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From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, VMworld Europe was another great success with thousands of delegates participating in this awesome event. I have added loads of excellent VMworld TV videos this week as well as VMware TV videos into the newsletter, there is so much excellent content that I have tried to summarise as many of these new videos as possible for you.
This week we turn our attention to vForum in Sydney which for the APAC region is the premier VMware event. I am lucky enough to be participating in this event in a number of ways including as a presenter and host for the TAM program. I will bring you more info on vForum over the coming weeks which I hope to see many of you at soon.
Please make sure you check the KB articles in the newsletter as well as the HOT NEWS section which highlights important news of the week.
Have an excellent week everyone and I look forward to speaking to all of you next week.
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HOME : HOT-NEWS
- vForum Sydney 2012 Agenda is live
- TAM Customer, speak to your TAM about the TAM Lunch at vForum in Sydney
- Loads of new video’s released from VMworld Europe and VMware TV
- Microsoft Patch 2661254 may prevent connection to vCenter 4.0.x and other products using a security certificate with less than 1024 bits.
HOME : PARTNER
Tips for VMware vCloud Suite Partner Enablement
Did you hear the news coming out of Barcelona this week? At VMworld Europe, we introduced new cloud management solutions—available separately or as part of the vCloud Suite—as well as important enhancements to the VMware Partner Network program.
To help you get up to speed on everything we introduced, we’ve added 5 hours of content to Partner University TV(Partner Central login required). The new videos cover our Q4 launches, VPN updates and VMware Cloud Operations services. Currently the vCloud Suite videos are translated into 9 languages. Additional language support will be added, so if you don’t see the videos in your local language, please check back soon.
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Join Thousands of IT Professionals at vForum 2012
The most important annual event in the virtualization, cloud and end-user computing calendar is here. vForum 2012 is your chance to get up-to-date on all that’s happening with the latest technology and its applications to transform IT and your business.
VMware executives and industry leaders discuss the latest technology and trends
Learn in more than 75 Sessions and build your technical skills through the Hands-on Labs
Engage with the many IT organisations showcasing the latest virtualization, cloud and end-user computing solutions
Wednesday and Thursday
14 & 15 November 2012
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre,
Exhibition Hall 5.
Virtualize Business Critical Applications Blog: Top Reasons To Virtualize Business Critical Applications on vSphere
The figure below lists some of the top business and technical reasons to virtualize business-critical applications.
HOME : SECURITY-ADVISORIES
October 4, 2012 VMSA-2012-0014
VMware vCenter Operations, CapacityIQ, and Movie Decoder security updates
August 30, 2012 VMSA-2012-0013
VMware vSphere and vCOps updates to third party libraries
HOME : PATCH-NOTIFICATION
VMware vCenter 4.0 Update 4a Patch is available for download at:https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/4_0.
HOME : PRESS-RELEASES
October 09, 2012
VMware Introduces Enterprise Purchasing Program
October 09, 2012
VMware Extends Cloud Management Capabilities with vCloud Suite Updates
October 04, 2012
VMware Simplifies Compliance for Business-Critical Applications in the Cloud
HOME : TWEETS
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VMware TAM Program @VMwareTAM
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#VMworld 2012 Barcelona - VMworldTV Video Round-Uphttp://bit.ly/PrCyJX (via @esloof) #VMware
HOME : TRAINING-SCHEDULE
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October 23rd 2012 9:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -08:00, San Francisco)
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vForum 2012 – TAM Day Lunch – details coming soon or speak to your TAM
VMware Technical Communications Video Blog:
With multiple Tomcat instances, each runs in its own JVM, with its own configuration, and can be started or stopped independently, while still running against the same core binary. There are a variety of reasons to do this in practice. For example:
From mainframe to client-server to web-based to cloud-oriented, application architectures have evolved. Now, the cloud services market will be
over $100B in 2012 (source
Gartner) and IaaS is set to grow 45.4% – extremely fast in a tough world economy. This growth means companies are prioritizing cloud services and evolving application architectures very quickly. From the viewpoint of our customers, we see five key themes driving change in IT application architectures:
is off to a roaring start. New VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger took the main stage this morning in front of 8,000 customers and partners and lost no time touting the advances in the VMware stack.
For those sysadmins who manage 24/7/365, mission-critical systems, or global operations, a “follow-the-sun” model is part of the job. But when you are NOT on duty, you would prefer not to receive any notifications. So, an important function of alerts is the ability to alert different people depending on the schedule of who is on duty. Schedule-based alerts are useful even in during a single shift as you can plan coverage for lunches, regular meetings or temporarily disable alerts to allow focused time to work on special projects.
is a sophisticated product in a complex problem space: data management in distributed systems. In order to help our users get the most out of GemFire, we are starting a “cookbook” series, which will provide tried and tested recipes that we hope every GemFire user will find useful.
