vBrain.info http://www.vbrain.info Austrian Virtualization Power Sun, 14 Oct 2018 08:00:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://www.vbrain.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/buysellad_icon-150x150.jpg vBrain.info http://www.vbrain.info 32 32 50840897 VMworld EMEA 2018 – #vBreakfast 2018 edition http://www.vbrain.info/2018/10/14/vmworld-emea-2018-vbreakfast-2018-edition/ http://www.vbrain.info/2018/10/14/vmworld-emea-2018-vbreakfast-2018-edition/#respond Sun, 14 Oct 2018 08:00:19 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4493 Please join Abdullah Abdullah and many more vNerds and vGeeks for the #vBreakfast 2018 edition. Unfortunately myself and Andreas couldn’t make it to VMworld EMEA this year but Abdullah will take care of all...

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Please join Abdullah Abdullah and many more vNerds and vGeeks for the #vBreakfast 2018 edition. Unfortunately myself and Andreas couldn’t make it to VMworld EMEA this year but Abdullah will take care of all of you, even when it’s 7am morning. I think he also knows how to deal with the #GrumpyWaiter As I heard last years #vBreakfast was really awesome with more attendees than the year before.¬†We had more than 25 people who joined us very early in the morning to get some coffee, snacks and great talks. Unfortunately I don’t have pictures from last year but I hope you guys make a ton of picture this year so I can share it for my next year blog post! ūüôā

For this year’s #vBreakfast I hope the attendance is similar or even bigger than the year before. Would be really great to start the day with a massive virtualization overpower before the VMworld General Session. #vBreakfast 2018 edition will be held at the same location as last year which is¬†really close to the Fira:

Restaurant La Vid
Carrer del Foc 44-54

Maps

I have also created an Eventbrite event to have an overview how many people will attend #vBreakfast 2018 edition. Registration for the event will be open from Oct. 15th 10am until Nov. 5th.

There is no better way to get to know the community than with breakfast. Join Abdullah and many others in this growing yearly tradition of carbo-loading for an action-packed day on Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:30. After that we have plenty of time getting to the General Session. So follow #vBreakfast on Twitter to get the latest information about the event.

As every year I hope to get a sponsor for this awesome event. Last year we were very fortunate to have RuneCast as our sponsor.

 

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VMworld EMEA 2018 ‚Äď Parties, Gatherings, Events and more http://www.vbrain.info/2018/10/09/vmworld-emea-2018-parties-gatherings-events-and-more/ http://www.vbrain.info/2018/10/09/vmworld-emea-2018-parties-gatherings-events-and-more/#respond Tue, 09 Oct 2018 07:30:47 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4491 I created a small list of VMworld EMEA 2018 parties, gathering and events because attending VMworld is not only attending an IT conference it is also a big networking event where you can talk...

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I created a small list of VMworld EMEA 2018 parties, gathering and events because attending VMworld is not only attending an IT conference it is also a big networking event where you can talk to vendors, tweeps or bloggers. What¬†will be better for socialising than parties and gatherings¬†at VMworld. Unfortunately I won’t attend the EMEA conference because I was at the US version. VMworld full conference or guest pass is required for some parties and for others you need to register because space is limited.

If you are a vendor or somebody arranging a party or gathering at VMworld US please contact me on Twitter (@Fred_vBrain) or by e-mail (fred (at) vbrain (dot) info) so I can add your party/gathering/event to the list.

