Author Archives: Allen Johnson

How to Deploy vSphere Replication 8.3

By | November 15, 2020

If you have been following along with me on my “Home Lab Build”, I have deployed two NetApp ONTAP Select (OTS) instances on a pair of Intel NUCs as this is my storage foundation for the remaining buildout. With Production Storage (OTS400) and Disaster (OTS100). I have deployed two instances of VMware vCenter using different… Read More »

vCenter Active Directory Authentication

By | October 29, 2020

In my previous NetApp blog post, I demonstrated how to use Active Directory (AD) Authentication on my NetApp ONTAP OTS tightening up Security. A prerequisite is to have Administrator Privledges to Join vCenter to your Windows Active Directory (AD) and its a good practice to have / create a Security Group ‘VMwareAdmins’ From the Home… Read More »

Basic Configuration of vCenter after Deployment

By | October 29, 2020

In a previous blog post, I demonstrated how to deploy vCenter for my HomeLab using both a manual, along with an automated method using Ansible. To recap, my Home Lab consists of some Intel NUCs that are running NetApp Ontap Select (OTS) for storage. Make sure to check my blog on steps to build your… Read More »

NetAPP Active Directory Authentication

By | October 28, 2020

Security has always been a concern, regardless of whether your NetApp storage array is locked in a data center or not. A good practice is to enable Active Directory Authentication and disable the local admin account. As I continue to build out my lab, that now consists of several Intel NUCs with NetApp ONTAP Select (OTS), vCenter… Read More »

Deploy NetApp ONTAP Select (OTS) on an Intel NUC

By | July 23, 2020

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am re-deploying my entire home lab and wanted to document the entire process. I have been using these Intel NUCs for the past several years to help build out my home lab and highly recommend you do the same. Not only are they useful for building out… Read More »

How to Deploy VMware vCenter 7.0

By | July 20, 2020

I recently re-deploy my ‘Home Lab’ and decided to document the entire process. I realize there are several deployment guides on the InterWebs, but here I will be sharing some of the post-installation tasks I do after the basic install of vCenter. My Home Lab consists of some Intel NUCs that are running NetApp Ontap… Read More »

How to deploy NetApp Virtual Storage Console (VSC)

By | July 18, 2020

Make sure to read my previous post on NetApp Virtual Storage Console product suite, where I go over features and benefits. Login to NetApp support website and download the supported version according to the IMT. From each vCenter, deploy the NetApp VSC OVA Click the Upload Files Button and attach the NetApp VSC OVA, Click… Read More »

NetApp Virtual Storage Console (VSC) for VMware

By | July 18, 2020

After a recent FlexPod deployment, I was inquired about the importance of deploying NetApp Virtual Storage Console (VSC) product suite in their environment, and if I could demonstrate some of the benefits. As I was going over the deployment and features of NetApp VSC, I decided to document the process. I started documenting the deployment… Read More »

Making the best out of this current Covid19 pandemic – Being a Virtual Subject Matter Expert (SME)

By | April 9, 2020

It has been shown that taking and passing certifications can lead to promotions and salary increases. As the old adage states, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. During this pandemic, with everyone working from home, it’s a great opportunity to study  and take an exam. With the available NetApp simulators, NetApp Lab On Demand  and VUE… Read More »