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In my one year and plus experience in VMware, I have been asked a lot from various customers regarding shrinking a VMDK.

Nearly 5 cases in a month I receive are stating, I have given 1 TB of Hard Disk to my virtual machine and now I need to shrink it 500 GB, how do I do this?

 

Well, the first thing we require is a VMware Converter Standalone.
If you don't have it, well, of course, you need to download one!

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone

 

1. Install this converter machine, either on to your vCenter machine or a remote machine.

2. Open the Converter and it prompts you to login, if it's on a vCenter Server, you can login as localhost and well, if it's on a remote server, with the remote server IP.

3. And on the top left, click the Convert Machine

4. A window pops up asking for certain details. Here.

  • Select Source type: VMware infrastructure Virtual Machine, of course.
  • The Server IP.
  • It's username and password.

5. This connected the Converter to the vCenter and you can see your vCenter Inventory being listed in this window.

6. Select the VM which you want to shrink and click View Source Details and as the name states the details of the source VM will be populated.

7. Specify a name for the destination virtual machine. This destination machine is the converted/shrunk machine.

8. Select the virtual machine Hardware Version and the Datastore it has to reside on.

9. Now a big window opens up with multiple Options.

  • Under Data to copy: Click Edit
  • Here we can see two options from the drop down. Copy all disks is like an exact replica of the source VM and Select Volumes to copy can be used to resize the disk.
  • Select the capacity and the type of provisioning that has to be done. Thick/Thin as per your requirement (Freedom of choice!)

10. Click Next and review all the changes before we proceed further. Let's at least take a few seconds and read this (Because we sure do not read the license agreements for anything) and upon verification click Finish.

 

There we go. The virtual machine is converted to a virtual machine but with a resized disk.

 

Burn those data calories away and slim down your VMDKs!

 

 

Thank you.

Suhas G Savkoor

VMware insists on having Network Protocol Profiles for Vsphere Replication appliances (at v5.8 anyway).

Now this is fine if you are using the Appliance in the traditional model of an appliance at each Site A vcenter and Site B vcenter and use SRM.

 

However not everyone will want to use this and today I had a scenario which a customer that needed to replicate VM's from Server A to server B and mirror that across multiple clusters each with their own network settings. The design was to put a replication appliance in each cluster. to manage that clusters replications.

The problem was each cluster had the same port group names. this had the undesired affect when going into the Network settings to setup the Network Protocol Profile you could only set up one profile per port group.  this isnt much use when I had 10 clusters all with the same port group name but different subnets, gateways and dns settings.  Yes I could change the port group name but there were live VM's and there is the issue of Management that the customer didnt want the names changed.

 

Initially I setup the Network Protocol Profile, deployed the appliance and then changed it for the next cluster appliance.  Until I found out the appliance would not re start as the profile settings were wrong after it was changed.  Simple solution was to disable the Vapp Options after each appliance was setup. As I was doing this I wondered can it be done via command line in the appliance?  Why? well  Vsphere webclient (5.5) is so slow reconfigure the Network Protocol Profiles and my usual answer is why not, I like a challenge and I couldnt find anything else about this documented?

 

I played about a bit and came up with a process of deploying the Appliance without the Vapp options at all and manually configure the appliance.

 

  1. Deploy the appliance via OVF as normal.
  2. Edit the VM settings and disable the Vapp options
  3. Power on the VM and open a console
  4. at the boot  menu screen press ‘e’ to get GNU grub menu.
  5. Select the second option and press ‘e’ to edit (second option ends in root=/dev/sda2 append resume=->)
  6. Add ‘init=/bin/bash’ to the end of the line and press enter
  7. Select the ‘root (hd0’0)' option and press 'b' for boot
  8. At the (none):/ prompt type passwd and enter a new password twice.
  9. Reboot the appliance.
  10. Once booted login as root and password you used above
  11. Type ‘/opt/vmware/share/vami/vami_conf_net
  12. Fill in the network details on the menu system starting with option 6 the ip, then 2 the gateway. The others it doesn’t matter what order.
  13. Exit the network config and reboot.
  14. If this is your first appliance access the appliance via the VAMI to configure the connection to vcenter, if you already have an appliance in place you can add the appliance into the Vcenter replication servers.

 

 

 

Ref:

VMware KB: Resetting a lost VMware vSphere Replication root password

VMware Photon Linux ??Journald ?????????????

????????syslog ? rsyslog ???????????????

???????????????? logger ????? Syslog ?????????????

 

?????

  • Photon Linux: VMware Photon Linux 1.0 TP1
  • Syslog Server: Oracle Linux 6.6 + rsyslog

 

1. Syslog ???????

 

????Syslog ???????

[root@log01 ~]# cat /etc/oracle-release

Oracle Linux Server release 6.6

[root@log01 ~]# rpm -q rsyslog

rsyslog-5.8.10-8.0.1.el6.x86_64

 

rsyslog ?????????????UDP 514??????????????????????

/etc/rsyslog.conf ???????$ModLoad imudp? ? ?$UDPServerRun 514? ????????(#)????????

????rsyslog ????????

[root@log01 ~]# cp -p /etc/rsyslog.conf rsyslog.conf_bk

[root@log01 ~]# vi /etc/rsyslog.conf

[root@log01 ~]# diff rsyslog.conf_bk /etc/rsyslog.conf

13,14c13,14

< #$ModLoad imudp

< #$UDPServerRun 514

---

> $ModLoad imudp

> $UDPServerRun 514

[root@log01 ~]# service rsyslog restart

???????????:                                    [  OK  ]

???????????:                                    [  OK  ]

 

 

Syslog ?????OS ?????????(iptables)???

UDP 514??????????????????????

[root@log01 ~]# vi /etc/sysconfig/iptables

 

/etc/sysconfig/iptables ????????????????

?1???????????

# Firewall configuration written by system-config-firewall

# Manual customization of this file is not recommended.

*filter

:INPUT ACCEPT [0:0]

:FORWARD ACCEPT [0:0]

:OUTPUT ACCEPT [0:0]

-A INPUT -m state --state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT

-A INPUT -p icmp -j ACCEPT

-A INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT

-A INPUT -p udp --dport 514 -j ACCEPT ???

-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT

-A INPUT -j REJECT --reject-with icmp-host-prohibited

-A FORWARD -j REJECT --reject-with icmp-host-prohibited

COMMIT

 

??? iptables ????????

[root@log01 ~]# service rsyslog restart

???????????:                                    [  OK  ]

???????????:                                    [  OK  ]

 

2. Photon Linux ????????

 

??? Photon ???

logger ??????????????????????util-linux ? RPM ??????????????

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

VMware Photon Linux 1.0 TP1

root [ ~ ]# which logger

/usr/bin/logger

root [ ~ ]# rpm -qf /usr/bin/logger

util-linux-2.24.1-1.x86_64

 

Photon Linux ?????????????????

??? Syslog ???? IP ???????192.168.5.237? ????????

???????logger ??????????···

root [ ~ ]# logger --udp --port 514 --server 192.168.5.237 "test log"

 

Syslog ?????????/var/log/messages ???????????????

?192.168.1.31? ??Photon ? IP ???????

[root@log01 ~]# tail -1 /var/log/messages

Jul 31 08:38:09 192.168.1.31 root: test log

 

Photon ???????(Journald ???)???????????????

root [ ~ ]# journalctl -f -n 1 | logger --udp --port 514 --server 192.168.5.237

 

Syslog ???? /var/log/messages

Jul 31 08:38:22 192.168.1.31 root: -- Logs begin at Wed 2015-07-29 23:35:36 JST. --

Jul 31 08:38:22 192.168.1.31 root: Jul 31 08:37:40 photon01 vmafdd[316]: t@139706123613952: VmAfSrvGetDomainName succeeded

Jul 31 08:38:40 192.168.1.31 root: Jul 31 08:38:40 photon01 vmafdd[316]: t@139706123613952: VmAfSrvGetDomainName succeeded

···

 

3. Photon Linux ???????????????

 

Photon ? Systemd ??OS ?????????????????????????

 

?? Photon Linux ????????????????????????????

root [ ~ ]# vi /etc/systemd/scripts/logger.sh

root [ ~ ]# chmod +x /etc/systemd/scripts/logger.sh

root [ ~ ]# ls -l /etc/systemd/scripts/logger.sh

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 224 Jul 31 07:03 /etc/systemd/scripts/logger.sh

 

??????????????????????

 

/etc/systemd/scripts/logger.sh

#!/bin/sh

LOG_SERVER=$1

PORT=514

LOGGER_TAG=PHOTON_LOGGER

logger --udp --port $PORT --server $LOG_SERVER -t $LOGGER_TAG "start_logger_script"

journalctl -f -n 1 | logger --udp --port $PORT --server $LOG_SERVER -t $LOGGER_TAG

 

Systemd ? Unit ??????????????

????????????? Unit ??????????????

?????????????log01.godc.lab?????? Syslog ???????????

 

/etc/systemd/system/logger-journald.service

[Unit]

Description=Journald Logger

ConditionFileIsExecutable=/etc/systemd/scripts/logger.sh

After=network-online.target

 

[Service]

ExecStart=/etc/systemd/scripts/logger.sh log01.godc.lab

 

[Install]

WantedBy=multi-user.target

 

Systemd ? logger-journald.service ???????????????????????????

????Photon Linux ????????????????????????

root [ ~ ]# systemctl enable logger-journald.service

Created symlink from /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/logger-journald.service to /etc/systemd/system/logger-journald.service.

root [ ~ ]# systemctl start logger-journald.service

 

Syslog ????? Jouranald ??????????

/var/log/messages ???????????????????????

??????? Lightwave ?????????????···

Jul 31 08:39:22 192.168.1.31 PHOTON_LOGGER: start_logger_script

Jul 31 08:39:22 192.168.1.31 PHOTON_LOGGER: -- Logs begin at Wed 2015-07-29 23:35:36 JST. --

Jul 31 08:39:22 192.168.1.31 PHOTON_LOGGER: Jul 31 08:39:22 photon01 systemd[1]: Started Journald Logger.

Jul 31 08:39:40 192.168.1.31 PHOTON_LOGGER: Jul 31 08:39:40 photon01 vmafdd[316]: t@139706123613952: VmAfSrvGetDomainName succeeded

···

 

???Photon ???????? Syslog ???????????????

We don't always remember everything, correct? We have a password for our Facebook, a password for our email IDs, and passwords for our ESXi hosts.

Naturally, we tend to forget the ESXi password.

 

Now, if we ask VMware about how to reset a forgotten password for ESXi, the recommended solution would be to re-install. As quoted by our Knowledge Base article any other means might result in a host failure due to complex nature of the ESXi architecture.

kb.vmware.com/kb/1317898

 

Of course this is not recommended for our production environments where we have critical VM's running, and the must solution is to re-install. However, why not play around in our lab? Why perform a re-install for your test ESXi hosts.

 

There are multiple ways to reset the forgotten password, but my favorite choice would be using the Host Profiles.

Why? It's simple! And I like GUI.

 

Let's take a look at the steps to do this:

 

1. Login to your vCenter and Right Click the host which requires a password reset.

2. Select Host Profile and choose the Create Profile From Host option. This ESXi becomes the reference host for your profile. This can be applied later for multiple hosts (If required). Because you have forgotten the password for all!

3. In the Window that pops up, let's give it a name. Say ESXi_Password_Reset and a description if required.

4. Click Next > Review and Finish.

 

A host profile is now ready. Now, time to configure this.

 

1. In your vCenter Select Home > Host Profiles

2. Right click the newly created profile and select Edit profile.

3. Now, there's a bunch of options that can be configured here. But, in our case, we will select the Security Configuration (Passwords duh!) and expand it. Well, choose the Administrator password option.

4. Under the option, 'What should the administrator password be', select Configure a fixed administrator password.

5. Enter the new password and confirm it and click OK.

6. Right click the Profile again and select the option Enable or Disable profile Configuration.

7. Here out of the big list of settings, let's choose our required option, which is? You are right! Security Configuration and Click OK.

 

Well, we got the configuration done. Time to apply:

 

1. Put the host into maintenance mode. This means power off all the VMs on it, or migrate them off to a different host.

2. Go back to the hosts and clusters view and right click the ESXi host > Host Profiles > Manage profile

3. If you have multiple host profiles, carefully select the ESXi_Password_Reset profile and click OK

4. Right Click the host, again! Host Profile > Apply profile.

5. Review the changes and there we go, Click OK and we got ourselves a new password.

 

Time to verify:

 

1. Take a SSH to the host.

2. Login with root and of course, our new password.

 

esxcli away.

 

Thank you.

VMware Photon Linux ??Journald ????????????

????syslog ??????????????

ISO ???????Yum ??????? syslog ?? rsyslog ??????????????

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

VMware Photon Linux 1.0 TP1

root [ ~ ]# mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom

mount: /dev/sr0 is write-protected, mounting read-only

root [ ~ ]# tdnf repolist

repo id             repo name                               status

photon-iso          VMWare Photon Linux 1.0(x86_64)         enabled

photon-updates      VMware Photon Linux 1.0(x86_64)Updates  enabled

photon-extras       VMware Photon Extras 1.0(x86_64)        enabled

photon              VMware Photon Linux 1.0(x86_64)         enabled

root [ ~ ]# tdnf list syslog rsyslog

Error(1011) : No matching packages to list

root [ ~ ]# tdnf search syslog

Error(1601) : No matches found ?RPM ??????


Journald ?????????Storage=auto????

CentOS 7.x / RHEL 7.x / Oracle Linux 7.x ???????????????????

 

??????????????/run/log/journal ???????????

root [ ~ ]# file /run/log/journal/*/system.journal

/run/log/journal/49ff8ac6e7c34805ba3c9db3afa77eb6/system.journal: Journal file, online, compressed

 

????????????????????????

OS ???????????????????????

root [ ~ ]# df -h /run

Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on

tmpfs           497M  496K  497M   1% /run

 

????/var/log/journal ?????? ??????Journald ????????

??????????????????????????????

root [ ~ ]# mkdir /var/log/journal

root [ ~ ]# ls -a /var/log/journal

.  ..  ?????????????

root [ ~ ]# systemctl restart systemd-journald

root [ ~ ]#

root [ ~ ]# ls -a /var/log/journal

root [ ~ ]# file /var/log/journal/*/*

/var/log/journal/49ff8ac6e7c34805ba3c9db3afa77eb6/system.journal: Journal file, online, compressed

 

???OS ???????????????????? /run/log ???????????

journald ??????????????????????????????????

root [ ~ ]# ls -a /run/log/

.  ..

 

?????Journald ???????? /etc/systemd/journald.conf ???

???????????????????????????????

root [ ~ ]# cat /etc/systemd/journald.conf

#  This file is part of systemd.

#

#  systemd is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it

#  under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by

#  the Free Software Foundation; either version 2.1 of the License, or

#  (at your option) any later version.

#

# See journald.conf(5) for details

 

[Journal]

#Storage=auto

#Compress=yes

#Seal=yes

#SplitMode=uid

#SyncIntervalSec=5m

#RateLimitInterval=30s

#RateLimitBurst=1000

#SystemMaxUse=

#SystemKeepFree=

#SystemMaxFileSize=

#RuntimeMaxUse=

#RuntimeKeepFree=

#RuntimeMaxFileSize=

#MaxRetentionSec=

#MaxFileSec=1month

#ForwardToSyslog=no

#ForwardToKMsg=no

#ForwardToConsole=no

#ForwardToWall=yes

#TTYPath=/dev/console

#MaxLevelStore=debug

#MaxLevelSyslog=debug

#MaxLevelKMsg=notice

#MaxLevelConsole=info

#MaxLevelWall=emerg

 

???Photon Linux ???????????????

