So this has bitten me for the past couple of weeks we would try to fail over our last two mailboxes from exchange 2010 to exchange 2016. One Journal and One Service account. Come to find out (No thanks to EMC SourceOne install documentation) That the service account needs to be the last mailbox to move.
If you are going to run in a mixed environment for a long time follow the steps below in the article and always make sure you migrate your SourceOne Service account last!
With 2010/2016 co-existence, there are certain requirements for it to work. These requirements are:- 1) Service Account mailbox needs to be always on the lower exchange version.It should be the last mailbox to move to 2016. Exchange 2010 should be configured with RPC over https. 2) Exchange 2016 should have RPC over https enabled. By default Exchange 2016 has MAPI over https which is not supported by SourceOne. Customer will have to enable RPC over https and configure it correctly 3) All ES1 servers should have only Outlook 2010 SP2 + KB2878254. No other HF or update. Updates for Outlook should be disabled. 4) Profile needs to be configured on Outlook to have Outlook using RPC over https with the proxy server pointing to the 2016 server. For these changes you will need to configure AutoDiscovery. 5) Set the correct permissions mailbox on 2016 Without these 5 criteria, they will not be able to communicate between 2 versions of exchange.
The vendors at VMworld this year was what you would expect from one of the biggest conferences in tech. There was a lot of big vendors such as Dell/EMC, Lenovo, AWS, and IBM, but I really find interest in the small vendors. The up and coming technology that is the way of the future.
These are just three of the vendor’s i enjoyed seeing at VMworld 2018
You had some great vendors like Docker at the event. Containers are the way of the future and Docker is the leader in the industry. I really enjoyed chatting with them this year and I gained a lot of knowledge from the breakout sessions I went to where Docker was a topic (I don’t know if they lead those sessions or not), So much so that I really want to do a Docker for noobs video series where I video document my whole experience in learning Docker from zero to hero. But more about that later on.
This is a super awesome group of icelandic men/women. They specialize in DNS/DHCP/IPAM in the cloud solutions, and while it is not a new problem people have faced (As it pertains to private cloud) there is a lot that can be said about the people at the booth, they love what they do and they are passionate about the product. That is why I love this company and the booth. They know they are the best and they let the product do the talking for them. Really impressive company and even more impressive people.
This company has been killing it over the last three-year. Rubrik has been Dominating the backup space at what seems like hyper-speed. Although I have never used Rubrik as a backup solution from what people have said it’s an awesome intuitive product. They sell Rubrik based on future proofing your backup and anyone I have asked has not had any complaint with them. This year at VMworld Rubrik took home best of show. Which in my opinion is well deserved. The way Rubrik cares about the community of technologists and their work to be top of the line backup earns them that spot.
So VMworld 2018 is a wrap and i had the awesome privilege to attend this year! I would like to say first thing, if you have never been to VMWorld the networking opportunities alone is worth the price of admission. The technology you will be seeing most of the time first hand is worth the flight and hotel fee’s.
This year was full of great keynotes and some awesome vendors both large and small. So lets dive into it.
The keynotes were the usual setup, just like last year they came out on stage after a dramatic opening to the first day of vmworld, and just like last year they went hard on the usual products AWS/NSX/VSAN. Which I cannot blame them honestly its the way of the future, and will be the biggest money maker for VMware and its partners.
Day one and two were good keynotes with the usual technical announcements nothing major that we haven’t seen in the past, but some improvements on already existing technologies. With the exception of the 64Bit ARM platforms, which is awesome in my opinion. A lot of people have waited for this announcement and I got really good feedback from people i asked who had an interest in ESXi for the ARM platform.
Day three was interesting, with an hour long round table interview with the Sanjay Poonen with multiple C level exec’s from big non relevant companies, the external stream ended for people watching online and the interview that everyone was waited for began. For some reason VMware had the last keynote end with a hour long discussion with Malala, while the noble peace prize winner is admirable and a really fantastic human being i don’t see the point of having that discussion at a tech conference. Some people i talked to loved the interview, some not so much.I was in-between, i was impressed with her but didn’t really see the point. Some people took it at a jab of the technical community for being unfair to women in the field, and VMware highlighting that.
When you bring in someone like Malala it is impressive, but her message is so direct that it felt like VMware was trying to send a message to the tech world, whether purposely or it just happen to show like that some people took it that way.
