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Getting Started with the Synology Storage Console for VMware

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Synology Logo Getting Started with the Synology Storage Console for VMware I have used VMware vSAN and a Synology DS1821+ for several years for my home lab’s storage. However, up to now, I have never deployed the Synology Storage Console for VMware. Realizing that the console might have valuable benefits, I decided it was time to try it. This post will walk through the deployment process for the Synology Storage Console for VMware and review its various features.

Aria Operations Compliance Content for the vSphere 7.0 STIG V1, R2 is Available

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The United States (U.S.) Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) officially released the first update to the VMware vSphere 7.0 STIG on July 26, 2023. I have updated my custom compliance and alerting content for use within Aria Operations. This content covers almost all findings for the Virtual Machine STIG, a large portion of the ESXi STIG, and a select number of items from the vCenter STIG.

DISA Releases VMware vSphere 7.0 STIG - Version 1, Release 2

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On July 26, 2024, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) released the first VMware vSphere 7.0 STIG update. This update includes several minor updates to the checks and fixes across the ESXi, VAMI, vCA EAM, vCA Lookup Service, vCA Photon OS, vCA PostgreSQL, vCA STS, vCA UI, vCenter, and Virtual Machine STIGs.

Unable to Reuse vSAN Disks for New vSAN Cluster

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During recent testing that I was completing within my home lab, I was repeatedly creating and decommissioning VMware vSAN configurations within a single cluster. The first time I completed this process, I was decommissioning a VMware vSAN OSA configuration prior to creating a new VMware vSAN ESA configuration on the cluster. When I went through the process and reached the portion to specify the disks, I found that the disks were unavailable for claiming.

New Nested Virtualization Home Lab Server Build

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Recently, I participated in a VMware vExpert program in partnership with Intel Corporation and coordinated by Matt Mancini and Simon Todd, where Intel offered to provide VMware vExperts with Intel Optane NVMe devices for use in our home labs. While I wasn’t initially selected to receive the hardware, there was a second chance opportunity to apply again after working on extending the reach of my social media presence. In addition to receiving Intel Optane NVMe devices during the second chance opportunity, Matt Mancini graciously donated several home lab devices as prizes for the top three individuals who grew their social media presence the most.

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