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  • #VMworld 2014 US: It’s a Wrap!

    Tribal Knowledge
    Morgan OLeary
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Thanks to everyone who came out to VMworld 2014. Here at Tribal knowledge, we have that unique feeling of being inspired and exhausted at the same time. We hope you get a chance to enjoy the long weekend on the tails of a spectacular conference. With more than 22,000 attendees, the energy and excitement in […]
  • Version 2.0: vCAC Prereq Automation Script

    VMware PowerCLI Blog
    Brian Graf
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
      There have been a lot of downloads of my initial vCAC Prereq Automation script that I released in December 2013. I had written that specifically for Server 2008 and as some of you found out, it didn’t work for Server 2012. Although there was only a slight modification needed, many were unsure of what to change. This led me to creating v2 of the script, which also includes another feature. I received an email last month from a customer who had run into issues running his script (modified to work for Server 2012) in that, if the 2012 machine is not connected to the internet, it fails…
  • Introducing VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Editions

    VMware vSphere Blog » vSphere
    Sai Gopalan
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    At VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, we introduced VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Standard and Advanced editions. These exciting offerings will allow us to provide new and existing customers of all sizes with enhanced service level, standardization and availability capabilities for remote and branch office locations. Customers can expect vSphere Remote Office Branch Office to deliver: Faster provisioning of servers through virtualization Enforcement of configuration standards High availability of IT infrastructure at remote sites via vSphere’s business continuity features such as…
  • Verify Roles and Features using VCM

    VMware Security & Compliance Blog
    Pravin Goyal
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    Today, I show you how you can ensure you comply to DISA  recommendations to have only needed roles and features enabled on various Windows machines using VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM), a key component in the VMware vCenter Operations Suite (vC Ops).   For this example, DISA STIG for Windows 7 Version:1 Release:16 released on 25 Jul 2014 is taken. Below are the DISA recommendations: 5.016 – IIS or its subcomponents must not be installed on a workstation 5.260 – Games must not be installed on the system 5.260 – Simple TCPIP Services must not be installed on…
  • Web 2.0 Applications on VMware Virtual SAN

    VMware VROOM! Blog
    Zach Shen
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Here in VMware Performance Engineering, Virtual SAN is a hot topic. This storage solution leverages economical hardware compared to more expensive storage arrays and offers all the vSphere solutions like vMotion, HA, and DRS. We have been testing Virtual SAN with a number of workloads to characterize their performance. In particular we found that Web 2.0 applications, modeled with the Cloudstone benchmark, performs exceptionally with low application latency on vSphere 5.5 with Virtual SAN. We are giving a quick glimpse of the testing configuration and result here and the full detail can be…
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  • #VMworld 2014 US: It’s a Wrap!

    Morgan OLeary
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Thanks to everyone who came out to VMworld 2014. Here at Tribal knowledge, we have that unique feeling of being inspired and exhausted at the same time. We hope you get a chance to enjoy the long weekend on the tails of a spectacular conference. With more than 22,000 attendees, the energy and excitement in […]
  • #VMworld 2014: Perspectives from the Chief Marketing Officer

    Morgan OLeary
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Chief Marketing Officer Robin Matlock has been instrumental in positioning VMware as an industry leader and transformative force in the world of IT. Robin joined us to talk about the success of VMworld 2014 and some of the big takeaways from the conference. Hit the jump for excerpts from our Q&A. Tribal Knowledge: Give us […]
  • Infographic: “Pulse Check How Desktop Virtualization is Changing the Healthcare Industry” #VMworld

    Morgan OLeary
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:09 pm
    At Tuesday’s VMworld keynote, one of the thought-provoking demos presented at the rollout of VMware Workspace Suite involved Sanjay Poonen and Kit Colbert showcasing the transformative potential of desktop virtualization in healthcare. The pair showed how a unified user experience across devices saves time and money, while enabling doctors to deliver better care. The migration […]
  • The New Reality of Data Center Security

    Morgan OLeary
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Micro-segmentation redefines enterprise security It seems every few days, a new, high profile data breach dominates the headlines. Tens of millions of user accounts hacked, 40 million credit card numbers leaked, customer names and addresses posted to forums: This is the reality of today’s cybersecurity landscape. One of the oldest approaches to security both outside […]
  • Daily Dispatches @ #VMworld 2014: Day 3

    VMTN
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    By Oliver Roll, VP, Global Corporate Communications @oliverroll We had a lot of fun yesterday and I hope everyone left the Solutions Exchange Hall Crawl with a heavy swag bag. Day Three at VMworld promises to be no less exciting, so without further ado, let’s get into today’s Dispatch. In case you missed my tips […]
 
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  • Version 2.0: vCAC Prereq Automation Script

    Brian Graf
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
      There have been a lot of downloads of my initial vCAC Prereq Automation script that I released in December 2013. I had written that specifically for Server 2008 and as some of you found out, it didn’t work for Server 2012. Although there was only a slight modification needed, many were unsure of what to change. This led me to creating v2 of the script, which also includes another feature. I received an email last month from a customer who had run into issues running his script (modified to work for Server 2012) in that, if the 2012 machine is not connected to the internet, it fails…
  • Top 3 Scripts and Tools for July 2014

    Brian Graf
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Another month has come and gone and it’s due time that I post this months script spotlights. There are three scripts that I am excited to highlight this month. So let’s get down to business. 1. vCheck I had several people reach out to me telling me that vCheck should be placed in the spotlight. This was already on my list for “Top 3 Scripts” posts. However, all of the messages I received from members of the community has since pushed this to be the #1 script for July. What is vCheck? vCheck, created by Alan Renouf (@alanrenouf), is a script that gives great depth and…
  • PowerCLI Sessions and Activities at VMworld

    Brian Graf
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
      VMworld is right around the corner and as many of you are finalizing your schedules we thought it would be a great time to highlight the PowerCLI activity that will be going on. Below you will find PowerCLI Sessions, Group Discussion, and Hands on Labs that will be going on during VMworld. Any other updates/hangouts/activities related to PowerCLI that I find out about, will be tweeted with #PowerCLI. GET READY FOR A GREAT VMworld! SESSIONS: The following is a list of sessions that leverage PowerCLI. The Session ID is linked to the VMworld Catalog description for each. Monday – ·…
  • Automate Log Insight Content Packs with PowerCLI

    Brian Graf
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    Not too long ago I wrote a blog article on my blog www.vtagion.com about automating the deployment and configuration of Log Insight using PowerCLI. I’ve had many people ask if there is a way to automate the import process of Content Packs as well. Is it Possible? What is a Content Pack? Content packs are add-on packages that can extend the capabilities of Log Insight into other products. Content packs can be found in the VMware Solution Exchange website. Some Content Packs are compressed and include other files like a readme or PDF. The file that is actually consumed and used by Log Insight…
  • PowerCLI 5.5 r2 New Feature: Set vMotion Priority

