Introducing VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 4.2

Introducing VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 4.2

Introducing VMware Validated Design for…

On Feb 13th VMware released the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center version 4.2. This latest update to our detailed prescriptive path on how to implement, operate, and maintain a VMware based Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) includes a few minor changes, such as updates to the software bill of materials and some new naming conventions, The post Introducing VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 4.2 appeared first on Cloud Foundation .


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VMware Cloud on AWS and vRealize Operations = Better Together!

VMware Cloud on AWS and vRealize Operations = Better Together! – David Davis on vRealize Operations Post #49

VMware Cloud on AWS and vRealize Operations =…

In my series of blog posts on VMware vRealize Operations and the vRealize Suite, I’ve talked a lot about running vROps but all of it has been on-premises…. up until now! I must admit that I’m excited about all that is possible with VMware Cloud on AWS and to manage the VMC infrastructure, the recommended


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A Multi-Site vSphere/SDDC Upgrade – A Step by Step Guide

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A Multi-Site vSphere/SDDC Upgrade – A Step by…

I wanted to share with you the steps required to upgrade a typical multi-site vSphere/ SDDC implementation. This particular implementation had the following products…Read More


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Homelab: Downsizing NSX Controller

Homelab: Downsizing NSX Controller | Tom Fojta’s Blog

Homelab: Downsizing NSX Controller

One of the problems of testing NSX in homelab environment is that it is really resource hungry. For example NSX Manager VM deploys with 12 GB RAM. While it is simple to edit its settings and lower memory to about 8 GB without any major impact, VMs that are deployed by NSX automatically (Controllers and…Read More


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The VMware Labs flings monthly for January 2018

The VMware Labs flings monthly for January 2018

The VMware Labs flings monthly for January 2018

It’s that time of the month again with the update flings from VMware labs. In January seven flings received an updated while no new flings have been released, it can’t have a launch par…Read More


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(2) New VMware Cloud on AWS Technical…

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

(2) New VMware Cloud on AWS Technical…

(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…Read More


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Assess performance impact of Spectre and…

Assess performance impact of Spectre and Meltdown patches using vRealize Operations Manager

Assess performance impact of Spectre and…

I want to share some quick tips and tricks which can help you monitor the performance & capacity of your environment using vRealize Operations during the patching process for Spectre & Meltdown. Make sure you also refer to the following KB Articles from VMware about Spectre & Meltdown. https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/52245 https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/52337 What can vRealize Operations


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PowerCLI Beta

PowerCLI Beta

PowerCLI Beta

The PowerCLI Beta containing support for MacOS and Linux is LIVE! How to participate: Log in to the VMware Community and read this first! https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-37537 Join the Community discussions in the beta forum: https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/automationtools/powercli/powercli-beta Join us on VMware {Code} Slack in the #PowerCLI channel! https://code.vmware.com/join That’s it for now! Happy Automating! ❤️Jake The post PowerCLI Beta appeared first on VMware…Read More


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More Tips for Getting Started with VMware PowerCLI

More Tips for Getting Started with VMware PowerCLI

More Tips for Getting Started with VMware PowerCLI

A beginning primer on building PowerCLI tasks, chaining them together, and refactoring the results. The post More Tips for Getting Started with VMware PowerCLI appeared first on Wahl Network .


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VMware Pulse IoT Center

VMware Pulse IoT Center

VMware Pulse IoT Center

VMware Pulse IoT Center is a secure, enterprise-grade, IoT device management and monitoring solution that helps both Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) organizations to onboard, manage, monitor and secure their IoT use cases from the edge to the cloud.


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(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:  

 

Updated: EUC Visio Stencils and Icons (2018)

Updated: EUC Visio Stencils and Icons (2018) – Ray Heffer

Updated: EUC Visio Stencils and Icons (2018)

I’ve been using Microsoft Visio for a very long time, and it’s still my tool of choice when creating architecture diagrams. Since PowerPoint on the Mac has been massively improved I do use that more often, but you can’t beat Visio for the more detailed diagrams. With that, it has been almost 3 years since …


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Free Download: Cloud Management For Dummies

Free Download: Cloud Management For Dummies

Free Download: Cloud Management For Dummies

IT environments are shackled by complexity. This complexity, combined with operational bottlenecks and time-consuming manual processes, can require tedious, error-prone workflows and distract from more strategic projects. To keep up with the demands of the business, IT needs a modern data center with a unified platform for managing private, public and hybrid cloud environments.


