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Melbourne VMUG UserCon – Best Virtualisation Event Outside of VMworld!

“Best Virtualisation Event Outside of VMworld!” …now there is a big statement if ever there was one! Without insulting every other VMUG UserCon around the world, what I didn’t add to the blog title was “…in the southern hemisphere”. This will be my third Mebourne VMUG UserCon and without disrespecting Sydney’s VMUG UserCon happening a couple of days earlier the Melbourne event is up there when it comes to quality content, quality presenters and community feel.

The last couple of years I have attended the event in Melbourne I have taken away a lot of great technical and non-technical knowledge back home with me and with keynote speakers the likes of no less than Scott Lowe and Keith Townsend together with industry superstar Chris Wahl and other great local presenters I expect the same for the 2016 edition.

The Agenda is jam packed with virtualisation goodness and it’s actually hard to attend everything of interest with schedule conflicts happening throughout the day…my recommended sessions are listed below:

If you do feel like skipping Chris Wahl’s session at 10:30am I’ll be presenting with Frank Fan from PernixData on Using Infrastructure Analytics to Modernize Storage Management where we will be talking about FVP and Architect and how it’s helped detect bottlenecks in the ZettaGrid Labs as well as help the normalization of production workload performance. 

So though I live in Perth and help run the Perth VMUG I believe Melbourne is the true spiritual home of virutalisation in Australia and this UserCon is not to be missed…so if you are in Melbourne next week try and get down to The Crown Casino to participate, learn and contribute and hopefully we can catch up for a drink.

NSX vCloud Retrofit: NSX Manager Configuration and vCD VSE Deployment Validation

This blog series extends my NSX Bytes Blog Posts to include a more detailed look at how to deploy NSX 6.1.x into an existing vCloud Director Environment. Initially we will be working with vCD 5.5.x which is the non SP Fork of vCD, but as soon as an upgrade path for 5.5.2 -> 5.6.x is released I’ll be including the NSX related improvements in that release.

Part 2 – NSX Manager Configuration and vCD VSE Deployment Validation

Once you have updated the VSM to the NSX Manager there are a number of configuration items to work through…some of which would have been carried over from the vCNS upgrade. For user and group management you can reference this post where I go through the configuration of the Management Services to allow users and groups to administor NSX through the vCenter Web Client.

Once you have a Green Connected Button for the Lookup Service and vCenter Service as seen above you can configure the rest of the settings. Clicking on the home Icon will give you the menu below:

Go to Manage Appliance Settings -> General and configure the Time Settings, Syslog Server and keep the Locale that is relevant to you installation. Ensure the NTP Server is set and is consistent with other NTP servers referenced in vCloud, vCenter and ESXi (Time Sync is Critical between NSX Manager, Hosts and other Management Systems)

Configure a SYSLOG or point the NSX Manager at Log Insight which has a newly released Content Pack for NSX.

Go to Network Settings and enter in new Host Name Details without the Domain Name specified (those are put of the search domains) and double check the IP and DNS Settings

Note 1: Create a DNS entry (if not already created) for the Host Name ensuring there is a reverse lookup in place for internal name resolution of the Manager.

Go to Backup and Restore and (re)configure the Backup Settings to include an FTP location and an additional Pass Phrase for NSX Manager Restores.

Once done, perform a test backup

vShield Edge Deployment and Validation:

With that done we can now move onto to testing vCloud Director initiated deployments of the VSE 5.5.3 Edges that are deployed as legacy Appliances out of the NSX Manager. If you take a look under the covers of the NSX Manager you will see that it’s DNA is vShield and more to the point…the NSX portion has been itself retrofitted ontop of the vCNS VSM which has allowed for quick integration with vCenter and legacy interoperability with current versions of vCD.

vCloud Director will call vShield APIs (not NSX) to deploy edges for use with Virtual Datacenter Networking and all current functionality in the edges up to 5.5.3 are maintained. vCD will not be able to understand an NSX 6.1 ESG and if you upgrade (the option is there as shown below) you will have a fully functional Edge with all settings and config carried over…but not manageable by the vCloud GUI.

To ensure that all previous vCloud Director Deployment mechanisms and Edge Management is still functional deploy an Edge Gateway from the vCloud Director GUI checking to make sure that the OVF is deployed correctly…the service account will now be service.nsx (or the account you chose)

Validate the vShield Version at 5.5.3, Test Internal/External Access and IP Connectivity, Service Configurations by adding rules, disabling/enabling Firewall and Create and attaching a vORG Network and Check Port Group Status

If you are interested in what the 5.5.3 VSE Management looks like under the Network & Security Section of the Web Client, click on Edges and the Name of the Edge…what you see here is similar to what you would see for the 6.1 ESGs but with less functionality and features. What’s managed in the vCD GUI is what you see here.