    Brian Graf
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    In the latest release of PowerCLI (5.5 r2), is a new feature allowing us to set the vMotion priority of a VM. The ability to set vMotion priority is not new to vSphere. The feature was first introduced in vSphere 4.1. However, up until now, vMotions occuring through the use of the PowerCLI “Move-VM” command would only operate at standard vMotion priority. What is vMotion Priority? When a vMotion occurs, vCenter attempts to reserve the resources on both the source and destination hosts to be shared among all concurrent migrations. For vMotions set at High Priority, vCenter will give a…
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  • Introducing VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Editions

    Sai Gopalan
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    At VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, we introduced VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Standard and Advanced editions. These exciting offerings will allow us to provide new and existing customers of all sizes with enhanced service level, standardization and availability capabilities for remote and branch office locations. Customers can expect vSphere Remote Office Branch Office to deliver: Faster provisioning of servers through virtualization Enforcement of configuration standards High availability of IT infrastructure at remote sites via vSphere’s business continuity features such as…
  • Virtualized Exchange 2013 IO performance validation with All Flash Arrays

    Mohan Potheri
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Microsoft Exchange is a very common critical application managed by enterprises.  Exchange 2013 has brought forth many changes to the performance and IO profile of its infrastructure. Exchange Server 2013 is an even greater candidate for virtualization than its predecessors. Architectural changes and improvements to the core of Exchange Server, along with advancements in server hardware, make vSphere the default choice for Exchange 2013. Exchange virtualization is popular as the design choice as a result of major advancements in three key areas: (Exchange 2013 Best Practices on vSphere ) The…
  • SDDC Reference Architecture

    Mike Brown
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    I’m pleased to announce the first in a series of reference architectures is now available. This reference architecture showcases the integrations between VMware vCloud® Suite Enterprise, VMware NSX for vSphere®, and VMware vCenter Log Insight to create an on-demand infrastructure with a secure networking environment. It is based on real-world scenarios, user workloads, and infrastructure system configurations. It uses industry-standard servers, IP-based storage, and 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) networking to support a scalable and redundant architecture based on vCloud Suite Enterprise…
  • Big Data Design Considerations: Hadoop and Storage Choices

    Justin Murray
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    When deploying Hadoop on vSphere, an important choice to make is the storage architecture for your data. There are several approaches to addressing this subject. We explore two important and contrasting approaches in this blog in order to help Hadoop architects understand their choices better. The different storage approaches described here are the direct-attached storage (DAS) one and the network-attached storage (NAS) style. We will see that these two can be combined together also to produce an elegant design for managing the different forms of data that appear in…
  • Don’t miss what your peers are saying about building a Software-Defined Data Center at VMworld 2014!

    Sai Gopalan
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    Ever wonder how you can: Forecast storage needs for the next 1-3 years Deploy a cost-effective storage tier for VDI environments Monitor compute and reduce mean time to resolution Virtualize and provide Disaster Recovery for Business Critical Applications, like SAP / Oracle RAC Database and ERP Automate server and application provisioning, with a true service catalog Join us in a roundtable discussion on architecting a Software-Defined Data Center, design trade-off decisions, and time to value. John Gilmartin, General Manager of the SDDC Suites Business Unit, will moderate the discussion…
 
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    VMware Security & Compliance Blog

  • Verify Roles and Features using VCM

    Pravin Goyal
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    Today, I show you how you can ensure you comply to DISA  recommendations to have only needed roles and features enabled on various Windows machines using VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM), a key component in the VMware vCenter Operations Suite (vC Ops).   For this example, DISA STIG for Windows 7 Version:1 Release:16 released on 25 Jul 2014 is taken. Below are the DISA recommendations: 5.016 – IIS or its subcomponents must not be installed on a workstation 5.260 – Games must not be installed on the system 5.260 – Simple TCPIP Services must not be installed on…
  • Consolidated list of VMware Security Advisories

    Kieron Shorrock
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Today (8/21/2014) VMware Security Response Center is releasing a consolidated list, in the form of an Excel file (see below) of VMware Security Advisories. The list provides a single source of Security Advisories since 2012. The list contains all affected products, versions, fix details, known workarounds, VMware Knowledge Base articles, and release notes or KBs for each CVE. This is provided so customers can import Security Advisory details into their security management systems or for patch management. We plan to update the list each time a new or updated VMware Security Advisory is…
  • Ensure DISA Certificate Compliance using VCM

    Pravin Goyal
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
    Today, I show you how you can ensure you comply to DISA mandates to have DoD certificates on each Microsoft Windows machine using VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM), a key component in the VMware vCenter Operations Suite (vC Ops). For this example, DISA STIG for Windows 8 / 8.1 Version: 1  Release: 6 released on 25 Jul 2014 is taken. Below are the DISA requirements for certificates: WN08-PK-000001 – The DoD Root Certificate must be installed into the Trusted Root Store WN08-PK-000002 – The External CA Root Certificate must be installed into the Trusted Root Store…
  • VMware CP&C releases Major Updates to DISA STIG *NIX Compliance toolkit in VCM!

    Pravin Goyal
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) is pleased to announce the updated DISA STIG compliance toolkit for UNIX and Linux based environments in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM), a key component in the VMware vCenter Operations Suite (vC Ops). This is a major update release to prior released DISA Compliance Toolkits for UNIX and Linux based environments. The compliance toolkit product data sheet can be found here. This toolkit contains below DISA STIGs: DISA AIX 6.1 V1R2 DISA HP-UX V1R4 DISA RH-5 V1R6 DISA RH-6 V1R3 DISA Solaris 10 V1R6 You can download the packages…
  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0007 and updated advisory

    Monty Ijzerman
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Today VMware has released the following new and updated security advisories: New VMSA-2014-0007 Updated 
VMSA-2014-0006.3 The new advisory details a remote code execution vulnerability in vCenter Operations Management Suite (vCOPS). This advisory also documents a workaround for customers that cannot update to the new version of vCOPS. Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware Security Advisories. Customers should review the security advisories and direct any questions to VMware Support.
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  • Web 2.0 Applications on VMware Virtual SAN

    Zach Shen
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Here in VMware Performance Engineering, Virtual SAN is a hot topic. This storage solution leverages economical hardware compared to more expensive storage arrays and offers all the vSphere solutions like vMotion, HA, and DRS. We have been testing Virtual SAN with a number of workloads to characterize their performance. In particular we found that Web 2.0 applications, modeled with the Cloudstone benchmark, performs exceptionally with low application latency on vSphere 5.5 with Virtual SAN. We are giving a quick glimpse of the testing configuration and result here and the full detail can be…
  • Detailed stats for vSphere Flash Read cache

    Sankaran Sivathanu
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:18 am
    In the Performance of vFlash Read Cache in VMware vSphere 5.5 whitepaper details about performance in several different workloads is provided [http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vfrc-perf-vsphere55.pdf].  It also covers details about how to tune and configure vFRC to obtain best performance.  This blog article goes through the details of how to obtain runtime statistics about the vSphere Flash Read Cache like the Cache hit rate, Latency of cached I/Os, and average number of cache blocks evicted as used in the whitepaper. You can run esxcli to get some of these stats using the…
  • First Certified SAP BW-EML Benchmark on Virtual HANA

