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 […]

Exclusive vGhetto discount on homelab hardware from MITXPC

On a regular basis I already receive a number of inquires from both internal VMware folks as well as external partners and customers about VMware homelabs and the type of hardware that can be used. After demo’ing our recent USB to SDDC project, the requests have literally tripled! Most folks are generally inquiring BOM details and/or where to […]

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 […]

New "raw" VM Storage Policy support in OVFTool 4.2 simplifies bootstrapping VMs onto VSAN

Several weeks back I came across a handy little tidbit on an enhancement that was added to the latest version of OVFTool (4.2) that greatly simplifies the bootstrapping of a vCenter Server or any other VM for that matter onto a vSAN Datastore. This is generally used when setting up a pure greenfield environment where your vCenter Server may […]

How to tell if an ESXi host is a VSAN Witness Virtual Appliance programmatically?

I had received this question awhile back but I was only able to get to it recently. If you are not familiar with the VSAN Witness Virtual Appliance and its purpose, Cormac Hogan did an excellent write-up on the topic which you can find it here. The reason this question came up was that if you were to […]