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vSAN 6.6 Configuration Assist Makes Setup & Updating Easier

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Whether setting up vSAN using Easy Install, manually, or through the vSphere Web Client, once the first host is setup, there are some necessary tasks to complete the configuration. Initial tasks required include setting up a VMkernel port with vSAN traffic, claiming disks, and more. Each of these can be accomplished relatively easily at through Read more...

Bootstrap the VCSA onto vSAN 6.6 with Easy Install

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If vSAN is configured by vCenter, how do you deploy vCenter on top of vSAN? Sounds a bit like a chicken and egg scenario, huh? vSAN is part of a cluster configuration in vSphere. To create a cluster, a datacenter must first be present, and that must be part of a vCenter instance. At least that’s Read more...

What’s New with VMware vSAN 6.6

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Introducing vSAN 6.6 VMware vSAN has been innovating at a rapid pace. With each new release, we’ve delivered greater value to our customers through new features that have propelled adoption by mainstream customers for any workload, any application. More than 7,000 customers have chosen to entrust their most important workloads to vSAN! This momentum has not Read more...

vSAN 6.6 – Native Data-at-Rest Encryption

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Security is top of mind for many of you. VMware introduced advanced security for the modern data centers with the release of vSphere 6.5, and we are excited to now be extending security to vSAN with the industry’s first native HCI security solution. Security in vSphere 6.5 The vSphere 6.5 release delivered several new features Read more...

Backup or Recover SPBM Profiles with PowerCLI

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I work in the lab a lot. One of the tasks that I often perform is: Blowing away my VCSA (or Windows vCenter Server), Redeploying it, and Reattaching it to a cluster that is running vSAN. As a result of a new VCSA deployment, only a few SPBM policies will be present. Any previously available Read more...

The vSAN Witness Appliance in vCloud Air: Part 4 (Deployment)

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In Part 2, the process of uploading a vSAN Witness Appliance to an organization’s Catalog was detailed. Part 3 covered the process of creating networks for the vSAN Witness Appliance. What’s Next? With the vSAN Witness Appliance OVA converted and uploaded to vCloud Air, and connectivity in place to the networks that will be used, the Read more...

The vSAN Witness Appliance in vCloud Air: Part 3 (Network)

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In Part 2, I covered how to upload a vSAN Witness Appliance into a vCloud Air Organizational Catalog. This process doesn’t require any specific networking to be in place, other than connectivity to vCloud Air directly. Networking in vCloud Air In vCloud Air, multiple independent networks can be created with visibility across different Virtual Applications Read more...

The vSAN Witness Appliance in vCloud Air: Part 2 (OVA Upload)

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In Part 1, a quick overview covered some of the basics about running a vSAN Witness Appliance in vCloud Air. The process isn’t extremely difficult, but there are some considerations to keep in mind. This post will focus on getting the vSAN Witness Appliance into vCloud Air for deployment. The vSAN Witness Appliance OVA This Read more...