Category Archive: VMware

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.

Sep 16

SimpliVity Direct Connect to 10 GbE Switched Migration

In a two node SimpliVity deployment there is no requirement for 10 GbE switching. The SimpliVity nodes are directly connected to provide connectivity for the SimpliVity Data Virtualization Platform (DVP) between nodes. As the environment grows adding addition SimpliVity nodes or compute nodes may be required. This requires 10 GbE switching for SimpliVity Storage traffic between SimpliVity nodes within the same datacenter and/or between SimpliVity nodes and compute nodes.

Sep 12

A Few Pictures from VMworld 2016

Great time at VMworld 2016 with the SimpliVity Team!!! Had a fantastic time with the SimpliVity team talking with our partners, current customers, future customers, and the AWESOME people in the VMware community. Even some great chats with competitors. VMworld 3 word: Educational, fun, exhausting… 🙂

Sep 11

SSL Certs for View Access to TCC Labs

I have been working on a project to provide labs for the VMware IT Academy Program and the Cyber Security Program offered at Tidewater Community College. This post covers the process I followed and includes some of the resources I found helpful for replacing the default self-signed certificates with certificates signed by a CA.

Aug 19

SimpliVity’s Straight from the vExperts Presentations at VMworld 2016

VMworld 2016 is just a little over a week away. I am very much looking forward to it. Most of my time at VMworld this year will be spent at the SimpliVity Booth, #1911, in the Solutions Exchange. Looking forward to meeting new folks, catching up with many who I have not seen in a while (since last year), drinking lots of coffee, and talking about how SimpliVity’s continues to provide the most innovative and complete hyper-converged infrastructure solution.

Jul 22

DR Automation using SimpliVity’s REST API

I was working with a partner last week brainstorming different ways the SimpliVity REST API could be leveraged to simplify and automate the recovery of workloads protected using SimpliVity’s data protection to a Disaster Recovery site.

Jul 08

VMware vSphere 6.x Datacenter Design Cookbook 2nd Edition Review

Thanks to @Kim_Bottu for the great review of VMware vSphere 6.x Datacenter Design Cookbook 2nd Edition.

Jun 07

Migrating vCenter Server to SimpliVity DVP

In this post I am going to look at the two most common methods: using vMotion to migrate both the storage and running state of the vCenter virtual machine to a SimpliVity host, and using Storage vMotion to move storage and then removing and re-adding the vCenter virtual machine to inventory on a SimpliVity host.

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