EventWhenTimeWhereRegistration
Welcome ReceptionNovember 6th, Tuesday17:30-19:30Solutions ExchangeFull Conference Pass
or Guest Pass
VMworld FestNovember 7th, Wednesday19:00-22:00General Session roomFull Conference Pass
or Guest Pass
Hall CrawlNovember 7th, Wednesday17:00-19:00Solutions ExchangeFull Conference Pass
or Guest Pass
#vRockstar PartyNovember 4th, Sunday20:00 - 00:00Obama English Pub
603 Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes
08007 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
Wave 1: SOLD OUT
Wave 2: SOLD OUT
#Spousetivities
VMworld 2018 EMEA Day 1
November 5th, Monday08:00 - 18:00Fira Barcelona Gran Via
(Conference Center)
Hall 6 Carrer del Foc 10
08038 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
#Spousetivities
VMworld 2018 EMEA Day 2
November 6th, Tuesday08:00 - 18:00Fira Barcelona Gran Via
(Conference Center)
Hall 6 Carrer del Foc 10
08038 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
#Spousetivities
VMworld 2018 EMEA Day 3
November 7th, Wednesday08:00 - 18:00Fira Barcelona Gran Via
(Conference Center)
Hall 6 Carrer del Foc 10
08038 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
#Spousetivities
VMworld 2018 EMEA Day 4
November 8th, Thursday08:00 - 18:00Fira Barcelona Gran Via
(Conference Center)
Hall 6 Carrer del Foc 10
08038 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
#vBreakfastNovember 6th, Tuesday07:00 - 08:30Restaurant La Vid
Carrer del Foc 44-54
08038 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
#VCDX WorkshopNovember 5th, Monday07:30 - 13:00Hotel Porta Fira
Plaça d'Europa, 45
(Maps)
Link
IGEL Certified Engineer TrainingNovember 5th, Monday12:00 - 18:00H10 Itaca
22 Avinguda de Roma
08015 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
CANCELED
Veeam PartyNovember 6th, Tuesday20:00 - 01:00Sala Apolo
Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 113
08004 Barcelona
(Maps)
INVITATION ONLY
(currently)
VMware {Code} HackathonNovember 5th, Monday18:30 - 24:00Valkiria Hub Space
Carrer de Pujades 126
08005 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
Rubrik Cocktail PartyNovember 5th, Monday20:00 - 24:00CAFE OCA√ĎA
Plaça Reial 13-15
(Maps)
Link
VMworld badge is needed!!
Pre-VMworld VMUG - DELL/EMC
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
VMware on AWS
November 5th, Monday11:00 - 14:25Porta Fira Hotel
Plaça d'Europa, 45
(Maps)
Link
NSX-T Technical WorkshopNovember 5th, Monday13:00 - 17:00"Fira Barcelona Gran Via
(Conference Center)
64 Avinguda Joan Carles I
Room 403
08038 Barcelona
(Maps)"
Link
vSphere 6.7 Clustering Deep Dive Book SigningNovember 6th, Tuesday16:00 - 17:00Rubrik Booth #P305Link
vExpert PartyNovember 6th, Tuesday19:00 - 22:00CAFE OCA√ĎA
Plaça Reial 13-15
(Maps)
INVITE ONLY
Cohesity Party in BarcelonaNovember 6th, Tuesday19:30 - ??Poble Espanyol
Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia 13
Barcelona, CT 08038
(Maps)
Link

Andreas Lesslhumer over www.running-system.com will maintain a list of parties and events for VMworld 2018 in Barcelona too. So check it out! Maybe he knows from a party that is missing here.

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VMworld 2018 US – VMworld has come http://www.vbrain.info/2018/08/27/vmworld-2018-us-vmworld-has-come/ http://www.vbrain.info/2018/08/27/vmworld-2018-us-vmworld-has-come/#respond Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:21:33 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4472 It is again this time of the year where a lot of people gather in Las Vegas for one of the biggest conferences, VMworld 2018. So to say it in Game of Thrones terms:...

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It is again this time of the year where a lot of people gather in Las Vegas for one of the biggest conferences, VMworld 2018. So to say it in Game of Thrones terms: VMworld has come. This year I’m really thankful that I could make it to this awesome conference. A big thank you goes to my wife for making this possible to me and taking care of our 2 kids during my absense. In the past I have only attended one VMworld US which was in 2012 in San Francisco. There I was sheer overwhelmed about the size and the people you can meet there. VMworld Barcelona is also big but the US conference is even bigger. Thanks god it’s not my first time in Vegas. I was there during my vacation in 2012 and during internal VMware events so I know what I have to expect.

Saturday

Unfortunately it is already Sunday and I didn’t finished this post in time. I met up with Ather Beg and we explored possible path to the venue so we won’t get lost the next day. After that we went for dinner and at 9pm I was already so damn tired that I needed to get to bed.

Sunday

Sunday really started early because I woke up at 5am and was surprisingly refreshed. I made myself ready and went to the registration. I really didn’t expect so many people at the registration at 7am and it looked like that there was some problems printing the badges because I waited nearly 25min to get mine. Others got their badges in less then a minute.

After finishing the registration I cought up with Shane Williford who is running the #vBreakfast US. At the breakfast I met few other people who I didn’t met face to face in the past like Mark Crawford, James Green, Ken Nelbone, Joe Houghes and Richard Kenyan to name a few.

After breakfast I made my way to the VCDX Workshop (again, 3rd time). This is the type of workshop which should remind me that there is still a goal on my bucket list I need to accomplish. After a short break I attended the vSphere Upgrade Workshop led by David Stamen and Nigel Hickey. This gave me the last inspiration how to run such workshop for my customers in Austria and also gave me some additional input to my VMTN community session on Wednesday (VMTN5534U – vSphere Upgrade Process – 2018 Edition). In the evening I have planned to attend the VMworld Welcome Reception and the VMunderground party. I hope to see a lot of you guys there. Just if you know me and obviously want to chat with me come by and say hello. I can assure you I won’t remember your name so hopefully you will wear your VMworld badge.

