Saturday, September 29. 2012
In part one Mike Laverick discusses with Cormac Hogan the new vSphere5.1 features on the area of storage including: VMFS File Sharing increased, Space Efficent Sparse Virtual Disks, New vSphere Storage APIs and Support for 5-node MSCS Clusters. Follow Cormac at http://www.cormachogan.com and at @VMwareStorage
Friday, September 28. 2012
- Create VIBs using custom VIB descriptor files and custom payload files
- Sign and verify a VIB
- Extract and display VIB information
- Publish the VIB as an offline depot ZIP file
DynamicOps’ products and technology extend VMware’s current capabilities by enabling customers to deploy and manage cloud solutions across VMware-based private and public clouds, physical infrastructure, multiple hypervisors and public clouds. Using DynamicOps’ groundbreaking Operations Virtualization technology, organizationally-aware cloud platform, and extensive out-of-the-box functionality, customers realize fast time-to-cloud value and respond to market demands quickly and economically. Enterprises boost IT efficiency and easily embrace consumerization by empowering users with personalized, instantly available services.
Thursday, September 27. 2012
VMware really did an outstanding job with the availability of vSphere 5.1 information at the new vSphere 5.1 Documentation Center. It offers a wide range of documents in searchable HTML format but also offers all guides in PFD, ePub and mobi format. It even has a link to one downloadable zip file with all the vSphere 5 PDFs you need.
ESXi and vCenter Server 5.1 Product Guides:
- vSphere Installation and Setup
- vSphere Upgrade
- vSphere vCenter Server and Host Management
- vSphere Virtual Machine Administration
- vSphere Host Profiles
- vSphere Networking
- vSphere Storage
- vSphere Security
- vSphere Resource Management
- vSphere Availability
- vSphere Monitoring and Performance
- vSphere Troubleshooting
- vSphere Examples and Scenarios [pdf | epub | mobi]
Wednesday, September 26. 2012
RVTools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Interacting with VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server 4i, VirtualCenter 4.0, ESX Server 4.0, VirtualCenter 4.1, ESX Server 4.1, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance or ESX Server 5.0. RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and RVTools is able to update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version.
Version 3.4 (September, 2012)
- Overall performance improvements and better end user experience
- VI SDK reference changed from 4.0 to 5.0
- Added reference to Log4net (Apache Logging Framework) for debugging purpose
- Fixed a SSO problem
- CSV export trailing separator removed to fix PowerShell read problem
- On vDisk tabpage new fields: Eagerly Scrub and Write Through
- On vHost tabpage new field: vRAM = total amount of virtual RAM allocated to all running VMs
- On vHost tabpage new fields: Used memory by VMs, Swapped memory by VMs and Ballooned memory by VMs
- Bugfix: Snapshot size was displayed as zero when smaller than 1 MB
- Added a new preferences screen. Here you can disable / enable some performance killers. By default they are disabled
Saturday, September 22. 2012
VMware has studied workloads from database, Java, multimedia, and encryption categories and report the results. Test results show that almost all workloads perform well even when the virtual machine presents an EVC mode that corresponds to an older processor generation. The EVC mode setting had varying impact on workload performance based on the ESXi hosts’ CPU instruction set features made available and their relevance to the workloads. One workload, AES-Encryption, didn’t fare as well due to a dependence on special-purpose instruction sets only available in younger processor generations.
Thursday, September 20. 2012
This video features a discussion and demonstration of using the vSphere Web Client or PowerCLI to identify which virtual machines were impacted and restarted after an ESXi host failure. In this demo, our good friend Duncan Epping who is a Principal Architect within the VMware Technical Marketing team, goes through the various places where you can find some information and details concerning virtual machines that may have failed during the ESXi outage. For additional details, check out Duncan's or Graham Daly's blog posts.
Taking a top-down approach to vCloud Director design necessitates an understanding of the new abstractions introduced in the vCloud API and how they map to traditional VMware vSphere® objects. This paper was developed to provide additional insight and information as to how vCloud Director allocation models relate to vSphere resource management. The paper written by Frank Denneman and Chris Colotti reviews and discusses various design considerations and operational procedures.
Wednesday, September 19. 2012
- The contest is open from September 17th till October 1st
- You may submit more than one idea
- Winners will be announced October 15th here and via email
- Submission must include a problem description and how to solve it
- Judges are looking for ideas that can affect many VM admins and that provide high value
- Ideas should be easy to implement
Tuesday, September 18. 2012
Monday, September 17. 2012
- Chapter 1, “Hardware for Use with VMware vSphere,” provides guidance on selecting hardware for use with vSphere.
- Chapter 2, “ESXi and Virtual Machines,” provides guidance regarding VMware ESXi software and the virtual machines that run in it.
