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A Flashback and a New Busy Year!

Dear Reader,

Thanks to spend your time reading this post on the first day of the new year.

The 2017 was a busy year regards projects and a new area i’ve been exploring myself (Business Development), this is quite new for me but it’s going….

What i mean by Business Development? I’ve been focus only on Engineering (hands-on) which is by far what i really like to do, so i get the implementation plan and GO! Why not dive in the conversation with the customer and understand their challenges, advise what technologies are in the market that really suit them. Presenting cutting-edge technologies and advise the customer is also something i really like.

What do i have for this upcoming year? I’ve done some re-cert’s, like Juniper, VMware and Cisco.
I have do do some re-certs this year too, but i want to focus more on the CCDE than ever, so i’m starting officially today and i hope do the Written in 6 months. I will attend the Cisco Live Barcelona 2018, so i hope get good contacts to push this even further. This is the plan mentally but i know this might has to change a bit.

CCNA Cyber Ops is just around the corner :)

Happy New Year.

vSphere 6.5 update 1 is out

VMWare published vSphere 6.5 Update 1 with some relevant enhancements, you can read the full article here

vSphere 6.5 Update 1 further refines vSphere 6.5 while also adding key additional support and enhancements including:

vSphere Client Now Supports 90% of General Workflows

The HTML5-based vSphere Client now can support up to 90% of general workflows.  This is welcomed news as VMware pushes towards 100% parity between the various clients.

vCenter Server Foundation Now Support 4 Hosts

In discussions with customers with smaller environments, VMware has received feedback that 3 host environments were too small in many cases.  If VMware vCenter Server Foundation could just support 1 additional host that would make all the difference.  This is why with vSphere 6.5 Update 1 VMware is now increasing the number of hosts that vCenter Server Foundation will support from 3 host to 4.

vSphere Support and Interoperability Across Ecosystems

VMware prides itself on having one of the broadest ecosystems across any industry.  As with any new product, at initial release, some partners were not ready with compatible versions of their products.  Many of these incompatibilities are now a thing of the past, as we have worked with our partners to test and ensure interoperability.  Furthermore, the ecosystem is also expanding as we forge new alliances to add vendor support for things such as Security Key Management and Proactive HA, to name a few.

vSphere 6.5 General Support Has Been Extended

VMware understands that upgrading infrastructure can be a lengthy process.   One consideration for whether or not to upgrade is how long the new product will be supported.  VMware wants to make the customer’s decision to upgrade easier by extending general support for vSphere 6.5 for a full 5 years.  This means that support for vSphere 6.5 will now end November 15, 2021.

Upgrade from vSphere 6.0 Update 3 Now Supported

Customers who are on vSphere 6.0 Update 3 now have a supported upgrade path to vSphere 6.5.

A recap of key capabilities offered in vSphere 6.5 can be found here.

Don’t let your VMware VCP lapse

A VMware email come through about my VCP, 3 years it’s too short! No way i will let this expire. So what are the options?

(1) Upgrade to VCAP
(2) Update with the latest VCP exam
(3) Certify in a different technology track
At this point i will not move forwards to VCAP, just renew with VCP 6.5. See what’s New on 6.0 and 6.5 and do some labs. After that it’s time to schedule the exam :)

Update ESXi from CLI

I was running the base image of ESXi 6.0, and i decided to update it to the latest version

Upgrade the ESXi from CLI it’s really easy, just following the next steps:

  1. Enter ESXi Maintenance mode
  2. Download the update from my.vmware.com (in my case vsphere 6.0 update 3)
  3. Upload to ESXi using Datastore Browser and connect to ESXi via SSH
  4. Install the update via CLI esxcli software vib install -d <path-to-update-file>
  5. Reboot

Note: The updates are cumulative, you just need to download the latest one available under your account

[[email protected]:~] esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/Datastore/update-from-esxi6.0-6.0_update03.zip

Due the nature of operation we are doing, we require a reboot as we can see.

