Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple - AVS

CloudSimple provides native VMware Private Clouds as-a-Service from the Azure Public Cloud.


Microsoft Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple is an Azure service that allows you to run VMware workloads natively on Azure. Microsoft provides and supports the management systems, networking services, operating platform, and backend infrastructure required to run VMware environments at scale in Azure.

With this solution, you can deploy VMware workloads on a dedicated, high-performance, and single-tenant environment on Azure. This means you can provision, expand, and shrink your VMware infrastructure on demand in minutes while continuing to operate your VMware environment on Azure the same way you do on-premises. Leverage Azure economies of scale without the complexity of rearchitecting your applications—and, you can modernize and enhance your applications at your own pace.The solution is supported, verified, and certified by VMware.

CloudSimple enables enterprise customers to stop managing their own data centers and move their traditional workloads into public clouds, such as Azure. While new applications are designed to be cloud-native and are suitable for public clouds – with application-layer redundancy, use of software-defined infrastructure and usage of PaaS – most existing on-premise applications are not suitable for migration to the public clouds. A vast majority of such on-premise applications run on VMware-based private clouds. By offering native VMware stack as-a-service, CloudSimple is able to move and host such traditional workloads in the public cloud data centers non-disruptively.

Azure Vmware solution by cloudsimple feature

Seamlessly transition from your datacenter to Azure with these  Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple capabilities.

Native VMware vSphere support - Redeploy, extend, and run VMware workloads in Azure without rearchitecting your environment or converting your vSphere VMs.

Full compatibility with VMware tools
- Leverage VMware tools and products you know, including vCenter, vSphere Client, vMotion, vRealize Operations, Power CLI, among others.

Bundled VMware products - Use built-in VMware vSphere, vSAN, and NSX-T.
Fully featured networking stack Support existing VMware environment networking capabilities.

Dedicated, isolated, single tenant - Use a self-service, automated service running on a dedicated, isolated, and single-tenant environment in Azure. 

Self-service provisioning - Add or remove Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) hosts with one click using integrated management with Azure Resource Manager (ARM).

Optimized elastic infrastructure - Access a high-performance, VMware-optimized infrastructure that can be rightsized to match your application requirements.

Support for high levels of security and encryption - Encrypt your data at rest and in transit using your keys

Azure Active Directory (AD) - integration Rely on Azure AD as your VMware vCenter Single Sign-On identity source.

Highly secure, high-speed, low-latency connectivity to Azure - Choose from a variety of connectivity options, including Azure ExpressRoute and VPN services, for a reliable, high-speed, low-latency connectivity to Azure.

DevOps tool chain support - Receive support for the most popular DevOps tool chains (e.g., Terraform, Jenkins, Puppet, Chef, and others) to help automate your IT environment.

Unified management - Discover unified management across Azure and VMware that enables you to use familiar Azure capabilities (Portal, CLI, and ARM templates) along with your VMware toolset. Manage both Azure and VMware resources using ARM for the first time.

Azure vmware solution reduce the datacenter footprint via “one-time redeploy-ment” of VMware-based virtual machines while decreasing the overall on-premises infrastructure. Customers can “lift and shift” vSphere-based workloads to Azure in a non- disruptive, automated, scalable, highly available fashion without changing the underlying vSphere hypervisor or the network, security, or data protection police.

I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

vSphere 6.7 - To sync VM templates using Content Library

Most of us have stored VMware content such as ISO images, OVF VMs, OVA VMs and valuable scripts on a local or remote data store to build out Windows Virtual Machines (VMs), ESXi hosts or Linux VMs. The content is accessible to anyone with admin rights to the vCenter environment on which the content is hosted. So anyone with access to the vCenter and its datastore can initiate an unauthorized VM build with unprotected VMware content.

Syncing of native VM templates (vmtx) between Content Libraries is available when vCenter Server is configured for Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM). Published libraries are now subscriber aware allowing newly published items to replicate to other subscribed Content Libraries.

Option Description
Local content library  A the local content library is accessible only in the vCenter Server instance where you create it by default. 
Subscribed content library A subscribed content library originates from a published content library. Use this option to take advantage of already existing content libraries.
You can sync the subscribed library with the published library to see up-to-date content, but you cannot add or remove content from the subscribed library. Only an administrator of the published library can add, modify, and remove contents from the published library.

  • Using the content library to Publish (Sync) a native VM Template (vmtx) to Subscriber Libraries in vCenter Server Appliance 6.7.
  •  List of Content Libraries accessible to the vCenter Server. Click on the Local Library named "OnPrem-Publisher".

  • Select image temp - We have 3 templates displayed, two OVF, and one VMTX. To Publish (Sync) the VMTX template to subscriber libraries, select the VMTX template named "Win2012-tmp".
  •  The details of the VMTX Template is displayed. Click Actions to continue.  

  • Once the Subscriber Library is selected, clicking Publish will sync the VMTX template from the Local Content Library over to the Subscriber Library.

  • Click Publish to sync this VMTX template from the local Content Library over to the Subscriber Library.

  • Alternatively, we can also publish VMTX templates directly from the Local Library view versus the template details page. Click the radio button checkbox to select the Subscriber Library to publish to.

