From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, well I decided to take a break from the newsletter last week due to our end of quarter activities and ensuring that I could complete my obligations. As a result of course this weeks newsletter is really very long and I have tried to put 2 weeks worth of news into 1 so it might be worthwhile to archive this one.

I wont spend time on the intro this week and get onto what is surely a very good newsletter edition.

Have an excellent week.

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Super Charge your Marketing Efforts with the Outcome-Based Marketing Program
Together with you, our partners, we have spent the last decade investing in strong, increasingly strategic business collaborations. Our efforts have resulted in inventing, enhancing and distributing market-leading technology that improves business outcomes for our customers. And now, we’re pleased to introduce another new partner program that furthers our joint progress while super charging your marketing efforts.
The VMware Outcome-Based Marketing (OBM) program is designed not only to help you find more opportunities, but to deliver qualified appointments with new prospects that are looking for solutions like yours.

Register for VMworld Barcelona – Partner Day
VMworld Barcelona is just around the corner and you are invited to join us at Partner Day on Monday, October 8th. Partner Day includes a full day of sessions from 10:30 to 18:00 GMT, followed by the Partner Appreciation Reception. Partner Track will continue throughout VMworld with more than 20 specific partner breakout sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

VMware Accelerate: Infrastructure Independence – The Power of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC)
Modern CIOs are looking to transform the way they provide IT services to their companies. The expectation is to provide elastic services to the business without sacrificing security and reliability; all while maximizing the use of internal assets and leveraging external providers as it makes sense to do so. At the same time, company executives are starting to compare their IT department’s services to those that are available from cloud providers and are questioning why their internal systems are not providing similar types of services.
The complication that CIOs face is that they have legacy systems that do not provide the elasticity and scalability required to compete with services providers in the industry. Trying to adopt cloud policies and procedures alone is not enough because ultimately CIOs will find themselves hitting limitations of the physical infrastructure’s inability to keep up with the demands that are placed on them. Physical infrastructure is extremely limited in agility because of the efforts required to make any changes to the environment. Traditionally, CIOs would attempt to improve these areas utilizing virtualization at the compute layer of the architecture. However, even in a highly-virtualized compute environment, the ability to ensure configuration and security management while trying to scale and maximize agility becomes a daunting task and exposes the CIO to undue risk.

August 30, 2012 VMSA-2012-0013
VMware vSphere and vCOps updates to third party libraries
VMware vCenter 4.0 Update 4a Patch is available for download at:


September 27, 2012
VMware View® Enables Texserve to Reduce Technology Costs in Schools Across the State of Texas
September 27, 2012
VMworld® 2012 Europe Expects to Attract More Than 7,000 Attendees to Barcelona
September 19, 2012
VMware Introduces the Socialcast® Integration Engine to Enable Deep Social Integrations that Connect People, Apps, Systems and Data to Drive Business Value
September 11, 2012
VMware Announces General Availability of VMware vCloud® Suite 5.1

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New #VMware KB:  Using the Log Browser to view, search, and export Logs for troubleshooting




VMworld 2012 Barcelona
VMworld 2012 is coming to Barcelona, Spain this October 9-11.  Not only is this an exceptional networking experience and real-world training for anyone in the IT industry, but this year's Europe event will offer new announcements and highlights for all audiences.

Social Media for VMworld 2012 Barcelona


VMworld 2012 is ready to hit Barcelona, October 9-11. And with this conference, comes a huge opportunity to participate in VMworld social media -- before, during and after the conference. Be sure you are connected to as many social media channels and opportunities as possible to get the most out of the VMworld experience.
If you are planning to participate in social media at VMworld 2012 in Barcelona, whether attending the conference or following online, please consider these resources:

Introducing the VMware vCenter Support Assistant Beta
Today, VMware is pleased to announce the VMware vCenter Support Assistant beta program for our VMware TAM Program customers.
The VMware vCenter Support Assistant streamlines access and saves you time and effort by integrating the creation of VMware Technical Support Requests and the attachment of support diagnostic information within a single application.

Anatomy of a Hyperic Plugin
In this technical tutorial, Hyperic engineer Scott Feldstein walks viewers through the anatomy of a plugin and how to build java plugins to extend Hyperic to monitor and manage additional technologies. This detailed tutorial covers example plugins, including the MySQL plugin, and shows users how to test and deploy their plugins into their Hyperic management environments.

VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite Overview -- VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite can automate cloud operations management, ensure service levels, optimize resource usage and configuration compliance in dynamic virtual and cloud environments. Designed for VMware vSphere and built for cloud, vCenter Operations Management Suite sets the industry standard in operational efficiency and allows you to proactively ensure virtual/cloud infrastructure performance of your business critical applications, provide continuous compliance with operational and regulatory requirements, and optimize resource utilization and cost.

