UCS and Mixed vPC / Non vPC VLANs

A great feature added to the Cisco UCS V2+ is the ability to map VLANs to specific Port Channel uplinks and/or Ethernet uplinks. This seems pretty straight forward, but this was not available in V1 and I am finding customers who are not aware of this capability…

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Migration Tool for N1KV to vDS

VMware now has a beta migration tool to assist with the removal of N1KV from vSphere environments simplifying the path to NSX. The tool uses Python and Pyvmomi (Python SDK for VMware API)…

Currently validated with vSphere ESXi 5.1 with N1KV versions 2.2.3 and 1.5.2b and vSphere 5.5 and N1KV versions 3.1.3 and 2.2.3, but reach out to your faviorate VMware NSBU Systems Engineer for more information.

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Market, vCloud Air

vCloud Air + Google Integration

Announced January 29th, VMware’s Cloud Service vCloud Air will add Google Cloud Platform Services.  Google Cloud Storage, BigQuery, Cloud Datastore and Cloud DNS will be integrated into vCloud Air and operate just like other services from VMware, complete with authorization, authentication and terms of service.

This means vCloud Air customers will have access to the new services under their existing services contracts with vCloud Air. Customers simply pay for the Google Cloud Platform services they consume.

Furthermore, based on the terms of the VMware – Google partnership, Google will never be able to use VMware customer information and in fact will not have visibility into which customers are using their services – Certainly a very important consideration for customers.


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ESXi, Geeking Out, RDM

ESXI + RDM’s + MSCS (VPLEX) Gotcha

Not networking, but a little gotcha that caught me out today with very slow boot times for ESXi V5.5 associated with RDM’s and MSCS configured LUN’s mounted via VPLEX. Details in the following KB article associated with a volume flag called “perennially-reserved”… http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1016106

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vExpert 2015

Congratulations to all vExpert 2015 recipients! http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2015/02/vexpert-2014-announcement-2.html

I am very proud to be selected to this very prestigious group of bloggers and contributors… Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public speakers, book authors, script writers, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.

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