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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Videos on Storage and Compute SLAs and more now in the Learning Zone

221x125_learningzoneThe VMware Learning Zone video library added several new videos last month, including a new series on meeting the compute SLA. These videos are now fully available to all Premium and Standard subscribers to the VMware Learning Zone.

Meeting the vStorage SLA Series by Paul McSharry

  • Walkthrough: vStorage CLI and Demonstration: explains vStorage CLI and demonstrates the process to configure VAAI.
  • vStorage Troubleshooting Overview: shares tips and tricks on vStorage troubleshooting.

Meeting the Compute SLA Series by Paul McSharry

  • Workload Introduction: demonstrates SLA adherence at the compute level and its architecture.
  • Compute Layer Initial Principles: explains the first principle of a compute layer along with the different data center levels and the importance of each level.
  • Resource Pools: explains why a resource pool is used.

VMworld 2016 Recordings

  • An Overview for vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting: Jon Loux provides an overview on vSphere core 4 troubleshooting and the performance troubleshooting tool ESXi.
  • Transforming Day 2 Operations with vRealize Automation 7.0 Event Broker: Carl Paterik covers vRealize Automation 7.0 Event Broker concepts and explains the vRealize Automation extensibility history.
  • 10 Tips for Troubleshooting Horizon: Joe Cooper shares tips and tricks for Troubleshooting Horizon.
  • Troubleshooting Tips for Virtual SAN 6.2: Javier Menendez demonstrates troubleshooting Virtual SAN 6.2.
  • VMware NSX: Life After Deployment: Deploying NSX is the first step toward achieving the benefits it can offer. What comes next? This video covers role-based access control, organizational changes that will happen, and discuss operational and troubleshooting topics.

Common vSAN Troubleshooting Questions Answered

Our monthly webcasts always generate excellent questions from the audience. And when Francis Daly (one of our Staff Technical Training Specialists who trains VMware’s technical staff on all things storage) delivered Virtual SAN Troubleshooting a few weeks ago the questions were outstanding.

We pulled a few of the questions below, and you can read the entire list and listen to the recording on your schedule.

Q: I have a test vSAN environment with 3 ESXi hosts. I set a policy to tolerate 1 failure. I pulled the network cables on one of the ESXi hosts. My VM was still not available after 30 minutes. Shouldn’t it still be available?

A: Yes, If HA is enabled. Please ensure HA is enabled so the VM can start elsewhere in the cluster.

Q: Is there any way to stop a resync operation, or halt it? During VM replication to VSAN, upon powering up VM on vSAN, storage policy takes effect and a resync operation starts.

A: There is no “recommended” way to stop resync this is an expected process. Interrupting it is unsupported at this time.

Q: Are there any recommendations or best practice to follow when you are migrating VMs from non-Cluster vSAN to the vSAN cluster?

A: If both clusters are part of the same vCenter this is a straight forward migration back and forth. Best practice is to test your environment first with non-critical and or test VMs first.

Q: What is most common issue on upgrades?

A: Depending on versions there can be a few different things. Ensure you have run all pre-checks. people performing upgrades before checks can be a big issue. Also ensuring you have enough cluster resources is huge as you need to ensure you can satisfy policies during upgrade.

Q: If I have both vSAN and HA enabled and I pull the NICS on an ESXi host, how long should the failover take?

A: HA is quite fast. It takes as long as is needed to register the VM on the new host and power it on. HA typically takes a matter of seconds to get the VM powered on, then however long the VM takes to boot. It is sometimes slower but HA is a quick process.

Q: What is the free space recommendable in vSAN?

A: 30% per disk group is what we would like so we can rebalance easily if that is required.

Q: Does it make sense, to install more than 1 vSCSI controller in a VM and attach multiple disks to different vSCSI controllers? Will this give me more IOPs?

A: To improve IOPS we usually recommend looking at more disk groups so you can take advantage of a larger amount of cache.

Q: What are the logs we need to collect when there is a problem?

A: Mostly clomd, vobd.log and command outputs help a lot. More details in this KB article.

 

 

 

What’s Coming in 2017? Here’s What the VMware Magic 8 Ball Says

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As 2016 wraps up, predictions are flying on what’s ahead for the coming year. What can we expect to see in security? How will networking look 12 months from now? What changes are on the horizon for the cloud?

To help answer some of these questions, we asked VMware’s all-knowing magic 8 ball (i.e., we took a look through all the recent Radius articles and collected the ones that contained 2017 forecasts). Here are some of the top predictions we discovered:

 

2017 Predictions: Five Things to Come for Security

In this article, Tom Corn, SVP of Security Products at VMware, gives his top five predictions for the world of security in 2017. Among other topics, Corn discusses the outlook for mobile and cloud security, applications security, and what security practitioners can hope to see in terms of automation and simplicity.

