From the editors Virtual Desk
Hi everyone, I have had a short week this week with local public holidays and some time off to relax. It has been really good and I have enjoyed the time. It was not all play though as I am still working towards my VCP-DT so still doing much with the new horizon suite and View in particular. I have also been spending a lot of time helping on the TAM VCP Stud Club in ANZ. This is now going into its third week and is going very well. There are around 60 members of the club all participating in various aspects of the club that suit them in order for them to obtain their VCP5 certification. I will keep you updated with the progress.
Hope you have a safe and productive week.
Best Wishes
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
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  • The following is an article from Eric Betts, who manages VMware’s Common Criteria certification program. Feed back to VMware’s announcement of vSphere 5.1 achieving “In-Evaluation” has been overwhelmingly successful.  However, it also caused quite a flurry of questions regarding the change in EAL level from EAL4+ to EAL2+ and questions on EAL4 vs. EAL2.  This blog posting will help with clarifying VMware’s position and overview of reform changes in-progress with Common Criteria. Information…
    Over the last few months, you have seen my blog articles on the vCloud Networking and Security solution.  Some of you may have even been inspired to try it, but were not able to set aside or configure infrastructure to do any testing.  Well, here’s your chance to get hands-on experience on everything that I wrote, without committing any equipment in your lab. HOL-SDC-1303 – An In-depth Exploration of vCloud Networking and Security is a brand-new hands-on lab that walks you through vCloud Networking…
    • Participate in finalizing a nearly completed course and save 50% !   Because this BETA course is delivered as a Live Online, you can attend remotely from anywhere . VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Advanced Usage and Dashboard Design [5.x] – BETA Location:  Live Online Time: May 13-15 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Daylight Time See the BETA Course Description Register today as seating is limited.  BETA courses fill up quickly, Live Online courses in particular!
      • VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager is a component that enables support for heterogeneous hypervisors in a VMware vCenter Server environment. It provides the following benefits to your virtual environment: An integrated platform for managing VMware and third-party hypervisors from a single interface. A hypervisor choice for the different business units in your organization to accommodate their specific needs. No single hypervisor vendor lock-in. When you add a third-party host to vCenter Server,…
        • Shift your thinking from task automation to service automation. There are two primary automation strategies . Shift your thinking to service automation in order realize the full potential of SDDC and hybrid cloud solutions. Automating IT Services Is Not As Hard As You Think by Edward Newman Your 1 st automated service provisioning effort should be a complete service that has big impact. Not automated provisioning of multiple VMs with manual storage and network deployment. The Importance of Automation in…
          • I’d like to announce the general availability of VMware vCloud Director 5.1.2.  This update was released on April 25 th , 2013. This update provides: Rights for creating, reverting and removing snapshots Allocation pool organization virtual datacenters can be elastic or non-elastic Support for RHEL 6.3 Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Guest OS customization of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Get the release notes from here . Download the update from here . Get notification of new blog…
            • vSphere 5.1 Update 1 is now available. For those of you running 5.1, there are a lot of critical fixes and enhancements, so I’d urge you to review the release notes and consider scheduling a slot to upgrade your infrastructure to this new release. There are updates for both vCenter and ESXi in this release. Since this is the storage blog , I wanted to call out a few items which are directly relevant to storage and are addressed in 5.1U1, and these are features which I know a number of our customers have…
              • The people working on vCenter Orchestrator have created a page for it on Facebook. If you have a facebook account you can visit the page and click on like.