- Chapter 3, “Guest Operating Systems,” provides guidance regarding the guest operating systems running in vSphere virtual machines.
- Chapter 4, “Virtual Infrastructure Management,” provides guidance regarding infrastructure management best practices.
Saturday, September 15. 2012
- Technical Overview of vCenter Operations Manager covers the vCenter
Operations Manager 5.0 vApp architecture and resource requirements, the vCenter
Operations Manager 5.0 vApp installation considerations, and introduces you to
the major and minor badges.
- Installing and Configuring vCenter Operations Manager discusses how
to install and configure vCenter Operations Manager.
- Using the Dashboards and Badges explains the main function of the
major and minor badges, how to interpret the badge results, and how to configure
thresholds and notifications.
- Operations and Planning describes how to use the Operations tab and
the Planning tab.
- Working with Smart Alerts and Reports covers how to configure and use smart alerts, how heat maps are used, and how to work with reports.
After completing the course, you should be able to:
- Diagram the vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 vApp Architecture.
- Describe the vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 vApp resource requirements and installation considerations.
- Discuss the pre-installation tasks you need to complete before you install the vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 vApp.
- Identify the tasks for installing the vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 vApp.
- List the initial configuration tasks.
- Recognize main function of the vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 dashboard and the major and minor badges.
- Discuss how to interpret the results of the vCenter Operations Manager major and minor badges.
- Explain how to configure thresholds and notifications.
- Demonstrate how to use the Operations tab and the Planning tab.
- Identify the badges, views, and associated metrics.
- Discuss how smart alerts are configured and used.
- Demonstrate how to navigate the Alerts tab.
- Explain how to create and schedule reports on the Reports tab.
VMware vCenter Operations Manager Fundamentals
Friday, September 14. 2012
VMware vCloud Director orchestrates the provisioning of software-defned datacenter services, to deliver complete virtual datacenters for easy consumption in minutes. Software-defned datacenter services and virtual datacenters fundamentally simplify infrastructure provisioning and enable IT to move at the speed of business.
Numerous enhancements are included within vCloud Director 5.1, making it the best infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution in the marketplace today. This document highlights some of these key enhancements and is targeted toward users who are familiar with previous vCloud Director releases.
This presentation will show you what has changed in: Snapshots, Storage Profiles and the Elastic vDC.
Technical White Paper - What’s New with VMware vCloud Director 5.1
Thursday, September 13. 2012
- Barcelona City Tour
- Dali Tour
- Montserrat and Cava Trail
The vCLI command set includes vicfg- commands and ESXCLI commands. The ESXCLI commands included in the vCLI package are equivalent to the ESXCLI commands available on the ESXi Shell. The vicfgcommand set is similar to the deprecated esxcfg- command set in the ESXi Shell.
The set of ESXCLI commands available on a host depends on the host configuration. The vSphere Command‐Line Interface Reference lists help information for all ESXCLI commands. Run esxcli --server <MyESXi> --help before you run a command on a host to verify that the command is defined on the host you are targeting. You can use this link to get your copy of the VMware ESXi 5.1 Reference Poster.
Wednesday, September 12. 2012
I've presented this slide deck at KPN in Zoetermeer as part of their annual VMworld Zoetermeer series.
Vyenkatesh (Venky) Deshpande: During VMworld 2012 (US) we released a brand new networking poster. This poster is a reference to all things related to vSphere Standard Switch (VSS), vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS), and Virtual Extensible Local Area Network (VXLAN) technology. It provides you information on the different components, terminologies and parameters of VSS, VDS, and VXLAN. It also explains the advanced features of VDS and discusses some best practices.
Tuesday, September 11. 2012
- Support for hardware version 9, the latest CPU performance counters and virtual shared graphics acceleration designed for enhanced performance.
- For better space efficiency vSphere supports storage space reclamation for VDI.
- Support for VXLAN
- Enhanced vSphere Distributed Switch that supports:
- Network health check
- Backup and restore
- Rollback and recovery
- Link Aggregation Control Protocol support
- Single-root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV)
- VMware vSphere vMotion® without the need for shared storage configurations.
- VMware vSphere Data Protection for simple and cost effective backup and recovery,
- vSphere Replication enables efficient array-agnostic replication of virtual machine data over the LAN or WAN.
- vSphere Web Client
- vCenter Single Sign-On
- VSA enhancements
- Support for Additional Disk Drives
- Increase Storage Capacity Online
- vCenter running on the VSA Cluster
• Security: Inclusion VMware vShield Endpoint to eliminate the agent footprint from the virtual machines, offload intelligence to a security virtual appliance, and run scans with minimal impact.
• Automation: Two new methods for deploying new vSphere hosts to an environment make the Auto Deploy process more highly available than ever before.
