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From the editors Virtual Desk

 

Last week I mentioned in my newsletter that I had created a vCenter Operations Enterprise VM for use at my TAM customers for proof of concepts. Well since then a lot of people have asked me for more information on this and how it is working out so I decided to share the details with all of you.

 

Please be aware of the following however. The VM is totally unsupported by VMware in this configuration and of course you will need a full version of vCenter Operations to do this. The system is also not very scalable and is really just a single purpose POC VM. The other components however are all available and fairly easy to obtain. Here is a summary of what I have done, this does not include all steps so please be aware that there are items that will potentially be missing.

 

Download and install Fedora Desktop (I am not comfortable in command line only). I have chosen Fedora 14 still as this was something I knew worked with the next component. This is a simple install in VMware (Fusion/Workstation/ESX), just create a new VM and give it an appropriate amount of CPU and Memory and Disk (I used 16GB which is easy to extend if required later on) and chose Redhat Enterprise 5 64 as the VM type, and boot from the live CD. Once up and running click the Install on the desktop.

 

Once completed I then downloaded and installed Oracle Express 10 which is what I would use as the database. This was a bit tricky to get installed but there are some good guides on doing this on the web which are easily obtained with a search. I then installed VMware tools. Again search the web there are excellent guides on this.

 

The final piece was to install VC Operations Enterprise 1.0.1. Once this was complete I then installed the VMware vCenter adapter as this was the adapter that I would be using primarily in my accounts for the POC however there are many other available and I will be testing a few others which I will give you info on in future newsletters.

 

So that really is it, I now have a working VM all ready to drop into my customers environment.

 

Next week I will give you some info on the setup of the VM and over the following weeks how I am using this at customers.

 

If you require any more info on this or anything else in the newsletter please just let me know

 

Take care until next time.

 

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)

Queensland Technical Account Manager

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FEATURED ARTICLES

vSphere Licensing Advisor 1.0

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VMware vSphere Licensing Advisor allows users with vSphere 4.1, vSphere 4.0 and Virtual Infrastructure 3.5 environments to calculate and understand their vRAM usage and vRAM capacity as if they upgraded to vSphere 5.0.

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VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS

ESXi Chronicles: ESXi and Lopsided Bootbanks

VMware Blogs 13/08/11 2:51 AM

While working on a white paper that discusses everything you ever wanted to know about upgrading to ESXi 5.0 I ran across this interesting quote in the vSphere 5.0 Upgrade Guide:

For most ESXi 4.x hosts, the partition table is not rewritten in the upgrade to ESXi 5.0. The partition table is rewritten for systems that have lopsided bootbanks. Lopsided boot banks can occur in systems that are upgraded from ESXi 3.5 to ESXi 4.x, and then upgraded directly to ESXi 5.0.

I really like the term “lopsided bootbanks” because it just sounds cool.  However, besides trying to figure out if the correct term is “bootbanks” or “boot banks” this also made me curious about what exactly are lopsided boot banks, how do I know if I suffer from this condition, and what is the implication of having lopsided boot banks?  I did some research and here’s the scoop on lopsided boot banks.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Exactly how big can I make a single-extent VMFS-5 datastore?

VMware Blogs 12/08/11 9:21 PM

This discussion came up recently with some friends in the communities, and it had quiet an interesting outcome. The discussion was around exactly how large can you make the largest VMFS-5 single-extent volume in vSphere 5.0. Well, we are stating 64TB in our docs, but exactly how big is 64TB? We decided to find out.

As a test, three LUNs of different sizes were created. The first was 63TB, the next was 64TB and the final one was 65TB. The following is what was observed when a VMFS-5 volume was created on these LUNs:

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) - Installed & Configured in under 10 minutes

VMware Blogs 11/08/11 11:23 PM

This is a nice short video which I created recently for the VMware KBTV site. It will take you through a complete installation and configuration of the vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) in under 10 minutes (and that is pretty much in real-time). It will also try to show you what is happening behind the scenes, from a network configuration and a storage configuration perspective. The primary objective is to show you how simple it is to install and configure the new vSphere Storage Appliance that we are launching with vSphere 5.0.

 

VROOM!: First SAP SD Benchmark on vSphere 5 Shows Performance within 6% of Native

VMware Blogs 11/08/11 5:32 AM

The first SAP sales and distribution (SD) benchmark on vSphere 5 has beenpublished. It takes advantage of the new larger VM support in vSphere 5 to reach 4,600 SD Users and 25,150 SAPs with a 24-vCPU VM running on a Fujitsu Primergy server. This is the largest SAP 2-tier benchmark on vSphere as of today.

Fujitsu took the extra step of using the same server and test configuration to publish a non-virtualized result. Comparing the two tests shows that virtual is only 6% lower than native. This is a result of the hard work that was put into vSphere 5 to optimize its performance and shows that large 24 vCPU VMs can have performance very close to native.

A more detailed technical paper is being worked on by Fujitsu and VMware and will be released soon.

Some details of the SAP configuration used in the tests – SAP ECC 6.0 with EHP 4 on Fujitsu Primergy RX300 S6 with 2 x Intel Xeon X5690 processors and 96 GB RAM. The OS used was SuSE Enterprise Linux 11 SP1 and MaxDB 7.8 for the database. SAP certificates are 2011027 and 2011028.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 8 - Handling the All Paths Down (APD) condition

VMware Blogs 10/08/11 11:21 PM

All Paths Down (APD) is an issue which has come up time and time again, and has impacted a number of our customers. Let's start with a brief description about what All Paths Down (APD) actually is & how it occurs, & what impact it has on the host. Then we'll get into how we have improved the behaviour in 5.0.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 7 - VMFS-5 & GPT

VMware Blogs 8/08/11 10:19 PM

In order to accommodate much larger VMFS-5 single extent (~60TB) filesystems, VMware needed to implement a new partition table standard in vSphere 5.0. Historically, VMware used the MBR (Master Boot Record) partition table, but this limited the size of the partition to 2TB approx. GPT, the GUID Partition Table, overcomes this limitation.

It should be noted that VMFS-3 filesystems built on previous versions of vSphere which are subsequently upgraded to VMFS5 will continue to use MBR while their size remains below 2TB. Once the filesystem is grown above 2TB, the partition table will automatically & seamlessly be switched to GPT, even if it has running VMs (which is kind of cool).

 

VMTN Blog: Next Generation Development Tools

VMware Blogs 10/08/11 3:58 AM

Development methodologies and tools never stand still, and have been evolving since the dawn of the computer industry. And the more sophisticated our web applications begome, the larger our datasets grow, and the more need there is for cross-application communication, the more we need powerful and efficient programming tools, models and design patterns.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: 2TB VMDKs on Upgraded VMFS-3 to VMFS-5. Really?

VMware Blogs 5/08/11 7:08 PM

Yes! :-)

I've had this query a number of times now, so I decided to do a quick note about it. There seems to be some uncertainty around whether or not you can create larger (2TB - 512 byte) VMDKs on VMFS-3 filesystems that have been upgraded to VMFS-5. The answer is "yes you can". I think this uncertainty is arising because the upgraded VMFS-5 continues to use the previously defined file block size of the VMFS-3, and that block size had a bearing on the size of the VMDK that you could create, i.e.

1MB file block size - max file size is 256GB

2MB file block size - max file size is 512GB

4MB file block size - max file size is 1TB

8MB file block size - max file size is 2TB

And I guess folks are thinking that because we maintain this original file block size in the upgraded VMFS-5, this still has relevance to the maximum size of the VMDK. But this is not true. Let's run through a scenario:

 

VMware Cloud Application Platform at VMworld 2011 - US

Cloud Foundry 10/08/11 4:04 AM

VMworld attendees, come learn about the best platform for running application on vSphere infrastructure.  We have over 20 sessions, labs and panels where you can learn about PaaS, BigData/NoSQL, Cloud Databases, High Performance Computing, Application Management, Cloud Messaging and much more.

Free copy of Micro Cloud Foundry for the first 200 attendees that register for the Cloud Application Platform sessions - register to the sessions now to get yours!

 

RabbitMQ + Cloud Foundry: Cloud Messaging that Just Works

Cloud Foundry 10/08/11 11:15 AM amqp, spring, rails, sinatra, rabbitmq cloud foundry messaging message broker ruby node.js

Cloud Foundry™ is the industry’s first open platform as a service. Providing a choice of developer frameworks, application services and deployment clouds, Cloud Foundry simplifies application development and makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy and scale applications. Cloud Foundry already supports multiple application services including MySQL, MongoDB and Redis. And we are working to add more.

 

VMWARE TV BLOG

VMwareTV: What's New in VMware vShield 5.0 - Trust Your Cloud

VMware Blogs 10/08/11 7:59 AM

 

What's New in VMware vShield 5.0 - Trust Your Cloud

vmware.com -- VMware Product Mgr for Security Products, Ravi Kumar, introduces and discusses VMware vShield 5.0 for security and compliance.