Monday

Monday is really relaxing from an appointment perspective. I will watch the General Session from the VM village and hope to get in touch with new and old friends from the #vCommunity. During the day I will spend my time in the blogger area or at the VMTN theater. I also looking forward to the following sessions:

Ariel Sanchez РvSphere and Ansible: From zero to useful [CODE5551U]

Russell Hamker РvDeploy РPowerCLI only method to fully deploy a VM [VMTN5513U]

Thom Greene – Automating Troubleshooting with vSphere Operations Manager [VMTN5522U]

From 5pm to 6pm there will be also a book signing session for “Clustering Deep Dive” at the Rubrik booth (#1334). You can meet and chat with the authors (Duncan Epping, Niels Hagoort and Frank Denneman) there .

At about 6:30pm the real fun for this day will happen. The VMworld hackathon. I have not attended the previous one because I didn’t fell useful for a specific team, but that is not the intention for the hackathon. The intention is that there are team who can learn and create something which is cool and even if you’re thinking that you can’t contribute anything you will get a great learning experience out of that.

Tuesday

On Tuesday I will watch the General Session from VMvillage and I’m really looking forward to the talk of Noble peace prize winner Malala¬†Yousafzai. To be honest I haven’t heard about her before but after reading her history and what she is doing I was really impressed and inspired by her.

From 10:30am to 11:30am there will be a book signing session at the Runecast booth (#2835) for “IT Architect Series: Foundation In the Art of Infrastructure Design: A Practical Guide for IT Architects” written by¬†John Arrasjid, Mark Gabryjelski and Chris McCain. All the authors will be there to sign the book.

In the afternoon I will be most of the time at the blogger area or VMTN theater. I have also the following community sessions on my list for attending.

Jake Blecha –¬†A better way to see PowerCLI data¬†[CODE5549U]

Sean Massey –¬†Upgrading Your VDI Environment to Windows 10¬†[VMTN5976U]

In the evening I’m registered for the #vExpert party and the legendary Veeam party. Let’s see how I can split myself to attend both. Looking mainly forward the the #vExpert one because there is a bigger chance to chat with fellow vExperts.

Wednesday

Wednesday is a more busy day at VMworld for me. I have a session on the list to attend but as an employee you’re not allowed to pre-register for a session so I will show up there and see if there is any place left. The session I’m talking about is from Katarina Wagnerova and Mark Brookfield about “Designing for the Unexpected: Delivering IT on a Boat with VMware Horizon [VIN2650BU]”.

From 11:00am to 11:30am I will be part of the “vExpert Daily“. Not sure what to expect now but Im really looking forward to this stuff because this is something which is putting me outside my comfort zone.

At 12:15pm I will meet up with all the #vBeards at VMworld to do an awesome vBeards photo.

The rest of the afternoon I will usally stay at the VMTN space, because I have a session there at 3:30pm for the topic “vSphere Upgrade Process – 2018 Edition¬†[VMTN5534U]”. Currently the session is FULL which really makes me happy but I think there is still standing space available and I assume not everybody will show up. Other sessions I will attend will be:

Thom Greene – Creating a Blog with Hugo [VMTN5527U]

Matthew Allford /¬†Tim Carman –¬†Documenting Your Virtual Infrastructure with PowerShell and PowerCLI¬†[VIN3327BU]

In the evening you will find me at the VMworld FEST.

Thursday

As Thursday is the last day at VMworld and everybody will be tired and exhausted I have no specific plans. As always you can find my around VMTN or at the Solutions Exchange.

Final Thoughts

VMworld will be busy and exhausting like every year but I really do like the show and the people who are attending. It’s a great place to be and to meet old and new friend and I won’t miss that for a minute. Also if you’re still don’t know which party to attend check out my party list post.

Also if you find any spelling error, you can keep it! ūüôā

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Spectre-NG – CVE-2018-3639 and CVE-2018-3640 http://www.vbrain.info/2018/07/04/spectre-ng/ Wed, 04 Jul 2018 07:00:20 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4402 As you might already have heard via other sources, two new variants of the Spectre Attack have been made public in May. Spectre Variante 3a Rogue System Register Read CVE-2018-3640 Spectre Variante 4 Speculative...

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As you might already have heard via other sources, two new variants of the Spectre Attack have been made public in May.

Spectre Variante 3a Rogue System Register Read CVE-2018-3640
Spectre Variante 4 Speculative Store Bypass CVE-2018-3639

Q2 2018 Speculative Execution Side Channel Update

CPU-Sicherheitsl√ľcken Spectre-NG: Updates rollen an (German)

From a VMware perspective updates for both were released last week. Here are the corresponding Security Advisory (VMSA-2018-0012.1) and KB article (KB54951).

