VMware Virtual SAN Automated Deployments with…

VMware Virtual SAN Automated Deployments with PowerCLI

VMware Virtual SAN Automated Deployments with…

With the new release of Virtual SAN 6.2, the engineering teams have made significant efforts on increasing the product’s interoperability with Command Line tools, and deliver accessible APIs for just about everything on the product.


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Recent ESXi 6 Storage Bugs and the FlashArray

Recent ESXi 6 Storage Bugs and the FlashArray

Recent ESXi 6 Storage Bugs and the FlashArray

As you might be aware, there have been a few storage-related issues with ESXi 6.0 as of late: Accidental PDL during dropped paths: Storage PDL responses may not trigger path failover in vSphere 6.0 (2144657) Host issues during smartd inquiries: Issuing a 0x85 SCSI Command from a VMware ESXi 6.0 host results in a PDL error (2133286) The question that comes up for the Pure Storage FlashArray is are we susceptible? The short answer is no. Let’s explain why.


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Compare and Contrast – VSAN and VVols

Compare and Contrast – VSAN and VVols (via CormacHogan.com)

Compare and Contrast – VSAN and VVols

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to meet with a number of VMware customers in both Singapore and in the UAE. Most of the sessions were enablement and education type sessions, where there was a lot of white-boarding of VSAN (VMware’s hyper-converged infrastructure product) and Virtual Volumes (VVols – Software Defined Storage or SDS for the storage arrays). This wasn’t a sales session; I’m not in sales. The objective of these sessions was simply to educate. I guess when you are immersed in this stuff 24×7, it easy to fall into the trap of believing that everyone is well versed in this technology, and that’s simply not the case.


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PowerCLI: Enable/Disable the VM Hot Add features

PowerCLI: Enable/Disable the VM Hot Add features

PowerCLI: Enable/Disable the VM Hot Add features

Since the release of vSphere, you are able to Hot Add memory and vCPU. Quote from the VMware website: Virtual Machine Hot Add Support— The new virtual hardware introduced in ESX/ESXi 4.0 supports hot plug for virtual devices and supports addition of virtual CPUs and memory to a virtual machine without powering off the virtual machine. See the Guest Operating System Installation Guide for the list of operating systems for which this functionality is supported. So I wanted to see, if I was able to enable/disable this settings via PowerCLI and came up with a couple of functions.


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Virtual SAN 6.2 – Deduplication And Compression…

Virtual SAN 6.2 – Deduplication And Compression Deep Dive

Virtual SAN 6.2 – Deduplication And Compression…

Virtual SAN 6.2 introduced several highly anticipated product features and in this blog, we’ll focus on some of the coolest ones: Dedupe & Compression. These features were requested by VMware customers and I am glad that we listened to the customer. When talking about Dedupe and Compression, one first needs to determine why an organization would want to use Dedupe & Compression and what these features actually do.


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NSX Bytes: Controller Deployment Gone Bad?

NSX Bytes: Controller Deployment Gone Bad?

NSX Bytes: Controller Deployment Gone Bad?

With NSX becoming more and more widely available there are more NSX home labs being stood up and with that the chances of the NSX Controllers failing due to “Home Lab” nested issues become more prevalent. The NSX Controllers are Ubuntu Linux VMs and like any Linux VM are fairly sensitive to storage latency and other issues that appear in #NestedESXi or lab environments.


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VCP6-DTM Objective 6.3 – Manage VMware…

VCP6-DTM Objective 6.3 – Manage VMware Workspace Portal

VCP6-DTM Objective 6.3 – Manage VMware…

Horizon Workspace config and manage. Like other VMware products, Workspace is evolving. The curent release 2.1 shall be updated with upcoming Workspace one that we reported already and which will be integrated with Horizon 7 and Cloud Volumes 3.0. But today we (still) focusing on VMware certification exam for desktop and mobility: VCP6-DTM Objective 6.3 – Manage VMware Workspace Portal.


