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From the editors Virtual Desk
Another great week, it is winter in my part of the world but it has been really nice weather and I have been doing a bit of extra lab work specifically focusing on vFabric at the moment which I am very interested in. I will be hopefully doing a blog post on this fairly soon on the TAM blog so stay tuned.

This weeks newsletter “Featured Article” is actually quite opportune as it is on the new TAM service which is for a vFabric TAM. Please take a read and if you think this service is for you or want to know more let your VMware TAM, Account Rep or Sales rep know of feel free to just send me an email and I will be able to assist you.

Over the past few weeks I have been making some subtle changes to the newsletter to try and streamline it and make it more useful for you, I hope that you are finding these changes useful and of course please feel free to send me any feedback.

This week’s new addition is a section on the latest press releases, these should prove useful not only to find out what is happening in the VMware world but also for new or updated product announcements so please take a look at the new section.

Have a great week, 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 Solutions Symposium 2012 is Coming to a City Near You!
It’s Your Cloud
The free, interactive one-day event series will cater for both technical and business level audiences with informative sessions to help you on your cloud journey.

It’s Your Business
At VMware Solutions Symposium 2012, you will learn about transforming IT, so that you can transform your entire business to respond more effectively to market, competitors and customers.

It’s Your Event!
VMware Solutions Symposium is a place where IT professionals come to share and learn from each other. Don’t miss the opportunity to:
Gain interactive experiences enabling you to talk about your cloud and your mobility strategies
Have an open discussion about how the latest virtualization and cloud technologies can manage IT and business challenges
Network with your peers and some of the region’s leading IT providers.

Event Cities and Dates
Perth: July 12
Brisbane: July 17
Wellington: July 24
Auckland: July 26
Melbourne: July 31
Canberra: August 2
Adelaide: August 9

Register: http://tinyurl.com/7lqt22n
More Info: http://tinyurl.com/6pa5jqj

 

VMWARE BRISBANE TRAINING SCHEDULE

CourseDateRegister
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]23 Jul - 27 Julhttp://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=129604
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]26 Jul - 27 Julhttp://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=129607
VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.0]05 Jul - 06 Julhttp://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=129593



FEATURED ARTICLE
VMware vFabric Blog: VMWare vFabric Technical Account Manager Services are Now Available
VMware Blogs 22/06/12 3:21 AM
VMware now provides vFabric Technical Account Manager (TAM) Services which offer multiple options for a strategic, technical advisor and advocate to help customers successfully navigate their cloud application platform technology needs.  The VMware vFabric Technical Account Manager Service helps address the tactical and operational challenges and opportunities in application modernization and agile data initiatives. Backed by the resources of VMware, vFabric TAMs bring extensive cloud application platform and virtualization experience to your team to provide expertise and insight to foster success with VMware vFabric solutions.
vFabric TAMs:
• Minimize operational hurdles and deploy solutions faster
• Leverage VMware vFabric best practices and solutions
• Coordinate issue management, escalation and resolution
• Advocate customer needs and concerns with VMware vFabric decision makers
• Advance the organization’s knowledge of VMware vFabric technologies
The Several vFabric TAM service options are available to suit distinctive customer needs, including:
VMware vFabric Technical Account Manager Service (1 day per week)
Extended member of customer team to drive continue success with VMware vFabric  solutions and IT transformation
VMware vFabric Strategic Technical Account Manager Service ( 2  ½  days per week)
Leverage extensive implementation experience and comprehensive understanding of a customer’s environment to drive continued success with VMware vFabric solutions
VMware vFabric Dedicated Strategic Technical Account Manager Service (5 days per week)
Addresses tactical and operational issues
For more information on VMware vFabric TAM Services contact your local VMware representative.
For additional detail on other vFabric Consulting Services please visit:  http://www.vmware.com/services/consulting/vmware-vfabric-consulting-services.html

VMWARE SECURITY ADVISORIES
June 14, 2012 VMSA-2012-0011
VMSA-2012-0011
VMware hosted products and ESXi and ESX patches address security issues
[more]

May 25, 2012 VMSA-2012-0010
VMSA-2012-0010
VMware vMA addresses a security issue
[more]

VMWARE PATCH NOTIFICATION
These patches address several critical security issues. Detailed information regarding resolved and known issues and enhancements can be found in these Knowledge Base articles:

 

3.5 Patch Release Notes:
ESX: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2021020
ESXi: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2021021

 

4.0 Patch Release Notes:
ESX: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2021025
ESXi: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2021027

 

4.1 Patch Release Notes:
ESX: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2019065
ESXi: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2019243

 

5.0 Patch Release Notes:
ESXi: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2021031

PRESS AND NEWS RELEASES
June 13, 2012
VMware Announces Open Source Project to Enable Apache Hadoop to Run on Private and Public Clouds
June 07, 2012
VMware Names First VMware Fellows to Recognize Exceptional Leadership and Technology Contributions
June 06, 2012
Socialcast By VMware Now Offers Free, Full-Featured Enterprise Social Networks
May 30, 2012
VMware vSphere 5.0 Earns Common Criteria EAL4+ Certification
May 22, 2012
VMware To Acquire Wanova, Intelligent Desktop Solutions Provider
May 21, 2012
EMC and VMware Extend Partnership to Develop, Sell and Deliver Storage Analytics for VNX
May 15, 2012
VMware Advances Cloud Application Platform with VMware vFabric™ Suite 5.1
May 14, 2012
VMware Cloud Infrastructure Validated by SAP for Virtualization of SAP’s Database Portfolio
May 08, 2012
VMware View™ Leads the Small and Mid-sized Business Segment with the Majority of Desktop Virtualization Installations

TWEETS OF THE WEEK (@VMWARETAM)
VMware Planet V12n @PlanetV12n
GUI Front End for Hadoop (DoubleCloud) http://t.co/AVqUfpSi

Josh Atwell @Josh_Atwell
So yea. @TrainSignal on iPad with AirPlay to apple tv equals fun Friday night for whole family. #MyKidsCanBuildClouds

VMware Careers @VMwareCareers
Job: Community Support Engineer, Runtime Platform (North Sydney)http://bit.ly/Kr8CWa #Jobs

VMware Blogs @VMwareBlogs
VMware Go Blog: Weekly Roundup: 5 Links for IT Admins http://t.co/8yvkxIc2

VMWORLD 2012 (US and EU)
Registration for VMworld 2012 Europe is Now Open
IT is undergoing a top to bottom transformation…Are you ready?
You must 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.

VMworld US Sponsors/Exhibitors – Submit your Products or Services for “Best Of” Awards
We are thrilled to announce the 2012 “Best of VMworld” awards.
Hosted by TechTarget and SearchServerVirtualization.com, the Best of VMworld 2012 Awards will take place during VMworld 2012 in San Francisco. A team of expert, independent judges will evaluate the nominations. The deadline for submission is Friday, July 27. If you submit multiple products, complete one form for each product; provide only one entry per product.

Refer a Colleague to VMworld and Earn Rewards
Are you registered for VMworld 2012? Were you planning to register? Don't delay as rates will be increasing for VMworld Europe on July 20 and the US on July 27.

Plus, why not invite some of your colleagues to join you in either Barcelona or San Franciso this year. As a full conference registrant at VMworld 2012, you can earn great rewards for referrals – from a VMware Store gift card, to a Kindle or iPod Touch (your choice), to the latest Apple iPad!

VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS
Office of the CTO Blogs: PLDI and the Importance of Virtualization for Developers
My VMware colleague, Ole Agesen, recently gave a keynote at the Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI) conference in Beijing. PLDI is a forum where researchers, developers, educators, and practitioners exchange information on the latest practical and experimental work in the design and implementation of programming languages.
Ole’s talk focused on why virtualization should not be ignored by today’s software developers, language designers and implementers – a topic that is important to us at VMware! He discussed how virtualization affects guest software and got into more detail about the performance of virtualization software.
You can download Ole’s presentation here. And if you’re a developer and want to chat more about this topic with Ole, feel free to leave a comment below.

VMware vSphere Blog: Leveraging vApp & VM Custom Properties In vCloud Director
A neat little feature that I have been exploring with in vCloud Director is Custom Properties for a vApp and Virtual Machine. This was one of the new features in the vCloud Director 1.5 release which allows users to easily pass data into the guest OSes using OVF descriptors. I found the Custom Properties to be a very interesting capability as it allows users to dynamically provision a vApp and present variety of custom data for the guestOS to access such as guestOS customization, asset tag information as well as application startup parameters. This last use case is really cool in my opinion as it allows you to customize how an application should be configured and startup based on some criteria.

VMware ThinApp Blog: Troubleshooting ThinApp Factory installs when using Workstation
If you are planning to install ThinApp Factory into VMware Workstation, you should know that there are some requirements you must meet prior to running the setup.   This post will describe those requirements, and also offer some suggestions if you have attempted the install and it has failed.
If you have ran the setup and you are seeing this error message:

VMware vSphere Blog: Low Level VAAI Behaviour
We’re getting a lot of queries lately around how exactly VAAI behaves at the lower level. One assumes more and more VMware customers are seeing the benefit of offloading certain storage intensive tasks to the array. Recently the questions I have been getting are even more in-depth. I’ve been back over my VAAI notes gathered since 4.1, and have put together the following article. Hope you find it useful.

Office of the CTO Blogs: GigaOm Structure – Big Data in the Cloud
I attended GigaOm Structure this week in San Francisco, and it was another successful event with cloud bursting at the seams! I gave a talk about the real impact of Big Data when it meets cloud computing, which is an important topic for our customers.
VMware is seeing cloud change how businesses are run, how IT runs data centers, how developers write applications, and how we think about data. Our industry is in the midst of a data renaissance where a rapid proliferation of new uses of data drives new technologies to manage and get more value from data. The traditional relational database is becoming a thing of the past, which once was the main vehicle for serving the needs of online applications with optimized engines to store longer-term data for business intelligence and analytics. But times are a changing! No longer is there a “one size fits all” when it come to data and analytics technologies.

vCO Team: Several vCenter Orchestrator plug-ins updates
It has just been announced on the VMware Orchestrator communities, several plug-ins have been updated with some critical updates, some new requested features and some minor fixes.

VROOM!: vCenter 5.0 Performance in Remote Offices and Branch Offices (ROBO)
A white paper has been published that examines how VMware vCenter 5.0 performs in a remote offices, branch offices environment where VMware ESXi hosts are distributed over large geographical distances. These types or networks are wide area networks (WAN) and have low-bandwidth and high-latency links. This white paper shows that despite this challenge, vCenter tasks perform well in terms of both time taken to perform a task and bandwidth consumption used to perform a task.

VMware vSphere Blog: Tips for Troubleshooting Host Profiles
A common complaint I get when troubleshooting host profiles is that the error messages that get generated aren’t very helpful.  For example, consider the following error I recently received when trying to apply a host profile to a host named “esx-03a”:

There’s really not much to go on with this error.  However, I’ve learned that when troubleshooting host profiles and coming across one of these vague error messages I can usually figure out the cause of the error by looking in the host’s /var/log/syslog.log file.   In my case, with the error noted above, I went to the syslog.log file and found the following:
VMWARE TV BLOG
VMwareTV: VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop
This video provides a quick overview of how customers can increase productivity, mitigate risk and drive down costs with the VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop.

VMwareTV: IT Challenge: No IT Control, Solution: VMware vCloud Service Providers
Can't get to all your user requests? Access computing on demand with a vCloud Service Provider and free up time to focus on high-value business demands.

VMwareTV: IT Challenge: Manual scalability, Solution: VMware vCloud Service Providers
Need to scale at a moment's notice? Access computing on demand with a vCloud Service Provider and scale up or down with ease.

VMWARE VFABRIC
VMware vFabric Blog: How to Achieve Continuous Provisioning (CP) for Agile Development
The development practice of Continuous Integration has become a de facto standard for development teams trying to become more Agile. The benefits of Continuous Integration are extremely impactful and much has been written on the topic.  By automating the building and testing of software, a development team creates a repeatable and consistent build process.  By extending this process into the concept of continuous provisioning, a development team extends the same type of repeatability and consistency to application deployments.  If the up-front cost of automating the build and deployment of an application is nothing compared to the time and cost savings to be incurred, then why does automation stop there?  Why do most development teams still need to wait for the underlying infrastructure to be provisioned?  Why do developers and operations teams manually install and configure middleware (application servers, databases, etc)?
This article will illustrate to teams how continuous provisioning can be leveraged during development.

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
10 Reasons to Migrate Oracle Databases from Traditional Unix to Linux on vSphere
This article provides an overview of what I believe are 10 good reasons why you should seriously consider migrating Oracle Databases off traditional Unix platforms to VMware vSphere based on my experience managing, designing and implementing such projects.
Here is my top 10 list. I’d be interested to get your feedback and thoughts on what other reasons are your key drivers for considering a migration to Linux on vSphere.

VMware vCenter Server scalability for VMware View
When talking about vCenter Server, VMware View administrators frequently ask questions about the scalability differences between desktop and server workloads.  vCenter Server 5.0 has a documented scalability of 10,000 virtual machines. However, VMware View 5.0 has a documented scalability of 2,000 desktops. As of VMware View 5.1 few things changed, as noted below.

Challenges when upgrading environment with EMC CX4 to vSphere 5 and mixed CX4/VNX environment
Yesterday my good friend Gabrie van Zanten from  Gabes Virtual World asked the following question on twitter:
How can I disable VAAI in vSphere5 on a per array basis? KB1033665 is not the solution #EMC #CX4#VMware Dont want to disable for my VNX
— Gabrie (@gabvirtualworld) juni 18, 2012
My first reaction was “Why would Gabe want to disable VAAI on a per array basis isn the first place?” so I asked.

Enabling VAAI on ESX5 on a per array base idea
Yesterday I wrote an article on issues when using a combination of CX4 and VNX in a vSphere 5 environment since ESX5 does not support on VAAI according to VMware and the VNX does. Simple solution would be to disable VAAI  on all ESX5 hosts, but in that case your VNXes would also loose VAAI. Victor Forde pointed me to a blog post by Chris Wahl titeled “Forcing the NMP Plugin for Microsoft Clustering LUNs on vSphere” (good post by the way)
When reading this article, I realized you can not only use the array vendor and model strings to assign the VAAI filter driver to an array, but you might also be able to use the location (the combination of adapter, target, channel and LUN) for a device to assign the VAAI filter and VAAI Plugin to a specific array.

