Preparing SQL Server Express for a vRealize Automation 7 Proof of Concept Setup

For a vRealize Automation 7 deployment including Infrastructure As A Service (IAAS) a Microsoft SQL database server is a requirement. Not everyone has access to that software and when setting up a Proof of Concept environment it is not always justifiable to purchase a SQL Server license. Therefor in the case of a PoC it's a viable solution to use SQL Express.

Enable tftp service and firewall rules for vCenter 6 Appliance Autodeploy and make them persistent

When using the vCenter 6 appliance as an Autodeploy server you can also use the appliance as your TFTP-server. But for that to work you need to start that service and enable access to it via a firewall rule.

Of course you also need to enable the Autodeploy service itself, which can be done from the vSphere Web Client under Home - Administration - Deployment - System Configuration - Services. 

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Mem.MemMinFreePct calculation example

One of the topics in the VMware vSphere Optimize and Scale course is how the amount of RAM is calculated that your host should have available as a minimum before processes such as ballooning and swapping become active.

The course material provides this table that shows us how this minimal free memory is calculated:

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vCPU and logical CPU sizing with Hyper-Threading explained

When sizing virtual machines you should be aware of the number of physical cores available in your ESXi-host and whether or not it has Hyper-Threading enabled. If you blindly follow the number of vCPU's you can add that VMware presents to you, then you could end up with VM's that offer poor performance. If you want to understand Hyper-Threading and why this is important for sizing please read the articles that I have listed at the bottom of this page.

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