NSX-T upgrade to 3.1.1 with few issues.

I updated NSX-T in my lab environment (more about the homelab here) from version 3.1.0 to 3.1.1 { more precisely from 3.1.0.0.0.17107157 to 3.1.1.0.0.17483185 }. And during the update I went through few issues, which I was able to solve 🙂 Learning curve go up ..

Before you start, read release notes: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-NSX-T-Data-Center/3.1/rn/VMware-NSX-T-Data-Center-311-Release-Notes.html

The first step should be to check NSX-T backups and alarms. I did the first, but not the second. So it had consequences.

Backups were looking good. So I download the upgrade MOB file from vmware.com pages to my computer.

Then I navigate to my NSX-T manager → System → Upgrade and click “Upgrade NSX”

“Prepare for Upgrade”.

First choose the upload method. In my case “Upload Local MUB file”. Click “Browse” and pick up the previously downloaded MUB file and click “Upload”

It took some time to upload 7,5GB MUB file.

Run pre-checks

Confirm it.

As I stated before I didn’t check the alarms. So during pre-check, it shows me all the issues I have.

Issue with edges:

Issue with ESXi hosts

I had 2 main issues:

  1. Two of my ESXi hosts had not enough space in “tmp” directory. NSX-T update needs at least 180MB free space in “tmp”.  To solve this issue I used this KB 2001550.
  2. ESXi host pst-esx3 was powered off and it was only one ESXi host in one of my clusters. So if there are some running VM’s on it, it will never enter maintenance mode. And maintenance mod is needed to update the ESXi host. The resolution was simple. Turn on the host and put it into maintenance mode manually.

Once all the issues were solved, I ran pre-checks again, and all statuses become green. 

Now I can start with upgrading by pressing “Upgrade” button.

“Check” EULA  and continue.

Once again confirm an upgrade “Yes, continue”.

Edges

I choose a parallel upgrade order plan for my edges. “START”

Edges upgrade in progress…

Upgrade of edges finished successfully. Now I can run post checks.

All post checks are green “No Edge(s) with issues”.

Hosts

Clicked on “Next” and continue with the Hosts upgrade. This time a choose “serial” upgrade plan order across groups and hit “Start”

It take a while to upgrade all hosts.

Once all hosts were upgraded I ran “Post Checks” to verify that the upgraded components are functioning smoothly.

In my case, there was one post-check error. “Post checks are complete. Found 1 Host(s) with issues”


Because in one host group I have only one host in a cluster. Yes, it is the pst-esx3. I must exit the host from the maintenance mode manually.

Second post-check ..

.. finished without any issue.

NSX Manager

The last object to upgrade is NSX Manager. Hit “Start”.

Confirm your intentions.

watch progress. Once the NSX manager is updated, it restarts itself.

After reboot, login back to NSX Manager, confirm “Customer Experience Improvement Program” and click “SAVE”.

Go back to System→ Upgrade → NSX Manager and see the final result.  All should be green/successful. Hit “DONE”.

This is how it should look after the upgrade to version 3.1.1 build 17483185

My upgrade history

Good luck with your upgrade.

Homelab 2021

LAB for 2021 is ready. Last year new home DC building has been build.
Usually I run 2x vCenters, NSX-T, NSX-V, VSAN, Cloud Director, vRO, vRLI etc..
and a lots of linux VM’s all for testing and learning purpose. Licenses I have are from vExpert and VMUG Advantage.

2021-01-17

DC5

Networking:

  • Internet 500Mbit
  • Cisco 2970G
  • Zyxel GS1920
  • Mikrotik CRS 305 (4x 10Gbit)
  • Mikrotik CRS 312 (12x 10Gbit)

Compute:

DELL R710A

  • 2x Xeon
  • 192 GB RAM
  • iDRAC
  • 4x NIC

DELL R710B

  • 1x Xeon
  • 92GB RAM
  • 4x NIC

DELL R710C

  • 1x Xeon
  • 92GB RAM
  • 4x NIC

NUC1 – Test & Dev

  • i3-6100U @ 2.3GHz
  • 32GB RAM
  • 256GB NVMe
  • 500GB SATA 2,5″
  • 2x 1Gbit NIC (one of them is USB TP-LINK U300)

