Configuring TPM 2.0 on a 6.7 ESXi host

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In a previous blog post I went over the details on how ESXi uses a TPM 2.0 chip to provide assurance that Secure Boot did its job and how that “attestation” rolls up to vCenter to be reported on. In this blog article I’m going to go over some of steps necessary to configure the Read more...

Prepping an ESXi 6.7 host for Secure Boot

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When 6.7 went “GA” or General Availability, I was excited to get it installed and running on my bare metal hosts in my lab here at VMware. I had gotten my Dell R630’s updated with TPM 2.0 chips and was looking forward to booting with “attested” hosts. But I had a few issues before I Read more...

New Release: VMware Datacenter CLI 2.9.1

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We are happy to announce a brand-new version of VMware Datacenter CLI (DCLI) has been released! Before diving into the impressive list of updates, let’s take a second to review the history of one of VMware’s newest command line interfaces (CLI). DCLI was introduced as part of the vSphere CLI 6.5 command set release. DCLI Read more...

VMware Communities Podcast: Episode 433 vSphere 6.5 Update 2

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VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast On May 9th, 2018, I was lucky enough to join Eric Neilson, Sr. Director Social Media & Communities and his co-host John White, SE VMware, on their podcast, VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast. If you are not familiar with this podcast it is a weekly show that runs every Wednesday at 12pm Read more...

vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 File-Based Backup and Restore Walkthroughs

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The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) had several exclusive features introduced in vSphere 6.5. One of those features was the built-in file-based backup and restore. This native backup solution is available within the VMware Appliance Management Interface on port 5480. It supports backing up both the vCenter Server Appliance and Platform Services Controller (PSC). There is Read more...

vSphere Upgrade Technical Webcast Series

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Upgrading your vSphere version is now more important than ever, with end of general support for vSphere 5.5 coming on September 19, 2018. Haven’t started yet? No worries! Attend this 3-part Technical Webcast Series to learn how to effectively plan your upgrade.  This webcast series includes all the knowledge, tools, tips and tricks you will need for Read more...

Upgrading your vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5 to 6.7

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On April 17th we released the latest update to our vSphere product line vSphere 6.7. vSphere 6.x has been one of our fastest adopted product versions with many people now moving to the appliance. We have already received quite a few questions on what the new upgrade process looks like, so we will discuss two Read more...

vSphere 6.5 Update 2 Now Available

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By now, you may have heard, that vSphere 6.7 was released on April 17th which included many new features and enhancements. Customers who are currently on vSphere 6.0 (any version) or 6.5 (GA & Update 1 versions) have a direct upgrade path to vSphere 6.7. Keep in mind that vSphere 5.5 will be reaching its Read more...

vCenter High Availability Deep Dive – Part 2

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The first post in this series covered vCenter High Availability deployment types and considerations. Hopefully, by now you’ve gotten your VCHA cluster deployed and are ready to move on with some of the operational aspects such as backup & restore, patching, and upgrades to the VCHA cluster. The continuation of this blog series will dive into each feature Read more...