Singapore vmug meeting: coming 5th May at Novotel Clark Quay;may the force be with you

Just a quick post to remind all vGeeks we will be talking large VDI deployments with VMware View on the upcoming Singapore VMUG at the Novotel Clark Quay coming Thursday 5th May 6:30PM onwards. The community session will focus on the caveats when rolling out a big desktop replacement with virtual desktops both from a […] VMware 6.2 Updates Series 1 – vSphere Key Feature overview


It’s been a little while that VMware announced VSAN 6.2 and I as I was busy I followed the news on the sideline. The well know bloggers madee their mandatory posts. All is good and the product has an awesome new feature set. The usual VMware release cycle I would call it. So now that I had some time on my hands I looked a bit deeper into the well know big features that came out and that were long awaited: deduplication and compression.

Infrastructure as Code! or Composable Infrastructure

Infrastructure as Code! In this initial post about composable infrastructure, I will set the concept around  "infrastructure as code", and in a subsequent post, we will implement a basic example revisiting our DevOps sections to create a compossable infrastructure utilizing Chef and Docker!  so… what is Composable Infrastrucure ? Is all about speed, agility, and time to value. When you think in […]

Docker Home Lab!

Where to star with Docker ? The idea of this series of post, is to facilitate the first steps to start with Docker, from build a vagrant VM where we will install docker server, run a simple container and slowly move to more advance topics. Sit Back, open your terminal, Relax and Enjoy the Flight… CLICK IN THE FOLLOWING LINKS TO JUMP […]

Pure Storage’s commodity driven hardware = Pushing the cloud acceleration

A few years ago I had a weekly running routine here in Singapore with one of the senior execs of one of the storage giants who happened to be a good friend of mine. We found a nice 10k jungle track we regulary ran to stay in shape and in the mean time we disucessed […]

6 Node GlusterFS cluster and dd

Quick and dirty geek post today! Just for Benjamin who was eager to see how I killed my Laptop! 🙂 In the aforementioned laptop disaster I had build 6 CentOS VMs with 2GB RAM each in Virtualbox. The laptop itself sports a modest 8GB of main memory. While I built the VMs and set up GlusterFS all […]

Homelab – The All-in-Onster Part IV – Docker and KVM

Foreword Today's post will be short and snappy, lots of code, little boring text. I will just be installing KVM and Docker, marry both with our ZFS installation and run a quick test on each just to make sure everything works as expected.

Homelab – The All-in-Onster – Part III – ZFS

Foreword For some time now I have been fascinated with the abilities of ZFS. In the recent past I had been using FreeNAS as a virtual file server to speed up my VM storage access. Despite running on pretty much ancient hardware and really slow SATA disks, it performed really well. This was largely due […]

Homelab – The All-in-Onster – Part II – Build Time

Foreword or "Frequent failures make you a humble man"   And so it begins. The basic lab hardware has not changed from the old ESXi lab. I was booting it off a 4GB USB thumb drive and I wasn't going to change anything about that. In the true spirit of being smarter than the rest, […]

10 Questions to E1 Rahabok: SE & CTO Ambassador VMware

In this iteration of the 10 question series on I decided to look a bit closer to home (Singapore). Iwan Rahabok, for the people who don't know him is a household name in the ASEAN virtualization community. Iwan (or e1) ois one of the most senior VMware system engineers in the local office and […]

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