Category: vSphere 6


vSphere – 10 ways to Migrate a Virtual Machine

This guide is written for those who need all methods of migrating, cloning, cross vMotion, and just moving a VM period. Please use your best judgement as this is a list of other options when options A, B, and C doesn’t work. Hopefully this blog…

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vCenter 6.7 – How to backup and restore vCenter

First introduced in vSphere 6.5, the built-in file-based backup and restore is a native backup solution that is available within the VMware Appliance Management Interface on port 5480. It supports backing up both the vCenter Server Appliance and Platform Services Controller (PSC). There is no…


vCenter 6.7 – Install guide with useful tips and links

vCenter 6.7 has a few new features, numerous enhanced features, and some performance improvements. Some of my favorite features are improved HTML5 client, improved vCenter backup management, and improved performance monitoring out of the box. This guide will show you how to install vCenter 6.7…


How to Install, configure, and use vCenter Infrastructure Navigator

vCenter Infrastructure Navigator is a must have tool for any vSphere environment. Lot of my customers don’t even know much about the tool until I show them a demo and they immediately want it. Since vSphere already manages all your virtual servers, it just makes…


vCenter Stretch Metro Cluster Configuration Part 2 – Configuring Host, Groups, and Storage DRS for VMSC

Configure the Host for a Stretch Cluster With the release of vSphere 5.5, an advanced setting called Disk.AutoremoveOnPDL was introduced. It is implemented by default. This functionality enables vSphere to remove devices that are marked as PDL and helps prevent reaching, for example, the 256-device…


vCenter Stretch Metro Cluster Configuration Part 1 – Configuring the Cluster for vMSC

VMware vSphere® Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) is a specific configuration within the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). These configurations are commonly referred to as stretched storage clusters or metro storage clusters and are implemented in environments where disaster and downtime avoidance is a key requirement….


How to Install vCenter 6 Appliance

VMware vCenter 6 Appliance now scales out just as good as the full blown Windows version therefore it may be a good idea to switch to the vCenter Appliance. The following guide will show you how to install the vCenter 6 Appliance using the embedded…

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How to Migrate Host and VMs from vCenter 5 to vCenter 6

With the Introduction of Platform Service Controller in vSphere 6, building a whole new vCenter 6 environment might make more sense than to upgrade in many cases. For example in environments where we want to move from a vCenter Windows deployment to a vCenter Appliance…

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ESXi 6 Host Hardening Guide

The following guide will quickly show you how to harden your vSphere 6 Host based on VMware’s Security Hardening guides which can be found here. The official hardening guides are in an excel format with detailed descriptions. This guide walks you through all the steps,…

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vCenter Support Assistant Configuration Guide

A must have free plug-in for any environment that runs vCenter. VMware vCenter Support Assistant accelerates Support Request resolution by allowing you to easily create and track support request through vCenter. It also can provide proactive alerts and recommended fixes for technical issues even before…