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Replacing a vCenter server for existing vSAN hosts

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Since VMware vCenter is used as a common control and management plane for a vSphere cluster, questions may arise when determining how a vSAN cluster reacts when a vCenter server must be rebuilt from a new installation, or restored from a backup. Accounting for unplanned events is always a top-of-mind concern for data center administrators. Read more...

vSAN Operations: Storage Policy Naming Considerations

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The use of naming conventions in the data center can play an important part in operational efficiency. Naming conventions are most often used for devices such as hosts and switches, along with other entities such as VMs, virtual switches, and Microsoft Group Policy Objects. Choosing a consistent approach to naming can reduce time for change Read more...

vSAN Operations: Use Out-of-Band Management to view vSphere DCUI During Host Restarts

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Visibility to vSphere hosts through out-of-band management has always been a convenient way to access the vSphere Direct Console User Interface (DCUI).  Traditionally, remote management using Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) or some other method, provided the pre-boot visibility and control necessary to update firmware on the host, and see the host state if it Read more...

A closer look at performance improvements in vSAN 6.6

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VMware maintains the industry’s strongest ecosystem, and as a result, has positioned vSphere and vSAN to take advantage of new hardware technologies as they come to market. This is a big win for our users, especially those with environments powered by vSphere and vSAN. New advancements with RDMA over Converged Ethernet, persistent memory technologies, and Read more...

Enhanced Resynchronization Metrics in vSAN 6.6

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The introduction of the vSAN performance service gave administrators an easy way to view key performance metrics related to vSAN. First introduced in vSAN 6.2, and built right into the vSphere web client, the performance service provides, a simple, integrated way to look at current and historical metrics of all vSAN related activities. This continuous Read more...

Changes with Device Claiming Options in vSAN 6.6

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vSAN 6.6 introduced several advancements that focused on ease of use. Easy Install, Configuration Assist, and pro-active cloud analytics are great examples of features that simplify the deployment and administration of vSAN. The positive feedback from these enhancements has been incredibly strong, and is part of an ongoing effort to make vSAN easy and flexible Read more...

Using vR Ops Management Pack for vSAN to understand cluster performance

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Accurate interpretation of metrics in the data center is critical to the efficient design, operation, and optimization of any environment. The vRealize Operations (vR Ops) Management Pack for vSAN extends the powerful abilities of vR Ops to bring the right information to the eyes of the Administrator running vSAN. This management pack exposes vSAN related Read more...