With that validated you have ensured that vCloud Director will continue to do it’s thing and work as expected with NSX Manager in play…at this point we are not using any VXLAN Virtualwires or NSX Transport Zones Network Pools…that’s still to come!

2018 Year of Travel – A Few Interesting Stats

This year was my second full year working for Veeam and my role being global, requires me to travel to locations and events where my team presents content and engages with technical and social communities. We also travel to various Veeam related training and enablement events throughout the year as well as customer and partner meetings where and when required. This time around, I knew what to expect of a travel year and like 2017, I found this year to be just right in terms of time away working verses being at home working and also being with the family.

There where lots of highlights this year but the one that stands out was Michael Cade and myself presenting at VMworld for the second year in a row. The big difference this year was that we presented around the automating and orchestration of Veeam on VMware Cloud on AWS…to have the live demo work flawlessly after months of work was extremely satisfying. Other highlights include presenting at VeeamON and the regional VeeamOn Forums and Tours and two trips to Prague to visit our new R&D headquarters and be part of the Veeam Vanguard Summit for 2018.

So…what does all that travel look like?

Being homed in Perth, Western Australia I’m pretty much in the most isolated capital city in the world, meaning any flight is going to be significant. Even just flying to Sydney takes four to five hours…the same time it takes me to fly to Singapore. I love looking at stats and there are a number of tools out there that manage flight info. I use Tripit to keep track of all my tips, and there are now a number of sites and mobile application that let you import your flight data to analyse.

With that my raw stats for 2018 are shown below:

2017/2018
Trips 17/17
Days 104/102
Distance 262,769/291,866 km
Cities 24/20
Countries 9/10

Amazingly the numbers where very similar to 2017 however I covered a lot more kilo meters. 102 days away equates to 27.9% travel which is very manageable. Of those days I spent nearly 17 days total fly time in the air which when you think about it is amazing in it’s self. I took 68 flights with 27 domestic and 41 international.

I made it, 7.4x around the Earth, 0.77x to the moon and 0.00199 to the sun.

A new app I discovered this year was App In The Air. It’s the best i’ve used and provides some interesting stats and also helps compile the travel year video embedded above. The summary below gives me great insight into the travel year.

So that’s a quick round up of what my year looked like living the life of a Global Technologist at Veeam. Let’s see how 2019 shapes up!

 

Released: vSAN 6.7 – HTML5 Goodness, Enhanced Health Checks and More!

VMware has announced the general availability of vSAN 6.7. As vSAN continues to grow, VMware are very buoyant about how it’s performing in the market. With some 10,000 customers at a run rate of over 600 million they claim to lead the HyperConverged market with a 32% market share. From my point of view it’s great to see vSAN being deployed across 250 cloud providers and have it as the cornerstone storage of the VMware Cloud on AWS solution. vSAN 6.7 is focusing on intuitive operational experience, consistent application experience and holistic support experience.

New Features and Enhancements:

  • HTML5 User Interface
  • Embedded vROPs plugin for HTML5 User Interface
  • Support for Windows Failover Cluster using iSCSI
  • Adaptive Resync Performance Improvements
  • Destaging Performance Improvements
  • More Efficient data placement during Host Decommissioning
  • Improved Space Efficiency
  • Faster Failover with Redundant vSAN Networks
  • Optimized Witness Traffic Seperation
  • Stretched Cluster Improvements
  • Host Affinity for Next-Gen Applications
  • Health Check Enhancements
  • Enhanced Diagnostics
  • vSAN Support Insight
  • 4Kn Device Support
  • Improved FIPS 140-2 Validation Security

There are a lot of enhancements in this release and while not as ground breaking at the 6.6 release last year, there is still a lot to like about how VMware is improving the platform. From the list above, i’ve taken the key ones from my point of view and expanded on them a little.

HTML5 User Interface:

As has been the trend with all VMware products of late, vSAN is getting the Clarity Framework overhaul and is being included in the HTML5 vSphere Web Client with new vSAN tasks and workflows developed from the ground up to simplify the experience. There is also new vSAN functionality that can only be accessed via the HTML5 client.

The legacy Flex client will still be available for use and it’s also worth noting that this is not a direct port of the Flex interface but started from the ground up. This has resulted in a more efficient experience for the user with less clicks and less time to action items. Any new features or enhancements will only be seen in the new HTML5 UI.

Support for Windows Failover Cluster using iSCSI:

A few weeks back I posted around how you could use vSAN as Veeam repository using the iSCSI feature. With vSAN 6.7 there is offical support for Windows Failover Clustering using the vSAN iSCSI service. Lots of people still run MSCS and a lot still use traditional clustering. This supports physical and virtual Guest iSCSI initiators that includes transparent failover of clusters with vSAN iSCSI volumes.