Earlier this year, we wrote about
how partnering together can enable VMware Service and Solution Providers to be more successful, by allowing them to focus on their core competencies and deliver better solutions to customers.
We aim to provide our Service Providers partners with a blue print to develop a successful partner program, and in turn, expand your business reach – in Part 1 of this series, we’ll cover how to prepare building your partner program.
Part 1 of this series, we covered how VMware Service Providers can prepare building for an effective partner program with Solutions Providers. In this post, we’ll explain how to begin executing your partner program.
Execute a Pilot with a Small Number of Solution Providers
Back in August, we featured Columbia Sportswear in our Another VMware Cloud series and discussed
how Columbia’s VMware-based hybrid cloud solution was able to provide the company with significant disaster recovery solutions. In a recent article in InformationWeek, Michael Leeper, Columbia Sportswear’s Director of Global Technology, provides more details around the events that led to the company’s decision to move to a VMware-based hybrid cloud model, as well as the benefits they were able to achieve by doing so.
Here at VMworld in Barcelona, the theme for the opening day is all about management. We’re focusing on how customers can deploy more automation capabilities to advance further down the path towards the
software-defined datacenter, a vision that was articulated at VMworld San Francisco a few weeks ago.
Today, VMware introduced vCloud Connector 2.0, the latest version of our tool for reliably and efficiently transferring virtual machines and data between vClouds. VMware’s vCloud platform is unique in that deploying applications and data to any cloud is a core capability. Rather than building an application so it can run in just one cloud, your application can run without changes in any vCloud, whether your own, or from one of our
VMworld Barcelona kicked off today with a bang, with more than 8,000 attendees taking part in more than 250 unique breakout sessions and labs. During today’s keynote, Pat Gelsinger and Steve Herrod announced significant enhancements to VMware’s Cloud Management solutions – addressing cloud service provisioning, cloud operations management, and cloud business management.
With more than
150 certified VMware based IaaS clouds in 29 countries, there is a vCloud waiting for you that can reduce your cost and give you tremendous speed to market. But you might be thinking how to get started or what use cases are companies currently deploying in the cloud today? Hear from IT experts representing Gartner, VMware,
University of Oxford as they share their knowledge around cloud best practices. Need more cloud use cases? You can
learn how companies got their share of the cloud.
When it comes to managing IT in branch offices, it’s not uncommon for organizations to look at centralization. Why? Because it simply isn’t efficient to maintain local IT staff and resources in each location, especially when the work tasks being supported in each location are near-identical. Not only is the inefficiency of replicated and distributed IT management an unnecessary resource drain, it can expose the organization to greater risks of lost productivity and revenues by creating many more points of vulnerability.
Desktop management at remote and branch offices presents a significant challenge to IT departments. The challenge is magnified not just because of how IT must accomplish this feat, but also how they must accomplish it within a reasonable cost structure, while operating centrally or remotely, but with as little disruption to their end user base as possible. This is where the
VMware Branch Office Desktop and specifically one significant component of this solution-
VMware Mirage- come in.
Following the launch of the
VMware Rapid Desktop Program at VMworld in San Francisco, the global VMware and IBM teams committed to not only delivering a validated solution based on the Branch Office Desktop, but also creating and certifying an IBM Rapid Desktop appliance based on the
IBM System x and
IBM Flex Systems hardware families.
Back in September-Cisco created quite a bit of buzz with the announcement of their new Cisco UCS-E series Server in the Branch-in-a-Box with VMware View . And today at VMWorld Barcelona, they have teamed up with VMware to offer a new bundle through the channel designed to make it easier than ever to buy and deploy this new all-in-one solution.
Today’s distributed businesses rely extensively on branch offices for selling to, servicing and satisfying new and existing customers. Yet far too many of these remote locations remain hamstrung by legacy infrastructure, ultimately impacting the ability of the business to grow revenue and profits.
vSphere memory management has evolved over the years taking advantage of new technologies and techniques like using large memory pages, compressing memory, and using solid state devices (SSDs) for swap caching. This evolution has changed the way we need to look at memory usage and memory over-commitment in vSphere virtualized environments. To understand memory management and usage in vSphere we need to understand the metrics available to us, what they mean, and how to use them.
