- New Training Course - VMware vSphere 6 Bootcamp -
The VMware vSphere 6 Bootcamp is an intensive combination of VMware's best-selling vSphere courses. This course is a hands-on training course delivered in two parts across five days of extended hours.
Part one focuses on installing, configuring, and managing vSphere 6, which includes VMware ESXi 6.0 and VMware vCenter Server 6.0.
- Describe the software-defined data center
- Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines
- Describe the vCenter Server architecture
- Deploy a vCenter Server instance or VMware vCenter Server™ Appliance™
- Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
- Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Client™ and VMware vSphere® Web Client
- Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
- Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage
- Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
- Create a vApp
- Describe and use the content library
- Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
- Use VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machine storage
- Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
- Manage VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
- Use VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters to improve host scalability
- Use vSphere distributed switches to improve network scalability
- Use VMware vSphere™ Update Manager™ to apply patches
- Perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations
Part two builds advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure.
- Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise
- Manage changes to the vSphere environment
Optimize the performance of all vSphere components
- Harden the vSphere environment against security threats
- Troubleshoot operational faults and identify their root causes
- Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Shell and VMware vSphere® Management Assistant to manage vSphere
- Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts
- Virtual SAN Hosted Evaluation -
Hands-on Labs are the fastest and easiest way to test-drive the full technical capabilities of VMware products. These evaluations are free, up and running on your browser in minutes, and require no installation.
Experience VMware Virtual SAN for the first time. Learn how to deploy, configure, and manage VMware's latest hypervisor-converged storage solution.
- Virtual SAN Setup and Enable
- Virtual SAN with vMotion, Storage vMotion and HA Interoperability
- Virtual SAN Storage Level Agility
- Useful CLI Commands
- Virtual SAN Monitoring
- Virtual SAN Troubleshooting
- NSX Hosted Evaluation -
Hands-on Labs are the fastest and easiest way to test-drive the full technical capabilities of VMware products. These evaluations are free, up and running on your browser in minutes, and require no installation.
The web application is a three-tier app with each tier in a different Layer 2 network. The following are some of the key services required for the application
- Load balancer service to provide better application user experience
- Firewall service that protects the three tiers of the application. Web, App and DB servers are protected from each other and from external world through Firewall rules.
- Routing service to provide access across the tiers and to the physical network
- VMware Horizon 6 Storage Considerations -
This document addresses the challenges associated with end-user computing workloads in a virtualized environment and suggests design considerations for managing them.
It focuses on performance, capacity, and operational considerations of the storage subsystem because storage is the foundation of any virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) implementation.
Where possible, it offers multiple solutions to common design choices faced by IT architects tasked with designing and implementing a VMware Horizon storage strategy.
- How VMware Mirage Complements and Extends Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager -
This white paper describes how VMware Mirage can extend and complement PC-life-cycle-management (PCLM) tools, such as Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 or 2012.
Mirage is not a replacement for SCCM, which you can use for managing PCs from inception to retirement. Rather, Mirage extends and complements certain SCCM functions.
You can use either Mirage or SCCM for building and deploying PC images and applications, migrating Windows operating systems (OSes), and migrating users to different hardware.
For example, you can use Mirage to build, deploy, and back up PC images, and use SCCM to manage inventory and client settings and to protect endpoints from viruses and malware. Mirage provides disaster recovery for endpoints, but SCCM does not.
- VMware has released 3 new certifications - VCP6-CMA, VCP6-DTM and VCP6-NV -
VMware Certified Professional 6 – Cloud Management and Automation: Validate your skills and experience deploying and configuring vRealize Automation into a vSphere virtualized data center, using vRealize Automation and related technologies to deploy and manage services across a multi-vendor, multi-cloud infrastructure.
VMware Certified Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility: Validate your ability to deploy and configure Horizon with View into a vSphere virtualized data center, and to use View and related technologies to deploy and manage virtual desktops and applications through a single platform.
VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization: Validate your ability to install, configure, and administer a vSphere data center virtualized with VMware NSX, demonstrating creation and administration of a virtual network including Layer 2 switching and both static and dynamic Layer 3 routing, virtual network devices, and edge services such as DHCP, DNS, and NAT.
- VMware Virtual SAN Snapshots in VMware vSphere 6.0 Performance Study -
In VMware vSphere 6.0, snapshots with VMware Virtual SAN have been completely redesigned. In this paper, VMware presents the performance of Virtual SAN snapshots for two different applications, namely a source tree compilation workload to roughly mimic “test and development” scenarios, and an online transaction-based database application.
Overall, VMware has found that Virtual SAN snapshots in vSphere 6.0 perform reasonably with minimal performance degradation compared to base disk performance. We also address performance tunable configurations and sizing recommendations to optimize performance with Virtual SAN snapshots.
- vSphere 6 Foundations Beta Exam (2V0-620) available for enrolment -
The vSphere 6 Foundations Beta Exam validates you have the fundamental skills necessary to understand and begin deploying VMware vSphere 6 environments.
- Exam Number: 2V0-620
- Duration: 120 Minutes
- Associated Certification: VCP6-DCV, VCP6-CMA, VCP6-DTM, VCP6-NV
- Number of Questions: 100
- Exam Product: vSphere Version: 6
- Passing Score: Not Available for Beta Exams
- Recommended Training: vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6]
- Validated Against: vSphere 6
- Exam Price: $50 USD
- Exam Languages: English
- Format: Single and Multiple Choice, Proctored
- Free e-learning course - Software-Defined Storage Fundamentals -
This eLearning course on Software-Defined Storage provides an overview of the storage pillars of a Software-Defined Data Center and how VMware’s Software-Defined Storage (SDS) strategy helps to mitigate the storage challenges faced by the Hardware-Defined Data Centers.
The course will outline the technical characteristics of Virtual SAN 6.0 and vSphere Virtual Volumes. We will then compare the new Software-Defined Storage functionalities and operating model found in Virtual SAN 6.0 and vSphere Virtual Volumes with that of traditional storage.
- Free e-learning course - Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals -
This eLearning course on Data Center Virtualization will provide you with a fundamental understanding of VMware's Data Center Virtualization products. The course also takes you through the components and features of vSphere 6.0, and shows how the vSphere 6.0 product line helps resolve business and IT challenges commonly faced by organizations.
The course will start by providing an overview of Data Center Virtualization with VMware vSphere, its components, capabilities, and benefits. We’ll then look at the components of vSphere that accomplish Data Center Virtualization. Finally, we’ll see how vSphere 6.0 products help resolve common data center challenges.
- VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization In 90 Seconds -
Introduction to the latest version of VMware Certified Professional 6 - Data Center Virtualization certification. New for vSphere 6 the VCP6-DCV. Find out what it is , why you should consider becoming VMware certified and what you have to do to earn this new certification (or upgrade).
VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV)
- Implementing a Hybrid Cloud Strategy Using vCloud Air, VMware NSX and vRealize Automation -
This white paper demonstrates how to successfully implement a hybrid cloud strategy and aims to provide a better understanding of its use case and its potential. The scenario described in this white paper is based on a successful real-world customer implementation by VMware employees who are part of CTO Ambassador group.
- New Fling - Certificate Manager for vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 -
This Fling is a graphical user interface (GUI) application to replace digital certificates on the vCenter Server Appliance. Easily deploy by selecting the components that need digital certificates replaced. This Fling works with vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.
The GUI wizard-based tool helps you by:
- Replacing certificates for vCenter Server, Inventory Service, Log Browzer, and Auto Deploy
- Providing Single-Sign On (SSO) that uses the same certificate as the vCenter Server certificate
- Collecting backups of previously deployed certificates and associated files
- Providing tool level logging
- New Book - PowerCLI Cookbook -
If you are a virtualization professional who wants to unleash the power of automation and combat the complexity of sprawling virtual environments, this book is ideal for you. This book will enhance your skills of administering VMware vSphere and vCloud Director with PowerCLI.
