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VMware NSX Role Based Access via Active Directory

You may have noticed that your usual Active Directory user account (which might afford you full administrative access in vCenter) doesn’t get you very far when attempting to manage NSX for vSphere. This is by design, as NSX access is not governed or controlled by vCenter Server roles. NSX utilises...

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VMware vCenter Server Appliance /storage/log Full

A while back I was welcomed to the office by a vCenter Server Appliance critical health alert, specifically, ‘The /storage/log filesystem is out of disk space or inodes’. This error is usually due to a failed automated log clean-up process, so in this article I detail how to implement a...

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New VMware NSX Guides Released

Back in October 2017, VMware released a number of free NSX guides. A detailed overview of the releases can be found by clicking here. Just last week the NSX Guide Library was enhanced further thanks to the release of a number of new publications.  Regardless of whether you’re new to NSX...

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SysAdmin Day 2018

Remember the days when you struggled to find something to do? Out of projects, with no outstanding project work, no issues to resolve, or nothing new to learn. No, I didn’t think so. Me either. It’s been a busy 12 months. Nothing new for anyone in the ‘the’ industry. From...

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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a

In this article we’ll cover the simple process of applying the latest Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 update, Update 3a (released July 2nd 2018), however, I’d first like to cover what’s new in Update 3a, and why you might like to upgrade. Update 3a brings support for a host of...

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VMware vRealize Log Insight – End of Availability

Yesterday (Monday 16th July 2018) VMware announced the End of Availability for vRealize Log Insight for vCenter. This enabled all vCenter Server licensees to enjoy a cool 25 OSI (Operating System Instance) usage. Sadly, the current version of vRealize Log Insight (6.4.x) will be the last version to support vRealize Log...

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Reclaim VMFS Deleted Blocks via VAAI UNMAP

Since the release of vSphere 5.5 back in September 2013 we have been able to utilise ESXCLI to manually reclaim deleted blocks from VMFS datastores. Essentially, by using the VAAI UNMAP primitive, we can reclaim previously used blocks by releasing them back to the storage array, allowing them to be...

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London VMUG – 14th June 2018

Thursday 14th June saw the latest London VMUG take place at Tech UK, London, with the User Group marking it’s third outing for 2018 in just six months! Rarely does any event see such heavy hitters as Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, and Niels Hagoort in one place, but today, we...