Looking for a step by step guide to some of the top VMware products? Don’t have the time to go through the free VMware Hands offering (http://labs.hol.vmware.com/)? Is you company blocking access to VMware KB TV on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/user/VMwareKB)?
Then VMware Product walkthrough may be just for you. As of this writing there are 6 production walkthroughs.
These walkthroughs will give you an overview how to use or install the product.
Main Page –
Start Page –
Walkthrough for vCenter Server Heartbeat!
February 2014 marks 4 years I’ve been blogging. Thinking back 4 years vitalization was really starting to ramp up and the IT landscape was changing for us all. I was leading the Phoenix VMUG at that time and we were seeing tremendous growth in attendance.
Flash forward to 2014 and once again our industry is changing for the better. We are going from manual delayed processes to fully automated self-services. Companies who used to be fixed into single offerings are expanding daily, seriously look at Netflix they are now producing their own series for their customers. We have seen the fall and/or decline of many Brick and Motor companies in the retail, entertainment, computer, electronics, and book stores, etc. The ones who could keep their doors open are innovating to stay competitive. One area I find interesting are the local mom-n-pop stores around Video and Books, they seem are making a comeback as the retail giants in their areas close their doors. Yes these places still exist and they have a loyal customer base, but for how long that seems to be the question for them.
Personally, I enjoy change and what it brings. I think change is the zest of life. I enjoy working for a company that embraces change and is the market leader in many of these areas. These buzz words you hear in our industry – Public-Hybrid-Private Cloud, End User Computing, Bring your own devices, XAAS (Anything As a service) etc. these are the conduits for IT change as the company’s we work for continue to innovate. This type of innovation will provide services that we and the customers we serve want, need, and deserve. Keep in mind as some point XAAS will be on your doorstep. Yes I’m talking to you Mr. /Mrs. IT Admin working in SMB market. It’s coming your way too so be ready. Start thinking of Enterprise Technologies and strategies no matter how big or small you are. As these strategies will expand your personal knowledge BUT keep your company competitive.
One last topic INSPIRE. Over the next year I plan to work with a few of my old VMUG leaders to form a group to inspire youth around technologies and engineering. We are working out the details but our beliefs are simple – Help youth in our local community to embrace the technology at a deeper level. We feel this will help them stay on track in school and hopefully choose a career in Technology and engineering. I can still remember the day when I made my choice. It was 1982 and I was playing my good old Atari 2600. I just had to know how it worked and this desire to know naturally led me to my career today.
Next 4 years, yep, I’m looking forward to them and I’m moving forward with Embrace and Inspire as my guides!
Thanks for reading, enjoy, and please feel free to comment!
Folks this is a must read document packed with all kinds of detailed information around VMware products and how they relate to licensing.
Fair warning – This is document is very detailed, but once you start getting into it lots of gold nuggets can be found.
vExpert 2014 applications are open! I’ve been part of this program since inception, it’s a great community of technical folks who enjoy spreading the word of virtualization!
Please feel free to submit and if you need some tips please post up!
Think you’re one of the best? Have you been supporting and contributing to the VMware Community? Have you excelled and completed the latest certification & accreditation training? If Yes then I would encourage you to apply for the 2014 vExpert Program! http://bit.ly/MtDKff
Each year, we bring together in the vExpert Program the people who have made some of the most important contributions to the VMware community. These are the bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. They work as IT admins and architects for VMware customers, they act as trusted advisors and implementers for VMware partners or as independent consultants, and some work for VMware itself. All of them have the passion and enthusiasm for technology and applying technology to solve problems. They have contributed to the success of us all by sharing their knowledge and expertise over their days, nights, and weekends.
vExperts who participate in the program have access to private betas, free licenses, early access briefings, exclusive events, free access to VMworld conference materials online, and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.
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The VPN Path is for YOU, members of our partner companies, who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.
I’ve been lucky enough to make the past 6 VMworlds and to date this year was my favorite.
Here are some quick notes that a few colleges and I put together, I hope you enjoy it!
