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VMware Encryption – VM or vSAN Encryption?

To encrypt or not to encrypt, what is the difference??   The integrity, or rather the protection of data at rest and in motion are hot topics, both in and outside the datacentre. This article focuses more on the two VMware options of data at rest encryption – VM encryption and vSAN encryption. It’s easy…
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28th September 2018 0

VMware Homelab – Part #2

In this blog I go through my ideas on the lab architecture and design Part #1 to this blog series focused on the hardware choices I went through and the reasons I discarded some perfectly good options for others. This, as with so many things comes down to the bottom line – costs. This, the…
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21st September 2018 0

VMware Skyline updates and Global Availability

In an update from my previous post, I wanted to tell you about some of the exciting updates in Skyline v1.4 announced at VMworld Vegas 2018.  Skyline is no stranger to VMworld, and this year did not disappoint, with a raft of updates, hands on labs and expert sessions, including a few tables dedicated to…
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17th September 2018 0

Amazon RDS on VMware

 If you’re not familiar with Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), you can trust me that it is a tried, tested and much loved service available within AWS, helping DBAs by simplifying the use of MariaDB, SQL, MySQL, Oracle and PostgreSQL.  Being an AWS offering, RDS comes with all of the features that you would expect…
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6th September 2018 0

Big changes to VMware Certification

VMware have announced big changes to the way it names and versions its certifications. Starting from now, August 2018, certifications will align to the year in which they are passed, with a new annual release and update schedule for all VCP, VCAP, and VCDX certifications! For example: Instead of: VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and…
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25th August 2018 0

Intel L1 Terminal Fault – Foreshadow

2018 hasn’t been too good for Intel in terms of Security.  Sadly a new vulnerability has been found in Intel Core and Xeon Processors.  Impacted processors include: Intel Core™ i3/i5/i7/M processor (45nm and 32nm) 2nd/3rd/4th/5th/6th/7th/8th generation Intel Core processors Intel Core X-series Processor Family for Intel X99 and X299 platforms Intel Xeon processor 3400/3600/5500/5600/6500/7500 series…
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15th August 2018 0

Upgrade to VMware Integrated OpenStack with Kubernetes 5.0

VIO 5.0 is here, and with it come a great many updates, including support and stability for the newest Openstack Queens release.  VIO 5.0 allows customers to leverage Queens for their mission critical workloads and adds support for VMware’s SDDC stack (vSphere, vSAN and NSX). You can read all about the updates in the What’s…
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25th July 2018 0

vRealize Log Insight for vCenter – End of Availability

It’s the end of an era Availability for vRealize Log Insight for vCenter Server which will be end of life 23rd of August 2019. But don’t panic! VMware are not dropping the product, merely the free version that is licensed with a vCenter Server license key. Version 4.6 will be the last version that accepts the vCenter Server…
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19th July 2018 0

vSphere 6.7 clean install or upgrade

Your vSphere environment has been around for a few years now and you may have upgraded it all the way from v3 to the latest v6. Technology both hardware and software have changed so much, with the introduction of many new features that were not around from your original vSphere environment. Added onto that VMware…
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28th June 2018 0

Installing and configuring VMware Integrated Openstack (VIO) 4.1 with Kubernetes

In this post I will show you how to install VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) on your existing vSphere environment, and go into how you configure your first cluster, as a preamble to my next posts on this subject.  If you know what VIO is you can skip straight to the install and configure. What is…
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4th June 2018 0