Category Archive: VMware

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.

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… 🙂

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