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  • VMworld Session Replay: Software Defined Data Center through Hyper Converged Infrastructure

    Chris Wolf's Thoughts and Ramblings
    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…
  • The "One Cloud, Any App, Any Device" Vision: An Interview with VMware’s Robin Matlock

    Tribal Knowledge
    Morgan OLeary
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    Last month at EMC World 2015 in Las Vegas, SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with Robin Matlock, CMO of VMware, for a discussion about the state of the cloud, VMware’s latest initiatives (including Projects Photon and Lightwave), and how the “One Cloud, Any App, Any Device” vision is currently unfolding in practical […]
  • Get-View Part 3: Peformance Impact - Is it really THAT much different?

    VMware PowerCLI Blog
    Brian Graf
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    In Get-View Part 1: Introduction I introduced the advanced feature Get-View and a little bit about what it does. In Get-View Part 2: Views and Extension Data I talked about how we can interact with the data found in Get-View and the ways we can grab that information. In Part 3, we discuss performance and speed... Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Extension Data Part 3: Performance Impact Overview In the past two Get-View posts we've talked about what Get-View is and how it works. Some say (including myself) that using Get-View is faster than using other Get-* commands. Well, I decided it was…
  • Creating a Microsoft Certificate Authority Template for SSL certificate creation in vSphere 6.0

    VMware vSphere Blog » vSphere
    Mike Foley
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:25 pm
    In this blog post we will go over the steps outlined in the VMware Knowledgebase article 2112009 for the creation Machine SSL and Solution User certificates in a Microsoft Certificate Authority (CA). The next blog on replacing the Machine SSL certificate will reference this blog. Common Terms What’s a “Machine SSL certificate”? The Machine SSL certificate is the certificate you get when you open the vSphere Web Client in a web browser. It is used by the reverse proxy service on every management node, Platform Services Controller, and embedded deployment. You can replace the certificate…
  • VMware CP&C releases Blocker for 'Get Windows 10' Application

    VMware Security & Compliance Blog
    Aravind Kolipakkam
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:16 pm
    The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) team is pleased to announce the release of a compliance toolkit for blocking the 'Get Windows 10' application on all applicable machines. Microsoft is set to release Windows 10 on July 29th, and will also be available as a free upgrade for applicable systems via the 'Get Windows 10' application. In the Enterprise environment, it is important to maintain control over your devices, and the 'Get Windows 10' application can cause quite a stir in the corporate environment. There is however relief for those Administrators who wish to smite…
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    Tribal Knowledge

  • The "One Cloud, Any App, Any Device" Vision: An Interview with VMware’s Robin Matlock

    Morgan OLeary
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    Last month at EMC World 2015 in Las Vegas, SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with Robin Matlock, CMO of VMware, for a discussion about the state of the cloud, VMware’s latest initiatives (including Projects Photon and Lightwave), and how the “One Cloud, Any App, Any Device” vision is currently unfolding in practical […]
  • VMware Again on List of Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT!

    VMTN
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:27 am
    By Bask Iyer, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, VMware I'm delighted to announce that VMware's IT organization has again been selected to the Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2015. Congratulations to all of the organizations that made this prestigious list! This is the second year VMware has been recognized by Computerworld […]
  • Extending the Data Center with VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville

    Morgan OLeary
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    By Kit Colbert, VP & CTO, Cloud-Native Apps at VMware The Cloud-Native Apps team at VMware is excited to announce two new tech previews today: VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville. VMware AppCatalyst is an API- and CLI-driven hypervisor purpose-built for developer Project Bonneville is an extension of VMware vSphere that enables seamless support for Docker containers Before I dive into […]
  • VMware News Recap: 6/19/15: What We Read this Week

    Morgan OLeary
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:41 pm
    This week in VMware News: Business Mobility Strategy, IDC’s MarketScape Names VMware as Leader + CIO Bask Iyer on the Most Important Thing He’s Learned in His Role On Monday evening, VMware executives outlined the company’s strategy for the future of business mobility with new solutions and partnerships. Watch the video on Tribal Knowledge> On […]
  • Leadership Perspectives with VMware CIO Bask Iyer - Part Two

    Morgan OLeary
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    In the second of this two-part edition of Leadership Perspectives, VMware CIO Bask Iyer talks to Tribal Knowledge about the most important thing he's learned from being a CIO. Check out the first part of the series here. Then learn more about VMware and industry trends on Tribal Knowledge.
 
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    VMware PowerCLI Blog

  • Get-View Part 3: Peformance Impact - Is it really THAT much different?

    Brian Graf
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    In Get-View Part 1: Introduction I introduced the advanced feature Get-View and a little bit about what it does. In Get-View Part 2: Views and Extension Data I talked about how we can interact with the data found in Get-View and the ways we can grab that information. In Part 3, we discuss performance and speed... Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Extension Data Part 3: Performance Impact Overview In the past two Get-View posts we've talked about what Get-View is and how it works. Some say (including myself) that using Get-View is faster than using other Get-* commands. Well, I decided it was…
  • Good News! PowerActions 1.5.0 is now available for vSphere 6.0 Web Client

    Brian Graf
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:25 pm
    I am happy to announce that the very popular fling ‘PowerActions for vSphere Web Client’ is now available for vSphere 6! What's New PowerActions 1.5.0 now works with vSphere 6 and PowerCLI 6. This means the requirements differ from the previous version: .NET Framework 4.5 is now supported PowerShell v2, v3, or v4 can be used PowerCLI 6.0 is now supported Upgrade Process If you already have PowerActions installed, in order to upgrade, you must first uninstall the current version as per the steps above and then do a fresh install of the new version. 'My Scripts' has now been moved into the…
  • Easily Access DRS Actions Logs with PowerCLI

    Brian Graf
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    vCenter logs are one thing we all end up dealing with at one point or another. Knowing where to go to view the logs is part of the hassle, but what if it didn’t have to be? at least for some of the logs… Tell Me More Did I pique your curiosity? Well good! PowerCLI 6.0 R1 has a new cmdlet ‘Get-DrmInfo’ which retrieves the DrmDumpInfo of each of the clusters within vCenter. For those of you that are new to DrmDump, it is a log(s) of the actions that are both proposed and taken by the Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). Now, to be fully transparent, this cmdlet only works with vSphere…
  • PowerCLI Customer Spotlight #2: Luc Dekens

    Brian Graf
    22 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    Continuing our new blog series that spotlights individuals who use PowerCLI, how they learned it, and what they've done with it, I am pleased today to spotlight a major contributor to the PowerCLI community, Luc Dekens! Customer Spotlight - A little about Luc   Name: Luc Dekens Twitter: @LucD22 Blog: http://lucd.info Github: https://github.com/lucdekens Current City: Alken, Belgium Works for: Eurocontrol Maastricht Job Title: Systems Engineer Years using PowerCLI: 9 years Luc is a Systems Engineer for Eurocontrol, a European Organisation for the Security of Air Navigation. He has been in…
  • Find those PowerCLI Commands You Just Lost

