Next #VMugDK sold out in less than 8 hours – Add your name to the waiting list!

MV5BNDA5NDAzMzg1MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTY2MjU2NzE@._V1_SY317_CR3,0,214,317_AL_So its that time of the year again, when the Danish VMug team will hold their VMug and a movie show. And once again it will be held in the Palads theatre in central Copenhagen. As i said its sold out, but do add your name to the waiting list, as usually a bigger theatre room can be provided if the sponsors see enough people on the waiting lists: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vmug-palads-2016-tickets-20777698656

This years theme is costumer presentations and wow what a nice lineup, 4 community sessions and a community panel discussion as well.

We’ll start off with a 45 minute session from fellow bloggers Morten G. Johansen and Martin Therkelsen from Wolseley.

After a Sponsor session and lunch, will be back with Ibrar Ashraf from SamPension

Again a sponsor session and the Michael Munk will be on stage, and who can forget his ranting session on NSX at last years show. Surprisingly enough he’s again listed as Zitcom, wonder if  a new job change has been completed ?

The last community session will be from Jakob Hartmann from Frederiksberg Forsyning, who will enlighten us about his path to vSphere 6.0, touching on the possibilities and barriers he’s encountered along the way.

Something new this year will be a Q&A panel, guessing like we’ve seen at VMworld with ask the vExperts/Expert bloggers/Industry Giants sessions. Those are usually very fun to attend and you get to ask the questions you’ve been sitting with, to a panel of experts who has been around in the Virtual World. The panel will consist of:

Really looking forward to this session, and hope that you will come forward and ask some questions, otherwise it wont be as fun and enlightening as it could be.

After a sponsor give-away, we’ll be ready for the movie. Last year Liselotte surprised us all by starting with the first few minutes of 50 shades of grey, before switching the movie over to Kingsmen. This year the movie is Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

After the movie, there will be a #VBEERS please sign up if you plan to attend, so the VBEERS team can find a place that’s big enough for all of us.

Hope to see you all there!

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PernixData FVP in the Home Lab Part 1.

So I finally got around to upgrading my homelab to 32Gb ram, so I can run the vCenter all the time, which is needed for PernixData’s FVP solution. Also gotten a cheap Kingston v300 120Gb SSD for testing.

Been running for 2 weeks with vFlash Read Cache from VMware which seriously speeded up my homelab. However i did run in to one Caveat.

I had let the VCSA used some of the vflash as all the other servers, however i couldn’t start up my VCSA after a total shutdown of my homelab (to install the extra RAM).
Failing with a “Could not create vFlash cache: msg.vflashcache.error.VFC_FAILURE”. As its the vCenter Server that gives the vFlash out to the other server it seems that it can’t use it itself. I might be mistaken in this as I have not tested it again.

I found @h0bbel’s article on it, and removed vFlash from the vCenter Server and vupti it could boot, and after it had booted up, the rest of my servers could be booted normally.

With previously only 16Gb of ram, I had let the host use 30Gb of the 120Gb of the flash to Swap, and that was way faster than using my NAS. However it was still alot slower than after i had upgraded it to 32Gb of ram. It left with with roughly 90Gb of SSD to use for caching.

One thing I found annoying about vFRC from VMware is that it is per VMDK, meaning i had to edit each machine and set aside some part of the SSD for caching for that particular vmdk. I’d much rather have it use the SSD to boost the entire datastore, instead of trying to figure out how much each of the vmdk’s should have. As i have read Duncan’s tweets about it, that will be added in a coming version of vFRC.

As I have written earlier I was lucky enough to be selected as a PernixPro, and one of the nice benefits of that, is a NFR license to FVP. So that is what I’m going to install and write about in Part 2 of this blog post.

EVO:Rail – Second impression at #VMworld

So I attended the EVO:Rail session with Duncan and Shaun, and that gave me a few new insights on EVO:Rail VMware’s software for a HyperConverged Infrastructure.

And I must say, damn that looks awesome. Would be nice to run something like VDI on it, or say your Dev servers could have their own infrastructure, without ever hurting your production environment.

And as all it need is a 10gbit IPV6 vlan with layer2 multicast enabled, putting these kind of systems into a stretched metro cluster seems as easy as the setup of the system is.

They showed the setup process, which took a whooping 13 minutes! And with that you had 4 ESXi hosts, 1 vCenter Server, LogInsight and VSAN installed and configured. DAMN nice.

They have basically created an installer in HTML5 that does all the heavy lifting for you. setting up NTP, DNS and proxy servers is done 1 place and is automatically pushed to all the components.

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The interface seems very fast and nice, and is stripped of a lot of the stuff you don’t you daily. For easy and fast Management. If you need more than that, you can always access the web client with a link from the EVO:Rail interface.

I would expect this direction from VMware to be rolled out to a lot of other products over time, as installing a lot of the VMware product sometimes is a pain. Imagine installing and configuring everything from Horizon View to VCAC with just a few clicks. Hoping for happy times ahead!

EVO:Rail – first Impressions

Yesterday at the Keynote, one of the new offerings VMware announced was EVO:Rail, A Hyperconverged Infrastructure. This means OEMS have created small 2U formfactor rail mountable machines, that each hold 4 ESXi hosts. VMware has then provided the software that goes on top.

So no VMware is NOT selling us Hardware, we have to go to the OEM vendors like Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Inspur, Net One Systems and SuperMicro. to get these.

Licensed in the SKU is all the software you need to get a SDDC up and running in around 15 minutes from its been racked and cabled. For full details on whats in an EVO:Rail offering  look at Duncan’s post under Links.

So who is this for ? People who wants to get to close SDDC nirvana fast. And people starting out might find this very tempting. I don’t see myself using EVO:Rail at my workplace. But small companies that, for whatever reason, don’t want a Cloud solution, could find EVO:Rail very promising. As it contains everything you need to start and has a simple interface for you to use. Everything installs itself.

This is the first offering, but they were hinting at Rack-scale or Datacentre scale versions of this, and that might be promising to bigger companies. EVO:Rack Tech Preview

For me personally, its not the process of getting the Hardware and Software installed, that is the biggest problem with going toward SDDC. The problem is getting all your tweaks and various administrative procedures implemented in the Software. I would be nice if you could standardize those administrative procedures to fit something like EVO:Rail, but that is usually a far larger battle than getting the money for the software and hardware.

I’m sure we’ll see a lot more press about EVO:Rail in the coming months.

Links:

EVO:Rail at Yellow-bricks

Chad Sakac’s piece on EVO:Rail (Long read)

Mike Laverick’s guide to EVO:Rail

Eric Sloof on EVO:Rail

#vCops 6.0 Beta

Finally one might say. Its been long awaited.

The vCops 6.0 beta has been released, and I’ve been lucky enough to have been included in the beta group testers. I’ve asked VMware if I’m allowed to blog about the product itself, but has as of yet, not been given a permission to talk about the features. As it is still in Beta some features might not make it to the final version. A version I do hope will be announced at #vmworld in San Francisco in August.

One thing they’ve kinda promised, is the ability to run different licensed versions against different clusters or vdc’s. I might not be all customers who want to pay for the full features. Right now even though you might have different licenses in your environment vCenter only allows you to map 1. Meaning people usually run a smaller license all over the place, than the one they might actually have paid for (in the vCloud suite). In the environment I work with daily we have a mix of Standard and Advanced licenses depending on the requirement of the clusters. We don’t really have the need for the Advanced features on our development clusters, but it’s very nice to have on production. Especially since the Advanced license gives you access to 3rd party metrics, like SAN and Network equipment directly.