VMware Horizon 1.5 has been released – ThinApp Management Video
Horizon 1.5 Released VMware Horizon has been released few days ago – see the End User Computing Blog Post. VMware Horizon is a core component of the End-user computing portfolio, together with ThinApp and ThinApp Factory (as a Fling). VMware Horizon it’s composed from 2 virtual appliances and one agent which is deployed onto the end [...]

How-to install Horizon Application Manager in a lab
Horizon Application Manager – The setup of the two appliances I’ll try to show you the the installation and configuration steps for trying out a Horizon Application Manager 1.5. First of all, make sure that all your underlying architecture is corectly setup. That you got your DNS servers ready and operationnal, vSphere up and running [...]

Thinapp Factory – Create your ThinApp Packages Automatically
Thinapp Factory Released. This application makes me think of the future, sci-fi, where all is automated, but wait, it’s the present actually. It’s happenning right now at VMware…-:) VMware has always been at the edge of progress. They’re always creating those tools and applications which makes the life easier, and the Flings at VMware Labs just [...]

Overcoming VMware vShield Endpoint kinks and challenges
For the last couple of months I’ve been working on book (with Barry Coombs – a fellow vExpert) about View 5.1 and ThinApp 4.7. During the review period (which is on-going) I found I had some spare cycles to look at VMware vShield Endpoint. In case you don’t this a virtual appliance which allows you to avoid installing a AV agent into the guest operating system of a VMware VM. It’s not just vShield Manager you need, but you also need to pick up a copy of one of their 3rd party folks who support it. Via a contact with VMware I was introduce to the people at BitDefender – once they had sorted me with eval license I was up and away. Anyway, I learnt some interesting things during this process which I’ve written up for TechTarget in this article…

How to list vSphere 5.0 HA restarts with PowerCLI
VMware HA usually does a good job restarting VMs in case of an ESX(i) host failure. Imagine this happened at night - you come into office the next morning and want to know what VMs were restarted (or eventually failed to restart) because of the HA event.

HA Admission Control the basics – Part 1/2
Last week I received three different questions about vSphere HA Admission control and I figured I would lay out the basics once more. What is admission control?
vCenter Server uses admission control to ensure that sufficient resources are available in a cluster to provide failover protection and to ensure that virtual machine resource reservations are respected.
Almost every thing you need to know about admission control is in that single sentence. But lets break it down in to more consumable bites:
vCenter uses admission control to ensure that sufficient resources are available in a cluster to provide failover protection.
vCenter uses admission control to ensure that virtual machine resource reservations are respected.

Forced recovery option grayed out with Site Recovery Manager 5.0.1
I was playing with Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.0.1 today and I wanted to trigger a fail-over. As I just wanted a quick test I figured I would use the “forced recovery” option. This option allows you to fail-over without SRM trying to sync the storage layer. In a normal situation I would probably try to sync my storage but as I knew the other site was dead and I just wanted to test it quickly I figured I would just tick it and get the recovery plan going. Unfortunately the option was grayed out.

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


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.
Sign up today!

VMWARE KB ARTICLES
Please consider checking - http://blogs.vmware.com/kbdigest/ regularly for new and updated KB Articles.

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, well I think that the new newsletter format is going along quite well. This week I introduce 2 new section to the newsletter which I hope will provide you with even more value from the newsletter.

The first is the VMware Security Advisories section. This will help you understand any potential security issues that have been identified by VMware and what the impact may be for your organisation. This is a very important section so I have pleased this near the top of the newsletter.

The second new section is VMware Patch Notification’s. This is where you will find links to major patch notifications that have been released and similar to the security advisory this section is placed near the beginning of the newsletter as it is often related to these advisories.

I hope that these two new sections will provide you with additional value when reading the newsletter. it is my goal to try and get the most important information to you every week in a way that you can easily read it so I hope that we are making progress in doing this.

The Australian VMware Solutions Symposium begins soon, details are below, register now to secure your place for this awesome event.

Have a wonderful week, please feel free to contact me anytime with any comments on the newsletter.

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

VMware Solutions Symposium 2012 is Coming to a City Near You!
It’s Your Cloud
The free, interactive one-day event series will cater for both technical and business level audiences with informative sessions to help you on your cloud journey.

It’s Your Business
At VMware Solutions Symposium 2012, you will learn about transforming IT, so that you can transform your entire business to respond more effectively to market, competitors and customers.

It’s Your Event!
VMware Solutions Symposium is a place where IT professionals come to share and learn from each other. Don’t miss the opportunity to:
Gain interactive experiences enabling you to talk about your cloud and your mobility strategies
Have an open discussion about how the latest virtualization and cloud technologies can manage IT and business challenges
Network with your peers and some of the region’s leading IT providers.

Event Cities and Dates
Perth: July 12
Brisbane: July 17
Wellington: July 24
Auckland: July 26
Melbourne: July 31
Canberra: August 2
Adelaide: August 9

Register: http://tinyurl.com/7lqt22n
More Info: http://tinyurl.com/6pa5jqj

FEATURED ARTICLE
Office of the CTO Blogs: Project Serengeti: There’s a Virtual Elephant in my Datacenter
There’s no question that the amount of value being extracted from data is increasing – almost every customer I speak with is building new technology to gain new or competitive insights from tapping large volumes or rates of data. In the last few posts, I have introduced VMware technologies and products that provide data services to new applications.
We see four major axes along which data requirements are stretching the limits of traditional approaches to data analysis:
Big Data – The need to store and compute against hundreds of gigabytes of unstructured or semi-structured data
Fast Data – The increasing need for low latency interactions with large sets of data, often driven by today’s mobile and social apps.
Flexible Data – The need to adapt data access to the most appropriate model for the application.
Cloud Delivery -The demand to access data as a service, provisioned on your cloud of choice.

The amount of data being stored is growing at an unprecedented rate, and much of this data is either unstructured or semi-structured. Database systems often have rigid schemas making it hard to store today’s range of data types (logs, sensor data, binary blobs). The sheer volume of data typically outscales current structured technologies and the cost of traditional business intelligence systems is prohibitive at this scale
The Hadoop platform has rapidly evolved to meet the needs in these areas, and we are seeing a significant growth in adoption of Hadoop by VMware customers.

Read More - http://cto.vmware.com/?p=957

VMWARE SECURITY ADVISORIES
June 14, 2012 VMSA-2012-0011
VMSA-2012-0011
VMware hosted products and ESXi and ESX patches address security issues
[more]

May 25, 2012 VMSA-2012-0010
VMSA-2012-0010
VMware vMA addresses a security issue
[more]

VMWARE PATCH NOTIFICATION
These patches address several critical security issues. Detailed information regarding resolved and known issues and enhancements can be found in these Knowledge Base articles:

3.5 Patch Release Notes:
ESX: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2021020
ESXi: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2021021

4.0 Patch Release Notes:
ESX: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2021025
ESXi: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2021027

4.1 Patch Release Notes:
ESX: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2019065
ESXi: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2019243

5.0 Patch Release Notes:
ESXi: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2021031

TWEETS OF THE WEEK (@VMWARETAM)
John Mark Troyer @jtroyer
VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions is Available Now:http://t.co/YtUKgaFB

VMware Planet V12n @PlanetV12n
VCAP5-DCA Objective 1.2 – Manage storage capacity in a vSphere environment (Adventures in a Virtual World) : http://t.co/11F2uPy1

VMware Blogs @VMwareBlogs
VMware vSphere Blog: Troubleshooting Storage Performance in vSphere (Part 3) – SSD Performance :http://t.co/zSFap0Gb


VMWARE BRISBANE TRAINING SCHEDULE
CourseDateRegister
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]23 Jul - 27 Julhttp://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=129604
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]26 Jul - 27 Julhttp://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=129607
VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.0]05 Jul - 06 Julhttp://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=129593

VMWORLD 2012
VMworld Blog: Registration for VMworld 2012 Europe is Now Open
VMware Blogs 12/06/12 7:41 PM
IT is undergoing a top to bottom transformation…Are you ready?
You must 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 OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS
VMware vCloud Blog: Public, Private, or Hybrid – How vCloud Can Benefit Your Organization
Certainly there is a lot of excitement around cloud computing and VMware vCloud but for those who are totally new to cloud computing, they first need to take a step back and find out really what it is. In this video, I’ll start out with some good jokes about “the cloud” before I get serious and explain the various forms of cloud computing (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS + more), how cloud computing requires a new approach in IT, and how the business is now expecting more of their IT department. At the end of the video, I’ll give an overview of different types of cloud – Public, Private, and Hybrid.

VMware End User Computing: VMware Horizon Application Manager 1.5 Now Generally Available!
The VMware End-User Computing team is happy to announce the general availability release of VMware Horizon Application Manager 1.5.
Announced and detailed in a blog post on May 2, 2012 as a core component of the VMware end-user computing portfolio, VMware Horizon Application Manager is a cross platform management solution that enables IT to securely provide access to any application to end-users anytime, on the devices they prefer.

VMware vSphere Blog: Troubleshooting Storage Performance in vSphere (Part 3) – SSD Performance
While presenting the storage performance talks, I frequently get asked about Solid State Device (SSD) performance in a virtualized environment. Well obviously, SSD’s or EFD’s (Enterprise Flash Disks) are great for performance especially if you have storage intensive workloads. As seen in the previous post in this series, SSDs can provide significantly more IOPs and significantly lower latencies. But the two big questions are ”how much of a gain might I expect” and “how much SSD storage do I need to achieve that gain” when using SSDs in a virtualized environment.

VMware vSphere Blog: disk.terminateVMonPDLDefault enabled and das.maskCleanShutdownEnabled disabled
I had a question this week about what would happen if disk.terminateVMonPDLDefault was enabled and das.maskCleanShutdownEnabled would be disabled. I wrote about many stretched cluster scenarios in the past and this customer wanted to know if there would be a reason to configure it that way.

VMware ThinApp Blog: HTTP 404 and 500 Errors when Adding Work Pools
Are you getting HTTP 404 or 500 errors when attempting to create ThinApp Factory Work Pools? If so, you may wish to read on!
Both HTTP 404 and HTTP 500 errors are common indications of the following:

VMware End User Computing: VMware ThinApp Factory is now Freely Available
By Aaron Black, ThinApp Product Management, End-User Computing
I’d like to announce that VMware’s ThinApp Factory is now freely available on our VMware Lab’s website
The ThinApp Factory is a virtual appliance that brings centralized administration and automation to the process of creating virtualized Windows applications with VMware ThinApp technology.  ThinApp Factory utilizes vSphere API's to spawn workloads that automatically convert fileshares of application installers into ThinApp application containers.  These workloads can be run in parallel to maximize throughput and increase ROI for virtualization projects.  Packagers and administrators can now utilize 'Recipes' during this packaging process. Recipes are simply small JSON files, which contain a redistributable blueprint of the customizations and optimizations necessary for packaging complex applications.  These recipes can be created and now exchanged freely with other customers via the ThinApp Packaging Community site.  We also introduce the concept of ‘Feeds’ with the Factory that allow administrators to subscribe RSS-style to a legitimized source for application installers from a Corp IT location or via a cloud-based service.

VMware ThinApp Blog: ThinApp Factory Released
VMware has released the new ThinApp Factory appliance!
So… What the heck is ThinApp Factory and how can I use it?

What is ThinApp Factory?
ThinApp Factory is a virtual appliance which can be used to automate the packaging of legacy Windows applications with VMware ThinApp.
The virtual appliance is a Debian Linux vApp which can be installed on VMware vSphere 4.1 or higher or VMware Workstation 8.x and higher. It has a TomCat web based interface and built into it is an enhanced ThinApp package editor and basic web based store for users to install their own applications.

It can pull from manually uploaded installers, regular file share repositories (something very common amongst IT shops), as well as RSS-style app-installer feeds using the JSON format.

VMware ThinApp Blog: Step by Step Setup of ThinApp Factory in vSphere using the Executable
These are the step by step instructions for installing the ThinApp Factory Appliance in a vSphere environment using the Setup Executable.

Prerequisites:
Internal Static IP address (DHCP is not supported)
Internal DNS / FQDN name specified (DNS is required if names are used instead of IPs).
Administrator login to vCenter.
Win XP Pro Volume License CD
Win XP Pro Volume License Key

VMware Security Blog: VMware CP&C releases a FREE vSphere 5.0 hardening guideline compliance checker!
I am hanging out in NYC finishing Cloud Expo East where we delivered a rousing session on Cloud Audit & Control with Coalfire AND CP&C is now VERY pleased to announce the release of our FREEvSphere 5.0 compliance checker! Last week we rolled out the 5.0 hardening guidelines in vCenterConfiguration Manager (vCM) making it the first product on the planet to have the 5.0 content for our customers. Today, we are giving you access to a FREE vSphere 5.0 compliance checker! How awesome is that?

VMware Global Alliances Blog: VMware and Cisco Extend Collaboration in Support of ROBOs
I’m the proverbial “man on the street” at Cisco Live 2012 today, asking attendees to comment on the two exciting joint announcements from VMware and Cisco this morning. Both pieces of news highlight the joint development our companies have undertaken to transform remote-office and branch-office (ROBO) operations.

VMware vSphere Blog: Using vCLI’s vifs For More Than Just Datastore File Management
For those of you who are familiar with the vCLI’s vifs utility, have probably used it to remotely upload/download files to a datastore located on a vSphere host. An example of this could be uploading a patch or an ISO image as seen in the screenshot below.

Office of the CTO Blogs: NIST Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop V
I had the pleasure to participate in the NIST Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop V, held last week in Washington DC. The event had a mixture of participants from the public sector, private sector and standards development organizations (SDOs) and was an interesting look into the state of cloud computing standards as we reach the middle of the journey to maturity in cloud computing.

