Scott Drummonds on Virtualization

Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to vSphere 5


I was recently re-watching the classic cultural assessment of our friends down under, Bart vs. Australia. Among the other completely accurate portrayals of our Aussie friends, you will see MPs slopping pigs, the Prime Minister drinking beer from an inner-tube on a lake, and of course The Boot. All of this got me thinking of the Melbourne stop in EMC’s five-city Pre-sales Conference Roadshow that finished a week ago. VMware partially sponsored this event and its fantastic SE and one of my good friends, Pete Marfatia, gave an electrifying presentation on the top 10 reasons to upgrade to vSphere 5.

In this entry I want to share with you VMware’s top 10 list that Pete presented with Tim Hartman. I have provided a PDF version of their presentation on my blog in case you want more detail. Feel free to contact me, your local VMware SE, or a vSpecialist if you want more information. Now, on to the top 10!

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vShield Clarification


A couple of weeks ago I wrote on vShield. As I said then, the Asia Pacific and Japan vSpecialists have spent a lot of time on this wonderful product. We love it. The purpose of my blog entry was to highlight a best practice that would avoid an annoying issue. That issue is that vShield App installation on ESX hosts running a vCenter virtual machine can disconnect vCenter from the network. The workaround–documented in the vShield Administration Guide–is to run vCenter and vShield manager on a management cluster. Case closed. Well, not yet.

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Physically Separate Management Cluster


My recent foray into the world of vShield produced a contention recommendation from my friends at VMware. Today I want to ask you to educate me and our peers. I want to know: do you think it is a best practice that management products should be run on their own in a vSphere cluster?

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vShield, vCenter, and Management Clusters


I recently tweeted looking for VMware customers using the vShield products in production. There was very little response. It seems that vShield Edge and App are barely being used at all in production. It is possible that some rough patched need to be sanded down to polish vShield to its appropriate luster. But if you are not playing with these products now, you owe it to yourself to download the trial versions.

Our fantastic APJ vSpecialist organization has been spending with vShield. Many of us believe vShield to be one of the most exciting editions to the VMware portfolio in a long time. It is simple, elegant, and very powerful. But there is a very big danger with vShield: improper use can disable the network connection of vCenter virtual machines. Fixing this problem is not intuitive.

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