This post will walk through the installation of Site Recovery Manager (SRM) to protect virtual machines from site failure. SRM plugs into vCenter to protect virtual machines replicated to a failover site using array based replication or vSphere replication. In the event of a site outage, or outage of components within a site meaning production virtual machines […]

In this 3 part guide we will focus on the installation of NSX 6.2.5. Part 1 provides details of the deployment and official documentation, we’ll build the management and control planes by deploying NSX Manager and an NSX Controller cluster. Part 2 will walk through the data plane components; host preparation, VTEP / VXLAN configuration, […]

The vCenter Server Appliance now provides vCenter High Availability with vSphere 6.5 onwards. By implementing vCenter HA you can protect your vCenter from host and hardware failures, and significantly reduce down time during patching due to the active / standby nature of the vCenter cluster. The vCenter HA architecture is made up of the components […]

This post gives a walkthrough on migrating from a Windows based vCenter Server (VCS) to the Photon OS based vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). This guide is specific to migrating and upgrading from vCenter Server 5.5 or 6.0 to VCSA 6.5. If you are looking to migrate from vCenter Server 5.5 to VCSA 6.0 then see […]

VMware vCenter Server pools ESXi host resources to provide a rich feature set delivering high availability and fault tolerance to virtual machines. The vCenter Server is a centralised management application and can be deployed as a virtual appliance or Windows machine. This post walks through a new install of the vCenter Server Appliance v6.5. See […]

VMware vCenter Server pools ESXi host resources to provide a rich feature set delivering high availability and fault tolerance to virtual machines. The vCenter Server is a centralised management application and can be deployed as a virtual appliance or Windows machine. This post gives a walk through on a clean installation of vCenter Server 6.5 […]

What is Auto Deploy? VMware Auto Deploy works with Host Profiles to provision and customise your ESXi estate. When a host is deployed using Auto Deploy the state information is loaded to memory upon boot, the state is not permanently stored on the physical host by default. In theory this means there is no requirement […]

VMware have released the first major update to vSphere 6.5. This post will walk through how to update the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) from 6.5 to 6.5 U1. The new features in the latest release are listed here. The official VMware blog goes into further detail here, and of course the release notes cover the important […]

After installing or upgrading to ESXi 6.5 FCoE adapters and datastores are missing. In this case the hardware in use is a HP ProLiant BL460c Gen9 server with HP FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 536FLB adapters, although this seems to have been a problem for other vendors (see here) and versions too. This issue should be resolved […]

This post will walk through adding a resource action for vRealize Automation 7.x, mapped to a custom vRO workflow. The steps below assume that the vRO instance has been integrated with vRA. Log into the vRealize Automation portal as a user with service architect permissions. From the Design tab select XaaS and Resource Actions. Any […]

VMware vRealize Business for Cloud provides automated cost analysis and consumption metering; allowing administrators to make workload placement decisions between private and pulic clouds based on cost and available services. Furthermore infrastructure stakeholders have full visibility of virtual machine provisioning costs and are able to accurately manage capital expenditure and operating expenditure. For more information see […]

The latest version of Turbonomic includes enhanced public cloud support; cloud cost tracking and budget management, as well as cloud migration planning. In this post we’ll look at the forecasting costs, and savings, for migration to public cloud using Turbonomic v5.9. To upgrade to version 5.9 review the release notes here and follow the offline update steps outlined […]

The ESXi Image Builder is a useful tool allowing administrators to create custom images built on vendor specific images, or vanilla ESXi images, with additional updates or third party drivers. Custom images can be downloaded in ISO or ZIP format, or used with Auto Deploy to boot hosts using deploy rules. Traditionally ESXi Image Builder […]

This post will walk through virtual machine security tags; how we can create tags, automatically add virtual machines with tags to a specific security group, and build associated NSX firewall rules. As a bonus we’ll also apply a security tag to a vRA blueprint, allowing vRA provisioned machines to automatically receive a security tag and […]