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VCAP-DCV Deploy 2020 – Exam Simulator – FREE

For those taking exam 3V0-21.20  (also known as Advanced Deploy VMware vSphere 6.7) then you'll know that the exam is a real lab that you need to fix issues in or change configuration based on given scenarios. This post runs through how to use version 2 of my VCAP Deploy...
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How To Install ESXi on Raspberry Pi

As I discussed in a recent post, VMware has released an "unofficial" fling for ESXi on ARM. Ths good news is that this works on the Raspberry Pi! There are several considerations to take into account when using the Raspberry Pi for ESXi, for a thorough and complete setup guide,...
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ESXi on Raspberry Pi is Finally Here!

Last year at VMworld I wrote about ESXi on Arm and Raspberry Pi At the time, it felt like something official was in the works, but no one was giving anything away. While today's release isn't technically officially supported, VMware now has an official Twitter handle and logo for all...
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VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 1 – What’s coming soon?

VMware vSphere with Tanzu Back in April 2020 and alongside vSphere 7.0, VMware released the Tanzu (Kubernetes) solution suite but it was only available with VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF). The reason for this, I heard was that Tanzu required a consistent Storage, Network and Compute platform to operate successfully. Fortunately,...
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The new vCenter Server 7.0 Update Planner

Before upgrading your vCenter Server or VCSA, it's always time-consuming to work out if other solutions need upgrading prior to the VCSA. Yes, VMware has an excellent Interoperability Matrix but it still takes time to work out which versions of everything are in place and then to load all of...
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Getting Started with SRM 8.3 and vSphere 7.0

Site Recovery Manager has come a long way in the last few years. VMware introduced the appliance version in 8.2 to meet the demands of their customer who needed an easy to install, self-contained solution with an easy patching process. Naturally, this also removed another unnecessary Windows Server from each...
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Passthrough USB devices from ESXi to VM

Recently I was asked to look into an issue with passing USB devices from an ESXi host to a Guest Virtual Machine running Windows. When the USB device was plugged into a USB port on a vSphere 6.5 host, the device was available in the vSphere client to add to...
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VM Template Versioning in vSphere 7.0!

Last week's release of vSphere 7.0 contained a bunch of new features, many of which will help us manage our SDDCs more efficiently. One of the top features which I wrote about in this post: VMware vSphere 7.0 - Top 5 Features! was VM Template Versioning. This basically involved cloning...
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Skyline vSphere Health in vSphere 7.0!

Skyline advisor has been available for vSphere customers with production support agreements for some time. This is an excellent solution and I highly suggest you deploy the collector and get it operational for your business. But what if you don't have a 24/7 production support agreement or use vSphere at...
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Upgrading ESXi to 7.0 with ESXCLI

This post runs through the basics for upgrading ESXi 6.5 or  6.7 to ESXi 7.0. Prerequisite steps There are some important considerations to take into account prior to upgrading ESXi, those are (but not limited to): Check your backup and monitoring support for the target version of ESXi Ensure your...
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