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VMware TAM Newsletter 5.03

Posted by nisserow Jan 31, 2013

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone and welcome to this weeks newsletter. I hope that the new old format is working for you and you are finding it easy to read. I have been testing this on a number of devices including Mac, Windows, iPhone 4/5 and iPad/Mini. The goal is to try and make the newsletter simple to digest as well as search. Of course the newsletter is also archived still each week and we have not changed the awesome news we try and bring you every week.

 

So without further ado enjoy this weeks newsletter and please feel free to send me any feedback.

 

Best Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
Newsletter Archive: communities.vmware.com/blogs/vmwaretam

 

PARTNER
Essential VMware Education Information for VMware Partner Exchange 2013
We are ramping up for a great Partner Exchange 2013. This year we are expanding upon the VMware tradition of partner enablement with:

  • Over 200 sessions focused on VMware solutions and specialized verticals
  • More than 30 special VMware and Sponsor Conference Boot Camps
  • 30 hands-on labs
  • Certification exams
  • 90+ exhibitors
  • Unlimited networking opportunities

SECURITY-ADVISORIES
December 20, 2012 VMSA-2012-0018
VMware security updates for vCSA and ESXi

 

PATCH-NOTIFICATION
www.vmware.com/go/downloadpatches

PRESS-RELEASES
November 13, 2012
Survey: Australian companies see cloud computing as important to competitive footing

 

TRAINING-SCHEDULE

 


WEBCASTS
http://tinyurl.com/293vuyg

 

Cloud IT Teams Exposed: Private Cloud Service Delivery Models That Work
Quantifying the Business Value of Virtual Desktops with VMware View
VMware vCloud Suite Overview with Operations Management Demonstration

 

TAM
Introducing VMware vCenter™ Support Assistant™ 5.1
Back in September we started a Beta Program for the VMware vCenter Support Assistant with our VMware TAM Program customers and we later extended the program to the public with great community response.
Today, VMware is very pleased to announce that VMware vCenter Support Assistant 5.1 is now generally available to the public.
VMware vCenter Support Assistant 5.1 is a free, downloadable plug-in for VMware vCenter Server. It provides an easy-to-use, secure, one-stop shop both for creating and managing support requests and generating and uploading logs. It is deployed as a virtual appliance and integrates with VMware vCenter Server as a plug-in that can be accessed using either the VMware vSphere Client or the VMware vSphere Web Client.
TV
http://www.youtube.com/user/vmwaretv
VMwareTV: Case Study: Making the Case for VDI - BYOD

 

VFABRIC
10 Big Data Disasters and 1 Way To Prevent Them
In a guest post today, David Klee, a solutions architect from House of Brick Technologies shares with us some of the top data disasters in recent IT, and one way he sees to avoid it:

 

VCLOUD
New ‘Cloud Computing & VMware vCloud Powered Services’ Training Video from VMware
One of the benefits of becoming a provider of vCloud Powered services is that you can tout being able to provide end-users seamless access to an on-demand infrastructure that’s compatible with their existing VMware-based environment.

 

Another VMware Cloud – F5 Networks DevCentral Runs Its Public Cloud on VMware
According to Jeff Browning, Senior Director of Online Strategy at F5 Networks, “With DevCentral’s move to Bluelock’s public cloud environment, we’ve increased DevOps agility, achieving faster, more frequent application updates that optimize development cycles.”

 

Stretched vCloud Director Infrastructure
A while back I wrote about design considerations when designing or building a stretched vCloud Director infrastructure. Since then I have been working on a document in collaboration with Lee Dilworth, and this document should be out soon hopefully. As various people have asked for the document I decided to throw it in to this blog post so that the details are already out there.

 

SECURITY
A New Year and New VMware vShield Protection: Symantec Endpoint Protection
One year ago, there was really only a single option available if a VMware customer wished to use the vShield Endpointintrospection possible on vSphere to protect servers or virtual desktops.  As 2013 begins, the number of partner solutions has grown to a half-dozen and continues to grow. It’s probably an understatement to call the latest of these, “much anticipated”.  The introduction I’m referring to is Symantec’s Endpoint Protection 12.1.2. With the mid-December availability of Symantec’s entry to the field of virtual guest protection, we welcome a new year.

 

EUC
Case Study: Making the Case for Desktop Virtualization for BYOD
As employees increasingly look to bring personally owned laptops and other devices into the workplace, many organizations find themselves considering a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy. For an IT professional, this raises key questions, like how to ensure users have access to the applications and resources they need for their work and how to implement a secure, data protection plan for their organization. Managing disparate, complex environments can multiply business continuity and security risks quickly as employees bring personal smartphones, tablets and laptops into the workplace. During a recent Google+ Hangout, Rick Varju of Foley & Lardner LLP describes how implementing VDI within his organization allowed the firm to realize a secure BYOD policy – ultimately reducing costs and the overhead of “technology touches.” Learn more about Rick’s experience in the video below, and download the Desktop Virtualization Business Case Information Guide to help make your organization’s case.

 

Tackling BYOD? Here’s Some Food for Thought
Looking to support bring your own device within your company? You’re not alone. Today over 65% of organizations are exploring how to embrace BYOD. In fact, it seems as though most customers I talk to have some sort of BYOD initiative in play or at the very least, on their to-do list for the year.
But tackling BYOD in a physical world can be tricky. How do you manage the influx of 2-3X the number of endpoints and images? How do you protect company networks, data and IP-especially when only 20% of end users run any kind of anti-virus software on their endpoints and less than half of employee-owned devices are encrypted.  And how do you do all of this without blowing your budget sky high? Because we’ve all heard the stories about companies seeing their costs go up not down when it comes to supporting BYOD with physical devices and infrastructure.

 

VSPHERE
vSphere 5.1 – VDS New Features – Rollback Recovery and Backup Restore
Some of the key features released in vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) addresses the management and operational aspects. I talked about the Network Health Check feature, which reduces the time it takes to identify configuration issues across virtual and physical switches, in an earlier post . In this post I am going to cover the following features that further simplify the management and operation of VDS:

 

PEX 2013 Storage Picks
As many of you are already aware, PEX, the VMware Partner Exchange for 2013 is almost upon us. As usual, I decided to call out a number of sessions which I thought you might be interested in attending from a storage perspective, if you are indeed attending PEX.

 

vSphere 5.1 – Network I/O Control (NIOC) Architecture – Old and New
Recently there has been some discussion around the egress traffic management feature of vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) also called as Network I/O Control (NIOC). Thanks to my colleague Frank Denneman for providing more details about this feature on his blog site and bringing to my attention an architectural change in the vSphere 5.1 release. This change impacts how the Limit parameters are applied at the host level. In this post, I will first describe the old architecture of NIOC and then discuss the change. I will also talk about the impact of this change and what users need to keep in mind while configuring limit parameter.

 

BUSINESS CRITICAL APPS (BCA)
Windows Server 2012 VM-Generation ID Support in vSphere
Update 1/25/2013: The vSphere versions required for VM-Generation ID support have been updated below.
Active Directory Domain Services has been one of those applications that, to the naked eye, seemed like it was a no brainer to virtualize. Why not? In most environments it’s a fairly low utilization workload, rarely capable of efficiently using the resources found in many of the enterprise-class servers that have been available for the past few years. Many organizations have adopted this way of thinking and have successfully virtualized all of their domain controllers. What about the hold-outs? What is it about Active Directory that has left so many AD administrators and architects keeping their infrastructure, or at least a portion of it on physical servers?

 

EDUCATION
Vidcast: Automating vSphere with vCenter Orchestrator
In this vidcast, VMware Press author Cody Bunch overviews his book Automating vSphere with VMware vCenter Orchestrator which provides guidance, downloadable scripts, and workflows designed to automate key elements of virtual infrastructure using VMware’s Orchestrator product.

 

Last Minute vFabric Training Offer
SpringSource still has some seats left for the top Spring Framework classes: Core Spring, Spring Web and Enterprise Integration with Spring in Europe. If you register now, you can SAVE 30% on the remaining Spring training class seats for:

 

VCDX Defense Dates Annouced
More VCDX Defenses dates for 2013 have been announced:

  • February 23-28, 2013 – VMware Partner Exchange (PEX), Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • April 22-26, 2013 – VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) on Tour, Tokyo, Japan
  • April 29-May 3, 2013 – VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) on Tour, Sydney, Australia
  • August 26-29, 2013 – VMworld San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • October 15-17, 2013 – VMworld Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

SUPPORT - VMWARE SUPPORT INSIDER
Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using HP LeftHand Multi-Site
This new presentation spells out what you need to know if you are planning a vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) across two datacenters or sites using HP LeftHand Multi-Site storage. Some concepts here are better understood with pictures and so we have added multi-media to the accompanying KB article:
Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using HP LeftHand Multi-Site (2020097).

 

How to successfully deploy vSphere Storage Appliance 5.1 in Brownfield deployments
Today we have a new video for you.
This video demonstration was produced as a visual aid to VMware Blog posts which were provided by Rawlinson Rivera who is a senior Technical Marketing Manager in the Cloud Infrastructure Technical Marketing group at VMware.


USB 3.0 with VMware Workstation
We recently heard some complaints about how VMware Workstation behaves when using USB 3.0 devices. One Tweet said:
“Dear @vmware, why do you suck so much at handling USB 3.0 devices with Workstation? Sincerely, <name omitted>”
We wondered if any Knowledgebase articles existed that could mitigate these issues and we were right – two articles in the KB address existed. What we decided however, is that these articles could use some significant beefing up. We don’t know if every customer encountering issues with USB 3.0 saw our KB articles, but if they did, they clearly did not help. We took this as an action item to see what we could do about it.
We got several support engineers to review these articles and update them with new information. Here are the two new and improved KBs. We heard you and we responded.

  1. Using USB 3.0 devices in Workstation on a Windows host (1025956)
  2. Host and guest OS USB 3.0 and virtual xHCI support with Workstation 9 (2041591)


OFFICIAL-BLOGS
Introducing VMware vCenter Support Assistant 5.1
Today, VMware is very pleased to announce that VMware vCenter Support Assistant 5.1 is now generally available to the public.
VMware vCenter Support Assistant 5.1 is a free, downloadable plug-in for VMware vCenter Server. It provides an easy-to-use, secure, one-stop shop both for creating and managing support requests and generating and uploading logs. It is deployed as a virtual appliance and integrates with VMware vCenter Server as a plug-in that can be accessed using either the VMware vSphere Client or the VMware vSphere Web Client.

 

VMware Go Blog: This Week in Patching – 1/25/2013
After an eventful past couple of weeks in patch management, this week was relatively quiet.  Here is a quick recap in the happenings of patch management this week.
On Monday, a new version of Audacity was released.  Audacity 2.0.3 is a non-security update fixing numerous issues.
On Tuesday, Google released new security updates for their Chrome and Chrome Frame browsers.  Google Chrome / Chrome Frame version 24.0.1312.56 fixes three high, and two medium vulnerabilities.
On Wednesday, Core FTP released a new version with version 2.2.  This version was originally released on January 17th, but the details were provided on Wednesday.  This new version is a non-security update.
Last up for this week are new versions of MozyHome and MozyPro released today.  MozyHome and MozyPro version 2.18.3.247 are both non-security updates.

