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Changing advanced vSphere FT related settings, is that supported?

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This week I received a question around changing the values for vSphere FT related advanced settings. This customer is working on an environment where uptime is key. Of course the application layer is one side, but …

Congratulations to Community Warrior, @daphnissov

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vSAN Adaptive Resync, what does it do?

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I am starting to get some more questions about vSAN Adaptive Resync lately. This was introduced a while back, but is also available in the latest versions of vSAN through vSphere 6.5 Patch 02. As a …

Contribute to VMTN Challenge Lab Communities to Win an Amazon Echo

VMware Hands-on Labs and VMware Technology Network have partnered to create a new learning resource: the VMTN Challenge Lab Communities.

What are the VMTN Challenge Lab Communities? These are six new communities based on the six Hands-on Labs …

Using HA VM Component Protection in a mixed environment

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I have some customers who are running both traditional storage and vSAN in the same environment. As most of you are aware, vSAN and VMCP do not go together at this point. So what does that …

Isolation Address in a 2-node direct connect vSAN environment?

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As most of you know by now, when vSAN is enabled vSphere HA uses the vSAN network for heartbeating. I recently wrote an article about the isolation address and relationship with heartbeat datastores. In the …

vSphere and iSCSI storage best practices

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And here’s the next paper I updated. This time it is the iSCSI storage best practices for vSphere. It seems that we have now overhauled most of the core storage white papers. You can find them …

New whitepaper available: vSphere Metro Storage Cluster Recommended Practices (6.5 update)

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I had many requests for an updated version of this paper, so the past couple of weeks I have been working hard. The paper was outdated as it was last updated around the vSphere 6.0 timeframe, …

Congratulations to VMTN Community Warrior, @rcporto

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This week’s Community Warrior burst into the VMware Technology

The difference between an isolation and a partition with vSphere

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I have a lot of discussions with customers on the topic of stretched clusters, but also regular vSphere clusters. Something that often comes up is the discussion around what happens in an isolation or partition scenario. …

Congratulations to #VMTN Community Warrior, @sreec

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The VMTN Community Warrior program is back …

Which disk controller to use for vSAN

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I have many customers going through the plan and design phase for implementing a vSAN based infrastructure. Many of them have conversations with OEMs and this typically results in a set of recommendations in terms of …

Sharing the “Top 10 things to know about vSAN” slides…

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I was asked by a few people to share the slides for our Top 10 vSAN session at VMworld. Instead of sending the slides around via email I figured I would simply throw it up on …

List all “thick” swap files on vSAN

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As some may know, on vSAN by default the swap file is a fully reserved file. This means that if you have a VM with 8GB of memory, vSAN will reserve 16GB capacity in total for …

#STO1490BU : vSAN Vision – The Future of HCI

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I am not able to attend many sessions, but wanted to add this one to my schedule. This session was hosted by Lee Caswell (VP Products Storage and Availability VMware), Christos Karamanolis (CTO Storage and Availability …

A #VMTN Guide: How to Attend VMworld 2017, Without Physically Attending VMworld 2017

With VMworld quickly approaching, thousands of people around the world are checking in to flights, registering for sessions, podcasters are slating guests, Twitter & Facebook feeds are buzzing with excitement. There truly is no replacement for being surrounded by …

vExpert 2017 Second Half Announcement

Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert. I’m pleased to announce the list of 2017 Second Half vExperts. Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing …

vSAN 6.6.1 Performance Diagnostics Demo

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I was playing in my lab this morning and figured I would record a demo of a new feature which is part of vSAN 6.6.1. The Performance Diagnostics feature is aimed to help those running benchmarks …

Can you use the management IPs as the isolation address for HA?

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There was a question on VMTN this week about the use of the management IP’s in a “smaller” cluster as the isolation address for vSphere HA. The plan was to disable the default isolation address (default …

Congratulations to #VMTN Community Warrior: @jfrappier

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Unbalanced Stretched vSAN Cluster

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I had this question a couple of times the past month so I figured I would write a quick post. The question that was asked is: Can I have an unbalanced stretched cluster? In other words: …

vSphere 6.5 U1 is out… and it comes with vSAN 6.6.1

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vSphere 6.5 U1 was released last night. It has some cool new functionality in there as part of vSAN 6.6.1 (I can’t wait for vSAN 6.6.6 to ship ;-)). There are a lot of fixes of …

VMTN Community Booth: Sign-up to Beam Around VMworld

Not attending #VMworld 2017? Fear not, #VMware Social Media Team is not going to leave you out! We are excited to announce that this year the Beams are back at #VMworld2017! So, even if you aren’t able to attend VMworld …

