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vCloud Director 9 – Released!

vCloud Director 9 – Released!

Today new version of VMware vCloud Director for Service Providers was released.

There are plenty of new features and enhancements like:

  • vVols support
  • Increased vCD-vCenter latensy up to 100 ms
  • Multisite feature which lets service providers offer a single port of entry to Tenants having multiple Virtual Data Centers (Org vDC’s) in different instances of vCD
  • Ability to manage routing between two or mogr Org vDC Networks with NSX DLR
  • PostgreSQL database support as an externam database

There are a few more as well as a list of known issues resolved.

Release notes for the product can be found here.

Complete list of new features and enhancements could be found here.

VMUG VIRTUAL EMEA 2017 – 28 September

VMUG VIRTUAL EMEA 2017 – 28 September

Tomorrow starts VMUG Virtual EMEA 2017 – it is a great oppportunity for all of those who missed VMworld or was not able to participate in-person or even online. It is a huge oportunity to learn about newest technology from VMware and supporting companies, play around with dedicated Hans-on labs and so on.

You can register for the event here.

As of VMUG website definition it is a FREE day-long event is meant to empower you through education, training, and collaboration – all with the goal of improving your projects and impacting your career.

 

I highly recommend to attend it 🙂

Configuring the Dukes Bank Sample Application Blueprint

Configuring the Dukes Bank Sample Application Blueprint

In the previous part importing steps of Dukes Bank Sample Application Blueprint were described. Now it’s time to perform additional configurations steps to makes it works. (If you thought that you will be able to request sample three-tier app out of the box after you import it, you were wrong! Do not worry I overinterpreted it also when first seeing it during a training long time ago ;))

But going back to vRA Dukes Bank App – after successful import you have to configure the blueprint.

First of all you must prepare Centos template for the blueprint. There are following prerequesities:

  1. Install Guest Agent.
    • Guest agent can be downloaded from https://your_vra_FQDN:5480/software. You can download it on your mgmt station and then transfer to template machine or directly from template using following command:  #wget –no-check-certificate https://your_vra_FQDN:5480/software/download/prepare_vra_template.sh . After that it have to be made executable e.g # chmod u+x prepare_vra_template.sh and simply run it. A few information must be provided1gugent2gugent3gugent
    • SeLinux feature have to be disabled. without disabling it you can expect following error during deployment.selinux2To disable SELinux rom the command line, you can edit the /etc/sysconfig/selinux file. This file is a symlink to /etc/selinux/config. Changing the value of SELINUX or SELINUXTYPE changes the state of SELinux and the name of the policy to be used the next time the system boots. Simply change it to disabled and save settings.[root@host2a ~]# cat /etc/sysconfig/selinux
      # This file controls the state of SELinux on the system.
      # SELINUX= can take one of these three values:
      # enforcing – SELinux security policy is enforced.
      # permissive – SELinux prints warnings instead of enforcing.
      # disabled – SELinux is fully disabled.
      SELINUX=permissive
      # SELINUXTYPE= type of policy in use. Possible values are:
      # targeted – Only targeted network daemons are protected.
      # strict – Full SELinux protection.
      SELINUXTYPE=targeted
  2.  When your tepmlate is up and ready you have to make additional changes in blueprint. ( Do not forget to run data collection to see current state of your template/snapshot)
    • Modify the blueprint machine specs for each node:
      •Template Name / Customization Spec
      •Reservation Policy
      •Machine Prefix
      •Edit the property http_node_ips in Apache Load Balancer and Binding = Yes
    • In case you use DHCP address allocation you must add a dependency from Load Balancer Node machine to App Server node. Simply put an arrow to connect them.

 

That’s it now you are ready to resuest and test your sample Dukes Bank Application.

 

 

 

VCIX6-CMA – another goal achieved

VCIX6-CMA – another goal achieved

It is almost a tradition or habbit for me to share my experience about VMware exmination taken so far.

Well, it happened, I eventually passed the VCAP6-CMA Design exam which together with previos passed VCAP6-CMA Deploy exam gave me VCIX6-CMA tiltle and badge. It looks like this:vmware_milestone_CMA_expert-e1502128382899Nothing special, it was not an easy way to get it, though!

