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...
Top 10 VMware Admin Tools

Top 10 VMware Admin Tools

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On Episode 108 of the Virtually Speaking Podcast, John and I welcomed Duncan Epping and William Lam to discuss the various VMware tools used to manage environments. In preparation for this discussion I took to social media to get a general consensus of the most popular tools VMware admins are using these days. As expected, Read more...
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vSpeaking Podcast Episode 108: Top 10 VMware Tools

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We’ve all heard the quote “If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” Fortunately for VMware admins, the lack of tools is not an issue.  As a matter of fact, there are so many tools to simplify day to day operations, that it’s hard to keep track.  This sounded like Read more...
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Accelerating vSAN Adoption with Proof of Concept testing

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In a little more than 4 years, VMware Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) powered by vSAN has accumulated over 17K customers. One of the powerful tools that has helped enable this rapid vSAN adoption is Proof of Concept (PoC) testing. Converging HCI Buyers Hyperconverged Infrastructure has evolved to now incorporate all major data center functions including software-defined Read more...
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vSpeaking Podcast Episode 104: Elastic vSAN

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One of the more exciting announcements at VMworld 2018 was a preview of VMware vSAN utilizing Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) with VMware Cloud on AWS.  This service is called Elastic vSAN and is soon available. Elastic vSAN runs on new Amazon EC2 R5.metal instances to augment existing SDDC for storage-dense environments. Storage per host Read more...
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vSpeaking Podcast Episode 102: ESXi on ARM

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One of the many things at VMworld 2018 that generated a significant buzz was the demonstration of ESXi running on a 64-bit Arm Cortex-A72-powered host. VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger stressed that this is targeted at edge boxes and gateways. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we welcome VMware ARM Teach Lead, Andrei Warkentin and William Lam to discuss Read more...
Operationalizing VMware vSAN

Operationalizing VMware vSAN: A New E-Book from VMware

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By KEVIN LEES – Chief Technologist, IT Operations Transformation   Download Now: Operationalizing VMware vSAN I’m pleased to announce the release of my second book: Operationalizing VMware vSAN (download here) co-authored with Paul Wiggett, a Senior Technical Operations Architect at VMware.   Like my first book, Operationalizing VMware NSX (download here), Operationalizing VMware vSAN addresses what happens after you’ve Read more...

#StorageMinute: vSAN Support Insight

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Welcome to the #StorageMinute series where we deliver key topics via bite-size content. In this edition, we’ll go over vSAN Support Insight which is a next-generation platform for analytics of health, configuration, and performance telemetry.     It delivers an innovative proactive vSAN support experience that accelerates the troubleshooting process, proactively reduces risk, and radically simplifies the overall customer Read more...