VMworld 2017 EU Day Two

*BEEP BEEP BEEP*… That moment your alarm goes off at 7am while it feels you just went to bed… But never mind, it’s time for VMworld 2017 EU Day Two! Let’s go!
 

VMworld 2017 EU Day Two
 

Queue the “General Session” for day two and again we (Johan van Amersfoort, Sam McGeown, Matthew Bunce, Niels Hagoort and Giuliano Bertello) were doing our thing on the CrowdChat which you can read here: #VMworldDayTwo

If you missed the “General Session” you can find the replay here: General Sessions – VMworld Europe

The rest of the day for me was filled with meetings, round tables and whisperer sessions so the day flew by before I knew it.

In the evening my employers from ITQ organised an awesome trip to Mara Nostrum Supercomputer. So you would think OK supercomputer nice but not special… Well actually this is one of most cool supercomputers you will see, because it is located in a church!

And it has some impressive numbers:

  • Speed 13,7 PFlops
  • Storage 14 PB
  • Power 1,3 Kw
  • OS SUSE Linux
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    Unfortunately, there were not a lot of new announcements made on day two. But I found the following articles interesting, so I would like to share them with you.

  • Security in the Age of Internet Separation
  • VMware Continues to Drive Momentum for NFV in 2017
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    VMworld 2017 EU Day One

    No time to recover from VMworld US because it’s time for VMworld EU Day one again!
     

    VMworld 2017 EU Day One
     

    I flew in on Sunday afternoon which gave me some time to get settled and enjoy some proper tapas before the Partner Exchange began on Monday. Like every year my employers from ITQ organizes a good diner for all 30(!!!) employees that are attending VMworld EU. It’s amazing to work for a company that puts so much time and effort in getting people at VMworld, because they simply see the benefit of people attending this event. For example where else do you have the opportunity to meet up with peers from the IT industry and share knowledge. Or attend sessions led by the experts in their field.

    On Monday there was one meeting in my agenda that I was really looking forward to, a meeting with Pat Gelsinger. It was arranged by the NSBU as part of the NSX Partner Summit and it was something special, we could ask him anything we wanted! It was really interesting to listen him talk about all kind of topics and boy he know his stuff, in depth? No problem, High Level? No problem. Eirik Vada perfectly describes it in tweet:
     


     

    So now I’ll Fast forward to Tuesday morning and the general session. I’ve been asked to be one of the hosts on a VMworld 2017 EU Day One Crowdchat for VMware EMEA together with Matthew Bunce, Rebecca Fitzhugh and Sam McGeown which was pretty fun to do. You can find it here: #VMworldDayOne

    If you missed the keynote you can watch it here: General Sessions – VMworld Europe

    As I did in VMworld US, I’ve gathered some of the interesting announcements made on the first day, which you can find below.

  • VMware Speeds Customer Time to Value for SDDC and Multi-Cloud Management with New vRealize Suite 2017
  • VMware Unveils New Innovations to Cloud Provider Program
  • GDPR and Addressing Data Security Gaps with VMware
  • VMware Offers Communications Service Providers the Fastest Path to OpenStack for Network Functions Virtualization
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    VMworld 2017 Day Four

    Yay I made it! VMworld 2017 Day Four! While the dust starts to settle at Mandelay Bay and a big chunk of the attendees are slowly returning home, there are still a lot of cool things to do like the Hand on Labs. It will give you the opportunity to play with the newest addition to the VMware family VMware Appdefense.
     

    VMworld 2017 Day Four
     

    Today I attended another VMware Design Studio session, this time the topic was “vSphere: Next Generation Lifecycle“. It was a Deep dive into ESXi lifecycle challenges like: VMware Update Manager (VUM), Host Profile, Auto Deploy, HCL, firmware and other co-create solutions. It was an interactive small group session with the VMware User Experience team. The goal is to provide the VMware User Experience team information about your stuggles and issues with your day-2-day work, and to help them understand your needs as a customer, consultant and / or architect. These sessions are also held in Barcelona in 2 weeks, if you would like to attend these sessions look for the link in my other post VMworld 2017 Day Two.

    My ITQ colleague Johan van Amersfoort aka “The Bearded VDI Junkie” has created a really cool video blog with some of the highlight of VMworld 2017 US. Enjoy!

    Some cool VMworld 2017 US numbers:

  • 11024 Labs Completed
  • 109991 VMs Completed
  • 500+ breakout sessions offered
  • 4,910,976 pixels in the VMware booth LED wall
  • 375 exams completed
  • 200+ sponsors and exhibitors
  • 500+ sessions replays watched at the re-run bar
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    VMworld 2017 US you were fantastic! Met a lot of new people, met up with old friends, learned a whole lot and walked more than what was good for me! Now I must get ready for VMworld 2017 EU in Barcelona which starts little over a week from now, looking forward to see you all there!

