Automating the new native VCSA bootstrap "Easy Install" in vSAN 6.6

In case you missed the previous article, have a read here which goes into greater detail behind the new VCSA bootstrap installer (also known as vSAN Easy Install) which is part of the new vSAN 6.6 release. As I hinted at the end of the previous post, customers not only have a simplified way of bootstrapping the […]

Project USB to SDDC - Part 3

OK, the wait is finally over! In this final article, we will now walk through the process of getting access to this project as well as how to get this deployed in your own environment. For those that just want to see the code, you can find it at the Github project below: Github Project: […]

Project USB to SDDC - Part 2

In the previous article, I provided some background on the origin of the project. In this article, we will now focus on the technical details and how the solution actually works. Hardware This solution was originally developed against an Intel NUC but I had designed it to be generic so that it could run on any system which meets the minimum requirements […]

Native VCSA bootstrap installer in vSAN 6.6

Almost four years ago, I documented a really cool vSAN capability here and here, which demonstrates how to bootstrap a vSAN datastore onto a single ESXi host. This powerful capability, which was by design, enables customers to easily standup new infrastructure including the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) in a pure greenfield environment where you only had bare-metal hardware to start with […]

Project USB to SDDC - Part 1

A couple of weeks back, Alan Renouf and I co-presented at the Sydney and Melbourne VMUG UserCon, here are some great write-ups about the events here and here. We were very honored to have been invited out and to also deliever the closing keynote. Having traveled halfway around the world, we thought it was only fitting to share something […]