VMworld: 8 VMTN Community Opportunities You Don’t Want to Miss

VMware Technology Network is fueled by customers, partners, and employees like you, who take the time to read and contribute information to our VMware ecosystem. Under the VMTN umbrella, all of community is captured – from bloggers, to vExperts, to …

VMworld Podcast Booths Available in the VMTN Community Area Booth

This year, VMTN is making it a priority to empower podcasters. At our VMTN Community Area in VMvillage we will have podcast booths available to enable the VMware community to produce quality audio content in a quiet area. This means, …

Congratulations to #VMTN Community Warrior: @rajeevsrikant

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Discover VMTN: 3 Remarkable Reasons to Come to Communities for Support

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VMware Technology Network is a communities’ platform comprised of 3.2 million members and only three, as of today, can boast that they host this badge on …

VMkernel Observations (VOBs)

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I never really looked at VOBs but as this came up last week during a customer meeting I decided to look in to it a bit. I hadn’t realized there was such a large number of …

Congratulations to #VMTN Community Warrior: @iiliev

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I’d like to extend my congratulations a full 6,500 miles to our newest Community Warrior… In Sofia, Bulgaria. Thank you @iiliev for your contributions to VMTN and to VMware as …

Call for Content: VMworld #VMTN Tech Talks Powered by #vBrownBag

vBrownBag and VMware Technology Network have partnered to make the 2017 community Tech Talk experience at VMworld US and Europe exceptional.

The call for content for Tech Talks is officially open! Submit by JUNE 30TH for a chance to present:…

Congratulations to our Newest Community Warrior: @bayupw

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I am excited to announce, congratulate, and celebrate the newest Community Warrior, @bayupw. If you have spent time in the NSX Community on VMTN, it is likely that you …

Community Warrior: Cheers to 10 Years

*With the below announcement, nominations are now open for the next Community Warrior*

Please join me in congratulating VMware Technology Network’s newest Community Warrior. This man is a jack-of-all-VMware products, dedicated to sharing his knowledge with others, and well …

vSAN 6.6 Stretched Cluster Demo

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I had one more demo to finish and share and that is the vSAN 6.6 stretched cluster demo. I already did a stretched clustering demo when we initially released it, but with the enhanced functionality around …

vSAN 6.6 Demo: Configuration Assist

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I just noticed I still had a demo recoding on my desktop from a couple of weeks ago. The topic is vSAN 6.6 configuration assist. Hadn’t done anything with it, so I just added the narratives …

Discover VMware Technology Network: 7 Ways to Gain Points

This is the second blog in a series. See the first blog here: VMTN Global Forums

The foundation of VMware Technology Network is peer-to-peer support and engagement. Community is powered by human connection – the warm feeling of helping another …

Change multicast address when running multiple vSAN clusters in same VLAN

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Before vSAN 6.6 we would always recommend to change the multicast address when running multiple vSAN clusters in the same VLAN. Now that with vSAN 6.6 we removed multicast, does this best practice/recommendation still apply? I …

Turn the (App) Volume up for our Newest Community Warrior

Congratulations to this week’s VMware Community Warrior: @Ray_Handels. I could write Volumes about our newest 2017 Hall of Famer *pause for laughter* but his activity in the VMware App Volumes Community speaks for itself (1,151 points…).

Not a workstation …

vSAN 6.6: Manual vs Automatic Disk Claim Mode

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I received this question on Manual vs Automatic disk claim mode in vSAN 6.6. Someone upgraded a cluster from 6.2 to 6.6 and  wanted to add a second cluster. They noticed that during the creation of …

A Certified Community Warrior

*With the below announcement, nominations are now open for the next Community Warrior*

Are you an individual who has achieved a VMware certification in the past 10 years? If so, you may recognize our newest Community Warrior’s handle: @scott28tt. …

Disk format change going from 6.x to vSAN 6.6?

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Internally I received a comment around the upgrade to 6.6 and the disk format version change. When you upgrade to 6.6 also the version of  disk changes, it goes to version 5. In the past with …

Talk Techy – The VMTN Podcast Program

Do you host a podcast around virtualization, storage, networking, or a key VMware subject area? Do you have a favorite podcast about technology? Would you like to explore relevant podcasts around technical topics?

