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  • VMware vCloud Air Network: Building a Global Hybrid Cloud With Help From Our Partners

    Tribal Knowledge
    Morgan OLeary
    28 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    In August 2014, VMware rebranded and expanded the VMware Service Provider Program to the VMware® vCloud Air™ Network. Although the name changed, our approach remains the same – since 2008, we have worked closely with service provider partners to deliver public and hybrid cloud services to a diverse customer base on a global basis. Through […]
  • PowerCLI Customer Spotlight #2: Luc Dekens

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    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…
  • Let Us Wow You with vSphere 6

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    Martin Yip
    26 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    Not yet on vSphere 6?  Join us for a webcast to learn why you should be.  Starting June 2nd, 2015 and recurring every other Tuesday at 9AM, join the vSphere product experts to learn what’s new and exciting about vSphere 6!  A different topic will be covered each session and time will be allocated at the end of each webcast for Q&A. Please always check the latest schedule each week as topics may change and sessions may be added or removed. Date Webcast Topic vSphere Expert Registration June 2 vCenter ServerWhat’s new in vCenter Server including differences between Windows install…
  • VMware Releases Security and Compliance Solution for Docker Containers

    VMware Security & Compliance Blog
    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…
  • Running Transactional Workloads Using Docker Containers on vSphere 6.0

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    Banit Agrawal
    26 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    In a series of blogs, we showed that not only can Docker containers seamlessly run inside vSphere 6.0 VMs, but both micro-benchmarks and popular workloads in such configurations perform as well as, and in some cases better than, in native Docker configurations. See the following blog posts for our past findings: Docker Containers Performance in VMware vSphere: We studied the performance of running Docker containers on vSphere by running a single instance of an application (Redis) and some micro-benchmarks. Scaling Out Redis Performance with Docker on vSphere 6.0: We presented the performance…
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  • VMware vCloud Air Network: Building a Global Hybrid Cloud With Help From Our Partners

    Morgan OLeary
    28 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    In August 2014, VMware rebranded and expanded the VMware Service Provider Program to the VMware® vCloud Air™ Network. Although the name changed, our approach remains the same – since 2008, we have worked closely with service provider partners to deliver public and hybrid cloud services to a diverse customer base on a global basis. Through […]
  • VMware and VMUG Announce New Virtual SAN Evaluation Program

    Morgan OLeary
    27 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    In the spirit of knowledge sharing, and in partnership with the VMware User Group (VMUG), we are excited to announce a new Virtual SAN Evaluation program. The Virtual SAN Evaluation program, which is offered solely through VMUG, begins today. VMUG members can find more details and sign up for the program at: http://vmug.hs-sites.com/virtual-san-trial We caught […]
  • EMC Announces Agreement to Acquire Virtustream

    Bill Fathers
    26 May 2015 | 5:06 am
    By Bill Fathers, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware Earlier today EMC announced that they have entered a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Virtustream, a cloud services provider focused on the managed private cloud. This is great news for our customers, VMware and the EMC Federation of companies. As the […]
  • VMware News Recap 5/22/15: What We Read This Week

    Morgan OLeary
    22 May 2015 | 1:16 pm
    This week in VMware News: EVO:RAIL, vSOM & Horizon Air Updates, Transforming Education with the Cloud + Help us Shape VMworld 2015 Content On Thursday, VMware’s EVO:RAIL team announced that they shipped new releases of VMware EVO:RAIL software. The latest releases address feedback received from customers and partners. It also includes support for the recently […]
  • VMware EVO:RAIL Ships New Software Releases

    VMTN
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    By Mornay van der Walt, vice president, EVO:RAIL Group, VMware Today, I’m pleased to announce we have shipped new releases of the VMware EVO:RAIL software. These latest releases address some of the wide-ranging feedback we have received from our customers and partners over the last six months with regards to scale, hardware monitoring, serviceability automation, […]
 
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  • 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…
  • PowerCLI Customer Spotlight #1: Josh Atwell

    Brian Graf
    8 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    PowerCLI Customer Spotlight I am pleased to announce that we are starting a blog series that spotlights users in the community, their accomplishments, and their successes with PowerCLI. I look forward to introducing members of this great community and their experiences to you. I hope that you will all be able to learn from each individual and that it will inspire you to continue to learn and leverage PowerCLI to help you in your current and future endeavors. Customer Spotlight - A little about Josh Name: Josh Atwell Twitter: @Josh_Atwell Blog: www.vtesseract.com…
  • PowerCLI: Continually Making Improvements for Quality Customer Experiences

    Brian Graf
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s not every day that a product team can come out and say that they listen to their customers and continue to release new features and functionality asked for by it’s users. One of the wonderful opportunities I’ve had while working with our PowerCLI team is to see how focused they are on not only providing new features and functionality within different VMware products (allowing users to automate and administrate a number of key VMware products in their virtual environments), but also how actively they are listening to the feedback that YOU, the customer, are giving us. Obviously, not…
  • PowerCLI found Globally!

    Brian Graf
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Ok, in today’s world, let’s be honest. Everything is pretty much global… What I wanted to point out were some fantastic datapoints I received from a vExpert gift we sent out a few weeks ago. vExpert Gift Recently, we had a signup for all of our VMware vExperts (you can learn more about the vExpert program HERE) to receive a free 42” x 20” PowerCLI Reference Poster. For anyone who would like a digital copy you can find it HERE with instructions on how to print it out as well. We left the sign-ups open for 4 weeks and then shipped out posters to each individual who had registered.
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  • Let Us Wow You with vSphere 6

    Martin Yip
    26 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    Not yet on vSphere 6?  Join us for a webcast to learn why you should be.  Starting June 2nd, 2015 and recurring every other Tuesday at 9AM, join the vSphere product experts to learn what’s new and exciting about vSphere 6!  A different topic will be covered each session and time will be allocated at the end of each webcast for Q&A. Please always check the latest schedule each week as topics may change and sessions may be added or removed. Date Webcast Topic vSphere Expert Registration June 2 vCenter ServerWhat’s new in vCenter Server including differences between Windows install…
  • Configure Auto Deploy Rules - PowerCLI

    Brian Graf
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    In the previous post Configure DHCP and TFTP for Auto Deploy, we discussed how to setup your DHCP and TFTP servers to allow your ESX hosts to PXE boot. However, once an ESX host boots, it will need directions to know what to boot. This is where Auto Deploy Rules come in. Download an ESXi Offline Bundle You will need at least one offline ESXi bundle, which will allow you to attach ESXi to an Auto Deploy rule (we’ll talk about this later on) Go to www.vmware.com and click on the version of ESXi you wish to use. You will see an ‘ESXi Offline Bundle’ ZIP file. Download the file and remember…
  • DRS Keeps VMs Happy