VMware Innovation: A Tour of the Innovation Lounge

VMware Proven for Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server -- Jason Linden from AdvizeX discusses how his customers get improved manageability and better availability by virtualizing Microsoft Exchange server with VMware vSphere.

VMware Proven for Microsoft SQL Server Virtualization -- Get the Facts
Jim Haas, Virtualization and SQL Server Practice Lead at Ntirety, discusses CPU efficiencies with virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSphere.


Companies Are Virtualizing Microsoft Applications on VMware
- Industry analysts estimate that over 80% of all virtual machines in the world already run on VMware, and VMware customers continue to virtualize Microsoft SQL, Exchange, and SharePoint at a rapid rate.
- Over a twelve-month period, VMware customers increased their number of virtualized SQL, Exchange, and SharePoint instances by over 30%.
- Today, VMware customers have virtualized over 50% of their SQL and Exchange instances, and 70% of their Sharepoint instances.

Serengeti Helps Enterprise Respond to the Big Data Challenge
Big Data adoption in the enterprise has traditionally been hindered by the lack of usable enterprise-grade tools and the shortage of implementation skills.

Powering Mobile Architecture with vFabric
Appcelerator appMobi architecture back-end CSS Dojo endpoints front-end GUI HTML 5 http iOS Javascript JQuery JSON mobile PhoneGap REST RESTful Sencha UI vCenter vSphere
Mobile is driving a lot of new application development. But, how can vFabric help?

Spring Insight “split-agent” Architecture
Spring Insight is a technology that gives visibility into an application’s runtime performance and behavior. The original design called for the deployment of an agent application at each monitored server instance. Furthermore, the agent used only an in-memory mechanism to process the collected data that was assumed to originate from Java code. Recently, a “split-agent” mechanism has been implemented that allows the separation of the collection stage from the analysis one. In other words, the data is (still) collected by the same instrumentation plugins, but can be sent via various mechanisms to an analyzer application that performs the analysis and generates the same data as before – i.e., endpoints, metrics, external resources, etc. There are several advantages to such architecture – the most important ones being

How IT Will Come Out On Top of The Cloud
Virtualization is about to change the game again in the datacenter. As the modern computing world has become comfortable with cloud computing, their appetite is accelerating for it, and doing so rapidly. In fact, Gartner recently reported that spending on public cloud services will be $109 billion this year, up from $91 billion from last year’s spend. And it will nearly double to $207 billion by 2016. That’s a consistent increase of over 20% each year, and the fastest growing area of spend according to their predictions

3 Insightful vFabric Implementations to Learn From
At VMworld in San Francisco, several partners shared success stories at the vFabric partner panel.  As moderator for this session, I worked extensively with the three vFabric Partners prior to the event and uncovered a common theme – these experts are top notch at what they do and enjoy doing it.  Each Partner had a unique vFabric story about successful implementations.  Partners on the panel included Nancy Turbe with EMC consulting, Jeff Reed with Logicalis and Juan Garcia from Williams and Garcia.  Their stories covered:

PuppetConf 2012 and vFabric Application Director
VMware’s Application Management team, the team that provides vFabric Application Performance Manager, Application Director, Hyperic and Spring Insight, is a proud sponsor of  PuppetConf 2012on September 27-28th at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco!

4 Examples of Big Data Trends
RabbitMQ Serengeti SQLFire vFabric agriculture algo algorithmic analysis analyze big bursting cloud data database databases delivery disruption disruptive examples farming fast feed flexible massive models real-time scale scaling semi-structured sentiment speed storage store structured tick trading trends trickle unstructured
Whether you are doing Algo Trading or Agriculture, your business is becoming more and more reliant on data. And what is it about that data that is common? It’s Big. It’s Fast. It’s Flexible.

What's New in Spring Integration 2.2 (Part 2 – Transaction Synchronization)
Introduction This is the second part in a series of blog posts highlighting some of the new features available in Spring Integration 2.2 following the recent release of Release Candidate 1. The first part talks about the MongoDB adapters. Spring Integration 2.2 introduces extended support for synchronizing non-transactional resources with transactions. Background Spring has provided Read more...

What's New in Spring Integration 2.2.RC1 (Part 1 – MongoDb)
Introduction Spring Integration 2.2.RC1 is out and we will be coming out with a set of blogs in the coming days discussing some of its new features. In this first blog we'll talk about MongoDb Inbound and Outbound Channel Adapters. Full set of discussed samples is available here MongoDb Outbound Channel Adapter MongoDb Outbound Channel Read more...

