The VCP5-IaaS documents
Jul30

The VCP5-IaaS documents

Yesterday I started a series of blogs about the new VMware VCP5-IAAS certification. To get you started I wanted to provide you the resources needed and create a quick download page for all VMware PDF’s mentioned in the blueprint.

vmware vcloud director

In my first post, you can find a couple of blogs that are a great resouces for this study as well as the link to the training page for the vCloud Install and Configure training, so if you need those click here

I do want to share another resource with you of which I heard it is a a good training to get you started. I can’t tell by own experience, but from what I’ve seen from some other training material done by Trainsignal (and David Davis in special) on VMware topics, this must be great. And as said judging some of my twitter and facebook friends it is a great training. So I just wanted to point you to the Trainsignal vCloud Director Essential training.

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The exam blueprint provided by the VMware education services is devided in 5 sections which on their turn are devided into sub sections. The 5 sections are:

  • Setion 1: The exam
  • Section 2: Intended Audiance
  • Section 3: Objectives covered in the VCPVCD510 Exam
  • Section 4: VCP-IaaS Paths and Course Requirement Options
  • Section 5: Additional Resources

Section 1, 2, 4 and 5 are informative sections which you should read. Make sure you know the information included in these sections before taking the exam.

Within section 3 you will find all Sections and objectives needed to be able to nail the VCP5-IaaS certificate. I’ll cover these in later posts, but when looking through the blueprint I noticed a lot of guides are named a couple of times thoughout the blueprint. I thought it would be great to have a source where all these guides are named once so you can download them all from 1 place. So here are the direct links to the guides:

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With my head in the Clouds (VCP5-IAAS)
Jul29

With my head in the Clouds (VCP5-IAAS)

Last friday VMware announced their new VMware VCP5 Infrastructure As A Service (IAAS) certification. Working  as a Virtualization (VMware) specialist I know a lot of companies are moving towards the Cloud (whether Private, Public or Hybrid) and on the look for people who can implement vCloud Director for them. This certification track provided by VMware gives you basic understanding of cloud computing and it’s components, and will teach you all necessary steps for setting up VMware vCloud Director. VMware describes the certification as follows:

This certification validates your ability to install, configure and administer a Cloud environment using vCloud Director and related components. Achieving this certification demonstrates your understanding of basic cloud concepts including public/private/hybrid clouds, multi-tenancy and cloud security, as well as your skills in using vCloud Director to create and manage vApps, service catalogs, and organization/provider VDCs, as well as administering cloud enabled networking and storage.

 Image from ntpro.nl

To complete this certification you need to be a VMware Certified Professional 5 (VCP5) and the following training is highly recommended: VMware vCloud: Deploy and Manage the VMware Cloud [V1.5]. It is always a good thing to be installing and configuring and troubleshooting in a lab environment. So make sure you have your lab up and running an start installing and configuring the

To get started with vCloud Director I recommend you read and follow these blogs:

http://www.vmware.com/vcloud

http://www.yellow-bricks.com

http://www.ntpro.nl

http://www.it20.info

http://www.hypervizor.com

http://www.chriscolotti.us

http://www.kendrickcoleman.com/

While studying for this certificate I’ll be blogging about the things I come across and that might be of use for you when you’re getting ready to nail this certificate. I’ll try to follow the blue print provided by VMware which you can find here (registration needed).

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VMware builds a bridge between privat and public clouds
May17

VMware builds a bridge between privat and public clouds

Last year at VMworld 2010 we got a peak at VMware’s Project Horizon:

Today VMware announces the brand new VMware Horizon App Manager:

VMware describes Horizon App Manager as follows:

VMware Horizon App Manager is a hosted service that enables organizations to centrally manage the provisioning, access and usage of software-as-aservice (SaaS) applications, while applying the standardized security and access controls the organization requires. This dramatically reduces the cost of ownership and increases the security of SaaS applications for the enterprise. Users have a single login across multiple devices, with selfservice access to a corporate store for their SaaS and Web-based applications.

