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  • First Certified SAP BW-EML Benchmark on Virtual HANA

    VMware VROOM! Blog
    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…
  • VMware Ranks #1 Compared with Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco and RedHat, Analysts Say

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    jtichenor
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Find out how VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center architecture scored top marks compared with other vendors. Recently Taneja Group did an independent evaluation of these four vendors considering factors such as virtualization platform, business continuity, and security and compliance. VMware also ranked highest for software-defined networking and storage, self-service provisioning, infrastructure operations management and hybrid cloud […]
  • Using vSphere 5.5U2 Client to edit the settings of virtual machines of version 10 or higher

    VMware vSphere Blog » vSphere
    Harish Niddagatta
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    With vSphere 5.5 Update 2, you have the ability to edit a Virtual Hardware 10 VM using the vSphere Client (a.k.a C# or thick client). You are able to edit hardware version 9 and 10 VMs, but only on the feature level of hardware version 8. Here are the list of properties that are editable Increase RAM Decrease RAM Change network port group Remove devices Increase vCPU Decrease vCPU Mount ISO Increase disk space Set a limit Remove a limit Set a reservation Remove a reservation Edit advanced settings Editing of virtual machine 10 features from vSphere Client viz AHCI for SATA…
  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0009

    VMware Security & Compliance Blog
    Monty Ijzerman
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2014-0009 The advisory documents a critical information disclosure vulnerability, CVE-2014-3796, which has been addressed in VMware NSX 6.x Edge and vCNS 5.x Edge releases this week. Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware Security Advisories. Customers should review the security advisory and direct any questions to VMware Support.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server Shows Great Performance on VMware Virtual SAN

    VMware VROOM! Blog
    Julie Brodeur
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Email servers are a business-critical component of IT systems implementations and Exchange Server is one of the most ubiquitous of them. As such, we wanted to see how we could leverage Virtual SAN to bring new technology in serving the storage needs of this application. We administered some tests to see how Exchange Server would perform on Virtual SAN. We ran five Virtual SAN servers, and each server hosted two virtual machines with the Exchange Server roles Mailbox and HUB. The first host had an added virtual machine for the AD Server role. A client virtual machine on a separate host ran the…
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  • VMware Ranks #1 Compared with Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco and RedHat, Analysts Say

    jtichenor
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Find out how VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center architecture scored top marks compared with other vendors. Recently Taneja Group did an independent evaluation of these four vendors considering factors such as virtualization platform, business continuity, and security and compliance. VMware also ranked highest for software-defined networking and storage, self-service provisioning, infrastructure operations management and hybrid cloud […]
  • RSVP and Tune in this Friday: Twitter Chat with Sanjay Poonen

    Morgan OLeary
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    By Oliver Roll, Editor-in-Chief of Tribal Knowledge and VP, Global Corporate Communications at VMware VMworld U.S. wrapped up a few weeks ago, but I still get charged up just thinking about it. Our marquee event was a celebration of our industry, and it was also a platform for the best and brightest in the biz to gather […]
  • Weekly News Recap, Sept. 12, 2014

    Morgan OLeary
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    VMware News This week in VMware news, Ramin Sayar and the Cloud Management team announced the general availability of several new product suites and updates to existing products that were recently unveiled at VMworld in San Francisco. The products available on Wednesday included vRealize Suite™, vRealize Operations Insight™, vCloud Automation Center™ 6.1, and IT Business Management Suite™ 1.1/8.1. […]
  • VIDEO: Destination Giveback at #VMworld 2014

    jtichenor
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    By Jonas Tichenor, News Director & Contributing Editor, Tribal Knowledge How can a paper airplane at VMworld make a difference? It all starts with Citizen Philanthropy – empowering people with the choice in how and where they give back. We believe that everyone has something to contribute, and the VMware Foundation therefore serves as a […]
  • Cloud Management Platform Solutions Now Available

    Ramin Sayar
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Ramin Sayar, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit Today, I am pleased to announce the general availability of several new product suites and updates to existing products that were recently unveiled at VMworld in San Francisco. The products available today include vRealize Suite™, vRealize Operations Insight™, vCloud Automation Center™ 6.1, […]
 
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  • Using vSphere 5.5U2 Client to edit the settings of virtual machines of version 10 or higher

