Aug 262016
 

 

By: Kyle Wassink, Blue Medora

 

IT reporting is a common requirement in organizations, from simple one page overviews to comprehensive analysis and forecasting. Depending on how you create these reports, it can be a time consuming task that can be simplified. That’s where vRealize Operations can help with scheduled reports.

 

Creating a Report

The first step in creating a report for vROps is identifying exactly what needs to be included. Is the report for a single resource like a mission critical Nimble Pool or UCS Blade? Or is it for a multiple layers of the stack, from the Oracle Database down into the NetApp Volume for example. What information about the resource(s) do you care about? Do you want to display the information in a table, graph, or pie chart? Once defined, you need to create views.

 

Figure 1: A sample Distribution View that could be added to a vROps report.

 

Reports in vROps are created using something called “views”. Views are self-contained definitions for how to display pieces of information. For example, you could have a view that defines a list of metrics to be displayed for a NetApp Volume in table format with a summary row. To learn how to create views, visit the vROps Views blog series. Once you have identified the information you want in your report and created the necessary views, you are ready to create the report. Navigate to Content > Reports and click the green “+” icon to begin.

 

Figure 2: In Content > Reports, click the green “+” icon to create a new report.

 

Step one is providing a name, and optionally, a description. Once entered, click on the next step. In step two, drag and drop your desired Views from the list on the left to the middle section. If you did your planning and view creation, this should be quick easy! Steps three and four are optional, so we will skip them here for the sake of simplicity. Save your report.

 

Figure 3: Step one and two of creating a report.

 

Save Time by Scheduling Delivery

At this point you have a report ready to run, now you just need to automate it. First things first, manually run your report and ensure it turns out as expected. Second, ensure you have outbound settings defined in the Administration > Outbound Settings if you want to send the report to you (or anyone else). Next, find the report in Content > Reports, click on the “gear” dropdown and select “Schedule report…”.

 

Figure 4: You can schedule reports in the Content > Reports page by clicking “Schedule report…” in the dropdown menu.

 

In the schedule report popup, the first step is to define what resource the report will run against. Once selected, click “Next”. The “Define Schedule” step has two parts: defining the actual schedule and optionally defining the publish settings. In the top section, define the schedule you want the report to run on. This includes the time zone, time of day, start date, and a recurrence schedule.

 

Figure 5: Sample scheduled report settings.

 

If you want to send the report to yourself, management, or anyone else, move on to the bottom section and check “Email report”. Here you can provide the email address(es) where the report will be sent whenever it runs. In the “Select and outbound rule” dropdown, find and select your preferred mail setting which were configured in the Outbound Settings described earlier.

 

Enjoy the Automation

You’ve successfully created and automated your weekly report! No more scrambling on the weekend to put it together for the Monday meeting or remembering to email it out to the team. Repeat the process for other reports to save even more time, or download a trial of any solution from Blue Medora’s True Visibility Suite for vRealize to customize reports from within a management pack.

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Aug 262016
 

 

By: Kyle Wassink, Blue Medora

 

IT reporting is a common requirement in organizations, from simple one page overviews to comprehensive analysis and forecasting. Depending on how you create these reports, it can be a time consuming task that can be simplified. That’s where vRealize Operations can help with scheduled reports.

 

Creating a Report

The first step in creating a report for vROps is identifying exactly what needs to be included. Is the report for a single resource like a mission critical Nimble Pool or UCS Blade? Or is it for a multiple layers of the stack, from the Oracle Database down into the NetApp Volume for example. What information about the resource(s) do you care about? Do you want to display the information in a table, graph, or pie chart? Once defined, you need to create views.

 

Figure 1: A sample Distribution View that could be added to a vROps report.

 

Reports in vROps are created using something called “views”. Views are self-contained definitions for how to display pieces of information. For example, you could have a view that defines a list of metrics to be displayed for a NetApp Volume in table format with a summary row. To learn how to create views, visit the vROps Views blog series. Once you have identified the information you want in your report and created the necessary views, you are ready to create the report. Navigate to Content > Reports and click the green “+” icon to begin.

 

Figure 2: In Content > Reports, click the green “+” icon to create a new report.

 

Step one is providing a name, and optionally, a description. Once entered, click on the next step. In step two, drag and drop your desired Views from the list on the left to the middle section. If you did your planning and view creation, this should be quick easy! Steps three and four are optional, so we will skip them here for the sake of simplicity. Save your report.

 

Figure 3: Step one and two of creating a report.

 

Save Time by Scheduling Delivery

At this point you have a report ready to run, now you just need to automate it. First things first, manually run your report and ensure it turns out as expected. Second, ensure you have outbound settings defined in the Administration > Outbound Settings if you want to send the report to you (or anyone else). Next, find the report in Content > Reports, click on the “gear” dropdown and select “Schedule report…”.

 

Figure 4: You can schedule reports in the Content > Reports page by clicking “Schedule report…” in the dropdown menu.

 

In the schedule report popup, the first step is to define what resource the report will run against. Once selected, click “Next”. The “Define Schedule” step has two parts: defining the actual schedule and optionally defining the publish settings. In the top section, define the schedule you want the report to run on. This includes the time zone, time of day, start date, and a recurrence schedule.