So, this was a weird issue.

 

I've been on vacation for a couple of weeks. On the first weekend, I received an alert that our vCenter server was down. The vCenter server is itself a VM, in a cluster which it manages, so this is always fun.

 

I tracked down the host it was running on (always a challenge when DRS is enabled), logged in to the server via the vSphere client, and discovered there was an outstanding question for the VM regarding failed connectivity to a datastore. The datastore in question was an NFS share that contains an ISO which which was configured for the virtual DVD drive. To my knowledge the drive was only configured, not connected, but I can't confirm that now.

 

At any rate, I told it to ignore the error and disconnect from the datastore, after which the VM came back online and vCenter was working and everything was roses and rainbows. I thought.

 

When I got back from vacation today, I discovered that a number of VMs hadn't been backed up in my absence due to the inability to create a snapshot. The VMs in question (about 25% of our total production VMs at one site) spanned all the hosts in our production cluster, and all the datastores in that cluster as well. And there were VMs on all hosts and datastores that were not affected. Even the within the backup configuration there was nothing common between the affected VMs; every backup sub-client was affected, but not all the VMs in any sub-client were affected.

 

I've seen the symptoms before, but not under the current versions of our backup software (Simpana v10) and vCenter (v5.5 Update 2). In vCenter, the virtual drive shows as zero bytes, and you cannot take a snapshot, either via vCenter or from the host CLI. On the host server there are multiple snapshot files, but both the host and vCenter consider the VM to have no snapshots, so you can't remove or consolidate the snapshots. The vmx file for the VM shows the current VMDK as the most recent snapshot image. All the vmdk's for the affected VMs were equally affected. Fortunately, the operation of the affected VMs is not affected, which is why nobody noticed.

 

I worked through the problem with one development VM, but none of the "fixes" I've used in the past would get past the problem. I eventually did a manual consolidation, using vmkfstools to clone the last snapshot to a new VMDK (which worked fine), then attached the new VMDK to the VM by manually editing the vmx file (since vCenter wouldn't let me delete the virtual disk). But snapshots still failed, with no particularly evident error. The VM would power on and function fine; we just couldn't get a snapshot, which meant we couldn't backup the VM.

 

Ultimately, I discovered that the NFS services on our NFS file server were screwed up. Note that the VMs had no files on the NFS datastore; all the VM files are on shared Fibrechannel SAN. The only files on the NFS store are the ISO files we use as virtual media. However, once I restarted the NFS services on the file server, the problem resolved itself. I could create a snapshot on each VM, after which all the "phantom" snapshots came into focus in vCenter, and I could do a "delete all" to clean them all up. It took a while, as there were between 30 and 50 snapshots per affected vmdk.

 

So, there you have it. Why problems connecting to an NFS datastore that only stores ISO images would affect the ability to snapshot some, but not all, VMs is beyond me. But it certainly caused a lot of head scratching.

 

If anyone else runs into a similar issue, I hope this helps.

faced Purple screen of Death on one of my ESxi 5.1 ,  6 node cluster ,

 

first i tried to reconnect the host , but it gave me an error as below

 

hostnot.JPG

next the host was in disconnected state , next investigation was to check the network connectivity and ping status . which failed , i got an idea this should something to do with the physical status of the server

 

next my approach was to check the status of the server , Since we were using UCS, i logged into the manager console and checked the status of the server through KVM , and it was PSOD

 

 

psod.JPG

i tried to check check some log files , look for some KB articles http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1020214

 

but the resolution was to open a ticket with VMware and collect the log files , 

 

The main Root cause for this solution was the Out dated drivers and Firmware on the UCS , which needs to be updated as per the Cisco team ,

VMware informed us , to open a TAC with Cisco and provide the version and Build number for the updated Firmware and Divers which needs to be updated in the UCS

 

 

Thanks and Regards,

Nithyanathan R

 

VMware vCenter™VMware ESXi 5

Configuring vSphere DRS for VMware

 

What and Why

Since ESX/ESXi servers share resources with many virtual machines (VMs), if you have several ESX/ESXi severs as part of a cluster, there’s a general challenge to ensure resources are kept at optimal levels as each ESX server takes on new VMs.  To make sure resource management happens automatically and efficiently, it’s important to configure a cluster with the VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS).  DRS will not only automatically place a new VM to an ESX server that has available resources, ensuring other servers don’t become overloaded, but it will also move existing VMs to less utilized servers.  The configuration is straightforward and can have a huge impact on the performance and ease of management on the cluster.

Requirements

Before diving into the procedure for turning on DRS, we first need to outline some requirements:

Make sure your version of vSphere supports DRS (it would be Enterprise or Enterprise+).

It’s important to have shared storage and that all ESX/ESXi servers can access it.

DRS uses vMotion to move VMs from one ESX host to another, so this will need to be enabled as part of your cluster.

The Steps

From the vSphere Web Client, click on ‘vCenter’ and then click on ‘Clusters’ to see the clusters available in your environment.  At this point I’m assuming you have an existing cluster to enable DRS, but if you need to create a cluster first, there is an option labeled ‘Turn ON vSphere DRS’ during the set-up process.

Click on an existing cluster and then click on the ‘Manage’ tab.  You’ll notice that you’re already viewing the ‘vSphere DRS’ settings under the ‘Services’ section.  If not, click on ‘vSphere DRS.’  You should be able to see that DRS is turned off (as shown by the red rectangle in the next screenshot).  On the same screen, click on ‘Edit’ to modify the cluster’s settings.

While you’re at the edit screen, click the checkbox titled ‘Turn ON vSphere DRS.’  Before clicking on ‘OK,’ take a look at the ‘DRS Automation’ options as shown in the screenshot below.

The ‘DRS Automation’ option has three values that will adjust how DRS will act when deciding which VMs are migrated from one server to another.  The options are:

Manual – DRS will display recommendations to move VMs, but will not actually move them to another server without manual action from the administrator.  This is useful for determining what impact placement or migration may have on the environment.

Partially Automated – DRS will automatically place new VMs that are first powered-on, but will only make recommendations for existing VMs.  This is a good option to ensure that balancing occurs as more VMs are added to the cluster, but without moving any existing VMs, which could cause performance issues.

Fully Automated – DRS will automatically place new VMs, as well as automatically migrating existing VMs to balance resources.  This is common for very large enterprises in which migrating an existing VM will have little impact, and the environment is too large for an administrator to manually move VMs.

If you’re testing the impact of DRS on a non-production environment (which I hope you are), select Fully Automated to see how DRS will respond in your environment.  If you’re still determining the full impact, I recommend starting with Manual orPartially Automated to get a feel for the recommendations that DRS will make.  Once the automation level is set, click on ‘OK’ to be taken back to the Manage screen.  Believe it or not, that’s it!  DRS has now been enabled.

Checking DRS

Now that you’ve enabled DRS, let’s take a look at its status.  Click on the ‘Summary’ tab to see the chart titled ‘vSphere DRS Balance level. ‘ In the screenshot, I drew a red rectangle around the Summary chart.  If you selected Fully Automated, as new VMs come online and start to use resources, this chart will adjust to indicate at what level the ESX servers are being utilized and how they’re managing the load.

Final Thoughts

With DRS now enabled on your cluster, you can sit back and enjoy life as vSphere takes care of resource management.  To continue down your DRS journey, I recommend reading Tuning the DRS Migration Threshold on the VMware blogs.  Keeping the DRS migration threshold as conservative will prevent VM migration from occurring unless there’s a major resource conflict, while setting the threshold to aggressive will allow VMs to migrate to keep resources optimal.  Most administrators choose a level somewhere in between, so it’s up to you to test this out (and please don’t test changes on production servers) to choose the best settings for your environment.

Thanks For Reading!!! All the Best…

VMwareHigh Availability

What is  VMware HA?

As per VMware Definition,
VMware® High Availability (HA) provides easy to use, cost effective high availability for applications running in virtual machines. In the event of server failure, affected virtual machines are automatically restarted on other production servers with spare capacity

What is AAM in HA?

AAM is the Legato automated availability management.  Prior to vSphere 4.1, VMware’s HA is actually re engineered to work with VM’s with the help of  Legato’s Automated Availability Manager (AAM) software. VMware’s vCenter agent (vpxa) interfaces with the VMware HA agent which acts as an intermediary to the AAM software. From vSphere 5.0, it uses an agent called “FDM”  (Fault Domain Manager).

What are pre-requites for HA to work?

1.Shared storage for the VMs running in HA cluster
2.Essentials plus, standard, Advanced, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus Licensing
3.Create VMHA enabled Cluster
4.Management network redundancy to avoid frequent isolation response in case of temporary network issues (preferred not a requirement)

What is maximum number of primary HA hosts in vSphere 4.1?

Maximum number of primary HA host is 5. VMware HA cluster chooses the first 5 hosts that joins the cluster as primary nodes and all others hosts are automatically selected as secondary nodes.

How to see the list of Primary nodes in HA cluster?

View the log file named “aam_config_util_listnodes.log” under /var/log/vmware/aam using the below command

cat /var/log/vmware/aam/aam_config_util_listnodes.log

What is the command to restart /Start/Stop HA agent in the ESX host?

service vmware-aam restart

service vmware-aam stop

service vmware-aam start

Where to located HA related logs in case of troubleshooting?

/Var/log/vmware/aam

What the basic troubleshooting steps in case of HA agent install failed on hosts in HA cluster?

Below steps are are taken from my blog posts

1. Check for some network issues

2. Check the DNS is configured properly

3. Check the vmware HA agent status in ESX host by using below commands

service vmware-aam status

4. Check the networks are properly configured  and named exactly as other hosts in the cluster. otherwise, you will get the below errors while installing or reconfiguring HA agent.

5. Check HA related ports are open in firewall to allow for the communication

Incoming port: TCP/UDP 8042-8045
Outgoing port: TCP/UDP 2050-2250

6. First try to restart /stop/start the vmware HA agent on the affected host using the below commands. In addition u can also try to restart vpxa and management agent in the Host.

service vmware-aam restart

service vmware-aam stop

service vmware-aam start

7. Right Click the affected host and click on “Reconfigure for VMWare HA” to re-install the HA agent that particular host.

8. Remove the affected host from the cluster. Removing ESX host from the cluster will not be allowed untill that host is put into maintenance mode.

9.Alternative solution for 3 step is, Goto cluster settings and uncheck the vmware HA in toturnoff the HA in that cluster and re-enable the vmware HA to get the agent installed.

10. For further troubleshooting , review the HA logs under /Var/log/vmware/aam directory.

What is the maximum number of hosts per HA cluster?

Maximum number of hosts in the HA cluster is 32

What is Host Isolation?

VMware HA has a mechanism to detect a host is isolated from rest of hosts in the cluster. When the ESX host loses its ability to exchange heartbeat via management networkbetween the other hosts in the HA cluster, that ESX host will be considered as a Isolated.

How Host Isolation is detected?

In HA cluster, ESX hosts uses heartbeats to communicate among other hosts in the cluster.By default, Heartbeat will be sent every 1 second.

If a ESX host in the cluster didn’t received heartbeat for for 13 seconds from any other hosts in the cluster, The host considered it as isolated and host will ping the configured isolation address(default gateway by default). If the ping fails, VMware HA will execute the Host isolation response

What are the different types isolation response available in HA?

Power off –  All the VMs are powered off , when the HA detects that the network isolation occurs

Shut down – All VMs running on that host are shut down with the help of VMware Tools, when the HA detects that the network isolation occurs.If the shutdown via VMWare tools not happened within 5 minutes, VM’s power off operation will be executed. This behavior can be changed with the help of HA advanced options. Please refer my Post on HA Advanced configuration

Leave powered on –  The VM’s state remain powered on or remain unchanged, when the HA detects that the network isolation occurs.

How to add additional isolation address for redundancy?

By default, VMWare HA use to ping default gateway as the isolation address if it stops receiving heartbeat.We can add an additional values in case if we are using redundant service  console both belongs to different subnet.Let’s say we can add the default gateway of SC1 as first value and gateway of SC2 as the additional one using the below value

1. Right Click your HA cluster

2. Goto to advanced options of HA

3. Add the line “das.isolationaddress1 = 192.168.0.1″

4. Add the line “das.isolationaddress2 = 192.168.1.1″ as the additional isolation address

To know more about the Advanced HA Options

What is HA Admission control?

As per “VMware Availability Guide”,

VCenter Server uses admission control to ensure that sufficient resources are available in a cluster to provide failover protection and to ensure that virtual machine resource reservations are respected.

What are the 2 types of settings available for admission control?


Enable
: Do not power on VMs that violate availability constraints

Disable: Power on VMs that violate availability constraints

What are the different types of Admission control policy available with VMware HA?

There are 3 different types of Admission control policy available.

Host failures cluster  tolerates
Percentage of cluster resources reserved as fail over spare capacity
Specify a fail over host

How the Host Failures cluster tolerates admission control policy works?


Select the maximum number of host failures that you can afford for or to guarantee fail over. Prior vSphere 4.1, Minimum is 1 and the maximum is 4.

In the Host Failures cluster tolerates admission control policy , we can define the specific number of hosts  that can fail  in the cluster and also it ensures that the sufficient resources remain to fail over all the virtual machines from that failed hosts to the other hosts incluster. VMware High Availability(HA) uses a mechanism called slots to calculate both the available and required resources in the cluster for a failing over virtual machines from a failed host  to other hosts in the cluster.

What is SLOT?

As per VMWare’s Definition,

“A slot is a logical representation of the memory and CPU resources that satisfy the requirements for any powered-on virtual machine in the cluster.”

If you have configured reservations at VM level, It influence the HA slot calculation. Highest memory reservation and highest CPU reservation of the VM in your cluster determines the slot size for the cluster.

How the HA Slots are Calculated?

I have written a post about how the HA slots are calculated.

How to Check the HA Slot information from vSphere Client?

Click on Cluster Summary Tab and Click on “Advanced Runtime Info” to see the the detailed HA slots information.

What is use of Host Monitoring  status in HA cluster?

Let’s take an example, you are performing network maintenance activity on your switches which connects your one of th ESX host in HA cluster.

what will happen if the switch connected to the ESX host in HA cluster is down?

It will not receive heartbeat and also ping to the isolation address also failed. so, host will think itself as isolated and HA will initiate the reboot of virtual machines on the host to other hosts in the cluster. Why do you need this unwanted situation while performing scheduled maintenance window.

To avoid the above situation when performing scheduled activity which may cause ESX hostto isolate, remove the check box in ” Enable Host Monitoring” until you are done with the network maintenance activity.

How to Manually define the HA Slot size?

By default, HA slot size is determined by the Virtual machine Highest CPU and memory reservation. If no reservation is specified at the VM level, default slot size of 256 MHZ for CPU and 0 MB + memory overhead for RAM will be taken as slot size. We can control the HA slot size manually by using the following values.

