#VFD4 – Women of Tech Field Day

Such is the life of being in infrastructure, being one of a few or no women. This was really obvious to me at VMWorld 2013 where for once the women’s bathroom had no line and the men’s was a mile long. mens-room-line-wdcc

There’s a whole page written up on this at The Atlantic and credit to where the above picture is from.

There are women in tech but I still consider them the unicorns of IT. There is even a twitter account devoted to promotion of women in IT @WomenInLine. I love the handle.

It is still a man’s world, albeit most are accepting, but we do face different challenges at times.

For this reason, I’d like to highlight the amazing women I’ve had the honor of succeeding in the Tech Field Day realm.

Amy Arnold@amyengineer. Her site is http://amyengineer.com/
She attended Network Field Day 8, Tech Field Day 8 and other Cisco centric events. She is already well known in the community and I love what she contributes. Her list of certifications probably make her email signature a paragraph with having CCNP/DP, CCNP- voice, CCNA wireless, CCNA – voice, CCNA, LPIC- 1, MCSE, and PMP. I agree she is crazy for getting into the voice side of networking (QoS, sensitive gatways, fun!) I shall dub thee the ginger networking unicorn.

Carole Warner Reece@cwreece. Her posts can be seen at http://www.netcraftsmen.com/team/carole-warner-reece/.
She attended Networking Field Day 6. With a CCIE, she’s another networking unicorn that should be followed!

Jennifer Huber@JenniferLucille. She can be found blogging at http://jenniferhuber.blogspot.com/. I have been told she is the Queen of Tech Field Day and I can see why. It would take another page to list all of the events she has attended, you can see it here. She is a wireless ninja with over 10 years experience under her belt. I’m excited to start following her on twitter.

Lauren Malhoit@malhoit. Her amazing site is adaptingit.com with podcasts showing off the skills of women in the field.
She attended Storage Field Day3-5, Tech Field Day VMworld 2013 (wish I had known this!) and Tech Field Day Interop 2013. I first met her at the Chicago VMUG and had the honor of being a part of the podcasts. She put me at east and it helped prep me for co-presenting on automation with vCenter Orchestrator with Nick Colyer(@vNick) that day. She is a vExpert, EMC Elect, Cisco Champion and a PernixPro. I’m not sure what she doesn’t know about storage or who she doesn’t know in the community. Very well known in the community, she brings a great viewpoint on all things Cisco now a days in her new role.

Mrs Y@mrsyiswhy. She attended Networking Field Day 3 and TFD at Interop Las Vegas 2013-2014.
I won’t give away her name here. But on her site she is described as a recovering Unix engineer working in network security. Also the host of Healthy Paranoia and official nerd hunter. She likes long walks in hubsites, traveling to security conferences and spending time in the Bat Cave. Sincerely believes that every problem can be solved with a “for” loop. When not blogging or podcasting, can be found using up her 15 minutes in the Twittersphere or Google+ as @MrsYisWhy. Information with humor is something you can’t go wrong with to your followers.

Natalie Timms@Angel_Face444. Her blog is http://www.natalietimms.com.
She attended Tech Field Day Interop at NY 2014 and Tech Field Day Live at Infosec World 2014. Another CCIE and a Cisco Press Author, she brings over 15 years of Cisco networking experience. Dubbed the Networking Princess, she now does security design and consulting. Check her out

Phoummala Scmit@PhoummalaSchmit aka exchangegoddess. She can be found blogging at http://exchangegoddess.com/.
She attended Storage Field Day 5 and is a Systems Engineer covering a range of technologies such a virtualization, storage and the exciting world of smartphones. She is a part of The Current Status @CurrentStatus4u along with Theresa Miller – @24x7itconnect and Melissa Palmer @vmiss33.

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I’m excited to be part of this unicorn club of Tech Field Day. I look forward to seeing more women delegates soon.