I’m not sure if this now means that iSCSI volumes are supported as Veeam Cloud Repositories…but I will confirm either way.

Adaptive Resync Performance Improvements:

vSAN 6.7 introduces a new Adaptive ReSync feature that will make sure resources are available for VM IO and resync IO. This ensures that under IO stress certain traffic types are not starved of resources and allows more bandwidth to be used when there are periods of less contention. Under contention, resync IO will be guaranteed at least 20% of the bandwidth and if no resync traffic exists, VM IO may consume 100%. This is effectively regulating reads and writes to ensure optimal balance for VM and reync IO.

Destaging Performance Improvements:

vSAN 6.7 looks to be more consistent when talking about data optimizations in the data path. With the faster destaging, data drains more quickly from the write buffer to the capacity tier. This allows the buffer tier to be available for newer IO quicker. This is done via improved in-memory handling of IO during destaging that delivers higher throughput and more consistency which in turn improves the overall performance of VM and resync IO.

More Efficient data placement during Host Decommissioning:

When putting a host in maintenance mode or decommissioning a host you need to select the evacuation type for the objects on that host. This can take time depending on the amount of data. vSAN 6.7 builds on improvements introduced in 6.6 that consolidates replicas living across multiple hosts while maintaining FTT compliance. Is looks for the smallest component to move while results in less data being rebuilt and less temporary space usage. vSAN will provide more intelligence behind the data movement to reduce the time and effort it takes to put a host into maintenance mode.

Improved Space Efficiency:

In previous vSAN versions the VM swap object was always thick provisioned even if the VM it’s self was thin. in vSAN 6.7 this will now be thin by default and also inherit the policy from the VM so that the FTT is the swap object is consistent with the VM which results in more efficient storage. Previous to this, large environments would suffer with a large number of swap files taking up a higher proportionate amount of space.

 

Conclusion:

vSan continues to be improved by VMware and they have addressed some core usability and efficiency features in this 6.7 release. The move to the HTML5 web client was expected, but still good to see while the enhancements in resync and destaging all contributes to platform stability. The enhanced health checks add a new dimension to vSAN troubleshooting and the support insight allows users to get a better view of what’s happening on their instances.

References:

Pre release information and images sourced via VMware EABP

https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2018/04/17/whats-new-vmware-vsan-6-7/

 

 

VeeamON 2017: Top Session Picks

VeeamON is less than three weeks away and I can tell you that that this years event is going to be huge! This is going to be my second VeeamOn, but for the first time I’ve been involved in the preparation of a major vendor conference. Having been behind the scenes, and knowing what our customers and partners are in for in terms of announcements and event activities…I can’t wait for things to kick off on the 16th of May.

This year we have over 85+ breakout sessions and a number of high profile speakers coming to New Orleans to help delver those sessions. We also have significant keynote speakers for the main stage sessions on each of the three days. Highlighted by Sanjay Poonen from VMware and Mark Russinovich from Microsoft. You will also hear from our executive team on the vision Veeam has for continuing to provide availability through our industry leading innovations.

Top Session Pick:

There are seven tracks available

  • Technical (200-level / High level)
  • Technical (300-level / Architecture)
  • Technical (400-level / Internals)
  • Business
  • Alliance Partner
  • Veeam ProPartner
  • Cloud (Programs and Technologies)

I’ve gone through all the breakouts and picked out my top sessions that you should consider attending…not surprisingly there is a cloud slant to most of them, but there are also some core technology sessions that are not to be missed. The Technical Product Marketing team are well represented in the session list so it’s also worth looking to attend talks from Rick Vanover, Clint Wyckoff, Michael White, Michael Cade, Dmitry Kniazev, Andrew Zhelezko and Kirsten Stoner.


What’s New in v10: A Deeper Dive

Thursday, May 18 | 11:15-12:15
The v10 embargo has been lifted! Join Anton Gostev for a deeper dive into the new Veeam Availability Suite™ v10 functionality announced at the key note to learn additional details — and to ask your questions!
Anton Gostev
VP of Product Management
Veeam Software

Veeam and VMware vCloud Air Network: Building a successful cloud service

Tuesday, May 16 | 11:15-12:15
Globally, service providers are enthusiastically embracing hybrid cloud as both a way of reducing costs and improving the quality of service they provide to end customers. To achieve this, service providers are looking to VMware vCloud Air Network and Veeam to help them build a scalable cost effect cloud solution. In this session, we will get into the details of the technology. We’ll focus on how these solutions are architected and what that implies in real-life implementations. A participant in this session will leave with a technical understanding of how to leverage technology from Veeam and VMware to provide a successful cloud based storage service.
Anthony Spiteri
Technical Evangelist
Veeam Software
David Hill
Solutions Architect
VMware

