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I’m a VMware vExpert 2013 for the third year #vExpert

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

No email as yet, but I’ve just heard via twitter, my name appears on the vExpert 2013 title holders announced in this document published yesterday evening?

vExpert 2013 awardees announced

Thanks again John Troyer, Corey Romero, and the VMware Social Media & Community Team

VMware vExpert 2011

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Allotment Update - May 2013

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Many of you are probably thinking, my blog has turned into a VMware site, so here are some pictures of the strawberry plants, down on the allotment, I’m still working on. These were planted out last year, and the weather has been so cold, I’ve now covered and cloched two rows, so I’ll hopefully have some strawberries a little earlier.

Just finished weeding my asparagus patch, more photos to come.

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HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
In my previous VMware Articles, most featured Intermediate VMware Topics. My next series of articles will concentrate on topics for the VMware Novice; this is the fifth article in this series.

If you would like to read the other articles in this series,  they are listed here for your convenience.

HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client

HOW TO: Create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

HOW TO: Upload an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client, and checking its MD5 checksum signature is correct.

In this series of basic VMware articles for the Novice, I’ll be showing you the basic VMware skills required to install, configure and deploy virtual machines using VMware’s FREE VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi).

In this article we will show you HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) so you can remotely connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) server remotely via SSH (PuTTY).

1

Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) or vSphere vCenter Server using the vSphere Client

Please refer to my Andysworld! article on HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client

  • vSphere-Client-Connected-to-ESXi

vSphere-Client-Connected-to-ESXi

Once connected to the “default hypervisor home page”, click the Inventory icon, to see the server’s Inventory.
  • Click Configuration Tab

Click Configuration Tab

Click the Configuration Tab.
  • Click Security Profile

Click Security Profile

Click Security Profile, followed by Properties
  • Service Properties

Service Properties

The Security Service Properties will be displayed.

SSH Options

Click the SSH label followed by Options button, you will notice the daemon service is currently stopped, this is the default.
  • SSH (TSM-SSH) Options - Click Start

SSH (TSM-SSH) Options - Click Start

The SSH (TSM-SSH) Options will be displayed. Click Start to start the SSH deamon. You can change the options here if you wish to Start and stop the SSH daemon service with the host, or Start automatically if any ports are open, and stop when all ports are closed. Check with your Security IT Policy which is best for you. Opening SSH ports long term can be considered a security risk.
  • SSH Daemon Running

SSH Daemon Running

You will notice the SSH Daemon Status has changed to Running
. Click OK to continue, and Click OK to return to Inventory.

Confirm using PuTTY, you can connect to the server successfully.

In vSphere 4 1, 5.0 and 5.1, when you have enabled Remote SSH management of hosts from the vSphere Client, you may notice that that a Configuration Issues warning yellow box appears on the Summary page of the host ESXi server.

  • Configuration Issues, SSH and ESXi shell enabled Configuration Issues, SSH and ESXi shell enabled

    Configuration Issues, SSH and ESXi shell enabled  Configuration Issues, SSH and ESXi shell enabled

This Configuration Issues warning yellow box only appears when Remote SSH and/or ESXi shell has been enabled.

Please refer to my Andysworld! Article on HOW TO: Suppress Configuration Issues and Warnings Alert displayed in Summary status for ESXi 4.1 U2 or ESXi 5.0 after enabling SSH or ESXi Shell

Congratulations, you have successfully Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

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HOW TO: Upload an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client, and checking its MD5 checksum signature is correct.

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
In my previous VMware Articles, most featured Intermediate VMware Topics. My next series of articles will concentrate on topics for the VMware Novice; this is the fourth article in this series.If you would like to read the other articles in this series,  they are listed here for your convenience.

HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client

HOW TO: Create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

In this series of basic VMware articles for the Novice, I’ll be showing you the basic VMware skills required to install, configure and deploy virtual machines using VMware’s FREE VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi).

In this article we will show you HOW TO: Upload an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client, and checking its MD5 checksum signature is correct. There are other third party tools, that can be used to upload ISO image files, these include:-

The above applications, require additional installation and configuration, in this article we will use the VMware vSphere Client.

