In this post I want to share a very cool solution provided by VMware. If you want to migratie your vCenter Server with an external SQL database to an vCenter Server Appliance with the embedded vPostgres database you can use the VCS to VCSA Converter Appliance. The VCS to VCVA Converter Appliance is the winning idea from the 2013 Fling Contest. The Fling migrates the vCenter database, roles, permissions, privileges, certificates and inventory service. The target appliance will run at the same IP address as the source vCenter. Check out the demo from the VMware Labs YouTube channel. More info and download location here https://labs.vmware.com/flings/vcs-to-vcva-converter
In this post I would like to share a demo on the HP Enterprise Business Youtube channel by Calvin Zito (@HPStorageGuy) which shows how a VVOL endpoint is created and added on a VMware vSphere environment with HP 3PAR storage. With VVOL’s you create a storage endpoint instead of a LUN or Volume on which your VMFS datastore and VM’s reside. Each VM has it’s one-to-one mapping with their unique storage volume and in this video is demonstrated how you can view and manage each individual VM with associated volumes and configuration, VMDK, swap and snapshot files.