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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.

Warm Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
Newsletter Archive: communities.vmware.com/blogs/vmwaretam
 
HOME : HOT-NEWS
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
Registration: http://tinyurl.com/88kfqd7



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

Register: http://tinyurl.com/7lqt22n
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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HOME : SECURITY-ADVISORIES
July 12, 2012 VMSA-2012-0012
VMSA-2012-0012
VMware ESXi update to third party library
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HOME : PATCH-NOTIFICATION
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:
https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsp_vc50_u1a_rel_notes.html

 

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:
ESXi: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2019107
 
HOME : PRESS-RELEASES
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

HOME : TWEETS
(@VMWARETAM)
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
 
HOME : BRISBANE-TRAINING-SCHEDULE

CourseDateRegister
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]
23 Jul - 27 Jul
http://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=129604
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]
26 Jul - 27 Jul
http://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=129607
VMware vCloud: Overview [V1.0] 30 Julhttp://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 Aughttp://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=129617

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WEBCASTS

http://tinyurl.com/293vuyg

Upcoming

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)

 

 

 

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Hands-on Labs Updates for VMworld 2012

 

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.

 

 

Last Chance to Save $400 on VMworld US

 

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.

 

 

VMworld US Schedule Builder Now Live

 

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.

 

 

 

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VMworld 2012 Top 10 Tips for VMware TAM Program Attendees

 

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.

 

 

 

HOME

: KBTV

 

Changing the log file behavior in VMware View components

 

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.

 

 

Changing your My VMware password

 

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.

 

 

 

HOME

: VFABRIC

 

Doing Agile? 10 Features of an Agile App Platform (Part 1)

 

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[1]. 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?

 

 

Migrating Applications from Websphere or Weblogic to vFabric TC Server – July 24th at 2pm ET

 

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. 

Learn More/Register Now

 

Enhance root cause analysis capabilities by overlaying AppInsight with Hyperic Data

 

VMware is looking for customers

 

interested in the beta program for the next release of vFabric Application Performance Management (APM).

 

Click for More

 

 

vFabric tc Server v2.8.0 accepted into Common Criteria Evaluation and Certification Scheme

 

The Certification Body for the

Canadian Common Criteria Evaluation and Certification Scheme (CCCS) has

 

officially accepted

VMware vFabric tc Server v2.8.0 into its certification program and are officially listed as "in evaluation" at the

CCCS "Products in Evaluation" page.

 

 

Case Study: Real-time, Custom Ads at Scale with GemFire

 

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.

 

 

 

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vCloud Ecosystem Monitoring with vCenter Operations and vFabric Hyperic

 

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.

 

 

 

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: MANAGEMENT

 

VMware Center for Policy & Compliance Releases VIEW Hardening Guidelines

 

As VMware continues to build Trusted Cloud solutions that help customers migrate tier one applications to our Cloud Infrastructure Suite (CIS), the Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) released VIEW hardening guidelines in vCenter Configuration Manager (vCM), a major component of the vCenter Operations Manager Suite. (vC Ops)

 

 

 

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VMware CP&C releases IRS 1075 Content in vCM!

 

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.

 

 

 

HOME

: EUC

 

Jumpstart your ThinApp Factory with Ninite

 

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.

 

 

Design Considerations and Best Practices for the Mobile Secure Desktop

 

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.

 

 

New VMware Bootcamp: The VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop. Free On-Demand Training

 

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.

 

 

MSD Bootcamp: F5 on Authentication & Traffic Management for Multi-pod or Multi-site View Deployments

 

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.

 

 

 

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Running SRM Server Commands With Specific Credentials

 

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.

 

 

Going to VMworld? Meet the Technical Marketing Team!

 

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.

 

 

ESXi host connected to multiple storage array - is it supported?

 

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.

 

 

Clarification on The Auto Start Issues in vSphere 5.0 Update 1

 

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.

 

 

 

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labs.vmware.com

 

labs.vmware.com

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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VMware Go Blog: Weekly Roundup: 5 Links for IT Admins

 

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.

 

The 20 Best Tech Wins of 2012 (so far)

(InfoWorld)

Internet Defense League creates ‘Cat Signal’ to save web from next SOPA (Ars Technica)

 

BetaWorks Team Announces Ambitious Goal: Rebuild Digg. In Six Weeks

(BetaBeat)

Curious about Firefox OS? Run it on your desktop. (PCWorld)

 

Oracle Won’t Patch Critical Hole in Database

(ZDNet)

 

vCO Team: VMware released updated vCenter Configuration Manager vCenter Orchestrator Workflows

 

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

here

 

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EXTERNAL-BLOGS

The Myths of Virtualization Management

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 [...]

 

The Good, The Great, and the Gotcha with Multi-NIC vMotion in vSphere 5

 

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.

 

 

DaaS Identity Management, Federation & Multi-Tenancy

 

“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.

 

 

What’s (not so) new in vSphere5 – Part1 (ESX, vCenter, VUM, VCVA)

 

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.

 

 

What’s (not so) new in vSphere5 – Part2 (VM Management)

 

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.

 

 

What’s (not so) new in vSphere5 – Part3 (Networking)

 

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.

 

 

What’s (not so) new in vSphere5 – Part4 (Storage)

 

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.

 

 

What’s (not so) new in vSphere5 – Part5 (VMware Clusters/Availability)

 

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.

 

 

VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop boot-camp has started

 

View Mobile Secure Desktop Bootcamp

: 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.

 

Clearing up a misunderstanding around CPU throttling with vMotion

 

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)

juni 6, 2012

 

ESXi Firewall – How to restrict IP addresses to secure ESXi

 

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 [...]

 

 

Lets revisit vRAM

 

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.

 

 

Using FT in a stretched cluster environment

 

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.

 

 

Why is %WAIT so high in esxtop?

 

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.

 

 

EMC – Manipulating the Write Intent Log LUNs with naviseccli

 

Last week

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.

 

 

Removing the vCloud Director agent

 

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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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.

 

 

Brisbane VMUG Meeting

 

Be sure to visit our new

Brisbane VMUG Workspace and subscribe to our listserv!  Connect with your fellow VMUG members in the forum, ask and answer questions about VMware, and get involved in your VMUG community.

 

 

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Meet the New VCDXs

 

VMware Education and Certification Blog

19/07/12 12:21 AM Jill Liles

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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- VMWARE SUPPORT INSIDER

Installing vCloud Director 1.5 Best Practices

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)

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Understanding virtual machine snapshots in VMware ESXi and ESX

 

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:

Understanding virtual machine snapshots in VMware ESXi and ESX (1015180).

 

 

Sample Configuration of EtherChannel / Link Aggregation with ESX/ESXi and Cisco/HP Switches

 

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.

 

 

More Mandarin Articles for the Knowledge Base

 

We have produced some more Mandarin Knowledgbase articles These articles have been carefully chosen from our vast repository due to their popularity and usefulness. Subscribe to this blog to receive notifications of more translations as they become available.

 

 

Leveraging Multiple-NIC vMotion

 

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.

 

 

 

HOME

: KB-ARTICLES

 

Please consider checking -

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

 

New Articles Published for Week Ending 7/14/12

Shavlik NetChk Protect

Throttling patch scans for slow network connections in Shavlik NetChk Protect (2007580)

Opening Shavlik NetChk Protect results in error: Shavlik NetChk Protect can no longer decrypt credentials for this user (2008553)

Shavlik SCUPdates

Shavlik SCUPdates and VMware vCenter Protect Update Catalog (VPUC) Supported Product List (2008554)

Socialcast

Configuring Socialcast Organization Charts to operate with Active Directory users (2030800)

Socialcast On Premise

Configuring LDAP Integration for Socialcast On Premise (2031001)

VMware Data Recovery

VMware Data Recovery loses connection to vCenter Server and virtual machines running on snapshots (2002546)

VMware ESX

When powering on the virtual machine, the Events tab reports the message: Install the VMware Tools package inside this virtual machine (2030189)

Rollup stored procedures in Microsoft SQL fail after upgrading from vCenter Server 4.1 to vCenter Server 4.1 Update 3 (2030365)

Keeping a vSphere environment up to date (2004807)

ESX/ESXi hosts fail to authenticate against Active Directory (2006823)

Cold migration or vMotion from an ESX/ESXi 4.1 host to an ESXi 5.0 host times out after 20 minutes (2030793)

Scanning the ESX host using Update Manager 4.x fails with the error: the host returns esxupdate error codes: 10 (2006049)

Linux 2.6 kernel-based virtual machines experience slow disk I/O performance (2011861)

Newly added LUNs are not visible on the ESX/ESXI host (2030630)

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi-5.0.0-20120701001s-no-tools (2020575)

VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201207406-BG: Updates net-e1000 (2020668)

ESXCLI Fibre Channel over Ethernet commands (2014178)

Unable to install the async driver in ESXi 5.0 using command line (2015834)

Adding a host to a distributed vSwitch fails with the error: Cannot complete operation due to concurrent modification by another operation (2016329)

VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch Release ESXi500-201207001 (2019107)

VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201207401-BG: Updates esx-base (2019108)

VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201207402-BG: Updates tools-light (2019110)

VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201207403-BG: Updates scsi-mptsas (2019111)

VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi-5.0.0-20120704001-standard (2019113)

VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201207405-BG: Updates misc-drivers (2020513)

VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201207101-SG: Updates esx-base (2020572)

VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201207102-SG: Updates tools-light (2020573)

VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi-5.0.0-20120701001s-standard (2020574)

Setting the Force BIOS Setup option fails when vCenter Server or ESX/ESXi users are granted with the Virtual Machine User role (2021341)

VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi-5.0.0-20120704001-no-tools (2019114)

vSphere Client does not automatically re-establish a connection after a vCenter Server restart (2030702)

VMware Service Manager

Saving or accessing asset management sections of an inventory or software product record fails with a script error (2030111)

Importing a Workflow template in Service Manager reports an error indicating that the query has a missing syntax in MATCH PAGER_MAP_REF (2030139)

When importing a Workflow template in Service Manager, Stakeholder Roles are not automatically resolved and/or chosen (2030143)

After upgrading from Service Manager 8.x to 9.x, workflows fail (2030146)

Locating documentation on entity relationships and data dictionary in VMware Service Manager 9.x (2000114)

Downloading V9 RP10 patch notes from My VMware (2000115)

Browse Catalog and Advanced Search in the Service Manger Customer portal Checkout page do not function properly (2030681)

Unable to import resources from Pending Imports in Federated CMDB in Service Manager 9.x (2030930)

Viewing the dependencies of a workflow from the task screen of a request fails with the error: The session data for entity Task xxx has expired (2031235)

Reopened calls do not contain Actions and Solutions text entered when 2 step closure is used (2031237)

Locating and editing Pager templates used for SMS alerts in VMware Service Manager 8.x  (2000122)

When a database server goes offline in Service Manager, end users see an error that displays the database connection string and plain text password (2030483)

Officer value for Last Updated By in the info panel of calls is incorrect after upgrading VMware Service Manager 9.x (1028084)

Running VMware Service Manager 9.x over HTTPS (1038694)

Attempting to connect to CSV Connector results in error: CSV file does not exist (2000116)

Outbound Action configured using vCD fails after installing a new Service Manager Rolling Patch  (2030685)

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager

Receiving patch alerts in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (2000249)

Date Published: 7/12/2012

Filters disappear from the filter set in vCenter Configuration Manager (2031101)

