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Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Automation, Compute, DevOps, Infrastructure, Management, Networking, Security | 0 comments

Version Updates – What’s New?

code release

In a word…Everything!

Big release day for VMware engineering yesterday.  Great work guys!

 

VMware vSphere 6.0n (ESXi, vCenter)

6
12-Mar-15
VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.x
6.1.0
12-Mar-15
VMware vRealize Automation 6.x
6.2.1
12-Mar-15
VMware vRealize Orchestrator 6.x
6.0.1
12-Mar-15
vRealize Business Advanced\Enterprise 8.x
8.2.1
12-Mar-15
vRealize Business Standard 6.x
6.1.0
12-Mar-15
vRealize Business Standard 6.x for vSphere
6.1
12-Mar-15
vRealize Code Stream 1.x
1.1.0
12-Mar-15
vRealize Infrastructure Navigator 5.x
5.8.4
12-Mar-15
vRealize Operations Manager 5.x
5.8.5
12-Mar-15
VMware vCloud Networking and Security
5.5.4
12-Mar-15
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 6.x
6
12-Mar-15
VMware Virtual SAN 6.x
6
12-Mar-15
VMware vSphere Data Protection 6.x
6
12-Mar-15
VMware vSphere Replication 6.x
6
12-Mar-15
VMware Integrated Open Stack
1
12-Mar-15
VMware View 6.x
6.1
12-Mar-15
VMware Horizon Client for Windows 3.x
3.3
12-Mar-15
VMware Workspace Portal 2.x
2.1.1
12-Mar-15
VMware App Volumes 2.x
2.6
12-Mar-15
VMware vSphere PowerCLI 6.x
6
12-Mar-15
vRealize Orchestrator Active Directory plugin
2.0.0
12-Mar-15
vRealize Orchestrator vRealize Automation plugin
6.2.1
12-Mar-15

 

 

Thanks to Amy C for the compiled list!

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Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Automation | 0 comments

Solved – vRealize Automation / vCloud Automation Center 6.x Fabric And Business Groups Will Not Allow Active Directory Groups To Be Assigned

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Ever have one of those days?  I have a customer who’s about to go into production with their vRealize Automation environment.  He called this morning with the simplest of questions – “How do I add an AD group instead of a user in my Business Group roles”?  After about a half hour of troubleshooting to no avail, I decided to escalate…to Google.  Come to find out this is a known issue with vRA/vCAC 6.x.  There are two or three posts out in the blogosphere that mention the issue, but there’s a pretty big omission  in the workaround, which is the reason for this post.  I don’t want anyone else to feel like the guy above after they waste a couple of hours like I did in figuring out how to implement this relatively simple fix.

Let me back up and show what I’m talking about:

vRA1

 

Turns out the auto-complete for AD groups in both ‘Business Groups’ and ‘Fabric Groups’ does not work.  This is a known bug in vRA/vCAC 6.x.  The workaround simply states to “type the valid AD group name in it’s entirety and hit <ENTER>”.

 

vCAC2

 

Sounds simple enough, but that didn’t work either.  “Loading” would appear for a few seconds then timeout and never drop the entry to the line below to show that it was accepted.  I tried distinguished names, tried adjusting my AD search strings, created AD group names with no spaces, but never could get that slimy sucker to take.

UNTIL – I entered it into the line below the search field directly and hit ENTER.

 

VCAC3

This worked!  And after an additional bit of testing I found that it does do a validation check against AD (fictitious group caused an error).  You’ll see in the graphic above it’ll take spaces in the group name as well.

I can’t comment on the validity of this post outside of vRealize Automation v6.1.0 build 2041200, but this was a frustrating one that had a very simple resolution that left me with an “L” on my forehead.

 

 

 

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Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in Automation, Compute, Infrastructure | 0 comments

DPM – A vSphere Feature That Can Save Your Home Lab From Thermonuclear Meltdown

Screen shot 2011-08-03 at 1.09.18 PM

 

Florida summers are hot.  Especially when you work out of a small home office and have a ton of equipment running non-stop.  This year I finally had enough and was motivated to do something about it. My home lab consists of two Dell PowerEdge C6100 rack mount servers running two nodes each and a Synology DS1813+ NAS as well as all of your typical networking gear all tucked away in a tiny little closet.

I started playing around with a lesser used feature in vSphere called ‘Dynamic Power Management’ or DPM.  DPM works with DRS to monitor the workloads across hosts, consolidate them down to run on as few hosts as possible and then put the vacant hosts in standby mode thereby saving power.  When the workloads spike, DPM reverses the process, turns on hosts and DRS redistributes the loads amongst the hosts.  It truly is as simple as that.

DPM is a simple cluster setting.  Open up your vCenter web or C+ client, right click the cluster and select ‘edit settings’.  Highlight vSphere DRS and choose ‘Automatic’ from the Power Management drop down.

DPM

 

After turning this on and waiting around a few minutes…nothing happened.  So I set the DPM Threshold to the most aggressive setting in the C+ client to try to get it to react.

DPM Threshold

After waiting a few minutes with no vMotion activity or hosts beginning to go into standby mode, I started to research custom settings.  I found the following that I applied under the ‘Advanced Options’ button at the bottom of the DRS configuration screen.

Advanced Options DRS

And voila!  A few seconds after I hit okay, vMotion started consolidating VMs and eventually put three of four hosts in standby (I don’t run HA in my lab as none of my environment is mission-critical).  Now, depending on the workloads, I can usually get a 10:1 consolidation ratio which is about what I need to be running in my day-to-day activities to remain productive.  As soon as I launch more VMs, within a few seconds I see another host come out of standby mode and DRS load balances my environment as expected.

My office is A LOT cooler now and my power bill saw a noticeable drop thanks to DPM.

Meltdown averted!!!

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