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 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