There are 4 options we can configure at HA advanced options related to slot size

das.slotMemInMB – Maximum Bound  value for HA memory slot size
das.slotCpuInMHz – Maximum Bound value for HA CPU slot Size
das.vmMemoryMinMB –  Minimum Bound  value for HA memory slot size
das.vmCpuMinMHz –  Minimum Bound  value for HA CPU slot size

For More HA related Advanced options, Please refer my

How the “Percentage of cluster resources reserved as failover spare capacity” admission control policy works?



In the Percentage of cluster resources reserved as failover spare capacity admission control policy, We can define the specific percentage of total cluster resources are reserved for failover.In contrast to the “Host Failures cluster tolerates admission control policy”, It will not use slots. Instead This policy calculates the in the way below

1.It calculates the Total resource requirement for all Powered-on Virtual Machines in the cluster  and also calculates the total resource available in host for virtual machines.
2.It calculates the current CPU and Memory Failover capacity for the capacity.
3.If the current CPU and Memory Failover capacity for the cluster < configured failover capacity (ex 25 %)
4.Admission control will not allow to power on the virtual machine which violates the availability constraints.

How the “Specify a failover host” admission control policy works?



In the Specify a failover host” admission control policy, We can define a specific host as a dedicated failover host. When isolation response is detected, HA attempts to restart the virtual machines on the specified failover host.In this Approach, dedicated failover hist will be sitting idle without actively involving or not participating in DRS load balancing.DRS will not migrate or power on placement of virtual machines on the defined failover host.

What is VM Monitoring status?

HA will usually monitors ESX hosts and reboot the virtual machine in the failed hosts in the other host in the cluster in case of host isolation but i need the HA to monitors for Virtual machine failures also. here the feature called VM monitoring status as part of HA settings.VM monitoring restarts the virtual machine if the vmware tools heartbeat didn’t received with the specified time using Monitoring sensitivity.

Thanks For Reading!!! All the Best…

Browlin Enthusiast

P2V in Browlin's Blog

Posted by Browlin Jul 22, 2015

P2V

Pre P2V Conversion Checklist

This is a checklist to aid in the initial stages of planning a server consolidation. It can be used to assess the current physical server for compatibility as a virtual machine. In some cases it may not be possible to convert the physical server due to certain conditions that exist, or the virtual environment may not be able to provide everything the application requires (possibly USB device access).

1. Check VMware Vcenter Converter 5.5 documentation and release notes for any related known issues to the hardware/software being converted.
http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/converter_pubs.html

2. Decide on the clone method (Hot or Cold).
Note: If the source machine is a domain controller, database server, email server,or any other service with frequently changing data, a cold conversion must be performed.
Tip: For a domain controller the best way is to create a new virtual machine and promote it to a DC then decommission the old DC.

3. Does the physical machine use serial ports?
If yes, it is still possible to P2V, however that VM will need to be resticted to an individual ESX server with the physical serial device attached.

4. Does the physical machine use parallel ports?
If yes, it is still possible to P2V, however that VM will need to be resticted to an individual ESX server with the physical parallel device attached.

5. Does the physical machine use and USB devices?
If yes, you will need to look into using USBanywhere, which allows to use USB over the network.

6. Check there is enough storage space for the new VM. Take into the current data size plus growth.
Note: Disks can be resized upon conversion so if there is a large quantity of unused space on the physical this can be removed to by UniDeals” href=”#”> save space.

7. Check there is enough RAM available in the virtual environment to accomodate the new VMs needs.

8. Check there is enough CPU available in the virtual environment to accomodate the new VMs needs.
Note: Physical machines with multiple CPUs but only using single threaded applications should be set to 1vCPU. Adding extra CPUs would waste CPU time / cycles because the applications would not make use of it.

9. Check the network the physical machine is connected to, is available in the virtual environment.
10. Monitor the physical machine for the following utilization metrics:
Avg CPU usage (Mhz)
Max CPU usage (Mhz)

Avg RAM usage (Mb)
Max RAM usage (Mb)

Avg Disk IO Reads
Max Disk IO Reads
Avg Disk IO Writes
Max Disk IO Writes

Note: This performance information can be used to better specify the virtual machine reservations and limits. The longer this is monitored, the better the idea of its resource usage.

Server check list

  • Servername
  • OS type
  • Server model
  • Has Capacity Planner run for this server?
  • # of CPU sockets
  • # of CPU cores
  • Amount of physical memory installed
  • Physical disk capacity (C-drive, D-drive, etc.)
  • Current CPU usage (preferably from cap. planner)
  • Current memory usage (preferably from cap. planner)
  • Current physical disk usage (C-drive, D-drive, etc.)
  • # vCPU’s that should be assigned
  • Amount of memory to be assigned to VM
  • Sizes of vDisks after resizing (C-drive, D-drive, etc. – remember separate .vmdk’s for each logical volume)
  • Total size of vDisks (then you can sum up total disk capacity needed and ask for storage up front)
  • Local administrator credentials
  • “Ipconfig /all” screendump attached to list (this is to ensure you have the right IP and mac address)?
  • ILO-information (address, credentials) (if you have to do cold migration)
  • Has server been defragmented
  • Has server been checked for hardware dongles?
  • Has VLAN been trunked?
  • Do server application licenses have any binding to MAC or IP address?
  • Remote access type (RDP, Netop)? (for stopping services up front)
  • Physical server location
  • Applications on server
  • What services to stop on server before conversion
  • OS tester contact info
  • Application tester contact info (for pre- and post migration test)
  • Server to be converted by (employee)
  • Date for conversion
  • Conversion progress/status (not begun, P2V begun, handed over to OS testing, released to production, etc.)
  • Has physical server been shut down?
  • Notes

The Windows 10 release on July 29 is shaping up to be one of the most-anticipated Microsoft software releases in recent memory. CIOs and consumers alike are getting excited about the software update that is loaded with enterprise-ready and innovative features. The new system will bring together a single operating system for both Windows mobile devices and traditional PCs. This is a game changer for enterprise mobility management. With Windows 10, IT admins can take advantage of the full management capabilities from the same console on all Windows devices regardless if they are mobile devices or PCs.

With dozens of updates, new features and applications added to the operating system, here’s a list of the top 10 things IT pros should know about the Windows 10 release:

1. Microsoft is making EMM the standard management for all devices. With Windows 10, EMM becomes the defacto standard in managing all Windows devices. It is the first truly mobile operating system from Windows and showcases Microsoft’s commitment to unified endpoint management. With Windows 10, all Windows devices can be managed with an enterprise mobility management solution, like AirWatch.

2. Devices can be set up for an “out of the box” experience. With Windows 10, users are guided through the setup process and streamlined through EMM enrollment the first time they power on the device. Native single sign-on capabilities and Azure Active Directory integration will also make setup, management and use of the devices easier for IT and end-users alike.

3. Windows 10 redefines traditional imaging. New runtime provisioning modernizes traditional deployment use cases. Runtime provisioning will allow IT to configure general devices without needing to re-image for organizational use.

4. Universal apps will be available in the Windows Store. Just as the operating system is designed to be consistent across devices, Microsoft is unifying the app experience across all devices. One Windows Store for all Windows devices will ease the application development process with universal apps that work across phones, tablets and computers. The new, unified Windows Store will be enterprise ready and organizations will also be able to fully control the Store features and distribution using AirWatch-management services. This includes the ability to install and uninstall apps, control app updates and manage app licenses.

5. It will feature a new Internet browser. Microsoft Edge is the new browser that will replace Internet Explorer on Windows 10 devices. Edge integrates with Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual personal assistant, and is marketed as faster, modern, contextual and personalized.

6. Biometrics will be integrated and automated. Through the introduction of Windows Hello and Passport, Microsoft is fundamentally integrating biometric technology into the software. Windows Hello will provide biometric authentication into a user’s device through fingerprint, face or iris detection. Passport is an authentication feature that IT can use to replace passwords on various apps and services integrated with Azure Active Directory. Windows 10 will authenticate the user on his or her behalf, eliminating the need for passwords. Microsoft is calling the level of security for these biometrics “enterprise-grade” and hence, approved for use on enterprise devices, applications and systems.

7. Intelligent update schedules with Windows Update for Business. Windows 10 will introduce a smart system for deploying updates to enterprise users with Windows Update for Business. This new program allows IT to control the deployment schedule for feature and security updates on enterprise devices. According to Blogging Windows, Windows Update for Business will provide:

  • Distribution rings, where IT can determine waves of device updates to work out quality issues.
  • Maintenance windows, where IT can set timeframes when updates should and should not occur.
  • Peer to peer delivery, for branch offices and remote sites with limited bandwidth for more efficient delivery updates.
  • Integration with your existing tools like enterprise mobility management providers for continued management from a “single pane of glass.”

8. It introduces advanced security features and policies. Microsoft has introduced several advanced security features new to Windows 10.  Device Guard, one of these new features, will give organizations the ability to lock down devices against malware. A company can identify what apps it considers to be trustworthy and automatically block malicious applications that do not meet the organization’s standards. Secure Boot updates will only allow trusted software to load when a device is turned on, while Health Attestation will allow IT to determine the health of an enterprise-managed device and take compliance actions when necessary.

9. Enterprise Data Protection progresses DLP across operating systems. Windows’ advanced DLP system, Enterprise Data Protection, will be integrated into the Windows 10 software, protect data at the file-system level and be transparent for users. Windows 10 DLP will also differentiate between corporate and personal data on the device and IT will have the ability to classify data, domains and apps as “corporate.”

10. AirWatch will support Windows 10. AirWatch customers have grown accustomed to managing all device types and operating systems from the single AirWatch management console, and soon customers can manage Windows 10 devices as well.

The Windows 10 is a massive update for Microsoft as it is slated to bring greater simplicity, security and user functionality to the millions of Windows device users across the globe. Stay tuned for more updates on AirWatch support for Windows 10.

VMware ?????????????

Nutanix ? Community Edition (Nutanix CE)?????????


Nutanix Community Edition (Public Beta)

http://www.nutanix.com/products/community-edition/


ESXi ????Nutanix CE ?????????????????????????????

?????Nutanix ??????????

???? CVM(?????? VM)????? 1?? VM ?????????


PowerCLI ???????···????????

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???Community Edition ???? HW ???????

???????????????????????????????

 

??????????? PowerCLI ???????

CE ????????? Nutanix ?? PowerShell ????????Nutanix Cmdlets??????????

Nutanix ? Web UI ????Prism???????????NutanixCmdlets.msi?????????????

nutanix-ce-02.png

 

Nutanix Cmdlets ????????

??????????????···

 

Nutanix Cmdlets ??????

Nutanix Cmdlets ?????????

??? Windows ??????????????NutanixCmdlets????????

?????PowerShell ????? Nutanix ? ?????????????

Nutanix Cmdlets ??????????????

????????????????????????


??????????????(????????)?????????

PS> $Host.UI.RawUi.WindowTitle = "Nutanix Cmdlets"

PS> $Host.UI.RawUi.BackgroundColor = "black"; Clear-Host

PS> function prompt{Write-Host "NTNX" -NoNewLine -ForegroundColor Blue; Write-Host ">" -NoNewLine -ForegroundColor Green;" "}

NTNX>


Nutanix ????????????????

?????Cmdlets ????????????????

NTNX> Add-PSSnapin NutanixCmdletsPSSnapin

NTNX> Get-NutanixCmdletsInfo | ft -AutoSize

 

Key            Value

---            -----

version        4.1.2-ce

BuildVersion   1.1.2-release4.1.2-dev-04282015

RestAPIVersion v1

 

?????????????????

nutanix-ce-cmdlets-00.png

 

??????????NutanixCmdletsPSSnapin????????????????????

???????(???255??)?????

NTNX> (Get-Command -Module NutanixCmdletsPSSnapin).Count

255

 

Nutanix Cmdlets ????

 

Nutanix CE ?????????

PowerCLI ?? ?Connect-VIServer? ?????????

???? IP ?????192.168.1.92? ??CVM ??????

????????????????-AcceptInvalidSSLCerts?????????

????????????????

NTNX> Connect-NTNXCluster -AcceptInvalidSSLCerts

 

???? ???????? 1 ???????? Connect-NTNXCluster

???????????????????:

(????????????!????????????)

Server: 192.168.1.92

UserName: admin

Password:  ?????????

[Warning]: Cluster version[2015.07.16] and Cmdlets version[4.1.2-ce] do not match. This might cause some cmdlets to not

function correctly. Do you still want to continue [Y/N]?: Y

 

Server                : 192.168.1.92

UserName              : admin

Password              : ********

AcceptInvalidSSLCerts : True

ParameterSetName      : __AllParameterSets

MyInvocation          : System.Management.Automation.InvocationInfo

PagingParameters      :

InvokeCommand         : System.Management.Automation.CommandInvocationIntrinsics

Host                  : System.Management.Automation.Internal.Host.InternalHost

SessionState          : System.Management.Automation.SessionState

Events                : System.Management.Automation.PSLocalEventManager

JobRepository         : System.Management.Automation.JobRepository

JobManager            : System.Management.Automation.JobManager

InvokeProvider        : System.Management.Automation.ProviderIntrinsics

Stopping              : False

CommandRuntime        : Connect-NTNXCluster

CurrentPSTransaction  :

CommandOrigin         : Runspace

IsConnected           : True


NTNX>

 

??? PowerCLI ????? Nutanix CE ? VM ??

Nutanix Cmdlets ??????????????????

?ESXi ?????? VM ??Nutanix CE ???????

NTNX> Get-NTNXHost | select name, state, numCpuCores, memoryCapacityInBytes, HypervisorFullName, blockModelName, hypervisorType, serviceVMExternalIP, hypervisorAddress

 

name                  : NTNX-5f45a488-A

state                 : NORMAL

numCpuCores           : 4

memoryCapacityInBytes : 16658726912

hypervisorFullName    : Nutanix 20150513

blockModelName        : CommunityEdition

hypervisorType        : kKvm

serviceVMExternalIP   : 192.168.1.92

hypervisorAddress     : 192.168.1.91

 

VM ?????????????

???????Nutanix ???? CVM ???????? 2 ?? VM(?? 3 VM) ??????????

PowerCLI ???????????????????????????(??)?????????????????

Nutanix Cmdlets ????????????????????

?VM ??????????????