VMware vCenter Orchestrator

Connecting to a host in vCenter Orchestrator fails with the error: Error when connecting to host host name/IP address port 25: Connection refused: connect (2030159)

VMware vCenter Protect Essentials Plus

Releasing the lock on the role-based administration account VMware vCenter Protect Essentials (2030948)

VMware vCenter Server

Known issues when installing or upgrading to vCenter Server 5.x (2031082)

VMware vCenter Server Appliance

VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 Update 1a (VCSA) Known Issues (2017801)

VMware vCloud Director

Download Windows Remote Desktop Shortcut file is unavailable in vCloud Director 1.5.x (2009629)

VMware vFabric Data Director

Cannot restore from the snapshot of a database that has linked clones which were deleted, restored, or refreshed in vFabric Data Director (2030671)

VMware vFabric Enterprise Ready Server

Renaming a VMware vFabric Enterprise Ready Server 4.0 Apache server instance (2009505)

VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent

Remotely installing a vFabric Hyperic Agent on a Windows box (1032704)

VMware vFabric Hyperic Server

vFabric Hyperic HQ: Zip and MSI installer on 64 bit windows 7 fails with default install path [c:\Program Files (x86)] (1032777)

VMware View Manager

Localizing the VMware View Administrator page (2021106)

VMware Workstation

Creating a virtual machine from an existing virtual disk in workstation (2030542)

Copying a Workstation virtual machine from one location to another. (2030609)

Creating and adding a new virtual disk to a Windows virtual machine in VMware Workstation (2030610)

Forcing a frozen virtual machine to power off in VMware Workstation for Windows (2030543)


From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, I am really excited to introduce you to a new addition to the newsletter specifically designed to make the newsletter much easier to navigate. As you will no doubt have noticed there is now a table of contents present at the top of the newsletter. This is a really quick way to jump to any section of the newsletter without having to scroll through the entire newsletter, which can sometimes be quite large. It is also an easy way to see what sections we provide in the newsletter. I hope that you find this new addition to our weekly newsletter a good one and of course any comments please let me know.

One of the new sections is the HOT-NEWS section, this is where we want to point you to something that we think is important, be it a local event, news article or patch that is particularly newsworthy. This section is always right at the beginning of the newsletter so please check it out each week in case it is important for you. There are also a few other sections and an official TAM section as well so check it out.

This week is VSS in Brisbane and for all of my Brisbane customers I look forward to seeing you there on Tuesday. For those that have not yet registered for this amazing 1 day only event in Brisbane it is not too late, check the info below and register and we will see you there.

Did you know we are on Twitter @VMWARETAM there will be announcements, competitions and more, so don’t delay join now.

Have a great 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

 

HOT-NEWS
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
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

PARTNER
Right Here, Right Now - Register for VMworld 2012
Customer meetings. Networking opportunities. Peer interactions. There are plenty of good reasons why you should sign up today for VMworld 2012, but I’ll give you one more: VMware Partner Track.
Count ‘em. We’ve got over 20 partner sessions for you. This year, we’ll delve into topics ranging from solutions and competitive selling to business development and marketing. In these one-of-a-kind sessions, we’ll give details about how to accelerate the adoption of VMware solutions and technologies, increase loyalty, and launch key initiatives and competencies. And, the only way you’ll hear this valuable information is by attending VMworld 2012 Partner Track sessions. Check out the whole list of sessions here.

FEATURED-ARTICLE
VMworld 2012 US - TAM Day
With IT landscapes rapidly changing, IT organizations are faced with the challenge of delivering service in a new form.
Join us for a one day exclusive event for Technical Account Manager (TAM) customers where VMware experts discuss the best practices and innovative technologies that address the challenges IT departments face as they transition to support this era of technologies — from end user computing infrastructure, optimization & management, and executive vision.
Check out the agenda below and then contact your Technical Account Manager today to register.

Follow Us at @TAMDaySanFran and @VMwareTAM
 
SECURITY-ADVISORIES
July 12, 2012 VMSA-2012-0012
VMSA-2012-0012
VMware ESXi update to third party library
[more]

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]

PATCH-NOTIFICATION
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:
https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsp_vc50_u1a_rel_notes.html

 

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:
ESXi: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2019107

PRESS-RELEASES
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
July 02, 2012
VMware to Acquire DynamicOps, Inc.

 

TWEETS
VMware @VMware
#vShield 5 App Deep Dive Series Part 1: Deployment options for vShield Manager w/ vCenter Server [Sec. & Comp. Blog] http://t.co/ZLMq38lk

Scott Sauer™ @ssauer
Leveraging vApp & VM Custom Properties In vCloud Director http://t.co/NvIkhSEV

VMware Careers @VMwareCareers
Job: Senior Engineer, Runtime Platform (North Sydney)http://bit.ly/SejU5A #Jobs

Mike Laverick @Mike_Laverick
RT @BenPSnape: Great article by @Mike_Laverick Virtualized availability: Small is beautiful and perfectly formed http://t.co/Uv5Z77rh

VMware vCloud @vCloud
Want to win a full access pass to #VMworld US? Vote in our contest & help choose the best #speakcloud video! http://t.co/uVOnK7bJ

BRISBANE-TRAINING-SCHEDULE

CourseDateRegister
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]
23 Jul - 27 Jul
http://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=129604
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]
26 Jul - 27 Jul
http://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=129607
VMware vCloud: Overview [V1.0] 30 Julhttp://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 Aughttp://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=129617

 

VMWORLD

VMworld Content Catalog Now Live

The new cloud computing landscape requires greater innovation, performance and confidence to push system and software delivery to the next level. Master this at VMworld

, where you will gain the necessary tools and training across hundreds of unique breakout sessions and hands-on labs. This is the time to enter the new cloud era. Right Here. Right Now.

Learn about this year’s sessions and speakers in the US

or Europe

Content Catalog. Discover how the power of VMware will help you face the boldness of an industry that is constantly moving.

We are ready. The technology is here. And the partners are in place.

Register early for the best rates.

 

VMworld Europe Early Bird Deadline is July 20 (save €500)

 

VMworld US Advanced Deadline is July 27 (save $400)

 

 

VMworld 2012 - Some Interesting Storage Sessions

 

You'll probably know by now that the VMworld 2012

content catalog has gone live. I've had a look through the catalog to see which storage sessions caught my eye. The majority of these are technical, but some of them are designed you give you some sneak peaks at VMware's storage vision.

 

First a shameless plug. I am presenting the following session at this year's VMworld:

 

INF-STO1198 - vSphere Storage Features & Enhancements

 

 

TAM

 

VMworld 2012 Top 10 Tips for VMware TAM Program Attendees

 

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.

 

You will be empowered to take advantage of the best educational opportunity to expand your knowledge, maximize your investments, and gain a greater competitive edge with cloud and virtualization solutions all while having some fun in the process.

 

Check out our VMworld 2012 Top 10 Tips for VMware TAM Program Attendees

 

KBTV

How to change a virtual disk from SCSI to IDE in VMware Fusion

Do you have VMware Fusion

? Have you ever witnessed one of your virtual machines in Fusion failing to boot or fail with a STOP 7B blue screen error?

If your answer is yes, then this video might be of some help to you.

This video is based on VMware Knowledge Base article A virtual machine in Fusion fails to boot or fails with a STOP 7B blue screen error (2013268)

.

 

Creating virtual machines in VMware Workstation

 

Today's video will be of particular interest to

VMware Workstation newbies. If you're not a newbie, you can probably pass on this one as it shows you how to do one of the first and most important steps of your virtualization journey - creating your first virtual machine.

 

The video provides a quick and high level demonstration of how you can create virtual machines in VMware Workstation. This tutorial is based on VMware Knowledge Base article

Creating virtual machines in VMware Workstation (1018415), which we recommend you read if you want the itemized steps.

 

 

VFABRIC

 

7 Reasons why you should use APM

 

If you are a professional application developer or systems administrator, you probably already have your “IT toolbelt” of applications, scripts and utilities you use to keep your applications running. You are probably also strapped for time and resources since the challenge of doing more with less seems to grow

 

exponentially every year (whose working on that 48 hour day for us anyway?). So, why would you consider a relatively new tool to help manage your applications? 

 

Well, if your applications are virtualized or running in the cloud, if you need to be able to respond better for performance issues, you might want to read a few more reasons on why you should give

vFabric Application Performance Manager (APM) a try:

 

 

Why Java Developers Need Spring Insight on CloudFoundry

 

Developers are realizing the benefits of using Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) options, such as VMware’s own

CloudFoundry.com, where they have choice of programming language, middleware options, and can start developing in seconds, without having to set up complicated infrastructure. While VMware runs the underlying infrastructure of CloudFoundry.com, application teams are still squarely on the hook to run and scale their applications.

 

 

Using Cloud Foundry to Create the #ContributingCode Competition App

 

A

situational application generally has a short lifespan and sidesteps formal requirements so that it can be developed quickly with a narrow focus. Cloud-based application development and deployment platforms lend themselves very well for such applications. This blog post will demonstrate a situational application that I developed and guide you to use cloud platform services to aid in your web development.

 

VCLOUD

Another VMware Cloud: The National Democratic Institute (NDI) Runs Their Public Cloud on VMware

According to Chris Spence, Chief Technology Officer at the National Democratic Institute, "Our move to the cloud has not only allowed NDI to focus on our mission, which is safeguarding democracy around the world, but it has also saved us a lot of money and allowed us to provide tools to our partners, which better leverages their use of technology toward their individual goals in the countries we work."

 

Welcome, Google, to the Raw VM IaaS Market

 

Google announced limited beta of Google Compute Engine, its IaaS service, at Google I/O yesterday, after weeks of rumor and speculation. The IaaS market has evolved into two segments: “raw VM” IaaS led by Amazon Web Services, and enterprise, where the cloud directly supports the application with higher performance, more flexibility and high availability. This segment is dominated by the

VMware vCloud service provider ecosystem.

 

 

VMware's First Cloud Certification

 

Recently VMware’s first certification around cloud computing quietly went into beta. Let’s learn more about this new certification option, the VCP-Infrastructure as a Service (or VCP-IaaS) certification…

 

Top 10 Must-Knows for the New VCP-IaaS

 

 

CONTEST: How Do You Speak Cloud? Win a Pass to VMworld US 2012!

 

Public, Private, Hybrid: how do you speak cloud? We want your opinion - and your opinion could win you some great prizes.

 

Starting July 9th, we’re asking you, our vCloud community to vote for your favorite video of the week, with each featuring different “cloud styles.”

 

Some IT admins get their cloud inspiration from Disco, some Samba – it’s up to you to decide which music style fits with how you like to speak cloud.

 

CAST YOUR VOTE DAILY

and help crown the ultimate champion in the cloud. Each vote submitted enters you in a raffle to win an iTunes gift card ($15 value), with drawings twice a day for the full three weeks.

 

Another VMware Cloud – Gratifón Runs Their Hybrid Cloud on VMware

 

“We saved $50k by not having to buy server hardware, and we’re saving $60k per year in operating efficiencies, electricity, Internet bandwidth, and IT man hours. That is what the Dell Cloud [with vCloud Datacenter Service] makes possible,” according to Oz Yosef, CEO at Gratifón S.A.

 

Gratifón is a Panama-based company that has developed telephone kiosks with high definition, 17-inch screens that allow customers in supermarkets, hotels and airports to pick up the phone and dial anywhere in the world for free, using voice-over-IP telephony. During customer phone calls, interactive videos pop up on the screens with ads offering – providing a win-win situation for customers, advertisers and Gratifón alike. Through Gratifón, customers can make free phone calls, and advertisers can take advantage of a direct-marketing approach.