Business Critical Applications: Debunking the Myths of Virtualizing Your Business Critical Applications
Fear can be a healthy thing—it can keep you from getting in over your head, taking unnecessary risks, and it can even save your life. In IT, that fear—maybe better framed as 'caution'—has its place. It ensures that we consult with others, adhere to processes and standards, and balance risk with reward. Caution in IT ensures that business keeps moving forward—because if it doesn't, revenue is at risk (and necks are on the line). So, we proceed with caution.
In the world of virtualization, there is fear—but, for the most part, it's misplaced. Many companies that have fully embraced the benefits of virtualization are still missing the greatest value because they think it's too risky to virtualize business critical applications (BCAs). If some of the myths are holding you back, here's a little dose of reality:





VMWARE TV BLOG
VMwareTV: VMware vSphere is still far ahead of Microsoft Hyper-V
bit.ly -- Get the Facts, Not the Microsoft Hyper-bole "VMware is still far ahead of Microsoft" -- Priya Sethuraman, Performance Engineering, VMware

VMTN Blog: VMware TV on YouTube
VMware TV has been re-launched on YouTube with a new layout, new features and navigation between all our VMware YouTube channels:
VMware TV  |  VMware KB TVVMware Tech PubsVMware Careers  |  VMware Partner TV  |  VMworld TV
Each channel contains a "Channel Guide" button to navigate between our YouTube channels and to view a schedule of video content available on each channel.  At the top are links to visit directories of all VMware Social Media Channels.

VMwareTV: VMware Innovation
VMware employees discuss how they brought their innovative ideas from concept to product.

VMwareTV: VMware View, Horizon, Octopus demonstration from VMware Forum Boston
bit.ly Vittorio gives a live presentation of logging into a View desktop from a MacBook, demonstrating Horizon and Octopus, and moving his session from his MacBook to an Android tablet while playing a YouTube video. From Vittorio Viarengo's VMware Forum Keynote, Boston, May 15, 2012. For more info: bit.ly

VMwareTV: VMware View Business Process Desktop Whiteboard
A closer look at the how the VMware View Business Process Desktop helps businesses looking to ousource or offshore processes (finance, HR, customer service) can improve desktop access, enhanace security and improve SLAs while driving down costs.

VMwareTV: VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop Whiteboard
A closer look at the how the VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop helps businesses ensure policy driven, context-based access to virtual desktops across devices and locations.

VMWARE VFABRIC
VMware vFabric Blog: VMware vFabric Suite 5.1 Significantly Upgrades vFabric RabbitMQ
vFabric RabbitMQ, based on the open source RabbitMQ project, has significantly updated the underlying RabbitMQ version to 2.8.1 in the latest VMware vFabric Suite 5.1 update.
The new vFabric RabbitMQ release represents a significant upgrade from the open source RabbitMQ 2.4.1 that vFabric 5.0 was based on, and brings the commercially supported vFabric RabbitMQ to parity with recent open source RabbitMQ releases by rolling up all of the interim code changes. Furthermore, users now have the option of choosing to use the commercially bundled vFabric RabbitMQ from VMware or using the open source RabbitMQ distribution with a single license. Either way a user chooses, they can receive the same reliable support from VMware.

Redis in Action with Cloud Foundry
Redis is a popular open source, advanced key-value store project sponsored by VMware. It has been aCloud Foundry core service from day one and is widely adopted by developers who love its performance and flexibility. In the following guest post we introduce Dr. Josiah L. Carlson who discusses his upcoming book Redis in Action and  describes how Redis is continuing to change the lives of developers.

Administer Cloud Foundry with Mobile Apps
One of the neat things about Cloud Foundry is that, because the code is open source, it’s easy to see how the administration tools (such as the command line-based vmc) work. The Cloud Controller component has a REST API, which provides the ability to query and modify the Cloud Foundry environment. That means it is relatively straightforward to build a management user interface tailored to the platform you are using, or to the requirements and needs of a specific set of users.
To illustrate this, I made a really brief video which I tend to use when I’m speaking about the Cloud Foundry platform and ecosystem. What you see here are two iOS apps - CF Mobile Admin (App Store link) and the AppFog app (App Store Link) – which have the ability to connect to Cloud Foundry instances, list deployed apps, modify instances, stop or start applications and query detailed information about the available resources. These kinds of tools are useful if you don’t have vmc handy, and are obviously great for mobile usage. Note that both of these tools are provided by third parties, and not by the Cloud Foundry development team.

Highlights of Spring for Apache Hadoop 1.0.0 M2
I am happy to announce that the second milestone (1.0.0.M2) of Spring for Apache Hadoop project is available. In this blog post, I would like to quickly highlight the major new features in M2. HBase DAO support One of the most versatile and powerful feature in Spring Framework is the Data Access Object (or DAO) Read more...

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
Install VMware Tools in CentOS based VMs easily
Install VMware Tools in CentOS VMware tools CentOS install
Installing VMware Tools on CentOS VMs. There’s more than one way to install VMware Tools in CentOS VM. I just want to show the way I ended up of using it, there are some commands to remember. So also I wrote this post also for my own need… CentOS VMs can be found here and [...]
The post Install VMware Tools in CentOS based VMs easily is a post from ESX Virtualization.

VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions – New book
VMware View 5 book VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions
New book - VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions This new book from Jason Langone and  Andre Leibovici is available through Amazon since recently.  Andre Leibovici has recently started to work for VMware in the Office of the CTO.

VMware Workstation 8.0.4 released
Workstation 8.0.4 for Linux and Windows updated This new release – 8.0.4 – Build 744019 is a maintenance release which is Free for Workstation 8 users. It fixes several issues. You can read the full release notes here. The Workstation 8 has brought some major enhancement over to Workstation 7.

Large View Deployment with vCenter Operations Manager PlugIn
During EMC World 2012 the Hands-On Labs about 20,000 VMs were created and destroyed. Each Hands-On Lab is an individual vCloud VApp instantiated on-demand and it contains the essential VMs for the Hands-On Lab. Additionally, each Hands-On Lab has a Windows 7 VM with View Agent that is manually added to a VMware View deployment to allow desktop brokering and PCoIP access.

TinyCore Builder for VMware View
VMware SE Fabian Wilckens has published this awesome tool that automatically builds a very small Linux image that allow end-users to automatically connect to a VMware View environment without having to enter any configuration parameters.
When you think of repurposing old hardware, you can easily do it with this tool and there is no need to change anything in your infrastructure.

White Paper - Mythbusting Goes Virtual - Mattias Sundling and Eric Sloof Debunk Four Common vSphere “Truths”
The information being presented in this paper comes courtesy of the great minds of Eric Sloof, a VMware Certified Instructor, vExpert, consultant and active VMware community member; and Mattias Sundling, also a vExpert, a Quest Software employee and an evangelist focused on the virtualization space. The information presented here was discussed in depth during an April 2, 2012 webcast with Mattias Sundling and Eric Sloof.

VMware Horizon Application Manager - GA Release
The VMware End-User Computing team is happy to announce the general availability release of VMware Horizon Application Manager 1.5. VMware Horizon Application Manager gives IT the capability to manage Windows-based appliactions as well as public and private cloud applications via enterprise policy and provides holistic visibility into their usage. End-users get a simple secure workspace and an enterprise application catalog for on-demand access to any of their apps.

New Training - VMware vCloud 1.5 Design Best Practices
VMware has released a new training course. This three days of instructor-led training course is designed to guide students through the decision points and policy choices available for designing and implementing a VMware vCloud environment. Students will learn to appreciate the effects of design choices in VMware vSphere, VMware vCloud Director, VMware vCenter Chargeback, and the VMware vShield Edge capability that is included with vCloud Director. The course culminates in a comprehensive workshop on VMware cloud design. By the end of the course, you should have an understanding of the VMware cloud and be able to do the following:

VMware Labs presents its latest fling - ThinApp Factory
The ThinApp Factory is a virtual appliance that brings centralized administration and automation to the process of creating virtualized Windows applications with VMware ThinApp technology. ThinApp Factory utilizes vSphere API's to spawn workloads which automatically convert fileshares of application installers into ThinApp application containers. These workloads can be run in parellel to maximize throughput and increase ROI for virtualization projects. Packagers and administrators can now utilize 'Recipes' during this packaging process. Recipes are simply small json files which contain a redistributable blueprint of the customizations and optimizations necessary for packaging complex applications. These recipes can be created and now exchanged freely with other customers via theThinApp community site.

New VMware Visio Stencils - v3
About 2 weeks ago – VMware released a new set of VMware Icons and Diagrams in the traditional PowerPoint format.
It takes a while to convert them to a usable format for Visio drawings. Since I have released the first version, and the second version – I must say that this is the most popular most and on of the biggest drivers of traffic to my blog.
Today the first part is now ready. Why only one part you may ask – well because I have not yet had time to complete the other two yet, but they are a a work in progress.

Repurpose Old PC’s For VMware View
Do you have old PC's that still function fine but have been replaced by the "3 year" hardware refresh? If you do, why not repurpose then and use them as VMware View Clients.
There is now a free linux based solution available which can be configured online via web interface. Take a look at this webbased View Client ISO creator – TinyCore Builder for VMware View (http://repurpose.vmwaredotg.com/)

Auto Deploy TFTP file won’t download
I’m currently doing a POC of vSphere 5’s Auto Deploy in an attempt to streamline/perfect my knowledge of all the PowerCLI commands and steps in preparation for a client delivery. I’ve built a whole test environment on my laptop in VMware Workstation following pretty much all the steps detailed in these three postings:

Creating a nested lab
I was just building a nested lab to record some demo videos. I find myself googling for this every single time so I figured I would write about it so I can easily get it of my own website. Many have written about this before and all credits go to William Lam and Eric Gray, which are the two  main blogs I have used in the past to get this working.

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
VMware Launched Cloud Certification - VCP5-IaaS
Some individuals are about to be invited to paticipate in a new beta certification program launched by VMware. The rumor goes that the public exam should be live late July. The VCPVCD511 VMware Certified Professional 5 – Infrastructure as a Service beta exam tests potential VCP5-IaaS candidates on their skills and abilities installing, configuring and administering a vCloud environment.

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.
Sign up today!

VMWARE KB ARTICLES
Please consider checking - http://blogs.vmware.com/kbdigest/ regularly for new and updated KB Articles.

New Articles Published for Week Ending 6/9/12
Apache HTTP Server
Licensing VMware vFabric Suite 5.1 (2021350)
Connector for Outlook
Unable to use Zimbra Connector with Outlook (2013674)
Shavlik NetChk Protect
Deployed patches appear as missing in Protect (2009343)
Distributing software with vCenter Protect Essentials using a patch group (2021659)
.MSU files cannot be downloaded from HTTP-configured distribution servers and agents cannot patch machines (2021621)
Socialcast SaaS
Using the Post by E-mail feature when you are a member of multiple communities on Socialcast (2019541)
Spring Framework
When using OracleDataSource in Spring Framework, the application reports an SQLException with the error: Invalid or Stale Connection found (2013965)
Adding Spring Milestone or Snapshot releases to Ivy projects (2014267)
Adding Spring Milestone or Snapshot releases to Maven projects (2015155)
Virtual Disk Development Kit
VADP application core dumps intermittently while invoking VixDiskLib_Open() (2021194)
VMware ESX
ESX/ESXi hosts are sporadically disconnected from vCenter Server due to hostd failure (2017008)
ESX/ESXi hosts connected to MD32xxi or MD36xxi iSCSI storage arrays may lose access to LUNs under heavy I/O (2019936)
VMware ESXi
ESXi 5.0 fails to respond or is disconnected from vCenter Server because of the locked esx.conf file (2014077)
Cannot remount a datastore after an unplanned PDL (2014155)
The "esxcli network connection list" command reports an error on ESXi 4.1 hosts in a vSphere 5.0 HA cluster (2021629)
Summary tab shows multiple network port groups that are not used by the virtual machine (2020052)
VMware Security Patching Guidelines for ESXi and ESX (2020972)
Attempting to mount an NFS share fails with the error: The server does not support NFS v3 over TCP (2016899)
RSS and multiqueue support in Linux driver for VMXNET3 (2020567)
Enabling Storage I/O Control on a datastore fails with the error: Datastore is connected to one or more pre-4.1 hosts that do not support Storage I/O Control (2021530)
VMware Fusion
Converting a snapshot file to memory dump using the vmss2core tool (2003941)
VMware Service Manager
Applying a patch in Service Manager fails with the error: The ConnectionString property has not been initialized. (2002963)
Calls logged by incoming emails in Service Manager display only the subject and not the body of the email in call description (2005165)
When the Email Officers option is not selected and a Service Manager call is forwarded to the group, everyone in the group are emailed (2005336)
The CMDB Data Export report in Service Manager does not return all expected records (2005337)
Ctrl + A shortcut does not select all text in the Service Manager description field (2006301)
Officers under the Officers by Groups option in Service Manager do not appear in alphabetical order (2008109)
Incorrect values are inserted into the QD and dropdown type extension fields in Service Manager (2009943)
Multiple Conditional Branching tasks run in Service Manager, instead of a single task (2009974)
Knowledge bank text search using the any option in Service Manager fails with the error: ORA-00937: not a single-group group function (2009993)
When a CMDB Item or Service is entered in a Service Manager Call or Request, the Create/Link Outages button gets selected and greyed out (2010133)
When cloning an incident to a problem in Service Manager, the linking diagram displayed is incorrect (2011264)
Request Type field added to the Task Details screen in Service Manager is Read Only even when set to editable in Designer (2011272)
Opening the .zip files attached to calls within the Service Manager portal fails with the error: The Compressed (zipped) Folder is invalid or corrupted (2011274)
Redundant Tasks in Workflow do not get closed automatically in Service Manager (2011359)
The recipient of an email sent from an unsaved Call gets a call does not exist error when accessing the call (2011363)
Request details are overwritten when you take action on the Closure Task in Service Manager (2013812)
Cannot send receive messages through Service Manager and workflows fail to run (2013826)
Service Manager allows you to skip the Reason why the Clock is Stopped field even when the Stop Clock Reason Required option is selected (2014470)
When using Security Role Access on fields in Service Manager Designer, your selections are populated to all screen sets of the same type (2020866)
A screen template with a text or text area field in Service Manager fails to transfer HTML code within an extension field (2021063)
Cannot view limited results in the Service Manager Report Designer Data tab (2021622)
Columns in the Service Manager calls outstanding screen become extremely wide when the screen is closed and reopened (2021630)
The Call priority column in the Service Manager calls outstanding screen gets sorted in the alphabetical order and not based on the priority level (2021754)
Workflow Summary Budget vs Actual for time report not working correctly in Service Manager 9.x (2021794)
Unable to change the CI Type on a Software or Inventory CI in Service Manager (2009868)
Slow response during call searches in Service Manager (2011174)
Workflow portability fails to export outbound action source or type in Service Manager  (2011265)
Multivalued QD fields that are set to Read Only in a Service Manager request do not show data (2011268)
Service Manager Quick Launch security settings are not ported within IPK and Workflow Roles during Config Port export (2011273)
Service Manager Workflow Data Export report generates less or no data (2011357)
The Calls tab in the Service Manager Service window shows only one column when you add a custom Configuration Item QD to the screen (2011362)
Running a saved search in Service Manager reports the error: Navigation to the webpage was Canceled (2013668)
IPK Workflow rules are not triggered when a Service Manager call is reopened via an email (2013813)
Requests logged via the customer portal which are marked Submit Later cannot be deleted (2021541)
Cannot define default workings hours or public holidays for partitions within Service Manager (2021691)
VMware ThinApp
Support Policy for Microsoft Office 2010 applications virtualized with VMware ThinApp (2021901)
ThinApp build fails with the warning: whitespace found at end of line (2015054)
VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager
When attempting to run a Chargeback report, external network traffic statistics always show 0 (2010787)
Installing vCenter Configuration Manager fails while trying to validate the SRS instance with the error: Could not connect to server https://server_name/ReportServer/ReportService2005.asmx (2012133)
VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)
Adding additional storage to the vCenter Operations Manager 5.x virtual appliance (2016022)
VMware vCenter Protect Essentials
Registering the agent with the console in vCenter Protect Essentials fails with the error: The host name in the certificate is invalid or does not match (2012654)
VMware vCenter Server
Update Manager reports incompatible compliance status after a successful remediation using a baseline group (2021673)
Enable debug logging for the vCenter Inventory Service (2021705)
vNetwork Distributed Switch contains dvPort IDs with prefix c- (2019020)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Site Recovery Manager Test Failover operation fails with the error: execution exceeded timeout limit of '300' seconds (1010395)
Changes made to the virtual machine Power On and Power Off Timeout values in SRM do not take effect (2013435)
VMware vCenter Update Manager
Accessing Update Manager 5.0 with the Update Manager Orchestrator plugin fails with the error: Error in plug-in (2021647)
VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent
Automatic auto-discovery runs for a platform (2007308)
Cannot monitor the Bind 9.3.x server in a chroot environment in vFabric Hyperic Agent (2014871)
VMware vFabric Hyperic Server
Deploying the product plugin using Plugin Manager in vFabric Hyperic Server fails with the error: manifest does not exist (2010155)
VMware View Manager
Disabling default printer redirection in View Clients  (2012770)
The Connection Server icon in the View Administration Dashboard appears red when using the default certificate (2021688)
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
Running VSA command WSCLI from vCenter fails with the error: java: command not found (2021578)
Performing maintenance on VMware VSA clusters or VSA nodes (2017195)
After taking a VSA cluster or node out of maintenance mode, the status is unknown or the VSA Manager interface is no longer available (2021538)
ZCA Zimbra Appliance
Zimbra user can authenticate with an incorrect external LDAP or AD password (2021062)

