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2012

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, yes the weekly newsletter is back in full force this week after a 2 issue absence. I have been quite busy myself with Partner Exchange (PEX) in Sydney and a short Easter break with my family.

Partner Exchange was awesome, I could not believe the crowds and enthusiasm in the sessions. I presented with a few of my colleagues 2 workshop style sessions each lasting 3 hours. The first was on Security and Compliance in a virtual environment, something I am very keen on and have written a blog post on in the past. The second session was on ITAAS and I had the fortunate task of also presenting the VMware ITAAS whiteboard session from PEX in the US at this session, which was something I really enjoyed and encourage all of you to check out, speak to your TAM, Partner Manager, Sales Engineer or Account Manager and ask them to present this to you and your organisation.

After a short break I have noticed that there is just too much news for a single newsletter so I have been fairly conservative this week in what I put in the newsletter and have also opted for only articles from April.

I would also like to congratulate all of the vExpert’s many of whom I borrow their awesome work for this small newsletter, thank you guys for all of your hard work and well done on being nominated, I will be checking the list and adding to my list of newsletter contributors.

I hope you had a good Easter break and 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
VMware Announces New Services to Help IT Leaders Drive Business Value through IT Transformation
VMware Accelerate Advisory Services will focus on partnering with customers to help measure, define and guide a successful IT course through the Cloud Era
PALO ALTO, Calif., April 16, 2012 — VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced the formation of VMware Accelerate Advisory Services, a group of former Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) and industry consultants, dedicated to enabling senior enterprise business and IT executives to deepen their understanding of how cloud computing can deliver business value across an organization.

Leveraging VMware's thought leadership, market experience and resources, Accelerate addresses the increasing role IT organizations play in the overall effectiveness of business outcomes. These new services, the result from years of work with hundreds of clients, provide for the first time custom methods to help accelerate IT and business transformation in areas such as:

Continue Reading at: http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vmw-accelerate-04-16-12.html

More info at: www.vmware.com/go/accelerate.

 

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VMWARE EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
BRISBANE TRAINING
VMware vSphere: Advanced Fast Track [V4.x] - 14 May
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Live Online Learning
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VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS
VMware (CP&C) Releases PCI 2.0 FREE Compliance Checkers!
Today we are going to give you access to two (That’s right, DOS!) FREE downloadable tools that help you get started on the journey to achieving PCI 2.0 Compliance.
The PCI 2.0 Compliance Checkers for Windows and LINUX are fresh off the virtual assembly line and compiled by the good folks at VMware’s Center for Policy & Compliance! (CP&C)

Business Critical Applications: SAP on VMware - Design Guidelines
We have received some requests from SAP Basis colleagues on how to go about designing SAP systems on VMware. Now that vSphere 5 can support up to 32-way virtual machines it is possible to fit  larger  SAP systems into one single virtual machine (VM) so  should we go with  2-tier versus 3-tier? Here are some guidelines.

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: PowerCLI Webcasts
Recently there have been some great webcasts on PowerCLI, I wanted to make sure that these were available for everyone to watch.  Firstly I will start off with the BrownBag Webcasts, if you don’t attend these I highly recommend you check them out, the BrownBag Webcasts were started by Cody Bunch and are a weekly webcast which goes through various VMware products and technologies in around 1hr (sometimes they run over).

VMware ThinApp Blog: Integrating VMware ThinApp with a Citrix XenApp Implementation
If you have a Citrix XenApp implementation, have you considered adding VMware ThinApp virtualized applications to enhance XenApp application presentation?
By virtualizing the Windows applications that you present with XenApp, you can overcome some of the limitations of XenApp. ThinApp is the premier virtualization tool for Windows applications. For more information about the advantages of virtualizing your legacy Windows applications with ThinApp, seeVMware ThinApp: Application Virtualization Made Simple.

vCO Team: Leveraging the VMware vCloud Director query service
With the release of vCloud director 1.5 a new important API feature was introduced : the query service. Quoting the "What's new" whitepaper:
VMware vCloud Director 1.5 also introduces a VMware vCloud API query service,
which can significantly improve developer efficiency, by minimizing the number of API requests and the amount
of data transferred for an API client to obtain needed information. Example query parameters include sorting
and ordering, pagination, filtering, projection, and expressions.
Following the development of vCloud Director prior to its first release I have begged for having this feature as a public API on several occasions. I now use it on a regular basis in my workflows. This article explains the reasons you may have to leverage the query service and gives an example on how to use it.

