VMware: Yeehaa I’m vExpert 2018

I am very honored and very pleased to be awarded the VMware vExpert Award for the ninth time in a row! Thanks to VMware for continuing this award. Also congratulations to all new vExperts 2018 and again welcome to earlier vExperts! The post VMware: Yeehaa I’m vExpert 2018 appeared first on VMpros. … [Read more...]

Doing maintenance on a Two-Node (Direct Connect) vSAN configuration

Advertise here with BSAI was talking to a partner and customer last week at a VMUG. They were running a two node (direct connect) vSAN configuration and had some issues during maintenance which were, to them, not easy to explain. What they did is they placed the host which was in the “preferred fault … [Read more...]

Fresh from the press: VCF Guardrails

VMware just published the first edition of the VMware Cloud Foundation Guardrails for VCF version 2.3.1. This is a must read for anyone who wants to deploy VMware Cloud Foundation – partners, customers, etc. This document explains the supported changes you can do in a VMware Cloud Foundation environment and what … [Read more...]

Top vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) troubleshooting commands

During the configuration and troubleshooting of vCenter Server Appliances (VCSA) I maintain a list of commands that I frequently use. This list contains my top configuration and troubleshooting VCSA commands: Enable access the Bash shell: shell.set --enabled true Permanently configure the default Shell to BASH … [Read more...]

How to configure PSC ring topology

In the last couple of projects, I was tasked with designing a new Platform Services Controller (PSC) and vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) topology based on specific availability requirements. One of the things I noticed is that admins tend to forget that you need to create a PSC ring topology in a multi-site PSC & … [Read more...]

Proactively manage your vSphere environment with Runecast Analyzer

I’ve got the opportunity to test Runecast Analyzer. Runecast Analyzer Proactively use VMware KBs, best practices and security hardening guidelines to identify problems in your VMware environment. In this blogpost you find my experience of testing Runecast Analyzer. Deployment The deployment of Runecast Analyzer … [Read more...]

Public Speaking Schedule

The VMUG season has started, and I have a few speaking sessions at various events. I thought it might be convenient to list the events and topics: Date: February, 22 Organization: North East UK VMUG Location: Newcastle Topic: VMware Cloud on AWS from a resource management perspective Date: March, 7 Organization: … [Read more...]

SRM and vSphere upgrade order

I’ve been getting some questions about the correct SRM and vSphere upgrade order from our customers lately. The default order of any vSphere environment is to begin with the vCenter Server of course but the more products and thus complexity you add to your environment, the upgrade order may change. In a multisite … [Read more...]

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...]

Virtually Speaking Podcast #67 Resource Management

Two weeks ago Pete Flecha (a.k.a. Pedro Arrow) and John Nicholson invited me to their always awesome podcast to talk about resource management. During our conversation, we covered both on-prem and the features of VMware Cloud on AWS that help cater the needs of your workload. Being a guest on this podcast is an … [Read more...]