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vSphere 6.7 VMUG Roadshow 2019 London UK

LonVMUG_LogoTuesday, September 10th

Hilton London Kensington – 179-199 Holland Park Avenue

London, W11 4UL

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In collaboration with VMware, VMUG is bringing back an opportunity for members to participate in a technical roadshow focused on vSphere 6.7. This event is complimentary to all VMUG members, so make sure you register today!

VMware vSphere is the foundation of VMware’s Software Defined Datacenter and Cloud vision. No matter where you are in your digital transformation journey, getting current on VMware vSphere can best position you to gain maximum value from your VMware SDDC solution. Whether you are implementing new technologies or are looking at hybrid cloud or Bi-modal IT, upgrading vSphere can help you get there faster.

Kev Johnson will be the event facilitator

This is a good opportunity to hear back from peers, networking  and be more close with the VMware community.

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