vSphere/vSAN Encryption: Virtual Machine Locked Alarm

Previously I deployed a KMS solution within my VMware Home Lab. Everything was working great until I accidentally powered off my entire Home Lab. When I did this several of my VMs were locked, even though I had powered everything back up, and my KMS was up and running.  This proved to be a very good learning experience since I was able to learn a lot during my resolution of the issue.

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How to: Upgrading DellEMC PowerProtect

In this blog post, I will show how easy it is to upgrade a PowerProtect Virtual Instance running within VMware. If you have ever administered Avamar before, you know just how painful it can be to upgrade.

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How to: Protecting Workloads with PowerProtect

In a previous blog post, I stated how to deploy DellEMC PowerProtect. However, once PowerProtect is deployed you must add a workload in order to start protecting data. In this blog post, I will show you the steps required in order to protect VM workloads within VMware.

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How to: Deploying DellEMC PowerProtect

PowerProtect is a Software defined data management software from DellEMC. It comes in two different variants, a hardware appliance with storage and a Virtual edition. The Virtual Edition must be pointed to a Data Domain. This software has been written from the ground up, and mainly competes against Rubrik and Cohesity. PowerProtect uses protection policies to protect assets. This software has been written from the ground up, and appears to have address a lot of the shortcomings that newer backup vendors poke DellEMC for. Personally (my open unofficial opinion), I believe this solution will eventually replace traditional Avamar/Data Domain/IDPA.

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How to: Enabling vSphere/vSAN Encryption

How to: Enabling vSphere/vSAN Encryption

Previously, I wrote a blog post on how to configure vSAN/vSphere encryption. This was just the first step of a two step process. The first step, as previously stated, was how to deploy and configure the KMS Keystore. Without the KMS Keystore, encryption can’t occur. However once that is deployed, enabling vSphere/vSAN encryption is as simple as toggling a switch! Check out this post before proceeding.

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How to: Configuring vSphere/vSAN Encryption

How to: Configuring vSphere/vSAN Encryption

Encryption: One word that means a lot of different things. Often times it is not understood.  Within the last few years, encryption has become not only more prevalent, but required in some instances.  There are several different types of encryption: At rest, in flight, etc.

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How to: Installing VMware Skyline

What’s Skyline?

I’ve had a few people ask me about VMware Skyline, so I thought it would be a good bit to blog on. So, with that said, what is VMware Skyline? Accordingly to VMware Skyline Documentation, VMware Skyline is a proactive support service that provides recommendations for not only vSphere, but NSX, vSAN, vRealize Operations and Horizon.

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VMware HomeLab: SuperMicro E300-8D

Well the day is finally here, the day that I can share that I’ve successfully purchased my very own HomeLab! This has been a source of struggle for me, since I’ve always wanted a HomeLab. I entertained and researched various setups, including the Intel NUC. During my search I came across the SuperMicro E300-8D, which supports up to 128GB of RAM. For more information on the E300-8D, check out SuperMicro’s Website.   It was the perfect price point and it allowed me to get the most out of my investment. It fit what I was looking for, which was a small footprint server that didn’t require much power. Additionally I wanted something quiet. While some have complained about the noise, I don’t believe it’s an issue with the stock fans, so long that it isn’t located within a sleeping area. The Server is setup in my Home Office.  I also wanted to ensure I had plenty of memory so that I wouldn’t have any issues when provisioning a nested ESXi vSAN Lab.

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Blog Anniversary: Two Year Blog Update

TheVirtualBoi Turns Two!

It’s hard to believe this blog is now two years old. It seems like just yesterday I was trying to determine the best blogging platform to utilize. Time has flown by, and during that time I’ve written approximately 40 blog post, including this one.  I’ve learned so much during that time, and I can honestly say this blog has challenged me to continue to learn and grow. My biggest accomplishment was obtaining my AWS Solutions Architect Associate Certification.

When I review the statistics, I see that very few people read it. We life in a age of instant tidbits of information, and people aren’t going to take the time to read this unless they are trying to resolve an issue. If anything it helps hold me accountable, although I hope people can learn and find inspiration from this blog. I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I plan to continue to focus on VMware, Data Protection, and AWS.

Monday Motivation: Beast Mode

Monday’s: Its often considered the worst day of the week. People HATE Monday and love Friday. Why is that? In order to find out, I think you have to dive deep into human nature.

In order to get where you want to get in life, you have to work for it. Nothing beats hard work. Often times you will have to outwork others (competition) for it. There won’t be anyone to give you all the answers or tell you how to get there. You will have to forge your own path. You have to invest in yourself, and it’s up to you to take responsibility for own life/career, no one else can do it for you. Just because you work hard doesn’t mean you get a gold star. There are just as many people you don’t know who are working just as hard, if not harder! It’s very disappointing because I’ve know several individuals who have had such potential, but let complacency set in. This results in them staying exactly where they are.

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done”- Thomas Jefferson

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