vSphere 6.5 Storage

VMware
This technical white paper describes the various features of the new vSphere 6.5 Core Storage in detail Storage Limit Improvements Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA) Improvements VMFS-6 UNMAP Storage I/O Control vSphere VM Encryption New Virtual Storage Hardware NFS ISCSI Improvements
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What’s New in VMware vSphere 6.5

VMware
VMware vSphere® 6.5 is the next-generation infrastructure for next-generation applications. It provides a powerful, flexible, and secure foundation for business agility that accelerates the digital transformation to cloud computing and promotes success in the digital economy. vSphere 6.5 supports both existing and next-generation apps through its 1) simplified customer experience for automation and management at scale; 2) comprehensive built-in security for protecting data, infrastructure, and access; and 3) universal application platform for running any app anywhere. With vSphere 6.5, customers can now run, manage, connect, and secure their applications in a common operating environment, across clouds and devices. This paper will discuss the new and enhanced features in vSphere 6.5 across various areas of technology. Download Here
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NSX vSphere – Getting Started

VMware
This document provides step-by-step examples that demonstrate how to set up the following network services in NSX for vSphere: Logical Switches Logical Distributed Router Distributed Firewalls Logical Centralized Routers (Edge) with Dynamic Routing and with many-to-one NAT Logical Load Balancers (Edge) At the end, you'll have the following logical network deployed in your lab: L2 bridging, VPN, and service composer are not covered in this document. Likewise, integrations with third party vendors, such as Palo Alto Networks, Symantec and F5, are not covered here.
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HP Customised VMware ESXi Images

VMware
The new Proliant Gen8 servers require you to use a customised image for the installation of ESXi to be a success.  The network and storage drivers are combined in the HP customised image and therefore you are unable to install ESXi with a standard download ISO from VMware. There are a number of download options available to you which is summarised below:  1 - HP Customised ESXi Image ESXiandvSphere: vSphere 5.5 U1 June 2014 - Download here vSphere 5.5 June 2014 - Download here vSphere 5.1 U2 June 2014 - Download here vSphere 5.1 U1 Sept 2013 - Download here vSphere 5.1 Feb 2013 - Download here ESXi 5.0 U3 June - Download here ESXi 5.0 U2 Sept 2013 - Download here ESXi 5.0 U1 Oct 2012 - Download here ESXi…
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VMware vSphere 5.5 Toolkit

VMware
I wanted to create this post because a fellow vExpert has created a great toolkit which I have personally used and found very useful when installing vSphere 5.5 and correctly configuring SSL. Some of the benefits of the SSL powershell script include: Downloads and installs the proper version of OpenSSL (0.9.8.za) if it’s not already installed Creates 2048 bit RSA private keys in the proper format Creates a directory for each service bundle of SSL certificates Generates seven OpenSSL configuration files, one for each certificate, in the appropriate directory Downloads both root and subordinate root public certificates Submits the CSRs to the online CA and downloads the certificates Creates the needed service PEM files for the vCenter certificate automation tool Creates the required root/subordinate PEM files Handles the special SSO 5.5 certificate requirements…
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XenDesktop Error: The hosting infrastructure could not be reached at the specified address

Citrix, VMware
When trying to create a XenDesktop group that is using ESX 4/5 as the hosting infrastructure, or you've had to reinstall VMware vCentre you may receive the following error message: "The hosting infrastructure could not be reached at the specified address." or there is no virtual desktop activity i.e. power on/off as virtual desktops are being used when viewed in vCentre recent activity The reason for this is because VMWare, vSphere, and the ESX host are configured to redirect http traffic to https by default.  Because the default certificate on ESX does not match the name of the server, it generates an error. I found and used the following to rectify the issue:- Log on to the vCenter Server system as the Windows Administrator of the machine. Locate the vCenter proxy.xml…
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Netbackup 7.5 – VMware Options short explained

Symantec
For people who use Symantec Netbackup as their backup client of choice (as I do) and running a VMware environment you will find the following information useful. Here is a short information about the Option available in Netbackup for VMware. VMware Credentials in Netbackup: Click Media and Device Management > Credentials > Virtual Machine Servers. Click Actions > New > New Virtual Machine Server. On the Add Virtual Machine Server dialog, enter the name of a virtual machine server (vCenter server or ESX server). Note: The credentials for ESX or vSphere client are needed that Netbackup can create and access the virtual machine Snapshots. VMware backup host Backup Media Server: This option allows a Windows media server that is selected in the policy to operate as the backup host. (Selection of the media server is determined by the…
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VMware vSphere 5.5 what’s new

VMware
Now that VMworld 2013 is now over and a number of key product updates announced I thought it was worth highlighting some of enhancements and improvements that stretch across the entire stack with vSphere 5.5. As you can see from the summary below this release is a major step forward to VMware's strategic move toward the fully software defined data center. Flash Read Cache This completely new feature in vSphere 5.5 provides a mechanism for utilizing fast SSD as a Linux host swap cache or to provide improved read speed for a host virtual disk. To make use of this feature, you first have to create a new resource, as shown in the screenshot. Then you must connect to that resource from each VM needing access. For a Linux guest, this would consist of…
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Installing vSphere Client 5.1 fails

VMware
When installing the vSphere 5.1 client you may encounter the following error message "Failed to install hcmon", if you look at the vminst.log file (which is normally located in the %TEMP% area) you will notice the following:- After troubleshooting this issue I found that I required Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 Service Pack 1 installed (or the feature wasn't turned on) before installing the client. Install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 Service Pack 1 Install the vSphere 5.1 client  
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