    Brian Graf
    19 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    Writing code may be somewhat a challenge for some people. Hopefully, the more you work with PowerCLI, the easier it will become for you. In the meantime, one of the hardest things to deal with is FINALLY figuring out the commands you were trying to get to work, only to lose it after running through your script. Ever done that? instead of working in the PowerShell ISE, or another script editor, you just keep working in the PowerCLI console and once you figure out that missing piece to your script, you get excited and run it all... Well, sometimes this is ok, other times, as you key-up through…
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    VMware vSphere Blog » vSphere

  • Creating a Microsoft Certificate Authority Template for SSL certificate creation in vSphere 6.0

    Mike Foley
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:25 pm
    In this blog post we will go over the steps outlined in the VMware Knowledgebase article 2112009 for the creation Machine SSL and Solution User certificates in a Microsoft Certificate Authority (CA). The next blog on replacing the Machine SSL certificate will reference this blog. Common Terms What’s a “Machine SSL certificate”? The Machine SSL certificate is the certificate you get when you open the vSphere Web Client in a web browser. It is used by the reverse proxy service on every management node, Platform Services Controller, and embedded deployment. You can replace the certificate…
  • vSphere Business Continuity Webcast

    Martin Yip
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Next up in the vSphere 6 Webcast Series is the very important topic of business continuity.  For many, business continuity equals business productivity and application downtime needs to be minimized or eliminated.  Learn how vSphere 6 reduces downtime for applications and maximizes productivity for businesses.  Matt Meyers will lead our discussion on availability and data protection. This webcast will occur on Tuesday June 30 at 9am PST and there will be a team present to answer questions you may have.  Register today for the free live webcast.
  • Agile Big Data Webcast

    Martin Yip
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:27 pm
    We are adding a special webcast to the vSphere 6 Webcast series. The next webcast will be on the topic of agile Big Data happening on June 23 at 9am PST. Learn how vSphere 6 + Big Data Extensions 2.2 can help you build an agile Big Data platform.      Provision your Hadoop clusters faster, simplify configuration and management of your nodes, efficiently scale and utilize resource saving you time and money, all with no impact on performance.  Justin Murray, our Big Data guru, will be sharing his insights and answer any questions you may have. Register for the free live event today!
  • vSphere 6 Hardening Guide GA now Available

    Mike Foley
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    It’s time to release the vSphere 6.0 Hardening Guide! As I mentioned back in April, there are a lot of changes that have been made. In talking with customers and auditors in detail for the past year, the conclusion was reached that the Hardening Guide was Difficult to understand Contained a mix of Operational Guidance - How you use the product in your environment Programmatic Guidance - What settings should be applied OR audited Basically, it was NOT easy to implement. And if security is too difficult to implement, people will either not do it or will do it poorly. Refocused With 6.0 I…
  • vSphere with Operations Management Product Walkthroughs

    Charu Chaubal
    12 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    If you’ve ever tried to watch a product demo video, or tried to use it to show a product to someone else, often times you find yourself trying to pause the video at the exact right moment, and then having scrub backwards or forwards because you missed the timing.  At VMware we’ve created an alternative way ot showing demos, which we call Product Walkthroughs.  These are web-based demos that let you walk through a scenario screen-by-screen, at your own pace.  Each screen has annotations to explain what’s going on and markups that highlight important parts of the screen, both of which…
 
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    VMware Security & Compliance Blog

  • VMware CP&C releases Blocker for 'Get Windows 10' Application

    Aravind Kolipakkam
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:16 pm
    The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) team is pleased to announce the release of a compliance toolkit for blocking the 'Get Windows 10' application on all applicable machines. Microsoft is set to release Windows 10 on July 29th, and will also be available as a free upgrade for applicable systems via the 'Get Windows 10' application. In the Enterprise environment, it is important to maintain control over your devices, and the 'Get Windows 10' application can cause quite a stir in the corporate environment. There is however relief for those Administrators who wish to smite…
  • VMware CP&C releases PCI DSS 3.1 Compliance toolkit in VCM for VMware vSphere 6.0 and other platforms!

    Pravin Goyal
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:59 pm
    The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) team is pleased to announce the release of PCI DSS 3.1 compliance toolkits for VMware vSphere 6.0 and other platforms – Windows, *NIX, and VMware vSphere 5.5, 5.1 and 5.0 in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM). The toolkits consists of automated compliance rules to assess your environment against PCI DSS 3.1 requirements. PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) council quickly updated the standards from 3.0 to 3.1 in wake of SSL vulnerability on 15 Apr 2015. As per the announcement by the PCI council, the revision includes…
  • VMware CP&C releases VMware vSphere 6.0 Hardening Guide Compliance toolkit in VCM!

    Pravin Goyal
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:03 pm
    The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) team is pleased to announce the release of VMware vSphere 6.0 Hardening Guide Compliance toolkit in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM). The toolkit consists of automated compliance rules to assess your VMware vSphere 6 based virtualized environments against the hardening guide. It covers 100% of the hardening guide recommendations. The hardening guide has three risk profiles that group the recommendations based on the sensitivity of your environment. You can pick the compliance toolkits for respective risk profile or get all the…
  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2015-0004

    Edward Hawkins
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:33 am
    Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2015-0004 VMware Workstation, Fusion and Horizon View Client updates address critical security issues - CVE-2012-0897, CVE-2015-2336, CVE-2015-2337, CVE-2015-2338, CVE-2015-2339, CVE-2015-2340, CVE-2015-2341. 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. Edward Hawkins ------------------------ Sr. Program Manager - VMware Security Response Center
  • VMware Releases Security and Compliance Solution for Docker Containers

    Pravin Goyal
    6 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    As more of VMware’s customers look to run containerized applications, some have raised the question of securing containers in their environments. In partnership with the Center for Internet Security (CIS), Docker and others, VMware has developed a security configuration benchmark for Docker containers that you can download from here. In all, six parties came together to develop the benchmark -- covering 84 recommendations -- in just 12 weeks. The aim of this security benchmark, like any other hardening guide or security documentation for any other vendor or product, is to highlight…
 
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    Scott's Weblog

  • A Fix for Ubuntu Apparently Caching Network Configuration

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    I’ve been wrestling with an Ubuntu network configuration issue over the last couple of weeks (off and on between working on other projects), and today I finally found a fix for the problem. The issue was that Ubuntu wouldn’t pick up changes to network interfaces. The fix is so simple I’m almost embarrassed to talk about it (it seems like something that I should have known), but I’m posting it here in case others run into the same issue. Here’s a bit more context: I was switching some of the network interfaces in my Ubuntu 14.04.2 servers from a “standard” network configuration…
  • VLAN Trunking with Cumulus Linux

