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From the editors Virtual Desk

Hi everyone, well this is it, the final newsletter of 2011. I have had a fantastic week in Brisbane with the third annual TAM Day in our region. This is an event that we have been doing for the past 3 years and where we invite our TAM customers to spend the day with us learning, networking and of course socialising and enjoying some food with us. This year was a great success, we had all of our TAM accounts represented and delivered deep dive technical sessions on a number of topics that our customers have been requesting. These included building a cloud with vCloud Director, securing your VMware environment, business continuity and disaster recovery and my favourite at the moment operations management for a VMware environment and beyond.

 

I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this newsletter over the past year especially all of the awesome VMware bloggers out there without whom I would have no newsletter.

 

But of course it is you the reader who I must thank, for the past three years I have been doing this newsletter every week delivering around 40+ a year.

 

So with another year done, I would like to wish everyone a joyous festive season and I look forward to bringing you a new newsletter in 2012.

 

Warm Wishes

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)

Queensland Technical Account Manager

TWITTER: @VMWARETAM

BLOG: blogs.vmware.com/tam

 

FEATURED ARTICLE

My thoughts during a DR event

Neil Isserow - VMware TAM Queensland, Australia

As a TAM one of the most important tasks I get involved in is pro-active planning for a DR event. This is something that has become quite important in the past few years for many of my customers as they push past their physical server to virtual server numbers and start to see a tipping point where they have more VM's than physical servers. Of course VMware has an awesome solution for the VMware environment, SRM however this post is not just about SRM and I want to look a bit deeper into what DR and BC actually require from a planning perspective.

Let's take a typical event that I experienced recently. A customer of mine had a complete failure at their main data center. They, like most of my customers have a mixture of physical and virtual servers located in the data center, the majority being virtual. Their virtual servers are protected by SRM. They choose to only protect critical systems for now and not everything due to cost concerns around replication of large volumes of data, this will change when they move to SRM 5 with vSphere Replication as an alternative. This seems to be fairly typical and definitely a point to note as we move to SRM 5 and vSphere Replication increasing our customers options for DR using SRM. Taking a step further of course we need to look at the rest of the environment and how it is prepared for a DR event. Removing the networking requirements and making the assumption that this will be made available at the DR site as required we need to analyse the physical systems. What seems to be normal here in customers that are over 60% virtualised is that many of their most important workloads may still not be virtualised. These systems may include databases, directory services and other extremely important systems. What is interesting when these are analysed is that these systems often perform the task of being a dependency for a particular system that is already virtualised.

So what do we have here. Well a number of observations thus far. Firstly in a highly virtualised environment it is fairly easy to protect the virtualised part using SRM, however most often only a subset is chosen. This subset is the most critical of the virtualised systems and they often have dependencies on other systems that are still physical. These systems are where the issue comes in.

If we have a DR event it is fairly easy to fail over to the DR site with SRM (a posting for another time on how this works). The issue however is what will happen with the dependencies on the other side to physical systems and what about desktops, how are they maintained in a complete outage situation. Are all of these dependencies mapped out and available in the DR site as part of the DR plan? How do we know if they are available when they are up and successfully ready to accept communication with the virtualised environment?

This then leads to the question, is our virtualised environment more avalable than our physical environment on which it may still depend for some of it's resources, and if this is the case are we even able to fail over to the DR site or is there any value in doing this.

When an event of catastrophic proportions occurs we don't have time to mess around and fiddle with systems trying to figure out what is virtualised, what is physical and how the DR event will take place in the new DR site. What seems to happen  most often is that the virtual environment is not simply failed over as it should due to all of these questions and potential issues and often all that occurs is downtime at the primary site until the event is over.

This seems like a major waste and for me having DR just to tick a box to appease the corporate auditors.

But really we need to do more.

I would love for all of my customers to virtualise 100% but this might not always be practical for a variety of technical or political reasons, so it is best to assume that there will be a proportion of the systems that are still physical. Here are some of my steps I would consider in a DR plan.

Step 1 is to have a solution in place that automatically identifies all of the systems in your organisation and their dependencies. Mapping this out and keeping this up to date automatically is key. This could also feed into your CMDB for consistency as well.

Step 2 is to identify the services that you wish to protect in the case of a DR event. Identifying services rather than individual systems will force you to focus on the components that make up the service and therefore need to be available for it to operate.

The next step is to identify exactly what systems are physical and what are virtual based on the services map and put both of these into the DR plan. The dependencies will dictate the run order and any special requirements on the DR side when an event takes place.

You also need to pay careful attention to desktops as this is the entry point to most systems, how will they access the DR site, will they have connectivity to the DR site, are they available at the DR site, are they physical endpoints with a fat client or are they thin client desktops with a centralised source for the desktops to maintain their state so that users are then able to connect and continue as before.

Finally if you are protecting an environment that is complex and does include physical and virtual systems, which I suspect most are, you need to perform regular functional testing that includes full reporting and testing at the DR site as the SRM test may not be good enough in these cases as it may only prove that your virtual environment can successfully fail over.

I would love all of my customers to simply virtualise all of their systems, that way we could have a much simpler plan but while this is not a reality at the moment for most we need to be pragmatic on how we approach a DR event, ensuring that no system that is required is left behind for any service we are protecting.

I would love to hear your comments on how this has gone for you if you have suffered such an event.

 

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VMWARE EDUCATION

Brisbane VMware Education Courses

 

VMware vSphere: Manage for Performance [V4.x]

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  07 Feb 12

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VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS

VMware vSphere Blog: Best Practice: How to correctly remove a LUN from an ESX host

VMware Blogs 22/11/11 12:30 AM

Yes, at first glance, you may be forgiven for thinking that this subject hardly warrants a blog post. But for those of you who have suffered the consequences of an All Paths Down (APD) condition, you'll know  why this is so important.

Let's recap on what APD actually is.

 

VMware vCloud Blog: Automation tools with vShield App for scalability through REST APIs: Part 2

VMware Blogs 22/11/11 6:03 AM

By: Michael Haines (Senior Cloud Security Architect)

In the first blog of this series, I introduced a "Network and Security System Administrator" at the company, “Example Systems” – a hypothetical scenario to help best describe how to use the vShield API.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: How to configure ESXi to boot via Software iSCSI?

VMware Blogs 23/11/11 1:01 AM

Introduction

VMware introduced support for iSCSI back in the ESX 3.x days. However, ESX could only boot from an iSCSI LUN if a hardware iSCSI adapter was used. Hosts could not boot via VMware's iSCSI driver using a NIC with special iSCSI capabilities.

It quickly became clear that there was a need for booting via Software iSCSI. VMware's partners are developing blade chassis containing blade servers, storage and network interconnects in a single rack. The blades are typically disk-less, and in many cases have iSCSI storage. The requirement is to have the blade servers boot off of an iSCSI LUN using NICs with iSCSI capabilities, rather than using dedicated hardware iSCSI initiators.

 

VMware vCloud Blog: Beginning to Work with the vShield Edge REST API

VMware Blogs 23/11/11 5:05 AM

By: Michael Haines (Senior Cloud Security Architect)

Welcome to the fourth installment in my vShield blog series, featuring a hypothetical Network and Security System Administrator at the company, “Example Systems.” In the first blog in this series, I introduced the Example Systems company and described how it intended to use the vShield REST API to rapidly provision security and to turn its Tier-1 Applications into a business offering to multiple organizations. In the second and third blogs in this series, I discussed how the Network and Security System Administrator utilized the Automation tools with vShield App for scalability through the REST APIs.

 

ESXi Chronicles: Extended VMware Tools and Virtual Hardware Support in vSphere 5.0

VMware Blogs 23/11/11 6:37 AM

Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, VMware

I often get asked for advice on upgrading VMware Tools and Virtual Hardware following an ESXi host upgrade.  While the actual task of upgrading a VM is straight forward, the challenge comes because upgrading the tools/virtual hardware requires rebooting the VM, and with many VMs hosting production workloads there’s a lot of sensitivity around VM downtime. 

 

VMware Networking Blog: VDS Best Practices - Virtual and Physical Switch Parameters

VMware Blogs 23/11/11 6:39 AM

Important virtual and physical switch parameters

Before diving into the different design options around the example deployment, let’s take a look at the VDS (virtual) and physical network switch parameters that should be considered in all these design options. These are some key parameters that vSphere and network administrators have to take into account while designing VMware virtual networking. As the configuration of virtual networking goes hand in hand with physical network configuration, this section will cover both the VDS and Physical switch parameters.

 

vCO Team: Code snippets : Use vCenter Orchestrator API explorer to write your own custom getGuestCustomization workflow

VMware Blogs 23/11/11 8:44 PM webmaster@vcoteam.info (Christophe Decanini)

 

The vCenter Orchestrator plug-ins are coming with a lot of build in workflows and action scripts. The first thing to do when looking for functionality is to browse the library or use the search filter to find these.

if you do not get exactly what you are looking for, there are chances that some of the existing workflows and actions will contain close enough examples. If you do not find any of these you can still use the API explorer to create your own.

 

VMware vCloud Blog: Stopping and Starting the vShield Edge Security Services

VMware Blogs 24/11/11 4:15 AM

By: Michael Haines (Senior Cloud Security Architect)

In my last blog, I covered how you, as the Network and Security System Administrator at “Example Systems,” used the vShield Edge REST API.

In the final blog of this series, you will learn how to ‘Stop’ and ‘Start’ the vShield Security Services using the vShield Edge REST API.

 

Team Fusion: Weekly Tips and Tricks: Whats New in VMware Fusion 4.1

VMware Blogs 24/11/11 10:45 PM

In this week’s tip we will walk through some of the new features in VMware Fusion 4.1

 

Smart Full Screen

New to VMware Fusion Fusion 4.1 is the all new Smart Full Screen.

   To enable smart full screen simply click the full screen button in the Fusion menu bar.

 

SPRINGSOURCE AND CLOUD FOUNDRY BLOG

Spring Roo 1.2.0.RC1 released

SpringSource Team Blog 24/11/11 1:12 PM Alan Stewart Spring

The Spring Roo team is delighted to announce the availability of 1.2.0 Release Candidate 1. The Roo 1.2.0.RC1 release follows on from M1 and includes two exciting new features: Multi-module Maven project support. This is the Roo community's most popular and most voted for feature (ROO-120). You can now create projects with a parent POM Read more...

 

VMWARE TV BLOG

VMwareTV: VMware Fusion 4.1 Graphics Demo

VMware Blogs 23/11/11 8:22 AM

 

VMware Fusion 4.1 Graphics Demo

vmware.com -- VMware Fusion 4.1 video showing an IE 9 graphics test, now offering 60 FPS.

 

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)

Using the vCenter Appliance for the Web Client?

Yellow Bricks 22/11/11 11:11 PM Duncan Epping Server Various 5 5.0 appliance vcenter VMware vSphere

Today on twitter there was a discussion around having an appliance for the vSphere Web Client. I didn’t get the question as there’s already a vCenter Appliance out there. Apparently not everyone realised that the Web Client is part of the vCenter Appliance. On top of that you could even split out the components and use the vCenter Appliance just for Web Client functionality. I remembered seeing an article from one of my colleagues not too long ago. I dug up the links and here they are. I included a short snippet so you know what to expect. These articles are by Michael Webster so all credits go to him:

 

Using the vSphere Syslog Collector and want to change rotation/sizing?

Yellow Bricks 24/11/11 12:19 AM Duncan Epping Server Various 5 5.0 syslog vcenter VMware vSphere

Yesterday I received a nice tip from @Shaun_Gee. During the installation of the vSphere Syslog Collector you have to select the max size of the log files and when a rotation will happen. But how do you change this after the installation? The answer is straight forward, but unfortunately not well documented, thanks Shaun for sharing.

 

vSphere 5 vReference card – VM section

vReference 21/11/11 5:09 PM Forbes Guthrie News vReference 5 card

Here is another preview of the upcoming vSphere 5 vReference Card – the VM section. There are several areas that I’ve shaded in grey as I’ve not been able to confirm that they are still valid with vSphere 5 VMs. I’d love to hear your feedback, as I’m likely to drop anything I can’t be sure is absolutely correct or just not relevant enough anymore.

 

vCloud Director 1.0 PowerShell Advanced Functions

Virtu-Al 25/11/11 8:54 PM Alan PowerShell vCloud Director VMware

Its no secret that VMware are working on vCloud Director (vCD) cmdlets, they recently surveyed the PowerShell and VMware community to make sure they had all the information needed to make this as much of a success as the vSphere PowerCLI cmdlets.

But did you know you can already use PowerShell with vCD ?  It should be no surprise to anyone who uses PowerShell to know that PowerShell does a great job with XML manipulation and API calls.

 

How to remove a LUN from an ESX host

vFrank 23/11/11 6:08 PM FrankBrix Uncategorized

I have been contacted several times in the last couple of week about the removal of LUNS from an ESX host. In every case the Storage Admin had masked the LUN away from the ESX hosts on the storage array. This is NOT the way to do it. It will result in a APD (all paths down) to the LUN. A side effect will be that hostd will be affected and start disconnecting in vCenter.

 

Set-VirtualSwitch and a Misunderstanding

Technodrone 24/11/11 5:20 PM Maish Administration VMware Management PowerCLI vSphere

I was doing some installations yesterday – and I wanted to add a second NIC to a vSwitch on a set of newly installed servers. Of course there were 10 of them, and I did not want to do this manually.

Easiest way to do it (besides installing them with a script correctly in the first place) was with PowerCLI.

From the Set-VirtualSwitch help:

 

Flash Or SSD? (or: Why Interfaces Matter)

Pivot Point 22/11/11 3:41 PM drummonds Uncategorized ssd storage

In my three part series on flash I interchangeably used the terms “flash” and “SSD”.  In a recent article on this subject, Steven Foskett on IBM’s Storage Communitysuccessfully convinced me that I should stop using these terms interchangeably.  He then suggested that flash would persevere while SSD would not.  I disagree.

 

Getting Started with VMware ThinApp - Reviewer’s Guide

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 22/11/11 4:38 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) VMware View

VMware® ThinApp™ is an agentless application virtualization solution that decouples applications from their underlying operating systems to eliminate application conflict and streamline application delivery and management. ThinApp simplifies application virtualization and enables IT administrators to quickly deploy, efficiently manage, and upgrade applications without risk. With ThinApp, an entire Windows application and its settings can be packaged into a single executable and deployed to many different Windows operating systems without imposing additional cost and complexity to the server or client. Application virtualization with ThinApp eliminates conflicts at the application and operating system level and minimizes costly recoding and regression testing to speed application migration to Windows 7.

 

Video - Using the ESXI 5.0 vCLI Command Set

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 23/11/11 7:58 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) vSphere 5

vSphere supports several command‐line interfaces for managing your virtual infrastructure including the vSphere Command‐Line Interface (vCLI), a set of ESXi Shell commands, and PowerCLI. You can choose the CLI set best suited for your needs, and write scripts to automate your CLI tasks.

The vCLI command set includes vicfg- commands and ESXCLI commands. The ESXCLI commands included in the vCLI package are equivalent to the ESXCLI commands available on the ESXi Shell. The vicfg command set is similar to the deprecated esxcfg- command set in the ESXi Shell.

 

BrownBag Follow-Up: VDI, View & End User Computing

myvirtualcloud.net 21/11/11 10:01 AM Andre Leibovici news podcast vdi virtualization VDI

Last week I had a chance to present a VMware View & End User Computing BrownBag webcast. Thanks @cody_bunch and @sixfootdad for the invitation.

BrownBags are a series of online webinars held using GotoMeeting and covering various VMware & VMware Certification topics. These BrownBags are held live at various dates and times around the globe and each covers a different bit of VMware related specialization.

 

Problem with VMXNET3 Driver

blog.scottlowe.org 26/11/11 8:01 AM slowe Virtualization Microsoft Networking VMware vSphere Windows

A colleague on the EMC vSpecialist team (many of you probably know Chris Horn) sent me this information on an issue he’d encountered. Chris wanted me to share the information here in the event that it would help others avoid the time he’s spent troubleshooting this issue.

VMWARE KB ARTICLES

VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 11/19/11

VMware Blogs 22/11/11 11:37 PM

Apache HTTP Server
Logging user defined cookies with Apache 2.0 and the usertrack module (2008211)
Date Published: 11/14/2011
Checking the modules that are compiled into Apache HTTP Server and vFabric Enterprise Server (2009272)
Date Published: 11/17/2011
Installing mod_fcgid on Apache HTTP Server 2.0.x configurations under Linux/Unix (2009475)
Date Published: 11/17/2011

Apache Tomcat
Setting up Tomcat in the Windows platform for monitoring by jconsole or jvisualvm (2008410)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
Enabling garbage collection logging with Tomcat on a Linux/UNIX platform (2009621)
Date Published: 11/17/2011
Enabling garbage collection logging with Tomcat on Windows platform (2009563)
Date Published: 11/16/2011

Datacenter
Script error when downloading objects with file type .tar.gz (2009654)
Date Published: 11/17/2011

Shavlik NetChk Protect
Port requirements for Shavlik NetChk Protect (2007451)
Date Published: 11/18/2011

SpringSource Tool Suite
SpringSource Tool Suite support for UML Class Diagrams and Sequence Diagrams (2007017)
Date Published: 11/15/2011

Virtual Disk Development Kit
Backing up and restoring virtual machine templates using VMware APIs (2009395)
Date Published: 11/15/2011

VMware Capacity Planner
Verifying the inventory data in VMware Capacity Planner (2007127)
Date Published: 11/15/2011

VMware ESX
VMware ESX 4.0, Patch ESX400-Update04: VMware ESX 4.0 Complete Update 4 (2006233)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
Binding VMkernel ports to the Software iSCSI Initiator fails with the error: Failed to add nic (2006627)
Date Published: 11/17/2011
vMotion fails with the error: Migration to host <> failed with error Out of memory (195887124) (2007083)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
An ESX/ESXi 4.1 U2 host with vShield Endpoint 1.0 installed fails with a purple diagnostic screen mentioning VFileFilterReconnectWork (2009452)
Date Published: 11/17/2011
Storage vMotion fails with the error: Storage vMotion failed to copy one or more of the VM's disks (2009623)
Date Published: 11/17/2011
VMware ESX 4.0 Patch ESX400-201111201-SG: Updates VMkernel, VMX, Hostd, and Apps (2006227)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
vSphere Client reports the error: Culture 'en' is a neutral culture. It cannot be used in formatting and parsing and therefore cannot be set as the thread's current culture. (2007492)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
ESX/ESXi messages log entry: storageRM: Storage I/O Control: connection with vobd failed, error code: -1 errno: 2 (2004523)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
HP G7 ProLiant BL465c running ESX/ESXi 4.x fails when performing a reboot (2009480)
Date Published: 11/16/2011

VMware ESXi
Storage vMotion to thin disk does not reclaim null blocks (2004155)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
VMware ESXi 4.0 Patch ESXi400-201111202-UG: Updates vSphere Client (2006232)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
VMware ESXi 4.0 Patch ESXi400-201111203-UG: Updates VMware Tools (2007881)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
Installing ESXi 5.0 in VMware Fusion (2009580)
Date Published: 11/16/2011
VMware ESXi 4.0, Patch ESXi400-Update04: VMware ESXi 4.0 Complete Update 4 (2006234)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
Setting up Serial Logging for Linux/UNIX virtual machines (2009269)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
VMware ESXi 4.0 Patch ESXi400-201111201-UG: Updates Firmware (2006231)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
XML Script to Generate Computer Names and IP Addresses (2007557)
Date Published: 11/19/2011
Storage device performance deteriorated (2007236)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
Holes found in BIOS reported IOAPIC listing (2008091)
Date Published: 11/19/2011
High latency vMotion networks  (2008096)
Date Published: 11/14/2011
Permanently lost storage device is detected by ESXi (2009209)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
Permanently lost storage device is available for use (2009287)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
Storage device holding a datastore is permanently lost (2009301)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
Storage device is permanently lost with no open connections (2009306)
Date Published: 11/18/2011

