

This guy!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

InfoSight Cloud-Connected Storage Management and Predictive Analytics Portal (Webinar) - January 14th

Oh my goodness, can you believe it?  Two, yes, TWO webinars with the Brain this week!  (HA HA HA!)

On Thursday January 14th, I'll be talking about the goodness of InfoSight and I might even be doing a demo...  But you'll have to tune in at 11:00AM Pacific time to find out!

Oh yeah, and you could win a $50 Amazon Gift Card, if that sorta thing matters to you.  ;-)

Click on the LINK or the picture below to register!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Building the Right VDI Solution - Testing Insights from the Trenches (Webinar)

Hi Friends,

Happy New Year!

Want to hear about some of the common pitfalls of a VDI implementation so you can avoid them in your implemenation?

Want to hear about how Nimble Storage can help you with your VDI implementation?

Just can't get enough of Brain's techno-babble???

Want a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card?!?!?

You're in luck friends!  Sign up for my upcoming webinar and hear about all this great stuff and MORE!

Just click on the link or the picture below to register today!