VSAN Compute Cluster:

ESX2 (whitebox)

  • Intel G4560 @ 3.5GHz
  • MB: B250M-D3H
  • 64GB RAM
  • 500GB NVMe Samsung 970EVO
  • 1TB SSD SATA Samsung 860EVO
  • 2x 256GB SSD SATA Kingston
  • 4x 1Gbit NIC
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X540-AT2) Base-T

ESX5

  • Xeon D-2123IT @ 2.2GHz
  • MB: Supermicro SYS-E300-9D-4CN8TB
  • 128GB RAM
  • 500GB NVMe Samsung 970EVO
  • 1TB SSD SATA Samsung 860EVO
  • IPMI
  • 4x 1Gbit NIC
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X722) Base-T
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X722) SFP+

ESX7

  • Xeon D-2123IT @ 2.2GHz
  • MB: Supermicro SYS-E300-9D-4CN8TB
  • 128GB RAM
  • 500GB NVMe Samsung 970EVO
  • 1TB SSD SATA Samsung 860EVO
  • IPMI
  • 4x 1Gbit NIC
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X722) Base-T
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X722) SFP+

Performance cluster:

ESX3
IBM System x3690 X5
2x Xeon CPU E7- 2803 @ 1.73GHz (6core+HT)
256GB RAM
2x 1Gbit
2x 10Gbit

ESX9
IBM System x3690 X5
2x Xeon CPU E7- 2803 @ 1.73GHz (6core+HT)
256GB RAM
2x 1Gbit
2x 10Gbit

Storage:

NearStore

  • Xeon E3-1220L @2.3GHz (4core)
  • MB: Supermicro X9SCM
  • Case: Nanoxia Deep Silence 6, Rev. B
  • 32GB RAM
  • 16x 2TB SATA
  • 3x 3TB SATA
  • IPMI
  • 2x 1Gbit NIC (82574LM + 82574L)
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X540-AT2) Base-T
  • 1x 10Gbit Asus

QNAP 653Pro

  • 6x 3TB SATA
  • 4x 1Gbit

DC 1

Networking:

  • Internet 100Mbit

Compute:

GOLEM – ESXi 6.5.0 – Build 10719125

  • Xeon X3450 @ 2.67GHz
  • MB: S3420GP
  • Case: 1U
  • 24GB RAM
  • 5x 1Gbit NIC
  • 2x 1TB HDD SATA
  • 2x 512GB SSD SATA

D&R Site

Networking:

  • Internet 50Mbit

Compute:

ESX2

  • Xeon E3-1220L @2.3GHz (4core)
  • MB: Supermicro X9SCM
  • 32GB RAM
  • 2TB SATA
  • 2x 1Gbit NIC (82574LM + 82574L)

Storage:

Synology DS210j

  • 2x 3TB SATA
  • 2x 1Gbit

Upgrade vCloud Director for Service Provider to 9.7

Upgrade to 9.7 is little bit more complicated, because you need to upgrade (if you are using it) PostgreSQL.

Step-by-step guide

  1. Put vCloud Director + PostgreSQL DB vm’s into maintenance in monitoring system.
  2. SSH to vCloud VM and shutdown services:

    /etc/init.d/vmware-vcd stop

  3. Start nginx or apache to show temporary web page (this needs to be configured ahead). It’s just for cases, that users are trying to connect and you don’t want to have a lot of calls/tickets why the vCloud is not running

    /etc/init.d/nginx start

  4. Check that the temporary page is visible.
  5. Do + check a vCloud vm + vCloud DB vm backup

    do a PostgreDB backup

    1. check free spacedf -hsu – postgrespg_dump vcloud > /var/lib/pgsql/vcloud-backup_20200202.sql

    2. check that backup is not zerols -la /var/lib/pgsql/vcloud-backup_20200202.sql

    3. output must look similar to this:-rw-r–r– 1 postgres postgres 4114824617 Feb 2 22:03 /var/lib/pgsql/vcloud-backup_20200202.sql

