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From the editors Virtual Desk

Hi everyone, well last week was fantastic. There has been so much buzz around with the vSphere announcements. The bloggers have kept me busy with new articles and my customers are all gearing up for the arrival of the new products and all are keen to get further information and training as we progress with these new solutions.

 

I have spent the week getting SRM 5.0 Beta up and running in my lab and I am so impressed with all of the new features and just how easy and functional this new release is going to be.

 

I have also pent significant time with an old favourite of mine, vCenter Operations however I have progressed onto the Enterprise edition of this solution and my impression is that this is an amazing technology which stands to revolutionise how you identify issues within your data center.

 

This week’s newsletter features a roundup of articles from last week’s announcements as well as new articles and features so please enjoy and I look forward to speaking to you next week.

 

Take care until next time.

 

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)

Queensland Technical Account Manager

 

VMWARE CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE SUMMARY

The Console: VMware Unveils vSphere 5 and the Cloud Infrastructure Suite

Rethink IT: Understanding the vSphere 5 vRAM Licensing Model

ESXi Chronicles: What's New with ESXi in vSphere 5.0?

VMTN Blog: Sessions for VMware vSphere 5 and Cloud Infrastructure Suite

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.0 Storage Features - Introduction

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 1 - VMFS-5

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 2 - Storage vMotion

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 3 - VAAI

VMware Uptime Blog: Look what's new with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager v5.0!

VMware Uptime Blog: vSphere 5.0 is released with new HA features!

VMware Uptime Blog: What's New in vSphere 5.0 Whitepapers 

VMware KB TV: Talk of the Town - VSphere 5 Licensing

Duncan Epping: vSphere 5.0 Storage vMotion & the Mirror Driver

Duncan Epping: vSphere 5.0: Profile-Driven Storage, What is it Good For?

Duncan Epping: vSphere 5.0: What Has Changed for VMFS?

Duncan Epping: vSphere 5.0: Storage DRS Introduction

Duncan Epping: 5 Is the Magic Number

Chad Sakac: Raising the Bar V = vSphere 5!

Chad Sakac: vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) –vSphere 5 edition

Chad Sakac: VMFS5 – What You Need to Know in a Nutshell

Chad Sakac: VM HA – Laying a Foundation for Today and Tomorrow

Chad Sakac: vSphere 5 - APD Gets a New Friend… PDL.

Scott Lowe: VMware’s Launch Event

Jason Boche: Virtualization Wars: Episode V – VMware Strikes Back

Andre Leibovici: vSphere 5.0 Datastore Clusters & VDI

 

LATEST NEWS THIS WEEK

VMware Blogs

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 4 - Storage DRS - Initial Placement

VMware Blogs 16/07/11 12:34 AM

Storage DRS (SDRS) is another new feature of vSphere 5.0, and is possibly one of the most exciting.

It allows for intelligent initial placement and on-going space & load balancing of Virtual Machines across datastores in the same datastore cluster. A datastore cluster is simply a folder of datastores. Here is a view of one such datastore cluster, which contains 3 NFS datastores:

 

VMware Security Blog: VMware Delivers Virtualized Data Security for the Cloud

VMware Blogs 17/07/11 11:56 AM

The inadvertent exposure of confidential information has become the number one threat for many enterprises today, particularly when financial data, personally identifiable information, or personal health information is exposed. There is now elevated interest among IT executives in data security to address the risks posed by the relentless hacking efforts to extract data from corporate and government resources. As a testament to the growing awareness of these risks, a recent Gartner survey of CIOs and IT professionals worldwide indicated that 54% of the respondents identified Data Loss Prevention as their top security priority in 2011.

 

ESXi Chronicles: Follow the ESXi Chronicles on twitter

VMware Blogs 19/07/11 12:51 AM

Keep up with the VMware ESXi Chronicles by following us on twitter @VMwareESXi.  Get a head start on learning about the new featues in vSphere 5.0 to include the new ESXCLI command, Image Builder and Auto Deploy, along with recommendations and tips on preparing for a smooth upgrade to 5.0.

 

Uptime: Failback? Where is the button!?

VMware Blogs 19/07/11 2:22 AM

Are you one of the ones that cannot live with the manual nature of the failback operation in SRM 4?  You need that Failback button that you have heard about in SRM 5?  And you didn’t find it did you!  I will help you with that in this blog and hopefully it all makes sense.  You will be doing a simplified and automated failover back to the original site soon so no worries!

BTW, again I have issues with the size of my screen shots.  If you don't see the edge of the pictures below you can click on them for the full image.

When you are in the main Recovery Plans part of the SRM UI you see something like the following.

 

VMware vCloud Blog: Why VMware vSphere 5 is Setting a New Standard in Virtualization

VMware Blogs 19/07/11 4:36 AM

By: Matt Sarrel

Last week, VMware CEO Paul Maritz announced VMware vSphere 5 and a full set of cloud infrastructure technologies designed to help customers create and maintain efficient and agile virtual infrastructures. 

With nearly 200 new and enhanced capabilities, VMware vSphere 5 will continue to set the standard in virtualization, delivering better application performance and availability for all business-critical applications while automating the management of an increasingly broad pool of datacenter resources. Rounding out the virtualization offering are VMware vShield™ 5, VMware vCenter™ Site Recovery Manager 5, and VMware vCloud® Director 1.5, products that together with VMware vSphere 5, will amplify the value customers can realize from virtualized resources by enabling cloud-scale operations.

 

ESXi Chronicles: ESXi 5.0 Command Line Part 1 – Introduction to the new ESXCLI

VMware Blogs 20/07/11 1:36 AM

ESXi 5.0 comes with a new ESXCLI command making it easy to administer your ESXi hosts from the command line.  Although the ESXCLI command in 5.0 has a similar look and feel as it’s 4.x predecessor, the new command comes with an improved syntax and support for many additional namespaces.  In addition, and even more significant, is that for the first time the new ESXCLI provides a single command set that can be used for both local and remote command line administration.  

 

VMware End User Computing: VMware View Boot Camp - Design Considerations Guidelines for VMware View

VMware Blogs 20/07/11 2:45 AM

A while back we announced a FREE 9-part boot camp training series. In these online sessions-we will show you how to get started and successfully roll out and deploy your virtual desktops and applications. I am excited to let you know that the first session is live.

Design Considerations Guidelines for VMware View
Join John Dodge, Sr. Manager PSO Services, VMware for an overview of the technical considerations to keep in mind while you're designing a View environment.  John is a wealth of knowledge. So, there is know better way to kickoff boot camp. So check it out!

 

 

VMware vCloud Blog: The 10 Big Questions to Ask Cloud Providers

VMware Blogs 20/07/11 3:07 AM

Here at VMware, we want users to be sure that they’ve chosen a public cloud service provider that meets all of their needs. That’s why we’ve created The 10 Big Questions – they are the 10 main questions that every user should ask prospective cloud providers, because a great cloud provider should be able to answer them. Here are the questions:

Do I have to re-write or modify my applications?

Can I move applications back and forth to the public cloud?

How do I know if my cloud is secure?

Can I get flexible role-based access control synchronized with my enterprise directory?

Can I get virtual layer 2 networking and a stateful virtual firewall?

Can I dynamically add memory and CPU to a cloud VM while it’s running?

How can I ensure CPU and memory are guaranteed?

Can I get predictable service costs that still allow me to scale when I need to?

How can I get the cost benefits of multi-tenancy but still access dedicated infrastructure when I need it?

How can I ensure global consistency across cloud service providers?

 

VMTN Blog: vFabric webcast: Application Modernization in Practice

VMware Blogs 20/07/11 7:05 AM

Folks, if you get to work with middleware at all, here's a webcast worth joining. It's called Application Modernization in Practice: How NewEdge Revolutionized Their Brokerage Operations with VMware vFabric and will air on Thursday, July 28, 2011, 9:00 AM PDT.

In this live event, you can learn from IDC Analysts and NewEdge's Global Head of Data how a new approach to applications and data is driving revenue growth and cost savings.

Here's a short overview of what the talk will cover:

Why traditional approaches to middleware can’t support today’s modern applications

How a cloud application platform can help you deliver applications in weeks instead of months or years

When it’s time to rethink your approach to data

Save the date and register today.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 5 - Storage DRS - Balance On Space Usage

VMware Blogs 20/07/11 7:06 PM

One of the really great features of Storage DRS (SDRS) is the fact that it will balance Virtual Machines based on both space usage and I/O latency. In this post, I will talk about balancing based on space utilization and a little about the additional SDRS configuration options that are available for space usage.

By default, when you enable SDRS on a datastore cluster (see previous post for definition of a datastore cluster), balancing based on space usage is automatically configured. The threshold is set to 80% but can be modified if you so wish. What this means is that if space on a particular datastore is utilized 80% or more, SDRS will try to move VMs to other datastores using Storage vMotion to bring this usage value back down below 80%. The usage statistics of the datastores are checked on an ongoing basis.

 

ESXi Chronicles: Does the new 5.0 ESXCLI eliminate the need for vCLI?

VMware Blogs 21/07/11 1:02 AM

I’ve been asked several times if the new ESXCLI command in 5.0 eliminates the need for vCLI.  It doesn’t, as a matter of fact the new ESXCLI command is part of the vCLI.  I think where the confusion comes is because the ESXCLI command is also included with the ESXi Shell.   Which brings up the question do you need both?  And the answer is you do, let me explain…

 

Virtual Reality: Setting Microsoft Straight on the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP)

VMware Blogs 21/07/11 8:39 AM

During the recent Microsoft Partner Conference, slides were presented at a session to service providers comparing the costs of hosting with vSphere versus Hyper-V.  These slides eventually made their way to the public and got picked up by the press.  However, the information presented was fundamentally incorrect.

Based on the slides that became public, it is clear that Microsoft is continuing their quest to distract customers from their lack of available product with an easy tagline to remember: “Microsoft is 1/3rd 1/5th 1/6th 1/4th the cost of VMware”.  Too bad none of these claims ever stand up to scrutiny.  It is also clear from the slides that Microsoft has not figured out the difference between vSphere pricing and the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) pricing as they are quite different.  Besides these obvious errors, the comparisons are simply useless because they are essentially trying to compare the cost of apples to the cost of fruit baskets.

 

VMware End User Computing: VMware Horizon App Manager Feature Update – What's New for July 2011?

VMware Blogs 22/07/11 3:54 AM

It’s that time again! With laser focus, our mission is to empower you to create your cloud with the best possible user experience and flexibility in management. This month's update centers on improving your mobile experience and creating new custom branding options.

How to Improve the Mobile Experience? We asked you how we can further refine Horizon App Manager to provide absolutely the best mobile experience while connecting your to resources. We heard you loud and clear and have worked this month to give you an improved Apple iPad user experience:

Some of the key improvements include:

Added scroll gesture support allowing you to browse your applications by simply swiping your iPad left or right.

iPad specific application views will provide you with an experience tailored to you and your apps while using the iPad.

 

Uptime: SRM 5 and Scripts

VMware Blogs 22/07/11 7:13 AM

In SRM 5 we have the same scripting capability we have had in the past – the ability to execute a script on the SRM console.  Check out the blog about it here.  It is still useful and correct information.  However, we now have a new capability as well.  We can now execute a script in a guest.

Lets see what it looks like.  First, be in SRM, and access the Recovery Plans section.  Now select the Virtual Machines tab.  It should look something like below.

 

 

VMware Delivers Virtualized Data Security for the Cloud

VMware Security Blog 17/07/11 11:56 AM Ravi Kumar

The inadvertent exposure of confidential information has become the number one threat for many enterprises today, particularly when financial data, personally identifiable information, or personal health information is exposed. There is now elevated interest among IT executives in data security to address the risks posed by the relentless hacking efforts to extract data from corporate and government resources. As a testament to the growing awareness of these risks, a recent Gartner survey of CIOs and IT professionals worldwide indicated that 54% of the respondents identified Data Loss Prevention as their top security priority in 2011.

Data security starts with knowing where your data is and whether it’s compliant with a myriad of company mandates, as well as regulations and laws from around the world. Up until now it has been a cumbersome task to scan data files resident on virtual machines (VMs), let alone VMs hosted by a cloud service provider, since files must be copied to an external host for scanning. This legacy architecture generates significant network traffic, as well as the need for dedicated resources to host the scanning programs.

 

vExpert/External Blogs

 

Punch Zeros!

Yellow Bricks 15/07/11 3:43 PM Duncan Epping Server 5 5.0 Storage vmfs vSphere

I was just playing around with vSphere 5.0 and noticed something cool which I hadn’t noticed before. I logged in to the ESXi Shell and typed a command I used a lot in the past, vmkfstools, and I noticed an option called -K. (Just been informed that 4.1 has it as well, I never noticed it though… )

-K –punchzero
This option deallocates all zeroed out blocks and leaves only those blocks that were allocated previously and contain valid data. The resulting virtual disk is in thin format

 

Storage DRS interoperability

Yellow Bricks 15/07/11 11:01 PM Duncan Epping Server Storage 5 5.0 sdrs storage drs vSphere

I was asked about this a couple of times over the last few days so I figured it might be an interesting topic. This is described in our book as well in the Datastore Cluster chapter but I decided to rewrite it and add some of it into a table to make it easier to digest. Lets start of with the table and explain why/where/what… Keep in mind that this is my opinion and not necessarily the best practice or recommendation of your storage vendor. When you implement Storage DRS make sure to validate this against their recommendations. I have marked the area where I feel caution needs to be taken with (*).

 

vSphere 5.0: UNMAP (vaai feature)

Yellow Bricks 16/07/11 12:32 AM Duncan Epping Server Storage 5.0 unmap vaai vSphere vstorage

With vSphere 5.0 a brand new primitive has been introduced which is called Dead Space Reclamation as part of the overall thin provisioning primitive. Dead Space Reclamation is also sometimes referred to as unmap and it enables you to reclaim blocks of thin-provisioned LUNs by telling the array that specific blocks are obsolete, and yes that command used is the SCSI “unmap” command.

 

vSphere 5.0: ESXCLI

Yellow Bricks 18/07/11 8:05 PM Duncan Epping Server 5.0 esxcli esxi vSphere

Many of us have been logging in to the ESX console for ages and have (ab)used the esxcfg-* commands on a regular basis. We’ve used them in scripts and during troubleshooting and all of that is about to change… vSphere 5.0 introduces a new command line utility: esxcli.

