¿Qué hay de nuevo en vSphere 6.0 de VMware? Parte #2

VMware vSphere Client 6.0 (VI-Client)

Durante el año pasado si te recuerdas que si las maquinas virtualizadas estaban en la versión 8-11 de Virtual Hardware, tenias que usar el vSphere Web Client para hacer cambios de CPU, Memoria, etc.

También existían rumores que VMware iba a descontinuar el vSphere Client y enfocar todo exclusivamente bajo el vSphere Web Client.   La versión vSphere 6.0 confirma que regresa el vSphere Client (VI-Client) y ahora tiene la funcionalidad que existía antes de Virtual Hardware 8-11.

Personalmente no tengo nada en contra del vSphere Web Client, pero siempre e usado el vSphere Client (VI-Client) y lo encuentro mas rápido y fácil de utilizar.     pero todo es preferencia personal porque e leído varios comentarios donde el ingeniero  le gusto mas el vSphere Web Client.

Como Instalar el vSphere Client 6

1.  Indica el IP del servidor donde instalaste la nueva versión de ESXi o de vCenter.  En esta pagina selecciona “Download vSphere Client for Windows.”  Descarga a la carpeta preferida. PointToServer

2. Selecciona tu lenguaje preferido 😛 Language.

3.  Los cambios no son inmediatamente notado.   6.0vs.5.0vmwarevsphereclient

Eso es todo por ahora.

¿Qué hay de nuevo en vSphere 6.0 de VMware? Parte #1


Si no tuviste oportunidad de atender el lanzamiento de VMware vSphere 6.0, abajo esta una breve descripción de las nuevas funcionalidades que ofrecen en la nueva versión.

Yo personalmente siempre me a gustado usar vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA), y la nueva versión tiene varias actualizaciones que han mejorado la funcionalidad.  Antes de la versión 5.5 era necesario usar la versión tradicional de Windows, especialmente para despliegues de mas de 100 servidores físicos, oh mas de 3,000 maquinas virtualizadas cuando utilizas la base de datos incrustada.

  • Comenzando en la versión 6.0 de vCSA, ahora hay soporte para hasta un máximo de 1,000 servidores físicos de ESXi, oh para un máximo de 10,000 maquinas virtualizadas.
    • Durante el despliegue de vCSA, tendrás la opción de minúsculo, pequeño, mediano y grande.
      • (Incrustado) Minúsculo – 2 vCPUs y 8 GB de memoria.  Esta opción puede administrar hasta 20 servidores físicos y 400 maquinas virtualizadas.
      • (Incrustado) Pequeño – 4 vCPUs y 16GB de memoria. Esta opción puede administrar hasta 150 servidores físicos y 3,000 maquinas virtualizadas.
      • (Incrustado) Mediano – 8 vCPUs y 24 GB de memoria. Esta opción puede administrar hasta 300 servidores físicos y 6,000 maquinas virtualizadas.
      • (Incrustado) Grande – 16 vCPUs y 32 GB de memoria.  Esta opción puede administrar hasta 1000 servidores físicos y 10,000 maquinas virtualizadas.

Con esta configuración ahora tienes dos buenas opciones de usar el vCSA oh puedes seguir con la versión tradicional de Windows.







2015 vExpert Applications are now open


Just a quick reminder that the 2015 vExpert applications are now open with a December 12th deadline.  vExpert announcement will be made February 5th, 2015.  If you are a current vExpert for 2014,  you can use the Fastrack Application to speed things up.

Visit the VMware Blog for details: 2015 vExpert Application Blog

Apply for vExpert 2015

About the vExpert Program

“The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. Promotion of your articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap.

Each year, we bring together in the vExpert Program the people who have made some of the most important contributions to the VMware community. These are the bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. They work as IT admins and architects for VMware customers, they act as trusted advisors and implementors for VMware partners or as independent consultants, and some work for VMware itself. All of them have the passion and enthusiasm for technology and applying technology to solve problems. They have contributed to the success of us all by sharing their knowledge and expertise over their days, nights, and weekends.

vExperts who participate in the program have access to private betas, free licenses, early access briefings, exclusive events, free access to VMworld conference materials online, exclusive vExpert parties at VMworld and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.

2015 vExpert Voting Periods
This year we will have two voting periods for the vExpert program. This first period and then  second voting period in Q2.

Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist path. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public or were in a language other than English.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have been internal champions in their organizations, or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.

VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.” Source:  http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2014/11/vexpert-2015-applications-open.html 

I’m a vExpert!!!


