Thank You VMware – vExpert 2016 Award Reception – 5th Anniversary Award

Thank you very much for being elected as VMware vExpert award receptionist! I’m very proud to be part of the vExpert community for the fifth time in a row.
Herewith, I’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate everyone who has been selected, especially my well respected colleagues and dear friends, namely:

  • Urs Stephan Alder
  • Erin Banks
  • Emmanuel Bernard
  • Fabio Chiodini
  • Mike Foley
  • David Hanacek
  • Cody Hosterman
  • Clinton Kitson
  • Matt Liebowitz
  • Jase McCarty
  • Bas Raayman
  • Itzik Reich
  • Alan Renouf
  • Rick Scherer
  • Simon Seagrave
  • Tommy Trogden
  • Bertram Woehrmann
  • Anton Zhbankov
  • Dennis Zimmer

For the full listing have a look here. Hopefully, I will meet some of you at VMworld 2016!

– Cloud Jockey.

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.

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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 😉

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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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VMware vSphere 5 – Das umfassende Handbuch

“VMware vSphere 5 – Das umfassende Handbuch” behandelt technische Themen rund um VMware vSphere 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. Ich selbst nutzte es zur Prüfungsvorbereitung zum VMware Certified Professional (VCP 5).

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Das Buch finden Sie im Buchhandel erhältlich: „VMware vSphere 5: Das umfassende Handbuch“ (ISBN 978-3-8362-1847-4) oder in Online -Shops:

Mehr erfahren Sie hier.

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!

New VMware vCenter/vRealize Management Station

Most likely if you are running a lab based on either Intel NUC or Apple Mac mini you are suffering from scarce RAM resources. Even more so, when you have a VSAN enabled consuming approximately a third from your total RAM per ESXi host (at least in my case). So, I day-dreamt thinking wouldn’t 16GB RAM modules be great?

Hence, I found myself browsing for 16GB SO-DIMM modules, and I have found them here: 

Though, there are some caveats with these modules:

  • They don’t come cheap (it essentially doubles the cost of a NUC easily)
  • They’re only working on Intel’s Haswell generation (they won’t run on any of the Mac mini systems)

I told myself to give it a try with a single system, and in short: it works perfectly!

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I ordered an Intel NUC5I5RYH, an HDD and a SSD M.2 device, and two pieces of Intelligent Memory 16GB SO-DIMM (IMM2G64D3(L)SOD8A) modules. In the end to make it really happen and working my thanks goes to the following bloggers and their respective posts, I strongly advise you to read:

All in all, a great experience. Try it out!



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!