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Hi everyone and welcome to this weeks VMware newsletter. I have been focused around a number of customer initiatives, some of which are in the process of completing their upgrades to vSphere 5.5. This is a bit delayed for a few as they are in the throws of merging with another organisation which set them back in their timeline and they are now finding this to be a priority. It is an interesting jump as they have to move some hosts and vCenter Server from older versions like 4.0 which is at EOL to the new 5.5 platform and also ensure that other solutions such as SRM are upgraded at the same time. This has led me to think about the role that VMware and specifically vCenter Server has on an organisation and its ability to keep functioning in the case of an outage. With SRM we are in a great scenario but when we are required to do an upgrade or in this case a replacement there will be a period where the organisation may not have SRM installed. This puts them at rid, or does it. Having this conversation with one of the managers I asked him how often VM’s stopped working, it turns out that unless they have an operating system issue this rarely if ever occurs. Of course this does not mean that it won’t occur and tempting fate with a perfect storm of an outage at the same time that SRM is down is not an appropriate scenario, however the conclusion to this was that the risk was actually very low. In fact it was low enough for the business to recommend doing the upgrade with only an email message to the business owners giving them info on the potential outage window that could occur in the case of a catastrophic failure.

 

VMware technology is reliable, and organisations that maintain their virtual infrastructure and plan their upgrades careful, and try not fall too far behind are in a great position to upgrade with almost no impact to the organisation.

 

Have a great week everyone.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia

 

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vCloud Hybrid Service Plug-in for vSphere Client
Compatibility Information for vCloud Hybrid Service vSphere Client Plug-in (2074778)
Date Published: 3/18/2014

VMware ESXi
Processor speed of virtual machine is reported incorrectly in the Guest Operating system (2071039)
Date Published: 3/21/2014
ESXi host might not report memory Pre-Failure Alert notification (2071113)
Date Published: 3/20/2014
Removing a VMware Virtual SAN-enabled cluster and detaching the VMware ESXi host from the cluster (2072347)
Date Published: 3/17/2014
Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using Hitachi Storage Cluster for VMware vSphere (2073278)
Date Published: 3/17/2014
Virtual machine fails to power on with error: Longmode is unsupported. It is required for 64-bit guest OS support. On Intel systems, longmode requires VT-x to be enabled in the BIOS (2073384)
Date Published: 3/19/2014
Installing/upgrading to the HP Custom ISO published on 3/11/2014 sets the Host Acceptance Level to Community Supported/Accepted (2074804)
Date Published: 3/20/2014
The vNetwork Distributed Switch configuration on some hosts differed from that of VMware vCenter Server (2042692)
Date Published: 3/17/2014
VMware ESXi hostname displays incorrectly in the Active Directory (2071174)
Date Published: 3/21/2014

VMware Horizon Workspace
Previewing files in Horizon Workspace fails with the error: Unexpected server response of 500 (2057117)
Date Published: 3/17/2014
Reconfiguring VMware Horizon Workspace 1.x to authenticate users in a multi-domain Active Directory forest (2063882)
Date Published: 3/19/2014

VMware IT Business Management Suite
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Date Published: 3/19/2014

VMware vCenter Server
Collecting diagnostic information for the vSphere 5.5 Microsoft Windows Installer(s) (2061432)
Date Published: 3/17/2014

VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Backing up and restoring vCenter Server Appliance 5.x (2062684)
Date Published: 3/18/2014
Backing up and restoring the vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 configuration for the vCenter Server Appliance (2063260)
Date Published: 3/18/2014
VMware vCenter Server Appliance fails to start while regenerating self-signed SSL certificates (2073717)
Date Published: 3/18/2014

VMware vCloud Automation Center
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Date Published: 3/18/2014
Load balancing vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO) Servers or vCloud Automation Center identity appliances does not work consistently (2073321)
Date Published: 3/18/2014

VMware vCloud Connector
Support for VMware vCloud Connector 2.6 (2074464)
Date Published: 3/17/2014

VMware vCloud Director
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Date Published: 3/20/2014

VMware vFabric Hyperic Server
vFabric Hyperic Server collects metrics for disabled GemFire Gateway Senders and reports them as available (2064711)
Date Published: 3/19/2014

VMware Virtual SAN
VMware Virtual SAN in cluster XXX in datacenter YYY does not have capacity (2074614)
Date Published: 3/19/2014

VMware vSphere Management Assistant
Implementing a custom SSL certificate on a VMware vSphere Management Assistant appliance (2075073)
Date Published: 3/21/2014

 

 

 

 

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