In our last post Replacing vSphere 6 SSL Certificates we learned how to replace Machine certificates and VMCA root certificates. In this post we will learn how to replace Esxi default ssl certificates with certificates signed by CA server.
Today, I am pleased to announce the beta of the Docker volume driver for vSphere. VMware is also making the source code for this driver available under open source (GitHub). The open source community and customers can now use the driver, contribute code and modify the volume driver. This is yet another storage focused initiative from VMware to enable our customers to enjoy the benefits of using vSphere for deploying Docker Containers. As you may recall, we introduced a vSphere Volume Driver for Flocker in August 2015 to enable our customers to use storage volumes with an early version of Docker.
Just a short notice if you are already on ESXi 6: There is an issue with Change Block Tracking (CBT) in Express Patch 6 for ESXi 6 (Build 3825889) that can affect your backup if your backup software relies on CBT.
I’ve seen some people reporting a strange message in the Virtual SAN UI. The UI states the following: Disk format version 4.0 (update to 2.0 suggested). This is what that looks like (stole the pic from VMTN, thanks Phillip.)
Using the same technique as I have described here, you can now also use the vSphere API to connect to vCenter Server to remotely collect esxcfg-info from ESXi hosts without having to SSH’ing to each and every single host. Historically, the esxcfg-* commands were only available in the classic ESX Service Console (COS) and the ESXi Shell. As part of the ESXi transition, VMware has converted all the commands over to the vSphere API which means that you no longer needed to run those local CLIs commands to manage or configure your ESXi hosts like you used to with classic ESX.
PernixData, the leader in analytics-driven flash storage, announced today the general availability (GA) of Architect version 1.1 and FVPversion 3.5, the premier platforms for infrastructure analytics and server-side storage acceleration.
This is a follow-up post from my previous article on how to run a script using a vCenter Alarm action in the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). What I had demonstrated was using a pyvmomi (vSphere SDK for Python) script to be triggered automatically to generate a VMware Support Bundle for all ESXi hosts for a given vSphere Cluster. The one caveat that I had mentioned in the blog post was that the solution slightly differed from the original request which was to create an ESXi performance support bundle. However, the vSphere API only supports the creation of generic VMware Support Bundle which may not be as useful if you are only interested in collecting more granular performance stats for troubleshooting purposes.
Hopefully this isn’t just “yet another pxe boot solution” – It may not be as smart as puppet or chef, but hopefully you come to see that this is at least semi automated and a bit clever. So what sets this apart from so many other pxe solution/kickstart.
It’s been a while since I upgraded an old version of vCenter Server to 6.0 and I totally forgot about the error that pops up about NT Service\All Services not having Log on as a Service rights….. I was actually going to blog about this when I encountered the error at the start of the year, but it totally slipped my mind…. I think I need to start keeping a list of things I have to blog about (old age)!
As of May 2016 a new Oracle Databases on VMware Best Practices Guide is now available. This is a must read for anyone deploying Business Critical Applications on vSphere 6. The lessons learned in this best practice guide will apply to any business Critical Applications deployed on VMware.
I recently had the opportunity to test drive Virtual Volumes on Nimble Storage. This was my first time ever touching a Nimble Storage array, and if I had to summarize the experience in one word it would be simplicity. The array setup, VVol configuration, and eventually management of my VVols was extremely simple, highly available, and had some pretty differentiating functionality.
The definition and understanding of the technology of what is often referred to as “CPU Pinning” or more precisely “CPU Affinity” has been both distorted and confused over the last decade. This new Knowledge Base Article serves to clarify those distortions and misunderstandings. This is particularly important now because the desire on the part of many customers and partners to create optimized sub-capacity architectures, often for reasons pertaining to 3rd party software licensing has never been stronger. CPU Affinity works as advertised which has always been the case and this article states that fact in the strongest possible terms.
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