Nutanix, Nutanix Calm

Nutanix Calm Version 3.5 — Virtualization, DBaaS & Whatever Crosses My Mind

With the new Calm 3.5 release we are getting a feature requested by more and more Nutanix customers and that is —-Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Support—- This is really great news and brings another layer of flexibility and security to your overall self-service solution driven by Calm. A tunnel virtual machine (VM) is required on…

Nutanix Calm Version 3.5 — Virtualization, DBaaS & Whatever Crosses My Mind
Backup, General

Understanding the RPO & RTO in Detail — Blog – vembu.com

Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) are the two most critical components of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery(BCDR) planning. These are goals that help businesses plan a good BDCR strategy and choose the best software to protect their critical data. What is RPO? Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is referred to as the…

Understanding the RPO & RTO in Detail — Blog – vembu.com
Nutanix

AOS 6.1 Improvements for Day-2 database operations. — n0derunner

AOS 6.1 greatly improved database performance on Nutanix especially when the guest VM uses just a single disk for all the database files. The underlying change is known as vdisk sharding. Basically it allows the Nutanix CVM to scale up the number of threads used to service a single virtual disk under heavy load. IOPS…

AOS 6.1 Improvements for Day-2 database operations. — n0derunner
PowerShell

Active Directory: Find orphaned (unused) User Accounts with PowerShell — SID-500.COM

This short blog post will show you how you can find orphaned user accounts in Active Directory that may no longer be in use. Let’s go. Code Here is an example screen of the code. Copy the lines below to PowerShell ISE or Visual Studio Code and run it. The Code will retrieve all user […]

Active Directory: Find orphaned (unused) User Accounts with PowerShell — SID-500.COM
Nutanix

What’s New: Nutanix AOS 6.1 and Prism Central 2022.1.

Today Nutanix announce the release of new AOS and Prism Central versions with performance enhancements and key features to raise the bar with new milestones.

Below are some of the salient features as part of the release.

AOS 6.1 (STS)

NOTE: AOS 6.1 is Short Term Release

Improved Single vDisk Performance: This feature enabled multithreaded vDisk controller where based on size and IO of the vDisk, the IO will be sharded to multiple threads. This will improve the performance of workload where distributing data between multiple disks is not possible like huge databases.

Enhanced Security with Restricted Shell Access: This will improve the security posture of Nutanix AOS with,

  1. Ability to freeze the security configuration and settings through Nutanix Command-Line Interface (nCLI). You must contact Nutanix Support to unlock the security configuration to allow for changes.
  2. Optional feature that imposes certain restrictions on the “nutanix” account access to the nCLI and encourage the usage of “admin” account for basic administrative workflows.

Optane Tier for NVMe: In an all-NVMe configuration having Intel Optane drives, Intel Optane is tier 0 and part of ILM multi-tiering architecture. AOS will migrate the random data read with high frequency (read-hot random data) to the Optane performance tier since Optane drives provide very low read latency. 

Dark Theme on Prism UI: Dark Theme in the UI sets a dark background with high contrast view of the Prism UI background.

Whole Node Maintenance Mode: Now Prism Element has the feature to enter/exit a node in and out of maintenance mode with all the VM migration and/or power actions workflow.

VM Centric Storage Policy: Through Prism Central this feature will let you manage the storage attributes like encryption, compression, and QoS for VMs running on AHV clusters by categories.

Space Reporting Enhancements in Storage Summary Widget: The Storage Summary Widget now shows the Total Used Capacity for the snapshots (in GiB or TiB) and resilient capacity of the cluster.

NGT Windows Performance Monitor (perfmon) Integration: This feature provides the ability to monitor the hosts specific metrics for a VM in a guest VM running the Windows OS. The supported metrics are fetched from the CVM and are published to the Microsoft Windows Performance Monitor (Perfmon) utility on the guest VM after the NGT metrics collection is enabled on the UVM.

Support for In-place Entity Restore with Leap Recovery Points:  In-place restoration enables you to restore guest VMs with the same properties like UUIDs, network routing, MAC addresses, hostnames as that of the original guest VMs, and therefore maintain the operational workflow.

Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2022: AOS 6.1 supports guest VMs running Microsoft Windows Server 2022.

Enhanced Cluster Expansion Capabilities: AOS now supports concurrent requests for node preparation and expand the cluster. configuring node networking information, storing network configuration settings, and specifying whether a node should be a hyperconverged (HCI) or storage-only node.

Network Segmentation Enhancements: These will enable to configuring Backplane IP Pool, Enabling Backplane Network Segmentation on a Mixed Hypervisor Cluster, Updating Backplane Portgroup, IP Address Customization for Each CVM and Host, Enabling Physical Backplane Segmentation on Hyper-V.

Removing Multiple Nodes from a Cluster: Now AOS allows you to remove multiple nodes from a cluster.

Support for Storage only Nodes When Expanding Clusters: AOS 6.1 introduces the option to choose Storage only nodes during the expand cluster.

Support for Restoring Network Configuration during Host Break-fix: Now you can store cluster-wide network configurations at regular intervals or on-demand. The stored network configuration can be used to restore a node to the same configuration in break-fix scenarios.

Additionally few Volume Group Enhancements, PagerDuty Integration with Prism, New CHAP Algorithms for Volumes, along with bug fixes and security patches.

Prism Central 2022.1

Category-based Host affinity policy: This feature will enable VM-Host affinity policy in Prism Central using categories. This feature will let easily manage affinities for a large number of VMs.

AHV VM templates: This release introduces the VM templates feature for AHV VMs. The feature enables you to create and manage a master copy of a VM that you can use to deploy multiple VMs across clusters. A template includes the guest operating system, VM configuration (that may include multiple disks), and all the applications installed on the VM. You can maintain multiple versions of a template. The feature also enables you to upgrade the guest operating system of the template.

Storage Container Management: This feature extends the existing storage container management in Prism Element to Prism Central. The functionality helps the users to create, update, delete the Storage Container through Prism Central.

Along with Dark Theme on Prism UI, Categories Services, Nutanix V4 API Versioning, Utility Actions Enhancements, Ownership of Restored VM from Recovery Point and along with bug fixes and security patches.

As always go through the release notes and documentation before upgrading cluster AOS and Prism Central.

VMWare vSphere

Securing Your vSphere Environment from Ransomware Part 2: Rubber Meets Road — Thinking Out Cloud

In Part 1, I may have scared the crap out of you introduced protecting your vSphere environment from Ransomware attacks using some resources from VMware. But, that was an iceberg-level introduction to the concept. Here, we are going to talk about what you can actually do to protect your vSphere environment. My focus here is […]

Securing Your vSphere Environment from Ransomware Part 2: Rubber Meets Road — Thinking Out Cloud
Nutanix ERA

Nutanix ERA 2.4 Released — Virtualization, DBaaS & Whatever Crosses My Mind

Today, 2022-01-24, Nutanix has release version 2.4 of its DBaaS platform Era. Highlighted New Features There are eight major new features in this new version and i’d like to describe some of them in detail here: Remote Snapshot Restore for Oracle, SQL Server, and PostgreSQL. This means you can run your Database in e.g. Nutanix…

Nutanix ERA 2.4 Released — Virtualization, DBaaS & Whatever Crosses My Mind
Nutanix, Nutanix ERA

Nutanix – Database Migration — Virtualization, DBaaS & Whatever Crosses My Mind

Customers has been running databases on top of Nutanix HCI for quite a few years and the number keeps increasing. One reason being is obviously the magic HCI solution but another major reason is the Nutanix Database Management solution, Era, which i believe you are already familiar with. 11 more words

Nutanix – Database Migration — Virtualization, DBaaS & Whatever Crosses My Mind
PowerShell

Active Directory: Find users based on Attributes and add them to a Group with PowerShell — SID-500.COM

Active Directory objects are usually stored in organizational units. Sometimes these organizational units don’t refer to the site where the users work. The goal for this article is to retrieve these users and add them to a group. This blog post is designed to be a template of how to search users with a specific […]

Active Directory: Find users based on Attributes and add them to a Group with PowerShell — SID-500.COM