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FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, welcome to another feature packed edition of the TAM newsletter. As we head into winter in the USA and towards the end of the year most of our events are completed for this year. There is however still plenty of news and action from us on many different fronts as we execute on our promises from VMworld and other events around the world. While it might seem like it is a slower time of the year, here ate VMware we are moving forward with so many of our new solutions, such as VMW on AWS for example. The best way to keep updated with all of these is via your TAM and this weekly newsletter, so I will step out of the way and let you enjoy this weeks update.

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

VMware Radius

  • Realizing the Vision: Accelerating the Multi-Cloud Future
    “For every company considering and planning for a multi-cloud future, there is a common endgame,” said Raghu Raghuram, chief operating officer, Products and Cloud Services. The goal is to be able to develop and deploy any app, old or new, on any cloud and any device. A VMworld 2017 keynote present...
  • Leading our Industry into a Software-Defined Future with Strategic M&A
    By Shekar Ayyar, EVP, Strategy and Corporate Development & GM Telco NFV Group, VMware  Shekar Ayyar, EVP, Strategy and Corporate Development & GM, Telco NFV Group At VMware, we’ve been a pioneer and leading innovator in “software defined” for nearly two decades. To get there, we have championed ou...
  • VMware Showcases Healthcare IT Transformation at CHIME, AEHIS
    Healthcare IT is undergoing a massive transformation. Once left in the farthest recesses of the basement, it has quickly emerged as a strategic differentiator for the business and a center for enabling cutting-edge research projects, delivering distributed patient care across connected healthcare or...

Open Source @VMware

  • The Open vSwitch Fall 2017 Conference is Here
    VMware is hosting the fourth annual Open vSwitch Fall Conference (OVSCon), the conference for all things Open vSwitch and beyond. We have a new home this year at the Club Auto Sport venue located in San Jose, Calif. On November 16-17, you can expect 25 25-minute talks and six lightning talks last...
  • Open Source Project Harbor: Efficient & Secure Container Image Management
    One of VMware’s most popular open source projects is Project Harbor, an enterprise-class registry server with hundreds of users worldwide. At VMworld, Henry Zhang, chief architect of Project Harbor, delivered a vBrownBag presentation on efficient and secure container image management using Harbor. ...
  • 7 Questions with Alan Renouf on Open Source, SDKs & Community at VMware
    We sat down with Alan Renouf, VMware Senior Product Line Manager, to discuss his involvement in the evolving open source community at VMware. As part of the VMware vSphere and, more recently, VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS) teams, Alan focuses on: Application programmable interfaces (AP...

VMware vSphere Blog

  • Key Manager Concepts and Topology Basics for VM and vSAN Encryption
    At VMworld 2017 VM and vSAN Encryption and security of vSphere in general became VERY popular topics. And in those discussions the topic of Key Managers came up and specifically “How many key managers should I have?” was a recurring question. This blog article will give you two examples of key ...
  • Three Key Reasons for Joining Modernize Data Centers Track at vForum Online
    As digital transformation increases across the business world, the era of costly, complex legacy infrastructures is coming to an end. But what will it take to modernize infrastructures in such a way that IT gets the agility and flexibility it needs to operate, innovate, and scale to meet the demands...
  • Understanding the Impacts of Mixed-Version vCenter Server Deployments
    There are a few questions that come up quite often regarding vCenter Server upgrades and mixed-versions that we would like to address. In this blog post we will discuss and attempt to clarify the guidance in the vSphere Documentation for Upgrade or Migration Order and Mixed-Version Transitional Beha...

Network Virtualization

  • Abstract, Automate & Secure — From Data Center to Cloud to Edge
    By Milin Desai, Vice President of Products, NSBU It feels like only yesterday when we started our journey into networking at VMware. Even from the early beginnings in 2011, it became clear to some of us that the abstraction and operations model of virtualization for compute and memory, which comple...
  • VMware NSX/Kubernetes and F5 – A Cloud Native App Integration
    Introduction When Bob Dylan wrote back in the 60’s “times they are a-changin” it’s very possible he knew how true that would be today.  Last week, we saw a few things announced in the container technology space during the DockerCon event in Copenhagen – but one thing that I believe came as a surpri...
  • Real World Use Cases for NSX and Pivotal Cloud Foundry
    Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) is the leading PaaS solution for enterprise customers today, providing a fast way to convert their ideas from conception to production. This is achieved by providing a platform to run their code in any cloud and any language taking care of all the infrastructure “stuff” f...

Virtual Blocks

  • 3 Key Reasons Why You Must Attend the Modernize Data Centers Track At vForum Online
    As digital transformation increases across the business world, the era of costly, complex legacy infrastructures is coming to an end. But what will it take to modernize infrastructures in such a way that IT gets the agility and flexibility it needs to operate, innovate, and scale to meet the demands...
  • Oakland University Accelerates Technology Growth with vSAN
    At first glance, Oakland University (OU) looks like a relaxed midwestern university with rolling lawns and students lounging under spreading oaks. And while that is indeed part of the university’s charm, a closer look reveals a campus culture that is anything but sleepy. Serving more than 20,500 stu...
  • vSAN Announcements and Highlights from VMworld 2017
    Las Vegas wasn’t the only destination on VMworld’s itinerary this year. The annual conference traveled overseas and made waves in Spain. The record breaking number of attendeeds at each event heard how vSAN surprassed the noteworthy milestone of 10,000 customers. Many of these customers were out in ...

VMware Cloud Management

  • vRealize Network Insight 3.5 – Feel the vRNI
    vRealize Network Insight 3.5 (vRNI) introduces a number of great features, which improve our visibility and ability to ensure a secure and compliant configuration.  Also Network Insight is now available as a service.  This means you can rely on VMware to handle management and updates of Network Insi...
  • IT As Developer Of Infrastructure As Code
    IT As Developer:  One Of The Keys To Relevance This blog is the third installment in a series focused on the question of what IT teams need to do to retain or regain relevance (depending on their circumstance) with line-of-business.  For the full list check out my first blog  on this subject.  In a...
  • vRA and NSX – Intro to App-Centric Networking and Security
    Introduction In a software-defined world, infrastructure is defined by policies based on a set of requirements — prescribed by the business, applications, security or IT itself. Those policies are tied to a set of logic that integrates and automates a given service as needed, when needed. For its p...

Cloud Foundation

Cloud-Native Apps

  • How Cloud Foundry Container Runtime Tackles Both Day 1 & Day 2 Operations for Production Kubernetes
    by Merlin Glynn, Technical Product Manager, VMware Cloud Foundry Container Runtime (CFCR), formerly known as Project KUBO, is an open source project that delivers the functionality of both Day 1 (deployment) and Day 2 (operations) tasks for Kubernetes clusters. The initial genesis behind CFCR was t...
  • Connect with VMware Around Containers at DockerCon EU
    Copenhagen is one of Europe’s leading cities around information technology, making it the perfect locale for this year’s DockerCon EU, taking place October 16-19 at the Bella Centre in Denmark’s capital city. DockerCon is the leading container conference for practitioners to learn from other contain...
  • Join VMware at China Kubernetes End User Conference
    On October 15, the China Kubernetes End User Conference, a joint venture put on by Caicloud, Cloud Native Computing Foundation and the “K8sMeetup China Community,” will celebrate the tremendous technological impact of Kubernetes, unveil the latest updates and enhancements around it and provide top-l...

VMware End-User Computing Blog

  • How KRACK Affects Your Mobile Workforce & What You Can Do About It
    A couple weeks ago, a serious security flaw in the WPA2 protocol, that can be exposed with Key Reinstallation Attacks (or KRACK for short), was introduced to the world. This was an interesting discovery because we’re used to seeing vulnerabilities typically show up in software, whereas this weakness...
  • 4 Reasons to Consider Cloud-Hosted VDI for Business Continuity & Desktop DR
    No business is exempt from a disaster. Surveys show more than half of organizations report at least one downtime event lasting more than eight hours in the past five years. Whether downtime is caused by a simple power outage, a malware attack or a natural disaster, organizations worldwide are at ris...
  • VMware Unified Access Gateway Technical Deep Dive
    The VMware Unified Access Gateway (formerly called Access Point) is a platform that provides secure edge services and access to defined resources that reside in the internal network. This allows authorized, external users to access internally located resources in a secure manner. This blog and the a...

AirWatch Blog

  • 10 Best Practices for Migrating From Windows 7 to Windows 10
    I recently spoke to many customers at VMworld in Las Vegas on Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration projects and had the opportunity to present this topic to more than 500 attendees—proof that Windows remains top of mind for many customers. For those not in attendance, consider the following 10 best pra...
  • The Revolution Begins: VMware Named a Leader in Inaugural IDC Marketscape for Unified Endpoint Management (UEM)
    I’ve been talking for the past month, leading up to VMworld 2017, about how VMware Workspace ONE powered by VMware AirWatch is leading the PC lifecycle management (PCLM) revolution with a modern, real-time, over-the-air approach. And then at VMworld, we announced even more unique Windows 10 PCLM fea...
  • Reflections From Microsoft Ignite 2017
    The shift in momentum for both Microsoft and VMware over the past year has been dramatic. The response from customers and partners has been overwhelmingly positive across Microsoft Inspire, VMworld and Microsoft Ignite. If stock price alone were an indicator, both companies are up between 25 and 50 ...

The Support Insider

  • Top 20 vRealize Operations Manager articles for October 2017
    Touch screen compatibility in vRealize Operations Manager 6.x Resetting the Administrator password in vRealize Operations Manager 5.x and 6.x Adding additional storage to vCenter Operations Manager Analytics or UI virtual machine Change the IP Address of a vRealize Operations Manager 6.x Multi Node...
  • Top 20 Horizon View articles for October 2017
    Provisioning or recomposing a linked clone desktop pool fails Unable to verify vCenter certificate in VMware View Administrator Virtual machine application runs slower than expected in ESXi Configuring VMware View Event database on an SQL server fails with the error: An error occurred while attempt...
  • Top vRealize Log Insight articles for October 2017
    Downloading Export Event Results, Export Chart Data, Export Content Pack, and Export Support Bundle fails in Log Insight 3.3.x Unable to log in to Log Insight as a member of an AD group defined in Log Insight Creating a firewall rule to block the JMX port 7199 on VMware vRealize Log Insight 2.5 (CV...
  • Top vRealize Automation articles for October 2017
    Directory sync in vRA 7.x fails with error ‘Connector Communication failed with Response’ Logging in to a tenant with verified administrator credentials or user credentials fails in vRA 6.2.x Removing a virtual machine from vRealize Automation 7.x using Cloud Client Requests get stuck at ‘In Progre...
  • Top VSAN articles for October 2017
    Diskgroups fail to mount due to heap exhaustion Adding additional hosts to an existing vSAN cluster Component metadata health check fails with invalid state error vCenter Server task list shows several erroneous messages stating: Update vSAN configuration VMware vSAN witness appliance may be using ...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

  • Updating OVF properties for a VM using vSphere API and PowerCLI
    Deploying a new OVA/OVF containing OVF properties that need to be configured is super easy using PowerCLI's Get-OvfConfiguration and Import-VApp cmdlets. Many examples can be found online including the PowerCLI Deployment Github repository. However, once an OVA/OVF has been deployed and running as a...
  • NSX-T PowerCLI community module
    During the development of my automated NSX-T 2.0 lab deployment script, I had created several PowerCLI functions using the new NSX-T cmdlets and NSX-T APIs to help me test and troubleshoot. I finally got a chance to clean up the code as well as package them all up into an NSXT.psm1 module which hope...
  • When to use Move-VM cmdlet vs xMove.ps1 script for performing Cross vCenter vMotions?
    Since publishing my Automating Cross vCenter vMotion between the same and different SSO Domain article back in early 2016, I have had a large number of customers reach out to me and share their success stories of allowing them to perform datacenter migrations to consolidating vCenter Servers all due...
  • vGhetto Automated NSX-T 2.0 Lab Deployment
    Last week, I had spent some time exploring and getting myself more familiar with NSX-T, which is the next generation release of the NSX platform from VMware. One of the first thing I do when learning about a new product is to setup a lab environment that I can using. Having gone through the deployme...
  • VMware Cloud on AWS - VM Creation Date available in vSphere API
    I was recently doing some work with my VMware Cloud on AWS instance and I needed to verify something in the vSphere API. Since I already had a browser open, rather than context switch, I decided to quickly open up the vSphere MOB which is a debugging tool that provides a browser interface to the vSp...

ESX Virtualization

  • Replication of VMs to Remote Site via Seeding Option
    Virtualization admins which manage virtual infrastructures running VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V often use external backup and replication tools. This is mainly due to a reliability and performance. VMware’s core replication technology works with a VMware vSphere Replication (VR) product, but ...
  • MTPuTTy Free Tabbed Add-On For Putty
    If you work with SSH and using a Putty software (which is great btw), you might miss out not using this awesome Add-on for Putty which creates a tabbed session with each connection. The software is called MTPuTTy and it works as an Add-on for Putty, which is a very popular and free SSH client. This ...
  • VMware vSphere Client Download Page
    VMware vSphere Client for Windows is officially dead for vSphere 6.5 but for earlier versions you can still use it. Many VMware and IT consultants are still using it when they visit their clients on older vSphere infrastructures. You perhaps still prefer the old vSphere Windows client for Free ESXi ...
  • Intel Optane 900P Low Price NVMe might Be a Perfect Fit For a Home Lab
    This news came from a fellow blogger Erik Bussink with who I had a conversation on Twitter last week. Erik has a MEGA homelab and he put me in a right direction when it comes to a choice of NVMe SSD for a VSAN cache tier. We’ll talk about Intel Optane 900p which might be a game […] Read the fu...
  • Zerto Virtual Replication 5.5 U2 Released
    There is a new update to very popular Replication software from Zerto. In fact, Zerto Virtual Replication 5.5 U2 Released this week, brings some additional enhancements and bug fixes which we will talk about today but stays more or less just a maintenance release. As you know, Zerto is one of the co...

CormacHogan.com

  • Does Storage vMotion rename Virtual Volumes also?
    I had another question recently about whether or not the Storage vMotion behaviour of renaming VM files on a VMFS or NFS datastore also worked with Virtual Volumes or VVols? After a quick test, I can state categorically that the answer is yes. I created a VM on a Nimble Storage appliance, presented ...
  • Guest OS space reuse on vSAN
    This post came about after a brief discussion with my pal, Lee Dilworth. Although the outcome of this test has really nothing to do with vSAN, the behaviour was observed on certain Guest OS which were running on vSAN. I guess the first thing that needs to be made clear is that there is no support fo...
  • Changing policies on-the-fly with VVols
    Last week, I was presenting at the VMware User Group (VMUG) event in Poland. My topic was SPBM, Storage Policy Based Management. This is the framework for consuming data services, whether these are provided from vSAN, Virtual Volumes or VAIO (IO Filters). You can get the presentation from here. One ...
  • Slides from my Storage Policy Based Management presentation now available
    My Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) presentation slide deck is now available online. This is the presentation that I delivered at a number of VMUG (VMware User Group) meetings this year in Europe, primarily Norway and Poland. SPBM is an integral part of VMware’s software defined storage vision...
  • Getting to grips with NFSv4.1 and Kerberos
    Over the past few weeks, I’ve been looking to update some of our older white papers on core storage topics. One of the outdated papers was on NFS, and a lot had changed in this space since the paper was last updated. Most notably, was the introduction of support for NFS v41 in vSphere 6.0, along wit...