 

 

Don't Miss VMware vCloud Sessions at VMworld 2012!

 

VMworld 2012 is just around the corner. The most popular sessions, as voted on by the public, havebeen selected and it’s time to get registered!

 

Once registered for

VMworld, what sessions should you attend? There are some excellent vCloud sessions that you must consider. After all, vCloud datacenters, vCloud Director, and vCloud solutions are one of the hottest things in virtualization. With so much news around vCloud, you don’t want to miss these vCloud sessions!

 

Here’s the latest list:

 

 

 

SECURITY

 

vShield 5 App Deep Dive Series Part 1: Deployment options for vShield Manager with vCenter Server

 

A very common question has been whether you can have vShield App protect the same cluster running its associated vCenter Server and vShield Manager.  Now with 5.0.1, this is no longer a limitation! There are some minor trade-offs, which I describe...

 

 

EUC

 

Bringing Hi-Fidelity and Performance to View Mobile Secure Desktops with Atlantis ILIO

 

Guest Blog by Anjan Srinivas, Director, Product Marketing – Atlantis Computing

 

Today’s workplace is exploding with employees carrying corporate and personal devices to access enterprise data. IT organizations are looking at new ways to deliver corporate desktop and application across variety of devices in a centralized and secure fashion. While IT wants to embrace this end user freedom and mobility, they are challenged by legacy OS, applications and cross platform incompatibility issues with the business critical applications. VDI nicely fills this gap and provides a centralized management framework that is easy to manage, lowering the overall cost of ownership.

 

 

Experimenting with Windows 8 Desktops in View

 

By Robert Baesman, Director of Product Management, End-User Computing

 

With all the news these days about

Microsoft Windows 8 Release Dates, it's natural for those working on a with VDI technology to be curious about the latest from Redmond and how Windows 8 might work as a virtualized desktop workload.  Of course with it not RTMed yet, nobody has a VDI solution out there that officially supports it, but that should never stop a good science experiment...

 

 

What Rogue Users and Cloud Services Can Teach IT

 

By Ben Goodman, Lead Evangelist, VMware Horizon Application Manager

 

This is the 3rd blog in the series on the Consumerization of IT, it's effect and how it can be managed successfully. It will be followed by a whitepaper on this topic. Read the

1st blog and the

2nd blog.

 

There’s no shortage of news stories and blog posts lamenting the dangers associated with rogue devices and cloud services (I may have even contributed a couple).

 

 

Relink –h command for Horizon enablement of previously captured VMware ThinApp packages

 

ThinApp 4.7 was the first release with the option to enable your ThinApp virtual applications for VMware Horizon Application Manager. A new window in ThinApp Setup Capture gave you an easy, GUI-based way of enabling packages for Horizon as you captured them.

 

 

ThinApp Factory View Client Feed with Recipe

 

Are you looking for how to properly capture the VMware View Clients with the ThinApp Factory? Look no further! Here is an example!

 

So I wanted to show how a ThinApp Factory Recipe looks in it's true JSON format. As one can see, it's somewhat similar to XML in formatting, although slightly different.

 

 

Updating ThinApp Packages in VMware Horizon Application Manager

 

If you have updated a ThinApp package for the Horizon environment, you know that it was a manual process. ThinApp 4.7.2 gives you a sleek new update mechanism developed especially for the Horizon environment. You don’t use AppSync or side-by-side updating; instead, you use an update mechanism based on a new Package.ini parameter, VersionID.

 

 

VSPHERE

 

vSphere Hypervisor Auto Start Bug Fixed

 

Good news!  The

Auto Start bug introduced with 5.0 Update 1, which broke the VM Auto Start feature on the free version of ESXi, has finally been resolved.  VMware released the ESXi patch "ESXi500-201207001" on July 12, 2012 which includes the fix.

 

Installing the patch does require a reboot of the host so be sure to coordinate the downtime.

 

 

Troubleshooting Storage Performance in vSphere – Storage Queues

 

Storage Queues what are they and do I need to change them?

 

We have all had to wait in a line or two in our life, whether it is the dreaded TSA checkpoint line at the airport or the equally dreaded DMV registration line, waiting in line is just a fact of life. This is true in the storage world too; storage I/O’s have plenty of lines that they have to wait in. In this article, we examine the various queues in the virtualized storage stack and discuss the when, how, and why of modifying them.

 

 

LABS

 

View Controlled Recompose Script

 

http://labs.vmware.com/flings/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.

 

 

OFFICIAL-BLOGS

 

Business Critical Applications: Whitepaper: Virtualizing Business Critical Apps on vSphere

 

Learn why 75-percent of VMware customers report they virtualize at least one business-critical app in their production environment.

 

Link:

http://vmware.com/go/apps-heart-vmware

Audience: This whitepaper provides solution and technical product information is intended for Architects, Engineers, Administrators, DBAs, App-owners and Business staff

 

Office of the CTO Blogs: Virtualization, Italian Style

 

I’m in Fiuggi, Italy this week teaching a four-lecture course on Virtualization and High Peformance Computing as part of the Eighth International Summer School on Advanced Computer Architecture for High Performance and Embedded Systems (

ACACES 2012). I have about 70 students in the class, primarily from European countries. My first lecture was a whirlwind, high-level overview of High Performance Computing from both a technical and market perspective. Among the topics we covered were the primary programming models used in HPC as well as the major software and hardware components needed to build most mainstream HPC cluster systems. We also discussed some of the pain points currently plaguing HPC as foreshadowing for the discussion about virtualized HPC in the lectures later this week.

 

 

EXTERNAL-BLOGS

 

Zimbra 8 has been annouced

 

A new version of Zimbra 8 has been announced on VMware’s website. The new updated version has brought many new features. The new Fully Ajaxed interface which has been stripped down to provide only what is essential for the end user. Four web browsers are supported - Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and Chrome. The new built in [...]

 

 

Storage Sizing Considerations when Virtualizing Business Critical Applications

 

One of my fellow vExperts, Prasenjit Sarkar, has recently published a blog article titled

Virtualizing BCA – What about application IO characteristics. I recommend that you take a look at this as it gives a good overview of a lot of the considerations around storage for Business Critical Applications. There are a few things I feel are also important over and above what is mentioned in the article and these may have a significant impact on your architecture design and application performance. Here I’ll cover some things you must consider to provide a solid storage design to support your most critical systems.

 

 

Third VMworld Session – Virtualizing Oracle: An Architectural and Performance Deep Dive

 

I’m not sure if I’m lucky or just a glutton for punishment. But I have picked up a third breakout session slot at VMworld and I will be co presenting with Mark Achtemichuk (@vmMarkA on twitter) who is a fellow VCDX and performance specialist in the VMware Technical Marketing Team. The session is APP-BCA1624 – Virtualizing Oracle:  An Architectural and Performance Deep Dive. If you have an interest in virtualizing Oracle and getting the best performance then this will be a session not to be missed. Here is the session abstract to wet your appetite.

 

 

DaaS: Building the Model [The Book]

 

This is the working cover for our new book. DaaS: Building the Model is a multi-disciplinar group effort that look into multiple Desktop-as-a-Service concepts, from design and architecture to financial cost models. The book has foreword from Chirayu Patel, review from David Stafford and contributions from Kanuj Behl, Andre Leibovici, Phil Ditzel, Dwayne Lessner and Jason Langone. The book will be available in digital media on iTunes book store and Kindle Amazon. You will also be able to order a printed copy from Amazon.

 

 

View Storage Accelerator (CBRC) Hashing Function

 

VMware View Storage Accelerator uses a vSphere platform feature called CBRC (Content Based Read Cache). CBRC is an in-host RAM cache for VMDK blocks frequently accessed by virtual desktops.

 

 

EMC – Check on a RAID Group’s defragmentation progress with naviseccli

 

For those of you still using RAID Groups on the CX4, you’ll know that you sometimes need to defragment them to get a contiguous amount of free space, particularly if you’ve unbound LUNs in the group that sit between other, remaining LUNs. If you kick off a whole bunch of defrags and then want a quick way to check the progress, why not use naviseccli? The getrg option is the one you want to use in this example.

 

 

Disaster Avoidance and Disaster Recovery: At Last Together!

 

For the years since its launch, EMC’s active/active fully-available VPLEX has been incredibly popular. Customers love what it does, technologists love talking about it. Similarly, Site Recovery Manager (SRM) has become one of VMware’s most popular products for the elegance, simplicity, testability and audit-ability. Until recently it was not possible to deploy both in one environment.

 

 

Getting Started with pSphere on OSX

 

Always on the search for new skills and new ways to work with vSphere & Virtualization, I’ve been turned on to pSphere (Python bindings for vSphere). However, getting this up and going on my Mac was not as straight forward as I’d have thought.

 

Note: I’m not sure what is strictly required here, these are the steps that worked for me.

 

 

SRM and Snaphots

 

Fellow vExpert, Gabrie Van Zanten (of gabriesvirtualworld.com) asked me a while ago for my view on the current state of VMware Snapshots and SRM. Gabrie was concerned by the support statement in the offical SRM administration guide:

 

 

VMware View: Recompose fails to recompose the whole pool

 

Problem

 

I've seen this issue a lot with customers. The customers wants to Recompose an entire pool to a new snapshot, so they set off a "Recompose at LogOff" task to make the recompose happen as users log-off of their desktops. However, quite often none of the desktops in the pool get recomposed. Every time I've seen this issue, the customers have their desktop pools to "Refresh On Logoff"

 

 

[Release] ESXi5 Community Packaging Tools 2.0

 

Yesterday I have released version 2.0 of my ESXi5 Community Packaging Tools. To re-iterate on that: These tools enable Community developers to create software packages for ESXi 5 in the VMware proprietary formats VIB (VMware Installation Bundle) and ZIP (VMware Offline Bundle). Changes in this version: Updated TGZ2VIB5.cmd to version 2.0: Added GUI options to allow setting of advanced VIB

 

 

LUN sizes in the new Storage World

 

I am on a holiday and catching up on some articles I had saved that I still wanted to read. I stumbled on an

article about sizing VMFS volumes by  Ravi Venkat (Pure Storage) on flash based arrays. I must say that Ravi has a couple of excellent arguments around the operational and architectural simplicity of these new types of arrays and I do strongly believe that indeed it makes the world a lot easier.

 

 

vSphere 5.0 U1a was just released, vDS/SvMotion bug fixed!

 

Many of you who hit the

SvMotion / VDS / HA problem requested the hotpatch that was available for it. Now that

Update 1a has been released with a

permanent fix how do you go about installing it? This is the recommended procedure:

 

Backup your vCenter Database

 

Uninstall the vCenter hot-patch

 

Install the new version by pointing it to the database

 

 

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.

 

 

Brisbane VMUG Meeting

 

Be sure to visit our new

Brisbane VMUG Workspace and subscribe to our listserv!  Connect with your fellow VMUG members in the forum, ask and answer questions about VMware, and get involved in your VMUG community.

 

EDUCATION

VMware Education & Certification Blog: Help Shape the Future of VMware Certifications

To help us better understand your perceptions of VMware's certification programs and tailor future programs to meet your needs we have begun a limited-time research study. Whether you're a current VCDX or just getting started on your path to VCP5, we hope you'll take the time to share your thoughts and opinions.