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    Following up on my earlier post on Cumulus Linux networking concepts, I wanted to build on that information with a guide on configuring VLAN trunking. This would be useful in a number of different scenarios: supporting multiple (VLAN-backed) port groups on vSphere hosts, or connecting an Open vSwitch (OVS) bridge on a KVM or Xen hypervisor to multiple VLANs. You might also need to use a VLAN trunking configuration to connect a Cumulus Linux-powered switch to another switch. For this configuration, I’m going to use the new VLAN-aware bridging functionality introduced in Cumulus Linux 2.5.
  • DockerCon Vendor Briefings

    24 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    At DockerCon 2015 in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to meet with a few vendors in the Docker ecosystem. Here are some notes from my vendor briefings. StackEngine StackEngine describes themselves as enterprise-grade container application management. They tout features like being able to compose Docker applications using a drag-and-drop interface, deploy containers across multiple hosts, and provide automation—all with the sort of controls that enterprise IT groups are seeking. That’s all well and good, but the key problem in my mind is that these are features Docker is seeking for…
  • Liveblog: Scaling New Services

    23 Jun 2015 | 4:25 pm
    This is a liveblog for the DockerCon 2015 session titled “Scaling New Services: From Container Creation to Automated Deployments”. This session is being led by the Disney Systems Engineering team and will feature a discussion/demo involving Docker, Mesos, Chef, Consul, and HAProxy. The session starts with an introduction by Alex Williams, founder of The New Stack, who quickly turns it over to the Disney staff—Brian Scott and Patrick O’Connor. Brian starts with an overview of all the various companies within Disney, and the challenges that breadth creates. He then discusses the role of…
  • Liveblog: DockerCon 2015 Day 2 General Session

    23 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    This is a liveblog from the day 2 general session at DockerCon 2015. I was running late from some early morning meetings (sorry folks), so I wasn’t able to catch the first part of the general session (about the first 15 minutes or so). Here’s what I was able to capture. Chris Buckley, Director of DevOps at Business Insider, took the stage to provide an overview of how Business Insider (BI) started using Docker. Buckley provides some “lessons learned”: Building for production first was grandiose was misguided. Porting it back to development wasn’t the right approach. This led BI to…
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    Chris Wolf's Thoughts and Ramblings

  • What a Motherboard Can Tell Us About the Future of Data Center Infrastructure

    cwolf
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:09 am
    What’s the correct answer to this question? Where did Intel decide to put the memory sockets on its latest motherboard – the 4-socket S4600LH2? If you’re curious, you can see where the memory sockets are located here, but that’s not the correct answer. The right answer is: Who Cares?!!! Long ago, we all decided that Intel was smart enough to figure out where it’s best to place components on its boards. While hardware partners may have some concerns, most end-user organizations couldn’t care less. We care about things like cost and SLA, but the motherboard…
  • Cloud-Scale Management “Likes” Social Media

    cwolf
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Managing IT resources across complex enterprises has historically been challenging, and those challenges are only increasing in complexity. We’re adding more variables in terms of clouds, automated processes, and people, to name a few. Consider the steady growth of Internet of Things (IoT) and for many organizations, their management complexity can potentially expand by several orders of magnitude. If that’s not bad enough, there’s one variable that IT has never been able to historically control – people. People come and go and often play by their own rules. When it comes to managing…
  • 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…
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  • Latest Fling from VMware Labs - View Auto-Connection Utility

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:46 pm
    The View Auto-Connection Utility allows you to connect the VMware View Client automatically into a View desktop or an application pool when the system starts up. This can be very useful for thin clients or for turning existing Windows endpoints into thin client systems used to automatically connect into a View desktop.
  • Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 6.0

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:11 am
    This book is intended for system administrators who are planning a VMware vSphere 6.0 deployment and want to maximize its performance. The book assumes the reader is already familiar with VMware vSphere concepts and terminology
 
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  • App Volumes and VMware UEM issue

    Sven Huisman
    5 Jun 2015 | 1:59 am
    If you want to use or test VMware App Volumes and VMware UEM you will run into a minor issue. The Applications that are installed in the Appstack(s) will not be visible in the desktop until you refresh the shortcuts with VMware UEM. This will only occur if you check if the application is available […]
  • Secure your Horizon View security server: from rating F to A-

    Sven Huisman
    22 May 2015 | 2:34 am
    After disabling SSLv3 on your Horizon View connection and security servers there are a couple steps you should take to even further secure your Horizon View environment. If you test your environment with the SSL server test from Qualys, you will probably get a rating of F:   To get a rating of A-, you […]
  • Disable App Volumes service before updating OS or installed apps

    Sven Huisman
    21 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    When you use VMware App Volumes to provision your applications to your RDSH-VMs, how do you keep you’re Windows OS and locally installed applications up to date? As you can not use Horizon Composer (yet) to update RDS-hosts with a new image, you should still use a tool like Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) […]
  • VMware Project Enzo unraveled

    Sven Huisman
    11 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Today VMware announce Project Enzo: Project Enzo is a new hybrid cloud-scale architecture that is designed to combine the economic benefits of cloud-based VMware virtual desktops and application technology, with the simplicity of hyper-converged infrastructure to transform the IT experience. As I was watching the video demonstration Project Enzo I had a couple of questions and […]
  • Disable SSLv3 on VMware View Connection servers

    Sven Huisman
    9 May 2015 | 12:48 pm
    You might have missed this VMware KB2094442 from VMware and you might not realise that when you are using VMware Horizon View 6.0.x or older, you could still be using SSLv3 when you enabled the Horizon Blast protocol: The Secure Gateway, which provides a secure tunnel for carrying RDP and other data over HTTPS, listens on port […]
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    The State of Security

  • Private Eye Sentenced for Hacking into Email Accounts on Behalf of Clients

    David Bisson
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:49 am
    Last week, a private investigator was sentenced for having hired “hacking services” to gain unauthorized access to victims’ email accounts on the behalf of his clients. According to a statement released by the FBI New York Field Office, Eric Saldarriaga, 41, of Queens, NY operated a company that offered private investigation services to the public […]… Read More The post Private Eye Sentenced for Hacking into Email Accounts on Behalf of Clients appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Dridex Malware Featured in New Spam Campaign Targeting Email Users

    David Bisson
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    A security firm has spotted a new spam campaign that seeks to trick email users into downloading Dridex banking malware. According to research conducted by Heimdal Security, the spam campaign’s email messages are delivered with a .doc attachment that contains macros, which attempt to download Dridex. The contents of each spam message reads as follows: […]… Read More The post Dridex Malware Featured in New Spam Campaign Targeting Email Users appeared first on The State of Security.
  • RBS Systems Failure: At the End of the Day, Nobody Died!

