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VMware and Storage crazy man, vExpert, MN VMUG leader

I’m a Delegate at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015

I’m excited to announce that I am a Delegate for Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015

I will be on Monday’s Delegate Panel.

 

What is Tech Field Day?

 

http://techfieldday.com/about/

Our Field Day events bring together innovative IT product vendors and independent thought leaders to share information and opinions in a presentation and discussion format. Independent bloggers, speakers, freelance writers, and podcasters have a public presence that has immense influence on the ways that products and companies are perceived and by IT practitioners. The world of media has changed, with social media and blogging gaining special importance. Our Field Day is an opportunity for tech companies and independent writers to meet, update and discuss products and form new communications.

We provide a valuable forum for engagement, education, hands-on experience, and feedback for vendors. And the attendees get access to the best information, high quality resources that lead to informed, more nuanced discussion about the marketplace.

I have been lucky to been a part of Tech Field Day for a couple years, and find it an increasingly valuable event to be part of.

Below is the Agenda for Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015

Below Content is from http://techfieldday.com/event/evmwu15/

TFD Extra VMworld-300
Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015 August 31–3, 2015
Who: Virtualization
What: Extra
When: Future
Where: San Francisco

 

“For Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015, we will have three different delegate panels, one per day.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday

Delegates

Delegates are selected by the Field Day Delegate community. For more information on our selection process, please see our page about becoming a Field Day Delegate.

Alastair Cooke @DemitasseNZ
Trainer, Writer, Consultant, Geek. From New Zealand.
Amit Panchal @AmitPanchal76
Technical IT Manager and blogger at apanchal.com.
Amy Manley @WyrdGirl
12 years in IT, vExpert and an automation junkie
Andrew Mauro @Andrea_Mauro
IT Architect with focus on virtualization, cloud and storage
Chris M Evans @ChrisMEvans
Chris is a UK-based consultant with an interest in all technologies, focusing on storage, virtualisation and cloud.
Christopher Kusek @cxi
CTO at @Xiologix – EVP of Engineering, Technology Evangelist, vExpert, EMC Elect, BDA, CISSP, MCT, Cloud, Ninja, Vegan, Single, Father, Cat, Humorist, Author
David Davis @DavidMDavis
David Davis is a well-known author, speaker, and trainer covering datacenter technologies.
Enrico Signoretti @ESignoretti
An IT consultant, entrepreneur and passionate blogger at juku.it (not necessarily in that order).
Eric Shanks @Eric_Shanks
Independent Blogger for theITHollow.com, technical consultant, and Chicago VMUG Leader.
Howard Marks @DeepStorageNet
Storage Analyst Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Joep Piscaer @JPiscaer
Joep Piscaer is an IT architect at OGD ict-diensten, VMware VCDX #101, vExpert 2009, 2011 – 2013, member of the NL VMUG Customer Council and actively involved in the international VMware community. He writes on his blog, VirtualLifestyle.nl.
Keith Townsend @CTOAdvisor
Keith Townsend is the founder of Virtualizedgeek.com and is an IT management consultant with more than 15 years of related experience.
Larry Smith @MrLESmithJr
19 yrs. in IT | 11 yrs. VMware virtualization | VMware NSX Nut
Marco Broeken @MBroeken
Dutch Virtualization Admirer and DaaS Lover, Blogger at www.vClouds.nl
Mark May @CincyStorage
Storage expert, unix curmudgeon, IT nerd, and sporadic blogger
Matthew Leib @MBLeib
Phoummala Schmitt @PhoummalaSchmit
Just trying to survive in IT as a (woman) Sr. Systems Engineer with a focus on Messaging , Virtualization, Storage.
Roger Lund @RogerLund
Roger evangelizes virtualization by night, and is a Sr. System Administration for a call center in the
day.
Scott D. Lowe @OtherScottLowe
Scott D. Lowe is an independent consultant, blogger, and author focusing on issues that affect the CIO and on the virtualization and storage markets.
Shane Williford @coolsport00
Stephen Beaver @SBeaver
Stephen Beaver is the co-author of VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center and Scripting VMware Power Tools: Automating Virtual Infrastructure Administration.
Theresa Miller @24x7ITConnect
Citrix Technology Professional (CTP), MBA and Microsoft Exchange geek. Enjoying blogging and technical speaking.

