From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, I hope you have all had a great Easter long weekend. I did my IAAS exam to certify as a VCP-Cloud last week and passed which was a good achievement. As you know if you have been following along this was part of my mid year plan for certification and the next certification I am trying to obtain is my Desktop certification. I have practical but not much theoretical experience in View and the rest of the desktop suite so I am starting to work on that aspect. That of course means that there may be more End User Computing based articles in the newsletter.

 

Please remember that all the article titles are clickable to the full article on the respective bloggers website.

 

I look forward to speaking to you all next week again.
Best Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor) - VCP5/VCP-Cloud/VCAP5-DCD
Queensland Technical Account Manager
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VMWARE BLOGGERS
  • As we spoke about in this announcement, here are our currently trending KB articles related to ESXi and vCenter Server. These are the issues the majority of users are encountering. See anything familiar? Trending Issues: Installation problems with ESX/ESXi (2045134) …
    • Something you’re going to see starting today are a new breed of KB articles, titled “Trending Issues: “. Our plan is to run reports on incoming support traffic and determine which KB articles are used most often. As … Continue reading →
      • A customer recently asked: “Why should the option disk.enableUUID=true be set to false when a reboot is just pending, as stated in KB article: Backing up a Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machine using vSphere Data Protection 5.1 fails with …
        • Happy Friday to all of our VMware KBTV fans! We have a new video for your viewing pleasure today and this video will be of specific interest to any of our vSphere vCenter Server Appliance users. This video discusses and …
          • Last week I received a question from a customer asking about configuring shares for a Virtual Machine’s virtual disk (VMDK) as well as setting the IOP limits for a virtual disk. An old script that I had written was shared …
            • The resource management team is interested in your opinion about a feature in development; storage reservations. The current version of Storage I/O Control provides tools to prioritize and provide fairness to I/O streams of virtual machines. However the current version …
              • Many of you probably have participated in one of the many beta programs VMware has offered in the last couple of years. I personally have participated in various beta programs when I was a customer / partner and I always …
                • Similar to my previous blog post for vSphere, you can now programmatically retrieve the list of supported guest OSes for vCloud Director 5.1 if you are looking to build your own custom provisioning solution or portal. You no longer have …
                  • A common question that I see asked on the VMTN community forums is the ability to programmatically identify which guest OSes (Operating Systems) are supported in vSphere using the vSphere APIs. This request usually comes in handy for folks looking …
                    • This is one for our Italian readers. If you are a VMware user and reside in Italy, we are having a great Italian VMUG event in Milan on April 3rd, next month. I will be presenting on VMware’s Software Defined …
                      • By Charles Windom, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware In this blog post I cover the most common tasks in securing your VMware Horizon View deployment. Although the main objective is to provide a secure environment for your users …
                        • by Charles Windom, Senior Product Marketing Manager End-User Computing While working on the upcoming release of our Windows 7/8 Optimization Guide, I had some thoughts and I just wanted to share some of the things I noticed while modifying our …
                          • By Peter Brown, Senior R&D Manager, VMware, London, UK With the EUC Solutions Management and Technical Marketing team What Is USB Device Redirection? We are all used to USB devices on laptop or desktop machines. If you are working in …
                            • By Mike Coleman, End-User Computing Last week we released the VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack, which included a couple of great new features: Unity Touch and HTML Access. Pat Lee just posted a blog on Unity Touch, and I’m …
                              • By: Chris Colotti This is a repost from Chris Colotti’s blog, chriscolotti.us.  So all week I have been posting tidbits about the vCloud Director Hybrid cloud I have been building.  So what was my purpose for doing so?  Well I did it to make a couple …
                                • We are aware of provisioning delays some users have experienced when signing up for the VMware Cloud Evaluation.  We’d like to apologize to our users for exceeding the target provisioning time for new accounts. For those who are ready to give …
                                  • By: Massimo Re Ferre’, vCloud Architect This is a repost from Massimo’s personal blog, IT 2.0 – Next Generation IT Infrastructures. Having worked for about 3 years with vCloud Director I have to admit that the networking subsystem is the one that takes more time …
                                    • Indeed.com is hosting a tech talk that will be a case study of how they scaled their aggregation engine to handle 35 million job postings per day using RabbitMQ. The talk will be hosted at Indeed’s engineering site in Austin, …
                                      • Ever since VMware released our new version of the popular PostgreSQL, we have been working hard to publish a series of informative articles on what’s new in the vFabric Postgres (vPostgres) 9.2 release. There are a number of cool things like major …
                                        • Especially in today’s world, security is top of mind for app developers, DBAs, and CIOs alike. One of the benefits that VMware strives to include in every product is a system of reasonable defaults for security. This generally means that …
                                        EXTERNAL BLOGGERS
                                        • I received this question yesterday about material around VMFS. Of course I pointed them to the white paper Cormac recently published, which is an awesome read. But I also had this other link laying around which I forgot to share … Continue reading → " VMFS Deepdive Paper " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
                                          • Many of you probably have participated in one of the many beta programs VMware has offered in the last couple of years. I personally have participated in various beta programs when I was a customer / partner and I always … Continue reading → " New Beta Program option: VMware Hosted Beta " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
                                          • One of the things that many people have asked me is how they could check if their environment was meeting the requirements for an upgrade to 5.1. Until today I never really had a good answer for it but fortunately … Continue reading → " Awesome Fling: vCenter 5.1 Pre-Install Check " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
                                          • Recently I was asked if we could list some basic information from VMware View using the cmdlets which come installed on the View Administrator server, the request was specifically a list of VMs and the pool they were in, this was easily achieved with the Get-DesktopVM cmdlet as below: Secondly they were after a list [...] Gathering simple pool information from VMware View is a post from: Virtu-Al . Virtu-Al is one of the authors of VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration"…