  6. Do snapshots on both  VMs “vCloud Director” + “PostgreSQL DB”
  7. Installation and upgrade PostgreSQL DB to v.10

    yum install postgresql10-server

    sudo systemctl stop postgresql-9.6.service && sudo systemctl stop postgresql-10.service

    systemctl stop postgresql-9.6.service

    su postgres

    /usr/pgsql-10/bin/initdb -E UTF8 –locale=en_US.UTF-8 -D /var/lib/pgsql/10/data/

    /usr/pgsql-10/bin/pg_upgrade –old-datadir /var/lib/pgsql/9.6/data/ –new-datadir /var/lib/pgsql/10/data/ –old-bindir /usr/pgsql-9.6/bin/ –new-bindir /usr/pgsql-10/bin/

    change /var/lib/pgsql/10/data/pg_hba.conf same as /var/lib/pgsql/9.6/data/pg_hba.conf

    # TYPE DATABASE USER ADDRESS METHOD
    # “local” is for Unix domain socket connections only
    local all all trust
    # IPv4 local connections:
    host all all 127.0.0.1/32 trust
    # IPv6 local connections:
    host all all ::1/128 trust
    # Allow replication connections from localhost, by a user with the
    # replication privilege.
    #local replication all trust
    #host replication all 127.0.0.1/32 trust
    #host replication all ::1/128 trust
    host all all 0.0.0.0/0 md5

    vi /var/lib/pgsql/10/data/postgresql.conf

    listen_addresses = ‘*’


    Disable PostgreSQL 9.6 and enable and start PostgreSQL 10

    systemctl disable postgresql-9.6.service
    systemctl enable postgresql-10.service
    systemctl start postgresql-10.service

    su postgres
    ./analyze_new_cluster.sh
    ./delete_old_cluster.sh

    Remove old PostgreSQL service

    yum remove postgresql96-server

  8. Check that vcloud DB user is owner of the DB in the postgress!!

    su postgres
    psql
    #list DB’s
    \l

    1. if not change owner of DB “vcloud” to user “vcloud” :ALTER DATABASE vcloud OWNER TO vcloud;
      \l
      \q

    2. optional you can do second DB backup on new PostgreSQL version
      pg_dump vcloud > /var/lib/pgsql/vcloud-backup_pg10_20190505.sql

  9. upgrade vCloud to 9.7
  10. Upload new version/patch to vCloud VM ( ./vmware-vcloud-director-distribution-9.7.0-14535248.bin )
    ensure that file is executable +x flag
    chmod a+x vmware-vcloud-director-distribution-9.7.0-14535248.bin
  11. Run the installation bin file
    ./vmware-vcloud-director-distribution-9.7.0-14535248.bin
  12. run upgrade script
    /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/bin/upgrade
  13. Dont start vCloudDriector services after upgrade DB. Manually started Nginx is running!
    /etc/init.d/nginx stop
    /etc/init.d/vmware-vcd start

  14. Reboot vCloud Director VM
    shutdown -r -t 1
  15. Check vCloud Director: https://_VCLOUD.DOMAIN/
  16. Run script for checking edge VM

    /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/bin/cell-management-tool edge-ip-allocation-updates –host vcloud.domain.xyz –user administrator –status/opt/vmware/vcloud-director/bin/cell-management-tool edge-ip-allocation-updates –host vcloud.domain.xyz –user administrator –update-ip-allocations
  17. After 1-2 business days delete snapshots + DB backup file.

Homelab 2020

Still in progress… not all HW is in the list.. for now just the CORE HW is in the list… and new homeDC building is being build ..

DC5

Networking:

  • Internet 500Mbit
  • Cisco 2970G
  • Zyxel GS1920

Compute:

DELL R710

  • 2x Xeon
  • 192 GB RAM
  • iDRAC
  • 4x NIC

DELL R710

  • 1x Xeon
  • 92GB RAM
  • 4x NIC

DELL R710

  • 1x Xeon
  • 92GB RAM
  • 4x NIC

NUC1 – Test & Dev

  • i3-6100U @ 2.3GHz
  • 32GB RAM
  • 256GB NVMe
  • 500GB SATA 2,5″
  • 2x 1Gbit NIC (one of them is USB TP-LINK U300)

VSAN ROBO:

ESX2 (whitebox)