NTNX> Get-NTNXVM

 

vmId                          : 0005199c-36eb-1100-1146-005056a0691e::090bca93-e455-401f-9a74-622789d0cda7

powerState                    : off

vmName                        : vm01

guestOperatingSystem          :

ipAddresses                   : {}

hypervisorType                : kKvm

hostName                      :

hostId                        :

clusterUuid                   : 0005199c-36eb-1100-1146-005056a0691e

memoryCapacityInBytes         : 536870912

memoryReservedCapacityInBytes : 1073741824

numVCpus                      : 1

cpuReservedInHz               :

numNetworkAdapters            : 1

containerIds                  : {0005199c-36eb-1100-1146-005056a0691e::758}

nutanixVirtualDisks           : {/st-cont-01/.acropolis/vmdisk/b5238c04-678d-4f0c-ad98-6c6ea7a77f97}

nutanixVirtualDiskIds         : {0005199c-36eb-1100-1146-005056a0691e::b5238c04-678d-4f0c-ad98-6c6ea7a77f97}

vdiskNames                    : {0005199c-36eb-1100-1146-005056a0691e::NFS:22}

vdiskFilePaths                : {/st-cont-01/.acropolis/vmdisk/b5238c04-678d-4f0c-ad98-6c6ea7a77f97}

diskCapacityInBytes           : 8589934592

protectionDomainName          :

consistencyGroupName          :

nonNdfsDetails                :

isControllerVm                :

isDisplayable                 :

isAcropolisVm                 :

isRunningOnNdfs               :


vmId                          : 0005199c-36eb-1100-1146-005056a0691e::0cf38f50-bfcc-46a4-af74-aefb0c2504a1

powerState                    : on

vmName                        : NTNX-5f45a488-A-CVM

guestOperatingSystem          :

ipAddresses                   : {192.168.1.92}

hypervisorType                : kKvm

hostName                      : NTNX-5f45a488-A

hostId                        : 0005199c-36eb-1100-1146-005056a0691e::2

clusterUuid                   : 0005199c-36eb-1100-1146-005056a0691e

memoryCapacityInBytes         : 12884901888

memoryReservedCapacityInBytes : 12884901888

numVCpus                      : 2

cpuReservedInHz               :

numNetworkAdapters            : 2

containerIds                  :

nutanixVirtualDisks           : {/dev/sdb}

nutanixVirtualDiskIds         : {0005199c-36eb-1100-1146-005056a0691e::0cf38f50-bfcc-46a4-af74-aefb0c2504a1:scsi.0}

vdiskNames                    : {0005199c-36eb-1100-1146-005056a0691e::/dev/sdb}

vdiskFilePaths                : {/dev/sdb}

diskCapacityInBytes           : 0

protectionDomainName          :

consistencyGroupName          :

nonNdfsDetails                : VM is a Nutanix CVM

isControllerVm                :

isDisplayable                 :

isAcropolisVm                 :

isRunningOnNdfs               :


vmId                          : 0005199c-36eb-1100-1146-005056a0691e::f150b578-11f8-414f-8e4f-62c67946000e

powerState                    : on

vmName                        : vm02

guestOperatingSystem          :

ipAddresses                   : {192.168.1.5}

hypervisorType                : kKvm

hostName                      : NTNX-5f45a488-A

hostId                        : 0005199c-36eb-1100-1146-005056a0691e::2

clusterUuid                   : 0005199c-36eb-1100-1146-005056a0691e

memoryCapacityInBytes         : 536870912

memoryReservedCapacityInBytes : 536870912

numVCpus                      : 1

cpuReservedInHz               :

numNetworkAdapters            : 1

containerIds                  : {0005199c-36eb-1100-1146-005056a0691e::758}

nutanixVirtualDisks           : {/st-cont-01/.acropolis/vmdisk/d58f6410-008d-4083-ab32-b7ff2af1721d}

nutanixVirtualDiskIds         : {0005199c-36eb-1100-1146-005056a0691e::d58f6410-008d-4083-ab32-b7ff2af1721d}

vdiskNames                    : {0005199c-36eb-1100-1146-005056a0691e::NFS:57174}

vdiskFilePaths                : {/st-cont-01/.acropolis/vmdisk/d58f6410-008d-4083-ab32-b7ff2af1721d}

diskCapacityInBytes           : 8589934592

protectionDomainName          :

consistencyGroupName          :

nonNdfsDetails                :

isControllerVm                :

isDisplayable                 :

isAcropolisVm                 :

isRunningOnNdfs               :

 

NTNX>

 

?????????????????????????????????

NTNX> Get-NTNXVM | select vmName,PowerState,numVCpus,memoryCapacityInBytes | sort vmName | ft -AutoSize

 

vmName              powerState numVCpus memoryCapacityInBytes

------              ---------- -------- ---------------------

NTNX-5f45a488-A-CVM on                2           12884901888

vm01                off               1             536870912

vm02                on                1             536870912

 

?????PowerCLI ? Get-VM ?? VM ???? ????????????????????????

??????????????????????????????????????

????????????????????···

PowerCLI> Get-VM

 

Name PowerState Num CPUs MemoryGB

---- ---------- -------- --------

vm01 PoweredOn  1        1.000

vm02 PoweredOn  1        0.500

vm03 PoweredOff 1        0.500

 

??????vm01 ????????????

NTNX> Get-NTNXVM -SearchString "vm01" | Set-NTNXVMPowerOn

 

taskUuid

--------

2789a91f-9a98-4f50-bd88-d010bd54fc98

 

NTNX> Get-NTNXVM | select vmName,PowerState,numVCpus,memoryCapacityInBytes | sort vmName | ft -AutoSize

 

vmName              powerState numVCpus memoryCapacityInBytes

------              ---------- -------- ---------------------

NTNX-5f45a488-A-CVM on                2           12884901888

vm01                on                1             536870912

vm02                on                1             536870912

 

?????????????

 

PowerCLI ????? Nutanix Cmdlets ????

?????????????

??????? PowerCLI ?????????????????????

?? PowerShell ????????????????????????????????

?PowerCLI ?????? Nutanix Cmdlets ????? ?????????????????

???(???)???????????????? CE ??????????????????????????

 

??????????···

  • ????????????? ??(Noun)??? NTNX ??????
    ??????????????????????????????PowerCLI ????????????????????????
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  • ???? PowerShell ??????????????????
    PowerCLI ?????? PowerShell ??????????????

 

???PowerCLI ???? Nutanix CE & Cmdlets ????????????

Hi

We have 4 ESXi 5.5 Hosts with shared storage and all ESXi hosts are behind a hardware firewall.

On all ESXi Hosts there was one vmnic connected to the prod-dmz on a switch.

I wanted to add another switch for redundancy, so I did.

I connected on the ESXi Hosts a vmnic, used earlier by another vSS, to the vSS attached to prod-dmz on the second switch, on the external firewall the two switches are on two nics on the firewall with link aggregation.

Everything actually went well - but some vms lost the network. Out of 46 Servers, 7 lost the network, even though everything was "green", I didn't see any differences to all other servers. Also the guest operating systems were CentOS5, Windows Server 2008 and 2012 - other servers with the same OS didn't have the problem. Also the affected vms were on two different ESXi hosts.

The affected machines were able to ping themselves and other vms in the same DMZ but not the GatewayIP  of the firewall internal nic. The other vms were able to ping and access everything.

It drove me nuts.

Than after some network troubleshooting I realized on a windows machine the warning that the media was disconnected.

 

What helped was changing the network adapter of the affected vms to another Switch, saving, editing it back to the wanted switch.

Some Linux machines needed a restart of the network, others didn't.

 

So just in case somebody changes nics between switches and has the same problem, this might help.

 

(btw if you cannot delete an old vSS after having moved all vms to another switch, remove the snapshots of the vms - if not possible rename the old switch first, afterwards you can delete it. The affected vms weren't the ones with snapshots in the above mentioned network problem).

 

cheers

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Hi everyone and welcome to this weeks newsletter. First I would like to mention that as next week is the 4th of July and a holiday weekend that there will be no newsletter as I take a break with some time off.

We are always trying to tweak the newsletter format as much as possible. I hope that the small changes that we make on a fiarly regular basis bake the newsletter easier and clearer to read. We always appreciate your feedback.

If you are a TAM customer please dont forget to discuss VMworld and TAM Day with your TAM and ensure that you are aware of the activities taking place specifically for our TAM customers this year.

I would like to wish everyone a happy 4th of July. See you again in 2 weeks.

 

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Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE


GENERAL NEWS

vSphere Business Continuity Webcast

Next up in the vSphere 6 Webcast Series is the very important topic of business continuity. For many, business continuity equals business productivity and application downtime needs to be minimized or eliminated. Learn how vSphere 6 reduces downtime for applications and maximizes productivity for...

Jun 26, 2015 8:34:38 PM

Tuning ESXi for NFV Workloads

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) enables the efficiency and agility benefits that come from untethering network functions from proprietary appliances and moving them to a virtualized infrastructure running over hypervisors and COTS hardware. Enterprise IT departments have been realizing suc...

Jun 26, 2015 7:37:37 PM

3 Simple Steps for Benefits Realization throughout Your IT Transformation Program

By Keng Leong Choong An IT Transformation initiative to build a Software Defined Data Center or cloud does not end with the completion of technical delivery (i.e. deployment and migration to the new infrastructure and automation tools). Many organizations have invested huge sums on their IT trans...

Jun 25, 2015 10:27:43 PM

vSphere 6 Troubleshooting Questions Answered

The ViewPoint Webinar Series connects you directly with VMware’s own expert training team of VMware Certified Instructors (VCIs), making it easier to take full advantage of VMware products, from data center virtualization and hybrid cloud to software-defined data center. Our most recent webinar o...

Jun 25, 2015 4:07:31 PM

Updated version of the vMSC white paper for vSphere 6.0 available now!

One of the most popular white papers of the last couple of year has definitely been the vSphere Metro Storage Cluster best practices white paper (vMSC). Over the past 12 months we have received many emails asking if there were changes that needed to be taken in to account for vSphere 5.5. More re...

Jun 25, 2015 2:05:56 PM

Why All Levels of Managers SHOULD Go to VMworld – and Why You Should Want Your Manager There

    By Joe DePasquale “Too busy.” “More pressing matters.” “The engineers and admins will update me when they return.” We’ve all heard these reasons before. But this conference is not just for the techies. Yes, there is plenty to dive into, and if you are a techie you can go as deep as you want, ...

Jun 24, 2015 2:13:08 PM

Beyond BYOD: The Inevitability of Business Mobility

Beyond BYOD: The Inevitability of Business Mobility By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware Two news stories from the last year come to mind whenever I think of the ever-rising tide of business mobility. In the first one, an emergency physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, faced a critica...

Jun 24, 2015 1:12:27 PM

The "One Cloud, Any App, Any Device" Vision: An Interview with VMware’s Robin Matlock

Last month at EMC World 2015 in Las Vegas, SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with Robin Matlock, CMO of VMware, for a discussion about the state of the cloud, VMware’s latest initiatives (including Projects Photon and Lightwave), and how the “One Cloud, Any App, Any Device” v...

Jun 23, 2015 4:28:30 PM

AirWatch Training Class added to VMworld 2015 US Schedule

The schedule of training courses available the week before VMworld has expanded. The new course is an exclusive, partner-only offering of an AirWatch Boot Camp for a discounted price of just $2,500. This course comprises the three AirWatch technical training modules and prepares you to take the t...

Jun 23, 2015 3:36:56 PM

Introduction to the VMware Research Group

Dahlia Malkhi is a Principal Researcher with the newly formed VMware Research Group. She is an applied and foundational researcher in broad aspects of reliability and security in distributed systems. She joined VMware Research as a founding member in December 2014. Prior to that she worked at Mic...

Jun 23, 2015 3:25:39 PM

VMware on List of Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT - Again!

I was delighted to learn that VMware's IT organization has again been selected to the Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2015. This i s the second year VMware has been recognized by Computerworld for this distinction, and we moved up to an impressive #17 (from #26 last year in the large ...

Jun 23, 2015 5:35:32 AM

VMware Again on List of Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT!

By Bask Iyer, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, VMware I'm delighted to announce that VMware's IT organization has again been selected to the Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2015. Congratulations to all of the organizations that made this prestigious list! This is t...

Jun 22, 2015 4:27:38 PM

Congratulations to our 10 New VCDXs - Now there are 200+

VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) is the highest level of certification offered by VMware. VCDXs are part of an elite group of architects leading virtualization solution design and implementation around the world, and last week we welcomed ten new ones: Kevin Barrass, VCDX-NV #191 Larus Hjart...

Jun 22, 2015 3:34:39 PM

What a Motherboard Can Tell Us About the Future of Data Center Infrastructure

What's the correct answer to this question? Where did Intel decide to put the memory sockets on its latest motherboard - the 4-socket S4600LH2? If you're curious, you can see where the memory sockets are located here , but that's not the correct answer. The right answer is: Who Cares?!!! Long ago...

Jun 22, 2015 3:01:57 PM

ALERT: Support for Leap Seconds in VMware Products

The world’s next leap second adjustment is scheduled for 30th of June 2015 at 23:59:60 UTC. System administrators need to be aware that this may cause issues on NTP synchronized devices and operating systems. For information on Leap Second and its impact on VMware products, please review the KB a...

Jun 22, 2015 12:38:51 PM

KBTV Webinars - SSL certificate handling in VMware vSphere 6

Continuing on with our current series of KBTV Webinars, here we have the tenth webinar titled SSL certificate handling in VMware vSphere 6 and it goes through what has changed since the vSphere 5.5 product release and what is new in vSphere 6.

Jun 22, 2015 12:14:25 PM

Extending the Data Center with VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville

By Kit Colbert, VP & CTO, Cloud-Native Apps at VMware The Cloud-Native Apps team at VMware is excited to announce two new tech previews today: VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville. VMware AppCatalyst is an API- and CLI-driven hypervisor purpose-built for developer Project Bonneville is an ex...

Jun 22, 2015 12:00:30 PM

Capacity Management in SDDC – Part 9

If you land into this Part 9 directly, I'd recommend that you at least review from Part 5 first. If you want to review from the conceptual stage, then go to Part 1. This is a series of blog post on Capacity Management in SDDC. Network (all tiers) To recap, we need to create the […]

Jun 26, 2015 1:00:32 PM

Complex Apps

By Jeremy Wheeler From time to time we all come across that extremely complicated application that an organization needs packaged – and of course, it has a lot of moving parts. In this blog entry I will walk through a proven process that has worked successfully, unlike the typical packaging style...

Jun 25, 2015 2:23:27 PM

VMware CP&C releases PCI DSS 3.1 Compliance toolkit in VCM for VMware vSphere 6.0 and other platforms!

The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) team is pleased to announce the release of PCI DSS 3.1 compliance toolkits for VMware vSphere 6.0 and other platforms – Windows, *NIX, and VMware vSphere 5.5, 5.1 and 5.0 in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager ( VCM ). The toolkits consists of aut...

Jun 25, 2015 5:59:34 AM

DISA Certifies Level 2 DoD Mission Data on VMware vCloud Government Service

By: Angelos Kottas, Director of Product Marketing, Cloud, VMware Building on the foundation of the FedRAMP P-ATO certification, VMware and Carpathia announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), a combat support agency for the US government, has granted a Department of Defense (Do...

Jun 24, 2015 11:17:40 PM

Help is Here: Streamlining Cloud Deployments with the VMware vCloud Air Network

About 46 percent of IT executives say that cloud computing is most likely to increase IT’s reliance on outsourcers and managed service providers. The same number of executives also say that cloud computing is more likely to require restructuring departments than any other technology or trend. But...

Jun 24, 2015 4:00:26 PM

For IT Executives, Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery is Looking More and More Appealing

Businesses can’t afford downtime in the global market. It’s not just about lost productivity and revenue, it’s also about losing partner and customer trust. To keep downtime to a minimum and to preserve brand trust, IT executives are eyeing the power of cloud-based Disaster Recovery (DR). That’s ...

Jun 23, 2015 4:34:07 PM

A Stronger Case For Virtualizing Exchange Server 2013 - Think "Performance"

VMware is glad to see that the Microsoft Exchange Server (and Performance) teams appear to have identified the prevalent cause of performance-related issues in an Exchange Server 2013 infrastructure. We have been aware for several years that Microsoft's sizing recommendation for Exchange Server 2...

Jun 22, 2015 10:46:15 PM

VMware and Docker Deliver Greater Speeds through the Right Controls

This post was co-authored by Guido Appenzeller, CTSO of Networking and Security ( @appenz ), and Scott Lowe, Engineering Architect, Networking and Security Business Unit (@scott_lowe ) In today’s business environment, companies are being asked to go faster than ever before: faster time to market,...

