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vNews – Feb 2012 – The Hotel California Edition

Mike Laverick of http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk and @Mike_Laverick and I have produced this months vNews. (yay I hear you all cheer!)

We produce this podcast to inform you of all the latest virtualisation/cloud based news.  If you have a hectic life style and don’t have time to read press releases and blogs, or even if you do and want a reminder then check out this podcast!  see links below…

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http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk/2012/03/05/vnews-feb-the-hotel-california-edition/

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HP VMware ESXi 5.0 install media/ISO download location

This is just a quick blog post to notify me and others of where to download the HP version of ESXi 5.0 ISO with all the HP tools pre-installed.

The HP ESXi 5.0 Customized Image includes the following:
• HP Management Tools:
◦ HP CIM Providers
◦ HP NMI Driver
◦ HP iLO Driver
◦ HP CRU Driver
◦ HPONCONFG Utility
◦ HPBOOTCFG Utility
• VMware IOVP Certified Device Drivers added to HP ESXi 5.0 installation images for HP device
enablement.
• VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch Release ESXi500-201109001

http://vibsdepot.hp.com/

or

http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/software/vmware/esxi-image.html

How to set the LoadBalancingPolicy using PowerCLI

As a virtualisation admin you maybe tasked with configuring VMware’s vSwitches in a particular load balancing configuration. I have had to do this for link aggregation between the teaming of my vmnic’s and physical Cisco switches.  See the link for more info:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1004048

Here’s how I did it using PowerCLI.

Connect-VIServer VirtualCenterServerFQDN
Get-VMHost -Name HostName | Get-VirtualSwitch -name vSwitchNumber |
Get-NicTeamingPolicy | Set-NicTeamingPolicy -LoadBalancingPolicy LoadBalanceIP

Just bear in mind you will need to set the, Virtual Center Server, Host Nane and vSwitch name.

I hope this helps!
Stuart

 

 

Auto Deploy GUI

Yay! A GUI!  I do have friends out there who are master scripters however VMware’s latest fling is Auto Deploy GUI.  Traditionally to manage Auto Deploy images or VIB’s you need to know your way around PowerCLI.  Now you can just install the GUI to manage them!  See the link for more details:

http://labs.vmware.com/flings/autodeploygui

 

vNews – January 2012

vNews is back for another month of informative cloud and virtualisation news podcast.  For when you’re too busy read the news, press releases and blog posts.  Just sit back in your commute or listen in the car and we tell you!

See all the links at Mike Lavericks blog:

http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk/2012/02/04/vnews-january-monster-edition/

Top 10 support issues at VMware and VMworld

I was luckily enough to attend an excellent session at VMworld ran by Eamon Ryan which covered the top 10 Virtualization Support Issues today.  I found this particularly useful as many of them covered upgrading to vSphere 5.0

KB2005740

This is an hot add issue after a snapshot which can cause the VMX file to get corrupt on ESX 5.0.  Luckily enough there is simply a patch to install which fixed the problem.

KB2005741

The is an issue with vmotion failing when enabling 3D graphics and hardware version 8 (vSphere 5.0)  To fix this a manual edit of the VMX file is required which is list in the link.

KB2006132

vCenter server does not support the older version of converter and there is no upgrade to it.  A work around is to simply install the stand a lone converter product.

KB2006034

If you manually uninstall the HA agent and then try to install it manually again it will fail.  The simple fix is to use the GUI.

KB2006942

This is only HP related but ESX 5.0 can fail to see drives bigger than 2TB on HP P400 RAID controllers

KB2007231

The VirtualCentrer Server service fails to start with alarm errors after upgrading to vCenter Server 5.0.

KB2007108

After installing ESXi 5.0 and using software iSCSI errors the boot time can be excessively long.  This is because it will try to poll all targets and if it fails it will try again 9 more times.  The work around for this is to reduce the retry number.

KB2007269

Upgrading from ESXi 4.0 U2.  Note this is version specific.  You may get a purple screen of death when upgrading ESX and the vCenter.  The quick fix is not to upgrade from 4.0 U2.  Simply patch ESX up to the currently highest for U4 before upgrading to ESXi 5.0.

KB2006335

If you import the wrong bundle into VUM then VUM may report that it is unable to scan, stage or remediate ESXi5.0 hosts.  Simply make sure you are using the correct bundle for VUM.  Not Zips that end with “depot”.

KB2006028

There is some confusion about where the VMware HCL and product interoperability matrixes.  It used to be in a PDF but now you will find it at. http://partnerweb.vmware.com/comp_guide2/sim/interop_matrix.php?

KB2004501

This KB is some useful info for upgrading with mainly video content.

My Experience at VMworld 2011 Copenhagen

So I could right a load of drivel about how great it was but a picture is worth a 1000 words so here’s my picture diary!

You can defiantly tell that you have landed in the right place as there are VMware (and others such as EMC, Symantec, etc) adverts pasted on every available flat surface.  Also helpful people holding signs and to directly you to the free courtesy bus sponsored by Symantec which takes you to the Bella exhibition centre.

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Once I arrived I rushed to the labs as the queues where low.  VMware has an excellent list of many different labs.  Everything to do with the technology; from networking, troubleshooting even up to build your own cloud with vCloud Director.  Also there were some sponsored labs of which the EMC lab stood out for me which I know Simon Seagrave (Kiwi_Si) had put lots of effort into.

 

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On Monday night the Dutch VMUG organised a party for anyone to attend.  It was a great effort and very grateful for the welcome we had!  Drinks and fun all round!

 

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On Tuesdays the sessions started!  Lots and lots of things to learn from basic concepts to real deep dive technical subjects with experts such as Duncan Epping and Franks Denaman.  I had a packed schedule with lots of sessions to attend and making sure I fitted in some labs and visiting the Solutions exchange where I can learn all the technologies accompanying VMware.

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In the evening I was luckily enough to be invited to the exclusive Veeam party.  (Special thanks to Ricky El-Qasem @rickyelqasem )

 

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Wednesday was another day of sessions and visiting many of the booths to learn how partners can add value to a VMware infrastructure.

Simon Seagrave putting another sterling effort in a the EMC booth!

 

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During the day a live vSoup was recording with the usual excellent hosts of Chris Dearden, Ed Szerwin, and Christian Mohn with a special guest of Ed Grigson from vexperienced.co.uk

 

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Johnathan Medd managed to catch one of my Tweets on the big screen! Cheers!

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I managed to capture a picture of Alan Renouf of the big screen!

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An the end of the Tuesday was the first keynote which was fantastic!  There was absolute ton of blogging about this!  It was fantastic!  I’ll leave you to google that but here are a few screen shots!

 

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On the Wednesday I had to squeeze in a few for labs!  Lars of VMKtree fame just got in before me but I suppose I can let that one go as he has such useful software!

 

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Ed Szerwin forgot his euro adpater for his macbook…..  nice hack!

 

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In the eveing it was the brilliant VMware party.  Buses we available from the nearest train station.  The bus even has a beer tap on board but once we got there, there wasn’t a shortage of beer and very little queue!

 

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Once of my favorite things to come out of the solutions exchange was the new Cisco Zero client that was also a phone!  Cool!  (Thanks for the jelly beans too!)

 

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It’s been a long week but fantastic!  Hopefully see you all again next year!

 

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