My sessions recordings from VMworld US 2016

VMworld 2016

It is so nice that VMworld has released the sessions recordings from VMworld US publicly for everyone, thanks to William Lam for publishing
all the direct URLs here https://github.com/lamw/vmworld2016-session-urls

As for the sessions themselves, we had a nice turnout of about 220 folks in each session and the reviews were great.

Here are the recordings:

VIRT7575 – Architecting NSX with Business Critical Applications for Security, Automation and Business Continuity

VIRT7654 – SQL Server on vSphere: A Panel with Some of the World’s Most Renowned Experts

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My VMworld in 2016

This is it, this year I am finally taking a very active role at VMworld after a few years of only being an attendee (except for one session at VMworld Europe in 2009 ) .

For this year’s VMworld I am going to take on the role of the Booth captain for the Virtualzing apps track booth, (YES!)  I will be working with a staff of 4: Sudhir Balasubramanian, Vas Mitra, Agustin Malanco the man (Twitter – @agmalanco ) and Ryan DaWaele. such a great crew!

We are planning 2 stations this year, where station #1 is going to run the traditional demos for Business critical applications with vSphere, features like: DRS, vMotion etc and new this year with vVols and vRA.

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VMware NSX Question – Can You Figure it Out?

I wrote a blog post in the VMware official blog about a demo I recorded called “Dynamically enforcing Security On a Hot Cloned SQL Server With VMware NSX“.

A bit long of a title but captures the essence of the demo perfectly. You can see the demo as well here:

I got a question from a colleague of mine with has a very keen eye:

“I just saw the great video you made, at 0:50 second of the demo we can see the rules for the prod app

What is the meaning of rule 6?  If the source is the datacenter and is broader than the App Server in rule 5, and the rule allows for ANY service, doesn’t it make rule 5 irrelevant? “

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IOPS reservations in SIOC 6 , what’s the deal?

Storage I/O control has been available for a long time now since vSphere 4.1, if you don’t know what SIOC is you can read about it in many blogs out there, my personal favorite for anything storage is Cormac Hogan‘s blog, here is also a link to Cormac’s post about SIOC.

Some of you might have read about the new SIOC feature in vSphere 6 called IOPS reservations.

In case you didn’t let’s quickly review it, In version 5.5 VMware introduced a new scheduler call mClock, this I/O scheduler is more efficient but also it has the capability to set I/O reservations on VMDK’s. In vSphere 6 VMware added the ability to set those reservations on the VMDK level, not through the web client but by setting the “reservation” property on the VMDK, see this post by William Lam that has a nice PowerCLI script to do this for you.

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Taking my career to the next level

If your reading this it’s probably because you are wondering where I am heading, so I’ll start with that first: I recently accepted a new position with a bigger impact on VMware and its customers and on the IT community.

Starting OCT 1’st I will become a Staff solutions architect for Microsoft enterprise applications architecture at VMware’s Global center of excellence, focusing mainly on MS SQL running on VMware’s platforms.

Why? you may ask. Considering my current job is indeed wonderful it is a fair question. Currently I am working with the best SE specialists team in the world. My team is responsible for delivering pre-sales engagements about the most strategic solutions we have at VMware to our most strategic customers. As a cloud automation specialist I learned a lot and engaged in the most interesting conversations with customers about their Cloud needs and wants, conducted POC’s, got to work for the best manager I had the privilege to work for in my career and most importantly built strong relationships and friendships.

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VMware openness for humanity

Habitat NOLA

Last week I attended VMware’s World wide sales kick off event where all of VMware’s sales organization gathered in New Orleans to learn about the vision for the future, celebrate the wins of the past (6 Billion Revenue this year!) and network with our peers.

What a great event that was, started with VMware volunteers for “Habitat for humanity” event where 300 of our finest went to build houses for people who are in need.

Hey, I maybe drinking from my company’s KoolAid  but as @virtualJad says “its a great KoolAid!” . I don’t know any other company that is spending so much time and energy on different charity and giving back to the community initiatives, where people that are involved in different volunteer work are being praised and where each employee can take 40 hours a year to volunteer for community work and there is a lot more.  This is part of the company’s DNA and I am very proud to be in it.

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vRA tidbit – AWS provisioning and the key pair conundrum

choice

One of the main advantages of vRealize automation in the Cloud management space is that it provides customers with choices, this is true in many aspects of the solution like where to consume services from, how to deploy them, how the forms will look etc but in this post I want to talk about the creation of AWS key pairs.

There are many solutions out there that provide an interface for provisioning instances to AWS,  some have more capabilities than others and without getting into a full feature by feature comparison I will just say that vRA is one of the more comprehensive solutions out there with many capabilities that are required for cloud management such as self-service portal, multi cloud/vendor provisioning, automation and orchestration capabilities and much more.

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Quick and easy vRA ASD demo – send email

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Let’s say you want to test vRealize Automation Advanced Service Designer which allows you to create custom services that are based on Orchestrator, sending an email from the vRA catalog is a quick and easy solution to try it out.

The following steps will guide you to create a service that sends an email using the mail notification workflow in the embedded vRO.

Obviously you need to have a fully configured vRA environment including vRO (formerly vCO) , to demonstrate the email being sent and received I used FakeSMTP , which is a small Java application that acts as a mail server and displays incoming emails, pretty neat solution for demos check it out.

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vCAC 6.1 Application Services (AppD) Installation notes

vCAC AppD 6.1 Installation Screenshots - Sample Content
vCAC AppD 6.1 Installation Screenshots - Sample Content

Recently i installed the new vCAC 6.1 in my lab, vCAC 6.1 has many improvements, if you’d like to learn more about the improvements you can read Omer Kushmaro’s (Twitter @elastic_Skies)  excellent blog post  or just read the VMware blog post here.  During my installation i found that the deployment process for the Application services component of vCAC (AKA Application Director) has changed, it is more integrated with vCAC now and there are a few things you need to know when setting it up so it will work well for you. here is a short guide:

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A few tips for the VCDX defense

Tips for the defense from existing VCDXs  were one of the things that helped me the most preparing for mine.

one thing to note before we start is that each VCDX has it’s own experience and opinion about what’s right and sometimes VCDX A would say one thing and VCDX B would say the opposite, but that is just the nature of things as no one knows what is the  rubric used to score  a VCDX candidate and that includes me.

Take from this post what you think makes sense to you and i suggest you do the same from anything else you read or hear, except for  Rene van der Bedem’s blog AKA @VCDX133 http://vcdx133.com , it is awesome.

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