Cleveland VMUG Webinar – Operational HCI & Thank you

WIth the new HCI releases in the VMware stack,  I have been busy updating my architectural and operational content for HCI

I recently had the pleasure to try out some of my updated material with a focus on VVD and VCF at the Cleveland VMUG. 

Although it had to be over webinar,  it was great fun to chat to everyone.

Thank you to Andy Bidlen and Richard Henry for the great opportunity.

I hope to visit soon!


vSphere 6 End of Support

With the announcement of vSphere 7 and its exciting release about to happen,  there will be a-lot of businesses evaluating the upgrade and migration process.   Another important date this month was March 12, 2020.  The end of general support for vSphere 6.0.

On the VMware Learning Zone today I had the opportunity to discuss the process, and design thoughts an architect may need  to consider when faced with an existing vSphere 6.0 estate,  and how to ensure support going forward, while not limiting the introduction of vSphere 7.

The mindmap I used on the webinar is available here, and the links I mentioned are shown below.

I will post an update once the webinar is available to play after the live event.

Thanks again to the VMware Learning Zone team for the opportunity to discuss this in more detail.

Useful Links 

Guest on the VCDX Podcast

I am a passionate advocate for the VCDX program by VMware. 

The learning journey I followed really helped me professionally.  From a technical perspective I use the process and skills I gained by achieving the VCDX  every day with customers.

Now I work for VMware,  I am very honoured to be part of the VCDX Panel team and have the pleasure of listening to candidates present their designs.  It’s great to see how people think different from a design perspective and how designs can be communicated.

When I started my ever changing VMware Certification journey, I stumbled on a Blog  called – SLOG that provided lots of VMware & VCP advice, reviews etc.   

The  website author, Simon Long went on a VCDX and VMware employee journey himself, although he moved to Datrium before I joined full time at VMware.  I am very happy  to have been asked to join Simon on an episode of his VCDX podcast.

We had a great discussion on “Learning from previous mistakes”.   The podcast episode is available here

Thanks very much Simon,  it was great talking to you on the episode.

Operationalizing vSAN 6.7u3 – A Deep Dive From The Field Webinar

vSAN 6.7u3 was released just before the VMworld US conference,  I was very happy to have HCI based sessions at both VMworld events last year, although I mentioned the new operational significant features in vSAN I didn’t have much field experience with them being so new.

Thanks to the help of the VMware Learning Zone team I had the opportunity to bring together my recent field experiences with 6.7u3 from an operational perspective.

This webinar session covered a discussion of the new 6.7u3 release enhancements and how they impact a business in areas such as planning & change control.

Availability, new operational processes and how to approach the upgrade was also a focus in the material.  The webinar can be viewed here 

vSAN Encryption – Tales From The Field

Over the past few months I have been working with a variety of customers on either enabling vSAN encryption on existing / scaling vSAN clusters or working with large scale customers enabling it for the first time.

I had a great opportunity to bring stories together into a single presentation with the team at VMware Learning Zone.

I had great fun on this Webinar episode  discussing the vSAN Encryption architecture, touch points and most importantly the day 2 operation considerations of running this technology at scale.

As promised the diagram and mind map I used in the webinar are available below.

vSAN Encryption Process Diagram

vSAN Encryption Mind Map 

VMware Learning Zone Webinar Recording

I have also added the deepdive links I referred to on the webinar for vSAN encryption to my useful vSAN Links page.