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

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Working with NSX Layer-7 DFW Rules

The recently released NSX 6.4.0 introduced quite a few new features and enhancements. The one I really like is the Distributed Firewall (DFW) now has the ability to create Layer-7 (application-based) context for microsegmentation planning and flow control. Admins can also use the Application Rule Manager (ARM) which was introduced in NSX 6.3 to create … Continue reading Working with NSX Layer-7 DFW Rules

Basic vCenter HA with Multiple Clusters

Here I am going to show you how to enable the "basic" vCenter HA option across multiple clusters. Why do this across multiple clusters? Easy...increase the availability of my vCenter HA instance. Could I enable this in a single cluster if I had to? Sure. If you are limited to a single cluster and want … Continue reading Basic vCenter HA with Multiple Clusters

Deploying vRealize Orchestrator 7.3

In this blog I am going to walk you through the basic steps of deploying and configuring vRealize Orchestrator (vRO). I will also navigate you through the interface a little to get you familiar with some of its features. You should have a firm understanding and grasp of using vSphere before going any further. So … Continue reading Deploying vRealize Orchestrator 7.3

Deploying vSphere Integrated Containers

In this blog article I will walk you through the deployment for vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) into a vSphere 6.5 environment. This environment is a nested sandbox environment that I use regularly. You should certainly be an experienced vSphere administrator before attempting this and if you already have knowledge of any container technology or Docker … Continue reading Deploying vSphere Integrated Containers

Understanding vNUMA in vSphere

The topic of NUMA and vNUMA has come up quite a bit recently for me. I've had in-depth discussions with many of my customers, co-workers and people that I have interviewed for positions where I work. I like to engage people during discussions and I always try to gauge their understanding of the topic first … Continue reading Understanding vNUMA in vSphere

Configure vCenter HA using the NSX Load Balancer

A couple months ago I posted a 5-part series for configuring and enabling vCenter HA using an external PSC and load balancer. Very effective solution for anyone looking to enhance vCenter availability in their environment. What about those customers who are taking advantage of VMware NSX and want to utilize the NSX load balancer for … Continue reading Configure vCenter HA using the NSX Load Balancer