Hot off the presses here – VMware has released a new content page for go-to information for install, configuration, and management guidance.
Things to point out:
- vCenter High Availability Overview – https://vspherecentral.vmware.com/#!/vcenter-server/configuration-and-day-2-operations/vcenter-high-availability-overview
- vROps Performance and Health Monitoring Guidance – https://vspherecentral.vmware.com/#!/operations-management/performance-and-health-monitoring
- Command-Line Interfaces – https://vspherecentral.vmware.com/#!/developer-and-automation-interfaces/command-line-interfaces
This is a GREAT go-to page for core functions from a lifecycle perspective. Get this out to your teams!
This is a nice little jewel available in the VMware Solution Exchange – ability to monitor vCD objects and provide potential tenant integration for monitoring their org.
More info here: https://marketplace.vmware.com/vsx/solutions/management-pack-for-vcloud-director
To install it – it’s pretty easy:
- Download the PAK file
- Toggle to Administration -> Solutions in vROps
- Hit the + Button on Solution
- Select your PAK file and click Upload
- Accept the EULA
- Let vROps do it’s thing – installing…
- Click Finish once it’s complete.
- Now find the Management Pack for vCloud Director under Solutions. Go ahead and click on the gear icon to configure your connection.
- Add your instance along with the Display Name, org you want to connect to, and credentials. Pretty similar to other connections. Note – ensure Auto Discovery is set to “True” if you want new objects to propagate to vROps!
- Test your connection – if successful, you should start seeing Data Receiving under the Collection Status
- Toggle over to Dashboards -> you will see several new vCD dashboard available from All Metrics, vApp Utilization, Alerts, etc.
- From here, one could provide tenant access to a specific dashboard and/or org from vROps that provides a vCD view.
Yet another great addition for vROps 6.6 – definitely check it out if you are a vCD user!
Installation Guide is here.
I just upgraded my current vROps 6.4 instance to 6.6 – didn’t really know what it would take to do this.
Well, I can say this was one of the easiest updates I’ve ever done. I can summarize this in five steps.
- Download the appropriate PAK update file from vmware.com – there’s a few versions you can download. I’m running the vApp, so downloaded that.
- Log into the admin console – so https://<vrops-ui>/admin
- Click on Software Update -> Install a Software Update
- Upload the PAK file – agree to the terms
- Sit back and let it do its thing.
There’s 9 steps during the upgrade process. The admin page will time out during the appliance reboot. Once it comes up, the new GUI is evident.
Once it hits 9 of 9 – click on System Status on the left. You’ll see your applicable nodes and the current state.
I love the new interface, but also the immediate usability of 6.6. On the left side, I can see immediate recommended actions and workload balance.
Just incredible for a “minor” release.
I took the new 2v0-642 NSX certification on Tuesday and lo and behold, I passed!
I am going to very careful so I do not violate any NDA, but I wanted to provide an updated perspective on the 2v0-642 test. As many of you know, 2v0-641 test has been around for several years and has been recently retired.
Moreover, many of the study guides available are on 641 – my understanding is 642 was quite different.
642 focuses on NSX 6.2x feature-set – one of the biggest changes is the addition of cross-vCenter vMotion.
So what did I do to prepare for this?
- I took the VMware NSX for Internetworking Experts Fast Track [V6.1] Class. Yes, that’s right – I took the older class. Why? Well, I wanted to take a remote class and this was the closest thing available. I also don’t believe the Fast Track class is updated to 6.2, but I could be wrong.
- However, this was a VERY good class that laid out many of the fundamentals I needed.
- My instructor was good and even went over cross-vCenter vMotion and some of the changes for 6.2, which was not in the curriculum but very valuable.
- Moreover, when I take any kind of class, I screenshot EVERY slide and write notes the instructor states. I reviewed ALL of this material for my exam preparation.
- Labs, labs, labs. I can’t stress this enough – PLUS IT’S FREE!!!
- A few labs I did over and over again – mostly focused on the 1725 labs:
- HOL-1725-SDC-1 – VMware NSX Advanced Consumption
- HOL-1725-USE-2 – VMware NSX Multi-Site DR with SRM
- HOL-1703-SDC-1 – VMware NSX: Introduction and Feature Tour (while I did this in my class, it was a good refresher)
- HOL-1703-USE-2 – VMware NSX: Distributed Firewall with Micro-Segmentation
- VMware Hands on Lab Link: http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/catalog/681
- Since I deal with vCloud Director, I had a prebuilt vCD/NSX environment so I tested several scenarios also. However, the HOL give great guidance
- I used Gregg Robertson’s blog as an addition to my overview – I went through the podcasts but did not read the book he referenced. Many thanks to Gregg for this insight.
- Link: Gregg Robertson’s Blog on VCP-NV Test
- READ THE DANG PRODUCT DOCUMENTATION!
- This can’t be stressed enough. Even though it is long, some parts boring, there was some VERY VALUABLE insight, especially on the cross-vCenter vMotion setup and considerations.
- Docs I really focused on:
- VMware NSX Network Virtualization Design Guide – VERY IMPORTANT
- NSX Installation Guide
- NSX Administration Guide
- Cross-vCenter NSX Installation Guide
- Furthermore, with the admin guides – I took the labs and went through the basic administrative functions so I’m aware of steps.
- VMware VCP6-NV (2v0-642) 6.2 Practice Exam
- This was good – but obviously take it with a grain of salt. You can’t just take this expect to pass the test.
- Link to VMware myLearn VCP6-NV 6.2 Practice Exam
- I’m someone that needs to write/type things out and make a mental map of the technology and components. Therefore, I created this note sheet that I typed up a few days before the test: 2v0-642-UNOFFICIAL-StudyNotes
- PLEASE take these notes as they are – it’s my (weird) way of studying for a test and how I interpret NSX.
- I went through the test and flagged questions I was not entirely sure.
- First pass took me maybe 35 minutes to complete – then I went to the beginning and went through the test again, focusing on the flagged questions I wasn’t too sure of.
- Read each question CAREFULLY and eliminate the ones you know aren’t true.
- Overall, I think I finished up with 45 to 50 minutes to spare.
Overall, I thought the test was challenging and asked very fair questions. It also made me kick myself on things I should have reviewed further – but that’s what a test is!
I’ll be working on my VCAP next – TBD if I’ll switch over to DCV or stay on NV. But I truly enjoyed the experience and look forward to the next test preparation.