Installation Result
Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be reboot ed for the changes to be effective.
Reboot Required: true
VIBs Installed: VMware_bootbank_ehci-ehci-hcd_1.0-3vmw.600.2.52.4600944, VMwa re_bootbank_elxnet_10.2.309.6v-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_esx-base_6. 0.0-3.57.5050593, VMware_bootbank_esx-tboot_6.0.0-3.57.5050593, VMware_bootbank_ esx-ui_1.14.0-4940836, VMware_bootbank_ima-qla4xxx_2.02.18-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lpfc_10.2.309.8-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lsi-mr3_6 .605.08.00-7vmw.600.1.17.3029758, VMware_bootbank_lsi-msgpt3_06.255.12.00-8vmw.6 00.1.17.3029758, VMware_bootbank_lsu-hp-hpsa-plugin_2.0.0-4vmw.600.3.57.5050593, VMware_bootbank_lsu-lsi-lsi-mr3-plugin_1.0.0-3vmw.600.3.57.5050593, VMware_boot bank_lsu-lsi-megaraid-sas-plugin_1.0.0-3vmw.600.3.57.5050593, VMware_bootbank_ls u-lsi-mpt2sas-plugin_1.0.0-4vmw.600.1.17.3029758, VMware_bootbank_misc-cnic-regi ster_1.78.75.v60.7-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_misc-drivers_6.0.0-3.57 .5050593, VMware_bootbank_net-bnx2_2.2.4f.v60.10-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bo otbank_net-bnx2x_1.78.80.v60.12-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-cnic_1 .78.76.v60.13-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-e1000e_3.2.2.1-2vmw.600. 3.57.5050593, VMware_bootbank_net-igb_5.0.5.1.1-5vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_boo tbank_net-ixgbe_3.7.13.7.14iov-20vmw.600.3.57.5050593, VMware_bootbank_net-nx-ni c_5.0.621-5vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-tg3_3.131d.v60.4-2vmw.600.1. 26.3380124, VMware_bootbank_net-vmxnet3_1.1.3.0-3vmw.600.2.43.4192238, VMware_bo otbank_nvme_1.0e.0.35-1vmw.600.2.34.3620759, VMware_bootbank_qlnativefc_2.1.50.0 -1vmw.600.3.57.5050593, VMware_bootbank_sata-ahci_3.0-26vmw.600.3.57.5050593, VM ware_bootbank_scsi-bnx2fc_1.78.78.v60.8-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sc si-bnx2i_2.78.76.v60.8-1vmw.600.0.11.2809209, VMware_bootbank_scsi-hpsa_6.0.0.44 -4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-mpt2sas_19.00.00.00-1vmw.600.0.0.249 4585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-qla4xxx_5.01.03.2-7vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootba nk_vsan_6.0.0-3.57.5050595, VMware_bootbank_vsanhealth_6.0.0-3000000.3.0.3.57.50 50596, VMware_bootbank_xhci-xhci_1.0-3vmw.600.2.52.4600944, VMware_locker_tools- light_6.0.0-3.57.5050593
VIBs Removed: Broadcom_bootbank_misc-cnic-register_1.710.70.v55.1-1OEM.550.0. 0.1331820, Broadcom_bootbank_net-bnx2_2.2.5f.v55.16-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Broadc om_bootbank_net-bnx2x_2.710.70.v55.7-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Broadcom_bootbank_net -cnic_2.710.70.v55.5-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Broadcom_bootbank_net-tg3_3.137d.v55. 1-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Broadcom_bootbank_scsi-bnx2fc_1.710.70.v55.3-1OEM.550.0. 0.1331820, Broadcom_bootbank_scsi-bnx2i_2.710.70.v55.6-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Emu lex_bootbank_elxnet_10.2.445.0-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Emulex_bootbank_lpfc_10.2.4 55.0-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Hewlett-Packard_bootbank_scsi-hpsa_5.5.0.84-1OEM.550. 0.0.1331820, Intel_bootbank_net-igb_5.2.7-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Intel_bootbank_n et-ixgbe_3.21.4-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, LSI_bootbank_scsi-mpt2sas_15.10.06.00.1vmw -1OEM.550.0.0.1198610, QLogic_bootbank_ima-qla4xxx_500.2.01.31-1vmw.0.3.100400, QLogic_bootbank_net-nx-nic_5.5.641-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, QLogic_bootbank_qlnativ efc_1.1.39.0-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, QLogic_bootbank_scsi-qla4xxx_644.55.35.0-1OEM .550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ehci-ehci-hcd_1.0-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware _bootbank_esx-base_6.0.0-0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_esx-tboot_6.0.0-0.0.249458 5, VMware_bootbank_lsi-mr3_6.605.08.00-6vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lsi -msgpt3_06.255.12.00-7vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lsu-hp-hpsa-plugin_1. 