VMware Fusion
Fusion 3.x does not support 3D acceleration on Nvidia 7300 graphics cards (2005097)
Date Published: 11/14/2011
Java in a Windows 7 guest in Fusion 3.x freezes Mac hosts with ATI Radeon X1X00 graphics cards (2005586)
Date Published: 11/14/2011
Migration Agent fails after upgrading to Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2 (2008225)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
USB device connected to a Windows virtual machine gets disconnected if the virtual machine enters the sleep mode (2009508)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
Troubleshooting graphics issues in Fusion (2009565)
Date Published: 11/14/2011
NAT networking fails after a Fusion upgrade (2009642)
Date Published: 11/16/2011
New licensing prompt for Mac OS X virtual machines in VMware Fusion 4.1 (2009714)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
Upgrading VMware Fusion 4.0 fails with error: The operation can't be completed (2009730)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
Assigning a primary lookup key to a virtual machine for deployment (2005460)
Date Published: 11/14/2011
Starting or resuming a virtual machine when launching Fusion 4 (2009717)
Date Published: 11/18/2011

VMware Service Manager
Capturing a trace log with DebugView for VMware Service Manager (2003526)
Date Published: 11/17/2011
Missing ENTITY_TYPE parameter from SENDPAGERIA and SENDEMAILIA in VMware Service Manager 9.0 (1038388)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
Square bracket in the subject field of the Service Manager email is recognised as a database field (2008861)
Date Published: 11/16/2011
Application Event log of Service Manager reports the log spew: ERROR: (Infra.Services.Messaging) Exception of type 'System.OutOfMemoryException' was thrown. (2009453)
Date Published: 11/14/2011
Closure Rules based on Log group fail if the call is logged in the portal by a customer only user (2009689)
Date Published: 11/18/2011

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Collections of vCenter data fail with error: The term <PowerShell script> is not recognized (2008500)
Date Published: 11/16/2011
The <Date Detected> variable for vCenter Configuration Manager Alerts is in GMT (2008668)
Date Published: 11/14/2011
Clicking the ellipses in the vCM Unix Bulleting slider reports this error: The SELECT permission was denied on the object 'ecm.sysdat_patch_lst_pls_xref', database 'VCM', schema 'dbo' (2009356)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
The DHCP Servers Scope Definitions report returns no data (2009175)
Date Published: 11/14/2011

VMware vCenter Orchestrator
VMware vCenter Orchestrator (VCO) times out with the error: Timeout, unable to get property 'name' (2007423)
Date Published: 11/18/2011
vCenter Orchestrator VIX plugin fails when running the Set VIX configuration defaults workflow (2009507)
Date Published: 11/15/2011

VMware vCenter Server
Interacting with the vCenter Server Appliance embedded IBM DB2 database (2004506)
Date Published: 11/16/2011
Settings that use non-ASCII characters do not display correctly after you customize Windows XP and Windows Server 2003  (2004736)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
Why a virtual machine CPU maximum limit in a standalone host can differ from the host in a DRS cluster (2009408)
Date Published: 11/16/2011
Cluster level performance graphs show the most recent value as 0 (2009550)
Date Published: 11/14/2011
After installing the intermediate certificate chain in vCenter Server, vSphere Client reports that the certificate is untrusted (2009313)
Date Published: 11/14/2011
Storage device performance improved (2007237)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
Storage device becomes permanently lost while SCSI reservation is held by ESXi (2009302)
Date Published: 11/18/2011

VMware vCenter Update Manager
Directory traversal vulnerability in the Jetty Web server that is embedded in earlier Update Manager 4.x versions (2001146)
Date Published: 11/18/2011

VMware vCloud Connector
Copying to a VMware vCloud Director cloud fails with an UnknownHostException (2009285)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
Preferred and Alternate DNS addresses must be manually set on VMware vCloud Connector Node when deploying in VMware vCloud Director (2009293)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
Using the console "Blue Screen" to do network configuration in vCloud Connector 1.5 (2008281)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
vCloud Connector UI does not show up in vSphere Client as a plug-in  (2009277)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
Copying the same virtual machine, vApp, or template multiple times to the same destination fails after the first copy completes (2009279)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
Proxies that require usename/passwords are not supported in VMware vCloud Connector 1.5 (2009281)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
Cannot delete previous VMware vCloud Connector Server from vcloud.vmware.com after registering a new Server (2009289)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
Guest customization must be manually enabled when deploying a VMware vCloud Connector Node to VMware vCloud Director 1.5 (2009292)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
Copying a set of items from one cloud to another using VMware vCloud Connector fails due to the exception: Error obtaining lease (2009363)
Date Published: 11/15/2011

VMware vCloud Director
Enabling centralized logging of vCloud Director cell logs (2004519)
Date Published: 11/14/2011

VMware vFabric RabbitMQ
VMware vFabric RabbitMQ clients cannot connect to vFabric RabbitMQ server (2004788)
Date Published: 11/15/2011

VMware View Manager
Cannot configure the View Persona repository to the user's home directory in Active Directory (2007219)
Date Published: 11/16/2011
Connecting to the View infrastructure using a View 5.0 client reports the warning: VMware View cannot verify the identity of the server you have contacted (2009311)
Date Published: 11/15/2011
Windows servers that run View Connection Server require a Microsoft ADAM and AD LDS security patch.  (2009578)
Date Published: 11/14/2011

VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
Unable to select ESXi host during VSA Cluster Installation (2005092)
Date Published: 11/17/2011

From the editors Virtual Desk

Hi everyone, well it is TAM Day 2011 in Brisbane this week. I am really excited about this event and look forward to it every year. It is such a good opportunity for me and my fellow VMware colleagues to spend the day with our most valued TAM customers.

 

In 2 weeks time we will also have the VMware User Group Summit in a number of cities including Brisbane which I will be attending and really looking forward to.

 

I have spent quite a bit of my time in the past week on VMware vCenter Operations Manager Enterprise, assisting my customers with a proof of concept for this. I am really excited about this solution and what it will bring to the data center and watching this technology in anticipation of a new release next year.

 

I will be doing a blog posting on the APJ TAM Blog site on vCenter Operations and operations in general in the near future, this week my blog posting is on my thoughts on Disaster Recovery.

 

This week’s featured article is on VMware Horizon App Manager, take a read this is an amazing solution.

 

Take care until next time everyone and enjoy the newsletter.

 

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)

Queensland Technical Account Manager

TWITTER: @VMWARETAM

BLOG: blogs.vmware.com/tam

 

FEATURED ARTICLE

VMware End User Computing: VMware Horizon Application Manager Now With Windows App Management!

VMware Blogs 16/11/11 11:00 PM

By Ben Goodman, lead evangelist, VMware Horizon, VMware

One of VMware’s primary goals for VMware Horizon Application Manager is to provide users the best possible quality of experience when running all their applications regardless of device, operating system or network. As part of our journey to provide this, we are taking our application management capacity to a new territory,  Microsoft Windows applications.

Today we are excited to announce that we have integrated VMware Horizon Application Manager with VMware ThinApp (more information on this can be found on the ThinApp blog) to provide the most comprehensive solution for managing virtualized applications on Windows.

 

Fast, Easy and Secure Windows applications
Mobile “app stores” are a favorite of end users because of their ease of use. Users browse an app catalog to find the apps they desire and with a single click, download, entitle and install the app to their device. Later, a few clicks can cleanly remove the app from the device.

VMware Horizon Application Manager and ThinApp work together to bring the same type of user experience to the Windows Platform. Horizon Application Manager provides users with an administrator configured, single application catalog combining the SaaS and Windows apps they need. A single click can allow apps of a both types to be available within the Horizon Workspace instantly.

How does it work?
The first step was to extend the capabilities of Horizon Application Manager. Horizon utilizes an on-premise connector, which integrates with Active Directory. This allows Horizon Application Manager to leverage your existing logins and credentials. This Connector now has a service that will query ThinApp repositories. The connector will read ThinApp metadata into Horizon Application Manager, making these apps available as part of an organization’s Horizon application catalog alongside existing SaaS app.

Next, we added a Horizon agent to Windows. Horizon Application Manager aims to provide a native device experience to end users in addition to the option of leveraging the horizon browser-based workspace. Windows will be the first platform to receive a native operating system experience through Horizon. Now, via our windows agent, Horizon Application Manager can display icons for either ThinApp based applications or for web based SaaS applications on the desktop or the “Start Bar”. Providing end-user the experience they have come to expect when interacting with Windows applications. A double click of any of the icons will launch the appropriate application through Horizon Application Manager.

Apps are entitled in real-time to a user within Horizon Application Manager via Active Directory groups or attributes and show up in the appropriate location on the Windows desktop.  Removing an application entitlement for a user in Horizon Application Manager will result in them losing their icon and the ability to launch the application immediately. This eliminates time the consuming discovery process and provides assurance to IT management.

By integrating VMware ThinApp and  VMware Horizon Application Manager our customers get unique capabilities. Administrators can now configure associated application licensing and cost within Horizon, creating a centralized place to track application usage and expense. Administrator can monitor usage of windows applications and not only understand who is entitled to an application, but monitor ongoing usage of those applications.

The solution
VMware Horizon Application Manager is your turnkey application-management solution providing cloud-identity control, to secure and  manage access to all your applications regardless of the platform. By adding virtualized Windows application support via VMware ThinApp, Horizon has taken a significant step to achieve this.

The result is a simple, fast and secure way for end users to access all their applications. Learn more or request a trial by going to:http://www.horizonmanager.com/

 

 

VMWARE USER GROUP (VMUG)

http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vmug

The VMware User Group is an independent, global, customer-led organization, which maximizes members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events.

 

Have You Registered for an Australian VMUG User Summit?

If not, register today and be entered to win a number of great prizes, including a complimentary VMUG Advantage subscription! We will be meeting in Brisbane on Monday, December 5, and then heading south to Melbourne on Thursday, December 8.

 

VMUG Advantage is a new, exclusive offering for VMUG members around the world.

Save over $1700 USD while increasing your knowledge and network. Be the first to experience this great offer.

 

VMWARE EDUCATION

Brisbane VMware Education Courses

 

VMware vSphere: Manage for Performance [V4.x]

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Hibernate with Spring Training

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VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.0]

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Live Online Learning

VMware live online learning is the perfect solution for professionals who want to attend VMware training but would prefer not to travel. Through this delivery method, our expert instructors deliver the same high-quality courses and hands-on experiences as in our traditional classroom courses – minus the travel. Learn more.

 

VMware Beta Classes

Be among the first to take new courses designed and delivered by VMware Training by participating in our beta classes. They cost less, count for full credit and give you the chance to contribute to the final course content. Learn more.

 

VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS

vCO Team: Unattended deployment of vCenter Orchestrator Appliance

The vCO appliance makes it very easy to deploy vCenter Orchestrator in minutes. My colleague William Lam went a bit further with providing a script that let you pre-define a lot of the configuration settings.

The script leverage the OVF format to set a number of parameters such as the appliance network settings, placement on the virtual infrastucture datastores and network.

You can find out more about it here.

 

VMware End User Computing: Close Your Virtual App Security Gap with eEye and VMware ThinApp

VMware and eEye have developed an integrated security solution for our customers running VMware’s ThinApp application virtualization technology. With this integrated solution, you are now able to include ThinApp-deployed applications as part of your overall security strategy – something that wasn’t possible before. And it's only available from eEye and VMware.

 

VMware vCloud Blog: Getting Started with the vShield API

In order to best explain how to get started using the vShield API, I'm going to introduce a hypothetical example of an implementation using “Alice,” a Network and Security System Administrator at the company, “Rainpole Systems.” This is the first in a five-part blog series on using the vShield API.

 

VMware vCloud Blog: Automation tools with vShield App for scalability through REST APIs: Part 1

In my last blog, I introduced a hypothetical situation using a Network and Security System Administrator at the company, “Example Systems,” in order to best describe how to get started with the vShield API. Their company intends to use vShield REST API to rapidly provision security and turn CodeNebulous' Tier-1 Application into a business offering to multiple organizations. The Network and Security System Administrator has already learned some basic principles about REST and the vShield API and is now ready to use Automation tools with vShield App for scalability through REST APIs.

 

VMware Alliances Team: The Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter Server – Enabling a Single-Pane-of-Glass Management Interface

In this edition, we are blogging about another great duo: Dell Server Management and VMware vCenterTM  Server.

In December of 2010, Dell introduced our virtual appliance, called the Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter (DMPVV), which bridged the physical and virtual gap by integrating key physical server management capabilities into vCenter Server. DMPVV delivers a “single-pane-of-glass” management interface for both virtual machines and Dell servers within vCenter Server that frees Dell and VMware customers from having to switch back and forth between multiple consoles to accomplish server element management. Our latest edition: 1.0.1 Update 1 shipped in September of 2011 and adds support for vSphere 5.

 

VMware ThinApp Blog: VMware ThinApp 4.7 – What’s new?

Today we are announcing the availability of ThinApp 4.7. VMware is introducing the enablement of ThinApp packages in a cloud-based deployment and management platform, VMware Horizon Application Manager.

This blog post discusses the integration of ThinApp packages with the Horizon 1.2 platform. For more information about the other capabilities of Horizon, see theVMware Horizon Application Manager website. Horizon release 1.2 is being announced on the VMware End User Computing blog site.

Horizon Application Manager provides ThinApp administrators with:

 

VROOM!: SAP Three-Tier Benchmark on vSphere 5 Achieves New Levels of Performance

HP recently published an impressive SAP three-tier Sales and Distribution (SD) benchmark result that was running entirely on vSphere 5. A total of 32,125 SAP SD benchmark users and 170,320 SAPS was achieved using an HP VirtualSystem Solution that was hosting 22 application server VMs and one database server VM.  A "Monster VM" with 20 vCPUs was configured for the Database server VM, which was a key component in enabling the new record setting results.

 

VMware vCloud Blog: Announcing the General Availability of vCloud Connector 1.5

Today VMware is happy to announce the general availability of vCloud Connector 1.5, helping to make public and hybrid cloud computing a reality for the enterprise.

This hybrid cloud tool gives companies the freedom to move workloads between private Sphere and vCloud Director environments, from their private vCloud environments to public clouds and back, or from one vCloud service provider to another.

 

VMware Networking Blog: VDS Best Practices - Design Considerations

After a long break I am back again on this forum. Over the last couple of months I was busy interacting with various customers as part of the VMworld US and Europe conferences and trying to understand how customers are deploying distributed switch in their environment. I have also spent lot of time internally talking to VMware R&D engineers as well as Field experts (SEs and PSOs) on what guidance we would like to provide to our customers regarding the deployment of vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS). After all these discussions, I have come up with some guidelines or best practices that customers have to consider while deploying VDS. These guidelines or best practices are discussed with reference to a sample example deployment. It is important to note that the suggestions/guidelines discussed here are based on the assumptions of the example deployment. Every customer environment is different as well as customer needs are different, and customers have to take that into account while designing the virtual network infrastructure using VDS. VDS is a flexible platform that can support different requirements from different customers.

 

ESXi Chronicles: Tracking VM Tools and Virtual Hardware Versions

I was recently looking for a quick way to verify that all my VMs have been updated with the latest versions of tools and virtual hardware.  I was thinking I would need to use a PowerCLI or vCLI script to do this, but was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that I can easily get this info from the vSphere client.

 

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: VM Tools and Virtual Hardware Versions

After reading Kyle’s post on the ESXi Chronicles blog here (I didn’t know you could do that) I wanted to show how you could gather and also export the Tools and Virtual Hardware Version in PowerCLI, this also allows us to use one of my favorite cmdletsNew-VIProperty, a great post on this cmdlet can be found here.

 

VMware End User Computing: vCenter Operations for View? Tell us what matters!

Ever since we unveiled some cool technology demonstrations at VMworld, there’s been a lot of interest in leveraging the power of vCenter Operations for View desktop workloads.  In case you missed it, go to the VMworld website and search for breakout session EUC2045 and SUP1020 to hear more from Vegas and Copenhagen.  But if you can’t spare the time for a VMworld Video you can just read on.

 

SPRINGSOURCE AND CLOUD FOUNDRY BLOG

Now You Can Tunnel into Any Cloud Foundry Data Service

Cloud Foundry 18/11/11 3:08 AM

Cloud Foundry now enables developers to open a tunnel to any Cloud Foundry data service via a local port. Now you can use familiar client applications to directly analyze, manipulate, or port the data contained in the data services that are bound to your Cloud Foundry applications. This solution is ideal for importing and exporting data when moving application between different clouds running Cloud Foundry (e.g. CloudFoundry.com and Micro Cloud Foundry), for debugging during development, as well as ad-hoc queries and modification to data in a deployed application.

 

VMWARE TV BLOG

Some vSphere 5 Video Content

blog.scottlowe.org 15/11/11 12:00 AM slowe Virtualization EMC VMware vSphere

While I was in Copenhagen for VMworld EMEA 2011, I ran into a few EMC colleagues from the Solutions Center in Cork, Ireland. I’d visited Cork a couple of times last year (haven’t had the opportunity this year, sadly), so it was great to catch up with them. During our conversation, one of them mentioned that the EMC Proven Solutions Group has a YouTube channel and had posted some new vSphere 5-related content.

Here’s some of the new vSphere 5-related content that they’ve generated over the last month or so:

 

Managing ThinApps with Horizon Application Manager

The integration of VMware ThinApp and VMware Horizon Application Manager make it easy to entitle and deploy applications to end users. Watch the demo to see how this works.

 

Ducati and VMware - VMworld Europe 2011

Ducati is a VMware customer, running production IT and racing analytics on VMware infrastructure. Carl Eschebach, Co-President of VMware Customer Operations, discusses the customer relationship with Alberto Bullani, VMware Italy Regional Manager.

 

VMware Fusion 4 Runs 200+ Operating Systems on Your Mac

vmware.com -- Run more than 200 operating systems on you Mac with VMware Fuion 4.


VMware vCenter Operations for View - Admin Receives an Early Warning Alert

Tech Preview: VMware vCenter Operations for View -- vmware.com and vmware.com -- VMware is exploring technology to help vCenter Operations manage performance and perform end-to-end troubleshooting of View VDI workloads in our labs.

 

Getting Started with vSphere 5: vCenter Server 5 Basic Installation

VMware KBTV 17/11/11 5:01 AM Graham Daly Datacenter How-to

It's been a few weeks since we uploaded our last video but we are happy to announce that we have just uploaded a new vSphere 5 related video for your viewing pleasure.

This video shows you how to install VMware vSphere 5 vCenter Server in its basic configuration. vCenter Server 5 is a part of vSphere 5 product family and is used to offer system administrators a centralized management solution for remotely managing ESX Servers.

 

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)

Repeated characters when typing in your VMs remote console?

Yellow Bricks 15/11/11 6:04 AM Duncan Epping Server Various 5 5.0 troubleshooting VMware vSphere

Today I was working on a couple of test scenarios in a remote lab. For some reason the latency was a lot higher than normal and I was very difficult to type anything in the Remote Console through the vCenter Client. Every single character I tried popped up 2 or 3 times… which makes it very difficult to type a password as you can imagine. I knew I read a KB article about this exact problem a long time ago. Considering it is KB 196 I probably wasn’t the first to bump in to this. The solution is fairly simple:

 

vShield App broke down on the host that is running vCenter now what?

Yellow Bricks 16/11/11 1:41 AM Duncan Epping cloud Server Various 5 5.0 security troubleshooting vshield vSphere

I was playing around with vShield App and I locked out my vCenter VM which happened to be hosted on the cluster which was protected by vShield App. Yes I know that it is not recommended, but I have a limited amount of compute resources in my lab and I can’t spare a full server just for vCenter so I figured I would try it anyway and by breaking stuff I learn a lot more.

 

ESXi commandline work….

Yellow Bricks 16/11/11 7:24 PM Duncan Epping Server 5 5.0 esxi troubleshooting VMware

I am just playing around in my lab and needed to do a couple of common ESXi commandline tasks which I figured I would document as they will come in handy at some point.

List all VMs registered to this host (This reveals the Vmid needed for other commands)
vim-cmd /vmsvc/getallvms

Unregister a VM

 

Secured down your environment with vShield App and locked out of vCenter?

