Announcing the new VMware NSX Community at VMUG!

Announcing the new VMware NSX Community at VMUG!

Announcing the new VMware NSX Community at VMUG!

Chris McCain, Director of Product Management at VMware, and Brad Tompkins, CEO at VMUG, join forces to talk about the new NSX community at VMUG, dedicated to network and security virtualization. This free community will offer individuals an opportunity for Q&A with NSX experts and product managers, special community content, discussions with peers, and much more. So signup for the new NSX community at VMUG today, get active immediately, and you could be one of our lucky winners in the month of April! Join today: http://www.vmug.com/nsx Read the blog: http://blogs.vmware.com/networkvirtualization/2017/04/nsx-community-vmug


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An overview of current storage vendor support…

An overview of current storage vendor support for VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) [vsphere-land.com]

An overview of current storage vendor support…

VMware’s new external storage architecture, Virtual Volumes (VVols), turned 2 years old this month as it launched as part of vSphere 6.0. The new VASA specification for VVols has been under development by VMware for over 6 years and it’s up to storage vendors to set their own development pace for supporting it. In this post I’ll provide an update on how each storage vendor is positioned to support VVols, this is entirely based on what is published in the VVols HCL (see below figure) and some research I have done. It will not cover things like the capabilities and scalability for VVols that is up to each vendor to dictate what they are capable of doing with VVols and how many VVols that they can support on a storage array.


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My favorite VMware fling tools

My favorite VMware fling tools [settlersoman.com]

My favorite VMware fling tools

VMware releases useful tools named flings. Those tools help not only in daily activities but also simplify migration or upgrade vSphere environment. Some tools are included in later version of VMware product after testing and solving potential problems/bugs during “fling phase” 🙂 In this post I will show my favorite fling tools that I often use.


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vSAN Got a 2.5x Performance Increase: Thank You…

vSAN Got a 2.5x Performance Increase: Thank You Intel Optane! [blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks]

vSAN Got a 2.5x Performance Increase: Thank You…

Today, March 19th Intel announced the Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X—the first flash device built on the much-anticipated 3D XPoint technology. This is exciting news for vSAN customers, since—as a result of Intel and VMware’s active collaboration—we are pleased to offer day 1 support of vSAN 6.5 and ESXi 6.5 with the Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X. This is the first Intel Optane NVMe drive (375GB) to be made available with more coming soon (750GB and 1.5TB).


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2-node vSAN topologies review

2-node vSAN topologies review [cormachogan.com]

2-node vSAN topologies review

There has been a lot of discussion in the past around supported topologies for 2-node vSAN, specifically around where we can host the witness. Now my good pal Duncan has already highlighted some of this in his blog post here, but the questions continue to come up about where I can, and where I cannot place the witness for a 2-node vSAN deployment.


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How To Reset ESXi Root Password via Microsoft AD

How To Reset ESXi Root Password via Microsoft AD [vladan.fr]

How To Reset ESXi Root Password via Microsoft AD

When you’re in front of a host where the ESXi root password has been lost, how to reset an ESXi root password might be the first question you’re asking, right? A while back we have posted a way of doing it via VMware Host profiles. But not everyone has Enterprise Plus licensing which includes host profiles.


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vRealize Network Insight 3.3 Feature Walkthrough

vRealize Network Insight 3.3 Feature Walkthrough — via VMware Cloud Mgmnt Blog

vRealize Network Insight 3.3 Feature Walkthrough

vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) continues to enhance the visibility and management of overlay and underlay networks. With the launch of version 3.3, a number of new features were introduced. In this blog post, I will cover four of the new features, including new event management options, user-defined event enhancements, improved NAT visibility, and new IP address space support.


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Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12 on VMware…

Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12 on VMware vSAN 6.5 All-Flash — via Virtual Blocks

Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12 on VMware…

Recently we published the Reference Architecture for Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12 on vSAN 6.5 all-flash. Since I spent that past few months testing, validating, and writing the RA, I just wanted to highlight some aspects of the RA for our customers and partners.


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How to revert an ESXi host to a previous…

How to revert an ESXi host to a previous version using DCUI

How to revert an ESXi host to a previous…

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1033604 This video demonstrates how to revert an ESXi host to a previous version using Direct Console User Interface (DCUI). VMware recommends that you back up the configuration data before proceeding with any changes Reverting of an ESXi host is only valid if the host was updated using one of these methods: • VIB installation or removal • Profile installation or removal • ESXi host updated using VMware Update Manager • ESXi host updated from a ISO For additional information, see VMware Knowledge Base article 1033604 at the following URL http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1033604


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NSX Install Guide Part 2 – Data Plane

#NSX Install Guide Part 2 – Data Plane — via ESXsi

NSX Install Guide Part 2 – Data Plane

In Part 1 we looked at the overall design of the environment and official documentation, as well as preparing the management and control planes by installing NSX Manager and an NSX Controller cluster. In this post we will focus on installing components in the data plane; preparing the hosts for NSX, configuring VXLAN, VTEP interfaces, Transport Zones, and creating a logical switch. To complete the routing configuration Part 3 will walk through NSX Edge and Distributed Logical Routers.


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Looking For A VMware Technical Paper Repository?

Looking For A VMware Technical Paper Repository?

Looking For A VMware Technical Paper Repository?

As an engineer, I tend to go looking for technical papers to provide information on requirements, install, and configuration information for solutions on a regular basis. In most cases, most of us go looking for them by searching Google. Well I was given this link by a co-worker which is a repository of technical papers for all of VMware solutions in one single place.


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Upgrade Veeam Backup & Replication from 9.0 to 9.5

 

Check status of Veeam services

Get-Service Veeam*

output:

Status   Name               DisplayName
------   ----               -----------
Running  VeeamBackupSvc     Veeam Backup Service
Running  VeeamBrokerSvc     Veeam Broker Service
Running  VeeamCatalogSvc    Veeam Guest Catalog Service
Running  VeeamCloudSvc      Veeam Cloud Connect Service
Running  VeeamDeploySvc     Veeam Installer Service
Running  VeeamMountSvc      Veeam Mount Service
Running  VeeamNFSSvc        Veeam vPower NFS Service
Running  VeeamTapeSvc       Veeam Tape Access Service
Running  VeeamTransportSvc  Veeam Data Mover Service

Before upgrade stop all your Veeam jobs and disable all Veeam services and restart server.

 Set-Service VeeamBackupSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamCatalogSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamCloudSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamDeploySvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamMountSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamNFSSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamTapeSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamTransportSvc -StartupType Disabled

Once the server is back online run the setup.exe, accept the license and click Next

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Setup will inform you about detected previous version

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and recognize that you have already licenced version. If you want to provide new license number just click Browse and add new license file.

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Veeam 9.5 require Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL2014 and Management Objects. And if you didnt install it already, it will inform you. You have the option to install it now .. just press Install.

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once installed  you can click Next and continue with upgrade.veeam6

Choose under which account will be your Veeam Backup & Replication service running.

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Choose a database instance. I am using local MSSQLDB.

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Setup will ask if you are sure to use this database and if required upgrade it.

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Now all prerequisities are done and you can isntall upgrade.

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Progress…..

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.. and finished. Your Veeam Backup & Replication was upgraded to version 9.5veeam12

You can connect ..

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after login as a last step server componnents will be upgraded.veeam14

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Once done you can use Veeam Backup & Replication and do backups.

Note:

All services which were stopped and disabled before installation are automatically set as Automatic startup.