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Hi everyone, well I am back from a terrific trip to Tasmania. I only got to see Hobart and surrounds as I had limited time but it was really beautiful and I will definitely have to go back.

 

Many of you may have seen some of my information recently about the Airwatch solution that VMware has purchased. Well this has now been completed so you should see many more articles and information in the coming weeks and months on this technology that adds to the VMware solution stack.

 

I hope you enjoy this weeks newsletter, don’t forget to keep in touch and let me know what you would like to see in the newsletter and your favourite blogs that I will feature

 

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Installing vSphere App HA 1.0 – Part 3 of 3 (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=11798)Time for Part 3, we are almost done! Here are links if you are looking for Part 1 or Part 2 Deploying the Hyperic Agent(s) You only need to do this on VMs with applications you want to protect. For additional guidance on these steps and details for how to install multiple agents simultaneously see: Getting Started with vFabric Hyperic 5.7 starting at pages 53 & 25 Prerequisites Ensure that both the Hyperic server and the VM are using the same time source or have their time synchronized in some other…

     

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    VMware Cloud Ops Blog: Provide Transparency with an ITBM Service Costing Process (http://blogs.vmware.com/cloudops/?p=818)By Khalid Hakim Last week I wrote about the growing need for IT to provide cost transparency to the business, especially to support its transition to a service provider or broker model. I also outlined some of the problems caused by opaque, decentralized costing strategies. At VMware, we rely on an IT Business Management (ITBM) Service Costing Process (SCP) to help customers run IT like a business. Behind the acronyms lies a powerful tool that allows IT to validate its expenditures and solidify its role…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: When to Overcommit vCPU:pCPU for Monster VMs (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=11815)VMware’s conservative guidance about overcommitting your pCPU:vCPU ratio for Monster virtual machines is simple – don’t do it. Example: If you have a quad socket, 8 core host, this means you have 32 cores, or 64 SMT threads, which vSphere sees as potential logical CPUs. The actual largest monster virtual machine we’d recommend you create is 32 vCPUs for that host. Why is that? It is assumed you’ve assigned all those vCPUs because not only are they required by the application, but also that…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Hadoop meets Virtualization – a PrimerYou have probably heard the terms “Big Data” and “Hadoop” mentioned somewhere in the industry lately – they are both very popular subjects of discussion at the moment. This blog gives you an introduction to the core technology and explains some of the contributions that VMware continues to make to the Hadoop world. Hadoop often comes up as a computing platform for dealing with large data sets and for “unstructured data”. These unstructured data sets are generated from a wide variety of…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Installing vSphere App HA 1.0 – Part 2 of 3 (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=11776)In Part 1 we installed the Hyperic and App HA vApps. Now we are going to setup App HA in vCenter and install the Hyperic agent on the vCenter server so that all of our pieces are communicating properly with each other. Setting up App HA - additional details on this are available in the vSphere App HA Installation Guide starting on page 15 From the  Inventory  menu in the vSphere web client, navigate to  Administration > vSphere App HA Click the  Settings  tab Type the following parameters:…

     

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    VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: New eBook: 50 Tech Tips to Boost Your IT Career (http://blogs.vmware.com/smb/?p=2599)A successful career in IT requires more than just technical skills. We’ve partnered with Spiceworks to create a  new eBook to share the top 50 tech tips from IT pros, for IT pros. What is the best IT career advice you’ve ever received? Download the IT Pro Career Tips eBook for the top 50 tech tips, including: How to raise your skills to the next level What three things to do when asking for a raise How to determine what certifications to obtain Did we miss any IT career tips you’d like to…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Installing vSphere App HA 1.0 – Part 1 of 3 (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=11646)I recently installed App HA in my lab and found some of the documentation unclear and at times hard to follow. I’m going to work with our Tech Pubs group to improve it. In the meantime I wanted to share what I learned to help make your installation easier. First, pay attention to the pre-reqs! Have DRS enabled on the cluster where you will be deploying the App HA appliance Enable “VM and Application Monitoring” in your cluster HA settings Create an IP Pool for the subnet(s) where you will install…

