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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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