  • Intel G4560 @ 3.5GHz
  • MB: B250M-D3H
  • 64GB RAM
  • 500GB NVMe Samsung 970EVO
  • 1TB SSD SATA Samsung 860EVO
  • 2x 256GB SSD SATA Kingston
  • 4x 1Gbit NIC
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X540-AT2) Base-T

ESX5

  • Xeon D-2123IT @ 2.2GHz
  • MB: Supermicro SYS-E300-9D-4CN8TB
  • 128GB RAM
  • 500GB NVMe Samsung 970EVO
  • 1TB SSD SATA Samsung 860EVO
  • IPMI
  • 4x 1Gbit NIC
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X722) Base-T
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X722) SFP+

Storage:

NearStore

  • Xeon E3-1220L @2.3GHz (4core)
  • MB: Supermicro X9SCM
  • Case: Nanoxia Deep Silence 6, Rev. B
  • 32GB RAM
  • 16x 2TB SATA
  • 3x 3TB SATA
  • IPMI
  • 2x 1Gbit NIC (82574LM + 82574L)
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X540-AT2) Base-T
  • 1x 10Gbit Asus

QNAP 653Pro

  • 6x 3TB SATA
  • 4x 1Gbit

DC 1

Networking:

  • Internet 100Mbit

Compute:

GOLEM – ESXi 6.5.0 – Build 10719125

  • Xeon X3450 @ 2.67GHz
  • MB: S3420GP
  • Case: 1U
  • 24GB RAM
  • 5x 1Gbit NIC
  • 2x 1TB HDD SATA
  • 2x 512GB SSD SATA

D&R Site

Networking:

  • Internet 50Mbit

Compute:

ESX

  • Xeon E3-1220L @2.3GHz (4core)
  • MB: Supermicro X9SCM
  • 32GB RAM
  • 2TB SATA
  • 2x 1Gbit NIC (82574LM + 82574L)

Storage:

Synology DS210j

  • 2x 3TB SATA
  • 2x 1Gbit

VMware vCloud Director for Service Provider upgrade from 9.7 to 10.0

Check prerequisites, documentation, release notes

Documentation: https://docs.vmware.com/en/vCloud-Director/index.html

Release notes: https://docs.vmware.com/en/vCloud-Director/10.0/rn/VMware-vCloud-Director-for-Service-Providers-100-Release-Notes.html
API: https://code.vmware.com/apis/553/vcloud-director

Instalation,configuration and upgrade guide: https://docs.vmware.com/en/vCloud-Director/9.7/com.vmware.vcloud.install.doc/GUID-F14315CC-B373-4A21-A3D9-270FFCF0A417.html
In my scenario I have CentOS 7 VM where is vCloud director 9.7 running. And another VM where is running PostgreSQL.

Step-by-step guide

  1. stop vCloud services

    /etc/init.d/vmware-vcd stop

  2. backup vCloud DB. In my case PostgreSQL

    su – postgres

    pg_dump vcloud > /var/lib/pgsql/vcloud-backup_20200124-1821.sql

  3. create snapshot on vCloud Director VM a PostgreSQL VM
  4. upload and run installation file

    ./vmware-vcloud-director-distribution-10.0.0-14638910.bin

    Checking free disk space…doneChecking for a supported Linux distribution…Detected CentOS7 systemdoneChecking for necessary RPM prerequisites…doneExtracting VMware vCloud Director. Please wait, this could take a few minutes…vmware-vcloud-director-25.2019.09.12-14636284.x86_64.rpmvmware-vcloud-director-rhel-25.2019.09.12-14636284.x86_64.rpmvmware-vcloud-director-h5ui-25.2019.09.12-14636284.x86_64.rpmvmware-phonehome-1.0.0-14574960.noarch.rpmdoneVerifying RPM signatures…doneAn older version of VMware vCloud Director has been detected and will beupgraded to 10.0.0.If you choose to proceed, the installer will stop the vmware-vcd service,back up any configuration files from the previous release and migrate theproduct configuration as necessary.

