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CloudCredibility.com Presents:

VMworld 2016 NSX Center Competition

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Join CloudCred in Las Vegas for a competition that will keep you running, Beaming, streaming, and learning.  Get ready to have fun with us – and WIN BIG!

On August 27, find 25 new tasks in the CloudCred NSX Center World, including 3 new badges. Each task is designed to either connect, challenge, or entertain – with an NSX/Networking focus.

VMworld NSX: Village Badge

Fun, engagement tasks: Meet people, try out new gadgets, get your heart rate up.

 

VMworld NSX: Experts Badge

Meet, connect with, and learn from the NSX vExperts in our community

 

VMworld NSX: Learning Badge

Take advantage of all the excellent NSX-focused resources at VMworld

 

Awesome! How do you win?

First to Finish

The NSX: Village Badge

The NSX: Experts Badge

The NSX: Learning Badge

1st to Beam (Task 3698)

1st to Meet ALL the Communities Team Members (Task 3699)

Finish ANY of these first, and win a MyPassport Hard Drive!

 

Daily Leaders Draw

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Land in the Top 10 on the NSX Center World Leaderboard, and you may be selected to win a BOSE Soundlink Bluetooth Speaker!

 

Random Draws

3 Winners selected at random from players earning the VCA6-NV Badge (Task 3670)

Win a Fitbit FLEX!

 

2 Winners selected at random from players committing to write tasks for CloudCred (Task 3678)

Win a Fitbit FLEX!

 

3 Winners selected at random from CloudCred NEW players!
(Task 3701)

Win a MyPassport Hard Drive!

 

3 Winners selected at random Wednesday from all those completing

The NSX: Village Badge (1 winner)

Win a Roku 4 Streaming Device!

 

The NSX: Experts Badge (1 winner)

Win a Roku 4 Streaming Device!

 

The NSX: Learning Badge (1 winner)

Win a Roku 4 Streaming Device!

 

Plus: Bring a Friend to CloudCred (Task 3700)

And win a CloudCred Ball Cap!

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Players will be notified by email, and have until 2pm Thursday, Sept. 1st  to claim a prize.

Players must be present to win.

Players winning multiple prizes will be at the discretion of CloudCred staff.

Employees of VMware are not eligible for contest prizes.

FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK

Hi everyone, well it is certainly getting exciting with the build up to VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas. There have been some really great articles, many of which we have published to our Twitter and Facebook pages for you to enjoy. We will, of course, include them in the newsletter each week but as we get closer to VMworld 2016 please join our social media such as Twitter and Facebook, details are provided below.

VMUG, the VMware User Group always has a really great presence at VMworld and this year will be no exception. We have added a VMUG section to our newsletter and will be featuring VMworld related activities.

I wish you a fantastic week ahead.

 

Virtually Yours

 

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Small Virtual Infrastructure or Large Private Cloud, VMware TCO is Lowest – Here’s Proof bit.ly/2aS5Xuhpic.twitter.com/MxFxqBQpXx
The 10 Coolest Software-Defined Networking Technologies Of 2016 (So Far) -- CRN bit.ly/2aH8RCb pic.twitter.com/TD6sBAy2XW
VMware {code} Hackathon @VMworld 2016! bit.ly/2bkld70 pic.twitter.com/P9DfzNJMX3
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TAM BLOG (Editor: Kelly Dare)
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VMUG UPDATE
The VMUG lounge is a great place to connect with the community, take a break, play some games and enter to win prizes. Learn about VMUG Advantage’s exclusive access for 365-evaluation of VMware products. Over 5,000 VMUG members are attending the event, so stop by to connect with others and chill out in the 80s lounge.

The VMUG Member Party on August 28 is at full capacity, but the doors will open at 8:30pm for all guests, so stop by to hang out with the community. To get you in the 80s spirit, show the community your Rock Star moment by sharing #RockOutVMUG.  Anything 80s goes! Share how you’re rocking out in your home lab or a picture of you rocking out in 80s style!

Additionally, anyone who purchases VMUG Advantage during VMworld will be placed in a drawing to win (2) backstage passes to meet Fall Out Boy at the VMworld Closing Party and entered for a chance to win lots of other great prizes! 

Stay tuned for more VMworld details coming next week!
Please contact us at memberservices@vmug.com if you have any questions.

TAM FOUNDATIONAL TRAINING PLAN (Editor: Jodi Shely)
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GENERAL NEWS

 

VMworld US is right around the corner, and we’ve got some really great vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) sessions and labs on tap. If you’re new to vSOM or a seasoned vet, there’s something to attend. All these offerings will enhance your knowledge to better, and more consistently,
VMworld 2016 – Intelligent Operations Management & Automation Session Guide2016 at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. VCDX Wo...
Aug 10, 2016 3:23:30 PM
VMworld 2016 vSphere Host Lifecycle Management Particulars
Whether it’s to keep ahead of security vulnerabilities or add new capabilities, software inevitably requires updating. For those of you tasked with maintaining a Software-Defined Data Center based on VMware vSphere, there will be quite a few pertinent breakout sessions and other events to ensure ...
Aug 9, 2016 4:58:48 PM
Plan Now to Catch these Sessions at VMworld 2016 US
Last week we told you about the breakout sessions that VMware Certified Instructors (VCIs) and VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDXs) are delivering at VMworld 2016 US in Las Vegas. But did you know there are more opportunities to hear from these great speakers? Once again the Education and Cert...
Aug 9, 2016 4:18:05 PM
Flings, Or Long-Term Relationships
The text above is found on the front page of the Fling website, and is the hallmark of these tools. We discourage use of Flings in production as these tools are experimental. Some Flings have a short shelf-life, as you might expect with “Flings”. However, in the five years I’ve been managing the ...
Aug 9, 2016 2:36:54 PM
Flash Memory Technologies & vSphere Endurance Requirements
Over the past decade or so, flash technologies has evolved in several aspects from a simple uniform technology with limited number of packaging and simple consumer grade use-case to a plethora of various form-factors, interfaces, type of devices, various endurance specification and ever-demanding...
Aug 9, 2016 5:41:37 AM
VMworld 2016: Availability and Resource Management Session Guide
VMworld 2016 US continues to highlight why vSphere is the unparalleled platform for trusted business applications when guaranteed performance and availability are crucial to business success. We are continuing to evolve the vSphere platform to make it possible for enterprise and managed service p...
Aug 9, 2016 3:33:07 AM
NSX for vSphere Field Advisory – July 2016 Edition
VMware NSX for vSphere 6.2.3 Update NSX for vSphere 6.2.3 has an issue that can affect both new NSX customers as well as customers upgrading from previous versions of NSX Note : The NSX for vSphere 6.2.3 release has been pulled from distribution. The current version available is NSX for vSphere 6...
Aug 8, 2016 4:29:26 PM
Top 20 ESXi articles for July 2016
Here is our Top 20 ESXi articles list for July 2016. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Uploading diagnostic information for VMware through the Secure FTP portal Support Contracts FAQs Comm...
Aug 8, 2016 4:16:08 PM
vCloud Air Network Service Provider Spotlight: Protegra and TeraGo Networks
How do you stabilize revenue flow for your company when you’re in an unpredictable field like software consulting? Start a new line of business and position yourself for rapid growth. That’s what Protegra did when they started Blue Canvas, a payroll services business that relies on TeraGo Network...
Aug 11, 2016 6:00:02 PM
In Recognition of Happiness Happens Day, We’re Here to Help You Turn that Frown Upside Down
So your organization is growing by leaps and bounds and now you’ve got more users stretched across the globe that need fast, reliable access to their apps and data. Or maybe a big event is on the calendar – one that will create a one-time burst in workloads – and you need to quickly and cost-effe...
Aug 8, 2016 5:30:28 PMmonitoEnabling Innovation in the SDDC Journey Today we are announcing the open sourcing of an important pillar in
Announcing Open Hardware Management Services (OHMS)
Aug 11, 2016 4:57:56 PM
A cloud management platform (CMP) is core to managing your mix of private and public cloud services. According to Jad El‐Zein and Shobhana Viswanathan, authors of Cloud Management for Dummies … At a broader and more business‐oriented level, a CMP is about much more than enabling the automated pro...
Essential Capabilities of a CMP
Aug 11, 2016 8:46:35 PM
We’ve just updated the VMware TCO Comparison Calculator to help customers see the true Total Cost of Ownership differences between VMware and Microsoft. It’s easy to use – just enter the basic parameters for your virtual infrastructure or private cloud environment, such as the number of VMs, type...
Small Virtual Infrastructure or Large Private Cloud, VMware TCO is Lowest – Here’s Proof
Aug 12, 2016 12:19:00 AM
UPDATE: 7:44pm Pacific Time, Aug 11 We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the v2.0 update. The files did not upload correctly. This should be fixed in the AM on Aug 12, and this post will be updated.   vSphere Client (vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling) Today we are pleased to ann...
vSphere Client (HTML5) v2.0 – Easy upgrade
Aug 12, 2016 4:04:32 AM
... the

software defined data center (SDDC) story – Open Hardware Management Services (OHMS) available at https://github.com/vmware/OHMS/. Intended to manage both server and switch hardware in ...
Aug 11, 2016 1:38:29 PM
Path failover may not be successful when using Cisco MDS Switches on NX-OS 7.3 and FCoE basedSo I wanted to get this blog post out sooner rather than later as it
HBAsmighteffect a significant number of customers. In a nutshell, if you perform array maintenance that requires you to reboot a storage controller, the probability of successful path failover is low. This is effectively due to sta...
Aug 11, 2016 12:17:54 PM
VCDX Programs at VMworld 2016 US
UPDATED August 10,2016 The location for these events has been changed to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas . Kick off your VMworld 2016 US activities by joining us for VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) Day on August 27,

 

