Whenever a new vSphere version comes out, I upgrade at least one of my clusters to it but when I get a chance, also install a new fresh one. So, the time has come for me to build a fresh vSphere 6 cluster. Normally, I just do an install with all the standard things done and other additions happen over the course of time but this time, I am thinking of getting your suggestions on what I should install right from the start.

Now two things are already decided about this one:

  1. vSphere 6 Update 1, and
  2. PernixData’s amazing FVP 3.x and Architect 1.x (Obviously! If you haven’t seen them in action, you’re seriously missing out)

For the rest, I would like to have your suggestions. If it was your lab, what additional things would you like to put into this environment. I have other clusters/hosts so don’t hold back on your suggestions.

I know that you all will be helpful anyway but as Christmas is coming, in return for your time, I am going to randomly select respondents on Friday 4, 11, 18 December 2015 (1700 GMT) and send them these two brilliant books from PernixData:

  • vSphere Design Pocketbook, and
  • vSphere Design Pocketbook 2.0 – Blog Edition

PernixData PocketBooks

They are concise but hugely useful books and contain nuggets of wisdom from many well-respected experts from the virtualisation world. Once submitted, names will be included in all draws (unless you’ve opted out or have won a set already).

It would be great if you could:

  1. Spread the word about the survey,
  2. Record your name and Twitter handle,
  3. Choose if you want to be included in the draw or not, and
  4. Submit your response.

Here is the link to the survey: http://goo.gl/forms/H7HocF1vIm

My thanks in advance for taking the time to fill this survey. While I might not be able to implement all your suggestions, I will certainly try to do as much as I can.

Looking forward to all your submissions!


Update: This survey is now closed. Hopefully, I’ll do a post soon, summarising all the suggestions. Thank you all for submitting them!