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  • Technology Short Take #40

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    slowe
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #40. The content is a bit light this time around; I thought I’d give you, my readers, a little break. Hopefully there’s still some useful and interesting stuff here. Enjoy! Networking Bob McCouch has a nice write-up on options for VPNs to AWS. If you’re needing to build out such a solution, you might want to read his post for some additional perspectives. Matthew Brender touches on a networking issue present in VMware ESXi with regard to VMkernel multi-homing. This is something others have touched on before (including myself, back in…
  • Earth Day at VMware: Five Sustainable Stats

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    Morgan OLeary
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Happy Earth Day! Here at VMware, we think everyday is an opportunity to celebrate the planet by practicing the three Rs – reducing, reusing and recycling – across the globe. Did you know: VMware’s Palo Alto headquarters has diverted 86.5% of on-site generated construction waste from landfill.  VMware’s Palo Alto campus diverted 91.59% of waste […]
  • Using vSphere Tags with PowerCLI

    VMware PowerCLI Blog
    Alan Renouf
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:29 am
    With the new 5.5 R2 release of PowerCLI we introduced end-to-end support for the vSphere Tagging functionality. You can now automate Tag and TagCategory management, assign tags on objects and search for objects by tag. This blog post will give you an overview of the new functionalities and a couple of useful scripts: One for exporting/importing of tags One for converting the legacy custom attributes to tags Managing Tag Categories Tag Categories allow you to group related tags together. When you define a category, you can also specify which object types its tags can be applied to and whether…
  • vSphere Distributed Switch – Network Monitoring

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    Mike Brown
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    When users adopt the vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) there is a whole new level to monitoring that becomes available that’s not possible with our vSphere Standard Switch. Industry standard tools such as Port Mirroring and Netflow and our own VDS monitoring called Health Check. These powerful tools not only help to troubleshoot issues or monitor traffic but help to ensure you don’t have issues to begin with. The following videos and Product Walkthroughs demonstrate how to enable and use these features. Health Check: NetFlow: Port Mirroring: All of the VDS Product Walkthroughs are…
  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0004 (Heartbleed)

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    Monty Ijzerman
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2014-0004 This advisory list the VMware product updates and patches that address the OpenSSL Heartbleed issue, CVE-2014-0160. It is only the first release of the advisory with several more to come, as we will release more product updates and patches this week. In order to remediate the issue, follow these steps: Deploy the VMware product update or product patches that address CVE-2014-0160 Replace certificates Reset passwords The advisory lists product-specific references to installation instructions and certificate…
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  • Earth Day at VMware: Five Sustainable Stats

    Morgan OLeary
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Happy Earth Day! Here at VMware, we think everyday is an opportunity to celebrate the planet by practicing the three Rs – reducing, reusing and recycling – across the globe. Did you know: VMware’s Palo Alto headquarters has diverted 86.5% of on-site generated construction waste from landfill.  VMware’s Palo Alto campus diverted 91.59% of waste […]
  • VMware Weekly News Recap, April 18

    Morgan OLeary
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    VMware News This week in VMware news, Bill Fathers and the vCloud Hybrid Service team announced a new solution – VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery (DR). For far too long, enterprise-class IT business continuance and disaster recovery solutions have been out of reach for mid-size businesses. The new solution not only address this issue […]
  • Introducing VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery: Making Cloud DR Simple and Affordable

    Morgan OLeary
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Bill Fathers, SVP & GM, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware  For far too long, enterprise-class IT business continuance and disaster recovery solutions have been out of reach for mid-size businesses. Today, I am excited to announce a new solution – VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ – Disaster Recovery, that not only address this issue […]
  • Weekly News Recap, April 11

    Morgan OLeary
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    VMware News In VMware news, Sumit Dhawan and the End-User Computing team on Wednesday announced VMware Horizon 6, the latest update to VMware’s desktop and applications solution that now offers published application delivery along with virtual desktops from a single integrated solution. This announcement represents a major product milestone in VMware’s End-User Computing portfolio as […]
  • We’re All In with VMware Horizon 6

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    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware Today, we announced VMware Horizon 6, the latest update to our desktop and applications solution that now offers published application delivery along with virtual desktops from a single integrated solution. This announcement represents a major product milestone in VMware’s End-User Computing portfolio as […]
 
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  • Using vSphere Tags with PowerCLI

    Alan Renouf
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:29 am
    With the new 5.5 R2 release of PowerCLI we introduced end-to-end support for the vSphere Tagging functionality. You can now automate Tag and TagCategory management, assign tags on objects and search for objects by tag. This blog post will give you an overview of the new functionalities and a couple of useful scripts: One for exporting/importing of tags One for converting the legacy custom attributes to tags Managing Tag Categories Tag Categories allow you to group related tags together. When you define a category, you can also specify which object types its tags can be applied to and whether…
  • EVC with PowerCLI 5.5 R2–Part 2

    Alan Renouf
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    In this previous post we talked about one of the great new features introduced in PowerCLI 5.5 R2 for configuring EVC, in this post we will continue to show how we can make configuring and using EVC easier with PowerCLI. Compatibility checks While configuring EVC on a cluster you will probably need to perform some compatibility checks. Here’s how you can automate them with a script. Check host’s compatibility with a target EVC mode You can obtain the key for the desired EVC mode using one of the methods I described earlier. $vmHost = Get-VMHost ‘MyVMHost’ $evcModeKey =…
  • EVC with PowerCLI 5.5 R2–Part 1

    Alan Renouf
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:15 am
    What is EVC? Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC) is a vSphere feature that you can enable on a specific cluster to maximize the vMotion compatibility of hosts within that cluster. EVC will make sure that all hosts in the cluster present the same CPU feature set to their virtual machines, even if the actual CPUs on the hosts differ. An EVC-enabled cluster can contain hosts with CPUs of different generations but only from a single CPU vendor. What about performance? EVC masks only those processor features that affect vMotion compatibility. Enabling EVC does not prevent a virtual machine from…
  • New Release: vSphere PowerCLI 5.5 R2

    Alan Renouf
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:35 am
    I am pleased to announce that vSphere PowerCLI 5.5 R2 has now been released and has some great new features.  In this release we take PowerCLI one step further and allow even more troubleshooting, reporting and automation of vCloud Suite products by introducing easy access to vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) APIs through the core PowerCLI cmdlets.   Why wait, download the latest version today from here. vSphere PowerCLI 5.5 Release 2 introduces the following new features and improvements, for a full list of all that has changed please check the full vSphere PowerCLI 5.5 R2 Release…
  • New Book: Learning PowerCLI

    Alan Renouf
    28 Feb 2014 | 10:25 am
    Everyone I meet sees the time that PowerCLI can save you by automating your day to day tasks, easily creating reports, troubleshooting your environment and much more but to use PowerCLI you first need to take the time to learn it, this can be achieved in a variety of methods but still the most popular is reading a book and putting it into practice. If you are the reading kind of person then make sure you check out the existing PowerCLI Library of books: Managing VMware Infrastructure with Windows PowerShell TFM VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration  …
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  • vSphere Distributed Switch – Network Monitoring

