Jan 16

Configure Resource Pools for VMware vSphere (vSOM)

This video shows how to use the VMware vSphere web client to configure resource pools within a DRS cluster and how to add virtual machines to the resource pools using vSOM.

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Apr 24

Load Balancing Algorithms available for Virtual Switches in vSphere 6.0

In this video you will learn about the available load balanccing algorithms in vSphere 6.0.

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Mar 14

Roles, Privileges and Permissions in the vSphere Web Client

Senior Staff Engineer Peter Shepherd discusses privileges, roles, and permissions, and demonstrates how to create a virtual machine administrator role in the vSphere Web Client.

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Mar 07

vSphere HTML5 Web Client

Summary

HTML 5 A fully supported version of the HTML5 client is released with vSphere 6.5, and the official name will be vSphere Client. We won’t be renaming this Fling, but may start saying things like ‘vSphere Client Fling’ in addition to the other terms we’ve used before.

We will continue delivering this Fling on a regular basis even with the released supported version of the vSphere Client, so we hope that most of you will continue to use the Fling and update it weekly so that we can get your feedback about our direction.

You can find a summary of changes in all the clients available in vSphere 6.5 in this blog post – What’s new in vSphere 6.5: vCenter management clients. In the blog, you can also find a link to all the features that are not available in the GA version of the vSphere Client and link to frequently asked questions on all the vSphere Clients.

We would also like to thank all of you that have tried the Fling and have provided us feedback, we would not have achieved the progress we have without your engagement.

For partners who want to extend the HTML Client, this Fling also includes a new HTML SDK. Please see the HTML Client SDK Fling Overview.pdf and download the html-client-sdk.zip.

Known Issues

On occasion you may see the following error popup: “An error occurred……See more details in the browser’s javascript console”. This is to help us debug the UI. If this occurs repeatedly, please use the Feedback tool to send us any information you have, including your environment, object, and a description of what you did to reproduce the error.

  • Linux will show a warning on the login page about being unsupported, but the Fling should still work after login
  • Bug: Unpatched versions of IE can fail to login and end up at URL “vmware-csd://csd”: This is a known vCenter 6.0 bug that we cannot patch with this appliance. The KB and fix are located here: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2109554
  • Bug: If the client page is visited before the server has fully started, sometimes the strings do not load and you will see things like “summaryView.guestFullName” in views or in action menus. Refreshing the page may fix this, but restarting the appliance server with: “/etc/init.d/vsphere-client restart” should definitely fix it.

NOTES

  • This client is designed for managing vCenter. If you are looking for the Host Client you can find it as “ESXi Embedded Host Client” (https://labs.vmware.com/flings/esxi-embedded-host-client).
  • The new visual theme is called “Clarity”, and is also still in development. We will be fixing UI bugs and subtly changing the look and feel to fit the new Clarity standard.
  • The appliance requirements are recommended settings. It should still work at lower settings, but performance may be impacted.
  • The root password on the appliance is ‘demova’ (without quotes). If you enter the wrong password too many times you will get locked out. The easiest way to fix this is to redeploy the appliance from the OVA.

HTML 5

Download

VMware Fling page

Download h5ngcVA-3.6.0.0-5130996_OVF10.ova from vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling page.

See previous HTML5 Web Client v2.5

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Jun 10

VMware vCenter Server™ 6.0 Deployment Guide

Introduction

The VMware vCenter Server™ 6.0 release introduces new, simplified deployment models. The components that make up a vCenter Server installation have been grouped into two types: embedded and external. Embedded refers to a deployment in which all components—this can but does not necessarily include the database—are installed on the same virtual machine. External refers to a deployment in which vCenter Server is installed on one virtual machine and the Platform Services Controller (PSC) is installed on another. The Platform Services Controller is new to vCenter Server 6.0 and comprises VMware vCenter™ Single Sign-On™, licensing, and the VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA).

Embedded installations are recommended for standalone environments in which there is only one vCenter Server system and replication to another Platform Services Controller is not required. If there is a need to replicate with other Platform Services Controllers or there is more than one vCenter Single Sign-On enabled solution, deploying the Platform Services Controller(s) on separate virtual machine(s)—via external deployment—from vCenter Server is required.

