I am Joining VMware

I have been holding this news in for 2 weeks now and it is finally time to let everyone know that I am headed to the mothership and joining VMware! My first day will be May 21st, 2018 and I cannot wait to get started. I will not lie, it is a bittersweet feeling. Walking … Continue reading I am Joining VMware

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Upgrading vSAN 5.5 before End of General Support

In my previous blog article I focused primarily on upgrading a vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) version 5.5 to 6.5. I am going to continue my 5.5 upgrade and leverage VCSA 6.5 to perform an upgrade of my 5.5 hosts and vSAN cluster. This is essentially Part 2 of that article. I am going to demonstrate … Continue reading Upgrading vSAN 5.5 before End of General Support

VMCA 6.5 with Embedded PSC as an Intermediate CA

One of my most popular blog articles is the configuration of VMCA 6.5 as an Intermediate CA but the article is specific to environment's with an External Platform Services Controller (PSC) and configuring it prior to deploying the VCSA for vCenter Server. I have received a lot of great feedback from this article and numerous … Continue reading VMCA 6.5 with Embedded PSC as an Intermediate CA

Deploy VCSA 6.7 onto new vSAN 6.7 Cluster

In this quick step-by-step "how to" blog post I am going to demonstrate how fast and easy it is to set up the vCenter Server Appliance (vCenter w/ Embedded PSC) onto a new vSAN host. Once the appliance is deployed the vSAN configuration for the remaining hosts will be added to my cluster. You may … Continue reading Deploy VCSA 6.7 onto new vSAN 6.7 Cluster

Upgrading vSphere 5.5 before End of General Support

General Support for vSphere 5.5 will end on September 19, 2018. If you are still running vSphere 5.5 you have just a few months left to upgrade to a newer version. I am beginning to see many customers make the push to upgrade directly to vSphere 6.5 to take advantage of the latest features. If … Continue reading Upgrading vSphere 5.5 before End of General Support

Using Packet Capture in NSX 6.4

The newly integrated Packet Capture tool in NSX 6.4 is very useful. I wrote three blog articles about year ago on how to perform packet captures from an ESXi host using the native 'pktcap-uw' command. Those tools still exist for you to use but this new tool is now available in the vSphere Web Client … Continue reading Using Packet Capture in NSX 6.4

Designing vRealize Automation 7.3 Blueprints with NSX Components

Let's face facts, automation makes our lives easier! Technology has quickly become more and more complex over the last 10 years and demand is increasing every day. Agility is very important to organizations that want to remain competitive. The business needs to respond FAST to an opportunity or even a threat. Fast IT must be … Continue reading Designing vRealize Automation 7.3 Blueprints with NSX Components