Blog Archive

Check out all blog posts in my blog archive. Click on a headline to read the teaser.

Opportunity knocks › Never Pass Up An Opportunity
Sometimes the timing is unexpected. But opportunities don't wait. Take hold of the opportunity when it comes. Read More ›

FHMS Spring Choir Concert 2017 › Elexa's Spring Concert
Turning back the time for the FHMS Spring 2017 Concert. Read More ›

FHMS Winter Choir Concert 2016 › Elexa's Winter Concert
Elexa singing her heart out at the winter choir concert. Read More ›

Jumping Bowls › Shift in the Seat
Sometimes the timing is just right and you have to go with your gut. Such was the case recently. So I took the jump. Read More ›

Auto Deploy › vCenter 6 upgrade issues with Auto Deploy
I ran into issues upgrading vCenter from 5.5 to 6 because of Auto Deploy. Here is how I fixed it.... Read More ›

Microsoft releases bash to Windows › Hello Linux on Windows
Here's how to get bash installed on Windows, if you are running in Insider Preview of Windows 10. Read More ›

Homelab › Homelab adventures in upgrading to 6.0 Update 2
Upgrading difficulties in the homelab lead to a unique answer. Read More ›

Homelab › Nested Challenges
Building up the homelab using nested ESXi hosts can be a challenge... Read More ›

From sickness to awards › It's been a while...
Sometimes honors come at unexpected times... Read More ›

My top 10 things I am thankful for... › A look back at 2015
Looking behind yet keeping eyes ahead... Read More ›

Training Review › vSphere 6 ICM - Day 3
It's been 7 years since I went to a Install, Configure, Manage course. This is my take on it. Read More ›

Training Review › vSphere 6 ICM - Day 2
It's been 7 years since I went to a Install, Configure, Manage course. This is my take on it. Read More ›

Training Review › vSphere 6 ICM - Day 1
It's been 7 years since I went to a Install, Configure, Manage course. This is my take on it. Read More ›

DevOps book Review › The Phoenix Project Book Review
My review of The Phoenix Project, a must read for engineers, managers and architects. Read More ›

Video › Talent Show Duet
My daughter Elexa and her friend Sarah sing 'Fight Song' in a duet during the Francis Howell Middle School Talent Show. This was Elexa's first time being up on the stage and singing in front of people without being in a choir. Read More ›

Slides from VMUG meeting › St. Louis VMUG Slides
Here are the slides from the Sept. 29, 2015 St. Louis VMware User Group meeting. Read More ›

Just a little CSS magic... › Adding an Avatar
I have been wanting to add my avatar and I figured out how tonight... Read More ›

Video › Cool Video
Check out this video from this past Friday night. Francis Howell High School honored those that serve us on the anniversary of 9/11. The gameball was flown in via helicopter and given to a local policeman to pass to the game officials. Read More ›

Gallery › Photo Gallery from Summer trip
We did a big trip with the kids this summer, going through Omaha, Sioux Falls, Custer, Mount Rushmore, Cody, Yellowstone, Idaho Falls, Salt Lake City, Vernon, Dinosaur Nat'l Monument, and Glenwood Springs. Here are some photos from that trip. Enjoy! Read More ›

vExpert › Third times a charm
I have been giving to the community for a while, now the community has given back. It only took three times... Read More ›

Photo Album fix › Finally got a photo album working
After migrating to Jekyll, I couldn't figure out what to do with my photo albums, until tonight... Read More ›

Time for a new theme › Migrating to new format
It took me a while but I finally changed up my blog....again! Read More ›

Homelab › Upgrading Home Lab
Time to upgrade the homelab... Read More ›

Scripting Aids › Powershell Credentials
If you connect to a lot of vCenters in different domains with different credentials, this helpful tip can help you. Read More ›

UPS › UPS Replacement Time
So my UPS essentially died tonight. I knew it was coming but was hoping to get a little more out of it. Read More ›