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, I hope you enjoyed last weeks newsletter and especially the new sections, Tweets of the week and VMworld. This week I am still making a few changes as I streamline the newsletter and therefore you will notice that some sections have moved around. The most notable of these will be the VMUG and VMware Education sections which have now moved to the end of the newsletter before the KB articles.

The KB articles are also still in the newsletter but I have put a link to the KBDigest as well as a reminder to please check this for updates as I cannot guarantee that I will have the latest KB Articles in my newsletter when we go to print.

It is officially winter in the southern hemisphere, I am quite a fan of winter, it gives me some time to rest and work indoors and gain some new skills. As I have mentioned my goal this year is to attempt my VCAP-DCD exam which I plan on doing in September or later if all goes well.

Have a great week everyone, and please feel free to send me an email with any comments or suggestions anytime and don’t forget the TAM blog at blogs.vmware.com/tam.

Warm Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
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FEATURED ARTICLE
VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) releases vSphere 5.0 hardening guidelines in vCenter Configuration Manager! (vCM)
CP&C is pleased to announce the most anticipated content release to date in vCM, the VMware vSphere 5.0 hardening guidelines! As critical component of the vC Ops suite, vCM is the FIRST product in the market today to have the official GA version of the vSphere 5.0 Hardening Guidelines. This is just another significant step in our Trusted Cloud initiative in helping customers migrate tier one applications to the VMware Cloud Infrastructure Suite.
What does this mean to VMware vCM customers who want to make sure their virtual systems are compliant?
5 new rule groups and two brand new templates:
Brand new 5.0 hardening guideline collection filters:
Great executive compliance results and trending dashboards:

 

You can quickly move from Dashboards to details and see the out of compliance data classes, here is a small sample, there are so many that I cannot get a full coverage screen shot!

 

Add this DEEP virtualization compliance data to the rich cross platform, heterogeneous change detection, configuration\ patch management, best practices and regulatory compliance content vCM has today & you will be well on your way to successfully hardening your environment. (Yes, I did say Virtual, Physical, Windows, Linux, Servers, Desktops\ VDI...) This is better than bacon!
Whhheeeeewwwww, I ran of breath reading it back.
The guidelines are available today and can be downloaded using the vCM Content Wizard.
Feel free to hit us up with questions & comments at:
on the Security & Compliance Blog or the Virtualization Management Blog
on Twitter: @georgegerchow and @vmwaremgmt
on Facebook: IT Management
at the Management Mastery site
and at the Management Mastery Forum
Hasta La Vista,
George Gerchow – Director, VMware Center for Policy & Compliance

TWEETS OF THE WEEK (@VMWARETAM)
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Duncan Epping @DuncanYB
Cool, South Africa now has their own VMUG chapter! Hope to stop by some day @vmug_za

 

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Alan Renouf @alanrenouf
More #PowerShell automation from Bare metal to the cloud with@aeroic78

Manish Patel @Mandivs
#VMware #Visio #Stencils for #VCDX #Design -->http://virtualpatel.blogspot.com/2012/06/vmware-visio-stencils-for-vcdx-design.html?spref=tw #VCAP-DCD #VCAP #VCP #vSphere#ESXi #vCenter

VMWORLD 2012

VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS
VMware vCloud Blog: Building Your Cloud With vCloud Director
VMware Blogs 9/06/12 2:00 AM
Below is a recording of the session I did in January 2012 at Gillette Stadium with Paul Lembo called “Building your cloud with vCloud Director”.  I finally got a copy of the session and wanted to share it for those that could not make it to that event.  It was well received - thanks to Chris Harney for getting me the session video.  It takes a slightly different approach than the one done at VMworld and Partner Exchange.

VMware vSphere Blog: Automate the Hardening of Your Virtual Machine VMX Configurations
As you probably have heard, VMware has just released the official vSphere 5.0 Security Hardening Guide. In addition to providing the latest guidelines for the vSphere 5.0 platform, the new hardening guide also includes several enhancements, one of which are the CLI (ESXi Shell, vCLI or PowerCLI) commands for assessment and/or remediation for a given guideline. One particular section of the hardening guide that has been quite popular over the years is securing the Virtual Machine’s VMX configuration file. You might ask, how would you go about automating these change across all your virtual machines?

VMware vCloud Blog: How To Handle Some vCloud Director Challenges
The other day I was sent a link to a 9-slide deck titled “Life before and after vCloud Director”, put together by someone I do not know that takes time to point out some specific challenges with vCloud Director, mostly with networking and vShield Edge.  From what I have learned this deck was previously circulated and has recently re-surfaced.  It tries to explain that datacenters after vCloud Director are “Extremely Fragile” due mainly to the fact we use vShield Edge.  As a vCloud person myself I felt a bit obligated to address some of these for some of you in a more structured approach.  Some of the noteable points that are presented as “facts” in the slides are as follows:

VMware Global Alliances Blog: SAP-Sybase Makes Running Business Critical Databases on vSphere Hassle Free
It's very clear, with  VMware’s recent Press Release at SAPPHIRE 2012, that SAP-Sybase has addressed and removed the major barriers associated with virtualization of business critical databases, which are performance, licensing and support. This is a huge milestone! I speak at many conferences and with customers from C-level to database administrators, and the amount of time discussing certain ISV licensing and support statements in excruciating detail in my opinion is a tremendous waste of time.  I’d much rather be talking about why enterprises should be running their tier 1 applications on VMware. This is exactly what SAP-Sybase gives us the ability to do, rather than replaying the broken record on support and licensing. 

VMware vFabric Blog: Three Reasons why you need vFabric Administration Server
In the 5.1 release of the vFabric Suite, we’ve added a new tool – vFabric Administration Server (VAS). VAS makes it significantly easier to administer some of the components of the vFabric Suite across small deployments with a handful of machines or something much larger. The first release of the Administration Server provides support for administering GemFire, RabbitMQ, and tc Server via aREST API. Some examples of VAS's capabilities include installing GemFire, RabbitMQ, or tc Server, starting and stopping them, managing their configuration files, and deploying web applications to tc Server.

VMware vSphere Blog: Nutanix announces more vSphere integration features
For those of you who don't know about Nutanix, these are the folks who won a gold award for desktop virtualization at VMworld 2011 last year. Their complete cluster product is both a hardware and software solution that delivers compute and storage to run virtual machines and store your data. Their other stance is that you no longer need a SAN to achieve enterprise-class performance, scalability and data management.

VMware vCloud Blog: The New Service Provider Learning Path on Partner Central
In case you missed yesterday’s vmLIVE presentation on the new Service Provider Learning Path available on Partner Central, here is a summary of what these new paths mean for VMware Service Providers. (You can also download a recording of the webinar)
As the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) grows and matures, VMware continually aims to add new benefits to help partners. Ensuring that Service Providers are receiving the education and tools they need to be successful is a natural part of this growth process.

VMware vSphere Blog: Tips For Updating Statelss ESXi Hosts
One thing that I really like about ESXi is that it's small.  The full ESXi 5.0 image is just under 150MB, if you include VMware tools it's around 300MB.  Having such a small image not only helps keep things very secure, but it also makes it very easy to deploy.  So easy in fact that it's becoming increasingly popular to find customers deploying ESXi "on the fly" when the host is booted, a practice commonly referred to as "stateless" ESXi.  There are different ways to implement stateless ESXi, but typically it involves PXE booting the hosts, installing the ESXi image over the network, and using scripts, host profiles, or a combination of the two to apply the host configuration. Stateless ESXi has several key benefits:

VMware vSphere Blog: Troubleshooting Storage Performance in vSphere – Part 2
Poor storage performance is generally the result of high I/O latency, but what can cause high storage performance and how to address it?   There are a lot of things that can cause poor storage performance…

VMware vSphere Blog: VMware vSphere Storage DRS Interoperability technical paper available
Today the technical paper VMware vSphere Storage DRS Interoperability is made available for download at the Technical Resource Center at VMware.com.
This white paper presents an overview of best practices for customers considering the implementation of VMware vSphere Storage DRS in combination with advanced storage device features or other VMware products. This document zooms in on Storage DRS interoperability with array based features, such as Auto-Tiering, Thin provisioning, Depulication but also explains the interoperability with VMware products such as Snapshots, SRM and many more.
Go and download it here: http://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/10286

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere Metro Storage Cluster white paper ebook formats available
VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (VMware vMSC) is a new configuration within the VMware Hardware Compatibility List. This type of configuration is commonly referred to as a stretched storage cluster or metro storage cluster. It is implemented in environments where disaster/downtime avoidance is a key requirement. This case study was developed to provide additional insight and information regarding operation of a VMware vMSC infrastructure in conjunction with VMware vSphere. This paper will explain how vSphere handles specific failure scenarios and will discuss various design considerations and operational procedures.
Download vSphere Metro Storage Cluster - Epub version
Download vSphere Metro Storage Cluster - Mobi version

VMware Global Alliances Blog: The New IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure (SDI) Reference Architecture with VMware View Desktop Virtualization
Given yesterday's launch of the IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure, I’d like to share some of the key findings and design principles of our recent work that I had the privilege to lead architecturally from our side.
Having worked closely with the VMware team for over 10 years, the increasing interest of our joint customer base in VMware End User Computing technologies does not come as surprise. Customers aim to naturally expand their existing vSphere virtualization platform to cover new use cases including desktop virtualization, utilizing existing skills and management approaches.

VMware vSphere Blog: Extending an EagerZeroedThick Disk
Here is something which came my way via an observation made by one of our customers (thanks Guido). When extending a VMDK which is EagerZeroedThick, the extended part is only LazyZeroed. Its probably easier to explain using the following example.

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: Security Hardening with PowerCLI
Security Hardening, words that invoke fear into any vSphere Admins life.  This normally means hundreds of manual checks, days or even months of work to not only test the system for its current compliance but also the work to remediate the issues and ensure your system is secure.

VMware vSphere Blog: Using A Guest Customization Script to Tell When vApp/VM Is Ready In vCloud Director
A question that has comes up from time to time for vCloud Director is how to tell when a vApp and its associated Virtual Machines is ready for use after the initial power on operation?

VMWARE TV BLOG
VMwareTV: How to Virtualize Microsoft Exchange on VMware vSphere
Watch this demo of how easy it is to virtualize Microsoft Exchange. With thousands of customers already virtualized and Microsoft supporting virtualized Exchange, benefit from all the valuable features of virtualization.