    Todd Muirhead
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:17 pm
    The first certified SAP Business Warehouse-Enhanced Mixed Workload (BW-EML) standard application benchmark based on a virtual HANA database was recently published by HP.  We worked with HP to configure and run this benchmark using a virtual HANA database running on vSphere 5.5 in a monster VM of 64 vCPUs and almost 1TB of RAM.  The test was run with a total of 2 billion records and achieved a throughput of 111,850 ad-hoc navigation steps per hour. The same hardware configuration was used by HP to publish a native only benchmark with the same number of records. In that test, the result was…
  • Reducing Power Consumption in the vSphere 5.5 Datacenter

    James Zubb
    28 May 2014 | 11:16 am
    Today’s virtualized datacenters consist of several servers connected to shared storage, and this configuration has been necessary to enable the flexibility that virtualization provides and still allow for high performance. However, the power consumption of this setup is a major concern because shared storage can consume as much as 2-3x the power of a single, mid-ranged server. In this blog, we look at the performance impact of replacing shared storage with local disks and PCIe flash storage in a vSphere 5.5 datacenter to save power. We leverage two innovative vSphere features in this…
  • Virtual SAP HANA Achieves Production Level Performance

    Todd Muirhead
    8 May 2014 | 2:32 pm
    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 production workloads, we worked closely with SAP to enable, design, and measure in-depth…
 
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  • Silver Demos Visual Studio's Multi-Device Dev Capabilities

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Microsoft's Amanda Silver addressed the challenges of developing for a widening spectrum of devices infiltrating the enterprise, and demonstrated a few tools that have been added to the Visual Studio suite for tackling those challenges head on.
  • Azure DocumentDB Preview Available to Devs in the Cloud

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Microsoft's Azure team releases NoSQL document database-as-a-service accessible for devs looking to toward the cloud for app development/deployment, as well as a few other developer-friendly Azure tools.
  • Xamarin Adds $54M for Mobile App Development

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Third round of funding to go toward expanding Visual C#-based mobile app tool offerings, and to growing the company's sales and marketing teams.
  • Xamarin Updates, Unifies Its APIs

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Unified API at root of changes that will allow developers using Xamarin tools to simplify developing for 32- and 64-bit frameworks, as well as share code between Android and Apple apps.
  • What's 'vNext'? It's Visual Studio "14" CTP 3

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    VS "14" CTP 3 includes early build of next-generation Microsoft .NET Framework and ASP.NET, plus a slew of enhancements that include C++ productivity improvements.
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  • SolarWinds Releases Network Performance Monitor (NPM) v11.0! Complete Citrix Support

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:43 am
    SolarWinds just released version 11 of their Network Performance Monitor (NPM) solution. NPM is an enterprise monitoring solution that gives IT the ability to detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance problems and outages through detailed monitoring and analysis of performance data from routers, switches, servers, and SNMP-enabled devices, all through a easy to view and understand visual dashboards. It even fully detects and supports Citrix solutions!...
  • NEW How To E-Book - FSLogix Apps for Citrix, RDS, VMware View, and Physical Desktops

    12 May 2014 | 9:32 pm
    I'm very happy to inform you I've updated my How To: BYOD Project ebook with both updates to the existing 1.0 version and a completely new and complete Appendix. What is an Appendix? Well let me explain?...
  • Citrix Synchronizer Virtual Machine Backup and Recovery Explained

    27 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Citrix Synchronizer has the ability to backup and restore user's PVD and custom virtual machines. By nature of a 'shared' virtual machine, user data is not backed up. To understand virtual machine backup and recovery, you need to understand how the client (DesktopPlayer and XenClient Engine) stores user data....
  • Amazon WorkSpaces DaaS Review

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    Michael Pietroforte, MVP and founder of 4sysops.com recently released a series of articles reviewing the upcoming Amazon WorkSpaces Desktop as a Service solution. I must confess, I've been busy and have not had the time to read these until just now. WOW, Michael does an amazing job explaining what Amazon Workspaces is, how it's bundled, pricing, provisioning WorkSpaces, the user experience, administration processes, and then he winds it up with an article on what is means to have VDI in...
  • Online Version Released 'How to: Citrix DesktopPlayer for Mac and XenClient Synchronizer' E-Book

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:59 pm
    I'm very happy to inform you the online version of the BYOD Project Volume 1 is ready for your consumption! :)...
 
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  • VMworld 2014 Day 2 Keynote

    slowe
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    This is a semi-liveblog of the day 2 keynote at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco. Ben Fathi, CTO of VMware, takes the stage to start the keynote, and goes through a recap of yesterday’s announcements: EVO and EVO:RAIL, vCloud Air rebranding and the availability of new services, VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO), and new product versions (vCloud Suite 5.8, betas of vSphere and VSAN). Fathi re-emphasizes that VMware’s SDDC vision is an architecture, one built on the “power of AND.” vCloud Suite (and vCloud Air) is a manifestation of the SDDC vision/architecture.
  • VMworld 2014 Day 1 Keynote

    slowe
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    This is a liveblog of the day 1 keynote at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, CA. (Well, it’s a “semi-liveblog”; I’ll post this immediately after the keynote session wraps up.) As in previous years, the keynote is being held in the massive space in Moscone North, and this year—like previous years—it looks like there is quite a crowd gathered here this morning. I have the privilege of sitting with newly-minted VCDX-NVs and other VCDXes. The keynote starts with a catchy, jazzy dance/music piece, and then Robin Matlock, Chief Marketing Officer for VMware, takes…
  • A Heat Template for Docker Containers

    slowe
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    In this post, I’ll share a simple template for deploying Docker containers in an OpenStack environment using Heat. Given that Docker is targeted at application deployment, then I felt that using Heat was a more appropriate way of leveraging Docker in an OpenStack environment as opposed to treating Docker as a form of a hypervisor. Later in this post, I’ll compare this approach to using a more container-aware solution such as fleet. I assume you’re already familiar with OpenStack Heat and Docker. If you aren’t, take a look at these articles first: An Introduction to…
  • CoreOS Continued: Fleet and Docker

    slowe
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    This post is the third in a series of posts on CoreOS, this time focusing on the use of fleet and Docker to deploy containers across a cluster of systems. This post builds on my earlier introduction to CoreOS and the subsequent more in-depth look at etcd. I’m assuming that you’re already reasonably familiar with CoreOS, etcd, and Docker. If you aren’t familiar with CoreOS or etcd, have a look at the links in the previous paragraph. If you need a quick introduction to Docker, check out this quick introduction to Docker. While the example I’m going to provide here is…
  • CoreOS Continued: etcd

    slowe
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this post, I’m going to build on my earlier introduction to CoreOS by taking a slightly more detailed look at etcd. etcd is a distributed key-value store (more on that in a moment) and is one of the key technologies that I feel distinguishes CoreOS from other Linux distributions. etcd is not, of course, the only distributed key-value store in town. Zookeeper is another very well-known distributed information store. I’m focusing on etcd here for two reasons. First, it’s distributed as part of CoreOS, which means that it isn’t necessarily a separate piece of software…
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  • Playlist - VMworld TV 2014

