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2012

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, well I am back in Australia after a few weeks away. I am very pleased to be back and looking forward to getting back to business and working with my TAM customers again on all of their projects.

A key update for this week is the release of View 5.1, if you are a View customer or are considering View please take a look at the update and considerations for updating to this version including the benefits which are as usual numerous and the update recommended, however I do suggest you discuss this as always with your TAM or VMware representative.

This weeks featured article is aimed at clearing up the press around the cost of ownership of VMware.

Unfortunately the KB Digest was not available at the time of publishing this week;s newsletter but please check regularly and discuss with your TAM any potential issues - http://blogs.vmware.com/kbdigest/.

Enjoy the newsletter everyone and I look forward to speaking to you again next week.

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

FEATURED ARTICLE
VMware: vSphere cheaper than Hyper-V
Beats Microsoft in time, cost in independent test.
http://www.crn.com.au/News/301546,vmware-vsphere-cheaper-than-hyper-v.aspx

VMware will unleash new data to counteract what it describes as Microsoft's "wildly exaggerated claims" about server virtualisation costs.
VMware this week cited recent test results from research firm Principled Technologies which show that the combination of vSphere and vCentre Site Recovery Manager is cheaper to operate than Hyper-V and System Centre, in terms of the time admins must spend to keep it up and running.
In its side-by-side comparison using the latest versions of VMware and Microsoft's products, Principled Technologies measured the time required to perform five common admin tasks: provisioning new hosts; moving virtual machines off a host for physical maintenance; adding storage volumes and moving virtual disk files onto them; isolating storage intensive VMs; and performing disaster recovery failover tests.
In all cases, vSphere performed these tasks between 78 percent and 97 percent faster, according to Eric Horschman, director of marketing at VMware. He chalked up this advantage to the automation of labour and scripting intensive tasks that VMware has built into vCentre and vSphere.
"vSphere technology lets you do multiple concurrent migrations, and also live migrate faster than Microsoft products, which are limited to a single live migration," Horschman told CRN. "Systems admins are not spending as much time waiting for tasks to complete, which means they can do more physical maintenance."
Principled Technologies also put a dollar figure on the cost savings, by estimating the number of times each of the tasks would be repeated over a two-year period in a data centre with 1,000 VMs, and then multiplying that cumulative time by the US national average salary for system admins. By this measure, vSphere's operational costs are 91 percent less than Microsoft Hyper-V and System Centre, Horschman said.
VMware calculates its costs by the number of virtual machines that need to be hosted and the number of physical hosts they will require, along with storage, networking hardware, software and data centre costs. VMware users need less hosts, less data centre space, less power and cooling and less storage, according to Horschman.
"When you do that complete infrastructure cost comparison, the difference between VMware and Microsoft is negligible when you assume the same number of VMs per host," he said. "But when you factor in a relatively VM density advantage for VMware, we come in significantly lower."
VMware has long grumbled about the methodology Microsoft uses to support its argument that VMware is more expensive, and Horschman echoed these concerns.
"Microsoft's cost comparison looks primarily at the software side of things, ignoring differences in VM density, which is not realistic," he said. "Microsoft is also including all of our products, including cloud management and vCentre Operations, which provide functionality that goes way beyond what Microsoft can deliver."
Horschman said Microsoft also uses discounted volume licensing pricing in calculating the cost of its own server virtualisation lineup.
"Our customers recognise that VMware is providing better value, and we're trying to make the market aware of the same thing," he added. "We recognise that Microsoft can do a lot of marketing, but we want to get our side of the story out there."

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
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 BRISBANE TRAINING SCHEDULE

CourseDateRegister
VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.0]28 May - 29 Mayhttp://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=121623
VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.0]18 Jun - 22 Junhttp://mylearn.vmware.com/gateway/?course=124687&user=0&ui=www_edu
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]04 Jun - 08 Junhttp://mylearn.vmware.com/gateway/?course=122755&user=0&ui=www_edu&credits=1
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]21 May - 25 Mayhttp://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=121633
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]14 May - 18 Mayhttp://mylearn.vmware.com/gateway/?course=122749&user=0&ui=www_edu&credits=1
VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V5.0]30 May - 01 Junhttp://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=122092
VMware vCenter Orchestrator: Develop Workflows [V4.1]21 May - 23 Mayhttp://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=127145


VCAP DCA/DCD
Registration is now open for the VCAP5-DCD Exam
VCAP5-DCD is designed for IT architects who design and integrate VMware solutions in multi-site, large enterprise, virtualized environments. Successful candidates possess a deep understanding of datacenter design principles and methodologies, as well as VMware core components and their relation to storage and networking. Successful candidates also have broad knowledge of applications and infrastructure services, and how they relate and integrate with the virtual infrastructure.

Achieving a VCAP5-DCD certification validates your ability to:

    Create a vSphere conceptual design.
    Create a vSphere logical design from an existing conceptual design.
    Create a vSphere physical design from an existing logical design.
    Create and execute an implementation plan.

Sign up today!

VCAP-DCA & DCD Resources Page Updated
Just a very quick posting to alert people that I have now updated my VCAP-DCA and DCD resources page. The page is a list of resources that I have been constantly updating as I  have come across new resources and I have made my way through the  required amount of studying to be prepared (which is still on-going).So either click the “VCAP-DCA & DCD” link at the top of the page or click here if you can’t be bothered going to the top of the page and if you know of any other great resources please do comment so that I can add them and it can benefit the whole community.

VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS
VMware vSphere Blog: Attaching an unreplicated VMDK after SRM failover using scripts
I've run into a few scenarios where it's been beneficial to not replicate a particular disk attached to a VM when using vSphere Replication, yet in order to recover the VM correctly it's necessary to have even a really stale copy of it there as a placeholder.

VROOM!: View 5.1 Performance
In addition to the numerous enhancements detailed here, View 5.1 debuts a number of significant enhancements and optimizations to the PCoIP protocol. In this blog, we detail some of the most beneficial:

VMware vSphere Blog: Resize & Hot-Add/Extend Virtual Machine Disks using vCloud API
In vCloud Director today, users can not modify or resize a virtual disk for a Virtual Machine (VM) using the vCloud UI, even if the VM is powered off. Though not ideal, this operation can still be accomplished in vCloud Director by leveraging the vCloud API or vCenter Orchestrator (vCO). In this article, I will demonstrate how you can easily resize a virtual disk for a VM in vCloud Director as well as hot-add and hot-extend a virtual disk for a running VM using the vCloud API.

VMware End User Computing: Customize the View Portal for Client Download with VMware View 5.1
Did you know that in VMware View 5.1 you can customize the View Portal that users see when they log in to the View Connection Server to begin using their virtual desktop?

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: Retrieving License keys from Multiple vCenters
A question I receive all the time is:
How can I list all license keys I have for all of my Virtual Centers in my Infrastructure ?

Luckily PowerCLI enables us to work with multiple vCenters all at one, we can connect to many vCenters or hosts and pull back information on all of these at the same time, to do this you need to set the PowerCLI Configuration to work in multiple mode and then you can connect to more than one vCenter at the same time, to do this see the following example:

VMware vFabric Blog: 4 Ways VMware transforms Postgres for the Cloud
In a nutshell, relational databases weren’t built for the cloud. With vFabric Postgres, VMware customers can get a proven, enterprise database integrated with VMware virtualization and ready for cloud computing.

VMware End User Computing: VMware View Storage Accelerator - The next step towards more reliable, more cost-effective storage for VDI environments
By Matt Eccleston, chief architect - VMware View, VMware
VDI with VMware View has brought many benefits to customers over the years, including business agility, improved control and security and end-user flexibility. However, a vexing problem as our customers scale up the size of their deployments has been how to achieve cost-effective storage designs for VDI environments while maintaining an excellent quality of service for their end users. The “VDI storage problem” fundamentally stems from the different economics of traditional desktop storage (a local SATA drive), and datacenter-class storage. Datacenter storage is almost always more expensive on a $ per GB, or $ per I/O throughput basis. However, at the same time, datacenter storage offers significant opportunities for pooling resources, securing, consolidating and centralizing the data of the desktop.

VMware End User Computing: New View Clients Optimized for VMware View 5.1 Now Available on Windows, Linux, Mac, iPad and Android!
The View Clients team is excited to release our latest clients for Windows, Linux, Mac, iPad and Android. The new client releases are optimized to deliver the best possible experience when combined with VMware View 5.1.

Virtual Reality: Sorry Microsoft; Not Only Does vSphere Cost Less to Buy, It Also Costs Less to Operate.
Microsoft’s wildly exaggerated claims of providing a less expensive virtualization platform than VMware vSphere have been hard to miss if you’ve spent any time on the web lately. We’ve previously pointed out the flaws in their math and our public Cost Per Application Calculator clearly shows how deploying a virtual infrastructure built with vSphere will cost about the same as one built using Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center (or even much less when vSphere’s proven VM density advantage over Hyper-V is factored in.) Now we’re pleased to share recent independent test results that show how vSphere also delivers dramatically lower operational costs compared to Microsoft.

VMware Global Alliances Blog: Validation with SAP Signals Strong Support for Virtualization & Cloud Infrastructure
In a post last week, Elliot Fliesler alluded to some exiting news that we would soon share around our SAP partnership. And where better to finally unveil that news than at Sapphire Now 2012 and here on our alliances blog?  It’s now official: SAP has validated its Sybase High Performance OLTP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) Database on VMware cloud infrastructure.

Federal Center of Excellence (CoE) Blog: Connecting Clouds
For those organizations on the journey of transforming their datacenters to meet the demand of a modern IT consumption model, it’s easy to envision what cloud euphoria could/should look like.  That’s mostly because vision is quite cheap – all it takes is a little imagination (maybe), a few Google queries, several visits by your favorite vendor(s), and perhaps a top-down mandate or two.  The problem is execution can break the bank if the vision is not in line with the organization’s core objectives.  It’s easy to get carried away in the planning stages with all the options, gizmos and cloudy widgets out there – often delaying the project and creating budget shortfalls.  Cloud:Fail.  But this journey doesn’t have to be difficult (or horrendously expensive).  Finding the right solution is half the battle…just don’t go gluing several disparate products together that were never intended to comingle and burn time and money trying to integrate them.  Sure you might eventually achieve something that resembles a cloud, but you’re guaranteed to hit several unnecessary pain points on the way.

VMware End User Computing: Overcoming the VDI IOPS Challenge
Correct IO sizing can be a challenge for customers adopting VDI. Storage can represent between 20 and 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 costs can rise,  and the team may not get to scale beyond the first implementation – or the desktop is inexpensive and users reject it for performance reasons.

VMware vSphere Blog: Software Defined Data Center: From Best Effort to 99%
We live in interesting times socially, economically, and technologically.  It is pretty clear that “best effort” just isn’t good enough anymore as the drive for efficiency shifts into ever higher gears.  In IT we have seen some fantastic examples of this transformation unfold in the last couple of years.

VMware vSphere Blog: Poweron file?
I had a question this week around what the "poweron" file is and does as someone spotted it on one of their datastores. The "poweron" file is a file that is located on the designated heartbeat data stores. The file contains the set of powered on virtual machines, this allows the master to track the state of the virtual machines, may anything occur to one of your hosts. It should be noted that the master also created a "poweron" file as the state of the virtual machines it is running will also need to be tracked. Tracking virtual machine power-on state is not the only thing the “poweron” file is used for. This file is also used by the slaves to inform the master that it is isolated from the network: the top line of the file will either contain a 0 or a 1. A 0 means not-isolated and a 1 means isolated. If a host is isolated the master will then inform vCenter about the isolation of the host.

