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VMworld: Business Continuity What to Watch

As we're all putting the final touches on preparation for VMworld, wanted to give a quick preview of some of the sessions at VMworld in the business continuity area.  Probably many people headed to VMworld have already figured out their schedules, but given how many people buy their Christmas presents at the last minute I'm sure there are also quite a few people who haven't.  Most of the session content will be posted to vmworld.com after the show, so anyone who has a subscription to vmworld.com (see http://www.vmworld.com/community/subscription/) or who attended VMworld will be able to see that even after VMworld is over.

Here's a list of a few sessions in the areas of availability, data protection, and disaster recovery that you may want to check out.  Note that there are a large number of partners presenting at VMworld that you should also be checking out (see Schedule Builder to see all sessions), but since I'm not as familiar with the content of those sessions I'll be talking just about VMware-presented sessions.

Let's start with Availability:

  • BC3197:  High Availability – Internals and Best Practices
    • We get lots of questions about how to deploy VMware HA.  This session looks under the covers at some of the important details about how HA works and talks about several of the important settings and considerations to take into account when you're deploying VMware HA.
  • BC3370:  VMware Fault Tolerance – Overview and Best Practices
    • One of the most talked-about features in vSphere, Fault Tolerance gets in this session an in-depth explanation of how it works, a list of the requirements to use it, and an explanation of what happens once you turn it on.
  • BC3369:  VMware Fault Tolerance Real-World Use Cases
    • So now that you know how Fault Tolerance works and how to set it up, what can you use it with?  This session starts with a quick review of the technology and then looks at some different scenarios related to use of Fault Tolerance, from providing guidelines for what type of applications could be protected with FT to explaining different scenarios for backup of VMs that have FT turned on.
  • BC3425:  VMware Availability Solutions and Futures
    • This session will provide an overview of the features available in VMware products for availability today and providing a few examples of things that our engineers are working on to extend that technology in the future.

Under Data Protection:

  • BC2142:  Data Recovery – Install / Configure and Troubleshooting
    • Provides an introduction to getting Data Recovery up and running, including planning and architecting backup solutions for your environment with Data Recovery.
  • Plus a lot of sessions from our data protection partners on how their solutions help you with backups of virtual machines and a session from a leading analyst on the topic.

And last but not least, for Disaster Recovery:

  • BC1500:  vCenter Site Recovery Manager "Up and Running" – Best Practices & Avoiding the Pitfalls
    • From the expert known as ¨Smoggy¨on the Forums, this session will walk you through a number of different ¨gotchas¨ that customers could encounter while implementing SRM and give you the information you need to avoid getting tripped up by those gotchas.
  • BC3301:  DR Architecture Design Workshop with SRM
    • In this session our services consultants are offering an interactive workshop format that walks you through the process of planning a DR plan for your virtual infrastructure and provides some frameworks for approaching that.
  • BC3396:  How VMware uses Site Recovery Manager for its own Disaster Recovery
    • VMware is deploying Site Recovery Manager to enable automated failover for it's Exchange deployment.  Learn about how our IT team architected and deployed a solution to meet the needs of the VMware messaging environment.
  • BC2260:  Automated Disaster Recovery for Branch Offices using SRM and vSphere 4
    • The first of two sessions previewing some work we've been doing for enhancing automated DR with SRM.  This session will focus on some work our engineering team have been doing that we hope to release later this year.
  • BC3421:  SRM Architecture & Features: The Road Ahead
    • This session will start with a review of what SRM can do today and then talk about some of the longer-term directions that our engineers are working on for the future of automated DR.
  • Plus multiple sessions from customers who are leveraging VMware software in their DR solutions and from technology partners who help provide the complete DR solution (including partners who've worked with us on Site Recovery Manager integration)

Looking forward to a great VMworld and hope to see some of you there!


VMworld is almost here … here are your must attend networking sessions

**updated 8/27 to include room numbers!**

VMworld is upon us next week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. We have a fantastic assortment of sessions from beginner level right up to the very advanced—something for everyone.

