VMware Configuration Maximums Tool

Finally VMware  released tool to check VMware Maximum's .This is very helpful for everyone who loves and working on VMware environment . Until prior to this tool we always searching for VMware configuration maximums document and now this tool  made our life easier.

About  Tool 

This tool is a web based tool  , you can access it from wed address http://configmax.vmware.com/ complete information is accessible thorough this page . By using this tool we can avoid search of each time for the any configuration information  and  keeping offline data on excel sheet or as pdf .

Also this tool allow us to compare the different vSphere versions configuration maximums and export the data to excel sheet . This is really helpful to understand the enhancement across versions and plan for VMware Infrastructure upgrade .

Supported VMware Versions

This tool contains vSphere 6.0, 6.5, 6.5 Update1 and 6.7 configuration maximums details .

How to Access and Use the  Tool

Open the Web Browser and bowse the URL http://configmax.vmware.com/

Click on Get Started

Choose the Product and Version from the left pane .

Default it will be selected All Maximums or You can Choose the required Component and Click on View Limits 

Compare Configuration Maximums

Click the Compare Limits button at the top of the page

Select the Product and vSphere version from Left pane

Choose the Target vShere Versions  from drop-down menu.

 

Click the Compare button.

New Page will be Appear with Result and You can export the data to excel sheet

What's Next

We can except the tool will come with New Features , More Products  which will be very usable for VMware Customers and Engineers .

We can see there is Login Option and that is only For VMware Employee . If this option available for Customers and they should get the  Configuration Maximum and Upgrade path of their subscription will be very useful  .

 


VMware OS Optimization Tool

The VMware OS Optimization Tool helps optimize Windows 7/8/2008/2012/10 systems for use with VMware Horizon View. The optimization tool includes customizable templates to enable or disable Windows system services and features, per VMware recommendations and best practices, across multiple systems. Since most Windows system services are enabled by default, the optimization tool can be used to easily disable unnecessary services and features to improve performance.

On March 30th 2018 VMware released new version of Optimization Tool Version b1097 .

You can perform the following actions using the VMware OS Optimization Tool:

  • Local Analyze/Optimize
  • Remote Analyze
  • Optimization History and Rollback
  • Managing Templates

What's New with Version b1097

  • [Template] Issue fix - DELETEVALUE actions do not do anything
  • [Template] Issue fix - DISM commands missing /NoRestart switch
  • [Tool] Issue fix - Switching to another tab loses all unsaved changes
  • [Tool] Enhancement - Simplify user interaction in Template Editor. Now editing template no longer requires repeated Update button click. Mac style editing is applied (Automatically save changes along with edit)

Requirement

  • Windows 7/8/10, Windows Server 2008 R2/2012/2016
  • NET Framework 3.5, SP1.

For more information, please see the Windows Optimization Guide (PDF)

 


vSphere HTML5 Web Client

A fully supported version of the HTML5 client is released with vSphere 6.5, and the official name will be vSphere Client.

  • This client is designed for managing vCenter.
  • The new visual theme is called “Clarity”, and is also still in development. We will be fixing UI bugs and subtly changing the look and feel to fit the new Clarity standard.
  • The appliance requirements are recommended settings. It should still work at lower settings, but performance may be impacted.
  • The root password on the appliance is ‘demova’ (without quotes). If you enter the wrong password too many times you will get locked out. The easiest way to fix this is to redeploy the appliance from the OVA.


Blockchain on vSphere

Blockchain is an emerging technology which has been gaining traction globally throughout the past few years. Industries like finance, logistics, and IoT are actively working on research and pilot projects using blockchain.

Fabric is a sub project under Hyperledger (a LinuxFoundation project), it is probably the most mature blockchain solution available now for business use cases.

The mission of Blockchain on vSphere is to provide an end-to-end blockchain solution, from IaaS, to Blockchain platform and Blockchain applications. It allows organizations to quickly collaborate and evaluate the new business models and processes by using the decentralized blockchain technology.

By using BoV, blockchain developers can quickly set up an environment to build and test their blockchain applications.

