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Mar 08

Microsoft Failover Cluster in a Box on SimpliVity

This is a White Paper I worked with SimpliVity Product Management on to provide details on how to implement and operate a Windows Failover Cluster on SimpliVity OmniStack systems. It also details how availability is provided across different failure scenarios

Jan 30

SimpliVity Custom Backup Scheduling Using the REST API

SimpliVity Backups are Policy-based and VM-Centric. SimpliVity Backup Policies automate the protection of virtual machines in order to meet Recovery Point Objectives (RPO). Full virtual machines or individual files/folders with virtual machines can be quickly restored to the point in time when the backup was taken. This post provides a solution for using the REST API to schedule SimpliVity backups outside of the standard options available when creating backup policy rules.

Jan 19

Automate Backup of the VCSA to the vMA

Recently I did a post on how to Target the vMA for VCSA Backups. This post takes things a step further and automates the backup of the VCSA using a shell script, the vCenter Appliance REST API, and cron on the vMA.

Jan 16

Target the vMA for VCSA Backups

One handy new feature available with vSphere 6.5 is the ability to take a supported backup of the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) configuration and database. VCSA backups can be transferred to a target using HTTP/S, FTP/S, and SCP. This post walks through backing up the VCSA using SCP to target the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) to store the backup.

Jan 15

Adding a /workspace Disk to the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)

The vMA is deployed with a single 3 GB disk with about 1 GB available after deployment. This post walks through adding a disk to the vMA appliance to provide additional storage for scripts, logs, VIBs, iso, backups, etc.

Jan 05

Add an Entry to ESXi /etc/hosts using PowerShell

I was looking for away to easily add an entry to an ESXi host’s /etc/hosts file without using SSH to connect to the host. ESXi has a file management interface which can be accessed with standard GET/PUT operations. I put together a quick example of doing this with PowerShell using Invoke-WebRequest.

Dec 22

Locating SimpliVity Manual Backups

Policy based SimpliVity backups have a retention period defined in the backup policy. When the retention period expires the backup is removed from the system. When a Manual SimpliVity Backup is taken, no retention period is set and the backup will never expire. This post provides some details on how to locate Manual SimpliVity Backups using the vSphere Web Client or the SimpliVity REST API.

Nov 03

Migrating VMs from Legacy Infrastructure to SimpliVity HCI

There are a number of ways to migrate VM workloads from a legacy infrastructure to SimpliVity. This post provides an overview of two common migration methods which can be used to move VMs from a legacy infrastructure to the SimpliVity DVP.

Sep 25

Learning the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)

It has been a good while since I have worked with vSphere Management Assistant (vMA). I used it fairly often when I was managing a vSphere environment. Since I am teaching the vSphere Optimize and Scale class during the winter semester I spun up the vMA in the homelab to re-introduce myself to it.

Sep 20

Working with ISO Images in the vSphere Client.

Here are a couple of basic guides I put together for the VMware ITN classes at TCC. Back to basics for sure, but not everyone works with vSphere environments regularly, so this provides a guides for basic tasks – Uploading an ISO Image to a ESXi Datastore and Attaching an ISO Image on a local disk to a Virtual Machine.

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