Breakout Sessions

As usual, we have a good assortment of networking sessions hosted by ourselves and our partners. I’ve listed the sessions in chronological order (I’m presenting the first two and then I’m done!). Srinivas Neginhal’s “VMware vSphere 4 Networking Deep Dive” (TA2525) is a 90-minute session and is also repeated at Thursday at 4:00pm.

Session ID





TA2105  Virtual Networking Concepts and Best Practices  Tue 11:30am 308
TA2103  Virtual Networking with vSphere 4.0 – What’s New  Wed 11:30am 135
TA2682  Achieving 10+ Gbps File Transfer Throughput Using Virtualization – End-User Case Study (Intel) Wed 11:30am 132
TA2525  VMware vSphere 4 Networking Deep Dive  Wed 2:30pm (90mins) 120
Deploying Cisco Nexus 1000V in a VMware vSphere Environment (Cisco) Wed 3:00pm 135
TA3105  Long Distance VMotion (VMware, Cisco, EMC) Wed 4:30pm 135
TA4341  Virtual Network Performance  Thu 11:30am 135
TA3521  Virtual Network Monitoring, Troubleshooting, Security, and Management (Live Demo)  Thu 2:00pm 104
TA3045  Implementing VMware vSphere 4.0 with HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 technology (HP)
Thu 3:00pm 310
TA2525 ** VMware vSphere 4 Networking Deep Dive  Thu 4:00pm (90mins)

Sessions are subject to change and sometimes repeated if very popular, so please consult the session catalog for the latest information.

The VMware Booth

We’ll have a network demo pod in the datacenter area of the VMware booth. We’ll be showing our three virtual networking solutions—vNetwork Standard Switch, vNetwork Distributed Switch, and the Cisco Nexus 1000V.

Self Paced Lab

This year we feature a vSphere Virtual Networking Fundamentals course among the Self Paced Lab. Students can configure a vNetwork Standard Switch, a vNetwork Distributed Switch, and a Cisco Nexus 1000V.  

vNetwork API Community Website launched

Feeling creative? Have a virtual networking problem or idea? If so, then the vNetwork APIs could be for you. The ‘”vNetwork API Community” is now open for business at the easy to remember url of vmware.com/go/vnetworkapis

The vNetwork API Community is hosted under the VMware Developer Communities website where you’ll find APIs, code samples, and other developer goodies for a range of VMware products and technologies.

See the ESXi team at VMworld

VMworld is only two weeks away, and we wanted to give you a run-down of the ESXi sessions that will be at the show:

Session ID


Session Type


Operationalizing ESXi

Birds of a Feather


Stateless ESXi:
Scalable Rollout and Management of Virtualized Hosts

Breakout Session — Advanced


The Path to COS-less ESX: Migrating Server Operations from ESX to ESXi

Breakout Session — Intermediate


Getting Started with Virtualization Using VMware ESXi

Breakout Session — Beginner

In addition, you might see us at the VMware booth, or else just somewhere around the show.  Feel free to stop and chat with us, and let us know what you love (or don't) about ESXi.

— The ESXi Team: Amir, Jaleh, Charu

Which NIC is my ESXi based VM using? resxtop for ESXi and ESX

In an earlier post in April, titled, “Which NIC is my VM using"? Load Balancing Visibility with vSphere”,  I described how esxtop could reveal the active (or hashed) vmnic for a VM or vmkernel port. Early vSphere 4 customers have found this an extremely useful feature, however, in my description, I completely ignored ESXi (sorry!).

Ok, so how do you do esxtop on ESXi? This is where vMA (the VMware Management Assistant—formerly called VIMA) and resxtop come in.  vMA is a VM containing a prepackaged installation of the vCLI (vSphere Command Line Interface), which allows admins to run scripts and agents for managing ESX and ESXi hosts (yes, both!). Within the vMA VM, you run the resxtop command, then type “n” to show what vmnics are used by what VMs and vmkernel ports. 

Note that you an also download vCLI as standalone software and install it on your own system.

Another neat thing is that you can quickly and easily deploy vMA to an ESX or ESXi host with the “Deploy from URL” wizard within the vSphere Client. Just point it at: http://www.vmware.com/go/importvma/vma4.ovf to download the ovf.