vChat – Episode 15 – VMware HA/DRS Book with Duncan and Frank Plus PEX 2011

by David Davis on February 6, 2011

In Episode 15 of our vChat series, we have a couple of special guests with us whom I’m sure you would have heard of or if not met before, Frank Denneman and Duncan Epping. These guys embody almost all things deep-dive when it comes to vSphere and with the recent release of their new book VMware HA/DRS Deepdive and we take the opportunity to ask about the background behind the book, whether an electronic version is in the pipeline along with their plans for any future publications. We discuss VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) 2011. Other topics, as you’d imagine, cover the VMware iPad app (and the potential security issues) and their home vSphere labs.

CONTEST – WIN A FREE HA/DRS BOOK! Frank and Duncan are also giving away two copies of their new HA and DRS book, the details of which are included in the vChat —–> CONTEST HAS CONCLUDED AND AN UPDATE IS BELOW…

vChat is a regular virtualization video chat covering VMware vSphere, Cloud Computing, Virtualization News, and maybe some geeky humor. Regular contributors are 3 vExperts – Simon Seagrave (, Eric Siebert (, and David Davis (

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CONTEST UPDATE: Please note that we have received plenty of entries for the contest (THANK YOU!) and the winners are Ernie F. and Tommy G.

Ernie said- “The symbol is from the Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Here what Google brought up after checking Duncan’s LinkedIn account.”

As Frank and Duncan are from the Netherlands, that’s why they selected this symbol to be on the front of their book.

Tommy’s answer wasn’t the reason why they used the symbol but it was an excellent (and entertaining) answer so he is the second winner of a HA/DRS book.

Tommy said-“The creature on the front of the book is the mythological griffin. The griffin is a creature that is half lion and half eagle; typically the griffin is depicted as having the body of a lion with the head, and often the wings, of an eagle. As in the illustration on the cover of your book, the griffin is usually standing on the back legs with the front legs raised out in a fighting position. Feathers can be seen sticking out through the fur on the legs, arms, or tail of the griffin which gives it a truly menacing, yet majestic, appearance. The griffins have traversed through time from the 15th century BC and are still seen throughout the world today as works of art, such as carvings or statues, that adorn great buildings or cities around the world, such as the Kasteel de Haar near Haarzuilens. The HA/DRS Deepdive book is definitely the griffin of the technical references for VMware.”

Both Ernie and Tommy will receive a free copy of Frank and Duncan’s HA/DRS Deepdive book – CONGRATS!

Thanks for your support of vChat!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Jake 02.10.11 at 10:54 am

the symbol is the Lowenbrau Beer lion.

Manish Patel 02.10.11 at 11:10 am

Its the image of Duth Lion

Dominic Rivera 02.10.11 at 1:06 pm

It’s the symbol on the Netherlands coat of arms.

Dominic Rivera 02.10.11 at 1:07 pm

It’s the symbol on the Netherlands coat of arms, which I’m guessing is because both Duncan and Frank are from the great nation.

Damian Karlson 02.10.11 at 3:02 pm

Here’s my entry for the HA/DRS book giveaway. The logo looks like a cross between a chimera and the Ferrari logo. My guess is the chimera is a tie-in from the Wizard of Oz (chimera being the Cowardly Lion). The symbolism is that at first Frank and Duncan were unsure that their idea would succeed, but then later gained confidence that there would be runaway sales. 😉


Arun Raju 02.12.11 at 12:31 am

The only reason which prevents me from going in for an embedded ESXi within a VMware Workstation is the inability to run 64-bit VMs within the embedded hypervisor.

At present I am running 2 ESXi and a vCenter v4.1 on a 6GB RAM with a Core i7 720QM CPU, although I am limited to testing the functionality pertaining to the hypervisors.

Shawn 02.13.11 at 8:18 pm

What tools are you using to put all these videos together? Good stuff.

David Davis 02.19.11 at 7:24 am

Hi Shawn-
We record this with and then edit it with iMovie on a Mac.
Thanks for watching!

About the contest – thanks for your patience – we received more entries than expected and are getting them over to Frank and Duncan for them to review.


Oprea Alexandru 02.20.11 at 12:14 pm

“In Rastafari, “The Lion of Judah” represents Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, crowned November 2, 1930 with the titles King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God and Power of the Trinity. Rastas hold that Selassie is a direct descendant of the Israelite Tribe of Judah through the lineage of King David and Solomon, and that he is also the Lion of Judah mentioned in the Book of Revelation”

The best idea to represent the power of vSphere 🙂

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