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    <span id="XinhaEditingPostion"></span> The VMworld TV crew is back at the biggest and best VMworld to date! Join Jeremy and Eric for daily updates, news, interviews and general awesomeness as they endeavour to bring you everything this amazing convention has to offer.
  • VMworld US 2014 sessions on YouTube

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    <span id="XinhaEditingPostion"></span> There are 23 VMworld US 2014 session videos posted on VMworld TV (look for more later). Be sure to Subscribe to VMworld TV to stay informed of the latest uploads, especially the new 2014 top sessions.
  • Visiting the Hands-On Labs

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    Eric and Jeremy check out the hands-on labs, which features 500 work stations, 100,000 virtual machines, and 10,000 labs. Features interviews with Andrew Hald, Pablo Roesch, and Joshua Schnee.
 
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  • Image Timeline of VMworld 2014

    Rich Brambley
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Saturday 08.23.14   Sunday 08.24.14     Posted with Blogsy
  • FTF Veeam v6 Replication – Applications In The VMs

    Rich Brambley
    15 Sep 2012 | 10:17 am
    Although application consistency is more often discussed in the context of virtual machine (VM) backups, it’s just as important to consider a strategy for fail over replicas. In fact, if you are both backing up and replicating the same VM(s) it becomes even more critical. With Veeam, the configuration for application consistency (and the GUI windows for doing so) are the same for replication as for backup. Therefore, much of the info here will be in reference to backups even though this is a post in a series about replication only. Overall, this post touches on some of the options and…
  • FTF Veeam v6 Replication – Veeam Architecture

    Rich Brambley
    5 Aug 2012 | 7:29 am
    When Veeam introduced the new distributed architecture with v6.0 there were significant improvements to the replication engine in both speed and efficiency. There were also significant changes to the Veeam architecture that enabled the improvements. In my experience, many customers have misunderstood the deployment requirments and the various configuration options when first attempting new v6 jobs. The trouble is due partly to upgrades of in place Veeam v5.x jobs, but also the fact that the out-of-the-box automatic proxy selection settings would sometimes cause less than optimal results when…
  • FTF Veeam v6 Replication – Optimizing Snapshots

    Rich Brambley
    29 Jul 2012 | 6:54 am
    You don't really know your VMs until you try to backup or replicate them on a schedule. You may think you do, but you really don't. I'll even broaden the claim: You don't really know your virtual infrastructure (V.I.) until you start creating and committing snapshots on a schedule. This post is part of the VMETC.com From the Field Series on Veeam v6 Replication Fact is, if you want cost effective replicas of your VMs for disaster recovery fail-over using hypervisor based technologies you are about to ask your V.I. to “turn your head and cough”. Reliable, fast and…
  • Not Just For Veeam Explorer For Exchange

    Rich Brambley
    24 Jul 2012 | 5:02 pm
    Browse to the .edb with VEX Psst! Let me let you in on a little secret. Veeam Explorer for Exchange (VEX) is a little more versatile then you might think. There's been some great coverage on the new public beta and VEX's awesome ability to crack open Exchange 2010 Veeam Backups like a piñata of messaging goodness, but the fiesta doesn't stop with just Veeam Backups. The truth is, no matter how you backed up your Exchange 2010 server(s), all you have to do is recover your Exchange .edb files. You can then use VEX to browse to the restored location of the unmounted database file.
 
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  • VMware / ecosystem / industry news flash… part 2

    Duncan Epping
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:32 am
    There we go, part two of the VMware / ecosystem / industry news flash. I expected a lot of news around VMworld as traditionally is always the case. I hope the below is a good summary, these are the articles / announcements I read and found interesting. It is the Monday after VMworld and I figured I would get this out there as I will be out for most of this week to recover. Maginatics: A Virtual Filer for VMware’s Virtual SAN Last week I mentioned the Nexenta solution for VSAN… this week Maginatics is up. They also announced it last week, but somehow it fell through the cracks so I…
  • Liking the VMware EVO:RAIL look? How about a desktop / phone wallpaper?

    Duncan Epping
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:52 am
    Dave Shanley (lead engineer for VMware EVO:RAIL) dropped me an email with an awesome looking wallpaper for desktops and smart phones. I asked him if I could share with the world and I guess it is needless to say what the answer was. Grab ‘em below while they are still hot :). Thanks Dave! Note, that each pic below links (so click it) to Flickr with various resolutions available! Desktop wallpaper: Smart phone (optimized for iPhone 5s): "Liking the VMware EVO:RAIL look? How about a desktop / phone wallpaper?" originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com. Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
  • Day 3 and 4 report #VMworld

    Duncan Epping
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    I was planning on writing up a Day 3 at the end of Wednesday but ended up at the VMworld party instead. Lets start off with Wednesday by itself though. I had a couple of sessions scheduled. A session on VMware EVO:RAIL in a slightly bigger room than the session on Tuesday (6x as big) and a panel session. The EVO:RAIL session went great in my opinion. Lots of good feedback after the session and a couple of great questions. It looks to me that everyone understands the value of a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliance offering from VMware and OEM partners. The simplicity of management and…
  • Day 2 #VMworld Report

    Duncan Epping
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Day at VMworld, today was going the be the first of 2 EVO:RAIL sessions for me… but before we get there first the keynote. The keynote was great in my opinion. It felt a bit more loosened up than last year and it looked like they were having fun up on stage and that seemed to resonate well with the crowd. There were a couple of things which stood out to me: CloudVolumes, Project Fargo (VMFork), EVO:RAIL and of course the awesome integration of vCAC an NSX / VVOL / VSAN. After the keynote I had to go straight to my session on EVO:RAIL. I presented with Dave Shanley, the lead engineer,…
  • Call to action: #VMworld attendees, please give back and throw a paper airplane!