vSphere 6.7
vCenter 6.7b http://kb.vmware.com/kb/55726 Download
ESXi 6.7
ESXi670-201806001 https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/55917 Download
ESXi670-201806401-BG https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/55920
ESXi670-201806402-BG https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/55921
ESXi670-201806403-BG https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/56334
vSphere 6.5
vCenter 6.5 U2b http://kb.vmware.com/kb/54875 Download
ESXi 6.5
ESXi650-201806001 https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/55912 Download
ESXi650-201806401-BG https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/55915
ESXi650-201806402-BG https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/55916
vSphere 6.0
vCenter 6.0 U3f http://kb.vmware.com/kb/55725 Download
ESXi 6.0
ESXi600-201805001 https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/55907 Download
ESXi600-201806401-BG https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/55910
ESXi600-201806402-BG https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/55911

I created the above list to get access to the corresponding KB article more quickly as well as to the downloads. Normally you would update your ESXi hosts through VUM (VMware Update Manager) and your vCenter through the VAMI interface. Sometimes there is a requirement (e.g. environment without internet access) where you need to download the mentioned offline bundles respectively the vCenter patch ISOs.

For everybody running already vSphere 6.5 in their environment they would need to update to 6.5 U2.

Because there is still a backup problematic going on and only a handful of backup vendors support 6.5 U2 currently, I strongly recommend to NOT update to 6.5 U2 yet.

For more information, please refer to the KBs listed below.

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VMSA-2018-0012

VMware vSphere, Workstation and Fusion updates enable Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigations for Speculative Store Bypass issue.

https://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2018-0012.html

VMware Response to Speculative Execution security issues, CVE-2018-3639 and CVE-2018-3640 (54951)

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/54951

CVE-2018-3639 (Speculative Store Bypass)

Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigations

VMware updates that enable Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigations for CVE-2018-3639 are documented in VMSA-2018-0012. This mitigation requires Intel microcode updates which, at the time of this article’s publication, are not yet available. The combination of Intel microcode and VMSA-2018-0012 updates will expose the Speculative-Store-Bypass-Disable (SSBD) control bit to guest operating systems. Detailed instructions on enabling Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigations for CVE-2018-3639 are found in KB55111.

Operating System-Specific Mitigations

VMware has investigated the impact that CVE-2018-3639 may have on VMware Virtual Appliances, and while investigations are ongoing we have not found any evidence that VMware Virtual Appliances are affected by this issue.

VMware recommends contacting your operating system vendor to determine whether or not SSBD is recommended. At the time of this article’s publication, multiple OS vendors have decided that SSBD will be disabled by default in their OSes as they have classified the overall risk of CVE-2018-3639 as low and the performance impact imposed will be non-trivial.

CVE-2018-3640 (Rogue System Register Read)

Microcode Mitigations

CVE-2018-3640 is resolved by a microcode update. ESXi will include the mitigating microcode updates for supported CPUs as a convenience, after they have been provided to us and tested by VMware. Alternatively, you should also be able to obtain the microcode update for your CPU as part of a firmware/BIOS update from your hardware system vendor. Code changes are not required for any VMware products to mitigate CVE-2018-3640. Included microcode will be documented in ESXi release notes.

Note: If newer microcode is already present on your system because of a firmware/BIOS update, ESXi will not replace it with older microcode shipped as part of an ESXi patch/update.

For the latest information on how mitigations for the aforementioned issues may affect performance, see KB55210.

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Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigation for CVE-2018-3639 (Speculative Store Bypass) (55111)

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/55111

Mitigation of CVE-2018-3639 within a VM or native OS is greatly assisted by a new speculative-execution control bit known as Speculative-Store-Bypass-Disable (SSBD).  In order to use this hardware feature within virtual machines, new Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigations must be enabled to pass this control bit to the Guest OSes.

For each virtual machine, enable Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigation for CVE-2018-3639 via the following steps:

  1. Apply all applicable security patches for your Guest OS which have been made available from the OS vendor.
  2. Ensure that your VMs are using Virtual Hardware Version 9 or higher. See KB1010675 for details on Virtual Hardware versions and requirements. For best performance, Virtual Hardware Version 11 or higher is recommended. Virtual Hardware Version 11 enables PCID/INVPCID.
  3. Power Off and then Power On the virtual machine (Restart is insufficient).

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Attending VMworld is not only attending an IT conference it is also a big networking event where you can talk to vendors, tweeps or bloggers. What¬†will be better for socialising than parties and gatherings¬†at VMworld. I created a small list of parties, gathering and events going on at VMworld 2018 US.¬†Normally I’m just doing the EMEA list. But this year I will do both because I will attend the US conference. VMworld full conference or guest pass is required for some parties and for others you need to register because space is limited.

If you are a vendor or somebody arranging a party or gathering at VMworld US please contact me on Twitter (@Fred_vBrain) or by e-mail (fred (at) vbrain (dot) info) so I can add your party/gathering/event to the list.

