VCG Notification demo and Changing the Default vSAN Policy Demo

Advertise here with BSA I created two youtube video last week which I just wanted to share with everyone. In these demo’s I am showing the new VCG Notification option. The VCG Notification option is very useful for customers who want to be notified via email when a change to a component of a ready node configuration … [Read more...]

Running ESXi in “Degraded Mode”, what does that mean?

Advertise here with BSA I received a question today, and I didn’t have the answer so I reached out to one of the developers. This person found this line in the ESXi documentation where it states the following, and the question was what does running ESXi in degrade mode actually means, or what is the impact? If a local … [Read more...]

vSphere HA internals: VMCP super aggressive option in vSphere 7

Advertise here with BSA Most of you probably heard about a feature called VMCP aka VM Component Protection. If not, this is the functionality in vSphere HA that enabled you to restart VMs which have been impacted by a PDL (permanent device loss) or APD (all paths down) scenario. (If you have no idea what I am talking … [Read more...]

Inspecting vSAN File Services share objects

Advertise here with BSA Today I was looking at vSAN File Services a bit more and I had some challenges figuring out the details on the objects associated with a File Share. Somehow I had never noticed this, but fortunately, Cormac pointed it out. In the Virtual Objects section of the UI you have the ability to filter, … [Read more...]

vSAN File Services and the different communication layers

Advertise here with BSA I received a bunch of questions based on my vSAN File Services posts the past couple of days. Most questions were around how the different layers talk to each other, and where vSAN comes in to play in this platform. I understand why, I haven’t discussed this aspect yet, but that is primarily as … [Read more...]

Enabling vSAN File Services in a vSAN cluster larger than 8 hosts

Advertise here with BSA I noticed something over the weekend, and I want to make sure customers do not run in to this problem. If you have more than 8 hosts in your vSAN Cluster and enable vSAN File Services than the H5 client will ask your for more than 8 IP addresses. These IP addresses are used by the protocol stack … [Read more...]

vSAN FS: Existing domain information has been pre-populated below

Advertise here with BSA I have been playing with vSAN File Services a lot the past couple of weeks. I have been configuration and re-configuring it a few times. At some point, I found myself in the situation where when I wanted to enable vSAN File Services and provide new IP details that I received the following error: … [Read more...]

vSAN File Services considerations

Advertise here with BSA I was looking into vSAN File Services this week as I had some customers asking about requirements and constraints. I wanted to list some of the things to understand about vSAN File Service as it is important when you are designing and configuring it. First of all, it is good to have an … [Read more...]

Scaling out your vSAN File Services Cluster

Advertise here with BSA This week I have been testing with vSAN File Services and one of the procedures I wanted to run through was scaling out my vSAN File Services cluster. In my case, I have a cluster of 5 hosts and what I want to do is add a host to my vSAN cluster, expand the vSAN Datastore and also grow my vSAN … [Read more...]

Install and Configure vSphere Replication with SRM 8.3 on vSphere 7

Advertise here with BSA I haven’t really done much with vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager (SRM) in the past years as my main focus has been vSAN. I figured I would get two clusters up and running and install and configure both vSphere Replication as well as SRM on top of vSphere 7. Although the installation … [Read more...]