    Duncan Epping
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Yesterday at VMworld I went to the hangspace as my friends from the VMware Foundation were there. They have a great section in the hangspace where you can give back to the community by simply throwing a paper airplane. The program is called “Destination Give Back” and is a great opportunity for VMware to share our values through YOU, the community / customers /partners! Before I explain how it works, the VMware foundation committed to donating a maximum 250.000 dollars. How It Works: As a member of the VMware community, we invite attendees to have some fun and Give Back with us by…
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  • Weekly news roundup for Cloud and Networking: August 25 - 29

    Margaret Walker
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of Aug 18ZDnet: The case for the hybrid cloudSimon Wardly gets his cloud predictions in early with "Cloud, 2016 and onwards ..." McKinsey Global Survey: IT as revenue generator: McKinsey Global Survey resultsTechCrunch: Amazon Opens Up Its Enterprise Cloud Storage Service Zocalo To All >> " Zocalo, its secure document storage and sharing service designed for enterprise use, generally available. The news comes, not coincidentally, on a day when cloud storage competitor Dropbox announced lowered pricing and storage increases for its…
  • Guest post: Public Key Infrastructure in the Cloud

    Margaret Walker
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Guest blog from Lohit Mehta of the Infosec Institute As the adoption of various forms of cloud models (i.e. public, private, and hybrid) in various industry verticals are increasing, the cloud buzzword is on a new high. However, customers still have doubts about the security areas and raise a common question: “How can I trust the cloud?” The simplest answer to this question will be to “build trust around the cloud,” but how?Well, we have a wonderful concept of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), which if planned and implemented properly, can be a good fit for the answer to…
  • Cloud & networking weekly news roundup: Aug 18 - 22

    Margaret Walker
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of Aug 18From ZDnet: Software-defined networking expected to be worth $8B by 2018 >> reserch firm IDC predicting software-defined networking will "grow from a market worth roughly $960 million in 2014 to more than $8 billion by 2018. That translates to a compound annual growth rate of 89.4 percent."From Randy Bias on Cloud Ave: Public Cloud Economies of (Web-)Scale Aren’t About Buying Power"99 problems but the cloud ain't one: What are SaaS, PaaS and IaaS?" on IT Pro PortalVia DataCenter Dynamics: CenturyLink Offers Global Private Cloud…
  • Ask a Cloud Netwoking Expert: What is cloud VPN?

    Margaret Walker
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Virtual private networks (VPNs) use the public internet to connect remote sites, offices, or users together. VPNs use "virtual" connections routed through the Internet but the security settings of a VPN ensure data security because all traffic inside the VPN is encrypted. From a user’s point of view, a VPN connection is the same as a connection within a private network. For example, a remote worker can access a VPN from the road and have the same experience as she would while working in the office. Similarly, large enterprises with data centers, offices, and partner networks spread…
  • Cloud & networking weekly news roundup: Aug 11 - 15

    Margaret Walker
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of Aug 11From ODCA president Correy Voo: Why cloud spells the end of the IT department…as we know it on iCIO Network World:  Confused by SDN & NFV? These may be complementary options for the network of tomorrow >> "The goal with both SDN and NFV is to control the network logically, with software and minimize hands-on work with those network devices."Wired: The Internet Has Grown Too Big for Its Aging InfrastructureFrom GigaOm Is Docker a threat to the Cloud ecosystem? InfoSec Institute: The Cloud is Both More and Less Secure…
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  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 8/30/14

    Rick Scherer
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. http://bit.ly/1hiTmwM VMware ESX VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201408402-BG: Updates tools-light (2080819) Date Published: 8/28/2014 VMware ESXi-5.0, Patch ESXi-5.0.0-20140804001-standard (2080821) Date Published: 8/28/2014   VMware ESXi Determining the BIOS, hardware, and driver versions of an ESXi 5.x host through the Web browser (2075270) Date Published: 8/26/2014 VMware ESXi 5.0,…
  • VMworld 2014 San Francisco – Live Blogging

    Rick Scherer
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    Here we are, VMworld 2014. No Limits is the theme, and already new products (VMware EVO), new names (vRealize, vCloud Air) and ton’s of other awesome things have been announced. And we’re not even into the first General Session yet! As I sit in anticipation for Gelsinger to get on stage, this page will serve as the home to all things VMworld 2014. This aggregated page will serve as a central repository for some live updates (mainly around keynotes, and sessions) as well as a live feed from my Twitter profile as well as my Instagram profile (for pictures). For my up to the minute…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 8/23/14

    Rick Scherer
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. Desktop Accessing the gateway-va URL in VMware Horizon Workspace fails with the error: HTTP 404 Error (2085347) Date Published: 8/18/2014 Launching VMware Horizon View Hosted App from the VMware Workspace Portal fails with the error: Invalid SAML credentials (2086314) Date Published: 8/20/2014 My VMware How to edit your notifications in My VMware (2086791) Date Published: 8/18/2014 VMware…
  • Do You vRealize What’s in a vName?

    Rick Scherer
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    VMworld is upon us, a joyous time of year of new product announcements, new features, networking with friends, indulging in delicious cuisine and of course… product re-branding. The biggest area of re-branding, VMware’s Cloud Management Product portfolio, previously known as the VMware vCloud Operations Management Suite. The new name for this product family, vRealize. The rationale behind this change is to align better with the capabilities of their CMP. Realize means to bring into existence; accomplish; be fully aware. To “realize assets” is to monetize – tells…
  • So Long vCloud Hybrid Service, Hello vCloud Air!

    Rick Scherer
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    In a stunning turn of events VMware has ditched the vCloud Hybrid Service name for a shorter, simpler, to the point name of vCloud Air. vCloud Air will be everything that vCloud Hybrid Service was, it’ll just be less words to type. However, the term “Air” will also become a brand suffix for many other VMware product offerings. The term Air is a brand suffix which could attach to a family (vCloud) or existing product to denote “as-a-Service” delivery. Another term which would be a brand suffix is OnDemand, this attaches to cloud services that are metered and…
 
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  • Columbus vBeers – Sept. 10th

    Eric Sarakaitis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    School is back in session, the conference season is wrapping up, and it has been almost three months since the last Columbus vBeers. Let’s get back together and catch up and see what announcements you are excited about.… Read the rest The post Columbus vBeers – Sept. 10th appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Using Puppet to configure LLDPAD on the Open Compute Winterfell

    Eric Sarakaitis
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    On our OCP Winterfell nodes, in CentOS 6; the 10GB Mellanox NIC’s show up as eth0 and eht1, where the 1GB management interface shows up as eth2. We are also using Brocade 10GB top-of-rack switches. So configuring LLDP was necessary for the servers to advertise themselves to the upstream switches.… Read the rest The post Using Puppet to configure LLDPAD on the Open Compute Winterfell appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Create a Logical Volume, EXT4 filesystem, mounted mount point and NFS export all via Puppet

    Eric Sarakaitis
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    I was building a NFS server for our users home directories to work with our FreeIPA implementation, and instead of setting up a logical volume, filesystem and mount point manually I decided to do it via Puppet.… Read the rest The post Create a Logical Volume, EXT4 filesystem, mounted mount point and NFS export all via Puppet appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Using PowerCLI to remotely execute esxcli commands

    Eric Sarakaitis
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    First, make sure you’re using a version of PowerCLI that supports the get-esxcli cmdlet. In this case, I used a fresh install of PowerCLI 5.5. First, get-esxcli needs to be run against a single host individually, you can loop through you’re hosts later, but again, one at a time.… Read the rest The post Using PowerCLI to remotely execute esxcli commands appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Huge LACP Changes in ESX 5.5u1 from ESX 5.1

    Eric Sarakaitis
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    In vSphere 5.1, Link Aggregation Configuration Protocol (LACP) on the vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) was configured on the Uplink Porgroup. There were basic options of enabled/disabled and active/passive. These options were configured like below: LACP Enabled As you can see below, on a 5.5 vDS, these configuration options are no longer present!… Read the rest The post Huge LACP Changes in ESX 5.5u1 from ESX 5.1 appeared first on vmware admins.
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  • Nominations are open, choose your EMC Elect 2015

    Roy Mikes
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    With all the EMC fuzz going on this year it is easy to forget about the EMC Elect program. Yes nominations are open for 2015. Each year, through the EMC Elect program EMC shows their appreciation to those that participate in EMC conversations on ECN or other technical communities, give feedback to EMC employees, or create technical content on EMC solutions. If you are a strong participant in above mentioned enumeration and you think you do fit the description you should go for a vote. I mentioned this before but I am more then happy to repeat myself. What makes the EMC Elect program…
  • Citrix Releases XenApp / XenDesktop 7.6: Will XenApp Administrators Transition?

