vSAN

VMware vSAN – Career changer?

Since starting my career in technology, I've always had a keen interest in virtualization. Over time, the virtualization of other datacenter objects has become more common and affordable. vSphere, Horizon View, NSX to name a couple have assisted with this. More recently vSAN has seen a lot of growth. Duncan Epping @DuncanYB, tweets about this...
vSphere

Choosing the right CPU for your ESXi servers

When designing your Virtualization infrastructure, one very important consideration is to the processors that you spec your ESXi hypervisors with. I find that reviewing following points help with this challenge: Determine cost vs performance? What compatibility do you need? Are there any specific features that you require? Cost vs Performance You...
vSphere

When does VMware support end? (EOL for VMware Products)

Ever wondered when VMware stop supporting certain versions of vCenter Server / ESXi or in fact, any VMware product? Check out the VMware product lifecycle matrix here. Also review this page or the excerpt below for terminology General Support Phase The General Support phase begins on the date of general...
SRM

Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 6.1 – Site Pairing Notes

If you think you have a problem where you are unable to pair SRM sites because of an SRM ID registration issue with vCenter server, see the below note: When pairing two SRM sites, select the Live site and click Pair Sites. On this screen remember that you are entering...
SRMvSphere

No VRM Server registered with vCenter Server for site (SRM 6.1)

When creating a protection group within SRM 6.1 for vSphere Replication 6.1  you get the following error: Resolution: Ensure you have at least 1 VM configured for vSphere Replication then make sure to check the date & times across all (Live and remote/DR) vSphere infrastructure components including: All vCenter servers / appliances All SRM...
Dell EMCvSphere

HP, DELL and CISCO custom ESXi images

I see many questions on the VMTN regarding the use of custom ESXi ISO images released by the major server vendors. In short, always use the ESXi image supplied by the vendor. They contain supported drivers and management VIBs (Such as ILO management for HP) which VMware do not provide...
vSANvSphere

VMware vSphere 6.0 Update 2 – Key features

It doesn’t seem long since update 1 was released for vSphere 6.0, however we now have update 2 and here are the key features in this upgrade: vSphere Web Client RSA SecurID and smart card support for authentication to the Web Client Official support for Windows 10 vCenter Server Microsoft SQL server...
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