    Would you like to upgrade now? (y/n)? y
    Upgrading VMware vCloud Director…
    Installing the VMware vCloud Director 10.0.0 RPM…
    warning: vmware-vcloud-director-25.2019.09.12-14636284.x86_64.rpm: Header V3 RSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID 66fd4949 : NOKEY
    Preparing… ################################# [100%]
    Updating / installing…
    1:vmware-vcloud-director-rhel-25.20################################# [ 13%]
    2:vmware-vcloud-director-25.2019.09warning: /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/etc/global.properties created as /opt /vmware/vcloud-director/etc/global.properties.rpmnew
    ################################# [ 25%]
    3:vmware-vcloud-director-h5ui-25.20################################# [ 38%]
    4:vmware-phonehome-1.0.0-14574960 ################################# [ 50%]
    Cleaning up / removing…
    5:vmware-phonehome-1.0.0-12611311 ################################# [ 63%]
    6:vmware-vcloud-director-h5ui-24.20################################# [ 75%]
    7:vmware-vcloud-director-24.2019.03################################# [ 88%]
    Update completed.
    8:vmware-vcloud-director-rhel-24.20################################# [100%]
    done
    No DSA certificates found; disabling DSA ciphers for SSL/TLS connections. See KB 2056026 for details

    Upgrade installation complete.
    Next steps:

    You will need to upgrade the database schema before starting the
    vmware-vcd service. The product upgrade tool should be run only once per
    vCloud Director group. The tool may be run with the following command:
    /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/bin/upgradeRun upgrade script

  5. Run upgrade script
    /
    opt/vmware/vcloud-director/bin/upgrade

    Welcome to the vCloud Director upgrade utility

    Verify that you have a valid license key to use the version of the
    vCloud Director software to which you are upgrading.

    This utility will apply several updates to the database. Please
    ensure you have created a backup of your database prior to continuing.


    Do you wish to upgrade the product now? [Y/N] y
    Examining database at URL: jdbc:postgresql://Postgre-DB.lab:5432/vcloud?socketTimeout=90
    The next step in the upgrade process will change the vCloud Director database schema.
    Backup your database now using the tools provided by your database vendor.
    Enter [Y] after the backup is complete. y
    Running 5 upgrade tasks
    Executing upgrade task:
    Successfully ran upgrade task
    Executing upgrade task:
    Successfully ran upgrade task
    Executing upgrade task:
    Successfully ran upgrade task
    Executing upgrade task:
    ……………./Successfully ran upgrade task
    Executing upgrade task:
    ……………[15]
    Successfully ran upgrade task
    Database upgrade complete
    Upgrade complete

    Would you like to start the vCloud Director service now? If you choose not
    to start it now, you can manually start it at any time using this command:
    service vmware-vcd start

    Start it now? [y/n] y

    Starting vmware-vcd-watchdog: [ OK ]
    Starting vmware-vcd-cell [ OK ]


 

HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 3: Tests and Results

Tests

Once you hit the “Test” button you can go watch some movies. It’s take a time depend on your HW. For me it was couple of hours.

  • It starts with VM deployment

  • It will create bunch of VM’s (each 4vCPU, 4GB of RAM, 9xHDD (total 250GB))

Testing was done by using Vdbench VM with input argument “-fvdb-8vmdk-100ws-4k-70rdpct-100randompct-8threads

Results

Tested VSAN configuration:

  • 4x Node configuration with 10gigabit connection
  • VC build: VMware vCenter Server 6.5.0 build-7515524

Each ESXi host:

  • Build: VMware ESXi 6.5.0 build-7388607
  • CPU: Intel(R) Xeon(R) Silver 4114 CPU @ 2.20GHz ( Packages: 2, Cores: 20 )
  • Memory: 256 GB
  • Server vendor/model: Dell Inc. PowerEdge FC640
  • VSAN Disks:
    • SSD: Local TOSHIBA Disk (naa.58ce38ee2000c0ad)
      • TOSHIBA PX05SMB080Y
      • 800 GB
    • SSD: Local TOSHIBA Disk (naa.58ce38e06c8a274d)
      • TOSHIBA PX05SRB192Y
      • 1920 GB
    • SSD: Local TOSHIBA Disk (naa.58ce38e06c8a26fd)
      • TOSHIBA PX05SRB192Y
      • 1920 GB
    • SSD: Local TOSHIBA Disk (naa.50000397cc89cd79)
      • TOSHIBA PX05SMB080Y
      • 800 GB

HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 1: Installation

What is HCI Bench

HCIBench stands for “Hyper-converged Infrastructure Benchmark”. It’s essentially an automation wrapper around the popular and proven VDbench open source benchmark tool that makes it easier to automate testing across a HCI cluster. HCIbench aims to simplify and accelerate customer POC performance testing in a consistent and controlled way. The tool fully automates the end-to-end process of deploying test VMs, coordinating workload runs, aggregating test results, and collecting necessary data for troubleshooting purposes.

