How to automate Object Maintenance Mode in vRealize Operations 8

In this article I’ll try to explain how you can use the ESXi host state or vCenter Custom Attributes to automate the vRealize Operations object maintenance mode. When working in a vSphere environment, you often have to patch or upgrade systems. If this environment is monitored by vRealize Operations, you want to avoid … [Read more...]

Free e-book – NSX-T 3.0 Operation Design Guide

Operations and visibility are key metrics that enterprise assess the risk and success of their business- critical applications. NSX-T is a software defined network platform when deployed touches every aspect of enterprise connectivity and thus understanding, leverage and building successful operational design and best … [Read more...]

New Book – Getting Started with NSX-T Logical Routing and Switching

This primer on NSX-T helps you understand the capabilities and features of NSX-T, how to configure and manage NSX-T, and integrate NSX-T with other software. The book is the first in a series that will teach you the basics of NSX-T, which is an update of VMware's original software-defined networking (SDN) architecture … [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...]

A closer look at HCX Mobility Optimized Networking

A while ago I wrote a couple of articles on HCX, VMware’s solution for workload mobility across VMware stacks. I also recorded a couple of lightboards on HCX together with Jeffrey Kusters. Next week I will be talking again about HCX within the context of VMware Cloud on AWS at the Virtual NLVMUG Usercon. The … [Read more...]

Automated deployment of vRealize Suite in VCF 4.1 – Part 1

Automated deployment of vRealize Suite is back in VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1! The biggest difference with previous VCF version (3.x) is that the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vRSLCM) is now “VCF Aware”. So, what does that exactly mean? Once the vRSLCM is deployed from the SDDC Manager, that instance will be VCF … [Read more...]

vCLS VMs not powering on, insufficient resources error

This week I had someone internally me asking about a situation where vCLS VMs were not powering on and an error was thrown stating “insufficient resources”. I had seen this issue before at some point and I knew it had something to do with the VM version and EVC. The details of the error messages seem to … [Read more...]

VMware vSAN Design Guide

This document focuses on helping administrators to correctly design and size a vSAN cluster, and answer some of the common questions around number of hosts, number of disk groups, cache sizing, and number of capacity devices along with detailed configuration questions to help to correctly and successfully deploy vSAN … [Read more...]

Why the PX-Backup container-native approach is crucial for data protection

Containers are very different than virtual machines. The more prescriptive way containers store data forces admins and developers to put more thought into which data goes where. It also means traditional data protection makes little sense for backing up container-based applications. Solutions like PortWorx PX-Backup … [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...]