Jun 22, 2015 5:00:37 PM

TOSCA Blueprints at vCloud Air

By: Paco Gómez This is a repost from Paco Gómez's personal blog. The VMware vCloud® Air™ Command Line Interface is a traditional solution for interactive, text-based operations, which allows scripting and lightweight automation. In this post I'm going to talk about another approach to automation ...

Jun 22, 2015 4:00:08 PM

 

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Video: Enterprise mobility news recap: June 22-26

Thanks for tuning in today on the Weekly Recap of the AirWatch Blog. Today we will review recent announcements made at the VMware Business Mobility event, cover a possible $500 million e-commerce investment and highlight enterprise features from the announcements made at the Apple WWDC event. To ...

Jun 26, 2015 7:44:02 PM

What the enterprise needs to know about iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

For the first time in iOS and OS X history, Apple announced at WWDC 2015 that it is launching a public beta of its newest platforms. Available in July, the public beta will provide users a sneak-peek of the updated software. At the “What’s New in Managing Apple Devices” session during WWDC, Todd ...

Jun 26, 2015 7:14:25 PM

Video: Recap of the Business Mobility Summit

By Morgan O’Leary and Maddie Cook At the Business Mobility Summit last week, VMware’s Pat Gelsinger, Sanjay Poonen, Noah Wasmer and Robin Matlock described the current mobility challenges, the most important technologies to the future of IT and VMware’s value in enabling business transformation t...

Jun 24, 2015 10:42:33 PM

Everything You Need to Get Up and Running with Mirage

By Alexander West, Technical Writer, End-User Computing, VMware Deployment and Design Considerations for VMware Mirage is hot off the presses. Written with a single goal in mind—to help you get up and running with Mirage—this brand-new white paper boils down a complex deployment process into two ...

Jun 24, 2015 10:03:28 PM

Need More VDI? Look to the Cloud.

by Josue Fontanez, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon Air If yours is one of many companies with virtual desktop deployments, I probably don’t have to sing its praises. You already know how easy it is to manage virtual desktops from a central location, and the money that can be saved by ...

Jun 24, 2015 4:00:55 PM

Estimating Value in End-User Computing

By Brian Gammage, Chief Market Technologist, End-User Computing, VMware The last few years have seen a major shift in the way organizations plan, select and deploy technology capabilities to their workers. The range of choice has expanded at every level; in devices, applications, ways of working,...

Jun 24, 2015 3:00:29 PM

Horizon FLEX 1.5 now shipping!

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, End-User Computing, VMware Andy here again. I'm delighted to announce that Horizon FLEX 1.5 is now shipping. This update is huge. We've got server side improvements, client side improvements, probably even improvements in the bit t...

Jun 24, 2015 1:00:10 PM

Need More VDI? Look to the Cloud. New Blog from the Horizon Air Team

If yours is one of many companies with virtual desktop deployments, I probably don’t have to sing its praises. You already know how easy it is to manage virtual desktops from a central location, and the money that can be saved by extending the life of aging PCs by using them to access corporate a...

Jun 24, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Video: Wandera brings granular security to enterprise

To keep mobile devices safe, AirWatch and Wandera agree that granular control is paramount. Wandera is a mobile security platform that provides malware threat control and cellular data management for enterprises. At AirWatch Connect Barcelona 2015, Will Fisher, enterprise sales manager at Wandera...

Jun 23, 2015 7:57:50 PM

VMware App Volumes and Microsoft Office, Part 1: Choosing the Correct Office Version

By Denis Gundarev, Application Solutions Architect, App Volumes R&D, VMware This article is the first in a series of blog posts about using Microsoft Office with VMware App Volumes . Microsoft Office is one of the most popular application suites deployed on Windows enterprise desktops. Microsoft ...

Jun 23, 2015 7:15:32 PM

Horizon FLEX 1.5 now shipping

Horizon FLEX 1.5 Andy here again. I'm delighted to announce that Horizon FLEX 1.5 is now shipping. This update is huge. We've got server side improvements, client side improvements, probably even improvements in the bit that connects the two! Sorry, I'll try and be serious, this is after all a ve...

Jun 23, 2015 2:00:38 PM

Faster performance, new platform support, and more in VMware Mirage 5.4 – now available!

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware I’m delighted to announce the general availability of VMware Mirage 5.4! This is the second release of Mirage this year and includes many enhancements that our customers have been asking for. Feel free to download the latest bits fro...

Jun 23, 2015 2:00:06 PM

Making NSX for Horizon 6 More Approachable

By Tristan Todd, Architect, End-User Computing, VMware I love riding bikes! For years I have served as my own bike mechanic. And for about the last 10 years I have hand-built my own bicycle wheels. I do this because I like to choose my parts, I like the quality of the finished product, and I like...

Jun 23, 2015 12:55:23 AM

AirWatch and Saaswedo team up for real time enterprise telecom expense management

Saaswedo is a telecom expense management software that specialises in the tracking, mediation and collection of telecom expenses for enterprise mobility clients. With access to 27 international carriers, the SaaS-based company monitors telecom and mobile data usage for 10,000 international enterp...

Jun 22, 2015 9:01:09 PM

PARTNER

SV Competency Updated with vSphere & vSphere with Operations Management V6

Update or obtain your accreditation today. The Server Virtualization (SV) Solution Competency has been updated to the latest product release (V6) to enable and rewards partners for their demonstrated ability in virtualizing server environments and providing insight into IT capacity and performance.

Jun 26, 2015 4:36:26 PM

Creating a Hybrid Infrastructure with VMware and HP

Your customers are challenged to deliver the responsive services their customers and employees demand. VMware and HP hybrid infrastructures help them modernize, converge, hyper-converge, and even reach for the cloud when they are ready. This new solution brief explains the steps on the journey an...

Jun 25, 2015 11:04:16 PM

Learn About Emerging Demand Creation Technologies for Direct/Indirect Models - July 14th

Register now and join us on July 14 at 9:30AM PDT for a Marketing vmLIVE. SiriusDecisions, a leading research and advisory firm, will present real-life examples of how companies are employing new technologies that offer better insights into data, greater capabilities to drive buyer engagement, an...

Jun 24, 2015 4:49:08 PM

The VMworld 2015 Content Catalog Is At Your Service

Consider the VMworld 2015 Content Catalog your sneak peek into the event that is sure to blow your technical socks off. Browse through the site and decide which breakout sessions, labs, boot camps, group discussions, quick talks and expert speakers you would like to add to your conference agenda....

Jun 24, 2015 3:08:04 PM

New Social Marketing Offerings via Partner Demand Center - Marketing Services Store

The Partner Demand Center now offers new social marketing offerings from Channel Maven Consulting in the North America Marketing Services Store - see below. Semi-custom social marketing: Get expert help in mastering content creation to create blogs, case studies, or video scripts using pre-define...

Jun 24, 2015 1:10:15 AM

Several VMware Certified Associate (VCA) 6 Accreditations - Now Available

• VCA 6 – Cloud Management and Automation • VCA 6 – Hybrid Cloud • VCA 6 – Network Virtualization • VCA 6 – Data Center Virtualization • VCA 6 – Desktop and Mobility

Jun 22, 2015 1:00:59 PM

 

MORE NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM AROUND THE WEB

NSX Firewall Demo

Default firewall settings apply to traffic that does not match any of the user-defined firewall rules. The default Edge firewall policy blocks all incoming traffic. You can change the default action and logging settings. You can add an NSX Edge firewall rule for traffic flowing from or to an NSX ...

Jun 28, 2015 9:49:00 AM

Ansible Up & Running – A Book Review

Just over a month ago, I purchased a paperback copy of Lorin Hochstein’s Ansible Up & Running book from O’Reilly. Encouragement from Matt Oswalt’s Network Automation With Ansible and Python workshop is to blame, as it gave me the bug to go deeper with Ansible. While Matt was able to provide an ex...

Jun 27, 2015 2:20:41 PM

My VMworld 2015 (#STO4572, #STO6228, #HOL1608)

Is it just me, or does VMworld seem to come around quicker these days? Anyway, it great to have a couple of sessions in again this year, and yes – you guessed it, these are VSAN sessions once again. STO4572 – Successful Virtual SAN Evaluation/Proof-Of-Concepts This is an update on last year’s VSA...

Jun 26, 2015 1:00:42 PM

EVO:RAIL – Under The Covers – What happens when EVO:RAIL Configures (Part 1)

One of the things EVO:RAIL excels at is automating stuff. As you might know EVO:RAIL automates the deployment of VMware ESXi, vCenter, Log Insight as well as carrying out many countless configuration steps that allow for a VMware High Availability (HA), Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and VS...

Jun 26, 2015 9:56:43 AM

Free e-learning course - EVO:RAIL Fundamentals

This free eLearning course on EVO:RAIL provides an overview on EVO:RAIL and explains its features and benefits. The course will also describe the deployment, configuration, and management of EVO:RAIL in a software-defined data center (SDDC). Objectives, at the end of this course, you should be ab...

Jun 26, 2015 9:39:00 AM

Quick Tip - Determining the vCenter Server OS platform (Windows or VCSA) using vSphere API

The vSphere API is an extensively rich interface for being able to extract all sorts of useful information about your vSphere infrastructure. One useful trick that may come in handy for those requiring to perform operations directly against the vCenter Server guestOS itself is to figure out wheth...

Jun 25, 2015 5:17:52 PM

VLAN Trunking with Cumulus Linux

Following up on my earlier post on Cumulus Linux networking concepts , I wanted to build on that information with a guide on configuring VLAN trunking. This would be useful in a number of different scenarios: supporting multiple (VLAN-backed) port groups on vSphere hosts, or connecting an Open vS...

Jun 25, 2015 4:55:00 PM

Changes in the Wind, Startup Edition

One thing I really love about working in the field of technology is the rapid amount of change . This term covers a wide canvas – changes in how businesses consume technology, the solutions that vendors and manufacturers bring to market, and the skills needed to drive an organization forward. The...

Jun 25, 2015 2:35:54 PM

Virtual SAN enabling PeaSoup to simplify cloud

Advertise here with BSA This week I had the pleasure of talking to fellow dutchy Harold Buter . Harold is the CTO for Peasoup and we had a lively discussion about Virtual SAN and why Peasoup decided to incorporate Virtual SAN in their architecture , w hat struck me was the fact that Peasoup Hosti...

Jun 25, 2015 12:02:46 PM

PernixData announcements at #VFD5

Advertise here with BSA Today PernixData presented at Virtualization Field Day 5 . Excellent presentation by Satyam once again. This week I was fortunate to catch up with Frank Denneman to discuss what was going to be announced and what can be expected in the near future. I want to make it clear ...

Jun 24, 2015 10:34:17 PM

vRealize Operations for Horizon Technical Overview

Jim Yanik, End-User Computing Architect at VMware, presents a technical overview of VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon.

Jun 24, 2015 6:16:00 PM

DockerCon Vendor Briefings

At DockerCon 2015 in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to meet with a few vendors in the Docker ecosystem. Here are some notes from my vendor briefings. StackEngine StackEngine describes themselves as enterprise-grade container application management. They tout features like being able to comp...

Jun 24, 2015 5:15:00 PM

Video - vSphere Network I/O Control Version 3

vSphere network I/O control version 3, available in vSphere 6.0, offers granular network resource reservation and allocation across the entire switch.

Jun 24, 2015 10:25:00 AM

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 Proof of Concept Guide

VMware customers love the simplicity, performance, and integration of VMware Virtual SAN since its launch. Most customers choose to evaluate Virtual SAN before using it for production – always a good idea. VMware has made a list of issues occasionally encountered as people go through this process...

Jun 24, 2015 8:06:00 AM

Quickly getting started with VMware AppCatalyst & AppCatalyst Vagrant Plugin

At Dockercon this week, the Cloud-Native Apps team at VMware introduced two new Tech Previews: VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville. In addition, I also found out today that Fabio Rapposelli who works over in the CNA team has also released a Vagrant Plugin for VMware Catalyst as well. Having...

Jun 24, 2015 3:06:55 AM

Liveblog: Scaling New Services

This is a liveblog for the DockerCon 2015 session titled “Scaling New Services: From Container Creation to Automated Deployments”. This session is being led by the Disney Systems Engineering team and will feature a discussion/demo involving Docker, Mesos, Chef, Consul, and HAProxy. The session st...

Jun 23, 2015 11:25:00 PM

Liveblog: DockerCon 2015 Day 2 General Session

This is a liveblog from the day 2 general session at DockerCon 2015. I was running late from some early morning meetings (sorry folks), so I wasn’t able to catch the first part of the general session (about the first 15 minutes or so). Here’s what I was able to capture. Chris Buckley, Director of...

Jun 23, 2015 6:45:00 PM

Hope to see you at VMworld 2015

The VMworld 2015 Content Catalog just went live this morning and I am please to announce that I have two sessions that were accepted at both VMworld US and Europe. The first session will be a Technical Deep Dive on our new Content Library feature which was introduced in vSphere 6.0 and I will be […]

Jun 23, 2015 5:46:10 PM

Say Howdy at VMworld 2015 in These Upcoming Sessions

It’s that time of year again – VMworld approaches! Once again, I’ll be making the hike out west to get my geek on. If you’re out there, make sure to say howdy (because I live in Austin) and snag a sticker from me. I’ll also be presenting in the sessions listed below, and I hear that Pluralsight w...

Jun 23, 2015 1:55:17 PM

New Book - vRealize Operations 6 Administrator's Companion: Performance Monitoring Capacity Planning Right-Sizing

vRealize Operations is the ultrasound of your datacenter. Without proactive monitoring tools, we can only analyze what is on the surface, which means we typically respond to IT system issues only after there is a major incident. When we have vRealize Operations, it gives us a set of tools that he...

Jun 23, 2015 1:16:00 PM

Container Persistence Part 3: Can I have the “easy button please”?

DockerCon is going on monday/tuesday – and no better time to put out some new great tools for people using Containers. This will be a 3 part post – and timed intentionally with DockerCon.  Why?    Well – containers are indeed the buzz du jour, and while the ecosystem is still very vibrant (far fr...

Jun 23, 2015 11:08:15 AM

Container Persistence Part 2: State of the Art of Transactional Systems

DockerCon is going on today and tomorrow – and no better time to put out some new great tools for people using Containers. This will be a 3 part post – and timed intentionally with DockerCon.  Why?    Well – containers are indeed the buzz du jour, and while the ecosystem is still very vibrant (fa...

Jun 23, 2015 8:46:12 AM

Liveblog: Docker Networking

This is a liveblog of the Docker Networking breakout session. This session is led by Madhu Venugopal and Jana Radhakrishnan, both formerly of Socketplane (and now with Docker following the acquisition). They are introduced by John Willis, also formerly of Socketplane and well-known within the Dev...

Jun 22, 2015 11:30:00 PM

Liveblog: Secret Session (Docker Plugins)

This is the “Top Secret Docker Session led by Gordon the Turtle,” which is really a session on Docker Plugins. However, since Docker Plugins were only announced this morning during the general session, the title for this session had to be obscured. On stage are ClusterHQ (Luke Marsden), Glider La...

