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VMware Flings – Horizon Session Recording

For my first post of 2021, I decided to talk about a very interesting fling, called Horizon Session Recording.

This fling allows administrators of a VMware Horizon environment to record their users activity in their Blast Extreme virtual desktop and application sessions. Recordings are uploaded from the agent devices to the central web service, for central storage and ease of viewing.

The Session Recordings are stored as MP4 files for watching via the web console or downloading to play in a local player.

VMware vCloud Usage Meter 4.3 Released!

vCloud Usage Meter version 4.3 has been released. Usage Meter has moved from a on-prem inly to a SaaS+Agent architecture.

VMware vCloud Usage Metere 4.3 is now available!

With this improvement, partners no longer need to update Usage Meter if program changes happen and also don’t need anymore to perform data retention for compliance purposes, because all usage data is stored in the SaaS service.

Usage Meter 4.3 now meets feature parity with UM 3.6.1, so partners can migrate to the latest version without issue! Partners will need to deploy a whole new appliance one last time, but once you are on UM 4.X you can do in-place upgrades going forward.

Now with that version, Usage Meter supports also the following products: NSX-T, vRealize Network Insight, vSphere with Kubernetes, SDDC Manager and VMware Cloud Foundation.

Download here!

VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 1 Released!

Today has been released the new version of vSphere, with a lot of bugs fixed and some new features:

  • More options of vSphere with Tanzu;
  • vSphere Lifecycle Operations – includes installation and configuration of NSX-T;
  • vCenter Connect;
  • vSphere ideas;
  • Cluster scale enhancements – up to 96 hosts per cluster;
  • New monster VMs limits – up to 768 vCPU and 24TB vRAM.

Please check Release Notes!

New VMware Flings

Horizon Reach is a web based, monitoring and alerting fling for VMware Horizon On Prem deployments. Horizon Reach is designed to tackle the disconnect in Enterprise environments wherein each Pod in a Cloud Pod Architecture is its own technology domain and fault domain, or a customer is running multiple, disconnected pods, outside of a Cloud Pod Architecture, but would still like to treat them all as one unit of compute.

The vCenter Plugin for vRealize Network Insight brings relevant information from Network Insight, directly into vCenter. It allows the virtual infrastructure admins to view networking focused data and statistics in the same interface as where they manage their workloads, without having to have 2 interfaces open. Additionally, this plugin also helps add vCenter as a data source to Network Insight and set up incoming network flows.

  • Summary view of vCenter activity: VMs, vMotions, and snapshots.
  • Bring in network information directly to vCenter, such as:
    • Summary view of how network traffic behaves; how much east-west and how much internet traffic there is.
    • Health check violation for the vCenter and attached NSX environments
    • Network top talkers, grouped by VMs, Cluster, L2 Network, Subnet, Security Group, Source-Destination Pair, Source & Destination Subnet, Source & Destination IPs.
    • Most used networks
    • New Virtual Machines that are accessing the internet
    • o Top 5 Hosts or Networks that are experiencing the most packet loss
  • Links to the vRealize Network Insight interface shows the source data and allows you to look closer, apply filters, export information, and more.
  • Configure vCenter as a data source and configure NetFlow on the available vSphere Distributed Switches.

Horizon Reach
vCenter Plugin for vRealize Network Insight

vSphere Assessment Tool

vSphere Assessment Tool, the new VMware Assessment tool has been released last year, to make vSphere upgrades easier.

This tool is made of two components, a desktop client which is responsible for collecting the vSphere data, and an online portal that provides the most up to date information on hardware compatibility, everything on a user-friendly format.

On the portal, the summary view provides a breakdown of the different editions of vSphere in your estate and provides insight into which hosts are at risk of unsupported versions of vSphere. The host details panel displays information on the current vSphere version, server model, network and storage adapters. Each vSphere version and hardware component indicates if support has been verified.

Check the vSAT walkthrough:

vSAT WalkThrough

vSAN Operations Guidance

VMware has release last month a new document containing a lot of vSAN best practices. This document provides concise, practical guidance in the day-to-day operations of vSAN-powered clusters. It offers general guidance and recommendations applicable to a large majority of environments. But it must be clear that some requirements are unique to a specific environment, so that may dictate slightly different operational practices.

It includes configurations on the following topics:

  • Cluster
  • Network
  • Storage Devices
  • vSAN Datastore
  • Storage Policy Operations
  • Host and EMM Operations
  • Guest VM Operations
  • Data Services
  • Stretched Clusters
  • 2-Node
  • vCenter Maintenance and Event Handling
  • Upgrade Operations
  • vSAN Capacity Management
  • Monitoring vSAN Health
  • Monitoring vSAN Performance

Finally, take care that often times, new features in vSAN can impact operational recommendations.

Take a look at the document: vSAN Operations Guidance

VMware vSphere 6.7 U3b Released

VMware has released vCenter 6.7 U3b and ESXi 6.7 U3b.

vCenter update includes a lot of security fixes, some of them critical, including upgrades of Linux tools to newer versions. The issue of upgrading vCenter when vCenter Server High Availability is enabled is also resolved.

You can check vCenter 6.7 U3b Release notes on the following link: vCenter Server 6.7 U3b Release Notes

ESXi update includes also a lot of resolved issues, including one where ESXi hosts might fail with a purple diagnostic screen during power off or deletion of multiple virtual machines on a vSphere Virtual Volumes datastore.

You can check ESXi 6.7 U3b Release notes on the following link: ESXi 6.7 U3b Release Notes

VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts

Yesterday was announced at AWS re:Invent 2019 the Beta program of VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts, for a limited number of customers located in the United States.

What is VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts?

This new solution is a fully VMware-managed offer with the goals of providing a simple, more secure and scalable infrastructure for an on-premises data center. It will integrate all VMware SDDC solutions (vSphere, vSAN, NSX and vCenter) and will run on next-generation, dedicated, elastic Amazon EC2 bare-metal Outposts infrastructure, delivered on-premises with optimized access to local and regional AWS services.

Which are the Use Cases?

– Local Cloud;
– Data Center Modernization;
– Flexible Capacity.

Why should we consider that solution?

How to deal with that?

At the end, regarding all that new solutions focused on edge computing and on-premises solutions, but totally managed by VMware, the question that remains is how can integrator partners can deal with that? Which space remains for them?

Maybe we will understand that better on a near future…

The first post of my first blog

Hi everyone,

So this is the first post of my new blog, a blog dedicated to VMware products and technology, where I will talk about new product releases, use cases deployed, tests done on lab environment, events, everything related to VMware’s world.

My name is Hugo Silva, I’m a technology and, more precisely, VMware evangelist. I have already tested and deployed a bunch of VMware products, but today I’m focused essentially on vSAN and Cloud Management and Automation products, a.k.a CMA.

2019 was my first year as a VMware vExpert, and I’m certified with VCAP on DCV and DTM, VCP on DCV, NV, CMA and DTM.

I hope that you can find useful information on that blog and that can help you. Please ask everything you need, I will try to answer ASAP.