When you start at a new company you can tell pretty quickly who is taking a deep investment in their career and future versus who is just riding the creek of stagnation waiting for that gust of wind to get them to pay-day. The signs are clear from the outside looking in, But when you are the one who is stagnant do you know?
One of the biggest mistakes an IT lady/gentleman can make is not knowing when they are stagnant. We all got into IT for the love of learning and the constant challenge, stagnation is usually looked over and not addressed when it should be. Which can really harm your career and performance at any company. No one is immune to stagnation. The best IT people i know have had a few lulls in their career from time to time. But the question is do they notice it and re mediate?
So how do we find/treat/cure stagnation? Well it’s not easy but we can certainly give it a go.
So how do we know the signs of stagnation?
Don’t want to go to work?
Dreading work is not only caused by stagnation but also by an unhealthy work environment. If you wake up in the morning and would rather take a 2 hour shower and cry. Chances are you are in an extremely unhealthy work environment. This can be caused by a bad manager or a shitty employee maybe you been changing out printer ink for 5 years and want to move up in the world and aren’t getting that opportunity, either way this is a sign you need to leave that job and fast.
Einstein made a pretty simple equation back when he was making up science things, take heed.
UHWE x LIIJ=DICAM
In case you didn’t learn that in high school physics full read out is below.
(Unhealthy work environment x Lack of interest in job = disaster in career and mind)
Need more energy?
More coffee! Do you find yourself needing 4 or more coffee’s a day? Are you single and don’t have kids? Didn’t go out partying last night with the guy/girls? Just a normal working day? Chances are you are stagnant… or at least getting there. That doesn’t make sense Frank you must be crazy?!? Well when was the last time you needed to drink a coffee before you go to an amusement park or had a party? Not very often. It tends to be the more excited you are about a particular task the less artificial energy you need.
If you don’t get genuinely excited about changing printer ink or building a new ESXi host then you will need a little push to get up and do it. That is a sign of stagnation. Not really getting excited about the challenges that you are presented with. Regardless of how minute or honestly how uninteresting they may be shows that you are looking for a bigger more interesting challenge, and only you can find that new challenge and exploit it.
Practice makes a perfect stagnate environment
Repetition is the path to stagnation. Would you take a job for $120,000 a year sharpening pencils all day? Probably at first you would, hell I would too how hard can it be right? Well physically not very hard, But mentally I am sure it is torture. Waking up at the same time every day, making the same commute every day, doing the same task every day can get tiring really fast. Repetition is nice for learning code and such but what happens if you are not a coder? or what happens when you need to expand your mind beyond that handful of task’s? Don’t stand for a company that wants you to do one task all day. Your career is worth more than creating distribution lists all day.
More to come on this topic in the next couple of days!
As most of you already know VMworld 2017 was at Las Vegas and Barcelona this year. i had the privilege to be selected as a featured blogger this year for the Vegas conference. The Conference was huge, the booze was expensive and the memories where plentiful!
The Community presence this year was truly off the hook. You can feel that the conference while still being technology driven *Obviously* was alot more community driven. You had a big difference this year in the layout of the floor. last year the VM village ( The hang space ) was located on the second floor, Where it was really out of sight out of mind. This year it was in the same space as the Solution exchange, This led way to massive amounts of people not only participating in the community area of VMworld but also attending the fantastic community sessions at the VbrownBag Techtalk community.
That being said i also had the great privilege of being selected to speak at the VbrownBag Techtalks! If you want to check that out it is on YouTube below.
The Solutions Exchange
The solutions exchange was pretty standard this year. with a couple of great exceptions. First off the elephants in the room, Most of the well-known vendors came out in force, you had the Dell/EMC booth’s and the IBM of the world, but the real bread and butter for me was the new innovator booths. There was a lot of great small vendors this year accompanied with some really awesome tech.
Most of the smaller vendors i managed to get video interviews with that i am currently still working on and should have up within the week.
As always there was some fantastic Entertainers this year at the booth. Being in Las Vegas you have a lot of magicians and most of these guys are pro’s they are funny and truly amazing at what they do.
My personal favorite is Rob Strong @RobertStrong from the Lenovo booth. The guy is funny as hell and his tricks no matter how many times you see them really are top-notch and hard to catch onto. If you haven’t seen him go on twitter and give him a follow he is great.
And then probably the most surprising performer i saw this year was at the NetApp booth, they had an amazing violinist that was doing some crazy synth while drawing in huge crowds. I didn’t have the chance to catch her name but i did get a video of her performing Not a very good one but a video none the less.
