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From the editors Virtual Desk

Newsletter 2 for 2012 and already the month is flying by and there is so much news. I have been busy writing a new blog post for the APJ Tam Blog which I am the custodian of. I really wanted to write this particular posting for a while as it is something that I am asked so often. The basic premise is that when you are moving from a physical to a virtual environment how do you measure for performance. There are so many schools of thought with this kid of migration and either it is done without much concern or there are so many variables and people involved that it can become a nightmare. In any case I have tried to give my opinion on how I approach this.

As I mentioned last week I have recently completed my VCP 5 which now makes me eligible for my VCAP certification. I am most interested in the DCD which is the Datacenter Design stream. My plan is to attend the vSphere Design workshop (see below for more details) and then within about a month sit the exam and see how things go. I am quite apprehensive about this as the exam does seem very hard but I am making it my goal this year to do the VCAP so I need to start somewhere.

Enjoy the newsletter, and feel free to send me your feedback on anything that you want and I will be sure to respond.

Warm Wishes

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)

Queensland Technical Account Manager

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VMWARE EDUCATION

VCP 5 Promo

Be among the first to earn the newest VMware certification - VCP5

The launch of vSphere 5 comes with nearly 200 new and enhanced capabilities, and will continue to set the standard in virtualization and cloud computing, delivering better application performance and availability for all business-critical applications. Therefore it is important for you and your organization to be equipped with the latest knowledge and skills needed to operate your virtual environment.

 

Why be a VMware Certified Professional (VCP)?

1. Achieving the VCP certification confirms that you have the education needed to successfully install, deploy, scale and manage VMware vSphere environments.

2. Obtain the latest VMware certification and meet the continuous demand for VMware Certified Professionals in the industry.

3. Distinguish yourself in the market with a certification that validates your technical capabilities.

Speak to your TAM for more information.

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

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VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS

VMware Security Blog: vShield Automation

Automation is a powerful tool, with automation we can not only make our lives as administrators easier and less cumbersome but also enable products to do things automagically that they never could do before.

This quote which I really liked, can be attributed to VMware's very own Alan Renouf.  Alan is somewhat of an automation genius here at VMware, putting together all kinds of cool scripts and workflows to do all kinds of neat stuff.  Well he has taken his skills and applied them to the vShield REST APIs, and has graciously made the work that he has done available for all to leverage.

VMware ThinApp Blog: Optimize the package size without deleting project content..

One of our recommendations is to clean up your project folder, getting rid of unnecessary content like installer cache.. One problem by doing that to early in the packaging phase is that you might need to perform self-repair on the package (ending up in the Sandbox and sbmerge it to the project folder). So one option can be to use build exclusion list. There is a documented parameter (package.ini reference guide can be found here) that will tell the build process to skip certain files, while still remaining in your project folder, making your package smaller.

VMware ThinApp Blog: In-place update usage in practice..

In-place updates (also called integer update or side-by-side update) is one of ThinApp’s strongest features when it comes to deploy updates to a package in full production with zero downtime (more details on different update mechanism can be found here).
During an In-Place update discussion with Steven Storrs @ Atos came we up with the following scenario I never had thought about before.. Let me explain it with a step by step demonstration..We’ll use my favorite packaged software, Mozilla Firefox for demonstration purposes..

VMware vSphere Blog: EMC implements VAAI NAS for their VNX

Last month, EMC became the first VMware storage partner to release a VAAI NAS plugin. VAAI, the vSphere Storage APIs for Array Integration, allows the ESXi to offload certain storage tasks to the storage array, freeing up the VMkernel to do other tasks. We had this functionality for block devices since vSphere 4.1. However support for NAS devices only came in vSphere 5.0, and unlike block, this feature required partners to create a plugin to use the feature.

VMware ThinApp Blog: In-Place Update using a separate Data Container..

Within your ThinApp project can you configure it to create one single self-containing file or to break out the Data Container into a separate file so you end up having one or multiple Entry Points and one Data Container file, together acting as your whole package (more details on Entry Points and Data Containers)..
What does this mean when we want to use In-Place Updates (also known as Side-By-Side or Integer Updates) on the package?

VMware vSphere Blog: Detaching a datastore or storage device from multiple ESXi 5.0 hosts

Regular readers will be aware of the All Paths Down scenario, and the adverse affect it can have on your virtual infrastructure. Many enhancements were made to vSphere 5.0 to handle this scenario, including the introduction of the PDL (Permanent Device Loss) condition. You can read more about the improvements in one of my vSphere 5.0 blogs here.

VMware Accelerate: To Meter or Not to Meter: That is the Question

I recently read a blog post discussing feedback from CIOs regarding the benefit of chargeback. Specifically, there were comments on both sides of the issue: some saying the costs of metering outweigh any benefits, while others say it’s impossible to manage without controls. To be fair, the shared services model does present a set of challenges.

VMware Global Alliances Blog: Creating a Secure Hybrid Cloud Strategy with VMware vCloud Services

Enterprise IT departments are facing increasing pressure to say “yes” to the business more often. They must provide better, faster service to their users while at the same time reducing costs. Given the sizeable investment of providing and managing the IT infrastructure that supports day-to-day operations, companies are taking a closer look at how to deliver IT services more cost effectively to the lines of business these services support. At the same time, CIOs are beginning to realize the strategic implications of the cloud and its ability to change the way they do business.

vCenter Orchestrator Blog: vCO Multi-Node plug-in

Because no vCO can be left behind...

In many cases we need more than one vCO to manage different infrastructures with similar means (for example one vCO per datacenter). However this brings additional overhead in using  different vCOs and keeping them up to date. The answer to these  problems is the newly released vCO Multi-Node plug-in. It covers the following  use cases:

VMware vSphere Blog: Using Reverse Web Proxy with Auto Deploy

Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, VMware

In the vSphere Installation and Setup guide on page 98 under the section heading "Auto Deploy Load Management Best Practices" it mentions using reverse web proxies to help distribute the auto deploy workload.

VROOM!: VMware vCloud Director 1.5 Performance and Best Practices

VMware vCloud Director gives enterprise organizations the ability to build secure private clouds that dramatically increase datacenter efficiency and business agility. Lots of new features have been added to vCloud Director 1.5 to accelerate application delivery in the cloud. In this paper, we discuss some of the features of the vCloud Director 1.5 release, performance characterizations including latency trends, resource consumptions, sizing guidelines and hardware requirements, and performance tuning tips.