 

VMwareTV: What's New in VMware vSphere 5 and vCenter Heartbeat 6.4

VMware Blogs 10/08/11 7:53 AM

 

What's New in VMware vSphere 5 and vCenter Heartbeat 6.4

vmware.com -- A recap of VMware vSphere 5 and vCenter Heartbeat 6.4.

 

VMwareTV: VMware vSphere Storage Appliance - How does it work?

VMware Blogs 10/08/11 7:53 AM

 

VMware vSphere Storage Appliance - How does it work?

vmware.com -- Watch this video for a overview of the vSphere Storage Appliance and how it works. Learn about "Shared Storage for Everyone"

 

VMwareTV: What's New in VMware vCloud Director 1.5

VMware Blogs 10/08/11 7:46 AM

 

What's New in VMware vCloud Director 1.5

vmware.com -- VMware Director of Enterprise Cloud Product Marketing, discusses what's new in VMware vCloud Director. Learn about building an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud with the VMware vCloud Solution.

 

VMwareTV: VMware Cloud Infrastructure Launch - VMware vSphere 5

VMware Blogs 10/08/11 7:46 AM

 

VMware Cloud Infrastructure Launch - VMware vSphere 5

vmware.com -- VMware CEO, Paul Maritz and VMware CTO, Steve Herrod introduce VMware vSphere 5 and the new cloud infrastructure suite.

 

VMwareTV: VMware vFabric GemFire Risk & Pricing (Billion $ Case Study)

VMware Blogs 8/08/11 7:32 PM

 

VMware vFabric GemFire Risk & Pricing (Billion $ Case Study)

Listen to how this bank achieved a billion dollar profit in a situation where the new agility and accurate timely decisions were made possible with VMware vFabric GemFire. Learn more: vmware.com

 

VMwareTV: VMware vFabric GemFire Online Retail Trading Case Study

VMware Blogs 8/08/11 7:31 PM

 

VMware vFabric GemFire Online Retail Trading Case Study

VMware vFabric GemFire Online Retail Case Study with David Brown. Learn more about vFabric Gemfire: vmware.com

 

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS

vSphere 5 – Installing VUM – VMware Update Manager

ESX Virtualization 12/08/11 4:00 PM Vladan SEGET Videos VMware update manager vSphere 5 update manager vSphere 5 Video VUM

VUM – VMware Update Manager installation Video from my Lab.

In this video you’ll see an installation of VMware Update Manager, which is integrated solution for patching ESX(i) hosts and VMs. Part of the installation is the upgrade process from vSphere 4.1, where you got the choice of deleting the old files (or not).

 

vSphere 5 Auto Deploy PXE booting through Cisco ASA firewall

Gabes Virtual World

 

In response to my blog post on “vSphere 5 – How to run ESXi stateless with vSphere Auto Deploy“, I received a comment from Rob Ellison, who ran into issues when PXE booting through a Cisco ASA firewall. In a second comment he explained how he solved the issue. Turned out there was an issue with the frame size of the gPXE client. Below is his solution to this issue. Should you have any questions on this specific issue, feel free to contact Rob. Thank you Rob for this solution.

 

vSphere 5 Storage Appliance Installation and Configuration Demo

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 6/08/11 10:04 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Online Training

In vSphere 5.0, VMware releases a new software storage appliance called the vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA). This appliance provides an alternative storage solution for customers who lack the in-house technical resources or budget for shared VI storage using a SAN or NAS array so that customers can exploit the unique features available in vSphere, such as vSphere HA, vMotion and vSphere DRS. This demo shows the installation and configuration of VSA and 2 scenarios that demonstrate resilience capability. For more information click here.

 

vSphere 5 Auto Deploy Demo

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 7/08/11 10:07 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Online Training

This demo will show how vSphere Auto Deploy enables dynamic provisioning of new hosts to a vSphere 5.0 cluster. For more information click here.

 

vSphere 5 Profile-Driven Storage Demo

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 8/08/11 9:55 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Online Training

This demo shows vSphere Profile-Driven Storage, a feature in vSphere that allows rapid and intelligent provisioning of applications, while ensuring application service levels match the available storage. For more information click here.

 

vSphere 5 Web Client Demo

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 9/08/11 4:48 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Online Training

The demo will show how easy the new vSphere web client is to access as well as highlight the simplicity of navigating the new interface for common day-to-day tasks of virtualization administrators. For more information click here.

 

vSphere 5 Storage Appliance Resilience Demo

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 10/08/11 4:25 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Online Training

The vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) Resilience demo will show you how the VSA cluster can survive an appliance failure & an ESXi failure, so that the VMs running on a VSA datastore are not impacted in any way when a node in the cluster fails. For more information click here.

 

vSphere 5 Storage DRS Demo

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 11/08/11 4:52 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Online Training

Storage DRS is an I/O and space load balancing mechanism that determines the best place for a given virtual machine's data to live when it is created and then used over time. For more information click here.

 

Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to vSphere 5

Pivot Point 7/08/11 3:19 PM drummonds Uncategorized osx srm vasa vcloud director vshield vsphere

I was recently re-watching the classic cultural assessment of our friends down under,Bart vs. Australia. Among the other completely accurate portrayals of our Aussie friends, you will see MPs slopping pigs, the Prime Minister drinking beer from an inner-tube on a lake, and of course The Boot. All of this got me thinking of the Melbourne stop in EMC’s five-city Pre-sales Conference Roadshow that finished a week ago. VMware partially sponsored this event and its fantastic SE and one of my good friends, Pete Marfatia, gave an electrifying presentation on the top 10 reasons to upgrade to vSphere 5.

In this entry I want to share with you VMware’s top 10 list that Pete presented with Tim Hartman. I have provided a PDF version of their presentation on my blog in case you want more detail. Feel free to contact me, your local VMware SE, or a vSpecialist if you want more information. Now, on to the top 10!

 

VMware ESXi 5 Scripted Install to USB Flash

VCritical 10/08/11 2:48 PM Eric Gray Virtualizationism Hyper-V installation PXE USB flash

One of the great features of VMware vSphere is the capability to boot VMware ESXi from USB flash — eliminating local storage and array controllers can reduce the acquisition and operational costs for hypervisor hosts.

 

How do you protect vCenter?

vFAIL.NET 10/08/11 10:12 PM Sean Crookston VCAP-DCD VCDX VMware Design vcenter vcenter heartbeat vsphere

vCenter is more and more becoming a critical piece to remain online at all time. By no means am I saying that it wasn’t always nice or a good idea to protect vCenter, but more and more products outside of vSphere or advanced features such as the distributed virtual switch and VMware View have a greater reliance on vCenter then just the hosts themselves. While the above mentioned will continue to run as is, any updates to networking or recomposition of desktops would not happen.

 

Check vCenter Services

Virtu-Al 9/08/11 8:20 AM Virtu-Al PowerCLI vmware powershell

A quick function which allows you to check the VMware services on your vCenter server by hooking into windows and looking at the service status, this is useful and something I have been using as part of my vCheck script for a long time but recently became useful for a colleague.

 

vCloud Director Hard coded MAC

2vcps and a Truck 7/08/11 2:48 AM Jon Owings vmware

If you are like me and build and destroy things constantly or just like doing things in ways you probably are not supposed to here is a quick tip.

I was destroying a vCD environment the other day but I wanted to save some templates I created with vCD. Instead of exporting and re-importing or using some intelligent method. I used vCenter to clone the VM to another place. While I was using this machine I cloned it off a few times for some tests.

 

A Deeper Look at VASA

blog.scottlowe.org 12/08/11 10:00 PM slowe Storage Virtualization VMware vSphere

Much has been said and written about VASA (the vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness), a key part of vSphere 5 and the “magic” behind the new profile-driven storage functionality. I recently had the opportunity to dive a bit deeper into VASA, and discovered some information that I felt was important to share with the virtualization community. This post probably won’t earn me any brownie points at VMware, but at least we’ll all have a better idea of what VASA can and cannot do.

 

SDRS and Auto-Tiering solutions – The Injector

Yellow Bricks 5/08/11 10:38 PM Duncan Epping Server Storage 5 5.0 sdrs storage drs vSphere vstorage

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about Storage DRS (hereafter SDRS) interoperability and I mentioned that using SDRS with Auto-Tiering solutions should work… Now the truth is slightly different, however as I noticed some people  started throwing huge exclamation marks around SDRS I wanted to make a statement. Many have discussed this and made comments around why SDRS would not be supported with auto-tiering solutions and I noticed the common idea is that SDRS would not be supported with them as it could initiate a migration to a different datastore and as such “reset” the tiered VM back to default. Although this is correct there is a different reason why VMware recommends to follow the guidelines provided by the Storage Vendor. The guideline by the way is to use Space Balancing but not enable I/O metric. Those who were part of the beta or have read the documentation, or our book might recall this when creating datastore clusters select datastores which have similar performance characteristics. In other words do not mix an SSD backed datastore with a SATA backed datastore, however mixing SATA with SAS is okay. Before we will explain why lets repeat the basics around SDRS:

 

VM with disks in multiple datastore clusters?