When monitoring performance, just knowing what performance metrics are available and what they measure is half the battle. A good place to see the performance metrics available in vSphere and their definition is in the
September 28, 2012
The VIB Author tool allows ESXi administrator to create custom VIBs at the Community Supported level. VIB stands for vSphere Installation Bundle and is a way of packaging programs that run on ESXi hosts. The custom VIBs can then be used in house, or made available to a wider audience.
VMware Open Innovation Contest 2012
Have a Fling with VMware and win a free pass to VMworld 2013!
Welcome to the VMworld 2012 Open Innovation Contest. We’re challenging you to share your best ideas for innovative new VMware Labs Flings! The contest will be open from August 26 - October 31.
In our experience, enterprise customers the VMware Accelerate team works with are looking to a number of specific cloud-related initiatives to address these business and IT objectives and strategies, including how to:
- Drive to a more virtualized data center infrastructure
- Start a private cloud
- Address the increasing number of new client devices within the stakeholder community
Determine how to develop applications using a more modern, cloud and mobility capable approach
It‘s been a few years now since companies started to implement and use cloud computing. It’s been an interesting journey so far that is probably only at the beginning of what cloud computing can really mean to our lives, to the way we interact with each other, to the technology that will enable the creation and diffusion of applications and services.
The one thing that always resonates in the SMB space is that special four letter word – the word
FREE. As you may (not) know, vSphere Replication is now included in the vSphere package. This kind of makes sense given the name “vSphere Replication,” it was never called “Site Recovery Manager Replication.” VR is great solution for the SMB customer because it comes baked into the platform. It literally takes minutes to download the appliance, register it with your vCenter and you’re away. It’s soooo much easier than the previous release which required a separate “management” appliance along side the VR appliance that did the donkey work of replicating the blocks around. In case you don’t, VR ships with so simple options to recover a VM from one.
kicked off today in Barcelona
with approximately 8,000 attendees. My keynote this morning
focused on the software-defined datacenter and our updated cloud management portfolio
. This management offering includes enhancements to the management products in the recently released VMware vCloud Suite
, and stand alone tools, plus the newest member of our cloud management solution: vCloud Automation Center.
recent blog post, Steve Herrod outlined how VMware products are embracing support for heterogeneous environments. VMware’s Enterprise Management products are no exception. Heterogeneity is important because while many of our customers have chosen a VMware-first policy, the reality is that their environments may not be completely vSphere: there are pockets of physical servers that have yet to be virtualized, developers run around IT’s back and go straight to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to test their latest changes, or the company makes an acquisition whose datacenters don’t run vSphere. So any management solution must be able to support heterogeneous environments. This is exactly what we’ve designed our Enterprise Management products to do.
recent blog by my colleague Kit Colbert, he outlined a number of implications that a transition from traditional systems to a cloud environment have on management. Traditionally dedicated infrastructure tied to specific applications lead to tightly integrated vertical silos and significant complexity in management tooling. With the move to software-defined datacenters these silos are turned on their side, applications are “unlocked” from their dedicated infrastructure and an opportunity to reap significant operational benefits is created.
Just over a week ago I had the pleasure of speaking at
PuppetConf 2012. PuppetConf is a great conference focused, somewhat unsurprisingly, around
Puppet, a declarative, model driven framework for automating systems and IT management. The conference brings together a community of pretty hard core systems admins from the
DevOps world and beyond. Automated management is clearly a key ingredient in building
software-defined datacenters and Clouds, and something that we, at VMware, have more than a passing interest in.
VMworld Barcelona is a history now.
Mattias Sundling, a fellow vExpert from vKernel has asked me about which 3 was my top picks during VMworld in Barcelona. Difficult tasks, there were so many cool technologies and great atmosphere.
vCloud Connector 5.1
which has been announced during VMworld 2012 in Barcelona
, brings new features and new user interface. This release of vCloud Connector brings also 2 versions – Free Basic Edition
, and Advanced Edition
(included in the vCloud Suites).
Having not used the ESXi command line as often as I should, I logged in and found myself in an unfamiliar place. My objective was to enter maintenance mode, reboot the host, and exit maintenance mode.
Some changes have been made to the VSA Cluster Service in version 5.1. Previously, the VSA Cluster Service was installed on the vCenter Server – there was no way to decouple it. However in VSA 5.1, the VSA Cluster Service is a stand-alone entity. It can still be deployed on the vCenter server, but it can also be deployed outside of it.
