Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Vembu releases a free edition of Vembu BDR Suite. Give it a go!!

While I am still going through the process of settling down in my new role and a new life, I do wanted to write this quick article to thank Vembu Technologies who have come out to sponsor vXpress as one of the premium sponsors.

While I have been evaluating their softwares in my lab environment, they have recently released a free edition of Vembu BDR Suite which allows you to backup and recover unlimited number of vSphere and Hyper-V virtual machines and of-course the physical servers as well. Yes you read it right.. It is completely FREE. The difference between the paid and free version can be found here and you will be happy to know that the basic features such as - Agentless VMware Backup, Full VM Backup, Disk Exclusion, SAN and Hot Add modes and app aware backup processing is all included in the free version for unlimited number of VMs.

I believe its a great pick for small scale customers who want to test the waters and have a backup strategy defined for their IT. They will also have a choice to buy a licensed edition and just license the product for the paid edition which gives them enterprise class features. The entire suite is pretty comprehensive and I would probably go through the features as  I review the product further. 

Here are the top 5 reasons why Vembu wants you to use the free edition:

  • Vembu BDR Suite Free Edition is suitable for both virtual environments like VMware, Hyper-V and also for physical servers, workstations, thus catering to all types of data centers.
  • It is free forever. Post the trial period, a customer can continue to use the free version without any licenses involved.
  • The free version does not have major restrictions and can perform full image backup and recovery of both physical and virtual machines, granular recovery of files, folders and applications and much more.
  • Vembu’s own filesystem, VembuHIVE brings in-built compression, version control, encryption and error correction for efficient storage management.
  • One can backup unlimited VMs and physical servers and thus the free edition is suitable for both production and testing environments.

So go ahead and give it a try...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Enabling SDDC Health Solution for VSAN monitoring.

A few days back, I wrote about the release of VMware SDDC health Solution 2.0 which enabled you to monitor all the key components of your Software Defined Datacenter. If you go though the documentation of this release, you will see that the pre-requisite to monitor VSAN through this management pack requires you to install and configure the VMware vRealize® Operations Management Pack for vSAN™. This can be downloaded from the following link.
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Once you have the SDDC Health Solution and the VSAN management pack configured, you would need to enable the VSAN monitoring for VSAN to show as a child of SDDC solution on vROps UI. This option is not enabled out of the box since you may or may not have VSAN in your SDDC environments.

To enable this option follow the steps below:

Enable VMware vSAN Health Monitoring

VMware vSAN health monitoring under SDDC Health Management solution is disabled by default. You can manually enable the instance to receive VMware vSAN alerts and turn on the collection for VMware vSAN to collect data.

Note vRealize Operations Management Pack for vSAN is only supported on vRealize Operations Manager 6.4 and later.


Verify that vRealize Operations Management Pack for vSAN is installed to monitor VMware vSAN health using SDDC Health Management Solution.


1- Log in to the vRealize Operations Manager CLI using the root user and change the VSAN property to true in the sddchealth.properties file.

2- Edit the sddchealth.properties in the vi editor and set the value to true.

# vi $ALIVE_BASE/user/plugins/inbound/SDDCHealthAdapter3/conf/sddchealth.properties

3- Stop and restart the collection for SDDC Health adapter. 

Once you are done, you will start seeing the VSAN icon under the SDDC Management Health Overview Dashboard.

Will share as I explore this further in monitoring the entire gamut of SDDC solution with the aim of getting them under a "Single Pane of Glass" :-)

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Friday, December 23, 2016

vROps Webinar 2016 - Part 12 : What's New with vROps 6.4

Time to publish the recording for the 12th episode of the vROps Webinar Series. This time we did a what’s new with vRealize Operations 6.4 and the changes made to vRealize Operations 6.4as you will see there has been a lot packed into this recent release!

It has been an awesome 12 months working with Simon on this project and I am very glad to say we will be back next year (we will skip January and will return in February).

Happy Holidays from the team of vROps Webinar Series!
See you in 2017 with vROps Webinar Series 2017 with a brand new shiny logo!
Enjoy the recording for this session:

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Friday, December 16, 2016

vROps Webinar 2016 - Announcing Part 12 : What's New with vROps 6.4

It's the time of the month when I would like to invite you to join the next episode of our year long vROps Webinar Series. As we move towards the closure of a fantastic year, we would like to take a zoom out view at the vRealize Operations Manager solution with a What's New Episode. We did a What's new with vRealize Operations 6.3 a couple of months back, however looking at some awesome changes made to vRealize Operations 6.4 it absolutely makes sense to go over the new goodies.

With this we will also come to a close of vROps Webinar Series 2016. Simon and myself have discussed about the runway of this series and I am excited to say that we will continue to produce more content going into the next year with vRealize Operations Webinar Series 2017. We believe that operations is ever evolving and hence the content associated to it would always continue to evolve. Hence, it only makes sense that continue to learn and share.

So without further a do, save the date in your calendars and join use for the next and final episode of vRealize Operations Webinar Series 2016.

Day & Date          : Monday, 19th Dec 2016

Time                     : 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  (PST)

Event                    : vROps Webinar 2016

Topic                    : Part 12 : What's New with vROps 6.4

Speakers               : Simon Eady / Sunny Dua

WebEx Link          : Join WebEx meeting 

NOTE – Don’t forget to mark your calendars by saving the Date!! Feel free to forward the invite to anyone who might be interested. It’s open to all!!
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

VMware releases the SDDC Management Health Solution 2.0

Back in the month of September, I wrote about the VMware SDDC Health Solution which would help you deploy a unified management pack within vROps to monitor the health of your SDDC Management Stack. During that first release, the product was limited to monitor vCenter and vRealize Operations Manager. I did mention that it was a big step and if VMware could continue to invest on adding the rest of the solutions of the management stack into this unified management pack, it would help provide a Single Pane to SDDC customers to monitor the health and performance of there SDDC Management Stack which is huge.

The engineering team at VMware just took this to the next level by releasing the version 2.0 of this management pack today.

In its new Avatar, the management pack would now support the following components of the Software Defined Data-center.

  • VMware vCenter 
  • VMware vRealize Operations Manager 
  • VMware vRealize Automation 
  • VMware vSAN 
  • VMware vRealize LogInsight
  • VMware vRealize Business for Cloud
  • VMware NSX for vSphere

The management pack now supports 5 additional components and it covers mostly everything you would use in a SDDC Management Stack. While I have used this and was involved in Beta I am ready to install the GA build in my environment and play with it. Here is the overview of the solution from solution exchange.


VMware SDDC Health Solution provides Single pane of glass towards the SDDC Management stack and provides health (availability & product effectiveness) and configuration.

It provides validations against

- vSphere Hardening Guide
- NSX Hardening Guide

  • SDDC Health Management : Overview
  • SDDC Health Management : Historical Trend
  • Health & Configuration based alerts


SDDC Health solution bundles the capability of monitoring various application components of the SDDC management stack. The intent of the Solution is to provide Single Pane of Glass to isolate the health problems in the applications running on the SDDC management plane.

New SDDC Management Dashboard which includes the following:
  • SDDC Health Management : Health Overview
  • SDDC Health Management : Historical Trend
  • SDDC Health Management Apps : Infrastructure View
  • SDDC Health Management Apps : Service View
  • Health based alerts
  • Config based alerts
  • Top Recommendations 

Go get it!!