 

Figure 5: Sample scheduled report settings.

 

If you want to send the report to yourself, management, or anyone else, move on to the bottom section and check “Email report”. Here you can provide the email address(es) where the report will be sent whenever it runs. In the “Select and outbound rule” dropdown, find and select your preferred mail setting which were configured in the Outbound Settings described earlier.

 

Enjoy the Automation

You’ve successfully created and automated your weekly report! No more scrambling on the weekend to put it together for the Monday meeting or remembering to email it out to the team. Repeat the process for other reports to save even more time, or download a trial of any solution from Blue Medora’s True Visibility Suite for vRealize to customize reports from within a management pack.

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Aug 262016
 

I’m very pleased to announce the launch of a new VMware web portal offering technical information about our storage and availability products. Storagehub.vmware.comoffers a powerful way to peruse publications, product information and operations information for Virtual SAN, Site Recovery Manager, vSphere Replication and Virtual Volumes. Core functionality includes: Easy to navigate online documents, e.g.operations guidesandFAQs

The post StorageHub – New portal for storage and availability product info! appeared first on Virtual Blocks.

Aug 252016
 

The VSAN Assessment is a free SaaS based tool which gives you a comprehensive analysis of your vSphere environment andhighlights the value of VSAN if implemented. With the VSAN Assessment you can: Identify which VMs are a suitable candidate for VSAN – All Flash or Hybrid View Sizing and Hardware recommendations (# of servers, SSD)

The post VSAN Assessment: What’s New appeared first on Virtual Blocks.

Aug 252016
 

 

As the pace at which companies are moving to the public cloud continues to accelerate, service providers are evolving their cloud services strategy. Many are choosing to focus on delivering high-margin value-added services such as desktop and application management, patching, or help desk services in lieu of investing significant time and money deploying and maintaining their own infrastructure. VMware is supporting this shift in provider strategy. With VMware’s Managed Service Provider (MSP) offering, provided through the vCloud Air Network Program, service providers can build upon VMware’s Horizon Air cloud-hosted infrastructure to tailor their own cloud services and deliver unique solutions to their customers, all on a convenient pay-as-you-grow model.

If that’s not enticing enough, we are also announcing a Horizon Air desktop initiative, providing additional benefits to traditional service providers specifically looking to provide cloud-hosted VDI solutions to customers across the globe. This initiative is designed to give service providers a leg up when entering the increasingly crowded desktop-as-a-service market.

VMware Managed Services Provider Offering

In 2015, the MSPmodel was added as an expansion of the current vCloud Air Network Program. Under this, Service Providers can leverage VMware cloud-hosted infrastructure and concentrate on delivering managed services in the process.

A key requirement of participating in the MSP offering is that the Service Provider owns the terms of service and all support for their end customers. Geographic expansion is a key use case for the MSP program, where partners can quickly expand to new regions without expensive data center investments. Likewise, the ability to enhance service portfolios with offerings such as Disaster Recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) can mean delivering on important customer needs quickly. As we continue to add services to the VMware portfolio, MSP partners will be well positioned to capitalize on these technologies to enhance their own customer offerings.

Horizon Air Desktop Initiative for MSPs

For partners committed to providing best-in-class managed services for cloud-hosted virtual desktops and applications, we are announcing the Horizon Air desktop initiative for MSPs. Leveraging the reliability and performance of VMware’s Horizon Air cloud-hosted desktops and apps, participants in this exclusive initiative will receive additional benefits from current MSP offering participants such as:

  • Recognition on vmware.com
  • Case Studies and other marketing collateral
  • Visibility with VMware sales
  • Early access to upcoming features through sandbox environment

The Horizon Air desktop initiative comes with additional requirements. In addition to a 12-month commitment to the MSP program, interested parties will need to:

  • Complete competency courses for all relevant products
  • Agree to an annual customer satisfaction audit
  • Provide a named business and technical contact for Horizon Air

In order to ensure that our desktop initiative partners are providing quality services to customers, MSPs will also be required to provide the following core services in order to be considered:

  • On-boarding services
  • Desktop & application template optimization services
  • Desktop patching & updating
  • Tier 1-2 help desk services

We are incredibly excited for the launch of this new initiative and believe this is an excellent opportunity for partners looking to provide world class cloud services to their customers.

Take the first step today by visiting the vCloud Air Managed Services Provider page .

 

 

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Aug 252016
 

VMworld 2016 is almost here,and there will be plenty ofnews and announcements to share at this important event in Las Vegas!Before you travel to Las Vegas, we wanted to let you know aboutone more event during the show – a special Open Source Meetup for the developer and IT-Professional audience.

This is a free event at the conference, here the details:

Live in Vegas: VMware Open Source
Tell a friend
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
6:30 PM

Luxor (Room Egyptian G, Floor Level 1)
3900 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV (map)

Click here to register

Live in Vegas: VMware Open Source Meetup
IT admins, come and learn why open source matters to you. Join VMware {code} for a free evening of open source deep dives, delicious appetizers, and hosted beer and wine. At this Meetup you’ll hear from:

– Matthew Brender (Intel Developer Evangelist) on open source for IT admins

– Ritesh Shukla (VMware Engineering) on Docker Volume Driver for vSphere

– Alan Ren and Bobby Zhang (VMware R&D) on Project Harbor (Docker Registry)

– Kevin Murphy (VMware Engineering) on VMware Puppet Modules

Get answers to all your VMware open source questions, join the projects, and make new connections in the VMware {code} developer community.

