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…

What’s new in VMware vSphere 6.5

vSphere 6.5 is the latest release of the industry-leading virtualization platform which delivers the Next gen infrastructure for your Next gen apps. This release of vSphere features several new capabilities and enhancements that addresses the challenges of digital transformation by delivering:  Dramatically simplified experience: We have made the new Photon based, vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA)…

What’s New in VMware vSphere PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1

PowerCLI is a Windows PowerShell interface for managing VMware vSphere.  PowerCLI is a powerful command-line tool that lets you automate all aspects of vSphere management, including network, storage, VM, guest OS and more. For more information on changes made in VMware PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1, including improvements, security enhancements, and deprecated features, see the VMware PowerCLI…

What’s new in VMware vSphere Replication 6.5

What is vSphere Replication? vSphere Replication is VMware’s proprietary hypervisor-based replication engine designed to protect running virtual machines from partial or complete site failures by replicating their VMDK disk files.  It provides simple and cost-efficient replication to a distant failover site or between local hosts within a single site.  Used standalone or in conjunction with…