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The Evolution of Content Library

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Content Library arrived in vSphere 6.0 as a storage container for virtual machine templates, as well as scripts, text files, and ISO images. The idea is to have an efficient and centralized method to manage important content required in a vSphere environment. Instead of mounting a share to each ESXi host to distribute these items, Read more...

Introducing VMware Skyline Health for vSphere

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vSphere Health & vSAN Health have been very instrumental in assisting customers to triage their vSphere 6.7 environments for configuration consistency, best practice information, vulnerability discovery, and proactive analytics. Today I am happy to announce that vSphere and vSAN Health are now part of VMware Skyline Health, including these two powerful features of vSphere under one Read more...
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Creating an Asset Inventory for vSphere Infrastructure

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We often talk about how the two biggest ways to stay secure in IT are regular patching and good account & password hygiene. However, there is a big prerequisite to both of these, one that is almost always overlooked: an asset inventory. Without a comprehensive inventory of what devices, virtual machines, and OSes are your Read more...
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Considerations for vSphere Component Backup and Restore: Part 2

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Now that we have covered the considerations to backup each component in your vSphere Environment, it’s time to think about the rollback or restore process. In the previous post we discussed how to backup each individual component, in this post we will continue the conversation and discuss considerations to restore or rollback your vSphere Environment Read more...
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Considerations for vSphere Component Backup and Restore: Part 1

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You spend time planning and implementing updates, upgrades and configuration changes to vSphere Environments. Rollback or recovery is usually the last thing on the mind. Did you know there are multiple ways to successfully backup each component in a vSphere Environment? There are also many ways to recover those same components. In this series we Read more...
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Repointing vCenter Server to another SSO Domain

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Planning, designing, and architecting a vSphere SSO Domain for vCenter Server can occasionally feel complex to many VMware Administrators. Whether building new, changing, or redesigning an SSO Domain, vSphere 6.7 has a great new feature to help lessen this complexity. SSO Domain Repointing was introduced to allow the repointing of a vCenter Server from one Read more...
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Changing your vCenter Server’s FQDN

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*Blog UPDATED as of September 10th* A popular feature request recently has been the ability to rename a vCenter Server appliance (VCSA). I am not referring to renaming the virtual machine (VM) as that is the inventory name of the VM. I am referring to the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) or hostname of the Read more...
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Handling the Lifecycle of a vCenter HA Environment

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vSphere 6.5 first introduced vCenter HA and since its inception has been deployed in many environments. When it comes to upgrading or updating your vCenter HA environment there are some specific considerations. If you have wondered what it takes to handle the lifecycle of a vCenter HA enabled vCenter Server, keep reading! vCenter HA Overview Read more...
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vCenter Server 6.7: Day 2 Operations

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Deployment (Day 1) is over and you have successfully deployed your vCenter Server, configured your data center, created clusters and configured hosts. That feeling of completion is great right? Well at this point, the vCenter Server may be running great but what about setting up the File-Based Backup and Restore, deploying a Content Library, or Read more...
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vSphere Security at Security Field Day 2

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VMware was proud to continue our decade-long relationship with Tech Field Day by hosting the delegates of Security Field Day 2 (#XFD2) on June 20, 2019, sharing with them both the overall strategy for security in VMware products as well as very specific technical discussions around vSphere, vSphere Platinum, VMware AppDefense, and VMware WorkspaceOne. There Read more...