Quick review: NAKIVO Backup & Replication 6.2

We are proud to welcome yet another sponsor to our blog: NAKIVO!

Thanks for supporting Cloudfix! The least we can do is write a introductory  blog about their backup & replication solution for VMware. So this is not a full review of all the features of the product, but I hope it gives you a good glimpse of the product and I get’s you interested to do some further investigation into their products.

Besides a backup solution for VMware environments, NAKIVO is also offering a solution for backing up AWS-instances, so if you’re looking for a solution for backing up and recovering your company’s EC2 instances, please give their website www.nakivo.com a visit.

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VMworld EMEA Announcements: VMware Cloud on AWS

WOW! I think we just witnessed one of the biggest VMware-announcements we will remember for a long time this year at VMworld 2016. VMware is going to run a full vSphere SDDC-stack (vSphere / VSAN / NSX) bare-metal on AWS. Let me emphasize on this: It’s running BARE-METAL, so NO nested hypervisor. AWS will be running your workloads on the same vSphere-bits with the same feature sets, you learned to love on purpose-made, dedicated hardware available from all of their AZ’s (Availability Zones).

On-Premises DC expanded to AWS

It gives you a easy way to extend your private on-premises DC to the AWS cloud and have uniform central management plane, leveraging vCenter Enhanced Linked Mode across all your (public & private) vCenter-servers. One of the coolest things which we witnessed was now really moving a VM from your on-premises and totally moving it to AWS with XvMotion-technologies

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VMworld EMEA Announcements : VSAN 6.5

Besides bumping their virtualization-platform to version 6.5, VMware also added some new features to the SDS-solution in the new version of VSAN it announced. This quick article talks about the main new features which stood out according to us.

VSAN Version History

To give a idea what the main new features were in the previous releases of VSAN here, a short overview:

VersionTimeframeAdded features
VSAN (1.0) 5.5March 2014Inital Version
VSAN 6.0March 2015All-flash
64 Node cluster
2x Hybrid Speed
VSAN 6.1September 2015Stretched Cluster
Replication RPO of 5 minutes
2-node ROBO
VSAN 6.2March 2016Deduplication
Compression
QoS

We really enjoy the pace in which this product is being developed and in such a incredible pace. Keep it going guys!

The main new features for this 6.5 release which is announced during VMworld EMEA 2016 (Oktober 2016) according to us among others are:

  • iSCSI-Access
  • Direct Connect for ROBO

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VMworld EMEA Announcements : vSphere 6.5

Today VMware announced it’s latest version of the vSphere and vCenter platform, version 6.5.  This article talks about some of the latest features VMware added to their virtualisation-platform.

vCenter Server (Appliance) 6.5

VMware is dramatically simplifying the experience using the vSphere-platform which is primarily based on the announcement of vCenter Server Applicance 6.5 and it’s new capabilities which are exclusive to the vCenter Server Appliance.

VCSA 6.5 only features

The VCSA-only features which are new to 6.5 are:

  • Native High Availability
    Active/Passive HA solution with a witness for resolving split-brain situations. The setup requires 2 separate networks (Private vs. Public). The private network is used for HA (routed)-traffic between the both VSCA which consists of (sync) DB and (async) file-replication. This gives us a easy way to set-up a high available vCenter server.
  • (Integrated) VMware Update Manager
    VMware Update Manager is now finally integral part of VCSA, so no more managing a seperate Windows VM for using VMware Update Manager.
  • Improved Appliance Management
    Increased insight into how the appliance is doing CPU-, Memory-, Network- and databasewise. This reduces having to rely on the CLI for simple monitoring task on the VCSA and allows do this via the UI (VAMI). A thingy called vMon enhances the watchdog functionality which is also used for determing which host is active and which is passive when using VCSA in a HA-setup.
  • Native Backup & Restore
    Native file-based backup & restore capabilities built-in to the VCSA, which allows backing up via HTTP(s)/FTP(s)/SCP protocols and restoring the state of a VCSA to a (fresh) appliance.  All this happens from within the VAMI (Virtual Appliance Management Interface). It evens allows for restoring the configuration when installing the VCSA via ISO.