 

vSphere 5.0: Storage initiatives

Yellow Bricks 18/07/11 11:28 PM Duncan Epping Server Storage 5.0 vSphere vstorage

Storage has been my primary focus for the 5.0 launch. The question often asked when talking about the separate components is how it all fits together. Lets first list some of the new or enhanced features:

VMFS-5

vSphere Storage APIs – Array Integration aka VAAI

vSphere Storage APIs – Storage Awareness aka VASA

Profile-Driven Storage (VM Storage Profiles in the GUI)

Storage I/O Control

Storage DRS

 

Paperback editions finally available of vSphere 5 Clustering Tech Deepdive

Yellow Bricks 19/07/11 2:21 AM Duncan Epping Server 5 5.0 Book vSphere

I guess Amazon and Createspace had enough of getting those phone calls three or four times from Frank every day since Tuesday as magically the book popped up on Amazon overnight. It took a while and our apologies for that, here are the links to all three books:

Amazon:
eBook (Kindle) – $ 9.99

Black & White Paperback – $ 29.95
Full Color Paperback – $ 49.95

 

ESXi 5.0 and Scripted Installs

Yellow Bricks 19/07/11 10:03 PM Duncan Epping Management & Automation Server 5.0 esxcli Scripting scripts vSphere

When I was playing with ESXi 5.0 in my lab I noticed some changes during the installation process. Of course I had not bothered to read the documentation but when I watched the installer fail I figured it might make sense to start reading. I’ve documented the scripted installation procedure multiple times by now. But in short, when you would boot using the ESXi CD-ROM you would simply need to edit the following string and make it look as follows:

 

vSphere 5.0: vMotion enhancement, tiny but very welcome!

Yellow Bricks 19/07/11 11:25 PM Duncan Epping Server 5.0 vmotion vSphere

vSphere 5.0 has many new compelling features and enhancements. Sometimes though it is that little tiny enhancement that makes life easier. In this case I am talking about a tiny enhancements for vMotion which I know many of you will appreciate. It is something that both Frank Denneman and I have addressed multiple times with our engineers and finally made it into this release.

 

vSphere 5:0 vMotion Enhancements

Yellow Bricks 20/07/11 7:20 PM Duncan Epping Server 5.0 vmotion vSphere

**disclaimer: this article is an out-take of our book: vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive**

There are some fundamental changes when it comes to vMotion scalability and performance in vSphere 5.0. Most of these changes have one common goal: being able to vMotion ANY type of workload. It doesn’t matter if you have a virtual machine with 32GB of memory that is rapidly changing memory pages any more with the the following enhancements:

Multi-NIC vMotion support

Stun During Page Send (SDPS)

 

vSphere Networking Design Presentation

blog.scottlowe.org 21/07/11 10:00 PM slowe Networking Virtualization VMware vSphere

It seems this is the week for catching up on stuff that I should have done a long time ago! Earlier in the week it was posting a video of the stretched cluster presentation I gave back in May at the Carolina VMware User Summit; this time it’s finally getting around to posting the presentation I gave at the Denver VMUG back at the end of June.

The presentation is on vSphere network design considerations and discusses some of the more commonly-encountered questions/issues regarding vSphere network designs. I hope that you get something useful from it.

 

vSphere 5 new Networking features

myvirtualcloud.net 16/07/11 3:47 AM Andre Leibovici news virtualization vSphere5

 

 

Since the release of vSphere 5 few days ago several articles have been published, however most of them of focusing on the new “core” features and improvements. Well, that may not be true. I have noticed that the enhancements to the network stack have been mostly left aside. I guess bloggers are all busy trying to squeeze the juicy out of vSphere 5.

 

ESXi 5.0 Enhanced Security Profile

myvirtualcloud.net 20/07/11 8:30 AM Andre Leibovici news virtualization ESXi new Vmware vSphere5

 

 

Bloggers have been doing a great job during the past couple weeks and several vSphere 5.0 articles are being published. There is a lot of information floating around and I would recommend to have a peek at this page from from Eric Siebert with vSphere 5 Links.

 

vSphere 5.0 New .vswp file & Storage Tax on VDI

myvirtualcloud.net 21/07/11 3:20 AM Andre Leibovici news tips vdi virtualization VDI vSphere5

 

 

Virtual Machine swap files have been around since the early ESX days and overtime we have learnt how to play with Memory Reservations to constrain their maximum size and reduce storage footprint. This type of operation may not be as effective with server virtualization as it is with desktop virtualization.

 

vSphere 5 video - Migrating from ESX 4.1 to ESXi 5.0

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 22/07/11 6:58 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Online Training vSphere 5

This video will show you how to install ESXi 5.0 on a drive with an existing ESX 4.1 installation and VMFS datastore present. ESXi 5.0 uses the same installer for fresh installations and upgrades. If the installer finds an existing ESX 4.x or ESXi 4.x installation, it allows you to performs an upgrade.

 

During this upgrade, the ESXi installer will offer several options for preserving or discarding existing ESX host settings and VMFS datastores. If an earlier version of ESX and VMFS was found by the installer, it will show you the selected storage device contains an installation of ESX and a VMFS datastore. You can choose whether to upgrade or install and overwrite the existing installation. You can also choose whether to preserve or overwrite the existing VMFS datastore. After upgrading from ESX  4.1 to ESXi 5.0, only the relevant settings will be migrated.

 

Automation 101 – VMware Tools with Orchestrator

Professional VMware 20/07/11 3:21 AM bunchc automation orchestrator tools vCO vSphere

 

We’ll skip the reason you need tools installed. We’ll also skip a bit on the other ways to do this in PowerCLI. Rather, we’ll bring you a way to do this in Orchestrator.

Note:

If you’re not using vCO, you should be. Why? I covered that here. Additionally, there are some excellent vCO resources here.

VMware Tools Workflows

vCO ships with four workflows for managing VMware tools:

Mount tools installer

Unmount tools installer

Upgrade VMware tools

Upgrade VMware tools at next reboot

 

Using VMware Zimbra Fling - with Gmail

Technodrone 19/07/11 4:41 AM Maish VMware Zimbra Miscellaneous

A while ago VMware released their VMware Zimbra for Android (VZA).

The developers Chitong Chung and Ben Kolin described the fling as follows:

VMware Zimbra for Android (VZA) is a native Android collaboration application that allows you to access your email, calendar, contacts, tasks and files from any Android device, specifically smartphones and tablets. VZA supports any Microsoft ActiveSync compliant email server and also supports the VMware Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS). With ZCS as the backend, VZA offers several additional ZCS-only features such as Briefcase, Saved Searches, etc. that are not available in any of the Android email applications in the market today. VZA was tested with Microsoft Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010 and Zimbra Collaboration Suite 6.x and 7.x. It supports Android 2.x and 3.x. Check out the video to get an overview of some of the features but more than anything else, download and give it a spin. We welcome your feedback.

 

Update and re-composure of View Pools

Virtu-Al 20/07/11 6:48 PM Virtu-Al powershell View vmware PowerCLI

I was recently asked if it was possible to automate the update of a View Pool every week after the updates had been applied to the virtual machines using Windows Update services, the process is quite straight forward.

 

 

VMware Knowledge Base Articles

VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 7/16/11

VMware Blogs 19/07/11 1:37 AM

Apache Tomcat 7
Determining Tomcat/tcServer installation vulnerability to CVE-2011-2204 (2002171)

Date Published: 7/13/2011

Spring Framework
Instrumenting the Spring Pet Clinic example application (2001728)
Date Published: 7/13/2011

Spring Security
Downloading the Instrumented Spring Libraries (2001874)
Date Published: 7/13/2011
Performing an AJAX login with Spring Security (2002229)
Date Published: 7/13/2011

VMware ESX
VMware ESX 4.1 Patch ESX410-201010407-SG: Updates OpenLDAP and OpenLDAP-client (1027018)
Date Published: 7/14/2011
Dell PowerVault MD3600i/MD3620i/MD3600f/MD3620f storage arrays configured with VMware ESX/ESXi fail (1037925)
Date Published: 7/14/2011
The vpxa agent fails and sets host in a non-responding state when browsing the VMFS datastore with NFS share (2003217)
Date Published: 7/15/2011
Backup software shows error: Disk does not have a UUID (1033370)
Date Published: 7/14/2011
Virtual Machine Looses Connectivity After vMotion on Cisco Nexus 1000v DVS (1037931)
Date Published: 7/13/2011
Virtual machine fails when configuring Broadcom BCM57712 NIC (2001150)
Date Published: 7/13/2011

VMware ESXi
ESXi 4.1.x ramdisk mainsys use is at 100% (2001457)
Date Published: 7/13/2011
The vifp command fails while adding ESXi server to vMA (2003313)
Date Published: 7/15/2011
An incorrect block size is shown when mounting a snapshot LUN (2001079)
Date Published: 7/11/2011
iSCSI SAN boot support (2002384)
Date Published: 7/13/2011
Powering on the virtual machine fails with the error: Invalid memory setting for FPT: memory reservation (sched.mem.min) should be equal to memsize(2048) (2002779)
Date Published: 7/12/2011
Using the local debugger to review logs after an ESXi host fails with a purple diagnostic screen (2003067)

Date Published: 7/14/2011

VMware Service Manager
Inbound emails in VMware Service Manager report the error: Email sender is not a valid user to process request (2003318)
Date Published: 7/15/2011
Unable to remove customer, organization or location with the Update CMDB task (2003387)
Date Published: 7/15/2011
Unable to clone a call in VMware Service Manager (2003034)
Date Published: 7/14/2011

VMware ThinApp
ThinApp projects containing oleaut32.dll do not execute across all Windows operating systems (2002674)
Date Published: 7/14/2011

VMware vCenter CapacityIQ
CapacityIQ does not collect data when you register vCenter Server with a short name (2001367)
Date Published: 7/14/2011

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager SQL server maintenance plan fails (2003233)
Date Published: 7/15/2011
Copying a single large file to multiple Windows agent machines using the vCenter Configuration Manager Windows Remote Command functionality (2002224)
Date Published: 7/13/2011
Active Directory collections in vCenter configuration Manager do not populate the AD GUID and AD DN Name columns in the Machines node (2002248)
Date Published: 7/13/2011
Increasing stale job time out settings (2002437)
Date Published: 7/14/2011
Manually rebooting agents in vCenter Configuration Manager fails (2002621)
Date Published: 7/13/2011
Configuring email notifications for SQL reports in vCenter Configuration Manager (2002929)
Date Published: 7/13/2011
vCenter Configuration Manager collections fail with the error: Error reported by agent: m_spiConnectionMachineHttpStartup HRESULT 0xc4000004 (2003125)
Date Published: 7/14/2011

VMware vCenter Server
Adding an ESX host to vCenter Server fails with the error: IP Address of the host changed (1035944)
Date Published: 7/13/2011
Understanding Space Utilization Graphs in Datastore Performance Charts (2003090)
Date Published: 7/15/2011
The Storage View tab in vCenter Server does not display anything (2003454)
Date Published: 7/15/2011

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Site Recovery Manager Test Failover involving NFS datastores fails with the error: Failed to prepare shadow vm for recovery (2000464)

Date Published: 7/15/2011

VMware vCloud Director
BIOS UUIDs in vCloud Director are not unique when virtual machines are deployed from catalog templates (2002506)
Date Published: 7/13/2011

VMware View Manager
Some USB device forwarding disabled by default in View 4.5 (2002448)
Date Published: 7/11/2011
VMware View Composer Guest Agent service fails with the error: Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime error (2002765)
Date Published: 7/12/2011

 

From the editors Virtual Desk

Well I had the best week. I have to admit I was a bit nervous about the launch being that it was going to be hosted as a virtual event and that there would be thousands in attendance. My job on launch day was to host a “virtual booth” which represented our management solutions. I really did not know what to expect but as it turns out is was the most awesome day. I interacted on virtual chat either in group chat or private chat with so many of our customers who were really just so keen to chat about the upcoming technology that we had announced. The enthusiasm and participation rate was amazing and by the end of my shift which lasted around 3 hours I was actually quite exhausted from all of the interaction but so impressed and excited all the same.

 

So on Wednesday night I decided to do the upgrade in my home lab. I know that there are many of you on the Beta programs who are wondering why it has taken me so long and I really have no excuse for this but fortunately I made the effort on Wednesday and for the past 2 days I have been running vSphere 5. I am not going to give too much away at this stage with just a few days in but suffice to say, it is awesome.

 

This week’s newsletter is a big one and I have tried to add as much content as possible following the launch of vSphere 5 and related technologies for you to serve as a reference. I have broken the newsletter up into a number of sections with the vSphere 5 related content towards the beginning of the newsletter to try and help as much as I can.

 

I hope that you enjoy all that is good about this amazing announcement and wish you well on your learnings towards vSphere 5.

 

I will let the bloggers tell you more so onwards to this week’s newsletter.

 

Take care until next time.

 

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)

Queensland Technical Account Manager

 

FEATURED ARTICLE

Rethink IT: Understanding the vSphere 5 vRAM Licensing Model

VMware Blogs

With the Cloud Infrastructure Launch on July 12 we announced changes to the vSphere 5 licensing model. vSphere 5 will continue to be licensed per physical processor with a new vRAM entitlement pooled across the entire environment.

We're monitoring the feedback very closely, we take it to heart, and we do want to do the right thing for our customers.  In this post, I’d like to point out a couple of things that may have gotten lost in the discussions, share with you some of the thinking behind the vSphere 5 licensing model, and point you to a tool can help you assess what these changes will mean to you. 

We are noticing a critical misconception that is permeating many of the discussions around the changes we’ve made.  I’d like to clarify:  the new licensing model is NOT based on physical RAM.  It is based on the amount of virtual RAM (vRAM) configured to a virtual machine. We have seen a lot of instances where people are trying to calculate the number of vSphere 5 licenses needed by taking the physical RAM in a server and dividing it by the vRAM entitlement for a particular vSphere edition.   That isn’t quite how the new model works.

The vSphere 5 licensing model has a pooled vRAM entitlement. vRAM is total amount of virtual RAM allocated to all VMs, and it is important to note that the total allocated vRAM for most customers is substantially smaller than the available physical RAM.  Most customers reserve at least 20% of spare physical RAM capacity that is not allocated as vRAM. 

