My Personal VMWorld 2018 Review

VMWorld entrance

Beyond the interesting General Sessions and the very nice different keynotes I want to highlight some announcements, Breakout Sessions and Hands-On Labs that I really enjoyed. It was actually my first VMWorld so I didn’t manage to get a lot of Breakout Session but also checked the Solutions Exchange with all the different vendors and providers of very useful solutions like NetApp, RedHat, IBM and Veeam, just to name a few.
VMWare announced that they have acquired Kubernetes startup Heptio, which was founded by the co-founders of Kubernetes Craig McLuckie and Joe Beda. With this acquisition VMWare will get more weight in the development of the upstream Kubernetes and will establish their role as a leader in the cloud native market.
And… ESXi runs on a Raspberry Pi! Read more from William Lam here.


Furthermore I want to mention a few Breakout Sessions which were awesome:


vSphere Clustering Deep Dive, Part 1 + 2

My expectations were absolutely met. The presenters Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, Niels Hagoort and Sahan Gamage did a great job in showing the essential technical stuff. I am really excited to read the book I got. More information about the book is here.


Extreme Performance Series: Performance Best Practices

This was really a Deep Dive and blowed my mind. I can really recommend the Best Practices paper to anyone that could not attend this session. You will get the paper here.


Best Practices for Virtual Networking (GSS Best Practices)

This one was really useful and informative for people installing and maintaining vSphere environments with or without NSX. David Garcia showed some very useful troubleshooting tools like tcpdump-uw and pktcap-uw.
Some Knowledge Base articles if you want to start using them:



I have tested most of the Getting Started and a few Kubernetes, Pivotal and NSX-T Labs and really had fun. Thanks to all preparing and writing these labs. Hope to see most of them in official Hands-On Labs.
Here are a few very good labs:
HOL-1926-02-NET – Integrating Kubernetes with VMware NSX-T Data Center
HOL-1931-01-CNA – VMware Pivotal Container Service and Kubernetes – Getting Started


Thank you VMWare for a interesting and awesome VMWorld 2018!
Tell me want you think about this years VMWorld I would love to hear from you.

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NetApp United 2018

I am glad to tell you, that I have made it again to the NetApp United Team for at least one year. Congratulation to all the new and existing fellows.

Here is the full list:

Name Twitter Handle Blog
Aaron Shelley @aaronmshelley
Alberto Bargueño @abargueno
Alexander Krogloth @aleex42 /
Alexandro Prado @alexandroprado
Ali Yenidogan
Allen Johnson @Allen2Kelly
Alun Griffiths @WelshMatador
Amer Yehia @Amer_Yehia
Anastasios Papadopoulos @70tas
Andre Schmitz @DerSchmitz
Andrea Giuliani @andr3ag_tw
Arco Hak @flexpodsolution
Arnaud Filleul @sterwan
Arnold Romeijn @arnoldromeijn
Arthur Alikulov @alikulovme
Baptiste Schwartzbart @BaptMan78
Bartek Brzeski @BartekBrzeski
Benjamin Durand @BenjaminPDurand
Bernard Meunier @bmeatwork
Bhavin Shah @bhavin04890
Bill McGloin @billmcgloin
Boris Aelen @borisaelen
Bryan Kuhn @btkuhn
Cedric Renauld @redluna31
Chanaka Ekanayake @ChanEk81
Christian Garcia Gonzalez @sonlas7y20
Damien Berezenko @breeze_damien
Dan Frith @penguinpunk
Daniel Burkland @dburkland
Daniel Kiehl @daniel_kiehl
Daniël Zuthof @DanielZuthof
Dario Furigo @vSyntaxError
Dave Henry @davemhenry
David Bevc @Davidoff1981
David Logue @datalossguru
David Rodriguez @systutorials
David Warner @djwarner2929
Deanna McNeil @deannie
Dennis Schroeder @schroederdennis
Derek Hennessy @derekhennessy
Ebo Hagan @stallonx
erhan evgin
Eric Aslaksen @eric_aslaksen
Eric Railine @erailine
Eric Sherrill @eric8_netapp
Fernando Gabriel Ceaglio @ferceaglio
Francesco Bonetti @fbonez
Frank Teegelbeckers @teegelbeckers
Gerd Hecken @gerd_hecken
Giacomo Milazzo @MilazzoGiacomo
Gilbert van Hemert @GilbertvHemert
Graham Fildes @g_fildes
Greg Loughmiller @gloughmiller
Greg Rose
Guillermo Hernández @gmohdez1
Howard Marks @DeepStorageNet
Ian Sanderson @ian0x0r
Igor Nikolaev @mantycora
Ivan Raul Camargo Chacon @ivanrcamargo
Jaffer Ali Hajji Mohideen @zafarali86
Jane Ridge @jojorzans
Jaroslaw Duda @jaroslaw_duda
Jason Fitzgerald @jay_fitzgerald
Jeorry Balasabas @jeorryb
Jeremy Haynes @jerhaynes
Jesús Lobato @JesusL0BAT0
Jesus Vaquero @jesusvaquero29
Jim Jones @k00laidIT
Jim Millard @millardjk
Joel Jordao Cravo @aven__18 
John Fish @jfish_uk
Johnny Hall @Ashaman25
Jon Bailey @jonathanjbailey
Jon Hildebrand @snoopj123
Jonathon Lanzon @jlanzon 
Joseph (J.B.) Mercer @JbM_IT
Joseph Irungu Munyiri @joemunyiri
Joseph Soffer @JSItech38616
Josh Penfold @JoshPenfold5
Kevin Ridings @ukpenfold
Lei Ma @ray_ma
Luciano Ludwig @luciano_ludwig
Luis Miguel Sanz Fernanedz @lokatus
Luke Rundle @truelukerundle
Madhu Vinod Diwakar @Madhuwinod
Maik Steinert @MaikSteinert
Marco Bakker @marbak71
Mark Burgess @MarkAtSNS
Mark Clayton @storageaddict 
Markus Huebers @mhuebers
Markus Kraus @vMarkus_K
Martijn Moret @mmmoret
Martin Kucharcik @KcMato
Matthew Kershaw @mkershaw1985
Matthew Leland Clark @petnap2
Michael Drüing @DarkStar_1337
Mikael Korsgaard Jensen @jekomi
Mike Palic @SpindleNinja
Mike Preston @mwpreston
Mike Sparkes @sparkletowers
Neeraj Sharma @neeraj16584
Neil Anderson @flackboxtv
Nigel Mullings @nigelmullings
Oleksii Zakharenko @alexey4ik
Oscar Ojeda @Oscaraock
Ovidiu Pescar @OvidiuPescar
Pascal de Wild @pascaldewild
Paul Grosskopf @grosskopf
Paul Madden @MADonTECH
Pierre-Francois Renard @RenardPf
Radek Kubka @raadek
Rani Halimi @rani_halimi_63
Raouf Dachbouche @raouf_dag
Regis Carlier @regiscarlier
Rich Fambrini @richfambo
Richard van Dantzig @rvandantzig
Rob Verhoeven @robv73
Rodrigo de Andrade Moncao @rodrigomoncao
Ron van Gimst @GimstRon
Ruben Tomás Rodríguez @rtomasingram
Russell Dean
Ryan Bradley @rbrads2011
Ryan Mangan @rymangan
Scott Harney @sharney
Sergio Hirata @hiratapqd
Stefan Assler @data_stefan
Stefan Hoenig @stefanhoenig
Stefan Renner @rennerstefan
Stefano Tedeschi @serioso67
Steve Blanco @stevekblanco 
Swee-Chuan Khoo @sckhoo
Thom Greene @tbgree00
Thomas Maddox @thomasmaddox
Thomas Munser @tmunser
Tic Pavlin @tpavlin
Timo Ambros @timoambros
Tomas Acosta @tar44997049
Tomasz Usnarski @UziStorage
Toni Martin @dctoni
Tri Lam Hoa @lamhoatri
Wences Michel @wmichel
Xander van Egmond @pappa24

Data protection made easy – SnapCenter 3.0

SnapCenter is a newly designed data protection solution made by NetApp. It provides a centralized, unified and easy made interface for protecting VMs, applications like SAP HANA, file systems and databases like SQL and Oracle.
SnapCenter manages SnapShots and SnapVault/SnapMirror relationships. Additionally it has RBAC (role based access control) and remote plugin installation features.

