VMworld 2019 – Checklist for VMware Cloud Providers

As we are approaching VMworld 2019 in San Francisco, I wanted to spend some time on what sessions and labs to review when attending VMworld.

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The VMware Cloud Provider Program continues to grow exponentially and this year we have over 30 VMworld sessions that are focused on our VMware Cloud Providers. This is extremely exciting as we continue to see more of an emphasis on our great service providers and ensuring all VMware customers are aware of these strategic partnerships.

With that said, I’d like to highlight a few sessions that I believe will be important to watch live or catch the recording at a later time.

First off, our VCPP VMworld catalog is located here: https://my.vmworld.com/widget/vmware/vmworld19us/us19catalog?search.products=15615668180870019stm

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Setting up Edge Clusters in VMware vCloud Director 9.7

Currently, I am working on some overall design content for Edge Clusters inside of VMware vCloud Director 9.7. However, I wanted to share a post on providing a step by step guide on establishing an Edge Cluster inside of vCD. I will much more to share on our corporate blog shortly, but this should start some thoughtful discussions.

Quick Intro to Edge Clusters

So what’s the deal with Edge Clusters? Edge Clusters now allow a provider to discrete control of tenant Edge placement. Previously, this was rather limited and only controlled at the Provider Virtual Data Center (pVDC) layer. With Edge Clusters, we now can establish this on a per-oVDC basis. In essence, the three main value points of Edge Clusters:

  1. Consumption of dedicated Edge Clusters for North/South traffic – optimized traffic flow while minimizing the span of Layer 2 broadcast traffic.
  2. Provide a higher level of availability to Edge nodes that can distinctly fail between two clusters.
  3. Ability to balance organization Edge services between multiple Edge Clusters – I do not have to use the “same” Primary and Secondary Edge Cluster for every org VDC. This can be configured on a per orgVDC basis.

Below is a overall high level design of Edge Clusters from a physical and logical layer –

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Removing VMware vCloud Availability 3.0 Plugin from vCenter

Recently, I had this come up where I had to remove the vCloud Availability 3.0 (vCAv) plugin from my lab vCenter. Today, there is not a way to do this through the vCAv on-premises appliance UI – it must be done directly on the vCenter. Therefore, after speaking with a colleague (Bill Leck), I received the steps on removing it from the vCenter instance.

The following steps will work with vSphere 6.5x and 6.7U1. With 6.7U2, you can skip step 2 – thanks Vladimir Velikov.

Here are the high-level steps:

  1. SSH to the vCenter
  2. Remove packages
  3. Remove endpoints from the lookup service
  4. Restart vCenter UI services

This is a very easy and straight forward process. I’ve documented the step by step directions below.

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Overview of VMware vCloud Availability 3.0 – Tenant Deployment, Protection Workflow, Resources

Once the provider site is operational, we are ready to bring the on-premises / Tenant site online for VMware vCloud Availability 3.0 (vCAv). Again, recap of the deployment steps:

  1. Deploy vCAv On-Premises Appliance
  2. Start configuration wizard
  3. Connect to vCAv Cloud Tunnel
  4. Configuration of local placement
  5. Validation and vSphere UI

Before we get started, let’s take a look at a port mapping diagram.

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