 

VMware Accelerate: How CIOs Are Creating Business Transformation
Cloud computing is an efficient, flexible and cost-effective way to help an organization transform its business. But how do you manage the transition? Adam Burns speaks with Rob Jenkins, Director of VMware’s Accelerate Advisory Services EMEA, to find out. In this two-part video series, Adam Burns speaks with Rob Jenkins, Director of VMware Accelerate Advisory Services EMEA, about increasing business agility and how CIOs can manage the transition to cloud computing.

 

VMware Go Blog: Install ESXi through VMware Go
VMware Go, for those that missed the last post, is a cloud based service for small businesses and new VMware admins to help manage and setup their VMware environment.  There are “two” ways to install ESXi from VMware go – by converting an existing Windows server/machine or downloading the ISO and installing manually.  The later isn’t really installing “through” VMware Go but certainly a viable path, and then you can simply add the host once your install is finished.

 

VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: At Washington Trust Bank, Data Security and Mobility Come Together
We know that for those in the financial industry, a paramount business objective is keeping proprietary data and sensitive customer information secure.  With more and more of today’s workforce operating remotely, and using multiple devices, securing sensitive data is an even greater challenge.

 

VMTN Blog: VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #216 – vCloud Networking & Security
Hosts
John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer
Lauren Malhoit, @malhoit
Guests
Ranga Maddipudi, VMware

 

VMware Virtualization Management Blog: NYC! Deploying Spring Apps to EC2+Hybrid? Join Jan 30th Java SIG!
If you are in NYC next Wednesday, come see SpringOne 2GX presenter David Winterfeldt share his experience deploying Spring-based apps to the cloud. If you missed this event last fall, it is definitely worth checking out his presentation for the NY Java SIG this coming Wednesday at 6PM at 11 Madison Ave.

 

The Console: VMware & Puppet Labs – Redefining Management for the Software-Defined Datacenter
VMware & Puppet Labs – Redefining Management for the Software-Defined Datacenter
By recasting every layer of datacenter infrastructure into software services running across pools of industry standard hardware, the software-defined datacenter promises to redefine automation and orchestration to completely change what is possible for customers to achieve in terms of operational scale, efficiency and agility.

 

VMware Go Blog: Cloud Management of VMware hosts using VMware Go for new admins and SMBs
VMware Go is a is a cloud based management solution for (small) vSphere deployments and includes features such as  the IT Advisor, ESXi and vCenter installation automation and patch/inventory scanning (though my free version is prompting me to upgrade to Go Pro for those right now).

 

EXTERNAL-BLOGS
Now available as Rough Cut - VCDX Boot Camp: Preparing for the VCDX Panel Defense
The Rough Cuts service from Safari Books Online gives you exclusive access to an evolving manuscript that you can read online or download as a PDF and print. A Rough Cuts book is not fully edited or completely formatted, but you'll get access to new versions as they are created.

 

Cloud Infrastructure Design (VCAP-CID) available for registration
VMware has released the VCAP-CID exam. It’s available for registration now. If you’re attending VMware Partner Exchange in Las Vegas this year you are also eligible for a 50% discount.
You can register at: http://www.pearsonvue.com/vmware/vmpe/

 

#vBrownBag Chargeback Manager Part 2 w/Lawrence Kohan (@LawrenceKohan)
A follow up to the excellent #vBrownBag two weeks ago.  Lawrence dives deeper into business reasons and use cases for VMware Chargeback manager.  The demo/live walk through at the end will be re-recorded and posted next week.
Chargeback manager can be used for traditional corporate environments to help show the cost associated with maintaining infrastructure or in vCloud deployments to charge back customers.  Chargeback manager is also on the blueprint for VCP-IaaS.

 

Storage vMotion does not rename files?
A while back I posted that 5.0 U2 re-introduced the renaming behavior for VM file names. I was just informed by our excellent Support Team that unfortunately the release notes missed something crucial and Storage vMotion does not rename files by default. In order to get the renaming behavior you will have to set an advanced setting within vCenter.. This is how you do it:

 

Groovy 2.1 released
The Groovy team is pleased to announce the release of Groovy 2.1.0. With over 1.7 million downloads in 2012, a strong ecosystem of successful projects like Grails, Gradle, Spock or Griffon built on Groovy, the Groovy programming language continues its development and adoption, refines existing features and evolves new ones. In this new release, Groovy 2.1: offers full support Read more...

 

New Technical White Paper - The CPU Scheduler in VMware vSphere 5.1
The CPU scheduler in VMware vSphere® 5.x (ESXi™ 5.x) is crucial to providing good performance in a consolidated environment. Because most modern processors are equipped with multiple cores per processor, or chip  multiprocessor (CMP) architecture, it is easy to build a system with tens of cores running hundreds of virtual  machines. In such a large system, allocating CPU resources efficiently and fairly is critical.

 

Scaling Real-time Apps on Cloud Foundry Using Node.js and Redis
Common applications being built on Node.js like social networking and chat require real-time scaling capabilities across multiple instances. Developers need to deal with sticky sessions, scale-up, scale-down, instance crash/restart, and more. Cloud Foundry PaaS provides a ready platform to achieve this quickly.
The following blog post will walk you through deploying and managing real-time applications on Cloud Foundry using common Node.js examples and Redis key-value store capabilities.

 

Quick VM Disk Alignment Check with PowerCLI
Hey Everyone! vNoob back for another post. Hope you aren’t tired of me yet!
Although I have seen many tools out there that will check disk alignment, most of them require you to install or run some sort of program for it to do the checks.
For this reason, I wanted to write a script that would do the check for us.  I am pulling you leg, I just like doing stuff with PowerCLI!

 

Heads Up! Valid Static Address Ranges in vSphere 5.1
If you are planning to upgrade to vSphere 5.1, you need to pay attention to this, especially if you have assigned static MAC addresses to your virtual machines. After upgrading to vSphere 5.1, VMs with statically assigned MAC address may fail to power on with the error: “The MAC address entered is not in the valid range.”

 

Configuring SSH Equivalence for Oracle RAC
There are a number of posts on how to do this like here or here, and Oracle even have been so kind as to provide a script that will do this for you (even though it is not 100% automated.
The process is relatively simple (when you break it down piece by piece)

 

What is VMware CTK file format?
A file with extension CTK can be found by using the VMware datastore browser, in the same folder as other VMDK file, where the VM stores all its files (VMDK, VMX, VMSD, NVRAM….). What is VMware CTK file for? The CTK file is used by Changed Block Tracking (CBT). It lists the block changes made since last backup. [...]
Read the full post What is VMware CTK file format? at ESX Virtualization.

 

Sign-up for Virtualizing Business Critical Applications Boot Camps at PEX 2013
For those of you who are VMware Partners there will be a number of advanced bootcamps at Partner Exchange 2013 (PEX) in Las Vegas next month that will help you get your Virtualizing Business Critical Applications (VBCA) competency and accreditations. The bootcamps are designed to give your people all the VBCA specific training they need, and also will provide the opportunity to do the required tests.  This will be one of the best chances to get this competency, and in a very efficient manner. Here are the links to these sessions in the PEX Content Catalog.

 

VMware View Database Sizing
How to size VMware View Composer database is a common customer question and I have recently seen it once again in on of the internal discussion lists. Unfortunately, VMware does not have an official number for View Composer and Event database sizing.
However, some of VMware EUC Technical Enablement guys have adopted a ‘standard’ that seems to hold up very well  across VMware View 4.6 and 5.x installations.

 

Disk.SchedulerWithReservation aka mClock
A long time ago when playing around in my lab with vSphere 5.1 I stumbled across this advanced setting called Disk.SchedulerWithReservation. I start digging to see what I could do with it and what it was about… if I could anything with it at all.

 

The SSH Key Problem With Cloned Linux VM’s
First let me start off this by saying – the way this is effects you will differ entirely on your organizational procedures and security requirements.
We all love templates – don’t we? I mean they are the best! You configure your VM to your liking, OS patches, company policy settings etc.. etc.. and every new VM that you deploy – will have the exact same baseline.

 

Maximize VM performance, Recover datastore Space and IOPS – 3 Technical Papers
There are some good technical PDFs here on my website, where you can learn about maximizing VM performance for your VMs, recovering some space on your datastores or learn more about IOPS. All those documents are provided for free by my partners and I’ve created a dedicated page on my blog – Free technical PDFs. [...]
Read the full post Maximize VM performance, Recover datastore Space and IOPS – 3 Technical Papers at ESX Virtualization.

 

How to disable ESXi firewall
For a project I had to disable the ESXi firewall on a host permanently. To be honest, it isn’t something I would do normally or would recommend even. It wasn’t listed in “chkconfig”, which kinda makes sense, so I looked at the networking section of esxcli. What an awesome command by the way! Quickly after “tab’ing” through esxcli I figured out how to disable it permanently:
esxcli network firewall set --enabled false

 

vCloud can’t delete Organizational VDC
In my last VMware vCloud Director project I ran into an issue that I want to share with you. Initially the design was to create two OrgVDC to use different allocation models, but the resources would be almost the same because it was only a fairly small environment. I created one Edge Gateway and two OrgVDCs connected to this Edge Gateway, with a shared Org network. The first OrgVDC was meant to be for real performance testing and would get FC Storage, while the second orgVDC would host most VMs and was only for Development and testing.

 

Importing virtual disks of hosted formats in ESXi 5.1
Recently I stumbled over a new issue that really puzzled me. I was trying to import a virtual appliance (the Bitnami ownCloud stack) into my lab ESXi host. This appliance is provided with a virtual disk in 2gbsparse format to make it compatible with VMware Workstation. For using it in ESXi instructions were given to clone the disk into an ESXi supported disk format usingvmkfstools like this:

 

VMware Mirage: Speed Up Centralization In Your Test Environments
I've been working with Mirage quite a bit over the past few months and I wanted to share a little tweak that can help speed up Centralization and other network intensive processes.

 

VCAP5-DCD : My Experiences
I thought I would put out a posting around my experiences of the VCAP5-DCD exam I sat yesterday and what I felt helped me in my preparations and what I plan to use to better my knowledge for my resitting.
Yep I am going to need to re-sit the exam as unfortunately I just failed the exam but I do feel that what I studied was extremely helpful as without having done it I wouldn’t have been close so that is very positive and now i have a great idea of what I need to do in preparation before my retry.

 

Adaptive Queueing vs. Storage I/O Control
This post is to look at two different technologies available in vSphere to manage the queue depth on your ESXi host(s). A queue determines how many outstanding I/Os can be sent to a disk. In the case of vSphere environments, where many hosts can be doing I/O to the same shared disk device, it can be helpful to throttle the LUN queue depth from time to time when congestion arises. In this post, we will compare and contrast Adaptive Queues with Storage I/O Control (SIOC).