VMware vSphere Blog: Partially Powered Off vApp VMs
If you are trying to power off or shutdown a vApp for deletion using the vCloud API, you probably thought about using either the powerOff or shutdown API call. What you might have noticed is that even though the Virtual Machines within the vApp are powered off, you are still unable to delete the vApp. If you take a look at the vCloud Director UI, the status of the Virtual Machines show they are in a “Partially Powered Off” state.

VMware End User Computing: Register for the End-User Computing Virtual Conference on May 3rd
Please join VMware as we discuss the next step forward in end-user computing for the post-PC era.
Listen to Vittorio Viarengo, VP of End-User Computing, discuss the latest advancements in the VMware End-User Computing Platform.  Understand how VMware provides solutions to simplify traditional technology silos, enable policy driven management, and connect people to technology and each other in new and collaborative ways.   
This virtual conference will provide you with an opportunity to:
Attend a keynote from the VMware leadership team
Learn about the latest innovations in the VMware End-User Computing portfolio
Chat with VMware End-User Computing product experts
Network with peers

VMware Virtualization Management Blog: The What, Why and How of Cloud - It’s a matter of Trust
Everyday I get questions about Virtualization, Cloud, Compliance and Trust.
The “What is Cloud?” is rarely asked anymore, it seems like we have put that one to rest. But, just in case you need a refresher, here you go:
“Cloud computing is an approach to computing that leverages the efficient pooling of on-demand, self-managed virtual infrastructure, consumed as a service. Sometimes known as utility computing, clouds provide a set of typically virtualized computers which can provide users with the ability to start and stop servers or use compute cycles only when needed, often paying only upon usage.” – VMware

VMware vSphere Blog: Storage DRS, more than I/O load-balancing only
Lately I’ve noticed that the Storage DRS I/O load-balancing feature is becoming synonymous for Storage DRS itself. Storage DRS can be used on almost every supported Storage Array today, however in certain scenarios depending on the array features, VMware recommend to disable the I/O load balancing feature. It appears that this situation is the root for questioning using Storage DRS in total, however there is more to Storage DRS alone than just the I/O load-balancing feature. Storage DRS offers a full range of extraordinary features that assist administrators in their daily operations and help architects and organizations to get more out of the virtual environment.

VMware Global Alliances Blog: EMC Launches VSPEX – with VMware Integrations
If you haven’t already heard about VSPEX, you will. VSPEX is EMC’s proven infrastructure for virtualizing data centers and desktops, combining EMC storage technology with VMwarevSphere, VMware vCloud, VMwareView and other VMware cloud infrastructure solutions that can be sized and configured for a wide variety of organizations. EMC rolled out VSPEX today – you can read more about it here.

VMware vCloud Blog: Changing IP Address on vCenter With SRM
As part of the Disaster Recovery solution that Duncan Epping and Chris Colotti developed, Kris Boyd has been working on a comparative VMware View Solution using the same basic principles.  However, one thing both solutions came across is a unique situation on the vCenter virtual machines when trying to use Site Recovery Manager’s ability to change the IP Addresses on the Guest OS in the recovery site.  This situation only seems to affect the vCenter virtual machines and is a very specific condition.  It is unique because in most cases Site Recovery Manager is talking to an upper layer vCenter Server, and in our Disaster Recovery solutions there is also a vCenter Server being managed by another vCenter and SRM as depicted below.

Office of the CTO Blogs: A Year of Open PaaS: More Clouds, More Code, More Community and More for Cloud Foundry
A year has passed since VMware launched Cloud FoundryTM, a major milestone in our mission to "Simplify IT".  We are focusing on simplifying application creation, deployment, and operations via an approach we call open platform as a service, or "Open PaaS" - an approach that gives developers choice as to where they deploy and run their applications.

Office of the CTO Blogs: The more things change, the more they stay the same
Last week I had the opportunity to participate on a panel titled "The Battle for Your Business in the Cloud" at the OnDemand 2012 conference. All of the panelists were asked questions that would be  familiar to anyone that has been in the IT industry for the last few years, including the proverbial "hybrid/private/public/false cloud" debate or "what's holding enterprises back from throwing away all their existing IT investments and embracing the cloud?" Having these conversations onstage suggests we haven't made much progress since the big shift in IT began – and in the end, I left with the impression that if you were to judge our progress and innovation in cloud computing by the nature of discussions like these, you may end up with the impression that we're all sitting on our hands, frustratingly asking ourselves "WHY DONT THESE PEOPLE GET HOW AWESOME THE CLOUD IS?!?"