The last five years have gone by in the blink of an eye!   I’ve been in and out of IT for about 16 years now, and in Virtualization specifically, for about five years.    It sure feels like an eternity though…

About two and half years ago, we came up with this idea to do a live show at Veeam to serve our mutual community in Virtualization.  As you can imagine, not many people were on-board with this live show idea to begin with, for various valid reasons.     One though was that we might have to deal with hecklers, competitors, and other people trying to derail the show since it is live (ever watch CSPAN hecklers? ha-ha).    Another concern was with the hosts (myself and Shawn Lieu) as we were a pair of unknown engineers new to Virtualization.

After some convincing, some gifts to our managers, we finally had the green light to move forward and also a small budget to buy some equipment for the studio (thanks to Dave Siles and Scott Lillis for their support).   Whiteboard Fridays was born, a live Whiteboarding show for the Veeam and Virtualization (VMware) community.    You can still watch some of these early shows on our online DVR, wow…I can’t believe people tuned-in, and stayed the entire time.

Despite our low budget production, we received tons of feedback from our first viewers (some of whom are still watching us two years later), GOOD feedback! We couldn’t believe it.  People wanted more whiteboarding, more shows, so we immediately asked for help from our amazing Internet Marketing teams (Maxim Ivanov and his team). We were also lucky to have our own in-house vExperts, like Rick Vanover and Doug Hazelman, as guests on our show who contributed to the growth and popularity of Whiteboard Fridays.     We’ve now had community leaders like Emad Younis, James Bowling, Josh Cohen, Jason Langer, Luca Dell’oca, Symon Perriman, Mike Resseler and many other great community leaders and contributors.  All of them have made this show a huge success within our community.  We will be producing our 70th episode in November.

Anyhow, all of this has led to meeting great people, making great friends, and now to joining an amazing group of community leaders and contributors known as vExperts.    I’m humbled and honored to be part of this group of people who devote their free time to enriching and enlightening the community.     It is because of these folks that Shawn Lieu, the Veeam teeam and myself who are behind Whiteboard Fridays became motivated to give back in one way or another.    We hope to continue this tradition to help other Virtualization newbies and admins, and maybe inspire them to give back as well for new generations of admins.

I just want to thank everyone that has made Whiteboard Fridays a possibility these last two years.  From our awesome guests, to our amazing management, marketing, and evangelists teams.



VMware: VMworld 2014 – Anuncio del lanzamiento de EVO:RAIL™


Con el crecimiento y popularidad en el mundo de la infraestructura convergente, no hay mejor momento que el VMworld 2014 para hacer este gran anuncio.

Explica Duncan Epping, Jefe de Tecnología para VMware, en su blog que en marzo de 2013 empezó un nuevo proyecto dentro de la división SDDC Emerging Solutions Group. El grupo SDDC fue encargado de realizar algo completamente nuevo, para entrar en una parte del mercado donde VMware nunca habia ido antes.  Dice Duncan “Al equipo se le dio la libertad de operar algo así como una nueva empresa dentro de VMware; correr rápido y duro, prototipo, iteración, y el pivote cuando sea necesario.”

Después de seis meses de espera, con el nuevo anuncio hoy en VMware 2014 ya no es necesario seguir con la especulación de lo que es el proyecto Mystic/Marvin.

Primero – Que significa el nombre EVO:RAIL™ ?
Nos explica Duncan en su blog que el nombre proviene de la palabra “Evolutivo”  y representa la nueva familia de productos y ofertas de infraestructura Hyper-convergente de VMware.

Segundo – ¿Cuál es el valor agregado para el cliente de EVO:RAIL™?

Duncan dice que “En nuestra opinión, EVO:RAIL™ tiene un par de ventajas importantes sobre la infraestructura tradicional de que los clientes están buscando para ellos tomar ventaja de:

  • Software-Defined
  • Simplicidad
  • Altamente Resistente
  • Elección del Cliente

EVO: RAIL es un bloque de construcción escalable conocido como Software-Defined Infraestructura que ofrece cómputo, redes, almacenamiento y gestión para potenciar los entornos de computación de usuario final, también como las oficinas remotas y las sucursales, y pequeñas nubes privadas virtuales. El motor del EVO:RAIL que es responsable de las actividades de implantación, configuración y administración se basa en la tecnología probada de VMware vSphere, vCenter Server ™ y VMware Virtual SAN ™. EVO: RAIL entrega el primer HCIA que está 100% impulsado por el software en VMware.

