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VMware Update Day!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Compute | 0 comments

Some of my favorite times of the year is when we release updates across the board.  So much cool stuff, I don’t even know where to start.  Here is a list of all the new releases:

vSphere 6.0 Update2

ESXi v6.0U2

What’s New

  • High Ethernet Link Speed: ESXi 6.0 Update 2 supports 25 G and 50 G ethernet link speeds.
  • VMware Host Client: The VMware Host Client is an HTML5 client that is used to connect to and manage single ESXi hosts. It can be used to perform administrative tasks to manage host resources, such as virtual machines, networking, and storage. The VMware Host Client can also be helpful to troubleshoot individual virtual machines or hosts when vCenter Server and the vSphere Web Client are unavailable. For more information about VMware Host Client, see VMware Host Client 1.0 Release Notes.
  • vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO) Enhancement:
    • ESXi 6.0 Update 2 supports the IO Filter VASA Provider in a pure IPv6 environment. For additional information, see the Resolved Issues section
    • ESXi 6.0 Update 2 supports the VMIOF versions 1.0 and 1.1. For additional information, see the Resolved Issues section.

Release Notes

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsphere/60/vsphere-esxi-60u2-release-notes.html

Documentation

https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-6-pubs.html

Download

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=ESXI60U2&productId=491&rPId=10348

vCenter v6.0U2

What’s New

  • Two-factor authentication for vSphere Web Client: Protect the vSphere Web Client using the following form of authentication:
    • RSA SecurID
    • Smart card (That is the UPN based Common Access Card)
  • Support to change vSphere ESX Agent Manager logging level: This release supports dynamic increase or decrease of vSphere ESX Agent Manager (EAM) logging levels without restarting EAM.
  • vSphere Web Cient support: vSphere Web Client now supports Microsoft Windows 10 OS.
  • vCenter Server database support: vCenter Server now supports the following external databases:
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1

Release Notes

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsphere/60/vsphere-vcenter-server-60u2-release-notes.html

Documentation

https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-6-pubs.html

Download

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VC60U2&productId=491&rPId=10348

Virtual SAN v6.2

What’s New

See release notes for complete details

Release Notes

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsan/62/vmware-virtual-san-62-release-notes.html

Documentation

https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/virtual-san-pubs.html

Download

https://my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_virtual_san/6_2

vRealize Log Insight v3.3.1

What’s New

See release notes for complete details

Release Notes

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/LogInsight/33/log-insight-331-release-notes.html

Documentation

https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/log-insight-pubs.html

Download

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VRLI-331&productId=568

vRealize Suite v7.0

What’s New

See release notes for complete details

Release Notes

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vrealizesuite/70/vrealize-suite-70-release-notes.html

Documentation

https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vmware-vrealize-suite-pubs.html

Download

https://my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vrealize_suite/7_0

vRealize Automation v7.0.1

What’s New

Provides a management agent to automate the installation of Windows components and to collect logs

Automates the deployment of all vRealize Automation components

Provides an installation wizard to automate a Minimal or Enterprise installation

Release Notes

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vra/vrealize-automation-701-release-notes.html

Documentation

https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vrealize-automation-pubs.html

Download

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vrealize_automation/7_0

vRealize Orchestrator 7.0.1

What’s New

vRealize Orchestrator 7.0.1 is a patch release that introduces a number of improvements, bug fixes, and resolves an important issue.

Release Notes

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/orchestrator/vrealize-orchestrator-701-release-notes.html

Documentation

http://vmware.com/support/pubs/orchestrator_pubs.html

Download

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VROVA_701&productId=491&rPId=10254

VMware vRealize Code Stream 2.0

What’s New

See release notes for complete details

Release Notes

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vrcs/vrealize-code-stream-20-release-notes.html

Documentation

https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vrcs-pubs.html

Download

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vrealize_code_stream/2_0

vRealize Code Stream Management Pack for IT DevOps 2.0.0

DataSheet

http://www-review.vmware.com/files/pdf/products/vrealize/vmware-vrealize-code-stream-management-solution-brief.pdf

Download

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VRCS-MP-VRA-200&productId=571

vRealize Orchestrator vRealize Automation plugin 7.0.1

What’s New

This release of the vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for vRealize Automation introduces the following new functionality:

vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for vRealize Automation 7.0.1 works with vRealize Automation 7.0 and 7.0.1 and vRealize Orchestrator 7.0 and 7.0.1.