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We are a little over two weeks away from one of the biggest events in the technology universe: VMworld . For our end-user computing (EUC) pros, VMworld is packed with breakout sessions, expert speakers and
VMworld EUC Keynotes You Don’t Want to Miss
Aug 11, 2016 12:59:08 PM
There are so many awesome reasons to join us Oct. 2-6 at Connect Atlanta 2016 . Mobile experts will dive into the biggest trends facing business mobility—Windows 10, Internet of Things, unified endpoint management, bring-your-own-everything (BYO) and so much more. Connect Atlanta, brought to you ...
[Video] Win10, BYOD & Digital Workspace: Attendees Share Why They Love Connect Atlanta
Aug 12, 2016 5:00:44 PM
A Rio Olympics mobile travel advisory is in effect. Travelers to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, be on the lookout for free Wi-Fi network scams and malicious apps. Mobile security company Skycure identified fake Wi-Fi networks in Rio and fake Olympics apps that are ready to steal your d...
Rio Olympics Cyber Scams, Hacking Election Polls: This Week’s Top Mobile News, Security Editionfintech) providers offer digital alternatives. Digital disruption is forcing banks and other financial services towards one solution: digital transformation. Learn how in the newest ...
Aug 9, 2016 3:13:50 PM
Socialcast Q&A: We Asked Everything You Wanted to Know on the New UX
Last week, VMware launched a completely new Socialcast user experience , a secure enterprise chat and social collaboration platform that is part of the VMware Workspace ONE suite of productivity apps . Today, we’re talking to Ashka Vakil, a senior product manager for Socialcast, about how the new...
Aug 8, 2016 2:03:38 PM
[Infographic] Giving Contractors Laptops Is Expensive. VMware Horizon FLEX Fixes That
I’ve written a few times about the amazing things people can accomplish with VMware Horizon FLEX . Let me quickly recap, and then share something new we’ve just calculated. Horizon FLEX is essentially a centralized management console for the VMware Fusion and Workstation hypervisors. It does way ...
Aug 8, 2016 12:41:01 PM

KB ARTICLEShands on experiences. The biggest news will be shared on the main stage. And you really don...
Aug 11, 2016 12:06:52 PM
5 Reasons Why VMware Horizon on VCE VxRail Is Simply the Simplist
Written in partnership with Arron Lock, VMware Senior Technical Marketing Manager. Simplicity [sim-plis-i-tee], noun: freedom from complexity, intricacy or division into parts You’re kicking off a project to deploy virtual desktops (VDI). It’s a journey that starts with assessing compute, memory ...
Aug 10, 2016 2:00:48 PM
[Infographic] Banking on Digital Transformation
Customers demand more from financial services these days, especially now that software-based financial technology (

 

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DISCLAIMER

While I do my best to publish unbiased information specifically related to VMware solutions there is always the possibility of blog posts that are unrelated, competitive or potentially conflicting that may creep into the newsletter. I apologise for this in advance if I offend anyone and do my best to ensure this does not happen. Please get in touch if you feel any inappropriate material has been published. All information in this newsletter is copyright of the original author. If you are an author and wish to no longer be used in this newsletter please get in touch.


FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK

Hi everyone, welcome to the latest edition of the TAM Source Newsletter. We are heading into VMworld this month so there is a lot of interest and excitement as there always is around this event. There is a lot of information in the newsletter relating to VMworld however, please chat to you TAM who is there to help you make the most of your time at VMworld.


I wish you a fantastic week ahead.

Virtually Yours

 


TAM SOCIAL MEDIA ASSETS (Owner: Neil Isserow)
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TAM TWEETS OF THE WEEK (Editor: Daniel Mizrahi)


TAM BLOG (Editor: Kelly Dare)
VMware TAMs Managing SLAs to Ensure Customer Satisfaction

By Neil Isserow

One of the major hurdles that we come across as VMware Technical Account Managers (TAMs) is dealing with support requests that are urgent from our customers’ perspectives. We always consider our TAM customers to be the most important. As an organization, however, and as part of VMware Support, we do have service level agreements (SLAs) in place, and it’s vital that everyone understands them. This post examines why SLAs are important and how they help to provide customers with the best possible support outcomes.
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VMUG UPDATE
Upcoming UserCons
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29-Sep -Dallas
4-Oct- Upstate NY
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15-Nov- Italy
17-Nov- UK
30-Nov- Denmark

 

TAM FOUNDATIONAL TRAINING PLAN (Editor: Jodi Shely)
Looking for training resources on VMware Solutions. We have everything you need online and updated regularly.
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TAM WEBCASTS (Editor: Michelle Kaiser)
Please head over to our dedicated TAM Webcasts online URL:
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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

GENERAL NEWS

by Chris Kunselman A big part of my job at VMware is to help customers transform to an SDDC environment. For VMware Operations Transformation Services, that means understanding the business reasons behind their strategy for an SDDC and Private Cloud, and then defining the roadmap to
How NOT to Fail at Process Automation and Continual Improvement
Aug 5, 2016 7:19:13 PM
A few weeks ago, we shared part 1 of our 2-part blog series highlighting VMware Certified community insights and motivations. Please enjoy more valuable advice from your VMware IT community: Question: What’s your best piece of advice for becoming #VMware certified? Advice for Certifications: Know...
Twitter Responds: How has Certification Benefited your Career? Part 2 of 2
...
Aug 4, 2016 8:15:48 PM
VMware TAMs Managing SLAs to Ensure Customer Satisfaction
By Neil Isserow One of the major hurdles that we come across as VMware Technical Account Managers (TAMs) is dealing with support requests that are urgent from our customers’ perspectives. We always consider our TAM customers to be the most important. As an organization, however, and as part of VM...
Aug 3, 2016 9:45:40 PM
Top 20 Horizon View articles for July 2016
Here is our Top 20 Horizon View articles list for July 2016. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article.   Restart order of the View environment to clear ADLDS (ADAM) synchronization in View 4.5, 4....
Aug 2, 2016 9:32:49 AM
Top 20 NSX articles for July 2016
Here is our Top 20 NSX articles list for July 2016. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. vCenter Server or Platform Services Controller certificate validation error for external VMware
Soluti...
Aug 2, 2016 9:22:44 AM
Top 20 vCenter Server articles for July 2016
Here is our Top 20 vCenter articles list for July 2016. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Uploading diagnostic information for VMware using FTP Downloading, licensing, and using VMware pro...
Aug 1, 2016 5:39:34 PM
Top 20 vRealize Automation articles for July 2016
Here is our Top 20 vRealize Automation (vRA) articles list for July 2016. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Unable to add Active Directory users or groups to vCenter Server Appliance or vR...
Aug 1, 2016 5:28:26 PM
Top 20 vRealize Operations Manager articles for July 2016
Here is our Top 20 vRealize Operations Manager articles list for July 2016. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Configure a certificate for use with vRealize Operations Manager After
cancell...
Aug 1, 2016 5:00:59 PM
Top 20 vSAN articles for July 2016
Here is our Top 20 vSAN articles list for July 2016. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Performance Degradation of Hybrid disk groups on VSAN 6.2 Deployments vSphere 5.5 Virtual SAN require...
Aug 1, 2016 4:49:18 PM
Save 15% on Selected VMware Training Courses
Grow your skills and seize the opportunities made possible by VMware technology. From now until September 30
th , save 15 % when you purchase selected VMware training courses via the VMware online store . Once your purchase is completed on the VMware store, you will receive a token to enroll via ...
Aug 1, 2016 4:25:13 PM
Discover How to Modernize Your vSphere Data Center in Our vCloud Air Webcasts
The explosion of data, mobile devices and the consumerization of IT have placed unprecedented pressure on IT resources. That being said, the cloud is no longer optional – it’s a necessary component in delivering the agility and enabling the innovation required to remain competitive in today’s mar...
Aug 5, 2016 4:46:21 PM
Enterprise Application Migration Technologies – Finding the Right Fit
Introduction When looking at the adoption of public or hybrid cloud, one of the primary considerations must be how to migrate existing workloads to the target platform. Choosing the right migration tool(s) will prove critical in the coaching of customers, mainly their IT and application owners, t...
Aug 5, 2016 3:09:09 PM
VMSA Improvements
Greetings from the VMware Security Response Center! We’ve made some minor improvements in our latest VMSA based on community feedback and I thought we should share what these changes are and why we’ve made them. Added an overall severity to the advisory itself in the header section This is to bet...
Aug 5, 2016 2:34:27 PM
New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2016-0010
Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2016-0010 – VMware product updates address multiple important security issues This addresses a DLL hijacking issue in Windows-based VMware Tools “Shared Folders” (HGFS) feature ( CVE-2016-5330 ) and an HTTP Header injection issue...
Aug 5, 2016 7:51:51 AM
How to Change the Package Signing Certificate of a vRealize Orchestrator Appliance (7.0.1)
  By Spas Kaloferov In this post, we will take a look at how to change the Package Signing Certificate (PSC) in a vRealize Orchestrator appliance. To change the PSC, let’s review a few steps first: Ÿ Issue a certificate to meet the company’s requirements. The certificate must
have: Ÿ Digital Sign...
Aug 4, 2016 9:30:50 PM
Success in Software-Defined Networking with Tieto
This is a guest blog post by Joni Leskinen and Marwan Semaan of Tieto , a vCloud Air Network Service Provider. The virtualization journey
begun with the compute layer, then storage, and now, network virtualization. Network virtualization is the most important step in the journey, taking the step ...
Aug 4, 2016 4:00:23 PM
How to correctly test the performance of Virtual SAN 6.2 deduplication feature
In VMware Virtual SAN 6.2, we introduced several features highly requested by customers, such as deduplication and compression. An overview of this feature can be found in the blog: Virtual SAN 6.2 – Deduplication And Compression Deep Dive . The deduplication feature adds the most benefit to an a...
Aug 1, 2016 8:44:03 PM
Securing the SDDC with VMware NSX – Light Board Series
Is VMware the first company that springs to mind when you think about securing your software-defined data center (SDDC)? It should be. In this new light board series, learn about the unique capabilities that VMware NSX brings to your SDDC for securing your virtualized environment . Start out with...
Aug 1, 2016 12:00:58 PM

 

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Top Mobile News: Win10 Anniversary, Apple’s $200K Bug Bounty, Simple MDM & More