SPRINGSOURCE AND CLOUD FOUNDRY BLOG

 

VMWARE TV BLOG

 

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)

VSI 5.1 Issue and Fixes

As you might have already seen (Chad broke the news here, Itzik has more details here), EMC has released version 5.1 of the Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI), the vCenter plugin available to customers at no additional charge. I won’t revisit all the new features; rather, I wanted to bring to your attention a late-discovered issue with the VSI 5.1 release. If this information hasn’t already made it into the Release Notes, it should be there soon (there’s also an EMC Primus case being created).

What Does FCoE Have To Do With VM Mobility?

I recently read over Stephen Foskett’s Eight Unresolved Questions About FCoE article, in which he outlines eight topics that should be addressed/prioritized in order to make FCoE, in his words, “truly world-class”.

VMware vCenter Database Pre-Upgrade Checker tool 1.0 released

Pre-Upgrade Checker

Upgrading VMware vCenter SQL Database? Try this tool before the upgrade process.

How-to install VMware Tools in Linux VM Video

Step-by-step installation of VMware Tools in CentOS linux VM.

This video comes form VMware KB article 1018414 and show you the step-by-step installation of VMware tools in the guest OS which is a CentOS linux VM.

How to share files between VMs when network connection is restricted

Quick tip on sharing files between VMs without network connection.

When you want share files between VMs which do have a restricted network access. There are two elegant ways (there might be more) to do it.

Flash VDI Calculator 2.7 released

New update of Free Flash VDI Calculator – v 2.7 brigs new features.

New update to the free tool by Andre Leibovici.  Flash VDI calculator is an online tool (in Flash interface) to help you size your VDI projects. The tool is part of my Free Tools page here.  Have a look at the online manual at Andre’s blog.

VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions – upcoming book

This book will guide you on a complete planning process with designing optimized VMware View 5 VDI solution. The book is meant to be used in the early process when the planning and designing process takes place. Guide for architects, solution providers, consultants, engineers etc..   but there are some real case scenarios included as well.

vCenter DRS rules bug when downgrading license

Normaly when installing a vSphere environment for new customers, I wait with entering the correct licenses until the environment is ready and can be moved to production. Until today I never ran into any issues with that since most of our customers buy Enterprise or Enterprise Plus edition. Today I discovered that after entering a vSphere Standard license, you might run into an issue with DRS where the affinity rules stay in effect.

VMware View Pool Membership Management using PowerCLI

I have been recently tasked with delivering automation and orchestration that goes beyond VMware View capabilities today. As part of this PoC I have been working with EMC resident enterprise management and PowerShell Guru Clint Kitson @clintonskitsonto address few of the shortcomings.

VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions [The Book]

Looks like we finally have a face for our book. Jason Langone and I have been on and off working on this VDI book.

LG Android running VMware Horizon Mobile hands-on

Deploy a Corporate Profile on Employee-owned Devices

Enforce security and compliance policies. With VMware MVP, a personal profile and a corporate profile can securely and simultaneously run on the same device in isolated containers. Corporate applications and data are securely isolated from an employee’s personal profile.

Storage Design and Implementation in vSphere 5.0 - The Rough Cuts

The Rough Cuts service from Safari Books Online gives you exclusive access to an evolving manuscript that you can read online or download as a PDF and print. A Rough Cuts book is not fully edited or completely formatted, but you'll get access to new versions as they are created.

Video - Install vSphere Syslog Collector and configure ESXi logging

Logging in vSphere 5.0 has been significantly enhanced. You now have fine-grained control over system logs, the location where logs are sent, and, for each log, default size and rotation policy. You can set up logging with the vSphere Client or with the esxcli system syslog command and the PowerCLI VMHostSysLogServer Commandlets. You can also set up logging behaviour for a host by using the Host Profiles interface in the vSphere Client and can then import that host profile into other hosts.

EMC – naviseccli – Getting LUN info from Analyzer stats

Analyzer emc heatmap LUN naviseccli Pool Private san

So Mat was working on some new features for the DIY Heatmap, or whatever it’s called, and came across this, er, issue with Analyzer.

EMC – DIY Heatmaps – Updated Version

Mat has done an updated version of the heatmaps script for CLARiiON with LUN info and good things like that. You can download it here. Updated release notes can be found here. A sample of the output is here. Enjoy, and feel free to send requests for enhancements.

vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) 5.0 – Active Directory Integration

I’ve talked about vMA and Active Directory (AD) integration before, also upgrading and troubleshooting it. This time out, we’re going to talk about doing this on vMA 5.0. I’ll start with the assumption that you’ve deployed vMA already.

SRM Communications – TCP 80/443

One of my readers recently contacted me about how SRM communicates to vCenter both during an install, and then afterwards once the service is up and running. The odd thing is this… During the install the communication to vCenter appears to be non-secured on TCP port 80, but after the install is on the secured port of TCP 443… In the book I conjecture that some redirection takes place, its actually a little bit more sophisticated than that…

VMjuggler–the #PowerCLI version

I was tasked with testing the throughput of the vMotion network between two hosts - to see how much of the throughput was / could be used. Now I remembered that there was an application that someone had wrote to simulate vMotions between hosts - so I put the question out to Twitter

Using Console2 with PowerShell and PowerCLI

I may be a late comer to this app but there is a cool free app here called Console2.  I am now using it for the quick work I need to do in PowerCLI and PowerShell, the stuff I dont need to save or need an editor for.

Its great as a portable app, I have it in my DropBox folder and its syncd between my PC’s as well as being on a USB key so I can use it from anywhere.

PowerCLI Android and iPhone App

A while back I found an iPhone and iPad app which allowed you to reference the PowerCLI Cmdlets, this is quite useful when you are on the move and need a quick reference.

Today I came across a similar app for the android and also iPhone and wanted to share it.

vPowerCLI5 Reference is an app for Android which can be downloaded from here:

Android: http://droidmill.com/vpowercli5-reference-405917.html#.Txgq7ZiE6-8

iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vpowercli5-reference/id489731144?mt=8

Why selecting the correct OS when creating/upgrading a VM is important

I had a discussion yesterday about why one would care about changing the “OS” type for a VM when it is upgraded, or even during the provisioning of a VM. I guess the obvious one is that a VM is “customized / optimized” based on this information from a hardware perspective. Another one that many people don’t realize is that when you initiate a VMware Tools install or Upgrade the information provided in the “Guest Operating System” (VM properties, Options, General Options) is used to mount the correct file. As you can see in the screenshot below, I selected “Windows 2008″ but actually installed Ubuntu, when I wanted to install VMware Tools the Windows binaries popped up. So make sure you update this info correctly,

Enabling Hot-Add by default? /cc @gabvirtualworld

Gabe asked the question on one of my recent posts if it made sense to enable Hot-Add by default and if there was an impact/overhead?

No Jumbo frames on your Management Network!