VMwareTV: VMware Forum 2012 (Boston) Keynote by Vittorio Viarengo
Vittorio explains VMware's vision for the post PC era and gives a live presentation of logging into a View desktop from a MacBook Air, demonstrating Horizon and Octopus, and moving his session from his MacBook Air to an Android tablet while playing a YouTube video.

VMwareTV: VMware Forum 2012 (Boston) - Attendee Interviews
Stacey Vaughan-Jones (VMware), talks to atttendees at VMware Forum 2012 in Boston

VMwareTV: VMware Forum 2012 (Boston) - Sponsor Interviews
Stacey Vaughan-Jones (VMware), talks to sponsors at VMware Forum 2012 in Boston.

VMwareTV: VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Assessing Capacity Risk and Optimizing Virtual Infrastructure
Effective capacity management allows you to match the right amount of resources with the workload demand you're seeing to maintain service health while eliminating overhead and waste. vCenter Operations Manager helps assess capacity risk, and identifies opportunities to reclaim unused capacity to optimize virtual resource utilization. It also simulates "what-if" scenarios to model the impact of capacity changes to the datacenter.

VMwareTV: VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Debugging Poor Virtual Machine Performance Caused by Storage I/O
Storage I/O is critical and a leading cause of performance bottlenecks in virtualized environments. vCenter Operations Manager offers in-depth visibility into data center elements including storage (IOPS, throughput, latency). This enables VI administrators to design their virtual data centers to effectively rule out or diagnose storage I/O contention and other storage-related VM performance issues.

VMwareTV: VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Debugging Poor Virtual Machine Performance Caused by Memory
Occasionally, over-consolidation or virtual machine sprawl can lead to memory or other resource contention and degrade overall system performance. vCenter Operations Manager provides easy to use dashboards and visual charts that help VI administrators pinpoint performance hotspots in the data center and determine how frequently these incidents occur so they can balance workloads across their data center resource pool.

VMwareTV: VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Debugging Poor Virtual Machine CPU Performance
Change is a constant in data centers, whether planned or completely unexpected. VI administrators need the ability to proactively solve for performance issues related to configuration changes. VMware vCenter Operations Manager helps diagnose workload-related performance issues, perform root cause analysis, proactively single out looming problems and identify resource usage inefficiencies.

VMWARE VFABRIC
VMware vFabric Blog: vFabric Webcast June 20th: SQLFire - Fast Data that Spans the Globe
For those following the vFabric Blog, one of the most intriguing new products (from both a technology and a financial perspective) is vFabric SQLFire – an in-memory, NewSQL database.  There is an upcoming webcast on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 9:00 AM PDT, titled VMware vFabric SQLFire – Fast Data that Spans the Globe.

VMware vFabric Blog: How VMware IT Reduced Provisioning Time by 80% Using vFabric Application Director and More
In 2011, VMware IT embarked on an effort to transform their processes for application deployment. Similar to most IT shops, VMware IT regularly prioritizes projects to a) enhance business value and b) lower operating (efficiency, effectiveness, etc.) and capital expenditures.  For VMware IT, there is also the opportunity to showcase how VMware technology can impact VMware customers.  For example, VMware’s own hardware consolidation from virtualization has resulted in an infrastructure that is 97% virtualized and a significant cost

Cloudfuji Accelerates Delivery of Its Open Source Application Store with Cloud Foundry
Unlike most Platform as a Service offerings today, the open and extensible nature of Cloud Foundry means developers will not be locked into a single cloud or remain beholden to the feature set delivered based on a vendor’s timeline. This month, in our series of guest blogs by application developers, we are featuring the story of Cloudfuji, a modern business application store that uses Cloud Foundry to keep itself nimble and focused on getting to market quickly.

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
How-to remove linked clones reference from composer database video
Removing reference to linked clones from VMware View Composer Database
Here is a quick video from VMware KBTV which shows you that with one simple command you can remove linked clone references from the VMware View Composer database. You might end up having this error while renaming a VM which belongs to a desktop pool through a vSphere Client – a think not to do… -:).

View Storage Accelerator Performance Benchmark
EMC has recently conducted some VMware View 5.1 validation tests with their VSPEX pre-validated architecture. As part of the validation tests EMC also captured some awesome performance data where we can clearly see the benefits delivered by the new View Storage Accelerator feature.
If you are not familiar with View Accelerator, read about it in my previous articles Understanding CBRC (Content Based Read Cache) and Understanding CBRC – RecomputeDigest Method.

VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator v1.1 Demo Overview
Ben Scheerer, Sr. Product Manager at VMware, provides a demo, use cases and functionality of VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator (VIN) v1.1.

vSphere PowerCLI 5.0 reference app for iPhone and iPad
This tool is to be used for referencing the VMware vSphere 5 PowerCLI cmdlets. VMware vSphere PowerCLI is a powerful command line tool that lets you automate all aspects of vSphere management, including network, storage, VM, guest OS and more. PowerCLI is distributed as a Windows PowerShell snapin, and includes more than 300 PowerShell cmdlets, along with documentation and samples.

Why Choose VMware vSphere 5 for VDI? Comparison to Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer
Today, Virtualization Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a key initiative for many organizations looking to reduce administrative overhead while providing a more secure, flexible and reliable desktop computing environment for end users. Proper planning and good decision making are required to ensure a successful deployment. Choosing the right virtualization platform to host the virtual desktop implementation is often the first major decision and— to a large degree— can make or break the entire transformation. Important considerations when choosing the best VDI platform include:

Technical Paper - VMware vSphere Storage DRS Interoperability
Virtual machine storage provisioning historically has imposed operational challenges. Monitoring datastore capacity and I/O load has proven to be very difficult and as a result is often neglected. During the provisioning process for virtual machines, virtual disk datastores are often randomly selected, leading to hot spots and over- or underutilized data-stores. Storage DRS is a new feature introduced in VMware vSphere 5.0 that provides smart virtual machine placement and load balancing mechanisms based on I/O and space capacity.
It will help decrease operational effort associated with the provisioning of virtual machines and monitoring of the storage environment. This document presents an overview of best practices for customers considering the implementation of VMware vSphere Storage DRS in combination with advanced storage device features or other VMware products.
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vsphere-storage-drs-interoperability.pdf

[Update] ESXi-Customizer Powershell script version 1.1
With the last part of my ImageBuilder Deep Dive series (also don't miss part 1 and 2) I published a Powershell script to build a customized ESXi 5.0 installation ISO, optionally adding the contents of the HP Online VIBs depot. HP has recently updated the contents of their Online depots adding the latest releases of their bundles (see this post). I tested the first version of my script and found

VM Monitoring only using VMware Tools heartbeat?
I had this question twice this week and did a quick search on my blog and I wrote an article about it a while back, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to repeat some of that and expand on it. I copied / pasted this from part from our book as I think it it spot on!

vSphere 5.0 HA restarting of VMs with no access to storage?
I had a question today around the restart of VMs with no access to storage by HA. The question was if HA would try to restart the VM and time out after 5 times. With the follow up question, if HA would try again when the storage would return for duty.

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

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.
Sign up today!

VMWARE KB ARTICLES
Please consider checking - http://blogs.vmware.com/kbdigest/ regularly for new and updated KB Articles.

New Articles Published for Week Ending 6/2/12
Spring Framework
Spring XSD file URLs are not accessible (2021147)
VMware ESXi
Booting a virtual machine restored from Symantec Netbackup fails with the error: No operating system found (2021483)
VMware Service Manager
SLA Events are not generated on SLA's attached to calls and requests (1029206)
Object/Attachment functionality in VMware Service Manager 9.x (HTML only) (1031504)
Call type is overwritten by closure type value in VMware Service Manager 9.x (1031730)
Users prompted to download the wrapper during login after installing the RP47 wrapper and controls in VMware Service Manager 8.x (1031948)
Entering multiple requests through the customer portal without refreshing results in lost requests (2021069)
Selecting a QD dropdown shows unfiltered selections and endless pick lists (2021650)
The Complete button is not available in VMware Service Manager 9.x (1031544)
Email notifications not received by officers/groups when a call is logged in VMware Service Manager 9.x (1031893)
VMware vCenter Server
Cannot move a Datastore Cluster from one object to another within the vCenter Server inventory (2021110)
VMware vCloud Director
Location of vCloud Director log files (2021435)
VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent
Hosts and virtual machines from multiple vCenter Servers appear under one vCenter Server (2016415)
VMware vFabric Hyperic Server
Using dbmigrate to migrate from PostgreSQL to MySQL in VMware vFabric Hyperic Server (1030259)
Graphs do not display metrics in VMware vFabric Hyperic Server (1031278)
About Metric Data Warehouse in VMware vFabric Hyperic Server 4.5 (1031877)
Groovy to create CSV of alert definitions that are disabled (1031878)
DB2 metrics do not display in Current Health in VMware vFabric Hyperic Server 4.5.x (1031287)
VMware vFabric tc Server
Configuring high concurrency DataSource in VMware vFabric tc Server 2.0 to 2.6 (2005475)
VMware vSphere Management Assistant
vSphere Management Assistant 5.0 Patch 2 (5.0.0.2) (2021164)
ZCS Network Edition
Changing the default log file locations for Zimbra Collaboration Server (2021306)

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, this is a big week for the newsletter as I implement a few new additions and changes that I have been working on.

Firstly there is a new section called VMWORLD2012 where I will be putting useful information regarding this amazing event taking place soon.

I have also added a new section called TWEETS OF THE WEEK which is a selection of interesting tweets from the people I follow on the @VMWARETAM twitter account. Of course you are free to follow this account if you wish.

I am also including a new section for the next few months or so on the just released VCAP-DCD Version 5.0. This is part of my learning process for this certification which I would like to obtain and possibly assist some of my TAM customers obtain as well.

So this week’s featured article I am pleased to say is one of my own. It is from the VMware APJ TAM Blog and represents the APJ TAM community. Please have a read and of course feel free to send me your feedback as well as any future blog posts you might wish to see.

On to the newsletter, I hope that you find something useful in this week’s edition.

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
Regular Maintenance for your Virtual Environment
VMware TAM Program Blog 28/05/12 7:28 PM Neil isserow
You probably know the scenario well. An issue occurs in your environment, you log a support call and between your engineers and the vendor the issue is solved, but not without significant costs incurred to the organisation. These are measured and can include time spent on the issue, resource comitted, service disruption time and cost and of course many other factors. All of these usually pale in comparison to the loss of confidence that can occur in the environment by users and management, and often the knee jerk reaction is to look for an alternative or how to create a more redundant environment.
The first choice, looking for an alternative is usually met with much skepticism by the operations team who will need to learn an entire new system and of course management often baulks at the costs in any case. The second option, looking for more redundancy usually get a lot more traction in the organisation and many ideas are identified to help resolve what is now the solution to a particular problem.
This article does not discuss either of these and of course both are worth considering when a failure occurs however often it is the softer more simple option that is overlooked, ongoing maintenance.
As a Technical Account Manager it is my job to support my customers and when they have an issue and ensure that is it resolved as quickly as possible. The best way to do this is to prevent the issue from occuring in the first place. This is my goal with all of my customers, and a regimented process of scheduled maintenance plans is paramount to ensuring this can happen. While I cannot prevent every issue I can try and ensure that issues that are already identified are fixed before a problem occurs.
If you have read my blog posting before you will know I am a real fan of a simple step by step guide to doing things, that way we at least have a starting point, so here is mine.
Step 1: Regular scheduled meeting (in person, conference call) with the main operations team members. I do not advocate including every business system owner in this as it should not be their input that is required to prevent any issues.
Step 2: Provide a Scheduled Maintenance Plan Window: This is basically a plan which is open to all that provides a regular window where operations can maintain the system. While we all strive for 4 or 5 9's we need to make sure our business system users are aware of the importance of maintaining their system which may require some downtime. Of course there are ways to minimize this which are beyond the scope of this blog post.
Step 3: Daily/Weekly/Monthly preventative maintenance plan: This is a simople list of tasks. The list needs to provide the task, who owns it (group), when it is done, and how to do it. I always recommend both automated and manual steps if possible for every task, and most important is a way to check that the task was completed successfully.
Step 5: Check the vendor's Knoweldge base, patch update: As part of the ongoing weekly meetings that you schedule and the preventative maintenance schedule that you have prepared one of your tasks should be to check the vendor's offical knowledge base or patch update site. It is important to evaluate these articles and patches in terms of their potential impact if they are applicable. I recommend a simple check of the itrems and then evaluate the impact of either doing or not doing the task on your environment.
Like all good plan's doing this at a scheduled time, with the correct people on an ongoing basis is the best way to prevent as many potential issues as you can in your environment. I would expect that many of the isues that we have to solve when they occur are often clearly documented in KB articles or patch updates that could have been applied before the problem even occured.
Achieving the dream of high uptime requires careful planning but forgetting to do the basics of scheduled preventative maintenance can unravel the best technology systems and leave you with an unplanned outage which is the worst place to be.

TWEETS OF THE WEEK (@VMWARETAM)
Alan Renouf @alanrenouf
RT @lamw: If you're interested in vSphere Data Protection (VDP), make sure you follow Jeff Hunter from Tech Marketing@jhuntervmware

John Mark Troyer @jtroyer
Microsoft recycles same old VMware smack http://bit.ly/LlHB7J from@roidude

VMware Planet V12n @PlanetV12n
Friday Round-up: 5 Useful Links for IT Admins (VMware Go Blog)
http://blogs.vmware.com/go/2012/06/friday-round-up-5-useful-links-for-it-admins.html

VMware Partners @VMware_Partners
http://bit.ly/L9tIgt EMC and VMware – Virtualizing Business Critical Applications - basics of virtualizing Oracle.

VMware @VMware
New content on http://vmware.com: VXLAN - Software Defined Networking
http://www.vmware.com/solutions/datacenter/vxlan.html

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

VMWARE EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
New Training - VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Analyze and Predict [V5.0]
This course, for experienced VMware vSphere personnel, teaches skills for the use of VMware vCenter™ Operations as a forensic and predictive tool. The course is based on VMware vSphere ESXi 5.0, VMware vCenter Server 5.0, and vCenter Operations Manager 5.0.