 

What is VMware .vSphere-HA folder for?
If you’re running VMware vSphere High Availability (HA) cluster, you have certainly noticed a folder named “.vSphere-HA” on several of your shared datastores. What is VMware .vSphere-HA folder for? This folder has something to do with HA, you think, but what exactly is stored there? You certainly do not want to delete it, do you? [...]
Read the full post What is VMware .vSphere-HA folder for? at ESX Virtualization.

 

One piece of advise for VCAP5-DCA exam candidates
I finally sat the VCAP5-DCA exam on Friday a week ago, way overdue and necessary before I can start teaching the vSphere Optimize and Scale course.
My experience was similar to many others and similar to my experience with the version 4 exam. There are a heap of resources out there including the vBrownBags and many vExpert’s writings.

 

How does vSphere recognize an NFS Datastore?
This question has popped up various times now, how does vSphere recognize an NFS Datastore? This concept has changed over time and hence the reason many people are confused. I am going to try to clarify this. Do note that this article is based on vSphere 5.0 and up. I had a similar article a while back, but figured writing it in a more explicit way might help answering these questions. (and gives me the option to send people just a link.

 

VMware datastore hearbeating – How this functionality works?
When configuring VMware High Availability (HA) cluster, you have the possibility to check as a secondary communication channel  a datastore (or several ones), during the configuration wizard. VMware Datastore Hearbeating provides an additional option for determining if host is in failed state or not. Before vSphere 5.0 era, in vSphere 4.1, if host had a hardware [...]
Read the full post VMware datastore hearbeating – How this functionality works? at ESX Virtualization.

 

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

 

VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 1/19/13
VMware ESXi
Cannot create a quiesced snapshot of a virtual machine if Symantec BackupExec is installed within the virtual machine (2041719)
Date Published: 1/16/2013
Out of heap memory in ESXi 5.0 with NetQueue and Jumbo Frames enabled (2042587)
Date Published: 1/18/2013
Out of memory with enabled NetQueue when using jumbo frames on ESXi 5.1 and later (2042874)
Date Published: 1/18/2013
VMware Horizon Connector
Unable to bind to Active Directory when configuring Horizon Connector (2033063)
Date Published: 1/16/2013
VMware Service Manager
New columns added to the search result pane Service Manager 9.x are too wide (2042846)
Date Published: 1/14/2013
Text in the description field of the call template is overwritten when a call is created by an incoming email in Service Manager (2042852)
Date Published: 1/15/2013
Service Manager Configuration Items are deleted and restored in the same scan (2043060)
Date Published: 1/17/2013
Federated CMDB scans in Service Manager do not delete CI/Person records that are locked (2042743)
Date Published: 1/16/2013
Forwarding a Service Manager task that has a CI fails with the error: Parameter ‘ITEM_REFS’ not supplied to query ‘AVAILABILITY GET LINKED ASSETS FOR OUTAGE’ (2043059)
Date Published: 1/18/2013
VMware ThinApp
Requirements for an application that is captured with ThinApp (1034339)
Date Published: 1/16/2013
Application captured by Thinapp is unable to open Microsoft Office files or Microsoft Office does not start (1039016)
Date Published: 1/19/2013
Hummingbird 2008 that has been captured with ThinApp does not successfully connect to SFTP sites (2005130)
Date Published: 1/16/2013
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Cannot select any domains in the Select Domains dialog during vCenter Configuration Manager (vCM) installation (2043184)
Date Published: 1/17/2013
VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)
vCenter Operations Manager instance associated with a lower SKU loses features (2042054)
Date Published: 1/17/2013
VMware vCenter Server
A virtual machine with a snapshot is using more than the correct number of datastores in VMware vCenter Server 5.0.x (2014468)
Date Published: 1/18/2013
vCenter Server fails when forced encryption is enabled on the database (2041550)
Date Published: 1/18/2013
VMware vCenter Server 5.1.x Single Sign On fails after reboot of Windows host machine (2041818)
Date Published: 1/17/2013
VMware vCenter Update Manager
Initializing the vCenter Update Manager database without reinstalling it (2043170)
Date Published: 1/18/2013
VMware vCloud Director
Removing Mac OS from list of operating systems when creating a new virtual machine in VMware vCloud Director 5.1.x (2043270)
Date Published: 1/18/2013
VMware vCloud Usage Meter
Changing the Reporting Day on a Usage Meter Automatic Report does not cause a new report to be generated in the current month in VMware vCloud Usage Meter 2.3.x (2031225)
Date Published: 1/18/2013
VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent
VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent 5.0.x does not start in Solaris 10 or later (2043181)
Date Published: 1/18/2013
VMware vFabric Hyperic Server
Metrics do not display when Metric Display Range is set to Advanced Mode in VMware vFabric Hyperic Server 4.6.x / 5.0.x (2042976)
Date Published: 1/18/2013
Limiting the size of VMware vFabric Hyperic server logs and the number of generations saved (2021540)
Date Published: 1/16/2013
VMware vFabric tc Server
Encrypting system properties used by VMware vFabric tc Server 2.x (2035425)
Date Published: 1/16/2013
VMware vFabric Web Server
Hyperic discovery of vFabric Web Server mod_bmx management framework fails (2042971)
Date Published: 1/16/2013
VMware View Manager
Increasing PhoneFactor Radius authentication timeout settings (2042851)
Date Published: 1/16/2013
Enabling RSA SecurID authentication on a View Connection Server fails when there are multiple network interfaces on the Connection Server (2043055)
Date Published: 1/18/2013

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VMware TAM Newsletter 5.02

Posted by nisserow Jan 24, 2013

From the editors Virtual Desk

 

Hi everyone and welcome to the second newsletter of 2013. You will notice a major change in the newsletter format with a change going back to one of the original newsletter designs. The aim is to simplify the newsletter and make it much easier for you to read on any device. The newsletter is tested on a number of devices including iPad, iPhone 4/5, android and my iPad Mini which forms the basis for most of the newsletter creation. I hope that the new format proves to be a comfortable read. Of course the timely news that we bring you each week is not affected by this change and all the current sections remain.

 

It has been a fast start to 2013 with much going on and I hope that you are enjoying the new year and getting into things.

 

I look forward to speaking to you again next week, on to the newsletter, please enjoy and don`t forget to check the weekly KB articles.

 

Best Wishes

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)

Queensland Technical Account Manager

Newsletter Archive: communities.vmware.com/blogs/vmwaretam

 

HOT-NEWS

  • Updated KB articles
  • Technology day online Australia/NZ 2013

 

PARTNER

 

What’s Your Partner Exchange Plan?

So many sessions. So little time. Without advance preparation, that’s exactly what you’ll find at VMware Partner Exchange. So, do yourself a favor and check out the newly published, dynamic Partner Exchange content catalog today.

http://bit.ly/WQ310O

 

FEATURED-ARTICLE

Technology Day Online 2013

We’d like to invite you to register for VMware Technology Day Online. The event aims to help you stay up-to-date on all the latest industry developments.

 

VMware Technology Day Online provides an interactive platform to hear insights from leading experts in the industry, as well as experienced practitioners who have implemented leading-edge solutions.

 

The competency based event combines deep-dive demonstrations, live FAQ, and sessions highlighting the industry’s most innovative solutions.

 

After completing the event you will be able to download a Certificate of completion to reflect the competencies achieved across End User Computing or Cloud Infrastructure Management. Please view the Agenda for more information.

 

Event Highlights

 

  • Streamline and expedite your OS migration project using VMware Mirage
  • How to Optimise a VDI Architecture
  • Building a Virtual Datacentre (VDC)
  • Achieving agility through the hybrid cloud

 

Online Conference

Date: Monday, 4th February 2013

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm Sydney Time (EDT)

Register: http://tinyurl.com/9wgevdw

SECURITY-ADVISORIES

http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/

 

December 20, 2012 VMSA-2012-0018

VMSA-2012-0018

VMware security updates for vCSA and ESXi

 

 

PATCH-NOTIFICATION

http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadpatches

 

PRESS-RELEASES

http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/

 

 

TWEETS and FB

(@VMWARETAM)

 

TRAINING-SCHEDULE

 

WEBCASTS

http://tinyurl.com/293vuyg

 

VMware vCloud Suite Overview with Disaster Recovery Demonstration

January 23rd 2013 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (GMT -08:00, San Francisco)

 

Protect Your Critical Apps with Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Solutions from VMware

January 24th 2013 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (GMT -08:00, San Francisco)

 

Quantifying the Business Value of Virtual Desktops with VMware View

January 29th 2013 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (GMT -08:00, San Francisco)

 

VMware vCloud Suite Overview with Operations Management Demonstration

January 30th 2013 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (GMT -08:00, San Francisco)

 

TAM

 

TV

http://www.youtube.com/user/vmwaretv/videos

 

Simplifying User Desktops with VDI

During our Google+ Hangout on building the business case for desktop virtualization, Barry Coombs of Computerworld Systems discusses the role of VD...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZuEnCsPQpg

 

VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) for Infrastructure-as-a-Service Business

Kedra Simm, Senior Program Manager of the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP), shares why you, as a service provider, should chose VMware as a p...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RI3gHvWdm8

 

VMware View Customer - City of Pittsburgh Information Systems

Learn how City of Pittsburgh's City Information Systems (CIS) department is using VMware View desktop virtualization software to provide employees ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7nB1fcw9C0

 

Subaru Developed a Revolutionary Website using a VMware Hybrid Cloud

To support the launch of the new 2012 Impreza, Subaru engaged marketing agency Carmichael Lynch to develop a revolutionary website to help drive th...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQg0nEssqPA

 

VFABRIC

 

Next Stop: Spring Framework 4.0

Dear Spring community, I'm happy to announce that the next iteration of the core framework will be Spring Framework 4.0! The current 3.2 generation is a natural conclusion of the 3.x line, with Java-based configuration and REST having been recent focus areas next to Java SE 7 and Servlet 3.0 support. For Spring Framework 4.0, Read more...

http://bit.ly/V5hE2i

 

Interview: World’s Most Innovative Bank on Using RabbitMQ

First National Bank (FNB) is the second largest financial institution in South Africa. Formed in 1998, the bank has grown significantly over the years, both through normal growth as well as acquisitions. Still, despite the rapid growth, the bank has prided itself on technology and innovation to compete in today’s demanding markets, largely investing in applications for mobile and banking apps that expand their access to customers. Their efforts at innovation have paid off as they were awarded the World’s Most Innovative Bank for 2012.

http://bit.ly/WQ37FQ

 

 

The Top Six Reasons Companies Are Afraid of Mainframe Modernization

There are many great reasons for modernizing mainframe applications to the cloud.

So, why haven’t more IT organizations embarked upon modernization efforts?

Well, modernizing applications, especially mainframe applications, comes with a perceived set of formidable challenges. As part of our “Mission Possible 2013″ series, let’s take a closer look at the six main reasons companies shy away from even approaching a mainframe modernization effort. (Note: The next blog will explain why these challenges are not so formidable, and I’ll offer proven strategies for overcoming each one.)

http://bit.ly/WQ3eRu

 

VCLOUD

 

2013: What Happens In The Cloud

Last year was a big year for cloud, with rapid growth in consumption, and 2013 looks like it will be even bigger. Last year, I was rash enough to make five predictionsfor the rapidly-changing cloud computing space. It’s time to be called to account, to see if I was Nate Silver or Nostradamus.

http://bit.ly/WQ3i3T

 

 

200 vCloud Powered Services Now Being Offered in 30 Countries Worldwide!