See you there!

Marius Ciortea |VMware {code} Developer Relations + Daniel Jonathan Valik | Cloud Management Platform team

 

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Aug 252016
 

VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) offers a simple but powerful path to deploying OpenStack clouds and is a clear win for developers. But what about the operations side?

 

Presenting at the 2016 OpenStack Summit, VMware’s Santhosh Sundararaman and Isa Berisha and Thomas McAteer of HedgeServ, the #1 provider of technical management services to the hedge fund industry, make the case for VIO from an operator’s perspective.

Their session opens with HedgeServ Global Director of Platform Engineering Isa Berisha describing how the company uses OpenStack and why it picked VIO to run HedgeServ’s OpenStack deployment.

Adopting OpenStack was the company’s best option for meeting the rapidly escalating demand it was facing, Berisha explains. But his team were stymied by the limitations of the professional and managed services OpenStack deployments available to them, which were rife with issues of quality, expense, speed-of-execution, and vendor instability. Eventually they decided try VIO, despite it being new at that point and little known in the industry.

 

“We downloaded it, deployed it, and something crazy happened: it just worked,” recalls Berisha. “If you’ve tried to do your own OpenStack deployments, you can understand how that feels.”

HedgeServ now uses VIO to run up to 1,000 large window instances (averaging 64GB) managed by a team of just two. vSphere and ESXi’s speed and their ability to handle hosts of up to 10TB of RAM and hundreds of physical cores have been key elements of HedgServ’s success so far, explains senior engineer McAteer. But VIO’s storage and management capabilities have also been essential, as is its stability and the fact that it’s backed by VMware support and easily upgraded and updated live.

Simplifying operations around OpenStack and making it easier to maintain OpenStack in a production deployment has been a major focus for VMware’s VIO development team, adds VMware product manager Sundararaman in the second half of the presentation.

“There are a lot of workflows that we’ve added to make it really easy to operate OpenStack,” he says.

 

As an example, Sundararaman demos VIO’s OpenStack upgrade process, showing how it’s achieved entirely via the VIO control panel in a vSphere web client plugin. VIO uses the blue-green upgrade paradigm to stand up a completely new control plane based on the new distribution, he explains, and then migrates the data and configurations from the old to the new control plane, while leaving the deployed workloads untouched.

“We ran and upgraded VIO from 1.0 to 2.0 without talking to Santhosh,”” adds McAteer. “That’s a big deal in the OpenStack world but it just, again, worked. The blue-green nature of the upgrade path really makes that very easy.”

 

View the VMware + HedgeServ OpenStack Summit session here.

 

To try VMware Integrated OpenStack yourself, check out our free Hands-on Lab. Or take it a step further and download and install VMware Integrated OpenStack today.

 

 

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Aug 252016
 

Big news for customers who are already using or planning to use our vRealize products! We launched a wide set of new versions of our vRealize products on the 23rd of August. If you haven’t seen what’s new, please visit the VMware.com/products website or have a log on our VMware blog. In my previous post I announced and wrote about all the news and updates on VMware Code Stream 2.1 – in this article, I would like to share more of the improvements, fixes, updates and other cool stuff that our product team has worked on inRealize Code Stream Management Pack for IT DevOps 2.1.1.

vRealize Code Stream Management Pack for IT DevOps – what is it and for what can you use it for? (aka Project Houdini if you are familiar with the code name)

The VMware vRealize Code Stream Management Pack for IT DevOps is an extensible, customizable framework that provides a set of release management processes for software-defined content with the ability to capture, version control, test, release and rollback. This management pack makes it possible to dispense with the time-consuming and error-prone manual processes currently required to manage software-defined content. Supported content includes entities from vRealize Automation, Orchestration, Operations and vSphere.

Licensing – how can you use it together with vRealize Code Stream?

The vRealize Code Stream Management Pack for IT DevOps is available at no charge to customers of vRealize Code Stream and vRealize Automation Advanced or Enterprise editions. For further information about these products or to obtain evaluation licenses, contact your VMware account representative.

What’s new in version 2.1.1?

The v2.1.1 release provides enhanced functionality in these areas:

  1. Support for running the management pack on vRA 7.1/vRCS 2.1 appliance
  2. Support for both a fresh install and in place upgrade.
  3. Support for managing content from vRealize Automation 7.1 endpoints.
  4. Support for managing content from vROps 6.3 endpoints.
  5. vRA 7 Package Type enhancements: o Added support for vRA 7 Event Broker (Subscriptions) package type (AutomationSubscription).
  6. Support for managing vRA 7 custom Resource Mappings and Resources Types including all Orchestrator dependencies when being used as part of a Resource Action or XaaS Blueprint.
  7. Property Groups support added for All Tenants as well as local Tenants  Other enhancements. o Various bug fixes detailed below

What issues did we resolve with the new version 2.1.1?

