Tips and Tricks for Building Customized VMware Docs

In my last post, I gave advice on using VMware documentation like a pro.  But in this post, let’s take that one step further to expert level.  There’s something amazing about the VMware documentation site that people may not have explored.  From the VMware Docs home page, there’s an option to build custom docs.  Let’s click…

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Amplifying Your vCenter Alarms

While some people may wake up each morning based on circadian rhythm alone, many of us require an alarm to wake up on time.  What does the alarm clock (or alarm app) really do for you?  It allows you to set a specific time at which a loud noise will happen.  The noise does not…

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A Tale of Two vCenters, VxRail Edition

Picture yourself in front of a rack of VxRail appliances.  Ah, the bright shine of freshly racked and cabled new gear!  The network team has VLANs ready.  The operations team has picked out naming conventions for host names and virtual machines.  Storage capacity will be more than enough to support growth efforts for the next…

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Journey to vSAN – A Technical Adventure

Imagine having just configured some LUNs on your new PowerVault MD3820i.  Encryption key management has been configured, and 20 SEDs (self-encrypting drives) are spinning and ready for use with vSphere.  There are 4 SSDs in the PowerVault to use for caching that just need to be configured. “What do you mean these cache disks aren’t…

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Captain vSAN and the Case of the Cluster License Mystery

Excitement was in the air for the technology team of Beast Mode, Inc.  After months of planning, some shiny new vSAN ReadyNodes finally arrived at the datacenter.  The implementation team gathered to rack and cable the new cluster and all other necessary equipment.  Even though ESXi was installed on the hosts with basic network settings configured,…

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