To really get an understanding of how many vSphere 5 licenses a customer needs, you need to sum up the total amount of vRAM allocated in all powered-on VMs, and divide that total amount by the entitlement for the particular vSphere 5 edition you are running.  Let’s look at an example: if you have 100 VMs with 4GB of vRAM each, then you need a vRAM pool of 400GB. If you are running vSphere 5 Enterprise (with 32GB of vRAM entitlement per processor license) then you need 400GB / 32BG = 13 licenses.  As you notice, there is no mention of physical RAM in this calculation.  To recap, vSphere 5 licensing needs are determined by only 3 factors:

Number of VMs

Amount of vRAM per VM

What vSphere 5 edition you are running. The entitlements for the different editions are available here.

Our Technical Marketing team has developed a tool that can help you add the total amount of vRAM allocated in your VMs so that you can run this calculation.  There is also an accompanying video explaining how to use the tool.  In addition, we have noticed a few similar tools developed by the community.

How we got to vRAM

When we began the process of developing the new model, we set out to find a way to evolve vSphere’s licensing to lay the foundation for customers to adopt a more "cloud-like" IT cost model.  We were looking to develop a model that would be more congruent with the technology architecture of the virtual and cloud world, where resources are pooled for maximum utilization.  In short, we wanted a model based on consumption and value rather than physical components and capacity.

The design point of the licensing change was not to increase licensing costs, and we believe  90+% of our customers will not see a licensing cost increase.  Before we introduced the new vSphere 5 licensing model, which is based on pooled vRAM entitlement, we did a great deal of research, and carefully analyzed available customer data. Let me tell you what we found:

The average amount configured vRAM per VM is 3GB

The average number of VMs per physical processor is 5.7. I know this may be counter-intuitive to some customers who are pushing the envelope, but the detailed distribution of consolidation ratios is on the graph below.

 

So based on the above two metrics, even if you disregard the effect of vRAM pooling, the vRAM entitlements far exceed the common customer practice. In fact, some customers may see a decrease in their licensing costs: customers of vSphere Essentials, Essentials Plus, Standard, and Enterprise had 6-core per proc restrictions in the previous licensing model. In order to deploy vSphere on a new server with more than 6 cores per processor, these customers would have had to purchase additional vSphere licenses.

 

We are confident that as we move into the cloud computing era, our vSphere 5 vRAM licensing model will allow our customers to best take advantage of the benefits and flexibility of cloud computing by allowing the pooling of licenses for maximum utilization and value:

As Forrester’s James Staten writes in his blog: “This change ties licensing more to the use of the product and encourages greater VM consolidation as it counts VMs by size, rather than per physical server. This incents packing lots of VMs on a single system and even lets you share vRAM entitlements across physical systems to accommodate more seamless growth of your environment and management of the pool, a key operational change called out in our Virtualization Maturity Model. Basically, now you can entitle your virtual environment in total, based on its capacity and fill it up as much as you want. This is much more consistent with their service provider pricing model; and if your goal is to build a private cloud, isn’t that the point? All in all, this shows that VMware gets it and is taking an active role in helping educate its customers that virtualization and cloud operations are two different things and making these distinctions clear is critical to their and your success. Well done, VMware.”http://blogs.forbes.com/forrester/2011/07/12/the-cloud-computing-market-grows-up/

And as the Taneja Group remarked: “We welcome this new approach, and believe it addresses the majority of licensing concerns that we’ve heard from VMware customers over the past couple of years.  First, it’s much simpler – users can now focus on how they actually use vSphere virtual resources on a given pool of physical servers, versus having to worry about how those underlying servers’ processor and memory configurations might grow.  And since baseline licensing is still tied to number of server cpu’s, the new licensing will not force changes to customers’ existing purchasing and budgeting processes.”http://tanejagroup.com/news/blog/cloud/vmware-takes-vsphere-licensing-to-the-cloud

To wrap up, I would like to point to some of the advantages of the new model as articulated by some of our customers:  

The great thing about the new licensing model is that you don’t have to buy all your licensed capacity up front if you think you’re going to be running a large amount of vRAM eventually. You can license the minimum and then purchase licenses just when required to be in compliance.
--Michael at http://lonesysadmin.net/2011/07/12/the-five-stages-of-vmware-licensing-grief/#comments

VMware has now leveraged itself to provide a very measurable licensing cost per VM that Cloud providers can then accurately charge back to their customers.  In VMware’s eyes this goes for both internal private clouds and external public clouds.http://www.vtesseract.com/post/7557543715/vsphere-licensing-doing-some-math

I encourage you to download the tool and estimate you actual vRAM usage across your entire environment. Talk to your VMware or partner sales team to go through the numbers. For more information and materials, visit the vSphere 5 Upgrade center.

 

Bogomil Balkansky
VP, Product Management

 

VMWARE CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE

Rethink IT: VMware: Building the Foundation for the Cloud Era with the launch of vSphere 5 and the Cloud Infrastructure Suite

VMware Blogs

Today marks a major milestone for us here at VMware. Not only did we announce a new major release of our flagship virtualization and cloud platform, vSphere 5, but we also unveiled a comprehensive suite of cloud infrastructure technologies that are purpose-built to help customers transform their virtualized datacenters into cloud environments.

 

The Console: VMware Unveils vSphere 5 and the Cloud Infrastructure Suite

VMware Blogs

Today is a great day at VMware as we launch our cloud infrastructure suite, a coordinated advance in the collection of software required to build secure, efficient, and enterprise-ready clouds. Today’s announced releases include vSphere 5, vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5, vShield 5, vCloud Director 1.5, and the new vSphere Storage Appliance 1.0.  These are joined by vCenter Operations, which we launched in March of this year, to complete the offering.

 

Uptime: Look what's new with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager v5.0!

VMware Blogs

Hello all,

I have been working on SRM 5 for a long time.  So has a very large group of people.  We are all very happy that it is announced today and I cannot wait for everyone to have access to it!  Here today I want to show you some of the important new features so you can start thinking how they will help you.  And make no mistake: there is a lot of changes!

 

Uptime: vSphere 5.0 is released with new HA features!

VMware Blogs

Today VMware announced the release of VMware vSphere 5.0.  This is a huge release!  Some of the key features of this release include:

Convergence. vSphere 5.0 is the first vSphere release built exclusively on the vSphere ESXi 5.0 hypervisor architecture as the host platform.

VMware vSphere Auto Deploy. VMware vSphere Auto Deploy simplifies the task of managing ESXi installation and upgrade for hundreds of machines.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 1 - VMFS-5

VMware Blogs

One of the primary objectives of Storage enhancements in 5.0 is to make the management of storage much simpler. One way to do this is to reduce the number of storage objects that a customer has to manager, i.e. enable our customers to use far fewer and much larger datastores. To that end, we are increasing the scalability of the VMFS-5 filesystem. These scalability features are discussed here. In future postings, I will discuss further features which aim to fulfil this vision of simplifying storage management.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 2 - Storage vMotion

VMware Blogs

Storage vMotion allows the migration of running VMs from one datastore to another without incurring any downtime. It was first introduced as a mechanism to assist customers to move VMs from VMFS-2 to VMFS-3 (without incurring VM downtime) when moving from ESX 2.x to ESX 3.0.1. In fact, we didn't even call it Storage vMotion back then, but referred to it as something called Upgrade vMotion (?).

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 3 - VAAI

VMware Blogs

In a previous post, I mentioned that one of the primary objectives of Storage enhancements in 5.0 is to make the management of storage much simpler. In order to do this we are trying to encourage customers to use much larger and far fewer datastores.

One feature that assists in achieving this goal is Thin Provisioning. However, there were two factors with Thin Provisioned datastores which raised concerns for many customers.

 

ESXi Chronicles: What's New with ESXi in vSphere 5.0?

VMware Blogs

Following yesterday's big vSphere 5.0 announcement I'm sure many of us are suffering from a bit of information overload.  In order to help navigate through the many new features, and help acquaint everyone with 5.0, I thought it would be good here on the ESXi Chronicles to start our 5.0 journey by calling out a few of the more significant new features and capabilities related to the ESXi core platform.  These include:

 

Uptime: What's New in vSphere 5.0 Whitepapers

VMware Blogs

Since Roger Lund already mentioned on his blog, I figured now's as good as of time as any to mention these whitepapers we created.  These are a series of whitepapers made by the Technical Marketing staff to help you understand some of the new features in the 5.0 release.  There are several short papers, each on different topics so you can pick and choose what you want to read about.  I'd highly suggest giving them a read, and if you have any feedback, please do let us know.

 

VMTN Blog: Sessions for VMware vSphere 5 and Cloud Infrastructure Suite

VMware Blogs

Wow, after a content-rich announcement of products and features around VMware vSphere 5 and the Cloud Infrastructure Suite, there is a lot to consume -- a lot to digest -- and a lot to share. Be sure to visit our virtual show to continue your journey in an online environment of sessions, resources and networking.

 

VMware Unveils vSphere 5 and Cloud Infrastructure Suite

Unveiling VMware vSphere 5 -- www.vmware.com VMware CTO Steve Herrod discusses the launch of VMware vSphere 5 and the comprehensive cloud infrastructure suite that will strengthen the infrastructure foundation for the cloud computing era.

 

VM HA – Laying a foundation for today and tomorrow

Virtual Geek Chad Sakac

With vSphere 5, VM HA gets a ground up re-write – which is, IMO long overdue.

I can remember the first time I was playing in a home lab with VMware Infrastructure – the VM HA configuration wouldn’t work, and it SUCKED to troubleshoot.   3 guesses on what my problem was… well, only 1 guess needed… DNS :-)   The “rule of 4” around DNS was super-important for the oh-so-super sensitive VM HA agents to play nicely.   And OH, the error messages and logging always was a source of frustration.

 

VMFS-5–what you need to know in a nutshell….

Virtual Geek Chad Sakac

It’s new, and it’s good :-)

VMFS-5 increases limits (without increasing extents) to 64TB.

It enables 2TB+ RDMs.

It uses a common allocation size of 1MB.

It increases the small block allocations available for total use.

It is a dependency for SCSI UNMAP

It uses the VAAI HW accelerated locking more extensively.

 

5 is the magic number

Yellow Bricks Duncan Epping

Yes, here it is… the moment we’ve all been waiting for… vSphere 5.0. Finally announced today, and on top of that also new releases of vCD (1.5), SRM (5.0), vShield (5.0) and of course a new product called the vSphere Storage Appliance. Over the last months I have been working hard on collateral for this launch and soon it should be available. For me personally vSphere 5.0 is most definitely the launch that had the most impact ever. Not only did I work on some of the material that will be released, I also prepared roughly 20 blog articles which will be released over the upcoming weeks and lets not forget the vSphere 5.0 Clustering Tech Deepdive that we’ve released today. Crazy times indeed, but that’s not the topic of this article. Lets talk about vSphere 5.0 for a bit and why I am so excited about this release in particular. I could do a copy of past of the releasenotes, which I am certain many will do, but where’s the fun in that? Instead I am going to list some of the changes in vSphere 5.0 and mention why I feel these are important. I won’t go into much detail yet as that will more than likely happen in one of the upcoming articles.

 

vShield App 5 Data Security = awesomesauce and free to try…

Virtual Geek Chad Sakac

Well, I’m sure I’m biased, but I think the new security capabilities are potentially one of the biggest parts of the vSphere 5 release wave.

Fundamentally, just like the explosion of data has turned out to be a blessing in disguise (with the emergence of Big Data Analytics) – the fact that virtualization “broke” security models is a similar blessing. 

 

vSphere 5 edition of “Top 10 Reasons Why EMC for VMware”

Virtual Geek Chad Sakac

 

vSphere 5.0: Storage DRS introduction

Yellow Bricks 13/07/11 4:00 AM Duncan Epping Server 5.0 Storage storage drs vSphere

Storage DRS is a brand new feature of vSphere 5.0. It has been one of my focus areas for the last 6 months and probably one of the coolest features of vSphere 5.0. Storage DRS enables you to aggregate datastores in to a single object, called a datastore cluster. This new object is what you will be managing from now on. Storage DRS enables smart placement of virtual machines based on utilized diskspace, latency and LUN performance capabilities. In other words, when you create a new virtual machine you will select a Datastore Cluster instead of a Datastore and Storage DRS will place the virtual machine on one of the datastores in that datastore cluster. This is where the strength lies of Storage DRS, reducing operational effort associated with provisioning of virtual machines…

 

VMware’s Launch Event

blog.scottlowe.org

Today was a big day for VMware. I’m going to provide some summary coverage of the products launched today, but only a quick recap; I’ll have more in-depth analysis and information on the products and their key features and improvements in future blog posts. No doubt there is going to be plenty of other coverage on the launch as well, and I’ll likely produce a special “Short Takes” episode with a summary of some of the related links, so look for that as well.

 

What's New in VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof (Eric Sloof)

vCenter Site Recovery Manager builds on the core properties of VMware vSphere that already provide basic protection of applications. Site Recovery Manager is a product that simplifies and automates disaster recovery. Site Recovery Manager helps organizations to directly address the challenges of disaster recovery that were mentioned earlier:  meeting RTO requirements, reducing cost, and reducing risk Site Recovery Manager is a separate product from VMware vSphere.

 

vSphere 5 What's New - High Availability (HA)

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof (Eric Sloof)

VMware HA clusters enable a collection of ESXi hosts to work together so that, as a group, they provide higher levels of availability for virtual machines than each ESXi host could provide individually. When you plan the creation and usage of a new VMware HA cluster, the options you select affect the way that cluster responds to failures of hosts or virtual machines.

 

vSphere 5 What's New - Profile Driven Storage

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof (Eric Sloof)

So what does Profile-Driven Storage try to achieve? Very simply - minimize the amount of time required to provision virtual machines. Provisioning virtual machines isn’t only just selecting a random datastore. You will need to know what the requirements are of the virtual machine and then select the appropriate volume to the best of your knowledge. Profile-Driven Storage tries to help with that by providing better insight into storage characteristics and allowing for custom-tags and linking virtual machines to profiles. vSphere Storage APIs for Storage Awareness is a new set of APIs which will enable vCenter to see the capabilities of the storage array LUNs/datastores, making it much easier to select the appropriate disk for virtual machine placement.