Yellow Bricks 17/11/11 12:05 AM Duncan Epping Server app security vshield

** Disclaimer: This is for educational purposes, please don’t make these .vmx changes in your environment as it is not supported! **

Yesterday I showed how to recover from a vShield App crash. Now bare in mind that this scenario is very rare. Today I decided to lock down my environment to the level where it was impossible to login to vCenter Server or vShield Manager. I added L2 and L3 “Any – Any” block rules to the Datacenter which hosts vCenter and vShield Manager. I needed to get access back to my vCenter host so I started digging and this is how I managed to get it back… it was a lot easier then expected:

 

Doing a vCloud Director Proof of Concept?

Yellow Bricks 18/11/11 10:58 PM Duncan Epping Server cloud vcloud vcloud director

I think this will make you happy. VMware just released the vCloud Director virtual appliance. That means no more installing Red Hat, Oracle and vCloud Director. Just download the appliance and deploy it. On top of there is a great vCloud Cloud Director Evaluators Guide which will help you to evaluate the product.

 

vSphere 5 vReference card – resources section

vReference 22/10/11 2:01 PM Forbes Guthrie News vReference 5 card

Here is another preview of the vSphere 5 vReference Card – the resources section.  I’d love to hear any of your feedback.  Just drop your comments below or catch me on twitter (@forbesguthrie).

Click on the image to see it full size, or you can view/print it as a PDF.

 

vSphere 5 vReference card – availability section

vReference 26/10/11 5:42 PM Forbes Guthrie News vReference 5 card

Here is a third preview of the upcoming vSphere 5 vReference Card – the availability section. As HA has been re-written (AAM > FDM), this section has quite a lot of new content over the vSphere 4 card – I’d love to hear any of your feedback. As before, the green text identifies bits that I’ve not been able to confirm yet.  Unfortunately, I suspect that the MSCS stuff will need to be dropped as the card fills up to make space for other more relevant content.  Just drop your comments below or catch me on twitter (@forbesguthrie).

Click on the image to see it full size or you can view/print it as a PDF.

 

VCP5 Study Resources Page

TheSaffaGeek 15/11/11 8:02 PM Gregg Robertson Certifications Virtualisation VCAP4 to VCP5 VCAP5 VCP VCP5 vExpert virtualization VMware

Just a very quick posting that I have finally created my VCP5 Study Resources Pagewith all the resources I’m planning to use in preparation for my VCP5 exam. As mentioned on the page I decided to create the page as it seems the VCAP5 exams aren’t going to be out before the grace period for people with the VCP4 accreditation not needing to take the What’s New course expires. So like with my VCAP4 and VCAP5 pages I’m planning on listing all the resources I plan to use and the great study resources I come across that may help other people of varying degrees of expertise prepare for the exam

 

Thinapp: Files Being Created In The BIN Directory

The SLOG - SimonLong/Blog 9/11/11 3:40 AM Simon Long Cloud General IT Gestalt IT Thinapp VMware

Whilst testing a Thinapp today I noticed that every time I ran the Thinapp a file related to that software package was being created in the Thinapp bin directory. This isn't something that I want to happen. The file created was named the same as the ComputerName of the vm it was being excecuted on. So as you can imagine, if you have desktop estate of 10,000 desks, it could get quite missy.

 

Thinapp: VirtualComputerName

The SLOG - SimonLong/Blog 9/11/11 3:50 AM Simon Long Cloud General IT Gestalt IT Thinapp VMware

I have been creating a new Thinapp in which I am trying to trick the application into thinking it is running on the same computer each time it is executed. Little did I know, this was soo easy to do. I had been using ProcMon to find out which registry the software called to get the ComputerName from and then tried to add in a custom registry entry into the Thinapp virtual registry.

 

The Flash Storage Revolution: Part III

Pivot Point 17/11/11 4:07 PM drummonds Uncategorized emc fast ssd storage

In this final installment of the series, I will provide some detail behind flash storage sizing.  My previous entry contained an analytical and theoretical approach to sizing flash in today’s storage.  When I first studied the ideas I introduced in that post, I thought the flash sizing exercise was hopeless.  After all, how are customers to measure data cooling?  How could a storage admin quantify skew?

 

VMware vCloud Director 1.5 Evaluation Guide

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 18/11/11 7:09 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) vCloud Director

VMware vCloud Directo (VCD) enables customers to build a private cloud–based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering within their organization. By providing a secure, on-demand ability for end users to deploy workloads, companies can realize a level of agility previously thought impossible.

 

VMware View Adobe Flash Optimizer

myvirtualcloud.net 16/11/11 11:04 AM Andre Leibovici tips vdi virtualization flash VDI View Vmware

Today someone asked me to talk about how VMware View handle Adobe Flash.

If you have created desktop pools in VMware View 4 or later you probably have noticed the existence o the Adobe Flash Setting for Remote Sessions section. This section is part of the Pool Settings tab when editing a pool.

 

VMware Education – vCloud Director Training

ESX Virtualization 16/11/11 10:29 PM Vladan SEGET Server Virtualization VMware vCenter Chargeback VMware vCloud Director Training VMware vShield Edge

What offers VMware vCloud Director Training?

To stay sharp and current, one must get trained fairly often. A good start is theVMware Install, Configure, Manage for vSphere 5 which is necessary to pass the VCP 5 Certification exam. But what’s next? What would be the next step? With many offerings for VMware Training you might be interested in a VMware vCloud Director Training available at the official VMware Education Website. This Training has got a lot to offer during 3 days of training. Not only vCloud director, but also other products. VMware vCenter™ Chargeback and VMware® vShield Edge.

 

VMware Workstation 8.0.1 Released

ESX Virtualization 19/11/11 9:01 PM Vladan SEGET Desktop Virtualization VMware Player 4.0.1 VMware Workstation 8 VMware Workstation 8.0.1

VMware Workstation 8.0.1 update has been released.

In the new Free update for VMware Workstation 8.0 users, there are some enhancements and performance improvements. I reported on some detailed new features in the VMware Workstation 8 in my post here.

 

VMWARE KB ARTICLES

VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 11/12/11

VMware Blogs 15/11/11 11:57 PM

Shavlik NetChk Protect
Troubleshooting Shavlik NetChk Protect patch scan error messages (2007383)
Date Published: 11/7/2011

Socialcast
User management in Socialcast On Premise deployments (2008832)
Date Published: 11/7/2011

Socialcast On Premise
Accessing the Command Line Interface (CLI) in the Socialcast On Premise appliance (2008758)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Performing the first login to a Socialcast On Premise appliance (2008824)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Managing processes in the Socialcast On Premise appliance (2008833)
Date Published: 11/7/2011

Spring Framework
Listener defined in DefaultMessageListener is not scaling even when a taskExecutor is defined (2007016)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Spring Framework component scanning, autowiring, and annotations (2005445)
Date Published: 11/8/2011

VMware Data Recovery
VMware Data Recovery backup jobs fail with the error: error -3961 (cannot disable Storage VMotion) (2009333)
Date Published: 11/11/2011
New features of VMware Data Recovery 2.0 (2009451)
Date Published: 11/11/2011

VMware ESX
Cloning or migrating virtual machine files fail with the error: Error caused by file (2009097)
Date Published: 11/11/2011

VMware ESXi
Virtual machine performance degrades while being vMotioned (2007595)
Date Published: 11/11/2011
Preparing an ESXi 5.0 host fails with the error: Cannot PUT a file (2009325)
Date Published: 11/9/2011
Unable to remove locked snapshots (1019849)

Date Published: 11/8/2011
vMotion fails with the error: The migration was cancelled because the amount of changing memory for the VM was greater than the available network bandwidth, meaning the migration was not making forward progress. (2009135)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Cannot view the realtime Performance Overview charts after upgrading to vCenter Server 5.0 (2009291)

Date Published: 11/10/2011
ESX hosts randomly drops/reconnects iSCSI connection for a LUN(s) to an Equallogic array (2004432)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Not enough ports on the virtual switch to complete the operation (2008095)
Date Published: 11/10/2011
Incorrect NIC failback occurs when an unused uplink is present (2008144)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
vSphere5 Storage vMotion does not rename virtual machine files on completing migration (2008877)
Date Published: 11/8/2011
Thin-provisioned storage devices met soft threshold (2008927)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Invalid interrupt routing information reported for PCI device (2008995)
Date Published: 11/10/2011
Collecting performance data for ESXi5.0 hosts via the vSphere5 client (2009124)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
ESXi host fails to detach a storage device (2009204)
Date Published: 11/11/2011
Invalid parameters for disk queue full throttling (2009211)
Date Published: 11/11/2011
ESXi host agent started (2009312)
Date Published: 11/9/2011
ESXi host agent stopped (2009314)
Date Published: 11/9/2011
iSCSI targets are permanently removed from ESXi (2009382)
Date Published: 11/10/2011

VMware Fusion
Cannot license VMware Fusion 4 due to grayed out license box or invalid license key error (2007749)
Date Published: 11/7/2011

VMware Service Manager
Creating a link from the Customer Portal Screen to a Knowledge Bank (KB) Article in a new window (2008937)
Date Published: 11/12/2011
Create Request task reverts back to Unspecified (2008945)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Closure Tasks do not populate the Implementation Profile or State to the parent Request (2008958)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Searching for a service in Service Manager returns duplicate results when CMDB Item Security by Type is enabled (2009223)
Date Published: 11/10/2011
Changing the MMA URL in the Service Manager system generated emails to a DNS alias or IP address (2009329)
Date Published: 11/10/2011
Configuring Active Directory integration of user accounts in VMware Service Manager 9.0 (2005476)
Date Published: 11/8/2011
Closing an incident fails in VMware Service Manager 9.9 (2007438)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
The Forward To field in the Service Catalog appears even though the template is configured to forward to a group (2008794)
Date Published: 11/8/2011
Resolution Rules for Organizations using 'Starts With' do not match existing Organizations correctly (2008853)
Date Published: 11/11/2011
Microsoft Office documents saved with a .docx extension are not indexed by VMware Service Manager 9.0 (2009180)
Date Published: 11/8/2011

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
vCenter Configuration Manger baseline process fails when running the patch assessment (2008590)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
VCM UNIX patching data age does not accurately reflect the last assessment date (2008757)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system provisioning fails with a disk partitioning error (2008759)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Discovery rules ignore Exclude Disabled Objects (2008760)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system provisioning fails with a disk partitioning error for RHEL 6 with grow option (2008761)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
When provisioning Windows 2008 R2 machines, the retail key is not applied on the deployed nodes (2008765)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Installing Windows operating system by using OS Provisioning fail if the python.exe command prompt is closed (2008769)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
The vCenter Configuration Manager Transport Layer Security Implementation Guide incorrectly specifies that the enterprise certificate needs to be bundled with the UNIX/Linux Agents (2008770)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Standalone Foundation Checker fails if SQL Server 2008 SP1 is installed (2008771)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
After a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system is installed using OS Provisioning, the firewall is disabled (2008772)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Software Provisioning package size limitation (2009002)
Date Published: 11/7/2011

VMware vCenter Protect Essentials
Deciphering VMware vCenter Protect Deployment Tracker status notes (2009375)
Date Published: 11/11/2011

VMware vCenter Server
vCenter Service Status reports the error: service initialization failed (2004734)
Date Published: 11/11/2011
Resource pool or virtual machine vCPU and memory usage are over the set limit (2007932)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Multiple network entries in vCenter Server after migrating from virtual switch to a virtual distributed switch (2008231)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Permissions set on a datastore cluster are lost after vCenter Server is restarted (2008326)
Date Published: 11/11/2011
Restoring the default vCenter Server alarms (2009166)
Date Published: 11/10/2011
Configuring the IPMI/iLO setting for power management fails with the error: A specified parameter was not correct (2009169)
Date Published: 11/10/2011

VMware vCenter Server
Host gets disconnected from vCenter Server (2005489)
Date Published: 11/8/2011
Provisioning a template across different ESX/ESXi clusters in vCenter Server results in the error: Failed to connect virtual device Ethernet0  (2008994)
Date Published: 11/11/2011
Cannot update the network configuration in vCenter Server (2009227)
Date Published: 11/9/2011
Incorrect plugin type for SCSI device allocation (2008928)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Customizing a Windows virtual machine fails during the clone or deployment process (2009315)
Date Published: 11/11/2011

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
vSphere Replication Management Server connection fails with the error: Unexpected status code:404 (2007463)
Date Published: 11/7/2011

VMware vCloud Director
Installing or upgrading to vCloud Director 1.5 fails in the RHEL 5 Update 7 operating system (2007405)
Date Published: 11/10/2011
LDAP is configured, but group based authentication fails in vCloud Director 1.0.1 (2009317)
Date Published: 11/11/2011
Upgrading to vCloud Director 1.5 fails with the error: Error executing SQL statement: "INSERT INTO role_right (role_id, right_id) VALUES (102, 210)" (2008999)
Date Published: 11/8/2011

VMware vFabric Enterprise Ready Server
Does VMware modify the original source code when repackaging into VMware vFabric Enterprise Ready Server? (2008469)
Date Published: 11/8/2011
Mitigating CVE-2011-3389 (BEAST) (2008784)
Date Published: 11/8/2011
Apache HTTP Server does not show files larger than 2GB in the directory listings (2009116)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Renaming a vFabric Enterprise Ready Server instance (2009377)
Date Published: 11/11/2011
Vulnerabilities found in HTTPD in VMware vFabric Enterprise Ready Server 4.0.3 (2008680)
Date Published: 11/8/2011

VMware View Manager
Provisioning the View desktop pool fails with the error: View Composer agent initialization state error (18): Failed to join the domain (waited nnn seconds) (2006879)
Date Published: 11/8/2011
Persona Management not working when configured as per the View 5.0 Administration Guide (2008377)
Date Published: 11/10/2011
Troubleshooting Persona Management (2008457)
Date Published: 11/8/2011
Enabling the View/Teradici PCoIP debug log level (2008984)
Date Published: 11/11/2011
Cannot change display font size in VMware View Manager virtual machines (2009016)
Date Published: 11/7/2011
Cannot connect a PCoIP Zero Client to a VMware View Manager 5.0 desktop (2008820)
Date Published: 11/8/2011

VMware vShield Endpoint
Memory usage on a Windows operating system is significantly high when using the vShield Endpoint driver (2008919)
Date Published: 11/8/2011

From the editors Virtual Desk

Hi everyone, if you are one of my TAM customers in Brisbane, Australia then you would have received information about Queensland TAM Day 2011. This is the one day a year that we get our most important customers, of course these are all TAM customers together and spend the day learning about all of the great technology that VMware has to offer. This is always a really fun day and now in it’s third year should be another fantastic event. I always look forward to this.

 

Last week I gave you info on vSphere 4.1 Update 2, this week I have provided further info on this as it does seem to be an important update for all especially if you are not planning on upgrading to vSphere 5 anytime soon.

 

Speaking of vSphere 5 it seems as if this has now become the talk at all of my customers and they are all getting ready to embark on an upgrade project. For me this is an exciting but also a tense time as I need to complete my VCP 5 as soon as possible to ensure that I am in a good position to support my customers so I will be doing this in the next few months and will provide some feedback in the newsletter.

 

Enjoy the newsletter, please pay careful attention to the KB articles and of course the update 2 information and speak to your TAM if you are in any doubt.

 

Take care until next time everyone and enjoy the newsletter.

 

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)

Queensland Technical Account Manager

TWITTER: @VMWARETAM

BLOG: blogs.vmware.com/tam

 

FEATURED ARTICLE

I am a VMware TAM

VMware TAM Program Blog 23/09/11 9:20 PM Neil isserow Weblogs

This blog represents the VMware Technical Account Manager or TAM program which is a professional service offered by VMware around the world. Many organisations offer a TAM in some form or another for their customers but what exactly does a TAM do and why would you want to have one as part of your organisation.

Well to begin with the VMware TAM program is unlike many other vendor TAM programs in that it is not tied to any support service or contract. This gives the TAM the flexibility to work on pro-active solutions for the customer without focusing or waiting for an incident to occur. Of course if there is an incident then the TAM is able to do many things to assist you during the process of working with support services and acts as a mediator and manager during this time.

Another benefit of the TAM is that they are able to work onsite with you when it is convenient. For example I am onsite with each of my customers every week. This gives me and my customers the opportunity to discuss many aspects of their environment and because I spend so much time with each of them I gain an intimate understanding of their environment and what they are trying to achieve. This puts me in a unique position as often I am across many of the organisations teams and am able to articulate the benefits of using a particular solution or design over another based on this knowledge.

There are so many duties that a TAM can perform as part of their engagement with their customer but here is a highlight of some of them that I perform for my customers on a regular basis. This is not an exhaustive list and by no means is this what every TAM does, as I said the TAM service is a very unique and customized service that often changes over time.

The TAM Virtualization Assessment is a capacity planning analysis that TAM’s can provide for the customers environment on an ongoing basis. This is often used to identify systems that the customer feels may be hard to virtualise or to understand the requirements of a current physical system to ensure when it is virtualised it will perform as expected.

The VMware TAM newsletter is a weekly newsletter specifically for the TAM community. It is loaded with information and customised for you to ensure that you receive relevant and timely information regarding all the goings on at VMware in your region. Your TAM is also able to discuss these items and you are encouraged to do this on a regular basis, possibly as part of your regular operations meeting.

Technical Updates: On a regular basis the TAM team hosts a Webex session for their customers which is a topical technical session presented by a VMware Subject Matter Expert. Your TAM will invite you to these sessions.

Product Briefings: Your TAM is able to provide many regular and ongoing product briefings for you on solutions relevant to your organisaion. If you have an NDA in place this may also include pre-release information.

Health Assessment: Ensuring the well being of your virtualised environment is paramount to your TAM and as part of the pro-active services provided on a regular basis your TAM can provide a review of your environment versus the best practices that VMware advises for it’s customers. This report is extremely detailed and can highlight possible issues or misconfigurations that might cause issues in the future.

Support Management: Requesting support when an issue occurs can be a stressful time for the team as they deal with the specific issue, notify the business and work to resolve the problem which could be occuring on many fronts. The TAM is your allie in these situations and will mange your support request ensuring that you are given the highest level of support possible from start to end including any escalations, engineering interventions or anything else that is required.

This is just a small sampling of the many services that a VMware TAM performs with their customers on a regular basis. Many are not aware of this and simply see a TAM as someone who deals with reactive support issues but actually that is probably less than 5% of my time, the rest of the time is spent pro-actively working with my customers to ensure that they get the highest level of service and are implementing world class solutions that we can all be proud of.

I am passionate about the TAM program and the benefits that it brings to the hundreds of customers around the world that utilise this service. TAM's are an incredibly talented and motivated army of professional VMware specialists at the disposal of our largest and most important customers every day.

 

VMware vCenter Server 4.1 and ESX/ESXi 4.1 Update 2 has been released and is now available for download and deployment.

What's New

The following information describes some of the enhancements available in this release of VMware ESXi:

Support for new processors – ESXi 4.1 Update 2 supports AMD Opteron 6200 series (Interlagos) and AMD Opteron 4200 series (Valencia).

 

Note: For the AMD Opteron 6200 and 4200 series (Family 15h) processors, ESX/ESXi 4.1 Update 2 treats each core within a compute unit as an independent core, except while applying licenses. For the purpose of licensing, ESX/ESXi treats each compute unit as a core. For example, although a processor with 8 compute units can provide the processor equivalent of 16 cores on ESX/ESXi 4.1 Update 2, it only uses 8 licenses.

Support for additional guest operating system – ESX 4.1 Update 2 adds support for Ubuntu 11.10 guest operating system. For a complete list of guest operating systems supported with this release, see the VMware Compatibility Guide.

·         Resolved and Known Issues – In addition, this release delivers a number of bug fixes that are documented in the “Resolved Issues” and “Known Issues” sections of the 4.1 Release Notes –vCenter Server, ESXi and ESX.

