Intro to Converged Blueprints in vRA 7

Intro to Converged Blueprints in vRA 7

Intro to Converged Blueprints in vRA 7

vRealize Automation 7 delivers a new unified graphical canvas for designing machines, software components and application stacks with an underlying single unified model for both machine and application blueprints for Private and Public Cloud. vRealize Automation 7 also gives you the ability to extend or define external integrations in the canvas through XaaS. In this video we are going to focus on building several types of blueprints to demonstrate this functionality.


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Demystifying The ESXi Upgrade Process

A common question which gets asked allot is; Should I upgrade my ESXi hosts or do a fresh install ?

Most people when asked that question would be inclined to say “Fresh Install” when challenged some of the excuses I hear are ” It will carry over a load of crap from the previous release”. This seems to be a mindset we have gotten ourselves in from managing other vendor OS’s (not pointing the finger).

In fact if we were to look at the process in a bit more detail, an upgraded ESXi host is almost identical to a freshly installed ESXi host as..

  • Boot disk is not repartitioned
  • Overwrites boot bank contents
  • Configuration and VMFS volume preserved

Upgrade Process Walkthrough

Step 1: Save the config (state.tgz)

Step 2: Replace VIBs (overwrite)

Step 3: Reboot

Step 4: Config re-applied on reboot

ESXi

Note. The partition layout is the same now for 6 as it was for 5.x

 

Don’t be afraid to upgrade!

 

Get ready for NSX phase 0: Migrate from a…

A nice article from @Lenzker on how to migrate from a Standard vSwitch to a vDS in preparation for deploying NSX.

Get ready for NSX phase 0: Migrate from a vSphere Standard to a distributed switch

Get ready for NSX phase 0: Migrate from a…

The distributed switch (vDS) is a really nice piece of software within the vSphere environment. It offers a variety of very useful features (NIOC, Health Check, Central management, LACP, LBT, Netflow, and so many (features with fancy abbreviations) more). Especially if you want to move to NSX the distributed switch is mandatory. Since analytics showed me that views about my vDS blogposts are increasing it seems that there is a demand for the vDS within our virtualized environments (it’s still an enterprise+ only feature)


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Licensing VMware vSphere for VMware NSX

If you are using vSphere 5.5 Update 3 or vSphere 6 then NSX does not require a vSphere Enterprise Plus licence however if you are using vSphere 5.5 update 2 or earlier then a vSphere Enterprise Plus license is required.

This is because NSX is based on the vSphere Distributed Switch which is part of the Enterprise Plus licence feature set.

Reference: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2135310

Another VMware Cloud in Action — The Hut Group…

Another VMware Cloud in Action — The Hut Group Maximizes Online Retail and Minimizes Revenue Loss with Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

Another VMware Cloud in Action — The Hut Group…

With more than 60 websites ranging from health and beauty to fashion, The Hut Group needed to reduce downtime to zero. As one of the fastest growing companies in the United Kingdom, The Hut Group has a lot to lose — up to £500,000 a day — if its sites were to go offline. The […] The post Another VMware Cloud in Action — The Hut Group Maximizes Online Retail and Minimizes Revenue Loss with Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery appeared first on VMware vCloud Blog .


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The Power of Partnership in the Cloud Era

The Power of Partnership in the Cloud Era

The Power of Partnership in the Cloud Era

Enterprise IT has a near-impossible strategic task. It must ensure that the company has the tools and capabilities it will need, without knowing for certain what those needs will be. Two VMware cloud executives explain the need for partnership and how global is the new neighborhood in the cloud era and how a new mindset […] The post The Power of Partnership in the Cloud Era appeared first on VMware vCloud Blog .


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VMware Delivers New Public Cloud Enhancements…

#VMware Delivers New Public Cloud Enhancements for Its Unified Hybrid Cloud

VMware Delivers New Public Cloud Enhancements…

Today at VMworld 2015 Europe, VMware, Inc. announced enhancements to the company’s unified hybrid cloud platform that will accelerate application development, delivery and deployment, while also providing deeper insights into customers’ hybrid cloud deployments.


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