vSAN Witness on ESXiOnPi

Another continuation of my main blog post and working through my 3 use cases, this one happens to be something a lot of people have been asking me about. 2 node vSAN edge site with a remote witness, but what if the remote witness was in the same room and running on a Raspberry Pi….

Create a vSAN 2 Node cluster on ESXi On Pi

Continuing up on my main blog post around using Raspberry Pi4b devices with the vSphere Fling, my first use case involves create a 2-node vSAN cluster on these devices using a virtual remote witness. Here’s how I set this up in my homelab. Assuming you already have 2 Raspberry Pi4b devices installed and configured with…

Home-Lab Upgrade to vSphere 7

I’ve had a lot of questions on how my upgrade went to vSphere 7 in my home-lab. I thought I’d share how I was able to get vSphere 7 up and running on a lab using hardware that isn’t on the VMware Hardware Compatibility List. So what you see here are 5 Dell R71 Servers,…

Configuring the VMware ESXi Dump Collector on vCenter 7

For those not familiar with this topic, it relates to a recent presentation I made at a VMware User Group virtual meeting around managing vSphere and some best practices. This also is applicable to a recent home-lab upgrade and wanted to provide a current method for configuring this setup and the lack of official support…

The vSphere Security Configuration Guide – Where do I start?

Ask yourself the question, what’s my compliance policy for the company, HIPPA, PCI, SOX, DISA, STIG, etc… Have I spoken to my internal audit staff? Have I spoken to my security team yet? The vSphere Security Configuration Guide remember is not the “VMware vSphere Security Configuration Law”, it’s a guide for you to use to…

VMware Cloud Foundation 3.0 is now GA

VMware Cloud Foundation makes it easy to deploy and run a hybrid cloud. VMware Cloud Foundation provides integrated cloud infrastructure (compute, storage, networking, and security) and cloud management services to run enterprise applications in both private and public environments. Think about the current process of building out new VMware vSphere Clusters (assuming you have new…

VMware goes big on 20th Anniversary

Last week VMware released a bunch of new releases to great products including the GA Release of VMware vSphere 6.7 including: vCenter Server vCenter Server Appliance VMware Update Manager VMware ESXi For their 20th anniversary VMware launched their most secure, efficient and ground-breaking virtualization platform, vSphere 6.7. Product Overview Simple and Efficient Management, at Scale vSphere 6.7…

What’s New in VMware Cloud Foundation v2.3.0

VMware is pleased to announce the General Availability of VMware Cloud Foundation version 2.3.0.  This is an On-Prem release of VCF. RTM Date: 01-09-2018 GA Date: 01-11-2018 VMware Cloud Foundation (version 2.3.0) is a unified SDDC platform that brings together VMware vSphere, vSAN, NSX and optionally vRealize suite and Horizon components into a natively integrated stack to deliver…

What’s New with VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions 2.3

What’s New Enhancements for Large Scale Production Environments Optimized for Large Scale Deployment. Big Data Extensions provides improved performance, robustness, and fault tolerance in large scale deployments. Multi-Template Virtual Machines.You can configure multiple virtual machine templates and choose which one to use when you create a Big Data cluster. This lets you satisfy customization requirements for…

What’s New in VMware vSphere Replication 6.5

VMware vSphere® Replication™ is a virtual machine data protection and disaster recovery solution. It is fully integrated with VMware vCenter Server™ and VMware vSphere Web Client, providing host-based, asynchronous replication of virtual machines. vSphere Replication is a proprietary replication engine developed by VMware that is included with VMware vSphere Essentials Plus Kit and higher editions…