 

vSphere 5 What's New - Image Builder and Auto Deploy

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof (Eric Sloof)

Auto Deploy is a new method for provisioning ESXi hosts in vSphere 5.1.  At a high level the ESXi host boots over the network (using PXE/gPXE), contacts the Auto Deploy Server which loads ESXi into the hosts memory.  After loading the ESXi image the Auto Deploy Server coordinates with vCenter Server to configure the host (using Host Profiles and Answer Files (answer files are new in 5.0).  Auto Deploy eliminates the need for a dedicated boot device, enables rapid deployment for many hosts, and also simplifies ESXi host management by eliminating the need to maintain a separate “boot image” for each host.

 

What's New in VMware vShield 5

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof (Eric Sloof)

For vSphere-based environments, vShield solutions provide capabilities to secure the edge of the vDC, protect virtual applications from network-based threats, and streamline antivirus protection for VMware View deployments by offloading AV processing to dedicated security VMs. These new product offerings can start securing infrastructure almost immediately since all the underlying compute resources are already present in the vsphere environment.

What's New in VMware vCloud Director 1.5

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof (Eric Sloof)

In vCloud Director 1.0, VM provisioning operations resulted in the creation of full clones, delivered to users within minutes through a simple web portal. With the enablement of linked clones in vCloud Director 1.5, users no longer have to wait for a full copy each time they deploy a vApp. vCloud Director “links” clones together so that common elements are stored only once. This improves agility in the cloud by reducing provisioning time, from minutes down to seconds, and reducing the cost of storage by up to 10x.

 

vSphere 5 What's New - Storage DRS

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof (Eric Sloof)

This feature delivers the DRS benefits of resource aggregation, automated initial placement, and bottleneck avoidance to storage. You can group and manage similar datastores as a single load-balanced storage resource called a datastore cluster. Storage DRS makes VMDK placement and migration recommendations to avoid I/O and space utilization bottlenecks on the datastores in the cluster. Storage DRS takes care of the initial placement of virtual machines and VMDK files. This placement is based on Space and I/O capacity. Storage DRS will select the best datastore to place this virtual machine or virtual disk in the selected Datastore Cluster. When Storage DRS is set to fully automatic, it will do automated load balancing actions. Of course this can be configured as manual as well and that is actually the default today. Load balancing again is based on space and I/O capacity. If and when required Storage DRS will make recommendations based space and I/O capacity. It will however only do this when a specific threshold is reached.

 

vSphere 5.0: What has changed for VMFS?

Yellow Bricks Duncan Epping

A lot has changed with vSphere 5.0 and so has one of the most under-appreciated “features”…. VMFS. VMFS has been substantially changed and I wanted to list some of the major changes and express my appreciation for the great work the VMFS team has done!

 

vSphere 5.0: Profile-Driven Storage, what is it good for?

Yellow Bricks Duncan Epping

By now most of you heard about this new feature called Profile-Driven Storage that will be introduced with vSphere 5.0, but what is it good for? Some of you, depending on the size of the environment, currently have a nice long operational procedure to deploy virtual machines. The procedure usually contains gathering information about the requirements of the virtual machine’s disks, finding the right datastore to meet these requirements, deploy the virtual machine and occasionally check if the virtual machine’s disks are still placed correctly. This is what Profile-Driven Storage aims to solve.

 

DESKTOP

VMware View for Android - Tech Preview

Android tablets now have an awesome view, VMware View Tedd Fox of VMware demonstrates VMware View™ Client for Android. Available on the Android Market and Cisco AppHQ, the VMware free Android client enables you to access your virtual Windows desktops, applications and data from anywhere. Addition information can be found on the VMware End-User Computing blog at:

 

VMware End User Computing: vSphere Desktop Licensing Overview

VMware Blogs

By Raj Mallempati, Director, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

This week, VMware introduced a new licensing model for vSphere 5. Because of the important role that vSphere plays within the VDI market, not just as the platform behind VMware View but also as the platform of choice behind third-party VDI brokers, there are two things we would like to highlight.

 

VMware End User Computing: Android Tablets Now Have an Awesome View, VMware View

VMware Blogs

By Tedd Fox, Senior Product Manager, Mobile Clients, End-User Computing

We are excited to announce the availability of VMware View™ Client for Android on the Android Market today and Cisco AppHQ tomorrow (9/15) as a VMware tech preview. Like our popular View Client for iPad, our free Android client enables people to access their virtual Windows desktops, applications and data from anywhere.

 

vSphere 5.0 Datastore Clusters & VDI

myvirtualcloud.net Andre Leibovici

I have been fortunate enough to be part of the vSphere 5 Beta program. vSphere 5 really raise the bar and implement a number of new features; mostly around automated management. I’m sure there will be many blog posts listing those new features, so I decided to show some screenshots of those features.

 

vSphere 5 What's New - Storage Appliance (VSA)

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof (Eric Sloof)

In vSphere 5.0, VMware has released a new storage appliance called VSA. VSA is an acronym for “vSphere Storage Appliance”. This appliance is aimed at our SMB (Small-Medium Business) customers who may not be in a position to purchase a SAN or NAS array for their virtual infrastructure, and therefore do not have shared storage. Without access to a SAN or NAS array, SMB customers are unable to implement many of vSphere’s core technologies, such as vSphere HA & vMotion. Customers who decide to deploy a VSA can now benefit from many additional vSphere features without having to purchase a SAN or NAS device to provide them with shared storage.

 

vSphere 5 – vCenter as a linux VM

ESX Virtualization Vladan SEGET

VMware vSphere 5 brings new possibility to install and configure vCenter in a Linux VM.

The solution of having vCenter deployed through a simple OVF package without paying an additional license to Microsoft is tempting and encouraging. Especially for smaller customers, which aren’t on the Microsoft OVS package.  Also being able to protect this VM throught a HA (High availability) is a considered as a very good practice, since any failures of the underlying hardware are transparent for the end user.

The new vSphere 5  introduced by VMware has the possibility to have vCenter managed and installed in a Linux VM. The deployment process is apparently very easy since the product comes as a prepackaged and pre-instaled in an OVF format.

 

vSphere 5.0: Storage vMotion and the Mirror Driver

Yellow Bricks

**disclaimer: this article is an out-take of our book: vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive**

There’s a cool and exciting new feature as part of Storage vMotion in vSphere 5.0. This new feature is called Mirror Mode and it enables faster and highly efficient Storage vMotion processes. But what is it exactly, and what does it replace?

 

SPRING/CLOUD FOUNDRY NEWS

Countdown to Grails 2.0: Static resources

June 30th, 2011 by Peter Ledbrook | Groovy/Grails, Web | 16 comments.

Peter Ledbrook

Web applications typically rely heavily on what we call static resources, such as Javascript, CSS and image files. In a Grails application, they are put into a project'sweb-app directory and then referenced from the HTML. For example,

 

EDUCATION NEWS

VMware Security Blog: Discounted Beta Course for vCenter Configuration Manager

VMware Blogs

One of the best ways to get value faster from VMware products is to train your team.  The benefit is especially powerful with hands-on training: when people have had a chance to get their hands dirty with a new tool in an environment where it’s OK to make mistakes, they will be more confident and effective when they get back to the shop.  VMware is launching hands-on instructor led training on VMware vCenter Configuration Manager, and I wanted to tell you about a special opportunity.

 

vSphere 5 – New Training Courses: What's New [V5.0] and VCP5

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof

With the release of vSphere version 5.0, VMware will also offer two new training courses. These new training courses are still in beta and will be released when vSphere 5.0 becomes general available. The two day “VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.0]” is aimed at current vSphere 4 administrators and the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] is the full five day course. VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 VCP5 certification is available at the end of August, more information can be found atvue.com (VCP510). There are different paths to VCP5 certification based on your background. Choose your path and complete the three core validation components:

 

Discounted Beta Course for vCenter Configuration Manager

VMware Security Blog Rob Randell

One of the best ways to get value faster from VMware products is to train your team.  The benefit is especially powerful with hands-on training: when people have had a chance to get their hands dirty with a new tool in an environment where it’s OK to make mistakes, they will be more confident and effective when they get back to the shop.  VMware is launching hands-on instructor led training on VMware vCenter Configuration Manager, and I wanted to tell you about a special opportunity.

 

LATEST NEWS - GENERAL INTEREST

 

vCO Team: Release Management for VM Clones with vCO

VMware Blogs webmaster@vcoteam.info (Christian Johannsen)

Last week I was member of a roundtable for designing SAP application delivery. The main things they discussed about were VM templates and their clones. SAP has an own application abstraction layer (ACC - adaptive computing controller) which hosts an API. With this knowledge I designed a little whiteboard workflow with the vCenter Orchestrator as clone intelligence and automation instance for future release management.

 

VMware vCloud Blog: Paul Maritz at the GigaOm Structure Conference – What the “Post-Document” Era Really Means

VMware Blogs By: David Davis

The annual GigaOm Structure Conference was held in San Francisco, CA June 22-23 of 2011 with the headline, “making sense of the real cloud”. The conference was sponsored by companies, large and small, the likes of VMware, Terremark, Cisco, EMC, and Microsoft (as well as 200+ other companies). Speakers included leaders of companies (like VMware’s own Paul Maritz and AT&T’s), Technologists (like VMware’s Javier Soltero, CTO of SaaS), and analysts like Vanessa Alvarez (Forrester’s Infrastructure and Cloud Analyst).

 

ESXi Chronicles: After you migrate, tips on working with ESXi...

VMware Blogs

I’ve recently provided a lot of information on how to migrate to ESXi, so today I thought it would be good to go over some post-migration concerns.  Here's my "top 5" list of important ESXi post-migration considerations.

1.  Enable Lockdown Mode

 

New Book - Professional vSphere 5: Implementation and Management

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof

This paperback written by John Hales, Brian Eiler and Steve Jones has not been released yet. You may pre-order it now and it will be delivered to you when it has been released. VMware vSphere, is VMware's first cloud operating system, able to manage large pools of virtualized computing infrastructure, including software and hardware. Building on the power of VMware Infrastructure, VMware vSphere dramatically reduces capital and operating costs, and increases control over IT infrastructures while preserving the flexibility to choose any OS, application and hardware. This book provides vSphere administrators with essential guidance in implementing and managing VMware's vSphere product suite. This guidance has been battle tested in virtual environments big and small. It also provides actionable advice for the day to day operational maintenance and common pitfalls to avoid for first time vSphere administrators. Best of all, the companion DVD contains an introductory version of Train Signal's vSphere training DVD that provides additional hours of vSphere training.

http://www.amazon.com/Professional-vSphere-5-Implementation-Management/dp/1435456548

 

Manage ESXi hosts without vCenter with latest fling called Boomerang

ESX Virtualization Vladan SEGET

New Free Application from VMware called VMware Boomerang.

The application is available through VMware Labs together with many other cool applications there. Andy Grant did a guest post recently about another application from VMware labs called VMware Guest Console.

 

BRKMPL-1101: Introduction to MPLS

blog.scottlowe.org

This session is BRKMPL-1101, Introduction to MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching). The presenter is Hari Rakotoranto, a product manager for MPLS at Cisco. I’m looking forward to this session as I’ve always heard a lot about MPLS, but haven’t ever had the opportunity to really learn more about it. Hopefully this session won’t be too far over my head.

 

What Is In Your VMware Design Toolbox?

vFAIL.NET Sean Crookston

The design discussion group is growing fast, with 43 members already joined in just one day. If you haven’t already joined you can here.

I’ve also started the first discussion topic as noted by the title of this blog. You can find it at http://linkd.in/nSnZC8 You may also start your own topics of discussion there as well.

 

Hot of the press: vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive

Yellow Bricks Duncan Epping

After months of hard work the moment is finally there, the release of our new book: vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive! When we started working, or better said, planning an update of the book we never realized the amount of work required. Be aware that this is not a minor update. This book covers HA (full rewrite as HA has been rewritten for 5.0), DRS (mostly rewritten to focus on resource management) and Storage DRS (new!). Besides these three major pillars we also decided to add what we call supporting deepdives. The supporting deepdives added are: vMotion, Storage vMotion, Storage I/O Control and EVC. This resulted in roughly 50% more content (totaling 348 pages) than the previous book, also worth noting that every single diagram has been recreated and are they cool or what?

 

vSphere 5 for the SMB

vFAIL.NET Sean Crookston

By now you probably already know about the announcement of vSphere 5 and all the great things it does for the cloud and for the large enterprises, but small and medium businesses deserve some attention for this announcement too.vSphere 5 and add-on products like Site Recovery Manager provide some of that.

 

vmware 2011 Mega Launch

VMwareTips Rick Scherer

It is 9am Pacific Time on Tuesday, July 12th 2011 and I sure hope you’re tuned into the vmware Mega Launch so greatly titled “Raising the Bar, Part V”. If you’re not watching the live broadcast, stop right here and tune into it by clicking this link, then come back and read this post.

 

Live Blog: Raising The Bar, Part V

Yellow Bricks Duncan Epping

I am live at the Launch event in San Francisco with many other bloggers, journalists and analysts. It is the 12th of July, almost 09:00 PDT and Paul Maritz is about come up on stage to talk about the Cloud Infrastructure launch. This article will be update live during the event as we go.

 

VMware vSphere can virtualize itself + 64-bit nested guests

VCritical Eric Gray

Running VMware ESXi inside a virtual machine is a great way to experiment with different configurations and features without building out a whole lab full of hardware and storage. Virtualization enthusiasts everywhere have benefited from the ability to run ESXi on ESXi, first introduced with the vSphere 4 release.

VMware vSphere 5 makes it easier than ever to virtualize hypervisor hosts. With new capabilities to run nested 64-bit guests and take snapshots of virtual ESXi VMs, the sky is the limit for your cloud infrastructure development lab.

 

BRKCOM-3002: Network Redundancy and Load Balancing Designs for UCS Blade Servers

blog.scottlowe.org

This is BRKCOM-3002, Network Redundancy and Load Balancing Designs for UCS Blade Servers, presented by none other than M. Sean McGee (available as @mseanmcgee on Twitter; I highly recommend you follow him on Twitter if you are interested in UCS). I was really looking forward to this presentation, as I’ve spoken with Sean before and I know that he is a super-sharp UCS guru. Sean also blogs here.

 

Separate VMware vSphere Cluster For Management ?

vFAIL.NET Sean Crookston

One design decision I have heard more and more about this past year is the use of a vSphere Management Cluster, i.e. a separate cluster used entirely for management functionality such as vCenter, AD, DNS, etc..

Why create a separate Management Cluster? Perhaps there is a requirement to have management separated from the hosts physically. Perhaps you want to reuse your existing hardware and not purchase so much new hardware, so you are looking to create another smaller cluster.