The day one keynote was pretty good there was a couple of huge announcements made some we expected but confirmed. But first there was a crazy cello rock duo and a VR street painter fellow that did a pretty cool intro.
First off VMware on AWS was probably the biggest announcement of the Las Vegas show IMHO. I think it is just another way VMware is adapting to stay relevant. Working with AWS will ensure that VMware is relevant in the next era tech. It is a smart move on their part. But that was just one announcement.
There was also an announcement about App-Defense a cool feature that allows the hyper-visor Layer to look into the guest VM and establish a pattern of behavior for the guest applications. https://appdefense.vmware.com/
They were really pushing hard the NSX agenda VMware has been working hard on. which they should, IMHO if you do not run NSX you are behind on networking.
I attended three parties this year.
The VMUG party was pretty cool they had Michael Dell come out on stage and address the crowd which was cool for him to show his community love. I go to the VMUG party to put the faces to the names i see on twitter and touch base with some awesome networking opportunity.
The Zerto Party was off the hook they had a band called Voyage (A journey cover band) Which if i was a little more drunk i probably would have thought was actually Journey, that was an awesome party it was hosted at the house of blues at The Mandalay bay. I will try to get the video posted tonight or tomorrow.
This was my first Year as a VExpert and i had the opportunity to go to the VExpert party. It was by far my favorite party. Not only did i get to meet the titans of the VExpert community but it was a good time to just sit there and have a real chat with some true innovators and real community warriors. It was at the Pinball museum in Vegas which was awesome. they had over 100 different pinball machines from vintage to new. and also some very creepy dancing clown and Zoltar Machine. All in all the best party this year hands down.
In Conclusion thanks for an awesome VMworld this year. Hope to see everyone there again next year in Las Vegas.
This post is in NO WAY insinuating I am a great engineer. I believe that no matter how much you know or think you know, there is always room for improvement and development. That being said these are some things I believe makes a system engineer truly a bad ass.
Knowledge is power
This is a no brainer…. well not really
Knowledge is power. The more you know the more you can help and explore the areas of technology. A great system engineer can learn from their failure (See above) and learn from others. Getting knowledge from different perspectives is invaluable. People do things different ways, doesn’t mean they’re wrong, but having 3 or 4 different perspectives for one task can really open your eyes on the underlying technology, and maybe even make you question your own perspective.
Learn! Learn from home labs! Learn from books! Learn from other people! Learn from VbrownBag! Learn from anywhere and everywhere! Always ask why!
Learn different perspectives.
Learn all the time.
We have a problem
Who would have thought technology would have consistent problems? Troubleshooting is why we all have jobs. and lets face it, we all love it. Finding the right solution and presenting it to the tech is a great feeling. But not everyone knows how to properly troubleshoot and dissect a situation.
Google is your friend, your friends are your friends, and KB articles are your friends, and the support line is your life boat on the titanic. I have a hard time putting down the problem and passing it off to VMware or EMC support, it kills a little bit of my pride. But it is a must when troubleshooting has hit a wall.
A great engineer knows the resources they can use to find an answer pretty quickly. They know how to look through logs and run esxtop.
Knowing the resources and exploiting them
Knowing the Tech
Knowing when to call support and when to keep chugging away
Owning the failure
Failures suck, they make you feel like a novice, and sometimes if they are really big failures sometimes they make you feel like you picked the wrong field. No one in history has experienced a failure, and not felt something.
But the trick is to take the failures like an uppercut, blame yourself for not blocking the punch and learn how to dodge.
Failure is where we learn in the tech field, it’s better than any classroom or any book. Living through the pain and the mental anguish really brings you down to earth.
So how do we learn from a failure?
Figured out what failed.
Do a solid and honest post-mortem
Look for advice
Find the solution
Honesty and Confidence
We have all been on those calls with someone from a vendor or MSP and they think so highly of themselves they blow smoke the whole time. There is nothing more brutal and spine shivering when they get called out and don’t talk for the rest of the meeting.
But on the other hand, having a engineer on the call that knows the answer with pinpoint accuracy and tells the truth when he/she knows or doesn’t know a particular question is pure beauty.
Honesty might not be the easiest option in the middle of a meeting or issue but it is vital.
Confidence shows, you know when someone is a good engineer by there mixture of confidence and honest.
Knowing your skill level (Like really knowing your skill level)
It is OK not to know something, regardless of the outcome