The vCloud Powered program experienced tremendous growth in 2012, and as of today we’re happy to announce that there are now over 200 vCloud Powered services being offered worldwide. Delivered by VMware service provider partners, vCloud Powered Services are built on the same proven VMware cloud technology that more than 400,000 enterprises depend on in their datacenters. It is the world’s largest enterprise service provider ecosystem.  With vCloud services, you can manage and scale your private and public cloud initiatives using common technology, easily moving workloads, templates and virtual machines across your hybrid cloud.

http://bit.ly/WQ3m3r

 

 

Another VMware Cloud – GxPi Runs Its Public Cloud on VMware

Of the company’s cloud solution, the managing director at GxPi shares, “There are significant savings from operations. Just the capital investments I used to make are equivalent to what I pay for my cloud solution, and that covers everything.”

 

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GxPi is a ten-year veteran in Good Practice (GxP) compliance, providing products and services that simplify compliance with the regulatory requirements within the Life Sciences sector. According to the managing director at GxPi, in the past GxPi has managed its own physical IT infrastructure, but cost and complexity made it increasingly difficult to adhere to a multitude of regulatory and security requirements.

http://bit.ly/WQ3q3d

 

 

Grow Your Infrastructure-as-a-Service Business with the VMware Service Provider Program

With the rise of the informal IT buyer, increased focus on business agility, and the need for IT cost reductions and short-term solutions, the public cloud has seen a great amount of traction in recent years. Gartner estimates that the public cloud services market will grow by 245%, jumping from $17.7 billion in 2011 to $43.3 billion in 2015. The public cloud is moving quickly, and it’s important that your Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution is able to keep up with growing business demand.

http://bit.ly/UGT0oQ

 

SECURITY

 

EUC

VMware View Client for Windows Store

We are very pleased to introduce a preview of the VMware View Client for Windows Store. This Windows Store client will run in the tiled view of Windows RT and Windows 8.

http://bit.ly/WQ3BLW

 

 

Top 5 Predictions for 2013 UC with VDI

In 2012, many prognosticators predicted that the end of the world would occur in December 2012 based on the end of the Mayan calendar.  Well, that date has come and gone and we’re still here so let’s venture to forecast what 2013 has in store for us with respect to unified communications (UC) in a virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment.

 

1. Tablets will become a primary way to communicate by voice

 

The adoption of tablets within the work environment has surpassed even the most optimistic projections.  Everyday, at meetings, workers pull out their tablets to take notes or access data needed to ensure a productive session.  Softphones available from UC vendors have even made it possible to take the full desktop experience and make it mobile.  However, the user experience on tablets is often different from what is available on a computer.  Using VDI, workers can have the same user experience as from their desktop, only in a virtual environment.  Furthermore, VMware has worked closely with Avaya, Cisco, Microsoft, and Mitel to enable real-time voice in a VDI environment.  The same desktop experience including a phone in a VDI environment combined with the portability of a tablet is a win-win for workers and IT managers alike.  2013 will be the year that this technology will begin to take off.  This idea has been tossed around on sites such as GigaOM.

http://bit.ly/WQ3GPQ

 

 

How to Simplify User Desktops with VDI

IT professionals supporting complex, growing or aging desktop infrastructures know that the amalgamation of data from different sources on each user’s machine increases the complexity of managing user identities. In a recent Google+ Hangout, vExpert Barry Coombs of Computerworld Systems LTD discusses the role VDI plays in simplifying disorganized, disparate desktop resources and profiles. In organizations where desktop infrastructure has expanded to hundreds of machines and beyond, each individual user’s “desktop identity” can consist of data and digital assets assembled over multiple years. Barry describes how he was able to simplify and greatly reduce the number of user “identities” within an organization through centralized management and the elimination of duplicated resources – as a result, only a fraction of the hardware previously required is now needed to maintain the separate “identity” for each employee. Learn more about Barry’s experience in the video below, and download the Desktop Virtualization Business Case Information Guide to help make your organization’s case.

http://bit.ly/WQ3MXK

 

 

Momentum for Real-time Unified Communications Support within Virtualized Desktops Continues in 2013 with Cisco

Cisco has announced today that Cisco Jabber, an all in in one unified communications (UC) application, will be supported in VMware View desktop environments.  You can check out Cisco’s Phil Sherburne discussing this announcement in his blog – http://goo.gl/E17bp.  In addition to UC functions such as IM and presence, Cisco Jabber can be used for real-time voice, high-definition video, voice messaging and conferencing.  As you may know already, the key challenges for supporting real-time communication in a virtual desktop environment have been the required processing within the datacenter and the hairpinning of voice and/or video media streams.  With Cisco’s Virtualization Experience Media Engine (VXME) software combined with VMware View clients, voice and video traffic from Cisco Jabber is processed locally on endpoints while media streams are routed point-to-point, bypassing the data center.

http://bit.ly/WQ3Q9Y

 

VSPHERE

Recent changes to QFullSampleSize and QFullThreshold

There have been a number of changes to the advanced parameters QFullSampleSize and QFullThreshold recently that I wanted to call out. Initially, these parameters were set globally, which meant that every LUN from every array accessed by the ESXi host were affected by changes to these parameters. In 5.1, we introduced a mechanism to change these setting on a per device basis via esxcli. This was great when there were multiple arrays presenting LUNs to a host since you could set the parameters for all LUNs from one array only. However, with the release of VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch ESXi510-201212401-BG, we once again have the ability to set these parameters globally. And you can also set them on a per device basis as well as globally. So what do these parameters do?

http://bit.ly/WQ3Wyf

 

Useful VXLAN commands in ESXCLI 5.1

Recently I have been doing some work with VXLAN with my colleagues Venky Deshpande who is responsible for vCloud Networking and Ranga Maddipudi who is responsible for vCloud Security within our technical marketing team (I call them the vCloud Networking & Security Duo). While working in our lab, I came across several VXLAN commands in ESXCLI that I thought might come in handy when configuring or troubleshooting a VMware VXLAN environment. The new VXLAN namespace in ESXCLI 5.1 provides both VXLAN configuration details as well network statistics for an individual ESXi host.

http://bit.ly/WQ3ZtW

 

 

Storage DRS survey

If you have a few spare minutes, please fill out the survey about Storage DRS usage. We are very interested in your Storage DRS architecture and which options you use. But we are also seeking to identify adoption blockers preventing you to use Storage DRS. It takes about 5 minutes to get through.

 

Storage DRS survey

http://bit.ly/WQ5N6h

 

Differences between Compact, Large and X-Large Edge Gateway appliances

The vCloud Networking and Security Edge Gateway is available in three different sizes: Compact, Large, and X-Large. As part of the Edge Gateway deployment, we need to select the appliance size in the wizard as shown below.

http://bit.ly/11JTcc9

 

vSphere 5.1 – VDS New Features – Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP)

After the holiday break I am happy to be back and want to continue where I left off in terms of blog posts. Before I do that let me first wish you all a Happy New Year!!! End of the last year, I did couple of posts providing some technical details on the new vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) features released as part of vSphere 5.1. In this post I will discuss the new Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) feature. While discussing this feature, I will also talk about its configuration parameters and scenarios in which this teaming option will provide you better throughput and better utilization of uplinks (physical NICs).

http://bit.ly/11JTj7A

 

Troubleshooting Performance Comparisons (with cheat sheet)

When someone experiences a performance comparison issue when a workload is moved from physical to virtual (or from another virtual platform/system) this is how I approach diagnosing it or identifying why performance was different.

Let me start by saying that using current infrastructure and the latest versions of vSphere, there should be little or no performance difference between physical and virtual.  Very rarely is a true issue or an incompatible application identified.  The most common reason people see an issue with comparisons is a result of the following:

http://bit.ly/11JTlMW

 

LABS

labs.vmware.com

 

BUSINESS CRITICAL APPS (BCA)

Windows Server 2012 VM-Generation ID Support in vSphere

Active Directory Domain Services has been one of those applications that, to the naked eye, seemed like it was a no brainer to virtualize. Why not? In most environments it’s a fairly low utilization workload, rarely capable of efficiently using the resources found in many of the enterprise-class servers that have been available for the past few years. Many organizations have adopted this way of thinking and have successfully virtualized all of their domain controllers. What about the hold-outs? What is it about Active Directory that has left so many AD administrators and architects keeping their infrastructure, or at least a portion of it on physical servers?

http://bit.ly/WQ6cpb

 

OFFICIAL-BLOGS

VMware Horizon Tech Blog: Horizon Mobile Steps for a Simple POC

I’ve been getting asked quite a bit around what steps should be taken for doing a simple Proof of Concept (POC) of Horizon Mobile so I figured I would take the time to write up a few steps, some tips, and references.

First off, some things to work through…

Do you have a demo lab?

http://bit.ly/XtGkj2

 

VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.1 – VDS New Features – Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP)

After the holiday break I am happy to be back and want to continue where I left off in terms of blog posts. Before I do that let me first wish you all a Happy New Year!!! End of the last year, I did couple of posts providing some technical details on the new vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) features released as part of vSphere 5.1. In this post I will discuss the new Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) feature. While discussing this feature, I will also talk about its configuration parameters and scenarios in which this teaming option will provide you better throughput and better utilization of uplinks (physical NICs).

http://bit.ly/13Ua6V0

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Troubleshooting Performance Comparisons (with cheat sheet)

When someone experiences a performance comparison issue when a workload is moved from physical to virtual (or from another virtual platform/system) this is how I approach diagnosing it or identifying why performance was different.

http://bit.ly/XtGve8

 

VMware vSphere Blog: Differences between Compact, Large and X-Large Edge Gateway appliances

The vCloud Networking and Security Edge Gateway is available in three different sizes: Compact, Large, and X-Large. As part of the Edge Gateway deployment, we need to select the appliance size in the wizard as shown below.

http://bit.ly/13Uakvl

 

VMware Technical Communications Video Blog: Installing a guest OS on a VM by uploading an ISO Image in the vSphere Web Client

In this video you will learn how to install a guest operating system on your virtual machine by uploading an ISO image file to a datastore from your local computer and configuring the CD/DVD ROM drive to access the ISO.

http://bit.ly/XtGPJS

 

vCloud Architecture Toolkit Blog: Enforce System Wide CPU/Memory limits in vCloud Director

Have you ever wished you could prevent users from powering on VMs in your vCD environment with 4 or more CPUs? How about preventing VMs with more than 8 GB of memory from powering up? There may be performance benefits to enacting such limitations depending on the number of CPUs and cores the physical hosts in the underlying cluster have available.

http://bit.ly/UdD6TO

 

EXTERNAL-BLOGS

New APAC vBrownBag series

It’s a fresh new year and so a new start for the APAC edition of the vBrownBag. I’ve decided to make VCDX a target for this year so thought I’d use the vBrownBag to document and support my application and defence process, maybe helping you along the road to VCDX too.

http://bit.ly/WQF0qt

 

Copy-DatastoreItem - Understanding the Traffic Flow

I brought this up on Twitter a while ago.

