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From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, well this week I am pleased to announce the official launch of the “TAM Social Media”. The team have been working hard to secure a number of important social media assets which we will be using to communicate with you and hopefully you will be doing the same. The goal of the TAM Social Media is to provide you with a much closer relationship with the VMware TAM program and in many cases a direct link to the TAM’s at VMware as well as the broader TAM community.
From a launch perspective here are the social media assets that we will be working with, there will be more to come and hopefully we will soon have the full complement covered and you are able to communicate with us using the social media of your choice.
Blog : http://blogs.vmware.com/tam/
Twitter : http://www.twitter.com/vmwareta... or @VMwareTAM
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/vmwaret...
Google+ : http://www.vmware.com/go/vmware...
Instagram : vmwaretam
Please consider signing up and joining these so that we can bring you even more TAM information and news on a regular basis and also for you to provide us with feedback.
I have again expanded the newsletter sections to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for, hopefully this will assist you. I have also included the links both at the top and bottom of the newsletter for you convenience.
Have a great week.
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
Newsletter Archive: communities.vmware.com/blogs/vmwaretam
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QuickStart Series- How to Stand up a Private and Public Cloud
Build your customer's cloud using the industry-leading VMware vCloud solution to give end users secure, on-demand access to shared infrastructure resources while simplifying datacenter management. Only vCloud offers cloud without compromise – run an efficient cloud securely within the datacenter with the option to bridge to an ecosystem of over 3,000 service provider partners with a hybrid cloud.
Date: July 25
Time: 11:00 AEST
Duration: 2 hours
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.
Event Cities and Dates
Wellington: July 24
Auckland: July 26
Melbourne: July 31
Canberra: August 2
Adelaide: August 9
More Info: http://tinyurl.com/6pa5jqj
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Management Solution Competency Launched with Early Adopter Incentives
Operations management disciplines are converging in the cloud. Performance and capacity management are becoming inseparable due to the dynamic nature of converged infrastructure. Traditional tools and processes designed for siloed, static physical infrastructures don’t provide the automation and control needed to effectively manage highly virtualized and private cloud environments. Partner demand for VMware vCenterTM Operations Management solutions continues to grow at a rapid rate.
We’re pleased to announce our new VMware Partner Network Management Solution Competency is now available to help our partners address growth in this area, and to introduce two terrific Early Achiever Incentives.
Our newest Solution Competency enables you to sell and deliver vCenterTM Operations services and take advantage of a huge whitespace opportunity within the existing vSphereTM customer base.
97% of vSphereTM customers that could benefit from a management solution are not using one today—that’s a $1.4B opportunity.1
Additionally, here is what we heard from in our most recent VMware Partner survey:
75% of Partners believe transaction size will increase by 20% or more
$1 in license will drive up to $5 in services: 69% of Partners believe that the services opportunities for vCenterTM Operations are greater than they are with competitive vendor solutions
Drive private cloud adoption: 83% of Solution Providers see the use of virtualization management software as a prerequisite to get their customers to private cloud
Getting Started Now – Take Advantage of our new Early Adopter Incentives!
Two new early achiever incentives are in place to give Solution Providers a jump start toward earning the new Management Solution Competency.
40% Discount on Training:
Take advantage of a 40% discount on post-sales training required for the Management Competency. Purchase one course at regular price - vCenterTM Operations Manager: Analyze & Predict (2-day ILT) Receive a 40% discount on second class - vCenterTM Operations Manager: Introduction (3-day ILT)
$1,500 in MDF Reimbursement:
To generate customer demand for vCenterTM Operations Management, Partners who make progress toward completing competency requirements are eligible for up to $1,500USD subsidy reimbursement for demand creation activities. Activities must be pre-approved in advance and partners must demonstrate a return on investment.
Learn more today or if you are already a VPN Partner, you can get started on Partner Central.
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July 12, 2012 VMSA-2012-0012
VMware ESXi update to third party library
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General Availability of VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1a Patch
Release Date: 7/12/2012
Detailed information regarding resolved and known issues and enhancements can be found at VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1a Release Notes:
VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1a Patch is available for download athttps://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/5_0.
