Data Center Virtualization

Plugin Compatibility Validation in vCenter Upgrades

Recently a co-worker reached out to me asking if I had encountered any issues with upgrading VMware vCenter v7 to v8. More specifically, if I had seen any issues with 3rd party plugin integrations that we typically deal with (NetApp, Cisco, HPE etc.) It just so happened that I was in the middle of upgrading […]

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Unleashing the Power of VMware Distributed Switches (vDS)

In the dynamic world of virtualization, where performance, and scalability are paramount, every decision regarding network infrastructure can make a substantial difference. Among the pivotal choices that IT professionals face is whether to utilize VMware Distributed Switches (VDS) or Standard Switches (vSS). While both options serve as the backbone of virtual networks, the advantages offered

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How to Create a vSwitch in VMware – Ansible

In my last blog post, I demonstrated how to create an Ansible Playbook that automated several VMware ESXi configuration tasks commonly used. Another time-consuming task can be the creation of vSwitches and VM PortGroups on an ESXi host, hence the power of using Ansible for a consistent and repeatable process. What is a vSwitch? A

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How to Configure VMware ESXi with Ansible

One way to ensure that your VMware ESXi hosts have a consistent and repeatable configuration; is with the use of Ansible. I have created an ansible playbook that can be run against a VMware ESXi host to a desired configuration and run on a weekly basis to check for configuration drift. The true power is

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Upgrade to ESXi v8 Using the ESXCLI Command Line

In a previous blog post, I demonstrated how easy it was to upgrade vCenter v7.0U3 to v8.0 and now want to show two methods of upgrading ESXi Hosts. If you have hosts that are managed by vCenter, I will demonstrate how to upgrade those with vCenter Life Cycle Manage (LCM) in my next blog post.

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