Scott's Weblog

  • Kubernetes on OpenStack: The Technical Details
    This is a liveblog of the OpenStack Summit session titled “Kubernetes on OpenStack: The Technical Details”. The speaker is Angus Lees from Bitnami. This is listed as an Advanced session, so I’m hoping we’ll get into some real depth in the session. Lees starts out with a quic...
  • Issues with OpenStack That Are Not OpenStack Issues
    This is a liveblog of OpenStack Summit session on Monday afternoon titled “Issues with OpenStack that are not OpenStack Issues”. The speaker for the session is Sven Michels. The premise of the session, as I understand it, is to discuss issues that arise during OpenStack deployments that ...
  • To K8s or Not to K8s Your OpenStack Control Plane
    This is a liveblog of the Monday afternoon OpenStack Summit session titled “To K8s or Not to K8s Your OpenStack Control Plane”. The speaker is Robert Starmer of Kumulus Technologies. This session is listed as a Beginner-level session, so I’m hoping it’s not too basic for me (...
  • OpenStack Summit Sydney Day 1 Keynote
    This is a liveblog of the day 1 keynote here at the OpenStack Summit in Sydney, Australia. I think this is my third or fourth trip to Sydney, and this is the first time I’ve run into inclement weather; it’s cloudy, rainy, and wet here, and forecasted to remain that way for most of the Su...
  • A Sublime Text Keymap for Bracketeer
    I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a fan of Sublime Text (ST). I’ve evaluated other editors, like Atom, but still find that ST offers the right blend of performance, functionality, customizability, and cross-platform support. One nice thing about ST (other editors have this t...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • 30 Must-Read Small Business IT Blogs 2017
    I was recently honored to be included in a list of 30 must read SMB IT blogs and wanted to say thank you to BizTech for including me in that list. I looked through the blogs in that list and there is a lot of diversity in it with everything from credit card blogs to … Continue reading » ...
  • How VVols impacts storage protocol choices with vSphere
    File vs. Block, why choose one over the other with vSphere. They both have their pros and cons which has influenced decision making when it comes to picking your storage with vSphere but VVols has changed the game of how storage protocols interact with vSphere which may also impact your decision mak...
  • With attendance down does this mean VMworld has jumped the shark?
    As I reported in my annual post on my experiences at VMworld, attendance was down this year and in a fairly big way. VMware reported attendance at 20,000 this year which is about a 15% decline from the 23,000 who attended in 2015 & 2016. Is this a sign that less people care about what … C...
  • New report from IDC highlights the many benefits of VMware VVols
    I find one of the biggest barriers to VVols adoption is lack of customer understanding of what VVols is and what it will do for them. Many customers are happy with VMFS and the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mind-sight is prevalent which keeps them using what they are comf...
  • VVols enhancements coming in the next vSphere release
    I’ve known the VVols roadmap for quite a while but haven’t been able to share that publicly but VMware recently just shared it in a VMworld VVols session that is publicly available on YouTube so I though I would comment on that. If you watch the STO2446BU – VMware Virtual Volumes T...

Virtual Geek

  • Seriously DIY HCI or HCI Systems are you SURE?
    I want to be clear – I see REAL cases where customers cover the full spectrum for real reasons – from DIY to turnkey systems.    I know that we as Dell Technologies need to provide great choices for builders of IT, and consumers of IT. That said – I see some bad examples of self-inflicted pain by ...
  • VMworld 2017: XtremIO X2the best clean-sheet AFA gets better.
    This week marks the launch of the next generation of an incredible successful product – Dell EMC XtremIO. The best way to think of X2 as the 2nd generation of XtremIO – it takes the great foundation of the strengths of XtremIO and builds on them. The core architecture of keeping all the metadata ...
  • VMworld 2017: re-inventing Data Protection for VMware
    This is cool. Every customer needs Data Protection for their VMware environment – local backup and recovery, and protection from disaster recovery. I’ve seen every chapter of this – from the birth of Site Recovery Manager in 2008 (to Jay Judkowitz – shout out to you buddy!, the birth of CBT in 2009...
  • VMworld 2017: Continued Advances in Hybrid Cloud DIY Choices
    If you’re coming here first – I strongly recommend reading the “Lessons Learnt” post in this series, here.  It will help with context, and understanding your options and choices.   Also – I strongly recommend reading this “DIY” and “Consume” blog post here – it’s very useful. Ok, with that context ...
  • VMworld 2017: Pivotal Container Services (PKS)
    IMO – this is one of the biggest announcements at VMworld this week.   It is a major shift to the Dell Technologies strategic perspective, and important for our customers. It’s something we’ve been spending a lot of time on internally for a while – I’ve spent hours at end with Scott Yara and James...

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  • Network Ports in Horizon 7
    The VMware Horizon 7 Network Ports document lists port requirements for connectivity between the various components and servers in a Horizon 7 deployment. Included are detailed Horizon 7 Network Ports diagrams. Links from the thumbnail diagrams take you to larger PDF layouts of the diagrams ...
  • New Free eLearning Course: VMware Integrated OpenStack Fundamentals
    In the free VMware Integrated OpenStack Fundamentals course, you will learn how VMware supports the open-source and industry standard OpenStack framework for managing public and private clouds. This course covers the features and advantages of VMware Integrated OpenStack. It also covers the ba...
  • Latest Fling from VMware Labs - Desktop Watermark
    Desktop Watermark is a Windows native application that adds a watermark to a desktop for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) auditing or exhibition purposes. A watermark has the ability to be visible or invisible. Invisible watermarks, seen in the screenshot, can be revealed by a tool bundle...
  • Installing NAKIVO Backup & Replication
    The NAKIVO Virtual Appliance (VA) has two disks: the first one (20 GB) contains the Linux OS with NAKIVO Backup & Replication, and the second one (500 GB) is used as a backup repository. If you deploy the Virtual Appliance disks using the Thin Provision option, then the disks will not reserv...
  • Tech Support (root) Access in NSX for vSphere 6.x
    The NSX Manager contains many tools to help customers in conjunction with Global Support Services to resolve operational issues. The NSX for vSphere 6.x product features a customized command line interface that covers most of the basics that the user interface does and a little bit more. On ...

Virten.net

  • Homeserver - ESXi on HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10
    After Hewlett Packard Enterprise has missed offering a Microserver in their 9th Generation, it is now back in Gen10. The Microserver series provides affordable servers intended to be used in SMB and as home servers. Due to its low price and …Read more »...
  • Fix for FreeNAS on HPE MicroServer Gen10 X3216 Stuck Console Issue
    When you try to install FreeNAS 11 on the new HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3216, the installer stops booting and appears to be stuck at: pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0 pcib0: _OSC returned error 0x10 pci0: <ACPI PCI …Read more »...
  • Get- and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMLatencySensitivity, Get-VMLatencySensitivityBulk and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell functions configure can return and set the latency sensitivity level of a virtual machine. You can adjust the latency sensitivity of a virtual machine to optimize the scheduling delay for latency sensi...
  • Critical Patch for All-Flash vSAN with Deduplication (6.0 and 6.5)
    VMware has released a critical patch for vSAN 6.0 and 6.5. This patch contains a fix for a highly critical vSAN issue that might cause IO read errors and in some cases severe symptoms such as inaccessible VMs, host failures, or stuck resyncs. The issue …Read more »...
  • Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell functions are aimed at helping you to identify the version at which your ESXi is currently running, and whether updates are available. Both are using a JSON based ESXi Build database which is also the backend …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • Next VMUG events in Europe
    November will be a rich month for VMUG UserCon in Europe. There will be two big UserCon : Italian VMUG UserCon 2017: Nov, 14th 2017 – https://www.vmug.com/Attend/VMUG-UserCon/Italy-VMUG-UserCon-2017 UK VMUG UserCon 2017: Nov, 16th 2017 – https://www.vmug.com/Attend/VMUG-UserCon/United-Ki...
  • Nakivo Backup & Replication v7.3 beta
    After the release of Nakivo Backup & Replication v7.2, now it’s time for the new version, actually in beta, that offers a new type of backup repository, which is optimized for data deduplication appliances (such as EMC Data Domain, HP StoreOnce, NEC Hydrastor, Quantum DXi, and others) with...
  • #Blogtober results
    October 2017 was the Blogtober Tech Edition month, thanks to the interesting #Blogtober campaign for the tech / virtualization community started by Matt Heldstab – (@mattheldstab on Twitter). Now he has publish some interesting data and results on this page: http://tcwd.net/vblog/2017/11/01/blogtobe...
  • November 2017 IT events
    Interesting European IT events: Chief Data Officer Summit – London (Nov, 2-3) Gartner Symposium/ITxpo – Barcelona (Nov, 5-9) IBM Power Systems and System Storage Technical University – Prague (Nov, 6-10) TechUG – London (Nov, 9) AIFORSE Conference – Barcelona (Nov, 10) ...
  • VMware vExpert Cloud 2017
    After the VMware vExpert vSAN 2017 and VMware vExpert NSX 2017 awards, this year a new vExpert category has been added: the VMware vExpert Cloud. Like for other technologies vertical, these vExperts has demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertis...

 

 

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FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Do you regularly check the VMware Security Advisories? Your TAM is constantly checking these to understand their potential impact on your environment and will work with you to ensure the risk is highlighted as well as the path to remediation. This is just one of the many things that we do for you as your TAM.

 

This week we do have a new security advisory that I want you to be aware of and urge you to discuss with your TAM to ensure you understand the potential impact of this vulnerability!

 

VMSA-2017-0017
VMware vCenter Server update resolves LDAP DoS, SSRF and CRLF injection issues

1.Summary
VMware vCenter Server update resolves LDAP DoS, SSRF and CRLF injection issues
2. Relevant Products
VMware vCenter Server
3. Problem Description
a. VMware vCenter Server LDAP Denial of Service (DoS).
VMware vCenter Server doesn't correctly handle specially crafted LDAP network packets which may allow for remote DoS.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2017-4927 to this issue.

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

VMware Radius

  • ACI Specialty Benefits Supports its Growth With VMware Technologies
    ACI Specialty Benefits (ACI) offers best-in-class benefit solutions to engage the new workforce and drive business performance. By offering services like employee assistance, corporate concierge, work-life balance, wellness, and student assistance programs to customers worldwide, ACI helps customers...
  • VMware Earns Top Marks in Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index
    VMware has received a perfect score of 100% on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) – a national benchmarking tool on corporate practices and policies related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Fortune...
  • Why Tech Has Failed on Cybersecurity
    By Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware Pat Gelsinger, Chief Executive Officer, VMware It’s time to acknowledge that the tech industry has failed our customers when it comes to cyber security and data protection. Our industry is built on trust. Trust that our software and hardware products work. Trust in...

Open Source @VMware

  • Top 7 Things You Need to Read About Project Harbor
    Project Harbor is having a momentous year. The open source enterprise-class registry server for storing and distributing container images has risen the ranks to become one of VMware’s most popular and widely used open source projects. Between unveiling new security features to earning 3,000 stars ...
  • The Open vSwitch Fall 2017 Conference is Here
    VMware is hosting the fourth annual Open vSwitch Fall Conference (OVSCon), the conference for all things Open vSwitch and beyond. We have a new home this year at the Club Auto Sport venue located in San Jose, Calif. On November 16-17, you can expect 25 25-minute talks and six lightning talks last...
  • Open Source Project Harbor: Efficient & Secure Container Image Management
    One of VMware’s most popular open source projects is Project Harbor, an enterprise-class registry server with hundreds of users worldwide. At VMworld, Henry Zhang, chief architect of Project Harbor, delivered a vBrownBag presentation on efficient and secure container image management using Harbor. ...

VMware vSphere Blog

  • Key Manager Concepts and Topology Basics for VM and vSAN Encryption
    At VMworld 2017 VM and vSAN Encryption and security of vSphere in general became VERY popular topics. And in those discussions the topic of Key Managers came up and specifically “How many key managers should I have?” was a recurring question. This blog article will give you two examples of key ...
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AirWatch Blog

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The Support Insider

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EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

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Virten.net

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vInfrastructure Blog

  • Next VMUG events in Europe
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  • #Blogtober results
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  • November 2017 IT events
    Interesting European IT events: Chief Data Officer Summit – London (Nov, 2-3) Gartner Symposium/ITxpo – Barcelona (Nov, 5-9) IBM Power Systems and System Storage Technical University – Prague (Nov, 6-10) TechUG – London (Nov, 9) AIFORSE Conference – Barcelona (Nov, 10) ...

 

 

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Hi everyone, one of the major announcements that we made at VMworld and garnered a lot of attention was VMware Cloud on AWS. We provided many sessions on this and over the past weeks since VMworld there have been numerous articles and other information pieces related to this. I find this to be particularly interesting and looking forward to seeing much of this in action. Well now you can test this using the VMware Hand On Labs (HOL) with a newly released lab "VMware Cloud on AWS Hands-on Lab".

"See the new VMware on AWS solution. Interact with the VMware Cloud interface to perform basic tasks and manage your public cloud capacity." This is the premise behind the newly released lab and I hope that you will take it for a test run today. Have a chat to your VMware TAM or rep if you need any further information as I am sure there will be questions during and after running through this lab which you will need answered and they will be able to provide you with more insight.

You can also head over to our VMware Cloud landing page to see more on this and all of our other cloud offerings that are powered by VMware vSphere.

I wish you a fantastic week ahead, please do not hesitate to provide feedback on the newsletter.

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Cloud Foundation

Cloud-Native Apps

  • How Cloud Foundry Container Runtime Tackles Both Day 1 & Day 2 Operations for Production Kubernetes
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  • Connect with VMware Around Containers at DockerCon EU
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  • Join VMware at China Kubernetes End User Conference
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VMware End-User Computing Blog

  • Celebrate our 10th anniversary on the Mac with this one-time-only deal!
    This year at VMworld we had a special treat for our attendees with our Fusion 10th Anniversary Collector Box. Outside the box it says Fusion 10 all over, but with the box came a USB card that has you covered on all platforms: Workstation 14 Pro for Windows, Workstation 14 Pro for Linux and Fusion 1...
  • New! VMware AirWatch 9.2 Console Deep Dive, Part 1
    VMware AirWatch unified endpoint management (UEM) empowers the digital workspace to meet business needs. By unifying endpoint management into a single point of reference, the solution delivers a premium user experience that doesn’t compromise enterprise security. New! Console v9.2 App Access & ...
  • Deploying and Using VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure: New Video Series
    With contributions and video production by Josh Spencer, EUC Technical Marketing Architect, VMware We are excited to announce a new video series on Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure. These four videos provide you with exactly what you need to know about setup, deployment, and use of this new ...

