From the editors Virtual Desk
VMworld is here, I want to wish everyone attending this amazing event a safe journey and awesome time at VMworld. I am looking forward to updates from all of you who attend that I can use for the newsletter so please send me info as soon as you can.

This is the VMworld edition and as such the focus is on all things VMworld. Next week and probably for a few weeks after I will be providing summary updates of what was announced so stay tuned.

Thanks again to everyone who has helped contribute to this newsletter over the past few years.

Have fun at VMworld if you are going and keep reading the newsletter for all of the latest VMworld related news.

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VMworld 2012 (US) – VMware TAM Customer Event Guide
This exclusive event on provides our Technical Account Manager (TAM) customers access to VMware experts who will 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.

VMworld Community – Powered by Socialcast
We are excited to announce the new VMworld Community powered by VMware's private social networking platform, Socialcast. This was built to help you get the most out of the biggest technology conference of the year.

Women of Purpose – VMworld 2012
We start to plan for the VMworld Women of Purpose event each year just before the school year ends for the summer, and we host this event just as school resumes. It seems many of us overextend ourselves to embrace those summer months, and now that school is starting again, we find ourselves re-prioritizing to meet those end-of-year goals.

Not going to VMworld? Get Live Breaking News from VMware
Not able to attend VMworld this year?  We still want to make you a part of our exciting announcements. Join us on August 27th through VMware NOW, your online, on-demand access to VMworld keynotes, new product demos and more.

VMworld 2012 (US) – Social Media Experience
The VMworld 2012 (US) conference in San Francisco promises to be an amazing event. Both the VMworld 2012 and VMware TAM Program social media activity streams will be very active during the conference and the our exclusive TAM Program events.
Whether you are a VMware TAM customer and attending the event live or following from a distance, be sure to tune in and experience this dynamic event with the resources provided below.
Live Streaming and Recorded Coverage
Follow the live streaming and recorded videos during VMworld 2012
VMTN Community Tech Talks
The VMTN Community team will be streaming live video TechTalks with knowledge experts and community members in the VMworld Hangspace.
TheCUBE presented by SiliconAngle and Wikibon
TheCUBE will be streaming live video interviews in the VMworld Hangspace with executives, thought leaders, technologists, community experts and industry analysts.
VMworld TV
VMworld TV will be posting videos throughout the conference to our VMworld TV YouTube channel.  Catch up with highlights, announcements, demos and sessions by visiting
Your Videos!
Upload videos you record at VMworld (including pre/post conference) to your own YouTube channel and tag each video with “VMworld” or include VMworld in the video title. We’ll select videos to highlight on and VMworld TV.

July 12, 2012 VMSA-2012-0012
VMware ESXi update to third party library

General Availability of VMware vCenter 5.0 Update 1b Patch
Release Date: 8/16/2012

Detailed information regarding resolved and known issues and enhancements can be found at VMware vCenter 5.0 Update 1b Release Notes:

VMware vCenter 5.0 Update 1b Patch is available for download at:


·      August 23, 2012
VMware Announces VMware Fusion® 5
·      August 23, 2012
VMware Announces VMware Workstation™ 9
·      August 22, 2012
Customers Transform IT with VMware vCloud®
·      August 22, 2012
VMware Expands VMware Ready™ Program to Networking and Security Partners
·      August 21, 2012
Mitel, Vidyo and VMware to Unveil Unified Communications Enabled Telepresence with VMware View®
·      August 15, 2012
VMware Offers vCloud “Test-Drive” with New Evaluation Service
·      August 09, 2012
VMware Announces Keynote Speakers for VMworld® 2012 in San Francisco, the Leading Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure Industry Event

It not too late to sign up for the VMworld 2012 5K Fun Run on August 30th!

Find everything you need for the VMware TAM Program customer events at

Daily Debriefs at VMworld for VMware TAM Program Customers! Catch up on the day and network with product managers and experts.

08/27 at 4pm: Technical Preview / Demo of the next vCenter Operations Management Suite release. #vmworld

08/27 at 2pm: Technical deep dive into the capabilities of VMware's Datacenter and Cloud Infrastructure Products #vmworld

08/27 at 11pm : Discuss the top critical controls to enable your business migrate Tier 1 apps to the VMware. #vmworld


VMware vCenter Orchestrator: Develop Workflows [V4.1]
26 Sep - 28 Sep
VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V5.0]
29 Aug - 31 Aug
VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.0]
27 Aug - 28 Aug







VMware Partners Gear Up for VMworld 2012


VMware success is complemented by partner success. Because we work so closely with our partners, we can help customers turn IT possibilities into business outcomes. The VMware Partner Network also has been instrumental in making VMworld more successful than ever. Together, VMware and our partners are dedicated to making this premier virtualization and cloud-computing event better every year—and this year is no exception.



