Streamlining the Virtual SAN Configuration

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For most VMware customers the integration of vSphere with Virtual SAN not only provides a simple an easy way to provide Enterprise storage and data services to your VM’s but also simplified operations in the Datacenter.

As Virtual SAN has grown through the releases there has been a need to accomodate further use cases for our customers. VDI, ROBO, Stretched Clusters etc. Virtual SAN 6.2 now has a new configuration wizard which provides a more streamlined approach for these more complex configurations.

A quick glance at the new Configuration Wizard shows how we provide customers the ability to select the disk claiming method, whether to enable deduplication and compression for the cluster and specifically which type of VSAN cluster deployment they might be after.

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In addition, the wizard also provides validation of the network configuration for Virtual SAN interfaces. Of course each host in the cluster needs to have a single VSAN vmkernel interface enabled to be able to participate. You can see by the screenshot below that I have missed one host. I also get information such as which vmk interface, portgroup and IP are assigned.

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If I rectify the mis-conifgured host but enabling the VSAN traffic type on one of my vmk ports I can now see that validation passes and I can move on.

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The next step is to claim my disks. Now If I had chose ‘Automatic’ back in the first step I could skip this. However for All Flash we do need to claim the different devices manually.  Starting in 6.2 there is a faster and more simplified way of bulk claiming disks for the VSAN cluster.

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or alternatively I can do this by grouping by disk model or size.

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Either way, once cache and capacity disks have been claimed we are now ready to complete the wizard.

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Depending on the number of hosts in the cluster this will take a minute or two to configure and once completed you will have a fully running VSAN cluster.

For more in depth process on creating Stretched Clusters using this wizard please reference this article VSAN Stretched Clusters – Click Click done!

For a video on configuring VSAN using this wizard see 

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VMware gives AirWatch single sign-on, app catalog support


VMware gives AirWatch single sign-on, app catalog support

VMware Inc. has enhanced its AirWatch enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform with enhanced deployment security and workflow features.

AirWatch 8.3 is intended to address the continuing quest to “enable more work to be done on the mobile platform,” said Blake Brannon, vice president of product marketing for AirWatch. “User experience trumps everything at the end of the day.”

With that in mind, VMware has added support for its new Workspace ONE application virtualization client that aims to provide a unified experience across every endpoint on the corporate network. Workspace ONE, which was introduced last week, enables employers to define the security level of an application based upon the requirements of the device accessing it. This feature enables single sign-on (SSO) to be applied to simplify installation by enabling users to avoid having to enter passwords by using VMware’s cloud -based authentication service.

AirWatch security now provides conditional access to any app or services using  the same technology used for mobile SSO, but with additional capability for the application to determine if it’s running on a container, jailbroken phone or managed device. “Effectively, it allows you to restrict someone from going to apps outside of the corporate app store and causing a breach,” Brannon said.

Access to corporate data can now be micro-segmented only to specific services rather than to the entire backend database. “Rather than giving every user access to the full network, an app can be given access to just to the servers they need to communicate with,” Brannon said. “We can effectively have millions of VLANs at one time.”

The new release also expands the AirWatch Privacy First Program with a website and visual privacy app that provides education about security and privacy while also dispensing advice on the value of mobile devices for productivity. VMware said AirWatch’s mobile management systems separates work and personal data, never allowing IT to capture personal information such as texts, personal emails, photos and notes-to-self. “You have a right to abide by privacy laws around the world,” Brannon said. Policies can now be set by someone other than the IT administrator, such as a chief privacy officer. This is particularly relevant in international situations where privacy laws may vary.

AirWatch 8.3 also adds industry templates, conditional access to mobile apps and device-to-datacenter security with expanded integration between AirWatch and VMware NSX network virtualization. The templates were compiled from analysis of customer mobile deployments to determine the best way to represent industry-specific workflows. “We’ve built the process to be wizard-driven so you don’t have to discover all the settings yourself,” Brannon said.

NSX integration enables administrators to dynamically set policies between AirWatch and NSX from a single console, limiting the footprint that mobile apps, data, devices and networks have inside the data center connection.

Cloud pricing per user starts at $103, with a full price schedule posted here. AirWatch claims to have 62,000 business customers.

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Simulate A Delay To Test And Validate VSAN…

Simulate A Delay To Test And Validate VSAN Stretched Cluster (via Virtual Blocks)

Simulate A Delay To Test And Validate VSAN…

Since the inception of Virtual SAN Stretched Cluster many current and potential Virtual SAN users have grappled with how to validate Stretched Cluster given the high cost and difficulty with setting multiple networks across geographically distributed sites without impacting production environments. The purpose of this blog is to address these concerns.

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New release: PowerCLI 6.3 R1–Download it today!

New release: PowerCLI 6.3 R1–Download it today!

New release: PowerCLI 6.3 R1–Download it today!

It is my pleasure to inform you that vSphere PowerCLI 6.3 Release 1 has now been released and as usual we have some great features to ensure you are able to automate even more features and in this release, faster than ever! As always we take feature requests directly from customers, through feedback at conferences, by looking at the communities and multiple other ways. please do keep giving us your feedback to enable us to keep making the product easier and making automation tasks less painful.

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