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Buying VMware vSphere Perpetual Vs Subscription?

Buying VMware vSphere Perpetual Vs Subscription? I get asked a lot about the best way to buy VMware vSphere  now, especially by organizations that may have only ever purchased vSphere in a perpetual model before. I’ll try and distill some of those conversations into this post. TL:DR – I am yet to see a vSphere only estate that cannot be upgraded to a subscription model for the same price or cheaper than a standard perpetual… Read More »Buying VMware vSphere Perpetual Vs Subscription?

VMware Powershell Get Network Usage Metrics

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VMware Powershell Get Network Usage Metrics I was asked how it might be possible to get network usage metrics for Virtual Machines that where hosted on older versions of the VMware ESXi hypervisor the other week.  The request came about as the organization in question is looking to replace a platform and wants to get a better understanding of the network traffic being processed by the estate. First port of call with any request like… Read More »VMware Powershell Get Network Usage Metrics

VMware Tanzu Up Close Virtual Event

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VMware Tanzu Up Close Virtual Event The VMware Tanzu Solution Engineering team is opening up to run a day of demos on April 27th VMware Tanzu brings a raft of new possibilities to the vSphere platform and beyond, providing capabilities and services to build and scale cloud applications anywhere. At the event attendees will learn how the VMware Tanzu portfolio can help organizations gain flexibility and scalability in your modern application landscape. Provide a feature-rich… Read More »VMware Tanzu Up Close Virtual Event

VMware PowerShell Find VMs with Memory Reservations

VMware PowerShell Find VMs with Memory Reservations I had a friend message me today asking a if there was a simple way to to use VMware PowerShell to find VMs with memory reservations. The answer is yes and it’s not that tricky to do, in fact we can do it with a single line of PowerShell. Memory Reservations get-VM | Where-Object {$_.ExtensionData.ResourceConfig.MemoryAllocation.Reservation -ne “0”} Get all virtual machines, where the virtual machine object has a… Read More »VMware PowerShell Find VMs with Memory Reservations

VMware vSphere Essentials Kits vs ROBO Kits

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I had a great question earlier in the week from someone wanting to understand where and how to use the vSphere Essentials kits and the ROBO kits So here we go VMware vSphere Essentials Kits vs ROBO Kits! VMware vSphere Essentials Kits vs ROBO Kits The vSphere Essentials and ROBO products fill two different needs. vSphere Essentials Pack is a license that entitles the purchaser to run up to three dual CPU ESXi hosts managed… Read More »VMware vSphere Essentials Kits vs ROBO Kits

What is the limit on how many virtual machines that can be deployed at once?

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What is the limit on how many virtual machines that can be deployed at once? This came up in conversation, where we were considering where to place template storage and what the implications might be behind various choices. which leads to… Limits on Simultaneous Migrations The answer for how many virtual machines can be deployed at once, is closely coupled with the limits on simultaneous migrations.  This is because simply put the operations are very… Read More »What is the limit on how many virtual machines that can be deployed at once?

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?

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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

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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

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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