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Do You Need Hardware Guidance to Accelerate Your Virtual SAN Deployment?

It has been 10 months since we released the first set of Virtual SAN Ready Nodes , which are validated server configurations jointly recommended by VMware and Server OEMs to accelerate Virtual SAN deployment. We have been working closely with multiple Server OEM partners to continuously update the list of Virtual SAN Ready Nodes.

The Virtual SAN Ready Node is another great option besides the DIY/Build-your-own option to deploy Virtual SAN, as we had discussed in the past such as in the June 23rd blog.

We have expanded the list from 24 (in June) to 40 Virtual SAN Ready Nodes from eight Server OEMs.

Why should you care about the Virtual SAN Ready Nodes and how do you use them?

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Webcast from Database Trends and Analysis on Virtualizing Oracle Databases and Software

The webcast will describe the amazing results of the survey taken by Database Trends and Analysis (DBTA) which quantified the tremendous adoption rates of Oracle Software on virtualized infrastructure http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/solutions/oracle/VMware-The-Empowered-Database-2014-IOUG-Platform-Decisions-Survey-Report.pdf .  Sign up for the webcast at http://proof.infotoday.com/kr/webevent-dbta-panel-7nov14/

Update on the registration link for this webcast.  Use any of the following links

Logging USB devices plugged into ESXi


I just found an interesting question on an internal message board here in VMware. A customer was wondering if it was possible to disable USB ports at the ESXi level. They are a very security conscience organization and they want to block any opportunity for someone internally with malicious intent to plug in a USB drive. Normally, this would be done at the BIOS level of the hardware but some device manufactures don’t implement that functionality.

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VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal App Update

VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal App IconIt’s hard to believe that another VMworld season has come and gone.  I enjoyed the many conversations I had with our customers and partners in both San Francisco and Barcelona.  Your thirst for knowledge and everlasting quest to deliver high quality IT services to your business is refreshing – especially considering rapid pace of innovation in the industry combined with the ever increasing demands being placed on you!  That’s the paradox of IT today – so many cool new toys and so little time to play learn.

VMware has developed the VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal (VMKP) app to help.  There’s no shortage of information, and sorting the wheat from the chaff can be time consuming.  The VMKP provides technical, timely and accessible VMware product knowledge in a convenient mobile format.  The content is curated to ensure that you have ready access to the latest technical content relevant to your jobs in the Software-Defined Data Center.

The VMKP includes a variety of technical content, from product whitepapers and reference architectures to demo videos and Product Walkthroughs (the same Product Walkthroughs that you’ll find on http://featurewalkthrough.vmware.com).  Much of the content can be marked for offline viewing, so you have access to good technical information where ever you are (planes, trains and that dark basement office that IT always seems to get stuck with).

VMKP-screenshot-EUCWe’re constantly updating the app – some 200 new End-User Computing related assets were uploaded during VMworld 2014!  The app also just received a minor update to support iOS 8.  Grab the VMKP today from the Apple AppStore or Google Play – here are the links:

VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal on Google Play Link              VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal on App Store Link QR Code

VMware Partner University Mobile AppVMware Partners should also download the VMKP’s sister app – VMware Partner University Mobile.  The VMware Partner University Mobile (VPUM) app gives VMware Partners access to enablement training, tools and content.  With VPUM, partners can access online or offline e-Learning courses, leverage enablement tools like Partner mToolBooks, Sales Bytes and Launch Playbooks, and review VMware event presentations and vmLIVE recordings.  The icon to the right will take you to the landing page where you can find the download links.

VMware Virtual SAN Performance Testing – Part III

Virtual SAN ObserverIn the previous VMware Virtual SAN Performance Testing blog post we reviewed the benefits of running performance tests utilizing I/O trace files over synthetic workload tools such as IOmeter to more accurately characterize the performance of a Virtual SAN cluster. The VMware I/O Analyzer includes pre-created trace files of specific application profiles that allows you to quickly perform scale-out testing utilizing a mix of industry standard workloads But what if you want to characterize the performance of your existing vSphere virtualized environment within a new Virtual SAN configuration? This is were the use of custom I/O Trace replays can be useful. Continue reading

vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 SPBM – Part3: Associating vSphere Storage Policies

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In our last article we demonstrated how to use the new vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 SPBM cmdlets to create vSphere Storage Policies. In this article we will demonstrate how to quickly associate a vSphere Storage Policy with  a new or existing VM.

Example Provisioning Scenariospbm_1vmdk_vsan

To illustrate how to leverage PowerCLI to associate vSphere Storage Policies with VMs we will continue with the provisioning example from our previous article.

  • Virtual machine
  • Single virtual disk
  • Virtual SAN datastore

Follow these links for more information on creating vSphere Storage Policies for Virtual SAN:

Previously in order to create, manage, and associate vSphere Storage Policies with VMs using PowerCLI, one would need to leverage an intermediary method as well (e.g. Esxcli, RVC, REST API, etc). Often this could require the use of third party applications to bridge the gap in interfacing with the vSphere Storage Policy Based Management service. This resulted in added complexities and additional processing time for workflows that were automated with PowerCLI.

With the new PowerCLI 5.8 cmdlets for vSphere Storage Policy Based Management we are able to greatly reduce the complexity of vSphere Storage Policies with PowerCLI now by using PowerCLI exclusively. In the example below, we will demonstrate how to enhance the VM provisioning process by associating a vSphere Storage Policy with a virtual machine.

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Disaster Recovery for Virtualized Business Critical Applications (Part 3 of 3)

Planned Migration:

One of the relatively newer use cases for SRM is planned migration. With this use case, customers can migrate their business critical workloads to the recovery or cloud provider sites in a planned manner. This could be in planning for an upcoming threat such as a hurricane or other disaster or an actual datacenter migration to a different location or cloud provider. Continue reading

Disaster Recovery for Virtualized Business Critical Applications (Part 2 of 3)

Protection Groups:

A protection group is a group of virtual machines that fail over together to the recovery site. Protection groups contain virtual machines whose data has been replicated by array-based replication or by VR. Typically contains virtual machines that are related in some way such as:

  • A three-tier application (application server, database server, Web server)
  • Virtual machines whose virtual machine disk files are part of the same datastore group.

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Disaster Recovery for Virtualized Business Critical Applications (Part 1 of 3)

The purpose of the exercise was to demonstrate use cases for disaster recovery of  real business critical applications (BCA) leveraging VMware solutions such as VMWare Site Recovery Manager (SRM). Techniques to protect  against disaster for common business critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, SAP and Oracle Databases are discussed.

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vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 SPBM Walkthrough (Part 2): Creating vSphere Storage Policies

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Greetings and welcome to our next article in the PowerCLI 5.8 series for the new vSphere Policy Based Management cmdlets. In today’s article we are going to dive right in and start building our own vSphere storage policies leveraging the new SPBM cmdlets within PowerCLI.

Before we begin though, if you have not yet had an opportunity to familiarize yourself with vSphere Storage Policy Based Management, here are a few key blog articles that can help you build a good foundation.

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