Category: ESXi

My tips published in VMware “vSphere Design Pocketbook” 2nd edition

vSphere-pocketbook-blog-edition-coverFor the 2nd year in a row, Frank Denneman and PernixData published me in “vSphere Design Pocketbook – 2.0.”

The book has “no fluff” guidance on building VMware vSphere.

Get a free copy here:

http://info.pernixdata.com/vsphere-pocketbook-2.0?MS=T

Those at VMworld 2014 can get a printed copy in PernixData booth #1017.

Thank you to the panel: Frank Denneman, Duncan Epping, Brad Hedlund, Cormac Hogan, William Lam, Michael Webster, and Josh Odgers, who picked my contribution. Here is how the process transpired:

http://frankdenneman.nl/2014/08/07/pre-order-vsphere-pocketbook-blog-edition/

I don’t yet know which one of my entries was published. Once the book is released at VMworld, I will update.

Unfortunately, this year I cannot make it to VMworld 2014, but I hope my friends will bring me a printed copy.

Slides from my session at the BriForum 2014 conference

YuryMagalif_BrianMadden_03Thank you to those who attended my session at BriForum 2014 in Boston and filled out the survey!

This is my 2nd year speaking. I hope to be back next year.

Here is the session presentation slide deck:

AgentlessAntivirusTips&Tricks_YuryMagalif_July2014_BriForum_v3

Here is the link to the session description on the BriForum website:

http://briforum.com/US/sessions.html#tipstricks

This year, the conference in Boston was excellent. I got a chance to meet Brian Madden (pictured at left), Gabe Knuth, Jack Madden and the TechTarget crew. In addition, I met many amazing people who are the top experts in End-User Computing –Benny Tritsch, Shawn Bass, ProjectVRC team: Jeroen van de Kamp, Ryan Bijkerk & Ruben Spruijt.

In particular, Benny and Shawn’s HTML5 comparison session and ProjectVRC comparative testing session were the highlights of the conference for me.

In my own session, I was successful with a demo of McAfee and had a good number of questions from the audience.  Stay tuned for the video, coming in August of 2014.

My presentation is called “Tips and Tricks on Building Agentless Antivirus Scanners for VMware View Virtual Desktops”

This tips and techniques session is best for administrators and consultants looking to implement an Antivirus solution for their VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). The goal is to minimize I/O impact to VDI. We will discuss the two most developed scanners taking advantage of VMware vShield Endpoint application programing interfaces (APIs), Trend Micro Deep Security Antivirus 9.0 and McAfee Agentless MOVE AntiVirus 3.0. New this year is the discussion of VM-based scan policies. Overall, we will focus on real-world examples of VMware, Trend Micro and McAfee best practices. For example, the participants will learn whether to use their current Antivirus for VDI versus VDI agentless antivirus, why the VM Communication Interface (VMCI) driver is important, how to deploy the Security Virtual Appliances (SVAs), why you should disable VMotion for SVAs, how to test your solution using EICAR test files and how to shut down your VDI agentless antivirus VMs properly if doing maintenance. A basic understanding of VMware vSphere, VMware View and Enterprise Antivirus solutions is recommended.

Attendees will learn:
• How to minimize AntiVirus scanning I/O impact to VDI
• Whether to use your current AntiVirus versus VDI agentless Antivirus
• How to pick the best AntiVirus vendor for your environment
• How to test your agentless AntiVirus for effectiveness using EICAR files
• How to deploy and maintain your Trend Micro or McAfee infrastructure

Please send me any remaining questions that come up.

Collateral for my session at the HP Discover 2014 conference

Yury Magalif - HP Discover 2014 presentation 01

Thank you to the 260 people who attended my session and filled out the survey!

I am very grateful that you keep coming to hear what I have to say and hope to be back next year.