Microsoft or Open Source › Goodbye Windows
Sometimes, Microsoft drives me nuts. Such was the case this past weekend. Read More ›

My Children › Sibling Day
I am really proud of my children. I have a 9th grader, a 5th grader and a 4th grader. They decided recent to do something together. Little did they know they would do it on Sibling Day... Read More ›

Tomato by Shibby › I didn't know tomato did that
So I was playing around with my router, updating the firmware to the latest Tomato edition on Shibby. I found a pretty cool thing... Read More ›

Blog › It worked!
So last night, I finished getting the blog ready to migrate to github from my Wordpress host. Here it is! Read More ›

Blog › Migrating away from Wordpress
Getting from Wordpress to github hosted static site pages started with a simple search.... Read More ›

AWS › Something New
I am going to begin this post by saying with a caveat, sometimes you just need to be patient. Read More ›

Job › Another new adventure
I have been real busy since returning from VMworld and really haven't wanted to write anything. But an event occurred recently that I feel like I need to write about. Read More ›

Gallery › Photo gallery from VMWorld trip
I travelled from St. Louis to San Francisco in August 2014 to go to VMWorld. Here are the pictures from that trip. Enjoy. Read More ›

Conference › Upcoming travel
So four weeks from Saturday I will be heading out to San Francisco for my first visit to VMworld. I have wanted to go since I started playing around with VMware. Now I get to go! I am looking forward to it for a couple of reasons. Read More ›

Blog › Wordpress went down, Oh No!
I didn't know it but my coworker did... Read More ›

vCO Training › vCO training wrap-up
This is the third and final part in this series on the vCenter Orchestrator training. Read More ›

vCO Training › Day 2 - vCO Training
Workflows and bindings... Read More ›

vCO Training › Day 1 - vCO training
This week, I am part of an online class entitled, VMware vCenter Orchestrator: Develop Workflows [V5.1] Read More ›

PowerCLI › My foray into PowerCLI via PowerPath
Here is my first go at writing an entry on PowerShell. I have been using it for several years to help automate wherever I am at. Read More ›

UIM Upgrade › Updating Unified Infrastructure Manager – Provisioning
Here are the steps I put together to update the UIM/P. Read More ›

VMware video › Virtualize Everything Video
Check out this video on virtualizing everything: Read More ›

New Job › Update on life
An update on life and the changes it brings... Read More ›

VMUG › STL VMUG Conference wrapup
What a great conference... Read More ›

Blog › Blog is back up
I finally have my blog back up and running. Read More ›

Blog › Migration again, this time to AWS - Part 1
So I thought I would try out Amazon Web Services (AWS) with their Elastic Compute Cloud  (EC2). I thought what a perfect test to migrate my WordPress blog to it from my home lab. I use this blog to test things anyway so why not, right? Read More ›

Disaster Recovery › Repadmin to the rescue
Ran into some gotchas doing DR.... Read More ›

Job › New job, new location
Moving from Central Missouri to the city, St. Louis... Read More ›

Blog › Migration
From Blogger to Wordpress... Read More ›

Kids › Jensen on 2 wheels for first time
Jensen riding this bicycle for the first time at his grandparents. Read More ›

VMware › Interesting issue with a VM
An interesting dilemna... Read More ›

Family › My Sister-in-law's first sermon
I must say, I am real proud of my sister-in-law, Bekah. Here is her first sermon, entitled Purse of Fear Ants. Read More ›

VMware › Virtual Center not starting
Ever leave for the weekend and come back Monday morning and can't access the virtual center through the vSphere client? Well that is exactly what happened this morning when I walked into work. So here is what to check. Read More ›

VMware › What to do about vSphere 4.1
As you may have read throughout the blogsphere, VMware released vSphere 4.1 today. Well my question is, what should I do about it? Read More ›

Family › Surviving the power outage
After church and picnic in Rolla, the weather knocked out the power so we decided to play a game of Sorry. Read More ›

Blog › Here I am
And so it begins... Read More ›