SRM 6.1.1 Released

What’s New in Site Recovery Manager 6.1.1

So SRM 6.1.1 got released yesterday so I thought I would share with you what’s new!

VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.1.1 delivers new bug fixes described in the Resolved Issues section.

VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.1.1 provides the following new features:

  • Support for VMware vSphere 6.0 update 2.
  • Support for Two-factor authentication with RSA SecurID for vCenter Server 6.0U2.
  • Support for Smart Card (Common Access Card) authentication for vCenter Server 6.0U2.
  • Site Recovery Manager 6.1.1 now supports the following external databases:
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1
  • Adding localization support for Spanish language.

See the release notes for further information.

 

 

NSX 6.2 Central CLI MindMap

NSX 6.2 Central CLI MindMap

NSX 6.2 Central CLI MindMap

For those of you not familiar with the Central CLI feature available in NSX 6.2 it allows you to troubleshoot your environment from a single interface rather than having to connect to multiple systems such as NSX Manager, Hosts, Edges and Controllers. I’m going to be doing some work for the VMware Hands On Labs so I figured I’d create a MindMap of all the Central CLI commands that are available:


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VMware NSX DFW Policy Rules Configuration…

#VMware NSX DFW Policy Rules Configuration Technical White Paper – ntpro.nl

VMware NSX DFW Policy Rules Configuration…

VMware NSX Distributed Firewall (DFW) provides the capability to enforce firewalling functionality directly at the Virtual Machines (VM) vNIC layer. It is a core component of the micro-segmentation security model where east-west traffic can now be inspected at near line rate processing, preventing any lateral move type of attack.


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Transperent Page sharing in vSphere 6.0

Transperent Page sharing in #vSphere 6.0 – Virtual Maestro

Transperent Page sharing in vSphere 6.0

On ESXi host, you may have several virtual machines that are running with same guest operating system, have the same applications, or contain the same user data. Due to this, there is possibility that memory pages created by virtual machines are similar in terms of content. So instead of creating similar multiple pages in host memory for each virtual machine, TPS is used to perform memory page sharing.


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Transperent Page sharing in vSphere 6.0

Transperent Page sharing in #vSphere 6.0 – Virtual Maestro

Transperent Page sharing in vSphere 6.0

On ESXi host, you may have several virtual machines that are running with same guest operating system, have the same applications, or contain the same user data. Due to this, there is possibility that memory pages created by virtual machines are similar in terms of content. So instead of creating similar multiple pages in host memory for each virtual machine, TPS is used to perform memory page sharing.


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Configure Edge Load Balancing in NSX

Configure Edge Load Balancing in NSX (via Virten.net)

Configure Edge Load Balancing in NSX

An Edge Services Gateway allows to connect services running on Logical Switches outside of NSX based networks. I’ve explained the base installation from zero to the first ESG here. This post explains how to connect Web servers running on logical networks VXLAN to the outside.


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Configure Edge Load Balancing in NSX

Configure Edge Load Balancing in NSX (via Virten.net)

Configure Edge Load Balancing in NSX

An Edge Services Gateway allows to connect services running on Logical Switches outside of NSX based networks. I’ve explained the base installation from zero to the first ESG here. This post explains how to connect Web servers running on logical networks VXLAN to the outside.


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NSX Design & Deploy – Course Notes Part 2

Following on from the last post here are my remaining key points:

  • L2 Bridging – Single vDs only supported
  • DLR’s don’t place two DLR uplinks in the same Transport Zone
  • OSPF – Consider setting the OSPF timers to an aggressive setting if you have a requirement to do so  lowest setting is – Hello 1 Sec / Dead 3 Secs ( on Physical Router as well – set both sides i.e. the physical as well but note it might limit what you can set as an aggressive timer ) (10 Hello /40 Dead is the default protocol timeout)
  • Recommendation is to use anti-affinity rules to prevent deploying the DLR Control VM on the same ESXi host with an Active ESG – to prevent losing the DLR control VM and the Edge with the summary routes on (if you have set them – you should have! 😉 )
  • When applying DFW rules on the cluster object if you move VM’s between clusters then there is a few second outage on protection while the new rules are applied
  • Security policy weights – higher number takes priority e.g. 2000 higher than 1000