From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, busy week for me with the start of the TAM VCP Study Club. We also had another very successful Lunch and Learn session on SRM. This week we have our local VMUG. If you havent checked out VMUG then I suggest you do so as it is a great way to interact with like minded VMware peers in the industry. There are VMUGs in so many places I am sure there is one in your area.

 

Have a wonderful week
Best Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
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VMWARE BLOGGERS
  • In the previous two vCloud Networking and Security App Firewall blogs we looked at  installation and policy management . In this blog, let’s take a look at how to handle day-to-day operations of App Firewall. Following topics are covered in this blog. App Firewall Flow Monitoring Capabilities App Firewall Syslog Management App Firewall Show History and Load History options App Firewall Configuration Backup App Firewall CLIs App Firewall Flow Monitoring Capabilities The Flow Monitoring feature of…
    • One of the greatest things about RabbitMQ is the community that surrounds it. With open source at its roots, people come together to share their code, their knowledge and their stories of how they’ve deployed it in their projects. At a recent meetup near Nice, France, database engineer Adina Mihailescu shared a presentation on choosing messaging systems. Supported by Murial Salvan’s benchmark comparing ActiveMQ , RabbitMQ , HornetQ , Apollo , QPID , and ZeroMQ , they shared some interesting performance…
      • In Part 1 of this blog series, we discussed what IT as a Service (ITaaS) is and why it’s important for your company to thrive. In Part 2 of this series, we’ll take a look into IDG’s 2012 survey and the four key IT trends your company should follow in order to successfully deliver ITaaS. Trend 1: Changing Mindset, Roles and Organizational Structure is Paramount Success with ITaaS requires IT to take a strategic outlook and break down IT silos. To stay competitive in the market, IT must overcome…
        • AUTHOR: Eric Ledyard IT is caught in the middle of two opposing forces at all times—balancing the demands of the business with the challenges of IT. To be successful, the IT organization needs to change the way it creates, deploys and runs the services it provides the company. I find when working with most of my customers that there is a dichotomy between the goals of the business leadership teams and the goals of IT. For the CIO to be successful, she needs to solve for the challenges facing her…
          • Hadoop is used by some pretty amazing companies to make use of big, fast data—particularly unstructured data. Huge brands on the web like AOL, eBay, Facebook, Google, Last.fm, LinkedIn, MercadoLibre, Ning, Quantcast, Spotify, Stumbleupon, Twitter, as well as some more brick and mortar giants like GE , Walmart , Morgan Stanley , Sears , and Ford use Hadoop. Why? In a nutshell, companies like McKinsey believe the use of big data and technologies like Hadoop will allow companies to better compete and grow…
            • By: Massimo Re Ferre’ , vCloud Architect In this post I am going to touch briefly on the challenges organizations usually face when moving to the cloud. Once organizations understand the value of moving to the cloud, they often need to work around a few hurdles to exploit the full value of it. The Incompatibility Issue The first problem most organizations face when moving to the public cloud is the fact that there is often a complete disconnect between what they have in-house and how the service they…
              • The cloud, mobile applications and big, fast data are fundamentally changing how applications are built and modernized today. To speed this transformation at the enterprise level, Pivotal, the new venture by VMware and EMC , will host a live streaming event on April 24th at 10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern with a special announcement and an unveiling of its plans to build “A New Platform for a New Era”. The Pivotal platform will unite data, application, and cloud fabrics, helping enterprises to develop…
                • If you have experience performing basic administrative tasks within a Linux, Solaris, or Windows environment and want to build your virtual infrastructure skills, then you’ll want to attend VMware vCenter Configuration Manager for Virtual Infrastructure Management [V5.x] .  This hands-on training course builds your skills with VMware® vCenter Configuration Manager™, providing you the knowledge to skillfully install and configure vCenter Configuration Manager, navigate the user interface, manage…
                  • by Martin Casado, Chief Architect Networking I remember giving the networking talk at the 2010 OpenStack design summit to a sparsely populated room in San Antonio. At the time, there were few real deployments to point to, there was no Quantum, Open vSwitch was relatively unknown, and the term “SDN” had only been coined a year-and-a-half earlier. Much has changed since that time. OpenStack has grown wildly in popularity and has become the leading open cloud orchestration framework. We have seen a…
                    • As vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) gains traction, so too does the need for details on how to extend it using vCenter Orchestrator (vCO). I have kept an eye out for good articles on vCAC and just saw a great one at the DailyHypervisor.com blog around Adding a computer account to Active Directory OU. This is something that we had done for LifeCycleManager (LCM) quite some time back and feel it is a good candidate for a vCO-centeric article. So a quick thanks to Sid Smith for his article. Our focus will be on…