Happy first birthday, Windows 10. In case you were living in a van down by the river, the tech-verse was abuzz with news about Microsoft’s much-anticipated Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The cool new Windows Ink joins some exciting enterprise updates, like Windows Information Protection. Get the ...
Aug 5, 2016 3:52:31 PM
With Samsung KNOX & AirWatch, New Galaxy Note7 Is a Productivity Work Horse
With the release of the new Samsung Galaxy Note7 , Samsung has delivered an incredibly powerful mobile device for busy workers, who need to balance
their demanding personal and professional lives. Galaxy Note7 is extremely valuable tool for a range of businesses with key features, including: Sams...
Aug 5, 2016 2:44:17 PM
Banking on the Cloud
Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, famously said : “If someone asks me what cloud computing is, I try not to get bogged down with definitions. I tell them that, simply put, cloud computing is a better way to run your business.” And this is exactly what banks and financial institutions are aiming fo...
Aug 4, 2016 1:50:09 PM
Moving from Desktop to Mobile Apps: How NOT to Develop ‘Crapplications’
Most companies have developed less than 10 internal apps, according to Gartner (for some, none at all). Yet we increasingly hear that employees want to be more productive using the devices in their pockets, and leaders want to improve business processes and create new streams of revenue through d...
Aug 4, 2016 12:00:04 PM
LCMC Health Plans for a New Era of Patient Care
After Hurricane Katrina destroyed Charity Hospital, a major academic and trauma facility in New Orleans built in 1937, the state of Louisiana decided to build a modern leading-edge facility to serve the community. The result was University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans, a state-of-the-art acad...
Aug 3, 2016 6:02:32 PM
Announcing AirWatch Express for Easy Mobile Device Management
Today, we are excited to announce the launch of VMware’s new easy mobile device management (MDM) solution AirWatch Express . AirWatch Express is mobile device management (MDM) made simple: Easily manage all your devices: iOS, Android, macOS and Windows. Distribute apps in mere moments. Configure ...
Aug 2, 2016 6:26:28 PM
Enterprise, School or Consumer: Windows 10 Anniversary Update Has Great Things for You!
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is finally here. The update has many exciting and innovative new features for consumers, enterprises and education. Register for our Aug. 4 webinar: Windows 10 Anniversary Updates and Modernizing OS Management. Microsoft has invested in making Windows 10 a truly ...
Aug 2, 2016 4:01:57 PM
Simple MDM in Minutes: Introducing AirWatch Express
We are excited to announce that VMware just launched AirWatch Express for simple mobile device management (MDM) in just a few minutes. Read the official announcement here in our press release . Click here for a free 30-day trial of AirWatch Express . What Is AirWatch Express? AirWatch Express is ...
Aug 2, 2016 12:00:18 PM
Survey Reveals What IT Really Thinks about Windows 10
It is amazing what a difference one year can make. As the industry celebrates the first anniversary of Windows 10, I thought it would be good to gauge customer sentiment,
understandings and priorities associated with a migration to Windows 10 . VMware surveyed nearly 600 existing VMware customers...
Aug 2, 2016 12:00:05 PM
With Business Mobility, It’s Personal & Professional
Apple recently sold the billionth iPhone . At an employee meeting to make the announcement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day.” I couldn’t agree more. For me, it’s my iPhone. For some of my colleagues, i...
Aug 1, 2016 6:29:28 PM
Get a Head Start on the Future of EUC at Connect Atlanta 2016
If unified endpoint management is the future of end-user computing (EUC), then desktop and mobile strategies can no longer operate in silos. The two will inevitably merge, which means if you’re a desktop pro, it’s time you get up to speed on the rapidly changing world of enterprise mobility. Regi...
Aug 1, 2016 2:39:26 PM


KB ARTICLES

 

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VMware Security Announcements (VMSA)
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DISCLAIMER

While I do my best to publish unbiased information specifically related to VMware solutions there is always the possibility of blog posts that are unrelated, competitive or potentially conflicting that may creep into the newsletter. I apologise for this in advance if I offend anyone and do my best to ensure this does not happen. Please get in touch if you feel any inappropriate material has been published. All information in this newsletter is copyright of the original author. If you are an author and wish to no longer be used in this newsletter please get in touch.

 

 

 

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FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK

Hi everyone and welcome to this week's TAM Source Newsletter. As we head into August and VMworld I will be trying to include as much VMworld content as possible. As you know VMworld is our premier event and happens every year. This year the event is in Las Vegas, last year was San Francisco and because of this we have much better access to space and all of the benefits that go with it. This means that many activities and events that were in adjacent hotels and buildings in San Francisco last year are all in the same venue this year. This should make for a much more enhanced experience this year so I hope that you already have your tickets. Check out www.vmworld.com for more information.

 

Virtually Yours


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TAM TWEETS OF THE WEEK (Editor: Daniel Mizrahi)
VMware Ranks #1 in Cloud Systems Management, Datacenter Automation Software bit.ly/2aeJskwpic.twitter.com/tc6xrMY9PT
Front Gate Rugged Device Management at Lollapalooza bit.ly/2ajPXT8 pic.twitter.com/1zAU6zaqp4
5 (Great) Reasons to Check Out VMware Partner Exchange (via The VAR Guy) bit.ly/2aa69Dgpic.twitter.com/PEt0Ni0Frf
A Brief History of VMworld -- Virtualization Review bit.ly/2axpjrT pic.twitter.com/1lCFTyYz7Z
#VMworld (2016 US edition) – vLenzker bit.ly/29ZLPED pic.twitter.com/LqkA1bAiJ6

TAM BLOG (Editor: Kelly Dare)
Latest Blog: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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VMUG UPDATE
VMUG UserCon:  https://www.vmug.com/UserCon

 

VMUG Global Announcements

Our recent CTO Ambassador initiatives are gaining momentum!  Working together, Jodi Shely with Raminder Singh and Cedric Rajendran helped get the first Bangalore India VMware UserGroup created!  

Visit the http://myvmug.com website for registration details. They will have VMUG Advantage discounts and a jammed pack scheduled.

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NSX Backup & Restore + vRealize Log Insight Videos Added to Learning Zone
VMware Learning Zone subscribers get a year of unlimited access to our cloud-based video training library taught by top VMware experts, including all our new releases, like these from the past month: VMware NSX Backup and Restore Series Summary Tips What to Back Up Architecture Backup Approaches ...
Jul 29, 2016 3:17:49 PM
VCAP6 Deployment Beta Exams: Expanded and Extended!
Updated on July 28th, 2016 Hi Everyone, Here is an update on the lab exam beta availability.
Beta exam has closed for: VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Deployment Beta Exam (3V0-623) has concluded. Beta exams are still open for: VMware Certified Advanced Profe...
Jul 28, 2016 10:00:39 PM
Going to VMworld? Reserve Your Seat for Education Breakout Sessions.
We are just one month from kicking off VMworld 2016 US! If you are registered to attend, the VMworld 2016 US Schedule Builder is your pass for getting a seat at the hottest sessions, labs,
demos and discussions. It’s very easy to get started: Go to Content Catalog and browse for sessions of inter...
Jul 28, 2016 1:04:26 PM
VCAP6-DTM Deployment Exam Available
Last week I told you about two new VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) exams that we released. Today, I’m happy to announce a third new exam: VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility Deployment Beta Exam This exam can now be scheduled and taken at any
participatin...
Jul 26, 2016 4:33:57 PM
SaaS – The Next Frontier
Insights from customer conversations Enterprise software applications are increasingly being delivered as software-as-a-service (“SaaS”) applications. The concept of SaaS has been around since the early 2000’s, but it has gained great momentum and customer adoption in recent years. In its
Worldwi...
Jul 26, 2016 3:33:25 PM
Micro-segmentation with Service Insertion – NSX Securing “Anywhere” Part IV
Welcome to part 4 in the Micro-Segmentation Defined– NSX Securing “Anywhere” blog series. Today we will cover the role of NSX as a foundational security platform through NSX Micro-segmentation with Service Insertion. Previous topics covered in this series includes Part I – Micro-segmentation Defi...
Jul 29, 2016 12:00:40 PM
vCloud Air Network at VMworld 2016 – be_TOMORROW
Where can you find industry thought leaders, subject matter experts, and IT professionals – all in one place? The answer: VMworld! At VMworld 2016, you’ll embark on a journey full of innovation to help accelerate your path to a software-defined business. The vCloud Air Network team has an agenda ...
Jul 28, 2016 4:00:54 PM
Guest post: Secure Cloud is Officially on the Menu for Healthcare Organisations
Repost from VMware EMEA Blog. By Tim Hearn, Director, UK Government and Public Services, VMware It’s an important national institution that makes us proud to be British – yet the NHS is struggling. The NHS is lacking the funding to do all the things that it wants to do and the public
expect it to...
Jul 25, 2016 6:10:10 PM
Operationalizing Micro-segmentation – NSX Securing “Anywhere” – Part III
Welcome to part 3 of the Micro-Segmentation Defined – NSX Securing “Anywhere” blog series. This installment covers how to operationalize NSX Micro-Segmentation. Be sure to check out Part 1 on the definition of micro-segmentation and Part 2 on securing physical workloads with NSX. This blog covers...
Jul 25, 2016 1:00:26 PM

 