    John Walker
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    With the advent of the recent failure of RBS banking systems, there is a question on the lips of many security professionals, not to mention the aware members of the public, asking: “Are today’s banking systems and the applied management fit for purpose?” The initiator of this particular article was born out of the recent debacle […]… Read More The post RBS Systems Failure: At the End of the Day, Nobody Died! appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Researchers Reveal Top VPN Services Leak IP Data, Vulnerable to DNS Hijacking

    Maritza Santillan
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Commercial Virtual Private Network (VPN) services, claiming to provide users enhanced privacy and anonymity, may not be as secure as users think. A group of researchers from Queen Mary University of London and the University of Rome disclosed their findings today, revealing that many of the most widely used VPN services are susceptible to DNS […]… Read More The post Researchers Reveal Top VPN Services Leak IP Data, Vulnerable to DNS Hijacking appeared first on The State of Security.
  • OPM Takes Background Investigations Portal Offline Due to Vulnerability

    David Bisson
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:40 am
    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has taken offline a web-based platform used to complete background investigations due to the discovery of a security vulnerability. According to a statement posted on the OPM’s website, the move to temporarily suspend the portal, known as E-QIP, follows a comprehensive review of the government agency’s IT systems. “Director […]… Read More The post OPM Takes Background Investigations Portal Offline Due to Vulnerability appeared first on The State of Security.
 
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    Yellow Bricks

  • Virtual SAN enabling PeaSoup to simplify cloud

    Duncan Epping
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:02 am
    Advertise here with BSAThis week I had the pleasure of talking to fellow dutchy Harold Buter. Harold is the CTO for Peasoup and we had a lively discussion about Virtual SAN and why Peasoup decided to incorporate Virtual SAN in their architecturewhat struck me was the fact that Peasoup Hosting was brought to life partly as a result of the Virtual SAN release. When we introduced Virtual SAN, Harold and his co-founder realized that this was a unique opportunity to build something from the ground up while avoiding big upfront costs typically associated with legacy arrays. How awesome is that,…
  • PernixData announcements at #VFD5

    Duncan Epping
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Advertise here with BSAToday PernixData presented at Virtualization Field Day 5. Excellent presentation by Satyam once again. This week I was fortunate to catch up with Frank Denneman to discuss what was going to be announced and what can be expected in the near future. I want to make it clear that there were no expectations given around release dates, don’t expect this to drop next week. There were 4 key announcements: PernixData Architect – A better way to design, operate, and optimize data centers PernixData Cloud – Making enterprise IT more transparent PernixData FVP…
  • Conservative vs Aggressive for VMCP APD response

    Duncan Epping
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:35 am
    Advertise here with BSAI just finished writing the vMSC 6.0 Best Practices paper which is about to be released when a question came in. The question was around the APD scenario and whether the response to an APD should be set to aggressive or conservative. Its a good question and my instinct immediately says: conservative… But should it be configured to that in all cases? If so, why on earth do we even have the aggressive method? That got me thinking. (By the way, make sure to read this article by Matt Meyer on VMCP on the vSphere blog, good post!) But before I spill the beans, what is…
  • My first week with Pebble Time

    Duncan Epping
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:01 am
    Advertise here with BSAWhen Pebble Time was announced I backed the project on kickstarter based on Joe Baguley and Alan Renouf’s stories. Last week I received it and I’ve played with it a lot I must say and have been impressed from the moment it arrived. Simple things like the box it comes in (hardly any packaging) to the ease of use and how it feels / wears. Lets go over some of the things that stand out for me personally and why I like the watch. As soon as it arrived I downloaded the Pebble Time app for iOS and added some apps and watch faces. I’ve ended up going with a…
  • I will see you at VMworld 2015!

    Duncan Epping
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    Advertise here with BSAJust got the word that I am going to be part of three sessions at VMworld this year, and still waiting on news about the quick talks I submitted. So if you are going to VMworld 2015 make sure to note down these session IDs: SDDC5027 – VCDX Unwrapped – Everything You Wanted to Know About VCDX (US only) The VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) program is growing every year. More and more people are interested in what it takes to become a VCDX. This moderated talk-show style panel session made up of a VCDX from each of the four tracks, (DCV, NV, DTM, CMA)…
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  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 6/27/15

    Rick Scherer
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:22 am
    In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. http://bit.ly/1hiTmwM VMware App Volumes Writable Volumes do not save some user profile settings in App Volumes 2.7.0 / 2.9.0 (2121640) Date Published: 6/23/2015   VMware ESXi Quiesced snapshot makes guest unresponsive on ESXi 5.5 host after upgrading VMware Tools (2119642) Date Published: 6/23/2015 Windows virtual machines using the vShield Endpoint TDI Manager or NSX Network…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 6/20/15

    Rick Scherer
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:07 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 Enabling Slew Mode for NTP (2121016) Date Published: 6/16/2015 VMware products unaffected by the Leap Second change (2121624) Date Published: 6/19/2015 Virtual Disk Development Kit After installing Virtual Disk Deployment Kit 6.0 and vCenter Server 6.0 on same machine, VixDiskLib_Init() call fails. (2120818) Date Published: 6/18/2015 VMware Continuent for Analytics and Big Data…
  • VMware Support Alert – ALERT: Support for Leap Seconds in VMware Products

    Rick Scherer
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:18 am
    The world’s next leap second adjustment is scheduled for 30th of June 2015 at 23:59:60 UTC. System administrators need to be aware that this may cause issues on NTP synchronized devices and operating systems. For information on Leap Second and its impact on VMware products, please review the KB article- Support for Leap Seconds in VMware Products (2115818)  
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 6/13/15

    Rick Scherer
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:47 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 ESXi Powering on a virtual machine on a ESXi 6.0 host fails with the error: The specified device is not a valid physical disk device (2113450) Date Published: 6/9/2015 VMware VirtualCenter Server service fails and reports the error: FK_COMP_RES_VSAN_REF_HOST (2089644) Date Published: 6/12/2015 Unable to power on a virtual machine on an ESXi 5.0 host with the error: Unable to create a…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 6/6/15

    Rick Scherer
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:50 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 App Volumes vMotion fails when App Volumes writable volume is attached (2116782) Date Published: 6/5/2015 VMware Continuent for Analytics and Big Data VMWare Continuent Replicator fails with the error: Event application failed: Duplicate entry (2105427) Date Published: 6/1/2015 VMware ESXi VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) operation fails with the error: Sanity check failed for path…
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    Virtualization

  • Whatever Happened to Mobile Virtualization?

    Steven Beaver
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:03 am
    Whatever happened to mobile virtualization? Just a couple years ago, there seemed to be a ton of hype about mobile virtualization. The goal was to be able to run multiple isolated virtual instances on a single physical device. I remember walking the expo floor during the VMworld conference that year and seeing all the demo… Read more → Whatever Happened to Mobile Virtualization?|The Virtualization Practice
  • Who Will Debug?

