[VMWorld 2020] VMware Cloud on AWS New Features

VMware Cloud on AWS New Features

VMware Cloud on AWS has been around for a couple of years now and has improved over time by providing new services and expanding regularly to more regions across the world.

VMware’s cloud solutions is now getting better and we’ll go through some of the new features and capabilities announced at VMWorld 2020 that will be available soon.

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Recap

Before going any further and see what’s waiting for with on VMC on AWS, let’s quickly review the different use cases of that solution.

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[VMWorld 2020] What’s New in WMware Cloud on Dell EMC

What’s New in WMware Cloud on Dell EMC

Last year VMware Cloud on Dell EMC was announced at the Dell Technology event and later on the new offering was available in some regions across the world.

Now at VMWorld 2020, VMware brings some news to this very special plateform and we’ll go through some of them.

What was VMC on Dell EMC about again?

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How to fix ESXi hosts showing out of sync with a distributed switch

Recently I was in charge of designing and implementing a new vSphere and vSAN infrastructure for a customer.

Everything went just fine, except that we all have experienced many network outages due to misconfiguration of some Firewall Virtual Appliances where the whole infrastructure relies on.

As a result, all ESXi got disconnected from the vCenter and this happened many times!

Anyway, the network team in the end fixed the issue and the network was finally stable but I have to say that I’m not a fan of firewall virtual appliance as it brings some limitations and complexity. Unfortunately, those outages had a bad impact on the virtualization network as some warnings appeared showing some ESXi hosts out of sync with the distributed switch.

Distributed Switch Warning

This could not be a big deal at the beginning but this kind of issue definitely needs to be addressed to avoid any network problem in the future.

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How to upgrade from vSphere 6.7 to 7.0

Hello the vCommunity!

As all of you might know by now, vSphere 7 is GA! And I can imagine that many of you have been downloading vSphere 7 to test out all the awesomeness of that new release, and that’s what I’ve done too.

So, I want today to share with you all the different steps in order to properly upgrade from vSphere 6.7 with VCSA to vSphere 7.

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My experience with the VCAP-DCV 6.5 Design exam

Last month, I was happy to successfully pass my VCAP-DCV 6.5 Design exam that has also validated my VCIX-DCV 2019.

The exam was very challenging and tough from my point of view but I would say it was also fair. All the questions were from topics that you can find in the exam blueprint. So you know exactly what you have to study before taking the exam.

But I have to be honest with you, I didn’t pass on my first attempt. The thing is that I rushed to fast to take the exam thinking that I was ready but I wasn’t.

So what went wrong?

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VMware provides now an “Migration” feature in a new release of vRealize Automation 8

Hello the VMware community. VMware has released yesterday a small but important update to vRA 8.

So what’s new?

Well, in the very first release of vRA 8, it wasn’t possible yet to migrate from vRA 7.x , due to the major changes in the architecture. it was just a matter of time before VMware brings up the functionality.

But from now on, you can migrate your existing vRA 7.5 or 7.6 environnent to 8.0.1. VMware also says that a migration is possible by creating a brand new vRA 8 platform and then migrate all the configuration from an existing vRA 7.x environment.

I can imagine that a lot of people was waiting for this feature which is quite important and especially when it comes to a major release of a product. So guys let’s go to our homelabs or test environment and do some migrations.

VMware also developed a new migration assessment tool to collect “offline” data from your vRA, vRO or external vRO source environment. Then you can upload the collected data during the assessment phase of your new installation.

The new features below are part of vRA 8.0.1 as well:

  • Git Integrations
  • Blueprint Properties Editor
  • API enhancements for Networking and Deployments
  • Extensibility VA and ABX resiliency enhancements
  • vRO based catalog services now support array/number as inputs parameters
  • Custom forms enhancements

You can download the new release of vRA 8 below.

vRealize Automation 8.0.1 download

And here is the official release note where you’ll find more details about that new release, bugs fixes, known issues and so on.

vRA 8.0.1 Release Note

I’ll try soon to publish a new post describing the whole migration process, so stay put!

VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts Beta announced

Last week at AWS re:Invent, AWS and VMware made an interesting announcement. The launch of the beta program of VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts.

Some lucky customers will be able to participate to the beta program before a general availability somewhere in 2020.

So what was VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts about again?

If you remember, VMware and AWS unveiled last year a new offering: “VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts”, to allow customers to take benefit of VMware Cloud on AWS, but on premise into their data center.

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vRealize Automation 8.0 – Installation

vRealize Automation 8 was released last week and I wanted to share with you how to do the installation of that new version.

Like I stated in a previous blog post, vRA 8 comes in a brand new platform built on a container-based architecture running on Photon OS 2.0.

As you know, no more Windows machines is required but the vRA 8 appliance includes all the services such as Cloud Assembly, Service Broker, Code Stream, and vRealize Orchestrator that leverage the main product.

There are some prerequisites before installing vRA 8. You will have first to deploy the Lifecycle Manager and then the Identity Manager. Know that you can also migrate earlier version of LCM and IDM if you have older version running in your environment. However it is not possible to install each component by deploying their respective OVA files.

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