Monthly Archives: January 2017

vSAN 6.5 Lab1

vSAN 6.5 ROBO All Flash – 2-node Direct Connect Testing

vSAN 6.5 ROBO All Flash – 2-node Direct Connect Testing

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vSAN 6.5 now supports using a low cost Cat6 or SFP+ TwinAX cables for cross-connect the 2 hosts. I had setup the lab to perform this ROBO setup. vSAN 6.5 also supports iSCSI which I plan to test it as well.

vSAN 6.5 Lab1


I plan to install vCenter 6.5 on these two nodes as well and therefore need to bootstrap the installation. I follow the instruction from William Lam blog – How to bootstrap vCenter Server onto a single VSAN node Part 1.

I did not want to go through the click through installation and therefore follow again his blog to install the vCenter using ovftool CLI method.

Had some issues with using the ovftool at the moment. Will have to update this blog again.

25 June 2017 Update

Finally got some time to perform some testing. I have been using these nodes to run nested ESXi for NSX Multi-site Lab. They are configured as individual standalone vSAN. Here are the specs to the boxes.

Supermicro E300 – SYS-E300-8D
Intel Xeon CPU D-1518 @ 2.2Ghz (4 cores per socket)
64GB of RAM
Cache: Sandisk SDSSDA240G 240GB
Capacity:  Samsung SSD 850 Evo M.2 1TB
2 x 1GE : Intel I210
4 x 1GE: Intel I350
2 x 10GE : Intel X552

ESXi 6.5 Build 4564106

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Some performance testing…

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NSX / SDDC in a suitcase

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Sometime last year around September 2016, I had an idea of setting up a mobile NSX/SDDC Demo Lab that is compact enough to fit into a suitcase so that I can bring them around. However, I didn’t have the time to set them up. Guess what? Another colleague of mine in VMware US that works for the federal agencies set up something that I had envisage.


You can read more about it here. We basically had the same model of servers ie. the Supermicro E300. 


Getting More Out of NSX – Webcast Series

These are for customers and partners.

The webinar series “Getting More Out Of NSX: Network Visibility and Troubleshooting” will present a three-part series on NSX operationalization, and how to monitor and troubleshoot your Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC).

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