1

Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) or vSphere vCenter Server using the vSphere Client

Please refer to my EE article on HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client

  • vSphere Client Connected to ESXi 5.1 Server

vSphere Client Connected to ESXi 5.1 Server

Once connected to the “default hypervisor home page”, click the Inventory icon, to see the server’s Inventory.
  • Inventory

Inventory

Right Click on the datastore. In this example the datastore name is datastore1. This is the default name given to the datastore on installation, it can be changed. Please refer to Step 4 Conducting a simple task using the VMware vSphere Client in my Andysworld! article  HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client

Right Click and select Browse Datastore

Right Click the datastore name ‘datastore1′ and select Browse Datastore.

Datastore Browser window

The Datastore Browser window will be opened, and you can browse the files and folders, that are located on the datastore. If no virtual machines or files are present, this will be empty. To organise your ISO image files, we would recommend you create a folder called isos. Either select the ‘Create A New Folder’ icon, on the ribbon bar, or right-click in the right-hand empty panel, and select New Folder.

Create Folder in datastore

Enter folder name - isos, and Click OK
  • Enter Foldername - isos

Enter Foldername - isos

The isos folder will be shown in the datastore
  • datastore1 with isos folder

datastore1 with isos folder

Select and Double-Click the isos folder to change folders.
  • isos folder

isos folder

2

Uploading the ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image to the datastore ‘datastore1′

Please refer to my Andysworld! Article HOW TO: Create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Upload files to this datastore

Select the ‘Upload files to this datastoreicon on the ribbon bar.
  • Select Upload Files

Select Upload Files

Select Upload File…
  • Browse to location of the stored iso image file on your computers hard disk

Browse to location of the stored iso image file on your computers hard disk

Browse to location of the stored iso image file on your computers hard disk, in my example, we have stored the iso image file, in c:isos, from our previous EE Article, the filename is Ubuntu 12.10 amd.iso. Click OK to continue and upload the file.
  • Select Yes to the Upload/Downloading Operation Warning

Select Yes to the Upload/Downloading Operation Warning

Select Yes to the Upload/Downloading Operation Warning.
  • Uploading…

Uploading...

The ISO image file, e.g. Ubuntu 12.10 amd.iso will be upload to datastore1 in the folder isos. This can take several minutes depending upon size and speed of connection to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) host server.
  • datastore1 with iso image

datastore1 with iso image

datastore1 with the ISO image uploaded and stored in the folder isos. Click the X in the top right hand corner to Close the Datastore Browser.

3

Confirming the upload of the ISO image file has been transferred successfully using the MD5 checksum signature

To complete the following step SSH must be enabled and running on your VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) host server, if SSH is not running you will receive a connection refused message.

To Enable SSH on your VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) host server, please see my Andysworld! article HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access to a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Connect to the VMware Hypervisor ESXi server via SSH. Using PuTTY a free telnet and SSH client or another SSH client Login and Connect to the VMware Hypervisor ESXi server, using IP address or hostname of the VMware Hypervisor ESXi server, using root username and password credentials. This can also be performed if you have access to the console.

  • PuTTY SSH terminal session

PuTTY SSH terminal session

  • logged in as root to ssh terminal session

    logged in as root to ssh terminal session

You will need to change folder or directories to the location of the iso image file. The VMware VMFS datastores are mapped here /vmfs/volumes. Use the following command to change to the datastore1 datastore and isos folder.
cd /vmfs/volume/<datastore name>/<folder name>
  • change folders

change folders

example :- cd /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/isos
type cd /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/isos in the SSH session window.
  • md5sum

md5sum

When you have successfully changed folders to the location of the isos image file which has been uploaded, use the following command to check the MD5 checksum signature.
md5sum <filename>
example md5sum Ubuntu 12.10 amd.iso
  • MD5 Checksum Signature

MD5 Checksum Signature

type md5sum Ubuntu 12.10 amd.iso in the SSH session window. After several minutes, and the time taken, depends on the size of the ISO image file, and speed of host processor and storage, a MD5 checksum signature will be displayed. The number displayed next to the filename - 7ad57cadae955bd04019389d4b

9c1dcb - is the MD5 checksum signature. Compare this number with the original number computed before the ISO image file was uploaded, if they match, the transfer was successful. If they do not match, repeat Step 2 above.Congratulations, you have successfully uploaded an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client, and checked its MD5 checksum signature is correct.

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HOW TO: Create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
In my previous VMware Articles, most featured Intermediate VMware Topics. My next series of articles will concentrate on topics for the VMware Novice; this is the third article in this series.

If you would like to read the other articles in this series,  they are listed here for your convenience.

HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client

In this series of basic VMware articles for the Novice, I’ll be showing you the basic VMware skills required to install, configure and deploy virtual machines using VMware’s FREE VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi).

This article will show you how to create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1).

What is an ISO? (Andy’s Laymen Definition)
An ISO is an image or bit copy of a CD-ROM/DVD-ROM, the ISO is a file, similar to a compressed archived file, this *.iso file contains the data from a CD-ROM/DVD-ROM. The ISO file is a virtual CD-ROM/DVD-ROM. Using an *.iso file has many advantages, some are listed below:-

  • The original CDROM/DVD-ROM can be stored securely, and is no longer required, after an ISO image has been created.
  • Multiple virtual machines can use the same *.iso concurrently.
  • Computers without a CD-ROM/DVD-ROM reader can use the data stored on the *.iso file.
  • Installing OS (operating systems) or transferring data is faster.
1

Prerequisites

  • An original operating system CD-ROM/DVD-ROM
2

Install ISO Recorder

Download ISO Recorder from http://alexfeinman.co/isorecorder.htm We like to use ISO Recorder, because it is a small lightweight application, which integrates into the shell of your OS (operating system). e.g. you right click the CD-ROM/DVD-ROM reader and the option is there to create an ISO.

There are several versions of ISO Recorder to download, ensure you download the correct version for your OS, and the correct version for your processor, as there are 32-bit and 64-bit versions available.

After you have downloaded the correct version, Double-Click the installer program (*.msi) you have download, we will install the Windows 7 64 bit version, which has the filename ISORecorder31×64.msi

  • Welcome to the ISO Recorder Setup Wizard

Welcome to the ISO Recorder Setup Wizard

At the Welcome to the ISO Recorder Setup Wizard dialogue page, Click Next and continue
  • Select Installation Folder.jpg

Select Installation Folder.jpg

At the Select Installation Folder dialogue page select the defaults, and Click Next to continue.
  • Confirm Installation

Confirm Installation

Confirm installation at the Confirm Installation dialogue page, and Click Next to continue.
  • Installation Complete

Installation Complete

The installer will Complete the software installation, it only takes a few seconds to complete. Click Close to complete the installation.

3

Create an ISO image file

  • My Computer

My Computer

Select My Computer.
  • CD-ROM Inserted

CD-ROM Inserted

Insert an original operating system CD-ROM/DVD-ROM into your optical media device.  In this example, we are using an Ubuntu 12.10 DVD-ROM.
  • Right Click the CD-ROM/DVD-ROM

Right Click the CD-ROM/DVD-ROM

Right-Click the CD-ROM/DVD-ROM, and select Create image from CD/DVD.
  • Select Destination for ISO image file

Select Destination for ISO image file

Select a filename and destination folder on your computers hard drive to store the ISO image file and Click Next to continue, this will create an ISO image file.
  • 22 percent complete …

22 percent complete ...

  • 51 percent complete…

51 percent complete...

  • 83 percent complete…

83 percent complete...

The data will be copied from the CD-ROM/DVD-ROM, and the ISO image will be created. This can take several minutes to complete.
  • Completed - Finish

Completed - Finish

Select Finish to complete the operation. The ISO image file has been created.

4

Creating a MD5 checksum signature of the ISO image file

We will use the MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility to create a MD5 checksum signature for our freshly created ISO image file. This is important, so we can compare these signatures, once we have completed the transfer to our VMware host servers, and confirm the ISO image file has not been corrupted in transfer.

  • MD5 SHA-1 Checksum Utility

MD5 SHA-1 Checksum Utility

Double-Click and start the MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility application. Click browse and select your freshly created ISO image file.
  • MD5

MD5

Shortly after selecting the ISO file, the application will start calculating the MD5 and SHA-1 checksums for the file, this can take a few minutes depending upon the size of the ISO image file, which needs to be read.

The MD5 checksum for my Ubuntu 12.10 amd.iso is:-

MD5 Checksum: 7AD57CADAE955BD04019389D4B9C1DCB
SHA-1 Checksum: 8618058554FFD11E317356EC25885BCB8C1D0B36

Generated by MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility @ http://raylin.wordpress.com/downloads/md5-sha-1-checksum-utility

Please note the MD5 checksum value for use with the  VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Congratulations you have successfully created your first ISO (*.iso), and created a MD5 checksum signature for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1).

