Welcome to the 2017 edition of the Random Short Take. Here are a few links to a few things that I think might be useful, to someone. Maybe.
I’ve been doing some vSphere designs lately, and found these links handy:
- Fault Tolerance Requirements, Limits, and Licensing
- vCenter Server Appliance Overview
- vSphere Web Client Software Requirements
- Required Ports for vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller
- Build numbers and versions of VMware vCenter Server (2143838)
- Build numbers and versions of VMware ESXi/ESX (2143832)
- Cross vCenter Server vMotion requirements in VMware vSphere 6.0 and later (2106952)
I don’t think we’re talking enough about protecting the vCenter Server Appliance. I found these links to be pretty handy.
- vCenter High Availability
- Supported vCenter Server High Availability Options (1024051)
- Back up a vCenter Server Appliance by Using the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface
- How to backup vCenter Server Appliance 6.5
- vSphere 6.5 – Automate VCSA Backup
Need some info on Cisco UCS? Go here.
- Cisco UCS Manager Software and B-Series Server Hardware Documentation Roadmap
- UCS Hardware and Software Compatibility
- UCS Power Calculator
And if you’re working out power draw in the DC, this might be helpful.
Oracle VM came up in a project I was working on recently. This overview page was a reasonable starting point. Finally, check out Stephen Foskett’s article on ZFS. I thought it was well-balanced and a good read, and the article comments reminded me why I’ve stayed the hell away from that particular community. In any case, if you’re going to be at VMworld US this year, come and say hi.