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From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, well this will be the last newsletter for a few weeks as I prepare for Partner Exchange in April and then I am off on annual leave for a week after that. I expect the newsletter will therefore be back in operation around the 3rd week of April after the easter holidays.

For those of you who celebrate easter and everyone else I wish you a happy holiday season and I hope that you manage to spend time with family and friends as I will be doing.

This past week I did another TAM and Partner session at our office in Brisbane which was well attended and focused on vCenter Orchestrator. I have been looking at the maturing of this technology for the past 3 years and I think that it is now at the stage where it competes very well with the more established players in the general workflow and automation arena but for those that have a vSphere environment it is an excellent choice and the leader in it’s sector. Take a look at:http://www.vmware.com/products/vcenter-orchestrator/overview.html


The PEX website is: http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/partner-exchange/ontour

A reminder of some of the updates from last week and this week:
vSphere and vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1
vFabric Application Director 1.0
vShield 5.0.1
VMware vCloud Integration Manager 1.0.0

On to this week’s newsletter.

Warm Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
TWITTER: @VMWARETAM
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FEATURED ARTICLE
VMware vSphere Blog: Customers and Partners Weigh in on Why vSphere 5 is The Best Platform for Cloud Infrastructures
VMware Blogs 22/03/12 1:00 AM
It’s been a little more than seven months since we announced the general availability of VMwarevSphere 5. With almost 200 new and enhanced capabilities, vSphere 5 simplifies the lives of our customers and delivers quick and tangible value to their organizations. Simply put, with vSphere 5 and the VMware Cloud Infrastructure Suite, we are enabling our customers to take advantage of the next era of IT.
Since we launched vSphere 5, the feedback we’ve been getting from our customers and partners has been really positive. I’d like to share some interesting insights from a recent TechValidate survey of more than 1,200 VMware beta customers and partners:
70% of respondents surveyed have downloaded and deployed vSphere 5 and are taking advantage of the great new features and capabilities that vSphere 5 has to offer.

82% of those respondents are using vSphere 5 to virtualize their business critical workloads and applications. vSphere 5 is designed to enable customers to run theirbusiness critical applications with confidence and this is made possible in part by the great availability features in vSphere 5. Customers and partners are excited about vSphere’s availability features and in particular are using vMotion (92%),High Availability (87%) and Storage vMotion (68%).

One of the significant advancements in vSphere 5 is all about automation, no more manual processes, it’s about automating everything. With vSphere 5, customers and partners have the ability to automate datacenter resource management to respond to the needs of their business faster and reduce operating expenses. More than 70% of respondents are achieving OpEx savings with vSphere 5.

Other key advancements of vSphere 5 are the storage enhancements we made to simplify the management of storage and automate load balancing capabilities. We found that 80% percent of respondents have upgraded to VMFS 5, and are able take advantage of the increased scalability and performance of this filesystem. Additionally, we found 52% of respondents are using Storage DRS and are able to take advantage of how this feature automatically manages the placement and balancing of a VM across storage resources. We are also seeing great uptick of new storage features includingStorage I/O Control, which allows customers to configure rules and polices to specify the business priority of each VM and Profile-Driven Storage, which streamlines storage provisioning and ensures application services match the available storage.
We want to share some commentary from customers on their experiences, lets hear it in their own words:
“vSphere 5 is a game changing product. Much better product than anything else on the market. vSphere is 2 years ahead of the competition.”
“I have deployed vSphere 5 globally, upgrading from version 4. Being able to deploy Linux and Windows servers on ESXi reduces our cost of purchasing hardware globally. We also benefit from High Availability (HA), and other products, such as vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM).”
“I believe we will be able to accommodate larger workloads with more confidence using vSphere 5. The Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler (Storage DRS) feature is fantastic as we migrate VMs for efficiency and refresh.”
“We’ve dramatically reduced timelines from first deployment to seeing relevant returns on investment, greater agility and better consolidation ratios including business critical workloads with vSphere 5.”
You can see the full results of the survey by visiting the TechValidate results page here.
-Michael Adams, Group Product Marketing Manager, vSphere

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.

VMWARE EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
BRISBANE TRAINING
VMware vSphere: Advanced Fast Track [V4.x] - 14 May
VMware vCloud: Overview [V1.0] - 30 Apr
VMware vCloud: Architecting the VMware Cloud [V1.0] - 01 May
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] - 16 Apr
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] - 30 Apr
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] - 14 May
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] - 04 June
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] - 11 June
Core Spring - 07 May
VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.0] - 14 May
VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V5.0] - 30 May
VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.0] - 18 June
Core Spring - 06 Aug
VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.0] - 02 Apr
VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.0] - 26 Apr
VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.0] - 28 May
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] - 19 Apr

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 OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS
VROOM!: VROOM! Videos Talks About Hadoop and Big Data
In this episode of VROOM! Videos we talk about big data and Hadoop on vSphere.  More details on the great performance work that Jeff has done with Hadoop can be found in anearlier VROOM! blog post.

CTO Community Blogs: Ultra-low latencies -- Let's talk RDMA
Bhavesh and I are packing our bags and heading to Monterey this weekend for the kickoff of theOpenFabrics Alliance User and Developer Workshop, which to my mind is the venue for discussing all aspects of RDMA across multiple transport technologies and multiple OS and virtualization platforms. As I mentioned in an earlier post, Bhavesh and I will be presenting our experiences with RDMA in a talk titled RDMA on vSphere: Update and Future Directions.

Virtual Reality: Setting SolarWinds straight on how SMBs prefer VMware over Microsoft
SolarWinds recently published a blog claiming VMware ceded the SMB market to Microsoft Hyper-V. Unfortunately the SolarWinds blog is not accepting comments, so we are posting our response here. The blog misquotes Gartner, makes incorrect statements about VMware products and packaging and makes unsupported claims on how VMware will play in the SMB market.
Firstly, Gartner’s estimates of hypervisor SMB market share are far different from those made in the blog.

VMware vCloud Blog: vCloud Director 1.5 Multisite Cloud Considerations
This is a repost from Massimo’s personal blog, IT 2.0 – Next Generation IT Infrastructures.
In the last few months, among other things, I have been working on a document called vCloud Director 1.5 Multisite Cloud Considerations. Being able to deploy vCloud Director 1.5 across different sites is something our customers and service provider partners have been asking us a lot.

VMware vSphere Blog: Setting up a Shared VMware Tools Directory
Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, VMware
I often get asked why VMware provides two different image profiles as part of the ESXi offline bundle. For those who are not familiar with what an offline bundle is think of it as a copy of the installation ISO in a zip format.  The offline bundle is meant to be used with the ESXi Image Builder CLI to create custom installation images. These custom images, referred to as image profiles, can then be used to install ESXi hosts by exporting them as an ISO image or uploading them to an Auto Deploy server.

VMware vSphere Blog: Ye olde Controller, Target, Device (ctd) Numbering
I was having a discussion today about something that had not come up in a long, long time. It was about how controller numbers, target numbers and device numbers are assigned on an ESXi host.

VMware vSphere Blog: VMware Update Manager Survey
As VMware looks to improve or updates its solutions we continually look to understand our customer use cases and capture their feedback. VMware Update Manager is seen as a critical component for maintaining virtual infratstructures and we ask if you could spend a couple of minutes providing us feedback on how you use VMware Update Manager today by filling out this short survey
http://www.surveymethods.com/EndUser.aspx?94B0DCC69CDEC5C397

CTO Community Blogs: The State of Cloud Standards
As the field of cloud computing has developed over the last few years, many people in the industry have recognized the need for clear and open standards that can help maintain an environment that gives us as much flexibility in the future as possible.  Standards work for cloud computing security is relatively mature, but work on standards that ensure interoperability and portability is not as far along. The work goes back as far as 2008 when I had the opportunity to help to start some of the first cloud computing standards activity that resulted in the launch of the DMTF Open Cloud Standards Incubatorin early 2009. Lately, we’ve seen a lot of and Standards Development Organizations (SDO) that are also starting cloud standards work.   When I was part of an industry panel recently, talking about the state of cloud standards, I reviewed all of the progress that has been made and thought about where we really need to focus.

VMware vSphere Blog: Exploring the vCloud REST API Part 2
In the previous article, we looked at some of the basic fundamentals required to use the vCloud API and walked through a sample login/logout to vCloud Director using two freely available tools: RESTClient Firefox Plugin and cURL.

Business Critical Applications: Virtualizing SQL Server on vSphere – Licensing
In a previous article, we talked about some best practices for virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server on vSphere and to follow it up I want to take some time to answer a common question - what is the licensing impact when virtualizing SQL server.

 

VMware Virtualization Management Blog: Capacity Planning & Management with vCenter Operation Manager 5.0
The new vCenter Operation Management Suite (vC Ops) introduces new capabilities and a new level of integration between performance, capacity and configuration management disciplines.  Based on a foundation of self-learning behavioral analytics, vC Ops streamlines, integrates and simplifies the necessary capabilities required for a best practices approach to managing vSphere virtualized and cloud environments.  Examples of these capabilities include the ability to accurately detect and prevent building performance issues before they impact users, therefore improving the quality of service you're providing to your end users. Also, detecting and remediating potential capacity shortfalls while getting to a more proactive way of managing your environment, rightsizing your virtual infrastructure without risking performance degradation and thereby improving consolidation ratios.

VROOM!: VMware View 5 outperforms Citrix XenDesktop
Principled Technologies has just released an interesting whitepaper comparing the performance of VMware View 5 with Citrix XenDesktop 5.5 -- the doc can be found here. In this paper, View and XenDesktop are compared using LoginVSI, for both the light and medium workloads, and both network and CPU utilization data are presented.

CTO Community Blogs: Day 0 Support: Intel Xeon E5-2600 Processor
We have been working with Intel for several years to ensure "Day 0" support of the recently launched Intel Xeon E5-2600 processor series. (Often referred to by its processor codename of "SandyBridge-EP" or by its platform name of "Romley".) This support also includes the Intel Xeon E5-1600.

CTO Community Blogs: vFabric Application Director - welcome to the VMware portfolio!
Virtualization is the onramp to cloud computing, and management and automation capabilities unleash the full value of this technological shift. We’ve been busier than ever on the management and automation front, releasing new versions of vCenter, vCloud, and vFabric last week. There are lots of great capabilities to discuss in all of these, but today I would like to focus on VMware’s newest management product: vFabric Application Director. VMware’s management and automation efforts are aimed at simplifying and standardizing the delivery of Infrastructure (with vCloud Director, vCenter and vCenter Operations) as well as End User Services (with Horizon), and we extended this mission and strategy further to address three tier web applications and middleware.

VMware Security Blog: vCenter Configuration Manager 5.5 is now Generally Available
As you are probably aware, back in October we unveiled the VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite designed to deliver integrated performance, capacity and configuration management for virtualized and cloud computing environments.  What is less well known is that VMware vCenter Configuration Manager is the anchor for the “configuration” management capabilities within the suite.  Having been part of Configuresoft for several years before it was first purchased by EMC and then sold to VMware, I feel a bit like a dad watching his baby grow up.  The technology that was Configuresoft is at the heart of vCenter Configuration Manager.

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: Automating creation of vCD Organizations, Users and Org vDCs
In Part 1 of this blog series I wrote about how I presented together with a colleague of mine Vladimir Goranov at Partner Exchange 2012.  I already showed you the reporting script and demonstration on how to create graphs straight from PowerCLI which detail the resources and statistics in your Cloud Infrastructure (CI).

VMWARE TV BLOG
VMwareTV: VMware vFabric AppInsight: Visibility into vCenter Notifications
A new feature in Appinsight 1.1 is to overlay vCenter notifcations on the performance charts.This allows us to correlate actions such as vMotion, snapshot creation,etc to see if they have any impact on the performance of our application.

VMwareTV: VMware vFabric AppInsight: Importing Applications Deployed by vFabric AppDirector
A new addition to 1.1 is our integration with vFabric Application Director -the new Application provisioning tool. In this demo we will showcase how we can monitor an application that is deployed by Application Director in the cloud.

VMwareTV: VMware vFabric AppInsight: Zoom Capability
A great new feature in Appinsight is the ability to zoom in to a specific time frame in any performance graph.

VMwareTV: VMware vFabric AppInsight: Simple Agent Installation
One of the new features in AppInsight 1.1 is the single code agent install. This install will automatically detect the application server and install the right bits for that application server. In this demo will show you how easy it is to install the code agent from AppInsight.

