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Top Tips for moving data to vSAN! (Part 1) – First steps

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While it is easy to create new virtual machines on a new vSAN powered vSphere cluster, sometimes the process of identifying the best way to migrate existing workloads over can seem a bit confusing. What workloads do you move first? What is the best Migration method? What about Physical machines? The purpose of this blog Read more...
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Availability within VMware Cloud on AWS

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One of the more common questions we receive regarding the Service is around data availability; specifically, how does VMware Cloud on AWS protect from failure and deliver its stated guarantee. The answer is relatively simple; the Service assumes loss and plans accordingly. All of the minutiae that goes into running a production-grade environment within the Read more...

vLCM Remediation Update Fails for Possibly Transient Reasons

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HPE customers using vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM) to manage ESXi, vendor addon components, and firmware might see the following error when upgrading from vSphere 7 to 7 Update 1. This will happen if, during the remediation precheck, vLCM discovers the service required to stage, deploy updates and reboot the server (iSUT) is either not started Read more...
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What’s new in vSphere 7 U1 (For Data Protection)

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With the release of vSphere 7 Update 1, a number of improvements have come to backing up virtual machines. VMware’s powerful APIs allow for fast, efficient backup and restore operations of virtual machines. Network QoS for Backup Traffic A new dedicated resource pool is been introduced for backup network traffic.  System administrators can set this Read more...
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vSAN 7 Update 1 – iSCSI now supports vSAN Stretched Clusters!

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Previously iSCSI on vSAN was not supported. Why was this? Normally vSAN Stretched clusters implement a site locality construct to avoid unnecessary inter-site latency being added to the read IO path (They prefer all reads from the local site). The challenge came from the fact that the iSCSI service had no awareness of the two Read more...
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Thick vs. Thin on vSAN and VMFS – 2020 Edition

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Should you use Eager Zero Thick? For VMFS, maybe? but for vSAN probably not. Ok, I’ll agree I probably owe an explanation of why. A quick history lesson of the 3 kinds of VMDKs used on VMFS. thin: Space is not guaranteed, it’s consumed as the disk is written to. thick (Sometimes called Lazy Thick): Read more...

Improved Storage Policy Capacity Management

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Hidden within the 1.12 update is a significant change in the vSAN object layout that will reduce capacity consumption when changing the Storage Policy configuration.  While this change is entirely transparent for most of our customers, we’d still like to discuss what’s happening and why it matters. Background vSAN has a series of interlocking systems Read more...

New Design and Operation Considerations for vSAN 2-Node Topologies

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A 2-node vSAN topology helps our customers address use cases that require remote or edge compute and storage due to constraints in connectivity, performance, or cost. It is a powerful topology, and one of the reasons why we see so many 2-node deployments across all types of scenarios, including retail, healthcare, and tactical. An interesting Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Ep 175: SRM and VMware Cloud DR

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. In a world where disaster events, including ransomware, are dramatically increasing, you need to protect your data and minimize downtime. VMware delivers a comprehensive portfolio of disaster recovery (DR) solutions that let you balance the speed and cost of recovery with the criticality of your data. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we Read more...
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How to Generate an Email Alert for vSAN Drive Failure

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There are multiple ways to generate email alerts, from VMware vSAN. vRealize Operations at scale is a powerful tool that allows multicluster and Datacenter to roll up, LogInsight can generate email alerts, SNMP based alerts, and use webhooks to push alerts into several other operational tools. Also, 3rd party tools from server vendors can monitor Read more...