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This blog was updated on May 22,2017, with the latest information about the Device Enrollment Program from Apple. Join the conversation on Twitter using #iOSinBusiness.

What is the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

The Device Enrollment Program provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy your corporate-owned Mac, iOS or tvOS devices. With a mobile device management (MDM) and unified endpoint management solution like VMware AirWatch, IT can:

  • Customize device settings;
  • Activate and supervise devices over the air; and
  • Enable users to setup their own devices out of the box.

[Related: 27 Questions Answered about AirWatch & the Device Enrollment Program from Apple]

What IT challenges does the Device Enrollment Program help address?

The Device Enrollment Program solves several critical requirements for corporate-owned devices. First, organizations save time and money by eliminating high-touch processes for IT. DEP takes configuration time to zero. Deployment of corporate-owned devices with DEP means zero-touch configuration for IT, eliminates staging and automates device configuration.

Second, onboarding iOS or macOS devices is streamlined for users. Based on the settings IT configured, users are prompted through Setup Assistant (skipping through any unnecessary screens). Users only need to authenticate and don&#rsquo;t need to be tech savvy to get the content, apps and email they need on their smartphones.

Finally, supervising iOS devices over the air is possible with the DEP. With supervision, administrators have more control over the device and can disable features like AirDrop, the App Store and account modification. They can also enable features like password protection. Also, the MDM profile cannot be removed, which eliminates the possibility of un-enrollment to protect data and investments in devices and provides the best user experience possible.

What role does AirWatch play in Apple&#rsquo;s Device Enrollment Program?

To utilize the Device Enrollment Program, MDM capabilities like those part of VMware AirWatch are required. AirWatch integrates with the Device Enrollment Program, enabling organizations to automatically import devices in the console based on order history. Then, administrators can easily configure settings, apply profiles, assign applications and set restrictions that will apply automatically when users unbox devices.

[Related: iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2 & macOS 10.12.4 Are Live! VMware AirWatch Has Your Mobile Business Covered]

How can I join the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

First, enroll with Apple and register your organization&#rsquo;s information to create an account and designate your administrators. Next, configure your device settings and Setup Assistant steps in the AirWatch console. You then can ship devices directly to your users.

For more information, check out Apple&#rsquo;s Device Enrollment Program Guide.

What are the device requirements for the Apple Device Enrollment Program?

The devices must be corporate-owned and purchased directly from Apple or through participating Apple Authorized Resellers.*

*The Device Enrollment Program may not be supported by all Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers.

Where is the Device Enrollment Program available?

The Device Enrollment Program is available in 34 countries: Australia,Austria,Belgium,Brazil,Canada,Czech Republic,Denmark,Finland,France,Germany, Greece,Hong Kong,Hungary,India,Ireland,Italy,Japan,Luxembourg,Mexico,Netherlands, NewZealand,Norway,Poland,Portugal,Singapore,South Africa,Spain,Sweden,Switzerland, Taiwan,Turkey,United Arab Emirates,United Kingdom andUnitedStates.

What’s available for education with the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

Both Apple and AirWatch give special consideration to unique education use cases. With Apple School Manager (ASM), Apple has delivered a central place for account creation, role definitions and content purchases. To support ASM, AirWatch designed a console section for education to setup mobile deployments and streamline management of teachers, students, classes, apps and more—whether you have a 1:1 or shared device deployment. After importing data from Apple School Manager, use AirWatch to:

  • Match devices with students or classes;
  • Assign applications (to users or devices); and
  • Configure the new Classroom application, allowing teachers to guide learning on iPads.

Students quickly choose the device with their photo displayed once their teacher has started the class.

Visit apple.com/business/dep/ and apple.com/education/it/ to learn more about the Device Enrollment Program.

