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From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, well after a shorter newsletter last week this week is a bumper edition for you. Loads of news from VMware and our partners and customers which I hope you enjoy reading.

For our TAM customers in Brisbane we will be running one of our regular TAM Tech Sessions on Friday. This session is on PowerCLI and is something I have wanted to do a session on for a while. I see PowerCLI used extensively in many of my customers and I often provide scripts and solutions in the newsletter. I thought it would be a great idea to get more in depth with the solution so this will be the opportunity. If you are in Brisbane and a TAM customer you would have received my invite, please register using the link in the invite and let me know if you have any issues.

This is such a big issue but there is definitely something for everyone. Please take some time to check the entire newsletter and of course the KB Digest at the end to ensure you don’t have any potential issues you need to take care of. Of course you can always discuss anything in the newsletter with your TAM.

Have a great week everyone and enjoy the newsletter.

Warm Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
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VMUG is made up of people like you – in fact more than 75,000 people like you belong to VMUG. Our members come from around the world, from a variety of industries and companies (small to medium to big to self-employed), with a variety of experiences.

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The VMware Certified Professional 4 – Desktop (VCP4-DT) is directed toward Virtualization Systems Engineers who seek to demonstrate their ability to install and configure the VMware View environment and enable View Client users. Candidates must be able to configure the vSphere environment, possess a deep understanding of VMware core components and their relation to storage and networking and be proficient in datacenter design methodologies.

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VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS
VMware ThinApp Blog: Internet Explorer and Default Folder Isolations
Have you ever wondered why some folders such as Favorites are not automatically isolated?
Well, we're here to answer this!
The Basics - A Refresher Course:
To explain why this is, we must take a step backwards and look at how ThinApp decides to set folder isolations.
Note: For more on how Folder Isolations work, see Peter Björk's excellent "Isolation Modes Explained" video.

VMware ThinApp Blog: Using a VB Script to Time-Bomb a ThinApp Package
Ever wonder how one could use a VB Script to Time-Bomb a ThinApp package? Well, awhile back this was discussed in the Scripting Within ThinApp session of the ThinApp Bootcamp Series! Here's how it's done!
Script Info:
Basically, the way the script works is by looking at the ThinApp data container date/time stamp and comparing it to the date/time of the system. While this is not infallible, it does give Administrators some control as this would essentially force a user to need the ability to change their system time.

VMware vSphere Blog: Some interesting storage related white papers you might have missed
A short post simply to highlight some white papers published recently which you may have missed:
vSphere Storage Appliance Technical Deep Dive
A deep dive on the vSphere Storage Appliance, covering networking, storage and clustering architecture.
VMFS-5 Upgrade Considerations
A look at the differences between a VMFS-3 upgraded to VMFS-5 vs. a newly created VMFS-5 volume.
VMware vSphere Distributed Switch Best Practices
An excellent look at how to get the most out of your vDS by Venky. If you use IP Storage, and are considering vDS or already using vDS, this is a must read.
Get notification of these blogs postings and more VMware Storage information by following me on Twitter:  @VMwareStorage

VMwareTV: VMware PowerCLI Detailed vMotion & SvMotion Information
This video shows how to use the Get-MotionDuration script to retrieve detailed information on how long vMotions and SvMotions take in your environment. PowerCLI blog: bit.ly vSphere PowerCLI Community: bit.ly

VMwareTV: VMware PowerCLI 5.0.1 vCloud Director Cmdlets - Stopping and Starting vApps
A video showing how to retrieve and use some of the methods on the vCloud Director objects taking the 5.0.1 release of PowerCLI further and stopping and starting vApps. PowerCLI blog: bit.ly vSphere PowerCLI Community: bit.ly vCloud Director Community: bit.ly

VMwareTV: VMware PowerCLI 5.0.1 vCloud Director Basic Usage
A video showing PowerCLI 5.0.1 and vCloud Director Basic Usage. PowerCLI blog: bit.ly vSphere PowerCLI Community: bit.ly vCloud Director Community: bit.ly

VMware vSphere Blog: Uniquely Identifying Virtual Machines in vSphere and vCloud Part 2: Technical
In Part 1 of this article, I provide an overview of how to uniquely identify a virtual machine in both a vSphere vCenter and vCloud Director environment. In this article, we will look at an example environment and show you how to extract the information needed to uniquely identify a VM using both the vSphere API and vCloud API.
vSphere
We will begin by just looking at a vSphere environment (no vCloud Director). In the screenshot below, we have two different vCenter Servers (westcoast-vcenter and eastcoast-vcenter) and they are managing a single ESXi host each with a single VM.

VMware vSphere Blog: Disable ballooning?
During Partner Exchange I've had multiple discussions about disabling ballooning, specifically about the recommendation of disabling ballooning when running particular workloads such as SQL and Oracle.  The goal of this recommendation usually is to stop the VMkernel from reclaiming memory but unfortunately this will not happen. This article describes why ballooning is helpful and how to achieve your goals by utilizing other resource management settings.

Business Critical Applications: Virtualizing Oracle 11gr2 RAC Databases on vSphere 5
Oracle DBAs considering to virtualize Oracle 11gr2 RAC should check out VMware vSphere 5 platform - VMware® vSphere® is the industry-leading virtualization platform for building cloud infrastructures. It enables users to run business-critical applications like Oracle with confidence and respond to business needs faster by taking advantage on the application and Infrastructure services that vSphere 5 provides.

VMware ThinApp Blog: Deletion of a Sandbox during ThinApp MSI Installs / Uninstalls
Problem:
During initial launch of the ThinApp EXE, a new sandbox is created, which holds the runtime
modification of the application. After an uninstall of the ThinApp software the sandbox is not
deleted.

VMware vSphere Blog: Introduction to the vSphere API Part 2: Object Model
Introduction to the vSphere API Part 1: Overview
In Part 1 of the series, we provided an overview to the vSphere API. In this article, we will explore the vSphere Object Model.
Overview
In order to retrieve properties, perform operations or modify entities within the vSphere API, it is important to understand the vSphere Object Model’s structure and relationships. The vSphere API consists of three types of objects:

VMware vSphere Blog: Physical RDM to VMDK Migration Feature
A short while back, I wrote a post on RDMs, and their behaviour when involved in migrations. I had someone reach out to me about this post, and highlight another behaviour which I missed in the previous blog posting. First, one needs to understand the settings for a pRDM when it is attached to the VM. Looking at the entries in the VM's vmx file, this is what we see:
scsi0:0.present = "true"
scsi0:0.fileName = "COR-XP-PRO-2_1.vmdk"
scsi0:0.mode = "independent-persistent"
scsi0:0.deviceType = "scsi-hardDisk"

vCenter Orchestrator Blog: Little big updates for our swiss-knife plug-ins
Three important vCO plug-ins have seen their first update release recently. These plug-ins are:
AMQP plug-in
HTTP-REST plug-in
SOAP plug-in
Most of the work done for those updates comes from the feedback collected from the users, through both our public communities and our Socialcast group.

vCenter Orchestrator Blog: SNMP plug-in for vCenter Orchestrator
The SNMP plug-in allows vCenter Orchestrator to connect and receive information from SNMP enabled systems and devices.
These devices could include communication equipment (routers, switches, etc.), network printers, UPS devices and many others. Events from vCenter can also be received over the SNMP protocol.
The SNMP plug-in provides two different manners of communication with the SNMP devices – queries for the values of specific SNMP variables and listening for events (SNMP traps) that are generated from the devices and pushed to the registered SNMP managers.

VMWARE TV BLOG
Collecting diagnostic information in VMware Fusion
We have a new video for you today which discusses and demonstrates the procedures for collecting the diagnostic information support bundle in VMware Fusion. The video was created using Fusion 4.x but it is applicable to older versions of VMware Fusion as well.
VMware Technical Support routinely requests diagnostic information or a support bundle when a support request is handled. This diagnostic information contains logs and configuration files for your Mac, for Fusion, and for your virtual machine(s), and enables support to more quickly diagnose a problem

SPRINGSOURCE
Spring Roo 1.2.1.RELEASE available
The Spring Roo team is pleased to announce the availability 1.2.1.RELEASE.  This is the first maintenance release for 1.2 and includes fixes for a number of issues in multi-module Maven support and JSF/PrimeFaces.  It also has  performance enhancements and has been updated to support the recent release of PrimeFaces 3.1 and Google App Engine 1.6.2. Read more...

Micro Cloud Foundry Streamlines Offline Support and Adds Java Debugging
The Cloud Foundry team released a new version of Micro Cloud FoundryTM including streamlined offline support, Java debugging, up-to-date versions of all languages/frameworks and services as supported on CloudFoundry.com and ability to enable/disable application services.
Micro Cloud Foundry is a complete version of Cloud Foundry that runs in a virtual machine on a developer’s computer. Micro Cloud Foundry has established itself as the convenient and portable Cloud Foundry environment from which developers can easily develop and test their applications.

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
I’ve been updating my vCenter and ESXi certificates recently and I ran into one particular system so far that had absolutely no documentation or KB articles to help with changing default SSL certificates for CA signed ones. The system was my vCenter Server Virtual Appliance. You might remember that I wrote about this as a means of using it as the vSphere Web Client without needing an additional Microsoft Windows License and then I used it with a load balancer to Increase vSphere Web Client Availability and Scalability. But a lack of documentation wasn’t going to stop me. Being a SLES based virtual appliance though meant things were quite different when changing the certs. If you want to save yourself a lot of time changing the SSL Certificates for the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance then read on.

Setting vCenter Alarms with PowerCLI
vCenter as of version 5.0 defines 54 default alarms that can be configured for notification. What vCenter does not provide however is a way to automatically configure all those alarms to be sent to a single email address without having to manually go into each alarm. The below PowerShell script however will take care of that. After configuring the vCenter server connection information and changing the email address, this script will setup emails that are triggered by any change in alarm state. This is a one time email per state change, however you could use the –repeat option to set repeat emails for certain states if desired.


vCloud Director infrastructure resiliency solution
This article assumes the reader has knowledge of vCloud Director, Site Recovery Manager and vSphere. It will not go in to depth on some topics, we would like to refer to the Site Recovery Manager, vCloud Director and vSphere documentation for more in-depth details around some of the concepts.

My first Auto Deploy design for real production environment
Last week I was asked by a customer to build a new VMware vSphere 5 infrastructure in which they would like to use Auto Deploy for the ESXi 5 hosts. Of course I told them that Auto Deploy was a first release but I didn’t push that too hard, because designing and deploying it for real production environments is also a challenge I hadn’t been able to take up yet. The environment consists of two sites; each site has an EMC VNX 5300 storage array which replicates to the partner. Per site we have 2 Cisco UCS blades in which 10 blades have been assigned for the VMware vSphere 5 environment. Each blade will use the converged FCoE adapter and will be presented to the ESXi hosts as two physical nics and two physical HBAs.

Unofficial VMware View PCoIP Adapter for VCOps [Video]
Not long ago I published an article entitled the Unofficial VMware View PCoIP Adapter for VCOps. This VMware View adapter provides PCoIP metrics from any VMware View environment and load them up onto vCenter Operations. If you have not had a chance to implement and play with the solution, watch the short demo below.

How to format the output of ESXCLI commands
ESXCLI commands are a comprehensive set of commands for managing most aspects of vSphere. In vSphere 5.0, this command set has been unified. Eventually, ESXCLI commands will replace other commands in the vCLI set.

VMware View Persona Management
Persona Management, previously called RTO Virtual Profiles. A sleeping giant in my eyes. It's soo simple to install and configure but can offer you riches beyond your wildest dreams. OK, maybe a little over the top, but it is a really cool product and very underrated.

Extents vs Storage DRS
I was meeting with a customer today and had to stop for a second when they said they were using 10 TB datastores in vSphere 4.1.
At first I was going through my head of maybe NFS? No they are an all block shop. Oh wait yeah, extents. They were using 2 TB -512 byte luns to create a giant Datastore. I asked, why? The answer was simple, “so we only manage one datastore.”

How-to configure PCoIP Group Policy Object in VMware View 5 video
When the default PCoIP settings are used in VMware View 5, for most situations it’s ok. But when you want to tweak the values of PCoIP settings, you will need to install and configure the PCoIP Group Policy Object (GPO) on a Domain Controler which is in charge of authentication of users and computers in the Microsoft Domain.

Auto-deploy GUI
The Auto-Deploy GUI Fling is a GUI Plugin for VMware vSphere 5. It’s enables you to use Auto Deploy feature without the need of using PowerCLI in your environment. Remember – it’s a Technology Preview License Agreement which you’re accepting when downloading this tool…
The principal enginner’s name is – Massimiliano Daneri . He works in the Center of Excellence group as a Senior Consultant TS Cloud Service .

VASA and Storage Profiles
This article started off as just a bit of news. But as I went on I started to write more and more about VASA and Storage Profiles in vSphere5. So it could be of interest to someone who doesn’t even use NetApp storage…
This one kind of slipped under my radar. I’m doing some VCP prep work, and looking at VASA and Storage Profiles. It occurred to me that I hadn’t spoken to my storage partners (Dell, NetApp, EMC) for a while on this issue. I’d been so focused on SRM 5.0 last year, that I really haven’t kicked the tires on the new vSphere5 features yet…

IBM Launches the Distributed Virtual Switch 5000V
IBM System Networking Distributed Virtual Switch 5000V is a highly manageable, distributed virtual switch for VMware vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus environment. IBM DVS 5000V provides advanced networking features and troubleshooting features, which make it ideal for deployments in large-scale Server Virtualization and Cloud environments. The IBM DVS 5000V appears as a standard network switch, which enables network administrators to configure and manage the distributed virtual switch as a regular physical switch using familiar IBM switch user interfaces.

Virtual Infrastructure Navigator breaks when vCenter SSL Cert Changed
Like a lot of people I was quick to download and implement VMware vCenter Operations Manager 5 Enterprise when it became available. One of the great tools that is included in the suite is Virtual Infrastructure Navigator (VIN), which will discover and map all the dependencies and also DR protection status of VM’s in a linked mode group. However there is a bit of a gotcha if you want to use VIN and you also want to change the SSL Certs in vCenter and/or vSphere Web Client.

VMware vExperts 2012 Nominations Open
This years round of vExperts nominations has opened for 2012…
You can nominate yourself or a colleague here:

ESXi 5 Scripted Install – video
In this video from VMware  you’ll learn the basics about scripted deployment/upgrade options with ESXi 5. You’ll see what’s the options inside of kickstart script file (the ks.cfg) and the possible scenarios when it comes to the deployment process. Also, you’ll learn the keyboard shortcuts (CRTL + O) to invoke the prompt during the installation process for specifying the path of the kickstart file.