Visit Tech Field Day’s website and watch some great sessions

#VFD4 – The email

First off, I’d like to say if you ever receive an email from a certain sfoskett, read it and reply. Being chosen as a delegate is truly an honor, either you’ve been noticed in the community or someone has recommended you. It is an experience like no other. Large conferences, where you sit in a room with hundreds of people, can become tiresome with slide after slide with no real deep dive. At a Tech Field Day, you get to interact with the presenter often changing the course of what they had planned. This was the most excitingWho is that man in the glasses part of VFD4 for me. Well 2nd to flying in an airplane with THE Stephen Foskett.

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen is larger than life and I swear could have his own television show. Men and women alike constantly swoon at his feet while he checks the time (insert amazing and classy watch here).

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This man knows how to entertain and keep things moving with grace. His background is in storage and he has a talent for reading 1000s of blogs a day.  Is he of this world?

Tom Hollingsworth, keeps the delegate ducklings all in a row and makes sure we stay the course. A multi-tasker like no other, he keeps a head count and keeps working on the tech videos behind the scenes all while throwing movie quotes at you or horrible accents.  Maybe being a CCIE helps with organizing the packets of delegates (ah booo).  I think the bourbon may come into play as well.

I didn’t get the honor of meeting Claire but it is said she is the ultimate planner behind the scenes and keeps everything efficient and well thought out. The real mother hen, even though I think Tom is runner up for that title as well.  All of these fantastic people hail from Getstalt IT

Your day is jam packed and scheduled to the minute. It’s a whirlwind experience that is exciting and almost overwhelming at times. All in all a truly inspiring experience that I am grateful to have been a part of. I’ve made new friends and connections while meeting two fantastic men in the industry. Not only providing value, but amazing fun and copious amounts of hilarity and entertainment after an information overload of a day.

My poor neglected blog

It’s time to dust this page off and get it back up and running. I was swept away in automating all the things and life in general. No excuses now since I had a surprise invitation to Virtualization Field Day 4. What could be a better motivator?

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Past attendees have been some fellow Chicago brethren and I’m excited to be able to take part.

There’s a great vendor lineup:

Dell – Hardware, storage…Very interested to see what they will be presenting on.
StorMagic – It will be fun to hear more about the SvSAN solution they offer
Platform9 – First-time Tech Field Day presenters so they are newbies like me. A self service rivate cloud sounds based on OpenStack sounds like a dream to me
Scale Computing – Looks like they have a great hyperconverged offering.
VMTurbo – I have a special place in my heart for VMTurbo and have always believed in their product. I’m looking forward to a deepdive session
SolarWinds – Who hasn’t used SolarWinds in one way or another?
SimpliVity – Another Tech Field day newbie with a converged infrastructure offering.

This event is streamed live at techfieldday.com/. Yes, I’ve been warned you are on camera at all times so no pressure at all. Look for me asking a nervous question or two.

ESXi host disconnected from vCenter

I encountered this error for the first time yesterday.

Error in vCenter
Error in vCenter

My host was disconnected from the cluster but the VMs were still up and running fine.  It was also accompanied with a nice, very long pop up error.

