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Creating a Microsoft Certificate Authority Template for SSL certificate creation in vSphere 6.0

In this blog post we will go over the steps outlined in the VMware Knowledgebase article 2112009 for the creation Machine SSL and Solution User certificates in a Microsoft Certificate Authority (CA). The next blog on replacing the Machine SSL certificate will reference this blog.

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Learning about OpenStack and VMware Integrated OpenStack

OpenStack+VMware

If you are a vSphere Administrator looking to learn about OpenStack, we’ve got you covered.

The OpenStack team at VMware has created multiple resources to help your overall knowledge of the OpenStack framework, and specific working principles and capabilities of our VMware Integrated OpenStack distribution. These resources include:

1-    Online VMware Integrated OpenStack Fundamentals training – this free online class includes an introduction to OpenStack (2~3 Hours) [registration required]

2-    VMware Integrated OpenStack YouTube Playlist check out our growing list of video tutorials

3-     VMware Integrated OpenStack product walkthrough – Product walkthroughs provide a guided step-by-step screenshots for installing, configuring and managing VMware Integrated OpenStack

4-    VMware Integrated OpenStack Hands-on-Lab – This Hands-On-Labs will give you the opportunity to have a hands on experience with VIO on a VMware-hosted Lab infrastructure.

5-    VMware Integrated OpenStack documentation center – Official Documentation center that includes Quick Start Guide, User Guide and Administration Guide

6-    Watch VMware related Sessions at the OpenStack summit in Vancouver (May 2015)

7-    Check our blog or Follow our twitter handle for the latest news and resources @vmware_os

8-    Reach out to VMware Professional Services and hire an OpenStack gunslinger to sit side-by-side with the team for immersive mentoring; available in 2 week, 4 week and 8 week sessions.

Please check out these great resources, and you will understand why we belive that the best way to run OpenStack is on top of vSphere and NSX

Also, we’d love feedback on these resources and any additional content that would be most valuable to a vSphere admin looking to learn more about OpenStack. And don’t forget, VMware Integrated OpenStack is free if you have vSphere Enterprise Plus, vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus and vCloud Suite. You can download it from here  [Myvmware Login required].

Happy learning,

Amr Abdelrazik

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 businesses.  Matt Meyers will lead our discussion on availability and data protection.

This webcast will occur on Tuesday June 30 at 9am PST and there will be a team present to answer questions you may have.  Register today for the free live webcast.

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 recently we started receiving questions if all of the information was still valid for vSphere 6.0. With the introduction of vSphere HA VM Component Protection and changes in how vSphere HA can handle host failures when Cluster VM/Host rules are defined it was time to update this paper.

The past weeks we've worked hard (my co-author Lee Dilworth and I) to ensure all changes that were introduced with vSphere 6.0 were captured in this white paper. We hope you will enjoy the document. You can find a link below to the document for your convenience. If there are any questions do not hesitate to leave a comment below or reach out to Lee or I on twitter. Thanks!

*** vSphere Metro Storage Cluster recommended practices white paper ***

vSphere Replication Synchronization Types

vSphere Replication is VMware’s hypervisor-based virtual machine replication solution that is included with vSphere Essentials Plus Kit and higher editions. We commonly get questions around the differences between the various types and modes of synchronization — or “sync” — vSphere Replication utilizes. This article covers sync types and modes and discusses related performance improvements introduced with vSphere Replication 6.0.

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Agile Big Data Webcast

We are adding a special webcast to the vSphere 6 Webcast series.

The next webcast will be on the topic of agile Big Data happening on June 23 at 9am PST.

Learn how vSphere 6 + Big Data Extensions 2.2 can help you build an agile Big Data platform.      Provision your Hadoop clusters faster, simplify configuration and management of your nodes, efficiently scale and utilize resource saving you time and money, all with no impact on performance.  Justin Murray, our Big Data guru, will be sharing his insights and answer any questions you may have.

Register for the free live event today!

vSphere 6 Hardening Guide GA now Available

It’s time to release the vSphere 6.0 Hardening Guide! As I mentioned back in April, there are a lot of changes that have been made. In talking with customers and auditors in detail for the past year, the conclusion was reached that the Hardening Guide was

  1. Difficult to understand
  2. Contained a mix of
    • Operational Guidance - How you use the product in your environment
    • Programmatic Guidance - What settings should be applied OR audited

Basically, it was NOT easy to implement. And if security is too difficult to implement, people will either not do it or will do it poorly.

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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 be sharing his insights and showing off what's new.

Register for the event today!

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 alternative way ot showing demos, which we call Product Walkthroughs.  These are web-based demos that let you walk through a scenario screen-by-screen, at your own pace.  Each screen has annotations to explain what’s going on and markups that highlight important parts of the screen, both of which can be turned off if you want a clean view.

Although we have created Product Walkthroughs for numerous products and solutions, the ones I want to focus on are for vSphere 6 and vSphere with Operations Management.  Both of these provide a great way to learn about these products and their features at your own pace, as well as to show how something works to your colleagues (or bosses).  The one on vSphere 6 highlights the features in this major new release, with sections on:

and more.

The vSphere with Operations Management product walkthrough provides an in-depth look at all the features of its two major components, vSphere and vRealize Operations, including

So, check them out and let us know what you think!

VM Component Protection (VMCP)

vSphere 6.0 introduces a powerful new feature as part of vSphere HA called VM Component Protection (VMCP). VMCP protects virtual machines from storage related events, specifically Permanent Device Loss (PDL) and All Paths Down (APD) incidents.

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