                • VMware released vCenter Orchestrator 5.1.1 As part of the vCenter 5.1 update 1. I rarely cover these updates on the blog since they are mostly bug fixes. This one is different since it includes some long due functionalities. I did ask for some of these and the dev team did an awesome job implementing them ! vCenter Orchestrator 5.1 provided a lot of new great features at the workflow designer level and integration with the vSphere web client I have detailed in this article . Still there were a few things…
                  • VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) is a backup and recovery solution that was introduced with vSphere 5.1. VDP leverages mature, proven technology from EMC Avamar to provide reliable, space-efficient, disk-based data protection for VMware virtual machines (VMs). VDP is fully integrated with VMware vCenter Server and the vSphere Web Client. One of the real beauties of VDP is its ease of deployment and management which explains why thousands of VMware customers have already downloaded VDP since it was…
                    • There have been some rumors but I can now officially share the update release 1 for vSphere vCenter Server 5.1. vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1 | Build 1064983 vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 1 | Build 1065184 Download from VMware.com What’s New This release of VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1 offers the following improvements: vCenter Server is now supported on Windows Server 2012 Additional vCenter Server Database Support: vCenter Server now supports the following databases. Microsoft SQL Server…
                      • VMware has just released the much anticipated Update 1 patch for vSphere 5.1 which includes several updates and bug fixes for both ESXi and vCenter Server 5.1 . I highly encourage everyone to review the release notes for the complete list of resolved issues. While going through the ESXi 5.1 Update 1 release notes myself, I noticed a few resolved bugs that I had been following and thought I would highlight a few of them: Reinstallation of ESXi 5.1 does not remove the Datastore label of the local VMFS of an…
                        • As of this evening, both Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication have been updated and the 5.1.1 release is now available.  I strongly recommend this build as even though there is little in the way of new functionality, it is almost completely filled with things that make SRM and VR work better. Some of the fixed issues, for example, are things like: All sorts of timeout problems ranging from multiple operation timeouts to reprotect timeouts to HBA rescan timeouts Custom vCenter https ports now…
                          • Today while I was working on a LAB, I struggled to find where the migration option is for the vmknics in the new NGC client. In the traditional client, as shown in the screen shot below, you can select the virtual adapter and then either choose to change the properties of the adapter or migrate it to another switch Traditional Client Screen Shot If you look under the similar view in NGC, you won’t find that migrate option. The following screen shot shows the view in the NGC where you pick a Host, click…
                            • For growth initiatives, many companies are looking to innovate by ramping analytical , mobile , social , big data , and cloud initiatives . For example, GE is one growth-oriented company and just announced heavy investment in the Industrial Internet with GoPivotal . One area of concern to many well-established businesses is what to do with their mainframe powered applications. Mainframes are expensive to run, but the applications that run off of them are typically very important and the business can not…
                              • Post by Michael Brunner, Director, Midmarket and Small Business Team Recently I attended the Midmarket CIO Forum event in Bonita Springs, Florida, joining a group of leading CIOs to discuss the challenges and opportunities that midmarket organizations are facing. Many CIOs who attended were looking for insights from their peers and midmarket solution vendors, to discuss challenges and create actionable plans to move their business forward by leveraging new and existing IT opportunities. During the…
                                • New FREE eLearning VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator Fundamentals [V2.X] is now available.  This one hour course teaches you the main functions of vCenter Infrastructure Navigator including: •  vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 vApp resource requirements and installation considerations; •  vCenter Infrastructure Navigator virtual appliance architecture; •  vCenter Infrastructure Navigator virtual appliance resource requirements; •  vCenter Infrastructure Navigator virtual appliance…
                                  • It’s great to see the public launch of Pivotal today. The mission — to build a new platform for a new era — is bold but appropriately targeted at some of the biggest fundamental changes in application technologies. Pivotal is now a separate entity, bringing several teams and technologies from both VMware and EMC — including Greenplum’s Hadoop (now Pivotal HD), Greenplum Database (fused with Hadoop as a new database known as HAWQ), CETAS, Pivotal Labs, Gemfire in-memory database, the Spring…
                                    • While installing the SQL Server agent for VDP Advanced, I ran into an error: RegisterAgent: Unable to register the Backup Agent service. My first thought was permissions, but I am logged in with an account that has administrative permissions so that was not the issue. My second thought was name resolution. Bingo! As with nearly all VMware solutions (and many other solutions), this particular task is dependent on name resolution. One of the first steps in the agent installation wizard is entering the name…
