This week I had an issue with my NSX installation across multiple clusters. First it appeared in my management cluster, then my resource and edge clusters. Little did I know my own stupidity was to blame… Continue reading
Installing and configuring EMC ScaleIO 2.0 and PernixData FVP – Part 1: ScaleIO
Recently I made the decision to temporarily move away from VMware VSAN. Whilst there was a lot of things about VSAN that I liked (close integration with the vSphere platform for example), my home lab exists to enable me to evaluate a number of different solutions. Continue reading
It’s not good to mix dvSwitch uplinks of different speeds for VSAN
I’ve long been an advocate for using Distributed vSwitches (dVS) in vSphere. The single point of management, coupled with added functionality such as load-based teaming and NIOC, is a huge advantage over Standard vSwitches.
However, there’s always Continue reading
Wednesday Tidbit: Migrating an embedded PSC to an external PSC
Recently I deployed a new vSphere 6 vCenter with an embedded Platform Services Controller to the home lab for a PoC. Whilst the deployment was only meant to be temporary, it has evolved into a permanent feature. Unfortunately I need scalability with my PSC (high availability and across sites), so the embedded just wasn’t going to work. I needed to migrate it to an external PSC. Continue reading
Using vSphere Auto Deploy to reduce configuration drift in the enterprise – Part 2
In part 1 of this short series we discussed configuration drift with regards to ESXi hosts. In this part, we complete the series by configuring answer files, host profiles, and various other settings needed to successfully Auto Deploy ESXi hosts. Continue reading
Using vSphere Auto Deploy to reduce configuration drift in the enterprise – Part 1
A common challenge facing enterprise deployments of vSphere is configuration drift. When the hardware or software configuration changes, manageability becomes increasingly difficult. This in turn results in higher support costs. Continue reading
Create a Microsoft SQL 2014 Failover Cluster on Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Core
When it first came out last year, I installed Microsoft SQL 2014 and configured an Availability Group to host my vCenter database (despite it not being supported).
Unfortunately it has never worked perfectly, and today I decided it was time to do the job right. I still need high availability for my SQL Server, and Microsoft Clustering Services would be ideal. Continue reading
Building an advanced lab using VMware vRealize Automation – Part 11: Configure endpoint & fabric/business groups
In part 10 we configured the vRealize Automation default tenant for our lab. We decided against using multiple tenants as the lab is only hosting one organization, and business groups utilizing it will be defined using other means.
In this part, we configure the blueprints which will make up our service catalog. Continue reading
Building an advanced lab using VMware vRealize Automation – Part 10: Configure tenants
In part 9 we installed and configured the IaaS platform for our lab.
In this part we discuss tenants. We configure the default tenant, and explain why you might need more than one. Continue reading
Building an advanced lab using VMware vRealize Automation – Part 9: Deploy and configure the IaaS platform
In part 8 we installed and configured the vRealize Automation Appliance into the lab.
In this part we deploy and configure the IaaS platform. This will involve building a Windows Server VM and installing the requisite components. Once done, we will secure the platform with an SSL certificate from our Certificate Authority. Continue reading