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Hi everyone


This week I spent 2 days at vForum in Sydney. Attended by around 6000 VMware enthusiasts this was the biggest VMware event I have ever attended. The energy and excitement at the keynotes and general sessions was amazing to witness. The labs were where I spent a lot of my time assisting and ensuring that everyone was allocated a lab and able to work through it in their allocated time. The lab environment was amazing and the scoreboard showing the number of lab’s completed just ticked up and up all of the time without a hitch. I hope that we will get some stats out of this on the number of labs completed as I am sure it will be in the thousands.


I had a fantastic time at vForum, the keynotes were awesome, the sessions informative and the conversations for me made it the best event of the year. The team really went all out this year to produce a really cool event for our customers and I am very proud to attend this each year as an employee of VMware, this is now my third vForum and I hope to attend many more.


Take care until next time everyone and enjoy the newsletter.


Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)

Queensland Technical Account Manager




The Console: It's Time to Rethink IT Management

VMware Blogs 19/10/11 12:00 AM

Posted by Steve Herrod
Chief Technology Officer

The past few months have been very exciting at VMware. In July, we launchedvSphere 5 and the industry's first cloud infrastructure suite. At VMworld in August, we unveiled our vision and products to liberate and support end-users in the Post-PC era. And today during the opening keynote of VMworld Europe (where we have more than 7000 registered attendees!) we are adding to the fun. We are announcing three new product suites that deliver a new approach to IT management – an approach that is specifically targeted at the “cloud era.”

As Paul Maritz pointed out in his August VMworld keynote, we’re now in a world where more than 50% of the total server workloads worldwide are virtualized. Amazing! Virtualization is really an on-ramp to cloud computing, enabling more and more enterprises to enter the cloud era. This has profound implications, impacting every facet of the IT landscape. For example, by separating applications from the hardware they run on, virtualization enables consolidation and mobility. However, many existing management tools and processes weren’t designed with this in mind. The cloud also requires changes to how IT is delivered, evolving to a model of instant, self-service access to elastic capacity. And finally, the cloud introduces a new dimension of choice (the enterprise datacenter is no longer the single source) that is changing the role of the CIO from IT provider to service broker.  I like to call this the “builder to broker” transition.

All of these changes are very powerful, and they have profound impact in terms of what it means to manage IT.  It’s time for an IT management rethink, and we believe that a new approach represents the next important step in the journey to the cloud. Done properly, this new approach should help enterprises move even more of their applications into the cloud and amplify the value they get from them being there. We feel this is so critical that we now have the majority of our engineers focused on developing management-related innovations across all of our product lines.

So, what is unique about VMware’s approach to management?  First, we believe the platform needs to shoulder much more of the management burden, embedding and automating as many capabilities as it can. This has been a guiding principle for many of the innovations in VMware vSphere – vMotion, DRS, HA and FT – and we will continue our quest to move this forward. We’re also constantly looking at manual interactions with vSphere and trying to get rid of as many as possible. We want to automate everything in sight as this is the only way customers will be able to achieve the efficiency and economics of cloud computing.

Next, we believe the days of managing silos – of machines, of application stacks and of discrete disciplines – are over.  It is time to converge these disciplines, streamline and remove steps to create more agile, shared processes. This phenomenon is well recognized in the application delivery space as “DevOps”. We think there’s also key convergence in a new discipline of “CloudOps”.

Finally, cloud management must support high-velocity, dynamic environments.  The pace and scale of today’s IT demands require teams have visibility and control, but more importantly, they need the ability to focus on what really matters.  There’s simply too much data out there. We are focused on how to best filter this information, bringing the key facts to the appropriate team’s attention. This applies at all levels, from the server and storage administrators to the CIO and CFO.

The new product suites we are introducing today apply these foundational principles to simplify how customers manage infrastructure, applications and the business of IT in the cloud world:

We first introduced the vCenter Operations Management Suite in March 2011, and we have had overwhelmingly positive response from our customers. Paul often talks about how VMware is out to “make infrastructure disappear,” and vCenter Operations helps deliver this. Its advanced analytics “learn” normal behavior in order to drive high levels of automation. The enhancements we are announcing today continue to converge performance, capacity and configuration management, and will support cloud-scale operations, or “CloudOps”.  

The next area undergoing change in the cloud world is application management.  The changes to infrastructure brought about by virtualization about are forcing fundamental changes in how enterprises build, deploy and manage the next generation of applications.  These previously siloed functions are increasingly converging, and new processes like “DevOps” are emerging.   The new vFabric Application Management Suite will help unite development and operations, simplifying and automating the way customers deploy, monitor and optimize their applications across clouds. 

As I mentioned earlier, cloud is causing the role of the CIO to evolve from builder to broker. The third suite of products we’re announcing today is aimed at supporting this evolution.  With so many choices – public clouds, private clouds, SaaS, traditional datacenters – now, more than ever, CIOs need the right information to make informed decisions about how to deliver services to the business.  The VMware IT Business Management Suite will converge the disciplines of IT finance management, service level management and vendor governance to give the CIO comprehensive visibility over cost and risk. 

These new management suites have been under development for multiple years now, and our entire company is thrilled to launch them today. If we can crack the code on how to operate and manage IT in the cloud era, we will open the door to a new world of amazing achievements. And while it’s not quite the “World Peace” I alluded to in the keynote, IT as a Service will be pretty good, too. :-)


If you want to learn more about the suites we are introducing today, you can dive deeper at:



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VMware vSphere Blog: EMC's VASA Implementation

VMware Blogs 14/10/11 11:39 PM

For weeks now I've been trying to find the time to implement EMC's VASA Provider, which was released last month. What with researching new storage features for the next release of vSphere, and preparing for next week's VMworld 2011 in Copenhagen, I've just not had a moment. If you are not familiar with VASA, the vSphere Storage APIs for Storage Awareness, you can read about it in this earlierpost. However, one of the lads I worked with in GSS Cork stepped into the breach and got it set up - take a bow Fintan Comyns :-) Fintan is an ex-EMC'er like myself, so we go back quite a way.

The VASA vendor provider from EMC is actually part of the SMI-S Provider v4.3.1 which also includes the correct version of Solutions Enabler v7.3.1.

After discussing the implementation steps with Fintan, this is basically what is needed:


VMware vSphere Blog: A brief history of VAAI & how VMware is contributing to T10 standards

VMware Blogs 16/10/11 12:02 AM

I guess most people who have an interest in storage will be well versed on what VAAI is and how it can communicate to storage systems at a meta level to improve VM performance and scalability. In a nutshell, vSphere Storage APIs for Array Integration (yes, the acronym did change in 5.0) allows certain I/O operations to be offloaded from the ESX to the physical array. There are primitives available for block copy & block zeroing (used by VM Snapshots, Cloning operations, Storage vMotion and by virtual disks built with the eager zeroed thick option). There is another primitive called Atomic Test & Set (ATS) which is a superior alternative to SCSI Reservations when it comes to metadata locking on VMFS. In 5.0 we have also introduced new NAS & Thin Provisioning primitives too. More about vSphere 5.0 VAAI enhancements can be found here.


Uptime: SRM Compatibility Updates

VMware Blogs 17/10/11 6:05 PM

Just a quick update for those of you who've had questions about supported platforms and databases.

We've updated the VMware Product Interoperability Matrices to be more authoritative.  Some platform support has changed (e.g. we only support Update 3 for ESX/ESXi 4.0, and no prior update versions), and supported databases should be a lot broader than was initially indicated in the pdf included with the release.


VMware vCloud Blog: Best Practices for vCloud Powered Service Providers Part 1: Make Cloud Computing Simple and Easy

VMware Blogs 18/10/11 4:01 AM

VMware recently announced that the VMware vCloud Powered Service Providerecosystem has continued to grow, with more than 50 VMware Service Provider Partners delivering VMware vCloud Powered services all over the globe. During VMworld, VMware also announced new capabilities to help accelerate customers’ journey to the enterprise hybrid cloud, with the collaboration of vCloud Powered service provider partners.


Team Fusion: VMware Fusion 4 Named "Editors Choice".

VMware Blogs 18/10/11 6:59 AM

VMware Fusion 4 Named “Editors Choice” by PC Magazine.


The reviews are starting to slowly trickle in and we are extremely excited to share that we have been named Editors Choice by PC magazine. Giving us a rating of 4.5 out of 5, VMware Fusion 4 was put though a whole host of tests. Here are some excerpts from the review.


vCO Team: VMware Labs released the vCenter Orchestrator CIM Plug-in

VMware Blogs 18/10/11 11:06 PM (Christophe Decanini)

Here is yet another vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) plug-in. This time to enable a set of discovery and monitoring features.

Citing the CIM plug-in summary page:

ESX includes a CIM Object Manager (CIMOM) that implements a set of server discovery and monitoring features. With the VMware CIM SMASH/Server Management API, clients that use industry-standard protocols can do the following:


VROOM!: Running latency-sensitive applications on vSphere

VMware Blogs 19/10/11 2:30 AM

For those of us interested in running latency-sensitive applications on vSphere, Bhavesh Davda, from the CTO's office, has created a comprehensive guide for tuning vSphere for such applications.

