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Team-OpenStack-LogoEarlier this week I published an article announcing the availability of the new Havana version of the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance and the vCenter Web Client Plug-in for OpenStack. For those of you that haven’t had the time to deploy the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance and get some hands on experience with these tools and are curious to see the tools in action.

The demonstration below showcases the plug-in’s configuration and working examples. The plug-in provides vSphere administrators the ability to identify OpenStack instances in vSphere by mapping the instances and properties information from the OpenStack Horizon portal to vSphere via the vSphere Web Client.


Again, It’s important to point out that the vSphere OpenStack Appliance and the vCenter Web Client Plug-in for OpenStack are both non-production tools, for which VMware doesn’t provide any official support.

These tools are made available as a proof of concepts and are design for provide an easy and simplified way for vSphere administrators to work with OpenStack frameworks and vSphere Infrastructures in order to provide a better and clear understanding on how OpenStack integrates with VMware.

The vCenter Web Client Plug-in for OpenStack can be view here at any time or on our  VMwareTV channel on YouTube.

For more information about the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance, the vCenter Web Client Plug-in visit the VMware OpenStack Community forum.

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Team-OpenStack-LogoLast week right before the start of the OpenStack Summit the Team OpenStack at VMware released a new version of the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) based on the stable Havana release to the VMware and OpenStack communities.

The new version of the appliance provides a relatively easy and out of the box vSphere and OpenStack integration capabilities for compute (Nova) and Storage (Cinder) via the vSphere and vSphere datastore drivers. But there was another great feature included and worth mentioning on its own which provides a great deal of assistance for vSphere administrators when testing vSphere infrastructure with OpenStack frameworks.

The Havana version of the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance includes the new vCenter Server Plug-in for OpenStack frameworks. The plug-in provides vSphere administrators the ability identify OpenStack instances and some of their respective properties from the vCenter Server.

It’s important to point out that VOVA and the vCenter Web Client Plug-in for OpenStack are non-production tools that are used for understanding how OpenStack integrates with VMware.

After successfully deploying and configuring the vSphere OpenStack Appliance, log into the vCenter Server associated with the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance with the vSphere Web Client and configure the plug-in as instructed below:

  1. Using an administrative account connect to vCenter Server with the vSphere Web Client
  2. On the left hand pane of the Home screen select Administration
  3. Once in the administration screen, select OpenStack which located under the solutions section
  4. Configure the vCenter Endpoint first by clicking the “+” button on the top of the grid select vCenter and provide the URL https://vcenter_ip_or_fqdn/sdk and the required credentials.
  5. Configure the OpenStack Keystone Endpoint by clicking on the “+” button on the top of the grid, select Keystone and provide the URL http://vova_ip_or_fqdn:5000/v2.0 and the required credentials

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Team-OpenStack-LogoFolks we are very excited to announce the release of new version of vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) based on the new OpenStack Havana release. This release contains several additional improvements over the previous VOVA version based on the Grizzly release. Below are some of the highlights included with the new release:

  • Single Nova compute node can manage multiple clusters under single vCenter.
  • VMDK driver for Cinder enables creation of volumes using vSphere datastores. This allows OpenStack Cinder to present block storage from extensive range of storage solutions certified to work with vSphere
  • Removed the additional VNC password for accessing instances from console in Horizon.
  • First release of “vCenter Web Client Plugin for OpenStack”. This plugin presents OpenStack inventory directly in the vCenter web client. Admins can view the OpenStack related properties of instances along with traditional vCenter details.
  • Added support for vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS)

In addition to the features above there are significant stability improvements across all aspects of running OpenStack on VMware. To get started working and testing OpenStack on vSphere visit the VMware OpenStack community page at

We encourage you to try new VOVA and look forward to your feedback. All documentation for VOVA is available for download in the VMware OpenStack community site.

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RVC BlogLogo2As of lately I’ve been playing around with some of the many management tools and that are available from VMware. One nifty tool that I’ve decided to start using a bit more due to top secret reasons is the Ruby vSphere Console (RVC). For those of you who don’t know about RVC here is a bit of information about it.

Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) is a Linux console UI for vSphere, built on the RbVmomi bindings to the vSphere API. RVC is a console UI for ESXi and vCenter servers. The vSphere object graph is presented as a virtual filesystem, allowing you to navigate and run commands against managed entities using familiar shell syntax. RVC doesn’t (yet) have every feature vSphere Client does, but for common tasks it can be much more efficient than clicking through a GUI.

The RVC has been available for some time as one of the Flings available at the VMware labs website. While I’m not new to the tool, it has been a long while since I last played around with it. While trying to complete one of my projects testing interoperability and capabilities of the tool I came a cross an error that halted my progress for a few minutes, but lucky for me my old school Ruby skills haven’t been completely flushed out my brain and some searching I was able to correct issue.

Here is the problem I experienced and the solution implemented:

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VMUG-Logo.pngAlright!!!! VMware community members and followers, If you’re anywhere near Austin, Texas on April 2nd come an join us for a day of fun and knowledge transfer at the VMware User Group (VMUG). The event is set to be a very good one with great breakout sessions about the Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC), Software Defined Storage, VCDX Workshop bootcamps.

If you interested on the challenge and pursuing the VCDX certification you want to attend one of the bootcamps delivered by actual VCDX panel members. The VCDX bootcamps have shown to be very helpful for candidates. I will be there along other fellow VCDXs and  panel members Wade Holmes, and Matthew Meyer.

The VCDX bootcamp will cover everything you need to prepare for the certification process and the defense with topics such as

  • What the VCDX covers, and what it is designed to demonstrate
  • Profiles of successful and unsuccessful candidates
  • An insider’s view of the VCDX Panel Defense process, including perspectives from the panelists
  • Advanced best practices for VMware design and architecture available nowhere else
  • Practice VCDX Design and Troubleshooting Scenarios, and more

If you’re curious and want to learn more about the Software Defined Datacenter and Software Defined Storage, I will also be presenting a session on VMware’s Software Defined Storage (SDS) vision for the Software Defined Datacenter, and providing some insight into some of the features and technologies VMware is currently working on to make the vision a reality.

If you are already a VCDX, master of the universe and already know about all this stuff than great!, you’re the Man!!! or the Woman!!! still just come down and socialize with everyone it will be fun.

Feel free to sign up and register Austin VMUG User Conference

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