EventWhenTimeWhereRegistration
Welcome Reception
(sponsored by Veeam)
August 26th, Sunday17:00 - 19:30Solutions ExchangeFull Conference Pass
or Guest Pass
VMworld FestAugust 29th, Wednesday19:00 - 22:30World Market Pavilion
205 W Symphony Park Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89106
(Maps)
Full Conference Pass
or Guest Pass
Hall CrawlAugust 28th, Tuesday16:30 - 18:00Solutions ExchangeFull Conference Pass
or Guest Pass
VMUG Member PartyAugust 26th, Sunday19:30 - 21:30House of Blues
Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
vBreakfastAugust 26th, Sunday08:00 - 10:00House of Blues
Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
Rubrik's 2018 VMworld Party
with Run DMC and The Roots
August 27th, Monday21:00 - ??Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub
3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas NV
(Maps)
Link
Data Strategy - TopgolfAugust 28th, Tuesday19:00 - 22:00
Topgolf
4627 Koval Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(Maps)
Link
Trace3 Annual VMworld
After Party
August 28th, Tuesday19:00 - 23:00Drais Nightclub
At the Cromwell Hotel
(Maps)
Link
IGEL Happy HourAugust 26th, Sunday16:00 - 17:30
Border Grill Mandalay Bay
South Dining Room
3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
VMunderground 2018August 26th, Sunday20:00 - 23:00Beerhaus
3784 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(Maps)
Link
Opening Acts 2018August 26th, Sunday13:00 - 16:00Beerhaus
3784 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(Maps)
Blog Post
Galileo's VIP Welcome ReceptionAugust 27th, Monday19:00 - 21:00Libertine Social
Located in Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
Relax & Revive (by the Pool!) with GalileoAugust 28th, Tuesday14:00 - 18:00Mandalay Bay
Beach Bungalows
3355 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(Maps)
Link
Cohesity VMworld 2018 PartyAugust 27th, Monday21:00 - ?Omnia Nightclub
3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(Maps)
Link
#vGolf Las VegasAugust 26th, Sunday07:30 - 10:30Royal Links Golf Club
5995 E. Vegas Valley Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89142
(Maps)
Link
Blog post
Resilient & Ready to Rock
with Zerto
August 27th, Monday19:00 - 22:00House of Blues
Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)"
Link
#Spousetivities
VMworld 2018 US Day 1
August 27th, Monday08:00 - 17:00Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
#Spousetivities
VMworld 2018 US Day 2
August 28th, Tuesday08:00 - 17:00Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
#Spousetivities
VMworld 2018 US Day 3
August 29th, Wednesday08:00 - 17:00Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
#Spousetivities
VMworld 2018 US Day 4
August 30th, Thursday08:00 - 17:00Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
7th Inning Stretch @ VMworld
by HyTrust
August 28th, Tuesday18:00 - 21:00Fleur
at Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
VMUG Leader LunchAugust 29th, Wednesday11:30 - 14:00TBDVMUG Leader e-Mail
#vExpert Party
with #vBBQ
August 28th, Tuesday19:00 - 22:00Pinball Hall of Fame
1610 E Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Invitation by mail
#vCoffee Community
Bean Exchange
Link
#vFitMonday to Thursday6:45Mandalay Bay registration/lobby areaLink
#VCDX WorkshopAugust 26th, Sunday08:00 - 12:00The Luxor Hotel
Egyptian Meeting Rooms A/B, Casino Level
3900 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
Veeam's Legendary
VMworld Party 2018
August 28th, Tuesday19:00 - 23:00Omnia Nightclub
3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(Maps)
Link
#vSoccerAugust 28th, Tuesday22:00Longevity Sports Center
5975 Topaz Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89120
(Maps)
Link
Blog
VMware {Code} HackathonAugust 27th, Monday18:30 - 22:30TBDLink
Converged at VMworld US 2018August 27th, Monday15:00 - 17:00Stripsteak
Mandalay Bay
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
Faction's VMworld FiestaAugust 27th, Monday17:00 - 19:30Fleur
at Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
10th Annual #v0dgeballAugust 26th, Sunday15:00University of Nevada
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(Maps)
Link
VMworld Networking EventAugust 27th, Monday20:00 - 22:00Skyfall Lounge - Delano Las Vegas
3087 Mandalay Bay Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
Come and Go Demo Breakfast
with Galileo
August 28th, Tuesday09:00 - 11:00Mandalay Bay
Galileo Hospitality Suite (Room #TBD)
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
Rolta AdvizeX
Welcomes You to Vegas
August 28th, Tuesday18:00 - 20:00Eyecandy
Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
Flash Global VIP Experience 2018August 29th, Wednesday18:00 - 21:00Minus5 Ice Bar
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(Maps)
Link
VMworld - High Roller EventAugust 26th, Sunday19:30 - 23:00High Roller Observation Wheel
3545 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(Located in: The LINQ Hotel & Casino)
(Maps)
Link
vSphere Upgrade Workshop #1August 26th, Sunday08:00 - 12:00Luxor Hotel
Casino Level, Galleria A Meeting Room,
3900 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
vSphere Upgrade Workshop #2August 26th, Sunday13:00 - 17:00Luxor Hotel
Casino Level, Galleria A Meeting Room,
3900 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link
vSphere Client WorkshopAugust 26th, Sunday14:00 - 18:00Luxor Hotel
3900 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maps)
Link

Andreas Lesslhumer over www.running-system.com will maintain a list of parties and events for VMworld 2018 in Las Vegas too. So check it out! Maybe he knows from a party that is missing here.