The survey should only take about 15 minutes to complete, and at the end you'll have the option to enter a drawing for one of two 32GB New Apple iPads with WiFi as a thank you for participating.

Get started now.

 

5 New Free elearning Courses

 

The VMware training team has released another set of free, online elearning courses covering cloud, BCDR, and more.

 

View Fundamentals [V5.0]

- covers the main features and components in the VMware View solution and how to install and configure VMware View.

VMWare vCloud Director Fundamentals [V1.5] - introduces students to the components, architecture, functions, and benefits of vCloud Director.

 

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Design 5.1 Fundamentals

- explores the concept of disaster, recovery sites, disaster recovery or DR and business continuity or BC issues, and the planning process.

VMware vCenter Operations Manager Fundamentals [V5.X] - shows you how to install and configure vCenter Operations Manager as well as how to use its many robust features.

 

VMware vSphere: Transition to ESXi Essentials [V4.1]

- covers the requirements and effects of transitioning your VMware vSphere environment to VMware ESXi.

 

3 Free elearning Courses help you Virtualize your Apps

 

Adding to the list of

titles released earlier this summer, VMware training has released three more self-paced elearning courses to help you virtualize your business critical applications.

 

Virtualizing Microsoft SharePoint with VMware [V5.X]

- discusses why you should consider virtualizing Microsoft SharePoint, including prerequisites and guidelines for designing, sizing, and implementing SharePoint on vSphere.

Virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server with VMware - helps you avoid the pitfalls commonly encountered when VMware vSphere professionals cross the chasm of Tier-1 SQL Server virtualization.

 

Virtualizing Oracle Database with VMware [V5.X]

- shows you the pitfalls to avoid when virtualizing your  Tier-1 Oracle database.

 

Announcing the VCAP5-DCA Exam

 

We're happy to announce today that the

VMware Certified Advanced Professional on vSphere 5 for Datacenter Administration (VCAP5-DCA) exam is now available, giving VCP5s a way to demonstrate your expertise with VMware vSphere 5, as well as your ability to use automation tools and implement virtualized environments.

 

 

 

KB-ARTICLES

 

Please consider checking -

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

 

 

 

New Articles Published for Week Ending 7/7/12

Socialcast

Resetting the password for the default admin user account in Socialcast On Premise (2030719)

Socialcast On Premise

Troubleshooting Socialcast notification issues on iOS devices (2021845)

Spring Framework

Obtaining the list of resources read by Spring Framework ApplicationContext (2007015)

 

Automated web testing tools for testing pages rendered on a web application (2007085)

 

Spring Web Services

 

Identifying versions of SOAP 1.1/1.2 in Spring Web Services 1.5/2.0 (2007305)

 

VMware Data Recovery

 

Reference architecture sample for VMware Data Recovery (2017324)

 

VMware ESXi

 

Scanning an ESXi 5.0 host fails after redirecting VMware Update Manager logs to a syslog server (2014538)

 

Powering on a virtual machine fails with the error: Failed to extend swap file from 0 KB to xxxx KB (2030250)

 

Cannot mount the VMFS5 datastore when using storage encryption appliances (2030416)

 

Brocade 1020 CNA has a blank WWN address in ESXi 5.0 (2030791)

 

Powering on a virtual machine fails with the error: Cannot open configuration file path_to_vmx_file (2030183)

 

Verifying if management services are running on an ESXi host (2030663)

 

Best practices for performing storage performance tests within a virtualized environment (2019131)

 

Installing VMware Tools from ESXi 5.0 on a Solaris virtual machine changes MTU to 9000 (2030524)

 

VMware Fusion

 

Installing VMware Tools in Fusion fails while installing the VMXNet driver (2019646)

 

VMware Horizon Application Manager

 

Updating VMware ThinApp virtual applications in Horizon Application Manager (2030248)

 

VMware ThinApp virtual application packages in Horizon Application Manager: Index to an article cluster (2030596)

 

VMware Horizon Connector

 

Enabling for Horizon a previously packaged VMware ThinApp virtual application, without relinking (2030595)

 

VMware Service Manager

 

Call/Task does not exist in VMware Service Manager 8.x (2006801)

 

Cannot forward emails to a group belonging to another partition in Service Manager (2030670)

 

Colors by Status defined in Column Configs are not displayed in Search or Outstanding screens in VMware Service Manager 9.x (2006007)

 

Parentnetwork field in not available in a workflow when Service Manager integrates with vCloud Director (2030669)

 

VMware ThinApp

 

Enabling VMware ThinApp virtual applications for Horizon Application Manager with the relink command (2021928)

 

VMware ThinApp relink command to update the ThinApp runtime of a virtual application (2030593)

 

Handling the application suite icon when enabling a VMware ThinApp package for Horizon (2030594)

 

VMware ThinApp virtual application streaming in Horizon Application Manager (2030247)

 

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager

 

Cannot add new machines to vCenter Configuration Manager using the short name (2030768)

 

VMware vCenter Operations Manager (Standalone)

 

Configuring hint text for KPI alerts in vCenter Operations Manager Enterprise (2021308)

 

Configuring the Text widget in vCenter Operations Manager Enterprise (2030076)

 

VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)

 

Configuring multi-level alert rules in vCenter Operations Manager Enterprise (2021314)

 

VMware vCenter Server

 

Hardware status differs in VMware vCenter server and Veeam monitoring products (2020665)

 

Windows 7 virtual machine is unresponsive to RDP, but is accessible from the vSphere Client (2030554)

 

Changing the hard disk mode of a virtual machine fails with the error: Access to resource settings on the host is restricted to the server which is managing it (2021618)

 

vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1 Service Status tab displays License Services alerts (2030637)

 

VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat

 

Using Heartbeat across a WAN with Windows DNS (2030604)

 

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager

 

Failover stops with the error  ""The parameter is incorrect. " (87)" during storage preparation on some or all LUNs (2018597)

 

VMware vCloud Director

 

Cannot log in to VMware vCloud Director 1.5.x after upgrading from vCloud 1.0.x using Internet Explorer (2006731)

 

Enabling Uber Admin mode in VMware vCloud Director 1.5.x (2006922)

 

VMware View Manager

 

Cannot pair a View 4.6 Security Server with an older version of Connection Server (2014098)

 

Provisioning View desktops fail with the error: View Composer Fault: VC operation exceeded the task timeout limit set by View Composer (2030047)

 

Using the Recreate Desktop option from a detached persistent disk does not move the disk to the virtual machine folder on the datastore (2014138)

 

VMware vSphere Storage Appliance

 

Installing vSphere Storage Appliance fails with the error: VSA License: Failed to verify the validity of the license key assign to this vCenter Server (2005132)

 

VMware Workstation

 

Recreating a missing virtual disk descriptor file of a Workstation virtual machine with disks split into 2GB files (2030337)

 

The Display option in the virtual machine settings in VMware Workstation is missing (2021698)

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, next week we start with our first VMware Solutions Symposium in Perth followed the next week by Brisbane. This is our premier yearly event especially for those of you that may not make it to vForum in Sydney. I attend this event each year and absolutely love it, I get to talk to our customers, and get an insight from some of the best VMware specialists on what we can look forward to over the next period.

I hope that you are enjoying the new format. The feedback I have received has been positive but of course I am always happy to take suggestions, that is usually how I am able to find out what works and what doesn’t so please send me feedback on the newsletter.

This week I have expanded with a few new sections. Firstly we have the Security section which will have info from VMware on security related information, this is different to patches and notifications. Next we have a new End User Computing section which will feature VMware View, ThinApp and other end user computing related information from VMware blogs. Finally we also have a dedicated vSphere blog news section now as well.

The newsletter is growing and hopefully getting better with each edition but it doesn’t work without you the read so send feedback anytime.

This week we also have the Brisbane VMUG on, see below for details and to register.

Have a great week and don’t forget to register for VSS.

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
Future-proofing Your Apps: Cloud Foundry and Node.js
Cloud Foundry 28/06/12 10:47 AM Raja Rao DV CloudFoundry cloudfoundry javascript node.js paas polyglot VMware
Most real-world applications we ship to consumers or enterprises are multi-year projects. In the cloud era, newer technologies (programming languages, runtimes, frameworks) are created faster than ever. While most of them fail to get any traction, once in a while a technology becomes popular because it solves a problem or set of problems extremely well.
Now in such an era, if you make a large investment for a multi-year project on a PaaS that only supports one technology and some other technology comes along that happens to solve your problem better, then you are stuck. You have unintentionally become a victim of vendor lock-in. The heart of your problem is that your PaaS, and hence your app, was not future-proofed to begin with.

To future-proof your long term project, you should:
1.   Use a polyglot PaaS like Cloud Foundry that supports a great mix of both mature technologies and upcoming technologies.

continue reading at: http://blog.cloudfoundry.com/2012/06/27/future-proofing-your-apps-cloud-foundry-and-node-js/

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
July 02, 2012
VMware to Acquire DynamicOps, Inc.
June 29, 2012
VMware Named a Leader in Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure
June 13, 2012
VMware Announces Open Source Project to Enable Apache Hadoop to Run on Private and Public Clouds

TWEETS OF THE WEEK (@VMWARETAM)
Matt Lesak @MattLesak
New set of KB articles on #ThinApp in #Horizon: http://bit.ly/M99jEP

VMware Blogs @VMwareBlogs
VMware Security Blog: vShield 5 App Deep Dive Series Part 1: Deployment options for vShield Manager with vCenter Server http://t.co/Wj3fnhAT

VMware Knowledgebase @VMwareKB
New #VMware KB: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2030076 Configuring the Text widget in vCenter Operations Manager Enterprise

VMware Blogs @VMwareBlogs
VMware Go Blog: Weekly Roundup: 5 Links for IT Admins! http://t.co/7Fg5zuLp

 

VMWORLD 2012 (US and EU)
VMworld Content Catalog Now Live
The new cloud computing landscape requires greater innovation, performance and confidence to push system and software delivery to the next level. Master this at VMworld, where you will gain the necessary tools and training across hundreds of unique breakout sessions and hands-on labs. This is the time to enter the new cloud era. Right Here. Right Now.

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.

VMWARE TV BLOG
Managing self-signed SSL Certificates in VMware View 5.1 using an internal Microsoft Certificate Authority
Greetings from the KBTV team and a very happy 4th of July to our American friends!
Today we have a new video relating to our VMware View 5.1 product whereby we discuss and demonstrate Managing self-signed SSL Certificates in VMware View 5.1 using an internal Microsoft Certificate Authority.

VMWARE VFABRIC
Comparing Traditional databases to SQLFire for Cloud-scale Applications
Learn More
Register now for Mark Chmarny's Webcast.
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 9:00 AM PDT
Title: vFabric SQLFire - Fast Data that Spans the Globe
Register or View
Despite what people tell you, managing on-line applications on a cloud-scale is hard. One of the main challenges is related to the fact that as an application gets more and more popular, the underlining database often becomes the bottleneck.

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)?

Announcing the Spring Insight Bounty Program – A Pay for Development Marketplace
VMware is announcing a new Bounty Program which will enable companies, including VMware itself, to request and reward community members for creating any original work, including plugins, patches, tools, specifications, documentation, or sample code. The program is designed to leverage the Spring Insight community to support its own development needs for plugins that extend visibility into custom application's runtime performance and behavior.