    Steven Beaver
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    Just in time to create a stir during VMworld, Citrix has announced XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6, which had been called Project Arthur internally. Although version 7.6 will not be available until next month, it has taken Citrix more than a year to achieve feature parity for it with XenApp 6.5. In addition to finally making the expected features… Read more → Citrix Releases XenApp / XenDesktop 7.6: Will XenApp Administrators Transition?|The Virtualization Practice
  • News: Infinio Accelerator 2.0

    Steven Beaver
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    When you work with virtual or cloud environments, there is a very good chance that at some point you will have to deal with I/O performance–related issues. A company named Infinio has a solution. Infinio just announced the release of Infinio Accelerator 2.0 at VMworld. Infinio Accelerator is a server-side, software-based storage I/O optimization program.… Read more → News: Infinio Accelerator 2.0|The Virtualization Practice
  • Next-Generation Data Protection: Realities

    Steven Beaver
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    In the past, I have written about the next generation of data protection, which combines analytics with broader data and holistic system protection into one easy-to-use product (or set of products). The goal is to take disaster recovery to the future, when we will be able to restore and test our restores of not just… Read more → Next-Generation Data Protection: Realities|The Virtualization Practice
  • Sphere 3D Launches Glassware 2.0 — An Appliance for Windows Apps

    Steven Beaver
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    In short, with Glassware anyone can manage their own enterprise class application hosting environment. Read more → Sphere 3D Launches Glassware 2.0 — An Appliance for Windows Apps|The Virtualization Practice
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  • vBeers Tweetup – VMworld San Francisco 2014 (Saturday, 23th August 2014)

    Simon Long
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    VMworld San Francisco is almost here again folks and it’s time for another vBeers Tweetup!  The last vBeers Tweetup from VMworld SF 2013 was a great time with a great turnout so I couldn’t let this opportunity go by without arranging another one.  The official vBeers tweetup goes from strength to strength and increases in popularity every year that passes, though still has the same great earthy community feel that it did during it’s first one back in 2009. The VMworld San Francisco vBeers Tweetup will be held on Saturday 23rd August, kicking off from 6:00pm. The vBeers Tweetup is…
  • Graphics Acceleration In Horizon View Virtual Desktops

    Simon Long
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    A quick heads-up about an update to a my My First Published Technical White Paper. The paper talks about the following topics: Why 3D Matters for VMware Horizon View Understanding the Differences Between Soft 3D/SVGA, vDGA and vSGA Prerequisites Application Requirements and Use Cases vSGA Installation vDGA Installation (Tech Preview) VMware Horizon View Pool Configuration for vSGA Performance Tuning Tips Resource Monitoring Troubleshooting Hopefully it should cover everything you need to enable your Horizon View desktops for 3D rendering. The Paper can be downloaded here: Graphics…
  • Double VCDX

    Simon Long
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Well people, I am pleased to announce that today I got confirmation that I have just been awarded the VCDX-DT (Desktop) certification. This will go alongside my VCDX-DV (Datacenter) making me a Double VCDX (Double-X). I’m one of only five people in the world who has achieved this. I’m pretty chuffed with that Good times! "Double VCDX" originally appeared on The SLOG. - Follow Simon Long on Twitter: @SimonLong_ Related posts: VCDX #105 VCDX Defense Workshop at UK VMUG (Interested?) My VCDX study notes VMware Certified Advanced Professional – VCAP Simon Long (VCDX #105)
  • Living The American Dream

    Simon Long
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:16 am
    I’ve always wanted to try living somewhere else in the world, to get some more life experience. However up until now I’ve not been in the position to be able to do this. But as one chapter in my life closes another chapter begins. Today I am please to announce that I have accepted a new job at VMware that will see me relocating to California (USA not Norfolk). I will be joining the OneCloud team as a Senior Cloud Architect, an exciting role which will really test me and push me to improve. I will based in the Bay Area (AKA. Silicon Valley) At VMware’s HQ in Palo Alto.
  • Telling Lies Could Actually Protect You Online

    Simon Long
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:34 am
    When it comes to online security, I can safely say this is something I have been quite lax with. I’m sure many of you are in the same boat. But after reading a few different articles lately about what information is actually out there on the internet, I decided to change my stance somewhat. I’m starting to look a little closer at what I can do to try and protect myself as much as possible. The Problem With Online Information The problem we have is that once something is put onto the internet, it’s VERY difficult to remove it. Although the website that originally had the…
 
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  • Is Your Employer a Neanderthal When It Comes to Working in a Virtual Environment?

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Is Your Employer a Neanderthal When It Comes to Working in a Virtual Environment?by Pierre CoupetIs your employer a Neanderthal when it comes to working in a virtual environment? I must admit that we've come a long way from where we used to be 21 years ago since the web started to bloom, and yet, disappointingly so, we have so much farther to go. E-commerce Predictions Yield Lackluster ResultsWhy is that, you might ask? That's because 20 years ago I was predicting that every single organization, from the one-person-shop to the largest organization in the world, would have a website and that…
  • Appointment of Prof. Dr. Robert Hockin as Global Ambassador, USA

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    I am very pleased to announce the appointment of  Prof. Dr. Robert Hockin as Global Ambassador, USA on the Global Ambassadors Committee of VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board.    Dr. Robert Hockin brings over 20 years of corporate management, management consulting and not-for profit experience to his role as adjunct faculty in business at Capella University and the DBA Program at Walden University. He has mentored over 42 learners to completion of their doctorates, has served on over 250 learner committees and continues to mentor numerous graduate learners.
  • Appointment of Dennis Obi Ekunie as Honorary Global Ambassador, Nigeria

    3 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    I am very pleased to announce the appointment of  Mr. Dennis Obi Ekunie, Group Managing Director of Atlantic Oil & Gas Exploration & Developing Co. Limited, Atlantic Shipping & Logistics Development Co. Limited, and Atlantic Construction & Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd, as Honorary Global Ambassador, Nigeria on the Global Ambassadors Committee of  VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board.   
  • Appointment of Dr. William Messier as Honorary Global Ambassador, USA

