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  • Windows 10: A Milestone Moment for The Industry and VMware Customers

    Tribal Knowledge
    Erik Frieberg
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    By Erik Frieberg, vice president of marketing, End-User Computing, VMware   If you felt a tremor in “the force” yesterday, you weren’t mistaken. This week is certainly different than most since it is the launch of Microsoft Windows 10, which is a milestone release for Microsoft and represents a fundamental shift in the way IT […]
  • Find all the PowerCLI events at VMworld 2015

    VMware PowerCLI Blog
    Brian Graf
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    It's that time of year again and as of today (July 21st) the VMworld Schedule Builder has gone live. So what are you signing up for? Before you answer that question, take a look at what PowerCLI activities are going on while you are there. Check back again before VMworld as we may end up adding other events to this page. Note: There have been a few updates to the schedule, denoted in red and listed below: Sessions: Monday, Aug 31, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Ben Meadowcroft & Sudarsan Piduri STO6074 - Automating Storage Management with SPBM: In this session, we will showcase how Storage Policy…
  • What's New in VMware vSphere 6 Performance

    VMware vSphere Blog » vSphere
    Mark Achtemichuk
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Not too be outdone by all the new and amazing vSphere 6 features, there are a number of scale and performance enhancements within the vSphere 6 platform that should be highlighted. This new whitepaper details not only the new features and scale, but the results of the most recent performance measurements around them. Examples: - VMware vCenter Server Appliance feature and performance parity - Virtual Machines scale up to 128 vCPU, 4TB RAM for the largest enterprise workloads - Complete optimization of the vSphere storage stack too support flash and NVMe - Network IO Control v3 with…
  • VMware Products and CVE-2015-1793

    VMware Security & Compliance Blog
    Kieron Shorrock
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    On July 9th 2015, the OpenSSL project released a Security Advisory. This advisory contained 1 security issue (CVE-2015-1793), which was given a severity rating of “high”. The advisory lists OpenSSL 1.0.1n, 1.0.1o, 1.0.2b and 1.0.2c as being affected by this issue. These updates were released in June 2015. VMware Security Response Center (vSRC) has investigated this issue and we can confirm that we have not shipped any products with these versions of OpenSSL. We can also confirm that our service offerings do not use them. We have issued VMware Knowledge Base article 2124931 on this.
  • How to Efficiently Deploy Virtual Machines from VMware vSphere Content Library

    VMware VROOM! Blog
    davide
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    by Joanna Guan and Davide Bergamasco This post is the first of a series which aims to assess the performance of the VMware vSphere Content Library solution in various scenarios and provide vSphere Administrators with some ideas about how to set up a high performance Content Library environment. After providing an architectural overview of the Content Library components and inner workings, the post delves into the analysis and optimization of the most basic Content Library operation, i.e., the deployment of a virtual machine. Introduction The VMware vSphere Content Library empowers vSphere…
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    Tribal Knowledge

  • Windows 10: A Milestone Moment for The Industry and VMware Customers

    Erik Frieberg
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    By Erik Frieberg, vice president of marketing, End-User Computing, VMware   If you felt a tremor in “the force” yesterday, you weren’t mistaken. This week is certainly different than most since it is the launch of Microsoft Windows 10, which is a milestone release for Microsoft and represents a fundamental shift in the way IT […]
  • The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

    Morgan OLeary
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    During EMC World 2015, SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with VMware’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, for a conversation about changes in the enterprise hybrid cloud market and the wide array of products and updates announced by VMware since the beginning of this year. During the wide-ranging, 30-minute dialogue, Gelsinger was also asked for […]
  • VMware Headquarters Featured in New Video

    Morgan OLeary
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:54 am
    Our Palo Alto Headquarters was designed for collaboration and connection. Sitting on 105 acres in Stanford Research Park with more than 1,500 trees, beautiful landscape, and green facilities, VMware's “campus-in-a-forest” is a refuge for nature lovers and a source of rejuvenation for all. Join us for a behind the scenes look at VMware Headquarters and discover […]
  • VMware News Recap 7/24/15: What We Read This Week

    Morgan OLeary
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:57 am
    Q2 2015 Earnings, Tech Coding Schools Foster Diversity, VMware Joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation + More This Week in VMware News On Tuesday, VMware reported second quarter 2015 results. Coming out of the earnings call, The Motley Fool covers “5 Things VMware Inc’s Management Wants You to Know” Read more on Fool.com> For a […]
  • VMware Joins the Stanford Medicine Corporate Partners Program

