vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 in VMware Workstation

Reading Time: 3 minutes For demo’s, presentations, breaking environments or just killing time I have a portable testlab on my notebook. Yes I know there are also options for permanent labs, hosted labs and Hands-on labs for these same purposes. Great places for sure, but that is not really what I wanted to discuss here. As I am break.. … Continue reading »vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 in VMware Workstation

Protecting vCenter services, what is around (comes around)

Reading Time: 6 minutes Depending on your environment there is a need to protect vCenter or some of the services included in the vCenter system. A big question to ask yourself is what kind of downtime can you have according to your service levels and what kind of options do we have or need to have in place? What … Continue reading »Protecting vCenter services, what is around (comes around)

vCenter 5.1 installation on Windows 2012 fails at SPS – ProtectedStorage none existing service

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the middle of building a VMware Horizon Suite 5.2 lab for a comparison demo (VDI, mobility et al) I was installing vCenter 5.1 on Windows 2012. I can almost be sure I have tried an earlier installation that didn’t show this problem, but hay my memory sometimes plays a little trick on me (I’m … Continue reading »vCenter 5.1 installation on Windows 2012 fails at SPS – ProtectedStorage none existing service

Dissecting vSphere 5.5 Enhancements – HA improvement and App HA

Reading Time: 4 minutes With the introduction of vSphere 5.5 there are two mayor HA improvements announced: – vSphere App HA, on the Intarweb also known as App aware HA; High Availability at the application layer. – vSphere HA detecting VM antiaffinity rules. I’ll start with the latter. HA detecting VM Anti-affinty rules With vSphere DRS… Hey wait isn’t … Continue reading »Dissecting vSphere 5.5 Enhancements – HA improvement and App HA

Dissecting vSphere 5.5 Enhancements – vCenter Server Appliance ready for lift off

Reading Time: 2 minutes A real concern for implementing the vCenter Server appliance (vCSA) 5.1 in production environments is the environment limits with the use of the embedded database. The embedded database with 5.1 has a limit of 5 managed hosts and 50 managed VM’s. That is not the size of production in a lot of setups. The maximums … Continue reading »Dissecting vSphere 5.5 Enhancements – vCenter Server Appliance ready for lift off