 

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VMware’s EMEA partners get well-earned recognition at Global Partner Innovation Awards

Jean Philippe Barleaza, our EMEA VP Channel, Alliances and General Business, congratulates this year&#rsquo;s Partner Innovation Award winners and recognises the important role our partner community – from EMEA and beyond – plays in bringing VMware&#rsquo;s vision for digital transformation to life

As we continue to help organisations digitally transform – whether that&#rsquo;s providing mobile working to enhance the customer or employees&#rsquo; experience or delivering a Cross-Cloud architecture to enable businesses to navigate a multi-cloud world for greater agility, or build security into the network to help organisations mitigate risk from cyber threats– one of the most crucial cogs is the VMware partner community. After all, without our partners, we wouldn&#rsquo;t be able to bring our strategy and vision for digital transformation to life.

That&#rsquo;s why we take the time each year to recognise the outstanding achievements of our partners with the VMware Global Partner Innovation Awards.

Our honourees received their awards at this year&#rsquo;s Partner Leadership Summit, where we acknowledged global partners from across 21 different categories to give them accolade for their support over the past year.

I wanted to take a moment to especially recognise and congratulate our EMEA partner winners, many of whom earned global prizes as well. They really have stood out amongst their peers for their achievements in the VMware partner ecosystem.

Here are our winners:

The EMEA Cloud Provider of the year was Finland-based IT services company Tieto Corporation, and our EMEA Education winner was training company QA Ltd.

Meanwhile, ATEA won both the EMEA and global 2016 Partner Innovation Award in the Digital Workspace area and, likewise, Russian IT distributor Merlion won both the EMEA and global awards in the Emerging Markets Distributor category.

Hitachi Data Systems won both the EMEA and global awards for Innovation OEM partner, and in an outstanding year, COMPAREX won the EMEA and global awards for Marketing, as well as the EMEA award for Renewals.

The EMEA winner of the hotly-contested Enterprise Solution Provider award was IPM, while the VMware NSX® EMEA Partner Innovation Award winner was Bechtle. For its outstanding work as a professional services partner, ITQ Consultancy B.V. won the EMEA Partner Professional Services Program (PPSP) Award.

SVA – System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH, a leading systems integrator in Germany, won both the EMEA and global awards in one of our core strategic areas – the Software-Defined Data Center category. The company was also recognised as the top EMEA partner in the Solution Provider award selection.

The Technical ISV EMEA award went to Redes System, while Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) won the EMEA and global 2016 Partner Innovation Awards in the Strategic Alliance section.

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VMware proporcionará VMware Horizon Cloud en Microsoft Azure

Recientemente hemos anunciado que proprcionaremos VMware Horizon Cloud en Microsoft Azure. Esta integración ayudará a nuestros clientes a acelerar la transición hacia Windows 10 e incorporará escritorios y aplicaciones virtuales VMware a la creciente presencia global de Azure en la empresa.

La incorporación de VMware Horizon Cloud en Microsoft Azure nos situa en una posición privilegiada para ofrecer a sus clientes varias opciones de infraestructura para escritorios y aplicaciones virtuales con la flexibilidad para moverse entre las diferentes plataformas. Este es un ejemplo de cómo VMware ejecuta su estrategia de cross-cloud y aporta innovación al Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS).

Horizon Cloud permite usar un plano de control de nube única para ofrecer a sus clientes la flexibilidad para escoger la infraestructura preferida para entregar y gestionar escritorios y aplicaciones virtuales. Potenciando la estrategia de nube transversal de VMware, los clientes pueden escoger entre varias opciones de implantación y pueden cambiar las opciones de forma dinámica si cambian los escenarios de uso, se trasladan los empleados o la economía fluctúa. Únicamente Horizon Cloud ofrece esta escalabilidad horizontal flexible de escritorios virtuales con opciones que incluyen:

  • Gestión completa de la infraestructura de nube pública desde VMware. Diseñada para organizaciones que pretenden externalizar la gestión de la infraestructura a la nube en busca de una experiencia desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) y excelente para una rápida escalabilidad y una economía predecible.
  • Potenciar la infraestructura de la nube pública desde Microsoft . Conectar la infraestructura como servicio (IaaS) Azure a la Horizon Cloud para proporcionar y gestionar escritorios y aplicaciones virtuales Horizon, ideal para organizaciones con una suscripción Azure.
  • Crear tu propia infraestructura in situ con dispositivos Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI). Diseñado para organizaciones que desean un mayor control sobre la infraestructura de su escritorio virtual, y excelente para aquellos con requisitos estrictos de seguridad o rendimiento.