    Steven Beaver
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:33 am
    There is a growing push for people to learn less about the systems in which they run their applications. It started with converged infrastructures and moved into hyperconverged, and now I see it continue to grow with Docker and other container technologies. This puzzles me. While it makes the developer’s life easier, does it really… Read more → Who Will Debug?|The Virtualization Practice
  • Leostream — The One Broker to Rule Them All

    Steven Beaver
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    Over the years, I’ve worked with just about every VDI vendor on the market, except one: Leostream. It’s not because the Leostream Connection Broker isn’t any good. Far from it. It’s just because I’ve never experienced an environment so complex that Leostream offered the right answer. So I thought it time to take a closer… Read more → Leostream — The One Broker to Rule Them All|The Virtualization Practice
  • What I Learned @ DockerCon 2015

    Steven Beaver
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:42 am
    I attended DockerCon 2015 this week in San Francisco. I have been writing about Docker since the days when its name was still dotCloud and it first decided to pull its container technology out of its PaaS solution. I remember the first Docker meetup, which consisted of about five of us in the “jungle” of… Read more → What I Learned @ DockerCon 2015|The Virtualization Practice
  • I Don’t Need No Service Credits

    Steven Beaver
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:16 am
    No matter how many times I am told public cloud is the future, I just can’t see it. Call me a Luddite if you wish, but at least continue to read this and find out why my glasses are tinted with distrust and my Kool-Aid mug is empty. Public cloud cannot be trusted with your… Read more → I Don’t Need No Service Credits|The Virtualization Practice
 
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    The SLOG - SimonLong/Blog

  • New VMware Fling: Horizon View Auto-Connection Utility

    Simon Long
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:45 pm
    I just wanted to bring your attention to a cool new tool that’s just been made available via VMware Flings. View Auto-Connect Utility The View Auto-Connection Utility allows you to connect the VMware Horizon (View) Client automatically into a View desktop or an application pool when the system starts up. This can be very useful for thin clients or for turning existing Windows endpoints into thin client systems used to automatically connect into a Horizon (View) desktop. The Horiozn View Auto-Connection Utility can be downloaded here: View Auto-Connect Utility "New VMware Fling: Horizon…
  • Using Log vRealize Insight to Collect App Volumes Logs

    Simon Long
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    If you use VMware vRealize Log Insight for log management in your environment and want to capture App Volume logs, read on. 1. Install the Log Insight Agent onto each App Volumes Manager that you have in your environment 2. Edit the following file in Notepad (Or any other text editor): %ProgramData%\VMware\Log Insight Agent\liagent.ini 3. Add the following lines to the bottom of the liagent.ini [filelog|AppVol] directory=C:\Program Files (x86)\CloudVolumes\Manager\log exclude=svmanager_server.log 4. Save and restart the server (not 100% sure if a restart is required) Once the App Volume…
  • AppVolumes: Add Multiple App Volume Manager addresses to the App Volumes Agent

    Simon Long
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Lately I’ve been working on a Horizon (View) design which includes the use of Writeable App Volumes. If you are unsure of Writeable App Volumes are, you can read more here: http://blogs.vmware.com/consulting/2014/12/app-volumes-appstacks-vs-writable-volumes.html I wanted to share a really cool tip that my colleague Dale Carter shared with me, which can help increase the availability of App Volumes (AppVol Mgrs) within your environment when using multiple App Volume Managers (AppVol Mgrs). In my design [as always] I have endeavored to increase the overall availability of the various…
  • WANTED: Virtual Infrastructure Architect – NOW CLOSED

    Simon Long
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:49 am
    Job Role Applications Now Closed! Fancy a change or a new challenge to kick off the new year? Then maybe this is for you. The OneCloud team within VMware, the team I work in, is looking for a Virtual Infrastructure Architect to join it’s strong architects team (5 VCDX’s). Job Description We are seeking a Virtual Infrastructure Architect with extensive experience working in a complex computing environment to join our internal cloud Design and Architecture team. You will work as part of a team that designs and architects VMware’s next generation internal cloud infrastructure. Your…
  • 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…
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  • Insider Secrets to a Successful Virtual Organization Internship

    10 Jun 2015 | 6:04 pm
    If you already know the difference between a Virtual Internship and a Virtual Organization Internship, then you are in the right place and this article is just the right prescription that your Virtual Organization doctor ordered for you.     And if you don't know the difference between the two, then I strongly recommend that you first read  "Difference Between Virtual Internship and Virtual Organization Internship"  so you can understand and enjoy the full benefits of this article.Now that we are all on the same page, let's go over the reasons why it's so difficult to…
  • Difference Between Virtual Internship and Virtual Organization Internship

    10 Jun 2015 | 6:05 am
    "What is the difference between a Virtual Internship and a Virtual Organization Internship?"  is the most often asked question from interns that we get to answer over and over,  and this article is intended to shed a great deal of light on this subject for those students who wondered about it and never got a chance to ask.Well, there is a big difference between the two of them and knowing that difference can save both you and your potential sponsor employer a great deal of grief and disappointment and, in the case of your employer, a huge waste of time, money and resources.A…
  • A Thank You Gift to Kerry Lynn Cassidy: $1 Per Year

    6 Jan 2015 | 12:36 am
    A Thank You Gift to Kerry Lynn Cassidy: $1 Per Yearby Pierre CoupetUp until recently (in fact,  just a few months ago), I had never heard of Kerry Lynn Cassidy of Project Camelot.  I happened to come across her name by accident while I was conducting some research for an article I was writing which included a reference to interplanetary travel and a real possibility of coming across our interstellar cousins (extra-terrestrial beings) in the near to distant future.   Although I am somewhat ashamed and embarrassed to admit how gullible and clueless I was about that subject…
  • A Global Need for Principled Leaders

    3 Jan 2015 | 5:11 am
    (Part 2 in a series of articles on A Global Need for Principled Leadership) A Global Need for Principled Leadersby Pierre Coupet So what does it mean to be a "Principled Leader" and why should we even care?  I am very much aware that there are some who would argue that the term "Principled Leader" is an oxymoron and that there is no empirical evidence to indicate that such animal has ever existed throughout the entire history of mankind.   As well, there are others who would argue that "pragmatism" takes precedence over "principles" and that they would rather be a…
  • Why Should Virtual Recruiters and Recruiters Partner with Virtual Organization Recruiters?