Office of the CTO Blogs: Video: Ultra-low latency on vSphere
As promised, Bhavesh's talk at the OpenFabrics User and Developer Workshop is now available for your viewing pleasure. In it, I spend a few minutes talking about some of the findings from our upcoming InfiniBand paper, and then turn it over to Bhavesh who presents the bulk of the talk. The video is here.

Part of Bhavesh's talk covers our interest in providing RDMA capabiltiies to guest operating system instances while maintaining the ability to vMotion (live migrate) such virtual machines. This is crucial if RDMA is going to gain wider acceptance in the modern, virtualized datacenter where the value of live migration has been repeatedly demonstrated.

Office of the CTO Blogs: Staying on the Edge
Something I have always appreciated about working at VMware is the constant stream of innovation.  I will always remember my job interview here seven years ago and how amazed I was at the number of opportunities there seemed to be to innovate, both in and around the products.  And those products were simple back then.  ESX 3.0 and Workstation 6.0 were the big products of the day and Fusion was just emerging.  During my interviews, each time I asked if something could be added or improved with the product, there was a glow about the interviewer.  It was obvious that the ideas were already brewing and that there seemed to be an unlimited path to follow.  This excitement led me to join the company for what has become an amazing ride!

Office of the CTO Blogs: Video: Big Data, HPC, and VMware
The video of the Big Data panel at the OpenFabrics Alliance User and Developer Workshop has now been posted at insideHPC.com -- it is available here.

DK Panda from Ohio State University spoke first and gave a compressed version of a much longer talk that illustrates the benefits of high bandwidth and low latency interconnect for distributed Enterprise services like memcached as well as benchmarks like Yahoo's Cloud Serving Benchmark (YCSB) -- interesting stuff, especially as an illustration of the converging requirements we are seeing between HPC and Enterprise.

Office of the CTO Blogs: As the Public Sector Cloud Summit ends
I presented at the Public Sector Cloud Summit on behalf of the DMTF last week. The event was sponsored by the Cloud Standards Customer Council, and was kicked off with a keynote by Dawn Leaf, NIST’s Senior Executive for Cloud Computing. One of the big takeaways from Dawn’s presentation was that the new focus at the NIST will be on reference architectures. NIST certainly made great progress early on by developing the definitive definition of cloud computing. She stated that their next big contributions will be on standardizing reference architectures so that we can have a common understanding on which to build. The NIST will also be supporting the ongoing efforts of the Fed RAMPprogram to standardize security assessments of cloud solutions across the various US government agencies.

VMware Global Alliances Blog: Agentless Security Platform from Trend Micro and VMware
Virtualization serves as a foundational technology for cloud computing. Many IT organizations with mature virtualization deployments report that security and compliance with regulatory requirements, industry standards and IT best practices are easier to attain.* Previously, security and compliance

VMware Global Alliances Blog: What’s New on the VMware Solution Exchange?
If you haven’t already, check out the VMware Solution Exchange (VSX), our new online cloud infrastructure and virtualization marketplace that enables customers to engage with VMware partners and developers, and discover, evaluate, and rate joint solutions including virtual appliances, vApps, and vCO plug-ins.  Partners and developers post online resources on the VSX, including demos, screen shots, videos, joint whitepapers, and evaluation software. All the solutions within the VSX complement and integrate or interoperate with VMware's portfolio of products.

VMWARE TV BLOG
My VMware Sneak Peek - Navigation
This video is the first in a series of videos which are aimed at providing an early look and insight into the new My VMware portal which will be launching in 2012.
My VMware will transform your product license and support management experience by providing a new integrated, self-service, account-based interface focused on simplifying and streamlining your online activities with VMware. All VMware customers and partners may use this new site once we launch in 2012.

My VMware Sneak Peek - Users & Permissions
Here is our second in a series of videos which are aimed at providing an early look and insight into the new My VMware portal which will be launching in 2012.
My VMware will transform your product license and support management experience by providing a new integrated, self-service, account-based interface focused on simplifying and streamlining your online activities with VMware. All VMware customers and partners may use this new site once we launch in 2012.

