From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, well last week I introduced you to vCenter Operations Enterprise and what I was doing with this product. I had hoped to spend this week working on it some more but unfortunately I did not get the chance to do this. As soon as I get more time and I do I will share the information with you.
With vSphere 5, SRM 5, vClould Director, View 5 and other updated technologies nearly upon us there is so much for me to learn and do. I am really keen to get some time to start preparing for my VCP 5 as well.
This week’s newsletter features a number of items from last week which I have deliberately left in as I think they are important. This included the VMUG, Education and the vSphere Licensing Advisor to assist you in getting a view on your current licensing requirements when moving to vSphere 5.
There is also a special section form this week collating VMworld news. While I am not lucky enough to attend this great event I will be keeping a news section for pre-event announcements as as well as post event recap for those that either can go to the event or are keen to se what they are missing.
You will also notice that we have a number of sections in the newsletter to make it easier for you to navigate. The current sections are as follows:
VMworld 2011 - News and info for this year’s VMworld 2011
VMUG - Pertaining to the VMware User Group Worldwide
VMware Education - Information from our education and training people
Featured Articles - My selection for the most important articles published this week
VMware Official Blogs - Blog posts from VMware or VMware employees
Springsource Blog - Specific Springsource related information
VMware TV - These are official VMware video’s
External VMware Related Blogs - Posts from vExperts and other VMware bloggers
KB Articles - Links to the week’s Knowledge Base articles for all products
This week’s newsletter is a big one and I am sure there is something for everyone to read. Have a wonderful week everyone.
Take care until next time.
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
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Yellow Bricks 18/08/11 2:54 AM Duncan Epping Server 5 Book vmworld vSphere
When self-publishing you face a couple of challenges and one of those is to get your books available in bookstores and at events. Frank managed to get our book available at VMworld and it will be sold at the VMworld Bookstore. If you haven’t picked up your copy yet this will be your chance to do so and you might even be able to get it signed at the show! (We are considering a book signing session if people are interested, reply here if you are!) Be warned, as far as we know it will be the only vSphere 5.0 book available at VMworld so we are expecting that it will sell out fairly quick.
Virtual Geek 20/08/11 8:13 AM Chad Sakac
When we start next week, we’re diving back into the Top 5 list which will have technical goodies and more “non-formal” activities I would highly recommend.
But – since it’s friday, let’s exit this week with something fun… THE PARTIES :-)
Now – you have a choice of evening entertainment at VMworld, I respect that. And, I’m sure everyone has their opinion on what’s the best set of choices. Here’s MY list – and I think this represents an EPIC evening calendar to top off every day (which will be filled with nerd glory)…
Virtual Geek 19/08/11 11:02 AM Chad Sakac
Number 7 is the exhibitor hall. Always a great place to see a million things – and yes, that includes funky technology, and also people wearing all sorts of strange clothes!
I of course have no information about what other folks are doing, but here’s what we are doing…
This year, EMC’s booth is #1101 and 1001 right beside it. Here it is on a map, relative to the entrance when you walk in….
Virtual Geek 18/08/11 1:26 PM Chad Sakac
Get funky, and get active. Oh and get to throw balls at people’s faces. That adds up to v0dgeball 2011.
This is all from a group of people who DO NOT TAKE THEMSELVES TOO SERIOUSLY.
Here’s what it was like last year:
Virtual Geek 17/08/11 4:32 AM Chad Sakac
OK – with VMworld 2011 rapidly approaching (10 business days left!) I’m doing a “My Top 10” list of things to do, see, participate in, vote on, win prizes, etc… Each day, I’ll do the next in the “top 10 list”.
Today – #9 – a neat way to influence things a little…
Virtual Geek 16/08/11 9:24 AM Chad Sakac
OK – with VMworld 2011 rapidly approaching (10 business days left!) I’m doing a “My Top 10” list of things to do, see, participate in, vote on, win prizes, etc… Each day, I’ll do the next in the “top 10 list”.
Today – #10 – a set of my personal session recommendations.