 

The Third Industrial Revolution: Beyond 2017

VMware Americas Chief Technology Officer, Chris Wolf, discusses what he refers to as the ‘Third Industrial Revolution.’ In this Third Industrial Revolution, we will continue to see IoT and ‘intelligent’ things enter our work and lives in new and unprecedented ways that alter and enhance the way we operate. Here are his predictions for life beyond 2017.

 

2017 Predictions: What’s to Come for Networking

Wherein Bruce Davie, VMware’s Chief Technology Officer for Networking, discusses the future of networking and a fundamental shift of power toward lines of business and developers in 2017.

 

2017 Predictions: A CIO Perspective

Bask Iyer, CIO of VMware and Interim CIO of Dell, addresses how interconnection will affect 10 areas of business over the next 12 months. Some of the areas Bask talks about include mobility, the cloud, the IoT, Shadow IT, and the Uberization of Information Technology.

 

2017 Predictions: Five Things to Come for Cloud-Native Applications

In this article, Kit Colbert, Vice President and GM of Cloud-Native Apps at VMware, covers the future of cloud-native apps, specifically touching on containers and 5 things we can look forward in 2017.

 

Congratulations to the Newest VCDXs!

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I am very happy to officially announce the names of everyone who achieved VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certification in the past six months.

VCDX is the highest level of certification offered by VMware and is achieved through the unique application and design defense process. All VCDXs have submitted and successfully defended a production-ready VMware Solution before a panel of veteran VCDX holders. This process ensures that those who achieve VCDX status are peer-vetted and ready to join an elite group of world-class consulting architects.

You can learn more about these new VCDXs, and all the others in the Official VCDX Directory.

Congratulations to you all!

VCDX5-DCV

  • David Burton, #224
  • Kiran Reid, #225
  • Ron Wedel, #227
  • Frank Schaller, #231
  • Jeff Wong, #232
  • Paul McSharry, #234
  • Daniël Zuthof, #235
  • Melissa Palmer, #236
  • Rebecca Fitzhugh, #243
  • Paul Cradduck, #244
  • John Kozej, #245

VCDX-CMA

  • Thomas Bright, #228
  • Grant Orchard, #233
  • Andrea Siviero, #240
  • Mohammed Salem, #241

VCDX-DTM

  • Johan van Amersfoort, #238

VCDX-NV

  • Johnathon Whitman, #226
  • Dillon Doxey, #229
  • Sjors Robroek, #237
  • Jason Karnes, #239
  • Brian Hestehave, #242

Multiple VCDXs

  • Kalen Arndt, #132, now holds VCDX-DTM, VCDX-DCV, and VCDX-NV
  • Rene van den Bedem, #133 now holds VCDX-CMA, VCDX-DCV, and VCDX-NV
  • Lior Kamrat, #230 earned both VCDX-CMA and VCDX5-DCV certification

Answering Questions about What’s New in vSphere 6.5

Last month’s free webcast on vSphere 6.5 Training: What’s New gave viewers a high level look at the new features in vSphere 6.5 and why they are important in today’s data centers. It also provided an overview of our new vSphere 6.5 instructor led classes designed to help you and your organization realize all of the benefits of updating your existing vSphere infrastructure to vSphere 6.5.

Below are some of the questions that were covered during the hour-long webcast. A recording and complete list of questions are also available.

 

Can we upgrade directly to v6.5 from v5.1?

  • No. To upgrade from v5.1 you would need to upgrade to v5.5 first, then upgrade to v6.5.

What is the upgrade path from v5.5 including SRM?

  • Check out this KB article for information about the order in which to upgrade components. There are links to the upgrade documentation for each product.

Will backups be incremental, or will it end up having to back up each full VM every time?

  • The backup APIs remain the same for this version, with the addition that encrypted VMs will be also supported, so incremental backups will still be possible.

Can the VCSA migration support migrating an embedded setup to an external setup?

  • You upgrade to embedded, and then repoint as external.

Will VCSA 6.5 be able to operate in Link mode with older version of vCenter?

  • vCenter servers connected to the same PSC will still work in Enhanced Linked mode.

Can you schedule a backup?

  • No, the vCenter backups cannot be scheduled, it is a manual task.

Will it allow you to migrate from a Windows vCenter 5.5 with an external database to v6.5 VCSA with integrated DB?

  • Yes, the migration tool does just that.

AD authentication is key for us since we have SSO. Does the VCSA supports SSO or this is only a Windows feature?

  • Full support for SSO in the appliance.

Is the entire UI based on HTML5?

  • There are several clients – one of which is H5.

Is there a size limit on Windows server drives or the size of the vMDK?

  • The max vMDK size is 62TB.

 

Note: some questions were lightly edited for clarity

Help Develop an Exam? There’s a badge for that!

As another way to represent your achievements online VMware recently announced a brand-new Digital Badge program. The badging program will initially reflect VMware certifications, VMware IT Academy participation, and, as an added bonus, subject matter experts who help develop certification exams. Badges awarded can be posted on your personal blog, placed in your email signature or your LinkedIn profile as a way to show that you are part of an elite cadre of VMware technology experts.

