VMware vExpert 2018

VMware vExpert 2018

The results for VMware vExpert 2018 program are finally in and I’m so glad to let you know that I have been accepted! There is always a first time and now it is for me. It is a great honor to be part of this vExpert community I heard about so much in the last years. I am looking at the vExpert names, there are people I follow for many years and I’m wondering what am I doing here? It remains to be seen.

So, what is this VMware vExpert program about? I will let one of the main persons behind it to explain:

“Each year, we bring together in the vExpert Program the people who have made some of the most important contributions to the VMware community. These are the bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. They work as IT admins and architects for VMware customers, they act as trusted advisors and implementors for VMware partners or as independent consultants, and some work for VMware itself. All of them have the passion and enthusiasm for technology and applying technology to solve problems. They have contributed to the success of us all by sharing their knowledge and expertise over their days, nights, and weekends.” – Corey Romero

So far, the community gave me and the other first-timers a warm welcome. I want to express a special thank you to Ariel Sanchez for the “unofficial welcoming tips pack”!

You can check the entire list of vExperts in the official Directory. 67 countries have representatives in the vExpert community, and I’m happy I helped to place Romania on the map! I hope next year we will see more Romanians around!

Congratulations to all vExperts out there!

PowerCLI 10.0.0 Linux Error in VMware.VimAutomation.Srm Module

VMware released recently version 10.0.0 of PowerCLI. One of the major “selling” points for PowerCLI 10.0.0 is the way it works exactly the same regardless of the platform: Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. As a result, immediately after I updated my Windows installation to 10.0.0, I proceeded to install a Linux version of PowerCLI.

I will document in this article how to install PowerShell Core 6.0.1 on Linux and how to install PowerCLI 10.0.0. I will then write about the error I met (“Import-Module : VMware.VimAutomation.Srm module is not currently supported on the Core edition of PowerShell”) and how I solved it.

First stop was “Compatibility Matrixes for VMware PowerCLI 10.0.0”. The only supported Linux OS is Ubuntu 16.04. I then installed a VM running this Ubuntu version. I then followed the Microsoft provided instructions to install PowerShell Core 6.0.1. (On a related note, I ran PowerCLI 10.0.0 on CentOS 7 without other issues – except of course for the modules errors).

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New Release – VMware PowerCLI 10.0.0

PowerCLI 6.5.4 is dead, welcome PowerCLI 10.0.0 🙂  VMware released few days ago the latest version, marked with a huge jump in numbering, moving straight from 6 to 10. This version marks also the promote of the former Fling PowerCLI Core into the main PowerCLI product. Now we have same product running multiplatform: Windows, Linux, and MacOS. This makes things simpler. How do you install PowerCLI on Windows? That’s “Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI”. How about Linux? “That’s “Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI”. MacOS? You got this, it’s the same.

PowerCLI 10.0.0 consists of the following modules:

  • VMware.DeployAutomation
  • VMware.ImageBuilder
  • VMware.PowerCLI
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Cis.Core
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Cloud
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Common
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Core
  • VMware.VimAutomation.HA
  • VMware.VimAutomation.HorizonView
  • VMware.VimAutomation.License
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Nsxt
  • VMware.VimAutomation.PCloud
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Srm
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Storage
  • VMware.VimAutomation.StorageUtility
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Vds
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Vmc
  • VMware.VimAutomation.vROps
  • VMware.VumAutomation

Not all these modules are supported on PowerShell Core, generating an error when trying to launch on Linux, but I will detail this in a future article. [Update 05 March 2018: The article is here: PowerCLI 10.0.0 Linux Error in VMware.VimAutomation.Srm Module. The mentioned error: “Import-Module : VMware.VimAutomation.Srm module is not currently supported on the Core edition of PowerShell”.]

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VMUG Romania February 2018

VMUG Romania Meeting February 2018

Together with Razvan Ionescu, I hosted last Friday the first VMUG Romania meeting of 2018. This time we returned to our hosts from Impact Hub, but in their new and modern home from Timpuri Noi building.

Despite our efforts on advertising the event, we took a hit for the number of participants. We may had issues due to another event ran same end of the week by HPE and VMware in Brasov.

However, we were happy to have with us our friends from NetApp and Logicom, which sponsored the event.

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New Security Patch – vCenter Server 6.5 U1f

VMware released today a new security patch, vCenter Server 6.5 U1f, build number 7801515. This release patches the vCSA operating system (Photon OS) mainly against two vulnerabilities: bounds-check bypass (Spectre-1, CVE-2017-5753) and rogue data cache load issues (Meltdown, CVE-2017-5754). As of now, there is still no patch for branch target injection vulnerability (Spectre-2, CVE-2017-5715).