That’s an impressive list of delegates!

Presentation Calendar

Most presentations are streamed live on this page, at TechFieldDay.com, and at some delegate and presenter web sites. After the event, the following pages contain video recordings of these presentations.

August 31, 2015 12:00-13:00 Data Gravity Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: Amit Panchal, Enrico Signoretti, Larry Smith, Marco Broeken, Mark May,Matthew Leib, Roger Lund, Scott D. Lowe
September 2, 2015 14:30-15:30 Datto Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: Alastair Cooke, Andrew Mauro, Chris Evans, Christopher Kusek, Enrico Signoretti, Keith Townsend, Marco Broeken, Theresa Miller
August 31, 2015 13:30-14:30 Platform9 Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: Amit Panchal, Enrico Signoretti, Larry Smith, Marco Broeken, Mark May,Matthew Leib, Roger Lund, Scott D. Lowe
August 31, 2015 15:00-16:00 Cirba Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: Amit Panchal, Enrico Signoretti, Larry Smith, Marco Broeken, Mark May,Matthew Leib, Roger Lund, Scott D. Lowe
August 31, 2015 16:30-17:30 Velostrata Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: Amit Panchal, Enrico Signoretti, Larry Smith, Marco Broeken, Mark May,Matthew Leib, Roger Lund, Scott D. Lowe
September 1, 2015 12:30-13:30 Primary Data Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: David Davis, Howard Marks, Joep Piscaer, Justin Warren, Phoummala Schmitt, Shane Williford, Stephen Beaver, Theresa Miller
September 1, 2015 15:30-16:30 SanDisk Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: David Davis, Howard Marks, Joep Piscaer, Justin Warren, Phoummala Schmitt, Shane Williford, Stephen Beaver, Theresa Miller
September 1, 2015 17:00-18:00 Reduxio Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: David Davis, Howard Marks, Joep Piscaer, Justin Warren, Phoummala Schmitt, Shane Williford, Stephen Beaver, Theresa Miller
September 2, 2015 13:00-14:00 Violin Memory Presents at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2015
Delegate Panel: Alastair Cooke, Andrew Mauro, Chris Evans, Christopher Kusek, Enrico Signoretti, Keith Townsend, Marco Broeken, Theresa Miller

 

I’m looking forward to it! And you can look forward to me having some upcoming posts from me on the presenting companies.

Roger L

Repost : with a few additions: What is my SSO Domain Name & Site Name?

I had to use this today after forgetting a little used VMware Workstation Lab’s vSphere 6 sso domain.

 

I ended up finding this blog post, and i’m going to refer to it in my blog post as well.

vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 2: What is my SSO Domain Name & Site Name?

 

You will find it in the following two configuration files:

Windows:

C:\ProgramData\VMware\vCenterServer\cfg\install-defaults\vmdir.domain-name

VCSA:

/etc/vmware/install-defaults/vmdir.domain-name

You have to enable shell via ssh to vcenter first.

login to vcenter via ssh. I enabled this by default.

If not do the below steps or skip this section if ssh is enabled.

—————————————-

How to enable ssh on the vcenter appliance

 

by 

1. Open the console of the appliance using in this case the vsphere client.

2. Press F2 and log in as root.

3. Notice the choices and select Troubleshooting Mode Options.

4. Notice the two options. Select Enable SSH.

5.  Press Enter to enable it.

—————————————-

Command> shell.set –enabled True
Command> shell

localhost:~ # vi /etc/vmware/install-defaults/vmdir.domain-name

This returned

ssolocal.local

Thus I knew I had to login to [email protected] to vcenter.

P.S. Document your lab login and sso information… :0)

Roger L

Reset VMware vCenter Appliance 6 root password

If your like me, you often forget passwords or domains you setup in your lab environments.

Here are a blog post I found useful when playing in my lab.

 

VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 root account locked out after password expiration (2069041)

KB: 2069041
KB: 2069041
Updated: Aug 21, 2015Categories:
Alerts
Troubleshooting
Languages:
English

Product(s):
VMware vCenter Server Appliance

Product Version(s):
VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.x

 

 

“To reactivate the root account:

  1. Reboot the vCenter Server appliance using the vSphere Client.
  2. When the GRUB bootloader appears, press the spacebar to disable autoboot.Note: If the time between when you power on the virtual machine and when it exits the BIOS or EFI and launches the guest operating system is too short, you can adjust the delay. For more information, see Delay the Boot Sequence in the VMware vSphere 5.5 Documentation guide.
  3. Type p to access the appliance boot options.
  4. Enter the GRUB password.