•  Understand major and minor badges and their underlying metrics.
•  Use these badges to find root causes of common operational issues in a vSphere environment.
•  Perform capacity management and what-if analyses.
•  Use the Operations tab, the Planning tab, the Alerts tab, the Analysis tab, and the Reports tab.
•  Navigate the vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 user interface.
•  Use heat maps and create a custom heat map.
•  Use smart alerts to detect system issues.
Course Datasheet

VMWARE BRISBANE TRAINING SCHEDULE

CourseDateRegister
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

 

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.

Sign up today!

 

VMWORLD 2012

 

VMworld Blog: June 8 Deadlines: Early Bird Rate and Session Public Voting

 

We are in the final days of two very important deadlines: early bird registration rates and the opportunity to vote on sessions submitted to call for papers end on June 8.

 

Expand your knowledge, bring value to your company and meet with your peers at VMworld 2012 US.

Register by next Friday to save $600 on the Full Conference pass. VMworld 2012 Europe registration will open within 2 weeks. At VMworld plan to take the next step in your journey to ITaaS.

 

 

VMworld 2012 Session Public Voting now open

 

Last night VMworld has opened up the list of sessions that have been submitted for public voting. You can now browse through the list and give a ‘thumbs up’ for the session you would like to be presented at VMworld. I have entered one session myself: “1335 -

Health Check of Your vSphere Environment“. This session will walk you through a set of health checks to make sure you’ll always get the most out of your vSphere environment. Some common misconceptions that are found in many environments will be addressed. This session is based on the VMware Health Check posts you can find on my blog. Please vote for my session.

 

I would also recommend visiting Mike Laverick’s blog post in which he presents a list of

vendor neutral sessions.

 

See full post at:

VMworld 2012 Session Public Voting now open

 

VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS

 

VMware vSphere v5.0 Earns Common Criteria EAL4+ Certification

 

On May 22, 2012,

VMware vSphere 5.0 achieved Common Criteria certification at EAL4+ under the Canadian Common Criteria Evaluation and Certification Scheme.

 

The visibility and focus of security in IT infrastructure environments has increased significantly in recent years, motivating IT professionals to seek systems which help with the protection their valuable data assets.  Common Criteria provides a level of assurance that

VMware vSphere 5.0 has achieved specific security design and implementation specifications.  Common Criteria ensures security functional requirements were met through a rigorous standards based evaluation process, which included functional and vulnerability tests in addition to reviews of VMware’s implementation and development processes.  The certification process also included Flaw Remediation which evaluates VMware’s processes for supporting vSphere 5.0 with future security and maintenance updates.   

 

 

VMware Global Alliances Blog: EMC and VMware – Virtualizing Business Critical Applications

 

If you want to learn about basics of Oracle running on VMware vSphere, check out the video below where Jeff Browning and I discuss the concepts to do this.

 

First, consider running both RAC and non-RAC implementations on virtualized infrastructure, which could lead to reduced licensing costs. Take advantage of the innate resource management capabilities in vSphere which may lead to further cost reduction and simplicity. Also, implement the system's controls to allow for the satisfaction of HA and Performance SLAs with minimal setup effort and greater system impact. These are just some of the highlights.

 

 

VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: ChannelPro-SMB Readers’ Choice Awards - VMware Named The Best Virtualization Vendor

 

VMware has been named a winner in the

2012 ChannelPro-SMB Readers’ Choice Awards in the category of Best Virtualization Vendor, as well as a runner-up in the categories of Vendor Partner Program: Best Sales Support, Vendor Partner Program: Best Technical Support, and Vendor Partner Program: Best Training Programs.

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.0 U1 now supports routed NFS storage access

 

I have to admit, I missed this in the release notes when we initially brought out 5.0U1. But it is rather neat that we now support routing NFS traffic.

 

There are some caveats however. From the

release notes:

 

vSphere 5.0 Update 1 supports L3 routed NFS storage access when you ensure that your environment meets the following conditions:

 

 

VMware vCloud Blog: [Video] Monitoring vCloud Director Overview

 

With vSphere and vCenter, so much time is focused on configuring it, many times, a very small amount of time is spent actually monitoring it to ensure you are achieving your goals of solid performance, reliability, and security. This statement is also true for VMware vCloud Director. Thus, while installing and configuring is certainly crucial, the ability to monitor vCloud Director is also crucial

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Troubleshooting Storage Performance in vSphere – Part 1 - The Basics

 

I frequently present at the various VMware User Group (VMUG) meetings, VMworld and partner conferences.  If you have ever attended one of my talks, you will know it is like trying to drink from a fire hose, it is hard to cover everything in just a 45 min session. Therefore I will take the time here to  write a few blogs that go over the concepts discussed in these talks in more detail (or at least slower). One of the most popular yet very fast paced talks I present is the Troubleshooting Storage Performance in vSphere. I’ll slow things down a bit and discuss each topic here, this might be just a review for some of you but hopefully as we get into more details there will be some new nuggets of VMware specific information that can help even the more advanced storage folks.

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: HA / Distributed vSwitch problems after Storage vMotion scripts available

 

Most of you have read about this issue by now where it is impossible for vSphere 5.0 HA to fail-over a virtual machine which has been SvMotioned and is connected to a distributed vSwitch. Both William Lam and Alan Renouf were so kind to work on scripts to detect and resolve this problem. They published it on their blogs a while back, but at the same time internally we had our team officially testing these scripts.

 

 

VMware End User Computing: What’s New with USB Redirection in VMware View 5.1?

 

Who would have thought that configuring USB devices for redirection to VMware View desktops could be fun? VMware View 5.1 provides a new group policies administrative interface for configuring USB device splitting and filtering. Now it is as satisfying as solving a simple logic puzzle when you configure a USB device for redirection.

 

 

VMWARE TV BLOG

 

VMwareTV: VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator v1.1 Demo Overview

 

Ben Scheerer, Sr. Product Manager at VMware, provides a demo, use cases and functionality of VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator (VIN) v1.1.

 

 

VMwareTV: (HD Version) IT Challenge: Patch Tuesday, Solution: VMware

 

A look at the challenges IT faces in supporting end users and desktop environments in the workplace. VMware SMB Playlist: bit.ly VMware View Playlist: bit.ly Real World Advantage Playlist: bit.ly

 

 

VMwareTV: (HD Version) IT Challenge: Device Diversity, Solution: VMware

 

A look at the challenges IT faces in supporting end users across devices in the workplace. VMware SMB Playlist: bit.ly VMware View Playlist: bit.ly Real World Advantage Playlist: bit.ly

 

 

VMwareTV: (HD Version) IT Challenge: Scalability, Solution: VMware

 

A look at the challenges IT faces in supporting scalability in the workplace. VMware SMB Playlist: bit.ly VMware View Playlist: bit.ly Real World Advantage Playlist: bit.ly

 

 

How to remove linked clone references from the VMware View Composer database

 

Greetings from the KBTV team!

 

Today we have a new video that discusses and demonstrates the process for removing linked clone virtual machine references from the VMware View Composer database using the SviConfig command.

 

The solution described within this video applies to VMware View versions 4.5 and later. Further information can be seen in the related Knowledge Base article:

Manually deleting linked clones or stale virtual desktop entries from VMware View Manager 4.5 and later (2015112).

 

For instructions for older versions of VMware View such as 3.x and 4.0.x, check out VMware Knowledge Base article:

Manually deleting linked clones or stale desktop entries from VMware View Manager 4.5 and later (1008658).

 

 

VMWARE VFABRIC

 

VMware vFabric Blog: 4 Ways tc Server 2.7 Improves Performance Management for Java Applications

 

Earlier this month, the vFabric team

released vFabric Suite 5.1, an integrated suite of primarily open-source based middleware components extended with enterprise management and monitoring features. Included in this release is the brand new tc Server 2.7, which offers enterprise features built on an Apache Tomcat base.vFabric tc Server is the best way to harness the simplicity of Apache Tomcat with the demanding enterprise capabilities required by large-scale deployments. The update

details are in the release notes and

documentation; however, there are 4 key highlights that are important to helping improve performance management for java applications including:

 

 

VMware vFabric Blog: What's New in EM4J 1.1?

 

Elastic Memory for Java (EM4J) 1.1 is a memory management toolkit for Java in

vSphere, focused on enabling customers to confidently achieve greater memory efficiency for their Java workloads.

 

EM4J is a relatively new technology developed here at VMware which was created to solve the problem of memory reclamation in VMs predominantly running Java. This week, as part of the overall

vFabric Suite 5.1 release, we introduced EM4J 1.1 which builds on that foundation with new monitoring capabilities in vCenter designed specifically to support Java workloads, as shown in this screenshot. First, however, if you are not familiar with EM4J, it may be helpful for a more detailed background on EM4J itself. If you are already familiar with it, you can skip to the section below on EM4J 1.1.

 

 

VMware vFabric Blog: vFabric Usage and vFabric License Server

 

One change in vFabric Suite 5.1 is that the EULA now requires people to check their usage every 90 days. This is listed

www.vfabric.co/eula - further below, there is an explanation on the simple way to get a report on this information:

 

At least once every ninety (90) days during the License Term (the " Reporting Period"), You shall calculate, using all tools reasonably available to you, the average number of Virtual Machines in which You have run the Software during such Reporting Period (" Average Use"). If during any Reporting Period Your Average Use exceeds the number of licenses for which You have paid the applicable license fees, You shall: (i) report the excess use to VMware, within thirty (30) days of making the calculation, by providing written notice to

vfabric@vmware.com; and (ii) pay to VMware, within thirty (30) days of the date of VMware's invoice, the license fees due for such additional licenses. The day following an Average Use calculation shall begin a new Reporting Period.

 

 

Spring Roo 1.2.2.RELEASE available

 

The Spring Roo team is pleased to announce the availability 1.2.2.RELEASE.  This is the second maintenance release for 1.2 and includes fixes for a number of issues and includes support for Spring Framework 3.1.1 and JDK 7.  Roo 1.2.2 also includes the excellent new "tailor" feature provided by our new partner, Accenture. I hope you

Read more...

 

Cloud Foundry Now Supports Play!

 

Cloud Foundry now supports

Play 2.0 as a first-class framework. Play is a lightweight, stateless, web-friendly framework for Java and

Scala. Developers can leverage this event-driven non-blocking IO architecture to build highly scalable applications. Play 1.0 applications were previously deployable to Cloud Foundry as WAR files. Play 2.0, which doesn’t have built-in support for WAR files, can now be deployed to

CloudFoundry.com and take advantage of being a fully supported framework that includes auto-reconfiguration, simplified service connections, and automatic database management. Play developers, welcome to Cloud Foundry!

 

 

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)

 

vFabric Application Director

 

I am not going to pretend I am the devops expert here but I was playing around with

vFabric Application Director last week and I thought it was really cool solution. I can really see the value for development teams, but also for large support services teams and even education org’s. Being able to create deployment / configuration plans for application stacks by simply dragging and dropping is something I would have loved to have when I supported various development and support teams in a previous life.

 

 

Which isolation response should I use?

 

I wrote

this article about split brain scenarios for the vSphere Blog. Based on this article I received some questions around which “isolation response” to use. This is not something that can be answered by a simple “recommended practice” and applied to all scenarios out there. Note that below has got everything to do with your infrastructure. Are you using IP-Based storage? Do you have a converged network? All of these impact the decision around the isolation response.

 

The following table however could be used to make a decision:

 

 

New vCenter Operation Limits in VMware View 5.1

 

The Concurrent Operations Limits for vCenter Server and View Composer have changed. VMware vCenter and View Composer Advanced Settings allow administrators to specify the maximum concurrent number of provisioning, power and maintenance operations.  In View 5.0 only power and provisioning concurrent operations were available for configuration via the user Interface.

 

VMware View 5.1 not only implement management of maintenance and Linked-Clone provisioning operations but also increase the Default limits.

 

 

Things you didn’t know about PCoIP in View 5.1

 

Over 20 different performance optimizations have been added to PCoIP display protocol in VMware View 5.1. Some of those optimizations you will find in

VMware View 5.1 Continues to Improve User Experience by Tony Huynh, and some more in

View 5.1 Performance from the VMware Performance Team.

 

VMware has been actively improving PCoIP, and has introduced the following components in it’s latest release: cache compression, dynamic audio jitter buffers, packet loss tolerance, decoder rate estimation algorithms, Q-level definition amongst others.

 

 

VMware vDS is not that complicated – see the video

 

New free video has come out from the latest TrainSignal Training course called

vSphere Advanced Networking. This training focuses on networking, and especially on those more advanced networking features which are present in vSphere 5. One of them is vDS.

 

vDS compared to standard virtual switch is managed and configured not at the host level (per host) but it’s managed through a GUI section in vCenter. The ESX/ESXi hosts that belong to a dvSwitch don’t need any further configuraiton. That’s why in larger environments with a lot of ESX/ESXi hosts it’s really interesting to have vDS instead of standard switches.

 

 

vSphere 5 ESXTOP quick Overview

 

New ESXTOP PDF ressource diagram called “vSphere 5 ESXTOP quick Overview for Troubleshooting”.

 

Troubleshooting ESX/ESXi ressources, performances, resources contention, all this might be difficult at first. There is a new Free PDF resource document available from German speaking blogger Andi Lesslhumer which might help to understand and learn some ESXTOP tricks.  The document is in English.

 

 

VMWARE KB ARTICLES

 

Please consider checking -

http://blogs.vmware.com/kbdigest/ regularly for new and updated KB Articles.