VMwareTV: VMware vFabric AppInsight: Troubleshooting Application Performance Issues
In this video we will show you how to troubleshoot performance issues for an application using vFabric AppInsight in just 5 easy steps. Some of the highlights include application dashboard, alerting, byte code instrumentation and remediation.

VMwareTV: VMware vCenter Operations Capacity Planning & Management: Drilldown & Alerts
bit.ly -- Join VMware's Ben Scheerer for the second of four videos diving deeper into the vC Ops capacity planning and management capabilities.

CLOUD APPLICATION PLATFORM
VMware vFabric Blog: Creating Insight Plugins
I recently did fairly detailed webinar on creating plugins for Insight. It should cover all the basics, from annotations to developing performant plugins for production. We had a good turn out!
Visit our github repo to get started: https://github.com/SpringSource/spring-insight-plugins

Rethink Application Logging with RabbitMQ
Application logging is essential to monitoring applications and diagnosing problems, but in a cloud universe where file systems may be ephemeral and application instances are provisioned dynamically keeping track of your application logs can be a challenge. Fortunately with Cloud Foundry you can get fast, multi-instance, cloud-proof application logging in just a few steps with RabbitMQ
In this blog post I’ll show you how to configure a Spring application so that it logs messages via AMQP. But first, what are the benefits? The primary motivations are that it’s fast and it doesn’t rely on the local file system of your application (which can disappear in a cloud environment). It’s also very easy to set up multiple applications to log to the same message broker, allowing you to aggregate log messages. Finally, you have the power to route and process those messages, for example allowing you to index them for search and store them in a blob store.
So how do you go about logging messages via the broker? If you’re happy to use Spring, you’re already ahead of the game. One of the best kept secrets of the Spring AMQP project is an AMQP Log4j appender that allows you log messages to any AMQP broker. All you have to do is configure it.

How OpenCredo Launched Three New Products in Seven Months with Cloud Foundry
From the beginning, Cloud Foundry has been about simplifying the development, deployment and operation of cloud applications.  In this second post in a series of guest blogs by application developers, we bring the story of OpenCredo and how Cloud Foundry helped to launch three new products for a major insurance company in just seven months instead of what would typically take years.

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
Technical Paper - Stretched Clusters and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
This paper is intended to clarify concepts involved with choosing solutions for vSphere site availability, and to help understand the use cases for availability solutions for the virtualized infrastructure. Specific guidance is given around the intended use of DR solutions like VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager and contrasted with the intended use of geographically stretched clusters spanning multiple datacenters. While both solutions excel at their primary use case, their strengths lie in different areas which are explored within.

1 Million IOPS Microsoft vs VMware Comparison
Applications VMware 1 Million IOPS iSCSI Microsoft vSphere 5 Windows 2008 R2
I recently read an article that announced Microsoft and Intel had achieved 1 Million iSCSI IOPS out of a single 10 GbE NIC. This is by no means a small achievement, on the surface at least. When you dig into the article a bit deeper you find out that the headline is not quite what it’s cracked up to be. Want to find out the full story?

How to update vSphere 5 to vSphere 5 U1 using the vSphere update manager
Step by step  of the upgrade process for ESXi 5 to ESXi 5 U1 using vSphere update manager.
Few days back I reported on that VMware has released an Update 1 of vSphere 5. This release is mainly fixing some issues found in the vSphere 5, but also brings some additional features and renforces the CLUF in some areas. I invite you to read my article on the release where you can have a look a those details – VMware vSphere 5 Update 1 has been released.

[Orchestrator] Configure Host Time Settings
In looking around vCO, at least in the default plug-in, there was not a good variety of workflows for configuring hosts. This workflow, will set the NTP server on a host.

Quick and Dirty #PowerCLI to Repair a Disk Space Problem
I ran into a case of a datastore that ran out disk space (why that happened is a whole different story – don’t go there… really….) but because of a whole strange chain of event this caused a number of VM’s to become corrupted.


10 Gigs ethernet 4 times cheaper with latest Intel chips
Cheaper Intel 10 Gigs Ethernet Dual NIC card is here.
Intel is the first time succeeded in designing a chip all-in-one, combining the MAC, the intermediary between the physical layer and logical layer and the PHY, converting digital signals into analog signals just before they hit the cable.

Blocking or allowing traffic when vShield App is down?
I did a couple of articles about vShield App a couple of months back. One of them explained how to get around a situation where vShield App would be down, as in this case of traffic would be blocked. Since then I spoke to multiple customers who asked me if it was possible to configure vShield App in such a way that traffic would be allowed when an issue occurred with vShield App. Although this goes against best practices and I would not recommend this, I can understand why some customers would want to do this. Luckily for them vShield App 5.0.1 now offers a setting that allows you to do this:

SRM 5.0 – New Equallogics SRA and “Forced Recovery”
This might have slipped under your radar – but there’s been a number of updates that affect SRM in the last couple of days.
Firstly, Dell have re-released their Site Recovery Adapter (SRA) for SRM 5.0 – officially its called EQL 2.1 SRA. It includes one vitally important update. With Dell Equallogic there was an issue with the failover and failback process. What would happen is that you would loose the “schedule” of replication – that meant after failback, you’d need to remember to go into Group Manager, and attach the schedule again to get replication occurring every 15mins or what ever you had configured for your RPO.


Playing around with WSX
I wanted to test WSX, which is part of the Tech Preview of VMware Workstation for Linux. WSX allows you to see your virtual machine’s desktop in a browser window. I installed Workstation for Linux on my Ubuntu 12.04 desktop, the process is fairly straight forward. This is what I had to do to get WSX running:

Open-SDK–Opening the vSphere Management SDK
When writing scripts (I am a fan of PowerCLI of course) there is many a time when I need to get something out of the vSphere SDK so I can dig in and get the details that I am looking for.
Of course you could always go out to the internet and look for what you would like.
But sometimes I do my coding when in transit (don’t worry I am not driving) - and have no internet connection - so I like to have the SDK with me on my laptop.

Coining a New Term: Adaptive Application User Experience
In recent times I frequently see speakers in IT conferences coining the term Desktop Transformation as a way to describe the profound changes that ‘should’ occur in order to port organizations from desktop management dark ages to the post-modern era of end-user IT consumption where users are the driving force behind device supportability. Another term for that is IT Consumerization.

VMWARE KB ARTICLES
VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 3/17/12
Apache HTTP Server
Configuring load balancing between Apache HTTP Server and Tomcat/tc Server using mod_jk (2010433)
Configuring load balancing between Apache HTTP Server and Tomcat/tc Server using mod_proxy (2010450)
Socialcast
Cannot change the group type to External Facing in Socialcast (2014106)
Creating and downloading log bundles from a Socialcast On Premise cluster (2015366)
Creating Helpful Links for groups in Socialcast (2015377)
Deleting a group in Socialcast (2015389)
Using topic tags effectively in Socialcast (2015482)
Socialcast Dedicated Cloud
Using Reach extensions in Socialcast (2015325)
Group type options when creating a new group in Socialcast (2015378)
Socialcast On Premise
Enabling beta features in Socialcast On Premise (2013688)
Creating an Idea in Socialcast (2014486)
Posting a question to be answered in Socialcast (2015369)
Creating a group in Socialcast (2015388)
Sending a bulk invite to a group of users in Socialcast (2015560)
Editing or deleting a message in Socialcast (2015665)
Editing or deleting a comment in Socialcast (2015668)
VMware ESX
VMtools install failure in Windows Vista (2015070)
After upgrading ESX 4.0 Update 1 to Patch 04 build number 208167, the vmware -v command incorrectly reports the old build number 208167 (1019141)
VMware ESXi
Change the collection level for Storage DRS and SIOC data counters in vSphere 5.0 Update 1 by using the Level Mapping Utility (2009532)
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201203202-UG: Updates the VMware ESXi 5.0 tools-light vib (2010815)
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201203204-UG: Updates the VMware ESXi 5.0  scsi-megaraid-sas vib (2010817)
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201203206-UG: Updates the VMware ESXi 5.0 sata-ahci and sata-ata-piix vibs (2010819)
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201203208-UG: Updates the VMware ESXi 5.0 scsi-rste vib (2010821)
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201203209-UG: Updates the VMware ESXi 5.0 net-nx-nic vib (2010822)
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi50-Update01: VMware ESXi 5.0 Complete Update 1 (2010823)
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201203102-SG: Updates tools-light VIB (2011433)
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201203210-UG: Updates the VMware ESXi 5.0 scsi-mpt2sas driver (2011435)
Database error while reregistering AutoDeploy on vCenter Virtual Server Appliance (VCSA) (2014087)
Virtual machine is disconnected in Cisco Nexus 1000V (1024875)
Cannot boot the ESX/ESXi host when the dvSwitch name has Japanese characters (2012677)
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201203201-UG: Updates the VMware ESXi 5.0  esx-base vib (2010814)
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201203203-UG: Updates the VMware ESXi 5.0  ehci-ehci-hcd vib (2010816)
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201203205-UG: Updates the VMware ESXi 5.0 misc-drivers vib (2010818)
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201203207-UG: Updates the VMware ESXi 5.0  net-e1000e vib (2010820)
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201203101-SG: Updates esx-base VIB (2011432)
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201203103-SG: Updates net-e1000e driver (2011434)
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201203211-UG: Updates the VMware ESXi 5.0 scsi-aacraid driver (2011436)
VMware ESXi 5.0 Patch Image Profile ESXi-5.0.0-20120302001-standard (2012671)
VMware ESXi 5.0 Patch Image Profile ESXi-5.0.0-20120302001-no-tools (2012672)
VMware ESXi 5.0 Security-only Image Profile ESXi-5.0.0-20120301001s-standard (2012673)
VMware ESXi 5.0 Security-only Image Profile ESXi-5.0.0-20120301001s-no-tools (2012674)
Using vmkfstools to reclaim VMFS deleted blocks on thin-provisioned LUNs (2014849)
ESXi scripted installation fails if you specify a network device (2014856)
VMware Service Manager
In VMware Service Manager Action Type in call history where knowledge is linked to a call appears to have changed from 'AL' to just 'A' in version 9.x (2007134)
Clicking OK New in the Service Manager Call Closure screen triggers associated IPK workflow rules and a new Call screen is not opened (2014980)
Incorrect Request risks are shown in a Workflow Conditional Branch rule for all partitions in VMware Service Manager (2015302)
Service Manager Request history incorrectly shows a request as completed when a call is linked to the request (2015306)
VMware Service Manager event log reports the error: The session data for entity Person #X has expired (2015307)
Cannot search for cases by Officer name in Service Manager when the officer is no longer active (2015517)
Knowledge Base article on customer portal displays title as incorrect Entry Type (2010138)
Knowledge Base articles attached to a Customer Portal viewable case can be read regardless of the portal user's security access levels (2015064)
Service Manager Knowledge Bank administrators and/or editors receive emails requesting review of retired articles (2015120)
Cannot copy and paste text from an email or Microsoft Word document to a text field in Service Manager (2015465)
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
SUM download jobs in vCenter Configuration Manager fail with the status: waiting on assessment (2011738)
The Virtual Environments Compliance wizard includes more data type properties than appear in the associated data grids (2015454)
VMware vCenter Lifecycle Manager
End of Availability and End of Support Life for VMware Lifecycle Manager (2015661)
VMware vCenter Orchestrator
Connecting to LDAP using SSL from within the vCO Configuration page fails with the error: simple bind failure. (2015425)
Issues with vCenter Orchestrator weboperator Web view (2015178)
VMware vCenter Server
Enabling EVC on a host with an EVC supported processor fails (2008403)
Changing the default password of the custom certificate for vCenter Server 5.0 (2013144)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
SRM service fails to start with the error: Column db_id does not exist in table pd_localsite (2013309)
VMware vCloud Director
Resetting the network on the vCloud Director vApp or Org Network fails with the error: Unable to create vShield Edge VM (2015233)
VMware vFabric Hyperic Server
Unable to add a control action to an alert in vFabric Hyperic Server (2015481)
VMware View Manager
Recomposing a desktop or pool using a new snapshot with the same name does not trigger the recompose task (2010856)
Cannot input non-English characters in View Client for Linux if the language set does not use UTF-8 encoding (2015297)
View Client for Linux requires external network access and proper proxy settings to perform CRL checking (2015451)
Encryption and Compatibility Requirements for VMware View 4.6.1 and 5.0.1 (2015453)
View desktop rebalance does not migrate a secondary persistent disk that is not part of the pool configuration (2015457)
View Clients are unable to validate connections to the security server when using an SSL offload device (2015294)
Windows 7 license sometimes becomes deactivated when checking out a View desktop to run in local mode (2015296)
Setting a concurrent power operations rate to support View desktop logon storms (2015557)
VMware vShield
Security scan in a environment deployed with VMware vShield 4.1 reveals several CVEs (2009477)
VMware vShield Edge
Site-to-Site VPN connection drops when vShield Edge device has more than one external IP address (2011579)
VMware Workstation
Upgrading VMware Workstation, Player, or VMware Tools in a virtual machine fails with the error: CDS Internal Client Error (3033) (2015010)
Zimbra Collaboration Server
Uninstalling Zimbra Collaboration Server  (2004910)

From the editors Virtual Desk
Update week, or so it seems. There have been so many VMware solution updates this week and I have tried to list all of them in some detail in this week’s newsletter. Please check below and ensure that all of the solutions from VMware you are using are checked to see if they are able to be upgraded to the latest version. I also suggest checking the new features in the upgrades to see if they have any applicable issues that are resolved that you have been waiting for. If you are in any doubt contact your VMware TAM or representative to check.