    Morgan OLeary
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:55 am
    Today, VMware is pleased to announce that the company has joined the Stanford Medicine Corporate Partners Program. VMware joins 10 other leading Silicon Valley companies to partner with Stanford Medicine to transform health care and medicine – from treating disease to promoting lifelong health. VMware’s philanthropic commitment to this program will support construction of the […]
 
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    VMware PowerCLI Blog

  • Find all the PowerCLI events at VMworld 2015

    Brian Graf
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    It's that time of year again and as of today (July 21st) the VMworld Schedule Builder has gone live. So what are you signing up for? Before you answer that question, take a look at what PowerCLI activities are going on while you are there. Check back again before VMworld as we may end up adding other events to this page. Note: There have been a few updates to the schedule, denoted in red and listed below: Sessions: Monday, Aug 31, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Ben Meadowcroft & Sudarsan Piduri STO6074 - Automating Storage Management with SPBM: In this session, we will showcase how Storage Policy…
  • New Fling: Onyx for the Web Client

    Brian Graf
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    I am pleased to announce that we have just released Onyx for the Web Client! For those of you who already know what Onyx is, you are probably already doing a victory dance at your desk. Onyx has proved its popularity in the past, with the only hurdle being that it could only be used with the C# client. That is no longer the case-- and as of today, you can download Onyx for the Web Client and be running in minutes! Quick Navigation: What is Onyx? Why is Onyx important? How to Install Onyx VCSA Windows How do I use it? Post-Onyx Where do I get it? What is Onyx? Onyx for the Web Client is a…
  • What's New in PowerCLI 6.0 Webcast

    Brian Graf
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:42 am
    Join our webcast Tuesday, July 7th at 9AM PST to see what's new in PowerCLI 6.0 R1 and why this matters to you!  Registration is free, just click on the following link to register: https://vmware.webex.com/vmware/onstage/g.php?d=925268304&t=a ***UPDATE*** A recording of this webcast is available here: Play recording (45 min 13 sec)  
  • PowerCLI Customer Spotlight #3: Steven Kang

    Brian Graf
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    Continuing in our effort to place fellow PowerCLI users in front of the masses, to enable our PowerCLI users even more, I am pleased to introduce Steven Kang!   Name: Steven Kang Twitter: @ssbkang Blog: www.ssbkang.com Github: Coming Soon! Current City: Aukland, New Zealand Works for: ViFX Job Title: Storage and Virtualization Engineer Years using PowerCLI: > 3 years Steven Kang is a Storage and Virtualisation Engineer at ViFX managing customer’s storage and virtualisation platforms. Over the last 5+ years, he has been involved in many VMware migration/upgrade projects and…
  • Get-View Part 3: Peformance Impact - Is it really THAT much different?

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

  • What's New in VMware vSphere 6 Performance

    Mark Achtemichuk
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Not too be outdone by all the new and amazing vSphere 6 features, there are a number of scale and performance enhancements within the vSphere 6 platform that should be highlighted. This new whitepaper details not only the new features and scale, but the results of the most recent performance measurements around them. Examples: - VMware vCenter Server Appliance feature and performance parity - Virtual Machines scale up to 128 vCPU, 4TB RAM for the largest enterprise workloads - Complete optimization of the vSphere storage stack too support flash and NVMe - Network IO Control v3 with…
  • VMworld 2015: Extreme Performance Series

    Mark Achtemichuk
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Who loves virtual Performance? Who wants to learn more about it? Everybody of course! I'm very excited about this year's Extreme Performance Series mini-track being hosted at VMworld San Francisco and Barcelona. These sessions are created and presented by VMware's best and most distinguished performance engineers, architects and gurus. I've tried to provide my personal thoughts on each session but these few words will never do them justice. Hope too see you all there! #INF4764 - vCenter Performance Best Practices with Ravi Soundararajan (@vCenterPerfGuy) Ravi needs no introduction within…
  • Oracle on vSphere book - Tech Target Interview of Authors

    Don Sullivan
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Tech Target has completed and published an interview of the authors (Don Sullivan and Kannan Mani) of the Oracle on vSphere VMware press book.  The published interview is linked  below: The official VMware press book and the definitive authority on the subject of Oracle on vSphere: http://www.amazon.com/Virtualizing-Oracle-Databases-vSphere-Technology/dp/0133570185 "Serious Databases Require Serious Virtualization" -- Putting Oracle databases on a virtualized infrastructure - http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/feature/Putting-Oracle-databases-on-a-virtualized-infrastructure -- The perks to…
  • Use VSAN Assessment to validate Virtual SAN's benefits for your organization