    Mike Brown
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    When users adopt the vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) there is a whole new level to monitoring that becomes available that’s not possible with our vSphere Standard Switch. Industry standard tools such as Port Mirroring and Netflow and our own VDS monitoring called Health Check. These powerful tools not only help to troubleshoot issues or monitor traffic but help to ensure you don’t have issues to begin with. The following videos and Product Walkthroughs demonstrate how to enable and use these features. Health Check: NetFlow: Port Mirroring: All of the VDS Product Walkthroughs are…
  • Effect of VAAI on cloning with All Flash Arrays:

    Mohan Potheri
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Cloning virtual machines is an area where VAAI can provide many advantages. Flash storage arrays provide excellent IO performance. We wanted to see what difference VAAI makes in virtual machine cloning operations for “All Flash Arrays”. For the test 500GB of random data on a VMDK was created on a Linux virtual machine. This virtual machine was then cloned with VAAI turned off and then on to study its impact. The results of the testing truly attest to the big benefits that VAAI bring to massive write operations. Test Infrastructure: The following components were used for testing VAAI…
  • App HA 1.1 Released – Now available for download

    GS Khalsa
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    The latest version of App HA, 1.1, was released last week and is now available for download. This release has a number of cool new features that will greatly increase the usability of App HA. I will do additional post(s) on these in the next few weeks. More applications: Oracle (10g & 11g) and PostgreSQL (8.x & 9.x) Support for custom services: Any service Hyperic agents are currently able to start/stop Increased interoperability with vSphere: now supporting both vSphere 5.5 and 5.1 More flexibility: ability to edit App HA policies International support: 6 additional languages now…
  • Big Data Extensions – Four new demo videos available

    Justin Murray
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Four new demonstrations using the vSphere Big Data Extensions (BDE) have recently been made available on the VMwareTV area on Youtube for your use. They are all compact (less than 5 minutes in duration). The demos are described below. BDE Demo #1: Installing and Configuring the vSphere Big Data Extensions This demonstration shows the process for installing and configuring the vSphere Big Data Extensions feature. This capability is available as a free download with VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus. It allows you to provision Hadoop clusters on to vSphere virtual machines easily and quickly,…
  • What happened to that Hardening Guide setting?

    Mike Foley
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    Hi! As usual, most of my blog posts come from customer or field questions. Here’s a new one crossed my path recently. A customer, running vSphere 5.1, was finding some anomalies within their VM’s. Their belief was that some of the vSphere Hardening Guide settings were causing it. When this was assigned to me, I noticed that they were referencing the vSphere 4.1 hardening guide! The customer was applying guidelines from the 4.1 guide against a 5.1 system. They believed that the guideline was still relevant because it was referenced in a KB. (I’m going to try and get that fixed!) The…
 
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  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0004 (Heartbleed)

    Monty Ijzerman
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2014-0004 This advisory list the VMware product updates and patches that address the OpenSSL Heartbleed issue, CVE-2014-0160. It is only the first release of the advisory with several more to come, as we will release more product updates and patches this week. In order to remediate the issue, follow these steps: Deploy the VMware product update or product patches that address CVE-2014-0160 Replace certificates Reset passwords The advisory lists product-specific references to installation instructions and certificate…
  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0003 and updated advisory

    Monty Ijzerman
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Today VMware has released the following new and updated security advisories: New VMSA-2014-0003 Updated VMSA-2014-0002.1 The new advisory details two security vulnerabilities in vSphere Client, CVE-2014-1209 and CVE-2014-1210. In order to remediate these issues, existing vSphere clients will need to be replaced by the newly released versions. 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. Note: The new and updated advisories released today…
  • VMware products and the Heartbleed OpenSSL issue, CVE-2014-0160

    Monty Ijzerman
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    We have just posted VMware Knowledge Base article 2076225 with the results of our ongoing investigation into the Heartbleed OpenSSL issue. We will update the article during the investigation. VMware has products that ship with OpenSSL 1.0.1 and that are affected by the issue. Customers are advised to review the article and direct any questions to VMware Support.
  • VMware CP&C releases PCI DSS 3.0 Compliance toolkit for Windows Environments in VCM!

    Pravin Goyal
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:28 pm
    The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) is pleased to announce the availability of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) 3.0 Compliance toolkit for Windows Environments in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM), a key component in the VMware vCenter Operations Suite (vC Ops) suite. PCI DSS 3.0 comes into effect from January 1, 2014. PCI DSS 3.0 compliance toolkit for VMware vSphere based virtual environment and PCI DSS 3.0 Compliance toolkit for *NIX based environments were released earlier this year. PCI DSS 3.0 compliance Windows toolkits are…
  • Security Updates in vSphere 5.5 Update 1 + Hardening Guide news

    Mike Foley
    14 Mar 2014 | 10:44 am
    5.5 Update 1 Release Notes vSphere 5.5 Update 1 was released on March 11th, 2014. The primary drivers for this release were lots of bug fixes and support for VSAN. At the risk of duplicating a huge amount of the release notes, please review in detail those things that are important to you. There’s a number of things in Upgrade and Installation and there’s a specific Security section that would be of interest. Also review the Known Issues section as there’s some interesting tidbits in there as well. 5.5 Hardening Guide Update I will be releasing an update to the vSphere Hardening Guide…
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  • VMware TCO Comparison Calculator Now Shows that Stepping Up to Private Cloud Costs Less with vCloud Suite

    Eric Horschman
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you’ve had a chance to use the VMware TCO Comparison Calculator, you know that it factors in all the elements of a proper Total Cost of Ownership analysis to compare the true cost of building a virtual infrastructure on our vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management products to the cost of building a similar infrastructure on Microsoft’s “Cloud OS” – their name for Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center. [VMware has an even more detailed ROI/TCO Calculator to show the financial savings of virtualization and private cloud vs. physical infrastructure.] The results are…
  • Partnership, Choice and the Hybrid Cloud

    Cameron Sturdevant
    28 Mar 2013 | 11:28 am
    “There is much rhetoric these days about “cloud wars”.  Beyond the rhetoric, the hype is there for a reason: the value of hybrid cloud environments is becoming real, and the market opportunity even more real.  We are proud to serve our customers as a leading provider of virtualization software and cloud infrastructure.  And we’re equally proud of what our customers are achieving with VMware as a partner.” You can take a break from the hype cycle by checking out the rest of the blog post by Bogomil Balkansky, Sr. Vice President, Cloud Infrastructure Platform here.
  • vSphere with Operations Management – Raising the Bar for Integrated Cloud Management