I passed by the VMware stand during my stay at VMworld Barcelona 2012, and I was able to record a demo of product called
VMware Mirage. A product that I have already wrote about in my article
here (see the architecture pic and video).
vCenter Operation Management Suite 5.6 announced
The update or vCOPs was just announced during
VMworld Barcelona 2012. It’ one of the news which has been announced by Steve Herrod. Another news which I blogged about is the new release for vCloud Connector, and also vCloud Automation Center.
Do you find it hard to locate the latest VMware documentation ? Wouldn’t it be great if there was an iPad where the documentation and videos could be synchronized to your iPad enabling you to take it with you and learn on the train or wherever you need it. Want no more !
The VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal is now available and ready to download from the app store here:
Today I received an email about the vSphere Metro Storage Cluster paper I wrote, or better said about stretched clusters in general. I figured I would answer the questions in a blog post so that everyone can chip in / read etc. So lets show the environment first so that the questions are clear. Below is an image of the scenario.
vCloud Automation Center – leverages vCD to provision applications to virtual datacenters.
Multi Platform and Multi-cloud Service provisioning and management.
vCloud Automation Center
in additon of vCloud Director, brings the automation and policies. VMware has announced new product for vCloud admins that enables to design, implement and orchestrate cloud workflows. The product is base on product called DynamicOps, previously acquired by VMware, but the vCloud Automation Center was completely rebuilt.
I hope you enjoyed
part 1 and
part 2 of my VMware vCloud networking series. At least I learned a lot from writing these posts and I have now much more confidence in being able to deploy a vCloud environment. In this part I’m going to explain how to publish a Web Site from a vApp to the outside world (my home network) and since it would also be nice to manage that server remotely I would like a RDP connection to that Windows 2012 Server.
In the first part I wrote on “
VMware vCloud 5.1 Networking for dummies” I showed an easy way to setup and attach VMs to an organizational network and give them access to the external network and the internet. In this second part I will show you how to connect VMs to a vApp network and protect them from the organizational network, but make it possible for them to access the external network.
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.
We have extended the upgrade period for current VCAP4-DCAs (VMware Certified Advanced Professional 4 – Datacenter Administration) to become VCAP5-DCA with just one exam.
Always wanted to learn what vFabric GemFire can do for you? Now is your chance because SpringSource has released a
free 2.5 hour eLearning training called
VMware vFabric GemFire is a distributed data management platform providing dynamic scalability, high performance, and database-like persistence. This 2.5 hour eLearning training introduces you to GemFire Enterprises 6.5.
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Base Management alert Microsoft Security
Earlier today, Microsoft released this security advisory:
Microsoft Security Advisory: Update for minimum certificate key length
After applying the Microsoft Security Advisory:
- Connections to secure http (https://) web services such as the Managed Object Browser (https://vcserver/mob) and to WebAccess (https://<vcserver>/ui) fail if the vCenter Server certificate is 512 bit
- Redirection of communication from http to https fails and communication proceeds over the http connection
The patch effectively disables communication with any security certificate which is less than 1024 bits long. With vCenter 4.0.x we use 512 bit certificates by default and as such we see connections to https Web Services fail.
For further information, updates, and resolution to this issue, refer to KB article: After installation of Microsoft Security Advisory update (KB2661254), connection to vCenter Server 4.0.x web services may fail (2037082)
If you’ve ever done any development work in Salesforce.com you’ve probably come across Visualforce. Visualforce is a framework that allows developers to build sophisticated, custom user interfaces that can be hosted natively on the Force.com platform. The Visualforce framework includes a tag-based markup language, similar to HTML.
We recently updated one of our popular performance related KB articles, and let’s face it, we’ve never had a complaint from a customer about a vm performing too quickly!
Please consider checking -
http://blogs.vmware.com/kbdigest/ regularly for new and updated KB Articles.