    Matthew Meyer
    20 May 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Since the introduction of Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) almost 10 years ago, it has become the most trusted way to ensure virtual machines are running at their peak performance. Over 80% of customers that have introduced DRS use it in fully automated mode, which allows for automatic placement and rebalance operations that simplifies capacity planning and administrative overhead. There seems to be quite a bit of inaccurate information floating around recently about vSphere DRS. The most common thing I hear is that “DRS is focused on balancing hosts in the cluster, and is not focused…
  • vCenter Server 6.0 Availability Guide

    Mohan Potheri
    19 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    vCenter Server has become a mission critical part of most virtual infrastructures. It can be a single point of failure if it is not designed for availability. vCenter Server 6 has many changes relating to vCenter Server and its components and careful consideration has to be made in the design of its architecture. There are multiple solutions for high availability. Many of these options can be combined to provide different levels of availability. vSphere HA, FT, vCenter Watchdog services and in guest clustering solutions can be combined depending on customer requirements for availability. The…
  • High performance lab and Infrastructure for Elite Database Workshop - SQL Server Event #2

    Mohan Potheri
    1 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    The VMware BCA team successfully conducted the second batch for SQL Server MVPs April 21st-23rd. The attendee list includes.   Steve Jones, Tim Ford, Arnie Rowland, Wendy Pastrick, Eddie Wurech, Robert Davis, Sean McCown, Allan Hirt, Geoff Hiten,  Randy Knight, Chris Shaw, Jason Strate, Brandon Leach, Shawn Meyers, Melissa Connors. Alumni guests include David Klee, Mike Corey and Denny Cherry. The agenda included presentations from luminaries, subject matter experts and executives from VMware and Tintri combined with a hands on SQL 2014 performance lab on VMware.  The attendees were…
 
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    VMware Security & Compliance Blog

  • 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…
  • VMSA-2015-0003 (SKIP-TLS)

    vSRC
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    New VMware security advisory VMSA-2015-0003 (SKIP-TLS) Today VMware has released the following new security advisory, VMSA-2015-0003 The advisory documents CVE-2014-6593, which was issued for the incorrect handling of the ChangeCipherSpec in Oracle JRE also known as "SKIP" or "SKIP-TLS". The issue allows a Man-in-the Middle to manipulate the SSL handshake which may result in impersonation of the server or in communication over plaintext between client and server. We have reviewed CVE-2014-6593 and determined that it is a critical security issue if an application initiates communication over…
  • VMware Announces its Membership in SAFECode

    Robert Wehrfritz
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    VMware is proud to announce it's associate membership in the Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode). The forum is exclusively dedicated to increasing trust in information and communications technology products and services through the advancement of effective software assurance methods. SAFECode is a global, industry-led effort to identify and promote best practices for developing and delivering more secure and reliable software and services. Please see the following CTO blog post by Iain Mulholland for more details about this exciting news.
  • Changes to Transparent Page Sharing completed and updated VMware Security Advisories

    Simon Bodger
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:56 pm
    As previously posted (Oct 16, Nov 24, Dec 4 and Jan 27), VMware has introduced new TPS (Transparent Page Sharing) management options. Today’s ESXi 5.0 patch restricts TPS to individual VMs and disables inter-VM TPS by default unless an administrator chooses to re-enable it. Please see KB 2097593 for full details on the functionality. Additionally VMware has today updated advisory VMSA-2015-0001.1. Customers should review the updated security advisory and direct any questions to VMware Support. Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware…
  • VMware Product Security White Paper has been published

    Robert Wehrfritz
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:59 pm
    A new VMware Product Security White Paper highlighting the various ways VMware minimizes product security risks for it's customers has been published and is available via the VMware security web site: http://www.vmware.com/security
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  • Running Transactional Workloads Using Docker Containers on vSphere 6.0

    Banit Agrawal
    26 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    In a series of blogs, we showed that not only can Docker containers seamlessly run inside vSphere 6.0 VMs, but both micro-benchmarks and popular workloads in such configurations perform as well as, and in some cases better than, in native Docker configurations. See the following blog posts for our past findings: Docker Containers Performance in VMware vSphere: We studied the performance of running Docker containers on vSphere by running a single instance of an application (Redis) and some micro-benchmarks. Scaling Out Redis Performance with Docker on vSphere 6.0: We presented the performance…
  • Virtualized Storage Performance: RAID Groups versus Storage pools

    Rebecca Grider
    1 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    RAID, a redundant array of independent disks, has traditionally been the foundation of enterprise storage. Grouping multiple disks into one logical unit can vastly increase the availability and performance of storage by protecting against disk failure, allowing greater I/O parallelism, and pooling capacity. Storage pools similarly increase the capacity and performance of storage, but are easier to configure and manage than RAID groups. RAID groups have traditionally been regarded as offering better and more predictable performance than storage pools. Although both technologies were developed…
  • Network Improvements in vSphere 6 Boost Performance for 40G NICs

    Rishi Mehta
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    Introduced in vSphere 5.5, a Linux-based driver was added to support 40GbE Mellanox adapters on ESXi. Now vSphere 6.0 adds a native driver and Dynamic NetQueue for Mellanox, and these features  significantly improve network performance. In addition to the device driver changes, vSphere 6.0 includes improvements to the vmxnet3 virtual NIC (vNIC) that allows a single vNIC to achieve line-rate performance with 40GbE physical NICs. Another performance feature introduced in 6.0 for high bandwidth NICs is NUMA Aware I/O which improves performance by collocating highly network-intensive workloads…
  • Scaling Web 2.0 Applications using Docker containers on vSphere 6.0

    Qasim Ali
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    by Qasim Ali In a previous VROOM post, we showed that running Redis inside Docker containers on vSphere adds little to no overhead and observed sizeable performance improvements when scaling out the application when compared to running containers directly on the native hardware. This post analyzes scaling Web 2.0 applications using Docker containers on vSphere and compares the performance of running Docker containers on native and vSphere. This study shows that Docker containers add negligible overhead when run on vSphere, and also that the performance using virtual machines is very close to…
  • VMware Horizon 6 with View: Performance Testing and Best Practices

    Banit Agrawal
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    In the blog here, we just published the updated white paper VMware Horizon 6 with View Performance and Best Practices that describes the performance gains achieved with the latest Horizon 6 enhancements. The paper details the architecture systems used for testing the features and recommends best practices for configuring your system. The white paper talks about the following performance results: RDSH sizing Display protocol performance PCoIP default settings changes VDI characterization on Virtual SAN Finally, some of the best practices are presented: RDSH virtual machine sizing RDSH…
 
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  • Rubrik and Converged Data Management

