Configure Auto Deploy Rules – PowerCLI

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In the previous post Configure DHCP and TFTP for Auto Deploy, we discussed how to setup your DHCP and TFTP servers to allow your ESX hosts to PXE boot. However, once an ESX host boots, it will need directions to know what to boot. This is where Auto Deploy Rules come in. Read more...

vSphere Replication Without DNS

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I believe most individuals know proper DNS configuration is essential to a smooth operating VMware environment – or pretty much any environment, for that matter. However, there are a few cases where certain components must be deployed to an environment that does not have DNS servers. I had a question about this specific to vSphere Read more...

Using the ESXi 6.0 CPU Microcode Loading Feature

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Using the ESXi 6.0 CPU Microcode Loading Feature Authored By: Tim Mann Abstract: Occasionally ESXi users want to run updated CPU microcode that isn’t yet available either from their hardware platform vendor in a BIOS update or bundled into ESXi. This article explains how to do that. Note: This procedure is not supported by VMware, Read more...

Configure DHCP and TFTP for Auto Deploy

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In the previous post, we covered Enabling Auto Deploy on vCenter Server Appliance 6. There are several more steps that need to be taken to get Auto Deploy configured correctly. In this post we discuss the next step in our journey to running Auto Deploy in your environment, which is Read more...

vSphere Replication Target Storage Consumption

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vSphere Replication is an asynchronous, host-based replication feature that is included with vSphere Essentials Plus Kit and higher editions. It can be used as a standalone solution for simple, storage-agnostic, cost-effective virtual machine replication. vSphere Replication also serves as a replication component for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery. When Read more...

Confessions of an Energy Consciousness Mind

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I have a confession.  My data center kit has been using too much energy. Having kit available at my disposable is great, but I have been wasting this resource when it’s not required by my workloads. And if there’s one thing I try to be conscious of, it’s energy consumption. Just ask my kids who Read more...

Enable Auto Deploy on vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) 6

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Many customers are now converting over to use the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 since vSphere 6 has reached feature parity with the Windows vCenter Server. For those of you who are new to using the appliance, I figured I would walk you through setting up the Auto Deploy portion of the server. Read more...

vSphere 6.0 Lockdown Mode Exception Users

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In vSphere 6.0 we now have a new concept called Exception Users. The intent of Exception Users is that they are not general admin users. I would consider them more of a “Service Account” type of access. As a matter of fact, just the other day I got an email from someone internal at VMware Read more...

Enable SSH Root Login for vSphere Data Protection

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VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) is a backup and recovery solution based on EMC Avamar that is included with vSphere Essentials Plus Kit and higher editions of vSphere. VDP is deployed as a virtual appliance running a Linux guest operating system (OS). I have had several individuals ask about enabling the ability to log into Read more...

vSphere 6.0 Lockdown Modes

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Lockdown mode has been around in various forms for many releases. The behaviors have changed a few times since 5.1 with varying levels of usability success. For vSphere 6.0 we are trying to address some of these issues. Personally, what I’d love to see happen with all customers running V6.0 is that you run at Read more...