    Ben Scheerer
    12 Feb 2013 | 7:15 am
    With the announcement of vSphere with Operation Management this week, it is truly exciting to not only see the advancements of management being tied so closely to the vSphere platform, but also bring our customers closer to the vision of the Software Defined Data Center.  As we see both the vSphere platform mature along with our customers’ use of it, we also see an evolution of VMware operations management accelerating and leveraging the value of the platform in our customers’ environments. This new offering signifies a number a key aspects in the evolution of virtualization and cloud…
  • Study Shows Higher Costs and Complexity When Managing vSphere Using Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager

    Eric Horschman
    19 Dec 2012 | 1:43 pm
    The idea of introducing multiple hypervisors into your data center and managing them seamlessly from a single tool might sound appealing, but in reality, products claiming that ability today can’t deliver on that promise.  You introduced virtual infrastructure to simplify operational tasks for your IT staff, so why would you want to handicap them with a management approach that adds costs and complexity?  A study recently completed by the Edison Group and commissioned by VMware shows that is exactly what you will be doing if you introduce Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Machine…
  • Flawed Logic Behind Microsoft’s Virtualization and Private Cloud Cost Comparisons

    Chanda Dani
    19 Nov 2012 | 9:10 pm
    Microsoft has published a blog article claiming that VMware’s Cost-Per-Application Calculator admits VMware’s costs are higher. VMware’s Cost-Per-Application calculator is designed to rebut Microsoft claims that Hyper-V is five to ten times cheaper. It shows that the acquisition cost with even VMware’s highest edition – vSphere Enterprise Plus is at parity with Microsoft and actually beats Microsoft for most configurations. For example, the blog shows a comparison result from the VMware calculator using servers that have 64GB RAM. A comparison using servers with 128GB RAM, the…
 
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  • 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! :)...
  • BYOD Project Update and Thanks Brian Madden

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:20 pm
    It has been a week since I released my new step-by-step, soup-to-nuts book, "How To: BYOD Project - Citrix DesktopPlayer for Mac with Citrix XenClient Enterprise Synchronizer" and I'm happy to say it has surpassed all my goals. The downloads, feedback, and tweets have been amazing. Thanks for all the great comments and feedback! I have something cool coming soon, an Appendix, and that's all I will say! Stay tuned!...
  • How to: BYOD Project - Citrix DesktopPlayer for the Mac & Citrix XenClient Synchronizer

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:20 pm
    My goal for this project is to create step-by-step instructions on how to successfully implement a BYO solution that allows end-users to work from anywhere, anyplace, at anytime, no matter if you own the device or they do. Volume 1 includes the DesktopPlayer for the Mac and Citrix XenClient Enterprise Synchronizer solutions, which allows you to centrally manage, deploy, backup, and restore virtual machines to your Mac users no matter who owns the device or where it is located....
  • Free Cloud & Virtualization Interviews iPhone App

    19 Feb 2014 | 3:11 pm
    I'm very exited to introduce you to our new virtualization and cloud interviews iPhone app. The DABCC Radio Cloud & Virtualization application for your iPhone, iPod Touch, and/or iPad is designed to allow you to listen to interviews with the hottest virtualization and cloud visionaries and companies and dive deeper in to each guest to learn more and then connect with them!...
 
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  • Technology and Travel

    slowe
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Cody Bunch recently posted a quick round-up of what he carries when traveling, and just for fun I thought I’d do the same. Like Cody, I don’t know that I would consider myself a road warrior, but I have traveled a pretty fair amount. Here’s what I’m currently carrying when I hit the road: Light laptop and tablet: After years of carrying around a 15″ MacBook Pro, then going down to a 13″ MacBook Pro, I have to say I’m pretty happy with the 13" MacBook Air that I’m carrying now. Weight really does make a difference. I’m still toting the…
  • Kicking the Policy Discussion Into High Gear

    slowe
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    Most IT vendors agree that more extensive use of automation and orchestration in today’s data centers are beneficial to customers. The vendors may vary in their approach to providing this automation and orchestration—some may prefer to do it in software (VMware would be one of these, along with other software companies like Microsoft and Red Hat), while others want to do it in hardware. There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach, naturally, and customers need to evaluate the various solutions against their own requirements to find the best fit. However, the…
  • Crossing the Threshold

    slowe
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week while attending the CloudStack Collaboration Conference in my home city of Denver, I had a bit of a realization. I wanted to share it here in the hopes that it might serve as an encouragement for others out there. Long-time readers know that one of my projects over the last couple of years has been to become more fluent in Linux (refer back to my 2012 project list and my 2013 project list). I gave myself a B+ for my efforts last year, feeling that I had made good progress over the course of the year. Even so, I still felt like there was still so much that I needed to learn. As so…
  • Technology Short Take #40

    slowe
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #40. The content is a bit light this time around; I thought I’d give you, my readers, a little break. Hopefully there’s still some useful and interesting stuff here. Enjoy! Networking Bob McCouch has a nice write-up on options for VPNs to AWS. If you’re needing to build out such a solution, you might want to read his post for some additional perspectives. Matthew Brender touches on a networking issue present in VMware ESXi with regard to VMkernel multi-homing. This is something others have touched on before (including myself, back in…
  • A Follow Up on Linux Network Namespaces

    slowe
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:30 am
    Some time ago, I introduced you to the idea of Linux network namespaces, and provided an overview of some of the commands needed to interact with network namespaces. In this post, I’ll follow up on that post with some additional information on using network namespaces with other types of network interfaces. In the previous network namespaces article, I mentioned (incorrectly, it turns out) that you had to use virtual Ethernet (veth) interfaces in order to connect a namespace to the physical network: It turns out you can only assign virtual Ethernet (veth) interfaces to a network…
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  • New Way to Learn Puppet - Download the Learning VM

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    The Learning VM now includes fun quests to help you learn Puppet at your own pace. The new and improved Learning VM — along with its companion Quest Guide — is here to help you level up on Puppet. Explore the technology in depth with a series of detailed, multi-step quests. Master topics such as accessing the Puppet Enterprise console, writing and using Puppet modules, and delving into Puppet resources, manifests, facts and more.The Learning VM comes with Puppet Enterprise pre-installed to help you familiarize yourself with its features and capabilities. To evaluate Puppet Enterprise…
  • Latest Fling from VMware Labs - Horizon View Event Notifier

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    The Horizon View Event Notifier connects to one or more existing Horizon View Event Database(s) and allows the user to customize which types of alerts to be notified on. It can be run from any Windows based system and it collects and sends the alerts via email (SMTP) to users that are specified during the configuration process. It allows aggregation of alerts across multiple Horizon View Pods and for near real-time alerting of Horizon View alerts that are otherwise very difficult to be notified on. Download Horizon View Event Notifier 
  • VMware Horizon View 5.3 Reviewer's Guide

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    The purpose of the VMware Horizon View 5.3 Reviewer's Guide is to support a self-guided, hands-on review of View 5.3. You'll  learn how easy it is to configure a View 5.3 environment, and use that environment to evaluate both new and core capabilities. This document assumes you have basic knowledge of VMware vSphere ESXi and VMware vCenter and are comfortable configuring networking and storage in a virtual environment.  The step-by-step instructions will guide you through installation and how to work through the core and deployment scenarios. This guide…
  • VMware's response to the OpenSSL security issue