    26 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    Rubrik today announced a new Series B investment (of $41 million) and introduced their r300 Series Hybrid Cloud Appliance, powered by what they’re touting as a “Converged Data Management” platform. Wow—that’s a mouthful, isn’t it? It sounds a bit like buzzword bingo, but after having spent a bit of time talking to Rubrik last week, there are some interesting (in my opinion) things going on here. So what exactly is Rubrik doing? Here’s the “TL;DR” for those of you that don’t have the patience (or the time) for anything more in-depth: Rubrik is targeting the secondary…
  • Bootstrapping Servers into Ansible

    26 May 2015 | 9:35 am
    As part of a lab rebuild I’ve been doing over the last few weeks (funny how hardware failures can lead to a lab rebuild), I’ve been expanding the use of Ansible for configuration automation. In this post, I’m going to share the process I’ve created for bootstrapping newly-built servers into Ansible. I developed this Ansible bootstrapping process to work in conjunction with the fully automated Ubuntu installation method that I described in an earlier post. The idea is that I would be able to boot a new server (virtual or physical), choose a configuration from the PXE menu, and a few…
  • Technology Short Take #51

    22 May 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #51, another collection of posts and links about key data center technologies like networking, virtualization, cloud management, and applications/operating systems. Here’s hoping you find something useful in this collection! Networking I’m not sure if this falls here or into the “Cloud Computing/Cloud Computing” category, but Shannon McFarland—fellow co-conspirator with the Denver OpenStack Meetup group—has a nice article describing some design and deployment considerations for IPv6 in the OpenStack Kilo release. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned…
  • Using an Apt Proxy

    21 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    In this post I’ll show you how to use apt-cacher-ng as an Apt proxy for Ubuntu systems on your network. I’m sure there are a lot of other resources that also provide this information, but I’m including it here for the sake of completeness and making it as easy as possible for others. Using an Apt proxy will help reduce the traffic coming from your network to external repositories, but it simpler and easier than running your own internal repository or mirror. This isn’t the first time I’ve discussed apt-cacher-ng; almost two years ago I showed you how to use Puppet to configure…
  • Building a Fully Automated Ubuntu Installation Process

    20 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Recently on Twitter, I mentioned that I had managed to successfully create a fully automated process for installing Ubuntu Server 14.04.2, along with a method for bootstrapping Ansible. In this post, I’m going to describe the installation process I built and the components that went into making it work. I’ll discuss the Ansible bootstrap process in a separate post. I significantly doubt that there is anything new or unique here, but hopefully this information will prove helpful to others facing similar challenges. Before I continue, allow me to briefly discuss why I didn’t use a system…
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  • Cisco UCS firmware update bug

    Gabrie van Zanten
    21 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    Just ran into a Cisco UCS bug. When upgrading the UCS firmware of your environment, some B200M4 blades may reboot spontaniously. I won’t tell you how I found out, but be sure to read this article: Cisco Bug: CSCut61527 – B200M4 could reboot on shallow_chkpt when BMC returns invalid FRU data. https://tools.cisco.com/quickview/bug/CSCut61527 Affected firmware: 2.2(3) and 2.2(3a)A according to the KB. My upgrade was from 2.2(3c) to 2.2(3f). According to the KB this issue should be resolved in 2.2(3g)A.    
  • Wishlist: KB article with Log Insight queries

    Gabrie van Zanten
    18 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    With VMware Log Insight you can create great queries. For some environments we have known bugs and since we can’t always update as fast as we would like, I’ve built some simple queries to alert me whenever the bug is more likely to kick in.  For example, I have a query that warns me by e-mail when the logs show “netGPHeap already at its maximum size” because this is a symptom of a known bug.  Often when searching through KB.vmware.com for a problem I’m experiencing, I see a list of symptoms mentioned by a KB. Wouldn’t it be great if you could also see a…
  • Manage your VMware Metro Storage Cluster with Tags

    Gabrie van Zanten
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:53 am
    Running a VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (VMware vMSC) makes it possible to move VMs between two geographical locations without downtime. In a Metro Storage Cluster a vSphere Cluster consists of ESXi hosts from both locations with shared storage that is stretched over these locations. Using a VMware Metro Storage Cluster makes your environment even more resilliant against failures and can help you get up and running again much faster should a disaster occur. To get more information on VMware Metro Storage Cluster read the following articles: Implementing vSphere Metro Storage…
  • Check correct path policy of RDMs

    Gabrie van Zanten
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    Our vSphere version combined with EMC VNX MCX OE version advices Round Robin as path policy. For RDMs used by a Microsoft Cluster however, Most-Recently-Used is the adviced policy. If a Microsoft Cluster has the incorrect path policy, there is a hughe latency on the RDM. We have noticed that reboot of the ESXi host or forced rescan of the HBA will reset the path policy selection. To be able to keep an eye on unwanted changes in path policy, we use the famous vCheck by Alan Renouf and added our own plugin.  $Report = @() $GevondenMRULuns = 0 $Header = "" foreach($vm in (Get-View…
  • Check the health of your storage paths

    Gabrie van Zanten
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    For you vSphere environment you always want to make sure that all paths to your storage system are connected. That is why in our vSphere environment we run a daily morning check that tells us if there are any death paths between hosts and storage. Before upgrades of our SAN or flare code upgrades of our storage arrays, we also make sure there are no death paths in our vSphere environement. Although this looks to be a good practise, we never realised until a few weeks ago, that after rescanning a host with death paths, the rescan can make the path completely dissapear. We did use a script to…
 
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  • New Book - Mastering vRealize Operations Manager

    28 May 2015 | 3:39 am
    As x86 server virtualization becomes mainstream for even the most demanding applications, the criticality of managing the heath and efficiency of virtualized environments is more important than ever. vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 (vROps 6.0) is the key to simplify operations of your virtualized environment and move from being reactive to proactive. Mastering vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 helps you streamline your processes and customize the environment to suit your needs. You will gain visibility across all devices in the network and retain full control. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step…
  • Free e-learning course - VMware Integrated OpenStack Fundamentals

    22 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    OpenStack is a framework for delivering cloud services. As a cloud operating system, OpenStack controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter. VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) is a VMware supported OpenStack distribution that makes it easier for IT to run a production-grade OpenStack-based deployment on top of their existing VMware infrastructure. VIO enables IT admins to quickly and easily deploy and operate a production grade OpenStack cloud while giving developers the standard OpenStack APIs on a reliable platform.  This e-Learning course…
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  • 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 […]
  • How-to configure Office 365 Pro in a non-persistent VDI environment

    Sven Huisman
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m currently implementing a VMware Horizon View environment with Windows 8.1 non-persistent desktops. The customer has Office 365 licenses for the users and has no right to use a KMS license activation server for Office 2013. Activation of Office 365 Pro is done by the user: The Office 365 administrator assigns an Office 365 license […]
 
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  • Attacker Used Hola Free VPN as Denial of Service Botnet

    David Bisson
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    An anonymous message board was the alleged target of several denial of service (DoS) attacks launched by the free VPN service Hola earlier this week. Israeli-based Hola is one of the most popular free virtual private network (VPN) providers today. It boasts seven million users of its Chrome extension alone. However, according to Frederick Brennan, […]… Read More The post Attacker Used Hola Free VPN as Denial of Service Botnet appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Virtual Terminals, POS Security and Becoming a Billionaire Overnight!

