From the editors virtual desk

Hi everyone, after a few weeks of school holidays and long weekend many of you will be back into the full swing of things again. It was great to get a full week without any interruptions and able to work on some of my projects that many of you will know I am working on.

 

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Virtually Yours

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VMware Australia

 

Local Events (BRISBANE)

- VMUG Thursday 8 May

 

Local Training Classes

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VMware vCloud Automation Center: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0] 19-23 May

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.5] 26-30 May
VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.5]
02 - 05 June


VMware Bloggers

 

  • VMware Cloud Ops Blog: To Succeed in the Cloud, CIOs Must Look Beyond Technology (http://blogs.vmware.com/cloudops/?p=902)By Paul Chapman, VMware Vice President Global Infrastructure and Cloud Operations I’ve watched with interest as cloud solutions and services have matured in recent years to offer more agility, cost optimization, security, and quality of service for the full range of enterprise needs. Yet I continue to see many businesses adopt cloud services in an ad hoc—rather than holistic—fashion. This is often driven by business leaders who feel the systems they need can not be delivered fast enough by corporate…

     

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    VMware Accelerate: Competing with Shadow IT (http://blogs.vmware.com/accelerate/?p=1977)By Daryl Bishop Over the last few years, business units have increasingly been bypassing IT and ordering services directly from external service providers (e.g., SaaS applications and cloud IaaS services). IT has been largely oblivious to this threat, believing that the business will continue to rely on IT for technology services. We’re now seeing the next stage of shadow IT with business openly bypassing IT, in fact the business model for some external providers is now purposely built around dealing…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: VMware is Ready to Shake Up the Cloud at EMC World 2014! (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=3468)The VMware vCloud Hybrid Service team is looking forward to this year’s EMC World! We’ll be front-and-center at EMC World, hosting breakout sessions, booth demos and keynote addresses throughout the conference. We’re also participating in a live three-day demonstration on the show floor where attendees will be able to watch a hybrid cloud – featuring vCloud Hybrid Service –  being built from scratch! If you’re attending EMC World, here’s a rundown of what you won’t want to miss: Build a…

     

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    VMware Company Blog: Weekly News Recap, May 2 (http://blogs.vmware.com/vmware/?p=2493)VMware News VMware received recognition for its visionary approach this week in the new Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking. In fact, VMware had the highest rating for Completeness of Vision. In his post on the VMware Company Blog, “NSX Vision: Validated!”, Chris Wolf writes, “We believe this level of recognition is remarkable considering […]

     

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    VMware Consulting Blog: Quick Tip: vSphere Auto Deploy Reverse Web Proxy Caching (http://blogs.vmware.com/consulting/?p=1415)

     

    By Ryan Johnson Lately, I’ve been working with a customer on a vSphere 5.1 and 5.5 Auto Deploy environment. The environment is rather large, and each pod of compute/storage requires localized access to the ESXi VIBs during the boot process. This falls in line with the best practice outlined in the VMware vSphere Installation and Setup Guide .
 Auto Deploy Load Management Best Practice Simultaneously booting large numbers of hosts places a significant load on the Auto Deploy server. Because Auto Deploy…
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    VMware vCloud Blog: Get Your Cloud Budget Under Control With VMware Cloud Credits (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=3451)Scaling your public and hybrid cloud to meet business demands shouldn’t be a pain. Luckily, with VMware Cloud Credits , you can purchase and manage spending in one transaction through your MyVMware account! The VMware Cloud Credits Purchasing Program provides you with the means to make cost-effective VMware purchases while giving you greater visibility and cost control of your public and hybrid cloud deployments. It’s the easiest way to on-ramp to the cloud, enabling your company to utilize the cloud…

     

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    Virtual Reality: Debunking Myths About vSphere Data Protection (http://blogs.vmware.com/virtualreality/?p=613)The release of VMware’s vSphere Data Protection 5.5 (VDP) seems to have caused a stir in the virtual backup industry. It appears we have hit a soft spot with some of the other vendors offering backup solutions for vSphere and have seen some confusing messaging coming from our partners/competitors in this market. While we’re certainly proud of the technology partner ecosystem built around VMware solutions I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight on vSphere Data Protection. The…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: Zero Lead-Time Computer “Hardware” (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=3447)By Chris De Vere Let me share an idea with you: The manufacturers of all products have the same problem regarding delivery lead-time: How can I get my products to my customers when they want them? The traditional approach is to use a two tier distribution model: a wholesaler who buys in bulk from the manufacturer; and a retailer who uses his understanding of his customer to stock the items that he believes his customer will purchase. There are three problems that I see with this approach: the first is the…

     