What network path will the transfer take when using Copy-DatastoreItem - does anyone know?

http://bit.ly/UdDthg

 

How to write your own esxcli plugin

Last week I published an esxcli plugin that allows to run any shell command through esxcli. In this post I want to share what you need to know about the esxcli plugin system to be able to write your own plugins.

http://bit.ly/UdDwts

 

How to Configure VMware High Availability (HA) Cluster

In this article you’ll learn how to configure VMware High Availability (HA) cluster. It’s not in depth article about HA, but gives you enough knowledge and get things running. You could already read my article VMware HA cluster –  how it works with an introductory video from VMware TechPub.

http://bit.ly/UdDAJB

 

Return of the FUD – Oracle Licensing on VMware vSphere

Some of my regular readers may remember an article I published titled Fight the FUD – Oracle Licensing and Support on VMware vSphere . This new article represents an addendum to my original article as some additional FUD has come to light. Hopefully this will allow you to avoid investing in licenses that will be unnecessary and unused, and thereby improve your return on your license investment. It’s again time to fight back and to stop the FUD!

http://bit.ly/UdDJg8

 

Troubleshooting ThinPrint in VMware View (Part 2)

VMware OEMs a sub-set of the ThinPrint Server Engine full-blown product. ThinPrint is a printing solution developed by Cortado. The ThinPrint Server Engine universal 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 ThinPrint agent into a range of devices, from Thin Clients to Printers.

http://bit.ly/UdDMIY

 

vCenter Operations Manager and Heat Maps Cool Feature

I have been playing around with vCenter Operations Manager a lot lately. The more I use the product the more I find it useful. At first glance Operations Manager you just see a 3 major badges and 8 minor with some colors that tell you whether an object is performing like it should or not. When you go deeper into the product you find a very useful feature called Heat Maps. You find the Heat Maps under the “Analysis” tab. Here is an example

http://bit.ly/UdDPo2

 

Heads Up! VOMA – ERROR: Trying to do IO beyond device Size

This is a short note on trying to use VOMA, the vSphere On-disk Metadata Analyzer, on a dump taken from a VMFS-5 volume which was upgraded from VMFS-3. This is not an issue if VOMA is run directly on the volume; it is only an issue if a dump is taken from the volume and then you try to run VOMA on the dump. It may error during phase 1- ‘Checking VMFS header and resource files‘ with an error ‘ERROR: Trying to do IO beyond device Size‘.

http://bit.ly/UdDVMx

 

VMware View VDI Flash Calculator v2.9 Released

I have just uploaded Release 2.9 of the online VDI Flash Calculator supporting vSphere 5.1, adding new features and preparing the foundation for next VMware View features.

http://bit.ly/UdDX6W

 

 

Stretched vCloud Director infrastructure

A while back I wrote about design considerations when designing or building a stretched vCloud Director infrastructure. Since then I have been working on a document in collaboration with Lee Dilworth, and this document should be out soon hopefully. As various people have asked for the document I decided to throw it in to this blog post so that the details are already out there.

http://bit.ly/UdE2rj

 

 

How-to reset root password in VDP – VMware vSphere Data Protection

In this how-to you’ll see How-to reset root password in VDP (vSphere Data Protection). VDP is bundled with vSphere Essentials Plus, so If you’re on this package, you have the possibility to use it and backup your VMs.

http://bit.ly/UdE4zo

 

 

New Book - Virtualization Changes Everything: Storage Strategies for VMware vSphere & Cloud Computing

Storage is a foundational component in the support of virtualization and cloud computing - and it is dynamically evolving. It is an aspect of the datacenter that is all-too-often overlooked, but without storage, there is no data, and without data, there is no cloud. Virtualization Changes Everything, by Vaughn Stewart and Mike Slisinger, examines the evolutionary influence of host virtualization and cloud computing in breaking storage deployment out of outdated silo models and into a dynamic, flexible hosting environment. Virtualization Changes Everything reviews common goals and challenges associated with providing storage service with cloud computing, and addresses each through the application of advanced storage technologies designed to scale in order to support the ever-expanding storage needs of the future. The examples within the book are pulled from real-world experience, and often involve the integration of multiple innovative technologies. If you are looking for measured guidance on high availability, efficiency, integration and performance for the storage in your cloud, then this book is for you!

http://bit.ly/UdEaXV

 

EDUCATION

Vidcast: Storage Design & Implementation in vSphere 5.0

This vidcast features VMware Press author Mostafa Khalil, VCDX, describing key concepts from his book, Storage Design and Implementation in VMware vSphere 5.0 which completely demystifies the “black box” of vSphere storage.

http://bit.ly/13UaCm3

 

VMware vSphere: Fast Track [5.1] Available Now

VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.1] is now available globally and for a limited time, this course includes a free voucher for VMware Lab Connect™, offering attendees an additional 30 hours or 30 days access to the lab scenarios practiced in the classroom.  Sign up now!

http://bit.ly/XtH6fZ

 

vFabric Education Schedule: February 2012

If you are a Java developer looking to increase your Spring knowledge, vFabric Education by SpringSource is the place to start. We are providing several Spring trainings across the globe closely connected to your needs as a professional developer. This month you can also win another free SpringSource training seat. For more information about the Spring Prize Contest click here. The complete Spring training schedule for February, 2013 can be found below:

http://bit.ly/13UaMts

 

SUPPORT - VMWARE SUPPORT INSIDER

Really getting to know vSphere 5.1

Some of you early adopters might have VMware vSphere 5.1 down pat by now, but we’re sure many of you are still trying to wrap your heads around all the new bits. Today we thought we’d highlight some really good documentation that is more than just your typical step-by-step instructions. These guides come in multiple formats such as HTML, PDF, EPUB and MOBI so you can download it to your device of choice and carry it around with you. We highly encourage you to check out the following:

http://bit.ly/XtHs6f

 

KB-ARTICLES

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

New Articles Published for Week Ending 1/12/13

 

Socialcast

Manually activating a terminated account that is provisioned in Socialcast On Premise via LDAP Directory Integration (2040209)

Manually purging and resetting the Redis Queue Server dataset in Socialcast On Premise (2041218)

 

VMware ESXi

 

A restore job fails when restoring virtual machines to ESXi hosts managed by vCenter Server 5.0 (2038838)

Unsigned VMkernel modules in ESXi 5.x (2042473)

 

VMware Go

Understanding the VMware Go licensing process (2042433)

 

VMware Service Manager

Date extension fields display the wrong time based on time zone in VMware Service Manager (2040178)

Random pre-populated value appears in the Service Catalogue of VMware Service Manager (2040390)

Customer survey summary report in Service Manager 9.x. is incorrect (2042169)

The task description is not updated when modified from the Request Task tab of a request in Service Manager (2042245)

Sorting calls by Remind Time in a Call search does not work (2042807)

Conditional Branching Task rules in Service Manager run in the order created and not in the order specified (2041093)

Unable to remove the VMware Service Manager ActiveX controls or wrapper (2042140)

The Templates by type button does not work when creating a new Service Manager request (2042170)

Entering a number with more than 30 digits in the expenses field within the Service Manager Call Details screen reports an exception (2042298)

Request Completion status is not set to the chosen value from System Admin settings in Service Manager (2042491)

 

VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager

Billing Policies with memory and storage allocation expressions in vCenter Chargeback Manager do not yield the expected values (2040622)

 

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager

vCenter Configuration Manager UNIX patch assessments do not return results (2034467)

Active Directory fails to determine forest in a Chinese or German Active Directory environment when the domain controller host name contains non-ASCII characters (2040464)

 

VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)

Administrative and Environmental alerts emails are not sent in vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 standard (2039358)

 

VMware vCenter Protect Advanced

Script catalogs available in vCenter Protect Standard and Advanced (2041091)

 

VMware vCenter Protect Standard

When using vCenter Protect, the Event log reports the error: Shavlik Remote Scheduler Service is marked as an interactive service (2042332)

 

VMware vCenter Server

Installing or upgrading vCenter Server fails with the error: Setup failed to copy LDIFDE.EXE from System folder to ‘%windir%\ADAM’ folder (2013675)

vCenter Server fails to start and reports the error: Fatal error 9001 (2015901)

vSphere Client/vSphere Web Client fails to connect to vCenter Server and reports the error: Could not create SSL/TLS secure channel (2036760)

After upgrading to vCenter Server 5.1, the past day job reports the error: Could not find stored procedure ‘purge_stat1_proc’. [SQLSTATE 42000] (Error 2812) (2038633)

Date Published: 1/9/2013

Guest OS customization fails with no errors when deployed from French Windows template (2042564)

vMotion fails at 63% with the error: The migration exceeded the maximum switchover time of 100 seconds (2039041)

Virtual machine loses network connectivity to the vNetwork Distributed Switch after a reboot or power cycle (2042740)

ORA-0600 error when using Oracle 11.1.0.7.0 through 11.1.0.7.3 with vCenter Server 5.0 (2041019)

SR-IOV support status FAQ (2038739)

Replication Status is shown as Success, but no date is shown for Last Sync Completed (2042334)

vCenter Server Managed Object Browser (MOB) reports a 503 Service Unavailable error (2042554)

 

VMware vCenter Server Appliance

vCenter Server Appliance Web interface might not work in Firefox 14 or later (2041663)

 

VMware vCloud Automation Center

Installing vCloud Automation Center fails with the error: Invalid license file (2042327)

 

VMware vCloud Networking and Security

vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 Edge configuration limits and throughput (2042799)

Creating a vShield Edge gateway fails with the error: VSM response error (214): Not licensed for Entity : vshield-edge feature : : add on (2042417)

 

VMware vFabric AppInsight

Early access to vFabric AppInsight 5.0 for vFabric Suite 5.2 customers (2042524)

 

VMware vFabric Application Director

Early access to vFabric Application Director 5.0 for vFabric Suite 5.2 customers (2042522)

 

VMware vFabric GemFire

Early access to vFabric GemFire 7.0 for vFabric Suite 5.2 customers (2042526)

 

VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent

Early access to vFabric Hyperic 5.0 for vFabric Suite 5.2 customers (2042527)

 

VMware View Manager

Running the Sviconfig command to remove the View Composer entries for a View desktop fails with the error: error code 4 VC object not found (2041828)

External Local Mode checkout task in View Manager fails at 10% (2042244)

Default printer settings do not persist through View sessions when Persona Management is enabled (2039722)

 

VMware vShield Zones

vShield Zones End of Availability and End of Support FAQ (2042595)

 

VMware vSphere Data Protection

Changing the vSphere Data Protection appliance password (2039507)

Registering the VDP 5.1 appliance with vCenter Server fails with the error: Specified user either is not a dedicated VDP user or does not have sufficient vCenter privileges to administer VDP (2040066)

Connecting the vSphere Data Protection appliance to vCenter Server fails with the error: No space left on device (2042185)

 

Zimbra Collaboration Server

Zimbra SMTP authentication fails with the error: curl_easy_perform: error(56) (2042070)

Zimbra Mailbox status is not reported correctly (2042067)

Deleting emails from the Zimbra MTA queue (2042172)

Zimbra autoreply messages are denied by SMTP relays (2042065)

Cannot access the Zimbra mailbox after the initial authentication (2042068)

Resetting the clamd virus database in Zimbra (2042071)

Reinitializing the default LDAP schema in Zimbra (2042480)

Disabling automatic upgrades of Zimbra Outlook Connector (ZCO) after a server upgrade (2042301)

From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone and a huge welcome to 2013. I am so excited about all of the new technology that we can look forward to this year. Currently the CES has been on in Las Vegas and if you have been following it does seem like there are many technology items being released that are geard toward the mobile lifestyle. I think that as a theme this will prevail for 2013 and I am certain that VMware will bringthe best of this to you.