Building a Comprehensive Availability Plan Leveraging Next Generation Veeam Cloud Services

Thursday, May 18 | 14:50-15:50
The notion of Always-On Availability is becoming a cornerstone of modern businesses, and rightfully so. Without the ability to support their mission-critical processes in the face of data loss or disasters, companies stand a significant risk of losing customers, money and reputation. This is why developing a comprehensive Availability plan is crucial for maintaining business operability and protecting critical data, applications and systems at any point. From planning and analysis to implementation and monitoring — each step of this plan needs to be in line with the company’s business needs, security policies and IT management procedures. Designed to address these needs, Veeam’s® next generation cloud-based backup and disaster recovery (DR) solutions offer a number of options to develop a solid Availability plan. Using Veeam’s integrated, next generation cloud Availability solutions in tandem with cloud-based backup and DR services, companies can stay ahead of major disruptions while keeping their IT spending within budget.
William Bell
Vice President, Product Development, Cloud and Enterprise Services
PhoenixNAP

Unleashing the Power of the Veeam API

Wednesday, May 17 | 16:10-17:10
Many Veeam® customers are experiencing the benefits of flexible, reliable and cost-effective backups and are now ready to get even more out of their Veeam solution. This is where the Veeam API, combined with cloud infrastructure, comes in. Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager exposes its objects via the web service API based on the REST (Representational State Transfer) framework, enabling developers to query information about Veeam objects and perform basic operations. By extending the Veeam solution to other IT operational areas using the API, customers can experience many efficiency and performance benefits. This session will deliver the education and insights you need to take your usage of Veeam to the next level by leveraging APIs. I’ll provide an overview of the Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager API and take a deep dive into different ways you can use the API to do more than just manage backup jobs. This session will deliver practical advice based on the experiences we have gained at iland through leveraging the API to automate and manage multiple aspects of our cloud and internal business operations.

Veeam Availability Console and the Agents: Introduction and Technical Demo

Tuesday, May 16 | 14:50-15:50
This session focuses on the new and expanded business opportunities with these Veeam solutions. Get into the weeds with the technical aspects of the products with live demos and information on how the features will impact you and your customer’s business.
Clint Wyckoff
Global Technical Evangelist
Veeam Software
Sam Nicholls
Global Product Marketing Manager
Veeam Software

How to Back Up and Restore VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) and Platform Controllers Properly

Thursday, May 18 | 13:30-14:30
There is some complexity to properly backing up vCenter and properly restoring it, especially when there are external components like databases and platform controllers. However, using Veeam and with some important knowledge, it is possible. vCenter is critically important in virtual infrastructures due to things like view and vRealize Automation, so it is very important that it is always available. If you lose some or all of the vCenter infrastructure, it is very important that you know how to recover it.
Michael White
Technical Evangelist
Veeam Software
Emad Younis
Technical Marketing Engineer
VMware

Throw your backups into ANY window

Wednesday, May 17 | 13:30-14:30
Choosing a storage solution for your backups can be a daunting task: Windows or Linux servers, SMB shares, SAN, NAS, deduplication appliances … But block cloning, a new feature in Windows 2016 and leveraged by Veeam Backup & Replication™, is promising to change this. Available for ReFS 3.1 file systems, this technology allows for insanely reduced transform times and spaceless GFS backups. Or at least, this is what marketing has told us so far, but how good is it in reality? Is an expensive and complex Storage Spaces Direct the only way to consume all the amazing new features? How can I design my new backup repository with these new options in mind? What about encryption and Veeam Scale-out Backup Repository™? Didier Van Hoye, Carsten Rachfahl (both Microsoft MVPs and Veeam Vanguards) and Luca Dell’Oca (Veeam cloud architect) have joined forces to bring you from-the-field information, tips, tricks and ideas to build your next Veeam backup repository with real-life tests and feedback gained from deploying this new powerful combination into multiple environments.
Luca Dell’Oca
Cloud Architect
Veeam Software
Didier Van Hoye
Microsoft MVP & Blogger
Blogger
Carsten Rachfahl
Blogger & Microsoft MVP
Blogger

What’s New with Veeam Agent for Windows 2.0

Thursday, May 18 | 16:10-17:10
Are you running applications in the cloud? Do you still have some remaining physical servers? Do you struggle to ensure Availability of your mobile workforce? Join Veeam technical evangelist Clint Wyckoff and Dmitry Popov from product management as they dive deep into the installation, management and recovery options that the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows provide. After this session, you will have the knowledge and skills required to manually install, automate the installation and configuration deployment. You will also have the knowledge to manage and perform advanced recovery utilizing Veeam.
Clint Wyckoff
Global Technical Evangelist
Veeam Software
Dmitry Popov
Senior Analyst
Veeam Software