My VMware Sneak Peak - Entitlement Accounts
Here is the third in a series of videos which are aimed at providing an early look and insight into the new My VMware portal whichjust launched this week. Learn about Entitlement Accounts below.
My VMware will transform your product license and support management experience by providing a new integrated, self-service, account-based interface focused on simplifying and streamlining your online activities with VMware. All VMware customers and partners may use this new site once we launch in 2012.

Downgrading license keys in My VMware
Over the coming weeks you will see various videos from us featuring various aspects of My VMware. Here's a video which demonstrates how to downgrade your license keys using My VMware. This video is based on VMware Knowledge Base article Downgrading license keys in My VMware (2006975).
My VMware will transform your product license and support management experience by providing a new integrated, self-service, account-based interface focused on simplifying and streamlining your online activities with VMware. All VMware customers and partners are entitled to use this new site.

Dividing license keys in My VMware
Here is another My VMware video for you which discusses and demonstrates how to divide your license keys using My VMware. This video is based on VMware Knowledge Base article Dividing license keys in My VMware (2006972).

CLOUD APPLICATION PLATFORM
Introduction to Cloud Foundry Integration for Eclipse 1.0
Cloud Foundry Integration for Eclipse allows users to deploy applications to Cloud Foundry targets from either Eclipse IDE JEE Indigo or STS (SpringSource Tool Suite) 2.9.0 or higher.
Cloud Foundry Integration for Eclipse 1.0 is the first version of the integration to be open sourced under the Eclipse Public License  (EPL), and cannot be upgraded from earlier versions of Cloud Foundry Integration for Eclipse. Users wishing to install it must first uninstall any prior version of Cloud Foundry Integration for Eclipse.
Detailed steps on how to install the Cloud Foundry Integration for Eclipse can be found at:
http://start.cloudfoundry.com/tools/STS/configuring-STS.html

Cloud Foundry’s First Birthday: More Clouds, Code, Community and Partners
Today we celebrated Cloud Foundry’s first anniversary with additional multi-cloud deployment choices, new tools for operating large scale Cloud Foundry services, a new system for managing open source contributions and new partnerships.

Using JRuby for Rails Applications on Cloud Foundry
JRuby Rails applications can be deployed to CloudFoundry.com today with simple configuration changes. JRuby applications are commonly deployed to servlet containers by creating a .war file that contains the Rails app. We will do the same for Cloud Foundry with some changes to the database configuration, so the application can also access a database service on CloudFoundry.com.

Migrating to Spring 3.1 and Hibernate 4.1
As part of the Core-Spring course, we have a lab application that we use to show how to integrate Spring and JPA/Hibernate together. We have just upgraded it to Spring 3.1 / Hibernate 4.1, and thought we should share a few tips. 1) Maven Dependencies The configuration sample below is based on Maven (but you Read more...

Create Spring Integration Projects using STS
Just days ago, SpringSource Tool Suite™ (STS) 2.9.1 was released. Besides many new features, it provides several features that are especially exciting for Spring Integration users. First of all, the latest STS release adds support for Spring Integration 2.1 and improves the visualization capabilities for Spring Integration flows. STS supports now all recently added Spring Read more...

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
5 interesting KB articles for vSphere 5
Changing the location of snapshot delta files for virtual machines in ESXi 5.0 Only real time performance data is displayed when vCenter Server is configured with SQL Express 64 bit Unpresenting LUNs in vSphere 5 Virtualizing Existing Domain Controlers vSphere 5 FAQ: VMFS-5
Small selection of VMware Kb articles, that I found useful.

How-to create bootable ESXi 5 USB stick by using Vmware Player
There is quite a few ways of create a bootable memory stick with ESXi 5 installed. One of the easiest one is to use Free VMware Player 4 to do the job. Note that VMware Workstation users can do the same…
I’ll show you the steps here:

VMware Technical Journal Awesomeness
I must admit that I’m a bit late on this, but it’s never late for good and quality technical information. The VMware Technical Journal is a Free PDF publication which will normally be released on regular basis. This publication is composed from several whitepapers written by VMware Engineers.
One of them is Olivier Cremel (Fr). Readers of ESX Virtualization should know this guy, since I published an article concerning Olivier Cremel and ESXi some time ago… -:)
Each of those chapters is very technical read and you might not be attracted by every single chapter there, since you might be specialized in some of this technology, but not all of them.