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VMware Identity Manager On-Premises Deployment Considerations
By Rick Terlep, End-User-Computing Architect, EUC Technical-Marketing Center of Excellence and Gary Sloane, VMware Consulting Editor The End-User-Computing Technical-Marketing Center of Excellence team is happy to announce the publication of a new white paper, VMware Identity Manager On-Premises ...
Jul 31, 2016 2:41:41 AM
Windows 10 Anniversary Preview & the 1 Billionth iPhone Top This Week’s Top Mobile News
For the people and by the people. Microsoft listened to 75 million Windows Insiders opinions and made 5,000 changes to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update based on the feedback, according to Network World . The Anniversary Update isn’t generally available until next Tuesday, but tech reviewers got ...
Jul 29, 2016 4:30:39 PM
New EUC Webcast Series: Enabling the Digital Workspace for the Mobile Cloud
Coming this August, VMware experts gather online to share their unique insights in this fast-evolving world of end-user computing (EUC). Click here to pick and choose the August EUC webcasts that are right for you. Webcast #1: Enabling the Digital Workspace with VMware Workspace ONE When: Aug. 3 ...
Jul 29, 2016 2:15:15 PM
How to Take or Build Your Desktop SOE to VMware Horizon Air
by David Head, cloud services senior architect, VMware End-User Computing When moving your desktop environment to the cloud, many questions arise around how an organization makes the move. The number one technical question we receive is: How do I take my existing Desktop or RDSH SOE to VMware Hor...
Jul 28, 2016 12:35:15 PM
Here’s How You Get
in to Lollapalooza
Lollapalooza kicks off its 25
th anniversary festival tomorrow in Chicago’s Grant Park with a lineup including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Big Boi, Ellie Goulding, Radiohead and festival co-founder Perry Farrell with Jane’s Addiction. Awesome, you say, but why is this on your mobile technology blo...
Jul 28, 2016 12:00:08 PM
Keeping up with End Users: 12 Stats about Mobile Work Productivity
Recently, InfoWorld veteran Bob Lewis told the IT news site , “Do you realize, that over just the past three years IT has pretty much been stood on its head? … The biggest change in IT is the shift from cost reduction to revenue enhancement.” That new charge includes redirecting IT resources to d...
Jul 27, 2016 1:57:12 PM
Everything You Need to Know about the New
Socialcast Experience
Have you heard? Socialcast by VMware, a secure
chat and social collaboration platform, just launched a redesigned user interface, as well as an enhanced chat and mobile experience. It’s here! Check out the redesigned @Socialcast enterprise chat & social platform: https://t.co/fpNtpWS12v pic.twitt...
Jul 27, 2016 1:19:36 PM
Meet Your Work Productivity Hero: 5 GIFs of the New Socialcast
Socialcast by VMware, an integrated
chat and social collaboration platform—hold on, where did I save this file? Got it. Socialcast provides a central, secure space—wait a minute, who chatted me the next important point? Here it is. Work productivity isn’t easy to achieve when you have to leave wh...
Jul 27, 2016 12:00:00 PM
Announcing the VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition Reference Architecture: Validated Integration Design Paper
By Graeme Gordon, Senior End-User-Computing Architect, EUC Technical-Marketing Center of Excellence, VMware Opening a restaurant is a romantic notion that many of us have had at some point in our lives. Create a business plan, identify our target market or customers, and then come up with recipes...
Jul 26, 2016 8:02:42 PM
2 Massive Innovations Reshaping the Future of Computing
Standard Operating Environment—what everyone chased after for more than a decade, where the name of the game was standardization to reduce costs. It was the best solution when everyone had the same PC, same monitor, a small set of mega app suites and the same network. Mobile changed everything! T...
Jul 26, 2016 1:14:27 PM
The Government Digital Workspace for Dummies: An Agency Roadmap to Designing and Deploying a Secure Digital Workspace
For very valid reasons, mobile
devices and government agencies typically don’t play too well together. Maintaining data security and cyber hygiene across an agency’s desktop infrastructure is hard enough without allowing agency employees and contractors to remotely access sensitive information an...
Jul 26, 2016 12:00:20 PM
VMware Experts Look Ahead at VDI as BriForum Comes to an End
It’s the end of BriForum as we know it. Here are the highlights on the final agenda. For more than a decade, some of the most experienced IT professionals have presented their vendor-neutral perspectives on all things desktop virtualization at the annual BriForum conference. In its twelfth year, ...
Jul 25, 2016 4:13:47 PM
SlideShare: 12 Quick Stats about Mobile Work Productivity
  Mobile Micro-Moment: When an end user can instantly access information or immediately complete an action when and where they are using mobile-first technology. Americans collectively check their mobile devices 8 billion times per day. ( Deloitte via Forbes) In 2015, 68% of all emails were
opene...
Jul 25, 2016 2:17:36 PM

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The Extreme Performance Series at VMworld 2016
Yes! It’s back, and more performant than ever! The “ Extreme Performance Series ” returns for its 4th year! I’m very excited about this year’s Extreme Performance Series mini-track being hosted at VMworld Las Vegas and Barcelona. These sessions are created and presented by VMware’s best and most ...
Jul 22, 2016 10:01:45 PM
Threepeat!! First Ever Triple VCDX Certification Holder: Matt Vandenbeld
As anyone who’s pursued a VMware certification can attest, holding three VCDXs is quite an achievement. We recently talked with Matt Vandenbeld — the first person to earn three VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certifications — to learn the secrets of his success. (Spoiler alert: Matt really ...
Jul 22, 2016 1:47:04 PM
2 VCAP Design Certification Exams Available
Today we released the
live (aka “GA”) versions of two of our VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 (VCAP6) exams: VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 — Data Center Virtualization Design (VCAP6-DCV Design) VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 — Cloud Management and Automation Design (V...
Jul 21, 2016 4:27:14 PM
Twitter Responds: What’s your motivation for becoming #VMware certified? Part 1 of 2
We recently asked the IT community on Twitter to Direct Message us their motivation for becoming VMware certified for a chance to win a free #vmwcertified t-shirt. As expected the t-shirts were a big hit, and the responses we received were too valuable not to share! Check out Part 1 of our 2-part...
Jul 21, 2016 2:47:08 PM
RADIO@ Bulgaria
At VMware, every year we organize a fascinating internal conference series by and for R&D, called RADIO – “R&D Innovation Offsite”. RADIO is a unique event offering unparalleled networking, educational, and innovation opportunities for the technical community across VMware. We had our flagship RA...
Jul 21, 2016 2:00:43 PM
NSXv License Versions
In NSX 6.2.2 VMware introduced 3 different license editions; Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise. These license editions allow you align NSX with your company’s use case. Standard Edition : Automates IT workflows, bringing agility to the data center network and reducing network operating costs and...
Jul 20, 2016 6:36:59 PM
VCDX Programs at VMworld 2016 US
Kick off your VMworld 2016 US activities by joining us for VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) Day on August 27,
2016 at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas. VCDX Workshop – 8:00am – 12:00n Open for anyone interested in learning more about VCDX program and continuing on their path towards earning the...
Jul 20, 2016 4:23:30 PM
NSX-V: Multi-site Options and Cross-VC NSX Design Guide
Check-out the new NSX-V Multi-site Options and Cross-VC NSX Design Guide The goal of this design guide is to outline several NSX solutions available for multi-site data center connectivity before digging deeper into the details of the Cross-VC NSX multi-site solution. Learn how Cross-VC NSX
enabl...
Jul 22, 2016 9:04:59 PM
VMware Validated Design for SDDC 2.0 – Now Available
By Jonathan McDonald Recently I have been involved in a rather cool project inside VMware, aimed at validating and integrating all the different VMware products. The most interesting customer cases I see are related to this work because oftentimes products work independently without issue—but tog...
Jul 22, 2016 1:45:59 PM
Architecting VMware Virtual SAN™ 6.2 to Deliver Hybrid Cloud
For any business, progress and improvement is a daily goal. For a business to work toward that goal, they need to search for ways to not only improve their storage infrastructure and services, but at the same time, increase capacity, simplify
operations, and ensure continuous uptime. In the IT in...
Jul 21, 2016 4:00:53 PM
VMware releases OVAL content editor open source project
Hello Everyone, Today, VMware releases SCAP 1.3 draft spec compliant Open Source project for OVAL content editor . A couple of months back VMware released an SCAP compliance assessment and remediation app for FREE . The security and compliance community loved it and came back to us asking for
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Top Mobile News: Apple Watch Gets Patriotic, Windows 10 Apps on Xbox ONE & More
Get your national pride on, Apple Watch-style. Apple is churning out some national pride for the upcoming Olympics in Brazil. American runner Trayvon Bromell claimed his red-white-and-blue Apple Watch band already.
Only hitch: you can only buy them in Brazil. Read the full story on The Verge . Re...
Jul 22, 2016 3:47:55 PM
New Socialcast UX for Secure Enterprise Chat and Social Collaboration
Last summer, VMware introduced enterprise chat to the Socialcast social collaboration platform, a secure solution to meet the increasing demand for instant messaging in the enterprise. Today, VMware introduces a new user experience on Socialcast with even more robust chat features for both
the we...
Jul 21, 2016 4:00:09 PM
A Completely New User Experience on Socialcast
Big news: Today, we’re revealing a new user experience on Socialcast by VMware. Socialcast, a
chat and social collaboration platform, is a part of our secure productivity apps suite in VMware Workspace ONE . It provides a central place for companies to connect people, information, conversations, ...
Jul 21, 2016 4:00:01 PM
10 of Our Favorite AirWatch Connect Atlanta Memories over the Years
Connect Atlanta is coming up in less than three months, and we’re feeling a little sentimental here on the AirWatch Blog. In honor of our annual mobility event and all the amazing memories, join us as we take a look back at Connect Atlanta over the years. Don’t forget to claim your early bird
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Jul 20, 2016 2:52:25 PM
VMworld 2016: What You Can’t Afford to Miss
The must-dos, what’s recommended and the biggest buzz around VMworld 2016. Build your personal schedule today! The year’s biggest event is back from
global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility VMware. VMworld 2016 happens Aug. 28–Sept. 1 in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. Register for ...
Jul 20, 2016 1:00:07 PM
Build Enterprise-Ready Mobile Apps with AirWatch
We live in an app economy! Who can forget the famous campaign, “There’s an app for that,” trademarked by Apple in 2010? Apps have completely taken over our mobile lives over the last six years, making it easier to get nearly anything done simply with your fingertips. With the impact mobile apps h...
Jul 19, 2016 2:08:50 PM
Why It Is Time to Ditch Legacy Systems & Upgrade Retail Infrastructure with VMware Mirage
When we think about retail as consumers, we think about going shopping, trying on the latest fashions, spending money, treasure hunting and hopefully having a great overall experience. For some of
us this is not always the case. We have all been in a situation where going to the local mall, groce...
Jul 18, 2016 12:43:07 PM
Now Available: iOS 10 & macOS Sierra Public Betas
Last week, Apple released public betas of its highly anticipated operating system (OS) updates: iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. Available through the Apple Beta Software Program , each public beta comes with a built-in Feedback Assistant to provide feedback to Apple. VMware AirWatch is working to
suppor...
Jul 18, 2016 12:29:16 PM

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今年から、vExpert NSX 2016 Award というプログラムが新設されました。

vExpert NSX 2016 Award Announcement - VMTN Blog - VMware Blogs

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NSX 以外の分野についても、今後に発表されるようで、

いくつかの分野において vExpert の中から 100名くらいずつ受賞できるようです。

 

そして、なんとか vExpert NSX を受賞することができました。

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これにより、とうとう自宅ラボでも NSX が使用できるようになったので、

これからも独自路線で NSX にとりくんでいきたいと思います。どこかでお役に立てればうれしいです。

 

以上、vExpert NSX 受賞記念の投稿でした。

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The time is drawing near! Join the CloudCredibility.com team as we partner again with the experts in Hands-On Labs to bring you:

CloudCred VMworld Hands-On Labs Challenge

Beginning on *SUNDAY*, August 28, in the VMworld Hands-On Labs World at CloudCredibility.com, and in the Hands-On Labs Connect Area at VMworld Las Vegas, find:

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

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Players earning any of the three Challenge Contest Badges will be entered into Wednesday’s Badge Raffles.

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VMware EDU Training Class Voucher

 

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Challenge Lab Buttons for Every Challenge Lab Completed

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CloudCred Caps for bringing in a friend

Moscow Mule Mug Sets for the attendee who completes the 10,000th lab taken

**Hands-On Labs will be OPEN on Sunday for early-attenders! Beat the crowds & visit on this first day.**

Players must complete Task 3653 & agree to contest terms & conditions.     

