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Virtual Machine Encryption in vSphere 6.5 (Video)

After a bit of digging around, I finally found a really quick way to test out the new VM Encryption feature in vSphere 6.5 with thanks to William Lam. Note that this is not for production use. I've included a video below which shows you how to setup VM encryption...
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vSphere Replication & Self Signed Certificates

This week I noticed that vSphere Replication had stopped working on both primary and secondary sites. I logged into the VAMI for both vSphere Replication appliances and noticed that the self signed certificates for had both expired. Closer inspection showed that on a default installation, the self signed certificates are...
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vSphere 6.5 Videos

vSphere 6.5 went GA on the 15th November 2016. Here are my videos covering basic installation to some of the more advanced topics. I'll be adding more as time permits. VMware vSAN 6.5 iSCSI Configuration https://youtu.be/8H_FNfyka7k VMware vSphere VCSA 6 5 High Availability (vCenter High Availability) Install and failover https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulJU_hSs0eM&index=6&list=PLu-PYOxDwy0PGzkKTGROYQeGVw7KHfAOI Windows vCenter Server...
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VCAP6-DCV Deploy Exam Simulator – FREE

01.06.2017 Due to having to dedicate all my free time to my VCDX submission, I have closed the simulator for the next 3 months. If you have an exam coming up, please send me a message on Twitter and I'll try to open a session for you. For those taking...
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VCAP6-DCV GA Design Exam Experiance

After a month of pure dedication and late nights I passed the VCAP6-DCV Design Exam!! Exam overview The exam is 3 hours long, my exam center would not allow water so make sure you are fully hydrated before you go in There are 18 questions made up of drag /drops...
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Find zombie VMDKs & VMs with RVTools for FREE!

Someone recently asked me if there was something available to locate zombie VMDKs and I recalled a few years back when I was looking for exactly the same thing. A quick search through my old laptop's download folder brought up RVTools. Back then it was particularly useful for locating zombie VMDKs and...
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Where are my memory modules located inside an ESXi host?

I found this very simple one liner for showing which DIMM slots are populated and which ones are free inside an ESXi host. I have not yet found a way to do this via ESXCLI but this will do for now: smbiosDump | grep 'Size|Speed|Location' Running the above will produce...
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VMware vSphere 6.5 – New features overview

VMware are soon releasing vSphere 6.5 to GA. The day it is released I'll be posting a series of posts to deep-dive into the main topics with videos to demonstrate new functionality. Links to videos Without any further discussion, here's the new top features in vSphere 6.5: HTML5 clients VMware acknowledged...
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How to see where VM data / objects are located on VSAN

Once you've deployed VSAN and built a couple of VMs, you might create a few Virtual Machine Storage Policies but then wonder where exactly are those VM objects located? Let's say you create a VM and use a Storage Policy with Failures To Tolerate (FTT) set to 1. You may wonder on which...
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