VMware Newsletter

From the editors Virtual Desk

Hi everyone

February is already upon us, I cant believe how quickly. There is a lot of news in the newsletter this week as well as product updates and patches as well as new KBs that I suggest taking a look at in case they are applicable to your infrastructure.

There will be no newsletter for the next 2 weeks as I will be travelling to the US for our company kick off. This is a great event and allows not only for a great get together with others at VMware but also for us to experience the latest and greatest technology that I will be able to show my customers during the year. This is important as it allows me to ork with my customers on their roadmap with a clear vision on what is coming down the line that aligns with their corporate technology goals.

So enjoy the newsletter and I will speak to you all again in 2 weeks time.

Best Wishes

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)

Queensland Technical Account Manager

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

 

HOT-NEWS

- No newsletter for 2 weeks

- Patches

- New KBs

- VMwareTV

 

FEATURED-ARTICLE

Office of the CTO Blogs: OVF 2.0 is here!

Over the past several years OVF (Open Virtualization Format) has been one of the most popular and widely adopted standards in the IaaS space. In fact, it’s the only national and international standard for virtualization and cloud computing.

OVF 2.0 was recently released and just announced by the DMTF. It has many new and improved features and capabilities benefitting both end-users and cloud service providers. This specification is another strong step in improving the interoperability and portability of workloads for virtualization and cloud computing.

Some of the new improvements to OVF 2.0 include:

  • Improved support for network configuration
  • Package encryption for safe delivery
  • Scaling and deployment options
  • Support for basic placement policies, including Affinity and availability placement
  • Shared disks
  • Advanced device boot order
  • Advanced mechanisms for passing data to guest

These updates add security with support for a new section – EncryptionSection – which will be the focal point for the encryption functionality. This new section provides a single location for placing the encryption algorithm related markup along with the corresponding reference list that points to the encrypted OVF content.

Now in OVF 2.0, each logical network will contain a set of networking attributes that should be applied when mapping the logical network at deployment time to a physical or virtual network. Networking attributes are specified by embedding or referencing zero or more instances of network port profile. The network port profile is a new and flexible mechanism which allows network configuration information to be embedded within the OVF or it can be represented in an external file that will be referenced by the OVF. Lastly, the network port profile provides a more comprehensive set of configurations and properties which allows for reservation requests of bandwidth for example. (For more information on what’s new in OVF 2.0 also take a look at the OVF 2.0 FAQ.)

Given the newness of this specification, it will take time for vendors to add support for OVF 2.0 and include in their future products. However, as adoption of cloud and the need for interoperability continues to grow, I expect we won’t be waiting too long!

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.

PARTNER

Route-To-Market Cirriculum Recommendations for Partner Exchange 2013

Take advantage of all the tools available to deliver unprecedented IT simplicity, agility and cost efficiency at VMware Partner Exchange 2013. With over 200 unique Breakout Sessions and 20+ labs covering key topics such as IT Transformation, End-User Computing and the Cloud Application Platform- you will gain the information you need to take your business to the next level.

VMware Hands On Labs Blog: What to expect – Hands on Labs Partner Exchange 2013

Wanted to share with you our plans for Partner Exchange. We are very excited about providing the Hands on Labs for our Partners… here is what to expect.

 

SECURITY-ADVISORIES

January 31, 2013 VMSA-2013-0001

VMSA-2013-0001

VMware vSphere security updates for the authentication service and third party libraries

December 20, 2012 VMSA-2012-0018

VMSA-2012-0018

VMware security updates for vCSA and ESXi

PATCH-NOTIFICATION

ESX 4.1 Patch Release Notes

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2041331

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2041332

VMware ESX 4.1 Patch is available for download at:http://www.vmware.com/patch/download/.

