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
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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
Cloud Foundry 30/06/11 4:33 AM
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
SpringSource Team Blog 1/07/11 2:08 AM Peter Ledbrook Groovy/Grails Web
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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!
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.
VMware Blogs 29/06/11 6:36 AM
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.
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 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 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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
It is upgraded using a firmware image. (Think of it like your WiFi router.)
They all have software and they all run an OS.
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.
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.
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