VMware vRealize and Juniper vSRX

There have been some really amazing things going on in the automation world. The part about automation that is somewhat hard for people to recognize is why they need it and where to start. Sometimes this confusion is because automation means something different to everyone. One of the easiest ways to get started are via […]

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Automation and Workflows

It is another month… another week… another day of virtualization and automation discussions. One of the great moments was a discussion with the customer going over the items that they could automate in their data center. Often times the customer wants to automate their firewall rules. They have a process for the requests and they […]

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VMware Fusion 7.1.1 OVF Tool Error + Drag & Drop

Recently I was working on a virtual machine that I wanted converted to OVA/OVF format so that I could distribute it to the field at Juniper. I downloaded the OVF Tool but note that VMware Fusion also comes with the OVF Tool. In this blogpost I will be using the OVF Tool in “/Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/Library/VMware OVF Tool” directory. […]

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Why You Want Automation in Your Data Center

When talking to customers about automation, a lot of times the customer is confused as to where to start. They know they want it but sometimes don’t know why they want it. It happens on a regular basis and you know what, that is ok. I often compare it to the cloud. Remember… 5 years ago […]

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Automation – Franchise Your Network

As some of you may or may not know, I take my presentation slides seriously. I blame my EMC vSpecialist Speak America training (which I highly recommend) to starting this obsession. I try to find a way to make my slides be plain and simple and to make my message clear. I use metaphors. For […]

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Breaches Preventing Shopping or Does It?

I recently saw this interesting “USA Snapshot” from USA Today. I love these snapshots… quick and easy and starts the discussion. It certainly started this discussion because I happened to be with my sister. I told her that I found this statistic about credit card breaches stopping people from shopping at their stores fascinating. She said […]

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My Thoughts about Security in 2014

As we finish up 2014 and start 2015 (for some reason I dislike odd numbered years…) I wanted to reflect on my life. Not on a professional level and definitely not on a personal level but on a security level. It seemed like 2014 was the “Year of the Hacks”. All kinds of hacks from […]

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