Category Archives: vExpert

Dell EMC Unity and VMware VVols – What’s all the fuss? Pt1

There’s been lots of talk about the wonders of VVols for a long time. They seemed to be a large amount of hope that they would be the panacea of all our Storage and Virtualization woes and be the vision going forward, at least for our  VMware environments. The hype seems to have tapered off, but I was always sceptical and… Read more »

Dell EMC Unity AFA-OE version 4.5x Upgrade

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Gone are the days of 6 hour, nerve racking updates for Storage Arrays. They used to be a logistical nightmare. Change Control, careful planning. What if it goes pear shaped ? These are things that used to keep us up at night. Driven by a requirement of quick and frequent updates, Dell EMC have improved the upgrade process for their mid-range… Read more »

Quick Tip – VMWare VCSA; Check Update progress

Running an update to the VCSA is very easy, but a recent update I started seemed to be taking a lot longer than normal, appearing to be stalled on the “Start staging packages” screen for about 20 minutes. Previous updates had been very fast. Some people may have been excused for resetting the vm, reverting to backups etc. There is… Read more »

Dell EMC CloudIQ – VMware integration

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     Part Deux ! Following on from my recent look at the CloudIQ mobile version, let’s take a look at a brand new functionality addition to this application. The same integrations, insights and monitoring are now available for you VMware environment, right in the Cloud IQ console. This allows drillable reporting from front end to back end of your… Read more »

CommVault 11 and VMware – ‘Virtualize Me’ Restores

Virtualize Me is a really useful feature that I’ve not had the requirement to use until recently. For any number of reasons, most companies still have actual Physical Hosts running normal workloads. They may not have been virtualized for a similar number of reasons. That’s life. I found myself with a requirement to convert a Physical Host to a VMware… Read more »

CommVault and VMware – VSA Backup Filtering options

     There’s always been a number of ways to apply filters to VM’s and disks. It could be done at the Backup-Set or Sub-client level. This is a little bit clunky and can lead to unnecessary VM’s being backed up.  If you’re using a Capacity based licence, this is obviously not optimal. Space is a premium ! If filtered… Read more »

Quick Fix-VMware Workstation- The user did not accept the license agreement by passing EULAS_AGREED=1 on the command line

One of the nice benefits of being a vExpert is the licenses kindly provided to various VMware apps including VMware Workstation. After receiving the codes this year and downloading the latest version, it should have been a simple process to install, right ? Dbl-Click, next, next, next…. ? Moments after confirming the UPGRADE dialog, i was surprised to see a warning;… Read more »

ESXi 5.5 – Automating VMFS UNMAP w/ PowerCLI and PowerShell

With vSphere 6.5 recently released, a nice feature was the automated execution of the UNMAP command against thin provisioned datastores to reclaim space. This requires no user interaction, it’s fully automated for you and can free up significant amounts of space from your datastores. There’s some good information regarding the v6.5 release  on these blogs; ESX Virtualization Vladan Seget VirtualizationIsLife  Anthony… Read more »

VMware DRS rule manipulation using PowerCLI (EMC VPLEX use case) Part 1.

VPLEX is another of my favourite products,  and for good reason. I currently run a Metro cluster underneath a VMware platform that has proven to be super reliable. One important design consideration for this is to ensure that VM’s are configured for site bias. Why ? Glad you asked. In a VPLEX Metro configuration, a VPLEX detach rule is defined… Read more »

ESXi – Removing a stubborn Nexus 1000v VIB

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Happened upon an unusual error while wrestling a Nexus 1000v out of a ESXi 5.1 host. All seemed to progress well, the host was removed from the dvs without issue.  The next step was to remove the Cisco vem VIB from the host in preparation for upgrade. esxcli software vib remove -n cisco-vem-150-esx  (or whatever vib name you are removing… Read more »