Nick Marshall

Author, Podcaster, Geek

Mastering VMware vSphere 6 – Available Now!

Mastering VMware vSphere 6 – Available Now! Today is the day that Mastering VMware vSphere 6 is finally available! There looks to be a small delay in the e-book availability (as usual with these things I’m told), so those that don’t want to carry around 840 pages may have to wait a day or two more. It’s been around 12 months since I started writing this latest revision. While the product has gone through a number of changes since I started writing, now it’s released I think it’s one of the best releases that VMware have produced.

Managing vCenter 6 and the PSC Services

Managing vCenter 6 and the PSC Services Introduced with vSphere 6 is the Platform Services Controller, or PSC for short. Simply put, the PSC is a bunch of services that can reside embedded within a vCenter server, or can be external to the vCenter server. William outlined how to monitor vCenter and PSC services using VIMTOP on a vCSA, but in this article I’ll outline what you can configure using the Web Client.

Announcing Mastering VMware vSphere 6

Announcing Mastering VMware vSphere 6 Over the last 10 months, with my contributing authors, Grant Orchard and Josh Atwell, I have been working on an update to the Mastering VMware vSphere series. What does the updated book cover? Well, I tried to stick to the very well received “Scott Lowe Formula” from the previous Mastering vSphere 4 and 5 but at the same time continue to put my own take on things after the vSphere 5.

Couch to OpenStack

Couch to OpenStack Cody Bunch requested a collection links to the Couch to OpenStack vBrownBag series we did last year. I figured that there’s probably a few people who would also like this as a separate group, much like I did for the VMware Certification series we did. You can find a new “Couch to OpenStack” section under the Education menu on

Come Pitch Me at VMWorld

Come Pitch Me… at VMWorld Like many of you out there, when I was a VMware customer, I always wanted to be able to tell them the great ideas I had for their software. Well, if you’re coming to VMWorld US or EU I would like you to pitch those ideas to me! We would love to hear your thoughts on our software (good and bad), what you think we should be concentrating on or even what cool new feature you think we should build.

So you want to be VMware Certified?

So you want to be VMware Certified? Over the past few months I’ve received a number of requests asking for advice on how to get started down the VMware certification path. The below is part of my usual response to these kinds of requests. Once you have completed the required Install, Configure, Manage course, I would recommend the following extra steps: Study the VCP-DV blueprint, highlight the areas that you don’t feel 100% comfortable with.

Settling In

Settling In As I sit here writing this, I listen to the low hum of my home lab for the first time in a while. It had a rather indirect route from Sydney to Palo Alto (via Melbourne, Adelaide, Auckland, Fiji, Seattle and Vancouver) taking around 6 weeks. My flight was much more efficient! I’m glad it didn’t have to sit in customs for days or weeks. I’ve been in Palo Alto for a little over a month now and only now am I beginning to feel settled.

The Power of a Tweet

The Power of a Tweet In September of 2011 I started studying for the VCP5 exam. I used many materials as an aid throughout the process, including Scott Lowe‘s Mastering vSphere books, Cody Bunch‘s vBrownBag recordings, and Duncan Epping‘s Clustering Deepdive books. One particular Sunday evening I mentioned my study on twitter, little did I know that this tweet would change my life! “Just reading VMware Clustering Deepdive, with a glass of red.