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Why should "virtual recruiters" and "brick and mortar recruiters"  partner with "virtual organization recruiters"?    Before I answer that question, let's analyze the difference between them.Although virtual recruiters and virtual organization recruiters both operate in a completely virtual environment,  the primary difference is that the "virtual organization recruiter" specializes in recruiting ONLY personnel who will primarily be working in either a 100%  "virtual" or "virtual organization" environment.   That means a "virtual organization…
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    VirtualizeTips

  • Rubrik unboxing and hardware details

    Brian Suhr
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Advertise here with BSAA recent entrant into the data protection market is Rubrik. You can find out more about Rubrik and their background here. You can also learn a little more about Rubrik from a post that Eric Shanks just published following his visit to Virtulization Field Day. I was recently presented with the opportunity to install one of their brik’s into a lab environment to get some hands-on time with the product. I already have a list of follow-on blog posts planned. I’m not going to dive into how it all works in this post, I’ll save that for one of the other ones.
  • Nutanix .Next Conference announcements summary and recap

    Brian Suhr
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:45 am
    Advertise here with BSAToday kicks off the first day of Nutanix’s first conference. It’s a day that’s been anticipated for a while and I really wish I could have been present. The .Next conference is certainly going to be the hottest hyperconverged infrastructure event of 2015. There is a ton of details and announcement coming out of .Next today and I’m going to try and break them down for you here. Over the next couple of weeks, there will be deeper level conversations on many of these topics and may lead to further blog posts. To find out more about Nutanix read my…
  • What is the entry cost for Nutanix Community Edition – CE

    Brian Suhr
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Advertise here with BSALast week Nutanix officially announced the Community Edition of their platform. They let everyone know that a private Alpha and Beta test period had already been completed and was starting a public Beta period. The public Beta will allow users to sing up and Nutanix will open up the Beta to a new set of testers each week. This will allow them to onboard new testers each week without over burdening the process and causing confusion. The Community Edition (CE) is a software-only version of the Nutanix hyperconverged platform. It currently only runs on KVM for the…
  • Nutanix presents Community Edition to the world

    Brian Suhr
    12 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    Advertise here with BSANutanix community edition (CE) is not the best or worst kept secret. A community edition of their storage platform is something that’s been loosely talked about for some time now and most recently as a few months ago Nutanix leadership mentioned it in some public interviews. Nutanix has been looking for a way to allow people in the tech community an easier way for them to get some hands on experience with their platform. As a Nutanix Technology Champion (NTC) I was invited to participate in early trials of community edition with others NTC’s. We were…
  • Atlantis goes HyperScale and enters the Hyperconverged market

    Brian Suhr
    5 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAIn a move that might surprise some and not others, Atlantis is announcing the availability of a hyperconvered appliance. I like this move from Atlantis and I think it will offer a more appealing solution for many customers. This HyperScale product is marrying a hardware appliance-based approach with their USX software defined storage solution. The appliance will be all flash based and come initially in two difference storage capacity options. This new offering brings a simplified and fast deployment process and single call support from Atlantis for the full stack. To…
 
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    Veeam Software Official Blog

  • Veeam Availability Suite v9, how many Storage Enhancements!

    Luca Dell'Oca
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The upcoming Veeam® Availability Suite™ v9 has tons of enhancements and new features, but  improvements around primary and backup storage will surely be one of the biggest parts of our next release.   We already announced a new addition in our list of supported storage arrays for our storage snapshots integration (EMC VNX/VNXe), but this isn’t the only storage news—on the contrary, there are plenty of them, and I’ll cover some of them in this post.   The first new feature we are announcing today is something I waited a long time for personally, and I suspected it was about…
  • Veeam Endpoint Backup integration with Veeam Backup & Replication: Additional restore options

    Mike Resseler
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Read the full series: Ch.1 - Architecture & Requirements Ch.2 - Creating recovery media Ch.3 - Backup modes in depth Ch.4 - Backup targets more explained Ch.5 - Scheduling backups with Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE Ch.6 - Administration Ch.7 - Additional restore options   In the previous Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE blog post we discussed the integration between Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE and Veeam Backup & Replication. Besides the minimum requirements (Veeam Backup & Replication v8 with update 2) and the configuration, we also looked at addition data protection…
  • Replicating VMware VMs with Veeam: Everything you need to know about replica failover

    Polina Vasileva
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:28 am
    I'll wrap up my “Replication 101 series” with an overview of recovery options from VMware VM replicas available in Veeam Backup & Replication v8 (a part of Veeam Availability Suite v8). I'm going to walk you through failover basics, including planned failover and failover plans, which can help you automate disaster recovery (DR). Keep reading to learn how to safeguard your critical applications from failures and downtime. Failing over to a VM replica Replica failover is switching from a damaged or failed production VM to its replica on a remote location. Replicated VMs are stored in a…
  • Veeam Endpoint Backup administration: Integration with Veeam Backup & Replication

    Mike Resseler
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Read the full series: Ch.1 - Architecture & Requirements Ch.2 - Creating recovery media Ch.3 - Backup modes in depth Ch.4 - Backup targets more explained Ch.5 - Scheduling backups Ch.6 - Administration Ch.7 - Additional restore options   Some time ago, we released Veeam Backup & Replication v8 Update 2. Why is this update important for Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE? The answer is pretty simple – starting from Update 2 you can use a Veeam Backup & Replication repository as a backup destination. Besides using a Veeam Backup & Replication repository as a backup…
  • Veeam Customer Satisfaction Survey 2015 results

    Maria Levkina
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Each year, Veeam has a Customer Satisfaction Survey to gage the satisfaction levels, get the opinion of customers about our products and Veeam reviews. We also identify strengths and weaknesses in the services we provide with this survey. Our most recent survey was administered from January 2015 to February 2015. We’d like to share some key results and meaningful metrics here. Demographics of the survey We collected 1,100+ responses from active Veeam customers from all over the world. The geographic areas of respondents include: 49% from Europe, 32% from North America,  9% from Asia, 7%…
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    Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST

  • The Incredible Journey of Cloud Computing

    Pallavi Godse
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:07 pm
    The post The Incredible Journey of Cloud Computing appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Difference between Incremental and Differential Backups

    Jeremy Calvey
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:17 am
    When the subject comes to the backups, we never get tired to say why backups are so vital part of business. Things turn little bit tricky especially in companies where the good management of backups is not always simple. Indeed, … Continue reading → The post Difference between Incremental and Differential Backups appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Tangled to Invest in Cloud? Here’s the Future…Shining Bright…

    Pallavi Godse
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:20 pm
      Do you want to have a hot pizza breakfast when you reach home? Simply instruct the oven through your smartphone app, when you reach home the pizza is ready to go in your tummy. Mmmmm….Yummy! You might be wondering, … Continue reading → The post Tangled to Invest in Cloud? Here’s the Future…Shining Bright… appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • What’s the best – Cloud Server Hosting VS. Dedicated Server Hosting?