EVO: RAIL permite tiempo para valorar la primer VM en cuestión de minutos una vez instalado, cableados y encendido. La creación de la máquina virtual se simplifica radicalmente a través de la interfaz de usuario del EVO:RAIL, junto con las operaciones básicas de las maquinas virtuales, parches y actualizaciones sin interrupciones, y simplificado HCIA scale-out intuitivo.

Altamente Resistente
Un diseño HCIA altamente resistente a partir de cuatro nodos de servidores independientes dentro de un 2U, marca de nuestros calificados socios EVO:RAIL. Cada nodo está en ejecución vSphere y SAN virtual, configurado como un solo grupo vSphere con un único almacén de datos distribuida SAN Virtual; añadir a la mezcla VMotion, HA y DRS para la resistencia adicional, ahora tiene todos los ingredientes claves para facilitar cero tiempo de inactividad para la maquina virtual (VM) durante un mantenimiento planificado o durante una falla del disco, o del propio Host.

Elección del Cliente
EVO: RAIL se entrega como un HCIA completamente integrada ofrecida a través de un único SKU al cliente. Hay dos cosas importantes a tener en cuenta:

  • EVO: RAIL no es una arquitectura de referencia
  • Un cliente no puede comprar el software EVO:RAIL de forma independiente e intentar construir su propio HCIA en un EVO:RAIL calificado y hardware optimizado o servidor hardware no calificado”

Ejemplo de configuracion de EVO:RAIL

Cada uno de los cuatro EVO:RAIL tienen (como mínimo):

  • CPUs de seis núcleos Intel Dos E5-2620 v2
  • 192GB de memoria
  • Uno SLC SATADOM o SAS HDD como dispositivo de arranque ESXi ™
  • Tres SAS 10K RPM 1.2TB de disco duro para el almacén de datos VMware Virtual SAN ™
  • Uno 400GB MLC SSD de clase empresarial para lectura de caché / escritura
  • Un controlador de disco de acceso directo con certificación SAN Virtual
  • Dos puertos de 10 GbE NIC (configurados ya sea para 10GBASE-T o SFP + conexiones)
  • Un puerto de 1 GbE IPMI para la gestión remota (fuera de banda)

Todo esto lleva a un EVO: HCIA RAIL con un total combinado de recursos de CPU al menos 100GHz, 768GB de recursos de memoria, 14,4 TB de capacidad de almacenamiento y 1,6 TB de capacidad de flash (servicios de aceleración de almacenamiento).

Capturas de pantalla durante la instalación

Como siempre, tienes que aceptar la EULA

 Tienes varias opciones de instalación.  Personalizada (Customize Me!) y Básico (Just GO) donde te hace unas pocas preguntas sobre tus contraseñas

La pagina de configuración te da la habilidad de regresar para atrás o adelante a cualquier momento.  También incluye un servidor de DNS para simplificar el proceso de configuración.  

Unas de las funcionalidades que me gustaron mucho es que no es necesario guardar cada paso o cambio durante la configuración.  El sistema automáticamente guarda los cambios y también toma pasos para validar si eso datos de configurar están correctos.  Si los datos no pasan el sistema de validar, te deja saber que es posible que tengas algunos errores en la configuración.   También te da recomendaciones para solucionar el problema. 

Durante la configuración tienes esta pagina donde te pide las contraseñas para vCenter Server o para el servidor(es) de ESXi. También tienes la opción de usar tu propio servidor de Active Directory.

Una vez que terminas de ingresar tus datos, puedes validar la configuración.   Si paras la parte de validar, ahora te da la opción de crear el dispositivo (Appliance). 

En esta pagina puedes ver el progreso de la configuración del dispositivo Appliance en vCenter,o ESXi.  El dispositivo Appliance puede reconocer otros dispositivos Appliance de EVO:RAIL que ya existen para facilitar tu configuración avanzada.   Si por alguna razón falla la instalación inicial, el sistema recuerda donde ocurrió la falla para que no tengas que comenzar desde el inicio.

Antes de entrar a la pagina del EVO:RAIL primero entremos al Web Client de vSphere para verificar los procesos de instalación.   Aquí podemos ver que hay varios procesos indicando que la instalación tuvo éxito. 

Dentro de Data Centers también se puede verificar los nuevos recursos de CPU, Memoria y Almacenamiento.

Ahora podemos entrar a la interfaz de EVO:RAIL.  Es importante que entiendas que EVO:RAIL no usa su propia base de datos, comparte la base de datos del vCenter. 

Es fácil de navegar la interfaz grafica una vez que estas adentro.  Tienes varias opciones como manejar licencias, crear maquinas virtuales, uso de recursos, y configuración. 

