Kumpulan Session “menarik” di VMworld 2015 San Fransisco

Berikut ini adalah beberapa session yang menurut saya termasuk yang sangat menarik saat session VMworld di San Fransisco kemarin.

Beruntung sekali VMware meng-upload beberapa video dari beberapa session yang ditampilkan disana :

1. vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) Best Practices & Tips/Trick – by William Lam (http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/)

  • Pembahasan mengenai Enhancement yang ada di VCSA 6U1
  • Proses Instalasi dan Upgrade VCSA 6U1
  • Konfigurasi VCSA 6U1
  • Operations VCSA 6U1
  • Troubleshooting instalasi dan operasional VCSA 6U1
  • Proses Migrasi vCenter 6U1

Check out Youtube videonya disini :


Kind Regards,
Doddi Priyambodo

Penjelasan mengenai my Computer Home Lab Facility untuk explore VMware Technology

Pada posting kali ini, saya ingin menampilkan home lab yang saya miliki untuk mengeksplorasi fitur2 VMware yang sangat banyak. Memiliki home lab yang “mumpuni” adalah penting bagi saya yang saat ini hidup dari dunia IT, lebih spesifiknya yaitu “IT Cloud” 😉

Ada tiga opsi yang saat  ini saya miliki untuk membuat Home Lab. Opsi pertama, yaitu menggunakan:
1). Public Cloud yang disediakan secara free oleh my company buat para employee-nya around the world. Cool!!!
2). Personal Home Lab yang disediakan oleh “kebaikan hati” istri saya yang mengijinkan saya untuk membeli ini
3). Portable Laptop yang disediakan kantor sebagai fasilitas resmi buat kerja dengan spesifikasi yang gahar! (beratnya juga gahar!!!)

Public cloud yang saya gunakan, tidak akan saya jelaskan lebih detail di posting ini. Tapi intinya fitur ini menggunakan produk dari VMware, yaitu VMware vCloud Director. Even though ada public cloud, tetapi personal home lab tetap saya gunakan karena koneksi internet di Indonesia (read, my home) is not stable enough untuk 100% relying on public cloud.

Berikut ini adalah deskripsi my home lab yang saya gunakan untuk “ngoprek” beberapa teknologi dari VMware, Oracle, Microsoft, RedHat, Quest, open source stuffs, dan beberapa produk lainnya yang menunjang hasrat hands-on-experience saya.

1. My Home Lab (PC Rakitan, baca: ngerakit berdua di toko komputer bareng kokoh mangga dua – what a memorable experience)

These are the Spec :
Category Description Comment
Merk Rakitan piece by piece hasil browsing yang cukup lama per-komponen
Processor Intel Core i7 3770K Ivy Bridge 4 Core @2 Thread 3,8 GHz Yeahhh!!!!
Memory V-Gen DDR3 16 GB Not enough right now, need 32 GB
Disk SATA III Seagate 2 TB Not enough right now, need SSD
VGA Card Digital Alliance NVidia GeForce 2 GB 128 Bit This is Spartaaaa!!!
Motherboard Gigabyte LGA 1155 OK
DVD Samsung DVD Writer OK
Webcam + Mic Logitech C120 buat video Skype-an sama keluarga
Casing Simbadda Simcool OK
Keyboard + Mouse Logitech MK200 + Dell mouse OK
Monitor LG LED 22″ Full HD + TV buat nonton Indovision kalau rebutan TV di luar
Wireless Router TP-LINK buat create wireless network di rumah
Internet Modem ProLink HSPA just in case kalau wifi internet mati, so move to 3G
Game Joystick 🙂 Wireless Havit I am a Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) Champion! 😉
2. My Portable Lab (Office Laptop, aka si GIANT)
Category Description Comment
Merk Dell Precission M4800 Making Michael Dell richer
Processor Intel® Core™ i7-4900 MQ CPU @ 2.80 GHz Super Nice, isn’t it?
Memory 32 GB Super Duper Nice, isn’t it?
Disk Full SSD 500 GB I am okay with it 🙂
VGA Card Nvidia Quadro K2100M 4 GB 128 Bit Sayang gak boleh install game di komputer kerja 😉
OS Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 Biasanya lebih banyak buka VMware Workstation
DVD Built in OK
Webcam + Mic Built in Skype
Physical Mobile Laptop wih weight of 3.2 Kg bisa buat punggung jadi sakit kalau backpack
Monitor 15.6in panel super crisp, at 3,200 x 1,800 very clear and bright display
Wanna Upgrade my Home Lab!
Beberapa hari ini saya lagi “ngiler” dengan home-lab one of my best friend teman seperjuangan di VMware “Bayu Wibowo” yang baru saja purchase home lab-nya (kemarin baru datang) yang aduhai spec-nya dan yang penting murah biaya opex-nya (read, electricity consumption). Saatnya bikin proposal ke istri nih, kalau perlu pakai hitung2an TCO and ROI yang dipresentasikan secara formal 😀

