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VMware Virtual SAN Operations: Replacing Disk Devices

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In my previous Virtual SAN operations article, VMware Virtual SAN Operations: Disk Group Management, I covered the configuration and management of the Virtual SAN disk groups, and in particular I described the recommended operating procedures for managing Virtual SAN disk groups. In this article, I will take a similar approach and cover the recommended operating procedures for Read more...

VMware Configuration Guide for Virtual SAN HCL Component Updates

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The Virtual SAN Configuration Guide has been updated with new components. We recently certified 12 SSDs, updated 4 existing SSD certifications, and updated firmware information for 2 HDDs. Make sure to visit the VMware Configuration Guide for Virtual SAN for more details!   Here is a list of changes: New SSDs •  HGST HUSML4040ASS600 • Read more...

Automatic Backup of VMs Migrated by SRM

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A question came across my desk a few days ago around being able to automatically back up VMs that have been migrated by vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM). After a bit of thought, it seems this is fairly simple to solve. With SRM, I migrate VMs to a resource pool at my recovery site. Why Read more...

Operationalizing VMware Virtual SAN: Configuring vCenter Alarms

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VMware Virtual SAN has received amazing response from the virtualization community. Now as more and more customers are completing the acquisition and implementation processes, we are receiving more requests for operational guidance. Day 2 operations is perhaps my favorite topic to explore. Essentially the questions asked can be summed up as “Ok, I have done Read more...

Hear the Complete Software-Defined Hyper-Convergence Storage Story with VMware and Nexenta on 11/19

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Get your notepads and pens ready, because we’re co-hosting a webinar with Nexenta, on November 19, at 8 a.m. PST detailing our complete, software-defined, hyper-convergence infrastructure offering. Join this webinar to learn how Virtual SAN and file services will fit in your environment, what Software-Defined Storage has to offer your organization and how your business Read more...

vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 SPBM Walkthrough (Part 4): Provisioning a New VM

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Welcome to the next installment of our vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 walkthrough series of the new cmdlets for vSphere Storage Policy Based Management. So far we have seen: Introduction to vSphere Storage Policies Creating vSphere Storage Policies Associating vSphere Storage Policies   In this article we will take the next step and illustrate how to leverage Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN Performance Testing – Part IV

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In Part I, Part II and Part III of this blog post series, we reviewed methods of running benchmark tests on a Virtual SAN cluster using three different methods; synthetic I/O Tools such is Iometer, pre-created application I/O trace replay files available for download, or custom created application I/O trace replay. Once you are running Read more...

Do You Need Hardware Guidance to Accelerate Your Virtual SAN Deployment?

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It has been 10 months since we released the first set of Virtual SAN Ready Nodes , which are validated server configurations jointly recommended by VMware and Server OEMs to accelerate Virtual SAN deployment. We have been working closely with multiple Server OEM partners to continuously update the list of Virtual SAN Ready Nodes. The Virtual SAN Ready Read more...