- Configure and administer VMware ESXi hosts, clusters, and vCenter
- Manage virtual machine configurations and operations
- Administer datastores, datastore clusters, and virtual machine snapshots
- Create and configure virtual networking in a vSphere environment
- Manage cluster features and affinity groups
- Make custom reports and notifications from vSphere
- Direct operations in vCloud Director
PowerCLI allows faster administration by executing tasks on groups of objects in the virtual environment and is flexible enough to allow complex, scripted routines to solve complex problems.
PowerCLI Cookbook illustrates the ease of performing repetitive tasks using native PowerCLI commands to speed up administration. This book teaches you how to create custom functions and modules to solve specific problems and deploy these solutions to operators. It covers all vSphere administration areas including host, cluster, and virtual machine management utilizing PowerCLI.
Finally, this book will enable administrators to execute scripts that will open new possibilities for automation and also enable them to manage VM workloads effectively.
- Migrating Virtual Machines Across vCenter Server Instances -
To enable migration across vCenter Server instances, your system must meet certain requirements.
For information about installing vCenter Server in Enhanced Linked Mode, see the vSphere Installation and Setup documentation.
- The source and destination vCenter Server instances and ESXi hosts must be 6.0 or later.
- Both vCenter Server instances must be in Enhanced Linked Mode and must be in the same vCenter Single Sign-On domain so that the source vCenter Server can authenticate to the destination vCenter Server.
- Both vCenter Server instances must be time-synchronized with each other for correct vCenter Single Sign-On token verification.
- For migration of compute resources only, both vCenter Server instances must be connected to the shared virtual machine storage.
- VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 Performance Scalability and Best Practices -
This white paper investigates how VMware Virtual SAN™ performs and scales for well understood synthetic workloads, Virtual SAN caching tier designs, and Virtual SAN configuration parameters. The goal is to provide guidelines on how to get the best performance for applications deployed on a Virtual SAN cluster.Tests show that the Hybrid Virtual SAN Cluster performs extremely well when the working set is fully cached for random access workloads, and also for all sequential access workloads. The All-Flash Virtual SAN cluster, which performs well for random access workloads with large working sets, may be deployed in cases where the working set is too large to fit in a cache.
All workloads scale linearly in both types of Virtual SAN clusters—as more hosts are added and more disk groups per host, Virtual SAN sees a corresponding increase in its ability to handle larger workloads. Virtual SAN offers an excellent way to scale up the cluster as performance requirementsincrease.
- Migration Paths from v5 Certification to v6 -
A few weeks ago VMware announced the new roadmap of version 6 certifications, and mentioned that there would be migration paths for those who held certifications on the previous version. Here is more about those migration paths.Upgrading from VCP5 to VCP6: Only one exam is required. There is no course attendance required (but it is recommended). There will be five VCP6 migration options across the four technology tracks: Data Center Virtualization (DCV), Desktop and Mobility (DTM), Cloud Management and Automation (CMA), and Network Virtulization (NV):
If you hold one of the following v6 certifications you will be automatically migrated to the equivalent new VCP6 certification:
- VCP6: Data Center Virtualization Exam (exam number: 2V0-621) – Beta Coming Soon!
- VCP6: Data Center Virtualization Delta Exam (exam number: 2V0-621D) – Beta Coming Soon!
- VCP6: Desktop & Mobility Exam (exam number: 2V0-651) – Coming Soon!
- VCP6: Cloud Management and Automation Exam (exam number: 2V0-631) – Coming Soon!
- VCP6: Network Virtualization Exam (exam number: 2V0-641) – Coming Soon!