    Robin Liong
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    Are you experiencing challenges with your current vSphere storage environment (i.e., performance, capacity constraint, complexity, expensive renewals) orjust not sure if VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) would be a good fit? Now VMware partners, SEs, or reps can help you with a free VSAN Assessment. In just 1 week (recommended min), they can use VMware VSAN Assessment tool to collect and analyze data from customer’s vSphere storage environment (i.e., I/O patterns), and provide following technical and business recommendations: Which VMs are a suitable candidate for Virtual SAN – Hybrid or…
  • SIOC: I/O Distribution with Reservations & Limits – Basic Concepts

    Matthew Meyer
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The mClock scheduler was introduced with vSphere 5.5 Storage I/O Control (SIOC) and laid the foundation for new capabilities for scheduling storage resources.  vSphere 6.0 expands upon these capabilities and adds the ability to reserve IOPS, providing even more flexibility and control when delivering storage services to virtual machines.  However, this new capability introduces new questions about how resources are managed and allocated during periods of storage contention. There are now two basic circumstances that can occur when there is storage contention.  The first is when the array…
 
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    VMware Security & Compliance Blog

  • VMware Products and CVE-2015-1793

    Kieron Shorrock
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    On July 9th 2015, the OpenSSL project released a Security Advisory. This advisory contained 1 security issue (CVE-2015-1793), which was given a severity rating of “high”. The advisory lists OpenSSL 1.0.1n, 1.0.1o, 1.0.2b and 1.0.2c as being affected by this issue. These updates were released in June 2015. VMware Security Response Center (vSRC) has investigated this issue and we can confirm that we have not shipped any products with these versions of OpenSSL. We can also confirm that our service offerings do not use them. We have issued VMware Knowledge Base article 2124931 on this.
  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2015-0005

    Simon Bodger
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Today VMware has released the following new advisory VMSA-2015-0005 This addresses an issue in VMware Workstation, Player and Horizon View Client for Windows that may lead to a host privilege escalation. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2015-3650 to this issue.
  • VMware CP&C releases Blocker for 'Get Windows 10' Application

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

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

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

  • How to Efficiently Deploy Virtual Machines from VMware vSphere Content Library

    davide
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    by Joanna Guan and Davide Bergamasco This post is the first of a series which aims to assess the performance of the VMware vSphere Content Library solution in various scenarios and provide vSphere Administrators with some ideas about how to set up a high performance Content Library environment. After providing an architectural overview of the Content Library components and inner workings, the post delves into the analysis and optimization of the most basic Content Library operation, i.e., the deployment of a virtual machine. Introduction The VMware vSphere Content Library empowers vSphere…
  • Performance Best Practices for vSphere 6.0 is Available

    Bruce Herndon
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:25 pm
    We are pleased to announce the availability of Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 6.0. This is a book designed to help system administrators obtain the best performance from vSphere 6.0 deployments. The book addresses many of the new features in vSphere 6.0 from a performance perspective. These include: A new version of vSphere Network I/O Control A new host-wide performance tuning feature A new version of VMware Fault Tolerance (now supporting multi-vCPU virtual machines) The new vSphere Content Library feature We've also updated and expanded on many of the topics in the book.
  • Large Receive Offload (LRO) Support for VMXNET3 Adapters with Windows VMs on vSphere 6

    Jin Heo
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Large Receive Offload (LRO) is a technique to reduce the CPU time for processing TCP packets that arrive from the network at a high rate. LRO reassembles incoming packets into larger ones (but fewer packets) to deliver them to the network stack of the system. LRO processes fewer packets, which reduces its CPU time for networking. Throughput can be improved accordingly since more CPU is available to deliver additional traffic. On Windows, LRO is also referred to as Receive Segment Coalescing (RSC). LRO has been supported for Linux VMs with kernel 2.6.24 and later since vSphere 4. With the…
  • 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…
 
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    Scott's Weblog

  • Technology Short Take #52

    14 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #52, the latest collection of news, links, and articles from around the web on data center technologies. Networking Want to know a bit more about how OVN (Open Virtual Network) plans to integrate support for containers? See this. You might also find it useful to review this OVN presentation from the recent OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. A video recording of the presentation is also available on YouTube. QualiSystems has a series of articles on open networking standards. A couple of the articles really jumped out at me—part 2 covers Open vSwitch, part 3…
  • VLAN Trunking with Mikrotik RouterOS

