Booting ESXi from SD/USB devices? Time to reconsider when buying new hardware!

We’ve all seen those posts from people about worn-out SD/USB devices, or maybe even experience it ourselves at some point in time. Most of you reading this probably also knew there was an issue with 7.0 U2, which resulted in USB/SD devices wearing out a lot quicker. Those issues have been resolved with the latest … [Read more...]

vSAN Storage Rules policy capability allows to set dedupe per VM?

There was a question posted on the VMware Community Forums, and as this is something I have been asked regularly, I figured I would do a quick blog post about it. Although I have covered this before, it doesn’t hurt to repeat, as it appears to be somewhat confusing for people. When you create a VM Storage Policy, … [Read more...]

My recommended sessions for VMworld 2021!

It is that time of the year again, the VMworld content catalog has been posted online! Like every year I am going to provide a list of sessions that I highly recommend watching. There are many great sessions, and I can’t list them all, so I am going to limit it to 15 sessions again. If you feel there’s a … [Read more...]

Which vSAN Maintenance Mode option was used on a host?

Last week there was a question on VMTN around maintenance mode, this customer wanted to find out which vSAN Maintenance Mode option was used while the host was placed in maintenance mode. The person who placed the host into maintenance wasn’t around, and I guess the customer wanted to know if data was moved from … [Read more...]

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...]

HCI Mesh error: Failed to run the remote datastore mount pre-checks

I had two comments on my HCI Mesh compute only blogpost where both were reporting the same error when trying to mount a remote datastore. The error that popped up was the following: I tried to reproduce it in my lab, as both had upgraded from 7.0 to U2 I did the same, that didn’t result in the same error though. … [Read more...]

Can 2-node or Stretched be used as client or server cluster with vSAN HCI Mesh?

I had this question today, probably sparked by my post earlier where a showed a single-node cluster being able to leverage HCI Mesh to mount a remote vSAN Datastore. The question was if this also works with 2-node vSAN or with a vSAN Stretched Cluster. Unfortunately, the answer is no, a 2-node cluster or a vSAN … [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...]

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...]

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...]