I was just reading some of the comments posted today and Marc Sevigny, one of the vSphere HA developers, pointed out something which I did not know. I figured this is probably something that many are not aware of so I copied and pasted his comment:

Another thing to check if you experience this error is to see if you have jumbo frames enabled on the management network, since this interferes with HA communication.

This is document here in a note: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2006729

Avoid changing your VMs IP in a DR procedure…

I was thinking about one of the most challenging aspects with DR procedures, IP changes. This is a very common problem. Although changing the IP address of a VM is usually straight forward it doesn’t mean that this is propagated to the application layer. Many applications use hardcoded IP addresses and changing these is usually a huge challenge.

VMWARE VCAP CERTIFICATION

VCAP Study Group in Asia in February

Pivot Point 19/01/12 1:07 PM drummonds Uncategorized training vcap vcdx vcp

In the past couple of years the industry recognized that a single VMware certification–the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) –was not sufficient to encompass the wide range of competencies customers’ VMware teams require. The introduction of theVMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) recognized the pinnacle of VMware design knowledge. But a wide chasm remained between VCP and VCDX.

http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=16658&ui=www_cert

Upon accomplishing VMware Certified Professional on VMware vSphere 4 (VCP4) you are eligible to pursue our intermediate level certification: VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP). Available in Datacenter Administration and/or Datacenter Design, this program is appropriate for VCP4s that are ready to further enhance their skills with the virtual infrastructure and add new, industry recognized credentials to their list of accomplishments

VMware Certified Advanced Professional on vSphere 4 – Datacenter Design

The VCAP-DCD is directed toward IT Architects and Consulting Architects who are capable of designing VMware solutions in a multi-site, large enterprise environment.  They have a deep understanding both of VMware core components and their relation to storage and networking, and also of datacenter design methodologies. They also possess knowledge of applications and physical infrastructure, as well as their relationship to the virtual infrastructure.

VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V4.x]

http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/courses.cfm?ui=www_cert&a=one&id_subject=13754

DRBC Design - Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Fundamentals

http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrreg/courses.cfm?ui=www_edu&a=one&id_subject=20313

VMWARE KB ARTICLES

VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 1/14/12

VMware Blogs 16/01/12 11:53 PM

Apache HTTP Server
Configuring access controls for the FTP module included with Apache HTTP Server (2011318)
Date Published: 1/12/2012

Shavlik NetChk Protect
VMware vCenter™ Protect Essentials Plus 8.0 Patch 1 Release (2011943)
Date Published: 1/12/2012

VMware ESX
The Change datastore option in Storage vMotion does a vMotion compatibility check if virtual machines on multiple hosts are selected (2004901)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Using nfsstat3 to troubleshoot NFS error: Failed to get object: No connection (2010132)
Date Published: 1/10/2012
Duplicate Dynamic Disks show up as Missing in Windows Disk Manager after removing a snapshot (2006279)
Date Published: 1/12/2012

VMware ESXi
ESXi 5.0 issues with PXE booting virtual machines with Citrix Provisioning Server (2008436)
Date Published: 1/10/2012
Cannot log in to ESXi 5.0 hosts in a large domain environment using Active Directory user accounts (2011543)
Date Published: 1/11/2012
vSphere HA (FDM) agent fails to install on an ESXi host when network traffic throughput between ESXi and vCenter Server is insufficient (2011688)
Date Published: 1/11/2012
VMware Tools unrecoverable error: (vthread-3)  Exception 0xc0000094 has occurred (2011950)
Date Published: 1/13/2012
Hardware status tab does not show information for an ESX/ESXi 4.0 host until after a reboot of the host (2011592)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Creating a new datastore fails with the error: An error occurred during host configuration (2007328)
Date Published: 1/11/2012
On Linux, vCLI installer error results when CPAN is unable to install Perl modules (2011425)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Registered pseudo devices displayed as "Unknown Unknown" (2011733)
Date Published: 1/12/2012

VMware Service Manager
Enabling Integrated Security within VMware Service Manager (2003750)
Date Published: 1/10/2012
Unable to search for customers in the Customer QD field in Service Manager using the ",firstname" format (2010721)
Date Published: 1/9/2012
Service Manager IPK Workflow rules do not get activated when a call is saved (2010770)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Officer cannot take ownership of a request generated through the Service Manager customer portal (2010800)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Linking a request and selecting the Copy Details option in Service Manager fails with the error: Navigation to the page was cancelled (2010930)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Control buttons for Calls as well as the Info Panel are missing from Call screen on one or more calls. (2011017)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Service Manager allows officers to add Forum Officers to calls for which they are not the current officer (2011086)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Close Reason in the Service Manager Call Close screen disappears when calls are forwarded for closure (2011299)
Date Published: 1/9/2012
VMware Service Manager fails to send email notifications after completing workflow tasks (2011301)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Requests/task message templates in Service Manager Designer show bad field descriptions (2011337)
Date Published: 1/9/2012
Updated link in the history of a Knowledge Base article does not show the correct information (2011430)
Date Published: 1/10/2012
Color changes in the Styles tab of Service Manager Designer affect all calls instead of only the previewed call (2011591)
Date Published: 1/9/2012
Officers are not listed in alphabetical order in the Service Manager Call Forward screen (2011090)
Date Published: 1/9/2012
Opening a Service Manager report exported to Microsoft Excel fails with the error: Excel found unreadable content in 'ReportName.xls' (2011492)
Date Published: 1/9/2012

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Scheduling a patch deployment in vCenter Configuration Manager fails with an Internet Explorer script error (2011280)
Date Published: 1/9/2012
vCenter Configuration Manager collections fail when collecting file system data with large number of nested folders and files (2011303)
Date Published: 1/10/2012
vCenter Configuration Manager collections in an Oracle Linux system fails (2011298)
Date Published: 1/9/2012
Clearing failed assessment jobs in vCenter Configuration Manager (2011740)
Date Published: 1/14/2012

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone
P2V fails at 99% for RHEL 6 using VMware vCenter Converter 5.0 (2007355)
Date Published: 1/11/2012

VMware vCenter Operations Standard
Password and alias value(s) when installing Custom SSL Certificate in VMware vCenter Operations Standard 1.0.x (2003036)
Date Published: 1/13/2012
Enabling SSH/SCP on the vCenter Operations Standard appliance (2011420)
Date Published: 1/11/2012

VMware vCenter Server
Historical performance data in vCenter Server does not get saved (2011523)
Date Published: 1/10/2012
Accessing the Storage View tab in vCenter Server fails with the error: The storage service is not initialized (2006964)
Date Published: 1/13/2012
vSphere HA agent is unreachable and the Summary tab of the ESXi host reports the error: vSphere HA reports that an agent is in the Agent Unreachable state (2011192)