     

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    Office of the CTO Blogs: NFV – Transforming the Operational Model of the Network (http://cto.vmware.com/?p=2596)At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Pat Gelsinger ( VMware CEO ) laid out a clear vision for the Software-Defined Data Center ( SDDC ) and how it encompasses Network Functions Virtualization ( NFV ). The solution really begins with the massive-scale Cloud Data Centers that serve as the “control room” for both mobile operators as well as enterprises around the world. SDDC extends common virtualization concepts — abstraction, pooling and automation — to all data center resources and services…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere Data Protection Backup to Tape (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=11716)One of the more common questions I get around vSphere Data Protection (VDP) and VDP Advanced is whether backup to tape is supported. Before I answer that question and discuss a possible solution, I want to dig into why that question comes up fairly often. As I am sure you know, tape has been around for decades for a variety of reasons. Some (not all) organizations who use tape typically have one or both of these requirements: Backup data must be kept offsite for disaster recovery and/or backup data must be…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: ALERT: Transfers fail after vCloud Connector 2.6 upgrade (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=6055)VMware has become aware of an issue wherein after upgrading to vCloud Connector 2.6, a change to the permissions on the staging directory causes transfers to fail. A newly installed vCloud Connector node has read/write/execute permissions for user, group, and other on the staging directory (777). When upgrading the node to vCloud Connector 2.6, these permissions are incorrectly set to 755. This removes the write permission for other, which in this instance references the admin user. For details and…

     

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    VMware Education & Certification Blog: Two New VMware Courses Released (http://blogs.vmware.com/education/?p=3803)Two new courses are now available: • VMware Application Virtualization with VMware ThinApp [V5.0] focuses on virtualizing Windows applications with VMware® ThinApp®, modifying the Package.ini parameters to handle special circumstances, and choosing the best deployment and updating processes for your environment. It prepares you for the the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Desktop (VCP5-DT) certification . Prerequisites include a basic understanding of virtualization concepts, and completion of…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Top 20 vCenter Server 5.5 issues (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=6040)For the next few weeks, we are focusing our efforts on helping our vSphere 5.5 customers find answers to questions as quickly as possible. We tend so see a surge in March of customers installing, upgrading, and configuring their new vSphere 5.5 environments so we present you this list of the top 20 vCenter Server KB articles. Please share if you find this list useful :^) Re-pointing and re-registering VMware vCenter Server 5.1 /5.5 and components (2033620) Upgrading to vCenter Server 5.5 best practices…

     

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    VMTN Blog: VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast 266 – New & Upcoming VMware Books (http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/?p=8316)Hosts John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer Guests Lauren Malhoit @malhoit Robert van den Nieuwendijk @rvdnieuwendijk Chris Wahl, @ChrisWahl Steven Pantol, @StevePantol Brian Atkinson, @vmroyale Matt Liebowitz, @mattliebowitz Mike Preston, @mwpreston News VMware NOW: Virtual SAN Special Online Event Essential VSAN: Administrator’s Guide to VMware Virtual SAN VMware cuts price of hybrid cloud management tool to $0 Around the Community vBrownbag Podcast VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today …

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Security of the VMware Hypervisor – A Whitepaper (https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=11710)Hi! I’m happy to announce the availability of a whitepaper that I had been working on much of the past year. Since I joined VMware back in January of 2013, an almost weekly request was for a whitepaper that help IT team explain the security of the VMware vSphere hypervisor, a.k.a. ESXi, to a security professional. Frequently, the IT folks would encounter statements like “How can we trust the hypervisor?” or “I’ve heard of this  VM Escape thing, what’s to stop a VM from corrupting or…

     

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    VMware Consulting Blog: Think Like a Service Provider, Build in vCenter Resilience (http://blogs.vmware.com/consulting/?p=1311)By Jeremy Carter , VMware Senior Consultant When I’m working on a customer engagement, we always strategize to ensure resiliency and failover protection for vCenter Automation Center (vCAC). While these considerations continue to be top priorities, there is another question that seems to be coming up more and more: “What about vCenter?” vCenter has long been thought of as the constant, the unshakable foundation that supports business differentiators like vCAC. Although we’re happy for that…

     

External Bloggers

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    The importance of securing your virtual world (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=4479)Information security breaches are in the news a lot these days, but for many companies security doesn’t get the attention it deserves, until something bad happens. Let’s face it, implementing better security in a data center is a pain in the ass and inconveniences everyone from administrators to end users. Better security doesn’t make anyone’s [...]