AirWatch Blog

  • 10 Best Practices for Migrating From Windows 7 to Windows 10
    I recently spoke to many customers at VMworld in Las Vegas on Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration projects and had the opportunity to present this topic to more than 500 attendees—proof that Windows remains top of mind for many customers. For those not in attendance, consider the following 10 best pra...
  • The Revolution Begins: VMware Named a Leader in Inaugural IDC Marketscape for Unified Endpoint Management (UEM)
    I’ve been talking for the past month, leading up to VMworld 2017, about how VMware Workspace ONE powered by VMware AirWatch is leading the PC lifecycle management (PCLM) revolution with a modern, real-time, over-the-air approach. And then at VMworld, we announced even more unique Windows 10 PCLM fea...
  • Reflections From Microsoft Ignite 2017
    The shift in momentum for both Microsoft and VMware over the past year has been dramatic. The response from customers and partners has been overwhelmingly positive across Microsoft Inspire, VMworld and Microsoft Ignite. If stock price alone were an indicator, both companies are up between 25 and 50 ...

The Support Insider

  • New KB articles published for week ending 22th October 2017
    VMware App Volumes Supported computer and user assignments combinations for AppStacks and Writable Volumes Date Published: 2017/10/20 User session disconnected in some instances of large-scale App Volumes deployment Date Published: 2017/10/19 VMware Cloud on AWS VMware Cloud on AWS Troubleshooting H...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 15th October 2017
    VMware SDDC Manager The VMware Cloud Foundation SOS utility does not collect all requested logs Date Published: 2017/10/09 VMware Cloud Foundation HDD_DOWN_ALERT alert may be generated in when an ESXi host is rebooted Date Published: 2017/10/09 VMware Cloud Foundation for Service Providers environme...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 8th October 2017
    VMware ESXi ESXi host fails with PSOD after upgrading to 6.5 Update 1 Date Published: 2017/10/03 VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch Release ESXi600-201710301 Date Published: 2017/10/05 VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch Release ESXi600-201710301-BG: Updates esx-base, vsan and vsanhealth VIBs Date Published: 2017/10/05 VMwa...
  • Top 20 Horizon View articles for September 2017
    Unable to save pool settings or create new pools in VMware View Changing the name of a VMware Horizon View Connection Server Connecting to VMware Horizon View desktops fails with the error: Tunnel server presented a certificate that didn’t match the expected certificate Audio issues with the VMware...
  • Top 20 vRealize Operations Manager articles for September 2017
    Removing the vRealize Operations Manager Plugin from vSphere after upgrading to vRealize Operations Manager 6.6 Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products How to configure Data Retention in vRealize Operations Manager 6.x Ensuring adequate free disk space is available on VMw...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

  • NSX-T PowerCLI community module
    During the development of my automated NSX-T 2.0 lab deployment script, I had created several PowerCLI functions using the new NSX-T cmdlets and NSX-T APIs to help me test and troubleshoot. I finally got a chance to clean up the code as well as package them all up into an NSXT.psm1 module which hope...
  • When to use Move-VM cmdlet vs xMove.ps1 script for performing Cross vCenter vMotions?
    Since publishing my Automating Cross vCenter vMotion between the same and different SSO Domain article back in early 2016, I have had a large number of customers reach out to me and share their success stories of allowing them to perform datacenter migrations to consolidating vCenter Servers all due...
  • vGhetto Automated NSX-T 2.0 Lab Deployment
    Last week, I had spent some time exploring and getting myself more familiar with NSX-T, which is the next generation release of the NSX platform from VMware. One of the first thing I do when learning about a new product is to setup a lab environment that I can using. Having gone through the deployme...
  • VMware Cloud on AWS - VM Creation Date available in vSphere API
    I was recently doing some work with my VMware Cloud on AWS instance and I needed to verify something in the vSphere API. Since I already had a browser open, rather than context switch, I decided to quickly open up the vSphere MOB which is a debugging tool that provides a browser interface to the vSp...
  • Tip from Engineering - Use UEFI firmware for Windows 10 & Server 2016
    Several weeks back I was chatting with a few of our Engineers from the Core Platform Team (vSphere) and they had shared an interesting tidbit which I thought I was worth mentioning to my readers. When creating a Virtual Machine in either vSphere or Fusion/Workstation, customers have the option to ov...

ESX Virtualization

  • Intel Optane 900P Low Price NVMe might Be a Perfect Fit For a Home Lab
    This news came from a fellow blogger Erik Bussink with who I had a conversation on Twitter last week. Erik has a MEGA homelab and he put me in a right direction when it comes to a choice of NVMe SSD for a VSAN cache tier. We’ll talk about Intel Optane 900p which might be a game […] Read the fu...
  • Zerto Virtual Replication 5.5 U2 Released
    There is a new update to very popular Replication software from Zerto. In fact, Zerto Virtual Replication 5.5 U2 Released this week, brings some additional enhancements and bug fixes which we will talk about today but stays more or less just a maintenance release. As you know, Zerto is one of the co...
  • Ditch Your HDDs For ACloudA Gateway
    An interesting concept from a company called ACloudA. Their hardware device replaces spinning media in your server by connecting to remote storage in a public or private cloud, via an iSCSI or SMB3 protocol. The server, which can run any OS, sees it as a local disk. Spinning media is unreliable, gen...
  • Patch vCenter Server Appliance configured with High Availability (HA)
    One of the questions I received recently from a reader was a question concerning how to patch vCenter Server Appliance configured with High Availability (HA). If you’re still on Windows based vCenter, on an older version of VMware vsphere (5.5 or 6.0) then you might listen up. As you know, the lates...
  • VMware API Explorer Is a Free Built-in Utility in VCSA
    VMware bundles a tool along with vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). Update: Also for Windows-based vCenter. If you have followed our blog over time you know that we have published quite a few posts about what’s new within vCSA 6.5, what’s has been added (Backup of vCSA DB and config, vCSA HA, but also...

CormacHogan.com

  • Slides from my Storage Policy Based Management presentation now available
    My Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) presentation slide deck is now available online. This is the presentation that I delivered at a number of VMUG (VMware User Group) meetings this year in Europe, primarily Norway and Poland. SPBM is an integral part of VMware’s software defined storage vision...
  • Getting to grips with NFSv4.1 and Kerberos
    Over the past few weeks, I’ve been looking to update some of our older white papers on core storage topics. One of the outdated papers was on NFS, and a lot had changed in this space since the paper was last updated. Most notably, was the introduction of support for NFS v41 in vSphere 6.0, along wit...
  • 2-node vSAN – witness network design considerations
    It seems that 2-node vSAN for ROBO (remote office/branch office) deployments are becoming more and more popular. The fact that one can now connect the 2 vSAN hosts at the remote office directly back-to-back without needing a 10Gb switch has reduced the cost extensively. And with the introduction of ...
  • Upcoming speaker session at the Poland/Polska VMUG (Warsaw)
    I’m delighted to announce that I have been invited back to present at the next Poland/Polska VMUG, which will take place in Warsaw on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017. I have been asked to deliver the keynote at this VMware User Group meeting, and I will be using the opportunity to present on Storage P...
  • Supporting Fault Tolerance VMs on vSAN Stretched Cluster
    During one of our many discussions at VMworld 2017, I was asked about supporting Fault Tolerance on vSAN Stretched Clusters, more specifically SMP-FT. Now to be clear, we can support SMP-FT on vSAN since version 6.1. The difficulty with supporting SMP-FT on vSAN stretched cluster has always been the...

Scott's Weblog

  • Technology Short Take 89
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 89! I have a collection of newer materials and some older materials this time around, but hopefully all of them are still useful. (I needed to do some housekeeping on my Instapaper account, which is where I bookmark stuff that frequently lands here.) Enjoy! Networki...
  • Posts from the Past, October 2017
    After over 12 years of writing here, I’ve accumulated a pretty fair amount of content. To help folks discover older content, I thought it might be fun to revisit what I’ve published in October in years past. Here are some “posts from the past,” all from October of previous ye...
  • The Linux Migration: Wrap-Up
    As many readers are probably already aware, I embarked on a journey earlier this year to make Linux my primary laptop OS (see this update from April of this year). That journey ended (for now) when I ordered a new 13” MacBook Pro just before VMworld US. In this post, I’d like to reflect ...
  • Denver Network Programmability User Group Meeting
    If you live (or will be) in Denver next week—specifically, on Wednesday, November 1—I’ll be joining the Denver Network Programmability User Group (NPUG) to talk about network programmability and my recent book with Jason Edelman and Matt Oswalt around network programmability and au...
  • A Sample Makefile for Publishing Blog Articles
    As some readers may already know, this site has been running on a static site generator since late 2014/early 2015, when I migrated from WordPress to Jekyll on GitHub Pages. I’ve since migrated again, this time to Hugo on S3/CloudFront. Along the way, I’ve taken an interest in using make...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • How VVols impacts storage protocol choices with vSphere
    File vs. Block, why choose one over the other with vSphere. They both have their pros and cons which has influenced decision making when it comes to picking your storage with vSphere but VVols has changed the game of how storage protocols interact with vSphere which may also impact your decision mak...
  • With attendance down does this mean VMworld has jumped the shark?
    As I reported in my annual post on my experiences at VMworld, attendance was down this year and in a fairly big way. VMware reported attendance at 20,000 this year which is about a 15% decline from the 23,000 who attended in 2015 & 2016. Is this a sign that less people care about what … C...
  • New report from IDC highlights the many benefits of VMware VVols
    I find one of the biggest barriers to VVols adoption is lack of customer understanding of what VVols is and what it will do for them. Many customers are happy with VMFS and the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mind-sight is prevalent which keeps them using what they are comf...
  • VVols enhancements coming in the next vSphere release
    I’ve known the VVols roadmap for quite a while but haven’t been able to share that publicly but VMware recently just shared it in a VMworld VVols session that is publicly available on YouTube so I though I would comment on that. If you watch the STO2446BU – VMware Virtual Volumes T...
  • My thoughts and observations on VMworld 2017
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Virtual Geek

  • Seriously DIY HCI or HCI Systems are you SURE?
    I want to be clear – I see REAL cases where customers cover the full spectrum for real reasons – from DIY to turnkey systems.    I know that we as Dell Technologies need to provide great choices for builders of IT, and consumers of IT. That said – I see some bad examples of self-inflicted pain by ...
  • VMworld 2017: XtremIO X2the best clean-sheet AFA gets better.
    This week marks the launch of the next generation of an incredible successful product – Dell EMC XtremIO. The best way to think of X2 as the 2nd generation of XtremIO – it takes the great foundation of the strengths of XtremIO and builds on them. The core architecture of keeping all the metadata ...
  • VMworld 2017: re-inventing Data Protection for VMware
    This is cool. Every customer needs Data Protection for their VMware environment – local backup and recovery, and protection from disaster recovery. I’ve seen every chapter of this – from the birth of Site Recovery Manager in 2008 (to Jay Judkowitz – shout out to you buddy!, the birth of CBT in 2009...
  • VMworld 2017: Continued Advances in Hybrid Cloud DIY Choices
    If you’re coming here first – I strongly recommend reading the “Lessons Learnt” post in this series, here.  It will help with context, and understanding your options and choices.   Also – I strongly recommend reading this “DIY” and “Consume” blog post here – it’s very useful. Ok, with that context ...
  • VMworld 2017: Pivotal Container Services (PKS)
    IMO – this is one of the biggest announcements at VMworld this week.   It is a major shift to the Dell Technologies strategic perspective, and important for our customers. It’s something we’ve been spending a lot of time on internally for a while – I’ve spent hours at end with Scott Yara and James...

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  • Latest Fling from VMware Labs - Desktop Watermark
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  • Installing NAKIVO Backup & Replication
    The NAKIVO Virtual Appliance (VA) has two disks: the first one (20 GB) contains the Linux OS with NAKIVO Backup & Replication, and the second one (500 GB) is used as a backup repository. If you deploy the Virtual Appliance disks using the Thin Provision option, then the disks will not reserv...
  • Tech Support (root) Access in NSX for vSphere 6.x
    The NSX Manager contains many tools to help customers in conjunction with Global Support Services to resolve operational issues. The NSX for vSphere 6.x product features a customized command line interface that covers most of the basics that the user interface does and a little bit more. On ...
  • New Free eLearning Course: VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2017
    The VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2017 course introduces the concept of Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).  The course is designed to introduce basic and fundamental concepts associated with SDDC, Network Virtualization, Security, and the types of business challenges the solution...
  • Performance Characterization of Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSphere 6.5
    In this paper, an online transaction processing (OLTP) benchmark, DVD Store 3, is used to characterize performance and power across five generations of 4-socket Intel servers hosting monster-sized Microsoft SQL Server 2016 database VMs. The results show vSphere is capable of fully utilizing cu...

Virten.net

  • Fix for FreeNAS on HPE MicroServer Gen10 X3216 Stuck Console Issue
    When you try to install FreeNAS 11 on the new HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3216, the installer stops booting and appears to be stuck at: pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0 pcib0: _OSC returned error 0x10 pci0: <ACPI PCI …Read more »...
  • Get- and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMLatencySensitivity, Get-VMLatencySensitivityBulk and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell functions configure can return and set the latency sensitivity level of a virtual machine. You can adjust the latency sensitivity of a virtual machine to optimize the scheduling delay for latency sensi...
  • Critical Patch for All-Flash vSAN with Deduplication (6.0 and 6.5)
    VMware has released a critical patch for vSAN 6.0 and 6.5. This patch contains a fix for a highly critical vSAN issue that might cause IO read errors and in some cases severe symptoms such as inaccessible VMs, host failures, or stuck resyncs. The issue …Read more »...
  • Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell functions are aimed at helping you to identify the version at which your ESXi is currently running, and whether updates are available. Both are using a JSON based ESXi Build database which is also the backend …Read more »...
  • Convert-ScsiCode PowerShell Function
    The Convert-ScsiCode PowerShell function decodes SCSI sense codes found in the vmkernel.log from ESXi hosts. It uses a JSON based SCSI Code database provided by virten.net. The function works just like my web-based SCSI Sense Code Decoder but allows you to integrate …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • ESXi 6.5 host fails with PSOD
    Seems that there are still some issues with vSphere 6.5, with a possible PSOD (Purple Screen Of the Death) after upgrade to 6.5U1 on ESXi hosts using 10 Gbps NICs. The VMware KB 2151749 describe this issue and explains that this occurs because Netqueue commit phase abruptly stop due to the failure o...
  • VeeamON Tour Virtual 2017
    VeeamON is the big event from Veeam (actually only in the US) and VeeamON Tour is usually a smallest (one day) event around the world. But, like happened in the past year, on December 5 there will be also a VeeamON Tour Virtual event: coming right to your desktop, an event on the future of Availabil...
  • Cisco CCNA lab guide
    Neil Anderson, from Flackbox, has build an amazing free Cisco CCNA Lab Guide recently which can be used to pass the CCNA exam or as a configuration reference for Cisco routers and switches. There’s a few free guides online but they all cover old out of date exam topics and aren’t great quality, but ...
  • Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5 book
    One of the reasons why my blog is starving in the last months is that I’ve started a huge personal project that consumes all my spare free time. This project is a book on VMware vSphere 6.5, really ambitious considering that will be a “Mastering” book, but the title and part of the...
  • Flash issue with vSphere Web Client
    The latest Adobe Flash update (note that the update has been included also in Microsoft Update) with v 27.0.0.170 make the vSphere Web Client no more usable with all browsers. With Chrome and Firefox you will recognize that the Flash plugin hangs, in Internet Explorer you will have a simple generic ...