Live Video at VMworld 2012 San Francisco


VMworld will be packed with live video content.  If you're attending the conference in San Francisco, don't miss

General Sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, live at the Moscone Center.  And plan to spend time in the VMworld Hangspace during conference hours to watch live streaming interviews hosted by the VMware (VMTN) Community and TheCUBE.



SMB at VMworld


VMworld is the place for SMB IT pros to get the tools and training you need to master new virtualization and cloud computing innovations that are pushing system and software delivery to the next level.  Be on the lookout for these programs that are specifically designed for you. Attend SMB specific sessions, visit the SMB pod in the Solutions Exchange to see demos, enter our SMB contest, and watch for updates from the VMware SMB social channels.



Share Your VMworld Experience


VMworld 2012 is coming to San Francisco and is set to be the biggest conference yet in the epic history of VMworld. VMworld is fast & furious -- loaded with ton of information, networking, education, experience and adventure -- and it goes by before you know it.



Get Certified at VMworld!


VMworld San Francisco 2012 is just days away. And, along with the countless sessions, networking opportunities and labs, we are offering VMware Certification exams on-site this year. Delivering exams on-site is no small task, but with the release of VCP-IaaS and the always-expanding demand in the market for VMware certified professionals, we knew it was important to make it easy for you to either upgrade your current certification or achieve your first.



Access the Official VMworld Mobile Application


Make sure you have VMworld with you while at the conference with the official VMworld 2012 mobile application. It is a show program, breakout session schedule builder and Solutions Exchange guide for attendees of the VMworld conference. The application is compatible with all smartphones.


With the mobile application, you can:



Don't Miss the Annual 5K Fun Run



your fellow VMworld attendees in a special bike ride and fun run on Wednesday, August 29 at Crissy Field (just steps from the world famous Golden Gate Bridge). You will enjoy a nice 5k run/walk taking in the sights of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and historic Fort Point.


VMworld Europe Advance Rate Ends September 7


Don’t miss your chance to save €350 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.



Best of VMworld Europe 2012 User Awards: Deadline 7 September, 2012


In conjunction with VMware, TechTarget Inc. will be hosting the third annual Best of VMworld Europe Awards. Building on the success of last two years, these awards will once again recognise the most innovative and distinguished uses of VMware virtualisation and its ecosystem of products.



VMworld 2012 Europe Schedule Builder 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 Europe, view

a full listing of sessions, organize your days, and log-in

to your VMworld account to sign-up for the sessions you want to attend. Most sessions will be repeated at least once and we will be adding additional sessions based on popularity, so if it is full, check back.





VMworld 2012 (US) – TAM Customer Central Guide


TAM Day 2012 continues in its 8th year as the premier inaugural event to VMworld as an exclusive benefit to TAM customers on Sunday, August 26th. As part of VMware’s ongoing commitment to enhance the entire week-long VMworld experience we are pleased to announce VMworld 2012 TAM Customer Central. This new and exclusive TAM customer-only room is designed to ensure that TAM Customers have the best possible experience from Monday-Thursday during the conference.



How to Get Started with VMworld 2012′s Socialcast Community


This year’s conference attendees will have the opportunity to enhance their experience through an exclusive VMworld 2012 implementation of our Socialcast enterprise social networking platform. You will be empowered with a dynamic medium to network with other attendees and experts on topics of interest, post your photos, access session information and commentary, plan your after hours events and more.




