TheHumbleLab

Introduction I do a TON in my homelab. It’s funny; I’ve moved into a role where I have a ton of “company” resources that I can work with - On-Demand resources, a VMC cluster, 2 on-premises datacenters - but I still make a point to keep my homelab up and running. It gives me a place to “play”. In a weird sort of way; it’s a calming place for me.

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My VMworld 2018 Goal This is going to be a pretty simple post, not a lot of fluff around it. It’s a bit ironic because the above banner from VMware in some ways spells out the heart of what I’m shooting for with my goal - “Possibility begins with you”. At the core of me, I find the most satisfaction when I’m teaching people how to do things.

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Here We Go Again! Another year past, and we’re back at VMworld time again. This time around, its a very different conference for me. Since moving into the new role, VMworld “stuff” is actually part of my real JOB - imagine that! It’s a pretty insane year for me, I’m going to be all over the place - but I’m looking forward to it. There’s a ton of people I’m hoping to run into; if you’re reading this - I’m willing to bet you are one of them.

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Before Anything Else - My Ask I’m about to lay out some extremely deep, personal stuff. My ask is that if this resonates with you, consider putting your thoughts down about it as well. Sharing my post is great, and is always appreciated - but the more voices we can get “out” talking about this stuff the better. We can change the culture that’s been created - but we can only do it with many voices.

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Achievement Unlocked! Technical Marketing Architect, Cloud Management Business Unit! Representing vRealize Automation Today, I can finally announce that I have formally accepted and will be moving into the Cloud Management Business Unit as a Technical Marketing Architect, representing the vRealize Automation stack. To say this is a huge accomplishment is the understatement of the century. It’s corny to say outloud (or type on a blog…) - but the role I am moving into is my dream job, flat out.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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