Yellow Bricks 10/08/11 12:10 AM Duncan Epping Server 5 5.0 Storage storage drs vSphere vstorage

This week I received a question about Storage DRS. The question was if it was possible to have a VM with multiple disks in different datastore clusters? It’s not uncommon to have set ups like these so I figured it would be smart to document it. The answer is yes that is supported. You can create a virtual machine with a system disk on a raid-5 backed datastore cluster and a data disk on a raid-10 backed datastore cluster. If Storage DRS sees the need to migrate either of the disks to a different datastore it will make the recommendation to do so.

 

vSphere 5.0 HA: Application Monitoring intro

Yellow Bricks 11/08/11 7:23 PM Duncan Epping Server 5 5.0 app monitoring applicationHA ha vm monitoring vSphere

I don’t think anyone has blogged about App Monitoring yet so I figured I would do a “what’s new / intro” to App Monitoring in vSphere 5.0. Prior to vSphere 5 App Monitoring could only be leveraged by partners which had access to the SDK/APIs. A handful of partners leveraged those of which probably Symantec’s ApplicationHA is the best example. The “problem” with that though is that you would still need to buy a piece of software while you might have in-house development who could easily bake this into their application… well with vSphere 5 you can. I grabbed one of the latest code drops and started playing around. Note that I am not going to do an extensive article on this. Just showing what you have after installing the package. In my case I installed it on a Windows VM.

 

Partitioned Cluster with HA vSphere 5, who owns what?

Yellow Bricks 12/08/11 10:59 PM Duncan Epping BC-DR Server Storage 5 5.0 ha vSphere

I received a question today about a partitioned clusters (in vSphere 5.0) with HA. The question was which Master would own which VMs when a partition exists and how is determined which master can own which VM? I have already briefly explained the difference between an isolation and a partition. Now it is good to realize that when a partition exists the new master may take responsibility for VMs. I used “may” intentionally as there is no guarantee it will own any VMs at that point, so why is this and how does it take ownership of VMs?

 

VMWARE KB ARTICLES

VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 8/6/11

VMware Blogs

Apache Tomcat 7
Generating a self-signed SSL certificate using the Java keytool command (2004193)
VMware ESX
Migrating virtual machine swap (.vswp) files from one datastore to another (2003956)
All of the IP addresses assigned to a network adapter are not visible (2004301)
SNMP configuration steps for VI3 and vSphere 4.0/4.1 (2003845)
VMware ESXi
After migrating the host from ESX Classic to ESXi, ESXi reports the warning: Migrate: 456: Invalid message type for new connection: 542393671. Expecting message of type INIT (0) (2002969)
Troubleshooting LUN connectivity issues due to IBM DS3500 using an incorrect multipathing policy (1031630)
Adding hot memory to a virtual machine fails (2003525)
VMware Fusion
Installing or uninstalling application in Windows fails with the Windows Installer error: Error 1601 (2004136)
VMware Service Manager
VMware Service Manager emails are truncated when sending Knowledge Base articles and Change Management (2003867)
Call Report fails to display e-mail properly in vCenter Service Manager (2004312)
Opening a VMware Service Manager call fails with the error: EnableDisableCustomFields function fail (2003581)
VMware Service Manager Service Window is accessible even after removing the permissions in the IPK role (2003644)
Unable to remove an image added to the VMware Service Manager service record (2003649)
Configuring MAPI Mail Server in VMware Service Manager 9.x Rolling Patch 09 or later (2004071)
VMware Service Manager event log reports the warning: SELECT SU_ADMIN_AUDIT_DATA took xx milliseconds to execute (2004212)
Service Manager group members in a partition do not receive emails when a call in another partition is forwarded to them (2004282)
VMware vCenter CapacityIQ
Disabling weak ciphers for the CapacityIQ virtual appliance (2004031)
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
SSRS reports do not display in the vCenter Configuration Manager console (2002231)
A vCenter Configuration Manager collection succeeds but is empty (2002994)
VCM database heartbeat job fails with error 4121 (2003452)
Troubleshooting ESX host collections (2003508)
Installing or applying a license generates an error: Problem with license file, Failed to get License Interface (2003710)
Collection jobs are not removed from the running jobs list after finishing (2003992)
vCenter Configuration Manager fails to run custom reports with the error: subscript_out_of_range (2004081)
VMware vCenter Server
vCenter Server shows gaps in performance data for some ESX/ESXi hosts (2004196)
Enabling debug logging for the VMware Web Services log file (2004234)
VMware vCloud Director
vCloud Director cannot deploy sysprep package (2004364)
Configure vCloud director servers and database to be in the same timezone (2003985)
VMware View Manager
Moving detached persistent disks into the desktop virtual machine folder after creating desktops from persistent disk (2003123)
Installing the VMware View agent on a physical machine using the command line (2003129)
Differences between QuickPrep and Sysprep (2003797)
VMware VirtualCenter
Slow vCenter Server performance after increasing the performance data statistics collection level to more than 2 (2003885)

From the editors Virtual Desk

 

Well another big news week from VMware. yes there were a few who did not feel as if our new licensing model was appropriate for them and vented their frustration on the forums and blogs. Well far be it from VMware to just sit by and do nothing, in the tradition of a great company who listens to their customers the licensing has been revised. Please see the featured article below for more on this.

 

As for me I have spent most of this week with vCenter Operations Enterprise and building up a proof of concept using the Linux build of this awesome technology that I can deliver to my customers. This was very productive and fairly easy to accomplish with not much effort. I now have a fully portable vCenter Operations VM that I can take to customers and do a full proof of concept on, pretty happy about that and I know my customers will be too.

 

I have also been presenting my vSphere what’s new to my customers and this week was part two for many of them which was all around vSphere, vCenter, networking and so forth. Continuing with this I will be doing new features in Site Recovery Manager (SRM) with many of them next week which is one of my favourite solutions.

 

We are also heading towards VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas and in line with this awesome event I will be providing VMworld related information in the newsletter to get everyone ready for the event.

 

I also want to point you to the collection of Mind Maps to help you troubleshoot issues that are all now in a single convenient place for you to find. See below for more info.

 

I have a busy week ahead and hope that you too have a productive one.

 

Take care until next time.

 

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)

Queensland Technical Account Manager

 

FEATURED ARTICLE

Changes to the vRAM licensing model introduced on July 12, 2011

As many of you know, with the introduction of vSphere 5 we also announced changes to the vSphere licensing model in order to align costs with the benefits of virtualization rather than with the physical attributes of each individual server.  These changes generated debate in the blogosphere, across the VMware communities, and in conversations with customers and partners.  Some of the discussion had to do with confusion around the changes.  We have been watching the commentaries on the blogs very carefully, and we have been listening in the customer conversations very intently. We got a ton of feedback that probed the impact of the new licensing model on every possible use case and scenario, and equally important, reflected our customers’ intense passion for VMware.

We are a company built on customer goodwill and we take customer feedback to heart.  Our primary objective is to do right by our customers, and we are announcing three changes to the vSphere 5 licensing model that address the three most recurring areas of customer feedback:

We’ve increased vRAM entitlements for all vSphere editions, including the doubling of the entitlements for vSphere Enterprise and Enterprise Plus.

We’ve capped the amount of vRAM we count in any given VM, so that no VM, not even the “monster” 1TB vRAM VM, would cost more than one vSphere Enterprise Plus license.

We adjusted our model to be much more flexible around transient workloads, and short-term spikes that are typical in test & dev environments for example.

Below is a description of what we heard from our customers and partners, the changes we are making and the impact we expect they will have:

 

Please read the rest of the article at: http://blogs.vmware.com/rethinkit/2011/08/changes-to-the-vram-licensing-model-introduced-on-july-12-2011.html

 

VMware Support Insider: Index of Resolution Path KB Articles

VMware Blogs 4/08/11 2:25 AM

We have featured many Mind Maps in this blog and gotten fabulous feedback on them, so today we are presenting an Index so you can easily locate and download the ones most relevant to you.

Mind Maps are a visualization of our Resolution Path KB articles, which are collections of modular steps that can be used to solve tech support issues. Being modular, they can be re-used in other resolution paths. A good example is using the ping command to test network connectivity. This step is used in all kinds of troubleshooting procedures. Put a number of these steps together, and you have a method.

Troubleshooting ThinApp Issues

Troubleshooting Storage Issues

vSphere Install Troubleshooting

Vsphere Licensing Troubleshooting

Resolution Paths for VDR Issues

Resolution Paths for VMware Site Recovery Manager Issues

Unpresenting LUNs from ESX/ESXi 4.x

Resolution Paths for OS Issues

Resolution Paths for Converter Issues

Resolution Paths for Lab Manager Issues

vSphere Troubleshooting Network Issues

VMware View Resolution Paths

vSphere Troubleshooting Management Issues

VMware Update Manager Resolution Paths

VMware Fusion Resolution Paths

VMware Workstation Resolution Path

Fault Resolution Paths

Capacity Planner Resolution Paths

 

LATEST NEWS THIS WEEK

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VMware Blogs

VMware End User Computing: Top 10 Reasons to Attend VMworld

VMware Blogs 2/08/11 6:07 AM

If you haven’t yet registered for VMworld 2011, do it today as hotel rooms are selling out quickly and airfare won’t drop significantly in the near future. VMworld is THE place to learn about the hottest virtualization and cloud computing technologies and get a sneak peek of what is coming up next.