This paper defines the services installed as part of each deployment model, recommended deployment models (reference architectures), installation and upgrade instructions for each reference architecture, postdeployment steps, and certificate management in VMware vSphere 6.0.

VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Services

vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller Services

Figure 1 – vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller Services

Requirements

General
A few requirements are common to both installing vCenter Server on Microsoft Windows and deploying VMware vCenter Server Appliance™. Ensure that all of these prerequisites are in place before proceeding with a new installation or an upgrade.

  • DNS – Ensure that resolution is working for all system names via fully qualified domain name (FQDN), short name (host name), and IP address (reverse lookup).
  • Time – Ensure that time is synchronized across the environment.
  • Passwords – vCenter Single Sign-On passwords must contain only ASCII characters; non-ASCII and extended (or high) ASCII characters are not supported.

Windows Installation

Installing vCenter Server 6.0 on a Windows Server requires a Windows 2008 SP2 or higher 64-bit operating system (OS). Two options are presented: Use the local system account or use a Windows domain account. With a Windows domain account, ensure that it is a member of the local computer’s administrator group and that it has been delegated the “Log on as a service” right and the “Act as part of the operating system” right. This option is not available when installing an external Platform Services Controller.

Windows installations can use either a supported external database or a local PostgreSQL database that is installed with vCenter Server and is limited to 20 hosts and 200 virtual machines. Supported external databases include Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2014, Oracle Database 11g, and Oracle Database 12c. When upgrading to vCenter Server 6.0, if SQL Server Express was used in the previous installation, it will be replaced with PostgreSQL. External databases require a 64-bit DSN. DSN aliases are not supported.

When upgrading vCenter Server to vCenter Server 6.0, only versions 5.0 and later are supported. If the vCenter Server system being upgraded is not version 5.0 or later, such an upgrade is required first.

Table 2 outlines minimum hardware requirements per deployment environment type and size when using an external database. If VMware vSphere Update Manager™ is installed on the same server, add 125GB of disk space and 4GB of RAM.

Minimum Hardware Requirements – Windows Installation

Table 2. Minimum Hardware Requirements – Windows Installation

Download

Download a full VMware vCenter Server™ 6.0 Deployment Guide

Rating: 5/5


Apr 21

vSphere 6.0 Update 2 – What’s New

Emad Younis posted April 11, 2016

VMware just recently released Update 2 for vSphere 6.0. Update 2 is full of new features and bug fixes for both ESXi and vCenter Server. For a complete list of features and bug fixes make sure to review the relhttp://vmware360.com/wp-admin/plugin-editor.phpease notes for ESXi and vCenter Server. There are few features that stood out to me in this update. The Embedded Host Client is now integrated into ESXi and fully supported as of Update 2. VSAN 6.2 is feature rich with everything but the kitchen sink in this release. Two factor authentication support for the vSphere Web Client is now available in the PSC UI. Here’s a breakdown of what’s new in vSphere 6.0 Update 2.​

ESXi

VMware Embedded Host Client (EHC)

The Embedded Host Client (EHC) started out as a fling and now is a supported product in vSphere 6.0 Update 2. The EHC is now installed as part of ESXi 6.0U2 and provides the ability to manage any ESXi host using a web browser. After a host is installed with or upgraded to 6.0 U2, open a web browser and enter https://”FQDN or IP of host”/ui. More information on the Embedded Host Client can be found by reviewing the release notes.
ESXi-EHC

Virtual SAN 6.2 (VSAN)

Note: VSAN is a separate product and is licensed separately

If you thought this update couldn’t get any bigger, think again. Virtual SAN 6.2 is here and Jam-packed with new features. This release of VSAN now supports compression and deduplication. When enabled on a disk group redundant copies of data are reduced to single copy. There’re also new services related to performance, space savings and health of the cluster. The Health service monitors the VSAN cluster for issues and provides diagnostics. Performance service collects and analyzes performance statistics. Performance service starts at the cluster down the to the disk level. You want space savings reports, that’s included. Space reporting displays information of used and free space with a detailed breakdown. These are just a few of the new features in Virtual SAN 6.2. For more information check out the Virtual Blocks blog.

vSphere APIs for I/O filtering (VAIO) Enhancement

vSphere 6.0 Update 2 also includes updates to vSphere APIs for I/O filtering (VAIO). If you are not familiar with VAIO I highly recommend you read the following blog post by Ken Werneburg.

