HCI Mesh error: Failed to run the remote…

HCI Mesh error: Failed to run the remote datastore mount pre-checks

HCI Mesh error: Failed to run the remote…

I had two comments on my HCI Mesh compute only blogpost where both were reporting the same error when trying to mount a remote datastore. The error that popped up was the following: I tried to reproduce it in my lab, as both had upgraded from 7.0 to U2 I did the same, that didn’t […]


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VxRail – Single vCenter Managing Multiple…

VxRail – Single vCenter Managing Multiple VxRail Clusters

VxRail – Single vCenter Managing Multiple…

‘Can a single vCenter server support/manage multiple VxRail clusters?’ Let me first explain the two methods of deploying a vCenter server to support a VxRail cluster: By David Ring […]


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Does vSAN Enhanced Durability work when you…

Does vSAN Enhanced Durability work when you have a limited number of hosts?

Does vSAN Enhanced Durability work when you…

Last week I had a question about how vSAN Enhanced Durability works when you have a limited number of hosts. In this case, the customer had a 3+3+1 stretched cluster configuration, and they wondered what would happen when they would place a host into maintenance mode. Although I was pretty sure [..]


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Upgrading vSAN 2-node Clusters with a Shared…

Upgrading vSAN 2-node Clusters with a Shared Witness from 7U1 to 7U2

Upgrading vSAN 2-node Clusters with a Shared…

There is a special consideration when it comes to 2-node clusters with a shared witness host. The on-disk format upgrade in a vSAN environment with multiple 2-node clusters and a shared witness should only be performed once all the hosts sharing the same witness are running the same vSphere/ […]


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VxRail – Pre-upgrade Health Check Tool

VxRail – Pre-upgrade Health Check Tool

VxRail – Pre-upgrade Health Check Tool

VxVerify – Pre-upgrade Health Check Tool VxVerify is an incredibly useful tool to have at your disposal while working with VxRail. Complimentary to the native VxRail manager checks VxVerify performs a health check analysis on a VxRail cluster and it is highly recommended to run VxVerify […]


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Using HCI Mesh with a stand-alone vSphere host?

Using HCI Mesh with a stand-alone vSphere host?

Using HCI Mesh with a stand-alone vSphere host?

Last week at the French VMUG we received a great question. The question was whether you can use HCI Mesh (datastore sharing) with a stand-alone vSphere Host. The answer is simple, no you cannot. VMware does not support enabling vSAN, and HCI Mesh, on a single stand-alone host. However, if you still want to mount […]


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vSAN 7 Update 2 RDMA Support

vSAN 7 Update 2 RDMA Support

vSAN 7 Update 2 RDMA Support

The nature of a distributed storage system like vSAN means that a network connecting the hosts is heavily relied upon for resilient connectivity, performance, and efficiency. Traditionally, vSAN has relied upon TCP communication to move data between hosts in a reliable and consistent manner. […]


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Network Monitoring Enhancements in vSAN 7 Update 2

Network Monitoring Enhancements in vSAN 7 Update 2

Network Monitoring Enhancements in vSAN 7 Update 2

Network Monitoring Enhancements in vSAN 7 Update 2 Administrators need to be able to quickly understand the health and performance of a network. Visibility into the network is key to a reliable and consistent hyperconverged platform. VMware vSAN 7 Update 2 introduces several new metrics and […]


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vSAN File Services and Stretched Clusters!

vSAN File Services and Stretched Clusters!

vSAN File Services and Stretched Clusters!

As most of you probably know, vSAN File Services is not supported on a stretched cluster with vSAN 7.0 or 7.0U1. However, starting with vSAN 7.0 U2 we now fully support the use of vSAN File Services on a stretched cluster configuration! Why is that? In 7.0 U2, you now have the ability to specify […]


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vSAN 7.0 U2 – What’s new?

vSAN 7.0 U2 – What’s new?

vSAN 7.0 U2 – What’s new?

I know that there has been a lot of content already written in relation to the latest 7.0U2 release of vSAN. My good pal Duncan has done a considerable amount on work to highlight the new features, and has an excellent set of YouTube videos that you can review at your convenience. However, […]


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VMware vSAN Powered HCI Systems Leads the…

VMware vSAN Powered HCI Systems Leads the Market in Q4, 2020, According to IDC

VMware vSAN Powered HCI Systems Leads the…

VMware vSAN Powered HCI Systems Leads the Market in Q4, 2020, According to IDC Once again, we’re excited that VMware vSAN powered HCI systems leads the overall market for the Q4 of 2020, according to the IDC Worldwide Converged Systems Tracker. IDC Data Shows HCI Systems Powered by VMware are #1 IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Converged … Continued The post VMware vSAN Powered HCI Systems Leads the Market in Q4, 2020, According to IDC appeared first on VMware vSAN Virtual Blocks Blog.


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Announcing Limited Extension of vSAN 6.5 and…

Announcing Limited Extension of vSAN 6.5 and 6.6 General Support Period

Announcing Limited Extension of vSAN 6.5 and…

VMware is committed to supporting our customers for growth and success. In these trying times, some of you have contacted us to share that the global pandemic has made it more difficult to execute your planned infrastructure upgrades. We can help address this challenge by offering both increased flexibility and continued support as we work … Continued The post Announcing Limited Extension of vSAN 6.5 and 6.6 General Support Period appeared first on VMware vSAN Virtual Blocks Blog.


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Performance Monitoring Enhancements in vSAN 7…

Performance Monitoring Enhancements in vSAN 7 Update 2

Performance Monitoring Enhancements in vSAN 7…

Performance Monitoring Enhancements in vSAN 7 Update 2​ Time-based performance metrics found in vCenter Server can be one of the most effective ways to monitor and troubleshoot the performance of discrete VMs, and the vSAN cluster providing the resources. These metrics give important insight […]


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vSAN 7.0 U2 now integrates with vSphere DRS

vSAN 7.0 U2 now integrates with vSphere DRS

vSAN 7.0 U2 now integrates with vSphere DRS

One of the features our team requested a while back was integration between DRS and vSAN. The key use case we had was for stretched clusters. Especially in scenarios where a failure has occurred, it would be useful if DRS would understand what vSAN is doing. What do I mean by that? Today when […]


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