Quest 2017 webinars

Here is the schedule of upcoming webinars that will be hosted by Quest product experts. Join Quest for each session to learn more about each product and how they can benefit you. Quest subject matter experts have put together some great content for you!

 

 

Date

Time (PST) Session Topic Presenter Registration Link
 10/26 9:00 AM PT ViPR Storage Resource Management, Visualize, Analyze and Optimize your Datacenter Rich Colarusso and Roy Laverty Click Here
 10/26 11:00 AM PT Dell EMC Data Center Modernization and Migration Services Deliver 81% ROI Jon Erickson, Forrester Research,
Ted Streck, Dell EMC,
Click Here
 10/31 9:00 AM PT Oracle Database Protection Direct Diana Yang Click Here
11/2 9:00 AM PT Transform Enterprise File Services with Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage & CTERA Jim Crook, Ctera; Brian Giracca, Dell EMC; Doreen Eatough, Dell EMC Click Here
 11/9 9:00 AM PT Databases are ready for containers – Learn how and why to do it with a demo Bala Chandrasekaran Click Here

VMworld session calendar export

The option to download a calendar with your sessions is now available on the VMworld 2017 sessions page. I have been checking for this option for weeks. The site had instructions for downloading these, but was never visible. It looks like they finally got around to reorganizing some of the pages. Now if we can just get the app on our phones.

You also have the option to print a CSV. Thanks VMworld.

If I were in charge of VMware certifications

I have done the VCP level exams since the 3.x days. I remember when they were around in the 2.x days. Over the past 5 years we have seen an evolution of the VMware exams from VCP to over 20 certifications ranging from datacenter, networking, cloud and mobility. I applaud VMware for providing certifications in these areas and the levels of certifications for each area. But, has the certification wing of VMware turned in to a profit center or has content creation really grown to such an expense? It is tough to tell from the outside.

For me, I’ve had a love hate relationship with the certification exams. I love to pass, but I hate the tricky worded questions you would not normally see in any real world circumstance. For example, you see questions like this:

An administrator created a VM named “GoodVM” on a VSAN cluster with AMD processors on the hosts and four 10GB ports for the VM porgroup. What is the best method to reboot the virtual machine?
A. From the desktop client, choose Ctrl + R.
B. From the desktop client, choose “power, reset”.
C. From the host, invoke the command “esxcli restart -W VM -GoodVM”
D. Chewbacca lives on Endor, you must acquit.
E. Administrators do not have permissions to create virtual machines.

In the real world you would not get 80 confusing questions to solve in a couple of hours. It feels as though the VCP level exams have almost turned VCAP with the level of knowledge you need. Knowing exact error codes and memorizing minimums / maximums between versions (and even patch levels) does not seem realistic.

I believe there should be a training track solution like there is today. Maybe not so much of a hard requirement for the exam prerequisite. I’d say there should be an option to pass some online VMware exam before taking the VCP level exams. Maybe a set of 10 different exams within a months time frame.

For those taking the VCP delta exam there should be an option to take the exam at home. This was an option for the VCP5 delta, but not version 6.

We should get rid of the version numbers for VCAP and VCP if there is going to be a 2 year life cycle on the exams.

I look forward to the certification web cast hosted by the VMware education wing on 5/11/2017 for news on upcoming exams.

These are just my opinions and are in no way negative towards the great job the certification team has been doing over the years providing great exams.

Apache Struts 2 vulnerability and vCenter

News came out last week about the Apache Struts 2 vulnerability. There are numerous products affected by this vulnerability, but on the VMware side you have Horizon DaaS, vCenter, VROps and Hyperic. This is listed as a Critical severity.

On the vCenter side, this is for the virtual appliance and the Windows version of vCenter for 6.0.x and 6.5.

The question came up, is it a specific build of vCenter 6.0.x? If you look at KB 2149434 it lists 6.0.x. There is no 6.1 version of vCenter. VMware vCenter only has updates 1 through 3. VMware went directly from 6.0.x to 6.5. VMware only has a work around for now until they come out with a patch.