Availability in a profile driven World

Wednesday, May 17 | 14:50-15:50
Have you had a chance to evaluate the new VMware storage technology landscape? VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) and Virtual SAN (vSAN) are incredible innovations. These next generation storage technologies from VMware allow for Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM) which is the way to manage virtual machine (VM) storage requirements in VMware vSphere going forward. The major challenge with traditional storage architectures is a misalignment between what the storage consumer wants and the capabilities that are provided. This results in inefficiencies through the over provisioning of storage resources. There is a strong need to provide alignment between application needs and storage resources. These storage policies are an evolution of virtual machine storage profiles, and used to ensure VMs are placed on storage that guarantees a specific level of capacity, performance, Availability redundancy and so on. When it comes to Availability, Veeam has you covered! Let’s look at a few areas where VVols and vSAN Availability can be easier than you think with Veeam.
Michael Cade
Technical Evangelist
Veeam Software
Pete Flecha
Sr Technical Marketing Architect
Vmware

VMware Backup Best Practices: 2017 Edition

Wednesday, May 17 | 16:10-17:10
Are you looking for the best way to back up your vSphere environment? Attend the 2017 edition of the most viewed VeeamON session to learn the latest and greatest strategies for VMware backup with Veeam, now enhanced with big data analysis! Get recommendations on the best way to deploy and size your backup server and other components — and hear what are the most typical configurations based on our support log mining! Learn the pros and cons of different VDDK-based transport modes, and how Veeam Availability Suite™ 9.5 completely changes previous recommendations on transport mode usage. And if your company wants to stay on the cutting edge, bring them back some backup and recovery considerations around new VMware storage technologies (vSAN, VVols and encrypted virtual machines) — those you won’t see mentioned in marketing papers.
Anton Gostev
VP of Product Management
Veeam Software

Backup Repository Best Practices: 2017 Edition

Thursday, May 18 | 14:50-15:50
Backup storage is the central part of any backup strategy that can lead your efforts to either complete success or complete failure. And yet, backup storage impact is always heavily underestimated by users. In this session, you’ll learn about the most typical mistakes observed in the past nine years by over 230,000 users deploying and using Veeam Backup & Replication™, so you can avoid the same mistakes. You’ll learn how Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 has completely changed the game for many Veeam users with its advanced ReFS integration — and get a sneak peek of how v10 is going to dramatically expand your backup storage options. Finally, Anton will share lots of interesting (and sometimes scary) statistics we’ve picked up from support log mining that may change your attitude on backup storage forever!
Anton Gostev
VP of Product Management
Veeam Software

Conclusion:

There are obviously a lot more from which to choose from and the full list can be found here. You can also download the VeeamON Mobile Application to register for sessions, organise and keep tabs on other parts of the event.

There is still time to register and attend, so if you can make it to New Orleans in three weeks, click here and get on board as it promises to be a brilliant week with a lot of great announcements, great networking opportunities and also the ability to learn about Veeam’s and our partners products.

https://www.veeam.com/veeamon/register

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

NSX Bytes: NSX for vSphere 6.3 and NSX-T 1.1 Release Information

VMware’s NSX has been in the wild for almost three years and while the initial adoption was slow, of recent times there has been a calculated push to make NSX more mainstream. The change in licensing that happened last year has not only been done to help drive adoption by traditional VMware customers running vSphere that previously couldn’t look at NSX due to price but also the Transformers project has looked to build on Nicira’s roots in the heterogeneous hypervisor market and offer network virutalization beyond vSphere and beyond Open source platforms and into the public cloud space. The vision for VMware with NSX is to manage security and connectivity for heterogeneous end points through:

  • Security
  • Automation
  • Application Continuity

NSX has seen significant growth for VMware over the past twelve to eighteen months driven mostly from customer demand focusing around micro-segmentation, IT automation and efficiency and also the need to have extended multiple data centre locations that can be pooled together. To highlight the potential that remains with NSX-v less that 5% of the total available vSphere install base has NSX-v installed…and while that could have something to do with the initial restrictions and cost of the software it still represents enormous opportunity for VMware and their partners.

Last week the NSX vExpert group was given a first look at what’s coming in the new releases…below is a summation of what to expect from both NSX-v 6.3 and NSX-T 1.1. Note that we where not given an indication on vSphere 6.5 support so, like the rest of you we are all waiting for the offical release notes.

