Friday, January 22, 2016

vSphere 6.0 Guest OS support matrix

Have you been considering a migration to VMware vSphere 6.0

Well, If you have, don’t forget to check the list of Guest Operation Systems supported by this new version.

Why ?

Every time a new major upgrade is released the supported Guest OS list is updated to remove the ones not supported anymore, the majority of the cases are about the ones which the vendor deprecated them, but it’s not all bad news there’s also the inclusion of new Guest OS that have been certified to run on this new platform.

It took me some time to compile such information for a vSphere 5.1 to vSphere 6.0 migration project and I decided to share with you guys and save some of your precious time.

So, here’s the list of Guest OS dropped from vSphere 5.1 to vSphere 6.0

Here you can find the new Guest OS added to vSphere 6.0 since vSphere 5.1

If you want to check for yourself, the information can be found at VMware Compatibility Guide;

- from the drop-dow menu select Guest OS;
- On Product Release Version, select the ESXi version you want to check;
- click on Update and View Results.

You could also filter further the results, just selecting the values either on OS Family or OS Vendor.

Reminder: The matrix above is a comparison between ESXi 5.1 and ESXi 6.0 only !!

Friday, January 15, 2016

VCP5-DCV Delta Recertification Exam Extended

Current VCP5-DCVs fellows, VMware has extended the VCP5-DCV delta recertification Exam again !!!
Don’t miss this opportunity to keep a recognized industry title while protecting your career investment.

But hurry, it’s valid until March 31, 2016. I don’t think VMware will extend it further.

Don’t remember what the recertification policy is all about, check this out…

Good luck

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hadoop as a Service

A few weeks ago I talked about Big Data Extension’s user interface and made a mention about how you could combine vRealize Automation and BDE to leverage a self service offering of Hadoop, so here it’s.

To give you some context:

On this video you will see a Hadoop as a Service solution where vRA publishes Hadoop offerings. Once the client request it, the cluster  will be created through BDE and will be managed by Ambari Server.

vRA will be presenting two Hadoop Offerings, Standard and Flexible.

- Standard means that the topology, number of nodes, processing resources and components are all fixed, the client cannot change it’s design, it’s kind of a one click shop.

- Flexible, on the other hand, is target for more advanced Hadoop users, where they can decide the amount of nodes, change it’s vCPU/Memory and also what components to be installed, that’s the most interesting one and the one I show on the video.

The video was edited to fast forwarding some boring tasks, but the entirely process took about 35 minutes, amazing, right ?!?
How great is to offer your clients the power to create Hadoop Cluster in such time frame ?!?!

Have in mind it’s a solution target for a specific use case, with the power of vRA + BDE you could create your own offers with different scenarios and configurations.

Thanks for watching.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Just Another IT Blog Year-End Review

2015 is past now and I have to say I’m proud of the content I produced during the year, It has been 36 posts generating 49,500 pageviews, not bad for a independent blog managed on my own free time ; )
The interesting thing is where this traffic is coming from, basically from US, UK and Brazil but I do also have traffic from other 160 different countries.

Here’s my 2015 Top 10 blog posts (in red is the 2014 rank)

This rank deserves some comments:

- Finally after 2 years in a row, my Converter Tips post lost his #1 position;
- Theoretically, posts from 2015 have less days on-line to compete with posts from 2014, it might explain why 40% of the top 10 posts are from 2014;
 - I’m glad to see powerCLI basics on the list, it’s a post I made some years ago, but still relevant these days, I believe people are looking for more agile and automated ways for managing their environment and this post is a nice quick start.

Thanks for the audience !!!!

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