Using F5 to balance load between your vCloud Director cells
A while back Clair contacted me and asked me if I was interested in getting the info to write an article about how to setup F5’s Big IP LTM VE to front a couple of vCloud Director cells. As you know I used to be part of the VMware Cloud Practice and was responsible for architecting vCloud environments in Europe. Although I did design an environment where F5 was used I never actually was part of the team who implemented it, as it is usually the Network/Security team who takes on this part. Clair was responsible for setting this up for the VMworld Labs environment and couldn’t find many details around this on the internet, hence the reason for this article.

VDI + Windows PageFile Done Right!
Windows pagefile configuration for VDI environments has been a long standing discussion ground. I first wrote about it in 2010 (Pagefiles and VDI. Not so simple). However, because of few recent discussions I decided to review the subject and run some validation tests against well-known best practices. “The problem with best practices is that they around stay for longer than the technology they were based on.”

ESXi 5 Free – what’s the limitations?
The free version of the VMware vSphere Hypervisor – ESXi 5, has got some limitations. I know it’s been discussed on many places already, but I’m still getting questions about that and so I wanted to clear this out.
What’s the principal limitations of the ESXi 5.0 – The Free version of VMware Hypervizor?

Options for becoming a VCP 5.0
VMware's Andy Cary who works as a Senior Technical Trainer in EMEA has  received a lot of e-mails recently about what the options are for people to secure their VCP5.0. The table in the diagram below shows the 4 different options for attaining your VCP 5.0 exam. Andy thinks there's confusion with the text in printed orange, this text is only valid until the 29th February. So at the 1st March all the orange options will have disappeared from the diagram.

Jumbo Frames on vSphere 5
I read a great blog post a while ago from Jason Boche titled Jumbo Frames Comparison Testing with IP Storage and vMotion. The results of the tests showed at best marginal gains to be had from using Jumbo Frames with 1Gb/s NIC’s on ESXi 4.1. Based on reading this, and a lot of discussion that came out of PEX 2012 regarding Jumbo Frames I decided to conduct my own tests to see if the results were any different when using modern 10G switches and NIC’s. Some of the results were not what I expected.

Technical Whitepaper - Network I/O Latency on VMware vSphere 5
Network I/O latency is an important measurement, especially in latency-sensitive applications like those found in industries such as finance and trading, healthcare, transportation, and telecom (in particular, applications using Voice over IP). The end-to-end latency requirements of these applications vary from microseconds to milliseconds. And some of these applications, such as those utilizing Voice over IP, are more sensitive to jitter than end-to-end latency. So an important measurement to consider for vSphere performance in this scope is latency and jitter added due to virtualization.

How to remove orphaned vCenter Plugin
How-to remove orphaned plugin from vCenter
If you got stuck with a plugin installed in vCenter and can’t uninstall, there is a quick tutorial on how to do this. Sometimes you got stuck when testing beta products or RC versions, and your vCenter shows those broken plugins. You basically don’t have a way to uninstall those plugis from Add/remove programs. So
To remove the unwanted plug-ins from the Available Plug-ins list.
Here are the steps:

Migrating to a VDS switch when using etherchannels
Last week at PEX I had a discussion around migrating to a Distributed Switch (VDS) and some of the challenges one of our partners faced. During their migration they ran in to a lot of network problems, which made them decide to change back to a regular vSwitch. They were eager to start using the VDS but could not take the risk again to run in to the problems they faced.

Video - Cisco Nexus 1000V v1.5 Installation
The Cisco Nexus 1000V is compatible with any upstream physical access layer switch that is Ethernet standard compliant, including the Catalyst 6500 series switch, Cisco Nexus switches, and switches from other network vendors. The Cisco Nexus 1000V is compatible with any server hardware listed in the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). Cisco and VMware jointly designed APIs that produced the Cisco Nexus 1000V. The Cisco Nexus 1000V is a distributed virtual switch solution that is fully integrated within the VMware virtual infrastructure, including VMware vCenter for the virtualization administrator. This solution offloads the configuration of the virtual switch and port groups to the network administrator to enforce a consistent data center network policy. In this release Java applications are introduced for VSM and VEM installation.

How-to install and configure the VMware vSphere 5 syslog component in vCenter
How-to install and configure VMware vSphere 5 Syslog bundled with vCenter.
Part of the installation package in VMware vSphere 5 is a syslog component. The installation of the syslog collector can be started from the welcome autorun screen when installing VMware vCenter 5.

How to Set CDP on a vSwitch–the #PowerCLI Way
We all know that you get CDP information in a number of ways (also PowerCLI), KB 1007069provides a number of ways to do it.
But how would you go about setting CDP on the vSwitch?
That can be done on the host itself in a number of ways:
esxcfg-vswitch –B both vSwitch0
but also with esxcli
esxcli network switch standard set –c both –v vSwitch0

PCoIP: Troubleshooting – Part 2
This is the second part of the PCoIP Troubleshooting set of post that I will be working on over the coming months. In this part I am looking at how to use the new PCoIP Log Viewer to view Real-Time/WMI PCoIP Stats.  I'll take you step-by-step through the PCoIP stats, explaining what each counter means.
To read on please use the following link: PCoIP Troubleshooting – Part 2. For those of you who many not be familiar with the Teradici PCoIP display protocol, you can find some good links here: http://www.simonlong.co.uk/blog/pcoip/

VMware Labs presents its latest fling - vBenchmark
vBenchmark is a simple application that allows you to measure key datacenter operational and efficiency metrics. Simply connect to your vCenter Server hosts and the application provides a snapshot of these metrics for your entire virtualized environment. Have you ever wondered how to quantify the benefits of virtualization to your management? If so, please consider using vBenchmark. vBenchmark measures the performance of a VMware virtualized infrastructure across three categories:
- Efficiency: for example, how much physical RAM are you saving by using virtualization?
- Operational Agility: for example, how much time do you take on average to provision a VM?
- Quality of Service: for example, how much downtime do you avoid by using availability features?
vBenchmark provides a succinct set of metrics in these categories for your VMware virtualized private cloud. Additionally, if you choose to contribute your metrics to the community repository, vBenchmark also allows you to compare your metrics against those of comparable companies in your peer group. The data you submit is anonymized and encrypted for secure  transmission.

Download vBenchmark

The Ins and Outs of IOPS – learn more about it
New White paper from vKernel explains IOPS, which is not an easy topic, but you’ll get some advices at the end which are useful. What IOPS mean – In and Out Operations per Second. The discussion in this document focusing on IOPS, and how storage I/O is an often over-simplified topic.
The author is Brad Bonn from vKernel and he explains what are IOPS, where to look at the storage performance degradations, and also how to plan your storage architecture.
Links in the chain chapter explains for example the different elements which are present in the chain between the hard drive placed in the SAN device passing through the raid groups, storage controlers, LUNs etc… up to the logical drives as the visible part. So if one of those elements becomes a bottleneck, the whole chain get slower, more latency etc….

Removing the vCD Agent from hosts
When re-installing my vCD home lab I had an issue when I went to re-add some hosts which had already been used in a vCD environment, this was because the hosts had already been “prepared” by vCD and therefore had the “vcloud-agent” vib installed.  Of course you would normally unprepare these from the vCD web interface before deleting your vCD instance but I forgot to do this.

Introducing the PCoIP Configuration Utility
Chuck Hisrtius @rexremus strikes back, launching the Beta version of the PCoIP Configuration Utility. I have been testing the utility for the last couple weeks and find it very useful.

VMWARE VCAP CERTIFICATION
VCAP-DCD5 Beta Exam Experiences
Because I am VCP5 and VCAP-DCD4 I was invited to the beta exam of the VCAP-DCD5 exam. I took that exam today, so I want to blog about it right away while it is fresh in memory. I cannot go into very specific details, but I will try to give as much value without violating any exam policies.
The test is 3hours and 45minutes, but because my native language is not english I got an extra 30 minutes to complete it. So totally 4hours and 15minutes. It is a long test and I guess you will need all of the time.
The overall felling of the test was good. The questions were reasonable written. The VMware certification can be proud of it. The exam focuses on the design part of vSphere and you need to answer some technical questions, most questions were design related though.
One advice I would give to anyone who is going to take the test. You need to know  Constraints, Requirements, Risks and Assumptions. Know their definitions in your sleep. Know how to distinguish them!
Most questions are multiple choice. But you will also get some where you have to use the built in design tool to create a diagram for a specific customer case. And you will have questions where you need to fit things from row a to row b.
To prepare for the test you will need to look at the blueprint. The test is very true to the blueprint. If you are experienced with VMware it will be a big help.
Time management is a concern. The design questions and fit row a and b can easily take up some time. Use the feature to flag for later review and go back to the questions you are unsure of at the end.
I don’t know how my exam went. When doing the beta exam you will have to wait 8 weeks to find out. Hopefully I did good.

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 [V5.x]
http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrreg/courses.cfm?ui=www_edu&a=det&id_course=112589
The goal of this 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.

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 2/18/12
Apache Active MQ
What does "Memory percent used" mean on the ActiveMQ jmx/web monitoring tool? (2005511)
NullPointerException encountered on KahadDB causes broker not to be started (2006077)
Apache HTTP Server
Using the AllowProxyPASV option with the FTP module in Apache HTTP Server, Enterprise Ready Server, or vFabric Web Server (2010349)
Apache Tomcat
Performance tuning tips for Tomcat (2013486)
Socialcast On Premise
Excluding users from LDAP, so that they are not removed automatically from the Socialcast community (2012004)
Spring Framework
How to use both annotated MVC controllers and IoC XML defined controllers together (2007264)
VMware Data Recovery
Required permissions for VMware Data Recovery restore operations (2008157)
VMware ESX
vMotion of a VMware vFabric GemFire CacheServer fails (2008773)
VMware Tools power-on script fails to run successfully (2010481)
VMware ESXi
After installing the be2net driver 4.0.355.1, VMNICs are missing on the ESXi host (2010222)
Converter Standalone 5.0 errors when an ESXi 5.0 host is selected as a destination: The access to the host resource settings is restricted. Use the management server as a destination (2012310)
Scripted installation of ESXi 5.x using a kickstart file from a USB device with a loop partition is unsupported (2013663)
A vMotioned virtual machine loses network connectivity and reports the error: Error deleting free dvport ad a0 19 50 ab 83 c4 bd-15 35 ec b7 92 8e f8 b8-359 (2009252)
ESX/ESXi host displays warning message when test condition is false (2008602)
Cannot disable lockdown mode in the DCUI after a host disconnects from vCenter Server (2008851)
vCenter Server Inventory service unable to retrieve health data (2007724)
VMware Fusion
Shutting down the Windows virtual machine fails with the error: Errors occurred while Windows was synchronizing your data (2013413)
The Windows 7 virtual machine fails to connect to the Internet/network and reports the error: Unidentified Network (2013496)
Backing up a virtual machine using Time Machine in Fusion 4.x (2010527)
VMware Player
Installing a new virtual machine in VMware Player (2013483)
VMware Service Manager
Non-English characters in Service Manager Knowledge Base articles generate errors in Application Event Viewer (2011098)
Adding Thresholds to Inventory CIs in Service Manager causes the wrapper to freeze on Windows XP client machines (2013430)
Adding Thresholds to inventory items in Service Manager fails with the error: Please complete highlighted QD fields (2013432)
RV_CUSTOMER view does not display the correct customer location (2013464)
The Customer, Call\Customer, and Call\Call\Customer references point to the same recipient (2013470)
Data transferred from the Service Manager connector for vCenter Orchestrator is incorrect (2013621)
Running the custom SQL script Config Portability GUID Assignment.scp against an Oracle database results in an error (2013694)
Attachments in the Service Manager email disappear from the Attachment field (2010637)
A Service Manager Threshold Notification email is triggered when creating thresholds even when the On-Hand quantity is zero (2013431)
A knowledge search in VMware Service Manager does not show the message Retrieving Results (2013451)
Customer Portal does not show complete text in the description field (2013454)
Breaching monitor displays escalation levels instead of breaches (2013458)
A date value of February 29 2012 is not saved in the VMware Service Manager customer portal (2013829)
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Clicking the Supercedes or Vendor Attributes ellipsis in the vCM Unix Bulletins slider reports a SELECT permission was denied error (2009360)
Running a cronjob to assess and download patches to the SCR fails with the error: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException (2009846)
Cannot collect UNIX data types via SSH on ESX hosts in vCenter Configuration Manager (2013584)
Deploying Adobe Flash Player updates via vCenter Configuration Manager fails (2013640)
VM Hosts or VM Guests collections in vCM succeed, but the collection is empty (2008556)
vCenter Configuration Manager HTTP traffic is denied to Linux systems (2010200)
VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)
Collecting diagnostic information for VMware vCenter Operations 5.0 vApp (2013647)
Cannot deploy vCenter Operations 5.0 Standard/Advanced vApp in a vSphere Essentials/Essentials Plus environment (2013695)
VMware vCenter Operations Standard
Cannot log in to the vCenter Operations UI after importing LDAP accounts (2013440)
VMware vCenter Orchestrator
Expanding an existing virtual disk fails with in vCloud Director: Invalid hard disk parameters specified (2013342)
VMware vCenter Protect Essentials Plus
Manually downloading threat definitions for VMware vCenter Protect (2013911)
VMware vCenter Server
vCenter Server 5.0 installation fails with an error stating that the FQDN of the server cannot be resolved (2007523)
vSphere Web Services SDK WSDL files obtained directly from vCenter Server are not complete (2010507)
Installing vSphere Support Tools fail with the error: The application does not support IP link-local addresses (2012279)
Initiating a Storage VMotion in vCenter Server 5.0 in Linked Mode produces an error  (2013516)
Host Profile creation fails with error: Unrecognized Fixed PSP configured path (2013531)
Host shows the vSphere HA status as Network Partitioned (2012649)
VMware vCenter Server Appliance
After joining the Virtual Center Server Appliance to a domain you cannot see domain when adding user permissions (2011965)
Replacing the default SSL certificates for VMware vCenter Server Appliance (2013352)
VMware vCenter Update Manager
Remeditation or staging fails in Update Manager with error: error codes: 7 (2011656)
VMware vFabric Enterprise Ready Server
Enabling FTP support in vFabric Enterprise Ready Server (2010348)
Converting SSL certificates from iPlanet Web Server to PEM format for Apache HTTP Server (2010521)
Specifying JVM startup options for vFabric Enterprise Ready Server (2013503)
VMware vFabric tc Server
Building and using the latest version of Tomcat High Concurrency JDBC Datasource (2010112)
Deleting or rotating the wrapper.log file in vFabric tc Server (2010299)
Libraries required when setting the java.awt.headless system property for use with Apache Tomcat (2010240)
Tomcat application context is not reloaded when the Web application/JSP page/servlet is updated (2010358)
VMware View Manager
View desktop customization fails with the error: View Composer agent initialization error (13) more than one persistent disk has the same usage (2013459)
Logging in to the View desktop takes a long time when persona management is enabled (2011823)
VMware Workstation
Workstation fails to bridge adapter with error: Cannot change network to bridged: There are no un-bridged host network adapters (2005168)
ZCS Network Edition
Enforcing a match between the FROM Address and sasl_username in Zimbra Collaboration Server (2011281)
ZCS Open Source Edition
Zimbra service fails to start with error: 97: Address family not supported by protocol (2007887)

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, I hope that this newsletter finds everyone well and progressing on their virtualisation journey. It has been an excellent start to the year with some solutions that I have been personally waiting for releasing early such as VMware vCenter Operations 5.0. As my customers know this is something I am very passionate about, and belive that this forms an integral part of the virtualisation solution you should be working towards. Of course this is only part of the story and being able to identify the virtual machine performance is just the beginning, we need to start travelling into the virtual machine and right into the heart of the operating system to anaylse the performance of the actual application that is running. This takes us to the next level and if we are able to put all of this together we can start to form a picture of how an entire service is performing from the application through to the virtual machine, the host it resides on and the components of the environment such as storage, networking and more.

