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

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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

Designing for VSAN & NSX Integration

I have come across a few instances recently where a couple customers want to take advantage of VMware VSAN and NSX together. One of them already had VSAN running in their environment and now want to take advantage of NSX. The second is literally doing a complete server/storage refresh and want a brand new deployment … Continue reading Designing for VSAN & NSX Integration

Upgrading ESXi & VSAN 6.5

So I have upgraded most of my environment to the latest and greatest and now it is time to upgrade the final pieces....ESXi & VSAN. All of my ESXi hosts are running ESX 6.0 U2 and need to be upgraded in order to take advantage of the latest vSphere 6.5 features. In my previous post … Continue reading Upgrading ESXi & VSAN 6.5

Managing VSAN 6.5 with the Ruby vSphere Console (RVC)

Many of you have either heard of or actually used the Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) for administering VSAN. The commands 'esxcli' and 'vdq' are very useful for managing or troubleshooting VSAN directly on an ESXi host. RVC is accessed on the vCenter Server. If you are using the VCSA (appliance-based) version of vCenter you simply … Continue reading Managing VSAN 6.5 with the Ruby vSphere Console (RVC)

All-Flash VSAN 6.5 on Nested ESXi

I am really excited about VSAN 6.5 and what it brings to the table and like some of you out there we all want to get our hands on it. So I decided to build a VSAN 6.5 cluster running on nested ESXi. Nested ESXi is not supported by VMware so make sure you are … Continue reading All-Flash VSAN 6.5 on Nested ESXi