Berikut ini adalah spec hardware yang dimiliki beliau:

3 buah SlimPC Shuttle DS81 (http://global.shuttle.com/news/productsDetail?productId=1767), dengan spesifikasi untuk tiap node sebagai berikut: –price list +/- Rp 8jt for each

Processor Intel® Core™ i3-4160 Processor 3.60 GHz
Hitachi 1TB SATA3 16MB 7200RPM
Plextor PCIe SSD M6M 128GB
Kingston SO-DIMM DDR3 16GB PC12800

atau sebenarnya bisa juga dengan pilihan menggunakan Intel-NUC (http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/nuc/overview.html) yang lebih “cantik” bentuknya (tapi agak lebih mahal).:

Finally…, Mamiii ada yang mau Papi omongin sebentar 🙂

 

Kind Regards,
Doddi Priyambodo

CentOS 7. Which installer need to Download: Minimal, DVD, or Everything?

Size of CentOS 7 iso. To determine which package that you want to install/download (DVD, Everything, or Minimal).

4.0G CentOS-7-x86_64-DVD-1503-01.iso
7.1G CentOS-7-x86_64-Everything-1503-01.iso
696M CentOS-7-x86_64-LiveCD-1503.iso
1.0G CentOS-7-x86_64-LiveGNOME-1503.iso
1.2G CentOS-7-x86_64-LiveKDE-1503.iso
636M CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1503-01.iso
360M CentOS-7-x86_64-NetInstall-1503.iso

Better to start with minimal, and add package needed with yum install package later on after installation.

 

Kind Regards,
Doddi Priyambodo

Koleksi Useful Links / Booklet untuk VMware

 

Berikut ini saya lampirkan koleksi links yang bagus untuk dibaca-baca mengenai VMware.

 

USEFUL URLS :

  •  VMware Products Feature Walkthrough
    http://featurewalkthrough.vmware.com/
  •  VMware Knowledgebase:
    http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/microsite.do
  •  VMware Documentation:
    https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/
  •  Security Hardening Guide:
    https://www.vmware.com/security/hardening-guides
  •  VMware Compatibility Guide:
    http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php
  •  VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes:
    http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/sim/interop_matrix.php
  •  Guest Operating System Installation Guide:
    http://partnerweb.vmware.com/GOSIG/home.html
  •  Technical White Papers:
    http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/resources/
  •  VMware Security Advisories:
    http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/
  •  VMware Community:
    https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vmug/forums/asia_pacific
  •  VMware Blog:
    http://blogs.vmware.com/
  •  VMware Education:
    http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrreg/index.cfm
  •  My Learn Portal for Education and certification
    https://mylearn.vmware.com/
  •  Hands on Lab (HOL)
    http://hol.vmware.com
  •  My VMware Portal
    https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/login
  •  Technical Publication Glossary
    https://www.vmware.com/pdf/master_glossary.pdf

 

USEFUL TECHNICAL WHITEPAPER

  •  VMware Software-Defined Data Center
    https://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/10471
  •  What’s New in VMware vSphere 6 – Performance
    https://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/10485
  •  Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 6.0
    https://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/10480
  •  vSphere Upgrade Center:
    https://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/upgrade-center/overview
  •  vCenter 6.0 Deployment Guide
    https://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vmware-vcenter-server6-deployment-guide.pdf
  •  vCenter Server 6 Deployment Topologies and High Availability
    http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2015/03/vcenter-server-6-topology-ha.html
  •  vCenter Single Sign-On and Platform Services Controller High Availability Compatibility Matrix (2112736)
    http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2112736
  •  vCenter Platform Controller Service FAQs
    http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2113115
  •  Configuring PSC 6.0 High Availability for vSphere 6.0 using vCenter Server 6.0 Appliance (2113315)
    http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2113315
  •  vCenter Server 6.0 Availability Guide
    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/VMware-vCenter-Server6-Availability-Guide.pdf
  •  Security of the VMware vSphere Hypervisor
    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vmw-wp-secrty-vsphr-hyprvsr-uslet-101.pdf
  •  Microsoft SQL Server and VMware Virtual Infrastructure
    https://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/10002
  •  Best Practices for Performance Tuning of Telco and NFV Workloads in vSphere
    https://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/10479
  •  Using “esxtop” to Troubleshoot Performance Problems
    https://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/436
  •  VMware Horizon View and All Flash Virtual SAN Reference Architecture
    https://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/10484
  •  Virtualizing Microsoft Applications on VMware Virtual SAN
    https://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/10478