The Wait Is Over – Get Started With the vCloud Service Evaluation Beta Today!
Good news – the waitlist for the vCloud Service Evaluation Beta has been removed! This means that users can now sign up today and get a public vCloud account in 15 minutes or less.
Announced last month, the vCloud Service Evaluation provides a quick, easy and low-cost way for you to learn about the advantages of a vCloud though hands-on testing and experimentation. All you need to sign up is a credit card and you can get your own public vCloud up and running in minutes.

What The vCloud Suite Means for VMware Partners – Join The VPN Primetime Event
There has been a lot of buzz around VMware vCloud Suite 5.1, and within good reason – with the vCloud Suite, users can now access a complete, integrated cloud infrastructure solution that integrates VMware’s leading virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into a single SKU, making the journey to the cloud easier than ever.



Simplifying the Move to VDI for Business Process Outsourcers
Chris Howard and co. at Gartner recently published an article on the benefits of hosted virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for companies looking to offshore or outsource processes. Until recently, many BPO IT organizations have resisted the move to VDI. This has been largely due to the fact that they don’t know what they don’t know. And many BPO organizations have had questions around how to design for agentless security, how SLAs are impacted by the move to centralized management, how they can best scale out their deployments across sites and how they can build the business case to justify the move.

Day One of VMware’s Business Process Desktop Training Bootcamp
Desktop EUC Strategy View Business Process Desktop enterprise desktop
Looking to support offshore or outsourced workers with desktop virtualization? Today was day one of the Business Process Desktop bootcamp series and in this session, Muthu Somasundaram from VMware’s EUC Solution Management team covered design considerations and best practices around VMware’s recently validated BPD design.

Day 2 of VMware View Business Process Desktop
In today’s session, Chuck Hirstius from VMware’s PSO WW Advanced services presented a deep-dive of PCoIP protocol details, considerations over different type of networks, tuning capabilities and the best practices for an efficient View deployment. If you missed today’s session, it is available here:

VMware View Client 1.6 for iOS and Android Now Available!
View Android iPad iPhone iPhone 5 release VMware View
by Pat Lee Director, End User Clients & Michael Shen Product Manager, Mobile Clients
We are very excited to release our latest VMware View Clients for iOS and Android.

Day 3 of View Business Process Desktop bootcamp
Simon Hamilton-Wilkes, Solution engineer from F5, walked the customers through the technical details of F5 Big-IP solution with VMware View Business process desktop like, load balancing across multi-sites, Unified access and traffic management.

Need some help getting your vCenter Single Sign On Configured?
We have been receiving requests for more information on installing and configuring vCenter Single Sign-On and while we prepare additional information/videos/best practices etc I wanted to reach out and share some great knowledge based articles that may help you out in the mean time.
Troubleshooting Single Sign On on a Windows Installation (2033208)

What’s New in vCenter Server Heartbeat v6.5
With all the recent announcements around vSphere 5.1 you probably didn’t see the updated release of vCenter Server Heartbeat v6.5.
The following information provides highlights of some of the enhancements available in this release of vCenter Server Heartbeat 6.5
Note: The features available depend on the version of vCenter Server installed.

Technical paper: “VMware vCloud Director Resource Allocation Models” available for download
Today the technical paper “VMware vCloud Director Resource Allocation Models” has been made available for download on
This whitepaper covers the allocation models used by vCloud Director 1.5 and how they interact with the vSphere layer. This paper helps you correlate the vCloud allocation model settings with the vSphere resource allocation settings. It provides insight on the distribution of resources on both the vCloud layer and vSphere layer and illustrates the impact of various allocation model settings on vSphere admission control. The paper contains a full chapter about allocation model in practice and demonstrates the effect of using various combinations of allocation models within a single provider vDC.
Please note that this paper is based on vCloud Director 1.5

What’s New in VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.1
With the release of vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 product, VMware brings the leading software defined networking and security solution that enhances operational efficiency, provides agility and is extensible to rapidly respond to business needs.
I just want to provide you some overview on how vCloud Networking and Security product brings the flexibility to the network and security aspects of the datacenter and point you to the resources where you can get more information.

Identifying Non-Default Advanced & Kernel Settings Using ESXCLI 5.1
I recently came across a very cool tidbit from one of our GSS Engineers Daniel de Sao Jose about a new option in ESXCLI 5.1 which allows you to list out all ESXi advanced and kernel settings that have non-default values configured. This can come in handy when you are troubleshooting and trying to find out what advanced settings were changed on a host or if you need to capture the list of changes for documentation purposes or for creating a script to apply to other hosts.
To list all ESXi Advanced Settings, you would run the following command (4.x & 5.x):

Can’t connect to the vCloud Director 5.1 Virtual Appliance? Try this…
It’s come to our attention that some folks may be having an issue after they deploy the vCloud Director 5.1 Appliance where they are unable to connect to the vCloud Director user interface or find that they can not connect to a remote console for the deployed VMs.  While we are still investigating the root cause of this issue, the following describes a fix that should help you get up and running.

