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What’s new in VCF 3.0

A brand new release of VMware Cloud Foundation 3.0 (VCF 3.0) has just been announced at VMWorld 2018 in Las Vegas. This release brings a lot of new stuff but also some changes in the overall VCF 3.0 architecture. I’ve been following the internal development of VCF 3.0 very closely by VMware Engineering and I love to see how this product matures. What’s new in VCF 3.0 Architecture Changes Bring Your Own Network – VCF […]

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How to rotate passwords on VCF

As every good administrator knows, from the security point of view rotating password on all of your infrastructure components is mandatory on a regular basis. VMware Could Foundation (VCF) is not an exception. VCF consists of many components like SDDC Manager, NSX Manager, vCenter Server(s) etc. so changing all passwords for every component will become a lengthy task. Luckily, there is a build-in tool in the SDDC Manager that will change the password on all […]

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Preparing switches for imaging on VCF

In the past few months, I’ve done some very interesting VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) deployments at several customers. One thing that I’ve seen a lot in the field is that the physical switches are not properly prepared for the imaging. In order to start imaging, you have to install the correct firmware and erase the configuration on the switches. Also, depending on the vendor, you have to put the switch in appropriate mode before the […]

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vCSA 6.7 Backup Schedule & Folder Structure

In vSphere 6.7, we finally have the vCSA 6.7 Backup Schedule which I think was one of the most requested features for this release. Schedule can be set up using either the API, CLI or through the UI. I will not cover this step-by-step as the process is quite self-explanatory. Instead, once you create a couple of manual and automatic backups, you may discover that the backup files have different naming structure as depicted below. […]

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Fresh from the press: VCF Guardrails

VMware just published the first edition of the VMware Cloud Foundation Guardrails for VCF version 2.3.1. This is a must read for anyone who wants to deploy VMware Cloud Foundation – partners, customers, etc. This document explains the supported changes you can do in a VMware Cloud Foundation environment and what you need to watch out for but also gives guidance on supported configurations. Topics include Physical Switches and Networks Server Hardware General questions and answers […]

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How to configure PSC ring topology

In the last couple of projects, I was tasked with designing a new Platform Services Controller (PSC) and vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) topology based on specific availability requirements. One of the things I noticed is that admins tend to forget that you need to create a PSC ring topology in a multi-site PSC & vCS design. Let’s have a look why this is important and how to create a PSC ring topology in vSphere 6.5. […]

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SRM and vSphere upgrade order

I’ve been getting some questions about the correct SRM and vSphere upgrade order from our customers lately. The default order of any vSphere environment is to begin with the vCenter Server of course but the more products and thus complexity you add to your environment, the upgrade order may change. In a multisite environment with external PSCs and vCenter Server Appliances you would normally upgrade all PSCs first and then the vCenter Servers. When SRM/vSphere […]

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How to upgrade NSX to version 6.4

The NSX 6.4 release was GA roughly two weeks ago so I decided to do an upgrade on my environment to see what’s new etc. I am not going into details and what’s new in 6.4 release because you can read it in the release notes. I will focus on the upgrade process which is quite straightforward as you will see. The procedure below describes an upgrade from NSX 6.3.3. Before you begin make sure […]