There’s no question about it: Network Virtualization is the future. As virtualization moves in to replace the hardware-centric networks of yesterday and today, the most sought after IT practitioners will be those who know Network Virtualization inside and out. Staying competitive in IT means growing your knowledge, building marketable skills, and developing virtual savvy
There has been some discussion in the vExpert Slack channel over the last couple of days discussing how the vExpert Program which is an advocacy program that VMware awards to engaged members of the community was more recognized than actual VMware based certifications including the coveted VCDX. Without diminishing the value of the vExpert Program, this has been discussed in many circles for a while now and generally revolves around the fact the the VCAP exams are almost non existent when it comes to desirable certifications on resumes. Even the VCDX seems to be generally relegated to a “Explain what a VCDX is and aren’t vExperts the Virtulization Experts of choice?” conversation.
So I have just finished a week in Munich on an internal NSX design & deploy course which had some great content. I have made a few notes and wanted to very briefly blog those, mainly for my benefit but also in the hope they may be useful or interesting to others as well.
In Part 1 of this blog, I discussed how you can monitor vCenter’s vPostgres database remotely using Blue Medora’s Management Pack for PostgreSQL. For those of you with larger environments with Oracle or MS SQL databases supporting vCenter, you’ll want to monitor those as well. In this blog I’ll step through how one can monitor a Microsoft SQL server remotely using vRealize Operations Manager. Similar steps can be taken to monitor an Oracle database remotely with Blue Medora’s Management Pack for Oracle. This includes setting up the requisite credentials on the SQL server, creating relationships to vCenter, and a custom dashboard that shows SQL performance for vCenter.
vmw-tech-consulting-servicesWe’ve talked a lot about the newest capabilities introduced in VMware Horizon 7, but how does it change the roles within your IT organization or impact your long-term end-user computing strategy?
Over the last year the number of Virtual Volumes implementations has increased significantly. From a handful of key VVol partners in early 2015 we now have over 150 array models certified for VVols from 15+ partners with more on the way. Given this rapid growth in support for VVols we have heard from customers that the VMware Compatibility Guide for Virtual Volumes needs to be updated to make it faster and easier to use.
In the last blog post I showed you what Object level metrics are and how they could be used, to fast get an idea to of how a VM is behaving. In this one I’m going to focus on what metrics can be used to get a better understanding of how a VM is behaving.
In this part I am going to show you how to use object level metrics, to fast and easily assess if for example a VM is having problems. This is something that would give you a quick indication of this object is having problems that need to be address. This should be looked at before diving into the raw metrics, as this will help you and can guide you in the right direction.
In the first part of this series on vRops, I talked about vRops capabilities compared to the vRops edtion. In this part I will start to dig into how you should start looking at a problem the vRops way. I my self have fallen victim to, all too quickly jumping over to the “all metrics” tab, and start throwing graph up on screen to see if I can find the cause of the issue. The problem with that method is that it is highly inefficient and like looking for a needle in a haystack, it can take quite some time and the result may not have gotten you any closer to finding the problem… Why there are haystacks with needles in them ?
I have so far written a few articles on vRLI, see the links at the bottom of this page for the links. This article goes in to forwarding events from vRealize Log Insight to a 3rd party Syslog Server and filtering them.
In my pevious post Deploying & Configuring Log Insight I touch on the possibility of adding multiple nodes to scale the total Log Injection Rate and Events per Second, in addition additional nodes will ensure your logging infrastructure is highly available, which is a critical point from a security perspective.