 

Before You Begin

For any successful VMware deployment is paramount you commence your upgrade planning by reviewing the various compatibility guides for VMware.  These include –

·         ESXi, vCenter Server, and vSphere Client Version Compatibility – The VMware Product Interoperability Matrix provides details about the compatibility of current and earlier versions of VMware vSphere components, including ESXi, VMware vCenter Server, the vSphere Client, and optional VMware products.

 

·         ESXi, vCenter Server, and VDDK Compatibility – Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 1.2.1 adds support for ESXi 4.1 Update 2 and vCenter Server 4.1 Update 2 releases. For more information about VDDK, see http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/vddk/.

 

·         Hardware Compatibility – The Hardware Compatibility Lists are available in the Web-based Compatibility Guide. The Web-based Compatibility Guide is a single point of access for all VMware compatibility guides, and provides the option to search the guides, and save the search results in PDF format. For example, with this guide, you can verify whether your server, I/O, storage, and guest operating systems, are compatible.

 

To learn even more about vSphere compatibility, refer to the VMware vSphere Compatibility Matrixes PDF.

 

For complete information about Update 2 including the installation and upgrade process, further information please review the following release notes –

 

·         VMware vCenter Server 4.1 Update 2 Release Notes

·         VMware ESXi 4.1 Update 2 Release Notes

·         VMware ESX 4.1 Update 2 Release Notes

 

Upgrading or Migrating to vCenter Server 4.1 Update 2

You can upgrade from VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 6, vCenter Server 4.0, vCenter Server 4.0 Update 1, vCenter Server 4.0 Update 2, vCenter Server 4.0 Update 3, vCenter Server 4.1, and vCenter Server 4.1 Update 1 to vCenter Server 4.1 Update 2.  To upgrade, first verify that your database is supported with vCenter Server 4.1 Update 2, back up your supported database, SSL certificates, and VirtualCenter Server configuration, and then run the vCenter Server installer. The installer informs you that an earlier version of vCenter Server is on the computer and will be upgraded.  Refer VMware Product Interoperability Matrix for supportability checks.

 

Download Now!

VMware vSphere 4.1 Update 2 can be downloaded now from –

 

·         Product Binaries Bundle

o    VMware vCenter Server 4.1 Update 2 and modules

o    VMware ESXi 4.1 Installable Update 2

o    VMware ESX 4.1 Update 2

·         ESX[i] Patching Release

o    VMware ESXi 4.1, Patch ESXi410-Update02: VMware ESXi 4.1 Update 2

o    VMware ESX 4.1, Patch ESX410-Update02: VMware ESX 4.1 Update 2

o    ESX[i] 4.1 Patch Management Guide

 

 

VMWARE USER GROUP (VMUG)

http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vmug

The VMware User Group is an independent, global, customer-led organization, which maximizes members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events.

 

Have You Registered for an Australian VMUG User Summit?

If not, register today and be entered to win a number of great prizes, including a complimentary VMUG Advantage subscription! We will be meeting in Brisbane on Monday, December 5, and then heading south to Melbourne on Thursday, December 8.

 

VMUG Advantage is a new, exclusive offering for VMUG members around the world.

Save over $1700 USD while increasing your knowledge and network. Be the first to experience this great offer.

 

VMWARE EDUCATION

Live Online Learning

VMware live online learning is the perfect solution for professionals who want to attend VMware training but would prefer not to travel. Through this delivery method, our expert instructors deliver the same high-quality courses and hands-on experiences as in our traditional classroom courses – minus the travel. Learn more.

 

VMware Beta Classes

Be among the first to take new courses designed and delivered by VMware Training by participating in our beta classes. They cost less, count for full credit and give you the chance to contribute to the final course content. Learn more.

 

VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS

VMware vSphere Blog: GuestAppMonitorSDK for Linux is available

VMware Blogs 7/11/11 6:05 PM

I had multiple questions about the availability of the Linux version of the GuestAppMonitorSDK this week. It has been out for two weeks already but not everyone has been able to find it. I guess it is because it is available under the same link as the Windows version. If you were looking for the GuestAppMonitorSDK this is how you can download it:

Go to: http://downloads.vmware.com/d/details/hasdk50/dHRAYnQlaHdiZHAlJQ==

Click on Download

Click "Yes" to accept the agreement

Click on the Linux Package (second one) "gz"

If you are wondering what you can do with it, check out the following two articles:

vSphere 5.0 App Monitoring Introduction

Application awareness API in vSphere 5.0

 

VMware vSphere Blog: HP CIM drivers - Nice features for storage

VMware Blogs 7/11/11 10:00 PM

The latest Computer Information Model (CIM) drivers from HP now allow you to see the storage hardware configuration and status. For example, the screen shot below shows a single logical volume on the host, configured as RAID 5. One of the drives has been replaced, and as you can see the RAID 5 volume is currently recovering:

 

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: vSphere Distributed Switch PowerCLI cmdlets

VMware Blogs 8/11/11 12:44 AM

For a long time now when presenting at VMworld or user groups I have asked the question – What would you like to see from PowerCLI next ?  The standard answer I get at most of these is vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) cmdlets !

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Support for Storage DRS in an HA enabled cluster?

VMware Blogs 8/11/11 4:38 AM

Last week I received a question about a paragraph in the vSphere 5.0 Availability Guide. This paragraph states the following:

vSphere HA and Storage vMotion Interoperability
In clusters where Storage vMotion is used extensively or where Storage DRS is enabled, VMware recommends that you do not deploy vSphere HA. vSphere HA might respond to a host failure by restarting a virtual machine on a host with an ESXi version different from the one on which the virtual machine was running before the failure. A problem can occur if, at the time of failure, the virtual machine was involved in a Storage vMotion action on an ESXi 5.0 host, and vSphere HA restarts the virtual machine on a host with a version prior to ESXi 5.0. While the virtual machine might power on, any subsequent attempts at snapshot operations could corrupt the vdisk state and leave the virtual machine unusable.

 

VROOM!: VMware View 5 resource optimization

VMware Blogs 8/11/11 4:41 AM

In last week’s post, we discussed 4 simple settings that we have observed deliver significant resource savings, while preserving user experience for typical desktop users. While we discussed the benefits of each setting in isolation, I just wanted to illustrate the overall gains. For runs using View Planner (which simulates a typical office user, with MS Office apps, browsers, Adobe reader, video playback, photo albums etc – more details can be found here), we observe a significant reduction in bandwidth when these 4 resource control settings are applied in unison:

 

VMware ThinApp Blog: The ThinApp Info Smartphone App

VMware Blogs 8/11/11 12:02 PM

Newly Released! Get the ThinApp Info Smartphone app! for iPhone and Android!

Browse to wbxapp.com/thinapp-info in your smartphone browser or click the below image in your smartphone browser then follow the instructions!

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Recovery Time Objectives - Decision time is important

VMware Blogs 8/11/11 2:29 PM

Bit of a philosophical topic today, nothing to do with the technology but more to do with decision making.

During one of my VMworld sessions I made a point that a few people came back to me on with feedback that it was very important and was something they had not considered, so I thought I might share it here as well.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.0: das.failuredetection time... what happened?

VMware Blogs 8/11/11 10:28 PM

I had this question last week when I was presenting at the UK VMUG. I figured not everyone was aware of this architectural change hence the reason for this article.

Lets be clear here, “das.failuredetectiontime” is no longer available in vSphere 5.0. I know many of you used this advanced setting to tweak when the host would trigger the isolation response, that is no longer possible. Keep in mind that because of the fact that "das.failuredetectiontime" is missing the timing with regards to failovers initiated after an isolation have changed. I have listed the timeline for both the isolation of a master and the failure of a slave below:

 

Virtualization for SAP Solutions: SAP and VMware working more closely together

VMware Blogs 11/11/11 8:37 PM communities-emailer@vmware.com

SAP announced today that they will work closely with VMware to Accelerate the Journey to Cloud Computing

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vApp startup order and HA?

VMware Blogs 12/11/11 12:48 AM

Today I received the question if vSphere HA respects the startup order which is part of the vApp configuration. I guess I can be short and sweet on it: No it does not. A vApp is basically a resource pool. In order to define HA restart priorities you will need to use the Cluster settings. Yes I realize that this has some limitiations currently, but at the moment it is all you can do. I would definitely recommend in any environment to document the startup sequence of multi-tier apps. I promise that it will come in handy at some point.

If you would like to set your start up priority you can do that as follows:

Right click your Cluster

Click Edit Settings

Go to "Virtual Machine Options"

Set the right priory for your VMs

 

SPRINGSOURCE AND CLOUD FOUNDRY BLOG

Cloud Foundry Welcomes Joyent as Community Lead for Node.js

Cloud Foundry 9/11/11 2:58 AM node.js

Cloud Foundry has supported Node.js from day one.  Today we are delighted to announce Joyent will become the Cloud Foundry Community Lead for Node.js.  Community Leads bring deep experience and passion for specific technologies to Cloud Foundry.  Joyent will contribute and maintain Node.js support for Cloud Foundry, providing ongoing updates, direction and community engagement.

 

As the open source project owner and home to Node’s core team, Joyent has invested heavily in making Node the leading runtime for data-intensive real-time mobile and web applications for the individual developer and the enterprise. Node is also interwoven throughout Joyent’s own operating system (SmartOS) and SmartDataCenter cloud orchestration software to enable powerful real-time tools such as Cloud Analytics.

 

Joyent has already offered some preliminary plans for improving and expanding Node.js support on Cloud Foundry in their blog.

 

We’re excited about what this means for Node.js support on Cloud Foundry going forward.

If you haven’t signed up for Cloud Foundry and want an easy way to try out Node.js, you can register here.

 

Updated Maven Support for Android Projects

SpringSource Team Blog 8/11/11 9:02 AM Roy Clarkson Android Open Source Spring

It has been a while since my initial posts on using Maven with Spring Android, and the state of the tools has changed somewhat. With the recent release of the SDK for Android 4.0 and revision 14 of the Android Development Tools (ADT), Google made several changes that impacted the third party Maven plugin support Read more...

Using Cloud Foundry Services with Spring: Part 3 – the namespace

SpringSource Team Blog 10/11/11 12:58 AM Thomas Risberg 3.1 Cloud Computing Cloud Foundry Data Access Java Open Source Spring Spring Data

We saw in the previous blog post Using Cloud Foundry Services with Spring: Part 2 – Auto-reconfiguration that when you deploy a Spring application, your use of data services will be detected, and your application will automatically be re-configured to use the cloud services available to your application. This works great for simple applications and Read more...

 

Using Cloud Foundry Services with Spring: Part 4 – Spring Profiles

SpringSource Team Blog 11/11/11 5:45 AM Scott Andrews 3.1 Cloud Computing Cloud Foundry

Spring 3.1 adds significant new support for environments. This new Environment API makes it easy to expose properties to an application or conditionally load a fragment of configuration. In an earlier post in this series, Ramnivas showed how Cloud Foundry can automatically connect to a database without manual configuration. When you need more control over Read more...

 

VMWARE TV BLOG

VMwareTV: Paul Maritz, VMware CEO, Dell World 2011 Keynote

VMware Blogs 8/11/11 10:11 AM

 

Paul Maritz, VMware CEO, Dell World 2011 Keynote

Watch Paul Maritz, CEO of VMware, share his vision for cloud computing and the "new IT." See more from Paul and other VMware executives at vmware.com

 

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)

vSphere HA and vApps

blog.scottlowe.org 13/11/11 4:45 AM slowe Virtualization VMware vSphere

This is probably obvious to most everyone, but for those who don’t already know it’s important to point this out: vSphere HA does not honor vApp startup settings. So while you can go into the properties for a vApp and define the order in which VMs will start (or stop) and the timing between those actions, vSphere HA will not recognize or honor those settings. Therefore, in a situation where an ESX/ESXi host fails and that host is running a vApp, the individual VMs in the vApp could be restarted in an entirely different order than what you specified in the vApp settings.

Be sure to plan accordingly when using vApps in your environment.

This article was originally posted on blog.scottlowe.org. Visit the site for more information on virtualization, servers, storage, and other enterprise technologies.

 

VMware View 5 Install, configure – How to do a simple lab setup

ESX Virtualization 8/11/11 3:37 PM Vladan SEGET Desktop Virtualization VMware View 5 VMware View How-to

VMware View Setup in my Home lab.

I thought that the time is good to show some more lab setup I was playing with recently. I think that the VDI is really picking up recently. I do have some real interest from the client’s side as well so everything seems really that 2012 will be the year of the VDI and VMware View 5. Did not someone said that already this year…? Anyway I think it’s time to show you some stuff from my lab about VMware View.

 

How to install Database and ODBC for VMware View

ESX Virtualization 9/11/11 3:09 PM Vladan SEGET Desktop Virtualization Database View 5 How to create VMware View Database and ODBC connection ODBC VMware View

Installing VMware View Database and ODBC connection in my lab.

After the introductory post where I showed the basic setup which you’ll going to follow, now we going to kick the installation process. We will work on my vCenter VM which was already setup for my lab environment I’m using for vSphere 5, so this part of the setup is not included in this How-to install, configure VMware View series of articles.

 

How-to install VMware View Connection Server

ESX Virtualization 10/11/11 3:06 PM Vladan SEGET Desktop Virtualization How-to install View connection server VMware View Connection server Install

Installation of VMware View Connection Server in my lab.

I’m going to use a new VM running Windows 2008R2 x64 which is attached as a member server of my vladan.lan Microsoft domain and has got a fixed IP address. I’m not detailing here those steps since I believe that you don’t need a hand on that and that you can do it easily by yourself different ways:

 

 

How-to install VMware View Composer

ESX Virtualization 10/11/11 11:57 PM Vladan SEGET Desktop Virtualization How to install VMware View How to Install VMware View Composer

Installation of VMware View Composer 2.7 in vCenter Server.

The composer 2.7 which is bundled with VMware View 5, is simple executable file. The installation must be done on VMware vCenter Server which will “drive” the VMware View 5 environment. It does not matter if vCenter is running on physical system or in Virtual Machine, the Composer must run on vCenter.

 

How to install VMware View Agent in the Virtual Desktop plus more

ESX Virtualization 11/11/11 3:00 PM Vladan SEGET Desktop Virtualization How-to setup VMware View in a lab VMware View Golden Image VMware View Installation how-to

Installing View agent inside the Golden Image VM.

To successfully setup VMware View in your lab, you need to build a Golden VM image. It’s basically an optimized VM with desktop Operating system like Windows XP or Windows 7, fully optimized for running in virtual environments.

 

How to create desktop pool in VMware View

ESX Virtualization 11/11/11 8:40 PM Vladan SEGET Desktop Virtualization How to create desktop Pool VMware View Destkop Pool

Connecting to the View Connection server and Creating a desktop pool

The whole series of VMware View will be finished when we’re going to create our first desktop pool and connects to a desktop via the VMware View client which you’ll install on your laptop for example. So in this “lesson” we’ll create our first desktop pool.

 

How to offload Write IOs from VDI deployments

myvirtualcloud.net 8/11/11 8:34 AM Andre Leibovici tips vdi virtualization Atlantis EMC VDI Vmware vShield

One of the major concerns in a VDI solution is the end-user experience. Poor user experience = Low user acceptance. I have discussed this paradigm in my article VDI USER EXPERIENCE and USER ACCEPTANCE.

Behind the scenes and hidden in the physical supporting infrastructure there are a number of factors contributing for possible poor user experience. The most common pain points are network and storage.

 

A Review of VMware View 5.0 Limits and Maximums

myvirtualcloud.net 11/11/11 5:16 AM Andre Leibovici news tips vdi virtualization VDI View5 Vmware

A while back I released the a “Review of VMware View Limits and Maximums” and I think it deserves a review and update due to VMware View 5.0 launch.

As an administrator and/or designer you should always make sure that your numbers are within VMware View maximums and limits to be able to get technical support from VMware.

 

VMware View VDI Flash Calculator v2.5 Released

myvirtualcloud.net 11/11/11 7:07 AM Andre Leibovici news vdi virtualization calculator new VDI

 

 

I have just uploaded a new release of the online VMware View VDI Flash Calculator.

This new release offers a complete overhaul of the IOPS calculation, providing the ability to breakdown IOPS per disk type or tier. It also offers calculation for the number of VMs allowed to concurrently boot.

 

For Advanced Users : UBERAlign API / CLI / Powershell

Nickapedia 8/11/11 12:51 PM nick EMC Expirements Scripts Slider_Featured Tools VirtualAppliances API CLI Disk Alignment Disk Utility EMC Corporation Free orchestration REST scripting UBER UBER Tool VMware vSpecialists vSphere

From the beginning I knew some UBERAlign users would want to go into power user mode. The UBERAlign Console was designed to allow for easy use for the average Joe. But, there are people out there with the desire, guts, and ability to script and automate that want more. So this post will inform you on two other options forUBERAlign.

 

Video - vShield 5 Install and Deploy

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 8/11/11 12:54 AM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) vSphere 5

VMware vShield is a suite of security virtual appliances built for VMware vCenter Server and VMware ESX integration. vShield is a critical security component for protecting virtualized datacenters from attacks and misuse helping you achieve your compliance-mandated goals. vShield App is an interior, vNIC-level firewall that allows you to create access control policies regardless of network topology. A vShield App monitors all traffic in and out of an ESX host, including between virtual machines in the same port group. vShield App includes traffic analysis and container-based policy creation.

 

VMware vShield Edge and vShield App Reference Design Guide

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 9/11/11 12:51 AM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) White Papers

This document describes the architecture and features of vShield Edge and vShield App, and presents some reference designs for solutions built using these products. The designs described are meant to be representative of common business problems that organizations face when they further increase their virtualization footprint and move toward a cloud model of IT. By seeing how these problems are addressed, and mapping them to the actual issues they currently must address, customers should better understand how to deploy vShield Edge and vShield App in their own environments.

 

Best Practices Guide - High Performance Data with VMware vFabric GemFire

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 9/11/11 10:28 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) White Papers

This High Performance Data with VMware vFabric GemFire Best Practices Guide provides information about best practices for the deployment of data fabric systems. The guide describes the best practices for VMware vFabric GemFire data caching systems and its various design constructs. The document captures four main deployment patterns commonly used to implement enterprise data requirements:

 

  • vFabric GemFire deployed as an enterprise data management system.

  • vFabric GemFire deployed as L2 cache.

  • vFabric GemFire deployed for HTTP session management.

  • vFabric GemFire deployed as a faster mass data mover—for example, real-time reporting.

 

Deploying vSphere Replication

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 11/11/11 1:13 AM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) vSphere 5

vSphere Replication is a replication engine that is part of SRM 5.0 and requires ESXi 5.0 and later, giving an alternative means of protecting and replicating virtual machines between sites. It is entirely managed within the SRM interface after initial deployment and configuration, and integrates with storage array–based replication to provide full coverage of the virtual environment.

 

Thinapp: Files Being Created In The BIN Directory

The SLOG - SimonLong/Blog 9/11/11 3:40 AM Simon Long Cloud General IT Gestalt IT Thinapp VMware

Whilst testing a Thinapp today I noticed that every time I ran the Thinapp a file related to that software package was being created in the Thinapp bin directory. This isn't something that I want to happen. The file created was named the same as the ComputerName of the vm it was being excecuted on. So as you can imagine, if you have desktop estate of 10,000 desks, it could get quite missy.

With the help of Peter Bjork one of the VMware Thinapp specialists we worked out that the Entry Point that we were using to excecute the Thinapp didn't have a WorkingDirectory defined in the package.ini. This is what the entry point in the package.ini looked like:

 

Thinapp: VirtualComputerName

The SLOG - SimonLong/Blog 9/11/11 3:50 AM Simon Long Cloud General IT Gestalt IT Thinapp VMware

I have been creating a new Thinapp in which I am trying to trick the application into thinking it is running on the same computer each time it is executed. Little did I know, this was soo easy to do. I had been using ProcMon to find out which registry the software called to get the ComputerName from and then tried to add in a custom registry entry into the Thinapp virtual registry.