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VMware Technology Network would like to help …

VMware vSAN 6.6 demo: vSAN Encryption

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Yesterday I posted a quick video overview of a couple new features that are part of vSAN 6.6. (haven’t seen it, go watch that one first!) I mentioned in that demo that I would potentially …

VM showing that HA failure response is disabled in 6.5?

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I had a customer asking me today why on each VM it was showing that all HA responses are disabled. This customer is running vSphere 6.5 and below you can see what the UI showed. Note …

VMTN Gets virtuallyGhetto: Community Warrior #4

With the below announcement, nominations are now open for winner #5

It is my pleasure to announce the newest VMware Technology Network Community Warrior Badge is being awarded to one of VMware’s very own, William Lam.

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Congratulations William! @Lamw

Discover VMware Technology Network – Series 1

Discover VMTN is a blog series that will bring to light the features and functionality within the communities platform that are lesser known, but incredibly useful. This week we start with…

VMTN Global Forums by Language

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A Dynamite and Dynamic Community Warrior

*With the below announcement, nominations are now open for winner #4!*

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I am happy to announce the newest recipient of the Community Warrior badge is Ariel Sanchez Mora. Congratulations Ariel! Ariel is truly an embodiment of what he refers to …

Intel Optane support for vSAN, first HCI solution to deliver it

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I am in Australia this week for the Sydney and Melbourne VMUG UserCon’s. Had a bunch of meetings yesterday and this morning the news was dropped that Intel Optane support was released for vSAN. The performance …

5 Can’t Miss Features: VMTN on Jive 8

VMware Technology Network has sprung into Spring 2017 with a successful platform upgrade from Jive 7 to Jive 8. This was a team project and credit must be given where credit is due – internal and external teams (vExperts & …

Congratulations to our New Community Warrior!

*With the below announcement, nominations are now open for winner #3!*

Maybe I’m a sap, but again I found it extremely difficult to sift through all of the fantastic nominations I’ve been receiving and select our next Community Warrior.  What …

Running a Witness Appliance on a 2 Node vSAN config with FT

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I have had various people asking, and to me it felt like an obvious answer, but as multiple have asked over the past couple of month I figured I would dedicate a post to it. The …

Startup intro: Runecast

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I met with Runecast a couple of years ago at VMworld. Actually, I am not sure they already had a name back then, I should probably say I met with the guys who ended up founding …

Congratulations to the Inaugural Winner of the VMTN Community Warrior Badge

As nominations rolled into my inbox these past 2 weeks, I knew I was going to have a difficult time determining who to select as the first winner of the VMTN Community Warrior Badge. The nominations I’ve received have been …

Virtually Speaking Podcast – vSAN Customer Use Cases

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As John Nicholson was traveling in and around New Zealand I was asked by Pete if I could co-host the Virtually Speaking Podcast again. It is always entertaining to join, Pete is such a natural when …

VVols design and procurement considerations

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Over the past couple of months I have had more and more discussions with customers and partners about VVols. It seems that Policy Based Management and the VVol granular capabilities are really starting to sink in, …

VMTN Community Hero Program Launch

Starting TODAY, VMTN is making it a mission to pay homage to customers who are committed to making the community the well-oiled support and conversation machine that it is. These users will be awarded as Community Heroes. These unsung heroes …

Lucky 7k, go vSAN!

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VMware announced the Q4 earnings last night, one of the things I was most interested about was how vSAN did in Q4. Here is what was announced yesterday, for those interested in more detail check the

XenDesktop/XenApp 7.12 MCS works with vSAN

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This is something that has kept me busy for a while. For the past 2 years there were some challenges with regards to the use of MCS and XenDesktop/XenApp in combination with vSAN. In fact, Citrix …

Two host stretched vSAN cluster with Standard license?

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I was asked today if it was possible to create a 2 host stretched cluster using a vSAN Standard license or a ROBO Standard license. First of all, from a licensing point of view the EULA

How to disable DRS for a single host in the cluster

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I saw a question today which was interesting, how do I disable DRS for a single host in the cluster? I thought about it, and you cannot do this within the UI, at least… there is …

Support Tip: DPM recovery point or consistency check for a protected VMware VM fails with FileFaultFault error

~ Maanas Saran | Program Manager | Microsoft

When DPM attempts to make a recovery point or run a consistency check for a protected VMware virtual machine (VM), the job can fail with a FileFaultFault error like the one …

Can you run all-flash with vSAN 6.2 Standard license?

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As I get the following question a lot I figured I would share the answer here as well: Can you run all-flash with vSAN 6.2 Standard license? Many of you have seen the change in licensing …

Disk controllers for vSAN with or without cache?