                      • Today we have a new video which discusses and demonstrates how to license VMware Workstation . This tutorial is short, straight-to-the-point and specifically geared towards users who are new to VMware Workstation. For the purpose of this video tutorial we used VMware Workstation 9.x running on a Windows-based system, however the instructions also apply to a Linux-based installation. For full instructions, see VMware Knowledge Base article Licensing VMware Workstation (2014291) . Note : For best viewing…
                        • Times Internet Builds a Scalable Elastic Virtualized Datacenter Times Internet, the digital content delivery organise for Times India, embarked on an agressive Private Cloud deployment to deliver an elastic, scalable and ... From: vmwaretv Views: 47 3 ratings Time: 03:15 More in Science & Technology
                          • VMware SMB In a recent survey of more than 1,000 small to midmarket businesses, 68% say they plan to spend more on virtualizing their infrastructure this year than they did last year. Although cutting costs remains a key driver of virtualization, companies that have already implemented virtualization are seeing plenty of additional benefits. Demands on IT departments are changing, from increased pressures to implement BYOD policies for users to scalability issues, and expanding on virtualization remains a…
                            • The world’s largest banks have historically relied on mainframes to manage all their transactions and the related cash and profit. In mainframe terms, hundreds of thousands of MIPS are used to keep the mainframe running these transactions, and the cost per MIP can make mainframes extremely expensive to operate. For example, Sears was seeing the overall cost per MIP at $3000-$7000 per year and didn’t see that as a cost-effective way to compete with Amazon. While the price of MIPS has continued to…
                              • Today’s “Question of the Week” comes from the VMware Certified Professional 5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DV) Official Study Guide . Which view should you be in to add a host to an existing vDS? a. Hosts and Clusters b. Networking c. vSphere d. VMs and Templates See below for the answer Not sure of the answer? You can learn more about this topic in our VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course. Answer: b. Networking
                                • By TJ Vatsa, VMWare EUC Consultant INTRODUCTION I am writing this blog to share my thoughts and experiences when it comes to architecting enterprise virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions. While some schools of thought believe that a one size fits all approach provides a low cost, modular deployment strategy, I believe in a different perspective, which is – “one size may fit, or better yet, align with one specific use case”. This approach in my opinion leads to a repeatable, predictable…
                                  • Being a System Administrator makes you very busy person. Multiple issues arise each day, and even several problems at the same time. Resolving each issue in a timely fashion, and then going about your day, is what being a successful System Administrator is about. Trust me we’ve all been there; having a pager strapped to your side, and being buzzed every time anything goes wrong. This can be especially frustrating if you are at home eating dinner with the family. Obviously, it is in your best interest and…
                                    • The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) is pleased to announce, the most awaited and anticipated content of the year, the release of VMware vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide Compliance toolkit in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager ( VCM ), a key component in the VMware vCenter Operations Suite. (vC Ops). As a critical component of the vC Ops suite, VCM is the FIRST product in the market today to have the official GA version of the vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guidelines. The package comes in 4…
                                      • We’re extending the vExpert 2013 application deadline to from tonight to April 22, 2013 at midnight PDT. More information on the vExpert Program is available at the original announcement: vExpert 2013 applications are now open . Here is the vExpert 2013 application form . We’d like to encourage first-time applicants to go ahead and put in an application. It just takes a few minutes to apply. If you’re passionate about virtualization, cloud, and building the new software-defined data center,…
                                        • In the last post here , I provided some basic information on SNMP and also shared which networking MIB modules are supported in vSphere 5.1. Before I describe how to use these MIB modules, there is one correction I would like make to the last post. I had mentioned that network related Trap is not supported, but that is not correct. SNMP agent on the host does send SNMP Trap when a physical link goes UP or DOWN. The Trap is like an interrupt. Instead of polling the values of the different network…
                                          • This is a re-posting from the vSphere Security Blog to ensure maximum coverage. Hi, I’m pleased to announce to availability of the official release of the vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide. The guide is being released as an Excel spreadsheet only. This guide follows the same format as the 5.0 guide. All reference and documentation URL’s and code samples have been updated for 5.1. The guide is available here The permanent home will be here soon: http://vmware.com/go/securityguides Also available is a…