Spring Insight Coming to WebLogic!
Always wished you could use Spring Insight but couldn't because your applications run on Oracle WebLogic? Wish no more!
Originally introduced for tc Server and since expanded to support Tomcat and JBoss , our next release will include full support for the WebLogic container.

Oh the Places You'll Go!
The last ten years has been an exciting and challenging journey for me and I’m very proud of the technology and community that my SpringSource cofounders and I fostered. However, there always comes a time to make a choice about the places you’ll go, and it’s time for me to leave VMware and pursue other Read more...

VMWARE SECURITY
vShield 5 App Deep Dive Series Part 1: Deployment options for vShield Manager with vCenter Server
A very common question has been whether you can have vShield App protect the same cluster running its associated vCenter Server and vShield Manager.  Now with 5.0.1, this is no longer a limitation! There are some minor trade-offs, which I describe...
vShield management is centralized in the vShield Manager Service Virtual Machine (SVM). vShield Manager operations are available in the vCenter Server UI. In vShield 5.0, both these management components could not be installed in the same cluster they were managing vShield App for.  The issue was that in certain portions of the install process the vCenter Server and vShield Manager virtual machines could end up being mistakenly cut off from communication with the infrastructure they were managing.
vShield App 5.0 Option 1: Cross-managed cluster model, which while requiring another vCenter will also allow for more redundancy.

VMWARE END USER COMPUTING (VIEW, THINAPP...)
Why Choose VMware vSphere for VDI
Today, Virtualization Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a key initiative for many organizations looking to reduce their administrative overhead while providing a more secure, flexible and reliable desktop computing environment for end users. A lot of planning and decision-making is required to ensure a successful deployment. Choosing the right virtualization platform to host the virtual desktop implementation is often the first challenge faced and, to a certain degree, may make or break the entire transformation. Important considerations when choosing the best VDI platform are:

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 ThinApp Factory is now Freely Available
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.

Getting Desktop Virtualization Right
Desktop virtualization deployments are on the rise, with many organizations scaling out VDI to support thousands and tens of thousands of users. In fact, the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi in Japan recently announced that they had deployed 50,000 seats of VMware View virtual desktops.  And when done right, desktop virtualization is key to helping organizations drive higher levels of productivity, enhancing security and driving down costs.

New VMware Bootcamp: The VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop
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 o

ThinApp streaming in Horizon? Yes!
Download mode used to be the only choice for ThinApp packages offered through VMware Horizon Application Manager. Now, with Horizon 1.5, ThinApp streaming mode is also an option.
ThinApp streaming mode is especially important for users accessing Horizon applications through VMware View stateless desktops.

Ubiquitous Computing with Mobile Secure Desktop
The introduction of smart phones and tablets has made BYOD a reality in the workplace.  Employees are increasingly relying on the new age devices to access information.  The days of employees accessing corporate information from their desk is coming to an end.   Today’s employees do not consider computing to be  destination, but want to access information from anywhere, anyplace, anytime from any device, ushering in an era of ubiquitous computing.

VMware ThinApp 4.7.2: Minor release, major new features for Horizon!
Do not let the three digits in the 4.7.2 release number fool you—the newly released ThinApp 4.7.2 has some exciting features that people have been asking for.
This new release of VMware ThinApp includes:
A mechanism for updating ThinApp packages in Horizon Application Manager
A new relink –h command to enable prior ThinApp packages for Horizon
RemoveSandboxOnStart, a new Package.ini parameter

VMWARE VSPHERE BLOGS
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.

Multi-disk replication into common directory with vSphere Replication
When replicating VMs with vSphere Replication you have control over the target location for your VMDKs that are being replicated.  For example, you may have a VM with two disks and choose to place them in different directories and locations than they were in the primary site from which they are being copied.
That's great, but something that never came up with array replication is what happens when we want to put all the disks in the *same* directory at the recovery site?
If we have a machine ("VM1") that has 2 VMDKs each on different datastores, for example, they might both be named the same.  We might have two "VM1.vmdk" files.  In fact, this happens by default - the first disk in a directory is named for the parent VM without consideration for the fact that there may be other VMs elsewhere on different disks.

Viewing ESXi Logs From the DCUI
I recently had a customer ask if I had any tips for viewing log files from the DCUI.  He mentioned that he was recently trying to track down an issue but struggled with using the DCUI "View System Logs" feature.  He commented that it was painful having to scroll through the files using the arrow keys and that he wasn't able to make any sense out of the help screen.  He was a long time Windows admin who had never worked with UNIX/Linux and was not was not familiar with the "vi" like interface used by the "less" editor, which is used to view log files from the DCUI.  As I'm sure he's not the only one who's been frustrated by this I thought it would be nice to give a quick tutorial on how to navigate log files using the DCUI.

Advanced vSphere Replication Options for Single VM Replication Performance
Lots of people stand up a vSphere Replication based SRM instance and check to see "how fast" it can replicate a VM.  What I want to do today is talk about some of the factors that go into this, and give you some advice on using unsupported advanced features to get faster speed for replicating a single VMDK.
Why would I do this?  It's unsupported!  You can saturate your links!  You can create a vortex that will cause implosion of the milky way into a singularity!  So the point is, you really *shouldn't* do this.  Unfortunately though, people are doing incorrect assessments based on a misunderstanding of how VR works, and I want to give you some understanding and a potential way to do some more interesting testing of your own.

vCenter Service Status - vSphere Replication Management Red Alert
VMware vSphere Blog 4/07/12 5:05 AM Ken Werneburg VMware Uptime
Why does my "VR Management" service show with a red alert error in the "vCenter Service Status" tab?
When an extension (SRM, VR, etc.) is registered in vCenter it passes an SSL thumbprint that is used to establish the validity of the connection, and that is stored in the VC ADAM database. 
The VRMS can generate its own certificate and will use that one with VC if chosen.  If using an external cert, it will pull the external cert and replace the self-generated one.  A thumbprint is generated for this cert, and this is used to registers the service correctly with the vCenter Server, and allows it to communicate for normal operations.

VMWARE LABS
Guest Reclaim http://labs.vmware.com/flings/guest-reclaim
July 1, 2012
Guest Reclaim reclaims dead space from NTFS volumes hosted on a thin provisioned SCSI disk. The tool can also reclaim space from full disks and partitions, thereby wiping off the file systems on it. As the tool deals with active data, please take all precautionary measures understanding the SCSI UNMAP framework and backing up important data.

VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS (GENERAL)
VMware Positioned in Leaders Quadrant
There has never been a better time to work with VMware.
VMware is positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure.* Part of a full research report, the quadrant was released by the analyst firm last month.

VMware Support Insider: Sample Configuration of EtherChannel / Link Aggregation with ESX/ESXi and Cisco/HP Switches
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.

The Console: VMware Helps Accelerate Customers' Journey to the Cloud with Acquisition of DynamicOps
Today, VMware announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire DynamicOps, Inc. (read VMware press release, read DynamicOps’ blog post). Headquartered in Burlington, MA, DynamicOps is a leader in the emerging market for cloud automation solutions that enable provisioning and management of IT services across heterogeneous environments.
I am personally thrilled about the acquisition and let me explain the reasons behind my excitement.
While VMware in the past has been primarily focused on helping customers realize the benefits of virtualization, our mission has progressively expanded. Today, we are dedicated to helping our customers in their journey to the cloud.

VMware Global Alliances Blog: The Developer Desktop as a Service (DaaS) – with CloudOne and VMware View
Software Developers always take great pride in their desktop environment. They often have customized the integrated development environment (IDE) in which they build and test their programs. Their desktop is carefully set up and tuned to be a lean coding, testing and delivery machine.  Any superfluous items that are not needed, or could threaten the productivity or security of the developer have been removed.

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
Chad’s Choice Webcast on June 28th, 2012 – Don’t Miss!
To all of my EMC customers, fanboi’s or anyone just interested in hearing about some great new technology… Be sure to listen in to Chad’s Choice this Thursday at 8:00am PT.  This time he has some important information for those VNX and CLARiiON customers out there on VAAI and Multipathing, as well as a next generation preview.

Video - VMware View Storage Accelerator
This video will give you an introduction to the View Storage Accelerator, a caching feature that can reduce storage costs and improve performance in VMware View.
The Storage Accelerator is made up of two components. The first is a per VMDK digest file and the second is a global cache. The per VMDK digest file has a mapping for disk block number to hash value and the global cache has a mapping for hash value to actual data. The global cache is a reserved area of memory on the ESXi hosts.

Completing the Missing Piece in the VMware HA Puzzle
I cannot remember the number of times I have been saved by VMware High Availability. To protect an application in my datacenter from hardware failure has never been easier. Just put your VM in a VMware HA cluster and Bam! you are done. It is that easy.
And for your more critical VM’s here you have Fault Tolerance. Granted today that will only help you for your low hanging fruit VM’s that have 1 vCPU – but that will most probably change in an upcoming version.

VMware Tightening the Security Screws?
I’ve written an article about the some of the new alarms/alerts and warnings around untrusted SSL certificates over on TechTarget. Nothing to get overly anxious about – but its seems as both View 5.1 and PowerCLI 5.01 come with more sterner warnings about untrusted certificates than they have in the past. In part this a tying up of loose ends – were used to warnings with the vSphere Client and accepting auto-generated certificates – and this along the same lines.

View Client and -Standalone Command-Line Option
One of the less well know command-line switches is the unsupported -standalone option. Why is it so incredibly useful?
Well, if you demo’ing the automatic deployment features of VMware View. It’s sometime tricky to show the max, min and buffer settings on the properties of a desktop pool.

vSphere on NFS Design Considerations Presentation
This presentation is one that I gave at the New Mexico, New York City, and Seattle VMUG conferences (this specific deck came from the Seattle conference, as you can tell by the Twitter handle on the first slide). The topic is design considerations for running vSphere on NFS. This isn’t an attempt to bash NFS, but rather to educate users on the things to avoid if you’re going to build a rock-solid NFS infrastructure for your VMware vSphere environment. I hope that someone finds it useful.

Raspberry Pi Thin Client for VMware View 5
The Raspberry Pi is a 25$ credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. Now the VMware View Client 5.0 is working on RaspberryPi, SSL security options is ok also auth via RSA. PCoIP protocol seem not working at the moment, just the RDP.
More info at: http://rpitc.blogspot.com

Windows XP, IDE and vSphere5
One of the more slight irritating things about running Windows XP on vSphere is the default around what virtual disk controller type to use. By default if you create a clean/new instance of Windows XP is that it will default to using a IDE controller. If you these “Typical” wizard when creating a VM you don’t even see this – as the option to select the controller is hidden… If you use the “Custom” option you will see the default is IDE. This happens despite being asked to select a SCSI controller type in previous dialog boxes. So watch out for Mr Next, Next, Next and looking out your office windows when hitting the [ENTER] key…

New Book - VMware vSphere 5 Building a Virtual Datacenter
The rapidly evolving field of virtualization and its many dimensions, can be confusing. This book is definitive practical guide for IT decision-makers and professionals responsible for evaluating, planning, implementing, or managing vSphere 5 in datacenter environments. Two world-class VMware virtualization consultants begin by concisely reviewing the fundamentals of modern virtualization with vSphere 5. They present overviews to the various datacenter elements-servers, storage, network, advantages, and functions; explain vSphere 5's architecture; and discuss main components including ESX and vCenter Server. With this foundation in place, they turn to implementation, presenting concrete examples, detailed schemas, and proven best practices drawn from their extensive consulting experience. Carefully balancing theory and practice, they demonstrate how to: * Accurately budget, schedule, plan, and manage vSphere 5 datacenter virtualization projects * Compare and evaluate architectural scenarios, and select the right approach for each environment and budget * Integrate vSphere with datacenter elements including servers, storage, clusters, network infrastructure, backup, and disaster recovery plans * Learn practical lessons from the experiences of leading enterprise customers * Implement high availability * And much more

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.