Here are Top 10 reasons why you won’t want to miss VMworld 2011.

1. Dive deep into VMware vSphere.
Get the latest updates to the best platform for building cloud infrastructures with Sessions and Labs dedicated to vSphere 5.0.

2. Get a grip on cloud computing.
Learn what cloud computing is all about, including how to use it to reduce IT complexity and enable IT as a service.

3. Arm yourself with knowledge.
Choose from more than 175 unique Breakout Sessions led by subject-matter experts.

4. Get your hands dirty.
Explore how virtualization can make a powerful impact on your organization by choosing from Hands-on Labs covering over 20 topics.

5. Hear from the top in General Sessions.
VMware’s Paul Maritz, Chief Executive Officer, and Dr. Stephen Herrod, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of R&D, present VMware’s vision for IT as a Service.

6. Participate in the ultimate show-and-share.
With more than 250 exhibitors, the Solutions Exchange is the perfect place to network, learn and explore the latest virtualization and cloud infrastructure products, services and solutions.

7. Stay in the know.
Be one of the first to hear exciting announcements from VMware. We've got some great ones coming up that you don't want to miss.

8. Pick the brain of an expert.
Hear subject-matter experts present in Sessions, lead Group Discussions and then meet them one-on-one to cover topics that relate specifically to your organization.

9. Network, network, network.
Meet, connect, and share your experiences with virtualization and cloud computing with peers from around the world and across your industry.

  1. Revel in your "developerness".
    If you're a developer building and delivering solutions on VMware platforms, the Technology Exchange for Alliance Partners is the premier event for you.

 

ESXi Chronicles: Customize ESXi 4.1 images with ESXi-Customizer

VMware Blogs 3/08/11 3:36 AM

vSphere 5.0 comes with the ESXi Image Builder CLI to create and maintain custom ESXi images.  However, Image Builder only works with ESXi 5.0 which doesn't help if you're running ESXi 4.1.  For those on ESXi 4.1 check out the ESXi Customizer.   A very useful tool...

 

VMware vCloud Blog: Top Resources to Learn about vCloud Director – UPDATE AUGUST 2011

VMware Blogs 3/08/11 6:39 AM

By: David Davis

In September 2010 I published a very popular article, Top Resources to Learn about vCloud Director, here on the VMware vCloud blog. Since that article a major revision has been released to vCloud Director and copious resources have been released or updated.

On July 12, 2011 VMware introduced “the first comprehensive cloud infrastructure suite” with policy, reporting, and self-service provided by the newly announced (and soon to be available) vCloud Director 1.5.

 

Virtualization for SAP Solutions: First SAP SD Benchmark on vSphere 5

VMware Blogs 3/08/11 6:49 PM communities-emailer@vmware.com

Results: 4600 SD Users and 25150 SAPS* in a 2tier setup with 24 vCPU's

This is the largest 2 tier virtualized benchmark in history, and an excellent proof-point for:

VMware vSphere  scalability

Large  virtualized databases

Supportability  of large SAP systems

Extremely low overhead of just 6% compared to the same native System

Details on the SAP SD benchmark certificate :

 

VMware End User Computing: Desktop Virtualization with vSphere 5: Licensing Overview (Update 8/3/11)

VMware Blogs 4/08/11 7:00 AM

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

<<This is an updated to this blog as of August 3, 2011. For additional information on vSphere licensing, please read Bogomil Balkansky, VP, Product Management's blog here.>>

As we have been interacting with customers and partners over the past couple of weeks and based on those conversations, I want to provide a primer on the desktop virtualization solutions licensing options provided by VMware.

In my blog post a while back, I outlined the how VMware’s new licensing model forvSphere 5 includes some important updates for our customers who are deploying VDI.  Today I want to highlight and discuss three key scenarios for VMware customers and partners in light of today's announcement:

 

VMwareTV: My Cloud - VMware for Education

VMware Blogs 4/08/11 12:00 PM

 

My Cloud - VMware for Education

vmware.com -- Extend the reach of education with virtualization and Your Cloud.

 

VMware Networking Blog: vSphere 5 New Networking Features - Introduction

VMware Blogs 5/08/11 8:36 AM

Before I introduce you to the new networking features in vSphere 5, I want to take a moment and introduce myself first. My name is Venky and I work as Technical Marketing Manager at VMware. I am responsible for technical marketing activities around vSphere Networking features. I am really excited to share and learn with you on this forum. I feel that it is going to be a fun ride

In this blog I want to introduce you to the new networking features in vSphere 5. I will share more details on each of the feature in the subsequent posts.

There are two broad types of networking capabilities that are new or enhanced in the VMware vSphere 5 release. The first type improves the network administrator’s ability to monitor and troubleshoot virtual infrastructure traffic by introducing features such as

• NetFlow V5

  • Port mirror (SPAN)

 

vExpert/External Blogs

Using hardware-assisted virtualization in Windows Server 2003 32-bit virtual machines

VMware Front Experience 9/07/11 5:09 AM Andreas Peetz performance cpu windows 2003 vSphere 4 mmu

This is the title of a VMware KB article (KB2001372) that was recently posted, and it includes very interesting information for anyone running virtualized Windows 2003 servers on vSphere (so, probably all of us).

 

ESX(i) is able to use different methods for virtualizing the CPU and associated MMU (memory management unit) instruction sets. You can configure that for a VM in its Advanced Options / CPU/MMU virtualization:

 

mprove your vSphere client's performance

VMware Front Experience 17/07/11 5:33 AM Andreas Peetz performance vSphere Client vSphere 4 slow views

Are you tired of staring at this window?

 

vSphere Client taking ages to load a VM view

If you manage a vSphere environment with several hundreds of VMs you might notice a disturbing slowness in screen refreshes when you initially look at lists of lots of VMs, try to refresh such views or resort them by clicking on the attributes' columns.

 

We have been struggling with this for a long time (in fact, since we upgraded to vSphere 4) without ever finding out how to improve or resolve this.

Now I got the tip to look at VMware's KB1029665. It exactly describes this symptom and recommends tuning the Java Memory pool of the Tomcat installation that is used on the vCenter server.

 

vSphere 5.0 HA: Changes in admission control

Yellow Bricks 3/08/11 4:13 PM Duncan Epping BC-DR cloud Server 5 5.0 ha high availability vSphere

I just wanted to point out a couple of changes for HA in vSphere 5.0 with regards to admission control. Although they might seem minor they are important to keep in mind when redesigning your environment. Lets just discuss each of the admission control policies and list the changes underneath.

Host failures cluster tolerates
Still uses the slot algorithm. Major change here is that you can have a value larger than 4 hosts. The 4 host limit was imposed by the Primary/Secondary node concept. As this constraint has been lifted it is now possible to select an N-1 value. So in the case of a 16 host cluster you can set the value to 15. Another change is the default slotsize for CPU. The default slotsize used to be 256MHz. This has been decreased to 32MHz.

 

vSphere 5 – Metro vMotion

Yellow Bricks 3/08/11 10:00 PM Duncan Epping BC-DR cloud Management & Automation 5 5.0 metro vmotion vSphere

I received a question last week about higher latency thresholds for vMotion… A rumor was floating around that vMotion would support RTT latency up to 10 miliseconds instead of 5. (RTT=Round Trip Time) Well this is partially true. With vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus this is true. With any of the versions below Enterprise Plus the supported limit is 5 miliseconds RTT. Is there a technical reason for this?

 

Using EMC Unisphere over high-latency RDP connection trick

Virtual Geek 3/08/11 6:07 PM Chad Sakac

I sometimes connect into my labs over high-latency connections.   Sometimes, I have to have use a jump box, which makes running Unisphere in the full client manner a non-option.   In those cases, I RDP to the jump box and then open Unisphere from there (or even worse, RDP in RDP).

So… Unisphere has been getting rave reviews (I haven’t heard anything negative, though I’d welcome the feedback – even if critical so long as it’s courteous) – and one of the reasons is that it’s a nice, shiny, modern UI.   With each passing version, legacy moves further and further behind us (I for one won’t be sad when no JRE is needed anymore!).

 

VMworld 2011 Sneak-Preview Details and Links

Virtual Geek 2/08/11 11:50 PM Chad Sakac

All – the details behind VMworld 2011 are starting to solidify publicly, but there’s still lots to “sneak peak” :-)

Bogomil Balkansky (VP, Product Marketing at VMware) joined me on last-week’s live VMware/EMC webcast (every week, same bat-time and same bat-channel – Thursdays at 11am ET) which covered VMworld 2011.   We talked about:

what’s big things are in store

key sessions to attend

a sneak peak at the epic hands-on-labs

Some things to leverage for spouses

Tips on locations and schwag

and of course, the social scene – both in terms of social media, but also the night-life.

