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AWS S3 for VMware SDDC Backups

Back in 2018, I wrote a blog article about leveraging the AWS Storage Gateway service with S3 buckets to provide remote backup capabilities to vCenter Server and the NSX-v Manager. With the deployment of the new Home SDDC Lab, I wanted to leverage that same functionality with NSX-T. It’s a quick and relatively low-cost method for backing up critical components […]

Getting Started with NSX-T

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not a reflection of VMware or Dell Technologies. This is the first post in a series documenting how I have NSX-T configured in my Home SDDC environment and working (initially) with Enterprise PKS. NSX-T is not NSX-v Let’s just get that out of the way right now. The […]

Home Lab SDDC – Version 2.0

When I posted on Twitter that I had begun building out a new home lab SDDC, I had several people reach out and ask me to document what I was building. After a few years of regularly leveraging a physical SDDC environment inside a VMware data center (perks of my previous role), I realized that I needed to build a […]

VMware SDDC Failure Scenarios

Recently I have been having conversations around operationalizing SDDC environments, understanding what to monitor, and the most common failure scenarios. There are a myriad of monitoring tools and services out there that can be leveraged to varying degrees to monitor physical and virtual infrastructure. Over the course of my career, I’ve leveraged nearly a dozen different tools for monitoring and […]

vSAN Thin vs Thick Provisioning

I’ve recently had several conversations around whether leveraging thin or thick provisioning within a vSAN datastore is necessary. Although the default vSAN Storage Policy leverages thin provisioning, it is important to understand why it is the default and the recommended best practice. Thin vs Thick Provisioning Let’s start with how vSAN defines a thin or thick provisioned disk. Within a […]

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