Quick Post – VSAN and Log Insight Custom…

Quick Post – #VSAN and Log Insight Custom Alerting Example

Quick Post – VSAN and Log Insight Custom…

Log Insight is one of those great VMware products that needs to get more airplay as it has quiet a few applications other than a run of the mill log parser…in this post I’ll go through configuring a basic VSAN alert to detect disk failures. Once VSAN has been configured and deployed there is a new set of alerting parameters that VMware Admins need to be aware of that would usually be part of a traditional storage platforms feature set. Like all storage we need to be made aware of any issues with the supporting hardware such as Storage Controllers and Physical Disks. VSAN 6.2 comes with an excellent Health Monitor that allows you to get a quick overview of a VSAN instances state and will alert through vCenter if any issues arise.


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Continuing to Get Set With PowerCLI and…

Continuing to Get Set With #PowerCLI and Standard #vSwitches

Continuing to Get Set With PowerCLI and…

In A Guide to Fumbling Through PowerCLI, we focused on how to get information on a vSphere environment through the PowerCLI command line interface. Now, since we’ve gotten an idea how to move around our environment with PowerCLI to find out information, let’s focus on configuring our environment with PowerCLI.


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VMware Horizon Remote Applications Just Got Better

#VMware Horizon Remote Applications Just Got Better

VMware Horizon Remote Applications Just Got Better

It started a few years back with the release of VMware Horizon 6. VMware had entered the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) game. There were doubters, and many pundits wondered if VMware was really serious about making a dent in the RDS market. Naturally, some competitors made cute marketing videos and labeled the product a nonstarter—among other things. Fast forward two years, and Horizon RDS is now giving our competitors a run for their money.


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Automating Cross vCenter vMotion (xVC-vMotion)…

Automating Cross #vCenter #vMotion (xVC-vMotion) between the same & different SSO Domain

Automating Cross vCenter vMotion (xVC-vMotion)…

In the last couple of months, I have noticed an increase in customer interests in using the Cross vCenter vMotion (xVC-vMotion) capability that was introduced back in vSphere 6.0. In my opinion, I still think this is probably one of the coolest features of that release. There is no longer the limitation of restricting your Virtual Machine mobility from within a single vCenter Server, but you can now live migrate a running VM across different vCenter Servers.


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Cisco ACI and VMware NSX kumbaya?

#Cisco ACI and #VMware NSX kumbaya? – Network World

Cisco ACI and VMware NSX kumbaya?

Comments by Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins last week that the networking giant is open to collaborations with VMware in virtual networking raise the question: Just how would Cisco’s ACI and VMware’s NSX platforms could work together?


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Configuration Data Locations for the vSphere…

Configuration Data Locations for the #vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS)

Configuration Data Locations for the vSphere…

I recently received a question on where the configuration data for a vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) lives regarding the vCenter Server. As you may already know, most all VMware documentation states three places:


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Installing Unity VSA for my lab to support vVOL

Installing Unity VSA for my lab to support vVOL – vPentathlon

Installing Unity VSA for my lab to support vVOL

I was looking a way to practice vVOL in my home lab so a quick google search got me to EMC Unity-VSA. So if you like to practice vVOL with me here are the steps i took to install EMC UnityVSA:


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ESXi : How to mask storage device causing some…

ESXi : How to mask storage device causing some issues

ESXi : How to mask storage device causing some…

I have heard about the issue with ESXi 6 Update 2 and HP 3PAR storage where VVOLs are enabled. I have been told that the issue is caused by issuing unsupported SCSI command to PE LUN (256). PE stands for Protocol Endpoint and it is VVOL technical LUN for data path between ESXi and remote storage system.


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Virtual SAN Availability Features and…

Virtual SAN Availability Features and Capabilities in 20 Minutes – Punching Clouds

Virtual SAN Availability Features and…

As a follow-up to the Virtual SAN 6.2 space efficiency features and capabilities presentation, I shared last week from the “Virtual SAN Take 20 Webcast Series”, here is the second episode where I focused on the overall availability and capabilities features of Virtual SAN.


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Customizing the ESXi DCUI to show number of VMs

Customizing the ESXi DCUI to show number of VMs – virtuallyGhetto

Customizing the ESXi DCUI to show number of VMs

Last week there was a question that was posted internally asking if it was possible to customize the ESXi DCUI screen to include the number of Virtual Machines? Although there is nothing out of the box, you can in fact add add almost anything to the DCUI screen by modifying the /etc/vmware/welcome configuration file which I had blogged about several years back on adding a splash of color to the ESXi DCUI. There was even a recent VMware Fling that provides a VIB that applies a variety of DoD STIG implementations, one of which was to update the DCUI screen with some specific text.


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Disks Will Fail – VSAN Doesn’t!

Disks Will Fail – #VSAN Doesn’t!

Disks Will Fail – VSAN Doesn’t!

I was building my lab with VSAN backed storage – because I did not have a compatible RAID card I grouped the disks as a RAID-0 and presented it to VSAN. It worked and worked well – VSAN saw one big disk of about 1.6 TB (Had three disks worth 550GB each).


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5 Common Errors While Installing vRealize…

5 Common Errors While Installing vRealize Operations Manager

5 Common Errors While Installing vRealize…

Understanding the most common errors associated with installing VMware’s vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) can drastically improve user experience. Currently, 85% of Blue Medora’s support tickets are related to user error during vRealize Operations installation and configuration. Below, I have outlined the top five errors that we see vROps users encountering, and how to avoid them if you’re looking to install vRealize Operations or integrate third-party management packs.


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Log Insight: Mass Export Events

Log Insight: Mass Export Events

Log Insight: Mass Export Events

As you may know, the Log Insight UI only allows a maximum of 20K events to be exported at any given time. I often hear the request to export more than 20K events. In this post, I will cover other options that are available today. Read on to learn more!


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Building a Home Lab for PowerCli Testing

Building a Home Lab for #PowerCli Testing – Notes of a scripter

Building a Home Lab for PowerCli Testing

After taking the PowerCli HOL from VMware, I been thinking of putting together a home lab. I been reading a lot of information about others bloggers using Mini PCs- such as the Intel NUCs, Mac Minis, and even custom built whitebox servers. Unfortunately, being a father of 3 kids means I have to be on a tight budget, and at the same time I don’t want to skimp and have a under powered home lab. I would also like the equipment to be quiet and fan-less if at all possible.


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Heads up – ESXi not working on the new Intel…

Heads up – #ESXi not working on the new Intel NUC Skull Canyon (via virtuallyGhetto)

Heads up – ESXi not working on the new Intel…

Earlier this week I found out the new Intel NUC “Skull Canyon” (NUC6i7KYK) has been released and have been shipping for a couple of weeks now. Although this platform is mainly targeted at gaming enthusiast, there have also been a lot of anticipation from the VMware community on leveraging the NUC for a vSphere based home lab.


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Enhancing Your VMware Horizon 7 Implementation…

Enhancing Your VMware Horizon 7 Implementation with Smart Policies

Enhancing Your VMware Horizon 7 Implementation…

There has been a great deal of enthusiasm around the launch of VMware Horizon 7 and the innovative features delivered by the platform. But sometimes, a big launch can overshadow some of the more practical features in architecture and performance. So, we decided to create a series of blog posts to highlight these practical features and explain them to you.


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