Some of the tuning options are very familiar to those working with low-latency applications, e.g., interrupt coalescing settings, and some of them are relatively obscure vSphere specific options. Using a combination of these options, we saw noticeable improvement in performance of some latency-bound benchmarks. As a bonus, the guide provides in-depth reasoning for some options.

You can find more details here and the complete whitepaper here.


VMware Support Insider: New to the VMware Toolbar

VMware Blogs 19/10/11 3:12 AM

We have a couple of new icons on the VMware Toolbar rolling out today we can tell you about.

There is now a translate button that you can use to translate any page you are browsing to whatever language you prefer. The widget can also translate text that you type in (if you need to make a quick reply for instance).

The second icon is a link to the VMware Support Mobile App, very handy for accessing KB content while your in a noisy environment and don't have your laptop with you!

If you haven't tried the toolbar, you can download it here:


VROOM!: Virtualized Hadoop Performance on vSphere 5

VMware Blogs 19/10/11 12:22 PM

In recent years the amount of data stored worldwide has exploded. This has led to the birth of the term 'Big Data'. While the scale of data brings with it complexity associated with storing and handling it, these large datasets are known to have business information buried in them that is critical to continued growth and success.  The last few years have seen the birth of several new tools to manage and analyze such large datasets in a timely way (where traditional tools have had limitations). A natural question to ask is how these tools perform on vSphere. As the start of an ongoing effort to qauntify the performance of big data tools on vSphere, we've chosen to test one of the more popular tools - Hadoop.


VMware End User Computing: VMworld 2011: VMware and NVIDIA to Deliver True, Virtual Workstation Experience

VMware Blogs 19/10/11 4:00 PM

By Warren Ponder, Director, Desktop Product Management, VMware

I am pleased to announce VMware and NVIDIA have entered into a strategic partnership to further advance the usage and benefits of remote graphics when combining VMware’s virtualization and End-User Computing platforms with NVIDIA’s Quadro Virtualization Platform.


vCO Team: VMware released the vCenter Orchestrator Virtual Appliance

VMware Blogs 19/10/11 6:16 PM (Christophe Decanini)

You have now no more excuses for not using vCenter Orchestrator: you can now have it up and running in a few minutes.

With the vCenter Orchestrator Virtual Appliance the configuration is now reduced to the bare minimum (on the Windows version there is quite a lot of configuration to do and important pre-requisites including a directory service and database).


vCO Team: EMC VMAX, VNX, VMware vSphere, vCloud Director integration powered by vCenter Orchestrator

VMware Blogs 20/10/11 7:36 AM (Christophe Decanini)

EMC released a Compute as a Service white paper documenting design considerations leveraging vCenter Orchestrator and its vCloud Director, AMQP and REST plug-in

With these components EMC created a workflow running the following operations:


Virtual Reality: The vMotion Speed Advantage: It's Real, and It's Spectacular

VMware Blogs 20/10/11 7:38 AM

The raw speed of VMware vMotion live migrations for moving single and multiple virtual machines has been a huge timesaver for our customers. Speedy concurrent vMotions let system administrators quickly evacuate the VMs off hosts before a planned server maintenance session so they can get home on time, rather than spending extra hours at work to swap a server power supply or do a firmware upgrade. vMotion also has a minimal impact on VM performance, so mission-critical VMs can be moved during production hours without generating user complaints.


VMware Alliances Team: New VMware Management Suites

VMware Blogs 20/10/11 9:13 AM

Yesterday, during VMworld Copenhagen, VMware introduced three new management suites: VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite, VMware vFabric Application Management Suite and VMware IT Business Management Suite.

These 3 suites simplify IT management for the cloud era and ultimately simplify your life – you can optimize and streamline your data center while still making it to dinner reservations and all of your other personal appointments.  Best of all, together with our alliance partners VMware offers customers a comprehensive management solution that addresses the virtual and physical components of the data center. 


VMware End User Computing: Cisco VXC Clients with VMware View -- Check them out!

VMware Blogs 21/10/11 10:00 PM

By Tony Huynh, End-User Computing, VMware

This week at VMworld Copenhagen, Cisco showcased several new Virtual Experience Clients (VXC) that will be supported with VMware View.  This is the first of several strategic offerings that VMware and Cisco are bringing to market.  VMware and Cisco collaborated to take the virtual desktop experience to the next level, with a solution that is highly scalable and offers high fidelity voice and video communications.



Upgrading Maven integration for SpringSource Tool Suite 2.8.0

SpringSource Team Blog 19/10/11 6:02 AM Andrew Eisenberg SpringSource Tools

Today, we released version 2.8.0 of the SpringSource Tool Suite. Along with an update to Eclipse Indigo SR1 (which brings you full IDE support for Java7), we also updated the Maven integration from the old and unmaintained m2eclipse versions 0.12.x to the latest version m2e 1.0 – which is now shipping as part of the Read more...


Build and Extend Custom SuccessFactors Applications on Cloud Foundry

Cloud Foundry 18/10/11 3:00 AM

SuccessFactors has selected Cloud Foundry as the platform to empower its customers to build and extend custom applications around SuccessFactors.  A leading SaaS company that provides business execution capabilities for over 3,500 organizations with around 15 million employees, SuccessFactors chose Cloud Foundry for the flexibility and choice it provides their customers in development frameworks, applications services and clouds for deployment.

The need to customize, extend and integrate enterprise applications is a common one.  Doing this for SaaS applications brings particular challenges, as those applications run remotely and historically have been limited in terms of programmability.  By bringing together Cloud Foundry’s robust runtime capabilities with SuccessFactor’ business processes and data, developers get the best of both worlds.

SuccessFactors has deployed a simple sample application ( that gives a sense of what is possible. The application integrates SuccessFactors’ employee location data with Google Maps to calculate the impact of a facilities move.  If you are a SuccessFactors customer or partner, you can use the SFAPI to do your own integration.  Over time, you can expect the two companies to deepen the integration and in particular make it even easier for enterprises to extend SuccessFactors from both public and private clouds.  To find out more about this partnership, please visit



How to configure Multi-NIC-vMotion in VMware vSphere 5

VMware KBTV 15/10/11 5:31 AM Graham Daly Datacenter How-to

We have two new videos for your viewing pleasure today. Both videos discuss and demonstrate the processes involved with configuring Multi-NIC-vMotion in vSphere 5.0

The first video details the process relating to a Standard vSwitch and the second video shows the process concerning a Distributed vSwitch.

Both of these videos were created with the assistance and guidance of our friend Duncan Epping over at Yellow Bricks. Thanks Duncan!

We hope you enjoy these videos!



Multiple-NIC-vMotion in vSphere 5 – 2 Videos from KBTV

ESX Virtualization 15/10/11 10:47 PM Vladan SEGET Videos how to configure multiple NICs for vMotion Multiple-NIC-vMotion in vSphere 5

Two videos showing the configuration of multiple NICs for vMotion.

In those 2 new videos from VMware KBTB you’ll be able to see the new vSphere 5 feature, which enables to use 2 NICs for vMotion.  The first video showing the configuration of standard vSwitch and the second shows the same for vDS (vSphere Distributed Switch).


High-Def Video on VMware View 5.0 with BTL & 3D 19/10/11 7:43 AM Andre Leibovici tips vdi virtualization PCoIP VDI View5



While trying to find and identify technical benefits implemented in PCoIP protocol in VMware View 5 I have been taking note of interesting things about the behavior of the protocol that might be interesting for my readers. The average administrator probably won’t have a need to get deep into the technology, however if you are like me you will probably enjoy reading the results of the tests.


VMware Labs presents its latest fling CIM Plugin

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 19/10/11 2:59 AM (Eric Sloof) Tools

ESX includes a CIM Object Manager (CIMOM) that implements a set of server discovery and monitoring features. With the VMware CIM SMASH/Server Management API, clients that use industry-standard protocols can do the following:

•    Enumerate system resources

•    Monitor system health data

The plugin is general enough to support other CIM compliant services and is not limited only to ESX. The goal of this plugin was to expose ESX CIMOM in the vCenter Orchestrator.


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Understanding VXLAN Virtual-Physical-Cloud L2/L3 Networks

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 23/10/11 4:04 AM (Eric Sloof) VMware

VMware has announced VXLAN, the Virtual Distributed Layer-2 Network IETF draft standard, of which Arista is a co-author. VXLAN is a special encapsulation mechanism that runs between virtual switches and enables virtual machines to be deployed and moved on or between any server within the network. The main benefits to the IT department in planning to support VXLAN is the ability to deploy a virtual machine on any server within the network, regardless of its IP subnet. This enables the IT department to create a scalable network architecture that supports capacity on demand and workload mobility regardless of geography and IP addressing. VXLAN requires no changes to the underlying IP addressing architecture and should require no major changes to installed infrastructure in the data center.