El DaaS ha madurado a lo largo de los años y hoy ofrece un ahorro de costes, un rendimiento y una agilidad que atrae a empresas en busca de una estrategia de escritorio moderna. La incorporación de una plataforma de nube mayor como Microsoft Azure tiene el potencial para acelerar la adopción de VMware Horizon entre los clientes que buscan un camino diferente para gestionar y proporcionar escritorios y aplicaciones de Windows 10.

 

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Kubernetes und Docker: Automatisierung als Schlüsselprinzip für agile Softwareentwicklung

Beitrag von Thomas Wirtz, Pre-sales Director Germany

CIOs stehen heute vor großen Herausforderungen: Einerseits sollen sie Kosten einsparen, andererseits aber auch immer mehr Services auf unterschiedlichen IT-Plattformen bereitstellen und betreuen. Nur mit automatisierten Abläufen wird es möglich, diese Herausforderung zu meistern – denn die IT-Umgebungen insbesondere großer Unternehmen wachsen beständig und die manuelle Verwaltung nimmt zu viel Zeit in Anspruch und verursacht gleichzeitig zu hohe Kosten. An dieser Stelle spielen immer häufiger Cluster Manager, wie beispielsweise Kubernetes, eine wichtige Rolle. Oftmals als Datacenter oder Cloud Betriebssystem bezeichnet, vereinheitlichen sie heterogene Infrastrukturen, darunter selbstverständlich auch Public Clouds. Doch davor steht die Entwicklung von neuer Software, die dann für unterschiedliche Betriebssysteme und in Abhängigkeit von Datenbanken und Systemen getestet werden muss. Container-Technologie und Docker vereinfachen Entwicklern diese Schritte enorm.

Wie arbeiten Entwickler?

Entwickler nutzen in erster Linie Docker-Umgebungen, um Software als Container zu starten und später zu verteilen. Dabei können Anwendungen und komplexe Stacks schnell und trotz unterschiedlicher Betriebssysteme ausgeführt werden, da Docker eine Abstraktionsebene über das Betriebssystem und den darunterliegenden Host legt. So wird es möglich, dass Entwickler beispielsweise eine Linux-Datenbank auf einem Mac- oder Windows-Rechner ausführen können. Konkret bedeutet das, dass ein Entwickler Source Code schreibt und diesen mithilfe einer Beschreibung („Dockerfile&#rsquo;) in ein Docker-Image packt und zentral ablegt („Docker Registry&#rsquo;). Anschließend wird lediglich der Name der Anwendung weitergegeben. Andere Entwickler können dann über Docker das Programm auf ihren jeweiligen Rechnern ausführen – unabhängig vom Betriebssystem. Ein weiterer Vorteil ist, dass alle Abhängigkeiten und die Zielumgebung in dem Docker-Image beschrieben sind, sodass im Betrieb ein vollständiges Paket vorhanden ist und nicht alle einzelnen Abhängigkeiten zusammengestellt werden müssen.

Die Anwendungsentwicklung findet typischerweise zunächst lokal statt – anschließend wird der neue Code getestet und ausgerollt. Aus Gründen der Ausfallsicherheit wird in der Produktion natürlich nicht nur ein Docker-Host, sondern gleich mehrere betrieben – und natürlich werden zeitgleich unüberschaubar viele Docker-Images verschickt und ausgeführt. Um all diese Hosts und Images zu verwalten, benötigen Unternehmen einen Container Cluster Manager. Aktuell gibt es drei prominente Cluster Manager mit flexiblen Deployments (eigenes RZ und/ oder Public Cloud): Docker Swarm, Kubernetes und Mesos. Bei VMware setzen wir aktuell vor allem auf Kubernetes, da hier von unserer Community aus die größte Nachfrage herrscht.

