Using HCI Mesh with a stand-alone vSphere host?

Last week at the French VMUG we received a great question. The question was whether you can use HCI Mesh (datastore sharing) with a stand-alone vSphere Host. The answer is simple, no you cannot. VMware does not support enabling vSAN, and HCI Mesh, on a single stand-alone host. However, if you still want to mount a vSAN … [Read more...]

vSphere Native Key Provider backup not working

I had three people asking this question the past few weeks, they were trying to configure the vSphere Native Key Provider so that they could enable vSAN Encryption, but the backup function wasn’t working. If you have not seen the Native Key Provider in action yet, just watch the video below. As demonstrated in … [Read more...]

vSAN File Services and Stretched Clusters!

As most of you probably know, vSAN File Services is not supported on a stretched cluster with vSAN 7.0 or 7.0U1. However, starting with vSAN 7.0 U2 we now fully support the use of vSAN File Services on a stretched cluster configuration! Why is that? In 7.0 U2, you now have the ability to specify during configuration of … [Read more...]

vSAN 7.0 U2 now integrates with vSphere DRS

One of the features our team requested a while back was integration between DRS and vSAN. The key use case we had was for stretched clusters. Especially in scenarios where a failure has occurred, it would be useful if DRS would understand what vSAN is doing. What do I mean by that? Today when customers create a … [Read more...]

vSAN 7.0 U2 Durability Components?

Last week I published a new demo on my youtube channel (at the bottom of this post) and it discussed an enhanced feature called Durability Components. Some may know these as “delta components” as well. These durability components were introduced in vSAN 7.0 Update 1 and provided a mechanism to maintain the … [Read more...]

vSphere 7.0 U2 Suspend VMs to Memory for maintenance!

In vSphere 7.0 U2 a new feature popped up for Lifecycle Manager. This new feature basically provides the ability to specify what should happen to your workloads when you are applying updates or upgrades to your infrastructure. The new feature is only available for those environments which can use Quick Boot. Quick Boot … [Read more...]

Compute only HCI Mesh with vSAN 7.0 U2

I guess that title explains it all, starting with vSAN 7.0 U2, we now also support connecting a compute-only cluster with a vSAN cluster. Meaning that if you have a vSphere cluster that does not have vSAN enabled, you can now mount a remote vSAN Datastore to it and leverage all the capabilities it provides! I am sure … [Read more...]

vSAN 7.0 U2 Skyline Health History

I have already discussed this briefly during my 7.0 U2 video presentation, which can be found here, but I also wanted to share the demo I recorded with you, and provide some additional details. Over the past years, one of the most requested features for Skyline Health, or Health Check as it used to be called, was the … [Read more...]

Introducing VMware vSAN 7.0 Update 2 (video)

As you may have seen, today VMware announced the release of VMware vSAN 7.0 Update 2 (and vSphere 7.0 U2 as well of course). I was planning on doing a post on the 7.0 U2 release, but then I figured that I would try to record a video discussing most of the new features and enhancements introduced. Note, I do not cover … [Read more...]

Can I vMotion a VM while IO Insight is tracing it?

Today during the Polish VMUG we had a great question, basically, the question was if you can vMotion a VM while vSAN IO Insight is tracing it. I did not know the answer as I had never tried it, so I had to test and validate it in the lab. While testing it became obvious that IO Insight and vMotion are not a supported … [Read more...]