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    In this post, I’m going to show you how to configure VLAN trunking with Mikrotik RouterOS, and along the way provide a brief introduction to this software and some of the functionality it offers. While it is Linux-based, RouterOS operates quite a bit differently than a lot of the other network operating systems with which I’ve worked, and so I hope that this post will help ease the learning curve a bit for others who decide to take the same path. Background First, let me provide a quick bit of background. I found myself in need of a switch that was both Layer 2/3 capable with both…
  • A Fix for Ubuntu Apparently Caching Network Configuration

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

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

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

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Join Jeff Goodall for a look at VMware's community inside a company at VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, California. VMware's Palo Alto Headquarters was designed for collaboration and connection. Sitting on 105 acres in Stanford Research Park with more than 1500 trees, beautiful landscape, and green facilities, +VMware's “campus-in-a-forest” is a refuge for nature lovers and a source of rejuvenation for all. 
  • Project Enzo On Demand Webcast Now Available

    23 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    Project Enzo is VMware’s new hybrid cloud-scale architecture 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. The webcast "Project Enzo: Redefining Workspace Delivery with the Cloud" is available for your viewing on demand. You can access the webcast here.   If you could start with a clean slate, and fundamentally change the way you deliver desktops and apps to your users, what would it look like? What if desktop transformation was as easy as…
 
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    The State of Security

  • Yahoo Bug Bounty Program Awards $1 Million to Security Researchers

    David Bisson
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:40 am
    Yahoo announced that it has paid security researchers one million dollars as part of its bug bounty program. According to a post written by Ramses Martinez, Senior Director and Interim CISO at Yahoo, the company’s bug bounty program, which The State of Security named one of our 11 Essential Bug Bounty Programs in 2015, has shown significant […]… Read More The post Yahoo Bug Bounty Program Awards $1 Million to Security Researchers appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Sweet Security: Deploying a Defensive Raspberry PI

    Travis Smith
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:01 pm
    The hardware used in both the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) have many similarities. Both often involve older systems incapable of running detection tools or monitoring agents due to outdated operating systems, resource limitations, proprietary systems, and odd protocols such as Modbus and DNP3, amongst other restrictions. The lack of visibility […]… Read More The post Sweet Security: Deploying a Defensive Raspberry PI appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Phishing Up 74% in Q2 2015, Reveals Infoblox DNS Threat Index

    David Bisson
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The Domain Name System (DNS) is a hierarchical system that assigns names to computers, resources, and services connected to the web. It is responsible for relating information associated with each Internet-based entity to a domain name. As such, DNS is an essential tool for organizing the web. In the wrong hands, however, it can be […]… Read More The post Phishing Up 74% in Q2 2015, Reveals Infoblox DNS Threat Index appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Apple Patches ‘High’ Input Validation Vulnerability in iTunes, App Store

    David Bisson
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:42 am
    Apple has patched an application-side input validation web vulnerability in iTunes and the App Store that allowed attackers to inject malicious code into user invoices. The vulnerability received a ‘High’ severity level and a CVSS rating of 5.8. It allows for session hijacking, persistent phishing attacks, and other malicious activities. Benjamin Kunz Mejri, a researcher […]… Read More The post Apple Patches ‘High’ Input Validation Vulnerability in iTunes, App Store appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Landing a Hands-On Security Gig – Part 2

    Tripwire Guest Authors
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    In Part 1, I discussed several important elements to landing a hands-on security gig, including passion and having the skills to pay the bills. Now, I’ll continue to guide you through various other essentials that could impact your career. Tools vs. Knowledge A good security analyst understands how various tools work, along with how to […]… Read More The post Landing a Hands-On Security Gig – Part 2 appeared first on The State of Security.
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    Yellow Bricks

  • Datrium finally out of stealth… Welcome Datrium DVX!

