A Tale of Two vCenters, VxRail Edition

Picture yourself in front of a rack of VxRail appliances.  Ah, the bright shine of freshly racked and cabled new gear!  The network team has VLANs ready.  The operations team has picked out naming conventions for host names and virtual machines.  Storage capacity will be more than enough to support growth efforts for the next…

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Journey to vSAN – A Technical Adventure

Imagine having just configured some LUNs on your new PowerVault MD3820i.  Encryption key management has been configured, and 20 SEDs (self-encrypting drives) are spinning and ready for use with vSphere.  There are 4 SSDs in the PowerVault to use for caching that just need to be configured. “What do you mean these cache disks aren’t…

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Captain vSAN and the Case of the Cluster License Mystery

Excitement was in the air for the technology team of Beast Mode, Inc.  After months of planning, some shiny new vSAN ReadyNodes finally arrived at the datacenter.  The implementation team gathered to rack and cable the new cluster and all other necessary equipment.  Even though ESXi was installed on the hosts with basic network settings configured,…

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If vSAN Powered The Matrix…

After finding out I was approved to attend VMworld this year, I signed up to present a vBrownBag Tech Talk on VMware vSAN.  Just a few weeks before the conference, I was lucky to secure an official slot on the agenda for Thursday afternoon. The idea for the talk was pretty simple.  If vSAN powered…

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A Collection of VMworld Podcasts

I’ve seen a number of blogs lately recommending sessions to attend for this year’s VMworld.  And then there are a number of blogs people have written for the first time attendee which have been extremely helpful.  Since I seem to be deriving a ton of value from various podcasts lately, I thought I would post…

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