Don’t worry about the list of issues that I posted here – in most circumstances you probably never see those listed problems appear in your installation of the management pack. In case you run into on or multiple of those issues, you might be excited to hear that we resolved the following known issues:

  1. System stops processing requests due to vRO task scheduler authentication error (ID: 1671886)
  2. Conditional Expressions on Tasks in the Codestream Pipelines updated to support vRCS 2.1 (ID:1705542)
  3. Property Definitions linked to Property Groups defined at Blueprint level are not captured/released as dependencies (ID:1689715 )
  4. vRA7 Blueprint with Software Component Fails with Dependency Error on fresh deployment (ID:1689674)
  5. Downloading nested workflow dependencies fails (ID:1689379)
  6. vRA Property Groups not captured when visibility is All Tenants (ID:1686517)
  7. vSphere Content Packages – Encoded characters in the names (or parent folders) fails to return a list of objects. (ID:1686512)
  8. vSphere clusters are not listed when they are within a folder (ID:1686504)
  9. Incorrect error shown in pipeline when release fails under certain conditions. (ID:1684662)
  10. vRA Resource Action deployment fails due to missing custom resource (ID:1684660)
  11. Resource Mappings and their vRO dependencies (action or workflow) is not exported by XaaS package type (ID:1684652)
  12. RP Test Content Remote fails for vROps content with HTTP 400 (ID:1684300)
  13. Add Content Endpoint workflow doesn’t remove Config Element on failure (ID:1682880)
  14. Unable to add Remote Content Server – tar: storage/artifactory/clm/install/cts.tar No such file or directory (ID:1679858)
  15. Fields are not mapped properly in testResult field on Add Content Endpoint XaaS blueprint (ID:1676377)
  16. RP Deploy Content Doesn’t Resume or Retry (ID:1673961)
  17. 25 Blueprint limit when listing vRA Blueprints on Captures (ID:1666426)

Whatare the current limitations of the new version 2.1.1?

This management pack release has the following functional limitations:

  1. IAAS-Blueprint package type (vRA 6.2) – Only vSphere blueprints are supported. This is for the create and clone workflows but excludes linked clones because linked clone snapshots are not on a remote vRealize Automation instance.
  2. IAAS-Blueprint package type (vRA 6.2) – Property dictionary custom properties are not supported.
  3. IAAS-Blueprint package type (vRA 6.2) – Multi-machine blueprints are not supported.
  4. IAAS-Blueprint package type (vRA 6.2) – Any vSphere blueprint that is used as a component blueprint is not supported.
  5. For vSphere blueprints based on virtual machine cloning in vRA 7 or 6.2 endpoints, datacollection needs to have run first on the content endpoint before releasing the blueprint otherwise the operation may fail.
  6. Files-Linux Type – Only entire folders are captured. Individual files cannot be selected.
  7. ASD-Action (vRA 6.2) and Automation-ResourceAction (vRA 7) types – Entitlements must be created on the content endpoint manually and the actions must be assigned after release.
  8. ASD-Blueprint (vRA 6.2) and Automation-XaaSBlueprint (vRA 7) types – If the catalog Service the blueprint was originally assigned to on capture is not present on the release endpoint, it will be created, but manual assignment is required to an entitlement to make the released item available in the catalog.
  9. Users with Approval rights are set globally and not by package type which results in limited role-based access control.
  10. If you have access to management pack items, you can capture, test, and release any package type to any endpoint that does not require approval.
  11. If you have deployed packages, they are available to everyone in the Content business group.
  12. vSphere-Template type – unit test workflows can only be run on the system (Default) vRealize Orchestrator instance.
  13. vSphere-CustomSpec type – Windows requires a manual step to update passwords after deployment to a target environment.
  14. vRA 6.x package types (IAAS-Blueprint, IAAS-BuildProfile, ASD-Action and ASD-Blueprint) require manually installing Java 1.7 on the CTS host – see the Installation Guide for more details.
  15. vRealize Operations package types require SSH to be enabled on the target server.
  16. vRealize Operations package types are supported on the Appliance versions 6.1.x, 6.2.x, and 6.3.x. VMware vRealize Code Stream Management Pack for IT DevOps Release Notes 6 VMware, Inc.
  17. On creating a vRA endpoint IaaS credentials are not tested when testing the connection on the XaaS form, and the IaaS certificate fingerprint is not presented for verification.
  18. CloudClient 4.1 is unable to authenticate on the Management Pack vRA deployment due to the lack of an IaaS server. This is will be resolved in CloudClient 4.2. Workaround is to use CloudClient 4.0.
  19. Property groups that are captured with “All Tenants” will release to each tenant as “This Tenant”. This is an API limitation in vRA.
  20. All vRA 7 Custom Resources or Resource Mapping across vRA instances must be named the same (if they were manually created otherwise they will be imported correctly).