     

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    Introduction to PowerCLI (http://www.virtu-al.net/?p=3095)Whenever I visit VMUGs or talk about PowerCLI I am constantly surprised by people who have not yet heard of PowerCLI or are unaware of the basics of how it works, let alone the... Introduction to PowerCLI is a post from: Virtu-Al . Virtu-Al is one of the authors of VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration" Buy it now from: Amazon USA Amazon UK Sybex

     

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    Vietnam trip, half way down… (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14439)Been in Vietnam now for almost a week. (Read my previous posts here and here, also read Kamau’s most recent blog post here.) So far this has been a unique and amazing experience. The concept of service learning is something I had never thought of but resonates really well. The great thing about it is […] " Vietnam trip, half way down… " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    Vietnam trip, first couple of days… (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14416)I have been in Vietnam a couple of days now and so far it has made a huge impression on me. (Many pictures here if you want an impression) To be honest I didn’t really know what to expect. I had never been to Asia before even, and never have been in contact in any […] " Vietnam trip, first couple of days… " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    Cool tool update: RVTools 3.6 (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14414)It has been a while since I reported an update of RVTools. Rob just emailed me and told me that Version 3.6 is available as of today. He has been working really hard to get some great new functionality in, which I am sure all of you will appreciate. One of the coolest free tools […] " Cool tool update: RVTools 3.6 " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    Please vote VMGuru.nl #1 vBlog 2014! (http://www.vmguru.nl/wordpress/?p=12214)Last year VMGuru.nl finished #31 overall and the #4 Independent blog in the top VMware/virtualization blogs 2013. Now, it is time again to vote the top vBlogs for 2014. Please help us to increase our score and vote VMGuru.nl (Overall & Independent) As in last years poll you can vote in special categories to help distinguish certain types of blogs. The categories are independent of the general voting so first pick and rank your top 10 overall favorite blogs and then choose your favorite blog in each…

     

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    Call for Action > VDI & EUC (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=5960)  Eric Siebert (@ericsiebert ) has officially opened the pools for this year’s vSphere-Land Top bloggers List.   If you like VDI, If you like EUC, If you like this blog, If you like my articles, If you like Horizon View, Please consider voting for this blog. In 2010 the blog was amongst the top 40. … Continue reading »

     

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    Disaster Recovery – Failover and Failback with Nutanix (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=5945)Nutanix has built-in VM-Centric, multi-site, bi-directional, multi-topology disaster recovery and replication engine that also supports VMware Site Recovery Manager and Run Book Automation tools. The replication utilizes incremental and fine-grained byte-level data transfers with intelligent data compression, eliminating network and storage resource throttle. Administrators may completely failover entire deployments to a secondary datacenter and later on … Continue reading »

     

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    How to install Android KitKat in VMware Workstation (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34036)Recently I stumbled on an article which briefly explains the installation of Android KitKat 4.4 in VMware Workstation. I knew that previous version of Android worked fine (including network) in VMware Workstation – see this post, but some tweaks were necessary. I wanted to test the latest version of Android, to see how it looks like […] Read the full post How to install Android KitKat in VMware Workstation at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization…

     

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    Upgrading vCenter Server using Simple Install (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34028)VMware vSphere allows using simple install for upgrading from 5.0 and 5.1 installations. VMware has published a new video of  Upgrading vCenter Server using Simple Install, walking through the steps. The vCenter Server 5.0 uses default values in this video for: SSO site name HTTPS port Installation directory If in your environment you’re using custom values […] Read the full post Upgrading vCenter Server using Simple Install at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every…