Date Published: 1/12/2012
Adding an ESX/ESXi 4.x host to vCenter Server 5.0 fails with the error: The evaluation Mode license assigned to Host <Hostname> has expired (2011655)
Date Published: 1/11/2012

VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Cannot login to the vCenter Server Appliance using the vSphere Client or vSphere Web Client after joining to Active Directory (2008986)
Date Published: 1/12/2012

VMware vCenter Update Manager
Downloading patches with VMware vCenter Update Manager fails to one of the selected sources (2009000)
Date Published: 1/9/2012

VMware vCloud Connector
Cannot change the name of the vCloud Connector 1.5 appliance (2010799)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Temporary vApp template not deleted from vCloud Director source after using vCloud Connector to copy [v. 1.5 only] (2011910)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Using vCloud Connector to copy a vApp from Public catalog in vCD fails  [v. 1.5 only] (2011911)
Date Published: 1/12/2012

VMware vCloud Director
Manually installing/uninstalling the vCloud Director host agent on an ESXi host (2003486)
Date Published: 1/13/2012
Unable to access the vCloud Director Web Interface (2004116)
Date Published: 1/13/2012
vCloud Director Web interface displays erroneous entries when an LDAP-based Organization Administrator creates a catalog or catalog item (2007153)
Date Published: 1/10/2012
SSL certificate error when uploading an OVF/OVA in vCloud Director behind a Load Balancer (2007157)
Date Published: 1/13/2012
Performing long running vCloud Director tasks fail and report the error: java.net.SocketException: Connection reset or java.net.SocketException: Read timed out (2007340)
Date Published: 1/10/2012
After upgrading to vCloud Director 1.5, creating and deploying vShield Edge devices fail with the error: Creating/configuring the VR failed (2007520)
Date Published: 1/10/2012
Powering on a vApp in vCloud Director fails with the error: Unable to start the VM resource pool" conversion="p" (2008167)
Date Published: 1/10/2012
Creating a routed network in vCloud Director fails with the error: Code : 70509, Description : Unable to create vShield Edge VM (2010225)
Date Published: 1/10/2012
Unable to change the DNS settings in vCloud Director on an Organization vDC (2010457)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Character limitations in vCloud Director 1.5 (2011305)
Date Published: 1/11/2012
Starting vCloud Director fails with the error: Unable to connect to database (2006171)
Date Published: 1/10/2012
Deleting a datastore in vCloud Director fails with the error: integrity constraint (VCLOUDUSER.DATASTORE_MANAGEDMEDIA_FK1) violated (2006252)
Date Published: 1/13/2012
vCloud Director logs report the error: Unknown VLAN type received from portSetting %s (2006833)
Date Published: 1/13/2012
Creating a Provider vDC in vCloud Director fails with the error: Cannot create a folder named <name> in VirtualCenter inventory <group-v##> (2006891)
Date Published: 1/13/2012
Creating a new provider vDC in vCloud Director fails with the error: Cannot complete login due to an incorrect user name or password (2006893)
Date Published: 1/13/2012
Starting vCloud Director fails with the error: Could not bind network port: 80 (2006172)
Date Published: 1/10/2012

VMware vFabric Enterprise Ready Server
Enabling public user directories and cgi-bin directories in Apache HTTP Server, vFabric Enterprise Ready Server, and vFabric Web Server (2010978)
Date Published: 1/9/2012

VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent
Starting Hyperic services at the system boot time (2010808)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Setting up the vFabric Hyperic Agent using the hq-agent.sh setup command fails with the error: Invalid Java Home detected (2011282)
Date Published: 1/12/2012

VMware vFabric Hyperic Server
Getting OutOfMemoryError errors in server.log when starting vFabric Hyperic Server (1027974)
Date Published: 1/12/2012

VMware View Manager
Provisioning View desktops fail due to customization timeout errors (2007319)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Physical machine converted to a virtual machine causes errors during provisioning when used as the parent to a linked clone pool. (2007505)
Date Published: 1/10/2012
Upgrading the View Agent results in system failure and a blue screen error (2007691)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Installing VMware View Mac Client on non-Intel based Macs fails (2007701)
Date Published: 1/10/2012
Changing the virtual printer color setting in a View session has no effect on printing (2008269)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Running the VMware View Powershell cmdlet Get-DesktopVM exits with error: Unexpected error in Admin backend service:null (2009246)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Windows 7 KMS activation fails on View virtual desktops (2009481)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Documentation for configuring RSA SecurID for VMware View (2003455)
Date Published: 1/11/2012
Deploying an SSL Certificate Chain for View Connection Server and Security Server (2011848)
Date Published: 1/10/2012
Installing the View Client fails with error: Setup cannot continue. The Microsoft Runtime DLL installer failed to complete installation (2007225)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
View support for one-way trust between Active Directory domains (2007390)
Date Published: 1/12/2012

VMware vShield
Licensing vApps (2011249)
Date Published: 1/11/2012

VMware vShield Endpoint
Unmanaged vShield Endpoint 1.0 components remain after upgrading vShield Manager from 4.1 to 5.0 (2011482)
Date Published: 1/11/2012

VMware vSphere Web Services SDK
The vendorId, subVendorId, deviceId, and subDeviceId in the WSDL platform are incorrectly represented as xsd:short (2011773)
Date Published: 1/12/2012

VMware Workstation
Audio distorted in Windows 7, Vista and Windows 2008 server virtual machines on VMware Workstation 8 (2012007)
Date Published: 1/13/2012

ZCS Network Edition
MySQL crash recovery in Zimbra Collaboration Server (2004899)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Understanding Logger in Zimbra Collaboration Server 6.x and 7.x (2004903)
Date Published: 1/10/2012
Connection to Zimbra database fails with error: ERROR 1044: Access denied for user (2007313)

Date Published: 1/12/2012

Zimbra Collaboration Appliance
VMware Zimbra support information  (2000288)
Date Published: 1/13/2012

Zimbra Collaboration Server
Using Log4j to configure mailboxd logging in Zimbra Colloboration Server (2004904)
Date Published: 1/12/2012
Log files in Zimbra Collaboration Server (2004905)
Date Published: 1/11/2012

From the editors Virtual Desk

Hi everyone and welcome to the first VMware TAM newsletter for 2012. I hope that you had a wonderful festive season and managed to have some relaxing time doing whatever makes you happy. I had a very relaxing time spent with my family. I did manage to sneak in some VMware during this time.

I decided to do my VCP 5 which I completed successfully to ensue that I am able to best assist my customers. I have added some VCP 5 study links info into the newsletter which I will leave in for a while to assist you if you are planning on doing this certification. My plan for this year is to try and do the VCAP-DCD exam. I am not sure how this will go but I will be including a section on this we well over the coming weeks.