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    VMworld 2017 Day Three

    Pfew VMworld 2017 Day Three… The best way to describe VMworld is a triathlon, you easily walk more than 10K+, you try to soak up all the knowledge and finally you party hard at all the available appreciation parties! But it’s all worth it! Meeting up with all the community people from all over the world and sharing knowledge is something really cool. If you haven’t attended VMworld before, it would be definitely something that I would advise you to put on your “To Do” list for 2018.
     

    VMworld 2017 Day Three
     

    VMware also announced plans to deprecate vCenter Server for Windows and the Flash based vSphere Web Client with the next major release (not update release) of vSphere. I can’t say that I’m sad to see the Flash based vSphere Web Client go… Mind you that is completely my personal opinion but I don’t think I’m the only one happy with this news 😉 .

    Finally, I’ve gathered the announcements made on the third day, which you can find below.

  • Introducing VMware Skyline
  • How VMware AppDefense Enhances Security Across Clouds
  • Harnessing the Benefits of Network Virtualization With VMware NSX
  • VMware Delivers Industry-First Unified End User Experience, Management and Security Solution for All Endpoint Platforms
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    VMworld 2017 Day Two

    While VMworld 2017 Day Two continues at full speed and I’m trying to go to as much of the outstanding sessions as I can. But unfortunately there are only 24hrs in a day. I can’t wait for all the sessions to come online and watch them all!

    VMworld 2017 Day Two
     

    Somehow it’s always the Tuesdays that is the bussiest day and funny enough also the day with the best parties. I was able to attend the Rubik party at the Marquee Nightclub and it was a good party. My props to the Rubrik party planner.

    Another thing what I did today was participating on a VMware Cloud on AWS design session. Which was an awesome thing to do! If you are going to VMworld Barcelona and you didn’t sign up for it yet do it here: Become Design Partner VMware Cloud on AWS. It will give you the opportunity to provide feedback on advanced topics to the VMware Cloud on AWS Design Team.

    Finally I’ve gathered some of the announcements made on the second day, which you can find below.

  • General Sessions Day Two – VMworld US
  • VMware AppDefense: Transforming Security in Virtualized and Cloud Environments
  • VMware, Pivotal and Google Cloud Collaborate to Unveil New Kubernetes-based Container Service – Pivotal Container Service (PKS)
  • Introducing New Digital Workspace Innovations
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    VMworld NSX Announcements

    It’s that time of the year again, it is time for VMworld!
    And it’s going to be something special again this year, especially for everything Network Virtualization related. Everyone did their best to not spill the beans on all new nifty features that will be announced during this VMworld.
     

    What will be announced at VMworld 2017

    Some of the NSX related announcements that will be made are:

  • NSX-T 2.0
  • VMware Cloud Services Secure Networking
  • VMware Cloud on AWS
  • VMware AppDefense (previously known as Project Goldilocks)
  • vRealize Network Insight 3.5
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    What’s new with NSX-T 2.0

    In case you missed the initial announcement of NSX-T you can read it here or register for session NET1510BU.

    Some of the new features of NSX-T 2.0 are:

  • Multi Domain Networking
  • Automation with OpenStack
  • CNI Integtration for Kubernetes
  • Improvements of On-Prem deployments
  • Support for Multi Off Site Clouds
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    VMworld NSX-T
     

    VMware Cloud on AWS

    VMware Cloud on AWS is a VMware Service which is joint engineerd and a one stop shop for Customers.

    VCAWS
     

    This Service includes the following:

  • VMware SDDC running on AWS bare metal
  • Sold, operated and supported by VMware
  • Support for containers and VMs
  • On-Demand capacity & flexible consumption
  • Full operational consistency with On-Prem SDDC
  • Seamless workload portability
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    NSX Vision

    The image below gives you an glimps into what the Network Security Business Unit (NSBU) has in store for NSX.
     

    NSX Vision
     

    AppDefense

    AppDefense will be one of the biggest announcements on the first day of VMworld. So what is AppDefense you ask? Well in short, AppDefense provides an intent-based security capability that is able to detect and block potential malicious actions and applications. The AppDefense system understands and learns what is a known good process and is also able to determine when the runtime behavior of an application deviates from its intended state. In other words, AppDefense was the missing link to provide Enterprise Security.

