It’s official, and it looks like i’m going to be quite busy. I will have 4 sessions across multiple topics, and will be Co-running two Group Discussions.
Many of us have become very comfortable in performing tasks manually in the desktop client or the vSphere Web Client, but doing things manually will always take more time and be more prone to errors, as opposed to automating them. Come learn how easy our automation solution is and how you can start automating actions, reports, and processes in your virtual environment today! We will discuss how to perform bulk actions against objects in the environment, create fast and valuable reports, and how to move away from all the manual and redundant tasks. If you do something more than once, you should automate it. If you are a PowerCLI beginner or haven’t even tried PowerCLI this session is for you. Stop wasting your time and learn how to reclaim your day, the PowerCLI way.
In this session we will explore best practices of implementing vSphere in Remote Office / Branch Office deployments. We will perform a technical deep dive into subjects such as planning and architecting the initial deployment of hosts and virtual machines, discussing what we see our customers doing as well as design decisions that should be considered carefully. We will jump into ESX and VM lifecycle management for remote deployments and discuss best practices for upgrading and patching these environments as well as ways to maintain configuration consistency across sites and avoid forms of configuration drift. Join us for a great informative and technical session.
This session will cover VMware’s best practices and recommendations for installing and configuring your vSphere 6 infrastructure components to best fit your environment. These recommendations are given based on size, scale, and future needs. You will receive guidance from VMware on best practices for upgrading and patching your vSphere environment. Attend & learn how to orchestrate a successful upgrade of your ESXi inventory (big or small) with no application downtime. We will walk through what’s new with vSphere Update Manager (VUM), design considerations around VSAN, and VMFS versions in your environment. After covering our tools and hardware version policy, we will introduce the new open-vm-tools for Linux and its impact on how you manage VMware Tools on a large number of VM’s. Come learn how to automate your upgrades and complete the upgrade process over 5x faster than you’ve done it before. This session will be of interest to administrators of all levels of expertise.
Auto Deploy is a powerful feature that allows you to provision (& “Upgrade”) ESXi hosts in an automated fashion and @scale. Host Profiles is a great feature which allows you to configure your ESX environment (central or remote) and keep it consistent. Together, these features can deliver unparalleled agility & efficiency. We look at what’s new in vSphere 6, and the roadmap for both these features; We will also discuss many best practices around sizing auto deploy for your environment including prescriptive steps for hitting desired performance and scale targets. We will discuss the recommended approach for converting your existing stateful ESXi hosts into stateless (and the reasons why you should do this) & PowerCLI tips for creating solid auto deploy rules and effective host profiles. We will also do a demo of AutoDeploy & Host Profile working together in this highly automated fashion. This session will be of interest to administrators of all levels of expertise.
Alan Renouf – Product Line Manager, VMware
More to come…