vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide…

vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide (Hardening Guide) Release Candidate [blogs.vmware.com/vsphere]

vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide…

Security Configuration Guide? What’s that you ask? That’s what now used to be called the vSphere Hardening Guide. Well, I didn’t come up with that name, folks who created it many, many years ago called it that. But like everything else in this world, change comes and change is good.


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Maximum number of vCenter Servers per Single…

Maximum number of vCenter Servers per Single Sign-On (SSO) Domain [virtuallyghetto.com]

Maximum number of vCenter Servers per Single…

This particular question and its variations have been raised quite a bit lately by our field and customers. For me, this was an opportunity to see if we can provide some additional clarification and help explain some of the nuances that may have been causing some of the confusion around the supported maximums for both vCenter Server and the Platform Services Controller (PSC).


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Where in the World are VCPs? [Infographic]

Where in the World are VCPs? [Infographic]

Where in the World are VCPs? [Infographic]

It’s that time of year! 2016’s “Where in the World are VCPs” infographic was such a hit, we decided to refresh it for 2017. The VMware Education Services team is proud to announce that the VCP community grew (11%) to represent a total of 189 countries this year. Which country do you represent?


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VMworld 2017 Global Registration is Live!

VMworld 2017 Global Registration is Live! [blogs.vmware.com/vmworld]

VMworld 2017 Global Registration is Live!

Join the industry’s top thought leaders, subject-matter experts and IT professionals at VMworld 2017 to immerse yourself in the latest in cloud infrastructure and digital workspace innovations. At VMworld, you’ll discover the technology, trends, and people like you who are shaping digital business. Registration is now live for both VMworld 2017 US and VMworld 2017 Europe – don’t delay!


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Announcing the new VMware NSX Community at VMUG!

Announcing the new VMware NSX Community at VMUG!

Announcing the new VMware NSX Community at VMUG!

Chris McCain, Director of Product Management at VMware, and Brad Tompkins, CEO at VMUG, join forces to talk about the new NSX community at VMUG, dedicated to network and security virtualization. This free community will offer individuals an opportunity for Q&A with NSX experts and product managers, special community content, discussions with peers, and much more. So signup for the new NSX community at VMUG today, get active immediately, and you could be one of our lucky winners in the month of April! Join today: http://www.vmug.com/nsx Read the blog: http://blogs.vmware.com/networkvirtualization/2017/04/nsx-community-vmug


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An overview of current storage vendor support…

An overview of current storage vendor support for VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) [vsphere-land.com]

An overview of current storage vendor support…

VMware’s new external storage architecture, Virtual Volumes (VVols), turned 2 years old this month as it launched as part of vSphere 6.0. The new VASA specification for VVols has been under development by VMware for over 6 years and it’s up to storage vendors to set their own development pace for supporting it. In this post I’ll provide an update on how each storage vendor is positioned to support VVols, this is entirely based on what is published in the VVols HCL (see below figure) and some research I have done. It will not cover things like the capabilities and scalability for VVols that is up to each vendor to dictate what they are capable of doing with VVols and how many VVols that they can support on a storage array.


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My favorite VMware fling tools

My favorite VMware fling tools [settlersoman.com]

My favorite VMware fling tools

VMware releases useful tools named flings. Those tools help not only in daily activities but also simplify migration or upgrade vSphere environment. Some tools are included in later version of VMware product after testing and solving potential problems/bugs during “fling phase” 🙂 In this post I will show my favorite fling tools that I often use.


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vSAN Got a 2.5x Performance Increase: Thank You…

vSAN Got a 2.5x Performance Increase: Thank You Intel Optane! [blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks]

vSAN Got a 2.5x Performance Increase: Thank You…

Today, March 19th Intel announced the Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X—the first flash device built on the much-anticipated 3D XPoint technology. This is exciting news for vSAN customers, since—as a result of Intel and VMware’s active collaboration—we are pleased to offer day 1 support of vSAN 6.5 and ESXi 6.5 with the Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X. This is the first Intel Optane NVMe drive (375GB) to be made available with more coming soon (750GB and 1.5TB).


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2-node vSAN topologies review

2-node vSAN topologies review [cormachogan.com]

2-node vSAN topologies review

There has been a lot of discussion in the past around supported topologies for 2-node vSAN, specifically around where we can host the witness. Now my good pal Duncan has already highlighted some of this in his blog post here, but the questions continue to come up about where I can, and where I cannot place the witness for a 2-node vSAN deployment.


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How To Reset ESXi Root Password via Microsoft AD

How To Reset ESXi Root Password via Microsoft AD [vladan.fr]

How To Reset ESXi Root Password via Microsoft AD

When you’re in front of a host where the ESXi root password has been lost, how to reset an ESXi root password might be the first question you’re asking, right? A while back we have posted a way of doing it via VMware Host profiles. But not everyone has Enterprise Plus licensing which includes host profiles.


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vRealize Network Insight 3.3 Feature Walkthrough

vRealize Network Insight 3.3 Feature Walkthrough — via VMware Cloud Mgmnt Blog

vRealize Network Insight 3.3 Feature Walkthrough

vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) continues to enhance the visibility and management of overlay and underlay networks. With the launch of version 3.3, a number of new features were introduced. In this blog post, I will cover four of the new features, including new event management options, user-defined event enhancements, improved NAT visibility, and new IP address space support.


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Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12 on VMware…

Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12 on VMware vSAN 6.5 All-Flash — via Virtual Blocks

Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12 on VMware…

Recently we published the Reference Architecture for Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12 on vSAN 6.5 all-flash. Since I spent that past few months testing, validating, and writing the RA, I just wanted to highlight some aspects of the RA for our customers and partners.


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How to revert an ESXi host to a previous…

How to revert an ESXi host to a previous version using DCUI

How to revert an ESXi host to a previous…

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1033604 This video demonstrates how to revert an ESXi host to a previous version using Direct Console User Interface (DCUI). VMware recommends that you back up the configuration data before proceeding with any changes Reverting of an ESXi host is only valid if the host was updated using one of these methods: • VIB installation or removal • Profile installation or removal • ESXi host updated using VMware Update Manager • ESXi host updated from a ISO For additional information, see VMware Knowledge Base article 1033604 at the following URL http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1033604


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NSX Install Guide Part 2 – Data Plane

#NSX Install Guide Part 2 – Data Plane — via ESXsi

NSX Install Guide Part 2 – Data Plane

In Part 1 we looked at the overall design of the environment and official documentation, as well as preparing the management and control planes by installing NSX Manager and an NSX Controller cluster. In this post we will focus on installing components in the data plane; preparing the hosts for NSX, configuring VXLAN, VTEP interfaces, Transport Zones, and creating a logical switch. To complete the routing configuration Part 3 will walk through NSX Edge and Distributed Logical Routers.


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