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...

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...

How to Upgrade Site Recovery Manager – The correct order

When upgrading SRM, it must be done in a very specific order, following the below (from the official documentation for VMware SRM 5.8) In summary you upgrade everything except your hosts on the Protected site, then the same at the DR Site. Finally Upgrade the ESXi hosts at the DR...

VCAP6-DCV Design Exam Preparation

For those pursuing the VCAP6-DCV Design exam  / 3V0-622 I'm creating a series of blog posts to help with your learning. The notes are all based on the official GA blueprint, my personal experience with the live exam, books and blog posts by other community members all of which I have acknowledged below. If...

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...

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...
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