Release Notes

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/orchestrator/plugins/vra-plugin-701-release-notes.html

Documentation

https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vco_plugins_pubs.html

Download

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VRO_VRA_PLUGIN_701&productId=569 – product_downloads

vRealize Automation v6.2.4 & VMware vCloud Automation Center Application Services 6.2.4

What’s New

See release notes for complete details

Release Notes

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vra/vrealize-automation-624-release-notes.html

Documentation

https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vrealize-automation-pubs.html

Download

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vrealize_automation/6_2

vRealize Business for Cloud 7.0.1

What’s New

See release notes for complete details

Release Notes

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vRBforCloud/701/vRBforCloud-701-release-notes.html

Documentation

https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vrealize-business-pubs.html

Download

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vrealize_business/8_2

vRealize Business Enterprise 8.2.5

What’s New

See release notes for complete details

Release Notes

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vRealizeBusinessAE/825/vrealizebusiness-enterprise-825-release-notes.html

Documentation

https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vrealize-business-pubs.html

Download

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vrealize_business/8_2

VMware Update Day!

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Compute | 0 comments

One of my favorite times of the year is when VMware comes out with updates.  Updates = features, features = geeky fun!  Right?

For your enjoyment, here is the easy to access list of updates to access:

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager v6.1

VMware vRealize Automation v6.2.3

VMware vRealize Business Adv/Ent v8.2.3

VMware vRealize Business Standard v6.2.3

VMware vRealize Operations Manager v6.0.3

VMware vRealize Operations Manager v6.1.0

VMware vSphere Update Manager v6.0 U1

VMware vSphere v6.0 U1

VMware Horizon (View) v5.3.5

Care Systems Analytics VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for Epic v1.0.4

VMware vRealize Code Stream v1.2.0

VMware vRealize Log Insight v3.0.0

VMware vRealize Orchestrator v6.0.3

vRealize Orchestrator Plug-in for VR-A v6.2.3

VMware Virtual SAN v6.1

VMware vSphere Replication v6.1

vRealize Orchestrator Plug-in for Replication v6.1.0

vSphere Data Protection v6.1

VMware Integrated OpenStack v2.0

VMworld 2015 Recap – Ready for ANY!

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Compute | 0 comments

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As VMworld 2015 draws to a close I thought it would be good to summarize some of the major VMware announcements in one place.

On Day 1 we announced the following:

  • VMware EVO SDDC
  • Broad updates to our Unified Hybrid Cloud platform
  • VMware Integrated OpenStack 2
  • VMware vSphere Integrated Containers and Photon Platform

Chris Wolf published a great page with details around these exciting new announcements.

Day 2 we made these EUC-centric announcements:

  • Project A2
  • VMware Identity Manager and NSX
  • VMware Horizon Enhancements

Again, Chris Wolf was busy publishing a day two summary with announcement details.

Day 3 continued with breakout sessions and the first ever Developer Day.  You can read up on a day 3 summary here.

Be sure to check out new VMworld content at the official VMworld site.

Didn’t make it to Hands on Labs at this year’s VMworld?  No worries!  Check back often at the official HOL website.  Content is constantly being updated and will include VMworld HOLs in the near future.

Want to join us for VMworld 2016?  Don’t make your San Francisco hotel reservations just yet…

VMworld 2016

 

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Failed to vMotion – What does VSAN have to do with it?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in Compute, Infrastructure | 0 comments

vMotion migration [167772244:1439137055175670] failed to read stream keepalive: Connection closed by remote host, possibly due to timeout
Migration to host <10.0.0.66> failed with error msg.vmk.status.VMK_MIG_CONN_CLOSED (195887167).
Migration [167772244:1439137055175670] failed to connect to remote host <10.0.0.84> from host <10.0.0.66>: Timeout.
vMotion migration [167772244:1439137055175670] failed to create a connection with remote host <10.0.0.84>: The ESX hosts failed to connect over the VMotion network
Failed waiting for data. Error 195887371. The ESX hosts failed to connect over the VMotion network.

