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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Storage Provider Versions Comparison

This was Introduced in vSphere 5.0, the storage provider has evolved over time. Here is the features comparison in different versions of VASA:-

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

VMware Licenses Mystery Solved

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VMware vSAN 6.6 Design and Sizing Guide

How to check the Service Request Approval or Rejection Justification in VMware vRA 7?

 In vRA, one can set up the approval policy with conditions. For an example, i want if somebody is going to request the VM from self-service portal with more than 1 vCPU. That request should be approved by the approver. Whenever approver approves or rejects the request they have to give the justification, I as an end user wants to know what is the Justification of approval or rejection. Now the question to how to know this Justification as an end user. Lets have a look to know how to check this:-

1. Login as an End User in vRA Self Service Portal.
2. Request the Service. If approval policy is linked with the Service then Under request tab, request status would be "Pending Approval".
3. Then Approver will Check the request and Approve or Reject it with Justification. Lets assume Approver Rejected the Request.
4. As an End User when you will check the request status Under Request Tab. You will get status "Rejected". Click on the Request Number.

5. Now Click on Rejected Link Under Approval status. Here Under Justification Column you can check the Justification.

VMware vSAN 6.6.1 Upgrade Guide

VMware vSAN 6.6 License Editions

vSAN license editions include Standard, Advanced, Enterprise, and Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) Standard and Advanced. The following table shows the features included with each license edition.

Note:- Features in these editions can vary in different versions of vSAN . Please refer the vSAN Version Specific Licensing Guide.

For More Info Refer:- 

What is PFTT and SFTT in VMware vSAN 6.6

In vSAN 6.6, new storage policy features have been added for stretched clusters. These features provide failure protection for stretched clusters: 
Local Protection for Stretched Clusters
  • Primary level of failures to tolerate (PFTT) replaces the previous Failures to Tolerate (FTT). It applies to tolerate the failures across sites of streched cluster
  • Secondary level of failures to tolerate (SFTT) is a new rule that applies to tolerate the failures within each site of a stretched cluster. 
Note: SFTT is only available when streched cluster is configured, as vSAN capability for creating the vSAN Storage Policies
  • The failure tolerance method is tied to the SFTT rule as it defines how failure tolerance is achieved within each site but not across sites.
  • One can have PFTT = 0, SFTT = 1 or 2 either they can have PFTT = 1, SFTT = 1 or 2.

RAID 5/6 Erasure Coding in Stretched Clusters
  • RAID 5/6 erasure coding is only supported within each site.
  • RAID 1 mirroring is supported cross-site.
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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Impact of Prioritizing Entitlements in VMware vRA 7

If multiple entitlements exist for the same business group, you can prioritize the entitlements so that when a service catalog user makes a request, the entitlement and associated approval policy are processed in the specified order.

Task Briefing
If you configure an approval policy for a user group, and you want a group member to have a unique policy for one or more of the services, catalog items, or actions, prioritize the member entitlement before the group entitlement. When the member requests an item in the service catalog, the approval policy that is applied is based on the priority order of the entitlements for the business group. The first time that the member's name is found, either as part of a custom user group or as an individual user, that is the applied approval policy.

For example, you create two entitlements for the same catalog item so that you can apply one approval policy for the accounting user group and a different approval policy for User 1, a member of that group.

Scenario Briefing 

 Scenario's Result
How to Prioritize Entitlements
1. Login as Tenant Administrator or Catalog Administrator Role User
2. Administration Tab
3. Catalog Management
4. Entitlements
5. Click On Prioritize Icon
6. Select a Business Group from Drop-down list
7. Drag an Entitlement Up or Down to change the priority order
8. Click on Update and Close Button

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Auto Import vSphere VMs in vCloud Director 8.20

VMware Introduced cool new and exciting feature in vCloud Director 8.20. This features gives you the ability to import your vSphere VMs easily in vCloud Director Management Area. For this you have to Just move your VM to appropriate resource pool (this gets created automatically for Org vDC whenever Org vDC is created from vCD) and vm folder as per your Organization vDC setting. How to enable auto import feature in vCD? Follow the steps shared below:-

1. Log in to vCD System Admin Portal with System Admin User Credential > Administration Tab > General >. Select the Option "VM Discovery Enabled". However this is enabled by default.

2. From vSphere Web Client Just Move your VM in to Resource Created by vCD for Organization vDC

3. From vSphere Web Client Just Move your VM to Folder by vCD for Organization vDC

4. Once this is done Connect your VM to Right Org vDC Network From VM Properties in vSphere Web Client.

5. Once this is done after few seconds your VM will be listed in vCloud Director Portal under newly created vApp (this vApp get created automatically) and in vSphere Web Client automatically new folder will be created with the name "Discovered xxxxxxx". Here xxxxxxx is your VM name. As you see in the previous screenshot.

If you want to delete the VM. You can simply delete the VM from vSphere Web Client and it will be deleted immediately from vCD portal too. You can delete the VM from vCD portal too. Best way to delete the VM is delete it by using vCD portal.

For more info refer:-

VMware SRM 6.5 - What's New?