 

 

My first vSPhere 5 “Monster VM”

myvirtualcloud.net Andre Leibovici news virtualization vSphere5

Amongst all the new features introduced with vSphere 5, VMware increased the virtual hardware limits for virtual machines. What has so far been referred as “Monster VM” or “Super VM” is VMware’s ultimate move to help organizations to virtualize business-critical applications.

Virtual Machine Hardware Version: 8

32 virtual CPUs

1 TB virtual RAM

2 TB virtual disk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 7/9/11

VMware Blogs

Spring Framework
Converting an existing EJB-based application to a Spring-based application (2001172)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware
Installing development versions of software packages for Suse Linux Enterprise Server for VMware (2002272)
VMware Converter
Locations of sysprep log files (2001932)
VMware Data Recovery
VMware Data Recovery backup fails with the error: Task terminated at specified stop time (2000106)
VMware ESX
After applying a host profile, starting or shutting down the ESX 4.1 host reports the error: /etc/sysconfig/network: line 1: .encoding: command not found (2002354)
Cannot log in to the ESX 4.1 host using NIS authentication (2001119)
VMware Tools incorrectly reports the message: VMware Tools can be up updated (2001382)
ESX host disconnects continuously from vSphere Client connected to vCenter Server (2002056)
Converting between CPU summation and CPU % ready values (2002181)
Making ESX-controlled storage available to Windows servers to facilitate backups (2002227)
Gathering logs to troubleshoot VSS failures (1037376)
Powering on a virtual machine from the command line when the host cannot be managed using vSphere Client (1038043)
Unable to add iSCSI datastore to ESX/ESXi hosts (2000286)
Cannot add IBM servers to an EVC enabled cluster (2000546)
Cannot configure HA for a new ESXi host added to a cluster of ESX hosts (2000907)
Adding an ESX host to vCenter Server with old LSI processes running fails (2001366)
Output of esxtop defaults to non-interactive CSV with unknown TermInfo (2001448)
Identifying virtual machines with Raw Device Mappings (RDMs) using PowerCLI (2001823)
ESX host fails due to service console file system corruption (1037945)
Windows 2008 R2 disk volume becomes read-only and fails to boot (2001611)
Event Logs display the warning message: The description for Event ID ( 105 ) in Source ( VMTools ) cannot be found (2001657)
VMware ESXi
Upgrading from ESXi 4.0 to ESXi 4.1 Update 1 fails with the error: No Bulletin or VIB found with ID 'ESXi410-GA' (1034672)
Growing a local datastore from the command line in vSphere ESXi 4.x (2002461)
Are virtual machines migrated to other available hosts when HA conditions are satisfied? (1038032)
An ESXi host fails to boot with the purple diagnostic screen error: Two filesystems with the same UUID have been detected (2000476)
Frequent APD vmkernel messages are reported even when all paths to the LUNs are not down (2000835)
iSCSI storage adapter rescan using a NetApp array reports 0 Targets, Devices, and Paths (2000946)
Migrating a virtual machine from ESX/ESXi host 4.1 to older versions of ESX/ESXi hosts in an EVC enabled cluster fails (2001373)
The performance counter of Avg. Disk sec/Transfer in Windows 2000 virtual machines spikes (2001655)
The ESX/ESXi console reports the alert message: Kernel module hpilo was loaded, but its signature does not come from a trusted certificate (2001682)
Enabling WriteCache on LSI RAID adapters (2001946)
VMware Service Manager
Escalation Recipients option under VMware Service Manager IPK Groups is greyed out (2002298)
"Check spelling" system window appears behind the application window (2001903)
Query in VMware Service Manager is missing NOLOCK configuration (2001905)
Pasting graphical data into the VMware Service Manager tool produces error: Unsupported clipboard format (2001906)
VMware vCenter Application Discovery Manager
Unable to detect TDS or TNS traffic on non-standard ports in VMware vCenter Application Discovery Manager (1036190)
VMware vCenter CapacityIQ
Unable to assign a per VM license to CapacityIQ (2000206)
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Adding virtual machines manually from vCenter Configuration Manager fails with the error: Cannot locate Discovery Files directory on the server (1025743)
VMware vCenter Converter Standalone
Physical to virtual (P2V) conversion fails with the error: A general system error occurred. Found dangling SSL error (2002296)
VMware vCenter Lab Manager
VMware vCenter Lab Manager web interface fails with the error: HTTP Error 404.3 (1038556)
Creating a Lab Manager instance using an existing database (2002282)
Creating a Lab Manager instance using an existing database to test the upgrade (2002283)
VMware vCenter Server
Deploying custom vpxa.cfg on new ESX hosts (2000850)
VMware VirtualCenter Server service fails periodically after upgrading from vCenter Server 4.0 to 4.1 (2000960)
Performance chart overview tab does not show any data (2000961)
Installing vCenter Server 4.1 Update 1 fails with the error: Error 2932 Could not create file (2001475)
The SQL.log file consumes all the disk space (2002395)
Powering on a virtual machine fails with the error: memoryAllocation.reservation (1036914)
The vCenter Server Events log reports the message: Maximum (3) number of hosts allowed for this edition of vCenter Server has been reached (1037876)
Viewing vCenter Server Performance Data and Storage View fails with the log error: Invalid chunk ignored (2000273)
vCenter Server setup/configuration fails with the error: Setup cannot join vCenter Server to the linked mode group (2001468)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
SRM Failover and TestFailover operations fail with the error: Failed to resolve 2 device locators for shadow VM (1036802)
Migrating SRM during a vCenter Server migration and upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit (2000539)
VMware vCenter Update Manager
Downloading patches from repository in VMware Update Manager fails with error: Cannot import patch definitions and patches from the incompatible source (1031722)
Update Manager is not available in a vCenter Server configured in linked mode (2001536)
VMware vFabric Enterprise Ready Server
Using your own version of PHP with vFabric Enterprise Ready Server (ERS) under Windows (1038993)
Enabling the YourKit Profiler with ERS Tomcat (2000744)
Using your own version of PHP with vFabric Enterprise Ready Server (ERS) under Linux/Unix (2001316)
VMware View Manager
Recomposing Windows XP pool to a new image that contains Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating system fails (2001964)
Kiosk mode View desktop session is in console mode after failed connection (2001965)
Possible issues when disabling or modifying the Terminal Server service on VMware View issues (2002014)
View Composer fails with the error: Disk management service is not available (2002051)
Known issues when creating a master image for Windows XP linked clones using typical settings (2001966)
VMware VirtualCenter
VMware VirtualCenter Server Service fails when accessed via the vSphere Client using Active Directory Credentials (2000934)

 

From the editors Virtual Desk

Get ready for a huge week folks. In APAC on the 13th of July is the big announcement and I am really excited to be part of it. If you haven’t registered then please register as soon as you can and don’t whatever happens miss out on this amazing event.

 

From next week I will be focusing of course on all of the new announcement material so please stand by for what will be a very exciting series of newsletters that will be coming up.

 

I look forward to seeing you all online at the event on the 13th, please don’t forget to register at http://info.vmware.com/content/APAC_AP_Virtual_Cloud_Day_Region

 

Take care until next time.

 

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)

Queensland Technical Account Manager

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VMware to Announce Next Step in Cloud Infrastructure

Please join VMware executives Paul Maritz, CEO and Steve Herrod, CTO for the unveiling of the next major step forward in Cloud infrastructure. Paul & Steve’s 45 minute live webcast will be followed by additional online sessions where you can learn more about the industry’s most trusted virtualization and cloud infrastructure products and services. Join VMware and experience how the virtualization journey is helping transform IT and ushering in the era of Cloud Computing.

 

To register, please go to: http://info.vmware.com/content/APAC_AP_Virtual_Cloud_Day_Region

 

FEATURED SOLUTION

Virtual Cloud Day - Unveiling the Infrastructure of The Future!

 

VMware Virtual Cloud Day is an online event not to be missed – Join us and discover how VMware’s unique approach addresses what is most important to your business, so that you can build the only cloud that matters - YOUR CLOUD. -  http://info.vmware.com/content/APAC_AP_Virtual_Cloud_Day_Region

 

Unveiling the Infrastructure of The Future!

 

Every business needs to be agile and requires an IT organization that keeps pace with their business needs. VMware's industry proven solutions help enterprises meet these requirements so that you can build the only cloud that matters - YOUR CLOUD.

 

Please join us at the VMware Virtual Cloud Day, an online event where Paul Maritz, CEO and Steve Herrod, CTO will unveil the next major step forward in Cloud Computing.

 

MTN Blog: Who's got the golden ticket? Win a free VMworld pass at our July 12 online event

VMware Blogs

Not signed up yet for our July 12 online Cloud Infrastructure event? You should take care of that right now before you forget, because if you register and attend the event this Tuesday, you will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE pass to VMworld 2011 in either Las Vegas or Copenhagen. Onsite registration for VMworld is $2195, but if you're a winner you'll be attending VMworld -- for FREE -- with thousands of other IT innovators as you learn how to unlock the full power of virtualization and cloud computing for your organization.

It's not to late to register for this free, online, live event. You'll get an email telling you how to attend the event starting at 9am Pacific time on Tuesday, July 12. Join VMware CEO Paul Maritz and CTO Steve Herrod live as they introduce the next generation of cloud infrastructure. A virtual conference with in-depth breakout sessions and a live Q&A chat with VMware experts will finish out this 3 hour experience.

 

MTN Blog: Who's got the golden ticket? Win a free VMworld pass at our July 12 online event

VMware Blogs

Not signed up yet for our July 12 online Cloud Infrastructure event? You should take care of that right now before you forget, because if you register and attend the event this Tuesday, you will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE pass to VMworld 2011 in either Las Vegas or Copenhagen. Onsite registration for VMworld is $2195, but if you're a winner you'll be attending VMworld -- for FREE -- with thousands of other IT innovators as you learn how to unlock the full power of virtualization and cloud computing for your organization.

It's not to late to register for this free, online, live event. You'll get an email telling you how to attend the event starting at 9am Pacific time on Tuesday, July 12. Join VMware CEO Paul Maritz and CTO Steve Herrod live as they introduce the next generation of cloud infrastructure. A virtual conference with in-depth breakout sessions and a live Q&A chat with VMware experts will finish out this 3 hour experience.

 

SPRING/CLOUD FOUNDRY NEWS

Cool Apps on Cloud Foundry - Revisited

Cloud Foundry 9/07/11 2:11 AM

It has been a while since our last look at interesting applications people have built on Cloud Foundry,so we thought we’d share a few more.  Developers are using Cloud Foundry to experiment with new technologies, play with new frameworks and languages, launch sites and more.  Below is a list of a few new applications and projects that are running on Cloud Foundry.  These apps have also been added to our Cool Apps on Cloud Foundry list.  If there is an app that you have written that you would like to add, just click on the Cool Apps on Cloud Foundry link and enter your app in the comments section.

Cool Apps :

http://inflickr.cloudfoundry.com/

Inflikr is a Flikr Explorer that has a cool UI (In beta for Chrome and Safari browsers only)

http://vaadin.cloudfoundry.com/

Vaadin is a Framework that does Server side rendering (Primarily Java Focused)

http://word-mindmap.cloudfoundry.com/

Word MindMap provides an interesting way to look at Synonyms through a MinMap style UI

http://taxireceipt.cloudfoundry.com/

An experimental node.js application for tracking Taxi Receipts (Source | Node.js & MongoDB based)

 

EDUCATION NEWS

VMware Core Spring Training

ESX Virtualization

Spring Training VMware Spring Training

VMware Learning recently introduced some new VMware Trainings.

One of those trainigs is VMware Core Spring Training. This 4 day training is where the students will be introduced to Spring, learn how to configure the application, go through the Middle-Tier architecture, Implement Enterprise Information Connectivity and integrate with Enterprise Services.

The course is available to attend online but also in physical locations. You can see all the details in this page.

 

vCloud Training by VMware Education

ESX Virtualization

VMware vCloud Director

Another of the new VMware trainings available is VMware vCloud Training.

One have to really follow about how many things are happening at VMware. vCloud Director as a product was launched already some time ago and I haven’t tested or installed the product in my lab yet. It’s on my to-do list. But for people looking for a training for vCloud Director might be interested in this VMware Training.

The  VMware vCloud Training is provided by VMware Education and one has got the possibility to attend an online class or travel to a physical location and sit the class there. The training is delivered during 3 days.

 

Free Second Chance for VCP 4

ESX Virtualization

Did you know that there is a Free second chance offer for VCP 4?

If you’re hesitating to register for a VCP exam thinking that you don’t have enough knowledge to get enough points to pass the exam, it might be interesting to know that you have Free Second Chance to pass the VCP 4 exam. To become VMware Certified Professional a student must follow an official VMware Training Class.

 

LATEST NEWS

 

ESXi Chronicles: More Tips on Migrating to ESXi

VMware Blogs

Piggybacking on my last post where I highlighted Rick Vanover’s Top 5 Tips for Migrating to ESXi, here are some additional tips to help in your ESXi migration efforts.

Ensure your hardware is supported
Remember, starting with vSphere 4.1 only 64bit hardware is supported.  This also applies to vCenter Server, which in addition to a 64-bit server also requires a 64-bit Windows OS.  Take the time to verify your hardware is supported by checking the vSphere Hardware Compatibility Guide.

 

VMware vCloud Blog: vCloud Director 1.0.1: Networking Samples

VMware Blogs

By: Massimo Re Ferre', vCloud Architect

This is a repost from Massimo’s personal blog, IT 2.0 – Next Generation IT Infrastructures.

My old vCloud Director Networking for Dummies post is still going strong according to my blog statistics. I believe this is an indicator that people are looking for more information about this topic so I thought I’d give it a little bit more color and create a few real life examples on how this theory works in practice. I suggest you read the Networking for Dummies post linked above before you dive into this one.

 

VMware End User Computing: How well prepared are government agencies for the next major natural disaster?

VMware Blogs

By Pam Takahama, Product Line Manager, VMware View – Federal Government

Lately everyone is talking about the weather--from tornado warnings at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to 14,000 lightning strikes in Hawaii--severe weather and other natural disasters require an emergency response plan. And, an effective emergency response plan should provide the ability to help first responders make rapid and precise decisions. Living in an earthquake prone area, there are plenty of emergency preparedness classes but the reality is when a major disaster strikes we often rely on local, state and federal government agencies to provide  assistance. Government cuts to emergency response programs are not well publicized but are on the increase.  For example, according to a recent article in the magazine, Emergency Management, thirty three cities did not receive funding for their emergency preparedness programs.  This begs the question in the midst of shrinking allocations--how well prepared is our government for disasters and natural calamities?

