vSphere 6.5 Web Client – Free Preview Released…

vSphere 6.5 Web Client – Free Preview Released by VMware Labs

vSphere 6.5 Web Client – Free Preview Released…

VMware labs released a free vSphere 6.5 Web Client (or if you want vSphere HTML5 Web Client) is a free preview (Fling) of a vSphere client which is compatible HTML5 and Javascript. We’re supposing that we’ll find the finished product in vSphere 6.5, but we’re not sure about that. Some news about the future release of vSphere are known already but nothing is sure just yet. The vSphere Web client product shall be rapidly following the same (fast) development cycles as the ESXi Host client.


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Recent ESXi 6 Storage Bugs and the FlashArray

Recent ESXi 6 Storage Bugs and the FlashArray

Recent ESXi 6 Storage Bugs and the FlashArray

As you might be aware, there have been a few storage-related issues with ESXi 6.0 as of late: Accidental PDL during dropped paths: Storage PDL responses may not trigger path failover in vSphere 6.0 (2144657) Host issues during smartd inquiries: Issuing a 0x85 SCSI Command from a VMware ESXi 6.0 host results in a PDL error (2133286) The question that comes up for the Pure Storage FlashArray is are we susceptible? The short answer is no. Let’s explain why.


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Compare and Contrast – VSAN and VVols

Compare and Contrast – VSAN and VVols (via CormacHogan.com)

Compare and Contrast – VSAN and VVols

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to meet with a number of VMware customers in both Singapore and in the UAE. Most of the sessions were enablement and education type sessions, where there was a lot of white-boarding of VSAN (VMware’s hyper-converged infrastructure product) and Virtual Volumes (VVols – Software Defined Storage or SDS for the storage arrays). This wasn’t a sales session; I’m not in sales. The objective of these sessions was simply to educate. I guess when you are immersed in this stuff 24×7, it easy to fall into the trap of believing that everyone is well versed in this technology, and that’s simply not the case.


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PowerCLI: Enable/Disable the VM Hot Add features

PowerCLI: Enable/Disable the VM Hot Add features

PowerCLI: Enable/Disable the VM Hot Add features

Since the release of vSphere, you are able to Hot Add memory and vCPU. Quote from the VMware website: Virtual Machine Hot Add Support— The new virtual hardware introduced in ESX/ESXi 4.0 supports hot plug for virtual devices and supports addition of virtual CPUs and memory to a virtual machine without powering off the virtual machine. See the Guest Operating System Installation Guide for the list of operating systems for which this functionality is supported. So I wanted to see, if I was able to enable/disable this settings via PowerCLI and came up with a couple of functions.


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Virtual SAN 6.2 – Deduplication And Compression…

Virtual SAN 6.2 – Deduplication And Compression Deep Dive

Virtual SAN 6.2 – Deduplication And Compression…

Virtual SAN 6.2 introduced several highly anticipated product features and in this blog, we’ll focus on some of the coolest ones: Dedupe & Compression. These features were requested by VMware customers and I am glad that we listened to the customer. When talking about Dedupe and Compression, one first needs to determine why an organization would want to use Dedupe & Compression and what these features actually do.


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