And they outline the following key benefits :

  • Radically simplify and accelerate the delivery of enterprise management of SaaS and Web-based applications to line of business (LOB) teams.
  • Lower the TCO for cloud applications by reducing the manageability of users across multiple applications.
  • Increase enterprise security with a federated identity service and multifactor authentication for SaaS and Web-based applications.
  • Streamline the user experience, with single login access to public and private SaaS and Web-based applications—anywhere, anytime, on any device.
  • Leverage robust user activity reports, making it easier to manage and track application licenses and to address audit and compliance needs.

The Horizon App Manager is delivered as a virtual appliance, and has the following “recommended” system requirements:

  • Processor: One Intel Xeon Dual-Core 3.0GHz, with 4MB cache
  • Memory: 2GB DDR2 667MHz, ECC registered
  • Virtual disk space: 20GB
  • On-board LAN: Two 10/100/1000Base-TX ports

The VMware Horizon App Manager Vision: Single End-User Services Catalog from the Cloud Picture:

Horizon

 

VMware is offering this on a per user per year subscribtion of $ 30,-

For more information and the resources used in this post:

VMware Horizon App Manager

VMware Horizon App Manager Datasheet

project horizon finally goes public

 

 

 

 

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Virtacore introduces vCloud Express
Apr12

Virtacore introduces vCloud Express

Yesterday Virtacore introduced their vCloud Express public Cloud product. They’ve been working months on this and the final product looks very good.

They use a different type in approaching the Cloud industry, by using the full scope that is supplied through VMware vCloud Director 1.0+. VMware High Availability (HA), Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), vApps and vShield Edge are just a few of the VMware Features available….

virtacore

If you want to try a different type of cloud please check out vCloud Express and let us know what you think, use the promo code “VCXBlog11” for a $50 credit which is equal two approx. months of service depending on your plan size.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @Virtacore and our VMware friends @VMware and @vCloud for industry news and updates.

Source: Introducing vCloud Express by Virtacore

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Part 4: Installing vShield manager and vCloud Director
Mar22

Part 4: Installing vShield manager and vCloud Director

This will be the last of 4 parts. In Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 we’ve installed all stuff needed to get the vCloud director up and running. That’s all except one…. vShield. So let’s get that up and running first:

As with the installation of the vyatta router, the vShield manager software comes as a ova file intended for a ESX environment. So we need to use the OVFtool again to get a format suitable for VMware workstation. Because i’m using a Windows 7 machine this will doen through the command prompt:

Make sure you’ll start a CMD with administrative rights and go to the which contains the ovftool. Once there execute the following line: ovftool.exe “path_to_the_OVF_file” “path_to_folder_for_vShield_files”

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The files will be extracted and placed in the folder you’ve provided in the cmd line. Go to that folder\VSM and doubleclick on the vmx file

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The Files will be imported into the workstation environment, creating a new VM. Go to the newly created VM and click Power on this VM (check if all devices are correct) 5

The VM will fire up and come to an hold at the following line: Localhost login: Type admin and press enter. Supply the password (the password is default)

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At the manager> line enter enable and press enter. You’ll have to provide the password again (default) and at the manager# line enter setup and press enter. After this you’ll have to provide a couple of settings (IP Address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, Primairy DNS, Secondary DNS, DNS domain searc list) click Y to save the config.

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exit out of the manager, and the installation of vShield is done. Let’s check if all is working well. Open a webbrowser and surf to https://172.24.0.14 log in with admin and the default password.

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We should now add the vCenter server (add the administrator account and password) and click save

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Your vCenter server will become visible and your done with the installation of vShield (I wil’l not be discussing the different settings of vShield in this post. Maybe in a later post ;-))

Installing vCloud Director

The last thing we need to install is the vCloud Director software which we’ll do on the already installed CentOS system.

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Copy the vmware-cloud-director-1.0.1-356485.bin file to a folder in the CentOS VM (I copied it to my Desktop)

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Open a terminal and make sure you’ve got root privilege. Navigate to the folder which contains the vmware-cloud-director-1.0.1-256485.bin file and execute the following line: chmod +x vmware-cloud-director-1.0.1-356485.bin

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After you did the chmod, we’ll have to execute the bin file. This can be done by entering the following line ./vmware-cloud-director-1.0.1-256485.bin and press enter. When asked type y and press enter.