I am really looking forward to this year in virtualization and I think that if we look back at last year for any indication we are in for one amazing ride in 2012.

Please enjoy the newsletter and feel free to let me know if you have anything you wish to comment on, contribute or of course complain about and I will be sure to do my best to assist you.

Warm 2012 Wishes

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
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VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS

vCenter Orchestrator Blog: Auto Deploy plug-in

The Auto Deploy plug-in allows simplified and automated provisioning of physical hosts with ESXi software by interacting with Auto Deploy server. The user is able to browse rules and rule sets defined within the Auto Deploy server, configured public depots and all available host profiles within the vCenter Server that can be used. The plug-in provides a set of pre-defined workflows for Auto Deploy hosts configuration, public depots configuration, rules management, answer files management and reprovisioning of ESXi hosts.

Using Auto Deploy plug-in together with vCenter Server plug-in users can benefit from pre-defines workflows by decreasing the effort and time of provisioning and reprovisioning of stateless hosts with ESXi software.


A handy KB re Build and Version Numbers

For those that have not seen this it is a handy reference for you and customers. As you know in many display areas of ESX and vCenter it only ever shows the build number or the version number but rarely the two together, this is the list that correlates the two.

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014508

 

VMware Support Insider: What are we Missing?

This morning while going about my duties monitoring various social media I picked up a Tweet from a customer indicating he had just gotten past a particularly nagging problem during one of his upgrades. What caught my eye being a representative of the Knowledge Management team here at VMware was the fact that he cited a blog post (not one of ours) as having the fix he needed, and as well, pointing out that his problem was not found in our Knowledgebase.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Automating Datastore/Storage Device Detachment in vSphere 5

Prior to vSphere 5, unpresenting a LUN from a set of ESX(i) hosts was not the easiest of tasks, as it took several steps that included masking rules on an ESX(i) host before and after the removal of a LUN (see this KB for more information). In vSphere 5, this process has been simplified by introducing an “unmount” datastore operation and “detach” storage device operation in the vSphere Client.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: How much storage can I present to a Virtual Machine?

This is an interesting question, and something which popped up in some recent discussions. This is nothing more than a math exercise considering that a VM can have 4 SCSI controllers and 15 devices per controller, but the numbers are still quite interesting. Let's look at what options you have. The following is true for all the Virtual SCSI Controllers that are supported on VMs at this time (LSILogic, BUSLogic & PVSCSI).

 

vCO Team: vCloud Director blocking tasks and notifications integration with vCO implementation

You may already have seen the theory on how to extend vCloud Director capabilities with vCenter Orchestrator, you may even have completed the first steps to do it following this tutorial. What about having a complete real use case implementation example such as a vApp Approval, adding Windows VM in Active Directory ? It is now available.

 

VMware End User Computing: Updated Optimization Scripts for Windows 7 Desktops in a VMware View Implementation

By Tina de Benedictis, End User Computing, Technial Marketing

In a virtual desktop environment, optimizing desktops provides users with the best performance and reduces the load on virtual machine hosts and storage.  In the past, VMware has provided IT desktop administrators with scripts to optimize desktop images in a VMware View implementation.

With VMware View 5, we have added a user profile management feature: View Persona Management. This feature requires that you turn on the Volume Shadow Copy service (VSS), which was disabled in p revious optimization scripts. We have enhanced the scripts in the VMware View Optimization Guide for Windows 7 so you can optimize desktops for a View 5 Persona Management implementation. Optimization scripts are now provided for desktops in a View implementation either with or without Persona Management. In addition, we provide a script to convert previously optimized Windows 7 View desktops so they are ready for Persona Management in View 5.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Planned migration in SRM will fail if you mix protected VMs with unprotected VMs on your datastores

I've seen a few people looking at ways to optimize their disk utilization, and a few times people have looked at putting VMs onto datastores that are replicated and have VMs protected by SRM, even if they do not want or intend to protect these new VMs.

This is a Very Bad Idea (tm) for a number of reasons - first of all it will create administrative burden.  You'll get alerts and warnings about unprotected VMs that you'll need to address and this may cause confusion or cause people to do... unanticipated things.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Understanding the Auto Deploy Components

I often get asked to help clarify the different components needed to implement Auto Deploy.   Auto Deploy is a little unique from other vSphere features in that it is an amalgamation of several different technologies, some that are specific to vSphere (i.e. vCenter, Host Profiles, PowerCLI) and others are not (i.e. gPXE, DHCP, TFTP).

 

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: PowerCLI 5.0.1 Released with vCloud Director Automation

Today PowerCLI 5.0.1 has been released. Normally with a .0.1 release you will see small bug fixes and performance increases. This is the case with this release, there are indeed bug fixes and performance increases but there is also something very exciting… PowerShell Cmdlets for managing VMware’s cloud solution – VMware vCloud Director.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Mike Laverick's SRM 5.0 Book

Just got my hands on a copy fresh off the presses of Mike Laverick's new SRM book "Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0".

This book looks great!  494 pages of detailed technical hands-on material for administering SRM 5.

Some topics at a high level:

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5 Wins InfoWorld's 2012 Technology of the Year Award!

InfoWorld's 2012 Technology of the Year Awards were officially announced this morning. InfoWorld presents the winners in a 25-slide presentation, featuring vSphere on slide 22 (the winners are listed in alphabetical order by company). The exact link is below:

InfoWorld (1.9.12): InfoWorld's 2012 Technology of the Year Award Winners, By InfoWorld Test Center

http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/24605/infoworlds-2012-technology-the-year-award-winners-183313?source=fssr#slide1

 

VMware vSphere Blog: How to get started with the vCloud SDKs in less than 5mins

Are you interested in trying out one of our three vCloud SDKs (Java, .NET and PHP)? Check out the videos below that show you how to get started in under 5minutes! You can find additional resources by visiting each of our vCloud SDK community forums including more sample codes.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Avoiding replication of swap and page

When replicating VMs for recovery with SRM you may want to prevent replication of stuff like page and swap.  Sometimes it's actually strongly recommended by the replication vendor, sometimes you just don't want to consume the network bandwidth it takes to replicate these non-critical systems.

 

VMware Global Alliances Blog: 5 Must Haves For Your Virtualization Toolbox

Posted by Jeff Cato
CoreVault V.P. of  Marketing

How many of you reading this have a tool box in your garage? In fact, I don't know of anyone that doesn't have one. If you have ever fixed or built something, then you were forced to get one and stock it with at least a few tools at some point in your life. The same will be true whenever your business decides to put its servers, apps and data in the Cloud. You will need certain tools to help make both the transition to and experience in the Cloud a successful one.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: N:1 VRMS and auto-assigning VRS with vSphere Replication

Hi everyone, hope you had a good new year's! 