For all of our partners we are heading toward Partner Exchange in Sydney and many other places around the world have either had their PEX event or are also about to hold their own local event. I have included information about this event which is exclusively for our partners and shows the commitment that VMware has to working with our partners in the industry to ensure they are able to leverage our technology better for their customers. The PEX website is:http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/partner-exchange/ontour

Here is a list of some of the updates that I am aware of but there may be some I have missed so please check:
vSphere and vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1
vFabric Application Director 1.0
vShield 5.0.1
VMware vCloud Integration Manager 1.0.0


Warm Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
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PARTNERS
VMware is a Shining Star at the 2012 CRN Channel Champions Awards
Power of Partnership 13/03/12 1:15 AM VMware Partner Team

CRN celebrated their annual Channel Champions awards at an event in Los Angeles Tuesday night as part of the XChange Solution Provider conference where technology vendors that achieved the highest Partner satisfaction scores were honored. In a survey of more than 2,000 solution providers across 27 technology categories, awards were presented to the overall technology category winners as well as subcategory winners in the areas of technical satisfaction, support satisfaction and financial factors.

We are honored to have won in the in the Virtualization and Cloud Solutions categories. Many thanks to our incredible Solution Provider community for voting for us – your satisfaction with our products, solutions and our Partner programs is paramount to our success. We are committed to working hard to earn your confidence and your votes for this and other industry awards in the coming year!

VMWARE USER GROUP (VMUG)
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VMWARE EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
BRISBANE TRAINING
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VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS
VMware vSphere Blog: Cloud Infrastructure Suite updates!
An update of all of the components of the Cloud Infrastructure Suite has been published yesterday. I am in the middle of upgrading my lab. I would suggest to all of you to carefully read the release notes to see what is new and what has been resolved! Here's the list of new versions including a link to the release notes:
VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1 (Release Notes)
VMware ESXi 5.0 Update 1 (Release Notes)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.0.1 (Release Notes)
VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat 6.4 Update 1 (Release Notes)
VMware vShield 5.0.1 (Release Notes)
VMware vCloud Director 1.5.1 (Release Notes)
I know many of you will be spending time in the lab over the weekend to install these new release, enjoy and don't hesitate to leave a comment!

VMware vCloud Blog: Announcing the General Availability of vCloud Integration Manager
Today VMware is happy to announce the general availability of VMware vCloud Integration Manager - a new tool designed specifically to give vCloud Service Providers a simple and standardized way to provision vCloud Director, vShield and vSphere. With vCloud Integration Manager, VMware provides vCloud Service Provider Partners a pragmatic path to offer a cost efficient and high margin public cloud service to customers.

vCO Team: VMware released vCenter Orchestrator 4.2.1
vCenter Orchestrator 4.2.1 has been released as part of the vCenter Server 5.0 update 1.
This is the first common release for the Windows (Build 555) and Appliance (Build 612841) version.
This release contains several improvements and bug fixes such as:
The app-server/server/vmo/log/script-logs.log now automatically include the workflow the log is coming from using the format:
{code}<Date> <Severity> [SCRIPTING_LOG] [<Workflow> (<Execution start date>)] <Message>{/code}
SSH plug-in does not fail anymore transfering files.
Issues fixed in library workflows.

vCO Team: VMware released vCenter Configuration Manager 5.5 with vCenter Orchestrator integration
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager, a key part of the VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite, automates configuration management across virtual, physical and cloud environments. Enterprises can use vCenter Configuration Manager to continuously audit the configurations of VMware Infrastructure (including VMware ESX, ESXi, vCenter, vCloud Director and vShield) as well as Windows, Linux and Unix operating systems. Easily maintain configuration compliance against internal standards, security best practices, vendor hardening guidelines and regulatory mandates.

VMware End User Computing: VMware View Client for Mac and Linux are Now Generally Available!
Today, I am happy to announce we are releasing two new and two updated VMware View clients.
At the end of December, we released tech previews of our new clients for Mac and Ubuntu Linux. We got lots of great feedback from the community and I am happy to now have the final releases of the Mac and Ubuntu Linux clients are now available for download. 
VMware View Client 1.4 for Mac

Rethink IT: VMware vFabric Application Director is Now Available to Simplify and Automate Releasing Applications to the Cloud
At VMworld Copenhagen last October, we unveiled three new suites to help customers transform how they manage infrastructure, applications and the business of IT in virtual and cloud environments.  Our vFabric Application Management Suite is comprised of two new solutions that streamline the processes of packaging, deploying, monitoring and optimizing applications on hybrid cloud infrastructures. Last November, we announced the general availability of the first of these two solutions – vFabric Application Performance Manager Today, I’m pleased to report the general availability of the second –vFabric Application Director.

VMware vSphere Blog: VAAI Thin Provisioning Block Reclaim/UNMAP is back in 5.0U1
When vSphere 5.0 launched last year, I did a post on the new VAAI (VMware Storage APIs for Array Integration) primitives. One of the cool new features was the the ability to reclaim stranded space on Thin Provisioned datastores, something we could not do previously, which meant large amounts of stranded space could be left on these datastores. This block reclaim primitive involved sending a SCSI UNMAP command to the array when we deleted or migrated a file from a TP datastore. Unfortunately, some performance issues were experienced with this new primitive, and the time taken to reclaim the stranded space by certain storage arrays led to some operations like Storage vMotion to time out. In the end, we had to turn off the primitive in 5.0 patch 2.

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: Reporting with the PowerCLI vCD Cmdlets
Recently at Partner Exchange 2012 I presented with a colleague of mine Vladimir Goranov who is an R&D Manager at VMware and focuses on automation and PowerCLI.
Our presentation was entitled “vCloud Infrastructure Automation - powered by PowerCLI”.
In the presentation we took people through some basic reporting and then demonstrated how this could be taken one step further to produce some nice easy to view reports which included hooking into Excel and automatically creating a spreadsheet complete with several tabs and bar graphs.

VMware vSphere Blog: vCloud Director 1.5.1 Released!
Today VMware released vCloud Director 1.5.1.  The good news is that this minor release includes several bug fixes and new features such as:
Support for new platforms including vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1, ESXi 5.0 Update 1, vShield 5.0.1, and RHEL 5u7 (64 bit) when used to host a vCD cell.
A higher level of encryption is now available for use when configuring a site-to-site VPN tunnel.  You can now select AES-256 as the encryption protocol.

VMware vSphere Blog: Site Recovery Manager 5.0.1 available today
I'm very pleased to announce a new SRM release! 
It's not heavy on new features, but it's a great release with a couple of new major functions that are very import and a bunch of great bug fixes.  I'll talk a bit about what's in here, but do take a look at the release notes as well for the full explanation.

Business Critical Applications: Your Guide to Virtualizing SQL on vSphere (Part 1)
By now, a lot of tier-2, tier-3 SQL Servers has been virtualized. Customers are seeing more availability, better agility with those SQL Servers running in a virtualization environment. That's leading customers to consider moving tier-1 mission critical SQL Servers onto the virtualization environment. A properly configured ESX is crucial to the successful deployment of a tier-1 SQL Server. In this post, I would like to talk about some storage configuration guidelines that would help maximize SQL Server performance on VMware.
Use eagerzeroedthick disk

vCO Team: Pimp my vCenter Orchestrator Virtual Appliance
If you like the VMware vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) Appliance because it is easy to deploy, configure and use then you may want to improve it with enabling additional features.
I like very much the vCO appliance but I recognize it has a few shortcomings:

VMware vSphere Blog: Audit Reporting with vCloud Director
Last week I had the pleasure to be in the company of Steve Hester.  Steve is an architect who works for Canadian Pacific.  Besides being an overall great guy, Steve is responsible for some vCloud Director environments that are used to provide on-demand services for developers.
While we were chatting, Steve made a comment how he wished he had a simple way to get reports on his vCloud Director environment.   Nothing horribly fancy or anything that required any additional overhead that he would have to manage…  He just wanted something quick and easy that could send him a daily status of the organizations and vApps in his environment.

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: Linking your vCloud Director VMs and vSphere VMs
One of PowerShell’s great strengths is its ability to take the output of one cmdlet and pipe it into another object, this enables you to create powerfull one line scripts which can be used to change multiple machines very easily.  PowerCLI is no exception, with a single line of code we can already add a portgroup to multiple hosts, create thousands of VMs or disconnect CD-ROMs from hundreds of VMs which would otherwise take days or hours in the vSphere Client.
With the introduction of PowerCLI 5.0.1 we now have multiple cmdlets to manage our vCD environment, but have you ever tried piping the vCD cmdlets into a vSphere PowerCLI cmdlet ?

vCO Team: VMware released the vCenter Orchestrator Plug-in for VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager 2.0
Another new VMware plug-in release for vCenter Orchestrator, this time for vCenter Chargeback Manager.
You can use the plug-in to run Orchestrator workflows that automate vCenter Chargeback processes. In this release, the plug-in contains sample workflows.



VMWARE TV BLOG
VMwareTV: VMware Cloud Management Visibility
bit.ly -- Baffled by the complexity of knowing what's connected to what in your IT environment? VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite provides a real-life "X-ray glasses" view into the virtual and cloud infrastructure that supports all your applications -- even the most business critical.

VMwareTV: VMware VROOM! Video Episode 2: One Million IOPS
Discussion about achieving One Million IOPS on a single vSphere 5 server with the VMware engineer who did it. Blogs: blogs.vmware.com blogs.vmware.com

VMwareTV: Basic and Advanced Reporting with the VMware vCD PowerCLI Cmdlets
This video was presented as part of the "vCloud Infrastructure Automation - powered by PowerCLI" presentation presented at Partner Exchange 2012 in Las Vegas. It shows how to use VMware PowerCLI to produce basic and more advanced reporting with very little code. PowerCLI blog: bit.ly vSphere PowerCLI Community: bit.ly

VMwareTV: Computerworld's Premier IT Leaders Conference: Steve Herrod (VMware)
Steve Herrod gives the keynote address at the Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference in March 2012.

VMwareTV: Basic and Advanced Reporting with the VMware vCD PowerCLI Cmdlets
This video was presented as part of the "vCloud Infrastructure Automation - powered by PowerCLI" presentation presented at Partner Exchange 2012 in Las Vegas. It shows how to use VMware PowerCLI to produce basic and more advanced reporting with very little code. PowerCLI blog: bit.ly vSphere PowerCLI Community: bit.ly

VMwareTV: Earthlink on the Benefits of VMware vCloud Integration Manager
ow.ly -- Mike Salviski, Director of Datacenter Solutions for Earthlink, shares how vCloud Integration Manager has enabled Earthlink to automate the onboarding of new customers. Read more about Earthlink Cloud Hosting, a vCloud Powered Service:

VMwareTV: Layered Technologies on VMware vCloud Integration Manager
ow.ly -- Kevin Van Monfrands, VP of Product Management for Cloud and Infrastructure as a Service at Layered Technologies, discusses how vCloud Integration Manager has allowed Layered Tech to more easily deliver cloud services to customers. Read more about Layered Tech's vCloud Powered Services: ow.ly

VMwareTV: Creating New vCloud Organizations with the VMware vCD PowerCLI Cmdlets
This video was presented as part of the "vCloud Infrastructure Automation - powered by PowerCLI" presentation presented at Partner Exchange 2012 in Las Vegas. It shows how to use VMware PowerCLI to create new vCloud Organizations, Users and Org vDC's. PowerCLI blog: bit.ly vSphere PowerCLI Community: bit.ly

VMwareTV: VMware vCenter Operations Capacity Planning & Management: What-if Scenarios
bit.ly -- Join VMware's Ben Scheerer for the fourth of four videos diving deeper into the vC Ops capacity planning and management capabilities.