Please check out the education section for any training in your area and also this week the release of the VCP5-DT (Desktop) certification.

I will be doing a blog post on the TAM blog soon on this and will include this in the newsletter soon.

The featured article this week is on the vExpert Applications which are now open.

A shorter newsletter this week, I have focused on VMware Blogs, but back to normal next week.

Have a great week everyone and enjoy the newsletter.

Warm Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
TWITTER: @VMWARETAM
BLOG: blogs.vmware.com/tam
Newsletter Archive: communities.vmware.com/blogs/vmwaretam

FEATURED ARTICLE
VMTN Blog: vExpert 2012 applications now open
It is this time of the year again, and the applications are now open for the vExpert 2012 selection.

 

In the years past, the program has attracted the most enthusiastic and active VMware users to become vExperts and help us spread knowledge and expertise about VMware technology. vExperts got access to software licenses, betas, and early access programs, as well as exclusive events at VMworld in Las Vegas and Copenhagen.

 

What’s next? Of course, more of the same. More licenses, more betas, and more VMworld. But starting in 2012, we will also have more vExperts, to include more VMware enthusiasts who may be doing their work of sharing the know-how away from the limelight of the Internet and public events.
Our vExperts in the past have for the most part fallen into two implicit groups: bloggers/writers/evangelists and VMUG leaders. This year, we are making explicit three different paths to becoming a vExpert.  As always, the common theme for the established and the new vExpert paths will be going above and beyond your day job to help others be successful with VMware solutions.

 

Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can now also apply via the Evangelist path.

 

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for internal evangelists and community leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have contributed to success stories, customer references, or public interviews and talks, or were active community contributors, such as VMUG leaders.

 

VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements.

 

Although we’re making the three pathways explicit this year, as always, there will remain a single vExpert designation; we aren’t splitting the program into sections. The only change is that now you will be able to select which application path to take, depending on where your main contributions lie.
You will find more details and a link to the application form at vmware.com/go/vexpert2012

 

The vExpert 2012 page also has a link to an invitation form that you can use to encourage your friends and colleagues who did not previously qualify for a vExpert designation as an Evangelist to apply in the other paths.
VMware vExpert Benefits:
Public recognition of the vExpert award with a certificate, gift, permission to display a logo, and inclusion in any public vExpert listing
Access to a private vExpert community of your peers
Free subscription to conference session materials on VMworld.com
Access to exclusive events, beta programs, software licenses, and other exclusive opportunities to participate in activities with VMware. vExperts do not represent VMware and are not required to participate in any activities
Applications are now open for the vExpert 2012 title. Use the vExpert 2012 form to submit your application, and the invitation form to encourage your peers to apply.

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.

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 AND CERTIFICATION
VMware Certified Professional 5 - Desktop (http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=28343&ui=www_cert)

The VMware Certified Professional 4 – Desktop (VCP4-DT) is directed toward Virtualization Systems Engineers who seek to demonstrate their ability to install and configure the VMware View environment and enable View Client users. Candidates must be able to configure the vSphere environment, possess a deep understanding of VMware core components and their relation to storage and networking and be proficient in datacenter design methodologies.

VCP 5 Promo (Australia)
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.

 

Contact 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
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
VROOM!: Network I/O Latency on vSphere 5
Network I/O latency is an important measurement, especially in latency-sensitive applications like those found in industries such as finance and trading, healthcare, transportation, and telecom (in particular, applications using Voice over IP). The end-to-end latency requirements of these applications vary from microseconds to milliseconds. And some of these applications, such as those utilizing Voice over IP, are more sensitive to jitter than end-to-end latency. So an important measurement to consider for vSphere performance in this scope is latency and jitter added due to virtualization.
vSphere performance testing in a recently published white paper shows that there is minimal network I/O latency due to virtualization overhead. The paper looks at several aspects of network I/O latency, including:

VMware vSphere Blog: iSCSI Advanced Settings
I've had a few questions recently about some of the iSCSI configuration parameters found in the Advanced Settings.
When iSCSI establishes a session between initiator and target, it has to login to the target. It will try to login for a period of LoginTimeout. If that exceeds, the login fails.
When iSCSI finishes a session between initiator and target, it has to logout of the target. It will try to logout for a period of LogoutTimeout. If that exceeds, the logout fails.
The other options relate to how we determine a DEAD PATH:

VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: Desktops are alive and well in a VDI World
Many users assume that virtual desktop adoption is directly tied to the demise of the PC.  But many VDI customers, and particularly smaller customers in education and government, are convinced that PCs are here to stay and will be the predominant endpoint device.  Here are some of the intriguing findings that I’ve gathered during my last few months spent talking with small to mid-market users about their plans.

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere Replication - Not protecting a single VMDK in a multidisk VM
Sometimes you have a multi-disk VM where for one reason or another one of the VMDKs doesn't need to be replicated to another site for recovery.  Maybe the data is meaningless like a pagefile or for whatever reason you don't want to use the bandwidth to replicate it. Perhaps it is being replicated through some other means and you just don't need it to be replicated by VR.
This is quite easy to do when using vSphere Replication.  When configuring the VM for replication you simply choose to "Disable replication for this disk".

VMware Global Alliances Blog: NetApp Releases Storage Best Practices for VMware vSphere 5
VMware® vSphere® 5, which shipped in the summer of 2011, delivers better application performance and availability for all business-critical applications while automating the management of an increasingly broad pool of datacenter resources.  That includes storage technology from NetApp, a valued partner that has worked closely with VMware to develop solutions that work together seamlessly and accelerate the shift to cloud computing for our mutual customers.

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.
Note: For best video quality, please view the videos in HD.
vCloud SDK for Java
Download Packages:
vCloud SDK for Java
Eclipse

VMware vSphere Blog: Automating Auto Expand Configuration for a dvPortgroup in vSphere 5
There was a recent blog article that references VMware KB 1022312 that provides a manual method of enabling a new feature in vSphere 5 for a distributed portgroup called Auto Expand. As the KB explains, Auto Expand is a new advanced option for a distributed portgroup (Static Binding only) that allows for the number of ports to automatically increase by a predefined amount (increment of 10) when it is about to run out of ports. This is a really neat feature with the distributed vSwitch and allows users to still continue to provision new virtual machines and not require a system administrator to manually increase the number of ports.

VMware Support Insider: Announcing the My VMware Beta Community
All the news seems to be around My VMware as we approach launch. Today, I'm happy to announce our My VMware Beta Community. This new community will provide a public forum for beta participants to ask questions, network, and provide feedback about My VMware.
My VMware is of course our much talked about, integrated, self-service, account-based site that will transform your product license and support experience by simplifying and streamlining your organization's interactions with us.
The My VMware beta is a temporary (sandbox) environment which provides an opportunity for you to interact with, explore, and experience the new My VMware site.
Visit: VMware Communities: My VMware Beta Sandbox

VMware Support Insider: New My VMware Datasheet
My VMware is coming, and fast! It's going to completely change the way you manage your licenses, open support requests, and even test new products with our Evals.
If you have not heard about any of this yet, or are looking for every new detail you can on it, we've just produced a 2 page, My VMware Datasheet (pdf). In it you'll find how we're simplifying many of the ways that you interact with us on the web. My VMware is Simplified, Streamlined, and Flexible. And it's all in one place. You asked for it, and we listened!
Download your datasheet here

VMware vCloud Blog: Overview of Disaster Recovery in vCloud Director
This article assumes the reader has knowledge of vCloud Director and vSphere. It will not go in to depth on some topics, we would like to refer to the Site Recovery Manager, vCloud Director andvSphere documentation for more in-depth details around some of the concepts.

VMware End User Computing: VMware View bridges Ubuntu to legacy Windows Applications
Now that VMware Partner Exchange (also known as PEX) is upon us, I would like to highlight the fruits of our collaboration with an important partner: Canonical.
Canonical just announced Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix, a new version of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating specially optimized for business with just the core applications needed in the business environment.
Canonical did their research talking to business to see what software they needed and as a result the VMware View Client is a key application included with the Remix edition.
This means that businesses or organizations looking to adopt Linux as the default operating system on PCs can still provide their users with access to legacy Windows applications using VMware View right out of the box.
Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix can be downloaded here:http://www.ubuntu.com/business/desktop/remix.

VMWARE TV BLOG
VMwareTV: VMware vCloud Client for iPad
Hold your cloud in your hands with the new VMware vCloud Client for iPad. The VMware vCloud Client for iPad empowers users to view and inspect their VMs, provision environments, and perform basic workload operations -- all from the convenience of an iPad. Existing vCloud users can quickly install the client from the Apple App Store and immediately access their vCloud environments. Learn more about VMware Cloud Infrastructure, solutions and offerings: bit.ly

VMwareTV: How To Get Started with VMware vCloud SDK for .NET
bit.ly -- How to get started with vCloud SDK for .Net in under 5 min

VMwareTV: How to Configure Group Policy Settings for PCoIP Session Variables
bit.ly - VMware View How to Series: Configuring Group Policy Settings for PCoIP Session Variables. Learn how to configure the PCoIP in the GPO to optimize your View desktop.

VMwareTV: How to Optmize the Master Desktop Image for VMware View
bit.ly - VMware View How to Series: How to Optmize the Master Desktop Image for VMware View. Learn how optimize your Windows desktop master image when configuring View desktops.

VMwareTV: Disaster Recovery in VMware vCloud Director
bit.ly -- VMware's Chris Colotti and Duncan Epping discuss their popular session at PEX 2012 on disaster recovery in the cloud. Some of the session attendees are also featured to give their feedback. For a technical overview of DR solutions in vCloud Director, visit the vCloud blog: bit.ly



SPRINGSOURCE
VMware vFabric Blog: Four Easy Steps to Deploy Enterprise Java Apps with Tier 3’s Starter Kit Blueprint for vFabric™
VMware Blogs 18/02/12 8:51 AM
Are you looking for a quick and easy way to deploy a small vFabric environment for your Java apps in just a few clicks – without the need to troubleshoot?
Tier 3, a VMware vCloud-powered service provider, has announced access to its Starter Kit Blueprint for VMware vFabric, which comes with four virtual machine instances and advanced vFabric application services. Each of the servers is configured with four gigabytes of memory and two virtual CPUs (vCPUs) by default, but users can change the configuration easily in the Tier 3 Control Portal after deployment.
Tier 3’s vFabric Starter Kit comes with:
vFabric tc Server
vFabric GemFire®
vFabric Web Server
vFabric Hyperic®
Deployment is very easy and can be done in four easy steps:

VMware vFabric Blog: Using GemFire to reduce a data-intensive batch job processing time from 15 HOURS to 19 MINUTES
VMware Blogs 15/02/12 11:08 PM
The problem:

 

    A great majority of data-intensive jobs run on databases, powered by either high-end  servers (sometimes even mainframes). From a traditional data processing perspective, all the data is kept on a single database instance or even on multiple instances, but all sharing the same data. (share-everything, no data partitioning).

VMware vFabric Blog: Insight Plugin Development Rock'n It
VMware Blogs 15/02/12 4:08 AM
Interested in creating a plugin for vFabric Spring Insight, but don't know where to start?

 


Jeroen Reijn wrote a great blog on how to create a plugin for the Hippo Site Toolkit (an image of plugin is at the left):
http://blog.jeroenreijn.com/2011/10/get-in-control-with-spring-insight.html

 

By chance this coincides with a webinar I'm (John Kew) doing this Thursday on plugin development, based off a similar talk I did with Gary Russell at SpringOne2GX. You can register for the webinar at: http://www.springsource.com/webinars

 

We are working furiously towards our 1.8 release for AppInsight 1.1 and vFabric 5.1. We also have a bunch of work going into the next major 2.0 release of Insight. We have a great number of new plugins and features coming. Get ready for some sweet Insighty action!

