Category Archive: VMWare

Apr 12

An Introduction to Oracle ZFS Storage – A Heavy Hitting Performance Solution for VMware environments 1/2

This is a two-part blog post that will provide you with an overview of Oracle ZFS and how it relates to VMware environments. The first part (this blog post) will introduce Oracle ZFS storage and discuss the architectural fundamentals and how they benefit VMware workloads. The second part will look at VMware specific support, integration …

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Mar 24

Update – A hiatus? Yes please!

Happy new year! I hope that my readers have had a good break and are fully refreshed to hit 2016 running, I know for me it is going to be a defining year after 2015. (its now March and 2015 seems a long time ago!). I have not blogged for a while and have been …

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Jul 02

Veeam Availability Suite v9 extending in the Storage land with further EMC, HP and NetApp support

Today is a very exciting day at Veeam, for those who use NetApp ONTAP and/or EMC VNX\VNXe primary storage in their environments. We are announcing further integration to our existing storage integration capabilities by allowing customers to now: Use storage snapshots to create complete, isolated copies of your production environment in just a few clicks, for fast …

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Apr 29

Veeam Fully Supports VMware vSphere 6 via Veeam Backup & Replication 8.0 Update 2

So as you know, VMware has recently gone GA on vSphere 6, along with the new features, bells and whistles it comes with, there is also a new requirement on the certification front! VCP5.5 was the last technical cert that I sat and hopefully the last for a while given my current role and focus.  But …

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Feb 11

VMware vExpert 2015 – what does it really mean to me

Short note to help promote and congratulate the latest vExpert 2015 awardees announcement, and a special welcome to new folk on the list. I am typing this on an iPad so grammar isn’t going to be a strong point especially because of IOS semi-intuitive autocorrect feature, I’ll try clean it up later. The list has …

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Jan 05

Veeam Endpoint Backup

Veeam has recently announced “Veeam Endpoint Backup Free” to our portfolio of products, I am excited to share with you what Veeam Endpoint Backup is and what it is not.  The release of this product is our showcase of our exciting innovation we drive at Veeam. Ok so what does this mean to virtualisation practitioners, …

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Dec 19

Veeam Backup & Replication v8 for VMware: General Overview Poster

We have just updated and released the “Veeam Backup & Replication v8 for VMware: General Overview” Poster which covers deployment methods, components of Veeam Backup and Replication v8 and probably most useful – requirements of all the different moving parts of what makes our software.   Use it as quick reference – Hang in the office, any …

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Nov 10

#vExpert 2015 – It’s time again!

It’s that time again, applications for the inaugural vExpert 2015 award is now open – It feels like it was only yesterday that the 2014 vExpert announcement was made, I was luckily and privileged enough to be included in that list. There is no point regurgitating what the vExpert programme is and what tracks you …

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Oct 13

The Value of Veeam and Storage Array Integration

Time and time again, I get asked by partners and customers what is the value prop behind Veeam Backup and replication integrating with the various storage arrays for offload operations.   Why is there value there? I usually respond by stating that Veeam integrates with specific SAN arrays to let them perform the “heavy-lifting” when …

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Aug 02

New setting in HP 3PAR and VMware vSphere 5 Best Practices document.

Small change in the updated whitepaper from HP and VMware vSphere 5 when using Round Robin multi-pathing policy (which is the recommended best practice. ) The old recommendation was to use IOPS=100, which has now changed to IOPS=1. Make sure host persona 11 is selected! Issue the following command on your ESXi host(s) that are being served …

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Jun 13

Resetting #VMware Change Block Tracking due to error

So I got this error message today: Cannot use CBT: Soap fault. A specified parameter was not correct. . deviceKeyDetail: ‘<InvalidArgumentFault xmlns=”urn:internalvim25″ xsi:type=”InvalidArgument”><invalidProperty>deviceKey</invalidProperty></InvalidArgumentFault>’, endpoint: ” Virtual machines running on ESX/ESXi hosts can identify and track disk sectors that have changed. This feature is called Changed Block Tracking (CBT) After much research and trying to manually fix …

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Jun 11

Solution patch to VMware ESXi 5.5 Update One NFS connectivity issues

OK this is really important,  when Update one for ESXi 5.5 was released, customers connecting to datastores via the NFS protocol were experiencing intermittent connectivity and in particular All Paths Down or APD. What is ‘All Paths Down’? For those who are unfamiliar with this “condition”, APD occurs on an ESXi host when a storage …