Storage adapter best practices and Tintri

I recently had a coworker come to me with a stack of articles on configuring adapters for storage arrays. He is new to Tintri and didn’t know about the best practice feature added in to the web plugin.

Did you know, that in the web plugin there is a feature to set the best practices for each host connected to Tintri storage? Once your storage is mounted to a host, you can apply the best practices to the host. This is not a new feature, it has been around for  while and works with all models of Tintri storage. It is just not common to see vendors offer such a feature. Most often when you get one of the big storage vendors, it require consulting hours to fine tune the array and hosts connected.

Page 12 of the admin guide explains how it works. In later 2.x versions the function may move around in the web client.

Dell vCenter Management plugin 1.7 and server iDRAC updates error

If you run iDRAC updates on your VMware hosts you might run in to this error with the Dell Management plug-in for VMware vCenter. “Fail – Unable to contact iDRAC. Check iDRAC credentials and network connectivity”.

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I ran in to this when upgrading the iDRAC from 2.30.30 to 2.40.40. I was able to log in to the iDRAC directly and ping the iDRAC from the Dell virtual appliance. The Dell vCenter plugin was the only thing that could not log on to the host iDRAC. The issue turned out to be located in the iDRAC settings under network/services. The web server needs to be set to TLS 1.0.

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Unfortunately the Dell OMI only works with 1.0, but they hope to have it upgraded in the future.

So your option is to change the TLS settings in the iDRAC or leave your iDRAC firmware lower than 2.40.40.

My thoughts on VMworld 2016

It was great to have the opportunity to visit VMworld again this year and connect with old friends and new ones. This years VMworld was held in Las Vegas. I have to say that I prefer this location over San Francisco. There are many more entertainment options available over San Francisco. Repeat visitors to VMworld know what I am talking about. I think I did everything in San Francisco the first couple of year I attended the conference. Vegas just has much more to offer in the city. The venue at Mandalay Bay was very nice, but I liked it more when it was at the Venetian. Plus the hotel rooms are not $500 a night with shared bathrooms like San Francisco.

But VMworld is not really about having a work vacation. The content VMworld provides is the best. The solutions exchange, sessions and labs are fantastic. This year seemed to have many new vendors on the floor. I think the newest product I saw that interested me was from RuneCast. I’m surprised they did not win any awards. They have a analyzer product you should download and try out. This year on the solutions exchange floor it did not feel like everything was about public cloud products. There was a good mix of options for enterprise environments.

Of course it was great to see the guys from Tintri and Dell. Although, Dell was really lacking on the equipment side. They mentioned the Compellent array was lost in shipping. We were hoping to see some of the newer controllers. I also have to say thank you to our local UDI team for sticking with us for a couple of days.

I dropped by the education center during the conference and learned that the VCAP6-DCV Deploy exam had been released a couple of days prior to the conference. I have been waiting for this one for some time to become VCIX6-DCV. Now I just need to learned all that command line stuff for VSAN and pony up that $400 for the exam.

I usually don’t like to talk about negative things, but I have to mention that I stopped by the expert bar in the solutions exchange to get some answers on upgrading 5.5 to 6.x. The person who was an expert on vSphere mentioned that I should upgrade to vSphere 6.2. I said “6.2, when did that come out?”. He said “it’s been out for a few months, I’m surprise you have not hear about it”. I said “wow, I’m really out of touch, I didn’t even know about 6.1”. Turns out, the latest release is 6.0 update 2. Maybe the guys at the expert booth were just tired from talking all day. Do they get breaks?

Will I go back next year? Possibly. I just hope it will be in Vegas again.

 

How many people hold VMware certifications?

This is an interesting map VMware create to show how dispersed VMware certifications are across the world…

http://blogs.vmware.com/education/2015/12/where-in-the-world-are-vcps-infographic.html

http://blogs.vmware.com/education/2016/04/where-in-the-world-are-vcaps-infographic.html