Huge Momentum – An Overview of vSphere 7 U2

vSphere 7 U2 was released on the 9th of March 2021 and brought a bunch of nice features for various use cases.

Soon after the release I could upgrade my lab vCenter 7 U1 to U2. Easy through the VAMI: https://vcenter.fqdn:5480. Then I deployed a couple of nested ESXi 7 U2 hosts and came in touch with the new surface.

If you beak the update down, improvements for vCenter, ESXi and vSAN emerge.

Now let’s start with an overview and proceed to my top features and their content.

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Hands on Kubernetes with VMware Tanzu

Rapid change is among us. We are flooded with new concepts and technologies. This article will dive into the new possibilities to host cloud native workloads in the vSphere environment. Actually, VMware released a new suite of products in April 2020 named Tanzu.

Finally, I finished designing and implementing my new home-lab environment based on VMware vSphere.

Thus, I could deploy and test many new VMware products and features like vSphere 7 U2, vSAN, vRealize Automation 8.3 and vRealize Orchestrator 8.3. Meanwhile, I feel in love with infrastructure as code. So, I created and edited several JSON & YAML files to get my infrastructure up and running.

In this week the time came to build up a nested environment that is capable to run vSphere with Kubernetes.

Thanks to vSphere 7 U2 Tanzu is now supported with three different load balancing setups: NSX-T the most expensive, HA proxy which is free and new in U2, NSX advanced load balancer essentials free as well. Without load balancing neither Container nor Kubernetes will work properly.

My choice for lab was HA proxy because my nested environment was built stable & lightweight on vSphere 7 U1.

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Awarded with the vExpert 2021

After a very rough and transforming year of 2020, I am very thrilled to announce that my efforts have been rewarded with the title of vExpert 2021.

Twice a year you have the possibility to apply for this title. So to receive this honor, you have to prove that you are eligible. Furthermore, I had to decide which path to apply for.

Therefore, I had the choice between the customer, partner and evangelist path. Despite my new employer: interface systems GmbH has the highest tier and is a principal partner in data center virtualization, I choose the evangelist path. This was the logical choice because I was working, during the application for vExpert, just four months for this company.

Meanwhile, I am very settled with this company and already confidently advised numerous customers, was speaker on several workshops, contributed in the VMTN forum, blogged and absolved trainings and certifications. A new and exciting world I arrived in.

Currently, there are about 2200 active vExperts, and you can have a look, filter and search for the individual experts here: https://vexpert.vmware.com/directory

Furthermore, I could refresh my implementation expert certification in December 2020 (VCIX-DCV). Now I have all the prerequisites to overmaster the last challenge of becoming one of 300 VMware Design Experts. Just a project with sufficient complexity has to be found :-).

My next articles will be either about new technologies in the VMware realm like TANZU or my other favorite topic: sports. I am currently “getting wintered” like Ross Edgley would say. That means I am training harshly despite the adverse weather. Currently, I am reaching my new height of VO2Max 62!

Constant distance…

Thanks for reading, stay healthy and save!

AMD Is Epic Again

This article is a follow up to my last regarding that topic in 2018.

Hence, it offers an update on the wrestling match between AMD and INTEL and some insights regarding VMware.

In addition, I will dive deeper into the current AMD Epyc architecture “Rome” and plot the major improvements and benefits for the workloads.

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Last Call For VMworld 2020

This year everything is different, we all have to adapt, improve and overcome the various new challenges. So this year’s VMworld adjusted too. The event starts tomorrow and won’t be hosted on premises in the USA and Europe but exclusively online – featuring world-class tech experts from 29.09. until 01.10.2020.

Let’s focus on the benefits:

  • It has a free part and thus is available for a broader audience
  • No exhausting travel
  • Easier to extract content and create notes

Over 100k people already registered, this is huge.

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VMware vSphere 7 – Improvements and Architecture Wrap-up

Finally, five years after the release of vSphere 6 in 2015, the time has come for the next level of the first class enterprise hypervisor ESXi and it’s management environment VCenter Server. After several announcements, the new version 7.0 GA was released, public downloadable, at beginning of April 2020. Meanwhile there was a lot of time to stage the first upgrades and evaluate the new features. Read on and check out my insights…

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Running Report May 2020 – Defy Unforeseen Changes and Adapt

Hi everybody,

I am reporting back from the walking dead.

Unfortunately I suffered from a ankle injury on the side of my right foot. This nasty cutback didn’t heal as fast as I expected maybe I escalated too hard on the treadmill.

Luckily I was able to recover but had to drastically reduce my training workload. That’s why I didn’t report for almost three months. I am thrilled that I am back very refreshed and hungry for new personal records.

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