Vmss2core -
Vmss2core is a tool to convert VMware checkpoint state files into formats that third party debugger tools understand. It can handle both suspend (.vmss) and snapshot (.vmsn) checkpoint state files (hereafter referred to as a ‘vmss file’) as well as both monolithic and non-monolithic (separate .vmem file) encapsulation of checkpoint state data.

VMware Technical Journal, Spring 2012
The 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

ESXi Chronicles: Can’t connect to the vCloud Director 5.1 Virtual Appliance? Try this…
It’s come to our attention that some folks may be having an issue after they deploy the vCloud Director 5.1 Appliance where they are unable to connect to the vCloud Director user interface or find that they can not connect to a remote console for the deployed VMs.  While we are still investigating the root cause of this issue, the following describes a fix that should help you get up and running.

ESXi Chronicles: Identifying Non-Default Advanced & Kernel Settings Using ESXCLI 5.1
I recently came across a very cool tidbit from one of our GSS Engineers Daniel de Sao Jose about a new option in ESXCLI 5.1 which allows you to list out all ESXi advanced and kernel settings that have non-default values configured. This can come in handy when you are troubleshooting and trying to find out what advanced settings were changed on a host or if you need to capture the list of changes for documentation purposes or for creating a script to apply to other hosts.

ESXi Chronicles: vCenter Single Sign-On Part 1: what is vCenter Single Sign-On?
I was until I dived in and found answers which I will do my best to explain here.
vCenter Single Sign-On is a new feature of vSphere 5.1 that is not just an authentication broker but also a security token exchange providing a more secure way of accessing your vSphere solutions. What that means is that when you previously logged into vCenter Server, you were authenticated with the provided username and password against the Active Directory configured for vCenter Server. With vSphere 5.1 and vCenter Single SIgn-On you no longer log directly into vCenter Server but with a security domain defined by your vSphere environment. When logging in to vSphere 5.1 you actually pass authentication to the  vCenter Single Sign-On server which can be configured with multiple identity sources like Active Directory and OpenLDAP and on successful authentication, your username and password is exchanged for a security token which is then used to access the vSphere components like vCenter Server and vCenter Orchestrator etc.

VMware Virtualization Management Blog: Capacity Management and Planning Strategies in the Cloud Era
As a virtualization or cloud practitioner, you have been thrown into a new challenge and that is to address capacity management for your organization.  But what are some of the best practices to achieve this and how does capacity planning change in the new cloud-computing era?

Office of the CTO Blogs: Innovation at VMworld 2012
As I look back on VMworld in San Francisco, I can’t stop thinking about how the theme of Innovation permeated throughout the conference this year!  Things got rolling when Steve Herrod showed demos of new product and feature ideas we’re working on during his Day One keynote.  Following Steve’s keynote, I had the pleasure of sharing a behind the scenes look at how we innovate at VMware via a Spotlight Session.  My talk included three idea pitches that were presented during VMware’s internal innovation offsite – providing an inside look at the broad and novel ideas we encourage our engineers to pursue.  The pitches covered ideas on how to make data centers environmentally aware to account for heat, power and other challenges, several ways to leverage social media concepts for virtualization management and concepts around how to optimize calendaring via geo-location algorithms.  Cool stuff!

Office of the CTO Blogs: Low Latency on vSphere at VMworld 2012
I was excited to have one of our partners, Mellanox, extend a special invitation for me to speak at their Expo booth during VMworld 2012 in San Francisco. They had allocated a 30 minute slot for a Theater Presentation and promoted my presentation via nice giveaways and postcards distributed in nearby VMworld hotels.

Number 1 book at the VMworld Store this year was…
How cool is it that an independent book hits the top of the chart two years in a row?! Frank and I are really pleased about this and we did not expect this at all. Especially not considering we also gave away a 1000 copies at VMworld for free. We want to thank our sponsors CloudPhysics and Fusion IO, and the MyVMUG people for hosting this give-away in their booth!

vSphere 5.1 All Paths Down (APD) enhancements
I’ve written about Permanent Device Loss multiple times but another scenario that some of you might have encountered is All Paths Down. All Paths Down already describes the scenario, but an example would be when for whatever reason the network between the host and the array fails. This would be result in an APD condition, meaning that the LUNs are unreachable due to the fact that all paths to the LUN are gone.

vCloud Suite 5.1 available
Server Storage 5.1 download vcloud vcloud director vcloud suite vSphere vsphere 5.1
No I didn’t set my alarm clock like Eric Sloof, just to be one of the first to post it… hence the reason this is “late”. But I got some more lined up for you though in the upcoming days. Now that the vCloud Suite 5.1 is available. Make sure to start your download engines and prep to upgrade. Before you start downloading, make sure to hit the launch page. I created a nice short URL for it

Back to Basics: Deploying the vCenter Server appliance
I am going to do a couple of blogposts with “basic” workflows using the Web Client. Let me know if you find this useful or not… I will start with deploying the vCenter Server appliance and will assume you all know how to install ESXi. I prefer using the vCenter Server appliance in my lab as I can deploy it in minutes without the need to pre-install an OS etc.

