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



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.



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



Education News

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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 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 (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 (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 (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

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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- (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