Brisbane VMUG Meeting - http://www.vmug.com/e/in/eid=458
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
15:00 - 17:00
Mincom Building
Level 7 Auditorium
192 Ann Street
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Click here for directions
Join us for the upcoming Brisbane VMUG meeting! This is a great opportunity to come together with your fellow VMware users to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!
Be sure to visit our new Brisbane VMUG Workspace and subscribe to our listserv!  Connect with your fellow VMUG members in the forum, ask and answer questions about VMware, and get involved in your VMUG community.

 


VMWARE EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
VMware vCloud Blog: VMware's First Cloud Certification
Recently VMware’s first certification around cloud computing quietly went into beta. Let’s learn more about this new certification option, the VCP-Infrastructure as a Service (or VCP-IaaS) certification…
Top 10 Must-Knows for the New VCP-IaaS
As this certification is still in beta, as of today, we don’t have a lot of official information yet but here’s what we do know:
VMware Education confirmed the existence of this new certification on their blog, here.
The VCP-IaaS will focus on Installing, Configuring, and Administering Infrastructure as a Service clouds based on vCloud Director.
It’s expected to be launched in late-July.
It requires that you already have a VCP so it’s the second form of the VCP with the VCP-DT being the other.
According to Eric Sloof from NTPRO.NL, the current beta exam consists of 115 questions and a short pre-exam survey consisting of 8 questions. The passing score for this exam is 300, using a scaled scoring method. Eric said that the scoring scale ranges from 100 to 500.
Also according to Eric, “Candidates interested in this certification should be capable of installing and configuring vCloud Director and related components, utilizing vCD to create and manage vApps, Service Catalogs, Organization/provider VDCs, and administering cloud enabled networking and storage.”
If you don’t already have your VCP5, that is where you need to start on your way to this new VMware vCloud certification.
If you do have your VCP5 then I recommend that you get started learning vCloud Director by trying out either my TrainSignal vCloud Director Essentials video training course or the VMware Education vCloud Director Fundamentals course.
You can try vCloud Director (and vSphere with vCenter) FREE for 60 days, here.
If you are already a vSphere user, vCloud solutions – either via private cloud with vCloud Director or public cloud through vCloud providers – are what you need to be considering next.
To sign up to receive notification when the new VCP-IaaS is publicly available, click here.

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

New Articles Published for Week Ending 6/30/12
Apache Tomcat
Customizing the environment or JVM options for Apache Tomcat (2030219)
Socialcast On Premise
Socialcast LDAP integration finds no users (2000164)
Starting an interactive Rails console session on a Socialcast cluster (2030375)
VMware ESX
About the Red Hat kernel leap second issue (2030525)
Accessing the HP iLO remote console screen fails with the error: Unable to communicate with iLO2_name in server_name because it doesn't have an ILO Advanced or ILO Select license (2006293)
VMware ESXi
Micron PCI Express RealSSD™ Storage for VMWare ESX/ESXi 4.1 (2030423)
Configuring LSI® Nytro™ WarpDrive™ Application Acceleration card and deploying with VMware® ESX/ESXi 4.x (2030621)
After enabling CHAP and rescanning the iSCSI adapter on the host, the datastores visible to the adapter become inaccessible (2021801)
An unregistred virtual machine has null values for IDs (2009639)
Virtual machines lose network connectivity during an Update Manager parallel remediation (2021685)
Determining if the cores per socket setting is correctly reflected in a Linux virtual machine (2030577)
Date Published: 6/29/2012
VMware Service Manager
The Service Manager Rename VM outbound action against vCloud Director fails with the error: Remote server returned an error: (400) Bad Request (2000127)
Setting the Services field for a request to Required does not enforce this setting when the request is saved/deferred (2009946)
Service Manager fails to process inbound emails (2009983)
Mins to Target monitor field is missing in Service Manager 9.x (2013475)
Performing a search on a non-default customer portal partition in Service Manager returns results from all partitions (2013535)
When Audit Designer is selected in Service Manager System Administration, Forward to Group Members is also selected in the Partition Settings (2013669)
Clicking the Completed link for a form on the Service Catalog in Service Manager fails with the error: Specified core entity has not be registered (2016318)
When logging calls through the Service Manager Customer portal, the Event log reports the error: Ambiguous column name 'IPK_STATUS_REF' (2016322)
Actions & Solutions do not appear in the Service Manager request history if you choose to Submit or Submit Later (2020899)
The stakeholder linked to the external supplier is incorrect after upgrading from Service Manager 8.x to 9.x (2020902)
Searching for calls in Service Manager 9.x fails with an error in the application log (2030316)
When sending an approval email for a Customer Approval in Service Manager, the Email Activity log reports the error: Message template is not valid (2030323)
Location Quick Search in Service Manager displays duplicate locations (2030510)
When attaching an object that exceeds the maximum size to a Service Manager call, the call gets locked (2016294)
Logging a call with an attachment in the Service Manager portal fails when you do not have permission to review your own calls (2016302)
Cannot access an MMA URL pointing to a task that is closed as redundant (2016304)
Knowledge Base articles linked to other articles can be accessed on the Service Manager portals irrespective of Security Role settings (2016306)
Searching by the Last Name in the Service Manager Customer portal does not return any results (2016307)
Objects are not attached to CIs when you click Attach Object in the Service Manager CI Details screen (2016312)
Cannot click the View Item Details button in the Service Manager mini cart when using Opera or Firefox (2016313)
About Service Manager Call Downtime calculations (2000104)
Cannot view a workflow template in Service Manager (2000112)
Downloading Service Manager documentation (2000118)
Escalation Flag and From Portal columns added to the Service Manager Calls Outstanding screen do not display the correct information (2000204)
Auto Refresh setting in the Service Manager Columns and Configs screen does not persist after logging off and then logging in (2006703)
Running Configuration Portability in Service Manager fails with the error: Access to the path is denied (2009682)
After upgrading from Service Manager 8.x to 9.x, descriptions in the migrated workflows are missing (2010629)
Scanning Active Directory in Service Manager fails with the error: unable to retrieve group data (2010794)
Slow running queries in Service Manager report the message: Query Name: WEBCONFIG GET" (2011266)
Email processing in Service Manager stops and does not continue until the Messaging service is restarted (2011361)
Logging a Service Manager request fails with the error: Unable to cast object of type 'Infra.Rules.InfraEventRecipientGroup' to type 'Infra.Rules.InfraEventRecipientOfficer' (2021881)
When opening a Task in Service Manager 9.x, you see the error: Unable to get value of the property 'key': object is null or undefined (2030409)
The application unexpectedly quits after adding a new keyword for a Knowledge Base article in Service Manager 9.0 (2030516)
Cannot set an extension field to use IPK Workflow, Dependency Activation, or Dependency Criteria rules in Service Manager (2016297)
Opening the Service Manager Request or Call screen when ordering an Item on the Catalog or Service portal populates QD fields with random values (2016311)
VMware vCenter Lab Manager
End of Availability and End of Support for VMware vCenter Lab Manager (2030498)
VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)
Automated lockout of the admin account in the vCenter Operations Manager 5.0.x vApp (2030185)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
When performing a Test Failover, virtual machines fail to power on with the error: A General system error occurred: Unknown error (2000137)
VMware vCloud Connector
Copy to cloud fails at 66% (2030400)
VMware vFabric tc Server
Customizing the environment or JVM options for vFabric tc Server (2030216)
VMware View Manager
A View desktop with IDE and SCSI virtual disks fails to start when checked out for use in local mode (2030511)
Connecting to the View Client Server after upgrading to Teradici Zero Client 4.0 firmware fails with the error: The supplied certificate is not rooted in the device's local certificate store (2021327)
Requesting an SSL Certificate for VMware View using Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) (2021537)
Some USB devices that issue vendor-specific commands do not work in Linux-based Workstation virtual machines (2030578)
Cannot use the USB CD/DVD-ROM with shared VMs in Workstation (2030579)
Non-PostScript documents printed from Linux guests appear on paper as raw data (such as PDF streams) (2030580)
Running "vmware" in a root terminal on Ubuntu 11.04 may not work (2030582)
Dot Net 1.1 Installation fails on a Windows NT SP6a Virtual Machine (2030586)
Attempting to install Fedora 17 in VMware Workstation fails when using Easy Install (2030588)

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, well half the year has passed already and we are on newsletter 22 of the year with just a few short interruptions. I have been making some small changes each week for the past few weeks to the newsletter which I hope you have been finding useful.

I hope the rest of 2012 is a good one, we have VMworld US and Europe to look forward to as well as the local VMware Solutions Symposium in many regions around the world so there is bound to be a VMware event for you to attend.

Thank you for your support of the newsletter and for our TAM customer a special thank you to you for supporting our awesome TAM program.

Please ensure that you read the next few week’s newsletter as there will be some news coming on the TAM program and VMworld which you may be interested in as well as a number of other announcements.

Warm Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
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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
VMware End User Computing: Getting Desktop Virtualization Right
By Vittorio Viarengo, VP of Desktop Product Marketing, VMware

Desktop virtualization deployments are on the rise, with many organizations scaling out VDI to support thousands and tens of thousands of users. In fact, the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi in Japan recently announced that they had deployed 50,000 seats of VMware View virtual desktops.  And when done right, desktop virtualization is key to helping organizations drive higher levels of productivity, enhancing security and driving down costs.
Getting VDI deployments right however means understanding how to best architect your environment to meet your business needs and what components work well together to deliver the performance that end users require in the most cost-effective manner. And this can take time.
This is why VMware is turning desktop virtualization up a notch by introducing solutions designed to help you best architect your environment and ensure that all of the components you select work together so that you can get up and running quickly.  These solutions have been tested and validated in labs to ensure product interoperability and performance and are supported with reference architectures, tools and services from VMware and our technology partners to minimize the guesswork around VDI.
The VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop and the VMware View AlwaysOn Desktop  are the first two of four key solutions that VMware has tested and validated. These two solutions, which address specific business needs and IT requirements around the mobile workforce and the need for high availability, are both now generally available to customers to leverage in their environments.

VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop
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 vCOPs 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 BYOD initiatives.
VMware View AlwaysOn Desktop
When it comes to healthcare, financial services and government workers-many employees need high availability to applications and data. In a nutshell, the delivery of information and applications needs to be reliable, available and secure.
The VMware View AlwaysOn Desktop is designed, tested and validated to deliver 24/7 availability of critical applications to these employees. This solution uses stateless virtual desktops in an active/active configuration with constant load balancing, multi-path access and built in redundancy so end users are assured they can always access their apps and data when they need to.