 

VMware View 5.0 Maximum Composer Pool Size

The SLOG - SimonLong/Blog 11/11/11 8:30 PM Simon Long General IT Gestalt IT view VMware

There has been a lot of talk around this but it seems that not a lot of people are aware, so I just wanted to clarify the point. As mentioned both at myvirtual.net and in the VMware View 5.0 Architecture Planning Guide

The maximum VMware View 5.0 composer pool size is now 1000 desktops.

 

Investigating the options to bring back VMTN Subscriptions!

Yellow Bricks 9/11/11 7:42 AM Duncan Epping Server vmtn VMware vSphere

Mike Laverick started a campaign last week on the VMware Community Forums and asked for the VMTN Subscription to be reinstated, coincidentally the same request came in through the VMUG board. For those who have never heard of the VMTN Subscription program it was similar to MSDN and enabled you to run VMware software in your lab environment for a fixed yearly fee. Ever since the program was cancelled every now and then people asked for it to be reinstated. This time it is different, it is not a few people who are backing the request but so far the community thread has over 10 pages worth of comments and there are literally multiple new blog posts about this topic every day.

 

vShield App and layering your design

Yellow Bricks 11/11/11 1:54 AM Duncan Epping Server Various 5 5.0 app cloud security vshield vSphere

I started diving in to vShield App and one thing that I like about vShield App is that it allows you to use different types of objects to apply your policies to. Never really put too much thought in to it, but considering the world is more and more changing to policy based management this fits right in. I just wanted to share something that I was working on, any feedback / thoughts are welcome…

 

What happens to powered off VMs when a host fails?

Yellow Bricks 11/11/11 11:35 PM Duncan Epping BC-DR Server Various 5 5.0 ha vSphere

I had the question today what happens to a powered off VM when the host they are registered against fails? This customer always has multiple powered off VMs and was afraid their VMs would show up as orphaned. I was pretty confident that the VM would be re-registered against one of the remaining hosts in the cluster, but I validated it just in case and this is what the events section of the VM shows:

 

VMWARE KB ARTICLES

VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 11/5/11

VMware Blogs 9/11/11 12:02 AM

Apache Active MQ
Securing ActiveMQ queues created during runtime (2004786)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
ActiveMQ network of brokers error: java.lang.SecurityException: User anonymous is not authorized to read (2004787)
Date Published: 11/2/2011

Socialcast
Creating SSL certificates for Socialcast On Premise (2008649)
Date Published: 10/31/2011

Socialcast Dedicated Cloud
Socialcast support resources (2008604)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
Logging in to Single Sign-On enabled Socialcast domains fails for the Socialcast Desktop Application on OSX (2008672)
Date Published: 10/31/2011

Socialcast On Premise
Installing Socialcast On Premise Best Practices (2008607)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
Re-entering networking information on a Socialcast On Premise node (2008610)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
Installing the Socialcast desktop application on OpenSuse 11.4 fails (2008659)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
Configuring backups for Socialcast On Premise (2008677)
Date Published: 10/31/2011

Socialcast SaaS
Logging into a Socialcast community fails with the error: Sorry, We could not find an account with the credentials you supplied (2008501)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
Logging in to a Socialcast community with a mobile application or plugin does not work (2008685)
Date Published: 10/31/2011

Spring Framework
Initializing a database instance in Spring Framework using large SQL scripts in <jdbc:initialize- data-source> fails (2006078)
Date Published: 11/2/2011

VMware ESX
Windows error after upgrading a virtual machine: This hardware device is not connected to the computer (Code 45) (2003324)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
PowerPath and VE's RTOOLS utility do not work after upgrading to ESX 4.1 build-381591 (2003717)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
ESX/ESXi 4.1 host fails with a purple diagnostic screen: #PF Exception 14 in a helper world mentioning timerq_RB_REMOVE_COLOR (2004337)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
Applying a host profile fails with the error: Could not update link speed of physical NIC (2004753)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
Linux virtual machines using the vmxnet3 virtual adapter lose network connectivity (2005717)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
vCenter Server error: Unable to check compliance since host does not have host profile license (2007352)
Date Published: 11/4/2011
Network adapter in the Windows 2008 R2 SP1 virtual machine disappears (2008161)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
vShield Endpoint installation fails with the error: vShield Endpoint installation encountered error while installing vib (2008205)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
Creating a quiesced snapshot in a Window 2008 R2 virtual machine generates Event IDs 57, 137, or 12289 (2006849)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
Esxupdate command fails with PackageManagerError: The package manager transaction failed (2008306)
Date Published: 10/31/2011

VMware ESXi
Cannot retire unreliable page (2008612)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
A system's cores or hyperthreads are not enabled (2008844)
Date Published: 11/1/2011
One hyperthread in a core is missing (2008846)
Date Published: 11/1/2011
DRAM ECC is not enabled on the system (2008933)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
Interrupt remapping is disabled on the platform due to a defect in the BIOS (2008934)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
Windows virtual machine configured to use LSI Logic SCSI controller reports the warning: <Windows OS> does not support the LSI Logic SCSI adapter that VMware ESX currently uses for its virtual SCSI devices (2004740)
Date Published: 11/4/2011
USB configuration changed (2007579)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
Windows virtual machine configured to use Bus Logic SCSI controller reports the warning: <Windows OS> does not support the BusLogic SCSI adapter that VMware ESX currently uses for virtual SCSI devices (2007603)
Date Published: 11/4/2011
Slow performance during Storage vMotion, Clone, and Snapshot consolidation operations in an IBM XIV storage system (2007723)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch Release ESXi500-201111001 (2008017)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
VMware ESXi 5.0 Patch ESXi500-201111401-BG: Updates esx-base (2008018)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
Memory heap reserved for networking buffers is almost exhausted. (2008094)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
VMFS volume has been unmounted (2008151)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
VMFS volume has been mounted (2008152)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
New VMFS volume was discovered (2008158)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
A device backing some part of the VMFS volume is online (2008163)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
A device backing some part of the VMFS volume is offline (2008164)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
VMFS volume is locked by another host (2008210)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
Unable to remove an inaccessible NFS datastore with Storage I/O control enabled (2008507)
Date Published: 11/4/2011
ESXi host does not have enough memory to store SCSI device events (2008611)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
Storage device fails to close appropriately (2008613)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
ESXi host fails to attach the VAAI filter to a storage device (2008684)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
ESXi fails to boot with error: Error Loading /s.v00 Fatal Error: 8 (Device Error) (2008817)
Date Published: 11/4/2011
Memory error detected on previous boot, but is corrected (2008834)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
Unexpected type of storage plug-in is discovered (2008837)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
SCSI Inquiry fails for storage device (2008838)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
PCI-E device error corrected (2008845)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
Storage device does not allow the QErr configuration that ESXi host uses (2008847)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
Recoverable error detected on PCI-E device (2008849)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
Fatal error detected on PCI-E device (2008850)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
Incompatible changes made to SCSI device configuration (2008855)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
ESXi fails to determine whether storage device is local or networked (2008857)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
ESXi host fails to determine whether a device is pseudo (2008930)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
ESXi fails to identify a device as SSD (2008938)
Date Published: 11/3/2011

VMware Service Manager
Changing a call status when a note is added in VMware Service Manager (2006952)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
Approval via incoming email in Service Manager adds the email as object twice (2007559)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
Monitor for failed or breached SLM event do not return results in Service Manager (2008485)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
Cannot unassign a Service Manager request or workflow after it is assigned (2008494)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
Conditional branch configuration item search in Service Manager returns incorrect results (2008575)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
The Short Problem Description field does not populate (2008796)
Date Published: 11/1/2011
Formatting issues with VMware Service Manager KB articles when copied and pasted from another editor (2008797)
Date Published: 11/1/2011
Images do not appear in emails sent from VMware Service Manager (2008798)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
Graph generated from the call search screen does not sort results in order of month (2008800)
Date Published: 11/4/2011
Company details are not displayed when creating a new contract in Service Manager (2008802)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
After upgrading from VMware Service Manager 8.0 to 9.0, emails sent from Knowledge Base articles do not contain the embedded image (2008858)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
Knowledge article title disappears in VMware Service Manager customer portal (2008859)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
After submitting a Service Request in the Customer portal, the resulting screen's title is 'Log an Incident' (2008862)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
Unable to delete the existing Description field in a Service Manager call screen in Designer (2008863)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
The Service Manager Connector Service reports this error: The given key was not present in the dictionary (2008864)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
Group Details screen in Service Manager shows a member named FULL_NAME (2008867)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
When a report parameter in the Service Manager Report Designer is set to a Display of None, the report is not filtering by the parameter (2008868)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
Customizing the SLA clock so it automatically resumes when the status of a ticket changes (2006953)
Date Published: 11/3/2011
Cases updated by incoming email have an incorrect subject line (2008009)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
When creating a new person record in Service Manager, Organization is not automatically populated (2008574)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
Specifying invalid lookup fields in API Update Transactions sets the field being updated to NULL (2008793)
Date Published: 11/4/2011
Unable to assign tasks within a Workflow Component to Request No/Organization/Stakeholder (Role : Stakeholder) (2008819)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
Date Only field and time zone issues in VMware Service Manager 9.x (2008865)
Date Published: 11/4/2011
Plain text emails received from VMware Service Manager 9.0 show HTML tags (2008866)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
Logging in to the Service Manager application fails with the error: Unable to read beyond the end of the stream (2008946)
Date Published: 11/4/2011
Service Manager calls breach SLAs even when they are suspended (2009001)
Date Published: 11/4/2011

VMware vCenter CapacityIQ
VMware vCenter CapacityIQ privilege displays as: XXX privilege.Global.com.vmware.CapacityIQ.label not found XXX (2002326)
Date Published: 11/2/2011

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
vCenter Configuration Manager Agent support on non-english platforms (2008337)
Date Published: 11/3/2011

VMware vCenter Converter
VMware vCenter Converter 4.3 fails to convert a Windows 2003 Standard Edition SP 2 physical machine (2006426)
Date Published: 11/3/2011

VMware vCenter Server
After upgrading to vCenter Server 5.0, the vCenter Service Stats and Hardware Status tab cannot be accessed (2007824)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
Upgrading the VMware vCenter Upgrade database from 4.1.x U1 to 5.0.x fails (2008807)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
Recoverable memory error detected on previous boot (2008840)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
Unsupported Intel hyperthreading configuration (2008843)
Date Published: 11/1/2011
Machine Check Architecture (MCA) registers are not monitored (2008589)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
Fatal memory error detected on previous boot (2008842)
Date Published: 10/31/2011

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager TestFailover task fails with the error: Module DevicePowerOn power on failed (2004091)
Date Published: 11/2/2011
VMware SRM installation fails with error: Visual Studio C++ Redistributable could not be found (2008804)
Date Published: 10/31/2011

VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent
JBoss monitoring in vFabric Hyper Agent fails with the error: java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: Could not initialize class org.jboss.invocation.unified.interfaces.JavaSerializationManager (2008724)
Date Published: 10/31/2011
vFabric Hyperic Agent group alerts are visible only to the user who is also the group owner (1032779)
Date Published: 10/31/2011

VMware vFabric Hyperic Server
Understanding how vFabric Hyperic stores data (1032737)
Date Published: 11/2/2011

VMware View Manager
Recomposing a View desktop or pool fails with the error: Selected snapshot on parent VM is not found on VC server (2008411)
Date Published: 11/4/2011
VMware View with PCoIP encryption and bandwidth metrics: Teradici recommendations for various clients (2009122)
Date Published: 11/4/2011

 

From the editors Virtual Desk

Hi everyone, another week has flown by and of course we have loads of news for you as usual.

 

This week I would like to point everyone at the release of vSphere 4.1 Update 2. Information can be found here:http://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere4/doc/vsp_esxi41_u2_rel_notes.html. I suggest that you take a look at this release and discuss upgrading with your TAM.

 

I would also like to remind you about the ThinApp bootcamp series online, information can be found here:http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/desktop/thinapp/bootcamp.

 

Take care until next time everyone and enjoy the newsletter.

 

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)

Queensland Technical Account Manager

TWITTER: @VMWARETAM

 

FEATURED ARTICLE

VMware vCloud Blog: Debunking Cloud Security Myths

VMware Blogs 3/11/11 1:53 AM

Despite the opportunities made available through cloud computing, security concerns still remain the largest inhibitor to adoption. However, the technology and expertise required to build a trusted cloud is actually more feasible than many may imagine. In this blog, we hope to eliminate the misperceptions that potential customers may have regarding cloud security and help them on their journey to adopting the cloud.

Myth #1: The cloud simply cannot be secure.

There are varying levels of vendor capabilities that make for varying levels of security, but cloud environments absolutely can be secure. The enterprise hybrid cloud is a compelling model to debunk this myth, as hybrid cloud models deliver the same common security standards across both public and private environments, without compromising enterprise-class requirements or cost. In this case, it’s not about choosing a generic security level for the cloud, but rather choosing the right security for your organization’s specific cloud deployment.

Myth #2: Cloud security is a new challenge.

In truth, security concerns aren’t new, they are merely an extension of what’s being dealt with in an organization’s physical infrastructure. Protecting the infrastructure and sensitive data have always been top priorities when it comes to security, and security and governance requirements are the same regardless of physical, virtual or cloud components. In fact, because of virtualization technology, the cloud can even be more secure than one’s physical environment, and an investment in virtual security can provided the needed control and visibility for the cloud.

Myth #3: Compliance equals security.

Many enterprises function under the assumption that if they are certified as compliant, their systems are secure and they don’t have to worry about vulnerabilities to attacks. However, compliance actually only attests to the state of security at a specific moment in time, and equating compliance to security can put your business at risk.

So what does this all mean for you? A cloud deployment that defies these myths is built on trust, which cannot be achieved without control and visibility across the cloud infrastructure, identities and information. To learn more about building a trusted cloud and cloud security, download our new whitepaper with CSO. For future updates, be sure to follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP on Twitter.

 

VMWARE USER GROUP (VMUG)

http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vmug

The VMware User Group is an independent, global, customer-led organization, which maximizes members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events.

 

Have You Registered for an Australian VMUG User Summit?

If not, register today and be entered to win a number of great prizes, including a complimentary VMUG Advantage subscription! We will be meeting in Brisbane on Monday, December 5, and then heading south to Melbourne on Thursday, December 8.

 

VMUG Advantage is a new, exclusive offering for VMUG members around the world.

Save over $1700 USD while increasing your knowledge and network. Be the first to experience this great offer.

 

VMWARE EDUCATION

Upcoming new training course - VMware vCloud: Deploy and Manage the VMware Cloud

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 29/10/11 2:27 AM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Training

VMware is working on a new training which will be released in the next months. It’s called VMware vCloud: Deploy and Manage the VMware Cloud. This course demonstrates to technical personnel how to deploy VMware vCloud for a public, private, or hybrid cloud environment and manage the on-going operation of the deployment. The course focuses on the private and public vCloud solutions but also includes information on how this approach supports a hybrid solution.The training course is still in beta but will most likely contain the following Course Objectives. After completing this course, you should understand the features and operation of vCloud and be able to do the following:

- Deploy VMware vCloud Director
- Manage vCloud Director to satisfy private, public and hybrid cloud business needs.
- Configure VMware vSphere storage to enable multiple tiers in provider virtual datacenters.
- Create vCloud Director organizations and vApps to satisfy business needs.
- Configure networking for organizations and vApps.
- Use linked clones to enable fast provisioning.
- Use VMware vCenter Chargeback to meter vCloud Director resources.
- Use VMware vCenter Operations Standard to monitor your environment.

 

Live Online Learning

VMware live online learning is the perfect solution for professionals who want to attend VMware training but would prefer not to travel. Through this delivery method, our expert instructors deliver the same high-quality courses and hands-on experiences as in our traditional classroom courses – minus the travel. Learn more.

 

VMware Beta Classes

Be among the first to take new courses designed and delivered by VMware Training by participating in our beta classes. They cost less, count for full credit and give you the chance to contribute to the final course content. Learn more.

 

VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS

ESXi Chronicles: VMware Technical Publications on YouTube

VMware Blogs 28/10/11 10:00 PM

There are so many new features and capabilities in vSphere 5.0 that it's becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with everything.  When it comes to getting a quick introduction on a new feature I've found a great resource is the VMware TechPub's Channel on YouTube.   The channel contains several short videos (~3 minutes) that provide a high level overview of various features and capabilities.  If you have a question about a new feature and what it does, this is a great place to start.
http://www.youtube.com/user/VMwareTechPubs
Here's an example of just some of the videos available today (and there are more coming):
ESX/ESXi Convergence
Using Image Builder CLI
Auto Deploy Architecture
Using Host Profiles
Troubleshooting Smart Cards in VMware View
vSphere Network I/O Control

vCO Team: How to handle vCenter Orchestrator logs?

VMware Blogs 31/10/11 3:00 PM webmaster@vcoteam.info (Christophe Decanini)

vCenter Orchestrator uses a powerful log service. This article explains the basics of this service and possible configuration changes.

This article will identify the log files currently in use for a typical vCO server installation. Additionally, it will address the following areas of interest:

Server Log rollover control: MaxFileSize and MaxBackupIndex

Enable REST call logging in the vCloud Director Plug-in

Enable logging to a SYSLOG server

Setting the server and all components to debug mode

 

VMware vCloud Blog: Introducing the Public Cloud Diaries – Stories from VMware Customers

VMware Blogs 1/11/11 3:16 AM

Welcome to the Public Cloud Diaries – an ongoing project that documents the business situations and challenges that companies have experienced when moving to the public cloud. Dimensional Research, a company that provides practical research services for technology companies, interviewed real VMware customers across various industries to examine their individual challenges and needs when choosing a cloud vendor. These interviews reveal why each company chose VMware vCloud services, and the business benefits enabled through the public cloud.

In our first installment, we’ll take a look at the experiences of four companies in the Business Services industry.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vCenter Site Recovery Manager 4.1.2 Released

VMware Blogs 1/11/11 7:02 AM

On October 27th the 4.1.2 release of SRM was published.  It's a fairly small update, but has a few nice bug-fixes included:

Site Recovery Manager 4.1 Test Failover Fails

Recovery Fails When NFS Datastores are Mounted on Two Hosts with Different IP Addresses

Rolling Back the Uninstallation of the SRM Service Fails

Timeout During Network Customization of SUSE Linux 10 Virtual Machines

Recovery Plan OS Heartbeat or IP Customization Timeout Settings Greater than 2000 Seconds Wait Forever

Running the vCenter Site Recovery Manager dns_update script fails with the error "\VMware\VMware was unexpected at this time"

Creating a Protection Group or Protecting a Virtual Machine Fails with the Error: Operation Not Supported on the Object

vCenter Server Session Does Not End when the vSphere Client Closes if the Remote Site is Unavailable.

Unclear Error Message when Installation Fails Because the SRM User Account Does Not Have Administrator Privileges

SRM Server Fails to Start the SRM Service if a Datastore Name is Invalid

SRM Stops Responding During Failover when the Storage Array on the Protected Site is Offline

SRM Uninstaller Does Not Remove Old SRM License Asset Data from the User Interface.

Customization Specification Does Not Configure the Gateway for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x.

Check out the release notes here:

and download it here:

 

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: PowerCLI Lab at VMWorld 2011 - lab manual and scripts

VMware Blogs 1/11/11 5:52 PM

It's been a very successful VMWorld this year, especially for PowerCLI - lots of sessions and a great lab. For the first time this year we had a scenario-based lab - migrating a vSphere 4 environment to vSphere 5. For those of you that were unable to attend the lab during the event - be sure to check the attached lab manual and scripts below. We hope to see you at the event next year!

Download PowerCLI lab manual 2011

Download Collect-v4-Configuration

Download Run-v5-setup

 

VROOM!: 4 simple resource optimizations for VMware View 5

VMware Blogs 2/11/11 6:06 AM

By default the VMware View PCoIP protocol dynamically optimizes for the best user experience for the given resource 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 and in past blogs and whitepapers we have discussed in detail how to configure PCoIP to optimize for constrained resource consumption. In this post, I just wanted to provide a concise summary of these recommendations by highlighting 4 simple optimizations that our extensive internal testing has shown yield significant benefits:

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Stretched Clusters and VM-Host Affinity Rules

VMware Blogs 2/11/11 6:09 PM

I have had this questions multiple times in the last weeks and decided it was time to get a more official statement out. The question is if VM-Host Affinity rules are supported in a vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) environment. The reason people ask this question is because it was explicitly stated to be not supported with vSphere 4.1 and prior. This has changed however.