Would you like to get started? Here some really good resources for you:):

vRealize Code Stream

vRealizeCode Stream Management Pack for IT DevOps

 

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Aug 252016
 

Hi folks and the 3rd time this week that I’m blogging some big news around the vRealize product suite. Our product team worked hard to ship new versions of products like vRealize Automation 7.1, vRealize Code Stream 2.1, vRealize Code Stream Management Pack for IT DevOps 2.1.1, vRealize Orchestrator 7.1 and many more! If you haven’t seen what’s new, please visit theVMware.com/productswebsite or have a log on ourVMware blog.

In my previous two posts I announced and wrote about all the news and updates on VMware Code Stream 2.1 and vRealize Code Stream Management Pack for IT DevOps 2.1.1. In this article, I would like to share more of the improvements, fixes, updates and other cool stuff that our product team has worked on inRealize Orchestrator 7.1.

First, what is vRealize Orchestrator?

Simply – vRealize Orchestrator automates complex IT processes for your IT, developer and datacenter environment. Basically you can simplify the automation of complex IT tasks with VMware vRealize Orchestrator, which integrates with vRealize Suite and vCloud Suite to further improve service delivery efficiency, operational management and IT agility. Here are the top benefits that vRealize Orchestrator delivers to you:

A Robust Workflow Automation

Quickly and easily design and deploy scalable workflows that automate complex IT processes.

Powerful Management Features

Create your own types to use in workflows, without having to wait for a plug-in update or to create a new plug-in; or leverage generic plug-ins based on SOAP, REST operations and PowerShell scripts.

Accelerate Cloud Automation

Leverage vRealize Orchestrator workflows and plug-ins to extend the capabilities of vRealize Suite, vCloud Suite, and the vSphere platform.

Open and Flexible Architecture

Automate management and operational tasks across both VMware and third-party applications, such as service desks, change management and IT asset management systems.

Improve Service Delivery

Automate the delivery of new IT services or adapt the capabilities of existing vRealize Automation infrastructure and application services with vRealize Orchestrator workflows and plug-ins.

Automate Corrective Actions

Use vRealize Orchestrator workflows with the vRealize Operations remediation workflow package to automatically resolve operational issues.

What are the news, updates and improvements in the new version vRealize Orchestrator 7.1?

vRealize Orchestrator 7.1 introduces a number of improvements, bug fixes, and extends the automated configuration with new options:

  • Configuration push from one node to all other nodes in the cluster and the ability to restart all nodes from a single node.
  • Monitoring of configuration differences between the nodes in a cluster by using the available in Control Center fingerprints for the currently running or pending configuration.
  • Added a REST API to update resource elements.

vRealize Orchestrator 7.1 also introduces a number of plug-in improvements:

  • Swagger definition support for adding a REST host in the HTTP-REST Plug-in.
  • Improved search capabilities in the Active Directory Plug-in.
  • Pagination support and arbitrary entry querying in the Active Directory Plug-in.
  • VUM plug-in update
  • Auto-deploy plug-in update

With the certificate management mechanism based onISsslService, implemented in version 7.1, the server and trusted certificates are stored in the database. Plug-ins must use the API from the Plug-in SDK to retrieve the trusted certificates.

What features or functions are not anymore part of vRealize Orchestrator 7.1?

The following feature is deprecated in vRealize Orchestrator 7.1 and is scheduled for removal in future releases. This feature should not be used as part of any vRealize Orchestrator solution.

  • LDAP authentication

 

What Plug-Ins are installed with vRealize Orchestrator 7.1?

he following plug-ins are installed by default with vRealize Orchestrator 7.1:

  • vRealize Automation Center Infrastructure Administration Plug-In 7.1.0
  • vRealize Automation Plug-In 7.1.0
  • vRealize Orchestrator vCenter Server Plug-In 6.5.0
  • vRealize Orchestrator Mail Plug-In 7.0.1
  • vRealize Orchestrator SQL Plug-In 1.1.4
  • vRealize Orchestrator SSH Plug-In 7.0.1
  • vRealize Orchestrator SOAP Plug-In 2.0.0
  • vRealize Orchestrator HTTP-REST Plug-In 2.1.0
  • vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for Microsoft Active Directory 3.0.2
  • vRealize Orchestrator AMQP Plug-In 1.0.4
  • vRealize Orchestrator SNMP Plug-In 1.0.3
  • vRealize Orchestrator PowerShell Plug-In 1.0.9
  • vRealize Orchestrator Multi-Node Plug-In 7.1.0
  • vRealize Orchestrator Dynamic Types 1.2.0
  • vRealize Orchestrator vCloud Suite API (vAPI) Plug-In 7.1.0
  • vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for vRealize Automation 7.1.0

How does the upgrade work from older versions to vRealize Orchestrator 7.1?

From a deployment standpoint, VMware vRealize Orchestrator 7.1 is available as a preconfigured virtual appliance. The appliance significantly reduces the time and skills required to deploy vRealize Orchestrator and provides a low-cost alternative to a traditional Windows-based installation.

The Orchestrator Appliance is distributed as an OVF file. It is prebuilt and preconfigured with Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, PostgreSQL, and In-Process ApacheDS LDAP, and it can be used with vCenter Server 5.5 and later.