PRESS-RELEASES

TRAINING-SCHEDULE

Latest Brisbane Courses

http://tinyurl.com/au7z3cr

VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.1] 18-22 Feb

VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Analyze and Predict [V5.x] 4-5 Mar

VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V5.1] 11-15 Mar

WEBCASTS

http://tinyurl.com/293vuyg

Accelerate your Windows 7 Migration Project with VMware Mirage

February 13th 2013 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (GMT -08:00, San Francisco)

 

Fast Data with VMware vFabric SQLFire

February 14th 2013 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (GMT -08:00, San Francisco)

 

Build Your Cloud Environment with VMware Cloud Service Provisioning

February 20th 2013 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (GMT -08:00, San Francisco)

 

Putting Virtualization to Work for Your Business

February 21th 2013 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (GMT -08:00, San Francisco)

 

The Software-Defined Datacenter: Driving the Next Level of IT Innovation in Federal Environments

February 26th 2013 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (GMT -08:00, San Francisco)

 

The Software-defined Datacenter: the Future of Enterprise IT

February 27th 2013 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (GMT -08:00, San Francisco)

 

TV

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

 

VMwareTV: VMware View and Amway

VMwareTV: VMware vSphere Hypervisor - vSphere Client Installation

VMwareTV: VMware vSphere Hypervisor - License Overview

VMwareTV: VMware vSphere Hypervisor - Installing and Importing VM

VMwareTV: VMware vSphere Hypervisor - Installation & Configuration

VMwareTV: VMware vSphere Viewing and Configuring VM Hardware

VMwareTV: VMware vCloud Networking and Security Overview

VMwareTV: VMware vCloud Networking and Security Automation Using vCloud Metadata

VMwareTV: VMware Mirage Overview

VMwareTV: VMware Mirage - Single Image Management Demo

VMwareTV: VMware Mirage - Single Image Management Demo

VMwareTV: VMware Mirage - Total Endpoint Recovery Demo

VMwareTV: VMware Mirage - Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Demo

VMwareTV: VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite for Service Providers

VMwareTV: VMware Application Director - Deploying to Internal Cloud and External Amazon EC2 Cloud


VFABRIC

Why Partners Should Check Out vFabric at PEX

The VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) is coming up next month from February 25-28 in Las Vegas. This event is the premier event for partners to meet with product specialists from VMware, to educate and enable them to sell VMware products and services. Many partners attend just for the virtualization software itself, but especially over the past few years, many partners have opened their go-to-market strategies to include how to build cloud-ready apps using the vFabric product family.

What’s New in vFabric Web Server 5.2.1

For those that may have missed it, vFabric Web Server 5.2.1 is now available.

Here is the list of new features and changes:

Four Strategies for Modernizing Mainframe Applications to the Cloud

Once a company realizes the potential benefits of modernizing mainframe applications to the cloud, and moves beyond the fear of modernization, there are several modernization strategies to consider.    And while the modernization strategies may not be all that new, they bear repeating in the context of modernizing mainframe applications by transforming them into cloud applications.  Let’s discuss four proven strategies:


VCLOUD

vCloud Director Meets vShield App

In the last few years I have seen a rise of interest for vCloud Director use cases where multiple virtual machines (in a vApp or across vApps) can share a single Layer 2 network and yet be secured, at the vNIC level.

Take Sales to the Next Level with the New Interactive vCloud IaaS Sales Guide

One of the key ways you, as a vCloud Service Provider, can ensure the success of your IaaS offering is by giving your sales team the right enablement tools and resources they need to identify the best prospects in their sales pipelines and accurately prioritize those opportunities.

 

SECURITY

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

VMware vShield Endpoint enables Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 – offloading anti-virus and anti-malware agent processing to a dedicated secure virtual appliance – streamlining deployment and monitoring for your VMware environment.

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

Leveraging VDI to Enable BYOD

The consumerization of IT and BYOD in the corporate enterprise are quickly and dramatically changing how we all work and the technology we use to get our work done anytime, anywhere and from any device.  While deploying VDI does not eliminate all of the security risks associated with embracing BYOD, it does mitigate a good deal of it.


VSPHERE

vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 Manager and Edge Deployment

In order to deploy Edge Gateway(s), we need to first deploy vCloud Networking and Security Manager (formerly known as vShield Manager) and connect it with vCenter.

Manager virtual appliance is deployed using the OVA file as shown below.

vCloud Suite Poster

Are you still confused by the vCloud Suite?  Are you unaware of the products and great features you could have access to right now?

This poster was designed to help you, the vSphere administrators, understand which products are part of the vCloud Suite, this poster will show you what is available as part of the vCloud Suite but also what the vCloud Suite products can be used for.

L4 Load Balancing Support in vCloud Networking & Security Edge Gateway?