Find out More
Mobile Secure Desktop
Find out more about the Mobile Secure Desktop by attending the VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop Bootcamp (FREE on-demand training). This Bootcamp features 12 on-demand technical deep dive sessions and covers everything from design best practices to location aware printing.
Bootcamp begins on Monday, July 16th with one new session being pushed out daily.
You can also register on the site to receive a FREE e-book (collection of all of the material that will be presented in the Bootcamp series).
Watch the Whiteboard Video
Read the Solution Brief
See the Design Guide
Reference joint partner validations and offerings
Learn more on the MSD web page
Partner blogs and anouncements: Liquidware Labs Press Release, Nimble Storage Press Release, F5blog, Nexenta blog, Pivot3 blog
AlwaysOn Desktop Solution
For more information - http://vmware.com/go/transformhealthcare
For whitepaper on architecture
Link for Solution Brief
Video of demo

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 29, 2012
VMware Named a Leader in Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure
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

TWEETS OF THE WEEK (@VMWARETAM)
Gregg Robertson @GreggRobertson5
Already 6 top #VCDX Spotlights posted from @Andrea_Mauro@frankdenneman @duncanyb@hstagner @jasonboche &@nateraper :

Duncan Epping @DuncanYB
Playing around with VXLAN. Created a new virtual wire between two clusters for my VMs. Nice!

VMware Planet V12n @PlanetV12n
Thinapped vSphere Client for v 5.0U1 (ESX Virtualization) http://t.co/2SrbobBu

Duncan Epping @DuncanYB
Nice article by my colleague joey from the perf team about VMX swap! http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2012/06/vmx-swap-feature-in-vsphere-50.html

VMware Blogs @VMwareBlogs
VMware vSphere Blog: Advanced vSphere Replication Options for Single VM Replication Performancehttp://t.co/Yu3tO7UM


VMWARE BRISBANE TRAINING SCHEDULE (UPCOMING COURSES)

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 vCloud: Deploy and Manage the VMware Cloud [V1.5]31 Jul - 03 Aughttp://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?ui=www_edu&course=129612

 

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

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VMworld Blog: VMworld Content Catalog Now Live

 

The new cloud computing landscape requires greater innovation, performance and confidence to push system and software delivery to the next level. Master this at

VMworld, where you will gain the necessary tools and training across hundreds of unique breakout sessions and hands-on labs. This is the time to enter the new cloud era. Right Here. Right Now.

 

Learn about this year’s sessions and speakers in the

US or

Europe Content Catalog. Discover how the power of VMware will help you face the boldness of an industry that is constantly moving.

 

We are ready. The technology is here. And the partners are in place.

 

Register early

for the best rates.

VMworld Europe Early Bird Deadline is July 20 (save €500)

VMworld US Advanced Deadline is July 27 (save $400)

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VMWARE OFFICIAL BLOGS AND NEWS

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Advanced vSphere Replication Options for Single VM Replication Performance

 

Lots of people stand up a vSphere Replication based SRM instance and check to see "how fast" it can replicate a VM.  What I want to do today is talk about some of the factors that go into this, and give you some advice on using unsupported advanced features to get faster speed for replicating a single VMDK.

 

 

VMware for Public Sector Blog: Journey to your cloud in the public sector: Part 1 of 3

 

The Public Sector Journey to the Cloud: Dramatic Benefits in Measured Phases

 

It’s here. It’s real. It may be called cloud computing, but it’s not all vapor. In fact, the benefits of cloud are now being touted not just by vendor advocates, but by independent research as well. Studies show that hardware and maintenance costs can drop anywhere from 20 to nearly 45 percent with a cloud strategy. At the same time, IT worker productivity increases as provisioning time drops by as much as 14 percent and business apps are deployed 25 percent faster. Overall, organizations adopting cloud models report a 17 percent increase in available hardware and personnel costs. In the public sector, those are resources that can be used to compensate for budget shortfalls or directed toward improvements in services to citizens or students.

 

 

VMware for Public Sector Blog: Journey to your cloud in the public sector: Part 2 of 3

 

Business Production: Not just keeping the lights on, but making them shine brighter

 

The following is the second in a three-part blog series about the VMware Journey to your cloud in the public sector. The first installment introduced the VMware Journey and its multiple phases and outlined Phase 1 - IT Production: Lower Costs and First Steps through Virtualization.

 

This second installment describes Phase 2—Business Production.

 

 

VMware for Public Sector Blog: Journey to your cloud in the public sector: Part 3 of 3

 

The following is the third in a three-part blog series about the VMware Journey to your cloud in the public sector. The previous installment, outlined Phase 2-—Business Production.  This third installment describes the final segment of the journey: Phase 3 – IT as a Service.

 

Phase 3 – IT as a Service: To infinity… and beyond

 

We’ve already seen the benefits of the second phase of the VMware Journey, Business Production, where organizations virtualize their business-critical applications and the IT staff is freed to support end users with updated tools and services. In the public sector, that includes everyone from students and teachers to policeman and citizen constituents.

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: VMX Swap feature in vSphere 5.0

 

Something you might have missed…. A little known feature of vSphere 5.0 called VMX swap helps to reduce the memory footprint of the VMX process by up to 80%. The vSphere kernel has several internal processes, agents, and data structures that require physical memory. vSphere reserves physical memory on the host to assure that these internal vSphere processes always have the physical memory they need. Sometimes these reservations are more than the process is actually currently using. The VMX process manages data structures needed to bootstrap and support the guest and has a memory reservation of approximately 50MB but can vary depending on virtual machine size and configuration.

 

 

VROOM!: ThinApped VMware View Clients – a Zero-install solution

 

Looking around the various VDI forums, there's usually some discussion of VDI clients that don't require any additional plug-ins, add-ons or installation of any kind on the end user device – a zero-install solution. While this discussion is usually focused on access via web browsers, I've recently been playing with ThinApp to deliver a zero-install VMware View client.

 

 

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: Be efficient – Virtualize & automate your test environment

 

Why would I want to virtualize my test environment?

 

Can I do it easily?

 

How can I automate а virtualized environment?

 

What about the configuration?

 

Is there anything more I can automate?

 

In this post you will have a chance to learn directly from the team building these automation tools – the VMware PowerCLI Quality team.

 

We can’t imagine our test infrastructure without virtual machines and automation scripts.

 

 

VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: New VMware Bootcamp: The VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop

 

Learn how to successfully roll out and deploy virtual desktops, applications and infrastructure through this Bootcamp series to securely support mobile users.

 

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.

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Viewing ESXi Logs From the DCUI

 

Posted 28 June 2012 by Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Marketing Architect, VMware

 

I recently had a customer ask if I had any tips for viewing log files from the DCUI.  He mentioned that he was recently trying to track down an issue but struggled with using the DCUI "View System Logs" feature.  He commented that it was painful having to scroll through the files using the arrow keys and that he wasn't able to make any sense out of the help screen.  He was a long time Windows admin who had never worked with UNIX/Linux and was not was not familiar with the "vi" like interface used by the "less" editor, which is used to view log files from the DCUI.  As I'm sure he's not the only one who's been frustrated by this I thought it would be nice to give a quick tutorial on how to navigate log files using the DCUI.

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Storage IO Control and SRM Planned Migration

 

We have a known behaviour documented

in this KB article in

this KB article and also in

this KB article dealing with unmounting a datastore that is using Storage IO Control.

 

At its core, SIOC is doing rapid checks against the datastore to test current storage conditions, including populating an always open file (iormstats.sf) with latency data used to help determine actions.  These operations in essence block the unmount/detach process, which I imagine is a safety measure to protect hostd.

 

 

VMware Support Insider: Installing vCloud Director 1.5 Best Practices

 

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).

 

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Business Critical Applications: Virtualizing SAP—it’s a risk not to

 

There are business-critical applications—and then there’s SAP.  If you’re an IT manager in an SAP-based organization, you know first-hand the importance of this market-leading BCA system to every aspect of your operations.  Many large enterprises cannot run their businesses without SAP—it’s not just critical, it’s indispensable.

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere HA admission control calculation for memory

 

Someone asked me today how the calculation is done for memory when the "Percentage Based" admission control policy was selected. As hopefully all of you know by now, the percentage based admission control policy does not work with fixed slot sizes. (More details to be found in the

Availability Guide and the

Best Practices white paper.)The percentage based admission control policy is a per virtual machine mechanism, hence the reason I always prefer this admission control policy as it is most flexible.

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: SRM will not preserve reservations on failover

 

Saw a good question a few times in the last few weeks:  Will SRM preserve any reservations, limits, etc. that we've put on VMs when it fails over?

 

The answer is no, it will not!  Make sure you're failing over into appropriate resource pools if this is something that is important to you.

 

The shadow VM will not look identical to the protected VM in this respect, so it's key to have an appropriate set of limits and reservations at the resource pool level into which you are failing over.

 

 

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: Updating your hosts file

 

How many times have you built a test lab, perhaps you are trying out nested virtualization, which is very cool by the way!

 

Whilst doing this myself I normally come across an issue where my DNS is not 100% correct, normally I end up editing my hosts file to add entries which define my vSphere hosts just so I can open a console…

 

 

VROOM!: Oracle RAC on vSphere 5 Performance Study

 

We recently worked with EMC's internal IT organization to

study the performance of their largest Oracle RAC instance on vSphere 5.  The results revealed that Oracle RAC, when virtualized with vSphere 5, performed within 7% on average of a corresponding physical environment. The chart below highlights the results from these tests.

 

 

VMware Support Insider: Considerations as you Plan your VMware View Upgrade

 

Here's some advice from

Charlie Rizor, a support engineer specializing in Enterprise Desktop virtualization.

 

The Enterprise Desktop team at VMware support receives many support requests from customers that have performed an upgrade of their vSphere or View environments, and are now unable to provision desktops or connect to their environment. The majority of these cases could be avoided with a little understanding and planning prior to pulling the trigger on an upgrade.

 

Here is a list of the top 5 actions you can take during the planning phase to improve your upgrade experience.

 

1.   Read the Documentation before upgrading.

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: How to use Port-Mirroring feature of VDS for monitoring virtual machine traffic?

 

I would like to clarify few things in this blog entry about the Port-mirroring feature that is available on vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS). This feature is similar to the port mirroring capability available on the physical switches. Network administrators can use this feature to troubleshoot any network related issues in the virtual infrastructure and monitor virtual machine to virtual machine traffic that is flowing on the same ESXi host. Network administrators use network analyzer tool, which captures traffic, along with the port mirror feature to perform monitoring and troubleshooting activities. In the physical network, depending on where the analyzer or debug tool is placed in the network, network administrators choose different port mirroring options. The following are some of the standard port mirroring options available on physical switches:

 

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Multi-disk replication into common directory with vSphere Replication

 

When replicating VMs with vSphere Replication you have control over the target location for your VMDKs that are being replicated.  For example, you may have a VM with two disks and choose to place them in different directories and locations than they were in the primary site from which they are being copied.

 

 

VMWARE TV BLOG

 

 

VMWARE VFABRIC

 

VMware vFabric Blog: Video Replay Available: SQLFire - Fast Data that Spans the Globe

 

The June 20th Webcast titled Fast Data that Spans the Globe is now

available for video replay.  This webcast covers several topics:

 

SQLFire – an in-memory NewSQL database with horizontal scale

 

Global, synchronous and asynchronous data replication

 

Performance, throughput, and latency

 

Using active-active databases across data centers for continuity and disaster recovery

 

High availability through transparent, application-level failover

 

 

VMware vFabric Blog: Announcing the Spring Insight Bounty Program – A Pay for Development Marketplace

 

VMware is announcing a new Bounty Program which will enable companies, including VMware itself, to request and reward community members for creating any original work, including plugins, patches, tools, specifications, documentation, or sample code. The program is designed to leverage the

Spring Insight community to support its own development needs for plugins that extend visibility into custom application's runtime performance and behavior.

