Feb
28

Nutanix Cloud Management Service – Janus

Providing backup services into Amazon is made simple by the deployment of the Nutanix Controller Virtual Machine (CVM) into Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Deployment is handled by using the Prism UI and supplying the customers Amazon Web Services (AWS) access key and secret key to give a fully automated solution. Under the covers the automation is provided by a new cluster service in NOS 4.1 named Janus. Janus is the Nutanix Cloud Management Service, it will provide the framework for transport between private and public clouds.

janus


The Janus services are exposed via cerebro which allows customer to use the same Prism interface to manage their environments.

The Janus service is responsible for:
• Managing AWS credentials
• Listing AWS regions
• Listing Nutanix Amazon Machine Image (AMI)
• Deploying & configuring a Nutanix CVM on EC2 ( no limits, deploy one to every region if you want)
• List Nutanix Instances
• Start and stop Nutanix instances

More details to follow in an upcoming Tech Note.

Sep
08

Hypervisor Agnostic Backuup -> Hyper-V -> ESXi -> AWS

Backup Everything

Cloud Connect is going GA with the release of NOS 4.1 and I did notice the new Backup checkbox when setting up Remote Sites. I just assumed it was for setting up the remote site in AWS. While it is needed for AWS it also allows you take one Nutanix Cluster running any hypervisor like Hyper-V and backup it up to another Nutanix Cluster running any Hypervisor like vSphere ESXi.

Hypervisor Agonistic

If I was to read the documentation I would have found this:

Backup: Check the box to enable backup (only) to this site. Backup allows the remote site to be used as a backup (replication) target. This means data can be backed up to this site and snapshots can be retrieved from the site to restore locally, but failover protection (that is, running failover VMs directly from the remote site) is not enabled.

Note: Remote sites can be in the same data center or in another facility, remote sites are just different physical clusters.

I can see this being is used a lot for ROBOs where Hyper-V is being used to cut costs on licensing. Customers then can use Prism Central for viewing of all their remote sites and data center clusters. All of the feel good features still work, compression and deduplication and you can mix and match model to get the best price\performance\capacity that works for you.

Nutanix is the only hyper-converged vendor that offers this flexibility and choice today.

Mar
11

Over a Year and 60 + VDI Tips Later

It has been over a year now of blogging on ITBLOODPRESSURE.com and it’s a been lot of fun. I just started off doing VDI tips on twitter but found I could provide more value through a blog. I am happy to contribute to a wonderful community as I have been on the receiving end many times. Below are my Top 5 since the blog has been up and running. The list is based on what I like, not on how many hits I have received.

The Best VMware View PowerShell Variable – Tell them to Reboot

#VDI Tip 52: Rat A Dat Dat, better Thin Dat (Picked because of the Title)

Get Your VMware View Health Check Sent To Your Inbox

No Desktops, Big Problems

#VDI Tip 58: Backup All Of Your Components At The Same Time

Feb
12

#VDI Tip 58: Backup All Of Your Components At The Same Time

Backing up all of the View components at the same time might seem like an obvious thing to do but it can be harder than you think. Failing to get close to the same backup window for the View Composer DB(SQL) as the ADAM database can leave you in a bit of a mess. Records may not matching up on a restore will have you deleting virtual machines or records from other parts of the ADAM database to fix inconsistencies.

Inside of the View Administrator console there isn’t a set time that you can select from. The Time starts at Midnight and you can only adjust the frequency, hourly, weekly and so on. You can just adjust it to the hourly setting and that should get you close to what your DBA’s are doing.
I don’t like running backups all day if there isn’t a reason . To get an exact start time you have to head off into the ADAM database. Please read this post for help backing up and connecting to the ADAM database before making any changes.

In the ADAM database Expand OU=Properties, select OU=Server, select CN= in the right pane, and choose Action > Properties to modify the pae-LDAPBUTime. The pae-LDAPBUTime property is the Number of minutes after pae-LDAPBUUnits to perform a backup. Since we left the default of Midnight everything will be based off that time. Therefore, if we but in 60 the next backup should fire at 1:00 am.

ADAM VMware View  - Settings

IT WORKED!

Hope that helps. If you have a thought or questions drop me a line.

Feb
11

VMware ADAM Database – Backup & Connect

Working with the ADAM database in VMware View is kind of like going to the dentist. You never want to go there, your reasons for going are usally related to pain, but your glad when it’s all said and done. This post will form the ground work for a series of tips & articles over the next couple of weeks. The article references all locations in terms of Windows 2008. If you’re running Windows 2003, god bless you.
Step 1 – Always Get a Current Backup
In the VMware View Administrator console you get create an on-demand backup Under View Configuration -> Servers.
Once the backup is complete, go to the server you ran the backup on and move the .LDF and .SVI file to a “safe location”.

The backup location is: C:\ProgramData\VMware\VDM\backups
.LDF = ADAM database
.SVI = View Composer Database

Step 2 – Connecting to the ADAM database

To connect to the View ADAM database:
1. Log in to one of the View Connection Servers.
2. Click Start > Administrative Tools > ADSI Edit.
3. In the console window, right-click ADSI Edit and click Connect to.
4. In the Name field type: View ADAM Database
5. Select Select or type a Distinguished Name or Naming Context.
6. In the field below, type dc=vdi,dc=vmware,dc=int
7. Select Select or type a domain or server.
8. In the field below, type localhost
9. Click OK.
10. Click View ADAM Database [localhost] to expand.
11. Click DC=vdi,dc=vmware,dc=int to expand