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Create A VMware Integrated OpenStack Glance Windows VM Image

While looking at OpenStack as the control plane for vSphere it appears there isn’t too much detail and I found it tricky to create my first OpenStack image.  Here are the steps I followed.

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NetApp Cloud OnTap For AWS

NetApp has often been a pioneer of bleeding edge concepts in storage. When designing data ONTAP and the WAFL file system they were the first to look at creating a virtual control plane for data. They also pioneered fully non disruptive upgrades when the introduced clustered data ONTAP.  They then introduced ONTAP Edge for providing the really cool features of data ONTAP for non NetApp SANs. Recently the pioneering spirit has been continuing with the launch of Cloud ONTAP for AWS which takes the clustered data ONTAP features to overlay Amazon EC2 storage.

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Microsoft Azure Training, Support and Technical Resources

Free Azure eBooks:

Azure Video Center:

Free MVA Training and Technical Resources:

Book for sale on Amazon: Windows Azure Web Sites – Building Web Apps at a Rapid Pace:

Azure Learning Poster:

Introducing Azure – Fundamentals of Azure

Overview Poster with Features, Services, and Common Uses:

Azure Readiness Content on Microsoft.com Download Center:

Azure Content on Channel 9 of MSDN:

Azure Infographics (Technical pictures/diagrams):

Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite Webcast Series:


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VMware Virtual Volumes Deep Dive

How vVols Will Help

The constraints and issues which VVOLs address include, LUNs introduce constrains such as the quantity of LUNs we can present,  having lots of LUNs each with unused space is in efficient as such we currently shared VMs on data stores and this  gives a lack of granular control for passing storage attribute on a per-VM basis.

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Calling 64bit Powershell From 32bit Powershell

The %windir%\System32 directory is reserved for 64-bit applications. Most file names were not changed when 64-bit versions of the DLLs were created, so 32-bit versions are stored in a different directory. WOW64 hides this difference by using a file system redirector. As such whenever a 32-bit application attempts to access %windir%\System32, the access is redirected to %windir%\SysWOW64.

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