Virtu-Al 19/08/11 9:33 PM Virtu-Al vmware VMWorld
Last years sessions by Luc and I had to be the highlight of my year and judging by the comments and scores we received it didn’t go down that badly with the attendees either. So this year we want to “raise the bar”, we have some fantastic sessions planned and hope you will come and see some of the things we have organised.
vFAIL.NET 18/08/11 1:03 AM Sean Crookston VCAP-DCD VCDX VMware VMware Design
Design Study Group Meetup at VMworld
Are you interested in meeting some of the members of this group in person at VMworld? I’ve scheduled a vMeetup for Wednesday 8/30 from 2:30-3:00 p.m. If you think you would be able to make it please reply here so I can get an idea of how many people may be attending.
2vcps and a Truck 17/08/11 5:42 AM Jon Owings vmware
Just quick update and reminder about In-n-Out. Even though @jtroyer is a traitor going over to Five Guys we are still having the meetup. (five guys is good grease, don’t get me wrong.)
After the Monday welcome reception at VMworld (8:30 ish) meet near the Taxi stand at the Venetian.
If you are wondering which In-n-out here it is.
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RTFM Education 17/08/11 11:09 PM Mike Laverick Mike's Music User Groups
Sorry, I know that’s a less than classy blogpost title. This all about VMUG’s in Oz, and I’m not think of Dorothy and Munkins by the way…
I’m hoping to attend/speak at both the Melbourne and Brisbane VMUG.
The Brisbane event is at:
and then later that week, The Melbourne Event is at:
Thursday, December 8, 2011
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vSphere Licensing Advisor 1.0
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.
VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS
VMware Blogs 16/08/11 1:19 AM
AUTHOR: Kenny McBride
Has the elephant in the room just suddenly appeared, or has the IT world just procrastinated over the most important facet of virtualization and cloud computing? There appears to have been a forlorn hope that they could ignore the nagging inevitability, the necessary restructuring of IT organizations in this new virtual, services driven world.
Technology shifts are remaking the CIO career trajectory, and as a result their organizations will have to evolve to meet these new demands and expectations. The increasing reliance on IT across the enterprise has seen the CIO evolve from being a “function” leader, into a business strategy leader. Quotes like “We are more focused on business outcomes than technology,” from Martin Davis, head of the technology integration office at Wells Fargo will become the norm rather than exception. The CIO role is evolving, from one of support to corporate business strategist, especially in this new rapidly changing cloud computing services orientated environment.
VMware Blogs 16/08/11 2:50 AM
As part of the Network Monitoring and Troubleshooting features, vSphere 5 provides NetFlow and Port Mirroring capabilities. In this blog entry I will discuss the NetFlow feature that is available in vSphere 5.
NetFlow is a networking protocol that collects IP traffic information as records and sends them to a collector such as CA NetQoS for traffic flow analysis. VMware vSphere 5 supports NetFlow v5, which is the most common version supported by network devices. NetFlow capability in the vSphere 5 platform provides visibility into virtual infrastructure traffic that includes
VMware Blogs 16/08/11 7:52 PM
I'm sure many of you have seen the new Snapshot > Consolidate option in the drop-down menu of Virtual Machines in vSphere 5.0, and are probably wandering what the use case is. If you haven't seen it, here it is:
VMware Blogs 17/08/11 2:46 AM
One more vCenter Orchestrator plug-in - just in time for VMworld 2011! VMwarevCenter Orchestrator AMQP Plug-in is now generally available.
VMware Blogs 18/08/11 12:59 AM
One of my co-workers from across the pond found a great SRM marketing video that is SRM 5 based - thanks Lee. it is very polished and well done. I do not actually know who it belongs too, but it is on the web so I am going to link to it here. it is a nice intro to SRM 5. Remember I have a technical tour of SRM 5 available here. The blog that I talk about SRM 5 at the marketing launch is here.
VMware Blogs 18/08/11 2:21 AM
Today we shared news of the 30+ VMware service providers delivering vCloud Powered services using vSphere and vCloud Director. In light of this, I’d like to share more details on VMware’s strategy to enable a broad set of cloud service providers to deliver compatible clouds under the VMware vCloud Powered designation.
For background, the vCloud Powered service badge requires that providers meet service requirements that include deploying vCloud Director while exposing the vCloud API and enabling Open Virtualization Format (OVF) image import and export. These requirements facilitate compatibility with vSphere-based workloads, VMware and third-party management tools, and enable customers to easily move workloads into the cloud from their on-premise datacenter and back.
