vSphere Enterprise ROBO – Even better for vSAN ROBO

vSphere and vSAN now have more flexibility in ROBO use cases. Last week, vSphere 6.7 Update 2 was announced. ROBO Licensing Considerations Remember that vSAN licensing is separate from vSphere licensing. When deciding which licensing option to use for Remote Office/Branch Office locations several items must be considered: Number of virtual machines Number of sites… Read More »

#StorageMinute: vSAN Encryption and Key Rotation

Welcome to the #StorageMinute series where we deliver key topics via bite-size content. In this edition, we will take a look at Key Rotation in vSAN Encryption.   Keys for Security Keys are required to open locks and access the contents that are secured. Different locking mechanisms require different types of keys. These keys could… Read More »

vSAN Snippets: Reporting Drive Location & More

An internal request came up asking for the ability to return the enclosure location of a vSAN disk. This information can sometimes be returned from the esxcli command utility, for some storage controllers, using the following command: esxcli storage core device physical get -d <device id> The resulting output looks something like this: Having to… Read More »

PowerCLI 11.2 Released, with more goodness for vSAN!

PowerCLI 11.2 has now been released. The additions for vSAN include updates to some existing cmdlets. Storage Updates The cmdlets updated include: Get-VsanSpaceUsage, Get/Set-VsanClusterConfiguration, and Test-VsanNetworkPerformance. vSAN 6.7 Update 1 added the ability to estimate the amount of free capacity for a vSAN cluster using a selected Storage Policy in the UI: The Get-VsanSpaceUsage cmdlet… Read More »

PowerCLI Cookbook for vSAN

As someone who started using PowerShell since the first release, it is one of my favorite tools. Before coming to work in the vendor space, PowerShell was my go-to tool for management at scale. As an administrator that spent a considerable amount of time working with Windows physical and virtual machines, PowerShell made uniform management… Read More »