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    The following is a response to the current situation with the software security vulnerability dubbed Heartbleed: The VMware Security and Engineering teams are working on remediation for the VMware products that have been impacted. VMware is acutely aware of the seriousness of the Heartbleed vulnerability, and all available resources are being directed toward a resolution amidst this industry-wide situation. VMware plans to release updated products and patches for all affected products in this article by April 19th. Please check this article for any updates or exceptions to this timeframe. See…
  • New Training Course - VMware vCloud Automation Center: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    This 5 days training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vCloud Automation Center. This course covers the configuration and use of the vCloud Automation Center platform self-service provisioning and creation of on-demand private and multivendor cloud services. Understand the vCloud Automation Center architecture and use case in today’s multivendor cloud environments Install and configure vCloud Automation Center 6.0 Deploy Distributed Execution Managers and agents for vCloud Automation Center connectivity Create endpoints to support compute fabric connectivity…
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  • Don’t forget the BIOS power management setting of your VDI-hosts!

    Sven Huisman
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    I sometimes come across a VDI environment where a certain setting is not set according best practices. The setting I refer to is a well known best practice, but is still often forgotten. The setting can be set two different ways and I discovered that one way will not (always) work. I’m talking about the […]
  • Horizon Workspace ThinApp non-domain joined access

    Sven Huisman
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:26 am
    With Horizon Workspace 1.8 it is now possible to allow non-domain joined machines to use ThinApp packages from Horizon Workspace. In previous versions, clients needed to be domain joined to start ThinApp applications from Workspace. There is a new feature to enable this, called “account-based access“. This feature is enabled on the Connector-va on which […]
  • Update VMware Horizon Workspace to 1.8

    Sven Huisman
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:36 am
    Today I updated a Horizon Workspace environment to the latest version: 1.8. A couple of new features in this release, like: Added Citrix Application support Enhanced VMware ThinApp support Enhanced VMware ThinApp package delivery to Windows desktops Horizon Workspace User Portal and App Center Web application links Support for enterprise branding of Horizon Workspace Read […]
  • Login VSI 4.0 released!

    Sven Huisman
    2 May 2013 | 4:38 am
    Login VSI B.V. announces 4.0, a major new release of its flagship product Login VSI, the industry standard performance and scalability testing tool for Virtual Desktop Infrastructures and Server Based Computing environments. The design of this new release has been driven by extensive customer feedback programs, and production testing projects executed at multiple customer and […]
  • Change properties in VMware Horizon Workspace

    Sven Huisman
    23 Apr 2013 | 6:36 am
    The following error appeared in the VMware Horizon Configurator Webpage after I upgraded vCenter 5.0 to vCenter 5.1: Error detail: Cannot login to vCenter Server. Please confirm vCenter Server is running. See catalina.out log for the full stack trace. I can explain this because during installation of Horizon Workspace I didn’t add the domain to […]
 
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  • PernixData feature announcements during Storage Field Day

    Duncan Epping
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    During Storage Field Day today PernixData announced a whole bunch of features that they are working on and will be released in the near future. In my opinion there were four major features announced: Support for NFS Network Compression Distributed Fault Tolerant Memory Topology Awareness Lets go over these one by one: Support for NFS is something that I can be brief about I guess; as it is what it says it is. Something that has come up multiple times in conversations seen on twitter around Pernix and it looks like they have managed to solve the problem and will support NFS in the near future.
  • Heartbleed Security Bug fixes for VMware

    Duncan Epping
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    It seems to be patch Saturday as today a whole bunch of updates of products were released. All of these updates relate to the heartbleed security bug fix. There is no point in listing every single product as I assume you all know the VMware download page by now, but I do want to link the most commonly used for your convenience: VMware vCenter Server 5.5 U1a VCVA 5.5 U1a VMware vCenter Server 5.5c VCVA 5.5c ESXi KB:VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201404420-SG ESXi KB:VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch Release ESXi550-201404001 VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.5.2 Time to update, but before you…
  • Alert: vSphere 5.5 U1 and NFS issue!

    Duncan Epping
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:29 am
    Some had already reported on this on twitter and the various blog posts but I had to wait until I received the green light from our KB/GSS team. An issue has been discovered with vSphere 5.5 Update 1 that is related to loss of connection of NFS based datastores. (NFS volumes include VSA datastores.) This is a serious issue, as it results in an APD of the datastore meaning that the virtual machines will not be able to do any IO to the datastore at the time of the APD. This by itself can result in BSOD’s for Windows guests and filesystems becoming read only for Linux guests. Witnessed log…
  • Disk Controller features and Queue Depth?

    Duncan Epping
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    I have been working on various VSAN configurations and a question that always comes up is what are my disk controller features and queue depth for controller X? (Local disks, not FC based…) Note that this is not only useful to know when using VSAN, but also when you are planning on doing host local caching with solutions like PernixData FVP or SanDisk FlashSoft for instance. The controller used can impact the performance, and a really low queue depth will result in a lower performance, it is as simple as that. I have found myself digging through documentation and doing searches on the…
  • Startup News Flash part 17

    Duncan Epping
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Number 17 already… A short one, I expect more news next week when we have “Storage Field Day”, hence I figured I would release this one already. Make sure to watch the live feed if you are interested in getting the details on new releases from companies like Diablo, SanDisk, PernixData etc. Last week Tintri announced support for the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization platform. Kind of surprising to see them selecting a specific linux vendor to be honest, but then again it probably also is the more popular option for people who want full support etc. What is nice in my opinion…
 
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  • Cloud Price Wars Part 2 - Rise of the Midsize Cloud

    Ryan Koop
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    As Gartner analyst Lydia Leong pointed out after the first Cloud Price Wars blog, Rackspace just isn’t close to competing with the public cloud giants of Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google GCE. The first blog focused on the recent price cuts from top clouds, which put the squeeze on mid-sized cloud offerings from Rackspace, Dimension Data, IBM Softlayer, HP, and regional or specialty clouds.In a well written look at the competition, Christopher Mims writes “if Amazon’s entire public cloud were a single computer, it would have five times more capacity than those of its next biggest…
  • Bleeding Heart for the Heartbleed

    Ryan Koop
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Source: http://xkcd.com/1354/Thankfully VNS3 supported versions 2.7, 3.0, 3.01, 3.03, and 3.04 were not affected by the OpenSSL TLS heartbeat read overrun (CVE-2014-0160) better known now as the "Heartbleed." I feel for all the providers whose products are/were compromised.I feel for all the users who may have been negatively impacted.I feel for the OpenSSL Software Foundation (OSF) team members who have contributed to the project. I feel for all those who will now walk the long road ahead of rebuilding trust, rebuilding systems, and quantifying the potential damage caused by the OpenSSL…
  • Ask a Cloud Networking Expert: Why is multicast disabled in the cloud? How can you re-enable UDP multicast?

