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 »

TFD11 - Long awaited features in the next version of Zerto

Zerto was one of presenters during Tech Field Day 11 (TFD11) in Boston. Its product is a Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) solution for virtual environments - VMs replication between data centers. Joshua Stenhouse (Technology Evangelist) presented 3 different use cases of customers, showed demos and feature plans for Q4 2016. All of the video recordings… Read More »

When to use NetBackup Replication Director?

This week I received an email from my reader with question about difference between NetBackup Auto Image Replication (AIR) and Replication Director. I already wrote some posts about these NetBackup features: NetBackup AIR Overview? How to configure AIR using NetBackup MSDP? NetBackup Replication Director for VMware and also I described when to use Auto Image Replication (AIR). However… Read More »

VMware NSX 6.2.3 is out - default license for vShield Endpoint.

VMware released NSX 6.2.3. It introduced a long awaited feature - at least for me and my customers 🙂 NSX 6.2.3 has default license "NSX for vShield Endpoint" which enables use of NSX for deploying and managing vShield Endpoint for anti-virus offload capability only. vShield Manager is EOL in September this year and it was not possible to… Read More »

What's new in Veritas NetBackup 7.7.3?

Veritas released the next version of NetBackup - 7.7.3. There are some features and enhancements as follows: Bare Metal Restore (BMR) support improvements: Oracle Linux 7.2 (x86-64),  SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP4 (x86-64), Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.2 (x86-64) General Parallel File System (GPFS) 4.1.1 support on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 SAN client… Read More »

Cisco Nexus 1000v and vSphere 6.x - inconsistent dvUplinks

Recently during installing and configuring Cisco Nexus 1000v for my customer, I faced a problem where some dvUplinks were inconsistent on ESXi hosts. Even I configured only two adapters for MGMT_UPLINK, some of ESXi host physical adapters were added to differing dvUplink slots. I mean that one host had vmnic0 in UpLink00, but on another host, vmnic0 was… Read More »