Wednesday, August 26, 2015

vSphere 6 Hardening Guide Release

With the release of vSphere 6.0 in Mar, the hardening guide is finally announced release today.  There is some different approach via vSphere API which is used in this release to help audit or implement using the guide.

You can also bookmark this page for all the other version vSphere hardening guide.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

vExpert 2015 Second Half Announcement

Here I like congrats all new vExpert 2015 with the second half results announced 1 week before VMworld 2015.  Results can be viewed here.

If you are going to VMWorld this year, remember to grab all the freebies for vExpert as well as the meetup just for vExpert.

If you miss the application, look out for the application for vExpert 2016 likely end of this year.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Is VMware vCloud Suite Bundle Becoming Irrelevant?

Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) is a term often used to illustrate the light of abilities to management and monitor your one or multiple data centers whether it is a private, managed or public cloud environment or mixed of anything.  With the ability to also having a centralize platform and ability to automate certain daily operation tasks to create an agile and efficient IT infrastructture.  Instead of having different silos creating the same overheads that once appear when everything was in a physical infrastructure where each applications could still be using a specific hardware set.

In the past, VMware introduced the vCloud Suite to allows customer to build their own cloud.  However with the adoption of mutliple clouds, VMware came up with another bundle.

VMware introduced the vRealize Suite (vR Suite) in both Advanced and Enterprise last year and this comprises of vRealize Operations Suite, Log Insight, vRealize Automation and vRealize Business all in one bundle.

vRealize Suite can be add on top for customer who are on naked vSphere.  For customers on vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) or vRealize Operations Insight (vROI), it becomes contradicting as it get duplicates of the vRealize Operations Suite from vSOM and vRealize Suite.  For customers who are on vROI or vSOM, the only upgrade path is to vCloud Suite bundle.

However vCloud does not comes with Log Insight which makes monitoring shortfall of Log analysis.  Moreover in the vCloud Suite Advanced and Enterprise, the vRealize Business Standard (which is available in these two bundles) is not able to extend to Public Cloud as it is a different software of it's own to vRealize Business Advanced/Enterprise.  In addition, in vCloud Suite Enterprise, it included Site Recovery Manager (SRM).  However not everyoneone would really need SRM to protect the whole infrastructure but perhaps a small subset.  In such, it makes more sense to purchase this ala cart just enough to cover whatever is protected by SRM.

To add on with the new vCloud Suite bundle, the removal of vCloud Director (vCD) and vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS), makes the whole vCloud Suite bundle less attractive and appear more expensive comparing to vRealize Suite.

On the other hand, vRealize Suite can be purchase with naked vSphere without having to upgrade their vSphere.  This allows customer to save the additional renewal they will incur on a higher upgrade of vSphere e.g. vSOM or vROI.

To start with vRealize Suite and implement everything in the Suite on Day 1 is nearly impossible.  Often many will start small.  This also make vRealize Suite less attractive as there isn't a gradually phase upgrade unlike customer moving to a vCloud Suite from vSOM to vROI before vCloud Suite.

With many enterprises embarking on public clouds or having multiple private clouds and wanting to automate and centralize platform of monitoring and management, vRealize Suite look more for the fit than vCloud Suite.

As VMworld is coming, let's wait and see what other bundling or improvement that could allows customers to adopt a possible approach into a Software Defined Data Center.

Monday, August 3, 2015

vSphere 6.0 Web Client Integration Plug-in Bug Fix

So the new vSphere 6.0 has release, what is great on one of the functionality is the web client.  It has always be crawling since it was introduced in vSphere 5.0.  In vSphere 6.0, it was promised with great performance improvement and it was great!

On day 0 daily operations activity, accessing the VM console is essential and often used.  When you launch the vSphere Web Client, you will be at the login page.  Below you will see the link to download the Client Integration Plug-in as shown below:


After installing, you will be able to access the VM console after logging in.  Upon login, you will see the screen below when a VM is selected:


Above you see the screenshot taken from Hands-on-Lab.  To access a VM console you will have selected the VM and on the right you will see the above.  Clicking on "Launch Console", will launch the VM console in a new tab\window of your browser.  However this link is invalid!  So how are you going to use the console?  You must be kidding me!

Now take a deep breath, the answer is simple just click on the Preview image of the console just above of the linked text.  This will open another tab\window so you can access the console.


So now you are in the console as show above, however you find your mouse is not that responsive when you click within the console or is it?  After figuring around, a discovery was found.  As shown above the area shaded in RED, this area has no mouse interaction.  This leave you with a small area to work in a console.  Which means you cannot access any portion shaded at the bottom and right that made up of two third of the whole screen!  Who on earth decided the use of such a console screen?

Now I know you will very piss off.  How on earth did this happen?  Are you stuck now?

The solution here is NOT to install the Client Integration Plug-in.  Instead head over to VMware Download page of vSphere, under Drivers & Tools section, you will see a VMware Remote Console.  Download and install this instead.

So the next time you access the VM console, just use the VMware Remote Console.  This time it will work nicely.

Why did VMware release two different console one as a Plug-in while one is a standalone console?  I have no idea.  But with the VMware Remote Console, you can copy a link to a VM Console and send to someone with VMware Remote Console installed to access it.  Provided they have the credential to the server and vCenter.

Now is to wait for the future release to have this fixed.  For now, at least you can access your VM console and carry on your daily operations activity!

Assumed Support from Third Party Solutions

While I was doing some presentation slides for one workshop, I happen to look for 3rd party virtual switches support on vSphere. This is t...