Does the Native Key Provider require a host to have a TPM?

I got this question on the VMTN forum this week, does the Native Key Provider require a host to have a TPM? (Trusted Platform Module) The documentation does discuss the use of TPM 2.0 when you enable the Native Key Provider. Let’s be clear, the vCenter Server Native Key Provider does not require a TPM! If a TPM … [Read more...]

Unexplored Territory #010: Terraform and declarative automation with Kyle Ruddy

In episode #010 of the Unexplored Territory Podcast we talk to Kyle Ruddy, Tech Marketing guru at Hashicorp. Kyle explains how Hashicorp got started, what the difference is between imperative and declarative automation, and why Terraform (and other Hashicorp products/services) should be included in every multi-cloud … [Read more...]

Changing the vSAN Skyline Health Interval

On the VMTN forum Lars asked a great question, how do you change the vSAN Skyline Health interval. This used to be an option in the UI pre vSphere 7.0 but now seems to have disappeared. I never really touched it, so I had completely forgotten it was even an option at first. As vSAN also has an extensive CLI through … [Read more...]

Unexplored Territory #007: Tanzu/Kubernetes with Cormac Hogan

Episode 007 of the Unexplored Territory podcast is available! In this episode we spoke with Cormac Hogan about the VMware Tanzu portfolio, and Kubernetes in general. Listen to it via Spotify ( https://spoti.fi/3GcjaM9), Apple (https://apple.co/3Gc6Efn), or anywhere else you get your podcast! Source … [Read more...]

Unexplored Territory #006: Event-driven automation (VEBA) with William Lam!

In this sixth episode, we talk to William Lam, Senior Staff Architect in the Cloud Infrastructure Business Group at VMware about event-driven automation. William explains what event-driven automation is, how customers are using it today, and why you should also consider trying out the VMware Event Broker Appliance! ( … [Read more...]

Why does HA not power-on VMs after a full cluster shutdown?

I received this question and figured I would write a quick post about it, as it comes up occasionally. Why does vSphere HA no power-on VMs after a full cluster is brought back online after a full cluster shutdown? In this case, the customer had a power outage, so their hosts and all VMs were powered off as a result of … [Read more...]

Unexplored Territory #005: AI Enterprise, DPUs, and NVIDIA Launchpad with Luke Wignall

Episode 004 is out! This time we talk to Luke Wignall, who is the Director of Technical Product Marketing at NVIDIA. We talk about some of the announcements made during the NVIDIA GTC Conference. Luke discusses NVIDIA Launchpad, AI Enterprise, and of course, we touch on DPUs aka SmartNICs. A great conversation with A … [Read more...]

Can I boot ESXi from an SD card while placing OSDATA on my SAN?

I see this question popping up all the time, literally twice a day on our VMware internal slack, can I boot ESXi from an SD card while placing OSDATA on my SAN? I guess people are confused after reading this article. It is probably a result of skim-reading as the article is in-depth and spells it out to the letter. If … [Read more...]

Project Monterey, Capitola, and NVIDIA announcements… What does this mean?

At VMworld, there were various announcements and updates around projects that VMware is working on. Three of these announcements/projects received a lot of attention at VMworld and from folks attending. These announcements were Project Monterey, Project Capitola, and the NVIDIA + VMware AI Ready Platform. For those who … [Read more...]

A closer look at vSAN 7.0u3 Nested Fault Domains for 2-node vSAN clusters

I recently got some questions on a new feature that was introduced in vSAN 7.0u3: “Nested Fault Domains for 2-node vSAN clusters”. With this feature you’re able to provide additional availability on your 2-node clusters: a RAID-1 configuration across the available nodes combined with a RAID-1 … [Read more...]