Author Archives: Alain Geenrits

Upgrading vRealize Operations from v7.5 to v8.0

Last week VMware published the promised new version of vROps 8.0, so as soon as the GA appeared on the website I started downloading, noblesse oblige as we say 😊. I ran the upgrade in my lab without any backups or anything. It is only a test lab after all. But I did read the release notes! I was surprised when the install stopped and said some of the requirements were not met.

I consulted KB 74952 to install the Upgrade Assesment Tool, which is a breeze in itself. Just upload the pak-file – which resides in your vROps 8.0 dir anyway – as a software update. Afterwards you can download the light support pack it created and see what was wrong. In my case I got:

Expired password ? I login each day with the password I created at install, thank you very much. I was never locked out. On a hunch I changed my password and look! The install now ran smoothly! Afterwards I saw John Dias tweet about KB 75195. So if you encounter that same problem, have a look. My install ran rather quickly, but it is a small test install with only some management packs.

I see some people complain that their install hangs or that they run into self-signed certificate issues as documented in KB 2147205. I have not seen those.

Now the Troubleshooting Workbench looks great! I launched a bad behaving VM so that I can write about the next…

Let me know if you upgraded to v8.0 and what your experience is. Of course if you run into issues you might check the VMware communities or your favourite support channel…

VMworld 2019 Europe: Operations Management…

VMworld 2019 Europe: Operations Management Sessions

VMworld 2019 Europe: Operations Management…

VMworld 2019 Europe will start the first week of November, and attendees tell us it’s the best place to network, get trained, and have fun! If you’re attending, we’re excited to welcome you to the conference. To make it easier, here’s a guide so you don’t miss the operations management opportunities throughout the event, including: The post VMworld 2019 Europe: Operations Management Sessions appeared first on VMware Cloud Management.

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Internet archive and my old Sun blog.

Because I am working on my websites and my marketing these days (see previous blog) and since I want to do some freelance writing, I was looking for my old blog at Sun. This was effectively the precursor to this independent self-hosted blog in the we-can-do-anythin-Sun-days. Amazingly it survived with me the transition to Oracle… But having left in 2012 they took it down. I guess my musings were not that interesting… I had fun with that blog though. It even once earned me an interesting exchange with our legal council. I cannot remember his name but he dressed up on “dress as a pirate day” – remember this was Sun – and is great guy. The entry was around acquisition rumours….. And if you want to find that blog you can! read on!

I wrote before about one of the greatest things on the information super highway, namely the Internet Archive. Their Wayback Machine has been indexing and storing snapshots of websites for many, many years. Look and behold they ran a few snapshots of my Oracle/Sun blog! You can see it here with all the entries…. We need to support!

New company site

As I have been a contractor for 3 years, but operating more independently now from companies, I felt the need to upgrade my marketing game! I had a logo designed and just launched a separate website for my company!

My new logo

For logo design I can recommend You can start a contest there where graphic designers send in proposals. I got more than 100! After some tweaking above you can see the result!

I played around to build a WordPress site like this one, but I decided I only needed a one page landing at the moment. I want to keep my blog here since I think the Bitstream has a small reputation now and I do not want to migrate everything and keep multiple blog sites. Keep it simple… Which WP is definitively not! I had a layout in mind with a menu that sticks to the top, but I could not find a simple, good template. I am also getting paranoid about things like Jetpack collecting user data and using data when I don’t want that!

Browsing the Mac app store I came across Sparkle. A lot of good reviews, reasonable in price and they claim to be the successor to iWeb! And made in Europe! Now that resonates with me. I had a lot of fun with iWeb and never understood why Apple discontinued the product. OK it is Mac-dependant, but my site took me less than 2 days…

Have a look at and let me know what you think! I also published there a mind map I am using at the moment to track new tech I am interested in! And if you want to talk business let me know!

vRealize Operations v8 and Cloud announced!

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend a briefing from VMware on new upcoming releases of our beloved vRealize Operations, and today I can talk about them! vROps has really advanced tremendously in the last years and it is now for me the solution for monitoring in a VMware multicloud environment. The platform is well positioned for HCI operations (think vSAN, vxRail), hybrid cloud monitoring, app-aware operations, compliance use cases and the aforementioned multicloud.

vROps Cloud has been announced today. All SaaS offerings are now simply named ‘cloud’, so Log Intelligence will become Log Insight Cloud. Watch for other announcements this VMworld…. There will be a tech preview in Octobre – around VMworld EMEA I guess – and a beta early next year for launch around mid next year. It will require simple installation of a proxy in your network and registering a vCenter. VMware on AWS will be even simpler.

vROps v8 will also be available around Octobre. There are a lot of improvements in Workload optimisation and cost to include cloud services such as Amazon. The AWS and Azure management packs will now come with the product out of the box. I think there is a blog post necessary only to talk cost or workload optimisation. Let me concentrate here on a few other remarkable new features in intelligent remediation. Still my favourite use for vROps…

Troubleshooting workbench.

I will try to avoid some popular marketing terms here, but it is hard to do since this is an incredible new feature, with some stuff that learns … (get it ?) and one dashboard with all info to quickly troubleshoot a problem from app to infra…It gathers and correlates info on events, anomalous metrics and property changes. You can change time and topology to find out more and you can run multiple workbenches at once.

troubleshooting workbench

Application monitoring.

The new application monitoring using Telegraf agents is extended with 20 new applications and services! NTPD, Java, and Websphere are now supported and you can write custom monitoring scripts. These options bring vROps more and more in the APM space, along with the following novelty!

Native Service Discovery.

vROps now has built-in agent-less service discovery for 41 known services through vmtools! You can also add your own services to a white list. It will build application relationships and you can run agent-less VM actions for troubleshooting, like getting top-n processes.

Continuous availability.

vROps can now go beyond HA and replicate between sites over a layer3 network connection. So you can have a site failure and still access vROps. I know this is an important feature for large corporations with worldwide datacenters.

All in all vROps 8 and the SaaS offering offer some great new features. If you are a vSphere customer and are moving towards SDDC on prem and cloud offerings such as AWS, you would be well advised to take a closer look!

vExpert 2019 Second Half Award Announcement

vExpert 2019 Second Half Award Announcement

vExpert 2019 Second Half Award Announcement

Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert and thank you to the vExpert PRO’s for doing their part in this process. We are pleased to announce the list of 2019 Second Half vExperts. Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. The post vExpert 2019 Second Half Award Announcement appeared first on VMware vExpert Blog.

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