vExpert 2017 certificate

Today I received the email from VMware community team, now can access the VMware vExpert 2017 private community. I am glad to get vExpert 2017 certificate and vExpert License Keys.


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Native SAN Copy Import feature in Unity 4.1

Dell EMC just released Unity 4.1, one of new features “Native SAN Copy Import” allows you to import Block LUNs and Consistency Groups through the Unisphere GUI, or through the UEMCLI or the REST API. Native SAN Copy Import leverages a SAN Copy Push operation, which is a mature program with run time and documentation associated with it. To use the Native SAN Copy Import feature, the VNX system must have a licensed and installed instance of SAN Copy. SAN Copy is available for free and is pre-installed on many VNX systems.

When the pre-configuration is completed, an Import Connection can be created from the Unity system to the source VNX system. Import Connections are created under the Import tab under Protection & Mobility, and require the VNX SPA or SPB IP and administrator credentials. After the Import Connection is established, the block resources that are eligible for migration are discovered. The block resources can include Pool LUNs, Meta LUNs, Consistency Groups, and Classic LUNs that are not: RLP LUNs, filestorage LUNs, or System LUNs. A best practice is to register the associated hosts of the VNX Block resources to the Unity System, which allows you to assign host access to the destination resource when you create the Import Session.


After an Import Connection is successfully established to the source VNX, Import Sessions can be created to migrate individual Block and File resources from the VNX system to the Unity system by using the Import Session wizard. You can specify the Block LUNs or Consistency Groups to be migrated.

For more information on migrating Block LUNs with Native SAN Copy Import, please reference the Unity Migration Technologies whitepaper found on EMC Online Support.

EMC Unity – Native SAN Copy Import Demo

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vExpert 2017 Award Announcement


Congratulations to those awarded 2017 vExpert, I happy to be selected as vExpert again this year.

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Cisco Announces Champions for 2017

I’m excited and honored to be chosen as a Cisco Champion this year! Amazing news!


Because of your impactful and valuable contributions to the IT community, you have been chosen out of hundreds of nominees to be part of the 2017 Cisco Champions program. Congratulations!

Cisco Champions is a global group of highly influential IT technical experts who enjoy sharing their knowledge, expertise, and thoughts across the social web and with Cisco. The Cisco Champions program encompasses people with interests across Cisco’s technology portfolio, including Data Center, IoT, Enterprise Networks, Collaboration, and Security.


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Cisco HyperFlex Systems Dashboard

When you login into HyperFlex Dashboard by administrator, that dashboard is showing the current status of the cluster in UCS Manager.


Click Performance in the side menu, it shows the performance display for the servers in the cluster.


Click Virtual Machines in the side menu, it shows the status of each virtual machine is runing in the cluster.




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vCenter Server Appliance File-Based Restore

After you backup the configuration of vCenter Server Appliance, you can restore the backup file from vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Installer.




Select the restore location, then Next.



Input the target ESXi host or vCenter Server, then Next.


Input the restore VCSA Name and Root password, then Next.


Select the deployment size, then Next.


Select the target datastore, then Next.


Configure the VCSA network settings, then Next.



Click Finish button, it start to deploy a new VCSA at the target host.


After finish the deployment, click Continue.


Go to Stage 2, it starts to restore the configuration into new VCSA. Then Next.


Please shut down the original backup appliance before click Finish button.


Then Ok.


Then it starts to restore the backup.



After the restore complete, you can access this VCSA by vSphere Web Client.


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vCenter Server Appliance File-Based Backup

VMware vCenter 6.5 has one new feature which is the native file-based backup and restore. It supports the backup of the vCenter Server Appliance or Platform Services Controller (PSC). You can start the backup in the VMware vSphere Appliance Management Interface (VAMI).


We can select different type of protocol for backup location, eg FTP(s), HTTP(s) or SCP.


You can select which parts need need to be backup. It includes vCenter Server Appliance inventory and configuration. There is an option to also backup Historical data (Stats, Events, Alarms, and Tasks).





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