VMware vMotion: Over 5 Times Faster Than Hyper-V Live Migration

VCritical 20/10/11 8:08 AM Eric Gray Virtualizationism Hyper-V live migration performance vSphere

In a new head-to-head comparison published by independent technology assessment firm Principled Technologies, VMware vSphere once again trounceschallenger Hyper-V by delivering superior speed, performance, and reliability for zero-downtime virtual machine migrations.  Live VM migration is crucial for proactive maintenance on hypervisor hosts and for distributing workloads as demand shifts — optimizing for either performance or power savings.  Once an exclusive feature of the industry-leading vSphere platform, live migration has become yet another casualty of the checkbox war — where a simple “yes” or “no” cannot sufficiently convey vital technological differences.


VMware’s Center for Policy & Compliance is pleased to announce the release of BASEL III Content for vCenter Configuration Manager ™ (VCM).

VMware Security Blog 17/10/11 2:58 PM George Gerchow

Hej, virtualization Nerds,

Like Danish Dynamite, we are going to blow it up this week at VMworld Copenhagen!

IT Control Objectives for Basel III provides a framework for managing operational and information risk and extends the VMware content family that is used to achieve a Trusted vCloud solution.

These deep technical  rules will help reduce time to audit by providing immediate analysis of Compliance Assessment, Automated Remediation & Evidence based verification.

Platforms covered include:   


vSphere Product Management Survey… help us out

Yellow Bricks 17/10/11 6:49 PM Duncan Epping Server survey

This survey asks questions about your environments, what tier-1 workloads you are virtualizing and how you’re looking at emerging applications.

Your feedback is a crucial part of our decision making process and this is a very direct way to reach vSphere Product Management and influence the direction of vSphere and future products. The link is

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.


VMworld Europe 2011 wrap-up

Yellow Bricks 22/10/11 6:34 PM Duncan Epping Server Storage Various vmworld wrap-up

I was asked to speak at VMworld Europe in Copenhagen and before I flew out I planned on writing daily wrap-ups again. It usually helps me to wind down, but this time I never really got around to it. I figured I would at least write this article at the end of the week to summarize some of my personal highlights.

First of all, let me say that I love the city of Copenhagen. I like the fact that it is clean, they have great public transportation and in most restaurants the food is great and the service okay (for European standards). The Bella Conference Center is an excellent location in my opinion. The rooms are nicely setup, to be honest the lights and audio were much better than in Las Vegas. Surprising in my opinion as you would expect that in Las Vegas they are better equipped for conferences like these.



VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 10/15/11

VMware Blogs 18/10/11 10:55 PM

Apache HTTP Server
Unable to fork new process in Linux/Unix (2007790)
Date Published: 10/11/2011
Segmentation fault with proxy client certificate (2007817)
Date Published: 10/12/2011

Apache Tomcat
Benefits of JkOptions +DisableReuse over the standard connection pool mechanism (2007783)
Date Published: 10/11/2011
How can Tomcat require (redirect to) a secure connection when behind an Apache HTTP Server reverse proxy? (2007800)
Date Published: 10/12/2011

VMware Data Recovery
Using the second NIC deployed with VMware Data Recovery (2007174)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
SCSI hot add fails when using a Paravirtualized SCSI controller for the VDR dedupe store (2007717)
Date Published: 10/12/2011

VMware ESX
VMware ESX 4.0, Patch ESX400-201110402-BG: Updates qlogic-fchba-provider (1036393)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
Certain versions of VMXNET 3 driver fail to initialize the device when the number of vCPUs is not a power of two (2003484)
Date Published: 10/10/2011
Installer window is not displayed properly during RHEL 6.1 guest operating system installation (2003588)
Date Published: 10/14/2011
VMware ESX 4.0, Patch ESX400-201110406-SG: Updates dhclient (2004316)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
VMware ESX 4.0, Patch ESX400-201110409-SG: Updates mptsas, mpt2sas, mptspi drivers (2004319)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
Virtual machine properties do not display the virtual machine portgroup name for a virtual network adapter (2007853)
Date Published: 10/12/2011
Understanding support for tape devices with ESX/ESXi (2007904)
Date Published: 10/12/2011
VMware ESX 4.0, Patch Release ESX400-201110001 (1036391)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
VMware ESX 4.0, Patch ESX400-201110401-SG: Updates VMkernel, VMX, hostd, VMware Tools (1036392)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
VMware ESX 4.0, Patch ESX400-201110403-SG: Updates Kerberos RPMs (1036394)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
VMware ESX 4.0, Patch ESX400-201110404-BG: Updates SATA AHCI controller driver (1036395)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
VMware ESX 4.0, Patch ESX400-201110405-BG: Updates sudo RPM (1036396)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
VMware ESX 4.0, Patch ESX400-201110407-BG: Updates tzdata (2004317)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
VMware ESX 4.0, Patch ESX400-201110408-SG: Updates glibc, glibc-common, nscd (2004318)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
VMware ESX 4.0, Patch ESX400-201110410-SG: Updates e1000 and e1000e drivers (2004791)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
Kerberos settings are lost upon upgrade from ESX 4.0 to ESX 4.1 (2006695)
Date Published: 10/10/2011
Veeam backup fails with the error: Unfreeze error(over VIX):backup job failed (2007842)
Date Published: 10/11/2011

VMware ESXi
VMware ESXi 4.0, Patch ESXi400-201110401-SG: Updates Firmware (1036398)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
Trespassing of LUNs seen on the Array  (2005369)
Date Published: 10/11/2011
Opening the virtual machine console after a fresh installation of ESXi 5.0 fails with the error: The host certificate chain is not complete (2006124)
Date Published: 10/14/2011
vSphere 5.0 hosts unable to see logical volumes larger than 2TB on HP P400 RAID controllers (2006942)
Date Published: 10/11/2011
Multiple-NIC vMotion in vSphere 5 (2007467)
Date Published: 10/14/2011
Installing ESXi 5.0 fails on a Cisco Blade B 230 (2007747)
Date Published: 10/15/2011
VMware ESXi 4.0, Patch Release ESXi400-201110001 (1036397)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
Installation of Ubuntu 10.10 guest OS appears to stop responding (2004306)
Date Published: 10/14/2011
VMware Remote Console (VMRC) requires hosts to enable SSL authentication (2007386)
Date Published: 10/10/2011
Datastore cluster status in the vSphere Client is Unknown (2007393)
Date Published: 10/10/2011

VMware Fusion
Sentinel SuperPro USB key cannot connect to a Fusion virtual machine (2005098)
Date Published: 10/11/2011
IORegistryExplorer hangs while a Fusion virtual machine is running (2005104)
Date Published: 10/11/2011
Cannot connect Logitech C910 webcam to a Windows virtual machine (2005101)
Date Published: 10/11/2011
Mass deploying Fusion 4 (2007055)
Date Published: 10/12/2011

VMware Server
Managing automatic power options for VMware Server virtual machines (2005246)
Date Published: 10/10/2011

VMware Service Manager
VMware Service Manager screens configured with restricted access using security profiles do not migrate properly (2007819)
Date Published: 10/10/2011
The VMware Service Manager Integration Task that runs for more than 24 hours fails (2007821)
Date Published: 10/10/2011
Scheduled Service Manager reports with multiple date ranges do not return correct data (2007874)
Date Published: 10/12/2011
Unable to do a lookup on the Link Type field in the Service Manager CMDBItemLink API transaction (2007919)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
Cannot select Passed or Cancelled events when building a monitor for SLM breaches in VMware Service Manager 9.x (2001416)
Date Published: 10/11/2011
When searching for Groups or Officers in Service Manager, the type ahead function does not allow hyphens (2006643)
Date Published: 10/12/2011
The CallCustomIA Stored procedure does not work in VMware Service Manager 9.0 (2007770)
Date Published: 10/11/2011
Running the Service Manager INBOUNDMAILIA2 stored procedure fills the Application Event Log with informational messages (2007820)
Date Published: 10/10/2011
The datetime stamps in the Service Manager Call History screen are incorrect (2007869)
Date Published: 10/12/2011
Unable to set a default value for a QD parameter in Service Manager Report Designer (2007871)
Date Published: 10/12/2011
Unable to set extension fields on requests logged though the Create New Request task in VMware Service Manager 9.0 (2007873)
Date Published: 10/11/2011
Cannot specify the CIs to unlink in the Service Manager CMDBItemLinkDelete API transaction, (2007920)
Date Published: 10/13/2011

VMware ThinApp
Enabling Smart Card authentication with a ThinApped Internet Explorer (2007858)
Date Published: 10/11/2011

VMware vCenter Chargeback
Cloud Director data collector fails to process some of the chargeback events in vCloud Director (2007533)
Date Published: 10/14/2011

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Get Agent Version fails (2007258)
Date Published: 10/10/2011
Deployment jobs scheduled to run in the past do not run (2007802)
Date Published: 10/14/2011
Software Provisioning package removal fails to remove an updated package (2007893)
Date Published: 10/15/2011
File gathering problems in vCenter Configuration Manager (2007263)
Date Published: 10/11/2011
CSIRemoteBatch.exe command fails (2007057)
Date Published: 10/12/2011
Non-functioning event log filters in vCenter Configuration Manager (2007261)
Date Published: 10/11/2011