Jun 22, 2015 11:20:00 PM

Liveblog: Resilient Routing and Discovery

This is a liveblog of the DockerCon 2015 session on resilient routing and discovery, part of the “Advanced Tech” track. Simon Eskilden ( @Sirupsen on Twitter) from Shopify is the speaker for this session. Not surprisingly (you’d understand this if you walked Eskilden’s presentation from DockerCon...

Jun 22, 2015 11:00:00 PM

Liveblog: DockerCon 2015 Day 1 General Session

This is a liveblog for the day 1 general session at DockerCon 2015, taking place this week (today and tomorrow, anyway) at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, CA. This is my first DockerCon, and I’m looking forward to picking up lots of new knowledge. The general session starts with a video (c...

Jun 22, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Using latest PowerActions 1.5.0 to issue VMFS UNMAP API in vSphere 6.0 Web Client

Last week, the popular PowerActions Fling was updated to version 1.5.0 which now finally adds support for vSphere 6.0. PowerActions is a vSphere Web Client Plugin that allows administrators to easily execute PowerCLI scripts against inventory objects within the vSphere Web Client. This is a very ...

Jun 22, 2015 6:11:18 PM

EVO:RAIL Introduces support for Enhanced vMotion Compatibility

It’s my pleasure to say that EVO:RAIL 1.2 has been released with a number of enhancements. In case you don’t know there have been a number of maintenance releases (1.0.1 and 1.0.2 and 1.1) that shipped at the end of last year, and beginning of this. The 1.1 release rolls up all the changes previo...

Jun 22, 2015 4:29:51 PM

A Plethora of Customer Interaction at Nutanix .NEXT 2015

That rowdy hyperconverged startup, Nutanix, recently held .NEXT Conference , their inaugural customer event in Miami. I’ve been watching this space for a number of years, having first witnessed Nutanix at Tech Field Day 8 back in 2011. More recently, I gave a presentation at Interop entitled A No...

Jun 22, 2015 2:20:06 PM

VMware NSX Brownfield Deployment Guide

VMware NSX-v network virtualization solution addresses current challenges with physical network infrastructure and brings flexibility, agility and scale through VXLAN-based logical networks. Along with the ability to create on-demand logical networks using VXLAN, the NSX Edge Services Gateway hel...

Jun 22, 2015 9:18:00 AM

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0 available for dowload

vCenter Converter supports many source physical machines, including Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Server and Linux. It also supports third-party disk images from Microsoft Hyper-V, Virtual Server and Virtual PC; Parallels Desktop; Symantec System Recovery; Norton Ghost; Acronis and StorageCra...

Jun 22, 2015 8:42:00 AM

Container Persistence Part 1: State of the Art of Object Stores

[updated June 24th, 11:10am ET – minor typo fixes, one technical catch, fixed links] DockerCon is going on today and tomorrow – and no better time to put out some new great tools for people using Containers. This will be a 3 part post – and timed intentionally with DockerCon.  Why?    Well – cont...

Jun 22, 2015 8:17:43 AM

TAM WEBCASTS

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On-Demand Webinars:

SDDC:

  • On-Demand: vCenter Server (vSphere 6)
  • On-Demand: vSphere Security (vSphere 6)
  • On-Demand: Examining your Security Posture in the Software-Defined Data Center
  • On-Demand: What’s New with vSphere and Operations Management 6
  • On-Demand: New Video from HP Discover: VMware and HP’s Global Innovation Center
  • On-Demand: VMware vForum Online Spring 2015
  • On-Demand: The Software-Defined Data Center: the Future of IT
  • On-Demand: A Practical Roadmap to Moving Beyond Server Virtualization
  • On-Demand: Datacenter Refresh: Traditional vs Converged vs Hyper-Converged
  • Every Wednesday, 3pm EST: VMware Communities Roundtable
    • What’s new in vSphere 6 Security?  Learn here about the new security features in vSphere 6, and also the vSphere Hardening Guide.
      • Top 5 Tips when considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere v6.0 are here.
    Operations Management:
    • On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
    • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Cloud Business Management (vRealize Business)
    • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Integrate with Anything
    • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Introduction to Customization and Extending
    • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: 6.2 Installation and Configuration
    • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: No Scripting Required
    • On-Demand: Log Insight Deep Dive
    • On-Demand: Performance & Troubleshooting – Improving Quality of Service
    • On-Demand: Operational Efficiency – Understanding Waste and Rightsizing your Environment
    • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0 Installation and the Migration from vCenter Operations v5.x
    • On-Demand: What’s New in vRealize Operations 6.0
    • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0: Capacity Management and Planning
    • On-Demand: Four Ways to Maximize the Value of VMware vRealize Operations Manager
    • On-Demand: Take Virtualization to the Next Level with vSphere with Operations Management
    • On-Demand: Take control of your vSphere environment with Operations Management
    • VIDEOS: 50 new vRealize Operations 6 videos available on the vR Ops product website (on the Resources tab), covering Key Concepts, Use Cases, Installation, Analytics Badges, and How To & Tech Tips.
      • NEW: VMware Center for Policy & Compliance released PCI DSS 3.1 for VMware vSphere 6 compliance toolkit.  It’s announced here.
      • NEW: Learn how to generate Log Insight agent configurations with liagentify here.
      • NEW: Log Insight: From stand-alone to cluster can be found here.
      • There is a new Health Monitoring tool for vRealize Suite deployments called vRealize Production Test.  This is an add-on component to the vRealize Suite that ensures the operational status of vRealize Suite deployments from their initial deployment stages to ongoing Production Testing.  Emphasis was placed on vRA and vR Ops.  Get latest version 1.1 here. Read more about it here
    Automation:
    • On-Demand: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency – Led by Kevin Lees, VMware Principal Architect and Lead Architect for Global IT Operations Transformation.
      • This infographic shows how automating private cloud infrastructure management can improve the efficiency of cloud operations, resource management, accelerated virtualization, and deliver enormous CapEx and OpEx savings.
    Networking:
    • On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
    • On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
    • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
    • On-Demand: Introduction to NSX
    • On-Demand: VMware NSX – Technical Overview
    • On-Demand: Listen to Martin Casado explain NSX and Microsegmentation
    • On-Demand: A 3-minute summary of NSX and Microsegmentation
    • On-Demand: NSX Distributed Firewall Deep Dive
    • Every other Tuesday, 1pm EST: VMware NSX. Learn how VMware has applied the industry’s leading virtualization operating model to the network through this bi-weekly webinar.
      • Product walk-through demo on NSX can be found here.
      • There are security threats imminent for customers who will not migrate off of Windows 2003 by mid-July, when support ends.  Read more here.  You can use NSX help you through this transition.
    Storage:
    • On-Demand: vSphere 6.0: All Things Storage! (led by Cormac Hogan)
    • On-Demand: Lower Storage Costs with VMware Virtual SAN
    • On-Demand: VMware Virtual Volumes and their Impact on the Datacenter
    • On-Demand: Managing Storage Policies with VMware Virtual SAN
    • On-Demand: What’s All the Buzz about Software-Defined Storage? (Learn about Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes)
    • On-Demand: What’s New in Virtual SAN v6.0 – Seeing What’s New in Storage
    • On-Demand: Overcoming Performance Limitations with Dell Flash Storage
      • Try out Virtual SAN 6 for free here.
      • Hands On Lab: "What’s New in Virtual SAN 6?"  Click here!
      • Learn about Virtual Volumes here, from Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect.
    Disaster Recovery:
    • On-Demand: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in Action
    • On-Demand: Technical Demo: What’s New with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
    • On-Demand: Not Your Grandfather’s Data Protection
      • New Disaster Recovery Tutorial Series that covers various areas of how you might set up VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery here.
      • 60% of businesses don’t have a DR plan in place.  Learn why industry adoption is on the rise here.
      • The VMware Feature Walk-Through site has content covering the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Service.  Watch it here.  (Read more about this new vCloud Air DRaaS offering here.)
    Cloud:
    • On-Demand: IT Security does not have to End where the Public Cloud Begins
    • On-Demand: Check out VMware and Fujitsu joint solutions that bring a “Hybrid IT” model to optimize the cloud and support innovation and growth.
    • On-Demand: Build Development and Testing Environments on VMware vCloud Air
    • On-Demand: Set Your Cloud Agenda with VMware vCloud Air
    • On-Demand: Scale Your Mobile App Development on vCloud Air
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    • On-Demand: Business Mobility: Enabling Business Process Innovation with Mobile-First Strategies (hosted by CEO Pat Gelsinger and EVP Sanjay Poonen).  In this announcement, these were highlighted:
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      • Split-Billing solution with AT&T
      • AirWatch integrated with NSX
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    • On-Demand: Accelerate Your Desktop Transformation Strategy: Six New Additions to Horizon 6
      • Visit The Bridge by VMware here for the latest Business Mobility thought leadership content, including new interactive vertical story graphs showcasing Business Mobility Transformation in Education, Healthcare, Finance, Government, and Retail.
      • Have you heard about the new VMware User Environment Manager (UEM), which offers personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical, and cloud-based environment?  Read more about it here.
    Troubleshooting:
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      • Learn about how a TAM views Troubleshooting 101 for Server Ops here.
    Scheduled Webinar Events:Jun 29: Cloud Security Best Practices with the SANS Institute: Securely Transition to the Cloud – Increase Agility & Reduce RiskJun 30: Business Continuity  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 7: PowerCLI  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 8: vRealize Operations v6.0: Installation, Sizing, and Migration (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series)Jul 14: Web Client  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 21: vSphere 6 Performance  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 23: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency  (TAM Customer Webcast Series)  (Link forthcoming)Jul 28: Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy-Based Management (vSphere 6 Webcast)Aug 11: vCenter Server Availability (vSphere 6 Webcast) Aug 30-Sep 3: VMworld 2015
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    • VMware is streamlining cloud-native application development and deployment with two new technology previews of AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville (a solution for running Docker containers).  Read more here.
    • VMworld: Learn here why all levels of management should go to VMworld, and why you should want your own manager there.
    • New Book: Mastering VMware vSphere 6 – click here
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Hi everyone and welcome to this weeks VMware TAM Source Newsletter. This week we have a new TAM Blog which I wanted to let you all know about. I have chosen to include the entire blog posting this week as this is a really important posting by our TAM Practice Director, Andy Nederveld as it describes the key characteristics of why our TAM program is considered amongst the best in the industry. Please take some time to read this and I hope you find it enjoyable.

 

I also wanted to remind you that I will no longer be including KBs but rather just a link to the KBs which I would like to urge you to check weekly as well as discuss with your TAM to ensure you are fully up to date with any potential issues or updates that may be required in your environment.

 

I also want to give a shout out to a colleague who has just published a really great ebook that is now available. The book is called "vRealize Operations 6 Administrator's Companion: Performance Monitoring Capacity Planning Right-Sizing” by Jason Gaudreau. Take a look here: http://amzn.to/1d6bOef

 

Have a fantastic week everyone and enjoy this weeks newsletter.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA

 

FEATURED BLOG!

Maximizing Your VMware Investment is Just the Beginning

By Andy Nederveld

 

Most of our TAM customers start out wanting to learn more about their VMware investment. And with over 400 highly skilled, experienced, and successful TAMs worldwide, that happens continuously. But down the road our customers report being surprised at how much they’ve learned about their own organization and processes. We’re never surprised to hear that, though, because the entire TAM Services program is designed to make you more successful; it has no other purpose.

 

The Making of a Trusted Partner
First, we choose wisely. Our TAMs embrace a spirit of service and enjoy delving into long-term relationships with customers. We’ve assembled a well-credentialed, diverse group of professionals. All have a strong technical foundation, including VCP certification. Most have 10 to 15 years of industry experience before even joining the TAM program, often as managers, directors, executives, or top architects from large companies. Many have advanced degrees.

 

In the Americas, we have about 200 TAMs, many of whom have been with us for nearly a decade. The average tenure is about three years and climbing, which is high for the industry especially given the growth of the TAM program. When customers get our TAM Service, they tend to keep it.

 

Process and Focus
Second, we use a deeply collaborative process with our customers to understand their technical priorities and desired business outcomes. TAMs ask a lot of questions. That’s important because it lets us become truly proactive—helping to refine and develop strategies and approaches based on what’s working with other customers. Ultimately, TAMs seek to provide an objective, third-party perspective that gives customers an opportunity to look at challenges in ways they never have before.

 

Results are Everything
Finally, TAMs are evaluated almost exclusively on customer satisfaction. The results from our latest customer survey are outstanding.

• Over 90% of the customers surveyed told us their TAM “understands and helps us achieve our business and IT objectives using VMware technology.”

 

• Over 80% told us their TAM “enables collaboration and aligns planning discussions across my company's functional groups.”

When talking to customers, I frequently hear stories about how our TAMs helped them better understand and refine their own priorities, and even uncover redundant or misaligned initiatives which can distract from more critical efforts. That’s how we measure success.

 

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VCP6-DCV, VCP6-DCV Delta, and vSphere 6 Foundation Exams Open for Registration

 

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6 Processes You Should Automate to Provide IT-as-a-Service

 

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Business Mobility: VMware Customers Making it Real [VIDEO]

 

The next decade of mobility is forcing leaders to fundamentally rethink business. Enabling any app to be delivered to any device across the enterprise gives way to new business processes to empower the workforce and create new experiences for customers. VMware recently hosted an influencer event ...

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New Self Paced Courses on vSphere 6, VIO, and User Environment Manager

 

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Breaking News: VMware Shares End-User Computing Business Mobility Strategy [VIDEO]

 

This evening, Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager of End-User Computing, outlined VMware’s strategy for the future of business mobility with new solutions and partnerships. The news today marks the first step in executing on VMware’s vision of enabling enterprises to trans...

Jun 16, 2015 12:30:32 AM

 

vSphere 6 Hardening Guide GA now Available

 

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Get a Free Apple Watch with your Next Training Class

 

There’s no better time than right now to discover the latest VMware technologies and solutions like vSphere 6, NSX, and vRealize Automation. And for a limited time, when you complete select VMware courses you will also get your choice of either a free Apple® Watch or 15% off the course price . vS...

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Mobility pioneers to speak at VMware Business Mobility event

 

Tomorrow VMware is hosting the virtual Business Mobility Summit, where mobile thought leaders will speak to the shifting business landscape and how mobility is redefining the way we work. The event will boast an exciting panel of speakers, including VMware executives and customers, who will share...

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vSphere 6 Security Webinar

 

Just a reminder on the vSphere 6 Webcast series. The next webcast will be on the topic of vSphere 6 Security happening on June 16 at 9am PST. Security at the top of mind? Learn about security in vSphere 6 including considerations for Platform Services Controller. Mike Foley our security guru will...

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VMware News Recap 6/12/15: What We Read This Week

 

This Week in VMware News: The Future of the Data Center, Gartner's EMM Magic Quadrant, An Interview with VMware's CIO and more... Last week at the 2015 InformationWeek Conference (#IWConference), VMware’s EVP and GM of Cloud Services Bill Fathers joined Mike Stothers, IT Infrastructure Director a...

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vSphere with Operations Management Product Walkthroughs

 

If you’ve ever tried to watch a product demo video, or tried to use it to show a product to someone else, often times you find yourself trying to pause the video at the exact right moment, and then having scrub backwards or forwards because you missed the timing. At VMware we’ve created an altern...