VMwareTV: VMware vCenter Operations Capacity Planning & Management: Heat Maps & Event Management
bit.ly -- Join VMware's Ben Scheerer for the third of four videos diving deeper into the vC Ops capacity planning and management capabilities.

VMwareTV: VMware vCenter Operations Capacity Planning & Management: Dashboard Overview
bit.ly -- Join VMware's Ben Scheerer for the first of four videos diving deeper into the vC Ops capacity planning and management capabilities.

VMwareTV: VMware vFabric Application Director 1.0 Simplifying Application Deployment to The Cloud
vFabric Application Director demo of creating a multi-tier application blueprint and deploying on to vCloud Director cloud.

SPRINGSOURCE
Using Cloud Foundry Services with Ruby: Part 1 – Auto-reconfiguration
Right from the launch, Cloud Foundry supported auto-reconfiguration of Spring and Rails apps that use a relational database service.  This allowed deploying such an app without changing a single line of code.  Recently, we extended this support for Spring apps to cover all services (Redis, Mongo, and Rabbit).  We are now extending this support for all services for Rails and making this available for Sinatra apps as well.  In this blog, we will explore how auto-reconfiguration works with Rails and Sinatra applications.

Using Cloud Foundry Services with Ruby: Part 2 – Run-time Support for Ruby Applications
The services offered in Cloud Foundry are necessary for writing any serious application. Our aim is to make it easy to configure and consume these services. In addition to the auto-reconfiguration described in the Using Cloud Foundry Services with Ruby: Part 1 – Auto-reconfiguration blog post we also have support for manual service property lookup as well as library calls to obtain a pre-configured connection object.

Early Access: SpringSource Tool Suite for Eclipse Juno (4.2)
Wanna use the SpringSource Tool Suite on the latest Eclipse Juno (4.2) milestone builds? Here you go:  How to install Download and install the latest: Eclipse Juno JEE milestone build Download the bookmarks.xml and import that to your list of update sites (Preferences -> Install/Update -> Available Update Sites -> Import). Go to "Install New Software" and Read more...

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
VMware Configuration Maximums – Not Targets
Something I've noticed a lot work creating designs for customers is the customer focusing on vSphere Configuration Maximums and the aim to reach those maximums. This concerns me a lot when I hear this and also the regularity that I hear this.
VMware Configuration Maximum's are values that have been tested by VMware QA to verify that the product will function correctly.

How to setup nested vSphere Lab on a PC by using VMware Workstation
Ever wanted to test the latest vSphere Suite without having enough hardware? Features like vMotion, Fault Tolerance, DRS (distributed ressource scheduler) or HA (High Availability) can be tested in nested environment by using VMware Workstation.
Since the release of VMware Workstation 8, there is no need to hack VMX configuration files in order to Install ESXi host, as a virtual machine. The whole process of setting up vSphere Lab on a PC or laptop can be challenging. Especially for new people coming to learn something new about virtualization. You have to save every Gb of space, because the solution must obviously run on a SSD drive.

Some Thoughts and Questions About STT
I just finished reading the Internet Draft for Stateless Transport Tunneling (STT), a proposed protocol for network virtualization. STT’s contemporaries are VXLAN (Virtual eXtensible Local Area Network) and NVGRE (Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation), both of which are also described in IETF Internet Drafts. The goal of all of these protocols is to virtualize (abstract) the physical network topology and bring functionality like isolation of multiple tenants, isolation of overlapping address space between multiple tenants, expanded VLAN/tenant ID address space, and enhanced VM mobility (by providing L2 services over an L3 network, for example).
I’ve written a little bit about VXLAN before; see my post titled Examining VXLAN for more details.

vCDAudit for vCloud Director
Sometimes its hard to retrieve a report or data that you want to see in one place from a pre-built GUI, I often see this as a use case with PowerShell, being able to grab the data that you want to see and export it or report on it in a unified and simple way.  With the release of vCheck 6 and the easy to adapt HTML framework I have a very easy way to do just this, with a few simple changes to the plugins we can easily add any product into the reporting framework.

Win 2K8 with PVSCSI Critical Issue
I’ve started to see reports recently of I/O errors when running very high I/O workloads on Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 VM’s. Mostly this was during artificial benchmark tests run against MS SQL and Exchange 2010 with Jetstress. However it could impact production workloads. Upon further investigation it appears these I/O errors are a known defect with a certain version of the PVSCSI driver that comes with VMware Tools and can affect vSphere 4.0 U1, 4.1 and 5.0. Here I’ll cover more about this potentially serious issue and how to fix it.

VMware View 5 - Technical Papers
In this mobile user- and device-centric environment, IT must protect data security and control user access to data at the same time as it manages the range of applications and devices for all users. The single operating system and single device per user is a model of the past. VMware offers an end user computing solution that meets the challenges of providing for a mobile workforce, without compromising IT control or the operational efficiencies of existing management processes. VMware products incorporate the needs of both IT and end users.

Storage I/O Control with FAST Auto Tiering Support Statement Conflicts
I’ve been working on a vSphere 5 Architecture Design for business critical applications for a large financial institution and have run into a conflict in the support statement between VMware and EMC with regard to the support of FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering) on VMAX when used with Storage I/O Control. The VMware SAN Compatibility Guide on page 6 says “All the storage devices listed on vSphere 4.1 Storage HCL are supported for use with SIOC. There is no special certification requirements for the SIOC support.” This is where things start to get interesting.

Cannot register virtual machine template
A general system occured: the system returned an error. communication with the virtual machine might have been interrupted.
You might see this message when registering Virtual machine template and your vCenter reports an error like that. A quick search pointed me to the solution. In fact the VM template has been created originally and configured to use vDS (virtual distributed switch). And if for any reason, the destination cluster is NOT part of that vDS, the process fails.

Windows 8 storage performance for VDI. Forget what you know…
Last week Microsoft Corporate VP, Worldwide Licensing and Pricing, Joe Matz finally brought some light to a long standing Windows licensing discussion. In summary, It’s now public understanding that ISPs wanting to deliver DaaS (Desktop-as-a-Service) will need to implement Windows 2K8 Server with SPLA. In addition to that, with the soon Windows 8 release organizations will start to prepare themselves to either go to VDI/TS or upgrade existing VDI environments. That probably won’t happen as fast as we would like to because there may be no business reasons for to upgrade.

VMware has released version 1.4 of their View Client for iPad
VMware View Client for iPad is the first iPad client with support for the PCoIP display protocol for tight integration with VMware View and increased flexibility for the end-user. Enable end-users to simply and securely connect to their View-Based Windows desktop from an iPad with the best possible user experience on the Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN). The improvements in this new 1.4 version are:

DR of View persistent linked clone desktops…
I know some of you have been waiting for this so I wanted to share some early results. I was in the UK last week and we managed to get an environment configured using persistent linked clone virtual desktops with View. We also managed to fail-over and fail-back desktops between two datacenters. The concepts is really similar to the vCloud Director DR concept.

vSphere 5.0 Update 1 released
Although only a minor version I do feel that it is worth mentioning and notifying people about. vSphere 5.0 Update 1 (click here for vCenter release notes and here for ESXi release notes) contains some cool enhancements. I listed the fixes or new features which I personally ran in to the last couple of months or which are worth implementing or important to list in specific scenarios. Especially the HA (FDM) fixes are welcome, but also the “disk.terminateVMonPDLDefault” enhancement was. I will write some more about that later today though.

vSphere 5 Auto Deploy Now Supported with vShield App and Endpoint
Applications VMware Auto Deploy vShield App vShield Endpoint vSphere
I previously wrote an article title vSphere 5 and vShield 5 Critical Considerations regarding some important considerations when using vSphere 5 and vShield 5. At the time I originally wrote it one of those considerations was that vShield App and Endpoint would not work with Auto Deploy and were not supported. This is due to the required VIB’s not been available as a stand alone package to include in your custom image. I have some good news.

Permanent Device Loss (PDL) enhancements in vSphere 5.0 Update 1 for Stretched Clusters
In the just released vSphere 5.0 Update 1 some welcome enhancements were added around vSphere HA and how a Permanent Device Loss (PDL) condition is handled. The PDL condition is a condition that is communicated by the array to ESXi via a SCSI sense code and indicates that a device (LUN) is unavailable and more than likely permanently unavailable. This is a condition which is useful for “stretched storage cluster” configurations where in the case of a failure in Datacenter-A the configuration in Datacenter-B can take over. An example of when a condition like this would be communicated by the array would be when a LUN “detached” in a site isolation. PDL is probably most common in non-uniform stretched solutions like EMC VPLEX. With VPLEX site affinity is defined per LUN. If your VM resides in Datacenter-A while the LUN it is stored on has affinity to Datacenter-B in case of failure this VM could lose access to the LUN. These enhancements will ensure the VM is killed and restarted on the other side.

VMware View 5 Evaluator’s Guide
The purpose of this document is to support a self-guided, hands-on review of VMware View 5. The content is intended to show how easily you can set up a VMware View 5 environment so you can evaluate both new and important capabilities. These capabilities include creating and managing virtualized desktops, and validating the suggested use cases.

Excluding your vCenter Server from vShield App protection!
A while back I posted a hack to exclude your vCenter Server from vShield App protection. I discussed this hack with the vShield team and asked them if it would be possible to add similar functionality to vShield. I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed that they managed to slip it in to vShield App 5.0.1 release. What a quick turnaround! It is described how to do this on page 51 of the admin guide. I tested it myself ad here are the steps I took:

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]
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 3/10/12
VMware Blogs 12/03/12 11:12 PM
Apache HTTP Server
Interpreting web server mod_proxy_http error messages (2010526)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
Shavlik NetChk Protect
Unable to install or update agent binaries in Shavlik NetChk Protect or VMware vCenter Protect Essentials (2014715)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
vCenter Protect Essentials ST.Protect.exe fails when opening the Distribution Server configuration settings (2014996)
Date Published: 3/8/2012
Socialcast On Premise
Rebooting a Socialcast appliance node prompts you to set up data drives (2009755)
Date Published: 3/6/2012
The Riak service fails to assemble or start correctly in Socialcast On Premise (2012131)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
Deploying the latest configuration from the Socialcast Cluster Management Console fails with the error: This node is already a member of a cluster (2012164)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
Daily notifications or digests are not being received from Socialcast (2012214)
Date Published: 3/6/2012
Socialcast page layout has large spaces or gaps in Chrome, Safari or Firefox (2012218)
Date Published: 3/6/2012
Ask a Question in Socialcast creates a standard update instead of a question (2012220)
Date Published: 3/6/2012
The Home and/or Company stream fails to load in Socialcast On Premise (2012979)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
Socialcast On Premise fails to send emails to external addresses (2013072)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
Spring Framework
Geting a reference to the ApplicationContext in a Spring application  (2005440)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
Consolidating Request Header, Request parameter, and Cookies in one object parameter in a controller method (2005443)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware
Support for software packages within SLES for VMware (2015131)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
Unable to find specific packages in SLES for VMware (2015132)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
VMware Data Recovery
VMware Data Recovery 2.0 sends multiple duplicate email notifications (2013533)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
VMware ESX
Patch and Update classification schemes for VMware ESX/ESXi 4.x and ESXi 5.0.x (2014447)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
VMware ESX 3.5 March 2012 Patches (2009153)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
VMware ESX 3.5 Patch ESX350-201203401-SG: Updates Apps, VMX, hostd, wbc, others (2009155)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
VMware ESX 3.5 Patch ESX350-201203402-BG: Updates VMware Tools (2009156)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
VMware ESX 3.5 Patch ESX350-201203403-SG: Updates mptscsi_2xx drivers and others (2009157)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
VMware ESX 3.5 Patch ESX350-201203405-SG: Updates dhclient (2009159)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
Virtual machine powered on by different host with log errors: "clean power off = ABSENT" and "clean power off = UNCLEAN" (2010594)
Date Published: 3/6/2012
VMware ESXi
For Linux guest operating systems in an IPv6 environment, the virtual network might not operate at the maximum supported throughput (2013868)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
VMware ESXi 3.5 Patch ESXe350-201203403-C-BG: Updates VI Client (2014164)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
Determining the ESXi installation type (2014558)
Date Published: 3/8/2012
Creating Custom Firewall Rules in ESXi 5.0 (2008226)
Date Published: 3/8/2012
VMware ESXi 3.5 March 2012 Patches (2009154)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
VMware ESXi 3.5 Patch ESXe350-201203401-I-SG: Updates Firmware (2009160)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
Upgrading to ESXi 5.0 fails with the error: Error in ESX configuration file esx.conf (2011588)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
Can't migrate management interface to vDS on ESXi 5.0 (2013558)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
Interrupt remapping is disabled on the platform due to a defect in the BIOS (2014949)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
VMware ESXi 3.5 Patch ESXe350-201203402-T-BG: Updates VMware Tools (2009161)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
ESX/ESXi hosts fail with a purple diagnostic screen and report the error: #PF Exception(14) (2012404)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
VMware Fusion
Adobe Acrobat Reader 10.1.2 fails when printing a document (2013042)
Date Published: 3/8/2012
VMware Service Manager
Reopening A call after the File Control Block (FCB) time has passed (2013532)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
Unable to add a reason when adding or removing links to a Configuration Management Database (CMDB) (2015248)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
Viewing the Service Manager Knowledge Base articles in the HTML format (2006610)
Date Published: 3/6/2012
VMware Service Manager MMA URL directs customers to the default portal (2014095)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
Forwarding a call in Service Manager does not send an email even when the Internal Messaging at Forward option is enabled (2014099)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
Configuration Items and services added to a Service Manager request are not reflected in the request history (2014651)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
Performance issues when viewing the CMDB Audit trail in Service Manager 9.x (2014653)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
Unbound Parameter Value for a string is not passed through the query when running a Service Manager report (2014777)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
The Service Manager customer portal reports multiple event errors related to the LITEREQUESTREVIEWHISTORY query (2014781)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
CMDB item search in Service Manager does not work properly (2014786)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
When switching between tabs in a Service Manager request screen, the filter criteria is not remembered (2014787)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
Configuration Items are not sorted correctly in the Service Manager Customer portal (2014788)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
Identifying the screens linked to various tasks in Service Manager (2014822)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
Customers accessing the Service Manager Catalog portal have access to all the Configuration Items in the system (2010716)
Date Published: 3/6/2012
Cannot attach objects in the Service Manager Customer portal to Service Actions based on call templates (2010810)
Date Published: 3/6/2012
Knowledge Base article figures are incorrect within the Service window of the Service Manager call or request main screen (2011033)
Date Published: 3/6/2012
Modifying the System Title name Org Custom String 1 Title in Service Manager overwrites the Custom String column in the Activity log (2013477)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
Cannot add multiple email templates to message type 4001 in Service Manager (2013537)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
The SLM 12 Month Trend report does not show the correct results (2013692)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
Officer delegation rights continue to remain with a Service Manager user even after the officer role is removed from the user (2013755)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
When a CI is cloned with the same name as a service, the Service Manager Customer portal does not display the service (2013856)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
VMware ThinApp
ThinApp of Dymo Label fails with the error: The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b) (2012168)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
VMware vCenter CapacityIQ
Entering a vCenter CapacityIQ license key in vCenter Server fails with the error: license error 5 diagnostic message license file not found (2011971)
Date Published: 3/6/2012
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Links in vCenter Configuration Manager patch assessment reports do not work properly (2014915)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
When ignored machines in vCM are unignored, they are moved to Licensed Machines instead of Available Machines (2014919)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
Using a VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.x remote command to deploy software (2008024)
Date Published: 3/8/2012
Server 2008 patch deployments fail with the error: WUSA.exe Access Denied (2008300)
Date Published: 3/8/2012
Cannot create Assessment Templates for some UNIX platforms in vCenter Configuration Manager (2009276)
Date Published: 3/8/2012
vCenter Configuration Manager 5.4.0 patching fails in Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 6.0 (2010181)
Date Published: 3/8/2012
VCM SCR Tool Fails To Download Patches (2010357)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
Deploying the vCenter Configuration Manager patch fails with the error: Process was launched, but Hotfix ###### is not detected (2011736)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
vCenter Configuration Manager EventLogEvents collection job fails with the error: HRESULT 0x80004005 = Unspecified error (2011929)
Date Published: 3/8/2012
VMware vCenter Server
Performance data is missing after upgrading to vCenter Server 5.0 (2012139)
Date Published: 3/8/2012
The VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices service does not function properly (2013082)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
CentOS 6 and Oracle Linux 6 are not listed as guest operating systems when creating a new virtual machine using vCenter Server (2013448)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
Unable to edit the settings of a virtual machine that is a member of a Datastore Cluster (2013820)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
Troubleshooting issues related to the License Reporting tab in vCenter Server 5.0 (2015026)
Date Published: 3/8/2012
Upgrade to vCenter Server 5.x fails with datastore error or insufficient memory problems (2015055)
Date Published: 3/8/2012
Cannot add a host to vCenter Server due to duplicate IP address (2009113)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
Unable to clear the Hardware Status warnings/errors in vCenter Server (2011531)
Date Published: 3/6/2012
Registering a virtual machine template fails with the error: communication with the virtual machine might have been interrupted (2012774)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
Isolating a vCenter Server instance from the Linked Mode using the Configuration wizard fails with the error: "Isolate instance VMwareVCMSDS" failed (2012957)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Connecting to vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 fails with the error: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it (2014860)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat
Replacing SSL certificates for vCenter Server Heartbeat 6.x (2013041)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Cannot scroll down the Network Selector dropdown in Site Recovery Manager 5.0 (2014659)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
Failed to add array manager for MirrorView SRA with error: Failed to connect to management system address while executing 'discoverArrays' command (2009074)
Date Published: 3/6/2012
VMware vCloud Director
Retrieving the organization UUID from VMware vCloud Director (2012943)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
VMware View Manager
Persona Management fails to write user profile to Persona Repository (2014721)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
Connecting to the View desktop using the View Client on Mac OS X fails with the error: Access is denied (2009676)
Date Published: 3/6/2012
Poor performance when moving windows between multiple displays in View 5.0 session (2010359)
Date Published: 3/5/2012
Manually deleting linked clones or stale virtual desktop entries from VMware View Manager 4.5 and later (2015112)
Date Published: 3/7/2012
Overriding View PCoIP Session Variables for Specific Users (2015292)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
VMware vSphere Management Assistant
vSphere Management Assistant 5.0 Patch 1 (5.0.0.1) (2014986)
Date Published: 3/9/2012
VMware Workstation
Importing Windows 7 XP Mode as a virtual machine in VMware Workstation (2014936)
Date Published: 3/8/2012
Zimbra Connectors
Zimbra Hosted BES and Multi-Tenancy (2012514)
Date Published: 3/7/2012

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, my week has been very busy with customers and partners as well as the vSphere 5 Design Course which I attended.

Let me start with the course. While not a pre-requisite or I suggest mandatory for the VCAP-DCD this course presents a very nice concise view of all of the items that should be considered when designing a new or even an upgrade to an existing environment. The course considers many of the news features provided in vSphere 5 and how they might be used to provide a more elegant and stable design. Overall I really enjoyed the course, there were some very deep discussions specifically around storage which was a hot topic. I enjoyed the fact that we were designing and not doing technical labs, all of the work was part of a case study which is very nicely explained and provides a fair amount of scope for you or your team to decide on the appropriate way forward. The discussion on what you chose then provides more insight with other participants into how good the particular design feature was. This is a good thing and I believe is how we should be doing design in the first place.

On to this week’s newsletter. Last week I promised more info on the newsletter so here goes. Each week I deliver a newsletter  which is largely based on the information and articles from the smart people out there who blog about VMware. I try my best to only include information that I think is relevant to my audience and then provide a short synopsis in the newsletter allowing you then then click on the article link if you want more information. The newsletter has a number of sections which have been chosen to keep the newsletter as simple as possible. The main purpose of the newsletter is to help educate and also provide a simple digest of the week’s news. Finally I also try and include the week’s knowledge base articles for reference and further discussion as well.

Thanks to everyone who provides information for the newsletter and mostly thanks to you for reading the newsletter each week. If you have any suggestions or just want to get in touch please feel free to contact me directly at nisserow @ vmware.com

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

PARTNERS

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.

VMWARE EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
BRISBANE TRAINING
VMware vSphere: Advanced Fast Track [V4.x] - 14 May
VMware vCloud: Overview [V1.0] - 30 Apr
VMware vCloud: Architecting the VMware Cloud [V1.0] - 01 May
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] - 19 Mar
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] - 16 Apr
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] - 30 Apr
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] - 14 May
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] - 04 June
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] - 11 June
Core Spring - 07 May
VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.0] - 14 May
VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V5.0] - 30 May
VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.0] - 18 June
Core Spring - 06 Aug
VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.0] - 02 Apr
VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.0] - 26 Apr
VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.0] - 28 May
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] - 19 Apr

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

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.

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!: VROOM! Video Episode 1 - VMmark 2
The performance team at VMware is starting a new series of videos called VROOM! Videos. Each video will focus on a single topic and be five to ten minutes in length, to keep things focused. The videos are done by the engineers in informal settings and are meant to be fun discussions. They are the type of conversation you might have at lunch if you asked somebody what they have been working on lately. The first episode is a conversation about VMmark 2.
VMmark 2 website

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: Using PowerCLI to export vCloud Director policy settings
Each Organization in vCloud Director has its own policy settings, these are defined when setting up the organization and can be altered through the  vCloud GUI, these define both the vApp lease periods and quotas of VMs which can be running or stored in the Organization.

VMware vSphere Blog: Great Overview on using Reverse Web Proxy with Auto Deploy
VMware Tech Pubs just released another great video, this one provides an overview on using reverse web proxy servers to scale out your Auto Deploy infrastructure.
In a high demand situation, a single Auto Deploy server becomes overloaded and slows down. To support fast provisioning with Auto Deploy, you can create reverse proxy servers that cache the Auto Deploy information. The DHCP server can then route different hosts to different TFTP servers, and each TFTP server sends the host to either the Auto Deploy server or a proxy server.

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.0 DRS support for agent virtual machines
Duncan Epping posted an article on agent VMs and how the relate to vSphere High Availability. Which resulted in questions if DRS supports agent virtual machines. And the answer is yes. DRS and DPM fully support ESX agents and respect the requirements of the ESXi agent virtual machine. DRS and DPM understands that:

VMware vSphere Blog: Agent VMs?
I answered a question today about agent VMs and how they relate to VMware HA. I figured it would be worth sharing with all of you. Although there are not many "virtual appliances" using the Agent VM construct I am certain that this will change over time, especially when people realize it is critical to tag them as agent VMs from an availability perspective.

VMware vSphere Blog: Acessing Virtual Machine Advanced Settings
From time to time I get questions on how to access the advanced settings for a virtual machine and how to go about searching for the settings using the VM’s .vmx configuration file. Though the advanced settings are stored in the .vmx configuration file, they can also be accessed and viewed using the vSphere Client.

VMware Security Blog: Thoughts on Visibility, Context, and Control after listening to Chris Young's keynote from RSA 2012
At RSA last week in San Fran, Chris Young, from Cisco, commanded the stage, he held the audience on the edge of their seats in anticipation, and he said all the right things. Well, that is he said all the right things to make Cisco sound perfectly positioned. And can we really fault them for being so network centric?

VMware End User Computing: Overcoming the VDI IOPS Challenge
Guest Post by Anjan Srinivas, Director of Product Marketing, Atlantis Computing
Correct IO sizing is always a big challenge for customers adopting VDI. Storage can represent more than 60-70% of the total desktop cost in VDI infrastructure. Get it right and the project is successful – users accept it and desktop cost is low. Get it wrong and the desktop is very expensive and the team does not get to scale beyond the first implementation – or the desktop is inexpensive and users reject it for performance reasons.  This challenge becomes amplified when IT tries to use VDI as a means to simplify migration from Windows XP to Windows 7.

VMware vSphere Blog: Understanding ESXi Patches – Manually Patching ESXi hosts
I’ve recently been blogging about ESXi patches with the hopes of making it easier for you to identify and track  available updates and to keep your ESXi hosts up-to-date.  In my first post I talked about how to find patches.  In my second post I went over the steps to manually upload the patches into Update Manager.  The next topic I want to cover is how to install the patches using the vCLI.  Fortunately, this is easily done because there are already a couple of good blog posts that show how to do this.  So rather than reinvent the wheel, I’m just going to point to the existing articles.

VMware Global Alliances Blog: Virtualizing Voice and Other Real-Time Applications (Not Only Possible, It’s a Really Good Idea)
Two years have passed since VMware and Mitel debuted their joint solution for virtualizing voice applications, and yet I run into customers who still insist that voice applications need their own physical servers.  As businesses of all sizes continue to adopt unified communications (UC), it’s important that IT professionals understand the full range of options for hosting—and virtualizing—UC components, including voice.