Back to Basics: Using the vSphere 5.1 Web Client to create a Datacenter object
I am going to assume you already have vCenter 5.1 up and running, if you don’t read this article. Once again, this is a “Back to Basics” series, so don’t expect deepdive info here.
First point your browser to the vSphere Web Client. The vSphere Web Client can be found at: https://<IP address or DNS name of your vCenter instance>:9443/vsphere-client/. Now you will see is a question if it is okay to install the “VMware Remote Console Plugin” as shown in the following screenshot.

Get your Kindle copy of the vSphere 4.1 HA/DRS Deepdive for free
I just sent out this tweet. Last time we did this promo many people said they somehow missed it and asked if we could do it again. We started the promo this morning, make sure to download it now as it will not be free (yes that is $ 0,-!) for long. Promo ends Thursday.
Special offer, the vSphere 4.1 HA/DRS Deepdive Kindle edition for FREE!

What’s new in vSphere 5.1 for High Availability
As vSphere High Availability was completely revamped in 5.0 not a lot of changes have been introduced in 5.1. There are some noteworthy changes though that I figured I would share with you. So what’s cool?

Back to Basics: Using the vSphere 5.1 Web Client to create a Cluster object
We’ve shown you how to create a vSphere Datacenter object, next we are going to create a cluster object. Again, this is fairly straight forward:
Click on “Create a Cluster” in your “Getting Started” tab.
Provide a name for your cluster and tick “Turn On” for both “DRS” and “vSphere HA”.
Click “OK”.

Back to Basics: Using the vSphere 5.1 Web Client to configure a vSwitch
In the previous articles we created a Datacenter, a cluster and added hosts to it. Now that we have done that we can start finalizing the configuration. This is just one example out of the many ways to configure networking for an ESXi host, and I kept it really really simple. This is not following any best practices, I just wanted to show some of the steps. In this scenario I have 4 network cards per host and I have VLANs for each network segment. Separating traffic through the use of VLAN is highly recommended and is a best practice.

Back to Basics: Using the vSphere 5.1 Web Client to add an NFS share
If you look at the following workflow you know why I am starting to love NFS more and more… Adding an NFS datastore was easy with 5.0 (and prior) but with 5.1 it is even easier. Just a couple of steps to add an NFS datastore to your cluster:

Back to Basics: Using the vSphere 5.1 Web Client to configure iSCSI
In this article I will take you through the steps required to setup iSCSI using the vSphere 5.1 Web Client. In most iSCSI environment the VMware software iSCSI adapter is used, so that is what I will use. I had already setup a storage VMkernel NIC in one of my previous post, read that if you haven’t yet. Adding a software adapter can be done in a couple of simple steps:

MS Exchange Recovery Possibilities
Some thoughts about MS Exchange recovery possibilities.
I’ve done quite a few Exchange Server installations in my carreer. Both physical and virtual. The installation and migration processes are quite ok, but when it comes to possible recovery (recovery of DB, recovery of e-mail accounts or recovery individual emails) there are many solutions. I’ll try to outline some of them.

Free Online Course - vCenter Operations Manager Fundamentals
Technical Overview of vCenter Operations Manager covers the vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 vApp architecture and resource requirements, the vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 vApp installation considerations, and introduces you to the major and minor badges.

vCert Manager – Changing VMware SSL Certs Made Easy
During my VMworld session presentation INF-SEC1282 Automating Security and Compliance with DR (VMworld account required to access recording) I gave a world premier glimpse of a prototype solution that will allow completely automated management of SSL Certificates in a vSphere environment. The solution is still under development. But if you’d like to peak into the future of an easy and completely automated SSL management world for vSphere then this article is for you.

The Case for Larger Than 2TB Virtual Disks and The Gotcha with VMFS
VMware Oracle Oracle RAC RDM SQL VHD VHDX VMFS vSphere 5 vSphere 5.1
Hypervisor competition is really starting to heat up. VMware just released vSphere 5.1 and Microsoft has recently released Windows Server 2012 and the new version of Hyper-V. A significant  new feature available now in Hyper-V / Windows 2012 is a new disk format VHDX, which has a maximum size of 64TB. With the new filesystem in Windows Server 2012 (ReFS) the maximum volume size increases to 256TB ( NTFS was limited to 16TB @ 4K cluster size). So how does vSphere 5 and 5.1 compare and what are the key considerations and gotchas? What are the implications for business critical applications? Read on to find out.