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Backup Interoperability Matrix Major Update 2018-06 http://www.vbrain.info/2018/06/14/backup-interoperability-matrix-major-update-2018-06/ http://www.vbrain.info/2018/06/14/backup-interoperability-matrix-major-update-2018-06/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:52:59 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4370 It’s been some time that I have updated the Backup Interoperability Matrix. My thought was that I should wait until there are more vendors supporting vSphere 6.7. In the June update the following backup...

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It’s been some time that I have updated the Backup Interoperability Matrix. My thought was that I should wait until there are more vendors supporting vSphere 6.7. In the June update the following backup software was updated:

  • VMware vSphere Data Protection 6.1.8
  • Veritas BackupExec 20.1
  • Veritas NetBackup 8.1.1
  • IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments 8.1.4.1
  • HP Data Protector 10.04
  • CommVault Simpana 11.0 SP11
  • Hitachi Data Protection Suite¬†11.0 SP11
  • Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 Update 3
  • Quest vRanger 7.6.5
  • Nakivo Backup and Replication 7.4.1
  • Unitrends Enterprise Backup 10.1.1
  • Acronis Backup Advanced for VMware/Hyper-V 12.5 Update 3 Build 10130
  • Arcserve Backup r17.5 SP1
  • Arcserve UDP 6.5 Update3
  • HPE¬†VM Explorer 7.0.001
  • Rubrik 4.2
  • Altaro VMBackup 7.6.26
  • Cohesity 5.0.2
  • Vembu VMBackup 3.9.1 Update 1

You can find the latest backup matrix update for VMware here¬†and for Hyper-V here. In this update I have also moved 5.5 to the legacy matrix although it’s not End of General Support yet.

For the next update I try to update the tables to have a better readability. In details that means that I will move VVOL/vSAN related information to a seperate table for a better readability.

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Windows VM with EFI fails to start http://www.vbrain.info/2018/04/13/windows-vm-with-efi-fails-to-start/ http://www.vbrain.info/2018/04/13/windows-vm-with-efi-fails-to-start/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:00:32 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4342 I just wanted to share a situation I encountered recently with one of my customers. My customer built a new UAT environment with some hosts and a Pure Storage. They have then deployed a...

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I just wanted to share a situation I encountered recently with one of my customers. My customer built a new UAT environment with some hosts and a Pure Storage. They have then deployed a Windows 10 VM which was configured with EFI. Installation went smooth but after a reboot the Windows VM with EFI enabled came up with a BSOD and the following message:

The operating system couldn’t be loaded because the kernel is missung or contains errors.

File: \Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

Error code: 0xc0000185

That was really strange so the customer tried to do the same installation in their old environment and there was no problem. They also migrated the VM to the new environment and it booted up normally. But after a reboot the migrated VM shows also the same BSOD. So what was different in these two environments?

UAT OLD
  • HPE servers
  • Netapp storage
  • vSphere 6.0 U3
UAT NEW
  • DELL server
  • Pure Storage
  • vSphere 6.5 U1g (includes the newest Spectre + microcode update)

vCenter Server was running 6.5 U1e which includes the first Spectre update.

So after the customer called me and explained the situation my first assumption was that the Spectre update and the new CPU features (IBRS, IBPB, STIBP) were the problem. The reason for that was because the vCenter was running the first patch for Spectre and the 6.5 hosts the second patch for Spectre. Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything external nor internal.

But what I found was a Case with the same behaviour we encounter which led to the KB article 2137402. There was a situation with Windows VMs using EFI and a EMC XtremIO storage explained. Maybe this could also be the same problem with Pure Storage. But just to be sure I digged deeper and found a more general KB article 2146167. It looks like that the root cause for the problem is a compatibility issue between VMware EFI firmware and the storage array when the SCSI commands the EFI firmware is sending exceeds the maximum I/O size of the storage device.

After having this information it was easy to find a Pure Storage VMware Best Practice Guide. In that guide it is recommended to set the Disk.MaxIOSize from 32MB (default) to 4MB when running EFI enabled VMs.

After my customer has changed the setting he could immediately power-on the Windows 10 VM.

There are still some question I can’t answer yet.

  • Is this only happening with EFI enabled Windows VMs?
  • Is this only happening with Pure Storage and XtremIO or do other storage vendors facing the same issue?

If somebody had problems with EFI enabled Linux VMs and other storage vendors, please leave a comment.

