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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

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