[Update] vSphere 6.5 will be supported with NSX-v 6.3

Please note that VMware vSphere 6.5a is the minimum supported version with NSX for vSphere 6.3.0. For the most up-to-date information, see the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix. Also, see 2148841.

NSX for vSphere 6.3 Enhancements:

Security:

  • NSX Pre-Assessment Tool based on vRealize Network Insight
  • Micro-Segmentation Planning and application visibility
  • New Security Certifications around ICSA, FIPS, Common Criteria and STIG
  • Linux Guest VM Introspection
  • Increase performance in service chaining
  • Larger scalability of VDI up to 50K desktops
  • NSX IDFW for VDI
  • Active Directory Integration for VDI at scale

Automation:

  • Routing Enhancements
  • Centralized Dashboard for service and ops
  • Reduced Upgrade windows with rebootless upgrades
  • Integration with vRA 7.2 enhancing LB,NAT
  • vCloud Director 8.20 support with advanced routing, DFW, VPN
  • VIO Updates to include multi-vc deployments
  • vSphere Integrated Container Support
  • New Automation Frameworks for PowerNSX, PyNSXv, vRO

Application Continuity:

  • Multi-DC deployments with Cross VC NSX enhancements for security tags
  • Operations enhancements with improved availability
  • L2VPN performance enhancements for cross DC/Cloud Connectivity

Where does NSX-T Fit:

Given there was some confusion about NSX-v vs. NSX-t in terms of everything going to a common code base starting from the transformers release it was highlighted that VMware’s primary focus for 2017 hasn’t shifted away from NSX for vSphere and will still be heavily invested in to add new capabilities in and beyond 6.3 and that there will be a robust roadmap of new capabilities in future releases with support extended will into the future.

NSX-t’s main drivers related to new data centre and cloud architectures with more hetrogeneality driving a different set of requirements to that of vSphere that focuses around multi-domain environments leading to a multi-hypervisor NSX platform. NSX-t is highly extensible and will address more endpoint heterogeneity in future releases including containers, public clouds and other hypervisors. As you can see before the existing use cases for NSX-t are mainly focused around devops, micro-segmentation and multi-tenant infrastructure.

NSX-T 1.1 Brief Overview:

Again the focus is around private IaaS and multi-hypervisor support for development teams using dev clouds and employing more devops methodologies. There isn’t too much to write home about in the 1.1.0 release but there is some extended hypervisor support for KVM and ESXi, more single or multi-tenant support and some performance and resiliency optimizations.

Conclusion:

There is a lot to like about where VMware is taking NSX and both product streams offer strong network virtualization capabilities for customers to take advantage of. There is no doubt in my mind that the release of NSX-v 6.3 will continue to build on the great foundation laid by the previous NSX versions. When the release notes are made available I will do take a deeper look into all the new features and enhancements and tie them into what’s most useful for service providers.

Veeam Vault #4: Product Updates, Agent for Windows Beta Plus Vanguard 2017

Welcome to the fourth edition of my Veeam Vault series and the first for 2017. It’s been a busy first month of 2017 with trips to Orlando where I attended my first Sales Kick Off where I also presented at our SE Training and then a trip to Russia to visit our R&D, Product and QA teams. Covering nearly 42,000KMs and going literally around the world, it was a long but worthwhile trip and has me extremely enthusiastic about the year ahead here at Veeam.

In this Veeam Vault I am going to talk about four new product builds that have been released since the last Veeam Vault and I’ll also talk a little about the Veeam Vanguard program…of which we announced the 2017 members overnight. As usual there will be the roundup of what the Veeam Vanguard’s have posted recently on their blogs but first i’ll talk about the new public BETA that we released on the 26th of January.

Veeam Agent for Windows BETA:

I’m very excited about this product…in fact I’m excited about all of our products that take advantage of Veeam Cloud Connect and VAW is no exception. With the ability to backup physical or virtual Windows endpoints to a Cloud Connect Backup repository the door opens up for a new stream of revenue for VCSPs and in combination with the yet to be released Veeam Availability Console offer a great solution for backing up previously untouchable workloads on physical servers as well as being able to do granular file level backups of any compatible Windows workstation and back them up locally, over a network share, over to a VBR repository or up to a Cloud Connect Repository.

The BETA is available via this registration page, so please download it and try it out and post any feedback in our forums.

Update 1 For VBR, One and Backup for Office 365:

A couple of weeks ago we released Update 1 for Backup & Replication, One and Backup for Office 365. As I wrote in this post focusing on how the latest release offers support for vSphere 6.5 it was more than just a standard update and offers over 300 enhancements and bug fixes that improve on the already strong reliability and scalability of the product. Veeam One also got a significant update and added support for vSphere 6.5 and also including new Hyper-V and reporting enhancements on top of a number of resolved issues. Backup for Office 365 gets a number of enhancements and bug fixes as well and, as with all the Update 1 releases are essential downloads to continue to improve on the already strong product sets.

