Three ways to use Site Recovery Manager with virtualized Domain Controllers

One of the benefits of virtualizing machines is the built-in resiliency of the underlying virtualization platform. In many vSphere environments consisting of multiple datacenters, this resiliency is expanded with Site Recovery Manager. There are, however some things you’ll want to know about using Site Recovery Manager in combination with virtualized Domain Controllers. As usual, not … Continue reading "Three ways to use Site Recovery Manager with virtualized Domain Controllers"

KnowledgeBase: If one of the address families on a dual stack Domain Controller is not enabled, adding VMware ESXi hosts to the domain might randomly fail

There is an issue in VMware ESXi 7.0, where adding ESXi hosts to Active Directory Domain Services fails randomly in networks with both IPv4 and IPv6 enabled.               The situation In many environments, VMware vCenter environments or VMware ESXi hosts are added to Active Directory Domain Services to allow for single sign-on with domain accounts … Continue reading "KnowledgeBase: If one of the address families on a dual stack Domain Controller is not enabled, adding VMware ESXi hosts to the domain might randomly fail"

Keeping virtual Domain Controllers apart on trusted VMware vSphere hosts

Virtualizing Domain Controllers introduces risks that are not present when running non-virtualized Domain Controllers. Two of these problems –running Domain Controllers on hosts with the wrong time and running all Domain Controllers on the same host –can be addressed with one VMware vSphere feature: VM/Host Rules.   Additional challenges when running virtualized Domain Controllers We’ve … Continue reading "Keeping virtual Domain Controllers apart on trusted VMware vSphere hosts"

Protecting virtual Domain Controllers on vSphere with VM Encryption

In the previous post in this series, we looked at Virtualization-based Security and how it may benefit virtualized Domain Controllers. However, VMware vSphere 6.5 and newer versions of vSphere, offer one more feature to virtualized Domain Controllers that you might want to look into from both an Active Directory as a Virtualization Platform management point … Continue reading "Protecting virtual Domain Controllers on vSphere with VM Encryption"

Protecting virtual Domain Controllers on vSphere with Virtualization-based Security

VMware vSphere 6.7 offers the ability to enable virtualization-based security (VBS) for virtual machines. Let’s find out what kind of protection this setting provides, what’s needed to get it going and how to configure a virtual Domain Controller to use it.   About Virtualization-based Security Virtualization-based Security (VBS) uses virtualization features to create and isolate … Continue reading "Protecting virtual Domain Controllers on vSphere with Virtualization-based Security"

I’m awarded VMworld 2019 Distinguished Speaker

This morning, I received an e-mail message from Maryam Scoble:   VMworld 2019 Distinguished Speaker Dear Sander,   Congratulations on being named a VMworld 2019 Distinguished Speaker. This new program recognizes the hard work of VMworld speakers who maintain a survey score of 4.2 or higher, speaking at sessions with 150 attendees or more over … Continue reading "I’m awarded VMworld 2019 Distinguished Speaker"

2019 in Review

It’s that time of the year again. While businesses are finishing off 2019 and people start to reminisce of all the good, the bad and the ugly. This year, I’ll join the people who look back at another trip around our sun on our beautiful planet Earth. Let’s look back! January 2019 The year usually … Continue reading "2019 in Review"

Video of my Active Directory session at VMworld Europe is now available

On November 7, 2019, I presented a 60-minute session with Deji Akomolafe. The session was titled ‘Virtualize Active Directory the right way’. We presented the session in the context of VMware’s VMworld Europe 2019 event in Barcelona. Active Directory Domain Services (ADDS) allows organizations to deploy a scalable and secure directory service for managing users, … Continue reading "Video of my Active Directory session at VMworld Europe is now available"