    Some of the features of AppDefense are:

  • Application Control
    • Comprehensive view/grouping of VMs in the datacenter
  • Runtime Anomaly Detection and Response
    • Monitor the real time state of the OS and user Applications
    • Alert and control process, network, and kernel events
  • Process Analysis
    • Built-in Process analysis engine gives overall process maliciousness as well as specific traits that are potentially suspicious
  • Orchestrate Remediation
    • Our infrastructure reach provides a more effective way to orchestrate remediation during a security incident
  • AppDefense will be (initially) deployed as SaaS service, this could be quite benefitial due to the amount of information gathered by other customers. A Proxy will be deployed on-premises to gather the information.
     

    What’s next?

    Like I desribed in an earlier blog post on the ITQ website, my main focus this year will be VMware Cloud on AWS and NSX. So please keep and eye on this site and get all the latest information on these topics.

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    Limit the number of VTEPs for NSX

    Everyone who has deployed NSX for vSphere must have configured the VXLAN Transport Parameters.

    VTEPs
     

    Nothing really fancy about this and pretty straight forward. But, what if you want to limit the number of VTEPs for NSX due to a specific requirement of the deployment? The number of VTEPs is not editable in the UI as described in the NSX documentation:

    The number of VTEPs is not editable in the UI. The VTEP number is set to match the number of dvUplinks on the vSphere Distributed Switch being prepared.

    So when you configure the VXLAN Transport Parameters for a host that is connected to a vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) with 6 dvUplinks it will automatically create 6 VMkernel interfaces.

    VTEP-6

    But but… (due to questionable requirements) we need it only with 2 VMkernel interfaces on a vDS with 6 dvUplinks, how can we solve this? Well fire up your PowerNSX.
     

    Limit the number of VTEPs for NSX with PowerNSX

    Not familiar with PowerNSX? Well you should be, PowerNSX is a PowerShell module that contains PowerShell functions that can call the VMware NSX for vSphere API. It will make you life so much more easier and is almost indispensable when consistency and speed is key. Here you can find how to install PowerNSX and here you can find how to use PowerNSX.

    Please alter the script below to match your environment.

    After the script has run successfully, the result will be only 2 VMkernel interfaces instead of the “default” 6 VMkernel interfaces:

    VTEP-2

    Don’t forget to configure the uplink assignment on the VTEP portgroup afterwards and set the uplinks to “Active” where the VTEP VLANs are configured on and the rest to “Unused”.

    VTEP-Assignment

    Thanks to Alexander Ries for helping with the script.

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    VMworld Barcelona 2017

    While sitting on my couch browsing through emails on my phone and it suddenly went *DING* and a new email appeared with the subject “VMworld Blogger Pass, Barcelona – YOU’RE GOING!
    Wait… What?? Woohoo! VMworld Barcelona 2017 here I come!
     

    VMworld Barcelona 2017
     

    This is the first time I’m selected to receive a VMworld Blogger Pass by the vExpert Team and I’m truly grateful for this opportunity.

    While the VMware Blogger Pass covers the full conference pass but it doesn’t cover the other expenses such as flights and hotels. Luckily for me my employer ITQ sees VMworld as an opportunity to attend and share interactive sessions and group discussion with peers from the IT world.

    But if you still need a good justification for your boss to go, read this article from Fabian Lenz called “Why VMworld 2017” that contains some good reasons to convice your boss. Or even better download the “Convince Your Manager” letter from the VMworld site!

    Some handy links for VMworld:

    I hope to see you in Barcelona to chat about whatever (even non-VMware related stuff 😉 ), just say hi if you see me or hit me up on twitter @vMBaggum.

    Adiós y hasta pronto!

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    Change the vmnic order on vSphere 6.x

    There is always one ESXi host who thinks he’s special and therefore has a different configuration than its siblings. This week it was a brand spanking new UCS blade server that didn’t want to play nice and the result was a different vmnic order.

    I’ve done this fix several times before with the older versions (< v5.5) of vSphere but now it was vSphere 6.0 so the KB article 2019871 that describes how to do this up to version 5.1 did not apply any more. But all the way at the bottom there is a link to KB article 2091560 that describe how to do this with vSphere 6.x!

    How to change the vmnic order

    Log on to your “special” ESXi host with your favorite SSH client.

    Run the following command to see the current assignment of aliases to device locations:

    The output will look as follows:

    Then to reassign an alias run the following command:

    For example, if you want to swap vmnic3 and vmnic4 use the following commands:

    After you re-assigned the aliases perform a clean reboot of the ESXi host and you’re done!

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