My presentation is called “TB3306 – Tips and tricks on building VMware vSphere 5.5 with BladeSystem, Virtual Connect, and HP 3PAR StoreServ storage”

Returning for the sixth year in a row, this tips-and-techniques session is for administrators and consultants who want to implement VMware ESXi 5.5 (vSphere) on HP c-Class BladeSystem, Virtual Connect, and HP 3PAR StoreServ storage. New topics will include the auto-deployment of domain configurations and Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) for bypassing vSwitches. The session will focus on real-world examples of VMware and HP best practices. For example, you will learn how to load-balance SAN paths; make Virtual Connect really “connect” to Cisco IP switches in a true active/active fashion; configure VLANs for the Virtual Connect modules and virtual switches; solve firmware and driver problems. In addition, you will receive tips on how to make sound design decisions for iSCSI vs. Fibre Channel, and boot from SAN vs. local boot. To get the most from this session, we recommend attendees have a basic understanding of VMware ESX, HP c-Class BladeSystem, and Virtual Connect.

Here are the collateral files for the session:

Slides:

Yury Magalif- VMware 5.5 w BladeSystem, Virtual Connect, HP 3PAR StoreServ – TB3306 – HP Discover 2014

Use #HPtrick hashtag to chat with me on Twitter:

June 16, 2014 — Monday, 2-3 pm Eastern Standard Time (11 am – 12 pm Pacific Standard Time).

Speaking at the HP Discover 2014 conference.

HP Discover projections

 

This is my 6th year to have the honor of speaking at the HP Discover conference.

Thank you to past attendees who rate my session high, and to HP staff who pick my session.

Here is the official HP link to the session:

https://h30496.www3.hp.com/connect/sessionDetail.ww?SESSION_ID=3306

Thank you to Morgan O’Leary of VMware for highlighting my session on the official VMware company blog:

http://blogs.vmware.com/vmware/2014/06/register-now-hp-discover-las-vegas-2014.html

Session time:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
9 am – 10 am Pacific Standard Time (12:00 PM – 1 PM Eastern Standard Time).

Room: Lando 4202.

My presentation number is TB3306 and it is called “Tips and tricks on building VMware vSphere 5.5 with BladeSystem, Virtual Connect, and HP 3PAR StoreServ storage”

This tips-and-techniques session is for administrators and consultants who want to implement VMware ESXi 5.5 (vSphere) on HP c-Class BladeSystem, Virtual Connect, and HP 3PAR StoreServ storage. New topics will include the auto-deployment of domain configurations and Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) for bypassing vSwitches. The session will focus on real-world examples of VMware and HP best practices. For example, you will learn how to load-balance SAN paths; make Virtual Connect really “connect” to Cisco IP switches in a true active/active fashion; configure VLANs for the Virtual Connect modules and virtual switches; solve firmware and driver problems. In addition, you will receive tips on how to make sound design decisions for iSCSI vs. Fibre Channel, and boot from SAN vs. local boot. To get the most from this session, we recommend attendees have a basic understanding of VMware ESX, HP c-Class BladeSystem, and Virtual Connect.

You will be able to download the slides from my session the evening of June 12 on this blog.

Please live Tweet points you find interesting during the session, using the following hashtag:

#HPtrick

Look for suggested tricks in the slides.

In addition, use #HPtrick hashtag to chat with me on Twitter:

June 16, 2014 — Monday, 2-3 pm Eastern Standard Time (11 am – 12 pm Pacific Standard Time).

If you would like to attend the HP conference in person, please register:

https://h30496.www3.hp.com/portal/newreg.ww

Then, choose session TB3306 in the Session Scheduler:

https://h30496.www3.hp.com/connect/login.ww

Collateral for my session at VMware TechTalk Live 3-11-14

VMware TechTalk 3-11-14 - Yury magalif w Alexis St. Clair, winner of NestThank you to attendees of my session on Stretched Clusters with Vplex at VMware TechTalk Live 3-11-14!

Here is the session slide deck:

CDI-VMware TechTalk – Yury Magalif – Stretched Clusters with Vplex Rev02

Pictured here is Alexis St. Clair, who won the Nest programmable thermostat raffle. The Nest was offered by my company CDI, the sponsor of the event, along with VMware and EMC.

Twitter Chat for remaining questions:

March 12, 2014, Wednesday

2 pm to 3 pm EST

Use Hashtag #CDIVplex in your questions.