    Margaret Walker
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Multicast: one to manyIn networking, multicast is the delivery of a message or information to a group of computers simultaneously in a single transmission from the source.IP multicast is a technique for one-to-many communication over IP infrastructure in a network.  Multicast uses network infrastructure efficiently by requiring the source to send a packet only once, even if it needs to be delivered to a large number of receivers.The most common transport layer protocol to use multicast addressing is User Datagram Protocol (UDP).  UDP multicast is widely deployed in enterprises,…
  • Vote for VNS3 in 2 categories for the 2014 DCS Awards

    Margaret Walker
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Please Take a Moment to Vote for VNS3 for Security and Networking Product of the Year CohesiveFT has been shortlisted for two Datacentre Solutions Awards: Datacentre ICT Security Product of the Year and Datacentre ICT Networking Product of the Year.The security and networking category nominations highlight our virtual networking product’s versatility - See the customer use cases that got us nomiated. VNS3 helps enterprises regain control of security in any virtualized environment, including public clouds. Control data pathways and data encryption security with the VNS3 all-in-one…
  • Cloud Price Wars

    Ryan Koop
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The race to $0 is heating up in the IaaS spaceMarch 25th - Google fires the first salvo in the pricing wars at their Google Cloud Platform Live event by reducing GCE by 32% across all sizes, regions, and classes.March 26th - AWS quickly responds by reducing EC2, S3, RDS, ElastiCache, and Elastic MapReduce pricing effective April 1st.March 31st - Microsoft wants to play too and after renaming Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure, they are cutting prices on compute by up to 35% and storage by up to 65%. Bingo. Bango. Bongo...  Hey Rackspace, where you at?And this isn't the start of the price…
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  • My Latest Upcoming Webinar: Win a Parrot AR Quadricopter Drone!

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    I’m proud to take the wraps off my latest upcoming webinar hosted at VirtualizationSoftware.com: ‘The Time-Starved Administrator’s Guide to Simplifying the Server Room’ April 30th, 2014, 2:00PM Eastern Time (11:00AM Pacific)  Here’s the details on what I’m speaking on: Are you running a smaller IT environment with a reduced budget? Even small and medium-sized IT departments can leverage new techniques the big guys are using to do more with less. Here’s what you’ll learn as an attendee:  Learn how to bring Google-like efficiency to even the…
  • Contest – Take the Ultimate Tech Challenge on Servers!

    admin
    18 Dec 2013 | 10:01 am
    Here’s a cool contest from Dell and Microsoft that I wanted to share with my readers… I hope that you win the new laptop! — IT professionals run into interesting and complex challenges on a daily basis, and often times to come up with creative, imaginative and on-the-fly solutions to fix problems and keep a business running. Dealing with servers and storage issues are no different, and can present a handful of situational complexities for IT pros to face and overcome. All in a day’s work for the seasoned IT pro! Dell and Microsoft want to hear a particular challenge…
  • Infographic: 10 Years of VMworld

    David Davis
    26 Aug 2013 | 11:22 pm
    This week is the VMworld in San Francisco. In fact, this is the 10th anniversary for VMworld and VirtualizationSoftware.com has come up with this beautiful infogrpahic with all the details. Please consider tweeting about it and/or embed this in your blog (linking back to us). Enjoy! Infographic by David Davis, Scott Lowe at VirtualizationSoftware.com
  • Infographic – Top Virtualization Skills to Boost Your Career

    David Davis
    20 Aug 2013 | 10:24 am
    The great people over at TrainSignal published a cool infographic today to help IT Pros boost their career in virtualization. I spent a small amount of time helping with the graphic and really love how it turned out. Hope you like it!
  • Video Debate – VDI Is A Waste Of Money with @DavidMDavis @JPBruzzese

    David Davis
    31 May 2013 | 6:17 am
    In the first ever Google Hangout conducted by TrainSignal.com, David Davis (that’s me) and J. Peter Bruzzese squared off of whether VDI was a waste of money (or worth the money). In the debate we both make some good points and end up living to debate (fight) another day. I welcome your comments and ideas for future hangouts, below.
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  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 4/19/14

    Rick Scherer
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:03 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 VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch Release ESXi550-201404001 (2076120) Date Published: 4/19/2014 VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201404401-SG: Updates esx-base (2076121) Date Published: 4/19/2014 Error occurs after upgrading from 5.0 U1 to 5.1 U1 using vSphere Update Manager (2076206) Date Published: 4/19/2014 Frequent NFS APDs after upgrading ESXi to 5.5 U1 (2076392) Date Published:…
  • VMware Support Alert – ALERT: vCAC 6.0.x tenants become inaccessible and identity stores disappear

    Rick Scherer
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    VMware has become aware of an issue that occurs after 90 days after deployment of a template in vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 6.0.x, tenants become inaccessible and identity stores disappear due to expiration of the tenant admin password. For more information, see the article below. For further information and updates, please refer to KB article: vCloud Automation Center 6.0.x tenants become inaccessible and identity stores disappear (2075011) in your problem description. Note: Any updates to this issue will be reflected in the aforementioned KB article. To be alerted when this article is…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 4/12/14

    Rick Scherer
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:18 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. Not Specified Downloading certification logos (VCP/VCA/VCAP/VCDX) (2075010) Date Published: 4/10/2014 Certification is not appearing on transcript (2075012) Date Published: 4/10/2014 VCP5 Data Center Virtualization Certification Requirements (2075015) Date Published: 4/10/2014 Finding the cost of the VCA/VCP/VCAP/ exam (2075093) Date Published: 4/10/2014 Locating a qualifying course and…
  • VMware Support Alert – ALERT: Response to Heartbleed OpenSSL security issue

    Rick Scherer
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    This week, a new vulnerability was discovered affecting SSL, a protocol most of the Internet uses to encrypt and secure communications. The VMware Security Engineering, Communications, and Response group (vSECR) is investigating the OpenSSL issue dubbed “Heartbleed”. For information on which VMware products may be affected and resolution/remediation steps, refer to the two KB articles at the bottom of this post. For the curious, we would like to quickly explain why this particular vulnerability could be a risk across the Internet. The bug — dubbed “Heartbleed” — allows anybody to…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 4/5/14

    Rick Scherer
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:59 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 Data Recovery Upgrading to VMware Data Recovery 2.x (2069257) Date Published: 4/1/2014 VMware ESXi ESXi 5.1/5.5 host fails with a purple diagnostic screen during the manipulation of a Raw Device Mapping (2075387) Date Published: 4/4/2014 Audio redirection not supported on ESXi/ESX (2074805) Date Published: 3/31/2014 Syslog or message log displays the error: HTTP header command is…
 
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  • vBeers – Columbus, OH (Tuesday, May 6th 2014)

    Eric Sarakaitis
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    vBeers – Columbus, OH (Tuesday, May 6th 2014) This will be a Citrix sponsored event! Please join us for the our first vBeers event at the World of Beer located at Easton Town Center and encourage your IT colleagues to attend as well.… Read the rest The post vBeers – Columbus, OH (Tuesday, May 6th 2014) appeared first on vmware admins.
  • vBeers ­ Columbus, OH (Wednesday, March 26th 2014)

    Eric Sarakaitis
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Join us for the next Columbus vBeers. This will be a non-sponsored event so bring your wallet, your sense of humor and get ready for some great IT and virtualization conversations with some of the best people in Central Ohio’s IT community (including YOU!).… Read the rest The post vBeers ­ Columbus, OH (Wednesday, March 26th 2014) appeared first on vmware admins.
  • How do you operationalize OpenStack?

