NSX Experience Day

Yesterday, on 29th May we had a 1-day hands-on lab / conference, a technical session of NSX Network Virtualization and Security Platform. The event hosted by VMware Hungary, in Holiday Beach Budapest Hotel.

The presenter, Piotr Jabłoński is a Senior System Engineer at VMware from Poland. He previously worked at Cisco, has significant experience at Data Center networking, security and NSX area. He is also a CCDE and CCIE. Let’s check the agenda

The event was organized as a classroom training. We went through the basics: What is NSX, how does it fit into the Software-Defined Datacenter. How can we compare with the traditional physical network infrastructure and what are the benefits. Then the architecture of the NSX was discussed.

After the Logical Switching section we did a HOL (Hands On Labs) together, the first part of the 1,5 hour long HOL-1703-SDC-5 – SociaLab: Intro to VMware NSX lab. You can also try that lab for free from your web browser, it provides a fully guided real environment experience. (You have access a complete virtual lab with instructions but you can also use it as a sandbox to try features. I mentioned during my exam preparation several times, this is a pretty awesome tool.)

We talked about the firewalls and 3rd party AV integrations. The spoofguard and some firewall rules were tested in the lab together with two Linux VMs. At the end there were a couple of words about the vRealize Automation and the vRelaize Network Insight. Both tools could help a lot during the NSX administration.

So it was a great and useful event, thanks to Piotr Jabłoński and the Hungarian VMware team!

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VMUG Hungary 2017 Q2 – Recap

Yesterday was the second VMUG, HU in 2017, with three community presenters in total!

Cinema City was the host again. Let’s check the agenda!

9:00-9:50 – Regisztráció / Registration

9:50-10:10 – VMUG Leader köszöntő / Welcome

Csaba mentioned, that the VMUG Virtual Event (the last one) is available for free on the Website, so you can watch the entire event. Additionally, here you can check the VMUG Webcasts. The VMworld 2017 Barcelona is coming, (11-14 Sept) so if you have a chance to attend, register. Another good news is that Kiss Tibor has joined again to the VMUG Hungary as a second leader. From now on they will organize the VMUG Conferences together.

10:10-10:40 – CLICO

Előadás címe: Simplify Data Protection for VMware
Előadó: Filip Verloy – Rubrik

Filip has introduced the Rubrik’s Data Protection Solution. From the webpage:

Rubrik Cloud Data Management delivers automated backup, recovery, archival, search, cloud, and development in a simple, scale-out platform built for hybrid cloud.

They simplify the Data protection with using only one converged appliance (a scaleable brick) with 4 independent nodes inside. No backup jobs any more, but we have SLAs.

Instant Point-in-time recovery, configuration under 1 hour, full HTML5 GUI, PowerShell, REST API, integrated with vRO/vRA, public clouds, replication, DR… Sounds promising.

10:40-11:10 – Netapp – DData

Előadás címe: HCI garantált teljesítménnyel
Előadó: Varga Gyula (DData)

Gyula showed us the NetApp’s converged solution, called SolidFire with Element OS. This is the HCI answer from NetApp for the question visible on the slide below:

This All-Flash array guarantees the IOPS performance for the VMs, highly scalable and flexible (you can mix the storage and compute nodes)

11:10-11:40 – Kávészünet / Coffee Break

Some small talks and good coffee:)

11:40-12:10 – VMware

Előadás címe: Újdonságok és érdekességek a VMware háza tájáról.
Előadó: Czuczumanov Valentin

Valentin talked about some recent news. The strategy of  VMware has 4 priorities:

  1. Modernize Data Centers – SDDC
  2. Integrate Public Clouds – AWS and MS Azure. The 60% of the customers are using at least one public cloud already. 48% is using two different public cloud providers. The forecast for 2020 is that the 30% of the workload will be in public clouds.
  3. Empower the Digital Workspace
  4. Transform Security

For more, you can read here. Another news / releases:

12:10-12:40 – Közösségi előadás / Community Presentation

Előadás címe: VMware Mirage for Retail
Előadó : Kiss Tibor (Lapker Zrt.)

Tibor showed us the Mirage (image management tool) PoC, design and administration experiences in a multi location bandwidth sensitive environment with Windows 10 clients.

We have seen how can we install the Mirage components, create a base image with application layers and driver library.

The Windows 10 clients are connected via 3G/4G so the data usage e.g. during a Windows Update is very limited. So he created a new base image and assigned to the clients. The Mirage server sends only the deduplicated, delta data. The results of the measurements are on the following slide:

12:40-13:10 – EBÉD

13:10-13:40 – Közösségi előadás / Community Presentation

Előadás címe: PowerCLI 30 percben
Előadó: Soltész Zoltán (MOL Nyrt.)

