One of the new 5.5 features in vSphere Replication is the ability to retain historical replications as point-in-time snapshots on the recovered virtual machines.
Using this feature is quite handy in order to recover from systems that have corrupted data or viruses or even to do auditing of system changes and the like. While VMs protected with vSphere Replication can be recovered manually, and one by one, the full automation of recovery is of course offered by Site Recovery Manager.
In this post I’ll look at how we configure these multiple points in time (MPIT) during replication, and how we interact with them after failover by SRM.
Dear vSphere blog readers, you’ll want to pay attention to this one. The Virtual San grand contest is starting today, and running all the way till 1/3.
How to Enter?
Just start completing as many Virtual SAN Badge related tasks as possible on www.cloudcredibility.com (you can login using your MyVMware account). The 3 top points leaders on the badge related tasks at the end of the contest will be awarded the following:
1st Place: Samsung 65” 4K Ultra-HD 3D LED TV
2nd Place: 15” MacBook Pro with Retina Display
3rd Place: Kindle Fire HDX 7” Tablet
Wait. There will be more giveaways for special single tasks letting you stretch Virtual SAN’s capabilities to its max. So stay tuned.
Kick off your participation in the contest by completing the registration task:
Once you joined our Virtual SAN Beta community, you can engage with us and other Virtual SAN Beta testers. We’ll be there to answer any of your questions, or help you troubleshoot any of your problems.
We look forward to seeing you among our beta testers!
I’ve found VMware users enthusiastic and hungry for new, detailed information about virtualization technology. At VMware, we look to engage with our customers early and often about technology to help influence product direction.
As one additional venue to bridge the gap, I’m pleased to announce the inaugural session of vCloud Tech Tips, “Affinity Rules!…and Anti-Affinity rules” November 15 at 11am PST.
vCloud Tech Tips is a practitioner’s tutorial on a specific vCloud technology area including
VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Advanced 5.5 was announced at VMworld in Barcelona. I am happy to announce that it is now available for download. Even though this looks like a “dot release”, VDP Advanced 5.5 represents a significant update to this backup and recovery solution for VMware, from VMware. These features are among the highlights of what is new with VDP Advanced 5.5:
Replication of backup data between VDP Advanced appliances
Support for app-level backup and recovery of Microsoft SharePoint
Mailbox recovery for Microsoft Exchange
Support for using EMC Data Domain as a backup data destination
Earlier this week I published an article announcing the availability of the new Havana version of the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance and the vCenter Web Client Plug-in for OpenStack. For those of you that haven’t had the time to deploy the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance and get some hands on experience with these tools and are curious to see the tools in action. The demonstration below showcases the plug-in’s configuration and working examples. The plug-in provides vSphere administrators the ability to identify OpenStack instances in vSphere by mapping the instances and properties information from the OpenStack Horizon portal to vSphere via the vSphere Web Client.
Again, It’s important to point out thatthe vSphere OpenStack Appliance and the vCenter Web Client Plug-in for OpenStack are both non-production tools, for which VMware doesn’t provide any official support.
These tools are made available as a proof of concepts and are design for provide an easy and simplified way for vSphere administrators to work with OpenStack frameworks and vSphere Infrastructures in order to provide a better and clear understanding on how OpenStack integrates with VMware.
The vCenter Web Client Plug-in for OpenStack can be view here at any time or on our VMwareTV channel on YouTube.
Save time and avoid frustration! in this “don’t miss” webinar, learn how Virtual SAN interoperates with Horizon View, vSphere Data Protection Appliance Advance (VDPA), vSphere Replication, Site Recovery manager (SRM), vCloud Automation Center, and OpenStack Framework.
Gain valuable insight from Rawlinson Rivera (@punchingclouds), Senior Architect at VMware for Software-Defined storage and integration products.
Mark your calendar to attend this webinar on Tuesday, at 8:30am PST
Over the past couple of days, I’ve been looking at the behavior of Virtual SAN (VSAN) from the context of placing a host into maintenance mode. With VSAN enabled on the cluster, the administrator is given a number of options to choose from:
Full data migration
No data migration
The thing with VSAN is that although a virtual machine’s compute may not be on the host that is being placed into maintenance mode, there is still a strong possibility that part of the virtual machines storage object may be on the local disks of that host, especially if you are using a NumberOfFailuresToTolerate policy setting (which you should be). So if ‘Ensure accessibility’ or ‘Full data migration’ is chosen, components of the virtual machines storage objects may have to be migrated from the host entering maintenance mode.
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.