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What's New in VMware Workstation 9

-- VMware Workstation 9 delivers best in class Windows 8 Support, a brand new Web interface,


VMware View: More Secure and Easier to Manage

-- Better enforced data security, based on centralized VMware management, enable VDI security, and


VMware View: Superior End User Experience, Extended IT Control

-- Give your users the mobility they need, on the devices they choose, with faster, simpler and secure


VMware View: Generate a Shorter Payback Period

-- Because VMware View is cost competitive, it provides operational and capital savings that





New Runtime Module for Node.js Applications


In the previous blog post,

Cloud Foundry Now Supports Auto-Reconfiguration for Node.js Applications, we saw that Node.js applications deployed to can be automatically reconfigured to connect to Cloud Foundry services. However, there may be situations where you want to opt-out of that feature to have finer control over service connections or to overcome its limitations. In those cases, your applications would be required to parse JSON-formatted environment variables to perform that same function. While this is not overly complex given that JSON is trivial to parse with JavaScript, you will be required to understand the environment variable names and their payload schema. The new cf-runtime module introduced in this blog simplifies this by providing a way to obtain application information and service connection objects. This module moves Cloud Foundry’s Node.js support forward to the match the support for

Java and




Q&A w/VMware IT: Reducing Provisioning Time by 90% and Costs by 30%


Application Director automation CIO compliance cost CTO development effective efficient environments expense infrastructure operating portfolio process provisioning risk management script security TCO teams time total cost of ownership vFabric virtualization virtualized virtualizing VMware



Creating your Self-Curating Application Platform


In my

previous post, I shared the engineering thoughts behind Application Director and how it is a strategic solution for IT to get ready for

PaaS. We talked about the basic strategy around 3 main tenets: any app, on any cloud, and supporting the complete app lifecycle in cloud environment. At VMworld this year, I will be talking about evolution in our how VMware plans to take this aApplication management strategy to the next level and allowing DevOps to self-curate their own apps on any cloud they want.



Sneak Peak at VMware’s Nanotrader Reference Architecture


ApplicationDirector Data Director EM4J ERS GemFire Hyperic Postgres RabbitMQ Spring Spring Insight SQLFire tc Server Web Server AMQP application architecture Backbone Bootstrap Broker CSS 3 data Day Trader director em4j gemfire HTML 5 integration Javascript JQuery Manager message Nanotrader performance reference REST services sqlfire tiers vFabric virtualization virtualized VMware



What’s Cool at VMworld? A Partner’s 2000 Milli-cents


SQLFire 2012 application CEO CFO CIO cloud cloud operating model clouds computing CTO director gemfire horizontal scale horizontal scaling NoSQL scalable sqlfire vFabric VMware VMworld



Java and vFabric: Radical Simplification


developers extensible flexibility infrastructure Java management middleware monitoring open source operations productivity Spring Spring Framework SpringSource testing vFabric virtualization virtualizing VMware vSphere



Hadoop and More: VMware “Uber” Data Booth at VMworld 2012


data director fast flexable hadoop serengeti sqlfire VMworld


Our “Uber” Data booth at

VMworld this year will demonstrate how VMware continues to address enterprise data management challenges related to scalability, data proliferation, traditional database performance bottlenecks, analytics, and the ever changing data usage patterns of today’s on-line applications.



Why DBaaS? 5 Trends Pushing Database as a Service


cluster consolidate conversion cost CPU data base administrator database database virtualization databases DBA disk features high availability license licensing migration network operating system Oracle patch performance recovery scalability scale secure security staff underutilized upgrade vFabric virtualization VMware vSphere



The Power of Updating vFabric Catalog Items in Application Director


Application Director catalog components configuration configure custom tasks how-to install items logical provision services start step-by-step templates update vFabric VMware






VMware Provider Guide: Securing Hybrid Clouds with vShield Edge VPNs (Part 2)



Part 1 of this series, we gave a brief introduction into VMware’s vShield Edge and how vShield Edge can help providers of vCloud Powered services securely interconnect customers’ enterprise datacenters with virtual datacenters in the cloud.  In this post we will delve into the logistics of establishing single or multi-site VPNs.



VMware Provider Guide: Securing Hybrid Clouds with vShield Edge VPNs (Part 3)



Part 2 of this series, we demonstrated how to establish single-site and multi-site VPNs in vShield Edge. In this final part of our three-part series, we will walk through establishing an Enterprise-to-Site VPN.  This involves configuring the VPN appliance at the enterprise location, which may be a bit more complex. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions before establishing the VPN from the vShield Edge appliance. 



What To Look Forward To At VMworld 2012!


VMworld is finally here, and with all the great sessions and events taking place, we thought it would be helpful to provide a guide on what to expect at VMworld 2012. We’ll be on-site providing live coverage from the show, including photos, videos and live-tweets from vCloud sessions – be sure to follow us on

Twitter and




The New is Live!


vCloud Service Evaluation


It has been one year since we launched, and our first major refresh is live!