My presentation is called “Stretching VMware clusters across distances with EMC’s Vplex – the ultimate in High Availability.”

This session is for administrators and consultants looking to stretch their VMware clusters across 2 geographical sites for enhanced High Availability and Disaster Recovery. Readers will learn:

  1. Differences between High Availability and Disaster Recovery approaches.
  2. When to use VMware Stretched Clusters vs. VMware Site Recovery Manager.
  3. How to decrease your Recovery Time Objective across sites to under 5 minutes.
  4. Minimum storage, network and compute requirements for VMware Stretched Clusters.
  5. What is distributed storage and how it helps with VMware Stretched Clusters.
  6. What is EMC’s Vplex?
  7. How Vplex allows you to configure VMware Stretched Clusters.
  8. Best practices for VMware Stretched Clusters with EMC’s Vplex.

VMware announces VSAN to be released around March 10th.

ben fathi vsanBen Fathi, the CTO of VMware announced the Virtual Storage Area Network (VSAN) feature in vSphere ESX on March 6, 2014.

VSAN is a storage technology that pools all local disks on multiple servers into one large distributed volume. Caching is done via an SSD drive.

Unfortunately, licensing and pricing details get released at VSAN General Availability around March 10th.

Out of the door, the VSAN will have the following features:

  1. Full support for VMware Horizon / View (no VSAN inside View — yet)
  2. Up to 32 nodes.
  3. Up to 2 million IOPS.
  4. 4.5 PB of space.
  5. 13 VSAN Ready Node configurations at launch using Cisco, IBM, Fujitsu or Dell servers.
  6. Build your own supported.

However, VSAN will also have the following requirements:

  1. At least 1 SSD drive.
  2. Up to 7 mechanical drives.
  3. Cannot use all SSDs or SAN storage.
  4. SSD must be at least 10% of space.
  5. Need ESXi 5.5 Update 1.

VSAN competitors:

  1. EMC’s ScaleIO — can build distributed storage on any OS out there (Windows, Linux plus VMware) and more nodes (per Duncan Epping).
  2. Nutanix — server, storage, VMware in a customized box.
  3. Simplivity — same concept as Nutanix.
  4. Pivot3 — same concept as Nutanix.
  5. Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) solutions (VMware own VSA, Atlantis, HP Lefthand VSA, etc.).
  6. Regular storage arrays.
  7. Flash only storage arrays (XtremIO, EMC VNX-F, Cisco’s Whiptail/Invicta)

Analysis:

There is a lot of interest in VSAN. The beta had more than 10,000 people sign up. Some VMware partners around the country are preparing solutions already, ready to sell to eager customers.

However, everything depends on how it’s licensed and priced. The price has to be lower than traditional storage and even VSA solutions (except maybe VMware’s VSA). Only then it will make sense for the smaller customer.

Otherwise, especially for lower end Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), the VSAN is perfect — easy to set up (one checkbox), minimum of only 3 servers, provides enough IOPS with SSD caching. We are planning to use it for VDI.

VSAN nodes

My tips published in VMware “vSphere Design Pocketbook.”

vSphere Design PocketbookMy tips were published in a book called “vSphere Design Pocketbook.”

The book has to the point guidance on building VMware vSphere, without any fluff.

Get a free copy here:

http://info.pernixdata.com/vSpherePocketbook#!

Those at VMworld 2013 got a print copy.

Thank you to the panel: Frank Denneman, Duncan Epping, Cormac Hogan, Jason Nash & Vaughn Stewart who picked me from 500+ entries. Here is how the process transpired:

http://frankdenneman.nl/2013/08/21/announcing-the-vsphere-design-pocketbook-contributors/

http://frankdenneman.nl/2013/09/10/free-ebook-version-of-the-vsphere-design-pocketbook-is-now-available/

I was surprised to learn that the submissions I considered to be my best were not picked. Instead, entries in the areas of vCenter design and vSphere cluster design were selected.