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I got this question today and I thought I already wrote something on the topic, but as I cannot find anything I figured I would write up something quick. The question was if a disk controller …

Storage capacity for swap files and TPS disabled

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A while ago (2014) I wrote an article on TPS being disabled by default in future release. (Read KB 2080735 and 2097593 for more info) I described why VMware made this change from a security perspective …

All-Flash HCI is taking over fast…

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Two weeks ago I tweeted about All-Flash HCI taking over fast, maybe I should have said All-Flash vSAN as I am not sure every vendor is seeing the same trend. Reason for it being of course …

Implementing Microsoft DPM host level protection of VMware VMs

Note: This posy is also available as a downloadable PDF here.

System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager (DPM 2012 R2) with Update Rollup 11 (UR11) or later adds support for protecting host level backup of virtual machines running on …

The difference between VM Encryption in vSphere 6.5 and vSAN encryption

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More and more people are starting to ask me what the difference is between VMCrypt aka VM Encryption and the beta feature we announced not to long ago called vSAN Encryption. (Note, we announced a beta, …

VMTN Community & CloudCred Badge Winners

On October 10th, VMTN and CloudCredibility came together to challenge users to dive into the VMTN platform, complete a collection of 25 tasks to earn their badge, and Get Connected with Community.

Today, CloudCred and VMware Technology Network …

vSphere 6.5 what’s new – Storage IO Control

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There are many enhancements in vSphere 6.5, an overhaul of Storage IO Control is one of them. In vSphere 6.5 Storage IO Control has been reimplemented by leveraging the VAIO framework. For those who don’t know …

vSphere 6.5 what’s new – VVols

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Well I guess I can keep this one short, what is new for VVols? Replication. Yes, that is right… finally if you ask me. This is something I know many of my customers have been …

Introducing DPM 2016 Modern Backup Storage

 

With DPM 2016, we announced Modern Backup Storage (MBS), delivering 50% storage savings, 3x faster backups, and efficient backup storage utilization with Workload Aware Storage.

Data Protection Manager can backup key workloads such as SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, file servers, …

vSphere 6.5 what’s new – HA

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Here we go, one of my favourite features in vSphere… What’s new for HA in vSphere 6.5. To be honest, a lot! Many new features have been introduced, and although it took a while, I am …

vSphere 6.5 what’s new – DRS

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Most of us have been using DRS for the longest time. To be honest, not much has changed over the past years, sure there were some tweaks and minor changes but nothing huge. In 6.5 however …

What is new for Virtual SAN 6.5?

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As most of you have seen by the explosion of tweets, Virtual SAN 6.5 was just announced. Some may wonder how 6.5 can be announced so fast after the Beta Announcement, well this is not …

vSphere 6.5 what’s new – VMFS 6 / Core Storage

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I haven’t spend a lot of time looking at VMFS lately. I was looking in to what was new for vSphere 6.5 and then noticed a VMFS section. Good to see there is still being worked …

Hyper-Converged is here, but what is next?

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Last week I was talking to a customer and they posed some interesting questions. What excites me in IT (why I work for VMware) and what is next for hyper-converged? I thought they were interesting questions …

Sharing VMworld slides

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I know the VMworld team will share them as well over time, but I figured I would do the same thing through my blog. Here are two decks. First deck is the deck for “VMworld – …

Want to watch a VMworld 2016 session?

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I had a long discussion with the VMworld team about this the past editions and I am happy to say that ALL sessions have been made available to the public straight after the event. VMware made …

Announcing VMware VM Backup using System Center Data Protection Manager

System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) is well recognized in the Industry for protection of Microsoft workloads and environments. It protects key Microsoft workloads such as SQL, SharePoint and Exchange as well as virtual machines running on Hyper-V.  Today, we

vExpert 2016 VSAN Announcement

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Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert VSAN. Myself and VMware Storage Business Unit are pleased to announce the list of 2016 vExperts who received the VSAN award. This elite group includes bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool …

VMworld 2016 U.S. – vExpert Sessions

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It’s almost VMworld time and this year we are back in Las Vegas. Each year we gather the sessions being presented by the VMware vExperts. The …

Another major milestone, 5000 customers reached for VSAN!

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Yes, new quarterly results are out, and this is crazy, Yanbing (SVP/GM for Storage & Availability BU) dropped the news on twitter last night:

Disk format version 4.0 update to 2.0 suggested

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I’ve seen some people reporting a strange message in the Virtual SAN UI. The UI states the following: Disk format version 4.0 (update to 2.0 suggested). This is what that looks like (stole the pic from …

Looking for the VROps VSAN Content Pack?