VMware vSphere Blog: vCloud Director Network Ports
Last week I spent some time at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco.  It was a great event, though very different from DEFCON.  To me, the best part of the event was having the ability to talk to customers.
As to be expected, our conversations centered on security.  One request that I heard a couple of times was for a diagram of the network ports used by vCloud Director.  Luckily, VMware just released an updated version of this!

Business Critical Applications: Your Guide to Virtualizing SAP on vSphere
In the last few years we have had some great successes of customers virtualizing their SAP landscapes in production on VMware, check out Mazda and Miami Dade athttp://www.vmware.com/solutions/partners/alliances/sap-customer-success.html, both of whom presented their case studies at SAP Sapphire and SAP Tech Ed.  For technical success follow the VMware best practice papers and SAP Marketplace notes on virtualizing on vSphere (see the references at the end of this blog).  Here are some high level guidelines and considerations.

VMware vSphere Blog: Have you seen vBenchmark yet? Free tool for evaluating your virtualized infrastructure and comparing you to peers!
vBenchmark is a free tool to measure the performance of a VMware virtualized infrastructure across three categories: efficient resource utilization, operational agility, and quality of service. Please visitlabs.vmware.com/flings/vbenchmark to download the application.

VMware vSphere Blog: Exploring the vCloud REST API Part 1
Recently, I have been spending some time exploring the vCloud API as a way to get more familiar with the operations within vCloud Director. This has been pretty straightforward as the vCloud API is exposed as a REST API and you can easily interact with it using simple HTTP requests. If you are thinking about trying out the the vCloud API, one very useful document to help you get started is thevCloud API Programming Guide. At first glance, you might think you need to be a programmer to use the vCloud REST API, but you do not.

VMware End User Computing: Telling It Like It Is - 10 VDI Lessons from the Real World
"Don’t sugarcoat it, tell it to me straight."  People are always saying that, but almost never when they're expecting delight. The truth is, if you want drastic change, you need to set your expectations high and anticipate discoveries and difficulties along the way. When it comes to deploying and managing desktops, VDI has dramatically changed the way we do almost everything.  And while it has already given us so much flexibility in our environment, virtualizing the end user experience and getting IT people to do things in new ways has not been trivial or pain free.

Thoughts on Visibility, Context, and Control after listening to Chris Young's keynote from RSA 2012
At RSA last week in San Fran, Chris Young, from Cisco, commanded the stage, he held the audience on the edge of their seats in anticipation, and he said all the right things. Well, that is he said all the right things to make Cisco sound perfectly positioned. And can we really fault them for being so network centric?

VMWARE TV BLOG
VMwareTV: IT Challenge: Patch Tuesday, Solution: VMware
bit.ly -- A look at the challenges IT faces in supporting end users and desktop environments in the workplace. VMware SMB Playlist: bit.ly VMware View Playlist: bit.ly Real World Advantage Playlist: bit.ly

VMwareTV: IT Challenge: Scalability, Solution: VMware
bit.ly -- A look at the challenges IT faces in supporting scalability in the workplace. VMware SMB Playlist: bit.ly VMware View Playlist: bit.ly Real World Advantage Playlist: bit.ly

VMwareTV: VMware VROOM! Video Episode 1: VMmark2
Discussion about VMmark 2 benchmark with one of the engineers. Discussion covers what is VMmark2, a few details about the benchmark, and why it is important. Details: www.vmmark.comBlog blogs.vmware.com

VMwareTV: Mac IT 2012 Presentation Part 1: Intro to VMware Fusion 4
This is part 1 of a re-recording of the presentation that Simon Bennett Senior Product Manager for VMware Fusion delivered at the 2012 Mac IT event in January. In part 1 Simon will go through an introduction to VMware Fusion 4, speak to some of the new features and the key highlights for Business interested in Running Windows on the Mac.

Video - Build and Deploy Applications on Cloud Foundry
From this recorded webinar, you will to learn how to develop and deploy a simple application to the cloud in minutes.The first demo looks at how to deploy and scale a simple application to Cloud Foundry using multiple application services. The second demo shows you how to deploy a complex application on your laptop using Micro Cloud Foundry and scale to CloudFoundry.com without changing a single line of code.

SPRINGSOURCE
Introducing Spring Integration Scala DSL
Introduction The Spring Integration team is happy to announce the first milestone release (1.0.0.M1) of the Spring Integration Scala DSL – one of the newest additions to Spring Integration portfolio. What is the Spring Integration Scala DSL? The Spring Integration Scala DSL is a Domain Specific Language written in Scala with the goals of: providing Read more...

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
EMC – DIY Heatmaps – Updated Version
Mat has updated the DIY Heatmaps for EMC CLARiiON and VNX arrays to version 3.015. You can get it from the Utilities page here. Any and all feedback welcome.

vCheck updated to 6.10
Thanks to all the people who sent me a plugin for vCheck 6.0, these have now been published as part of vCheck 6.10 and zipped into a single download file which can be downloaded from below.  I also love the enhancements which have been sent to me for the core vCheck script, these include a script which times and reports on how long the plugins take – great for troubleshooting !
Download vCheck 6.153666 downloads
As always you can find more information about vCheck and how to use this by visiting this page.

Presentation from Australia VMUG Conferences
In early December of last year, I had the great opportunity to travel to Australia to participate in the inaugural full-day VMUG conferences in both Brisbane and Melbourne. I have been remiss in publishing the presentation that I gave at those meetings, so I’m fixing that now!

Set-UpdateToolsPolicy–For your VM’s
In continuation to William Lam’s post on how you can Automating VMware Tools Upgrade Policyand thanks to a comment left on the post – I wanted to perform the same functionality in PowerCLI.
I present to you the Set-UpdateToolsPolicy Function

Presentation from VMware Partner Exchange
On February 13, just before the official start of VMware Partner Exchange in Las Vegas, NV, I had the opportunity to present at the EMC Boot Camp. It’s beginning to seem that all my presentations focus on stretched clusters, but I assure you that’s not the case (give me a day or two and I’ll prove it to you). In any case, here’s the deck that I used during my presentation at the EMC Boot Camp.

HA Admission Control does not disallow HA initiated restarts
I had a question about HA Admission Control today and as this is something that has come up multiple times I figured I would dedicate an article to it. This customer had enabled HA Admission Control and artificially wanted to control the amount of virtual machines a single host could run by manually specifying the slot size. (For more details on Admission Control slot sizes and how to configure these read the Deepdive page.) When they simulated a failure they were surprised that some host had more virtual machines running than should be allowed according to the configured slot size… This is however, contrary to their beliefs, by design. Let me copy/paste a paragraph from our book which talks about admission control.

Why change VMware default self-signed SSL certs?
I’ve written a few articles now on how to change the self-signed SSL certs in a few of the VMware components, such as vCenter Server 5, vSphere Web Client, and ESXi 5 Hosts. All without any discussion about why you would want to do it at all. So why do you bother going to all the trouble of changing out the self-signed SSL certs for Org CA or Public CA signed SSL certs?

Best Order for Changing SSL Certs in vSphere Environments
During the process of working with customers changing their SSL default self-signed certs for CA signed SSL certs in their vSphere environments I found that the order they were changed made a difference. This was also the case when I ran through the same process in my lab environment. Here is the order that I found was the easiest when changing the SSL certs in the vSphere environments I’ve worked with.

Cannot take quiesced snapshot of 2008R2 VM when vCenter Installed
Cannot take quiesced snapshot of 2008 R2 Virtual Machine with ADAM installed.
If you’re running VMware vCenter as a VM, you might experience the following problem when backing up. The VM cannot be backed up with any backup software, because the backup software can’t take a quiesced snapshot of the VM. In VDR you’ll be facing error -3960 – cannot quiesce virtual machine. Those backups will fails.

FeedHenry Brings Mobile App Development to Cloud Foundry
Mobile application developers can now build and deploy applications on Cloud Foundry using the FeedHenry developer platform. This guest post provides another example from the ecosystem of ISVs hosting their applications on Cloud Foundry.
Guest blog post byMícheál Ó Foghlú.
Available today at mobilecf.feedhenry.com, Cloud Foundry developers can build mobile apps using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS fully integrated and instantly staged to their CloudFoundry.comaccount. To get started, simply download the FeedHenry Command Line tool, using your existing CloudFoundry.com credentials. New subscribers to CloudFoundry.com can join using the promotion code “feedhenry“.

Removing ^M Characters from Files in ESXi
As part of a build process for an ESXi server – on of the stages are to upload a valid SSL certificate to the ESXi server.
When copying the certificate over to the host with pcsp for some reason they file is always malformed when going over. If you do a cat rui.crt you will see no issue, but if you do a vi rui.crt then you will see that each and every line has a ^M at the end of it – this is because the file is a dos format file.

Common Mistakes Implementing CA Signed SSL Certs in vSphere
Changing SSL Certificates in vSphere environments can be difficult and error prone. But when I come across a problem where a customer is not able to successfully update their certs it’s generally down to one of four things. This article will provide you with the top 5 mistakes that are commonly made and how to avoid them.

Data Deduplication in Virtualized Environments – explanatory video
This new video comes from Backup Academy website, which has been launched by Veeam. You can read my full post on the event here. This excellent video resource website is oriented on backups/recovery scenarious. You can watch some cool videos, and even you can test yourself and pass an online exam for free and became Backup Academy Certified Professional.

New Book - Critical VMware Mistakes You Should Avoid
There are thousands of How-to books on the market. This book is a hind-sight book. There are many common misconfigurations and mistakes that one can find over and over in virtual environments. This book is designed to illustrate some of these common mistakes and describe the impact on the virtual environment. In this book one can discover how/why these misconfigurations can cost your company piles of money, degrade performance and lower ROI for your virtual environment.

How to Access Windows 8 CP via PCoIP with VMware View
I have recently posted a video showing Windows 8 Customer Preview being streamed via PCoIP to an iPad, and I received comments and emails asking for a step-by-step guide to reproduce the solution. If you didn’t have the chance to watch the video go to Windows 8 CP + View 5.0 with PCoIP + iPad [video].

Migrating VMs between clusters in vSphere 5.0 results in VMs being unprotected?
Today on the community forums someone mentioned an issue where his VMs were not protected by vSphere HA after they had been migrated between clusters. After reading it I vague recalled this being a known issue. I dug up the KB and the work around is fairly simple:
Disable HA on the cluster where the unprotected VM resides
Enable HA on the cluster again

Free ESXi 5 (vSphere 5 Hypervisor) memory limits in SMB and more
ESXi 5 Free hypervisor memory limits in small business and other thoughts.
I often hear from small customers the complains about the price about VMware licensing. But look, there is a free offer with entreprise class VMware hypervisor – vSphere 5 Hypervisor (formerly Free ESXi 5). Most of SMBs in Europe are small shops, that’s why we call them SMB – small business firms. In US that does not have the same meaning, and usually the SMB customer in US is Firm with 200+ employees.

Cool Tool - AlarmVM
AlarmVM is used by VMware Administrators to detect problems in the VMware environment and proactively notify administrators. alarmVM is a 24/7 alarm monitoring tool that detects problems in VMware objects, including VMs, hosts, clusters, datastores and vCenter Servers. When alarm conditions are detected, alarmVM notifies VMware Administrators via email and/or SNMP trap.

Cool Tool - IgniteVM
IgniteVM is used by database administrators to ensure service and availability of database instances running in VMware virtual machines. It shows the DBA what the database response time delays are, and what the contributing causes are at the instance, virtual machine, and physical layers.

Book Review: Automating vSphere with vCenter Orchestrator [Giveaway!]
A brand-new book from VMware Press by Cody Bunch (Twitter|Blog) provides complete coverage of vCenter Orchestrator.  Learn how to deploy, configure, and manage the vCO infrastructure to take your vSphere automation to the next level with Automating vSphere with vCenter Orchestrator.
Cody’s writing style is easy to read as he breaks down the various concepts into easy bites, even inventing a notional company to provide examples for some of the tasks.  These real-world examples really add value to the book and will help new users understand concepts and procedures.