 

VMware Virtualization Management Blog: Announcing General Availability of vCenter Configuration Manager 5.4.1

VMware Blogs 3/11/11 9:30 AM

At VMworld Copenhagen just two weeks ago, VMware unveiled three new management suites to help customers transform how they manage infrastructure,applications and business services in virtual and cloud environments. We are pleased to announce the general availability of vCenter Configuration Manager 5.4.1 (VCM), a key component of the vCenter Operations Management Suite. With this release we take a major step towards delivering integrated performance and configuration management by correlating configuration changes to the performance events.  In addition, the new release also works together with the VMware Cloud Infrastructure Suite to discover and manage VMs that run in vCloud Director based cloud deployments.

Here are the major highlights of this release:

 

ESXi Chronicles: Upgrading to ESXi 5 vs. doing a Fresh Install

VMware Blogs 3/11/11 1:49 PM

Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, VMware
I often get asked if it's better to upgrade an ESX/ESXi 4.x host or just do a fresh install of ESXi 5.0.  Before I answer this question lets review the differences between an upgraded host and a freshly installed host.

 

VMware Vision: Getting Started With Benchmarking

VMware Blogs 4/11/11 1:01 AM

AUTHOR: Craig Stanley (@benchmarkguru)

This article is the first in a series that will explain VMware’s context for benchmarking virtualization and cloud implementation, and discuss the Key Performance Indexes (KPIs) that are used to quantify, measure, and analyze the organizations journey toward ITaaS.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Want to use a self signed SSL certificate with the vSphere Web Client?

VMware Blogs 4/11/11 3:13 AM

If you are wanting to use your own self signed certificate for SSL authentication with the vSphere Web Client you'll need to update the Tomcat configuration file to include the self signed certificate.

To do this follow these steps.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Did you know vCenter Server Heartbeat can also protects the vCenter Server databases when using SQL Server!

VMware Blogs 4/11/11 4:32 AM

On of the more common questions we hear is were using vCenter Server Heartbeat to protect vCenter Server but what about the database server?

Well good news if your using SQL Server with vCenter Server, you can also protect the SQL Server itself whether it is local to the vCenter Server (same server) or if it is on a separate (remote) server with the same vCenter Server Heartbeat license. Thats right a single vCenter Server Heartbeat license will provide Application, Operating System and Hardware level montoring, all with failover capabilities when using it to protect the vCenter server application as welll as the vCenter database SQL server, regardless of edition.

 

VROOM!: Comparing ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.0 Scaling Performance

VMware Blogs 4/11/11 6:36 AM

In previous articles on VROOM! we used VMmark 2 to investigate the effects of altering a single hardware component, such as a storage array or server model, in a vSphere cluster. In contrast to these earlier studies, we now examine the effects of upgrading the hosts’ software from ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5.0 on the performance of a VMmark 2 cluster.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Slow booting of ESXi 5.0 when iSCSI is configured

VMware Blogs 4/11/11 10:08 PM

[Updated 4-Nov-2001 with Patch Information]

An issue has recently been discovered with iSCSI on ESXi 5.0 which is resulting in very slow boot times for the ESXi 5.0. In ESXi 5.0, the iSCSI boot-up code has been modified to retry 9 times (versus no retry in 4.x) when running iSCSI discovery and login for the configured targets.

 

VROOM!: Storage vMotion of a Virualized SQL Server Database

VMware Blogs 5/11/11 4:27 AM

vSphere Storage vMotion (svMotion) enables the live migration of disk files belonging to virtual machines (VMs). svMotion helps to eliminate the down time of the applications running in VMs when the virtual disk  files containing the applications’ data have to be moved between storage devices for the purpose of hardware maintenance, upgrades, load-balancing storage resources, or proactive disaster recovery.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Misaligned VMs?

VMware Blogs 6/11/11 7:24 PM

When looking at performance problems traditionally storage is usually the first place many of us would look and for a good reason. In many of the environments these storage problems are caused by misaligned filesystems. Why is that? Well fairly simple, misalignment causes overhead. Just look at this diagram:

 

If you look at the Guest OS and the Array, you will see that in order to read 1 Guest OS cluster the Array needs to read two chunks. With a single VM running on a datastore and your array the impact might not be severe but when you have dozens or hundreds running it will be substantial while it is completely unnecesarry.

 

SPRINGSOURCE AND CLOUD FOUNDRY BLOG

Rethink IT: VMware vFabric Application Performance Manager Now Available to Deliver a New Approach to Managing Applications for the Cloud Era

VMware Blogs 3/11/11 2:15 AM

I am very excited to announce on behalf of VMware the availability of a new management solution. vFabric Application Performance Manager was launched on the main stage at VMworld Copenhagen just two weeks ago to an enthusiastic response by customers, analysts and the press, and it’s with great pride as the Product Manager of this new solution that I am now announcing its availability to our customers. This is the first solution we are bringing to market of the three new suiteswe unveiled at the show to help customers transform how they manageinfrastructure, applications and business services in virtual and cloud environments.

 

vCO Team: VMware released vFabric Application Performance Manager featuring vCenter Orchestrator integration

VMware Blogs 3/11/11 7:57 AM webmaster@vcoteam.info (Christophe Decanini)

vFabric Application Performance Manager is VMware solution for cloud applications performance monitoring and remediation.

This is a nice solution for monitoring throughput, latency, hit rate and error rates, it provides code level diagnostics and a nice user interface to fix problems quickly.The automation expert reading here certainly expect more and will be pleased to know it also offer built-in automation and policy-based alerting and remediation.

 

Using Cloud Foundry Services with Spring: Part 2 – Auto-reconfiguration

SpringSource Team Blog 5/11/11 3:33 AM Ramnivas Laddad Cloud Computing Cloud Foundry Spring Spring Data

If you watched the video for the Cloud Foundry launch event, you saw that we deployed the Spring Travel application downloaded from Spring Web Flow samples, bound a MySQL service to it, and dragged and dropped the application to the Cloud Foundry server in STS, without making a single line of change in the applicationRead more...

 

VMWARE TV BLOG

Collecting diagnostic information for VMware View

VMware KBTV 30/10/11 4:15 AM Graham Daly Enterprise Desktop

Greetings KBTV friends!

We have a new video for you today. it is a short video, but one which will be useful for all users who ever have to troubleshoot their VMware View environments.

This video demonstrates how to collect the diagnostic information for the various components within a VMware View environment. This can be especially useful when working with VMware's Technical Support staff in relation to a Support Request you may have opened, as by providing them with the necessary log support data at the beginning of the investigation process will speed up the entire process and help you get back to a more stable environment as soon as possible.

For additional details see Collecting diagnostic information for VMware View (1017939) in our Knowledge Base

 

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)

Straighten up with a new UBER tool : Presenting UBERAlign

Nickapedia 4/11/11 3:06 AM nick EMC Expirements Slider_Featured Tools VirtualAppliances Disk Alignment Disk Utility EMC Corporation Free orchestration Space Reclaim tool UBER UBER Tool VMware vSpecialists vSphere

NOTICE: Much like this story (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/09/06/ultra-oops-dead-island-dev-build-released/) I accidentally uploaded a Develpment build of the UBERAlign Console when I posted this. I have now switched the download so if you downloaded earlier than 4:12pm CST on 11/3 redownload the console again.

 

 

Also, @Maishsk noticed issues in his dvSwitch environment which helped me nail down a related bug. So redownload the 1.1.1 version of the Console if deploying the vAligners to dvSwitch environments.

You know how in cartoons they show a small snowball rolling down a hill until it grows into a massive beast of a snow boulder?

Well, that is kind of how my most recent UBER project has gone. I know it is a been a little while since I have released a tool for the community and I am hopefully making that up with my newest creation: UBERAlign.

 

vNUMA and vMotion

Yellow Bricks 28/10/11 9:15 PM Duncan Epping Server memory numa performance

I was listening to some VMworld talks during the weekend and something caught my attention which I hadn’t realized before. The talk I was listening to was VSP2122″VMware vMotion in vSphere 5.0, Architecture and Performance”. Now this probably doesn’t apply to most of the people reading this so let me set the scenario first:

Different hosts from a CPU/Memory perspective in a single cluster (different NUMA topology)

VMs with more than 8 vCPUs

 

All host failed, how does HA respond?

Yellow Bricks 2/11/11 3:09 AM Duncan Epping BC-DR Server 5 5.0 ha vSphere

I wrote an article about the scenario where all host fail, due to for instance a power outage, and how HA responds to it. I had a question today if this was still valid with vSphere 5.0. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to describe the steps that vSphere 5.0 takes.

Power Outage, all hosts down

Power on hosts

Election process will be kicked off. Master will be elected.

Master reads protected list

Master initiates restarts for those VMs which were listed as protected but not running

 

vSphere FT and Dynamically Mirrored Disks?

Yellow Bricks 4/11/11 8:33 PM Duncan Epping Server 5.0 ft vSphere

I was just browsing through our documentation and stumbled on something which has got some cool potential.

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/index.jsp?topic=/com.vmware.vsphere.storage.doc_50/GUID-F78EB579-B11C-4E65-9EE3-145888A005F6.html

 

vSphere Distributed Switch PowerCLI cmdlets

Virtu-Al 1/11/11 8:05 PM Alan VDS VMware PowerCLI PowerShell

For a long time now when presenting at VMworld or VMUGS I have asked the question – What would you like to see from PowerCLI next ?  The standard answer I get at most of these is vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) cmdlets !

Luc Dekens did a great job with his series of posts showing how you could create your own VDS advanced functions, these allow you to add the functions to your PowerCLI session and work with VDS, find them here and take a look, they are a great example of how you can expand PowerCLI to support areas not yet written.

 

Thinapp Best Practices: Keep It Clean

The SLOG - SimonLong/Blog 2/11/11 6:45 PM Simon Long General IT Gestalt IT VMware Thinapp

I've been working a lot with Thinapp lately and one thing I keep noticing when users are creating their Thinapp's is; they are neglecting to use a clean capture machine.

Definition of a Clean Machine

So what exactly is a clean machine? A clean machine is a “vanilla” Windows OS and its essential drivers with no other software installed. This also includes updates Microsoft updates. I can't put it any simpler than that.

 

VMware ThinApp Bootcamp Series

The SLOG - SimonLong/Blog 3/11/11 5:59 AM Simon Long General IT Gestalt IT bootcamp Thinapp VMware

Guys, don't miss out on the free VMware Thinapp Bootcamp Series. The content below are taken from:http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/desktop/thinapp/bootcamp

Get ready for application virtualization with VMware ThinApp!

VMware ThinApp accelerates application deployment and simplifies application migration with agentless application virtualization.

In this six-part bootcamp,  we show you how to use, deploy, and optimize VMware ThinApp. The  session will include everything from deployment best practices, tips & tricks for performance enhancement, and improving application  compatibility.

 

Pre-Review – Mastering VMware vSphere 5 (Scott Lowe)

Professional VMware 4/11/11 1:32 AM bunchc administration books vSphere scott lowe

Hot on the release of vSphere 5, Scott Lowe has released an update to one of the best general vSphere books on the market, Mastering VMware vSphere 5.

Pre-Review

I pulled down the kindle edition of this one about a week ago and moving through at a pretty good clip and wanted to share my thoughts so far.

This book is an excellent follow-up to Mastering VMware vSphere 4 and Scott provides a good number of call outs where vSphere 5.x deltas from prior versions as well as real world tips for having to manage both versions. As Scott did in the vSphere 4 edition, Scott begins by covering vSphere 5 basics and features, moves into planning, and then the installation of vSphere 5. Beyond that he moves into working with networking, HA, and security. From there he moves into day-to-day administration and finally automation. It’s an easy to read, detailed overview and general introduction to vSphere that would be a benefit to anyone who will be managing a vSphere environment.

 

BrownBag Follow-Up: Networking & VXLAN

Professional VMware 4/11/11 11:27 PM bunchc BrownBag BrownBagRecording Cisco networking VCAP vxlan damian karlson recording

The Links:

Han Yang on Twitter.http://twitter.com/#!/Official_1000V All things 1000v & VXLAN

The 1000v Community on Cisco.com. Discussions, Docs, Webinars, etc:https://communities.cisco.com/community/technology/datacenter/nexus1000v

Cisco Cloud Lab: https://cloudlab-us-west-01.cisco.com/+CSCOE+/logon.html

 

The Value of SRM

Pivot Point 3/11/11 4:10 PM drummonds Uncategorized srm

Customers love VMware’s Site Recovery Manager (SRM).  It automates, simplifies, and documents disaster recovery.  It can eliminate downtime during disaster recovery (DR) tests.  And it increases customer confidence in their DR plan.  SRM is great.

In my first year and a half in Asia I have seen that this region (Australia and New Zealand excepted!) adopts technology one or two years after America.  So, today in Asia our customers are starting to consider what SRM can do for them.

Today I want to ask your help.  If you are an SRM customer–happy or not!–please take two minutes to fill out the following survey, either below or directly on Survey Monkey.  I will later share the results of this survey on this blog.  If you leave your contact information in the survey I may email you to follow-up.  If you want to share positive or negative feedback I will connect you with the right people once you have given me permission to do so.

 

VMware – Changed Block Tracking

penguinpunk.net 2/11/11 7:43 PM dan VMware Backup CBT no backups no-worky problem rdm virtualisation vmdk

This is just a brief post for my own reference. A friend of mine had some backup problems on a VM recently. Seems they were using VMware’s Changed Block Tracking (CBT) and had since added a physical-mode RDM to the VM. This caused problems and things stopped working. The quick solution was to clone the VM and delete the stale data. I’m sure there’s a more thorough solution. But I don’t like to scratch the surface too much. CBT has been around a while, and is a pretty nifty feature. The VMguy has a good post on CBT and how it works. Duncan has a bit more info. And VMware themselves have some useful KB articles here and here.

 

New Book - Enterprise Java Applications Architecture on VMware

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 1/11/11 5:30 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Books

This book is the culmination of 7 years of experience in running Java on VMware vSphere both internally at VMware and at VMware customer sites. In fact many of VMware's customers run critical enterprise Java applications on VMware vSphere where they have achieved better TCO, and SLAs. This book covers high level architecture and implementation details, such as design and sizing, high availability designs, automation of deployments, best practices, tuning, and troubleshooting techniques.

 

Get ready for the Real vSphere 5 Fast Track

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 2/11/11 5:30 AM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Training

VMware is working on the completion of a fully renewed vSphere 5 Fast-Track. This training course will look a little bit like the old VI3 Fast-Track (Install, Configure and Manage plus the Deploy Secure and Analyze) training we had in the old days.  Here’s a short overview:

This intensive, extended-hours training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 5. It combines the content of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with advanced tasks and skills for configuring a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware ESXi 5.0 and VMware vCenter Server 5.0. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam.
The objectives are:

 

VMware Labs presents its latest fling VDSPowerCli

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 2/11/11 5:36 AM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Tools

PowerShell is a scripting language Microsoft developed to help administrators manage the Windows environment. Third parties can write their own snap-ins (dynamic linked libraries) to implement new commands, which are called cmdlets. With VDSPowerCli, users can use the cmdlets provided by PowerCLI to manage vSphere Distributed Switch(VDS). VDSPowerCli gives you the ability to manage:

• VMware vSphere Distributed Switch

• Distributed Port Group

• Distributed Port

Download and try out VDSPowerCli

 

New Book: VMware vSphere 5 Performance: Solving CPU, Memory, Storage, and Networking Issues

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 4/11/11 8:15 AM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) Books

VMware vSphere is the industry's most widely deployed virtualization solution. However, performance problems are inevitable and require an in-depth understanding of the interaction and relationship between software and hardware. Aimed at VMware administrators and engineers and written by a team of VMware experts, this resource provides guidance on common CPU, memory, storage, and network-related problems. Plus, step-by-step instructions walk you through techniques for solving problems and shed light on possible causes behind the problems Divulges troubleshooting methodologies, performance monitoring tools, and techniques and tools for isolating performance problems. Details the necessary steps for handling CPU, memory, storage, and network-related problems. Offers understanding on the interactions between VMware vSphere and CPU, memory, storage, and network. VMware vSphere X Performance is the resource you need to diagnose and handle VMware vSphere performance problems.

 

Video - Troubleshooting vCenter 5 start-up problems

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 7/11/11 7:11 AM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) vSphere 5

A few weeks ago I’ve delivered a VMware Site Recovery Manager training course and one of the attendees was Arnim van Lieshout. Besides being a co-author of theVMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration guide, Arnim also works as a VMware PSO consultant. While we were trying to set-up SRM Host Based Replication, Arnim showed me a real cool trick to do some fast troubleshooting regarding the VPXD daemon, also known as the vCenter Service.
This video guides you through the process of troubleshooting a corrupted vCenter Server database with vpxd.exe -s and helps you to fix VPX daemon start-up problems. The video also helps you eliminate common causes for your problem by verifying the configuration of your database, validating network connectivity, and verifying the configuration of the vCenter Server service with vpxd.exe -b.

 

Printing Architectures for VDI – Part 2

myvirtualcloud.net 1/11/11 4:03 AM Andre Leibovici news tips vdi virtualization Printing ThinPrint VDI View5 Vmware

Some articles get stuck and never get published. I wrote this one a while back and for different reasons the publishing was delayed. However, while reviewing some of the new features in VMware View 5.0 I noticed that the Location Based Printing feature has been extended.

Location based printing support in View has been extended to include all non-Windows based clients supported by View Client (iPads, Android HoneyComb and CIUS).  This feature continues to be configurable via Windows Group Policies and enables IT to allow end users to print to the nearest network printer as they roam between sessions across devices.

This feature extension allow those devices to print to the closest network printer without any client hardware dependencies.

This is the second part of the Printing Architectures for VDI series. The first part of this series I published earlier this year, and can be found here.

 

VMware vFabric Data Director setup Video

ESX Virtualization 1/11/11 5:26 PM Vladan SEGET Videos VMware Data Director VMware vFabric Data Director

New video from VMware shows the installation and configuration of the VMwarevFabric Data Director.

In this video you’ll see the setup of VMware vFabric Data Director, which is a product to streamline the workflows when working with databases. The first database supported on Data Director is VMware vFabric Postgres 9.0 (vPostgres).  vPostgres is the first vSphere-optimized ACID and ANSI-SQL database, but there will be more to come, since it’s been announced that a broad range of commercial and open source databases to be supported by Data Director.

With the download as for now, the packaged database is vPostgres.

