ESXi not booting - CRC error on decompression

I recently encountered an issue in my homelab where the bare-metal ESXi server wouldn’t start. All my labs run on one physical server (Dell R430) which has vSphere 7u2 installed on a USB key. A cheap one from the supermarket obviously (because I like it this way!). Anyway, ESXi would... [Read More]

Log4j workaround for vCenter automated script (VMware)

EDIT 20/12/2021: You now only need to run one script. The new script merges both and No further action is required if you already ran those two. EDIT 17/12/2021: A new script is required to remediate Analytics Service and CM Service. You now need... [Read More]

Nakivo v10.5 brings VMware monitoring and anti-ransomware resilience

The landscape of VM backup solutions vendors has significantly evolved over the last few years with the emergence of cloud computing and modern apps driving innovation. Nakivo Backup & Replication is keeping up this pace with fast release cycle to bring more value to the product and offer solutions to... [Read More]

What is the Retreat Mode for vSphere clusters

In vSphere, the DRS cluster duty have historically been tied to vCenter server, making it unavaiable if it went to go offline. In order to rectify that, vSphere 7u1 introduced vSphere Cluster Service VMs, a cluster of small virtual appliance holding the clustering duties to take them out of vCenter’s... [Read More]

Understanding Kubernetes Cluster API Provider vSphere (CAPV)

I recently got into Kubernetes Cluster API Provider vSphere (CAPV) to understand what it is, what it does and where it fits in the Kubernetes and VMware ecosystem. The answer is a lot simpler than it seems and it is already used by several companies such as VMware (Tanzu Kubernetes... [Read More]

Thoughts on the vExpert program

A couple days ago a received a call for content communication from the one and only Corey Romero around the vExpert program. While I try to keep my thoughts away from my blog to focus on technical content, I also acknowledge everything the vExpert program brought... [Read More]

Octant - VMware open-source UI dashboard for Kubernetes

Octant is an open source project to provide a powerful dashboard for Kubernetes. It was originally developped by Heptio and fell under the Tanzu umbrella when VMware acquired the company back in late 2018. If you use Kubernetes, be it for learner or in production you... [Read More]