In my next Article in this series, we will show you HOW TO: Upload and Check the MD5 signature of an ISO CD/DVD image to a VMware datastore using the vSphere Client, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

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I’m now a VMware Savant at @ExpertsExchange

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

It finally happened on the 1st May 2013. In the Gaming-World, I’ve leveled-up!

vmwaresavant

My Experts Exchange Savant Certificate

ee-1stmay2013

Before 1st May 2013: - VMware Prodigy

ee-3rdmay2013

After 1st May 2013: Note change! VMware Savant

I’ve now joined a very exclusive club, it was going to happen sooner or later, I’m now a VMware Savant at Experts-Exchange.com. As of this post, there are only 11 out of 119,793, and I’m now number 12! Here are the other Experts and their Zones.

angelIII - MS SQL Server

capricorn1 - Microsoft Access Database

Sembee - Exchange Email Server

mlmcc - Crystal Reports Software

objects - Java Programming Language

Ray_Paseur - PHP Scripting Language

rorya - Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Software

CEHJ - Java Programming Language

zorvek - Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Software

CodeCruiser - Microsoft Visual Basic.Net

DatabaseMX- Microsoft Access Database

and finally me!

hanccocka - VMware (yes the 1st VMware Savant!)


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HOW TO: Add a Dell EqualLogic PS Series Array (SAN) to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 as a SMP Provider

Saturday, May 18th, 2013
In my previous Virtualisation Articles, most have featured Basic and Intermediate VMware Topics.  As a Virtualisation Consultant, we implement many different virtualisation solutions using VMware vSphere, Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V, as per client requirements. Most fall into the VMware vSphere camp, but that does not prohibit us, from using equally good Corporate Enterprise Hypervisors from Microsoft or Citrix, as both are now “considered equal”.

In this article, we will show you HOW TO:  Add a Dell EqualLogic PS Series Array (SAN) to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 as a SMP Provider.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 SP1 supports the same storage arrays that were supported in SCVMM 2012, plus the SMP provider. For more information see this SCVMM 2012 Storage and Load Balancer Provider Downloads

Why and What is a SMP Provider? (Andy’s Laymans Definition)

It provides the ability to integrate SCVMM and your storage array, e.g. the ability to create logical units (LUNs) from within SCVMM, traditionally you would login to your SAN, via command line or Dell PS Group Manager using a browser. Integrating into SCVMM, you can create and manage Pools and LUNs from within SCVMM.

1

Prerequisites

  • Compatible Dell EqualLogic PS Series Array (SAN) running 5.2.4 FW or higher
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 (SCVMM)
  • Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools 4.5.0
  • SCVMM 2012 SP1 Host with access to your iSCSI storage network or subnet

To obtain the Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools 4.5.0, requires registration of your Dell EqualLogic PS Series Array with the Dell EqualLogic website, and obtaining a username and password. Then you can proceed and download the required software.

It is beyond the scope of this document, to show how to install Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 (SCVMM) on Microsoft Windows Server 2012, and connect to your Dell EqualLogic PS Array. It is assumed that you have already installed Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 (SCVMM) on Microsoft Windows Server 2012, and connected to your Dell EqualLogic PS Series Array.

Dell Equallogic Support Web Site (requires login)

  • Dell Equallogic Support WebSite

Dell Equallogic Support WebSite

Click the Software/Firmware, View Recommended Releases Here link on the Support Homepage.
  • HIT Kit for Microsoft

HIT Kit for Microsoft

Click the HIT Kit for Microsoft link.
  • HIT Kit for Microsoft

HIT Kit for Microsoft

Click the links and download the following package
Host Integration Tools for Microsoft® v4.5 – 64-bit - EXE

2

Installation of Host Integration Tools for Microsoft® v4.5 – 64-bit

In this tutorial we will complete a very quick and basic setup and by no means exhaustive. Refer to the Dell PS documentation that comes with the HIT KIT for all the available options.

  • Install HiT 4.5 on the Windows 2012 Server

Install HiT 4.5 on the Windows 2012 Server

Install Host Integration Tools (HIT) 4.5 on the Windows 2012 server that runs SCVMM 2012 SP1, The installation program will complete all the set up required.

If the server is not accessing the storage directly, DSM installation can be skipped. PowerShell and SMP are required, it can work without ASM but then all configuration must be done through Powershell. It’s probably unlikely that your SCVMM 2012 SP1 server needs to access any VM LUNs.