    Duncan Epping
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    Advertise here with BSA Before I get started, I have not been briefed by Datrium so I am also still learning as I type this and it is purely based on the somewhat limited info on their website. Datrium’s name has been in the press a couple of times as it was the company that was often associated with Diane Greene. The rumours back then were that Diane Greene was the founder and was going to take on EMC, that was just a rumour as Diane Greene is actually an investor in Datrium. Not just her of course, Datrium is also backed by NEA (Venture Capitalist) and various other well known…
  • My top 15 VMworld sessions for 2015

    Duncan Epping
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    Advertise here with BSAEvery year I do a top VMworld sessions post. It is getting more complicated each year as there are so many great sessions. In the past years I tried to restrict myself to 20 but it always ends up being 22, 23 or even more sessions. This year I am going to be strict, 15 at most and in random order. These are the sessions I would sign up for myself, unfortunately as a VMware employee you can’t register, but I am sure going to try to sneak in when I have time, or watch the recording! INF4528 – vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) Best Practices & Tips/Tricks…
  • Extending your vSphere platform with Virtual SAN

    Duncan Epping
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:56 am
    Advertise here with BSAOver the last couple of months I’ve spoken to many customers about Virtual SAN. What struck me during these conversations is how these customers spoke about Virtual SAN. In all cases when we start the conversation it starts with a conversation about what their environment used to looked like. What kind of storage they had. How it was configured, number of disks etc you name it. Of course we would discuss what kind of challenges they had with their legacy environment. Thinking back to these conversations there is one thing that really stood out, although never…
  • More than 8 disks in your Virtual SAN host?

    Duncan Epping
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Advertise here with BSAIt seems Virtual SAN is on fire… I’ve been getting emails about VSAN configurations on a daily basis from partners, VMware field and customers. More and more customers seem to be looking at deploying Virtual SAN with a high number of disks and this week I ran in to something that I wanted to share with you. I thought it was common knowledge, but I guess I was wrong. If you are planning to have more than 8 disks / devices in your Virtual SAN host then it is good to know that you will either need a second disk controller (Check the HCL!) or use a SAS…
  • Win a VMworld Party VIP ticket!

    Duncan Epping
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    Advertise here with BSAAre you attending VMworld and are you a big fan of Neon Trees and/or Alabama Shakes? The VMworld team was kindly enough to provide me with a VIP ticket with the opportunity to meet Neon Trees and Alabama Shakes at the VMworld Party in the AT&T Park. Awesome location and great bands. I was thinking about it, and I figured that one of my readers / followers must be a huge fan of both bands or either of the bands and would go wild even thinking about the opportunity to meet them, so why not give the tickets away! So here is your chance to win a “meet and…
 
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    VMware Videos - Virtualization News and How-To

  • vChat Podcast – Episode 37 – VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs)

    David Davis
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Back at it again! In vChat #37 Simon, Eric, and David talk about VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs), what they are, how they work, how they compare to alternatives, what’s required, and what we think the adoption rate will be. JOIN US to learn more! Links discussed in the show are: Comparing Virtual Volume (VVol) limits to VMFS/NFS limits The Economies of VMworld Party Bands (hey that’s what we talked about on the show!) Some Virtual Volumes News and Tidbits VMware Hands On Labs (HoL) Pluralsight Training – vSphere 6 What’s New, vSphere 6 Fundamentals Install ESXi and…
  • vChat – Episode 36 – It’s Been a While!

    David Davis
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Back at it again! In vChat #36 Simon, Eric, and David talk about the latest trends in virtualization and enterprise computing – starting off with a vCatchup about what we’ve been up to. Specifically we talk about vSphere home labs, how to stay up to date on virtualization news, HP Microservers, Apple Mac Minis, and what we plan to chat about in the future! We wrap it up by talking about Dr Who. vChat is a regular virtualization video chat covering VMware vSphere, Cloud Computing, Virtualization News, and maybe some geeky humor. Regular contributors are 3 vExperts – Simon…
  • New 5nine Manager 5.0 Released – Affordable Centralized Management for Hyper-V Infrastructures

    David Davis
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:18 am
    I’ve been testing 5nine Manager for Hyper-V in my lab environment and have been impressed with all that it can do. For SMBs who can’t afford System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), 5nine Manager is a great low-cost alternative. They just released a new version with a lot of new features. Besides a centralized management GUI for Hyper-V Free Edition and Windows Server Core Hyper-V, 5nine Manager offers automated VM provisioning, Hyper-V cluster management, replication of cluster settings to a secondary site, grouping of VMs, and the ability to protect all Hyper-V VMs with…
  • 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
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  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 7/25/15

    Rick Scherer
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:52 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. http://bit.ly/1hiTmwM VMware App Volumes VMware App Volumes log analysis tools and log analysis examples (2126475) Date Published: 7/24/2015 VMware App Volumes log files, log analysis tools, and log analysis examples (2125908) Date Published: 7/23/2015 VMware ESXi Disabling VAAI ATS heartbeat using Host Profiles and Auto-Deploy (2123928) Date Published: 7/22/2015 While performing a test…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 7/18/15

