VMware vForum Online Fall 2014 Recap

Today (18 Nov 14) I attended the VMware vForum Online Fall 2014.  It is almost like a user conference, but it is all online and it is 100% FREE. vForum hosted five hours of interactive webcasts, expert chats, and Hands-on Labs.  I did not have to take off any time from work or drive anywhere.  It was very convenient to have access to all these resources online in one location.

plazaAfter logging in you are put into the vForum Online Plaza.  From here you can choose which location you want to go to.

keynote

The event was kicked off with the keynote.  The speaker for the keynote was VMware CTO Chris Wolf.  He talked about “How to Adapt you Company to our Software-Defined World”.  He also discussed the rapidly changing world of technology – a world in which software-defined solutions are redefining business and empowering companies of all sizes to deliver apps more quickly and more reliably, all while reducing costs and maximizing resources.

After the keynote, you could go to any location to do things such as Hands on Labs (HOL), visit vendors, check out new products, chat with experts, download resources.

exhibit hall

The exhibit hall had lots of vendors to visit.  After clicking on a vendor you could download vendor documentation, watch videos, fill out surveys or chat with vendors.  Some vendors were even giving away prizes.

hol

vForum offered 5 different labs – Horizon 6 (with View) from A – Z, NSX Introduction, vSAN 101, vSphere with Ops Management 101, vCloud Air-Jumpstart for vSphere Admins.  Not sure why these were the only labs offered because the buttons took you directly to the Hands on Labs website.

gameIf you were board and felt like you didn’t have enough to do, there was a Game Room that had 3 games to play.  I did not play any of them, so I can’t say if they were any good or not.

For the full agenda of the event click here.  I have attended vForum Online before.  They are an awesome event to connect with vendors & access resources all in one location.  You could already access most of these resources online already, but it was very convenient to have all these resources just a few clicks away.  It is an event I highly recommend you attend if you have the chance.

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Get-EsxImageProfile Error

I use autodeploy where I work at and use image builder to build images for autodeploy.  I have been doing this for years and have the process documented well so other co-workers can use when I leave.

First thing I always do is connect to the online VMware depot :

Add-EsxSoftwareDepot -DepotUrl https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

Then I run the Get-EsxImageProfile command to show the latest image profiles.  But this time I received the following error :

get-esximageprofile errorSo after some google searching I found that it is a known issue in Powercli 5.5 r2 Release notes .  So it tells you to run – Get-EsxImageProfile -name “ESXi-5.x*”, but that did not work for me.  I still received the same error.

So I did some more google searching and found this VMware knowledge base article .  It said after you run the command and receive the error message, you need to close the powercli window and open a new window and then run the – Get-EsxImageProfile -name “ESXi-5.x*” command.

After I opened a new window and ran the command, it worked for me.

get-imagageprofile-error-03If you run the command Get-EsxImageProfile without the -name, you will receive the error message again and you will have to close and reopen your powercli window.

As long as you use the -name with the Get-EsxImageProfile you will not have any problems.  Hopefully a fix will be provided soon.

VMworld 2014 To Do List

This will be my 3rd year attending VMworld.  I have had a great time the last 2 years and I have learned a lot.

The first year I went I tried to attend as many sessions as I could.  I packed my whole day with going to sessions.  The following year I learned that I really only need to attend sessions that I am going to ask questions at.  All the sessions are recorded, so I can watch them later.  So this is why I mostly only attend the group discussion sessions.

Within the last week the company I work for purchased the vCloud Suite, Log Insight and vSan.   

So my main goals for the week are :

  1. Learn more about designing and installing all 3 of these products in a production environment.   I have already done a lot of research on all 3 of the products, but it will be nice to be able to talk to people who have implemented them and are using them in a production environment.
  2. Learn more about the Automation part of vCAC.  I need to be able to automate as much I can within in the vCloud Suite, so I need to learn everything I can about how to automate.
  3. Learn more about NSX in a real world environment.  The production environment that I work on sounds like it could greatly benefit from NSX and it will be great to talk with experts about it.

Hopefully I can stick to this goals and not get distracted from partying too much.

See everyone at VMworld 2014!

VMworld Schedule Builder Tips

This is the default view that everyone sees when they log into schedule builder.  It is very difficult to build your schedule in this view

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A much easier way to build your schedule is to click the little drop down arrow on the site menu on the bar on the left.  After clicking on the arrow and window will drop down.  Then select schedule.

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This will bring up your schedule in a calendar format view.  From here you can export, print, add personal time and edit your schedule.  To edit your schedule, just click on the edit button.

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In this view it is much easier to see and edit your schedule by day.

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If you highlight a session on the left it will show you how it fits into your schedule and if it conflicts with any other sessions you have scheduled.

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Have fun building your VMworld Schedule!

VMware free training library series launches with VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [v5.5]

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Vmware has added a free training library to the new webinar series.  They are connecting you directly with VMware’s own expert training team, making it easier for you to take full advantage of VMware® products, from data center virtualization and hybrid cloud to software-defined data center.

The series launches with VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [v5.5]. Listen and learn how to increase your skill and competency using the VMware vSphere Command-Line Interface (vCLI) to analyze problems. The webinar discusses best practices using products VMware® ESXi™ 5.5, VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5, and vCloud Director. You’ll gain knowledge on specific troubleshooting issue techniques for:

  • SSL certificates
  • Networking
  • Storage
  • VMware vCenter™ Single Sign-On™
  • VMware vCenter Server
  • VMware ESXi host
  • VMware vSphere Cluster
  • VMware vSphere® vMotion®
  • Virtual Machine

Click here to register

vSphere 5.5 Update 1 released

With the announcement of VSAN GA announcement last week, everyone knew that vSphere 5.5 update 1 would be available soon because it is required for VSAN.

VMware released vSphere  5.5 update 1 today (11 March 2014).

You can download all the components here .

What’s new for vCenter 5.5 Update 1

  • vCloud® Hybrid Service™ vSphere® Client Plug-in, is now available in vSphere Web Client.
  • vCenter Server is now supported on Windows Server 2012 R2.

What’s new for vSphere 5.5 Update 1

  • VMware Virtual SAN

You can check out all the details in the vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1 Release Notes & VMware ESXi 5.5 Update 1 Release Notes

According to the vSphere 5.5 Update 1 release notes there is NOT a supported upgrade of the VSAN Beta –

Test Releases of Virtual SAN 
Upgrade of Virtual SAN cluster from Virtual SAN Beta to Virtual SAN 5.5 is not supported.
Disable Virtual SAN Beta, and perform fresh installation of Virtual SAN 5.5 for ESXi 5.5 Update 1 hosts. If you were testing Beta versions of Virtual SAN, VMware recommends that you recreate data that you want to preserve from those setups on vSphere 5.5 Update 1. For more information see Retaining virtual machines of Virtual SAN Beta cluster when upgrading to vSphere 5.5 Update 1 (KB 2074147).