    Tripwire Guest Authors
    29 May 2015 | 3:55 am
    Debit and credit card transactions are part of our daily lives. Very few people use cash nowadays as it is way more convenient to use a payment card for a purchase. Most of these transactions are performed through a standalone Point-of-Sale (POS) device, an Electronic Cash Registry (ECR) or through a Virtual Terminal (VT). Even […]… Read More The post Virtual Terminals, POS Security and Becoming a Billionaire Overnight! appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Wifiphisher: Automating Phishing Attacks Against WiFi Networks

    Tripwire Guest Authors
    28 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Although wireless communication technologies have matured to a great extent, their related communication protocols and stack implementations are still encumbered by a number of well known security problems. WiFi (802.11) management packets are not cryptographically protected against eavesdropping, modification or replay attacks. WEP, WPA and WPA2 protect data only after the association has been established. […]… Read More The post Wifiphisher: Automating Phishing Attacks Against WiFi Networks appeared first on The State of Security.
  • How to Stalk Someone’s Location on Facebook Messenger

    Graham Cluley
    28 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    A newly-released tool lets you creepily track the movements of other Facebook users and plot them on a map. Might your workers be sharing location data that could put your company's security in danger? The post How to Stalk Someone’s Location on Facebook Messenger appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Yahoo to Face Privacy Class-Action Lawsuit Over Scanned Emails

    David Bisson
    28 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    A judge has ordered Yahoo, Inc. to face a class action lawsuit alleging that the company violated users’ privacy by scanning email messages for advertising purposes. In her 44-page decision, Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court of Northern California explains that Yahoo is alleged to have scanned the contents of messages sent to […]… Read More The post Yahoo to Face Privacy Class-Action Lawsuit Over Scanned Emails appeared first on The State of Security.
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  • Rubrik follow up, GA and funding announcement

    Duncan Epping
    27 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    Advertise here with BSATwo months ago I published an introduction post on Rubrik. Yesterday Rubrik announced that their platform went GA and they announced a funding round (series B) of 41 million dollars led by Greylock. I want to congratulate Rubrik with this new milestone, major achievement and I am sure we will hear much more from them in the months to come. For those who don’t recall, here is what Rubrik is all about: Rubrik is building a hyperconverged backup solution and it will scale from 3 to 1000s of nodes. Note that this solution will be up and running in 15 minutes and…
  • No one ever got fired for buying IBM/HP/DELL/EMC etc

    Duncan Epping
    26 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Advertise here with BSALast week on twitter there was a discussion about hyper-converged solutions and how these were not what someone who works in an enterprise environment would buy for their tier 1 workloads. I asked the question: well what about buying Pure Storage, Tintri, Nimble or Solid Fire systems? All non-hyper converged solutions, but relatively new. Answer was straight forward: not buying those either, big risk. Then the classic comment came: No one ever got fired for buying IBM (Dell, HP, NetApp, EMC… pick one) Brilliant marketing slogan by the way (IBM) which has stuck…
  • VAAI support in vSphere Standard and up as of 6.0!

    Duncan Epping
    22 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    Advertise here with BSAAfter some internal discussions over the last months it was decided to move VAAI (vSphere APIs for Array Integration) and Multi-Pathing down to vSphere Standard as of 6.0. Main reason for this was that Virtual Volumes, by many considered as the natural evolution of VAAI, is also part of vSphere Standard. So if you have vSphere Standard and a VAAI capable array and looking to move to 6.0, make sure to check the configuration of your hosts and use this great functionality! Note that VAAI did indeed already work in lower editions, but from a licensing point of view you…
  • This host currently has no network management redundancy

    Duncan Epping
    21 May 2015 | 4:12 am
    Advertise here with BSABumped in to this a billion times by now, and I wouldn’t recommend applying this in production but for your lab when you need to take clean screenshots it works great. I’ve mentioned this setting before but as it was part of a larger article it doesn’t stand out when searching so I figured I would dedicate a short and simple article to it. Here is what you will need to do if you see the following message in the vSphere Web Client: this host currently has no network management redundancy. Go to your Cluster object Go to Settings Go to “vSphere…
  • Deploy VCSA 6.0 firstboot error

    Duncan Epping
    19 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Advertise here with BSAI was doing some tests in my lab and while deploying a new VCSA 6.0 I received an error that firstboot was unsuccessful. Not really a great error message if you ask me but okay. I had already validated DNS twice before I got started, but I checked it again just in case… DNS was all good, what else could it be? Figured NTP could be another problem and my friend William Lam confirmed that. I checked the host if NTP was configured and it was not for some reason. So I configured NTP on my ESXi hosts which was straight forward, but what about the VCSA I had deployed?
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  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 5/23/15

    Rick Scherer
    25 May 2015 | 7:38 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 Continuent for Clustering VMware Continuent fails with the error: Cannot assign requested address (2108860) Date Published: 5/21/2015 VMware ESXi When powering on a nested virtual machine, vSphere Client reports the warning: Running VMware ESX in a virtual machine will result in degraded performance. Do you want to continue? (2108739) Date Published: 5/22/2015 VMware ESXi 5.1, 5.5…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 5/16/15

    Rick Scherer
    18 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. Datacenter VMware products not affected by CVE-2015-3456, aka VENOM (2117469) Date Published: 5/16/2015 VMware App Volumes Creating a new App Volumes AppStack template VMDK smaller than 20 GB (2116022) Date Published: 5/15/2015 VMware Continuent for Analytics and Big Data The command tungsten_provision_thl fails when using Percona Server (2111054) Date Published: 5/12/2015 The MySQL client…
  • VMworld 2015 – Session Voting Now Open!

