Introducing VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 4.2

Introducing VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 4.2

Introducing VMware Validated Design for…

On Feb 13th VMware released the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center version 4.2. This latest update to our detailed prescriptive path on how to implement, operate, and maintain a VMware based Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) includes a few minor changes, such as updates to the software bill of materials and some new naming conventions, The post Introducing VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 4.2 appeared first on Cloud Foundation .


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My VMware Home Lab Exposure

A few months ago I was approached to write an article about my VMware home lab that I recently built.  Since I had already been halfway through writing it up for my own blog I took the opportunity to get some exposure for my site and myself.  Well a few weeks ago, my article was published on TechGenix.  What a great way to get my blog and name out there.  For those that don’t know the whole lab story, here’s some quick details.

The Story

I started with 1 Intel NUC and planned to run nested hosts inside a single vCenter.  After doing some research about how others did it, it didn’t seem practical for what I wanted to do. Everything I had been reading showed that after getting the 3 hosts up, you were basically out of resources.  So I bit the bullet and purchased 2 more NUCs, all the exact same specs.  This allowed me to load each with 32GB of RAM, a single NVMe drive (vSAN Caching) and a single SSD (vSAN Capacity).  This gave me plenty of room to run some test VMs for Windows/Linux/Appliances.  So far I’ve been able to test deploy Log Insight, vRealize Automation, vRealize Operations, and plenty of Domain Controllers and Windows Core Servers.  If you’re looking to not spend a ton of money, but get a lab up and running with a fairly small investment, then I would highly suggest a 3 NUC cluster.  And since the 7th gen NUCs have been out for a bit, I’m sure you can find plenty of sales on 6th gen NUCs (or just find someone upgrading their lab).

The Article

A link to the article on TechGenix can be found here: Get your Geek On: Building a VMware Home Lab

vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1d Includes Third Update to HTML5 vSphere Client

vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1d Includes Third Update to HTML5 vSphere Client

vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1d Includes Third…

vSphere 6.5 Update 1d was released in December 2017. While this update primarily focused on security and package updates for vCenter Server and ESXi, it also came with an update to the HTML5 vSphere Client. This is the third update to vCenter Server 6.5 to include an enhanced version of the vSphere Client. The vSphere Client The post vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1d Includes Third Update to HTML5 vSphere Client appeared first on VMware vSphere Blog .


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Get smart with these 35+ free self-paced eLearning courses from VMware!

Get smart with these 35+ free self-paced eLearning courses from VMware!

Get smart with these 35+ free self-paced…

VMware currently offers free self-paced eLearning courses in the below languages, with more releasing soon.


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Put your skills to the Test – Take a VMware Challenge Lab

Put your skills to the test – take a VMware Challenge Lab

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For those of you that unfamiliar with the Challenge lab series, we have worked on these labs alongside our Global Support Services team. These are the people that provide awesome support for our products when you need it. We gathered a list of potential pitfalls that they receive calls on most often and built scenarios around them in a lab. It is then up to you to resolve that issue, almost a we break it, you fix it lab!


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Dell FX2 Blade Software iSCSI Adapters not persistent on reboot

 

I recently had an issue with some Dell FX2 Blade Software iSCSI Adapters that were not persistent on a reboot.  This meant, every time the host was rebooted we had to go in and manually recreate the iSCSI adapter so the hosts could see storage.  Obviously, that is not a solution.  The blades are running the latest version of ESXi 6.0 and all drivers on the blades are up to date as well, with no affect on the behavior.  After a bit of research I discovered parameters for the bnx2fc adapters.  One named bnx2fc_autodiscovery, which is the parameter to control auto FCoE discovery during system boot is what I was after.  By default this is set to disabled which is why the adapters are not showing up after the host is rebooted.

FX2 Blade Chassis

Solution:

The command to see these parameters is:

esxcli system module parameters list -m bnx2fc

This will show you what they are currently set to, and next to bnx2fc_autodiscovery you will see it is blank, meaning it’s disabled.  In order to enable it, you run the following:

esxcli system module parameters set module bnx2fc parameterstring bnx2fc_autodiscovery=1
Software iSCSI Adapter Autodiscovery
You will see now that it is set to 1, meaning that autodiscovery is enabled and your software iSCSI adapters will be found automatically after a reboot.  Reboot the host and verify your adapter comes back up as expected.  This issue has not been documented in any Dell or VMware KBs to my knowledge.
I hope this helps anyone else having an issue.

vSphere 6.5 Update 1 – Under the Hood

vSphere 6.5 Update 1 – Under the Hood

vSphere 6.5 Update 1 – Under the Hood

I’m excited to announce that vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is now available and it has some great enhancements. While we have seen 5 patch releases so far, 6.5 Update 1 rolls all of those updates together as well as includes some long awaited functionality. Without further ado, let’s take a look under the hood of this highly anticipated release!


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Free vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive E-Book

I personally got a printed version at VMworld, but also grabbed the free e-book as well.  Nothing like being able to have the book available for me to read at a moments notice when I’m not home.

Free vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive E-Book

In June of this year, Niels and I published the vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive, and the community was buzzing. Twitter exploded, and many community members provided rave reviews. This excitement caught Rubriks attention, and they decided to support the community by giving away 2000 free copies of the printed version at VMworld. The […] The post Free vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive E-Book appeared first on frankdenneman.nl .


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New vSAN migration guide available!

New vSAN migration guide available!

New vSAN migration guide available!

Due to the number and variety of customers interested in, and indeed, deploying vSAN – questions come up all the time to do with migrations from existing infrastructures to a new one running on VMware vSAN, some of these are trivial, while others take a little planning. To make your migration journey to vSAN more The post New vSAN migration guide available! appeared first on Virtual Blocks .


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