VMware vCenter Converter
Increasing the logging levels for vCenter Converter application components (2008019)
Date Published: 10/15/2011

VMware vCenter Operations Enterprise
LDAP synchronization fails after upgrading to vCenter Operations Enterprise 1.0.1 (2003315)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
Configuring vCenter Operations Enterprise for secure communication (SSL) (2007768)
Date Published: 10/14/2011

VMware vCenter Operations Standard
Cannot access VMware vCenter Operations through a browser using the IP address (2007805)
Date Published: 10/11/2011

VMware vCenter Server
Verifying jobs and stored procedures installed in vCenter Server 5.0 (2006097)
Date Published: 10/14/2011
Upgrading from ESXi 4.0 Update 2 to ESXi 5.0 using vCenter Update Manager fails with the error: Cannot run upgrade script on host (2007163)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
After changing the domain of vCenter Server, the VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices service fails with the error: Unable to connect to web services to execute query (2007548)
Date Published: 10/10/2011
An Administrator cannot Add Permission on an object (2007815)
Date Published: 10/14/2011
Upgrading to vCenter Server 5.0 fails with the error: Exception thrown while executing SQL script (2007864)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
Disabling SSH configuration issues warning on the Summary tab in ESXi 5.0 (2007922)
Date Published: 10/12/2011
The Windows virtual machine deployed from a template fails to join the domain (2007507)
Date Published: 10/12/2011
Determining if vCenter Server rollup jobs are processing performance data (2007388)
Date Published: 10/12/2011

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
404 error message when attempting to pair vSphere Replication Manager Servers (VRMS) (2007727)
Date Published: 10/11/2011

VMware vCenter Update Manager
Unable to scan, remediate, or apply patches to guest operating systems using vCenter Update Manager 5.0 (2006617)
Date Published: 10/14/2011

VMware vFabric tc Server
Finding information about the High-Concurrency JDBC Datasource (2007766)
Date Published: 10/14/2011

VMware View Manager
Launching the VMware View Manager Administration page fails with the error: Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage (2004759)
Date Published: 10/12/2011
Connecting to the manual pool of physical computer using the iPad client fails with the error: The display protocol for this desktop is currently not available." (2005491)
Date Published: 10/13/2011
VMware View Client fails with error: Authentication Failed, No logon servers are available (2007844)
Date Published: 10/11/2011
Provisioning linked clones in View Manager fails with the error: Failed to perform active directory operation (2004514)

Date Published: 10/12/2011
Logging in to a View virtual machine fails with the error: Your user profile was not loaded correctly! You have been logged on with a temporary profile. (2007105)
Date Published: 10/13/2011


From the editors Virtual Desk

Hi everyone, after a short 2 week break the TAM newsletter is back and is bigger than ever. Of course after a 2 week break there is a lot of news and features for me to catch up on. Please take a look through this week’s newsletter as I am sure that there will be something for everyone this week.


Next week I will be attending the annual VMware vForum conference in Sydney, Australia which is something that I look forward to every year. I will report back on this even in next week’s newsletter for everyone.


I want to take the opportunity to pay my respects to Steve Jobs. As an avid Apple user as most of my peers know I am deeply indebted to Steve for his contribution that has allowed me to work the way I do using the amazing technology that Apple creates. Thanks Steve. 


Take care until next time everyone and enjoy the newsletter.


Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)

Queensland Technical Account Manager




VMware End User Computing: Blurring the Boundaries of End-User Computing

VMware Blogs 11/10/11 6:09 PM

Posted by:
Brian Gammage - Chief Market Technologist, VMware End-User Computing

The rapid pace of change in end-user computing is affecting more than just the way users work through technology.  It is also changing the language and the units of measure in what was, until recently, a very stable market environment. This creates ample scope for confusion, misunderstanding and (in some cases) creative license with descriptions.

Take the word “desktop” for example. Until recently, most people would have translated this as "PC". Measures of the desktop market described how many PCs were shipped or sold. It was easy – everyone was counting the same, physical objects.  A desktop today might be virtual, with all the same software elements, but located somewhere completely different and accessed through a tablet or smartphone. The physical implications have changed.

For those measuring markets, this creates challenges – without consistency in measures, there are no meaningful comparisons across time: the growth rates and forecasts on which business performance is measured risk losing their meaning. So it is very important, when language and measures are changing, to ensure we are always very clear in what we are counting.

The (hosted) virtual desktop market presents its own measurement challenges. With their roots in the counting of hardware, many market analysts naturally want to count the access device, but that makes no senses when these are increasingly diverse. Can a smartphone, a thin client, a tablet and a PC all be the same thing? To make matters more complex, multiple devices might be used to access the same virtual desktop and so artificially inflate the numbers. Counting users won’t always work either – what if the same virtual desktop in a call centre is used by multiple users in shifts across each 24 hour period?

A few years ago I wrote a research paper describing how the new language of end-user computing was “bubbles” and “footprints”.  For virtual desktops, it is certainly the bubble – the virtual machine containing the desktop software - that must be counted. Everyone is (thankfully) in agreement on this, but there is still scope for misinterpretation. What about other approaches that minimize the (computational) footprint requirement for the access device, like server-based computing – are they the same thing? There may be some cases in which they achieve nearly the same functional result (when all applications are published and there is no desktop operating system), but the answer has to be no – unless there is a desktop bubble to be counted.

In allowing us to separate the physical from the various logical layers, virtualization has created multiple such issues. Add to this the natural marketing zeal of organizations keen to include the “v-word” in their descriptions and the scope for confusion is understandable.  Faced with this, it always helps to fall back on first principles.

Virtualization is a process of separating the layers in the computing stack so that their configurations become independent of (or at least broadly tolerant of) changes in the configurations of the layers around them.  When talking about virtualization, we have to focus on the layers in play: hardware, operating systems and applications. Virtualization creates virtual machines or virtual applications that are easier to move around.  In some cases, we might make a virtual workspace, but the key is that the result of virtualization is always a bubble of software with something inside. This is not the same as accessing something remotely.

So application virtualization, where the application runs locally in a package that’s isolated from the configuration of the desktop OS, is most certainly virtualization – even if the application is delivered from somewhere else.  But just delivering the application through publishing is not. Of course there are gray areas: if the same application package can be used for publishing, streaming or local execution, then it is still a virtualized application. A virtualized application can be published, but not all published applications are virtualized.

With a hosted virtual desktop, the user accesses all their applications remotely and so there is no virtualization happening on the access device: using a thin client is not virtualization in itself. The virtualization takes place on the server, where it allows the same efficient resource management we see in modern data center to be applied to operational overhead of the desktop.

We can be clear in our language and hopefully stem the flow of confusion, but that still doesn’t always simplify counting. With the hosted virtual desktop, the platform supporting the desktop VMs and the brokering layer through which the user connects might be provided by different suppliers. We could give a long list of reasons why we believe using a single provider for both drives down the operational costs and delivers better results, but this is not just a post about View 5.

Although we’re focused on both sides of the (hosted) virtual desktop equation, we must still be clear on what is being counted in any market estimates we proffer or quote. Our server platform is by far the most widely deployed to support virtual desktops: the largest implementations selected VMware at the back-end because so many organizations already know they can count on our technology for their most business critical workloads. When it comes to the brokered protocol connections to access devices, we are in a much more open market and our leadership is less pronounced.  Most external commentators choose to measure the virtual desktop market by counting the connections made by the broker and we will not muddy that water.

Where these reflections get more difficult is in market evaluation of our future vision for the post-PC era. What exactly will we be counting there and how will we measure the market? On this, we don’t yet have all the answers, but we will continue to be open in our evaluation. We all need clarity as we go through these significant (and exciting) changes in end-user computing - we will continue to make every effort to focus on the most relevant metrics.



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VMware Virtualization Management Blog: How do you manage the new IT?

VMware Blogs 27/09/11 1:35 AM

Let’s take a look at the new reality of IT – a quick survey shows the following:

Virtualization is now ubiquitous, with more virtual machines than physical.


ESXi Chronicles: How often does ESXi write to the boot disk?

VMware Blogs 27/09/11 2:39 AM

Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, VMware

A couple weeks back I wrote about booting from USB/SD and made the comment that ESXi will routinely save the host configuration to the boot device once every 10 minutes.  This generated a lot of questions and it quickly became evident that people wanted to understand more about how a running ESXi hosts interacts with the boot device, especially when booting off of USB/SD.  As such  I did some research and here’s a bit more detail on how frequently ESXi writes to the boot device.


VMware vSphere Blog: Storage DRS Affinity & Anti-Affinity Rules

VMware Blogs 27/09/11 12:54 PM

By now you should be well aware that one of the major storage and resource management enhancements in vSphere 5.0 is Storage DRS. What was one of the motivations behind developing this feature? For some time we have had the Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) feature in vSphere, and this managed the initial placement and load balancing of virtual machines based on CPU and Memory utilization. However there was still the possibility that VMs could be placed on the same datastore, and even if that datastore was nearing capacity, or the VM performance was degrading, there was nothing in DRS that would prevent VMs being placed on this datastore. Storage DRS addresses this by selecting the best datastore for initial placement, and also uses Storage vMotion to migrate virtual machines between datastores when capacity or I/O latency is an issue.