VMware Support Insider: Announcing VMware’s first ever GSS Virtual Customer Support Day!
On June 7th, VMware will host its first online GSS Customer Support Day event. This event is a unique opportunity for you to get answers to your questions directly from our Global Support Services technical experts. You told us that you’d like to see an online version of the popular live events that we’ve hosted in various locations throughout the world. We listened, and now anyone, anywhere can tap in to the advanced technical expertise of our Global Support Services team in this dynamic, interactive forum.

Great resource for adding ssl certificates to VMware products
A while ago I decided to purchase an official wildcard ssl certificate to use in my VMware demo/lab environment. Purchasing the certificate turned out to be the easy part. The next step was installing the certificate on different VMware products, like vCenter (which includes Update Manager and some web services nowadays), View connection servers, vCenter operations, and Zimbra.

LUN connectivity issues with Storage vMotion on EMC VNX when using VAAI (Updated)
The last few weeks I have been working on some serious issues in an environment where we used vSphere 5 with an EMC VNX storage array. All seemed to run fine, but whenever we started a Storage vMotion, we noticed all kinds of strange errors we where not expecting at all.
We saw messages regarding write-quiesced VMFS volumes, we lost paths. and in some cases, the Storage vMotions did not complete at all.

Update Manager broken after import Cisco VEM extension
Today I was working on upgrading some hosts in a vSphere 5 environment that is using Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switches. I imported the extension bundle in Update Manager, created a baseline, and scanned the hosts. After a couple of seconds , I got a message in vCenter telling me the scan failed:

VMWARE TV BLOG
How to open a command or shell prompt
Today we have a new video for you which discusses and demonstrates how to open a command or shell prompt on a Windows-based system, a Linux-based system or a Mac OS-based system as well showing you how to connect to a system using a Secure Shell or SSH connection.
The process of opening a command or shell prompt is a required step in many of our KB articles. We realize this is very basic stuff for many of you, but many others have asked for this, and we're happy to oblige.
For additional details relating to this process check out VMware Knowledge Base article Opening a command or shell prompt (1003892).

VMware vFabric
The Console: Introducing the vFabric Suite 5.1 and vFabric SQLFire
In 2009, VMware acquired SpringSource because we saw a fundamental change in the way our customers were building and running their applications.  More than ever, our customers were using technology to build new applications to improve their business, respond to competition, and get closer to their customers. These new applications were built for mobile, used social networks and leveraged enormous volumes of real-time data to make better decisions.  The underlying frameworks and technologies powering these applications needed to be lightweight and cloud-ready so they could be developed, deployed, and scaled out in rapid succession.

VMware vFabric Blog: Introducing VMware vFabric Suite 5.1: Automated Deployment, New Components, and Open Source Support
Today, VMware announced the release of VMware vFabric Suite 5.1, an integrated family of components that streamline how companies build, run and manage Java Spring applications whether on-premise or in the cloud. At VMware, we understand that smart, agile and cost-effective cloud infrastructure services are important. But ultimately, it’s about the applications that run atop that cloud infrastructure.

Spring MVC 3.2 Preview: Chat Sample
My last blog post was based on a Spring AMQP stocks sample that involved reacting to external events. This blog post continues that theme with a chat sample where the external events are not AMQP messages but rather HTTP POST requests. Later on I'll switch to a distributed chat where the events will be Redis Read more...

Building a Real Time Activity Stream on Cloud Foundry with Node.js, Redis and MongoDB – Part I
Cloud Foundry provides developers with several choices of frameworks, application infrastructure services and deployment clouds. This approach to providing a platform as a service enables the fast creation of useful cloud applications that take advantage of polyglot programming and multiple data services. As an example of how this enables us to be more productive, I was able to use Node.js, Redis, and MongoDB to create an Activity Streams application in a short time, despite the fact that I mainly develop Web Applications in Ruby. Based on the developer interest after a demo of this application at NodeSummit 2012 and MongoSF 2012,  I was inspired to do a 3 part blog series that fully details the creation, deployment, and scaling of this application on CloudFoundry.com.

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
VMware Released vCenter Operations Manager for View
VMware vCenter Operations Manager for View provides end-to-end visibility into the health, performance and efficiency of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). It enables desktop administrators to proactively ensure the best end-user experience, avert incidents and eliminate bottlenecks. Designed for VMware View, this optimized version of vCenter Operations Manager improves IT productivity and lowers the cost of owning and operating VDI environments.
http://www.vmware.com/products/desktop_virtualization/vcenter-operations-manager-view/overview.html

KB article about SvMotion / VDS / HA problem republished with script to mitigate!
Just a second ago the GSS/KB team republished the KB article that explain the vSphere 5.0 problem around SvMotion / vDS / HA. I wrote about this problem various times and would like to refer to that for more details. What I want to point out here though is that the KB article now has a script attached which will help preventing problems until a full fixed is released. This script is basically the script that William Lam wrote, but it has been fully tested and vetted by VMware. For those running vSphere 5.0 and using SvMotion on VMs attached to distributed switches I urge you to use the script. I expect that the PowerCLI version will also be attached soon.

Why is my pathing policy limited to “fixed” or “MRU” with things like MSCS cluster?
Yesterday I received an email from someone. He wanted to know why he was limited to using either the “fixed” or “MRU” pathing policy for the LUNs attached to his MSCS cluster. In his environment they used round-robin for everything and not being able to configure all of them with the same policy was against their internal policy. The thing is that if round-robin would be used and the path would switch (by default every 1000 I/Os) the SCSI-2 reservation would need to be re-acquired on this LUN. (MSCS uses SCSI-2 reservations for their cluster devices) As you can imagine that could cause a lot of stress on your array and could lead to all sorts of problems. So please do not ignore this recommendation! Some extra details can be found in the following KB articles:

Optimized PowerShell performance with Cisco UCS PowerTool
In the last post I gave a quick overview of one of the many cool features of the Cisco UCS PowerTool PowerShell Module, I showed how they had made it easy for the admin to pick up their toolkit and use it, how navigation over 1000+ cmdlets could be made easier, if you didn’t read it then you can find the post here.

PowerCLI 101 – Test DPM
DPM or Distributed Power Management is the power saving function of VMware’s DRS. I’ll not go into too much on configuring it here, as that’s quite thoroughly covered elsewhere (Those are 3 different links). I will show you, however, quickly how to test it. Why? Well, there are a few times when you’d want to do this, say: before adding a new host to a cluster, creating a DPM cluster from scratch, or say, taking a VMware exam.

When RamDisks Get Full
I thought it might be worth sharing the outcome of some troubleshooting of some ESXi 5 servers running off SD cards, in case anyone else encounters similar issues.
When vSphere 4 proved capable of booting ESXi from a 4Gb SD card or USB stick it became a tempting option for saving money on storage with new deployments.  The HP Proliant G6s even came with an onboard SD card slot to make it easy to leave those disk slots empty.

VMware View 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.
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/view/VMware-View-Evaluators-Guide.pdf

VMware Released View 5.1 and Launched Horizon Application Manager 1.5
Now available: VMware View 5.1, VMware Horizon Application Manager 1.5 and a public beta program for the Project Octopus cloud data synchronization and collaboration service.
http://www.vmware.com/end-user-computing/

VMware Released New View 5.1 Clients for Windows, Mac, Ubuntu Linux, iPad, and Android
VMware View Clients for Windows, Mac, Ubuntu Linux, iPad, and Android allow you to connect to your VMware View virtual desktop from your device of choice giving you on-the-go access from any location.

VMware View VDI Flash Calculator v2.8 Released
I have just uploaded a new release of the online VMware View VDI Flash Calculator supporting new VMware View 5.1 features. View 5.1 is not available for download just yet, however many VMware partners and customers are already designing and sizing their VDI infrastructures with View 5.1 in mind. For this reason I am publishing this release of the calculator a little bit before View 5.1 goes public (GA).
The VDI calculator can be found at http://myvirtualcloud.net/?page_id=1076. Alternatively, go to my blog homepage and select VDI Calculator on the top bar.

VMware View automation with vCenter Orchestrator
In many organizations automation is a key component that allow IT to spend cycles where the business need them – perhaps innovation. Many VMware products have their own API’s and SDK that help organizations to automate process. VMware View doesn’t have publically available API’s that can be used in the automation process. However, VMware View does expose PowerShell cmdlets that can be used in the construction of a automated process via PowerShell scripts or via the construction of vCenter Orchestrator Workflows.

A Review of VMware View 5.1 Limits and Maximums
Giving continuity to my VMware View Limits and Maximums series (VMware View 4.0 | VMware View 5.0) I am now releasing an updated version for VMware View 5.1.
As an administrator or architect you should always make sure that your sizing’s are within VMware View Maximums and Limits in order to be entitled to VMware Support.

VMWARE KB ARTICLES
Not available at time of publishing - http://blogs.vmware.com/kbdigest/

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, well as I am trying to catch up with all of the news this week’s newsletter comes hot off the heals of last week’s and is slightly shorter. I still find myself out of Australia for at least a further week or so but look forward to returning soon and working with my customers on their projects as soon as possible.

Last week there were a few new product updates and some new beta’s as you might have noticed, I always suggest that you check the newsletter for updates to any solutions you might be running and of course don’t forget the KB articles at the end of the newsletter or online as these are invaluable to ensure that your platform is kept up to date.

Enjoy the newsletter everyone and I look forward to speaking to you again next week.

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

VMWARE USER GROUP (VMUG)
http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vmug
The VMware User Group is an independent, global, customer-led organization, which maximizes members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events.

VMWARE EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
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
VMware Support Insider: My VMware Passwords
We have a couple of new KB articles just published to address some things a few customers have reported to us.
If you see the error Unable to Complete Your Request when resetting your password from within My VMware, head right on over to Troubleshooting the My VMware error: Unable to Complete Your Request (2018716).
Otherwise if you're just having difficulties recovering a forgotten My VMware password Start with:Resetting a forgotten My VMware password fails (2020621).

VMware vSphere Blog: Does a Reverse Web Proxy Protect Against An Auto Deploy Server Outage?
A while back I did a write-up on using reverse web proxy servers with auto deploy.  At the time I thought that using a reverse web proxy would not only help with scalability, but would also help protect against an outage affecting the auto deploy server.  However, I’ve learned this is not the case – using a reverse web proxy does not protect against an auto deploy server outage.

VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: Registration for VMworld 2012 US is Now Open
IT is undergoing a top to bottom transformation…Are you ready?
Take advantage of the best educational opportunity to expand your knowledge, maximize your investments and gain greater competitive edge with cloud and virtualization solutions at VMworld 2012.
Register now

VMware vSphere Blog: New vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) Whitepapers now published
A quick post today to let you know that VMware has just published some new performance whitepapers on the vSphere Storage Appliance. The performance evaluations were carried out by Principled Technologies with a view to measuring real-life workloads on the VSA. One looks at the performance with a RAID-5 configuration, the other looks at the performance with a RAID-6 configuration. You can get the whitepapers from the VSA landing page here. Hope you find them useful.
Get notification of these blogs postings and more VMware Storage information by following me on Twitter:  @VMwareStorage

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere Metro Storage Cluster solutions and PDL's?
Yesterday I wrote about HP/Lefthand joining the vSphere Metro Storage Cluster program. Today I want to inform you about something that I believe is rather important when implementing stretched cluster solutions. Hopefully all of you have read about the Permanent Device Loss (PDL) enhancements that were added to vSphere 5.0 Update 1. I wrote about it in-depth in an upcoming white paper and in thisblog post, and Cormac Hogan wrote an excellent article about it on the vSphere Storage Blog. In summary:

VMware Support Insider: Determining root cause for a SCSI Reservation Conflict Issue
Previous deep dive posts have dealt with performance issues or faulty hardware. This week Nathan Small takes us through the determination of root cause for a SCSI Reservation Conflict issue:
History of issue:
Customer performed a firmware upgrade to their IBM SVC's. Upon completing the firmware update and bringing them back online, command failures and SCSI reservation conflicts were observed across all hosts. Issue was resolved by sending LUN reset (vmkfstools -L lunreset /vmfs/devices/disks/naa.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) to the affected LUNs. Root cause analysis requested.

VMware vSphere Blog: ESXiShellTimeOut Doesn’t Work in vSphere 5.0
I recently spent some time in my lab applying all the security recommendations outlined in the 5.0 Hardening Guide and while doing this I was very surprised to discover that the ESXiShellTimeOut setting doesn’t work as expected.
To quote from the vSphere 5.0 Security Guide:
“The [ESXiShellTimeOut] setting is the number of minutes that can elapse before you must log in after the ESXi Shell is enabled. After the timeout period, if you have not logged in, the shell is disabled.  If you are logged in when the timeout period elapses, your session will persist. However, the ESXi Shell will be disabled, preventing other users from logging in.”

VMware End User Computing: VMware View 5.1 Continues to Improve User Experience
With VMware View 5.1, VMware continues to improve the end user experience for virtual desktops across a variety of network connections and endpoints.  The View team focused on improving the experience for road warriors and users on lower end thin clients.  Additionally, significant enhancements were made to improve session interactivity and multimedia streaming for a better overall user experience – the results are smoother desktop responsiveness and a richer multimedia experience.

VMware vFabric Blog: Demo: 7 Steps for Self-Service App Deployment with VMware Application Director
VMware vFabric Application Director is a tool for automating application deployments to infrastructure clouds – it basically automates the provisioning of infrastructure, install, and configuration processes. Once an application has been designed inside Application Director, it can also be deployed to multiple cloud environments without redesigning the application.

VMware vSphere Blog: Why use Static Port Binding on VDS ?
In the last post Demystifying port limits... I discussed the vitual port limits on the vSphere Standard (VSS) and Distributed switch (VDS). While discussing the VDS limits, I talked about the three different port-binding options available when you configure a port group on VDS. The port binding option describes how a virtual port on the virtual switch binds with virtual machine or a vmkernel nic. In this post, I would like to highlight why you should choose Static Port binding over Ephemeral port binding.

VMware vFabric Blog: Application Modeling in vFabric Application Director
In this video, R&D Manager Matthew Ford demonstrates for application architects and administrators  how easy it can be to do real-time application modeling with the vFabric Application Director.  Application Director supports a streamlined process to define the logical structure of virtual machines, operating systems, software, and components and create a comprehensive, graphical application model, called a blueprint.  Complete with dependency management and custom configuration, once the application blueprint is complete, the system automatically provisions the infrastructure and applications across any VMware vCloud Director registered cloud service, including public cloud services as well as private cloud infrastructures.

VMware vSphere Blog: A closer look at the View Storage Accelerator [incl. Video]
A whole bunch of blog posts have appeared recently around the new View Storage Accelerator in VMware View 5.1, including my own introduction here. I think this goes to show how much excitement there is around these new features. In this post, I wanted to share some more detail around the Storage Accelerator.

VMware vCloud Blog: [Video] How to Setup VMware vCloud Director
Once vCloud Director is installed (through the virtual appliance or a full install in Linux), there are a number of steps you must take to get it up and running. In one of the lessons in my new vCloud Director Essentials video training course, I show you:
Basic administrative of vCD – demonstration of the web-based interface and how to login
Connect vCD to vCenter – you’ll need to link your vCenter server and your vCloud Director server so that vCD can manage hosts, resource pools, and clusters in the vSphere infrastructure
Conncet vCD to vShield Manager – you must connect vCD to your vShield Manager so that vShield Edge VMs can be automatically deployed, as needed, for vCloud networks
Create a Provider VDC – the first piece of the virtual cloud infrastructure you create is a provider virtual data center, or pVDC. It maps to a single resource pool in the vSphere infrastructure, which is usually the root of a HA/DRS cluster.
Create a VM Deployment Template – the only optional step of this setup, if you have older operating systems you will want to create a virtual machine deployment template to perform guest customizations

VMWARE TV BLOG
VMwareTV: Self-Service Application Deployment using VMware Application Director in 7 Easy Steps
bit.ly -- This video, narrated by VMware systems engineer, Matthew Carpenter, demonstrates how users can use VMware vFabric Application Director's Command Line Interface (CLI) alongside VMware's cloud stack to support a self-service portal for provisioning cloud applications. As a result, end users will be able to select an application from a catalogue of available applications and request the target application to be deployed. Optionally, administrators can insert an approval workflow to approve the cost or availability of deploying applications for a specific user. The demonstration makes use of several VMware products, including: • VMware Service Manager -- Cloud Provisioning (VSM CP) • VMware vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) • VMware vFabric Application Director (AppD) • VMware vCloud Director (vCD) At a high level, to create this solution, Carpenter demonstrates 7 easy steps: 1. End User orders a service from VSM CP 2. Admin/Manager approves request in VSM CP 3. VSM CP calls to vCO to feed Application Director 4. vCO captures status and updates VSM CP 5. Application Director deploys the app with vCD 6. vCD receives a registered vApp 7. VSM CP notifies the user

How to enable the Storage Accelerator in VMware View 5.1
Greetings KBTV fans!
Today we have a special treat for you. Here we have a video which discusses and demonstrates how to enable the Storage Accelerator (Host Caching) feature that is available in VMware View 5.1.
This video features our great friend Cormac Hogan who is a Senior Technical Marketing Architect for Storage at VMware. Cormac has worked with us on several different occasions over the past few years in various How To and Tutorial type videos which have always went down well and I am sure this one will be no exception. You can read more from Cormac concerning this topic here.

Testing network connectivity with the ping command
Here is a video for you which discusses and demonstrates how to test network connectivity between different components of your network using the Ping command.
In this tutorial you will specifically see examples of a ping command being executed from within a Windows-based virtual machine, a Linux-based virtual machine and also from a SSH session to an ESX host using the Putty SSH Client.
All of the virtual machines used in this demonstration were running on VMware Workstation 8, but the same process can be applied to any of your operating systems running within your virtual environments and even on your physical machines too!
This video is based on VMware Knowledge Base article Testing network connectivity with the ping command (1003486).

CLOUD APPLICATION PLATFORM
Running Standalone Web Applications on Cloud Foundry
In this final post of the four-part series on deploying standalone apps to Cloud Foundry, we will explore how to build and deploy JVM-based web applications that aren’t packaged as traditional WAR files. This includes applications that are built on top of an NIO Framework like Grizzly or Netty (notable frameworks include Blue Eyes and vert.x) and applications that ship their own container, such as an embedded Jetty server.
Also in this series:
Cloud Foundry Improves Support For Background Processing
Running Resque Workers on Cloud Foundry
Running Workers on Cloud Foundry with Spring
Deploying a Spray Application to Cloud Foundry
Spray is a suite of lightweight Scala libraries for building and consuming RESTful web services on top of Akka. Let’s deploy the Spray simple-http-server example that uses spray-can: a low-level, low-overhead, high-performance, fully asynchronous HTTP/1.1 server.
mycomp$: git clone git://github.com/spray/spray.git
mycomp$: cd spray/examples/spray-can/simple-http-server
We will use the sbt-package-dist plugin to package the app and all of its dependencies into a Zip file that we can push to Cloud Foundry. Therefore, we need to add the following files to the simple-http-server directory:

Spring MVC 3.2 Preview: Making a Controller Method Asynchronous
In previous posts I introduced the Servlet 3, async support feature in Spring MVC 3.2 M1 and provided background on techniques for real-time updates. In today's post I'll turn to the technical details of the new Spring MVC feature and its impact on various aspects of the Spring MVC request lifecycle. To make any existing Read more...

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
Navigating your application landscape…
I was on a holiday the last two weeks and slowly catching up on everything that happened. Some of you might think it wasn’t a lot, but in the world of cloud and virtualization it was. Not only was there a huge EUC launch event but also a new version of vCenter Infrastructure Navigator was released. Somehow it has been amazingly quiet around this product. Something I didn’t really understand, especially not after reading the release notes of version 1.1 of vCenter Infrastructure Navigator. Two things stood out:

VMware Application Director video – Self-Service Application Deployment
vCloud Director vFabric Application Director VMware Service Manager
VMware Application Director in action. Welcome to the magic world of VMware application Director. This might be first time you hear about this software. Me too actually I wasn’t very familiar with that product until today, when I saw this demo video. You’ll be able to see about 7 simple steps of Self-service application deployment [...]

VMware HA Admission Control and VM reservations
Did you know about VMware HA admission control coupled to VM reservations? To be honest I thought I knew, but recently I was pointed to some details that showed me I was wrong.
What I’m talking about is the cluster setting of “HA Admission Control” and how “Percentage of cluster resources reserved as failover spare capacity” and “Host failures the cluster tolerates” are related to the CPU and memory reservations at VM level. These settings will make sure that your HA cluster will reserve enough resources to recover from host failures, depending on how high you set the % of resources to be reserved, more host failures can be tolerated.

When should N+1 not Equal 1 Host with VMware HA?
High Availability is a key consideration for any VMware vSphere Design. VMware HA is a very easy and effective tool that you should always enable to improve VM availability. vSphere 5 introduces a considerably enhanced mechanism to achieve high availability that removes the limitations of the previous versions. As a result it is much more easily achievable to have clusters that contain a far larger number of hosts.With the enhancements to VMware HA in vSphere 5 there are some considerations that are important to take into account, especially in blade environments, to achieve adequate availability in different failure scenarios.  With much larger clusters and also with clusters that will contain business critical workloads it’s important that you consider HA not just in terms of N+1 hosts, but also when N+1 does not equal 1 host.

VMware View 5.1 UI Enhancements
I recently wrote about What’s New in VMware View 5.1 (Beyond Marketing) and highlighted some of the User Interface modifications in this release of View, including the multi-lingual support.
During the Beta program many administrators were able to experiment the new User Interface. However, not many noticed that the User Interface not only have a few different icons like you can see in the screenshot below, but also adds right-click functionality.
The Right-Click functionality help to streamline the process of managing desktop pools, entitlements and desktops.

Storage Performance Analysis: SingB Case Study
Prepare to get deep into storage.
In the past few weeks I had the pleasure of getting deep into a customer’s performance problem.  Ultimately we identified some interesting issues in the environment that we traced back to an overloaded array.  Like most performance problems, the complaints started at the application layer and then shifted to vSphere.  Like many configurations, it was difficult to pinpoint why the storage was slow.  But EMC account teams pride themselves in customer responsiveness. We assembled a small team to help out. I was amazed and grateful that experts from our midtier specialists in Australia, Malaysia, and India all pitched in on the analysis!

