Researching 10Gbps switches

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert Recently I’ve had to research 10Gbps switches, not being an everyday network person I’d typically just ask Cisco and be done with it, after all as the saying goes no one ever gets fired for buying Cisco but wanted to look into what other vendors have for options.  The purpose of the […]

Install ESXi on a UCS boot from SAN LUN

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert This post will walk through mounting an ESXi ISO via the UCS KVM and installing ESXi.  It assumes that UCS Manager is configured properly with the necessary profiles, policies and pools, that all VLANs and uplinks have been properly configured and that storage switches and arrays have been properly zoned.  You should […]

Design considerations for deploying the vCenter Server Appliance #VCSA

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) is a hardened appliance providing a stream lined deployment option for installing vCenter.  As of vSphere 5.5, the VCSA supports up to 100 hosts or 3000 VMs with the built in PostgreSQL database.  With an external Oracle database, you can support 1000 hosts or 10000 VMs (via […]

Deploying the vCenter Server Appliance with no DHCP server #VCSA

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert Deploying the vCenter Server Appliance is easy when you’ve got DHCP, import, boot, go to https://ip:5480, but what happens if you have a deployment with no DHCP server on the network?  Since the VCSA is a linux appliance, linux admins/engineers will be familiar with how to set an IP address. Before getting […]