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You have probably heard the terms “Big Data” and “Hadoop” mentioned somewhere in the industry lately – they are both very popular subjects of discussion at the moment. This blog gives you an introduction to the core technology and explains some of the contributions that VMware continues to make to the Hadoop world.
Save time deploying vCAC by using the vCAC6-PreReq-Automation script. This article will get you up to speed on the changes with the vCAC6 installation and provide you with an automated installation script for the vCAC 6 prerequisites, allowing you to more quickly and efficiently deploy your server.
Today Pivotal announced the availability of Pivotal CF. Jointly developed with VMware, the Pivotal CF product includes a packaged and supported version of the Cloud Foundry open PaaS for VMware vSphere.
In April 2011 VMware first launched Cloud Foundry, an Apache-licensed open source Platform as a Service (PaaS) and an associated vSphere-based public cloud service. A year later, in April 2012, we announced a DevOps toolchain called BOSH, used to deploy and manage Cloud Foundry at scale on virtualized infrastructure. In April 2013 VMware and EMC formed Pivotal, a spinout company using technology from both companies including Cloud Foundry.
VMware’s vision for Cloud Foundry has always been to deliver maximum agility to application developers across both public and private cloud environments. In working with Pivotal to deliver Pivotal CF we have fulfilled that vision, bringing the incredible productivity of Cloud Foundry to vSphere customers.
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I’d like to revisit the question “are ESXi patches cumulative”? This time I hope to hammer home the point with an example.
In short, the answer is yes, the ESXi patch bundles are cumulative. However, when applying patches from the command line using the ESXCLI command you do need to be careful to ensure you update the complete image profile and not just select VIBs.
There are two ways to update VIBs using the ESCLI command. You can use either the “esxcli software vib update …“ command or the “esxcli software profile update …” command. The “vib” namespace is typically used with the optional “-n <vib name>” parameter in order to update individual VIBs, where the “profile” namespace is typically used to update the host’s image profile, which may include multiple VIB updates. The key is when applying patches use the “profile” namespace to update the complete image profile opposed to using the “vib” namespace to update selected VIBs.
The 2013 VMware Fling Contest is now open. Do you have an idea on how certain features or functionality could be improved upon? Can you think of an app that would make the life of a system administrator so much easier? Do you have a repetitive task that you wished you could have automated in your vSphere environment? Or a decision making tool for certain tasks? We are looking for you, our customers & users, to propose ideas for new VMware Flings. Our panel of judges will pick the winner. The submitter of the winning entry will win a free pass to VMworld 2014.
Last year we got over 120 submissions. We’re also planning to release a new Fling (Proactive DRS) at VMworld that was built based on last year’s winning winning idea.
The contest will remain open for submissions through November 15.
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Recently I installed vCenter Log Insight, which by the way has one of the easiest and intuitive installers and configuration wizards ever!
After the Install and during the configuration you can easily add your vCenter server and vCOPs server so that monitoring can start straight away.
As an extra configuration step you can extend the default logging by setting up each ESXi host to use the Syslog server which is built into Log Insight, the process for this can be found in the documentation located here.
As per the documentation this means either going to each host and configuring the Syslog settings, configuring them manually through the shell or running the configure-esxi script through an SSH session.
As I already had a PowerCLI session open to my environment I wrote a quick PowerCLI script to achieve the same thing, the following script will configure the Syslog settings for each ESXi host to send their events to Log Insight…..
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A commonly requested thing that people ask for from vSphere Replication is more consolidated reporting. You can set alerts in vCenter to key off of various things that surface from vSphere Replication, but it is not exactly a consolidated list when doing so. What people are looking for is a common interface to pull together *just* vSphere Replication alerts for things like RPO violations.
My good friends and colleagues Alan Renouf and Lee Dilworth have identified a really elegant way to pull this information from vCenter to generate a report that will tell you about any RPO related alerts, such as historical RPO that is violations, when they occurred, and for how long using the ever useful PowerCLI.
Check out the blog post that covers this scripting solution over at Virtu-Al.net that solves this enigma for you. It’s a great job by Alan and Lee!
Every fellow geek who first saw Jurassic Park twenty years ago (Has it really been that long??) cringed when Lex Murphy sat down at a Silicon Graphics workstation and exclaimed the line above. I’m reminded of this line all the time when I talk to some customers who I find treat their ESXi systems like they would a Unix or Linux system. I’m here to tell you, it’s not.
A shell does not an OS make
Logging into an ESXi shell, whether via SSH or via the local console using ALT-F1, brings you into a Unix-like shell.