Category Archives: VMware

vCenter Server Storage Filters

vCenter has 4 Storage Filters: – RDM Filter VMFS Filter Host Rescan Filter Same Host Transports Filter These filters affect the actions vCenter takes when scanning storage as follows:- RDM Filter When you attempt to add a RDM to a … Continue reading

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VCAP5 Exams Retirement

Those of you who have planned to take the either of the VCAP5 exams, VCAP5-DCA or VCAP5-DCD, need to get in quick as VMware have announced the retirement of these two exams as follows: – VCAP5-DCA – Data Center Administrator … Continue reading

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vSphere Beta

There is a new vSphere Beta Program starting soon. I don’t know the exact date but I would suspect that it will be in time for the upcoming release (v6.5 maybe) to be ready for VMware at the end of … Continue reading

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Build and Manage Your Hybrid Cloud with Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI)

On Wednesday 10th February 2016, the day after VMware announced Workspace ONE, see Digital Workspace, they announced a new major version of Virtual SAN (vSAN) and vRealize Suite 7. A replay of the announcement can be seen in a video … Continue reading

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Digital Workspace

Earlier this week on Tuesday 9th February 2016 as part of the Mobility Online Event VMware announced the Workspace ONE solution containing the new Horizon 7 and improved Horizon Air. The video of these announcements may still be available for view … Continue reading

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Intel XEON E5-2600-v3 and vSphere 5.0

I had an interesting issue recently with HP Proliant BL460c Gen 9 blades containing Intel XEON E5-2600-v3 processors and running ESXi 5.0. All appeared to be working fine until I added the blades into an existing vSphere cluster with Gen … Continue reading

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SRM 6.1 Support for Stretched Storage Cluster

At the US VMworld at the end of August 2015 VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 6.1 was announced. Once of the new features of this release is the support for stretched storage clusters. A stretched cluster is where your storage … Continue reading

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RDM Path Selection Policy (PSP) with Microsoft Clustering

Prior to vSphere 5.5 the Round Robin Path Selection Policy (VMW_PSP_RR) is not supported for the shared disks of a Microsoft cluster. You may find that the ESXi multipathing claim rules are set so that when the RDMs are discovered … Continue reading

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VMware Paravirtual SCSI Adapter (PVSCSI)

For virtual machines with high disk I/O requirements, such as Tier 1 SQL Servers, you should consider configuring the VM with the VMware Paravirtual SCSI Adapter (PVSCSI). The PVSCSI adapter was introduced in ESX/ESXi 4.0 and is virtualisation aware. It … Continue reading

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VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC)

VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) is not a product but a certified configuration where a vSphere cluster spans geographical locations. This could be spread across a campus, metropolitan area or a larger area up to 200 km apart. vMSC … Continue reading

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