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...]

vSphere HA heartbeat datastores, the isolation address and vSAN

Advertise here with BSAI’ve written about vSAN and vSphere HA various times, but I don’t think this has been explicitly called out before. Cormac and I were doing some tests this week and noticed something. When we were looking at results I realized I described it in my HA book a long time ago, but it is so … [Read more...]

vSAN 6.x customer? vSphere 6.0 Update 3 is out

Advertise here with BSAAre you a vSAN 6.x customer? vSphere 6.0 Update 3 is out! There are a bunch of important fixes and improvements (checksumming performance for instance) in Update 3, so I would highly recommend looking in to it and testing it out. vSAN Details: https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2149127 vCenter Server … [Read more...]

Virtually Speaking Podcast – vSAN Customer Use Cases

Advertise here with BSAAs John Nicholson was traveling in and around New Zealand I was asked by Pete if I could co-host the Virtually Speaking Podcast again. It is always entertaining to join, Pete is such a natural when it comes to these things. I euuh, well I do my best to keep up with him :). Below you can find the … [Read more...]

VVols design and procurement considerations

Advertise here with BSAOver the past couple of months I have had more and more discussions with customers and partners about VVols. It seems that Policy Based Management and the VVol granular capabilities are really starting to sink in, and more and more customers are starting to see the benefit of using vSphere as the … [Read more...]

XenDesktop/XenApp 7.12 MCS works with vSAN

Advertise here with BSAThis is something that has kept me busy for a while. For the past 2 years there were some challenges with regards to the use of MCS and XenDesktop/XenApp in combination with vSAN. In fact, Citrix never supported vSAN and MCS, and it actually did not work either. PVS worked great in combination … [Read more...]

Two host stretched vSAN cluster with Standard license?

Advertise here with BSAI was asked today if it was possible to create a 2 host stretched cluster using a vSAN Standard license or a ROBO Standard license. First of all, from a licensing point of view the EULA states you are allowed to do this with a Standard license: A Cluster containing exactly two Servers, commonly … [Read more...]

Disk controllers for vSAN with or without cache?

Advertise here with BSAI got this question today and I thought I already wrote something on the topic, but as I cannot find anything I figured I would write up something quick. The question was if a disk controller for vSAN should have cache or not? It is a fair question as many disk controllers these days come with … [Read more...]

Storage capacity for swap files and TPS disabled

Advertise here with BSAA while ago (2014) I wrote an article on TPS being disabled by default in future release. (Read KB 2080735 and 2097593 for more info) I described why VMware made this change from a security perspective and what the impact could be. Even today, two years later, I am still getting questions about … [Read more...]

Benchmarking an HCI solution with legacy tools

Advertise here with BSAI was driving back home from Germany on the autobahn this week when thinking about 5-6 conversations I have had the past couple of weeks about performance tests for HCI systems. (Hence the pic on the rightside being very appropriate ;-)) What stood out during these conversations is that many … [Read more...]