VMware vFabric Blog: Using Gemfire to offload data from mainframe
VMware Blogs 15/02/12 12:23 AM

    Many different reasons do exist on why customers want to migrate from mainframe to a modern platform. Reduzing cost is obviosly one of those main reasons and it basically come on different aspects:
     - Reduzing load (MIPs)
     - Reduzing space and sometimes power usage on Data Centers
     - Increasing the consolidation ratio
     - Be able to run commodity, much less expensive hardware
     - Use a more productive development environment
     - Employ less specialized developers, since mainframe developers are more rare at each day (and so more expensive)

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)

VMWARE VCAP CERTIFICATION
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 [V5.x]

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 2/11/12
VMware Blogs 14/02/12 1:19 AM
Apache HTTP Server
Modifying the time zone/daylight saving time information in Apache Tomcat and HTTP Server (2009869)
Date Published: 2/8/2012
Apache Tomcat
Tomcat blocking I/O connector thread pool never decreases in size (2010182)
Date Published: 2/8/2012
VMware Data Recovery
VMware Data Recovery fails to backup virtual machine with dedicated swap file disk (2013450)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
VMware ESX
Powering on a virtual machine fails with the error: You have your IDE devices (disks/CD-ROM) configured into a state that will not work (2010477)
Date Published: 2/7/2012
Date Published: 2/6/2012
Entering an invalid product ID key causes Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista virtual machine clones to reboot repeatedly (2008221)
Date Published: 2/7/2012
Fibre Channel Switch Outage leaves pending SCSI reservations on LUNs managed by an IBM SVC (2008333)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
Migrating ESX 4.1 Hosts to ESXi 4.1 Update 2  (2013377)
Date Published: 2/10/2012
How to check what Network/Storage device drivers in use in your environment (2007604)
Date Published: 2/8/2012
The messages log file reports the error: Too many vlans for srcPort x won't track vlan y (2011225)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
Configuring Network Time Protocol (NTP) on ESX/ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.0 hosts using the vSphere Client (2012069)
Date Published: 2/6/2012
Oracle Linux 6.2 virtual machines experience slow mouse and window behavior (2013045)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
VMware ESXi
Installing the HA Agent fails on all hosts, except one (2010648)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
Determining the VLAN information from the VEM module running on the ESXi host (2011258)
Date Published: 2/10/2012
Windows 2000 Terminal Server performance degraded when running under ESXi 5.0 (2012205)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
Creating or updating a host profile fails with the error: Socket error: [Errno 97] Address family not supported by protocol (2013184)
Date Published: 2/10/2012
Collecting the Windows Perfmon log data to diagnose virtual machine performance issues (2010970)
Date Published: 2/10/2012
Installing VMware Tools in a virtual machine fails with the error: This virtual machine does not have a CD-ROM drive configured (2010480)
Date Published: 2/7/2012
Decoding SW iSCSI initiator error codes (2012171)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
ESX/ESXi 4.x displays a purple diagnostic screen during shutdown: PANIC bora/vmkernel/main/dlmalloc.c:4758 (2013043)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
Failed write command to write-quiesced partition (2009482)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
Certificate warning is reported even after replacing vCenter Server 5.0 default SSL certificates with custom SSL certificates (2009857)
Date Published: 2/6/2012
Determining the IO statistics for virtual/physical NICs from the VEM module running on the ESXi host (2011257)
Date Published: 2/10/2012
Virtual machines are orphaned after rebooting the ESXi host on which they reside (2013301)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
VMware Fusion
Symantec Endpoint Encryption fails to work with VMware SCSI disks (2013159)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
Converting a virtual disk from SCSI to IDE in VMware Fusion 4.x (2013268)
Date Published: 2/8/2012
VMware Service Manager
Attaching a copy of the original email to the Service Manager call (2009740)
Date Published: 2/10/2012
Buttons disappear from a Call Closure screen when a reason is not specified (2010257)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
Clicking anywhere on the Service Manager Service Order search screen reports a Javascript error (2013186)
Date Published: 2/8/2012
When running Config Port import, Service Manager reports this error: Profile field does not have a profile field assigned - define one (2013269)
Date Published: 2/8/2012
The contents of a manual approval email do not show in the history of a task in VMware Service Manager (2013282)
Date Published: 2/8/2012
Numeric fields in the Service Manager Customer portal accepts non-numeric characters (2013370)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager licenses show as Deactivated (2011261)
Date Published: 2/10/2012
vCM patch deployment wizard does not display all patches that are reported as need by the data grid (2011724)
Date Published: 2/6/2012
VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)
Resetting user passwords in vCenter Operations Manager (2013358)
Date Published: 2/10/2012
vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 GA only:  Advanced user interface reports the error message “500 The call failed on the server” (2013360)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
VMware vCenter Operations Standard
Selecting a subset of the vCenter Server inventory to monitor in vCenter Operations Standard (1036195)
Date Published: 2/8/2012
VMware vCenter Orchestrator
vCenter Orchestrator servers with a hyphen in the name report the error: The connection url doesn't match the database type or the required format (2013329)
Date Published: 2/10/2012
Connecting to the vCenter Orchestrator server appliance fails with the error: Incompatible Server Version (2012512)
Date Published: 2/6/2012
VMware vCenter Server
Checking the status of vCenter Server performance rollup jobs (2012226)
Date Published: 2/8/2012
Enabling HA fails with the error: vim.fault.AgentInstallFailed (2010332)
Date Published: 2/8/2012
Uninstalling or modifying linked mode configuration in vCenter Server 5.0 when the vCenter database is unavailable (2013374)
Date Published: 2/10/2012
Installing vSphere Authentication Proxy fails with the error: Failed to initialize CAMAdapter (2010468)
Date Published: 2/6/2012
HA does not failover a virtual machine when Storage vMotion of the virtual machine is in progress (2013020)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat
Upgrading to vCenter 4.0 and vCenter Server Heartbeat (1038521)
Date Published: 2/8/2012
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Guest IP Customization in SRM 5.x fails with the error: Cannot complete customization, possibly due to a scripting runtime error or invalid script parameters (2010581)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
Pairing VRMS server with vCenter Server fails with the error: Unacceptable signature algorithm: MD5withRSA (2013087)
Date Published: 2/7/2012
VMware vCloud Director
Changing the database connection password on a vCloud Director cell (2009937)
Date Published: 2/6/2012
VMware vFabric Enterprise Ready Server
Specifying a minimum key length for SSL/TLS in Apache HTTP Server, ERS Server, and vFabric Web Server (2009867)
Date Published: 2/8/2012
Unpacking self-extracting (.sfx) files on 64bit Linux systems fails with the error: No such file or directory (2009935)
Date Published: 2/8/2012
VMware vFabric tc Server
Tomcat cluster manager fails to transfer state with error: SEVERE: Manager [localhost]: No session state send (2009723)
Date Published: 2/9/2012
VMware vFabric Web Server
Redirecting URL requests using the mod_rewrite module in Apache HTTP Server, vFabric Enterprise Ready Server, or vFabric Web Server (2009851)
Date Published: 2/8/2012
Advantages of 32bit and 64bit versions of Apache 2.2 (2010146)
Date Published: 2/8/2012
Running the binaries packed with vFabric ERS or vFabric Web Server fails with the error: No such file or directory (2010199)
Date Published: 2/8/2012
VMware View Manager
Encrypted USB devices require administrative privileges when used in View desktops (2012264)
Date Published: 2/7/2012
VMware vShield
vShield Manager plugin in vSphere reports the error: The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found (2005703)
Date Published: 2/7/2012
VMware vSphere Management Assistant
Enabling vilogger on an ESXi host fails when lockdown mode is enabled (2009769)
Date Published: 2/6/2012
Zimbra Collaboration Server
Deleting backup labels in Zimbra (2013182)
Date Published: 2/6/2012

From the editors Virtual Desk
What a busy week, it feels like the first completely full week that I have had since festivities started last year december. All of my customers were pretty much back at work in full force and I had a complete work week with no distractions at all. I feel very productive

The main feature for me this week was vCenter Operations 5.0 Advanced for my customers. Many of them have version 1.0 already or a similar solution such as Capacity IQ. With the release of vCenter Operations 5.0 my customers were keen to get stuck in and deploy the new system. I posted some gotcha’s last week but for those that are going to do this please be aware that an IP Pool is required as the new OVF is a vApp. The most critical part is the first run through and the parameters that are inserted into the solution such as the networking type (Fixed/Transient/DHCP) and other such parameters. I suggest that you read the blog post on this and then when you have deployed check the console of the UI or Analysis VM for any errors before you continue to setup the solution.

My current success with this is 100% once you know what to do and it is a very cool way of easily deploying and setting up an entire system. I really hope that this is the way forward and that the simplicity and easy to deploy nature of this system is continued through to all of our solutions and our partners look at doing the same. If you are deploying and require any assistance I suggest a quick call to your TAM should help you along the way.

Last week’s I wrote a blog posting on the TAM website which I encourage you to visit and have a read.

That’s it for this week, enjoy the newsletter. Don’t forget to check the KB articles at the end as always and discuss any issues or requirements with your TAM.

Warm Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
TWITTER: @VMWARETAM
BLOG: blogs.vmware.com/tam
Newsletter Archive: communities.vmware.com/blogs/vmwaretam

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.

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 AND CERTIFICATION
BRISBANE COURSES
VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.0]
Start date:           5 March 2012
Location:              Brisbane
Length:                 2 days
Cost:                      AUD $1640 (excl GST) /person

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]
Start date:           19 March 2012
Location:              Brisbane
Length:                 5 days
Cost:                      AUD $3850 (excl GST) /person

VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V5.0]
Date:                     7 March
Location:              Brisbane
Length:                 3 days
Cost:                     AUD $2720

New Book - The Official VCP5 Certification Guide
This is the first and only official guide to VMware's new VCP510 (VCP 5) exam. Organized to follow VMware's newest exam blueprint, it's also designed from the ground up to be both engaging and enjoyable. Author Bill Ferguson acts like a "study buddy," encouraging virtualization professionals, anticipating their questions, and helping them gain both mastery and confidence.

VCP 5 Promo (Australia)
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.

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

VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS
vCO Team: VMware Virtual Customer Labs Automated with vCenter Orchestrator
The virtual Insanity blog has a good article describing the VMware virtual Customer Lab (vCL) consisting in a fully automated cloud solution where users can checkout VMware software solutions for 14 days of testing and training/education.
The article explains what is the vCL and how it works. A part of the solution involves a vCO powered request / approval portal. Read more about it here.

VMware vSphere Blog: Migrating RDMs, and a question for RDM Users.
On a number of occasions recently, I had to investigate what happened to a Raw Device Mapping (RDM) when:
The VM to which the RDM was attached was Storage vMotion'ed (VM Powered On)
The VM to which the RDM was attached was Cold Migrated (VM Powered Off)
Some of you may even have been following along the comments in some of my previous postings. Well, this is what I observed, testing with both pRDMs and vRDMs.

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: PowerCLI 5.0.1 vCloud Director – Stopping and starting vApps
In a previous video we showed you how to get started with PowerCLI 5.0.1 and specifically the vCloud Director (vCD) cmdlets, we show you how to gain a list of cmdlets which were added to PowerCLI 5.0.1 for managing vCD and how to use some of these cmdlets to gather data from your vCD infrastructure.

VMware vSphere Blog: Introduction to the vSphere API Part 1
In our previous article, we quickly looked at the differences between an API and an SDK. In this article, we will take a look at a high level summary of what makes up the vSphere API.
Overview
The vSphere API provides an interface for users to access the capabilities and features of the vSphere platform which includes the vCenter Server and ESX(i) hosts. Capabilities such as host management, virtual machine provisioning, monitoring, etc. are exposed as a Web Services API from both a vCenter Server and ESX(i) host. Depending on the feature, certain functionalities of the API will only be available at the vCenter Server (e.g. VM Cloning or Storage DRS).

VMware vSphere Blog: The vCloud Director Appliance
Evaluating software to make sure that it is fit for purpose in your environment can be a time consuming task.  One has to acquire the hardware, get the software, and configure the environment.  Only then can they get to the business of performing the evaluation.  Of course, virtualization helps here.  Just a quick look at the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace and you’ll see hundreds of pre-packaged solutions ready for you to download and play with.

VMware End User Computing: Antivirus Scanning in a VMware View Virtual Desktop Environment That Includes ThinApp Virtualized Applications
When you have ThinApp virtualized applications installed in a VMware View virtual desktop environment, what do you need to do to set up antivirus protection?
You may think that ThinApp virtualized applications protect the desktop from viruses and other malware during application use because of the “virtual bubble” created for user activity. Yes, the ThinApp “virtual bubble” can offer a layer of protection against runtime modifications to files and registry keys. But running ThinApp virtualized applications is similar to running native applications on the desktop: you need to protect the desktop.

VMTN Blog: Join the VMware Community Circle on Google+
You probably have heard about Google+, but most people haven't really checked out this new social network. Google+ has some of the good qualities of both Twitter and Facebook, and it could turn out to be quite a nice way for IT professionals interested in VMware, virtualization, cloud computing, and IT transformation to hang out.
Google+ has some of the nicer qualities of Twitter, in that you can follow your interest graph, not your social graph. If you're reading this blog, that means you can follow fellow IT professionals and talk about jumbo frames without Aunt Helga asking how you're going to attach them to the wall.

VMware vSphere Blog: DRS VM-Host Affinity "must-rules" remain active after disabling DRS
Frank Denneman, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, VMware
vSphere 4.1 and vSphere 5 offer the ability to create virtual machine to host affinity rules. A VM-Host affinity rule specifies an affinity relationship between a group of virtual machines and a group of hosts. There are 'mandatory' rules (designated by "must") and 'preferential' rules (designated by "should".)

Rethink IT: vCloud Integration Manager and more clouds in more countries
Today, VMware is announcing new software designed specifically for our service provider partners called vCloud Integration Manager. We developed Integration Manager to provide a simple and standardized way for service providers to provision vCloud Director, vShield and vSphere in order to more quickly get new customers up and running on a cloud service. Until now, service providers either had to do these tasks manually, or redirect valuable software development resources to writing undifferentiated "glue code" and/or automation scripts.

VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: Introducing vCenter Protect (Shavlik Technologies acquisition)
VMware and Shavlik Technologies have been partners for years and decided to officially tie the knot in 2011. vCenter Protect (formerly Shavlik NetChk Protect) complements vSphere perfectly and helps medium and smaller organizations to manage the transition from physical to virtual.  With vCenter Protect, we are transforming IT solutions to enable IT generalists to take advantage of the efficiencies gained with the latest technologies, while using a simplified, easy-to-use IT Management solution at an affordable price.

Business Critical Applications: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery for Organizations of All Sizes
Whether you’re a large enterprise or small to midsized business, VMware solutions enable you to reduce costs and simplify your plans for business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR).
For customer sites with up to 75 virtual machines: Save 40 percent off a 75-VM pack of VMware Site Recovery Manager™ Standard and vCenter Operations™ Enterprise.
For customer sites with more than 75 virtual machines: Introducing the Business Production Bundle, a 75-VM pack of Site Recovery Manager Enterprise, vCenter Operations Enterprise, and VMware vShield App. Purchase it now and receive 75 free Training Credits (value $7,500 USD). Training can be instructor-led or webbased and expires after one year.

VMware vSphere Blog: Using HP’s Online VIB Repository
I just learned about the online VIB repository that HP has made available at http://vibsdepot.hp.com.
This is a great resource and I thought I would give a quick overview on how you can access this repository to browse the contents and add the VIBs to your Image Profiles.

VMware vSphere Blog: The Importance of VM Size to NUMA Node Size
vSphere is pretty smart when it comes to managing physical memory and determining where best to place a virtual machine’s memory given how busy each NUMA node is in the physical server.  If a VM is running in a busy NUMA node, the ESXi kernel will automatically migrate the virtual machine to a less busy NUMA node in the server in order to get better performance.

