My VMware VASA Cubes – A Milestone Award from VMware

Today, I received my VMware VASA Cubes, which is a recognition award from VMware for 4 years of service. Over the last 10+ years, I’ve been a VMware user, consultant, owner of a VMware solutions and service provider and then finally, an employee. There are many times when I think about the journey that brought me here to VMware, but the thoughts are often the same. #vmwareistheplacetobe

ADD A VMWARE NSX SECURITY TAG TO A VM IN THE SECONDARY NSX MANAGER VIA API

I recently had a coworker ask how to add a VMware NSX Security Tag to a VM that was under management of the secondary VMware NSX Manager. While NSX provides the ability to create and manage NSX Security Tags via the UI (GUI), only the API can manage Security Tags on VMs managed by the secondary NSX Manager.

After a bit of reading documentation and poking at the API, here’s the how-to:

 

ADD A VMWARE NSX SECURITY TAG TO A VM IN THE SECONDARY NSX MANAGER VIA API

API command:
POST /api/2.0/services/securitytags/tag/{tagId}/vm

*with a BODY REQUST: application.xml replacing the value for the vmname

<securityTagAssignment>
<tagParameter>
<key>vmname</key>
<value>myvmserver1</value>
</tagParameter>
</securityTagAssignment>

*don’t forget to change the solution criteria to vmname from uuid

Source: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-NSX-for-vSphere/6.3/nsx_63_api.pdf (pages 75 and 76)

In What Order Do I Upgrade VMware Products and What Is Compatible? – VMware Compatibility and Order of Upgrade Best Practices Review

After attending VMware TechSummit 2017 last week, I’ve got a ton of takeaways to share over the next few months, but I wanted to get this article out there because it’s about two of the most common requests I hear: product compatibility and the order of product upgrades.

Before I go too far, I have to say that before considering a VMware upgrade, it’s a great idea to involve your VMware TAM, SE or other account team member to ensure best results. They can make sure you get the resources you need. Secondly, contacting VMware GSS (Global Support Services) and opening a proactive support ticket, is also recommended. They’ll actually have you provide the versions of software within your environment and do the “legwork” to make sure your upgrade plan will work for you. The legwork will include validating the versions and order of upgrades proposed and then looking through known issues, which is something best left to the experts at GSS. In my experience, knowing the order and compatibility of VMware products before you begin to engage GSS, is always a good idea.

Here’s how to determine both VMware product compatibility and the order of product upgrades:

VMware product compatibility is easily determined by leveraging the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix. This online tool provides VMware product version compatibilities in a matrix that works with multiple versions per query and relation.

Order of VMware product upgrades are provided in VMware Knowledge Base article 2109760 which displays the order of upgrade for vSphere 6.0 and its compatible VMware products. There is also a “special considerations” section which provides issues VMware Support is seeing. Some of these examples are regarding third-party products with vendor links to documentation that is needed, so make sure to review those before proceeding. Product Release Notes and Upgrade Procedures are available as links for each as well.

So make sure to engage your TAM, SE and/or GSS before planning and performing your next VMware upgrade. I’m hoping that greater dissemination of this information will improve customer experiences, both in upgrade planning and execution. Please share it on this site and any other socials you frequent.

We’re here because of you and we’re here for you. @vmwarecares @vmwaretam @vmware #vmwareistheplacetobe