    Rick Scherer
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:52 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. My VMware My VMware Best Practices for License Management (2124980) Date Published: 7/15/2015 Virtual Disk Development Kit Backing up a virtual machine using Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.0 crashes while attempting to open a disk on the Windows Proxy (2125497) Date Published: 7/16/2015 VMware App Volumes VMware App Volumes deployment requirements (2124876) Date Published: 7/13/2015…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 7/11/15

    Rick Scherer
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. Virtual Disk Development Kit Hotadd backup jobs fail using the Virtual Disk Development Kit 5.5 with timeout errors (2124924) Date Published: 7/10/2015 VMware App Volumes Troubleshooting VMware App Volumes using the Ruby on Rails console (2125212) Date Published: 7/10/2015 VMware ESX VMware Products and CVE-2015-1793 (2124931) Date Published: 7/9/2015 VMware ESXi VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch…
  • [Security-announce] NEW VMSA-2015-0005 “VMware Workstation, Player and Horizon View Client for Windows updates address a host privilege escalation vulnerability”

    Rick Scherer
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:03 pm
    VMware Workstation, Player and Horizon View Client for Windows updates address a host privilege escalation vulnerability VMware Security Advisory Advisory ID: VMSA-2015-0005 Synopsis: VMware Workstation, Player and Horizon View Client for Windows updates address a host privilege escalation vulnerability Issue date: 2015-07-09 Updated on: 2015-07-09 (Initial Advisory) CVE numbers: CVE-2015-3650 1. Summary VMware Workstation, Player and Horizon View Client for Windows updates address a host privilege escalation vulnerability. 2. Relevant Releases VMware Workstation for Windows 11.x prior to…
  • VMware Support Alert – ALERT: When removing CPU from VM configuration hard disks and nic are removed

    Rick Scherer
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    VMware has become aware of situation whereby hard disks and/or nics may be removed from a virtual machine when reconfiguring VM workflows in vRealize Automation. We have identified two distinct scenarios where this might happen and so have create two separate KB articles. Please familiarize yourself with both articles so that you can avoid these situations. When performing reconfigure operations in multiple browser tabs In VMware vRealize Automation, the hard disks and NICs are removed unexpectedly (2124198) In VMware vRealize Automation, the hard disks are removed unexpectedly when…
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  • Columbus vBeers returns on August 18th

    Scott Bowling
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Kids are back in school – check! Summer is wrapping up – check! VMworld is in a week – check! Columbus vBeers – check! Time to take vBeers to the east side. We are heading to Gahanna to check out Pigskin Brewing Company.… Read the rest The post Columbus vBeers returns on August 18th appeared first on vmware admins.
  • 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.
 
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  • Make The Embedded Libsyn Podcast Player Responsive

    Kendrick Coleman
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    When I first started designing the Bourbon Pursuit Podcast webpage from scratch I wanted to make sure the entire site was responsive from big 30″ monitors to the smallest mobile and tablet screens. Many people are familiar with Libsyn as the popular hosting platform for many podcasts. However, their process for embedding their player can be improved beyond setting the Width and Height. First off, never use the Legacy player. It’s based off flash and will not work on any mobile device. I will be using the Standard player since it’s based on HTML5 and can be…
  • Citrix: Out with MarkT, In with Elliott Management

    Steven Beaver
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    Citrix announced late yesterday that Mark Templeton will be retiring and that its board of directors is searching for a new CEO. Is this deja vu or real? While this isn’t the first time that Mark Templeton has announced his retirement, it appears that this time he is indeed imminently retiring. MarkT, as he is… Read more → Citrix: Out with MarkT, In with Elliott Management|The Virtualization Practice
  • Scale-Out Is a Benefit to HyperConverged

    Steven Beaver
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    I recently upgraded my nodes from 96 GB of memory to 256 GB of memory, and someone on Twitter stated the following: @Texiwill thought the trend today is scale out not scale up? #cloud The implication was that you never upgrade your hardware: you buy new or you enter the cloud. Granted, both options are… Read more → Scale-Out Is a Benefit to HyperConverged|The Virtualization Practice
  • Deploying Amazon WorkSpaces at Scale