Prerequisite

  • vCenter 6.0+
  • Docker 1.11 or higher
  • Python3.5
  • An linux VM like Ubuntu 16.04

 


VMware OS Optimization Tool

VMware OS Optimization Tool helps optimize Windows 7/8/2008/2012/10 systems for use with VMware Horizon View. The optimization tool includes customizable templates to enable or disable Windows system services and features, per VMware recommendations and best practices, across multiple systems. Since most Windows system services are enabled by default, the optimization tool can be used to easily disable unnecessary services and features to improve performance.

You can perform the following actions using the VMware OS Optimization Tool:

  • Local Analyze/Optimize
  • Remote Analyze
  • Optimization History and Rollback
  • Managing Templates

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Public Templates: You can share your templates, or get templates from the community

Prerequiste

  • Windows 7/8/10, Windows Server 2008 R2/2012/2016
  • NET Framework 3.5, SP1.
  • Download file from Download button
  • Double-click to install. Follow instructions from there.

The VMware OS Optimization Tool guide and the Remote Analysis Tool User Guide are both available from the Download drop-down menu.

For more information, please see the Windows Optimization Guide (PDF)


Cross vCenter Workload Migration Utility

This tool allows users to easily migrate virtual machines in bulk from a graphical user interface between vCenter Servers (same & different SSO Domains supported) using the Cross-vCenter vMotion feature.

Key Features

  • Completely UI-driven workflow for VM migration
  • Provides REST API for managing migration operations
  • Works with vCenter not a part of the same SSO domain
  • Support for batch migration of multiple VMs in parallel
  • Supports both live as well as cold migration of VMs
  • Performs storage vMotion, not requiring shared storage
  • Flexible network mappings between source and destination sites

 

Prerequisites

  • vCenter Servers 6.0 or above
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.8 or higher
  • Browser
  • Please review KB for Cross vCenter vMotion Requirements

Instructions

  1. Run the utility jar file from a shell window
    $ java -jar xvm-1.0.jar

    Default app port is 8080 which can be changed (e.g., 31000) by providing an additional flag:

    $ java -jar -Dserver.port=31000 xvm-1.0.jar
  2. Connection to the app from the browser. Use IP address/hostname of the machine (127.0.0.1 for localhost) where the utility is running as host
    http://<host>:<port>
  3. Register vCenter servers for migration operations on the 'Register' tab. Provide required parameters:
    Sitename: a name to identify the vCenter server
    vCenter Hostname/IP address, username, password
    Insecure connection: select to skip SSL verification during VC connection
    
  4. Initiate VM migration operations from the 'Migrate' tab. Progress of migration tasks can be monitored on the home page. Provide required parameters (select values from menu):
    Source and target sites: select sites from already registered sites
    Source VMs: select datacenter and VMs from the source site for migration
    Target cluster and datastore: select cluster and datastore from target site where VMs should be placed after migration
    Network mappings: select networks to map from source to target sites

Notes

  • Application logs are stored in xvm.log file
  • REST APIs for automating migration tasks can be accessed/executed from the API link in the top navigation bar which links to Swagger UI.
  • The app stores its state in memory, implying a restart of the app loses data about registered sites and migration tasks
  • Please refer to this KB article for supported configurations for Cross vCenter vMotion

Reference


I/O Analyzer

VMware I/O Analyzer is an integrated framework designed to measure storage performance in a virtual environment and to help diagnose storage performance concerns. I/O Analyzer, supplied as an easy-to-deploy virtual appliance, automates storage performance analysis through a unified interface that can be used to configure and deploy storage tests and view graphical results for those tests. I/O Analyzer can use Iometer to generate synthetic I/O loads or a trace replay tool to deploy real application workloads. It uses the VMware VI SDK to remotely collect storage performance statistics from VMware ESX/ESXi hosts. Standardizing load generation and statistics collection allows users and VMware engineers to have a high level of confidence in the data collected.