 

Business Critical Application Virtualization Guides

  •  Microsoft SQL
    https://www.vmware.com/business-critical-apps/sql-virtualization/microsoft-support.html
  •  Microsoft Exchange
    https://www.vmware.com/business-critical-apps/exchange/index.html
  •  Microsoft Sharepoint
    https://www.vmware.com/business-critical-apps/sharepoint-virtualization/index.html
  •  SAP
    https://www.vmware.com/business-critical-apps/sap-virtualization/index.html
  •  Oracle
    https://www.vmware.com/business-critical-apps/oracle-virtualization/resources.html
  •  Java
    https://www.vmware.com/business-critical-apps/enterprise-java-app/resources.html

 

VREALIZE OPERATIONS INSIGHT

  1.  Official enterprise management blogs
    http://blogs.vmware.com/management/
  2.  Official video
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKON30YeSGIeqsueMYgEa9A
  3.  Useful resources
    http://www.vmware.com/products/vrealize-suite/resources.html
  4.  Solution Exchange
    https://solutionexchange.vmware.com/store/category_groups/cloud-management
  5.  Hands-on Lab for Management products
    http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/catalog/128
  6.  Technical blogs by VMware or customers
    o http://sflanders.net/ is world #1 blog for Log Insight. Steven is the Product Architect for Log Insight.
    o http://virtual10.com/ by Manny Sidhu, a Virtualization architect working for a global bank.
    o http://vxpresss.blogspot.sg/ by Sunny Dua, VMware PSO Consultant and CTO Ambassador.
    o http://virtual-red-dot.info by Iwan Rahabok, VMware SE and CTO Ambassador.

 

Thanks. Semoga berguna.

 

Kind Regards,

Doddi Priyambodo.

VMware vSphere 6 Public Documentation

Berikut ini adalah dokumentasi resmi mengenai vSphere 6. Bisa di-download langsung dari VMware website.

Silahkan dinikmati : (http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/index.jsp)

 

ESXi and vCenter Server 6.0 Product Guides
vSphere Installation and Setup [pdf | epub | mobi]
vSphere Upgrade [pdf | epub | mobi]
vSphere vCenter Server and Host Management [pdf | epub | mobi]
vSphere vCenter Server Appliance Configuration [pdf | epub | mobi]
vSphere Virtual Machine Administration [pdf | epub| mobi]
vSphere Host Profiles [pdf | epub | mobi]
vSphere Networking [pdf | epub | mobi]
vSphere Storage [pdf | epub | mobi]
vSphere Security [pdf | epub | mobi]
vSphere Resource Management [pdf | epub | mobi]
vSphere Availability [pdf | epub | mobi]
vSphere Monitoring and Performance [pdf | epub| mobi]
vSphere Administration with the vSphere Client [pdf | epub | mobi]
vSphere Troubleshooting [pdf | epub | mobi]

 

vSphere Update Manager 6.0 Product Guides
Installing and Administering VMware vSphere Update Manager [pdf | epub | mobi]
Reconfiguring VMware vSphere Update Manager [pdf | epub | mobi]
Sizing Estimator for vSphere Update Manager [xls]
VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 Product Guides
Administering VMware Virtual SAN [pdf | epub | mobi]
vSphere Data Protection 6.0 Product Guides
vSphere Data Protection Administration Guide 6.0 [pdf]
Other Resources for vSphere 6.0
vSphere Management Assistant Guide [pdf]

There are other documents related to vSphere and vCenter. You can google it and eat them all 🙂

Note:

– untuk instalasi dan penjelasan vSphere 6, ada blog bagus dari Derek Seaman >>> (http://www.derekseaman.com/2015/02/vsphere-6-0-install-pt-1-introduction.html)

 

Thank you.

 

Kumpulan Knowledge Based penting untuk VMware vSphere 6.0

Saat ini sudah launch beberapa bulan yang lalu vSphere 6.0, tetapi saat ini masih banyak pengguna vSphere yang masih menggunakan versi 5.5. Jadi kumpulan knowledge based ini sangat berguna untuk me-recap apa saja yang KB yang penting untuk versi 5.5 ini.