0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lsu-lsi-lsi-mr3-plugin_1.0.0-1vmw.600. 0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lsu-lsi-megaraid-sas-plugin_1.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494 585, VMware_bootbank_lsu-lsi-mpt2sas-plugin_1.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_b ootbank_misc-drivers_6.0.0-0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-e1000e_2.5.4-6vmw.60 0.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-vmxnet3_1.1.3.0-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_ bootbank_nvme_1.0e.0.35-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata-ahci_3.0-21vm w.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_xhci-xhci_1.0-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_lo cker_tools-light_6.0.0-0.0.2494585
VIBs Skipped: VMWARE_bootbank_mtip32xx-native_3.8.5-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMw are_bootbank_ata-pata-amd_0.3.10-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata- atiixp_0.4.6-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-cmd64x_0.2.5-3vmw.60 0.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-hpt3x2n_0.3.4-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMwa re_bootbank_ata-pata-pdc2027x_1.0-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata -serverworks_0.4.3-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-sil680_0.4.8-3 vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-via_0.3.3-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VM ware_bootbank_block-cciss_3.6.14-10vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_cpu-micr ocode_6.0.0-0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_emulex-esx-elxnetcli_10.2.309.6v-0.0.24 94585, VMware_bootbank_esx-dvfilter-generic-fastpath_6.0.0-0.0.2494585, VMware_b ootbank_esx-xserver_6.0.0-0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-devintf_39.1-4v mw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-msghandler_39.1-4vmw.600.0.0.24945 85, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-si-drv_39.1-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ lsu-lsi-lsi-msgpt3-plugin_1.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lsu-lsi-mp tsas-plugin_1.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-e1000_8.0.3.1-5vmw.6 00.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-enic_2.1.2.38-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_b ootbank_net-forcedeth_0.61-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-mlx4-core_1 .9.7.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-mlx4-en_1.9.7.0-1vmw.600.0.0.24 94585, VMware_bootbank_nmlx4-core_3.0.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ nmlx4-en_3.0.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_nmlx4-rdma_3.0.0.0-1vmw.6 00.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ohci-usb-ohci_1.0-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_b ootbank_rste_2.0.2.0088-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata-ata-piix_2.12 -10vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-nv_3.5-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, V Mware_bootbank_sata-sata-promise_2.12-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata -sata-sil24_1.1-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-sil_2.3-4vmw.600 .0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-svw_2.3-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_boo tbank_scsi-aacraid_1.1.5.1-9vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-adp94xx_1. 0.8.12-6vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-aic79xx_3.1-5vmw.600.0.0.24945 85, VMware_bootbank_scsi-fnic_1.5.0.45-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scs i-ips_7.12.05-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid-mbox_2.20.5.1- 6vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid-sas_6.603.55.00-2vmw.600.0.0 .2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid2_2.00.4-9vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_boo tbank_scsi-mptsas_4.23.01.00-9vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-mptspi_4 .23.01.00-9vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_uhci-usb-uhci_1.0-3vmw.600.0.0.2 494585

