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Are you planning to take some of the most popular VMware DCV certification exams, but have no one you can ask for advice on how to prepare? Starting next Monday, November 25th, you can join the DCV Foundations Exam Prep or the VCP-DCV Exam Prep Forums on the VMware Learning Zone and get some great advice

Horizon cloud on Azure – Desktop provisioning

If you have already gone through my earlier post on pod creation and your pod is healthy with no errors, then you can go through next steps for image creation and desktop provisioning.. Login to horizon cloud console using the url given here: Since the domain registration is completed, you will have

Horizon cloud on Azure – Pod creation

I know this post name attracts lot of people in IT world ? what, horizon cloud on Azure .. how it works ?  Yes, you read this correctly, you can leverage your Azure subscription or credits to add Horizon Cloud desktop and applications compute in. Let's go through detailed steps below

vCenter HA

vCenter High Availability (VCHA) is the new feature introduced in vSphere 6.5 which is available with only VCSA deployment. It is a multi node architecture with active passive configuration plus a witness node. It is actually designed to reduce downtime during vCenter failures. Soon after the VCHA is configured, a drs

Virtual machine encryption

VMware introduced Native Virtual Machine Encryption in vSphere 6.5. In this post, we will take a look at how vCenter, ESXi Hosts, and KMS work together to encrypt the virtual machines in the environment. This feature not only encrypt the new virtual machines, but also existing ones. Before jumping directly into VM

Self Encrypting Drives (SED)

A SED, or self-encrypting drive, is a type of hard drive that automatically and continuously encrypts the data in it without any user interaction. Most of the drive manufacturing vendors in market are coming up with Full Drive encryption feature and is becoming increasingly common in solid state drives (ssd's) Encryption

dnsmasq in vCenter

Anyone familiar with vCenter services/feature should have heard about dnsmasq, VCSA has this service installed and started by default which is introduced from 6.0. DNSMASQ service is a internal DNS service that aggressively cache lookups far beyond the TTL of the A record. If you are given a task of changing the IP

Identify drives used in vSAN with LED Blinking

We generally hear lot of use cases about storage running out of space in vSan and add new drives or scale up/out the servers. Have you ever thought of the environment that is over provisioned and hardware vendor is just charging hundreds of dollars per month for a drive, your

vSAN encryption

vSAN encryption was introduced in 6.6 to encrypt the data at both the drive levels i.e.,  cache and capacity disks that are part of a vSAN datastore. This is so easy to configure, do not require any in guest agents and supports hybrid, all flash , stretched cluster, dedup /

Object Space Reservation

If you are familiar with thin vs thick provisioning disk, this post will help you understand much easier about the OSR (Object Space Reservation). By default, virtual machine storage objects deployed on vSAN are thin provisioned.  OSR is one of the storage policy, that specifies the percentage of the logical size

Disk Stripes in vSAN

Striping is not a new word in storage world. In vSan, Striping splits the data of a given object into multiple stripes (drives), also known as segments but not necessarily multiple hosts. Each stripe is accessed simultaneously, potentially increasing performance in hybrid configurations. vSAN allows for up to 12-way striping although 1