VMware Virtualization Management Blog: Traditional management tools simply cannot do cloud management!

VMware Blogs 27/09/11 4:41 PM

Not trying to be controversial with a provocative title, but let's check the new IT realityand then review the fundamentals behind the traditional management tools:

Traditional IT management tools focus on managing silos - applications running on dedicated IT infrastructure. Virtualization breaks these silos, decoupling applications from infrastructure.


vCO Team: How to provide vCenter Orchestrator customized workflows to your customers ?

VMware Blogs 27/09/11 5:34 PM (Christophe Decanini)

Providing customized workflows to an internal or an external customer is a process following a typical software development lifecycle with specific orchestration requirements and best practices for setting up the environments and managing the content lifecycle.


vSphere PowerCLI Blog: List and Disconnect vCenter Sessions

VMware Blogs 27/09/11 11:31 PM

One of the first cmdlets people learn when starting out in PowerCLI is Connect-VIServer, this as you probably know allows you to connect to a vCenter server or a ESX/ESXi Host directly, this creates a session on the vCenter server until it has been disconnected using the Disconnect-VIServer cmdlet.


VMware ThinApp Blog: ThinApp, the Taskbar, and Start Menu Pinning

VMware Blogs 28/09/11 11:53 AM

Recently I was asked if there was a way to pin ThinApp packages to the Start Menu and Taskbar in Win 7. Well, depending upon what your desired outcome is, there are both long and short answers.


VMware vSphere Blog: Storage I/O Control Enhancements in vSphere 5.0

VMware Blogs 28/09/11 10:57 PM

Storage I/O Control (SIOC) was introduced in vSphere 4.1 and allows for cluster wide control of disk resources. The primary aim is to prevent a single VM on a single ESX host from hogging all the I/O bandwidth to a shared datastore. An example could be a low priority VM which runs a data mining type application impacting the performance of other more important business VMs sharing the same datastore.


VMware Virtualization Management Blog: Managing IT in the Cloud Era - VMware way

VMware Blogs 29/09/11 1:32 AM

As IT organizations embrace Cloud computing to deliver IT as a service, they must adopt a new management approach—one that is as agile, proactive, flexible and dynamic similar to their new IT infrastructure. In the previous posts, I reviewed the trends about this new IT model, as well as pointed out why the traditional management tools cannot do cloud management. Today let me provide you pointers to how VMware is rethinking its approach to IT management:


VROOM!: VMware vCenter Update Manager 5.0 Performance and Best Practices

VMware Blogs 29/09/11 3:34 AM

VMware vCenter Update Manager (also known as VUM) provides a patch management framework for VMware vSphere. IT administrators can use it to patch and upgrade ESX/ESXi hosts, upgrade VMware Tools and virtual hardware for virtual machines, as well as upgrade virtual appliances.


VMware End User Computing: UPDATE: View 5’s User Experience on an iPad Compared to Citrix XenDesktop

VMware Blogs 29/09/11 10:00 PM

Posted by Cyndie Zikmund and Jia Dai, End User Computing Technical Marketing

The demand for corporate IT departments to support tablets is on the rise.  According to IHS iSuppli tablet sales are expected to grow from 60 million units in 2011 to 275 million in 2015 with the Apple iPad accounting for 74% of the market in 2011 and 43.6% in 2015:


VMware Support Insider: VMware View 4.x is not Supported in vSphere 5.0

VMware Blogs 30/09/11 1:42 AM

Those of you using VMware View have probably already seen this post about the potential of data loss if you do not follow the specific instructions in the KB article when upgrading from View 4.x

We have another equally important piece of information you also want to be fully aware of.


Team Fusion: New Tap! app roars to life with help from VMware Fusion 4

VMware Blogs 1/10/11 12:34 AM

The fine folks at Tap! The iPhone & iPad magazine in the UK have just released a great new iPad app for delivering Tap! magazine to the UK and rest of the world. The new Tap! app takes advantage of all the power of an iPad application, with embedded product videos and spinnable product photos, and much, much more.


Uptime: How Does vSphere Replication Work?

VMware Blogs 3/10/11 10:30 PM

With SRM 5 we introduced a new alternative for replication of virtual machines called "vSphere Replication" or "VR" for short.  There has been some excellent conversation about VR generated by presentations at VMworld and the release of SRM on the 15th of September.

We've also received a lot of questions about the details of VR, and thought this would be an excellent venue and opportunity to give you some more detail on how it actually works behind the scenes to protect your VMs.

What is vSphere Replication?


Uptime: App Aware APIs for Linux

VMware Blogs 4/10/11 3:03 AM

As some of you have noticed, the APIs for Application Awareness with vSphere 5.0 were missing from the list of available downloads at  This issue has been fixed and the APIs for both Windows and Linux are posted.


vCenter Orchestrator Blog: No Code Workflow Reconnects ESXi Hosts

VMware Blogs 4/10/11 4:18 AM

This example shows that one can do useful things without writing JavaScript code in vCO.
Ever since the vSphere 5 upgrade, cold booting my home lab (which I generally do because I’m not going to pay to leave it running all the time plus it is noisy and it heats up my office) requires re-connecting my ESXi hosts.


VMware Support Insider: Emulex OneConnect driver not supported in vSphere 5.0 on some HP hardware

VMware Blogs 4/10/11 4:52 AM

VMware has become aware of an issue where HP G7 Blades have no supported firmware for the Emulex OneConnect driver for vSphere 5.0. This driver is shipped by default with the HP G7 blades.  For more information, see the HP Advisory

VMware recommends not upgrading to or installing vSphere 5.0 on this hardware. If you have already done so, VMware recommends reverting to vSphere 4.1.

For more information about this issue, see our Knowledge Base article Emulex OneConnect driver not supported on vSphere 5.0 for HP hardware (2007397). That article will be updated as more information becomes available. To be alerted when that article is updated, click Subscribe to Document in the Actions box inside the article.


vCO Team: Code snippets : Change the name of a workflow run

VMware Blogs 4/10/11 6:39 PM (Christophe Decanini)

In some use cases you may want to customize the name of the workflow run/execution to suit your needs. For example it may be more practical to browse the workflow runs with having the name of the object the operation ran on such as "Deploy vApp tcWebServer" instead of the default "Deploy vApp". It can also be usefull if you use the workflow run as a way to identify a particular one from an external application having an ID for it. You can always add this ID as an input variable and search matching IDs in all the workflow runs but it makes it a bt more complicated. The issue with this is that the workflow run uses the name of his parent workflow by design. Some of my colleagues found ways to hack into the vCO database but there is a simpler solution.


vCO Team: VMware Labs released the Perspectives Plug-in

VMware Blogs 4/10/11 7:18 PM (Christophe Decanini)

You may wonder what "Perspectives" application this may be orchestrating. In fact this plug-in offers a simple way for the VI administrator to give the vCO users access to specific workflows through a web interface.


Uptime: Working at the edge of SRM 5 limits

VMware Blogs 4/10/11 10:30 PM

If you are working at the edge of our SRM 5 scalability limits and you are finding that you get timeout errors than we can help with that.  SRM tries to start all of the VMs it is recovering as fast as it can.  Sometimes near our scalability limits that may be too aggressive.  If you are in that position you may experience timeout errors.  The actual errors may be with regards to scripts, VMware Tools, or uploads, but in all cases there will be a mention of timeouts in the error message.

VROOM!: GPGPU Computing in a VM

VMware Blogs 5/10/11 6:51 AM

Periodically on forums I see people asking whether GPGPU computing is supported by ESX, prompting me to write a brief post on the subject:

YES! VMware ESX supports GPGPU computing. Applications can access GPGPUs via CUDA or OpenCL in exactly the same way as when running natively -- no changes are required to the application.


Uptime: SRM can protect anything - but should it?

VMware Blogs 6/10/11 2:09 AM

There are several categories of systems that SRM should not protect.  Broadly speaking, they may be grouped into two groups.  One group contains items that should not be protected because they may have issues like corruption during replication or recovery, and the other group is for systems that don't need to be protected.

SRM is so easy to use once it is working, that sometimes people forget that they should not protect everything.


Uptime: vSphere Replication Bandwidth

VMware Blogs 6/10/11 10:00 PM

One of the most common questions about SRM 5 is with regards to vSphere Replication and how much bandwidth is used to replicate VMs.

The answer is of course that "it depends" and one of the goals of this post is to help you understand what factors are important in determining what to expect in your environment from a bandwidth perspective.

There are a number of factors involved in replication with VR:


VMware End User Computing: VMware View 5 Performance and Best Practices White Paper

VMware Blogs 6/10/11 10:00 PM

By Banit Agrawal, Rishi Bidarkar, Lawrence Spracklen and Sunil Satnur, VMware

Following up from our previous posts (here & here) and our presentation at VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas discussing VMware View 5, we are pleased to announce the availability of our VMware View 5 Performance and Best Practices white paper.