    3 Jun 2014 | 11:25 am
    I am very pleased to announce the appointment of  Dr. William Messier, Head of Digital Assets, Oakley, as Honorary Global Ambassador, USA on the Global Ambassadors Committee of  VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board.  
  • Appointment of Chaudhry Imtiaz Hussain as Honorary Global Ambassador, Pakistan

    3 Jun 2014 | 11:18 am
    I am very pleased to announce the appointment of  Chaudhry Imtiaz Hussain, Senior Advocate/Attorney-at-Law, as Honorary Global Ambassador, Pakistan  on the Global Ambassadors Committee of  VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board.   
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  • CloudPhysics updates, now with more awesome included

    Brian Suhr
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAOn the first day of VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, CloudPhysics kicks the conference off with a big announcement. The patform is receiving another round of new features that will blow your socks off. I’ve followed CloudPhysics closely over the past couple of years since they announced themselves to the world. Given the way they built their hosted offering I immediately began to dream of what might be possible. Some of the new features are exactly what I dreamed of and others are just more awesomeness that they dreamed up. Global Data Set CloudPhysics has been…
  • Setting up and using the Tintri PowerShell Toolkit

    Brian Suhr
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAWith the release of Tintri OS v3.0 the good folks at Tintri surprised us with a PowerShell Toolkit. The toolkit provides a nice list of cmdlets to get people started with automating tasks with VMstores and VMs. This immediately got my mind racing on what might be possible and how I could use them in the work lab and for customers. To get people started I have put together a simple walk through that shows a few of the easier commands and how they might be used.   Install Prerequisites You will need to have PowerShell v3.0 installed before you can install the Tintri…
  • How to setup LDAP logon for Tintri VMstore

    Brian Suhr
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSATintri just released version 3.0 of the Tintri OS this week. As part of this upgrade the ability to use LDAP/AD for role based access controls (RBAC) is a long awaited feature. I was happy to see this and some other features that I will be writing about separately. In previous versions of Tintri OS there was only a single Admin account that had full access and all users were required to use. The new LDAP option will offer greater flexibility for larger teams that have multiple levels of administrators. I will walk through the steps on connecting a Tintri VMstore to…
  • How to upgrade a Tintri VMstore

    Brian Suhr
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSATintri has been selling their VMstore arrays since early 2011 and the upgrade process has become as simple as the array is to manage. More important is that the upgrade to the Tintri OS can be completed without interruption to your virtualization environment. The upgrade process upgrades the software on a single controller at a time handling failover of the controllers through the process to ensure its always available to your hosts. I’ve put together this short post on the upgrade process to help others with the upgrade or showcase how easy the upgrade is if you…
  • Platform9 looks to bring OpenStack features to the Enterprise

    Brian Suhr
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAA new company is coming out of stealth today and is called Platform9. Platform9 is the creation of several of the earlier engineers from VMware. This team had their hands in creating the great features that enterprises use everyday. Their new project is set to bring OpenStack features and functionality to Enterprises without all the challenges. Platform9 is a SaaS based management platform that offers OpenStack API compatibility. The product is built on OpenStack with custom management interfaces. The team is starting out with KVM support out of the gate and VMware…
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  • Columbus vBeers – Sept. 10th

    Eric Sarakaitis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    School is back in session, the conference season is wrapping up, and it has been almost three months since the last Columbus vBeers. Let’s get back together and catch up and see what announcements you are excited about.… Read the rest The post Columbus vBeers – Sept. 10th appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Using Puppet to configure LLDPAD on the Open Compute Winterfell

    Eric Sarakaitis
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    On our OCP Winterfell nodes, in CentOS 6; the 10GB Mellanox NIC’s show up as eth0 and eht1, where the 1GB management interface shows up as eth2. We are also using Brocade 10GB top-of-rack switches. So configuring LLDP was necessary for the servers to advertise themselves to the upstream switches.… Read the rest The post Using Puppet to configure LLDPAD on the Open Compute Winterfell appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Create a Logical Volume, EXT4 filesystem, mounted mount point and NFS export all via Puppet

    Eric Sarakaitis
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    I was building a NFS server for our users home directories to work with our FreeIPA implementation, and instead of setting up a logical volume, filesystem and mount point manually I decided to do it via Puppet.… Read the rest The post Create a Logical Volume, EXT4 filesystem, mounted mount point and NFS export all via Puppet appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Using PowerCLI to remotely execute esxcli commands

    Eric Sarakaitis
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    First, make sure you’re using a version of PowerCLI that supports the get-esxcli cmdlet. In this case, I used a fresh install of PowerCLI 5.5. First, get-esxcli needs to be run against a single host individually, you can loop through you’re hosts later, but again, one at a time.… Read the rest The post Using PowerCLI to remotely execute esxcli commands appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Huge LACP Changes in ESX 5.5u1 from ESX 5.1

    Eric Sarakaitis
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    In vSphere 5.1, Link Aggregation Configuration Protocol (LACP) on the vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) was configured on the Uplink Porgroup. There were basic options of enabled/disabled and active/passive. These options were configured like below: LACP Enabled As you can see below, on a 5.5 vDS, these configuration options are no longer present!… Read the rest The post Huge LACP Changes in ESX 5.5u1 from ESX 5.1 appeared first on vmware admins.
 
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  • Veeam Content and Community Roundup for August 2014

    Maria Levkina
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    For many of us, August brought vacation, tasty food and probably a short break from self-education. Now it’s a good time to continue your studies. If you want to deploy, administer and manage the infrastructure in your organization as a successful technologist, check out these free training materials the Veeam Team provided last month. An introduction to virtualization Are you a beginner in the way of virtualization? Watch this “level-101” educational video for IT pros where MCITP Chris Henley: Defines virtualization and describes its benefits over traditional approaches Describes VM…
  • You imported a Management Pack, now what… Part 5

    Mike Resseler
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Introduction In our next part of this blog series we are going to talk about proactive monitoring and maintenance tasks. For those who have missed the previous posts, here are the links: Part 1: Management Packs Part 2: Pre-work & Importing Management Packs Part 3: Exploring discoveries Part 4: Fine-tuning methodologies In many cases actions are taken when the environment already has an issue and end-users are suffering from an outage. However, System Center Operations Manager and more specifically our Management Pack is written around pro-active monitoring. Instead of the traditional…
  • Overview: Veeam Backup & Replication v8—Coming in Q4 2014

    Maria Levkina
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    In this post I’ll give you a brief overview of new Veeam Backup & Replication v8 features, together with links to more detailed information about each feature. You can also subscribe to updates on Veeam Backup & Replication v8 here. NetApp snapshot support What's new in Veeam Backup & Replication v8? Starting with the new version, Veeam Backup & Replication can use NetApp storage snapshots as backup or as a replica source for its jobs. This will reduce the impact on production VMs and allow for backing them up several times during business hours. Read more on the topic: Blog…
  • Generate and install SSL Certificates on Microsoft Windows

