Reducing the Impact of Backups and Restores on…

Reducing the Impact of Backups and Restores on FlashArrays

Reducing the Impact of Backups and Restores on…

One of the things that is not widely known out there about backup and restore operations is that SQL Server will typically default them to a 1 megabyte IO size. This canbe great for some environments, but it’s suboptimal for shared all-flash arrays. In this post, I’d like to show you some tests I performedsurrounding Continue Reading


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SRM with VMAX 20K Part VIII: Configuring EMC…

SRM with VMAX 20K Part VIII: Configuring EMC Virtual Storage Integrator

SRM with VMAX 20K Part VIII: Configuring EMC…

This is a very short and sweet post about implementing the EMC Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI). This is a plug-in for the vSphere client which enables further management of your specific array. There are advanced options made available for SRDF, Storage Views and Management. It is quite useful to have although I haven’t really used […] The post SRM with VMAX 20K Part VIII: Configuring EMC Virtual Storage Integrator appeared first on vRyan.co.uk – Virtualization Blog.


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Trying to Upgrade to Windows 10 on Fusion but…

Trying to Upgrade to Windows 10 on Fusion but hitting the SVGA bug? Here’s the simple workaround

Trying to Upgrade to Windows 10 on Fusion but…

Windows 10 released today, and many users are teeming to get started discovering all the great things that Microsoft built. A number of Fusion uses however are hitting an issue when trying to upgrade from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. During the “hardware validation check”, the VMware SVGA graphics driver is misrepresented as being incompatible. […]


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Configure VMware VASA for IBM Storwize V7000…

Configure VMware VASA for IBM Storwize V7000 (and others).

Configure VMware VASA for IBM Storwize V7000…

The task of the Google search engine questions as in the post title (or its variations) does not return us satisfactory results. It is very difficult to find something in this matter, which step by step will lead us to … Continue reading →


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Heads up! LUNs attached to VMware vSphere 6.0…

Heads up! LUNs attached to VMware vSphere 6.0 hosts may remain in APD Timeout state

Heads up! LUNs attached to VMware vSphere 6.0…

28 July VMware released a knowledgeable article describing a problem with ESXi 6.0 and the All Path Down (APD). The problem is that aLUN that have experienced an APD state never exist the APD state and the LUN is not accessible from the ESXi host even though the connection between the ESXi host and the … Continue reading »


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Windows 10 Download and Create USB Installation…

Windows 10 Download and Create USB Installation stick

Windows 10 Download and Create USB Installation…

Windows 10 Download is now available and for users running Windows 7 or Windows 8.x it is free upgrade. You can do an in-place upgrade or if you prefer is to get the installer (the ISO), or to create an USB stick (my choice). Microsoft enter a new era where the OS is no longer […] Read the full post Windows 10 Download and Create USB Installation stick at ESX Virtualization.


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Brocade FC Switch Supportsave

Brocade FC Switch Supportsave

Brocade FC Switch Supportsave

A Brocade supportsave command saves a wealth of logs and information that can be useful when troubleshooting an issue. It is also a recommended procedure to run a supportsave before upgrading the firmware on a switch, so that you have the necessary information to hand should there be an issue. Supportsave requires an FTP server […]


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Upgrade to vSphere ESXi 6 via command line

Upgrade to vSphere ESXi 6 via command line

Upgrade to vSphere ESXi 6 via command line

The other day i had to upgrade my labESXi mgmt serverfrom version 5.5 to 6.0 host via the command prompt and it’s actually pretty straight forward. I took the following steps to perform the upgrade: Download the latest ESXi version from the VMware website Log on to the ESXi server using SSH Verify runningESXi version … Continue reading »


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VMware – vSphere 6 Basics – Platform Services…

