vCloud Director and vCloud Networking and Security Product Update

In case you may have missed it, VMware made a couple big announcements today around vCloud Director and vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS).

VMware is committed to delivering an exceptional customer experience and—in response to feedback from you, our customers—we are moving toward more simplified packaging and unified licensing of our cloud stack. Driven by this commitment, we’re implementing an integrated approach to the packaging of all of the essential capabilities for building a software-defined data center.

As part of this key initiative, this month we’re announcing the End of Availability of the stand-alone editions of VMware vCloud® Director® and VMware vCloud® Networking and Security. This communication provides important information for you as a license holder of vCloud Director, vCloud Networking and Security, and/or VMware vShield.

End of Availability: VMware vCloud Director Stand-alone
VMware vCloud Director orchestrates the provisioning of software-defined data center services as complete virtual data centers that are ready for consumption in a matter of minutes. Virtual data centers provide virtualized compute, networking, storage, and security. Effective as of the general availability of vCloud Director 5.5 and the vCloud Suite® 5.5, VMware is making the following packaging changes to make this technology more easily accessible:

  • vCloud Director 5.5 will be available only as part of vCloud Suite 5.5.
  • VMware will retire the stand-alone SKUs for vCloud Director.
  • Existing customers can maintain their vCloud Director through either the entitlement program or while converting to vCloud Suite with the Fair Value Conversion Program.

Please take note that the last day to order vCloud Director Stand-alone is September 19, 2013.

Extended Support for vCloud Director 5.5
Generally, as per VMware Enterprise Application Support Policy, VMware will support the current release of software for 2 years from the general availability of the Major Release, or the latest released version for 12 months. However, VMware will provide extended support for vCloud Director 5.5 with support available for 4 years from general availability. Customers will be able to get telephone and Internet support for vCloud Director 5.5 until their current contract expires or until Q3, 2017, whichever is earlier.

The End of Support date for vCloud Director 5.1 remains as September 10, 2014.

For more information:
–    Read our Customer Announcement
–    Visit the VMware vCloud Suite page

End of Availability: VMware vCloud Networking and Security Stand-alone
VMware vCloud Networking and Security provides essential networking and security capabilities for the software-defined data center. Accordingly, VMware is making the following packaging changes to also make this technology more easily accessible:

  • vCloud Networking and Security 5.5 will be combined into a single edition. All features of vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 Standard and Advanced Editions have been integrated into one feature set.
  • vCloud Networking and Security 5.5 will be available only as part of vCloud Suite 5.5.
  • VMware will retire the stand-alone SKUs for vCloud Networking and Security.
  • Existing customers can maintain their vCloud Networking and Security investment through either the entitlement program or while converting to vCloud Suite with the Fair Value Conversion Program.

Please take note that the last day to order vCloud Networking and Security Stand-alone is
September 30, 2013.

Extended Support for vCloud Networking and Security 5.5
Generally, as per VMware Enterprise Application Support Policy, VMware will support the current release of software for 2 years from the general availability of the Major Release, or the latest released version for 12 months. However, VMware will provide extended support for vCloud Networking and Security 5.5 with support available for 3 years from general availability. Customers will be able to get telephone and Internet support for vCloud Networking and Security 5.5 until their current contract expires or until Q3, 2016, whichever is earlier.

The End of Support date for vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 remains as September 10, 2014.

For more information:
–    Review the FAQs
–    Read our Customer Announcement
–    Visit the VMware vCloud Suite page

If you have any questions about these announcements, please contact your sales representative or www.vmware.com/support.


Created on September 4, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMware Support Alert – Implementing CA signed SSL certificates with vSphere 5.1

In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following Special Alert direct from VMware Support Insider.

SSLOne of the most common things we see in VMware Global Support Services (GSS), regardless of product, version, or customer, is the need to implement custom certificates. This could be for a number of reasons:

  • Security
  • To get rid of the warning when you first login
  • You like a challenge

Whatever the case may be, in vSphere 5.1, the process has changed due to the addition of vCenter Single Sign On (SSO), which adds complexity to the procedure. This is because the majority of services register themselves to SSO. As a result of changing the certificates, the services also need to be re-registered.

As a result of repeated question from customers coming in on this, we gathered our Professional Services, Engineering, and Technical Writers to develop the following Resolution Path to guide you through the various steps through to completion (you can read more about resolution path articles here).

Resolution Path Article:

Child articles in the resolution path are:

Note: It is recommended that you follow the articles in the sequence provided as many steps are dependent on each other.

We have also created an article with the steps for vCenter Server Appliance 5.1:

Finally, we have updated these vSphere 5.0 articles thanks to feedback received on them:

Note: The vCenter Service fails to start up issue is now resolved in vCenter Server 5.1.0a. For more details, refer to KB article:
vCenter Server Services hang on startup after upgrading to vCenter Server 5.1 (2035623).

We hope that this helps everyone through their SSL implementation. If you find any errors or anomalies, there’s a feedback form at the bottom of every article. We will be keeping an active eye on your feedback!


Created on October 31, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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vmware 2011 Mega Launch

It is 9am Pacific Time on Tuesday, July 12th 2011 and I sure hope you’re tuned into the vmware Mega Launch so greatly titled “Raising the Bar, Part V”. If you’re not watching the live broadcast, stop right here and tune into it by clicking this link, then come back and read this post.

Spoiler alert… reading beyond this point talks about amazing updates and new features from vmware!

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Created on July 12, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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SSH from ESX host to ESX host with No Password

Sometimes you need to script a job that SSH’s into another ESX host, problem is you will be prompted for a password—pretty much taking out all the automation aspect of a script.

There is a way around this.  Simply generate a public SSH key and place it in an authorized_keys file on your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. ESX host.

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Created on January 16, 2009 by Rick Scherer

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VMware VI3 Network Communication Diagram

Jason Boche posted this network diagram on VI3, it shows exactly what ports VC, ESX and other services needed for a functioning enterprise use.   This diagram is extremely helpful in troubleshooting network issues and also in helping put your companies security department at ease.  Thanks Jason!

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Created on December 15, 2008 by Rick Scherer

Posted under ESX 3.5 Tips, ESXi 3.5 Tips, Networking, Security, VMware.

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Virtualizing your DMZ

Today I got into a heated discussion with a “Virtualization Expert” at Gartner today about the risks associated with virtualizing your DMZ, primarily into the same environment as your non-DMZ servers.

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Created on December 5, 2008 by Rick Scherer

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