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Migrations

This is a migration post with a slight change of viewpoint. I’m not going to write about how to migrate a vSphere environment from the infrastructure perspective, there is lots of very good content that covers how to migrate to vSphere 6.5.

This is the first post in a series that I’m going to write about migrations from the point of view of the most important assets, the virtual machines themselves.Read More »Migrations

Virtual_Jon!

I’m very pleased to announce that as Virtual-Simon completes it’s first year online, Virtual_Jon is going to be joining the blog. Virtual_Jon, is a friend of mine, who brings a wealth of experience in all things virtualisation and data centre, check out his bio on the about page for more information. Expect Jon to be posting about data centre virtualisation and management and generally things he finds interesting. With Jon joining, I thought it about… Read More »Virtual_Jon!

Requirements!

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Following on from my earlier post about requirements, still remains as catchy as ever, I thought I’d try and cover off a quick example of what makes them and principles so important.

When working on any project, before commencing any kind of design work you should have a set of measurable requirements and principles to follow.  I appreciate that these are not available in all cases.  However, they do take away the guess work during design phases and help to keep everyone focused on deliverable.Read More »Requirements!

Ravello Cloud Lab

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As a vExpert for 2018 I get access to Ravello cloud services, what better to do then then continue the home-lab build I started last year.

I’m by no means finished putting the lab together, however I have spent some spare time over the easter weekend starting to pull it together.

The first component of this lab will be the Virtual Center Server Appliance.  Not content with running it on-top of an ESX host, I decided to try and follow the guide below put together by @ian0x0r;

Deploy VMware VCSA 6.5 onto bare metal Oracle Ravello

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VMware vExpert 2018

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  I am beyond delighted to have been accepted and named a vExpert for 2018. For those that don’t know, the annual VMware vExpert title is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the community of VMware users over the past year. The title is awarded to individuals (not employers) for their commitment to sharing their knowledge and passion for VMware technology above and beyond their job requirements. For the past year I’ve been… Read More »VMware vExpert 2018

VMware vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations

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I recently worked with a customer that had a well developed vSphere environment including;

  • vCenter 5.5 U3
  • vROPs 5.8.5
  • SRM 5.5.1
  • ESXi 5.5 U3

The reason I was working with them was to offer some advice for upgrading the environment up to vSphere 6.5.1, vROPs 6.6.1 and SRM 6.5.1.

This upgrade path is complicated by the need to keep the data held within SRM.  Each of the components outside of SRM is capable of being upgraded directly from 5.5 U3 to 6.5.1…  SRM can not, it must first go from 5.5.1 to 6.0 to 6.1.2 to 6.5.1.

Each of those versions of SRM has different compatibility requirements with other elements of the vSphere stack.  So the requirements of SRM drive the upgrade sequence of the other components.

Read on for upgrade considerations for each of these components.

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VMTN Community Forums – Master

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VMTN Master!

I woke up this morning and as usual, when I’m not on an active engagement, I logged into the VMTN community forums to see what people where asking.

If you are not familiar with the VMTN community forums, it is well worth dropping in! Chances are, if you have ever typed a question about VMware technologies into a search engine, the VMTN community forums will return results.  In its own words the VMTN Community forums is “3 million VMware enthusiasts & customers connecting to share knowledge, resources, opinions, and experiences globally 24/7”

Anyway, I saw a notification and some feedback for an EVC issue I’d been helping someone with yesterday.  I jumped in to have a look and noticed I’d achieved the next status level on the VMTN community forums 😊

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vSphere Banking and Digital Transformation

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vSphere Banking and Digital Transformation

VMware have been presenting at Money 20/20 this past week, where they made a few announcements.

A VMware commissioned survey of banking professionals, exploring how technology will shape the future of the banking industry, led to the following results;

The banking sector is laying the foundation for the digitization of their businesses and anticipate emerging technologies – from IoT to biometric authentications and blockchain – to make a substantial impact on the industry within five yearsRead More »vSphere Banking and Digital Transformation

Software Defined – How did we get here?

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It’s widely acknowledged that to understand the present, and to try and predict the future you must know and understand the past.

The current data centre landscape is a complex place.  Virtualisation of compute resources with VMware has been the de facto standard for over a decade. The move to software defined infrastructure has been gathering momentum and VMware’s vision for the software defined data centre (SDDC) looks set to augment vSphere offerings and continue to dominate the private data centre landscape.

So how did we get here?  How did we go from that initial wow factor that came from first experiencing VMotion to the VMware SDDC?  I think it all comes down to one building block.Read More »Software Defined – How did we get here?

Storage I/O Control Revisited

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I was surprised to see, when working with a client recently, that they had not implemented Storage I/O Control (SIOC) within their vSphere estate.  When I enquired why, it wasn’t something that they had considered, it hadn’t featured in any of there planning discussions.

Given they were hosting virtual machines from multiple different customers, hosting virtual machines with different I/O profiles and using fewer larger VMFS volumes. Their use case is, in my opinion, a prime candidate for SIOC.Read More »Storage I/O Control Revisited