 

vSphere 5 License Entitlement changes

Virtu-Al 3/08/11 10:48 PM Virtu-Al PowerCLI powershell vmware

Following my previous post VMware have just announced a change to the License entitlements to vSphere 5, I know I work for VMware and therefore my view is obviously slightly tainted but I personally think this is a good move and it proves that they do listen and value their customers opinions.

So what changes have been made ?

VMware have increased vRAM entitlements for all vSphere editions.

The amount of vRAM has been capped at 96GB of vRAM, so if your VMs have over this amount it will only count the first 96GB.

The amount of vRAM is now calculated as a 12 month average of allocated vRAM

 

VMware ESXi 5 Interactive PXE Installation Improvements

VCritical 1/08/11 8:22 AM Eric Gray Virtualizationism ESXi installation PXE

A flexible PXE infrastructure can be a real force multiplier in your technology arsenal.  Fully-automated installs are great time-savers, but there is also value in being able to perform an interactive (manual) install of VMware ESXi, Linux, or Windows over the network.  Physical installation media is becoming less and less viable in this day of lights-out datacenters, and virtual media capabilities provided with remote consoles, such as iLO, are best reserved for punishing junior members of the team.  It’s easy enough to have a Linux-based PXE server coexist with Windows Deployment Services — useful for environments that need to deploy various operating systems on a single VLAN.

 

Prime Numbers, PI & VMs

Professional VMware 2/08/11 2:06 PM bunchc CPU ESX VMware

 

Since vSphere added the ability to have oddly numbered non power of two vCPU configurations, I’ve wondered what it’d be like to run a VM with an odd number. Will Windows react oddly? etc?

I also had some curiosity around doing similar for non standard amounts of ram (non power’s of two or multiples of 1024).

 

When changing resources on my vCenter VM I decided to take the plunge, Prime numbered CPU’s and 2PI * 1024 (rounded) MB of ram. Into it a few months now and so far so good!

 

Virtualisation 101 – Physical to Virtual (P2V) Migrations

PlanetVM 2/08/11 12:35 AM Simon Bodecott P2V The 101 series

Following on from last month’s article on deploying brand new virtual machines Simon this month moves on to looking at how to migrate existing Physical or Virtual machines running on earlier or competing virtualisation platforms to vSphere.

 

What Is P2V?

P2V is the term used for creating a new virtual server containing the operating system, applications and data copied over from an existing physical server. It refers to the process and/or technology used to perform the conversion.

 

vSphere 5 Video - ESXi Firewall Configuration

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 1/08/11 7:00 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Online Training vSphere 5

ESXi includes a firewall between the management interface and the network. To ensure the integrity of the host, VMware has reduced the number of firewall ports that are open by default. The ESXi firewall is enabled by default. At installation time, the firewall is configured to block incoming and outgoing traffic, except traffic for the default services. The firewall also allows Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) pings and communication with DHCP and DNS (UDP only) clients.

 

VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference – My look

ESX Virtualization 4/08/11 12:20 AM Vladan SEGET Specials Powerclibook.com VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference vSphere PowerCLI Reference

VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference – The book – www.powerclibook.com

It’s been some time that I got in my hands this book, but did not find enough time to read it… and even less time to write a review about this book. But finally I made both.

This book is all about automating. It is collaborative work of several Masters of PowerCLI: Luc Dekens, Alan Renouf, Glenn Sizemore, Arnim van Lieshout, Jonathan Medd.

First of all, I just want to repeat, that I’m not a scripting guy, but… If one needs to automate stuff, one need to make some effort and learn stuff, right? I can tell you, one does not have to fear scripting, especially if there are some GUI tools like PowerGUI to get you started….

 

Video of installation of VMware VSA – vSphere Storage Appliance

ESX Virtualization 3/08/11 3:16 AM Vladan SEGET Videos VMware VSA VSA VMware vSphere 5 VSA

This video comes from VMware and shows the install, configure of VSA

It’s quite enjoyable to watch this video showing the installation and configuration of the new VMware product – VSA - vSphere Storage appliance. The VSA can be leveraged in the SMB market which lucks SAN storage. In fact by configuring VSA with local disks, you can benefit such a features as HA (High availability) and vMotion. All you need to have is 2 or 3 ESX hosts.

 

VMware Knowledge Base Articles

VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 7/30/11

VMware Blogs 2/08/11 10:36 PM

VMware ACE
Cannot log in to a virtual machine after changing the domain account password from another machine (2003636)
Date Published: 7/28/2011

VMware ESX
ESX host shows a purple diagnostic screen and the error: Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at virtual address 00000004 (2004208)
Date Published: 7/29/2011
Configuring the License Server on vCenter Server fails with the error: License server 27000@x.x.x.x is unavailable (2002483)
Date Published: 7/29/2011

VMware ESXi
VMware High Availability fails with the error: Misconfiguration in the host Network setup (2003774)
Date Published: 7/25/2011
Oracle Linux 5.6 kernel packages supported by ESX/ESXi 4.x (2003936)
Date Published: 7/27/2011
esxupdate fails with the error: Another instance of esxupdate is currently running. Unable to open lock file (No space left on device) (2004153)
Date Published: 7/29/2011
vMotion fails at 82% with the error: General system error occured: Source detected that destination failed to resume. (2002379)
Date Published: 7/26/2011
Entering Maintenance mode on ESXi causes host to disconnect and "hostd-worker" process to crash (2003931)
Date Published: 7/26/2011

VMware Service Manager
The Time Zone option in the Work Hours tab of Agreement Details in VMware Service Manager is grayed out (2003879)
Date Published: 7/28/2011
Approvals sent to deleted stakeholders in VMware service Manager go to requester/requester manager (2004002)
Date Published: 7/28/2011
VMware Service Manager reports show duplicate officers (2003546)
Date Published: 7/28/2011

VMware Service Manager
Unable to forward tickets from one group to another (2003861)
Date Published: 7/25/2011
Tasks show selections from all partitions when creating workflow templates (2004120)
Date Published: 7/29/2011
Performing a customer search from within the VMware Service Manager customer portal fails with the error: unable to extend temp segment by 128 in tablespace TEMP ORA-27072: File I/O error (2001324)

Date Published: 7/25/2011
VMware Service Manager Event Connector passes REF values instead of TEXT values (2001358)
Date Published: 7/29/2011
Call Description is not copied to the Request Description in VMware Service Manager (2001422)
Date Published: 7/29/2011
Copy Solution button on the VMware Service Manager Knowledge Administration toolbar does not copy the solution (2002219)
Date Published: 7/29/2011
Changes to the ticket reporting functionality in VMware Service Manager 9.x (2003550)
Date Published: 7/27/2011
Cannot remove data from custom date fields after saving the Service Manager call or request (2003554)
Date Published: 7/27/2011

VMware ThinApp
Unable to save office docs through sharepoint when using virtualized Internet Explorer (2003722)
Date Published: 7/29/2011

VMware vCenter Application Discovery Manager
Unable to start the VMware vCenter Application Discovery Manager Windows Collector service (2003126)
Date Published: 7/27/2011

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
vCenter Configuration Manager fails to collect IPv6 addresses from Windows machines (2003718)
Date Published: 7/28/2011
The Collector service fails to start in a fresh installation of VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.4 (2004083)
Date Published: 7/29/2011
Running a VMware vCenter Configuration Manager report fails with the error: The item cannot be found. (rsItemNotFound) (2004084)
Date Published: 7/29/2011
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager Collector service fails to start and reports arithmetic errors (2003523)
Date Published: 7/26/2011

VMware vCenter Server
VMware response to CVE-2011-0534 (2004147)
Date Published: 7/28/2011
Deploying a Windows 2003 virtual machine from a template fails with the error: Customization of the guest operating system 'winNetDatacenter64Guest' is not supported in this configuration (1013902)
Date Published: 7/26/2011

VMware vCloud Director
The resource availability statistics reports are incorrect when vCloud Director uses a cluster in yellow state to deploy virtual machines (1000408)
Date Published: 7/26/2011
Starting a vCloud Director cell fails with the error: nested exception is net.sf.ehcache.CacheException: Problem creating connections: Error decrypting data (2002411)
Date Published: 7/25/2011

VMware View Manager
Exiting screen saver on View desktop fails when Connected with PCoIP (2003793)
Date Published: 7/25/2011
Comparing the effect on SIDs during different View Composer operations (2003798)
Date Published: 7/25/2011
Unassigned desktops in VMware View Manager do not get recomposed (2003999)
Date Published: 7/29/2011
Enabling ThinPrint logging in VMware View Manager (2004001)
Date Published: 7/29/2011
vCenter Server appears to be down with a red arrow in View Admin User Interface (2004056)
Date Published: 7/29/2011
Provisioning linked clones with the Microsoft Office 2010 Click-To-Run software fails with the error: Unknown Failure (2003459)
Date Published: 7/25/2011
Disabling ThinPrint on a VMware View Client (2003626)
Date Published: 7/28/2011

VMware vSphere CLI
Running remote commands from vMA to ESX/ESXi hosts requires authentication when logged in to vMA as an AD user (2004085)
Date Published: 7/29/2011

VMware vSphere Management Assistant
ESXi 4.1 root level users are unable to run the resxtop command (2003773)
Date Published: 7/25/2011

From the editors Virtual Desk

 

This week I was privileged to spend the day with our VMware customers and partners at our local VMware vSeminar Series in Brisbane. This is my third event as an employee of VMware and an event that I eagerly participate in every year. I have seen this event grow even in the small time that I have ben at VMware from strength to strength. What amazes me however is the customers that we have. They are just so passionate about VMware and how we deliver value to their organisation small or large. I spoke to so many people throughout the day, a mixture of customers including some that were tiny and ran 1 or 2 hosts but were just as passionate about how much value they got from our technology and that it just works and works so well they can rely on it every day. Some of these customers  are new and many of them had been using some form of VMware virtualization for a number of years but I got the same feeling from each and every one of them, that is total trust in what we do. This makes me very proud to work for one of the greatest companies on earth that is so highly regarded and trusted by it’s customers.