    Rick Scherer
    14 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Planning is in full swing for what will be the 12th Annual VMworld Conference, which will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain. This is by far one of the largest tech industry conferences with typically over 20k attendees and pretty much every vendor under the sun in attendance. It basically means that you don’t want to be left out, so make sure you pre-register to get an amazingly low price. What this also means is that session voting is now open, and I need your help! I’m planning on running three awesome Ask the Experts…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 5/9/15

    Rick Scherer
    11 May 2015 | 7:52 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 Virtualization is disabled when logging into the App Volumes Agent virtual machine for the first time (2114670) Date Published: 5/6/2015 VMware Continuent for Analytics and Big Data Identifying unextracted events from a failed VMware Continuent replicator host (2116076) Date Published: 5/4/2015 VMware ESXi Cannot create a quiesced snapshot of a virtual machine (2105842)…
  • VMware Support Alert – ALERT: vSphere Web Client 5.0 fails to load

    Rick Scherer
    11 May 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 Special Alert direct from VMware Support Insider. VMware has become aware of an issue with the vSphere Web Client 5.0 failing to load with the error: RSL Error # of 29 Error 2046 Note: The RSL Error (# out of 29) number may fail at different values. Note: This issue only impacts only the usability of the vSphere Web Client 5.0 This error occurs regardless of the browser or version used. This is independent of the Adobe Flash version installed. Setting the…
 
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  • Use Lightwave to authenticate SSH logins to Photon

    Eric Gray
    20 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Project Lightwave is an open source identity and access management platform from VMware. One of the many capabilities offered is authentication of SSH logins, eliminating the need to manage local user accounts on Photon container runtime instances.  This article walks through the basic steps required to enable this feature — please see the quick start guide for instructions on how to set up a Lightwave server and join a client to the domain. Once configured, it is possible to ssh into Photon using Lightwave directory credentials and even use sudo to run privileged commands: Photon…
  • Project Lightwave Quickstart

    Eric Gray
    19 May 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Last month, VMware held a launch event for Cloud-Native Applications and announced two open source projects in support of this initiative.  Project Photon and Project Lightwave are infrastructure components focused on running and securing apps that leverage Linux containers. Project Lightwave source code was just released on GitHub, but binary RPMs are also available and quite easy to install on a Photon instance if you would like to take it for a spin.  In this post you will see how to add the Lightwave repositories to Photon and perform the initial configuration for a server and…
  • VMware Hyperconverged Infrastructure is the Best Stack to Back OpenStack

    Eric Gray
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:55 am
    OpenStack is an incredibly popular technology these days, but contrary to popular belief it is not an alternative to VMware, nor is it the final solution to avoiding vendor lock-in — even if that may have been one of the early, albeit misguided, goals.  In fact, VMware is one of the top contributors to this open source project and the real appeal of OpenStack is the API that allows developers to build the type of modern, scale-out apps that have become popular on Amazon Web Services. Since OpenStack is fundamentally an API for consuming cloud computing resources, the real question…
  • Automatically prepare an ESXi ISO image for PXE booting

    Eric Gray
    17 Mar 2014 | 11:47 am
    VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) is now generally available, and the delivery is via VMware ESXi 5.5 Update 1.  For those using a Linux PXE boot server to install ESXi hosts, below is a quick shell script that takes care of everything automatically. Usage example (all one line): # esxiso2pxe /var/install/tftpboot/ esxi55u1 VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.5.0.update01-1623387.x86_64.iso View the code on Gist. In order to use the optional ESXi submenu concept, simply add the following to pxelinux.cfg/default LABEL esxisub   KERNEL menu.c32   APPEND esxi-submenu   MENU LABEL Jump to ESXi submenu  …
  • Survey Reveals Evolving Role of IT – Emphasis on Cloud and Mobile

    Eric Gray
    22 Jan 2014 | 4:37 pm
    SolarWinds just published a compelling survey that shows how technology pros from a range of organizations throughout North America view the changing role of IT.  Not surprisingly, the most impactful technology advancement from the recent past is virtualization.  Moving forward, emerging technologies expected to disrupt IT the most have to do with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD or BYOx) and mobility.  The top critical investments for business in the future will be cloud computing and mobility. In other news, this morning VMware announced the intended acquisition of AirWatch – the leader…
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  • vBeers – Columbus, OH (Tuesday, June 2, 2015)‏

    Scott Bowling
    19 May 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Please join us for Columbus vBeers following the VMware UserCon. We will be at Wolf’s Ridge Tap Room. The Tap Room is located at the rear of the building on the corner of Lazelle & Hickory Streets.… Read the rest The post vBeers – Columbus, OH (Tuesday, June 2, 2015)‏ appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Use PowerCLI to apply your vSAN storage policy

    Eric Sarakaitis
    18 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    I  noticed that VM’s created with the vSphere fat client, were not getting the vSAN storage policy applied to them. So they we’re not as protected as one might think. lack of storage policy I wanted to make sure that all the VM’s living on vSanDatastore were protected by the vSAN storage policy.… Read the rest The post Use PowerCLI to apply your vSAN storage policy appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Managing your VMware environment with CloudForms – CloudForms VMware Tools Upgrade method

    Eric Sarakaitis
    14 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
    blog.reversion.org – CloudForms VMware Tools Upgrade method: I wrote a method a while back to allow me to upgrade VMware tools from within the CloudForms interface. I thought I would share it. I usually create a VM button to call the method, but it could probably be used elsewhere with some tweaking.… Read the rest The post Managing your VMware environment with CloudForms – CloudForms VMware Tools Upgrade method appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Using the CloudForms SOAP API for daily provision reports

    Eric Sarakaitis
    12 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    My coworker Matt Hyclak, posted a great blog post on using the CloudForms SOAP API to create a CSV output of daily system builds for importing into our legacy CMDB. Check out his blog post here: Using the CloudForms SOAP API for daily provision reports Matt is a Solutions Architect with CBTS (Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions) Catch him on Twitter at @hyclak and Facebook at hyclak (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});… Read the rest The post Using the CloudForms SOAP API for daily provision reports appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Next Central Ohio vBeers will be held on April 21st

    Scott Bowling
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Time to get back together before heading off to Citrix Synergy and the local VMUG User Conference. Hopefully these are on your schedules already? We are getting together at a gastropub (Westies located in the Brewery District) this time around.… Read the rest The post Next Central Ohio vBeers will be held on April 21st appeared first on vmware admins.
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  • All the World Is an EMC Cloud

    Steven Beaver
    29 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    With the news that EMC has bought Virtustream (to be completed near the end of the year), the cloud landscape does not change very much in the short term; however, in the long term, the EMC family has its work cut out for it to integrate all its cloud solutions. The EMC family currently has… Read more → All the World Is an EMC Cloud|The Virtualization Practice
  • Unitrends To Release a Free Edition

    Kendrick Coleman
    28 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    The world of VM backups just got a little ray of sunshine. One of the biggest hits on my website continues to be my extensive list of free tools and very soon I get to add another to the list. Unitrends is releasing Unitrends Free (currently in Beta). This is of course a free version of their Unitrends Enterprise Backup Software. Are there limitations, sure, but they are relatively light.   Virtual-Only Unitrends Enterprise Backup Software version can take care of both virtual and physical hosts, but as we move forward in a virtual only world, this…
  • Flash, Ah-ahh, Savior of the Data Center