    Harish Niddagatta
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    With vSphere 5.5 Update 2, you have the ability to edit a Virtual Hardware 10 VM using the vSphere Client (a.k.a C# or thick client). You are able to edit hardware version 9 and 10 VMs, but only on the feature level of hardware version 8. Here are the list of properties that are editable Increase RAM Decrease RAM Change network port group Remove devices Increase vCPU Decrease vCPU Mount ISO Increase disk space Set a limit Remove a limit Set a reservation Remove a reservation Edit advanced settings Editing of virtual machine 10 features from vSphere Client viz AHCI for SATA…
  • Announcing availability of VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Editions and VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 2

    Sai Gopalan
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    Earlier this month at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, VMware introduced the VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Standard and Advanced Editions. Today, we are excited to announce the availability of these new vSphere editions, designed specifically for IT infrastructure located in remote, distributed sites. These new 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 (See a short 3 minute Product Video). vSphere Remote Office Branch Office offerings…
  • vSphere 5.5 Update 2 is GA, available for download

    Harish Niddagatta
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    What’s new in this release? Support for hosts with 6TB of RAM – vSphere 5.5 Update 2 starts to support hosts with 6TB of RAM. VMware vShield Endpoint Thin Agent as VMware Tools Guest Introspection plugin – The vShield Endpoint driver bundled with VMware Tools is now called Guest Introspection. vCenter Server database support: vCenter Server now supports the following external databases: Oracle 12c, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1and Microsoft SQL Server 2014 vCloud Hybrid Service: The vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) introduces a new container, Hybrid Cloud Service, on…
  • vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2 Released

    Justin King
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    Today VMware released Update 2 of its vSphere management solution, vCenter Server. In this release there are updates to the supported database versions and many resolved known issues. What’s New vCenter Server database support: vCenter Server now supports the following external databases: Oracle 12c. Important: For pre-requisite requirements, see KB 2079443. Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 Microsoft SQL Server 2014 vCloud Hybrid Service: The vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) introduces a new container, Hybrid Cloud Service, on the vSphere Web Client home page. The Hybrid Cloud…
  • SQL Server on vSphere Workshop

    Sai Gopalan
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    by Don Sullivan, Product Line Marketing Manager, Business Critical Applications – vSphere There has been a dramatic increase of virtualized infrastructure being used for production-level business critical applications (BCAs) including relational database management systems (RDBMS) such as Oracle and SQL Server. With the release, of vSphere 4.x in 2009, Tier 1 implementations on vSphere became a reality. With the recent releases of vSphere 5.x and the abstract approach of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) the proposition of running BCAs and RDBMS such as SQL Server is truly…
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    VMware Security & Compliance Blog

  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0009

    Monty Ijzerman
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2014-0009 The advisory documents a critical information disclosure vulnerability, CVE-2014-3796, which has been addressed in VMware NSX 6.x Edge and vCNS 5.x Edge releases this week. Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware Security Advisories. Customers should review the security advisory and direct any questions to VMware Support.
  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0008 and updated advisories

    Monty Ijzerman
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Today VMware has released the following new and updated security advisories: New VMSA-2014-0008 Updated VMSA-2014-0007.2 VMSA-2014-0006.10 The new advisory details updates of third party libraries that are present in vSphere 5.5 Update 2, which was released today. 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.
  • 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…
 
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  • Microsoft Exchange Server Shows Great Performance on VMware Virtual SAN

    Julie Brodeur
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Email servers are a business-critical component of IT systems implementations and Exchange Server is one of the most ubiquitous of them. As such, we wanted to see how we could leverage Virtual SAN to bring new technology in serving the storage needs of this application. We administered some tests to see how Exchange Server would perform on Virtual SAN. We ran five Virtual SAN servers, and each server hosted two virtual machines with the Exchange Server roles Mailbox and HUB. The first host had an added virtual machine for the AD Server role. A client virtual machine on a separate host ran the…
  • 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…
 
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    Virtualization Analysis (Citrix, Microsoft, VMware) - RSS