 

This week’s newsletter has so much vSphere 5 awesomeness in it that I really don’t know where to begin. There are some amazing articles coming out already on the new features and benefits that will be gained from this new release. I would also point you to all of the VMware KB TV videos showing some of the new features such as Auto Deploy which will give you a good view of what this and many other new features will deliver to your organisation.

 

There is just so much to see and do with vSphere 5 in my lab. I am currently working on some of the new features to see how they work but I am also looking at new technologies such as vShield 5 which I will be presenting to my TAM customers this week.

 

I would also like to point you to the excellent education offer of 50% off, details below or chat to your TAM for more info.

 

I wish you all a wonderful and productive week, I will be presenting more vSphere 5 goodness to my customers which I am really looking forward to sharing with them.

 

If you have any good blogs or articles that you follow please send them to me so that I can include any good content in the newsletter.

 

Take care until next time.

 

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)

Queensland Technical Account Manager

 

FEATURED ARTICLE

What's New in VMware vSphere 5 - Technical Whitepapers

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 26/07/11 9:57 PM (Eric Sloof) vSphere 5

What's New in VMware vSphere 5.0 Storage

This paper focuses on the storage-specific features and enhancements that are available in vSphere 5.0 and provides an overview of how they optimize storage utilization, ease monitoring, and increase operational efficiency. Wherever possible, VMware will also provide use cases and requirements that might apply to these new functions.

 

What's New in VMware vSphere 5.0 Performance

VMware vSphere 5.0, the best VMware solution for building cloud infrastructures, pushes further ahead in performance and scalability. vSphere 5.0 enables higher consolidation ratios with unequaled performance. It supports the build-out of private and hybrid clouds at even lower operational costs than before. This paper outlines many of these performance enhancements.

 

What's New in VMware vSphere 5.0 Networking

With the release of VMware vSphere 5.0, VMware brings a number of powerful new features and enhancements to the networking capabilities of the vSphere platform. These new network capabilities enable customers to run business-critical applications with confidence and provide the flexibility to enable customers to respond to business needs more rapidly. All the networking capabilities discussed in this document are available only with the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch.

 

What's New in VMware vSphere 5.0 Availability

VMware provides several features that can be leveraged to increase the availability of a virtualized environment. This paper presents these features as they apply to availability of the applications, the infrastructure, and the management platform.

 

What's New in VMware vCloud Director 1.5 Technical Whitepaper

VMware vCloud Director is a software solution that enables enterprises and service providers to build clouds delivering Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), giving end users the agility they demand, and giving IT the efficiency they require. Only VMware vCloud Director offers the cloud without compromise—the ability to run an efficient cloud securely within a datacenter, and the option to bridge to an ecosystem of over 3,000 service-provider partners.

 

What's New in VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.0 Technical Whitepaper

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager is the premier tool to enable you to build, manage and execute reliable disaster recovery plans for your virtual environment. Taking full advantage of the encapsulation and isolation of virtual machines, Site Recovery Manager enables simplified automation of disaster recovery. It helps meet recovery time objectives, reduces costs traditionally associated with business continuance plans and achieves low-risk and predictable results for recovery of a virtual environment. In this paper, we will provide an overview of the new capabilities of Site Recovery Manager 5.0.

 

What's New in VMware Data Recovery 2.0 Technical Whitepaper

VMware Data Recovery 2.0 is the premier tool to enable quick and simple backup, storage, and recovery of virtual machines and files within the virtual environment. With the release of version 2.0, VMware has expanded the capabilities of VMware Data Recovery in the virtual environment to attain quicker and more reliable backups with better levels of integration with VMware vCenter Server and new manageability options. This paper presents an overview of the new capabilities of VMware Data Recovery 2.0.

 

VMware vSphere Storage Appliance Technical Whitepaper

In VMware vSphere 5.0, VMware is releasing a new software storage appliance to the market called the vSphere Storage Appliance. This appliance provides an alternative shared storage solution for small-to-medium business customers who might not be in a position to purchase a SAN or NAS array for their virtual infrastructure. Without shared storage configured in a vSphere environment, customers have not been able to exploit the unique features available in vSphere 5.0, such as vSphere High Availability, vSphere vMotion, and vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler. The VSA is designed to provide shared storage for everyone. This paper presents an overview of the VSA architecture, deployment of a VSA storage cluster, and basic monitoring and managing.

 

What's New in VMware vSphere 5.0 Platform

VMware vSphere 5.0 introduces many improvements and new features to extend the benefits and capabilities of vSphere 4.1. These advancements build on the core capacities in vSphere to provide improved scalability; better performance; and easier provisioning, monitoring and troubleshooting. This paper focuses on the these new features and enhancements.

 

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

Education News

Buy One, Get One 50% OFF

http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=22767&ui=www

Extend your VMware product training or share the gift of knowledge with a co-worker through VMware’s Buy One, Get One 50% off limited time offer.

 

Register for ANY VMware-delivered, instructor-led class of three days in length or more, delivered between July 18, 2011 and August 31, 2011 and receive 50% off your next class of equal or lesser value. The one-time discount is applicable for any VMware-delivered class completed by September 30, 2011 and can be used by you or someone else in your organization.

 

VMware Blogs

ESXi Chronicles: Setting up the ESXi 5.0 Dump Collector

VMware Blogs 23/07/11 4:49 AM

A core dump is the state of working memory in the event of host failure. By default, a core dump is saved to the local disk.  In the case of Auto Deploy where there may not be a local disk the core dump will be saved to a ramdisk in memory, which is a problem because the core dumps will be lost when the host reboots.

To solve this dilemma vSphere 5.0 includes a new feature called the ESXi Dump Collector.  The Dump Collector enables you redirect ESXi host core dumps onto a network server.  It’s very easy to install and configure.  The dump collector is included as part of the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and requires no extra setup.  To install the dump collector on Windows simply load the vCenter installation media, launch autorun and from the main install menu choose “ESXi Dump Collector”.

 

VMware End User Computing: Fortune Brainstorm -- Javier Soltero on How the Enterprise can Innovate

VMware Blogs 23/07/11 6:54 AM

Earlier this week, Javier Soltero, CTO of cloud services for VMware, participated in a fascinating panel at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen Colorodo on how the enterprise can continue to innovate.  Javier was joined by Jose Bravo, chief scientist of physical separations for Shell Oil, Jonathan Bush, CEO of Athenahealth. As you will see in the video below, the three had a lively discussion about what works and what doesn't in enterprise innovation.

Click through to the video of the panel here.

 

ESXi Chronicles: Setting up the ESXi Syslog Collector

VMware Blogs 23/07/11 7:21 AM

In my last post I went over the steps to setup the ESXi dump collector.  I figured it would be good to follow-up with a quick post on setting up the syslog collector.  Syslog collector also addresses the issue of an Auto Deployed host not having a local disk.  With no local disk the log files are stored on a ramdisk, which means each time the server boots the logs are lost.   Not having persistent logs can complicate troubleshooting.  Use the syslog collector to capture the ESXi host’s log on a network server.

Just like with the dump collector the syslog collector is very easy to install and configure.  The syslog collector is bundled with the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and requires no extra setup (by default the logs are stored in /var/log/remote/<hostname>).  To install the syslog collector on Windows simply load the vCenter installation media, launch autorun and from the main install menu choose “Syslog Collector”.

 

VMwareTV: vSphere Storage Appliance Installation and Configuration Demo

VMware Blogs 26/07/11 6:37 AM

 

vSphere Storage Appliance Installation and Configuration Demo

In vSphere 5.0, VMware releases a new software storage appliance called the vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA). This appliance provides an alternative storage solution for customers who lack the in-house technical resources or budget for shared VI storage using a SAN or NAS array so that customers can exploit the unique features available in vSphere, such as vSphere HA, vMotion and vSphere DRS. This demo shows the installation and configuration of VSA and 2 scenarios that demonstrate resilience capability.