 

vCenter Orchestrator Blog: Browsing the Netflix catalog using the vCO HTTP-REST plug-in

VMware Blogs

Here is another example how to use the new vCO HTTP-REST plug-in. Let's  browse the Netflix movie catalog using vCO. We will implement a workflow that retrieves all available titles given a simple query.

First thing we need to do is define our Netflix REST host.

 

vCenter Operations Enterprise 1.0.1

Yellow Bricks

I just noticed  VC Ops Enterprise had an update, version 1.0.1 was just released. Although it is just a minor release and I more or less promised myself not to do articles about minor release or upgrades I do feel it is worth checking out. VC Ops is one of those tools that can make your life a lot easier when it comes to monitoring and pinpointing bottlenecks. Especially the new resource detail page (see screenshot below) is very useful. You can find the release notes here and you can download it here.

A new widget to display relationship and performance of objects in vSphere environment.

Introduction of resource detail page to show vSphere performance characteristics, Key Metrics, and Events.

Introduction of Analysis page to view performance of vSphere objects for a given metric via Heat map widget.

Enforcement of unique remote collector names.

 

Migrating your 32-bit vCenter Server to 64-bit

Yellow Bricks

I am working on a whitepaper about vCenter Server migrations and stumbled upon this great tool which is hidden away on the vCenter install media called “datamigration”. The data migration tool allows you to backup a vCenter Server configuration which is hosted by the MS SQL Express databases that is packaged with vCenter. Now this might seem like a limited scenario but I bet many people start out using the Express database that comes with vCenter using a 32-bit OS and found yourself more or less locked in. If you are still using 4.0 with a 32-bit platform, this is your way out. It is fairly straight forward if I may say so. The beauty of it all is that you can keep your current vCenter config, be it disabled… but you always have a roll back option might it be needed.

 

VMware HA Survey

Yellow Bricks

The Product Management Team reached out to me this week and asked me if I could help getting some real world data around HA by posting some information about a survey. These surveys are generally used to priorities features or even add functionality. So if you want to contribute please take the survey. It will roughly take 4 minutes to complete.

 

vCenter Ops Enterprise

Professional VMware

Was catching up on feeds this weekend and noticed on Duncan’s site that vCenter Operations Enterprise had hit 1.0.1, and there is some good stuff in the release itself:

User Interface

A new VirtualCenter Relationship Widget that displays the performance status of objects in your virtual environment and their relationships. You can click objects to highlight their related objects. Double-click an object to navigate to its Resource Detail page.

A new Resource Details page that displays information about the main performance characteristics, key metrics, and events of VirtualCenter objects collected through the vCenter Adapter. The Resource Detail page for resource pools, datastores, and folders resembles the Resource Detail page for non-vCenter resources.

This release includes a new VC Analysis Page under the Forensics menu. It can show predefined heat maps to compare the metric values of different objects in your virtual environment or you can create custom heat maps.

 

Automation 101 – Orchestrator & AD, Revisited

Professional VMware

As mentioned here, I have been playing around with the “nuke from orbit” bits in vCO for both Virtual Machines & their AD objects. One of the snags I hit was the fact that one of these things was not like the other. That is, the VC:VirtualMachine bits that the vCenter plug-in uses could not be passed directly to the AD:ComputerAD that the Active Directory plug-in uses.

Translation from VC:VirtualMachine to AD:ComputerAD

So to go from one to the other we need to use the getComputer method from the ActiveDirectory scripting class (from the plug-in) and call it using the name of the VM we’re working with:

 

Wireless vMotion Using Laptops

Pivot Point

In June of 2011 I visited China as EMC’s vSpecialists kicked off a program of technical workshops for VMware enthusiasts. We invited pre-sales teams from VMware, Cisco, and EMC to gather for presentations, discussions, and labs all focused on EMC and VMware products and how they work together. We call this group the vAmbassadors. And we are building communities like this throughout the Asia Pacific region.

To kick off the Chinese vAmbassador program, we wanted to show everyone EMC and VMware configurations on very simple hardware. I suggested that we try and demonstrate vMotion using our laptops and wireless Ethernet with the Celerra VSA as the embedded host storage. While I was sure it was technically possible, I had never seen this before. As it turns out, it was pretty straight forward. And was also damn fun to watch.

 

Securing Display Protocols for VDI

myvirtualcloud.net 6/07/11 8:39 AM Andre Leibovici vdi virtualization PCoIP VDI view4.6

Security in IT environments is an incessant quest nowadays. During the client/server era the ability to encrypt data between datacenter and applications was indispensible to many organizations. Transport Layer Security (TLS), Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and IPsec were widely used to secure data transmissions; and still are.

With the introduction of hosted desktops (VDI) organizations were able to centralize and consolidate application processing and data. Beyond consolidation advantages from a capacity standpoint, this centralization and consolidation process moved the high security perimeters from the edge of the organizations to the datacenter.

 

VMware View Administration Training Released

ESX Virtualization

There has been a new release of VMware Video Training from TrainSignal.

This time its Brian Knudtson which had the honor of making this Training for TrainSignal. Brian blogs at www.knudt.net/vblog and he is a triple vExpert, triple VCP working as a system engineer forVital Support Systems…. wow…  One can be certainly sure to get a high level of training with a guy like him.

 

VMware End User Computing: Get Ready for Desktop Virtualization with VMware View! New FREE Training Series…

VMware Blogs

By Courtney Burry; Product Line Manager, Enterprise Desktop BU

Starting July 19 through July 29th, join our VDI experts for a FREE 9-part bootcamp training series. In these online sessions-we will show you how to get started and successfully roll out and deploy your virtual desktops and applications. You’ll learn about key design considerations, storage and networking best practices, PCoIP tuning and how to optimize your base image. We will also touch on VMware's security server for PcoIP, how you can take advantage of powershell to write your own scripts and much more!

 

VMware View: Helpful tool for View admins

VMware Blogs

As a View developer, I spend a lot of time accessing remote desktops using the vSphere client and I don't really use 95% of the vSphere client's features.  As a result, I tend to do what I can to avoid launching the bulky vSphere client, especially given that I need to launch 1 instance per VC server.

To help with this process, today we released a "fling", VMware Boomerang, which gives you the ability to easily perform a few operations with various vSphere servers.  It runs in the background, remembers your credentials (if you opted into it), and is available for on-demand access to remote desktops.  You also can mark certain VMs as favorites in case you have a lot of servers that you are managing and only a few that you really use.

In my daily administration of my View test servers and agents, this tool helps save me a lot of time.  Boomerang keeps track of the subset of vSphere servers that I care about and I have a few favorites that represent the VMs that I interact with on a daily basis.  When I need access to a console to the remote desktop, I simply access the UI from the lower-right corner of my screen, select my VM, and click Connect.

 

Go ahead and explore this Interactive PDF licenisng document

ESX Virtualization

Mind-MAP pdf for VMware Licensing.

Few weeks I published a news article about some VDR troubleshooting tool, which is basically a PDF document with clickable areas in it. Today, I just discovered another one, from VMware KB blog. This time you can troubleshoot VMware Licensing. By clicking on different areas when you open the document -  which you can download from this page – you’re able to uncover one deeper level etc..

Once you uncover the deepest level, you’re presented with KB articles which explains the different areas of VMware Licensing together with Support contracts. If someone find its way through the VMware licensing in some way, the support contracts sometimes might be more difficult to memorize or get use to it.

Not only vSphere 4, but also ESX 3.x,  Desktop and Infrastructure and Operations Management Licensing.

 

ESXi Chronicles: Resources to help with ESXi Migrations

VMware Blogs

There's been a lot of great information recently posted on the ESXi Info Center and I thought it would be good to highlight some of the more popular resources.

The ESXi 4.1 Operations Guide which provides an overview of the operational differences between ESX and ESXi along with examples of how to perform common datacenter tasks in your ESXi environment.

The ESXi 4.1 Migration Guide which provides an overview of the ESXi migration process along with several recommendations to help ensure a smooth and seamless transition.

The ESXi migration checklists which help guide you through your ESXi migration and ensure important steps don't get forgot.

A sample host configuration worksheet which you can use as a template to make sure you capture the important ESX host settings prior to migrating to ESXi.

Also, don't forget to join the ESXi Community where you can ask questions and learn from the experiences of others.

More information is coming so be sure to book mark the ESXi Info Center and check back frequently.

 

VMware Virtualization Management Blog: vCenter Operations Knowledge Series - a free, technical best practices event

VMware Blogs

vCenter Operations gives infrastructure and operations teams the visibility and intelligence to proactively manage service levels in dynamic environments, using patented analytics and an integrated approach to performance, capacity and configuration management. Recently we started the vCenter Operations Unplugged series of posts to explain the cool features in the product.

Now VMware is also launching vCenter Operations Knowledge Series - a series of ½ day events, kicking off on July 13th. It is a technical best practices event - free to attendees and will be run in about 21 cities.So please register to attend one nearest to you.

 

VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 7/2/11

VMware Blogs 4/07/11 11:40 PM

Apache Tomcat 7
Enabling the YourKit Profiler with Apache Tomcat (2000747)
Grails
Determining the license being used by a specific Grails plugin (2000583)
VMware ESX
Logging in to Windows 2000 virtual machines running VMware Tools using RDP fail with the error: VMwareTray.exe - Entry Point Not Found (2001747)
Applying vSphere host configuration changes after an unclean shutdown (2001780)
The ESX/ESXi host logs report the message: IPMI message handler: BMC returned incorrect response (2001933)
Installing VMware Tools in RHEL 6 using the Yum repository fails (1036099)
Cannot increase the size of the virtual disk hosted on an ESX/ESXi 3.x host beyond 1024GB (2000507)
ESX Server 3.5 June 2011 Rollup CD image (2000591)
Generating an ESX log bundle fails with the errors: "Status: missing" or "Have you run out of disk space?" (1033234)
Powering on virtual machines on available ESX hosts after ESX host failure without HA configured (1038033)
Integrating vSphere 4.x into Microsoft Active Directory (2002054)
VMware ESXi
ESXi Server 3.5 June 2011 Rollup CD image (2000593)
Determining which storage or network driver is actively being used on ESXi host (1034674)
Taking a snapshot of Symantec Messaging Gateway Virtual Appliance fails when the option "Quiesce guest file system" is enabled (2000681)
Virtual machines might stop responding on AMD systems with more than 256GB memory (2000963)
Using hardware-assisted virtualization in Windows Server 2003 32bit virtual machines (2001372)
vMotion fails with the error: The processor does not support a required feature for this virtual machine (2002076)
The vmimages folder contents are not accessible through the datastore browser (2001650)
VMware Service Manager
VMware Service Manager 9.x Quick Solutions do not populate calls (1029724)
Incorrect status settings on bulk forward screens (2002038)
VMware ThinApp
Finding the externalCOM object for applications for use with ThinApp (2000521)
VMware ThinApps fails to send mails in Lotus Notes (2002002)
ThinApped Java does not load on Windows 64-bit operating systems (2002157)
VMware vCenter CapacityIQ
Changing CapacityIQ's registered vCenter Server information (1037742)
Upgrading CapacityIQ using the command line interface (2000391)
VMware vCenter Chargeback
vCenter Chargeback Storage Syncronization fails or servers show 0 MB storage consumed in Reports (1039224)
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Updating missing RHEL patch bulletins (2000858)
The basicimport command fails after mounting the Windows ISO on a OSP Linux server (2000992)
Accessing the vCenter Configuration Manger console fails with the error: HTTP Error 500.19 (2001827)
Group membership in Active Directory not updating in vCenter Configuration Manager (2000064)
HTTP agent collections in vCenter Configuration Manager fail with the error: Failed to initialize credential with principal tls (2002100)
Searching for patches with vCenter Configuration Manager fails with the message: Not Found (2002101)
VMware vCenter Converter Standalone
Virtual machine fails to boot with a blue diagnostic screen stating: 7B Stop Code after using VMware Converter (2002106)

VMware vCenter Operations Standard
VMware vCenter Operations Standard shows a 100% workload for networking (1036734)
vCenter Operations Manager dashboard is grayed out with question marks (1038994)
Unable to connect to vCenter Operations appliance (2000208)
vCenter Operations Standard 1.0 displays licensing error after changing or updating the license key (2001466)
vCenter Operations plugin is stuck on initialization (2001998)
VMware vCenter Server
Triggered datastore alarm does not get cleared (2001034)
Active Directory account locks out due to repeated failed login attempts from vCenter Server (2001703)
Changing the default log location for vCenter Server (2002125)
How to find the appropriate value for the 'String specifying the time zone' option of Host Profiles (1027572)
VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservice cannot connect to the Oracle 10g database (1030533)
Average memory usage on a cluster in vCenter Server 4.x is incorrect (1031282)
Understanding db_owner permissions and scripting for the vCenter Server database (1036206)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager placeholder virtual machines and datastores show high provisioned space (2000585)
The vCenter Service status, Licensing Reporting Manager and vCenter Hardware Status plug-ins fail with the error: The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found. (2001986)
Accessing the Storage View tab in vCenter Server fails with the error: Cannot create PoolableConnectionFactory ([Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Invalid string or buffer length) (2001363)
VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat
Installing VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat on Windows Server 2008 fails with the error: This action cannot be completed because the other program is busy (2001908)
Migrating vCenter Server Heartbeat 6.3 Update 1 and later from identical nodes to non-identical nodes (2002112)
Migrating vCenter Server Heartbeat 6.3 Update 1 and later from identical nodes to non-identical (Updates MS DNS) nodes (2002117)
VMware vCenter Update Manager
VMware Update Manager fails to start after a fresh install (2000615)
VMware vCloud Connector
Location of vCloud Connector log files (2002152)
VMware vCloud Director
Logging in to vCloud Director using an LDAP user account that is a member of more than 200 Active Directory groups fails (1037308)
Customizing a guest operating system in vCloud Director fails with the error: Guest OS customization is not supported for this OS type (1039045)
VMware vCloud Director cells shut down after 15 minutes (2000087)
VMware vCloud Director Cell fails to start with the error: CacheException while starting the cell (2002155)
VMware vFabric Enterprise Ready Server
Installing VMware vFabric Enterprise Ready Server on Linux (2001867)
Installing VMware vFabric Enterprise Ready Server on Windows (2001977)
VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent
Setting the HQ_JAVA_HOME system environment variable for a vFabric Hyperic Agent in Windows (2001730)
VMware View Manager
Creating or provisioning a VMware View desktop pool fails with the error: View Composer Fault: VMware.Sim.Fault.VcDatastoreInaccessibleFault (2001736)
View Composer service fails to start after changing the vCenter Server password (2002004)
Moving videos across the screen fails when using Bloomberg's software with Multimonitor setup (2002009)
High CPU utilization on Windows XP View Agent when Smartcard service is not running (2002109)
VMware VirtualCenter
Shrinking the size of the vCenter Server SQL database (1036738)
VMware vShield Edge
Cannot establish a vShield Edge VPN connection (2000168)

From the editors Virtual Desk

Hi everyone, well only about 2 weeks to go until the Cloud Infrastructure announcement. I am rally excited about this event and hope that you have registered for the event and any local event taking place in your region. I will be part of this event as well so I have spent the past week skilling up so I am ready to answer questions during the event.