Our main change to the site supports the new

vCloud Service Evaluation feature: a low-cost way to learn about the advantages of a vCloud and test-drive different providers. It’s as easy as signing up with your credit card.







VMware CP&C releases two FREE HIPAA compliance checkers for VMworld!


As we are preparing for the most exciting US VMworld in history, VMware’s Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) is pleased to release TWO free

HIPAA Compliance Checkers!


Here are some details around the checkers:


19 HIPAA based rules for Linux and Windows


RHEL 5.x, 6.x or SuSE 10.x, 11.x


Windows 2003, Windows 2008 or Windows 2008 R2


Add up to 5 machines at a time for assessment


Get detailed rule descriptions and remediation steps







How View Beats Citrix XenDesktop and Microsoft Every Time


by Cyndie Zikmund, End User Computing Technical Marketing


Check out the new

competitive website from VMware End User Computing! The site is all about View’s key advantages over Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS and VDI, and let’s not forget — status quo. Now there is one place to go for all your View-versus-the-other-guys information.



VMworld 2012: VMware and NVIDIA To Showcase Virtual Desktops At VMworld


VMware and NVIDIA are readying a preview of their shared, virtual desktop graphics technology at VMworld, which kicks off Sunday afternoon at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.


First described at the GPU Technology Conference in May, the technology involves a single NVIDIA VGX card serving up rich media and graphics to multiple virtual machines.






Virtualized vCenter in a Datastore Cluster


To virtualize vCenter or not, that has been an age-old question. To control the location of the vCenter virtual machine, in case the hosting vSphere server crashes, a couple of best practices where developed. Such as; Disable DRS, create host-vm affinity groups or my favorite, leave all resource settings default and just document which datastore the virtual machine is stored.



Interesting Storage Stuff at VMworld 2012 (US)


I put together a short article on some of the things that I’ll be checking out from a storage perspective at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco next week. This is by no means a definitive list, and I’m sure we’ll hear more fantastic announcements in the coming weeks. However these are products and vendors which recently caught my eye, and I definitely mean to find out more about them at this year’s conference.


My pick of vCenter related VMworld 2012 sessions


VMware vSphere Blog

24/08/12 3:56 AM Justin King vCenter Server vSphere VC vcenter vcenter appliance

Headed to VMworld 2012 in San Francisco and looking to learn about about the new features in vCenter Server? I have picked a handful of sessions that will bring you up to speed in no time.


Performance Sessions @ VMworld 2012 San Francisco


VMworld is just around the corner!  Like always it is going to be an exciting action-packed week.  If you are going to be at the show make sure you check out some of the VMware performance sessions being delivered.


vSphere Performance New Features Overview  (you never know there might be some new things  )






vFabric Data Director Service Gateway for CloudFoundry

vFabric Data Director Service Gateway for Cloud Foundry enables service providers to deliver a vFabric Postgres database-as-a-service solution based on

and vFabric Data Director. This software product provides an interface between Cloud Foundry and vFabric Data Director. The interface enables Cloud Foundry users to access enterprise features provided by Data Director (e.g., create and delete vFabric Postgres databases).


VMware Technical Journal, Spring 2012



VMware Technical Journal is a new publication for the company. We are looking forward to producing future journal issues at regular intervals to highlight the R&D efforts taking place in several different areas of engineering. Our current issue includes papers related to distributed resource management, user experience monitoring, and statistics collection frameworks for virtualized environments, along with several other topics. In future issues we will highlight other areas of VMware R&D, including Cloud Application Platform and End User Computing, and research collaborations with academic partners.


The hardcopies of the journal and USBs loaded with the journal can be requested by sending a request to






VMware Hands On Labs Blog: Top 10 places to see and hang out during VMworld 2012


It’s been a while since I publish my Top 10 list and thought it would be good to do so now that VMworld is back in SF. I have lived in SF most of my life and tend to prefer high value low dollar neighborhood restaurants and establishments dedicated to refreshments – below is my list…


Please keep in mind that most of these places you will have to take a cab from Moscone – most are about 15 minutes away – this could also be part of the fun.



