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vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA): Product Walkthrough Demos

OpenStack_LogoI’ve created a new set of vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) walkthrough demos for vSphere admins that are interested in learning about OpenStack and what it can do.
The walkthrough demos are available and accessible online, for everyone that is interested in learning about how the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) works. I have even included a the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) with VMware Virtual SAN for those of you looking for a storage solution.

For more walkthrough demos continue to check the site as I will be updating the demo catalog frequently.

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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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Updated VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal

The VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal iOS and Android app has recently been updated. It sports a great new look and feel and makes finding the information you need even easier by grouping it by area in our SDDC vision.

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Getting Started with the vSphere Distributed Switch

When I joined the Technical Marketing team last September I was tasked with vCenter Availability and Scalability along with providing coverage for all things vCenter and SSO.

Since that time I’ve branched out and am also covering Resource Management (more on this coming soon!) and also features in the Enterprise Plus SKU. I’m really excited about this as to this day one of my favorite and I feel underused features is the vSphere Distributed Switch, or VDS.

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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

Getting Started with OpenStack and VMware vSphere White Paper

Folks! it’s finally here. The first official Getting Started OpenStack and VMware vSphere White Paper. This paper is focus around the ease of deployment and integration of OpenStack frameworks onto vSphere environments with VMware’s Virtual OpenStack Virtual Appliances (VOVA). This guide provides logical diagrams showcasing the different OpenStack Projects VMware vSphere currently integrate with. Included are also a few procedures and examples on how to get you stated playing with OpenStack on vSphere quickly.

vSphere has a long history of being a stable and resilient platform that offers many benefits to host cloud infrastructures. As an enterprise-class hypervisor with production-level features and support, vSphere is an excellent solution for enhancing OpenStack. Many vSphere features facilitate the implementation of OpenStack by simplifying configuration and reducing the number of steps required to provide resources.

vSphere platform capabilities are exposed to OpenStack using drivers that map OpenStack requests into equivalents that VMware solutions can interpret. VMware provides these drivers to the OpenStack community free of charge. Drivers for Cinder and Nova. Significant effort is being applied to the creation of additional drivers, such as one that leverages VMware NSX™ to provide advanced networking functionality via Neutron.

Feel free to download the white paper directly through this link or from the VMware technical papers resource page. For the latest and greatest information about any related OpenStack and VMware vSphere related information please visit the VMware OpenStack community site.

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Site Recovery Manager now supports up to 1500 protected VMs

For those of you using array based replication with SRM, here’s some good news that came out of the holidays:

SRM can now support up to 1500 protected virtual machines!

There is, of course, a caveat or two about which you must be aware.  First, it will only work with VC/SRM/vSphere all at 5.5 and even then you must be using a very specific patch release of vSphere 5.5.

If these criteria are not met the old limit of 1000 VMs is still in place.  This also does not increase the total number of VMs you can protect with vSphere Replication; that limit stays at 500.  You can however mix and match.  For example if you are using both array replication and vSphere Replication, and have ESXi patched as above, you could choose to protect up to 1500 VMs with say 1000 array protected and 500 VR protected, or 1250 array and 250 VR, and so forth up to the maximum of 500 VR will support and the 1500 ABR will support.  The point is the total needs to stay below 1500 and the VR number below 500.

So that’s some exciting news, increasing the scale of the total number of protected VMs by 50%!  Make sure you go read the KB article detailing operational limits for SRM before you change anything, and make sure you understand both the prerequisites and the supported totals.

Happy new year!

 

Load Balancing vCenter Single Sign-On

One question that we often get from customers is how to load balance SSO. While we do have documentation and support for setting up Apache to load balance SSO many customers already own a load balancer or do not wish to use Apache.
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