VMware vSphere Blog: The vCloud Director Adapter
It’s amazing how quickly the resources in your IaaS implementation will get consumed.  Leveraging the vCloud Director catalog and vApp template features, users don’t have to deal with the tedious activities associated with standing up new environments.  This ease of use facilitates the consumption of resources.

vCenter Orchestrator Blog: Configuration Elements revisited
A configuration element is a list of attributes you can use to configure constants across a whole Orchestrator server deployment. That’s what the vCO documentation states. In other words, the configuration elements are the easiest way offered by vCO to organize and establish a set of constant values which will be accessible from any key element of vCO (workflows, policies and web views).

VMware vSphere Blog: Storage DRS affinity rules and alternate swapfile location
By default Storage DRS applies an Intra-VM affinity rule to each virtual machine. This default rule is commonly referred to as the VMDK affinity rule. The Intra-VM affinity rule keeps the files belonging to a virtual machine, such as the VMX file, Swap files and VMDK files together on the same datastore. If a virtual machine is migrated out of a datastore, all files will be migrated.

VMWARE TV BLOG

SPRINGSOURCE
Cloud Foundry Now Supports the Rails Console
Ruby and Rails developers can now remotely access the popular rails console using the Cloud Foundry command line tool (VMC). This new feature enables inspection of the Cloud Foundry Runtime App environment, troubleshooting application issues in runtime, and even the ability to modify data “on the fly” for one-off admin tasks.  Using the new vmc rails-console command, developers can target any Cloud Foundry instance, including the upcoming release of Micro Cloud Foundry.
Getting Started
First, install or update your Cloud Foundry command line tool (‘VMC’) to the latest preview version using the following command:
gem install vmc --pre
You can verify that you got the right version using:
vmc -v
which should show the version to be 0.3.16.beta.3 or higher.
Next, push or update a Rails app using vmc push.
To access the console, run:
vmc rails-console appname
That’s all there is to it!  Read on for a more detailed example…

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
The Trouble with CA SSL Certificates and ESXi 5
For those of you that follow me on Twitter you’ll know that I’ve been having some fun this week with changing out the default VMware generated SSL certificates on a greenfields deployment of vSphere 5 that will be supporting a large public cloud. Changing certificates is nothing new, and in environments that are concerned with security it is common practice. However it has been my experience that changing certificates with ESX(i) and vCenter has always been a bit of a challenge (I have done it on vSphere 4.x before this).  It can be very time consuming and error prone, especially if you haven’t done it before. One of the things that makes it hard for people to get this right is that there is no one document or source of truth that explains in sufficient detail what the requirements and supported configurations are or how to implement CA signed ssl certificates in ESX(i) and vCenter Server. This has tripped up many organizations both large and small. I’m hoping that the information in this article will help and encourage more people to change out the default certs (to improve security), and make the process far more reliable and easier to achieve with vSphere 5. This article will focus on successfully changing the default VMware SSL certificates on ESXi 5 hosts with CA signed certificates using a Microsoft CA (it will also work with public and OpenSSL CAs, but I have not tested it yet).

How-to disable ssh for the host has been enabled message in ESXi 5
SSH for the host has been enabled – how to disable this message.
The other day when I updated my very old article on How to activate SSH on ESXi, I thought that I have posted already an article on the deactivation of the ssh for the host has been enabled warning message in vSphere 5. But I didn’t. You could already find it on VMware communities or VMware KB articles, but this is also for my own bookmarking …. -:).

Is Lockdown Mode Really Locked Down?
I read a good blog article recently about a caveat with SSH keys and Lockdown Mode in ESXi 5 by William Lam at virtuallyGhetto. Now that SSH keys are fully supported in ESXi 5, and this will allow an authorized user to continue to log into the host even when Lockdown Mode is enabled, is Lockdown Mode really locked down enough?

Unofficial VMware View PCoIP Adapter for VCOps
VMware View adapter for vCenter Operations is close to GA date. That’s is fantastic; and it will give VMware View administrators the long waited insight on what’s happening with the virtual desktops and virtual desktop infrastructure.

VMware Goodies – Free Posters to download
vSphere ESXi 5 free poster
Two Free posters from VMware.
In case that you did not see the information elsewhere there is a great 2 PDF posters to download from VMware. There is a Power CLI 5.0 poster and also VMware ESXi 5 Reference poster. Both are delivered as a PDFs.

QUADStor delivers Storage Virtualization and VAAI - for free!
Are you a VMware ESXi small business (or even home) user and do you enviously look at Enterprise and high budget customers who can afford fancy high performance SAN boxes with storage virtualization features and VAAI support? Stop being envious and have a look at QUADstor's storage virtualization software. It is currently in beta and offered for free. And it has all the features that are normally

How cool and useful is Storage DRS?!
I was just playing around in my lab and created a whole bunch of VMs when I needed to deploy to large virtual machines. Both of them had 500GB disks. The first one deployed without a hassle, but the second one was impossible to deploy, well not impossible for Storage DRS. Just imagine you had to figure this out yourself! Frank wrote a great article about the logic behind this and there is no reason for me to repeat this, just head over to Frank’s blog if you want to know more..

Technical Whitepaper - VMware vSphere Distributed Switch Best Practices
This paper provides best practice guidelines for deploying the VMware vSphere® distributed switch (VDS) in a vSphere environment. The advanced capabilities of VDS provide network administrators with more control of and visibility into their virtual network infrastructure. This document covers the di!erent considerations that vSphere and network administrators must take into account when designing the network with VDS. It also discusses some standard best practices for configuring VDS features.

Technical Whitepaper - VMware vSphere VMFS-5 Upgrade Considerations
VMware vSphere 5.0 introduced a new version of the flagship vSphere Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) known as VMFS-5. VMFS-5 offers a variety of new features, including:
• Larger single extent volume (64TB)
• Larger Virtual Machine Disks (VMDKs): 2TB – 512 bytes with a new unified 1MB block size
• More and smaller sub-blocks (8KB) to reduce the amount of stranded/unused space
•  Improvements in performance and scalability via the implementation of the vSphere vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI) primitive ATS (Atomic Test & Set) across all datastore operations.

Setting the default affinity rule for Storage DRS
On my blog article for yesterday “Rob M” commented that the default affinity rule for Storage DRS (SDRS), keep VM files together, did not make sense to him. One of the reasons this affinity rule is set is because customers indicated that from an operational perspective it would be easier if all files of a given VM (vmx / vmdk’s) would reside in the same folder. Especially troubleshooting was one of the main reasons, as this lowers complexity. I have to say that I fully agree with this, I’ve been in the situation where I needed to recover virtual machines and having them spread across multiple datastore really complicates things.

TCP and UDP ports used in VMware’s products
TCP and UDP ports which are used and should be modified for each product.
I found an interesting KB article, which shows you all ports required for all VMware Products. If you dealing with firewalls for local/remote sites, and using VMware Products, this KB might be helpfull since it groups all the products and different ports required to be opened.
The long list of products and especially the list of ports is quite impressive…

Technical Whitepaper - Scalable Cloud Network with Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches and VXLAN
Many customers are building private or public clouds. Intrinsic to cloud computing is having multiple tenants with numerous applications using the cloud infrastructure. Each of these tenants and applications needs to be logically isolated from each other, even at the networking level. For example, a three-tier application can have multiple virtual machines requiring logically isolated networks between the virtual machines.

Using a CNAME (DNS alias) to mount an NFS datastore
I was playing around in my lab with NFS datastores today. I wanted to fail-over a replicated NFS datastore without the need to re-register the virtual machines running on them. I had mounted the NFS datastore using the IP address and as that is used to create the UUID it was obvious that it wouldn’t work. I figured there should be a way around it but after a quick search on the internet I still hadn’t found anything yet.

How to get VMware View Desktop Login Count
I was reading tweets today and someone asked for a way to retrieve how often desktops are used – how many times users log into virtual desktops. I am not sure the reason behind the request but this is possible via the VMware View PowerCLI command Get-EventReport.
Get-EventReport -viewName user_events | Where {$_.eventtype -eq "AGENT_CONNECTED"} | Group-Object machineid | Format-Table *
The problem with Get-EventReport is that the output is the machineid property, not allowing administrator to identify the virtual desktops.

Distributed vSwitches and vCenter outage, what’s the deal?
Recently my colleague Venky Deshpande released  a whitepaper around VDS Best Practices. This white paper describes various architectural options when adopting a VDS only strategy. A strategy of which I can see the benefits. On Facebook multiple people made comments around why this would be a bad practice instead of a best practice, here are some of the comments:

vCheck 6.0 released
One of the most popular scripts on my site with 26,966 downloads of v5 has been the vCheck script, for those of you who haven’t seen this yet here is a quick summary of this script:
Summary
vCheck is a vCenter checking script, the script is designed to run as a scheduled task before you get into the office to present you with key information via an email directly to your inbox in a nice easily readable format.

How-to determine the number of vCPU’s to allocate to virtual machines
How many vCPU’s to allocate to virtual machines?
When creating new VM, one of the first questions is “how many vCPU’s to allocate to virtual machine”…. When you start an assistant in VMware vSphere and start to create a new VM, it will pick up the “right” elements depending on the template which you’ll choose from the drop down box. The correct hdd controler, network card type, etc etc… But the values about the vCPU are the not always the best to fit your environment.

Reminder: Keep an eye on your vCenter SQL DB
Past two months I’ve received three calls from customers who’s vCenter suddenly stopped working because their SQL database had stopped because the logs had filled up. Turns out few people regularly check the status of their SQL database. VMware has written some very good KB articles on what to do when your SQL DB fills up and stops. So this blog post is only a wake-up call for you to check on your database.

Fling: Auto Deploy GUI
Many of you probably know the PXE Manager fling which Max Daneri created… Max has been working on something really cool, a brand new fling: Auto Deploy GUI! I had the pleasure of test driving the GUI and providing early feedback to Max when he had just started working on it and since then it has come a long way! It is a great and useful tool which I hope will at some point be part of vCenter. Once again, great work Max! I suggest that all of you check out this excellent fling and provide Max with feedback so that he can continue to develop and improve it.

Stratus vCenter Uptime Appliance
I noticed the term “Stratus vCenter Uptime Appliance” a couple of weeks ago but couldn’t find any details on it. It appears that Stratus has now officially announced their vCenter Uptime Appliance. The appliance is built on the company’s fault-tolerant, Intel® processor-based ftServer architecture. In short, these systems are kept in lockstep and if one fails the other one will take over.

vSphere Web Client SSL Cert not updated after vCenter SSL Cert Changed
I’ve had a few people ask me over the last couple of days why their vSphere Web Client SSL certificates are not being updated when they change the vCenter SSL Certificate as per my articleThe Trouble with CA SSL Certificates and vCenter 5.  The normal reason for this is that the vSphere Web Client, when installed on the vCenter Server, stores it’s SSL certificates in a completely different location to that of vCenter Server. I’ve also since found out since publishing my other articles that this is true for the Inventory Service also. Why both of these services when installed on the vCenter Server don’t leverage the same SSL certificate location I’m not sure. My previous article has now been updated to include the replacement of the SSL cert for the Inventory Service, and also mentions the vSphere Web Client when installed on the same system as vCenter.

VMWARE VCAP CERTIFICATION
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 [V5.x]

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
Please Check http://blogs.vmware.com/kbdigest/ for the latest articles as they were not available at the time of writing.

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone and welcome to February 2012. January has been such a jam packed month for news and I have been so busy that it has just flown by. We have had some massive launches in January such as one of my favorites vCenter Operations Manager 5.0.

As we head into february I will be ramping up my learning for the VCAP and hope to attend the vSphere 5 Design Course as well very soon if time permits as this I believe will be great preparation for taking the VCAP-DCD. I also hope to attend a few other courses over the coming months which I think will be very helpful as well including vCloud Director 1.5 and SRM 5.

Have you seen the VMware Resolution Path KB articles. I have posted an article about them and think they will be very useful as part of your support and troubleshooting toolkit.

As many of you know I am the custodian of the VMware TAM blog which is located at blogs.vmware.com/tam, I encourage you to not only visit this blog as I try and get a new blog post up each month but also to let me know what sort of blog posting you might be interested in and I will try and get this done for you.

So onwards to this weeks newsletter.

Warm Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
TWITTER: @VMWARETAM
BLOG: blogs.vmware.com/tam
Newsletter Archive: communities.vmware.com/blogs/vmwaretam

FEATURED ARTICLE
Preserving Multi-Cloud Choice and Flexibility with Cloud Foundry “Open PaaS”
Posted by Steve Herrod
Chief Technology Officer
It has been nine months since we launched Cloud FoundryTM - the industry’s first open platform as a service (aka PaaS).  Cloud Foundry debuted with both the CloudFoundry.com service and as an open source project via CloudFoundry.org and we have seen a rich ecosystem of technology providers and service providers emerge around Cloud Foundry.  Offering a choice of clouds, developer frameworks and application services, Cloud Foundry, currently available in beta, makes it faster and easier to build, deploy and scale applications.
We have made great progress delivering a choice of frameworks and application services to developers and now want to highlight the choice of both public and private clouds Cloud Foundry provides today.
Multi-Cloud - “Write Once, Cloud Anywhere”
As PaaS gains momentum, there will be more choices of cloud destinations. Some developers might want to keep the entire development and deployment within their organization’s firewall; others may want to build internally and deploy via a hosted service, or vice versa.
As you make choices about cloud technology, one critical factor is whether you have a choice of clouds from which to deploy your applications. Ultimately, what many software developers want is an open PaaS environment with a choice of public, private and hybrid clouds for deployment.
When you build and deploy applications using Cloud Foundry’s open architecture and open source availability you don’t have to worry about being locked into a single cloud.

continue reading at: http://blogs.vmware.com/console/2012/01/preserving-multi-cloud-choice-and-flexibility-with-cloud-foundry-open-paas.html

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.

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 AND CERTIFICATION
New Book - The Official VCP5 Certification Guide
This is the first and only official guide to VMware's new VCP510 (VCP 5) exam. Organized to follow VMware's newest exam blueprint, it's also designed from the ground up to be both engaging and enjoyable. Author Bill Ferguson acts like a "study buddy," encouraging virtualization professionals, anticipating their questions, and helping them gain both mastery and confidence.

VMware vSphere Blog: vCloud Director Certification
Recently, the question came up if VMware was planning to develop a certification around vCloud Director.
Yes, we are indeed!
As there is still a fair amount of work being done on this front, it would be a bit pre-mature to go into details now.  For those of you who are attending VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) 2012 on February 13th -16th in Las Vegas, you will be among the first to get more details on this exciting development.

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.

 

Contact 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
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 Support Insider: Resolution Path KB articles - the best thing since sliced bread
You're all familiar with the VMware Knowledgebase, but do you know what a Resolution Path KB is?  Well, it's a very special kind of KB article, and we've incorporated Mind Maps into them too, but more on that in a minute.
Resolution Path KBs are collections of modular steps that can be used to solve tech support issues. Being modular, they can be re-used in other resolution paths. A good example is using the ping command to test network connectivity. This step is used in all kinds of troubleshooting procedures. Put a number of these steps together, and you can create sets of very methodical troubleshooting steps.

