How to deploy 2 node direct connect vSAN cluster.

Begining with v6.1 VMware supports direct connect for ESXi hosts when using vSAN. You just need to simply cross-connect your ESXi hosts using either cross UTP cable or 10 Gb SFP+ cable. This way you can save that expensive 10 Gb switch you would normally use for you vSAN and vMotion network. Please, do not proceed with the article before you have tested your direct connection! Ensure to use IP addresses that reflect your environment. Continue reading “How to deploy 2 node direct connect vSAN cluster.”

How to bootstrap VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) onto a single vSAN node

Previously it was a bit difficult to install VMware vCenter onto vSAN since you had to enable vSAN prior vCenter installation, and as you are aware, vSAN is a vCenter feature. VMware finally gave us the possibility to bootstrap VCSA onto a single vSAN node. In other words, you can enable vSAN feature under VCSA deployment. Once deployed, your VCSA will reside on fully functional vSAN. Of course, you must add additional hosts contributing storage to the vSAN cluster. Continue reading “How to bootstrap VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) onto a single vSAN node”