Author Archives: Ryan Birk

vCenter Server HA Deployment/Design Considerations

Check out fellow Indy VMUGer, Adam Eckerle and his great 13 minute vCenter HA discussion on vSphere 6.5. I love the whiteboard Adam!

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vSphere Encrypted vMotion Architecture, Performance, and Best Practices

With the rise in popularity of hybrid cloud computing, where VM-sensitive data leaves the traditional IT environment and traverses over the public networks, IT administrators and architects need a simple and secure way to protect critical VM data that traverses … Continue reading

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vSAN Deepdive videos from VMware Storage

Learn more about vSAN’s value propositions, use cases and customers in these great educational videos.

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Product Review: Vembu BDR Suite v3.6.0

One of my partners, Vembu, recently approached me to review their new product called Vembu BDR Suite v3.6.0. For those that are unaware, Vembu has been around for awhile (2002) but only recently been inside the VM backup scene. Vembu … Continue reading

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ESXi 6.5 Home Lab / Whitebox Options

I’ve had several people ask if it’s possible to put together a low cost option to build up a VMware ESXi 6.5 white box. I’ve been a long time promoter of the Intel NUCs and the small form factor Shuttle … Continue reading

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New Hands On Lab: Virtual SAN 6.2 (HOL-1708-SDC-1)

Cost: FREE! All of the HOL’s at VMware are free, but time out after a certain time frame. The purpose of this lab is to help in understanding the basics of VMware Virtual SAN. This self-paced lab is divided into … Continue reading

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