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vSphere – Networking – ESXi Single NIC VDS Management Migration

Well, I wasn’t sure how to name this blog as VMware continues to use all kinds of different lingos for all of their bells and whistles. I had the unique opportunity to begin working with migrating management interfaces or also know as vmkernel interfaces around from VSS to the DVS switching. This present a lot of struggles but it seems to me that VMware has really improved this functionality in the later versions of vSphere. I recall running into many kinds of issues when doing this on 4.0. So far using a vCenter 5 server with a mix of 4.1 and 5.0 host testing has proved to be seamless and non-interruptive. However, I would still highly recommend considering all your options and testing this method THOROUGHLY before ever touching production environments.

I was able migrate a single physical NIC running ESXi management from a VSS to a VDS. This video covers how I did that. The reason for the video was because I got all kinds of senseless google links when trying to search for something documented. So, I did myself a favor and published one.

Remember, this is a test and this is only applicable for me to use in a few environments. In most cases I use redundant NICs. Now the real kicker about this is that to migrate from a VDS to a VSS requires a bit more thinking and planning. Especially if you only got access to a single PNIC. Maybe I will cover that some other time… for now try to use two. Also, this may be a solution for environments running single 10GB and need to use PVLANS or centralize managment.

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VMware vSphere Management Tools

All I can say is “Whew!”. I am definitely looking forward to this.

So I am hoping to test some new products.

Criteria:

  1. What free tools the vendor offers?
  2. Capacity Management
  3. Reporting (Access and Automation)
  4. Monitoring
  5. Other Features
  6. Overall Cost (Licensing Model)

Tools:
(NOTE: The order is not specific to favorites or a product being the best. Also noted are the free tool they offer)

  1. vKernel – vScope
  2. Veeam One – Monitoring and Reporting)
  3. VMTurbo – Community edition
  4. Solarwinds – VM Monitor

Again, if you may know of any other products drop me a line and I see if we can add them to the list. There will be a review, rating, and follow up after testing and working with the products.

***Disclaimer: The thoughts and views expressed on VirtualNoob.wordpress.com and Chad King in no way reflect the views or thoughts of his employer or any other views of a company. These are his personal opinions which are formed on his own. Also, products improve over time and some things maybe out of date. Please feel free to contact us and request an update and we will be happy to assist. Thanks!~

Top 10 Free VMware Tools Review

Wow, I have to say this was a very informative webinar with two vExperts – David Davis and Kendrick Coleman.

You know when you’re a VMware admin its sometimes good to get away from the cloud and get your head in a different arena. New scenery is always a nice thing.

They explained the tools briefly and effectively. They noted use cases, features, and gave a good overall summary of a lot of the tools. Some of the tools are returning favorites like Veeam, PowerGUI, and well vGhetto.

Some of them were new like VMturbo’s Community Edition appliance which I thought was a no-brainer. I worked with VMturbo before in our own company and was pretty impressed with the product. Also, the new IPAD app was also on their list but as you know I am not an Apple fan at all. It’s a good product but I just don’t buy into proprietary stuff (My Opinion). What interesting were the tools that were mentioned on his prior list that I would’ve liked to look into.

I think over all I am going to test some of these tools very soon and in fact I have already downloaded them. One tool I have been using is RVtools. This tools is pretty incredible IMO. It’s really fast at gathering data and does a good bit of remediating off hand and in fact I will probably place it on my remediation list for tools. In the matter of literally a few seconds you can find out things like:

  1. Snapshots
  2. VM Disk space
  3. Datastore Space
  4. General health problems
  5. VMware tools status
  6. Full auditing of your environment (host and VMs)

It’s a pretty invaluable tool to quickly gather all that data and put in a form that you can export and keep. The next tools I am going to check out is probably going to be the vkernel tools and Veeam. Others I will look into when I finish completing my lab set up. The biggest issue we face with testing some of these really cool tools like VMturbo and vKernel is that they require a Linux OVF/OVA format. Being that our cloud is “Highly” secured the compliance list for these things can be a mile long and well bringing them to compliance will just be a headache. So for now we will probably stick with Windows based applications because we already have those security compliant. Plus we can probably run them on our desktops for testing puposes.

I also want to use the VMware Guest Console simply because it really overcomes the hassle of learning how to script things and really gives you flexibility to overcome certain obstacles..

At the end of the day I thought this webinar was really informative and helpful and I would like to wish them and the makers of the tools a big THANKS for making VMware admins life all over the world.. easier 🙂

***Disclaimer: The thoughts and views expressed on VirtualNoob.wordpress.org  and Chad King in no way reflect the views or thoughts of his employer or any other views of a company. These are his personal opinions which are formed on his own. Also, products improve over time and some things maybe out of date. Please feel free to contact us and request an update and we will be happy to assist. Thanks!~

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