What’s the difference between a 2-node cluster…

What’s the difference between a 2-node cluster and a Stretched cluster?

What’s the difference between a 2-node cluster…

Stretched cluster and 2-node cluster are two extremely powerful vSAN configurations that help our customers solve different types of challenges. Since both topologies offer synchronous data replication on two different sites (vSAN Fault domains), we often get asked by customers what’s the difference between these two. In this blog post, we will take some time to cover some of the most important similarities and differences that these two configurations have between each other.


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Nested Fault Domains on a 2-Node vSAN Stretched…

Nested Fault Domains on a 2-Node vSAN Stretched Cluster, is it supported?

Nested Fault Domains on a 2-Node vSAN Stretched…

I spotted a question this week on VMTN, the question was fairly basic, are nested fault domains supported on a 2-node vSAN Stretched Cluster? It sounds basic, but unfortunately, it is not documented anywhere, probably because stretched 2-node configurations are not very common. For those who […]


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VMware vSAN Internal Components and its details

VMware vSAN Internal Components and its details

VMware vSAN Internal Components and its details

Some of the basic fundamental concepts were looked at in a previous blog. If you haven’t had the chance, take a look at it. We will dig even more profound into vSAN and we’ll see how its components internally interact with each other. First of all, there are certain terminologies that need to […]


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vSAN Data Persistence platform (DPp) Revisited

vSAN Data Persistence platform (DPp) Revisited

vSAN Data Persistence platform (DPp) Revisited

Around 18 months ago, I published an article which highlighted a new feature called vSAN Data Persistence platform, or DPp for short. Basically, it describes a set of vSphere services built into vSphere with Tanzu. There are a few changes since I last wrote about it. For that reason, I thought […]


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Where do I download the vSAN File Service OVA?

Where do I download the vSAN File Service OVA?

Where do I download the vSAN File Service OVA?

Last few weeks I had this question at least three times, surprisingly as I thought it wasn’t too difficult to find. The question was if my vCenter Server has no connection to the internet, where do I download the vSAN File Service OVA file that I can use to setup vSAN File Service manually? The […]


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How to update your vSAN HCL DB without internet

How to update your vSAN HCL DB without internet

How to update your vSAN HCL DB without internet

We know that some systems cannot be connected to the internet. In this How to update your vSAN HCL DB without internet, I will show how we can update our vSAN HCL DB without an internet connection. In my case, a VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) doesn’t directly connect to the internet, but I […]


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New book: VMware vSAN 7.0 U3 Deep Dive

New book: VMware vSAN 7.0 U3 Deep Dive

New book: VMware vSAN 7.0 U3 Deep Dive

Yes, we’ve mentioned it a few times already on Twitter that we were working on it, but today Cormac and I are proud to announce that the VMware vSAN 7.0 U3 Deep Dive is available via Amazon on both ebook as well as paper! We had the pleasure of […]


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VxRail: Security Technical Implementation Guide…

VxRail: Security Technical Implementation Guide V2.0 is now GA – Archtonic

VxRail: Security Technical Implementation Guide…

As of May 9, 2022, VxRail Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) v2.0 is available to download. This script is available to all VxRail customers, supporting […]


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VMware vSAN and VMware Cloud on AWS – the…

VMware vSAN and VMware Cloud on AWS – the sustainable transition for your datace…

VMware vSAN and VMware Cloud on AWS – the…

VMware provides a variety of resources and tools to ultimately reduce the environmental impact of the world’s datacenters. Since 2003, VMware’s product portfolio has helped our customers avoid over 1.2 billion tons of CO2. In this article, we will examine how we achieve this by focusing on two […]


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Add and update Satellite node into VxRail system

Add and update Satellite node into VxRail system

Add and update Satellite node into VxRail system

In this post, we will discuss how to add and update Satellite node into VxRail system. Lab Environment Requirements: The minimum VxRail software version to support satellite nodes is 7.0.320. The Satellite node can be detected with VMware vCenter Server and VxRail Manager. Remark: VxRail […]


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Dell to ship all-NVMe version of VxRail for…

Dell to ship all-NVMe version of VxRail for Project Monterey

Dell to ship all-NVMe version of VxRail for…

TechTarget reports that Dell will ship a single socket, all-NVMe version of VxRail which will be the first hyper-converged system that will work with VMware’s Project Monterey.


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HCI Security Simplified: Protecting Dell VxRail…

HCI Security Simplified: Protecting Dell VxRail with VMware NSX Security | Dell …

HCI Security Simplified: Protecting Dell VxRail…

The challenge: Cybersecurity and protection against ransomware attacks are among the top priorities for most customers who have successfully implemented or are going through a digital transformation. According to the ESG’s 2022 Technology Spending Intentions Survey: […]


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Adding and Removing Disks in vSAN via GUI and CLI

Adding and Removing Disks in vSAN via GUI and CLI

Adding and Removing Disks in vSAN via GUI and CLI

We’ll be talking about disk management. We’ll start off in vCenter and walk through the process of adding a disk and then removing a disk, taking into consideration deduplication and compression. We’ll then head to the command line and repeat those steps. Commands used: […]


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NVMe and RAID cards bottlenecks problem and…

NVMe and RAID cards bottlenecks problem and solution

NVMe and RAID cards bottlenecks problem and…

To be honest, this did not come to my mind until I realized about bottlenecks shifts in storage. Back in a day when we were using spinning media, the only way we could improve IOPS was to change RAID type. For example from RAID 5 to RAID 10. This […]


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VMware vSAN + VMware Cloud Flex Storage =…

VMware vSAN + VMware Cloud Flex Storage = Broader Application Support

VMware vSAN + VMware Cloud Flex Storage =…

Since VMware launched VMware Cloud on AWS in 2017, customers have rapidly and cost-effectively modernized their applications, migrated applications to the cloud, recovered from disasters and ransomware, extended their datacenters, and delivered virtual desktops with an overall 351% three-year […]


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Feature Comparison: vSAN (On-premises) to…

Feature Comparison: vSAN (On-premises) to VMware Cloud on AWS

Feature Comparison: vSAN (On-premises) to…

The document highlights some of the key functionality or features that may exist in vSAN (on-premises) versus VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS. It is not an exhaustive comparison, but rather, lists notable feature differences.


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Stretched cluster witness failure resilience in…

Stretched cluster witness failure resilience in vSAN 7.0

Stretched cluster witness failure resilience in…

Cormac and I have been busy the past couple of weeks updating the vSAN Deep Dive to 7.0 U3. Yes, there is a lot to update and add, but we are actually going through it at a surprisingly rapid pace. One of those topics is “witness failure resilience” which was introduced in vSAN 7.0 U3. I have […]


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