We have discovered recently that if configuration is performed through the Auto Snapshot Manager GUI there is an issue, with the group admin credentials being correctly parsed to the configuration, and therefore we would recommend ALL configuration to be performed via Windows Powershell

  • Start Windows Powershell

Start Windows Powershell

Start Windows PowerShell from the New Windows 2012 UI or start EqualLogic Powershell Tools, if you start the later you don’t have to import the EqualLogic PowerShell Snapin. (EqlPSTools.dll), and you can skip the step below.
  • Starting Windows Powershell

Starting Windows Powershell

Starting Windows Powershell
  • Find the Path to EqlPSTools.dll

Find the Path to EqlPSTools.dll

Find the path to EqlPSTools.dll, the default location for the powershell snapin is C:Program FilesEqualLogicbin.
  • Import-Module -Name ‘C:Program FilesEqualLogicbinEqlPSTools.dll’

Import-Module -Name 'C:Program FilesEqualLogicbinEqlPSTools.dll'

Type Import-Module -Name ‘C:Program FilesEqualLogicbinEqlPSTools.dll’ in the Powershell window.
  • Check the Snapin is Registered

Check the Snapin is Registered

You can check the EqualLogic PowerShell Snapin is registered by typing
Get-PSSnapin -Registered

Create a new group and assign access, using the PS Group Name, Group IP Address, Management IP Address and grpadmin credentials.  The new group name is not to be confused with the group name, that’s already been created on the Array. This is a “label” for the powershell creation process, so its good idea to use the same group name, but the two are not connected in anyway.

The syntax and command to use is

New-EqlGroupAccess -groupname GROUPNAME -GroupWKAddress 10.10.1.1 -MgmtWKAddress aaa.bbb.89.176 -username grpadmin -Password password

It is recommended to have a Group IP Address, in the example above 10.10.1.1, and a Dedicated Management IP Address - aaa.bbb.89.176

Type the following in the Windows Powershell window.

New-EqlGroupAccess -GroupName Group -GroupWKAddress 10.10.1.1 -MgmtWKAddress aaa.bbb.89.176 -UserName grpadmin -Password grpadmin

  • New-EqlGroupAccess -groupname [b]GROUPNAME[/b] -GroupWKAddress 10.10.1.1 -MgmtWKAddress aaa.bbb.89.176 -username grpadmin -Password password

New-EqlGroupAccess -groupname [b]GROUPNAME[/b] -GroupWKAddress 10.10.1.1 -MgmtWKAddress aaa.bbb.89.176 -username grpadmin -Password password

  • Dell EqualLogic Auto Snapshot Manager

Dell EqualLogic Auto Snapshot Manager

In Dell EqualLogic Auto Snapshot Manager, PS Group Access can be checked and modified if required. (please see note above about issues with the ASM GUI)
  • Update-StorageProviderCache

Update-StorageProviderCache

Restart the server running SCVMM 2012 SP1 or type the following cmdlet in the Windows Powershell window.
Update-StorageProviderCache

3

Start the SCVMM 2012 SP1 client and connect to the SCVMM 2012 SP1 server

  • SCVMM Client

SCVMM Client

Start the SCVMM 2012 SP1 client and connect to the SCVMM 2012 SP1 server
  • Click Fabric Resources

Click Fabric Resources

The first panel which is displayed is the VMM Home page, Click Fabric Resources
  • Storage Providers

Storage Providers

The Dell EqualLogic PS Array provider (SMP) will show up under Storage / Providers.
Before the provider will be available in SCVMM, another cmlet needs to be typed into the Windows Powershell window.
  • Import-SCStorageProvider

Import-SCStorageProvider

Type Import-SCStorageProvider in the Windows Powershell window. Depending upon the number of pools this could take quite a while to complete. Restart or refresh SCVMM 2012 SP1 client. This is how the SMP will look, status should be ‘Responding’.
  • Providers Added

Providers Added

If you click Arrays, you will see your PS Array Group, it should be Responding, and report Manufacturer and Model of Array, Total and Used Capacity.
  • Arrays

Arrays

Congratulations, you have successfully Added a Dell EqualLogic PS Series Array (SAN) to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 as a SMP Provider.

In my next article in this series, we will show you how to assign VMM managed pools, and created logical units in the pools.

References
White paper on Windows Server 2012 Storage. Great resource to get more information on new features Storage Spaces, ReFS, SMB 3.0, CSV2, Hyper-V Storage. You can see where the SMP provider sits in the storage stack on page 39

Overview of SCVMM 2012 SP1

What’s new in SCVMM 2012 SP1

Virtual Machine Manager in depth

You can download evaluation System Center trial and Windows 2012 server VHD’s from here

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Barclaycard! What is this PayTag crap?

