VMware vCloud Usage Meter 3.6.x Scalability options

For Service Providers within the Cloud Provider Program, having adequate metering and billing capabilities is imperative to the critical operations of the service.  As a consequence of VMware vCloud Usage Meter (UM) being so integral to a service providers capability to report on the usage and consumption of VMware products, certain scalability limits need to be understood to provide accurate reporting to VMware.  The UM operational limits depend on the environment topology and the way it is consumed and the products that are being metered.

Scalability Limits

UM 3.6.x can tolerate 10,000 Virtual Machine’s changing power state every 2.2 hours on an individual virtual machine.  If the number of metered virtual machines increases significantly, or the power state changes more frequently, an additional deployment of UM is needed.  UM can scale up to 50 vCenter Server Instances, 24,000 Virtual Machines and a 1,000 customers.

Multiple vCloud Usage Meter Deployments

 In environments with multiple vCenter Servers and when the scalability limits are consistently being hit or exceeded, it is recommended to deploy multiple UM appliances.  In this scenario vCenter becomes the boundary for state changes for UM.  The two example diagrams below demonstrate these scenarios:

In this scenario, a single UM appliance is metering four vCenter Servers.  If the virtual machines being hosted in this environment are subsequently changing more than 10,000 times ever 2.2 hours, then inconsistent information can be collected by the UM appliance.

In this scenario, multiple UM appliances have been deployed, and the boundary for virtual machine changes have been significantly altered.  By splitting the vCenter servers, and registering with different UM appliances, the operational changes can now be metered more accurately.

 Note: A single vCenter cannot be registered with multiple UM appliances.

Summary

In conclusion, by adding multiple UM appliances to the service provider environment, the granularity of metered products is significantly increased, resulting in accurate billing information being provided by vCloud Usage Meter.

For further information on vCloud Usage Meter visit: https://www.vmware.com/products/vcloud-usage-meter.html

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New KB articles published for week ending 18th February 2018

VMware Horizon

Provision of linked clone virtual machines fails with error: ‘Fail to connect to the UFA service’
Date Published: 2018/2/12

Issue with local IME composition window position for some remote apps
Date Published: 2018/2/14

FAQ: Horizon 7, App Volumes, UEM Extended Service Branches (ESB)
Date Published: 2018/2/16

VMware vCenter Server

Default “system.view” privilege overrides the custom privileges for non administrators users
Date Published: 2018/2/12

Required ports for VCHA 6.5
Date Published: 2018/2/16

Skyline Collector Appliance

Collecting diagnostic information for Skyline Collector
Date Published: 2018/2/12

VMware SDDC Manager

Spine switch port information is not present for TOR switches in the network wire map
Date Published: 2018/2/13

NSX Manager Backups are Failing after performing an Upgrade or Password Rotation
Date Published: 2018/2/13

VMware vSAN

Controller firmware health check warning for NVMe controllers even when the firmware is certified
Date Published: 2018/2/13

VMware Tools

Cannot see file in /tmp or /var/tmp after copying it to a RHEL 7.x guest
Date Published: 2018/2/13

VMware Pivotal Container Service

PKS Cannot Access Add-On Features or Functions
Date Published: 2018/2/13

PKS Error: Failed Jobs
Date Published: 2018/2/13

PKS Error: No Such Host
Date Published: 2018/2/13

VMware NSX for vSphere

Publishing firewall rules after upgrading to NSX-v 6.3.5 fails
Date Published: 2018/2/13

vRNI 3.x Causes NSX Controllers to hit 100% CPU when querying mac-tables from vRNI Proxy
Date Published: 2018/2/17

VMware vSphere Integrated Containers

VIC 1.3 Upgrade Fails “Failed to register appliance”
Date Published: 2018/2/14

VIC Reports “SSL error: [SSL: TLSV1_ALERT_PROTOCOL_VERSION]” for Docker-Compose
Date Published: 2018/2/14

VIC Container Fails with “Parsing network alias” When Using “–link”
Date Published: 2018/2/14

VIC Plugin Fails to Install “failed: flag needs an argument: -server-thumbprint”
Date Published: 2018/2/15

VIC VCH fails to save images due to authorization error
Date Published: 2018/2/17

VIC Appliance console shows the message “error: unable to unmarshal ovf environment”
Date Published: 2018/2/17

VIC Networks Fail to Delete “has active endpoints”
Date Published: 2018/2/17

VMware vSphere

Performing concurrent backup/restore may fail while using VDDK against vSphere 6.5 environment
Date Published: 2018/2/15

VMware ESxi

Cannot find “disk.EnableUUID = “TRUE”” parameter in vmx file, when creating Windows Server 2016 virtual machine using Host Client
Date Published: 2018/2/15

VMware Horizon View Client

Microsoft Windows sometimes crashes when using Logitech C920 webcam with VMware Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business
Date Published: 2018/2/16

 

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Is 2018 the year of VVols?