HCIBench is not only a benchmark tool designed for vSAN, but also could be used to evaluate the performance of all kinds of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Storage in vSphere environment.

HomePage:
http://labs.vmware.com/flings/hcibench

User Guilde:
http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmw-tools/hcibench/HCIBench_User_Guide.pdf

Prerequisites

  • vSphere 5.5 environment or higher with vCenter (doesn’t support deployment on a standalone ESXi host).
  • Good to have DHCP on VLAN where the benchmark VM will be deployed.
  • vMotion configured

Installation

  • Select name and location for your VM

  • Review details

  • Accept license agreement
  • Select storage. Put it outside the VSAN datastore

  • Select destination network
    If there’s no DHCP Server on the VLAN which Vdbench client VMs will be deployed on, or the VLAN for Vdbench client VMs can not be routed from the Public Network, map this Network to the VLAN and Enable DHCP Service in the Web UI if needed

  • Customize the VM. As I am using DHCP in my LAB so all Network fileds are empty. And at the bottom enter your password for root.

  • Review configuration data before deployment

  • Hit “Finish” and watch progress in “Recent Tasks”

Related parts:

HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 1: Installation
HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 2: Configuration
HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 3: Tests and Results

Source: http://labs.vmware.com/flings/hcibench

VMware User Group Czech Republic – meeting – 4.12.2017

It’s almost a 2months back, but you know.. a lot of other stuff was more important.

Agenda:

Agenda:

8:00 8:50 Registration / Welcome tea/coffee
8:50 9:00 VMUGCZ Leader’s – Welcome…
9:00 9:45 Duncan Epping – “(r)Evolution of vSAN” – Keynote speaker
9:50 10:35 Andrey Zhelezko – Veeam and VMware Best Practices 2017 edition
10:35 10:55 Coffee break
10:55 11:40 Mark Brookfield – Moving Code from Dev to Prod using vRealize Automation and Code Stream
11:45 12:30 G2 server CZ – Michal Hampl (Chief Technology Officer), Martin Javorský (Infrastructure Director),
Vojtěch Morávek (Chief Product Officer) – Jak děláme cloud v G2
12:30 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 14:15 David Pasek – CLI for VMware Distributed Switch (Community project)
14:20 15:05 HPE – presentation
15:10 15:55 Andrea Mauro – The dark side of stretched cluster
15:55 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 17:00 Runecast – presentation
17:05 17:50 Vladan Laxa – vSphere Automation

Speakers Experts:

Duncan Epping:

Chief Technologist @VMware | Author of http://Yellow-Bricks.com , Essential Virtual SAN, Clustering Deepdive | Hyper-Converged, Software-Defined Storage, vSphere
http://www.yellow-bricks.com/

Mark Brookfield:
PSO Consultant @VMware specialising in cloud infrastructure & management. vExpert, VCAP5-DCA/DCD, VCP-DT, MCITP, MCSE, CCNA, ITIL. Tweets are my own.
http://virtualhobbit.com/

Andrew Mauro
ITPro. Accreditations: vExpert 2010-17,MVP 2014-16,NTC.Some certifications: VCDX-DCV,VCAP-*,VCP-*, MCSA,MCSE,MCITP,CCA,NPP. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member.
http://vinfrastructure.it/

 David Pasek
An IT Pro specializing in next gen computing (virtualized compute/storage/networking). IT geek who knows he know nothing but everyday learns. VCP,VCAP,VCDX #200
http://www.vcdx200.com/

Vladan Laxa
virtualization enthusiast and opensource fan, VCP6.5-DCV
http://www.latraxa.cz/


