Installing vShield Endpoint (vCNS Mgr 5.5.4-3)

Very quick blog entry as I’m busy tying up loose ends before jetting off on my summer hols….

It’s pretty easy to install vShield Endpoint as it’s a wizard-based OVA deployment. I’m not going to step through the process as it’s very simple (plus the install guide explains it very well). Once that’s done log into the console and run ‘setup’ to configure the IP address and DNS information.

After that, it’s a case of logging into vShield Manager and connecting to vCenter Server.

Once connected to the vCenter, you should see your datacenter and hosts in a hierarchical tree on the left menu. Select each host and installed vShield Endpoint.

vShield Installation guide: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vshield_55_install.pdf

However, I did encounter a few issues (due to prior deployments which hadn’t been cleaned up properly).

Error 1: VMKernel Portgroup present on incorrect vSwitchvcns1
This occurred because the hosts had a previous vSwitch labelled vmservice-vswitch, but the VMkernel port vmservice-vmknic-pg resided on a different vSwitch (previous deployment). To correct this I had to delete the old VMkernel port and recreate it on the correct vmservice-vswitch.

Error 2: VirtualMachine Portgroup present on incorrect vSwitch

vcns2Again this was due to a mis-configuration on a previous deployment! What should happen is once you’ve setup the vmservice-vswitch and created the vmservice-vmknic-pg portgroup and VMkernel port, the installer will create a new portgroup on that vSwitch called vmservice-vshield-pg. Like before, this was residing on the wrong vSwitch.

In the end I just deleted the wrong vSwitch and started again by creating the vmservice-vswitch and the vmservice-vmknic-pg. After that the installation of vShield Endpoint went swimmingly!

vcns3

Which goes to show that cleaning up an old deployment within your demo environment can sometimes be very handy! =)

 

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Nutanix to gobble PernixData?!?

Hmm, interesting rumours……
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/07/01/hyperconverged_nutanix_could_be_buying_vmcare_cacher_pernixdata/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/07/06/nutanix_gobbling_pernix_why_not/

Anthony Spiteri sums up my thoughts about PernixData quite well in his blog: http://anthonyspiteri.net/nutanix-buying-pernixdata-critical-analysis/

Based on past experience with FVP and Architect and running both in a demo lab, I’ve always thought they’re pretty clever products…. FVP especially with the way it handles fault tolerance with their clever clustering functionality for the cache!

Anyways, it was always a hard sell…. trying to solve storage problems (which may not exist) with a software caching solution which – let’s be quite frank – was expensive!

Plus with the discounts you can now get for All Flash Arrays, and the price of SSDs dropping, it was always going to be hard to convince a customer to part with money to put in FVP and some local SSDs rather than purchasing a brand new storage array full of Flash!
Be interesting to see what Nutanix does with them!

Top vBlog 2016 Full Results – #161 The Virtual Unknown

So the votes have been cast and the results are in for Eric Sieberts (http://vsphere-land.com/) annual Top vBlog award, sponsored by VMTurbo….

There were over 1600 votes cast this year, and BIG Congratulations once again to Duncan Epping (http://www.yellow-bricks.com) who has finished top for the 8th consecutive year!! That’s quite a feat considering Duncan has only been blogging for around 9 years! =)

Well deserved in my opinion! It’s great for people to recognise how much Duncan gives back to the community! Yellow-bricks was actually one of the first VMware blogs that I read and helped to inspire me to start blogging!

The Top 10 stays pretty much the same – although big congrats to Vladan for breaking into the top 10 this year (and knocking Chad Sakac out – that’s no mean feat if you read Chad’s blog!!), Vladan has done much to promote VMware/Virtualisation the past few years and it’s great that the public have voted him into the top 10 – in fact if you’re studying for the VCP6-DCV, then make sure you download his study guide: http://www.vladan.fr/vcp6-dcv-study-guide-free-download-pdf/

So the biggest surprise I got when I woke up this morning was to see that my blog has made the Top vBlog list…. new entry at #161……. Totally honoured that people have even read my blog, let alone vote for me! When I first started blogging just over 3 years ago, I didn’t even imagine I could get on this annual list of top virtualisation bloggers…. let alone be recognised as a vExpert!

In a way it’s encouraging me to continue with my blogging and gives me another goal to ensure I stay on that list next year!

So to all my readers – thanks…. and to those who voted for me – a bigger thank you! =)

 

Full results here: http://vsphere-land.com/news/top-vblog-2016-full-results.html