Build a super cheap VMware HCI solution for…

Build a super cheap VMware HCI solution for under $6,000!

Build a super cheap VMware HCI solution for…

This video shows you how you can build a supported VMware vSAN HCI solution on the cheap! Be it for small businesses, retail, edge clusters or even your very own home lab. Built upon SuperMicro E200-8D Mini Servers, this may just be what you are looking for. VMware has also published a …Read More


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Learn about vSAN Stretched Cluster Resilience…

Learn about vSAN Stretched Cluster Resilience in this Interactive Infographic

Learn about vSAN Stretched Cluster Resilience…

The vSAN Stretched Cluster feature was introduced in vSAN 6.1. Since then, this feature has matured nicely over the past several vSAN releases with thousands of stretched cluster configurations deployed worldwide. Now vSAN stretched clusters provide resilience to a variety of failure scenarios …Read More


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vSAN File Services: Seeing an imbalance between…

vSAN File Services: Seeing an imbalance between protocol stack containers and FS…

vSAN File Services: Seeing an imbalance between…

Last week I had this question around vSAN File Services and an imbalance between protocol stack containers and FS VMs. I personally had witnessed the same thing and wasn’t even sure how to solve the problem or if vSAN File Services would somehow …Read More


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PowerCLI 12 for vSAN

PowerCLI 12 for vSAN

PowerCLI 12 for vSAN

VMware PowerCLI is a command-line scripting tool built on Windows PowerShell. It provides an array of cmdlets to efficiently automate repetitive tasks, create reports as well as be used as a guardrail to ascertain possible outcomes of administrative operations. PowerCLI is the preferred and …Read More


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#vSphere7 Launch TweetChat with #vSAN7 &…

#vSphere7 Launch TweetChat with #vSAN7 & #CloudFoundation4

#vSphere7 Launch TweetChat with #vSAN7 &…

Our last #vSphereChat on Twitter was truly something special — not only did we accomplish hosting a tweet chat across THREE different VMware Twitter accounts, but also, we discussed our latest launches – #vSphere7, #vSAN7 and #CloudFoundation4. The transcript is below. There will be another …Read More


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vSAN File Services considerations

vSAN File Services considerations

vSAN File Services considerations

Advertise here with BSA I was looking into vSAN File Services this week as I had some customers asking about requirements and constraints. I wanted to list some of the things to understand about vSAN File Service as it is important when you are designing and configuring it. First of all, it is …Read More


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Should Automatic Rebalancing be Enabled in a…

Should Automatic Rebalancing be Enabled in a vSAN Cluster?

Should Automatic Rebalancing be Enabled in a…

vSAN 6.7 U3 introduced a new method for automatically rebalancing data in a vSAN cluster. Some customers have found it curious that this feature is disabled by default in 6.7 U3 as well as vSAN 7. Should it be enabled in a VCF or vSAN environment, and if so, why is it disabled by default? The post Should Automatic Rebalancing be Enabled in a vSAN Cluster? appeared first on Virtual Blocks.


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vSAN FS: Existing domain information has been…

vSAN FS: Existing domain information has been pre-populated below

vSAN FS: Existing domain information has been…

Advertise here with BSA I have been playing with vSAN File Services a lot the past couple of weeks. I have been configuration and re-configuring it a few times. At some point, I found myself in the situation where when I wanted to …Read More


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Scaling out vSAN cluster Compute, File Service…

Scaling out vSAN cluster Compute, File Service Shares and iSCSI Target Service.

Scaling out vSAN cluster Compute, File Service…

Hello Everyone, Today, we are going to cover up how to scale out the vSAN cluster compute, Storage, File Service Shares and iSCSI Target service. […more]


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Scaling out your vSAN File Services Cluster

Scaling out your vSAN File Services Cluster

Scaling out your vSAN File Services Cluster

Advertise here with BSA This week I have been testing with vSAN File Services and one of the procedures I wanted to run through was scaling out my vSAN File Services cluster. In my case, I have a cluster of 5 hosts and what I want to do is add a host to my vSAN cluster, expand the vSAN […]


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HomeLab Stage XXXV: vSAN Expanding

HomeLab Stage XXXV: vSAN Expanding

HomeLab Stage XXXV: vSAN Expanding

After finishing the last Stage XXXIV: Site Recovery Manager, now it is time to write a little bit more details about my vSAN clusters…. I started using VMware vSAN very early, with the 5.5U1 release at customer sites and at… Read More Stage XXXV: vSAN Expanding.


