Category Archives: Virtual SAN

Free E-Book: Operationalizing VMware vSAN


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A while ago my colleague and friend Kevin Lees reached out to me and asked me if I could go over some material he wrote together with Paul Wiggett. He also asked me if I would be willing to write a foreword. When Kevin send the document over I literally finished it within a day. What […]

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Device X is not listed on the vSAN Compatability Guide, can I still use it?


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I get this question almost daily, and I am pretty sure I have said this various times, but just in case it wasn’t clear I figured I would share the answer to the question whether a device should be used in a vSAN cluster when it is not listed on the vSAN Compatibility Guide? if you […]

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Unexpected VMware Update Manager (VUM) baseline creation failure. Please check vSAN and VUM logs for details.


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I had a customer asking about an error they received after upgrading to 6.7 U1. The message they saw was the following: “Unexpected VMware Update Manager (VUM) baseline creation failure. Please check vSAN and VUM logs for details.” I had seen some folks on VMTN also complaining about this a couple weeks ago, and I […]

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New book: VMware vSAN 6.7 U1 Deep Dive


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Cormac Hogan and I have been working late nights and weekends over the past months to update our vSAN book material. Thanks Cormac, it was once again a pleasure working with you on this project! As you may know, we released two versions of a vSAN based book through VMware Press. The book was titled […]

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vSAN 6.7 U1 Deep Dive book coming soon!


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Cormac and I decided to update the vSAN Essentials book. We added a whole bunch of extra info and also decided to rebrand it. “Essentials” did not really cut it, it is much more than that. Considering I just finished the Clustering Deep Dive with Frank and Niels, we figured this could be a nice […]

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Want to test vSAN? Go to VMTestdrive!


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This week I had a conversation with two of my colleagues who are part of the Global Platform Engineering team, Rory and Marilyn. I had spoken with them before on this topic, but at that point, they weren’t quite ready to go all out just yet, but now they are. Rory and Marilyn and their […]

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VMworld Sessions with vSAN Customers


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At VMworld, there were various sessions with vSAN Customers, many of which I have met in some shape or form in the past couple of years. Some of these stories contain some great use cases or stories. Considering they are “hidden” in 60-minute sessions I figured I would write about them and share with you […]

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CTO2860BU & VIN2183BU: It is all about Persistent Memory


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I was going through the list of sessions when I spotted a session Persistent Memory by Rich Brunner and Rajesh V. Quickly after that I noticed that there also was a PMEM session by the perf team available. Both CTO2860BU and VIN2183BU I would highly recommend watching. I would recommend starting with CTO2860BU though, is it gives […]

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HCI3041BU: Introducing Scalable File Storage on vSAN


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Another beta announcement last week for vSAN was around Native File Services. This was the topic of HCI3041BU, which was titled “Introducing Scalable File Storage on vSAN with Native File Services”. The full session can be found here, the summary is below for your convenience. The session was by Venkat Kolli (Product Manager) and engineers Rick […]

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HCI2476BU – Tech Preview RDMA and next-gen storage tech for vSAN


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This session I had high on my list to go and watch live. Unfortunately, I was double booked during the show, hence I had to watch “HCI2476BU – Tech Preview RDMA and next-gen storage tech for vSAN” online as well. This session was by my colleagues Biswa and Srinath (PM/Engineering) and discusses how we can […]

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