vSAN Stretched Cluster: PFTT and SFTT what happens when a full site fails and multiple hosts fail?

Advertise here with BSAThis question was asked on the VMTN community forum and it is a very valid question. Our documentation explains this scenario, but only to a certain level and it seems to be causing some confusion as we speak. To be honest, it is fairly complex to understand. Internally we had a discussion with … [Read more...]

Doing maintenance on a Two-Node (Direct Connect) vSAN configuration

Advertise here with BSAI was talking to a partner and customer last week at a VMUG. They were running a two node (direct connect) vSAN configuration and had some issues during maintenance which were, to them, not easy to explain. What they did is they placed the host which was in the “preferred fault … [Read more...]

Confessions of a VMUG Speaker – the prequel #SpeakerFail

Advertise here with BSAOn twitter a question was asked by Casey West if people had “Speaker Fail” stories and I replied to it with my story. I have told this story to some folks but never shared it on my blog, so I figured I would share it. I already wrote an article about speaking at your local VMUG and … [Read more...]

PowerCLI for OSX is out!

Advertise here with BSAI am not a big PowerCLI user, primary reason being that I don’t even have a Windows box available. My main laptop is a macbook, and I don’t run Windows anywhere. Yesterday PowerCLI 10.0.0 was released, which includes support for OSX! Before you can install PowerCLI of course you would … [Read more...]

New version of RVTools is out

Advertise here with BSAI was talking with a couple of VMware partners last week, one of them mentioned how much they used RVTools for sizing and designing. Funny if you consider that this little free tool is made by someone in his spare time. RVTools is closing in on 1 million downloads, so it is safe to say that this … [Read more...]

VMworld Call For Papers opened, some tips…

Advertise here with BSAFor the past 8 years or so I have presented at VMworld, I think I have submitted sessions for the past 10 years or so. I probably submitted well over 60 sessions, and I mean “WELL OVER”. Many of course which got rejected. Some for which I understood why they were rejected, others for … [Read more...]

Startup update: Runecast

Advertise here with BSAA while ago I introduced Runecast on my blog. I have known these guys for a while and this week I had to pleasure to be briefed on their new release: Runecast 1.7. The big ticket item in this release for sure it the vSAN Support. You may ask yourself why you would need Runecast when you have … [Read more...]

Changing advanced vSphere FT related settings, is that supported?

Advertise here with BSAThis week I received a question around changing the values for vSphere FT related advanced settings. This customer is working on an environment where uptime is key. Of course the application layer is one side, but they also want to have additional availability from an infrastructure perspective. … [Read more...]

Using a vSphere custom TCP/IP Stack for iSCSI

Advertise here with BSAI noticed a question today on an internal slack channel and it was about the use of custom TCP/IP stacks for iSCSI storage environments. Cormac and I updated a bunch of Core Storage whitepapers recently, and one of them was the iSCSI Best Practices white paper. It appears that this little section … [Read more...]

Where did ESXi 6.5.0 build 7526125 go?

Advertise here with BSAI had two customers asking today what happened to ESXi 6.5 build 7526125. They downloaded patches and installed them in their test environment. Ready to patch some of their clusters they did a validation and found out that the patch (ESXi650-201801001.zip) has disappeared from the face of the … [Read more...]