Category Archives: Virtualization

Everything about Virtualization

A Quick Intro to vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager

I wanted to give you a quick-read introduction of vCloud Hybrid cloud manager.

vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager enables bidirectional VM mobility and migration to the cloud and back, and hybrid networking to extend on-premises vSphere vCenter networks into vCloud Air. Data transport features include network extension, WAN optimization, Multi-tenant WAN with Intelligent Routing, and path fail-over.

Security features include Suite B-compliant AES-GCM with IKEv2, data de-duplication and compression, AES-NI Offload, Flowbased Admission Control. It gets interesting because Hybrid Cloud Manager owns the source and destination encryption and decryption, ensuring a consistent security policy and providing admission for hybrid workflows like virtual machine migration and network extension.

These features can be deployed in several ways. Hybrid Networking (Layer 2 Extension) can securely extend your vSphere vCenter to integrate with a vCloud Air Virtual Data Center (vDC). We can also stretch multiple L2 segments  and can route stretched networks via Cloud Gateway for encryption and through the WAN optimization appliance to provide a secure and optimized path through the Internet to vCloud Air.

Read more at the official doc here.

Teaser – Learning VMware NSX – Virtxpert Repost

I have been working on my book for a while now and have picked two of the best reviewers to keep me honest. The book is about VMware NSX and is the only NSX book as far as I am aware(that isn’t focussed on certification only). 

The book is now available for pre order and below is what Jonathan from www.virtxpert.com has posted. Enjoy the read.

I have been fortuneate enough in my day job to get hands on experience with VMware NSX, even before the bits were available to download I was supporting NSX via the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, as it is one of the core components. For people still looking to get a jump start on learning NSX, I wanted to give you a bit of a teaser for an upcoming book by Ranjit Singh – Learning VMware NSX.

  

Since I am a technical reviewer for this book, which is being published by Packt Publishing, I can’t give away to much but can tell you it is packed with step by step examples on how to get up and running quickly with NSX and understand the various components and how they interact. Keep an eye out on the Packt site, and I expect you’ll here more from me and @rjapproves when it is released!

VMware NSX Session at Atlanta VMUG UserCon Today! 

For anyone in and around Atlanta, make sure you make it to GWCC convention center for the VMUG UserCon 2015!

Atlanta has one of the busiest VMUG and I will be presenting on getting started with VMware NSX!

You can also meet up with Mariano Maluf – the president of VMUG and other big wigs as well.

Also get to meet Kelley O’Hara – from the national football team and am hoping to take a picture with her. She’s awesome!

See you there! 

Bare Metal VSphere provisioning session #liveblog

In this session at VMworld we are talking about bare metal provisioning using Hanlon and Ansible.

Hanlon loads a micro kernel and allows a boot for the machine.

Project Kragle – is an automation node that is the glue where everything comes together – including dhcp, DNS, Ansible play books etc..

Project Emmet – bare metal provisioning of ESXi using Hanlon. The infrastructure is configured using Ansible. This project is being positioned as a proof of concept as of today but development is swift

Talking about Ansible modules

Ansible modules for Hanlon include,

  

These modules have not been released yet but are on the path of getting them out there. 

Ansible modules for vSphere include,

  
The recorded demo was great and below are some more links! 

 

VMworld 2015 Party #LiveBlog #Lastnight

This 2015 VMworld party was off the charts. Last year it was barely ok.. And we didn’t really like but this year was a completely different story!

Busses picked up attendees – yes you have to have a pass and a guest pass valid for concert only costed somewhere around 300$ is what I was told.

We then headed to the Att center where Neon trees and Alabama Shakes rocked the house. 

   
 
There were plenty of games and rides and yes alcohol was free too including food. Wine and beer flowed like water!

   
 And surprise surprise there was a skating rink inside as well! I fell a number of times. Enjoy the pics and the verdict was that this party was certainly better than before! Good job VMware!

   
    
    
 

Inside the VMworld HOL – Expert Led Workshop #Liveblog

I enrolled in the NSX Advanced Workshop and it was great. The session floor is awesome with about 74000 vms spun up already! The HOL labs for these sessions will be live in about a week so you will get to use them as well. Totally worth it. Below are some awesome pictures!

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Fancy Ping-Pong Table at Hang Out Lounge #livestream

A must stop for all bloggers and enthusiasts is the hang out lounge at Moscone North.

Take a moment to play at the fancy ping pong table!

  

Advanced DRS vSphere 6.0 Concepts

Doing a DRS running blog on some advanced and best practices from the #inf5306 sessions

Let’s begin with what metrics it collects to asses the state of your environment

  • Host level and VM level stats and metrics 
  • Host memory and CPU reserved for doing various host based tasks such as FDM agent memory and CPU requirements. Another example is vMotion task requirements of CPU memory and networking
  • VM metrics include Active memory, memory overhead and growth rate. Other metrics include CPU active, run and peak loads. Shared memory pages are also looked at.
  • DRS also looks if the demands and the entitlement for vm resources are being met
  • During initial placement DRS checks if any performance impact occurs to the currently running virtual machines

Initial placement and constraints which play a big role in decision making for initial VM placement

  • HA admission control policies i.e slot based, reserved % for failover etc
  • Affinity and anti-affinity rules to ensure virtual machines are not misplaced
  • DRS looks into total number of concurrent vMotions and time to vMotion. Limit the number of vMotions to ensure your management network is not flooded and resources are not consumed on both sides unless absolutely necessary
  • DRS checks for data store connectivity as well to ensure that a VM is not moved to a host with bad connection 
  • DRS looks at the vCPU to pCPU ratio
  • Reservations, limits and shares act as a constraint that is looked by DRS 
  • Agent vms also act as a constraint for example a VM which has a dependency with an agent VM will not be moved.
  • Special vms such as SMP-FT, vFlash and latency sensitive vms

New features for DRS in vSphere 6.0

  • Network aware DRS (NDRS v1) – allows admins to specify network bandwidth reservation for critical vms. Initial placement of the VM is based in VM bandwidth reservation. Any remidiation is also handled such as a when a pNIC saturates or fails.
  • Cross virtual center xVmotion placement involves unified host and data store recommendation. This means when a VM moves from one vc to another vc – recommendations are made based on characteristics in both vc’s. VC here is virtual center. This is done by running a combined DRS and SDRS algorithm. 
  • Rule migration is a feature in DRS where a virtual machines’ rules are carried over as part of the migration either within a vc or between virtual centers. The rules here does not include VM to host affinity rules 

vSphere 6 has also done some overhead resource consumption improvements. There are improvements in static overhead which is the minimum memory needed to power on the VM. The good thing is DRS will now compute the static overhead. In ESXi worst case scenario the static over head is at 986.06 MB – is what should be available on the hypervisor to be able to power on virtual machines without affecting performance

DRS Advanced Options

Now it’s not common to tweak these options but these will come in handy to many unique deployments.

  • Uniformly distribute vms across all hosts – set value of 1 or 2 for LimitVMsperesxhost or Limitvmsperesxihostpercent
  • vCPU to pCPU ratio – MaxVcpuspercore and maxvcpusperclusterpct
  • vMem to pMem ratio – maxhostmemovercommitpct and maxclustermemovercommitpct
  • Active memory vs consumed memory management – percentidlembinmemdemand 

Hope this was helpful! 🙂

Kaminario K2 Flash Array #livestream

Cost effective Flash storage array!   

Dimension Data and the Beam #liveblog

This is really cool!