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VMware Newsletter 6.20

Posted by nisserow Jun 1, 2014

From the editors virtual desk

Hi everyone, hope you have had a good week. Finally making progress on my VCAC and ITBM learning. I managed to get some time this week to do some setup and things are going well.

This week I have published a list of courses for the Australia and New Zealand region. This is a fairly long list which can be found on the VMware MyLearn website. I am very focused on training as many of you know so I wanted to give you all the opportunity to see the courses that are still available and and at the time of writing still had seats available.

Have a chat to you TAM or Account Manager and get yourself booked on one of the courses below.

Have a great week everyone.

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia

Local Training Classes

Course Name

Start Date

Auckland

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

05/26/2014

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

06/05/2014

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

06/09/2014

VMware vCloud Automation Center: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]

06/09/2014

Brisbane

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.5]

05/26/2014

VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.5]

06/02/2014

VMware vSphere: What's New [V4.x to V5.5]

06/09/2014

VMware Horizon View: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.2]

06/10/2014

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

06/16/2014

Canberra

VMware vCloud Automation Center: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]

05/26/2014

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

06/02/2014

Melbourne

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.5]

06/02/2014

VMware vCloud Automation Center: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]

06/02/2014

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

06/05/2014

VMware vSphere: What's New [V4.x to V5.5]

06/12/2014

VMware Horizon View: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.2]

06/10/2014

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

06/16/2014

VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V5.5]

06/16/2014

Online

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager for Virtual Infrastructure Management [V5.x]

05/26/2014

VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators [V5.1]

05/29/2014

VMware vCenter Orchestrator: Develop Workflows [V5.1]

06/02/2014

Perth

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

05/26/2014

Sydney

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.5]

05/26/2014

VMware View: Design Best Practices [V5.x]

06/02/2014

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

06/05/2014

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

06/02/2014

VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V5.x]

06/11/2014

VMware vSphere: What's New [V4.x to V5.5]

06/12/2014

VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

06/11/2014

VMware vCloud Networking and Security for vSphere Professionals [V5.5]

06/16/2014

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

06/16/2014

VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V5.5]

06/16/2014

VMware vCloud Automation Center: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]

06/16/2014

VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.5]

06/16/2014

Wellington

VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Analyze and Predict [V5.x]

06/16/2014

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

06/16/2014

VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Advanced Usage and Dashboard Design [V5.x]

06/18/2014

VMware Bloggers

External Bloggers

  • Microsoft TechNet– Download & License Keys Reminder (http://techhead.co/?p=7881)As many of you know, Microsoft have decided to retire their TechNet software download and licensing subscription service, with the last day being the 31st August 2014.  This is a real blow to the many IT Professionals out there who use TechNet to keep their Microsoft product skills honed, and who also use it to […] The post Microsoft TechNet– Download & License Keys Reminder appeared first on TechHead and was written by Simon Seagrave . Why not take a look at my other related posts?: End of the…
  • Hurry – voting for VMworld 2014 sessions closes on Sunday (http://www.vreference.com/?p=2235)I just realized I hadn’t thrown up post about this. No time like the present. Voting for VMworld 2014 sessions closes this Sunday (18th) at midnight. Be sure to get your voice heard and tell VMware which sessions you’d like to see this year. I’ve submitted 4 distinct breakout sessions this year, each of which [...]
  • Book review – Learning Veeam Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34951)I know Veeam’s product insight out as I’m an early adopter, but by reading through Christian’s book I found out some areas which I discovered even further. This article is no mean to be in-depth detailed review, but rather a look for what an average enterprise admin who is managing business critical production systems running […] Read the full post Book review – Learning Veeam Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere at ESX Virtualization . Free Trial VMware vSphere: Download Here!
  • Free Study Guide – Microsoft Certification Exam 74-409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34939)In case you’re in preparation for 74-409 Microsoft Certification exam, you might want to check out this Free Study Guide - Microsoft’s certification exam 74-409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center,  written by Orin Thomas (@orinthomas). The guide has 8 chapters to learn about server virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and starts with the […] Read the full post Free Study Guide – Microsoft Certification Exam 74-409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server…
  • VMware vSphere Management Essentials – Book Review (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34931)I recently got a hand on a new book published by PACKT publishing called VMware vSphere Resource Management Essentials by Jonathan Frappier. This book is up to date guide for VMware administrators willing to start learning VMware technology from the ground up. Jonathan Frappier is an experienced IT professional who holds an advanced VMware certifications like […] Read the full post VMware vSphere Management Essentials – Book Review at ESX Virtualization . Free Trial VMware vSphere: Download Here!
  • VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0 – faster with machine learning capabilities (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34900)VMware has announced a new version of VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0.  More robust and faster, with speedier log analysis time up to 80 %, and overall speed resolution times up to 50 percent. Fully HTML5 based Web UI. The product also adds clustering approach where several instances of vCenter Log Insight configured in cluster […] Read the full post VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0 – faster with machine learning capabilities at ESX Virtualization . Free Trial VMware vSphere: Download Here!
  • My first look on VMware VSAN observer (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34882)After my recent installation of VSAN cluster I wanted to get some more deep information about what’s under the hood as vSphere web client itself does not give you much insights. I also wanted to see if the installation and configuration VSAN Observer performance and statistic tool is about. I already saw some posts about […] Read the full post My first look on VMware VSAN observer at ESX Virtualization . Free Trial VMware vSphere: Download Here!
  • Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware – book to have (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34877)If you’re enterprise admin and running VMware vSphere in your company, you might be interested in following book by VMware press – Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT Right. This book written by Michael Corey, Jeff Szastak and Michael Webster is currently in pre-order and the pre-order price allows you to save 19% of […] Read the full post Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware – book to have at ESX Virtualization . Free Trial VMware vSphere: Download Here!