How-to configure VMware View Persona Management
Configuring the VMware View Persona Management.
The VMware View Persona management enables you to manage user’s profiles in you organization by using your existing Microsoft domain and infrastructure. RTO Software acquired by VMware has developed this solution and so it’s been successfully integrated in the Vmware View 5 (not the 4.6 release).
In a very nice and effective manner of dealing with user’s data. No need to deal with roaming profiles, the new Persona management from VMware View 5 brings it’s own GPOs. And I’ll show you in this article on what do you need to put this in place.

Vmware HCL for ESXi 5.0
How to be sure that my hardware is compatible to run the latest VMware ESXi 5?
When you looking for entreprise class hardware compatible with latest version of VMware vSphere  - ESXi 5.0 U1, you will certainly be looking for the Vmware HCL for ESXi 5.0 page. Right? I’ll show you how to get there, but also how to use the online searching tool, which has got some face lift since last time I reported on that.

Licensing VMware SRM 5.0
Had a small issue with VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.0 today when performing a real failover of a single VM with a customer of mine. Nothing big, just using one VM one protection group, showing them that a failover would work. After recovery went fine, I started the reprotection and ran into a licensing error: “Not enough licenses”.

Etherchannel and IP Hash or Load Based Teaming?
Etherchannel or Load Based Teaming has been a popular topic of conversation ever since Load Based Teaming was introduced in vSphere 4.1. Generally the consideration for Etherchannel starts because people are not aware that Load Based Teaming exists as an option, they are not familiar with how virtual networking in vSphere works, or they’ve just always used it. It is quite common for non VMware Admins to think the virtual networking in vSphere acts just like a normal server in which one uplink is active and the others are strictly for failover with no load balancing capability. This is not the case with vSphere and of the five available teaming options only one provides failover only without any load balancing, the four other options all provide load balancing of multiple host uplinks. If you want to know if you should use Etherchannel or Load Based Teaming, and why, keep reading.

Blueprint for Successful Large Scale Oracle Virtualization on vSphere
I recently attended a Webinar on the topic of Virtualizing Business Critical Oracle systems presented by a very large company that had started their journey back in 2004 and so far successfully virtualized 86% of their systems, including some of the most critical Oracle systems. After the Webinar I decided to go back and re-read the whitepaper they had published regarding their journey a few months ago to refresh myself on it’s contents. The whitepaper is one of the best I have read, and the presentation on the Webinar was one of the best I had attended. What they laid out was a successful blueprint and framework for how any company might successfully virtualize business critical Oracle systems, and it is definitely a must read. I’ll discuss some of the main points I think are important and what I got out of it, then you can read it yourself and make up your own mind.

vSphere Security Hardening Policy and SRM 5
VMware is in the process of working on the vSphere 5 edition of the Security Hardening Guide and will shortly make a public draft available for comment (I’ll let you know when it’s available). This will be great news to the many people who have been waiting patiently for it since the vSphere 5 release. A lot of work is going into making this edition of the Security Hardening Guide much more user friendly and easier to use and implement. Many of the locked down items will be the same as in 4.1, and of course some changes and enhancements too. Another difference this time around is there are now new implications and restrictions on functionality introduced by the recommendations due to changes at least one popular VMware vCenter Management Tool. This is where Site Recovery Manager (SRM) v5 comes into the picture.

Problem with vSphere 5 HA and Storage vMotion when VM on vDS
There is a problem with svMotion in vSphere 5 when the VM is on a vDS that causes HA to be unable to restart the VM in case of a failure. This has implications for anyone using svMotion and especially for anyone making use of Storage DRS. If you are currently using vSphere 5 or are planning to use vSphere 5 you need to know about this problem and how to work around it.

vSphere 5 Security Hardening Guide – Public Draft
The vSphere 5 Security Guide has been released publicly in draft form for comment. There are a number of changes and enhancements and you should go through each to review the applicability to your environment. Here is one of the highlights of the new version from my perspective and links through to the documents. It’s hard work putting this hardening guide together so thanks to Charu, Ben, Grant and Kyle, and the rest of the VMware Team for all their hard work on this.

Understanding CBRC – RecomputeDigest Method
After my article Understanding CBRC (Content Based Read Cache) I received few direct questions about the BBRC exposed API methods exposedI in vSphere 5, as mentioned by William Lam in hist article New Hidden CBRC (Content-Based Read Cache) Feature in vSphere 5 & for VMware View 5?The questions were specifically targeting the RecomputeDigest_Task method.
Please read Understanding CBRC (Content Based Read Cache) before continuing…

Automating Desktop in ‘Already Used’ State in VMware View
Getting a consistent view of the  VMware View virtual desktop environment is essential for proper management. However, sometimes non-persistent desktop pools become unusable over time. If a desktop that is set to refresh on log off is reset, the desktop goes into the Already Used state. This security feature prevents any previous session data from being available during the next log in.

