Author Archives: Duncan Epping

Instant Clone in vSphere 6.7 rocks!


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I wrote a blog post a while back about VMFork, which then afterwards got rebranded to Instant Clone. In the vSphere 6.7 release there has been a major change to the architecture of VMFork aka Instant Clone, so I figured I would do an update on the post. As an update doesn’t stand out from […]

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vSphere 6.7 announced!


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It is that time of the year again, a new vSphere release announcement! (For those interested in what’s new for vSAN make sure to read my other post.) vSphere 6.7, what’s in a name / release? Well a bunch of stuff, and I am not going to address all of the new functionality as the […]

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What’s new vSAN 6.7


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As most of you have seen, vSAN 6.7 just released together with vSphere 6.7. As such I figured it was time to write a “what’s new” article. There are a whole bunch of cool enhancements and new features, so let’s create a list of the new features first, and then look at them individually in […]

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22 / 23 May 2018 – VMware Technical Support Summit


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A while back I was asked if I could present at the VMware Technical Support Summit and last week I received the agenda. I forgot to blog about it so I figured I would share it with everyone. I was supposed to go to this event last year but I had a clash in my […]

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Posted in BC-DR, Data Recovery, gss, Management & Automation, Storage, summit, support, technical support, Various, Virtual SAN | Comments

vSphere HA Restart Priority


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I’ve seen more and more questions popping up about vSphere HA Restart Priority lately. I figured I would write something about it. I already did in this post about what’s new in vSphere 6.5 and I did so in the Stretched Cluster guide. It has always been possible to set a restart priority for VMs, […]

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Disable DRS for a VM


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I have been having discussions with a customer who needs to disable DRS on a particular VM. I have written about disabling DRS for a host in the past, but not for a VM, well I probably have at some point but that was years ago. The goal here is to ensure that DRS won’t […]

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vSAN Stretched Cluster: PFTT and SFTT what happens when a full site fails and multiple hosts fail?


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This question was asked on the VMTN community forum and it is a very valid question. Our documentation explains this scenario, but only to a certain level and it seems to be causing some confusion as we speak. To be honest, it is fairly complex to understand. Internally we had a discussion with engineering about […]

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Doing maintenance on a Two-Node (Direct Connect) vSAN configuration


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I was talking to a partner and customer last week at a VMUG. They were running a two node (direct connect) vSAN configuration and had some issues during maintenance which were, to them, not easy to explain. What they did is they placed the host which was in the “preferred fault domain” in to maintenance […]

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Confessions of a VMUG Speaker – the prequel #SpeakerFail


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On twitter a question was asked by Casey West if people had “Speaker Fail” stories and I replied to it with my story. I have told this story to some folks but never shared it on my blog, so I figured I would share it. I already wrote an article about speaking at your local […]

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PowerCLI for OSX is out!


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I am not a big PowerCLI user, primary reason being that I don’t even have a Windows box available. My main laptop is a macbook, and I don’t run Windows anywhere. Yesterday PowerCLI 10.0.0 was released, which includes support for OSX! Before you can install PowerCLI of course you would need to have Powershell running, […]

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