HPE DL560 Gen9 servers will soon be on the VMware HCG. Like many of you we plan ESXi upgrades to new versions months into the future. As we approach our planned upgrades we hope that our HPE hardware will be on VMware’s HCG (Hardware Compatibility Guide) as approved for the latest ESXi 6.7 version. I can’t remember the last time that our hardware wasn’t on the HCG as approved.
My understanding is that most people that are using HPE server hardware are using the DL360 models. Typically those models get qualified faster. For philosophical reasons we like to use the DL560 models. We currently have quite a few of the DL560 gen9 models that we want to use. So far HPE has not bothered to have the DL560 gen9 model qualified as compatible with ESXi 6.7 but they did qualify the gen10 model. Our HPE guy has hinted that the DL560 is just not purchased nearly as much as the DL360s and that contributes to the slowness of getting the hardware on the HCG.
Well I have good new for those in the same boat as us. HPE has notified us that the qualification is being performed and will be completed around April 2nd. This may or may not come true but I thought I’d share the information.
I am very interested to hear what you are doing in your datacenter with HPE and VMware. Are HPE DL360s more your flavor or do you like the HPE DL560s like we do? Comments are always welcome! I look forward to hearing from all of you especially if you have HPE DL560 gen9 servers in your environment.
Nutanix vs VMware – Who is bullying whom? Can’t we just all get along? Apparently not! VMware and Nutanix are at it again. Nutanix claims that VMware is bullying them by responding to Nutanix’s ‘You Decide’ marketing. When you mess with the bull you get the horns. Head on over to The Register to check out their always unique reporting. I have not used Nutanix in my environment so I can’t give a knowledgeable or unbiased response.
Come back and let me know what you think. Comments are always welcome!
One of the less annoying things I encounter on a daily basis is the wrong default domain on my vCenter appliance. Changing the vCenter default domain is necessary in my environment because the empty-root domain is default. Our main domain where all of our user accounts reside is a sub-domain of the empty-root domain. That means that you can’t just login with your normal credentials without using the domain\username or firstname.lastname@example.org formats. This isn’t a large problem but anything that speeds up my day is always appreciated.
It turns out that this is a known problem for users in a child domain where the vCenter has been upgraded from version 5.5.0 to 5.5.0b or later. In my case the users can login still if they put the domain prefix as part of their login. I just don’t want to have to worry about that especially for those in our enterprise that can’t figure out how to login by using a domain prefix.
To change the behavior of the identity source, the default domain can be changed on the Single Sign-On (SSO) server from the domain that was created during the upgrade.
Windows-based Single Sign-On (SSO)
Connect to the machine that is running the SSO instance. Create the defaultdomain.ldif file containing this information using a plain text editor:
Note: Replace example.com with the desired default domain from your environment. Contents of .ldif file should be terminated with “-” .
As an Administrator, click Start > Run, type cmd and then click OK. Run C:\>ldifde command to confirm that the ldifde tool is available. This list returns a list of available commands. If the tool is not present, install it by running this command:
This week has been non-stop worrying about Hurricane Irma. All I can say is ‘Go Away Irma’. You’re cramping my style! Apparently it was not necessary to plan for disaster recovery until a week before the strongest hurricane in recorded Atlantic ocean history is going to hit. All that other planning can just be thrown away. Let the fire chiefs take over and ring the alarms. I could use more drama in my life. (Extreme SARCASM). At this point I still don’t know if I will be working this weekend or not.
I would love to hear from you if you’re having some interesting challenges in regards to disaster recovery. On a positive note, I am so glad we have VEEAM. I can’t imagine facing a hurricane and having to use our old backup software. for needed restores. VEEAM’s byline was ‘It Just Works’ and there has never been more truth in advertizing.
There will be lots of prayers over the next week and I will be among those praying for safety and for rescue for all people affected by hurricanes this season. Here’s hoping that we can get back to the normal workplace dysfunction I am used to on a daily basis.
Amazon Web Services and VMware have finally launched their much anticipated VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services. What does this mean for traditional VMware shops? In my opinion it means that the ease of exploring the cloud for enterprises has become much more likely to happen. In other words this will accelerate the move to the cloud for vSphere deployments everywhere.
VMware Cloud on AWS Key feature
The ability to manage applications across your private-on-premises cloud and AWS becomes seamless. The ability to see your Amazon vSphere clusters in your vCenter just like any other cluster is awesome. This is what I have been clamoring for and I can’t wait to try this.
Hurdles to overcome using VMware Cloud on AWS
I hope that this will also mean that I can go out and purchase Amazon Web Services through VMware which is already a trusted partner for our enterprise. At my enterprise we have been exploring the possibility of moving some services to the cloud but we are running into issues with our legal team and the Amazon Web Services contract. Amazon has been very resistant to changing any of the legal language that our lawyers are insisting upon. The result has been that we are stuck in limbo. I hope to explore this further in the coming months and will update here what I find.
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