    Steven Beaver
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:16 am
    I’ve made no secret of my dissatisfaction with Amazon’s WorkSpaces DaaS platform. While I like the general direction that the platform is heading, and appreciate the impact that Amazon can have in the DaaS market, WorkSpaces has been slow to implement enterprise-class management features and suffers from too many rough edges to withstand close scrutiny… Read more → Deploying Amazon WorkSpaces at Scale|The Virtualization Practice
  • The State of DevOps

    Steven Beaver
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    Puppet Labs has published their annual State of DevOps report and it is loaded with interesting information as always. Last year’s report brought home the point that DevOps was becoming widely accepted in the enterprise. This year’s report further validates that point and provides us with some interesting insights from surveying a wide variety of… Read more → The State of DevOps|The Virtualization Practice
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  • Columbus vBeers returns on August 18th

    Scott Bowling
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Kids are back in school – check! Summer is wrapping up – check! VMworld is in a week – check! Columbus vBeers – check! Time to take vBeers to the east side. We are heading to Gahanna to check out Pigskin Brewing Company.… Read the rest The post Columbus vBeers returns on August 18th appeared first on vmware admins.
  • 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.
 
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  • Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE – Ad-hoc versus scheduled backup

    Mike Resseler
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Read the full series: Ch.1 - Architecture & Requirements Ch.2 - Creating recovery media Ch.3 - Backup modes in depth Ch.4 - Backup targets more explained Ch.5 - Scheduling backups Ch.6 - Administration Ch.7 - Additional restore options Ch.8 - File level Recovery Ch.9 - Volume recovery Ch.10 - Recovery media in depth Сh.11 - Ad-hoc versus scheduled In todays’ post we are going to explain the difference between ad-hoc backups and scheduled backups. Actually, there are three different types: scheduled backup, the ad-hoc backup, and the ad-hoc standalone full backup, all of them…
  • What is the Veeam Vanguard Program?

    Rick Vanover
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    Last year I was tapped to spearhead a new project here at Veeam: launch a global influencer program. This honestly was something I was a bit timid about as I have no experience operating a program like this. I’ve happily been nominated as a VMware vExpert and a Cisco Champion for a number of years. Additionally on my team, Doug Hazelman, Luca Dell’Oca and Clint Wyckoff have been nominated as current and prior vExperts and Mike Resseler as a Microsoft MVP. We feel we have a good background on how these types of programs should operate and now we are happy to publically announce the Veeam…
  • WARNING: Install Veeam Endpoint Backup NOW!

    Mike Resseler
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Microsoft Windows 10 will hit the market in a couple of days, on the 29th of July. Just like many of you, I have accepted a free upgrade offer from the tray menu popup, since I am very much looking forward to this operating system after having spent the last months as a Windows insider testing its pre-release builds. There are quite a few enhancements that excites me, and my personal top 3 would be Microsoft Edge, Cortana and the new security measures for the enterprise. Are you as ready to upgrade as myself? WAIT, install Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE first! As with any upgrade there is a risk…
  • Recovery media in depth – Bare Metal Recovery process

    Mike Resseler
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Read the full series: Ch.1 - Architecture & Requirements Ch.2 - Creating recovery media Ch.3 - Backup modes in depth Ch.4 - Backup targets more explained Ch.5 - Scheduling backups Ch.6 - Administration Ch.7 - Additional restore options Ch.8 - File level Recovery Ch.9 - Volume recovery Ch.10 - Recovery media in depth In previous posts we talked about recovery methods that can be used with Veeam Endpoint Backup. While discussing volume recovery we mentioned a few limitations and how these limitations can be avoided via Veeam Recovery Media. Let’s take a closer look at the Veeam…
  • Announcing Veeam Explorer for Oracle AND enhancements to existing Explorers!

    Rick Vanover
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:23 am
    One of our most popular enhancements with customers and partners has been the Veeam Explorers that provide high-speed recovery for popular application types. Over the years we have seen critical data center applications, such as Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server, benefit from the incredible ease of use of the Veeam Explorers. Coming later this year, v9 will see Veeam Explorer for Oracle added! Moreover, the existing Veeam Explorers are getting some major new enhancements as well. Let’s first go over Veeam Explorer for Oracle. Oracle databases have the unique…
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    Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST

  • 7 Things To Check Out After Paying For A Dedicated Server

    Justin Wilson
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:37 am
    Have you just paid for your first month of dedicated server hosting? Congratulations, but you should first take the time to make the necessary adjustments to ensure that your service is up to speed and operating efficiently. Below, you will … Continue reading → The post 7 Things To Check Out After Paying For A Dedicated Server appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 vs Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 – Discover the Best One

    Pallavi Godse
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:31 am
    The post Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 vs Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 – Discover the Best One appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Intel Xeon E7-8837 vs Intel Xeon E7-8830 – Did You Compare Them?

