VCP6-DCV blueprint section 10:Objective 10.3: Configure and Maintain a vCloud Air Connection

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As i mention in the previous update post , i will not be able to blog about vCloud Air since i dont have the subscription for it (i wish VMware had some demo account that we can use for study) In this post i will only provide a links to VMware website - they did a great work capturing all the screenshots and the needed information for us.(including videos) So here we go: Create a VPN connection between vCloud Air and an on-premise site - http://vcloud.vmware.com/using-vcloud-air/tutorials/creating-an-ipsec-vpn Deploy a virtual machine using vCloud Air - http://vcloud.vmware.com/using-vcloud-air/tutorials/deploying-a-virtual-machine-from-scratch Migrate a virtual machine to vCloud Air - https://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/2013/08/how-to-migrate-vsphere-machines-to-vcloud-hybrid-service.html Verify VPN connection configuration to vCloud Air - http://vcloud.vmware.com/using-vcloud-air/tutorials/creating-an-ipsec-vpn Configure vCenter Server connection to vCloud Air - http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1026866 Configure replicated objects in vCloud Air Disaster Recovery service - http://vcloud.vmware.com/using-vcloud-air/tutorials/disaster-recovery-configuring-virtual-machine-replication Thanks for reading…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 10:Objective 10.2- Create and Manage a Multi-site Content Library

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for Create and Manage a Multi-site Content Library The following are objectives from the blueprint: Add/remove Content Libraries Configure Content Library authentication Configure Content Library to work across sites Compare the functionality of Automatic sync and On-Demand sync Determine which privileges are required to globally manage a content catalog Set/configure Content Library roles Add/remove Content Libraries / Configure Content Library authentication: From Home screen click on Content Libraries and then click on the add icon. Provide a Name and description and choose the vCenter server for local content library make sure to check the "local" radio button , also if you like to enable authentication you will Have to enable "publish content library externally" check box. Check…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 10:Objective 10.1- Configure Advanced vSphere Virtual Machine Settings

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for Configure Advanced vSphere Virtual Machine Settings The following are objectives from the blueprint: Differentiate virtual machine configuration settings Enable/disable advanced virtual machine settings Interpret virtual machine configuration files (.vmx) settings Configure virtual machines for multicore vCPUs Determine how using a shared USB device impacts the environment Configure virtual machines for vGPUs, DirectPath I/O and SR-IOV Differentiate virtual machine configuration settings: Since we already discuss most of the settings of a VM while we were covering the blueprint i am not going to expend on the setting .To access the VM setting right click on the VM and edit the setting . In the edit settings screen you can configure the VM hardware  for that specific…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 9 – Objective 9.2: Configure Advanced vSphere DRS Features

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for Configure Advanced vSphere DRS Features. The following are objectives from the blueprint: Configure the proper Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) automation level based on a set of business requirements Explain how DRS affinity rules effect virtual machine placement Add/remove virtual machine DRS Group Add/remove Host DRS Group Configure VM-Host affinity/anti-affinity rules Configure VM-VM affinity/anti-affinity rules Enable/disable Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) affinity rules Configure the proper Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) automation level based on a set of business requirements: Before we configure DRS we will need to enable it first in our cluster , i am using the same cluster configuration from the previous post on vSphere HA To enable DRS from Cluster>>Manage>>Setting>>vShere DRS>> Edit >> click on…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 9 – Objective 9.1: Configure Advanced vSphere HA Features

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for Configure Advanced vSphere HA Features. The following are objectives from the blueprint: Configure a network for use with HA heartbeats Apply an admission control policy for HA Enable/disable advanced vSphere HA settings Configure different heartbeat datastores for an HA cluster Apply virtual machine monitoring for a cluster Configure Virtual Machine Component Protection (VMCP) settings Implement vSphere HA on a Virtual SAN cluster Modify vSphere HA advanced cluster settings Configure a network for use with HA heartbeats: You will need to have a cluster to enable HA , in my home lab i setup only two ESXi host in cluster configuration with very basic configuration, On the switch you will need to enable management traffic on the VMkernel…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 8.3:Consolidate Physical Workloads using VMware Converter

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for the Consolidate Physical Workloads using VMware Converter The following are the blueprint objective: Install vCenter Converter standalone instance Convert physical workloads using vCenter Converter Modify server resources during conversion Resize partitions during the conversion process Interpret and correct errors during conversion Collect diagnostic information during conversion operation   Install vCenter Converter standalone instance: Use case for converter: Import running remote physical and VM's Import Hyper-V Import VMware workstation VM's Export VM's to other VMware format The installation process is very simple , the only thing that is different is that you can install this as client -server i choose to install it as local installation.   Convert physical workloads using vCenter Converter: I dont have a…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 8.2:Customize Host Profile Settings

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for customize host profile settings The following are the blueprint objective: Create/Edit/Remove a Host Profile from an ESXi Host Enable or disable Host Profile components Attach and apply a Host Profile to ESXi Hosts in a cluster Perform compliance scanning and remediation of an ESXi Hosts and clusters using Host Profiles Edit answer file to customize ESXi Host settings Modify and apply a storage path selection plugin (PSP) to a device using host profiles Modify and apply switch configurations across multiple hosts using a Host Profile Import/Export a Host Profile Create/Edit/Remove a Host Profile from an ESXi Host: To create host profile from the home screen click on host profiles Then click on add (+) and…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 8.1:Deploy ESXi Hosts Using Autodeploy

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for Deploy ESXi Hosts Using Autodeploy before you read this post please make sure you understand section 8.2 which talk about host profiles The following are the blueprint objective: Describe the components and architecture of an Auto Deploy environment Install and configure Auto Deploy Understand PowerCLI cmdlets for Auto Deploy Deploy multiple ESXi Hosts using Auto Deploy Implement Host Profiles with an Auto Deploy of an ESXi Host Use Auto Deploy Image Builder and PowerCLI scripts For auto deploy we will need several components: DHCP server TFTP server Auto Deploy server VMware PowerCLI console. Before we start make sure to download and install VMware PowerCLI .Here is some configuration you need to do before we…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 6:Configure and Administer a vSphere Backups/Restore/Replication Solution – Part 3

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Before we can continue to actually replicate between two main site i configure a new lab , please see the post name: replication - lab preparation and in this post we will cover the following objectives from the blueprint: Deploy a pair of vSphere Replication virtual appliances Configure vSphere Replication for Single/Multiple VMs Recover a VM using vSphere Replication Perform a failback operation using vSphere Replication Configure recovery point objective (RPO) for a protected virtual machine Deploy a pair of vSphere Replication virtual appliances: So after we learn how to install vRA and configure two Datacenters we now can configure replication between sites. We first need to pair the two vRA's to do that follow the following steps : Make sure that vRA availability status is OK in both datacenters.…
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Replication – Lab Preparation

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For the next objective we will need to setup a lab for Replication since i am using VMware workstation on my desktop and i only have limited resources i needed to find a workaround to make it work (So much fun :-)) So i put my thinking hat on and i came out with the following solution: Create a new lab (at least we getting more hands on) Configure two Datacenters Datacenter one configuration: Name: oceanside_dataceter ESXi hosts: Single esxi name esxi0 with basic installation (no fancy storage or networking connections) vCenter server : Single vCenter appliance running on VMware workstation vRA : single vRA installed on esxi0 host VM's:single linux vm installed on esxi0 host Datacenter two configuration: Name: MSPdatacenter ESXi hosts: Single esxi name MSPesxi0 with basic installation (no fancy…
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