Mitel UC Single SignOn with VMware View
During VMworld 2011 VMware announced a new set of integrations with Unified Communication vendors such as Mitel, Cisco and Avaya. The so called View Media Services for Unified Communications will deliver integrated UC + virtual desktop experience. UC partners will be able to leverage VMware View API’s and enable UC solutions to detect when they are running in a VMware View remote session.

Automatic IP Assignment and VLAN change in VMware View
A while back I blogged about a scripting automation solution created by few VMware colleagues to automatic change the desktop VLAN in VMware View (here). The solution works great and I have received comments from organizations that have successfully implemented the scripts.

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

New Training Course - VMware vCloud: Design Best Practices
VMware is working on a new vCloud Design Best Practices training course, it's still in beta but will be released somewhere around next month. This new course is designed to guide students through the decision points and policy choices available for designing and implementing a VMware vCloud environment. Students will learn to appreciate the effects of design choices in vSphere, vCloud Director, Chargeback, and the vShield Edge capability that is included with vCloud Director. The course culminates in a comprehensive workshop on VMware cloud design. By the end of the course, you should have an understanding of the VMware cloud and be able to do the following:

vCenter Operations 5 - Level 300 training
My virtualization friend Bas Vinken pointed me to a real great vCenter Operations 5 presentation created by Iwan ‘e1’ Rahabok (virtual-red-dot.blogspot.com) who's working as a VMware staff SE, Strategic Accounts in Singapore. It's available for download in PowerPoint format and I really would like to advise you to read the slide notes (they're awesome). The presentation serves 2 purposes, first it provides in-depth training for those who are learning or evaluating vCenter Operations 5 and second it provides materials that vCenter Ops champion can use to share with internal colleagues (e.g. storage team, app team, etc).

vCloud networking explained in 1 slide and 52 animations
In this video you will learn how a vCloud Director network is constructed. The PowerPoint presentation "vCloud networking explained in 1 slide and 52 animations" is created by fellow VCI over at Tuukka Korhonen (itvirtuoosit.fi).

VMware vSphere 5 Memory Management and Monitoring diagram
The VMware vSphere 5 Memory Management and Monitoring diagram provides a comprehensive look into the ESXi memory management mechanisms and reclamation methods. This diagram also provides the relevant monitoring components in vCenter Server and the troubleshooting tools like ESXTOP. Source KB: 2017642 kudos to Hany Michael

New Book - VMware Cookbook: A Real-World Guide to Effective VMware Use
If you want to gain insight into the real-world uses of VMware ESXi, this cookbook provides scores of step-by-step solutions for working with this product in a wide range of network environments. You'll not only learn the basics—how to pool resources from hardware servers, computer clusters, networks, and storage, and then distribute them among virtual machines—but also the stumbling blocks you'll encounter when you monitor systems, troubleshoot problems, and deal with security.

Installing VMware Update Manager Download Service
Before getting into installing, let’s take a second to talk about what the Update Manager Download Service (UMDS) is and when you’d use it. As the name implies, UMDS is a service that will go and fetch patch notifications, metadata, and binaries that is separate from your VUM install.
When would that be useful? In a few scenarios, the first is in highly secure environments, where your VUM server may not have direct internet access, but can access other network segments, like this:

[Orchestrator] Use VUM to Upgrade the vCO vApp
Incase you have more than a small hand full of vCO vApps handy, you can use vApp functionality in VUM to upgrade vCO. You’ll need to do the following to get that going:
Create the vApp Baseline
Creating a vApp baseline works much like creating other baselines. On the home page of your vSphere client (where you have the VUM plugin installed), click Update Manager. Then “Create…” to stand up a baseline. Give it a name, select VA Baselines:

Did My Virtual Machines Dance? – DRS History
Once you turn DRS on and set it to fully automatic, unless you have some affinity / anti-affinity rules in place, your VMs will get up and dance around your cluster. In most cases this is fine and dandy. However, occasionally there are times where you will want to know where the VM was, where it went, and when it went there (sort of like tracking a teenager who is out for the night).

