Tag Archive: vmware

Nov 18

vSphere 6.5 – Automate VCSA Backup

Preface I recently attended the Orlando VMUG Usercon and had been discussing many of the great features of the vSphere 6.5 release that was announced at VMworld Barcelona. I began to chat with Rob P., an attendee of the conference, about VCSA backup. Paraphrasing part of our chat he asked “I saw that you can …

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Nov 16

vSphere 6.5: Faster Maintenance Mode and Evacuation Updates

There have been a number of updates done to the backend of Maintenance Mode in vSphere 6.5 that will make VI admins very happy: Faster host evacuation times Priority evacuation for templates and Powered-on VMs. Let me explain… Faster host evacuation times Evacuation times in the past have been acceptable, but as innovation continues to …

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Oct 20

vSphere 6.5 – VCSA Appliance Monitoring and Management

With all the changes to the VCSA 6.5 already discussed: CIP Deprecation vMon-CLI Photon OS VCSA Backup VCSA Restore 2-Stage Deployment Integrated Update Manager There are still even more changes and features. I would venture to say that since the release of the VCSA, there has been a 50/50 opinion that customers want to have …

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Oct 20

vSphere 6.5 – Restore VCSA from Backup

The previous blog post was about natively backing up the VCSA 6.5. But a backup though is only as good as it’s ability to restore. To be able to restore a VCSA Backup, you will still need the VCSA 6.5 ISO handy, as you will kick off the Appliance Installer UI and click the ‘Restore’ …

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Oct 20

vSphere 6.5 – VCSA Backup

vSphere 6.5 introduces native Backup and Restore functionality with the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). This means you will no longer need to use a 3rd-party backup tool to backup your vCenter. Backing it up also couldn’t be much simpler than it already is. Backing up the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) To back up your VCSA, …

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Oct 18

vSphere 6.5 PowerCLI Module for Encrypted vMotion Management

If you haven’t seen my post on Encrypted vMotions already, click HERE to read about it. PowerCLI Module for Encrypted vMotion Last week as I was thinking about our new Encrypted vMotion feature, I thought “I wonder how we can consume this data at scale?” and ‘at scale’ for me meant anything greater than 5 …

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Oct 18

vSphere 6.5 Encrypted vMotions are Here

Encrypted vMotions A feature that many folks I believe are very excited to see come to light is the ability to do encrypted vMotions. Since vMotion’s inception, vMotions have not been secured, but that hasn’t really been an issue until vSphere 6 when cross-vCenter vMotion came out because VMware best practices were to put vMotion …

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Oct 17

vSphere 6.5: vSphere HA What’s New – Part 4 – VM Restart Priorities

For all vSphere HA 6.5 updates see the other parts of this series: Part 1: vSphere HA – UI Part 2: vSphere HA – Admission Control Part 3: vSphere HA – Orchestrated Restart VM Restart Priorities In the past, we’ve had 3 restart priorities that can be used with VM Overrides: Low Medium High However, …

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Oct 17

vSphere 6.5: Client Integration Plug-in (CIP) Deprecated!

That’s right folks. I’ll keep this short and sweet so you can go on your day rejoicing… This means: No more having to fuss with downloading and installing with admin rights. No more having to troubleshoot why your browser says you don’t have it installed No more having to worry about different versions of CIP …

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Oct 17

vSphere 6.5: vSphere HA What’s New – Part 3 – Orchestrated Restart

For all vSphere HA 6.5 updates see the other parts of this series: Part 1: vSphere HA – UI Part 2: vSphere HA – Admission Control One of the best and 3rd highest used feature in vCenter is vSphere High-Availability (HA). vSphere HA allows virtual machines to restart onto running hosts should the host they …

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Oct 17

VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) Now Running on PhotonOS

Up until now (from vSphere 5.5), the VCSA ran on SLES, with the latest running on SLES 11. Starting with vSphere 6.5, the vCenter Server Appliance is now running VMware’s own Photon OS, which is a Minimal Linux Container Host, optimized for running on the VMware platform. Why is this important? This was a great …

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Oct 17

vSphere 6.5: vSphere HA What’s New – Part 1 – UI

Ok! Let’s go! vSphere HA has had a little bit of an organizational redesign. I’ll say again here what I did in my Proactive HA blog post HERE: (Ok, Pause!) Now before everyone freaks out, let me explain why this doesn’t say vSphere HA. When we added this feature [Proactive HA], although it leverages DRS …

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Oct 17

vSphere 6.5: DRS what’s new – Part 3 – Proactive HA

Adding onto the many other new features and functionality that I’ve written about in Part 1 and Part 2, I want to touch on Proactive HA. Although Proactive HA sounds like it is an HA feature (and you will see that it is under an availability tab), it is actually a feature of DRS that …

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Oct 17

vSphere 6.5: DRS what’s new – Part 2 – Predictive DRS

In Part 1, we discussed some of the updates in the UI as well as new advanced options, Network-Aware DRS, and a few algo enhancements. Read it HERE. Even though that blog post ended up being longer than my usual posts, there’s still additional greatness coming from DRS. I want to focus on Predictive DRS, what …

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Oct 13

VMware partners with AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS is born

An epic announcement was made today, where VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will join together to create “VMware Cloud on AWS”. Although there was an apparent leak last week that a partnership was coming, most speculation was wrong about what this means. Let’s dive in! VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) At this point, there …

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Oct 10

Help me, Help you – vSphere DRS Rules

I’ve now been in my Product Management role at VMware for 9 months and it has definitely had me going at 400 MPH every single day. It’s good though, I’m able to talk with customers, meet with you all at places like VMUGs and VMworld US (I won’t be in Barcelona this year while I’m …

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Feb 01

Get-View Part 1: Introduction to Get-View

I’ve had several people ask to understand more about Get-View. I will be doing several blog posts on this topic to hopefully help educate on what Get-View is and why it’s useful. Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Extension Data Part 3: Performance Impact ***Note: Get-view is a more advanced feature of PowerCLI. Administrators are able …

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Jan 09

Automating Sysprep File Transfer to vCenter

I was at my local Salt Lake City VMware User Group (VMUG) last week doing a Q&A when one of the users mentioned it is painful to only be able to upload one Sysprep file at a time to vCenter. I wanted to take the time to address this for him as well as any …

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Jan 08

Removing IP Pools Using PowerCLI

I recently had the need to create many IP Pools (also known as Network Protocol Profiles) for some projects I have been working on. I was able to flip through my copy of  “VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference” and leverage a script on creating IP Pools. Not only did I need a way to create IP …

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Nov 30

Here’s to new beginnings

I’ve watched numerous folks in the community in the past 6 months or so post about moving into different roles and I really felt it was nice to see friends and colleagues in the community moving up and on into bigger and better things. While I didn’t think I had any of that in my …

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