VMware vSphere Blog: What could be writing to a VMFS when no Virtual Machines are running?
This was an interesting question that came my way recently. One of our storage partners wanted to ensure that a VMFS volume was completely quiesced (no activity) and was interested to know what could possibly be the cause of writes to the VMFS volume when all Virtual Machines were powered off.

VMware Austria Blog: VMworld Europe 2012
VMworld Europe 2012 in Barcelona - Pre Registration is open - don´t miss it.....
http://www.vmwareemeablog.com/uk/save-the-date-vmworld-europe-2012-9th-11th-october-barcelona

vCenter Orchestrator Blog: SQL plug-in comes on the stage to leverage basic database operations
Are you still excited about SAOP and Rest plug-ins? Another powerful plug-in has already come on the stage! The VMware vCenter Orchestrator SQL plug-in provides fast and straightforward way to perform basic database operations like insert, select, update and delete of table records.
Let's learn more about its core features.
Packaged workflows

VMware vSphere Blog: Cloud Security Standards, Are they coming to a cloud near you?
I was recently reading an article about cloud security standards and found it quite interesting of the struggles service providers are going through right now without official security standards.  Standards are on the way from several industry groups including vendor back groups to help. But what is happening in the meantime is what I found interesting.

VMware Global Alliances Blog: Less Data, More Information
VMware recently launched the 5.0 version of the VMware vCenter Operations Management™ Suitewhich represents one of VMware’s 3 management product suites. To get a comprehensive overview of the operations management suite, I recommend reviewing the blogs from our product experts:Martin Klaus and Rob Smoot.
One of the many benefits of VMware’s management suite is that it offers clearer and greater visibility into the entire data center via new dashboards.  To help depict the value of these dashboards, let’s take a look at the data I may want to capture as part of my triathlon training:
Health (current state) – Heart rate taking into account variables such as weather, fatigue, etc.
Risk (proactive warning) – Am I at risk for an IT band injury and how can I prevent it?
Efficiency (resource utilization) – What are my average splits and where a

Business Critical Applications: Facts about Virtualizing Oracle (part 2 of 2: Oracle Licensing)
Many Oracle products, including the database, are licensed by physical processor. This licensing model works well in a physical world, in which customers typically run one application per host and physical processors are easy to track. But this model is not well-adapted to a virtual world. VMware vSphere® enables you to consolidate multiple workloads in the form of virtual machines on a single host. Additionally, VMware enables you to move these virtual machines across hosts with VMware vMotion®, VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and High Availability (HA). When running products that are licensed by physical processor on vSphere, customers should ensure the following:

VMware vSphere Blog: Something I didn't known about VMFS sub-blocks
Well, there is probably quite a lot I don't know about VMFS sub-blocks to be honest, but I recently learnt something new about sub-blocks on VMFS which I thought I already understood, but clearly didn't.
Sub-blocks are small allocations on a VMFS volume, and they are used to back small files. This saves space as you do not have to use a full file block to back a very small file (and on VMFS-3, this file block could be as large as 8MB).

VMware vSphere Blog: Configuration Settings for ALUA Devices
If you've got an ALUA array, you've probably wondered what all those obscure configration settings mean in the esxcli device listing. I certainly have.
Let me show you what I mean.

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: Checking the Pay-As-You-Go MHz Issue
Whilst sitting in a vCD Deep Dive presentation by Aidan Dalgliesh and David Hill last week at the London VMUG they explained an issue which has been reported on multiple occasions, they have seen this more than once on customer deployments and the issue had been reported on the internet both by Massimo Re Ferre and Kendrick Coleman.

VMware Global Alliances Blog: Five Stars for New VMware Solution Exchange
That’s the rating I give to our newly launched VMware® Solution Exchange (VSX).  Why? Because it’s an on-ramp that gives you the opportunity to discover, evaluate and expedite the buying process for virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions—all in one convenient place.
Want to know what others think about a product that you’d like to try? Use VSX to check out user-generated star ratings and real-world reviews.

VMware vCloud Blog: The Cloud Vendor Landscape – The VMware Advantage According to the Taneja Group
In a recent evaluation of ten of the leading cloud solution vendors (including Microsoft, Red Hat, Amazon, Rackspace and others), the Taneja Group determined that VMware stands out as the clear cloud leader due to its broad portfolio of virtualization and cloud management solutions, service provider ecosystem, and cross-cloud enabling tools and interfaces.

VMware vSphere Blog: Troubleshooting Auto Deploy Rules
A common problem I come across when helping customers implement Auto Deploy is they PXE boot their hosts and instead of seeing the Auto Deploy server install ESXi  they get an error complaining that the server was unable to find a valid image profile:

VMware vSphere Blog: Having a performance problem hard to resolve? – Have you checked your host BIOS lately…
Power Saving turned on in the server BIOS has been the cause of many performance issues reported in vSphere 4.1. In fact it has been the #1 resolution to performance problems reported in the past few months.  It has masked itself as performance issues with CPU, memory, network, and even storage.  Certain applications are also very sensitive to processing speed latencies may show less than expected performance when processor power management features are enabled.  Before spending many hours trying to identify performance issues check to make sure that power saving is turned off in the server BIOS and then check to see if the problem still persists.  If the problem still exists then you it would be worth it to troubleshoot the problem.

SPRINGSOURCE AND CLOUD FOUNDRY BLOG
ThemaTweets – Visualizing the french elections buzz on Cloud Foundry
As the platform matures, we see many cool applications being built on top of Cloud Foundry. This is the first in a series of guest blog posts by application developers explaining what their application does, how it is architected, what they like in Cloud Foundry and what needs to be improved.
Guest blog post by Eric Bottard
ThemaTweets2012 allows you to visualize what people say about the french elections candidates on Twitter, how these candidates relate to key themes of this 2012 event and analyze information under several angles.



VMWARE TV BLOG
VMwareTV: VMware Cloud Management Dashboard
Does your Cloud Management Dashboard look more like a '72 Buick, or a Formula One race car? More importantly, does it provide you with the real, actionable data you need to win the race? vCenter Operations Management Suite let's you know exactly what's going on in your virtual and cloud infrastructure, AND gives you the power to drill into the details if something goes wrong. Cloud Management from VMware -- It just works. Start your free trial of vCenter Operations Management Suite today: bit.ly

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
Virtual Infrastructure Navigator with vSphere Web Client HA
A little while ago I posted an article outlining a design that provides a solution for Scalability and High Availability for the vSphere Web Client in vSphere 5 for enterprise environments. Many of these enterprise environments that might want scalability for the vSphere Web Client may also be deploying the new vCenter Operations Manager 5 Suite, Enterprise Edition (or above), which includes Virtual Infrastructure Navigator. I’m pleased to report that so far my testing seems to suggest that both will integrate successfully. When I deployed VIN I needed to ensure it was on the same network as vCenter, else the asset wouldn’t appear in vCenter License section and I couldn’t apply the license or start the discoveries. If you haven’t seen or heard about vCenter Operations Manager 5 Suite yet I would encourage you to check it out.

Creating an IP-Pool for VC Ops
I was importing the VC Ops virtual appliance and during the import I got a question around IP addresses. So I figured I would enter two IP addresses and that would be it. As soon as I powered on the VM I received the following error:

New EMC + vSphere Techbooks–get em while they’re hot!
The EMC VNX and VMware vSphere Techbook (this the reference text for any customers/partners/EMCers who use EMC VNX arrays with vSphere – which translates to a LOT of people) has been updated! It is downloadable – so click the link...

PCoIP: Troubleshooting
This is the first part of the PCoIP Trilogy that I will be working on over the coming weeks. In this part I am looking at how to troubleshoot PCoIP issues using the new PCoIP Log Viewer. I'll take you step-by-step through the PCoIP log information, explaining what each counter means. I have also added a small case study which I'm hoping will help you inturprut the data a little better, allowing you to diagnose PCoIP issues on your own environment.

PCoIP Log Viewer 2.0
This is a tool I've been using almost daily in my current project and for the past few months. Now It's finally been released to the public! The tool has been created by Chuck Hirtsius – one of the EUC Specialist's within VMware.
The release you see here today is the first release of the tool that provides log file visualization as well as real-time monitoring of the PCoIP WMI counters.

VMware Thin Disks on EMC Virtual Provisioning
Even before I left VMware for EMC I was being asked to comment on “thin on thin”: the use of VMware thin VMDKs on virtually/thin provisioned storage.  As a VMware employee I recommended VMware’s thin provisioning but referred to storage vendors for their own best practices.
Now, as a member of the storage vendor community, I will answer for EMC. I will do so with detailed text from an outstanding TechBook I recently discovered on EMC’s Powerlink. This paper, Using Symmetrix Storage in VMware vSphere Environments (Version 7), provides incredible detail on the relationship between VMware thin disks and Symmetrix virtual provisioning. Its guidance is clear and simple.

Video - Configure ESXi host swapping to a solid-state disk
vSphere 5.0 can be confgured to enable VMware ESXi host swapping to a solid-state disk (SSD). In the low host memory–available states (high memory usage), where guest ballooning, transparent page sharing (TPS) and memory compression have not been sufcient to reclaim the needed host memory, hypervisor swapping is used as the last resort to reclaim memory from the virtual machines. vSphere employs three methods to address limitations of hypervisor swapping to improve hypervisor swapping performance.

VMware Project Onyx for vSphere 5
Onyx is a standalone application that serves as a proxy between the vSphere Client and the vCenter Server. It monitors the network communication between them and translates it into an executable PowerShell code. Later, this code could be modified and saved into a reusable function or script.
http://labs.vmware.com/flings/onyx

Technical Papers - SAP and VMware
VMware has released several technical white papers and reports regarding hosting a SAP enviroment on vSphere.
SAP HA on SLES on VMware
This paper describes how SAP NetWeaver running in a Linux environment on VMware vSphere 4 can be protected. It provides good details on the key capabilities of SUSE Linux and VMware vSphere as it pertains to protecting a Tier 1 business critical application.

vSphere 5 and VMFS 5 FAQ
VMware VMFS 5 new features VMware vSphere VMFS 5
vSphere 5 brought new filesystem VMFS 5 – your questions about it?
Yesterday I took the VCP 510 exam. I passed fine, and I updated the post - Resources to prepare your VCP exam – VCP 510 – with my own experience there. And sure, there has been questions about the new VMFS 5 – new version of VMware Filesystem. I can’t tell your what exactly those questions were about, but instead I will point you to VMware KB article which discuss some interesting questions from users like you and me concerning the new file system.

vCenter Operations Management 5 Suite from VMware has been released
VMware has released vCenter Operations Management 5
The product has been announced and released already few days ago, but I was quite busy with my VCP preparation and studies, so I haven’t been able to cover this release yet. Now when I passed my VCP 510 (you can read my experience on this post: Ressources to prepare your VCP exam – VCP 510) , I’m able to take look at the release and the different versions, pricing and packaging…

Exploring vCloud Director Interface – as a customer
Director vCloud director from the user's perspective
Exploring my private datacenter through vCD.
Recently I has been offered a full private datacenter at Stratogen. You can read the post here.
I must tell you that I’m new to vCloud Director, I haven’t tested this product in my lab yet. But will do.  So as for now even the exploration of the interface from the “client’s” side will be new for me and I think that it can be a good read for those of you that you’re in my situation and want to see “the look and feel”.

VMWARE VCAP CERTIFICATION
[APAC] BrownBag Follow-Up – VCAP-DCD Study Group
The APAC BrownBags kicked off last night with a VCAP-DCD study group.
The Video

VCAP Study Group in Asia in February
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 the VMware 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 1/28/12
VMware ESX
High disk latency observed on Dell MD3000i storage array (2004576)
VMware Tools using approximately 15% CPU after upgrading to ESX/ESXi 4.1 Update 2 (2010732)
Attempting to add a host to the switch fails with an error: “Cannot complete a vnetwork distributed switch operation for one or more host members” (2010965)
Configuring LSI® WarpDrive™ SLP-300 Acceleration Card and Deploying with VMware® ESX/ESXi 4.1 (Partner Verified and Support) (2012308)
How to change all paths to FIXED or Round Robin from the command line (2010034)
VMware ESXi
Adding a USB device to the virtual machine fails with the error: Error connecting to arbitrator socket: No such file or directory (2011947)
Enabling Jumbo Frames on the Solaris guest operating system (2012445)
ESXi 5.0 Host Profile Plug-in Support for Dell EqualLogic (2012546)
VMware Tools installation in non-US-English 32-bit Windows rolls back and fails with MSI error status 1603 (2012665)
Upgrading ESXi 4.0 may fail on SmartArray P410/i RAID controllers (2008876)
When binding a vmkernel port to access the iscsi storage we are getting an error on the CLI "Error: Unknown command or namespace swiscsi nic add" (2006047)
VMware Fusion
Minimizing virtual machines in Fusion 4.1 (2009933)
VMware Service Manager
Feedback added when rating a Knowledge Base article in Service Manager is not tracked under History (2012251)
VMware vCenter CapacityIQ
CapacityIQ does not collect datastore information (2007459)
VMware vCenter CapacityIQ product update (2012306)
VMware vCenter Operations Enterprise
vCenter Operations Manager 5:0: Scripts for database upgrade integrity check (2010144)
VMware vCenter Operations Standard
vCenter Operations does not show in vSphere Client after a vCenter Server reinstall (2005004)
VMware vCenter Server
ESX/ESXi hosts intermittently disconnect and reconnect in vCenter Server (2004457)
Best practices for joining vCenter Servers in Linked Mode (2005481)
Determining which user account initiated a task in vCenter Server 4.x (2009075)
Adding a host to Cisco Nexus 1000v vSphere Distributed Switch fails with the error: Download failed for url: http://<ip_address>/index.xml (2011367)
Enabling debug logging for the vSphere 5.0 Web Client Server (2011485)
Upgrading from vCenter Server 4.1 to 5.0 fails with the Error: Exception Thrown while executing SQL script (2011533)
The vCenter Server Hardware Status tab reports an Unknown status for the power supply of the VMware certified server (2011953)
Configuring HA fails with the error: Operation Timed out (2011974)
Host Profile compliance check fails with an error for the Update Manager ruleset (2012027)
vCenter Server 4.1 Hardware Status tab does not refresh automatically (2004233)
Performance Chart not working on Windows 7 64-bit with Internet Explorer 9 (2004310)
vCenter Service Status page alerts: Unable to retrieve health status (2008664)
VMware vCloud Director
Changes in vCenter Server are not reflected in vCloud Director (2003679)
When trying to create a vCloud Network Resource in vCloud Director and vShield Edge you receive the error: Cannot create network (2004892)
Cannot delete a user in vCloud Director with the error: Unable to delete a user who owns vApp Templates or media (2005261)
Unable to access datastore in vCloud Director 1.0 after resignaturing LUNs (2003600)
Virtual machine fails to power on in vCloud Director when copied from vCloud Connector using the Deploy in target cloud option (2004017)
VMware View Manager
Upgrading VMware View Agent to 4.6 or later fails with the error: VMware SCSI Controller driver (vmscsi.sys) failed to install correctly. (2006287)
A Wyse P20 zero client cannot connect to a Windows 7 desktop in View 5.0 (2008274)
Persistent and disposable disks are missing after rebooting Windows XP linked clones (2011205)
View Desktop logon credentials screen takes 60 seconds to appear (2011702)
Installing View Composer fails with the error: Error 28011. An error occurred during installation of the VMware View Composer database (2011938)
Users cannot authenticate and connect to a desktop on one domain (1036325)
Connecting to the View ADAM Database (2012377)
View Manager dashboard shows one of the Connection Servers as not available (2012292)
VMware VirtualCenter
Remote console screen of virtual screen is blank (2003854)
VMware vShield Edge
VMware vShield Edge 1.0 VPN connection fails in Phase 1 (2004066)
VMware vShield Endpoint
vShield Data Security does not retain hostname settings (2009519)
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance does not support memory overcommit (2008050)

 

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, from a very wet and dreary Brisbane, Australia. It feels like it has been raining non stop all year. Not really good outdoor weather but it has afforded me some time to catch up on my learning.

