Under The Covers – What happens when…EVO:RAIL…

Under The Covers – What happens when…EVO:RAIL Adds an additional appliance (Part 2)

Under The Covers – What happens when…EVO:RAIL…

In my previous blog post I walked you through what happens when EVO:RAIL is being configured for the very first time. Now I want to look at the next important workflow. As you might know from reading this series of posts, EVO:RAIL has auto-discovery and auto-scale-out functionality. A daemon called “VMware Loudmouth” which is available on each of the four nodes that make up and EVO:RAIL as well as the vCenter Server Appliance, is used to “advertise” additional EVO:RAIL appliances on the…Read More


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Queues, Queues and more Queues

Queues, Queues and more Queues #vExpert, #VCDX

Queues, Queues and more Queues

Introduction to Queues Sizing Proper queues sizing is a key element in ensuring current database workloads can be sustained and all SLA’s are met without any processing disruption. Queues Queues are often misrepresented as the very “bane of our existence” … Continue reading →


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VSAN vs. Nutanix — Head-to-Head Performance…

#VSAN vs. #Nutanix — Head-to-Head Performance Testing — Part 4 — Exchange!

VSAN vs. Nutanix — Head-to-Head Performance…

For those of you have been following this thread for a while, you know we’re in the midst of head-to-head performance testing on two identical clusters: one running VSAN, the other running Nutanix. Recently, we’ve updated the Nutanix cluster to vSphere 6 and 4.1.3 — however, no differences have been observed performance since the change.


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Scan and fix provisioning errors with ViewDbChk…

Scan and fix provisioning errors with ViewDbChk tool

Scan and fix provisioning errors with ViewDbChk…

Continuing on with our current series of KBTV Webinars, here we have the eleventh webinar titled How to connect your Datacentre to vCloud Air over IPsec VPN . Note : This video is roughly 46 minutes in duration so it would be advisable to block out some time in order watch it fully.


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How to properly license your infrastructure

Always make sure you have the right license for your infrastructure

How to properly license your infrastructure

Making sure you have the right licenses for your infrastructure is hard work. Real hard work. A lot of companies have one or more employees just to make sure they conform to all licensing requirements of their vendors. To make life a little easier I collected the posts we did in the past on this subject. But before you give away licenses based on the things you read here: Always check with your own licensing expert, since licensing can be very complex.


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VMware NSX installation flow chart diagram

VMware NSX installation flow chart diagram

VMware NSX installation flow chart diagram

There are many great NSX installation blogs and videos, so in this post I will just post the flow chart diagram. I could not find a diagram, so I created this. From the above, you can see it’s pretty straight forward I’m showing some tasks as parallel as the order does not matter. Otherwise, […] The post VMware NSX installation flow chart diagram appeared first on virtual red dot.


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VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0

Performance and Reliability Multiple simultaneous conversions enable large-scale virtualization implementations. Quiescing and snapshotting of the guest operating system on the source machine before migrating the data ensures conversion reliability. Hot cloning makes conversions non-disruptive, with no source server downtime or … Continue reading →


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Replacing vCenter Server Certificate Authority…

Replacing vCenter Server Certificate Authority Root CA

Replacing vCenter Server Certificate Authority…

vSphere 6 makes managing SSL certificates a lot easier than previous releases. It ships with its own Certificate Authority, (VMCA) that issues certificates for all components on your behalf, rather than having to replace each service certificate manually, or relying on self-signed certificates. This new VMCA comes with the Platform Services Controller (PSC) that can be installed as a separate appliance, or embedded within the vCenter Server installation or Appliance. By default, the VMCA will…Read More


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The (Un)official VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide

Grab your free (un)official #VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide!

The (Un)official VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide

VMware released a new certification for NSX back in October 2014; the VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX-NV). This new certification is the next level for VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization (VCP-NV) and validates your skills and your ability to install, configure and administer VMware NSX for vSphere. You can learn more about VCIX-NV here. During the preparations before this exam, I started keeping notes. These notes turned into blog posts and these blog posts turned into complete coverage of the VCIX-NV blueprint. After 3 months, all the objectives were done, I passed the VCIX-NV exam myself and decided to compile everything into an easy to use format. It took a while, but after a lot of text formatting,…Read More


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VMware vSphere Replication 5.8 and Custom…

#VMware #vSphere Replication 5.8 and Custom Certificates

VMware vSphere Replication 5.8 and Custom…

I waffled on some time ago about using proper certificates in your vSphere 5.5 environment. You can read about some of how to do that here. Eric has a nice summary of the steps here. I got a call recently from the customer about a few things and they mentioned some issues with vSphere Replication 5.8. Turns out I’d forgotten about vSphere Replication when I’d gone through the certificate replacement process, as it was done as a PoC. The fix is simple: power off the appliance and power it on again. VMware has a KB for most every situation, including this one – VMware vSphere Replication appliance no longer able to communicate with the VMware vCenter Server after changing the vCenter certificates (2063955). It also helps that I’m a bit…Read More


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VMware vSphere 5.5 U2 Resetting the SSO Password

#VMware #vSphere 5.5 U2 – Resetting the SSO Password

VMware vSphere 5.5 U2 Resetting the SSO Password

In a previous post I talked about deploying custom SSL certs into a vCenter 5.5 environment. As I was working through the update steps, the Certificate Automation Tool kept bombing out when updating the Inventory Service certificate. Neither the client nor I really knew why this was happening, but I had a bit of a hunch that it something to do with SSO credentials. It turned out to be a lucky guess, as I reset the password a few times and the SSL cert tool started working. If you find yourself in this situation, there’s a tool provided with vCenter to reset the SSO password. Here’s a link to the KB article.c:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\VMware\CIS\vmdird>vdcadmintool.exe It’s a fairly straightforward process, but you need to…Read More


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vSphere 6 – VMware is heading toward VM-aware

vSphere 6 – VMware is heading toward VM-aware

vSphere 6 – VMware is heading toward VM-aware

A blog to share security, networking and cloud related technology information as @vCloudernBeer picked up on his search for his destiny in the cloud. (LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chowanthony) Friday, July 3, 2015 VMware vSphere 6 was released in early February 2015. The must read “Mastering VMware vSphere X” book series for vSphere 6 is already available. the Internet that we can search for. I OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. My second OpenStack bug fix was submitted upstream and…Read More


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NexGen Storage is NVMe Ready with QoS at the VM…

NexGen Storage is NVMe Ready with QoS at the VM level and VVOLs compatible

NexGen Storage is NVMe Ready with QoS at the VM…

NVMe is new standard which is slowly start to replace SAS/SATA by providing fastest/shortest/optimized data path. Associated to a software which does QoS at the VM level and supports VMware VVOLS, it gives you a quite powerful package. In fact all those features are present in the new storage array from NexGen Storage and we’ll […] Read the full post NexGen Storage is NVMe Ready with QoS at the VM level and VVOLs compatible at ESX Virtualization.


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Part 1: Installing VMware NSX Appliance and…

Part 1: Installing VMware NSX Appliance and configuration.

Part 1: Installing VMware NSX Appliance and…

Hello everyone, welcome first series of NSX 6.1 installation and configuration with Best Practice. This series containevery steps involved for NSX deployment with screenshots. Since this installation is done in Lab environment we will try to include the all topics. We all know NSX is key component for SDDC. Its a software based platform that […]


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