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Reading Time: 1 minute The list of the vExpert 2011 is now available on line. But note that this list could not cover all the vExpert people  (the list is not automatic but each vExpert must add his entry) and, of course, do not include the vExpert 2009 and 2010. The vExpert Directory web page: http://communities.vmware.com/vexpert.jspa My entry: http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-16392

Reading Time: 4 minutes Objective 3.3 – Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores See also those similar posts: Objective 3.3 – Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores and Objective 3.3 – Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores. Identify VMFS and NFS Datastore properties (similar as vSphere 4.x) See the vSphere Storage Guide (page 21). NFS as quite the same functions (also hardware acceleration introducted in vSphere 5), but still cannot implement a RDM disk, and for this reason cannot implement a guest cluster solution (like Microsoft MSCS). Identify VMFS5 capabilities (new in vSphere 5) See the vSphere […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Objective 3.2 – Configure the Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere This objective is related to a new product: the VMware Storage Virtual Appliance 1.0 (SVA or usually called also VSA) for vSphere 5. Note that this product is not included in vSphere editions, but is a separate product with his specific license (see the VMware site for more details). Note: to make a virtual environment to test VSA see the blog Getting the VMware VSA running in a nested ESXi environment. See also this post: Objective 3.2 – Configure the Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere. Define […]

Reading Time: 5 minutes Objective 3.1 – Configure Shared Storage for vSphere See also those similar posts: Objective 3.1 – Configure Shared Storage for vSphere and Objective 3.1 – Configure Shared Storage for vSphere Identify storage adapters and devices (similar as vSphere 4.x) See the vSphere Storage Guide (page 10). Storage adapters provide connectivity for your ESXi host to a specific storage unit (block oriented) or network. ESXi supports different classes of adapters, including SCSI, SATA, SAS, iSCSI, Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). ESXi accesses the adapters directly through device drivers in the VMkernel. Notice that (block oriented) […]

Reading Time: 1 minute In this page are described the different type of iSCSI inititators supported in vSphere and how to choose and use them: http://vinfrastructure.it/vdesign/vstorage-software-vs-hardware-iscsi/

Reading Time: 1 minute Still work in progress to the VCP5 Blueprint study notes, but first two objectives are (quite) completed. Stay tuned for the next objectives! For the blueprint see: http://vinfrastructure.it/certifications-on-virtualization/vcp/vcp5/

Reading Time: 3 minutes Objective 2.3 – Configure vSS and vDS Policies See also those similar posts: Objective 2.3 – Configure vSS and VDS Policies and Objective 2.3 – Configure vSS and vDS Policies Identify common vSS and vDS policies (similar as vSphere 4.x) See the vSphere Networking Guide (page 43). Policies set at the standard switch or distributed port group level apply to all of the port groups on the standard switch or to ports in the distributed port group. The exceptions are the configuration options that are overridden at the standard port group or distributed port level. The blueprint […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches See also this similar post: Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches and Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches Identify vNetwork Distributed Switch capabilities (similar as vSphere 4.1) Official page with features of vDS: Improves visibility into virtual machine traffic through Netflow (New in vDS 5) Enhances monitoring and troubleshooting using SPAN and LLDP (New in vDS 5) Enables the new Network I/O Control (NIOC) feature (now utilizing per VM controls) (New in vDS 5) Simplified provisioning and administration of virtual networking across many hosts and clusters through […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches See also those similar posts: Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches e Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches and Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches. Identify vNetwork Standard Switch capabilities (same as vSphere 4.x) See: VMware Virtual Networking Concepts and VMware Virtual Networking. Create/Delete a vNetwork Standard Switch (similar as vSphere 4.x) See the vSphere Networking Guide. No need to know the CLI… Note that now also from the GUI the vSwitch MTU can be changed. Add/Configure/Remove vmnics on a vNetwork Standard Switch (same as […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes vStorage API Introduced for the first time in vSphere the vStorage API are specific functions to permit an integration more thight with external storage functions. Note that there also other integration module that are coverd in the PSA framework. For more information see: What Is New in VMware vSphere™ 4: Storage What’s New in VMware vSphere™ 5.0 – Storage vSphere Storage API – Storage Awareness (VASA) This is a new set of APIs introduced in vSphere 5.0 that will enable VMware vCenter Server to detect the capabilities of the storage array LUNs/datastores, making it much easier […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes The vCenter Server availability could be necessary in most cases and critical for large environment (or where a lot of services depends on it). In small environment, usually, this not so critical, because most of the VMware functions still work also without vCenter Server (for more info see vCenter Server Design: Physical vs Virtual). There are at least four solutions to increase the availability for vCenter Server: use a VM for vCenter Server and use VMware HA use vCenter Server Heartbeat product use a MSCS solution for vCenter (unsupported from vSphere version) use VMware FT […]

Reading Time: 1 minute From the version VI 3.x the vCenter Server can be deployed or on a physical server or on a virtual machine (both solutions are supported by VMware). In this page pros and cons are analyzed.

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