The Storage and Availability Tech Marketing team runs a podcast called Virtually Speaking Podcast every week. This week it was my turn to be a guest on their show. We spoke about VSAN / use cases / all-flash and various other random topic that came up. It was a fun conversation, and I am going to try to tune in more often for sure. (Although I do listen to it every week, I haven’t been able to join live…) Make to sign up, so you don’t miss out on an episode. Listen to Pete Flecha, John Nicholson and I through the below player. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
This week I flew to Staines (that is where VMware’s European HQ is these days) to record a video for the Online Technology Forum. For those who don’t know what it is, it is similar to a vForum but in this case you don’t even need to get out of your comfortable chair… you can attend it from home / the office. My session was all about Software Defines Storage, where we are today and where we will be tomorrow. In my session I will discuss things like VSAN, VVols and VAIO. Primarily around what was announced at VMworld, but also with a hint of what is coming for all three of these in the future.
Of course it isn’t just my session. During the Online Technology Forum, which is held on Wednesday the 25th of November, there are many great sessions held by folks like Joe Baguley (keynote), Paul Nothard (vSphere), Mike Laverick (EVO:RAIL), Lee Dilworth (VVol/VSAN) and folks like Robbie Jerrom who is going to tell you all about Cloud Native Apps and those container thingies. And that is not it, Automation / Orchestration / EUC / Networking etc… All part of the agenda.
On top of that, during the sessions you have the ability to ask your questions to a panel of experts who will answer them live online. After my session there also is a live Q&A panel where you can ask your questions directly to one of the experts one the panel (I am one of them, and I believe Joe Baguley is the moderator.)
This event was a huge success 6 months ago, and I don’t expect anything less this time around. Make sure to sign up today and tune in next week.
I have a whole bunch of VMUGs on the agenda in the upcoming month that I wanted to inform you about. For those who have never been to a VMUG, they are “user group” meetings where usually you see community people presenting and vendors presenting. The setting is a bit more informal which allows you to have discussions with fellow users during breaks, ask questions during session and meet up with people from VMware and other vendors who attend. In the upcoming weeks I will be delivering sessions at my favourite VMUGs in the world, if you are in the neighbourhood make sure to attend. These are free events, so you just need to free up some time from work to attend. If you do attend, don’t hesitate to stop by to say hi!
- Thursday November 12th – Italy VMUG – Milan / Italy
- Awesome event in a great city with people like Lee Dilworth, Chad Sakac and Vaughn Stewart. I can ensure you that this is going to be a great event. A lot of the sessions will be in English by the way, judging by the people who are presenting. Also, what I love about Italy is the passionate community they have, one of those events where I spend talking to users/partners/customers and bloggers most of my time.
- Thursday November 26th – Scottland VMUG / Edinburgh
- Although this is a “smaller” event it doesn’t mean the agenda isn’t top notch. With Joe Baguley delivering the keynote and people like Paul Nothard, Robbie Jerome and Andy Jenkins from VMware presenting this is going to be a great day.
- Tuesday December 1st – Nordics VMUG (Denmark) (Usercon)
- Keynote by Paul Strong and a line-up of great speakers like William Lam, Paudie O’Riordan, Cormac Hogan, Ole Agesen, Christian Mohn and Joerg Lew. Strongest line-up I have seen in a very very long time at an event with a very interesting closing speaker which is the first Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen. I expect this event will fill up, so register today! Most sessions will be in English, so whether you are from Sweden, Finland, Norway or Germany… you can’t miss out on this one!
So if you live close to any of these VMUGs, I expect to see you there. I will be delivering a session on VSAN at each of these events and are more than happy to talk about anything else before or after my session. I will also bring some cool Captain VSAN stickers for those who want to pimp their laptops / office etc. Hope to see you all there.
I am doing some simple tests at home and I am running the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 in Fusion. In order to get it working there are a couple of tricks I have to perform, I find myself resorting to the same blogs over and over again so I figured I would just put it all on my own blog in a single location so I can simply copy/past where needed and don’t need to hit multiple sources.
First, deployment of vCenter Server in Fusion:
- Download the vCenter Server Appliance ISO
- Mount the appliance in OSX
- Copy the file “vmware-vcsa” from the folder “vcsa”
- Add “.ova” to the file by renaming it
- Open fusion go to “File” and “Import” the OVA but don’t start it
- Edit the “vmx” file of the VM you just created
- Typically stored under Documents –> Virtual Machines
- I edit them using vi through the terminal as that is what I’ve used for the last decade or so. The path for me looks something like this:
- /Users/depping/Documents/Virtual Machines.localized/vmware-vcsa-2800571.vmwarevm
- You will need to add a bunch of entries, I lifted these from William’s site of course… Thanks William
guestinfo.cis.deployment.node.type = “embedded”
guestinfo.cis.vmdir.domain-name = “vsphere.local”
guestinfo.cis.vmdir.site-name = “vsphere”
guestinfo.cis.vmdir.password = “VMware1!”
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.addr.family = “ipv4”
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.addr = “192.168.1.5”
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.pnid = “192.168.1.5”
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.prefix = “24”
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.mode = “static”
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.dns.servers = “192.168.1.1”
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.gateway = “192.168.1.1”
guestinfo.cis.appliance.root.passwd = “VMware1!”
guestinfo.cis.appliance.ssh.enabled = “true”
Now I want to update vCenter Server, 6.0 in this instance, was described by Ryan Johnson recently, I tweaked it to meet my own needs
- Download the patch: https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch#search
- Note that this isn’t the regular ISO file, the filename should look something like this: VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-184.108.40.20600-3018521-patch-FP.iso (6.0U1)
- Mount the ISO through Fusion
- SSH in to the vCenter Server:
- ssh email@example.com
- Now from the command run the “software-packages” command and let it use the ISO you just mounted
- software-packages install –iso –acceptEulas
- This upgrade will take a couple of minutes usually, in my case it took about 7 minutes to complete, next you will need to reboot the vCenter Server:
- shutdown reboot -r updates
That’s it… easy right.
I have a couple of sessions schedule for VMworld Europe, as it stands right now all of those still have availability. If you are going to VMworld Europe and haven’t registered any sessions yet I would urge you to do so today, you don’t want to show up and find the session is full. I have one more session which isn’t listed below, which is the Quick Talk on VSAN Use Cases which is being rescheduled as we speak due to a conflict. I hope I can add that one soon to the list.
- Tuesday, Oct 13, 15:30 >> INF4535 – 5 Functions of Software Defined Availability
- Wednesday, Oct 14, 12:30 >> STO5333 – Building a Stretched Cluster with Virtual SAN
- Thursday, Oct 15, 13:30 >> SDDC5027 – VCDX Unwrapped – Everything You Wanted to Know About VCDX