VMware Blogs 18/08/11 11:06 AM
Hot off the presses!
After a lot of work by a multitude of people (Keith F., Elisha Z., and Marc S., to name a few), I'm proud to announce the availability of the vSphere HA 5.0 Best Practices Guide.
This guide is for people who implement, design, or manage environments that leverage the power of vSphere HA for high availability. Although it is focused on 5.0, there is still a fair amount of general knowledge information contained within the guide that will be of use when using earlier versions.
This will be made available on VMware.com soon, but for now you can get it here:
VMware Blogs 19/08/11 8:17 PM
vSphere Storage APIs - Storage Awareness, commonly referred to as VASA, is a set of APIs that permits storage arrays to integrate with vCenter for management functionality.
VMware Blogs 21/08/11 7:56 AM
Port mirroring is the capability on a network switch to send a copy of network packets seen on a switch port to a network-monitoring device connected to another switch port. Port mirroring is also referred to as Switch Port Analyzer (SPAN) on Cisco switches. In VMware vSphere 5, a Distributed Switch provides a similar port mirroring capability that is available on a physical network switch. After a port mirror session is configured with a destination—a virtual machine, a vmknic or an uplink port—the Distributed Switch copies packets to the destination.
Port mirroring provides visibility into
SpringSource Team Blog 15/08/11 4:00 PM Josh Long Apache Tomcat Data Access IOC Container JMS Spring
Spring has rich support for transaction management through its PlatformTransactionManager interface and the hierarchy of implementations. Spring's transaction support provides a consistent interface for the transactional semantics of numerous APIs. Broadly, transactions can be split into two categories: local transactions and global transactions. Local transactions are those that affect only one transaction resource. Most often, [...]
SpringSource Team Blog 17/08/11 4:07 AM Mark Fisher AMQP Cloud Computing Cloud Foundry Spring
Last week the availability of RabbitMQ as a service on Cloud Foundry was announced. Any application running on Cloud Foundry may now send and receive messages via a RabbitMQ broker that can be provisioned as a service with a single command (e.g. 'vmc create-service rabbitmq'). Instances of the messaging service may be shared between applications, [...]
SpringSource Team Blog 18/08/11 2:05 AM Peter Ledbrook Data Access Groovy/Grails
One of the many nice features of Grails is the way it will automatically create your database schema for you from your domain model. Admittedly it's a feature of Hibernate that Grails uses, but still, it helps you get started very quickly with database-driven web applications without having to worry about the database schema. What [...]
Technodrone 19/08/11 1:20 AM Maish Scripting PowerCLI Powershell
Ever wanted to know how many vMotions have been made in your clusters?
Using the GUI is fine, but not for more than one cluster. You can see the option on the summary tab of your cluster
VMWARE TV BLOG
VMware KBTV 22/07/11 11:39 PM VMTN
Here at KBTV we are constantly looking for new areas to dive into and new products to cover. Over the course of the coming weeks we are going to be producing some videos for your entertainment based on products from VMware’s vFabric product suite. These videos should be of interest to any of you tech folks out there who are looking to the future and planning how you can start making your journey to the Cloud.
VMware KBTV 4/08/11 7:00 AM Knowledge Champion Licensing
Alan Renouf, a Senior Technical Marketing Architect here at VMware today updated his PowerCLI script that you can run on your existing vSphere 4 systems.
The script generates an HTML report showing your current license information and the equivalent vSphere 5 information. You can drill down into the license details to gain insight into your vRAM details, including pooled vRAM capacity, vRAM usage if all VMs were powered on and more.
VMware KBTV 8/08/11 11:38 PM Richard Blythe How-to
We are working on a new series of videos for your entertainment and viewing pleasure. In this series we will be showcasing the creation and installation process for various different operating systems inside of VMware Workstation virtual machines.
This video is the first installment of this series and it demonstrates the process involved for creating and installing an OpenSUSE 11.1 based virtual machine in VMware Workstation. This video will be useful for users who maybe are new to either VMware Workstation or the OpenSUSE linux operating system.
This video captures a basic installation of the OpenSUSE 11.1 Linux operating system inside of a VMware Workstation virtual machine.