ESXi 5.0 Patch Release Notes:
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July 18, 2012
VMworld 2012, the Leading Virtualization and Cloud Computing Event of the Year, Heads to San Francisco and Barcelona
July 17, 2012
VMware Announces Changes in Executive Leadership and Preliminary Second Quarter Financial Results
July 11, 2012
VMware Simplifies Journey to The Cloud With Zimbra® 8.0
July 10, 2012
VMware Announces VMware vFabric Data Director 2.0, Adds Support for Oracle to Enterprise Database as a Service Platform
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VMware Go Blog: Weekly Roundup: 5 Links for IT Admins http://t.co/xyYZRgK7
VMware Planet V12n @PlanetV12n
vCloud Ecosystem Monitoring with vCenter Operations and vFabric Hyperic (VMware vCloud Blog)http://t.co/sxUdsFaK
The VMware TAM Program is now on Facebook! http://t.co/IS0o7i5t
VMware Support Insider: Leveraging Multiple-NIC vMotion: http://t.co/zXuCu461
Want to win an iTunes gift card or pass to #VMworld? Details:http://ow.ly/c8jwJ #speakcloudhttp://t.co/iZsBrIkW
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|VMware vCloud: Overview [V1.0]||30 Jul||http://mylearn.vmware.com/gateway/?course=135134&user=0&ui=www_edu&credits=1|
|VMware vCloud: Deploy and Manage the VMware Cloud [V1.5]|| 31 Jul - 03 Aug||http://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=129612|
|VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.0]||06 Aug - 10 Aug||http://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=129617|
What's New in VMware View 5.1: Technical Deep Dive
July 24th 2012 9:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -08:00, San Francisco)
Virtualize and Manage Oracle Databases with VMware vFabric Data Director
July 26th 2012 9:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -08:00, San Francisco)
The VMworld 2012 Hands-on Labs team has been working feverishly to prepare great content for this year's conference. There is some exciting news to share including an expanded lab catalog, a modular content approach and new ways to take labs.
Did you know that the VMworld US Advance Rate ends July 27?
Don’t miss your chance to save $400 and attend
VMworld to get the tools and training you need to master the new cloud landscape, with the speed, security and control you’ve come to expect. We are ready. The technology is here. And the partners are in place.
Again this year, attendees must pre-register for sessions. Without pre-registration, you will not be guaranteed a seat in any breakout sessions.
If you are registered for VMworld US,
view a full listing of sessions, organize your days, and
log-in to your VMworld account to sign-up for the sessions you want to attend. Most sessions will be repeated at least once and we will be adding additional sessions based on popularity, so if it is full, check back.
VMworld 2012 San Francisco is approaching fast and will offer a full schedule of learning opportunities that will show you how virtualization and cloud computing can help you spend less time and money supporting underlying IT infrastructure and more time on areas that yield business and competitive value.
When trying to troubleshoot issues in your
VMware View environment, you may encounter the need to obtain extra verbosity in the logs in order to capture all of the events surrounding the issue.
Earlier this year, we released a new online portal called
My VMware in order to provide simplified management for your product licenses and support entitlements.
Data Director GemFire RabbitMQ Spring Framework Spring Insight tc Server Web Server
Using an “agile process” is listed as one of the Top 10 Reasons for Project Success. So, it’s not surprising that everyone wants to be agile these days. There are numerous books and blogs available that explain how to adopt agile practices from a people and process perspective, but what about technology?
EMC Consulting is hosting a customer facing webinar covering heavyweight to tcServer migration. The objective is to drive vFabric product and joint service revenue.
Migrating Java applications from Websphere or Weblogic to vFabric TC Server helps IT to reduce the cost and complexity of applications. Bruce Snyder will share best practices and use real life examples to explain how to transform your applications quickly and easily.
VMware is looking for customers
interested in the beta program for the next release of vFabric Application Performance Management (APM).
The Certification Body for the
VMware vFabric tc Server v2.8.0 into its certification program and are officially listed as "in evaluation" at the
In this short video, David Brown, Director of vFabric Applied Technology at VMware, outlines a real-life customer use case that has GemFire powering the application with real-time data. In this use case, the customer has built a system serving online ads that correlate to how in-progress sporting events are developing. For this company, having the advertising platform work closely with real-time data was an imperative for financial success.
At the beginning of this year, a team within VMware looked at how we could utilise vCenter Operations and vFabric Hyperic to create a vCloud Monitoring solution. The following blog post shows how this architecture fits together and is integrated.
As VMware continues to build Trusted Cloud solutions that help customers migrate tier one applications to our Cloud Infrastructure Suite (CIS), the Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) released VIEW hardening guidelines in vCenter Configuration Manager (vCM), a major component of the vCenter Operations Manager Suite. (vC Ops)
The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) is pleased to announce the release of
IRS 1075 content in vCenter Configuration Manager. vCM, a key component in the vCenter Operations Suite. (vC Ops)
The purpose of 1075 is to protect Federal Tax Information (FTI) and secure Safeguards for Protecting FederalTax Returns and Return Information.
