About Aram Avetisyan

Aram Avetisyan is an IT specialist with more than 15 years experience. He has rich background in various IT related fields like Cloud, Virtualization, SDN, Disaster Recovery, and so on. He holds several industry level certifications including but not limited to VCIX6-DCV, VCIX6-NV, VCAP-CIA. As VCI Aram is delivering VMware authorised courses. For his contribution to the community, he was recognised as vEXPERT in years 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Remove and Re-Create Management Network (vmk0) VMkernel interface using ESXi Command line

As you may know, ESXi Management interface (aka vmk0) is created during installation. By default that interface will inherit MAC address of one of the physical NIC cards. Now, this is not a problem at all in most cases, but sometimes it can create problems. For example imagine a situation … Continue reading

Cross site vMotion, Default Gateway and TCP/IP stacks

Possibility of cross vCenter vMotion is quite popular among customers. But the thing is that most of the times the vCenters, or the environments managed by those vCenters, are in different sites or locations. This simply means they do not share same vMotion network. Which means vMotion traffic needs to … Continue reading

Updated: Building vSphere 6 with VSAN on IBM Softlayer: Part 4 – Configuring VSAN on Softlayer

UPDATED(24.02.2016): Driver version changed, additional details added. UPDATED(12.07.2016): Driver changed. VMware KB added Updated(28.07.2016): Softlayer automated Firmware Update method added. Update(03.02.2017): It looks like new servers ordered from Softlayer come with proper megaraid driver preinstalled. Please check if that’s the case for you, before making changes. Update(26.04.2017): If you are an IBMer building … Continue reading

Building vSphere 6 with VSAN on IBM Softlayer: Part 3 – Configuring Networking on Softlayer

Now when we have ESXis installed and vCenter server deployed, we need to do some patching and, of course, networking config. First, it is always a good idea to have your vSphere environment up to date. The thing is that Softlayer uses Images to provision servers and those images are not … Continue reading

Building vSphere 6 with VSAN on IBM Softlayer: Part 2 – Ordering vCenter server on Softlayer

This is the second part of Building vSphere 6 with VSAN on IBM Softlayer series. In the first part we’ve discussed how to order bare metal server with ESXi 6 installed. In this part I will show how to order vCenter Server 6 on a Windows Cloud Instance (aka CI – … Continue reading

Building vSphere 6 with VSAN on IBM Softlayer: Part 1 – Ordering ESXi hosts on Softlayer.

I am recently spending a lot of time with IBM Softlayer, in particular I am building vSphere running inside Softlayer. In this series of articles I want to show how you can build an environment with vSphere 6 and VSAN inside Softlayer. One important note: although I work in IBM, my view is form … Continue reading

Interviewing for VMware vSphere Support Engineer job role. Part 4: Third Level engineer

Hello Readers, with some delay, this is a Part 4 of  ‘Interviewing for VMware vSphere Support Engineer job role’ series of posts. In previous part I covered questions for a Second Level Support engineer, in this part I will talk about the Third level. Third Level (Level 3) vSphere support engineer. First lets talk about … Continue reading

Interviewing for VMware vSphere Support Engineer job role. Part 3: Second Level engineer

This is a Part 3 of  ‘Interviewing for VMware vSphere Support Engineer job role’ series of posts. In my previous post I covered some of the questions which I ask when interviewing for a Junior Engineer position. In this part, I will cover questions and scenarios intended for a more advanced, Second Level … Continue reading