Employees of VMware are not eligible for contest prizes. Players must be present to win. Players winning multiple prizes will be at the discretion of CloudCred staff.

最近の Linux Guest OS では、従来の VMware Tools のかわりに

OS ベンダが提供する open-vm-tools をインストールすることが推奨されています。

VMware による open-vm-tools のサポート (2074713) | VMware KB

 

KB にあるように下記のようなバージョンのもので、

具体的には Ubuntu 16.04 LTS や、RHEL 7.2 などこれ以降のものも該当します。

他にも、VMware Photon OS 1.0 も open-vm-tools が推奨になっています。

  • Fedora 19 以降のリリース
  • Debian 7.x 以降のリリース
  • openSUSE 11.x 以降のリリース
  • 最新の Ubuntu リリース(12.04 LTS、13.10 以降)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 以降のリリース
  • CentOS 7 以降のリリース
  • Oracle Linux 7 以降のリリース
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 以降のリリース

 

そもそもですが、VMware 製品による仮想化環境では

VMware Tools のインストールが、ほとんど必須です。

VMware Tools の概要 (2051284) | VMware KB

 

各 OS に同梱される open-vm-tools は、VMware Tools としての機能はそのまま提供しますが、

OS が持つパッケージ管理機能(たとえば Red Hat 系 Linux の RPM など) で管理されます。

 

こんなイメージで、従来よりも VMware による仮想化レイヤと、その上のレイヤとで

役割分担が簡潔になったのではないかと思います。

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VMware Compatibility Guide での VMware Tools の推奨について。

 

VMware Compatibility Guide で、ゲスト OS ごとの 仮想デバイス サポート可否や推奨構成を

VM の推奨設定を調べることができます。

VMware Compatibility Guide - Guest/Host Search

 

VMware Tools についても記載がありますが、

ここでも 最近の Linux では open-vm-tools が推奨されています。

 

私の自宅では Oracle Linux が多いので、

ESXi 6.0 U2 上での Oracle Linux 7 ゲストについての情報を見てみます。

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VMware Tools の項目で

「Supported (Recommended)」 と open-vm-tools が VMware から推奨されています。

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OS ベンダ提供の open-vm-tools の例。

 

例として、Oracle Linux 7 の open-vm-tools を見てみます。

※RHEL 7 や CentOS 7 も、ほぼ同様です。

[root@sv01 ~]# cat /etc/oracle-release

Oracle Linux Server release 7.2

 

従来の VMware Tools で提供されていたファイルは、だいたい open-vm-tools の RPM で提供されます。

バージョン確認などで よく利用される vmware-toolbox-cmd も含まれています。

※ただし、ファイルによっては複数の RPM に分割されたりすることもあるようです。

[root@sv01 ~]# vmware-toolbox-cmd -v

9.10.2.48224 (build-2822639)

[root@sv01 ~]# which vmware-toolbox-cmd

/usr/bin/vmware-toolbox-cmd

[root@sv01 ~]# rpm -qf /usr/bin/vmware-toolbox-cmd

open-vm-tools-9.10.2-4.0.1.el7.x86_64

 

今回は Oracle Linux の RPM を見ていますが、

RPM の提供元は「Oracle America」 になっています。

[root@sv01 ~]# rpm -qi open-vm-tools | grep Vendor

Vendor      : Oracle America

 

open-vm-tools の RPM には、下記のようなファイルが含まれています。

[root@sv01 ~]# rpm -ql open-vm-tools

/etc/pam.d/vmtoolsd

/etc/udev/rules.d/99-vmware-scsi-timeout.rules

/etc/vmware-tools

/etc/vmware-tools/guestproxy-ssl.conf

/etc/vmware-tools/poweroff-vm-default

/etc/vmware-tools/poweron-vm-default

/etc/vmware-tools/resume-vm-default

/etc/vmware-tools/scripts

/etc/vmware-tools/scripts/vmware

/etc/vmware-tools/scripts/vmware/network

/etc/vmware-tools/statechange.subr

/etc/vmware-tools/suspend-vm-default

/usr/bin/vm-support

/usr/bin/vmtoolsd

/usr/bin/vmware-checkvm

/usr/bin/vmware-guestproxycerttool

/usr/bin/vmware-hgfsclient

/usr/bin/vmware-rpctool

/usr/bin/vmware-toolbox-cmd

/usr/bin/vmware-xferlogs

/usr/lib/systemd/system/vmtoolsd.service

/usr/lib64/libDeployPkg.so.0

/usr/lib64/libDeployPkg.so.0.0.0

/usr/lib64/libguestlib.so.0

/usr/lib64/libguestlib.so.0.0.0

/usr/lib64/libhgfs.so.0

/usr/lib64/libhgfs.so.0.0.0

/usr/lib64/libvmtools.so.0

/usr/lib64/libvmtools.so.0.0.0

/usr/lib64/open-vm-tools

/usr/lib64/open-vm-tools/plugins

/usr/lib64/open-vm-tools/plugins/common

/usr/lib64/open-vm-tools/plugins/common/libhgfsServer.so

/usr/lib64/open-vm-tools/plugins/common/libvix.so

/usr/lib64/open-vm-tools/plugins/vmsvc

/usr/lib64/open-vm-tools/plugins/vmsvc/libdeployPkgPlugin.so

/usr/lib64/open-vm-tools/plugins/vmsvc/libgrabbitmqProxy.so

/usr/lib64/open-vm-tools/plugins/vmsvc/libguestInfo.so

/usr/lib64/open-vm-tools/plugins/vmsvc/libpowerOps.so

/usr/lib64/open-vm-tools/plugins/vmsvc/libtimeSync.so

/usr/lib64/open-vm-tools/plugins/vmsvc/libvmbackup.so

/usr/share/doc/open-vm-tools-9.10.2

/usr/share/doc/open-vm-tools-9.10.2/AUTHORS

/usr/share/doc/open-vm-tools-9.10.2/COPYING

/usr/share/doc/open-vm-tools-9.10.2/ChangeLog

/usr/share/doc/open-vm-tools-9.10.2/NEWS

/usr/share/doc/open-vm-tools-9.10.2/README

/usr/share/open-vm-tools

/usr/share/open-vm-tools/messages

/usr/share/open-vm-tools/messages/de

/usr/share/open-vm-tools/messages/de/toolboxcmd.vmsg

/usr/share/open-vm-tools/messages/de/vmtoolsd.vmsg

/usr/share/open-vm-tools/messages/ja

/usr/share/open-vm-tools/messages/ja/toolboxcmd.vmsg

/usr/share/open-vm-tools/messages/ja/vmtoolsd.vmsg

/usr/share/open-vm-tools/messages/ko

/usr/share/open-vm-tools/messages/ko/toolboxcmd.vmsg

/usr/share/open-vm-tools/messages/ko/vmtoolsd.vmsg

/usr/share/open-vm-tools/messages/zh_CN

/usr/share/open-vm-tools/messages/zh_CN/toolboxcmd.vmsg

 

そして、この RPM は OS ベンダのリポジトリからアップデートできます。

RPM をダウンロードする Yum リポジトリとして、

Oracle の Public Yum サーバを指定して、アップデートしてみます。

 

Yum リポジトリサーバとして、 「public-yum.oracle.com」 から

RPM をダウンロードするように設定してあります。

[root@sv01 ~]# grep -A2 ol7_latest /etc/yum.repos.d/public-yum-ol7.repo

[ol7_latest]

name=Oracle Linux $releasever Latest ($basearch)

baseurl=http://public-yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL7/latest/$basearch/

[root@sv01 ~]# yum repolist

読み込んだプラグイン:ulninfo

リポジトリー ID   リポジトリー名                                            状態

ol7_UEKR3/x86_64  Latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 for Oracle    462

ol7_latest/x86_64 Oracle Linux 7Server Latest (x86_64)                      14,949

repolist: 15,411

 

Oracle Linux は Red Hat 互換のディストリビューション なので、

下記のように、他の RPM と方法をあわせて yum upgrade コマンドで

open-vm-tools のアップグレードができます。

[root@sv01 ~]# yum upgrade -y open-vm-tools

読み込んだプラグイン:ulninfo

依存性の解決をしています

--> トランザクションの確認を実行しています。

---> パッケージ open-vm-tools.x86_64 0:9.10.2-4.0.1.el7 を 更新

---> パッケージ open-vm-tools.x86_64 0:9.10.2-5.0.1.el7_2 を ア ップデート

--> 依存性解決を終了しました。

 

依存性を解決しました

 

================================================================

Package        アーキテクチャー

                        バージョン            リポジトリー

                                                           容量

================================================================

更新します:

open-vm-tools  x86_64  9.10.2-5.0.1.el7_2    ol7_latest  472 k

 

トランザクションの要約

================================================================

更新  1 パッケージ

 

総ダウンロード容量: 472 k

Downloading packages:

Delta RPMs disabled because /usr/bin/applydeltarpm not installed.

open-vm-tools-9.10.2-5.0.1.el7_2.x86_64.rp | 472 kB   00:00

Running transaction check

Running transaction test

Transaction test succeeded

Running transaction

  更新します              : open-vm-tools-9.10.2-5.0.1.el   1/2

  整理中                  : open-vm-tools-9.10.2-4.0.1.el   2/2

  検証中                  : open-vm-tools-9.10.2-5.0.1.el   1/2

  検証中                  : open-vm-tools-9.10.2-4.0.1.el   2/2

 

更新:

  open-vm-tools.x86_64 0:9.10.2-5.0.1.el7_2

 

完了しました!

[root@sv01 ~]#

 

たとえば、open-vm-tools に何か修正がある場合には、

各 OS ベンダから修正パッケージが提供されます。

例にした Oracle Linux 7 でも、最近だと下記のような修正(RPM の更新)がありました。

ちなみに上記の yum upgrade は、この Errata による更新の RPM で

アップデート インストールしています。

linux.oracle.com | ELBA-2016-1533 - open-vm-tools bug fix update

 

これまでも Operating System Specific Packages (OSP) と呼ばれる、

VMware が提供するパッケージはあったのですが、最近の OS に対しては提供されなくなっています。

こちらは気にせず、OS ベンダの提供する open-vm-tools を使用するとよいと思います。

Operating System Specific Packages Home Page

 

以上、最近の VMware Tools 事情についてでした。

The new Horizon accesspoint can be configured via REST and for that we even have a swagger UI as well as a config documentation.

REST Docu

https://[FQDN]:9443/rest/swagger.yaml

REST UI

https:// [FQDN]:9443/swagger-ui/index.html

The swagger will be located on your Backend Or Management NIC of the Accesspoint.

