#vSANChat & #vSphereChat: HCI Admin Year in Review

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We just wrapped up our second official vSAN & vSphere joint chat! Our chat featured the best of both worlds, John Nicholson and Nigel Hickey, representing vSAN and vSphere. Our subject matter experts spent the hour chatting about life as a virtual admin, starting from Day 0 through Day 365, inspired by the Life of Read more...

PowerCLI 11.2 Released, with more goodness for vSAN!

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PowerCLI 11.2 has now been released. The additions for vSAN include updates to some existing cmdlets. Storage Updates The cmdlets updated include: Get-VsanSpaceUsage, Get/Set-VsanClusterConfiguration, and Test-VsanNetworkPerformance. vSAN 6.7 Update 1 added the ability to estimate the amount of free capacity for a vSAN cluster using a selected Storage Policy in the UI: The Get-VsanSpaceUsage cmdlet can Read more...

#StorageMinute: vSAN Health Checks – Guidance and Remediation Made Easy

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  Welcome to the #StorageMinute series where we deliver key topics via bite-size content. In this edition, we look at how vSAN provides cloud-connected health checks to vSAN clusters.     Environments are constantly changing, and are subject to simple misconfigurations, or device incompatibilities and errors. Having an intelligent, cloud-connected method for monitoring the health and Read more...
vSphere vSAN Chat

The Perfect Pair: A Recap of the vSAN & vSphere Chat

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Following our most recent vSAN Deep Dive chat with Duncan Epping and Cormac Hogan, we joined forces with vSphere for an epic 101 tweet chat. Guests included Mike Foley, Pete Flecha, Ron Scott-Adams, Bob Plankers and many more who joined the conversation! The hour flew by as joint teams discussed the vSAN and vSphere integration with customers Read more...

vSAN Capacity Management and Monitoring Part 3

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Hopefully, you’ve read the first two articles in this series: Part 1 and Part 2. We will continue the series in this article with some coverage of how vRealize Operations Manager expands on the capacity management functionality in vSAN and vSphere.   Dashboards in the vSphere Client The latest versions of vSphere, vSAN, and vRealize Read more...

PowerCLI Cookbook for vSAN

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As someone who started using PowerShell since the first release, it is one of my favorite tools. Before coming to work in the vendor space, PowerShell was my go-to tool for management at scale. As an administrator that spent a considerable amount of time working with Windows physical and virtual machines, PowerShell made uniform management Read more...
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Why your storage system needs Kubernetes integration

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When moving to Kubernetes, or beginning to deploy applications that use Kubernetes a lot of attention needs to be paid to the persistence and storage layer of the platform. For good reason, all systems store state somewhere, whether it be a database, key/value store, etc – it all needs to be stored somewhere. When dealing Read more...

vSAN Capacity Management and Monitoring Part 2

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This article picks up where Part 1 of this series left off. We will discuss the alarms and notifications in vSAN Health and vCenter Server that can be used to keep an eye on vSAN datastore capacity usage.   vSAN Health As mentioned in the previous article, vSAN Health monitors the capacity of the physical Read more...