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Tactical Use Cases – Why choose VMware HCI?

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VMware Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is a great fit for tactical use cases, just ask our friends over at Cubic Solutions. To meet the needs of today’s warfighters, Cubic looked at VMware HCI, comprised of VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN. Tactical solutions typically have maximum allowable design parameters that revolve around Size, Weight, and Power or Read more...

vSphere Enterprise ROBO – Even better for vSAN ROBO

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vSphere and vSAN now have more flexibility in ROBO use cases. Last week, vSphere 6.7 Update 2 was announced. ROBO Licensing Considerations Remember that vSAN licensing is separate from vSphere licensing. When deciding which licensing option to use for Remote Office/Branch Office locations several items must be considered: Number of virtual machines Number of sites Read more...

#StorageMinute: vSAN Encryption and Key Rotation

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Welcome to the #StorageMinute series where we deliver key topics via bite-size content. In this edition, we will take a look at Key Rotation in vSAN Encryption.   Keys for Security Keys are required to open locks and access the contents that are secured. Different locking mechanisms require different types of keys. These keys could be Read more...

vSAN Snippets: Reporting Drive Location & More

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An internal request came up asking for the ability to return the enclosure location of a vSAN disk. This information can sometimes be returned from the esxcli command utility, for some storage controllers, using the following command: esxcli storage core device physical get -d <device id> The resulting output looks something like this: Having to Read more...

vSAN Misconceptions: Drivers and Firmware Don’t Matter

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This is a guest post from Adam Sweetser, Senior Technical Support Engineer, vSAN GSS. Adam provides vSAN support to, and speaks with real customers day in and day out, about real-world issues.  vSphere is the enterprise-grade hypervisor that has been used to run business-critical workloads by more than 500,000 VMware customers for years. It is commonly Read more...

PowerCLI 11.2 Released, with more goodness for vSAN!

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PowerCLI 11.2 has now been released. The additions for vSAN include updates to some existing cmdlets. Storage Updates The cmdlets updated include: Get-VsanSpaceUsage, Get/Set-VsanClusterConfiguration, and Test-VsanNetworkPerformance. vSAN 6.7 Update 1 added the ability to estimate the amount of free capacity for a vSAN cluster using a selected Storage Policy in the UI: The Get-VsanSpaceUsage cmdlet can Read more...

PowerCLI Cookbook for vSAN

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As someone who started using PowerShell since the first release, it is one of my favorite tools. Before coming to work in the vendor space, PowerShell was my go-to tool for management at scale. As an administrator that spent a considerable amount of time working with Windows physical and virtual machines, PowerShell made uniform management Read more...

What’s New in vSAN 6.7 Update 1

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VMware vSAN is the market leader in HCI. One of the many driving forces that has helped solidify this position, is the rapid and continuous pace of innovation. VMware has always given customers the power of choice, and this continues into the hybrid cloud era. VMware’s digital foundation gives customers the ability, and flexibility to Read more...

More vSAN Cmdlets in PowerCLI 11!

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There’s a new release of PowerCLI, and it includes some more vSAN goodness! We’ve added some capabilities previously found in the Ruby vSphere Console and have also updated a couple of the existing modules   The new and updated cmdlets include: Get-VsanObject makes it easy to get information about a vSAN Object or a VM’s Read more...