• 1 year attending VMUG

    Before we go through my experience with VMUG over the last 12 months, it’s probably a good idea to cover what VMUG is. VMUG is a community for VMware Users and Partners, which has a large focus on providing education, events and a community for it’s members. There are a... more

  • Heading down the path of automation

    It’s hard to work in the IT industry and not hear about automation on practically a daily basis. For quite a while I always saw automation as something for large companies that are deploying numerous servers compared to the one off file server or DC that I am used to with... more

  • A bit on podcasts

    For a while now I’;ve taken to listening to podcasts during my commute to and from work. Podcasts have become my primary source of audio in the car for two main reasons; I have to pay attention to what is being said so it helps to take my mind off... more

  • Working in SMB Space

    One thing I have been hearing a bit of recently is that doing a task at small scale is easier than at large scale. This simply isn’;t true, though it’;s not harder either. Both small and large scale problems have their limitations and difficulties. While not unique to SMB, budget constraints... more

  • Canary Token

    On the 28th of Jan, I got a notification on my phone that episode 396 of the Risky Business podcast was ready to be streamed for my drive home commute. The sponsored interview with Haroon Meer on a free service called Canary Tokens from Thinkst really got my attention. It was... more

  • vBrownBag APAC Admin Utility Series

    vBrownBag APAC is currently setting up a new series of podcasts for 2016, starting on the 10th of March. The podcasts will be live streamed and recorded at 9 PM NZDST and uploaded to YouTube after the show. We are looking for Admins who would like to present a podcast on... more

  • vBrownBag ACI Series

    Recently vBrownBag kicked off the APAC podcast with a 4 part series on Cisco’;s SDN solution ACI. Before getting into the details of the show I would like to thank our presenters, Lauren Malhoit @malhoit{.ProfileHeaderCard-screennameLink.u-linkComplex.js-nav} and Carl Niger @carl_niger{.ProfileHeaderCard-screennameLink.u-linkComplex.js-nav} for taking the time to put together some fantastic content and presenting at a local time... more


    After reading over RTP this morning I decided to run up a very simple EIGRP setup in GNS3 to help visualise what is happening. As the image above shows the setup is very straight forward. The link from R4 to R3 was set to 100mbps and R4 to R2 was... more

  • Layer 2 Frame changes through at each hop

    I enjoy building test environments to help cement the concepts I read about. In this case it’;s the changes to the source and destination MAC addresses of a frame at layer 2 while it passes through each hop on the way to the final destination. To watch this process I... more

  • CCNA Home LAB

    During my study for my VCP5-DCV certification I found that having a home lab was a huge asset in terms of being able to get a better understanding of the subject matter. Now that I am working towards my CCNA Routing and Switch I feel this will be the case... more

  • Default to PowerShell in Windows Core

    One of the big pushes in Server 2012 is the use a Server Core installation instead of the full GUI install. Microsoft have put a lot of effort into encouraging administrators to use PowerShell as a core tool for day to day administration of servers, which is why is seems... more

  • Initial Setup of SSO

    SSO is an integral part of providing access rights to your Vcentre server. You can assign permissions to people based on their user account, group memberships and link it with various authentication methods. After installing Vcentre for the first time log onto the Web Client with the username administrator@vsphere.local and... more

  • Server 2012 PSOD With E1000 NIC

    While testing out a Server 2012 install on ESXi 5.5 I noticed that when copying files between it and any other server I would get a PSOD. The main section of the PSOD that got my attention was E1000PollRxRring@vmkernel After a bit of searching around I found that there seems... more