Load Balancing is just one of the many networking services provided by the vCloud Networking and Security Edge Gateway which is a part of the VMware vCloud Networking and Security solution. By default, when the load balancing service is enabled, Layer-7 (L7 proxy) load balancing is automatically used which uses both SNAT (Source Network Address Translation) and DNAT (Destination Network Address Translation). However, an additional load balancing mode Layer-4 (L4) can be enabled using the vCloud Networking and Security APIs. Layer-4 mode only uses DNAT and preserves the original client IP Address of the request. In addition to the above differences, there are also performance differences between L7 and L4 load balancing and you can find more details in the recently published KB article (KB2042799).

vSphere 5.1 – VDS Feature Enhancements – Port Mirroring – Part 1

Network troubleshooting and monitoring tools are critical in any environment. Especially in data centers where you have many applications or workloads consolidated on server virtualization platforms such as vSphere. When you ask any network administrators, what are the challenges in troubleshooting data center networks, where server virtualization is prominent? They will say that they don’t have the visibility into virtual networks and they don’t know what is going on in the hypervisor world.

Monitoring and Troubleshooting using Edge Gateway CLIs

VMware vCloud Networking and Security Edge Gateway Command Line Interface (CLI) comes in handy for monitoring and troubleshooting. CLIs can be executed by login to Edge Gateway virtual machine console from vCenter or by remote access using SSH. Currently, Edge Gateway does not support configuration CLIs to apply changes. In this blog, we are going to look at few CLIs using SSH session to Edge Gateway.

Which Template Did That vApp Get Deployed From In vCloud Director?

A common question that I have seen asked by customers is how to correlate a vApp back to it’s original vApp Template in vCloud Director. The primary driver for this information is usually for patching and/or application management but it can also serve other use cases such as application license auditing as well as billing and showback. In prior releases of vCloud Director, identifying this relationship meant monitoring the deployment task which contains the reference to the source vApp Template. This information is usually captured as part of the provisioning process through the use of a custom portal or deployment script. If this information is not captured prior to the task completing, the vApp Template reference would be lost. In vCloud Director 5.1, we have simplified this by allowing you now to retrieve the source vApp Template for any deployed vApp at any point in time.

Integrated vCloud Suite Demo

In case you haven’t read the post here already, there’s a great screencast available that demonstrates how to use the vCloud metadata policy descriptors and mechanisms to trigger the enforcement of policies in a cloud environment.

Unable to Prepare vCD Host – “Host “hostname” is Powered Off”

I came across a strange issue today while working on a vCloud Director project. My vSphere Host had an error, “The Host Spanning configuration on this Host “hostname” is not up to date,” and I wanted to fix this. It suggested I repair my configuration, but of course “Repair Host” was greyed out. So, I disabled my host, and still couldn’t repair my host due to the option still being greyed out.

Cleanup vCloud Director Agent from Host with Running VMs

Typically, unpreparing a host in vCloud Director is fairly straightforward and works without issue. In the rare occasion it doesn’t work, there are posted workarounds for manually removing the vcloud-agent from the vSphere Host through the esxcli. Well, what about the even rarer chance you need to remove the vCloud Director agent from a vSphere Host while it still has workloads (VMs) running on it?

LABS

labs.vmware.com

2012 Open Innovation Contest
January 22, 2013

We imagine that many of you have been waiting eagerly for this moment when we announce the grand prize winner of our first Open Innovation Contest.

 

BUSINESS CRITICAL APPS (BCA)

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.

EDUCATION

Vidcast: vSphere 5.0 Configuration Tips for Digital Storage

In this vidcast from VMware Press, Storage Design and Implementation in VMware vSphere 5.0 author Mostafa Khalil, VCDX, provides tips for configuring digital storage.

EMEA Instructor Award Winners Recognized

Each quarter, the VMware EMEA Education team recognizes outstanding VMware Certified Instructors (VCIs) from the region. The awards are given to instructors who share their expertise about VMware technologies with others, show consistent excellence in customer evaluation scores, and have an ability to help students make the most of their VMware technology. When considering the candidates we look at:

VMWare Course Install, Configure, Manager or Fast Track — What’s the Difference?

If your trying to decide which course to attend

then consider your learning objectives, level of familiarity with VMware technologies,  vSphere features that interest you, and time available for training.

Our vSphere course comparison may be a helpful tool for you.