VMWARE KB ARTICLES
New Articles Published for Week Ending 5/12/12
Apache Active MQ
Comparing multicast and failover transport for ActiveMQ (2005518)
Apache HTTP Server
Log file rotation in Apache HTTP Server, vFabric Enterprise Ready Server, and vFabric Web Server (2010979)
My VMware
Resetting a forgotten My VMware password fails (2020621)
Shavlik SCUPdates
Deploying 32-bit Java updates to 64-bit operating systems with vCenter Protect Update Catalog or SCUPdates fails (2013912)
Socialcast
Attempting to launch a Socialcast community in a Web browser fails with the error: Page Not Found (2020378)
Socialcast On Premise v2
Error when configuring the community URL in a Socialcast desktop or mobile app: not a compatible Socialcast server (2020394)
Spring Framework
Using connection pooling with JMSTemplate in Spring Framework (2005838)
VMware ESX
Understanding guest operating system support levels (2015161)
CentOS and Red Hat 5.5 kernel panic on boot after install on AMD Opteron 6000-series based ESX/ESXi hosts (1033205)
The esxupdate query command does not list the correct bulletins after performing an update (2002854)
Starting the ESXi host fails at the SYSLINUX prompt (2017755)
VMware ESXi
Adding autodeployed ESX 5.0 hosts running on Cisco UCS to vCenter Server fail with the error: com.vmware.vim.vc.license.error.licenseExpired (2012607)
Opening a console to a virtual machine fails with the error: Unable to connect to the MKS: Console access to the virtual machine cannot be granted since the connection limit of 0 has been reached (2015407)
APD and PDL condition implications to High Availability (HA) in vSphere 5.0 and 5.0 Update 1 (2015681)
UDP packets are dropped from Linux systems using the VMXNET3 Network Adapter (2019944)
vCenter Server tasks or operations fail with the error: Overlapping Link regions (2003620)
Virtual machine cloning or deployment operations between ESXi hosts do not make full use of available network bandwidth (2019587)
After upgrading from ESX 4.x to ESXi 5.0, NAS/NFS datastores with a space in their name fail to mount (2013844)
Poor mouse performance on Windows 2008 R2 virtual machine or a Windows 7 virtual machine (2004145)
ESXi 5.0 hosts are marked as Not Responding 60 seconds after being added to vCenter Server (2020100)
VMware Fusion
Installing or upgrading VMware Tools on a Windows XP or Windows 2003 R2 SP2 virtual machine fails with the error: Failed to install driver: 0x00000002 (2020221)
VMware Go
Cannot run IT Advisor or Patch Scan in VMware Go when using Internet Explorer 9 (2020260)
VMware Infrastructure Management Assistant
Virtual Center Server Appliance or vSphere Management Assistant has no network connection after re-registering, cloning or restoring from backup (2012451)
VMware Service Manager
When running searches the Clear Form button changes default check boxes (1029012)
Sending an update to an Infra incoming email account intermittently fails with error: Call no. has not been identified (1030189)
Current Group field is not displaying a value in Call Info panel (1030301)
Imported reports in VMware Service Manager 9.0 reference the incorrect screenset when exporting/importing reports using extension views between systems (1030511)
Error when installing VMware Service Manager 9.0 RP10: Patch has already been applied (2009742)
Unactioned Discrepancy reports are overridden on every incremental scan in Service Manager 9.x. (2020211)
Date Published: 5/8/2012
Moving a Custom Call screen from one system to another (1028938)
System.Security.Permissions errors after installing a hot fix on a Windows Server 2008 system (2010889)
Calls logged via the portal are always in the unspecified partition (1028856)
Watched/Forum calls not displaying when first opening the calls outstanding view (1030055)
After saving changes in the Public Holiday Definition screen, you receive a script error (2015864)
Preventing email deletion after polling in VMware Service Manager (2018423)
Tasks beyond the Start Task fail to activate if the Workflow service was stopped when the request was submitted (2018603)
Clearing the VMware Service Manager server cache via a URL (2020042)
VMware ThinApp
A ThinApp which includes the .NET Framework generates the message: Event ID: 1101 ".NET Runtime Optimization Service  (clr_optimization_version) - 1>Failed to compile:" (2018794)
Running a ThinApp application fails with the error: License problem: Unable to validate your license (2019985)
VMware vCenter CapacityIQ
Optimal of Recommended % in the Oversized_Virtual_Machines report of vCenter Capacity IQ (2009681)
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Configuring email alerts for a compliance template in vCenter Configuration Manager (2010574)
Machine Groups are removed when doing a Virtual Environment Collection in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.x (2020439)
VMware vCenter Converter Standalone
Installing VMware vCenter Converter Standalone fails with the error: Insufficient permissions to connect to IP_Address (2002995)
VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator
Navigator discovery Status shows: "Access failed.  An unknown discovery error has occured" (2014307)
VMware vCenter Lab Manager
Unable to export to SMB with ESXi hosts using vCenter Lab Manager (1000522)
VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)
Cannot import LDAP users into VMware vCenter Operations Manager  (2017641)
Missing Disk I/O running vCenter Operations 5.0.1 on ESX/ESXi 4.0.x and earlier (2020649)
VMware vCenter Operations Standard
VMware vCenter Operations Standard installation errors (2001144)
VMware vCenter Orchestrator
vCO UCS plug-in for Cisco does not work with v2.0.1T of UCS (2015596)
VMware vCenter Server
Custom JVM memory settings are lost after upgrading to vCenter Server 4.1 (2014576)
When deploying from template the clone fails at 97% with the error: Invalid configuration for device '0' (1029965)
Clicking the Storage View tab in vCenter Server reports the error: Column hostEntityId not found (2002780)
ESXi hosts connected to vCenter Server using NAT disconnect after 30 to 60 seconds (2019865)
Backing up the vCenter Server database running on Microsoft SQL or SQL Express server (2012138)
Configuring Windows Deployment Service to PXE boot with the VMXNET3 driver in Windows Server 2008 R2 (1038585)
Understanding vApp power operations (2012036)
When powering on a virtual machine after a cold migration to a host, the virtual machine is automatically migrated to different host (2013809)
Adding an ESX/ESXi host to vCenter Server fails with the vpxa backtrace error: Received unexpected error from property collector: at line number 7, not well-formed (invalid token) (2015234)
Performance data does not get collected for one or more hosts in vCenter Server 5.x (2020277)
VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Services bundled with vCenter Server Appliance (2002531)
Locating downloads and documentation for VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 (2007867)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Upgrade vSphere Replication appliances in Site Recovery Manager 5.0 (2016544)
VMware vCenter Update Manager
Importing offline bundle into vCenter Update Manager fails with the error: Authentication failed, not a valid user (2003711)
VMware vCloud Usage Meter
Collections fail when there are no hosts, VMs, and resource pools (2017505)
VMware vFabric Enterprise Ready Server
File Descriptor Leak when using Apache HTTP Server 2.0 and the WebSphere plugin module (2010982)
VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent
HQ Agent support on IA-64 microprocessor (1029950)
vFabric Hyperic Agent fails on some AIX machines (2010344)
VMware vFabric Hyperic Server
RecoverAtomicAction warning message filling up vFabric Hyperic server.log (1030942)
Running SQL commands on the PostgreSQL database bundled with vFabric Hyperic (2020200)
VMware vFabric tc Server
Spring Insight is not showing detailed trace information (2015614)
Tomcat session replication fails with the log entry: java.io.InvalidClassException (2010516)
VMware vFabric Web Server
XML files ending in .htm are interpreted as HTML files in Apache HTTP Server, vFabric Enterprise Ready Server and vFabric Web Server (2010627)
VMware View Manager
Troubleshooting Smartcard Reader redirection issues in VMware View Manager (2015494)
View refresh task fails with the vCenter error: Another task is already in progress (2017256)
Upgrading to View 5.0 Agent on Windows XP SP3 causes a Windows blue screen error (2017284)
View Persona folder redirection fails when redirecting to an existing folder in the Persona managed profile (2019502)
Desktop login takes a long time when using Persona Management (2019937)
View virtual machine unexpectedly reboots on user login (2019989)
Unable to add vCenter Server in View Administrator due to the repadmin.exe being present in \windows\adam (2016258)
VMware View 4.5 management packs used in Microsoft SCOM are supported in later View releases. (2020543)
Unable to install VMware View Composer 2.7 with Oracle ODBC connection (2011045)
Deploying or recomposing a linked clone pool fails with the error: View Composer agent initialization state error (9): Failed to relocate disposable (waited 0 seconds) (2020204)
VMware vShield
ESX/ESXi host appears grayed out in vShield Manager (2013686)
Support for McAfee MOVE AntiVirus [Agentless] 2.5 with VMware vShield Endpoint 5.0 (2020338)
VMware vShield Edge
Cannot create a VP tunnel in vShield Edge (2012955)
VMware vShield Endpoint
After updating to vShield Endpoint 1.0 Update 3, you do not see an option to upgrade the vShield Endpoint service (2014029)
VMware vSphere Management Assistant
Scanning for updates using vima-update in vSphere Management Assistant fails with the error: The format of the metadata is invalid (1029908)
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
VSA appliance cannot exit maintenance mode (2018009)
Performing a controlled power down of a VMware vSphere Storage Appliance cluster (2019135)
Performing hardware maintenance on a single host in a VSA Cluster (2019005)
VMware Workbench
FullCopyCloneVMTests fails during VAAI certification due to insufficient space (1030808)
VMware Workstation
Virtual machine does not release the keyboard after the screensaver on the host has locked the desktop (2016574)
Troubleshooting a slow network connection in VMware Workstation (2019058)
ZCS Network Edition
Updating the Zimbra Outlook Connector (ZCO) in Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) (2020293)
Zimbra Collaboration Server
Out of memory error after installing Zimbra Collaboration Server on RHEL 6 (2020335)

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, a bit of a later than usual newsletter this week as I find myself out of Australia for a short while however I still wanted to try and bring you a newsletter this week.

There is loads of news and even some new product updates that are extremely exciting and of course as usual I urge you to please check the KB articles for any potential issues that may affect you.

Enjoy the newsletter everyone.

Warm Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
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VMWARE EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
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
VMware Virtualization Management Blog: VMware Center for Policy & Compliance Releases VIEW Hardening Guidelines
As VMware continues to build Trusted Cloud solutions that help customers migrate tier one applications to our Cloud Infrastructure Suite (CIS), the Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) released VIEW hardening guidelines in vCenter Configuration Manager (vCM), a major component of the vCenter Operations Manager Suite. (vC Ops)

VMware vSphere Blog: Backup Design for vCloud Director Tenant vApps Whitepaper
A new whitepaper was recently released by VMware called Backup Design for vCloud Tenant vApps to help provide guidance to partners looking to design and build backup solutions for tenant vApps running in vCloud Director. The document covers the complete process for a backup and restore of a vApp or individual Virtual Machines running in vCloud Director. It also covers several different use cases related to the backup and restore process and provides recommendations on the specific scenarios.

VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: Making Things Easier with My VMware
Managing product licenses and support entitlements can be a time consuming task for any IT organization big or small.  We know that the more products and vendors you add to the mix the more tedious this process can become.  The recent launch of My VMware has taken on the challenge from our customers to make the process of managing your VMware licenses and support entitlements easier so you can focus on managing your VMware infrastructure and delivering more value to your business.

VMware vSphere Blog: ESXi Image Builder and Auto Deploy PowerCLI Quick Reference
To help the PowerCLI novice get started with Image Builder and Auto Deploy I put together the attached quick reference guides.
Working with the ESXi Image Builder and Auto Deploy cmdlets in vSphere 5.0 was my first experience using PowerShell/PowerCLI, and early on I know I spent a lot of time just trying to keep track of the different cmdlet names, let alone the syntax.  As I’ve had several requests for some kind of Image Builder and Auto Deploy PowerCLI quick reference guide I suspect I’m not unique.  I hope these will prove helpful.

Office of the CTO Blogs: Honeybees and Discovering the Next Big Thing
I had an amazing experience recently helping a friend set up a beehive on her property.  Throughout the process, I was taken with the intricate details of how a hive functions and the role of each bee and their CEO, the queen.  I wondered how much of their elaborate system of egg nurturing to honey-making was simply a matter of evolution or if it was more complex than that.  So, I did a little research...

VMware End User Computing: View Storage Accelerator - In Practice
By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Staff Product Manager, End-User Computing
This post details how to use View Storage Accelerator. Read my previous post for an overiew on View Storage Accelerator: VMware EUC Portfolio: Optimizing Storage with View Storage Accelerator
Let's get right into it. VMware View 5.1 exposes the View Storage Accelerator feature at pool creation time.  As shown below in Figure 1., Desktop administrators can choose to use host caching at pool creation time through the Advanced Storage Options configuration screen. 

VMware vCloud Blog: Riverbed and VMware Improve Performance for Moving Workloads Between Clouds
Earlier this week, Riverbed Technology announced a continued partnership with VMware that is designed to help enterprises make better (and faster) use of cloud technologies. Riverbed makes WAN optimization gear that accelerates and makes WAN traffic more efficient. They’re integrating the Riverbed gear with VMware vCloud Connector to help IT departments optimize the transfer of VMs from one data center to another.

VMware vCloud Blog: vCloud Director Ultimate Resource Guide (URG) - Spring 2012
With hundreds of thousands of VMware vSphere admins out there, resources to learn vSphere and troubleshoot vSphere are plentiful. However, those same vSphere admins are now making the push to try out and learn about vCloud Director. This post is intended to be the ultimate vCloud Director Resource Guide, providing links to all the resources you need to learn about and troubleshoot vCD.

VMware vSphere Blog: VMFS Locking Uncovered
In one of my very first blog posts last year around the new improvements made to VMFS-5 in vSphere 5.0, one of the enhancements I called out was related to the VAAI primitive ATS (Atomic Test & set). In the post, I stated that the 'Hardware Acceleration primitive, Atomic Test & Set (ATS), is now used throughout VMFS-5 for file locking.' This recently led to an obvious, but really good question (thank you Cody) - What are the operations that ATS now does in vSphere 5.0/VMFS-5 that it didn’t do in vSphere 4.1/VMFS-3?

VMware vCloud Blog: Some More vCloud Director Configuration Maximums
A question was asked yesterday regarding some of the configuration maximums that are currently not listed in the vSphere 5 configuration maximums document. Having discussed with vCloud Engineering and Product Management it has been confirmed that these numbers are used to provide the supported scale of vCloud Director and can be published to the wider community.

VMware vFabric Blog: VMware Partner Viewpoint:
5 Reasons Why You Should Care about vFabric
It’s hard to argue that cloud computing has the CIO’s attention across all industries, and a whole new breed of technology companies wouldn’t exist without cloud computing. In this article, we share a summary of six VMware vFabric partner interviews. These perspectives identify 5 themes for how VMware’s vFabric cloud application development platform can improve developer productivity, cut customer technology costs, solve key engineering problems, and more.

VMware vSphere Blog: Have you seen that VMware has joined the Open Compute Project? If not, check it out!
Many of us have been looking for the latest innovations in datacenter design for a long time. Well, this new project might be it. The Open Compute Project started not too long ago by Facebook, has a simple goal of making the datacenter run more efficiently than ever before at the lowest possible cost. Since this is an architecture VMware wanted to support as customers move toward more cloud architectures, we have certified vSphere 5 on both its Intel and AMD versions. VMware believes The Open Compute Project platform is suitable for many virtualization use cases. For example, we have been working with Facebook to deploy VMware vSphere 5.0 on these platforms inside Facebook's internal IT infrastructure in addition to many others.

Office of the CTO Blogs: VMware vSphere Support of Hyperscale and Embedded Servers, Part II
Yesterday, I promised to discuss even more choices for the hyperscale data center with vSphere. Let me start with the big news first.

Today we are announcing that VMware joined the Open Compute Project. The big goal of the project is: "to build one of the most efficient computing infrastructures at the lowest possible cost". "By releasing Open Compute Project technologies as open hardware, our goal is to develop servers and data centers following the model traditionally associated with open source software projects."[1]

VMware vSphere Blog: Combining affinity rule types
Recently a customer asked if host-vm affinity rules and VM-VM anti-affinity rules can be combined and what the impact and caveats are of this particular configuration.
Example scenario In this scenario two virtual machines run an application that is clustered at application level. Virtual machine 1 and 2 provide the service of App-cluster1, similar clusters are configured on VM3-VM4 and VM5-VM6. The compute cluster contains 6 ESXi hosts. The customer requires each app-cluster contained on its own hosts, during normal operations no app-cluster should share an ESXi host. The virtual machine within the app cluster cannot share the same ESXi host.

VROOM!: IBM solidDB Universal Cache on VMware vSphere 5.0
VMware recently released a white paper showing the performance scalability of virtualized IBM solidDB Universal Cache and IBM DB2 on the IBM System x3850 X5 server with MAX5, using VMware vSphere 5.0.  This paper shows that the virtualized IBM solidDB Universal Cache environment achieves excellent performance and scalability on a typical online transaction processing (OLTP) system in today’s enterprise.

VMware End User Computing: VMware EUC Portfolio: VMware Horizon Application Manager 1.5
The VMware Horizon application manager team is very excited to announce Horizon Application Manager 1.5. The product will be available this quarter as a new virtual appliance, allowing the product to be installed on a customer’s premise for the first time ever. This version will also be sold through VMware’s channel and sales force and made available internationally for the first time.

VMware End User Computing: VMware EUC Portfolio: View Composer Array Integration Tech Preview
It is a pleasure to announce View Composer API for Array Integration (VCAI) with the new version of VMware View, View 5.1.
Offered in VMware View 5.1 as a Tech Preview, VCAI leverages the native cloning abilities in the storage array to offload storage operations within a VMware View environment.  As a result, VCAI improves provisioning speeds and management in View Composer and offers another solution for customers wanting to leverage other storage options.

VMware End User Computing: VMware EUC Portfolio: Optimizing Storage with View Storage Accelerator
We are excited to announce a new feature with VMware View 5.1 – VMware View Storage Accelerator.  View Storage Accelerator (formerly known as Content Based Read Cache) optimizes storage load and improves performance by caching common image blocks when reading virtual desktop images, helping to reduce overall TCO in VMware View deployments.

Office of the CTO Blogs: VMware vSphere Support of Hyperscale and Embedded Servers, Part I
You may have noticed in the last few weeks that there are more Embedded servers being certified with VMware vSphere and showing up on the VMware hardware compatibility guide for servers.  This is the result of a multiyear program by the VMware engineering team to more broadly enable processors, chipsets, and I/O devices within vSphere while still ensuring the robustness and reliability required by enterprise data centers and the cloud in general. This matters because it gives our customers more options in selecting the right server for their IT solutions. Or put another way, it allows our customers to worry even less about the platforms running their workloads in the cloud.

VMware vCloud Blog: 5 Key Features of vCloud Integration Manager
The adoption of VMware vCloud services by service providers (and customers) is growing. In fact, there has been a 3x increase just since Q3 2011, with over 100 VMware service provider partners now offering VMware vCloud Powered services. With more signing up every day, service providers want to get vSphere, vCenter, vCloud Director, vShield, and Chargeback up and running as quickly as possible. The faster that they can get these pieces up and configured, the faster they can start providing cloud infrastructure to customers.

VMWARE TV BLOG
VMwareTV: A New Way to Work in the Post-PC Era with VMware
bit.ly -- The Post-PC era is transforming the way we work. We need secure and mobile access to applications and data on the device of our choice for maximum productivity. See how VMware End-User Computing Platform transforms the way you can do business today with VMware View, Horizon Application Manager, Zimbra, Socialcast, Project Octopus, and Project AppBlast. Start your transformation today with VMware View and start your free trial today: bit.ly


VMwareTV: HCL: VMware vFabric's role in Integration, Migration, and Clouds
bit.ly -- In this video, Kiran Somalwar, VP of Enterprise Transformation Services Group at HCL, discusses VMware vFabric. HCL has 90000 employees and a large chunk of revenue comes from infrastructure management and application development and maintenance. They have chosen to partner with VMware in both the VMware vCloud and VMware vFabric spaces. Since a large focus of their work is in Java, five years ago they standardized on Spring as a development framework. Since then they have also recognized how VMware vFabric has strong capabilities in data management, integration and more. Importantly, they see how VMware vFabric's lightweight footprints are efficient, elastic, and scalable. They have worked with customers on a wide range of VMware vFabric solutions such as a migration from heavyweight to lightweight infrastructure. As well, they have done work to integrate custom and packaged applications throughout the enterprise, migrate legacy mainframe code, and drive significant cost savings in both hardware and software categories. They are asked by customers to help them get ready for the cloud, and vFabric helps.

VMwareTV: VMware vFabric Cloud Application Platform
bit.ly - Build, Scale and Run Data-Intensive Applications On-Premise or in the Cloud. Learn about the VMware vFabric Cloud Application Platform.

CLOUD APPLICATION PLATFORM
Cloud Foundry Improves Support For Background Processing
Cloud Foundry has significantly enhanced support for worker applications that perform background processing by allowing applications to run on CloudFoundry.com without the application container. Cloud Foundry applications are no longer limited to Web applications that respond to HTTP requests. Instead, they can be run as executable or “standalone” applications. A standalone application is one that does not require a provided framework or container.

Running Resque Workers on Cloud Foundry
We introduced Cloud Foundry’s new “standalone” applications feature in the first post in this four-part series. In this second installment, we will look at the most common use of a standalone application–the worker process. Workers can be used for all kinds of asynchronous background jobs, such as updating search indexes, emailing all users with a password reset approaching, performing a database backup to persistent storage, or uploading new customer data from external storage. In this post, we will walk through an example of deploying workers to Cloud Foundry using Resque.

Running Workers on Cloud Foundry with Spring
In the two previous posts in this series, we discussed using Cloud Foundry’s new support for standalone apps to deploy worker processes. We looked at an example using Resque for Ruby apps. In this third installment, we explore using Spring to create workers in Java apps.
Let’s walk through an example.
Deploying the Cloud Foundry Twitter Search Sample
Cloud Foundry Twitter Search includes two applications: a standalone Java application that periodically polls Twitter for tweets containing the word “cloud” and a Node.js web application that displays the results. The applications communicate via a shared RabbitMQ service. The worker publishes tweet information to a RabbitMQ exchange, and the web application consumes the tweets and pushes them to the browser using SockJS.

