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  • Mobile-Cloud Adventures at VMworld: Customer Breakout Sessions Span Industries, Illustrate Boundless Mobile Options

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    VMTN
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    A tsunami of technological change continues to reshape markets based on the desires of users rather than the wants of IT. In the education, financial services, healthcare and government markets alike, IT’s need to react decisively while taking into account compliance and regulations mandates, heighten security controls and mobile-cloud demands creates new complexity as well […]
  • 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…
  • Big Data Design Considerations: Hadoop and Storage Choices

    VMware vSphere Blog » vSphere
    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…
  • Ensure DISA Certificate Compliance using VCM

    VMware Security & Compliance Blog
    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…
  • Detailed stats for vSphere Flash Read cache

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    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…
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  • Mobile-Cloud Adventures at VMworld: Customer Breakout Sessions Span Industries, Illustrate Boundless Mobile Options

    VMTN
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    A tsunami of technological change continues to reshape markets based on the desires of users rather than the wants of IT. In the education, financial services, healthcare and government markets alike, IT’s need to react decisively while taking into account compliance and regulations mandates, heighten security controls and mobile-cloud demands creates new complexity as well […]
  • VMware Inspired by Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

    VMTN
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    By Betsy Sutter, Corporate Senior Vice President, People at VMware This year, VMware is proud to be a part of the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference on October 8-10 in Phoenix, Arizona. Presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery, the conference is the largest […]
  • VMware Continues to Strengthen End User Computing Leadership Team – Noah Wasmer Returns to VMware

    Sanjay Poonen
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    By Sanjay Poonen, Executive Vice President and General Manager, End-User Computing This week is my one year anniversary of being at VMware! What an exciting year it’s been hereat the company, as we are hard at work turbo-charging our End-User Computing (EUC) strategy. I’ve enjoyed working with some of the most innovative and customer focused colleagues here at […]
  • New Video! CTO Kit Colbert on the Future of End User Computing

    Morgan OLeary
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Learn VMware’s strategy to deliver on its mission in the changing end user computing space—to provide secure virtual workspaces that let end users work at the speed of life. VMware CTO Kit Colbert discusses four key priorities to help IT deliver value to the business as the mobile-cloud era matures: desktop, mobile, content collaboration and […]
  • #VMworld Networking & Security Spotlight Sessions

    Morgan OLeary
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Last year at VMworld, we launched the VMware NSX network virtualization platform to great fanfare. At VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, our Networking CTO Martin Casado will give two Spotlight Sessions to explain just why NSX is taking off with customers. If you are attending the show, you’ll want to make sure you register for […]
 
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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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  • 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…
  • Profiling OLTP performance on Virtualized SQL 2014 with All Flash Arrays

    Mohan Potheri
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
    TPC-C Benchmark is an on-line transaction processing (OLTP). (TPCC Main site) TPC-C uses a mix of five concurrent transactions of different types and complexity. The database is comprised of nine types of tables with a wide range of record and population sizes. TPC-C is measured as transactions per minute (TPM). The goal of this exercise was to see if 1 million TPM can be achieved on virtualized SQL 2014 backed by an all Flash storage array for a TPC-C like test.  The TPC-C testing would be compared between two VM sizes (Within NUMA & Exceeding NUMA boundaries) Infrastructure Components:…
  • SSH keys when using Lockdown Mode – A 5.x Hardening Guide update

    Mike Foley
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Hi, I was informed today that there is a behavior in the 5.1 through 5.5 Update 1 Hardening Guides that is incorrectly documented. The two affected guidelines are: ESXi.enable-lockdown-mode ESXi.remove-authorized-keys The guidance in both is as follows: Note:  Lockdown mode does not apply to root users who log in using authorized keys. When you use an authorized key file for root user authentication, root users are not prevented from accessing a host with SSH even when the host is in lockdown mode.    This is not correct. As of 5.1, login with authorized keys is now…
  • Journey to the SDDC – vSphere with Operations Management