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VMware Visio Stencils and PowerPoint Icons (2018)

VMware Visio Stencils and PowerPoint Icons (2018) – Ray Heffer

VMware Visio Stencils and PowerPoint Icons (2018)

It has been almost 3 years since I shared my last VMware EUC Visio stencil set so I decided it’s time for an update for 2018. You can see all of the shapes and icons included in this Visio Stencil Set in the image above. There are more clouds and EUC shapes! I don’t use …


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Free 5-Part Webcast Series on NSX

Free 5-Part Webcast Series on NSX

Free 5-Part Webcast Series on NSX

Mark your calendars now for this free VMware NSX: Things You Need to Know webcast series presented by VMware Education Services. Each 60-minute session is delivered by VMware Certified Instructors and offered at 3 different times so you can choose what works for your schedule. Feb 1: Simplify Network Provisioning with Logical Routing and The post Free 5-Part Webcast Series on NSX appeared first on Network Virtualization .


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Upgrade Your NSX Skills with these 3 New Courses

Upgrade Your NSX Skills with these 3 New Courses

Upgrade Your NSX Skills with these 3 New Courses

Now that you’ve upgraded your NSX, it’s time to upgrade your skills. These three new courses take you from the basics of installation and configuration, to post deployment troubleshooting, as well as a deep dive on micro-segmentation focused on security. VMware NSX: Micro-Segmentation [V6.3] This intensive three-day course explores the security-focused features of VMware NSX The post Upgrade Your NSX Skills with these 3 New Courses appeared first on VMware Professional Services and Education…Read More


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Tips for Upgrading to vSphere 6.5 in a…

Tips for Upgrading to vSphere 6.5 in a Large-Scale Environment

Tips for Upgrading to vSphere 6.5 in a…

By Tom Ralph, Sr. Cloud Architect, VMware Introduction As a first adopter of VMware products under the VMware on VMware program, IT was able to deploy the vSphere 6.5 beta, release candidate, and general availability versions before they were released to public. Our goal in this deployment was two-fold. First, we wanted to take The post Tips for Upgrading to vSphere 6.5 in a Large-Scale Environment appeared first on VMware on VMware .


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VMware Pulse IoT Center is now GA!

VMware Pulse IoT Center is now GA!

VMware Pulse IoT Center is now GA!

VMware Pulse IoT Center™ is a secure, enterprise grade, IoT device management solution that helps both IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology) to onboard, manage, monitor and secure their IoT use cases from the edge to the cloud. Learn More. Free Trial.


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VMware Cloud on AWS – Understanding…

VMware Cloud on AWS – Understanding Connectivity Options

VMware Cloud on AWS – Understanding…

This video focuses on understanding the connectivity options of VMware Cloud on AWS. It shows connecting together the environments involved in this service including your on-premises datacenter, your current Amazon VPC, the public internet and your new VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC’s management components and VM workloads.


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vSphere VM Encryption White Paper now available

vSphere VM Encryption White Paper now available

vSphere VM Encryption White Paper now available

I’d like to announce the availability of a new white paper for VMware vSphere VM Encryption! VM Encryption is a feature that was introduced in vSphere 6.5. The audience for this white paper is the Manager/Director/C-level folks who want to understand how vSphere VM Encryption differs from other virtual machine encryption solutions. It addresses some


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VMware Releases Dispatch, an Open Source…

VMware Releases Dispatch, an Open Source Serverless Framework

VMware Releases Dispatch, an Open Source…

VMware announced its serverless initiative at VMworld 2017, where a Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS) demo using Apache OpenWhisk, an existing open source FaaS technology, was presented. Since then, the serverless team has been working to define what a serverless framework by and for a VMware-based infrastructure would look like. The resulting work is Dispatch, a new VMware-originated The post VMware Releases Dispatch, an Open Source Serverless Framework appeared first on Open Source .


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VCP6-NV Study Notes – Section 1 Understand…

VCP6-NV Study Notes – Section 1 Understand VMware NSX Technology and Architecture–Part 2

VCP6-NV Study Notes – Section 1 Understand…

Objective 1.3: Differentiate Physical and Virtual Network Technologies Differentiate logical and physical topologies, components and services Servers are interconnected by a physical network that a…Read More


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NSX 6.4 NOW GA!

NSX 6.4 NOW GA!

 

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

Interoperability: 

  • 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: