vSphere 6.7 Released

VMware is announcing vSphere 6.7, the latest release of the industry-leading virtualization and cloud platform. vSphere 6.7 is the efficient and secure platform for hybrid clouds, fueling digital transformation by delivering simple and efficient management at scale, comprehensive built-in security, a universal application platform, and seamless hybrid cloud experience.

vSphere 6.7 delivers key capabilities to enable IT organizations address the following notable trends that are putting new demands on their IT infrastructure:

  • Explosive growth in quantity and variety of applications, from business-critical apps to new intelligent workloads.
  • The rapid growth of hybrid cloud environments and use cases.
  • On-premises data centers growing and expanding globally, including at the Edge.
  • Security of infrastructure and applications attaining paramount importance.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the key capabilities in vSphere 6.7:

 

Simple and Efficient Management, at Scale

vSphere 6.7 builds on the technological innovation delivered by vSphere 6.5, and elevates the customer experience to an entirely new level. It provides exceptional management simplicity, operational efficiency, and faster time to market, all at scale.

vSphere 6.7 delivers an exceptional experience for the user with an enhancedvCenter Server Appliance (vCSA). It introduces several new APIs that improve the efficiency and experience to deploy vCenter, to deploy multiple vCenters based on a template, to make management of vCenter Server Appliance significantly easier, as well as for backup and restore. It also significantly simplifies the vCenter Server topology through vCenter with embedded platform services controller in enhanced linked mode, enabling customers to link multiple vCenters and have seamless visibility across the environment without the need for an external platform services controller or load balancers.

Moreover, with vSphere 6.7 vCSA delivers phenomenal performance improvements (all metrics compared at cluster scale limits, versus vSphere 6.5):

  • 2X faster performance in vCenter operations per second
  • 3X reduction in memory usage
  • 3X faster DRS-related operations (e.g. power-on virtual machine)

These performance improvements ensure a blazing fast experience for vSphere users, and deliver significant value, as well as time and cost savings in a variety of use cases, such as VDI, Scale-out apps, Big Data, HPC, DevOps, distributed cloud native apps, etc.

vSphere 6.7 improves efficiency at scale when updating ESXi hosts, significantly reducing maintenance time by eliminating one of two reboots normally required for major version upgrades (Single Reboot). In addition to that, vSphere Quick Boot is a new innovation that restarts the ESXi hypervisor without rebooting the physical host, skipping time-consuming hardware initialization.

Another key component that allows vSphere 6.7 to deliver a simplified and efficient experience is the graphical user interface itself. The HTML5-based vSphere Client provides a modern user interface experience that is both responsive and easy to use. With vSphere 6.7, it includes added functionality to support not only the typical workflows customers need but also other key functionality like managing NSX, vSAN, VUM as well as third-party components.

 

Comprehensive Built-In Security

vSphere 6.7 builds on the security capabilities in vSphere 6.5 and leverages its unique position as the hypervisor to offer comprehensive security that starts at the core, via an operationally simple policy-driven model.

vSphere 6.7 adds support for Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 hardware devices and also introduces Virtual TPM 2.0, significantly enhancing protection and assuring integrity for both the hypervisor and the guest operating system. This capability helps prevent VMs and hosts from being tampered with, prevents the loading of unauthorized components and enables guest operating system security features security teams are asking for.

Data encryption was introduced with vSphere 6.5 and very well received.  With vSphere 6.7, VM Encryption is further enhanced and more operationally simple to manage.  vSphere 6.7 simplifies workflows for VM Encryption, designed to protect data at rest and in motion, making it as easy as a right-click while also increasing the security posture of encrypting the VM and giving the user a greater degree of control to protect against unauthorized data access.

vSphere 6.7 also enhances protection for data in motion by enabling encrypted vMotion across different vCenter instances as well as versions, making it easy to securely conduct data center migrations, move data across a hybrid cloud environment (between on-premises and public cloud), or across geographically distributed data centers.

vSphere 6.7 introduces support for the entire range of Microsoft’s Virtualization Based Security technologies. This is a result of close collaboration between VMware and Microsoft to ensure Windows VMs on vSphere support in-guest security features while continuing to run performant and secure on the vSphere platform.

vSphere 6.7 delivers comprehensive built-in security and is the heart of a secure SDDC. It has deep integration and works seamlessly with other VMware products such as vSAN, NSX and vRealize Suite to provide a complete security model for the data center.

 

Universal Application Platform

vSphere 6.7 is a universal application platform that supports new workloads (including 3D Graphics, Big Data, HPC, Machine Learning, In-Memory, and Cloud-Native) as well as existing mission critical applications. It also supports and leverages some of the latest hardware innovations in the industry, delivering exceptional performance for a variety of workloads.

vSphere 6.7 further enhances the support and capabilities introduced for GPUs through VMware’s collaboration with Nvidia, by virtualizing Nvidia GPUs even for non-VDI and non-general-purpose-computing use cases such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and more. With enhancements to Nvidia GRID™ vGPU technology in vSphere 6.7, instead of having to power off workloads running on GPUs, customers can simply suspend and resume those VMs, allowing for better lifecycle management of the underlying host and significantly reducing disruption for end-users. VMware continues to invest in this area, with the goal of bringing the full vSphere experience to GPUs in future releases.

vSphere 6.7 continues to showcase VMware’s technological leadership and fruitful collaboration with our key partners by adding support for a key industry innovation poised to have a dramatic impact on the landscape, which is persistent memory. With vSphere Persistent Memory, customers using supported hardware modules, such as those available from Dell-EMC and HPE, can leverage them either as super-fast storage with high IOPS, or expose them to the guest operating system as non-volatile memory. This will significantly enhance performance of the OS as well as applications across a variety of use cases, making existing applications faster and more performant and enabling customers to create new high-performance applications that can leverage vSphere Persistent Memory.

 

Seamless Hybrid Cloud Experience

With the fast adoption of vSphere-based public clouds through VMware Cloud Provider Program partners, VMware Cloud on AWS, as well as other public cloud providers, VMware is committed to delivering a seamless hybrid cloud experience for customers.

vSphere 6.7 introduces vCenter Server Hybrid Linked Mode, which makes it easy and simple for customers to have unified visibility and manageability across an on-premises vSphere environment running on one version and a vSphere-based public cloud environment, such as VMware Cloud on AWS, running on a different version of vSphere. This ensures that the fast pace of innovation and introduction of new capabilities in vSphere-based public clouds does not force the customer to constantly update and upgrade their on-premises vSphere environment.

vSphere 6.7 also introduces Cross-Cloud Cold and Hot Migration, further enhancing the ease of management across and enabling a seamless and non-disruptive hybrid cloud experience for customers.

As virtual machines migrate between different data centers or from an on-premises data center to the cloud and back, they likely move across different CPU types. vSphere 6.7 delivers a new capability that is key for the hybrid cloud, called Per-VM EVC. Per-VM EVC enables the EVC (Enhanced vMotion Compatibility) mode to become an attribute of the VM rather than the specific processor generation it happens to be booted on in the cluster. This allows for seamless migration across different CPUs by persisting the EVC mode per-VM during migrations across clusters and during power cycles.

Previously, vSphere 6.0 introduced provisioning between vCenter instances. This is often called “cross-vCenter provisioning.” The use of two vCenter instances introduces the possibility that the instances are on different release versions. vSphere 6.7 enables customers to use different vCenter versions while allowing cross-vCenter, mixed-version provisioning operations (vMotion, Full Clone and cold migrate) to continue seamlessly. This is especially useful for customers leveraging VMware Cloud on AWS as part of their hybrid cloud.

 

Learn More

As the ideal, efficient, secure universal platform for hybrid cloud, supporting new and existing applications, serving the needs of IT and the business, vSphere 6.7 reinforces your investment in VMware. vSphere 6.7 is one of the core components of VMware’s SDDC and a fundamental building block of your cloud strategy. With vSphere 6.7, you can now run, manage, connect, and secure your applications in a common operating environment, across your hybrid cloud.

This article only touched upon the key highlights of this release, but there are many more new features. To learn more about vSphere 6.7, please see the following resources.

 

Note:

As part of any new vSphere release, VMware expects to make compatible versions of dependent products available within one quarter of general availability in most cases. At vSphere 6.7 general availability, compatible versions of VMware Horizon, VMware NSX, VMware Integrated OpenStack and VMware vSphere Integrated Containers will not be availableExisting Horizon, NSX, VIC and VIO customers are advised not to upgrade to vSphere 6.7 until compatible versions become available. For additional information on Horizon, NSX, VIC and VIO compatibility, please contact your VMware account team or reseller partner.

 

How to add a persistent static route to Windows

To view the existing routes,

C:\> ROUTE PRINT

To add a static route,

SYNTAX:

C:\> ROUTE ADD <TARGET> MASK <NETMASK> <GATEWAY IP> METRIC <METRIC COST> IF <INTERFACE>

EXAMPLE:

C:\> ROUTE ADD 10.10.10.0 MASK 255.255.255.0 192.168.1.1 METRIC 1

Note: If there is more than one Network Interface and if the interface is not mentioned, the interface is selected based on the gateway IP.

This Static route gets erased when the system reboots. To avoid this, use the -p (Persistent) switch to the above command:

C:\> ROUTE -P ADD 10.10.10.0 MASK 255.255.255.0 192.168.1.1 METRIC 1

This writes the persistent route to the following Windows Registry key as a string value (REG_SZ):

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\TCPIP\PARAMETERS\PERSISTENTROUTES

Also, you can write a small batch file with the route commands and add it to the startup folder to add the routes at startup (similar to the startup scripts in Solaris)

For more options like flushing the IP Routing table or to delete, modify IP Routing table entry use the route command with no arguments. This displays the various options for the route command.

C:\> ROUTE

This should help.

QNAP TS-431X NAS with 10G SFP+

QNAP today announced the new TS-431X NAS with a built-in 10GbE SFP+ port. It is powered by a dual-core AnnapurnaLabs, an Amazon company Alpine AL-212 1.7 GHz processor and 2GB/8GB DDR3 RAM (upgradable to 8GB). The TS-431X delivers up to 956 MB/s read speed with 10GbE.

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Along with its application-aware design and abundant productive features including containerized virtualization, centralized email management, a private-cloud-based note-taking tool, and Virtual JBOD, the 10GbE-ready TS-431X is a perfect NAS for small and midsize businesses looking for backup, restoration, private cloud, and higher bandwidth for rigorous data processing.

The integrated 10GbE SFP+ port enables exceptional throughput for intensive data transfer, and fast backup and restoration for an ever-growing amount of data.

“Designed to solve more complex and demanding applications in today’s IT environments, the TS-431X is well suited for organizations that have budget constraints but require high bandwidth to tackle inefficiencies.” said Dan Lin, Product Manager of QNAP.

The TS-431X features Container Station that integrates LXC and Docker® lightweight virtualization technologies, enabling unlimited containerized applications. It offers the innovative QIoT Containers to store Internet of Things (IoT) data, and helps organizations boost IoT-based microservices and modernize legacy applications to drive more business opportunities.

The TS-431X is an all-in-one NAS supporting not only essential cross-platform file sharing, backup, restoration, and security, but also exclusive productivity apps. QmailAgent allows users to centrally manage multiple email accounts from popular email services and IMAP servers; Notes Station provides an online note-taking tool enabling collaborative writing; Qsync enables cross-devices file synchronization and team folders sync; and the powerful Qsirch full-text search engine helps quickly find files on the NAS. The TS-431X also supports VPN server and VPN client, IP surveillance system, and VJBOD (Virtual JBOD) to expand the storage capacity of other QNAP NAS.

Key specifications

    • TS-431X-2G: 2GB DDR3 RAM (2GB x1)
    • TS-431X-8G: 8GB DDR3 RAM (8GB x1)

4-bay tower model; AnnapurnaLabs, an Amazon company Alpine AL-212 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, hardware-accelerated encryption engine; hot-swappable 2.5″/3.5″ SATA 6Gbps HDD or SSD; 1 x 10 Gigabit SFP+ port, 2 x Gigabit RJ45 ports; 3 x USB 3.0 port, Kensington security slot

Openstack Liberty Error: Unable to retrieve volume limit information.

After an Openstack Liberty deployment  you may encounter the following error: Error: Unable to retrieve volume limit information. OR Danger: There was an error submitting the form. Please try again.

unable to retreive size limit

These errors are a result of a miss-configuration within CINDER, to resolve this all you need to do is edit the ‘/etc/cinder/cinder.conf‘ file and make sure the following two lines exist

[keystone_authtoken]
auth_uri = http://keystone_ip:5000
auth_url = http://keystone_ip:35357
auth_plugin = password
project_domain_id = default
user_domain_id = default
project_name = services
username = cinder
password = [ccinder password] <- find from answer file. password is stored in CONFIG_CINDER_KS_PW

After you had verified or added the lines you will need to restart the cinder services by running:

# service openstack-cinder-api restart
# service openstack-cinder-backup restart
# service openstack-cinder-scheduler restart
# service openstack-cinder-volume restart

Fix – vSphere Replication – Cannot connect to the specified site – due to change in default ports

Keep meaning to document this one, so here it goes.

Adding a site in VMware vSphere Replication fails with the error: Cannot connect to the specified site, site might not be available on the network or the network configuration may not be correct.

This may happen if you change the default network port for the vCenter Servers from 80 to another port number.

To resolve this issue when you are not using the standard port 80 or port 443, specify the port number in vSphere Replication: Add Site dialog.

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For example: If vCenter Server at IP address 192.168.1.10 is accessed over port 8081, enter 192.168.1.10:8081 in the vSphere Replication: Add Site dialog.

Hope this helps you out.

thanks for reading.

Vote for your Top Virtualization Blog for 2014 – vsphere-land.com

One of the great things about using virtualization especially when it’s VMware is that there are many interesting blogs out there that contain a wealth of information on this topic, many with some great ideas, tips and tricks and some really detailed information on everything VMware and also not forgetting Hyper-V.

So with the start of the year the race to become No.1 on the top Virtualization Blog (vBlog) has arrived, vSphere-land.com is out their to ask your opinion about the Top Virtualization Blogs which have helped you in the Past Year to Learn, Explore & Master the Virtualization Technology & the related Eco-system.

If my Blog has helped you in your journey of Virtualization, I would of course be grateful if you did spend a VOTE for me on their survey.

You can VOTE by clicking on the following link.


Whether you Vote or Get Voted, you have a chance to win some wonderful freebies as mentioned by Eric Siebert on vSphere-land.com

This year the top VMware & virtualization blogger voting will be bigger and better thanks to Veeam. We’ll be doing random prize giveaways both for bloggers that make it into the top 50 and for the voters as well. I’ll randomly pick 3 blogger names and 4 voter names to win prizes which include a Mac Mini, iPad Mini, HP MicroServer, Beats headphones, Roku and a Wii U.”

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Applications for VMware vExpert 2014 are now open

Applications for the 2014 vExpert program were officially opened this weekend. Submit your application at :http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2014/02/vexpert-2014-applications-open.html

VMware vExpert 2014

Some changes have been highlighted this year as there is now a fast track application process for 2013 vExperts.

Changes for the 2014 vExpert Program
This year we are implementing two new changes to the vExpert program. The first change is fast track current vExperts into the 2014 program. If you are a current 2013 vExpert, your 2014 application process has been shortened. Since you are a proven vExpert all we want to know is what you have been doing since the May 2013 vExpert announcement. Simple, right?”

Also new for 2014 is that there will be an ongoing open application each quarter for nominations with in 2014 which is especially handy for those that did not make the first cut or maybe would like to get in and apply later on in the year.

“The second change is quarterly nominations into the 2014 vExpert program. We will leave the application open year round and at the end of each quarter we will begin the voting process for new vExperts from the previous quarter. So even if you are not picked to become a vExpert 2014 right away, we will allow for quarterly voting and nominations.”

You have until March 6th to get your application. Good Luck.