VMware KBTV 9/08/11 11:17 PM Richard Blythe How-to
Following on from our last video, today’s video is the second installment in our Guest Operating System Installation series which focuses on the creation and installation process for various different operating systems inside of VMware Workstation virtual machines.
The video below demonstrates the process involved for creating and installing a Ubuntu 10.10 based virtual machine in VMware Workstation. This video will be useful for users who maybe are new to either VMware Workstation or the Ubuntu linux operating system. This video captures a basic installation of the Ubuntu 10.10 Linux operating system inside of a VMware Workstation virtual machine.
VMware KBTV 11/08/11 11:15 PM Richard Blythe How-to
Good morning KBTV fans. We have a very tasty treat for you today. Thanks to our dear friend Cormac Hogan at the VMware vSphere Blog, we have a brand new vSphere 5 video for your viewing pleasure. I can tell that your excitement levels have just skyrocketed as you sit at your desk reading this blog post and seeing the phrase “vSphere 5” included in it.
With vSphere 5, VMware is releasing a new software storage appliance called the vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA). This appliance provides an alternative storage solution for users who may not have the resources or the budget to obtain a physical SAN or NAS type storage solution.
VMware KBTV 13/08/11 2:11 AM Richard Blythe How-to
Today’s video is the third installment in our Guest Operating System Installation series which focuses on the creation and installation process for various different operating systems inside of VMware Workstation virtual machines.
The video below demonstrates the process involved for creating and installing CentOS 5.6 based virtual machine in VMware Workstation. This video will be useful for users who maybe are new to either VMware Workstation or the CentOS linux operating system. This video captures a basic installation of the CentOS 5.6 Linux operating system inside of a VMware Workstation virtual machine.
Cloud Foundry 17/08/11 11:06 PM
When we launched Cloud Foundry, we wanted to change the rules of PaaS portability in the cloud . Until then using a PaaS meant being bound tightly to a single provider, often running only a single instance, tied directly the the availability and performance of a single cloud. One of the core tenants of the Cloud Foundry Open PaaS project is ‘multi-cloud’ the ability to run the system on the cloud or infrastructure of your choice, without affecting the developer experience or VMC client interface.
ESX Virtualization 14/08/11 2:22 AM Vladan SEGET Server Virtualization Benchmark vSphere 5 vSphere 5 benchs
This Info comes up from Vroom! blog from VMware.
It seems that the first tests from VMware partners comes up and shows that having some monster VMs can be beneficial for applications like SAP. In fact, Fujitsu has tested 2 systems, one which has been running on physical server, and another one within VMware vSphere 5 with a VM configured with 24 vCPUs….
EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
Yellow Bricks 18/08/11 10:52 PM Duncan Epping PASS Syndication Server 5 5.0 memory ssd Storage swap vSphere
Before we dive in to it, lets spell out the actual name of the feature “Swap to host cache”. Remember that, swap to host cache!
I’ve seen multiple people mentioning this feature and saw William posting a hack on how to fool vSphere (feature is part of vSphere 5 to be clear) into thinking it has access to SSD disks while this might not be the case. One thing I noticed is that there seems to be a misunderstanding of what this swap to host cache actually is / does and that is probably due to the fact that some tend to call it swap to SSD. Yes it is true, ultimately your VM would be swapping to SSD but it is not just a swap file on SSD or better said it is NOT a regular virtual machine swap file on SSD.
blog.scottlowe.org 15/08/11 10:00 PM slowe Networking Virtualization
Over the last few days I’ve been listening to some episodes of the excellent Packet Pushers Podcast, trying to learn about such things as Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) and 802.1Qbg. It’s this second item—802.1Qbg—that this blog post is about (indirectly).
If you’re unfamiliar with 802.1Qbg, I highly recommend Ivan Pepelnjak’s articles on the topic:
ESX Virtualization 16/08/11 4:54 PM Vladan SEGET Videos vSphere 5 web client vSphere 5 WebClient Video
The new webclient (server part) installation video.
The new web client web interface is using Adobe Flex which is the same as theVMware View and vCloud Director user interfaces. The use of Flash plugin in your browser is necessary.