Was hat Vereinssport mit Kubernetes zu tun?

Ein Cluster Manager simuliert einen Verbund aus mehreren Docker-Hosts und sorgt für die richtige Verteilung der Aufgaben (beispielsweise Docker Images). Zu den wichtigsten Aufgaben des Container Cluster Managers gehören neben intelligenter Orchestrierung auch Scheduling (Zuweisen von Ressourcen, beispielsweise von Docker Images zu Cluster Nodes respektive Docker Hosts) und Skalierung (bei einem Ausfall eines Docker-Hosts wird ein neuer automatisch gestartet, bei steigender Last müssen automatisch neue Hosts gestartet werden). Das bedeutet, dass der Cluster Manager sich um die alltäglichen Betriebsaufgaben kümmert, die aktuell noch oftmals manuell von IT-Administratoren übernommen werden. Er gleicht einem Trainer, der seine Spieler anweist, koordiniert und auf Fehler hinweist. An dieser Stelle tut sich ein weiterer Knackpunkt auf: Einerseits schafft der Cluster Manager erstmal eine neue Rolle, da es sich um ein sehr komplexes System handelt, um das sich jemand kümmern muss. Andererseits jedoch fallen durch die Automatisierung auch Routineaufgaben und klassische Administratorenrollen weg.

Eine kleine Kubernetes-Geschichte

Die Blaupause von Kubernetes, genannt Borg, wurde ursprünglich von Google entwickelt. In vielen Fällen hat Google die Probleme, mit denen Unternehmen heute zu kämpfen haben, bereits vor Jahren gelöst. Google experimentierte bereits vor mehr als 10 Jahren mit Container-Technologien, da das Unternehmen damals vor der großen Herausforderung stand, dass Anwendungen für mehrere Millionen Server ausgerollt und effizient betrieben werden mussten – eine manuelle Herangehensweise hätte die Kapazitäten von Google deutlich überstiegen. 2015 veröffentlichte Google schließlich ein Paper, in dem Borg der Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt wurde.

Ein sehr gutes Beispiel für den erfolgreichen Einsatz von Automatisierung und Standardisierung mittels eines Cluster Managers ist Facebook: Dank dieses Ansatzes ist ein einzelner Administrator für die Betreuung von rund 20.000 Servern zuständig. Ein weiteres aktuelles Problem, vor dem CIOs stehen, ist die Auslastung der Server in ihrem Rechenzentrum. Netflix zählte beispielsweise zu den Early Adoptern von AWS. Doch schon bald stellte sich heraus, dass die virtuellen Maschinen lediglich zu 20 Prozent ausgelastet waren – je nach Umgebungsgröße ist das ein enormer Kostenfaktor! Durch einen Cluster Manager kann die Auslastung erhöht werden, sodass Server typischerweise einen Auslastungsgrad von 80 bis 90 Prozent erreichen und somit direkt Kosten gespart werden können.

Lutz Andre Barroso von Google hat die moderne Vorgehensweise kompakt zusammengefasst: &#rsquo;We must treat the datacenter itself as one massive warehouse-scale computer.&#rsquo; Und ganz genau darum geht es letztendlich: Das Rechenzentrum nicht als mehrere Tausend Server zu sehen, sondern als eine Einheit, die sich mittels Automatisierung und der richtigen Tools sehr viel einfacher verwalten lässt.

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Progressive Dutch Municipality Protects Citizen Data and Meets Compliance with VMware NSX

Summary: Municipality of Zoetermeer implements Zero-Trust model with VMware NSX-enabled micro-segmentation for advanced security inside data centers. Zoetermeer follows the Dutch BIG (Baseline Information Security Dutch Municipalities) regulations

Zoetermeer is a modern, fast-growing municipality in the province of South Holland. It provides local services such as water supply, sewage and garbage disposal to around 125,000 residents. As a forward-thinking organization, the municipality of Zoetermeer recognizes that the increasing volume of cyber attacks against organizations today has shown that traditional, perimeter-centric security models are no longer effective.

