(2) New VMware Cloud on AWS Technical Whitepapers – Now Available!

(2) New VMware Cloud on AWS Technical Whitepapers

Now Available!



If you are interested in learning more about the VMware Cloud on AWS offering, VMware has released two new whitepapers that will help get you up to speed technically. The first whitepaper covers the technical aspects of “Cloud Migration Planning“. The Second one provides technical information on the “Operations Model” for VMware Cloud on AWS.


Cloud Migration Planning – Description:  

Once you get your keys to your new VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC and you have configured and verified communications between it and your on-premises environment, you are ready for the next step, Migrating Applications. Of course, there is a lot of preparation work that should be completed prior to starting any migration project and moving your first applications to your SDDC cloud. The primary technological goal of any migration project is to transfer an existing application (or solitary VMs) from your on-premises environment to your SDDC cloud, as quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively as possible. This is especially critical when considering a migration to a public cloud such as VMware Cloud on
AWS; considerations must include application and data dependencies, security controls, latency, subsequent performance, operations practices for backup/recovery and others. Customers will need to assess their environment and focus on generating an effective, actionable migration plan to achieve this goal. Spending the time up front in the plan to reduce the time and increase likelihood of success of any
migration project.

Inadequate prep work before migration can cause different kinds of failures:
– Failure to identify related or “internal” workload dependencies before migration – such as components of a multi-tiered application (e.g. webserver, business logic, database)
– Failure to identify external workload dependencies before migration – such as updating DNS, ensuring access to Active Directory for authentication
– Failure to determine how certain procedures – such as backups and security checks – will be done in the cloud
– Failure to identify applications that are inherently not suitable for the cloud – potentially for licensing or support reasons.

In this document, we will highlight the best practices and methodology that should be followed when planning a migration to VMware Cloud on AWS. We will concentrate on 5 areas of discussion: Migration Data Collection, Data Analysis and Application Weighting, Collection and Analysis Tools, Migration Options and finally VMware Migration Service options.

Cloud Migration Planning:  


Operations Model – Description:

VMware Cloud on AWS brings VMware’s enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center software to the AWS Cloud, enabling customers to run production applications across VMware vSphere®-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. Delivered, sold, and supported by VMware as an on-demand service, customers can also leverage AWS’s breadth of services, including storage, databases, analytics, and more. IT teams manage their cloud-based resources with familiar VMware tools — all without the hassles of learning new skills or utilizing new tools. VMware Cloud on AWS integrates VMware’s flagship compute, storage, and network virtualization products (vSphere, vSAN, and NSX) along with vCenter management, and optimizes it to run on elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure. With the same architecture and operational experience on-premises and in the cloud, IT teams can now quickly derive instant business benefits from use of the AWS and VMware hybrid cloud experience, including:

– IT teams manage their cloud-based resources with familiar VMware tools – without the challenges of learning new skills or utilizing new tools. However, administrative responsibilities for the vSphere cluster deployed as part of the Cloud SoftwareDefined Data Center (SDDC) will be shared between the VMware Cloud on AWS service and the on-premises administrator.
– This paper will describe the differences between running the VMware SDDC software on-premises vs. in VMware Cloud on AWS, and will go over the new operation model that administrators will need to adopt when using this service.

Operations Model:  





VMware’s virtual networking solution NSX for vSphere released an updated version on January 16th, 2018. NSX for vSphere version 6.4 was released with numerous enhancements to it. Below is a bullet list of what’s new in NSX for vSphere 6.4 as well as supporting links!

Spotlight New Features/Functionality:

  • Support for vSphere Client (HTML5) via plugin
  • Improved Navigation Menu
  • Identity Firewall (IDFW) now supports RDSH
  • Distributed Firewall
    • Distributed Firewall (DFW) adds layer-7 application-based context for flow control and micro-segmentation planning. Application Rule Manager (ARM) now recommends security groups and policies for a cohesive and manageable micro-segmentation strategy.
  • Support for BGP and static routing over GRE tunnels
  • Upgrade Coordinator – Single portal that manages NSX-V upgrades
  • Multi syslog support for up to 5 syslog servers
  • JSON support
  • New packet capture tab in UI


  • Supports vCenter versions 6.0U2 to 6.5U1
  • Supports vRealize Automation (vRA) 7.3 and 7.2
  • Support for in place upgrades from NSX 6.2 and on
  • NSX-V 6.1.X is now EOA/EOGS as of January 15, 2017
  • vCloud Network & Security (vCNS) edges no longer supported. Users must upgrade to an NSX Edge before upgrading to NSX 6.3 or later
  • NSX for vSphere 6.2.x will reach End of General Support (EOGS) on August 20 2018.
  • This is the first version of NSX-V not to support ESXi/vCenter 5.5


NSX for vSphere 6.4 Resources:

Meltdown & Spectre: FAQ’s & Links!