  • Intro to Citrix Accelerator Company, Unifyle

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    As you know, I love innovation and because of what I do for a living I'm exposed to a slew of it. I wanted to send you this email to share with you a new Citrix Accelerator company, Unifyle, that I find to be truly solving a real problem. ...
  • 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...
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  • A Quick Introduction to Vagrant

    slowe
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    This post will provide a quick introduction to a tool called Vagrant. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock—or, more likely, been too busy doing real work in your data center to pay attention—you’ve probably heard of Vagrant. Maybe, like me, you had some ideas about what Vagrant is (or isn’t) and what it does (or doesn’t) do. Hopefully I can clear up some of the confusion in this post. In its simplest form, Vagrant is an automation tool with a domain-specific language (DSL) that is used to automate the creation of VMs and VM environments. The idea is that…
  • IDF 2014: Architecting for SDI, a Microserver Perspective

    slowe
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    This is a liveblog for session DATS013, on microservers. I was running late to this session (my calendar must have been off—thought I had 15 minutes more), so I wasn’t able to capture the titles or names of the speakers. The first speaker starts out with a review of exactly what a microserver is; Intel sees microservers as a natural evolution from rack-mounted servers to blades to microservers. Key microserver technologies include: Intel Atom C2000 family of processors; Intel Xeon E5 v2 processor family; and Intel Ethernet Switch FM6000 series. Microservers share some common…
  • IDF 2014: Open Source Storage Optimizations

    slowe
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    This is a liveblog of IDF 2014 session DATS009, titled “Ceph: Open Source Storage Software Optimizations on Intel Architecture for Cloud Workloads.” (That’s a mouthful.) The speaker is Anjaneya “Reddy” Chagam, a Principal Engineer in the Intel Data Center Group. Chagam starts by reviewing the agenda, which—as the name of the session implies—is primarily focused on Ceph. He next transitions into a review of the problem with storage in data centers today; specifically, that storage needs “are growing at a rate unsustainable with today’s…
  • IDF 2014 Day 2 Recap

    slowe
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Following on from my IDF 2014 Day 1 recap, here’s a quick recap of day 2. Data Center Mega-Session You can read the liveblog here if you want all the gory details. If we boil it down to the essentials, it’s actually pretty simple. First, deliver more computing power in the hardware, either through the addition of FPGAs to existing CPUs or through the continued march of CPU power (via more cores or faster clock speeds or both). Second, make the hardware programmable, through standard interfaces. Third, expand the use of “big data” and analytics. Technical Sessions I…
  • IDF 2014: Data Center Mega-Session

    slowe
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    This is a liveblog of the Data Center Mega-Session from day 2 of Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2014 in San Francisco. Diane Bryant, SVP and GM of the Data Center Group takes the stage promptly at 9:30am to kick off the data center mega-session. Bryant starts the discussion by setting out the key drivers affecting the data center: new devices (and new volumes of devices) and new services (AWS, Netflix, Twitter, etc.). This is the “digital service economy,” and Bryant insists that today’s data centers aren’t prepared to handle the digital service economy. Bryant posits…
 
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  • VMworld Session Replay: Software Defined Data Center through Hyper Converged Infrastructure

    cwolf
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Last week I discussed the benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure in this post on the VMware CTO blog. In short, we spend far too much time building and maintaining commodity IT services. To many IT decision makers, commodity means non-differentiating, which equates to the services that every organization in the world must deploy and maintain. That includes tasks like server, storage, network and security provisioning and maintenance. The thought is simple;  if you can get commodity services delivered in a software/hardware stack that’s maintained by a vendor, opex costs can be…
  • My VMworld 2014 Sessions

    cwolf
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    I’m pretty busy at this year’s VMworld North America conference. If you would like to drop by one of my sessions, here they are: SDDC3245-S – Software-Defined Data Center through Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Co-presented with Mornay Van Der Walt Monday, Aug 25, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM The Software-Defined Data Center is the indisputable future of IT. The question for you then becomes how to get your company and IT organization there and where do you start. Key consideration factors include choice, flexibility, time to value, ongoing maintenance, ease of use and budget,…
  • Debunking Cloud IaaS Mobility Myths

