Thank you VMworld… see you next year?

As always, the highlight of any VMworld for me is the interaction with other attendees. Meeting new people, discussing technology and ideas with old friends and new is what makes it great for me. Also great was that over €143,000 will be donated to charities by VMware as a result of people participating in vGiveback. Once again, the VMware events team have done a great job and I thank them. VMworld 2015 Dates VMworld US 2015 starts on August 30th (Partner Day) in San Francisco and runs until September 3rd. VMworld Europe 2015 starts on October 12th (Partner Day) in Barcelona and runs until October 15th. See you next year? A lot can happen in the 9 months or so until booking for 2015 really gets going. I hope to be … [Read more...]

VMworld 2014 – Day 2

Day 2 can often get off to a sluggish start for many. Either from hitting the parties too hard the night before, or misjudging the time required to get into the conference centre, there were still quite a few people arriving after Wednesday's keynote session had started. Keynote The keynote on a Wednesday is usually used to take a closer look at some of the new and forthcoming changes in VMware's products and this year was no exception. Naturally, vRealize Operations got some attention, but so did CodeStream - VMware's forthcoming DevOps integration with vRealize Automation. I'm not an application developer myself but it would be interesting to see that in action with real developers using it. If you missed the keynote or are curious … [Read more...]

VMworld 2014 – Partner Day

VMworld Partner Day - I guess you could call it VMworld Day 0, or the "quiet before the storm". That's not to say that it's an easy day mind you. Partner day for me is all about networking. Not the NSX / Cisco variety, but talking with and meeting people. From former colleagues and VMware community members and VMware staff, all the way through to existing and potential partners for my employer, Xtravirt. It's safe to say that I had some very good conversations. Monday evening was split between two networking events. The first was hosted by TD Azlan at the W hotel and attended by a number of VMware, Atlantis and Nutanix partners. It was a good opportunity to have some quieter conversations away from the hubbub of of the Fira … [Read more...]

VMworld Europe 2014 – Looking forward…

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It's October now and it means that VMworld Europe 2014 is right around the corner. I'll be attending in Barcelona for what will be my 4th VMworld. It will be the first time that I've ever attended under a full conference pass rather than just as a blogger. However, I don't expect the experience to be hugely different. Perhaps in the general sessions the view will be slightly different but that's about it. My employer, Xtravirt, is sending a number of my colleagues along with me to VMworld this year. Whilst we're all very different people working on different projects, we generally have fairly complementary skillsets and a passion for what we do. Speaking just for myself, I'm really looking forward to VMworld. Like my children's … [Read more...]

VCP-NV: Getting Started

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So, you’ve decided to take the VCP-NV exam that VMware launched just recently. If you haven’t been living and breathing VMware NSX for the past few months, you’re probably going to need to do some preparation so that you don’t waste the exam fee. Even if you’re an expert, it’s sensible to at least look over the blueprint first and make sure that you have all of the bases covered. Either way, if you want to get this certification then there are three routes that you can take to do it. 1. You’re new to VMware certification Before you can earn the certification, you MUST attend the VMware NSX: Install, Configure and Manage course. Then to earn the VCP-NV certification, simply register for and pass the VCPN610 exam. 2. You have … [Read more...]

Public Catalog Access for vApp Authors fails post-v5.5.1 Upgrade

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This one stumped me for a little bit. The private cloud in my lab is fairly simple in layout - 2 RHEL cells with a vCNS load balancer, shared NFS server and DB server. The Organisations are provisioned such that of the 3 tenants, one is a master tenant that is only used for creating and maintaining vApp templates, via a Public Catalog for sharing the templates for cloud provisioning and vCAC blueprint testing. Running this configuration in with no changes to the default vCloud Director (vCD) roles worked fine - delegated LDAP users in the 2 user organisations were able to select vApp templates from the Public Catalog and deploy them locally. All good. The issue came when the cells for vCD were upgraded to the latest v5.5.1 build. … [Read more...]

vCHS in the UK

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I was fortunate and privileged recently to be invited to the UK launch event for VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service in the UK. The first of many planned deployments in the EMEA region for VMware. VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service became public in the US in September last year.  Swiftly afterwards, VMware announced their plans to bring the service to EMEA in 2014 and, as of Tuesday 25th February, it is generally available in Europe. Besides being a blogger, I'm also fortunate to work for a leading VMware Partner in EMEA (Xtravirt). As we're one of the few Hybrid Cloud certified partners (at the time of writing), I'm hoping to be working on some vCHS projects in the near future. Exciting! Why the UK and Why now? The feedback from EMEA … [Read more...]

Improving vSphere Web Client Performance

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With the release of the (now maturing) VMware vSphere 5.5 release, more and more operations (but not all - yet) are being migrated to the vSphere Web Client. Functionality of the vSphere 5.1 features are all fully available in the vSphere 5.5 .Net Windows client (the traditional client) along with Site Recovery Manager and Update Manager administration functions, but any and new vSphere 5.5 features are now only available via the web client. Lots is made of the performance of the web client, and having used it on my home lab and now in Production environments, I can see why some users report on there being some perceived performance lag in the web client compared to the Windows client (population of menus, general navigation etc). … [Read more...]

vCloud Director 5.1 to 5.5 Cell Upgrade ‘cpio: chown failed’

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Upgrading my lab environment from vCloud Director v5.1 to v5.5, I came across an interesting error whilst upgrading the cells. My lab has the following vCD configuration: 2 x RHEL 6.2 Cells 1 x RHEL 6.2 NFS Server 2 x vShield load balancer instances 1 x Windows 2008 R2 DB server running SQL Server 2005 The upgrade process was: Quiesce the cell using the Cell Management Tool commands. (Upgrade Guide) Upload the vCD .BIN file to the /install directory of the cell (using WinSCP or similar). Change the execution parameters for the vCD .BIN file. (Upgrade Guide) Running the installation .BIN file. (Upgrade Guide) Confirm the existing v5.1 cell instance can be upgraded. This is where the interesting error came in. The … [Read more...]

Getting Started with VMware Certification (The Easier Way)

It's always been difficult to justify getting started on the journey to a VMware certification. In the past, the first certification available from VMware was the VMware Certified Professional (VCP). This in itself was a large first step to take, comprising an instructor-led prerequisite and a technical-level exam. Somewhat daunting and costly! All that is changing with 2 important new developments from the VMware Certification Team: VMware Certified Associate (VCA) and on-line training availability. The VMware Certified Associate-level exams are aimed at giving users a broader understanding of the 4 technology areas (Virtualization, Cloud, Mobility & Network Virtualization), to allow them to become conversant in the technologies … [Read more...]