Recap of VMworld 2016

We have survived VMworld 2016 and it was  a blast!!!

It was great to meet many old friends and make some new friends.

Overall, the show was great even tho I am  not a big fan of the location at the Mandalay Bay Event Center. Moscone Center became familiar over the past years and I feel it is easier to navigate through.

Since I have been mainly busy at the Datrium booth, I haven’t seen much else of VMworld. For the folks who didn’t get a chance to take a look at the our booth, below are some pictures of what you have missed out on.

 

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Free WiFi on Delta Flights

If you happen to fly frequently with Delta Airlines, you might enjoy my recent finding. I just flew back from my vacation yesterday on a Delta flight from Atlanta to San Jose (SJC) and found an easy way to get free wifi for any of your iOS devices.

Note, this might work for all devices including your laptop but I only tried it from my iPhone and iPad.

How to get free WiFi on Delta Airline Flights?

  1. Connect to the gogoinflight wifi
    gogoinflight
  2. Open your browser of choice and try to access any website. The gogo website will automatically open.
    gogo website
  3. Select Watch for Free and the movie and TV selection will open up.
    gogo movies
  4. Select any movie or TV show and hit the Watch Now button.
    gogo watch now
  5. Fill in the CAPTCHA and hit submit. You are now connected to the gogo Wifi and all messaging apps should work and also your emails.gogo captcha

If the internet connection stops working, just re-run the steps above and you’ll get reconnected to the internet.

Datrium DVX 101 – NetShelf Setup

For the NetShelf Setup, make sure you allocate a minimum of 3 IPs (floating, controller 1 & controller 2) for the data network or a total of 6 IPs if you plan to separate the management and data networks. The actual setup is very simple and takes only 2-3 minutes.

Serial port settings

Serial port speed: 115200
Data bits: 8
Spot bit: 1
Parity: None

Datrium NetShelf Controller
Datrium NetShelf Controller

Upon successful connection via serial cable, you will be presented with the Datrium DVX Setup Wizard. The wizard will guide you through the following areas:

DVX settings – 15 seconds

Network configuration – 1:45 minutes

After the network settings have been set, the setup wizard will move on to

vCenter Server Registration – 21 seconds

The NetShelf is now set up and ready to be used in under 3 minutes.

In the next post, I will go over adding hosts to the Datrium DVX.

vSphere HA – VM Monitoring

VM Monitoring comes with three different options. By default it is set to Disabled but you can vm monitoringenable either VM Monitoring Only or VM and Application Monitoring.

In either case, the VM uses VMware Tools to identify the state of the VM and its application and then reboot the VM if necessary.

What is the difference between VM Monitoring Only and VM and Application Monitoring?

VM Monitoring Only utilizes VMware Tools to check regularly for heartbeats and I/O activity from the VMware Tools process. Depending on the Monitoring Sensitivity setting, vSphere HA will  know how often to look for heartbeats and how often the VM should reboot.

VM and Application Monitoring also utilizes VMware Tools and can monitor the VM just like the VM Monitoring Only setting but it can also monitor the application, running on the VM. In order to enable Application Monitoring the application has to support VMware Application Monitoring or use the appropriate SDK.

At a minimum it is best practice to enable VM Monitoring Only to ensure maximum availability for your most important VMs. Note, this setting can be adjusted per VM via VM Overrides in the Cluster Settings

 

Finally in the Top 100 vBlogs

Today Eric Siebert from vSphere-land announced the final results of the Top vBlog 2016 competition.

For the readers who aren’t familiar with the Top vBlog competition, it is all about best content and frequency of content. Last year I wasn’t even on the list to be voted for. However, this year I made it on the list and I’m ranked 72 out of 321 blogs.

Not bad at all. I’m super excited and thankful for everyone who took the time to vote for me and my blog. You are the reason I’m sharing my stories and my knowledge.

A special thank you to Eric Siebert, who made this happen!

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