    Harry Smith
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Are you looking at the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) and taking a dive into the vCloud Suite? As you take your journey it sometimes becomes confusing and potentially overwhelming as you look at all the possibilities and figure out what comes next. For example, it’s fairly easy to recognize the value in these solutions, but you also do understand that implementing change takes time and resources no matter how much you desire to get them done. Let’s start with vSphere with Operations Management™ (VSOM). You may or may not know this is a packaged solution of vCenter Operations Manager…
 
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    VMware Security & Compliance Blog

  • 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.
  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0006

    Kieron Shorrock
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2014-0006 – Link VMware product updates address OpenSSL security vulnerabilities Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to recieve new and updated VMware Security Advisories. Customers should review the security advisories and direct any questions to VMware Support.
  • VMware investigating OpenSSL security vulnerabilities

    Monty Ijzerman
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    Following the June 5, 2014 disclosure of new OpenSSL security vulnerabilities, we are currently investigating and assessing impact to our products and services as well as our own customer-facing portals. We will communicate the results of the investigation and related remediation plans in VMware Knowledge Base article 2079783. PM Update We have concluded the assessment of the issues and VMware Knowledge Base article 2079783 has been updated.
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  • 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…
  • Power Management and Performance in VMware vSphere 5.1 and 5.5

    Rebecca Grider
    18 Mar 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Power consumption is an important part of the datacenter cost strategy. Physical servers frequently offer a power management scheme that puts processors into low power states when not fully utilized, and VMware vSphere also offers power management techniques. A recent technical white paper describes the testing and results of two performance studies: The first shows how power management in VMware vSphere 5.5 in balanced mode (the default) performs 18% better than the physical host’s balanced mode power management setting. The second study compares vSphere 5.1 performance and power savings…
 
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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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  • 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…
  • VMworld 2014 Prayer Time

    slowe
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    I mentioned this on Twitter a few days ago, but wanted to go ahead and formalize some of the details. A blog reader/Twitter follower contacted me with the idea of getting together briefly at VMworld 2014 for some prayer time. I thought it was a great idea (thanks David!), so here are the details. What: A brief time of prayer Where: Yerba Buena Gardens, behind Moscone North When: Monday 8/25 through Wednesday 8/27 at 7:45am (this should give everyone enough time to grab breakfast before the keynotes start at 9am) Who: All courteous attendees are welcome, but please note that this will be a…
  • Deploying CoreOS on OpenStack Using Heat

    slowe
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this post, I’m going to illustrate one way to deploy CoreOS on OpenStack using Heat. By no means is this intended to be seen as the only way to use Heat to deploy CoreOS, but rather as one way of using Heat to deploy CoreOS. I’m publishing this in the hopes that others will be able to use this as a building block for their own deployments. If you aren’t already familiar with OpenStack Heat or CoreOS, you might want to take a moment and refer to this introductory posts for some foundational information: An Introduction to OpenStack Heat Another Look at an OpenStack Heat…
  • Cloud-Hosted Cloud Management via Platform9

    slowe
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    A new startup emerged from stealth today, a company called Platform9. Platform9 was launched by former VMware veterans with the goal of making it easy for companies to consume their existing infrastructure in an agile, cloud-like fashion. Platform9 seeks to accomplish this by offering a cloud management platform that is itself provided as a cloud-based service—hence the name of this post, “cloud-hosted cloud management.” It’s an interesting approach, and it certainly helps eliminate some of the complexity that organizations face when implementing their own cloud…
  • Running Arista vEOS on KVM

    slowe
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this post, I’ll show you how I got Arista’s vEOS software running under KVM to create a virtualized Arista switch. There are a number of other articles that help provide instructions on how to do this, but none of those that I found included the use of libvirt and/or Open vSwitch (OVS). In order to run vEOS, you must first obtain a copy of vEOS. I can’t provide you with a copy; you’ll have to register on the Arista Networks site (see here) in order to gain access to the download. The download consists of two parts: The Aboot ISO, which contains the boot loader The…
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  • 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…
  • Why I Decided to Join VMware

    cwolf
    27 Jan 2014 | 3:11 am
    When you have the perfect job, it’s not easy to walk away. I had spent the past seven years as an analyst for Burton Group and then at Gartner. In my role as an analyst, I was able to work with hundreds of end user organizations and help them with their virtualization, private cloud, and desktop transformation strategies and architectures. I was also able to take feedback from the field and work with a variety of vendors to help them shape their future innovations and product roadmaps. At Gartner, I only had to pick one side – that of the end user, and I relished playing the advocate…
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  • Free Webinar - Storage Policy Based Management with Virtual SAN

