End of Support for vSphere 5.0 & vSphere 5.1

Written by Mo Elamin. Posted in VMWare

I was looking through the recent docs in the VMware KB and noticed one describing the end of availability of vSphere 5.1. This led me to VMware’s product lifecycle matrix which provides dates for every VMware products on GA, end of availability, end of support and end of technical guidance.       END       Going through the huge list (VMware has so many products past and present), these are the key products listed that are ending support in 2016:
  • VMware App Volumes 2.5, 2.6, 2.7 – 2016/12/09
  • VMware Data Recovery 2.0 – 2016/08/24
  • VMware ESXi 5.0 and 5.1 – 2016/08/24
  • VMware EVO:RAIL 1.0 and 1.1 – 2016/09/09
  • VMware EVO:RAIL 1.2 – 2016/12/10
  • VMware Fusion 7.x – 2016/03/03
  • VMware NSX for vSphere 6.1 – 2016/10/15
  • VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0 – 2016/06/10
  • VMware vCenter Operations 5.8.5 – 2016/12/31
  • VMware vCenter Server 5.0 and 5.1 – 2016/08/24
  • VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.0 and 5.1 – 2016/08/24
  • VMware vCenter Update Manager 5.0 and 5.1 – 2016/08/24
  • VMware vCloud Automation Center 5.2 – 2016/12/10
  • VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.5 – 2016/09/19
  • VMware vRealize Operations 6.0 and 6.1 – No earlier than 2016/12/09
  • VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.1 – 2016/08/24
  • VMware vSphere Replication 5.1 – 2016/08/24
  • VMware Workstation 11.x – 2016/06/02

Session Disconnects on NetScaler HA Failover

Written by Mo Elamin. Posted in Blog

Recently I have been involved in a Citrix project roll out. I have found significant issues with the Citrix NetScaler’s VPX HA flapping, which was in turn causing user disconnections. After much digging, I managed to find that this was due to a bug (BUG0456218) on the NetScaler’s. http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX201524 This occurs when AppFlow Logging is enabled on NetScaler Gateway virtual server, NetScaler failover causes ICA sessions to disconnect. As soon as I turned AppFlow off. I found that users were a lot more stable and were less affected by Failovers. I also set High Availability Status to ‘Stay Primary’. Hopefully this will be resolved in a patch release soon. netscaler

All new Data ONTAP9

Written by Mo Elamin. Posted in Blog, Storage

The new version on Data ONTAP is now out in the wild, now called ONTAP 9. Not clustered data ONTAP nor data ONTAP 7-mode. From now on, it will just be ONTAP, since 7-mode is no longer being developed. RC1 is scheduled to be out by late June, 2016. Over The last few years, NetApp has focused on bringing feature parity to cdot, so new features and usability were a little behind. However, the company is now at a point of greater innovation and most importantly, they are finally listening to their partners, and customers. ONTAP 9 brings great enhancements to the already well known features such as DataMotion, Compression, and dedup among others. It also includes features such as data compaction, HeadRoom, and RAID-TEC among others. The main noticeable change on ONTAP 9 is a major face lift. Yes, the GUI is different; way different, while keeping some of the old look. In my opinion, it makes a lot more sense to control everything at a higher level, rather than having to hunt drop-down menus at different locations, just like the 8.2 days. The new UI brings simplicity and usability at the same time, with an intuitive, non-cluttered set of tabs. Below are some screen shots of the dashboard of ONTAP 9 UI. The main menu is composed of 7 tabs that will give you access to manage and configure your NetApp cluster. Categories include Dashboards, LUNs, SVMs, Network, Hardware and Diagnostics, Protection, and Configurations. ontap_9
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