Resource Pool Pie – The Warning
Was segregating out some of my home lab stuff from some of the nested things in the lab and came across this when dropping a VM into the vApp:
Basically telling me that this single VM will eat all of the Resource Pool Pie. Not familiar with the resource pool pie? Check out this post by Duncan Epping.
Also, some posts by Mike Preston:

What Happens When No Swap Volume is Available?
Have you ever asked yourself that question?
A customer of mine a small number of VM’s on one host that were continuously crashing. He would power them up and within less than 5 minutes – they would get powered off.
In this case – the host had a swap partition configured not with the default setting but rather as a separate shared datastore.

Should You Patch the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance?
With vCenter 5 came the release of the the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance. This move was applauded by many due to the fact that VMware made the first step in the direction of removing their dependency on Microsoft’s Windows OS and finally making the move to a Linux based platform.
If you would ask me (and this is my personal opinion – not based on concrete info) the days of a Windows based vCenter server are  numbered, if not in the next version – then the one after that – there will only be a Linux Virtual appliance. It makes complete sense.

Automating vSphere With VMware vCenter Orchestrator
I had some time this past week to read Automating vSphere: With VMware vCenter Orchestrator byCody Bunch.
I stand by my views that vCenter Orchestrator is one of those uncovered gems that
unfortunately not enough VMware professionals know how to use and do not make enough use of the product and the vast number of options and functionality available with the product (I must confess, I am just guilty as everyone else here).

vCenter Operations Management Suite Resources
Recently I was tasked to get myself up to speed with vCenter Operations Manager and Configuration Manager as part of the vCenter Management Suite for a client delivery we’re doing at Xtravirt. So due to this I have been collecting all the resources I could to help me do this and thought I may as well do a blog posting on it for anyone also looking to implement the suite soon or who are just interested in learning about it. I will be constantly updating this and plan to do two separate postings on the tips and tricks I learnt after deployment for each of the products and my opinions of each.

vMotion Performance on VROOM! Videos
The VMware Performance Team just released the latest in a series of performance talks, dubbedVROOM! Videos, that highlight various vSphere performance capabilities.
This one is on the topic of vMotion performance — a critical aspect of meeting SLAs in a production datacenter.  Todd and Sreekanth were kind enough to include me in this episode, taking the opportunity to highlight the crushing advantage vMotion has over Microsoft Hyper-V Live Migration.

Identifying and fixing VMs Affected By SvMotion / VDS Issue
Duncan Epping recently described an issue with virtual machines (VMs) which have moved via Storage vMotion (SvMotion) and are connected to a vNetwork Distributed Switch (VDS), if you are using a configuration where VMs are connected to a VDS and could potentially move via SvMotion then please make sure you read his article here.

Fling: vBenchmark 1.0.1 just released
An update to the recently released fling vBenchmark was just posted. This update includes some fixes and a feature request which was heard often… Here is what’s new/fixed with 1.0.1:

Cluster Sizes – vSphere 5 style!?
At the end of 2010 I wrote an article about cluster sizes… ever since it has been a popular article and I figured that it was time to update it. vSphere 5 changed the game when it comes to sizing/scaling of your clusters and I this is an excellent opportunity to emphasize that. The key take-away of my 2010 article was the following:

Limiting stress on storage caused by HA restarts by lowering restart concurrency?
I had a question last week, and it had me going for a while. The question was if “das.perHostConcurrentFailoversLimit” could be used to lower the hit on storage during a boot storm. By default this advanced option is set to 32. Meaning that a max of 32 VMs will be restarted by HA on a single host. The question was if lowering this value to for instance 16 would help reducing the stress on storage when multiple hosts would fail, or for instance in a blade environment when a chassis would fail.

Scripts release for Storage vMotion / HA problem
Last week when the Storage vMotion / HA problem went public I asked both William Lam and Alan Renouf if they could write a script to detect the problem. I want to thank both of them for their quick response and turnaround, they cranked the script out in literally hours. The scripts were validated multiple times in a VDS environment and worked flawless. Note that these scripts can detect the problem in an environment using a regular Distributed vSwitch and a Nexus 1000v, the script can only mitigate the problem though in a Distributed vSwitch environment. Here are the links to the scripts:
Perl: Identifying & Fixing Virtual Machines Affected By SvMotion / VDS Issue (William Lam)
PowerCLI - Identifying and fixing VMs Affected By SvMotion / VDS Issue (Alan Renouf)

