Virtualization

VMware Cloud on AWS

It seems like lately, all the buzz had been around the cloud, especially public cloud.  At VMworld 2017, there is certainly no exception to that.  In fact, in the morning keynote, AWS was onstage alongside Pat Gelsinger announcing VMware Cloud on AWS. What is VMware Cloud on AWS? Simply put, it’s running the VMware SDDC suite on AWS resources.  Once deployed, the underlying infrastructure is managed by AWS and VMware, allowing the customer to focus on simply consuming the resources paid for.  Maintenance is handled in a way that is[…]

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vCenter is dead! Long live vCenter!

VMworld 2017 kicks off today at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. Normally there are some major announcements that are made each year during the first general session, and I”m looking forward to those. However, last week VMware dropped some news on their blog… Goodbye Windows vCenter That’s right! VMware announced that the windows based vCenter server would be deprecated in the next major version release.  a couple years back, VMware introduced the VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) which runs the vCenter server functions on a Linux based VM appliance.  At[…]

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Veeam Replication – VM Failover

Part 1 here: Veeam Replication – Installation Part 2 here: Veeam Replication – Configuration Part 3 here: Veeam Replication – VM Replication The last part of the Veeam portion of the Replication Roundup, is VM Failover.  While Veeam has failover plans, and has some powerful advanced settings, for the series, replication and failover will be done using the minimum amount of work. To get started, select Replicas from the tree on the left, and right click on the VM.  Choose “Failover Now” to initiate the failover process. Select the restore point.[…]

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Docker – Tech Field Day Extra @ VMworld 2016

  While attending VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas this year, I was invited to sit on the Tech Field Day panel for Monday.  One of the companies presenting was Docker. Mike Coleman from Docker presented to the panel and did a great job.  While I am familiar with containers conceptually, I have not yet implemented them in a lab or production environment.  And, being from the Ops side of DevOps, I was in no rush to jump onto the container bandwagon.  However, That’s about to change. Like most Ops people, the idea[…]

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VMworld Day 1

After Partner Exchange, VMworld officially kicked off Sunday night, with a welcome reception in the Solutions Exchange.  The welcome reception is a great time to get a layout of the solutions exchange, and to start talking with some of the vendors at VMworld.  Accompanied by drinks and hor devours,  VMware makes it’s customers feel at home and energized for the week ahead. Starting off VMworld, we were able to hear from Pat Gelsinger, and Michael Dell, who both talked about the future of VMware, and the concerns around the Dell /[…]

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VCAP-DCV Deploy – Objective 1.2 Configure Identity Sources for Single Sign-On

Now that a Platform Services Controller installed, and vCenter Server installed; it’s time to configure single sign-on sources for our SSO domain. SSO, or Single Sign On, was introduced in vSphere 5.1 and provides a more secure way of authenticating into the vSphere environment. SSO is now connected to multiple authentication domains, like active directory, and will exchange authentication for tokens which are used to access multiple vSphere services. In our lab, we will configure SSO to use Active Directory as a source. First, log into the vSphere Web Client,[…]

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VCAP-DCV Deploy – Objective 1.2 Deploy vCenter Server

Now that the Platform Services Controller (PSC) is installed, it’s time to install the vCenter server.  For the lab, we will be installing vCenter 6 onto Windows 2012 R2. After mounting the ISO image, autorun will give us the option to install vCenter.  Choose vCenter Server from the External Deployment section. Configure the name of the vCenter server – this will be hard coded into the SSL certificate. Next, enter the details for the Platform Services Controller that was just setup. Confirm the SSL certificate (not shown), and choose an[…]

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