 

Accessing the Swagger UI

  1. Open a browser and browse to https:// [FQDN]:9443/swagger-ui/index.html
  2. Authenticate with admin and the password you specified at deployment.
  3. You see the picture below

2016-08-08_13-59-25.png

Change the SSL Certificate

  1. Click on ServerCertificate
  2. Then Click on PUT /v1/config/certs/ssl
  3. Click on the side (Model Schema). This will transfer the values into the body
  4. Copy the Values into a notepad
  5. Replace the String(s) with the Private Key and with the Certificate chain.
  6. Copy/Paste the notepad content back into the body
  7. Click on Try it out.
    2016-08-08_14-02-46.png
  8. Check the result.

 

 

Changing the Connection settings

These settings make sure that the Accesspoint can connect to the Conenction Server (or its load balancer) as well as make sure that the tunnels are terminated at the correct point.

  1. Click on EdgeServiceSettings
  2. Click on GET /v1/config/edgeservice
  3. Click on Try it Out!
  4. Copy the Response Body into a notepad
    2016-08-08_14-23-44.png
  5. Edit the settings as required. Also you ONLY need the part shown below, not the JSON array {[…]} around it.

{

"identifier": "VIEW",

"enabled": true,

"proxyDestinationUrl": "https://connection1.mylab.local:443",

"proxyDestinationUrlThumbprints": "sha1=42 41 ba da 3b 58 4b 59 01 b1 66 38 01 59 26 28 78 5d 3a 0a",

"pcoipEnabled": true,

"pcoipExternalUrl": "192.168.2.200:4172",

"blastEnabled": true,

"blastExternalUrl": "access1.mylab.local:8443",

"tunnelEnabled": true,

      "tunnelExternalUrl": "access1.mylab.local:443",

"proxyPattern": "/",

"matchWindowsUserName": false,

"gatewayLocation": "External",

"windowsSSOEnabled": false

    }

  1. Copy the settings
  2. Click on PUT /v1/config/edgeservice/view
  3. Past the settings into body
  4. Click on Try it out!
    2016-08-08_14-31-02.png
  5. The response should be 200. Anything else (400 and more) indicates an error.

2016-08-08_14-32-48.png

 

Problems

There can be problems if your certs are not up to scratch. In that case you may need to clear your cache. Clearing the cache in Crome is done by pressing [CTRL] + [Shift] + [DEL].

 

Im currently working on a VRO Package for this...well...it might be a bit in the making...Im very bussy.

VMworld US is in Las Vegas this year and less than a month away. Recently the VMworld catalog was released allowing you to see all the session and plan your schedule. Once again, Log Insight is well represented with some knowledgeable people presenting on a variety of topics. Here are the top 5 sessions you should be sure to catch:

 

  1. #MGT8040 Turning up the Noise: How VMware’s Private Cloud Team is Getting Closer to the Heartbeat of their Infrastructure, Billions of Events at a Time
  2. #MGT8641 A Lot of Insight; No Power Point
  3. #MGT7685 Insight into the World of Logs with VMware vRealize Log Insight
  4. #INF8845 vSphere Logs Grow Up! Tech Preview of Actionable Logging with Log Insight
  5. #MGT9615-SPO vRealize the Possibilities: Application Agility and Rapid Deployment with vRealize Automation, Orchestration, Operations and Log Insight

 

Also, for those of you attending TAM Day, be sure to catch the following exclusive Log Insight sessions where you will get information that VMworld attendees will not!

 

* vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight: Ensure Performance and Availability Workshop

* TAM Customer Day – Ask the Experts Session Sunday, August 28, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

 

Author: Tony Wu

 

 

 

This document described how to leverage the OVF template to export the Oracle RAC VMs to accelerate the Oracle RAC deployment in a Virtual SAN environment and to reduce the efforts to reinstall the whole environment.

 

In a Virtual SAN environment, you need to enable Multi-Writer, however this option will not apply to the deployed VM by using OVF template. Therefore, you need the disk format conversion. Also the network configuration will change, this will cause Oracle Clusterware does not work, especially for css daemon.  This article covered these parts.

 

Applied to: Native Virtual SAN environment, shared disks with multi-writer enabled for Oracle RAC

 

 

 

Export the VM from vCenter via Web Client of vCenter

 

Preparation:

 

  1. Shut down all RAC VMs
  2. Remove all non-boot disks from the VM with adding existing disks.

    Because all RAC VM shared one set of disks, we need find out which VM has the original disks created. This VM should be the first one when building RAC and other VMs should just added the “Existing Disks” when forming multi-node RAC, so you need remove all disks from the other VMs. In the context of this document, we use ORA1 as the VM with the first VM with the original disks added.

  

Export the VMs to local drive:

 

  1. Go to the Template-> export OVF template of the VM. Or if you use C# client, go File->Export -> Export OVF template

 

Import the VM to the vCenter via Web Client

 

Preparation:

 

  1. Make sure the VSAN SPBM is right created to the VM before deploy OVF template

 

Import the VMs to the vCenter

 

  • Choose the OVF to deploy one by one

    oracle-vsan-1.png

  • In the select storage wizard page, choose the policy for Oracle VM, the policy needs have the rule to set the space reservation to 100 percent.
    oracle-vsan-2.png

  • After all RAC VMs deployed, don’t power them on, but remove all disks from the first VM except the boot disk.  Then open SSH to connect to one of the hosts in the Virtual SAN cluster. And go to the folder of the first VM – ORA1. You may list all VMDK used for the VM. And then use the vmkfstools to convert the zeroed thick disk to eager zeroed disk for the VM. 

  

vmkfstools -i "/vmfs/volumes/vsan:52d6f68442074f98-afc9bc63092d9f2a/8a1aa057-9dbe-6b1a-e71d-ecf4bbe94918/ora1_1.vmdk"

"/vmfs/volumes/vsan:52d6f68442074f98-afc9bc63092d9f2a/8a1aa057-9dbe-6b1a-e71d-ecf4bbe94918/ora1_1_convert.vmdk" -d eagerzeroedthick

        Refer the link - https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1033570 for more information.

 

  • After all disks converted, add all converted disks to first VM, with multi-writer enabled, and make sure the Independent –Persistent disk option is set, and the desired SCSI controller is selected.  See the figure below for the detailed settings.
  • oracle-vsan-3.png
  • Add disks by using the same settings for the other VM when adding the “Existing disks” for the other VMs one by one.

  

Boot up VM and reconfigure the network

 

 

 

  1. After power on all nodes, you need check the NIC name and IP address to make sure it is the same name and IP as the ones before exporting the VM. If the ETH name and IP address change, you need set them back
  2. In order to change a network device name, you can thus edit /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules. If there is no such file, you can create one yourself. Keep in mind that the last line will overwrite previous settings, so you only need record the MAC addresses of your new deployed VM and modify the last lines.

     

    In /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules, you can assign an arbitrary device name to a particular MAC address. Thus, first find out the MAC address of your network interface, and then define the interface name to that MAC address in the following format.

     

    $sudo vi /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules

    # interface with MAC address "00:0c:29:43:28:11" will be assigned "eth0"

    SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="00:0c:29:43:28:11", ATTR{dev_id}=="0x0", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="eth0"

     

    # interface with MAC address "00:0c:29:43:28:1b" will be assigned "eth1"

    SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="00:0c:29:43:28:1b", ATTR{dev_id}=="0x0", ATTR{type}

     

  3. After reconfigurations, reboot the vm and check if Oracle RAC works normally.

  

Part II - Some server storage I/O workload scripts and results

server storage I/O trends

 

This is the second in a two part series of posts pertaining to using some common server storage I/O benchmark tools and workload scripts. View part I here which includes overview, background and information about the tools used and related topics.

 

NVMe ssd storage
Various NVM flash SSD including NVMe devices

 

Following are some server I/O benchmark workload scripts to exercise  various storage devices such as Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) flash Solid State  Devices (SSDs) or Hard Disk Drives (HDD) among others.

 

The Workloads

Some ways that can impact the workload performance results besides changing the I/O size, read write, random sequential mix is the number of threads, workers and jobs. Note that in the workload steps, the larger 1MB and sequential scenarios have fewer threads, workers vs. the smaller IOP or activity focused workloads. Too many threads or workers can cause overhead and you will reach a point of diminishing return at some point. Likewise too few and you will not drive the system under test (SUT) or device under test (DUT) to its full potential. If you are not sure how many threads or workers to use, run some short calibration tests to see the results before doing a large, longer test.

 

Keep in mind that the best benchmark or workload is your own application running with similar load to what you would see in real world, along with applicable features, configuration and functionality enabled. The second best would be those that closely resemble your workload characteristics and that are relevant.

 

The following workloads involved a system test initiator (STI) server driving workload using the different tools as well as scripts shown. The STI sends the workload to a SUT or DUT that can be a single drive, card or multiple devices, storage system or appliance. Warning: The following workload tests does both reads and writes which can be destructive to your device under test. Exercise caution on the device and file name specified to avoid causing a problem that might result in you testing your backup / recovery process. Likewise no warranty is given, implied or made for these scripts or their use or results, they are simply supplied as is for your reference.

 

The four free tools that I'm using  with this set of scripts are:

  • Microsoft Diskspd (free), get the tool and bits here or here (open source), learn more about Diskspd here.
  • FIO.exe (free), get the tool and bits here or here among other venues.
  • Vdbench (free with registration), get the tool and bits here or here among other venues.
  • Iometer (free), get the tool and bits here among other venues.

 

Notice: While best effort has been made to verify the above links, they may change over time and you are responsible for verifying the safety of links and your downloads

Microsoft Diskspd workloads

Note that a 300GB size file named iobw.tst on device N: is being used for performing read and write I/Os to. There are 160 threads, I/O size of 4KB and 8KB varying from 100% Read (0% write), 70% Read (30% write) and 0% Read (100% write) with random (seek) and no hardware or software cache. Also specified are to collect latency statistics, a 30 second warm up ramp up time, and a quick 5 minute duration (test time). 5 minutes is a quick test for calibration, verify your environment however relatively short for a real test which should be in the hours or more depending on your needs.

 

Note that the output results are put into a file with a name describing the test tool, workload and other useful information such as date and time. You may also want to specify a different directory where output files are placed.

