Updated VMFS Whitepaper now available

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A new version of the VMFS Technical Overview and Best Practices white paper is now available. It has been updated for vSphere 5.x & VMFS5. You can download the paper from the VMware Technical Resources web site here. This new paper has been updated with VMFS5 limits, and also includes discussions around interoperability with newer Read more...

Is vSphere Replication storage agnostic even when using SRM?

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In short: Yes, it sure is! In this post I’ll show 6 VMs being protected with vSphere Replication.  2 VMs each will reside on fibre channel data stores (EMC CX4), iSCSI data stores (Falconstor NSS Gateway), and an NFS datastore (EMC VNX5500).  I’ll replicate them onto different datastores, fail them over, reprotect, and fallback. Read more...

Configuring SNMP v1/v2c/v3 Using ESXCLI 5.1

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In previous releases of ESXi, only SNMP v1 and v2c was supported on the host. With the latest release of ESXi 5.1, we now have added support for SNMPv3 which provides additional security when collecting data from the ESXi host. You also have the ability to specify where to source hardware alerts using either IPMI Read more...

Load Balancing using vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 Edge

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VMware vCloud Networking and Security Edge is part of the vCloud Networking and Security solution and provides network edge security and gateway services such as DHCP, VPN, NAT, Firewall and Load Balancing. Edge provides load balancing for TCP, HTTP, and HTTPS traffic. Edge maps an IP address to a set of backend servers for load Read more...

resxtop fails to connect to a vSphere 5.1 host

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If you have recently installed the latest vCLI 5.1 release and using the remote resxtop utility to connect to a vSphere 5.1 host, you might have noticed one of the following error messages: Login failed, reason: HTTPS_CA_FILE or HTTPS_CA_DIR not set or SSL Exception: Verification parameters Read more...

vSphere 5.1 – VDS New Features – BPDU Filter

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As you might know by now, with the release of vSphere 5.1, VMware has enhanced vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) operationally as well as functionally. I talked about the new features briefly in the what’s new paper and also posted evaluation videos on some of the key features. In the next couple of weeks, I am planning Read more...

vCloud Suite – VSA 5.1 Remote Office/Branch Office Consideration & Successful Deployment Series – Part 3

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The third installment of this blog series is based on the vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) 5.1 and the support of remote office/branch office (ROBO) use case. With the release of VSA 5.1 VMware introduced the support and capability for the vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) to centrally manage implementation across Remote Office/Brach Office (ROBO). This a Read more...