VMware HCX Licensing

Following on the migration theme just recently, I’ve had a lot of queries over the past month related to VMware HCX licensing, so thought I’d pull this post together for reference. Remind me what is HCX again? VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX), in its own words is: “an application mobility platform, simplifies application migration, rebalances workloads and optimizes disaster recovery across data centers and clouds. HCX enables high-performance, large-scale app mobility across VMware vSphere and… Read More »VMware HCX Licensing

How should I migrate VMware virtual machines between VMware data centres?

  • simon 

How should I migrate VMware virtual machines between VMware data centres? This is a question I got asked just before I broke for the festive period. In previous posts I’ve covered how to work around some of the most common issues that I see, providing mechanisms to help with Application Discovery and Network Mapping.  There are always nuances with any large scale migrations so with any migration the true consultative answer to this question is… Read More »How should I migrate VMware virtual machines between VMware data centres?

Deploying Tanzu SQL to Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Clusters

  • simon 

Deploying Tanzu SQL to Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Clusters I’ve been reading up on the Tanzu SQL announcements I found a bit of time to have a look and some space on a Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) cluster deployed via the excellent TKG demo appliance fling. What Tanzu SQL does is enables us to operate a relational database-as-a-service function, running on any cloud.  A relation database-as-a-service function enables a developer the flexibility to install and self-manage… Read More »Deploying Tanzu SQL to Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Clusters

AVI Load Balancers-The Beginning

  • eleanor 

AVI Load Balancers-The Beginning Load Balancers  Load balancers have come a long way since they started from only Layer 4 load balancer services to Layer 7 load balancers we have made leaps and bounds in this area. Starting out what even is load balancing.  This is when a task or process is distributed through resources in order to make the overall process work more efficiently, this might include reducing response time by reducing the load… Read More »AVI Load Balancers-The Beginning

VMware Virtual Machines MAC addresses

  • simon 

VMware Virtual Machines MAC addresses Occasionally I feel old, today was one of those days.  The feeling snuck up on me during a conversation about MAC addresses. Someone mentioned a MAC address starting 00:50:56 and I said with confidence that it was a VMware virtual machine, which prompted the response “how do you know that?”.  Which leads us to the topic of this blog post, how did I know that? MAC addresses are not random. … Read More »VMware Virtual Machines MAC addresses

vSphere with Tanzu Kubernetes – Day 2 Operations for the VI Admin

vSphere with Tanzu Kubernetes – Day 2 Operations for the VI Admin As part of a recent Canadian UserCon event myself and Dean Lewis poured many hours of blood, sweat and swearing into creating the session “vSphere with Tanzu Kubernetes – Day 2 Operations for the VI Admin”.  The basic premise of the presentation was set at around a level-100 introduction to the Kubernetes world and marrying that to your knowledge of VMware vSphere as… Read More »vSphere with Tanzu Kubernetes – Day 2 Operations for the VI Admin

vSphere HA Advanced Settings

  • simon 

vSphere HA Advanced Settings to Consider Working in the field I come across a lot of VMware products configurations, in addition to working directly advising how to meet architectural and business goals.  After conversations this week I’d like to draw attention to two small but often overlooked configuration settings for vSphere HA and one that folk might simply have forgotten about. For those that are not aware, vSphere HA provides high availability for Virtual Machines. … Read More »vSphere HA Advanced Settings

IDS and IPS in NSX-T

  • eleanor 

IDS and IPS in NSX-T IDS/IPS IDS stands for Intrusion Detection System and IPS stands for Intrusion Prevention System. It is what is says on the tin, it protects your environment from an attack. IDS is a system that monitors the traffic in case of an attack and In the event of this IPS will block the network traffic. In the newest release of NSX-T which was 3.0 this came with IDS with IPS following… Read More »IDS and IPS in NSX-T

Deploy Skyline Health Diagnostics in Workstation or Fusion

I always get interesting questions, todays was ‘Can I Deploy Skyline Health Diagnostics in Workstation or Fusion?’ Looking through the documentation it is certainly not listed as a requirement to run on ESX or any other specified platform; “Software Requirement Photon OS 3.0 Revision 2 ISO Distribution (Minimal Version) Hardware Requirements Recommended settings for vSphere virtual machine 4 vCPUs 16 GB RAM 150 GB space for the hard disk A port group with network connectivity… Read More »Deploy Skyline Health Diagnostics in Workstation or Fusion

NSX-T Federation Vs Multisite

  • eleanor 

NSX-T Federation Vs Multisite So we’ve all heard of NSX-T and the buzz surrounding Federation, what are the benefits of it and how does it relate to multisite. These are some of the questions I am going to try and answer. MultiSite From NSX-T 2.5 VMware introduced Multisite. In essence this is where you can manage multiple sites from one NSX manager node, this supports disaster recovery where one main site is used and the… Read More »NSX-T Federation Vs Multisite