 

diskspd.exe -c300G -o160 -t160 -b4K -w0 -W30 -d300 -h -fr  N:iobw.tst -L  > DiskSPD_300G_4KRan100Read_160x160_072416_8AM.txt
diskspd.exe -c300G -o160 -t160 -b4K -w30 -W30 -d300 -h -fr  N:iobw.tst -L  > DiskSPD_300G_4KRan70Read_160x160_072416_8AM.txt
diskspd.exe -c300G -o160 -t160 -b4K -w100 -W30 -d300 -h -fr  N:iobw.tst -L  > DiskSPD_300G_4KRan0Read_160x160_072416_8AM.txt
diskspd.exe -c300G -o160 -t160 -b8K -w0 -W30 -d300 -h -fr  N:iobw.tst -L  > DiskSPD_300G_8KRan100Read_160x160_072416_8AM.txt
diskspd.exe -c300G -o160 -t160 -b8K -w30 -W30 -d300 -h -fr  N:iobw.tst -L  > DiskSPD_300G_8KRan70Read_160x160_072416_8AM.txt
diskspd.exe -c300G -o160 -t160 -b8K -w100 -W30 -d300 -h -fr  N:iobw.tst -L  > DiskSPD_300G_8KRan0Read_160x160_072416_8AM.txt

 

The following Diskspd tests use similar settings as above, however instead of random, sequential is specified, threads and outstanding I/Os are reduced while I/O size is set to 1MB, then 8KB, with 100% read and 100% write scenarios. The -t specifies the number of threads and -o number of outstanding I/Os per thread.

 

diskspd.exe -c300G -o32 -t132 -b1M -w0 -W30 -d300 -h -si  N:iobw.tst -L  > DiskSPD_300G_1MSeq100Read_32x32_072416_8AM.txt
diskspd.exe -c300G -o32 -t132 -b1M -w100 -W30 -d300 -h -si  N:iobw.tst -L  > DiskSPD_300G_1MSeq0Read_32x32_072416_8AM.txt
diskspd.exe -c300G -o160 -t160 -b8K -w0 -W30 -d300 -h -si  N:iobw.tst -L  > DiskSPD_300G_8KSeq100Read_32x32_072416_8AM.txt
diskspd.exe -c300G -o160 -t160 -b8K -w100 -W30 -d300 -h -si  N:iobw.tst -L  > DiskSPD_300G_8KSeq0Read_32x32_072416_8AM.txt

Fio.exe workloads

Next are the fio workloads similar to those run using Diskspd except the sequential scenarios are skipped.

 

fio --filename=N\:\iobw.tst --filesize=300000M --direct=1  --rw=randrw --refill_buffers --norandommap --randrepeat=0 --ioengine=windowsaio  --ba=4k --bs=4k --rwmixread=100 --iodepth=32 --numjobs=5 --exitall --time_based  --ramp_time=30 --runtime=300 --group_reporting --name=xxx  --output=FIO_300000M_4KRan100Read_5x32_072416_8AM.txt
fio --filename=N\:\iobw.tst --filesize=300000M --direct=1  --rw=randrw --refill_buffers --norandommap --randrepeat=0 --ioengine=windowsaio  --ba=4k --bs=4k --rwmixread=70 --iodepth=32 --numjobs=5 --exitall --time_based  --ramp_time=30 --runtime=300 --group_reporting --name=xxx  --output=FIO_300000M_4KRan70Read_5x32_072416_8AM.txt
fio --filename=N\:\iobw.tst --filesize=300000M --direct=1  --rw=randrw --refill_buffers --norandommap --randrepeat=0 --ioengine=windowsaio  --ba=4k --bs=4k --rwmixread=0 --iodepth=32 --numjobs=5 --exitall --time_based  --ramp_time=30 --runtime=300 --group_reporting --name=xxx  --output=FIO_300000M_4KRan0Read_5x32_072416_8AM.txt
fio --filename=N\:\iobw.tst --filesize=300000M --direct=1  --rw=randrw --refill_buffers --norandommap --randrepeat=0 --ioengine=windowsaio  --ba=8k --bs=8k --rwmixread=100 --iodepth=32 --numjobs=5 --exitall --time_based  --ramp_time=30 --runtime=300 --group_reporting --name=xxx  --output=FIO_300000M_8KRan100Read_5x32_072416_8AM.txt
fio --filename=N\:\iobw.tst --filesize=300000M --direct=1  --rw=randrw --refill_buffers --norandommap --randrepeat=0 --ioengine=windowsaio  --ba=8k --bs=8k --rwmixread=70 --iodepth=32 --numjobs=5 --exitall --time_based  --ramp_time=30 --runtime=300 --group_reporting --name=xxx  --output=FIO_300000M_8KRan70Read_5x32_072416_8AM.txt
fio --filename=N\:\iobw.tst --filesize=300000M --direct=1  --rw=randrw --refill_buffers --norandommap --randrepeat=0 --ioengine=windowsaio  --ba=8k --bs=8k --rwmixread=0 --iodepth=32 --numjobs=5 --exitall --time_based  --ramp_time=30 --runtime=300 --group_reporting --name=xxx  --output=FIO_300000M_8KRan0Read_5x32_072416_8AM.txt

Vdbench workloads

Next are the Vdbench workloads similar to those used with the Microsoft Diskspd scenarios. In addition to making sure Vdbench is installed and working, you will need to create a text file called seqrxx.txt containing the following:

 

hd=localhost,jvms=!jvmn
sd=sd1,lun=!drivename,openflags=directio,size=!dsize
wd=mix,sd=sd1
rd=!jobname,wd=mix,elapsed=!etime,interval=!itime,iorate=max,forthreads=(!tthreads),forxfersize=(!worktbd),forseekpct=(!workseek),forrdpct=(!workread),openflags=directio

 

The following are the commands that call the Vdbench script file. Note Vdbench puts output files (yes, plural there are many results) in a output folder.

 

vdbench -f seqrxx.txt dsize=300G  tthreads=160 jvmn=64 worktbd=4k workseek=100 workread=100 jobname=NVME etime=300 itime=30 drivename="\\.\N:\iobw.tst" -o  vdbench_NNVMe_300GB_64JVM_160TH_4K100Ran100Read_0726166AM
vdbench -f seqrxx.txt dsize=300G  tthreads=160 jvmn=64 worktbd=4k workseek=100 workread=70 jobname=NVME etime=300 itime=30 drivename="\\.\N:\iobw.tst" -o vdbench_NNVMe_300GB_64JVM_160TH_4K100Ran70Read_072416_8AM
vdbench -f seqrxx.txt dsize=300G  tthreads=160 jvmn=64 worktbd=4k workseek=100 workread=0 jobname=NVME etime=300 itime=30 drivename="\\.\N:\iobw.tst" -o vdbench_NNVMe_300GB_64JVM_160TH_4K100Ran0Read_072416_8AM
vdbench -f seqrxx.txt dsize=300G  tthreads=160 jvmn=64 worktbd=8k workseek=100 workread=100 jobname=NVME etime=300 itime=30 drivename="\\.\N:\iobw.tst" -o vdbench_NNVMe_300GB_64JVM_160TH_8K100Ran100Read_072416_8AM
vdbench -f seqrxx.txt dsize=300G  tthreads=160 jvmn=64 worktbd=8k workseek=100 workread=70 jobname=NVME etime=300 itime=30 drivename="\\.\N:\iobw.tst" -o vdbench_NNVMe_300GB_64JVM_160TH_8K100Ran70Read_072416_8AM
vdbench -f seqrxx.txt dsize=300G  tthreads=160 jvmn=64 worktbd=8k workseek=100 workread=0 jobname=NVME etime=300 itime=30 drivename="\\.\N:\iobw.tst" -o vdbench_NNVMe_300GB_64JVM_160TH_8K100Seq0Read_072416_8AM
vdbench -f seqrxx.txt dsize=300G  tthreads=160 jvmn=64 worktbd=8k workseek=0 workread=100 jobname=NVME etime=300 itime=30 drivename="\\.\N:\iobw.tst" -o vdbench_NNVMe_300GB_64JVM_160TH_8K100Seq100Read_072416_8AM
vdbench -f seqrxx.txt dsize=300G  tthreads=160 jvmn=64 worktbd=8k workseek=0 workread=70 jobname=NVME etime=300 itime=30 drivename="\\.\N:\iobw.tst" -o vdbench_NNVMe_300GB_64JVM_160TH_8K100Seq70Read_072416_8AM
vdbench -f seqrxx.txt dsize=300G  tthreads=160 jvmn=64 worktbd=8k workseek=0 workread=0 jobname=NVME etime=300 itime=30 drivename="\\.\N:\iobw.tst" -o vdbench_NNVMe_300GB_64JVM_160TH_8K100Seq0Read_072416_8AM
vdbench -f seqrxx.txt dsize=300G  tthreads=32 jvmn=64 worktbd=1M workseek=0 workread=100 jobname=NVME etime=300 itime=30 drivename="\\.\N:\iobw.tst" -o vdbench_NNVMe_300GB_64JVM_32TH_1M100Seq100Read_072416_8AM
vdbench -f seqrxx.txt dsize=300G  tthreads=32 jvmn=64 worktbd=1M workseek=0 workread=0 jobname=NVME etime=300 itime=30 drivename="\\.\N:\iobw.tst" -o vdbench_NNVMe_300GB_64JVM_32TH_1M100Seq0Read_072416_8AM

Iometer workloads

 

Last however not least, lets do an Iometer run. The following command calls an Iometer input file (icf) that you can find here. In that file you will need to make a few changes including the name of the server where Iometer is running, description and device under test address. For example in the icf file change SIOSERVER to the name of the server where you will be running Iometer from. Also change the address for the DUT, for example N: to what ever address, drive, mount point you are using. Also update the description accordingly (e.g. "NVME" to "Your test example".

Here is the command line to run Iometer specifying an icf and where to put the results in a CSV file that can be imported into Excel or other tools.

iometer /c  iometer_5work32q_intel_Profile.icf /r iometer_nvmetest_5work32q_072416_8AM.csv

server storage I/O SCM NVM SSD performance

What About The Results?

For context, the following results were run on a Lenovo TS140 (32GB RAM), single socket quad core (3.2GHz) Intel E3-1225 v3 with an Intel NVMe 750 PCIe AiC (Intel SSDPEDMW40). Out of the box Microsoft Windows NVMe drive and controller drivers were used (e.g. 6.3.9600.18203 and 6.3.9600.16421). Operating system is Windows 2012 R2 (bare metal) with NVMe PCIe card formatted with ReFS file system. Workload generator and benchmark driver tools included Microsoft Diskspd version 2.012, Fio.exe version 2.2.3, Vdbench 50403 and Iometer 1.1.0. Note that there are newer versions of the various workload generation tools.