The biggest problem with that IMHO is that it is and old version which is based on vRA 6.X, whilst we currently have 7.3 available since sometime already..

Besides that I experienced a few additional problems with Pearson Vue/ VMware certification engine which made me to take it each exam more than once.  And still it’s version 6 and a few days ago VMware announced new versions of VCAP certs, however that’s only Design ones.

There is nothing more to do right nowe, just prepare for new version 🙂 which as a certification addicted I will for sure try to gain.

P.S. to be honest VCAP6-CMA Design exam was the most tricky one I have ever took so far.

 

Importing the Dukes Bank sample application blueprint – Introduction to vRealize CloudClient

Importing the Dukes Bank sample application blueprint – Introduction to vRealize CloudClient

Have you just installed the vRealize Automation in your lab and do not know how to start the journey with services? The Dukes Bank for vSphere application might be a perfect start for you!

But what is that mystery Dukes Bank application ? It is not widely known that there are let’s say “embedded” samples of multi-tiered vRealize Automation blueprints  that includes multiple machine components with networking and software components.

The reason that it is not known by many is that they are not available ad-hoc after installation, you will not see them inside your catalog. To publish these services in Tenant’s catalog you need to import and configure it first. Bellow I described the procedure how to import and publish these services, in another article you will find out how to configure it.

The ZIP file for Dukes Bank sample application blueprint is include on the vRA appliance, however to import it you have to use vRealize Cloud Client which can be downloaded here.

vRealize CloudClient is a CLI utility that provides verb-based access with a unified interface across vRA APIs, it is available since vRA version 6.2. The purpose of CloudClient tool is to create a layer of abstraction between vRA and end consumer, I mean Administrator of vRA to increase the ease by which he is able to run automated actions against vRA. It is worth to meantion that this tool is not a REST or SOAP API. It uses the vRA API instead.

Just to list a few of use cases for vRA API:

  • Reporting;
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting;
  • Change request system;
  • Operation scripts;
  • Migration between environments;
  • Creating reservations;
  • Creating business groups;
  • Creating entitlements;
  • Other management tasks.

Going back to the point, after downloading the CloudClient you can run it from Windows as well as Linux, however I realized that if you want to import Dukes Bank application you must run it from vRA appliance.

Whilst running it from Windows I received an error like below:

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Well, my recommendation is to copy CloudClient into vRA appliance and run it using cloudclient.sh.

Before you will be ready to import Dukes Bank you need to download the package using following command:

#wget –no-check-certificate https://YOUR_vRA_URL:5480/blueprints/dukesbankappforv sphere.zip

Then you could copy it to /tmp for easier navigation.

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When you have the package it is hight time to run CloudClient and connect to vRA using following command:

vra login userpass –user tenant_admin_username –tenant your_tenant_name –server https://vra.cloud.local –password your_pass

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After successful login you can validate and import the package.

To validate use the following command with dry-run:

vra content import –path /DukesBankAppForvSphere.zip –dry-run true –resolution OVERWRITE

NOTE! Pay attention to capital letters, it is case sensitive.

To import the package change the argument of dry-run to false:

vra content import –path /DukesBankAppForvSphere.zip –dry-run false –resolution OVERWRITE

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And that is it, the first step to deploy sample blueprints is done. You can validate that these packages are imported by from your vRA console. You need to log in as a user with software and infrastructure architect privileges. The Dukes Bank blueprints and software components on the Design > Blueprints tab and the Design > Software Components tab.

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Log insight – central syslog with added value

Log insight – central syslog with added value

VMware Log Insight is still one of the VMware’s products which are not widely known and used (especially in Poland). In the past Log Insight was included in vRealize Operations, nowadays it is a separate product which is available in two licensing models.

The first one is per operating system image (OSI) with one flat rate for collecting logs from any server, virtual machine or hypervisor. The second model is per CPU, for one flat rate fee for collecting all logs generated from the hypervisor and any guests on a single CPU socket.

For more information about specific features and licensing please visit VMware Log Insight Site.