I have been spending a lot of time on the newly released vCops 5 and I am so impressed with this solution. I was a big fan of the original release and worked with all of my customers on this solution with great benefits. The new version raises the bar yet again and I feel is such a major improvement on what was already one of my favorite solutions. I hope to do a blog post in the next few weeks on this solution and operations management in general on the TAM blog.

I have also started working a the new Application Performance manager solution which was released fairly recently. I have not had too much experience with it’s predecessor, AppSpeed but I can already see the improvements and potential of the new technology and will be working with this over the next while with a number of my customers so keep a look out for more info on this as well.

This week’s featured article is my blog posting on managing performance when moving from a physical to virtual environment. I hope it provides you with some useful information.

As always feel free to send me any comments/complains/compliments anytime and I will always respond.

Warm Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
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FEATURED ARTICLE
Managing Performance when migrating to a Virtual Infrastructure
It is one of the most frequently asked questions that I deal with in my duties as a VMware Technical Account Manager, how do I guarantee performance for my current physical system that is being virtualized. On the face of it there seems to be numerous answers and approaches that can be used to achieve this goal however before we can choose one we need to understand exactly what the question is.
This seems to be the fundamental issue, the question is often not well understood and either made too complex or trivialised. When the question is made too complex we are not able to find an approach that will ever satisfy the question and when it is trivialised we run the risk of not being able to satisfy the requirements that are needed to perform this task.
So where do we start. There are many excellent web resources on the technical aspect of this but I am going to focus on the logical steps that I would take in order to achieve the desired outcome.
Step 1: Understand the current environment that the system resides in. This should include everything from the physical location, connectivity and any political issues such as an unwillingness to virtualize in the past. Do not leave any stone unturned in understanding what you are dealing with no matter how simple it seems.
Step 2: Interview the system owner, business owner and anyone else that has a stake in the system, including if possible users, understand all of their requirements in terms of performance expectations. I do not at this stage get concerned with existing performance assumptions that have been made by any of the people I have spoken to yet as many of these are based on their pre-existing notion of the system and it's operation be it good or bad.
Step 3: Baseline existing performance: This is the most important step and without it there is really no way to understand what we are required to deliver. I disregard any preconceived ideas of performance from my previous interviews and only focus on the existing service and what it is doing in terms of performance. This is a fairly lengthy stage and has a number of sub components to it as follows:
- Identify the physical system performance characteristic in terms of internal system measures, these include the CPU, Memory, Disk, Network and any other relevant items that you are able to collect. It is recommended that you collect this info for at least 4 weeks or longer to get a good picture of these performance variables during many different loading periods.
- Identify the performance of the system with respect to how users will perceive it. This is the harder part as it requires you to identify the most optimal way to measure that performance that a user will experience. There are several approaches here but I suggest that whatever you use make sure it is repeatable and consistent to ensure the results are not skewed. You may want to use a synthetic transaction type test system or possibly a script based timed test. These tests of course need to be run over a good period of time during peak and troughs in the environment to again ensure you are not missing out on any potential peak load that could cause issues if not catered for.
Step 4: Document all of the baseline results and ensure that are agreed upon with the business owner of the system as these will be used later on to identify how we are doing.
Step 5: Identify the system requirements based on the documented performance criteria to migrate the system to in the new VIrtual Environment. This might be a bit tricky as you are still going to perform baseline tests in the new environment so this will be just an initial take on what is required. Whether you set the requirements too high or too low here should not be of concern as the next step should take care of getting this right.
Step 6: Monitor the performance of the new environment using the same method as step 3 above but now in the new virtual environment. This again needs to be done using both methods to ensure that all performance criteria are being fulfilled. At this stage however we might find that system owners/users have higher or lower expectations on the new system. This can be a cause for concern however I always suggest that we don't use any of these subjective suggestions on performance and rather just focus on the technical part of getting performance base lined still at this stage. The goal here should be to at least be on parity with the existing system unless we already know that a very different performance characteristic is being demanded, we will however take care of this in the next step.
Step 7: Identify new requirements: Based on the system we have created in step 6 we now have the opportunity to either increase or decrease the system's performance. This is a very subjective part of the new system and I think should require documented evidence of existing performance and the rationale for the new performance characteristic, often this is due to an aging system or possibly due to the system being under utilized and now finding that more users will be using the system.
Step 8: Make changes to the system to fit the new requirements. This will be quite iterative and require lots of testing until the system satisfies the existing or new requirements. This is the stage where we need to ensure sign off once all owners are comfortable with what we have achieved and we also need to ensure as part of that sign off we have performance base lined and we have used a tool that can be used in the future should we find that owners are complaining of performance issues.
We very rarely hear complaints of good performance but of course we regularly hear people saying that the new environment is much slower than the old system for whatever reason, be it factual or perception based. By following these steps we should be in a good position to check and hopefully refute this should it occur anytime in the future life of the system. Taking the time to do this will save you endless issues in the future when the inevitable complaint comes in about the performance of the system.
There is of course much more to this, I have only touched on what we should do if there will be an increase in system usage and this can be a major issue and one that requires a blog post all on it's own as it changes our approach from relying on a baseline of the existing system to trying to ascertain the growth pattern and requirements for this. A very tricky situation and one that I hope to cover in the future.
In the meantime don't treat any system migration project as simply business as usual but rather take the time to baseline and manage the performance of the new virtualized system to ensure that you have delighted customers.

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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.

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VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS
VMware Virtualization Management Blog: VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.0 now available
At VMworld Europe last October we announced three new suites for operations management, application management and IT business management. Together, these three management suites deliver on our vision to simplify and automate IT management in the cloud era. Check out this video of VMware CTO Steve Herrod introducing our new virtualization and cloud management portfolio on main stage at Copenhagen. Now that the vCenter Operations Management Suite is generally available, let’s take a closer look at some of the new capabilities.

VROOM!: VoIP Performance on vSphere 5
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, a newly published white paper demonstrates that vSphere 5 brings the same virtualization benefits to latency-sensitive applications. In particular, the paper shows that vSphere 5 delivers excellent out-of-the-box performance in terms of voice quality when running VoIP service.

Rethink IT: VMware vCenter Operations Suite 5.0 is Now Available...and Can Accelerate Your Private Cloud & Virtualization of Business Critical Apps
The more we talk to our customers the more we hear that they are focused on two major tasks in 2012. The first is to extend their virtualization footprint by virtualizing more of their business critical applications (e.g., Exchange, CRM, etc.). The second is to accelerate their implementation of a private cloud, and extend it from their dev/test environments into production. For the success of both these initiatives, they recognize that their ability to ensure the performance and health of their virtual infrastructure is critical.

Business Critical Applications: Facts about Virtualizing Oracle (part 1 of 2: Oracle Support)
Not every Oracle support agent got the “memo” that Oracle supports their database and applications being virtualized on VMware vSphere.
Fact is, Oracle has an official support policy for virtualization on VMware vSphere, articulated in MyOracleSupport Document ID #249212.1. The Oracle support policy states that “Oracle will only provide support for issues that either are known to occur on the native OS, or can be demonstrated not to be as a result of running on VMware.” A copy of the Oracle document appears in Figure 1 below.

VMware vSphere Blog: RAID10 requirement for vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) relaxed!
For those of you considering the vSphere Storage Appliance as a shared storage solution, I bring you a piece of very good news. The RAID10 configuration requirement on the hosts has now been relaxed. As of today, VMware will now support RAID5 & RAID6 configurations alongside the original RAID10 configuration. This will mean that even more local storage can now be utilized as shared storage (NFS datastores). This is a common feature  request that we heard from a lot of potential VSA customers, so I'm glad we've been able to pull this into VSA 1.0.

VMware vSphere Blog: New vCLI Video from VMware Tech Pubs
VMware Tech Pubs just released another great video, this one provides an overview of the vCLI in vSphere 5.0:
You can use the vCLI command set to manage ESXi hosts remotely. This video gives an overview of available authentication methods including session files, Active Directory, and configuration files. It also explains how to run commands against vCenterServer systems to target ESXi hosts in lockdown mode.

Business Critical Applications: vSphere 5 Evaluation Software for Oracle ACEs and OCMs
Hello Oracle Guru's,
VMware is excited to invite Oracle ACEs and Oracle Certified Masters to register as an official "Oracle Guru" and receive our bundle of Enterprise software.  With VMware having over 80% of the virtualization market, the virtualization of Oracle on VMware is one of the fastest growing areas in IT.  Contact us today at GuruLicensing@vmware.com  to learn about this exciting program.
Kannan

VMware vCloud Blog: Join Our Next #cloudtalk with VMware Knowledge Experts Chris Colotti and Massimo Re Ferre’.
The majority of respondents believed that security controls will be moved closer to critical resources being protected (ie. data center cluster-based or hypervisor-based security). Some felt the trend of open PaaS will continue to expand in the enterprise.

VMware Support Insider: What are VMware Global Support Services?
Here is a video on how the entire Global Support Services group here at VMware is organized to get you the technical support you need from VMware. Learn about Support Days, a very popular seminar style event we offer, as well as all of the social support channels we offer including Twitter, Facebook, Communities, and our blogs.
Some of you will have seen this video before, but it's a good one to show to our newer subscribers.

VROOM!: 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.

VMware Support Insider: My VMware Simplifies Everything
As more and more of you are signing up to the My VMware beta to get a first glimpse of new and exciting features, we are busy tweaking things to just they way you want.
Launch is fast approaching, and we've put together a brand new 10 page slide-deck that demonstrates just how much we have simplified things when it comes to user experience. Take a peek and tell me you're not looking forward to this! Better yet - sign yourself up for the beta! We still have plenty of spots open.

VMware End User Computing: Enhancing Graphics Processing with Teradici PCoIP Host Cards and VMware View
Teradici and VMware have just released an updated version of the white paper Using PCoIP Host Cards with VMware View. Teradici PCoIP host cards are designed specifically for the most demanding graphics application users in your VMware View deployment. These are graphics users currently running applications directly on a dedicated workstation in industries such as automotive and aerospace, oil and gas exploration, bank trading floors, defense and intelligence, healthcare, and media and entertainment video creation. A relevant use case is a video editor working on a 1080p video, with one or more monitors, at 60 frames per second. With Teradici PCoIP host cards, you can empower this type of user to run these same high-end graphics applications in a View deployment, on a remote desktop.



SPRINGSOURCE AND CLOUD FOUNDRY BLOG
The Console: Preserving Multi-Cloud Choice and Flexibility with Cloud Foundry “Open PaaS”
Posted by Steve Herrod
Chief Technology Officer
It has been nine months since we launched Cloud FoundryTM - the industry’s first open platform as a service (aka PaaS).  Cloud Foundry debuted with both the CloudFoundry.com service and as an open source project via CloudFoundry.org and we have seen a rich ecosystem of technology providers and service providers emerge around Cloud Foundry.  Offering a choice of clouds, developer frameworks and application services, Cloud Foundry, currently available in beta, makes it faster and easier to build, deploy and scale applications.
We have made great progress delivering a choice of frameworks and application services to developers and now want to highlight the choice of both public and private clouds Cloud Foundry provides today.

node.js and Cloud Foundry
Cloud Foundry is a sponsor and participant in this week’s Node Summit in San Francisco, so it is a good time to recap some of our work with node.js.
We’re finalizing node.js 0.6.7 support, which will be committed to the Cloud Foundry GitHub repositoryCloud Foundry.com will begin to support node.js 0.6.7 as a runtime framework in the next week or two.  Because of the rapid pace of innovation around node, we are adding node.js 0.6.7 as an additional runtime, letting you select which version of node you want to run with your application.  This lets Cloud Foundry support multiple node.js versions simultaneously, which is important as it allows applications written against the node.js 0.4.12 version to co-exist with applications developed on node.js 0.6.7.

Multi-Language, Multi-Framework, what about Multi-Cloud?
Previously, developers had to put a lot of energy into preserving choice across operating systems and minimizing hard dependencies on specific operating systems.  In the cloud era, there is a similar challenge to preserve choice across clouds and minimize dependencies on specific clouds.
Most PaaS solutions today force you to write your application to that specific PaaS and that is where your app will stay, much like writing to an OS.  It sits on a public cloud somewhere and cannot be moved without recoding and dependency swaps.  In extreme cases, you as a developer are still directly tied to the constraints of the infrastructure.

VMWARE TV BLOG
VMwareTV: VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator - Install and Configure
VIN details: bit.ly -- This video walks through the installation and configuration of the VMware Infrastructure Navigator (VIN), a component of the vCenter Operations Management Suite.

VMwareTV: VMware vCenter Operations 5.0 - Introduction Video
bit.ly -- Join Kit Colbert in a walkthrough oveview of the VMware vCenter Operations Manager, a component of the vCenter Operations Management Suite.

VMwareTV: VMware vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 - Install and Configure
bit.ly -- Join Hemant Gaidhani in a video walkthrough of the installation and configuration of the VMware vCenter Operations Manager, a component of the vCenter Operations Management Suite.

