Register vCenter Server Lookup Service in…

Register vCenter Server Lookup Service in vShield Manager – vcdx56.com

Register vCenter Server Lookup Service in…

A few weeks ago i upgraded a customer environment to latest release of VMware vSphere. Customer ran 5.5 U2 and now they wanted version 6.0 U2 for both vCenter Server and ESXi. The entire process was pretty straight forward and the only little bump we had was the vShield Manager to vCenter Server Lookup Service registration. We decided to use a fresh installation of vShield Manager since new services were about to be implemented in the customer environment and the old services used by the previous vShield Manager was no longer in use.


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Virtual Maestro: VMware memory reclamation…

Virtual Maestro: VMware memory reclamation vSphere 6: Mem.minfreepct and sliding scale method

Virtual Maestro: VMware memory reclamation…

Before I talk about sliding scale method, lets discuss about MEM.MINFREEPCT value. Eventually this discussion will lead us to understanding sliding scale method.


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Deploying Virtual SAN Over L2/L3 Networks with…

Deploying Virtual SAN Over L2/L3 Networks with Arista Networking Devices

Deploying Virtual SAN Over L2/L3 Networks with…

Earlier this year around the March timeframe, I published a white paper providing network configuration guidance for deploying Virtual SAN across L2 and L3 networks. In the white paper, I covered all of the necessary configuration artifacts required to prepare and build a routed network for the deployment of Virtual SAN. In the paper, I provided all of the required configuration examples for all of the necessary networking devices (L2 and L3 devices) for two different vendors (Cisco and Brocade)


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NSX Bytes: Friends Don’t Let Friends Delete The…

NSX Bytes: Friends Don’t Let Friends Delete The VTEP PortGroup

NSX Bytes: Friends Don’t Let Friends Delete The…

Last week I posted a tweet saying “Friends don’t let friends delete the NSX-v VTEP PortGroup” and as most of us do in our industry we learn by doing and I found out the hard way that you shouldn’t mess with the PortGroup created during the Host Preparation of the NSX setup and configuration stage. This PortGroup is used by the Hosts in an NSX Enabled Cluster for the VMKernel Interfaces that are the VTEPs or VXLAN Tunnel End Points.


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VCAP6-DCV Deployment – Objective 1.3 – Deploy…

#VCAP6-DCV Deployment – Objective 1.3 – Deploy and Configure Update Manager Components

VCAP6-DCV Deployment – Objective 1.3 – Deploy…

The first stage for this objective is to install Update Manager, I have created a new Windows VM and mounted the vCenter .iso image. Once mounted I choose to install Update Manager Server and choose to use the embedded SQL Express database option.


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Compare Citrix, VMware and Microsoft remote…

Compare Citrix, #VMware and Microsoft remote display protocol options (via TechTarget)

Compare Citrix, VMware and Microsoft remote…

Choosing a remote display protocol used to be a big decision, but Microsoft, Citrix and VMware’s protocols all measure up to the demands of today’s desktop and application virtualization technologies.


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Server virtualisation market reaching its peak,…

Server virtualisation market reaching its peak, #VMware still on top

Server virtualisation market reaching its peak,…

The worldwide server virtualisation market has matured rapidly over the last few years, with analyst firm Gartner stating the market is reaching its peak. VMware is still dominating the market, with Microsoft working its way in as a contender for enterprise use.


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Managing NSX with Active Directory Domain Accounts

Managing NSX with Active Directory Domain Accounts

Managing NSX with Active Directory Domain Accounts

As one of the network and security leads for the VMware TAM program in North America, I was contacted by a colleague whose customer wanted to discuss NSX permissions and rights in detail. The questions from this customer inspired this post.


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Getting Comfortable with vPostgres and the…

Getting Comfortable with vPostgres and the vCenter Server Appliance – Part 2

Getting Comfortable with vPostgres and the…

In Part 1 of this blog series I talked about vPostgres, some of its features, and why it’s the database platform of choice for the vCenter Server Appliance. In this post, Part 2, I’ll dig a bit deeper into the gears of vPostgres. We’ll take a look at some of the key configuration settings and why they are important to the vCenter Server Appliance.


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NSX Activity Monitoring

NSX Activity Monitoring – darrylcauldwell.com

NSX Activity Monitoring

As part of study for VCIX-NV I’ve given myself task of exploring in my new home lab all parts of NSX which I don’t use at work. One of these things is NSX Activity Monitoring, to investigate this I came up with a test scenario and then worked through the steps to achieve a solution to meet the scenario design.


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Fatal Error While Creating Storage For A New…

Fatal Error While Creating Storage For A New VDP Appliance Deployment – virtuallyPeculiar

Fatal Error While Creating Storage For A New…

After you deploy the ova template for VDP we need to configure the VDP appliance from the vdp-configure page. During the storage configuration, I had chosen about 8 TB of storage for the VDP and during the configuration progress, the setup encountered a Fatal Error. The exact message and the screenshot is:


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Virtual SAN Space Efficiency Capabilities in 25…

Virtual SAN Space Efficiency Capabilities in 25 Minutes – Punching Clouds

Virtual SAN Space Efficiency Capabilities in 25…

Earlier this week I got an opportunity to participate in a Webcast series titled “Virtual SAN Take 20” where I covered some of the new space efficiency and availability capabilities of Virtual SAN 6.2 and provided some useful demonstrations of the features and capabilities. The information I covered and demonstrated is applicable for all Virtual SAN Ready Nodes and the EMC/VCE VXRAIL engineered appliances that are powered by VMware’s Hyper-Converged software package with Virtual SAN.


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Deploy, Configure, and Microsegment Log Insight

Deploy, Configure, and Microsegment Log Insight – Network Inferno

Deploy, Configure, and Microsegment Log Insight

Building on a couple of recent blog posts I have made some PowerShell functions that wrap elements of the Log Insight JSON REST API. Using a mixture of PowerCLI, PowerNSX, and Power LogInsight commands it is possible to deploy Log Insight end to end.


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