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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

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

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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

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

Using PowerShell to Export Roles and Privileges

Using PowerShell to Export Roles and Privileges I got asked the question last week if it was possible to export roles and privileges as a *.csv file from virtual centre?  It’s a question that’s come up a few times over the years and there are various articles over at the VMware Communities and code sites that can help. Anyway, as there isn’t a hand button in VC to extract/export/save roles and privileges to a *.CSV… Read More »Using PowerShell to Export Roles and Privileges

Skyline Health Diagnostics

  • simon 

Skyline Health Diagnostics I’m aware that during any incident with VMware estates one issue that adversely impacts teams particularly those that work in secure environments is the capability to share logs expediently with VMware Global Support Services.  In some circumstances this could be due to the need for logs to have information redacted, data export restrictions or there is no physical connection to upload logs. I’m pleased to highlight that help is now at hand! … Read More »Skyline Health Diagnostics

NSX-T password expired SDDC Manager rotation fails

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NSX-T password expired SDDC Manager rotation fails With VMware Cloud Foundation password management of SDDC components is handed off to the SDDC manager.  The SDDC manager can rotate the passwords for VMware components such as ESXi, Virtual Centre and NSX-T.  A very useful feature and a great way. of keeping admin and root accounts secure in the infrastructure.  So what happens when the rotation is perhaps missed and the NSX-T passwords expire? This is exactly… Read More »NSX-T password expired SDDC Manager rotation fails