    cwolf
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:06 am
    Many things in life appear great on the surface, but wisdom has taught us to never trust a book by its cover or believe in silver bullets. The latest story I frequently hear being pitched in IT circles is that of cloud IaaS Utopia. In this universe, workloads can simply move anywhere (between disparate providers and private data centers, for example) without consequence. Typically you’ll hear a few data points to justify the story, including: We use OpenStack, therefore your workloads can be run anywhere We use an open source hypervisor, so you can run your workloads anywhere We support…
  • What IT Operations Can (and Should) Learn from the Electronics Industry

    cwolf
    7 Mar 2014 | 10:04 am
      The state of New Jersey is home to some of the most significant electronics inventions in our history, including countless inventions by Thomas Edison and what became the modern transistor. Bell Labs ushered in a sustained period of innovation and along with it a robust and growing workforce. My own technology career also had started in the electronics industry, where as a young US Marine I did component level repair (such as troubleshooting and repairing transistors and integrated circuits on electronic circuit boards). While such specializations were important at the time, today they…
  • Complexity is Great for Profits… Just Not Your Profits

    cwolf
    8 Feb 2014 | 6:04 am
    Many people who have seen me present over the past year have heard me discuss the notion of complexity and who truly benefits from it. Given the current state of IT budgets and resources, the time is ripe to take a closer look at this issue. Most organizations that I work with are grappling with mandates to be more efficient and responsive to business or department needs (said in another way, more agile) and to improve application availability, all while maintaining a flat budget. These mandates often lead to public, private and hybrid cloud initiatives that include an emphasis on high…
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  • Latest Fling from VMware Labs - XenApp2Horizon

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The XenApp2Horizon Fling helps you migrate published applications and desktops from XenApp to Horizon View. One XenApp farm is migrated to one or more Horizon View farm(s). The GUI wizard-based tool helps you: Validate the View agent status on RDS hosts (from View connection server, and XenApp server) Create farms Validate application availability on RDS hosts Migrate application/desktop to one or multiple farms (new or existing) Migrate entitlements to new or existing applications/desktops. Combination of application entitlements are supported Check environment Identify incompatible features…
  • VMworld TV Interview: Mike Foley of VMware demos vSphere 6.0

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    <span id="XinhaEditingPostion"></span>Eric Sloof interviews Mike Foley of VMware and gets a product demo of a hot-off-the-presses beta version of vSphere 6.0!
 
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    24 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
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  • 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…
 
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  • Queue Depth info in the VSAN HCL!

    Duncan Epping
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    I just noticed there has been an update to the VSAN HCL. When I now do a search for a disk controller (vmwa.re/vsanhcl) it immediately shows the queue depth of the controller. This will make life a lot easier, especially for those who prefer to build their own Virtual SAN node instead of using a Ready Node configuration. Although it is just a minor detail it is useful to know, and will definitely make life a lot easier when configuring your component built Virtual SAN nodes. "Queue Depth info in the VSAN HCL!" originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com. Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
  • EVO:RAIL engineering interview with Dave Shanley (Lead Dev)

    Duncan Epping
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    A couple of weeks ago we launched EVO:RAIL, a new VMware solution. I have been part of this since the very beginning, the prototype project started with just Dave and myself as part of the prototype team with Mornay van der Walt as the executive sponsor (interview with Mornay will follow shortly as this project involves many different disciplines). After Dave developed the initial UI mock-ups and we worked on the conceptual architecture, Dave started developing what then became known internally as MARVIN. If my memory serves correct it was our director at Integration Engineering (Adam…
  • VSAN with AHCI controller with vSphere 5.5 U2

    Duncan Epping
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:18 am
    I’ve been following a thread on the community forums closely around the AHCI disk controller. This disk controller is an on-board disk controller which caused some problems when used in conjunction with VSAN because of a driver problem. Note that this disk controller is not on the HCL and is not recommend for use in a production environment or ANY environment where reasonable performance is expected and endurance / availability is key. Many homelabbers used this controller however and I am happy to say that it was reported by Philzy that this fix mentioned in KB 2079729 appears to…
  • EVO:RAIL vs VSAN Ready Node vs Component based

    Duncan Epping
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:32 am
    EVO:RAIL is awesome! That is typically what I hear from customers when pitching the EVO:RAIL play and showing the config and management demo. Customers are all over it I can tell you. They love the ease of deployment, management, procurement and support… Now, every now and then this geeky person pops up and say: but euuhm, I want more disks and I want to scale per node and all of my configuration stuff is scripted. How will that work with EVO:RAIL? This is when I show them this slide: It is a very very valid question to be honest. It is something which I, as a geek, would ask as well.
  • Top 5 VMworld EMEA recommended deep dive geek sessions