:

 

Now I locked my self out trying passwords. Thus when you hit p you have to type your password. But it doesn’t lock you out at this point. Thus I found my password after a bit of work.

 

Entire write up by VMware here.

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2069041

 

Roger L

Unitrends Free Edition. Protecting your assets with Asset Protection and Job Creation.

Yesterday I write on Installing and Configuring Unitrends free edition. Today I will cover protecting your assets with Asset Protection. Then we will go over Job Creation. This allows you to have a backup of your VM’s for free!

 

Requirements:

For this scenario we will be using vCenter 5.5.

 

And we are off!

 

1. Browse to the UI.

unitrends free edition UI

 

2. Close the welcome to Unitrends free.

unitrends free edition ui welcome

3. Navigate to Configure.

unitrends free edition ui configure

4. Click on the Protected Assets Tab.

unitrends free edition ui configure protected assets

5. Click Add, and select Virtual Host.

unitrends free edition ui configure protected assets add virtual host

 

6. Put in your vCenter information and click save.

unitrends free edition ui configure protected assets add virtual host details

7. Now navigate to Protect.

unitrends free edition ui protect

8. Highlight your vCenter

unitrends free edition ui protect select vcenter

9. Check the box next to the VM you would like to Backup.

unitrends free edition ui protect select vcenter select vm

10. Click Backup

unitrends free edition ui protect backup

11. A new window will popup, titled Create Backup Job.

unitrends free edition ui protect create backup jobJPG

12. Click Define Job Settings.

unitrends free edition ui protect create backup job define

For now we are going to just run this job once. This is called a on demand job.

13. Under Schedule, Select when to run this job: check Now, and save.

unitrends free edition ui protect create backup job define on demand

 

Right away a job success window pops up.

unitrends free edition ui protect job success

 

Lets take a look at the job to verify the job’s running status.

14. Click view Jobs.

unitrends free edition ui protect jobs running

 

15. Click on the job, and click View Details.

unitrends free edition ui protect jobs running view details

 

Once it completes you will see a Successful Status.

unitrends free edition ui protect job finished 1

Congrats! You have just protected your first VM!

 

 

Roger Lund

Installing and Configuring Unitrends free edition

Last week I wrote on Unitrends offers free backup’s with Unitrends Free. Unitrends is a leader in the backup space. And they recently announced a free edition.  Today I am going to cover deploying the software via a appliance, and the post deployment configuration. This is our first Step to backing up our virtual environment, for free!

Once we finish this, we will be ready to login to the UI, setup asset protection, and create a new backup job.

 

Before we start:

This requires a windows machine to launch the setup with .net framework 4.0. Note this does not install on the device you run it from, but deploy’s a appliance.

 

 

Ready, get set, and GO!

 

1. Run the unitrends Installer.

unitrends free edition exe

2. Fill out the vCenter information, and click Next.

unitrends free edition vcenter

3. Next name the appliance and select the VMware host and Datastore and click Next.

unitrends free edition vcenter host and datacenter

 

4. Now select your network, and give the appliance the correct network information for your environment, and click next.

unitrends free edition applaince network config

5. Now Configure the disk size, select the datastore, and disk provision method, and click install.

unitrends free edition disk config

6. Now browse to the IP Address, and proceed by ignoring any SSL warning, and agree to the agreement.

unitrends accept

7. Next we will setup the Date and time on the appliance. Once you have made any adjustments click next.

unitrends free edition date and time

8. Now we set the hostname, domain name, and password. Click Next.

unitrends free edition hostname and password

9. Next we set the mail server information and click Finish.

unitrends free edition email

On the next write up. I will cover protecting assets and creating jobs.

Roger Lund

Unitrends offers free backup’s with Unitrends Free

Product overview:

Unitrends is a software company that has been doing backup’s since 1985 according to Wikipedia. On may 12th they announced a open beta to a free version of Unitrends free..

