vSAN Witness Appliance 6.7 P01 on Workstation 15 (& Fusion 11)

vSAN Witness Appliance 6.7 P01 on Workstation 15 (& Fusion 11)

I haven’t posted here in a while, but I figure this is the best spot a very quick post on for this given it isn’t officially supported. With the release of the vSAN 6.7 P01 Witness Appliance, the OVA now prompts for OVF properties. These additional settings are read upon boot up, and automatically configure networking for the appliance. This streamlines the vSAN Witness Appliance deployment process significantly. I blogged about this here: https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2019/11/07/vswa-67p01-update/ Importing pre-vSAN 6.7 P01 vSAN Witness…

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Secure by Default – Why did it take something like GDPR to do this?

Secure by Default – Why did it take something like GDPR to do this?

I look at Twitter, and see everyone talking about the massive amounts of emails surrounding the changes companies are having to make as a result of GDPR. What is GDPR? Well if you like to read legislation, you can start here:¬†https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32016R0679&from=EN. That’s a lot of info and legalese. One of the things that I took from reading the GDPR legislation, was that data needs to be secure by default. Data doesn’t need to be secured after the fact, but by…

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Sample 2 Node vSAN Deployment Script

Sample 2 Node vSAN Deployment Script

A couple months back, I published a YouTube video of my deploying/setting up a 2 Node vSAN cluster with nothing but PowerCLI. It got a few views and several people internally at VMware asked for the source code. Well, this has been a long time coming, with my working on it on/off for a while, with the vast majority of the coding done on weekends. The foundation I wanted to keep it simple/modular, so I put together a PowerCLI module….

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How long does it take to… Enable vSAN Encryption?

How long does it take to… Enable vSAN Encryption?

With the addition of Data at Rest Encryption to vSAN in 6.6, I get this question… A LOT. Typical questions The typical question is something like this: “Hey Jase, how long will it take me to enable vSAN Encryption on my vSAN cluster?” Sometimes I’ll also get a “And I have 6 nodes with X much capacity, Y cache devices, and I’m using Z storage policy.” Asking this question is like asking “Hey Jase, how long will it take for…

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vSAN Stretched Clusters & VM Swap Files

vSAN Stretched Clusters & VM Swap Files

My buddy Pete Koehler put together a good post a few days ago about SPBM Policies with vSAN Stretched ¬†Clusters: vSAN Operations: Use separate SPBM policies for VMs in stretched clusters In that post, he covers definition changes from Number of Failures to Tolerate (FTT) which was available in pre vSAN 6.6 builds, to Primary Failures to Tolerate (PFTT) in vSAN 6.6 and higher. This change was added to address the addition of local protection within a Stretched Cluster. This…

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