I had a chance to meet Frank Denneman at VMworld 2013 and he signed my book. Thank you Frank for wonderful advice on being Social — I am relatively new to the  trade and this was a major success. I am learning from the masters.

I also met Duncan Epping, Cormac Hogan and Vaughn Stewart. Unfortunately, I could not track down Jason Nash – maybe another time.

Here is me with Duncan Epping  at VMworld 2013 holding the book — star struck.

Yury Magalif with Duncan Epping at VMworld 2013

 

Collateral for my session at the BriForum 2013 conference

AgentlessAntivirusThumbnailThank you to those who attended my session at BriForum 2013 and filled out the survey! I hope to be back next year.

Here is the session presentation slide deck:

AgentlessAntivirusTips&Tricks_YuryMagalif_July2013_BriForum_v7

Here is the link to the session description on the BriForum website:

http://briforum.com/US/sessions.html#ymagalifAntivirus

 

My presentation is called “Tips and Tricks on Building Agentless Antivirus Scanners for Virtual Desktops”

This tips and techniques session is best for administrators and consultants looking to implement an Antivirus solution for their VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). The goal is to minimize I/O impact to VDI. We will discuss the two most developed scanners taking advantage of VMware vShield Endpoint application programing interfaces (APIs) – Trend Micro Deep Security Antivirus and McAfee Agentless MOVE AntiVirus. Specifically, we will focus on real-world examples of VMware, Trend Micro and McAfee best practices. For example, the participants will learn whether to use their current Antivirus for VDI versus VDI agentless antivirus, why the VM Communication Interface (VMCI) driver is important, how to deploy the Security Virtual Appliances (SVAs), why you should disable VMotion for SVAs, how to test your solution using EICAR test files and how to shut down your VDI agentless antivirus VMs properly if doing maintenance. A basic understanding of VMware vSphere, VMware View and Enterprise Antivirus solutions is recommended.

Please send me any remaining questions that come up.

Twitter Chat about HP blades, VMware, Virtual Connect & Storage

 

Twitter_chatUse 

#HPtrick 

hashtag to chat with me on Twitter:

June 18, 2013 — Tuesday, 2-3 pm Eastern Standard Time (11 am – 12 pm Pacific Standard Time).

The chat will be about HP blades, VMware, Virtual Connect & HP Storage, to answer new and remaining questions for my session at HP Discover 2013 “TB2603 – Building VMware vSphere 5.1 with blades, Virtual Connect and EVA.”

How to Twitter Chat:

Go to Twitter.com or the Twitter mobile app and search using the universal search field on top for #HPtrick

Then, tweet a question and make sure to include the #HPtrick expression (hashtag) in the question.

I will be monitoring #HPtrick area for questions, and will respond with an answer, also including the #HPtrick hashtag.

You will be able to Refresh your browser page or mobile app, and will see the answer to your question.

See you there!

Collateral for my session at the HP Discover 2013 conference

Thank you to those who attended my session and filled out the survey! I hope to be back next year.

My presentation is called “TB2603 – Building VMware vSphere 5.1 with blades, Virtual Connect and EVA.”

The session will discuss how VMware ESXi 5.1 (vSphere) can be implemented on HP c-Class blades, Virtual Connect and EVA, as well as the Flex-10/10D module and WS460c Gen8 blade with eight GPUs. The presentation will focus on real-world VMware and HP best practices, including how to load balance storage area network paths, how to make Virtual Connect really “connect” to Cisco Internet protocol switches, how to configure virtual local area networks for the Virtual Connect modules and VMware virtual switches and how to solve firmware and driver headaches with Virtual Connect and ESXi 5.1. Attendees will also receive tips on design decisions. A basic understanding of VMware, c-Class blades and Virtual Connect is recommended.

Here are the collateral files for the session:

Slides:

TB2603_Magalif_v5

HP Documents:

DISCOVER_2013_HOL2653_Student_LAB_Guide_Rev.1.1

HOL2653-VC4

Use #HPtrick hashtag to chat with me on Twitter:

June 18, 2013 — Tuesday, 2-3 pm Eastern Standard Time (11 am – 12 pm Pacific Standard Time).