                                            • Hi, I’m pleased to announce to availability of the official release of the vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide. The guide is being released as an Excel spreadsheet only. This guide follows the same format as the 5.0 guide. All reference and documentation URL’s and code samples have been updated for 5.1. The guide is available here The permanent home will be here soon: http://vmware.com/go/securityguides Also available is a separate document containing the Change Log for the guide. The Change Log is…
                                              • Earning your VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Infrastructure Administration (VCAP-CIA) certification validates your ability to install, configure, and administer complex, single and multi-tenant public/private/hybrid VMware vCloud environments. Achieving VCAP-CIA status shows that you have advanced cloud administration experience and can: Configure and maintain vCloud Director Manage vSphere resources Manage vCloud Director resources Manage complex vCloud Director networks Manage…
                                                • Instagram is one of the poster children for social media site successes. Founded in 2010, the photo sharing site now supports upwards of 90 million active photo-sharing users. As with every social media site, part of the fun is that photos and comments appear instantly so your friends can engage while the moment is hot.  Recently, at PyCon 2013 last month, Instagram engineer Rick Branson shared how Instagram needed to transform how these photos and comments showed up in feeds as they scaled from a few…
                                                  • Version 2.0 of the popular VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal (VMKP) is now live! The VMKP is a free app which is designed to provide a simple way for VMware customers to view technical collateral around the Datacenter & Cloud Infrastructure and Infrastructure & Operations Management products. Gain easy access to a variety of media and download your selected items to your device for when you are without access to the internet, the VMKP contains: Videos Evaluation Guides What’s New papers White…
                                                    EXTERNAL BLOGGERS
                                                    • Following on from yesterdays VMware Horizon View 5.2: Network Ports (Internal Design) post, I present to you my second Horizon View 5.2 Networking Port diagram. This diagram is of an External Horizon View 5.2 design and includes Security Servers and all of the ports required for both the internal and external firewalls. I hope you [...] Related posts: VMware Horizon View 5.2: Network Ports (Internal Design) VMware Horizon View v2.0 Clients: Released VMware Horizon View: HTML Access VMware Horizon View…
                                                      • I've been doing some work internally at VMware which I thought could be useful to the wider public, so I've decided to share this with you. I've put together a couple of detailed diagrams that display the networking port requirements and directional traffic flow to the various component that make up an Horizon View 5.2 [...] Related posts: VMware Horizon View: HTML Access VMware Horizon View v2.0 Clients: Released VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 1: Released VMware Horizon View: Unity…
                                                        • Yesterday I was busy trying some things in my VMware Horizon View 5.2 environment and after a while I got tired of repeating the same tasks on different desktop pools over and over again. Looking for a way to make things easier I came across the View Pool Manager which is a VMware Fling that [...]
                                                          VMware Certificate Automation Tool 1.0 which has been released few days back (my post: vCenter certificate automation tool 1.0) enables to automate (or rather semi-automate) the management of SSL certificates of different vCenter components. This tool is the only tool that automates the job and which is supported by VMware. Certificates are real pain, and [...] Read the full post VMware Certificate Automation Tool – How to use at ESX Virtualization . Check Out This Free Tool : VMturbo Community Edition…
                                                        • New vSphere hardening guide has been released. The news came by from vSphere Security Blog here. The vSphere Hardening guide present itself as an excel spreadsheet, where the different components of vSphere 5.1 are laid on separate worksheet. You have the possibility to consult different ways to restrict (harden) access to different components of vSphere and protect your installation [...] Read the full post vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide Released at ESX Virtualization . Check Out This Free Tool : VMturbo…
                                                          • vCenter Operations Manager 5.7 has been released few days ago. vCOPS 5.7 provides performance, capacity and configuration management for VMware vSphere. It’s a standalone product, which is also distributed as bundle with VMware vSphere. VMware vCenter Operations Manager 5.7 is preconfigured as a virtual appliance (VM) and it’s available in three editions: Standard Advanced Enterprise What’s [...] Read the full post vCenter Operations Manager 5.7 – what’s new? at ESX Virtualization . Check Out…
                                                            • For those of you who start thinking about VCAP-CIA exam, which is an exam on vCloud Director – at the Datacenter Advanced Professional level. This exam is now available through VMware Education. When passing this exam, you’ll automatically become VCP-Cloud certified. VCAP-CIA stands for VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Infrastructure administration. There is a requirements [...] Read the full post VCAP-CIA – vCloud VCAP exam available at ESX Virtualization . Check Out This Free Tool…
                                                            KB ARTICLES