     

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    Snagit as screen capture tool, but does cool videos too (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34000)Over the years I’ve tried quite a few screen capture and video screen recording tools, but as I’m using a lot of screen captures in my posts so I finally stayed with Snagit, which is one of the oldest screen capture software out there. I remember about 10 years ago when I first started to use […] Read the full post Snagit as screen capture tool, but does cool videos too at ESX Virtualization .   Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Administrator Should Know

     

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    Freeware RVTools 3.6 released (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33993)New version of Freeware RVtools 3.6 has just been released. The 3.6 version is the latest version which comes after almost one year later of the previous release. I could see the tweets from @rvtools since several months as the developper Rob de Veij was testing the beta releases. The tiny little application (4.5 Megs […] Read the full post Freeware RVTools 3.6 released at ESX Virtualization .   Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Administrator Should Know

     

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    Top Virtualization Blog voting 2014 Is here! (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33977)As being announced by Eric Siebert from vSphere-Land.com, the Top Virtualization Blog voting for 2014 is now open. There is more than 300 blogs on the list!!  Wow. But hey, not all blogs are equal. Not all blogs are updated all year long, not all of them are good quality blogs and only few dozens of […] Read the full post Top Virtualization Blog voting 2014 Is here! at ESX Virtualization .   Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Administrator Should Know

     

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    New ESXi Security Whitepaper released (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33968)There is a new ESXi security whitepaper which has been released by VMware. The Author is Mike Foley. The paper covers pretty much everything which is security related and its destined to the IT team managing VMware infrastructures and it treats security of the VMware ESXi hypervisor in over 25 pages. Quote from the source: […] Read the full post New ESXi Security Whitepaper released at ESX Virtualization .   Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Administrator Should Know

     

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    New VCP-Cloud Certification Exam (VCPC550) available (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33964)After a VCP550 announced last month (read my article - New VCP Exam VCP550 based on vSphere 5.5 is available) covering datacenter virtualization, there is now also new VCP-Cloud certification exam based on vCloud Director 5.5 and VCAC 5.2 is available. With codename VCPC550.  You need to attend the vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] OR VMware vCloud Automation […] Read the full post New VCP-Cloud Certification Exam (VCPC550) available at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top…

     

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    The Choice Overload Problem (http://www.kendrickcoleman.com/index.php/Tech-Blog/the-choice-overload-problem.html)Originally Posted at the VCE Vblog - The Choice Overload Problem My wife recently signed our family up for Netflix, and ever since then I've been perusing the catalog late at night trying to find something interesting that isn't a pre-2000 era movie. There's a few different "Best of 'TED Talks'" so I decided to give it a whirl. The first one I watched was called "Life Hacks" . I was immediately dialed in from the different ways people view everyday situations. Heck,…

     

KB Articles

 

New KB articles published for week ending 2/22/14

VMware Data Recovery
VMware Data Recovery becomes unresponsive after 49 days (2072805)
Date Published: 2/20/2014

VMware ESX
VMRC becomes unresponsive when attempting to mount an ISO file that is mounted to too many virtual machines (2072690)
Date Published: 2/21/2014