VMWARE KB ARTICLES
New Articles Published for Week Ending 4/14/12
Datacenter
Using Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 1.1 to secure virtual machines (2017747)
My VMware
My VMware Product Licensing or Account support resources (2016686)
My VMware General Inquiry support resources (2016701)
Registering serial keys for complimentary support fails (2017166)
My VMware Mobile App FAQs (2017186)
My VMware Mobile App Overview (2017192)
Viewing license keys in the My VMware Mobile App (2017194)
Viewing user permissions in the My VMware Mobile App (2017196)
Determining the Super User and Procurement Contact in the My VMware Mobile App (2017197)
Top 10 things to know about My VMware (2017468)
Support Only product entries in My VMware (2017651)
Registering with Partner Central (2017710)
Filing a Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) Support Request (2017712)
Searching for a user in My VMware (2017897)
VMware Data Recovery
Synchronizing time between the VDR appliance and the host (2017638)
The vSphere Client Plugin for VDR is unable to connect to the VDR appliance (2017470)
VMware ESX
Registering a virtual machine through the VI Client fails with the error: Invalid datastore path 'sanfs://vmfs_uuid:46e04d7a-649bf336-5f2d-001a4bbf00e2/DHCP/DHCP.vmx' (2013832)
Virtual machine using the client device CD-ROM stops responding from the VI Client after a network interruption (2017037)
Cannot run Sysprep on a Windows virtual machine that was upgraded to a later version (1025796)
Configuring HA on an ESX host fails with the error: Cannot synchronize host : Cannot complete login due to an incorrect user name or password (2017460)
Unable to delete the virtual machine snapshot due to locked files (2017072)
VMware ESXi
Tomcat process consumes all available memory in vCenter Server 5.0.x (2013890)
VMware ESXi 5.0 Patch Release (2015460)
VMware ESXi 5.0 Patch ESXi500-201204401-BG: Updates tools-light (2015461)
VMware ESXi 5.0 Patch Image Profile ESXi-5.0.0-20120404001-standard (2015650)
VMware ESXi 5.0 Patch Image Profile ESXi-5.0.0-20120404001-no-tools (2015655)
Understanding storage device detection in ESXi (2015793)
VMware vSphere 5 Memory Management and Monitoring diagram (2017642)
Scripted Installation of ESXi causes a LUN to be overwritten when using local SAS disks (2017399)
VMware Service Manager
Deleting the queued emails from the Service Manager database (2017534)
Best practices for implementing a Development to Test to Production environment with VMware Service Manager. (2017676)
SLA for Incidents only is not removed when IPK status is changed to non Incidents (2017364)
Time spent on tasks/approvals is not calculated correctly in Service Manager (2017648)
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Windows and UNIX machine data collections in vCM do not filter results correctly (2017139)
VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator
vCenter Infrastructure Navigator virtual appliance is not visible in the license window of the vSphere Client (2016577)
VMware vCenter Lab Manager
Unpublishing a template in vCenter Lab Manager fails with the error: Requested file path_to_vmx_file is not writable (1022302)
VMware vCenter Operations Manager (Standalone)
Licensing vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 (2017464)
VMware vCenter Orchestrator
Cannot log in to the vCenter Orchestrator Weboperator Web view as a non-administrative user (1021396)
Cannot start vCO services on a Windows Server after a reboot (2016188)
The vCO Operators group with Edit permission is unable to import workflows  (2016190)
How to restore the read permissions to the Microsoft Windows Users group after installation or upgrade to vCenter Orchestrator 4.2.1 (2017578)
Issues with vCenter Orchestrator permissions (2016770)
VMware vCenter Server
When deploying a Windows 2008 R2 template, the guest operating system customization does not complete (2014140)
Performance data from the inventory is not saved to the vCenter Server database if the database was manually created (2017145)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Unable to configure and connect to vSphere Replication Management Server database in SRM (2016260)
VMware vCloud Connector
Copying the vAPP or virtual machine using vCloud Connector fails at 1% (2017661)
VMware vCloud Director
After upgrading vShield Endpoint to 5.0.1 you cannot ping an internal IP Address in a NAT configuration (2017854)
VMware Workstation
Installing VMware Tools in a Windows virtual machine fails while installing the VMXnet driver (2015970)
Menu options are not available in the full screen mode toolbar of a virtual machine in Workstation (2016714)

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