The municipality responded by working with VMware partner ON2IT IT Services on a solution that wouldn&#rsquo;t treat everything inside the network as trusted. Zoetermeer deployed VMware NSX® network virtualization to facilitate a Zero Trust security model. This Zero Trust model is enabled by the unique micro-segmentation capabilities of VMware NSX. Zoetermeer is now compartmentalizing different segments of its network and applying automated, fine-grained security policies to individual applications.

&#rsquo;The municipality of Zoetermeer is committed to delivering digital services to our citizens, and also digital tools to enable the best experience for our employees,&#rdquo; said Mr. Van Gaalen, IT Manager, Municipality of Zoetermeer. &#rsquo;But security must remain paramount. Thanks to VMware, we can provide the right person – citizen or employee - with secure access to the right data, from anywhere.&#rdquo;

In addition to providing advanced security inside its data center, the solutions have enabled the municipality to meet rigorous regulatory compliance requirements. VMware NSX has been instrumental in enabling the municipality of Zoetermeer to conform to BIG (Baseline Information Security Dutch Municipalities). These BIG rules have been introduced by the information security service (IBD) of the Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG) and consist of a set of security measures that ensure a good basic level of security for municipalities. To meet these guidelines, optimal and transparent IT processes and security rules are required.

Mr. Van Gaalen also noted, &#rsquo;VMware helps us meet the rigorous government requirements for security and data protection. With micro-segmentation, we can better manage security policies across our network, aligning them with individual applications and ultimately reducing risk. It was the clear next step in achieving a secure software-defined data center,&#rdquo; said

A longstanding VMware customer, Zoetermeer was the first Dutch municipality to use VMware Horizon desktop virtualization. As it continues on its journey of mobile digitization, the municipality will soon provide the majority of its employees with digital workspaces when its newly-built town hall opens. It will deploy VMware AirWatch® Mobile Device Management to securely manage its fleet of mobile devices and to support its growing mobile workforce.

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5 Key vRO Workflows for Your F5 BIG-IP Environment

By: Lora Johnson

 

As the complexity of IT infrastructures continues to grow, so does the need for automation to simplify tasks that serve as a time suck for IT operations personnel. With vRealize Orchestrator (vRO), you can automate tasks from the simple — like creating a new user in Active Directory — to the most complex, such as executing the procedure for powering off an entire data center.

Figure 1:Using aworkflow to license F5 BIG-IP can save your team a significant amount of time and resources

 

With Blue Medora&#rsquo;s Plug-in for F5 BIG-IP, you can easily extend vRO&#rsquo;s automation to your load balancer technology. In this blog, I&#rsquo;ll highlight five key vRO workflows that can transform your F5 BIG-IP environment and IT operations.

 

1. Create Pool

Creating load balancing pools for your servers, for instance, transforms your performance to ensure that you can respond to requests — even if your system is overloaded at the moment. Through the vRO Plug-in for F5 BIG-IP, you can automate this process so that every time you have a new server added to your IT environment, you can create a pool based on the out-of-the-box workflow available in the plug-in.

 

2. Manage Pool Members

Once you have your pools established, it can be tedious and time-consuming to add servers and resources to the pools. In addition, this can significantly drain time as your team monitors and manages this process in the future. Leveraging the &#rsquo;manage pool members&#rdquo; workflow within the F5 BIG-IP Plugin, streamline these requests based on parameters that you set in your system. This ensures that you are filling your pools with the correct resources so your end-users don&#rsquo;t experience any delays or hiccups in performance.