To earn the Certification SME contributor badge the only requirement is that you participate in exam development. The SME Contributor badge is another way that VMware would like to recognize and thank you for your hard work, willingness to contribute and depth of knowledge. We are always looking for new SMEs, so please sign up if you are interested.

 

The Promise of Software‐Defined Storage (SDS)

Hyper Converged Infrastructure for DummiesTogether with Intel, VMware has released a new ebook covering virtualized storage, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), and vSAN.

Hyper‐Converged Infrastructure for Dummies by Michael Haag shows you the ways HCI evolves how compute, storage, and management are delivered and provisioned to help you cut operational and capital costs, increase IT and business agility, and improve application performance.

Chapters explore common use cases, abstraction paths to software defined storage (SDS), getting started, and 10 reasons you’re going to love HCI. As Haag puts it:

Basically, SDS puts the application and its requirements at the top of the IT hierarchy. Now storage can respond to dynamic changes in application requirements.

SDS uses policies to create a just‐in‐time model for storage service delivery. Storage assets and capabilities aren’t configured and assigned to specific applications until they’re needed. Should the policy change, the storage environment responds with the requested new service level.

What matters are the needs of your business. In an age of digital everything and cloud‐savvy end users, you need to quickly deploy IT applications that dynamically adjust storage services so you deliver consistently great performance. SDS helps you get there today.

SDS creates a compelling opportunity for your IT team to fundamentally reenvision how data is stored and managed. Through the introduction of new technologies and associated operational models, you can get ahead of rising storage costs and deliver better and more tailored storage services.

SDS allows you to precisely and automatically match storage supply to application demand.

Download your free copy today.

Help Finalize the vSphere 6.5 Foundations Exam

Ever since VMware vSphere® 6.5 was released in October, we’ve been working on new certification exams to go with it.

The first exam to be updated is the vSphere 6.5 Foundations Exam, which is one of two exams required to earn a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification. A beta version of the exam (#2V1-602) is now open for registration.

We expect this beta exam to be a popular one, so I strongly recommend you register as soon as possible if you are interested in participating.

Our Latest Resources for vSAN Troubleshooting

Are you getting the most out of your VMware vSAN experience? Curious about how to effectively troubleshoot common issues? Have questions concerning design, requirements, or compatibility? Do you ever wish there was a one-stop shop where you could get all your questions answered, learn new things, and discover how to make best use of vSAN?

 

We have good news! 

 

Following a series of video shoots conducted last month, VMware Education Services released the Virtual SAN Troubleshooting Video Series as part of the free, 60-day Trial Subscription to the VMware Learning Zone. This 26-part video series (featuring yours truly!) is an in-depth look at a variety of common troubleshooting topics including vSAN compatibility, storage policies, common issues, and useful troubleshooting tools. This series is built as a resource for all vSAN users looking to improve their knowledge and enhance their experience with vSAN. To access the videos, register here for your free, 60-day Trial Subscription to the VMware Learning Zone.

 

And for extra credit, vSAN users can check out my blog where I post regularly on vSAN topics of interest. The latest posts are VSAN Technical Questions (Part 1) and New Features in Virtual SAN 6.5.

 

I hope you enjoy the resources, and feel free to comment and let me know about topics or questions you’d like me to cover in the future.

4 New AirWatch Courses + vRealize Network Insights

NEW CoursesEach month the VMware Education Services teams expand the list of courses available to help you maximize your productivity and get the most out of your solutions. For more information about these or any of our other courses, or assistance developing a learning plan for yourself or your team, please contact the Education Specialist for your area.

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VMware AirWatch: Configure and Manage provides a comprehensive view of all AirWatch® Enterprise Mobility Management™ solutions and key device platforms, as well as an overview of VMware AirWatch architecture, and the core skills needed to manage the platform.

VMware AirWatch: Configure and Deploy Integrated Solutions provides the skills required to configure and provision VMware AirWatch® cloud deployments. It will cover the enablement of containerized applications, deployment and management of corporate email, and integration with enterprise resources.

VMware AirWatch: Install and Deploy On-Premise Solutions is designed to equip you with the skills to install, configure, and upgrade an on-premise VMware AirWatch® server. You will learn upgrade options and strategies, as well as troubleshooting and advanced installation techniques.

VMware AirWatch: Bootcamp combines the two key courses to take you from the core skills needed to configure and manage your VMware AirWatch® environment to advanced operations. You will learn how to enable containerized applications, deploy and manage corporate email, and integrate VMware AirWatch with your enterprise resources.

VMware vRealize Network Insight Fundamentals explains the features and benefits of VMware vRealize Network Insight and describes essential installation processes. This free eLearning course also details the product architecture and demonstrates how to access and navigate various tasks in the vRealize Network Insight user interface.