                                            • Regardless of what the vSphere host Advanced Setting Disk.MaxLUN has stated as its definition for years, “Maximum number of LUNs per target scanned for” is technically not correct.  In fact, it’s quite misleading. The true definition looks similar stated in English but carries quite a different meaning and it can be found in my SnagIt [...] Post from: boche.net - VMware Virtualization Evangelist Copyright (c) 2010 Jason Boche. The contents of this post may not be reproduced or republished on…
                                              • John Troyer (you know him as @jtroyer on Twitter or the guy with the disco ball jacket at social events) has made the announcement that vExpert 2013 applications are now available. Simply put, a vExpert is the formal recognition, by VMware, of being a virtualization rock star.  I haven’t read the latest charter but technically [...] Post from: boche.net - VMware Virtualization Evangelist Copyright (c) 2010 Jason Boche. The contents of this post may not be reproduced or republished on another web page…
                                                As part of the VMware Horizon View 5.2 release a few weeks ago, VMware introduced a new technology feature called vSGA (Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration). To find out more about this technology, checkout my VMware View 3D Gaming Experience post. Two of the common questions I've been asked many times since the release of Horizon View [...] Related posts: VMware Horizon View v2.0 Clients: Released VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 1: Released VMware Horizon View: HTML Access VMware Horizon…
                                              • Shortly after the release of vCenter 5.1, VMware released “vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager 1.0″. With this product you as an administrator are able to manage third party hypervisors like Microsoft’s Hyper-V from within your vCenter installment. This will give companies more flexibility over what hypervisors they are able to use and thus use the hypervisor they need [...]
                                                • Hope you enjoyed the previous series on VMware vCloud Director networking. In this post I will show you how to make the vCloud Cells available through a Load Balancer using the vShield Edge. By publishing two or more vCloud Cells behind a load balancer, it is easier to separate management network from user network and [...] See full post at: VMware vCloud 5.1 Networking part 4 Cell Load balancing
                                                  • This is Episode 34 of the Get-Scripting podcast. Tune in to listen to us talk and interview people about PowerShell. Download it here , subscribe in iTunes or via a different feed reader . Intro: Alan: PowerCLI 5.1 Release 2 is now out - VDS, PS3, vCD 5.1 PowerScripting Podcast vCenter 5.1 Pre-Install Check Script NetApp Workflow Automation Number 8 in the Top Virtualization Bloggers Jonathan: Finalising my chapter for Deep Dives Book Using JH Software’s Simple DNS Client Library For .NET In PowerShell…
                                                    • View Pool Manager allow Horizon View administrators to easily manage users across desktop pools and security groups in large deployments. One of the of the biggest challenges View administrators face in large deployments is the desktop pool maintenance. Commonly each desktop pool has an Active Directory security groups with the correct amount of users a … Continue reading »
                                                      • I have just release the Horizon View VDI Calculator v.3.0 with full support for Horizon View 5.2 and vCenter 5.1. This is a major release of the calculator with multiple enhancements to mostly support higher scalability with the new versions of View and vCenter.   What’s New in Release 3.0 - Added support for pools … Continue reading »
                                                        • During many of my customer briefings, conference sessions  and discussions with friends I frequently notice that many of the terms used in EUC (End-User Computing) are yet unknown to many – so are the benefits of the multiple different technologies being created and implemented in enterprises today – things such as MDM, MAM, EMM etc. … Continue reading »
                                                          • This week I received an interesting question from a colleague that I had also been asked in the past. However, in the past I was not able to present a good solution for the problem. Let me present the scenario. A VMware View pool of persistent desktops was created and provided to developers using the … Continue reading »
                                                            vCloud Automation center (vCAC) is a new product that has been announced during VMworld Barcelona. vCAC enables you to automate provisioning and management if IT services across multi-vendor deployment technologies, tools and processes. This product is quite complex but automation provided can reduce complexity and risk, speed of deployments. It’s an automation toolkit. I have reported on details [...] Read the full post vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) videos at ESX Virtualization . Check Out This…
                                                          • This newly published book is a second edition of VMware vSphere Design. The Authors Scott Lowe and Forbes Guthrie were joined by Kendrick Coleman for a detailed chapter on vCloud Director which is part of  the book. The news has been here for several days and many bloggers has already covered this during this week, [...] Read the full post VMware vSphere Design Book – 2nd Edition at ESX Virtualization .  Check Out This Free Tool : VMturbo Community Edition You may also like: New book about vSphere…
                                                            • Free PDF which shows three best practices for Storage and server admins on How-to enhance Performance of VMware environments. To show storage and server admins some tips to avoid friction. This document written by Bryan Semple from Dell shows what involves a discussion between storage teams, application teams and VMware administrators. Enhancing VMware Performance – Three [...] Read the full post Enhancing VMware Performance – Three best practices for Storage and Server Admins at ESX Virtualization…
                                                              • VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced Version is GA. VDP Advanced is a new product is an enhanced version of VDP and I already reported on that few weeks back during the announcement. The VDPA scales up to 8Tb of deduplication storage as well as 400 VMs per VDP appliance. The product is sold separately with Per Physical CPU [...] Read the full post VMware VDP Advanced Now Available – how it compares to other backup products? at ESX Virtualization .  Check Out This Free Tool : VMturbo Community…
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                                                              VMware Horizon Mirage
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                                                              VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
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                                                              VMware vSphere Data Protection
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                                                              VMware Workstation
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