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I just noticed the link for the VROps VSAN Content Pack had changed and it isn’t easy to find through google either. Figured I would post it quickly so at least it is indexed and easier …

C# Client is officially dead…

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Many of you have seen the news by now, yesterday VMware announced that the Windows vSphere Client, usually referred to as the C# Client, is dead. Yes indeed, it has been declared dead and going forward …

600GB write buffer limit for VSAN?

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Write Buffer Limit for VSANI get this question on a regular basis and it has been explained many many times, I figured I would dedicate a blog to it. Now, Cormac has written a very lengthy blog on the topic …

VMworld 2016 US & Europe Blogger Passes

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Each year we provide blogger passes to both the VMworld US and the VMworld Europe conferences. The program is simple: if you are a blogger or have a publication then you should apply for a complementary blogger pass to one

Virtually Speaking Podcast Episode 7 – VSAN Customer Use Cases

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The Storage and Availability Tech Marketing team runs a podcast called Virtually Speaking Podcast every week. This week it was my turn to be a guest on their show. We spoke about VSAN / use cases …

Cool fling: vSphere HTML5 Web Client! #h5client

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Many have asked for it, today the first iteration of the vSphere HTML5 Web Client has been delivered through the VMware Flings website. After the huge success of the ESXi Embedded Host Client (one of …

VSAN 6.2, checksumming where you should

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Today I was talking to a customer about the checksum functionality that is part of VSAN 6.2. They asked me if VSAN was still prone to bit rot scenarios, and they mentioned other potential bottlenecks like …

Migrating from Hybrid to All-Flash VSAN

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I had this question twice last week and I went through the exercise in the lab so I figured I would share the experience. Migrating from Hybrid to All-Flash VSAN is pretty straight forward, and is …

vMSC and Disk.AutoremoveOnPDL on vSphere 6.x and higher

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I have discussed this topic a couple of times, and want to inform people about a recent change in recommendation. In the past when deploying a stretched cluster (vMSC) it was recommended by most storage vendors …

Want to hear all about VSAN 6.2? Watch the #SFD9 recordings!

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Last week my colleagues had the pleasure to present at Storage Field Day 9 (SFD9). The topic was Virtual SAN, and more specifically what we released with 6.2 and how we are doing from a business …

VSAN Health checks disabled after upgrade to vCenter 6.0 U2

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Yesterday at the Dutch VMUG I was talking to my friend @GabVirtualWorld. Gabe mentioned that he had just upgraded his vCenter Server to 6.0 U2 in his VSAN environment, but hadn’t upgraded the hosts yet. …

Essential Virtual SAN (6.2) available for pre-order

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Just noticed that Essential Virtual SAN (based on 6.2) the second edition is available on Amazon for pre-ordering. If you are interested, make sure to put your order in and get it the day it …

Essential Virtual SAN – Second Edition – Rough Cuts now on Safari!

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essential virtual san second editionCormac Hogan and I have been working hard over the past couple of months to update the Virtual SAN book. It was a lot of work with all the changes that were introduced to Virtual SAN …

Enhanced disaster recovery for VMware with Azure Site Recovery

Last week, we looked at how Operations Management Suite (OMS) and Azure Site Recovery (ASR) let you move VMware, Hyper-V, Physical, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) workloads to Azure. ASR’s one-click, application-aware migration solutions work across multiple hypervisors and …

Hybrid vs All-flash VSAN, are we really getting close?

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For the last 12 months people have been saying that all-flash and hybrid configurations are getting really close in terms of pricing. During the many conversations I have had with customers it became clear that this …

Move VMware, AWS, Hyper-V and physical servers to Azure with Azure Site Recovery

By contributing author, Abhishek Hemrajani, Senior Program Manager, Cloud + Enterprise

Last week, as part of our continuing series on the capabilities of Operations Management Suite (OMS), we looked at how OMS and Azure Site Recovery (ASR) reduce disaster recovery

VSAN 6.2 : Why going forward FTT=2 should be your new default

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I’ve been talking to a lot of customers the past 12-18 months, if one thing stood out is that about 98% of all our customers used Failures To Tolerate = 1. This means that 1 host …

Check your VSAN disk controllers against the HCL with PowerCLI

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Every now and then customers ask if it is possible to check if disk controllers are on the VSAN HCL for a given set of hosts through PowerCLI. Alan Renouf figured he would knock something out, …