VMware ESXi
During the installation of ESXi 5.0 on iSCSI LUN, you see the error: Expecting 2 bootbanks, found 0 (2020053)
Date Published: 2/20/2014
Cannot enable Fault Tolerance on a Windows 8 or Windows 2012 virtual machine (2044001)
Date Published: 2/19/2014
Creating quiesced snapshot fails with the error: An error occurred while saving the snapshot: msg.snapshot.error-QUIESCING-ERROR (2069952)
Date Published: 2/18/2014
Installing an ESXi host using the kickstart file fails with the error:TypeError: int,int,str,attr (2070086)
Date Published: 2/17/2014
The Execute Storage vMotion for Storage DRS task fails with the error: The available Memory resources in the parent resource pool are insufficient for the operation (2070921)
Date Published: 2/17/2014
Time counter stops in a virtual machine using HPET running on an ESXi 5.0 host (2071092)
Date Published: 2/18/2014
Copying the vmdk file from the datastore browser fails with the error: Expected put message. Got: ERROR (2072211)
Date Published: 2/19/2014
CPU usage in virtual machines running Windows 2003 spikes to 100% randomly every few minutes (2004508)
Date Published: 2/19/2014
Running the vmtoolsd –cmd “info-get xxx.yyy” command after hot-adding memory/RAM to a virtual machine returns No value found (2073055)
Date Published: 2/21/2014
Configuring iSCSI port binding with multiple NICs in one vSwitch for VMware ESXi 5.0 and 5.1 (2045040)
Date Published: 2/19/2014
Converting a thick VMDK to thin format does not allow to retrieve the free space reported by the guest OS (2046311)
Date Published: 2/18/2014
After restarting the ESXi host, virtual machine fails to power on with message: The operation is not allowed in the current connection state of the host (2069496)
Date Published: 2/20/2014
Configuring VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache fails with the error: The requested operation is currently disallowed on host using a direct connection (2065564)
Date Published: 2/21/2014

VMware Fusion
Installing VMware Tools in a Fusion virtual machine running Windows (2073023)
Date Published: 2/20/2014

VMware Horizon Mirage
Cannot remove failed or incomplete tasks from Pending Tasks in the VMware Horizon Mirage 3.x/4.x management console (2059479)
Date Published: 2/19/2014

VMware Horizon View
Folder redirection in VMware View Persona Management fails after upgrading to VMware Horizon View 5.3 (2072397)
Date Published: 2/21/2014

VMware IT Business Management Suite
Cannot open Designer from inside portal when in SLM or ITFM modules in VMware IT Business Management Suite 8.x (2072990)
Date Published: 2/21/2014

VMware vCenter Server
Exporting events from Tasks and Events in VMware vCenter Server 4.x / 5.x fails to export all events (2071612)
Date Published: 2/17/2014
Best practices for multiple VMware vCenter Server database instances running on the same SQL server (2043958)
Date Published: 2/20/2014
VMware vCenter Server 4.x/5.x is not able to send an email after an alarm has been triggered (2021458)
Date Published: 2/19/2014
Virtual machine fails to power on with the error: virtualized performance counters are not supported within an EVC cluster (2070484)
Date Published: 2/19/2014
VMware vCenter Server consumes most of the CPU, memory or disk I/O after enabling Virtual Flash (2072392)
Date Published: 2/18/2014

VMware vCloud Automation Center
Multiple redirects occur between the VMware vCloud Automation Center login and the Identity server login and fail with a Status 400 error (2065891)
Date Published: 2/19/2014
Email notifications are not received in VMware vCloud Automation Center (2070078)
Date Published: 2/21/2014

VMware vCloud Automation Center for Server
VMware vCloud Automation Center workflows fail with the error: System.Xaml.XamlObjectWriterException: Failed to create a ‘PointCollection’ (2072733)
Date Published: 2/20/2014

VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent
VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent consuming high disk I/O (2055571)
Date Published: 2/21/2014

VMware vSphere Data Protection
VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.1 backup operation fails with multiple errors (2053807)
Date Published: 2/21/2014
Upgrading vSphere Data Protection fails at 0% with no errors (2073047)
Date Published: 2/21/2014
Restore operation using the Restore Client in vSphere Data Protection fails with the error: Failed to get disks: Unable to browse as proxies are unavailable (2065746)
Date Published: 2/21/2014
Cannot back up virtual machines in a VMware Horizon View or vCloud Director environment using VMware vSphere Data Protection (2072831)
Date Published: 2/21/2014

VMware vSphere Replication
VMware Documentation Centers show topics and illustrations in the wrong language (2071403)
Date Published: 2/21/2014

VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
After installing Microsoft Security Advisory update KB2661254 the VSA manager tab does not display with error message: Navigation to the webpage was cancelled (2042452)
Date Published: 2/18/2014
Unable to start the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 5.1.1 Cluster Service (2043409)
Date Published: 2/18/2014

 

 

 

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