 

 

VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 5/26/12

 

Protecting datacenters using Security for Virtualized Environments by Bitdefender on VMware vSphere 5 infrastructure (2021455)

 

Eclipse Virgo

 

Eclipse Virgo reference platforms and support methodology (2021394)

 

Eclipse Virgo known platform limitations (2021389)

 

Socialcast

 

Resetting your Socialcast Cluster Management Console (SCMC) admin password (2021158)

 

VMware Capacity Planner

 

Configuring VMware Capacity Planner for IP subnet discovery (2014366)

 

VMware ESXi

 

Adding an ESXi 5.0 host to vCenter Server 5.0 fails with the error: A general system error occurred (2009217)

 

Cloning a virtual machine from a template fails when the destination datastore is a Storage DRS POD (2021361)

 

Changing the value of the KeepAliveTO parameter for Qlogic iSCSI HBAs in ESX/ESXi hosts (2021013)

 

VMware Fusion

 

Installing Adobe Reader on Mac fails with the error: Found a higher version of Adobe Reader in the installation location (2016878)

 

VMware Go Pro

 

Unable to download xxxxxxGridExport from gona1.vmware.com in VMware Go Pro (2021207)

 

VMware Service Manager

 

Call is not reopened when customer replies to Call Closure email in VMware Service Manager 9.x (1033057)

 

Unable to edit KB articles when Content Security is enabled (1033120)

 

Unable to view Service Catalogue section in customer portal (1033198)

 

infraEnterprise 8.0 patch required to support Microsoft Windows 7 (1033450)

 

Downtime calculation on VMware Service Manager call screens is incorrect (1033527)

 

Duplicate resources imported from SCCM connector in VMware Service Manager (1031500)

 

Option to create forms for entities that do not support forms in Service Manager (1031545)

 

Text in multi-tier fields in VMware Service Manager 9.x is unreadable when font colour is the same or similar to the background colour (1031613)

 

The customized subject line is not being used in VMware Service Manager V9 (1032991)

 

Attempting to log in to VMware Service Manager 9.x fails with multiple errors (2001580)

 

Missing monitors and random layout when printing a dashboard with multiple monitors in Service Manager (2020844)

 

The Service Manager logo appears unexpectedly on the workstation and does not disappear (2021160)

 

Cannot set a security profile on a new object that is attached to a Service Manager call via an email (2021210)

 

The Forward Internal - Officers by Group view for calls displays incorrect results in Service Manager (2021275)

 

VMware ThinApp

 

POST data operation is not supported in ThinDirect function (2019735)

 

VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager

 

VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager reports the error: Violation of UNIQUE KEY constraint 'CB_STORAGE_CAPABILITY_U1' (2016264)

 

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager

 

Viewing bulletin details in vCenter Configuration Manager 5.5 fails with the error: The SELECT permission was denied on the object 'csi_hf_view_bulletin_summary', database 'VCM', schema 'dbo' (2021345)

 

VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator

 

Collecting diagnostic information for VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator (2016250)

 

VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)

 

Installing a vCenter Operations 5.x vApp (2015829)

 

VMware vCenter Orchestrator

 

Stored credentials for plug-ins in VMware Center Orchestrator 4.0.x, 4.1.x, and 4.2.x (2021259)

 

VMware vCenter Protect Essentials

 

Upgrading VMware vCenter Protect or Shavlik Netchk Protect fails with the error: Cannot create a new Service Broker in a mirrored database "Protect" (2021049)

 

VMware vCenter Server

 

The Storage service is not initialized when clicking storage views with SQL Mirror configuration (2012705)

 

Host and virtual machine status is not accurately reflected in the vSphere Web Client (2021214)

 

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager

 

Site Recovery Manager test failover/failover tasks fail when using virtual machines with RDM disks (2020532)

 

IP Customization fails during a failover or test failover of a recovery plan in vCenter Site Recovery Manager (2021083)

 

Installing vCenter Site Recovery Manager using a custom SSL certificate fails with the error: Failed to validate certificate. Details: the certificate file contains unsupported PKCS#12 content (2011356)

 

VMware vCloud Director

 

Setting up a provider in vCloud Director fails with the error: Cannot prepare host (2014111)

 

Cannot establish a VPN connection to the remote site using vCloud Director 1.5 (2016251)

 

Using vCloud Director and importing a virtual machine from vCenter Server fails before 99% with the error: The task was canceled by a user (2016408)

 

Resetting the vCloud Director system administrator password (2017345)

 

VMware vCloud Usage Meter

 

vCloud Usage Meter fails to collect information from vCenter Servers that contain ESXi 3.x hosts (2016068)

 

VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent

 

Recommended files for opening a Support Ticket for vFabric Hyperic HQ (1032738)

 

Turning off Auto Discovery for an VMware vFabric HQ Agent (1029949)

 

VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent support for Japanese (JPN) Windows 2008 (1031281)

 

Level alerts not working in Hierarchical Alerting for VMware vFabric Hyperic Server (1031286)

 

VMware vFabric Hyperic Server

 

Extracting dates from the database in the Date/Time format instead of Epoch-Millis (1030925)

 

Enabling "Follow the Sun" notification in VMware vFabric Hyperic HQ (1032732)

 

Alerts are removed or deleted in VMware vFabric Hyperic Server 4.2.x, 4.3.x, 4.4.x, and 4.5.x (1032785)

 

Group alerts are not visible to members of Super User Role in VMware vFabric Hyperic Server 4.3.x (1033562)

 

Alerts are not available for viewing or configuration in VMware vFabric Hyperic Server 4.5.x (1033671)

 

Installation of VMware vFabric Hyperic Server 4.4.x installation fails when DBA and CONNECT do not show following a query (1032788)

 

VMware vFabric Hyperic Server installation fails with error: Setup properties file can't be written to /var/tmp/hq/hyperic-hq-installer/installer-4.3.0/data/setup.properties (1031710)

 

Setting up custom notification templates in VMware vFabric Hyperic HQ (1032735)

 

The hq-agent-nowrapper.bat script not working in VMware vFabric Hyperic HQ 4.5 (1032780)

 

If a user doesn't select a portlet from the drop down and just clicks the add/plus icon then "bad" portlet is added in vFabric Hyperic HQ 4.5.x (1032781)

 

Diagnostic takes minutes to complete in high metric count environments in VMware vFabric Hyperic Server 4.5.x (1032783)

 

Unable to delete resources where the Agent and resource IP are no longer available (1032784)

 

Command line arguments for testing a HQ plug-in for VMware vFabric Hyperic Server 4.5.x (1032966)

 

LDAP authentication is broken in VMware vFabric Hyperic Server 4.5 when org name is quoted (1032967)

 

Enabling auto-discovery for Windows Services when using VMware vFabric Hyperic 4.5/4.6 (1032736)

 

VMware vFabric RabbitMQ

 

VMware vFabric RabbitMQ 2 does not start after adding Management Plug-in (2001304)

 

VMware View Manager

 

Re-protecting a View replica virtual machine (2015006)

 

Connection Server logs in View Manager 4.x are filling up fast (2015261)

 

RDP tunnel stays connected after View client loses connection (2020784)

 

Wyse P20 Zero Client does not detect when you disconnect a second monitor (2020897)

 

The View Administration console takes a long time to load (2021050)

 

Linked-clone desktops cannot be checked out for use in local mode if a Linux vCenter Server Appliance is used and View Storage Accelerator (host caching) is enabled on the desktop pool. (2021473)

 

View Connection Server repeatedly disconnects from vCenter Server (2015051)

 

View desktop temporarily displays a black screen and the open windows resize and change position (2017307)

 

View Administrator displays sessions as CONSOLE when using a PCoIP connection (2014605)

 

View virtual machine becomes unresponsive when redirecting a USB device (2015115)

 

View Client for Andriod does not work with third-party software that captures full-screen finger actions (2020976)

 

Changing the localhost entry in hosts file for View Composer results in UFA Service connection failure (2020890)

 

VMware vShield

 

Best practices for enabling fault tolerance on a vShield Manager virtual machine (2011480)

 

VMware vShield Edge

 

Proven configuration for use between vShield Edge Site-to-Site VPN and Microsoft ISA 2006 (2016891)

 

VMware vShield Endpoint

 

Uninstalling vShield Endpoint 1.0 cause issues with vShield Endpoint 5.0 (2020546)

 

Zimbra Collaboration Server

 

Setting the System Mailer to the ZCS Postfix (2021115)

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, this week’s featured article is one that I am particularly excited about. I suppose it is a bit selfish but I love motorcycles and even though I myself do not ride a Ducati there is another member of my household who does and I am quite a fan of the brand so I was so excited to see an article on Ducati and VMware an had to share it with you.

I want to discuss KB articles, last week was not able to put KB articles into the newsletter. From this week I am going to only put KB articles into the newsletter if they are available at the time of writing, otherwise there will just be a placeholder for the KB articles. The reason I mention this is that I think checking these articles with your VMware TAM/Rep is paramount to ensuring that you are up to date with any potential issues that might arise in your environment. While regular maintenance is always paramount ensuring that you are not caught out by a potential issue should be at least a weekly occurrence and maybe including this in a regular operations meeting would be a good idea.

Watch the VMware TAM blog for my thoughts on maintenance schedules for your virtualised environment in an upcoming article.

Thank you for reading this week’s newsletter, I hope you find something that is useful and of course feel free to discuss anything that you read here with your VMware TAM or Rep.

Warm Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
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FEATURED ARTICLE
VMware vCloud Blog: Another VMware Cloud - Ducati Runs Their Private Cloud on VMware
According to Daniel Bellini, CIO at Ducati Motor Holding, “Flexibility and agility was benefit number one” when deploying a private cloud with VMware. With VMware vCloud Director, Ducati has been able to “deploy applications, solutions, services, and new architectures in an incredibly short time."
Ducati Motor Holding is a high-performance motorcycle designer and manufacturer, based out of Bologna, Italy. Though Ducati is a relatively small company with around 1,000 employees and sales of 40,000 units a year, they have all the complexities of a multinational manufacturing company in terms of product configuration, supply chain, and distribution network articulation.
With a server virtualization rate approaching 100%, Ducati has embraced VMware virtualization solutions, as they have made it possible for the company to match all of its business requirements with available human and economical resources. In a recent interview with Dana Gardner, Bellini discussed Ducati’s move to the cloud with VMware, saying:
“Private cloud is already a reality in Ducati. Over our private cloud, we supply services to all our commercial subsidiaries. We supply services to our assembly plant in Thailand or to our racing team at racing venues. So private cloud is already a reality.”
In the video below from VMworld 2011, watch Bellini discuss how VMware virtualization and private cloud technology has helped Ducati out-perform their larger competitors:

According to Bellini, VMware virtualization and private cloud solutions have supported the business and the growth of the company by delivering solution infrastructures in a very short time and with very limited initial investment.
“VMware has never failed us. We have grown in terms of demands and requirements, and VMware has grown in capabilities and ability to support us.”
For those thinking about undertaking virtualization, Bellini advises, “to not be scared by the initial investment, which is something that is going to be repaid in an incredibly short time.”
Visit Another VMware Cloud to learn more about other companies who have successfully deployed a public, private, or hybrid cloud model through VMware. Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @vCloud and@VMwareSP for more Another VMware Cloud stories!

 

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VMWARE EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
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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]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

 

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.

Sign up today!

 

VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS

 

VMware Support Insider: Bookmarks for My VMware KBs

 

It seems ages ago now that My VMware launched. The Knowledge Management team has produced dozens of articles all relating to various aspects of the portal, and answering common questions we received from customers. We estimate that 3 Man-Months have gone into the creation of this content. What then follows is the problem of finding it all.

 

We decided to put together the grand-daddy of all My VMware KBs in the form of an index. We will be updating this index as time goes on if and when we add to the body of captured knowledge.

 

Click the following link and bookmark it if you are a frequent user of My VMware:

 

Index of My VMware articles (2020793)

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Oldies, but goodies - Site Recovery Manager Setup Videos

 

I recently stumbled across a bunch of recordings that I made for the

VMware KBTV channel some time ago. If you are looking for a short overview on how to configure SRM with some different storage arrays and replication technologies, or how to use some SRM features like shared recovery site or the DR IP customizer tool, you might like to check these videos out.

 

 

VMware vCloud Blog: From the Financial Times: The VMware Hybrid Approach “Pays Off”

 

The hybrid cloud provides significant value to companies according to

a recent article in the Financial Times.

 

In an interview with VMware customer AutoScout 24, the Financial Times found that the company now has the flexibility to adapt to varying traffic flows, source additional computing capacity, and migrate between two infrastructures in order to best meet customer demand, all thanks to VMware’s private and hybrid cloud technology.

 

 

Team Fusion: Coda 2 Paired with VMware Fusion 4: Web development has never been easier.

 

Today the Panic inc team released Coda 2, a much anticipated web development tool for the Mac OS. We think it’s awesome software, but it gets even better when paired with VMware Fusion 4. So naturally we thought we would take a second to talk about why it’s so great.

 

 

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: Automating SSL Checks for vCenter and Host Certificates

 

Recently William Lam wrote a great article showing how easy it was to check your hosts SSL Certificates and Expiry information using a free tool called ssl-cert-check, he explains that it is best practice to replace VMware’s self-signed SSL certificates that are included with the vCenter Server and on all hosts, make sure you read his

post here and in turn make sure you also read Michael Websters articles which take you through this process

here.

 

 

VMware Virtualization Management Blog: vCenter Operations – Tell Your Story and Win BIG!

 

Interested in attending VMworld in San Francisco, or Barcelona- but are short a pass to attend either event?  Do you have a good story to tell on how your company manages their virtualization and/or private cloud environment with the VMware vCenter Operations Suite?  Let me tell you how you may be able to score both a free ticket and an opportunity to present your story to your peers at the most prestigious event for virtualization and cloud technology,

VMworld 2012 San Francisco & EMEA. 

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Introduction to the vSphere API Part 3 - Inventory Hierarchy

 

VMware Blogs 25/05/12 4:13 AM

 

Introduction to the vSphere API Part 1: Overview

 

Introduction to the vSphere API Part 2: Object Model

 

In Part 2 of the series, we took a look at the vSphere Object Model and how objects such as a Virtual Machine, ESXi host, Datacenter, etc. are represented in the API and how to access their properties and capabilities. In this article, we will take a look at the vSphere Inventory Hierarchy and how to go about navigating and searching through the vSphere Objects.

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Mem.MinFreePct sliding scale function

 

Before diving into the sliding scale function, let’s take a look at the Mem.MinFreePct function itself. MinFreePct determines the amount of memory the VMkernel should keep free. This threshold is subdivided in various memory thresholds, i.e. High, Soft, Hard and Low and is introduced to prevent performance and correctness issues. The threshold for the low state is required for correctness.

