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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

vRealize Automation 7 Distributed Installation


Configure vSphere Agent in vRealize Automation

vSphere Agent is needed for communicating with vSphere Endpoint in vRA. There are chances of human errors while installing the vSphere Agent. For Example endpoint name is not configured correctly while Installing Agent. Now we want to rectify it.

In this demo, I will discuss how to rectify this endpoint name and how to change virtual machine deletion policy.


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

VMware vSphere 6.7 Announced

vSphere 6.7 is announced today. If you are looking for summary of what's new in vSphere 6.7, check this blog post:-
http://vsphere-land.com/news/summary-of-whats-new-in-vsphere-6-7.html

Monday, 16 April 2018

VMware Configuration Maximums Tool - New Tool Alert

VMware has announced Web-based Configuration Maximum Tool. As of now you can compare vSphere Versions (6.0, 6.5 and 6.5 U1) and you can check configuration maximum limits of these three versions.


Why one should check VMware Configuration Maximums
This Configuration Maximums provides the recommended configuration limits for VMware products. When you configure, deploy and operate your virtual and physical equipment, it is highly recommended you stay at or below the maximums supported by your product. The limits presented in the tool are tested, recommended limits, and are fully supported by VMware.

How to Use this Tool
2. Click on Get Started
 
 
 3. If you are looking for specific vSphere version config max you can select it from left panel as shown in below given screenshot


4. If you want to compare configuration maximums of two different version, you can do it also from this web-based tool and even you can export this comparison in to an excel file.



Thursday, 29 March 2018

Impact of Resource Deletion in vSphere when vRA is Using same Resource

Scenario from Customer : What is the impact of resource deletion from vSphere (Example Portgroup or Datastore), If it is used by vRA Reservation.
Answer:- 
1. Resource can no longer be used by vRA, Any deployment using this resource will be failed.
2. Is there any warning message at Reservation Level even after data collection = "No"
In my example i have deleted a portgroup from vCenter that my Reservation was using, i took this screenshot after portgroup deletion and data collection:-



3. Is there any log entry generated in IaaS logs = "Yes"



vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 1.0 - Technical Walkthrough


Youtube Link:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDSSvSrpn2o

Troubleshooting Tips for vRealize Automation 7

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

vRealize Automation 7.3 and HA Configuration

vRealize Automation Appliance

The vRealize Automation appliance supports active-active high availability for all components except the appliance database. Starting with the 7.3 release, database failover is automatic if three nodes are deployed and synchronous replication is configured between two nodes. When vRealize Automation appliance detects database failure, it promotes a suitable database server to be the master. You can monitor and manage the appliance database on the Virtual Appliance Management Console vRA Settings > Database tab.

vRealize Automation Directories Management

Each vRealize Automation appliance includes a connector that supports user authentication, although only one connector is typically configured to perform directory synchronization. It does not matter which connector you choose to serve as the sync connector. To support Directories Management high availability, you must configure a second connector that corresponds to your second vRealize Automation appliance, which connects to your Identity Provider and points to the same Active Directory. With this configuration, if one appliance fails, the other takes over management of user authentication.
In a high availability environment, all nodes must serve the same set of Active Directories, users, authentication methods, etc. The most direct method to accomplish this is to promote the Identity Provider to the cluster by setting the load balancer host as the Identity Provider host. With this configuration, all authentication requests are directed to the load balancer, which forwards the request to either connector as appropriate.

Infrastructure Web Server

The Infrastructure Web server components all support active-active high availability. To enable high availability for these components, place them under a load balancer.

Infrastructure Manager Service

The manager service component supports active-passive high availability. To enable high availability for this component, place two manager services under a load balancer. In vRealize Automation 7.3 and newer, failover is automatic.
If the active manager service fails, stop the Windows service, if it is not already stopped under the load balancer. Enable the passive manager service and restart the Windows service under the load balancer.

Agents

Agents support active-active high availability. For information about configuring agents for high availability, see the vRealize Automationconfiguration documentation. Check the target service for high availability.

Distributed Execution Manager Worker

A Distributed Execution Manager (DEM) running under the Worker role supports active-active high availability. If a DEM Worker instance fails, the DEM Orchestrator detects the failure and cancels workflows that the DEM Worker instance is running. When the DEM Worker instance comes back online, it detects that the DEM Orchestrator has canceled the workflows of the instance and stops running them. To prevent workflows from being canceled prematurely, leave a DEM Worker instance offline for several minutes before you cancel its workflows.

Distributed Execution Manager Orchestrator

DEMs running under the Orchestrator role support active-active high availability. When a DEM Orchestrator starts, it searches for another running DEM Orchestrator.
  • If it finds no DEM Orchestrator instances running, it starts running as the primary DEM Orchestrator.
  • If it does find another running DEM Orchestrator, it monitors the other primary DEM Orchestrator to detect an outage.
  • If it detects an outage, it takes over as the primary instance.
When the previous primary instance comes online again, it detects that another DEM Orchestrator has taken over its role as primary and monitors for failure of the primary Orchestrator instance.

MSSQL Database Server for Infrastructure Components

vRealize Automation supports SQL AlwaysON groups only with Microsoft SQL Server 2016. When installing SQL Server 2016, the database must be created in 100 mode. If you use an older version of Microsoft SQL Server, use a Failover Cluster instance with shared disks. For more information on configuring SQL AlwaysOn groups with MSDTC,

vRealize Orchestrator

An internal highly-available instance of vRealize Orchestrator is supplied as part of the vRealize Automation appliance.
Reference Link:-
https://docs.vmware.com/en/vRealize-Automation/7.3/com.vmware.vra.install.upgrade.doc/GUID-71F3A54E-F054-4255-9F7A-E58774B81D95.html

Friday, 23 March 2018

Dashboard in VMware vROPS 6.6 To Get Info about Guest OS Configured at VM vs Installed Guest OS

One of my customer was looking for the dashboard with difference in between Configured Guest OS and Actually Installed Guest OS. I have recorded a video on this requirement. Check the video from here:-

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Modify Polling Interval in VMware vROPS 6.6

How can you modify the polling interval in vROPS 6.6, check this video:-


VMware vROPS 6.6 Custom Groups Integration with vSphere Tags


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Introduction of VMware vROPS 6.6 User Interfaces

Understanding of vROPS UI is very important as this is first place from where you start your environment configuration. I have new video at my youtube channel. You can watch it from here:-




Friday, 16 March 2018

Demo Alert: VMware Content Library in vSphere 6.5

Content Library is not new in vSphere 6.5, although there are notable improvements in content library in this version. I have uploaded a new video at my YouTube Channel with Demo. You can watch it from here:-



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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

VMware Cloud Foundation Architecture Poster 2.3

VCF (VMware Cloud Foundation) is a fully automated, hyper-converged software stack that includes compute, storage, networking and cloud management. Because VCF has so many tightly integrated products, it is important to understand the architecture of these components and how together they create the Software-Defined Data Center. The creation of this poster allows us to give you a visual perspective to the underlying architectural elements.

This new poster focuses on the addition of the vRealize Suite management software that is now deployed with VCF 2.3.

Download it from here:
https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-37767