    17 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    VMware Virtual SAN is radically simple hypervisor-converged storage. Virtual SAN introduces a new high performance storage tier optimized for virtual environments that is simple, resilient, efficient, and reduces the total cost of ownership.  Join John Krueger for a webinar introducing the major features of VMware Virtual SAN and learn how VMware Virtual SAN and Storage Policy Based Management enhances your data center.  Topics include: VMware Virtual SAN Configuration VM Storage Policies Register here
  • Free e-learning course - Horizon (With View) Fundamentals [V6.0]

    14 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    This self paced, 4 hours free e-learning course covers the main features and components in the View solution and how to install and configure View. The course consists of five modules: Introduction to View discusses the View architecture and key benefits and features of the View solution Installing and Configuring View Components describes the main steps for deploying View, how to install View Composer and how to install and configure View Manager, how to install and configure a View Security Server and a View Transfer Server, and provides an overview of configuring View Persona Management.
 
 
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  • Startup Into: Platform9

    Duncan Epping
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Yesterday a startup came out of stealth which was founded by a couple of former VMware veterans. I happen to know the majority of them, and have had the pleasure to have worked with them on various things in the past. For instance Platform9‘s three of the four co-founders were all heavily involved in vCloud Director, and the fourth co-founder was VMware employee number 27… but that is not where it stops… there is much more talent on-board. But that is not what this blog is about, this blog is about Platform9, the new company that they have formed and the product they are…
  • Great read: Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: doing IT right

    Duncan Epping
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
    A couple of months back I received an email from Jeff Szastak. He asked me if I wanted to write a foreword for the book he was authoring with Michael Corey an Michael Webster. When he mentioned the book was on the topic of virtualizing SQL Server I knew it would be an instant classic, and I did not hesitate one second and said I would be honoured to write the foreword. All three have a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to virtualizing SQL Server (and tier 1 apps in general) and my expectations were set extremely high. I can honestly say that they did not disappoint me, even…
  • Win a free ebook copy of Essential Virtual SAN?

    Duncan Epping
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    A couple of weeks ago the electronic version of Essential Virtual SAN was published and this week the first paper copies are shipping! Because of that Cormac and I decided we will give away 4 ebooks each. If you want to win one then please let us know why you feel you deserve to win a copy using the hashtag #essentialvirtualsan on twitter. Cormac and I will decide which 8 tweets will win an ebook, and of course we will favour the ones that make us laugh So lets be clear: tweet why you think you deserve the book use the hashtag #essentialvirtualsan The 8 winners will be announced Friday 8th…
  • Paper copy of Essential Virtual SAN available as of today!

    Duncan Epping
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    3 weeks ago I announced the availability of the ebook of “Essential Virtual SAN”. Today I have the pleasure to inform you that the paper copy has also hit the streets and is being shipped by Amazon as of today. So for those who were waiting with ordering until the paper version was available… Go here, and order it today, and have it in house by tomorrow! The book covers the architecture of Virtual SAN, operational and architectural gotchas and sizing guidance, design examples and much more. Just pick it up, "Paper copy of Essential Virtual SAN available as of today!"…
  • Must attend VMworld sessions 2014

    Duncan Epping
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Every year I do this post on the must attend VMworld sessions, and I just realized I had not done this for 2014 yet. So here it is, the list of sessions I feel are most definitely worth attending. I tend to focus on sessions which I know will have solid technical info and great presenters. Many of which over the years I have either seen presenting myself and respect very much. I tried to limit the list to 20 this year (edit: 21, 22), so of course it could be that your session (or your fav session) is missing, unfortunately I cannot list all as that would defeat the purpose. Here we go:…
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  • 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…
  • Connecting Docker Container Networks Over the Internet with VNS3

