How to grow your blog/youtube channel/podcast/social following

I posted this thread on Twitter and Linkedin, and I figured I would cross-post it here as well, as it makes it easier to find whenever I need to point someone to it. I get this question still once every quarter at least: I started blogging, podcasting, and/or a channel on youtube, how do I grow my audience? It seems … [Read more...]

What if the disk controller driver included in my vendor’s ESXi image is not on the vSAN HCL?

Sometimes unfortunately there are situations where a vendor’s ESXi image includes a disk controller driver that is not on the vSAN HCL/VCG (VMware Compatibility Guide). Typically it is a new version of the driver which is supported for vSphere, but not yet for vSAN. In that situation, what should you do? So far … [Read more...]

Is a crossover cable needed for vSAN 2-Node Direct Connect?

I had this question last week around vSAN 2-node direct connect and whether using a crossover cable is still required to be used or if a regular CAT6 cable (CAT 5E works as well) can be used. I knew the answer and figured this would be documented somewhere, but it doesn’t appear to be. To be honest, many websites … [Read more...]

Can’t have more than 255 characters in VM notes using the vSphere (h5) Client?

I had a question about a limit a customer was hitting with the VM notes using the vSphere (H5) Client. They noticed that whenever they got around ~260 or so characters, they could not add any characters beyond that unless they deleted some. After talking to an engineer within VMware I found out that this is indeed the … [Read more...]

Logitech Brio Webcam issues with autofocus and not retaining settings on Mac OSX

I have been using a Logitech Brio Webcam for the past year or so. It is a 4k Webcam which is very useful for webinars and meetings, especially as I run my Macbook with an external monitor and it is closed. Over the past 9 months or so I had a bunch of trouble with the Logitech Brio Webcam. This week I received a new … [Read more...]

VMs which are not stretched in a stretched cluster, which policy to use?

I’ve seen this question popping up regularly. Which policy setting (“site disaster tolerance” and “failures to tolerate”) should I use when I do not want to stretch my VMs? Well, that is actually pretty straight forward, in my opinion, you really only have two options you should ever use: … [Read more...]

Sharing my vSAN 7.0 U1 webinar, watch it now!

I recorded a webinar a while back. It was streamed last week, and I figured that as I have the recording here, I may as well share it with you. In this webinar I discuss many of the new features which were introduced as part of vSAN 7.0 U1, features like HCI Mesh, IO Insight, enhanced File Service capabilities, and … [Read more...]

vSAN File Service SMB capability not showing up in the vSAN 7.0 U1 UI?

I had two customers who ran into this issue the last week. They ran into the situation where the UI did not show the SMB capabilities after upgrading to vSphere/vSAN 7.0 Update 1. You can solve this pretty quickly by upgrading vSAN File Service as well. Just go to the vSAN Services page, go to File Service and click … [Read more...]

vCLS VMs not powering on, insufficient resources error

This week I had someone internally me asking about a situation where vCLS VMs were not powering on and an error was thrown stating “insufficient resources”. I had seen this issue before at some point and I knew it had something to do with the VM version and EVC. The details of the error messages seem to … [Read more...]

vSphere HA reporting not enough failover resources fault with stretched cluster failure scenario

Last few months I had a couple of customers asking why vSphere HA was reporting “not enough failover resources” fault in a stretched cluster failure scenario for virtual machines that are still up and running. Now before I explain why, let’s paint a picture first to make it clear what is happening … [Read more...]