VMware – #vSphere 6 Basics – Platform Services Controller

VMware – vSphere 6 Basics – Platform Services…

I’ve finally gotten some time to dig into the changes in vSphere 6 with regards to deployment options and architecture. I thought I’d do a few posts covering some key enhancements from VMware, paying particular attention to the Platform Service Controller (PSC) and VMware’s preferred deployment options. I haven’t received any briefings from VMware, so I can’t comment on what is coming in future releases. Note that most of this information was made available to me via access to VMware’s…Read More


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VMware ESXi 6.0 Advance Security

VMware ESXi 6.0 Advance Security

VMware ESXi 6.0 Advance Security

Among numerous enhancements in VMware 6.0, security and password setting for ESXi host makesense now. Few changes where, permissionmanagement, account lockout, Flexible lockdown mode and Password complexity. ESXI Local account ESXi local account can be created threeways, either by ESXCLI or Powershell or Logging into ESXI via vsphere client. ESXCLI Login to Putty and run […]


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vSphere Performance Improvements – New PDF

vSphere Performance Improvements – New PDF

vSphere Performance Improvements – New PDF

There is a new PDF called What’s New in vSphere 6 – Performance, since a couple of days at VMware which compares the performance of vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6.0. vSphere performance improvements since the v 5.5 are one of the core questions from users after the “What’s New in vSphere 6.0” question. The compare […] Read the full post vSphere Performance Improvements – New PDF at ESX Virtualization.


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SRM with VMAX 20K Part VII: Installation of…

SRM with VMAX 20K Part VII: Installation of Storage Replication Adapters

SRM with VMAX 20K Part VII: Installation of…

In this post, I’m going to cover the installation of the Storage Replication Adapter (SRA) for Site Recovery Manager. When using array-based replication, this is an absolute must piece of software that the vendor providers as it enables SRM to integrate and work the specific array. The SRA needs to be installed into each SRM […] The post SRM with VMAX 20K Part VII: Installation of Storage Replication Adapters appeared first on vRyan.co.uk – Virtualization Blog.


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Removing VMware Data Security after vShield to…

If you forgot to uninstall #VMware Data Security during your NSX upgrade, not all is lost!

Removing VMware Data Security after vShield to…

An existing vShield environment can be upgraded to a full NSX environment, as described in my VCIX post “Upgrade VMware NSX Components”. All vShield components can be upgraded, except for one; vShield Data Security. The documentation states: NSX Data Security does not support a direct upgrade. You must uninstall the current Data Security software before upgrading to NSX Manager. After NSX Manager is upgraded, you can install NSX Data Security version 6.0. If you upgraded to NSX Manager without uninstalling Data Security, you must do so using a REST call. A few days ago, someone came to me with an environment where this exact thing happened. They had upgraded to NSX for all its goodness, but had not removed Data Security and could not…Read More


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VCP-6 Objective 7.3–Troubleshoot vSphere Upgrades

VCP-6 Objective 7.3–Troubleshoot vSphere Upgrades

VCP-6 Objective 7.3–Troubleshoot vSphere Upgrades

For this objective I used the following resources: vSphere Troubleshooting documentation VMware KB Article 2032892 – Collecting Diagnostic Information for ESX/ESXi Hosts and vCenter Server Using the vSphere Web Client VMware KB Article 1011641 – Collecting Diagnostic Information for VMware vCenter Server VMware KB Article 653 – Collecting Diagnostic Information for Vmware ESX/ESXi Using the […]]> http://www.virtuallanger.com/2015/07/23/vcp-6-objective-7-3troubleshoot-vsphere-upgrades/feed/ 0…Read More


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VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC)

VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC)

VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC)

VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) is not a product but a certified configuration where a vSphere cluster spans geographical locations. This could be spread across a campus, metropolitan area or a larger area up to 200 km apart. vMSC … Continue reading →


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Chrome and the endless Client Integration…

Chrome and the endless Client Integration plug-in install prompt!

Chrome and the endless Client Integration…

I think we can all agree that ol’ Al Einstein was a pretty smart dude right? Especially when it came to his thoughts around insanity and the “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” spiel. The thing is Al’s not here anymore and while yeah, he was a wise one, he


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