Automating VVol DR with Power CLI 6.5

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One of my favorite updates in vSphere 6.5 is the support for array-based replication with Virtual Volumes (VVols). Now with VASA 3.0 storage vendors have the ability to configure array-based replication into their VASA providers allowing users to preconfigure VM Storage Policies that include replicating VMs for Disaster Recovery. Support for Array-based replication was by far biggest request Read more...

Virtually Speaking Podcast Episode 36: vSAN Use Cases

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VMware just posted stunning vSAN market adoption rates showing that a torrent of 7,000 customers have now adopted vSAN, confirming its position as the leading product in the hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) market. This week on the vSpeaking Podcast we share some vSAN use cases captured at VMware’s World Wide Kick-Off 2017. Show Related Links 7000 Read more...

SPBM: Configuring VVol Replication

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Now that vSphere 6.5 supports array-based replication (ABR), customers are starting to configure replication in their VM Storage Policies. Before you configure your policies for replication below are a few prerequisites to check. Note: Always check with your storage vendor for specific instructions on configuring your VASA Provider.  While very similar, each vendor I’ve configured is slightly different. Read more...

Understanding Storage Policy-Based Management

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“A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them” Steve Jobs Last night while tearing our living room apart looking for the ROKU remote (that apparently grew legs and left our house forever) my daughter asked “why don’t you just download the ROKU remote control app to your phone?” Read more...

Virtually Speaking Podcast Episode 34: Core Storage

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vSphere 6.5 introduces several new features such as VMFS-6 enhancements, policy driven Storage I/O Control, policy driven VM Encryption, NFS and iSCSI improvements and of course new limit increases. This week on the vSpeaking Podcast we wrap up our vSphere 6.5 coverage with a discussion on core storage with Cody Hosterman from Pure and our second 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...

Virtually Speaking Podcast Episode 32: VVols 2.0

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The release of vSphere 6.5 introduces enhancements to several of VMware’s storage management capabilities, including enhancements to Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM), Storage IO Control (SIOC), virtual disk management, and of course the highly anticipated 2.0 version of vSphere Virtual Volumes. This week we continue our coverage of vSphere 6.5 and bring in VMware Product Manager Ben Meadowcroft to Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 31: vSphere 6.5 Cloud-Native Apps

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Continuing our coverage of vSphere 6.5, the Virtually Speaking Podcast brings in Kit Colbert to discuss the Photon Platform and our announcement of integrated Kubernetes support, vSphere Integrated Containers. Kit Colbert is the CTO of the VMWare Cloud Platform Group.  Previously, he was CTO of VMware’s End-User Computing business unit, Chief Architect and Principal Engineer for Workspace Portal, Read more...