Monthly Archives: December 2015

Home Lab: vSphere Infrastructure

Let’s continue on, yet again, into the continuing series of my home lab. This one should be pretty quick, but I should have done it a long time ago. My current vSphere / vCenter infrastructure.

vCenter:

I am running the VCSA 6.0U1 in my environment. It is running within the only physical cluster that I have. It is licensed with a 1-instance of vCenter Server Standard 6.X.

Hosts:

I am currently running 2 physical hosts running the Dell Customized ESXi 6.0U1 image. These hosts are licensed with a 6-CPU license of vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus. As I have 2 x Dual CPU hosts, I am only utilizing 4 of 6 CPU’s.

vCenter

These two hosts are in the “Production” cluster. I have 23Ghz of processing, 64GB of RAM, and 1.01TB of storage. This is including local storage, labNAS, and labSSD NFS volumes.

Cluster

The cluster is enabled with DRS and DPM, and all the other bells and whistles I could, except HA. I wasn’t able to enable HA and have DPM, as it couldn’t satisfy HA with a host in standby. I would rather save power than have HA due to the power bill.

Cluster_Setting

Networking;

All of my networking is vDS. I have 2 vDS’s for the environment. 1 is for all of my management and VM traffic. This vDS is linked with 2 x 1Gig NIC’s on each host to the layer 2 switch. The other vDS is setup for vMotion with simply a 1Gig x-connect between hosts (no layer 2 switch).

Networking

VM’s:

All of my VM’s are setup into a semi-neat organization. Based on infrastructure, type, etc.

Folders

I am going to start diving into my Horizon lab soon, and updating my hardware post as it said I only have 1 and I have 2 now. Stay Tuned!

-vTimD

Long live VCAP!

GoodNewsEveryone

Good News, Everyone!

VMware has spent the past week releasing a 3-part blog series on the VCIX6 announcements. Tons of great info in here, including the news that VCAP’s weren’t going to be killed off after all. It was going to be a real bummer when you passed the Design or Deploy exam of the VCIX, only to NOT receive a certification credit without the other piece. In the same fashion as before, VCAP’s will exist in each track. The biggest difference here being nomenclature change from Administration to Deployment. So now you have Design and Deployment as the two VCAP exams. Once you pass both, you receive an extra designation of VCIX. VCIX is the only prerequisite for VCDX in each track.

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They also released the beta blueprints for the new exams! Note that these can and probably will change a bit during the beta process, as they work out bugs.

They also are offering courses with Design and Deploy all rolled into one, geared towards each track’s associated VCIX certification:

Here is a rough schedule of what is to come in January. Look to be ready to go by late January if you are wanting to sit the exam. Just remember that with Beta’s, you don’t get the pass / fail right away. You generally have to wait until the beta’s are concluding.

  • New Certification and Exam web pages (early January)
  • Beta exam registration (early- to mid-January)
  • First beta appointment test-date (late January)

Happy Studying!

-vTimD