What if the disk controller driver included in…

What if the disk controller driver included in my vendor’s ESXi image is not on the vSAN HCL?

What if the disk controller driver included in…

Sometimes unfortunately there are situations where a vendor’s ESXi image includes a disk controller driver that is not on the vSAN HCL/VCG (VMware Compatibility Guide). Typically it is a new version of the driver which is supported for vSphere, but not yet for vSAN. In that situation, what should you do? So far there are […]


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Is a crossover cable needed for vSAN 2-Node…

Is a crossover cable needed for vSAN 2-Node…

I had this question last week around vSAN 2-node direct connect and whether using a crossover cable is still required to be used or if a regular CAT6 cable (CAT 5E works as well) can be used. I knew the answer and figured this would be documented somewhere, but it doesn’t appear to be. […]


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How should I migrate VMware virtual machines…

How should I migrate VMware virtual machines…

This is a question I got asked just before I broke for the festive period. In previous posts I’ve covered how to work around some of the most common issues that I see, providing mechanisms to help with Application Discovery and Network Mapping. There are always nuances […]


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VMware on VMware: How VMware Manages its…

VMware on VMware: How VMware Manages its…

Wed, Jan 20, 2021 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST. In this session we will focus on the value vROps can provide to the different roles within an IT organization. We will cover real-world use cases that demonstrate capabilities to help resolve day-to-day incidents and facilitate capacity planning […]


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How to Add Wireless to a VMware Virtual Machine

How to Add Wireless to a VMware Virtual Machine

Have you ever had the need to add wireless to a virtual machine? There are many use cases that come to mind. However, the other day, I had a specific need to test a connection from the “outside” rather than the LAN as this was the easiest way to troubleshoot a specific connectivity issue.


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eBook Now Available: The Gorilla Guide to…

eBook Now Available: The Gorilla Guide to Network Visibility with vRealize Network Insight

eBook Now Available: The Gorilla Guide to…

The Gorilla Guide to Network Visibility with vRealize Network Insight Download this Gorilla Guide to learn more today. With the rise of public cloud, IT environments are becoming harder to manage without the right network monitoring software. Managing cloud estates and services together with the on-premises data center requires additional knowledge with a different set The post eBook Now Available: The Gorilla Guide to Network Visibility with vRealize Network Insight appeared first on VMware…Read More


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GPU passthrough with ESXi on the Apple 2019 Mac…

GPU passthrough with ESXi on the Apple 2019 Mac Pro 7,1

GPU passthrough with ESXi on the Apple 2019 Mac…

The expandability of the Apple 2019 Mac Pro (7,1) has been the primary reason VMware customers have been so excited for this new platform for virtualizing macOS on ESXi. The most common request that I hear from customers is for GPU passthrough. Although VMware does not officially support GPU passthrough, even for the existing Apple […]


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How to secure data with VMware Virtual Software…

How to secure data with VMware Virtual Software…

Intel SGX is a processor-specific technology for application developers who seek to protect select code and data from disclosure or modification, so it is not a protection for a VM but rather protection at the CPU level. With VMware Virtual Software Guard Extensions (vSGX), your applications […]


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VMware ESXi 7 Update 1 Boot Disk is not Found PSOD

VMware ESXi 7 Update 1 Boot Disk is not Found PSOD

Since upgrading my Supermicro home lab to ESXi 7.0 GA and also ESXi 7 Update 1, I have seen a couple of issues that have plagued my lab environment. One was an issue where the vSAN daemon liveness check failed and another is a Purple Screen of Death (PSOD) that occurs after I reboot […]


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ASRock AMD “NUC” Gen 2 Platform

ASRock AMD “NUC” Gen 2 Platform

It has been about one year since I first got hands on with ASRock’s first AMD „NUC“ platform dubbed the 4×4 BOX. A couple of months back, ASRock launched their 2nd generation of the 4×4 BOX platform which adds support for AMD’s Ryzen 4000U series mobile processors with the introduction of the […]


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VMware vCenter SNMP Configuration

VMware vCenter SNMP Configuration

This blog will cover the vCenter SNMP configuration and I will show some debugging examples to verify the working of the SNMP Agent. In my case, I am using Zabbix Server as the monitoring program to verify the status of my VMware vCenter Server in my lab environments. […]


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VMware Event Broker Appliance (VEBA) v0.5.0

VMware Event Broker Appliance (VEBA) v0.5.0

Just in time for the holidays, the VMware Event Broker Appliance (VEBA) team is excited to announce our latest v0.5.0 release, which is also our last planned release of the year. 2020 has been a very difficult year for everyone, but looking at the positives, we could not have been happier with […]


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Backup vCenter Server to Windows File Share

Backup vCenter Server to Windows File Share

Backing up your VMware vCenter Server is of paramount importance in your VMware vSphere environment. This becomes even more important if you are running vSphere Distributed Switches and other highly vCenter-centric vSphere infrastructure. You want to protect your vCenter Server in multiple ways [..]


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How to Mount a Content Library ISO on a VM

How to Mount a Content Library ISO on a VM

While Content Libraries are becoming more and more used, there are still some features that are not yet implemented in PowerCLI. For example, is it not possible to mount an ISO file located in a Content Library on a VM. The Set-CDDrive cmdlet is currently lacking this functionality, while […]


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Supermicro VMware Homelab 2020 Options

Supermicro VMware Homelab 2020 Options

There are a number hardware options these days when it comes to building a new or upgrading your VMware Homelab. For instance, take a look at the 100+ VMware Community Homelab submissions which can range from $500 up to a whopping $50K. There are many factors that go into deciding what type of […]


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