The Orchestrator Appliance functionality is suitable for any use case from lab evaluation to large-scale production, when an external database is used. The appliance offers the flexibility to use either the prebuilt directory services and database, or Single Sign-On authentication, provided by vRealize Automation and vSphere 6.0, and external database servers like Oracle or Microsoft SQL.

The Orchestrator Appliance is a fast, easy to use, and more affordable way to integrate the VMware cloud stack, including vRealize Automation and vCenter Server, with your IT processes and environment.

For instructions about deploying and using the Orchestrator Appliance, seeInstalling and Configuring VMware vRealize Orchestrator.

Important: For security reasons, the password expiry of the root account of the Orchestrator Appliance is set to 365 days. To increase the expiry time for an account, log in to the Orchestrator Appliance as root, and run the following command:

passwd -xnumber_of_daysname_of_account

To make your Orchestrator Appliance root password last forever, run the following command:

passwd -x 99999 root

Ok, hope this helps you to decide on giving vRealize Orchestrator 7.1 a try and download it on our VMware portal. If you are new to the product or space, you might also want to have a look to some of the interactive videos that we have on this topic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLl9BzvVlLs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnnSNB1r3dM&list=PLrFo2o1FG9n4mDNlEai02dI50Ae7g598y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apYYClLHr78

Any questions?Just contact VMware or send me an email to:dvalik@vmware.com

thanks and best regards,

Daniel Jonathan Valik, Galina Slavova Kostova and Savina Savova Ilieva @ VMWare.

 

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Aug 252016
 

By Jason Bassford, Technical Marketing Manager, End-User-Computing Technical-Marketing Center of Excellence, VMware

The VMware OS Optimization Tool (OSOT), a VMware Fling, helps optimize the performance of Windows-based virtual desktops used with View in VMware Horizon 7, VMware Horizon Air Cloud-Hosted Desktops and Apps, and VMware Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode.

The recently published update of the VMware Windows Operating System Optimization Tool Guide (OSOT Guide), which documents the use of the OSOT, includes several changes from the previous version of the guide.

  • Discussion of Windows optimization in general has been removed so that the OSOT Guide can focus on the OSOT itself.
  • Clarifications to procedures and user interface descriptions in many areas have been provided.
  • Features new to the OSOT since the last version of the guide have been documented.

This version of the OSOT Guide is the first major rewrite since 2015. It is accurate as of version b1057 of the OSOT, which was released in February of this year. The current version of the OSOT, released just last week, is b1080. Why is there this discrepancy?

The Pace of Development

On a continual monthly basis in 2016, the OSOT has received more downloads than any other End-User-Computing Fling, or even any other End-User-Computing document. It is now more popular and widely used than anyone imagined when it was initially developed. The OSOT also has a lot of community-driven input, and new versions are released at a relatively fast pace.

As this is a Fling, and not formally supported by VMware Global Support Services, it means that while new components have been tested prior to release, they may need additional description. The user interface is also in a state of change as feedback is received and updates made in quick response.

The pace of OSOT development is gratifying, but it poses difficulties in providing up-to-date documentation. In addition, the OSOT Guide rewrite and refocus delayed the task of documenting some specific OSOT details.

Summary and Looking Ahead

When using the updated OSOT Guide, remember that it is documenting the OSOT as of b1057. The b1080 version of the OSOT has several new and exciting features that have been added since b1057. These include:

  • Community-based and reviewed templates.
  • A Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode template for Windows 10.
  • The ability to export a template.

Download the updated OSOT Guide to get an overview of the tool and how to use it, and refer to the OSOT Changelog to see what has been introduced since February.

I look forward to new innovations in the OSOT as we work with our community of supporters.

Feel free to send us feedback at euc_tech_content_feedback@vmware.com.

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Aug 252016
 

By Jason Bassford, Technical Marketing Manager, End-User-Computing Technical-Marketing Center of Excellence, VMware

The VMware OS Optimization Tool (OSOT), a VMware Fling, helps optimize the performance of Windows-based virtual desktops used with View in VMware Horizon 7, VMware Horizon Air Cloud-Hosted Desktops and Apps, and VMware Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode.

The recently published update of the VMware Windows Operating System Optimization Tool Guide (OSOT Guide), which documents the use of the OSOT, includes several changes from the previous version of the guide.

  • Discussion of Windows optimization in general has been removed so that the OSOT Guide can focus on the OSOT itself.
  • Clarifications to procedures and user interface descriptions in many areas have been provided.
  • Features new to the OSOT since the last version of the guide have been documented.

This version of the OSOT Guide is the first major rewrite since 2015. It is accurate as of version b1057 of the OSOT, which was released in February of this year. The current version of the OSOT, released just last week, is b1080. Why is there this discrepancy?

The Pace of Development

On a continual monthly basis in 2016, the OSOT has received more downloads than any other End-User-Computing Fling, or even any other End-User-Computing document. It is now more popular and widely used than anyone imagined when it was initially developed. The OSOT also has a lot of community-driven input, and new versions are released at a relatively fast pace.

As this is a Fling, and not formally supported by VMware Global Support Services, it means that while new components have been tested prior to release, they may need additional description. The user interface is also in a state of change as feedback is received and updates made in quick response.