I've seen a few questions recently with regards to setting up shared-recovery with vSphere Replication and thought it'd be a good time to hit on one or two fairly straightforward ones.

When setting up a many-to-one scenario with SRM and vSphere Replication, how many VRMS servers need to be set up to support the N:1 model?

 

VMware Support Insider: vCenter Database Pre-Upgrade Checker Released

In the past, upgrading versions of VirtualCenter or vCenter Server sometimes meant a time consuming call into Tech Support because of an issue here or there related to the SQL databases that support these products.

 

VMware vCloud Blog: The Public Cloud Diaries Part IV – How the Software Industry Has Benefited from the Public Cloud

Thanks for following our series on the Public Cloud Diaries – an ongoing project that showcases the various business situations and challenges that companies have experienced when moving to the public cloud. In our fourth installment, we’ll be sharing the stories of five companies in the Software Industry and their journey to the public cloud.

 

vCenter Orchestrator Blog: Seamless integration with PowerCLI and PowerShell plug-in

The initial setup and main use cases of Powershell Plug-in for vCenter Orchestrator could be found in the previous post here .

In addition, PowerShell plug-in being able to run any PowerShell script doesn’t need some special things to work with PowerCLI scripts. The only thing one should do is to call the “AddPsSnapin” with “VMware.VimAutomation.Core” and it would be possible to use such cmdlets and scripts.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: What's the difference between an API vs SDK?

If you are not a developer or programmer, the term API and SDK maybe foreign words to you. If you have heard of either of these words, often times they are miss-used or used interchangeably with one or another which can cause confusion. So what is an API and SDK?

 

VMware Security Blog: VMware CP&C announces major content release for VCM!

The VMware Center for Policy and Compliance (CP&C) is pleased to announce our latest content update for FISMA, GLBA, HIPAA, and SOX in vCenter Configuration Manager ™ (VCM).

Based off DISA’s last major release, we have now updated critical compliance requirements across several verticals.

 

VMware ThinApp Blog: Enabling "Send As Email Attachment" in ThinApp packages when Outlook is installed natively

Here are the procedures for how to get a ThinApp packaged application such as Visio 2007 to work with a natively installed Outlook:

 

VMware End User Computing: VMware View Client Now Live on Amazon Appstore for Android!

VMware View Client for Android makes it easy to access your Windows virtual desktop from your Android with the best possible user experience on a Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN).  Now download it for free from the Amazon Appstore for Android, making it even easier to install on your Kindle Fire!

 

SPRINGSOURCE AND CLOUD FOUNDRY BLOG

 

Simplified Application Deployment With Cloud Foundry “Manifest”

Today, we added a new feature to Cloud Foundry command line tool (‘VMC’) that makes it easier to automate application deployments. The new feature, called “manifests”,  describe applications in human-editable manifest documents. Manifest documents can describe anything from a simple “Hello World” app to complex multi-app hierarchies with inter-application dependencies and service binding information.  The manifests feature not only adds ease-of-use to VMC, it also ensures consistency and reproducibility of application deployments in Cloud Foundry.

 

Cloud Foundry Welcomes .NET Framework Community Contributions

This week two Seattle-based companies, Tier3 and Uhuru Software, contributed .NET Framework support to the Cloud Foundry community.  Cloud Foundry was designed from the outset to support multiple developer frameworks and the new .NET supports adds to community created support for Erlang, Haskell, PHP, Python and other developer frameworks.  We are excited to welcome these contributors to the Cloud Foundry open source community and look forward to .NET developers joining the open platform as a service movement.

 

Cloud Foundry Welcomes .NET Framework Community Contributions

This week two Seattle-based companies, Tier3 and Uhuru Software, contributed .NET Framework support to the Cloud Foundry community. Cloud Foundry was designed from the outset to support multiple developer frameworks and the new .NET support adds to community created support for Erlang, Haskell, PHP, Python and other developer frameworks. We are excited to welcome these contributors to the Cloud Foundry open source community and look forward to .NET developers joining the open platform as a service movement.

 

Spring Integration 2.1 is now GA

Spring Integration 2.1 has been released! You can download it here or configure your Maven POM. This version is the result of more than one full year of work, and the team has resolved hundreds of issues since Spring Integration 2.0 was released. Interestingly, it has been 4 years and a few days since the Read more...

 

Spring Framework moves to GitHub

Today we're happy to announce that the Spring Framework has moved to GitHub! As you've probably noticed, nearly every other Spring project has already made the move, and those that haven't will soon. Git helps us with many of the challenges of managing a large codebase like the Spring Framework, but what's most exciting isRead more...

 

Spring Python 1.1.1, 1.2.1, and 1.3.0.RC1 are released!

Amidst the flurry of Spring releases this month, Spring Python has it's own. Versions 1.1.1 and 1.2.1 are maintenance releases that patch some bugs. Version 1.3.0.RC1 is the first release of 1.3.0. In this release we have commits from team members, and have also merged pull requests through github. If you want to make contributionsRead more...


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EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)

Technology Short Take #19

EMC FibreChannel Macintosh Microsoft Vblock vCloud VMware VXLAN

Welcome to Technology Short Take #19, the first Technology Short Take for 2012. Here’s this year’s first collection of links, articles, and thoughts regarding virtualization, storage, networking, and other data center technology-related topics. I hope you find something useful!

 

vSphere 5 vReference Card released by Forbes Guthrie

vReference Card for vSphere 5 vSphere 5 vSphere Ressources

vReference Card for VMware vSphere 5 has been released.

Long attended vReference card for VMware vSphere by Forbes Guthries has been released. Again, Forbes did an excellent job by providing this free resource to the community. As in the past this card does concentrate many (if not all) necessary knwledge about VMware vSphere 5 and all it takes as a place are two pages. The card is available in two formats, A4 and Letter

 

Freenas updated to 8.0.3

Freenas 8.0.3 update released few days ago.

In case you’re having a home lab with some shared storage, you might want to have a look at the update from FreeNAS.

With this new update released few days ago, Freenas 8.0.3 brings new features and an impressive list of upgrades and fixes. The product still do not the provide multimedia features which many people waiting for. In fact, the multimedia support like Bittorrent, iTunes, and DLNA/uPNP is available in the 8.0.3, but only by modification of the config files through the CLI. The Full GUI support is on the road map in the 8.2 version.

 

VMware vSphere 5 in the Datacenter – new book in French

vSphere 5 in the Datacenter

One could translate the original title of the book like this. Since I’m not a professional translator, the results might differ…. Anyway, we can expect a very high quality book written by two EMC employees. By two high quality professionals. New book about vSphere 5 and it’s integration in the datacenter by Eric Maillé et René-Francois Mennecier.

