• Fast Track Your IT Career with VMware Certifications
    Register now. Climbing the career ladder in the IT industry is usually dependent on one crucial condition: having the right certifications. If you’re not certified to a specified level in a certain technology used by an employer, that’s usually a non-negotiable roadblock to getting a job or even further career progression within a … Read more
  • Bridging the Gap Between NHS and Public Cloud with VMware Cloud on AWS
    Following on from How VMware is Accelerating NHS Cloud Adoption, this post dives into more detail around how the UK National Health Service (NHS) can use VMware Cloud on AWS to bridge the gap between existing investments and Public Cloud. Part 1: How VMware is Accelerating NHS Cloud Adoption Part 2: Bridging the Gap Between NHS … Read more
  • How to Migrate VMware Virtual Machines to VMware Cloud on AWS
    This post pulls together the workload migration planning and lessons learned notes made during a real life customer use case of evacuation an on-premise date centre to VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS (Amazon Web Services). The content is a work in progress and intended as a generic list of considerations and useful links for both … Read more
  • Understand VMware Tanzu, Pacific, and Kubernetes for VMware Administrators
    This post was last updated 26/10/2019 and provides an overview of VMware Tanzu and Project Pacific. Peanut Butter & Jelly VMware and Kubernetes There will be more apps deployed in the next 5 years than in the last 40 years (source: Introducing Project Pacific: Transforming vSphere into the App Platform of the Future). The VMware strategy … Read more
  • Watch a Failover from Direct Connect to Backup VPN for VMware Cloud on AWS
    This post demonstrates a simulated failure of Amazon Direct Connect, with VMware Cloud (VMC) on Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this setup the standby VPN has been configured to provide connectivity in the event of a Direct Connect failure. The environment consists of a 6 host stretched cluster in the eu-west-2 (London) region, across Availability … Read more
  • How to Consolidate vCenter External PSC with the vSphere Converge Tool
    This post gives an overview of the vCenter Server converge process using the HTML5 vSphere client. The converge functionality was added to the GUI with vSphere 6.7 U2, and enables consolidation of external Platform Services Controller (PSC) into the embedded deployment model. This was previously achieved in vSphere 6.5 onwards using a CLI tool. Following … Read more
  • Planning Your VMware Cloud on AWS Deployment
    This post pulls together the notes I have made during the planning of VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS (Amazon Web Services) deployment, and migrations of virtual machines from traditional on-premise vSphere infrastructure. It is intended as a generic list of considerations and useful links, and is not a comprehensive guide. Cloud, more-so than traditional infrastructure, is … Read more
  • How VMware is Accelerating NHS Cloud Adoption
    This post provides an overview of how the UK National Health Service (NHS) can unlock the benefits of cloud computing with VMware Cloud (VMC) on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Part 1: How VMware is Accelerating NHS Cloud Adoption Part 2: Bridging the Gap Between NHS and Public Cloud with VMware Cloud on AWS In November … Read more
  • Watch VMware vSphere HA Recover Virtual Machines Across AWS Availability Zones
    This post demonstrates a simulated failure of an Availability Zone (AZ), in a VMware Cloud on AWS stretched cluster. The environment consists of a 6 host stretched cluster in the eu-west-2 (London) region, across Availability Zones eu-west-2a and eu-west-2b. The simulation was carried out by the VMware Cloud on AWS back-end support team, to help … Read more
  • Watch a Virtual Machine Live Migration to VMware Cloud on AWS
    This post demonstrates a live migration of a VMware Virtual Machine (VM) from an on-premise VMware infrastructure, to VMware Cloud on AWS. The steps below will demonstrate how quick and easy it is to move Virtual Machines between on-premise and VMware Cloud on AWS environments using VMware HCX migrations, without the need to re-IP or re-architect … Read more
  • How to Configure AWS Direct Connect with VMware Cloud on AWS
    This post talks about the setup of AWS Direct Connect with VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS. Direct Connect provides a high-speed, low latency connection between Amazon services and your on-premises environment. Direct Connect is useful for those who want dedicated private connectivity with a consistent network experience in comparison with internet-based VPN connections. Direct Connect … Read more
  • Load Balancing VMware Cloud on AWS with Amazon ELB
    This post demonstrates the connectivity between VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS and native AWS services. In the example below we will be using Amazon Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) to provide highly available, scaleable, and secure load balancing backed by virtual machines hosted in the VMware Cloud Software-Defined Data Centre (SDDC). There is an assumption you have … Read more
  • Connecting VMware Cloud on AWS to Amazon EC2
    This post demonstrates the connectivity between VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS and native AWS services. In the example below we will be using Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) to provision a virtual instance backed by Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) storage. To complete the use case we will install Veeam and use the EC2 instance to backup … Read more
  • How to Deploy and Configure VMware Cloud on AWS
    This post pulls together notes made during the real life customer planning and deployment of VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS (Amazon Web Services). Later on we move into the migrations of VMware Virtual Machines (VMs) from traditional on-premise vSphere infrastructure to VMware Cloud on AWS. The content is a work in progress and intended as … Read more
  • VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.x Upgrade Guide
    This post will walk through an inplace upgrade of VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) to version 8.1, which introduces support for the vSphere HTML5 client and recovery / migration to VMware on AWS. Read more about what's new in this blog post. The upgrade is relatively simple but we need to cross-check compatibility and perform … Read more