This post provides some high-level detail on what was required for us to migrate to CA-signed certificates on an existing vCenter Server installation. Our overall plan was to upgrade versions of the EHC solution (EHC v3.1 to EHC v3.5) which meant that we needed to upgrade from vSphere v5, using SSO, to vSphere 6, using the new PSC (Platform Services Controller).
The latest release of EMC Storage Analytics (ESA) for VMware vRealize Operations Manager went GA May 2nd 2016, and among the many new features and supported objects is EMC Avamar.
This post will walk through the installation and configuration of the Avamar Adapter in vR Ops and show some of the available Avamar dashboards.
After completing a system upgrade of EMC Avamar, in VMware vSphere environments the existing Avamar Proxy virtual machines should be upgraded also.
It’s a simple process, but it took a while to find the procedure. So here are the highlights …..
The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution provides fully automated data protection backup and restore services for virtual machines, with EHC Backup as a Service (BaaS).
At virtual machine deployment time, cloud users in the vRealize Automation self-service portal, can choose to protect their machines with a predefined backup service level. This automatically adds data protection backup to their virtual machine, but also enables them to initiate on-demand, point-in-time backups and restores of their virtual machines.
One of the services provided by the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution (EHC) is Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS), which enables cloud users to manage and consume data protection backup services through a single user portal. The EHC solution leverages service levels throughout the solution, using policies to control resources such as compute, storage, network, and data protection.
In the EHC solution, a Backup Service Level = an EMC Avamar Backup Policy, but there’s a bit more gets configured under the covers.
The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution provides fully automated Backup and Recovery services to its users. While technically an optional add-on to the foundation EHC solution, Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) is designed for all instances and configurations of EHC.
EHC BaaS configurations range from local single-site, to replicated multi-site implementations, with fully replicated and recoverable virtual machine backups, while all the time maintaining full backup/recovery services after DR events. Every feature and function of the EHC solution takes backup and recovery into consideration.
The EMC Storage Analytics (ESA) management pack integrates the features and functionality of vRealize Operations Manager with a wide range of EMC products. The ESA delivers custom analytics and visualisations that provide detailed visibility into the EMC infrastructure, enhancing troubleshooting and proactively identifying storage performance and capacity issues for remediation.
This post will focus on the installation, configuration and operations provided by the VNX adapter (mainly because that’s all that I have in the lab right now!)
Appearance matters, so when you make the effort to install and configure vRA itself or as part of the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution, it makes sense that you should customise/brand the vRA catalog services. This is especially important if the environment is customer-facing, be it a demo/PoC or a real customer environment.
In response to a request from a colleague, I had grabbed screenshots of each of the Management Packs installed in vRealize Operations Manager, expanding each to display what dashboards were available within.
This could possibly be the least technical post on here, but anyway, it may be useful to some!
vRealize Automation integrates with vRealize Operations Manager in a couple of ways, and it may not immediately be apparent which integration point is responsible for what functionality.
The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution uses VMware vRealize Log Insight for centralised and automated log management, analysing log events from any component that supports syslog forwarding, providing system analytics, aggregation and search capabilities.
EMC ViPR provides a Management Pack for VMware vRealize Operations Manager. This is one of the many EMC-VMware integrations included in the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution.
The EMC ViPR Analytics Management Pack provides custom analytics and visual representation of the resources within the EMC software-defined infrastructure.
One new configuration requirement that I have come across recently working with vRealize Automation is the increased integration and permissions between vRealize Business Standard, vCenter and vRealize Operations Manager.
The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution uses VMware vRealize Business (vRB) Standard to provide chargeback information on the resources consumed in the hybrid cloud.
This post walks through how storage is provisioned from the vRealize Automation (vRA) catalog by a storage administrator.
For this first post about EHC STaaS, I want to briefly describe who uses and consumes Storage Services in the EHC solution.
Storage services in the EHC solution are available to multiple users and user roles, being provisioned, allocated and consumed by different cloud users.
A couple of years ago a request landed on my desk to begin work on an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution. It meant switching attention from the work we had been doing on Service Provider solutions utilising VMware vCD, and turning our attention to an Enterprise Cloud solution which would be based on what at the time was VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC – which has since been vRealized to vRA). The solution would also leverage EMC ViPR and VMware NSX for software defined storage and networking respectively.
This solution is now officially titled the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud. A LOT has happened since the outset but the learning curve has been fantastic and continues today.
After debating for a while about whether or not to start my own blog (where to put it, internally/externally, time commits, content, etc, etc), and after much coercion from colleagues (looking at you @DavidCRing) I’ve decided to give it a go.
Hopefully the content that I post here will be useful to others. My initial intent is to post content which is complimentary to the various documents (Whitepapers, Solution Guides, Build Guides, Reference Architectures, Tech Notes) that I have been producing for the past number of years for my employer. This content is all available publicly anyway but this blog may provide the platform to expand on some of the topics and technologies.
If you like or find any particular post, please share and be social. If not then I welcome constructive feedback.
Btw, ‘Scamallach’ is Gaelic/Irish for Cloudy (pronounced ‘Scom-ull-uck’). It’s the best I could come up with!