Back to Basics: Install, configure and use vSphere Replication
One of the coolest features that has been included with vSphere 5.1 in my opinion is vSphere Replication. (Make sure to read the what’s new paper) The reason for it being is that it now brings “advanced” technology to everyone (Essentials Plus and upwards). I have used vSphere Replication in 5.0 and it was nice, but with 5.1 the installation and configuration process has been improved. For instance the database is now included in the appliance and it isn’t as DNS sensitive as it was with 5.0. This makes installing and configuring it a matter of minutes.

vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements – Part 8: Storage I/O Control
Storage I/O Control (SIOC) was initially introduced in vSphere 4.1 to provide I/O prioritization of virtual machines running on a cluster of ESXi hosts that had access to  shared storage.  It extended the familiar constructs of shares and limits, which existed for CPU and memory, to address storage utilization through a dynamic allocation of I/O queue slots across a cluster of ESXi servers. The purpose of SIOC is to address the ‘noisy neighbour’ problem, i.e. a low priority virtual machine impacting other higher priority virtual machines due to the nature of the application and its I/O running in that low priority VM.

How to Disable the View Portal on VMware View 5.1
From a client system, users can open a browser and browse to a View Connection Server instance. The Web page that appears is called View Portal, and it contains links for downloading the installer file for View Client. Users can use View Portal to download the full View Client installer for both Windows and Mac client computers. Administrators can also configure settings so that the links on View Portal point to a different location than the VMware Download page.

Back to Basics: Install, configure and use vSphere Data Protection
Installing vSphere Data Protection is just a couple of steps. I downloaded the vSphere Replication virtual appliance. Note there are three different versions available and depending on how large your environment is you will need to select a version. I selected the 0.5TB version as I have a limited amount of virtual machines. This is how you import it and configure it, but before you begin I recommend ensuring DNS records are created before deploying the appliance!

Calling for the Best Storage Recommendations
The funny thing about technology is that there is rarely one answer that fits all situations. This is the root of the reason behind the all-too-familiar IT answer, “It depends.” Rarely is this challenge more evident than when trying to write a book that is applicable to as broad an audience as possible. The challenge is compounded when the topic of your book is a large, complex suite of software like VMware vSphere.

Protecting vCenter Server – HA or Heartbeat?
At VMworld during one of my group discussions there was a discussion around using vSphere HA or vCenter Heartbeat to protect the vCenter Server. Coincidentally it is something that we recently discussed internally on Socialcast and I figured I would give my thoughts on this topic. My answer was short and simple: It depends.

Technical White Paper - VMware vCloud Director Resource Allocation Models
VMware vCloud Director enables users to build a private cloud–based infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering within their organization. By providing a secure, on-demand ability for end users to deploy workloads, companies can realize a level of agility previously thought impossible.

vMotion and SvMotion Details with PowerCLI
Today I was asked if there was a way to list the vMotions and SvMotions which had occurred in an infrastructure, not only this but they needed to know which hosts the VMs had moved to, the reason for this was licensing.
Firstly they needed to confirm that certain VMs were firstly setup with DRSAffinityrules as disabled, this one was straight forward in PowerCLI:

Say goodbye to the “Transfer LUN” aka “Swing LUN” aka “Stepping Stone”
Every once in a while I go through some articles and see if they need to be revised or not. As there are over 1400 articles on that is not an easy task, I can tell you that. Today Istumbled on this article I wrote early 2010. This article discussed the use of a “swing lun” to limit the amount of LUNs masked to a single host. Let me copy/paste the part that I want to revise:

Can I protect my vCenter Server with vSphere Replication?
Someone asked this question last week when I posted my “back to basics” vSphere Replication blog. I guess protecting vCenter Server isn’t too difficult but how about recovering it after a failure?

vSphere Performance Best Practices – VMworld 2012 Session VSP1800
Free VMworld 2012 Session showind the best performance practices for VMware vSphere.
You’ll be able to see the most common problems that you might encounter in VMware vSphere and how to solve them. Performance tweaks, and performance best practices.

Planning to Migrate Oracle from Unix to Linux on vSphere
VMware AIX HPUX Itanium Linux Oracle pSeries RedHat Solaris SPARC vSphere
A while ago with much fanfare Oracle announced it would no longer develop it’s flagship software and database for use on HPUX and HP’s Itanium platform due to its perception that the platform didn’t have a solid roadmap. This caused a great flurry of lawyers filing papers on HP’s side. But the end result right now after the lawyers got involved Oracle will still be supporting HPUX for the meantime. But who knows how long this will last. So now might be the perfect time to consider migrating your Oracle databases and applications off the HPUX systems (and any other traditional Unix platform) and onto Linux on vSphere. This article will take you through a high level overview of why you should migrate to Linux on vSphere and some of the important considerations and methods to achieve a successfully migration. This is based on the experience I’ve gained from doing a few successful migrations projects, some of which I spoke about during breakout sessions at VMworld US 2012.

vSphere Data Protection (VDP) – install, configure, manage
vSphere Data protection – a quick guide how to deploy and use
vSphere Data Protection is a new backup product, which does not bring an additional cost, but it’s included in vSphere Essentials Plus and higher VMware vSphere package. The product is based on EMC’s Avamar code and present an interesting upgrade for existing customers which are upgrading from vSphere 4.x where vSphere Data Protection (VDP) was bundled.