The new patch can already be downloaded from My VMware portal (VMware-VCSA-all-6.5.0-7801515.iso, 3607.6 MB), but it’s not yet available on the online repository for update using management GUI or CLI. Update 16 February 2018: the patch is available on the online repository, see below for details.

Updated packages:

  • linux 4.4.110-2
  • libgcrypt 1.7.6-3
  • c-ares 1.12.0-2
  • ncurses 6.0-8
  • libtasn1 4.12-1
  • wget 1.18-3
  • procmail 3.22-4
  • rsync 3.1.2-4
  • apr 1.5.2-7

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VMware Security Advisory – VMSA-2018-0006 – vRealize Automation, vSphere Integrated Containers, and AirWatch Console

VMware has released a new security advisory: VMSA-2018-0006 – vRealize Automation, vSphere Integrated Containers, and AirWatch Console updates address multiple security vulnerabilities.

This advisory documents the remediation of two issues: one critical (deserialization vulnerability which may allow code execution in vRealize Automation and vSphere Integrated Containers) and one important (a cross site request forgery vulnerability when accessing the App Catalog in AirWatch Console).

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Install vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

How to Install vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 1.1

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager is a relatively new tool in VMware’s portfolio. You can use it to install, configure and upgrade vRealize environments consisting in vRealize Automation, vRealize Business for Cloud, vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Operations. In this article I will show how to install vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 1.1.

You will need access to both a vCenter Server and an ESXi host 6.0 or 6.5. For running the virtual machine you will have to allocate minimum 2 vCPU and 16GB of RAM. The smallest used disk is around 3GB, and it can grow up to 135GB.

You can download vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 1.1 from My.VMware portal (you need to use your credentials to authenticate). You will end up with a 1.7GB OVA file (VMware-vLCM-Appliance-, released on 12 December 2017.

Install vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager - My VMware
Install vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager – My VMware

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vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling v3.33

New Release – vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling v3.33

What a release schedule! The team behind vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling is doing a beautiful job here, one release every other week. I previously blogged about v3.32 of the plugin and the vApp goodies it brought. Here we are in front of a new release, v3.33, with another great set of vApp and VM improvements.

If you don’t use yet the vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling, you can find here the installation details.

The update process is as easy as described in the How to Update vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling article. You just hit “Update vSphere Client” button in the management console and the update starts right away:

vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling - Update
vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling – Update

After the process is completed and you re-login to the web client, you will see the new version confirmation:

vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling - Version v3.33
vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling – Version v3.33

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VMware Carpool Tech Talk - Joe Baguley

VMware Carpool Tech Talk

In a fashion similar with James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, VMware EMEA released over the last six months a series of short videos: VMware Carpool Tech Talk. For each episode of the series, two VMware influencers share a car and have a short tech talk. It’s a different format, relaxed, fun to follow, and without the exposure it deserves. Without further due, here we go!

VMware Carpool Tech Talk – Rory Choudhuri and Andrew Hald – Hands-on Labs

Rory Choudhuri (Solutions Marketing Director at VMware) talks with Andrew Hald (Principal Architect and Senior Manager) about how VMware Hand-on Labs add value to the products and the customers. How they deliver 150,000 VMs a week, what’s next and what’s in it for you?

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Install Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Developer Edition

How to Install Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Developer Edition

“This is a cloud/virtualization blog, why would you publish an article on how to install Microsoft SQL Server?” That’s a valid question. I am in no way an expert in SQL Server, but I know my way around it. If you follow my blog, you may know I’m a big fan of vRealize Automation. I am working on a vRealize Automation install in my home lab, and this is how this post was born. A Windows domain is mandatory, so I wrote How to Install Active Directory on Windows Server 2012 R2. SQL Server is another prerequisite for vRA, so here I am documenting how to install Microsoft SQL Server 2017.

When thinking at SQL Server, there are few editions to choose from. If you run production workload, you can choose between Enterprise, Standard and Express editions (each which different price and set of features). If you run a test and development environment, you can choose between Express and Developer editions, both free. Express has few limitations, may be enough for a lab environment, but I decided to go with Developer Edition (full-featured free edition). Developer Edition used to be a paid (and cheaper) version, but since March 2016 Microsoft decided to offer it for free. That’s a nice move Microsoft, I hope you will extend the program to Windows Server as well 🙂

I will now document how to do a basic install of Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Developer Edition, to be used in a home lab environment. I will also add to the mix SQL Server Management Studio.

As a first step, you need to prepare a virtual machine where you will install SQL Server. There are plenty of supported operating systems, ranging from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2016. In my case, I chose a Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition virtual machine with all the normal goodies (latest hardware version, latest VMware Tools, vmxnet3 network adapter, paravirtual SCSI adapter). I installed Microsoft security patches (including the latest ones for Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities).

You then need to download Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Developer Edition and SQL Server Management Studio 17.4.

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