KEMP VLM100 on VMware Fusion 5.0.2

The past couple of days I dived into KEMP’s virtual loadbalancer VLM100. In this blogpost I’ll try to help you getting up and running with some of the features included in KEMP’s software as well as give my opinion on the usability and easy of use of these products.

The Installation

I decided to try the KEMP loadbalancer software within a small and easy to setup environment. Since my MacBook Pro has 16 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD as well as HDD I decided to install the virtual environment on my MBP to try the KEMP VLM100.

The Setup

Within VMware Fusion I put up 2 ESXi 5.1 hosts and the KEMP VLM100 . On which I installed a windows 2008 R2 and a Microsoft exchange server 2010.

Installation

The installation of the KEMP VLM100 is a very straight forward and easy process. Just follow the following steps:

  1. Go to the KEMP website and download the OVF file
  2. Unzip the downloaded file
  3. Search for the LoadMaster-VLM-6.0-40CM-VMX.vmx file and double click it!
  4. The VM will be loaded into the Fusion Virtual Machine library
  5. Fire it up and let the VM boot
  6. While booting the VM should be able to get a DHCP provided IP address (or like in my case this needs to be done afterwards ;))
  7. Log in to the console using the following credentials:
    • user : bal
    • password : 1fourall
  8. If DHCP kicked in you just need to enter the access code into the following field (click on the images for a larger image):
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  9. If DHCP didn’t kick in make sure to follow the documentation found here (Chapter 3 – Troubleshooting)

That’s it the installation is done! It’s easy as that 😉

Installing Templates

You can always create new rules yourself, but you can also download some templates here to make your live easier 😉

Installing these templates is done in just a few (very easy steps):

  1. Download the templates you need from here (look for the templates)
  2. Make sure you can access the tmpl file from the web user interface
  3. go to the web user interface https://172.24.20.1 (in my case)
  4. log in with the provided credentials (user: bal password: 1fourall)
  5. click on Virtual Services (Step 1)
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  6. Click on Manage Templates (Step 2)
  7. Click on choose File:
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  8. Browse to the folder where you saved the template
  9. Choose the template file (core.tmpl in my case)
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  10. Click open. The core.tmpl file should be loaded. Click on Add New Templates:
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  11. In the popup click OK
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  12. The templates are now added
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Using a template to setup a Virtual Service

  1. Go to Virtual Services and click on Add New
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  2. Click on the down arrow at Use Template and choose the template you want to use:
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  3. In the Text box with Virtual Address put in the IP address you want to use:
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  4. In the Properties for VIP screen click on the + sign in front of Real Servers
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  5. Click on the Add New button
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  6. Type in the Real Server IP address
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  7. Check if everything is set…
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So you want a virtual loadbalancer

The installation of KEMP technologies loadbalancer was a smooth and easy to perform one. Same goes for setting up some basic rules, but it would be a good thing for KEMP to add a lot more templates on their website. The KEMP technology documentation and website are excellent resources and this link provides many reviews and information about KEMP’s product line by many fellow bloggers. We set this up in an test environment with a customer and tested the rules I implemented above for Exchange 2010 and it worked excellent. I would definitely recommend giving KEMP a trial when looking for a loadbalancer.

Used documenation:

The KEMP Quick Start Guide

The KEMP Installation and Configuration Guide

The Loadmaster Deplyment Guide for Exchange 2010

PHD Virtual What’s new in 6.1

A couple of months back I did a post on PHD Virtual Backup 6.0 (take a look here). Last week PHD announced their Virtual Backup 6.1 suite.

In this post I want to show you the new and improved features in version 6.1:

Rollback Recovery for Immediate Data Access

With the latest PHD Virtual Backup 6.1, users can get their virtual machine back in minutes with Rollback Recovery. Instead of a lengthy, full VM restore process, you can simply roll a VM back to an earlier state by restoring only the virtual disk changes over top of the existing VM resulting in a substantial decrease in RTO for a full VM recovery.

PHD Instant Recovery Eliminates Downtime Permanently

PHD Instant Recovery (for VMware) is now extended to Full/Incremental backup modes to help reduce and eliminate downtime. By using the Full/Incremental backup mode,
individuals are able to back up to network shares or deduplication appliances and leverage PHD Instant Recovery to drastically decrease RTO and effectively test backups.

PHD Instant Recovery allows users to make an application available as quickly as possible in the event of a failure, without the need for additional infrastructure or a lengthy restore process.

Reporting Enhancements Reduce Risk and Ensure Compliance

Many organizations are required to report on backup status and data protection risks to upper management and regulatory bodies for compliance purposes. PHD Virtual has enhanced the reporting capabilities of the VBA to meet these needs. The first enhancement allows users to track backup status more easily across the entire environment by exporting the job history as an Excel report. The second enhancement provides a simple to use inventory report that monitors data protection risk by displaying all VMs in the environment and the date of their latest available backup.

Job Copy Accelerates Backup Scheduling

With the click of a button, users can now select a backup job and copy it as many times as needed spending less time creating and scheduling backup jobs. This accelerates the backup job creation process, allowing users to scale even more easily than before.

“This latest version builds on our unique patented virtual appliance architecture to deliver our most powerful backup product to date,” said Joe Noonan, Senior Product Manager, PHD Virtual. “We have expanded the unmatched value of our award-winning data protection software for an even faster and ‘set it and forget it’ solution for the virtual environment – something our users demand.”

Like its predecessor, PHD Virtual Backup 6.1 provides customers with the scalability and flexibility they need and makes the backup process easier to manage and more efficient, while also providing fully recoverable data at a moment’s notice.

“PHD Virtual continues to take the pain out of virtual machine backup and recovery. It’s new rollback recovery delivers the type of instantaneous recoveries that users increasingly need to provide in their virtualized environments,” said Jerome Wendt, DCIG Lead Analyst and President. “This new functionality, coupled with its enhanced reporting capabilities and more flexible backup job scheduling features, puts organizations on a path to more confidently protect their growing virtualized infrastructure.”

What Arjan thinks of it:

In my last post on PHD Virtual Backup I wrote that PHD is doing a great job on backing up your virtual environment. With these new and improved features they show the backup world they are claiming their share. With VMware vSphere 5.1 as well as Windows 8 and 2012 support PHD is one of the first to give full support on these hypervisors.

For more information please visit http://www.phdvirtual.com