The pace of OSOT development is gratifying, but it poses difficulties in providing up-to-date documentation. In addition, the OSOT Guide rewrite and refocus delayed the task of documenting some specific OSOT details.

Summary and Looking Ahead

When using the updated OSOT Guide, remember that it is documenting the OSOT as of b1057. The b1080 version of the OSOT has several new and exciting features that have been added since b1057. These include:

  • Community-based and reviewed templates.
  • A Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode template for Windows 10.
  • The ability to export a template.

Download the updated OSOT Guide to get an overview of the tool and how to use it, and refer to the OSOT Changelog to see what has been introduced since February.

I look forward to new innovations in the OSOT as we work with our community of supporters.

Feel free to send us feedback at euc_tech_content_feedback@vmware.com.

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Aug 252016
 

Miss our last VMworld blog highlighting the vCloud Air Network activity at VMworld? Not a problem – you can find that here.

We’re just days away from VMworld and VMware Partner Exchange, and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store. There’s plenty of information flying around, but when it comes to the vCloud Air Network at VMworld, here’s what to know before you go:

…know about VMware Partner Exchange, taking place this Saturday and Sunday, August 27th and 28th. To help guide your schedule, here are a few sessions of note:

  • PAR9813 – Cloud Platform for Business Critical Applications
  • PAR9847 – vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers – Recipes for vCloud Air Network Success
  • PAR9814 – Building and Enabling a Hybrid Cloud with vCloud Director – A Perspective for Service Providers
  • PAR9848 – Hybrid Cloud Migration Strategies
  • PAR9815 – Hybrid Cloud Networking and Security Leverage NSX to extend Customers on-prem Data Centers and Secure their Applications in a Hybrid Cloud environment
  • PAR9851 – Hyper-converged, Software-Defined Storage: A New Profitable Revenue Path for Cloud Service Providers
  • PAR9816 – vCloud Availability: Enabling Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service for vCloud Air Network Service Providers

Add a Partner Exchange pass to your full VMworld registration for only $395, or purchase a pass to VMware Partner Exchange for $695.

Download the Partner Exchange Agenda to get a glimpse of the daily activities, helping to accommodate your travel plans to Las Vegas.

…know about Hybrid Cloud track breakout sessions. Hybrid Cloud track sessions at VMworld have the prefix “HBC” in their session name -here are a few that are relevant to the vCloud Air Network:

  • HBC7830 – Virtualize, Secure and Extend Your Data Center to the Cloud Using NSX: Perspective for Service Providers and End Users
  • HBC8226 – Why Cloud Networking and Security Matter – A Primer for Choosing Your Ideal Cloud Provider
  • HBC8503 – Taking VDI & Published Application Environments to the Next Level with App Volumes as a Service
  • HBC8799 – How OVH, vCloud Air Network Service Provider, is Using NSX to Easily Onboard your Workloads to the Cloud
  • HBC8861 – Getting the Most Out of Your Hybrid Cloud Service Provider

…know about the Solutions Exchange, which will feature several partners in the vCloud Air Network, including:

  • CSC
  • Fujitsu
  • IBM
  • Virtustream
  • CenturyLink
  • Rackspace
  • China Telecom
  • Iland Internet Solutions
  • NaviSite
  • PhoenixNAP

…know about the VMware Booth, featuring several demo stations of VMware solutions for vCloud Air Network partners and how they can benefit your business.

…know to have fun, network, and enjoy yourself. VMworld and VMware Partner Exchange is full of opportunities for you to take in learnings, best practices and much more. It’s also a great opportunity for you to network with your colleagues and have fun!

If you have any questions about these sessions or activities, tweet at us @VMwareSP, or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VMwareSP.

We’ll see you in Vegas! Get ready to be_TOMORROW!

The post vCloud Air Network at VMworld – What to Know Before You Go! appeared first on VMware Cloud Blog.

Aug 252016
 

#GameChangers:

a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way.

When Pokémon Go launched, they had over 100 million daily active users worldwide—within six days! This was game-changing for augmented reality. And game-changers don’t come around every day.

Innovative technology leaders must tackle things in a new way, see things that others don’t and demonstrate an uncanny ability to execute on their vision. This almost always means getting rid of the old way of doing things in favor of something new and much, much better.

We are excited to highlight our most innovative customer stories in a new series: #GameChangers.

These individuals and organizations leverage end-user computing (EUC) solutions to get truly great results and solve challenges in new and innovative ways. Sure, technology is a part of it (okay, maybe a really big part of it). But at the heart of it, it’s the IT organizations and individuals in them who move the needle and change the game.

This new #GameChangers series will give you a window into what challenges these organizations faced, how they tackled the problem and what this means to them and the people they serve. Watch out for our first #GameChangers feature story next month.

In the meantime, if you want to see some EUC #GameChangers in action, join these VMworld sessions to hear experts from across the globe share their stories.

