Wednesday, 12 August 2020

VMware TV now broadcasting on all good web browsers

 As you are probably aware I am a VMware Certified Instructor and talk for a living, but I also have to learn for a living, so I was really pleased to receive an email from VMware informing me of VMware TV

What is VMware TV?

VMware TV is the next generation of webcasting from VMware that gives you access to the latest technical content in one on-demand hub. Enjoy multiple solution channels, webcasts in three languages (English/Spanish/Portuguese), and an extensive library of content including: 

  •     Technical deep dives (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) 
  •     Virtual Hands-on Labs 
  •     Product demos 
  •     IT leadership webcasts 
  •     Q&A sessions 
  •     And more 

To register for VMware TV

Visit the VMware TV site and register for an account, and then sit back and enjoy content including.
  • vSAN Best Practices 2020 
  • Go Hands-On with NSX-T and Test Your Skills in the Odyssey Challenge 
  • IT Leadership Series: How to Achieve Consistent Security policies across your hybrid environment with NSX 
Best of all, is it's FREE and once registered, just visit

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

vSphere 7.0 performance best practise

 In a previous blog I mentioned that the VMware vSphere 7 exam had been released, due to lockdown and the fact I've been teaching fairly constantly I haven't had much opportunity to look after my blogs or sit my exams.

I've now set aside some time to look at passing my VCP-DCV 2020 on vSphere 7 and I've found the following white paper extrememly useful, not only from a revision point of view, but in general for various labs etc. Click the link to download a copy

Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 7.0 

It contains all sorts of useful topics:

  • Persistent memory (PMem), including using PMem with NUMA and vNUMA
  • Getting the best performance from NVMe and NVME-oF storage
  • AMD EPYC processor NUMA settings
  • Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) 2.0
  • Automatic space reclamation (UNMAP)
  • Host-Wide performance tuning (aka, “dense mode”)
  • Power management settings
  • Hardware-assisted virtualisation
  • Storage hardware considerations
  • Network hardware considerations
  • Memory page sharing
  • Getting the best performance from iSCSI and NFS storage
  • vSphere virtual machine encryption recommendations
  • Running storage latency-sensitive workloads
  • Running network latency-sensitive workloads
  • Network I/O Control (NetIOC)
  • DirectPath I/O
  • Microsoft Virtualisation-Based Security (VBS)
  • Selecting virtual network adapters
  • vCenter database considerations
  • The vSphere HTML5 Client
  • VMware vSphere Lifecycle Manager
  • VMware vSAN performance
Enjoy, hope you find it as useful as I have