Unitrends free is a Virtual Appliance that offers data protection in the form of a Linux based VMware or Hyper-v VM. You can protect VM’s with Full backup’s, incremental backups, on demand or scheduled. You can recover individual files, the entire vm or perform a instant recovery.

 

Features in Unitrends Free include:

  • Free vSphere and Hyper-V Backup for Unlimited Virtual Machines (VMs) and Sockets. Unlike other tools that restrict usage by number of VMs or sockets, Unitrends Free provides hypervisor-level protection for up to 1 terabyte (TB) of data.

  • Instant VM Recovery. Unitrends Free makes it possible to quickly run a VM directly from a backup to reduce downtime. Instant recovery also allows users to spin up copies of their VMs for recovery verification, testing and development.

  • Automated Daily Scheduling. The product features “set it and forget it” scheduling with daily recovery points to keep a user’s system protected at all times – even when no one is around.

  • Fast, Incremental Forever Backups. Unitrends Free delivers changed-block tracking and incremental forever backups to ensure that backups complete rapidly every day – without using a lot of storage.

  • Cloud Integration. Users can also take advantage of low cost long-term storage via integration with third-party clouds such as Google Cloud Storage, Google Nearline and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3).

  • Unitrends Community Integration. Users benefit from limitless support provided by the Unitrends Community. Directly integrated into the Unitrends Free user interface, IT professionals can search the forum and collaborate to help one another, while also earning attractive rewards. Source http://www.unitrends.com/company/press-releases/2015/unitrends-redefines-free%E2%80%9D-virtualization-backup-w

 

Availability:

The beta version of Unitrends Free is available to download now.  Here is the Unitrends Free Administrator’s Guide

In celebration of the launch, one lucky user will win a $1,500 Visa Giftcard.

UnitrendsFree

To download the software and obtain more details regarding the sweepstakes, please visit: http://www.UnitrendsFree.com.

 

I will be following up with installation and configuration of the product.

 

Roger Lund

Veeam 8 – Wan Acceleration : Role Installation and Setup

 

Veeam Wan Acceleration is a neat technology.

 

“Built-in WAN Acceleration dramatically reduces the bandwidth required for transferring backups and replicas over the WAN. This eliminates the need to acquire additional network bandwidth or deploy a general-purpose WAN accelerator appliance for fast off site backup and replication.

Built-in WAN Acceleration is available in Veeam® Backup & Replication™ Enterprise Plus Edition

Get your VMs off site up to 50x faster

Built-in WAN Acceleration utilizes global caching, variable block length data fingerprinting and traffic compression to reduce bandwidth requirements by an order of magnitude, while multiple WAN optimization ensures that your available bandwidth is leveraged to its fullest potential. Best of all, there are no appliances to deploy, virtual machine (VM)- or host-based agents to install, or network infrastructure changes to make. Veeam’s Built-in WAN Acceleration:

  • Helps get VMs off site up to 50 times faster than transferring raw data
  • Minimizes bandwidth consumption when copying backups and making replicas over the WAN
  • Supports unreliable and high latency network connections
  • Requires no changes to the existing network infrastructure

What is a WAN accelerator?

A WAN accelerator reduces the amount of data that needs to flow back and forth across the WAN by using caching and data compression techniques. Basically, a WAN accelerator works by caching duplicate files (or parts of files) so they can be referenced in global cache instead of having to be sent across the WAN again. WAN accelerators effectively trade off network I/O for disk I/O, thus significantly improving the performance of data transfers over the network in situations when bandwidth is the primary bottleneck.”

Source http://www.veeam.com/backup-wan-acceleration.html

This is part of the Veeam Availability Suite v8

As a requirement , you need to install veeam 8.

Ideen has a nice write up on Installing Veeam 8. Veeam 8: Step-by-Step New Install

 

thus I am going to bypass that.

I have not had a chance to do a write up on how to set it up, and it’s been up my list a while. So here it is.

 

 

lets rock!

 

Open Veeam Backup

 

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator start

Click on Backup Infrastructure

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup select backup infrastructure

Click on WAN Accelerators

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup select backup infrastructure then wan accelerator

Right click and select Add WANAcceleratorr

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server

Type in the DNS Name or IP Address.

 

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server type in name

 

Select account, or create account if needed.

