How to add correctly the second NIC to VDP appliance?

In this post I would like to show how to add the second (or more) network card (NIC) to the vSphere Data Protection (VDP) appliance. This solution is a robust, simple to deploy, disk-based backup and recovery solution based on EMC Avamar technology. VDP is fully integrated with the VMware vCenter Server and enables centralized  management of backup… Read More »

How to limit (restrict) access to VMware DVS port group?

This is a short post about small issue that I faced in our lab. I created two DVS port group named: LAB and Storage, however the second one is used just for NFS storage. Unfortunately DVS requires a port group for VMkernel (it is not necessary in VSS) so the port group is visible for VMs - it… Read More »

VCAP 6 – DCV Design Beta Exam 3V0-622 - Passed!

A couple of months ago (in March) I took the VCAP6-DCV Design Beta exam (3V0-622).  At last, today I could see the result (passed) on Pearson Vue page (even still I have not received any official email from VMware) 😉 Beta and GA Exams I decided to take Beta exam because of some reasons: Cost only 100$ (yes,… Read More »

VMworld 2016 US - I will be there!

I would like to inform that as an official blogger I will have a pleasure to attend at VMworld US this year. I have chosen the following sessions: Sunday: Security Concepts in the Software Defined Data Center Workshop [ELW-1706-SDC-3] vRealize Automation 7 Advanced Workshop [ELW-1721-USE-2] vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight: Ensure Performance and Availability Workshop [ELW-1701-USE-3] Monday:… Read More »

How to change vCenter Appliance (VCSA) 6.x IP Address?

Recently, I have had to change IP addresse of some vCenter Appliances (VCSA) 6.0 U2 in our environment. Changing IP address is possible (however officially not supported) and it's straightforward if you deployed VCSA correctly - using FQDN. If you deploy VCSA using IP address as FQDN, you can not change IP address. To change IP address of… Read More »

vSphere upgrade: in-place or fresh install?

This post is part of vSphere design considerations and trying to answer for one of the questions often asked during doing the vSphere (but not only) upgrade projects: should I do this in-place or as a clean, fresh install? The answer is - it depends. Everyone agrees that during e.g. an upgrade in-place of ESXi host, an existing… Read More »