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Best Practices for vSphere 6.7 Tagging

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vSphere Tags were introduced in version 5.1 as a way to organize inventory objects such as VMs, Hosts, Datastores, etc., a much-needed feature for helping search for or group objects within vSphere. A Tag is basically a label that can be applied to vSphere inventory objects. When an administrator creates a tag, it is then Read more...
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Managing Content Library Subscriptions

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In a recent blog post, we covered Creating and Using Content Library in vSphere 6.7. Continuing along that path we will go over subscribing to a publisher Content Library to access shared content. When you create a subscription for a local Content Library, the result is a Subscribed Library. Subscribed library content is distributed when the subscriber Read more...
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Creating and Using Content Library

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Content Library has evolved quite a bit since its inception in vSphere 6.0. Some of that evolution has brought new ways to accomplish tasks as well as new features. One of the newest additions as of late is new cmdlets for Content Library management via PowerCLI, available in version 11.5.0. This blog will guide you through Read more...
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Now Available! vSphere Upgrade: The Inside Track

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With such interest in our vSphere Upgrade workshops, David Stamen and Kev Johnson have put together a 7 Part Video series on Upgrading to vSphere 6.7! We call it vSphere Upgrade: The Inside Track. We have travelled all over the world for the last year and a half bringing a great workshop to our customers and Read more...
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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...
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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...