We are excited to announce that
Ninite has provided VMware customers a trial feed for use with the recently released
ThinApp Factory. In short, the trial feed provides the ThinApp Factory a cloud-based catalog of 99 applications that can be pulled directly into the Factory and used to jumpstart our customers ThinApp Factory installations. The process is incredibly simple and can even be described as 'fun' if you have geek DNA in your veins.
By Rory Clements, Reference Architect, End User Computing
Today VMware is launching the
Mobile Secure Desktop bootcamp series, and in the first session we cover design considerations and best practices for the Mobile Secure Desktop solution.
The VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop is a fully validated architectural design that provides end users with quick and easy access to applications and data across devices, locations and networks. This solution streamlines and automates desktop management and provides IT with the ability to apply location-aware, policy driven access to corporate resources to ensure higher levels of security and compliance. The Mobile Secure Desktop leverages VMware View, vShield security services and vCenter Operations Manager monitoring components. It has additionally been validated with technology and solutions from VMware partners to provide organizations with an end to end solution designed to securely support device diversity, mobile workers and bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives.
It’s Day 4 of the VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop Bootcamp! Check out today’s session from F5 on correct use of authentication and traffic management for multi-pod or multi-site View deployments. This technical presentation and demo will review F5's solutions for enhancing the VMware Mobile Secure Desktop. Topics discussed include unified access, username-based persistence, single namespace in multi-site deployments, global and local traffic management and the wizard-based configuration of BIG-IP for View.
When you run a script on the SRM server during a failover, the credentials under which the script will execute is that of the SRM service. For example, if you have left the defaults when installing SRM, the SRM service likely runs as "Local System".
In order to change this credential for your script execution, the solution has always pretty much been to change the ID of the SRM service. This has some benefits and some drawbacks. The benefit is you can create a specific account for the service and tightly control its permissions, to avoid scripts running amok and clobbering things if you forget to close a bracket in the script or something like that. The drawback is that your entire SRM service has to run as this ID which can lead to further problems in terms of authentication, privileges to execute other things, and if you do the ID wrong you can accidentally shut down your SRM service.
Many have asked me if I could make a list of all the people from the VMware Technical Marketing team responsible for vSphere and the Cloud Infrastructure Suite (or components of) who are presenting at VMworld. I have listed everyone below who is presenting and where applicable have added links to follow that person on Twitter and of course the links to the sessions. Note that many of the Technical Marketing Team members will be part of the "Experts Program" and it will be possible to join our group discussions, but more news about that program will follow soon.
The primary aim of this post is to state categorically that VMware supports multiple storage arrays presenting targets and LUNs to a single ESXi host. This statement also includes arrays from multiple vendors. We run with this configuration all the time in our labs, and I know very many of our customers who also have multiple arrays presenting devices to their ESX/ESXi hosts. The issue is that we do not appear to call this out in any of our documentation, although many of our guides and KB articles allude to it.
VMware recently released a
patch on July 12th that, among other things, fixes a virtual machine
auto start bug that was introduced with 5.0 Update1 (5.0U1). This bug affects customers running the free version of ESXi and has received a lot of attention in the communities in recent months. Unfortunately, it took a while to get this fixed which has led some to speculate that there might be more to this issue than what VMware is letting on. I’d like to provide some clarification around this and help clear up some of the confusion.
View Controlled Recompose Script
This script performs a Controlled Recompose of a VMware View Linked Clone Pool of Virtual Desktops. It first identifies a free desktop and recomposes it to create the first Replica Desktop. Note: If this first recompostion fails the script aborts assuming the creation of the Replica VM also failed. After the recomposition of the first desktop, the script recomposes a specified number of additional free desktops to create a supply of recomposed systems. These desktops will be available for re-connecting users when the script next recomposes the remaining desktops in the pool, directing View to force logoff active users after the warning period specified in View Manager. An optional extra recompose can be run against the pool as the final step to provide a second attempt to recompose any desktops that may have failed. During operation the script will abort after a specified number of timed out recompositions in a row (default 3). It will also immediately abort if it detects a View Composer error. The script can be configured to send Email Alerts to notify Administrators of both failed and successful script operations. The script runs by default in interactive mode, prompting for required settings. It can also be run in unattended mode to support scheduled, automated maintenance.