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]
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 3/3/12
VMware ACE
Launching the ACE master virtual machine fails with the error: Failed to copy the ACE management server's certificate file to the virtual machines ACE resources directory (2013727)
VMware Data Recovery
VDR 2.0 reports error -1115 ( disk full) messages (2014251)
VMware ESX
The VirtualCenter Server service fails during vStorage API backup on a virtual machine while in vMotion (2004200)
Powering on a 64bit virtual machine fails with the error: The buslogic SCSI adapter is not supported for 64-bit guests in this release (2010470)
Remediating the ESX host with Update Manager fails with the error: The host returns esxupdate error codes: 19 (2014397)
Failed vMotions and degraded network performance with Emulex OneConnect 10GbE adapter and be2net driver (2013966)
ESX/ESXi host Cannot Synchronize host due to bad username or password (2014275)
VMware ESXi
IBM System Networking Distributed Switch 5000V for VMware ESXi 5.x (2009685)
Stopping the vmware-fdm service on an ESXi 5.0 host that is a HA master node creates VM Faliover attempts (2013249)
I/O activity pauses on virtual machines with QLogic 81xx series CNA cards on ESXi 5.0 (2014323)
IBM-LSI Firmware Updater with VMware vSphere 5.0 (2014462)
vMotioning or adding a network card to a virtual machine fails with the error: Necessary module isn't loaded. (2013128)
VMware Fusion
Starting the Boot Camp partition as a virtual machine in Fusion fails with the error: Boot Camp partition preprocessing failed (2013111)
After increasing the size of the virtual disk in Fusion, the Disk Management utility and C: drive continue to show the original size (2013494)
VMware Service Manager
Copying and pasting from word into the HTML editor sometimes clears the editor when using Internet Explorer 9 (2011007)
Service Manager Call or Request is visible and accessible even when Service Orders are only partially completed and not submitted (2014373)
Tasks do not close as redundant when part of a group comprising a closed loop in VMware Service Manager 9.x (2014515)
Modifying the Menu Options in Service Manager fails with a JavaScript error (2014541)
The Clone to Knowledge option in the close screen of a Service Manager call fails to create the Knowledge Base article record (2014542)
When an officer uses the Submit Later option on a Service Manager request, other officers or administrator cannot take control of the request (2014638)
VMware ThinApp
Troubleshooting an application installed to a long pathname in VMware ThinApp 4.x (2014690)
VMware vCenter CapacityIQ
Adding the vCenter CapacityIQ license key to vCenter Server fails with the error: Diagnostic message: License file not found (2008404)
vCenter CapacityIQ service stops working with the error: Invalid VC credentials (2009554)
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Manually loading vCM patch bulletins breaks the assessments (2010841)
Running patch assessments in vCenter Configuration Manager reports error: arithmetic overflow error (2011179)
Users with patch administrator role cannot log in to vCenter Configuration Manager 5.5 (2014540)
VMware vCenter Converter Standalone
"Unable to query the live Linux source machine" when converting RHEL 2.1 with Converter Standalone 5.0 (2011648)
Converter fails at 1% with the error: Unable to create a VSS snapshot of the source volume(s) (2014365)
VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)
vCenter Operations Manager Dashboard displays a risk of 100 (2014500)
VMware vCenter Protect Essentials
Downloading data files after installing the vCenter Protect Essentials Agent fail with the error: Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service (2014261)
VMware vCenter Server
Host sensor data is not updated in vCenter Server 4.1.x and vCenter Server 5.0.x (2007110)
vSphere Client shows VMware Tools as Unsupported (2011350)
Search or sort function in vCenter Server reports the error: The operation has timed out (2013126)
Adding a host to vCenter Server 5.0 fails with the error: Timed waiting for vpxa to start (2014593)
VPX_TASK table contains entries older than the VC database retention policy (2005293)
Cannot connect SQL Management Studio Express to the vCenter Server database instance (2010314)
vSphere Client Administration Tool shows an exclamation mark (2007333)
When HA (FDM) is disabled, FT virtual machines become unprotected (2009476)
Host Profiles reports error: Hosts do not have shared datastores (2010671)
Performance Overview Tab Shows "No data available" and all Past Time Graphs when real time data works. (2010932)
VMware vCenter Update Manager
Reconfiguring VMware vCenter Update Manager using the Update Manager Utility (2011327)
VMware vCloud Usage Meter
Changing the logging level of vCloud Usage Meter (2011625)
VMware Workstation
The Hide Controls view in Workstation 8.x does not work (2013763)
Keyboard and mouse do not function properly in the virtual machine connected to a domain (2014273)

From the editors Virtual Desk
I hope everyone is well as we head towards the final month of Q1. I have had a fantastic week which ended with a fantastic presentation on PowerCLI for my TAM customers in Brisbane. The session was presented by a customer of mine as well which made it even better as he explained some of the actual use cases that he had for PowerCLI rather than just the technical aspects of using it. A very valuable and worthwhile session.

This week I am lucky enough to be attending the vSphere 5 Design Workshop along with some of my customers. I am really excited about this, not only has it been a while since I have done any training but I am also very keen as you know to obtain my VCAP DCD this year. This is my goal for the year and this is the first step towards this goal. I am really looking forward to the discussions with my fellow colleagues on this workshop that will significantly enhance my understanding of vSphere design and enable me to assist my customers with their upcoming projects.

Next week I will be explaining a bit more on the newsletter and the different sections and how the newsletter might be evolving so stand by for more info.

Well onto the newsletter which is another fairly large one. I have the vExpert again as the featured article, please check this out and nominate.

Thanks for reading this far and I hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter.

Warm Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
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FEATURED ARTICLE
VMTN Blog: Invite your colleagues to apply for vExpert 2012
The vExpert 2012 applications are open, and I am glad to say that we are getting a steady stream of applications in. Hundreds of people who are helping others be successful with VMware technology are applying, with contributions ranging from blogs to books, from speaking gigs to slides, and from tutorials to free tools.
This year is a little different from the past, because we are also inviting contributors who may have been sharing their knowledge and expertise away from the public limelight, namely our customers and partners, as well as VMware employees, to apply as well. If you have been following the announcements, you already know that the two new paths to become a vExpert still lead to the single title, and once qualified and selected by the judges, all vExperts are entitled to full participation in all of the exclusive offerings of the program.
I am sure many of you have a colleague or two who would make a great vExpert, but who may not have qualified last year due to the requirement that all contributions be public. This year, let your brilliant colleagues know you value them, and invite them to apply and be recognized for all the great work they do helping their customers or internal organizations succeed with VMware.

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.

VMWARE EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
VCP5 BrownBag Playlist
This week being a bi-week for the BrownBags to give y’all a chance to cram for the fast approaching 29th deadline, I’ve taken the time to put the VCP5 BrownBags into order around the blueprint objectives. Special Thanks again to Damian Karlson for making these happen.

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

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.

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

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

VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS
VMware vSphere Blog: Understanding ESXi Patches – Manually Adding Patches to Update Manager
In my previous post I went over the steps to manually download ESXi host patches.  In this post I will go over the steps to manually add the downloaded patches into Update Manger.  Normally, Update Manager is configured to automatically download patches as they become available, but if your security policy doesn’t allow Update Manager to access the Internet you will need to manually download and add the patches.  Let’s go over the steps to do this.

VMware vSphere Blog: Help VMware understand what UI client plugins are being used
VMware is looking for customer feedback on the which VMware and third party plugins are commonly used within the virtual infrastructure client. We have compiled a short 6 question survey asking for your feedback on which plugins you use. Please complete the survey so that your input can help make VMware products better.
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y3TR2CB

VMware vSphere Blog: Help us understand customer usage of the vCenter Databases
VMware is looking for feedback on your usage and the use cases with the vCenter database(s) We have compiled a short 10 question survey to ask for your feedback on your usage with the vCenter databases. Please take five minutes to complete this survey and help us make our products better.
http://www.surveymethods.com/EndUser.aspx?E0C4A8B2E8A6B0BAE1

vCO Team: vCloud Director Custom Deploy vApp Workflow
The overall goal of the Custom Deploy vApp workflow is to provide a single call workflow that is capable of instantiating a vApp Template from vCloud Director (vCD) and performing a number of operations on the resulting vApp before actually deploying and powering it on. The workflow is intended to be an example and starting point for deployments that require any or all of these features. It can also be called via 3rd party connectors using the vCenter Orchestrator SOAP API.

VMware vCloud Blog: For VMware Service Providers - Usage Meter v2.3 is Now Available
Today we announced to VMware service providers the availability of the new version 2.3 of the vCloud Usage Meter. For background, the Usage Meter is an important operational tool in the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) that enables VMware Virtualized and vCloud Service Providers to accurately measure and report on service usage of vRAM by customers consuming a VMware based Infrastructure as a Service offering.

VMware vSphere Blog: Thin Provisioning - What's the scoop?
This is a discussion that comes up regularly, going way back to vSphere 4.0 when we first introduced some serious features around thin provisioning storage for Virtual Machines. The objective of this post is to take a look at what options are available to you to do over-commitment/over-allocation of storage, as well as avoiding stranded storage scenarios. The whole point of thin provisioning, whether done on the array or at the hypervisor layer, is to allow a VM to run with just the storage it needs, and to avoid giving a VM storage that it might use sometime in the future. After all, you're paying for this storage, so the last thing you want is to be paying for something you might never use.

VMware vSphere Blog: Two new Technical Marketing white papers
We have just published two new white papers. Below you can find the details. We are hoping you will enjoy them!
Source - VMware vCloud Director Infrastructure Resiliency Case Study

vCenter Orchestrator Blog: Getting up to speed on VMware vCenter Orchestrator: Cody Bunch book just released!
One question we get over and over again from vCenter Orchestrator users is "how do I get up to speed on vCO?"  The answer to that question can vary significantly because it really depends on a user's skill-set, how much he/she plans to automate with vCO, and whether that user prefers learning on their own or by attending a class.
Well, that question just got significantly easier to answer today thanks to the release of Cody Bunch's new book from VMware Press: Automating vSphere with VMware vCenter Orchestrator

VMware vSphere Blog: ESXCLI Partner Extensiblity
Many vSphere administrators are familiar with the ESXCLI command-line utility that helps manage and configure settings on their ESX and ESXi hosts. With the release of vSphere 5.0, ESXCLI now includes a total of 250 commands that span across various namespaces.

Business Critical Applications: Your Guide to Virtualizing Exchange 2010 on vSphere (Part 1)
For a few years now we've been providing guidance on virtualizing Exchange on vSphere. Although not fully supported at the time, customers were looking for guidance to virtualizing Exchange 2003 and 2007 and so we created best practices guides and performance studies. Today we continue to provide best practices, design and sizing, and availability guides for Exchange 2010 on vSphere. With all of those resources out there one could ask, "What else is there to cover?" In this first posting of two I wanted to take a step back and look at some of the pre-requisites for designing an Exchange environment on vSphere. In Part 2 of this series I'll jump forward to some design considerations to keep in mind when virtualizing Exchange on vSphere. What about the technical details in between pre-reqs and design considerations? We've got those well covered and I'll provide links at the end of this article.

VMware End User Computing: What Is the Business Case for Desktop Virtualization?
All of the hoopla about the cloud—does it apply to your organization? Can you trust your data and applications to the cloud? How can you take the first step and give the cloud a try?

VMware vSphere Blog: Quickest Way to Patch an ESX/ESXi Using the Command-line
As you know, when it comes to automating patch management for your vSphere infrastructure, we highly recommend leveraging our vSphere Update Manager (VUM) which is part of the vSphere vCenter Suite to help simplify the update process. Though not all environments have the luxury of running vCenter Server to manage their ESX(i) hosts. An example of this could be 1-2 hosts running at a ROBO (remote office/branch office) site or single test/dev host in a home or office lab where VUM is not available.

VMware vSphere Blog: Storage Protocol Comparison - A vSphere Perspective
On many occasions I’ve been asked for an opinion on the best storage protocol to use with vSphere. And my response is normally something along the lines of ‘VMware supports many storage protocols, with no preferences really given to any one protocol over another’. To which the reply is usually ‘well, that doesn’t really help me make a decision on which protocol to choose, does it?’

VMware vSphere Blog: Answering some Storage vMotion questions
VMware Blogs 28/02/12 12:24 AM
By Duncan Epping, Principal Architect, VMware.
I received some questions about Storage vMotion a while back. I think these are interesting enough to share with the rest of the world. I want to thank the SvMotion engineering team for the quick response.
Q)  Suppose that a SvMotion is ongoing and the host on which the SvMotion is running crashes. The SvMotion is interrupted, but will the copy of the files (on the destination datastore) be cleaned up? And if so, who initiates this?

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: Using PowerCLI for Intra-VM Affinity rules in Storage DRS
Recently Frank Denneman posted an excellent article on Storage DRS and particularly the impact of Intra-VM affinity rules on storage DRS, if you are using Storage DRS or thinking about implementing it or even just like to keep up with the latest vSphere 5 features I strongly suggest reading his article here.

