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vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1 Released

As hinted throughout most of the day, the vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1 has been publicly released this evening.

vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1 | 11 MAR 2014 | Build 1623101
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1 Installation Package | 11 MAR 2014 | Build 1623099
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 1 | 11 MAR 2014 | Build 1624811

Whats New

  • vCloud® Hybrid Service™ vSphere® Client Plug-in, is now available in vSphere Web Client
  • vCenter Server is now supported on Windows Server 2012 R2
  • This release delivers a number of bug fixes

Full release notes can be found here

Download bits here

Getting ready to upgrade production to vCenter Server 5.5? Make sure you’re using the correct deployment option

Over the last few months, many customers have been testing and familiarizing themselves with vSphere 5.5 however deployment into a production environment is usually stalled until the availability of the first update or service pack. As we are nearing the typical time frame of when such an update or service pack may become available, I wanted to share some findings that may affect your deployment selection of vCenter Single Sign-On when deploying or upgrading to vCenter Server 5.5

During the installation of vCenter Single Sign-On server you are asked on the deployment option of the vCenter Single Sign-On instance. Below is the intended use case for each deployment option.

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Installing or upgrading to vSphere 5.5 made a little easier

Many of you have now kicked the tires with vSphere 5.5 either in your home lab or on some servers at work and you’re anxious to get all the new goodies running in your production environment. Perhaps some of you early adopters are already running in full production, but we’re guessing many of you are just contemplating your major upgrade now.

VMware’s Tech Support staff tend to see a surge during the month of March in number of calls to support. But guess what? Many of the issues we’re anticipating are already resolved, and we’ve been busy compiling and documenting solutions to common problems that you can handle yourself.

Those of you installing or upgrading your vSphere hosts, and vCenter Server instances to version 5.5 will find the following KB articles and Support Insider posts of great interest.

Hadoop meets Virtualization – a Primer

 

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.

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Installing vSphere App HA 1.0 – Part 1 of 3

I recently installed App HA in my lab and found some of the documentation unclear and at times hard to follow. I’m going to work with our Tech Pubs group to improve it. In the meantime I wanted to share what I learned to help make your installation easier.

First, pay attention to the pre-reqs!

  • Have DRS enabled on the cluster where you will be deploying the App HA appliance
  • Enable “VM and Application Monitoring” in your cluster HA settings

Enable VM and Application Monitoring

  • Create an IP Pool for the subnet(s) where you will install the Hyperic vApp
  • Have 3 static IP addresses ready for the App HA appliance, vFabric Hyperic Server & vFabric Hyperic Server DB
  • If you’ll want to use the email notification feature, make sure to configure email settings in vCenter

With those out of the way we are ready to get started. Here are the steps we are going to complete. I’ve broken this out into multiple posts to make navigating it easier.

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Security of the VMware Hypervisor – A Whitepaper

Hi!

I’m happy to announce the availability of a whitepaper that I had been working on much of the past year. Since I joined VMware back in January of 2013, an almost weekly request was for a whitepaper that help IT team explain the security of the VMware vSphere hypervisor, a.k.a. ESXi, to a security professional.

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Now Available – VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist

VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist allows you to monitor the virtual machines you care about in your vSphere infrastructure remotely on your phone. Discover diagnostic information about any alerts on your VMs using VMware Knowledge Base Articles and the web. Remediate problems from your phone by using power operations or delegate the problem to someone on your team back at the datacenter.
IMPORTANT NOTE: A VMware vSphere installation (5.0 and above) is required to use VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist. Access to your vSphere infrastructure may need a secure access method like VPN. Contact your IT department for further assistance.

   

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When to Centralize vCenter Single Sign-On Server 5.5

While VMware highly recommends the deployment of all vCenter Server components into a single virtual machine (excluding the vCenter Server database), large enterprise customers running multiple vCenter Server instances within a single physical location can simplify the vCenter Single Sign-On architecture and management by reducing the footprint and required resources and specify a dedicated vCenter Single Sign-On environment for all local resources in each physical location.

For vSphere 5.5 the VMware recommendation is to centralize vCenter Single Sign-On when you have 8 or more vCenter Server instances in a given location (this is a soft recommendation).

Centralized vCenter Single Sign-On Architecture


Figure 1: A Centralized vCenter Single Sign-On Server environment

There can be increased risk when centralizing a vCenter Single Sign-On server (to why it is not recommended for smaller environments) due to the increased number of components affected if the vCenter Single-Sign-On server was to become unavailable, in short all vCenter Server components of all vCenter Servers registered will incur authentication loss (when compared to  just the single vCenter Server instance when installed locally) and so availability of the vCenter Single Sign-On centralized server(s) is highly recommended. Continue reading

PM Research: Managing Content with vCenter(s) – Quick Survey

As an admin in the data center, you have to

  1. Ensure that your VM templates are up to date
  2. Maintain a set of scripts for customizing the guest OS’s, installing custom applications, etc.,
  3. Share all of them across sites and vCenter instances.

Therefore, we at VMware are trying hard to provide you with a simple and efficient solution to manage your VM templates, scripts, ISO images, etc. – collectively called “Content”.

We now need your input to ensure that we understand your current infrastructure, methodologies, and core use cases so that we build the right set of features and for the right scale.

We have kept this survey really short (7 questions) and we’d appreciate you taking the time to provide us your feedback. Thank you!

Survey link: http://bit.ly/vSContentMgmt (updated link)

VMware Communities Podcast – Hardening Guide and secure virtual appliances

Tomorrow, November 6th, I’ll be hosting the VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast! We’ll be talking about the recently released vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide and the massive amount of work that’s been done to secure VMware virtual appliances!

Joining me will be Simon Mijolovic (we just call him “Simon”), the Staff Program Manager for virtual appliance security and Greg Murray, Product Manager for, among many things, virtual appliances at VMware.

Simon will be going over the changes that were made to make our virtual appliances secure out of the box (91-95% DISA STIG compliant!).

Greg will be there to gather feedback on what YOU want to see out of our virtual appliances. Do NOT miss this opportunity to be heard by the folks that can do something about it!

I’m not sure what John Troyer @jtroyer was thinking when he handed me the keys to his baby for the day but I’m sure it will be fun and interesting! I hope you can join us whether it’s live on Talkshoe or later as a downloaded podcast!

A wrap-up of the podcast will be located on the podcast archives within a few days.

I’m looking forward to talking with many of you tomorrow!

mike