vCenter Server Migration ODBC Connection Requirement

This month, I have started a project with a customer involving the upgrade of the current vSphere 5.5 environment to vSphere 6.5 including to migration to the vCenter Server Appliance. The environment has already been upgraded several times resulting in a configuration that was uh.. lets call it ‘not optimal’. The vCenter Server has been…

VCDX result nerves and more certifications

Last week I did my VCDX-DCV defense at the VMware office in the UK. Although pretty nervous before and at the start of the defense, I kind of relaxed and had a pleasant time throughout the entire defense. When the defense is over, they inform you that it could take up to 10 days before…

NSX-v 6.4 IP Pool improvements

After spending a lot of my time on my VCDX defense preparation, I decided it was time to rebuild my lab environment. And what is better then to start with NSX-v 6.4. After preparing the management host (single Intel NUC), it was time to deploy the NSX controllers. I use NSX IP Pools to give…

No more excuses, just do it! #VCDX

As some if you may know, the VCDX certification is something I wanted to pursue for over a longer time now. Almost two years ago I set myself a road map on where I wanted to be with my career after those two years. One thing that went as a red line through the road…

Virtual Appliance Deployment Issue when using Subnet Prefix

Last week my new home lab components arrived and it was time to build the home lab. A vSphere environment would not be complete without vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Operations, so the home lab would also feature these solutions. When deploying these solutions you could run into a problem with network connectivity after the…

To stretch or not to stretch?

In recent projects the use of stretched cluster solutions has been a recurring topic. But why is it a recurring topic, and what are the benefits and drawbacks? The primary benefit of a stretched cluster solution is to enable active-active and workload balanced data centers. The solution has the ability to migrate virtual machines between…

vROPS RBAC and upgrades

Last week I was at a customer doing some vROPS magic, which included updating the current vROPS 6.4 cluster to 6.5 to get the improved vRLI integration. Upgrading both vRLI and vROPS clusters went perfect, but the vRLI integration items like the Log Insight icon, and Logs tab would not be visible in vROPS after…