KB Articles

Virtual Disk Development Kit
VMware Virtual Disk Development kit restores the thin-provisioned disk of a virtual machine residing on NFS as a thick-provisioned disk (2077787)
Date Published: 5/14/2014

VMware ESXi
Understanding the VMFS heap eviction process in ESXi 5.5 (2077898)
Date Published: 5/12/2014
An ESXi 5.1 host provisioned with Auto Deploy remains in maintenance mode after booting (2054038)
Date Published: 5/14/2014
Checking if NetFlow / IPFIX is enabled on a vSphere Distributed Switch or vDS PortGroup from ESXi host command line (2065036)
Date Published: 5/13/2014
OpenSSL Security Advisory released on January 06, 2014 (CVE-2013-4353, CVE-2013-6449, and CVE-2013-6450) (2070532)
Date Published: 5/12/2014

VMware Horizon View
Installing Horizon View 5.2 connection server fails with error 28018: There was an error creating MS Direct Service Instance (2070614)
Date Published: 5/16/2014
Supportability for Microsoft Lync 2013 phone integration within VMware Horizon View (2078289)
Date Published: 5/16/2014

VMware Service Manager
Using Custom Search in VMware Service Manager does not return the columns configured in Column Configs (2077741)
Date Published: 5/12/2014
Custom search in VMware Server Manager 9.x does not return expected results (2077742)
Date Published: 5/13/2014

VMware ThinApp
The virtual version of SolidWorks edrawing 2013 x64 Edition fails tolaunchon Win7 64 bit operating system (2070004)
Date Published: 5/13/2014
The native Internet Explorer 8 might freeze when you use the ThinDirect plug-in (2073845)
Date Published: 5/13/2014
Microsoft Project 2010 and Microsoft Visio 2010 cause an MSI installer and licensing error on deployment systems with Microsoft Office 2010 natively installed (2077860)
Date Published: 5/13/2014

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone
Physical to virtual conversion of a Linux virtual machine using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone fails with the error: Host key can’t be retrieved (2073051)
Date Published: 5/14/2014

VMware vCenter Server
Manually removing a System DSN in Microsoft Windows (2073118)
Date Published: 5/13/2014
Renaming a VMware vSphere Distributed Switch in production when virtual machines are connected (2048035)
Date Published: 5/13/2014

VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Emails sent from VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.x are rejected (2073849)
Date Published: 5/14/2014

VMware vCloud Automation Center
Collecting VMware vCloud Automation Center logs using the vCAC log collection utility (2078179)
Date Published: 5/15/2014

VMware vCloud Connector
Timeout error while using vCloud Connector 2.6 to copy to or from a vSphere cloud (2078110)
Date Published: 5/15/2014

VMware vCloud Director
A user with restricted rights in vCloud Director 5.5 can alter hardware parameters when deploying a virtual machine (2075619)
Date Published: 5/13/2014

VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions
Adding a datastore in VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions 1.x plug-in fails with the error: Error 1034 (2077735)
Date Published: 5/13/2014

VMware vSphere Data Protection
VMware vSphere Data Protection minimum required vCenter user account permissions (2072861)
Date Published: 5/12/2014

VMware vSphere Data Protection
VMware vSphere Data Protection appliance fails to attach disks during VDR to VDP migration (2073709)
Date Published: 5/12/2014

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VMware Newsletter 6.19

Posted by nisserow Jun 1, 2014

From the editors virtual desk

Hi everyone and welcome to another edition of the VMware newsletter. It has been another very busy week for me. I am very focused with my customer on upgrades to vSphere 5.5 still which is taking a fair amount of my time. I am also doing some work again on ITBM. I was hoping to go on VCAC (vCloud Automation Center) training however my schedule is just too full to accommodate this which is a pity because I think that with the upcoming projects at my customers this will gain more of a focus this year. I hope to be able to do at least some additional work on my now on this solution and see how far I can get.

 

I hope that your week has been productive and you are looking forward to an even better week to come.

 

Please remember to VOTE for your favourite VMworld sessions by going to www.vmworld.com. It only takes a few minutes to sign up and there are many benefits of being on this website. You can of course also vote for my session if you wish, it can be found by filtering on a keyword and entering in my surname.

