Unexplored Territory #004: vVols with Cody Hosterman!

Episode 004 is out! This time we talk to Cody Hosterman, Director of Product Management at Pure Storage, about Virtual Volumes aka vVols! Cody shares with us the past, present, and future of vVols. I especially enjoyed his explanations around the benefits of vVols for traditional and cloud-native workload. It is also … [Read more...]

Identify the boot device for a VMware ESXi host

With vSphere 7  VMware is moving away from supporting SD cards and USB as boot media. ESXi Boot configuration with only SD card or USB drive, without any persistent device, is deprecated with vSphere 7 Update 3. In future vSphere releases, it will be an unsupported configuration! Move from SD cards and USB devices to … [Read more...]

Can I boot ESXi from an SD card while placing OSDATA on my SAN?

I see this question popping up all the time, literally twice a day on our VMware internal slack, can I boot ESXi from an SD card while placing OSDATA on my SAN? I guess people are confused after reading this article. It is probably a result of skim-reading as the article is in-depth and spells it out to the letter. If … [Read more...]

Unexplored Territory #003: EUC strategy and vision with Shawn Bass

We just published the third episode of the Unexplored Territory. This time we are talking to Shawn Bass, who is the CTO for the EUC business unit. Shawn talks about various aspects of End User Computing, especially security is a big focus at the moment, aka zero trust. Make sure to listen to the episode, either via the … [Read more...]

New Book – Mastering VMware Horizon 8

Learn all about designing, installing, configuring, and managing VMware Horizon, with a core focus on how to deliver virtual desktops using Horizon. This book allows you to follow the complete process for deploying VMware Horizon and covers the design, deployment, and management of solutions.  You'll start by … [Read more...]

VMware vSphere VM Snapshot Performance

In this technical paper, VMware discusses the VM snapshot operation and its impact on the performance of guest applications and how it affects other VM provisioning operations. Our study explores these performance aspects in VMFS, vSAN, and vVOL environments with a variety of workloads and provides recommendations. In … [Read more...]

Project Monterey, Capitola, and NVIDIA announcements… What does this mean?

At VMworld, there were various announcements and updates around projects that VMware is working on. Three of these announcements/projects received a lot of attention at VMworld and from folks attending. These announcements were Project Monterey, Project Capitola, and the NVIDIA + VMware AI Ready Platform. For those who … [Read more...]

Create a Site-to-Site VPN to Microsoft Azure

I have a Visual Studio Enterprise subscription in Azure. I use this subscription for testing new Azure stuff. From my on-premises environment, I want to create a Site-To-Site (S2S) VPN connection to Microsoft Azure. I have a physical Ubiquiti Edge Router in my on-premises environment. When searching the internet I … [Read more...]

Unexplored Territory: recovering from a ransomware attack /w Sazzala Reddy!

There we go, episode 002 of the Unexplored Territory Podcast was just published. In this episode we talk to Sazzala Reddy. Sazzala is a Chief Technologist at VMware who joined via the Datrium acquisition, where he was the CTO. Before founding Datrium, he was at Dell/EMC, where he came in via the DataDomain acquisition. … [Read more...]

SaltStack Mind Map

I've created a mind map for vRealize Automation SaltStack Config and posted a copy on GitHub. The mind map is created in SimpleMind.  You can copy the smmx file to your own path, for … [Read more...]