SMART drive data now available using vSAN Management 6.6 API

One of the major storage enhancements that was introduced in vSphere 5.1 as part of the new I/O Device Management (IODM) framework was the addition of SMART (Self Monitoring, Analysis And Reporting Technology) data for monitoring FC, FCoE, iSCSI, SAS protocol statistics, this is especially useful for monitoring the health of an SSD device. Historically, […]

Super easy way of getting ESXi installation date in vSphere 6.5

Sometimes it is the small updates which improves an existing feature or enhances the current user experience that I most appreciate with a new vSphere release. One area that I recently came across while working with vSphere 6.5 is just how easy it is now to retrieve the ESXi installation date which can be useful for troubleshooting or […]

Quick Tip - VSAN 6.2 (vSphere 6.0 Update 2) now supports creating all-flash diskgroup using ESXCLI

One of my all time favorite features of VSAN is still the ability to be able to “bootstrap” a VSAN Datastore starting with just a single ESXi node. This is especially useful if you would like to bootstrap vCenter Server on top of VSAN out of the box without having to require additional VMFS/NFS storage. This bootstrap method has been […]

Home Labs made easier with VSAN 6.0 + USB Disks

VSAN 6.0 includes a large number of new enhancements and capabilities that I am sure many of you are excited to try out in your lab. One of the challenges with running VSAN in a home lab environment (non-Nested ESXi) is trying to find a platform that is both functional and cost effective. Some of […]

Quick Tip - smartd configurable polling interval in vSphere 6.0

In vSphere 5.1, one of the major storage enhancements that was part of the new I/O Device Management (IODM) framework was the addition of SMART (Self Monitoring, Analysis And Reporting Technology) data for monitoring FC, FCoE, iSCSI, SAS protocol statistics, this is especially useful for monitoring the health of an SSD device. The SMART data […]