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Workstation 14 Upgrade – Authorization Service error 6000009 http://www.vbrain.info/2018/01/15/workstation-14-upgrade-authorization-service-error-6000009/ http://www.vbrain.info/2018/01/15/workstation-14-upgrade-authorization-service-error-6000009/#comments Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:30:21 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4283 My main PC was recently updated to the Windows 10 Fall Creator (1709) release. So I thought it was a good time for a VMware Workstation 14 upgrade. The reason for version 14 was...

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Workstation 14 upgradeMy main PC was recently updated to the Windows 10 Fall Creator (1709) release. So I thought it was a good time for a VMware Workstation 14 upgrade. The reason for version 14 was that it supports Windows 10 Creator release. For more information see the release notes here. The upgrade went smooth as always but when I tried to start a Virtual Machine I got the following error message:

VMware Workstation failed to start the VMware Authorization Service. You can try manually starting the VMware Authorization Service. If this problem persists, contact VMware support.

I search for the VMware Authorization Services under services and tried to start it manually, but also with no success. I checked the Windows Application and Systems logs and found this:

Application Log

Source vmauthd – Version mismatch with vmmon driver: expecting 329.0, got 308.0.

System Log

The VMware Authorization Service service terminated with the following service-specific error:
%%6000009

I also check the VMware communities and found a hint which states that the vmmon driver is implemented through the vmx86.sys file located under C:\Windows\System32\drivers\. I checked the file details and found this:

As you can see the file was not updated during the Workstation 14 upgrade. That now the reason why the VMware Authorization Service can’t start.

How to fix this?

This problem was easy to fix. Follow the following steps:

  1. Configure vmx86.sys to not load during windows boot. To do this use either SysInternals Autoruns (uncheck vmx86 under Drivers) or Registry Editor.
  2. Reboot Windows.
  3. After the reboot rename vmx86.sys under C:\Windows\System32\drivers\ to vmx86.sys_old (or whatever you prefere).
  4. Run a VMware Workstation Repair Installation
  5. After another reboot check again the vmx86.sys which should look like this

I hope this will help everybody who also encounter this problem.

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Merry Christmas – Desaster Recovery with Veeam http://www.vbrain.info/2017/12/31/merry-christmas-desaster-recovery-with-veeam/ http://www.vbrain.info/2017/12/31/merry-christmas-desaster-recovery-with-veeam/#respond Sun, 31 Dec 2017 09:00:31 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4287 The Story It was approx. 6am when my little girl woke me up on Dec. 24th, the day we in Austria celebrate Christmas. Just a small side note. Unlike US and other countries in...

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Desaster RecoveryThe Story

It was approx. 6am when my little girl woke me up on Dec. 24th, the day we in Austria celebrate Christmas. Just a small side note. Unlike US and other countries in Austria the christ-child and not Santa Clause is bringing the presents for the kids. You can image how I felt when I was ripped out of a dream/sleep. After she was dressed up I decided to take a little nap on the couch but she insisted that she liked to dance and I should play some music. So I connected to my Sonos but unfortunately none of my MP3s were accessible.

My first thought was that my Ubiquiti update of the UAPs the day before didn’t worked well but I could connect to the internet so that was not the issue. I tried to connect to my Synology DS1515+ but no login showed up. Pinging it showed that it didn’t respond. So I dragged my tired body to the basement and “hurra” my DS1515+ went black. That was really great and all of this happens on Christmas Eve.

Long story short. After some research it looks like that my Synology, which is powered by an Intel Atom C2538 processor, faced the Intel C2000 bug. I also tested the PSU but the fan began to spin so I assumed the power supply is ok. So there were good news and bad news.

Good news

  • I run Hyper Backup on my DS1515+ and Hyper Vault on my backup DS415+. So photos, videos, MP3 etc. are save.
  • I run also a BackBlaze Cloud Backup for my photos archive
  • I already moved some critical VMs (DC, vCenter, PSC, vRealize Loginsight, vRealize Operations) to my 2-node vSAN cluster
  • DS1515+ is covered by 3 years warranty and I bought it July 2015

Bad news

  • My backup DS415+, also powered by the C2538, can maybe fail in the near future.
  • I didn’t move every critical VM to the new 2 node vSAN cluster (Remote Access Server, Veeam Server, CA, 2nd vCenter etc.)
  • Services like Plex and Sonos are currently down at my home

I also opened a RMA with Synology but I think the speed this case will be handled during the holiday season will not be that fast. In the meantime I need to restore some of the critical VMs which are not already on the vSAN cluster. But unfortunately also the Veeam Backup Server was one of the VMs I need to recover.

Recover Veeam Backup Server

There are two ways to restore the Veeam Backup Server from a backup.

  1. Use the Veeam Extract Utility
  2. Install a new Veeam Backup Server from scratch

Following I will go through the pro and con of each option.