 

 

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Last week the TAM Blog posted an article on the TAM Buddy Program. As part of the VMware TAM program we have many specialized programs in place for our valued TAM customers. There are many programs in different areas that can be provided to you as a TAM customer. How do you find out about these? I suggest that you have a meet up with your TAM and ensure you are discussing your objectives. As a TAM it is our responsibility to bring to you the appropriate programs and resources to ensure that you are getting the correct services at the right time. While the TAM Buddy Program is just one of our many different service offerings as part of the TAM Program, it is worthwhile having the conversation with your TAM, and highlighting what is important to you and your business, now and in the future. Then let us find the right people and programs, that are also changing and being added to all the time for you.

Please don't forget to discuss any SRs and important KBs with your TAM on a regular basis. This is another important aspect to ensure that you are getting the right level of management of all of your critical items that are in play.

With that I wish you all a fantastic week ahead, and thank you for your loyal readership.

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AirWatch Blog

  • 10 Best Practices for Migrating From Windows 7 to Windows 10
    I recently spoke to many customers at VMworld in Las Vegas on Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration projects and had the opportunity to present this topic to more than 500 attendees—proof that Windows remains top of mind for many customers. For those not in attendance, consider the following 10 best pra...
  • The Revolution Begins: VMware Named a Leader in Inaugural IDC Marketscape for Unified Endpoint Management (UEM)
    I’ve been talking for the past month, leading up to VMworld 2017, about how VMware Workspace ONE powered by VMware AirWatch is leading the PC lifecycle management (PCLM) revolution with a modern, real-time, over-the-air approach. And then at VMworld, we announced even more unique Windows 10 PCLM fea...
  • Reflections From Microsoft Ignite 2017
    The shift in momentum for both Microsoft and VMware over the past year has been dramatic. The response from customers and partners has been overwhelmingly positive across Microsoft Inspire, VMworld and Microsoft Ignite. If stock price alone were an indicator, both companies are up between 25 and 50 ...

The Support Insider

  • New KB articles published for week ending 15th October 2017
    VMware SDDC Manager The VMware Cloud Foundation SOS utility does not collect all requested logs Date Published: 2017/10/09 VMware Cloud Foundation HDD_DOWN_ALERT alert may be generated in when an ESXi host is rebooted Date Published: 2017/10/09 VMware Cloud Foundation for Service Providers environme...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 8th October 2017
    VMware ESXi ESXi host fails with PSOD after upgrading to 6.5 Update 1 Date Published: 2017/10/03 VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch Release ESXi600-201710301 Date Published: 2017/10/05 VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch Release ESXi600-201710301-BG: Updates esx-base, vsan and vsanhealth VIBs Date Published: 2017/10/05 VMwa...
  • Top 20 Horizon View articles for September 2017
    Unable to save pool settings or create new pools in VMware View Changing the name of a VMware Horizon View Connection Server Connecting to VMware Horizon View desktops fails with the error: Tunnel server presented a certificate that didn’t match the expected certificate Audio issues with the VMware...
  • Top 20 vRealize Operations Manager articles for September 2017
    Removing the vRealize Operations Manager Plugin from vSphere after upgrading to vRealize Operations Manager 6.6 Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products How to configure Data Retention in vRealize Operations Manager 6.x Ensuring adequate free disk space is available on VMw...
  • Top vRealize Log Insight articles for September 2017
    FAQ: Log Insight for vCenter Server Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware product Collecting diagnostic information for VMware vRealize Log Insight Converting from Active Directory to VMware Identity Manager in vRealize Log Insight Upgrade to vRealize Log Insight 4.0.0 fails wit...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

  • VMware Cloud on AWS - VM Creation Date available in vSphere API
    I was recently doing some work with my VMware Cloud on AWS instance and I needed to verify something in the vSphere API. Since I already had a browser open, rather than context switch, I decided to quickly open up the vSphere MOB which is a debugging tool that provides a browser interface to the vSp...
  • Tip from Engineering - Use UEFI firmware for Windows 10 & Server 2016
    Several weeks back I was chatting with a few of our Engineers from the Core Platform Team (vSphere) and they had shared an interesting tidbit which I thought I was worth mentioning to my readers. When creating a Virtual Machine in either vSphere or Fusion/Workstation, customers have the option to ov...
  • "Shockwave Flash has crashed" workaround for vSphere Web (Flash) Client
    On Saturday, I started to notice that logins to the vSphere Web (Flex) Client stopped working with Google Chrome. Upon a successful logon, it would immediately crash with "Shockwave Flash has crashed" message. I had seen this message plenty of times in the past and usually restarting Chrome would re...
  • VPN Configuration to VMware Cloud on AWS using pfSense
    Provisioning a new SDDC on VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) is not an operation that I perform on a regular basis. Usually, one of the first tasks after a new SDDC deployment is setting up a VPN connection between your on-premises datacenter and your VMC environment. Given this is not a frequent activity, ...
  • Enabling shell access for Active Directory users via SSH to vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA)
    I had a question the other day on whether it was possible to enable shell access for Active Directory users when logging into the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) via SSH? The answer is yes and though this is documented here, it is not very clear whether this is only applicable to SSO-based users onl...

ESX Virtualization

  • Increase Inactivity Timeout on VMware ESXi Host Client
    One of the challenges when working with individual ESXi hosts not managed via vCenter server might be the Inactivity timeout interval. VMware ESXi host client has a default inactivity interval pretty low so after 15 minutes of inactivity you’ll find yourself locked out and you have to reidentify aga...
  • Increase Boot Delay to Edit the BIOS of a VM
    This is a quick tip to Increase Startup Delay to Edit the BIOS of a VM. We will show you that it can be done different ways as we have multiple tools from VMware for managing their virtual infrastructure. A very easy tip everyone knows already, for this Friday. Check our Tips or How-to categories fo...
  • Top 5 Backup Features for VMware and Hyper-V Infrastructures
    In this post, we’ll explore and think of few things when it comes to backup software, their features. What are the main benefits or features you can’t live without, or what are Top 5 Backup Features for VMware and Hyper-V Infrastructures? There is a number of choices of backup software. Backup softw...
  • VMware Transparent Page Sharing (TPS) Explained
    This post is another addition to our Tips category. Today we’ll tackle another VMware vSphere Memory Management topic called VMware Transparent Page Sharing (TPS). VMware ESXi hypervisor is capable of tracking identical memory pages within VMs with the same OS. ESXi assigns a hash value to pages and...
  • What is VMware Memory Ballooning?
    This post will detail and explains some basic concept about ESXi memory reclamation technique called ballooning. What is VMware Memory Ballooning is the name of today’s post. We’ll put it again in our Tips Category. You might already pass your VCP exam and (or) you might know this topic well. We can...

CormacHogan.com

  • Getting to grips with NFSv4.1 and Kerberos
    Over the past few weeks, I’ve been looking to update some of our older white papers on core storage topics. One of the outdated papers was on NFS, and a lot had changed in this space since the paper was last updated. Most notably, was the introduction of support for NFS v41 in vSphere 6.0, along wit...
  • 2-node vSAN – witness network design considerations
    It seems that 2-node vSAN for ROBO (remote office/branch office) deployments are becoming more and more popular. The fact that one can now connect the 2 vSAN hosts at the remote office directly back-to-back without needing a 10Gb switch has reduced the cost extensively. And with the introduction of ...
  • Upcoming speaker session at the Poland/Polska VMUG (Warsaw)
    I’m delighted to announce that I have been invited back to present at the next Poland/Polska VMUG, which will take place in Warsaw on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017. I have been asked to deliver the keynote at this VMware User Group meeting, and I will be using the opportunity to present on Storage P...
  • Supporting Fault Tolerance VMs on vSAN Stretched Cluster
    During one of our many discussions at VMworld 2017, I was asked about supporting Fault Tolerance on vSAN Stretched Clusters, more specifically SMP-FT. Now to be clear, we can support SMP-FT on vSAN since version 6.1. The difficulty with supporting SMP-FT on vSAN stretched cluster has always been the...
  • How many hosts are needed to implement SFTT in vSAN Stretched Cluster?
    Many of you who are well versed in vSAN will realize that we released a Secondary Failures To Tolerate (SFTT) feature with vSAN 6.6. This meant that not only could we tolerate failures across sites, but that we could also add another layer of redundancy to each copy of the data maintained at each of...

Scott's Weblog

  • A Sample Makefile for Publishing Blog Articles
    As some readers may already know, this site has been running on a static site generator since late 2014/early 2015, when I migrated from WordPress to Jekyll on GitHub Pages. I’ve since migrated again, this time to Hugo on S3/CloudFront. Along the way, I’ve taken an interest in using make...
  • Looking Under the Hood: containerD
    This is a liveblog of the session titled “Looking Under the Hood: containerD”, presented by Scott Coulton with Puppet (and also a Docker Captain). It’s part of the Edge track here at DockerCon EU 2017, where I’m attending and liveblogging as many sessions as I’m able. ...
  • Building a Secure Supply Chain
    This is a liveblog of the session titled “Building a Secure Supply Chain,” part of the Using Docker track at DockerCon EU 2017 in Copenhagen. The speakers are Ashwini Oruganti (@ashfall on Twitter) and Andy Clemenko (@aclemenko on Twitter), both from Docker. This session was recommended ...
  • Docker EE Deep Dive
    This is a liveblog of the session titled “Docker EE Deep Dive,” part of the Docker Best Practices track here at DockerCon EU 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The speaker is Patrick Devine, a Product Manager at Docker. I had also toyed with the idea of attending the Cilium presentation in the...
  • DockerCon EU 2017 Day 2 Keynote
    This is a liveblog of the day 2 keynote/general session here in Copenhagen, Denmark, at DockerCon EU 2017. Yesterday’s keynote (see the liveblog here) featured the hotly-anticipated Kubernetes announcement (I shared some thoughts here), so it will be interesting to see what Docker has in store...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • With attendance down does this mean VMworld has jumped the shark?
    As I reported in my annual post on my experiences at VMworld, attendance was down this year and in a fairly big way. VMware reported attendance at 20,000 this year which is about a 15% decline from the 23,000 who attended in 2015 & 2016. Is this a sign that less people care about what … C...
  • New report from IDC highlights the many benefits of VMware VVols
    I find one of the biggest barriers to VVols adoption is lack of customer understanding of what VVols is and what it will do for them. Many customers are happy with VMFS and the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mind-sight is prevalent which keeps them using what they are comf...
  • VVols enhancements coming in the next vSphere release
    I’ve known the VVols roadmap for quite a while but haven’t been able to share that publicly but VMware recently just shared it in a VMworld VVols session that is publicly available on YouTube so I though I would comment on that. If you watch the STO2446BU – VMware Virtual Volumes T...
  • My thoughts and observations on VMworld 2017
    Another year, another VMworld in the books, this is number 10 for me (there have been 14 VMworld events total) and how fast the event flies by never changes. I’m posting this a little late this year as the old adage “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” didn’t hold true for...
  • Get your Top vBlog 2017 virtual logos
    Hot off the presses are new logos for your blog/website to show off how you did in Top vBlog 2017. I was going for a new look this year and hence had to find a new designer which was no easy task. I use Fiverr which is a huge community of freelance designers for hire … Continue reading »...

Virtual Geek

  • VMworld 2017: XtremIO X2the best clean-sheet AFA gets better.
    This week marks the launch of the next generation of an incredible successful product – Dell EMC XtremIO. The best way to think of X2 as the 2nd generation of XtremIO – it takes the great foundation of the strengths of XtremIO and builds on them. The core architecture of keeping all the metadata ...
  • VMworld 2017: re-inventing Data Protection for VMware
    This is cool. Every customer needs Data Protection for their VMware environment – local backup and recovery, and protection from disaster recovery. I’ve seen every chapter of this – from the birth of Site Recovery Manager in 2008 (to Jay Judkowitz – shout out to you buddy!, the birth of CBT in 2009...
  • VMworld 2017: Continued Advances in Hybrid Cloud DIY Choices
    If you’re coming here first – I strongly recommend reading the “Lessons Learnt” post in this series, here.  It will help with context, and understanding your options and choices.   Also – I strongly recommend reading this “DIY” and “Consume” blog post here – it’s very useful. Ok, with that context ...
  • VMworld 2017: Pivotal Container Services (PKS)
    IMO – this is one of the biggest announcements at VMworld this week.   It is a major shift to the Dell Technologies strategic perspective, and important for our customers. It’s something we’ve been spending a lot of time on internally for a while – I’ve spent hours at end with Scott Yara and James...
  • VMworld 2017: Continued Advances in Hybrid Cloud - NHC
    If you’re coming here first – I strongly recommend reading the “Lessons Learnt” post in this series, here.  It will help with context, and understanding your options and choices. Ok, with that context – lets talk about the Native Hybrid Cloud (NHC) 1.4  NHC is designed to be a full cloud stack – bu...

Eric Sloof - NTPRO.NL

  • Installing NAKIVO Backup & Replication
    The NAKIVO Virtual Appliance (VA) has two disks: the first one (20 GB) contains the Linux OS with NAKIVO Backup & Replication, and the second one (500 GB) is used as a backup repository. If you deploy the Virtual Appliance disks using the Thin Provision option, then the disks will not reserv...
  • Tech Support (root) Access in NSX for vSphere 6.x
    The NSX Manager contains many tools to help customers in conjunction with Global Support Services to resolve operational issues. The NSX for vSphere 6.x product features a customized command line interface that covers most of the basics that the user interface does and a little bit more. On ...
  • New Free eLearning Course: VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2017
    The VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2017 course introduces the concept of Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).  The course is designed to introduce basic and fundamental concepts associated with SDDC, Network Virtualization, Security, and the types of business challenges the solution...
  • Performance Characterization of Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSphere 6.5
    In this paper, an online transaction processing (OLTP) benchmark, DVD Store 3, is used to characterize performance and power across five generations of 4-socket Intel servers hosting monster-sized Microsoft SQL Server 2016 database VMs. The results show vSphere is capable of fully utilizing cu...
  • New Free eLearning Course: vSphere Integrated Container Fundamentals
    This course covers a series of topics on cloud native basics such as container technology, Kubernetes, and container related infrastructure technologies.   What is a Container? In this lightboard talk, Ben Corrie explains what a container is for beginners.    The Benefits of Containers  I...

