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Cisco 350-601 DCCOR (CCNP Data Center Core Exam) Study Guide

This is my attempt at creating a 350-601 DCCOR exam guide.  This exam is the CCNP Data Center Core Exam, and its full name is Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies.  This guide is made up of completely FREE resources I have found on the Internet.   While some of these resources may seem […]

The Ultimate CCNP Data Center Guide

In 2019, Cisco announced some changes to their certification program.  Perhaps one of the biggest changes in the certification programs are the removal of prerequisites in many cases, and the simplification of the certification paths themselves.  It can be challenging to undertake a brand new Certification Path as soon as it is released, so we […]

Using Ansible to Configure NetApp ONTAP Systems

Recently, I had a need to configure some NetApp Select systems.  I worked at NetApp for over five years, so I have configured my share of both ONTAP and SolidFire systems.  After I configured one, I really didn’t want to do it again. I found a great getting started with Ansible series on thePub, and […]

How to Run Kali Linux on All VMware Platforms

Kali Linux is a popular and powerful Linux distribution that comes with many security tools built right in.  If you have ever head of BackTrack, BackTrack became Kali Linux in 2013.  It is a Debian based distribution.  A distribution like Kali is important for security professionals because it comes with so many tools baked into […]

Cisco IT Blog Awards 2019 Finalist: Best Analysis

I am pleased to announce I am a finalist in the Best Analysis category in the 2019 Cisco IT Blog Awards! This is the first year I have submitted vMiss.net for the Cisco IT Blog Awards.  I have been a Cisco Champion since 2015, and have spent much of my career working with Cisco Data […]

Is VMware ESXi Free?

When it comes to VMware vSphere as a whole, VMware ESXi, or the VMware vSphere Hypervisor is a critical component.  Often people ask me “Is ESXi free?”  The answer may surprise you, because it is “Yes!”  Let’s take a closer look at the requirements and features of the free version of ESXi, and some use […]

Coming Soon: Veeam Availability Orchestrator v3

I am excited to share the news that Veeam Availability Orchestrator v3 is coming soon to a data center near you.  If you do not already know, I am a Technologist at Veeam Software, and Veeam Availability Orchestrator, also known as VAO, is one of the products I focus on. VAO and vMiss, A History […]

How to Use Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots

One of the things I have always found amazing with Veeam is the Backup from Storage Snapshots feature.  The quick description of this amazing feature is that it performs your backup from your storage snapshot versus a vSphere snapshot.   While it still takes a VMware snapshot of your virtual machine, the snapshot is open […]

How to Set up NetApp NFS and VMware vSphere Datastores: A Quick Guide

I recently was setting up a lab, and my goal was to get it up and running as quickly as possible to do some testing.  I think we have all been in this boat at one time or another. The setup I was working with was a small nested vSphere environment and the NetApp simulator. […]

What is Cisco Intersight?

When it comes to Cisco UCS systems, I have talked quite a bit about how powerful Cisco UCS Manager is for managed UCS solutions.  Imagine for a moment if you could turbocharge UCS Manager, and also make Cisco UCS servers using CIMC easier to manage, and take care your Cisco HypefFlex environment too.  Wouldn’t that […]