Down Protection Site: VMware SRM TestFailover with the SRDF SRA

One of the great features of VMware SRM is the ability to run a test failover without impacting either the protection or recovery site. When using the SRDF SRA this means the replication between the R1 and the R2, whether asynchronous or synchronous, will not be broken. The SRA uses TimeFinder technology to accomplish this,... Continue Reading →

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VSI 7.2 – vSphere 6.5 support

VSI 7.2 is available today for download here. This is quite a minor release, though not unimportant because it adds support for vSphere 6.5. Now you might say, wait I thought you introduced vSphere 6.5 support In VSI 7.1. Yeah, well we did kind of, but it was only support for the 6.5 Web Client... Continue Reading →

vSphere Integrated Containers with VMAX

Containers have been around for years at this point, but honestly it wasn't until Dell EMC World this year that someone asked us if we were doing anything with them on VMAX. Cue the new project, or investigation anyway. I've probably mentioned I tend to have my hands full with normal VMAX/VMware stuff but when... Continue Reading →

vRA and VVols redux

About a year ago I published a post on integrating vRealize Automation 7 (vRA) with VVols. At that time the implementation was really a manual process because VMware had not created a Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) package for vRA 7, only version 6. In September of last year VMware finally updated the SPBM package... Continue Reading →

SRDF Adapter Utilities End of Life

The SRDF Adapter Utilities (SRDF-AU) is a free, optional plug-in that provides a GUI interface to modify the XML files that are part of the SRDF SRA for VMware SRM and used primarily in testing. The SRDF-AU only runs on Windows and therefore requires that one of the vCenters in an SRM configuration is running on Windows.... Continue Reading →

Uninstall the VSI plug-in

I mean who wants to do that? Well turns out lots of people. I've had my share of battling with the VSI plug-in but I expect it with all my development environments. It has come to my attention, though, that many customers also experience the joy of trying to uninstall the plug-in. This is a typical, frustrated... Continue Reading →

VMAX VVol replication with RP4VM

Our VVol implementation has been out for well over a year now and we've had our share of customers wanting to take the technology for a spin. When VMware first introduced support in vSphere 6 - what is known as VVol 1.0 and VASA 2.0 - they did not offer replication capabilities for array vendors.... Continue Reading →

vSphere 6.5 GA and EMC Dell VMAX

VMware vSphere 6.5 is now GA and available for download here. vSphere 6.5 offers lots of new features and capabilities that you can take advantage of in a VMAX environment and is fully supported running on all models in these array types: VMAX1 or VMAX2 (Symmetrix) VMAX3 VMAX All Flash If you have any concern -... Continue Reading →

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