VMware vSphere 5.1 Documentation Center - PDF and E-book Formats
VMware really did an outstanding job with the availability of vSphere 5.1 information at the newvSphere 5.1 Documentation Center. It offers a wide range of documents in searchable HTML format but also offers all guides in PFD, ePub and mobi format. It even has a link to one downloadable zip file with all the vSphere 5 PDFs you need.

How to move vCloud Transfer Directory
VMware’s instructions on how to install multiple vCloud Cells are rather clear, you first create a NFS share and mount that to the location “/opt/vmware/vcloud-director/data/transfer”. Then install both vCloud Cells and you’re done. In a single vCloud Cell install, the cell will use the local disk for the transfer directory. For a multi cell environment this is not the desired configuration, but even in a single cell environment this could get you into troubles when importing large VMs. How to move from a local transfer directory to a NFS shared transfer directory?

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vFabric Groovy & Grails training now available online
It is now possible to attend the Groovy & Grails training online. This way you can save on travel and expenses and attend the training from the comfort of your own home or office.

Professional vFabric Education Schedule for October
SpringSource has released the training schedule for October 2012. Professional Spring and vFabric trainings will be provided in several locations spread over the world. This month SpringSource is also providing vFabric Gemfire for Developers publically for the first time. The complete training schedule can be found below:

Free Book Excerpt: Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments
Our friends at VMware Press have provided our readers a free chapter from their new release, Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments by Sean Crookston, Harley Stagner.

Free Site Recovery Manager Training
We’ve created 11 short instructional videos that lay out the basics of VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager.  Andrew Elwood, Senior Technical Instructor, walks us through SRM, talking as he would one of his many classes on the following topics, but this time there is no charge to hear his instruction:

ALERT: vCenter Server Services hang on startup after upgrading to vCenter Server 5.1
The VMware VirtualCenter Server service will not successfully stop or start.
The final log in the vpxd.log file shows:
CoreDump: Writing minidump

Registering a vCenter Server 5.0.x system with the vSphere 5.1 Web Client
Now that I have exhausted my extensive knowledge of the French language (hope I got the spelling right) it is time to get down to business and make some more KBTV announcements.

Retaining resource pools when disabling VMware DRS clusters
Here is another video for your consumption where once again we demonstrate how to perform various tasks within vSphere 5.1 using the vSphere Web Client.
In this video we discuss and demonstrate how to retain resource pools when disabling VMware DRS Clusters in vSphere 5.1 using the vSphere Web Client.

Installing or upgrading to ESXi 5.1 best practices
This presentation provides best practice information on implementing a new install or upgrading ESXi 5.1
Let us walk you through it!

VMware provides several ways to install or upgrade to ESXi 5.1 hosts. For more information on this topic, refer to KB article:
Installing or upgrading to ESXi 5.1 best practices (2032756).

Managing licenses on ESXi hosts using the vSphere Web Client
VMware Knowledgebase Blog 20/09/12 12:34 AM Graham Daly How-to KBTV Licensing Videos how to licensing vCenter Server 5.1 video vsphere 5 vSphere Web Client vSphere5
A new day, a new video!
In this video we discuss and demonstrate managing licenses on ESXi hosts in vSphere 5.1 using the vSphere Web Client.

Using the vSphere Web Client or PowerCLI to identify impacted VMs after a host failure
Disaster Recovery how to Troubleshooting video vsphere 5 vSphere Web Client vSphere5
Do you have a vSphere 5.1 environment? Have you ever been faced with an issue where one of your ESXi hosts experienced an outage and you were tasked with trying to figure out what went wrong and what virtual machines were affected? Then this video should be of some use and interest to all of you who ever are faced with the need to troubleshoot ESXi outages and failures.

ALERT: vSphere Replication 5.1 unable to recover protected virtual machines
VMware has become aware of an issue whereby when the Recovery workflow is invoked through the VR 5.1 user interface, the VRMS are instructed to sync to the latest changes from the primary virtual machine. However, since the primary host (or its storage) is not accessible, the sync fails, hence the entire recovery fails. Symptoms include:

Registering a virtual machine with the vSphere Web Client
Today we have a new vSphere 5 related video tutorial for you.
This video discusses and demonstrates the steps to register a virtual machine using the vSphere Web Client.