Virten.net

  • Get- and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMLatencySensitivity, Get-VMLatencySensitivityBulk and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell functions configure can return and set the latency sensitivity level of a virtual machine. You can adjust the latency sensitivity of a virtual machine to optimize the scheduling delay for latency sensi...
  • Critical Patch for All-Flash vSAN with Deduplication (6.0 and 6.5)
    VMware has released a critical patch for vSAN 6.0 and 6.5. This patch contains a fix for a highly critical vSAN issue that might cause IO read errors and in some cases severe symptoms such as inaccessible VMs, host failures, or stuck resyncs. The issue …Read more »...
  • Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell functions are aimed at helping you to identify the version at which your ESXi is currently running, and whether updates are available. Both are using a JSON based ESXi Build database which is also the backend …Read more »...
  • Convert-ScsiCode PowerShell Function
    The Convert-ScsiCode PowerShell function decodes SCSI sense codes found in the vmkernel.log from ESXi hosts. It uses a JSON based SCSI Code database provided by virten.net. The function works just like my web-based SCSI Sense Code Decoder but allows you to integrate …Read more »...
  • JSON Repository Format Update and now with SCSI Codes
    Whenever I create databases with information like ESXi Versions, vCenter Versions or VMware's HCL I try make these available to be used for automation or in scripts. JSON is my data-type of choice but I figured that another structure might be …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • ESXi 6.5 host fails with PSOD
    Seems that there are still some issues with vSphere 6.5, with a possible PSOD (Purple Screen Of the Death) after upgrade to 6.5U1 on ESXi hosts using 10 Gbps NICs. The VMware KB 2151749 describe this issue and explains that this occurs because Netqueue commit phase abruptly stop due to the failure o...
  • VeeamON Tour Virtual 2017
    VeeamON is the big event from Veeam (actually only in the US) and VeeamON Tour is usually a smallest (one day) event around the world. But, like happened in the past year, on December 5 there will be also a VeeamON Tour Virtual event: coming right to your desktop, an event on the future of Availabil...
  • Cisco CCNA lab guide
    Neil Anderson, from Flackbox, has build an amazing free Cisco CCNA Lab Guide recently which can be used to pass the CCNA exam or as a configuration reference for Cisco routers and switches. There’s a few free guides online but they all cover old out of date exam topics and aren’t great quality, but ...
  • Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5 book
    One of the reasons why my blog is starving in the last months is that I’ve started a huge personal project that consumes all my spare free time. This project is a book on VMware vSphere 6.5, really ambitious considering that will be a “Mastering” book, but the title and part of the...
  • Flash issue with vSphere Web Client
    The latest Adobe Flash update (note that the update has been included also in Microsoft Update) with v 27.0.0.170 make the vSphere Web Client no more usable with all browsers. With Chrome and Firefox you will recognize that the Flash plugin hangs, in Internet Explorer you will have a simple generic ...


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Hi everyone, welcome to the 40th newsletter for 2017. It has been an epic year thus far. With 2 of our major conferences behind us and so many announcements, new solutions and enhancements to our VMware products. The year is not over and there are still many opportunities for you to attend one of our events, online or in-person. Check out the VMUG website for events online and in your local city. Register online and get reminded of local events that you can attend as well as online events.

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

VMware Radius

  • VMware Empowers Digital Leaders Across Industries
    VMware empowers leaders in all industries, from healthcare to retail to finance. Some are hospitality giants aiming to revolutionize the way people travel, others are hospitals focusing on providing quality individual patient care. No matter what type of organization, one thing is consistent: these ...
  • VMware Renews Support for Channel Partners
    On Day 2 of VMworld 2017, VMware reinforced its commitment to helping its channel partners help their customers “Realize What’s Possible” with training and other programs designed to improve partner cloud services expertise and support. “We intend to keep the pedal to the metal,” VMware promised the...
  • VMware and SAP Collaborate on Internet of Things (IoT)
    VMware today announced that it is collaborating with SAP to create an integrated Internet of Things (IoT) solution that supports the implementation and management of IoT use cases across devices, infrastructure, edge, cloud and application domains. The goal is to enable fast deployment, scalability ...

Open Source @VMware

  • What It Means to Be a Good Open Source Citizen
    By Tim Pepper Our team recently discussed the word choice in our VMware Open Source Technology Center (OSTC) mission statement. Our goals are to: Establish VMware as a good open source citizen. Build VMware’s presence and influence in relevant projects through meaningful contributions and parti...
  • 7 of the Best Open Source Quotes from VMworld 2017
    VMworld 2017 was VMware’s biggest showing of open source at VMworld to date! Here is a collection of our top seven favorite quotes from VMworld’s open source sessions. 1. Open Source at VMware: A Key Ingredient to Our Success and Yours [LDT1844BU] “Open source is a powerful methodology for innovat...
  • 4 Vital Steps to Open Source Success in Your Company
    Open source software is gaining serious traction throughout many industries. A 2016 survey conducted by Black Duck Software found virtually all companies rely on open source software in their product development. This indicates that open source is widely adopted and is becoming a strategic part of e...

VMware vSphere Blog

  • Key Manager Concepts and Topology Basics for VM and vSAN Encryption
    At VMworld 2017 VM and vSAN Encryption and security of vSphere in general became VERY popular topics. And in those discussions the topic of Key Managers came up and specifically “How many key managers should I have?” was a recurring question. This blog article will give you two examples of key ...
  • Three Key Reasons for Joining Modernize Data Centers Track at vForum Online
    As digital transformation increases across the business world, the era of costly, complex legacy infrastructures is coming to an end. But what will it take to modernize infrastructures in such a way that IT gets the agility and flexibility it needs to operate, innovate, and scale to meet the demands...
  • Understanding the Impacts of Mixed-Version vCenter Server Deployments
    There are a few questions that come up quite often regarding vCenter Server upgrades and mixed-versions that we would like to address. In this blog post we will discuss and attempt to clarify the guidance in the vSphere Documentation for Upgrade or Migration Order and Mixed-Version Transitional Beha...

Network Virtualization

  • Kubernetes in the enterprise with VMware NSX-T and vRealize Automation
    This post is written by Hany Michaels, Senior Staff Architect at VMware – Personal blog: www.hanymichaels.com We’ve all seen the VMware PKS announcement at VMworld 2017, and we are all excited about it. The idea of provisioning Kubernetes clusters in an easy way, with day-2 operations, inside your ...
  • Recapping the Incredible Presentations at future:net 2017
    For those of you unable to attend future:net 2017 in Las Vegas, NV last month, fear not—what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas! That’s right, thanks to the wonder that is YouTube, there are video recordings available of the amazing keynote speakers and presentations that took place at t...
  • Demo: Multi-site Active-Active with NSX, F5 Networks GSLB, and Palo Alto Networks Security
    I wrote this post prior on my personal blog at HumairAhmed.com. You can also see many of my prior blogs on multisite and Cross-vCenter NSX here on the VMware Network Virtualization blog site. This post expands on my prior post, Multi-site Active-Active Solutions with NSX-V and F5 BIG-IP DNS. Specifi...

Virtual Blocks

  • 3 Key Reasons Why You Must Attend the Modernize Data Centers Track At vForum Online
    As digital transformation increases across the business world, the era of costly, complex legacy infrastructures is coming to an end. But what will it take to modernize infrastructures in such a way that IT gets the agility and flexibility it needs to operate, innovate, and scale to meet the demands...
  • Oakland University Accelerates Technology Growth with vSAN
    At first glance, Oakland University (OU) looks like a relaxed midwestern university with rolling lawns and students lounging under spreading oaks. And while that is indeed part of the university’s charm, a closer look reveals a campus culture that is anything but sleepy. Serving more than 20,500 stu...
  • vSAN Announcements and Highlights from VMworld 2017
    Las Vegas wasn’t the only destination on VMworld’s itinerary this year. The annual conference traveled overseas and made waves in Spain. The record breaking number of attendeeds at each event heard how vSAN surprassed the noteworthy milestone of 10,000 customers. Many of these customers were out in ...

VMware Cloud Management

  • vRealize Network Insight 3.5 – Feel the vRNI
    vRealize Network Insight 3.5 (vRNI) introduces a number of great features, which improve our visibility and ability to ensure a secure and compliant configuration.  Also Network Insight is now available as a service.  This means you can rely on VMware to handle management and updates of Network Insi...
  • IT As Developer Of Infrastructure As Code
    IT As Developer:  One Of The Keys To Relevance This blog is the third installment in a series focused on the question of what IT teams need to do to retain or regain relevance (depending on their circumstance) with line-of-business.  For the full list check out my first blog  on this subject.  In a...
  • vRA and NSX – Intro to App-Centric Networking and Security
    Introduction In a software-defined world, infrastructure is defined by policies based on a set of requirements — prescribed by the business, applications, security or IT itself. Those policies are tied to a set of logic that integrates and automates a given service as needed, when needed. For its p...

Cloud Foundation

Cloud-Native Apps

  • Connect with VMware Around Containers at DockerCon EU
    Copenhagen is one of Europe’s leading cities around information technology, making it the perfect locale for this year’s DockerCon EU, taking place October 16-19 at the Bella Centre in Denmark’s capital city. DockerCon is the leading container conference for practitioners to learn from other contain...
  • Join VMware at China Kubernetes End User Conference
    On October 15, the China Kubernetes End User Conference, a joint venture put on by Caicloud, Cloud Native Computing Foundation and the “K8sMeetup China Community,” will celebrate the tremendous technological impact of Kubernetes, unveil the latest updates and enhancements around it and provide top-l...
  • Using vSphere Integrated Containers to Solve Container Networking Challenges
    By Eduardo Meirelles, Consulting Architect, VMware The image below shows a high-level view of the networks that vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) use and how they connect to your vSphere environment, the Registry and Management Portal and to public registries, such as Docker Hub. As you can se...

VMware End-User Computing Blog

  • VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure—Now Available
    Delivering on the Promise of Cross-Cloud Strategy As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. In May, we announced our intent to release the VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure. This summer, an exclusive group of customers participated in our beta program, and finally, this A...
  • Try the New VMware Horizon Cloud Hands-on Lab
    What is desktop as a service (DaaS), and how is DaaS different from virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)? Try the new VMware Horizon Cloud Hands-on Lab to find out! Click here to sign up. This lab is a guided tour of Horizon Cloud and is designed to introduce you to the Horizon Cloud Service. We de...
  • Your Comprehensive Guide to Transforming Security with Desktop Virtualization
    Not a day goes by without a data breach or a cyber-attack. No one seems to be immune, from government agencies to retailers, Big Four accounting firms, fast food chains and now credit reporting agencies. Whether the breach is due to lax security on the part of the organization, insiders going rogue ...

AirWatch Blog

  • 10 Best Practices for Migrating From Windows 7 to Windows 10
    I recently spoke to many customers at VMworld in Las Vegas on Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration projects and had the opportunity to present this topic to more than 500 attendees—proof that Windows remains top of mind for many customers. For those not in attendance, consider the following 10 best pra...
  • The Revolution Begins: VMware Named a Leader in Inaugural IDC Marketscape for Unified Endpoint Management (UEM)
    I’ve been talking for the past month, leading up to VMworld 2017, about how VMware Workspace ONE powered by VMware AirWatch is leading the PC lifecycle management (PCLM) revolution with a modern, real-time, over-the-air approach. And then at VMworld, we announced even more unique Windows 10 PCLM fea...
  • Reflections From Microsoft Ignite 2017
    The shift in momentum for both Microsoft and VMware over the past year has been dramatic. The response from customers and partners has been overwhelmingly positive across Microsoft Inspire, VMworld and Microsoft Ignite. If stock price alone were an indicator, both companies are up between 25 and 50 ...

The Support Insider

  • New KB articles published for week ending 8th October 2017
    VMware ESXi ESXi host fails with PSOD after upgrading to 6.5 Update 1 Date Published: 2017/10/03 VMware Identity Manager Upgrading from VMware Identity Manager 2.7.1 to VMware Identity Manager 3.0 Date Published: 2017/10/03 VMware vRealize Business for Cloud vRA VMs that are deleted in the current m...
  • Top 20 Horizon View articles for September 2017
    Unable to save pool settings or create new pools in VMware View Changing the name of a VMware Horizon View Connection Server Connecting to VMware Horizon View desktops fails with the error: Tunnel server presented a certificate that didn’t match the expected certificate Audio issues with the VMware...
  • Top 20 vRealize Operations Manager articles for September 2017
    Removing the vRealize Operations Manager Plugin from vSphere after upgrading to vRealize Operations Manager 6.6 Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products How to configure Data Retention in vRealize Operations Manager 6.x Ensuring adequate free disk space is available on VMw...
  • Top vRealize Log Insight articles for September 2017
    FAQ: Log Insight for vCenter Server Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware product Collecting diagnostic information for VMware vRealize Log Insight Converting from Active Directory to VMware Identity Manager in vRealize Log Insight Upgrade to vRealize Log Insight 4.0.0 fails wit...
  • Top vRealize Automation articles for September 2017
    Removing a virtual machine from vRealize Automation 7.x using Cloud Client  Update sequence for vSphere 6.0 and its compatible VMware products  Requests get stuck at ‘In Progress’ or ‘Pending Approval’ status in vRA  Logging in to a tenant with verified administrator credentials or user credentials...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

  • "Shockwave Flash has crashed" workaround for vSphere Web (Flash) Client
    On Saturday, I started to notice that logins to the vSphere Web (Flex) Client stopped working with Google Chrome. Upon a successful logon, it would immediately crash with "Shockwave Flash has crashed" message. I had seen this message plenty of times in the past and usually restarting Chrome would re...
  • VPN Configuration to VMware Cloud on AWS using pfSense
    Provisioning a new SDDC on VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) is not an operation that I perform on a regular basis. Usually, one of the first tasks after a new SDDC deployment is setting up a VPN connection between your on-premises datacenter and your VMC environment. Given this is not a frequent activity, ...
  • Enabling shell access for Active Directory users via SSH to vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA)
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Photon OS 2.0 では、SysRq キーが無効にされているようです。

root@vm06 [ ~ ]# cat /etc/photon-release

VMware Photon OS 2.0

PHOTON_BUILD_NUMBER=304b817

root@vm06 [ ~ ]# grep CONFIG_MAGIC_SYSRQ /boot/config-*-esx

# CONFIG_MAGIC_SYSRQ is not set

 

Photon OS を マジック SysRq キーでハングさせたいことがあったので、

今回は SRPM を利用して、Kernel の RPM をビルドしてみようと思います。

(vSphere HA の動作確認で使用しようかなと・・・)

 

Photon OS の Source RPM ファイル(SRPM)は、下記のあたりからダウンロードできます。

※rpm ファイルのリストが表示されるまで時間がかかることがあります。

https://bintray.com/vmware/photon_srpms_2.0_x86_64/packages#files

 

ビルドで必要な RPM のインストール。

依存関係があったり、ビルドに必要だったりする RPM を、

あらかじめインストールしておきます。今回は Kernel なので特に多いです。

spec ファイルに記載された依存 RPM だけでは不足していて、エラーになります。

※長いので RPM ごとにエスケープで改行していますが、tdnf install は1行で実行できます。

※RPM の記載順序には、特に意味はありません。

tdnf install -y \

rpm-build \

Linux-PAM-devel \

glib-devel \

kbd \

kmod-devel \

libdnet-devel \

libmspack-devel \

openssl-devel \

procps-ng-devel \

xerces-c-devel \

xml-security-c-devel \

tar \

patch \

make \

gcc \

glibc-devel \

linux-api-headers \

binutils \

diffutils \

elfutils

 

SRPM のダウンロードと展開。

まず SRPM をダウンロードします。

root@vm06 [ ~ ]# curl -L https://bintray.com/vmware/photon_srpms_2.0_x86_64/download_file?file_path=linux-esx-4.9.60-1.ph2.src.rpm -o linux-esx-4.9.60-1.ph2.src.rpm

root@vm06 [ ~ ]# ls -l linux-esx-4.9.60-1.ph2.src.rpm

-rw-r----- 1 root root 93291006 Nov 21 14:20 linux-esx-4.9.60-1.ph2.src.rpm

 

今回は、Kernel なので この SRPM を使用します。

Photon OS 2.0 GA 同梱の RPM より ひとつ新しいバージョンがリリースされていたので

それを利用します。

root@vm06 [ ~ ]# rpm -qpi linux-esx-4.9.60-1.ph2.src.rpm

Name        : linux-esx

Version     : 4.9.60

Release     : 1.ph2

Architecture: x86_64

Install Date: (not installed)

Group       : System Environment/Kernel

Size        : 93363301

License     : GPLv2

Signature   : RSA/SHA1, Thu 09 Nov 2017 05:44:26 AM UTC, Key ID c0b5e0ab66fd4949

Source RPM  : (none)

Build Date  : Thu 09 Nov 2017 04:00:50 AM UTC

Build Host  : photon-d2dd6bc2fb2e

Relocations : (not relocatable)

Vendor      : VMware, Inc.