VMware Accelerate: Enterprise IT services delivery methods are changing quickly, so must the role of the CIO


Enterprise IT services are maturing rapidly, in areas of both standardization/commoditization (email, general ledger software) and inversely in areas of true innovation (cloud operating systems and software defined data center operations and management software). This rapidly changing landscape presents CIOs, and as importantly, the rest of the C-suite the opportunity to re-calibrate the portion of the IT budget consumed by creating and producing IT services to one that truly creates business advantage.



Workstation Zealot: VMware Workstation 9 – Now Available World-Wide!


The Workstation team is thrilled to introduce VMware Workstation 9.  It’s been 12 years since Workstation first launched and dramatically changed the way technical professionals worked with virtual machines.   Since then the team has worked to bring bring innovation with each new release.  We feel Workstation 9 continues this tradition.



Team Fusion: Announcing VMware Fusion 5 packed with 70+ new features and optimized for OS X Mountain Lion


With the recent availability of Mountain Lion, new Macs and the upcoming release of Windows 8, we thought it would be the perfect time to launch a new version of VMware Fusion. Today the team is extremely excited to announce VMware Fusion 5 with over 70 new features.


Here are some of the key features:



ESXi Chronicles: Virtualized vCenter in a Datastore Cluster


To virtualize vCenter or not, that has been an age-old question. To control the location of the vCenter virtual machine, in case the hosting vSphere server crashes, a couple of best practices where developed. Such as; Disable DRS, create host-vm affinity groups or my favorite, leave all resource settings default and just document which datastore the virtual machine is stored.



Business Critical Applications: Think You Can’t Run Oracle on vSphere?; Listen to What Our Customers are Saying


I still hear about too many IT managers delaying the virtualization of their tier 1 Business critical databases because of the misperception  surrounding running Oracle on vSphere. My advice to these managers is stop listening to the noise  and start listing to VMware’s customers success stories because that’s all that really matters.



Office of the CTO Blogs: The Software-Defined Datacenter in a Multi-Cloud World


Martin Casado, co-founder and CTO of Nicira, wrote a

blog today reaffirming Nicira and VMware’s commitment to open source, and specific actions Nicira and VMware teams are taking to continue leadership on OpenStack Quantum. I echo Martin’s comments and would like to share more about VMware’s commitment to this and other open-source communities as well as to the broader interoperability needs of modern cloud computing.



VMware Virtualization Management Blog: Redefining Best Practices for Managing Dynamic Virtualized and Cloud Environments


A VMware sponsored eBook “

New Best Practices in Virtual and Cloud Management” by author and vExpert Greg Shields presents the fundamental challenges and opportunities organizations are faced with in this new era of managing highly dynamic virtualized and cloud environments (If you don’t know Greg, check out his

BIO).  In this blog we’d like to point out some of the key takeaways, how they align with the VMware strategy for Operations Management and to further clarify our vision and strategy in this new era of IT.



vCloud Architecture Toolkit Blog: Use vCAT for Your IT Transformation to Cloud


Start your IT transformation to cloud-based services by referencing

vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT), a set of documents produced by VMware containing the technical details necessary for designing, implementing and operating a cloud IT architecture.



vCAT Can Do For You


VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT)

is a set of documents designed to help you construct a superior working cloud solution leveraging technologies, recommended practices and innovative tools that have been proven in real-world enterprise and service provider cloud deployments.


VMware Hands On Labs Blog: Hello World – VMware Hands on Labs Official Blog


We are very happy to announce our Official Hands on Labs Blog dedicated to all things Hands-on Labs. As you might have already seen we have just released the

2012 Catalog Lab Abstracts for VMworld with 30 + new and exciting labs for our users.


So when will the labs be Online?


I wanted to get this out before you asked. We have been running a private beta for our Hands on Labs Online over the last few months and will be launching our Public Beta right after VMworld US. For folks that were part of the Private Beta we thank you very much for your feedback and patience and you will be the first ones on the Public Beta List. We will be opening up registrations shortly so please stay tuned.






VMware R&D Innovation Lounge at #VMworld!


If I needed to pick one thing that I am really excited about at VMworld this year (besides #notsupported) then it probably is the

R&D Innovation Lounge. You might wonder why, well a couple of months back I had the pleasure of attending our internal R&D innovations event and was blown away by some of the amazing ideas / research projects. Now a mini version of this will be held at VMworld…



How do you stay up-to-date on VMware product patches and updates?