Zoltan has brought us one of my favorite topic, the PowerCLI. He started with a small introduction of PowerCLI: Why it is a great tool, what is possible, how can we use it. Since the latest 6.5.1 version we do not need to install the MSI package any more, because the PowerCLI is available directly from the PowerShell Gallery. We went through the installation and some basic command lets.

We also had a demo session: creation of some random VM is just a one-liner, very easy to get information about a VM, or modify a parameter (e.g. CPU, RAM, etc.)

At the end of the presentation Zoltan talked about another possibilities, e.g MSchart, SQL and excel outputs.

13:40-14:10 – Közösségi előadás / Community Presentation

Előadó: Bertalan Bence
Előadás címe: VirtualSAN in action! Tapasztalatok, tippek éles VSAN üzemeltetéséhez

The last presentation was from Bence. He talked about VSAN admin / troubleshoot experiences in production environments. One of the most important requirement was the PCI compliance – (because of the huge multinational corporate) -, which can easily accomplished by VSAN. (physical separation from another workloads). They are basically satisfied with the VSAN: It is continuously and rapidly enhanced, new features are coming, has a great performance, used by more then 8000 customers already. However they had some interesting situations / issues:

  • Check the HCL always (P/N, FW levels, etc.) even if a component was listed they had an outage with a supported FW version. Later it was fixed with a new FW by the vendor
  • IGMP, Multicast – with VSAN 6.6 the IGMP snooping is removed, unicast is used instead of. With the older versions problems could occur.

So the upgrade to the VSAN6.6 is planned, but till now there is no in-place upgrade path from vSphere 6.0 U3.

14:10 – Sorsolás, Zárás / Giveaway, Closing

The sponsors and Csaba had some good prizes.

The next VMUG will be end of September. Have a good holiday!

Update 28/06: Tibor uploaded his Mirage presentation to his blog.

Posts about the past VMUG conferences:

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VMUG Hungary – 2017 Q2

Tomorrow on Tuesday, 26th of Jun will be the the second VMware User Group Hungary conference. Venue is the same as previously.

The mail has been already sent with the following agenda:

  • 9:00-9:50 – Regisztráció
  • 9:50-10:10 – VMUG Leader köszöntő
  • 10:10-10:40 – CLICO
    Előadás címe: Simplify Data Protection for VMware
    Előadó: Filip Verloy – Rubrik
  • 10:40-11:10 – Netapp – DData
    Előadás címe: HCI garantált teljesítménnyel
    Előadó: Varga Gyula (DData)
  • 11:10-11:40 – Kávészünet
  • 11:40-12:10 – VMware
    Előadás címe: Újdonságok és érdekességek a VMware háza tájáról.
    Előadó: Czuczumanov Valentin
  • 12:10-12:40 – Közösségi előadás
    Előadás címe: VMware Mirage for Retail
    Előadó : Kiss Tibor (Lapker Zrt.)
  • 12:40-13:10 – EBÉD
  • 13:10-13:40 – Közösségi előadás
    Előadás címe: PowerCLI 30 percben
    Előadó: Soltész Zoltán (MOL Nyrt.)
  • 13:40-14:10 – Közösségi előadás
    Előadó: Bertalan Bence
    Előadás címe: VirtualSAN in action! Tapasztalatok, tippek éles VSAN üzemeltetéséhez
  • 14:10 – Sorsolás, Zárás

Here you can register, see you there!

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vSAN Experience Day

On 3rd May we had a great day, called vSAN Experience Day. The event hosted by VMware, in Holiday Beach Budapest Hotel.

The presenter, Karel Rudišar is a System Engineer at VMware from Czech Republic. He previously worked at Dell, has significant experience at storage and vSAN area. Let’s check the agenda:

The event was organized as a classroom training. Rudišar has started with the SSDC. Some words about the market share of complete portfolio, evolution of storage components and the current market status of the vSAN. (7000+customers, 100+ countries)

Then we went through the vSAN basics: limitations, policies, HCI, tier types, disk groups, use-cases, options (VxRAIL, ready nodes, certified components)

The latest version of the vSAN 6.6 was just released, with a huge feature package. I also wrote some posts about the new features of the vSAN 6.2 last year, but this table summarizes each release. (click to enlarge)

Stretched cluster had a couple of slides. If you have 5ms RTT & 10Gbps connection between sites, you can build one

Next topics: RoBo, Hybrid vs All-Flash setup.

vRealize Operations Manager has a management pack for vSAN, you can download from here. Here you can check a great demo about it.

Another topics was also excited. If you want to try the vSAN without having any physical vSAN components, you can do it via the Hands On Labs!

