Around VMworld Europe a lot of new products have been announced and released. The following post will give you a high-level overview and might be a kick-start to dive deeper into certain products or solutions.
When I should summarize VMware’s vision in 3 words (which exists now for multiple years), it would be:
‘bridge the gap’
Bridging the gap between server, storage, network and security; bridging the gap between operations and developers; bridging the gap between multiple clouds …….
It’s a physical constant that complexity rises over time (entropy). A proper way to deal with complexity is abstraction and therefore creating a proper common interface that can be used from a higher level.
The new announced products and further enhancements of existing products foster this bridging approach. Let’s have a look at some of the new products.
During this years VMworld intro the message was quite clear. It’s not just about the technology, it’s about the people.
“Make your mark”
attendees made their way this year to Barcelona, which is an increase of 2000
people compared to last year. Please be aware of that this summary here
consists out of information extracted from the general session & my
8th time in Barcelona Pat Gelsinger, just voted to one of the best CEOs in the
US, told us more about VMware’s vision, strategy & the current state.
honest: The strategy has been clear for a couple of years now:
A dream comes true. Since I started specializing on VMware products I always wanted to visit its Headquarters in Palo Alto. I have driven through Palo Alto multiple times during personal trips over the last year. Silicon Valley, Stanford, so much great myths surround my head when I think about this place.
And here I am: I am currently traveling to Palo Alto to visit the VMware campus for two weeks. Being part of comdivision, a German VMware Partner holding all 5 master services competencies, Yves Sandfort, Jens Henning and myself were given the chance to attend a special training at The VMware headquarter.
In this session we covered tips and tricks for the deploy exam. This short post should summarize the content for all those people who weren‘t able to attend. The following information are totally suitable for the VCAP-Deploy exam in all kind of VMware‘s tracks:
It’s this time of the year again where a lot of us need to decide. Shall I go to this year’s VMworld? From time to time discussions come up with statements like:
“(#VMworld) is not the same any more…..When I was young, real knowledge and content was presented… . I was at #VMworld in the old days before it was cool….Virtualization is legacy, Azure and AWS is the only thing that counts”
Who am I to contradict those statements (even though they are wrong :P). I will try to give you my opinion why #VMworld is still the tech-conference highlight of the year.
If it’s your first time visiting VMware’s event I am going to create a second article called ‘let’s visit #VMworld’ about some personal tips and tricks how to get the maximum out of this years #VMworld
Why? I am interested and fascinated of the VMware Cloud on AWS stack. Besides that, the newly created Master Services Competency requires this exam as well (besides doing an online & one onsite training).
When I registered for this exam a few days before Empower has started, I had no idea what to expect (normally you should prepare first and than register for an exam – but hey it was free and a chance to become one of the first who gets this certification).
During this week I worked a lot with vRealize Operations (vRops). vRops is a great tool when we need to get easy and quick insight into our environment, especially when the environment is a little bit larger. This post should highlight why the eco system (products and community) around VMware is so great and helps us to chose the right tool for the right purpose.
At a customer’s environment we gathered the following vRops alerts
“The MTU on the Distributed Switch is not allowed by one or more VLANs on the host’
“One or more VLANs are unsupported by the physical switch”
I am currently working on some datacenter migration and during one of the tests we ran into an issue where the provisioning of linked clones was not working properly.View Composer Fault: ExceptionTruncatedFault
View Composer Fault: ExceptionTruncatedFault
After the replica cloning process, all relevant VM files have been deleted. I had this issue in the past and I remembered that it might have been related to some networking problems.
Even though I was more involved in conceptual doing in the last months I was recently asked for help since a customer was not able to update their environment via vSphere Update Manager.
The following blog post explains how we can work deal with the following event / task error messages:
“Could not scan ESXihostname” or “Cannot execute upgrade script on host”
The vSphere Update Manager is nowadays integrated in the vCenter Server Appliance and is pretty suitable for patching and upgrading ESXi hosts. In theory the process is really straight forward.
Optional: Create a baseline that includes all relevant ESXi components (so called vSphere Infrastructure Bundles [VIB]) that you want add to your ESXi hosts (e.g. Create a static baseline for a specific vSphere build)
Attach the baseline to a Cluster or an ESXi host object
Scan the Cluster or ESXi host object against the baseline. In the end we can discover which baseline elements are installed on the ESXi host and which are missing. In case all baseline items exist on the ESXi host the host is declared as comply.
Remediate the baseline. The ESXi host will be placed into the maintenance mode, the components defined in the baselines will be installed on the ESXi host. The host will reboot and the maintenance mode will be disabled. Afterwards the ESXi host should be comply to the baseline.
That is quite easy. Easy enough that this module takes around 1 hour in the vSphere: Install, Configure & Manage class (from time to time I still deliver VMware Trainings -> contact me if you want to join :).