For those who are not familiar with this product – Log Insight is a software for log collection and corelation. But do not think about it as about simple syslog – it’s not! Let’s see how it looks like.

The installation proces is really simple – it’s an appliance, just a few click and it’s ready to use. The first step after installation is to integrate with vCenter server. Doing this you gain also integration with all of your ESXi hosts which are automatically set to send logs information to Log Insight.

After integration you will see all of you objects (ESXi hosts for this moment) at dashboards with charts which summarizes different types of events for different opbjects. These dashboards can be customized to fulfill requirements of an organization.

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After clicking on specific events you are automatically moved to interactive analitics module. Then you could create specific filters to found more specific logs and correlate them with specific events. The phrases which you are looking for are marked by a specific color to make it easier to found necessary information.

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I started to test Log Insight in out lab since I’ve found the new management pack for VSAN. It’s worth to notice that even without it there are some information about VSAN through integration with vCenter. However, using management packs you can receive more precise automated analytics about the events and problems in your environment.

All the available content packs can be viewed from Admin->Marketplace tab.

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The process for installation of content pack for VSAN is almost automatic. You just need to select it and click install. And if you have vCenter already integrated (6.0 U2) it will be be up and ready at once.loginsight2 loginsight3

I also realized that there is available content pack for Synology DSM. I’m using Synology VSA as a storage for my nested labs, so I didn’t neglect to check it.

Again the installation is as simple as 2 clicks. The only difference here is that you have to log in into DSM and configure the logs sending to your Log insight. After that the new section for Synology DSM will be available in your Log Insight.loginsight4

Unfortunatelly, I do not have so many events yet to show you better view 🙂

VirtualVillage’s Lab environment

VirtualVillage’s Lab environment

We have received a few questions about our lab which is rather extraordinary 🙂 Some of you wanted us to publish a picture of it. Unfortunatelly, I’ve got only the old one (nowadays cables are better organised so it looks far more better). I’m sorry for the quality of the picture as well.

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Anyway, at this moment we are in implementation phase – the management cluster is going to be expanded to four host cluster. We are planning to implement NSX in physical environment to expand our basic knowledge about the pruduct. Unfortunatelly, these kinds of toys for big boys aren’t cheap and we are looking for some cut-prices or good offers for refubrished components. However CPU is already waiting so it shouldn’t take much time.

When the upgrade of the environment will be finished, I’ll post the new picture of the whole lab 🙂

Taking the advantage of the occassion coming with the last day of 2016, I wish you a Happy New your and remarkable party! It’s high time to begin preparations 😉

 

VMware VCP7-CMA exam

VMware VCP7-CMA exam

A few months ago in this post I wrote about a new VMware exam which wasn’t listed in the official exam list in these days. Nevertheless, that was time when I almost finished my lab deployment of vRA and taking into account that the exams in beta phase costs only 50 $, I decided to try myself.

I scheduled the exam at 5 september during at the beginning of my holiday. The exam consisted 180 questions! There was 240 minutes for that – thats whole 4 hours, it’s even longer than VCAPs.. After 2 hours and almost 100 questions I was already exhausted. However I tried to stay focused and finished it. Since that time I didn’t have any update about my results on PearsonVue site I was able to see only the information that the exam was taken, whilst the official non-beta exam was released at 1st December. So technically you were able to take it and get the results immediately, while the Beta-takers still didn’t know if they passed or not 🙂

Yesterday in my mailbox I found the envelope from PearsonVue – it was quite strange for me because I’ve never received any envelope directly from PearsonVue. It was a nice suprise for me when I realized that there is my “summary page” with my results inside. Happily I passed – next goal achived by the end of the 2016 🙂

Another free eBook from VMware!

Another free eBook from VMware!

After Network Virtualization for Dummies, VMware published today another book from the series – Cloud Management for Dummies.

It can be downloaded at this VMware site. The one thing you need  to do is to sign in and download.

Download this book to learn how to meet these cloud-driven challenges, including:

  • Lifecycle management – from deployment to maintenance
  • Hybrid landscape – manage local and remote services
  • Quality of service – improve uptime and performance
  • Cost containment – capture and communicate usage