Author Archives: Allen Johnson

Deploy NetApp StorageGRID VMware

By | April 14, 2021

In a previous post on StorageGRID I discuss what Object Storage is and its use cases. In todays post, I will demonstrate how to deploy the virtual NetApp StorageGrid appliance in my VMware HomeLab using my Intel NUCs. If you have been following my blog posts, I have been demonstrating how I make use of… Read More »

Configure Site Recovery Manager 8.3 Appliance

By | December 29, 2020

In my previous blog post, I demonstrated how to deploy VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM). Today I am continuing with the configuration of the SRM Virtual Appliance. After powering on the VM, using the remote console, validate the appliance has booted and has the appropriate IP address. Next, you will need to open a NEW… Read More »

Deploy VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.3

By | December 28, 2020

In a previous post, I demonstrated how to deploy VMware vSphere Replication. Click here ‘How to Deploy vSphere Replication 8.3‘ While VMware vSphere Replication is a great product and can replicate your VMs to another location, the recovery / restoring of your VMs is a manual process. You can imagine how tedious this could be… Read More »

NetApp StorageGrid

By | December 9, 2020

A topic that keeps coming up in conversations is NetApp StorageGrid and how it fits in the data fabric. During the next few blog posts, I will be going over what is NetApp StorageGrid, how to Deploy StorageGrid, how to connect a NetApp FabricPool to a StorageGrid, how to upgrade the firmware on StorageGrid, how… Read More »

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 »