Does the Native Key Provider require a host to have a TPM?

I got this question on the VMTN forum this week, does the Native Key Provider require a host to have a TPM? (Trusted Platform Module) The documentation does discuss the use of TPM 2.0 when you enable the Native Key Provider. Let’s be clear, the vCenter Server Native Key Provider does not require a TPM! If a TPM … [Read more...]

vSphere HA internals: restart placement changes in vSphere 7!

Advertise here with BSA Frank and I are looking to update the vSphere Clustering deep dive to vSphere 7. While scoping the work I stumbled on to something interesting, and this is the change that was introduced for the vSphere HA restart mechanism, and specifically the placement of VMs in vSphere 7. In previous … [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...]

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...]

Creating a vSAN 7.0 Stretched Cluster

Advertise here with BSA A while ago I wrote this article and created this demo showing the creation of a vSAN Stretched Cluster. I bumped into the article/video today when I was looking for something and figured that it is time to recreate the vSAN Stretched Cluster demo. I recorded it today, using vSphere / vSAN 7, … [Read more...]

vSAN 7.0 UI enhancements for vSphere Replication

Advertise here with BSA I have been playing around with vSphere / vSAN 7.0 the past week or so. Today I configured vSphere Replication between two vCenter Server instances with vSphere / vSAN 7.0. I wanted to check out the enhancements that were introduced in the UI. Although they are relatively small enhancements, I … [Read more...]