    Pallavi Godse
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:13 pm
      After grasping these differences in cloud server hosting and dedicated server hosting, you might have understood both are best with their own benefits. Lastly, depending on your business requirements you can choose between the two. The post What’s the best – Cloud Server Hosting VS. Dedicated Server Hosting? appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Docker is already in progress

    Paul Lopez
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:44 am
    Previously we discussed several key factors about Docker (Docker: Already fit for service?) such as why there is a sudden spurt about the container technology, along with a perception of Cloud researchers on this subject with DevOps and an example … Continue reading → The post Docker is already in progress appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
 
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    Everything Should Be Virtual

  • Quick Script to inject SSH Keys for hostnames and ip address

    Larry Smith Jr.
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    Advertise here with BSAQuick Script to inject SSH Keys for hostnames and ip address While playing around with Rundeck I wanted to run some quick Ansible playbooks. I have not found a good way to integrate Ansible other than running local commands that actually run the playbooks (early learning issue I assume ). So with this I had an issue running the Ansible playbooks because of ssh-key’s not known. I can successfully run commands within Rundeck to those hosts without issue but when running the Ansible script I ran into the issue. So here I am sharing a script that I created within…
  • Where have I been? And why no posts? Simple enough!

    mrlesmithjr
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Advertise here with BSAWell I have been fairly quiet and not putting out much content lately and wanted to explain. One easy word shall explain it……. ANSIBLE Now with that said I would like to let you know that I have some fairly decent Ansible playbooks that I have been publishing to github and have a ton more coming. I am also working on releasing a highly available and scalable ELK Stack Ansible playbook that will soon be on github as well. This playbook is based on some of the scripts that I released some time ago (1 year ago to be exact) but pretty much on steroids. So stay…
  • Ansible – Elasticsearch Curator Cron

    mrlesmithjr
    5 May 2015 | 6:57 am
    Advertise here with BSAAnsible – Elasticsearch Curator Cron Just wanted to put this together as I was finally just able to get this working with the newest version of curator. The syntax has changed quite a bit for defining jobs. Define your curator_max_keep_days and curator_close_after_days variables or accept the default values. curator_max_keep_days: 14 curator_close_after_days: 7 --- # Install dependancies - apt: name=python-pip state=present # Install Curator - pip: name=elasticsearch-curator - name: remove old curator crontab file: path=/etc/cron.d/{{ item }} state=absent tags:…
  • Logstash – VCSA 6.0

    mrlesmithjr
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Advertise here with BSALogstash – VCSA 6.0 As I have begun upgrading portions of my lab to vSphere 6.x I came across the difference in parsing syslog messages from the new VCSA which was different than previous versions. I was basically getting grokparsefailure on every message coming into logstash. So I wanted to share a new parsing rule for logstash that seems to be working almost 100% of the time. The bold lines are what I have added new to my logstash parsing rules. filter { if "vCenter" in [tags] { multiline { pattern => "-->" what => "previous" } grok { break_on_match…
  • Ansible – HAProxy

    mrlesmithjr
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Advertise here with BSAAnsible – HAProxy In this previous post I setup KeepAliveD using a fictitious tenant using Ansible. In this post I will be building upon that same configuration and creating the HAProxy setup. Below is the vars/tenant_1.yml file that contains the specific tenant variables that will be used. --- tenant_name: tenant_1 config_forward_rules_allow_spec: 'false' # set to true to configure specific firewall rules under forward_rules_allow_spec tenant_subnets: - { tenant_subnet: '192.168.70.0/24' } # Web - { tenant_subnet: '192.168.71.0/24' } # App - { tenant_subnet:…
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    inVURTED

  • The OpenStack Times Edition 3

    Adam Jones
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:49 pm
    OpenStack is a free and open-source cloud computing software platform. Users primarily deploy it as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution. In this edition of the Openstack Times we’re checking out OpenStack news in the last seven days:- RTP Start-up TransCirrus Inc. Announces Collaboration for OpenStack with Red Hat Inc. Battle lines are be drawn up as business begin aligning themselves with the big names in the emerging OpenStack space! For OpenStack to succeed, it needs to change OpenStack provides a set of AWS-like APIs to the infrastructure. This focuses more on the…
  • The OpenStack Times Edition 2

    Adam Jones
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:09 pm
    OpenStack is a free and open-source cloud computing software platform. Users primarily deploy it as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution. In this edition of the Openstack Times we’re checking out OpenStack news in the last seven days:- First up, an interesting article about the enterprise readiness of open source solutions Why open source cloud is ready for prime time This has been an ongoing discussion in the IT industry forever. Are open source solutions a viable concern for the enterprise? Many open source solutions are free, but do require very specific skill sets and…
  • The OpenStack Times Edition 1

    Adam Jones
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:12 am
    Recently, I have been starting to look at OpenStack in more detail. As we all know (by now) OpenStack is a free and open-source cloud computing software platform. Users primarily deploy it as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution. The technology consists of a series of interrelated projects that control pools of processing, storage, and networking resources throughout a data center—which users manage through a web-based dashboard, command-line tools, or a RESTful API. And it’s getting to be a big deal. In this edition of the OpenStack Times we’re checking out OpenStack…
  • The state of virtualisation and what’s in store

    Adam Jones
    7 May 2015 | 9:20 pm
    At the moment, virtualisation is a really interesting place to work. We have the big players who offer us bare metal hypervisors. VMware Microsoft That’s about it in the enterprise virtualisation space. I would contend that although Microsoft is making progress against VMware market share, the enterprise features of VMware keep it ahead of the competition. Areas like networking and storage, where Microsoft is either ignoring or planning something big, remain common causes for not migrating my enterprise hypervisor. At the small end of town, Hyper-V is starting to get more penetration.
  • [TUTORIAL] Openfiler iSCSI storage for test lab – part 2

    Adam Jones
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:29 pm
    In the first tutorial, you looked at the installation of an Openfiler iSCSI solution. In this second part, you’ll learn how to perform basic configuration of the Openfiler. The configuration uses the Openfiler web interface and it’s surprisingly intuitive. Enable and also start the iSCSI target service. Setup the Block Devices. In this case, it is the second 500GB volume that was added. Create the partition on the block device that you just created. Create a logical volume group. Add a volume to the volume group making sure it’s an iSCSI block device. The default is XFS. The…
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    Gathering Clouds

  • Government Cloud on the Rise: NSA, DOJ Move to Amazon Web Services

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    At the Amazon Public Sector Symposium last week, the NSA announced that it will be moving some of its IT infrastructure to AWS. The NSA follows several other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), in joining the CIA in the Amazon cloud in the last 9 months. “The infrastructure […] The post Government Cloud on the Rise: NSA, DOJ Move to Amazon Web Services appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Why Are 50% of Enterprises Choosing Hybrid Cloud? Real Use-Cases

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    Enterprises are shaping the cloud to fit their needs, and the result is overwhelmingly a hybrid of public, private, and on-premises clouds. Today, nineteen percent (19%) of organizations manage hybrid clouds and an additional 60% plan to deploy them. Gartner estimates that hybrid cloud adoption will near 50% by 2017. Why are enterprises going hybrid? […] The post Why Are 50% of Enterprises Choosing Hybrid Cloud? Real Use-Cases appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • New 2015 PCI Compliance Requirements: Penetration Testing

