I will be speaking at Transform!: Secure Desktop – A Horizon with NSX Jumpstart

On Tuesday 21st of November ITQ will host her Digital Transformation Event: Transform! This jam-packed event will have several ITQ, VMware, Pivotal and IBM speakers covering a range of topics such as End User Computing (EUC), (Cloud Native) Development, Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), Hybrid Cloud and IT Transformation Services (ITTS). For more details on the awesome sessions, take a peek at the Transform! agenda.

There is still room so register here. Hope to see you there!

And now for a shameless plug of my own session.

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PowerNSX: Cool Release Project Magpie

The team that brought you PowerNSX just released the ‘Minimum Viable Product’ (MVP) of project Magpie. The ‘Multi Access General Purpose Infrastructure Explorer’ is specifically designed to be modular, and by this allowing new tools to be rapidly integrated into Magpie. I instantaneously have a small flashback to the Webcommander days, but that can just be me.  In short, Project Magpie is an appliance containing various tools and utilities to support NSX. This appliance will serve as a framework for various tools to support operation and management of VMware (NSX) deployments. In short, the v0.1 Magpie contains release contains the following features:

  • Multi-user Support – Create accounts for all users that require access to PowerNSX.
  • PowerCLI and PowerNSX modules included and ready to go.
  • Web-based User Interface – Access PowerNSX and PowerCLI from just via a web browser.
  • Hosted documentation – You can access a searchable PowerNSX documentation that is updated from the Internet (Github). The documentation requires a working Internet connection, no Internet no documentation.
  • PowerNSX SSH access – Access the PowerNSX/PowerCLI environment via an SSH terminal to the appliance.
  • Photon OS – The appliance is built upon VMware’s lightweight Photon OS.

Pretty awesome as for NSX who does not use PowerNSX? And this is just the first initial release. Let us take her out for a spin and play!

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UAG Files: Not using the right proxy pattern breaks HTML view-client

While working at a Workspace ONE project we were implementing a Unified Access Gateways (UAG) for untrusted connections to reach the workspace. Untrusted connections could be Wifi or the big bad interweb. They have two routes, all users reaching the Workspace aka Identity Manager (vIDM Proxy and vIDM) for authentication and choosing the entitlements and the second route after selecting a desktop route and using a tunneled UAG to connect to the Horizon desktop resources. With the latter the user has the option to select the Horizon Client or the browser, both are allowed and should reach the desktop. Do we hear a should? Yes, should. The Horizon client is connecting to the desktop, so an okay here. When using the HTML Web client we were greeted with a 404 error. Hey, wait?!?

Next steps get out the violin and start investigating.

Sherlock investigate UAG

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Optimize the setup of hosted WordPress.org blog

Like I wrote about in a previous post about migrating to SiteGround, my blog was migrated from wordpress.com to a hosted wordpress.org. But that is not all about it, we still have some other activities to do to optimize this blog and to optimize WordPress setup. It takes some effort and time to find out what the settings and plugins are all about. I want to share the steps taken so either you can use this as well, as we have some other fine bloggers at ITQ, or you can inform me of more successful options/steps you have taken. This is a continuous improvement. Use the comments and tell me your story (or settings)!

For optimizations to work you should have some content and readers. If you don’t have any content there is nothing much to optimize, and the readers will make the caching optimizations work. If a page didn’t get requested nothing will be cached.  So first work on some content. Anyway, I am going to discuss the following:

  • Why and how to measure
  • Page Speed Optimizations with page appearance tips and several plugins like Compressions, W3 Total Cache, Autoptimize and so on
  • Analytics
  • JetPack
  • Search consoles and Yoast
  • RSS Feed optimizations
  • Plugins list

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PSC Load Balancing with NSX

In this blog post, I want to describe the manual steps on how to deploy and configure an NSX load balancer for the Platform Service Controllers (PSC). Hey wait, weren’t you doing PowerNSX automation stuff before? Yes and I still mean to do so. But with automation comes checking if the procedure actually works before attempting to automate that procedure. Garbage in is a lot of garbage out with automation….

Implementing NSX for desktop, whether for micro-segmentation or Load Balancing, takes time and effort to design and implement, that’s why I started the HorizonJumpstart to help with a starting point and hopefully some guidance. This post is about the Load Balancing part and the start-up of some additions to NSXHorizonJumpstart to include NSX Edge Gateway Load Balancers.