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Apr 08

#HP Insight Control Storage Module for #VMware vCenter, v.7.3.1 now available

  HP Insight control plugin for vCenter is the go-forward VMware vCenter management integration plug-in for HP Storage. In addition to managing all HP block storage arrays, this vCenter plug-in also manages HP servers and virtual connect networking with the Server module. HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server integrates with both VMware vSphere Client …

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Mar 10

VMware VCP – Recertification policy

Do you have a VCP from VMware? If so read on!  Maintaining currency in the expertise gained and proven by VMware certifications is just as important as earning the certification initially. If your skills are not current, your certification loses value. The technical and business communities expect that VMware certified professionals are current on the …

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Mar 03

#HP 3PAR Recovery Manager for vSphere 2.5 and Hyper-V 2.0 #VMware #Microsoft

What are they? HP 3PAR Application Suite of solutions eases administration by providing rapid, efficient online backup and recovery of application specific databases. These software packages enhances the functionality of HP 3PAR Virtual Copy software to allow dozens of VMware VM, Hyper-V VM, Exchange, SQL or Oracle  snapshots to kept online economically allowing for extended …

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Feb 06

#HP Insight Control for #VMware vCenter Server 7.3 Now Available! Includes HP OneView support!

HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter server, which is available as a single download, seamlessly integrates the manageability features of HP ProLiant, HP BladeSystem, HP Virtual Connect and HP Storage into the VMware vCenter console. By integrating HP Converged Infrastructure management features directly into VMware vCenter, administrators gain insight and control of their HP infrastructure supporting their …

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Jan 19

VMware ESXi 5.1 U2 HP custom image is now available

VMware has released ESXi 5.1 U2 to the general public. The HP custom ISO for this version is available at the following URL: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=HP-ESXI-5.1.0U2-GA-JAN2014&productId=285 meaning that HP now support this Update across our server line. The updated recipe document has been published and is available on vibsdepot at http://vibsdepot.hp.com/hpq/recipes/HP-VMware-Recipe.pdf Enjoy

Dec 17

NEW HP StoreFront Analytics for VMware vCenter Operations Manager available now!

What is it? The HP StoreFront Analytics for VMware vCenter Operations Manager, an adapter for vCenter Operations Manager from VMware, relates virtual machines and datastores to volumes from HP 3PAR StoreServ storage systems. Administrators using HP StoreFront Analytics are able to visualize and analyze data from their HP 3PAR StoreServ storage array directly within vCenter …

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Nov 10

Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 in vSphere 5.0

Now this is cool, Think Inception – Hypervisor on Hypervisor!! VMware have updated their Guest Compatibility Guide to include Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 as a supported guest operating system with vSphere 5.0 U2 or above. For more information please to go  http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/pdf/VMware_GOS_Compatibility_Guide.pdf

Oct 25

Stale NFS Mount in VMware ESXi 5.5

So after successfully updating my vCenter and ESXi host to version 5.5, I proceeded to add back the NFS mount that had previously been mounted only to be met by the following error message: The “Create NAS datastore” operation failed for the entity with the following error message. An error occurred during host configuration. Operation …

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Oct 10

HP Insight Control Storage and Server Module vCenter Plug-in 7.2.3

HP Insight Control Storage and Server Module for vCenter is plug-in for vCenter Server that allows HP storage arrays to be managed from a single pane of glass that is integrated into the vSphere client. Available at no cost from HP, the plug-in can be installed once for the entire vCenter environment using a single, …

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Sep 27

vSphere 5.5 is live – HP custom ISO is now available

VMware has just released version 5.5 of their ever popular Hypervisor, to coincide with this release, HP has also provided the customised image of this release prepared for HP Proliant servers running ESXi environments, put simply – this image provides customised drivers, features that Proliant Servers can leverage.  I run this on my home lab …

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Sep 15

vCloud Director 5.1 Documentation

The vCloud Suite is a complex combination of vSphere,  vCloud Networking and Security (vShield), vCenter Operations  with vCloud Director automating the show with all products now aligned at version 5.1.   VMware has also released an updated vCloud Architecture Toolkit  (vCAT) for vCloud Director.  The vCAT provides modular components so that you can design a …

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Aug 22

HP Insight Control Storage Module 7.2.1/7.2.2 and VMWare vCenter

Uh oh!! a bug in HP Insight Control 7.2.1 and 7.2.2 Storage Plugins with 3PAR environments. Confirmed with both IC4VC 7.2.1 and 7.2.2 storage plugins with 3PAR 3.1.2 MU2 If using the plugin to perform a “New Datastore” action at the Cluster level, when the volume is presented to all hosts in a cluster in …