    Duncan Epping
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:18 am
    I’ve been watching a bunch of the VMworld US session recordings. A couple of sessions were real gems and contain a lot of deep dive info, if you are a geek and like deep technical info make sure to register for the following sessions. These sessions are all by VMware employees who work on the actual product as a developer or technical product manager, so if you have a deep deep question don’t be afraid to ask. STO2197 – Storage DRS: Deep Dive and Best Practices INF2427 – DRS: Advanced Concepts, Best Practices and Future Directions INF1720 – Getting the Most out…
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  • To NAT or not to NAT: that is the question...or is there a better way?

    Margaret Walker
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Senior Cloud Solutions Architect Sam MitchellIn our journey though public cloud vendors and in our mission to give public cloud users back attest-able control and security of public cloud networks we have more or less worked with them all - from the very big to the more “boutique”.  When it comes to publicly addressable hosts we have noticed 2 main approaches, with variants on both approaches depending on the cloud vendor.Image credit: Yellowstone, US Department of the InteriorThe first is to directly assign a public IP address to an interface of a VM.  The second is to use…
  • Weekly news roundup for Cloud and Networking: September 8 - 12

    Margaret Walker
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of Aug 18Gigaom: HP buys Eucalyptus as cloud consolidation commences for real >> a good immediate response to the news from @cloud_opinion on Medium OH: “All this talk about Eucalyptus and HP is great and all, but what does it have to do with Docker?”— Matt Ray (@mattray) September 11, 2014VentureBeat: CloudBees ditches its cloud, will help devs send code elsewherebeatnews: Gartner's Joe Skroupa 4 new "disruptive technologies that can spark changes to the business model [in data center markets are] software-defined networking (SDN) and…
  • Secure container provisioning and the VNS3 API - part 2

    Nicholas Clements
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is the first of the Java-specific posts combining how to use the VNS3 API with secure container provisioning. It will make use of the setup discussed in the previous post. (For purists please excuse the quality of the code — it’s been a few years since I’ve worked with Java so I’m a little rusty. The goal is for the code to be clear enough to follow even with shortcuts taken for brevity and simplicity.)Image credit: Clickatell blog Get on with itTo start with we’re going to make a connection to the API server and pull back the status of a VNS3 Manager.We’ll start with a…
  • More from the Cat in the Hat: Weave

    Patrick Kerpan
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Congratulations to Alexis Richardson (CohesiveFT Alumn) and Matthias Radestock (Former LShift CTO and CohesiveFT partner) on the launch of Weave.Weave, an open source project distributed under the Apache 2 license, is a network overlay solution for Docker containers.  I expect Weave to receive a lot of attention; the red hot Docker space continues to expand in level of adoption and complexity of container use-cases. The prospective success of this venture is certainly high as Alexis and Matthias have experience creating fast, clean and valuable open source projects like RabbitMQ (a…
  • Weekly news roundup for Cloud and Networking: September 1 - 5

    Margaret Walker
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of Aug 18DataCenter Knowledge: Peak 10 Opens Third Atlanta Metro Data Center >> "Peak 10 continues to expand across its footprint, recently adding space in Cincinnati as well as breaking ground on a 60,000-square-foot data center in Tampa, Florida."ZDnet: Microsoft takes aim at AWS and VMware with Migration AcceleratorCloudWedge: Netflix will be 100% Cloud by 2015Computing UK: Bristol City Council to migrate IT infrastructure to the cloud in £1.5m deal >> Bristol will migrate IT infrastructure to the cloud through the government's G-Cloud in…
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  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 9/13/14

    Rick Scherer
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:26 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. VMware ESX Understanding the differences between snapshots and delta files, snapshot deletion and consolidation (2078993) Date Published: 9/12/2014 HA slot size calculation becomes distorted when using VMware strict admission control and reports the error: Insufficient Resources for HA failover (2015564) Date Published: 9/10/2014 VMware ESXi Generated Core dump file gets deleted after…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 9/6/14