                                      • Pivotal is now open for business! Pivotal, first announced in December , is a new venture started by VMware and EMC that is focused on Big Data and Cloud Application Platforms. Formally launched as a stand-alone entity today, Pivotal is led by former VMware CEO Paul Maritz, who has been working as Chief Strategy Officer at EMC since last August. In a webinar today, Maritz not only confirmed the new initiative is now a stand-alone business with 1,250 employees from VMware and EMC, but he also surprised…
                                        • In Parts 1 and 2 of this blog series, we discussed the definition of IT as a Service (ITaaS) and highlighted several important trends your company should follow in order to successfully deliver ITaaS. In Part 3 of this series, we will be covering how to put ITaaS to work in your organization. As you can see in the chart above, delivering ITaaS is a top priority for many organizations. So what can you do to successfully deliver ITaaS in your company? Here are three primary lessons: Your enterprise…
                                          • Hosts John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer Mike Laverick, VMware @mike_laverick Guests John Obeto, Logikworx @johnobeto Betty Junod, VMware News New Community Competition – Are you the next Virtual Design Master? Canonical and VMware Collaborate to Enable OpenStack Clouds with VMware Technologies Socialcast by VMware Advances Enterprise Social Networking With New Capabilities Flipboard users – Three cool magazines – consider subscribing vExpert Weekly Digest Software-Defined Datacenter VMware User…
                                            • In February, we announced PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.  as the winner of our $100,000 VMware/Dell Journey to Your Cloud Makeover contest. This is the third in our blog series chronicling PBS’s implementation of expanded virtualization and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager. Everything has been progressing as planned at PBS. The Vancouver disaster recovery center is already up and running with a full 3-2-1 redundant high availability (HA) configuration based on a SAN, two switches and three…
                                              • As mentioned by VMware Director of Global Education Curriculum, David Day ‘s blog post , VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.1] is now available globally. This hands-on training workshop provides you with the advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve competence in troubleshooting the VMware® vSphere® environment. This workshop also increases your skill and competence in using the command line to analyze problems. The workshop is based on VMware ESXi™ 5.1 and VMware® vCenter…
                                                • This week’s “Question of the Week” comes from the VMware Certified Professional 5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) 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
                                                  • Many of the agility and cost reduction benefits realized by deploying standardized and virtualized infrastructure (compute, network and storage) come from automating management processes. But those benefits don’t come (forgive the pun) automatically. Automation is an approach to achieve a goal. And your reasons for deploying automation greatly influence both the tactics you follow, and their  impact the people, their roles, and skills required to function in a more automated environment. Strategy…
                                                    • This is a guest post by vCloud Service Provider, Logicalis .  By:  Eric Brooks If you’re searching for a public cloud provider for infrastructure services, you won’t have to look far; there is nothing short of a plethora of options when it comes to public cloud providers for infrastructure services.  The question is, which one should you choose and why? Many infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers have chosen to pursue open source or free solutions and customize them to fit their own models.…
                                                      • By TJ Vatsa, VMWare EUC Consultant INTRODUCTION Welcome to Part II of the VMware View Storage Design Strategy and Methodology blog. This blog is in continuation to Part I that can be found here . In the last blog, I had listed some of the most prevalent challenges that impede a predictable VMware View Storage design strategy.. In this blog, I will articulate some of the successful storage design approaches that are employed by VMware End User Computing (EUC) Consulting practice to overcome those…
                                                        • [originally posted on www.commondenial.com ] I believe that vCAC is one of the ways of putting the “yes” back into innovation versus the “no” that always seems to come out of security people. Innovation is thwarted because we feel like systems are out of our control and when they are, we don’t know what they are doing. We have to ask the network team to give us insight. Now, with vCAC we get the security back because we (the security people) can establish governance and control and sometimes this…
                                                          • by: Betty Junod, Director Product Marketing If your organization still needs to move from Windows XP to Windows 7, you are not alone. According to a recent study commissioned by VMware that surveyed 322 desktop IT professionals globally 64 percent of enterprise companies still need to migrate off of Win XP 52 percent of mid-sized companies still need to migrate off of Win XP 61 percent of SMBs still need to migrate off of Win XP If you are starting to feel stress as we move closer and closer to the…
