Updating VMware Virtual SAN HCL database offline

VMware offers certified compatibility guides which list System, I/O, Storage/SAN and Backup compatibility with VMware Infrastructure and previous versions of VMware ESX Server. VSAN Health Check leverage VMware Compatibility Guide database for various health checks stored on vCenter Server in place of VMware website. VMware ships a copy of VMware compatibility guides database can be …

VMware VSAN Network Design consideration

VMware Virtual SAN is a distributed shared storage solution that enables the rapid provisioning of storage within VMware vCenter. As Virtual SAN is a distributed shared storage, it is very much dependent on correctly configured network for Virtual Machines I/O and for communication between Virtual SAN Cluster nodes.  Because the majority of virtual machine I/O …

Configuring Space Efficiency Technologies in VSAN 6.2

Virtual SAN 6.2 introduces space efficiency features optimized for modern all-flash storage. You can use space efficiency techniques to reduce the amount of space for storing data. Space efficiency features available in VSAN 6.2 are : Deduplication and Compression on a Virtual SAN Cluster. RAID 5 and RAID 6 erasure coding using Failure tolerance method …

Health and Performance Monitoring Service in VSAN 6.2

Being a VSAN administrator we generally use VSAN observer while troubleshooting VSAN Performance issues. VSAN observer was first introduced in 5.5 U1 GA and is a part of Ruby vSphere console ( RVC )  tool an interactive command line shell for vSphere management. VSAN observer allows to dig deep into VSAN’s performance, see the IOPS, …

Deploy two Node VSAN Cluster using VSAN Configuration Wizard – VSAN 6.2

With VSAN 6.2, VMware simplified the process of deploying VSAN Stretched and VSAN two host cluster. VSAN Stretched cluster allows to protect virtual machines across data centers where as 2-node VSAN is an excellent solution for remote office / branch office (ROBO) configuration. In both the scenarios, a dedicated witness host is required. Virtual SAN …

Deploy VSAN Cluster using VSAN Configuration Wizard – VSAN 6.2

VMware announced VSAN 6.2 with vSphere 6.0 Update 2. With VSAN 6.2 VMware simplified the configuration of VSAN Cluster using VSAN Configuration wizard. Using VSAN Configuration Wizard VSAN Cluster can be deployed in few clicks.  Configuration wizard will check all the necessary configuration related to network and disk and prompt in case of any issues. …