Steve Tilkens’ (@stevetilkens) configured a brand new vROps instance to provide limited access to an application team for just their VMs.
NOTE: This video is roughly 45 minutes in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it!
Brian Wuchner (@bwuch) demonstrated the vCenter Server Converge Tool in the 6.7 U1 VCSA to convert an external Platform Services Controller (PSC) into an embedded configuration.
NOTE: This video is roughly 1 hour 15 minutes in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it!
See how VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security to help IT maximize their NSX investments.
Deployment of a minimal configuration of vRealize Automation 7.5 via vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager in Steve Tilkens’ (https://twitter.com/stevetilkens) lab. The install did complete successfully despite some challenges getting through the pre-validation checks.
NOTE: This video is roughly 1 hour in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it!
Quick overview video which outlines the VMware TAM Lab program. In the video we discussed the following items: Purpose/Mission, Benefits, Session Examples, Social Channels, Customer Facing, Call to Action.
VMware, the leader in Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), enables low-cost, high-performance HCI solutions powered by VMware vSAN™. The natively integrated software solution combines enterprise class vSAN storage with the industry-standard VMware vSphere® hypervisor and VMware vCenter Server™, a unified management solution for today’s modern data centers.
vSAN 6.7 delivers the industry’s best storage value with native security, ease of management, high performance, and low cost. vSAN pools local storage devices to create a distributed shared datastore and
provides a hyper-converged storage optimized for virtual machines. Customers of all industries and sizes trust vSAN to run their most mission critical applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, SAP, and Oracle Database. It is transformational technology that delivers unique value to VMware customers:
vSAN license editions include Standard, Advanced, Enterprise, and Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise. The following table shows the features included with each license edition.
vSAN 6.7 comes with HTML5 User Interface which is completely redesigned to deliver a modern management experience. Standard licensing includes support for hybrid configurations—magnetic disks for capacity, flash devices for caching—and all-flash configurations. This change from the vSAN 6.2 licensing model enables the use of all-flash hardware while minimizing licensing costs. It is important to note that Standard licensing does not include support for deduplication, compression, and erasure coding. Advanced licensing is required for these space efficiency features.
The Enterprise license builds on the features included with vSAN Standard and Advanced by adding support for vSAN stretched cluster configurations and data-at-rest encryption. vSAN for ROBO Advanced was introduced in vSAN 6.5 release and is only available in vSAN 6.5 or later versions. vSAN for ROBO Enterprise was introduced in vSAN 6.6.1. In vSAN 6.7 release, vRealize Operations within vCenter feature was made available to Advanced and Enterprise editions of vSAN.
vSAN Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise editions are licensed per-CPU (socket). They are available as standalone licenses and are not included with VMware vSphere® or VMware vSphere with Operations
Management™. Any type of workload—server and desktop—can be run on a vSAN cluster with these licensing editions.
A vSphere host that is not contributing local storage to a vSAN datastore can be a member of the vSAN cluster and utilize the vSAN datastore. Even though a host is not contributing storage, the host must be licensed for vSAN.
vSAN data-at-rest encryption requires an external Key Management Server (referred as KMS), which provides the primary encryption key. This key is used to encrypt other keys in the cluster. While VMware does not provide a KMS solution, vSAN encryption is certified to work with enterprise grade key management servers. Please note, KMS vendors may have an additional licensing requirement. Different KMS vendors offer different license options, please check with the KMS vendor for further details. For a list of certified KMS vendors, refer to the VMware compatibility guide.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
vSAN for Desktop licensing is available for customers using vSAN exclusively for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). This includes third-party VDI solutions in addition to VMware Horizon®. While this license option limits the use of vSAN to VDI workloads only, vSAN for Desktop provides unique pricing and packaging options to help further reduce the cost of VDI while enabling the benefits and performance of a distributed storage platform. vSAN for Desktop is available in Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise editions. It is priced per-concurrent user (CCU) in a virtual desktop environment and sold in packs of 10 and 100 licenses.
In addition to being available standalone, vSAN for Desktop Advanced licenses are also included with VMware Horizon Advanced and Enterprise editions.
To read more about VSAN Licesing, download VMware VSAN 6.7 U3 Licensing Guide
When you prepare your cluster for vSAN, review the requirements of the vSAN license.
vSAN licenses have per CPU capacity. When you assign a vSAN license to a cluster, the amount of license capacity used is equal to the total number of CPUs on the hosts that participate in the cluster.
For more information about vSAN licensing editions and potential licensing scenarios, see the VMware VSAN 6.7 U3 Licensing Guide
Continuing with our KBTV Webinar Series, in this latest KBTV Webinar you will learn some great tips and tricks you can use in Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) for managing a Virtual SAN environment. Covered in this video demonstration are various commands that can be used within Ruby vSphere Console (RVC), including:
– “vsan.disks_stats” Useful for capacity planning, management of disk groups and monitoring the health of physical disks
– “vsan.check_state” Useful for troubleshooting data unavailability situations and understanding object health in the VSAN cluster
– “vsan.resync_dashboard” Useful for visibility into data resync when changing storage policies
– “vsan.whatif_host_failures” Useful for capacity planning on future VSAN nodes and understanding VSAN’s ability to tolerate node failures.