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Aug 19

Back from Holiday “Vacation” and VMworld

Finally back from an epic time in the US of A,  VMworld next week.  I was intending on doing a post on the leadup to VMworld including a timetable of events I will be attending.  For those who are going, get in touch – would be great to catch up/meet some of you..  HP are …

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Jul 02

Technical White Paper – HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and VMware vSphere 5 best practices – June 2013, Rev.3 released

Quick note – The latest revision of this technical white paper has been released – although a minor release I still recommend  if you are running VMware vSphere 5 on a 3PAR StoreServ array – do yourself a favour a take a read!  And please if you havr any feedback, contact me so I can …

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Jun 18

VMware ESXi 5.1 U1 Release and HP Custom ESXi Image

VMware released ESXi 5.1 U1 in April earlier this year,  HP also released a custom image of this release that incorporates customised HP drivers and management software saving you time to download and install the software yourself. A good point to make is that by using the customised HP Proliant ESXi image – this is …

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Jun 02

VMware Horizon Mobile and Switch

About a month ago, VMware announced two new “VMware Ready” devices for their VMware Horizon Mobile software,  although Apple iPhones are still yet to make an appearance in this list – this is still something I am very excited about. Firstly, because its an area where I am still technically upskilling  and secondly because I …

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May 30

vExpert 2013 award

        Yesterday, VMware announced this years awardees with the prestigious  vExpert 2013 title, an award that has been around since 2009 to recognise individuals on their contributions to the global virtualization and cloud community.  The list is put together by VMware and in particular John Troyer (@JohnTroyer) and the VMware Social Media & Community Team- …

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May 21

HP 3PAR peer persistence v1: peering into the persisting world of 3PAR

  Time for a technical deep dive – As you may or may not know, HP 3PAR boasts a sexy array-based software feature set. You’ve probably heard me rave on about it in other posts and podcasts I have done.  I’ve worn this fan-boy cap for a while now and spoken about our leading thin …

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Apr 28

VMware has released vSphere 5.1 Update 1

Quick update – This new patch release boasts new features such as SQL Server 2012 support as well as updated guest operating system support. The official VMware release notes on this patch are available at: https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-esxi-51u1-release-notes.html https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-vcenter-server-51u1-release-notes.html You can find the HP customized image release notes here as well the updated HP VMware Utilities User …

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Apr 14

VMware Partner Exchange 1-2 May Australian Technology Park

    This year  VMware Partner Exchange will be held at the Australian Technology Park South Sydney between 1st May – 2nd May. This event takes place every year in different regions all around the world giving VMware partners and associates a glimpse on  next-generation VMware products and programs so they are better prepared to talk to …

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Mar 04

VMware vVol and HP 3PAR

Last year,  Calvin Zito did a good overview on VMware Virtual Volumes or vVols. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKVui0W3NT0   This is game changing in my opinion, this essentially means the virtual machines will be able to leverage the 3PAR for ANY operation – when you throw an ASIC in the mix and our wide striping and you will …

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Feb 24

Guest podcast spot on Calvin’s ‘Around the Storage Block’ blog. (VMware VMUG, VMware PEX)

Recently, Calvin Zito , Craig Waters and myself jumped on a call to discuss a range of topics around VMware – more specifically Craig’s involvement in Melbourne VMUG and what the recently VMUG meeting in Melbourne had in store. We also discussed the upcoming VMware PEX which Calvin will be going along to. Unfortunately, there is also …

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Feb 06

There and back again: Storage in the 21st Century

Where is storage going in this century?  How does it integrate with Cloud? What should CIO’s be aware off in this new age?  Want to find out? My blog post on this is now live on the HP site, you can have a read at http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Transforming-IT-Blog/There-and-back-again-Storage-in-the-21st-Century/ba-p/130519  

Dec 17

HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and VMware vSphere 5 best practices whitepaper

  When supported with the correct underlying storage platform, server virtualization delivers greater consolidation, administrative efficiency, business continuity and cost savings. As a result, server virtualization is not only transforming the data center, but also the businesses that those data centers fuel. However, these transformative results depend on enterprise class storage to deliver the performance, …

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Dec 04

Introducing the new kids on the block… HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000

                      Today, at HP Discover in Frankfurt, we announced a new line of HP 3PAR storage systems boasting smarter architecture, higher storage capacity and greater performance for customers. Built for converged infrastructure, cloud and virtual environments Without being bias, I believe the HP 3PAR architecture …

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Nov 28

FYI: VMware EOA for ESX 4 (not ESXi)