Meltdown & Spectre: FAQ’s & Links!


Dell-EMC-VMware Event: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Let The Transformation Begin

Dell-EMC-VMware Event:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

“Let The Transformation Begin”



Dell EMC and VMware invite you to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Watch our heroes transform and learn about the future of digital transformation with the Dell EMC VxRail/VxRack SDDC appliances powered by VMware vSphere 6.5, vSAN 6.6 and VMware Cloud Foundation. Transform your data center with a fully integrated, pre-configured, and pre-tested hyper-converged solution.

Whether your datacenter needs are large or small, Dell EMC VxRail and VxRack SDDC are the easiest and fastest hyper-converged options to stand up or extend a VMware environment while dramatically simplifying IT operations and lowering capital and operational costs.

Together, Dell EMC and VMware bring you highly configurable solutions to enable your digital transformation.

Be sure to register soon, limited availability in each city!

This exclusive early premiere will be in the following cities:

Denver, CO
Dublin/East Bay, CA
Orange County/San Diego, CA

Phoenix, AZ
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Indianapolis, IN
Pittsburgh, PA
Minneapolis, MN
Kansas City, MO
Louisville, KY
Charlotte, NC
Dallas, TX
Jacksonville, FL
Memphis, TN
Nashville, TN
Raleigh, NC
San Antonio, TX
Hartford, CT
Philadelphia/Oaks, PA
Long Island, NY
Rochester, NY
Silver Springs, MD
Jersey City, NJ


NSX Logical Views – Cheat Sheet

NSX Logical Views – Cheat Sheet

Back about two years ago I took a NSX Bootcamp. After the bootcamp, I wanted to create a cheat sheet for myself since I don’t have a networking background and it was the first time working with NSX. That way I had something to look at later to refer to as a reminder. So I created these two pages where the one is a “simple” logical view and the other is a more detailed logical view. Although I created this two years ago, it covers the core components and concepts of NSX, so it is still accurate and relevant to the latest versions of NSX.

The detailed page (shown in the picture above) shows all the components of NSX, each component’s function, the intercommunication between them, what plane (Management, Control, or Data) they are in, etc.

I think most individuals will find it useful, especially those that are new to NSX. If you have any questions on the PDF that my overview video doesn’t answer, feel free to email me from this site.

NSX Logical View – Overview Video:  https://thevirtuallyconnected.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/NSX-Logical-View-Slides.mp4

NSX Logical Views – PDF:  https://thevirtuallyconnected.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/NSX-Logical-Views-1.pdf


The Next vSphere BETA is Now Accepting Customer Applications!

The Next vSphere BETA is

Now Accepting Customer Applications!

Are you interested in being a BETA tester for the next release of vSphere? If so, now is your chance to sign up and possibly get the chance to be a beta tester!

vSphere BETA Blog:  https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2017/10/new-vmware-vsphere-beta-indicate-interest.html

We are excited to announce the new VMware vSphere Beta Program. This program enables participants to help define the direction of the most widely adopted industry-leading virtualization platform.

Folks who want to participate in the program can now indicate their interest by filling out this simple form. The vSphere team will grant access to the program to selected candidates in stages.

This vSphere Beta Program leverages a private community to access beta software and share information. We will provide discussion forums, webinars, and service requests to enable you to share your feedback with us.

This beta program is different from our past programs in that it is not tied to a specific version or release only. We are now moving to a beta program that, along with the new beta community, will continue through multiple releases of vSphere. Participants can expect to see new functionalities and capabilities added on an ongoing basis for their feedback.

There are a couple of options to engage with the beta features being offered, once you are selected:

  • Hosted Beta – You can expect to try and test new features in vSphere Beta software in a VMware hosted environment, leveraging pre-defined workflows. This will provide us with valuable insight into how you use the new features and capabilities with a variety of test cases, enabling us to better align our product with your business needs.
  • Download Beta – You will also have the opportunity to download the beta software and test in your own lab environment.


Click Here To Sign Up!


Adobe Flash Crashes The vSphere Web Client – NOW FIXED!!

Adobe Flash Crashes The

vSphere Web Client – NOW FIXED!!



As you may or may not be aware, Adobe Flash had released an update for most of the common web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and IE. After you updated to that version, it created the issue where you were unable to log into the vSphere Web Client and the vCloud Director (vCD) interface. Obviously this was a big deal since most businesses are running on the VMware hypervisor and unable to manage their environments when this happened.

VMware released a KB article which discussed what the issue was and a potential workaround to resolve the issue until a permanent fix came out by Adobe.

VMware KB Article:  https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2151945

Adobe believes they have resolved the issue and has officially release an update Flash to version There are two ways in which you can get the latest update:

  1. Go out to get.adobe.com/flashplayer to download the latest version. OR
  2. To update Google Chrome’s embedded Flash version, go to chrome://components and look for the Adobe Flash and check for updates.