    Eric Sarakaitis
    6 Mar 2014 | 7:12 am
    So after “living with OpenStack” for a couple months now, I’ve been taking notes and such, figured I’d share them. This view is from a managed services environment, but an enterprise view would be ok as well.… Read the rest The post How do you operationalize OpenStack? appeared first on vmware admins.
  • OpenStack cloud-init cannot contact or ping 169.254.169.254 to establish meta-data connection – fix

    Eric Sarakaitis
    6 Feb 2014 | 6:33 am
    Using OpenStack Open vSwitch with VLAN’s removes a lot of the trickery involved with using public and private IP’s. That way each VM gets it’s own real IP address assigned to it. In this case, our network layout looks as such: Logical Network Layout That being said, the VM’s still need a way to get back to 169.254.169.254 for access to the OpenStack metadata service.… Read the rest The post OpenStack cloud-init cannot contact or ping 169.254.169.254 to establish meta-data connection – fix appeared first on vmware admins.
  • vCloud Automation Center 6.0 Installation fails with error code 1603 – Fix

    Eric Sarakaitis
    4 Feb 2014 | 10:56 am
    So during my IAAS installation of vCloud Automation Center 6.0 (vCAC), I was getting the error during the installation saying: VCAC Server Setup Installation Failed, ExitCode:1603 After digging and digging, I realized that .NET Framework 4.5.1 was installed.… Read the rest The post vCloud Automation Center 6.0 Installation fails with error code 1603 – Fix appeared first on vmware admins.
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  • 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
  • StarWind V8 Release Candidate

    Ilija Brajkovic
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:57 am
    StarWind, one of the leaders in storage virtualization software, is getting close to publish it’s V8, software defined storage for Hyper-V and VMWare. The release candidate version of new StarWind SAN V8 is already available! Features include: Massive Scale-Out storage architecture Creates fault tolerant shared storage with unlimited number of nodes Asynchronous WAN-replication Ensures... Copyright © Ilija Brajkovic http://www.brajkovic.info
  • StarWind offers discounts in December!

    Ilija Brajkovic
    12 Dec 2013 | 6:17 am
    Only one month left until the New Year, and StarWind is having a massive Farewell to 2013 Countdown! Buy any StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS edition or StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V edition by the end of the year and get BIG discounts off list price! With the countdown discounts melting down with every passing week, you can SAVE [...] Copyright © Ilija Brajkovic http://www.brajkovic.info
  • Veeam Backup & Replication Cloud Edition

    Ilija Brajkovic
    28 Mar 2013 | 1:49 pm
    Protecting your business against catastrophic data loss is vital, and offsite storage is the key. Although tapes are often used for long-term, secure data storage, public storage clouds provide the reliability you need without the cost or complexity associated with tapes. Veeam Backup & Replication™ Cloud Edition makes offsite backup to the cloud easy and [...] Copyright © Ilija Brajkovic http://www.brajkovic.info
  • Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Server Monitoring Solutions

    Ilija Brajkovic
    11 Oct 2012 | 10:58 pm
    Server monitoring offers a multitude of benefits to beleaguered system administrators. We’ll look at the top seven benefits and how they can make your life easier, as well as save you time. Even better, they’ll do all that without putting a strain on your budget. Does it sound too good to be true? Well we [...] Copyright © Ilija Brajkovic http://www.brajkovic.info
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  • The New Kingmakers

    Kendrick Coleman
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    2 weeks ago, Brian Gracely (@bgracely) shared some information with me talking about the changing landscape of DevOps and it hit spot on. Brian showed a picture of a book titled The New Kingmakers, How Developers Conquered The World. I had never heard of it before so I wanted to explore, and to not spoil it completely, it did not disappoint. The book is pretty short at 57 total pages and has a whopping cost of only $3 on Amazon. There’s no reason why anyone can’t read this book because I was able to finish it on a 3 hour flight (and I’m a slow reader).   I spoke at the…
  • Bionic as a Service

    Steven Beaver
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    I can remember that, as a child, one of my favorite television shows was The Six Million Dollar Man. In case you’re not old enough to remember the show, it was about an astronaut named Steve Austin, who is severely injured in the crash of an experimental lifting body aircraft. He is “rebuilt” in an operation that costs six million dollars. His right arm, both legs, and left eye are replaced with “bionic” implants that enhance his strength, speed, and vision far above human norms: he can run at speeds of 60 mph (97 km/h) and his eye has a 20:1 zoom lens and infrared capabilities,…
  • vSphere 5.5 Update 1 Download Links and Release Notes

    Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen
    12 Mar 2014 | 10:56 am
    Today, It’s been a great news to all the Virtualization enthusiast that VSAN is announced as Generally available  and which will included as part of  vSphere 5.5 Update 1.  This update includes most of the vCloud Suite products, including VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN). VMware Virtual SAN – Virtual SAN 5.5 is a new hypervisor-converged storage tier that extends the vSphere Hypervisor to pool server-side magnetic disks (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SSDs). By clustering server-side HDDs and SSDs, Virtual SAN creates a distributed shared datastore designed and optimized for virtual…
  • Google App Engine SDK

    Mitesh Soni
    12 Mar 2014 | 10:52 am
    Google App Engine SDK App Engine provides a variety of services that helps users to perform common management operations for an application such as URL Fetch, Mail, Memcache, Image Manipulation. The Google App Engine SDKs for Java, Python, PHP, and Go each include a web server application that emulates all of the GAE servicessuch as APIs and libraries, secure sandbox environment, checks for attempts to access system resources on your local computer, tool to upload your application to GAE. The Java SDK available as a Zip file runs with Java 7. With Eclipse IDE, Google Plugin for Eclipse can…
  • Platinum Glitter: XenApp 7.5 Platinum

    Steven Beaver
    11 Mar 2014 | 5:20 am
    As part of the XenApp 7.5 release, Citrix will include AppDNA with the Platinum edition. When considering the new version, some may be questioning the key benefits of XenApp 7.5 Platinum and comparing them with the package value-add that had been incorporated into XenApp 6.x Platinum. Previously with XenApp 6.x, the major benefits for purchasing Platinum were EdgeSight and Provisioning Server. There were a few other benefits for purchasing Platinum, such as SmartAuditor, but let’s face it: the other add-ons were generally even less popular than EdgeSight. XenApp 6.x Value-Adds:…
 
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  • 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…
  • vSphere and Hyper-V Visio stencils

    Simon Long
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:15 am
    For those of you who like to make pretty architecture diagrams, this might be for you. Veeam provides a FREE collection of VMware and Hyper-V virtualization Visio stencils that can be used by ESX administrators, system integrators and datacenter managers to create their own diagrams in Microsoft Visio 2003, 2007, 2010 or 2013 as part of your Hyper-V or VMware deployment planning. You can download those stencils here: http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esx-stencils.html "vSphere and Hyper-V Visio stencils" originally appeared on The SLOG. - Follow Simon Long on Twitter: @SimonLong_ Related posts:…
  • Fancy A Trip Around The World?

