Very handy! @lamw has put together an automated lab deployment script which will deploy a 3 host nested vCenter/ESXi/VSAN/NSX Lab. It supports vSphere 6.0 Update 2 and vSphere 6.5. The scripts provide a fully deployed and ready to use lab in under an hour! A full write up and links to the scripts can be …
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.