From the editors virtual desk

Hi everyone, the end of 2013 is fast approaching but I still have so much to do. It always seems like the business period just prior to the holidays and this year has been no exception. I have had a really good week spending time digesting some of the announcements around PAAS from pivotal and how it will impact the marketplace. I have also spent much time contemplating the operational requirements and the complexities involved for an organisation that has workloads in their private data centre and in the cloud. The governance issues are one thing but the ongoing operational management including performance is something else. I was in a customer meeting this week where we discussed the “Single Pane of Glass” for operations management and I commented that this has been the goal of IT Operations forever. I did not see that using current generation solutions would solve this problem and that I believed many vendors were using outdated technology built for a single service model in a more physical world and trying to bend it into a dynamic clue based virtual world.

 

I have a busy week, the TAM program is hosting a Webex this week which you (as a TAM customer) would have received an invite for if you are in our region. I am also very busy planning for the local Brisbane TA day which is now in it’s fifth consecutive year. I will provide more info on this even in the coming newsletters.

 

Have a great week everyone.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia

 

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  • VMware Accelerate: An SDDC Helps IT and Marketing Meet in the Middle (http://blogs.vmware.com/accelerate/?p=1541)AUTHOR: Enrico Boverino Companies need to deploy a modern workplace and innovative infrastructure in order to digitize business processes, and that often calls for organizational and financial shifts in both the IT  and  marketing departments. Can a software-defined data center (SDDC)—which at first glance may appear to be purely a technology strategy—help CIOs and CMOs work together to deliver competitive business innovation while reducing budgets? I believe so. A standard definition of digital…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: VMware Horizon View™ Clients Version 2.2 (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=4307)By Kristina De Nike, Sr. Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware Watch out, the Horizon View team is letting the first horse out of the corral. Today we are releasing updates to all of the Horizon View Clients. The clients boast both refinements and new features and are updated to work with the latest operating systems. What’s more, over the weeks to come, the clients will deliver even more features as updates to the Horizon View Connection Server and Feature Pack arrive. Real-Time Audio-Video for…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: VMware Horizon View™ Client for Windows (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=4291)By Kristina De Nike, Sr. Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware Toddlers often burst into tears when a parent gets a haircut. The updated exterior confuses the child into thinking he’s lost the person on the inside. This can happen even if it’s a very nice, perhaps even badly needed, haircut. VMware is introducing a completely updated Horizon View Client for Windows, and to cushion the blow, we’re going to walk you through it. First, why did we do it? The new client user interface is now…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Announcing vCloud Tech Tips (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=10971)I’ve found VMware users enthusiastic and hungry for new, detailed information about virtualization technology.  At VMware, we look to engage with our customers early and often about technology to help influence product direction. As one additional venue to bridge the gap, I’m pleased to announce the inaugural session of vCloud Tech Tips, “Affinity Rules!…and Anti-Affinity rules” November 15 at 11am PST. vCloud Tech Tips is a practitioner’s tutorial on a specific vCloud technology area…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: vCenter Web Client Plug-in for OpenStack Demo (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=10893)Earlier this week I published an article announcing the availability of the new Havana version of the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance and the vCenter Web Client Plug-in for OpenStack. For those of you that haven’t had the time to deploy the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance and get some hands on experience with these tools and are curious to see the tools in action. The demonstration below showcases the plug-in’s configuration and working examples. The plug-in provides vSphere administrators the…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Upgrading to VMware ESXi 5.5 using the Interactive Installer (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=5889)VMware ESXi 5.5 allows you to upgrade from previous ESXi versions using several different methods. These methods are described and outlined in VMware Knowledge Base article  Methods for upgrading to ESXi 5.5 (2058352) . In this new video tutorial we demonstrate how you can upgrade from VMware ESXi 5.1 to ESXi 5.5 using the Interactive Installer that is supplied on the ESXi 5.5 Installation Media. We’ll show you the step-by-step procedure for performing a basic upgrade from ESXi version 5.1 to version…

     

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    VMware Security Blog: VMware CP&C releases vSphere 5.5 Compliance Checker! (http://blogs.vmware.com/security/?p=914)VMware Center for Policy and Compliance (CP&C) team is pleased to announce the general availability of VMware vSphere 5.5 Compliance Checker – an excellent FREE tool to get you started with compliance assessment of your virtual infrastructure with respect to vSphere 5.5 hardening guide. The tool can be downloaded here . You can use this tool for vSphere 5.0, 5.1 and 5.5. While these simple Compliance Checkers provide some basic functionality and benefits, VMware also offers VMware vCenter…

     