                                                            My VMware
                                                            My VMware Mobile App v2.0 FAQ (2048148)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013
                                                            Using the My VMware Mobile App (2048149)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013
                                                            Viewing license keys in the My VMware Mobile App (2048150)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013
                                                            Viewing user permissions in the My VMware Mobile App (2048152)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013
                                                            Searching the VMware Knowledge Base using the My VMware Mobile App (2048154)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013
                                                            Viewing your Support Requests in the My VMware Mobile App (2048155)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013

                                                            VMware ESX
                                                            Subscribing to VMware Compatibility Guide updates using the RSS feed (2048414)
                                                            Date Published: 4/3/2013
                                                            Domain name entries in /etc/host with an underscore character (“_”) are replaced with a space character (” “) after reboot (2048670)
                                                            Date Published: 4/4/2013
                                                            Virtual machines and vmkernel interface lose network connectivity on exceeding dvUplink character limit (2044846)
                                                            Date Published: 4/1/2013

                                                            VMware ESXi
                                                            Deploying and using the SSL Certificate Automation Tool (2041600)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013
                                                            Configuring SNMP fails with the error: Agent not responding, connect uds socket failed (2042772)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013
                                                            Inconsistent display names are reported in the ESXi command line after renaming a virtual machine using the vSphere Client (2047839)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013
                                                            Exporting an OVF template from the virtual machine with an attached USB device fails with the error: Failed to export Virtual Machine: Unknown device: ‘USB 1′ (2048448)
                                                            Date Published: 4/3/2013
                                                            vSphere DRS migrates all virtual machines from a host and does not migrate back (2044970)
                                                            Date Published: 4/1/2013
                                                            This operation is not allowed in the current state of the datastore (2045801)
                                                            Date Published: 4/2/2013

                                                            VMware Horizon Mirage
                                                            Collecting diagnostic information for VMware Horizon Mirage (2045794)
                                                            Date Published: 4/1/2013
                                                            Mirage processes are consuming a large amount of memory (2046225)
                                                            Date Published: 4/4/2013

                                                            VMware Horizon View
                                                            USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 Redirection Support with View 5.1 and Horizon View 5.2 (2048334)
                                                            Date Published: 4/1/2013
                                                            AllowAutoDeviceSplitting policy for USB redirection might not give the View Agent setting precedence over the View Client setting (2048729)
                                                            Date Published: 4/4/2013

                                                            VMware Horizon Workspace
                                                            Horizon Workspace Configurator wizard reports an Active Directory Bind failure (2048032)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013