 

Have a great week everyone.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia

 

Local Events (BRISBANE)

 

Local Training Classes

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.5] 26-30 May

VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.5] 02-06 Jun
VMware Horizon View: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.2] 10-13 Jun

 

VMware Bloggers

 

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    VMTN Blog: VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast 277 – Live from @EMCworld (http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/?p=8418)Hosts John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer Guests Matt Cowger, EMC @mcowger News VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery, Available Now, Seamlessly Extends Disaster Recovery to the Public Cloud EMC World – May 5 – 8 FREE Book Excerpt: Networking for VMware Administrators Have a question about hybrid cloud? Ask us anything on May 19th! VMware Recognized as a Visionary in Data Center Networking Magic Quadrant NSX Vision: Validated! On Leaving VMware and Creating a New IT Community –…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: ThinApp 5.0.1: Minor release number, but notable features! (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=5779)By Tina de Benedictis, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware VMware ThinApp 5.0.1 has just been released, and although this is a minor release number, some new features will make a difference in your application-packaging life. Package.ini parameters now case-insensitive Have you ever set a value for a Package.ini parameter, only to find out after much troubleshooting that it did not take effect because you did not copy the exact capitalization for the parameter? Well, no longer…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: Have a question about hybrid cloud? Ask us anything on May 19th! (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=3543)RSVP HERE ! The future of cloud computing — the hybrid cloud — is here. For most organizations, the challenge is preserving and extending their IT investments while taking advantage of the agility and flexibility that public cloud provides. Hybrid cloud promises the best of both worlds, making the delivery of existing and new applications faster and simpler. With new advances in technology come new concepts, features and benefits for users. It also brings new questions, and we’re here to answer…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: Updates to the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=3538)The VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) was created to help enable our partners to successfully deliver cloud computing solutions based on VMware technology to customers across the world. VMware offers the greatest choice of cloud deployment platforms in the industry today through the combination of our VMware vCloud Service Provider Partners and vCloud Hybrid Service. Because of the rapid growth and success of vCloud Service Providers and consequently the VSPP program in the past year, we’re happy to…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: An Update on VMware Horizon DaaS (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=5770)By Josue Fontanez, product line marketing manager for Horizon DaaS, End-User Computing, VMware The buzz around DaaS has been amazing as of late…with good reason. End-users are more mobile than ever before so organizations need to modernize their desktops to meet their demands for access to corporate content using any device, anytime, anywhere. Customers get the benefit of VDI on-premises, without having to manage the back-end VDI infrastructure. They can scale on-demand in a snap and drastically reduce…

     

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    VMware Company Blog: Weekly News Recap, May 9 (http://blogs.vmware.com/vmware/?p=2507)VMware News In VMware news this week, Pat Gelsinger on Tuesday delivered a keynote speech at EMC World along with Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz. Announcements coming out of the show include news that Pivotal and VMware will now deliver enterprise-class hybrid PaaS and SAP HANA is now supported on VMware vSphere 5.5 for production scenarios. […]

     

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    VMware Consulting Blog: Using Secondary Management Network for vSphere Replication (http://blogs.vmware.com/consulting/?p=1440)By Sunny Dua, Enterprise Solution Architect, VMware Professional Services I have written a lot about vSphere Replication best practices. This time, I want to share an experience of implementing SRM and vSphere Replication in a brownfield virtual infrastructure. As we all know, vSphere Replication uses the management interface for the ESXi servers to send the replication traffic to the DR site vSphere Replication Appliance. It is important that we understand the network flow clearly before diving deeply…

     

External Bloggers

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    How long will VSAN rebuilding take with large drives? (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14923)I have seen this question popping up various times now where people want to know how long VSAN rebuilding will take with large drives. And it was something that was asked on twitter as well today, and I think there are some common misconceptions out there when it comes to rebuilding. Maybe this tweet summarizes […] " How long will VSAN rebuilding take with large drives? " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    Using differently sized disks in a VSAN environment (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14910)Internally someone asked this question, and at the Italian VMUG I had someone asking me the same question… What if I want to scale out, or scale-up, and need to add differently sized disks to my existing VSAN environment? Will that be an as expensive exercise as with (some) traditional RAID systems? Some of you […] " Using differently sized disks in a VSAN environment " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    Virtual Volumes vendor demos (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14903)I was at the Italian VMUG last week and one of the users asked me what Virtual Volumes would look like. He wanted to know if the experience would be similar to the “VM Storage Policy” experiences he has been having with Virtual SAN. I didn’t have an environment running capable of demonstrating Virtual SAN […] " Virtual Volumes vendor demos " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    Time to vote again… (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=4730)Not for top blog though, the VMworld 2014 session public voting has opened and I’d appreciate your consideration for my sessions. Last year I presented my “Top 10 Thing you MUST know about Storage for vSphere” session which was well attended. I’d thought I’d up the ante this year and submitted one called “50 Things [...]