 

VMwareTV: vSphere Auto Deploy Demo

VMware Blogs 26/07/11 6:37 AM

vSphere Auto Deploy Demo

This demo will show how vSphere Auto Deploy enables dynamic provisioning of new hosts to a vSphere 5.0 cluster.

 

VMwareTV: vSphere Storage Appliance Resilience Demo

VMware Blogs 26/07/11 6:49 AM

vSphere Storage Appliance Resilience Demo

This demo shows the resiliency of the vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA). The VSA is a newly released software based storage solution which allows for shared storage to any customer.

 

VMwareTV: vSphere Profile-Driven Storage Demo

VMware Blogs 26/07/11 6:50 AM

vSphere Profile-Driven Storage Demo

This demo shows vSphere Profile-Driven Storage, a feature in vSphere that allows rapid and intelligent provisioning of applications, while ensuring application service levels match the available storage.

 

VMwareTV: vSphere Storage DRS Demo

VMware Blogs 26/07/11 6:50 AM

vSphere Storage DRS Demo

Storage DRS is an I/O and space load balancing mechanism that determines the best place for a given virtual machine's data to live when it is created and then used over time

 

VMwareTV: vSphere Web Client Demo

VMware Blogs 26/07/11 6:50 AM

vSphere Web Client Demo

The demo will show how easy the new vSphere web client is to access as well as highlight the simplicity of navigating the new interface for common day-to-day tasks of virtualization administrators.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 6 - Storage DRS - Balance On I/O Metrics

VMware Blogs 26/07/11 6:41 PM

Another feature of Storage DRS is its abaility to balance VMs across datastores in the datastore cluster based on I/O metrics, specifically based on latency.

 

First, let us see how Storage DRS (SDRS) is able to capture this information.

SDRS uses Storage I/O Control (SIOC) to evaluate datastore capabilities & capture latency information regarding all the datastores in the datastore cluster. SIOC was first introduced in vSphere 4.1. Its purpose is to ensure that no single VM uses all the bandwidth of a particular datastore, and it modifies the queue depth to the datastores on each ESX to achieve this.

 

VMware End User Computing: VMware ThinApp vs. Microsoft AppV – 50% less Disk I/O with ThinApp!!

VMware Blogs 27/07/11 2:29 AM

By Fred Schimscheimer, Sr.Technical Marketing Manager, Desktop Products

I recently had the opportunity to do some extensive testing between VMware ThinApp and Microsoft App-V.  As part of the End-User Computing technical marketing team, I have the opportunity to dig deep into our products and those of our competitors.

One feature that stands out from my recent round of tests is the portability of applications via ThinApp vs. App-V.  You see, Microsoft App-V requires a streaming server to run the App-V applications on a desktop.  Applications packaged via ThinApp don’t require any additional servers or resources to run.  An application packaged with ThinApp is a totally encapsulated application that can run anywhere.  You can run separate ThinApp versions of Internet Explorer 6, IE7 and IE8 all on the same desktop at the same time.  We’ve conducted live demonstrations of this at numerous events including VMworld 2010 in San Francisco last year.

 

VMware Support Insider: New Mind Map – Troubleshooting Storage Issues

VMware Blogs 27/07/11 3:22 AM

Here’s our newest Mind Map, for Storage issues.

As before, this PDF has a clickable Flash object embedded so that you can drill down into the various topics and articles.  We list the steps to take, and link to articles (or documentation) describing the steps in detail. Some steps have multiple sub steps, so be sure to expand fully. Each main Resolution Path article has more information than we list here, however, so we recommend reading the full article if you ever encounter this issue.

Today’s Mind Map details our Resolution Paths for Storage Issues.

 

VMware End User Computing: Socialcast Powers The Extended Enterprise

VMware Blogs 27/07/11 4:45 AM

By Tim Young, founder of Socialcast and vice president Social Enterprise for VMware

The modern workplace is a complex ecosystem of employees, vendors, partners, contractors and customers. As in nature, there is a distinct role for everyone, and in order for each member and the sum of the parts to flourish, a symbiotic relationship must exist amongst all parties.

In simpler terms, a company doesn’t exist in a vacuum – it is part of, and relies upon, many others in order to succeed.

 

vCenter Orchestrator Blog: vCloud Director, Twitter, Yahoo, and Foursquare.com HTTP-REST plug-in use case examples

VMware Blogs 27/07/11 8:44 PM

Here are a few more use case examples showing how the vCO HTTP-REST plug-in can interact with some popular APIs.

vCloud Director

You must run two workflows to configure a vCloud Director host.

First, you must register a vCloud Director host.

 

VMware vCloud Blog: Update on VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP)

VMware Blogs 28/07/11 2:39 AM

By: Mathew Lodge

The VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) was created for partners who offer cloud computing and/or hosted IT services. Through a flexible pay-as-you-go license rental model, VSPP allows partners flexibility in service delivery with no up-front expenses. With over 5,200 partners in 45 countries today, VSPP has seen rapid expansion. That, plus feedback on how we can be a better business partner to our service providers, has led us to make some additions and changes to VSPP.

What is changing?

VMware Vision: vFabric: It has, and always will be, about the apps.

VMware Blogs 28/07/11 4:03 AM

AUTHOR: Eric Ledyard

 

In my past life I was focused primarily on hardware and software sales for building internal private clouds. The thing that always seemed to be a limiting factor for us was: “Well, what about the apps? Are they designed to leverage the power of cloud computing or are we just trying to architect hardware to overcome software limitations?” One of my favorite quotes that I have heard is:

 

VMware End User Computing: PCoIP Enhancements Coming to VMware View – 75% Bandwidth Improvement

VMware Blogs 29/07/11 2:00 AM

By Warren Ponder, Director, Desktop Product Management, VMware

This morning Vittorio Viarengo, vice president, End-User Computing for VMware is participating in what promises to be an exciting session at the Gartner Catalyst Conference.  Moderated by Gartner’s, Chris Wolf – the session (titled: Protocol Wars: What Matters) will look at the current state of desktop virtualization display protocols.

Display protocols have been the source of considerable debate since we adopted PCoIP with the launch of VMware View 4.  VMware View with PCoIP changed the game in 2009 – delivering an unparalleled end-user experience to users.  As a result, the industry has seen greater competition and new levels of innovation that have benefited customers. 

We continue to innovate, recently extending the benefits of VMware View with PCoIP to iPads and Android-based tablets.  And, with the next release of VMware View, new PCoIP enhancements result in up to a 75% bandwidth improvement.

 

VMware Support Insider: New Mind Map – Troubleshooting ThinApp Issues

VMware Blogs 29/07/11 11:50 PM

Here’s our newest mind map, for all issues associated with using ThinApp and virtualized applications.

As before, this PDF has a clickable Flash object embedded so that you can drill down into the various topics and articles.  We list the steps to take, and link to articles (or documentation) describing the steps in detail. Some steps have multiple sub steps, so be sure to expand fully. Each main Resolution Path article has more information than we list here, however, so we recommend reading the full article if you ever encounter this issue.

Today’s Mind Map details our Resolution Paths for ThinApp Issues.

 

vExpert/External Blogs

VMFS-5 LUN Sizing

Yellow Bricks 29/07/11 4:57 PM Duncan Epping Server Storage 5 5.0 vmfs vSphere

I had a question on my old VMFS LUN Sizing article I did back in 2009… The question was how valid the used formula and values still were in today’s environment especially considering VMFS-5 is around the corner. It is a very valid question so I decided to take my previous article and rewrite it. Now one thing to keep in mind though is that I tried to make it usable for generic consumption and you will still need to figure out things yourself as I simply don’t have all info needed to make it cookie-cutter, but I guess this is as close as it can get.

 

HA Architecture Series – FDM (1/5)

Yellow Bricks 22/07/11 10:08 PM Duncan Epping Server 5 5.0 fdm ha vSphere

With vSphere 5.0 comes a new HA architecture. HA has been rewritten from the ground up to shed some of those constraints that were enforced by AAM. HA as part of 5.0, also referred to as FDM (fault domain manager), introduces less complexity and higher resiliency. From a UI perspective not a lot has changed, but there is a lot under the covers that has changed though, no more primary/secondary node concept as stated but a master/slave concept with an automated election process. Anyway, too much details for now, will come back to that later in a later article. Lets start with the basics first. As mentioned the complete agent as been rewritten and the dependency on VPXA has been removed. HA talks directly to hostd instead of using a translator to talk to VPXA with vSphere 4.1 and prior. This excellent diagram by Frank, also used in our book, demonstrates how things are connected as of vSphere 5.0.

 

HA Architecture Series – Primary nodes? (2/5)

Yellow Bricks 25/07/11 10:25 PM Duncan Epping BC-DR Server 5.0 ha vSphere

**disclaimer: Some of the content has been taken from the vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive book**

As mentioned in an earlier post vSphere High Availability has been completely overhauled… This means some of the historical constraints have been lifted and that means you can / should / might need to change your design or implementation.