    VMware Announces End of Availability Date for VMware vSphere® ESX hypervisor 4.x and VMware Management Assistant Versions 1 and 4   On November 28, 2012, VMware is notifying customers of an End of Availability (“EoA”) date for VMware vSphere® ESX hypervisor 4.x and for VMware Management Assistant (“vMA”) versions 1 and 4. The end of availability …

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Nov 22

Release of VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager 1.0

What is it? VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager is a component that enables support for managing heterogeneous hypervisors when used in conjunction with VMware vCenter Server v5.1 and vSphere Client 5.1. It is not available for the vSphere Web Client, with this in mind I am not sure what the roadmap for this will be post …

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Nov 11

VMDownUnderground and the lead up to VMware vForum 2012, Sydney Australia

VMware vForum is an annual tech conference that has been adapted from the ever-popular VMworld, which is why it is sometimes dubbed the mini VMworld, it never fails to disappoint as it is always full of quality presenters and content. This year, the conference is being held in the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 14th …

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Oct 24

My HP 3PAR Fit for VMware Environments Blog Post on HPStorageGuy’s site.

This is the first of hopefully many to come that will be hosted on Calvin’s Around the Storage Block site (Thanks Calvin!) You may read here: http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Around-the-Storage-Block-Blog/HP-3PAR-Fit-for-VMware-environments/ba-p/124361

Oct 17

APAC Virtualization Podcast – Episode 62 – VSA

Join Craig Waters (@cswaters1), Chris Trioni – (vArchitect, VCE), John Martin (Principal Technologist, NetApp), Cormac Hogan (Senior Marketing Architect for Storage, VMware) and myself (Solutions Architect, HP) where we will discuss the recently announced Software Defined Datacentre (SDD) and where storage fits into the whole story. Start Time (GMT+11): 17/10/12 9:00 PM Sydney time (EDT)   …

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Oct 09

run VMware View?? read this!!

Following the announcement of VMware vSphere 5.1, I came across this interesting KB article http://bit.ly/PksIcy In a nutshell:               This is important as VMware View runs on the vSphere platform, so if you are looking to upgrade the hypervisor to 5.1 then you may run into some support problems …

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Sep 27

My first VMworld 2012 – A wrap

VMworld 2012 was held in San Francisco, USA  in August this year.  This was to be my first (and hopefully not last) VMworld conference,  I have a lot of memorable moments from the whole trip – probably too many to list here but nonetheless it was a very memorable trip.  The flight over and back …

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Sep 24

HP Get Virtual Guarantee Whitepaper for VMware environments

Further to my earlier post on what is VM density, I mentioned HP’s ‘Get Virtual Guarantee” programme. Here is a link to the whitepaper on this, have a read and consider.  Virtual environments are a lot more fun when they are performing optimally.   Ping me if you have any questions @andrecarpenter or andre.carpenter@hp.com

Sep 17

vCloud Networking Poster

This is an excellent in any virtualisation processional’s toolkit.. A good friend of mine wrote the following about this poster here so I will quote from his post. “The poster is a reference to all things related to vSphere Standard Switch (VSS), vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS), and Virtual Extensible Local Area Network (VXLAN) technology. It provides you information …

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Sep 13

vSphere 5.1 How-to’s and Troubleshooting Links

For those who have been eager and upgraded to vSphere 5.1, here are some relevant KB articles should you get stuck.   Configuration Configuring vCenter Single Sign On for high availability Installing vCenter Single Sign On in a multisite deployment Setting up Apache load balancing software with vCenter Single Sign On Configuring and troubleshooting vCenter …

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Sep 11

VMware vSphere 5.1 released!

  VMware vSphere 5.1 has finally been officially released. For me, one of the biggest things I have looked forward to is the revamped vSphere web client,  which was announced at VMworld 2012 a few weeks back.   With the desktop version going away, the new web based client means that I (and other MacOSX …

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Sep 11

HP Customized version of ESXi 5.1 is now available!

HP Customized version of ESXi 5.1  is now available! Download: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=HP-ESXI-5.1.0-GA-10SEP2012&productId=28 Release Notes: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03537464.pdf Also, an updated version of the HP Customized version of ESXi 5.0 U1 (October 2012)  is also available: Download: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=HP-ESXI-5.0.0-U1-15MAR2012_V2&productId=229 Release Notes: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03537272.pdf

Sep 10

What is VM Density?

What is it? VM Density used to be (and still is) referred to as the following three contextual definitions related to performance: Number of VM’s that can run on a certain number of physical CPU’s Number of VM’s or workloads running on a host Number of VM’s or workloads running on a single datastore. What …

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