VMwareTV: IT Challenge: Hardware Failure, Solution: VMware
vmware.com - Stop worrying about system down. Restart apps automatically with vSphere.

VMwareTV: IT Challenge: Provisioning Apps, Solution: VMware
vmware.com - Simplify your IT management. Provision apps in minutes instead of days with VMware vSphere.

VMwareTV: IT Challenge: Demanding End Users, Solution: VMware
vmware.com - Centralize end-user device management from your desktop with VMware View.

VMwareTV: IT Challenge: Patch Management Solution: VMware
vmware.com - Don't waste your time updating patches. Simplify and automate management of all machines from a single console with VMware vCenter Protect Essentials Plus.

VMwareTV: IT Challenge: Remote Site Management Solution: VMware
vmware.com - Need to be in two places at once? Automate recovery and replication of applications to remote sites with VMware Site Recovery Manager.

VMwareTV: IT Challenge: Email Troubles, Solution: VMware
vmware.com - Do you need reliable email and collaboration on a variety of devices? Get more for less with VMware Zimbra.

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
Jumbo Frames on your VMK Management Network
Many companies are starting to run Jumbo Frames across their network to improve performance, especially as 10Gbe infrastructures become the norm. When you’re making a change such as implementing Jumbo Frames it’s important to evaluate what possible implications it might have. One such implication that I wasn’t aware of till today is a possible problem with Jumbo Frames when used on your VMKernel Management Network with vSphere 5.0 and vSphere HA. Duncan Epping at Yellow-Bricks.com posted an article describing the situation titled “No Jumbo Frames on your Management Network” and pointing to a VMware KB article 2006729. The KB article only mentions Jumbo Frames in a very small not right at the very bottom. I would strongly recommend you read Duncan’s post for more information.

White Paper - Mobility and Disaster Recovery Solution for Virtualized Tier-1 Enterprise Applications
To meet ever growing IT infrastructure needs and to ensure business continuity in case of a site-level disaster, it is critical to have live mobility and fully automated, efficient disaster recovery (DR) processes for virtualized enterprise applications across data centers. Failure to have a robust and efficient mobility and fully automated disaster recovery solution can result in millions of dollars of lost revenue and employee productivity.

VMware vCloud Director 1.5 Performance and best practices PDF
New whitepaper released by VMware concerning vCD 1.5 – Performance and best practices
In this whitepaper you’ll have a look at first at the hardware and software architecture used during the test and then you’ll see some good tips on architectural design of vCD 1.5. This whitepaper was written by multiple authors:

Oracle RAC 11g R2 Standard Edition on vSphere
I was recently engaged to design and implement a VMware vSphere architecture solution for a large company that wanted to virtualize Oracle RAC 11g R2 as the back end of a small number of web based online transactional systems. Nothing unusual about that, I hear you say. Well the interesting thing with this project is that the customer intended to use Oracle 11g R2 Standard Edition (11.2.0.3).  Up until this point all of the Oracle single instance and RAC systems I had been involved with virtualizing were using Enterprise Edition licenses. This was only a relatively small project and a small part of a very large Oracle landscape, although it was still business critical. The customer was planning to use this project as the test case for virtualizing Oracle RAC 11g R2 with VMware vSphere, with the aim of potentially migrating a significant number of additional database systems off their existing Intel standalone, IBM pSeries and Sun SPARC platforms (which are and will remain using Oracle Enterprise Edition).

UCS profiles – quick video lesson from new Trainsignal’s training
Implementing Cisco Unified Computing System Video
Jason Nash will teach you in this video on how to use Cisco’s UCS profiles to manage and configure the UCS system. I gave you a quick look on what’s inside of this course in my recent post - Learn Cisco UCS to became sucessfull in your IT job. You can listen to Jason there the explanation on how the IT jobs are evolving and how VMware is “unlocking” the silos…..

Video - vCloud Director 1.5 - Quick Start
This quick start video provides a simplified, step-by-step set of instructions for creating a new virtual machine on the StratoGen vCloud platform. The StratoGen vCloud platform is built upon VMware vCloud Director 1.5. This video is a supplement to thevCloud director 1.5 user manual which provides comprehensive information about the platform.

What happens to resource pools when vCenter goes down?
A fellow VCI who was teaching the vSphere 5 What's New training course got a question from a student asking what happens to resource pools when vCenter goes down, because with vSphere 5.0 all the setting for resource pools are "moved" to vCenter.

Vote for the Top VMware Bloggers
Eric Siebert over at vSphere-land is running a new blog contest which let you decide who the most favorite VMware blogger is. You can pick your 10 most popular bloggers; based on your points Eric Siebert will create a vSphere-land blogger top 25. Please cast your vote and make a chance to win a copy of the Train Signal’s  new vSphere 5 and View 5 video training courses.
http://vote.vsphere-land.com

iBook / Nook? What really?
It took us a while to figure this one out, but finally we managed to create a proper epub version of our book. Converting from Kindle to iBooks / Nook is not easy, but after using multiple tools and manually editing the book using Sigil we managed to create version which was submitted to the iBooks store and Barnes & Nobles a couple of weeks ago. This morning I noticed that the book has been made available. So for all those who have been asking about it, here are the links:
iBook – $ 9.99
Nook – $ 9.99

VMware vCenter Operations 5.0 - Introduction Video
Join Kit Colbert in a walkthrough oveview of the VMware vCenter Operations Manager, a component of the vCenter Operations Management Suite. These are the new Features of VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite Editions.

Re: when to disable HA? /cc @hashmibilal
Bilal Hashmi wrote a nice article about HA today and in this article he asked a couple of questions. As I think the info is useful for everyone I decided to respond through a blog article instead of by commenting.
Let me start by saying that in general HA should never be disabled. The later versions of vSphere have a neat option called “Enable Host Monitoring”. This option should be used for scheduled network maintenance. The difference between disabling host monitoring and disabling HA is that disabling host monitoring does not cause a full reconfiguration (see screenshot below) of HA and a new election process. Just the “host monitoring” functionality is disabled, which is what you want in this scenario.

VDI Paging Files – Big? Small? Or None At All?
For the past few months I have been spending a lot of time looking at the performance of Large VDI environments, where the problems lay and where performance can be improved.
When designing VDI environments, a couple of things that you should consider are the .vswp file and the GuestOS paging file. In this article I am going to focus on the Paging file and hopefully in the not so distant future I will write a post about the .vswp file in a VDI environment.

How-to register vSphere Web Client with vCenter – vSphere 5
You could already follow my vSphere 5 – Installing web client video post where you can see the fresh installation of the VMware vSphere Web client onto the same VM as vCenter. In the case you have installed the vSphere Web client onto another VM or physical server to separate those 2 roles, you will need to register the vSphere Web Client with your vCenter.

vCloud Director Appliance Password
Although this is documented on page 59 of the excellent Evaluators Guide I figured it wouldn’t hurt to write a tiny blog post. I found myself googling for it multiple times already with no succes, so there must be more people facing that “problem”. Below you can find the passwords of the vCloud Director Appliance and the embedded database, just in case you need it:

vCD Allocation Models – the vCD 1.5 update
My post on vCloud Director Allocations Models back in September 2010 has always done fairly well in terms of view/visits. Lately I have been receiving some offline questions about how valid this article still is with vCloud Director 1.5 so I decided to go through the same exercise here. Instead of doing a full copy I will just copy and paste the characteristics section for each of the three different Allocation Models. For those who can’t be bothered the short summary is, nothing has changed… I only discovered something which I did not notice the first time around.

Video - VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator - Install and Configure
VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator is an application awareness plug-in to vCenter Server, and provides continuous dependency mapping of applications. Infrastructure Navigator offers application context to the virtual infrastructure administrators to monitor and manage the virtual infrastructure inventory objects and actions. Administrators can use Infrastructure Navigator to understand the impact of the change on the virtual environment in their application infrastructure.

VMWARE VCAP CERTIFICATION
VCAP Study Group in Asia in February
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 1/21/12
VMware Blogs 24/01/12 2:57 AM
VMware ESX
8GB Emulex HBAs may not react to RSCN events properly on older firmware versions (2005235)
Date Published: 1/16/2012
After upgrading from vCenter Server 4.1 to 5.0, the ESX/ESXi 4.1 host fails with the PSOD error: Spin count exceeded (VASpace) - possible deadlock with PCPU 2 (2009586)
Date Published: 1/20/2012
Moving Virtual Machine between two vCenter virtual infrastructures without network connectivity between them (2010089)
Date Published: 1/18/2012
Conflict messages appear when using vCenter Update Manager 4.1 to scan ESX 4.0 hosts (2010484)
Date Published: 1/17/2012
Running VMware Tools in a Red Hat virtual machine fails with the error: Trying to overwrite existing RPC registration for upgrader.create! Aborted (2011101)
Date Published: 1/19/2012
VMware ESXi
Detaching a datastore or storage device from multiple ESXi 5.0 hosts (2011506)
Date Published: 1/17/2012
ESXi 5.0 deployment fails with Evaluation License expired error (2011580)
Date Published: 1/18/2012
ESXi 5.0 host disconnects from vCenter Server within 90 minutes after connecting (2012005)
Date Published: 1/18/2012
ESX host purple screen with error: NOT_IMPLEMENTED bora/vmernel/main/lpage.c:3275 (2012125)
Date Published: 1/17/2012
Realtime performance chart information for metric Highest Latency may be incorrect in ESXi 5.0 (2012309)
Date Published: 1/20/2012
ESX host fails when using an LSI SCSI controller (2011987)
Date Published: 1/19/2012
Storage vMotion of a vCloud Director virtual machine fails with the error: A specified parameter was not correct (2012122)
Date Published: 1/18/2012
ESXi 4.x hosts appear as non-compliant when scanned by Update Manager (2011860)
Date Published: 1/19/2012
VMware Fusion
Starting a Fusion virtual machine fails with the error: A file access error occurred on the host or the guest operating system (2012241)
Date Published: 1/20/2012
VMware Service Manager
KB icons appear as red crosses after VMware Service Manager upgrade (2012013)
Date Published: 1/18/2012
Call history in Service Manager does not show the external service provider when a call is forwarded externally (2010718)
Date Published: 1/18/2012
Deleting a custom field in Service Manager Designer and the database (2012146)
Date Published: 1/19/2012
When forwarding Calls, Requests, or Tasks to an Officer in Service Manager, the Officer is not displayed in the Officers list (2012179)
Date Published: 1/19/2012
VMware ThinApp
Cannot launch a 32bit application packaged with ThinApp on a 64bit platform  (2010986)
Date Published: 1/18/2012
VMware vCenter CapacityIQ
CapacityIQ reports show monthly data even when data collection is set to weekly (2002351)
Date Published: 1/19/2012
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Password status appears as Set even when it is locked in some Linux platforms (1025439)
Date Published: 1/16/2012
Creating a vCenter Configuration Manager report to list accounts locked in UNIX machines in the past 24 hours (1025953)
Date Published: 1/16/2012
Manually adding machines to vCenter Configuration Manager fails With the error: Permission Denied (2009425)
Date Published: 1/16/2012
Import/Export tool in vCM fails with the error: Import\Export must be installed on the Source and Target Collectors. The Import\Save will now abort (2010420)
Date Published: 1/16/2012
Unreported dataclass failures in vCenter Configuration Manager (2011183)
Date Published: 1/16/2012
Assessment Results for HPUX bulletins in vCenter Configuration Manager fail (2011185)
Date Published: 1/16/2012
Running an SRS report in vCenter Configuration Manager fails with the error: The request failed with HTTP status 403:Forbidden (2011424)
Date Published: 1/16/2012
Selecting or expanding the nodes in vCenter Configuration Manager does not populate the content pane on selection in vCenter Configuration Manager (2010792)
Date Published: 1/18/2012
Cannot perform patch assessments or deployments in vCenter Configuration Manager (2009200)
Date Published: 1/16/2012
Creating a report to list Machine Serial Numbers in vCenter Configuration Manager (2009734)
Date Published: 1/16/2012
Cannot license a VM Host in vCenter Configuration Manager (2010254)
Date Published: 1/17/2012
Repository data fails to update packages in vCenter Configuration Manager (2011180)
Date Published: 1/16/2012
DB Discovery option in vCenter Configuration Manager is limited only to vCenter Server items (2011182)
Date Published: 1/16/2012
Windows Event SQL reports in vCenter Configuration Manager do not display Windows 2008 events (2011184)
Date Published: 1/16/2012
Collecting ESX/ESXi guest data in vCenter Configuration Manager fails with the error: invalid byte '?' at position 1 of a 1-byte sequence [err:FODC0002] (2011426)
Date Published: 1/16/2012
VMware vCenter Server
Unable to fetch disk and network utilization data from vCenter Server (2010099)
Date Published: 1/19/2012
Security error when accessing the console of a virtual machine in Linked Mode vCenter Server (2011586)
Date Published: 1/19/2012
Creating a Virtual Distributed Switch fails with the error: Incompatible Hosts (2010893)
Date Published: 1/20/2012
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Starting the SRM service fails with the error: The proxy spec for extension com.vmware.vcDr points to IP_address, not to this host (2009564)
Date Published: 1/20/2012
vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) service crashes with error: Unable to upload dlf 'dlf_srm50.cfg' as the dlf is invalid (2011865)
Date Published: 1/17/2012
VMware vFabric AppInsight
Resetting the vFabric AppInsight password (2011643)
Date Published: 1/17/2012
VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent
Sun JVM 1.5 Garbage Collection and Memory Pool services are not discovered (1034789)
Date Published: 1/16/2012
Monitoring a SiteMinder-protected URL with vFabric Hyperic Server fails with the error: Invalid configuration: Plugin error: 401 (2008749)
Date Published: 1/17/2012
JCA Metrics for Websphere 6.1 and 7 not collected (1034795)
Date Published: 1/16/2012
VMware View Manager
View Manager reports intermittent connection errors (2010373)
Date Published: 1/18/2012
View Manager reports the status of a View desktop that was cloned as Agent Disabled (2010634)
Date Published: 1/17/2012
In a Windows-based tablet, the virtual keyboard does not work in the View desktop (2012003)
Date Published: 1/20/2012
PCoIP Disconnect Codes (2012101)
Date Published: 1/20/2012
Connecting to the View desktop fails with the error: This desktop does not support the requested display protocol (2010852)
Date Published: 1/18/2012
External PCoIP connections fail after upgrading to View Manager 5.0 (2010984)
Date Published: 1/18/2012
Minimum requirements for installing VMware View Manager 5.0 (2011186)
Date Published: 1/17/2012
Zimbra Collaboration Server
Managing certificates with the Zimbra Collaboration Server Administration Console and CLI tools (2007315)
Date Published: 1/16/2012

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