Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Long Live the vCloud Director

Some time ago VMware decided to give vCloud Director an API only strategy, that means the new features would only be available through APIs call and the graphical user interface (GUI) would not be updated to reflect these enhancements anymore, so for the clients be able to use these new features they would need to create their own mechanism to use them, like creating it’s own portal.

Everyone who knows me a little bit know that among all VMware’s products the one I like the most is vCloud Director and despite the fact if I do agree or not with this API only strategy, VMware has decided to change vCD’s strategy back to a full feature parity between GUI and API, I could not be more happy.

It would take some time until all the past features like, Organization Virtual Datacenter Templates, Virtual Machine monitoring metrics, Virtual Machine disk level storage profile and more, be available on the GUI but we are working on it.

Long Live the vCloud Director !!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

VMware License Tool Tracker

From time to time I stumble with some VMware’s Tools that make my life easier.
It just happened again past week when I need to validate a client’s license without access to MyVMware.

License Tracker Tool allows you to check the quantity, contract, status, support level and upgrade history just with your license serial number.

- Just login on MyVMware;

- Type the serial number and click Tracker;

 As you can see on my example I have all the information I need about this serial.

Learning one new thing every day…….

Monday, December 14, 2015

VMware’s products release on December 2015

This month VMware has released some new versions of it's products, covering new models, architectures,features, compatibility enhancement and bug fixes.
I know it’s a lot to digest, my suggestion is to you focus on the products you already have deployed today and, if time permits, check the ones you see as a candidate to compound your solution in the near future.

I challenge you to read it and don’t find anything that you would not benefit from.

It’s a huge change for vRA, I would say a remarkable one that would definitely makes vRA a reliable and efficient solution for private clouds.
The improvements I most enjoyed are the streamlined  and automated wizard install for single and distributed environments, new Blueprint authoring, allowing on a single pane the creation of VMs provisioning (IaaS) with applications installation (former Application Services) and a lot more, here’s a good blog postt about the enhancements.

vRO introduces Control Center, which enables a centralized server administration, easier cluster configuration, troubleshooting and runtime metrics and some plugin improvements.
Although it’s not the latest’s version of vCD, It adds support for Internet Explorer 11 along with some bug fixes, like when accessing media files and some AD issues with federation.

There are a lot of improvements on this new version of BDE, things like multi template allowing you to choose different templates for each Hadoop cluster, customization of virtual disks and controllers , support for spark clusters, enhanced compatibility with Cloudera CDH 5.4, HortonWorks HDP 2.3, Ambari 2.1 and Pivotal PHD 3.0.

It had some improved architecture changes as access to VMware Identity Management from vRA and separate remote data collectors for remote sites and more on areas like pricing support, cloud comparison and user interface.

It’s a management release, which upgraded Apache Tomcat to 7.0.65 and JRE to 1.8.0_51, Showback Management was also removed.

Now you can download drivers, tools, open source software and custom ISOs, along with some bug fixes that, in some cases, prevented you from downloading the binaries you need.
If you are not familiar with Software Manager check this post out.

For Hyperic it’s just a maintenance release, upgrading it’s internal components like:, Postgres to 9.1.15, Tomcat to version 8 and others, but I believe people are moving to vROPs where Hyperic is alredy built in

It’s just a maintenance release fixing some bugs, but also increases the security disabling SSLv3 and enabling by default TLS 1.1 and 1.2. On the functionality side, now Linux desktop servers support clipboard redirection, single sing-on and smart-card redirection

It introduces the in-place OS migration from Windows 7 to Windows 10, here’s a nice post about this migration.

What a scalability enhancement going from 1.000 clients to 10.000 per server ?!?! also a more intuitive interface for editing policies and a better error reporting and updating certificates.

good reading..

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