Of course I plan on bringing you a newsletter every week (or as many as possible) for 2013. Last year we had 42 newsletter and have now delivered more than 160 over the past 4 years. The newsletter has evolved from 4 years ago but it is always driven by you the reader so of course if you have anything you would like to include or change please just email me and let me know.

All of the news in this weeks newsletter is from the 25th of December onwards however the KB articles are only the latest so please ensure that you have checked if any of the previous KB articles pertain to your environment.

I hope you had a great festive season break and managed to spend the time doing whatever it is you love to do. I hope that 2013 will be as exciting as last year and expect it will be even more so.

Thank you for reading and please enjoy the first newsletter of 2013.

Best Wishes
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Do you know what vmLIVE is?  Are you aware of the value vmLIVE can bring to your VMware business? Has this enablement tool been one of those things on your list that you’ve been meaning to look into, but haven’t had the chance?  Whatever your reason may be… now is the time to make your vmLIVE resolution.

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Office of the CTO Blogs: Network Virtualization in the Software-Defined Data Center
This post co-authored by Bruce Davie, Martin Casado, and Brad Hedlund
VMware has long been known as the company that changed computing by virtualizing servers. At Nicira, we set out to disrupt networking just as VMware disrupted computing, by virtualizing networks. The analogy between network virtualization and server virtualization can be a helpful one, but it is still only an analogy, and analogies can only take you so far. The point of this post is to dig a bit deeper into network virtualization – what it is, what it means for the industry, and how VMware, in the aftermath of the Nicira acquisition, plans to change networking.

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November 15, 2012 VMSA-2012-0016
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VMware security updates for vSphere API and ESX Service Console
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VMware Hosted Products and OVF Tool address security issues

 

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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.

 

 

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VMware Network Virtualization Paves the Way for Next Generation Cloud Services at iland

 

December 03, 2012

 

VMware Announces General Availability of VMware vCenter™ Operations Management Suite™ 5.6 and VMware vFabric™ Application Director™ 5.0

 

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Cloudy With a Chance of Service Outage: 5 Big Questions to Ask Your Cloud Provider

 

Gartner

predicts worldwide IT spending in 2013 will top $3.7 trillion. Coupled with IDC’s

prediction that there will be over $25 billion in acquisitions as cloud services become the centerpiece of more and more vendor’s offerings, you can see that enterprise IT customers will have many more choices in front of them when it comes to acquiring technology and services in 2013.

 

 

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A New Year and New VMware vShield Protection: Symantec Endpoint Protection

 

One year ago, there was really only a single option available if a VMware customer wished to use the

vShield Endpoint introspection possible on vSphere to protect servers or virtual desktops.  As 2013 begins, the number of partner solutions has grown to a half-dozen and continues to grow. It’s probably an understatement to call the latest of these, “much anticipated”.  The introduction I’m referring to is Symantec’s

Endpoint Protection 12.1.2. With the mid-December availability of Symantec’s entry to the field of virtual guest protection, we welcome a new year.

 

 

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The Cost Benefits of Desktop Virtualization

 

Although many IT professionals understand the value of exploring desktop virtualization, the cost and business benefits are not always articulated outside of IT. In a recent

Google+ Hangout, vExpert David Davis of TrainSignal discussed how he successfully made the case for desktop virtualization by showing how it would both help the organization achieve cost savings, as well as open the door to unrealized benefits and efficiencies. David provides tactical advice on presenting a compelling business case for VDI in an organization that includes gaining centralized control of application deployment and increased security. Learn more about David’s experience in the video below, and download the

Desktop Virtualization Business Case Information Guide to help make your organization’s case.

 

 

VMware Dominates Reader’s Choice Award

 

At VMware we take tremendous pride in our products and like any software company, we covet positive reviews from press and analysts. However, the real proof that we are building quality products that solve real customer problems is through happy customers. That is why we are extremely proud of the recent spade of reader’s choice award wins customers have selected VMware end-user computing products for in the December 2012/January 2013

issue of Virtualization Review.

 

 

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Capturing Virtual Machine Screenshots in vSphere

 

Over the holiday break I was cleaning out some of my old notes and I came across the subject of capturing virtual machine screenshots in vSphere. This topic comes up from time to time when talking to customers and the methods to accomplish this task may not always be clear. Capturing screenshots of a virtual machine is a capability provided by the vSphere platform and it is actually leveraged by several VMware features and products such as:

 

 

What is the difference between PCPU Used and PCPU Utilized?

 

I’m often asked the question when looking at vSphere statistics – “What is the difference between PCPU Used and PCPU Utilized and why don’t they match?” Let’s take a look as it can be somewhat complex.

 

First lets start with some definitions:

 

 

VMware Profile Based Management Survey

 

olks, please take a few short minutes of you time and fill out this very important survey. The VMware Storage Product Management team is looking to gather information and data points on the use of currently available VMware storage technologies and they would like to hear directly from customers.  The focus of the survey is to identify the number of customers which are actually utilizing the VMware Storage technologies such as vSphere APIs Storage Awareness (VASA), vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI)

, Storage Profiles, etc.

 

 

Network Troubleshooting Using ESXCLI 5.1

 

When it comes to network troubleshooting in an ESXi host, there are various types of information that can be useful to a vSphere administrator such as basic information like a virtual machine’s IP Addresses, MAC Addresses, Uplink ports, Port ID, etc. to the network statistics view in the [r]esxtop command-line utility. However, all of this useful information today is spread across multiple tools and this can be challenging for a vSphere administrator when needing to quickly retrieve this data while troubleshooting an issue.

 

 

Exiting Lockdown Mode Can Disable “root” Access (if you remove “root” from the DCUI.Access)

 

I recently came across a situation where I was unable to login to my ESXi host as root.  This caught me off guard as I hadn’t intentionally disabled root, but suddenly, and seemingly out of the blue, root logins stopped working.

 

 

vSphere 5.1 – VMDK versus RDM

 

It seems the debate between using a VMDK on VMFS or an RDM still rages when it comes to the question which one is better for performance.

 

The VMware team has published a lot of evidence in the past that the difference is very minor, in fact difficult to measure accurately and probably unperceivable to customers.  Definitely not worth giving up the value of encapsulating a VM.

 

 

Automate Backups of VDS & Distributed Portgroup Configurations in vSphere 5.1

 

One of the coolest new networking feature found in vSphere 5.1 in my opinion is the ability to backup and restore a vSphere Distributed Virtual Switch (VDS) and/or vSphere Distributed Portgroup configurations. As you can imagine, there are a variety of use cases for leveraging such a feature like periodic backups in case of user error, change management, rollback and recovery, configuration audit/management and the list goes on and on.

 

 

Configuring vCloud Director 5.1 with the vCNS Load Balancer

 

Many networking enhancements have been made available with the release of vCloud Director 5.1 using vCNS 5.1 (vCloud Networking and Security) and vSphere 5.1. There have been inquiries and activity around some of the new features and how to configure them; load balancing being one of them. If you have more than one VM as part of a pool and want incoming traffic to be balanced between them, this is a key feature included with your product.

 

 

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View Controlled Recompose Script

This script performs a Controlled Recompose of a VMware View Linked Clone Pool of Virtual Desktops. It first identifies a free desktop and recomposes it to create the first Replica Desktop.

 

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Organizational Best Practices for Virtualizing Business Critical Applications

When embarking on your virtualization journey, keep these key organizational best practices in mind.

 

50 Partners To Help You Virtualize Business Critical Applications

 

VMware Partners have the option to complete extra coursework to become VBCA Competent. There are many partners with this designation globally to help you virtualize your business-critical applications. The following is a partial list of the VBCA Competent partners. Please go to

http://partnerlocator.vmware.com for a complete list of partners in your area.

 

 

Formula to Determine Availability of SAP running on an ESXi Cluster

 

When we architect SAP on VMware deployments an important topic is how we design for high availability. We have options in the VMware environment from VMware HA, VMware FT and use of in-guest clustering software like Microsoft Cluster Services or Linux-HA. So can we determine a numerical availability for our design expressed as a fraction/percentage  (same metric used to define uptime Service Level Agreements like 99.9% )? Yes, there are ways to estimate this value and one method is explained in the following paper

http://www.availabilitydigest.com/public_articles/0712/sap_vmware.pdf . This paper develops an equation to estimate the availability of SAP running on an ESXi cluster expressed as a fraction/percentage. The concepts are taken from other papers at

http://www.availabilitydigest.com (a digest of topics on high availability)  and are based on mathematical algebra and probability theory that have been previously used in the IT industry for availability calculations. The availability metric (e.g. 99.9% or 0.999) is essentially a probability hence we use mathematical probability techniques to calculate the overall availability of a system.

 

 

Windows Server 2012 VM-Generation ID Support in vSphere

 

Active Directory Domain Services has been one of those applications that, to the naked eye, seemed like it was a no brainer to virtualize. Why not? In most environments it’s a fairly low utilization workload, rarely capable of efficiently using the resources found in many of the enterprise-class servers that have been available for the past few years. Many organizations have adopted this way of thinking and have successfully virtualized all of their domain controllers. What about the hold-outs? What is it about Active Directory that has left so many AD administrators and architects keeping their infrastructure, or at least a portion of it on physical servers?

 

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VMware Virtualization Management Blog: 3 Videos on How Apps Will Be Deployed In the Future

We’ve come a long way since programming via punched cards

. Now, we have observatories in our pocket

because many tools to help us simplify software.

A recent article spoke of how installation and provisioning

is getting simpler. This is part of a wave of technology innovation that is aimed at every part of the application lifecycle. The main goal is to figure out a way to take weeks of work and make it happen at the push of a button, streamlining development, making routine tasks repeatable and eliminating errors.

 

VMware Accelerate: No More Excuses for Delaying Innovation

 

As I was starting to write this blog, I realized that we’ve safely passed December 21, 2012, better known as the completion of the Mayan Great Cycle. There were many predictions of what might happen: many felt that this would be the date of the end of the world; or, it would be a time of major earth disasters, space changes, and mythical planets invading our galaxy, along with strange Milky Way alignments. There were talks of a pole flip that would cause problems all over the earth, and some said it would mark the beginning of a New World Age.

