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    To the pinnacle of your "homelab"! Tell your stories

    My original home lab was a collection of Pentium 3 Gateway mini-PCs that I'd install Windows 2000 Server or Fedora Linux onto for practice. Eventually I had a AMD Athlon 64 x2 4400 with 2GB of RAM and would load 3-4 VMs on it with VMware Server. As the years progressed I upgraded to 2x whitebox...
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    vmware 6.7 U2 released.

    Even easier is to upgrade from the command line with esxcli: esxcli software sources profile list --depot=https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.7.0-<latest dated image>-standard -d...
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    vmware 6.7 U2 released.

    Only announced, GA TBD
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    Veeam/VMware VSAN backup issue

    I work for an array vendor so my input is biased, but HCI and VSAN in particular just isn't the panacea it claims to be. Long winded post coming up.... 1. Simplicity - I used to manage HP EVAs, EMC VNXs, and other storage products back in the day. They were a management headache and it required...
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    VMware vSAN - Single Disk Noncompliant

    A 32 node cluster would take an entire day to upgrade? Is this with moving data during each host going into maintenance mode? All flash or hybrid? What FTT? Any data services enabled? What's baseline latency and how is it affected with hosts going offline?
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    VMware vSAN - Single Disk Noncompliant

    Dude, VSAN is steaming garbage. Just quit banging your head against a wall and buy a cheapo used Synology box or build a FreeNAS box. You'll have far less sleepless nights. Trust me, you've only just started to find all the problems and idiosyncrasies VSAN has to offer.
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    VMware vSAN - Single Disk Noncompliant

    This is why I avoid VSAN like the plague.
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    Anyone else at vmworld 2018?

    No probably just running around entertaining clients -- dinners, drinks, etc.
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    Anyone else at vmworld 2018?

    I'll be there tonight and tomorrow night.
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    VCP or other certification, how much help has it been?

    Yeah, but only because my current employer pays for it and gives me a bonus for it. Otherwise I would let it lapse.
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    VCP or other certification, how much help has it been?

    When I first got the VCP3 it didn't help at all. My company had a lot of favoritism and because I was newer others got to focus on VMware even though I knew much more than they did. When I was laid off the VCP did help me get a job at a VAR as a Virtualization Engineer.
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    Hyperconvergence

    What I usually hear is people want HCI for 3 main reasons: 1. Ease of scale 2. Single pane of glass to manage the entire stack 3. Direct access to storage resources by VM and App Admins, no need for Storage Admins to get in the way Most of these reasons are directly related to storage...
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    Hyperconvergence

    What interests you about HCI?
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    Getting Nimble SANs at 2 different locations, any tips or advice

    Hybrid or all flash? Nimble's pretty easy to maintain but you'll want to do some planning on how you want to carve up volumes based on the VM's you'll put on them. Nimble has you choose a block size when you create a volume and certain block sizes are optimized for SQL, Exchange, general...
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    Help/Guidance: Hyper-V Cluster (CSVFS) + ISCSI - SLOW

    What version of Hyper-V? Could be a CSV ownership issue where metadata is going through a slower 1Gb link between hosts.
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    Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

    Updated my lab with a Pure m20 with 10TB raw. 3.6:1 with about a dozen various VMs on it.
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    Startup has grown way faster than we anticipated need 2 clusters (DL360?) 2 sans (Nimble?) Vmware

    If you want to renew maintenance but wait on getting the included controller upgrade just talk to your sales team. They can help. However, if your renewal isn't until late 2018 or after, I think you'll want the new controllers.
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    Startup has grown way faster than we anticipated need 2 clusters (DL360?) 2 sans (Nimble?) Vmware

    I'll be the first to admit our mix of digital marketing, inside sales, and outside sales ends up being a mess to customers. Each has their own purpose but when all 3 are simultaneously hounding one customer, it's too much. Sorry you had that experience.
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    Startup has grown way faster than we anticipated need 2 clusters (DL360?) 2 sans (Nimble?) Vmware

    I work for Pure and they're worth taking a look at, too. All flash, zero decision making required (no RAID levels, all features always turned on - dedupe, compression, encryption), and a super compelling business model. Maintenance never goes up, lifetime warranty (not until product is EOL but...
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    vmworld 2017

    Virtualization is pretty much table stakes at this point.
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    The difference? Hyper-V in Win 10 and Hyper-V server 2016...

    Lack of remote Hyper-V management (you'll have to RDP into the Windows 10 box to get to Hyper-V manager) and clustering are the big ones. Other than that I don't think there's a difference.
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    Hyper-V memory performance hit in Windows 10

    When you install the Hyper-V role your OS is now a VM, hence the dip in performance. #Inception
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    Upgrading to Ryzen, what is your old/soon to be replaced system

    4770k 4x8GB 1TB Crucial BX100 To Ryzen 1800X 4x16GB 1TB Samsung 960 EVO
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    1800x and 1700x not worth over 1700

    No time or desire to overclock so I'll buy the 1800X.
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    Buying Ryzen? Share w/ us your upcoming build!

    Balls to the wall: 8C/16T 95W with 4x8GB of RAM or 4x16GB if I can find it.
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    SAN with SSD, reliability?

    Reliability of an all SSD SAN is just fine so long as the array was designed for flash storage from the get go. If it's simply a legacy disk array with SSDs slapped in using legacy RAID and treating the SSDs like they're disks, then I wouldn't expect too much longevity out of it, which...
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    HyperV - Copy Virtual Machines

    No, it's fine. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/956893/support-policy-for-microsoft-sql-server-products-that-are-running-in-a-hardware-virtualization-environment SQL Server on Hyper-V Replica is supported provided the EnableWriteOrderPreservationAcrossDisks flag is set. Note To set...
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    Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

    Intel X520-DA2 cards
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    Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

    I had the same issue. Had to ditch the Cisco TwinAx and buy 10GTek 1M TwinAx and those took right off like a champ.
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    Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

    Cisco 3M TwinAx cables
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    Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

    Revamped the lab and happy to be rid of the old AMD Opteron's! These Intel CPUs just scream. Everything is so much more responsive now. 2x hosts - dual booting ESXi 6.5 and Hyper-V Core 2016 - Intel e5-2650 v4 ES - Supermicro X10SRL-F - 4x 32GB DDR4 2133MHZ LRDIMMs - Intel X520-DA2 dual 10Gb...
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    HyperV - Copy Virtual Machines

    I don't see why not. Lots of articles and How Tos out there on Hyper-V Replication. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/virtualization/2013/06/28/save-network-bandwidth-by-using-out-of-band-initial-replication-method-in-hyper-v-replica/
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    HyperV - Copy Virtual Machines

    Yes you can tell it to replicate to a local external drive, bring to the remote site, then replicate changes from there.
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    HyperV - Copy Virtual Machines

    It will be a clone of the production VM. It won't be turned on unless you stop replication and power up the replicated VM.
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    HyperV - Copy Virtual Machines

    How large are they? You could use Hyper-V Replication to send them over the wire. The data will be compressed when it's sent and you can have the machines sync up every few minutes or hours. However, you'll want to keep an eye on the replication. It doesn't natively alert you if replication...
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    1st Ryzen CPU Review Leaked

    NERD FIGHT!!!!!!!!!
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    1st Ryzen CPU Review Leaked

    If these reviews are legit looks like I'll be buying three: one for my office PC, two for my VMware lab hosts. Time to retire the Opteron 6376 servers heating up my utility room.
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    Who's planning to buy Zen?

    Well aware of that. Holding out hope. If not, I'll nab a 16 core Naples. MOAR RAM.
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