VCAP-Cloud Infrastructure Design Exam Released

VMware’s newest cloud certification exam, VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Infrastructure Design (VCAP-CID), has been released.

FREE VMware Zimbra Instructional Videos

VMware Zimbra Instructor Gayle Billat discusses the VMware Zimbra Collaboration Server, including topics:


SUPPORT - VMWARE SUPPORT INSIDER

VMware vCenter Support Assistant KB Articles

As a quick follow-up to our Introducing VMware vCenter Support Assistant 5.1 launch post, we put together a list of all the KB articles for the product.

If you’re jumping on this new plug-in, and we don’t see why you wouldn’t, then it’s always good to be armed with official support documentation for those corner cases when something goes wrong.

Help for consumers using VMware products

As we looking at recent search queries and Google links to our KB articles, we’re noticing a trend. Many of you are referring to our products as simply VMware, rather than including the product name (VMware Fusion). This is fine if the problem you’re having is unique enough, but if the issue is general (like “not enough disk space”), you might get page after page of results that are irrelevant to you. This will be true whether you use Google search or our own KB search page.

Corrupted vmdk files?

Some of the Support Requests our Support Engineers deal with for both VMware Fusion and Workstation are data loss and vmdk (virtual hard-drive) issues with customer virtual machines. Issues vary from broken snapshot chains, deleted child or parent vmdk files, corrupt vmdk files, or a file level corruption for virtual machine files. Corruption is not taken lightly by anyone who experiences it, and as well they shouldn’t. It’s a punishing event when it happens.

Top 20 Articles for January 2013

Here is our Top 20 KB list for January 2013. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article.

OFFICIAL-BLOGS

Office of the CTO Blogs: Introducing VMware Horizon Mail

I’m excited to announce the immediate availability of VMware Horizon Mail that can be downloaded from Google Play. VMware Horizon Mail is a native Android collaboration application that allows you to access your corporate email, calendar, contacts, tasks and files from any Android device.

VMware Virtualization Management Blog: New Video: Deep Dive into Spring Insight’s Plugins for Spring Integration and RabbitMQ

Troubleshooting distributed applications can be tricky. That’s why many Spring developers rely on Spring Insight to help them gain visibility on the performance metrics and flow of their application’s transactions, allowing them to troubleshoot and tune their applications more effectively.

VROOM!: vCloud Director 5.1 Performance and Best Practices

VMware vCloud Director 5.1 gives enterprise organizations the ability to build secure private clouds that dramatically increase datacenter efficiency and business agility. Coupled with VMware vSphere, vCloud Director delivers cloud computing for existing datacenters by pooling virtual infrastructure resources and delivering them to users as catalog-based services.  vCloud Director 5.1 helps helps IT professionals build agile infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS)  cloud environments that greatly accelerate the time-to-market for applications and responsiveness of IT organizations.

VMware Go Blog: See How VMware Go Stacks Up Against the Competition!

While we certainly enjoy the vKool-Aid around these parts, we are in fact aware that VMware Go is not the only option for IT admins that want to manage their IT infrastructure. That said, we do believe we’re by far the best option for those of you that are looking to a) get your virtualization project up and running and b) manage your virtual and physical infrastructure alike from a web-based management console.

vSphere PowerCLI Blog: Let’s Make New-VIProperty Easier

New-VIProperty is a powerful PowerCLI cmdlet and it has been a part of the product since PowerCLI version 4.1. Several releases later, we are under the impression that it is still not widely used. If you take a look around the community, it is easy to find scripts which will would be easier to understand and also work faster if they were refactored to use the New-VIProperty cmdlet.

 

EXTERNAL-BLOGS

A common misconception about resource pools

In vSphere resource pools are a great way to divide your overall compute resources into multiple independent pools and prioritize resources among different VMs. But before you create and use them you should make sure that you have fully understood how resource pools work, and what effect their settings have. In the vSphere Resource Management Guide there is a long chapter about Managing Resource Pools that describes how to set them up and how they work using some real world examples. And still it looks like this information is not clear enough (or maybe there is just a part missing in the documentation that explains how resource pools do not work), because there are surprisingly many vSphere environments that use them in the following way:

Scaling Real-time Apps on Cloud Foundry Using Node.js and RabbitMQ

In the previous blog Scaling Real-time Apps on Cloud Foundry Using Node.js and Redis, we used Redis as a ‘session store’ and also as a ‘pub-sub’ service for chat messages. But in many enterprise grade real-time apps, you may want to use RabbitMQ instead of Redis to do pub-sub because of the reliability and features that comes out-of-the-box in RabbitMQ. This is especially true for financial or Bank apps like Stock Quote apps where it is critical to protect and deliver each-and-every message AND do it as quickly as possible .

