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About virtualrush

CCIE #15025, VCP5, many certifications in Cisco, VMware, NetApp, Citrix, and others. I work for a midsize technology integrator.

Downgrading VMware Tools for ESXi VMs

On a freshly built environment (a FlexPod) running vSphere 5.5 Update 1, I ran into an issue with Citrix XenDesktop 7.1. Provisioning desktops using MCS worked fine for machine catalogs without Personal vDisk (PvD), but not for PvD catalogs. Once … Continue reading

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Trend Micro Deep Security Manager 9 (or 8): Replacing the SSL Certificate

Trend Micro Deep Security Manager (DSM) is finicky when it comes to SSL. It uses the Tomcat web server, and its associated Java certificate keystore methodology (which I don’t understand very well), so it’s nontrivial to work with compared to most … Continue reading

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iSCSI Boot from SAN with Cisco UCS

Configuring Fibre Channel boot-from-SAN is tricky. iSCSI boot-from-SAN is similar, but has additional considerations. Boot-from-SAN with iSCSI storage is more involved than FC boot-from-SAN, and much more involved than local storage ESXi installations. There’s some front-end work to configure boot-from-SAN on the … Continue reading

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Cisco UCS eNIC Driver Installation in a Boot-from-iSCSI Configuration

Last week I had the dubious pleasure of configuring boot-from-iSCSI in a Cisco UCS environment with four B200M3 blade servers and NetApp storage. The Cisco documentation is not exactly crystal clear, but there’s enough information on the Web to make … Continue reading

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Another vShield Endpoint “Gotcha”

While installing vShield Endpoint and Trend Micro Deep Security virtual appliances on another 20 hosts this week, I ran into a situation I hadn’t seen before–and this one didn’t have the usual breadcrumbs on the Web to a solution. This … Continue reading

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vShield Manager Grief–and Resolution

A while back I deployed vShield Manager 5.0.1 and vShield Endpoint for a customer, to support Trend Micro Deep Security as part of a VMware View project. Just recently I added four new Cisco UCS B200M3 servers to their View … Continue reading

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VMware Horizon View 5.2 First Take

Last week I had the privilege of upgrading a customer’s sizable vSphere 5.0 and View 5.1 environment to 5.1 and 5.2, respectively. The experience was valuable, as it provided the chance to provision and test, for the first time (for … Continue reading

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