Author Archives: Alex Hunt

About Alex Hunt

Hi All I am Manish Jha. I am currently working in OVH US as Operations Support Engineer (vCloud Air Operations). I have around 7 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director,vSphere Replication, vRealize Automation, NSX and RHEL. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.

vCloud Extender-Part 4: Cloud Provider Registration and VM Migration

By | 01/10/2018

In last post of this series, I covered the steps needed to configure on-prem environment to connect it to a cloud provider site. In this post I will demonstrate how to register cloud provider and initiate vm migration using vCloud Extender.

1: Introduction to vCloud Extender

2: vCloud Extender-Cloud Provider Setup

3: vCloud Extender-Tenant (On-Premise) Setup

Lets start with Cloud Provider registration.

Login to On-prem vCenter server webclient and click on vCloud Extender plugin and navigate to Provider Clouds tab. Click on Add a Provider Cloud button. read more

vCloud Extender-Part 3: Tenant (On-Premise) Setup

By | 30/09/2018

In last post of this series we covered the deployment/configuration steps in the cloud provider side. In this post we will learn about how to configure the on-premise (tenant) environment.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Introduction to vCloud Extender

2: vCloud Extender-Cloud Provider Setup

To connect the Tenant environment with the cloud provider, we need to deploy an instance of vCloud Extender in the on-premise. Deployment is more or less same like service provider side, but with difference that we select deployment type as “cx-connector” a shown in below screenshot. read more

vCloud Extender-Part 2: Service Provider Setup

By | 29/09/2018

In last post of this series, I discussed about vCloud Extender architecture and its capabilities. In this post I will walk through steps of configuring vCloud Extender in cloud provider side.

vCloud Extender is deployed as ova and deployment steps are straight forward as shown in below slide show. Just make sure to select deployment type as “cx-cloud-service” on customization template page.

Once appliance is deployed and boots up, it will show the browser link to access the appliance for further configuration. read more

vCloud Extender-Part 1:Introduction

By | 29/09/2018

What is VMware vCloud Extender?

VMware vCloud Director Extender creates a hybrid cloud environment between an end-user on-premise data center, and a multi-tenant vCloud Director environment. vCloud Extender is replacement for vCloud Connector and this product was released soon after vCloud Director 9.0 was announced. 

What does vCloud Extender offers?

vCloud Extender allows customers to migrate workloads from On-prem vSphere environment to a vCloud Director based Public Cloud. The two migration methods that are available with vCloud Extender are the cold and warm migration and I will talk about these methods in detail in upcoming post of this series. read more

vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR-Part 4: Testing DR Operations

By | 26/09/2018

In last post of this series we paired the two vCloud based cloud instances. Now its turn to test the DR capabilities offered by vCAV-C2C.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Introduction to vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR

2: vCAV-C2C-POC Deployment

3: Site Pairing

To start testing DR operations, connect to https://VCAV-FQDN:8443 and login with tenant credentials (uname@orgname) and navigate to Paired Clouds. read more

vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR-Part 3: Site Pairing

By | 25/09/2018

In last post of this series we configured the vCAV-C2C appliance for both Site A & B. In this post we will learn how to perform site pairing so that tenants can start replicating workloads between 2 cloud instances.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Introduction to vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR

2: vCAV-C2C-POC Deployment

To perform site pairing, login to vCAV-C2C appliance of site A by connecting to https://VCAV-FQDN:8046 and navigating to Sites > New Site and enter IP/FQDN of VCAV appliance of Site B. read more

vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR-Part 2: POC Deployment

By | 24/09/2018

As discussed in last post, we can configure all roles present in vCAV-C2C in a single appliance for Lab/POC deployment. In my lab I am going ahead with small deployment to have a general understanding of this product before doing distributed deployment.

In my lab I have 2 sites and each site is configured with following components:

1: vSphere/vCenter Server 6.5 U2

2: vCloud Director 9.0

3: VMware NSX 6.3.6

vSphere and vCD is fully configured and Org/Org vDC’s are in place n both sites with external network etc configured.  read more

vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR-Part 1:Introduction

By | 23/09/2018

VMware vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR is the latest addition in VMware Cloud Provider Platform portfolio and it was first released in May 2018 and it brought joy for the service providers who wanted a VMware native Cloud to Cloud DR solution for vCloud Director based clouds from long time. 

