I was recently working with a rather large finance customer who were moving to VDI (Horizon View) and even after engaging with VMware, were still none the wiser about how to rationalise and define what apps could be put on various Appstacks that would best server their users.
We came up with a dashboard that defined what apps would be in common appstacks per groups (say, office, chrome etc) and then ones that would be specific to groups (HR apps, finance apps etc). The customer could then easily see what apps were in use and how complex the app could potentially be to virtualise. This can really be used with any app layering tech, or even be manipulated for app delivery. It gave the customer visibility into their own estate, without having to involve any further 3rd parties. You’ll have to excuse the test data though! There’s plenty more on App Rationalisation and such I’ll post over time – it doesn’t really matter on the final delivery or virtualisation method as the data lets you work with any technology.
Just in the middle of doing some design work with Visio and as this was a new install (and laptop) of Visio with no stencils and icons, I had to go looking for them again! So here we are, courtesy of the VMTN forums!
Official VMware Visio Stencils & Icons
If you like playing around with how your tools look (and come on, who doesn’t!), someone over at Github has made a dark theme for the H5 client that looks great!
vSphere H5 Dark Theme
I think most people have had issues with replacing/updating certificates on the various virtual appliances that will be floating around their infrastructure, thankfully (and finally someone has done it!), there’s a fling created to help with this! Much kudos to the creators!
Replacing SSL certificates across VMware products is a manual and time-consuming process. The SDDC Certificate Tool automates this workflow and makes it easy to keep certificates across your SDDC up to date. It will replace all certificates in the supported products and reestablish trust between the components.
- VMware Platform Services Controller (PSC)
- VMware vCenter Server (VC)
- VMware NSX for vSphere (NSX)
- vRealize Log Insight (vRLI)
- vRealize Operations Manager (vROps)
- vRealize Automation (vRA)
- vRealize Business for Cloud (vRB)
SDDC Certificate Tool
Not everyone likes digging into the VI/Command line, or it’s not always easy to get access, or the right person to do it…Then it’s even more awkward to get that information out to somebody…
Not anymore – thanks to the magic and hard work put into Flings!
VisualEsxtop is an enhanced version of resxtop and esxtop. VisualEsxtop can connect to VMware vCenter Server or ESX hosts, and display ESX server stats with a better user interface and more advanced features.
- Live connection to ESX host or vCenter Server
- Flexible way of batch output
- Load batch output and replay them
- Multiple windows to display different data at the same time
- Line chart for selected performance counters
- Flexible counter selection and filtering
- Embedded tooltip for counter description
- Color coding for important counters
So like many people, I have workstation on my laptop for test lab, with a fully functioning domain, multiple machines etc and as it’s a laptop, I shut the lid…Wander off… Get on the train, or in the car… Then it doesn’t get turned on for a few days, or is on/off/on/off etc. Workstation obviously doesn’t like this and recently I’ve been getting complaints of locked files on my VM’s, which, I don’t want to rebuild or faff with…
So voila! A solution. Simply delete (or backup, depending on your cowboy nature) the .lck files/folders of the affected VM, re-power on…and sorted! Emergency over!
Sorry for the gap in posting…well…anything… New role has kept me very busy!
Most of us will have our own little tips and tricks on troubleshooting, but recently I had a customer who had a machine hanging, that looked suspiciously like VMware Tools was causing an issue, but they had no idea how to troubleshoot. I’d suggested various options, including simply getting the logs, checking ESXi services and so on and it wasn’t anything they’d had to do before, so I really needed something quick and fully features to suggest to them. There’s a great VMware KB which uses the process of:
Validate the scope – find out the scope of the problem and accurately define what the symptoms are (no point in just having someone screaming “It’s crashing, IT’S CRASHING!”
Identify the cause – so many possibilities! Storage, services crashing, resource contention, a task on the VM…
Action Plan – Take action to remediate the issue – once the cause has been established, focus on what is causing the issue and define a plan to resolve it.