Secure your VMware Horizon Access Point with an A score on SSL Labs

Nowadays security in IT is becoming more and more important. So what about your own infrastructure? Are you allowing external access through a web portal? A lot of companies who are implementing a web portal for external access with VMware Access Point or Citrix NetScaler for example are considering two-factor authentication to upgrade their level … Read more Secure your VMware Horizon Access Point with an A score on SSL Labs

Watch out with VSAN FTT=1 and Maintenance Windows… Lessons Learned the Hard Way

A couple of weeks back I had a less fantastic Friday evening… When performing a one hour maintenance window to update some filter drivers on some of our ESXi 5.5  hosts.. this evening turned out to be not so pleasant Friday the 13th… In our company, for some workloads we run VSAN. And I must … Read more Watch out with VSAN FTT=1 and Maintenance Windows… Lessons Learned the Hard Way

vSphere APIs for IO (VAIO) Filtering is finally here to stay

VMware committed and continued to work on the API’s for IO filtering for a long time now. This very interesting feature was originally announced last year at VMworld 2014 back together with VVOLs and was expected to be released together with vSphere 6 and really got my interest back then. Where Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) was … Read more vSphere APIs for IO (VAIO) Filtering is finally here to stay

VMware & StorMagic deliver a 2-node HA Storage Solution with vSphere ROBO edition next to VSAN

StorMagic (a UK company) has a very interesting and cost effective product called SvSAN which is a iSCSI Virtual SAN specifically designed for Remote Branch Offices which require a local HA storage infrastructure and central management. Today Stormagic announces a new collaboration with VMware to deliver a 2-node HA Storage Solution for the existing VMware … Read more VMware & StorMagic deliver a 2-node HA Storage Solution with vSphere ROBO edition next to VSAN

Downgrade ESXi host from ESXi 5.5 to ESXi 5.1 Update 2

I successfully downgrade 5.5 to 5.1 in our LAB environment using vicfg-cfgbackup.pl with a small work-around. The key was to to change the first line in the Manifest.txt to show a 5.1 config. use VMware vSphere CLI on your workstation and execute “vicfg-cfgbackup.pl –server 10.167.5.4 -s \esxi.tar.gz” save the 5.5 config to a gzipped tar … Read more Downgrade ESXi host from ESXi 5.5 to ESXi 5.1 Update 2