    Steven Beaver
    28 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    Flash is taking over the world. With prices falling, we are now at a tipping point where flash is the leader rather than the upsell in new storage acquisitions for the data center. However, opinions differ regarding where this flash should be inserted. There are three main sides to this argument, and at the base… Read more → Flash, Ah-ahh, Savior of the Data Center|The Virtualization Practice
  • Leap Seconds Support in VMware Product

    Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen
    27 May 2015 | 11:20 pm
    We all might be aware about the Leap Seconds. A leap second is a one-second adjustment that is occasionally applied to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in order to correspond to the mean solar time.To ensure the correct alignment of astronomical and atomic time, the International Earth Rotation & Reference Systems Service has called for an extra second to be added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) at 23:59:59 on 30 June 2015. This will be the 26th leap second adjustment since 1972, and represents an important consideration for providers of computing, networking, and software…
  • Desktop 365: A One-Stop, Compact VDI Solution

    Steven Beaver
    27 May 2015 | 5:37 am
    At Citrix Synergy 2015, MaximumBit announced the release of Desktop 365, a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution based on ViewSonic (yes, ViewSonic!) Intel-based hardware. Desktop 365 is aimed at addressing the hardware and software requirements associated with virtualized apps and desktops, as well as facilitating fast and easy administration. Like most of the new HCI solutions… Read more → Desktop 365: A One-Stop, Compact VDI Solution|The Virtualization Practice
 
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  • 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…
  • The differences in communities

    Brian Suhr
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAI’ve noticed something over time and was having a conversation with my wife and this thought came to mind. Last year I decided to purchase my first dirt bike, I really have not ridden once since I was a teenager. But after watching my son ride his for the last couple of years, it seemed like it was time for me to jump in. I did not want to miss out on the fun any longer and riding together would be a great way to spend more time together. Both of our bikes were purchased used, so there was been some minor fixes that we have been working on. I’m a bit geeky…
  • VMware Horizon 6.1 brings new features and a peak at the future

    Brian Suhr
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAToday brings another update to VMware Horizon, version 6.1 is being announced. With this update comes several new features and a peek at a few others expected in a future release. The NVIDIA GPU support is the worst kept secret, since it was announced that vSphere 6 would have vGPU support. It was only going to be a matter of time until Horizon was updated to take advantage of the new vGPU feature. Note: Some of the tech preview items will only be available via the public VMware demo site or via private requests. Not all tech preview items will be included in the GA…
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  • vBeers – Columbus, OH (Tuesday, June 2, 2015)‏

    Scott Bowling
    19 May 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Please join us for Columbus vBeers following the VMware UserCon. We will be at Wolf’s Ridge Tap Room. The Tap Room is located at the rear of the building on the corner of Lazelle & Hickory Streets.… Read the rest The post vBeers – Columbus, OH (Tuesday, June 2, 2015)‏ appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Use PowerCLI to apply your vSAN storage policy

    Eric Sarakaitis
    18 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    I  noticed that VM’s created with the vSphere fat client, were not getting the vSAN storage policy applied to them. So they we’re not as protected as one might think. lack of storage policy I wanted to make sure that all the VM’s living on vSanDatastore were protected by the vSAN storage policy.… Read the rest The post Use PowerCLI to apply your vSAN storage policy appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Managing your VMware environment with CloudForms – CloudForms VMware Tools Upgrade method

    Eric Sarakaitis
    14 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
    blog.reversion.org – CloudForms VMware Tools Upgrade method: I wrote a method a while back to allow me to upgrade VMware tools from within the CloudForms interface. I thought I would share it. I usually create a VM button to call the method, but it could probably be used elsewhere with some tweaking.… Read the rest The post Managing your VMware environment with CloudForms – CloudForms VMware Tools Upgrade method appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Using the CloudForms SOAP API for daily provision reports

    Eric Sarakaitis
    12 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    My coworker Matt Hyclak, posted a great blog post on using the CloudForms SOAP API to create a CSV output of daily system builds for importing into our legacy CMDB. Check out his blog post here: Using the CloudForms SOAP API for daily provision reports Matt is a Solutions Architect with CBTS (Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions) Catch him on Twitter at @hyclak and Facebook at hyclak (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});… Read the rest The post Using the CloudForms SOAP API for daily provision reports appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Next Central Ohio vBeers will be held on April 21st

    Scott Bowling
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Time to get back together before heading off to Citrix Synergy and the local VMUG User Conference. Hopefully these are on your schedules already? We are getting together at a gastropub (Westies located in the Brewery District) this time around.… Read the rest The post Next Central Ohio vBeers will be held on April 21st appeared first on vmware admins.
 
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  • How to start with VMware VM replication using Veeam Availability Suite

    Polina Vasileva
    29 May 2015 | 5:06 am
    How can you explain the difference between a backup and a replica? I know that even with lots of available information, some confusion still comes up. Let's remove the misconceptions and discuss the VMware vSphere VM replication process with Veeam. What is replication? Replicating a VMware virtual machine means creating a “twin” of the production virtual machine on a remote site in a ready-to-use state. Native VMDK file is stored uncompressed together with the VMX configuration file already registered in the target vSphere environment, so you can immediately power on the required VM on…
  • Veeam Endpoint Backup Free: Backup modes in depth

    Mike Resseler
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    In this series we already talked about the architecture of the Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE solution and how you can get started with the solution. We explained the service running, the components that are needed and after installation how easy it is to get started with the default settings. As I said in that post for many end-users, the default options will be perfect, but for others they want to make changes to what they protect (scope), the target destination and the schedule. Target destination and Schedules are for the next post, and today we are going to concentrate ourselves at the…
  • Integration with EMC Storage Snapshots coming in Veeam Availability Suite v9

    Rick Vanover
    27 May 2015 | 12:24 am
    The question that has been on everyone’s mind is: “Which array will Veeam integrate with next?” Well, we are happy to announce that Veeam Availability Suite v9 will integrate with EMC storage. This is a big deal, as this announcement really includes two different array families and scores of configuration possibilities. Both the EMC VNX and EMC VNXe families of arrays are supported. This integration is also powerful as it includes both the Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots recovery technique and Backup from Storage snapshots. Leveraging storage snapshots is the natural choice to…
  • Getting started with Veeam Endpoint Backup Free