 

I have made some changes to this week’s newsletter and will be including more detail about the blog that the article comes from. I am doing this to try and give as much credit as possible in the newsletter to the original authors which if you have been following my newsletter for the past 2 and a half years are the reason this newsletter exists and the real heroes out there.

 

This week’s main announcement is on vFabric 5. As you might know I am a huge fan of developers and the developer community so announcements like this are very important to me. We are certainly taking the world of development to the next level with this and the many other services that we are working on and making better each and every day such as Cloud Foundry and other services that are related to this.

 

All information in this newsletter is archived on my blog at http://communities.vmware.com/blogs/vmwaretam and of course feel free to contact me or your TAM on anything that you would like further information on.

 

Take care until next time.

 

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)

Queensland Technical Account Manager

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VMware to Announce Next Step in Cloud Infrastructure

Please join VMware executives Paul Maritz, CEO and Steve Herrod, CTO for the unveiling of the next major step forward in Cloud infrastructure. Paul & Steve’s 45 minute live webcast will be followed by additional online sessions where you can learn more about the industry’s most trusted virtualization and cloud infrastructure products and services. Join VMware and experience how the virtualization journey is helping transform IT and ushering in the era of Cloud Computing.

 

To register, please go to: http://bit.ly/ihnk4P

 

FEATURED SOLUTION

vFabric 5

Defining the Future for Virtualized and Cloud Java

by Rod Johnson in Cloud Computing, Java, Spring, SpringSource, VMware.

 

Today I am proud to announce version 5 of our VMware vFabric™ application platform defining the future of enterprise Java for cloud and virtualized execution environments. vFabric blazes the path to new and modern cloud architectures by providing a modern programming model paired with next-generation platform services. A path that is not overgrown with the cruft and complexity of prior-generation technologies. With vFabric 5, VMware is ensuring that enterprise Java is ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s demanding, data-intensive, massively scalable applications.

vFabric 5 continues to provide the best place to run your Spring applications with vFabric tc Server and the ability to monitor and manage those production solutions with incredible intelligence via vFabric Hyperic. The platform also addresses the technical challenges of cloud computing head on, supporting new approaches to data management that enable applications to scale across elastic, geographically distributed cloud architectures with our vFabric GemFire and RabbitMQtechnologies. This release introduces important new technologies that can take advantage of underlying virtualized environments to provide a new degree of flexibility and control for Java applications

 

continue reading at: http://blog.springsource.com/2011/06/14/announcing-vfabric-5/

 

SPRING/CLOUD FOUNDRY NEWS

Hyperic Brings Application Monitoring to Cloud Foundry

Cloud Foundry 30/06/11 4:33 AM

Today the vFabric Hyperic team just announced plug-in support for CloudFoundry. Hyperic is an application monitoring solution for web applications.

What does this mean?

Anyone who has deployed Hyperic and wants to leverage its monitoring capabilities to work with Cloud Foundry just needs to activate the plug-in and configure it to point to a Cloud Foundry instance to begin monitoring. The things that Hyperic can monitor inside of Cloud Foundry is pretty detailed, you can find the entire list here.

If you use Cloud Foundry and are a vFabric customer, this is something worth checking out.  Here is a screencast/demo of what the plug-in can do.

-The Cloud Foundry Team

 

Countdown to Grails 2.0: Static resources

SpringSource Team Blog 1/07/11 2:08 AM Peter Ledbrook Groovy/Grails Web

Web applications typically rely heavily on what we call static resources, such as Javascript, CSS and image files. In a Grails application, they are put into a project's web-app directory and then referenced from the HTML. For example, <link rel="stylesheet" href="${resource(dir: 'css', file: 'main.css')}" type="text/css"> will create a link to the file web-app/css/main.css. All very [...]

 

LATEST NEWS

vCenter Orchestrator Blog: Example of high level workflow with the SOAP plug-in

VMware Blogs 23/06/11 4:38 PM

In this post we’re going to show an example of a high level workflow composed of simple workflows generated with the SOAP plug-in.

First of all, we need a vCO server with the SOAP plug-in installed on it. The process of installing the SOAP plug-in is quite straightforward, you just have to follow the steps described on the SOAP plug-in User Guide.

 

VMware End User Computing: VMware Labs Fling -- ThinApped vSphere Client

VMware Blogs 24/06/11 1:00 AM

Back in March VMware Labs released this Fling.  We thought it was worth pointing to again. Jonathan Clark from VMware gives a demo of the VMware ThinApp version of the popular VMware vSphere Client. This VMware Labs Fling uses VMware ThinApp to package vSphere Client into a single portable EXE giving you instant access to your virtual infrastructure from any computer.

VMware Thinapp clients are easy to install and port.  All it takes is copy/download the exe file and running on Windows machine, then connect to an existing vSphere server and you are all set to go. It is that easy!  To learn more visit http://labs.vmware.com/flings/thinapp-vsphere.

ThinApp has been used by corporate administrators to deploy thousands of applications to millions of desktops. Use VMware ThinApp to create your own virtualized applications, for more information visit the VMware ThinApp page.

 

vCenter Orchestrator Blog: A vCO plug-in for vCenter Update Manager example

VMware Blogs 24/06/11 8:00 AM

As posted in this blog vCenter Orchestrator plug-in for vCenter Update Manager is now available.The plugin comes with a set of predefined actions and workflows that abstracts the VUM API and reduce the complexity of using it.

I will show how to implement a common usage scenario inspired from vCenter Update Manager Admin Guide.

Attach an upgrade baseline to the VMs in the datacenter

Scan the datacenter inventory

Get the compliance state

Export the compliance state to a PDF or HTML.

Remediate the datacenter inventory.

 

VMware Virtualization Management Blog: Identifying capacity bottlenecks before and after CapacityIQ What-If scenario

VMware Blogs 24/06/11 8:51 AM

Perhaps just a coincidence, but I got this question during two customer presentations this week - is there a way in vCenter CapacityIQ what-if scenarios to point out which resource is causing the capacity shortfall? In other words, is there a way to see which resource is the bottleneck before and after a what-if scenario is modelled?

Let's walk through this use case in more details with some screenshots. Before you run a what-if scenario, vCenter CapacityIQ provides the time remaining information in two screens. First, you can see this in the CapacityIQ Dashboard.

 

vCO Team: Automate VMware LabManager with vCenter Orchestrator

VMware Blogs 24/06/11 3:00 PM webmaster@vcoteam.info (Christian Johannsen)

With the new released SOAP/REST plug-in you can automate everything you ever dreamed of! One of my favorite use cases is to automate the VMware Lab Manager operations with the SOAP plug-in. As many of you know the Lab Manager offers 2 API´s: an external and an internal one. The following examples are based on the internal API (https://YourLabManagerServer/LabManager/SOAP/LabmanagerInternal.asmx). This use case shows how to establish the VMware LabManager SOAP connection, create an new configuration, adding a template-based VM to the configuration, deploy the configuration and change the owner of the configuration.

 

VMware Virtualization Management Blog: vCenter Configuration Manager releases updated DISA guidelines

VMware Blogs 25/06/11 4:41 AM

A quick Friday note to point out that VMware Center for Policy and Compliance recently announced latest content update for Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) in vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM). Check the blog post at the VMware Security & Compliance Blog for further details.

 

VMware Security Blog: Analogies and The Principle of Least Privilege

VMware Blogs 27/06/11 1:56 PM

Ana Seijas here -- one of the newest members of the VMware Security & Compliance team.  So I've been doing security for a long time...started as an external systems auditor and then onto internal audit, consulting, training, CISO, but the one thing I've enjoyed the most was being a Systems Engineer.  So I've been an SE as they are most commonly known for a number of years and for several very large companies.   As SE's we play consultant, sales person, techy or plain listener for our customers...and with all of these hats the one thing in common is that we do a lot of presenting!  As soon as there's even just one person in the room, we're ready to present....be it a Powerpoint, whiteboard, or napkin!  So over the years I've taken many presentation classes....and although I've learned many cool techniques, the one thing that stands out and I try to do most of all is create analogies of technical stuff to real-world stuff.  Its how I can make people remember what this stuff really does!

 

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: Managing Virtual Machine questions with PowerCLI

VMware Blogs 27/06/11 11:05 PM

Greetings to all vSphere administrators out there! This post will illustrate another vSphere feature that is interesting from an automation perspective, namely - virtual machine questions.

Virtual Machine questions are questions that must be answered before the operation of a given virtual machine can continue. These questions can arise in different situations. These situations are usually rare but when they occur they block the virtual machine and require attention before the VM can be started again. Let’s see how we can elegantly handle those VM questions with PowerCLI.

 

Uptime: PowerCLI and SRM - what you need to know!

VMware Blogs 29/06/11 6:36 AM

Hello all,

I did say some time ago that I would help get you started with PowerCLI in the SRM world.  I have taken a lot of time to get here but I will help today.  I had a lot of issues making it work - my own issues that were tough but the wonderful Alan Renouf of thisblog and this one was a big help!

I suggest you review the SRM and Scripting blog I did previously for background info.

We have a number of things to do before you can execute a PowerCLI script during a failover.

 

ESXi Chronicles: Tips on Migrating to ESXi

VMware Blogs 30/06/11 7:37 AM

Over the past couple months I've been on the road presenting on the topic of ESXi migration at several regional VMware User Group (VMUG) conferences.  When presenting on ESXi migration one question that always gets asked is "what are the gotchas and and what can I do to avoid them?".  Based on this I was planning to do put together a "Top 10" list of things to watch for when migrating to ESXi when I came across this great blog article by Rick Vanover at Virtualization Review titled Top 5 Tips for Migrating to ESXi.  It's a great blog and a must read for anyone getting ready to migrate to ESXi.  Enjoy the article and be sure to check back for more tips on making the transition to ESXi.

 

VMware End User Computing: VMware Zimbra Allows MxToolbox to Offer Robust, Flexible Messaging Management Solution

VMware Blogs 1/07/11 1:00 AM

When MxToolbox, Inc. was founded in 2003, its primary focus was email security: helping small and medium-sized businesses fend off viruses and stem the growing flood of spam.

But as the needs of its customers changed, MxToolbox evolved as well. “Starting around 2006, we saw a drop-off in businesses looking for email filtering,” says Steve Harper, CEO, MxToolbox. “But it isn’t that companies no longer need filtering tools. It’s that they are getting rid of their email servers entirely.”

 

 

VMware End User Computing: Introducing VMware Zimbra for Android – A New Fling from VMware Labs!

VMware Blogs 1/07/11 2:09 AM

By Srinivas Krishnamurti, Senior Director, Mobile Solutions, VMware

We are excited to announce the availability of VMware Zimbra for Android (VZA) as a fling. A fling is a short-term thing, not a serious relationship but a fun one. Likewise, the tools that are offered as a fling from VMware Labs are intended to be played with and explored. None of them are guaranteed to become part of any future product offering and there is no support for them. They are, however, totally free for you to download and play around with!

 

VMware vCloud Blog: CloudCleaner: Features and Benefits of VMware Labs Latest Fling

VMware Blogs 1/07/11 2:10 AM

By: Matt Sarrel

If you’re like me then you are constantly changing configurations and redeploying virtual machine images. There can be a problem with this because host machines on the vCenter Server managed by vCloud Director can end up with orphaned resources if vCloud Director is removed.
Now this problem has a solution: CloudCleaner, a free product that helps restore these systems to a clean state. It selectively (or completely) removes all vCloud Director-created virtual machines, resource pools, network pools, and networks. It can also unprepare hosts that have been prepared by vCloud Director.

 

Using VAAI to Maintain Control?

blog.scottlowe.org 17/06/11 12:40 AM slowe Storage Virtualization SAN VMware vSphere

Chris M Evans (@chrismevans) aka The Storage Architect recently posted an article on his site titled “VAAI – Offloading or Maintaining Control?” The article was a follow-up to a discussion with Nigel Poulton (@nigelpoulton) at HP Discover 2011.

The basic premise of the article as I understand it was a discussion of whether the introduction of VAAI (vStorage APIs for Array Integration), while it does bring benefits to the storage layer, also gives VMware more control. Quoting from the article:

 

PXE Manager Howto: Converting ESX hosts to ESXi

ESX Virtualization 23/06/11 10:00 PM Andy Server Virtualization ESX to ESXi ESXi Migration Fling kickstart PXE Manager vmware labs

PXE Manager Howto: Converting ESX hosts to ESXi

This is a guest post by Andy Grant.

PXE Manager was updated last week offering a new feature: ESX to ESXi conversion.  With VMware’s push to replace classic ESX with ESXi this feature comes at a good time.  Prior to any migration, it is highly recommended to review VMware’s ESXi migration guides at the ESXi Info Center.

Migration

Converting an ESX host to ESXi assumes you have successfully setup PXE Manager and loaded ESXi stateful/less images.

With little documentation regarding the feature, I though I would try it out and report on how it works.

 

Advanced Disk Parameters: the unofficial diagram

ESX Virtualization 27/06/11 10:00 PM Andy Server Virtualization DQLEN DSNRO esxcfg-advcfg Queue Depth storage

Advanced Disk Parameters: the unofficial diagram

This is a guest post by Andy Grant.