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    VROOM!: VMware vSphere 5.5 vMotion on EMC VPLEX Metro (http://blogs.vmware.com/performance/?p=1627)Each vSphere release introduces new vMotion functionality, increased reliability and significant performance improvements. vSphere 5.5 continues this trend by offering new enhancements to vMotion to support EMC VPLEX Metro, which enables shared data access across metro distances. In this blog, we evaluate vMotion performance on a VMware vSphere 5.5 virtual infrastructure that was stretched across two geographically dispersed datacenters using EMC VPLEX Metro. Test Configuration The VPLEX Metro test bed…

     

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    VMTN Blog: VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – 254 – Hardening Guide, Appliances (http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/?p=8149)Hosts Mike Foley, VMware @mikefoley Guests Simon Mijolovic, VMware Greg Murray, VMware News VMworld 2013 Photos VMworld TV on YouTube Blog Posts from VMworld 2013 Blogger List Contributors vBrownBag Automation Track – Check the schedule Around the Community vBrownbag Podcast VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today! AdaptingIT – Lauren Malhoit Podcast Virtualization Security Roundtable vCatchup Podcast – Craig Waters Stu McHugh’s Virtualisation Blog – vNews Podcast Geek Whisperers Podcast…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: The vCloud Team is off to AWS re:Invent! (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=3008)We’re heading to AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas from November 12 th -November 15! Visit the VMware booth to say hello and to see how we can help you manage your cloud with some of our great solutions: vCloud Automation Center Cloud sprawl got you down? vCloud Automation Center can help you address that! As part of the VMware vCloud Suite, the vCloud Automation Center provides your business with a flexible solution that gives IT the power to automate the delivery of IT services, making your business much…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Virtual SAN – Maintenance Mode Monitoring (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=10874)Over the past couple of days, I’ve been looking at the behavior of Virtual SAN (VSAN) from the context of placing a host into maintenance mode. With VSAN enabled on the cluster, the administrator is given a number of options to choose from: Ensure accessibility Full data migration No data migration The thing with VSAN is that although a virtual machine’s compute may not be on the host that is being placed into maintenance mode, there is still a strong possibility that part of the virtual machines…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: vCloud Hybrid Service Expands Support for Healthcare Customers (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=2982)To help our healthcare customers take advantage of the agility and flexibility of vCloud Hybrid Service while meeting the obligations defined by the US Department of Health and Human Services, VMware is happy to share three important milestones: Completion of an examination of our information security program against essential elements of HIPAA and HITECH, Availability of a Business Associate Agreement (BAA), Availability of a whitepaper to support customers looking to achieve HIPAA/HITECH compliance …

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Pivotal CF (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=10845)Today Pivotal announced the availability of Pivotal CF. Jointly developed with VMware, the Pivotal CF product includes a packaged and supported version of the Cloud Foundry open PaaS for VMware vSphere. In April 2011 VMware first launched Cloud Foundry, an Apache-licensed open source Platform as a Service (PaaS) and an associated vSphere-based public cloud service. A year later, in April 2012, we announced a DevOps toolchain called BOSH, used to deploy and manage Cloud Foundry at scale on virtualized…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: VCA Certification Testimonial (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=5869)Have you heard about VMware’s new associate certifications? Dena Tooma, a technical writer at VMware says it took less than a day to both study and write her VCA exam. Watch as she tells us how she has more confidence dealing with her peers now that she understands more of the terminology and concepts around VMware products. Certification is not just for the hard-core IT nerds anymore. Whether you’re looking for your first certification or branching into new areas of expertise, VMware Certified…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: vCenter Web Client Plug-in for OpenStack (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=10830)Last week right before the start of the OpenStack Summit the Team OpenStack at VMware released a new version of the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) based on the stable Havana release to the VMware and OpenStack communities. The new version of the appliance provides a relatively easy and out of the box sort of experience for vSphere and OpenStack integration for compute (Nova) and Storage (Cinder) via the vSphere driver and vSphere datastore driver. But there was another great feature included…

     

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    VMware Accelerate: The 4 Components of a Service-Focused Culture (http://blogs.vmware.com/accelerate/?p=1480)Author: Alex Salicrup I have made bold observations in my recent blogs about the need for a cultural shift to that of a service-driven culture. This is a culture with a strong focus on customer needs, customer services, and meeting deadlines. This type of culture also allows the IT organization to scale and adapt to changing business needs rather than rigidly following old strategies. Although a cultural shift like this might seem an insurmountable task, I’ve seen it occur—and faster than you might…

     

