Software-Defined

Deploy a converged network with vSphere 6.5

With the increased network card rates, we are now able to let several flows pass on the same network links. We can find on the market network adapters with 10gb/s, 25Gb/s, or 100Gb/s! So, there is no reason to dedicate a network adapter for a specific traffic. Thanks to converged networks, we can deploy VMware ESXi nodes with less network ...

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Specialize Windows Server Hyper-V guest OS automatically

If you have not SC Virtual Machine Manager, you have no access to VM Template to deploy standard virtual machines. But SC Virtual Machine Manager leverages existing mechanisms to deploy and specialize Windows Server such as unattend file, custom scripts or PowerShell. The specialization of the operating system enables to configure the license key, the computer name, the IP address, ...

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Step-by-Step: Deploy vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5

VMware vCenter is a management software for your vSphere environment. It enables to manage from a single pane of glass all your VMware virtual infrastructure. Last month, VMware has released the vSphere 6.5 version which includes the vCenter. vCenter comes in two versions: A Software to be deployed on a Windows Server (physical or virtual) A virtual appliance that is ...

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2-node hyperconverged cluster with Windows Server 2016

Last week, Microsoft announced the final release of Windows Server 2016 (the bits can be downloaded here). In addition, Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2016 supports now a 2-node hyperconverged cluster configuration. I can now publish the setup of my lab configuration which is almost a production platform. Only SSD are not enterprise grade and one Xeon is missing per ...

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Working with VM Storage Policy in a VMware vSAN cluster

In a previous topic, I have described how to deploy a VMware vSAN cluster. VMware vSAN enables to create a hyperconverged cluster in the vSphere environment. The last time we saw how to deploy this cluster by configuring, ESXi hosts, distributed switch and the storage. Now that the cluster is working, we can deploy VMs inside the vSAN datastore. To ...

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How to deploy a converged network with Windows Server 2016

If you read the news regularly, you probably have heard something about converged network. This is a model where the same network adapters are used to handle several kinds of traffics such as storage, live-migration, virtual machine networks and so on. This design brings flexibility, simplicity and is cost effective. First of all, this design is flexible because you can ...

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