    Luca Dell'Oca
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    I’ve seen lately many requests in our forums, and I personally received some, about how to generate and manage SSL certificates on Windows Machines. It seems one of those topics that is always hot, especially these days with all the services available over public internet connections, and all the scary stories about security breaches. Whatever “web” service you are willing to execute and publish over internet, an SSL certificate can protect you as a provider, and your users connecting to it. It’s extremely important to deploy properly configured SSL certificates, yet many don’t do…
  • You imported a Management Pack, now what… Part 4

    Mike Resseler
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Introduction In part 1 of these series we talked about MPs and in part 2 we did our preparations, imported an MP and created an override MP. In part 3 we explored the discoveries. Now that we understand the discoveries, we can start by looking at various other parts of the management packs. One of them will become very crucial and that is overriding monitors and rules. Overriding doesn’t mean disabling or enabling alone. It can also mean adapting the default thresholds so that they match your infrastructure better. There are different ways of doing this or starting with this. I have seen…
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    Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST

  • Its official now: Google will favor referencing HTTPS (SSL) websites

    Paul Lopez
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:50 am
    The number one search engine in the World now wish to favor websites that having SSL standard encryption. For now, this criterion has little impact, but keeps in mind it will increase in the future. The main intent of Google … Continue reading → The post Its official now: Google will favor referencing HTTPS (SSL) websites appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Windows Server 2012R2

    Paul Lopez
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Windows Server 2012 and 2012R2, both editions are at the heart of Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision, with 2012R2 Microsoft brings experience that helps to build infrastructure to provide Cloud Services globally. Both of these new editions comes up with several … Continue reading → The post Windows Server 2012R2 appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Windows 9 without its icon bar, but with virtual desktops

    Paul Lopez
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:20 am
    This next version of Windows OS will remove the toolbar and integrate virtual desktops. As similar to iPhone 6, the next version of Microsoft OS also have a code name, known as Threshold or we can simply say Windows 9, … Continue reading → The post Windows 9 without its icon bar, but with virtual desktops appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Linux, Java, and Mathematica focuses on software offers by Raspberry Pi

    Paul Lopez
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:56 am
    A brief overview available on the Raspberry Pi operating systems, complemented by state of the support of this platform by Oracle and Wolfram Research. A true community is created around Raspberry Pi, the British Pico Computer. No wonder this machine … Continue reading → The post Linux, Java, and Mathematica focuses on software offers by Raspberry Pi appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • WebIDE: a complete development environment for Firefox

    Paul Lopez
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:17 am
    Image credit:  hacks.mozilla.org The Mozilla Foundation added WebIDE to Firefox. With this tool, programmers have a standard development environment in the browser. How to ensure that web developers will consider your web browser while creating applications? The answer is quite … Continue reading → The post WebIDE: a complete development environment for Firefox appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
 
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  • VMworld 2014 – It is TIME!!!

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Advertise here with BSAThe time has finally come for VMworld 2014 – US in San Francisco. I know I am very excited this year as well I am sure everyone else (20k+) is as well. I am looking forward to catching up with everyone as well as meeting some of you for the first time. If you see me walking around with an EverythingShouldbeVirtual.com or vExpert shirt stop me and say “Hey”! I will be spending a good amount of time in the hang space along with the other Bloggers and getting to speak with others. Some of the events that I plan on being at include #vBeers, #VMUnderground,…
  • VMware NSX WebUI Sync Issue

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Advertise here with BSASo I recently had an issue when trying to create some new tenant networks and had a very strange issue. When creating the Logical Switches within NSX I was receiving a timeout error stating that the they had not been created. However when looking at the thick client I could clearly see the new Logical Switches in the inventory. What is up with that? Anyways I opened a support ticket and we started going through everything trying to figure out what the issue was. Not really coming up with much as we went through anything. So the engineer was collecting tech support logs…
  • vSphere – Enable SSH using PowerCLI

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Advertise here with BSAIn case you have the need to enable SSH, set SSH service to start on boot and also set the firewall rule to allow ALL IPs you can use the following PowerCLI script. If you need to lock down the firewall to only allow from a certain IP you can uncomment the appropriate lines and comment out the others. This script will also disable the SSH alert for every host in vCenter to get rid of the nagging alert. This script will connect to vCenter and run against every host in vCenter as well. # PowerCLI Script for enabling SSH, setting firewall and disable SSH alert in vCenter #…
  • VMware NSX 6.0.5 Upgrade Tips

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Advertise here with BSASo I performed my first NSX upgrade today which overall was not too bad but it did take quite a long time. I ran into a few gotchas along the way and figured that I would share those. Now if you follow this guide and the release notes here you should be in good shape. However you may run into a few snags as below. The first thing you may run into is when uploading the upgrade package to the NSX Manager is the following error. What this error is telling you is that you need to rename the downloaded upgrade package. Your browser saved the file…
  • Highly Available ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana) Unicast Mode

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:51 am
    Advertise here with BSAIn the previous post we setup the complete ELK stack from top to bottom. And everything should be working as needed; however one thing you will want to do once everything is stable is to change all ES (Elasticsearch) nodes to communicate in unicast mode instead of how it was setup which was in mulitcast discovery mode. Switching to unicast mode will keep all of the network chatter down doing discovery of your ES cluster. This will also result in better performance for your cluster. I have made all of this extremely simple for you if you followed the previous post and…
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  • Data Encryption and Law Firms, a Match Required by Law

    JG
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. Much of the discussion on law firm security has focused on data […]The post Data Encryption and Law Firms, a Match Required by Law appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Community Health Systems, HIPAA, and Cloud Hosting

    JG
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    On the heels of the recent Community Health Systems (CHS)  data breach, in which 4.5 million Personal Health Records (PHI) were compromised, the industry is abuzz about data security in the HIPAA Compliant cloud businesses.  Data breaches like the one at CHS are not the exception – they’re the norm.  The FBI warned that the […]The post Community Health Systems, HIPAA, and Cloud Hosting appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The New Role for the Private Cloud. It’s Not What You Think.

    JG
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
      Private cloud was popular in the early days of cloud computing when enterprises struggled with security and control issues.  These days, public cloud dominates, as revealed in the recent “State of the Cloud Study” from RightScale. The reasons for the growth of public clouds are pretty clear, including low operating costs, instant scalability, and […]The post The New Role for the Private Cloud. It’s Not What You Think. appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • HIPAA, Cloud, and Your Business.

    JG
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    When it comes to HIPAA compliant solutions, security,  and cloud adoption, what most find frustrating is how to sort the myths from reality.  The “addressable” requirements of the security rules tend to be the most difficult to meet.  Thus, these addressable requirements have a tendency to fall off the radar, and could therefore create issues […]The post HIPAA, Cloud, and Your Business. appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • AWS & Security – Thoughts from AWS Summit New York

    JG
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Every year, the AWS Summits and re:Invent get bigger (and broader – AWS lists 15 cities for AWS Summits in 2014 on their website). In his keynote at the New York event last week, Werner Vogels, CTO of AWS announced there were 10,000+ people in attendance and thousands more participating online via the live stream. […]The post AWS & Security – Thoughts from AWS Summit New York appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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