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    VMware Security Blog: Updated VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0002.2 (http://blogs.vmware.com/security/?p=1092)Today VMware has released the following updated security advisory: VMSA-2014-0002.2 The advisory was updated to document the release of an ESXi 5.1 patch that addresses CVE-2013-5211, “DDoS vulnerability in NTP third party library”. VMware Knowledge Base article 2070193 provides mitigation for this issue and documents when vSphere components are affected. The ESXi 5.1 patches released today are not related to the OpenSSL Heartbleed issue ( ESXi 5.1 and below are not affected by this issue ). The…

     

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    Office of the CTO Blogs: Bringing VMware and AirWatch together (http://cto.vmware.com/?p=2712)AirWatch is our biggest acquisition ever and as you can imagine, customers and partners alike are eager to hear how we plan to integrate it into VMware.  Specifically, how are we going to bring the two traditionally separate silos of desktop and mobile together? To help explain our vision for uniting VMware and AirWatch, we released a video describing our architecture and technology integration plans.  Definitely watch the video to learn more, and the rest of this blog will give you a summary of our…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Intro to Storage Resource Management (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=12501)Most customers are aware of and are utilizing vSphere’s Resource Management capabilities in regards to compute and memory. On the contrary many of our customers, even the ones who own the licenses, aren’t utilizing the resource management capabilities on the storage side. Talking to quite a few customers, it seems to be an education issue. They simply don’t know what the features do or that they exist in the first place. The following video is meant to demonstrate the capabilities the vSphere…

     

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    VMware Company Blog: NSX Vision: Validated! (http://blogs.vmware.com/vmware/?p=2486)VMware has been on a journey to bring the same benefits of server virtualization to the network for over a decade, starting with virtual switches, accelerating to our vCloud Networking and Security suite, and culminating with our 2012 Nicira acquisition and launch of our VMware NSX™ network virtualization platform. In the new Gartner Magic Quadrant […]

     

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    Office of the CTO Blogs: Be the Better Choice (http://cto.vmware.com/?p=2705)Aaron Sweemer entered a data center for the first time early in 1996 when he worked part-time as an intern while completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to typical intern tasks, like getting coffee and doughnuts for everyone, Aaron was afforded the opportunity work on some pretty powerful and expensive hardware, such as Tandem NonStop Systems. It is also where Aaron first got his hands on technologies like Linux, PERL and Cisco. He soon discovered that he…

     

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    VMware Education & Certification Blog: Virtual SAN Training for World-Class Storage (http://blogs.vmware.com/education/?p=4065)Virtual SAN is a hot topic lately, and for good reason.  “Significant technological advancement” and “the standard bearer for a new class of storage solutions that promise to revolutionize how the world buys storage” –  that’s what the judges at Interop 2014 in Las Vegas, said when they awarded first place in the Storage category to  VMware® Virtual SAN™ . But the accolades don’t stop there – Virtual SAN also won the Best of Interop Audience Choice Award. Why has Virtual SAN turned so…

     

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    vCenter Orchestrator Blog: vCO Spring Plug-in season is here! (http://blogs.vmware.com/orchestrator/?p=634)The Spring is here along with the season gifts from vCenter Orchestrator Team just in time for Easter.  The holiday plug-in bundle comes with quite a few new integrations and major updates. vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vCloud Automation Center 6.0.1 vCenter Orchestrator  became  an integral part of vCloud automation center since version 6.0, playing a major role of an unified integration layer and XaaS engine.  In order to better serve the extensibility story of vCAC VMware released  vCenter…

     

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    VMware Accelerate: CIOs Need to Restructure to Deliver Today’s Innovations (http://blogs.vmware.com/accelerate/?p=1964)No doubt you’ve heard the argument that CIOs are merely technology brokers who “don’t matter” in the world of digital business. We all know that the opposite is true: CIOs who understand the intersection of business and technology matter more than ever. What also matters is that you understand when it’s time to change your organization to meet the needs of the business. Take a moment to check out this InformationWeek report , which provides practical advice on when and why to restructure, what…

     

External Bloggers

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    Re: SFD5 event and negativity / respect (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14884)Storage Field Day was hosted last week, and I typically like these events. Mainly because they have start-ups presenting their new technology and I like the flow of the sessions typically. I also like the interaction between the “delegates” and the vendors, well at times I do. There were several blog posts on the topic […] " Re: SFD5 event and negativity / respect " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    HP Proliant Firmware Update Potential NIC Issue (http://techhead.co/?p=7819)I like to ensure my home lab servers firmware revisions are up to date from time to time and noticed this recent HP advisory (c04258304: dated 18th April 2014) warning about a possible issue when performing a latest firmware update to some models of HP Proliant servers, which are running particular Broadcom based network cards. […]

     

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    Hello World… (http://techhead.co/?p=7805)Well, you may (or may not ) have noticed that it’s been a while since I wrote my last blog post.  The past few months have certainly been “interesting” for me as I’ve been working through a unexpected health scare.  After undergoing treatment I am now popping out the other side of things with only […]