After reboot you can check the new version, turn off the maintenance and ready to go!

What is the deal to be vExpert for the first time?

Excited! It is the right word for this announcement, VMware is being the leader on Virtualization and challenger on other subjects. Let’s keep the ball rolling.

What benefits does a vExpert get?

vExpert Program Benefits

  • Invite to our private #Slack channel
  • vExpert certificate signed by our CEO Pat Gelsinger.
  • Private forums on communities.vmware.com.
  • Permission to use the vExpert logo on cards, website, etc for one year
  • Access to a private directory for networking, etc.
  • Exclusive gifts from various VMware partners.
  • Private webinars with VMware partners as well as NFR’s.
  • Access to private betas (subject to admission by beta teams).
  • 365-day eval licenses for most products for home lab / cloud providers.
  • Private pre-launch briefings via our blogger briefing pre-VMworld (subject to admission by product teams)
  • Blogger early access program for vSphere and some other products.
  • Opportunity to receive a free blogger pass to VMworld US or VMworld Europe (limited to 50 for US and 35 for EU).
  • Featured in a public vExpert online directory.
  • Access to vetted VMware & Virtualization content for your social channels.
  • Yearly vExpert parties at both VMworld US and VMworld Europe events.
  • Identification as a vExpert at both VMworld US and VMworld EU.

References:

vExpert 2017 Award Announcement

VMware vSphere 6.5 is available now!

VMware made it available what we were expecting later, VMware vSphere 6.5 is now available for download,

Some direct links where to find some relevant information:

Downloads:

Documentation:

Hybrid Cloud from VMware on Amazon (AWS)

VMware and Amazon bring a new partnership where VMware customers will be able to extend their private cloud on Amazon Datacenters around the World promoting a seamless integration and lifecycle operation bringing a Hybrid cloud environment.

This service will include all the enterprise tools you’re familiar with including vSphere, ESXi, VSAN and NSX. The hardware used by AWS is on heaven secrets but will be compliance with VMware requirements, to allow such integration. VMware with AWS will bring Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) stack to the AWS cloud, delivered as an on-demand, subscription-based, elastically scalable offering. Some interesting use cases are App development, Testing, Disaster Recovery, Geo Expansion, Burst capacity and Data Center Migration

vmware_aws

VMware cloud will run on native ESX on next-generation, it manages and operates the infrastructure of the VMware Cloud on AWS providing the full lifecycle of the product being a Managed Service Provider for an instance. Virtualization administrators will have permissions on vCenter to perform administrative tasks.

At the moment AWS Cloud Global infrastructure operates 35 Availability Zones within 13 geographic Regions around the world, with 12 more Availability Zones and 5 more Regions coming online throughout the next year.

aws_globalinfra

At the moment I’m writing this, it’s occurring the VMworld Europe in Barcelona until 20 of October 2016, give a look to the breakout sessions INF7849: VMware Cloud on AWS – a closer look and INF7711R: VMware Cloud on AWS. In this session VMware guys will dive a little deeper into the details of this service.

vmworld2016_aws_sessions

This service is expected to be available in the mid-2017 time-frame, VMware didn’t confirm if this will available in all AWS regions. Customers will be able to choose from on-demand (hourly) or subscription-based (1 year, 3 yea) options to consume this service. Customers will also be able to leverage their existing investments in VMware licenses.

Customers will have to call VMware team for infrastructure lifecycle management, support, billing and account management.

References:

AWS Global Infrastructure

VMware Cloud on AWS a closer look

URLs for VMware vSphere Client

The list of all links for vSphere Client provided by VMware! If you don’t find the version you need check here