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EVO:RAIL Hands-on Lab Challenge: VMware Announces First Winners

 

By Michael Gandy, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, EVO:RAIL, VMware Editor’s Note: This post, initially published on June 12, 2015, was updated on June 18, 2015 to add the name of the third conference pass winner. In the spirit of competition, we are excited to announce the winners of the EVO:RAIL ...

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Our friends from around the VMware blogosphere publish everything from how-to content to put your skills to the test, to strategic concepts that can help you think differently about how you work. Check out the latest posts and try something new! vSphere Datacenter Design – vCenter Architecture Ch...

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Top 5 Tips for Organizing the Cloud

 

You’re ready to reap the rewards. Is your organization ready to deliver? The technical and business advantages of the software-defined cloud era are well understood. But all too often a critical aspect of adopting the cloud model is overlooked: the organizational impact. The fact is the transitio...

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VM Component Protection (VMCP)

 

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Jun 18, 2015 3:00:52 PM

 

Horizon FLEX: Giving Users the Local Desktop They Need (Part 3 of 3)

 

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, End-User Computing, VMware It’s finally here, the day you’ve been waiting for, how to define a Horizon FLEX entitlement! Hello, it’s Andy again. Today’s short video once again features a shiny me, but it’s thankfully very short: ju...

Jun 18, 2015 2:00:20 PM

 

Charged and ready to go: AirWatch preps for ISTE 2015

 

The education industry is studying up once again for the ISTE Conference & Expo 2015 conference this year in Philadelphia, PA. The 18,000 plus attendee event brings together K12 leaders in education technology including industry analysts, vendors, thought leaders, and innovators. This year at IST...

Jun 18, 2015 1:45:51 PM

 

Virtual training experience available with AirWatch Labs

 

Written by Barry Langer and Adam Esch, Global Education team members Earlier this year, AirWatch launched AirWatch Labs to supplement on-demand videos and instructor-led training offerings. An educational structure housed within the AirWatch Global Education and myAirWatch teams, AirWatch Labs al...

Jun 17, 2015 3:17:04 PM

 

Horizon FLEX: Powerful Policy Controls (Part 2 of 3)

 

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, End-User Computing, VMware Hello again, Andy here. Last time I showed you how to build a Horizon FLEX image for mass sharing. This time, I’m going to show you the simple steps needed to ensure that image is securely used. You’ll be...

Jun 17, 2015 2:00:13 PM

 

Horizon FLEX: giving users the desktop they need

 

It’s finally here, the day you’ve been waiting for, how to define a Horizon FLEX entitlement! Hello, it’s Andy again. Today’s short video once again features a shiny me, but it’s thankfully very short: just over 90 seconds after you skip all the fancy bumpers we put at the front and back of it. T...

Jun 16, 2015 3:00:36 PM

 

Introducing Horizon FLEX (Part 1 of 3)

 

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, End-User Computing, VMware Hi, I’m Andy from VMware. Today I’d like to show you something exciting from VMware that may not have made it on to your radar – remotely managed policies for Mac and Windows users! Back in December we la...

Jun 16, 2015 2:00:13 PM

 

VMware Named A Leader in the IDC MarketScape for Client Computing Software

 

By David Grant, vice president, product marketing, End-User Computing, VMware Today the IDC MarketScape report “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2015 Vendor Assessment” (doc #256606, June 2015), was published and named VMware as a leader. At VMware, we are extremely pr...

Jun 16, 2015 12:00:54 PM

 

VMware Stakes Claim to New Position in IDC Marketscape for Client Computing Software

 

Today the IDC MarketScape report “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2015 Vendor Assessment” (doc #256606, June 2015), was published and named VMware as a leader. At VMware, we are extremely proud of these results. Over the past 18 months we have aggressively invested in...

Jun 16, 2015 12:00:00 PM

 

VMware Fusion 7.1.2 Update

 

On June 15th we released VMware Fusion 7.1.2, a maintenance release. This update is recommended for all users of VMware Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Professional. To download VMware Fusion 7.1.2, open VMware Fusion and select VMware Fusion > Check for Updates. For more details on Fusion 7.1.2, read the ...

Jun 16, 2015 7:03:42 AM

 

Introducing Identity Management for the Mobile Cloud Era: VMware Identity Manager

 

By Kevin Strohmeyer, senior director of product marketing, End-User Computing, VMware I’m very excited to announce today a new solution called, VMware Identity ManagerTM, a unique identity as a service (IDaaS) solution for the mobile-cloud era. The identity management market is heating up again a...

Jun 16, 2015 12:31:58 AM

 

ACE (App Configuration for Enterprise) expands with 15 new members (VIDEO)

 

Today VMware revealed that 15 of the top application industry leaders joined ACE (App Configuration for Enterprise). ACE, launched at this year’s Mobile World Congress by AirWatch, Box, Cisco, Salesforce, Workday and Xamarin, is an open standard approach for managing and securing apps deployed vi...

Jun 16, 2015 12:31:40 AM

 

Breaking News: VMware shares End-User Computing business mobility strategy [VIDEO]

 

This evening, Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager of End-User Computing, outlined VMware’s strategy for the future of business mobility with new solutions and partnerships. The news today marks the first step in executing on VMware’s vision of enabling enterprises to trans...

Jun 16, 2015 12:30:45 AM

 

Introducing VMware Identity Manager – Identity Management for the Mobile Cloud Era

 

By Kevin Strohmeyer, senior director, product marketing, End-User Computing, VMware I’m very excited to announce today a new solution called, VMware Identity Manager TM , a unique identity as a service (IDaaS) solution for the mobile-cloud. The Identity Management market is heating up again as En...

Jun 16, 2015 12:30:29 AM

 

Serial Port Redirection for Virtual Desktops in Horizon 6

 

By Peter Brown, Director of R&D, VMware, London, UK In December 2014, we gave a sneak peak of the serial port redirection feature in View virtual desktops which we have been working on. We are delighted to announce that we have officially made this function available with our June 2015 Horizon 6 ...

Jun 15, 2015 5:08:15 PM

 

Mobility Pioneers To Speak At VMware Business Mobility Event

 

By Chelsea Curtis, AirWatch Tomorrow VMware is hosting the virtual Business Mobility Summit , where mobile thought leaders will speak to the shifting business landscape and how mobility is redefining the way we work. The event will boast an exciting panel of speakers, including VMware executives ...

Jun 15, 2015 3:58:21 PM

 

App Volumes 2.9 Now Available!

 

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware Since our initial announcement of App Volumes 2.5 late last year, the excitement our customers have displayed for App Volumes has been tremendous. We have released a couple more versions since then, and today I’m pleased to announce ...

Jun 15, 2015 2:00:55 PM

 

Mobility pioneers to speak at VMware Business Mobility event

 

Tomorrow VMware is hosting the virtual Business Mobility event, where mobile thought leaders will speak to the shifting business landscape and how mobility is redefining the way we work. The event will boast an exciting panel of speakers, including VMware executives and customers, who will share ...

Jun 15, 2015 1:00:08 PM

 

AirWatch receives highest Global Enterprise Deployment use case score in 2015 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites

 

This week, Gartner released its 2015 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites report. AirWatch received the top score in the Global Enterprise Deployment use case, reflecting 1 of 6 use cases. The report analyzed identified critical use cases among the nine EMM vend...

Jun 12, 2015 3:02:55 PM

 

Enterprise mobility news recap: June 8-12

 

This past week was full of big events and announcements. Apple hosted developers from around the world at WWDC and unveiled its newest platforms, Gartner published its latest evaluation of EMM vendors and Box surprised Wall Street with stronger than expected Q1 results. Earlier this week, Apple h...

Jun 12, 2015 1:00:41 PM

 

Horizon FLEX: powerful policy controls

 

Hello again, Andy here. Last time I showed you how to build a Horizon FLEX image for mass sharing. This time, I’m going to show you the simple steps needed to ensure that image is securely used. You’ll be happy to note that there’s significantly less of my shiny red face in this video. The video ...

Jun 11, 2015 3:00:04 PM

 

HOT OFF THE PRESSES – VMware and F5 Hands-On-Lab Now Available!

 

Guest Blog by Justin Venezia, Sr. Solutions Architect - VMware Alliances, F5 Networks VMware and F5 are proud to announce the availability of one of the first partner-centric labs utilizing VMware’s global Hands-On-Lab infrastructure. In close collaboration with the VMware End-User Computing Tech...

Jun 11, 2015 2:00:56 PM

 

VMware and AirWatch customers share success in “What’s New at VMware?” webcast

 

VMware recently hosted a webcast featuring Sanjay Poonen, VMware executive vice president and general manager of End-User Computing (EUC) alongside customers during the “What’s New at VMware?” investor relations call. The call focused on VMware’s vision of software innovation and customers who sa...

Jun 11, 2015 1:00:30 PM

 

Thank you Macworld

 

Mac World Party At WWDC 15 It was a great honor to be able to support the Apple Developer's Community by sponsoring last night's Macworld party at WWDC 15 . It's great to meet so many developers keen to build future Apple based products. And humbling to hear stories of how many of them used Fusio...

Jun 10, 2015 4:46:25 PM

 

Horizon FLEX: remote image management and policy enforcement

 

Hi, I’m Andy from VMware. Today I’d like to show you something exciting from VMware that may not have made it on to your radar – remotely managed policies for Fusion users! Back in December we launched a new product called Horizon FLEX. The concept behind FLEX is simple, Fusion is fantastic for y...

Jun 9, 2015 3:00:59 PM

 

The Only Constant is Change: a Truism for IT Infrastructure and Desktops as a Service

 

Supporting Temporary Use Cases with Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS) The coming of summer makes me think of that big truism “the only constant is change,” and its counterpart, “it’s how you handle change that matters.” When it comes to IT infrastructure, the ability to effectively manage unforeseen b...

Jun 8, 2015 12:00:00 PM

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PARTNER

 

New VMware TAP SDDC NDA Roadmap Session Announced

 

The TAP Team is pleased to announce an additional NDA Roadmap Session available online via WebEx on June 25 th . This brief session will run from 9 until 11 a.m. PDT. This session will include discussions on SDDC Developing Successful IT Outcomes with Your Product and SDDC Adding Automation to Yo...

Jun 18, 2015 8:07:39 PM

 

Renewal ELA Order Handling – Change Announcement

 

Take a look ...we recently changed the Purchase Order Requirements for Renewal ELA to align and standardize Global Renewal ELA order processing . This action will boost turnaround times and increase visibility of Renewal ELA orders. All Renewal ELA Purchase Orders must be submitted using the ELA-...

Jun 16, 2015 5:15:06 PM

 

Transform Competitive Ability in the Idea Economy

 

Innovative joint solutions from VMware and HP for Big Data, on-demand IT, and hybrid infrastructure will help your customers leverage exponential innovations to better meet business needs now...and in the future. Watch this video from HP Discover 2015.

Jun 15, 2015 8:08:09 PM

 

Horizon Air Services are Available in Australia-New Zealand & Japan

 

View the data sheet for DaaS Solution Competency requirements and log into Partner University to get started today. Partners must have their VMware DaaS Solution Competency completed in order to transact. Download the assets now available to help you through the various (pre, during, and post) sa...

Jun 15, 2015 7:54:39 PM

 

VMware and HP’s Global Innovation Center

 

Watch and share this video featuring Jim Greaney (VMware) and Rick Boyett (HP) to learn how together, we are putting the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) within your customers’ immediate reach, with the new Global Innovation Center. From End User computing solutions to the new SDDC, the Innova...

Jun 12, 2015 3:19:03 PM

 

Promos to Help You Sell vSphere with Operations Management End this Month

 

Act on these promos now... the 25% off promotion for upgrading from vSphere to the equivalent or higher edition of vSphere with Operations Management ends 24 June, 2015. You can also earn up to 20% in additional partner incentives through 30 June, 2015 for selling vSphere. And, if your customers ...

Jun 12, 2015 8:00:13 AM

 

New Sales Playbook for Fujitsu Integrated System PRIMEFLEX for VMware EVO:RAIL

 

Increase your pipeline and win rate of Converged & Hyper-Converged Infrastructure projects with Fujitsu. This recently released sales playbook is a comprehensive tool designed by sales for sales.

Jun 11, 2015 2:58:46 PM

 

LIVE Business Mobility Online Event - June 16th from 9-10am Pacific

 

View the agenda and register today for the upcoming online event. There's an exciting world of new opportunities evolving—a world where early movers can take advantage and winners will be defined by mobile-first or mobile-only strategies. VMware has created a comprehensive, secure business mobili...

Jun 10, 2015 9:29:31 PM

 

Driving Customized Security Services Webinar - June 15th from 8-9am Pacific

 

Join us to learn how you can deploy scalable micro-segmentation and use a unified policy model to enable advanced security services to move with your customers’ specific application workloads anywhere in the data center. The Software Defined Data Center with VMware NSX network virtualization plat...

Jun 10, 2015 9:27:43 PM

 

VMworld 2015 Europe Registration Is Now Open

 

Join us at VMworld Europe 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, 12-15 October to gain the essential tools, partner roadmap, training, and real solutions you need to innovate and excel with VMware. Register now and save €200 with our Early Bird pricing. Don’t miss these NEW and improved content areas at this ...

Jun 10, 2015 8:46:03 PM

 

Syndication Tools Will Strengthen Your Marketing Efforts

 

Visit the Partner Demand Center to learn more about our syndication tools. Social Media Syndication offers daily social content that is published directly to your corporate Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. The Website Content Syndication module makes it easy to showcase the latest and mos...

Jun 9, 2015 6:25:33 PM

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MORE NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM AROUND THE WEB

 

The value of Virtual Volumes (VVols)

 

Regular readers will know that I normally blog about the technical aspects of storage, as opposed to doing opinion pieces. However there have been a number of articles published recently questioning the value of VMware’s Virtual Volumes, commonly referred to as VVols. In general, the pieces I hav...

Jun 19, 2015 12:05:30 PM

 

Conservative vs Aggressive for VMCP APD response

 

Advertise here with BSA I just finished writing the vMSC 6.0 Best Practices paper which is about to be released when a question came in. The question was around the APD scenario and whether the response to an APD should be set to aggressive or conservative. Its a good question and my instinct imm...

Jun 19, 2015 11:35:05 AM

 

Automating installation of VMware Tools for Mac OS X

 

After publishing my recent article on automating the silent installation of VMware Tools for Linux guestOSes, I received a similar question regarding Mac OS X guests and whether the existing script would also apply. The answer is no since Mac OS X packages differ from the Linux installres, but it...

Jun 18, 2015 7:12:28 PM

 

Now THIS is commitment to a gag :-)

 

Has been a really, REALLY busy (but awesome) week with the EMC team, the EMC Partners, and most importantly customers in Brazil.  Sao Paulo and Rio are amazing places – and lots of great people.   Completely spent. Working furiously on some big technical blog posts for Dockercon next week… At the...

Jun 18, 2015 5:19:57 PM

 

vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 12: New methods of downloading Support Bundles for VCSA / PSC

 

Many of you are probably pretty familiar with the process of generating a VMware Support bundle for vCenter Server when it comes to troubleshooting or filing an SR with VMware GSS by using either the vSphere Web/C# Client UI. With the released of vSphere 6.0 and specifically with the vCenter Serv...

Jun 18, 2015 9:37:12 AM

 

My first week with Pebble Time

 

Advertise here with BSA When Pebble Time was announced I backed the project on kickstarter based on Joe Baguley and Alan Renouf’s stories. Last week I received it and I’ve played with it a lot I must say and have been impressed from the moment it arrived. Simple things like the box it comes in (h...