 

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server select account

 

Review, and click Next.

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server install

 

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server status installed

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server status finish

 

Now on to installing the WAN Accelerator.

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server install cache

Click Next.

 

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator set cache drive and space

 

Select the local drive, and change the Cache size. This have to be enough to fit the VM’s your caching.

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator set cache drive and space install

 

Click Next.

 

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server install cache status installed next

Click Next

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server install cache status installed finish

Repeat these steps for a VM on the wan side.

To enable WAN acceleration, you need to deploy a pair of WAN accelerators in your backup infrastructure.

Source http://www.veeam.com/backup-wan-acceleration.html

 

On the next article, I will follow up with a separate post with setting up and testing a Job.

 

 

Roger Lund

vCloud Director 5.6.4 for Service Providers Release Notes

VMware has released a new release for vCloud Director, release 5.6.4

 

What’s in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

What’s New in this Release

  • Increased upgrade support: Added upgrade support from vCloud Director 5.5.2 and 5.5.2.1 to vCloud Director 5.6.4 for Service Providers.
  • Increased guest operating system support: vCloud Director has added support for the following guest operating systems.
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
    • Ubuntu 14.04
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
    • CentOS 6.5
    • CentOS 7
    • Oracle Linux 6.5
    • Oracle Linux

 

 

Make sure to read the resolved issues and known issues

 

System Requirements, Installation, and Upgrade

For information about system requirements and installation instructions, see the VMware vCloud Director Installation and Upgrade Guide.

For interoperability information, see Interoperability Matrix, Upgrade Path and Configuration Maximums.

 

Also see vCloud Director 5.6 Upgrade Path and Configuration Maximums / vCloud Director 5.6 Configuration Maximums (2090718)  KB: 2090718

 

Source https://www.vmware.com/support/vcd/doc/rel_notes_vcloud_director_564.html

 

 

Roger Lund

Opvizor Inside the Dashboard.

This is my first post on a series of posts about opvizor. http://www.opvizor.com/ Opvizor is a predictive analysis and issue prevention tool.

In my previous post, Getting Opvizor Working by Michael White worth a read. Michael outlines the install process. I will continue , assuming you have setup the product.

 

Once we login to the webpage at https://opvizor.com/login/  we see a dashboard. Where to start?  That is a lot of information.

In the top left you have the environmental overview. This includes your issues per cluster, host, VM, datastore, and network. As you can see I have induced lots of issues into my lab.

vmware vsphere opvizor home

Let’s dig into each.

 

Overall Status

vmware vsphere opvizor overall Statistics

Overall Statistics

vmware vsphere opvizor overall Statistics

Statistics by Upload

vmware vsphere opvizor Statistics by Upload

Issues by  by Upload

vmware vsphere opvizor Issues by  by Upload

Top 5 Largest Datastores

vmware vsphere opvizor Top 5 Largest Datastores

Top 5 Entities by Issue Rate

vmware vsphere opvizor Top 5 Entities by Issue Rate

Top 5 VMs by Snapshot Usage

vmware vsphere opvizor top 5 snapshots

 

Yikes, that seems a little large doesn’t it?

 

Top 5 BMs by Memory Usage

vmware vsphere opvizor Top 5 BMs by Memory Usage

These are fairly self explanatory. But we can dig into each to get more information from this screen.

 

If we click the small table icon  vmware vsphere opvizor expand icon next to Top 5 Larges Datastores

 

vmware vsphere opvizor Top 5 Largest Datastores expand

 

Here we can see more information on the Datastores in my lab.

 

This is our first look into Opvizor, of the series.

 

 

Roger Lund

Getting Opvizor Working by Michael White worth a read.

Michael White another vExpert did a great write up on Opvizor www.opvizor.com

Opvizor has engaged the VMware vExpert program to allow us to dive into the program. Michael’s write up shows how to install the product.

 

Getting Opvizor Working – and is it interesting or what!

 

“If you watch the video on their home page you will see what I did and perhaps be as interested as I was.  Essentially their product compares your environment against best practices from VMware and or NetApp and then will let you know how your environment differs and provide you with the info to fix it.”

 

He then walks you through the installation.

I will dive into the inside of Opvizor in my a follow up post.

Roger Lund