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Using Secondary Management Network for vSphere Replication!! (vXpress)

In the past I have written a lot about using vSphere Replication and the best practices around it. This time around I wanted to share an experience of implementation of SRM and vSphere Replication in a brownfield Virtual Infrastructure.   As we all ...
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vSphere 5.5 Storage Enhancement Part 7 – LUN ID/RDM Restriction Lifted (Cormac Hogan)

About a year ago I wrote an article stating that Raw Device Mappings (RDM) continued to rely on LUN IDs, and that if you wished to successfully vMotion a virtual machine with an RDM from one host to another host, you had to ensure that the LUN was present ...
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Demystifying vSphere Replication (Eduardo Meirelles da Rocha)

vSphere Replication is a replication engine feature provided by VMware that allows data replication from one storage to another, since it does not depend on array base replication technology, you can use it to replicate data between storages from differen ...
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Cisco Introduces New Solutions for EMC VSPEX

The Cisco and EMC teams have been working closely to expand the VSPEX solution portfolio to accelerate growth and opportunity. In addition to the new CVDs, we released a new application white paper and management design guide for VSPEX. Wait, there’s more ...
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Two New vSphere 5.5 Courses Available

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]is a 5 day course exploring installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere®, which consists of VMware ESXi™ and VMware® vCenter Server™.  Classes are available around the world in severa ...
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Getting Started with Ruby vSphere Console (RVC)

Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) – If you do not know what that is, you should definately give it a try. RVC is a Ruby based command line interface for vSphere and can be used to manage VMware ESXi and vCenter. Initially published as Fling, it grew into a fully ...
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vSphere Replication Authentication (2013275)

vSphere Replication Authentication occurs between the vSphere Replication Management Server (VRMS) and vCenter Server. All communication between vCenter, the local vSphere Replication Management Server (VRMS), and the remote VRMS goes through a vCenter pr ...
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vSphere Upgrade Saga: Fixing issues via vCLI

After my upgrade to vCenter 5.5, there were still a few things that needed to be tweaked to fully upgrade my environment. I was in a working state, but now I needed to plug in all the bells and whistles I normally use, such as Host Profiles, VIN, and HP I ...
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Howto install Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) on vMA 5.x

With the release of vSphere 5.5, VMware supports a new command line utility: Ruby vSphere Console (RVC). RVC is a Ruby based interactive object oriented command line utility. It was initially released as a Fling some years ago. RVC has support for both, t ...
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The New Haswell Fueled ESXi 5.5 Home Lab Build (Wahl Network)

Back in March of 2012 I posted the build components for my ESXi 5.0 home lab server. Since we’re coming up on 2 years from that point, and there’s all sorts of crazy holiday shopping deals going on, I figured it was time for a refresh. Without further ado ...
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Mixed vSphere 5.0, 5.1 and 5.5 environments behind VLAN require configuration changes (2032821)

In ESXi 5.0, the network dump collector (netdump) service does not perform the VLAN tagging automatically, even when it is using a VMkernel network adapter that belongs to a port group that uses a specific VLAN ID. This changed in ESXi 5.1. For ESXi 5.1, ...
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SPBM (Storage Policy Based Management) MOB in vSphere 5.5

A handy little tool that was useful for me which might come in handy for others too while working on my VSAN VM Storage Policy recovery article is the SPBM (Storage Policy Based Management) MOB which works similar to the vSphere MOB and FDM MOB for those ...
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vSphere 5.5 Storage Enhancements Part 4: UNMAP

Continuing on the series of vSphere 5.5 Storage Enhancements, we now come to a feature that is close to many people’s hearts. The vSphere Storage API for Array Integration (VAAI) UNMAP primitive reclaims dead or stranded space on a thinly provisioned VMFS ...
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vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 18: VUM SSL & Misc. Config.

So now that vCenter 5.5 with VUM is installed, we need to configure a trusted vCenter update manager SSL certificate and then do a few VUM configuration tweaks. These tweaks include configuring HP and Dell repos, plus configuring basic VUM compliance scan ...
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How to Estimate VMware vSphere Replication Traffic

Since its initial announcement, vSphere Replication has been an item of interest with customers. The idea of being able to replicate on a per-VM basis to your disaster recovery site. This flexibility is very appealing to VMware customers. The replication ...
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VMware vSphere 5.5 – Upgrade or not upgrade?

The new VMware vSphere 5.5 has some interesting new features and scalability properties that make interesting for each new environment, but also for existing customers (considering that the license key remain still the same of the 5.x feature). So could m ...
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vSphere Support Bundle: How to Collect Anything You Want From ESXi, Not Just Logs (DoubleCloud)

vSphere Client and vSphere Web Client allow administrators to download system logs from different ESXi hosts with choices of predefined groups of information like System, Storage, Network, UserWorld, etc. Under each group, there could be multiple types. F ...
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Installing the Home Lab – VMware Certificates – Part One

The following post, the first in series of posts, details the installation and configuration of a Windows 2012R2 Enterprise CA to be used with a VMware Infrastructure Home Lab. It is assumed at this stage that you have a single host installed and are run ...
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vSphere 5.5 Storage Enhancements Part 3: MSCS Updates

A number of new enhancements around Microsoft Clustering Services (MSCS) have been introduced in vSphere 5.5. I wanted to cover those in this post as I know many of you continue to use MSCS for service availability in your vSphere environments.

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