 

VMWARE KB ARTICLES

VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 10/29/11

VMware Blogs 1/11/11 10:57 AM

Apache Tomcat 7
Disabling encoded character parsing with IIS and isapi_redirect.dll (2008465)
Shavlik
Submitting feature requests for Shavlik products (2008381)
Shavlik NetChk Protect and vProtect firewall and proxy exceptions list (2006671)
Shavlik NetChk Protect service pack deployment guidelines (2006673)
Command line syntax for the Shavlik Remote Scheduler service (2008379)
Bulletin MSST-001 shows missing after a scan and deployment with Shavlik NetChk Protect (2008378)
Manually downloading patch data files for Shavlik NetChk Protect consoles in secure environments (2008384)
Automatic download of data files and engine in Shavlik NetChk Protect fails (2008385)
Understanding patch supersedence in Shavlik NetChk Protect patch scans (2006672)
Launching Shavlik NetChk Protect fails with the error: Expected DTD markup was not found. Line 3, position 3 (2008389)
Scan results fail to import into the database in Shavlik NetChk Protect and vProtect (2008390)
Deciphering Shavlik NetChk Protect Deployment Tracker status notes (2006675)
Deploying the Shavlik NetChk Protect patch fails with the error: Patch does not appear to be signed (2008393)
VMware ESX
Adding a VMFS datstore through vSphere Client or vCenter Server fails with the error: The operation failed because the specified directory path is incorrect (2006035)
Issues known to occur after upgrading vSphere 4.1 Update 2 to vSphere 5.0 (2007404)
Windows 2008 R2 machine blue screens after installing VMware Tools (2008348)
VMware ESXi
Mac OS X virtual machines older than version 10.5.8 configured with more than 8 virtual ethernet adapters fail to boot (2005673)
Installing ESXi 5.0 fails with the error: Fatal error: 32 (Syntax) (2007475)
Using vShield Endpoint 5.0 and vShield Data Security 5.0 with vSphere 4.1 (2008084)
Understanding SCSI plug-in NMP errors/conditions in ESX/ESXi 4.x (2004086)
Active Directory virtual machine boots continuously in safe mode after a reboot (2005934)
Determining the amount of memory installed from the ESXi command line (2005821)
Adding a third-party firewall extension to ESXi 5.0 (2005304)
Copy and paste not working in a Mac OS X virtual machine console (2006100)
VMware Fusion
vmrun error: This operation is not supported on this guest. (2008551)
Disabling the registration, antivirus install, and user experience program dialogs in VMware Fusion (2008647)
Upgrading VMware Fusion or VMware Tools in a virtual machine fails with the error: CDS Internal Client Error (3033) (2008523)
VMware Service Manager
Horizontal scroll bar not visible when drilling down into a monitor in VMware Service Manager 9.0 (2004911)
Officers do not receive email notifications when a note is added to a call after upgrading to VMware Service Manager 9.0 RP9 (2005928)
The F8 shortcut does not navigate between the Action and History tabs in the Service Manager Call Screen (2007721)
Tasks within a workflow do not show the correct status (2008334)
The email received for a scheduled report shows the wrong dates for the report period (2008614)
Assigning administrative rights to an officer in VMware Service Manager (2003803)
Enabling concurrent licenses in VMware Service Manager 9.0 (2003934)
Differentiating between standard reports and customized reports in Service Manager (2008040)
Scheduled Reports option is grayed out in VMware Service Manager 9.0 (2005090)
SLM columns in Monitor Drill Down do not retain size and column headers are incorrect (2005909)
You cannot delete an empty shopping cart on Customer Portal in VMware Service Manager 9.0 (2005916)
New options in the Service Manager 9.x Incoming Email settings (2006080)
VMware ThinApp
ThinApp AppSync does not update changes to ThinDirect.txt for a virtual browser with ThinDirect redirection (1033200)
VMware vCenter CapacityIQ
Licensing CapacityIQ 1.5.x using a per CPU license (2008331)
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
vCenter Configuration Manager SSRS reports fail to load with the error: A web service error has occurred performing an SRS security request (2008584)
Virtual machine guest OS is reported incorrectly in vCenter Configuration Manager (2002620)
VMware vCenter Server
Redirecting VMware High Availability logs to a datastore (2004577)
vNetwork Distributed Switch enhancements in vSphere 5.0 (2005273)
Logging into vCenter Server using the vSphere Client fails with the error: Incorrect username or password (2005824)
Joining vCenter Server to a Linked Mode group after upgrading to vCenter Server 5.0 fails with error: Instance "VMwareVCMSDS" is already in linked mode (2005930)
Installing vSphere Client 5.0 in Windows Server 2003 R2 fails with the error: Failed to create service for hcmon driver (2006486)
VMware VirtualCenter Server Service fails to start with the vpxd log error: W32Util_RegisterEventLog: Could not open registry key (2005164)
Dropped SNMP packages when vCenter Server has more than one IP address (2005455)
VMware VirutalCenter Management Webservices service fails to start (2005743)
About the ESXi 5.0 firewall (2005284)
VMware vCenter Storage Monitoring Service fails with the error: Unable to retrieve health data from http://localhost/sms/health.xml (2007834)
Unknown device status in the Hardware Status tab of the vSphere Client (2008237)
VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Deploying vCenter Server Appliance 5.0  (2007619)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
vCenter Site Recover Manager site pairing fails with the error: A specified parameter was not correct. RemoteSite.name (2004015)
SRM with SRDF Adapter test failover fails (2006181)
Understanding Site Recovery Manager protection and recovery limits in a shared recovery-site (N:1) configuration (2008061)
VMware vFabric Hyperic Server
The VMware vFabric Hyperic Server Agent deletes the mysql PID file (1031288)
Unable to manage vFabric tcRuntime applications through vFabric Hyperic Server (2007886)
Associating an escalation scheme to alerts defined for a specific resource group (1032017)
Deleting a platform from VMware vFabric Hyperic Server fails with a permissions error (1031285)
VMware vFabric tc Server
Installing Spring Insight Developer (2005415)
VMware View Manager
Entitled pool does not appear when using a Thin Client  (2008396)
Multi-monitor layouts are reset when the View Client is disconnected from a virtual machine (2006075)
Silent install of VMware View Agent fails with the error: The specified Feature name not found in Feature table (2005901)
Unable to connect to View Security Server after updating the View Client for iPad or Android (2008496)
VMware vShield
Creating a user and changing the password in vShield (2005950)
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) network troubleshooting (2007363)

 

From the editors Virtual Desk

Hi everyone, well as usual another big week in news. This week there is a major focus on VMware KB TV. Scroll down and you will see a dozen or so really excellent videos on a number of current and future VMware technologies that are well worth watching. I am a big fan of these videos and find them an excellent way to get a quick start in understanding any new technology.

 

I have also included some information on a ThinApp training course that will be taking place as free online training. This is an excellent opportunity to get a jumpstart on ThinApp and all that it can offer. I hope that you take the opportunity to sign up for this excellent series.

 

For those of you that are using the iPad and Android VMware View Client’s there has also been an update this past week so check it out in the newsletter and upgrade as soon as you can on your chosen device.

 

Whole on the subject of mobile devices there is also a new vSphere Client update for the iPad which you should take a look at. Details also in the newsletter.

 

Take care until next time everyone and enjoy the newsletter.

 

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)

Queensland Technical Account Manager

TWITTER: @VMWARETAM

 


VFORUM 2011 SYDNEY COVERAGE

10/17/2011 CRN Event Section: vForum

10/17/2011 iTnews Event Section: vForum

10/17/2011 ZDNet Event Section: vForum

10/18/2011 Channel News, Computer Daily News: Australia Leads when it comes to Cloud Computing Adoption

10/18/2011 Experian: Cloud computing adoption ahead in Australia

10/18/2011 iTWire, Stan Beer: VMware moves up value chain with cloud management portfolio

10/18/2011 Smart Office, Computer Daily News: Australia Leads When It Comes to Cloud Computing Adoption

10/19/2011 ARN, Julia Talevski: VMware: It’s critical to learn from past mistakes with cloud

10/19/2011 Computerworld, Lisa Banks: vForum: CIOs must understand new technology paradigm

10/19/2011 PC World Australia, Mikael Ricknas: VMware aims to simplify management with new suites

10/19/2011 ZDNet, Michael Lee: Privacy, not security, top worry for cloud

10/20/2011 ARN: In Pictures: VMware vForum 2011

10/20/2011 Search CIO, Anthony Caruana: Winners of 2011 Best of vForum Awards


FEATURED ARTICLE

VMware Vision: Why Benchmark? – Lessons from the Track

VMware Blogs 27/10/11 1:16 AM

AUTHOR: Craig Stanley

 

Imagine you’re in a high-speed, endurance auto race with a heated field of competitors and the only dashboard instrument you have is your fuel gauge.  You can tell how fast you’re burning up your resources, but you have no other instrumentation to tell where you are or how fast you’re going.  Furthermore, all of the windows are blacked out so you can’t see anything outside your vehicle. You may have a folding map that you bought from some roadmap vendor, but without being able to locate where you are on the map, it’s not very useful.  You can hear the sounds of competition around you but can you really discern if the competition is close or is it just a lot of noise from farther away?

 

This doesn’t sound like a very effective way to compete in a race does it?  But in reality, this is how a lot of businesses operate every day.  And in this article, we’ll take a look at benchmarking from an IT perspective.

 

Benchmarking provides the tools to help you measure and understand where you are at present and how you compare to your competition. Having this information enables the IT organization to measure internal progress, get insight into what peers are doing and where they are, compare speed of technology progress with peers and develop a baseline for comparing costs of technology and operation.  Benchmarking methodologies define the KPIs (Key Performance Metrics) that matter most and give the organization the ability to compare these KPIs to their competition.

 

In the metaphor of an auto race, let’s look at the competitive advantage and benefits derived from benchmarking.  In navigating the competitive field, you’re going to need some tools.

 

Effective tools for navigation:

Plan (Roadmap) – You need a roadmap of where you’re trying to go, what you want to accomplish and how soon you want it accomplished. Benchmarking helps you measure your progress in attaining your destination as laid out in your roadmap.  It provides a “You Are Here” point along the path.

Speed (Speedometer) – How fast are we going and are we going fast enough to reach our targeted goals?  Continuing the race analogy, if you go too slow, you will be passed up by your faster and more aggressive competition. But if you go too fast, you run the risk of losing control and ending up somewhere entirely unexpected.  Benchmarking helps you understand how fast the field is moving and gives you insight into your position as a leader or laggard in technology.

Perspective (Front and rear windows) – You need to be able to see where you’re headed and where you’ve been.  The organization has made investments in technology improvement and it is essential in these times of limited capital to be able to look back, see what benefits have been realized and perhaps more importantly, what expected benefits were not realized and why.  Benchmarking helps establish that stick in the ground to know where you are so that progress may be quantitatively measured.

Position (Side Windows) – In order to make good tactical and strategic decisions about your plan, you need to be able to see who is around you, how fast are they moving and if they heading in the same direction that you are.  If they are moving faster than you, you are either playing a losing game of catch-up or your advantage is diminishing.  Maybe a competitor is heading in a different direction than the pack. Are they lost or are they changing the game? Benchmarking provides an empirical basis for comparing you to your competition, but it also reveals insight into the technology maturity and progress of the peer group itself.  Often organizations find themselves scoring at the top of the peer group for a particular KPI, but when the peer group is analyzed, it may be that the group itself is not mature or underperforming.  These can indicate opportunities to seize a lead.

Performance Improvement and Agility (Acceleration) – When good drivers see an opening, they move fast and with purpose. After KPIs are measured and compared, the next steps are to identify the low hanging fruit that usually drives the greatest benefit in the least amount of time.  Progress can be accomplished quickly and validates the benchmarking process.

Direction (Steering) – The best drivers look for the inside turns to maintain position and overtake the competition.  Benchmarking identifies areas where the organization is performing well against competitors, but also identifies opportunities for improvement.

Holistic Analysis (Driver) – Drivers take all of the information available to them and use it to make tactical decisions leading to their strategy of winning the race. In the same manner, benchmarking helps IT make decisions with a holistic view of all KPIs analyzed together and in conjunction with competitive results.  The simultaneous analysis of KPIs often leads to insight not visible in standalone metrics.

 

In the race for competitive position, the IT organization must take advantage of every opportunity to meet the corporate directives of doing even more, faster, with less.  The more information IT has about the usage, innovation and maturity of technology, the better enabled it will be to move from simply providing technology on demand to becoming seen as a true business enabler.

 

Craig Stanley is the Benchmarking Practice Lead for the VMware Vision Team.

 

VMWARE USER GROUP (VMUG)

http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vmug

The VMware User Group is an independent, global, customer-led organization, which maximizes members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events.

 

Have You Registered for an Australian VMUG User Summit?

If not, register today and be entered to win a number of great prizes, including a complimentary VMUG Advantage subscription! We will be meeting in Brisbane on Monday, December 5, and then heading south to Melbourne on Thursday, December 8.

 

VMUG Advantage is a new, exclusive offering for VMUG members around the world.

Save over $1700 USD while increasing your knowledge and network. Be the first to experience this great offer.

 

VMWARE EDUCATION

Live Online Learning

VMware live online learning is the perfect solution for professionals who want to attend VMware training but would prefer not to travel. Through this delivery method, our expert instructors deliver the same high-quality courses and hands-on experiences as in our traditional classroom courses – minus the travel. Learn more.

 

VMware Beta Classes

Be among the first to take new courses designed and delivered by VMware Training by participating in our beta classes. They cost less, count for full credit and give you the chance to contribute to the final course content. Learn more.

 

VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS

Updated View Client v1.2 for the iPad now available
While this will be announced later this week, it is in fact available now.  And it is pretty cool.  One very useful thing is that if you are using your iPad and the View iPad client for a presentation, you can use your iPad for the mouse pad while the presentation screen shows what you are presenting.  See more info about this release here and the iTunes link is here.  Here is a third party blog about this launch.

vSphere Client v1.2 for the iPad now available
This new release is mostly a collection of bug fixes, but with a few new features where the most notable is vMotion support.  See more info here.

 

VMware ThinApp Blog: VMware ThinApp Bootcamp Challange

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 7:10 AM

Get ready for application virtualization with VMware ® ThinApp ® !

Starting October 31st, join us for a 6-part bootcamp on ThinApp Topics such as:

ThinApp Design Best Practices

ThinApp Implementation Best Practices

Isolation Modes Explained

AppLink Fundamentals

Scripting within ThinApp

ThinApp Performance Enhancing

Each day from October 31st through November 7th, a new session will be released. Additionally, we will be stopping by the ThinApp Communities Bootcamp site to answer questions around ThinApp.

So be sure to tune in every day to watch, learn, and ask questions!

 

VMware End User Computing: AirPlay Desktops and New @VMware View Clients for iPad, Android and Cius!

VMware Blogs 24/10/11 10:00 PM

By Pat Lee, director, End-User Computing Clients, VMware

That is right… the new VMware View Client for iPad is out and it offers some great new features including an innovative new presentation mode supporting Apple AirPlay.  More on this shortly…

 

VMware vCloud Blog: Advance Your Journey to the Cloud with VMware’s vCloud Jumpstart and Accelerator Services

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 2:24 AM

Successfully implementing cloud initiatives in your organization can be a daunting task. Eliminate the guesswork with the VMware vCloud Jumpstart or the VMware vCloud Accelerator Service – targeted consulting services designed to help customers quickly evaluate, architect and deploy the right VMware vCloud solution for their organization.

 

ESXi Chronicles: Configuring IP Addresses with Auto Deploy

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 3:01 AM

When using Auto Deploy you have two options for managing the IP addresses of your ESXi hosts:  (1) use static reservations in DHCP or (2) use an answer file.  I'll go over each of these options.

1.  I like to use static DHCP reservations as this eliminates the extra step of having to pre-populate an answer file for each host.  With a static IP reservations the DHCP server assigns an IP address based on the host's MAC address, this ensures that each time the host boots the DHCP server will always assign the same IP address.  Because the host always gets the same IP address from the DHCP server there is no need to reconfigure the hosts' network using an answer file when the host profile is applied.

 

VMware Support Insider: New File SR Page Now Fully Live

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 11:02 PM

Today we have completed the roll-out of a brand new web page for filing your support requests for your VMware products. Over the past year we have been carefully studying the way this page was being used by our customers.

Here's some of what we learned:

Most of you spent a lot of time searching for answers online before requesting help - upwards of an hour on Google, kb.vmware.com and the Communities

About half of you called in rather than use our web-based self-service portal

~85% of you did not use the embedded Search bar on the old page, but...

Of the ~15% of you who did, most of you did find an answer

Most of the cases you reported we have solved before and captured the fix in a KB

Help Yourself!

The first thing you'll notice is our new way of guiding you through a search using tag-cloud-driven interface. The idea is that with a few selections, you can quickly isolate the section of our content most relevant to you.

 

If you decide to use the tag cloud, each selection (and subsequent selection) refines the cloud and the results. Of course, you can always go the traditional route, and type in your query - our auto-complete will pipe up with suggestions.

We're Listening

We want to hear from you, so please feel free to let us know what you like or what you would change in this thread in our Communities.

 

VMware vCloud Blog: Best Practice for Providers Offering vCloud Powered Services Part 2: Stay Ahead of Customer Needs with vCenter Capacity IQ

VMware Blogs 27/10/11 4:54 AM

Another important way for service providers offering vCloud Powered services to be more successful in their offerings is by keeping ahead of customer needs. This is the second post in our series on best practices for providers offering vCloud Powered services, where we’ll discuss how service providers can enhance their offerings by staying one step ahead of customer needs for compute, network, and storage capacity.

Though service providers have a nearly unlimited number of virtual machines to offer to customers, their physical infrastructure has limits. VMware enables providers offering vCloud Powered services to access complete visibility into their past, present and future infrastructure capacity states with vCenter Capacity IQ.

 

VMware Alliances Team: VCE: Taking the Next Step in Converged Infrastructure

VMware Blogs 27/10/11 6:07 AM

Posted by Chris Carrier
Director, VCE Alliance Mktg

There have been so many exciting announcements, programs and events from both VMware and alliance partners lately that sometimes it’s difficult to keep up. Personally, I have been working closely with VCE on a number of innovative activities worth mentioning.

 

vCO Team: Developing Your First VMware vCO Workflow Video Series

VMware Blogs 27/10/11 10:25 PM webmaster@vcoteam.info (Burke Azbill)

One of our contributing authors, Sergio Sanchez, has just published a three-part video series on Developing your first VMware vCO Workflow. In this series, Sergio steps you through the process of creating a new workflow to power on a VM and send e-mail from scratch. A couple library actions, a decision box, scriptable tasks, and error handling will be used throughout the series. The actions taken during this video series will be common across nearly all custom workflow development you perform in the future so it serves as a great basis to get you started.

 

ESXi Chronicles: Mixing ESX/ESXi Versions in an HA/DRS Cluster

VMware Blogs 27/10/11 11:08 PM

Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, VMware

Running different versions of ESX/ESXi in an vCenter 5.0 HA/DRS cluster is supported.  Frank Denneman recently posted a good blog on this.  You may ask why would anyone want to run a mixed cluster?  Usually, this is done to facilitate rolling upgrades.  If you have a large 32-node cluster it's not practical to upgrade all 32 hosts at once, so instead you can leverage the mixed cluster support to upgrade two or three hosts at a time and "roll" the upgrade through the cluster until all 32 hosts are upgraded.

 

 

SPRINGSOURCE AND CLOUD FOUNDRY BLOG

Cloud Foundry previews new features at SpringOne 2GX

Cloud Foundry 28/10/11 8:49 AM

The Cloud Foundry team has been interacting with hundreds of Spring, Groovy, andGrails developers and architects at SpringOne 2GX.  At the show we previewed and introduced several new technologies on top of our Open Platform as a Service offering and have been getting great feedback.  For those of you that don’t know, SpringOne 2GX is the premier event for Spring, Groovy, and Grails application development and runtime technologies with tons of deep technical content delivered by the top experts in the industry, including some of our very own.

Cloud Foundry presented its own track at SpringOne 2GX this year, and we have been busy showing off some of the latest developments with Cloud Foundry.  Some of these developments include introductions and previews of these exciting new technologies:

Spring features: auto-reconfiguration mechanism that allows applications to automatically bind to Cloud Foundry Services without any modifications. The use of the “cloud” namespace and profiles gives applications explicit control over consuming Cloud Foundry Services and requires no modification to run locally.

VCC/”Caldecott” : Allows users to attach to Cloud Foundry Services and control them as if they are running locally.  An example that was demoed was exporting a vFabric Postgres Table and importing it into another vFabric Postgres instance.

Java Remote Debugging : Giving Java Developers the ability to debug applications running in a local instance of Cloud Foundry through the Spring STS IDE.  This included setting breakpoint in live code, making changes to variables, and then continuing the application while it was running in their local Cloud Foundry instance.  This is available in the open source repository and can be enabled for local instances of Cloud Foundry (VCAP).

Spring Insight : Providing real-time application runtime performance and behavior information for Java Spring applications running on CloudFoundry.com.