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    VSAN and Network IO Control / VDS part 2 (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=13948)About a week ago I wrote this article about VSAN and Network IO Control. I originally wrote a longer article that contained more options for configuring the network part but decided to leave a section out of it for simplicity sake. I figured as more questions would come I would publish the rest of the […] " VSAN and Network IO Control / VDS part 2 " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    VMworld PowerCLI Group Discussion–Part 4–Advanced tools and scripting (http://www.virtu-al.net/?p=2976)This is part 4, the last and final post covering what we discussed at VMworld in the PowerCLI group discussion. As always thanks goes out to Nigel Boulton who’s blog can be found here for helping me out taking such great notes. The other posts in this series can be found below: Getting Started with […] VMworld PowerCLI Group Discussion–Part 4–Advanced tools and scripting is a post from: Virtu-Al . Virtu-Al is one of the authors of VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere…

     

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    Single Sign-On Warning 25000 (http://www.boche.net/blog/?p=4856)Up to this point, I’ve deployed several net new instances of vCenter Server 5.5 and of course its essential components including Single Sign-On, Inventory Service, next generation Web Client, and the legacy vSphere Client.  Most of these deployments leveraged the vCenter appliance.  Using the appliance is a very easy to deploy vCenter because all of [...] Post from: boche.net - VMware Virtualization Evangelist Copyright (c) 2010 Jason Boche. The contents of this post may not be reproduced or…

     

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    How to: Install VMware NSX (http://www.vmguru.nl/wordpress/?p=12027)Hany Michael from Hypervizor.com, has made series of videos showing the installation ease of VMware NSX. Unfortunately NSX is not GA yet, but in the videos you can see how the installation goes. Check these out: Deploying the NSX vAppliance Deploying the NSX Controllers Preparing ESXi hosts Configuring a Logical vSwitch Leave A Comment posted in How To by Erik Scholten

     

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    VMGuru at Geek Whisperers (http://www.vmguru.nl/wordpress/?p=12019)Way back in time, when we started VMGuru, we actually had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Full of ideas and energy we went to all the events (VMworld Cannes, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Dutch VMUG, Belgian VMUG, etcetera), packed with laptops, photo- and videocameras and went to work like a bunch of crazy nerds. Most of you who have seen us, know the picture. Four guys, packed with gear, typing like mad in the community lounge, asking questions in sessions, attending demo’s at the Solutions…

     

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    Amazon vs VMware, how VMware empowers the UX! (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=5579)If you are an avid reader of my blog you will know that for the most part I don’t publish competitive analysis or talk about VMware competitors. However I feel that I need to give some attention to this subject and make you aware of the major end-user experience differences between running pure PCoIP and … Continue reading »

     

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    VCAP Diary – VMware vSphere ESXi Image Builder (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33043)VMware vSphere ESXi Image Builder hasn’t been covered yet on my blog. I think it’s time. Once you understand how to put all the bits and pieces (Image builder,  Host profiles and Autodeploy) together, than you can make your super homelab run even more “sexy” with autodeployed ESXi hosts – now even with VMware Tools for […] You might also like: How to install VIB on VMware ESXi How-to Build a custom ISO with VMware tools for Nested ESXi A nugget – VMware tools for Nested ESXi Read the full…

     

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    Veeam Backup & Replication 7.0 R2 update released (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33033)Veeam has released important update for the latest Veeam 7 which finally allows backing up vSphere 5.5. The new update is so important that Veeam releasing it as an “R2″ – Veeam Backup & Replication 7.0 R2 update. Veeam is the first backup vendor to support VMware vSphere 5.5 and Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2.  In fact […] You might also like: Veeam Backup and Replication 6.5 has been released Veeam 7 Tape Support Veeam Backup & Replication v 7.0 Released! Read the full post Veeam Backup &…

     

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    How-to Build a custom ISO with VMware tools for Nested ESXi (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33023)Yesterday’s post about VMware Tools for Nested ESXi hosts (a VIB – vSphere Installation Bundle) – which allows installing VMware tools in VM running nested ESXi is an exciting functionality for home labbers and people struggling to get more physical hosts to play with in the lab. The VMware Tools for Nested ESXi adds possibility to […] You might also like: A nugget – VMware tools for Nested ESXi VCAP Diary – VMware vSphere ESXi Image Builder How to setup nested vSphere Lab on a PC by using…

     

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    A nugget – VMware tools for Nested ESXi (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33003)During VMworld Barcelona the news about upcoming VMware tools for Nested ESXi first came out. And after a quick confirmation with @lamw while there that a new cool fling was born, it’s a good news for the whole virtualization community. For many of you that are using nested ESXi, for learning or demoing VMware solutions, the […] You might also like: How-to Build a custom ISO with VMware tools for Nested ESXi VCAP Diary – VMware vSphere ESXi Image Builder How to check if your host is capable to run…