A while ago I posted the news about vCenter Server Update 1a and the latest ESXi patch being released, and in the comments section a reader asked some questions about updating VMware ESXi specifically and other VMware products in general. His first question was: How do you know that a vCenter/ESXi/any VMware product patch/update is released?As a VMware admin, how do you stay up-to-date on this



Countdown to VMworld T-10 - Social Networking


It is almost here, 10 days until VMware’s biggest event of the year, the biggest virtualization event of the year.


The number of reasons to be at this event are countless,


so I decided to create a daily post counting down (in no particular order) to the event, each day with a great reason to be at VMworld - and here is number one.



Countdown to VMworld T-9 - Sessions


Have you seen the

Schedule Builder? The amount of sessions is astounding!!Unfortunately there were approximately another 700-800 sessions that did not make the cut


this year with the Call for Papers – but that is another story..


Almost everything and anything you can think of regarding VMware and virtualization will be covered. 437 Sessions on:



Countdown to VMworld T-8 - Hands on Labs


36 different Labs to choose from. My post from

last years labs.


The amount of VM’s created and destroyed over the week, will be more than you will probably ever create in a lifetime. And all of it sitting in the Cloud. VMware really eat their own dog food a,d have created a great experience.



Countdown to VMworld T-7 - Blogger Lounge


Being a blogger has its perks, being a vExpert has it perks as well. We have exposure – but I promise you that is not why we do it.


Most of us do not blog for a living – we all have our regular 9-5 jobs (and then some) and we write these articles on our own spare time.



Countdown to VMworld T-6 - Parties


Personally this is not really a big one for me – but I guess that for the rest of the world probably it is – that why they always go out of their way to find a star – this it is Bon Jovi – to perform during the party.



Countdown to VMworld T-5 - Solutions Exchange


The Solutions floor. 256 different vendors, some well known and some less known – but everyone has something to show – that is in some way connected to virtualizations.



Countdown to VMworld T-4 - vBrownbags/Tech Talks


There were over 1000 submissions for sessions for VMworld 2012 – but of course not all were accepted. So the idea of the Lightning Tech Talks in the community lounge. There is a packed


schedule every single day starting with a vExpert hour every single morning between 10.00 and 11.00.



New Book - The Official VCP5 Certification Guide


Trust the bestselling Official Cert Guide series from VMware Press to help you learn, prepare, and practice for VCP5 exam success. They are the only VMware authorized self-study books and are built with the objective of providing assessment, review, and practice to help ensure you are fully prepared for your certification exam.



Troubleshooting ThinPrint in VMware View


VMware OEMs a sub-set of the .Print Server Engine full-blown product. Many people think ThinPrint is a VMware owned product and/or feature, but it is not. ThinPrint is a German company that stands on its own and was founded in 1999. Their .print generic drivers can be found in a range of strategic partnerships with VMware, Citrix, Fuji Xerox, HP, Lexmark, Microsoft, Wyse, and others. ThinPrint has managed to embed their ThinPrint agent into a range of devices, from Thin Clients to Printers and the company reign almost alone in its market segment.



IO Blazing Datastore Performance with Fusion-io


VMware FusionIO IODrive2 IOPS Latency Performance Throughput vSphere vSphere 5


Thanks to Simon Williams (

@simwilli) from Fusion-io  I’ve had the opportunity to try out a couple of the Fusion-io ioDrive2 1.2TB MLC cards over the past few weeks. I was also provided with ioTurbine software, which combined with an in guest driver acts like a massive read cache and still supports vMotion. ioTurbine’s objective is to allow you to consolidate many more systems on the same server without having to have lots of RAM assigned to act as IO cache to get acceptable performance. This article will focus on the raw IO performance when the Fusion-io IODrive2 cards are used as a datastore. I will follow up with another article on ioTurbine when used with Linux when testing high performance Oracle Databases.



Security Guides on Have A New Home


VMware Security Hardening vCenter Configuration Manager vCloud Director VCM vSphere


VMware has just announced that all their security hardening guides now have a new home. A single page that customers and partners can visit for all the latest hardening guides for vSphere and other VMware products. The url is I would suggest you bookmark this now and visit it regularly.



Follow VMworld Bloggers


You can follow all the VMworld 2012 Blog posts from this single location.


In case you’re not attending VMworld 2012 San Francisco, you have multitude of possibilities on how to follow what’s happening, through internet. You can

watch the live stream of Monday’s General Session (Monday, August 27,8:30am – 10:00am) on VMware NOW, which will begin at 8:40am PT.






