VMware vSphere 6: Das umfassende Handbuch – Preliminary Information


is slated to be published on January, 28th in 2016 by Rheinwerk Verlag (formerly known as Galileo Computing)! It’s a compendium about VMware vSphere 6 totalling 1’150 pages (ISBN 978-3-8362-3816-8). It includes Best Practices, and know-how transfer with real-world tips and walk-through for installation, implementation, and integration of physical as well as software components.

VSphere6 Hb

Personally, I have contributed four chapters:

  • vSphere Storage Architecture (contributing Virtual SAN 6.1, and Virtual Volumes leveraging EMC vVNX Tech Preview)
  • EMC VNX2 for vSphere (including EMC Solutions Integration Services for vSphere Webclient)
  • Data Protection with VDP (including EMC Data Domain, and EMC Avatar integration)
  • Converged Systems (including EVO:RAIL)

As you can imagine these contributions were quite tedious and work-intense (totalling more than 400 pages, of which 110 pages are net new). Thanks to VSAN, NUCs, and Mac Mini systems I was able to move my lab to a vacation rental in Southern France. See below 😉

Homelab gassin

You are able to pre-order the book at the following stores (excerpt, not a full list of stores offering the book):

Enjoy reading as soon as it’s available!

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vSphere: Removing An Inaccessible NFS Datastore

Ever came across the message: 

Step 1

Despite the fact, it seems to be mounted you can’t access the datastore. Here’s how you quickly can resolve this issue:

Enable it through the WebSphere Client: <target host> – Manage – Settings – Security Profile – Services; select ssh and Edit… to enable it


Log into ESXi via your terminal application using the ssh command ssh -l root <target host>


Run the  command  esxcli storage filesystem list (and optionally  esxcfg-nas -l afterwards)


Run the  command   esxcli storage filesystem unmount -u 62a6d60c-dc04dc3c (you need to copy the UUID of NFS Datastore from file system list) 


Change to the directory  cd /vmfs/volumes/ (doesn’t work directly when working with the full path in the command below – at least not in my case)

Run the  command   esxcli storage nfs remove -v NFS\ Datastore 


Remount your NFS Datastore using the vSphere Web Client and you’re done.

Have fun!

Booting vSphere ESXi 6.0 From USB Stick To Successfully Build a VSAN 6.0 – Including An Apple Mac Mini Late 2014 (7,1)

Finally, I bought a brand-new Apple Mac Mini Late 2014 (Code 7,1) with a Fusion Drive (1.13TB) to complement my two legacy 2011 models. My intention was to build a VSAN (version 6.0) rather to replace my NAS device that is slowly but steadily running out of capacity! Before I bought the new Mac mini I extensively read blog posts about VSAN and the Mac mini systems (huge thank you to William Lam, Cormac Hogan, and Duncan Epping!).

The following blog posts and resources most helped me to make it work (in random order):

It was quite a journey until I got Mac mini 7,1 booting from the USB stick whereas my other two systems (version 5,2) were booting OotB from the stick. Not at all true for the latest version as I disappointedly found out! This was followed by hours of intense research on the web. Please use this post as your shortcut.

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VMware vSphere Data Protection 6.0 – How to Install & Deploy

In this post I’d like to show you how to deploy VMware’s newly released vSphere Data Protection 6.0 (VDP). As you might be aware of there are no longer two version for VDP available. Rather starting with the latest release they combined the features of both. This gives customers with a license for “VMware vSphere Essential Kit Plus” the opportunity to take benefit of all the features of VMware vSphere for Data Protection Advanced. This also means that you can attach the appliance to an EMC Data Domain system. Very valuable!

As I was installing VDP 6.0 I recorded it. If you want to give VDP a try, please feel free to watch the video to get you kickstarted:

If you are eager to learn more about VDP you can read and download the manual from VMware. For your convenience, here’s the link: VMware vSphere Data Protection 6.0 Administration Guide.

Happy testing!

Ankündigung: VMware vSphere 5.5 – Das umfassende Handbuch

… ist bald im Handel erhältlich!

“VMware vSphere 5.5 – Das umfassende Handbuch” behandelt technische Themen rund um VMware vSphere 5.5. Das Wissen wird anhand von praktischen Beispielen vermittelt. D.h. Sie finden im Buch Best Practices und Tipps direkt aus der Quelle der Hersteller.

Auszug von Galileo Computing über das Handbuch: In diesem umfassenden Handbuch zur Virtualisierung mit VMware vSphere 5.5 erfahren Sie alles über die Planung und Administration komplexer IT-Landschaften. Wie Sie mit VMware Server virtualisieren und worauf Sie bei der Konzeption achten müssen – all das erläutern die Autoren ausführlich und leicht verständlich. Installation, Konfiguration und Nutzung aller Komponenten und Funktionen von vSphere 5.5 werden im Detail und mit Fokus auf den Praxiseinsatz vorgestellt: ESXi, VirtualCenter, VMFS, RDM, HCL, vMotion, DRS, VMsafe, Storage, Hochverfügbarkeit u. v. m. Profitieren Sie von der Erfahrung der Autoren und lernen Sie, wie Sie vSphere 5.5 effizient im Unternehmen einführen und administrieren.

Ich selbst leistete einen Beitrag über zwei Kapitel: “EMC VNX – Speichersystem unter vSphere” und “Datensicherung von vSphere-Umgebungen”  Habe ich Ihr Interesse geweckt?

Das Buch ist ab Ende April 2014 im Buchhandel erhältlich: „VMware vSphere 5.5: Das umfassende Handbuch“ (ISBN 978-3-8362-2935-7) oder im Galileo Online-Shop unter:


Nested Hyper-V on vSphere ESXi

After a long break, I’m finally back with exciting instructions on how to virtualize Hyper-V servers! I spent my spare leisure time to co-found VASOUMA, a dance project and did some stuff for my company wellwave.net. For those reasons you haven’t read net new blogs on cloudjockey.

I wanted to explore more in virtualisation and I was particularly attracted by Microsoft’s brand new Hyper-V 3.0 with an interesting set of new features. It’s a very solid hypervisor and I definitely needed to look into it. However, I didn’t want to destroy my vSphere deployment at home. Thus, I was left with only one choice. This was to virtualise Hyper-V and let it run on top of a vSphere environment. So, I went to set up ADS, VMM, and started to install Windows 2012 Server, which includes Hyper-V 3.0. When I tried to add the role of a Hyper-V instance to that freshly deployed Windows 2012 Server things started to crumble…

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Running Mountain Lion on vSphere

The topic of this post has seen huge demands. So, I took the time to invest to run Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) on vSphere! First of all, I found out no matter how hard I tried to get Mountain Lion to run on vSphere 5.0 U1, I failed:

  • Fresh install on vSphere 5.0 U1
  • Update existing Virtual Machine running Lion
  • Importing a Virtual Machine running Mountain Lion from VMware Fusion

Therefore I assumed I had no other chance than to wait until the release of VMware vSphere 5.1…

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