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My vExpert path

Entries have opened again to apply for the VMware vExpert program for the second half of the year. I want to share my path and experiences in the program so far, hoping it might be helpful if you are considering applying (and you should …).

What is the vExpert program? It is a recognition by VMware for people that promote the company and products in certain ways. Evangelists you might call it. You can be a blogger, a public speaker, someone who solves issues in the VMware Communities, an end user, partner, employee. As long as you do something active in some way! It has nothing to do with certification programs like VCP. And it is renewed every year. It is a very active status. This is my version, you will find more info on the VExpert website.

Become an evangelist…

What do I get you might ask? What’s in it for me? Quite a lot as a matter of fact. You get badges for your website or social media, test licenses for software, briefings, some freebies. But above all you get a community on slack. A group of peers there to help or just hang out with.

But allow me to dive into my personal experience. I worked for VMware for a few years, but the vExpert program only came to my attention when I was working for a technology partner – Blue Medora – some 3 years ago. Some guys in the Belgian VMware community decided there were far too few vExperts in Belgium compared to the Netherlands, there is always some healthy competition in the lower countries… (grab your maps app of choice ….). Kim Bottu, Tom Vallons and Stijn Depril convinced a bunch of us to apply. As a matter of fact all of these gentlemen are now vExpert Pro. If you are in the region and need help applying, talk to them too. I can hook you up.

Halfway through my first year I became jobless. I kept writing some blogs and talking to people. I continued as an independent contractor and actually found a few projects through the vExpert community! If you need more reasons to apply, tell me! I also noticed that for customers the vExpert title is becoming important, it is not a certification of course, but it shows that you are in touch with VMware. On top of that I hooked up with the guys at Comdivision and I now work together with them. You can check on our vExpert page that this a very important program for us!

In my second year I became part of the cloud management sub program and this year the security one. This is a specialisation, it means you get briefings on upcoming products and roadmap! Again an important advantage. There is no way I would get access to this kind of information as a lonely contractor… Also the cloud management guys have run some fun competitions…. and I attended the Carbon Black conference thanks to the security people. We also had meetings at VMWorld, but not sure if in-person conferences are ever coming back… Highlight was the vExpert reception in Barcelona that Pat Gelsinger attended!

Pat and some Belgian friends…

You need to consider what you can contribute to the community, but do not be too hard on yourself. I wrote a few blog posts last year. I participated in briefings and published some vROps dashboards. I am not an expert on everything VMware. I do realise however that you have to contribute something to be part of this family! I am very grateful for everything I got out of the program so far!

There were more than one beer…

On top of that if you are lucky enough to be in Belgium, you get vBeers and vBBQ meetings! But proof of citizenship is necessary to talk more about that!

So check out the website and the twitter channel, talk to a vExpert Pro or ping me!

vExpert subprograms announced!

After been chosen for the third year in the VMware vExpert program, the sub programs were announced yesterday.

I am very happy to have been chosen in 2 #vexpert subprograms this year: cloud management (for the second year) and Security ! Thank you to all involved and congrats to all vExperts!

If you have questions about the program or any of the products we cover, please reach out to me. My public profile is here.

vExpert badges.

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!

Detect historical idle VMs on vROps

This is a little view that I created in vRealize Operations because of a customer issue. As you hopefully know in vROps 7.5 the idle VM detections is back. You can switch it on in the reclaim settings. On the home screen go to the Reclaim dashboard and click the wheel next to the title. Now you can switch on idle detection, powered-off VMs and snapshots. Even orphaned disks can be hunted down!

Switching on idle VM detection

The idle detection looks if CPU consumption in the chosen period is less than 100 MHz. The customer wanted to check also memory, disk and network access to decide on which VMs needed to be singled out for deletion.

I created a view using the new colorisation in v7.5. Attention! Colors only work in dashboards you create with this view or the view itself. In reports they do not show up.

I put in some specific parameters, but you can change them. CPU and memory color red if they use over 500 MHz or 500 MB respectively. Disk and network access go red over 100 kBps. CPU, memory, disk and network are sorted in ascending order.

Historic idle VM detection

The preview is on vSphere world. If you get VMs that are green for all metrics over a month, you know they are good candidates to delete… In the image above you see a preview in my little home lab…

We can now use this view in a dashboard so that we can click on a VM and get some more info such as the parent host and cluster and data stores. Well any excuse to use the exquisite new advanced object relations widget! The sparkline widget is used with the VM Capacity metrics to show the configuration of the VM. Of course you can build your own dashboard on top of this!

To use this in your environment download the zip file from VMware Code and unzip. First install the view by clicking on Dashboards, Views, Manage Views and import “historic idle detection view.zip”. Afterwards go to Manage Dashboards and import “historic idle VMs dashboard.zip” there. Both View and dashboard are now available in your environment.

Let me know what you think!

vExpert Cloud Management!

I am very happy to announce I have been accepted in the new VMware vExpert Cloud Management program. This is a group focusing on vRealize Operations, vRealize Network Insight, vRealize Log Insight, and SaaS offerings Network Insight and Log Intelligence. We will interact with the business unit at VMware to evangelise these solutions!

VMware vExpert Cloud Management Program

A big thank you to the program leaders and congratulations to all colleagues! If you wonder who is part of the program, look at the directory.

Log Intelligence – Presenting New Content Pack…

Log Intelligence – Presenting New Content Pack for VMware Cloud on AWS

Log Intelligence – Presenting New Content Pack…

In this blog, I will be showing new content pack for Log Intelligence “Audit Events for VMware Cloud on AWS”. It provides powerful insight into audit events generated in the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDCs allowing admins to audit, monitor and troubleshoot activity in their environment Value of Content Pack – Audit Events for VMware The post Log Intelligence – Presenting New Content Pack for VMware Cloud on AWS appeared first on VMware Cloud Management.


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vRealize Operations REST API: Create…

vRealize Operations REST API: Create Application and Application Tier Objects

vRealize Operations REST API: Create…

I’ve been working with my colleague John Dias on a demo that involves deploying VMs via Cloud Automation Services and automatically configuring monitoring them with vRealize Operations. We needed a way to create Application and Application Tier objects during the provisioning process. Looking through the REST API documentation, there are no API calls specifically for The post vRealize Operations REST API: Create Application and Application Tier Objects appeared first on VMware Cloud Management.


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