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 Releases French, German, Spanish and Simplified Chinese Self-paced eLearning Courses


eLearning elearning training vCenter vCloud vmware


We’re adding localized self-paced eLearning courses to our curriculum.






Configuring and Using WSX in VMware Workstation 9

Are you ready for another video?

Well, with the recent launch of VMware Workstation 9

, we have a few videos relating to that product in the works. Here is the first of those videos.

In this tutorial, we demonstrate the steps needed to configure and use WSX in VMware Workstation 9. The WSX service enables web-based remote access of your virtual machines through a web browser.


Creating a QuickPrep user account for VMware View Composer operations


Here is the

VMware View video that we mentioned in an earlier post today.


This video tutorial provides a demonstration of creating a QuickPrep user account for VMware View Composer operations.



VMware vSphere 5 Memory Management and Monitoring


This presentation expands on the diagram provided in knowledge base article:

VMware vSphere 5 Memory Management and Monitoring diagram (2017642). It provides a comprehensive look into the ESXi memory management mechanisms and reclamation methods, and also provides the relevant monitoring components in vCenter Server and the troubleshooting tools like ESXTOP.



Exploring the My VMware Get Support section


Hello again everyone and welcome to my ongoing series "The Support Outsider", a look into VMware from the point of view of an outsider (me), Intern

Moses Masih.



Last week I was talking about buying VMware products and discussed some features of the Products and Downloads section in My VMware. This week I thought I'd briefly explore the Get Support section of My VMware and share with you some useful, related Knowledge Base articles. In the Get Support section you will find quick answers to common questions and you may also file Support Requests here.



Setting the number of cores per CPU in a vSphere virtual machine


Today we have another video for you! This one demonstrates how to set the number of cores per CPU in a vSphere virtual machine.


This video is based on VMware Knowledge Base article

Setting the number of cores per CPU in a virtual machine (1010184).






Please consider checking - regularly for new and updated KB Articles.


VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 8/18/12

Apache Tomcat

Binding a virtual IP address to a URL within Tomcat Binding in VMware vFabric tc Server (2015219)

Shavlik NetChk Protect

Patch scanning prerequisites for Shavlik NetChk Protect 7.5.x/7.6.x/7.8.x (2005454)

Socialcast On Premise v2

Creating and downloading log bundles on a Socialcast On-Premise v2 cluster (2014998)

Socialcast Reach discussion extension fails to sign-in or load a stream (2033101)

Spring Framework

Setting debug level logging for various aspects of a web application in Spring Framework 2.5/3.0 (2014555)

Customizing autowiring using user-defined classes in Spring Framework (2016781)

Creating N entries for JMS connection factory bean definition for every N listener in Spring Framework 2.5/3.0/3.1 (2005514)

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware

Collecting diagnostic information for Linux operating systems (2032614)

VMware Consolidated Backup

VCB file-level backups fail on Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 x64 operating systems (2012798)

VMware ESX

Using the vSphere PowerCLI utility to manage your vSphere environment (2032946)

Using third-party tools to monitor your vSphere environment (2033007)

Removing snapshots after backing up a virtual machine residing on an NFS datastore takes a long time (2033540)

VMware ESXi

Upgrading from ESXi 4.0.x to ESXi 4.1 using (1024868)

Support for Differentiated Services Code Point (DSCP) in vSphere (2000149)

ESX/ESXi host logs sfcb-lsi_storage messages with return code 0×22 (2011325)

HA fails to configure on a cluster when using the PowerConnect switch (2017233)

Unable to select the Active Directory domain to add domain user permissions on a host (2020516)

Virtual machine fails to power on after a reboot in ESXi 5.0 (2032743)

Missing VPX_DEVICE_COUNTER materialized view in VMware ESXi 4.0.x (2032820)

VEM logging excessive messages in vmkernel (2003847)

vCenter Server and vmkernel logs report the message: The ramdisk ‘root’ is full (2033073)

VMware Mirage

Configuring Mirage Storage security (2031614)

Base Layer Auto Restart FAQ (2031654)

Assigning Upload Policies to existing CVDs in Mirage (2031703)

Endpoint cannot log into domain after being restored by Mirage (2031779)

Best practices for upgrading VMware Mirage (2031711)

VMware Service Manager

Patching a system in VMware Service Manager 9.x fails with error: Object reference not set to an instance of an object (2014984)

