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 that they had to work on… Read More »

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 hosts and disks are the… Read More »

Dell Certification Program

Looking to certify with Dell? There are a few certification tracks as follows: Dell SC Series Storage Professional Exam Dell PS Series Storage Professional Exam Dell Series Networking Professional Exam Dell PowerEdge Professional Exam Dell PowerEdge Associate Exam Implementing Dell Client Systems Exam Network Associate Exam Storage Associate Exam Pass marks are around 65% and… Read More »

Dell iDRAC7 – Record boot process to video file

Everyone has been around for the aftermath of a server crashing. Usually servers are configured to reboot automatically after a crash caused by a power failure for example. Sometimes you don’t know the cause. iDRAC7 to the rescue! – Now you can set the iDRAC to record the boot process to a video file which… Read More »

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 site then at the Live… Read More »

Category: SRM

Dell iDRAC Automation with RACADM

Since as far back as I can remember, Dell have made available a CLI for their iDRACs. This means we can easily automate the configuration of the Dell iDRAC remotely. This is key for a number of reasons: Speed of server deployment. We can deploy servers much faster by automating the configuration of iDRACs to… Read More »

Dell PowerEdge Range – Naming scheme

Dell PowerEdge has been a main competitor in the server compute market for some years. Support for VMware’s ESXi Hypervisor is forever strong and the HCL always updated. Support for the latest generation CPUs is always included with new releases and the online customization tool is a real selling point where you can select exactly… Read More »