Version
File Name Download URLs
VMware vSphere Client 6.0 VMware-viclient-all-6.0.0-2502222.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/2/5/0/2/2/2/2/VMware-viclient-all-6.0.0-2502222.exe
VMware vSphere Client 6.0 Update 1 VMware-viclient-all-6.0.0-3016447.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/3/0/1/6/4/4/7/VMware-viclient-all-6.0.0-3016447.exe
VMware vSphere Client 6.0 Update 2 VMware-viclient-all-6.0.0-3562874.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/3/5/6/2/8/7/4/VMware-viclient-all-6.0.0-3562874.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.5 VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1281650.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/1/2/8/1/6/5/0/VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1281650.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.5 Update 1 VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1618071.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/1/6/1/8/0/7/1/VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1618071.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.5 Update 1a VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1746248.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/1/7/4/6/2/4/8/VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1746248.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.5 Update C VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1745234.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/1/7/4/5/2/3/4/VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1745234.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.5 Update 1b VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1880841.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/1/8/8/0/8/4/1/VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1880841.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.5 Update 2 VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1993072.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/1/9/9/3/0/7/2/VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1993072.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.5 Update 3 VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-3024345.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/3/0/2/4/3/4/5/VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-3024345.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.1 VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-786111.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/7/8/6/1/1/1/VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-786111.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.1.0a VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-860230.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/8/6/0/2/3/0/VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-860230.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.1.0b VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-941893.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/9/4/1/8/9/3/VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-941893.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.1 Update 1 VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-1064113.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/1/0/6/4/1/1/3/VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-1064113.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.1 Update 1b VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-1235233.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/1/2/3/5/2/3/3/VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-1235233.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.1 Update 1c VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-1364039.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/1/3/6/4/0/3/9/VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-1364039.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.1 Update 2 VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-11471691.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/1/4/7/1/6/9/1/VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-1471691.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.1 Update 2a VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-1880906.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/1/8/8/0/9/0/6/VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-1880906.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.0 VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-455964.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/4/5/5/9/6/4/VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-455964.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.0 Update 1 VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-623373.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/6/2/3/3/7/3/VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-623373.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.0 Update 1a VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-755629.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/7/5/5/6/2/9/VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-755629.exe
VMware vSphere Client 5.0 Update 1b VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-804277.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/8/0/4/2/7/7/VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-804277.exe
VMware vSphere Client v5.0 Update 2 VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-913577.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/9/1/3/5/7/7/VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-913577.exe
VMware vSphere Client v5.0 Update 3 VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-1300600.exe http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/1/3/0/0/6/0/0/VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-1300600.exe

VMware vSphere 6 Masterclass

ITMasters is offering a new course (VMware vSphere 6) , developed in partnership with ITPA, this short course is for administrators who are already comfortable setting up individual ESXi hosts, and configuring and maintaining VMs within.

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Note: Course free of Charge! We love a bargain!

Starts in October 2016, scheduled time below.

  1. Wed, Oct 26, 2016 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM AEDT
  2. Wed, Nov 2, 2016 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM AEDT
  3. Wed, Nov 9, 2016 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM AEDT

References:

Free University Short Courses

Passed VCP5-DCV

After 2 months and an half studying VMware and went through official training, i’m really happy to say I’m officially VCP5-DCV for the next 2 years!

Pre-Requirements

One of the big pre-requirements is to have official training which cost around ~3500 USD, but if your are alone on this journey you can check a VMware IT Academy (VITA) for an online or classroom training. The cost on a VITA will vary between ~200 and 700 USD.To pick one of this courses on VITA there are pre-requirements also like unemployed, career changers, etc.

Materials

I’ve build my home Lab with 3 physical Servers, you can build yours using VMware Workstation, performance it’s not required here :). After vSphere ICM course, i’ve read VCP5-DCV Official Certification Guide to clarify some gaps. I’ve watched also CBT Nuggets VMware 5.5 (my notes on this are unfinished).  VCP Community ad documentation Center for 5.5 is also a great resource.

I leave here my notes for both courses:

CBT Nuggets VMware 5.5

VMware vSphere Install Configure and Manage 5.5

A few good resources while i was studying:

VCP Community

vSphere Instructional Videos

Exam

Exam Code:VCP550PSE
Duration (Time):120 minutes + 30 extension (only for non-native Countries)
Number of Questions:136
Passing Score:300

This exam code is the same in essence like VCP550, the different it was scheduled from a VITA student

VMware RoadMap

This is the roadmap for Version 5, and now it’s time to go to VCIX-NV

vmware_v5_roadmap

This is the official logo

VCP-DCV

References:

VMware Certification

VMware Press – VMware Certification Marketplace

Exam Blueprint vSphere 5.5 (VCP550)

Training on VMware ICM 5.5

There are different paths to be VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV), but the big requirement is have official training which costs loads of money, specially if you are running alone in this journey.

To fill this requirement you can use Training Partners of VMware or using VMware IT Academies (VITA), which are much more cheap (just found a few of them).