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

It’s Friday, the end of the week, Bank Holiday Weekend, and I’m going to have a RANT!

In the post the other day I received this item from Barclaycard, it’s called a PayTag.

paytag

It’s a contact-less payment system,

the instructions state “Just snap off your PayTag sticker and remove the protection backing. Then, just stick it onto the back of your mobile”.

Hang on, lets just rewind there…..Then, just stick it onto the back of your mobile..

WHAT, Why would I stick this crap, on the back of my nice new shiny Nexus 4!

I do wonder if Barclaycard had surveyed it’s customer asking them if they wanted to stick this crap, on their new shiny “eye-candy” expensive mobile phone!

A comment from one colleague “why would I stick that on my phone worth a couple of hundred quid!”

Not very scientific, but I surveyed 6 colleagues in my department, ALL of which have just purchased new shiny mobile phones

  • Google Nexus 4 (4)
  • iPhone 5 (1)
  • White Nokia Lumia 920 (1)
  • HTC (something) (1)

Not one of the above people, after showing them the PayTag, wanted to stick this crap on their shiny new mobile phone!

My phone shares the same pocket as my wallet, so why would I not just get my wallet out with my Barclaycard!

Barclaycard, here’s a thought, why not just Develop an iPhone or Android App!

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HOW TO: Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

Friday, May 3rd, 2013
HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

OR

“Poor Man’s Replication of a Physical or Virtual machine to a VMware vSphere Hypervisor Host (ESXi) for FREE”

I have already written three articles on the use of VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.x.

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone primary function is to create physical to virtual copies or conversions of physical computers, we often abbreviate this to P2V. VMware vCenter Converter Standalone can also be used on computers that have already been converted to virtual computers, or virtual computers that already exist in a “Cloud Space”, so we can create copies or conversions of an existing virtual computer, we often  abbreviate this to V2V

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone is an excellent FREE software tool for creating P2Vs or V2Vs, but there is another often “hidden function” which is rarely used by VMware Administrators. The function is called Synchronize. This function can be used to Synchronize changes between a physical or virtual computer, which has already been P2Ved (V2Ved) to another virtual machine on another VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) host. The same function can be used, to help unattended “cut over times” when completing a P2V (V2V) in Production, you could create the original P2V (V2V) at 9.00am, and then using synchronize, finally sync all changes made during the day, and “cut over” to the virtual machine out of hours, at 23.00pm.

Some of our clients use this software and function, as a free alternative to replication to a second DR site and ESXi host. The ESXi host could be using the FREE VMware vSphere Hypervisor.

In this article, I’ll show you HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1. In the example below I’ll be using a virtual machine, creating a V2V and then synchronizing additional changes made to the source virtual machine to the destination VM (our DR copy).

1

Install VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

Install VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 on the computer to be synchronized. In this example, I will be installing VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1  on the virtual machine.

  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Installing

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Installing

It is a very easy installation, click Next and follow the wizard, agreeing to the terms of the license agreement, select the default installation folder, and select Local installation
  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Local Installation

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Local Installation

Click Next, and follow the installation wizard to the end, and Click Finish.
  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Finish

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Finish

If you left the Tick in the Box for Run Converter Standalone Client now. VMware vCenter Converter Standalone will start, otherwise you will need to click the icon on your desktop.

2

Creating a P2V (V2V in this example) for synchronization

  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Welcome Screen

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Welcome Screen

At the Welcome to VMware vCenter Converter Standalone, welcome screen click the Convert machine button. (This machine could be a physical or virtual machine, VMware vCenter Converter Standalone does not care what machine type it is.)
  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Convert Machine

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Convert Machine

Select the Default option

Select source type: Powered-on-machine

Specify the powered-on machine: This local machine

followed by Next to continue, converter will identify the source machine.

  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Specify vCenter Server

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Specify vCenter Server

Select destination type: VMware Infrastructure machine

Enter the destination server, username and password, in this example, I’m using our VMware vSphere vCenter server details, but if you wanted to synchronize/replicate to a standalone VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) host, you would enter the VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi)  host details here, e.g. root username and password.

