Browsing Posts published in September, 2017

VMware has released a new version of vCloud Director: this is a major release with version number 9.0. All related documentation has now been moved to VMware Docs website: https://docs.vmware.com/en/vCloud-Director/index.html. So vCloud Director is still alive and still the first (and actually only) choice, using VMware products, for service providers. Actually vRA is not yet able to replace it in this special use case.

After a technical preview period and the official announce, now both VMware Workstation 14 and VMware Fusion 10 are available for the download. This is a good news, considering that one year ago there were some rumors and doubts about the future of Workstation and Fusion product, due to the laying off some employees from the related teams.

Seems that nested virtualization is becoming popular on public cloud: first with Ravello, this year also on Azure, and now Google Compute Engine supports nested virtualization in beta. This feature allows you to run one or more virtual machines inside a Compute Engine Linux virtual machine by leveraging Intel VT-x, processor virtualization instructions, to deliver better performance than what’s possible with alternative technologies like emulation.

In a VMware infrastructure, when you build a new VM, the default compatibility level could depend on your vSphere version, from which client you are using (the legacy vSphere Client does not ask for VM virtual hardware version in the default wizard), but also from your cluster settings. VM virtual hardware version defines exactly the compatibility level, but you can define the default level using the vSphere Web Client or the new HTML5 Client.

VMUG Virtual Events are periodically tech events for virtualization professionals organized by VMUG HQ, instead to have the traditional local meeting or USerCon organized by each local VMUG chapter. The next virtual event will be the VMUG Virtual EMEA on September, 28th 2017 from 10:00 to 17:00 CET!

During the last VMworld EU, on Monday I’ve tried the new VMware vSAN 2017 Specialist exam, just to see how difficult was and which kind of contents where covered by the exam. This specialist exam it’s something outside the traditional VMware certification paths, but it’s classified in the Certification Related Badges that includes different types of accreditations:

Now also VMworld EU 2017 is concluded, so finally it’s possible to give the takeovers of this event, there was something new compared to VMworld US 2017? Let’s start from the general sessions that where unfortunately too much similar (in some part identical) as the US edition… have two events so close (just two weeks of distance) is not useful at all, and the risk is to make the EU edition just a reply of the other… It’s already the small brother, but make it also a copy it’s a risk. Fortunately, the next year, […]

One of the announce at last VMworld EU 2017 is the new version of VMware vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC). This new version will deliver significant new capabilities, major security enhancements and the the ability to provision native Docker container hosts using a unified management portal. VMware vSphere Integrated Containers delivers an enterprise container infrastructure that provides the best of both worlds for the developers and vSphere operations teams where containers can now be enabled and managed as “normal” virtual machines with the same concepts and skills, with no processes or tools changes required.

Using the legacy vSphere Client is no more possible in vSphere 6.5, but with the previous version is still an option. Unfortunately, it lacks not only in all the new features but also in consistency and error reporting. A curios issue was with a vSphere 6.0 environment where a generic warning message appears on the Summary tab of the ESXi hosts. The error was a generic “Consiguration Issues” message.

VMware has just released the new major version of NSX-T 2.0 to provides an agile software-defined infrastructure to build cloud-native application environments. When Nicira product has been released was for Linux and physical platform, but after the VMware’s acquisition has been re-engineered to be integrated in the vSphere platform, with the new name of VMware NSX (now NSX-v). NSX-T is again a version for (physical) Linux system designed for management, operations, and consumption newtork resources insied a (development) organizations. NSX-T allows IT and development teams to choose the technologies best suited for their applications.

The new Dell-EMC PowerEdge G14 Server series it’s finally out and it’s not only the first line with the new logo (and a new bezel), but has really a lot of new features and capabilities. I’ve already talk about the PAT option, now let’s see another one, now valuable also for virtual infrastructure. The Dell Boot Optimized Storage Solution (BOSS) is a new option for the installation of the hypervisor part, in a virtualization hosts, or more important in a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) host!

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