Can I make a host in a cluster the vSphere HA primary / master host?

There was an interesting question on the VMware VMTN Community this week, although I wrote about this in 2016 I figured I would do a short write-up again as the procedure changed since 7.0u1. The question was if it was possible to make a particular host in a cluster the vSphere HA primary (or master as it was called … [Read more...]

Does vSAN Enhanced Durability work when you have a limited number of hosts?

Last week I had a question about how vSAN Enhanced Durability works when you have a limited number of hosts. In this case, the customer had a 3+3+1 stretched cluster configuration, and they wondered what would happen when they would place a host into maintenance mode. Although I was pretty sure I knew what would … [Read more...]

How long does it take before a host is declared failed?

I had a question this week around the failure of a host. The question was how long it takes before a host is declared failed. Now let’s be clear, failed means “dead” in this case, not isolated or partitioned. It could be the power has failed, the host has gone completely unresponsive, or anything else … [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...]

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...]

Announcing VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery!

Advertise here with BSA Most of you probably saw the announcements around the acquisition of Datrium not too long ago. One of the major drivers for that acquisition was the Disaster Recovery solution which Datrium developed. This week at VMworld this service was announced as a new VMware disaster recovery option. The … [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...]

Startup intro: SaaS-based backup solution Clumio

Advertise here with BSA Last week I saw an update from one of the Clumio founders on twitter. It reminded me that I had promised to take a look at their product. This week I had a meeting set up with Clumio and we went over their product and how to configure it briefly. Clumio is a SaaS based backup solution that was … [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...]