Quick Facts about VMworld
- 350 breakout sessions
- 70,000+ VM deployed (also a peek at vC Operations at scale)
- Over 23,000 attendees
Where to start? The best recap is this 11-minute full coverage Demo here. The entire video is 1.5 hours and is part of the Keynote presentation from day 2. Both VMworld General Sessions are available online as well, as are the top 10 sessions from VMworld (hint: click the ‘play’ button on the thumbnail image).
vCloud Suite Sphere 5.5:
vCloud Suite provides all components for building and running a private cloud infrastructure, based on VMware vSphere, that leverages the software-defined data center architecture. This architectural approach delivers virtualized infrastructure services (compute, network, security and availability) with built-in intelligence to automate the on-demand provisioning, placement, configuration and control of applications based on defined policies. vCloud Suite Datasheet
vCloud Suite 5.5 is composed of the following integrated products:
- VMware vSphere®: Compute virtualization platform with policy-based automation
- VMware vCenter™ Site Recovery Manager™: Automated disaster recovery planning, testing, and execution
- VMware vCloud Networking and Security™: Networking and security with ecosystem integration for a virtualized compute environment.
- VMware vCloud® Automation Center™: Self-service and policyenabled cloud service provisioning.
- VMware vCenter™ Operations Management Suite™:integrated, proactive performance, capacity, and configuration management for dynamic cloud environments.
- VMware vCloud Director®: Virtualized data centers with multitenancy and public cloud extensibility
-2x performance and scale improvements (including 64TB VMDK’s)
-Focus on application performance and availability with Big Data Extensions, improved App HA, vFLASH and drastic improvements to SRM including vSphere replication integration
-A whole host of other improvements further validating that the “Compute Layer” of VMware’s SDDC continues to extend its market leadership position
- vSphere 5.5 datasheet
- What’s new in vSphere 5.5
- vCloud Suite 5.5 clickable demos
- It’s all about the applications
- Big Data at VMworld
- vSphere Install, Config, Upg: http://bit.ly/11Qyp24
- Virtualizing Oracle, SQL, Exch, SAP: http://bit.ly/17rZOi8
- vCenter Orchestrator: http://bit.ly/14Q55Ae
- Free Efficiency Tools: http://bit.ly/Zs1dBW
- vSphere w/ Ops Management: http://bit.ly/ZrZtsw
- vCenter/vSphere Upgrades: http://bit.ly/17iPBSC
NSX and Network Virtualization:
-NSX does for the network what ESX did for compute: abstract, pool, make automation much easier. This is about agility and simplicity, and services, not the physical medium of the network.
-NSX is a bridging technology just like ESX. It sits on top of the physical Network and doesn’t replace it… just extends and makes it better.
- Introducing VMware NSX platform for network virtualization
- Introducing VMware NSX
- Changing the economics of Firewall services
vSAN and Storage Virtualization (beta announced)
-vSAN takes the local storage in a vSphere cluster and turns it into a big pool that can be used as any other target for storage resources.
- What’s new in vSphere 5.5 Storage
- Strategy for software defined storage
- vSAN Config: http://bit.ly/1fm5zOa
Hybrid Cloud Services (vCHS)
-Our long awaited and highly anticipated public cloud offering is live and available.
-Additional Data Centers in California and Virginia will be coming on-line to compliment the DC in Las Vegas.
-New service offerings such as Cloud Foundry, Desktop as a Service and DR as a Service were announced.