     

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    VMworld 2014 Justification Email (http://www.boche.net/blog/?p=4932)I couldn’t find a 2014 version on the vmworld.com website so I resurrected a 2010 copy I had saved on my network (I’m not claiming to be the original author – I think this came from Troyer or someone in VMware or maybe the vCommunity) and I made a few updates.  I’m sharing the .PDF [...] Post from: boche.net - VMware Virtualization Evangelist Copyright (c) 2010 Jason Boche. The contents of this post may not be reproduced or republished on another web page or web site without prior written…

     

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    The Gotcha with vFRC and vCenter 5.5 (http://longwhiteclouds.com/?p=3537)vFlash Read Cache (vFRC)is a feature of vSphere 5.5 that can accelerate the read IO of VM’s by leveraging server side flash resources form an SSD or PCIe Flash card. This can help offload reads so your (legacy) storage can be used more efficiently and also so you can consolidate more VM’s per host without […]

     

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    Web Commander 3.0 for VMware (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34847)VMware free fling utility called Web Commander 3.0 has been recently updated. The default UI presents objects, which are PowerCLI/PowerShell objects for interacting with AD, Horizon View Broker, Guest VMs and (or) vSphere actions like add/remove/start/stop for VMs. Also you can take snapshots or rename VMs. Web Commander is a web based interface to provide […] Read the full post Web Commander 3.0 for VMware at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : Latest VMware vSphere Editions

     

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    Which Tool to use for cloning ESXi on USB stick (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34811)I was seeking the other day for an utility which would allow me to create an exact copy of an USB key with VMware ESXi installed. To clone ESXi installed on USB stick to another USB.  I looked through the internet and tried a freeware utility that did not work (ImageUSB), but then stumbled across Clonezilla which […] Read the full post Which Tool to use for cloning ESXi on USB stick at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : Latest VMware vSphere Editions

     

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    StarWind® Virtual SAN™ is available (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34801)Starwind Software has a new version of their flagship software - StarWind® Virtual SAN™ v8.0. The product is available for both virtualization platforms. VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V.  I already blogged about the features that are present in this version, but I quickly recap: Massive Scale-Out storage architecture Creates fault tolerant shared storage with unlimited number of […] Read the full post StarWind® Virtual SAN™ is available at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : Latest VMware…

     

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    VMware vSphere Performance – New Book (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34782)New book has just been published – VMware vSphere Performance. The authors are well known in VMware virtualization communities – Matt Liebowitz, Christopher Kusek, Rynardt Spies. I looked into the content on Amazon. A test lab design is there. How and why to design a test lab and which tools to use for capacity planning, […] Read the full post VMware vSphere Performance – New Book at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : Latest VMware vSphere Editions

     

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    My VSAN journey – all done! (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34758)Another VSAN homelab is born! After waiting some time for more SSDs, Infiniband cables and Perc H310 storage controller cards from eBay, now when all the pieces has arrived I’m able to put everything together and run my VMware VSAN cluster. I expanded my older hosts with internal storage (previously there was a shared storage […] Read the full post My VSAN journey – all done! at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : Latest VMware vSphere Editions

     

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    5 Myths about VDP advanced – see yourself (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34747)VMware has published an article on vSphere SMB blog concerning VDP advanced (VDPA) – an advanced backup solution from VMware. The product follows per CPU licensing model and offers 8TB of deduplicated backup capacity. There are apparently some myths around which are explained in the article. One of them is agentless vs with-agent approach for […] Read the full post 5 Myths about VDP advanced – see yourself at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : Latest VMware vSphere Editions

     

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    Free eBooks from Microsoft Press (http://techhead.co/?p=7865)Microsoft have available a handful of free-to-download ebooks which provide an introduction and information on some of their enterprise and development products, such as Windows Server, Azure, .NET, etc.  Some of these ebooks don’t contain the same level of technical detail that you’d usually find in your average IT manual (although some of these ebooks, […] The post Free eBooks from Microsoft Press appeared first on TechHead and was written by Simon Seagrave . Why not take a look at my other…

     

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    Data Locality matters… a LOT! See this video demo. (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=6335)Nutanix utilizes a shared-nothing distributed architecture and it ensures data is always replicated across Flash, HDD, Nodes and Blocks for high availability. A VM may access data from anywhere on a Nutanix cluster, but Nutanix controllers (CVM) will always ensure that overtime active data blocks that belong to a VM are present in the host … Continue reading »

     

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    1177 Ask the Expert Storage Kingpins – VMWorld Vote (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=6331)Rick Scherer kindly submitted a Ask the Experts session for VMworld 2014. If approved, this will be the 7th time that Ask the Experts is part of the VMworld agenda. This time Ask the Experts is back with an awesome panel of the industry’s top storage vendors. In Rick’s own words, “In this session there are no powerpoints, no sales … Continue reading »

     

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    Is Hyper-Converged faster than SAN? (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=6315)I am sure this is one of those topics that often create heated debates between defendants from both sides of the industry. I work for Nutanix, a hyper-converged platform; therefore you might say I am biased. That’s fine, but I tell you that I will try to stick to the value of each platform and … Continue reading »

     

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    Changing the vCenter Graphs to Microsecond (http://www.2vcps.com/?p=1740)So if you are moving your data center to the next generation of Flash Storage you may have noticed your performance charts in VMware vCenter or other tools look something like this. You start to think, what good is the millisecond scale in a microsecond world? (I know that screenshot is from vCOPS.) Luckily VMware […]

     

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    Threat and risk assessment (http://www.v-wiki.net/?p=585)In today’s modern world, the task of threat and risk assessment is based on prior experience and history. It is human nature to be limited in our imagination by prior experience. When identifying the threats to your business and systems, you need to have an imagination on the possibilities that could happen. Threat and Risk […] The post Threat and risk assessment appeared first on Virtual Wiki .