  • VASA provider in a pure IPv6 environment
  • VMIOF 1.0 and 1.1

High Ethernet Link Speed

ESXi hosts can now support 25G and 50G ethernet speeds.

vCenter Server – Two-factor authentication for vSphere Web client

vCenter Single Sign On allows authentication to the vSphere Web Client via username and password. vSphere 6.0 Update 2 introduces two-factor authentication supporting RSA SecurID and Smart card. RSA SecurID is configured using the SSO-Config utility. It also requires RSA Authentication Manager in your environment. Once setup, login to the vSphere Web Client with your username and RSA passcode. Mike Foley has an excellent two part blog post walking through RSA SecurID setup.

Smart card authentication as mentioned above is also supported. Many large enterprises and government agencies use smart cards to meet security regulations. Smart Cards such as Common Access Card (CAC) are used at a machines with a smart card reader. Smart Card Authentication can be configured from the Platform Services Controller UI or using SSO-Config utility. Stay tuned as Mike Foley will be discussing Smart card authentication in a future post.
vSphere-U2-Smart-Card

In addition to two factor authentication, the vSphere Web Client now supports the ability to add a login banner. The Login Banner can be configured from the Platform Services Controller UI by adding a title and message.
vSphere-U2-Login-Banner
An added layer of consent ensures the user can not login without acknowledging the Login Banner.
vSphere-U2-Login-Banner-Consent

vCenter Server Appliance update status might be stuck at 70 percent

vSphere 6.0 Update 1b had a bug when using the virtual appliance management interface (VAMI) to update. The UI would hang at 70 percent, although the update had completed. The only way to verify the status of the upgrade was by checking the update log – /var/log/vmware/applmgmt/software-packages.log. This bug has been fixed in vSphere 6.0 Update 2 displaying 100 percent in the VAMI when the update is complete.

Support to change vSphere ESX Agent Manger Logging Level

vSphere Web Client support for Windows 10 operating system

vCenter Server now supports the following external databases

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1

vCenter Server now supports multiple embedded to multiple PSC migrations in a single SSO domain

vSphere 6.0 Update 1 introduced the ability to reconfigure and repoint using CMSSO-UTIL. This is handy when going from a vCenter with an embedded PSC to an external PSC deployment in the same SSO domain. vSphere 6.0 Update 1 would not allow having two external PSCs and trying to repoint. The result was the following error:
vSphere-U1-Repoint-Bug
vSphere 6.0 U2 now allows having multiple external PSCs with the use of the repoint command. The diagram below represent two embedded deployments replicating to each other. This deployment model is considered deprecated. The term deprecated means the topology will be supported in vSphere 6.0 but not in future releases. To get out of this deprecated topology two external Platform Services Controllers have been deployed. Now we can using the reconfigure command in CMSSO-Util to remove the embedded PSC and repoint vCenter Server to the external PSC.
Deprecated-Embedded-to-External-PSC

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Dec 01

VMware vSphere: Hot & Cold Migration – HA

In this video, we’ll look at how to use VMware vSphere HA to protect virtual machines. VMware vSphere HA protects virtual machines from three types of failures. It will protect you if the ESX host the VM’s running on fails, if the guest OS inside the VM fails, or if an application inside the VM fails.

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Jun 19

KBTV Webinars – What is new in VMware vSphere 6

This video is the tenth in a new series of free Webinars that we are releasing in which our Technical Support staff members present on various topics across a wide range of VMware’s product portfolio.

The title for this presentation is “What is new in vSphere 6” and it goes through what is new and what has changed since the previous vSphere 5.5 release.

To see the details of upcoming webinars in this series, see the Support Insider Blog post at http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/2015/02/ne…

NOTE:NOTE: This video is roughly 35 minutes in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it!

Rating: 5/5


Jun 09

KBTV Webinars – What is new in VMware vSphere 6

This video is the tenth in a new series of free Webinars that we are releasing in which our Technical Support staff members present on various topics across a wide range of VMware’s product portfolio.

The title for this presentation is “What is new in vSphere 6” and it goes through what is new and what has changed since the previous vSphere 5.5 release.

To see the details of upcoming webinars in this series, see the Support Insider Blog post at http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/2015/02/ne…

NOTE: This video is roughly 35 minutes in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it!

Rating: 5/5