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.

 

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Have a great week everyone.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia

 

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Local Training Classes

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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