                                                            VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)
                                                            Removing an unwanted virtual disk from the UI or Analytics VM (2046813)
                                                            Date Published: 4/3/2013
                                                            vCenter Configuration Manager UI periodically displays a blank/white page (2048222)
                                                            Date Published: 4/1/2013
                                                            Apache Tomcat logs unavailable via Custom UI in vCenter Operations Manager 5.0.3 / 5.6 (2048996)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013

                                                            VMware vCenter Server
                                                            Generating certificates for use with the VMware SSL Certificate Automation Tool (2044696)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013
                                                            The Performance Overview tab in vSphere Client 5.1 does not show any data for some of the objects (2045673)
                                                            Date Published: 4/3/2013
                                                            Validating and correcting errors for an upgraded vCenter Server using the SSL Certificate Automation Tool (2048202)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013
                                                            Enabling VMware vCenter Update Manager plugin fails with error: sysimage.fault.SSLCertificateError (2048210)
                                                            Date Published: 4/1/2013
                                                            Guest operating system support for Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) (2045704)
                                                            Date Published: 4/2/2013
                                                            vCenter Pre-Upgrade Checker fails with the error: Failed to connect to the database for user * look at the log file for more details (2048426)
                                                            Date Published: 4/3/2013

                                                            VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat
                                                            Using vCenter Server Heartbeat DNSConfTool.exe (2048790)
                                                            Date Published: 4/4/2013

                                                            VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
                                                            vSphere Replication fails with the error: Virtual machine is in an invalid state during SRM Reprotect (2046796)
                                                            Date Published: 4/3/2013
                                                            Cannot create a Protection Group when using vCenter Site Recovery Manager with EMC VNXe and NFS (2048339)
                                                            Date Published: 4/2/2013
                                                            Cannot configure Site Recover Manager settings in vCloud Usage Meter (2046589)
                                                            Date Published: 4/3/2013
                                                            Performing Reprotect with vSphere Replication in SRM 5.0.x (2047157)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013

                                                            VMware vCloud Automation Center
                                                            Blueprint for cloning Windows 8 or Windows 2012 may become stuck in MachineCustomization State in VMware vCloud Automation Center 4.5.x / 5.1.x (2048394)
                                                            Date Published: 4/4/2013
                                                            vCloud Automation Center self-service portal displays a dollar sign in a non-US Windows system (2048459)
                                                            Date Published: 4/1/2013
                                                            Amazon EC2 machine remains in the TurningOn state even when the AmazonEC2PowerOn workflow fails (2048464)
                                                            Date Published: 4/1/2013

                                                            VMware vSphere Data Protection
                                                            Last Successful Backup is not updated in vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Reports tab and shows as Never (2044808)
                                                            Date Published: 4/4/2013
                                                            VMware vSphere Data Protection does not backup virtual machines using the HotAdd Transport mechanism (2048138)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013
                                                            Accessing vSphere Data Protection and restoring vCenter Server when vCenter Server is inaccessible or corrupted (2048288)
                                                            Date Published: 4/2/2013

                                                            VMware vSphere Management Assistant
                                                            vSphere Management Assistant 5.1 Patch 1 (5.1.0.1) (2044135)
                                                            Date Published: 4/4/2013

                                                            VMware vSphere PowerCLI
                                                            Update Manager PowerCLI cmdlet installer fails if the Windows folder is renamed (2048877)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013

                                                            VMware vSphere Replication
                                                            Recovering a virtual machine in the same source and destination folder fails with the error: Failed to register the recovered virtual machine (2041670)
                                                            Date Published: 4/4/2013

                                                            VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
                                                            vCenter Server vSphere Storage Appliance tab displays the error: The License Key assigned to this vCenter Server does not include vSphere Storage Appliance Feature (2014484)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013
                                                            VSA installer reports the message: This VSA Installer will delete the existing data on the local hard disks of each host and will change the configuration of the hosts to support vMotion and HA (2048059)
                                                            Date Published: 4/5/2013
                                                            Replacing existing VMware vSphere Storage Appliance cluster service machine with a machine that has a new IP address (2048070)
                                                            Date Published: 4/1/2013