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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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Upgrade vCenter Server from 6.7 to 7.0

Before you can upgrade your ESXi hosts to ESXi version 7.0, you need you have upgraded you vCenter Server first. There are many other things you will need to check before upgrading your vCenter Server: Pre-upgrade considerations VMware Interoperability Matrix Ensure all your other VMware solutions support the target vCenter...
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Installing VMware vCenter Server (VCSA) 7.0 !

This post is part of my vSphere 7.0 installation guides. As with ESXi 7.0, there is virtually no difference between installing VCSA 6.7 and 7.0. However, since I was going through it anyway in my lab, I thought I'd take the screenshots and put them into a quick post. (Afterall,...
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8 Key Changes to vSphere 7.0 – Know before you upgrade

Today, VMware released vSphere 7.0! When reading through the release notes this morning, I noticed that a few things had changed between earlier releases and version 7. We might rely on some of these things so I've put together this post to highlight the main things which have been removed...
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VMware vSphere – Space Reduction Techniques

It doesn't matter if we run vSphere in a home lab, for an SMB or a large enterprise, costs are always a factor into any data center solution. One of the biggest costs for us is storage, we need storage to run our workloads but did you know there are...
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