                                                            • Greetings folks! We have a new video today which is specifically geared towards users of our VMware Workstation product. This video discusses and demonstrates upgrading from VMware Workstation version 8 to VMware Workstation version 9 . The video tutorial depicts the process from a Windows-based environment’s perspective, however the instructions also apply to a Linux based installation. You will need a valid My VMware account in order to download the Workstation installer binary from the vmware.com…
                                                              • Dave Nelson, Director of the VMware IT Academy , will be presenting at PUE’s (Proyecto Universidad Empresa) Tech Learning Day 2013! in Madrid, Spain, on 7 May. At this event, the collaboration with PUE as the VMware IT Academy’s Regional partner in Spain will be presented along with facets of VMware’s IT Academy and its offerings in virtualization and cloud computing. Other highlights will be the new Spanish delivery of our most popular course, VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1] , as…
                                                                • vFabric GemFire - Data Platform for Modern Applications Modern applications require data that is up-to-date and delivered in real-time even when spanning wide geographies. GemFire delivers a very high performance, easily scalable modern data platform... From: vmwaretv Views: 66 0 ratings Time: 02:48 More in Science & Technology
                                                                  • Hadoop is an open source legend built by software heroes. Yet, legends can sometimes be surrounded by myths—these myths can lead IT executives down a path with rose-colored glasses. Data and data usage is growing at an alarming rate .  Just look at all the numbers from analysts—IDC predicts a 53.4% growth rate for storage this year, AT&T claims 20,000% growth of their wireless data traffic over the past 5 years , and if you take at your own communications channels, its guaranteed that the…
                                                                    • VMware’s most popular certification exam – VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virutalization (VCP5-DCV) – is now available in 5 languages: English Japanese Castilian Spanish German Korean See the full list of what languages the certification exams are offered here .
                                                                      • In a recent webinar , VMware’s Kurt Milne , and Kevin Lees , Principle Architect for Cloud Operations, discussed how to optimize IT operations in a hybrid world. Users and business managers can now easily work around IT to procure a wide range of services from vendors on-demand, and get billed based on usage. So what can, or should, IT organizations do? Here’s a quick summary of the key points from the discussion. Kurt and Kevin provide recommendations and solutions to avoid shadow IT activity, and to…
                                                                        • It’s easy going green with a 15% Discount on Workstation 9. Virtualization technology from VMware provides a foundation for a dramatically more efficient and greener IT environment. With Workstation 9, you can quickly and easily convert all those Microsoft Windows and Linux-based physical PCs sitting under or around your desk into virtual machines. Then recycle your old PCs and enjoy the extra space on and around your desk! To celebrate Earth Day, we’re offering a 15% discount on Workstation 9, full…
                                                                          • If anyone is thinking about using VMware Workstation to try out OpenStack .  Eric Wright at  www.discoposse.com  has a good post on how to get started. Part 1: Learn how to get OpenStack Lab on VMware Workstation  http://ow.ly/hEFy6 Part 2: Second part of OpenStack Lab on Workstation, setting up the VM http://ow.ly/hIQt9  Stay Connected to the VMware Workstation Team:
                                                                            • Each quarter, VMware recognizes top instructors with an achievement award for educating the technical community. When choosing whom should be awarded, we consider: The number and range of courses delivered If they are early adopter of new courses Evaluation scores for subject knowledge, professionalism, presentation skills, ability to encourage participation, and responses to questions Support within the VMware training community Honestly, all candidates are strong and it is always so difficult to…
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                                                                              • VMworld has been, and continues to be (IMO – but I’m biased) the most awesome tech conference (and that’s saying something, considering that EMC World is right around the corner – REGISTER NOW). One thing I’ve always dug is the...
                                                                              • As I said earlier this week, VMware memory management is still a topic which a lot of VMware administrators don’t understand. Tuesday I discussed the virtual machine memory allocation graphs. Today we will deal with  VMware vSphere uses transparent page sharing (TPS), memory compression, host swapping and ballooning. VMware ESXi, a crucial component of VMware [...]
                                                                                • VMware memory management is still a topic which a lot of VMware administrators don’t understand. I often come across people who have no idea when VMware vSphere uses transparent page sharing (TPS), memory compression, host swapping or ballooning. They even mention disabling or removing the ballooning driver without knowing why.  I also meet a lot of [...]
