• Vertiv: UPS Discussion

    During Dell EMC World 2017, I had the chance to chat to Vertiv about who they are and what they do. For the conversation, they chose to discuss their UPS and the benefits it brings, which frankly was underwhelming. Vertiv offers a range of products and services, which we did... more

  • Dell EMC World 2017: All wrapped up

    With all the T-shirts and swag handed out, Dell EMC World gets boxed up for another year. Over the four day event we heard announcements for XtremeIO, IoT, Hello Alice, DTUG and others. Many things, this post won’;t be touching on :). I attended the event with vBrownBag to produce... more

  • NSX: Passed VCP6-NV

    In October 2016, I took the VCP6-NV exam and failed. While this was not the first exam I have failed, it was eye opening. After seeing the question set, I realized my understanding of the exam was incorrect. I wrote a post In February, I went to retake the exam... more

  • PowerShell: Logging in JSON format

    When writing scripts for clients, it’;s important to generate good logs. It’;s a common position where a script works perfectly in test. But in production something is askew. Being able to look back at the process and step through after the fact is essential. Usually my logs are written in... more

  • Python: Parsing API XML Response Data

    Recently I have started to look at the Turbonomic API. Due to my current skill level in Python, I quickly hit a roadblock. The response from an API is in in XML format. Parsing the response in XML slowed things down a little. Which is the focus of the post.... more

  • vBrownBag Schedule Sydney and Melbourne VMUG UserCons

    It’s UserCon time down under. Which means, vBrownBag are presenting tech talks. Following the UserCon theme, we a number of presentations of personal development. As well as technical coverage. Talk schedules are below Sydney Time Topic Presenter 10:50 - 11:05 Considerations for running Tier 1 databases on VSAN Murray Oldfield @murray_oldfield... more

  • Review: PluralSight Offline Player OSX Beta

    Roughly a month ago, I received an invite to beta test the PluralSight offline player. At the time, only a Mac client was available. Previously PluralSight had an offline player, and it was awful. Thankfully this has not been the experience with the new player. My daily commute involves a... more

  • Review: JetBrains PyCharm

    PyCharm from JetBrains, is a full featured Python IDE. Which over the last 6 months has been my Python IDE of choice. The official site is: https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm. I would like to share my experiences, which have mostly been positive. Editions Before jumping into thoughts and experiences, lets preface with the two... more

  • Python: Getting Started with HTTP Requests

    If you’;re looking at Python to interact with API’;s, it’;s likely that you’;ll use the Requests module. Many platforms also offer SDK’;s to help. Such as, Boto3 which is the AWS Python SDK. Requests is very well documented, both official and community documentation. The official site for Requests is http://docs.python-requests.org/en/master/ In... more

  • Python: Parsing values from API Response

    Boto3 was my first real attempt to work with an API interface. At the start, I had difficulty using the API response. This was partly due to only light exposure to Python. Also, an incorrect understanding of what the response was. When people talk about APIs, it’;s hard to go... more

  • RancherOS: Installing to hard disk

    Recently I set about installing RancherOS. This was just to have a look and see what use cases it might help with. I chose to install RancherOS to a VM. In my case, VMware workstation. A roadblock I hit was providing an SSH key to the cloud-config.yml file. The roadblock... more

  • AWS Boto3: Using Boto3 to Describe VPC

    To describe a VPC is to retrieve the values of it attributes. A task we might perform to validate configuration. This article will demonstrate the following: Find VPC ID using filters Retrieve VPC configuration values Information on Boto3 can be found here. This post assumes that you already have a working Boto3... more

  • Palo Alto Networks Traps Forensic Folder Anon Upload

    During my time deploying Palo Alto Traps. I noticed something a bit concerning with the Forensics Folder security. After verifying the discovery, I raised a ticket with PA. Which confirmed my findings. The PA Traps Forensics Folder, cannot support any authentication. To visit the offical Traps site, click here Traps Terms... more

  • Top 3 Communication Skills Every IT Person Needs

    Eric Wright made a blog post titled: he Top 3 Skills Every IT Person Needs“. It’;s an excellent article, focusing on technical skills. Skills you should be learning about to stay relevant. Eric made a number of points that I’;ve taken on board. Eric’;s post is the source of inspiration... more

  • Discover and Clear Admin Count Attribute with PowerShell

    What is Admin Count? Before we discuss Admin Count, a little background is needed. AD contains an object called AdminSDHolder. Its purpose is to protect objects. Specifically, objects which are members of administrative groups. AD objects have an attribute called “Admin Count”. The default value is for most objects. Changing the... more