Socialcast On Premise
Embedding Socialcast Reach Extensions in Salesforce via a Visualforce page (2036573) Date Published: 10/3/2012
VMware Data Recovery
Data Recovery plugin fails to connect to VMware Data Recovery 2.x appliance (2036027) Date Published: 10/3/2012
ESX host booting from SAN or local storage stops with error at vsd-mount (2030355) Date Published: 10/5/2012
Date Published: 10/4/2012 Changing the thick or thin provisioning of a virtual disk (2014832)
Date Published: 10/5/2012 Determining which drives/volumes match which disks in a Windows virtual machine (2021947)
Date Published: 10/5/2012 Storage vMotion fails with the error: Failed to copy one or more disks (2030986)
Date Published: 10/5/2012 Deploying an OVF fails on vCenter Server 5.1 when VMware tools are installed (2034422)
Date Published: 10/2/2012 LACP is enabled for Virtual Distributed Switch (2036296)
Date Published: 10/5/2012 LACP is disabled for Virtual Distributed Switch (2036299)
Date Published: 10/5/2012 Inactive uplinks disable LACP (2036302)
Date Published: 10/5/2012 Inconsistent uplink duplex modes disable LACP (2036304)
Date Published: 10/5/2012 Uplink moved out of link aggregation group (2036306)
Date Published: 10/5/2012 Uplink blocked on virtual distributed switch (2036308)
Date Published: 10/5/2012 Uplink connected on virtual distributed switch (2036311)
Date Published: 10/5/2012
Downgrading from Fusion 5.x to Fusion 4.x (2036104) Date Published: 10/4/2012
VMware Service Manager
Activity logs and Event logs show history longer than what is specified in System Settings (2036795) Date Published: 10/4/2012
Last_Updated_By field not set correctly after update by external officer (2036900) Date Published: 10/5/2012
VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)
Unable to log in to the admin UI after upgrading to vCenter Operations Manager 5.0.1 (2019676) Date Published: 10/4/2012
Unable to login to the vCenter Operations Manager 5.x Custom UI (2036516) Date Published: 10/1/2012
VMware vCenter Server
Error:Datastore ‘<datastorename>’ conflicts with an existing datastore in the datacenter that has the same URL (ds:///vmfs/volumes/<UUID>)but is backed by different physical storage. (2036481) Date Published: 10/1/2012
vCenter Server CPU usage is 100% and vCenter becomes unresponsive (2034127) Date Published: 10/2/2012
Importing a vCenter Server Oracle database schema from one Oracle database to another (2032811) Date Published: 10/5/2012
Logging into vCenter Server 5.1 using the “Use Windows session credentials” option fails with the error: Cannot complete login due to an incorrect username or password (2035510) Date Published: 10/2/2012
Virtual machine swapfiles are not deleted and left unused after HA failover (2035995) Date Published: 10/2/2012
Cannot enable LACP because of incompatible teaming policy (2036300) Date Published: 10/5/2012
Inconsistent uplink speeds disable LACP (2036303) Date Published: 10/5/2012
No peer response from uplink disables LACP (2036305) Date Published: 10/5/2012
Uplink moved into link aggregation group (2036307) Date Published: 10/5/2012
Uplink unblocked on virtual distributed switch (2036309) Date Published: 10/5/2012
Uplink disconnected on virtual distributed switch (2036310) Date Published: 10/5/2012
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
IP customization and command file in vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.x fails with errors (2035981) Date Published: 10/3/2012
VMware vCloud Connector
Troubleshooting connectivity using curl commands in VMware vCloud Connector 1.5.x (2036519) Date Published: 10/5/2012
VMware vCloud Director
Unable to upgrade to vCloud Director 5.1 with error: java.sql.SQLException: Violation of UNIQUE KEY constraint ‘uq_os_name_version_update’. Cannot insert duplicate key in object ‘dbo.os’. (2036620) Date Published: 10/2/2012
VMware vFabric Hyperic Server
VMware View Manager
Removing stale physical machine entries from the ADAM database in View Manager (2036601) Date Published: 10/3/2012
VMware vShield Endpoint
Downloading and enabling vShield Endpoint on supported vSphere platforms (2036875) Date Published: 10/5/2012
VMware vSphere Data Protection
Generating the vSphere Data Protection log bundle (2036087) Date Published: 10/3/2012
IP/DNS could not be resolved during VMware Data Protection (VDP) 5.1.x installation (2036396) Date Published: 10/1/2012
VMware Data Protection (VDP) Install: Troubleshooting vCenter registration (2036538) Date Published: 10/1/2012
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
Workstation 9.0 Pricing (Australia) (2036669) Date Published: 10/4/2012
ZCS Network Edition
Manually using the Zimbra Collaboration Server lookup service (2021184) Date Published: 10/1/2012
zmaccts truncates long account names (2021196) Date Published: 10/1/2012
Searches and autocomplete tasks take a long time in Zimbra multi-server installations (2021200) Date Published: 10/1/2012
Searches and autocomplete tasks take a long time in Zimbra (2021197) Date Published: 10/1/2012
Retrieving an inactive account list from the CLI (2021195) Date Published: 10/1/2012
ZCS Open Source Edition
Zimbra Collaboration Server (ZCS) mount points (2021190) Date Published: 10/1/2012
Zimbra Collaboration Server
Obtaining more than 500 search results in Zimbra Collaboration Server (2016074) Date Published: 10/2/2012