 

 

VROOM!: vSphere 5.1 IOPS Performance Characterization on Flash-based Storage

 

At VMworld 2012 we

demonstrated a single eight-way VM running on vSphere 5.1 exceeding one million IOPS.  This testing illustrated the high end IOPS performance of vSphere 5.1.

 

In a new series of tests we have completed some additional characterization of high I/O performance using a very similar environment. The only difference between the 1 million IOPS test environment and the one used for these tests is that the number of Violin Memory Arrays was reduced from two to one (one of the arrays was a short term loan).

 

 

VMware Virtualization Management Blog: 3 New Hyperic Plugins Available: Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Sharepoint and Spring Insight

 

Last month,

VMware introduced the

VMware Cloud Applications Marketplace alongside

a new Bounty Program for Hyperic and an

updated one for Spring Insight. With all this investment, customers are right to interpret that VMware is serious about developing a steady stream of new plugins that will help organizations place their cloud-based applications under management faster.

 

 

VMware Virtualization Management Blog: The Definition of “Cross Platform Cloud Applications”

 

Cross platform software programs have historically been the ideal for both ISVs and IT.

 

Of course, the

concept has been around a while and has proven it’s value. In a nutshell, it allows software programs to have a wider reach and serve more customers. The portability makes it inherently more useful, and, for software vendors, expands revenue potential.

 

 

VMware Horizon Tech Blog: How to enable SSL in Horizon Application Manager 1.5

 

Here’s a detailed step by step guide on how to enable a Wildcard certificate in Horizon Application Manager 1.5.

 

There are many different ways you can accomplish this but this will get the job done..

 

How to enable SSL in Horizon Application Manager – wildcard v2

 

 

VMware Virtualization Management Blog: Why Model-Driven Application Provisioning is Better than Workflow Deployments

 

The goal of the

Software-defined Datacenter (SDDC) is that every datacenter function can be delivered as a service on any cloud at any time. At a basic level, this implies that these services need to have a high level of reuse in order to truly be multi-cloud capable and fit into the SDDC mantra.

 

 

Office of the CTO Blogs: Paravirtual RDMA for Low Latency and Flexibility

 

The Office of the CTO has been exploring how to best enable application access to RDMA for those applications requiring the ultimate in high bandwidth, low-latency communication, which includes many HPC MPI applications as well as many scale-out databases and BigData approaches.

 

 

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Upgrading vCenter Server? Use the free VMware Tool called vCenter Pre-Upgrade Checker

 

If you’re planning, or upgrading vCenter server, you might want to know that there is a free tool provided by VMware, which enables you to check the DB before running the installer. The VMware vCenter Pre-Upgrade Checker not only detects problems, but also miss-configuration and can avoid performance problems after the upgrade.

 

 

SR-IOV and VMware vMotion

 

Most hypervisors now have, or will have, support for SR-IOV networking —

VMware introduced support in vSphere 5.1.  One of the downsides of using this technology, which provides direct network access to a virtual machine, is that it hinders mobility — vMotion is no longer possible.  The new Hyper-V works around this limitation by temporarily routing I/O through a virtual switch during live migration.  Ingenious, no?

 

 

Faking an SSD in your virtualized vSphere lab

 

I have written about

this before (and so has

William Lam, so all credits go to William), but I wanted to note down these commands for my own use as I find myself digging around often for the same commands these days. So what is my goal: Faking an SSD in my virtualized vSphere lab.

 

 

Virtualized Oracle Databases on UCS

 

Some time ago I wrote an article about EMC’s

Blueprint for Successful Large Scale Oracle Virtualization on vSphere. Now Cisco IT has published a similar whitepaper and study after having virtualized a large number of their corporate Oracle databases on top of their Unified Computing System (UCS) platform. The results are quite impressive in my opinion and you may be able to learn a lot from their effort. The difference here is that Cisco tested with NFS and D-NFS, not Fibre Channel (as in the EMC case study).

 

 

Heads Up! Storage DRS scheduler removes rules

 

One of my friends over in VMware support just gave me a heads-up on this issue. It affects virtual machines with anti-affinity VMDK rules defined (for keeping virtual machine disks on different datastores in a datastore cluster) when changing the Storage DRS automation level via scheduled tasks. The rule will be removed if you use the Storage DRS scheduler to change Storage DRS automation level from automatic to manual and then back to automatic. The result is that a VM which had an anti-affinity rule and has its VMDKs on different datastores could end up with its VMDKs on the same datastore after the scheduler runs.

 

 

How to find objects in vSphere Web client – the fastest way

 

The New vSphere Web client might not be the way that many admins use to do things in vSphere. In fact it’s been very very long time we have been all working through the vSphere Windows client, so the change to the vSphere Web client aren’t obvious. And so like many others I keep doing things both ways. Through the old Windows client and also through the new vSphere Web client. The Web client is build to scale, to handle 400 or more sessions. VMware says that the old Windows client could not keep up so that’s why it progressively will be replaced and the old Widnows client will fade out. Already all the new features (like the

vSphere enhanced vMotion) are present only through the vSphere Web client. So How to find objects in vSphere Web client?

 

 

VMware instructional videos freely available on vmwarelearning.com

 

You can grow your IT skills with free training, expertise, and insights on VMware products, all in one convenient location.

 

 

VMware has released some great instructional videos – freely accessible, these short technical videos allow VMware technical experts to provide tips and step-by-step instructions on product features, design best practices, configuring, deploying and running your virtual infrastructure.

 

 

Auto LUN Discovery on ESXi hosts

 

Did you know that any newly presented LUNs/paths added to an already discovered target will automatically be discovered by your ESXi host without a rescan of the SAN? In this example, I currently see two iSCSI LUNs from my NetApp array:

 

 

Percentage Based Admission Control gives lower VM restart guarantee?

 

Those who have configured vSphere HA have all seen that section where it asks if you want to use admission control or not. Of course if you decide you want to use it, and you should want this, then the next question that comes is which one do you want to use? I have always preferred the “Percentage Based Admission Control” policy. For some reason though there are people who think that the percentage based admission control policy rules out large VMs from being restarted or offers a lower guarantee.

 

 

VMware View Health Monitoring

 

Yesterday I read

Balance multiple View Connection Servers using HAProxy and realized that I have not published a recommendation for VMware View health monitoring. The most common types of health monitoring are ICMP and HTTP.

 

 

VOMA – Found X actively heartbeating hosts on device

 

One of the long-awaited features introduced with vSphere 5.1 was

VOMA (vSphere On-disk Metadata Analyzer). This is essentially a filesystem checker for both the VMFS metadata and the LVM (Logical Volume Manager). Now, if you have an outage either at the host or storage side, you have a mechanism to verify the integrity of your filesystems once everything comes back up. This gives you peace of mind when wondering if everything is ok after the outage. There is a requirement however to have the VMFS volume quiesced when running the VOMA utility. This post will look at some possible reasons for VOMA to report that it found hosts actively heartbeating on the datastore even when there are no running VMs.

 

 

Automating ESXi host level changes without opening SSH

 

I have been asked by many if it is possible automating ESXi host level changes without opening SSH. In many organizations people are prohibited to open SSH however they do have the need to make certain changes on a host level. One of those changes for instance is in a stretched cluster environment where “disk.terminateVMOnPDLDefault” needs to be set to true. This setting can only be configured in /etc/vmware/settings unfortunately. So how do you automate this?

 

 

How-to save resource pool tree before disabling DRS to be able to restore the hierarchy

 

In vSphere 5.1 is possible to retain configuration of the cluster’s resource tree. In previous releases, like the vSphere 5.0 this feature wasn’t available. The feature is available through the new

vSphere Web client only. Web client which has been enhanced, improved, and brought wider functions, than the classic Windows vSphere client.

 

 

Error while adding NFS mount: NFS connection limit reached!

 

The advanced setting

SunRPC.MaxConnPerIP defines the maximum number of unique TCP connections that can be opened for a given IP address. This is of particular interest to users of NFS. If the number of mounts to an IP address is more than SunRPC.MaxConnPerIP, then the existing connections for NFS mounts are shared with new mounts from the same IP address. Currently VMware supports a maximum of 128 unique TCP connections per ESXi host but also supports up to 256 mounts per host. So what options are available to configure ESXi hosts to allow the maximum number of NFS mounts?

 

 

Upgrade vCloud Director 1.5 on vSphere 5.1 to vCD 5.1.1?

 

One of my colleagues,

Matthew Meyer, posted a list of cool videos he produced. These videos show how to upgrade vCloud Director 1.5 on vSphere 5.0 to vCloud Director 5.1.1 running on vSphere 5.1.  Nice right?! Thanks Matt for creating these, awesome work. (I normally don’t use the “read more” option, but as there are 8 videos in total I will only show two on the front page. Hit “Continue Reading” if you want to see the rest!)

 

 

ESXi host disconnected from vCenter?

 

I noticed a couple of people reported this problem in the last two months so I figured a blog post would be useful. This

thread on VMTN triggered this article. If your ESXi host is disconnected from vCenter (even 5.0 and 5.1 appear to be impacted by this) and you see error messages in your log files about free space like these:

 

 

How cool is that: VM console screenshots just by browser

 

Recently William Lam posted about a lesser known vSphere feature that I was not yet aware of: You can produce and look at screenshots of your VMs

just by pointing a web browser to your ESXi host or vCenter server. If you have already read his post you will probably agree that this is very cool, but you might also wonder what this can be actually used for. So I want to share this knowledge again while adding some useful comments ... and use cases.

 

Read more »

 

 

How-to restrict VMs in VMware Workstation 9

 

VMware Workstation 9

has the possibility to restrict VMs. But How-to restrict VMs in VMware Workstation 9, and for which use cases? The first thing that I have in mind is learning. You might want to restrict a modification for VM which is preconfigured with specific hardware, and distribute this VM to the students. optionally, there is an option to obligatory change the encryption password after the VM is copied or moved somewhere else.

 

Reduce Windows Server License count in VMware View

 

One of the many features available in VMware View 5.1 is the ability to implement VMware View Composer in a Standalone Server. VMware View Composer is the software piece responsible for creating Linked Clone desktops and since VMware View 5.1 can be deployed on a server other than the vCenter Server. Read more about View Composer at

VMware View 4.5 Linked Cloning explained. This move is aiming towards a highly scalable VMware View architecture.

 

New Training Course - VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators [V5.1]

 

VMware is about to release a new training course. The vSphere Skills for Operators is a two-day technical classroom training course designed to help the operators and administrators to create and manage virtual machines. This two-day lecture and lab course will help students gain the skills required to work effectively with VMware virtual machines. This course is based on VMware vSphere ESXi 5.1 and VMware vCenter Server 5.1. After completing this course, students may enroll for other advanced vSphere courses.

 

 

VMware vCenter Operations Manager - Attributes and KPI Demonstration

 

vCenter Operations Manager defines attributes that are critical to the performance of an object as key performance indicators (KPI). KPI are weighted more heavily in the calculations that determine the health of an object. Graphs of KPI performance appear before other metrics in several areas of the product.

