Transformation Services – Effective ITSM vs. “Passport Processes”

In an ideal world our ITSM discipline would be mature enough to not require the use a separate process. A passport document outlining the current service state would already exist in the Configuration Management System, all dependencies would be mapped and would understand support and warranty levels for everything.

Project teams could go to the CMS, the Service Acceptance Criteria (SAC) process would be invoked followed by RFC and Release management ending with a migrated service.

In reality though it is often suggested that a “Passport Process” should be utilised to handle IT transformation activities.

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Testing the throttling capabilities of VMware converter standalone (continued)

Throttle me this throttle me that…

In-between exam prep I remembered I had started to test the impact of the P2V synchronisation feature. Luckily my lab was in exactly the same state as before I went on holiday therefore to finalise this was going to take me (hopefully) hardly any time.

I logged into converter and selected the last throttled job… previously I had set medium CPU throttling and 15MBps network transfer throttle.

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P2V Disk Throughput limitation

I was doing some testing with the initial sync feature of VMware convert standalone and came across the scenario whereby transfer speed was rather low <10MiBs – for a 1GB network that seemed a bit low so I thought I would throw up some stats to see what was going on.

As you can see on the left the vmware converter agent is only achieving 7,777,182 B/sec. I’ll test this with a faster disk later.

Once the initial sync has completed I an another sync.

As we can see here the operation is far less IO intense on the disk (there have been very few changes to the disk since I took the initial sync.

I’ll run this again using another system with a better specirfication disk.

More with vmware vcloud service

Ok so I’m testing out vcloud service.

I’ve gone to the administration tab and have click add new users.

I’ve filled in the details as below

And we have a winner! This function seems to work J

I’m going to log out (currently logged in with the ADMIN account

So I logged in fine! (note you need to ensure you add “@” & [ORGNAME] on the end e.g. dan.card@3404

Then I tried to create another VM again…


My First look at vcloud service (VMware hybrid cloud beta) –basically my notes as I go!

I have updated this blog as a combination of a platform error and my lack of ability to read before clicking is what caused the below to occur!


I’m currently researching Azure and AWS services to look at the feasibility of extending the Xtravirt production domain into the cloud (as an initial start). So far I’ve had a fair bit of success with Azure whereby I have extended my own lab domain into the cloud to a virtual domain controller. With AWS I’ve been less successful as I have not as yet been able to connect to the IPSEC VPN Gateway (I believe that is due to a conflict with the AZURE requirement for the WAN interface to have an MTU of 1350). So how this comes into play is that Gregg emailed the internal tech DL mentioning a hybrid service from VMware! Excellent an additional service to look at. Exciting times!

Here we go!

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Configure Windows Server 2008R2 Server as Site-to-Site VPN service to connect to Windows Azure

This is a good article that explains how to do this. Note Server 2012 will not support due to the lack of NAT-T support. With this you must ensure your server is patched with the following:

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