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How to Set up NetApp NFS and VMware vSphere Datastores: A Quick Guide

I recently was setting up a lab, and my goal was to get it up and running as quickly as possible to do some testing.  I think we have all been in this boat at one time or another. The setup I was working with was a small nested vSphere environment and the NetApp simulator. […]

What is Cisco Intersight?

When it comes to Cisco UCS systems, I have talked quite a bit about how powerful Cisco UCS Manager is for managed UCS solutions.  Imagine for a moment if you could turbocharge UCS Manager, and also make Cisco UCS servers using CIMC easier to manage, and take care your Cisco HypefFlex environment too.  Wouldn’t that […]

How to Patch a VMware ESXi Host Using Update Manager

Keeping your VMware patches up to date is a critical aspect of maintaining your VMware vSphere environment.  Luckily, VMware vSphere Update Manager makes this very simple to do for a number of your VMware vSphere components.  Let’s take a closer look at how to patch ESXi host using Update Manager. Before Patching ESXi First things first, before […]

How to Upgrade the vCenter Server Appliance to vSphere 6.7 U3

I wrote this quick post to talk about how quick and easy it is to upgrade your VMware vCenter Server Appliance to vSphere 6.7 U3.  It took longer for me to write and format this post than it did for my actual VCSA upgrade! How to Upgrade the VCSA to 6.7 U3 First things first, […]

VMware from A to Z

Welcome to the VMware alphabet!  When we think about VMware, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the VMware vSphere data center virtualization platform.  The truth is there is much more to VMware than the ever classic vSphere! Think of this as a quick, easy, and fun way to learn more about VMware […]

What is VMware Cloud Foundation?

One of the biggest barriers to cloud adoption has always been complexity on a number of fronts.  IT administrators are worried about new processes and technologies.  IT directors are worried about losing control of their infrastructure.  Executives are worried about hidden costs, and the overall bottom line.  VMware Cloud Foundation is the answer to all […]

Cisco UCS C4200 and C125 M5 Deep Dive

Welcome to another installment of the Cisco UCS Deep Dive series.  Today we are going to take a look at the Cisco UCS 4200 series chassis, and the Cisco UCS C125 M5 modular server.  This is a very unique and powerful Cisco UCS offering that many have not encountered.  Think of it as a hybrid […]

VMware vSphere Networking, vSwitches, Port Groups, and More!

When it comes to virtual environment, VMware vSphere networking can be one of the most critical components.  After all, how can your ESXi hosts and virtual machines communicate?  Since the virtual network is key to how everything else operates, we need to have a good understanding of ESXi networking works. We are going to take […]

Cisco UCS VIC 1400 Series Deep Dive

When it comes to designing your Cisco UCS environment, one of the most important decisions you will make is how to connect your servers to the network.  The good news is Cisco makes this an extremely easy decision with their powerful VIC cards which come in multiple form factors and speeds.  Let’s take a closer […]

Cisco Certification Updates

Believe it or not, before I even knew what VMware was, I was working with Cisco products.  I went through the CCNA networking academy years and years ago at a local community college while I was in high school.  In fact, I had myself pegged for a network person for many years.  Back then, the […]