VMworld 2013: Breakout Sessions online availability

I have received a mail regarding the Breakout Sessions presentations that will be available online starting 19th of September. Check out the VMworld website by that time for more information.

Access will only be granted to participants of VMworld 2013 in San Francisco or Barcelona.

Alternatively you can register yourself for the online only session subscription and pay a smaller amount for getting access to the sessions.

I will most definitely share the interesting sessions with colleagues that are responsible for the technical areas these sessions cover. It’s also great to view some sessions you could not attend or as a preperation for VMworld 2013 in Barcelona next month.

Veeam Backup and Replication v7 Deep Dive #BCO5362

This session, provided by Doug Hazelman and Anton Gostev is all about the new Veeam Backup & Replication v7, launched not even 2 weeks ago.

Veeam v7 Deep Dive

Veeam v7 Deep Dive

I have published an article right after the launch about upgrading your existing Veeam installation and the new features I could find in the first few minutes. Check it out in the related articles section at the bottom of this page.

During this session I learned some new things and added some actions to my to-do which I will perform when I get back from VMworld. I will share these items with you, hopefully helping you to improve your environment with Veeam B&R v7 as well.

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VMworld 2013: What’s New in vSphere Platform and Storage #VSVC5005

While beginning to write, the session didn’t start yet. This is the first time I’m going to see Cormac Hogan live. I heard good things about him in a technical way. Next to him on stage will be Kyle Gleed, both Cormac and Kyle are from the Cloud Infrastructure Technical Marketing team.

What's new in vSphere 5.5

What’s new in vSphere 5.5

This session will be about the new vSphere 5.5 features, including new features for storage.

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VMworld 2013: General Session – Tuesday #GS-TUE

This morning the second keynote was kicked off by Carl Eschenbach, President and Chief Operating Officer of VMware. He pretty much recapped the announcements made yesterday:

  • vSphere 5.5
  • vCloud Suite 5.5
  • Cloud Foundry
  • VSAN
  • NSX
  • vCloud Automation Center

See my blog post about the General Session on monday below in the related articles section.

Today we finally heard how many attendees were here in San Francisco to be at the VMworld event: twenty-thousand-five-hundred. Holy shit!

Carl gave the word to Kit Colbert and Joe Baguley for the more technical details.

Next to the announcements, I got to know more about NSX now so I can tell my colleagues more about the technology. NSX makes it possible to bridge your NSX networks (VXLAN networks?) to the portgroups you created on the physical network and make life between virtual and physical networks a reality.

With this possible, NSX will provide switches, routers, firewalls and load balancers on your hypervisor and will be attached to your VMs and/or vApps. No more central network devices, just a bunch of features attached to your VM. Deployed when your VM gets deployed, removed when your VM gets removed. Automation eh? =)

NSX will prevent so called ‘hairpinning’ which means that VM traffic from one VLAN to another, on the same host, will flow thru the physical switches behind your ESXi hosts. NSX will happily route the traffic inside the hypervisor, speeding up traffic and decrease load on your physical network.

The demos about vCloud Automation Center were also very cool. The way customers and managers can request applications by using a user-friendly interface is something I want to build myself! Next, integrating vCenter Operations Management Suite with vCAC provides you and your customer with the latest status of their applications. Even more; when problems arise and vCOPS is able to fix it by adding capacity (in the form of auto-scaling, a new feature in vCAC enabling automatic enroll of VMs to your existing application cluster) or moving your vApp to a different storage tier, for example. These features an be enabled and disabled per user/customer and per VM.

I made some photos during the session to give a better impression of the topics and the speakers.

In september I will be giving a presentation together with my colleague Eelco de Boer (See related articles below) about this VMworlds highlights. I will most certainly show a demo of vCAC with vCOPS integration; very very cool!

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VMworld 2013: How to Build Public and Private Cloud Services with VMware Technologies #PHC6064

Ok, I’m going to be honest because I feel I have to.

I expected a lot about this session and learn some new things or get some new ideas to implement in my deployed vCloud Director environment. Actually I didn’t learn anything because the speakers from OVH.com were not to be understood, at all. Only seeing their slides didn’t make up for this bad presentation. This is my opinion, maybe other people liked the session, but seen the fact that about 30-40 people walked away, I don’t think that’s the case.

The presentation was mostly about their cloud solution and that they have used vCloud Director to serve their customers. They automated a lot and deliver vSphere as a Service.

Because I didn’t want to be all negative, I stayed untill the session was over and went to them to ask something about my vCloud Director environment. They did tell me how they configured their environment to help me and that is something positive. I will fill in the survey for this session and hopefully these guys will be back next year with a better English tongue =)

VMworld 2013: Successfully Virtualize Microsoft Exchange Server #VAPP5613

Alex Fontana, creator of the VMware documentation about virtualizing Microsoft Exchange products told all listeners about the best practices and pitfalls you can experience.

Some information was presented last year in Barcelona, but still provided useful information which I will pass on to my Exchange friends. My highlights of this session:

  • Use EagerZeroThick virtual disks instead of thin provisioned virtual disks. I believe this is only for the disks hosting mailbox databases. This due to the fact that there is a small performance penalty when writing new blocks to a thin provisioned disk.
  • When having multiple virtual disks in your virtual Exchange server, configure multiple vSCSI adapters (4 is the max, so when having 4 or more virtual disks, use them all and split the virtual disks among the vSCSI adapters). During testing, this has brought the Exchange latency from 60 to around 10ms.
  • Exchange latency should be under 10ms and should be no more then 20ms.
  • When using vMotion, make sure you use Jumbo Frames on the vMotion network. When this is not possible, configure the ‘SameSubnetDelay’ parameter to 2000ms instead of the default 1000ms on the DAG cluster.
  • Load balancing using the vCloud Networking & Security Edge is supported and works fine. No need to use a hardware or third-party load balancer.

A nice session and experienced speaker, thanks Alex!