Jun 17, 2015 5:01:15 PM

 

Automating silent installation of VMware Tools on Linux w/Automatic Kernel Modules

 

There was a recent question that was posted internally looking for a way to automate the silent installation of VMware Tools for Linux guest operating systems which also required enabling additional VMware Tools features like VMware's Automatic Kernel Modules. Currently, there are two options of ...

Jun 17, 2015 3:42:38 PM

 

All replicated Platform Services Controller should be joined to Active Directory

 

Last week a colleague of mines was setting up a new vSphere 6.0 environment which contained a vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller (PSC) for our Management vSphere Cluster and another vCenter Server also with an external PSC for our Compute vSphere Cluster. The PSC's were ...

Jun 16, 2015 4:31:10 PM

 

I will see you at VMworld 2015!

 

Advertise here with BSA Just got the word that I am going to be part of three sessions at VMworld this year, and still waiting on news about the quick talks I submitted. So if you are going to VMworld 2015 make sure to note down these session IDs: SDDC5027 – VCDX Unwrapped – Everything You Wanted...

Jun 16, 2015 4:28:03 PM

 

A closer look at Infinio Accelerator 2.0

 

I took the opportunity last week (while I was over in the Boston area) to catch up with Scott Davis . I’ve known Scott a long time, as he had various roles at VMware over a number of years. Scott is currently CTO at Infinio, a company that has developed an I/O acceleration product for virtual mac...

Jun 16, 2015 1:00:12 PM

 

Deployment and Design Considerations for VMware Mirage

 

This paper describes best practices for planning a VMware Mirage deployment. It addresses the primary phases of a Mirage deployment, including sizing, design, and the gathering of environmental data. The intended audience includes IT administrators, design architects, and managers who are familia...

Jun 16, 2015 5:12:00 AM

 

Virtualizing Microsoft Applications on VMware Virtual SAN

 

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 provides customers and partners with a proven solution, capable of hosting virtualized Microsoft applications at a consistent performance level along with constant availability. This solution has been designed, configured, and tested to be a Proof of Concept of the capabili...

Jun 16, 2015 5:06:00 AM

 

A Tour of Dell’s Dashing Innovation Labs

 

Imagine walking through a technology version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, and it would look a lot like Dell’s collection of engineering labs. Thanks to my recent adventures as a Dell Enterprise Innovation Day participant, I spent the day sneaking a peak at Dell’s version of the next everla...

Jun 15, 2015 2:20:23 PM

 

Check Out Our New Podcast – Datanauts!

 

http://media.blubrry.com/packetpushers/p/content.blubrry.com/packetpushers/Datanauts_001-Hyper_Convergence_with_Scott_D_Lowe.mp3 In a recent release of Tech Reckoning , John Troyer states that “ podcasts and newsletters in 2015 feel a lot to me like blogs in 2005 ” due to their personal and intim...

Jun 13, 2015 3:37:19 PM

 

Now available as Rough Cut: Virtualizing Hadoop: How to Install, Deploy, and Optimize Hadoop in a Virtualized Architecture

 

The Rough Cuts service from Safari Books gives you exclusive access to an evolving manuscript that you can read online or download as a PDF and print. A Rough Cuts book is not fully edited or completely formatted, but you'll get access to new versions as they are created. This is the only complet...

Jun 12, 2015 6:28:00 AM

 

How to create custom ESXi boot menu to support multiple Kickstart files?

 

I recently received a question from one of my readers who was looking to migrate from ESXi 4.1 to newer version and one of the challenges they faced was around their ESXi scripted installs, better known as ESXi Kickstart. Previously, they had relied on using a custom syslinux boot menu to be able...

Jun 11, 2015 4:26:34 PM

 

vROps Management Pack for Virtual SAN

 

Virtual SAN already has a number of features and extensions for performance monitoring and real-time diagnostics and troubleshooting. In particular, there is VSAN Observer, which is included as part of the Ruby vSphere Console (RVC). Another new feature is the Health Check Plugin , which was rece...

Jun 11, 2015 1:05:24 PM

 

Synchronet leverages Virtual SAN to provide scale, agility and reduced costs to their customers

 

Advertise here with BSA This week I had the pleasure to talk to John Nicholson who works for one of our partners (Synchronet out of Houston). John has been involved with various Virtual SAN implementations and designs and I felt that it would make for an interesting conversation. John in my opini...

Jun 11, 2015 9:40:47 AM

 

Video - Delivering Secure Role-Based Desktops with VMware NSX and App Volumes

 

VMware NSX with Horizon and App Volumes enables desktop IT to realize the efficiency and savings of a single pool of users combined with role-based security and real-time app delivery.

Jun 10, 2015 10:35:00 AM

 

Free e-learning course - VMware User Environment Manager: Fundamentals

 

This free eLearning course describes the key benefits of VMware User Environment Manager and how it can benefit an organization.   Students will get an overview of the installation and configuration process as well as insight into the key elements of the user interface. At the end of this course,...

Jun 9, 2015 6:49:00 PM

 

vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 11: Automate SSO Admin password change

 

After publishing my last article around the topic of Automating SSO Admin configurations using some simple LDAP commands which is applicable for both vSphere 5.5 and 6.0. It was pointed out to me by my buddy G. Blair Fritz who works over in our GSS Organization that another handy operation to sha...

Jun 9, 2015 5:04:38 PM

 

VIO limitations with VDS networking

 

Earlier this month, I shared a post about my experiences with deploying VIO, VMware integrated OpenStack . One of the issues I highlighted was the fact that when I tried to create a network, it failed with a very unhelpful error message. The reason the network creation failed was due to a limitat...

Jun 9, 2015 1:19:03 PM

 

Quick Tip - Using ovftool to connect to vCloud Director behind a 2-Factor Authentication portal

 

A couple of months back I ran into an issue while trying to upload a couple of files to VMware's internal OneCloud environment which uses vCloud Director. The issue that I encountered was that our OneCloud environment no longer supported basic username/password authentication, which I hoping to a...

Jun 8, 2015 5:25:15 PM

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VMware TAM WEBCASTS

 

Official VMware Webcast Site: click here

 

 

On-Demand Webinars:

SDDC:

  • NEW: On-Demand: vCenter Server (vSphere 6)
  • NEW: On-Demand: vSphere Security (vSphere 6)
  • NEW: On-Demand: Examining your Security Posture in the Software-Defined Data Center
  • On-Demand: What’s New with vSphere and Operations Management 6
  • On-Demand: New Video from HP Discover: VMware and HP’s Global Innovation Center
  • On-Demand: VMware vForum Online Spring 2015
  • On-Demand: The Software-Defined Data Center: the Future of IT
  • On-Demand: A Practical Roadmap to Moving Beyond Server Virtualization
  • On-Demand: Datacenter Refresh: Traditional vs Converged vs Hyper-Converged
  • Every Wednesday, 3pm EST: VMware Communities Roundtable
    • NEW: Install vSphere 6 video here.
    • What’s new in vSphere 6 Security?  Learn here about the new security features in vSphere 6, and also the vSphere Hardening Guide.
    • Top 5 Tips when considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere v6.0 are here.
Operations Management:
  • NEW: On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Cloud Business Management (vRealize Business)
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Integrate with Anything
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Introduction to Customization and Extending
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: 6.2 Installation and Configuration
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: No Scripting Required
  • On-Demand: Log Insight Deep Dive
  • On-Demand: Performance & Troubleshooting – Improving Quality of Service
  • On-Demand: Operational Efficiency – Understanding Waste and Rightsizing your Environment
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0 Installation and the Migration from vCenter Operations v5.x
  • On-Demand: What’s New in vRealize Operations 6.0
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0: Capacity Management and Planning
  • On-Demand: Four Ways to Maximize the Value of VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • On-Demand: Take Virtualization to the Next Level with vSphere with Operations Management
  • On-Demand: Take control of your vSphere environment with Operations Management
  • VIDEOS: 50 new vRealize Operations 6 videos available on the vR Ops product website (on the Resources tab), covering Key Concepts, Use Cases, Installation, Analytics Badges, and How To & Tech Tips.
    • There is a new Health Monitoring tool for vRealize Suite deployments called vRealize Production Test.  This is an add-on component to the vRealize Suite that ensures the operational status of vRealize Suite deployments from their initial deployment stages to ongoing Production Testing.  Emphasis was placed on vRA and vR Ops.  Get latest version 1.1 here. Read more about it here
Automation:
  • On-Demand: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency – Led by Kevin Lees, VMware Principal Architect and Lead Architect for Global IT Operations Transformation.
    • This infographic shows how automating private cloud infrastructure management can improve the efficiency of cloud operations, resource management, accelerated virtualization, and deliver enormous CapEx and OpEx savings.
Networking:
  • NEW: On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
  • NEW: On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
  • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: Introduction to NSX
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX – Technical Overview
  • On-Demand: Listen to Martin Casado explain NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: A 3-minute summary of NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: NSX Distributed Firewall Deep Dive
  • Every other Tuesday, 1pm EST: VMware NSX. Learn how VMware has applied the industry’s leading virtualization operating model to the network through this bi-weekly webinar.
    • Product walk-through demo on NSX can be found here.
    • There are security threats imminent for customers who will not migrate off of Windows 2003 by mid-July, when support ends.  Read more here.  You can use NSX help you through this transition.
Storage:
  • NEW: On-Demand: vSphere 6.0: All Things Storage! (led by Cormac Hogan)
  • On-Demand: Lower Storage Costs with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: VMware Virtual Volumes and their Impact on the Datacenter
  • On-Demand: Managing Storage Policies with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: What’s All the Buzz about Software-Defined Storage? (Learn about Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes)
  • On-Demand: What’s New in Virtual SAN v6.0 – Seeing What’s New in Storage
  • On-Demand: Overcoming Performance Limitations with Dell Flash Storage
    • NEW: Try out Virtual SAN 6 for free here.
    • Hands On Lab: "What’s New in Virtual SAN 6?"  Click here!
      • Learn about Virtual Volumes here, from Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect.
    Disaster Recovery:
    • On-Demand: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in Action
    • On-Demand: Technical Demo: What’s New with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
    • On-Demand: Not Your Grandfather’s Data Protection
      • NEW: New Disaster Recovery Tutorial Series that covers various areas of how you might set up VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery here.
      • NEW: 60% of businesses don’t have a DR plan in place.  Learn why industry adoption is on the rise here.
      • The VMware Feature Walk-Through site has content covering the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Service.  Watch it here.  (Read more about this new vCloud Air DRaaS offering here.)
    Cloud:
    • NEW: On-Demand: IT Security does not have to End where the Public Cloud Begins
    • On-Demand: Check out VMware and Fujitsu joint solutions that bring a “Hybrid IT” model to optimize the cloud and support innovation and growth.
    • On-Demand: Build Development and Testing Environments on VMware vCloud Air
    • On-Demand: Set Your Cloud Agenda with VMware vCloud Air
    • On-Demand: Scale Your Mobile App Development on vCloud Air
      • Learn about VMware’s “One Cloud. Any Application. Any Device” value proposition here.
    Desktop:
    • NEW: On-Demand: Business Mobility: Enabling Business Process Innovation with Mobile-First Strategies (hosted by CEO Pat Gelsinger and EVP Sanjay Poonen).  In this announcement, these were highlighted:
      • Further commitment to Apple and iOS support
      • VMware Identity Manager - one–touch access to apps from any device.
      • Growing industry support for ACE (App Configuration for Enterprise)
      • Split-Billing solution with AT&T
      • AirWatch integrated with NSX
    • NEW: On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
    • NEW: On-Demand: Deliver High-Performance Graphically-Accelerated VDI
    • NEW: On-Demand: Extend the Benefits of Workspace Environment Management to Virtual Desktops and Apps Using VMware App Volumes, UEM, vRealize Ops and More
    • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
    • On-Demand: VMware Horizon: Transforming Desktop and Application Delivery and Management
    • On-Demand: Accelerate Your Desktop Transformation Strategy: Six New Additions to Horizon 6
      • NEW: Visit The Bridge by VMware here for the latest Business Mobility thought leadership content, including new interactive vertical story graphs showcasing Business Mobility Transformation in Education, Healthcare, Finance, Government, and Retail.
      • NEW: Horizon has been placed in the Lead category of IDC’s latest report “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2015 Vendor Assessment” here, topping all vendors in both the strategies and capabilities categories.
      • Have you heard about the new VMware User Environment Manager (UEM), which offers personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical, and cloud-based environment?  Read more about it here.
    Troubleshooting:
    • On-Demand: Webinar on Troubleshooting  VMware vSphere [V5.5], covering SSL certificates, networking, storage, VMware vCenter SSO, and more.  Read more about it here.
      • Learn about how a TAM views Troubleshooting 101 for Server Ops here.
    Scheduled Webinar Events:Jun 23: Tips and Tricks for Building a Mobile Secure Workspace with VMware HorizonJun 23: vCloud Air Google+ HangoutJun 23: Agile Big Data (learn how vSphere + Big Data Extensions serves as the platform for increased data agility) (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jun 25: Business-critical MySQL with DR in vCloud AirJun 29: Cloud Security Best Practices with the SANS Institute: Securely Transition to the Cloud – Increase Agility & Reduce RiskJun 30: Business Continuity  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 7: PowerCLI  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 7: vRealize Operations v6.0: Installation, Sizing, and Migration (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series) (Link forthcoming)Jul 14: Web Client  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 21: vSphere 6 Performance (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 23: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency  (TAM Customer Webcast Series)  (Link forthcoming)
    Jul 28: Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy-Based Management (vSphere 6 Webcast)Aug 11: vCenter Server Availability (vSphere 6 Webcast) Aug 30-Sep 3: VMworld 2015
    • Registration: here.
      • Pricing: here.
      • PSO Credits:  Use 22 PSO Credits to buy your ticket.  FAQ’s are here.  10 ticket limit per organization.  Credits must not expire before the end of VMworld.
      • TAM Day: Sunday Aug 30th, 10am-6pm.  These invitation-only, customer sessions will focus on the most timely and pressing business and technical issues.  Select the TAM Day Package by entering TAM2015 in the promotion code section.  Read more here. (Already > 70% full.  Sign up now here if you think you’ll be going to VMworld this year to reserve your space before July 1st deadline for complementary reservations.)
      • Training Discount: You can maximize savings on training classes by signing up for pre-conference training courses or discounted self-paced courses during VMworld registration.  Get more details here.  View more on PearsonVue’s site here.
      • See last year’s sessions here.

     

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    Scheduled VMUG Webinar Events:Jun 23: Virtualization at the Speed of Flash (Pure Storage)Jul 2: What’s New in VMware vSphere 6: First Look and Upgrade Best Practices (Veeam) VMware Education:
    • ALERT: Leap Second impact to VMware Products that will occur on June 30, 2015. KB 2115818.
    • VMwares Center for Policy and Compliance just released the VMware vSphere 6.0 Hardening Guide Compliance Toolkit in vCM here.
    • EDUCATION: Get a free Apple Watch or 15% off your next VMware course here (for a specific list of classes).
    • Learn about VMware’s Project Enzo here, redefining the economics, simplicity, and performance of virtual workspace services delivery.
    • Learn more about the VMware Horizon for Linux Early Access Program here.
    If you missed it last week….

     

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