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VMUG Hungary 2017 Q1 – Great Opening

Yesterday was the first VMUG, HU in 2017: nice venue, exciting presentations, delicious lunch and around 100-130 attendees. As I wrote, the Cinema City was the host again which has of course a fantastic huge screen for presentations:)

Lets check the agenda a bit detailed.

9:00-9:50Regisztráció / Registration

9:50-10:00 VMUG Leader köszöntő / Welcome

Csaba has talked about the new global VMUG site – he will upload the photos and presentations of the previous VMUG events soon.

10:00-10:30Dell-EMC

Előadás címe: VMware vRealize Operations Manager bevezetés és tapasztalatok a Lapker Zrt.-ben
Előadó: Gyémánt Krisztián (Areus Zrt.) és Kiss Tibor Lapker Zrt.

The first topic was a vRealize Operations Manager PoC / implementation / administration case study in Lapker Zrt. We have seen how awesome is the Infra Navigator (it’s mapping the VM dependencies at application level automatically) Tibor showed us several examples about the alarms and predictions.

10:30-11:00VEEAM

Előadó: Boris Mittelmann (VEEAM)
Előadás címe: Hidden and overlooked gems that make VEAAM unigue availability solution

Obviously the message was that they do not like any more the “backup software” category, but using instead “availability” software. the Linux and Windows agents are still in beta, but coming soon.

Also, a new management tool will be launched, called VEEAM Availability Console, for service providers and distributed enterprise environments. A short reminder about the Quick Migration i.e. (s)vMotion w/o vCenter. There were a couple of slides about the Enterprise Manager (coming soon) which is a web based management tool, tag integration. Swiss knife at Veeam side is the Backup Extractor, which is a 20MB size smart tool, handles the VEEAM backup files w/o any infrastructure (vCenter, B&R, etc). So even if all of the infra components are lost, except the backups, VMs / VMDKs / guest files can be restored with this tool.

Also I had a talk with Boris about the new B&R v10. He showed me some very interesting new features, which will come later this year. But I can’t tell more, because he would shoot me down:)

11:00-11:30Kávészünet / Coffee break

Great cookies and good coffee with IT experts  🙂

11:30-12:00VMware

Előadó: Czuczumanov Valentin
Előadás címe: VMware bejelentések, újdonságok az EUC háza tájáról

Valentin brought us several exciting news.

  • In the ECU segment the magic quadrant showed that the Horizon passed the Citrix.
  • News from the latest Horizon version (7.1):
    • Just-in-time Management Platform (JMP),
    • Blast protocol enhancements in different network conditions,
    • Skype for Business.
  • Workspace One: SSO for your apps from any device.
  • New App Volumes editions are available (Std / Adv / Ent).
  • Based on the recent purchases only 30-32% of the sales at VMware was coming from vSphere. The other huge part was everything else, but upper level.
  • At the end we have seen a great demo about the App Volumes: under 2-3 seconds ~20-30 apps were pushed to a demo desktop. Uninstallation took also only 2-3 seconds. That was impressive.

12:00-12:30Lenovo

Előadás címe: Lenovo nagyvállalati megoldásai VMware-re hangolva

Miklos started his presentation with the Lenovo / ex-IBM server portfolio: Tower, Rack, Dense / Flex categories. Currently there are Lenovo based (RS, RD)  and IBM based (System X) rack servers, but in the near future the portfolio will be consolidated: ThinkServer and ThinkAgile will be the only brands. He talked about the Flex nodes, Chassis and the NeXtScale System in details. Both are suitable for virtualization. Then the huge rack servers were mentioned: System x3850 X6, which is a 4-socket 4U high performance modular sever with great expansion options, check the photo, in the left corner.

The beast System x3950 X6 is a 8-socket 8U, which can be logically partitioned into two 4-socket systems. There were couple of slides about the network options and the entry-level storage solutions (Storwize family). Based on the research, Lenovo thinks that the feature of the storage solutions will be the SDS (Software-Defined Storage) with Nexenta and Cloudian.

12:30-13:00EBÉD / Lunch

13:00-13:30VMware

Előadó: Czuczumanov Valentin
Előadás címe: VMware Validated Designs

In this presentation Valentin showed us what is the VMware Validated Designs We have seen the new 4.0 version. The official webpage has a great definition, so I will use it:

VMware Validated Designs deliver holistic data center-level designs that span compute, storage, networking and management, defining the gold standard for how to deploy and configure the complete VMware SDDC stack in a wide range of use cases.

The version 4.0 is just 3 weeks old, the new set of the documents can be downloaded from here. It defines PODs (Point of Delivery) which can be: Management, Edge and Compute. Here is a great high level post about the POD components. Below a huge poster from the 3.0. The new 4.0 version can be downloaded in .pdf format.