Para una demostración y ejemplos de uso, visita http://www.vmware.com/products/evorail

Duncan Epping blog post: http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/2014/08/vmworld-2014-vmware-evorail-building-block-software-defined-data-center.html

Chris Wahl Network post: http://wahlnetwork.com/2014/08/25/evo-rail/


I am now a Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE)


“Dear Jose,

Congratulations, you have successfully completed the VMCE program for Veeam® Backup & Replication™ v7!”

That’s the confirmation email that I received this morning from Veeam, simply confirming that I have successfully completed and passed the VMCE (Veeam Certified Engineer) certification.

Even though I’ve been working for Veeam since version 3.5/4, and took part in the creation of the Video On-Demand Learning modules (VODL) for VMCE, there was still quite a bit of pressure on me to pass this test. My boss, Scott Lillis and one of the VMCE program developers, Justin Current, were already making plans for me to wear a chicken suit if I had failed the test.  There will be no chicken suit for this guy, not for now at least.

I’ve done over 1,500 web demos for customers and partners while at Veeam, several lunch and learn presentations, and I’ve also co-produced almost 60 Whiteboard Fridays shows in the last 2 years… I thought I knew it all, yet there was still plenty of new content for me to learn from as I went through the VMCE learning experience.

There is certainly something for everyone to learn from in the VMCE program, even if you consider yourself an expert on Veeam products, you will still gain knowledge.

One of the benefits of being a VMCE is the “No queue for you” support number :).   I’m going to use today just for fun ha-ha!

Certification number #0003 – I wanted to be #1 but that Luca guy beat me to it :(.

VMCE Info – http://www.veeam.com/vmce.html

Find a Pearson Vue testing center here  – http://www.pearsonvue.com/vtclocator/



VMware vExpert list for 2014 announcement


The announcement for VMware vExpert is here and 754 made the list for Q1- 2014!

Congrats to several of my colleagues here at #Veeam for making the list for another year. I’ve attached the list below and also linked over to the official announcement by Corey Romero and the VMware Social Media & Community team.





The results for the top 25 Virtualization bloggers are in!

The results for the top bloggers in the Virtualization space for VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Networking, Storage, Protection, etc. are in!!!

You can find the full list via Eric Siebert’s blog over at http://vsphere-land.com/news/2014-top-vmware-virtualization-blog-voting-results.html. You can also take a look at the Google Hangout 2014 results video between Eric Siebert, Rick Vanover, David Davis and John Troyer.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the bloggers for making the Virtualization community so great.


Virtualization News for January 2014


On Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 – VMware announced that they have agreed to purchase AirWatch for $1.54bn. Expanding their current offerings into the management of mobile devices for big companies.   It has been a while since all of my feeds on G+, Twitter, RSS, etc. had so many talking about the same big news.

Here is a term you need to know so that you don’t get left behind when your co-workers or friends make a reference to it.

BYOD –  Not to be confused with BYOB!  This term is short for “Bring your own device” as in your smartphone, tablets or laptops.   In today’s world, we want to stay connected 24/7, so we BYOD everywhere we go.

See the press release here: http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vmw-newsfeed/VMware-to-Acquire-AirWatch/1801180



On Friday, January 17th, 2014 – IBM announces that it will expand their current cloud infrastructure offerings by investing $1.2bn.   They will expand by adding another 13 data centers to their current global footprint.  Bringing their new cloud offering totals to around 40 datacenters.   I guess this makes the cloud space….you ready for this? cloudier…  See the press release here: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/42956.wss




On Tuesday, January 14th,2014 – Nutanix announced that it has closed on round D financing to the tune of $101 million. What would you do with all that money?   This blog doesn’t support that many characters for me to make a list.

Congrats to the Nutanix team for their rapid growth and success!  See the press release here: http://www.nutanix.com/2014/01/13/nutanix-accelerates-transformation-of-enterprise-datacenters-with-historic-101-million-funding-round/

Check out the latest Veeam Podcast with Rick Vanover

rickRick normally does not feature his co-workers on the podcast. Except this time! He made an exception for me and gave me a few minutes to ask him questions about impacting the Virtualization community.

Veeam Community Podcast (Episode #95) – bit.ly/18wIntD (Click to listen)

Other episodes can be found here – http://www.veeam.com/podcast.html

About Rick.Vanover

Rick Vanover (vExpert, MCITP, VCP) is a product strategy specialist for Veeam Software based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick is a popular blogger, podcaster and active member of the virtualization community. Rick’s IT experience includes system administration and IT management; with virtualization being the central theme of his career recently.

Follow Rick on Twitter @RickVanover or @Veeam and on Google+

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