    Patrick Kerpan
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A few posts back our CTO Chris Swan blogged about "Connecting Docker containers between VMs with VXLAN".  While I applaud his bravado in tackling this, I wanted to up the ante by showing how easily one can connect networks of Docker containers over the Internet.The easiest way I know how to do this is to use VNS3 which has had a Docker subsystem embedded since our release 3.5 in April of this year.Historically VNS3 has been mostly a Layer 3 overlay network connecting customers to, through and across the clouds acting as a switch, router, firewall, VPN, and protocol re-distributor…
  • Cloud & networking weekly news roundup: Aug 4 - 9

    Margaret Walker
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of Aug 4From Computer World: HP trims its cloud offer for lighter use >> the new HP Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud Lean will be contract-based rather than credit card based, and can only be accessed through a customer portal. TechCrunch: Google Compute Engine Adds New Zones In US And AsiaFrom InfoWorld: Try again, cloud contenders: Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have won >> Writer / analyst David Linthicum writes that the mid-level IaaS and PaaS players need to specialize in a new niche or sell out.Research firm…
  • Ask a Networking Expert: What is an overlay network?

    Margaret Walker
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    A visual guide to virtual networking across public cloudsFrom the top: topology overview To demo the concept, we'll create a simple topology with a data center in Chicago and a remote office in London.  Both locations connect to public cloud services via the internet.The cloud data center  has “virtual instances” (or virtual machines “VMs”) and each VM runs in a physical host/hypervisor connected to a switch. Each switch is connected to a firewall, then to a router, and this edge router provides the cloud’s connectivity to the internet. All 3 sites have hosts…
  • See you at containercamp in London

    Margaret Walker
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    We're sponsoring containercamp in London on 12th September.  The event is a "community conference" about Docker, featuring talks on all aspects of Docker.  Speakers from Docker, Fig, and the London container community will present on real-life Docker use cases and new developments from Docker.Chris Swan, our Docker network expert, will also be speaking. His presentation, "Docker Networking" will be a 30 minute session including on how we're using Docker at CohesiveFT.  Tweet your thoughts and comments to @cpswan and @ContainerCampRegister and learn more about ContainerCamp…
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  • VMworld 2014 Itinerary

    Rick Scherer
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    “Turn Down for What?!” That’s pretty much how the week goes at VMworld, and here we are, encroaching on what will be my 11th VMworld conference. It’s a week full of education, networking, giveaways, fun and opportunity!  VMworld really packs it all in, and I’m proud to be part of it again this year. Below is my itinerary for the week, the sessions I’m planning on hitting, the parties and TweetUp I plan to visit. I also throw in some other must-see sessions and some cool vendors to check out. I look forward to seeing all of my vHomies out in San…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 8/16/14

    Rick Scherer
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:56 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. My VMware How to view your My VMware profile (2086265) Date Published: 8/15/2014 How to update your My VMware profile (2086266) Date Published: 8/15/2014 VMware ESXi LUNs are disconnected after a vMotion (2084763) Date Published: 8/11/2014 Experiencing instability in VMware ESXi 5.1 with third-party Virtual Distributed Switch (2085376) Date Published: 8/14/2014 Installing VMware Tools on a…
  • VMware Support Alert – ALERT: Storage Controllers for Virtual SAN that are no longer supported

    Rick Scherer
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    As part of VMware’s ongoing testing and certification efforts on Virtual SAN compatible hardware, VMware has decided to remove some controllers from the Virtual SAN compatibility list. While fully functional, these controllers offer IO throughput that is too low to sustain the performance requirements of most VMware environments. For more information, see KB article: Storage Controllers previously supported for Virtual SAN that are no longer supported (2081431). If you have purchased Virtual SAN for use with these controllers, contact VMware Customer Service for next steps. Note: Any…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 8/9/14

    Rick Scherer
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:29 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. Datacenter Migration to DVS or restoring network configuration in DCUI fails when using 3 or more VMkernel ports in VMware ESXi (2084090) Date Published: 8/4/2014 Oracle database trace files (.trc and .trm) consume large amounts of disk space (2084903) Date Published: 8/6/2014 vCloud Hybrid Service Plug-in for vSphere Client Missing Text in Navigation Pane or Drop-down Menus (2085511) Date…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 8/2/14