What I want to discuss today is the changes around the Primary / Secondary node concept that was part of HA prior to vSphere 5.0. This concept basically limited you in certain ways… For those new to VMware /vSphere, in the past there was a limit of 5 primary nodes. As a primary node was a requirement to restart virtual machines you always wanted to have at least 1 primary node available. As you can imagine this added some constraints around your cluster design when it came to Blades environments or Geo-Dispersed clusters.

 

HA Architecture Series – Datastore Heartbeating (3/5)

Yellow Bricks 26/07/11 10:26 PM Duncan Epping BC-DR Server 5.0 fdm ha vSphere

**disclaimer: Some of the content has been taken from the vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive book**

The first time I was playing around with 5.0 and particularly HA I noticed a new section in the UI called Datastore Heartbeating.

 

HA Architecture Series – Restarting VMs (4/5)

Yellow Bricks 27/07/11 10:55 PM Duncan Epping Server

Looking from the outside at the way HA in 5.0 behaves might not seem any different but it is. I will call out some changes with regards to how VM restarts are handled but would like to refer you to our book for my in-depth details. These are the things I want to point out:

Restart priority changes

Restart retry changes

Isolation response and detection changes

 

HA Architecture Series – Advanced Settings (5/5)

Yellow Bricks 28/07/11 10:58 PM Duncan Epping Various 5.0 ha vSphere

When doing some research for the vSphere Clustering Technical Deepdive book I stumbled across something which was very surprising and difficult to grasp at first. I figured explaining it in a short article was the best approach. Many of  you have read the HA deepdive article or the book and know that das.failuredetectiontime is probably the most commonly used advanced setting when configuring HA. There have been all sorts of recommendations and best practices flying around of which many were blatantly confusing to be honest. As stated in the previous article das.failuredetectiontime was no longer needed and has been deprecated. Did anything else change from an advanced settings perspective? Have advanced settings been added or removed. Here the new list:

 

VCP4 Practice Exam Android App

The SLOG - SimonLong/Blog 26/07/11 7:16 AM Simon Long General IT Gestalt IT VMware Android App Practice Exam VCP4

The SLOG is pretty much known because of the VCP4 practice exams that I have put together for people studying for the VCP4 exam. Well, now I am adding to the resources by introducing an VCP4 Practice Exam app for Android phones. It's based on the same questions found on my website, but now offers you portability to practice on the bus/train/plane or where ever you maybe.

 

vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA)

Pivot Point 26/07/11 11:45 AM drummonds Uncategorized storage vaai vasa

I am currently in Beijing halfway through a five city roadshow to present and listen to EMC’s technical pre-sales team. One of my roles in this traveling show is to talk about vSphere 5, and all of the great things EMC is doing to make it even better for customers. A big part of my talk is centered around the new vStorage API for Storage Awareness, or VASA. I think this new API is going to provide value far beyond what most people realize.

This new API allows VASA-enabled arrays (such as EMC’s VMAX and VNX) to expose storage architecture details to vSphere. Instead of only seeing a block or file device with some amount of capacity, VASA allows vCenter to know about replication, RAID, compression, deduplication, and other storage features. With this new information VMware administrators can create storage profiles that map to volumes. Virtual machines can then be assigned storage by policy, and not just the availability of space.

 

vSphere 5 Video - iSCSI User Interface support

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 29/07/11 6:20 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Online Training vSphere 5

I've recorded a video which will show you the new vSphere 5 iSCSI UI support and some other usability improvements. In vSphere 5 you'll have the ability to configure dependent hardware iSCSI and software iSCSI adapters along with the network configurations and port binding in a single dialog box using the vSphere Client. Full SDK access is also available for these configurations.

 

VMware Labs present its latest fling - CloudFS

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 28/07/11 6:28 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Tools

CloudFS is a prototype replicated and distributed storage system for the VMware ESX platform. It allows VMs to run using local storage, without any single points of failure. CloudFS has been described in the research papers "Lithium: Virtual Machine Storage for the Cloud" at SoCC 2010 in Indianapolis, and "Scalable virtual machine storage using local disks" in the December 2010 issue of ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review.

 

vSphere 5 Video - Storage DRS

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 25/07/11 4:47 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Online Training vSphere 5

So what’s the fuzz about this new vSphere 5 Storage DRS feature? 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. I’ve recorded a video which will show you how to:

 

vSphere 5 – How to run ESXi stateless with vSphere Auto Deploy

Gabes Virtual World 29/07/11 11:28 AM Gabrie van Zanten esxi PowerShell scripting Virtual Center VMware add-deployrule Add-EsxSoftwareDepot auto auto deploy autodeploy Deploy deployrule esxi 5 get-deployrule get-deployruleset Get-EsxImageProfile image New-DeployRule no disk powershell software depot softwaredepot stateless vib vsphere vsphere 5 vsphere auto deploy vsphere5

A great new feature of vSphere 5 is the possibility to run ESXi stateless. Long, long time ago when ESX 3.0 was hip, we would all install ESX on the local harddisk (or SAN disk). With ESX 3.5, the first ESXi version was released but only few were using it. With 4.x ESXi really got a large install base and more and more people were moving to installing ESXi on USB or SD card. Now with vSphere 5 and ESXi as the only hypervisor (no more ESX), we don’t need to install ESXi at all.

 

Last year’s VMworld sessions Free to watch Online

ESX Virtualization 29/07/11 3:52 AM Vladan SEGET Videos VMworld 2010 VMworld Sessions 2010

A sessions from VMworld 2010 were enabled for free watch.

It’s been announced by VMworld blog. The session from last year’s VMworld are no longer restricted.

VMworld sessions are video sessions from the presentations at VMworld. If you never attend VMworld before, this might be a good occasion to have a look what’s it looks like. Or if you don’t plan to attend, you can buy an online subscribtion and watch this year’s sessions immediately after VMworld 2011.

But If you want just have a look at sessions from last year’s VMworld 2010 you can do it now and for free. You’ll have to open a VMworld Account to be able to watch all those sessions.

 

VMware Knowledge Base Articles

VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 7/23/11

VMware Blogs 25/07/11 10:53 PM

VMware ESX
Installing ESX 4.1 Update 1 fails at the loading VMNIX state (1034614)
Date Published: 7/19/2011
A Linux virtual machine on vSphere 4.1 configured with clock=pit hangs at initrd/boot/initrd-2.6.16.60-0.21-smp (2003458)
Date Published: 7/18/2011
Understanding the ESX/ESXi log message: SCSILinuxAbortCommands (2000641)
Date Published: 7/18/2011
Guest OS unable to acquire IPv6 address during default installation on RHEL 5.6, CentOS 5.6, or OEL 5.6 (2001653)
Date Published: 7/21/2011
StorMagic iSCSI devices appear with zero size after reboot of an ESX server (2002883)
Date Published: 7/21/2011

VMware ESXi
Adding an NFS datstore to an ESX/ESXi host fails with the error: unable to complete sysinfo operation (2002957)
Date Published: 7/18/2011
vSphere ESX/ESXi 4.x stops during start up at the step: multiextent loaded successfully (2003424)
Date Published: 7/18/2011
Configuring the host-local swap directory for an ESX host fails with the error: Invalid path specified for host-local swap directory (2003536)
Date Published: 7/20/2011

VMware Fusion
Installing or uninstalling VMware Fusion fails with the error: The installation failed (2003451)
Date Published: 7/19/2011
Modifying the subnet range of the NAT network in a Fusion guest (2003463)
Date Published: 7/19/2011
VMware Fusion 3 support for Mac OS X Lion (10.7) (2003715)
Date Published: 7/21/2011

VMware Service Manager
VMware Service Manager knowledge base template default values (2003001)
Date Published: 7/20/2011

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Changing a UNIX Password (2003485)
Date Published: 7/18/2011

VMware vCenter Orchestrator
Uninstalling a plug-in from VMware vCenter Orchestrator (2003386)
Date Published: 7/21/2011

VMware vCenter Server
vCenter Server fails when a vCenter database is deployed in a virtual machine due to a quiesced snapshot operation (2003674)
Date Published: 7/21/2011
vCenter Service Status shows blank screen (1031470)
Date Published: 7/22/2011
Migrate objects from DBO schema to custom schema and add new roles instead of db_owner in MSDB and VCDB (1036331)
Date Published: 7/19/2011
Applied host profile is non-compliant due to non-existent NICs (2000144)
Date Published: 7/20/2011
Changing SQL server file sizes without access to the vCenter Server database properties (2000328)
Date Published: 7/18/2011
Performing an operation on a virtual machine in vCenter Server causes the VMware VirtualCenter Server service to fail (2003476)
Date Published: 7/18/2011
Reinstalling vCenter Server 4.x (2003493)
Date Published: 7/19/2011

VMware View Manager
Provisioning View desktop pool fails with the error: View Composer agent initialization state error (-65535) (2002096)
Date Published: 7/21/2011

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