vSphere with Operations Management Updates!

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It’s that time again, release time! This month’s releases feature some great updates to vSphere with Operations Management in the form of vRealize Operations Manager (vR Ops) 6.6 and vRealize Log Insight 4.5. Updates to vRealize Operations Manager 6.6 With this release, the first thing you’ll immediately notice is the updates to the user interface (UI). vR Ops now follows the Clarity Design System. Clarity is an open sourced project that focuses on applying standard user experience Read more [...]

Oracle on the SDDC – CPBU 2017

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Oracle on vSphere and the SDDC Developments 2017H1 Many positive developments have materialized over the past few months pertaining to the subject of Oracle on vSphere and the SDDC.  This blog entry will both summarize the individual developments as well as highlight the important aspects of each item.   VMware and Oracle Collaborate to Enable Advanced Security Features of Oracle Mobile Enterprise Applications The Oracle Mobile Business Applications (OMBA) and the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service Read more [...]

The VMware Certified IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1 Plug-in Solution

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The VMware Certified IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1 Plug-in Solution Capabilities: Managing backup and recovery systems can be complex, especially with the volume of data being produced by modern businesses. IBM Spectrum Protect simplifies this process by delivering an intuitive and comprehensive data protection solution that makes it easy to take advantage of the cloud.  You can deploy IBM Spectrum Protect on the cloud to protect cloud-hosted data, or serve as a replicate site for on-premises backups. Read more [...]

Huawei Storage Next Generation Client Plug-in Solution

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Huawei Storage Next Generation Client Plug-in Solution Capabilities: Huawei Storage Next Generation Client Plug-in for VMware vSphere Web Client, integrating with VMware vSphere platform, enabling VMware administrators to independently and centrally manage Huawei storage resources via VMware vSphere Web Client with more efficiency and ease. In addition, Huawei’s Storage NGC plug-in is integrated with Huawei OceanStor V3 series storage offering: Storage Discovery Health Monitor Capacity Management Provisioning Read more [...]

Apply the Latest VMware ESXi Security Patches to OEM Custom Images and Visualize the Differences

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VMware vSphere customers often rely on custom VMware ESXi images from server OEM partners, such as Cisco, Dell, and HPE, to ensure support for the specific devices that each of those manufacturers include with their hardware.  This arrangement makes initial deployment easier, because all the required storage and I/O drivers are included, but often causes confusion when it comes to keeping up to date with the latest security patches published by VMware. Since OEM partners typically only update Read more [...]

THE VMWARE CERTIFIED LENOVO XCLARITY WEB CLIENT PLUG-IN SOLUTION

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THE VMWARE CERTIFIED LENOVO XCLARITY SOLUTION CAPABILITIES: Lenovo recently certified their XClarity vSphere web client plugin solution.  Lenovo XClarity Administrator is a new centralized resource management solution that enables administrators to deploy infrastructure faster and with less effort. The solution seamlessly integrates into Lenovo servers and Flex System converged infrastructure platform. XClarity provides automated discovery, monitoring, firmware updates and compliance, Read more [...]

vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations Part-1

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The release of vSphere 6.5 in November 2016 introduced many new features and enhancements. These include the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) now becoming the default deployment. vCenter Server native high availability, which protects vCenter Server from application failure. Built-in File-Based backup and restore allows customers the ability to backup their vCenter Server from the VAMI or by API. The VSCA restore can simply be done by mounting the original ISO used to deploy the VCSA and Read more [...]

Catch a Glimpse of Zero-Touch vSphere Auto Deploy Clusters from Tomorrow

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If you have ever wanted to deploy stateless VMware vSphere clusters without human intervention, then a new utility that we recently released through VMware Flings program may be of interest.  The Host Profiles CLI Fling offers a preview of a new workflow for stateless hosts leveraging Auto Deploy that allows administrators to bring up new compute clusters that are immediately ready to run workloads – no maintenance mode and no remediation required. Stateless VMware ESXi Compute Clusters Read more [...]

Secure Boot for ESXi 6.5 – Hypervisor Assurance

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I’ve talked about how vSphere has been moving towards a “secure by default” stance over the past few years. This can clearly be seen in the new vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide where the number of  “hardening” steps are growing smaller with every release. In this blog post we will go over another “secure by default” feature of vSphere 6.5 that provides hypervisor assurance, Secure Boot for ESXi. One of the coolest things in 6.5,  in my opinion, Read more [...]

Understanding How Host Profiles Handles Host-Specific Configuration Settings Through Customizations

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Host Profiles is an advanced capability of VMware vSphere that provides for configuration and compliance checking of multiple VMware ESXi hosts.  Although a profile can be attached directly to a single host in vCenter Server, typically, a profile is attached to a vSphere cluster, where all the hosts have the same hardware, storage, and networking configurations. The latest release of vSphere includes several enhancements to Host Profiles. This post goes into a little more depth on two different Read more [...]