URL         : http://www.kernel.org/

Summary     : Kernel

Description :

The Linux kernel build for GOS for VMware hypervisor.

 

RPM をビルドする Photon OS に、SRPM をインストールします。

いろいろ RPM を追加するので、ビルドした Kernel をインストールするゲストとは別に、

ビルド用のゲストを用意したほうがよいと思います。

root@vm06 [ ~ ]# rpm -ivh linux-esx-4.9.60-1.ph2.src.rpm

 

/usr/src/photon ディレクトリ配下に、ソースと .spec ファイルが展開されます。

root ではない OS ユーザ(今回は gowatana)でビルドしようと思うので、

/usr/src/photon から下のファイルの所有者を変更してしまいます。

 

 

root@vm06 [ ~ ]# chown -R gowatana:users /usr/src/photon

root@vm06 [ ~ ]# ls -l /usr/src/photon

total 8

drwxr-x--- 2 gowatana users 4096 Nov 21 14:24 SOURCES

drwxr-x--- 2 gowatana users 4096 Nov 21 14:24 SPECS

root@vm06 [ ~ ]# su - gowatana

gowatana [ ~ ]$

 

ソースのカスタマイズ。

ファイルを編集して、MAGIC_SYSRQ を有効にします。

今回は、patch などは作成せず、直接ファイルを編集してしまいます。

 

 

gowatana [ ~ ]$ cp /usr/src/photon/SOURCES/config-esx config-esx.orig

gowatana [ ~ ]$ vi /usr/src/photon/SOURCES/config-esx

gowatana [ ~ ]$ diff config-esx.orig /usr/src/photon/SOURCES/config-esx

2895c2895,2896

< # CONFIG_MAGIC_SYSRQ is not set

---

> CONFIG_MAGIC_SYSRQ=yes

> CONFIG_MAGIC_SYSRQ_DEFAULT_ENABLE=0x1

gowatana [ ~ ]$

 

インストールするときに正式な RPM と衝突しないように、

今回はパッケージの名前を linux-esx-custom に変更してしまいます。

 

 

gowatana [ ~ ]$ cp /usr/src/photon/SPECS/linux-esx.spec linux-esx.spec.orig

gowatana [ ~ ]$ vi /usr/src/photon/SPECS/linux-esx.spec

gowatana [ ~ ]$ diff linux-esx.spec.orig /usr/src/photon/SPECS/linux-esx.spec

3c3

< Name:           linux-esx

---

> Name:           linux-esx-custom

gowatana [ ~ ]$

 

RPM のビルド。

RPM をビルドします。

gowatana [ ~ ]$ rpmbuild -ba /usr/src/photon/SPECS/linux-esx.spec

 

しばらく待つと、rpm ファイルが生成されます。

 

 

gowatana [ ~ ]$ ls -l /usr/src/photon/RPMS/x86_64/

total 231576

-rw-r----- 1 gowatana users   8091691 Nov 21 15:09 linux-esx-custom-4.9.60-1.x86_64.rpm

-rw-r----- 1 gowatana users 210508901 Nov 21 15:14 linux-esx-custom-debuginfo-4.9.60-1.x86_64.rpm

-rw-r----- 1 gowatana users  10952427 Nov 21 15:09 linux-esx-custom-devel-4.9.60-1.x86_64.rpm

-rw-r----- 1 gowatana users   7574551 Nov 21 15:09 linux-esx-custom-docs-4.9.60-1.x86_64.rpm

 

作成した RPM のインストール。

ビルドした RPM をインストールしてみます。

root@vm02 [ ~ ]# rpm -qa | grep linux-esx

linux-esx-4.9.53-5.ph2.x86_64

root@vm02 [ ~ ]# uname -r

4.9.53-5.ph2-esx

 

インストールします。

(ビルドで使用したサーバとは別のサーバにインストールしています)

 

 

 

root@vm02 [ ~ ]# ls -lh linux-esx-custom-4.9.60-1.x86_64.rpm

-rw-r----- 1 root root 7.8M Nov 21 15:19 linux-esx-custom-4.9.60-1.x86_64.rpm

root@vm02 [ ~ ]# rpm -ivh linux-esx-custom-4.9.60-1.x86_64.rpm

Preparing...                          ################################# [100%]

Updating / installing...

   1:linux-esx-custom-4.9.60-1        ################################# [100%]

root@vm02 [ ~ ]# rpm -qa | grep linux-esx

linux-esx-custom-4.9.60-1.x86_64

linux-esx-4.9.53-5.ph2.x86_64

 

カーネルパラメータでの sysrq 有効化。

カーネルのオプションだけでは、sysrq キーは有効になっていません。

さらに、sysctl で kernel.sysrq = 1 を設定する必要があります。

root@vm02 [ ~ ]# sysctl -a | grep sysrq

kernel.sysrq = 0

sysctl: reading key "net.ipv6.conf.all.stable_secret"

sysctl: reading key "net.ipv6.conf.default.stable_secret"

sysctl: reading key "net.ipv6.conf.eth0.stable_secret"

sysctl: reading key "net.ipv6.conf.lo.stable_secret"

root@vm02 [ ~ ]#

 

これは、systemd の RPM に含まれる

50-security-hardening.conf ファイルの設定で無効化(kernel.sysrq=0)されているので、

root@vm02 [ ~ ]# cat /etc/sysctl.d/50-security-hardening.conf

#Enabling the strongest form of native Linux Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR).

kernel.randomize_va_space=2

#Restrict revealing kernel addresses

kernel.kptr_restrict=2

#Preventing non-root users from viewing the kernel ring buffer.

kernel.dmesg_restrict = 1

# To avoid potential information disclosure

net.ipv4.tcp_timestamps = 0

# disabling an unused feature

kernel.sysrq=0

root@vm02 [ ~ ]# rpm -qf /etc/sysctl.d/50-security-hardening.conf

systemd-233-9.ph2.x86_64

 

ファイルを編集してしまいまいます。

root@vm02 [ ~ ]# sed -i "s/kernel.sysrq=0/kernel.sysrq=1/" /etc/sysctl.d/50-security-hardening.conf

root@vm02 [ ~ ]# grep kernel.sysrq /etc/sysctl.d/50-security-hardening.conf

kernel.sysrq=1

 

sysctl の /etc/sysctl.conf ファイルがデフォルトでは作成されないので、
ファイルが含まれる distrib-compat をインストールしておくと、

sysctl コマンドのエラーがなくなります。

※実際はただファイル作成しても大丈夫です。

root@vm06 [ ~ ]# sysctl -p

sysctl: cannot open "/etc/sysctl.conf": No such file or directory

root@vm06 [ ~ ]# yum install -y distrib-compat

root@vm06 [ ~ ]# sysctl -p

root@vm06 [ ~ ]#

 

OS を再起動します。

※このあと EFI セキュアブートを無効にするので、シャットダウンでもよいです。

root@vm02 [ ~ ]# reboot

 

VM での IEF セキュアブート無効化。

OVA 版の Photon OS 2.0 だと、EFI のセキュアブートが有効で、

今回作成したカーネルの RPM がひっかかってしまうはずです。

ということで、今回は VM でセキュアブートを無効にしておきます。

esxi-vm-secureboot-off.png

 

sysrq キー有効化の確認。

OS を再起動すると、新しいカーネルを読み込まれていて、

さらに kernel.sysrq = 1 が設定されています。

root@vm02 [ ~ ]# uname -r

4.9.60-1-esx

root@vm02 [ ~ ]# sysctl -a | grep sysrq

kernel.sysrq = 1

sysctl: reading key "net.ipv6.conf.all.stable_secret"

sysctl: reading key "net.ipv6.conf.default.stable_secret"

sysctl: reading key "net.ipv6.conf.eth0.stable_secret"

sysctl: reading key "net.ipv6.conf.lo.stable_secret"

root@vm02 [ ~ ]# cat /proc/sys/kernel/sysrq

1

 

OS をクラッシュさせたりできるようになりました。

root@vm02 [ ~ ]# echo c > /proc/sysrq-trigger

 

たとえば、vSphere HA の「仮想マシンの監視」の動作確認に使用したりできます。

guest-sysrq-crash.png

 

以上、Photon OS 2.0 で マジック SysRq キーを利用できるようにしてみる話でした。

If you have followed the documentation for ADFS Integration with WS1, you configured the WS1 to send “${user.domain}\${user.userName}” as the NameID. However, you will probably need to send additional attributes in case other applications are looking for things like UPN. The following is how you would configure this:

 

  1. Under Attribute Mapping, enter the Name of the Attribute using Microsoft Schema syntax. The following is a list of common attributes:
    1. http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/05/identity/claims/email
    2. http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/05/identity/claims/givenname
    3. http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/05/identity/claims/name
    4. http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/05/identity/claims/upn
  2. Enter the Attribute Name and the matching value:

 

ADFS Configuration

  1. Under Claims Provider Trusts, edit the claims for the Workspace ONE Claims Provider Trust
  2. Add a Rule
  3. Select the attribute and pass all values.
  4. Save
  5. In the Relying Party Trust
  6. Edit the claims
  7. Create a New Transform Rule to Set the NAME to the UPN

This guide provides step by step instructions to configure and test Workspace ONE as a trusted federation identity provider with OpenAM.

Prerequisites.

  • Test Instance of ForgeRock OpenAM v 5.5  (or higher) installed and configured.
  • Workspace ONE tenant
  • Configured Service Providers (ie. Salesforce, O365 etc..)
  • This solution will only work if you have architected OpenAM to leverage an IDP Proxy as below:

 

 

Note: I've been told by ForgeRock that this will also work using their Identity Gateway however I've not personally tested this.

 

Download Workspace ONE IDP Metadata

  1. Log into Workspace ONE Administration console and go to:
    1. Catalog -> Settings -> SAML Metadata -> Identity Provider (IDP) metadata
  2. Download and Save the file.
  3. Log into the OpenAM Console
  4. Click on the Realm where you want to configure Workspace ONE. This doc will assume you are configuring the Top Level Realm (/).
  5. Click Configure SAMLv2 Provider from the Dashboard

Create Workspace ONE as an Identity Provider in OpenAM

  1. Log into the OpenAM Console
  2. Click on the Realm where you want to configure Workspace ONE. This doc will assume you are configuring the Top Level Realm (/).
  3. Click Configure SAMLv2 Provider from the Dashboard
  4. Click “Configure Remote Identity Provider”
  5. Select “File” and Upload the Workspace ONE metadata:
  6. Select an existing Circle of Trust. Note: WorkspaceONE needs to be in the same COT as other SP’s and IDP’s that will be used in this environment.
  7. Select OK
  8. Click Save
  9. Click Create Authentication Scheme and Module

 

Configure IDP Proxy

  1. From the left menu, click on Applications -> SAML
  2. Ensure your IDP Proxy is listed and is of type “SP;IDP”
  3. Click on your IDP Proxy from the Entity Providers List
  4. Click on the IDP Tab
  5. Click on Advanced
  6. Scroll down to “IDP Finder Implementation”
  7. Add the following if not there:
    1. IDP Finder Implementation Class: com.sun.identity.saml2.plugins.SAML2IDPProxyFRImpl
    2. IdP Finder JSP: proxyidpfinder.jsp
  8. Enable the Proxy IDP Finder for all SP’s.
  9. Click Save and then it the back button.

 

Configure Service Providers

  1. In the Federation Tab, copy the Entity ID for Workspace ONE and the Entity ID for the OpenAM IDP instance that will handle authentications that are not sent to Workspace ONE
  2. Click on the entity id for your service provider
  3. Click on the Advanced Tab
  4. Scroll down to IDP Proxy and Enable the Proxy
  5. Check “Proxy all Requests”
  6. Check “Use IDP Finder”
  7. Set the proxy count to something greater than 2.
  8. In the Proxy List, paste the Entity ID’s of all your IDP servers
  9. Click Save and Back.

 

Export IDP Proxy Metadata

  1. In your browser, go to: http://[openAM-Host]:8080/openam/saml2/jsp/exportmetadata.jsp??entityid=[EntityOfIDPProxy]

      Ie. http://openam.one-identity.ca:8080/openam/saml2/jsp/exportmetadata.jsp?entityid=http://openam.one-identity.ca:8080/openam

 

Configure OpenAM as a SP in Workspace ONE

  1. Log into Workspace ONE Administration -> Catalog
  2. Click on Add Application -> Create a new one
  3. Provide a name ie. OpenAM
  4. Leave SAML 2.0 Post as the profile and Click Next
  5. Under Configuration, paste the SAML Metadata and Click Save
  6. Select Sign Assertion
  7. Select the correct NameID value to match the value that OpenAM is expecting.
  8. Click on Entitlements and add the necessary entitlements.
  9. Click Save

 

Update Workspace ONE Policies (optional)

  1. Log into the Workspace ONE Administration -> Identity and Access Management
  2. Configure the appropriate authentication policies as per your requirements Refer to VMware Documentation on how to configure policies.

 

Test the Configuration

We should test our configuration out first to ensure everything is working before we modify the JSP to automate the IDP selection.

  1. Log into your SP and you should be redirected to your IDP Finder on the IDP Proxy:
  2. Test out all you configured IDP’s to ensure that Federation is working all the way through.

 

Update ProxyIDPFinder.JSP to Automate the Selection.