VROOM!: VMware View 5 Network Optimization

VMware Blogs 7/10/11 3:33 AM

PCoIP is an adaptive protocol that works to deliver the best possible user experience for any given network and CPU constraints. In the majority of environments, this is the desired approach. However, there can be times where individual users or group administrators are interested in different resource utilization policies. For instance, administrators may not want users consuming too much corporate LAN bandwidth streaming youtube videos!


Uptime: vSphere Replication Bandwidth pt 2

VMware Blogs 7/10/11 4:00 AM

Continuing from the earlier post about vSphere Replication bandwidth...


The RPO is another key to figuring out your traffic patterns for replication.  We look at how many blocks have changed during the RPO window and transfers those blocks that have changed.  The data change rate within that RPO gives us the total number of blocks that need to be shipped in each window.  This may vary widely throughout the day, however, which will again alter the traffic generated by replication.  If we have systems that are busy during business hours but idle at night our overall figure above of 100GB daily may hold true, but the 4GB per window may drift wildly over the course of the 24 hour period. 


VMware vCloud Blog: vCloud Connector 1.5 – Must Knows

VMware Blogs 7/10/11 4:34 AM

By: David Davis

Launched at VMworld 2011, the vCloud Connector 1.5 beta offers some exciting new features. Those features are outlined by vCloud Connector and product marketing manager, Neha Sampat (@nehasf), in a new YouTube video,VMware vCloud Connector 1.5 Overview (watch below). In that video, I learned that vCloud Connector 1.5 beta offers:


Uptime: SRM 5 - Using Dependencies

VMware Blogs 8/10/11 1:43 AM

With previous SRM versions your options for controlling start sequence of individual VMs boiled down to choosing whether to put the individual VMs into High, Medium or Low priority groups.  High priority VMs started sequentially, Medium and Low priority VMs started in parallel.


Uptime: Upgrading to SRM 4.1 before upgrading to 5.0

VMware Blogs 13/10/11 2:49 AM

Please note that an inplace upgrade to SRM 5.0 is only supported from version 4.1!

If you're running on an older version such as 1.x you will need to follow a few steps to get to the current version including an upgrade first to 4.1.

Michael White did a fantastic job of documenting the 4.1 upgrade process in July 2010 and if you're looking at moving to 5.0 from an older version you should consider his material mandatory reading before upgrading to 4.1.

Take a look at Michael's upgrade material here:


VROOM!: Looking Deeper at vSphere Storage Appliance Performance

VMware Blogs 14/10/11 1:05 AM

One of the new products that was announced as part of the vSphere 5 launch was new vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA). It allows you to use the local storage of vSphere 5 ESX hosts to create shared storage that is accessible as NFS datastores. This shared storage automatically mirrors its data across the vSphere 5 hosts in the VSA cluster ensuring that it is always available, even in the event of the loss of a server.



Spring Framework 3.1 RC1 released

SpringSource Team Blog 13/10/11 9:03 AM Juergen Hoeller 3.1 Spring

It is my pleasure to announce that the first Spring Framework 3.1 release candidate has – finally – been released this week! We have been working on this release for several months, completing our milestone work and recently adding support for Java SE 7 and for Hibernate 4.0 to the feature list. Spring Framework 3.1 [...]


Using Cloud Foundry Services with Spring: Part 1 – The Basics

SpringSource Team Blog 14/10/11 5:02 AM Ramnivas Laddad Cloud Computing Cloud Foundry Spring

Services offered in Cloud Foundry make writing efficient and effective applications possible. Developers can now choose just the right kind of services without worrying about operating those services. For example, a portion of an application can choose Postgres for the parts where transactional access is crucial, MongoDB where interacting with data as a collection of [...]


Using Chef to Customize Multi-Node Cloud Foundry Deployments

Cloud Foundry 30/09/11 6:11 AM

A key aspect of Cloud Foundry open PaaS is the ability to run everywhere using open-source tools that developers and operations can review and modify to suit their needs.  Today we are releasing a simplified scheme for provisioning Cloud Foundry multi-node environments.  By combing the ease-of-use of Chef recipes and the open architecture of Cloud Foundry, developers,  admins and “DevOps”


Micro Cloud Foundry™ -- Now With PostgreSQL and RabbitMQ

Cloud Foundry 6/10/11 2:14 AM

We just released an update for Micro Cloud Foundry with PostgreSQL and RabbitMQ.  Micro Cloud Foundry  is a complete version of Cloud Foundry that runs in a virtual machine on a developer’s Mac or PC.  Today, vFabric Postgres, a version of PostgresSQL database optimized for the virtualized cloud environment, and RabbitMQ, a reliable, scalable and portable messaging system, are both available with Micro Cloud Foundry.

Developers can now quickly develop and test applications with RabbitMQ as its messaging solution and/or PostgresSQL as its data store solution, on their local machine before deploying and scaling to the cloud.



VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) Demo - What Happens during a Front-end or Back-end Network Outage

VMware KBTV 6/10/11 10:29 PM Graham Daly Datacenter

We have two new videos for you today compliments of our friend Cormac Hogan, author of the VMware Storage Blog. These videos both concern the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance that shipped with the vSphere 5 product suite.

The first video discusses and demonstrates what happens in a VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) cluster during a front-end network outage. The second video discusses and demonstrates what happens in a VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) cluster during a back-end network outage.

Check out the VMware Storage Blog for additional VMware storage related blog posts and our KBTV YouTube Channel for additional VMware related videos and tutorials.


vSphere 5 Video Series - Installing ESXi 5.0 in Under 5 Minutes

VMwareTips 10/10/11 11:00 PM Rick Scherer vSphere esx esxi installation installing video vsphere 4 vsphere 5

This is going to be the first of many in my vSphere 5 Video Series where I’ll cover the basics to getting vSphere 5.0 installed, configured and operating. In this video see just how easy it is to do a bare-metal installation of ESXi 5.0. Out of all of the install and upgrade options available for vSphere 5.0 this by far is the easiest and cleanest method in my opinion.



ESXi 5.0 Reference Poster

Virtu-Al 29/09/11 6:22 PM Alan ESX/ESXi VMware VMWorld

During VMworld most people I talked to were either moving to ESXi or excited by the new features of vSphere 5 and were investigating what they would need to do to upgrade and get the latest and greatest.

Those who attended the Hands on Lab were lucky enough to grab a poster bought to you by VMware Technical Marketing, this year VMware were giving out two posters, the first is the “VMware Management with PowerCLI 5.0” poster which can be downloaded here.


Auto Deploy and vCloud Director

Virtu-Al 3/10/11 11:25 PM Alan vCloud Director PowerCLI

When re-installing my home lab I realized that when using Auto Deploy with vCloud Director (vCD) you would need to have an extra step in the planning process, this makes sense if you think about the way that Auto Deploy and vCD works.Using VMware View for Server Linked Clone Desktops

vFAIL.NET 3/10/11 10:34 PM Sean Crookston VMware view Linked Clones VMware View vsphere

While playing in my home lab I recently had the idea pop in my mind of if View would support linked cloning of server operating systems. And by support I mean allow as there is no way any of the following is supported by VMware.

There are a number of reason I can think of that would be a good use case. Firstly if there was a need to have a pool of test servers available for quick installation or functionality testing. Secondly for saving some space in lab setups where disk space is of particular concern. The limited space of SSDs become much less of a concern if so.


VCDX Defense Preparation

vFAIL.NET 12/10/11 10:54 PM Sean Crookston VCDX VMware vsphere

I have officially decided that I will target defending for the VCDX in May of next year in Toronto. This may or may not also be the first opportunity to defend for the VCDX 5, however I find it highly unlikely being I haven’t even heard of a beta for the VCAP-DCA/VCAP-DCD5 to date. Incidentally at this time this is also going to be the last change to defend a vSphere 4 design.


Mastering VMware vSphere 5 Now Available 6/10/11 11:27 PM slowe Virtualization VMware vSphere Writing

I’m very excited to announce that both Kindle and paperback copies of Mastering VMware vSphere 5, the eagerly-anticipated vSphere 5 book, are now available from Amazon. At the time of this writing, the Kindle version was priced higher than the paperback version, but I’m hoping that Amazon—who solely controls pricing for Kindle books—will drop the price soon.


Powerpack for Image builder and Autodeploy for VMware

ESX Virtualization 27/09/11 9:58 PM Vladan SEGET Free Stuff Autodeploy PowerCLI PowerGui PowerPack Autodeploy vSphere vSphere 5 image builder vSphere Image builder

New PowerPack for PowerGUI has been released by Alan Renouf.

PowerCLI might be difficult for some, but if coupled with some GUI tools, it might be easier. Try it with PowerGUI and PowerPack. In fact, to use the underlaying scripting language, a very popular GUI program called PowerGUI which is free,  is used. You can enhance PowerGUI by installing different PowerPacks inside, and get those different functionalities available from withing the GUI.