13:30-14:00Közösségi előadás / Community Presentation

Előadó: Herceg András (VCAP-DCA/DCD, vExpert)
Előadás címe: vCenter SSL tanusítvány készítése és cseréje / Self-Signed vCenter SSL Certificate – Creating and Replacing

That was my presentation at the end:) I have talked about how to create and replace a self-signed (expired..) vCenter SSL certificate. I went through also a Root CA (MS AD CS) installation & SSL template creation. This is a non-production (test & dev) environment case-study with a lot troubleshooting, but with a happy end. You can check my Perzi here:

14:00Sorsolás, Zárás / Giveaway, Closing

Giveaway! Csaba and the sponsors had exciting prizes, such as: 1-year VMUG Advantage subscription, VMUG MUG, a Synology 2-disks NAS, (yes, Csaba you are right, that is a really good product, I am using one many years ago:), a VMware bag and some other things.

The next VMUG date is 2017, Jun!

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VMUG Hungary – 2017 Q1

The first VMware User Group Hungary conference will be on Tuesday, 28th of March. This time I will participate as a speaker, I am preparing with the following:

“Self-Signed vCenter SSL Certificate – Creating and Replacing”

I will tell about the creating and replacing process, which wasn’t a smooth task at all 😀 So we will also go through a couple of exciting errors.

The agenda is already available, Csaba has just send it out via mail. Also available on the VMUG Community website, here.

  • 9:00-9:50 – Regisztráció
  • 9:50-10:00 – VMUG Leader köszöntő
  • 10:00-10:30 – Dell-EMC
    Előadás címe: VMware vRealize Operations Manager bevezetés és tapasztalatok a Lapker Zrt.-ben
    Előadó: Gyémánt Krisztián (Areus Zrt.) és Kiss Tibor Lapker Zrt.
  • 10:30-11:00 – Veeam
    Előadó: Boris Mittelmann (Veeam)
    Előadás címe: Hidden and overlooked gems that make Veeam unigue availability solution
  • 11:00-11:30 – Kávészünet
  • 11:30-12:00 – VMware
    Előadó: Czuczumanov Valentin
    Előadás címe: VMware bejelentések, újdonságok az EUC háza tájáról
  • 12:00-12:30 – Lenovo
    Előadás címe: Lenovo nagyvállalati megoldásai VMware-re hangolva
  • 12:30-13:00 – EBÉD
  • 13:00-13:30 – VMware
    Előadó: Czuczumanov Valentin
    Előadás címe: VMware Validated Designs
  • 13:30-14:00 – Közösségi előadás
    Előadó: Herceg András (VCAP-DCA/DCD, vExpert)
    Előadás címe: vCenter SSL tanusítvány készítése és cseréje
  • 14:00 – Sorsolás, Zárás

Additionally, it will be again in the Cinema City – IMAX Arena, which was a great former location of the VMUG many years ago.

Here you can register!

Update 03.30:

Here you can read my thoughts about the VMUG 2017 Q1 event.

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vSphere Compatibility Predictor – fling test

VMware has just released a new fling called vSphere Compatibility Predictoricon-icoIt is basically an upgrade checking tool. Validates if your currently running vSphere 5.5 / 6.0 infrastructure components will work with 6.5 or not.

This Fling scans all PSCs connected to a single
PSC. It will detect the versions of all the vCenter Servers connected to PSCs and all the Solutions connected to vCenter Servers. It will then depict the connectivity in pictorial form.

When you choose the Upgrade View in the Fling, it will show which Solutions are compatible with vCenter Server 6.5. This can help the administrator plan the upgrade in advance.

Installation

After accepting the Technical Preview License, the .zip can be downloaded. It contains the VMware-vSphere-Compatibility-Predictor-Setup-1.0.0-20170127.exe, install it on a Windows 2008R2/2012/8.1.

install

Usage

I have tested it with both existing vCenter versions: 5.5 and 6.0. Use the PSC/SSO credentials. (vsphere.local\Administrator). With the default settings you can login into a vCenter 6.0 only – that is using the LDAP port 636. So based on the versions you need the following LDAP ports:

  • vSphere 5.5 SSO: use the port 11712
  • vSphere 6.0 PSC: use the port 636

Otherwise you will get the following error:

Could not able to make the connection to PSC/SSO Ldap Server…

error

However the same will be displayed, even with wrong user/password, port, IP as well.

Results

After a successful login Accept the thumbprint, then select the site (vCenters and PSCs will be displayed) and press Upgrade View. In our 5.5 example a couple of extensions are compatible with 6.5:

  • vCenter Intelligent Power Plug-in (EATON)
  • vShield Manager
  • VR Management
  • VDP 6.1

Do not forget to check the fling site!

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