    Rick Scherer
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:55 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. Miscellaneous VMware Hosted Hands-on Lab Evaluations FAQ (2088643) Date Published: 9/5/2014 vCloud Hybrid Service Plug-in for vSphere Client Account Administrator user role required to register and use the vCloud Hybrid Service vSphere Client plug-in (2087504) Date Published: 9/6/2014 VMware ESXi Guest operation system actions are greyed out within the vSphere Web Client (2087236) Date…
  • 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. 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, Patch ESXi500-201408401-BG:…
  • 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…
 
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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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  • New webinars: Microsoft Storage best practices & Software-defined storage

    Ilija Brajkovic
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    New Microsoft Storage Best Practices for Hyper-V & SQL Server: SMB 3.0 and Scale-Out File Servers Tuesday, September 16, 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT Featured Speaker: Greg Schulz, Founder, StorageIO What is the trick to supporting growth for your Microsoft environment without breaking your budget, or causing performance problems? Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) is the [...] Copyright © Ilija Brajkovic http://www.brajkovic.info
  • New webinars from Starwind

    Ilija Brajkovic
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    Be prepared on September 2nd and September 9th as our partner Starwind will be hosting two interesting webinars: New Microsoft Storage Best Practices for Hyper-V & SQL Server: SMB 3.0 and Scale-Out File Servers and Building a Highly Available Hyper-V Cluster Using Free Microsoft Hyper-V Server. Webinar: New Microsoft Storage Best Practices for Hyper-V & SQL [...] Copyright © Ilija Brajkovic http://www.brajkovic.info
  • Live webinar: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2: Deduplication, Backup & Primary VM Storage

    Ilija Brajkovic
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Data deduplication is not a lofty feature anymore, and nowadays it becomes synonymous with storage for virtualization environments. With a variety of deduplication solutions available on the market it’s often hard to distinguish which one fits your environment best. Join Ryan Post of Veeam and Max Kolomyeytsev of StarWind Software in a discussion about why, [...] Copyright © Ilija Brajkovic http://www.brajkovic.info
  • Free virtualization toolkit

    Ilija Brajkovic
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    There is no better way to start virtualizing than with a FREE Microsoft Hyper-V environment, free backup, free virtual storage and free management software! With this free toolkit from Starwind, you can create your own test lab, run a small business or even scale your production environment up to 1,000 VMs. It’s a FREE way to virtualize! [...] Copyright © Ilija Brajkovic http://www.brajkovic.info
  • WEBINAR: New Approaches in Hardware-less SAN Storage for Remote & Branch Offices

    Ilija Brajkovic
    2 Jun 2014 | 4:45 am
    Join Greg Shields of Concentrated Technology and Max Kolomyeytsev of StarWind Software in this informative webinar series as they explore the new approaches in delivering SAN storage to remote and branch office situations. Don’t miss these webinars on June 3rd and June 5th! New Approaches in Hardware-less SAN Storage for Remote & Branch Offices Part [...] Copyright © Ilija Brajkovic http://www.brajkovic.info
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  • vSphere Client 5.5 Update 2 – Edit Hardware Version 10 VMs using vSphere Client

    Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    I am sure every VMware Administrator will be happy with the Release of vSphere client 5.5 Update 2 (Build Number:1993072)because it allow us to edit the Virtual machines settings with the hardware version 10 using vSphere Windows Client (C++ version). It was not possible with the previous release of vSphere Client. You will only be allowed to edit the Virtual Machine with hardware version 10 (vmx-10) using vSphere Web client. As i experienced, even now most of admins are very comfortable working with vSphere Windows client as compared to the web client. Even during many instances when the web…
  • PaaSLane — “Application Modernization” Means “Cloud Ready”

    Steven Beaver
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Cloud Technology Partners is now targeting both cloud readiness and application modernization projects with its PaaSLane 2.5. We’ve been tracking PaaSLane from Cloud Technology Partners from its initial beta, through launch, and now into version 2.5. It’s an interesting product; its premise is that application code needs to be different if it is to be… Read more → PaaSLane — “Application Modernization” Means “Cloud Ready”|The Virtualization Practice
  • VMware EVO:RAIL – Hyper-Converged Solution from VMware

    Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    VMware EVO:Rail, a hot announced by VMware. EVO:RAIL is a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCIA) offering by VMware and qualified EVO:RAIL partners include include Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Inspur, NetOne and SuperMicro. EVO represents a new family of ‘Evolutionary’ Hyper-Converged Infrastructure offerings from VMware. RAIL represents the first product within the EVO family that will ship during the second half of 2014. More on the meaning of RAIL towards the end of my post. EVO:RAIL-hyper-converged infrastructure appliance which consists of…
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 2 Released !!!

    Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    On 9 th September, VMware Released vSphere 5.5 Update 2. It always a Questions in everyone’s mind about What’s New  in the Update  Release or in newer version  of vSphere release. This post is going to give you with the details about What’s new in VMware vSpher 5.5 Update 2.  There are few feature addition along with 100+ bug fixes from the previous version. What’s New in VMware ESXi 5.5 Update 2? Support for hosts with 6TB of RAM – vSphere 5.5 Update 2 starts to support hosts with 6TB of RAM. VMware vShield Endpoint Thin Agent is renamed as…
  • EUC Use Cases: Secure Hybrid Cloud

    Steven Beaver
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    Whenever I talk to security vendors and others about where security is going, or more to the point, should go, I draw out a use case I have developed over the years. It has grown and changed as the concept of the secure hybrid cloud has developed and expanded. The example I use demonstrates the… Read more → EUC Use Cases: Secure Hybrid Cloud|The Virtualization Practice
 
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  • Instantly Turbocharge Your Job Search and Leave Your Superstar Competitors in the Dust!

    6 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Instantly Turbocharge Your Job Search and Leave Your Superstar Competitors in the Dust!by Pierre CoupetIn today's volatile job market, the absolute worst time to start looking for a new job is when you absolutely need to find a new job.    Why is that, you might say?   The simple answer is: competition - not just the typical competition that all job candidates encounter when looking for a new job but "absolutely fierce competition" coming at you from every which way.Fierce Competition Due to Widely Available Highly Specialized Knowledge As to why there is such fierce…
  • Difference Between Virtual Recruiter and Virtual Organization Recruiter

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    If I were to receive $1 every time a "virtual recruiter" asked me the question,"What is the difference between a 'virtual recruiter' and a 'virtual organization recruiter',"  I would have enough dollar bills to fill a giant football stadium from floor to ceiling.  (Slight exaggeration, of course.)Virtual Recruiters Galore Which explains why every time Virtual Organization Recruiter places an ad for a "virtual organization recruiter,"  we receive tons of responses from "virtual recruiters" with varying numbers of years of experience recruiting talent in a virtual…
  • 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.   
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  • What does Converged Infrastructure mean to you?

    Brian Suhr
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAOver the past several years I have been in countless discussion around Converged Infrastructure (CI) and what it is and the benefits that it provides. The one thing that I keep noticing is that there is a large variance in what CI means to different people. So I thought that in effort to get feedback from others and provide some of mine I would write this post to get the discussion started. There are a number of vendors in the market today, that are selling some form of a converged infrastructure product or solution. My definition of Converged Infrastructure In my mind…
  • Why are more vendors not doing internal startups for innovation

    Brian Suhr
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAThe topic of how the existing large hardware and software vendors innovate for new products has been on my mind for a while now. I don’t claim to be an expert in this topic, but I see new companies kicking the ass of many of these companies with better products. This only seems to becoming a larger issue, and large enterprise keeps trying to keep up by purchasing companies for their product or patents. Sometimes they make the wrong choice, over pay or are just too late. Lets take a look at a couple of the more successful storage statups recently. Both Tintri and…
  • 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…
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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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  • 5 Hints to control VM sprawl with Veeam Availability Suite

    Polina Vasileva
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    You may think that VM sprawl has never been a problem for your infrastructure, but what if it IS a problem and you just aren’t aware of it? What is VM sprawl? VM sprawl is a symptom of any rapidly growing virtual infrastructure. When any given department in the company opts to run their specific applications on dedicated servers, they can do this, thanks to virtualization. VMs are often set up for temporary usage, like testing or development labs, and after some peak usage owners may forget about them. The more virtualized applications and workloads you have, the more likely that “virtual…
  • VeeamON 2014: Sessions overview