VMware has announced the general availability of the new VMware vCloud Suite 5.1, a complete, integrated cloud infrastructure solution that integrates VMware's leading virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into a single SKU, simplifying the adoption of cloud era technologies.
"The VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 is the first and most comprehensive solution for delivering the software-defined datacenter," said Mike Clayville, vice president, product marketing, cloud infrastructure products, VMware. "By bringing together everything customers may need to build and manage agile, reliable cloud infrastructure, the VMware vCloud Suite simplifies and automates IT operations and delivers on the promise of cloud computing."
The VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 extends the benefits of virtualization to every domain in the datacenter -- compute, storage, networking, and the associated availability and security services. It includes industry leading virtualization, software-defined datacenter services, policy-based provisioning, disaster recovery, and application and operations management capabilities delivered by:
- VMware vSphere 5.1 - With more than 100 enhancements and new features, VMware's virtualization platform is the proven foundation for the software-defined datacenter, delivering the highest service levels for all applications, including business-critical workloads and low-latency, I/O-sensitive applications.
- VMware vCloud Director 5.1 - With scalability improvements that support "elastic" virtual datacenters spanning multiple VMware vSphere clusters and up to 30,000 VMs, VMware vCloud Director 5.1 allows customers to provision complete virtual datacenter services in minutes.
- VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 - Providing a full set of software-defined networking capabilities, the new VMware vCloud Networking and Security enables the dynamic creation of virtual networks and services that are completely decoupled and independent from the physical network hardware.
- VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.1 - To enhance the availability and rapid recovery of applications running in the software-defined datacenter, vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.1 simplifies and automates disaster recovery planning, testing and execution.
VMware vSphere 5.1 is available for download now!!!
VMware vSphere 5.1 Release Notes
http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/index.jsp - This documentation center provides information on how to use the vSphere products to create and configure virtual machines and manage your virtual infrastructure.
vSphere 5.1 Link-O-Rama
Monday, September 10. 2012
Saturday, September 8. 2012
This technical note describes how to install, upgrade, and uninstall vCenter Server and related components by using the Windows command‐line interface. The command‐line installation requires you to log on to the local machine.
The command‐line installation process includes downloading the vCenter Server installer, gathering the required data, and using the command parameters and samples in this technical note to install the products according to your specifications.
vCenter Server 5.1 with vCenter Single Sign On
vSphere 5.1 introduces the vCenter Single Sign On service as part of the vCenter Server management infrastructure. This change affects vCenter Server installation, upgrading, and operation. As part of this change, vCenter Inventory Service is now installed separately from vCenter Server.
When you install or upgrade vCenter Server 5.1, you must install vCenter Single Sign On and install or upgrade vCenter Inventory Service, in that order, before you install or upgrade vCenter Server.
IMPORTANT VMware does not support command‐line installation and upgrade methods for vCenter Server. However, if the installation or upgrade succeeds, VMware supports the installed or upgraded product.
Friday, September 7. 2012
Thursday, September 6. 2012
- During storage migration, vSphere 5.1 vMotion maintains the same performance as Storage vMotion, even when using the network to migrate, due to the optimizations added to the vSphere 5.1 vMotion network data path.
- During memory migration, vSphere 5.1 vMotion maintains nearly identical performance as the traditional vMotion, due to the optimizations added to the vSphere 5.1 vMotion memory copy path.
- vSphere 5.1 vMotion retains the proven reliability, performance, and atomicity of the traditional vMotion and Storage vMotion technologies, even at metro area network distances.
VMware vSphere has provided the ability to migrate a running virtual machine across vSphere hosts from the earliest vSphere versions. VMware vMotion was the first live migration solution that provided the ability to migrate a running virtual machine from one vSphere host to another host, with no perceivable impact to the end user. vMotion brought enormous benefits to administrators—it reduced server downtime and facilitated automatic load-balancing. Because vMotion moved only the memory and device state of a virtual machine, it limited the live migration to hosts with shared storage.
Together, vMotion and Storage vMotion technologies provided the ability to migrate the entire state of the virtual machine, including its memory and storage, across vSphere hosts. However, this live-migration solution was limited to the hosts that shared a common set of datastores. In addition, migration of an entire virtual machine required two separate operations, for instance vMotion followed by Storage vMotion, or vice versa.
vSphere 5.1 vMotion presents an integrated migration solution enabling live migration of an entire virtual machine across vSphere hosts without any requirement for shared storage. This live migration feature simplifies the management and movement of virtual machines across virtual infrastructures compared to the traditional vMotion and Storage vMotion migration solutions. More importantly, the new vMotion architecture retains the proven reliability, performance and atomicity of current vMotion and Storage vMotion technologies, even at metro area network distances.