vsphere what’s new – vcsa – native backup and restore

Increased dependencies on vCenter mean than its loss could represent a huge loss of service to the control and management of on premises virtual infrastructures. No only VMware solutions but third party backup solutions, are increasingly dependent on vCenter availability. Deploying vCenter to a management cluster and buying additional licences to manage the management cluster …

vsphere 6.5 what’s new – VCSA native high availability

The architecture of the external platform controllers, third party load balancers has had a few people scratching their heads, as it seems vmware were introducing unnecessary complexity. (personally I don’t agree, I see this as a move to align the vcenter with modern distributed database design, active directory has had multi-node replication for over a …

VMware Services on AWS

VMware have just announced a partnership deal with AWS that will allow the running of dedicated vSphere based services directly on AWS clouds. Customers can either integrate on-premises vSphere services with AWS cloud services, or have a hybrid model of  on-prem and cloud vCenters. For example this would allow an vm running in a local datacenter to leverage …

VMware Optimization Assessment and Marginal Gains

Marginal gains theory is again in focus following the Rio Olympics. In sport where the margins between glory and disappointment are so slender, coaches look for opportunities to optimize athletes natural ability through small cumulative changes. For example in preparation for the 2016 games when Team GB coaches noticed that women track cyclists sometimes missed …

vcenter platform service controller high availability

vSphere 6 External Platform Service Controller with or without a load balancer vSphere 6 introduces a distributed architecture for SSO and some other services. Recommended topologies such as those in KB: 2108548 all point to an external platform service controller and at first look seem to indicate that high availability would require a 3rd party load …

VCAP6 NV Deploy – Exam Preparation Workbook

For those aspiring to certify as VCIX6-NV, the VCAP6-NV Deploy is the second stop after obtaining VCP6-NV This excel workbook helps keep track of what objectives you feel comfortable with,  what needs to be mastered, as well as including the official references. Content is based on: https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=88781&ui=www_cert I will add additional references, page numbers etc, …

VMware NSX Security Features – Who should pay for them?

One of the typical questions when considering NSX deployments is who should be the administrator?  However this is often a two horse race, between Network and Virtualization Systems Administrators. Although NSX is SDN (software defined networking), the driver behind much of what it does is due to security requirements, using vlans to segregate layer two networks, …