This will be fun over next weeks :)

Objectives

By the end of the course, you should understand vSphere 5.5 functions and features and be able to meet the following objectives:
•  Deploy an ESXi host
•  Deploy a vCenter Server instance
•  Deploy a vCenter Server appliance
•  Manage an ESXi host using vCenter Server
•  Manage ESXi storage using vCenter Server
•  Manage ESXi networking using vCenter Server
•  Manage virtual machines using vCenter Server
•  Deploy and manage thin-provisioned virtual machines
•  Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
•  Manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Web Client and VMware vSphere® Client™
•  Migrate virtual machines using VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
•  Manage access control using vCenter Server
•  Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server
•  Manage VMware vSphere® High Availability, VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance, and VMware vSphere®
Data Protection™ using vCenter Server
•  Apply patches using VMware vSphere®Update Manager™

Outline

  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
  2. Virtualized Data Center
    • Introduce components of the virtualized data center
    • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
    • Install and use vSphere Client
  3. Creating Virtual Machines
    • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
    • Deploy a single virtual machine
  4. VMware vCenter Server
    • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
    • Introduce VMware® vCenter™ Single Sign-On™
    • Install and use vSphere Web Client
    • Introduce VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™
    • Configure and manage vCenter Server Appliance
    • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
  5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
    • Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
    • Describe and modify standard switch properties
    • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms
  6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
    • Introduce storage protocols and device names
    • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
    • Create and manage vSphere datastores
    • Deploy and manage VMware® Virtual SAN™
  7. Virtual Machine Management
    • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
    • Modify and manage virtual machines
    • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
    • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
    • Create a VMware vSphere® vApp™
  8. Access and Authentication Control
    • Control user access through roles and permissions
    • Configure and manage the ESXi firewall
    • Configure ESXi lockdown mode
    • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory
  9. Resource Management and Monitoring
    • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
    • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
    • Configure and manage resource pools
    • Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms
  10. High Availability and Fault Tolerance
    • Introduce the new vSphere High Availability architecture
    • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
    • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Describe VMware vSphere® Replication
  11. Scalability
    • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ (DRS) cluster
    • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
    • Use vSphere HA and DRS together
  12. Patch Management
    • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
    • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
    • Create patch baselines
    • Scan and remediate hosts
  13. Installing VMware Components
    • Introduce ESXi installation
    • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
    • Introduce vCenter Server deployment options
    • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
    • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)

Rescan NIC on Centos

After clone a VM (Centos 6) in Vmware i was not able to use the nic (eth0), after some research it was using the same original VM MAC-ADDRESS (00:0c:29:2c:a9:ae)

To solve it i did:

rm -f /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules

Because this is my lab i can reboot my vservers whenever i want :), so i rebooted

After reboot i was able too see correct mac-address assigned to my vserver

[[email protected] ~]# cat /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules
# This file was automatically generated by the /lib/udev/write_net_rules
# program, run by the persistent-net-generator.rules rules file.
#
# You can modify it, as long as you keep each rule on a single
# line, and change only the value of the NAME= key.

# PCI device 0x8086:0x100f (e1000) (custom name provided by external tool)
SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="00:0c:29:2c:a9:af", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="eth0"

Eth0 Interface pick up the right MAC and  i was able to communicate with my Lab World :)

[[email protected] ~]# vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
DEVICE=eth0
HWADDR=00:0C:29:2c:a9:af
TYPE=Ethernet
UUID=9e18221f-2e93-4326-8923-d3f834d15c62
ONBOOT=yes
NM_CONTROLLED=yes
BOOTPROTO=static
IPADDR=10.0.0.100
NETMASK=255.255.255.0
GATEWAY=10.0.0.254

Check Point launch vSEC for VMware NSX

Check point bring Security Gateways to the heart of VMware NSX, this will provide:

  • Scalable micro-segmentation
  • Context-aware security policy
  • Ubiquitous security enforcement
  • Security automation and orchestration
  • Comprehensive control and visibility

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vsec_architecture  vsec_table 

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Documentation

vSEC Controller R77.30 and vSEC Gateway R77.20VSEC Release Notes
vSEC Controller R77.30 and vSEC Gateway R77.20VSEC Administration Guide

References:

Check Point vSEC

Support Center vSEC