Spring MVC 3.2 Preview: Introducing Servlet 3, Async Support
Overview Spring MVC 3.2 M1 will introduce asynchronous request processing support based on Servlet 3.0. This is the first of several blog posts covering the new feature, providing along the way sufficient background and context to understand how and why you might want to take advantage of it. A major goal of any milestone release Read more...

Spring MVC 3.2 Preview: Techniques for Real-time Updates
In my last post I introduced the new Servlet 3, async support feature in Spring MVC 3.2 M1 in the context of long-running requests. A second very important motivation for async processing is the need for browsers to receive real-time updates. Examples include chatting in a browser, stock quotes, status updates, live sports results, and Read more...

Using Cloud Foundry Workers with Spring
You've no doubt read Jennifer Hickey's amazing blog posts introducing Cloud Foundry workers, their application in setting up Ruby Resque background jobs, and today's post introducing the Spring support. Key Takeaways for Spring Developers You need to update your version of vmc with gem update vmc. Cloud Foundry workers let you run public static void Read more...

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
VMware Octopus in Beta
The beta of VMware Octopus has been announced.
For those of you who don’t know what is VMware Octopus, you can head to this video published by at YouTube to get closer look what Octopus is and how it will work.
I have blogged about Octopus when VMware has announced the project during VMworld 2011 last year. You can read my detailed article here.

Zimbra 7.2 Collaboration Server Release
New Zimbra Collaboration Server 7.2 has been announced by VMware.
Zimbra is heading slowly to the integration of Octopus and Mozy, but not in this 7.2 release yet. In this release there are some new features, some enhancements and bug fixes, and also some major system updates on which I would like to report too.
With smaller footprint than Exchange 2010 and seamless integration with integrated Zimbra Outlook Connector, which has been completely rewamped, Zimbra is getting better with every release.

How too many vCPUs can negatively affect your performance
Customer with small vSphere environment of just two hosts had performance issues and they asked me to investigate the situation. When looking at the technical specs at first glance, you would suspect that this configuration should work. With just two hosts, each dual Quad core CPU, the enivornment had a total of 16 CPU cores. In total there were only 9 VMs running using a total of 23 vCPUs. Usually you can easily run 5 vCPUs per core, if not more.

An Unbroken Chain of Trust is of Paramount Importance
There has been a lot of coverage over the past week about Anonymous’ Hardcore Charlie releasing some old 2003/2004 code of the VMware ESX Hypervisor on the Internet. The release of the code may not cause anyone any immediate increased risk of attack. If you want to know why keep reading.

What’s New in VMware View 5.1 (Beyond Marketing)
VMware has just announced VMware View 5.1 and has also lifted the NDA. Despite being a .1 release the VMware View team added a significant number of features that improve VMware View performance, scalability and user experience.

Sizing for VMware View Storage Accelerator (CBRC)
As VMware View 5.1 launches administrators will start to trial the new View release, and in special they will test the benefits of View Storage Accelerator. This article is focused in helping administrators to properly size hosts and storage for use with CBRC.
Before reading this article I recommend the read of couple of my previous posts Understanding CBRC (Content Based Read Cache) and Understanding CBRC – RecomputeDigest Method.

vCenter Infrastructure Navigator 1.1 - What's New
VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator is an application awareness plug-in to vCenter Server, and provides continuous dependency mapping of applications. Infrastructure Navigator offers application context to the virtual infrastructure administrators to monitor and manage the virtual infrastructure inventory objects and actions. Administrators can use Infrastructure Navigator to understand the impact of change on the virtual environment in their application infrastructure. Infrastructure Navigator helps virtual infrastructure administrators perform the following tasks:

The VMware Reference Architecture for Stateless Virtual Desktops on Local Solid-State Storage with VMware View 5
This document provides the reference architecture for Stateless Virtual Desktops with VMware View 5 on local solid-state storage. A stateless desktop architecture is ideally suited for standard desktop environments where the desktop image is consistent from user to user; however with proper application design can be used in broad use cases.

New Book - VMware View 5: Building a Successful Virtual Desktop
Discover the powerful and cost saving new virtualization opportunities on the client side with VMware View 5! In VMware View 5: Building a Successful Virtual Desktop, leading virtualization consultant Paul O 'Doherty teaches the essentials of View, bringing together critical information, deep insights, and best practices drawn from his extensive experience deploying virtual desktop technology in many of today 's most demanding business environments. O' Doherty walks through every step of View, from the earliest planning phases through configuration, implementation, and management. He illuminates crucial considerations ranging from changes to end-user experience and support considerations through performance management. Readers will learn how to plan and smoothly stage virtual desktop infrastructure deployments, and avoid pitfalls associated with latency, scalability, storage, and networking. Using this book s' proven techniques, virtualization professionals can achieve the full promise of virtualized desktops, dramatically improving system administration productivity while building environments that are more flexible and easier to manage.

VSPEX Fun
On April 12 EMC announced a new effort to deliver infrastructure proven solutions through our partners. The brand name for these solutions is VSPEX. The VSPEX team has already published all kinds of great material on EMC’s VSPEX community.
The EMC Channel team here in Singapore is bringing the VSPEX word to all of our partners throughout Asia Pacific and Japan. Our Cisco channel manager asked me to create a video she could use with Cisco to tell them more about the project. She told me to keep it brief–under 30 seconds–and have some fun with it.

VMware Press Launches Sweepstakes!
Now this may not be of interest to everybody  but VMware Press, the official publisher of VMware books and training materials, has launched a 60 day Facebook sweepstakes beginning today the May 1 and running through to June 30th. The Prize offerings include a $100 Amazon gift card and three VMware Press books of the winner’s choice; the nine second prize winners will win an eBook of their choice. Good luck – enter now!
http://ow.ly/aBkvE

vSphere 5 AutoLab
It’s Alastair here, today I am very pleased to release the vSphere 5 AutoLab, a free tool for the VMware community.
What is the AutoLab?
The AutoLab is a quick easy way to build a vSphere environment for testing and learning using a single desktop or laptop PC and VMware Workstation, Fusion or ESXi. The whole lab runs in VMs on that one PC, even ESXi runs in a VM and can then run it’s own VMs.

Goodbye VMware PSO – Hello VMware EUC Global CoE!
Now that yesterdays VMware EUC announcement hysteria has subsided, I thought this would be a good time to make my own VMware EUC announcement. (For those of you who were under a rock yesterday, here is my favorite post talking about What's new in View 5.1 (Beyond Marketing).
After nearly two years of delivering customer projects with VMware Profesional Services (PSO), I have been given the opportunity to join VMware's EUC Global Center of Excellence (CoE). This is a move I am really excited about.

3 CPUs and 12GB RAM is the New Tier-1 App
In what can only be regarded as a breakthrough in hypervisor performance technology, it is now possible to run tier-1 applications on minimal resources and without regard for high-availability of any kind!
A fascinating new report from Enterprise Strategy Group reveals that one particular hypervisor is suddenly capable of running tier-1 applications on just 3 virtual CPUs and a mere 12GB RAM — power and efficiency at its finest.  Not only that, the New Tier-1 App no longer requires application-level clustering to meet stringent SLAs!  Simply throw your mission-critical SQL Server database on a stand-alone hypervisor and skip the shared block storage entirely — you just don’t need it anymore.

ImageBuilder Deep Dive, Part 1: Building your own customized ESXi ISO
I know that my ESXi-Customizer script has gotten some popularity and a lot of people use it for merging community developed or commercial third-party hardware drivers into the ESXi installation ISO. It has some limitations though - some of you might have stumbled over them already, at least I have described them in the "Known issues" section. Probably the worst is the fact that it cannot handle

ImageBuilder Deep Dive, Part 2: A closer look and advanced functions
In the first part of this Image Builder Deep Dive I introduced a script that you can use to build your own customized installation ISO and can easily be adapted to your own needs. In this second part we will take a closer look at the basic cmdlets we used and get to know some more cmdlets with advanced functionality. To make best use of the following explanations I suggest that you load the

With vSphere 5.0 and HA can I share datastores across clusters?
I have had this question multiple times by now so I figured I would write a short blog post about it. The question is if you can share datastores across clusters with vSphere 5.0 and HA enabled. This question comes from the fact that HA has a new feature called “datastore heartbeating” and uses the datastore as a communication mechanism.

Problems using the vCenter Web Client
I was doing some upgrades in my lab and ran in to an issue. Whenever I started the vCenter Web Client I got a message that the vCenter Inventory Service wasn’t running. I looked at my Services section in Windows 2008 and found that it wasn’t started. Starting it gave me a new error: 1067. This is very generic but I figured I would google it anyway. That actually brought me to our own documentation, yes I should check that first next time, and it mentioned I could reset the inventory service as follows:

VMWARE KB ARTICLES
VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 5/5/12
My VMware
Unable To Remove Users Completely From The Account (2019104)
Socialcast
How to decline or ignore invites to a group in Socialcast (2019339)
VMware ESX
Failover mode changes from 4 to 1 automatically with EMC storage arrays on ESX/ESXi 4.x (2018802)
EMC CX and VNX Firmware and ESX requirements for vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) support (2008822)
VMware Player
VMware Security Patches Upgrade Guide (2019941)
VMware Service Manager
Selecting Close FCB or Service Resumed on a call shows an incorrect message in the history (2005993)
When upgrading from Service Manager 8.x to 9.x, the Oracle database reports the error: exact fetch returns more than requested number of rows (2018425)
Logon in VSM 9.x is not evaluating new login info entered when Single Sign On (SSO) is enabled  (2019835)
Vmware Service Manager displaying incorrect event times in the notification audit log (2019946)
Error occurs when re-running a full upgrade on a database that is already on version 9.1 in VMware Service Manager (2020009)
The Service Manager call reopened by an incoming email is assigned to the incorrect person (2020010)
CMDB items are not returned in searches after upgrading from VSM 8.x to VSM 9.x (1031895)
QD dropdowns in VSM display "Attribute 1" instead of the new name assigned in Admin System Titles (2005340)
Request data changes after request closure (2015735)
Delay tasks do not calculate the delay time using working hours (2019995)
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Deploying Oracle JRE updates via vCM fails with the error: Could not download: update_name (2019917)
VMware vCenter Orchestrator
AD Workflows that run simultaneously fail with the error: No 'variable' named 'X' found (2019996)
VMware vCenter Server
vCenter 4.1 and 5.0 Update Manager check new notifications task continually fails (2008266)
Logging in to vCenter Server in linked mode using the vSphere Web Client fails with the error: Unable to connect to vCenter Inventory Service on xxxxxxxx (2019346)
Cannot umount the datastore after migrating the virtual machines (2019728)
Installing VMware Tools on Solaris 10 fails (2019932)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Collecting the vSphere Replication VRMS and VR server logs manually (2013091)
VMware vFabric AppInsight
Application in VMware vFabric AppInsight will not start (2019336)
VMware vFabric Hyperic Server
Unable to install vFabric Hyperic license key because the /etc/opt/vmware/vfabric/ directory does not exist (2019330)
VMware View Manager
After upgrading View Connection Server, a blank grey web page is displayed for the View Administrator console (2018751)
VMware View Persona Management fails and data does not sync (2019247)
VMware View Transfer Server fails to publish Local Mode image (2019448)
VMware vSphere Update Manager
Upgrading Nexus 1000V VEMs fails with a SystemError Exception in vCenter Server when using VMware Update Manager (2019533)
VMware Workstation
Downgrading from VMware Workstation 8 to VMware Workstation 7 (2019528)
Troubleshooting network connectivity issues in VMware Workstation (2019836)
Defragmenting and shrinking Workstation virtual machine disks (2019649)
Connecting an external hard drive to a Workstation virtual machine (2019644)
ZCA Zimbra Appliance
Bind Zimbra LDAP to multiple Ethernet interfaces (2014543)
ZCS Network Edition
Zimbra domain level Free/Busy Interop settings for Exchange not functional (2019761)

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, I hope you all enjoyed the shorter week with ANZAC day mid week. It has been a shorter week but no shortage of news or product updates this week.