    Simon Long
    18 Mar 2014 | 3:43 am
    Veeam is about to get its 100,000th customer and is launching an interactive contest for a chance to win a trip around the world and other prizes (Google Glass, iPad and Microsoft Surface). To participate, you need to register and predict the location of Veeam’s 100,000th customer on the interactive map. The closer you are to the right spot, the better chance you have to win the trip around the world and other prizes. Veeam currently have a live pre-registration page. The main contest will start next week. Join in on the fun!  Guess the location here: http://world.veeam.com/ For more…
  • TIPS: Increasing your Facebook privacy

    Simon Long
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:20 am
    The other day after I had spent some time tightening down my Facebook privacy, I posted a little Status update informing everyone of my little accomplishment. Since then, I have been sent quite a few message from friends asking how they can do the same. So instead of repeating myself, I decided to crank out a quick post that can help. Decide what you want to be available to EVERYONE The first thing you need to decide is; how much of your Facebook profile can be seen by people who you don’t know. (I class ‘Friend’s of Friend’s’ as people I don’t know).
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  • How to expand a Nutanix cluster

    Brian Suhr
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAI’ve been spending time getting to know the Nutanix platform in greater detail. I’ve heard a lot about the product and seen countless demos. But I wanted to get seat time with the product and find out how things really work. As I complete these tasks I will be writing up a detailed review that will be made available on Data Center Zombie. The Nutanix product is built as a scale-out platform and I wanted to find out exactly how easy it would be to scale things out. So I setup a lab experiment and documented the steps to add a host to an existing Nutanix…
  • How to create a backup policy in Simplivity OmniCube

    Brian Suhr
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAOne of the benefits that Simplivity OmniCube offers is built in data protection on a per-VM basis. This allows for VMs to be backed up and restored from the current vCenter plug-in. The feature is very easy to setup and use, I have not yet had time to work with the restore functions.   Create Backup Policy To get things started we need to create a new Backup Policy in the plug-in. This is done by logging into the vCenter that is managing your OmniCube cluster(s). Once logged in click on the vCenter name as shown in the first step in image below. Then click the…
  • VMware announces Horizon 6 suite and my thoughts

    Brian Suhr
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Advertise here with BSAYesterday VMware introduced Horizon Suite 6 to the world. This was a surprise to many and a long time coming for others. For myself personally I am pretty excited about the news, I’ve been a critic of VMware for a long time now on their weak spots in the EUC space. You can read more about them in this post, I was candid and ruffled more than a few feathers. The good news is I am looking forward to being able to revisit that comparison this summer once the new features are out and I’ve had some time to work with them. The number of updates are pretty long in…
  • PernixData FVP review at Data Center Zombie

    Brian Suhr
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Advertise here with BSAIf you looking for a great review and some performance data on PernixData head on over to the review that I wrote at Data Center Zombie. Ya I wrote it so I think its great, but not like I was gonna say it was bad. I put PernixData through the paces for some performance tests and reporting. Also how is it to install and use for the admin crowd. Anyways you are probably dying to read it by now so head on over and give it read here.   If you have any experience with PernixData drop a note in the comments I would and other also are always looking for real feedback.
  • My VSAN home lab configuration

    Brian Suhr
    28 Feb 2014 | 9:41 am
    Advertise here with BSAThe excitement around VMware VSAN continues to grow and I expect to see its release or the announcement of the release data on March 6 at a webcast VMware has scheduled. I’ve been working on expanding the home lab and one candidate for the new expansion was to get a small VSAN cluster setup and do some testing. My goal for this setup is to get comfortable with VSAN, test how stable and resilient it is and maybe see if it has a long term fit in the home lab. I’ve been thinking that if I’m pleased with the results this could be my long term management…
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  • vBeers – Columbus, OH (Tuesday, May 6th 2014)

    Eric Sarakaitis
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    vBeers – Columbus, OH (Tuesday, May 6th 2014) This will be a Citrix sponsored event! Please join us for the our first vBeers event at the World of Beer located at Easton Town Center and encourage your IT colleagues to attend as well.… Read the rest The post vBeers – Columbus, OH (Tuesday, May 6th 2014) appeared first on vmware admins.
  • vBeers ­ Columbus, OH (Wednesday, March 26th 2014)

    Eric Sarakaitis
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Join us for the next Columbus vBeers. This will be a non-sponsored event so bring your wallet, your sense of humor and get ready for some great IT and virtualization conversations with some of the best people in Central Ohio’s IT community (including YOU!).… Read the rest The post vBeers ­ Columbus, OH (Wednesday, March 26th 2014) appeared first on vmware admins.
  • How do you operationalize OpenStack?

    Eric Sarakaitis
    6 Mar 2014 | 7:12 am
    So after “living with OpenStack” for a couple months now, I’ve been taking notes and such, figured I’d share them. This view is from a managed services environment, but an enterprise view would be ok as well.… Read the rest The post How do you operationalize OpenStack? appeared first on vmware admins.
  • OpenStack cloud-init cannot contact or ping 169.254.169.254 to establish meta-data connection – fix

    Eric Sarakaitis
    6 Feb 2014 | 6:33 am
    Using OpenStack Open vSwitch with VLAN’s removes a lot of the trickery involved with using public and private IP’s. That way each VM gets it’s own real IP address assigned to it. In this case, our network layout looks as such: Logical Network Layout That being said, the VM’s still need a way to get back to 169.254.169.254 for access to the OpenStack metadata service.… Read the rest The post OpenStack cloud-init cannot contact or ping 169.254.169.254 to establish meta-data connection – fix appeared first on vmware admins.
  • vCloud Automation Center 6.0 Installation fails with error code 1603 – Fix

    Eric Sarakaitis
    4 Feb 2014 | 10:56 am
    So during my IAAS installation of vCloud Automation Center 6.0 (vCAC), I was getting the error during the installation saying: VCAC Server Setup Installation Failed, ExitCode:1603 After digging and digging, I realized that .NET Framework 4.5.1 was installed.… Read the rest The post vCloud Automation Center 6.0 Installation fails with error code 1603 – Fix appeared first on vmware admins.
 