    Maria Levkina
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Less than 1 month left until VeeamON 2014 (Oct. 6-8). My colleagues planned this event for many months, and today, when we entered the final stage of preparation, I decided to make a short overview of all the sessions that will be offered within five tracks: Technical-Sales, Technical-SE, Business, Technical and Monitoring. Agenda Before I tell more about the tracks, I want to say a couple of words about the VeeamON agenda in general. As I mentioned above, VeeamON 2014 will take place in Las Vegas, on Oct. 6-8. Oct. 6 (Monday) is the Partner Day. All sessions in this day are dedicated to…
  • Introducing Backup I/O Control in Veeam Backup & Replication v8

    Doug Hazelman (VMDoug)
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    When we released Veeam Backup & Replication version 6, one of the big “what’s new” items was our enterprise scalability through our distributed architecture and automatic intelligent load balancing. The move to the proxy/repository architecture was a big one for us because previously all backup activities ran through a single backup server. There were several reasons for moving to this architecture… Distribute backup processing across multiple proxy servers to make it easier for you to scale your B&R deployment Achieve higher availability and redundancy: if a proxy goes down,…
  • Top 5 Reasons to Attend VeeamON 2014

    Maria Levkina
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    VeeamON 2014 is coming up in just a few weeks (Oct. 6 - 8 in Las Vegas, NV), so I’d like to share what I’m most looking forward this year (and I see at least five good reasons to attend this event). 1. In depth training and hands-on experience VeeamON 2014 is an excellent opportunity to explore Veeam solutions. This is a great conference for educational sessions on data protection, availability and monitoring. VeeamON 2014 offers different education tracks (Technical program, Monitoring program, Technical-Sales, Technical-SE and Business programs). Every attendee has an option of choosing…
  • You imported a Management Pack, now what… Part 6

    Mike Resseler
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Introduction In our final part of this blog series we are taking managing and monitoring with System Center to the next level. 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 Part 5: Pro-active monitoring & maintenance tasks In part 6, we are going to take it one step further and start creating our own dedicated views to make our work even easier. Setting the scene The Veeam Management Pack for System Center already has fantastic…
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  • vCenter 5.5U2 Upgrade on VCSA

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Advertise here with BSASo I decided to upgrade my vCenter 5.5U1 VCSA to the latest vCenter 5.5U2 release yesterday and it has been a complete disaster at this point. vCenter continually crashes every few minutes now. I was just poking through logs and found where the service is crashing. I am including the context of the log below.   mem> 2014-09-11T19:06:53.383Z [7F02DC3D0700 warning 'Default' opID=HB-host-8637@82541-3778684f] [VdbStatement] SQL execution failed: UPDATE VPX_HOST SET ROOT_RES_CONFIG = ? WHERE ID = ? mem> 2014-09-11T19:06:53.383Z [7F02DC3D0700 warning 'Default'…
  • 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…
 
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  • Cloud Security Update: Recent Breaches

    JG
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Thanks to our friends at Alert Logic for contributing this article to our blog. Back in June, we took a look at some of the major breaches of 2014. We chose Heartbleed, the eBay breach and the data breach at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), mainly because of the magnitude of the breaches, the […]The post Cloud Security Update: Recent Breaches appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Understanding the Limits of AWS

    JG
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    By default, Amazon Web Services, AWS, does not allow you to take all the resources you need.  Indeed, there are hard and soft limits that you should understand, before deploying to AWS. By the way, most public cloud providers set resource limits to protect cloud users from themselves, in terms of getting a huge bill […]The post Understanding the Limits of AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • How We Hire At Logicworks: Careers, Culture, and More

    JG
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    Note from the author: As the Head of Recruitment for Logicworks, I get a lot of questions from candidates about our hiring process.  People want to know when and how we open up new headcount, where we go to find candidates, and – most of all – what it takes to be a successful candidate.  […]The post How We Hire At Logicworks: Careers, Culture, and More appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • AWS Migration Best Practices Emerge

    JG
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    The mass migration of applications to the AWS cloud is about to begin.  Most enterprises plan to migrate applications and systems to AWS to capture cost efficiencies, scalability, and agility benefits, and to avoid impending data center expansions. The issue is that there are many ways to migrate applications to AWS, each with its own […]The post AWS Migration Best Practices Emerge appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • 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.
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