     

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    My VCAP5-DCD experience (http://www.v-wiki.net/?p=590)Last week I sat the VMware Certified Advanced Professional exam for Datacentre Design, and I wanted to share my VCAP5-DCD experience. Firstly, I need to point out that my final score was 290. The pass mark is 300 out of 500, so I was very close to passing. I plan on re-taking the exam so […] The post My VCAP5-DCD experience appeared first on Virtual Wiki .

     

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    Business Impact Analysis questionnaire template (http://www.v-wiki.net/?p=564)One of the first steps in preparing for a Business Continuity Plan and developing a Disaster Recovery Plan is to first identify the impact that your business would experience as the result of a disaster. Engage with senior management (as this process takes up considerable time and needs focus and attention to be worthwhile), prepare […] The post Business Impact Analysis questionnaire template appeared first on Virtual Wiki .

     

KB Articles

The VMware Knowledge Base is kept current with frequent edits and additions. Stay up-to-date on the latest by reviewing the weekly KB digest.

VMware ESXi
Network errors when PXE booting Citrix virtual machines (2074865)
Date Published: 5/7/2014
Virtual machine might lose VMXNET 3 drivers and video drivers after you upgrade VMware Tools (2075755)
Date Published: 5/8/2014
Nimble Storage Connection service CIM Provider for ESXi 5.0 (2077724)
Date Published: 5/8/2014

VMware Horizon Workspace
Recreating the certificate for the Horizon Workspace Gateway Virtual Appliance (2047639)
Date Published: 5/9/2014

VMware IT Business Management Suite
Bullet points do not display when exporting a report from VMware IT Business Management Suite (2077784)
Date Published: 5/9/2014

VMware vCloud Automation Center
VMware vCloud Automation Center Model Manager web repository fails to start with the error: The target principal name is incorrect. Cannot generate SSPI context (2074615)
Date Published: 5/8/2014

VMware vCloud Director
CPU reservation exceeds total available resources in vCloud Director (2075393)
Date Published: 5/6/2014
DHCP and DNS entry is not created in VMware vCloud Director (2076615)
Date Published: 5/9/2014
Uploading media in VMware vCloud Director fails with error: Could not create remote resource in VDC at URL: https://xxx.yyyy.zzz.com/api/vdc/cdcbf875-f316-4e5b-9a65-de34860821d2/media” (2077401)
Date Published: 5/5/2014

VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent
VMware vCenter Hyperic Agent 5.8.1 WebSphere plugin alters the com.ibm.ws.security.crypto.jar file (2077582)
Date Published: 5/7/2014

VMware Virtual SAN
Recovering a VMware Virtual SAN cluster after a vCenter Server rebuild (2074246)
Date Published: 5/7/2014

VMware vSphere Web Services SDK
Origin and State property values of NetIpConfigInfo for Temporary IPv6 addresses in VMware vSphere Web Services SDK (2077089)
Date Published: 5/5/2014

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VMware Employees

VMware Newsletter 6.18

Posted by nisserow Jun 1, 2014

From the editors virtual desk

Hi everyone, I have had a very busy week. I am not sure how many of you area aware of the fact that there is probably a local VMUG chapter in your city. This week we hosted our local Brisbane VMUG users for an in depth deep dive on VSAN by our resident Staff Systems Engineer, Michael Francis which was very well received as were the obligatory pizza.

 

VMworld 2014 Session voting is live!

It is also time for you to vote (http://www.vmworld.com/voting.jspa) for the VMworld 2014 sessions you would most like to see. To do this head over to www.vmworld.com and either log in or register for an account. You will then be able to view all of the sessions that have been put forward and of course vote for your favourites. This year I too have a session. If you are interested in voting for it please feel free to check it out. You can find it easily by filtering on my surname. The session details are as follows:

 

Pro-active Solutions to Ensure Your VMware Environment is Stable and Available 100% of the Time

You rely on your entire enterprise being reliable and available. Running it on a VMware vSphere platform provides many benefits but there are still a number of tasks and solutions that we can use to ensure that everything stays up and working reliably. In this session, we will take a look at available solutions and pro-active tasks to assist with monitoring the environment, health assessments, regular benchmarking and metrics, patch management and working with VMware KB articles as tools to ensure your environment stays reliable and well maintained.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia

 

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

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VMware Bloggers

 

 

  • VROOM!: Virtual SAP HANA Achieves Production Level Performance (http://blogs.vmware.com/performance/?p=1814)VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger announced production support for SAP HANA on VMware vSphere 5.5 at EMC World this week during his keynote. This is the end result of a very thorough joint testing project over the past year between VMware and SAP. HANA is an in-memory platform (including database capabilities) from SAP that has enabled huge gains in performance for customers and has been a high priority for SAP over the past few years.  In order for HANA to be supported in a virtual machine on vSphere 5.5 for…

