Category Archives: VMware vExpert

Active Directory-related sessions at VMware VMworld 2020

VMware’s VMworld 2020 event kicks off in one week. For 2020, VMworld is organized differently to align with the new reality. Instead of multiple VMworld events, one virtual VMworld event is organized. This VMworld 2020  ‘Online Around the Globe’ event is held from September 29th to October 1st, 2020. The big advantage for you, is […]


I’m speaking at VMware VMworld 2020

I’m pleased to announce that I will be delivering a 1-hour break-out session with Deji Akomolafe, Staff Solutions Architect at VMware and Matt Liebowitz, Staff Architect at VMware, at VMware VMworld 2020 on September 29th – October 1st, 2020.   About VMware VMworld VMworld is a global conference for virtualization and cloud computing, hosted by […]


vSphere 7’s vMotion interface notifies for time differences between vSphere hosts

In the series Virtualizing Domain Controllers on vSphere, I explained the importance of proper time synchronization for virtualized Active Directory Domain Controllers and how to keep these Domain Controllers on trusted vSphere hosts only. Recent versions of the VMware Tools have time synchronization disabled by default. This means the reliance on proper time on vSphere hosts […]


Achieving Active Directory-as-a-Service with VMware vRealize Orchestrator

VMware’s vRealize Orchestrator is a product used by many virtualization admins to automate common tasks. Today, we’re looking at using vRealize Orchestrator to enable automation of common Active Directory tasks, so Active Directory admins may benefit from this solution using the publicly available blueprints for Active Directory.   About vRealize Orchestrator vRealize Orchestrator helps simplify […]


Three ways to use Site Recovery Manager with virtualized Domain Controllers

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Virtualizing Domain Controllers on vSphere

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 […]


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 […]


Keeping virtual Domain Controllers apart on trusted VMware vSphere hosts

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Virtualizing Domain Controllers on vSphere

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 […]


Protecting virtual Domain Controllers on vSphere with VM Encryption

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Virtualizing Domain Controllers on vSphere

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 […]


Protecting virtual Domain Controllers on vSphere with Virtualization-based Security

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Virtualizing Domain Controllers on vSphere

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 […]


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 […]