Cannot synchronize host vm10sesx10.hscil.ads. A general system error occurred:
 Unexpected exception reading HTTP response body: class Vmacore::Http::TruncatedResponseException(While determining chunk size, truncated HTTP response.) with trace:
 backtrace[00] rip 000000018013deba (no symbol)
 backtrace[01] rip 0000000180101518 (no symbol)
 backtrace[02] rip 0000000180101a5e (no symbol)
 backtrace[03] rip 000000018008930b (no symbol)
 backtrace[04] rip 000000018003fd5f (no symbol)
 backtrace[05] rip 00000001800444ce (no symbol)
 backtrace[06] rip 00000000005727e9 (no symbol)
 backtrace[07] rip 0000000000543b87 (no symbol)
 backtrace[08] rip 0000000000544189 (no symbol)
 backtrace[09] rip 000000013fd43d2f (no symbol)
 backtrace[10] rip 000000013fd4b61a (no symbol)
 backtrace[11] rip 000000013fd4c100 (no symbol)
 backtrace[12] rip 000000013fd43ea7 (no symbol)
 backtrace[13] rip 000000013fd4cdb4 (no symbol)
 backtrace[14] rip 00000000004b1abc (no symbol)
 backtrace[15] rip 00000000005aa207 (no symbol)
 backtrace[16] rip 000000013f808710 (no symbol)
 backtrace[17] rip 000000013f8096ac (no symbol)
 backtrace[18] rip 000000018015473d (no symbol)
 backtrace[19] rip 0000000180155c64 (no symbol)
 backtrace[20] rip 000000018014e575 (no symbol)
 backtrace[21] rip 0000000072922fdf (no symbol)
 backtrace[22] rip 0000000072923080 (no symbol)
 backtrace[23] rip 0000000076f5652d (no symbol)
 backtrace[24] rip 000000007743c521 (no symbol)
while parsing serialized value of type string
 at line 7, column 2305146
while parsing property "fileName" of static type string
while parsing serialized DataObject of type vim.vm.device.VirtualDisk.FlatVer2BackingInfo
 at line 7, column 2305138
while parsing property "parent" of static type VirtualDiskFlatVer2BackingInfo
while parsing serialized DataObject of type vim.vm.device.VirtualDisk.FlatVer2BackingInfo
 at line 7, column 2304772
while parsing property "parent" of static type VirtualDiskFlatVer2BackingInfo
while parsing serialized DataObject of type vim.vm.device.VirtualDisk.FlatVer2BackingInfo
 at line 7, column 2304406
while parsing property "parent" of static type VirtualDiskFlatVer2BackingInfo
while parsing serialized DataObject of type vim.vm.device.VirtualDisk.FlatVer2BackingInfo
 at line 7, column 2304040
while parsing property "parent" of static type VirtualDiskFlatVer2BackingInfo
while parsing serialized DataObject of type vim.vm.device.VirtualDisk.FlatVer2BackingInfo
 at line 7, column 2303674
while parsing property "parent" of static type VirtualDiskFlatVer2BackingInfo
while parsing serialized DataObject of type vim.vm.device.VirtualDisk.FlatVer2BackingInfo
 at line 7, column 2303308
while parsing property "parent" of static type VirtualDiskFlatVer2BackingInfo
while parsing serialized DataObject of type vim.vm.device.VirtualDisk.FlatVer2BackingInfo
 at line 7, column 2302942
while parsing property "parent" of static type VirtualDiskFlatVer2BackingInfo
while parsing serialized DataObject of type vim.vm.device.VirtualDisk.FlatVer2BackingInfo
 at line 7, column 2302576
while parsing property "parent" of static type VirtualDiskFlatVer2BackingInfo
while parsing serialized DataObject of type vim.vm.device.VirtualDisk.FlatVer2BackingInfo
 at line 7, column 2302210
while parsing property "parent" of static type VirtualDiskFlatVer2BackingInfo
while parsing serialized DataObject of type vim.vm.device.VirtualDisk.FlatVer2BackingInfo
 at line 7, column 2301844
while parsing property "parent" of static type VirtualDiskFlatVer2BackingInfo
while parsing serialized DataObject of type vim.vm.device.VirtualDisk.FlatVer2BackingInfo
 at line 7, column 2301478
while parsing property "parent" of static type VirtualDiskFlatVer2BackingInfo
while parsing serialized DataObject of type vim.vm.device.VirtualDisk.FlatVer2BackingInfo
 at line 7, column 2301112
while parsing property "parent" of static type VirtualDiskFlatVer2BackingInfo
while parsing serialized DataObject of type vim.vm.device.VirtualDisk.FlatVer2BackingInfo
 at line 7, column 2300746
 and so forth...you get the idea

I followed the KB article posted on VMware’s site KB2009217

I SSH’d into the problem host and ran

# find /vmfs/volumes/*/* -iname *delta*

Noting the VM with the rogue snapshots, I then used VI Client to connect directly to the ESXi host. From there, I was able to consolidate the disks and then reconnect the host to vCenter. Increasing the Thread Stack size beforehand did not allow me to reconnect the host. The issue came from VDR backups gone awry. I’ll have to keep a better eye on those backups.