Category Archives: VMware

So I didn’t Make vExpert

Along with 1300 or so of my peers, I waited around for the 2018 vExpert announcement. I started to see the posts on Twitter and the vExpert Slack of people who go the “You’re In” email. I checked my email. Nothing. So did that mean I’m out? Or did the email not arrive. I found… Read More »

SPBM/PBM Issues after decommissioning PSC

In a previous post, I discussed potential topologies of vCenters in a SSO domain. In general I think I have gotten burned a lot from having multiple vCenters and PSCs in a single SSO domain, but when things are working it’s pretty nice to have a consolidated view. In my latest issue, I decided to… Read More »

Comparing Performance R5 vs R1 with and without Compression/Dedupe on All-Flash VSAN

I built a small 4-node all-flash VSAN for a specific use at my company. We didn’t need high performance, but we wanted the space efficiencies of dedupe/compression plus erasure encoding (in our R5). Note that FTT=1, I could have tested FTT=2 for R1 but not for R5 so I didn’t bother. Equipment: 4xDL380 Gen9 servers… Read More »

Creating All-Flash Diskgroups on DL380 Gen 9 using PowerCLI

In a previous post, I discussed how the Web Client makes it difficult to create hybrid diskgroups grouped by array controller. I provided a PowerCLI script to automate diskgroup creation for this case. With All-Flash, the same issues around array controller grouping exists. A new issue that I encountered is that the “new-vsandiskgroup” cmdlet that… Read More »