 

Troubleshooting VMware vSphere 5 vDS – Video

This video was done by Eric Sloof from ntpro.nl and it shows you some troubleshooting from withing distributed virtual switches. You know vDS spans across multiple ESXi hosts within your infrastructure (or lab) and that each vDS uses physical adapters as an uplinks. But to connect the correct physical NIC to the correct port will in some cases solve problems….

 

How vMotion Works – in details….VMworld Video

I knew how vMotion worked. At least up to today. But then I discovered this video from VMware, which goes really deep with this really detailed session. And you’ll see that it’s even more amazing that you have thought before. The all video is 47 minutes long, so watch this only if you got enough time. It’s worthy. The speaker is Sreekanth Setty from VMware R&D, and Gabriel Tarasuk-Levin – VMware R&D.

 

How to Install Android in VMware Workstation 8

How to install latest Android in VMware Workstation 8

VMware Workstation 8 gives you the possibility to test multiple systems without installing a multiboot solution on your physical computer (server) and learn easily without breaking up your underlying system.  But you still have the possibility to access to the files located on you physical machine through the VM. In my career I had many questions about VMs and accessing files, and people who are inexperienced with virtualization are often not aware that the running VM behaves like a physical computer on your local network ( LAN). That’s why in many occasions I finding myself to repeat often the same thing. I’m not sure that the people which is just starting with virtualization are aware of that.

 

VMware Tools version number higher than expected

Today, when performing a VMware Health Check, I came across a strange issue with a customer of mine. Well, issue is maybe a big word, but I discovered the VMware Tools version some of the VMs had running, were newer than the VMware Tools version from a newly installed VM. To make sure I double checked by removing the VMware Tools and reinstalling them, again the VMware Tools version was less than the tools version of the suspicious VMs.

 

How to make vCenter datastore alarms useful

When visiting customers I noticed that the VMware admin often doesn’t really know how much free space is left on the datastores and wether action is needed to free up space or get extra capacity. When I show them the datastore overview in the VI Client that shows the warnings and alerts for the datastores, it turns out that they don’t often look at this page because it gives too many false alarms. These false alarms happen because the default values right out of the box are set at 75% for a warning to trigger and 85% for an alarm to trigger. In most cases this is much too soon as the next image shows you.

 

VMware vSphere Health Check – CPU Memory and Storage checks explained

The VMware vSphere Health Check performs quite a number of checks but doesn’t really explain why values are good or bad. Today I released three new sections that explain the theory behind the CPU, Memory and Storage checks. Click the “Health Check” button in the menu bar of my blog to access these new sections or just follow the links below:

CPU health check

Memory health check

Storage health check

 

vSphere 5 and vShield 5 Critical Considerations

vSphere 5.0 introduces some great enhancements to host profiles and the ability to quickly and automatcially deploy new hosts (both stateful and stateless), which will be especially attractive to enterprise customers. These new features present some unique challenges and considerations for customers that are using or are thinking of deploying the VMware vShield Suite of products as part of their virtualization security strategy.  In this article I’ll briefly discuss some things you must consider to successfully deploy both vSphere 5.0 and vShield App and Endpoint.

 

VDI 500 User FAST Pool Project

If you have been following my recent posts you probably noticed that few of them relate to EMC storage arrays with FAST Cache and FAST VP implementation. If you would like to know more about how FAST Cache works I suggest the reading my article EMC FAST Cache effectiveness with VDI.

 

VDI Steady State Workload with VNX FAST Cache [Video]

Last week I published the first of a series of videos that I have been recording for use by the EMC vSpecialist team. The videos are focused on VDI and EMC technology. The first one was VDI Bootstorm with VNX FAST Cache [Video].

Offloading Virtual Desktop IOs with Atlantis ILIO: Deep Dive

myvirtualcloud.net 6/01/12 3:45 PM Andre Leibovici storage tips vdi virtualization Atlantis ILIO VDI

 

VDI Bootstorm with VNX FAST Cache [Video]

I have been cooking some fresh new demos for the vSpecialist team at EMC. In the video below I demonstrate the effectiveness of the VNX FAST Cache comparing a 510 VM bootstorm with and without FAST Cache.

 

Voice Over IP (VoIP) Performance Evaluation on VMware vSphere 5.0

The majority of business-critical applications such as Web applications, database servers, and enterprise messaging systems have been successfully virtualized, proving the benefits of virtualization for reducing cost and streamlining IT management. However, the adoption of virtualization in the area of latency-sensitive applications has been slow partly due to unsubstantiated performance concerns. By taking VoIP service as an example, this paper demonstrates that vSphere 5 brings the same virtualization benefits to latency-sensitive applications, and vSphere 5 does this while driving good performance. In particular, vSphere 5 delivers excellent out-of-the-box performance in terms of voice quality when running VoIP service.

 

VMware vCloud Director 1.5 Performance and Best Practices

VMware vCloud Director 1.5 gives enterprise organizations the ability to build secure private clouds that dramatically increase datacenter efficiency and business agility. Coupled with VMware vSphere, vCloud Director delivers cloud computing for existing datacenters by pooling virtual infrastructure resources and delivering them to users as catalog-based services. vCloud Director 1.5 helps you build agile infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud environments that greatly accelerate the time-to-market for applications and responsiveness of IT organizations. vCloud Director 1.5 adds the following new features specific to accelerating application delivery in the cloud:

 

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.0 Performance and Best Practices

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.0 provides business continuity and disaster recovery protection for VMware virtual environments. Protection can range from virtual machines (VMs) residing on a single, replicated datastore to all the VMs in a datacenter and includes protection for the operating systems and applications running in the VM.

 

New Training - VMware vSphere 5 Design Workshop

The goal of this 3 day course is to equip consulting professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve competence in designing a VMware vSphere 5 virtual infrastructure. Given an organization’s constraints and requirements, the infrastructure should be available, scalable, manageable, and secure while meeting the organization’s business objectives. The course is based on VMware ESXi and VMware vCenter Server 5. This course discusses the benefits and risks of available design alternatives and provides information to support making sound design decisions. This course also provides an opportunity to practice your design skills by working with peers on a design project.

 

New Training -VMware View 5 Install, Configure and Manage

This 4 days hands-on training course builds your skills in the VMware View™ suite of products: VMware View™ Manager, View Composer, and VMware ThinApp®. This course is based on the View 5.0 and ThinApp 4.6 releases. Before attending this course, you must be able to perform the following tasks:

 

• Create a template in VMware vCenter Server™ and deploy a virtual machine from the template.

