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Learning about OpenStack and VMware Integrated OpenStack

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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

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

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 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!

Big Data Extensions Version 2.2 - What's New? A summary of the new features.

The new  vSphere Big Data Extensions Version 2.2 shipped on the 5th June 2015!

Here is a quick summary of the new features that appear in the 2.2 release. This is an exciting and much-awaited release. As always, refer to the technical documents and the release notes to get more detail on these subjects. 

• Support for the Latest Hadoop Distributions. BDE 2.2 supports the latest versions from the major Hadoop distribution vendors, including Bigtop 0.8, Cloudera CDH 5.4, Hortonworks HDP 2.2, MapR 4.1, and Pivotal PHD 3.0.

• Better Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) Management. We found that some users had difficulty with generating FQDNs within their network for newly cloned virtual machines. BDE can now generate and propagate meaningful host names in FQDN form for your new  virtual machines that host the Hadoop nodes. The new FQDNs will be registered to a DNS server if you are using a Dynamic DNS server.

• Shrink clusters. You can now reduce (as well as expand) the number of worker virtual machines that belong to a running Hadoop cluster in an easy way. The virtual machines targeted for shrinking will be quiesced, withdrawn from the Hadoop cluster and then deleted to release any resources that they used completely.

• Active Directory/Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (AD/LDAP) integration. You can use an AD/LDAP server to manage the accounts generated by BDE within the Hadoop nodes . You can specify the accounts to be Hadoop users accounts and/or service accounts in an AD/LDAP server.

• vSphere 6.0 Instant Clone. BDE will, at the user's request, use Instant Clone technology to spin up new Hadoop VMs. This feature reduces the time of spinning up Hadoop VMs and the runtime footprint. This is an optional way to do this. You can choose to use the older "full clone" method also if you prefer to. We recommend that you use this new type of cloning for your test and development workloads to begin with.
• Centralised logging. You can configure BDE to direct logging information to an external syslog server including LogInsight.
• Quiesce the BDE management server. You can quiesce BDE management server with a command so that you can backup BDE management server's data for your clusters safely.
• Automatic GUI installation. BDE GUI is automatically registered to the vCenter after BDE is deployed.

• Support for the Latest Partner Hadoop Management Tools. BDE 2.2 supports Cloudera Manager 5.3, and Ambari 1.7. You have more flexibility to deploy Hadoop clusters, including a compute-only cluster,a  HBase-only cluster,a  data-compute separated cluster etc. even when using a Partner Hadoop Management tool.

• Support for the Latest Isilon Version. Fully automated process to deploy and manage compute only clusters on OneFS 7.2.

• Big Data Extensions Upgrade. You can upgrade Big Data Extensions 2.1 to the current version, Big Data Extensions 2.2, and preserve all the data for the Hadoop clusters that were created using Big Data Extensions 2.1. All of your existing clusters can be managed by Big Data Extensions once the upgrade completes.

• Localization. BDE is localized to 6 languages including DE, FR, ZH_CN, ZH_TW, KO, and JA.

Let Us Wow You with vSphere 6

Not yet on vSphere 6?  Join us for a webcast to learn why you should be.  Starting June 2nd, 2015 and recurring every other Tuesday at 9AM, join the vSphere product experts to learn what’s new and exciting about vSphere 6!  A different topic will be covered each session and time will be allocated at the end of each webcast for Q&A.

Please always check the latest schedule each week as topics may change and sessions may be added or removed.

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vCenter Server 6.0 Availability Guide

VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Availability GuidevCenter Server has become a mission critical part of most virtual infrastructures. It can be a single point of failure if it is not designed for availability. vCenter Server 6 has many changes relating to vCenter Server and its components and careful consideration has to be made in the design of its architecture.

There are multiple solutions for high availability. Many of these options can be combined to provide different levels of availability. vSphere HA, FT, vCenter Watchdog services and in guest clustering solutions can be combined depending on customer requirements for availability.

The Platform Services Controller (PSC) serves many VMware solutions in addition to vCenter Server such as VROPS, View, etc. The PSC deployment modes have to be carefully evaluated based on unique customer requirements and architected appropriately as well.

The VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Availability Guide is a great resource for architecting a HA solution for vCenter Server.  I hope you find it useful!