  • Session 7678: Real-world examples using App Volumes, UEM, Mirage and vRealize Operations to deliver complete desktop, app, and user management and monitoring.
  • Session 7888: Why Does Siemens use high-performance desktops with VMware Horizon and NVIDIA GRID vGPU?
  • Session 8345: Mobilizing & Modernizing Government IT to Advance Missions: The Secure Digital Workspace for Government
  • Session 8938: Limitless Learning: Leveraging VMware technology to provide a digital learning and working environment for every student, faculty and staff.
  • Session 9160: Secure digital workspace of the future: Embracing the opportunities presented by enterprise mobility in financial services
  • Session 9388: Customer panel: How enterprises use VMware Identity Manager to enable their users to be productive on any device anywhere.

To follow our #GameChanger series, follow us on Twitter and subscribe at the top right of this page to get the stories right in your inbox.

Heading to VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas? You won’t want to miss the news and announcements in the VMware EUC Spotlight Session.

 

 

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Aug 252016
 

A hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) offers your organization several benefits by collapsing storage, compute, networking and management. But like any new technology, picking the best solution involves comparing vendors across a standard set of criteria. VMware recommends focusing on five key characteristics:

By ranking and evaluating HCI solutions against each of these criteria, you can choose the option that meets your needs but still allows for future growth. Our free buyers guide PDF goes into more detail on each of these five areas – and even provides a worksheet you can use during your research phase. Check it out today.

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Aug 252016
 

Warum Daten nicht im Zuge von Business Mobility in Gefahr geraten dürfen

Unternehmen weltweit möchten die Digitalisierung in ihrem Unternehmen umsetzen und so konkurrenzfähig zu bleiben – das beinhaltet auch, dass sie mobiler werden. Schließlich kann es keine digitale Transformation ohne Mobility geben. Zunehmende Unternehmensmobilität bedeutet, dass auch von außerhalb einer Organisation von unterschiedlichen Standorten und Geräten auf den Datenbestand zugegriffen werden kann. Gleichzeitig bedeutet das aber auch, dass es mehr Endpunkte gibt, an denen Hacker und Viren ansetze können und damit einhergehend auch ein höheres Risiko für eine Sicherheitslücke. Wird es also immer einen Kompromiss geben müssen?

Unsere neuesten Studienergebnisse zeigen jedenfalls, dass 65 Prozent der IT-Entscheidungsträger so stark unter Druck stehen, Mobility-Initiativen auf den Weg zu bringen, dass sie dafür kalkulierte Sicherheitsrisiken in Kauf nehmen. Die Mehrheit der Befragten (60 Prozent) ist der Meinung, dass die Vorteile der Unternehmensmobilität jegliche Sicherheitsprobleme wie Sicherheitslücken und damit verbundene Datenverluste rechtfertigen.

Laut der von VMware in Auftrag gegebenen Studie des Marktforschungsinstituts Vanson Bourne, geben mehr als zwei Drittel (68 Prozent) der befragten IT-Führungskräfte aus Deutschland an, dass ihre Mitarbeiter zunehmend mobile Arbeitsplätze einfordern. Fast ein Viertel (24 Prozent) ist der Meinung, dass mobiles Arbeiten die Produktivität steigert. Doch auch von höheren Hierarchieebenen wird Druck auf die IT-Entscheider aufgebaut: Mehr als 22 Prozent der IT-Führungskräfte fühlen sich von ihrem Management unter Druck gesetzt, damit diese Zugriff auf Unternehmensdaten vom eigenen mobilen Gerät aus erhalten – auch wenn dies gegen die Unternehmensrichtlinien verstößt.

Mehr als ein Drittel der Befragten (34 Prozent) gaben an, dass sie bei ihren eigenen Geräten mehr auf die Datensicherheit achten als bei ihrem Unternehmensgerät. Nur 36 Prozent der Mitarbeiter sind über sämtliche Mobilitätsrichtlinien ihres Unternehmens informiert. Die Mehrheit weiß somit nicht darüber Bescheid, ob und wann sie gegen diese verstoßen. Es ist also nicht weiter verwunderlich, dass IT-Entscheider zwischen allen Stühlen sitzen: einerseits sollen sie Unternehmensmobilität ermöglichen und vorantreiben, andererseits aber auch die Sicherheitsrichtlinien einhalten.

Es stellt sich also die Frage, was sie tun können, um die digitale Transformation in ihrem Unternehmen umzusetzen, Unternehmensmobilität zu ermöglichen und gleichzeitig keine Kompromisse bei der IT-Sicherheit einzugehen.

Es geht um das ‚UND’: Es müssen Lösungen wie VMware Horizon entwickelt werden, die es dem IT-Team ermöglichen, die Mitarbeiter mobil zu machen und gleichzeitig sicherzustellen, dass die unternehmenseigenen Daten gleichzeitig sicher sind. Es dürfen keine Kompromisse mehr eingegangen werden. Mit Horizon können Unternehmen eine Sicherheitsdefinierte Architektur mit individuellen Zugriffsrechten integrieren. IT Teams behalten so den Überblick und die vollständige Kontrolle. Unternehmen müssen sichere digitale Arbeitsplätze zur Verfügung stellen, mit denen die Nutzer entsprechend ihrer Zugriffsrechte alle Daten auf allen Geräten zur Verfügung haben – ohne Abstriche bei der IT Sicherheit machen zu müssen.

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