    Rick Scherer
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:40 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 Redraw lag in text-based applications occur in PCoIP Sessions (2084429) Date Published: 7/31/2014 VMware ESX Deploying VMware Virtual SAN fails (2083828) Date Published: 7/29/2014 VMware ESXi VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch Release ESXi510-201407001 (2079117) Date Published: 8/1/2014 VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch ESXi510-201407401-BG: Updates esx-base (2079118) Date Published: 8/1/2014 VMware ESXi…
 
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  • 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
  • StarWind Software Represents the New Generation of Shared Storage

    Ilija Brajkovic
    22 May 2014 | 6:41 am
    StarWind Software Inc., the leading provider of software defined storage for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere, announced today the immediate availability of their 8th generation software - StarWind® Virtual SAN™. The NEW generation of the product comes with several revolutionary improvements and makes StarWindSoftware (which just secured $3.25M in the Round B of VC financing) a true leader... Copyright © Ilija Brajkovic http://www.brajkovic.info
  • StarWind offers free NFR license

    Ilija Brajkovic
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:54 pm
    StarWind has a great offer for all IT professionals: Free NFR license for your lab! Get free 12-month NFR** licenses for StarWind V8 for Hyper-V and VMware that you can use for your home or work lab! Don’t miss your chance to try the new StarWind V8 release, which delivers high-performance fault-tolerant SAN at a fraction of the cost and [...] Copyright © Ilija Brajkovic http://www.brajkovic.info
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  • Virtualization Security at VMworld

    Steven Beaver
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    It is that time of year again, when we see all the new toys, tools, ideas, and processes that make up the show called VMworld. This year, quite a few changes in virtualization security will be discussed by VMware and other organizations that work with virtual and cloud environments. One of the key messages will… Read more → Virtualization Security at VMworld|The Virtualization Practice
  • My Synology SynoLocker Debacle

    Kendrick Coleman
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    It all starts with a text message from my wife…     Of course, all of the DS iOS apps fail to connect to the device. This has happened before. I figured I’ll just open up the browser when I get to my Mac and restart the services. Then I get this screen.     My first thought was WTF? Took a screencap and put it out on twitter thinking Synology installed some encryption service on my device through some automatic update. Then the swarms of “oh no…” tweets come replying back. Apparently, I must have been hiding under a rock. And I was. For the…
  • VMworld 2014 — The Essential Desktop Sessions

    Steven Beaver
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    It’s that time again. VMworld 2014 opens in San Francisco on Monday, August 25. With seventy-four sessions covering end user computing this year, it’s clear that VMware is as serious about the desktop as it is about the data center. I’ve been looking through the session catalog to find what promise to be the most… Read more → VMworld 2014 — The Essential Desktop Sessions|The Virtualization Practice
  • News: AppDynamics Goes Big Data with Its Summer 2014 Release

    Steven Beaver
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Back when APM got started, it was used to monitor complex applications that ran on relatively few servers and changed once a year or even less frequently. Now applications are distributed across thousands or even tens of thousands of servers, and they change daily. This requires management vendors to collect more types of data, and… Read more → News: AppDynamics Goes Big Data with Its Summer 2014 Release|The Virtualization Practice
  • Microsoft’s Project Catapult Puts Custom Chips in the Cloud

    Steven Beaver
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    Microsoft is testing a new server technology with Project Catapult that is likely to play an important role in future cloud computing environments—a server technology that can dramatically increase the performance of some data center workloads and breathe fresh life into Moore’s Law, all without significantly increasing server cost or power consumption. Microsoft Research’s Project Catapult pairs Intel Xeon CPUs with high-performance field-programmable gate array (FPGA) processors configured to perform a set of predefined, resource-intensive calculations that are the core of…
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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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    VirtualizeTips

  • 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…
  • VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 4 configuring an RDS pool

    Brian Suhr
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAI was a bit delayed in getting this fourth post in my Horizon 6 series completed, life and work got in the way. I’m back from vacation and ready to get moving again. In this post I will be covering how to take a prepared RDS host and get them prepared and added into the Horizon manager. I’m not going to cover the steps to install RDS services onto my test server, there are probably enough good posts out on the web for this. If there is enough demand for it I might add that to the series later.   Other posts in this Horizon series. VMware Horizon 6…
  • VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 5 setting up RDS desktops