Veeam Vanguards 2017:

As mentioned in the intro, Rick Vanover sent out new and renewed Vanguard’s their welcome emails overnight and this year we have 62 members at last count and as a former member of the Vanguard’s I can tell you that we, in the Technical Product Marketing team are looking forward to helping the 2017 crop get the most out of the program. I’ve blogged previously about the Vanguard program and now, with it entering it’s third year of operation I can truly say that it’s one of…if not the best vendor advocacy programs in our industry. The people involved on both sides are truly passionate about Veeam and the sense of community is something that I haven’t experienced in any other program. So well done to the 2017 class and hope to catchup with you all throughout the year are VeeamOn and any other event where we may cross paths.

Veeam Vanguard Blog Post Roundup:

VeeamOn 2017:

Lastly a final reminder that the Call for Presentations is still open to those looking to submit a session at the event. This is a great opportunity to share you insights and experiences that you have gained in and around Veeam software solutions and don’t forget that if selected, presenters will receive a complimentary VeeamOn registration pass along with travel and hotel accommodations. Head to the site below to submit an abstract before February 7, 2017.

https://www.veeam.com/veeamon/submit-your-abstract

Veeam Vault #3: Two New Product Releases Plus VeeamOn and Vanguard Updates

Welcome to the third edition of my Veeam Vault series. As most of you know I am now working at Veeam as a Technical Evangelist focusing on Veeam’s Service Provider products and working with VCSP’s to help enhance service offering around Veeam’s product portfolio. In this edition I am going to talk about a couple new products that where released since the last Veeam Vault and continue to talk little more around VeeamOn happenings. To finish off I’ll post a roundup of what the Veeam Vanguard team have posted recently on their blogs.

Veeam Agent for Linux:

When this was first announced at VeeamOn 2015 I thought it was an interesting addition to the Veeam product family and with it’s release just over twelve months later I know have a better understanding of the vision for the Veeam Agents and having the ability to backup physical and virtual Linux workloads in guest adds a greater amount of flexibility and options in making workloads on Linux system more available.

Agent for Linux comes in three editions and there will an always free version that has almost all the features of the Workstation and Server editions.

For VCSP’s Veeam Agent for Linux presents an opportunity for using the Veeam Backup & Replication console to now manage Linux backups for customers along with their other Veeam backups extending Veeam’s Backup as a Service capabilities for the entire environment!

For those interested, you can view the datasheet here and download the Free Edition Here:

Veeam Management Pack 8.0:

We also released Update 3 to the Veeam Management Pack for System Center v8. This is a product i’ve not used due to not too much exposure to System Center over the past eight years of my career however I’m told that its a valuable addition to System Center and is one of our most underestimated products…mainly due to it being outside of the core VBR focus. Of major interest to me is that this update adds support for vSphere 6.5 and also has some of the best vSAN health checks going around while also extends support for monitoring Scale out Backup Repositories.

Checkout the Release Notes here and you can download the Free Trial here.

VeeamOn 2016 News Update:

Super Early Bird pricing is still available until the 31st of December meaning that from the 1st of January the cost of a ticket goes from $549 to $699…which is still considered Early Bird pricing. There is also still four days left for you to win airfares and accomodation to attend VeeamOn in 2017 in our Holiday Giveaway…if you are still looking to secure your ticket to New Orleans, click here.

I am really looking forward to the event and Veeam have secured two quality keynote speakers in Mark Russinovich who is the CTO of Microsoft Azure and Sanjay Poonen who is now COO at VMware. Don’t forget if you are a Blogger you can Blog your way to VeeamOn…Once you have a blog written, submit the link here and from there wait to see if you are one of the five monthly winners being announced up to the 31st of March 2017.

Also a reminder that the Call for Presentations is still open to those looking to submit a session at the event. This is a great opportunity to share you insights and experiences that you have gained in and around Veeam software solutions and don’t forget that if selected, presenters will receive a complimentary VeeamOn registration pass along with travel and hotel accommodations. Head to the site below to submit an abstract before February 7, 2017.

https://www.veeam.com/veeamon/submit-your-abstract

Veeam Vanguard Blog Post Roundup:

Before the links to the posts, I want to wish all the existing Vanguards who renominated and those that nominated or where nominated for the 2017 Vanguard Program good luck…hopefully we will have some news towards the end of January on who has made the cut!