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Creating a vSAN 7.0 Stretched Cluster

Creating a vSAN 7.0 Stretched Cluster

Creating a vSAN 7.0 Stretched Cluster

Advertise here with BSA A while ago I wrote this article and created this demo showing the creation of a vSAN Stretched Cluster. I bumped into the article/video today when I was looking for something and figured that it is time to recreate the vSAN Stretched Cluster demo. I recorded it today, using vSphere / vSAN 7, and just […]


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Read-Write-Many Persistent Volumes with vSAN 7…

Read-Write-Many Persistent Volumes with vSAN 7 File Services

Read-Write-Many Persistent Volumes with vSAN 7…

A few weeks back, just after the vSphere 7.0 launch event, I wrote an article about Native File Services in vSAN 7.0. I had a few questions asking why we decided on NFS support in this initial release, and not something like SMB or some other protocol. The reason is quite straight-forward. We are positioning vSAN as a platform for both traditional virtual machine workloads and newer containerized workloads. We chose NFS to address a storage requirement in Kubernetes, namely a way to share…Read More


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vSAN 7.0 UI enhancements for vSphere Replication

vSAN 7.0 UI enhancements for vSphere Replication

vSAN 7.0 UI enhancements for vSphere Replication

Advertise here with BSA I have been playing around with vSphere / vSAN 7.0 the past week or so. Today I configured vSphere Replication between two vCenter Server instances with vSphere / vSAN 7.0. I wanted to check out the enhancements that were introduced in the UI. Although they are …Read More


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VMware vSAN Powered HCI Systems Lead the Market…

VMware vSAN Powered HCI Systems Lead the Market in Q4 2019, According to IDC

VMware vSAN Powered HCI Systems Lead the Market…

Once again, VMware vSAN powered HCI Systems lead the overall market for the fourth quarter of 2019, according to the IDC Worldwide Converged Systems Tracker. The tracker reports that systems running VMware HCI accounted for 41.1% share of the market, near a record high market share. Additionally, systems running VMware HCI grew at 26.3% year The post VMware vSAN Powered HCI Systems Lead the Market in Q4 2019, According to IDC appeared first on Virtual Blocks.


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Top 20 articles for vSAN, February 2020

Top 20 articles for vSAN, February 2020

Top 20 articles for vSAN, February 2020

How to manually remove and recreate a vSAN disk group using esxcli vSAN proactive rebalance vSAN Health Service – Cluster Health – vSAN Health Service up-do-date Moving a vSAN cluster from one vCenter Server to another How to add a host back to a vSAN cluster after an ESXi host rebuild The post Top 20 articles for vSAN, February 2020 appeared first on VMware Support Insider.


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Top-3 New Features in vSAN 7: #1 – vSphere…

Top-3 New Features in vSAN 7: #1 – vSphere Lifecycle Manager

Top-3 New Features in vSAN 7: #1 – vSphere…

vSphere 7 introduces an entirely new solution for unified software and firmware lifecycle management that is native to vSphere. vSphere Lifecycle Manager, or vLCM, is a powerful new framework based on a desired state model to deliver simple, reliable and consistent lifecycle operations for vSphere and HCI clusters and ESXi hosts. Simplify Cluster Updates with The post Top-3 New Features in vSAN 7: #1 – vSphere Lifecycle Manager appeared first on Virtual Blocks.


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Cloud Native Storage and vSAN File Services…

Cloud Native Storage and vSAN File Services Integration

Cloud Native Storage and vSAN File Services…

Introduction With vSphere 6.7 U3 we introduced the Cloud Native Storage control plane into vSphere, built to cater for container based workloads that required on-demand provisioning of volumes on vSphere. The initial release catered for the most common workloads that required Persistent Volumes, namely of the ReadWriteOnce type (essentially, a single container mounting a single The post Cloud Native Storage and vSAN File Services Integration appeared first on Virtual Blocks.


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Track vSAN Memory Consumption in vSAN 7

Track vSAN Memory Consumption in vSAN 7

Track vSAN Memory Consumption in vSAN 7

One of the most common requests in relation to vSAN performance is how much CPU and memory does vSAN actually consume on an ESXi host, i.e. what is the overhead of running vSAN. Through the vSAN Performance Service, we have been able to show both host and vSAN CPU usage for some time. However, up to now, we have only been able to show host memory usage, and not overhead attributed to vSAN. It has also been extremely difficult to determine how much memory vSAN required. Way back in 2014, with…Read More


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Native File Services for vSAN 7

Native File Services for vSAN 7

Native File Services for vSAN 7

On March 10th 2020, we saw a plethora of VMware announcements around vSphere 7.0, vSAN 7.0, VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 and of course the Tanzu portfolio. The majority of these announcements tie in very deeply with the overall VMware company vision which is any application on any cloud on any device. Those applications have traditionally been virtualized applications. Now we are turning our attention to newer, modern applications which are predominantly container based, and predominantly run…Read More


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