     

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    VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: Debunking Myths About vSphere Data Protection (http://blogs.vmware.com/smb/?p=2791)This post originally appeared on the Virtual Reality blog and was written by Jim Armstrong 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…

     

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    Workstation Zealot: Survived Microsoft XP end of support for now. (http://blogs.vmware.com/workstation/?p=1296)Well, it has been exactly one month since Microsoft ended XP support on April 8th, and no XPocalypse yet. Granted there have been a few recent nasty global security exploits, like Heartbleed and the recent zero day vulnerability in Microsoft IE that caused Microsoft to issue a special XP IE patch even though they stopped supporting XP on April 8th. Actually I was surprised to see the patch pop up on my XP build considering support officially ended. Moving off of Windows XP is not easy for companies that…

     

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    Team Fusion: Still Here…for Now (http://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/?p=1868)Microsoft Windows XP end of support (AKA the XPocalypse) has come and gone, and we are all still here. However, a recent Microsoft security alert should give Windows XP users cause for concern as it potentially exposes them to serious security risks. Luckily, Microsoft issued a patch on May 1 st – including Windows XP. The issue is that XP users can’t expect Microsoft to continue to provide security updates for their operating system as support officially ended on April 8 th . If you must continue…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: VMware Horizon and F5 BIG-IP Win Big (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=5725)Three times faster and 15.7% less expensive! By Cyndie Zikmund, End-User Computing Product Line Marketing Manager, VMware Architecting a VDI environment for high availability and optimum load balancing became easier this year when VMware and F5 announced their joint solution that included VMware Horizon with F5 BIG-IP. The expectation was that the two leaders in their respective markets would combine forces to provide a secure, scalable, and powerful platform for today’s mobile workforce, while…

     

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    Office of the CTO Blogs: Welcome to VMware, David Tennenhouse (http://cto.vmware.com/?p=2736)I am delighted to welcome Dr. David Tennenhouse to VMware’s R&D community. He has joined as our new Chief Research Officer. The Chief of Research function is a new role within VMware’s CTO Office, and David will lead that team to shape its strategy and execution of its mission of driving thought leadership and accelerating VMware’s technology leadership. David will be tasked with overseeing many of the strategic efforts coming out of the Office of the CTO (OCTO), including our numerous innovation…

     

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    Office of the CTO Blogs: The Cloud is the Device: Towards Ubiquitous End-User Computing (http://cto.vmware.com/?p=2728)Today I’m in Boston speaking at the IEEE: Rockstars of Mobile Cloud conference on the concept of “the cloud is the device.”  This talk was inspired by the AirWatch/VMware integration efforts I blogged about last week .  The title itself is an evolution of the tagline Sun used for years: “the network is the computer.” This tagline was a somewhat iconic description of Sun’s aspirations, where all computing intelligence lived on servers and applications were remotely delivered to…

     

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    Recently I posted about the new PowerCLI 5.5R2 capability to interact with the SRM API, and I want to write a few posts on using those capabilities to automate some typical (and perhaps some atypical) activities one might wish to accomplish. In the next few posts I’ll be showing some of the things you can do like: How the SRM API is structured and how to access it through PowerCLI Walk through the examples given in the documentation How to generate reports How to add VMs to existing protection groups …

     

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    VMware End User Computing: Linked Clones the Easy, Scalable Way: Why View Composer Rocks (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=5741)By Cyndie Zikmund, Product Line Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware In searching for information about View Composer, I found that VMware has not published many articles on this subject. When I asked around, I heard people say, “Composer just works,” or “It is a feature of View everyone knows how to use.” This led me to think that maybe the time has come for Composer to have its day in the sun on this blog. What Does Composer Do? Simple answer: It provides linked clones. Longer…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: Zero Day Threat: Hackers starting to target Windows XP (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=5738)By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware Everyone in IT knew this day was coming: April 8, 2014. This was the official date that Microsoft ended support for Windows XP.  Business across the world had ample time to migrate their PCs from Windows XP to Windows 7, or even Windows 8. Many organizations put plans in place to get their systems off of Windows XP. Some organizations used manual processes, others used homegrown tools, and others used third party solutions that…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: vCloud Hybrid Service – Data Protection (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=3485)By David Hill Today VMware vCloud Hybrid Service launched the next version of Data Protection, introducing significant new features to support our customers’ stringent data protection requirements.  Data Protection is an agentless, policy-driven, self-service backup of virtual workloads running on vCloud Hybrid Service. Overview Having a self-service backup feature provides users with the ability to fully embrace the public cloud and deploy critical applications without the worry of data loss.  Data…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Enabling and Monitoring Storage I/O Control (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=12541)Storage I/O Control (SIOC) is one of those features that tend to get forgotten about. I’ve talked to many customers both while I was in the field doing architectures and deployments and still today and many either don’t know about the feature or never looked into it. SIOC is extremely powerful, it can increase your consolidation ratios on the storage side, allowing more VM’s per datastore. Which leads to lower storage costs and less administrative overhead. So how does it work? At a basic level…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: VMware vCloud Hybrid Service Standard Storage Tier (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=3474)By  David Hill Today VMware vCloud Hybrid Service launched a new tier of storage, Standard Storage.  Standard Storage is a low-cost storage option available with the Dedicated and Virtual Private Cloud offerings from vCloud Hybrid Service. With different tiers of storage, we are providing a choice for end users  to select different performance tiers for the various workloads running on vCloud Hybrid Service, and at the price point that works best for a defined budget. Use Cases Before we take a look…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Top 20 Articles for April 2014 (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=6186)Here is our Top 20 KB list for April 2014. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Response to OpenSSL security issue CVE-2014-0160/CVE-2014-0346 a.k.a: “Heartbleed” (2076225) VMware ESXi 5.x host experiences a purple diagnostic screen mentioning E1000PollRxRing and E1000DevRx (2059053) Installing Windows in a virtual machine using VMware Fusion Easy Install (1011677) Installing async drivers on…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: VMware Virtual SAN Hardware Design Guide (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=12530)VMware Virtual SAN 5.5 is a software-defined, scale-out hypervisor-converged storage platform that allows you great flexibility and choice in how you design your storage solution. This flexibility allows you the option to either build your own Virtual SAN node using the hardware platform of your choice from any supported hardware vendor on the VMware Compatibility Guide, or choosing a Virtual SAN Ready Node  that provides a prescriptive node configuration from a vendor of your choice. The Virtual SAN…