 

3. License BIG-IP

Depending on how often your team spins up environments, licensing for your BIG-IP environments can be extremely time consuming. The plug-in from Blue Medora includes an out-of-the-box workflow to enable your team to easily license when your environment needs it. Whether you are using virtual, physical or a combination of both, the workflow kicks off when you establish set parameters so never have to sacrifice performance.

 

4. Upload or Add iRule

Through iRules in F5 BIG-IP, garner control to manage any IP application traffic in your environment. For more information on iRules, check out F5&#rsquo;s article that provides an introduction to iRules and how you can use them.

Within the vRO Plug-in from Blue Medora, automate your iRule management — you can see how here. Considering that you can make these quite complex with the addition of multiple events and commands, automating iRules can eliminate the chance of user error and ensure on-time execution every time.

 

5. Add Standard Profile to Virtual Server

Whether you have 50 or 500 virtual servers, managing these can take a significant amount of time. Configuring your virtual servers can improve performance, particularly if you add a standard profile. Establishing standard profiles for your virtual servers can improve the speed at which they can process requests, which ultimately, improves the overall performance of your IT environment. However, the trade-off in the past required a resource dedicated to managing these configurations — and often times, this fell low on the priority list.

Setting up a workflow enables you to automate this process — so whenever you spin up a new virtual server, you can automatically add the standard profile requirements to amplify performance off the bat.

 

In addition to these five workflows, you can experience an additional 200+ with the Blue Medora vRO Plug-in for F5 BIG-IP. To learn more or download a free trial, visit Blue Medora&#rsquo;s website.

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VMware Honors Partner Innovation Award Winners

Thisweek VMware hosted its second Partner Leadership Summit in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. The invite-only event was an opportunity for c-level executives from our top partners to join our corporate leaders and dive deep on VMware strategy to understand how we willdrive our mutual success in2017 and beyond.

A highlight of the Leadership Summit was the announcement of the annual Partner Innovation Awards. During award ceremonies, VMware recognized both regional and global excellence across routes to market, functional areas, focus solutions as well as strategic IT priorities and other key categories. For a complete list of our Partner Innovation Award winners and categories please read today&#rsquo;s press release.

Congratulations again to our 2016 award-winning partners on this tremendous achievement. VMware leaders were delighted to honor your outstanding performance and dedication. We look forward to celebrating our next partner innovation award winners in 2018 as we continue to work in lock step with our channel for ongoing success.

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Apply the Latest VMware ESXi Security Patches to OEM Custom Images and Visualize the Differences

VMware vSphere customers often rely on custom VMware ESXi images from server OEM partners, such as Cisco, Dell, and HPE, to ensure support for the specific devices that each of those manufacturers include with their hardware. This arrangement makes initial deployment easier, because all the required storage and I/O drivers are included, but often causes confusion when it comes to keeping up to date with the latest security patches published by VMware.

Since OEM partners typically only update custom images in conjunction with significant ESXi version releases or updates, vSphere admins must patch those custom images if security vulnerabilities arise. A great resource for quickly reviewing available ESXi patches and build numbers is KB 2143832. Download applicable patch bundles from My.VMware.

PowerCLI Image Builderenables admins to keep contents of an image profile up to date with the latest patches while still benefiting from the OEM images that contain hardware-specific device drivers. But selecting individual packages, known as VIBs, can be a daunting task for the uninitiated.

Fortunately, there&#rsquo;s a straightforward way to assemble an updated image: In a PowerCLI session, add both the OEM and VMware software depots, clone the OEM profile, and update it with the following command:

Set-ESXImageProfile $ClonedProfile -SoftwarePackage (Get-ESXSoftwarePackage -Newest )

This is the simplest way to keep OEM images up to date with the latest VMware ESXi patches. Don&#rsquo;t forget to export the resulting image profile to a zip or ISO file for subsequent use.