Upgrading to VCIX6: For anyone certified as a VCAP5 one exam is required. There is no course attendance required (but it is recommended).VMware is still working on the VCIX6 exams, so some of the details are pending, but they can provide you with this information:
- VCP6-Cloud = VCP6-Cloud Management and Automation
- VCP6-Desktop = VCP6-Desktop and Mobility
- VCP-Network Virtualization = VCP6–Network Virtualization
- If you hold either a VCAP Administration or Design certification, you will be given credit towards the corresponding VCIX6 requirement for that track, so you only need to take the other VCIX6 exam (the one that you have not earned). For instance, if you have a VCAP5-DCA then you would only need to take the VCIX6 Data Center Design exam to earn your VCIX6-DCV.
- If you hold both VCAP Design and VCAP Admin certifications for a certification track you can take either the VCIX6 Design exam or the VCIX6 Admin exam in order to upgrade to the new VCIX6 credential for your technology track (this policy was updated based upon your feedback below – thank you!).
- If you hold a VCIX-NV certification you will be automatically migrated to VCIX6-NV.
- RVTools version 3.7 is now available for download -
RVTools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Interacting with VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3.5, ESX Server 3i, VirtualCenter 4.x, ESX Server 4.x, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance, ESX Server 5.0, VirtualCenter 5.1, ESX Server 5.1, VirtualCenter 5.5, ESX Server 5.5.
RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, Resource pools, Clusters, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores, Multipath info and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and RVTools is able to update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version.
What's new in Version 3.7 (March, 2015)
- VI SDK reference changed from 5.0 to 5.5
- Extended the timeout value from 10 to 20 minutes for really big environments
- New field VM Folder on vCPU, vMemory, vDisk, vPartition, vNetwork, vFloppy, vCD, vSnapshot and vTools tabpages
- On vDisk tabpage new Storage IO Allocation Information
- On vHost tabpage new fields: service tag (serial #) and OEM specific string
- On vNic tabpage new field: Name of (distributed) virtual switch
- On vMultipath tabpage added multipath info for path 5, 6, 7 and 8
- On vHealth tabpage new health check: Multipath operational state
- On vHealth tabpage new health check: Virtual machine consolidation needed check
- On vInfo tabpage new fields: boot options, firmware and Scheduled Hardware Upgrade Info
- On statusbar last refresh date time stamp
- On vhealth tabpage: Search datastore errors are now visible as health messages
- You can now export the csv files separately from the command line interface (just like the xls export)
- You can now set a auto refresh data interval in the preferences dialog box
- All datetime columns are now formatted as yyyy/mm/dd hh:mm:ss
- The export dir / filenames now have a formated datetime stamp yyyy-mm-dd_hh:mm:ss
- Bug fix: on dvPort tabpage not all networks are displayed
- Overall improved debug information
- Ruby vSphere Console Command Reference for Virtual SAN 6 -
The Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) is an interactive command-line console user interface for VMware vSphere and Virtual Center. The Ruby vSphere Console is based on the popular RbVmomi Ruby interface to the vSphere API has been an open source project for the past 2-3 years.
RbVmomi was created with the goal to dramatically decrease the amount of coding required to perform routine tasks, as well as increase the efficiency of task execution, all while still allowing for the full power of the API when needed.
The Ruby vSphere Console comes bundled with both the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and the Windows version of vCenter Server. RVC is quickly becoming one of the primary tools for managing and troubleshooting Virtual SAN environments.
This white paper is intended for vSphere architects, administrators, developers and any others who are interested in deploying, managing or maintaining a Virtual SAN infrastructure. To glean the most out of this document, it will help to be familiar with vSphere infrastructure, Virtual SAN hardware as well as VM provisioning workflows.
- What’s New in the VMware vSphere 6.0 Platform -
VMware vSphere 6.0 introduces many enhancements to VMware vSphere Hypervisor, VMware virtual machines, VMware vCenter Server™, virtual storage, and virtual networking. This paper will discuss these improvements that further extend the core capabilities of the vSphere platform.
