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vSAN Locator LEDs – HPE

vSAN Locator LEDs – HPE Short tidbit of knowledge today. vSAN includes the functionality to turn locator LEDs on vSAN storage devices on or off to help identify the location of a specific storage device, perfect for a visual indication of a failed drive. I wasn’t aware until recently that to get this working with HPE servers there is a prerequisite requirement to install the HP Smart Storage Administrator CLI – good information to know… Read More »vSAN Locator LEDs – HPE

vSphere Kubernetes – Force deleting stuck ‘terminating’ namespaces and contexts

  • simon 

Like many vSphere administrators and architects following the release of vSphere 7 and VMware Cloud Foundation 4 I’ve been upgrading my lab and starting to play with the VMware Tanzu Portfolio.  I’m not going to detail how to get that working, Cormac Hogan and David Stamen have put together great guides for that.  This post is just posting a fix for a problem that I’ve encountered in the lab Namespaces and Contexts stuck ‘terminating’ Something… Read More »vSphere Kubernetes – Force deleting stuck ‘terminating’ namespaces and contexts

vSAN Orphaned Objects

  • simon 

I recently got asked a question about how to managed orphaned objects in vSAN, previously with VMFS this was being managed with a PowerShell script, but the customer couldn’t get it to work with vSAN.  Which is expected behaviour as managing these vSAN namespace associations/objects is not possible via the GUI or script. Instead these namespaces can be managed using RVC or the Ruby vSphere Console if required. The following blog details the use of… Read More »vSAN Orphaned Objects

Extending – Counting CPU licenses needed under new VMware licensing policy

  • simon 

Following on from the VMware licence change announcements, detailed here.  I thought I’d take a quick look at the accompanying PowerShell module to see what the output looks like and what we can do with data that it gathers. The VMware KB for the PowerShell module includes details on how to import and usage.  You may however come across an error when you try and import the module due to digital signatures, much like the… Read More »Extending – Counting CPU licenses needed under new VMware licensing policy

UK VMUG UserCon 2019

  • simon 

One of the highlights of last year was the VMUG National user conference held at the space centre in Leicester.  A fantastic venue for not only the conference event but for the pre event vCurry and quiz, so it’s no surprise that it’s being held there again this year.  The vCurry on the 26th and the conference on the 27th. There is a great agenda covering a huge range of topics.  From a technical standpoint… Read More »UK VMUG UserCon 2019

vExpert 2019 Announcement

  • simon 

vExpert 2019 Announcement I’m delighted to have been awarded vExpert for 2019, for the second year in succession. 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 for their commitment to sharing their knowledge and passion for VMware technology above and beyond their job requirement. The vCommunity is a welcoming,… Read More »vExpert 2019 Announcement

VMworld Europe 2018

VMworld Europe 2018 takes place again in the wonderful city of Barcelona.  After some intense negotiations in the Conyard household, I can confirm that I will be coming to VMworld Europe this coming November. It’s been a few years since I was able to attend (this will be my 4th overall 1 in San Francisco and 2 in Cannes) . With the rapidly changing industry, innovation in all sections of IT and growing demands from… Read More »VMworld Europe 2018

VMware EMPOWER – VMwares GSS Top 10 Supported Cases

Presenters: Owen Sheehy, John O’Brien Technical support specialists from GSS and VMware

GSS support the entire VMware stack, so requires technical competencies across all disciplines.  For the purposes of this session much will focus on vSphere (ESX and VMware vCenter) as the foundatio building blocks of any solution.  80% of cases are logged against these vSphere foundation components!

VVD’s help GSS to understand complicated environments quickly.  However, fixes might break a VVD.

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VMware vExpert 2018

  • simon 

  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

  • simon 

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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