Performance and Best Practices for VMware vCenter Update Manager 5.0

ESX Virtualization 30/09/11 6:55 PM Vladan SEGET Free Stuff VMware vCenter Update Manager 5.0 Performance and Best Practices VUM 5 best practices

New white paper from VMware addressing some performance best practices has been released.

You’ll find the setup being used in the test, the configuration of the network, hosts, the deployment method used for the VUM software and the different choices depending of size of virtual infrastructure. The different sections:


VMware View 5.0 – performance and best practices white paper

ESX Virtualization 5/10/11 5:46 PM Vladan SEGET Free Stuff VMware View 5 VMware View 5 performance best practice

A very interesting technical Whitepaper has been released by VMware.

If you’re into VMware View then you’ll like this technical and best practices whitepaper concerning VMware View 5. With the recent release of VMware View 5 during the VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas, many new features and enhancements to this product has been introduced.


Paragon Alignment Tool(TM) 3.0 can remote align partitions on VMs

ESX Virtualization 6/10/11 5:37 PM Vladan SEGET Server Virtualization Partition aligment PAT for ESX v 3.0 VM aligment

New product from Paragon – PAT for ESX v 3.0

Las year I reported on PAT v 2.0 which did the same job, but one had to install the product inside of a VM to be able to properly align the VM.


vSphere 5 – How to upgrade to ESXi 5 using update manager video

ESX Virtualization 10/10/11 3:57 PM Vladan SEGET Videos how to upgrade ESX classic upgrade to ESXi 5 vSphere Update Manager 5 video VUM 5

New video from VMware KBTV shows how to upgrade your ESXi hosts to the latest version of ESXi 5.

One of the new features of VMware Updata Manager 5.0  (VUM) is also the possibility to upgrade your existing ESX classic host to ESXi 5.0 and preserving your VMFS volumes.  But the VUM 5 no longer supports the patching of Virtual Machines. A feature which was present in vCenter 4 and VUM 4.


VMware View 5 PCoIP Network Optimization Guide

ESX Virtualization 11/10/11 9:41 PM Vladan SEGET Free Stuff Optimize VMware View 5 PCoIP Optimization guide VMware View 5 network optimization

A new document showing how to optimize a PCoIP protocol over WAN links.

VMware View 5 has been released recently during VMworld 2011 at Las Vegas and with this new release, the way to optimize and configure VMware View has changed. The latest release of VMware View 5 has brought some great enhancements in the PCoIP protocol and other features – detailed in my post here and here.


VMware vSphere Web Client: Don’t you forget about me!

Gabes Virtual World 26/09/11 6:30 PM Gabrie van Zanten Virtual Center VMware

Many installed vSphere 5 soon after the official release, starting with vCenter 5 and then reinstalled their ESXi hosts. Of course you need the VMware Virtual Infrastructure Client as well to set up your environment, which you install on your Windows desktop or inside a Windows VM. Once you have your configuration up and running and want to perform some basic tasks, it sometimes would be great if there was a light weight client that doesn’t run on just Windows systems. You guessed it, the vSphere Web Client. The vSphere Web Client is a great way to manage your VMs and perform VM related tasks from the popular browsers ( Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and 8, Mozilla FireFox 3.6).


Updating your ESXi host using VMware vSphere 5 Auto deploy

Gabes Virtual World 14/10/11 5:16 AM Gabrie van Zanten esxi PowerShell scripting

In my previous post on VMware vSphere5 Auto deploy I explained how to setup an auto deploy environment. This is great for initial setup and to deploy your hosts, but what when an update is released by VMware? The easiest thing is to just delete the deploy rules and recreate them which is ok for a small environment but not in a large environment. In this post I will show you how to adjust your existing rules.


Vblock, VPLEX and VDI 27/09/11 6:13 AM Andre Leibovici news tips vdi virtualization

Jim Sanzone, one of my vSpecialist colleagues and VDI master was joined by the VCE team to demonstrate how two Vblocks with VPLEX within a datacenter can provide a **highly** available “Always ON” infrastructure for VDI environments that require lavish SLA’s.


Video - Metro vMotion in vSphere 5.0

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 27/09/11 10:11 PM (Eric Sloof) vSphere 5

vSphere 5 introduces a new latency-aware Metro vMotion feature that not only provides better performance over long latency networks but also increases the round-trip latency limit for vMotion networks from 5 milliseconds to 10 milliseconds. Previously, vMotion was supported only on networks with round-trip latencies of up to 5 milliseconds. In vSphere 4.1, vMotion is supported only when the latency between the source and destination ESXi/ESX hosts is less than 5 ms RTT (round-trip time). For higher latencies, not all workloads are guaranteed to converge. With Metro vMotion in vSphere 5.0, vMotion can be used to move a running virtual machine when the source and destination ESX hosts have a latency of more than 5ms RTT. The maximum supported round trip time latency between the two hosts is now 10ms. Metro vMotion is only available with vSphere Enterprise Plus license.


Technical Paper - VMware ESXi 5.0 Operations Guide

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 5/10/11 8:46 PM (Eric Sloof) vSphere 5

This paper describes the architecture of ESXi and then explains how various management tasks are performed in it. This information can be used to help plan a migration to the ESXi architecture from the legacy ESX framework and to improve or enhance day-to-day operations.
VMware ESXi 5.0 Operations Guide


Technical Paper - VMware vSphere 5.0 Upgrade Best Practices

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 5/10/11 8:49 PM (Eric Sloof) vSphere 5

VMware vSphere 5.0 is a significant milestone for VMware, introducing many new features and capabilities. For many, the road to vSphere 5.0 will begin by upgrading existing vSphere environments. Fortunately, included with the many new features and capabilities of vSphere 5.0 is a simple upgrade path that makes it easy to migrate from VMware vCenter 4.x to vCenter 5.0 and from VMware ESXi 4.x to ESXi 5.0. And for the first time, users have the ability to do an in-place migration from VMware ESX® 4.x to ESXi 5.0. This paper provides an overview of the ESXi 5.0 upgrade process, along with recommendations to help ensure a smooth and seamless transition.

VMware vSphere 5.0 Upgrade Best Practices


Video - What's new in VMware Data Recovery 2.0

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 13/10/11 10:26 PM (Eric Sloof) vSphere 5

With VMware Data Recovery 2.0, VMware has extended the ability to quickly and simply protect and restore virtual machines. Fully integrated with VMware vCenter Server, VMware Data Recovery gives central management of backup and restore operations, and the inherent deduplication of data saves significant disk space and provides flexible options for storage. VMware Data Recovery 2.0 has introduced a number of improvements including performance enhancements, speed, and


The Flash Storage Revolution: Part I

Pivot Point 4/10/11 3:32 PM drummonds Uncategorized emc ssd storage

Six weeks ago I finally upgraded my MacBook to solid state storage.  The change in performance is so dramatic, to say the least.  I have been selling flash storage to EMC’s customers for over a year now and they have been loving it.  But I did not really get how valuable flash is until I saw it on my own laptop.


The Flash Storage Revolution: Part II

Pivot Point 13/10/11 12:10 PM drummonds Uncategorized emc ssd storage

In the previous entry on this ongoing series covering the flash storage revolution, I concluded that flash is now an essential part of enterprise storage. But its value proposition is hinged on high utilization. High utilization cannot be sustained without efficient auto-tiering or accurate cache sizing for flash-based cache.


Input Requested – vCO Book, Troubleshooting

Professional VMware 27/09/11 2:15 PM bunchc books orchestrator vCO

Woot! So, blogging may be picking up again in the nearish future as I approach the end of the first pass on writing the vCO book. That said, I was hoping to get some input from the larger vCO using community on some bits of the book. That is, help me shape the vCO troubleshooting appendix. Here’s the outline I’m working with so far:


Failback with SRM and vSphere Replication

RTFM Education 5/10/11 6:11 PM Mike Laverick SRM SRM Chapters


As you might know SRM 5.0 introduces support for “vSphere Replication” (VR) – where virtual appliances are deployed to assist in the replication of VMs from the Protected Site to the Recovery Site. What you might not know – is whilst this works perfectly for recoveries where the VM moves from one site (say SiteA: New York) to another (say SiteB: New Jersey) – there is no automated method of failback. That is to say, moving the VM back from the Recovery Site (SiteB: New Jersey) to Protected Site (SiteA: New York).


Upgrading from vSphere 4.1 to vSphere 5

TheSaffaGeek 8/10/11 9:19 AM Gregg Robertson Virtualisation ESXi ESXI 5 PSOD OMSA 6.5 upgrade vSphere vSphere 4.1 vSphere 5 VUM

Yep the time has yet again come round that the bi yearly mass upgrade of all of my VMware environments needs upgrading to the latest version. Thankfully this upgrade process hasn’t been too difficult but seeing as so many people said they found my posting all about the upgrading of my environments from 4 to 4.1 helpful I thought I’d keep the idea going and do one for my upgrading to 5 and give people some hints on things that slowed me down and things to plan for before doing the upgrade


Datastore Heartbeating and preventing Isolation Events?