• Modify a template customization file.

• Open a virtual machine console in vCenter Server and access the guest operating system.

  • Configure Active Directory services.

 

New Book: Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0

Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0 is the complete, technical, hands-on guide to VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.0 installation and configuration for experienced VMware professionals. VMware forum moderator and vExpert Mike Laverick fully explains SRM 5.0’s failover/failback procedures, walks readers through configuring storage replication with hardware from several leading suppliers, and shows how to efficiently implement fast, automated, centralized disaster recovery. Drawing on his extensive experience with SRM and vSphere, Laverick identifies common pitfalls and errors, explains why they occur, and shows exactly how to fix them. Fully up to date for SRM 5.0, this book delivers “in-the-trenches” technical knowledge you won’t find anywhere else, including expert guidance for utilizing SRM 5.0’s advanced new vSphere Replication (VR).

 

SIOC Alarm FAQ

In today’s post I want to update and amplify thoughts from an old post on Storage IO Control (SIOC).  VMware customers that are using SIOC may sometimes see the following vCenter alarm:

Non-VI workload detected on the datastore

 

Managing SSL Certificates in View 5.0

RTFM Education 13/01/12 3:08 AM Mike Laverick View

You might not know this but in VMware View 5.0 the screws have been tightened light bit more with regards to View Client and SSL certificates. Up until this point you could get away with using the bulti-in certificates generated by the installer. That’s no longer the case, because just as with web-browsers – the new clients all check to see if the certificate matches the name that your connecting with and whether or not the certificate is trusted.

 

VMware VCAP Certification

http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=16658&ui=www_cert

Upon accomplishing VMware Certified Professional on VMware vSphere 4 (VCP4) you are eligible to pursue our intermediate level certification: VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP). Available in Datacenter Administration and/or Datacenter Design, this program is appropriate for VCP4s that are ready to further enhance their skills with the virtual infrastructure and add new, industry recognized credentials to their list of accomplishments

 

VMware Certified Advanced Professional on vSphere 4 – Datacenter Design

The VCAP-DCD is directed toward IT Architects and Consulting Architects who are capable of designing VMware solutions in a multi-site, large enterprise environment.  They have a deep understanding both of VMware core components and their relation to storage and networking, and also of datacenter design methodologies. They also possess knowledge of applications and physical infrastructure, as well as their relationship to the virtual infrastructure.

 

VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V4.x]

http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/courses.cfm?ui=www_cert&a=one&id_subject=13754

DRBC Design - Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Fundamentals

http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrreg/courses.cfm?ui=www_edu&a=one&id_subject=20313


VMWARE KB ARTICLES

VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 1/7/12

VMware Blogs 9/01/12 11:58 PM

Datacenter
vCenter Protect Essentials and Essentials Plus FAQ (2010727)
VMware ESX
Installing VMware Tools on a Windows virtual machine fails with the the error: The Microsoft Runtime DLL installer failed to complete installation (2010644)
VMware ESXi
An ESXi host halts and displays a purple diagnostic screen when using Network I/O Control with a Network Adapter that does not support VLAN Offload (2011474)
VMware Fusion
Mac OS X dock process uses 100% CPU when Fusion is running (2011360)
Downloading a .exe file in Fusion fails with the error: nameoffile.exe is not a valid win32 application (2011392)
Uninstalling VMware Tools in a Windows virtual machine using the command line (2010137)
VMware Service Manager
Service Manager incoming emails from a customer of a closed call does not reopen the call (2011338)
Data entered in the Service Manager Description field is not populated when printed from the request window (2011339)
Downloading and licensing VMware Service Manager 9.1 (2011372)
Person Details screen in VMware Service Manager 9.x is pre-populated with search terms in uppercase letters (2011484)
Conditional branching tasks do not work on workflow templates that are converted from requests (2011304)
Cannot change the Subject when adding new Message Templates to a Task Message Type (2010947)
The physical status of a call is not updated to reflect its completion when an External Officer completes the Call (2011026)
VMware ThinApp
Relinking a ThinApp configured with a Streaming MSI fails with the error: Unable to read CAB from MSI (2011161)
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Cannot execute scheduled jobs in vCenter Configuration Manager (2011423)
VMware vCenter Operations Standard
Unable to generate individual dynamic thresholds for a single resource or subset of resources in vCenter Operations Enterprise (2011462)
VMware vCenter Server
Historical performance graph intervals show incorrectly (2011422)
vMotion fails with the general system error: 0xbad003f (2008394)
Upgrading to vCenter Server 5.0 fails with the error: Failed to execute dbuHelper.exe (2010529)
Joining two vCenter Servers in linked mode fails with the error: Operation "Join instance VMwareVCMSDS" failed (2010858)
Alarm action to trigger a script fails to run with the error: Command exited with non-zero status 5 (2011368)
VMware vCloud Director
Network Interface Card is not detected for some guest operating systems (2010935)
VMware vCloud Usage Meter
Setting the Web password vCloud Usage Meter reports the warning: SLF4J: Failed to load class "org.slf4j.impl.StaticLoggerBinder" (2011334)
Logging in to the vCloud Usage Meter interface fails with the error: Your Password has expired, Choose a new one (2011406)
VMware vFabric AppInsight
Preventing AppInsight User Interface passwords from expiring after 30 days (2010371)
vFabric AppInsight shows a blank page in IE9 on Windows 2008 R2 (2011358)
VMware vFabric Web Server
Passing the SSL key size from Apache HTTP Server to Apache Tomcat (2011319)
VMware View Manager
VMware View Transfer Server utilizes 100% CPU and continuously prompts for a reboot (2009674)
Thinprint fails after a VMware Tools update (2010253)
ThinPrint does not redirect virtual printers or faxes to the View desktop (2010245)
Provisioning or recomposing fails with the error: View Composer agent initialization state error (19): Failed to execute postsync script (2011315)
VMware Workstation
Enabling Sound Blaster AudioPCI device in VMware Workstation 8 (2010400)
Unable to create the symbolic link when installing VMware Tools in Linux (2010580)
Linux host fails with a blue screen when attempting to open VMware Workstation (2010585)
ZCA Zimbra Appliance
Enabling SSH access in Zimbra Collaboration Appliance (2009237)
ZCS Network Edition
Account mailbox structure for Zimbra Collaboration Server (2004912)
LDAP data import/export for Zimbra Collaboration Software (2007311)
ZCS Open Source Edition
Zimbra: SPNEGO SSO Redirect Failure (2010919)
Zimbra Collaboration Appliance
Accessing Zimbra Appliance Administration Console fails with error: Starting vami-lighttpd failed. SSL: Private key does not match the certificate public key (2009219)

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