vSphere 5.5 Flash Read Cache (vFRC)

vSphere 5.5 Flash Read Cache is a brand new feature which is part of vSphere 5.5. Key Features: Hypervisor-based software-defined flash storage tier solution. Aggregates local flash devices to provide a clustered flash resource for VM and vSphere hosts consumption (Virtual Flash Host Swap Cache) Leverages local flash devices as a cache Integrated with vCenter, HA, DRS, vMotion Scale-Out Capability: 32 nodes Why vSphere Flash Read Cache? Cache is a high-speed memory that can be … [Read more...]

vSphere Single Sign On? Rethink Your Architecture

vSphere Single Sign On (SSO) is a new feature in vSphere 5.1, introducing a standalone service that act as an authentication broker for various VMware products such as vCenter Server, vCloud Director, VCO, vShield Manager or VMware Horizon. SSO is a critical component that is required before any other vSphere 5.1 component is installed or upgraded! Single Sign On (SSO) uses SSL certificates to encrypt network traffic between for example vCenter Server and Horizon. VMware uses standard … [Read more...]

vSphere 5.0 Hardening Guide – Official Release

This is the official release of the vSphere 5.0 Security Hardening Guide, v1.0. The format of this guide has changed from previous versions. The guide is being released as a Excel spreadsheet only. The guideline metadata from earlier guides has been greatly expanded and standardized. CLI commands for assessment and remediation of the guidelines is included for the vCLI, ESXi Shell, and PowerCLI. For additional information, please see the Intro tab of the spreadsheet. vSphere 5.0 Hardening Guide … [Read more...]

vSphere 5 Auto-deploy in 20 steps

My Colleague Christiaan, also working with ITQ created a very helpful blog post I wanted to share with you! One of the new features of VMware vSphere is booting the ESXi hosts from PXE. This feature is called Auto-Deploy and gives you the ability to use stateless ESXi servers. Below is a step-by-step guide to get you started. It assumes you use the vCenter Virtual Appliance. of course auto deploy also works with any other DHCP/TFTP server and auto-deploy itself can be installed on a … [Read more...]

vSphere did not recognize Intel QUAD port ET 82576

Today i was at a client that ordered a new DELL R710 server with vSphere ESX 4 wich did not recognize the Intel Quad Port ET (82576) server adapter I have installed. To get the NIC to work, I needed to manually install the drivers for this NIC. The driver is located HERE. One downloaded, use a tool like Undisker to extract the files from the ISO. Use WinSCP to copy the extracted files to a directory on your ESX host. At this point you must put your server in maintenance mode. Using … [Read more...]