VMware vSphere 6 is finally ready!

Unlike in previous releases, VMware took a good long time getting vSphere 6 ready. For the first time ever, VMware made the Beta version of vSphere 6 publicly available (all you had to do was sign-up) and was actively soliciting input on the Beta forums.

The initial public release of vSphere 6 (3/12/2015) was, nonetheless, plagued with at least one critical issue and several annoyances. The most critical issue affecting vSphere 6 was that Changed Block Tracking (CBT) appeared to be essentially broken, rendering most forms of backup using the vSphere API for Data Protection useless[1]. This and other less significant issues rendered the initial release of vSphere 6 unsuitable for use in production environments, and I recommended that all users hold off on upgrading until these issues had been resolved. Continue reading “VMware vSphere 6 is finally ready!”

10 Questions you should ask your DR provider

There has been a ton of misinformation surrounding legitimate Disaster Recovery for Virtualized environments. There are many purveyors of “all-you-can-eat DR to the Cloud” for very attractive blanket rates such as $600.00/month. Other providers offer “per-VM to the Cloud” protection in the sub $20.00/month price range. Continue reading “10 Questions you should ask your DR provider”

Cloud permissions for VMware vSphere (Roles, Privileges and Permissions)

VMware vSphere offers powerful native tools to manage users’ access to resources in a vSphere environment. Administrators may create custom Roles that are composed of one or more granular Privileges. Each Privilege is the most granular right that can be ascribed within vSphere, such as the ability to power-on a virtual machine (NOTE: power-off is a separate privilege!). Continue reading “Cloud permissions for VMware vSphere (Roles, Privileges and Permissions)”