     

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    New PowerCLI Cmdlets for VSAN and vFlash Read Cache and how to install (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=32972)VMware Flings is awesome resource of small free software applications which enhances functionality of VMware products. Recently another free “Fling” has been released, which is actually a PowerShell module with PowerCLI cmdlets for managing vSphere Flash Read Cache and VMware Virtual SAN. Those PowerCLI Cmdlets for VSAN and vFlash Read Cache allows retrieving and managing VSAN […] You might also like: PowerCLI 5.1.0 Release 2 has been released How to run vCheck – to get you started PowerCLI 5.1 –…

     

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    Privacy Manager for Chrome might be your interest (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=32976)Privacy Manager is a Chrome extension which allows quickly tweak your privacy settings. In a small window you can quickly setup the basic, but also more advanced options. You can control the downloads, cleaning startup options, delete junk files, manage cookies and network traffic. All this in very cool manner – from a small pop-up […] You might also like: RSS Feed Reader for Google Chrome – cool extension ESX Virtualization Has a Chrome App and Extension -:) vSphere Web Client – New in VMware…

     

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    VMware vSphere 5 Memory Management and Monitoring poster (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=32960)There is a cool poster available, together with a video explaining memory management in vSphere 5. The VMware vSphere 5 Memory Management and Monitoring diagram explains not only the four principal memory management techniques that vSphere 5 uses, but the video points out also another aspect which is important – memory overhead. Memory overhead depends how […] You might also like: Top 20 VMware Performance Metrics You Should Care About Memory Management Metrics for VMware Environments Top 5 VM…

     

 

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VMware ESXi
H3C S1010V Virtual Switch for vSphere 5.0 and 5.1 (2063676)
Date Published: 11/8/2013

VMware Horizon View
Network port diagram for Horizon View (2061913)
Date Published: 11/6/2013
Desktop launch fails due to an SSL error in View Client for Windows (2062507)
Date Published: 11/7/2013

VMware Horizon Workspace
Resetting root and sshuser passwords in Horizon Workspace after login fails with the error: incorrect password (2061194)
Date Published: 11/5/2013
Manually collecting diagnostic logs from the Android VMware switch (2058741)
Date Published: 11/4/2013

VMware Service Manager
CMDB Item Security by Type in VMwares Service Manager is not applied for CI Quick Search (2063040)
Date Published: 11/6/2013
Using the # character in an outage description in VMware Service Manager locks the entry (2063042)
Date Published: 11/6/2013
Action Time values in VMwares Service Managers Message Templates display incorrectly (2063043)
Date Published: 11/6/2013
IPK Status in VMware Service Managers appears incorrectly in the IPK Service Window when modified (2063045)
Date Published: 11/6/2013
Budgets tab on the Request screen of VMware Service Manager does not calculate Action Time correctly (2063047)
Date Published: 11/6/2013
The activity log for emails in VMware Service Manager does not display CC and BCC recipients (2063048)
Date Published: 11/6/2013
Deleting a Submit later request in VMware Service Manager fails with an application error (2063051)
Date Published: 11/6/2013
Customer Portal Role in VMware Service Manager does not apply Review Org Requests option correctly (2063052)
Date Published: 11/6/2013

VMware vCenter Operations for Horizon View
Duplicate Desktops may appear in a pool named Other in vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon View Heat Map widgets (2063075)
Date Published: 11/8/2013

VMware vCenter Server
vCenter Server 5.x iSCSI LoginTimeout advanced setting does not persist after restart (2063016)
Date Published: 11/4/2013
vSphere Auto Deploy service fails after a change to vCenter Server SSL Certificates with the error: Server has wrong SHA1 thumbprint (2063528)
Date Published: 11/7/2013

VMware vCenter Server
Querying user accounts in the vSphere Web Client fails with the error: Cannot load the users for the selected domain (2062181)
Date Published: 11/7/2013

VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Reducing the size of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance vPostGres database when rollup scripts take a long time to run (2062699)
Date Published: 11/5/2013

VMware vCloud Director
Changing vCloud virtual machine properties triggers a Guest Customization (2063516)
Date Published: 11/7/2013

VMware vSphere CLI
Image Builder sees common VIBs from VIBs depot as Not-Stateless-Ready (2047685)
Date Published: 11/7/2013

VMware vSphere Update Manager
Scanning a folder for VMware Tools upgrades in vSphere Update Manager displays incorrect compliancy information (2063713)
Date Published: 11/8/2013