vSphere Customization Specification Manager Bug

I've been working at a client the past few weeks and one of my tasks was to begin the process of upgrading their infrastructure to vSphere 5.  As we all know, the first step is to upgrade vCenter.  So I walked through the upgrade across all three vCenter servers and everything seemed to be ok until we went to deploy a new VM using a customization specification that had been created previously under vCenter 4.1. During the customization process for the VM we received the infamous "Windows Setup encountered an internal error while loading…

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NFS Large Disk Support in vSphere

I've run into this issue with a couple customers the past couple weeks, and there isn't anything definitive out there that I could find, so I thought I'd write about it.  These customers have a need for disks in a VM larger than the 2TB - 512 bytes that is currently supported.  They have a couple options to get around this limitation but these solutions cause a tad bit more complexity in their environments.   One nugget of knowledge that I confirmed with @VMwareStorage last week was that an NFS volume size…

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Hitachi has gone 3D and it's good!

As many of you have already heard this morning, Hitachi has announced their new Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) and the software that goes along with it.  It's a pretty exciting time for the Hitachi folks as most new product launches are.  Having seen and actually used the new box and software, I'm pretty excited too!   3D Baby! One of the coolest things that I think they have designed into the latest product is the ability to manage your storage across three different axis in your data center.  You can go wide by…

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