What is vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR (vCAV-C2C)?

VMware vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud is a solution for DR between 2 instances of vCloud Director. Cloud to Cloud DR concept is not new but VMware did not had any solution for vCloud based cloud. vCAV-C2C fills this gap and helps VMware Cloud Providers to leverage existing vCloud Director environments to provide DR services, including replication and failover capabilities for workloads at both VM and vApp level. read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director: Part 10: Integrating VCAV With Deployed Components

By | 14/09/2018

Now we have deployed all components needed to form VCAV stack. Its time to integrate all of them with VCAV. Let’s start.

At this point of time I am assuming that you have already declared following variables as per your environment

Configure vSphere Replication Manager

1: Configure VRMS appliance

# vcav hms configure –hms-address=$HMS01_ADDRESS –vsphere-address=$VSPHERE01_ADDRESS –vsphere-user=$SSO_USER –vsphere-password-file=~/.ssh/.sso –vcd-address=$VCD_ADDRESS –vcd-user=$VCD_USER –vcd-password-file=~/.ssh/.vcd –sso-user=$SSO_USER –sso-password-file=~/.ssh/.sso read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director: Part 9-Create vCloud Availability Portal Host

By | 14/09/2018

In last post of this series we deployed the VRCS and VR appliances. In this post we will deploy VCAV Portal.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vCloud Availability Introduction

2: vCloud Availability Architecture & Components

3: VCAV Deployment

4: Install Cloud Proxy for vCD

5: Deploy Cassandra Cluster

6: RabbitMQ Cluster Deployment and vCD Integration

7: Deploy VRMS Appliance

8: Deploy vRCS and VR Server

What is vCloud Availability Portal ? read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director: Part 8-Deploy vSphere Replication Cloud Service & vSphere Replication Server

By | 09/09/2018

In last post of this series we deployed VRMS appliance. In this post we will deploy the vSphere Replication Cloud Service and the vSphere Replication Server appliance.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vCloud Availability Introduction

2: vCloud Availability Architecture & Components

3: VCAV Deployment

4: Install Cloud Proxy for vCD

5: Deploy Cassandra Cluster

6: RabbitMQ Cluster Deployment and vCD Integration read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director: Part 7-Deploy vSphere Replication Manager

By | 09/09/2018

In last post of this series we deployed RabbitMQ and integrated it with vCD.

In this post we will deploy and configure vSphere Replication Manager aka VRMS. But before we go ahead and kick the VRMS deployment, lets discuss in brief about what is the role of VRMS in a VCAV stack.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vCloud Availability Introduction

2: vCloud Availability Architecture & Components

3: VCAV Deployment read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director: Part 6: Install and Configure RabbitMQ Cluster

By | 09/09/2018

In last post of this series we deployed cassandra node and configured ssl security for cassandra. In this post we will be installing RabbitMQ for vCD.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vCloud Availability Introduction

2: vCloud Availability Architecture & Components

3: VCAV Deployment

4: Install Cloud Proxy for vCD

5: Deploy Cassandra Cluster

What is RabbitMQ (RMQ)?

RabbitMQ is an open source message-queuing software which helps in facilitating message exchange between 2 or more applications. The exchange of messages is done via queue which is defined by administrator. An application can publish a message to the queue which can be retrieve or consumed by a different application. read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director: Part 5: Deploy and Configure Cassandra Cluster

By | 09/09/2018

In second post of this series we looked at the components which are needed to form a VCAV solution stack and we saw cassandra is an integral part of this solution.

To know about cassandra in detail, you can refer an old blogpost written by me.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vCloud Availability Introduction

2: vCloud Availability Architecture & Components

3: VCAV Deployment

4: Install Cloud Proxy for vCD

In this post we will deploy a Cassandra Cluster. Before installing cassandra software we need to meet following requirements: read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director: Part 4: Installing Cloud Proxy for vCD

By | 09/09/2018

In last post of this series we deployed the VCAV appliance and discussed that it will be configured later once we are done with deployment of all the other needed components.

In this post we will add a vCloud proxy cell to an existing vCloud Director environment.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vCloud Availability Introduction

2: vCloud Availability Architecture & Components

3: VCAV Deployment

What is Cloud Proxy ? read more