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  • 5 Things you didn’t know about the Veeam Cloud Provider program

    Rick Vanover
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    First of all, did you even know that there’s a Veeam Cloud Provider program? A Veeam Cloud Provider is a type of Veeam partner that functions in a service provider model. This can exist in a number of ways for a number of different service models. For example, a hosting provider or telco using Veeam to protect hosted VMs, an Application Service Provider leveraging Veeam to protect customer data, or a Cloud Service Provider offering Veeam-powered backup and disaster recovery services, and more. In fact, there are scores of ways Veeam products can be used to protect applications and data.
  • Veeam Backup & Replication Add-on for Kaseya is now available!

    Maria Levkina
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Today we’re happy to announce general availability of Veeam Backup & Replication Add-on for Kaseya! The first release is available now for download at the Veeam website.    Veeam Backup & Replication Add-on for Kaseya is completely FREE and intended for service providers (and IT departments) who use Kaseya VSA to manage IT environments remotely and at the same time use Veeam Backup & Replication to protect vSphere and Hyper-V VMs. Below, I’ve tried to answer the most common questions about the add-on, describe its key features and more.   What is Veeam Backup &…
  • Do I need to be worried about the SSL Heartbleed vulnerability?

    Doug Hazelman (VMDoug)
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    I am sure that many of you by now heard or read about the Heartbleed bugthat has been in the IT news for a few days now. The Heartbleed bug is a serious vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This is a very popular used network software that many companies and services on the internet use for encrypting their services. Websites & online services such as Facebook, Tumblr, Google, Yahoo, Gmail, Yahoo mail,  Amazon web services, GoDaddy and many more use the affected OpenSSL version and therefore are sensitive for this bug. Luckily it seems that the bug was discovered…
  • Veeam to offer advanced data protection with NetApp

    Luca Dell'Oca
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
     When I think about NetApp, the first word that comes to my mind is Snapshot. And if you work in virtualization or storage, or both, snapshots are the foundations of many solutions we all use every day. NetApp is no doubt one of the major players in the storage world, and one of its best and most known feature is its snapshot technology. Efficient, space saving, with basically no impact on production workloads, NetApp users have always relied on this technology to protect their data. The power of NetApp have always been in its software: the ONTAP operating system offers a full-featured…
  • Happy World Backup Day 2014!

    Maria Levkina
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:38 am
    If you search for IT horror stories on the internet, the majority of them will be about inadequate or missing backups. This is quite predictable—if you forget about a WHERE statement on a SQL update, upload test data into production or unintentionally delete an entire organizational unit in Active Directory, what’s the only thing that can save your bacon? A good backup! That’s why on March 31, Veeam is celebrating World Backup Day, the day when we recognize the importance of reliable backups. Wait… What exactly is World Backup Day? World Backup Day is a special international day when…
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  • Ubuntu Graylog2 Auto Install Script – Video

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Advertise here with BSAI wanted to throw together a video real quick to demonstrate how easy Graylog2 can be installed using my Ubuntu auto-install script. This video will augment the following post which is a very popular post. Enjoy! The post Ubuntu Graylog2 Auto Install Script – Video appeared first on Everything Should Be Virtual.
  • NexentaStor 4.0.1 GA Released today

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Advertise here with BSANexentaStor 4.x has finally made it to GA as of today. I will be evaluating if it makes sense to make the move yet or not prior to upgrading my actual production lab array. Keep in mind that this is a complete reinstall so the upgrade is disruptive. They claim the next release will allow an upgrade from 3.x to 4.x non-disruptive. I am curious about that one In the meantime here is a link to the NexentaStor 4.0.1 release notes. I advise you to take a look. Enjoy! The post NexentaStor 4.0.1 GA Released today appeared first on Everything Should Be Virtual.
  • Build TFTP Server for ESXi Installs

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Advertise here with BSASo it has been a while since I have built a TFTP server and the opportunity came up to do this again to do some ESXi deployments. I wanted the ability to do interactive installations as well as fully automated by using kickstart scripts. So with this all being said here is what I have come up with. Hopefully it will help someone out if they need to do the same. First of all I will be deploying the TFTP server on a Ubuntu 12.04 server and not a Windows server. So let’s get started. Install Apache2 for serving kickstart configuration files and VIB files out to your…
  • Solarwinds Web UI Issues with Google Chrome

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Advertise here with BSASo in the past few days, I have witnessed on two different environments when trying to connect to certain components of Solarwinds using Google Chrome you will see the following. Obviously this is a pain because the page will not display. So after opening the same page using Firefox, you will see the following. So it appears that the issue is with the SSL cert connecting back into these components. In this case I am trying to view Virtualization Manager maps. So in order to get around this we need to find the IP address of the Virtualization Manager appliance so we can…
  • VMware and Hyper-V Visio Stencils

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Advertise here with BSAFor any of you ever looking for some great FREE Visio stencils you can head over to Veeam and download them for free. They have stencils for VMware and Hyper-V both. So head on over and get yours now. http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esx-stencils.html Enjoy! The post VMware and Hyper-V Visio Stencils appeared first on Everything Should Be Virtual.
 
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  • Understanding Meaningful Use Stage 2 and Stage 3…What Changes?

    JG
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    ‘Meaningful Use Stage 2’ is the second phase of the ‘meaningful use’ incentive program that defines the second phase of requirements for the use of electronic health record (EHR) systems by healthcare providers.  This builds on stage 1, and is the second list of criteria and regulations established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid […]The post Understanding Meaningful Use Stage 2 and Stage 3…What Changes? appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
  • EHR Security and Compliance Objectives Get Real Results

    JG
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    My doctor now uses an iPad to jot things down during my exam. In the old days, it used to be clipboards and folders, ‘old days’ meaning 2012. With the use of automation, physicians can now leverage technology to better their ability to provide care. It’s easier to spot drug compatibility issues, validate diagnosis, even […]The post EHR Security and Compliance Objectives Get Real Results appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
  • Achieving High Availability Through Managed AWS

    JG
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    On May 6, Logicworks will be hosting a webinar with AWS to highlight some of the innovative approaches to enabling High Availability (HA) that a managed approach to utilizing AWS can yield for a business looking to ensure that mission critical applications and websites never go down. We encourage you to register for the HA […]The post Achieving High Availability Through Managed AWS appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
  • Who’s Who in Cloud – April 11, 2014

    IL
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    This week has been bubbling with news on the affliction of Heartbleed and data security. If you haven’t already, please take the appropriate measures in protecting your business as well as yourself on the internet. Check out how security experts are addressing this widespread computer bug. Tony Bradley - “What you need to know about Heartbleed […]The post Who’s Who in Cloud – April 11, 2014 appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
  • Healthcare Cloud Security: Now and Into the Future

    JG
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Healthcare providers and payers that utilize cloud platforms to store and access personnel records (and like data) are probably storing protected health information (“PHI”), which is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). Rules now in place govern the use of cloud computing to store health-related data, including personnel-related data.  […]The post Healthcare Cloud Security: Now and Into the Future appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
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