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.
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
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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.
• 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:
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Leverage extensive implementation experience and comprehensive understanding of a customer’s environment to drive continued success with VMware vFabric solutions
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Addresses tactical and operational issues
For more information on VMware vFabric TAM Services contact your local VMware representative.
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VMWARE SECURITY ADVISORIES
June 14, 2012 VMSA-2012-0011
VMware hosted products and ESXi and ESX patches address security issues
May 25, 2012 VMSA-2012-0010
VMware vMA addresses a security issue
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:
5.0 Patch Release Notes:
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
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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:
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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.
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