VMWARE TV BLOG
VMwareTV: The Rise of Security and Compliance in the Middle Ages
Do your IT security and compliance policies seem positively medieval? Watch this painstakingly researched overview of the Rise of Security and Compliance to find out why... then be thankful that we live in a time with VMware security and compliance solutions for the Cloud.

VMwareTV: Welcome to the Office of the CTO Web Site
Steve Herrod invites you to join the conversation at the Office of the CTO web site. Visit the site at communities.vmware.com

VMwareTV: Paul Maritz, VMware CEO, Business Transformation through IT Transformation
bit.ly -- Hear Paul Maritz, CEO of VMware, discuss business transformation through IT transformation. See more from Paul and other VMware executives at bit.ly

VMwareTV: Install Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview in VMware Workstation 8
bit.ly -- Follow these simple steps to install the Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a VMware Workstation 8 VM. If you do not have Workstation 8, download a free 30 day trial: bit.ly

SPRINGSOURCE
Introducing Spring Hadoop
I am happy to announce that the first milestone release (1.0.0.M1) for Spring Hadoop project is available and talk about some of the work we have been doing over the last few months. Part of the Spring Data umbrella, Spring Hadoop provides support for developing applications based on Hadoop technologies by leveraging the capabilities of Read more...

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
Verify Security Hardening of vSphere 5
At the moment there is no security hardening guide for vSphere 5, and the vSphere Compliance Checker is also not compatible with vSphere 5. Both will eventually be updated, but until then what can you do to ensure that your hardening configuration has been applied correctly? The answer is running the VMware vSphere Security Hardening Report Check Script that was developed by William Lam. However to make it work with vSphere 5 there is a slight modification that is  necessary.

The Achilles Heel of the VMware Distributed Switch
A little while ago Duncan Epping posted a great article titled Distributed vSwitches and vCenter Outage What’s the Deal, which generated some good debate. A few people that commented on the article including myself have experienced situations where after a failure the host nukes the VM VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch (vDS) networking on the ESXi Host and does not allow VM’s to connect to the network. This complicated the recovery quite a lot as you can imagine. The reason VM’s couldn’t connect to the network in the cases mentioned in the post comments after the failures is due to a little known problem, which is currently the Achilles Heel of the vNetwork Distributed Switch networking. Fortunately there is an easy solution.

How to smoothly migrate a VM from one vDS to another
If you are using virtual Distributed Switches (vDS) in your environment you may have stumbled in a situation where you wanted to migrate a VM from one cluster to another using different vDS and couldn't do it: VMotion is not possible in this scenario. Even if the source and target host are CPU-compatible and both have access to the VM's storage, vCenter will deny a live migration whenever the

vSphere 5 HA Complete Failure Experience
vSphere HA is one of the great features that simplifies high availability protection for any supported Guest OS running in a VMware environment. If a vSphere Host fails HA will kick in and restart any VM’s that were running on another available host. HA has gone through a continual evolution and cycle of enhancemnts over the years and in vSphere 5 was greatly enhanced. But some of you may be wondering exactly what is going to happen when your clusters fail for real, and you have a total outage. Well I have experienced a complete outage a couple of times now for real. So I’d like to share with you the experience with HA in vSphere 5, and how that compares to vSphere 4.x.

vCenter Operations Management 5 Suite Promo Video
VMware starts to promote vCenter Operations Management 5 suite with some 3D videos.
vCenter Operations Management 5 Suite from VMware has been released some time ago and I reported on that in my article here. The vOperations suite it’s a nice looking product with great features. Nicely build with green, yellow or red colors showing which VM performs badly or which part of your virtual infrastructure needs attention.

vCO Book – Kindle Edition Is Now Shipping
Well, honestly I’m not sure if shipping is the right word for an electronic book, but nevertheless, the electronic editions of vCO Book are now shipping.
Kindle

Auto Deploy GUI – a new VMware Labs fling
On the VMware Labs pages you’ll find a number of great Lab projects, so called “Flings”. These are unsupported projects by VMware employees you can download and use. One of the latest VMware Lab Flings is the “Auto Deploy GUI”  created by Massimiliano Daneri which makes auto deploy of your ESXi hosts a breeze.

Resource pool shares don’t make sense with vCloud Director?
I’ve had multiple discussions around Resource Pool level shares in vCloud Director over the last 2 years so I figured I would write an article about it. A lot easier to point people to the article instead, and it also allows me to gather feedback on this topic. If you feel I am completely off, please comment… I am going to quote a question which was raised recently.

vCloud Director Video - Add a Firewall Rule to a vApp Network
The virtual machines in a vApp can connect to vApp networks (isolated or routed) and organization networks (direct or fenced). You can add networks of different types to a vApp to address multiple networking scenarios. Select the Networking tab in a vApp and select the Show networking details check box to view a list of the networks that are available to the vApp. Virtual machines in the vApp can connect to these networks. If you want to connect a virtual machine to a different network, you must first add it to the vApp.

Sysprep Limitations – drive letters changes and others
Be aware of those Sysprep limitations – drive letters changes and others
When using sysprep in your organisation, you might be interested in Syprep Limitations. Yes, there are some

Oracle RAC on Windows on vSphere
A while ago I wrote three of Oracle on vSphere articles that have proved very popular. Most of the background behind the articles was based on my experience implementing Oracle DB, including Oracle RAC on Linux on vSphere in large enterprise environments. I’ve recently had the question post if this also works when using Windows, and I have some good news.

Samples Snippets from the SRM 5.0 Book
It looks like VMware Press are releasing sample snippets from my newly minted SRM 5.0 book. To be honest I didn’t know they were going to do this – but I think its a great way for them to dice-and-slice the book. Of course, the intention is teasing you into buying a copy, but in my book (if you forgive the pun) free content is something that is always handy. My hope is they will carry on with this process to cover other aspects of using SRM 5.0.

Cool tool: vBenchmark fling
Today I decided to start testing the vBenchmark fling. It sounded like a cool tool so I installed it in my lab. You can find the fling here for those wanting to test it themselves. So what doe the tool do? The VMware Labs website summarizes it in a good way:

Cloud Infrastructure Architecture Case Study – vSphere + vShield App
A white paper which I have worked on extensively has just been published. The case study takes a design / architecture approach and lists design considerations, requirements and assumptions throughout the document. I want to thank the people who worked with me on this document: Aidan Dalgleish, Frank Denneman, Matthew Northam, Venky Deshpande and Cormac Hogan. Below you can find more details… don’t forget to download it! I made sure it was available in various formats so each and everyone of you can read it on its favorite device.

How-to change default SSH port on ESXi 5 and make the change persistent after reboot
How-to change default SSH port on ESXi 5 and make it persistent after reboots.
If you want to keep SSH to your ESXi hosts, but want to change the default SSH port (22) to non default port, there is a way to do it. For example you don’t wan to have SSH on 22 but on 2222.

Using Auto Deploy GUI to inject vCloud Director Agent into image
When installing vCloud Director in my homelab, I ran into an issue where the vCloud Director Agent cannot be installed into the ESXi host since the host is ran using VMware Auto Deploy. Installing that agent is useless because after a reboot, the ESXi host would be clean again. In vCloud Director you’ll be presented with an error during install: “The vCloud Director Agent version 1.5.0.453916 is required to be part of the boot image in order to prepare the host”.

Technical Paper - Cloud Infrastructure Architecture Case Study
The VMware Cloud Infrastructure Suite (CIS) consists of five technologies that together expand the capabilities and value that customers can realize from a virtualized infrastructure. CIS is designed to help organizations build more intelligent virtual infrastructures. It does so by enabling highly virtualized environments with the automation, self-service and security capabilities that customers require to deploy business-critical applications, respond to business demands more quickly and move to a secure cloud model. The CIS is based on the VMware vSphere platform as its foundation in pursuing any type of cloud infrastructure. In addition to vSphere, the CIS also includes VMware vShield App, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager Server (SRM Server), VMware vCloud Director, and VMware vCenter Operations Manager.

vCloud Fencing
VMware vCloud Director has several use cases. One of them is to use vCloud director for “lab management” purposes. For instance you can run several vApps simultaneous with the same IP and MAC addresses completely isolated or “fenced” We are currently building our own vApps for VMware training purposes. The ability to build one vApp for one student – add it to the catalog and then deploy it X amount of times is essential in our environment.

Scale out building block style, or should I say (yellow) brick style!
I attended VMware PEX a couple of weeks back and during some of the sessions and discussions I had after the sessions I realized that many customers out there still design using legacy concepts. Funny thing is that this mainly applies to server virtualization projects and to a certain extend to cloud environments.It appears that designing in building blocks is something that EUC side of this world has embraced a long time ago.

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]
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 2/25/12
Shavlik SCUPdates
Publishing Apple Application Support (AAS) with vCenter Protect Update Catalog or SCUPdates (2013913)
VMware ACE
Unable to access the administrator mode on a Kiosk ACE virtual machine (2013725)
Packaging the ACE virtual machine fails with the error: Could not create the preview deployment (2010576)
VMware ESX
Cannot configure NPIV on a virtual machine (2008780)
Changing the boot order of a virtual machine using vmx options (2011654)
The vmware.log file of a virtual machine reports <<< Log Throttled >>> and then stops logging (2012441)
Eject failure of CD/DVD device during ESX 4.x installation (2014162)
Alert message  for PCI devices is displayed on the console after the installation of ESX or ESXi 4.1 U2 (2014170)
VMware ESXi
Changing the port used by SSH on an ESXi 5.0 host (2011818)
Activating a VMXNET3 nic in Oracle Solaris 10 (2009199)
The remote CD-ROM device connected to a virtual machine stops working with the error: Error communicating with remote client (2010471)
Powering on a virtual machine fails with the error: Failed to initialize swap file '/Datastorepath/swapfilename.vswp' : reason (2013834)
VMware Service Manager
Service Manager incoming email received from a non-existing email ID creates a new customer record with system generated user ID (2010812)
Service Manager calls logged from Event Management do not update their priority based on the IPK Priority Matrix (2013916)
VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager
Integrating vCloud Director Appliance with vCenter Chargeback Manager (2013681)
VMware vCenter Operations Enterprise
Configuring the data retention metrics for FSDB in vCenter Operations (2008223)
VMware vCenter Operations Manager (Standalone)
Auto-discovered resources in vCenter Operations Manager always use the All Attributes attribute package (2013910)
VMware vCenter Protect Update Catalog
Publishing an update in SCUP using data from vCenter Protect Update Catalog or SCUPdates fails with the error: Hash verification failed on content for update (2013914)
VMware vCenter Server
Upgrading vCenter Server 4.1 installed with vCenter Heartbeat 6.4 to vCenter Server 5.0 (2007455)
vCenter Server is slow or unresponsive after an upgrade to vCenter Server 5.0 on Windows 2008 R2 virtual machine (2010948)
Cloning a virtual machine fails with the error: Invalid configuration for device '0' (1026545)
After migrating the vCenter Server database to a new host, the VMware VirtualCenter Management WebServices service does not function correctly (2010958)
VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat
Uninstalling VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat 6.4 (2014202)
Replacing the SSL Certificate in vCenter Server Heartbeat with a new certificate (2014205)
Preventing unauthorized management of vCenter Server Heartbeat using vSphere Client (2014212)
Recovering from the PlanExecutionFailedEvent error (2014214)
Windows events generated by vCenter Server Heartbeat during normal operations (2014200)
Reconfiguring the VMware Update Manager patch store name/IP after a switchover or failover (2014209)
VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent
JBoss 4.2 monitoring fails after upgrading vFabric Hyperic Agent from 4.4.x to 4.5.x or 4.6.x (2014043)
VMware vFabric tc Server
Enabling the YourKit Profiler with vFabric tc Server (2000743)
Installing the vFabric tc Server license (2014000)
VMware View Manager
Customizing desktops with sysprep fails with the error: a specified parameter was not correct: \nspec.identity.userData.computerName (2009820)
View Connection Server reports the error: [ws_TomcatService] STDOUT: java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java heap space (2009877)
View desktops do not inherit the client time zone setting when using the PCoIP Security Gateway (2013795)
Printers are not redirected to View Terminal Services desktops (2013417)
Cannot install View Composer Agent and Virtual Printing features when installing VMware View Agent (2014083)
Connecting to a View Connection Server that has SmartCard authentication enabled fails with the error: Smart Card or Certificate authentication is required  (2013044)

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