 In VMware SRM 6.5 number of cool new features are added. These are the enhancements in SRM 6.5:-
1. Compatibility with vSphere 6.5
2. Compatibility with vSAN 6.5
3. SRMs and vVOLs Interoperatibility
4. 5 Minutes RPO with VMware Native Replication with any compatible storage (Earlier it was possible with vSAN only)
6. vROPS SRM Management Pack.
7. Full Integration with vCenter 6.5 HA
8. Full support for Windows vCenter to vCSA Migration
9. SPPG Support for Encrypted VMs
10. Two factor authentication support with SRM 6.5 Integration with vSphere Guest Operations API
11. Scripted Install/Upgrade

For More Info on these features refer:-!/site-recovery-manager-3/srm-6-5-technical-overview

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Finally My Blog is in Top 100 vBlogs

Yesterday Eric Siebert From vSphere-land announced the results of Top vBlog 2017. You can check my previous blogpost to know more about Top vBlog 2017. Thanks to everyone who voted for my blog. My Blog Rank is 79. You can find the full results here

Friday, 4 August 2017

Storage and Availability Technical Documents

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Introducing Vembu BDR Suite v3.8

New features in v3.8

Disk Image Backup from BDR Server

Disk Image Backups can now be configured and managed via Vembu BDR Server. Relying on proxy agents is no longer required, unless it’s a distributed deployment which require individual proxy agent installation.

FLR from GUI (Backup & Replication)

File Level Recovery(FLR) is now available for both backup and  replication jobs where user can choose specific files and folders from VMware/Hyper-V/Disk Image backups and VMware replication, to be restored in a quick fashion.

Seed load backup data to OffsiteDR

Storing copy of backup data for DR requirements is now an easy task to be accomplished by seed loading backup server data to desired offsite data center. This save loads of time and bandwidth from being consumed.

Auto Authorization

Enabling Auto authorization in Vembu BDR allows proxy agents to get registered to backup server using unique registration key generated by respective BDR server.

Encryption Settings

Users can now provide additional security to their disk based backup jobs by assigning custom-password to backup server, such that all their backup data will be encrypted and can be restored/accessed only by providing the custom-password.

Storage Pooling

Storage Pools are used to aggregate the space available from different volumes and utilise them as a storage for specific backups. The hybrid volume manager of Vembu BDR Server supports scalable and extendable backup storage for different storage media such as Local drives, NAS(NFS and CIFS) and SAN(iSCSI and FC). Vembu BDR provides storage pooling option for both backup level and group level.
MSI Installer : For all Clients

Users will now get the client agents installer as .msi format also.The installer will check for the following packages based on the OS types (32 bit or 64 bit) and it will install the following (if not installed previously),

     Visual C++  2008 redistributable packages x86
     Visual C++ 2008 redistributable packages x64
     Visual C++ 2013 redistributable packages x64
     Visual C++ 2015 redistributable packages x86

Enhancements in v3.8

Enable or Disable retention for VMBackup / ImageBackup

User can enable or disable retention policy for the backups based on their requirements.
Disabling retention allows user to maintain all the backups without any merging of the incremental timestamps. This option is used when the backup size is low.

Disk level download option for VMware & Hyper-V plugins

Users can download backup data in multiple disk file formats such as: VHD, VMDK, VHDX, VMDK-Flat and RAW.

Similarly, if user need to download individual disks in a virtual machine, he can perform disk level download by selecting the disks.

From a group of virtual machines in a host backup, multiple disks can be downloaded with same disk file format.

Disk Management Mount(Hyper-V)

This option lets you instantly attach backup data to disk management as a VHD/VHDX file and proceed with the restore process. The VHD/VHDX file is created by virtually mounting the backup data on the vembu virtual drive. Users can access backup data via disks attached on disk management.

Once done with requirement, unmount backup data. This will resume backup job, so that incrementals will run as scheduled.

List VMs in an alphabetical order

Virtual Machines that are present in the host will be listed in an alphabetical order based on the ASCII table values, thereby making it simpler for the user to search and configure the backup. In the Review Configuration page, the Virtual machines that are chosen for backup is listed in the selected order.

Note: Virtual Machines will be listed in the following hierarchical order <special characters>, <numeric characters>, <Uppercase letters>, <lowercase letters>.

Search option for VMs in backup config page & restore list page

This option allows user to search the Virtual machines that are available in the ESXi host. Also, the user can search VMs/ host/cluster from a vCenter server. By specifying the required VM name in the search option you can select the VMs that are to be backed up from a ESXi host/vCenter Server.

VM level reports in OffsiteDR Server

This page lists all replicated jobs configured from backup server to the offsite server where you can see a report option alongside every replicated job

New menu for consolidated VM level report in BackupServer & OffsiteDR

VM level report gives the user the centralized report page of all VMs that are configured for backup. It allows user to view the detailed backup reports of virtual machines configured from both ESXi or Hyper-V Host.

Full featured free edition

Post 30 days trial version, user can either opt to purchase the product or continue using the free edition.
In Free edition user has two options to proceed with backup configurations : Full featured free edition or Limited Edition.        
Admin\Read Only Access privileges at both Backup Server and Group Level

Email Settings in Backup Agents

Email Report for OffsiteDR

Backup Verification Email Report (Backup Server & OffsiteDR)

Backup Level Report in Backup Status Report (Backup Server)