DRS and VM/Host Affinity Groups in VSAN Stretched Cluster

In a previous post, I talked about how vSphere HA is used extensively in VSAN Stretched Cluster. The primary purpose of vSphere HA is to restart virtual machines in the event of a failure. However to ensure that the restarted virtual machines continue to perform optimally, and to continue using a warmed cache, I mentioned that we need to use VM/Host affinity rules to achieve this. In this post I want to discuss the role of DRS and VM/Host affinity rules in more detail, and how they are used in VSAN stretched cluster.

Adventures in VIO, VMware Integrated Openstack

I’ll start this post by stating straight up that I am no OpenStack expert. Far from it. In fact, the only reason I started to play with VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) was to get up to speed for a forthcoming OpenStack class that I am taking in next week. What I’ve documented here is a bunch of issues I ran into during the VIO deployment process. Hopefully these will prove useful to some folks who are also new to OpenStack and plan on going through the same exercise. I’m not going to describe VIO in any detail, nor any of…