                                                                                  • USB 3.0 is capable of transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps (gigabits per second); that’s a little over 10 times faster than USB 2.0′s 480Mbps. In practice, it won’t always be this much faster — mileage may vary depending on hardware configuration — but it will always be much faster than USB 2.0 (USB 2.0 … Continue reading »
                                                                                    • The VMworld Public Session Voting is now Open to anyone and allows VMware to poll the general public on which sessions they want to see presented at the event. This year I decided submit only co-hosted sessions with people who are specialist in their product areas. People like Mac Binesh, Director for Horizon Performance; John Dodge, Tech … Continue reading »
                                                                                      •   If you are in the San Francisco Bay Are make sure you attend the Silicon Valley VMUG User Conference. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1st 2013 in the Santa Clara Convention Center. This event is almost a mini VMworld with many attendees and exhibitors expected. I am honored host a session entitled “Getting Storage Right for … Continue reading »
                                                                                        After few months in public beta, the VMware Converter 5.1 Standalone has been released. I wrote an article on that – Nice Update VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 (beta) where I introduced the new features, like the support for Virtual Hardware version 9 or GUID Partition Table (GPT) Disk support. Also EXT 4 as an filesystem [...] Read the full post VMware Converter 5.1 Standalone Released at ESX Virtualization .   Check Out This Free Tool : VMturbo Community Edition
                                                                                      • Sometimes there might be some reasons to edit VMX files. Usually in lab testing, you might be editing VMX files more often than the VMX files you have for production VMs. Right? That does not mean that you would not want to learn about some guidelines or good practices on editing those VMX files. The [...] Read the full post Edit VMX file – quick tips at ESX Virtualization .   Check Out This Free Tool : VMturbo Community Edition
                                                                                        • Fairly often new people discovering VMware asking this questions: Esxi free vs paid? What’s the difference? While for many folks, VMware certified people, and others, this question (and especially the answer) is obvious, the new people who just discovered virtualization, might want to know exactly. That’s why this post.  At first you might want to read [...] Read the full post ESXi Free vs Paid – What are the differences? at ESX Virtualization . Check Out This Free Tool : VMturbo Community Edition…
                                                                                          Customer had all his VMware databases for vCenter Server, Update Manager, Single Sign On (SSO), vCloud Director and vCenter Chargeback running on one big SQL Server where they shared resources with other databases. They asked me to move the databases to a new MS SQL Server because the load of the VMware databases was more [...] See full post at: How to move VMware Single Sign On (SSO) database
                                                                                        • Hey Peeps vNoob here This happens to me ocassionally so naturally I assume everyone else is plagued by the same issue. Every once and a while I need to “archive a VM” from one of my environments. Essentially this means that we no longer need the VM but we just don’t want to outright delete. [...]
                                                                                          • A technical deep dive on vCenter 5.1 including SSO, inventory service and focus on the vSphere Web Client. 2013-04-17 20.34 ProfessionalVMware #vBrownBag US with Justin King (@vCenterGuy) from ProfessionalVMware on Vimeo.
                                                                                            • The following content is in Spanish, the language in which the webinar is presented. El 18 de abril 2013 en ProfessionalVMware #vBrownBag LATAM se presentó el tema “VMware Studio vApps” p/ @kylemurley @vBrownbagLATAM RECURSOS VMware Studio 2.0 – Build vApps and Virtual Appliances Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvvItDArStg Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6LAMyv5dac VMware Studio Sharepoint Windows vApp Demo: [...]
                                                                                              • It’s that joyous time of year again! VMworld is fast approaching and Public Voting is NOW OPEN.  This year I’ve submitted three different Ask the Expert sessions with focus on different topics, so there should be an Ask the Expert session for you! I’ve also submitted a great session on integrating two great technologies, vSphere [...]
                                                                                                So the onslaught of "vote for my sessions" has begun. I like numbers and the interesting information that can be interpreted from those numbers. VMworld Call for Papers Voting is no exception. So let's start. But before that, I would like to stress something. These numbers are what I have extracted from what is publicly available - it could be that the numbers presented below do not make up a full picture (they probably don't) - because there are sessions that could already have been…
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