 

Example results are located here.

Where To Learn More

What This All Means

Remember, everything is not the same in the data center or with data infrastructures that support different applications.

 

While some tools are more robust or better than others for different things, ultimately its usually not the tool that results in a bad benchmark or comparison, its the configuration or lack of including workload settings that are not relevant or applicable. The best benchmark, workload or simulation is your own application. Second best is one that closely resembles your application workload characteristics. A bad benchmark is one that has no relevance to your environment, application use scenario. Take and treat all benchmark or workload simulation results with a grain of salt as something to compare, contrast or make reference to in the proper context.

 

Ok, nuff said, for now...

 

Cheers
  Gs

Some server storage I/O benchmark workload scripts (Part I)

server storage I/O trends

 

This is part one of a two-part series of posts about using some common server storage I/O benchmark tools and workload scripts. View part II here  which includes the workload scripts and where to view sample results.

 

There are various tools and workloads for server I/O benchmark testing, validation and exercising  different storage devices (or systems and appliances) such as Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) flash Solid State  Devices (SSDs) or Hard Disk Drives (HDD) among others.

 

NVMe ssd storage
Various NVM flash SSD including NVMe devices

 

For example, lets say you have an SSD such as an Intel 750 (here, here, and here) or  some other vendors  NVMe PCIe Add in Card (AiC) installed into a Microsoft Windows server and would like to see how  it compares with expected results. The following scripts allow you to  validate your system with those of others running the same workload, granted of course your mileage (performance) may vary.

 

server storage I/O SCM NVM SSD performance

Why Your Performance May Vary

Reasons you performance may vary include among others:

  • GHz Speed of your server, number of sockets, cores
  • Amount of main DRAM memory
  • Number, type and speed of PCIe slots
  • Speed of storage device and any adapters
  • Device drivers and firmware of storage devices and adapters
  • Server power mode setting (e.g. low or balanced power vs.  high-performance)
  • Other workload running on system and device under test
  • Solar flares (kp-index) among  other urban (or real) myths and issues
  • Typos or misconfiguration of workload test scripts
  • Test server, storage, I/O device, software and workload configuration
  • Versions of test software tools among others

Windows Power (and performance) Settings

Some things are assumed or taken for granted that everybody knows and does, however sometimes the obvious needs to be stated or re-stated. An example is remembering to check your server power management settings to see if they are in energy efficiency power savings mode, or, in high-performance mode. Note that if your focus is on getting the best possible performance for effective productivity, then you want to be in high performance mode. On the other hand if performance is not your main concern, instead a focus on energy avoidance, then low power mode, or perhaps balanced.

 

For Microsoft Windows Servers, Desktop Workstations, Laptops and Tablets you can adjust power settings via control panel and GUI as well as command line or Powershell. From command line (privileged or administrator) the following are used for setting balanced or high-performance power settings.

 

Balanced

powercfg.exe /setactive 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e

High Performance

powercfg.exe /setactive 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c

 

From Powershell the following set balanced or high-performance.

 

Balanced
  PowerCfg -SetActive  "381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e"

 

High Performance
  PowerCfg -SetActive "8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c"

 

Note that you can list Windows power management settings using powercfg -LIST and powercfg -QUERY

 

server storage I/O power management

 

Btw, if you have not already done so, enable Windows disk (HDD and SSD) performance counters so that they appear via Task Manager by entering from a command prompt:

diskperf -y

Workload (Benchmark) Simulation Test Tools Used

There are many tools (see storageio.com/performance) that  can be used for creating and running  workloads just as there are various  application server I/O characteristics. Different server I/O and application performance  attributes include among others read vs. write, random vs. sequential, large  vs. small, long vs. short stride, burst vs. sustain, cache and non-cache  friendly, activity vs. data movement vs. latency vs. CPU usage among others. Likewise the number of workers, jobs, threads, outstanding and overlapped I/O among other configuration settings can have an impact on workload and results.

 

The four free tools that I'm using  with this set of scripts are:

 

  • Microsoft Diskspd (free), get the tool and bits here or here (open source), learn more about Diskspd here.
  • FIO.exe (free), get the tool and bits here or here among other venues.
  • Vdbench (free with registration), get the tool and bits here or here among other venues.  
  • Iometer (free), get the tool and bits here among other venues.

 

Notice: While best effort has been made to verify the above links, they may change over time and you are responsible for verifying the safety of links and your downloads.

Where To Learn More

What This All Means

Remember, everything is not the same in the data center or with data infrastructures that support different applications.

 

While some tools are more robust or better than others for different things, ultimately it's usually not the tool that results in a bad benchmark or comparison, it's the configuration or lack of including workload settings that are not relevant or applicable. The best benchmark, workload or simulation is your own application. Second best is one that closely resembles your application workload characteristics. A bad benchmark is one that has no relevance to your environment, application use scenario. Take and treat all benchmark or workload simulation results with a grain of salt as something to compare, contrast or make reference to in the proper context. Read part two of this post series to view test tool workload scripts along with sample results.

 

Ok, nuff said, for now...

 

Cheers
  Gs

If you are or have talked the Non Volatile Memory (NVM) and NVM Express (NVMe) flash SSD talk, however have not yet done the walk, there are some good opportunities to do so. One example how to start walking the talk is get something like the Intel 750 400GB NVMe PCIe Add in Card (AiC) which you should be able to find on different venues including Amazon for $400 USD or less (recently saw the 400GB version for about $309 USD delivered). Of course the question might then be what to do with a NVMe device when you get it which besides running your applications on it, you can find some benchmark and workload generator tools, scripts and examples here.

 

NVMe ssd storage
Various NVM flash SSD including NVMe devices

 

Sure there are newer, more expensive, higher capacity cards, some are general availability (GA) while others are on early preview or evaluation basis.

 

However a good value, cost-effective way to get into the NVMe game, or expand your footprint are devices such as the Intel 750.

 

I have some of these cards and they have been great for use with various workloads. The Intel 750 cards are plug and play in various systems including my TS140s among larger robust servers running Windows Server (2012 R2, 2016 TP5), Ubuntu (various) and VMware ESXi (various).

 

There are in the box drivers for these Intel 750 cards, however to get a little more performance recommend visiting the Intel site, get the SSD tools, update the firmware on the cards if needed, as well as try the Intel vs. native drivers.

 

There are many vendors with NVMe PCIe cards, as well as U.2/SFF 8639 drives and M.2 mini-cards including Intel, Micron, Seagate, WD among many others

Where To Learn More

What This All Means

Time to get in the NVMe game if you have not already done so moving from talking the talk to walking the talk. With cost of early generation NVMe devices such as the Intel 750 among others there are great opportunities to get started. On the other hand if you are already using NVMe, there are some good opportunities to add extra NVMe based SSD to other servers or systems.

 

Speaking of NVMe talk, join me and others on a panel (Session 303) moderated by Dr. Jay Metz (@drjmetz) August 11th at Flash Memory Summit where we will discuss NVMe including NVMe over fabric networks (e.g. moving beyond the PCIe bus). Also keep in mind, with NVMe the question is not if, rather when, where, why, how with what and how to coexist and leverage existing technologies, hardware, software and people skill sets.

 

Ok, nuff said, for now…

Cheers
Gs

In case you have not heard, Microsoft is celebrating the 20th birthday (or anniversary) of Windows Server.

 

Microsoft has a nice site with info graphics and timelines of where Windows Server has been and accomplished over the past 20 years (view here).

 

Some of you may remember from 20 years ago Windows Server with a different name aka Windows NT Server. Back in the day, if you recall (or read), server requirements were more in the 33 MHz vs. 3.3GHz range, 32MB of RAM Memory vs. 32GB to 320GB, 150MB HDD vs. 150GB SSD or 1.5TB HDD.

 

Microsoft Windows Server NT

 

Keep in mind that 20 years ago Linux was a relative new thing with Red Hat not yet quite household or more specific enterprise name. The various Unix (e.g. IBM AIX, HP HP-UX, Sun Solaris, DEC Unix and Ultrix among many others) were still dominate, OS2 had peaked or close to, among others. Virtual Machines were Logical Partitions (LPAR) on Mainframes along with virtual PCs software and hardware assist boards.

 

IMHO there is no coincidence of Microsoft celebrating 20 years of WIndows Server going into the fall of 2016 and the upcoming release of Server 2016.

What’s New in Server 2016 (TP5)?

If you have not done so, check out the latest Tech Preview 5 (TP5) of Windows Server 2016 (get the bits e.g. software here to try) which includes Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) that leverages internal PCIe and drive formatSSD (NVMe, SAS, SATA) along with HDDs (SAS, SATA) for creating local and scale-out converged (desegregated) and hyper-converged (aggregated) solutions. In addition to S2D there is Storage Replica (SR) which is replication of local storage part of S2D (not to be confused with DFS or other replication).

 

Other enhancements include ReFS as the default file system instead of NTFS (don’t worry, NTFS like FAT does not go away yet). There are enhancements to Hyper-V including VM shielding, hot-plug virtual network adapters, enhanced Linux support and fail over priorities among others. Other enhancements include updates for AD including improved integration with on-premise as well as Azure AD for hybrid environments, PowerShell updates, Docker management including Linux (via Hyper-V) and Windows via Nano) container engines.

 

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 TP5

 

Speaking of Nano, if you had not heard, this is a new very light weight Windows Kernel that removes 32 bit WOW and GUI support. The result is that Nano is a very small physical (under 1GB image instance size) using less disk, less memory and less CPU to do a given amount of work, oh, and boots super fast, even without SSD. By not having all the 32 bit and GUI overhead, the intent with Nano is there should be fewer updates and maintenance tasks to do, while enabling Windows containers for SQL Server and other applications.

 

In addition to PowerShell, AD and other management enhancements, Windows Server 2016 (TP5) also enables bridging two worlds e.g. traditional on-premise (or cloud) based Windows Server and Public Cloud (e.g. Azure) and Private or Hybrid including Azure Stack. Note that if you have not heard of Azure Stack and are looking at cloud stacks such as OpenStack, do your due diligence and at least familiarize yourself with Azure Stack.

 

View more about WIndows 2016 TP5 enhancements here.

Where To Learn More

What This All Means

Congratulations Microsoft and Windows Server on 20th birthday (anniversary) you have come a long way.

With the new features and functionality in Windows Server 2016, looks like there is still a good future for the software defined server.

 

Ok, nuff said, for now…

 

Cheers
Gs

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