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Quick review : Runecast Analyzer

Recently we came into contact with a company called Runecast to review their product called Runecast Analyzer. We quickly decided to do a quick review of the product and keep you updated how this product develops even further! We will also be paying them a visit on VMworld Barcelona to get some more details from the guys/girls themselves. So we will keep you updated!

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Features

VMware KB Scan

Runecast analyzer is able to scan your vSphere environment for known issues described in KB articles from the VMware knowledgebase (kb.vmware.com), displays them in a table (sorted by severity) and allows you to copy this information or export this information easily for use in custom reports you might want to build from this information (note: in the version i’m using the PDF-export is showing a cut off PDF, but i’m sure this will be fixed in a feature release). The table allows you to dive deeper into the details of the KB and on which objects (vSphere Server, ESXi-host or VM) are affected by this issue.

Runecast VMware KB Scan

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My VMCE v9 experience

As I am currently working on an Veeam implementation in a large Hyper-V environment, I decided to update my knowledge by following the Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) Certification v9 training (Link) and subsequently take the exam to become certified. I also hoped to especially learn more about Veeam on Hyper-V, because my experience with that is very little in comparison with Veeam on VMware.

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This short article gives a short overview of my VMCE experience, some tips on great information to pass the exam and some ramblings about what I think could be improved.

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ISESteroids: The missing link for ISE

Recently I was busy scripting a Exchange migration (yes, i also do Microsoft besides VMware) in Powershell (Automating Cross-Forest moves from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2013 and related tasks) for a customer of mine and got annoyed by the limited functionality Windows Powershell ISE (Integrated Scripting Environment) is providing us by default,. I decided to look for a decent and affordable editor for Powershell. That’s when I stumbled upon ISESteroids (http://www.powertheshell.com/isesteroids2/).

ISESteroids

ISESteroids is a powershell module which adds all kind of handy functionality to the standard Windows Powershell ISE. Because I really liked it from the start I wanted to write a small blog article about it to share with you guys the 3 functionalities i like most and hope you find them just as useful as I do for writing Powershell scripts, functions and modules. For a total overview of the features of ISESteroids i’d like to point you to http://www.powertheshell.com/isesteroids2/feature-overview/

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VMworld 2015: Day 2 – General Session

After the nice PernixData party yesterday evening, I had an early morning start this morning to be on time for the general session @ VMworld EMEA this morning and tell you something about what new announcements VMware is bringing us. After switching from my  WiFi connection to my 3G connection I was ready to go. Kind of strange there is no WiFi coverage for us bloggers in the hall. Room for improvement for next year. This post is a short summary of the content of this session (far from complete, but hoping to give you a good impression of the contents of the general session).

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Quick review: ControlUp

One of the advantages of being a member of the vExpert community is the access you get to licenses and subscriptions to a bunch of different software and services. One of the licenses on the list is from ControlUp.

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As I recently ran into this product working on a project at a client of mine, I decided to give it a go and enter into the ControlUp Expert Program. CTO of ControlUp Yoni Avital was nice enough to schedule a GoToMeeting with me to give a me a general overview of the product. This blog item gives you a short overview of what ControlUp does and what’s planned for the next release of ControlUp.

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vBeers Eindhoven – The “In Between VMworlds” Edition 2015

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For our dutch IT/virtualisation-enthousiasts we would like to point out the vBeers which are coming up again soon in the southern part of our beautiful country (Eindhoven to be exact).

Location: Eetcafé d’n Hertog
Address: Stationsplein 16, – 5611 AB Eindhoven (across Eindhoven Station, city center exit)
Date: Friday, 11th of September 2015
Time: From 17:30 hours

As this is the “In Between VMworlds” edition it’s a good opportunity to catch up on the announcements of VMworld SF and to surmise what could be the announcements for VMworld EMEA.

I would like to point out again that this really isn’t only for us vExpert’s or highly certified VMware-nerds but for every person who even has the remoted interest in IT and virtualisation, enjoys talking with co-enthousiasts and ofcourse drinking beers and eating snacks.

For more information and registering please visit:
http://defaultreasoning.com/2015/08/31/vbeers-eindhoven-the-in-between-vmworlds-edition-2015/ 

Thanks again to Marek, one of our dutch co-bloggers  for (co)-organizing this event again.

We enjoy these vBeers a lot and also will try to be there  and engage with our readership. Hope to meet you there!

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