Next month VMware’s new Virtual Volumes (VVols) storage architecture will turn 3 years old as it was released as part of vSphere 6.0 in March of 2015. Since it’s initial release adoption has been very slow, I believe VMware estimates less than 2% of customers are using VVols. So will 2018 be the year of … Continue reading »

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VMworld 2018 Call For Papers is open – here’s how to get people to vote for and attend your session

VMware just announced that the Call for Papers for VMworld 2018 is now open until March 13th. Just like last year, this year VMware has opened early compared to the usual March-April period of years past. Remember VMworld US is again back in Vegas this year at the Mandalay Bay from Aug. 26th-30th, VMworld Europe … Continue reading »

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VMworld 2018 Call For Papers is open – here’s how to get people to vote for and attend your session

VMware just announced that the Call for Papers for VMworld 2018 is now open until March 13th. Just like last year, this year VMware has opened early compared to the usual March-April period of years past. Remember VMworld US is again back in Vegas this year at the Mandalay Bay from Aug. 26th-30th, VMworld Europe … Continue reading »

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VMworld Call For Papers opened, some tips…

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For the past 8 years or so I have presented at VMworld, I think I have submitted sessions for the past 10 years or so. I probably submitted well over 60 sessions, and I mean “WELL OVER”. Many of course which got rejected. Some for which I understood why they were rejected, others for less obvious reasons as to me the session(s) sounded awesome. Than again, that is part of the problem: to me. I am usually not the person deciding which session is in and which session is out. Plus, it is easy to forget but there are literally thousands of submissions, and most of which sound very similar unfortunately, which also means that the majority of people submitting a session will unfortunately  receive the “rejected” email.

Than there’s the bigger problem: we also have many VMware people submitting sessions, and although it may not sound fair, they usually get picked over community sessions. Unless you are a thought leader in the space you submitted a session for, an example here for instance would be people like Chris Wahl and Jason Nash. They presented on Distributed Switches / VMware networking a couple of times. They are known in the industry and presented at various VMUGs, and killed it at VMworld a couple of times, which was to be expected based on their reputation.

Let’s be honest here for one second, some people may act surprised their session did not get picked and a similar sounding session by a VMware person did, but it makes sense right? Most VMware folks are experienced, have done these kind of events many times, and as such the person picking knows it is the safest bet. Heck, even within VMware there’s some sort of ranking, let’s assume a new version of vSAN is released around VMworld, if a Consultant, Pre-Sales Engineer, Product Marketing Manager and Tech Marketing Manager submit a similar sounding technical session than most likely the Tech Marketing Manager will get the session. Why? Well, that is his job: create and present technical collateral for the product. Safe bet right? However, if the developer submits a session than he/she will most likely get it. Sounds fair right? Now that we got that out of the way, lets focus on your submission. What works, and what does not work? Is there a

First of all: Experience. If you have no experience in public speaking, why are you submitting for the largest virtualization conference world wide? Each speaker will need to provide their experience, I can tell you that when I voted for VMworld submissions this was always something I looked at. If you have no experience whatsoever than you are aiming too high. Go to your local VMUG first, get some sessions under your belt. Start small and work up to some “larger” rooms, at VMworld it is not uncommon to have 700 – 1200 people in your room. Without experience that may end up being a very painful exercise, and it is not a risk which I (as a person who voted) was willing to take.

Secondly: Topic. Come up with a good topic, potentially try it out even at a local VMUG or even test the idea against some colleagues. It needs to be something you are passionate about and (preferably) an expert in. Look around you if you know anyone else who likes talking about the same topic. Can you join forces maybe? Even better, do you know a VMware employee who may be interested in co-presenting? And if so, what can they bring to the table that spices up your session? (Deep dive details for instance.) Try to make sure your topic is “unique”, and as a community member / customer / partner try to add something that we as VMware employees are challenged with: your experience as a “user / implementer / architect”. Make sure this is crystal clear in your abstract, and of course make sure your abstract is catch and does your session justice. Don’t make it too long, if the person voting needs to read for 15 minutes to understand what your 60 minute session will be about you did something wrong.

Thirdly: Title. I was only joking when I said on twitter that the title for my proposed session was “Deep Dive in Artificial Intelligence delivered by Green IoT solutions using Machine Learning in a Blockchain world enabled through the power of containers scheduled by Kubernetes running on HCI provided by VMware vSAN in VMC on AWS“. Although I still may want to submit it, as it is already overbooked according to the VMware twitter account ;). Either way, try to keep it short and make crisp and catchy, and adding a buzzword may help but don’t start buzzword bingo like I did. I usually revise my titles 4-5 times before I submit. It needs to represent the abstract accordingly, and it needs to draw attention if you want your session to be picked from the thousands being submitted.

I hope that helps a bit, in the early years I would always submit around 6 sessions, but my strategy now is definitely: quality over quantity. Work on creating the abstracts and titles for 3 great sessions and submit those, instead of taking a shotgun approach and submitting 6+ half baked sessions… Good luck, and remember: if you don’t end up getting selected, submit the proposal to a VMUG near you instead. They are always begging for community sessions. Good luck.

