VMworld 2018 – vSphere 6.7 update 1 features

Today was the first day of VMworld 2018, and this will be the first post in a series on the event. Announced was vSphere 6.7 update 1.  While an update release typically wouldn’t warrant a blog post, this one almost feel like the completion on what 6.7 should have been.  Here’s the key features: Fully Featured HTML5 client vCenter Server converge tool Enhancements for HCI and vSAN Enhanced content library vMotion for NVIDIA Quadro vDWS (Grid) VMs Fully Featured HTML5 client Starting out as a VMware Fling, the HTML5 client[…]

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VMware discontinues vSphere Data Protection

On April 5th, VMware announced that they would discontinue VDP, vSphere Data Protection – VMware’s integration backup solution.  Now, VMware will not have an integrated backup solution but instead will rely (as they should) on partner solutions that utilize official vSphere APIs. https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2149614 Several years ago, VMware had 2 versions of VDP – standard and Advanced, and both were based on EMC Avamar technology.  I’ve played around with it and had it deployed at a couple small customers.  However, the product was not the best in terms of recovering from[…]

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v101tv – Install VCSA

We’ve got ESXi installed and configured, now it’s time to get the VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) deployed into our lab so we can manage multiple ESXi servers in a single pane of glass.

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v101tv – Initial ESXi Configuration

  Now that ESXi is installed on our server, let’s log into each of the vSphere clients – C# client, and the embedded HTML5 host client, to view the configuration options for our server.    

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vSphere 6.0 Replication – Installation

  The first product in our Replication Roundup is vSphere Replication.  vSphere Replication is VMware’s product for VM based replication, and is included in licensing Essentials Plus and up. The Lab Setup: For our lab, we have 2 vCenter 6.0 servers, and 2 ESXi 6.0 servers, 1 for each site.  Each ESXi host is added into the respective vCenter server.  In this post, we will cover installation, and connecting the 2 sites together, making the environment ready to replicate VMs once configured. Installation: vSphere replication is installed by deploying an[…]

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VMware’s new product: EVO:RAIL

  At VMworld this morning, VMware announced it’s latest product, EVO:RAIL. So just what is EVO:RAIL? EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged solution for business of many sizes.  Partnering with multiple hardware vendors, and utilizing vSphere with VSAN, VMware is able to provide a single product for your datacenter. With 4 nodes, the EVO:RAIL appliance comes pre-loaded, and you can have VMs spun up in minutes from powering on.  These 4 nodes will meet the following minimum specs: 2 x 6 Core Processors 192GB RAM 3 x 1.2 TB SAS HDDs 1[…]

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