January 2020, VMware informed their customers that LDAP and Integrated Windows Authentication Identity Stores, will cease functioning as Microsoft is disabling LDAP on Active Directory. Have you not yet configured this in your environment? Read on!Continue reading
Upgrading HPE SimpliVity using the CLI when Upgrade Manager is giving you headaches
So, you’re ready to upgrade your environment to a higher SimpliVity version right? Good stuff! It’s great to keep your environment up-to-date to receive new features and security updates.
For SimpliVity, you would typically use HPE SimpliVity Upgrade Manager. However, this software sometimes seems to have a mind of its own and will not launch, or actually fire off your upgrade.
This post is dedicated to using the CLI as a way to upgrade your environment, and is from this day on also my personal preferred method.Continue reading
How to Upgrade Your Entire HPE SimpliVity Environment including VMware vSphere, Firmware and Third-Party Software
This article is about upgrading your HPE SimpliVity environment, including all of the components that come with this upgrade: VMware vSphere, firmware and your third-party software.
I will describe the global steps, time estimation, do’s and don’ts and tips from my side as I have a lot of experience performing these kind of upgrades.
The information in this article is based on HPE SimpliVity 4.0.0.Continue reading
Unable to deploy HPE SimpliVity 3.7.4 and higher on Cisco UCS, Dell and Lenovo
While deploying a fresh image of HPE SimpliVity on a Cisco UCS machine, I came across a problem where the HPE SimpliVity Deployment Manager was not able to recognize the IP address of the machine as OmniStack host.
This article explains the cause and how to fix it.
Update: This article is valid for Lenovo SystemX, Cisco UCS and Dell OmniCube. All non-HPE hardware is requiring an alternate approach to deployment after factory reset.Continue reading
Escaping the Matrix
Have you ever wondered if this is all there is? If the life you are living right now, is the right way? Did you think outside the box and see new opportunities? Maybe lift the barriers and see what other things you can accomplish?
This post is something else from my other posts. It’s not technical, but more related to life in general and how I personally started exploring and basically enriched my life with so much more than just work, money and distractions during the past two years.
Mass Reconfigure of Virtual Machine vCPU Sockets/Cores using VMware PowerCLI
Increasing the amount of vCPUs in ESXi is a simple admin task when working with a single or low number of virtual machines. However, performing this on a large number of virtual machines can be an intensive task.
This article is about my use case and how I resolved this with a script, which can be found at the bottom.
Exporting and Importing vSphere Distributed Switch Permissions using PowerCLI
At my current assignment, I got busy with the replacement of an existing vCenter Server and migration of all linked objects. This included migrating the vSphere Distributed Switch Port Group objects, settings and permissions.
Exporting the vSphere Distributed Switch configuration is an easy-to-do job using the GUI. However permissions are not included. This post is dedicated to the script I wrote to export and import these permissions.
Legacy Upgrade: Dell EqualLogic PS4100X
This article is all about upgrading a legacy Dell EqualLogic PS4100X iSCSI array to the latest available firmware release using the Dell Storage Update Manager.
Deploying Citrix XenDesktop on a Multi-Node HPE SimpliVity Cluster
We’ve all seen the “SimpliVity VM Data Access Not Optimized” warning on our VMs when the running instance is not aligned with a local storage copy. This articles provides information on how this alignment is done and which SimpliVity tweaks are required to work with Citrix XenDesktop.
SimpliVity Degraded Performance On HPE Gen9
During a project at one of our customers, we were facing very strange performance issues on migrated VMs that were running on legacy hardware before (vSphere-based), but were performing worse on newer hardware. This article is a must read for SimpliVity customers running on HPE Gen9 hardware as you could be impacted as well!