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:07 pm
    A major PCI compliance requirement related to penetration testing will go into effect later this month, on June 30, 2015. Organizations must make sure that their IT teams  and their service vendors are up to the new standards. While penetration testing has long been a “best practice,” the new PCI DSS 3.0 requirements will not […] The post New 2015 PCI Compliance Requirements: Penetration Testing appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Common Misconceptions About Auto Scaling

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    Auto scaling has long been one of the major selling points of cloud computing. But like most popularized technology features, it has accumulated its fair share of misconceptions. These common mistakes tend to get in the way of constructive conversations about cloud architecture, and usually mislead IT leaders into believing auto scaling is simple, quick […] The post Common Misconceptions About Auto Scaling appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Does Hardware Matter Anymore? (Almost Never)

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    10 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    In IT infrastructure departments, hardware matters less every day. Today, engineers can make commoditized infrastructure (“the cloud”) more secure, agile, and cost-effective with software than they were ever able to accomplish with bare metal servers, switches, and motherboards. The migration of functionality from hardware to software goes far beyond the world of cloud computing. Yesterday […] The post Does Hardware Matter Anymore? (Almost Never) appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
 
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    Jason Gaudreau's Blog

  • ManageIQ with vSphere: Deploy and Configure

    Jason Gaudreau
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    ManageIQ is company that Red Hat acquired in 2012. ManageIQ created a cloud management program by the same name, which is available with a Red Hat subscription as CloudForms. ManageIQ provides a single pane of glass for the unified management of infrastructure resources. It can manage vSphere, Hyper-V, RedHat, OpenStack, and Amazon EC2 environments.ManageIQ was made open source last summer; since it is a free download, I decided to try it out in my lab environment. I have it managing my vSphere lab infrastructure and my Amazon EC2 account.The deployment couldn't be much easier; you go…
  • Did you know?

    Jason Gaudreau
    27 Jun 2015 | 12:49 pm
    When troubleshooting an issue in your environment, you are going to gravitate to All Metrics in vRealize Operations 6. To view all the counters available, you are going to click on the Troubleshooting tab and select the All Metrics button.I have selected my vCenter Server Appliance; I want to look at the Guest Demand (KB) to understand the amount of resources being used before I right-size my virtual machine. I scroll down the metrics selector, expand Memory, and then double click on Guest Demand (KB). In the panel to the right it shows me a graph for the past 6 hours. I notice the…
  • Understanding the Importance of Business Outcome

    Jason Gaudreau
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:25 pm
    This was a post I wrote for the VMware TAM blog that I wanted to share on my personal blog. As technologists, most IT professionals have a hard time connecting the dots between technology solutions and business value. This predicament isn’t something relegated only to system engineers and middle managers; it can extend to IT directors and CIOs, too. When working with business leadership, it can be difficult for most IT professionals to describe the benefits of deploying IT solutions.Even in my role as a Technical Account Manager, when talking about technology solutions I focus on the…
  • vRealize Operations 6 Administrator's Companion

    Jason Gaudreau
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Similar to Cinderella's stepsisters, the IT operations team is asked to "do this, do that" - while managing a multitude of requests to fix everything from storage latency issues to application performance problems. How do you find time to be strategic?It only complicates matters when you have an explosion of virtual machine growth, while staffing levels remain the same.Being "good shepards" and having routine systems management of datacenter resources is one of the most important aspect of IT operations, but without a foundational understanding of the supporting tools, it is often…
  • vRealize Operation Projects

    Jason Gaudreau
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    Understanding capacity in vRealize Operations involves finding opportunities for resource optimization and cost savings. On the Projects tab of VMware vRealize Operations, you can monitor the use of resources and the available capacity in your virtual environment. Furthermore, you can use scenarios for project planning to understand capacity needs in the future. In the image above, I have selected the labesx02.home.virtlab.com object and in the Memory Demand panel it is showing the memory capacity remaining in my host. This is typically going to demonstrate an upward trajectory. The…
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  • Opvizor Health Analyzer private cloud edition – major update

    cpwpadmin
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Opvizor Health Analyzer private cloud edition – major updateWe’re proud and excited about our new version of the opvizor private cloud edition, that runs on premise!IntroductionApart from the Cloud and SaaS hype, there are still companies out there that are not allowed to use any public cloud services. Therefore customers kept asking to release an offline edition which is still easy to install and to maintain – that’s what we did! As one of the system engineers at opvizor I’m one of the first people who is able to have a look at the installation and it’s a pleasure…
  • VMware vMotion, how it works – Part 1 Introduction

    cpwpadmin
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    VMware vMotion, how it works – Part 1 IntroductionThough vMotion and Storage vMotion each serve a different purpose, they feature a large amount of overlapping technology. Therefore these two vSphere functions fit well together in one chapter. Both technologies are proactive. This means vMotion is used to migrate virtual machines between running ESX-hosts while Storage vMotion migrates the data between fully functional data stores on the virtual machines. Both vSphere features are no longer usable when the source or the destination is offline.VMware vMotion and Storage vMotion…
  • New VMware vSphere reporting application

    cpwpadmin
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    New VMware vSphere reporting application – Beta starts soonWe’re pretty excited here at opvizor about our upcoming offering, a reporting only application based on our Health Analyzer for all folks out there, just want to get a vast amount of reports to document their environment or prepare troubleshooting and detect potential bottlenecks.The application itself will be released this Summer, but we want to release the beta soon. Therefore please register here if you want to be part of our beta program of Reporter (will be limited and on a first come, first served basis) and be one…
  • VMware vSphere Health check

    cpwpadmin
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    VMware vSphere Health checkWhy do so many companies IT strategy relies on VMware vSphere for their datacenter infrastructure? Because vSphere has proven for more than a decade that it is stable, very reliable, pretty secure and delivers the underlying hardware performance to the virtual machines with minimized overhead. Some people even forget that VMware vSphere is still man-made software with bugs, flaws and many ways to get misconfigured. Last but not least it’s extremly complex as server as well as desktop virtualization aggregates multiple hardware layer for a dense setup of…
  • KB VMware: VM vMotion fails because of multiple VM registration

    cpwpadmin
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    KB VMware: VM vMotion fails because of multiple VM registrationA pretty old Knowledge Base article has been updated by VMware as the issue is still existing when running vSphere 6.Photo courtesy of griffithchris(CC Attribution)SymptomsLooking at the symptoms mentioned in VMware KB 1005051:Virtual machine appears to be running or registered on multiple ESX/ESXi hosts:This issue occurs when:A vMotion fails to complete correctly or times out in VirtualCenter.A DRS issue where virtual machines are migrated by vMotion automatically in quick succession.When a machine is powered on during VMware HA…
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