VMware Hands-on Labs - HOL-2179-01-ISM


Lab Overview - HOL-2179-01-ISM - Google Cloud VMware Engine Overview

Lab Guidance


The Table of Contents can be accessed in the upper right-hand corner of the Lab Manual.

Hands-on Labs allows you to evaluate the features and functionality of VMware products with no installation required. This lab is self-paced, and the modules are independent of each other. 

This is an introductory lab focused on Google Cloud VMware Engine. 

Lab Module List:

 Lab Captains: 

-  Wade Holmes, Solutions Manager, Google Cloud

-  Nick Cassimatis Google Cloud VMware Engine COE, Google Cloud

Disclaimer: For over a decade, we have collaborated with Intel® to deliver innovative solutions that enable IT to continually transform their data centers. We have incorporated Intel® product and technology information within this lab to help users understand the benefits of how both hardware and software technology matter when trying to deploy in VMware’s ecosystem. We believe that this collaboration will have tremendous benefits for our customers.


Module 1 - Google Cloud VMware Engine Overview

Introduction


Google Cloud VMware Engine is a Google Cloud Service that runs alongside other Google Cloud Platform Services.  Google Cloud VMware Engine is consumed using the same Google Cloud console as other native GCP services, and provides users the same IAM, Networking and Billing constructs to provide VMware workloads seamless access to other GCP services.  

Intel® 2nd Gen Xeon® Scalable Processors offer exceptional computational performance and innovative features for your VMware Cloud, such as:

  • Embedded artificial intelligence with Intel® Deep Learning Boost
  • Core frequency improvements
  • Highest DDR4 Native bandwidth compared to previous generations

The introduction of the built in artificial intelligence (AI) acceleration of Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512) instructions, also enables:

  1. Significant, efficient deep learning inference acceleration
  2. Combine three Intel® AVX-512 instructions (VPMADDUBSW, VPMADDWD, VPADDD) into a single VPDPBUSD operation

Hands-on Labs Interactive Simulation: Google Cloud VMware Engine Overview


This part of the lab is presented as a Hands-on Labs Interactive Simulation. This will allow you to experience steps which are too time-consuming or resource intensive to do live in the lab environment. In this simulation, you can use the software interface as if you are interacting with a live environment.

  1. Click here to open the interactive simulation. It will open in a new browser window or tab.
  2. When finished, click the “Return to the lab” link to continue with this lab.

 


Module 2 - Google Cloud VMware Engine HCX Migration

Introduction


In this module, we will be deploying and configuring HCX on-premises to tie into the HCX and vCenter environment already deployed in Google Cloud VMware Engine.

The lab begins with us deploying the HCX connector on premises, configuring HCX to connect to the local on premises vCenter, and having the plugin for HCX load into vCenter.

Once this is done, we will pair the on premises HCX instance with the cloud HCX instance. Then configure the appropriate network and compute profiles before we finally create the appropriate service mesh for this pairing. Once the service mesh is configured and set up, we will extend the on-premises network and migrate our 2 workload VMs which are photon appliance VMs. Once the VMs have migrated to Google Cloud VMware Engine, we will swing this entire subnet to the cloud by un-extending the network but keeping the gateway in the cloud, and testing connectivity from our workload VMs to the gateway and to the internet.

Starting Assumptions:

  • GCVE is deployed and reachable from OnPrem.
  • All FW ports for HCX are open between the OnPrem vSphere deployment and GCVE.

Hands-on Labs Interactive Simulation: Google Cloud VMware Engine HCX Migration


This part of the lab is presented as a Hands-on Labs Interactive Simulation. This will allow you to experience steps which would be time-consuming or resource intensive to perform in a live environment. In this simulation, you can use the software interface as if you are interacting with a live environment.

  1. Click here to open the interactive simulation. It will open in a new browser window or tab.
  2. When finished, click the “Return to the lab” link to continue with this lab.

Conclusion


In this Lab you deployed and configured HCX on-premises to tie into the HCX and vCenter environment already deployed in Google Cloud VMware Engine.

 


 

Resources/Helpful Links

For more information about  Google Cloud VMware Engine, here are some helpful links:

 

Conclusion

Thank you for participating in the VMware Hands-on Labs. Be sure to visit http://hol.vmware.com/ to continue your lab experience online.

Lab SKU: HOL-2179-01-ISM

Version: 20210507-154730