  1. You will need to SSH into your IDP Proxy Host and modify the proxyidpfinder.jsp file which is located in $TOMCAT_HOME/webapps/openam
  2. Open up the file in your file editor and search for the following block of code:
  3. Comment out the first line
  4. You will then need to prepare your code to select the user agent.
    1. Using a Base64 Encoding tool such as https://www.freeformatter.com/base64-encoder.html you will need to encode each of your IDP Entity ID’s.
  5. Once you have each of your encoded IDP’s, you can create something similar to below:

String userAgent = request.getHeader("User-Agent");
if(userAgent != null && userAgent.indexOf("Android") != -1){
samlIdP="aHR0cHM6Ly9kc2FzLnZtd2FyZWlkZW50aXR5LmNvbS9TQUFTL0FQSS8xLjAvR0VUL21ldGFkYXRhL2lkcC54bWw=";
}else if (userAgent != null && userAgent.indexOf("iPhone") != -1){
samlIdP="aHR0cHM6Ly9kc2FzLnZtd2FyZWlkZW50aXR5LmNvbS9TQUFTL0FQSS8xLjAvR0VUL21ldGFkYXRhL2lkcC54bWw=";
}else{
samlIdP="aHR0cDovL29wZW5hbS5vbmUtaWRlbnRpdHkuY2E6ODA4MC9vcGVuYW0=";
}

Introduction

 

     The topic of vSphere upgrades is a hot one with every new release of VMware’s flagship platform. Architectures change, new features are introduced, old ones are removed, and so everyone is scrambling to figure out how to move to the next version and what process they should use. There are generally two approaches when it comes to vSphere upgrades: in-place upgrade or migrate. In the in-place upgrade process, the existing vCenter Server is preserved and transformed into the new version while in the migration method, new resources are provisioned using the new version which then take over from the old resources. Primarily the new resources consist of the vCenter Server and its accouterments while ESXi hosts are simply moved over to it and then upgraded. Therefore, both strategies see ESXi hosts being upgraded in-place. While there are pros and cons to each approach, I want to explore the migration method in particular since this is a question I often get from customers and the community at large. In addition, the in-place upgrade approach is fairly well documented with steps and procedures from VMware while the migration method receives little, if any, attention. Let’s go through the process of the migration method and discuss how it works, what’s involved, and the gotchas of which to be cognizant.

 

Why Migrate?

 

     Upgrading vSphere is no simple task regardless how you go about it. Although VMware has done a good job of making this process easier and more reliable, there are still a number of things you as an engineer or administrator are responsible for doing to ensure it ultimately succeeds. Before deciding if you want to go straight to a migration rather than in-place upgrade, we need to lay out the pros and cons of each. Here’s a table which has the most salient points.

 

In-place Upgrade vs Migrate Pros and Cons

MethodProsCons
In-place Upgrade
  • Preserves config and data
  • Can be quicker
  • Some solutions carry over
  • No reconfig of external apps
  • Convenient utility for vCSA
  • Preserves unoptimal config
  • Config has legacy settings
  • Higher risk of failure
  • Future risk of breaking
  • Can’t change architecture
Migrate
  • New config from scratch
  • Best practice settings default
  • More controlled process
  • Less risk of failure
  • High chance of future upgrade readiness
  • Ability to change architecture
  • More planning time
  • Manual work moving items
  • Lose historical data
  • Must reconfigure apps

 

The in-place upgrade has advantages like preserving performance data because the vCenter database is kept intact. Since it’s the same vCenter, the identity is carried forward as are all the settings. It can sometimes be quicker to upgrade since you’re not standing up a new vCenter, and if you’re moving from Windows to the appliance there’s a handy migration utility that streamlines this process. Lastly, any solutions or other third-party applications you have which rely on vCenter continue to work (if they’re compatible).

 

However, there are some serious drawbacks to consider as well. Going with an in-place upgrade means settings which may not be optimal on the new version are carried forward rather than altered. In preserving the configurations, you may also be moving things along which were mistakes or not according to best practice to begin with. There’s a much higher risk of failure due to things like database issues, which are rampant, underlying OS issues, and the fact that in any enterprise software development, the majority of the efforts in QA are focused on testing net new deployments. It’s only understandable that vendors focus on predictable deployment patterns rather than trying to model millions of possible permutations of different versions crossed with different settings—it’s a matrix from hell. An in-place upgrade has a higher risk of breaking as future patches and updates are made to the software then scabbed on. A combination of legacy settings and non-optimizations create somewhat of a ticking time bomb for any further updates owing again to the possibilities when in the developing and test phases. And last, an in-place upgrade won’t allow you to change your vCenter architecture. It’s very common to see vCenter deployments that, due to time, budget, personnel, or other constraints were slung together and not well planned and thought out. Perhaps the architecture was wrong on day one, or maybe your company has simply grown organically or through investitures and you now find the need for multiple vCenters and a more resilient architecture. In-place upgrades don’t allow you to change what you have, merely stand pat and bump up to the latest release.

 

When it comes to the migration path, you still have some negatives that should be understood. In a migration, since this is a new vCenter, there’s more planning that is involved as you understand dependencies and port elements over. This translates to more time spent on the overall upgrade process. And because this is a lift-and-shift operation, you’ll lose historical data in the vCenter database as well as be required to repoint any external applications that talk to vCenter. More on all this in the Moving to Migrate section.

 

The positive aspects of a migration as opposed to an in-place upgrade are extremely compelling, however. This is a fresh, clean slate, so you have the opportunity to right past wrongs, fix non-optimal settings, and conform to best practices without having to worry about transporting and then readopting a bunch of junk from prior versions. The process is much more controlled and so you can take the time to be thorough and fix issues as they arise without worrying about downtime. The risk of failure is very slight because everything is new and fresh so no worrying about database corruption or rogue tables killing your upgrade. Since this is essentially a new environment, future patches and upgrades are much more likely to go without incident because you are on a common, known-good platform. And, lastly, you can learn from prior mistakes, assess the needs of your company, and correct upon earlier architectures by designing a new one and putting it into play. When the time comes and you’re satisfied, you can then begin to bring things over piece by piece until the legacy environment is entirely vacant and deprecated, then dispose of it forever.

 

  Weigh each option carefully to determine if the pros column outweighs the cons column in your case. And for some, an in-place upgrade is the only possibility due to a variety of reasons. However, keep in mind the ultimate goal with any upgrade is not only to satisfy the primary objective of moving to the later version, but to ensure the platform remains stable, reliable, secure, and performant. Pursuant to those goals, it has been my experience that a lift-and-shift migrate, while having some leg work involved, ultimately produces the best result in the long run and sets you up for a more stable vSphere.

 

Moving to Migrate

 

     In a vSphere migration process, there are three large steps that occur and, while they sound simple, are actually complex in the implications that arise from such a movement.

 

  1. Stand up new vCenter on new version
  2. Move ESXi hosts to new vCenter
  3. Upgrade ESXi hosts

 

Leading up to these steps is much planning in figuring out how exactly to do this. The devil, as they say, is in the details. Because this is essentially a new vCenter infrastructure design, we have the opportunity to adjust what might not have worked so well in the past and adopt a clean and new architecture that better suits our needs. Some questions to ask and then answer include:

 

  1. What type of vCenter platform will I use?
  2. What will the size of my inventory be?
  3. How will this grow in the foreseeable future?
  4. Will I use an external PSC?
  5. Do I need to link additional vCenter?

 

Obviously, the answers to these questions will be specific to your needs and that of the business and so are out of scope for this particular article, with one exception being the vCenter platform. Because Windows-based vCenters are going away, the appliance should be the only thing on your radar. The point being that you are planning for a greenfield deployment as if your existing datacenter was a new one entirely. Once you’ve settled on a vCenter architecture, we have to get from the current state to the new state. This is where the next batch of planning comes in. Because of the complexities of vCenter and the various features it enables (which you may be using), there are a whole host of things that must be moved and due diligence done before swinging hosts. An exhaustive list is not possible, but here are the 10 major things you should check and plan to either move or recreate. Keep in mind that although this list is tailored towards a migration, several items are universal irrespective of which upgrade method you elect.

 

10 Things to Check Before Migrating

 

1. Custom roles and permissions

Any roles you’ve cloned and customized in your existing vCenter will not be moved with hosts and so must be recreated. Also, if you’ve applied those custom roles to specific objects in the vCenter hierarchy, those will need to be documented and recreated. Even if not using custom roles, existing out-of-the-box roles that are applied at granular levels inside vCenter will need to be recreated.

 

2. Distributed Switch

The vDS is a vCenter-only construct and will have to be dealt with first. While you can backup and restore that vDS via the web client, hosts will have to be migrated to a vSS first before vCenter will allow you to disconnect them. This is a topic unto itself, but you will need two uplinks as a minimum to perform such a migration as well as some careful planning. It can be done with VMs online, but the point being you have to get to a vSS first, then reverse the process later.

 

3. Folders, Resource Pools, Compute/Datastore Clusters

Once again, these are all vCenter constructs and will not follow the hosts. Any vSphere folders, resource pools, compute or datastore clusters will need to be recreated on the destination. Other vCenter-specific resources include storage policies, customization specs, host profiles, vSphere tags, DRS rules, and licenses. While some of these objects have native, GUI-driven exportation abilities like host profiles as shown below, others like vSphere folders will require you drop down to PowerCLI and do some scripting. In most cases, there are existing PowerShell scripts you can leverage to help, but you’ll need to consider these before swinging hosts.

4. ESXi version compatibility

In vSphere 6.5, for example, vCenter 6.5 cannot manage hosts below 5.5 and so before committing to this process, you need to ensure the existing ESXi hosts will support being connected to the next version of vCenter prior to them being upgraded.

 

5. Hardware support (compute, storage, network)

Further to #4, you must check your hosts, storage, and network against the HCL to ensure they will support being upgraded to the target new version. This is something that is overlooked far too often and leads to major issues. Vendors are the ones who usually do compatibility testing on their platforms, and so not all servers will support the latest version. In order to be in a safe place if you need support, all hardware must be validated against the HCL. Also, don’t forget about your physical network and storage equipment. These must be validated every bit as much as your ESXi hosts.

 

6. Firmware updates

And further to #5 is the matter of firmware updates for the said physical equipment. Although you may have validated that your servers and storage are indeed supported with the latest version of vSphere, they may not be running a compatible or supported version of the underlying firmware. This can be critically important if you wish to avoid outages and instability in your vSphere platform. Every piece of hardware on the HCL contains corresponding validated firmware that forms the support statement.

 

For example, in the image above you can see that the HP Lefthand storage array must have at least SANiQ 12.5 if using the be2iscsi driver to be compatible with ESXi 6.5 U1. Other drivers, which depend on the network adapter in use, may have higher requirements. You must take care to ensure that all combinations of hardware have been validated against the HCL and work with various teams internally to come to an understanding on what, if any, upgrades are necessary prior to upgrading ESXi.

 

7. vSAN, NSX, and other VMware solutions

This is a very broad topic, but if you’re running vSAN or NSX then there are specific validation that must take place there. Any other VMware solutions you may have such as vROps, vRA, SRM, Log Insight, Infrastructure Navigator, Horizon View, etc. must all be checked for their individual levels of support and interoperation with the new version. Use the Interoperability Matrix to check these solutions, and then use the KB for proper upgrade order in the case of vSphere 6.5. For example, if you are using NSX, you may need to upgrade it before you perform the migration. Also, while not so much a concern any longer since vCenter 6.5 now has it baked in, is Update Manager. Some shops are very particular about their VUM installations. This is something else you must leave in the dust, so make preparations to migrate any builds, patches, and baselines to the new vCenter. Lastly, if using Auto Deploy then you’ll want to take that into consideration as well since it has some special requirements.

 

8. Plug-ins

Also a broad topic but any third-party plug-ins you might have, for example with your storage vendor, will need to be validated, possibly upgraded, then migrated or reregistered against the new vCenter. Check vCenter for a list of these under Administration -> Solutions heading at Client Plug-Ins and vCenter Server Extensions. For deeper insight into what is registered and where it is, see William Lam’s article on using the vCenter MOB. Check with each respective vendor to figure out what that process may be and if you’ll need to perform any sort of backup or restore procedure for the data that may have been created or managed by those plug-ins.

 

9. SEAT data

Stats, Events, Alarms, and Tasks (SEAT) data will be left behind in your existing vCenter because this is all stored in the database and does not travel with the hosts. Stats are the performance statistics when you open the performance charts on an object. Events are any event on any object accessible from the Tasks and Events pane. Alarms are any existing, active alarms as well as those you have customized plus those created automatically by other solutions or plug-ins. Tasks are any records of activities performed manually or programmatically and serve as an audit log. If you’re using something like vROps, most of this information will be preserved there, but if not, be cognizant that you must give this up once hosts are swung.

 

10. Backup, replication, and monitoring

Very important and often overlooked. Special applications such as backup, replication, and monitoring will need to be validated for support and functionality, but will also need to be reconfigured or updated once the resources for which they are responsible are moved elsewhere. vCenter tracks objects by several internal IDs, the main one being the MoRef ID (Managed Object Reference). This tracking system assigns a unique ID to each VM, host, folder, etc., and it is very often this ID that such applications key off of when associating their inventories. For example, in the case of Veeam Backup & Replication, when swinging hosts and their VMs over to a new vCenter, each object will have a new MoRef generated for it. If you merely reconfigure the jobs to point to the new vCenter, Veeam will see new IDs and therefore think they are brand new VMs even though they’re actually the same. Veeam has address this challenge specifically in a KB, but you’ll want to understand what will happen in this case and how your monitoring or replication applications will behave. Between points #6 and #10 here are the biggest and most complex things to investigate and can make or break if a migration is right for you. Anything and everything that talks to or through vCenter Server must be accounted for, documented, and investigated.

 

Resources and Links

 

     I’ve covered lots of different material and provided several links, but I want to list the most important ones you can use as reference material when deciding on an upgrade path. Let these links be your guiding star and read them thoroughly and carefully. While several are for vSphere 6.5, they are generic documents that are updated with each major release.

 

Also included are release notes to the latest versions of vSphere as of the time of writing. Something that people rarely do is read release notes and instead plunge head first into an upgrade/migration. I can’t stress enough the importance of reading and then re-reading release notes. Bookmark them and check back frequently when planning your path because VMware always updates them as new issues are discovered and workarounds found.

 

VMware Compatibility Guide

VMware Product Interoperability Matrices

Update sequence for vSphere 6.5

vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Documentation

Best practices for upgrading to vCenter Server 6.5

vCenter 6.5 U1 Release Notes

ESXi 6.5 U1 Release Note

No próximo dia 02 de dezembro, estaremos no Instituto Infnet, realizando o primeiro evento do VMware User Group no Rio de Janeiro. Teremos a participação dos líderes onde falaremos sobre vRealize, Veeam, NSX e outros.

 

Venha fazer parte desse momento especial da Comunidade Técnica do Rio de Janeiro. Acesse o site do grupo no link https://community.vmug.com/communities/localcommunityhome?CommunityKey=8cfc7458-2711-444d-a78f-520ef332e5b5 .

 

Estarão presentes, palestrando:

 

Paulo Roberto Cardoso Sant´anna, falando sobre Veeam

Carlos Lauf, falando sobre Disaster and Recovery, com VMware e Azure

Alexandro Prado, falando sobre VMware vRealize

 

Esperamos todos lá!