Video - vCert Manager

A massive area of pain for customers in a virtualized environment is managing SSL certificates and keys for components in the VMware stack.  Currently under development, with a scheduled release in Q1 2013, the vCert Manager is a solution that provides automated management and operations of SSL Certificates in a VMware environment - a single pane of glass to create, manage, apply, custom SSL certificates for all of the products, including creating the certificate keys, signing request, applying to the Certificate Authority, and when the certificate is issued, to automatically apply it to the particular vSphere component.

Automating vSphere SSL Cert Management – vCert Manager Beta Demo

Want to be able to change the SSL Certificates on your vCenter Servers and vSphere Hosts to properly signed CA certificates at the click of a button? Want to be able to automatically apply certificates to Auto Deployed Hosts? Need a solution that covers vSphere 4.0 through to 5.1? Can detect and alert you to expiring or revoked certificates and change them for you? Something that provides complete SSL Certificate lifecycle management for your vSphere environment with all the reporting, alerting and audit logs you’d expect? Then vCert Manager might be the tool for you and I’ve got a demo of the beta version to wet your appetite.

Understanding VC OPS oversized virtual machines

After teaching vCenter Operations Analyze & Predict and facilitating private workshops with customers I have had this one question that always pops up. What is the criteria for vC Ops to say a VM is oversized or undersized.

To understand how it is calculated is just one thing. What is more important is what you do with the sizing recommendation. Even though Operations may find a machine to be oversized it does not necessarily make it true.

New Technical White Paper - VMware vCloud Director 5.1 Performance and Best Practices

VMware vCloud Director 5.1 gives enterprise organizations the ability to build secure private clouds that dramatically increase datacenter efficiency and business agility. Coupled with VMware vSphere®, vCloud Director  delivers cloud computing for existing datacenters by pooling virtual infrastructure resources and delivering them  to users as catalog-based services. vCloud Director 5.1 helps you build agile infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS)  cloud environments that greatly accelerate the time-to-market for applications and responsiveness of IT  organizations.

This white paper addresses three areas regarding vCloud Director performance:

Peak Performance – The VMware vSphere 5.1 CPU Scheduler Explained

The people in VMware Technical Marketing and Engineering have been very busy as usual and have recently published an excellent and deep paper on the VMware vSphere 5.1 CPU Scheduler. This paper is an update from previous papers that have been written about it. Getting the most out of your CPU’s and tuning the environment for peak performance from a CPU perspective starts here.

vMotion over VXLAN is it supported?

I have seen this question popping up in multiple places now, vMotion over VXLAN is it supported? I googled it and nothing turned up, so I figured I would write a short statement:

In vSphere 5.1 (and earlier) vMotion over VXLAN is not supported.

Does Software iSCSI support IPsec?

This came up in a conversation today. Does VMware’s Software iSCSI implementation support Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) in vSphere 5.1? Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) secures IP communications coming from and arriving at an ESXi host.

How-to Create a Free VMware Branded Linux Virtual Appliance with Suse Studio

Suse Studio enables you to create a Free VMware Branded Linux Virtual Appliance. You’re able to choose from different versions, desktop or server types, add different packages etc. One thing that is cool that you can create your own virtual appliance with VMware branded login screens etc, free of charge. The Virtual Appliance which will [...]

vCenter SSO changes when demoting domain controller

I’m still getting used to the important part vCenter SSO (Single Sign-On) is playing in vSphere 5.1. In my home lab I was switching domain controllers from W2k8 to Windows 2012. Transferred FSMO roles, integrated DNS, changed IP addresses for DNS on all servers and all seemed fine. My w2k8-dom01 server was demoted and removed. Few days later when trying to make a vCenter connection, I couldn’t logon anymore. As a good Windows Admin I of course first rebooted the vCenter VM but (as all real admins know) that seldom fixes the issue. Diving in the vCenter log files at “C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\Logs” I found the following error:

Considerations For Designing a Small vCloud Director Environment – Allocation Models

VMware’s vCloud Director is a very good way for organisations to start to take advantage of cloud computing, including private, public and hybrid models. Cloud computing can offer new efficiencies and cost savings for organisations that optimise it’s use. But where do you start? If you go searching for best practices, design considerations and references for designing and building a vCloud Director environment you will find plenty for large scale deployments. But it might seem difficult to find much in the way of design considerations for starting off with a small vCloud Director environment, such as for a proof of concept, small lab or pilot. In this article I hope to offer some advice that will allow you to dip your toes in the water and get up and running quickly without much complication, while allowing you to scale up in the future. This article looks at the different allocation models. Future article will discuss the rest of the components you need to consider.

VMware View Pool Manager (Sneak Peek)

One of the biggest challenges VMware View administrators face in large deployments is desktop pool maintenance. Commonly each desktop pool has Active Directory security groups with the number of users a given desktop pool will support.

As employees leave/join the organization, security groups require maintenance to ensure the number of users in each group correctly match the amount of desktops available.

New Training Course - VMware vCloud Automation Center Foundation

VMware is about to release a new 2 training course regarding the VMware vCloud Automation Center. This training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing the VMware vCloud Automation Center. This course covers the configuration and use of the VMware vCloud Automation Center platform to develop self-serviced provisioning and create on-demand private and public cloud services. The objectives are:

Error Removing Nexus 1000V VEM

I encountered this last week and was not find any reference to my specific problem – so I am documenting it here.

I was trying to remove the Cisco Nexus 1000V VEM from the ESXi hosts in my lab.

Converged compute and storage solutions

Lately I have been looking more and more in to converged compute and storage solutions, or “datacenter in a box” solutions as some like to call them. I am a big believer of this concept as some of you may have noticed. Those who have never heard of these solutions, an example of this would be Nutanix or Simplivity. I have written about both Nutanix and Simplivity in the past, and for a quick primer on those respective solutions I suggest to read those articles. In short, these solutions run a hypervisor with a software based storage solution that creates a shared storage platform from local disks. In others, no SAN/NAS required, or as stated… a full datacenter experience in just a couple of U’s.

 

KB-ARTICLES

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

 

VMware ESX

Changing the VMware vCenter Support Assistant logging level (2042436)
Date Published: 1/25/2013
Modifying the rc.local or sh.local file in ESX/ESXi to execute commands while booting (2043564)
Date Published: 1/23/2013

VMware ESXi
Determining which hosts are compatible for HA protected virtual machines (2037002)
Date Published: 1/21/2013
Unable to access VMware vCenter Support Assistant in vSphere Web Client (2042455)
Date Published: 1/25/2013
Selecting hosts in VMware vCenter Support Assistant displays the error: Error loading hosts (2042457)
Date Published: 1/25/2013
Using VMware vCenter Support Assistant with multiple users accessing multiple vCenter Servers simultaneously (2042459)
Date Published: 1/25/2013
Snapshot consolidation fails with a lock message (2033537)
Date Published: 1/23/2013
Error message is displayed in the management log files (hostd) after vSphere installation (2043303)
Date Published: 1/23/2013
Cannot connect to a virtual machine that has migrated from ESXi 5.1 to ESXi 5.0 (2043453)
Date Published: 1/23/2013

VMware Fusion
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 64bit virtual machines fail while changing the network connection type (2043557)
Date Published: 1/24/2013
Boot camp virtual machine loses connectivity to a Bluetooth keyboard while booting (2043568)
Date Published: 1/24/2013

VMware Service Manager
Integration Source Details filter columns do not retain custom configuration in VMware Service Manager 9.x (2034176)
Date Published: 1/24/2013
Call Type parameter is ignored when exporting reports to Excel in Service Manager (2042855)
Date Published: 1/21/2013
Service catalog loads very slowly in VMware Service Manager 9.x customer portal (2043709)
Date Published: 1/25/2013
Making fields in VMware Service Manager report hidden or mandatory (2031210)
Date Published: 1/24/2013
Change Window does not display for Type Fields in VMware Service Manager 9.x (2041942)
Date Published: 1/23/2013
Tasks are closed as redundant in VMware Service Manager 9.x (2042920)
Date Published: 1/23/2013