- What’s New in the VMware vSphere 6.0 Platform
- VMware vSphere 6.0 Release Notes
- vSphere 6 Direct Download Link
- VMware vSphere 6 Documentation
- Configuration Maximums vSphere 6.0
- VMware Software Manager
- VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 Design and Sizing Guide -
Although most Virtual SAN design and sizing exercises are straightforward, careful planning at the outset can avoid problems later. Based on observed experiences to date, the most frequent design issues are:
- Failing to use VCG-listed components, drivers and firmware, resulting in unpredictable behavior. Flash devices and IO controllers are particularly sensitive.
- Not properly sizing cache for capacity growth (e.g. thin volumes progressively getting fatter), resulting in declining performance over time.
- Using 1Gb networking for performance-intensive environments, with predictably poor results.
- Not understanding 3-node limitations associated with maintenance mode and protection after a failure.
- Using very large, slow disks for capacity, resulting in poor performance if an application is not cache-friendly.
- Failure to have sufficient extra capacity for operations.
- VMware vSphere 6 and Oracle Database Scalability Study -
Many customers run their production Oracle databases within VMware vSphere® virtual machines to support critical and demanding applications. The performance of these Oracle databases can be key to the success of daily operations.
VMware conducted a series of tests to demonstrate the performance and scalability of large virtual machines on vSphere 6 running Oracle Database 12c. Using a transactional workload, it was found that a single large “Monster” virtual machine can efficiently use an entire current-generation four-socket server.
These results demonstrate that even very large and demanding Oracle database workloads can be successfully run with excellent performance with vSphere.
- VMware Virtual SAN Diagnostics and Troubleshooting Reference Manual -
VMware’s Virtual SAN is designed to be simple: simple to configure, and simple to operate. This simplicity masks a sophisticated and powerful storage product.
The purpose of this document is to fully illustrate how Virtual SAN works behind the scenes: whether this is needed in the context of problem solving, or just to more fully understand its inner workings.
Virtual SAN 6.0 comes with a Health Services plugin. This feature checks a range of different health aspects of Virtual SAN, and provides insight into the root cause of many potential Virtual SAN issues.
The recommendation when triaging Virtual SAN is to begin with the Virtual SAN Health Services. Once an issue is detected, the Health Services highlights the problem and directs administrators to the appropriate VMware knowledgebase article to begin problem solving.
Please refer to the Virtual SAN Health Services Guide for further details on how to get the Health Services components, how to install them and how to use the feature for troubleshooting common Virtual SAN issues.
- Performance Evaluation of Network I/O Control in VMware vSphere 6 -
The Network I/O Control (NetIOC) feature in VMware vSphere® has been enhanced in vSphere 6.0 to support a number of exciting new features such as bandwidth reservations.
After tests demonstrate the performance utility of these new features, the performance impact of the new NetIOC algorithm is explored. Later tests show that NetIOC offers a powerful way to achieve network resource isolation at minimal cost, in terms of latency and CPU utilization.
Technical white paper: Performance Evaluation of Network I/O Control in VMware vSphere 6
- VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Deployment Guide -
The VMware vCenter Server 6.0 release introduces new, simplified deployment models. The components that make up a vCenter Server installation have been grouped into two types: embedded and external.
Embedded refers to a deployment in which all components—this can but does not necessarily include the database—are installed on the same virtual machine. External refers to a deployment in which vCenter Server is installed on one virtual machine and the Platform Services Controller (PSC) is installed on another.
The Platform Services Controller is new to vCenter Server 6.0 and comprises VMware vCenter Single Sign-On, licensing, and the VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA). Embedded installations are recommended for standalone environments in which there is only one vCenter Server system and replication to another Platform Services Controller is not required.
If there is a need to replicate with other Platform Services Controllers or there is more than one vCenter Single Sign-On enabled solution, deploying the Platform Services Controller(s) on separate virtual machine(s)—via external deployment—from vCenter Server is required.This paper defines the services installed as part of each deployment model, recommended deployment models (reference architectures), installation and upgrade instructions for each reference architecture, post deployment steps, and certificate management in VMware vSphere 6.0.