References:

https://www.veeam.com/pdf/datasheet/veeam_agent_linux_free_1_0_datasheet_en.pdf
https://www.veeam.com/pdf/datasheet/veeam_agent_linux_1_0_datasheet_en.pdf
https://www.veeam.com/pdf/release_notes/veeam_mp_8_0_release_notes_en.pdf

Veeam Vault #1 – VeeamOn CFP and Vanguard Nominations

As most of you know I am now working at Veeam as a Technical Evangelist focusing on Veeam’s Service Provider products and working with VCSP’s to help enhance service offering around Veeam’s product portfolio. Part of that role is creating offical content for online materials and presentations however I still intend to keep this blog pumping and continue to write about all things hosting and cloud…especially when related to the vCloud Air Network.

Today I am writing the first of my Veeam Vault series which I intend to use as my working title for all Veeam related news around anything Veeam related. To kick things off I am going to talk about the VeeamOn Call for Presentations and the 2017 Vanguard nominations.

VeeamOn CFP:

VeeamOn is being held next year in New Orleans during May and the Call for Presentations is now open to those looking to submit a session at the event. This is a great opportunity to share you insights and experiences that you have gained in and around Veeam software solutions. Below are the content area’s for submission of which you must head to the CFP site and submit an abstract.

  • Veeam product usage
  • Availability
  • Virtualization
  • Cloud and storage
  • Enterprise and business topics related to the above areas

Abstract must be 200 to 250 words, complete with title and supporting bullet points. The huge news is that if selected, presenters will receive a complimentary VeeamOn registration pass along with travel and hotel accommodations. If that’s not a great reason to submit a session then I don’t know what is! Head to the site below to submit an abstract before February 7, 2017.

https://www.veeam.com/veeamon/submit-your-abstract

As an added extra, if you have a session you want to co-present with myself on anything Veeam Cloud Connect related, let me know and we can work on a joint submission.

Veeam Vanguard 2017 Nominations:

As a former Vanguard it’s exciting to now be on the other side of the nomination process and I would encourage anyone who has a passion for Veeam and has demonstrated that passion through community engagement and content creation to nominate for the 2017 intake. As I have mentioned before, this is one of the greatest advocacy programs in our industry and there is no doubting the positive impact being part of the Vanguard program brings to members of the group…both on a professional and personal level.

Vanguards receive a number of exclusive program benefits — honestly, too many to list — but among these extensive benefits are a private forum site, elevated access to Veeam Product Management, and private webinars and briefings. We’re continually adapting the program based on feedback from the Vanguards, as well as catering program benefits to innovate the program for this elite group. Additionally, we are planning a great experience for Vanguards at VeeamON 2017, so this will be a great year to participate.

Nominate yourself or someone you know for the Veeam Vanguard award here:

https://go.veeam.com/survey-vanguard-nomination.html

Please note that nominations will be accepted up until Friday the 9th of December 2016 so hurry and nominate yourself or someone you believe is worthy of joining the Vanguard program.

Veeam Vanguard nominations are now open for 2017!

 

VMworld 2016: Top Session Pick Videos Right Here!

VMworld 2016 US is done and dusted and for those that didn’t attend or attended but missed out on sessions due to “scheduling conflicts”, VMware has been awesome in opening up the sessions catalog recordings to everyone. In previous years this was limited to attendees only and only opened up after a period of time however this year VMware have made them available here after entering in some basic form details.

http://www.vmworld.com/en/sessions/2016.html

Before VMworld 2016 kicked off I listed my Top Session Picks for this years event. I’ve gone through and embedded all the awesome sessions below for your viewing pleasure.

  • Virtual SAN – Day 2 Operations [STO7534]
  • Advanced Network Services with NSX [NET7907]
  • A Day in the Life of a VSAN I/O [STO7875]
  • vSphere 6.x Host Resource Deep Dive [INF8430]
  • The Architectural Future of Network Virtualization [NET8193R]
  • Conducting a Successful Virtual SAN 6.2 Proof of Concept [STO7535]
  • PowerNSX and PyNSXv: Using PowerShell and Python for Automation and Management of VMware NSX for vSphere [NET7514]
  • Evolving the vSphere API for the Modern Era [INF8255]
  • Multisite Networking and Security with Cross-vCenter NSX: Part 2 [NET7861R]

I was blown away with the quality of all those sessions listed, but I must make special mention to Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort for their session [INF8430] which I’ve already watched and listened to a couple times. It’s truly one of the best deeply technical sessions you will ever come across at any VMworld and full of brilliant insight into compute, storage and networking.

NOTE: IF the Video’s don’t load and ask for a username/password you may need to hit the registration link here and then refresh this page.

Also up and available are the vBrownBag Tech Talks and while I didn’t participate this year it looks like it was a great success once again with awesome quality content delivered by the community.

Enjoy!

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