     

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    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, Staff Technical Account Manager, VMware Professional Services 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…

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External Bloggers

 

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    HA restarts in a DR/DA event (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14897)I received a couple of questions last week about HA restarts in the scenario where a full site failure has occurred or a part of the storage system has failed and needs to be taken over by another datacenter. Yes indeed this is related to stretched clusters and HA restarts in a DR/DA event. The […] " HA restarts in a DR/DA event " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    EMC announces ViPR 2.0 (http://www.penguinpunk.net/blog/?p=1967)There’s a bunch of stuff being announced at EMC World this week. But there’re also plenty of people who are actually at the event and getting paid to tell you about that stuff. I’m no tech reporter, but I thought the “software-defined-curious” amongst you might be interested in a little coverage of EMC‘s ViPR 2.0 announcement. Here’re […]

     

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    Get Your Own EMC Support Portal Logon in 3 Easy Steps (http://techhead.co/?p=7856)This post outlines how to get your own EMC.com support portal logon account in three easy steps!  Once you have created an account and have logged on you then have access to a wealth of technical, marketing and most excitingly, EMC product simulators, Virtual Storage Appliances (VSA) and VMware Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) plugins for […] The post Get Your Own EMC Support Portal Logon in 3 Easy Steps appeared first on TechHead and was written by Simon Seagrave . Why not take a look at my other…

     

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    EMC World 2014 Hands on Labs (vLab)–What to Expect (http://techhead.co/?p=7840)I unfortunately won’t be making it to EMC World (#EMCWorld) this year (2014) due to my recent “life adventure”, though for the past 3 years I have been part of a team, including EMC business units, who have been responsible for pulling together the EMC World Hands on Labs (HOL) experience.  This has always proven […] The post EMC World 2014 Hands on Labs (vLab)–What to Expect appeared first on TechHead and was written by Simon Seagrave . Why not take a look at my other related posts?: An Inside…

     

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    HP Proliant Firmware Update Potential NIC Issue (http://techhead.co/?p=7819)UPDATE 4th May 2014:  HP have released an updated version of the Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) Version 2014.02.0(B) (2nd May) that resolves the issue originally covered in this post.  You can find the update here which also includes an unrelated fix to address the recent OpenSSL HeartBleed security vulnerability.  Thanks to Rotem Agmon for […] The post HP Proliant Firmware Update Potential NIC Issue appeared first on TechHead and was written by Simon Seagrave . Why not take a look at my other…

     

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    Service Level Automation for XenDesktop with Nutanix (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=6299)Yesterday I had the opportunity to present a TED-like talk at the GeekSpeak Tonight Session at Citrix Synergy Conference. The talk was about hyper-convergence and web-scale technologies and how they redefine the way VDI is architected and deployed. The session was mostly vendor agnostic, where I discussed high level concepts about distributed file systems and … Continue reading »

     

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    Learning Veeam Backup and Replication for VMware vSphere – New Book (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34734)There is a new book that has been written by a fellow blogger Christian Mohn (@hobbel). The book was published under Packt publishing but is available also through major online stores like Amazon. Printed or Kindle versions are available. The book is destined for VMware administrators who is looking to protect virtual infrastructure by using one of […] Read the full post Learning Veeam Backup and Replication for VMware vSphere – New Book at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions…

     