What’ new in SnapCenter 3.0?
Beside the already provided plugins for VMWare, SQL, Oracle, NAS and file systems there are the following new and/or improved plugins:

  • New SnapCenter Plug-in for SAP HANA Database
    • Consistend Backup for SAP HANA single container and MDC single tenant databases
    • Catalog management
    • Restore and recovery using SAP HANA Studio
  • SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere
    • Restore from SnapMirror or SnapVault destination volumes
    • VSC Backup and Restore feature parity
    • Single File Restore preparation with mounting a single VMDK
    • Migration path from VSC to SnapCenter Plugin
  • SnapCenter Plug-in for NAS File Services
    • Backup from ONTAP Primary to ONTAP Secondary without the need of AltaVault
    • Restore a file or directory to the same or an alternate path
  • SnapCenter Plug-in for Oracle Database
    • Restore backups from ONTAP secondary using SnapRestore for faster restores

Additional there is ONTAP 9.2 support as well as automatic migration from SQL Express/internal SQL Server to MySQL and many other enhancements.

Don’t forget the community plugins for DB2, MySQL and MongoDB (coming soon) or write your own little Plug-in.

Check the release notes for more information and the full list of enhancements:

What I really like about SnapCenter 3.0 is that most of the features from SnapCreator are now fully included in SnapCenter (SAP HANA, Oracle). Secondly and most important IMHO is that VSC for Backup can now finally be lifecycled with SnapCenter 3.0.

There is more coming in the future like Exchange Server or community based Plug-ins, so stay tuned!


VLDB not consistent after a forced MetroCluster switchover…

After a forced MCC switchover and a successful switchback I had the following error on a customer MCC in the event log:
6/21/2017 09:56:49 cluster01-01 ERROR vldb.aggrBladeID.missing: The volume ‘cluster02_svm1_root’ is located on the aggregate with UUID ‘3b61c6fd-b6d7-4d5f-9168-81b12632581c’ whose owning dblade UUID ‘cce2f293-3bd4-11e7-85ef-a1f0d21750d7’ does not exist in the Volume Location Database.

This is an open internal bug from NetApp and can rarely happen if the VLDB has been updated without the knowledge of the other cluster:

It can be solved by executing the following command on the cluster which hosts the affected SVM:

cluster02# metrocluster resync vserver -cluster cluster02 -vserver cluster02_svm1

Check the status with:

cluster02# metrocluster vserver show


cluster01# set diag; debug vreport show; set admin

Does anyone had the same problem recently? Thanks for commenting that.

NetApp HCI is here…

Normally I don’t do postings about Product Releases or New Features of a product but this one I really want to share with you because this is a huge change to the world of HCI (Hyper Converged Infrastructure).

On 5th June NetApp announced the new HCI product which integrates into the NetApp Data Fabric.

The NetApp HCI blocks ar based on VMWare vSphere Compute Nodes and SolidFire All-Flash Storage Nodes. Each block has a total of 4 Nodes.

But what does it make special and what’s the killer feature of this product?

  • You will get all the SolidFire advantages like guaranteed Performance, world-class QOS, vVOL integration, and so on…
  • You will get full Storage power with the All-Flash HCI…
  • Mix and Match Compute and Storage Nodes matching your requirements…

  • Easy management via vCenter Server Web Interface…
  • Easy setup – The appliance is setup in about 30 minutes…
  • IMHO the real killer feature is the integration into the NetApp Data Fabric like SnapMirror and StorageGrid…

As I already mentioned each block has 4 Nodes. You can also unite multiple boxes with the 25GbE/10GbE links and get more Storage/Compute power. The Datastores are attached with iSCSI. If you want to have the familiar OnTap feeling, just deploy an OnTap Select instance and you will get the whole bunch of CIFS, iSCSI and NFS power for your environment.

What can we expect next?

  • We will hopefully get more and more Hypervisors
  • NetApp HCI SnapMirror integration with OnTap 9.3
  • Integration into SnapCenter 4.0

I’m really excited about my first use of this product and I’m #DataDriven…