What if the disk controller driver included in my vendor’s ESXi image is not on the vSAN HCL?

Sometimes unfortunately there are situations where a vendor’s ESXi image includes a disk controller driver that is not on the vSAN HCL/VCG (VMware Compatibility Guide). Typically it is a new version of the driver which is supported for vSphere, but not yet for vSAN. In that situation, what should you do? So far … [Read more...]

Is a crossover cable needed for vSAN 2-Node Direct Connect?

I had this question last week around vSAN 2-node direct connect and whether using a crossover cable is still required to be used or if a regular CAT6 cable (CAT 5E works as well) can be used. I knew the answer and figured this would be documented somewhere, but it doesn’t appear to be. To be honest, many websites … [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...]

Sharing my vSAN 7.0 U1 webinar, watch it now!

I recorded a webinar a while back. It was streamed last week, and I figured that as I have the recording here, I may as well share it with you. In this webinar I discuss many of the new features which were introduced as part of vSAN 7.0 U1, features like HCI Mesh, IO Insight, enhanced File Service capabilities, and … [Read more...]

vSAN File Service SMB capability not showing up in the vSAN 7.0 U1 UI?

I had two customers who ran into this issue the last week. They ran into the situation where the UI did not show the SMB capabilities after upgrading to vSphere/vSAN 7.0 Update 1. You can solve this pretty quickly by upgrading vSAN File Service as well. Just go to the vSAN Services page, go to File Service and click … [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...]

Which vSAN policy changes will trigger a rebuild?

A couple of years ago I did a VMworld session with Cormac and we discussed the top things everyone should know about vSAN. One of the items discussed was which policy changes would trigger a rebuild. We tested the various situations and documented them. Two weeks ago a question around this was asked on a VMware … [Read more...]

vSphere HA configuration for HCI Mesh!

Advertise here with BSA I wrote a vSAN HCI Mesh Considerations blog post a few weeks ago. Based on that post I received some questions, and one of the questions was around vSphere HA configurations. Interestingly I also had some internal discussions around how vSAN HCI Mesh and HA were integrated. Based on the … [Read more...]

vSAN HCI Mesh Considerations

Advertise here with BSA I did a vSAN File Services Considerations posts earlier this year and recently updated it to include some of the changes that were introduced for vSAN 7.0 U1. Considering vSAN HCI Mesh, aka Datastore Sharing, is also a brand new feature, I figured I would do a similar post. In this post, I am … [Read more...]

vSAN 7.0 U1 File Services with SMB and NFS support demo

Advertise here with BSA I created this quick demo last week, and I figured I would share it here. It shows vSAN 7.0 U1 File Services with SMB and NFS support. I wrote about vSAN File Services and what is new in this post here, make sure to read that as well, and of course, it also details all the other introduced … [Read more...]