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vCLI + ESXCLI Authentication Options

 

Did you know the

vCLI (includes ESXCLI) offers several different

authentication options? This is actually not a very well known fact and I thought I share some of the different options, as this question comes up from time to time.

 

 

Virtual Reality: System Center 2012 - Checkbox Compliant Heterogeneous Management

 

If you spend any amount of time researching Microsoft System Center 2012, whether through their websites, blogs, datasheets, or any other marketing materials, you may be under the impression that Microsoft has finally delivered on their promise of a “single pane of glass” to manage all of your investments in virtual infrastructure, especially when it comes to VMware vSphere. Having worked hands-on with both VMware vSphere and System Center 2012, my interest was piqued when a 57-page

whitepaper was published by Microsoft devoted to the very subject. But the reality is that for a document fluffed up by nearly 50 pages of screen-shots and mouse click instructions, the most relevant information for the reader is this:

 

“In VMM, support for ESX/ESXi is optimized for virtual machine and service management.”

 

 

VMware vCloud Blog: Preparing your vCloud Director SQL Server Database Server

 

If you haven’t tried installing vCloud Director yet in your virtualization lab, you should. However, be prepared that the install is more complex than the typical virtualization management tool that might happen in just a single vApp deployment. While vCD is available in a vApp (for pilot and test use only), even that requires a bit more configuration than you may be used to.

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: SDRS maintenance mode impossible because "The virtual machine is pinned to a host."

 

When using virtual machines that have disks set to snapshot independent and are placed in a datastore cluster, attempting to enter SDRS maintenance mode for a datastore results in the error "The virtual machine is pinned to a host."

 

 

VMware Global Alliances Blog: EMC and VMware Partner to Develop New Storage Analytics Suite Powered by vCenter Operations

 

At EMC World this week, VMware and EMC

announced a joint solution that extends

vCenter Operations Manager to provide a single view of virtualized infrastructures built on

VMware vSphere and

EMC VNX series storage. I’m pretty excited about our partnership with EMC and wanted to let our customer community know what we’re doing and why.

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere Metro Storage Cluster white paper released!

 

A brand new white paper was just published. This white paper was written by Lee Dilworth, Ken Werneburg, Frank Denneman, Stuart Hardman and I. It is a white paper on vSphere Metro Storage Cluster solutions and specifically looks at things from a VMware perspective. Enjoy!

 

VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (VMware vMSC) is a new configuration within the VMware Hardware Compatibility List. This type of configuration is commonly referred to as a stretched storage cluster or metro storage cluster. It is implemented in environments where disaster/downtime avoidance is a key requirement. This case study was developed to provide additional insight and information regarding operation of a VMware vMSC infrastructure in conjunction with VMware vSphere. This paper will explain how vSphere handles specific failure scenarios and will discuss various design considerations and operational procedures.

 

http://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/10284

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: NFS Block Sizes, Transfer Sizes & Locking

 

I've had a few questions recently around the I/O characteristics of VMware's NFS implementation. I'm going to use this post to answer the common ones.

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Tighter Integration between EMC VNX Storage and VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite Announced Today

 

This week I’m out at EMC World 2012,  and wanted to let you know of an exciting new announcement that EMC has made.  EMC announced this week that they will provide Advanced Storage Analytics for their VNX storage arrays using VMware’s vCenter Operations product. The tighter integration between storage hardware and the vCenter Operations monitoring suite will mean EMC storage customers will get the best in breed analytics and monitoring software delivered by VMware Operations in order to provide them with the in depth storage statistics and operations monitoring necessary for storage administrators to optimize storage performance and validate that storage level SLAs are met. The new product, The VNX Storage Analytics Suite and VNX Connector for VMware vCenter Operations, announced this week will be generally available later this year.

 

For the official EMC announcement:

http://www.emc.com/about/news/press/2012/20120521-05.htm

 

VMware End User Computing: New Features of Persona Management in VMware View 5.1

 

VMware View Premier includes an integrated user profile management system: View Persona Management.

 

You may already be aware of how View Persona Management optimizes the handling of user profiles at login and logout for View virtual desktops. Because of the minimal amount of data uploaded at login or logout, performance is better than with Windows roaming profiles, and boot storms are eliminated or reduced.

 

 

VMware ThinApp Blog: Comparing virtual and non-virtual environments

 

If you ever need to compare what a virtualized application is presented with inside the virtual bubble against a normal physical install, you might try using the following technique.

 

WinMerge

is an open source differencing tool which allows you to compare two text files.  It can graphically plot out the two files, and in the details window, highlight what it has found to be different.   How would this be useful in a ThinApp packaging situation?   By using this tool you can examine visually what a ThinApped file system and registry looks like when compared with a non-virtualized version, possibly giving you some hints on how to fix your package.

 

VMware vSphere Blog: A closer look at the View Composer API for Array Integration [incl. Video]

 

A week or so ago I published an

article about new View 5.1 storage features. I followed this up with a short video

post explaining how you would go about using View Storage Accelerator. In this article, I want to demonstrate the other very cool feature in View 5.1, VCAI (View Composer API for Array Integration) to you. Although this feature is still in Tech Preview for View 5.1, it is a very cool enhancements which could have very many benefits when it is eventually fully supported as a feature.

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: HA split brain, which VM prevails?

 

I received a question on twitter last week around HA split brain scenarios. Let me give an example first of when a split brain scenario could occur:

 

Isolation response = leave powered on

 

iSCSI / NFS storage

 

When the above two requirements are met and a host in your cluster is fully network isolated HA will be able to restart the virtual machine as it will appear to HA as the host has completely failed. There reason for this is because:

 

 

VMWARE TV BLOG

 

VMware View 5.1 Tech Preview - A deeper look at the View Composer API for Array Integration

 

To start off with the new week we have a new video which will demonstrate our View Composer API for Array Integration in VMware View 5.1 which is currently in a "Tech Preview" state. "Tech Preview" means that the feature is experimental and should only be used in a test and development environment. For more details read about

VMware Experimental Feature Support.

 

Essentially what the feature allows you to do is to offload the creation of the linked clones which back your View desktops to the storage array, and let the storage array handle this task. The main advantage of VCAI is an improvement in performance and a reduction in the time taken to provision desktops based on linked clone pools. This task can now be offloaded to the array, which can then provision these linked clones natively rather than have the ESXi host do it.

 

This video features our friend Cormac Hogan who is a Senior Technical Marketing Architect for Storage here at VMware.  You can read more concerning this topic in:

A closer look at the View Composer API for Array Integration [incl. Video].

 

You can follow Cormac at

@VMwareStorage on Twitter and keep updated with all things related to VMware Storage by subscribing to the

VMware Storage Blog.

 

 

My VMware Sneak Peak - New Customer Data

 

Here is the fourth in a series of videos aimed at providing an early look and insight into the new My VMware portal which launched a few weeks ago.

 

My VMware will transform your product license and support management experience by providing a new integrated, self-service, account-based interface focused on simplifying and streamlining your online activities with VMware

 

Additional information is available at

http://www.vmware.com/my_vmware/overview.html

You'll find a great deal of "How To" and Troubleshooting based articles in our Knowledge Base athttp://kb.vmware.com

by simply changing the product filter to "My VMware".

 

VMWARE VFABRIC

 

VMware vFabric Blog: VMware vFabric Suite 5.1 Standard and Advanced Editions Now Available for Download

 

Last week, VMware introduced the new VMware vFabric Suite 5.1, which is now available for customers to download and try.

 

Resources:

 

What’s New in vFabric Suite 5.1

: Release notes that include links to new features for each component product.

Compare vFabric Suite Editions: Compare features between vFabric Standard and vFabric Advanced to determine what choice is right for you.

 

 

VMware vFabric Blog: Increase performance and scalability of existing applications using SQLFire

 

Traditional databases should not be used to do things for which they were never designed; like supporting thousands of concurrent users.

 

The main challenge of managing Web applications on a Cloud-scale is performance. Disk-based database architectures are fine when you have a small number of users, but they lack the facilities for horizontal scaling, and, are unable to address the variable access patterns.

 

 

VMware vFabric Blog: Hyperic Upgrades Management of Apache Tomcat

 

As part of the larger

vFabric 5.1 release this week,

VMware’s Hyperic, the web infrastructure monitoring software bundled with the vFabric Suite, delivered on an upgrade to managing Apache Tomcat, the world’s most popular application server. As summarized in the blog post today, Hyperic upgraded support for Tomcat in three major ways:

 

 

Building a Real Time Activity Stream on Cloud Foundry with Node.js, Redis and MongoDB – Part II

 

This blog is the second in the series of blog posts describing how to build an Activity Streams App in Node.js with

MongoDB and

Redis.

 

As you saw on the

previous post, the node-express-boilerplate app was a great start at showing off how to do real-time messaging and integration with 3rd parties. However, the app was only sending simple text messages between client and server and our goal was to build an Activity Streams Application. An Activity Stream Application processes, aggregates and renders multiple types of activities. In my particular example, I wanted to show the following activities:

 

 

Cloud Foundry Supports Node.js Modules with NPM

 

We are pleased to announce support for

npm (Node Package Manager) which manages

Node.js application module dependencies on

CloudFoundry.com. The popularity of Node.js can be partially attributed to its strong ecosystem that has created modules for practically any programming task–from database access to payment processing. At present, there are over 10,000 node modules listed on

search.nodejs.org. Any cloud that aspires to provide good support for Node.js needs to simplify the task of using node modules. With the addition of npm support, Cloud Foundry now makes it easier for you to manage modules for node applications.

 

 

Understanding proxy usage in Spring

 

In the Spring framework, many technical features rely on proxy usage. We are going to go in depth on this topic using three examples: Transactions, Caching and Java Configuration. All the code samples shown in this blog entry are available on my github account. Transactions First step: no transaction The Service class below is not

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EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)

 

How-to disable SSL Encryption in VMware vCenter Converter Standalone to speed up P2V conversions

 

I just found VMware KB article which guides through a possibility to disable SSL encryption in VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0, during conversion process. As you might be aware, during the P2V process the copied data are encrypted by VMware vCenter Converter. This might slightly impact the performance.

 

 

VMware View 5.1 Performance

 

VMware View 5.1 has been released recently. The 5.1 release brings many improvements and enhancements as I reported in my article

Download and test VMware View 5.1 now. I this article I focused on the new features and integrations introduced in this release.

 

 

Dependent hardware iSCSI adapter on ESXi5

 

Most customers I work with use FC connections to their EMC storage we’ve sold them, but today I was with a customer who has a complete DELL setup and used iSCSI to connect to their Dell Equallogic PS4000E storage over a set of Dell PowerConnect switches.  I was asked to configure the dependent hardware iSCSI nics.

 

 

VMware vSphere 5 - Optimize and Scale is ready for scheduling

 

If you’re interested in a really challenging training course that also prepares you for the upcoming VCAP5-DCA exam, then the VMware "vSphere 5 - Optimize and Scale" and is a great training course for you. I’m delivering this new training course at the

9th of July at Global Knowledge Amsterdam.

 

 

Technical White Paper - VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster Case Study

 

VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (VMware vMSC) is a new configuration within the VMware Hardware Compatibility List. This type of configuration is commonly referred to as a stretched storage cluster or metro storage cluster. It is implemented in environments where disaster/downtime avoidance is a key requirement. This case study was developed to provide additional insight and information regarding operation of a VMware vMSC infrastructure in conjunction with VMware vSphere. This paper will explain how vSphere handles specific failure scenarios and will discuss various design considerations and operational procedures.

 

VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster Case Study

 

 

VMware Diagram & Icon Library (2012)

 

These are the official icons and diagrams of VMware. VMware allows the use of these icons and diagrams in derivative works by VMware Community members to illustrate virtualization concepts and IT architectures.

 

VMware PowerPoint Icons and Images - 2Q12

 

 

Updated Script to remediate VDS/SvMotion issue

 

Following

my recent post where I showed how we could search for and fix any VMs which had an issue after being Storage vMotioned and attached to a VDS I received a couple of emails from people with a few issues.

 

 

How to disable Storage I/O Control for an unavailable datastore

 

If you run your VMs on FC based storage then you occasionally have the necessity to unmap a storage LUN from one or more ESX(i) hosts (e.g. when retiring a storage array or re-organizing your storage layout). It is important to do this in the right way using the procedures that are documented in KB1029786 for ESX(i) 4.1 KB2004605 for ESXi 5.0 The procedure is very complex for vSphere 4.1, but

 

 

An introduction to Storage DRS

 

Today someone asked for a Storage DRS intro, I wrote one

for our book a year ago and figured I would share it with the world. I still feel that Storage DRS is one of the coolest features in vSphere 5.0 and I think that everyone should be using this! I know there are some caveats (

1,

2) when you are using specific array functionality or for instance SRM, but nevertheless… this is one of those features that will make an admin’s life that much easier! If you are not using it today, I highly suggest evaluating this cool feature.

 

 

Cool contest: Tell your VC Ops story!

 

A couple of weeks back the VC Ops team approached me and asked if I wanted to help out judging for contest submissions. When they explained what it was exactly about I accepted and I figured I would share with you what will be announced later today!

VMware.com/go/vcops-story just went live and some more details can be found there, in short what they will be looking for is cool use case stories around VC Ops. This could be any product of the VC Ops suite, or even better a combination of products. The cool thing is that the are two first prizes and each of those gets a free ticket to VMworld and gets to speak at the eventduring a session! (One will be for Barcelona and the other for San Francisco) Second price is “$500 Amex Gift Card / Bag of VMware Swag”.

 

 

How do I use das.isolationaddress[x]?

 

Recently I received a question on twitter how the vSphere HA advanced option “das.isolationaddress” should be used. This setting is used when there is the desire or a requirement to specify an additional isolation address. The isolation address is used by a host which “believes” it is isolated. In other words, if a host isn’t receiving heartbeats anymore it pings the isolation address to validate if it still has network access or not. If it does still have network access (response from isolation address) then no action is taken, if the isolation address does not respond then the “isolation response” is triggered.

 

 

VMWARE KB ARTICLES

 

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