Just a few more hours to go, folks! Without further ado, here are your weekly links to help distract and entertain you as you wind into weekend mode.
This vCenter Configuration Manger workflow package includes vCenter Orchestrator workflows for managing vSphere Virtual Machines and templates. These are sample workflows for illustrating Configuration Manager's ability to perform Operating System patching, configuration compliance, Software Provisioning and OS Provisioning.These workflows are compatible with vCenter Orchestrator Rest Plug-in version 1.0.1 and later.
This is version 2.0 of the package. It contains:
Enhancements and Bug fixes in the original (version 1) workflows
New workflows to automate OS provisioning and Windows Software distribution functions
New workflow package and associated documents can be downloaded from
The Myths of Virtualization Management What if the Management of the private cloud could be simplified to the maximum. All in one piece of software which does it all. You could find out in this free E-book from Embotics called: The Myths of Virtualization Management. Myth #1: Automating the Virtual Data Center to deliver Private Clouds is Complex and Time Consuming There is many images in this 22 [...]
One of the features many people may not be aware of that was released in vSphere 5 is Multiple-NIC vMotion. This is a feature that allows you to load balance a single or multiple vMotion transmissions over multiple physical NIC’s. This is of significant benefit when you’ve got VM’s and hosts with large amounts of memory, as vMotion migrations will complete significantly faster. So your Business Critical Applications with large amount of memory and CPU’s can now migrate without disruption even faster. Below I’ll briefly cover the good and great of this technology and also a gotcha that you need to be aware of.
“Identity management (IdM) describes the management of individual identities, their authentication, authorization, and privileges/permissions within or across system and enterprise boundaries…” Source:Wikipedia
Identity Management in cloud-based deployments is still a work in progress for service providers and infrastructure software vendors. So far identity management and associated technologies such as Active Directory, Digital Identities, Security Tokens, Security Token Services, OpenID,
OAuthamongst others have been successfully utilized for single instance authentication.
This is the first part in a series of posts about what’s new in vSphere5. It’s meant to be a summary of all the major changes and improvements in the vSphere5 platform. The idea of these blogpost is to be both as as an checklist reminder to read prior to your VCP5 exam, and also part educational as well. I wrote up these notes privately before my VCP5 in Feb, and I thought others might find the summary useful.
In part2 of my “What’s New in vSphere5″ series I focus on VM Management which covers the new functionality added surround a virtual machine. As you might expect the capabilities of the VM have been increased spawning a new VM Hardware Level 8.
VMware made a number of changes to networking both in the vSphere4.1 release and vSphere5.x. VMware continue commitment to adding additional functionality to the Distributed vSwitch, but you maybe surprised to hear that there have been some minor improvements to the Standard vSwitch settings as well. If your studying for your VCP, make sure you revise the Security settings on Standard vSwitches, and those settings like “Notify Switches” and Failback. Additionally, you might want to know the difference between how Standard vSwitches handle traffic shaping compared to say how Distributed vSwitches work. Finally, as you probably don’t use them very often – bone up on your PVLAN knowledge, and how VMware integrates with them. Increasingly DvSwitches offer features that simply cannot be found on a Standard vSwitch, so if your an enterprize customer with “plus” licensing there are plenty of compelling reasons to use them.
Now, this is a big big section – because there are lots of changes, improvements, and innovations going on here. So much so that I’ve to add one of those “read…” options otherwise the post would take up the whole of the page. What’s really new is stuff like support for a Software-based FCoE adapter (along the same lines as the iSCSI Software Adapter except it needs the supported NICs to work properly), the implementation of VASA (along side improvements to its big brother VAAI), a new files system in the shape of VMFS5, as well as the release of a Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA). Although not included in the core vSphere SKU, and sold seperately – VSA is mentioned in the VCP blueprint that inspired this series of posts. In addition to these features VMware also added Datastore Clusters, Storage Profiles and Storage DRS.
This fifth blogpost concerns the changes to VMware Clustering components and their complementary or dependent features. By that I mean I’m going to look at vMotion, VMware DRS, Resource Pools, and VMware HA. It’s perhaps VMware HA that has change the most in this release – in fact its been completely re-written with a new system of Master/Slave together with improve conditions for working out if a host has really failed, or whether its in th20e middle of some type of “split brain” situation. With that said lets start with these stuff first that still very much the same functionality in vSphere5 as it was in vSphere4.