  • This is intended to notify that only VMTX templates will be published to the Subscriber Library. Click Publish to continue. 
  • We can also verify that the template made it over to the Content Library by clicking on the Subscriber Library named "VC-026 Lib"


  • Review the current templates in the Subscriber Library. Here we can see that our VMTX (VM Template) has synchronized to the Subscriber Content Library (VC-026 Lib) from the local Content Library.

  • Once synchronization completes, all templates can be seen from this view. If there are other files in Content Library that you need to review, click Other Types to see them.

  • Other file types include items such as ISOs, text files, etc.

I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!

Monday, December 9, 2019

VMware Skyline Health for vSAN

VMware Skyline Health for vSAN, which unifies two in-product support offerings, vSAN Health and Skyline. Users will experience less downtime due to new, proactive Skyline notifications as well as resolve issues faster from a single source of support. Skyline Health for vSAN provides self-service findings for configuration, patches, upgrades, and security for vSAN 6.7 and later. All customers with active support are entitled to Skyline Health for vSAN.
For customers that want a more holistic proactive support experience, VMware also offers Skyline Advisor proactive support experience for customers with Production and Premier support subscriptions. Skyline Advisor includes cross-product support for vSphere, vSAN, NSX, vROps, Horizon and auto-tags VVD, VMware Cloud Foundation as well as for Dell EMC VxRail, a jointly engineered hyper-converged system. Skyline Advisor extends proactive support to older versions of VMware products, supporting vSphere versions back to 5.5. Customers also get LogAssist, which automates the collection of logs in the event of a support request. Premier support customers receive all of those key capabilities plus advanced findings, and white-glove troubleshooting and remediation.

I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!

Monday, November 25, 2019

ESXi build 6.0,6.5 and 6.7 New Builds Released

VMware has released new builds of ESXi 6.0, 6.5 and 6.7, this is bug fixes, and security fixes, including new Intel CPU microcodes.

The ESXi 6.7, also includes a fix for “Sensor -1 type hardware health alarms” that may fill the vCenter SEAT database disk and other fixes.

The ESXi 6.0 also includes a fix for the CBT corruption on Revert Snapshots.

See the release notes for each version here:

Release notes ESXi 6.0.
Release notes ESXi 6.5.
Release notes ESXi 6.7.

I will share the updated information shortly. I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Free stuff from VMware, a new ebook, Service Mesh For Dummies

VMware have very kindly made available for download a free ebook called Service Mesh For Dummies.

The book covers the following:

The book is downloaded in PDF format, it consists of 6 chapters over 65 pages.

The book is authored by Niran Even-Chen, Oren Penso, and Susan Wu

The six chapters are.
  •     The Rise of Microservices and Cloud-Native Architecture
  •     Service Mesh: A New Paradigm
  •     Service Mesh Use Cases
  •     Recognizing Complexity Challenges in Service Mesh
  •     Transforming the Multi-Cloud Network with NSX Service Mesh
  •     Ten (Or So) Resources to Help You Get Started with Service Mesh
The book is available from VMware

I will share the update information shortly. I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!

Monday, October 21, 2019

vSphere 6.0 Reaches End Of General Support (EOGS) in March 2020

We would like to remind you that the End of General Support (EOGS) for vSphere 6.0 and the below listed products is March 12, 2020.

This includes the following releases:

  • vCenter Server 6.0
  • vCenter Update Manager 6.0
  • ESXi 6.0
  • Site Recovery Manager 6.0 and 6.1
  • vSAN 6.0, 6.1 and 6.2
  • vSphere Data Protection 6.0 and 6.1
  • vSphere Replication 6.0 and 6.1

Learn more about VMware’s Lifecycle Support dates at vmware.com/go/lifecycle.

To maintain your full level of Support and Subscription Services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5 or 6.7. Note that by upgrading to vSphere 6.5 or 6.7 you not only get all the latest capabilities of vSphere but also the latest vSAN release and capabilities (with the separate vSAN license that is). You can learn more about vSphere 6.7 through a series of blog posts available here

If you are unable to upgrade from vSphere 6.0 before EOGS and are active on Support and Subscription Services, you may purchase Extended Support in one-year increments for up to two years beyond the EOGS date. Visit VMware Extended Support for more information.

Technical Guidance for vSphere 6.0 is available until March 12, 2022 primarily through the self-help portal. During the Technical Guidance phase, VMware will not offer new hardware support, server/client/guest OS updates, new security patches or bug fixes unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit VMware Lifecycle Support Phases.

Upgrading to vSphere 6.7

For more information on the benefits of upgrading and how to upgrade, visit the VMware vSphere Upgrade Center. For detailed technical guidance, visit vSphere Central. VMware has extended general support for vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 to a full five years from date of release, which will end on November 15, 2021. This same date applies to vSphere 6.7 end of general support as well.

If you require assistance upgrading to a newer version of vSphere, VMware’s vSphere Upgrade Service is available. This service delivers a comprehensive guide to upgrading your virtual infrastructure including recommendations for planning and testing the upgrade, the actual upgrade itself, validation guidance, and rollback procedures. For more information, contact your VMware account team

I will share the update information shortly. I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

VMware Ports and Protocols

VMware recently released new called VMware Ports and protocol tool. The tool documents all network ports and protocols required for communication source and target for listed VMware products.

  • vSphere
  • vSAN
  • NSX for vSphere
  • vRealize Network Insight
  • vRealize Operations Managers
  • vRealize Automation


I will share the update information shortly. I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!

Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple - AVS

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