The VMware Brisbane team have moved into new offices this week. I am very excited about this as it will be our own office and we have some excellent facilities including a really cool room to do presentations for my customers. I think that this is an excellent move for us and will be very worthwhile. I look forward to welcoming my customers to our new office soon.

There are also loads of new product updates released this week so please scan the newsletter for information and ensure that you discuss upgrading with your VMware rep.

Last weeks newsletter was a really big one due to there being no newsletter for 2 weeks prior so I have tried to make this weeks a bit more streamlined.

Enjoy the newsletter everyone.

Warm Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
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VMWARE EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
BRISBANE TRAINING
VMware vSphere: Advanced Fast Track [V4.x] - 14 May
VMware vCloud: Architecting the VMware Cloud [V1.0] - 01 May
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] - 28 May

Live Online Learning
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VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS
vSphere PowerCLI Blog: Preparing the hosts in Provider VDCs with PowerCLI
Following my previous post where I showed how easy and quick it was to create a Provider VDC there was a step which we needed to complete before the Provider VDC would be available to use, if you took note of the last screenshot it looked the same as below:

VMware vSphere Blog: Retrieving Information from VMware VDS + Cisco Nexus 1000v
Recently, we have been receiving numerous questions about extracting information from a VMwarevSphere Distributed Virtual Switch (VDS) and whether it was possible to do the same with 3rd party Distributed Virtual Switches that have integrated with the vSphere platform such as the Cisco’s Nexus 1000v. The answer is yes and we can easily do so with the help from the vSphere API.

VMware vSphere Blog: SRM 5.0.1 Upgrade with vSphere Replication
Upgrading from 5.0 to 5.0.1 is such a very simple process that it doesn't require a lot of attention, but there's one quick caveat regarding the vSphere Replication virtual appliances that should be noted. 

VMware vSphere Blog: Using the vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLI
I’ve had several requests for a brief tutorial on using the vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLI. I hope this post will help people better understand the power of the Image Builder CLI and how easy it is create and maintain custom ESXi installation images.

VMware vSphere Blog: Storage Protocol Comparison (A vSphere Perspective) White Paper now available
A number of months ago I published a blog article which compared the different storage protocols which are found in a vSphere environment. On the back of this posting, a number of folks reached out to me to ask if there was a PDF version of the storage comparison available. Well, now there is. You can pick it up from the VMware Technical Resource Center which has a great repository of VMware white papers.

VMware vFabric Blog: Application Director in 5 Minutes
The Problem
As architects, developers of software, and managers of IT infrastructure, we spend quite a bit of time (and often frustration) installing operating systems, setting up applications and components, and configuring them. These activities can be time consuming, tedious, manual, and error prone.

Business Critical Applications: Protecting Exchange 2010 with vShield 5.0
Enhancing Exchange 2010’s Security Profile
In this post we will discuss using vShield to bolster the protection profile of Exchange 2010. We will start off with a brief discussion on vShield, and then move on to discussing the Exchange 2010 architecture, and then finally how we implemented vShield around Exchange 2010. 

VMware vSphere Blog: Demystifying Configuration Maximums for VSS and VDS
In this blog entry, I will spend some time discussing the configuration maximums related to vSphere standard switch (VSS) and vSphere distributed switch (VDS). I always get this question, what will happen when you cross those configuration maximum limits? Especially, with the vSphere Distributed Switch configuration maximums where there are vCenter Server level limits as well as host level limits. I would like to clarify some of the things regarding these limits in this post. Here are the configuration maximums for vSPhere 5.0 as it pertains to Hosts, VSS, and VDS.

VMware Support Insider: Multiple Storage Path Failures and Network Drops
Here's our fourth log deep-dive from Nathan Small. If you missed the first one, here it is.
History of the issue
A customer experienced multiple storage path failures and network drops in their environment.
There are quite of few instances of the array controller ports timing out to the adapter. When this occurs, it is observed on multiple hosts at the exact same time. A quick way to determine this from ESX hosts would be to grep for ‘rport’ in the vmkernel log: (ie: cat /var/log/vmkernel |grep rport):

VMware vSphere Blog: VAAI Thin Provisioning Block Reclaim/UNMAP In Action
I have done a number of blog posts in the recent past related to our newest VAAI primitive UNMAP. For those who do not know, VAAI UNMAP was introduced in vSphere 5.0 to allow the ESXi host to inform the storage array that files or VMs had be moved or deleted from a Thin Provisioned VMFS datastore. This allowed the array to reclaim the freed blocks. We had no way of doing this previously, so many customers ended up with a considerable amount of stranded space on their Thin Provisioned VMFS datastores.

Office of the CTO Blogs: VMware acquires Cetas Software for Cloud and Big Data Analytics
At the beginning of the year, I posted that we are in the midst of a data renaissance  -- where a rapid proliferation of new uses of data is driving new technologies to manage data. The traditional relational database had once been the main vehicle for serving the needs of online applications with optimized variants used to store longer-term data for business intelligence and analytics. No longer however, does one size fit all when it comes to data and database technologies.

VMware vSphere Blog: Does VMware Support Shared/Switched SAS?
An interesting observation was made on a previous blog posting of mine which compared differentstorage protocols. The commenter asked why I didn't include Shared SAS in the comparison (SAS is Serial-Attached SCSI). I personally have not seen a lot of shared SAS configurations, so I decided to have a look at what is on our HCL for Shared or Switched SAS.

vCO Team: Manage Services on your ESXi Hosts with vCO
We've all seen that vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) is quite powerful in automating many aspects of your Infrastructure through the variety of specific and generic plug-ins. While there are hundreds of workflows and actions for vCenter included in a clean install of vCO, they simply don't cover every single thing you may want to do. One such example has come up a few times in the VMware Communities: Managing Services. The following article will walk you through creating a simple workflow that allows you to manage services on a specified ESXi (VC:HostSystem) server.

VMware Security Blog: VMware Releases vShield 5.0.1
VMware is proud to announce the immediate availability of the 5.0.1 versions of vShield Edge, vShield App, vShield Endpoint, and vShield Data Security.  Each of these updates introduces a number of new features and bug fixes.
Check out the new reporting capabilities in vShield Data Security!

VMware Global Alliances Blog: Entry Level FlexPOD Architectural Overview
Looking for a low risk, agile and efficient architecture for your small cloud infrastructure deployment?  Look no further because the VMware, NetApp and Cisco Entry Level FlexPod will be your answered.   Entry Level FlexPod provides the value of FlexPod sized right for smaller workloads. Suitable for uses that include midsize enterprise workloads and remote or branch offices, FlexPod ES brings large-enterprise-class IT infrastructure to smaller deployments at a price that fits limited IT budgets.  Let’s take technical dive into the architecture, and the built-in joint integrations that make life simple for IT architects and administrators.

VMware vSphere Blog: Did you know that you can now prioritize I/O Paths in the event of a failover?
Historically, when a path failure occurred, we never had a way of selecting which path to failover to. Rather, the VMW_PSP_MRU path selection policy randomly selected a different active path to the target from all available paths. In ESX 4.1, VMware introduced a feature to allow admins to prioritize/rank different paths, and the one with the highest priority was chosen in the event of a failure on the active path.

VMWARE TV BLOG
VMwareTV: Entitling a ThinApp Application to a Pool of Desktops in VMware View
This video shows the steps in entitling a ThinApp application to a pool of desktops using the View 5.0 Administrator.

VMwareTV: Entitling Users to a Pool of Desktops in VMware View
This video shows the steps in entitling users to a pool of desktops using the View 5.0 Administrator.

VMwareTV: Setting Up a Pool of Linked-Clone Desktops in VMware View
This video shows the steps in creating a linked clone pool of desktops using the View 5.0 Administrator.

VMwareTV: How to Enable View Persona Management in VMware View
This video shows the steps in importing and editing the VMware View persona management group policy in an Active Directory server supporting a View 5.0 infrastructure.

Combining license keys in My VMware
Today we have another My VMware related video for you which discusses and demonstrates how to combine your license keys in My VMware. This video is based on VMware Knowledge Base articleCombining license keys in My VMware (2006973).
TIP: You'll find a great deal of "How To" and Troubleshooting articles in our Knowledge Base by simply changing the product filter to "My VMware".

Folder Management in My VMware
Hi folks,
Today we have another My VMware related video for you which discusses and demonstrates how to manage folders in My VMware. The video is based on VMware Knowledge Base article Folder management in My VMware (2011222).
PROTIP: You'll find a whole lot more "How To" and Troubleshooting articles in our Knowledge Base by simply changing the product filter to "My VMware" (it's at the bottom of a very long list).

Creating a Fedora 16 virtual machine in VMware Workstation 8.x
If you are a VMware Workstation 8 user and are a fan of the Fedora 16 operating system, then you may be interested in this video tutorial which discusses and demonstrates the processes regarding how you can install Fedora 16 as a guest operating system in a virtual machine running on VMware Workstation.

CLOUD APPLICATION PLATFORM
Cloud Foundry Powers Data Sets for Mumbai
This is the third post of a series of guest blogs by application developers. We are featuring a use case by Romin Irani, an individual developer who built APIs for valuable data sets in the City of Mumbai as a public service and hosted them on Cloud Foundry.
Guest blog by Romin Irani, Mind Storm Software
Access to world-class infrastructure coupled with the pay-per-use model has been a dream come true for start-ups and individual developers. For an individual developer and entrepreneur like me, the way I develop and make my applications available for others to use or evaluate has been permanently transformed.


EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
How-to Install The Latest Ubuntu Desktop With Free VMware Player
The easiest way of testing new linux distribution is by using the free VMware Player software. Get your for free at VMware’s website here. You don’t have to mess out with your own system by having to setup a multiboot environment, where Windows and linux share the same hard drive and the boot sector get usually modified/replaced by Grub which does the “multiboot trick”.

Adding ESXi host with dvSwitch through VMware Auto Deploy fails
Center VirtualSwitches VMware auto deploy coredump dvswitch network
Been fighting some problems with VMware Auto Deploy lately which turned out to be an easy to solve issue. I installed the first host in the cluster, which would NOT be deployed with Auto Deploy but had a local hard disk in it. Configured it the way I like it, set all the logging and network coredump location to be the vCenter host and then created a host profile. The network configuration consisted of just two vmnics (10Gbps) in a dvSwitch. The vmkernel port was of course on the dvSwitch. After this host was working fine, I copied the host profile and used this copied profile as the reference profile for the hosts that WOULD be using Auto Deploy.

