Configuring DPM in vSphere 6

What is vSphere Distributed Power Management (DPM)

Consolidation of physical servers into virtual machines that share host physical resources can result in significant reductions in the costs associated with hardware maintenance and power consumption.

vSphere Distributed Power Management provides

Esxi Host Power Management Policies in vSphere 6

One of the advantages which virtualization brought with itself was “POWER SAVINGS” as it enabled administrators to consolidate workloads on fewer number of physical servers and thus save some power and reduce carbon footprint in the datacenter. Sunny Dua rightly mentioned in

VCAP6-DCV Deploy Objective 4.1

Objective 4.1 of VCAP6-Deploy exam covers following topics:

  • Configure a HA Cluster to Meet Resource and Availability Requirements
  • Configure Custom Isolation Response Settings
  • Configure VM Component Protection (VMCP)
  • Configure HA Redundant Settings:

Password Policy for vSphere 6.0 Hosts

A complex password is a firstmost requirement for any system that simply uses username/password (no RSA, 2Factor authentication kinda thing) for authentication. For a windows or unix/linux based systems, system administrators used to push complex password requirements via AD/LDAP.

A complex

Enable and Configure ESXi Host Lockdown Mode

To enhance the security measures in a virtualized environment, it is often advisable to limit direct access to Esxi hosts and this is when lockdown mode concept comes into picture. Lockdown mode is used on Esxi hosts in order to improve

Configure SSL Timeouts on Esxi Host

To authenticate against vCenter SSO, solution users uses certificates to establish a secure connection. A solution user presents the certificate to vCenter SSO in 3 cases:

  • When solution user authenticates against sso for very first time.
  • After a reboot, and

Enable/Disable certificate checking on Esxi Host

The data that travels between clients and ESXi hosts is encrypted to ensure that the transactions are private and authenticated. The SSL is used to create a secure connection between the clients, ESXi hosts, and/or the vCenter Server.   Read More

Refresh/Regenerate/Replace Esxi 6.0 SSL Certificates

To improve security in your virtualized environment, it is advisable to use the signed certificates because  ‘self-signed’ certificate will not be trusted by default in it’s communications with other systems. There are various ways to deploy signed certificates on your Esxi hosts

Backup and Restore vDS Configurations

You can export vSphere distributed switch and distributed port group configurations to a file. The file preserves valid network configurations, enabling distribution of these configurations to other deployments.

This functionality is available only with the vSphere Web Client 5.1 or

Isolating vSphere Replication Traffic

Prior to vSphere 6, the replication traffic was sent and received using the management interfaces of ESXi and VRA appliances. With vSphere 6 it is possible to send the replication traffic over a separate dedicated interface.

By default, the  Read More

Distributed Switch Port Group Bindings

In a vSphere environment where vDS is being used for networking connectivity, there are several options available for what should be the type of port binding that is to be used for a portgroup. Have you ever wondered which Port Binding setting is most