Advanced VMware ESXi Image Profile Creation and Comparison

For those interested in a more full-featured approach to image creation, I&#rsquo;m pleased to share a pair of PowerCLI scripts that provide more automation, as well as detailed information about the contents of your ESXi image profiles. These scripts may be found on the VMware PowerCLI Example Scripts repository, and are not officially supported by GSS.

esxi-image-creator.ps1 is a wrapper around the Image Builder commands that takes care of some of the additional tasks typically required when creating custom images. Things like mounting depot files, and excluding or including specific VIBs are all handled with ease. An advanced option gives admins the ability to select the latest VIBs by dates and not just by version number, for scenarios that warrant such fine-grained tuning. And finally, the resulting image can be written to ISO and/or zip image for use in your deployment workflows.

esxi-image-comparator.ps1 shows exactly what the differences are between two or more profiles. The results can be viewed in the console window, in a GUI, or exported to CSV for safekeeping. An interactive option and profile name include/exclude filters help whittle the selection down to exactly what you&#rsquo;re looking for.

Now you can confidently see every difference to know exactly what is changing in your ESXi image when applying patches!

Example VMware ESXi Image Management Use Cases

In the following section, I will go over a few sample workflows for image creation and show the resulting comparison output, using the -Grid option.

VMware ESXi 5.5 with Cisco UCS

Update the most recent Cisco custom image for ESXi 5.5 (U3b from December 2015) with the latest VMware patches and updated Cisco async drivers for enic and fnic devices. Exclude the tools-light VIB to optimize for Auto Deploy.

esxi-image-creator.ps1 -NewProfileName Cisco_5.5_OEM_with_express_patch_11 -WriteZip -Files Vmware-ESXi-5.5.0-3248547-Custom-Cisco-5.5.3.2-Bundle.zip,ESXi550-201703001.zip,enic-2.3.0.13-offline_bundle-5367272.zip,fnic_driver_1.6.0.28_ESX55-offline_bundle-4179470.zip

VMware ESXi 6.0 with Dell PowerEdge

Integrate the most recentDell ESXi 6.0U3 image, which has already been updated by Dell to include the latest express patch 7a (5224934), with NSX VIBs and remove VMware Tools for use with Auto Deploy.

esxi-image-creator.ps1 -NewProfileName Dell_6.0_OEM_5224934_with_NSX -Files VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.0.0.update03-5224934.x86_64-Dell_Customized-A01.zip,vxlan.zip,vShield-Endpoint-Mux-6.5.0esx60-4885300.zip -Acceptance PartnerSupported

VMware ESXi 6.5 with HPE Proliant

Generate an image that incorporates the latest HPE Proliant packages from their online repository with the most recent ESXi 6.5 offline bundle from VMware.

Add-EsxSoftwareDepot http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/index-ecli-650.xmlesxi-image-creator.ps1 -LeaveCurrentDepotsMounted -NewProfileName ESXi_6.5.0d_with_HPE_drivers -Files ESXi650-201704001.zip -Acceptance PartnerSupported

Public VMware Image Profile Repository

Do not attempt to use the public VMware image profile repository to create a custom image, as it contains many different versions of image profiles and the resulting Frankenimage will likely be entirely unusable.

However, if you would like to generate a spreadsheet comparing every VMware ESXi release, try this:

Add-EsxSoftwareDepot https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xmlesxi-image-comparator.ps1 | Export-Csv all_profiles.csv

Takeaways

  • Custom VMware ESXi images are the best way to get the full benefit of your preferred hardware
  • VMware ESXi security and bugfix patches typically need to be added to OEM custom images manually
  • These new PowerCLI scripts help streamline the workflow and provide confidence through detailed package comparisons

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like … XenServer 7.2!

A little like Christmas without Santa Claus, it wouldn’t be the week of Citrix Synergy without a XenServer release! Hot on the heels of XenServer 7.1, we’re excited to announce that XenServer 7.2 is now available for download. With


  

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Synergy Day 3: We Saved the Best for Last

This great shot of Synergy Park wraps up my favorite photo series—after months of planning, it’s hard to believe another Synergy has ended. Hope you had a great one; save the date for Citrix Synergy 2018, May 8-10 in Anaheim!


  

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