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Sponsored Post: Vembu BDR Suite Free Edition latest and greatest

The latest version of Vembu BDR Suite v3.8.0 is available, and so is a new Free Edition. Free? Yes, the Vembu BDR Suite is available in a Free and a paid edition. The bits are the same for both free and paid edition, but the functionality depends on the license being used. If you want to use the Free Edition this does not require any license conversion post its trial period, as the trial package of Vembu BDR Suite automatically gets converted into the Free edition. The only thing you have to do for the Free Edition is to choose between the following two options:

  • Having Unlimited Vembu BDR features for a maximum of three virtual machines, or
  • Being able to back up an unlimited amount of virtual machines with restricted Vembu features.

The free edition is free forever and IT administrators can continue managing their backups with the trial version with one of the above choice. If you want to find out and compare the Free versus the Paid Edition, you can start here.

Latest and greatest features of the Vembu BDR Suite Free Edition

In this blog post, we will dive further into the details of the feature options. Starting with the free unlimited features for a maximum of three VMs option, followed by the limited features for an unlimited amount of VMs.

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Migrating Horizon Databases

We have several components in a Horizon environment that utilize databases, and there are also quite a few situations when those use external databases. With external databases, it is often that organizations are using Microsoft SQL Server databases. And with external databases, like any others btw, requirements might change or lifecycle management of MSSQL or underlying Windows requires the databases to be migrated. And with that…. what better way to write this all down in a post.

Before starting your migration be sure to do an Interoperability check with your to be solution. Horizon, or other VMware products for that fact, versions don’t always have the newest support from other vendors. This takes some testing and certifications and might take a while. But after all is checked, and also with other components that might consume these, we will start the migration.

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Blog Search Queries answers: EUC Unified Access Gateway default password

I have seen some search terms on this site lately involving the same query as described in the title of the article: the EUC Unified Access Gateway (UAG) default password. I would like to answer those queries in this post. And to be short, direct and for some blunt, there isn’t any default. You will have to set the password of root and the password of admin in the deployment of the UAG appliance, or is changed via VAMI or the Admin console. I have done this myself a couple of times, with all sorts of VMware appliances, but the main thing for UAG, AP and IDM is that redeployment is much easier than trying to fix issues (and is stable, saves hassle and breaking heads). But what you would like if something goes amiss with deployment or changing, probably regarding some required special characters of admin, is to use some of the options to regain access to the system and try to find out what went wrong (we want to know the why don’t we?!?). If you have worked out the why with the option of regaining access, it is still advisable to redeploy with that knowledge. The procedure of resetting the passwords of root and admin are described in the rest of the article. You might just need the admin procedure if your root password is known and working.

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vROPS: Upgrading vROPS for Horizon 6.5 and vROPS 6.6

As announced at https://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2017/09/vrealize-operations-for-horizon-published-apps-6-5.html vROPS for Horizon 6.5 was released on 21 September. Next, to some expected improvements, there are two bonuses to this upgrade:
– one, you can upgrade to vROPS 6.6 which was not supported with vROPS for Horizon 6.4.
– two, you can use NVidia Virtual GPU Management Pack to get some long wished insights of GPUs in the Horizon environments. This one I will described in a later blog post.
– And maybe three, support for the current App Volumes versions and Unified Access Gateways. They were working in vROPS for Horizon 6.4, but not with supported versions.

The starting point to go to vROPS for Horizon 6.5 is either green-fielding to vROPS for Horizon version 6.5, in which you don’t need this blog post; or starting with a current version of vROPS for Horizon 6.4 and want to upgrade. Upgrading to vROPS for Horizon 6.5 is step one, upgrading to vROPS 6.6 is optional but highly recommended. Both will be described in this blog post.

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Now how do I migrate my Blog again?

I have successfully migrated my blog to SiteGround. Easy peasy. If you haven’t noticed anything I followed the right procedure. Or you did and didn’t mention it to me. Or you aren’t following my twitter feed as I announced it there.

But what about the again you might ask, well this is the second time I moved my blog. Actually, the first time was a complete move of the platform as well, going from Tumblr to WordPress.com.  But now I redid it to go from the somewhat free WordPress.com to a hosted WordPress.org at SiteGround. Same activities involved in the first one. So one plus two equals….ermmm….that I want to describe the process so that a) maybe you can use it as well, and b) I can use it again when a future me thinks about moving a third time *sigh*.

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