 

As inscrições estão disponíveis no link https://community.vmug.com/events/event-description?CalendarEventKey=648db557-0417-4df2-b576-94fb05e23749

vSphere 6.5 was released at the end of 2016 and so, at this point, has been on the market for about a year. VMware introduced several new features in vSphere 6.5, and several of them are very, very useful however sometimes people don’t take the time to really read and understand these new features to solve problems that might already exist. One such feature that I’d like to focus on today is the new HA feature called Orchestrated Restarts. In prior releases, vSphere High Availability (HA) has served to reliably restart VMs on available hosts should one host fail. It does this by building a manifest of protected VMs and, through a master-slave relationship structure, makes those manifests known to other cluster members. Fun fact that I’ve used in interviews when assessing another’s VMware skill set is HA does not require vCenter for its operation although it does for the setup. In other words, HA is able to restart VMs from a failed host even if vCenter is unavailable for any reason.  The gap with HA, until vSphere 6.5 that is, is it has no knowledge of the VMs it is restarting as far as their interdependencies are concerned. So, in some situations, HA may restart a VM that has a dependency upon another VM which results in application unavailability when all return to service. In vSphere 6.5, VMware addressed this need with a new enhancement to HA called Orchestrated Restarts in which you can declare those dependencies and their order so HA restarts VMs in the necessary sequence. This feature is imminently useful in multi-tier applications, and one such application that can benefit tremendously is vRealize Automation. In this article, I’ll walk through this feature and illustrate how you can leverage it to increase availability of vRA in the face of disaster in addition to covering a couple other best practices with vSphere features when dealing with similar stacks.

 

              In prior versions of HA, there was no dependency awareness—HA just restarted any and all VMs it knew about in any order. The focus was on making them power on and that’s it. There were (and still are) restart priorities which can be set, but not a chain. In vSphere 6.5, this changed with Orchestrated Restarts.

 

 

With special rules set in the web client, we can determine the order in which power-ons should occur. First, let’s look at a common vRA architecture. These are the machines present.

 

 

We’ve got a couple front-end servers (App), manager and web roles (IaaS), a vSphere Agent server (Agent), and a couple of DEM workers (DEM). The front-end servers have to be available before anything else is, followed by IaaS, and then the rest. So, effectively, we have a 3-tier structure.

 

 

And the dependencies are in this order, so therefore App must be available before IaaS, and IaaS must be available before Agent or DEM.

 

Going back over to vCenter, we have to first create our groups or tiers. From the Hosts and Clusters view, click the cluster object, then Configure, and go down to VM/Host Groups.

 

 

We’ll add a new group and put the App servers in them.

 

 

And do the same for the other tiers with the third tier having three VMs. It should end up looking like the following.

 

 

Now that you have those tiers, go down to VM/Host Rules beneath it. Here is where the new feature resides. In the past, there was just affinity, anti-affinity, and host pinning. In 6.5, there is an additional option now called “Virtual Machines to Virtual Machines.”

 

 

This is the rule type we want to leverage, so we’ll create a new rule based on this and select the first two tiers.

 

 

This rule says anything in vRA-Tier1 must be restarted before anything in vRA-Tier2 in the case where a host failure takes out members from both groups. Now we repeat the process for tiers 2 and 3. Once complete, you should have at least two rules in place, possibly more if you’re following these instructions for another application.

 

After they’ve been saved, you should see tasks that kick off that indicate these rules are being populated on the underlying ESXi hosts.

 

In my case, I’m running vSAN and since vSAN and HA are very closely coupled, the HA rules serve as vSAN cluster updates as well. And by the way, here is another opportunity we have to exercise best practice with a distributed or enterprise vRealize Automation stack. We need to ensure machines of like tier are separated to increase availability. This is also done here and we need to specify some anti-affinity rules to keep the App servers apart as well as the IaaS servers and others. My full complement of rules, both group dependency based and anti-affinity, looks like so.

 

 

Now we have the VM groups and the orchestration rules, let’s configure a couple other important points to make this stack function better. In vRA, the front-end (café) appliance(s) usually take some time to boot up because of the number of services that are involved. This process, even with a well-performing infrastructure can still take several minutes to complete, so we should complement these orchestrated restart rules with a delay that’ll properly allow the front-end to start up before attempting to start other tiers. After all, there’s no point starting other tiers if they have to be restarted manually later because the first tier isn’t yet ready for action.

 

Let’s go down to VM Overrides and add a couple rules. This is something else that’s great about vSphere 6.5, the ability to fine-tune how HA restarts VMs based on conditions. Add a new rule and put both App servers in there.

 

 

Three key things we want to change. First, the VM restart priority. By default, an HA cluster has a Medium restart priority where everything is of equal weight. We want to change the front-end appliances to be a bit higher than that because this serves as the login portal, so HA needs to make haste when prioritizing resources to start VMs elsewhere. Next, the “start next priority VMs when” setting allows us to instruct HA when to being starting VMs in the next rule. There are a few options here.

 

 

The default in the cluster unless it’s overridden is “Resources allocated” which simply means as soon as the scheduler has powered it on—basically immediately. Powered On is waiting for confirmation that the VM was actually powered on rather than just attempted. But the one that’s extremely helpful here is what I’d suggest setting which is “Guest Heartbeats detected.” This setting allows ESXi to listen for heartbeats from VMware tools, which is usually a good indicator that the VM in question has reached a suitable run state for its applications to initialize.

 

Then back to the list, an additional delay of 120 seconds will further allow the front-end to let services start before attempting to start any IaaS servers. If, after this custom value, guest heartbeats are still not detected, a timeout will occur and, afterwards, other VMs will be started. Extremely helpful in these situations when you need all members to come up, even at the expense of pieces maybe needing to be rebooted again. Rinse and repeat for your second tier containing your IaaS layer. Using the same settings as the front-end tier is just fine.

 

Great! Now the only thing left is to test. I’ll kill a host in my lab to see what happens. Obviously, you may not want to do this in a production situation

 

I killed the first host (10.10.40.246) at 7:55pm that was running App01, IaaS01, and Agent01. Here’s the state before.

 

 

Now after the host has died and vCenter acknowledges that, the membership looks like the following.

 

 

Those VMs show disconnected with an unknown status. Let’s see how HA behaves.

 

 

Ok, good, so at 8:00pm it started up App01 as it should have once vSAN updated its cluster status. Normally this failover is a bit quicker when not using vSAN.

 

Next, when guest heartbeats were detected, the 2-minute countdown started.

 

 

So at 8:04, it then started up IaaS01 followed by Agent01 similarly. After a few minutes, the stack is back up and functional.

 

 

Pretty great enhancements in vSphere 6.5 related to availability if you ask me, and all these features are extremely handy when running vRA on top.

 

I hope this has been a useful illustration on a couple of the new features in vSphere 6.5 and how you can leverage those to provide even greater availability to vRealize Automation. Go forward and use these features anywhere you have application dependencies, and if you aren’t on vSphere 6.5 yet, start planning for it now!

In my previous blog post, I wrote a short introduction to the problematics of multitenant backup and restore.

 

Now it's time to get more technical. This is a step-by-step guide of obtaining and deploying the free version of VMcom Backup Appliance.

 

Obviously you could just follow the Admin guide or watch this 3 minute video of the entire process. I am, however, going to mention some technical trivia, which go beyond the scope of an ordinary guide.

 

Step 1: Download the free version

The first step is very simple. Obtain a free version of the application by filling the form at VMcom's download page. Immediately after submitting the form, a download link appears. The application is distributed in an Open Virtualization Appliance (OVA) format and has a size of cca 2 GB. Click the download link to store the OVA file to your computer.

 

Step 2: Deployment options

Next, you have to decide whether to deploy the application into your existing cluster or onto a standalone ESXi host. The first option is usually recommended for smaller environments (1 cluster for both management VMs and workload VMs).

 

For larger vSphere deployments, it might be a good idea to keep the backup solution completely separated. In that case, you might even dedicate a standalone physical host with ESXi free and plenty of disk space for your backups. This option is fully supported by VMcom.

 

Hardware recommendations for VMcom Backup host

VMcom Backup Appliance is not very picky about hardware. Any server capable of running ESXi will do.

 

However, if you plan to utilize local disks for storing backups, it is  recommended to equip the server with at least one SSD disk (or a couple of SSDs in RAID1) in order to boost deduplication performance. As for the capacity disks, all common options like RAID 5, 6 and 10 are supported.

 

Step 3: Deploy the appliance

Use your vSphere client or web client to complete this step. Select the Deploy OVF template from the File... menu (C# client) or Actions menu (web client) and follow the process. During this time, you will be asked to enter appliance's network and timezone settings. Make a note of the IP address, you are going to need it later.

 

Step 4: Adjust virtual hardware

After the deployment process has completed, edit the newly created VM's settings. Depending on your storage capacity demand, you might need to increase the virtual memory. Start with 1 GB RAM per 1 TB of storage space as a rule of thumb.

 

When using local disks for storing backups, create corresponding datastores in vSphere and provision the VMcom Backup Appliance VM with virtual disks on these datastores. Both thin- and thick- provisioning options are supported. Typically, you would create one small SSD backed virtual disk per each large HDD backed virtual disk. Small disks will serve as deduplication cache, large ones for storing backups.

 

When finished, power-on the VM.

 

About deduplication

VMcom utilizes global ZFS based deduplication mechanism with sha256 hashing and fletcher4 checksums. Block length can be set dynamically and defaults to 1 MB. Deduplication cache disks can be added and removed dynamically as well, so you may safely elect to add them later.

 

Both deduplication and compression features are optional and can be turned on or off dynamically.

 

Step 5: Adjust networking

If you've deployed the appliance using a vCenter Server and do not require more than one network interfaces, you may skip to Step 6.

 

When deploying to a standalone host, timezone and network settings entered in Step 3 are ignored and manual intervention is required. This is common for all virtual appliances that rely on virtual OVF environment to perform initial setup, as vCenter Server is required for the OVF environment to work.

 

Detailed explanation of this process is covered in the Admin guide.

 

Step 6: First login

Congratulations! You can now login to the appliance using your web browser. Just navigate to https://<appliance_ip_or_hostname> and approve the default SSL certificate and EULA.

 

Default username is admin with password pleasechangeme and as it suggests, your first homework is to change it to something a bit safer.

 

In the following post, we'll create our first backup together!

This guide provides step by step instructions to configure and test Workspace ONE as a trusted federation identity provider with Oracle Access Manager 12c.

 

 

Prerequisites.

  • Test Instance of Oracle Access Manager v 12.2.1.0.0 (or higher) installed and configured.
  • Workspace ONE tenant
  • Configured Service Providers (ie. Salesforce, O365 etc..)

 

Download Workspace ONE IDP Metadata

  1. Log into Workspace ONE Administration console and go to:
    1. Catalog -> Settings -> SAML Metadata -> Identity Provider (IDP) metadata
  2. Download and Save the file.
  3. Log into the OAM Console
  4. Click on the Federation Tab
  5. Click on Service Provider Management

 

Create WorkSpace ONE as an Identity Provider in OAM

  1. Log into the OAM Console
  2. Click on the Federation Tab
  3. Click on Service Provider Management
  4. Click on Create Identity Provider
  5. In the Name field, enter “WorkspaceONE”
  6. Under Service Information, upload your Workspace ONE IDP Metadata.
  7. Choose the correct Attribute Mapping to match the value being sent by Workspace ONE in the NameID attribute.
  8. Click Save
  9. Click Create Authentication Scheme and Module

Configure OAM as a SP in Workspace ONE

  1. Download the Oracle Access Manager SP Metadata

http://[OAM_HOST]:14100/oamfed/sp/metadata

  1. Log into Workspace ONE Administration -> Catalog
  2. Click on Add Application -> Create a new one
  3. Provide a name ie. Oracle Access Manager
  4. Leave SAML 2.0 Post as the profile and Click Next
  5. Under Configuration, paste the SAML Metadata and Click Save
  6. Select Sign Assertion
  7. Select the correct NameID value to match the value that OAM is expecting.
  8. Click on Entitlements and add the necessary entitlements.
  9. Click Save

 

Update Workspace ONE Policies (optional)

  1. Log into the Workspace ONE Administration -> Identity and Access Management
  2. Configure the appropriate authentication policies as per your requirements Refer to VMware Documentation on how to configure policies.

 

Update SP Partners to use WS1 for Authentication using WLST

  1. Set Environment Variable
    • $DOMAIN_HOME/bin/setDomainEnv.sh
  2. Start WLST
    • $ORACLE_HOME/oracle_common/common/bin/wlst.sh
  3. Connect to OAM
    • Connect(‘weblogic’,’WeblogicPassword’,’t3://localhost:7001’)
  4. You should now be logged into WLST and ready to issue WLST Commands:
  5. Type “domainRuntime()”
  6. Type the following:

setSPPartnerAlternateScheme("SFDC", "true", httpHeaderName="User-Agent", httpHeaderExpression=".*((Android)|(iPhone)).*", authnScheme="WorkspaceONEFederationScheme")

 

NOTE: Replace “SFDC” with the correct partner name as per your configuration. If you named your Workspace ONE IDP instance differently from the steps in the document, replace with the correct name in the command above.

Screen Shot 11-07-17 at 11.15 AM.PNG

 

For more information on this WLST command and other available commands, please refer to the following documentation:

https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E52734_01/oam/STIAM/if_wlst.htm#STIAM13030

 

 

  1. Type “exit()”

 

Note: There could be a slight delay when updating the configuration via WLST until the changes are propagated across all OAM nodes.

Virtualization has changed the way people utilize computing and storage resources. Multiple teams or even organizations now share physical hardware in order to maximize its utilization and efficiency. But what about backups?

 

If I'm allowed to create and manage VMs without worrying about the underlying hardware, I should be able to manage backups as well. Shoud I not? After all, VM's owners know best when to back up and when to restore.

 

Luckily, there is a solution: VMcom Backup Appliance.

 

It is a pre-installed virtual machine designed to back up and recover VMware VMs.

 

Coming from an ISP background, the VMcom Backup Appliance is highly multitenant. It enables the central administrator to create isolated (tenant) environments within a single appliance. Each tenant can then be assigned a set of privileges for backup and recovery of particular vSphere objects and a storage quota.

 

Using this arrangement, VM owners can manage their own backup plans, run on-demand backups and perform restores of both individual files and entire VMs. All this can be done using a fast, modern HTML5 interface while maintaining a single pane of glass management for vSphere administrators.

 

Learn more on this blog or at the VMcom website: https://vmcom.com

 

The solution is free for non-commercial use. There are no functional or capacity limitations of the free version. Any reason not to try it?

connect-viserver vcenter01 -user administrator@vsphere.local -password VMware1!

Write-host "No of VMs to deploy"

$noofvms=Read-host

write-host "Enter the naming convention"

$vmaname=read-host

for($count=0;$count -le ($noofvms-1);$noofvms++)

{

new-vm -name ($vmname+$count) -vmhost (get-cluster cluser01|get-vmhost|get-random) -disksizemb 100 -portgroup vlan100

}

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