    Mike Resseler
    13 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    In the previous post we ran quickly through the requirements and architecture of Veeam Endpoint Backup Free. Now we are going to look on how to start with the product. I’m not going to run over the installation, which is very easy to do, however, during the installation you need to make a few decisions. After the installation, the wizard will ask you if you want to configure your backup with the default settings. In order to do so, you need to have a USB drive that is at least half of the selected source (entire PC) in size. For many users, the default settings will be perfect and they can…
  • New poster! Veeam Backup & Replication v8 for Hyper-V: Features overview

    Andrew Zhelezko
    12 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    We released our first technical poster — Veeam Backup & Replication v7 for Hyper-V: Overview — almost a year ago. It is now time to upgrade that poster with v8 features and enhancements for Hyper-V environments. This new poster (11MB) is more than just a slight update. It’s completely different material, even though you may see a few similarities at first glance. A good way to explain this poster is by comparing it to Earth cycles, which has many natural cycles such as water, rock, carbon and more. Just like Earth cycles, there are also many artificial cycles created by people.
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  • Get Ready for the Container Age with Windows Server 2016

    Pallavi Godse
    28 May 2015 | 3:32 am
    The tech giant, Microsoft is now coming up with the new version of Windows Server after curbing the support for Windows Server 2003. This time it’s Windows Server 2016 that’s buzzing around the tech market. Though there isn’t any fixed … Continue reading → The post Get Ready for the Container Age with Windows Server 2016 appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • VENOM Poisons the Datacenters, No…It Isn’t A Snake that’s Biting, It’s A Bug

    Pallavi Godse
    18 May 2015 | 8:18 pm
      What! VENOM has hit the datacenters? Snakes have started targeting servers now, how’s it possible? No…these aren’t snakes that are spitting their venom. This a bug that’s named VENOM that stands for ‘Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation’. This means … Continue reading → The post VENOM Poisons the Datacenters, No…It Isn’t A Snake that’s Biting, It’s A Bug appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Alert! There’s a Malware Turning Linux Servers and BSD Servers into Zombies

    Pallavi Godse
    12 May 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Do you have zombies in your datacenter? Silly question, right? But yes, you need to ensure whether your Linux/BSD servers are safe. Why? Because there’s an old malware buzzing around the Linux and Free BSD servers. It’s shocking! Yes, this … Continue reading → The post Alert! There’s a Malware Turning Linux Servers and BSD Servers into Zombies appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Debian 8 “Jessie” – Newcomer to the world of Linux OS

    Paul Lopez
    8 May 2015 | 12:55 am
    Introduction: Debian OS 8 “Jessie” is delivered in a stable version to Linux family. Seems good news for the system operators and server administrators where Debian is still very popular. Details: After the release of Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet”, here … Continue reading → The post Debian 8 “Jessie” – Newcomer to the world of Linux OS appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • CloudRouter Links Datacenters to New Network Technologies

    Jeremy Calvey
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:44 am
    The Open Source CloudRouter project is actually OpenDaylight component to enable and ease the transition of the new data center network technologies. The wide spread of open source technology model continues in the field of networking. The proof is, after … Continue reading → The post CloudRouter Links Datacenters to New Network Technologies appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
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  • 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:…
  • ELK Stack demo – #vBrownBag

    mrlesmithjr
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    Advertise here with BSAELK Stack demo – #vBrownBag Watch the #vBrownBag session I did to get an idea of some of the possibilities you can achieve using ELK stack.
  • Ansible – RabbitMQ Cluster

    mrlesmithjr
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:44 am
    Advertise here with BSAAnsible – RabbitMQ Cluster In this post I will be setting up a clustered RabbitMQ environment for logstash message queuing. Again I will be keeping this short and sweet. This might come in use for someone else as well. This setup will join each node to the cluster, setup a logstash exchange and logstash queue and then also configure the binding between our logstash exchange and logstash queue. It will also configure the ha-policy to spread the queue across all nodes and sync them automatically. We will be starting with the following group_vars/app to setup our…
 
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  • 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…
  • [TUTORIAL] Openfiler iSCSI storage for test lab

    Adam Jones
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:13 pm
    I have chosen to build this test lab around the Openfiler software. The main reason being that it is a simple out of the box configuration to present enterprise storage (iSCSI, in this case) for an ESX home lab. Details of the build (hardware and software): Dell 990 series w/ Core I7 2600, 16GB RAM, Windows 2012 Datacenter Evaluation VMware Workstation 10 Evaluation Openfiler downloaded as an ISO file to be plugged into a virtual machine. The hardware that I am building on is not massively powerful and should be easily obrtainable. The main concern I have is the RAM because as I add more…
  • Binary tutorial; not what you’d expect.

    Adam Jones
    25 Sep 2012 | 9:33 pm
    What better way to learn binary than to have to read it in order to tell the time! One of the little joys of geekhood is wearing something that is totally geeky but only noticed by other geeks. “Normal” people just don’t get it. It’s like a secret handshake. Are you in the club? Or are you some outsider wannabe? Of course, it’s been argued that we geeks are just turning the tables on the folks that excluded us when we were scribbling code in our notebooks during recess. But whatever, that’s too serious a discussion for today. OMG, CHECK OUT THIS WATCH!
  • VMware changes licensing model

    Adam Jones
    22 Aug 2012 | 3:42 pm
    This one is great news for those of us that have migrated to vSphere 5 or have held of on migrating. vSphere 5 introduced the idea of memory based licensing and it sent their customer base into a spin. In vSphere 4.1 if you had all the RAM on 128GB server with two sockets, you still only needed two licenses. In vSphere 5 you now need three licenses to cover the RAM in use. Not only does it get confusing, but also expensive; especially in the small to mid business space. VMware may be dropping the vRAM (#Vtax) licensing to help stave off competition from competitors, like Microsoft. Hyper-V…
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  • AWS Adoption on the Rise in the UK

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    29 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    Britain’s adoption of Amazon Web Services cloud platform is on the rise, according to a Logicworks survey conducted at the AWS London Summit last month. Over half (54%) of survey respondents have already deployed applications in AWS, eighty-four percent (84%) of whom use AWS to host more than one application, the survey found. This has […] The post AWS Adoption on the Rise in the UK appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Is Your Cloud Provider HIPAA Compliant? 11 Point Checklist

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    28 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    Healthcare organizations frequently turn to Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to deploy and manage private, hybrid or public cloud solutions. MSPs play a crucial role in ensuring that healthcare organizations maintain secure and HIPAA compliant infrastructure. Although most MSPs offer the same basic services – cloud design, migration, and maintenance – the MSP’s security expertise and […] The post Is Your Cloud Provider HIPAA Compliant? 11 Point Checklist appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Cloud Orchestration vs. Cloud Automation

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    21 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    What is the difference between cloud orchestration and cloud automation? An exploration of these two terms is more than a vocabulary exercise; it highlights a key challenge for teams looking to improve IT processes. In most situations, cloud automation describes a task or function accomplished without human intervention. Cloud orchestration describes the arranging and coordination […] The post Cloud Orchestration vs. Cloud Automation appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Oracle RAC and AWS: A Hybrid Cloud Solution