Some of the conference attendees really impressed us by showing some really cool applications that were developed and deployed to Micro Cloud Foundry and CloudFoundry.com in just minutes.  In addition to the great technology previews, there has been a lot of excitement around being able to deploy applications on Micro Cloud Foundry and then to CloudFoundy.com with no coding changes.  Combined with the upcoming effort to allow for provisioning of private Cloud Foundry instances behind the firewall, developers are recognizing Cloud Foundry as their de facto PaaS deployment solution.

 

VMWARE TV BLOG

VMwareTV: Demo of VMware View Client for the Android

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 7:41 AM

Demo of VMware View Client for the Android

Watch the demo of the VMware View desktop running on Android platform mobile devices. Read about the new features on the VMware View Blog and download the app from the Android Marketplace. Blog: blogs.vmware.com Android Marketplace: market.android.com

 

VMwareTV: VMware ThinApp Design Best Practices

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 9:10 AM

VMware ThinApp Design Best Practices

vmware.com -- This session provides an overview real world best practices surrounding the new ThinApp Design Process along with a basic timeline for the ThinApp Plan & Design engagement. (Speaker -- Ray Dusseault, VMware)

 

VMwareTV: VMware ThinApp Implementation Best Practices

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 9:47 AM

VMware ThinApp Implementation Best Practices

vmware.com -- This session provides an overview of the latest ThinApp Strategy, methodology and real world Implementation best practices. (Speaker -- Ray Dusseault, VMware)

 

VMwareTV: VMware ThinApp Performance Enhancing Techniques

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 9:57 AM

VMware ThinApp Performance Enhancing Techniques

vmware.com -- Common tips, rules, basic troubleshooting procedures, and suggestions used to help enhance performance of ThinApp packages, including pre-capture settings, post-capture clean-up, deployment options pros and cons, and environment configurations. (Speaker -- Dean Flaming, VMware)

 

VMwareTV: Scripting within VMware ThinApp

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 9:59 AM

Scripting within VMware ThinApp

vmware.com -- Understanding the basics of scripting within a ThinApp environment including use of the callback functions as timing mechanisms, additional options available by admins, and how to implement a scripted solution within a ThinApp packaged application. (Speaker -- Dean Flaming, VMware)

 

VMwareTV: Isolation Modes Explained for VMware ThinApp

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 10:01 AM

Isolation Modes Explained for VMware ThinApp

vmware.com -- Isolation modes are at the heart of the abstraction layer within ThinApp. We will explore their uses and and how to adjustment them for optimal application compatibility. (Speaker -- Travis Sales, VMware)

 

VMwareTV: AppLink Fundamentals for VMware ThinApp

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 10:03 AM

AppLink Fundamentals for VMware ThinApp

vmware.com -- AppLink enables you to package, deploy, and update component pieces separately while keeping the benefits of application virtualization. This session will explore AppLinks use scenarios and uses cases. (Speaker -- Travis Sales, VMware)

 

VMwareTV: VMware vFabric Elastic Memory for Java (EM4J)

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 11:00 AM

VMware vFabric Elastic Memory for Java (EM4J)

vmware.com -- Explain vFabric tc Server's EM4J capabilities to help reduce Java heap size.

 

VMwareTV: VMware vFabric tc Server Total Cost of Ownership

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 11:03 AM

VMware vFabric tc Server Total Cost of Ownership

vmware.com -- Shows how tc Server provides lower TCO.

 

VMwareTV: VMware vFabric Spring Insight

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 11:06 AM

VMware vFabric Spring Insight

vmware.com -- Shows how to get an insight into Spring apps in development and production environments.

 

VMwareTV: VMware App Insight Demo

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 11:07 AM

VMware App Insight Demo

A slide show of VMware App Insight.

 

VMwareTV: Video Tutorial: VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 6:12 PM

Video Tutorial: VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator

vmware.com -- Part of the vCenter Operations Suite, vCenter Infrastructure Navigator provides automated application discovery & mapping for applications running on vSphere 5.

 

VMwareTV: Developing Your First VMware vCO Workflow (part 1)

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 6:17 PM

Developing Your First VMware vCO Workflow (part 1)

This video series show how to develop a vCenter Orchestrator workflow step-by-step. This is video 1 of 3. For additional info: vmware.com For documentation: pubs.vmware.com

 

VMwareTV: Developing Your First VMware vCO Workflow (part 2)

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 6:21 PM

Developing Your First VMware vCO Workflow (part 2)

This video series show how to develop a vCenter Orchestrator workflow step-by-step. This is video 2 of 3. For additional info: vmware.com For documentation: pubs.vmware.com

 

VMwareTV: Developing Your First VMware vCO Workflow (part 3)

VMware Blogs 26/10/11 6:22 PM

Developing Your First VMware vCO Workflow (part 3)

This video series show how to develop a vCenter Orchestrator workflow step-by-step. This is video 3 of 3. For additional info: vmware.com For documentation: pubs.vmware.com

 

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)

VMware vSphere Client for iPad 1.2 offers two-finger vMotion

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 25/10/11 11:48 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) iPad

The VMware vSphere Client for iPad is a companion interface to the traditional vSphere client, optimized for viewing and managing your vSphere environment on the go. With this client you can monitor the performance of vSphere hosts and virtual machines. Virtual machines can be started, stopped and suspended. vSphere hosts can be rebooted or put into maintenance mode.

 

Video - vCenter Infrastructure Navigator

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 26/10/11 8:29 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) vSphere 5

vCenter Infrastructure Navigator automatically discovers application services, visualizes relationships and maps dependencies of applications on virtualized compute, storage and network resources. It's a component of the vCenter Operations Management Suite. vCenter Infrastructure Navigator enables application-aware management of infrastructure and operations to better understand the impact of change, provide more complete disaster recovery protection and minimize downtime.

 

3PAR Utility Storage with VMware vSphere

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 27/10/11 4:45 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) vSphere 5

This paper discusses the benefits of deploying VMware vSphere with HP 3PAR Utility Storage including: greater virtual machine (VM) density, simplifying administration, and realizing significant cost savings in virtualized server environments. The paper also includes best practices for an integrated VMware vSphere and HP 3PAR Utility Storage solution.

 

HP P4000 LeftHand SAN Solutions with VMware vSphere Best Practices

NTPRO.NL - Eric Sloof 27/10/11 4:47 PM nospam@example.com (Eric Sloof) vSphere 5

This white paper provides detailed information on how to integrate VMware vSphere 5.0 with HP P4000 LeftHand SAN Solutions. VMware vSphere is an industry leading virtualization platform and software cloud infrastructure enabling critical business applications to run with assurance and agility by virtualizing server resources. Complementing this technology, the HP P4000 LeftHand SANs address the storage demands and cost pressures associated with server virtualization, data growth, and business continuity.

 

Rapid Desktop Program launched by VMware

ESX Virtualization 24/10/11 10:37 PM Vladan SEGET Desktop Virtualization Rapid Desktop Program VDI deployements VMware View - Rapid destkop program

Destined for OEM partners this programs enables to build pre-configured VDI environments for fast deployments.

While visiting the booths during the VMWorld Copenhagen 2011 few days ago I bumped to a stand from company called Pivot3. As my curiosity to a new technology is always on it’s top level during such an events, I’ve been told that Pivot3.com is an OEM partner for Rapid Desktop Program which has been launched by VMware.

 

VMware Management suites introduced

ESX Virtualization 25/10/11 5:51 PM Vladan SEGET Specials vCenter Operation Management Suite VMware IT Business Management Suite VMware vFabric TM Application Performance Manager

During the VMworld Copenhagen 2011 VMware has introduced new managements suites for VMware vSphere 5.

Those management products are destined for enterprises which want to manage and optimize, and monitor their IT infrastructure with products from VMware which are tailored for vSphere 5. Make the IT more efficient, more reliable.

In larger enterprises is no longer possible to track for example the financial costs of the IT the way it was done just few years ago. The Computing efficiency and application performances in the cloud environments needs the right tools.  The new tools are necessary to handle those task in a virtual environments where a new Virtual Machine is created every few seconds…

 

System Logging is not configured on ESXi host

ESX Virtualization 27/10/11 6:08 PM Vladan SEGET Server Virtualization ESXi 5 logs destination conf How to configure logs ESXi 5 System Logging is not configured on ESXi host

How-to Get rid of the “System Logging is not configured on ESXi host” message

Usually when it happens is just after a fresh installation on an ESXi 5 host without Direct Attached Storage (DAS).

When you’re running your ESXi 5 server from an USB Flash drive like me in my lab, you might want to configure the destination of syslog messages, otherwise you’ll have a message with yellow triangle on your host saying that System Logging is not configured on ESXi host.

 

Nvidia and VMware partnering to bring Quadro 3D graphics into VMs

ESX Virtualization 28/10/11 6:18 PM Vladan SEGET News Nvidia Quadro NVidia VMware partnership VDI Nvidia Quadro

VMware Partnering with Nvidia.

This is great news for people willing to do some high demand 3D graphics work done by using a Virtual Macines. In fact, VMware has announced a strategic partnership with Nvidia. The partnership between NVIDIA and VMware will enable high quality graphics being delivered to virtual desktops in VMware View 5 and application platforms based on the future AppBlast product, on which I reported in my article here.

 

Host Admission Control: Powering on a VM…

Yellow Bricks 23/10/11 7:49 AM Duncan Epping Server admission control drs ha

I was reading a whitepaper by VKernel and it mentioned the following “a failover host for these VMs requires sufficient idle resources“. In this whitepaper it is discussed how Monster VMs pose challenges for both HA and DRS. As I had a similar question last week at VMworld I figured I would post this. Also because it is fundamental to understand this with regards to HA. Now the thing is, I agree that there is no point in creating large VMs just because you can. Without a doubt do Monster VMs pose challenges with regards to managing resources. However I do want to point out that technically speaking the statement is incorrect.

 

HA & DRS appear disabled when a VM Storage Profile is enabled / disabled

Yellow Bricks 24/10/11 7:48 PM Duncan Epping Storage 5 5.0 drs ha vSphere

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted about an issue with vSphere 5.0. When a VM Storage Profile was disabled / enabled it looked like HA and DRS got disabled as well. After diving in to the problem it appeared that both HA and DRS were still working. It seems that some how the vSphere Client thinks it is disabled. Again, although it looks like it is disabled it is still fully functioning… but indeed it is very confusing. A simple work around would be enabling HA/DRS. This problem has just been published in our Knowledge Base, and hopefully will be addressed soon.

 

Managing resources with HA Admission Control?

Yellow Bricks 26/10/11 10:02 PM Duncan Epping BC-DR Server 5 5.0 drs ha vSphere

Last week at VMworld and on the VMTN community I had a couple of questionsaround resource management and HA Admission Control. It appears people were using HA Admission Control for managing resources within their environment. In other words, the amount of VMs that HA would allow you to restart would be leading for managing resources. But is that what you should do?

 

Update: ESXi 5.0 on HP G7 blades, now a Go?

VMware Front Experience 28/10/11 4:48 AM Andreas Peetz firmware Virtual Connect vSphere 5 HP be2net ESXi 5 G7

About three weeks back I reported on Emulex firmware problems that prevented the use of ESXi 5.0 on HP G7 blade hardware. This was fixed now, somehow... HP has now updated the advisory that describes the issue and published an updated firmware that fixes the VLAN handling problems with ESXi 5.0 if it is used together with the be2net driver 4.0.355.1. Be sure that you read the release notes

 

VMWARE KB ARTICLES

New Articles Published for Week Ending 10/22/11

VMware KB Digest 25/10/11 11:22 PM Richard Blythe Digest

Apache HTTP Server
Writing a support request for Apache HTTP Server (2003727)
Date Published: 10/19/2011

VMware ESX
Settings are lost after installing patch ESX410-201104001 on an ESX 4.1 Update1 host (2004745)

Date Published: 10/20/2011
Hardware Status tab sensors are missing after applying Patch ESX410-201104401 (2005853)
Date Published: 10/21/2011
NFS storage space details in vCenter Server appear blank (2007059)
Date Published: 10/21/2011
Upgrading Cisco Nexus 1000V before upgrading to ESXi 5.0 (2007959)
Date Published: 10/17/2011
Daylight Saving Time (DST) update in Russia, Canada and Netherland Antilles for 2011 (2007992)
Date Published: 10/17/2011
Upgrading VMware Tools on a Windows 2008 R2 system using Update Manager fails with the error: One or more services are disabled (2008031)
Date Published: 10/18/2011
Exporting virtual machine events from the Tasks & Events tab (2008204)
Date Published: 10/21/2011
Amount of free space reported on the host is incorrect in vCenter Server (2008367)
Date Published: 10/21/2011
Unable to install ESX/ESXi with Dell S Class PERC (2007900)
Date Published: 10/17/2011
Powering off the ESX host fails with the error: synchronizing scsi cache for disk sds (2008078)
Date Published: 10/19/2011

VMware ESXi
Unable to customize a guest operating system after upgrading to vSphere 5.0 (2005981)
Date Published: 10/18/2011
Powering on an Apple Mac OS X virtual machine fails with the error: The guest operating system 'darwinGuest' is not supported (2006093)
Date Published: 10/19/2011
Cannot install the vSphere HA (FDM) agent on an ESXi host (2007739)
Date Published: 10/19/2011
HA & DRS appear disabled when a Storage Profile is enabled / disabled on a cluster (2008203)
Date Published: 10/22/2011
VMware ESX/ESXi fails to install, becomes unresponsive during boot, or experiences a purple diagnostic screen when using KVM device (2008215)
Date Published: 10/20/2011
Unable to add a VMFS volume in ESX/ESXi 4.1 (1026315)
Date Published: 10/18/2011
No overlay instance exists for distributed port (2007287)
Date Published: 10/19/2011
VXLAN port initialization fails (2007290)
Date Published: 10/19/2011
VXLAN instance initialization fails (2007294)
Date Published: 10/19/2011
VXLAN IP interface configuration fails (2007296)
Date Published: 10/19/2011
VXLAN multicast groups configuration fails (2007297)
Date Published: 10/19/2011
VXLAN IP interface changed (2007299)
Date Published: 10/19/2011
System logging not configured (2007658)
Date Published: 10/19/2011
Percentage of host memory was retired (2008220)
Date Published: 10/20/2011

VMware Service Manager
Listing all officers that are assigned to an IPK group in VMware Service Manager (2007022)
Date Published: 10/20/2011
Adding resources in the ADM connector in Service Manager fails with the error: Invalid object name 'GROUP_MEMBERSHIP' (2007314)
Date Published: 10/18/2011
Task added to pre-authorised workflow template appears in light blue (2008108)
Date Published: 10/17/2011
The character * accepts any character when applying a Mask in Designer (2008111)
Date Published: 10/18/2011
Formatting issues with KB articles in VMware Service Manager 9.0 (2003575)
Date Published: 10/18/2011
Enabling Single Sign On with Anonymous Access to the Customer Portal (2004545)
Date Published: 10/21/2011
API Bridge fails to create call with the error: The maximum string content length quota (8192) has been exceeded (2004732)
Date Published: 10/19/2011
VMware Service Manager 9.0 request with collapsible sections only prints based on default values set in designer (2004933)
Date Published: 10/19/2011
Officers are restricted from viewing or accessing objects and attachments within calls (2005298)
Date Published: 10/19/2011
Email templates for Knowledge screen sets do not contain MMA URLs (2006353)
Date Published: 10/20/2011
Modifying a component workflow in Service Manager breaks the link to the workflow (2007421)
Date Published: 10/20/2011
Historical reports are deleted when a Service Manager report schedule is deleted (2007762)
Date Published: 10/17/2011

VMware Studio
Error when specifying a character for a key in VMware Studio 2.5: Key is not valid (2004027)
Date Published: 10/20/2011

VMware ThinApp
Microsoft Access Snapshot Viewer does not load when launched by clicking on associated file (2004776)
Date Published: 10/20/2011

VMware ThinStall
32-bit captured Google Chrome fails to load Web pages on a 64-bit operating system (2004805)
Date Published: 10/21/2011

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Software inventory/packages collection fails (2004850)
Date Published: 10/17/2011

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone
P2V conversion of a Windows 2008 R2 machine fails at 96% (2008012)
Date Published: 10/19/2011

VMware vCenter Server
Unable to see files while browsing datastore in Virtual Center (1015650)
Date Published: 10/17/2011
Determining a virtual machine's associated vmx/.vmtx file (2004139)
Date Published: 10/20/2011
One vCenter Server instance not available in Linked Mode (2004720)
Date Published: 10/20/2011
Enabling debug logging for vCenter Server performance overview charts (2005662)
Date Published: 10/21/2011
Installing vCenter Server 5.0 fails with the error: Error 28023. Setup failed to setup VMwareVCMSDS directory service instance (2007755)
Date Published: 10/17/2011
Upgrading from vCenter Server 4.1 to 5.0 fails with the error: Could not write value Version to key "\SOFTWARE\VMware, Inc.\VMware Infrastructure\JRE" (2008087)
Date Published: 10/18/2011
Adding an ESXi 4.1 host task in VMware vCenter Server 5.0.x fails with error: A general system error occurred: internal error (2008366)
Date Published: 10/21/2011
Identifying the host on which a virtual machine is running (2004187)

Date Published: 10/17/2011
VMware VirtualCenter Server service fails to start with the error: Panic: Failed to do early initialization (2005706)
Date Published: 10/19/2011
Discrepancy between data returned from esxtop and resxtop run in batch mode (2008122)
Date Published: 10/17/2011
Affinity or anti-affinity DRS rules are not applied during a virtual machine power-on (2003128)
Date Published: 10/20/2011
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
In a vCenter Site Recovery Manager environment with EMC SRDF Storage Replication Adapter (SRA), the testFailover operation fails (2006183)
Date Published: 10/17/2011
Adding or editing array managers in Site Recovery Manager fails with the error: XML Document Empty (2007567)
Date Published: 10/18/2011
vCenter Site Recovery Manager cannot connect to the remote site after the IP address of the remote site is changed (2008033)
Date Published: 10/17/2011

VMware vCenter Update Manager
The Update Manager service fails immediately after it is started (2004830)
Date Published: 10/21/2011
Cannot upgrade Cisco Nexus 1000V module on ESXi host configured with NFS backed scratch (2004978)
Date Published: 10/21/2011

VMware vCloud Director
Installing the second vCloud Director cell fails with the error: Error: file could not be found: /root/responses.properties (2007875)
Date Published: 10/18/2011
Packet loss during data transfer between virtual machines when using the vCloud Director network interface (2007087)
Date Published: 10/18/2011

VMware vFabric Hyperic Server
Viewing log files for a tc Server runtime in Hyperic Server (2008086)
Date Published: 10/17/2011

VMware View Manager
View desktops fail to be deleted in Windows 2008 Active Directory (1028336)
Date Published: 10/21/2011
Keyboard and mouse stop functioning in a View PCoIP session (2004738)
Date Published: 10/20/2011
View Volatile Environment Variables not shown with the SET command (2004779)
Date Published: 10/21/2011
Unable to connect to PCoIP when using an F5 Load Balancer with View 4.6 Security Servers (2004826)
Date Published: 10/21/2011
Correct value for ViewClient_Machine_Name is not present in the Agent registry when logging into the Agent from another Client (2004973)
Date Published: 10/21/2011
Understanding the View_Events database tables and View Manager Events viewer in VMware View Manager (2007095)
Date Published: 10/17/2011
Domain authentication fails when logging into a desktop installed with the View agent (2007946)
Date Published: 10/20/2011
Audio is disabled in VMware View sessions on Windows 7 (2008224)
Date Published: 10/21/2011
Connecting to View Composer times out or fails (2005725)

Date Published: 10/19/2011

VMware vShield
vShield Manager Web interface does not update (2007082)
Date Published: 10/18/2011

VMware vSphere Management Assistant
Changing the location where vilogger stores VMware ESX/ESXi and vCenter Server log files (2007914)
Date Published: 10/17/2011

VMware vSphere SDK for Perl
Higher CPU utilization observed during call to login and find_entity_view with an increased log in time using Perl Toolkit (2004602)
Date Published: 10/20/2011

VMware Workstation
Changing a monolithic disk to a split disk in VMware Workstation (2006898)
Date Published: 10/18/2011

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