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
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.
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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:
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VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS
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.
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 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 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:
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!
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 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 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:
VMware Blogs 3/11/11 1:49 PM
Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, VMware
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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)
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professional VMware 4/11/11 11:27 PM bunchc BrownBag BrownBagRecording Cisco networking VCAP vxlan damian karlson recording
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Blogs 1/11/11 10:57 AM
Apache Tomcat 7