Part 3 – Upgrade On-Disk Format Version

In order for you to make use of latest features provided by VSAN, the On-Disk Format has to be kept updated. The procedure is pretty simple but time consuming if you have large amounts of data.

Once the version is upgraded, you cannot add the older version Hosts to the VSAN cluster. Continue reading

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#6-2, #on-disk, #upgrade, #vsan

Patching ESXi hosts using VUM

In this post, let’s see how an ESXi host/ Cluster can be patched using vSphere Update Manager. Here we will be patching the entire cluster at a time and yes, VUM is goign to take a care of all the VM’s running on them. If you have not configured VUM yet, here is my post about adding VUM to VCSA. Once you are in the Update Manager, web client should show up your update manager server. Click on that. Continue reading

#baselines, #cluster-remediation, #esxi-6, #patches, #remediate, #vum

Install and Add Update Manager to VCSA

Hey there! In this post you are going to see how to install vSphere Update Manager and configure that with the VCSA 6. I have a Windows 2008R2 machine up and running and i have the vCenter Windows Installation ISO mounted on it. Let the Autorun.exe start and it should show you the below screen.

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Part 2 – VSAN Lab Setup

In this post, I am going to show you how to setup VSAN in lab. From my post on VSAN, it is required to have at least 3 ESXi hosts and each host contributing atleast one cache and capacity disk. I have three ESXi hosts in my lab setup configured with required disks, and hosts are part of HA,DRS enabled cluster. Continue reading

#diskgroups, #homelab, #vsan, #vsan-vmkernel

Create vDS 6 and configure for vMotion traffic

Hey there! In this post, let’s take a look at how to create a Distributed Virtual Switch on vSphere 6. Before getting into action, lets know how it makes a admin’s life easy.

Unlike a Standard Switch, a vDS spans multiple hosts in a cluster or datacenter. By this, you don’t have to visit each and every host to configure Port groups, vSwitches and stuff. In vDS you can just configure once and boom, you just have to add or remove hosts to make use of it. Continue reading

Part 1 – Introduction to VSAN

VSAN is the most talked about feature these days and there are around 5000 VSAN customers today as Duncan Epping pointed out on his blog. So i wanted to get my hands dirty with the new version 6.2 supporting many advanced features. So let’s get started.

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vMotion In-Depth

vMotion, the one feature that excited me a lot when i first heard about it. vMotion is still my favourite feature of vSphere, it has come a long way. Many new learners still keep asking about the process of vMotion, so i thought of writing a bit about it. Continue reading