 

 

Spring project infrastructure updates

 

Introduction Over the last year a number of significant changes have been made to the infrastructure and processes we use to keep the Spring family of projects running smoothly. You may have seen individual announcements about some of these as they happened, while others may have slipped under your radar. I'll recap these changes below.

Read more...

 

EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)

 

How to install Horizon Application Manager in a lab – part2

 

How-to configure VMware Horizon Connector via the Setup Wizard. I finally move on with the setup of the Horizon in my lab, which is currently under some transformation too, but I’ll be reporting on that in a separate post. I’m basically testing another configuration with as an iSCSI target the Starwind iSCSI SAN. In my [...]

 

 

ESXi Shell history

 

Someone asked me this question this week – how do I see the history of my commands in the the ESXi shell?

 

There is no history command on an ESXi host..

 

So how do you go about getting the history of the shell commands?

 

William Lam

posted an answer today on the VMware Communities

.

The command history is located in /var/log/shell.log

 

Free VMware PowerPoint Icons and Images to download

 

Free VMware Icons in Power Point format available for download. There are new VMware Icons, Box shots, Logos in those 3 PPT files which are available from the VMware Communities. The PPT files are available at the VMware Website here:

http://communities.vmware.com/message/2037163.  Those icons, shapes and assets can be used in presentations. There is still possible to [...]

 

 

A Guide of How to Buy the Wrong Hardware for your VDI

 

I have seen this some innumerous times – servers being purchased before the solution is properly architected and sized. I know it seems silly, but it happens more than you think. I decided to demonstrate how bad things can get with a simple example.

 

Not so long ago I helped an organization to size their VMware View production environment. They started the talks mentioning that servers had already been purchased and should arrive soon. Here is the unit configuration:

 

 

VMware View VDI Flash Calculator v2.8.1 Released

 

I have just uploaded a new release of my VMware View VDI Flash Calculator. This is a minor release that adds support for the newest micro-processors on the market and fixes a few calculation glitches.

 

 

Remote use of VMware.View.Broker PowerCLI

 

VMware View has some known limitations when talking about automation and remote management. Besides the Graphical User Interface, local PowerCLI is the only supported management method. I say local PowerCLI because none of the VMware View PowerCLI cmdlets allow remote management; nor there is a module or DLL that you can register in a host other than a View Connection Server.

 

 

Performance Study of Oracle RAC on VMware vSphere 5.0

 

IT organizations that have implemented Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) often use RAC to support critical functions of their business. Performance of these database clusters is key to enabling IT organizations to meet the requirements of their businesses, customers, and shareholders.

 

 

VMware vSphere provides a high performance virtualization platform that is capable of hosting the most critical portions of infrastructure, including Oracle RAC databases. vSphere 5 has increased these capabilities, including support for virtual machines with up to 32 vCPUs and 1TB of RAM. This support for larger virtual machines (VMs) combined with vSphere’s high performance capabilities makes vSphere a great platform for running large Oracle RAC database clusters.

 

 

EMC IT has implemented vSphere throughout many parts of their infrastructure and is now in the process of moving the largest and most critical applications to vSphere. EMC and VMware worked together to evaluate the performance of one of EMC’s largest Oracle RAC databases on vSphere 5. A copy of this database was used to conduct a series of tests to compare physical performance versus virtual performance.

 

 

This testing, which was done with an Oracle RAC cluster made up of six 32-CPU-based nodes, four of them virtual and two of them physical, found that virtual performed within 12% of native and was acceptable to be used for the production instance. EMC IT plans to adopt this virtual configuration in its next refresh cycle.

 

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/OracleRAC-perf-vSphere5.pdf

 

 

[Update] ESXi-Customizer Powershell script version 1.2

 

Following up on some user feedback I updated my ESXi-Customizer-PS (Powershell) script to version 1.2. I introduced this script in the last part of my ImageBuilder Deep Dive series (see also part 1 and 2). This version adds advanced features by providing the following new optional command line parameters: -ipname  : provide a name for the customized ImageProfile (the default is derived from the

 

 

Explaining the CX + vSphere5 + VAAI support riddle

 

I recently blogged about the oddity of EMC CX arrays not being supported with VAAI on vSphere 5.0 anymore and - like many others - I wondered what are the real reasons behind this. Today Chad Sakac (EMC) explained the riddle in a web cast covering a VNX engineering update and - well - exactly this issue. If you missed it: he just published the presentation that he showed on his blog. Here is a

 

 

vSphere HA in 5.0 constantly pinging my gateway?

 

I had this question today and noticed someone also dropped it on the

community forums. The question was if vSphere HA is constantly pinging the default gateway or not. I knew HA would ping the gateway on a regular basis as of vSphere 5.0, and on a more frequently basis if a ping would fail but I wasn’t sure about the timing. I pointed Marc Sevigny from the HA engineering team to the thread on the community forums and he added added some nice juicy details to the it. I figured I would share them with you.

 

 

Maximum amount of FT virtual machines per host?

 

There was a discussion yesterday on our Socialcast system. The question was what the max amount of FT virtual machines was and what dictated this. Of course there are many things that will be a constraint when it comes to FT (memory reservations, bandwidth etc) but the one thing that stands out and not many realize is that the amount of FT virtual machines per host is limited to 4 by default.

 

 

Storage DRS interoperability white paper released

 

I just noticed I never blogged about a white paper Frank Denneman and I co-authored. The white paper deals about interoperability between Storage DRS and various other products and features. I highly recommend reading it if you are planning on implementing Storage DRS or want to get a better understanding of how Storage DRS interacts with other components of your infrastructure.

 

Storage DRS interoperability

 

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/resources/techresources/10286

 

 

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.

 

 

VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 6/23/12

 

Shavlik Government Edition

 

Using Sunbelt/GFI Enterprise Antivirus Agent Uninstallers with VMware vCenter Protect Essentials (2021957)

 

Shavlik NetChk Protect

 

vCenter Protect Essentials Agent fails to download policy or update binaries (2000246)

 

Stopping the Safereboot.exe process (2030105)

 

Socialcast

 

Accessing Socialcast on mobile devices and smartphones (2030057)

 

SpringSource Tool Suite

 

Eclipse extension points to override URLs in SpringSource Tool Suite (2014004)

 

VMware Data Recovery

 

Advanced troubleshooting of Windows shares (CIFS) with VMware Data Recovery (vDR) (2010785)

 

VMware ESX

 

Increasing the LUN size on a Dell MD3000i storage device (2016184)

 

Cannot expand the LUN size (2019552)

 

Troubleshooting network and TCP/UDP port connectivity issues on ESX/ESXi (2020669)

 

Creating a snapshot fails with the error: Failed to lock the file when creating a snapshot (2017823)

 

VMware ESXi

 

Cannot start the virtual machine after taking a snapshot (2017462)

 

Fujitsu ServerView® Suite CIM Providers for ESXi 5.0 Overview (2021997)

 

Enabling FT on a virtual machine fails with the error: No suitable host can be found to place the Fault Tolerance Secondary VM for virtual machine (2017036)

 

When an ESXi host wakes from standby, the "Host connection and power state" alarm triggers (2030249)

 

VMware Service Manager

 

Calls linked to assets do not return results in the Service Manager search/monitor drill down (2009945)

 

Incorrect label is displayed in the Service Manager Review Past/Current Requests screen (2009986)

 

Knowledge Entry Type report parameter dropdown in Service Manager displays all entity types and not just KB types (2009994)

 

MAPI incoming emails are not polled by VMware Service Manager (2021672)

 

Cannot upload a file with an apostrophe in the name as an attachment to a call in the Service Manager Customer portal (2030007)

 

History Private checkbox in IPK Settings (Partitioned) affects history visibility on the customer portal (2030008)

 

A Defer screen appears after pressing the Save button when editing a Start Task in a Request Template (2030010)

 

Breach mails are sent to the customer when a Service Manager call is logged in the portal and not actioned by an officer (2030011)

 

Reopening the SLM agreement in Service Manager does not exclude the resolved time (2030012)

 

Calculated fields are not processed for the message subject in Service Manager 9.x (2030014)

 

The Impact list shows all Impacts from all partitions in the HTML Only Portal (2030016)

 

Reopening a closed Service Manager call allows you to close the FCB even when the FCB time has elapsed (2030042)

 

Scheduled requests in Service Manager are displayed only after the first execution and subsequent executions display incorrect date (2030043)

 

Cannot select the interval field when using the Last Action Date filter condition in Service Manager (2030044)

 

Cannot upload files from the Service Manager customer portal using Firefox when the file upload field is set to mandatory (2030045)

 

Cannot add a reason when adding or removing links to a CMDB item in Service Manager 9.x (2030046)

 

Integration Sources continue to scan and work normally when set to Inactive in Service Manager 9.x (2030134)

 

Incorrect Types are displayed in calls that have changed partition in Service Manager 9.x (2030251)

 

The Service Manager Workflow Delay task assigns and sends emails to a workgroup (2010515)

 

Reporting in Service Manager 9.1.1 does not show customer location information (2021938)

 

Auto populated fields blank out in Call details screen when Caps Lock key is pressed in Service Manager 9.x (2030179)

 

Cannot click a URL link in the Service Manager Call description field  (2030180)

 

After upgrading to upgrading to SAM 9.x, Service Manager Events log reports the error: Can't agree on key exchange protocol (2030271)

 

Processing of outgoing email intermittently stops in Service Manager 9.x (2030308)

 

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager

 

SSRS authentication must be configured in two-tier and three-tier installation environments that use Basic authentication (2000082)

 

After installing the Collector component using the FQDN of the database server, the Collector service stops running and it never starts (2000084)

 

VMware vCenter Operations Manager (Standalone)

 

Datastore information not collected in vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 (2013861)

 

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager

 

SRM Test Failover on HP Lefthand 4000 array fails with the error: failed to create snapshot of replica devices SRA command test fail over start failed - unexpected error (2000162)

 

VMware vCloud Connector

 

vCloud Connector Upload fails at 66% with the error: Transfer Failed, Network is Unreachable (2000258)

 

VMware vFabric GemFire

 

vFabric GemFire 6.6.3 and vFabric Hyperic 4.6.6 not available in vFabric 5.0 repository (2030147)

 

VMware vFabric License Server

 

Configuring vFabric License Server with an Oracle backend (2030020)

 

VMware vFabric tc Server

 

Extracting the vFabric Administration Server archive on a Windows machine fails with the error: The compressed (zipped) Folder is invalid or corrupted (2030015)

 

VMware View Manager

 

View Administration dashboard reports the error: Server's certificate cannot be checked (2000063)

 

Cannot provision new View desktops after upgrading View components (2000243)

 

Managing self-signed SSL Certificates in VMware View 5.1 (2020913)

 

Connecting to the View Client fails with the error: View Connection Server authentication failed (2021808)

 

View Client for Linux fails to play the sound when using the PCoIP protocol with Ubuntu 12.04 64bit (2021813)

 

Support for PCoIP and RDP connections by VMware View Client for Linux 1.5  (2021847)

 

Setting a VMware View PowerCLI session timeout value that is less than 60 seconds causes an error in the View Administrator session timeout setting. (2030166)

 

Disabling automatic recovery when View linked clones are repeatedly deleted and recreated (2030311)

 

Cannot connect to manual View desktops (2021826)

 

ZCS Network Edition

 

Cannot configure BES Profiles when using ZCSB 7.2.0 or later (2030059)

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