With this in mind, we have created the following list of Knowledgebase articles that are brand new, or have been updated for vSphere 5.5 You’ll notice lots of best practices KBs here.

The first grouping contains absolute ‘must know’ information, the second grouping gets a bit more into details.

Also not to be missed:

Taken from: http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/2013/09/vsphere-5-5-is-here-kbs-you-need-to-know-about.html

High Level Best Practice Configuration yang perlu dicek untuk VMware vSphere Production Environment

Berikut ini ada beberapa konfigurasi best practice yang perlu dicek untuk mengetahui apakah environment VMware yang anda miliki saat ini sudah appropriate atau  tidak untuk production level. Ini adalah guidance secara high level saja. Untuk detailnya perlu dijelaskan lebih lanjut, mudah2an dapat saya teruskan untuk beberapa komponen dibawah ini.

Component Recommended Action Item
Compute Configure firewall rules and ports according to best practices.
Compute VMware vSphere ESXi Shell and SSH access should be configured per the customer security and manageability requirements.
Datacenter Use vCenter Server roles, groups, and permissions to provide appropriate access and authorization to the VMware virtual infrastructure. Avoid using Windows built-in groups (Administrators).
Datacenter Tasks and Events Retention Policy set in the environment.
Datacenter Size with HA host failure considerations.
Datacenter Set up redundancy for the management port (either using a separate vmnic or a separate uplink) and an alternate isolation response gateway address (if appropriate) for more reliability in HA isolation detection.
Datacenter Maintain compatible and homogeneous (CPU and memory) hosts within a cluster to support the required functionality for vMotion, vSphere DRS, VMware vSphere Distributed Power Management (DPM), VMware vSphere HA, and vSphere FT.
Network Verify that there is redundancy in networking paths and components to avoid single points of failure. For example, provide at least two paths to each network.
Network Configure networking consistently across all hosts in a cluster.
Network If jumbo frames are enabled, verify that jumbo frame support is enabled on all intermediate devices and that there is no MTU mismatch.
Network Minimize differences in the number of active NICs across hosts within a cluster.
Network Configure networks so that there is separation of traffic (physical or logical using VLANs).
Network Use DV Port Groups to apply policies to traffic flow types and to provide Rx bandwidth controls through the use of Traffic Shaping.
Network Use Load-Based Teaming (LBT) to balance virtual machine network traffic across multiple uplinks.
Network Use Network I/O Control (NetIOC) to prioritize traffic on 10GbE network uplinks.
Network Adjust load balancing settings from the default virtual port ID only if necessary.
Storage Minimize differences in datastores visible across hosts within the same cluster or vMotion scope.
Storage NFS and iSCSI storage traffic should be separated physically (for performance) and logically (for security).
Virtual Machines Limit use of snapshots, and when using snapshots limit them to short-term use.
Virtual Machines Verify that VMware Tools is installed, running, and up to date for running virtual machines.
Virtual Machines Verify that virtual machines meet the requirements for vSphere vMotion.
Compute Avoid unnecessary changes to advanced parameter settings.
Datacenter Enable bidirectional CHAP authentication for iSCSI traffic so that CHAP authentication secrets are unique.
Datacenter Disconnect vSphere Clients from the vCenter Server when they are no longer needed.
Datacenter Maintain compatible virtual hardware versions for virtual machines to support vMotion.
Licensing Verify that adequate licenses are available for vCenter Server instances.
Licensing Verify that adequate CPU licenses are available for ESXi hosts.
Network Distribute vmnics for a port group across different PCI buses for greater redundancy.
Network Change port group security default settings for Forged Transmits, Promiscuous Mode, and MAC Address Changes to Reject unless the application requires the defaults.
Storage Use shared storage for virtual machines instead of local storage.
Storage Size datastores appropriately.
Storage Allocate space on shared datastores for templates and media/ISOs separately from datastores for virtual machines.
Storage Use Storage I/O Control (SIOC) to prioritize high importance virtual machine traffic.
Virtual Machines As a security enhancement initiative, disable certain unexposed features.
Virtual Machines Limit sharing console connections if there are security concerns.
Virtual Machines Allocate only as much virtual hardware as required for each virtual machine. Disable any unused or unnecessary or unauthorized virtual hardware devices.
Virtual Machines Consider using the latest virtual hardware version to take advantage of additional capabilities.
Virtual Machines Use the latest version of VMXNET that is supported by the guest operating system.
Virtual Machines Use reservations and limits selectively on virtual machines that need it. Don’t set reservations too high or limits too low.
Virtual Machines Select the correct guest operating system type in the virtual machine configuration to match the guest operating system.