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Startup update: Runecast

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A while ago I introduced Runecast on my blog. I have known these guys for a while and this week I had to pleasure to be briefed on their new release: Runecast 1.7. The big ticket item in this release for sure it the vSAN Support. You may ask yourself why you would need Runecast when you have things like the health check and the “online” health check, well it seems that Runecast’s implementation covers more detail. Anyway, what is Runecast? As a company they refer to themselves as the knowledge automation experts, and I think that is a fair statement.

Runecast has developed an appliance which can be connected to one or multiple vCenter Server instances. After linking these you can “scan” the environment and Runecast will tell you about the risks. Not just from a security perspective, but it will also assess logs, configuration and even best practices. Your whole environment will be assessed in a report will be provided in a simple HTML-5 interface, or in the Web Client or the vSphere H5 client even. I said “simple”, but the information provided and the detail is far from simple… When I say simple I refer to their user interface. It is slick, and very easy to use.

Since I discussed Runecast last they added some additional features, like for instance a VRO plugin, full rest API, improved log search, Web Client and H5 client plugins but more importantly for many government agencies: DISA STIG compliancy checks. Yes, Runecast can check your environment against DISA STIG and report on any potential issues. Nice right?

This new release, version 1.7, now brings vSAN support. It also includes a new dashboard widget, which provides faster insights in how your environment is behaving. For vSAN in particular they didn’t only include KB article checks, but also implemented all best practices from the Design and Sizing guide, Network Design guide and the Stretched Cluster white paper. And they even hinted about adding best practices which are listed in the Essential vSAN book Cormac and I wrote, how cool is that? What is also nice is that their appliance is supported with vSAN 5.x and 6.x, and requires no direct access to the internet. You can simply download the appliance and install, and then update with the latest dataset by downloading an ISO.

Oh and before I forget, of course they also provide all the guidance and info needed around Spectre/Meltdown. Where normally their trial is limited, they actually do provide ALL info needed for Spectre/Meltdown as they realized that this is very valuable to customers and felt they could not hold this back.

For the Runecast blog on the 1.7 release go here.

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New KB articles published for week ending 11th February 2018

VMware vRealize Operations for Published Applications

V4PA Broker agent utility controller credentials entries get removed
Date Published:2018/2/5

VMware ESXi

Windows Server version 1709 crashes or restarts automatically when hot adding vCPU
Date Published:2018/2/5

16.04 VM (from .ova file) hangs at “non blocking pool is initialized” during booting
Date Published:2018/2/6

VMware Tools

‘VMware Tools user service’ generates a core file every time when started
Date Published:2018/2/6

VMware VSAN

Updating ‘ClomRepairDelay’ value if compression/deduplication is enabled in vSAN
Date Published:2018/2/6

Issues with Custom Certificates from vSAN 6.5 onwards
Date Published:2018/2/7

VMware Horizon

clipboard don’t work correctly on seamless window applications from different farm
Date Published:2018/2/7

VMware vCloud Director for Service Provider

How to configure owner for system user initiated jobs
Date Published:2018/2/8

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Automating Storage Provisioning using VMware vRealize Orchestrator

I finally got my company to get on board with an external webinar platform and I get to kick off the very first webinar on BrightTalk.The topic is on vRealize Orchestrator integration with the 3PAR platform as an example, I promise this will be a technical webinar and not a sales pitch so if you … Continue reading »

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Top 20 vSphere articles for January 2017

“The transaction log for database ‘VIM_VCDB’ is full” error on a Microsoft SQL DB server
ESXi 5.5 Update 3b and later hosts are not manageable after an upgrade
“Host IPMI system event log status” alarm in vCenter Server
Determining where growth is occurring in the vCenter Server database
ESXi host disconnects intermittently from vCenter Server
Required VMware vCenter Converter ports
The vpxd process becomes unresponsive after upgrading to vCenter Server 5.5/6.0
Storage vMotion migration fails with the error: The method is disabled by ‘SYMC-INCR dd-mm-yyyy hh:mm’
 vCenter Server 5.5 fails to start after reboot with the error: Unable to create SSO facade: Invalid response code: 404 Not Found
Upgrading to VMware Tools 5.1 reports the message: Error in the RPC receive loop: RpcIn: Unable to send
Unable to log in to the root account of vCenter Server Appliance
ESXi hosts fail to mount VMFS5 volumes that are formatted with ATS-only capabilities
After making a change or restarting vCenter Single Sign-On server system, vCenter Server 5.1.x fails to start
vCenter Server 5.x fails to start with the error: Failed to add LDAP entry
Enabling the Update Manager plug-in fails with the error: database unavailable or has network problems
Starting VMware VirtualCenter Server service when using SQL authentication fails with the error: Login Failure, Failed to connect to database
vCenter Inventory Service fails to start in vCenter Server Appliance 5.x
Inventory Service fails with the error: XhiveException: IO_ERROR
 “The host returns esxupdate error code:15” error when remediating an ESXi 5.x and 6.x host

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