With more than 20 years of experience in the IT-Industry, Yves was – beside his work at the comdivision group – also involved with successfully bringing several (IT) startup companies to market. Yves was honoured several times by vendors and customers for his capability of transporting the highly technical IT concept to regular IT consumers using their language.His customers are primarily in the enterprise and service provider space, where he works on complex private, public and hybrid cloud setups based on customer needs.

Besides having been accredited with the highest certification there is, the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX), Yves holds most VMware certifications starting with the VCP3 up to VCDX-CMA, VCIX-NV, VCIX-DCV and is also a VMware Certified Instructor L2 for current and beta deliveries. In 2011 he was honoured as the Instructor of Q1 and was called into the selected group of mentors. Yves is a vExpert since 2014, EMC Elect since 2015 and NTC since 2017. 

Yves Sandfort holds a Private Pilot License for Single-Engine planes which he enjoys to use when possible. Since his wife Christina Sandfort gave birth to her daughter he also starts to get back into running with her whenever he is home.

My recent blog posts:

ESXi host with previous VSAN disks unable to recreate disks or repartition disks

I came around a problem today where I had several hosts of a previously created VSAN cluster which would be used for a new VSAN cluster. After adding the hosts to the new cluster I couldn't create any diskgroups on them, nor was I able to erase the disk partitions with partedUtil or other command line tools.

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VMware Cloud Provider Pod - Designer (Part 1 of "let's see?")

One of the key functions of the VMware Cloud Provider Pod is the designer which allows you to specific data for your implementation which is then processed by the VMware hosted document generator to customize the design documents and provide you with a custom automation package and configuration file for a complete deployment bare metal to cloud stack. Ready to operate your public cloud. The video shows the work with the designer and is the first in a series about VMware Cloud Provider Pod.

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Docker Container - Cheatsheet

As I started a set of cheatsheets before and the feedback was overwhelming I will continue to expand with some useful commands on docker container. Again I do not thrive to run this as a full blown tutorial, nor do I think this is a full command reference, this just summarizes commands I need again and again. And some of which I search again and again  (wink)

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VMware Photon OS - Cheatsheet

As I start to use more and more Photon OS for smaller workloads and test scenarios I thought it might be good to collect some quick commands etc. which I constantly use had to research first. This will include standard network setup, the usual tools etc. If you miss anything let me know, happy to add something to the list.

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VMworld Session - Introducing VMware Cloud Provider Pod #HYP1499BU

Designing and deploying a multi-tenant public cloud is no longer complex with VMware Cloud Provider Pod. Learn how you can modernize your cloud provider infrastructure with an automated design and deployment of the VMware Cloud Provider Platform. Deploy and document a complete multi-tenant VMware Validated Design for Service Providers within minutes through just a few clicks. Learn how the VMware Cloud Provider Pod Designer provides guidance for all necessary Cloud Provider Platform components such as VMware vSphere, VMware NSX, and VMware vCloud Director, as well as optional products such as VMware vSAN, vCloud Extender, vRealize Operations, vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Network Insight. Explore the service offerings the platform enables out of the box and how the designs are validated. Hear about lessons learned, current product prerequisites and limitations, and target use cases.

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Quick nmcli cheat sheet

As I wrote in a previous article I have to deal more and more with CentOS 7 and the use of the network manager and in special the network manager command line interface or short nmcli. I will use this blog page to create a little cheat sheet for myself with the most common commands I use and hope this can be helpfull for others as well.

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CentOS 7 - NAT Router basic configuration

It has been quite a while since I needed to create a CentOS based NAT router and with all the changes in network configuration with CentOS and RHEL 7 it took me a while. Normally most I deal with is either core router or NSX based (DLR or ESG). So I decided to do a little writeup...

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Install Supermicro E200-8D NICs with ESXi

For a project I currently work on we had to create a mobile rack with ESXi hosts. After some research I found that the SuperMicro E200-8D are actually a good choice for the case. They have 4 NICs (2 x 1GBe + 2 x 10GBe) plus a seperate ILO and support NVMe and SSD as a parallel disk option. 

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comdivision Group Achieves VMware Master Services Competency in all four competencies

comdivision Group today announced that it has successfully achieved all of the VMware Partner Competencies: 12 Solution Competencies and four Master Services Competencies. As the second company globally to reach this level, the comdivision group is committed to helping organizations accelerate their digital transformations by leveraging their validated services delivery capabilities around advanced VMware technologies.

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ESXi - AutoInstall - With Kickstart and PXE

Sometimes vSphere AutoDeploy is not possible, like for an initial deployment or other reasons. In this article I described how to setup a bootserver for generic ESXi install, but also how to autoinstall an individual host.

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vRealize Network Insight - Basic Installation and Connectivity

Watch comdivision CEO and VCDX-CMA 203 Yves Sandfort running thru the basic installation of vRealize Network Insight for the first time.


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vRealize Network Insight - Active Directory and other configuration

Watch Yves Sandfort explain how to setup Active Directory authentication and describe some of the other basic settings in vRealize Network Insight (VRNI).

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vCNS 5.5 to NSX 6.2.1 Migration

Watch comdivision CEO and VCDX #203 Yves Sandfort on how to migrate from VCNS 5.5 to NSX 6.2.1 incl. Host and Controller Update.

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vRealize Automation - v7 Distributed / HA / Enterprise Install

Watch comdivision CEO and VCDX #203 Yves Sandfort on how to migrate from VCNS 5.5 to NSX 6.2.1 incl. Host and Controller Update.

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vRealize Automation - v7 - Simple POC / Demo or Lab Install

Watch comdivision CEO and VCDX-CMA Yves Sandfort on how to run a VMware vRealize Automation 7.0 simple installation which you could use for demo, POC or lab setup.

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vRealize Operations - v6.2 - Upgrade

Watch comdivision CEO and VCDX-CMA 203 Yves Sandfort present a quick howto on upgrade to vRealize Operations 6.2

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vCloud Director - v8 - Install

comdivision VCDX Yves Sandfort will demo how to install a vCloud Director 8 instance from SQL setup over Linux system prep, system configuration and creation of the different VDCs for a demo system.

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