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The installation of the vCloud Director will start and after a while asks if you would like to run the script now? Enter n and press enter

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We now first need to create self signed certificates, in the terminal window navigate to /etc and type the following line:

/opt/vmware/cloud-director/jre/bin/keytool -keystore certificates.ks -storetype JCEKS -storepass password -genkey -keyalg RSA -alias http

answer the questions and answer yes after the is …. correct? then provide a Password (twice) and do the same process with the following line:

/opt/vmware/cloud-director/jre/bin/keytool -keystore certificates.ks -storetype JCEKS -storepass password -genkey -keyalg RSA -alias consoleproxy

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Do an ls commando in the etc folder and check if certificates.ks is created.

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After we’ve created the certificates.ks we can continue with the installation of the vCloud Director. Type the following:

/opt/vmware/cloud-director/bin/configure and press enter

Select the number that indicates the IP address of your internal network (1 in my case) and press enter

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Press enter for the ip address for the remote console proxy

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Enter the path to the keystore (/etc/certificates.ks) and enter the keystore password (this is the storepass setting which was password) and press enter

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Enter the private key passwords and press enter press enter when asked about the syslog host name (or provide the FQDN/IP when you have one) and provide the IP address of the host (can be 127.0.0.1) press enter for the default 1521 port, and xe for the databse service name. Provide your databse username and password and the installation will continue

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when asked to start the vCloud Director now? enter y and press enter. In my case I needed to reboot the Vm to get the service up and running….

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Open a browser and browse to https://IP-address/FQDN_of_the_vCloud_director_server the VMware Cloud Director setup will launch > click next at the welcome screen

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Select Yes, I accept the terms in the license agreement and click next

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Enter the license key which VMware provided with the trial download

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Enter a Sytem name and installation ID (keep the default) and click Next

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Check all settings and press Finish

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Login the account just created

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Click attach a vCenter

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Provide the FQDN/IP address, Port Number, User name, and vCenter name and click Next

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Provide the FQDN/IP address for the vShield manager (make sure that vShield is added to your DNS, as well as vCloud Director) add the username (admin) and password (default) and press Next, and then click Finish

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Congratulations 😉 you’ve just created your first vCD Cell.

Be sure to look at these site for more information:

VMware: http://www.vmware.com/solutions/cloud-computing/private-cloud/products.html

Duncan’s blog: http://www.yellow-bricks.com

Chris Colotti’s blog: http://www.chriscolotti.us

Thanks for the visit! And all comments are welcome!

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Part 3: Installing CentOS and the Oracle 10g Express database

To get the vCloud Director up and running you’ll need to use an oracle database. While not supported by VMware, the Oracle 10g Express database can be used to get vCloud up and running. Because we have to use the oracle database anyways, i decided to use it for my vCenter server as well.

There is a great post by Duncan Epping (www.yellow-bricks.com) about what steps need to performed to get the vCloud Director installed within CentOS. Most of the steps done in this post come from this post. So let’s start with the installation of CentOS 5.5.

I already installed a router (see this post) and installed a AD/DNS environment. I will not cover the installation of the AD/DNS environment or the install of Windows Server. I also installed Windows Server 2008 R2 and vCenter. In vCenter I created a datacenter and added the ESXi hosts.

For the installation of the VMware vCloud Director we need a installation of CentOS 5.5 and Oracle 10g Express:

  1. The CentOS 5.5 install iso. Download here (be sure to download the full installation files. NOT the liveCD…)
  2. The Oracle 10g Express rpm. Download here

The following pdf files are step by step installation guides for installing the CentOS VM and oracle 10g Express

Step-by-Step installation of CentOS 5.5 in Workstation 7.1

Step-by-Step installation of the Oracle 10g Express database

When you’ve performed this steps, all systems are ready….. For vShield and vCloud Director installation.

See you at Part 4 😉

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