Soccer Formations —

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking during this off season about what formation I’ll have my U12 boys playing this spring, and how that will help when we move to U14 in the fall and start playing 11v11.  I’m pretty sure I want to play a 4-4-2 with a diamond mid-field, but what to do this spring. 

The two formations I think I’ll be focusing on are a 2-4-1 and a 3-3-1.  The 3-3-1 because the boys are familiar with it, as we played that way for most of last fall, and the 2-4-1 to get them used to a diamond mid-field formation.  Should be an interesting season, especially with a rec league tournament in the spring.

Back in the saddle —

I took some time during my completely meeting packed day yesterday to work on vCenter, and finally got it all up and running on 5.5.  Rather than stand up a single large VM or multiple smaller VMs for vCenter, I decided to use an Intel i3 I had laying around.  This will allow me to save my ESXi compute resources for something other than the hog that is vCenter.

I also happened across a great blog with a 15+ part post to installing vCenter 5.5 which can be found here.  Derek does a great job of laying out all the information you need, and steps you through the install.  Even if you know how to do a vCenter install with your eyes closed, it’s still a great read.  I’ve installed 50+ vCenter servers, and still found some information that I was not aware of.

Now that vCenter is fully functional, my next steps are to install my VCAC 6 environment.  I’ll be working on that today, and over the weekend, so I hope to have that fully working by Monday.

Vacation, sometimes it actually happens… —

I apologize for the lack of posts.  I was actually working on a long post that walks through a full vCenter install, as well as upgrading my lab, when I decided to take vacation instead.  Now that I’m back from vacation, I’ll get back to working on the full vCenter install, and tidying up my lab.  Regular posting should resume this week.

New Hardware —

I’ve been putting off any work in my lab for a good 6 months now, so imagine my surprise when I finally sat down to upgrade to vSphere 5.5 disaster struck.  After building my first 5.5 host, and throwing 4 VMs on it (vCenter, SQL, Update Manager, and SSO) the host decided to lock up.  I went in to check on it and sure enough the host had decided to eat itself. 

I’m treating this as a Blessing in disguise, and moving my two hosts from original Intel i7 CPUs to:

Once the build is done, I’ll re-create my VMs and install a full VCAC environment, as well as a Cloudforms environment with a single RHEV host.  This will allow me to do a great side by side comparisons of RHEV vs vSphere that I plan on writing.  I’ll keep the working i7 host and convert it to RHEV once I get the VMs migrated from it to the new hosts.  I’ll then connect VCAC and Cloudforms to both sets of hosts, and see how they each work.

I should have the hardware next week sometime, which means my weekend will be rebuilding my lab, and then testing everything.

A New Site is born —

Let the world know, a new website appeared on the internet.  Granted there was probably another million websites stood up today, but since this is my little corner of the internet, I’ll be happy with it.  I really don’t have much to say today, just wanted to get rid of the stupid 404 error from WordPress when there are no blog posts.