Those have seen error 195887371 know it as the great MTU mistake where the MTU sizes don’t match up and vMotion fails to work properly.  However, what was interesting about this error message is it references my VSAN’s VMkernel network.  I flip over to the vCenter web interface and eye spy with my little eye that the VSAN VMkernel also is enabled as vMotion interface.  Well that can’t be! I admittedly don’t know why or how this happened but case closed, problem solved.

Rookie mistake? Probably, but it happens to the best of us.

Cisco SG500X Switch is Amazing

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Networking | 0 comments

One of the struggles I’ve experienced in having a home lab is finding 10 Gbps capable switches that meet the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor).  The challenge is finding a switch that will not break the bank while not sounding like an aircraft taking off in my house.  My primary purpose for using a 10 Gb switch was for VSAN.  Coming off a 1 Gb network, it was clear that I could saturate a link…which is rather geeky cool.

I started off with the Dell 6248 which had 2 x 2 port 10 Gb expansion cards and it really only met half the WAF score.  It was a bit of an odd switch but it worked and served its purpose.  The issue I had with this switch is it was loud, in fact, louder than my 4 node Dell C6100 servers.

I went on a quest looking for a layer 3 switch that had at least 4 x 10 Gbps ports that sounded more like an angel and less like Gilbert Gottfried.  I spent more time than I’d like to admit looking for the king of home lab switches but the outcome was well worth it.

 

The winner is the Cisco SG500X switch!  (The full name being SG500X-24-K9-NA).  The Cisco SG500X is the maverick of home lab switches!  It was hard to find something switch couldn’t do.

Price – $650-$700 used eBay SG500X-24-K9 / $1050 new NewEgg

Noise – Quitter than my servers!

Features – A lot! Check out Cisco SG500X-24 24-Port GB with 4-Port 10-GB Stackable Managed Switch

WAF Score – A+

Updating LSI Firmware VSAN

Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Storage | 10 comments

Just to catch you up to the point on why I’m even discussing this, let’s jog down how I arrived to this point:

  • On March 2014, I decided to run VSAN 5.5 using the Dell’s H310 I/O controller.  Under the hood this controller is a LSI 2008 (B2).
  • Dell’s stock firmware throttles this down to a queue depth to a pathetic 25.  Where a LSI 2008 should have a queue depth of 600.
  • After following Vladan Seget’s blog on  How-to Flash Dell Perc H310 with IT Firmware To Change Queue Depth from 25 to 600 I used the LSI-9211-8i firmware to turn this card from the laughing stock of I/O controllers to something respectable.
  • On Feb 2015, I installed vSphere 6.0 and upgrade to VSAN 6.0.  Holy cow, it sure took a long time to boot up vSphere.  I could tell during the boot up that the famous “mptsas2” was what was to blame.
  • I ran across Dunan’s blog on Updating LSI firmware through the ESXi commandline where he was upgrading his LSI 2308 card and decided to try this on the Dell H310 I/O controllers that are running the LSI 9211 8i firmware.

1. Grab your files.  There are 3 files you will need to complete this upgrade.  Download the zip files and grab the following files from http://www.avagotech.com/products/server-storage/host-bus-adapters/sas-9211-8i#

  • 9211_8i_Package_P20_IR_IT_Firmware_BIOS_for_MSDOS_Windows (92118ir.bin)
  • Installer_P20_for_Vmware_ESX50 (mptsas2.rom)
  • Installer_P20_for_Vmware_ESX50 (vmware-esx-sas2flash.vib)

2. SCP those 3 files to your /tmp directory of the host you are upgrading

 

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2. Place the server in maintenance mode from vCenter or via the CLI:

esxcli system maintenanceMode set -e yes

3. Install the vib

esxcli software vib install –force -v /tmp/vmware-esx-sas2flash.vib

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4. Verify version 20 has been installed

sxcli software vib list | grep sas2flash

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5. Upgrade the LSI 92118-IR firmware

/opt/lsi/bin/sas2flash -o -f /tmp/92118ir.bin -b /tmp/mptsas2.rom

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6. Verify the 20.0 was installed

/opt/lsi/bin/sas2flash -list

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7. Reboot the host

esxcli system shutdown reboot -r “Update firmware for LSI”

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You should now notice that the vSphere startup time has greatly improved!