Project Lightwave Now Available

Project Lightwave Now Available

Today, we are happy to announce that Project Lightwave, an identity and access management project for cloud-native apps, has been released as a free, open source project and is now available via GitHub and JFrog Bintray. Project Lightwave was originally introduced last month (read the news release).

What is Project Lightwave?

Project Lightwave is made up of the following key identity infrastructure elements:

  • Lightwave Directory Service - standards based, multi-tenant, multi-master, highly scalable LDAP v3 directory service enables an enterprise’s infrastructure to be used by the most-demanding applications as well as by multiple teams.
  • Lightwave Certificate Authority - directory integrated certificate authority helps to simplify certificate-based operations and key management across the infrastructure.
  • Lightwave Certificate Store - endpoint certificate store to store certificate credentials.
  • Lightwave Authentication Services - cloud authentication services with support for Kerberos, OAuth 2.0/OpenID Connect, SAML and WSTrust enable interoperability with other standards-based technologies in the data center.

When paired with Project Photon, VMware’s lightweight Linux operating system for cloud-native apps, Project Lightwave helps to assure that only authorized objects can run in the infrastructure.

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Using the ESXi 6.0 CPU Microcode Loading Feature

Using the ESXi 6.0 CPU Microcode Loading Feature

Authored By: Tim Mann

Abstract: Occasionally ESXi users want to run updated CPU microcode that isn't yet available either from their hardware platform vendor in a BIOS update or bundled into ESXi. This article explains how to do that.

Note: This procedure is not supported by VMware, and in production environments VMware recommends using only microcode obtained from your platform vendor.

This article applies beginning with ESXi 6.0. For earlier versions of ESXi, the following third-party blog post seems generally accurate, though of course not officially endorsed by VMware: FAQ: CPU microcode updates and VMware ESXi.

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High performance lab and Infrastructure for Elite Database Workshop - SQL Server Event #2

The VMware BCA team successfully conducted the second batch for SQL Server MVPs April 21st-23rd. The attendee list includes.   Steve Jones, Tim Ford, Arnie Rowland, Wendy Pastrick, Eddie Wurech, Robert Davis, Sean McCown, Allan Hirt, Geoff Hiten,  Randy Knight, Chris Shaw, Jason Strate, Brandon Leach, Shawn Meyers, Melissa Connors. Alumni guests include David Klee, Mike Corey and Denny Cherry.

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SDS - The Missing Link - Storage Automation for Application Service Catalogs

VMware-SDSAutomation technologies are a fundamental dependency to all aspects of the Software-Defined Data center. The use of automation technologies not only increases the overall productivity of the software-defined data center, but it can also accelerate the adoption of today’s modern operating models.

In recent years, a subset of the core pillars of the software-defined data center has experienced a great deal of improvements with the help of automation. The same can't be said about storage. The lack management flexibility and capable automation frameworks have kept the storage infrastructures from delivering operational value and efficiencies similar to the ones available with the compute and network pillars.

VMware’s software-defined storage technologies and its storage policy-based management framework (SPBM) deliver the missing piece of the puzzle for storage infrastructure in the software-defined data center.

Challenges - Old School

Traditional data centers are operated, managed, and consumed in models that are mapped to silos and statically defined infrastructure resources. However, businesses lean heavily on their technology investments to be agile and responsive in order to gain a competitive edge or reduce their overhead expenses. As such, there is a fundamental shift taking place within the IT industry, a shift that aims to change the way in which data centers are operated, managed, and consumed.

In today’s hardware-defined data centers, external storage arrays drive the de-facto standards for how storage is consumed. The limits of the data center are tied to the limits of the infrastructure. The consumers of storage resources face a number of issues since traditional storage systems are primarily deployed in silos: each with unique features and unique management model. They each have their own constructs for delivering storage (LUNs, Volumes), regularly handled through separate workflows and even different teams. Which means that the delivery of new resources and services requires significantly longer periods of time.

Critical data services are often tied to specific arrays, obstructing standardized and aligned approaches across multiple storage types. Overall, creating a consistent operational model across multiple storage systems remains a challenge. Because storage capabilities are tied to static definitions, no guarantees for performance, risks of multi-tenant impacts, all disks treated same, and OPEX tied to the highest common denominator.

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