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VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 9/22/12
VMware Consolidated Backup
Backup Proxy fails to backup hotadd disks mounted to the second SCSI controller (2019166)
VMware ESXi
Powering on a VMware vSphere Management Assistant appliance virtual machine fails with the error: Cannot initialize property ‘vami.DNS0.vsphere_Management_Assistance_(vMA)’ (2007012)
Upgrading an ESX/ESXi 4.x host with the Cisco Nexus 1000V to ESXi 5.0 using Update Manager (2021363)
Standby or unused Uplink is used after rebooting a ESXi 5.0 Update 1 host (2030006)
Intel native igb driver reports incorrect or duplicate MAC addresses for interfaces of multiport i350 rNDC across ESX hosts (2035583)
VMware Fusion
Cannot find license key from order confirmation page after ordering upgrade through the Web Store (2034594)
Windows 8 and Mac OS X systems running on SMEP-capable Intel Ivy bridge CPUs freeze when running Windows XP and earlier Windows guests (2035575)
Virtual machines in Fusion 5 show a black screen when started or resumed after upgrading to Mac OS X 10.7.5 (2036012)
VMware Go
Scanning a remote machine using vCenter Protect Essentials fails with the error: Error 235: System not found, or NetBIOS ports may be firewalled when using VMware vCenter Protect Essentials or Shavlik Netchk Protect (2031480)
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
vCenter Orchestrator workflow cannot access the VCM API when Anonymous Authentication is disabled (2034082)
VMware vCenter Operations Enterprise
Applying LDAP settings in vCenter Operations Enterprise 1.0.1 fails (2004712)
VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)
vCenter Operations Manager is unable to connect to vCenter Server and does not collect data (2017987)
VMware vCenter Operations Manager vApp version is incorrect after upgrading vCenter Operations Manager (2035571)
VMware vCenter Server
VMware vCenter Server 4.1.x hangs during MSI installation (2006102)
Accessing the Storage tab view in vCenter Server 5.0 fails with an internal error: com.vmware.vim.sms.fault.serviceInitializationException (2015180)
Installing VMware Site Recovery Manager 4.1.2 fails with the error: Failed to install certificate (2015837)
Unable to login to Virtual Center after upgrade to 5.1 Virtual Center (2035758)
Troubleshooting vCenter Single Sign On installations which fail with: Error 29114. Cannot connect to DB (2035831)
Attempting to vMotion multiple virtual machines fails with the error: Operation cannot be performed while vApp operation is in progress (2035936)
Installing vCenter Single Sign On fails with the error: Error 29114. Cannot connect to DB (2035949)
Single Sign On Installation fails with error “Error 29115 Cannot authenticate to DB” (2035449)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
vCenter Site Recovery Manager 4.1.x fails to protect virtual machine after working location of virtual machine changes (2032265)
SRM Planned Migration fails with error: Cannot unmount datastore [NAME] which has VMs on it (2032365)
Date Published: 9/18/2012
A planned migration fails with an incomplete recovery (2030001)
VMware vCenter Update Manager
Cannot remediate ESXi hosts that are part of a vSphere Storage Appliance using Update Manager (2033555)
During patch staging operation Update Manager 4.x displays an error related to de-obfuscation of Shavlik metadata file (2030600)
Upgrading Update Manager fails with the error: Error 25005 Setup failed to generate the SSL keys (2033091)
VMware vCloud Director
vCloud Director media uploads fail when finalizing upload and reports the error: ‘Internal server error’ ‘read timeout’ (2019297)
VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent
Upgrading multiple agents simultaneously in vFabric Hyperic (2035335)
Manually creating a server resource in vFabric Hyperic Server (2035342)
VMware vFabric Postgres Standard Edition
Resolving checksum mismatch errors on VMware vPostgres Standard Edition 9.0/9.1.x (2030160)
VMware View Manager
vCenter Server version reported in the View Manager 5.1 Admin console is incorrect (2035587)
VMware vShield App
Full disk on vShield Edge 5.1.x fails with error: VIX_E_DISK_FULL ERROR (2035939)
VMware vSphere Data Protection
Backing up a Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machine using VMware Data Protection 5.1 fails with the error: Execution Error: E10055:Failed to attach disk.“ (2035736)
VMware vSphere Replication
vSphere Replication 5.1 (VR) unable to recover protected virtual machines (2035929)
VMware Workstation
Unable to use the local physical CD/DVD drive connected to a Workstation server on a Windows Client (2033750)
ZCS Network Edition
Enabling MD2 algorithms in Zimbra Collaboration Server Network Edition 6.x/7.x (2035632)