VMware vExpert 2012!!!






Virtual Insanity has two vExperts on staff now! Myself and Scott Sauer were both chosen vExpert for 2012.


What is a vExpert? The program was started by VMware in 2009 and is driven by VMware community mavens Alex Maier and John Troyer. The title is awarded to individuals who have significantly contributed to the VMware community over the past year. This is the first year employees are eligible, so I am glad to see Scott get recognized for his great writing here, and for putting together the vNews newsletter.


Here is more information on the vExpert program.


Here is the complete list for 2012, and a Twitter link to follow all the vExperts.


Congrats to everyone! I am proud to be on any list with these VMware heavyweights!!!


Thanks to all who voted! Thanks to Alex and John! I look forward to being able to contribute more to the community throughout the year.


Installing EMC Solutions Enabler Virtual Appliance


If you’re using a Symmetrix array in your VMware environment, the Solutions Enabler virtual appliance is a must.  It’s perfect for SRM, or the EMC VSI plugins in vCenter.  Here’s how to get it setup and running.


1. Download the virtual appliance from Powerlink.




2. Deploy the template.




3. When you get to Properties, fill in the required info.  Note here that if you have a subnet that doesn’t fit the classical TCP/IP class model, the OVA will complain about your netmask here. Follow the optional procedure below or the appliance won’t boot.

Also, put in the ESX server FQDN where the vAppliance is going to live initially.  You’ll need to have that in there to mount your Gatekeeper devices.  If you skip it, you can put it in later, but it does need to be ON the host you specify initially.




4. (Optional) If you have a non-traditional subnet where the vApp doesn’t accept your netmask, go into the Advanced vApp Options.



Double Click netmask.



In here, uncheck User Configurable, and put in your netmask.




Now the appliance should boot without complaining.


5. Open a web browser and go to https://<appliance address>:5480



6. Skip the security warning (unless you are @Texiwill) and go for the login.

User: seconfig

Password: seconfig

PROTIP: Change the password.



7. Once you’re in, click Gatekeeper Config and add your ESX host now if you haven’t yet.  Again, ensure that the appliance resides on the host specified here for this initial step.



8. At this point, you should see Gatekeepers available to be mapped.  Select the Gatekeepers you want and click the Map button all the way to the right.


Once mapped, the Gatekeepers will move to the bottom box.  These are now RDM’s attached to the appliance.


9. Now go to Command Execution at the top, and click the Discover Symmetrix button.  You should see your Symms in the Output Window.



Once you see your Symmetrices (sp?) there, you should be able to run any commands against them by inputting them in the top window and get output.

Now you can go connect your VSI, or SRM servers to this, and it should be fully functional.