Runecast
Automated VMware expertise – Proactively use VMware KBs, best practices and security hardening guidelines to protect your environment
http://www.runecast.biz/

Official agenda:

And some photos from event:

Duncan Epping – “(r)Evolution of vSAN” – Keynote speaker

Coffee break

Mark Brookfield – Moving Code from Dev to Prod using vRealize Automation and Code Stream

G2 server CZ – Michal Hampl (Chief Technology Officer), Martin Javorský (Infrastructure Director), Vojtěch Morávek (Chief Product Officer) – Jak děláme cloud v G2

David Pasek – CLI for VMware Distributed Switch (Community project)

HPE – presentation

Andrea Mauro – The dark side of stretched cluster

Runecast – presentation

And a lottery 🙂

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.

VCSA – vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 – backup

 

  • Login to admin environment of vCenter appliance
http://VCENTER-DNS-NAME:5480/

 

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  • Choose backup

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And in wizard fill all the info:

  • Protocol [HTTPS or HTTP or SCP or FTPS or FTP]
  • Location [server_IP_or_DNS/EmptyDirectory]
  • Port [if you use standard ports for protocols above, then you can skip]
  • UserName
  • Password

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CZ VMUG – Praha – 6.12.2016

Few days back was 2nd CZ VMUG.

Agenda:

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Katarina Wagnerova [@_KatkaW_] presenting her way to VDM (Virtual Design Master). This was an awesome presentation. Really breath taking. Where she found all the time to do it in such a short time.

 

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Paudie ORiordan [@oriorp] was doing live scripted demo of 2node vSAN. Amazing presentation from the VMware guy. Who know a lot about VSAN.

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Presentation of “Metro Cluster HA or DR“ was from Czech TAM’s David Pasek  (VCDX200) and Standa Jurena. A lot of information from the field. And they give us a lot of information from Metro Cluster HA and DR. At the end of the presentation you should know the main reasons for “what to choose” Metro Cluster HA or DR.

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Veeam presentation was full of practical information about the new version of their backup software Veeam Backup & Replication presented by Boris Mittelmann.

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at the end I want to thank you to our VMUG leaders..

VMware Workstation Pro 12.5 release

What’s New

VMware Workstation 12 Pro version 12.5 is a free upgrade for all VMware Workstation 12 Pro users, it adds support for the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  • Windows Server 2016

VMware Workstation 12 Pro Version 12.5 also contains bug fixing, security updates and performance improvements.

 

VMware Workstation 12 Pro Version 12.5 | 13 SEP 2016 | Build 4352439
Last updated: 13 SEP 2016

VMware Workstation Pro Documentation

Release notes

source: official site

Veeam backup Agent for Linux update to BETA2 on CentOS 7

 

Now I want to update it with newer version “beta2” which was released recently. First of all download BETA2 files for your Linux distribution. In my case RPM files for RedHat/Centos 7 from Veeam site.

First of all you need to uninstall “beta1” to be able to install “beta2” properly.

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new NUC in my home lab

 

Home LAB starts to grow. More and more test lab VM’s, nested ESXi hosts etc. So  I was looking for another node. Dont want to spent a fortune so the price was the key. I had also other minimum requirements as 32GB of RAM and power consumption. After few weeks of searching I decide to buy a Intel NUC.

Components added to my #HOMELAB:

  • Intel 6th Generation NUC NUC6i3SYH
  • 2x Kingston 16GB DDR4 2133MHz SODIMM
  • USB3 TP-LINK  UE300 gigabit NIC
  • 8GB San Disk Cruzer Fit
  • HDMI to VGA adapter

 

Disclaimer: The Intel NUC is not on VMware’s official Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)

Veeam backup Agent for Linux (beta) CentOS 7

today just received an email from Veaam with link and code. So I can download the beta agent for linux.  In my case I will use CentOS 7  linux distribution 64bit.

Installation is easy, with some tricky part. As on installation page here is step-by-step  info about how to install the Veeam Linux agent. But I am missing step-by-step info about how to install prerequisites. So you can read it here for CentOS 7 Linux.

First of all update your server. Once done,  reboot the server if during your update was installed new kernel.

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