Kind Regards,
Doddi Priyambodo

 

Bagaimana cara belajar VMware untuk Pemula? (VMware Tutorial Indonesia)

Jika ingin belajar megenai product VMware, berikut ini adalah link public yang bisa dibuka dan dapat menjadi reference :

1. Official Website VMware (http://www.vmware.com), ada banyak public material yang di-share disana.

2. VMwareTV di youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/vmwaretv), referensi video-nya bagus dan silahkan lanjut  browsing ke beberapa channels disana

3. Website kumpulan video (http://www.vmwarelearning.com), kumpulan video-video yang sangat bagus

4. VMware Feature walk through (http://featurewalkthrough.vmware.com), tutorial step by step untuk VMware for newbie

5. Laboratorium Virtual di Cloud! (http://labs.hol.vmware.com/), one word from me: “WOW!”

6. Subscribe blog ini regularly 🙂

7. Join VMware Class di authorized training yang tersebar di Indonesia

8. Ada beberapa resources internal  (ex:vault portal) yang aksesnya hanya dimiliki oleh VMware Employee dan VMware Partner. Coba berkenalan dan tanyakan ke mereka, mungkin ada beberapa public material yang bisa di-share oleh mereka.

 

Kind Regards,
Doddi Priyambodo

Cloning Microsoft SQL Server from a Template

SQL Server

There are several things that we need to do to deploy Microsoft SQL Server database using standardized template.

The items can be read fully from these blogs :

So, the options are :

  1. Run several PowerCLI scripts after the deployment (execute via SysPrep or vRealize Orchestrator)
  2. Use VMware Application Service and automate the deployment via vRealize Automation

 

Kind Regards,
Doddi Priyambodo

What Will SysAdmins Do in the Automated Cloud Future?

What Will SysAdmins Do in the Automated Cloud Future?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Nobody would dispute that system administrators have been integral to keeping IT environments running. But that hasn’t stopped people from wondering whether sysadmins will still have a role in a future world of highly automated clouds.

They will, and it will be just as critical. But that role will also be very different.

Today, sysadmins are all about the VM. They’re akin to workers on a manufacturer’s production line. Sometimes they’re at the beginning of the line, figuring out where to place the VM and what services to connect to it, and then handing it off to developers who will add applications inside of it. Sometimes they’re at the end of the process, deploying the VM. Many times they’re manning the station, ready to add memory to fix poor performance or move a VM when a server fails.

But increasingly, advanced analytics engines are able to identify infrastructure anomalies and recommend remediation steps, and automation tools can put many of them into action. So what does that mean for sysadmins?

Instead of focusing on discrete tasks and spending large amounts of time on daily firefighting, sysadmins will be more strategic, like pilots overseeing entire operations.

Even though airplanes are capable of getting from point A to point B on their own thanks to intelligent systems and automation, pilots still man the cockpit. Their expertise is required to oversee and, often times, adjust the incredibly intricate and interdependent systems that keep planes flying. Pilots are the ones entrusted with getting passengers to destinations safely.

So, too, with sysadmins. The cloud—and the notion of software-defined data centers—have added order-of-magnitudes more complexity to IT environments. Instead of an application running on one VM, it may run on dozens of VMs, each of which has storage, load balancing, database and other services attached to it. Instead of the VM being the container, the application becomes the container. And each container is a system with many interdependent parts and services.

The sysadmin’s new role is to optimize and manage those systems. But unlike the way sysadmins have been managing VMs, they can’t hand-hold each of these complex systems. They’d run out of hours in a day before even scratching the surface. Rather, now that products such as VMware vCO, vCAC and App Director are being combined into a single automation stack, deeply integrated with vCenter Operations Management, and working together with SRM, vSAN and NSX, software can automatically handle many of the daily tasks. When more complex, critical problems arise, they’ll be flagged for the sysadmins, who will pull from their broad knowledge and nuanced understanding of storage, networks, applications and more, to triage and resolve them.

The sysadmins’ responsibilities won’t end there. By working at this higher level, they will be able to influence those systems in ways that help businesses operate more efficiently, cost-effectively and competitively. And that’s where their real value lies. Sysadmins of the future will be planners and problem solvers who leverage automated cloud environments and their advanced analytics capabilities. Like pilots, they’ll ensure the IT systems that businesses rely on can take them the enterprise where they it needs to go.

By Leslie Muller