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Deploy VMware View Access Point the easy way

Deploy VMware View Access Point the easy way

Deploy VMware View Access Point the easy way

In my final part in my series on Implementing a VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure with Horizon View 6.2 I showed how to deploy the View Access Point using ovftool. However, thanks to Chris Halstead there is an easier way. He has developed a tool to take the pain out of the deployment.


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Introducing VMware User Environment Manager…

Introducing VMware User Environment Manager Configuration Templates

Introducing VMware User Environment Manager…

Last week, we launched VMware User Environment Manager 9.0 (UEM), with many new features that will help deliver a truly stateless desktop and eliminate the need for point products.


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Preliminary Sizing Tests for Horizon 6 for Linux

Preliminary Sizing Tests for Horizon 6 for Linux

Preliminary Sizing Tests for Horizon 6 for Linux

In response to a growing demand in China for small-scale Linux VDI implementations, our End-User-Computing Technical-Marketing Center of Excellence team in Beijing ran a series of tests, as documented by Judy Wu in our new VMware Horizon 6 for Linux: Preliminary Sizing Tests white paper.


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What’s new in VMware User Environment Manager 9.0

What’s new in VMware User Environment Manager 9.0

What’s new in VMware User Environment Manager 9.0

Earlier this month VMware released a new version of User Environment Manager that brings some new and exciting features, not only to User Environment Manager, but also to the Horizon Suite. To learn about the new features in Horizon 7 you can see my blog here. Here, I would like to highlight the new main features of VMware User Environment Manager 9.0


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Using PowerCLI to build multiple VMs

Using PowerCLI to build multiple VMs

Using PowerCLI to build multiple VMs

My first script that I ever wrote was a script to build VMs. I was the newest member on the team, and i was giving the task of building 50 VMs for a new project that was getting started. It was a very daunting task, due to the completion date to have these 50 VMs to be completed. So one of the other members of the team told me about PowerCLI, but didn’t have any knowledge about it.


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Why Should CIOs Invest in Network…

Why Should CIOs Invest in Network Virtualization with VMware NSX?

Why Should CIOs Invest in Network…

Data-center virtualization is nearly all-encompassing by now. Most corporations have achieved a compute virtualization rate of over 80%. Only very few workloads remain on physical hardware instead of being handled by a virtual machine, and usually that’s because of very specialized requirements of the applications themselves. Storage is following closely behind.


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OSPF, BGP, and STP: OH MY!

OSPF, BGP, and STP: OH MY!

OSPF, BGP, and STP: OH MY!

Welcome to another installment of the “Tim needs to learn networking better” series. This episode is not really anything specifically NSX related. I want to implement OSPF on my lab network, but before I can do that, I really should understand what it is and what it does. I decided to add a couple other protocols used in the lab. This write-up is simply for my own sanity-checking. If someone else finds it useful, cool!


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VMware provided Horizon View 7 Admin UI

VMware provided Horizon View 7 Admin UI

VMware provided Horizon View 7 Admin UI

VMware has a packaged Admin UI for Horizon View 7 that provides administration capability without requiring the installation of Adobe Flash. The Admin UI works like a thinapp package and supports View administration only, no external browsing. There are a few known issues described with workarounds along with the download link in VMware KB 2144303.


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New Fling: vSphere HTML5 Web Client

New Fling: vSphere HTML5 Web Client

New Fling: vSphere HTML5 Web Client

VMware first introduced the vSphere Web Client with the release of vSphere 5.0. The vSphere Web Client would be the future management tool replacing the vSphere client aka “Legacy, Thick or C# Client”. This would be become more evident over time with each release of vSphere. New features could only be managed through the vSphere Web Client.


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VSAN Stretched Clusters – Click Click done!

VSAN Stretched Clusters – Click Click done! (via VSANteam.info)

VSAN Stretched Clusters – Click Click done!

Creating Stretched Clusters could not be easier with VSAN. In fact the process of configuring different types of VSAN clusters, with features like deduplication and compression enabled is now a snap in the new Configuration Wizard.


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