About me and this website
vmdk.ca is my personal website where I write about IT related subjects that interest me or issues I ran into. “VMDK” is the virtual disk format used by VMWare virtual machines.
I am working at an IT consulting company where I get to learn new things on a daily basis and gain interesting experiences. My main goal is to focus on virtualization, networking, storage and security, and to combine those aspects of IT into my career, and so this is primarily what this website is about. I wanted a place where I can document things as I learn them, and writing articles that condense days of research and testing into a few minutes of reading.
Resume of Skills
Proficient with server, storage and networking hardware. I work especially often with Supermicro server and storage systems. I have built SANs from parts as well as working with EMC, HP and LSI storage arrays. I also work quite often in data center/rack-mount environments for installing new equipment or managing existing infrastructures.
Storage & Data
Good experience with various storage technologies, RAID configurations, data growth planning, backup planning, disaster recovery planning. Work often with HP MSA and FreeNAS.
Windows Server 2003 through 2016, various Linux distributions with a preference for Ubuntu. Other Microsoft technologies like SQL, IIS and Exchange server. MySQL and Apache/Nginx web servers.
Network infrastructure design for SMBs and Datacenter, router and switch configurations, cabling and cable management. Have good experience with Watchguard technologies for routing, VPN and web filtering solutions.
Working with VMware’s hypervisor, ESXi, since version 4.1, along with vCenter. Have set up single server environments just to get hardware abstraction, as well as multi-host configurations with clustering and centralized storage (SANs). Currently learning OpenStack and KVM.
Research and Development
Researching and developing IT solutions by combining various products/technologies to be offered to clients as a complete package.