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
vMotion breaks activation of vCenter Protect Configuration Management 4.x / 5.x (2040887)
Date Published: 1/24/2013

VMware vCenter Orchestrator Appliance
Loading a signed SSL certificate fails with Java error: java.lang.NullPointerException (2031367)
Date Published: 1/24/2013

VMware vCenter Protect Standard
Scanning an offline machine in vCenter Protect fails with the error: 806 – Unable to mount volume (24307) (2043347)
Date Published: 1/21/2013

VMware vCenter Server
Quotation mark is removed from Windows guest customization option “Run Once” in vCenter Server 4.1 (2004138)
Date Published: 1/21/2013
Logging in to the vSphere Web Client fails with the error: ns0:RequestFailed: Internal Error while creating SAML 2.0 Token (2043070)
Date Published: 1/23/2013
Using the VMware vCenter Support Assistant diagnostics tool and configure-network command line tool to troubleshoot network issues (2042443)
Date Published: 1/25/2013
VMware VirtualCenter Server service fails immediately after starting and does not create a vpxd.log file (2034180)
Date Published: 1/24/2013
VMware vCenter Support Assistant proxy configuration (2042439)
Date Published: 1/25/2013

VMware vCenter Server Appliance
HA/FDM fails to restart a virtual machine with the error: vim.fault.NoCompatibleHost (2036991)
Date Published: 1/21/2013

VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat
Permissions associated with vCenter Server Heartbeat Clients (2043492)
Date Published: 1/21/2013

VMware vCenter Support Assistant
Installing, upgrading, and uninstalling VMware vCenter Support Assistant 5.1 (2042454)
Date Published: 1/25/2013
Accessing the VMware vCenter Support Assistant logs for troubleshooting and debugging (2042458)
Date Published: 1/25/2013
Using the configure-network command-line utility in VMware vCenter Support Assistant (2042462)
Date Published: 1/25/2013
Unable to upload logs after initiating log attachment for a Support Request in VMware vCenter Support Assistant (2042456)
Date Published: 1/25/2013

VMware vCloud API
revertToCurrentSnapshot does not return an error for a vApp that does not have a snapshot (2043302)
Date Published: 1/22/2013

VMware vCloud Automation Center
Renaming a vSphere cluster without causing errors in VMware vCloud Automation Center for Server 5.1.x (2041610)
Date Published: 1/23/2013

VMware vCloud Director
Calculating the storage size to be allocated for virtual machines in vCloud Director (2043173)
Date Published: 1/24/2013
Deploying VXLAN through Auto Deploy (2041972)
Date Published: 1/21/2013
Deleting all VCDNI network pools prevents VCDNI from working on network pools that are created later (2043526)
Date Published: 1/23/2013

VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent
Installing a vFabric Hyperic Agent on a 64-bit Windows server for vFabric Hyperic Agent 4.5.x / 4.6.x / 5.0.x (2041916)
Date Published: 1/25/2013

VMware vFabric Hyperic Server
Installing Hyperic Server on Windows (2043521)
Date Published: 1/23/2013
vFabric Hyperic Dashboard does not work after deleting Platform Service in VMware vFabric Hyperic Server 4.6.x / 5.0.x (2043634)
Date Published: 1/25/2013

VMware View Manager
After reinstalling or upgrading the View 5.1.x agent, the View Administrator console reports the message: Agent Unreachable (2038679)
Date Published: 1/25/2013
The status of the View Event database appears in Red in the View Administrator dashboard (2043231)
Date Published: 1/21/2013
Restore operations on View 5.2 linked clone desktops configured with SE sparse disks may encounter failures (2042792)
Date Published: 1/21/2013

VMware vShield
Message after upgrading to VMware vShield 5.0: Your Datacenter is ready to be upgraded to enhanced mode (2000176)
Date Published: 1/21/2013

VMware vSphere Web Services SDK
Best practice while collecting performance data at 5 minute intervals (2043306)
Date Published: 1/21/2013

VMware Workstation
Host and guest OS USB 3.0 and virtual xHCI support with Workstation 9 (2041591)
Date Published: 1/22/2013
Shared virtual machines do not AutoStart on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 hosts after applying a Windows Update (2043311)
Date Published: 1/24/2013
VMware USB Arbitration service fails to start in VMware Workstation (2043656)

Date Published: 1/25/2013