[PODCAST] vChat : Episode 37 – VMware VVOLS & Other Chat

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We’re back again with a new episode of the vChat podcast (#37).  We’ve got a new recording time pencilled in for every two weeks, so expect more regular content moving forward.  On with the show!  In vChat #37 Eric, David and myself talk about VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs), what they are, how they work, how they compare to alternatives, what’s required, and what we think the adoption rate will be. JOIN US to learn more! Topics discussed in the show include: Comparing Virtual … [Read more...]

Mounting 2.5” SSDs into an HP MicroServer

Mounting 2.5” SSDs into an HP MicroServer

Hey folks, just a quick post to show you my preferred method of mounting 2.5” SSD’s into my HP Micro Server, which I use for my VMware lab server. Most entry level servers, such as the MicroServer, as still equipped to primarily deal with 3.5” form-factor drives which in almost all instances excludes traditional SSD drives. It is technically possible to push a 2.5” SSD straight into the SATA port of the MicroServer, after removing an empty hard drive carrier.  The light weight of an SSD … [Read more...]

VMware Workstation – “The host is currently using the device”

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I hit a problem recently in VMware Workstation (v11) where I couldn’t connect a USB storage device to my VM, as it claimed that “The connection for the USB device x  was unsuccessful - The host is currently using the device …”.  I knew that there weren’t any application or OS process accessing it, so thought it may be the USB pen drive itself. Looking within the Windows Explorer window I confirmed that the OS could see the device and that it was accessible (see below). I had the … [Read more...]

Running VMware vSphere 6.0 on HP Proliant MicroServer G7 (N54L)

VMware vSphere 6.0 on HP Proliant MicroServer N54L

I’ve had a few folks contact me over the past couple of weeks asking if VMware vSphere 6.0 will run on the HP Proliant MicroServer G7 (N54L)?  Well, the answer is yes, most definitely.  The standard VMware vSphere 6.0 ESXi detects the CPU, memory, disk and network correctly, without the requirement for any hacks or tweaks to the ESXi image.  The HP vSphere 6.0 image wasn’t even required for installation. In my lab I am running ESXi 6.0 directly from a USB pen drive that I have inserted into … [Read more...]

DCI#13 – EMC Code Project with Brian Gracely

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Community is where it’s at with the EMC Code project.  But what is the EMC Code project? I speak with Brian Gracely, Senior director of the EMC Code Project (emccode.github.io), to find out more on what the EMC Code Project is,  and how it helps EMC become more engaged, and aligned, with open communities. From the EMC Code Project’s github page it’s tagline is, “EMC believes in open source. CODE is here to share and collaborate with developers worldwide”,  and from my conversation with … [Read more...]

Top vBlog 2015 – Voting Started

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Hey TechHeads! It’s that time of the year again folks, when the vCommunity have the opportunity to vote and give recognition to their favourite vBlogs and vPodcasts. Voting only takes a minute or two at most, so why not head on over to the voting site here to make your voice heard, and your vote count. Of course, if you feel like TechHead has provided value to you in some way then I’d always greatly appreciate a vote being thrown my way. :) Thanks to Eric over at vSphereLand for … [Read more...]

DCI#12 – EMC VSPEX BLUE with Chad Dunn

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In this episode I speak with Chad Dunn, EMC’s Senior Director of VSPEX, about VSPEX BLUE, how hyper-converged architectures fit into the IT industry, what differentiates EMC’s EVO:RAIL based hyper-converged product, and also go into more depth on VSPEX BLUE itself. EMC VSPEX Blue is a scale-out reference architecture based on EMC hardware and the VMware EVO:RAIL product.  VMware EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged infrastucture product, that combines virtualized compute, storage and networking … [Read more...]

VMware vSphere 6 : What’s New – Multi-CPU Fault Tolerance (FT)

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One of things holding many companies back from moving their tier 1 business critical applications across to VMware’s vSphere virtualized platform has been its inability to provide fault tolerance (FT) for virtual machines (VMs) running more than one virtual CPU (vCPU), which is a requirement for many applications, particularly those of the tier 1 variety. Up until vSphere 6, it has only been possible to provide real-time fault tolerance for single vCPU VMs.  What this meant for those VMs with … [Read more...]

VMware vSphere 6 : What’s New – Maximums

VMware vSphere 6 Resource Maximums

  VMware vSphere 6 has finally been announced!  Yes, that’s right folks, after a 3+ year wait since the last major vSphere release, VMware have announced vSphere 6 which will be publically available sometime in Q1 of this year (2015). This is an evolutionary update to the widely adopted vSphere product, with over 650 new features and enhancement,  and as with all previous major upgrades to vSphere there has been increases to the resource and configuration levels (maximums) at the … [Read more...]