Download 

Features

  • Integrated framework for storage performance testing
  • Readily deployable virtual appliance
  • Easy configuration and launch of storage I/O tests on one or more hosts
  • Integrated performance results at both guest and host levels
  • Storage I/O trace replay as an additional workload generator
  • Ability to upload storage I/O traces for automatic extraction of vital metrics
  • Graphical visualization of workload metrics and performance results

New in version 1.6.2

  • Patched BASH binary to fix Shellshock vulnerability
  • Patched OpenSSL library to fix Heartbleed vulnerability
  • Added warning messages when invalid VM names are detected

Reference

 


FreeNAS

By using FreeNAS we can do file sharing with  best features. Every major operating system is supported with SMB/CIFS (Windows file shares), NFS (Unix file shares) and AFP (Apple File Shares) as well as FTP, iSCSI (block sharing), WebDAV and other methods of sharing data over the network are available. iSCSI also supports VMware VAAI, Microsoft ODX and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2012 R2 Clustering.

Note FreeNAS 11.1 requires a 64-bit CPU and a minimum of 8GB RAM.

Full Hardware Requirements
Release Notes and Changelog


OpenFiler

Openfiler provides a simple way to deploy and manage networked storage.  Installing Openfiler results in a powerful networked storage solution that exports your data via a full suite of industry standard storage networking protocols. Openfiler lowers deployment and maintenance costs for networked storage without compromising functionality or performance.

With the the help of  features available on Openfiler, you can take advantage of file-based Network Attached Storage and block-based Storage Area Networking functionality in a single cohesive framework.

Any industry standard x86_64 server or virtual machine can be converted into a powerful multi-protocol network storage appliance, replete with an intuitive browser-based management interface, in as little as 15 minutes. File-based storage networking protocols such as CIFS and NFS ensure cross-platform compatibility in homogeneous networks - with client support for Windows, Linux, and Unix. Fibre channel and iSCSI target features provide excellent integration capabilities for virtualization environments such as XenServer and VMware.

The Openfiler distribution is available as an installable ISO CD image to be deployed on bare-metal or a pre-installed disk image for use with Citrix XenServer or VMware ,Installable images are available for x86_64 architectures.

Installation & Administration Guides

Download

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x86_64 ISO Image (x86_64) Installation ISO image (x86_64) Download Icon be3be005c9f0a6025731ab8c036dfb0188b0d9c2

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Auto Deploy GUI

Auto Deploy GUI is a front end interface to the Auto Deploy/Stateless infrastructure.

Features

The Auto Deploy GUI is a vSphere plug-in for the VMware vSphere Auto Deploy component. The GUI plug-in allows a user to easily manage the setup and deployment requirements in a stateless environment managed by Auto Deploy. Some of the features provided through the GUI include the ability to add/remove Depots, list/create/modify Image Profiles, list VIB details, create/modify rules to map hosts to Image Profiles, check compliance of hosts against these rules and re-mediate hosts.

What is New

  • Supports vSphere 6.0
  • Image Profile Wizard – new VIB filter
  • New PXE Host List and Boot Configuration troubleshooting tools

Note: this is the last release to include vSphere 5.0 support

Prerequisites

  • Verify that you have a supported vSphere Client installed.
  • Verify that you are a member of the Administrators group on the system.
  • Verify that the host machine has Windows Installer 3.0 or later.
  • Verify that the system has an Internet connection.
  • The Autodeploy GUI Plugin requires the Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1 Framework. The .NET 3.5 SP1 installation might require Internet connectivity to download more files.
  • Verify that you have at least one working vSphere Auto Deploy Server

Note : vSphere Auto Deploy is not necessary (but recommended) to use the image builder feature only .

Procedure

  1. Download the Auto Deploy GUI Plugin zip file, extract it and double-click the AutodeployGUI5xTP_build number.exe file.
  2. Follow the prompts in the wizard to complete the installation.

For more details on how to use Auto Deploy GUI please download and use the following guide. The guide is in the download itself, but you can also view it here:

VMwareAutoDeployGUIPracticalGuide.pdf

The scope of this document is to demonstrate how to configure and use the Auto Deploy
GUI to manage stateless ESXi environments.

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