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    20 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Amazon has developed many services to facilitate the migration of enterprise database systems to the AWS cloud. This includes services that allow for the relatively simple migration of both Oracle licenses and databases into AWS. However, AWS has yet to develop the shared block storage required to run Oracle RAC, a popular clustered database service. […] The post Oracle RAC and AWS: A Hybrid Cloud Solution appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • 7 IAM Security Best Practices for HIPAA Compliance

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    20 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    In sophisticated enterprise AWS deployments, Amazon’s Identity Access Management (IAM) service controls access, enforces protections, and provides granular control over hundreds or even thousands of account users. IAM policies are the bedrock of security in any AWS environment. In HIPAA-compliant hosting environments, the use of IAM security is essential. HIPAA required central identity management and […] The post 7 IAM Security Best Practices for HIPAA Compliance appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
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  • VMware TAM VMworld 2015 Sessions

    Jason Gaudreau
    27 May 2015 | 5:36 pm
    VMware Technical Account Managers (TAM) bring a wealth of knowledge and customer related experience to VMworld. Not only do they possess strong technical aptitude, but they focus on business outcomes, building strong relationships with our customers, and enabling them with VMware technology. A VMware Technical Account Manager's role is to ensure our customers are successful with their technology investments in VMware products. Which is a very unique perspective, we are the trusted advisors of our customers.16 Technical Account Managers have submitted 31 sessions, which include a mix…
  • vRealize Operations Manager and Hyperic

    Jason Gaudreau
    25 May 2015 | 6:23 pm
    vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Hyperic is an extensive toolkit for monitoring every aspect of your enterprise virtual machine environment. The vRealize Hyperic adapter adds in-guest information; including OS, application, database, and networking counters. I am going to give a brief overview of some of the benefits of integrating vRealize Hyperic with vRealize Operations Manager, but Hyperic is being rewritten with tighter integration into vRealize Operations Manager, which will be available in version 6.1 later this year.The Management Pack for vRealize Hyperic uses…
  • vRealize Operations Manager - Creating a Custom Monitoring Portal

    Jason Gaudreau
    12 May 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Back in September, I wrote a post about creating custom dashboards with vCenter Operations Manager 5.8. I am going to create a comparable dashboard, again focused on troubleshooting an issue, but with vRealize Operations 6.0. What if you wanted to troubleshoot an application issue that was arising on a regular basis in your production environment? You could create a custom vRealize Operations dashboard that would show the counters you wanted to measure from both a host and a virtual machine perspective. With this type of visibility, you would have all the performance details required when…
  • VM Component Protection (VMCP)

    Jason Gaudreau
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:47 pm
    VM Component Protection (VMCP) is a new feature in vSphere 6.0. As discussed in my previous post, there are two distinct states a device can be in when storage connectivity is lost; All Paths Down (APD) or Permanent Device Loss (PDL). VMCP will respond to both conditions, and the configuration is rather simple.If you have had the pleasure of losing a datastore on you vSphere host, you know all too well that the virtual machine can become orphaned and unusable until the datastore is back online. VM Component Protection (VMCP) can help eliminate that issue if there is…
  • All Paths Down (APD) and Permanent Device Loss (PDL)

    Jason Gaudreau
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Last week I had the good fortune of working with the VMware Product Line Manager for Storage. While working with him, he provided some information on APD and PDL that I thought I would share.There are two distinct states a device can be in when storage connectivity is lost; All Paths Down (APD) or Permanent Device Loss (PDL). For each of these states, the device is in an All Paths Down condition, but how they are handled is different. All Paths Down (APD) is a condition where all paths to the storage device are lost or the storage device is removed. The state is caused because the change…
 
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  • Alltop.com features Opvizor Blog

    cpwpadmin
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the most popular Blog aggregation websites Alltop.com is newly featuring the Opvizor Blogposts.Alltop is very useful to keep up with the mass of blogs out there and not to miss an update. The post Alltop.com features Opvizor Blog appeared first on opvizor.
  • VMware KB: Windows 7 virtual machines running on ESXi 6.0 hosts restart unexpectedly

    cpwpadmin
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Microsoft Windows 7 virtual machines running on ESXi 6.0 hosts restart unexpectedlyThere has been a new bug reported by VMware that is currently unsolved and causes MS Windows 7 VMs to restart without any warning on an ESXi 6.0 host.If you can find entries like the following within the vmkwarning.log files then you’re affected.<YYYY-MM-DD>T<TIME> cpu3:255920)WARNING: World: vm 255903: 12276: vmm0:VDI-STD-005:vmk:vcpu-0:p2m update buffer full<YYYY-MM-DD>T<TIME> cpu3:255920)WARNING: VmMemPf: vm 255903: 652: COW copy failed: pgNum=0x3d108,…
  • Grafana Dashboard and PowerCLI

    cpwpadmin
    27 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Some days ago I stumbled upon a real cool blog post from Chris Wahl about his progress in creating a Grafana dashboard and filling data from PowerCLI. I checked Grafana by myself, trying his manual and it’s a pretty amazing open source project 100% worth trying.Behind Grafana is the team of raintank.io, also worth checking out.If you want to start with a simple test, playing around, there is a demo environment you can use – play.grafana.orgPhoto courtesy of Grafana.orgInstallation is extremly simple on a ubuntu, redhat or other linux system and you can connect it with a couple of…
  • How we use New Relic’s Docker integration at Opvizor

    cpwpadmin
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    How we use New Relic and Docker at OpvizorNew Relic, Inc, the software analytics company, announced recently an addition of features for Docker container monitoring, currently in open public beta. Docker is now widely used, or at least evaluated, in enterprise environments for its strong modularization and application distribution capabilities. Docker containers can be described as runtime environments with many of the core components of a virtual machine and isolated services of an operating system, especially designed to make packaging easy and execution of services smooth. Docker…
  • VMware Backup using Changed Block Tracking failed after upgrading to VMware ESXi 6.0

    cpwpadmin
    22 May 2015 | 4:52 am
    VMware Backup using Changed Block Tracking failed after upgrading to VMware ESXi 6.0VMware published a fix for the CBT issue causing VMware backups to fail when using VMware ESXi 6.0 as the hypervisor. So far the workaround was to disable Changed Block Tracking that caused long backup windows.All customers that were using CBT to backup their VMs after installing or upgrading the ESXi version to 6.0 were affected when taking one of the following actions:Backing up a virtual machine with Change Block Tracking (CBT) enabled fails after upgrading to VMware ESXi 6.0.x on hostBacking up a…
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