RDMs to vVols

Migrating WSFC RDMs to vVols

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RDMs aren't the most popular of storage option but are widely used for many applications that require SCSI-3 Persistent Reservations. SCSI-3 PRs allow SCSI commands to be directly passed to a LUN to satisfy the requirements of SCSI-3 PR used by Microsoft WSFC. WSFC is one of the more common examples of using RDMs. When Read more...

PowerCLI 12 for vSAN

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VMware PowerCLI is a command-line scripting tool built on Windows PowerShell. It provides an array of cmdlets to efficiently automate repetitive tasks, create reports as well as be used as a guardrail to ascertain possible outcomes of administrative operations. PowerCLI is the preferred and widely used utility to manage and automate the vSphere suite of Read more...

Cloud Native Storage integration for vSphere with Kubernetes

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With vSphere 7 and VCF 4.0 we announced vSphere with Kubernetes, an combination of a new control plane for vSphere operations through a K8s-like declarative control plane and the ability to deploy vanilla K8s clusters through Tanzu Kubernetes Grid. TKG and vSphere with Kubernetes offer a slightly different architecture than most K8s distributions in order Read more...

What’s New in vSphere 7 Core Storage

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vSphere 7 Core Storage With the announcement of vSphere 7, the anticipation of what’s new is over. What has been added or changed in this release? I’m glad you asked! In vSphere 7, there are some exciting new storage features and interoperability. Under core storage, we’ve added external connectivity to NVMe device with NVMeoF, shared Read more...

iSCSI Port Binding: To Use or Not to Use

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As GSS’ most common storage issue, iSCSI Port Binding seems to be a pain point for many customers. Why is this— why so many calls and misconfigurations? I did a test session breaking out the iSCSI section from Cody Hosterman and my Core Storage Best practices session from VMworld, and I was amazed at the attendance! Read more...

Eager Zeroed Thick Requirement for Multi-Writer Disks is Now Removed for vSAN Datastore

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One of the popular use cases for VMware vSAN is Business-Critical Applications (BCA). BCA have frequently deployed on cluster aware filesystems that use shared virtual disks (vmdk). Some of these clustered filesystems use multi-writer for shared disks. Popular use cases using this feature are Oracle RAC, Redhat Clustering and Veritas Infoscale. The multi-writer option enables Read more...

One, Two, Three, Four Times A Winner! VMware vSAN Wins CRN’s Product of the Year Award for the Software Defined Storage Category!

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VMware is pleased to announce for the fourth year in a row, vSAN is the CRN Product of the Year in the Software Defined Storage category! We’re thankful for our partner’s recognition, and we’re excited to extend our leadership momentum. We were recently recognized as the market leader in HCI based on HCI software by Read more...
vSAN Witness Properties

vSAN Witness Appliance Updates in vSAN 6.7 P01

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Stretched Cluster and 2 Node vSAN configurations require a vSAN Witness Host prevent split-brain scenarios when sites are isolated from each other due to loss of connectivity or other outage. The Stretched Cluster Guide and 2 Node Guide state that any physical vSphere host with appropriate RAM and storage devices can be used, or the free vSAN Read more...
vVols at VMworld

How to Get the Latest Info on vVols at VMworld Europe

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VMware and our storage partners continue to develop and support Virtual Volumes or vVols. This year, at VMworld US in San Francisco, there were several vVols sessions, indicating the growing interest and adoption of vVols. The increased focus is your opportunity to hear and learn the latest information on vVols. If you are going to Read more...
WSFC vSAN 6.7

WSFC with Native Shared Disks on vSAN 6.7U3 Stretched Clusters

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Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) can be a great fit for clustering applications and services on Microsoft Windows. Application and service availability with WSFC is just as important today as it was when Microsoft Clustering Services (MSCS) was first introduced. VMware vSphere has provided additional flexibility and choice that augments and extends the capabilities of Read more...