- KEMP has released a Free LoadMaster -
KEMP is offering the Free LoadMaster to help small companies and developers by providing them with a robust and proven load balancing option. As their load balancing needs grow and expand, they will be able to upgrade to a commercial version in the future, since they will already be comfortable with and knowledgeable about the LoadMaster.The availability of a proven free load balancer from a well-established company will enable many start-ups and QA/Dev teams to focus on the task at hand. They will no longer have to worry about addressing the trade-off between cost, quality and upgradeability associated with some open source and application-embedded load balancing solutions.
The Free LoadMaster is also great for existing KEMP customers who wish to replicate their production environment for UAT purposes. While there are some limiting differences between the Free LoadMaster and commercial versions, this community supported, lower performance model provides all of the same core functionality that is included in our commercial LoadMasters.
The Free LoadMaster Includes:
- Layer 4/7 load balancing
- Content switching
- Caching, compression engine
- MS Exchange 2010/2013 optimized
- Pre-configured virtual service templates
- IPS engine
- High Availability
- Edge Security Pack (ESP) – a Microsoft TMG replacement
- GSLB multi-site load balancing
- RESTful API
- Latest Fling from VMware Labs - VCS to VCVA Converter -
The VCS to VCVA Converter Appliance is the winning idea from the 2013 Fling Contest. It allows customers to migrate from Windows vCenter Server with an External Microsoft SQL Server Database to the vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded vPostgres database.
The Fling migrates the vCenter database, roles, permissions, privileges, certificates and inventory service. The target appliance will run at the same IP address as the source vCenter.
Download the VCS to VCVA Converter
- Technical White Paper - VMware Product Security -
This white paper provides an overview of how VMware's committed to building trust with their customers is present in every facet of their comprehensive, risk-based software assurance process and is reinforced in their program structure.
VMware’s approach to product and information security addresses potential vulnerabilities within areas such as:
- Software product development
- Software supply chain
- Technology partnerships and ecosystems
- New Book: VMware vRealize Orchestrator Cookbook -
If you are a VMware administrator who is interested in automating your infrastructure, this book is for you. An understanding of basic programming concepts is advised.
No previous knowledge of Orchestrator is required, although some previous knowledge of it will allow you to get started more easily.What You Will Learn
Through this practical guide, you will gain an understanding of VMware vRealize Orchestrator and its role in the vSphere architecture and automation. You will learn about Orchestrator clusters as well as vRealize Automation integration.
- Install, configure, and optimize Orchestrator installations (Windows, Appliance as well as vRA integrated)
- Explore all the visual programming elements without the need for additional infrastructure
- Work with plugins such as SSH, mail, SQL, PowerShell, AD, SOAP, SNMP, AMQP, and REST
- Discover how to create VMware automation
- Get to grips with user management, synchronization, and packaging applications
- Understand policies and resources
- Work more efficiently with distributed Orchestrator environments
A full introduction to using the visual programming tools without needing any additional infrastructure is aimed at beginners with limited resources.
This is followed by an extensive look at how to integrate the base plugins into your workflows, such as e-mail, AMQP, SNMP, and so on. We will also look at how to use the Orchestrator API to trigger workflows from other programs.
Through this book you will be able to get the most out of your Orchestrator installation, and develop complex workflows and create your own highly integrated automations of vCenter, vCloud, and vRealize environments.
- Cool Tool - Snapwatcher -
Invalid or broken snapshots are caused by all kind of actions the system admin has no control of i. e. backup solutions that trigger the snapshot creation and deletion. If VMware struggles to delete the snapshot files an invalid snapshot is made. This kind of snapshots are known to be hard to detect and tend to grow hidden to waste precious disk space.
- Monitor VMware snapshots across VMware vCenter systems and report your efforts saving space.
- Track snapshots, find invalid snapshots - leverage the powerful grid to handle hundreds of snapshots smooth and simple.
- Free precious disk space wasted by fixing broken, old and invalid snapshots with a click.