- Hybrid Cloud Services at VMworld
- Now available VMware Hybrid Cloud Services
- vCloud Hybrid Service marketplace
IT Business Management Suite
suite has to be one of the most exciting and least talked about component of the latest releases. Datasheet
- IT Financial Management
- Business Managment for Cloud (Opportunity Cost including AWS, Azure, and vCHS)
- IT Benchmarking
- Service Quality Management
- IT Business Management Suite: http://bit.ly/XXrSVk
End User Computing:
- End user computing meets the Software defined datacenter full session
- EUC Strategy with new DaaS offering (Desktop as a Service)
- Why I am excited about EUC (blog post by Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM, End-User Computing, VMware)
- First Smart phone available on all major US carriers to launch VMware mobile virtualization solution
- Next generation virtual desktop as a service
- New VMware ready devices
- vFabric: http://bit.ly/16bQEHn
- vCenter Log Insight: http://bit.ly/17HrIHz
- Professional Services: http://bit.ly/10Dh7o7
- For Hosting Providers: http://bit.ly/11b4GQv
- Compliance: http://bit.ly/140ZPqt
- vCOPS Install & Config: http://bit.ly/18BpLtS
- vCOPS Post Install Settings: http://bit.ly/14yGAH5
- Customer Stories: http://bit.ly/15zzIUp
New Services and Certifications
– New Certifications are available for cloud (VCA-Cloud), data center virtualization (VCA-DCV), and network virtualization (VCA-NV), these certifications offer a new credential to validate entry-level skills VMware Certified Associate before progressing on to the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certifications.
VMworld Wrap up
VMware Unveils Next-Generation Products and Services to Further Enable the Software-Defined Data Center
VMware Delivers vCloud(R) Hybrid Service(TM)
VMware and Pivotal Expand Strategic Partnership
VMware Cloud Management Helps Drive Adoption of Software-Defined Data Center Architecture
Get all of the news at VMworld TV
Over these past years I’ve collected a bunch of lanyards, buttons and stuff. Mainly I collected them as an end user, VMUG leader, and now as a VMware employee. At one point my car had a custom VM license plate. I hung on to all this stuff because I really liked it or wanted to remember good times. However everything was just starting to pile up and collect dust. This past weekend I made a choice to not box them up or toss them away but do something creative which included a power staple gun. Attached to this post is my creation, they went from being a dust pile to a work of art.
It’s pretty simple to make…
You need –
- One Rectangle Cork board (I found my at Wal-Mart)
- Power Staple Gun
- Enough lanyards to create a layout
- Start in the middle, place the first one on an angle, staple them to the back side, and cut off the excess
- Working out from the middle I used two straws as a spacer and placed the next lanyard on an angle. Make sure its square as any deviation will show
- From there repeat, adjust, staple, and cut
If you have a plate you want to mount, center it, and I just used push pins to hold it up
Enjoy and Good times!
Check out this great network port diagram for vSphere 5.x. It was recently released on kb.vmware.com
This is a must have for those doing architecture and design around VMware – Enjoy!
About a half a year ago I setup my freeNAS iSCSI SAN, created 2 x 500GB iSCSI LUNS and attached them to ESXi 5.1. These were ample for quite a while. However I have the need to add additional LUNS…. My first thought was – “Okay, Okay, where are my notes on adding LUNS…” They are non-existent… Eureka! Its time for a new blog post… So here are my new notes around adding iSCSI LUNS with freeNAS to my ESXi 5.1 Home lab – As always read and use at your own risk
- Start in the FreeNAS admin webpage for your device. Choose Storage > Expand Volumes > Expand the volume you want to work with > Choose Create ZFS volume and fill out the Create Volume Pop up.
When done click on Add and ensure is show up under the Storage Tab
On the left-hand pane click on Services > iSCSI > Device Extents > View Device Extents. Type in your Extent Name, Choose the Disk Device that you just created in Step 1 and choose OK
Click on Associated Targets > Add Extent to Target, Choose your Target and select the new Extent
To add to ESXi do the following… Log into the Web Client for vCenter Server, Navigate to a host > Manage > Storage > Storage Devices > Rescan Host
If done correctly your new LUN should show up below. TIP – ID the LUN by its location number, in this case its 4
Ensure your on the Host in the left Pane > Related Objects > Datastores > Add Datastore
Type in the Name > VMFS Type > Choose the Right LUN (4) > VMFS Version (5) > Partition Lay out (All or Partial), Review > Finish
Setup Multi-Pathing – Select a Host > Manage > Storage > Storage Devices > Select LUN > Slide down the Devices Details Property Box and Choose Edit Multipathing
Choose Round Robin and Click On Okay
Validate all Datastores still have Round Robin enabled. 2 Ways to do this.