Yellow Bricks 3/10/11 11:57 PM Duncan Epping BC-DR Server 5 5.0 ha vSphere

I was just listening to some of the VMworld sessions and one was about HA. The presenter had a section about Datastore Heartbeats and mentioned that Datastore Heartbeats was added to prevent “Isolation Events”. I’ve heard multiple people make this statement over the last couple of months and I want to make it absolutely clear that this is NOT true. Let me repeat this, Datastore Heartbeats do not prevent an isolation event from occurring.


vSphere 5.0 – what’s new for esxtop

Yellow Bricks 4/10/11 10:19 PM Duncan Epping Server 5 5.0 esxtop performance VMware vSphere

I was just playing around with esxtop in vSphere 5.0 and spotted something that changed. I figured there must be more so I started digging. I didn’t dig too deep as there is a great VMworld session (VSP1999) on this topic by Krishna Raj Raja and I figured why re-invent the wheel. Anyway, here’s the things I noticed which will definitely come in handy at some point while troubleshooting performance issues:


vSphere 5.0 HA and metro / stretched cluster solutions

Yellow Bricks 5/10/11 10:20 PM Duncan Epping BC-DR Server 5 5.0 clustering ha metro vSphere

I had a discussion via email about metro clusters and HA last week and it made me realize that HA’s new architecture (as part of vSphere 5.0) might be confusing to some. I started re-reading the article which I wrote a while back about HA and metro / stretched cluster configurations and most actually still applies. Before you read this article I suggest reading the HA Deepdive Page as I am going to assume you understand some of the basics. I also want to point you to this section in our HCL which lists the certified configurations for vMSC (vSphere Metro Storage Cluster). You can select the type of storage like for instance “FC Metro Cluster Storage” in the “Array Test Configuration” section.


Memory Speeds?

Yellow Bricks 10/10/11 11:31 PM Duncan Epping powerCLI Server 5 5.0 memory performance vSphere

I was just checking out some of the VMworld Sessions and one that I really enjoyed was the one on “Memory Virtualization” session by Kit Colbert and YP Chien (#VSP2447). This session has a lot of nuggets but something I wanted to share is this script that YP Chien / Kingston showed up on stage. This script basically shows you at what speed your memory is capable of runing at. I asked Alan Renouf if he could test it as my lab is undergoing heavy construction. He tested it and mailed me back the output of the following script:


vSphere 5 HA – Isolation Response which one to pick?

Yellow Bricks 11/10/11 11:53 PM Duncan Epping BC-DR Server 5 5.0 ha isolation vSphere

Last week I did an article about Datastore Heartbeating and the prevention of the Isolation Response being triggered. Apparently this was an eye-opener for some and I received a whole bunch of follow up questions through twitter and email. I figured it might be good to write-up my recommendations around the Isolation Response. Now I would like to stress that these are my recommendations based on my understanding of the product, not based on my understanding of your environment or SLA. When applying these recommendations always validate them against your requirements and constraints. Another thing I want to point out is that most of these details are part of our book, pick it up… the e-book is cheap.



VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 10/8/11

VMware Blogs 11/10/11 10:47 PM

VMware ESXi
ESXi 5.x boot delays when configured for Software iSCSI (2007108)
Date Published: 10/6/2011
Emulex OneConnect driver not supported on vSphere 5.0 for HP hardware (2007397)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
The VEM bundle for VM-FEX cannot be scanned by VMware vCenter Update Manager 5.0 (2004463)
Date Published: 10/7/2011
Cannot install Fault Domain Manager agent for VMware HA after agent is uninstalled (2006034)
Date Published: 10/5/2011
Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) using EMC VPLEX (2007545)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
When running the ESXi 5.0 kickstart script, commands in %firstboot do not get executed (2007696)
Date Published: 10/7/2011
If the number of CPU-cores per processor socket is increased in an ESXi physical host, then ESXi will require more time to complete certain tasks. (2006081)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
Cannot access the VM Processor or the VM Memory performance counter remotely on a Windows Vista and later operating system (2006735)
Date Published: 10/6/2011
ESX/ESXi host disconnects from vCenter Server randomly (2007606)
Date Published: 10/7/2011
ESXi 5.0 tape device is incorrectly detected as ALUA device (2007477)
Date Published: 10/5/2011
Changing the snapshot file location to the virtual machine working directory in ESXi 5.0 (2007563)
Date Published: 10/5/2011

VMware Fusion
Attaching a USB device to a virtual machine in Fusion 4.x fails with an error code 4 (2007368)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
A Fusion virtual machine fails to boot with a CMG Shield error (2005469)
Date Published: 10/4/2011
Graphics issues when running a virtual machine on Lion with an Intel graphics card (2006776)
Date Published: 10/4/2011

VMware Service Manager
Issues exporting a scheduled report using the VMware Service Manager 9.x Report Designer (2001116)
Date Published: 10/4/2011
Troubleshooting VMware Service Manager 9.x API in IIS7 and Windows 2008 (2002645)
Date Published: 10/7/2011
When you open a call you receive the error: "Can Not Take Action on Call No xxxx" (2007424)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
Importing workflows in Service Manager prompts for a template name (2007449)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
Service Manager IPK Workflow notifications are sent to deleted stakeholders (2007516)
Date Published: 10/3/2011

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
VCM reports do not show the correct machines for a machine group (2006886)
Date Published: 10/5/2011
vCenter Configuration Manager Linux agent fails to install with error: os.popen ... list index out of range (2006965)
Date Published: 10/7/2011
Collecting SQL SMO data from multiple instances returns only partial data in vCenter Configuration Manager (2007428)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
Known issues in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.4 - vCenter Configuration Manager Remote (2004538)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
Known issues in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.4 - vCenter Configuration Manager patching (2004546)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
vCenter Configuration Manager database maintenance job fails with the error: The server process could not be started because the configured identity is incorrect (2007432)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
Cannot enter Active Directory or NT group names manually in vCenter Configuration Manager (2007439)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
vCenter Configuration Manager nodes do not return data results (2007431)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
Known issues in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.4 (2004534)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
Known issues in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.4 - general issues (2004535)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
Known issues in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.4 - Operating System Provisioning issues (2004536)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
Known issues in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.4 - vCenter Configuration Manager for Active Directory (2004537)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
Known issues in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.4 - vCenter Configuration Manager Import/Export (2004541)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
Known issues in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.4 - vCenter Configuration Manager Management Extensions for Assets (2004544)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
Known issues in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.4 - vCenter Configuration Manager for Systems Management Server (SMS) (2004547)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
Known issues in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.4 - vCenter Configuration Manager for Virtualization (2004549)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
Linux collections in vCenter Configuration Manager fail or have empty results (2006734)
Date Published: 10/4/2011
Agent status of machines added to vCenter Configuration Manager is reported as Unknown (2007435)
Date Published: 10/3/2011

VMware vCenter Server
vCenter Server operations fail after upgrading to vCenter Server 5.0 (2006615)
Date Published: 10/6/2011
Configuring vSphere Distributed Power Management advanced settings to customize host power-on and power-off behavior (2007560)
Date Published: 10/5/2011
Registering or unregistering vCenter Server to the Windows vSphere Web Client when Adobe Flash player cannot be installed (2007713)
Date Published: 10/5/2011
vCenter Service status reports red alerts and warnings after the vCenter Server FQDN is changed (2007039)
Date Published: 10/3/2011
The VirtualCenter Server service fails to start with alarm errors after upgrading to vCenter Server 5.0 (2007231)
Date Published: 10/5/2011
vCenter Server does not shutdown when database connectivity is lost  (2007542)
Date Published: 10/5/2011
CPU utilization of_the_ vpxd.exe process on the vCenter server is constantly 100% for large environments (2007600)
Date Published: 10/5/2011

VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Cannot log in to vCenter Server Appliance (2006607)
Date Published: 10/4/2011
VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 GA with embedded DB2 database fails (2006812)
Date Published: 10/3/2011

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
vCenter Site Recovery Manager full failover operation fails with the return code 203 (2007586)
Date Published: 10/7/2011
vCenter Site Recovery Manager full failover operation fails with the return code 4 (2007589)
Date Published: 10/7/2011

VMware vCenter Update Manager
Upgrading from ESXi 4.x to ESXi 5.0 using Update Manager fails with the error: integrity.fault.HostUpgradeRunScriptFailure (2006254)
Date Published: 10/7/2011
Unable to scan, stage, or remediate ESXi 5.0 hosts with Update Manager after importing the ESXi 5.0 offline bundle (2006335)
Date Published: 10/5/2011
ESXi hosts fails to scan in vCenter Update Manager 5.0 (2007398)
Date Published: 10/5/2011

VMware View Manager
Running the View Client installer on a Thin Client results fails with the error: Setup cannot extract files necessary to install VMware View Client (2007123)
Date Published: 10/4/2011

VMware Workstation
Best practices when backing up a VMware Workstation virtual machine (2006202)
Date Published: 10/4/2011

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