     

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    Join Nutanix and Me for Citrix Synergy 2014 (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=6131)Wow! How exciting….  for the first time ever I am attending a Citrix Synergy Conference and I also have been given the opportunity to present a Thought Leadership session during the conference. Citrix was one of the End-User Computing pioneers and makes me very grateful to be presenting with such amazing group of individuals. I would … Continue reading »

     

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    Unitrends Enterprise Backup 7.4 Product Review (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34695)Unitrends Enterprise Backup (UEB) 7.4 for VMware vSphere and Hyper-V is a newly released version of Unitrend’s Enterprise backup solution. The product brings a very innovative set of features that offer additional functionality to a product that is already packed with benefits that enable you to reliably protect enterprise workloads. But before diving into each […] Read the full post Unitrends Enterprise Backup 7.4 Product Review at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make…

     

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    VeeamON 2014 – Veeam’s First Datacenter Availability Conference (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34676)Veeam just announced that will be holding a Datacenter Availability Conference in October 6-9, 2014 in Las Vegas. Wow. The conference will have general sessions, technical breakouts and expo lounge. There will also be labs and certifications running during the 4 days event. It will be possible to get certified as Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) at […] Read the full post VeeamON 2014 – Veeam’s First Datacenter Availability Conference at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions -…

     

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    VMware Virtual SAN Fundamentals [V5.5] – Free 60 min training (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34671)New Free training from VMware Education has been announced – VMware Virtual SAN Fundamentals [V5.5]. This training is about VSAN and has four modules where you’ll learn about use cases, interoperability, DR, management but also you’ll have the possibility to see enabling VSAN clusters, create disk groups, storage policies and how to expand VSAN clusters. […] Read the full post VMware Virtual SAN Fundamentals [V5.5] – Free 60 min training at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere…

     

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    VMware Converter Standalone 5.5.1 With VSAN support and more (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34665)The latest release of VMware Converter Standalone 5.5.1 is available since few days. It’s a build 1682692 and you can download it from here. It’s a maintenance release which fixed several bugs, but with a bonus added a support for VMware VSAN. You can check out the release notes from this page. VMware Converter standalone adds those new […] Read the full post VMware Converter Standalone 5.5.1 With VSAN support and more at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your…

     

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    Tips for defining your BYOD policy (http://www.v-wiki.net/?p=539)Whilst defining your BYOD policy, you might miss some important requirements to producing a document that will help guide your employees when they use their own device for work purposes. More organisations around the world are now providing an allowance to employees to allow them to buy their own consumer devices, however there is an […] The post Tips for defining your BYOD policy appeared first on Virtual Wiki .

     

 

KB Articles

 

New KB articles published for week ending 4/26/14

VMware ESXi
Adding disks with errors to a disk group (2075379)
Date Published: 4/22/2014
VMware ESXi 5.5 installation fails with a purple diagnostic screen and error: Heap FastSlabHeap already at its maximum size. Cannot expand. (2076553)
Date Published: 4/21/2014
Utilizing Rapid7’s Nexpose Vulnerability Manager with VMware NSX platform for scanning virtualized assets (2077179)
Date Published: 4/24/2014

VMware Fusion
VMware Fusion update in response to CVE-2014-0160 Heartbleed vulnerability (2076803)
Date Published: 4/25/2014

VMware vCenter Orchestrator
VMware vCenter Orchestrator 5.1.0 workflows marked as failed (2076530)
Date Published: 4/22/2014
The vCenter Orchestrator workflow you run might fail if you have execution rights on the workflow, but do not have execution rights on a specific action called by this workflow (2077210)
Date Published: 4/25/2014

VMware vCenter Server
SSD not available to add as backing for VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache (2065563)
Date Published: 4/24/2014
vMotion using the vSphere Web Client fails with error: Permission to perform this operation was denied (2075240)
Date Published: 4/22/2014
Deleting orphaned database jobs (2059714)
Date Published: 4/23/2014
VMware vCenter Server alarm Datastore Usage on Disk fails to respond after threshold exceeded (2076157)
Date Published: 4/24/2014

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager recovery plan fails to complete (2072798)
Date Published: 4/22/2014

VMware vCloud API
Including the metadata field in records returned by the vCloud Director QueryService API and filtering records based on the metadata field (2077217)
Date Published: 4/25/2014

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service Plugin cannot connect to vCHS virtual private cloud (2075666)
Date Published: 4/25/2014

VMware vSphere Web Client
Unable to mount ISO image to a virtual machine using vSphere Web Client on Mac OS X (2076792)
Date Published: 4/24/2014
Unable to use mouse cursor within a virtual machine console through the vSphere Web Client on Mac OS X (2076794)
Date Published: 4/24/2014