It was time to upgrade my storage network from 1 G switching to 10 G switching. Actually, this was to upgrade the external connections to my virtual environment. The internal connections run at 20 G, as they use the back plane of my blade chassis. The goal was to add my Synology as a 10 G storage device. My existing iSCSI servers were already at 10 G, but not my Synology or any other non-VSA approach to storage. In essence, I needed more 10 G switch ports.
I recently decided to disable my very hot, very expensive to cool spinning disk Fibre Channel SAN. It was also the slowest thing on my storage network. It had only 4 GB controllers. Upgrading it would be too expensive at the moment. Instead, I upgraded my HPE StoreVirtual VSAs to have more disk space. As I have licensed up to 10 TBs, I figured I would take advantage of that and increase my storage.
In my GitHub repository is LinuxVSM, a port of the VMware Software Manager to Linux. The reasons for the port were many, but the main one was that I used Linux as my repository of ISO and other images from VMware. So, I wanted a tool I could use on Linux and not depend on Windows. In creating the port, I fixed several VSM issues.
VMware will be removing the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) from future versions of vSphere. I, for one, use vMA quite a bit. However, all hope is not lost. It is pretty easy to build your own version of a vMA. It is even easier now, as I have created an installer.
I previously created a VMware vRealize Log Insight security operations center (SOC), which has been updated to support vSphere 6.5 U1. This release, with the SecureESX teaser, has been released on GitHub already. SecureESX has a bit of history behind it and has always been about auditing ESX and vSphere for security issues. Continue reading DISA STIG Auditing for the VMware vRealize Log Insight SOC
Upgrading the virtual network to use NSX is not a heavy or large task. It can be, depending on what you are doing, but the basics are fairly straightforward. These basics are not the wholesale replacement of your existing virtual network. They are not the inclusion of new forms or routing in your virtual environment. The are the addition of NSX on top of what you already have. Once you have NSX in place, then you can dream, plan, and adopt those better ways of managing and creating virtual networks. Continue reading vSphere Upgrade Saga: NSX in 8 Easy Steps