Veeam Extract Utility

Veeam Extract Utility is a small tool that can be used to extract backup data from a VBK file. You can extract this tool directly from the installation medium. To extract the tool mount the ISO file of Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5, navigate to folder Backup and open VBR-SRV.cab with the zip tool of your choice. You need to extract the following files:

  • extract
  • extract.exe
  • veeam.backup.extractor.exe1

To use the GUI you need to rename veeam.backup.extractor.exe1 to veeam.backup.extractor.exe.

Pro/Con

Veeam Extract Utility is a handy tool where you can quickly extract VM data from VBK files. The extracted VM data can be copied to an ESXi datastore and registered to the inventory. The biggest drawback of this tool is that it can only use VBK files. To understand why this is a drawback let me quickly explain the backup methodes of Veeam Backup and Replication.

Forever Forward Incremental

Forever Forward Incremental

When using Forever Forward Incremental, Veeam will create a Full Backup (VBK) on the first run. All subsequent backups are only incremental backups (VIB).

Forward Incremental

Forward Incremental

Forward Incremental is similar to Forever Forward Incremental. The big different is that a synthetic full or active full backup will be created periodically.

Reverse Incremental

Reverse Incremental

Reverse Incremental creates¬†a Full Backup (VBK) on the first run. During subsequent backup sessions Veeam is only backing up changed data blocks. This data blocks will be “injected” into the full backup to rebuild it to the most recent state. In addition to that Veeam is creating reverse incremental backup files (VRB)¬†containing the replaced data blocks from the last rebuild of the full backup file.

As you can see, using just VBK files have the following drawback:

  • Forever Forward Incremental – VBK can be ages old, depending on when the first backup was created.
  • Forward Incremental – depending on how often synthetic full or active full backup will be created (typically once a week) your RPO can be 1 week.
  • Reverse Incremental – looks like the best choice here. But what if the VM was already corrupt during the last backup cycle?

So because of this constraint¬†Veeam Extract Utility wasn’t my choice to restore the Veeam Backup Server.

Install a new Veeam Backup Server from scratch

Because Veeam Extract Utility wasn’t the right tool, I made the decision to install a new Veeam Backup Server from scratch and do a restore from my original Veeam Backup Server.

Pro/Con

Someone could ask “Bro isn’t this a lot of work”. Short answer is “It depends”. In this particular case the answer was “No”. The reason for that was that my main infrastructure was still working, so I had my PSC and vCenter Appliance survided. If the whole infrastructure were down, so no vCenter, no Templates etc. then it would have been a little bit more work because I had to install a Windows VM from scratch and maybe recover PSC/vCenter first.

Fortunately I was lucky because I had a template available on my Backup Synology box. After approx. 30min my temporary Veeam Backup Server was up and running. I added the vCenter to the backup infrastructure and imported the backups from my backup repository. Then I recovered my original Veeam Backup Server. After that it was piece of cake to recover the remaining failed services like my remote access server or the second vCenter for my AF vSAN cluster.

Conclusion

One of my lessons learned was that even when having a backup it can be really complicated to restore individual VMs if the main backup server is affected. With Veeam it was very easy to create a temporary backup server for restoring the most important services. For my future desaster recovery plan I will also include the most underrated/underused feature namely replication to replicate my critical VMs to another Synology box.

References

Veeam Backup method graphs – Veeam User Guide for VMware vSphere

Desaster Recovery graph –¬†https://mapolce.com/tag/disaster-recovery-plan/

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Backup Interoperability Matrix Major Update 2017-12 http://www.vbrain.info/2017/12/18/backup-interoperability-matrix-major-update-2017-12/ http://www.vbrain.info/2017/12/18/backup-interoperability-matrix-major-update-2017-12/#respond Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:00:46 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4279 In the December update the following backup software was updated: VMware vSphere Data Protection 6.1.5 Veritas NetBackup 8.1 IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments 8.1.4 EMC Networker 9.2.1 CommVault Simpana 11.0 SP9 Hitachi Data...

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In the December update the following backup software was updated:

  • VMware vSphere Data Protection 6.1.5
  • Veritas NetBackup 8.1
  • IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments 8.1.4
  • EMC Networker 9.2.1
  • CommVault Simpana 11.0 SP9
  • Hitachi Data Protection Suite¬†11.0 SP9
  • Quest vRanger 7.6.4
  • Nakivo Backup and Replication 7.3
  • Acronis Backup Advanced for VMware/Hyper-V 12.5 Build 8610
  • Arcserver UDP 6.5 Update2
  • HPE¬†VM Explorer 6.7.001
  • Rubrik 4.1
  • Altaro VMBackup 7.5.15
  • Veritas BackupExec 16 Feature Pack 2
  • Cohesity 5.0
  • Vembu VMBackup 3.8.0 U1

You can find the latest backup matrix update for VMware here and for Hyper-V here.

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