When it comes to understanding complex topics, I find it useful to create a diagram of the concept or system in question.  The creative process aids in my understanding and provides a means for discussion and review.

In an attempt to wrap my head around the different advanced disk parameters available, I created this diagram to better visualize the relationship between the settings.

To fit all the parameters into an easily view-able format, I have identified certain settings outside the VMkernel to provide correlation with the behavior they monitor.  Please be clear, every setting takes effect in the VMkernel.

I have tried to visualize a few ideas:

-  The green blocks represents small random I/O.   Notice the distance apart on disk.

-  The orange blocks represent large sequential I/O.  The blocks are located within close proximity on disk.

 

VM MAC Address Changes in VMware View

myvirtualcloud.net 28/06/11 1:48 PM Andre Leibovici tips vdi virtualization VDI view4.6 Vmware

A common question from VMware View administrators is if the MAC addresses in each VM are retained after a recompose or refresh operation.

In VMware View 4.0 and earlier linked cloning operations were a little more CPU and IO intensive. Because of the high number of recourses utilized during these operations VMware decided to change the basics of those operations for VMware View 4.5. I have previously written about how Linked Cloning operations work under the hood, read on Part 1 and Part 2 of my article “VMware View 4.5 Linked Cloning Operations Explained”. The article does not discuss the retention of MAC addresses.

 

PCoIP Network Design Checklist

myvirtualcloud.net 29/06/11 4:25 AM Andre Leibovici news vdi virtualization PCoIP teradici VDI

The PCoIP protocol provides a real-time delivery of a rich user desktop experience in virtual desktop and remote workstation environments. To ensure a responsive desktop, the PCoIP protocol must be deployed across a properly architected virtual desktop network infrastructure that meets bandwidth, QoS, latency, jitter, and packet loss requirements.

Teradici released the 2nd version of their Virtual Desktop Network Design Checklist document. This is a must read document, digging down to Network Requirements, Network Bandwidth, and PCoIP Session Variables.

 

VMware vSphere Client for iPad v1.1 is now available in Apple App Store

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 28/06/11 5:37 AM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) VMware View

Srinivas and his team are very excited to announce that v1.1 is now approved by Apple and is available in the App Store right now.  Be sure to first get updated vCMA so get the latest version of the backend vCMA server (v1.1) that is required for the new client. You can download the latest vCMA appliance at: http://labs.vmware.com/flings/vcma. The biggest "feature" in v1.1 of the client is to support management of ESX and ESXi hosts directly from the iPad without requiring a vCenter server instance.

VMware Labs present its latest fling VMware Zimbra for Android (VZA)

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 1/07/11 2:16 AM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Tools

VMware Zimbra for Android (VZA) is a native Android collaboration application that allows you to access your email, calendar, contacts, tasks and files from any Android device, specifically smartphones and tablets.
VZA supports any Microsoft ActiveSync compliant email server and also supports the VMware Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS). With ZCS as the backend, VZA offers several additional ZCS-only features such as Briefcase, Saved Searches and many others that are not available in any of the Android email applications in the market today.
Be one of the first one to try, rate and comment - http://labs.vmware.com/flings/vza

 

EMC – naviseccli – Basics – Part 1

penguinpunk.net 23/06/11 11:25 PM dan CLARiiON EMC MirrorView Storage Unisphere cx4 cx4-960 cx700 emc flare howto naviseccli san

For those of you unfamiliar with the EMC tool naviseccli, I thought I’d do a few posts on some useful commands that can be run to save you some time if you’ve been doing a lot of repetitive tasks. The naviseccli tool is very powerful and can be unforgiving, so as always I recommend you read the manual and be sure that you know what you’re doing before you do it. The tool is ostensibly used to send status or configuration requests to a storage system (specifically the VNX or CX4) via the command line and can be installed on a Windows, Linux, Solaris or whatever platform.

 

Virtualisation 101 – Creating VMs Part 1

PlanetVM 27/06/11 5:30 PM Simon Bodecott The 101 series

To continue the introduction to Virtualisation by Simon we now move on to Creating virtual machines.

Building a shiny new VMware cluster is only the start of the journey to virtualisation – the majority of time and effort will be actually be spent creating and managing the virtual machines that will run on this new infrastructure.

This article will give a high level overview of some of the methods available for creating new VMs, and how you can automate the process to work more efficiently.

 

vCenter Orchestrator – VIX Plugin Installation

Professional VMware 28/06/11 12:44 AM bunchc automation orchestrator vCO VIX

If you are going to be using Orchestrator… and you should be, you are going to want to pull down and install the VIX plugin fromhere.

Why? I hope you are strapped into your seat, and that seat is bolted to the floor because the awesome fixing to drop will hit with a force so hard it will blow you over otherwise. Think on this situation:

 

Automation 101: vCenter Orchestrator – Set Custom Attributes

Professional VMware 30/06/11 12:30 AM bunchc orchestrator vCO vSphere

vCenter Orchestrator… It’s power is only exceeded by it’s mystery. Or so we thought… We’ve touched on vCO a number of times in the past. So much so that I’m actually writing a book on it (Yes that was a shameless plug…).  What follows now was a special request from Maish Saidel-Keesing brought about by a conversation about when and where to use vCO.

Specifically, he wanted to know not only if it were possible to set custom attributes, but to first check if they’re present, then if not, set them, and to do this on a re-occurring basis. What follows will be a lot of text followed by a download link to the completed workflow.

 

vCenter Orchestrator – Active Directory Like A Boss

Professional VMware 30/06/11 10:48 PM bunchc automation orchestrator vCO

This week has me finishing up Chapter 10 or so of the upcoming vCO Book (Amazon pre-order link here). Chapter 10 is the “How to cleanse a VM with fire” or so, and one of the varied bits of clean-up you have to do after deleting a VM is to pop that sucker out of your AD. Afterall, you don’t want to have stale machine accounts sitting around do you? That’s almost as bad as the stale pizza left on your table… no good.

 

Thin Client vs Zero Client

The SLOG - SimonLong/Blog 27/06/11 7:37 PM Simon Long General IT Gestalt IT VMware thin client vdi zero client

I was reading a discussion on an internal mailing list today about the differences between Thin and Zero desktop clients for VDI. I thought I would summaries the discussion and share it with you as it certainly helped to get it clear in my mind.

Zero Client

A Zero client is a special purpose / built client that uses a SoC or FPGA.

It is upgraded using a  firmware image. (Think of it like your  WiFi router.)

They all have software and they all run an OS.

The Teradici zero client for example runs a RTOS ( Real Time OS ) called Thread-X

Thin Client

A Thin Client is a device that has a stripped down custom OS, customized Linux OS or OEMed Windows Embedded OS.

The image is typically larger than a firmware payload and in some cases a little more difficult to distribute depending on the management tools.

Some will argue they need to be managed / patched more and in some way that is true.

An example of a Thin Client would be like VDI Blaster where you have a tiny OS installed on a PC which has only one function and that's to get you to your virtual desktop.

 

Disk.SchedNumReqOutstanding the story

Yellow Bricks 23/06/11 10:13 PM Duncan Epping Storage 4.1 ESX esxi vSphere vstorage

There has been a lot of discussion in the past around Disk.SchedNumReqOutstanding and what the value should be and how it relates to the Queue Depth. Jason Boche wrote a whole article about when Disk.SchedNumReqOutstanding (DSNRO) is used and when not and I guess I would explain it as follows:

When two or more virtual machines are issuing I/Os to the same datastore Disk.SchedNumReqOutstanding will limit the amount of I/Os that will be issued to the LUN.

 

 

VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 6/25/11

Apache Tomcat 7
How can Tomcat redirect to a secure connection when behind a reverse proxy web server? (1037406)
Eclipse Virgo
Enabling the YourKit Profiler with Eclipse Virgo (2000979)
VMware Converter
Setting the minimum vCenter Server permissions required to perform VMware Converter operations (2000123)
VMware Data Recovery
Backing up a virtual machine using VMware Data Recovery fails with the error: Trouble writing to destination store, -1115 ( disk full) (2000009)
VMware ESX
Scanning ESX/ESXi 4.1 hosts using VMware Update Manager fails with the error: No space left on Device (1028213)
After upgrading from vSphere 4.0 to vSphere 4.1, the Load-Based Teaming and Network I/O (NetIOC) Control options are missing (1037898)
Displaying the ARP and Neighbor Discovery cache for VMkernel network interfaces (2000130)
Multicast subscribers drop off when using active/active vSwitch (2000313)
Cannot access the Recycle Bin after adding a second disk to a Windows 7 virtual machine (2001320)
Browsing datastore from within vCenter Server shows vpxa logs but not datastore contents (2001346)
Windows virtual machine fails to boot the error: BOOTMGR is missing (2001388)
Monitoring network traffic from within a virtual machine on a VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi server (1038847)
Powered-off virtual machines are incorrectly powered on by HA after an ESX host is rebooted (1034509)
vSphere ESX/ESXi hardware status sensors return different cached values in API than in vSphere Client (1037330)
Fixing the vmkernel message: iprt_vmk table absent (1038089)
Degraded storage performance when the guest partition is not aligned to the underlying logical storage blocks (2001484)
Information regarding vSphere storage device latency performance metrics (2001676)
VMware ESX 4.0.x
Cannot mount a snapshot volume that has VMFS extents on ESX 4.x (1035222)
Cold migration or deploying template fails with the error: Cannot connect to host (1036619)
VMware HA and vMotion with stretched IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Cluster (2000948)
VMware ESXi
Cannot create a VMkernel port on an ESXi host (1034275)
Requesting a VMware speaker at an event (2001189)
Configuring additional gateways for vmkernel ports on an ESXi host (2001426)
Deleting a vmdk file for a virtual machine that is no longer used fails: Device or resource busy (1039362)
Linux virtual machine reports the error: TPVMLPD: Device type not supported (2001254)
Failure to enter Standby mode on a vSphere ESX/ESXi host (2001651)
Emulex OneConnect loses network connectivity with tagged traffic (2001858)
VMware Fusion
Boot Camp virtual machine fails to power on with the error: Resource Busy (2001712)
Using Activity Monitor to investigate the processes that are related to VMware Fusion (2001739)
Opening folders or files that have long names or paths can cause applications to fail on Windows guests (2001824)
VMware Service Manager
Configuring a KB Sharepoint site for use with the VMware Service Manager Knowledge Bank (2001271)
Request Manager does not receive notifications when the Target Date Exceeded option is enabled (2001567)
Knowledge Base articles in Customer Portal are not properly formatted (2001606)
VMware ThinApp
Capturing a ThinApp application on a 64-bit operating system (2001334)
Different versions of the same ThinApped application cannot be run simultaneously on the same system (2001630)
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Collections on UNIX/Linux agents fail in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager with PingFailed errors (1025833)
Installing a package from VCM collector console fails due to missing file: repositories.xml (1038131)
VCM Upgrade or Reinstallation fails with error: Package Parsing Error (2001828)
vCenter Configuration Manager collections on Solaris systems with ZFS filesystems fail (1039315)
Installing the VMware vCenter Configuration Manager Import-Export tool on non-collector machines (2000600)
Remote commands fail to run in vCenter Configuration Manager (2001678)
vCenter Configuration Manager login fails with blue screen and authorization error 4060 (2001691)
VMware vCenter Lab Manager
Unable to share a configuration with the Organization Administrator of a different Organization (1035945)
Setting customization parameters in a Lab Manager customization script (1037162)
VMware vCenter Operations Standard
vCenter Operations Standard becomes unresponsive when being configured (1037601)
vCenter Operations Standard shows higher network I/O workload than expected (2001129)
Resetting the root user password in the vCenter Operations virtual appliance (2001476)
Resetting the Administrator password in vCenter Operations (2001483)
VMware vCenter Server
Scanning ESX/ESXi hosts using VMware Update Manager fails after reinstalling vCenter Server and Update Manager (1031691)
vCenter server fails to start with the error: [VpxdMain] Failed to initialize: vmodl.fault.ManagedObjectNotFound (2001504)
vCenter Server reports SystemBoard9 Memory messages under Health Status - Memory (1030420)
DRS recommendations are ignored when the virtual machine is powered on by scheduled task (1035224)
Virtual machines lose network connectivity after deploying from template, customizing, and powering on after creation using dynamic portbinding (1037675)
Cannot enable vSphere Client plugins after they are installed (2001202)
Finding the global annotation and the non-global annotation data in the vCenter Server database (2001242)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Site Recovery Manager powers on virtual machine with Recovery Priority set to Do not power on (2001390)
VMware vCenter Update Manager
Patch staging and remediation using Update Manager fail (2001631)
VMware vCloud Connector
Setting the debug logging level for vCloud Connector (2001208)
Modifying the file size and the number of files to retain in vCloud Connector (2001209)
VMware vCloud Director
When uploading a vApp in vCloud Director, the vApp status changes to ERROR (1036717)
vCloud Director Setup wizard fails when creating the system folder in vCenter Server with the error: The name '<object name>' already exists (1036801)
Changing the Oracle database login credentials on a vCloud Director cell (1037148)
Using the fence-util module to troubleshoot vCloud Director Network Isolation issues in vCloud Director (2001438)
VMware vFabric GemFire
Update on Gemstone support infrastructure changes (2001806)
VMware vFabric Hyperic Server
Locating the vFabric Hyperic license file (1037752)
Hyperic installation fails with the error: Errors while performing Hbm2DDLExporter (1039373)
VMware vFabric tc Server
Enabling the YourKit Profiler with tc Server running in SpringSource Tool Suite (2000980)
VMware View Manager
Error during provisioning: Unable to find folder (1038077)
USB redirection in View Manager takes a long time to connect and is slow to access when using SSL (2000438)
Connection to the View Admin page fails with error: The requested resource admin is not available (2001277)
Creating a link clone desktop with no disposable disks fails when using the Power Shell command: Update-automaticlinkedclonepool (2001313)
View Manager 4.x session that uses the PCoIP protocol disconnects frequently (2001443)
Mulit-monitor connection fails on View Client running on Windows XP Embedded (2001679)
Automated backup of the ADAM or View Composer database fails (2001534)
VMware vShield Endpoint
Guest operating systems that are supported for vShield Endpoint Thin Agent (1036847)
VMware vSphere Management Assistant
esxcli commands do not work with vi-fastpass (1038472)
VMware Workstation
Workstation virtual machine quits unexpectedly after mounting a USB drive (1020920)

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