In our last post, we deployed our logical switches and tested L2 connectivity between VMs on the same logical switch. As mentioned in that post, in order to allow communication between logical switches, we will need to deploy and configure a distributed logical router. That’s what we will be going over in this post.

First navigate to Networking & Security > NSX Edges and make sure the correct NSX manager is selected. Click the green +.


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AHTML5-Fling-iconfter much feedback and success coming from the ESXi Embedded Host Client, VMware Labs has decided to release a HTML5 Web Client Fling. The web client in itself is packed with a lot of features, so this first release will only have some of the more common features and actions that are used.

Here are a list of the features/workflows that are available in this release:

  • VM Power Operations (common cases)
  • VM Edit Settings (simple CPU, Memory, Disk changes)
  • VM Console
  • VM and Host Summary pages
  • VM Migration (only to a Host)
  • Clone to Template/VM
  • Create VM on a Host (limited)
  • Additional monitoring views (Performance charts, Tasks, Events)
  • Global Views (Recent tasks, Alarm-view only)

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The web client fling has been packaged as a OVA file, so it can be easily deployed within your existing vSphere 6.0 environments.

System Requirements:

  • 2 vCPU, 4 GB RAM, 14 GB
  • vCenter 6.0 installation (VCSA or Windows). The H5 client appliance will need 4 GB RAM, 2 vCPUs and the hard disk will grow up to 14 GB.
  • Recommended browsers – Chrome, Firefox, IE11. Others may work, with some functional or layout issues. Window vCenter: Was tested with a vCenter on Windows Server 2012 R2, but should work with other versions as well.

Since these are the early stages of this Fling, VMware is seeking feedback from customers using it. Check out the VMTN page to give your feedback. Also you can share your thoughts on social media using #h5client.


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So, I was rebuilding my lab yesterday…getting ready to begin studying for the VCAP exams…and after building the vCenter server, I go to log in for the first time and get this…

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Now I just know that I’m typing in the password correctly. I mean, I did just make it 10 minutes prior to this! But whatever the case, I can’t get in. So now I need to reset the password on the SSO admin account. Here are the steps to do just that. Read Full Article

There are many products out there that people use to backup their VMware environment. One of the more popular products is Veeam. In my opinion, Veeam is simple, effective, and user friendly and that’s why its the backup solution for so many. With the release of Veeam Availability Suite v9, many of you will be upgrading to take advantage of all the new features that are now available. Here are just a few of the many new features to the two products:

Veeam Backup & Replication:

  • Backup from Storage Snapshots (EMC, HP, and NetApp)
  • Veeam Cloud Connect Replication
  • Veeam Explorer for Oracle
  • Scale-out Backup Repository
  • Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots (EMC, HP, and NetApp)

Veeam One Monitor:

  • Support for Veeam Backup & Replication v9
  • Veeam Cloud Connect Monitoring and Reporting
  • Performance and configuration assessment for Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Capacity planning for Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Enhanced multi-tenant monitoring and reporting
  • New reporting on over-sized/under-sized VMs and idle VMs

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By far, my favorite fling is the ESXi Embedded Host Client. I really like the potential of this one and what it could mean for the future of VMware Update Manager. VUM is really just about the last thing that has me holding on to the vSphere client. With the ability to upgrade VMware tools and hardware and install ESXi  updates with the embedded host client, it seems that VMware has the potential to have all of its products managed by a web browser. Here’s a walkthrough of the quick and simple install.

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So, I finally decided to take advantage of my VMUG advantage subscription and create a vCloud Air account. When you sign up for VMUG Advantage, there are a lot of perks that come with it. One of the many benefits is the EVALExperience, which gives you a 1 year evaluation license to quite a few VMware products.

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One of those products is vCloud Air. They give you a $600 credit ($300 every 6 months) towards vCloud Air.12-17-2015 2-54-09 PM

I wanted to try out William Lam’s ESXi appliance and see if I could deploy it there. Here’s a run down of what it takes to do it:

After logging into vCloud Air, I thought it was going to be a simple upload of the OVA file and deploy….wrong!

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I wanted to create this post because like me, many people just don’t have all the necessary equipment to create a full blown lab to play around and test things in. Also, I like the ability to be portable and I think its safe to say that a server isn’t the most portable thing in the world. In comes the powerful laptop. At my disposal is a Mid 2015 MacBook Pro with a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 with 16GB of DDR3 RAM and a 512GB SSD. I’m storing all my VMs on an external SanDisk 480GB SSD external drive. With this, combined with VMware Fusion 8, I am going to show you how to create a vSphere 6 environment. We will also create shared storage so that we can test features like HA and svMotion. Let’s get started.

The first thing we want to do is create our different networks for the different vSphere features that we want to use. We will create 5 different subnets for our network, one for each feature. – Management Network – iSCSI/Storage Network – Fault Tolerance Network – vMotion Network – VM Network


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