Integrating VMware Service Manager 9.x and Microsoft SharePoint 2012 (2032118)

Time spent for tasks is not calculated correctly in VMware Service Manager (2032777)

Reports in VMware Service Manager 9.x show large negative numbers in the Time Spent column (2032610)

VMware ThinApp

Cannot integrate ThinApp applications with Microsoft Office (2012173)

Cannot launch QuickTime Help in Internet Explorer 9 after capturing the QuickTime software with ThinApp (2030413)

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager

Legal Notice and caption not populated in Security Policy Data in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.x (2015285)

VMware vCenter Lab Manager

Deploying a virtual machine to a fenced configuration that is already deployed fails with the error: [FAILURE]: Could not run remote command ./ (2030598)

VMware vCenter Operations Manager (Standalone)

Disk space issues when using Linux Logical Volume Manager (2032540)

VMware vCenter Operations Manager for View

VMware vCenter Operations Manager for View adapter fails to collect metrics from a View 5.1 environment (2031266)

VMware vCenter Orchestrator

Manual Install of vCenter Orchestrator on vCenter Orchestrator 4.0.x (2014471)

VMware vCenter Protect Essentials

Uninstalling/Reinstalling VMware vCenter Protect Essentials8.0.x (2020984)

VMware vCenter Server

Storage Views maps fail to load with the error: An internal error has occured: Failed to serialize response (2007280)

Upgrading to vCenter Server 5.0 fails with the error: jdbc connectivity to the database using generated JDBC URL failed (2013030)

Applying a host profile in vCenter Server 5.0 fails with the error: A general system error occured (2014976)

Starting VMware VirtualCenter Server service when using SQL authentication fails with the error: Login Failure, Failed to connect to database (2015824)

vCenter Server 5.0 fails with the error: Panic: Not Reached (2033163)

vCenter Server alarm notification email not sent (2014224)

vCenter Server Tasks show the message: XXX <some text> not found XXX (2014339)

All hosts are disconnected from vCenter Server after changing the DNS server (2030664)

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager

Protecting a virtual machine in VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager fails with the log error: configSpec.guestId (1036741)

VMware vCenter Update Manager

Understanding Compliance States for patches, extensions, and upgrades in VMware Update Manager (2011937)

VMware vCloud Connector

Adding a vCloud Director cloud in the vSphere Client fails with the error: unsupported protocol (2033423)

VMware vCloud Director

Cannot connect to the VMRC session in vCloud Director 1.5 when using a reverse proxy (2020853)

Popout console screen remains blank in VMware vCloud Director 1.0.x/1.5.x (2032791)

Understanding security updates for Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating systems used by vCloud Director (2032622)

VMware vFabric GemFire

BadImageFormatException running 64-bit GemFire Native Client based ASP.Net Web Application under Visual Studio (2016853)

Starting the Tomcat instance in vFabric GemFire fails with the error: java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org/slf4j/LoggerFactory (2030773)

VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent

Changing the IP addresses of installed AMS/HQ servers and agents in VMware vFabric tcServer (2015223)

Creating a tcServer/AMS Deployment and Operation roles in VMware vFabric Server (2015224)

VMware vFabric tc Server

Instrumented Spring together with Insight enabled tcServer in VMware vFabric tc Server 2.1 (2015226)

VMware vFabric tc Server

Adding new Tomcat application fails with error: Context not defined (2014735)

VMware View Manager

Persona Management fails to replicate (2013588)

Using Microsoft Certreq to generate and import a signed certificate into View 5.1 (2032400)

Cannot log in to View desktops using the Zero Client on Teradici firmware version 4.0.0 after upgrading to View Manager 5.1 (2032574)

Changing the View Security Server default https port from 443 (2032761)

Installing or upgrading to View 5.1 Security Server fails with the error: Error 28083. IPsec setup failed (2033171)

VMware vSphere Storage Appliance

Enabling the vSphere Storage Appliance plugin fails with the error: (503) Server Unavailable (2020459)

Changing the vSphere Storage Appliance netmask (2032660)

Using the vSphere Storage Appliance 1.0 Manager GUI to enter cluster maintenance mode can result in clusters entering an inconsistent state (2033400)

ZCS Network Edition

Generating Self-Signed Certificates with Zimbra Collaboration Server (multiple versions) (2021466)













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