- Click on the LUN > Paths. Status should read Active I/O for both paths
- Click on LUN > Properties > Edit Multipathing – Path section Policy should state – Round Robin (See PIC in Step 8)
Summary – These steps worked like a charm for me, then again my environment is already setup, and hopefully these steps might be helpful to you.
The following URL will take you to 13 recorded sessions. They deliver an overview of VMware vCloud Director concepts and architecture, installation, creating Provider Resources, creating Organizations, creating and populating Catalogs, building a vApp, creating vShield Edge Firewall Rules, creating site-to-site VPNs, and more. Enjoy!
Recently I updated my home lab with a freeNAS server (post here). In this post, I will cover my iSCSI setup with freeNAS and ESXi 5.1.
Keep this in mind when reading – This Post is about my home lab. My Home Lab is not a high-performance production environment, its intent is to allow me to test and validate virtualization software. Some of the choices I have made here you might question, but keep in mind I’ve made these choices because they fit my environment and its intent.
Click on these links for more information on my lab setup…
- ESXi Hosts – 2 x ESXi 5.1, iCore 7, USB Boot, 32GB RAM, 5 x NICS
- freeNAS SAN – freeNAS 8.3.0, 5 x 2TB SATA III, 8GB RAM, Zotac M880G-ITX Mobo
- Networking – Netgear GSM7324 with several VLAN and Routing setup
Here are the overall goals…
- Setup iSCSI connection from my ESXi Hosts to my freeNAS server
- Use the SYBS Dual NIC to make balanced connections to my freeNAS server
- Enable Balancing or teaming where I can
- Support a CIFS Connection
Here is basic setup…
Create 3 networks on separate VLANs – 1 for CIFS, 2 x for iSCSI < No need for freeNAS teaming
The CIFS settings are simple. I followed the freeNAS guide and set up a CIFS share.
Create 2 x iSCSI LUNS 500GB each
Setup the basic iSCSI Settings under “Servers > iSCSI”
- I used this doc to help with the iSCSI setup
- The only exception is – Enable both of the iSCSI network adapters in the “Portals” area
Setup your iSCSI vSwitch and attach two dedicated NICS
Setup two VMKernel Ports for iSCSI connections
Ensure that the First VMKernel Port group (iSCSI72) goes to ONLY vmnic0 and vice versa for iSCSI73
Enable the iSCSI LUNs by following the standard VMware instructions
Note – Ensure you bind BOTH iSCSI VMKernel Ports
Once you have your connectivity working, it’s time to setup round robin for path management.
Right click on one of the LUNS, choose ‘Manage Paths…’
Change the path selection on both the LUNS to ‘Round Robin’
Tip – After the fact if you make changes to your iSCSI settings, then ensure you check your path selection as it may go back to default
Notes and other Thoughts…
Browser Cache Issues — I had issues with freeNAS updating information on their web interface, even after reboots of the NAS and my PC. I moved to Firefox and all issues went away. I then cleared my cache in IE and these issues were gone.
Jumbo Frames — Can I use Jumbo Frames with the SYBA Dual NICs SY-PEX24028? – Short Answer is NO I was unable to get them to work in ESXi 5.1. SYBA Tech support stated the MAX Jumbo frames for this card is 7168 and it supports Windows OS’s only. I could get ESXi to accept a 4096 frame size but nothing larger. However, when enabled none of the LUNS would connect, once I moved the frame size back to 1500 everything worked perfectly. I beat this up pretty hard, adjusting all types of ESXi, networking, and freeNAS settings but in the end, I decided the 7% boost that Jumbo frames offer wasn’t worth the time or effort.
These settings will enable my 2 ESXi Hosts to balance their connections to my iSCSI LUNS hosted by freeNAS server without the use of freeNAS Networking Teaming or aggregation. By far it is the simplest way to setup and the out of the box performance works well.
My advice is — go simple with these settings for your home lab and save your time to beat up more important issues like “how do I shutdown windows 8” J
I hope you found this post useful and if you have further questions or comments feel free to post up or reach out to me.