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    VSAN Hardware Design Guide 1.0 Released – Check it out (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34725)A new PDF VSAN Hardware design Guide 1.0 has been released by VMware recently. This guide, called VMware® Virtual SAN™ Hardware Guidance help out with the designing the necessary hardware for VMware VSAN. Even if blade servers are supported for VSAN, they’re not optimal because of their limited space to hold disk groups. Also extensibility of […] Read the full post VSAN Hardware Design Guide 1.0 Released – Check it out at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your…

     

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    Cool video – VMware Horizon 6 3D Performance with vDGA (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34716)I really liked this demo video showing the peformance of vDGA inside of a VDI desktop using Horizon 6. This video was produced by Rory Clements, from the End User Computing BU at VMware. Very impressive and realistic. He speaks quite fast, but he shows off nicely the integration and configuration of the Nvidia card, […] Read the full post Cool video – VMware Horizon 6 3D Performance with vDGA at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your choice

     

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    Memory Channel per Bank getting non active when using PERC H310 Contoler card – Fixed! (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34711)I had this memory problem since about a week in my lab, and while still waiting for other pieces I ordered for the lab, I didn’t really seek a solution. But tonight I received all necessary parts to be able to assembly all 3 hosts for VSAN. But there was still this problem with memory. […] Read the full post Memory Channel per Bank getting non active when using PERC H310 Contoler card – Fixed! at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your choice

     

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    APAC #vBrownBag does performance (http://professionalvmware.com/?p=4471)This week I’m starting a new series. With Irfan Ahmad from Cloud Physics as my guest to talk about performance troubleshooting for a few episodes. We will run every second Thursday evening at 9PM New Zealand time. You can find details at this page on my blog, signup for the series here or wait for […]

     

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    VMworld 2014 Public Voting Now Open (http://vmwaretips.com/wp/?p=2334)Boy, time really seems to be going by faster the older I get. I can’t believe it’s already been a year and we now preparing for VMworld 2014. This year I’ve submitted three separate Ask the Experts session and it’s up to you to get them included in the session agenda of VMworld 2014.  As [...]

     

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    Bring Your Own Device policy risks (http://www.v-wiki.net/?p=574)Many organisations have allowed staff to bring in their own device for use at work – these are Bring Your Own Device policies (BYOD Policy). It’s becoming more common, but what are the bring your own device policy risks? In this article, when I refer to device, I include phones, tablets, laptops and other mobile […] The post Bring Your Own Device policy risks appeared first on Virtual Wiki .

     

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    The difference between BCP and DR (http://www.v-wiki.net/?p=554)You may be one of the many people who ask what is the difference between BCP and DR – that is, what is the difference between a Business Continuity Plan and Disaster Recovery planning? First a little history – back in the pre-computing era, for most businesses, if they suffered a disaster such as a […] The post The difference between BCP and DR appeared first on Virtual Wiki .

     

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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

 

VMware ESX
Wake-On-LAN setting of a NIC might be reset to Wake on MagicPacket (g) mode after NIC configuration is changed (2069830)
Date Published: 4/29/2014

VMware ESXi
VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch Release ESXi510-201404001 (2070666)
Date Published: 4/30/2014
VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch ESXi-5.1.0-20140404001-standard (2070669)
Date Published: 4/30/2014
VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch ESXi510-201404101-SG: Updates esx-base (2070671)
Date Published: 4/30/2014
VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch ESXi-5.1.0-20140401001s-standard (2070672)
Date Published: 4/30/2014
VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch ESXi-5.1.0-20140401001s-no-tools (2070673)
Date Published: 4/30/2014
Stateful Auto Deploy host does not boot from local USB or SD card (2071395)
Date Published: 4/28/2014
VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch ESXi510-201404102-SG: Updates tools-light (2072827)
Date Published: 4/30/2014
VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch ESXi510-201404401-BG: Updates esx-base (2070667)
Date Published: 4/30/2014
Attempts to start the ESXi host by using iPXE might fail when Auto Deploy is used with a reverse proxy environment (2065951)
Date Published: 4/29/2014
VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch ESXi510-201404402-BG: Updates tools-light (2070668)
Date Published: 4/30/2014
VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch ESXi-5.1.0-20140404001-no-tools (2070670)
Date Published: 4/30/2014
Catbird v6.0 for VMware 5.5 (2077176)
Date Published: 4/28/2014
vCenter Server opID message appears repeatedly in ESXi 5.5 logs (2077300)
Date Published: 4/29/2014

VMware Horizon Mirage
Configuring and using the VMware Horizon Mirage NoBackupAlerts Tool to monitor CVDs that have failed to back up (2077132)
Date Published: 4/28/2014

VMware Horizon View
SSL Error when connecting to View Security Server using View Client 2.3 or later (2072201)
Date Published: 4/28/2014

VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager
vCenter Chargeback Manager 2.6 cumulative hotfixes and remediation steps regarding CVE-2014-0160 Heartbleed vulnerability (2077263)
Date Published: 5/1/2014

VMware vCloud Automation Center
How to control VMware vHW version within vCloud Automation Center 5.x / 6.x (2077151)
Date Published: 4/28/2014

VMware vShield
VMware vShield App Exclusion List Best Practices (2077279)
Date Published: 4/30/2014

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