The new Web client, present on the installation media of VMware vSphere 5 gets installed in this video. The necessity of having Flash Plug-in installed is evident. In my video I used a 2003 Server system to install the server part of the Web client, and so the IE6 did not have the latest Flash plug-in installed, of course. So I had to install it and then I was able to explore the web client web interface.
ESX Virtualization 20/08/11 4:07 AM Vladan SEGET Server Virtualization new enhancements in virtual hardware version 8 Virtual hardware version 8 VMware vSphere 5
What’s the enhancements in Virtual Hardware version 8?
VMware vSphere 4.x did introduced virtual hardware v. 7 and VMs with 256 Gigs of RAM. Now with VMware vSphere 5 it is possible to configure VMs with 1TB of RAM.. Those VMs are rather Monster VMs. Together with up to 32 virtual CPUs this is quite huge.
myvirtualcloud.net 17/08/11 11:58 AM Andre Leibovici tips vdi virtualization storage VDI View5 Vmware
In the first part of this article I discussed how Linked Clone tiering architecture works and how the IO is distributed across different storage tiers. For each tier and disk type I analyzed the IO impact during the creation of a Replica disk, and the customization and boot processes; including persistent disk and user profile behavior.
This study is aiming to find out how much of the IO pattern change overtime as virtual desktops gets utilized and Linked Clone disks grow in size.
For the second part of this study I have included LoginVSI from Login Consultants in my toolset to help me to generate a user like workload. In addition, three tools were used to collect and analyze the IO: vCenter Performance Monitor, Veeam Monitorand Unisphere Analyzer.
Port mirroring is the capability on a network switch to send a copy of network packets seen on a switch port to a network monitoring device connected to another switch port. Port mirroring is also referred to as Switch Port Analyzer (SPAN) on Cisco switches. In VMware vSphere 5.0, a Distributed Switch provides a similar port mirroring capability to that available on a physical network switch. After a port mirror session is configured with a destination—a virtual machine, a vmknic or an uplink port—the Distributed Switch copies packets to the destination. Port mirroring provides visibility into:
NetFlow is a general networking tool with multiple uses, including network monitoring and profiling, billing, intrusion detection and prevention, networking forensics, and SOX compliance. NetFlow sends aggregated networking flow data to a third‐party collector (an appliance or server). The collector and analyzer report on various information such as the current top flows consuming the most bandwidth in a particular virtual switch, which IP addresses are behaving irregularly, and the number of bytes a particular virtual machine has sent and received in the past 24 hours. NetFlow is a mature technology, developed by Cisco, that is widely supported by third‐party collectors. NetFlow enables visibility into virtual machine traffic in a virtualized datacenter.
User-defined network resource pools in vSphere 5.0 provide an ability to add new traffic types beyond the standard system traffic types that are used for I/O scheduling. This video shows an example of a user-defined resource pool with shares, limits and IEEE 802.1p tag parameters. When customers are deploying critical applications on virtual infrastructure, they can utilize this advanced feature to reserve I/O resources for the important, business-critical application traffic and provide SLA guarantees. Service providers who are deploying public clouds and serving multiple tenants can now define and provision I/O resources per tenant, based on each tenant’s need.
Ernst Cozijnsen over at Capgemini has found a way to install ESXi 4.1 unattended to SD-CARD / USB. Here are his findings: For a few weeks it was bugging me heavily that the ESXi 4.1 installer didn’t want to install to the internal SD-Card of our newly bought systems. Together with Max Daneri (creator of the PXE Manager)http://labs.vmware.com/flings/pxe-manager we searched for a possible cause because the debug installer was telling us “well I can’t install because somebody said I’m not allowed”.
Professional VMware 17/08/11 5:46 AM bunchc automation ESX esxi orchestrator vCO vSphere
Was surprised this wasn’t here by default, but alas, out of the box vCO does not ship with a workflow to manage an NFS datastore.
Thanks to the VMware communities for a bit of scripting, I was able to put one together. First we’ll break out the components, then show you how it runs. Finally you’ll be able to pull it down.
VMWARE KB ARTICLES
VMware Blogs 15/08/11 11:28 PM
VMware Service Manager
VMware vCenter Lab Manager
VMware vCenter Server
VMware vCloud Director
VMware Virtual Disk Development