    Brian Suhr
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAThis begins the fifth part of my Horizon 6 install series bringing us to configuring RDS desktops. RDS desktops are a new feature for VMware in Horizon 6, something that Microsoft and Citrix have been providing for a long time. I will walk you through the process of getting a new pool configured and ready to serve hosted desktops from your environment.   Other posts in this Horizon series. VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 1 connection servers VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 2 security servers VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 3 SSL certificates…
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    veeam.com

  • You imported a Management Pack, now what… Part 3

    Mike Resseler
    13 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. So now we are ready for the next steps… Investigating the discoveries… What? I want to fine-tune now… While I can perfectly understand that, I always believed it is better to start looking at the discoveries first to understand what exactly is being discovered in your environment. If you know what is being discovered, you will also make it much easier for yourself to understand what is being monitored and when alerts arrive, how you can address…
  • Veeam Explorer for Active Directory: It Just Works!

    Rick Vanover
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Aside from being on the Veeam Product Strategy team, I also have a role in managing the Veeam community. This includes keeping in touch with bloggers, social communities and of course Twitter. Recently, I got a message from one Twitter user in immediate need of some help. The result is good, and no Active Directory domains were harmed in the making of these blogposts. Sound interesting? Read on! A fellow vExpert Tim Smith sent me a Twitter direct message asking if I could send him an updated copy of the Veeam Explorer for Active Directory beta. I thought at first the request was odd, as I was…
  • You imported a Management Pack now what… Part 2

    Mike Resseler
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Introduction In the previous blog post we went through System Center Operations Manager as a framework, we talked about management packs, and that importing a management pack isn’t stopping the work you need to do. We talked about fine-tuning and the importance of it to make the framework fit your environment. In this blog posts, we are simply going to import a management pack(s) and then immediately create an “override” management pack to store our customizations. Just a few best practices that you need to do before you actually do the import. Setting the scene In this series we are…
  • Announcing: Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V

    Mike Resseler
    3 Aug 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Today, we are very happy and proud to announce another great free tool coming from Veeam: Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V. If you are a windows administrator, then you need to check this one out. We all know that opening task manager on a windows server running Hyper-V only gives you the compute of the parent partition and not what resources the virtual machines are consuming. In Veeam’s latest Management Pack release (Veeam Management Pack for System Center) we released an entirely new in-line task that can bring up the Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V. The Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V will…
  • Veeam Content Roundup for July 2014

    Maria Levkina
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    I don’t know if you watched the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but many Veeam employees, including myself, did. (And despite the fact that the team I supported left the tournament on the group stage, I watched the rest of the matches with great pleasure.) Nevertheless, during all of the craziness, the Veeam Team managed to work even harder than normal to bring you high-quality educational articles and videos. See what the Veeam Resource Library added in July:   The top 10 things every IT Pro using Hyper-V needs to know By John Savill, Windows tech specialist, 11x MVP and MCSE In 12 pages, John…
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  • 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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    Everything Should Be Virtual

  • 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…
  • vCenter Server 5.1 Heartbeat issue

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Advertise here with BSAI ran into this today and thought I would share with anyone else who runs into this. I had an issue where the vcenter server service would not start and would continually try to start but would keep restarting itself. I started digging around and began looking at the vpxd.log file(s) (they were spitting out too quick and were compressing themselves). I finally grabbed one of the vpxd.log.gz files and extracted it to inspect it and here is what I finally found in the log. So after finding this I started googling around and came across this VMware KB article. So after…
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  • 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.
  • Application Migration for Healthcare…Best Practices

    JG
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    There is an interesting report by Accenture on the benefits of leveraging cloud computing for healthcare.  The report states that “Given the diverse, fragmented and highly dispersed nature of the healthcare industry and value chain, the effect of cloud computing on healthcare will be magnified by the convergence between cloud, mobility and data analytics. It […]The post Application Migration for Healthcare…Best Practices appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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