 

 

VMware Free Training for Security – 1h Online, Self-Paced

 

New free training course from VMware, which is available online. Note that an account at VMware Learning required at

VMware Education, but you can register for free there. You’ll be able to learn about VMware Security Suite which is available as a part of the

vSphere Essentislas Plus package as a

VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.1.2.

 

vCenter Server 5.1.0b Released

 

This is a follow-up to my previous

post on the 5.0U2. At the same time, VMware also released

vCenter 5.1.0b. This post will look at the storage items which were addressed in that update, although the issues that are addressed in the storage space are relatively minor compared to the enhancements made in other areas. Note that this update is for vCenter only – there is no ESXi 5.1 update.

 

 

VMware HA Cluster – how it works

 

When HA cluster is first created the VMs are configured with cluster default settings concerning the VM restart priority, host isolation response, and VM monitoring. But it can be changed, and you can specify specific behavior for each virtual machine. You can for example change this settings for some high priority VMs, like your domain controller VMs etc, which needs to be started before anything else.

 

 

vCloud Director and Storage DRS default Affinity

 

I have had multiple discussions about Storage DRS default affinity internally and now saw this question on the

VMTN Community Forums. It is a long question, but basically it comes down to this:

 

 

 

View VSA Recompose Time Issue & Workaround

 

The View Storage Accelerator (aka VSA or CBRC) feature is part of vSphere 5 and later and is used by VMware View. VSA helps to address some of the performance bottlenecks and the increase storage cost for VDI. CBRC is a 100% host-based RAM-Based caching solution that helps to reduce read IOs issued to the storage subsystem and thus improves scalability while being completely transparent to guest OSs.

 

 

vCOPS Training from TrainSignal Released – by Jason Nash and Joe Kelly

 

New vCOPS training has been released by TrainSignal. As a teachers, Jason Nash and Joe Kelly. Both from Warrow. There is 18 learning lessons in this training course called

VMware vCenter Operations Manager Implementation. You’ll learn all about the Install, configure, about the vCOPS architecture, licensing… The vCOPS essential edition is available together with the

VMware vSphere Essentials ,

Essentials Plus and Standard versions.

 

 

Trouble Recomposing View 5.x Desktops After Upgrade to vSphere 5.0 U2

 

I’ve finally gotten around to upgrading my View environment from 5.0 to 5.1.2. Just before I attempted the upgrade I also applied the latest patches to all my hosts taking them up to vSphere 5.0 U2. This is where some fun started, but fortunately to avoid some of this fun the solution is very easy.

 

 

Cool Tool - ESXi Host Backup & Restore GUI Utility

 

There are a couple of improvements in 1.2 based on feedback received in the comments

Sean Duffy has received about the utility. The main improvement introduces a function in the script which backs the GUI to check that ESX hosts are valid before attempting to backup or restore these.

 

 

What’s new in VMware SRM 5.1.0.1 and 5.0.2

 

Together with the

recent release of vCenter 5.1b, there has been new release of VMware Site Recovery Manger (SRM). The SRM 5.1.0.1 is an update for the SRM 5.1 release and the 5.0.2 is an update for the older 5.0.1 release (in case you’re on the release before upgrading to the 5.1.x).

 

 

The Official VCAP5-DCD Cert Guide

 

Ace your VCAP5-DCD, demonstrate your exceptional knowledge of VMware virtualized datacenter design, and differentiate yourself from thousands of VMware professionals! The Official VCAP5-DCD Cert Guide is the only VMware authorized and approved guide to the new VCAP5-DCD certification exam for datacenter virtualization designers. Authored by top VMware expert Paul McSharry, it thoroughly covers every new exam objective, helping you sharpen your skills in designing and integrating multi-site, large enterprise virtualized environments.

 

 

Creating an EagerZeroedThick disk with PowerCLI

 

Hey…. -  that is not possible – I hear you say – well in principle you are right. Up until today…

 

By mistake of course – I found that there was a change made to the

5.1 release of

PowerCLI – but this change has not been documented anywhere – which I think is a shame. This post is the only public reference I know of.

 

 

VMware vSphere Performance: Solving CPU, Memory, Storage, and Networking Issues

 

This book for VMware admins is about performance and about how to solve some VMware vSphere 5 Performance issues. Solving CPU, Memory, Storage, and Networking Issues can be challenging. This book, with a step-by-step instructions, will show you how to solve some critical performance issues in vSphere.

 

 

vCloud Connector 2.0 Released

 

vCloud Connector 2.0

is now available for download now. vCloud Connector (vCC) allows you to view, copy and manage VMs across vSphere and vCloud Director, but also to public vCloud offers.

There are two versions of the vCloud Connector, where the free version called Core does lucks the Automatic catalog synchronization across clouds and migrating of VMs while maintaining IP and MAC addresses.

 

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VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0 Tips Vidcast

 

This

vidcast from VMware Press author Michael Laverick discusses key tips from his book,

Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0 – the complete, technical, hands-on guide to VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.0 installation and configuration for experienced VMware professionals.

 

 

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ALERT: Performance history for Past Year may contain only 30 days

VMware has become aware of an issue that may occur whereby only one month of performance history appears when trying to see the past year in vSphere 5.1

 

Specifically, the symptoms are:

 

-                              You see only the last 30 days of performance history in the ‘past year’ view

 

-                              Only one month of performance history appears when trying to see the past year

 

We urge you to read the official KB article for more details:

Performance history for Past Year may contain only 30 days of information in vSphere 5.1 (2042164).

 

 

Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using EMC VPLEX

 

EMC VPLEX is a federated solution that provides simultaneous access to storage devices at two geographically separate sites.  This short informational presentation provides a quick review of EMC VPLEX and information about deploying a Metro Storage Cluster across two datacenters using EMC VPLEX Metro 5.0 and above. With vSphere 5.0, a Storage Virtualization Device can be supported in a Metro Storage cluster configuration.

 

 

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VMware Knowledge Base Weekly Digest: New Articles Published for Week Ending 1/5/13

VMware Blogs 8/01/13 1:26 AM

 

Shavlik NetChk Protect

VMware vCenter Protect Agent trace logging (2042112) Date Published: 1/4/2013

 

VMware ESX

Determining the correct driver for ESXi/ESX host I/O devices (HBA) (2035955) Date Published: 1/3/2013

 

VMware ESXi

Date Published: 1/3/2013
Host Management Network becomes unavailable after migrating from ESX to ESXi (2021959)

Date Published: 1/4/2013

VMware Go

Cannot schedule patch scans using VMware Go (2031920) Date Published: 1/3/2013

Updating and verifying the version of the hf7b.xml file that is currently being used to scan in VMware Go (2031931) Date Published: 1/3/2013

 

VMware Service Manager

Reopening a Service Manager call via an incoming email assigns the call to the officer who has sent the email (2041801) Date Published: 1/3/2013

Changing the screen set of a Service Manager call by changing the type tier displays incorrect custom field values (2042074) Date Published: 1/3/2013

Saving an attachment from the Service Manager call history with name containing a + symbol results in an empty file (2042098) Date Published: 1/3/2013

Integration scans in Service Manager fail with the error: Operation took too long in VMware Service Manager 9.x (2042232) Date Published: 1/4/2013

 

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager

VCM 5.6 API cannot connect to the HTTP invoker remote service at http://localhost:8080/ (2038323) Date Published: 1/2/2013

Machine name validation fails in vCloud Director during VCM collections of data from licensed Chinese or German locale machines (2040727) Date Published: 1/2/2013

VCM upgrade might fail due to Auto-License setting (2040879) Date Published: 1/2/2013

Cannot delete snapshot and preserve child snapshots when virtual machine has 18 or more snapshots (2041076) Date Published: 1/3/2013

Patches stored in /tmp directory on Mac OS X cannot be found (2041083) Date Published: 1/3/2013

Cannot download patches when download location contains non-ASCII or extended ASCII characters (2041084) Date Published: 1/3/2013

SCAP bundles with non-ASCII characters in the name cannot be imported (2041325) Date Published: 1/3/2013

Startup script changes not logged under change management (2041326) Date Published: 1/3/2013

VCM Remote Client installation fails on Chinese locale operating systems when path contains extended ASCII characters (2041812) Date Published: 1/3/2013

Cannot provision Windows Server 2008 R2 from an image made on a Chinese locale operating system (2041814) Date Published: 1/3/2013

Cannot import SCAP benchmarks in 3-tier installations (2041817) Date Published: 1/3/2013

 

VMware vCenter Orchestrator

Scheduled workflows in vCenter Orchestrator fail with the error: Unable to execute a workflow, userToken is null (2041733) Date Published: 1/4/2013

 

VMware vCenter Orchestrator Appliance

Configuring SSO authentication fails with the error: Error communicating to the remote server https://vcenter_fqdn:7444/ims/STSService (2041898) Date Published: 1/3/2013

 

VMware vCenter Protect Essentials Plus

Obtaining trace logs for VMware vCenter Protect Configuration Management 4.3.x (2042110) Date Published: 1/2/2013

VMware vCenter Protect Agent components (2042137) Date Published: 1/4/2013

 

VMware vCenter Server

Searching the vCenter Server 5.0 Inventory fails (2021812) Date Published: 1/4/2013

 

VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat

Permissions associated with vCenter Server Heartbeat Clients (2042214) Date Published: 1/2/2013

 

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager

Changing the vCenter Server user name and password used while installing SRM and configuring VRMS (2040031) Date Published: 12/31/2012

 

VMware vCloud Connector

Upgrading vCloud Connector Server and Nodes from 1.5 to 2.0 causes loss of Node, vCenter Server, and Cloud configurations (2042016) Date Published: 1/3/2013

vCenter Server plugin is missing after upgrading vCloud Connector Server and Nodes from v1.5 to v2.0 (2042017) Date Published: 1/3/2013

 

VMware vCloud Networking and Security

Upgrading to vCloud Director 5.1 reports the error: Not Licensed for Entity (2041974) Date Published: 1/2/2013

 

VMware vFabric Hyperic Server

Hyperic log tracking creates events for old log messages (2011846) Date Published: 1/4/2013

WebSphere plug-in on Windows returns the error: Invalid configuration (2040867) Date Published: 12/31/2012

Members are not displayed in a group of groups in vFabric Hyperic 4.6.x (2035502) Date Published: 1/4/2013

Performance of some Hyperic dashboard portlets is poor (2040866) Date Published: 12/31/2012

 

VMware View Manager

Recreating a View desktop from a Detached Persistent Disk fails with the error: Invalid input parameter cSpec.NewDiskSpec.DatastorePath for desktop provisioning (2042072) Date Published: 1/4/2013

vCenter Server user privileges missing in the VMware View Installation document are required for certain View features (2042161) Date Published: 1/2/2013

 

VMware vSphere Web Services SDK

Updates to vSphere Web Services SDK Documentation (2042336) Date Published: 1/3/2013

 

Zimbra Collaboration Server

Best practices for provisioning users in Zimbra with a username not related to the main account email address (2039906) Date Published: 1/2/2013

Folder flags available in Zimbra (2040823) Date Published: 1/2/2013

When Zimbra is running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL6), Zimbra is unresponsive or extremely slow for end users (2040820)

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