TL;DR: The Dell R710 is a staple in the homelab community. Many individuals have indicated that their 11g (generation) CPU’s were not allowing them to upgrade to vCenter 6.7 due to the disallowed list located here. I was able to upgrade to vSphere 6.7 on my R710’s which use an L5630 (Westmere) CPU. I’ve seen evidence that many of the 56xx series CPU’s are still allowing upgrades, despite a warning being presented.
And The BU Said “Let there be HTML5…” vRealize 7.4 has gone GA! There’s a TON of great stuff in it - and it’ll probably dominate my blog for a while because of the depth/breadth of content there is to cover. One of those new features is a really clean dashboard portal for vRealize Orchestrator, in full HTML5/ClarityUI glory! vRealize Orchestrator (vRO henceforth…) has a pretty mixed audience, but I’m still a huge fan of it (Come at me haters.
Introduction NSX is pretty freaking cool (both V and T; although we’re exclusively talking about V in this post). It’s pretty much the Swiss Army Knife of the modern Software Defined Datacenter. It’s time to value is totally unmatched; and the fact that you can consume such advanced services with such basic hardware requirements is unreal. Ever since NSX was added to VMUG Advantage; we’ve seen a drastic adoption of it in homelabs.
Introduction Going back to my customer days, one thing I’ve always been impressed by is VMware’s ability to build an ecosystem around its products. Being on the inside, it’s pretty incredible to see the amount of work going into growing and innovating across so many different products, and the fact that many of them deeploy integrate with one and other is a pretty huge marvel to see That being said, one of the struggles we’ve had is creating smooth lifecycle operations for our products in some cases.
Short Version.. I was able to rebuild the 2 ESXi Hosts that comprise in my vSAN cluster with no data loss Recovery was pretty easy once I understood the actual process Understanding the command line options of esxcli vsan cluster unicastagent was key Don’t mess with the Witness Appliance networking, even in a 2-node direct connect So There I Was… It was a banner maker of bad days.
For those purely interested in the code example; here you go! GIST of VMware Cloud on AWS API Example Code - I have also created examples on the VMware Code Sample exchange here. Introduction I’ve been playing with the REST API for VMware Cloud on AWS a lot lately for a variety of reasons. This has given me a good view into a lot of use-cases where programmatic access would be preferred to the “point and click” of the GUI (although the GUI is pretty nice…that ClarityUI though!
Introduction I’ve been a huge proponent of having a homelab in one way or another for the better part of the past 10 years. In my current role, I have access to a ton of different types of virtual environments, but theres no substitute for having an environment that you can tinker in and play with end to end. Furthermore; I’m a huge believer in having experience setting up and configuring the solutions from the ground up.
Quickly Setting up the Kubernetes Dashboard In the process of writing my post around setting up VMware Dispatch I found that I was doing a lot of digging around setting up Kubernetes Dashboard. I felt like this would be a great additional post for those of you who are starting to dive into managing/configuring/deploying Kubernetes more. The dashboard is a huge help in keeping an eye on your environment, and is pretty easy to setup.
VMware Dispatch - An Open Source Platform for Serverless Applications Late last week, VMware released Dispatch, an open source Serverless framework. You can check out the blog post here I’ve been in contact with the team behind Dispatch, a really great group of folks who roll up to our Office of the CTO internally. The team is doing some really incredible stuff as part of our internal xLabs program. Dispatch I’m sure is just the start of what’s to come!
If you have visited my blog previously, you’ll notice that the design has largely changed. In case you need a reminder of the old design… I’ve finally found some time to jump in and integrate the HTML components of ClarityUI into my hugo blog. My buddy Grant Orchard beat me to the punch in styling his blog with ClarityUI a few months back - so now that I’ve finally jumped on the wagon, I wanted to get this post out to be a bit of a tour around some of the features I’ve setup on mine.