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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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Backup or Recover SPBM Profiles with PowerCLI

Backup or Recover SPBM Profiles with PowerCLI

I work in the lab a lot. One of the tasks that I often perform is: Blowing away my VCSA (or Windows vCenter Server), Redeploying it, and Reattaching it to a cluster that is running vSAN. As a result of a new VCSA deployment, only a few SPBM policies will be present. Any previously available SPBM polices are lost with the previous VCSA instance.

vSphere 5 Lab Hosts – A Year Later

vSphere 5 Lab Hosts – A Year Later

So I have had my lab hosts for about a year. I have to say that they have done pretty well. Because of the cost I configured these hosts with 16GB of RAM each. At the time I built them, 8GB sticks of RAM were about $250 a piece, which was a little bit out of my price range. I recently found some 8GB Kingston memory that wasn’t going to break the bank, and give me the ability to do…

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Nested vSphere Lab in VMware Workstation – Faster/Affordable/Portable Storage Alternative

Nested vSphere Lab in VMware Workstation – Faster/Affordable/Portable Storage Alternative

Pre-lab days Before I had access to a lab, it was difficult to test nested vSphere configurations due the performance. With vSphere 4.1, I could run nested ESXi hosts on VMware Workstation, but there was always one bottleneck.  Much like many enterprise environments, I was constrained by my storage. Running VMware Workstation on top of Windows 7 was fine, despite the fact that my workstation only had 8GB of physical RAM.  I started out using the Starwind iSCSI SAN solution…

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Home Lab Hosts – Could it have been leaner? ($$$)

Home Lab Hosts – Could it have been leaner? ($$$)

I’ve had the lab running for a couple of weeks and I have made a few observations in relation to the configuration of each host. As mentioned in my previous post Home Lab Hosts – Just in time for vSphere 5, I used server class motherboards, requiring ECC RAM, with iKVM, etc. Here are a couple things I noticed that stood out: The CPUs I chose the Intel Xeon E3-1230 processors because I wanted to be able to have quad…

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