  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Specify Destination Machine name

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Specify Destination Machine name

Specify the destination name of the machine followed by Next
  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Specify Destination Location

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Specify Destination Location

Specify the destination location for the machine followed by Next, if you are using a VMware vSphere vCenter Server and have a VMware Cluster created, you will have additional options to specify which VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) host to create the new virtual machine, also specify the datastore location. Ensure the virtual machine version matches the original VM, in this example v8.0.
  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Enable Synchronize

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Enable Synchronize

If you click Next at this point, the P2V (V2V) will complete as normal.

To enable the Synchronize function, you MUST select Edit

  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Enable Synchronise

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Enable Synchronise

Ensure Synchronize changes is selected and ticked.

Ensure Perform final synchronization is Un-ticked.

If you wanted to perform, a Scheduled Synchronize, select and set the Schedule Option. Select Next to continue, review the Summary screen, and select Finish.

  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Summary Screen

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Summary Screen

A P2V job will be submitted and the P2V conversion will start.
  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - P2V Job Submitted

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - P2V Job Submitted

If you click the Task Id, you can check on the Task Progress.
  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Task Progress

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Task Progress

3

Synchronize Changes

Once the initial P2V (V2V) conversion has completed, or “seeded” a new virtual machine, you can use the Synchronize function to replicate any changes that occur on the source machine to the virtual machine, the source machine could be a physical or virtual machine. (You can check the virtual machine by disconnecting networking, and powering up the virtual machine).

  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Job Status

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Job Status

The Job Status should state Completed. Right Click the Task Id and select Go to job
  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Go to Job

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Go to Job

You will notice that the Status states Not Scheduled, this is because we did not set a schedule.
  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Not Scheduled

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Not Scheduled

Right Click the Job Id, and select Synchronize.
  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Synchronize

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Synchronize

Click Next
  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Synchronize changes

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Synchronize changes

Check the Summary page and Click Finish
  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Finish

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Finish

Click the View by Jobs
  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Synchronize Task Progress

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 - Synchronize Task Progress

You will notice your Synchronize Job is Running, and it will have a new Synchronize icon, next to the job. All changes in the source machine will be synchronized or replicated to the virtual machine.

Congratulations you have successfully created a P2V (V2V) and Synchronized (replicated) your machine to a virtual machine.

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HOW TO: P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

If you need to complete a Physical to Virtual (P2V), Virtual to Virtual (V2V) conversion to a VMware product (VMware Workstation, Player or vSphere) for FREE, then there is some good news…VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 was released on 25 April 2013, and this latest version has new support for the following:-

  • Support for virtual machine hardware version 9
  • Guest operating system support for Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Guest operating system support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Support for virtual and physical machine sources with GUID Partition Table (GPT) disks
  • Support for virtual and physical machine sources with Unified Extensible Firmware
  • Interface (UEFI)
  • Support for EXT4 file system

Also fixes numerous issues with crashing and conversion issues, when converting physical or virtual computers to VMware vSphere vCenter Server 5.1 and VMware Hypervisor ESXi 5.1.

  • VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.1

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.1

While I would recommend and use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1, there are other commercial products that do exist, and I have used.

If you have a large estate of physical machines to migrate, these products have a scheduler and can perform automated workflows, but these are commerical products and not FREE like VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

NETIQ Platespin Migrate

Acronis vmProtect

Storagecraft Shadow Protect

Symantec System Recovery Server Edition

If the operating system is Windows 2003, Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0, select and earlier version of VMware vCenter Converter Standalone version 3.0.3 or 4.0, support for early operating systems has been removed now from v5.1.

if you have recently upgraded to vSphere vCenter Server 5.1, and are looking for the Convert/Import vCenter plugin which existed with 4.x, it’s now longer available, and has been removed, and you will need to use  VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 for your conversions.

Download VMware vCenter Converter 5.1 here
VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 Documentation
VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 User Guide


If you have issues, you may want to consult the following articles and guides

Best Practice Video Guide here

Some Videos I’ve develeoped to show the VMware vCenter Converter process.

A Tutorial video by me:- Restore a Virtual Machine using the FREE VMware vCenter Converter to VMware vSphere 4.x, 5.0 ESXi 4.x, ESXi 5.0, ESX 4.0

A Tutorial video by me:- Backup VMware vSphere 4.x, 5.0 ESXi 4.x, ESXi 5.0, ESX 4.0 for FREE using VMware vCenter Converter

A Tutorial video by me:- VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 Convert monolithic sparse to monolithic flat for use with VMware vSphere 4.x 5.0 ESXi 4.x 5.0

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