: New videos releasing daily, starting July 16th, 2012 In this 10 part boot-camp VMware will show you how to get started and how to successfully roll out and deploy virtual desktops and applications and infrastructure to securely support mobile users.
I was reading a nice article by Michael Webster
on multi-nic vMotion. In the comment section Josh Attwell refers to a tweet by Eric Siebert around how CPUs are throttled when many VMs are simultaneously vMotioned. This is the tweet:
Heard interesting vMotion tidbit today, more simultaneous vMotions are made possible by throttling the clock speed of VMs to slow them down
— Eric Siebert (@ericsiebert)
ESXi Firewall – How to secure ESXi host by allowing only certain IP adresses or IP ranges. After a fresh installation of ESXi, the host’s firewall isn’t configured with the best possible security for your environment. You usually adapt it for your own environment in order to secure those ESXi servers even more. ESXi firewall [...]
I was on a customer site today and was discussing the new HP Proliant 960 G7 server, when the conversation veered towards ESXi and vRAM licensing. it quickly became apparent that my client was labouring under a misinterpretation, so I had to explain how vRAM worked. I had thought that these issues had gone and everybody understood vRAM and the FUD that other vendors out about during the VMware vSphere 5.0 launch had been put to bed but it appears not. so with you further ado here is a brief overview of vRAM and its features per vSphere edition.
I had a discussion around using FT in a stretched cluster (vSphere Metro Storage Cluster) environment. The main discussion point was around the use of “Host-VM” affinity rules. Some people appear to be under the impression that a Host-VM affinity rule can be created to ensure the primary and the secondary FT are divided between sites.
Storage 5.0 esxtop performance troubleshooting VMware vSphere
I got this question today around %WAIT and why it was so high for all these VMs. I grabbed a screenshot from our test environment. It shows %WAIT next to %VMWAIT.
Mat was wanting to migrate some WIL LUNs on one of our CX4s to a different RAID Group. Unfortunately, one does not simply migrate WIL LUNs. Firstly, once they’re allocated, they’re treated as Private LUNs by FLARE, so you can’t use Virtual LUN technology to migrate them. Secondly, if you have active MirrorView mirrors in place, you’ll get the following error when trying to de-allocate the WIL LUNs via Unisphere: “Unable to deallocate WIL since in use (0×71058199)[0x71058199]“. Note that fracturing the mirrors is not sufficient to avoid this error.
I had to remove the vCloud Director agent from 14 hosts today after an upgrade. I had to do it manually and I figured I would “document” the process. Although just a couple of steps it might be useful for others who need to do the same thing.
First list all currently installed vibs:
esxcli software vib list | grep vcloud
This will tell you if it is installed and the full name of the vib. Next you can remove it:
esxcli software vib remove -n vcloud-agent --maintenance-mode
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Congratulations to our newest VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDXs):
Read more about them and all the VCDXs in our online directory
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As promised, here is a new video which provides an overview of the best practices of installing vCloud Director 1.5, insuring that it is installed and configured effectively. Nothing like getting your project started on the right foot.
The video also directs you where you can drill down for more detailed information. Enjoy!
For more information on this topic, read the KB article: Installing vCloud Director 1.5 best practices (2005829)
Here's another brand new Sliderocket presentation on the topic of virtual machine snapshots.
Watching this overview of virtual machine snapshots will help you understand why you might be encountering an issue, and so that you can prevent those issues from occurring.
The presentation covers what makes up a snapshot and how the VMware API communicates with the snapshot; there is also a detailed look at the disk chain. For further information on this topic, be sure to read KB article:
Check out this new interactive presentation which describes the concepts, limitations and sample configurations of link aggregation, NIC Teaming, LACP, Ether-Channel connectivity between ESX/ESXi and Physical Network Switches, particularly for Cisco and HP. That is a mouthful!
This Sliderocket presentation is based on knowledge base article:
Sample configuration of EtherChannel / Link aggregation with ESX/ESXi and Cisco/HP switches (1004048). We are using Cisco and HP switch configurations only as an example, you may use other vendor provided switches as well; see your vendor for specific details for configuring their switches.
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A post today from guest blogger
Michael Webster, VCDX #66, vExpert 2012 and author of
longwhiteclouds.com, specialist in virtualizing business critical apps, and owner of IT Solutions 2000 Ltd. Michael explores a not so well known feature of vSphere 5.
Please consider checking -
http://blogs.vmware.com/kbdigest/ regularly for new and updated KB Articles.
Shavlik NetChk Protect
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