Interactive 3D Medical Imaging with PCoIP
Few weeks back I saw Scott Davis, CTO for End User Computing at VMware (@shd_9) demonstrating an interesting application that manages X-Rays and MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) using 3D technology over PCoIP. It wasn’t the first time I had seen PCoIP delivering lossless images, as this is one of the key attributes of Teradici’s protocol. However with this applications and the help of an iPad for the multi-gesturing this application becomes a very powerful tool for doctors to be able to remotely access their patients and make decisions.

Geoff White has released the esxplot 1.5 ALPHA code
esxplot is a GUI application that lets you explore the data collected by esxtop in batch mode. The program takes a single command line argument which is the esxtop batch mode output file. You can also simply start esxplot without any arguments, and enter a dataset file via the File attribute of the menu bar. Esxplot loads the data in this file and presents the metrics as a hierarchical tree where the values are selectable in the left panel. In the right panel, a graph is plotted (value over time) of the selected metric, in this way, you can “browse” the contents of these somewhat unwieldy files.

RVTools version 3.3 is now available for download
RVTools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Interacting with VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server 4i, VirtualCenter 4.0, ESX Server 4.0, VirtualCenter 4.1, ESX Server 4.1, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance or ESX Server 5 RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and RVTools is able to update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version.

Technical Paper - Storage Protocol Comparison
The objective of this white paper is to provide information on storage protocols and how they interoperate with  VMware vSphere and related features. Not all supported storage protocols are discussed. Some notable  exceptions are ATA over Ethernet (AoE) and shared/switched SAS. However, the protocols that are included in  this paper are the ones that VMware is most frequently asked to compare.
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/Storage_Protocol_Comparison.pdf

Technical Paper - Multipathing Configuration for Software iSCSI Using Port Binding
This paper provides an overview of how to enable vmknicbased software iSCSI multipathing, as well as the procedure by which to verify port binding configuration.

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vmware-multipathing-configuration-software-iSCSI-port-binding.pdf

EMC – new FLARE 31 OE available
Just a quick note to advise that FLARE 31 for the VNX has received an update to version .716. I had a quick glance at the release notes and noted a few fixes that take care of some SP panics. If you want a bit of a giggle, go and look at the kb article for emc291837 – it’s a scream. Or maybe I’m just being cynical. As always, go to Powerlink for more info, and talk to your local EMC people about whether it’s appropriate to upgrade your VNX’s code.

Transparent Page Sharing and Performance
A couple weeks ago I joined a discussion between engineers and customer-facing technologists within EMC and VMware. There was some confusion around a claim by EMC with respect to Transparent Page Sharing (TPS). There exists an EMC paper that hints at disabling TPS. The astute Michael Webster thought this contradicted best practices I provided when leading VMware’s performance technical marketing team. Michael was correct so I decided to jump in and see what I could learn.

vCenter Server Fell Out of Linked Mode
In prepping for the vCO book, one of the things I tested out was Linked-Mode vCenters. Once I discovered the vCO plug-in would not support linked-mode vCenters in the way I was expecting, I deleted the VM that was hosting vCenter02… this lead to the following in my vSphere client:

New Book Coming Out VCP 5 Study Guide
For those looking to gain their VCP 5, or become more familiar with vSphere in general a new book is being released next month by fellow vExpert Brian Atkinson (Twitter @vmroyale). Brian is an experienced VMware engineer who also has made large efforts of his time in the VMware community serving as a moderator in the forums. IF you’ve spent any times in the forums asking or looking at questions you will certainly have seen his participation in there.

What is das.maskCleanShutdownEnabled about?
I had a question today around what the vSphere HA option advanced setting das.maskCleanShutdownEnabled is about. I described why it was introduced for Stretched Clusters but will give a short summary here:

VMWARE KB ARTICLES
VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 4/21/12
VMware support for guest operating system upgrade (2018695)
My VMware
Cannot upgrade product license keys after receiving a Subscription Upgrade alert in My VMware (2018309)
Changing your My VMware profile email address (2018628)
Disabling your browser's pop-up blocker to allow VMware downloads (2018645)
Troubleshooting evaluations of VMware products (2018676)
Troubleshooting the My VMware error: Unable to Complete Your Request (2018716)
My VMware log in button on vmware.com moves when you try to click it (2018745)
Cannot view licenses in My VMware if the folder name is too long (2018834)
Socialcast
Posting a link to Socialcast fails with the error: There was a problem posting your message. Please try again later (2012035)
Location of log files in a Socialcast On Premise cluster (2013240)
Conditions when messages are included in a custom stream that is based on a person in Socialcast (2013682)
Attribute requirements for importing Atom and RSS feeds to a stream in Socialcast On Premise (2014092)
Scheduled tasks fail and notification e-mails are not sent or received in Socialcast On Premise (2014320)
Socialcast Dedicated Cloud
Socialcast Trending Topics for last 7 days shows old titles or photos (2013085)
Socialcast On Premise
User is marked as Alumni in Socialcast On Premise (2015750)
Enabling public or external Internet access to Socialcast On Premise behind a firewall (2013689)
Uploaded images are not displayed in Socialcast when using a reverse proxy (2013693)
Posting or replying to Socialcast via email truncates or corrupts message characters (2014386)
SpringSource Tool Suite
Troubleshooting and locating information when a VMware product crashes or quits unexpectedly (2013086)
Troubleshooting guest operating system issues when using VMware Products (2013163)
VMware Data Recovery
Hardening SSH with public key authentication for ESX, vSphere Management Assistant, and VMware Data Recovery (1031538)
VMware Data Recovery 2.0 integrity check fails with the error: Trouble reading from destination volume, error -2241 (Destination index invalid/damaged) (2014249)
VMware ESX
Downloading, licensing, and using VMware products (2010633)
Troubleshooting storage issues when using VMware products (2013160)
When using multiple VMkernel ports with port binding to access two or more storage arrays on different broadcast domains, rescan takes a long time (2017084)
The Summary tab of the ESX host reports the warning: Unable to apply DRS resource settings on host (2013175)
VMware ESXi
Locating information about VMware products ESXi, ESX, and vCenter Server (2010635)
Change the collection level for Storage DRS and SIOC data counters in vSphere 5.0 by using the Level Mapping Utility (2014382)
Installing VMware Tools in Windows Server 2000 SP4 fails with the error: The Microsoft Runtime DLL installer failed to complete installation (2017086)
Deleting the dvportgroup/dvSwitch to which the dvPort is connected fails with the error: Cannot find a useable port in vDS dvSwitch01vDS dvSwitch01 port 2669 is reserved by entity VM119IS01NSUS01 vnic {vnic}, type:{type} (2013836)
Unable to detach LUNs on ESXi 5.0 hosts installed with PowerPath/VE 5.7 (2016567)
Restoring a virtual machine using Symantec Backup Exec 2010 R3 fails with the error: invalid configuration for device 2 (2017057)
VMware Horizon Application Manager
Installation documentation links for VMware Infrastructure SDK, Horizon Application Manager, vCenter Lab Manager, and vFabric (2013109)
VMware Service Manager
Call Search in Service Manager does not filter correctly on the CALL_CHECK_1 field column (2017731)
Unable to see the Config Portability process in Service Manager applications (2017738)
Service Manager report schedules display incorrect report parameters after the report is generated for the first time from the schedule (2017837)
The SLA Alert Level for Calls and Requests in Service Manager remains green irrespective of the breach status (2017884)
Service Manager SLA agreement events breach when calls are reopened (2018577)
Missing tables in the Service Manager database (2018588)
When an officer edits a customer record in Service Manger, the default partition of the customer is changed (2018678)
MesageSendMessage API transaction in Service Manager inserts incorrect values to HD_MSGQUEUE (2018795)
Unable to add the Business Service field as criteria in the CMDB Item Search in Service Manager (2018421)
Service Manager 9.1 Server Console reports the Event log error: Unable to cast object of type 'Infra.Console.Query.ModuleRegister' to type 'Infra.Console.IConsoleModuleRegister' (2018585)
VMware vCenter CapacityIQ
The vxpd log reports the error: Unable to log on locally as AD\ServiceCapIQ (1032680)
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Cannot navigate to the previous report using a right-click in the vSphere Client vCenter Configuration Manager plug-in (2017136)
Installing vCenter Configuration Manager fails with the error: No valid license keys found (2018718)
Installing vCenter Configuration Manager 5.x fails with the error: Windows NT user or group 'FQDN \username' not found (2018720)
vCenter Configuration Manager jobs fail to run and do not appear in the Jobs window (2018723)
Adding or editing compliance templates does not result in logging events to the audit log (2016026)
The deployment of Linux operating system distributions fails when you use Operating System Provisioning with custom disk configurations (2016216)
RHEL 5.0 distributions are not deployed to the target machines by Operating System Provisioning (2016219)
Adding duplicate machines in the Add Provisionable Machines wizard results in the addition of only the first machine (2016221)
Provisionable Machines data grid continuously displays the Deploying job status (2016223)
Deploying 10 to 25 Windows distributions at one time using Operating System Provisioning results in failed deployments (2016226)
The list of operating system distributions and machines in the VCM Provision Operating System wizard displays the incorrect macProvision Operating System wizard displays incorrect machines and distributionshines and distributions (2016244)
OSP Server data error appears when you enable or disable a registered server coldisable a registered server collection, or when you add or delete registered serverslection, or when you add or delete registered servers (2016815)
The vCenter Resource Pools Summary data grid and Virtual Object Members data grids display more resource pools than appear appear in the vSphere ClientvSphere Client (2017135)
Virtual Environments Compliance templates do not appear when you click Run Compliance in the vSphere Client VCM Plug-In  (2017140)
VMware vCenter Converter
vCenter Converter converts primary partitions to extended primary (1034749)
VMware vCenter Lab Manager
Virtual machines in vCenter Lab Manager are listed as Unknown in the Disk Space Freed Upon Deletion field (1020065)
VMware vCenter Lifecycle Manager
Troubleshooting networking issues when using VMware products (2013105)
VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)
vCenter Operations Manager 5.0.x:  Problem with Capacity and Time Remaining calculations for VM and Datastore objects (2017003)
Recovering the vCenter Operations Manager plug-in (2018599)
VMware vCenter Operations Standard
vCenter Operations dashboard is grayed out with question marks (2013266)
VMware vCenter Server
Creating a Windows 2008 R2 virtual machine by cloning using a customization specification fails with the error: can't complete the customization (2017439)
Logging in to the vCenter Server 5.0 Web Client fails with the error: unable to connect to vCenter Inventory Service (2017750)
Connecting to vCenter Server using the vSphere Client fails with the error: The request failed because of a connection failure. (2015014)
VMware vCenter Update Manager
Installing vSphere 5 Web Client and Update Manager from the command line (2017466)
VMware vCloud Director
Unable to quiesce a vCloud Director cell using cell-management-tool (2012151)
Media filtering does not work in vCloud Director (2012446)
Setting up Kerberos authentication for vCloud Director (2015986)
VMware vCloud Usage Meter
Locating information about VMware vCloud products (2010631)
VMware vShield
Locating and troubleshooting information about using SSL certificates in VMware Products (2013423)
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
Troubleshooting issues when managing your environment with VMware products (2013114)
VMware Workstation
The VMware Workstation Shared Folders option is missing in Fedora 16 virtual machines (2016514)

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