    Pallavi Godse
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    The post Intel Xeon E7-8837 vs Intel Xeon E7-8830 – Did You Compare Them? appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Windows Server 2003 Support is Ending – What are Your Plans?

    Pallavi Godse
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:13 am
    Just a day to go! Are you ready? Those who have already migrated are enjoying peaceful life. But those that haven’t yet are still on balancing their decisions whether to migrate or not and also to migrate on what? So, … Continue reading → The post Windows Server 2003 Support is Ending – What are Your Plans? appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Technical Preview of SQL Server 2016 – Does that Meet Your Expectations?

    Pallavi Godse
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Ready for Microsoft’s intelligent platform for a mobilized and cloudy world? You might have got the point! Yes, it’s the SQL Server 2016. Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft revealed the first public preview of SQL Server 2016 on 27th … Continue reading → The post Technical Preview of SQL Server 2016 – Does that Meet Your Expectations? appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
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  • Ansible – Installing open-vm-tools

    Larry Smith Jr.
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Advertise here with BSAAnsible – Installing open-vm-tools Just sharing this out in case someone else may be looking for a way to install open-vm-tools for Ubuntu or CentOS and wants to ensure that only virtual machines get this package installed. Throw together a playbook or role and add the following bit of code and you are good to go. - name: debian | installing open-vm-tools apt: name=open-vm-tools state=present when: ansible_os_family == "Debian" and ansible_virtualization_type == "VMware" - name: centos | installing open-vm-tools if a vm yum: name=open-vm-tools state=present when:…
  • Ansible – Quick Inventory Gathering using loops

    Larry Smith Jr.
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Advertise here with BSAAnsible – Quick Inventory Gathering using loops I came across this today looking through the Ansible Google groups. The OP wanted something that would output something like below into separate files per inventory hostname. Linux ans-test-4 3.13.0-55-generic #92-Ubuntu SMP Sun Jun 14 18:32:20 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux # Dynamic resolv.conf(5) file for glibc resolver(3) generated by resolvconf(8) # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE BY HAND -- YOUR CHANGES WILL BE OVERWRITTEN nameserver 192.168.70.240 nameserver 192.168.70.241 search everythingshouldbevirtual.local…
  • Ansible – Zenoss 5 Core – Master

    Larry Smith Jr.
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Advertise here with BSAAnsible – Zenoss 5 Core – Master As it has been some time since actually putting something together to install Zenoss I figured I would set out to do just that using Ansible. As I began through this it seems that the installation process is much more involved than previous versions. First off, the majority of Zenoss 5 is container based, i.e. Docker. So this is a good thing in regards to upgrades and etc. However the requirements are extreme. Zenoss Master (From docs) 8 CPU cores (64-bit only; real or virtual) 32GB RAM / xfs 90GB Local disk. Includes space…
  • Ansible – Highly Available ELK Stack

    Larry Smith Jr.
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Advertise here with BSAAnsible – Highly Available ELK Stack A little over a year ago I provided installation scripts along with this post to help setup a completely redundant ELK Stack. This post has definitely been one of my most popular posts that I have ever put out and lot’s of great feedback provided. Over the past few months I have been working on getting all of this functionality and then some ported over to Ansible which has proven to be amazing to say the least. However the missing piece has been providing this out to the community for consumption as well as getting…
  • Sneak Peak #1 – Upcoming Project

    Larry Smith Jr.
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Advertise here with BSASneak Peak #1 – Upcoming Project I have been working on a new project for the past few weeks and it has been coming along very nice. I wanted to share some screenshots for everyone to checkout and wet your appetite for more I am hopeful that this will be of some great use as this progresses on. Enjoy!
 
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    inVURTED

  • The OpenStack Times Edition 4

    Adam Jones
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:03 pm
    OpenStack is a free and open-source cloud computing software platform. Users primarily deploy it as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution. In this edition of the Openstack Times we’re checking out OpenStack news in the last seven days :- Japan’s NTT whips out OpenStack cannon at cloud Godzilla AWS NTT have long been suporters of OpenStack, as an early champion of OpenStack, they have been well accepted by the OpenStack community. OpenStack forms the basis of NTT’s Next-Generation Cloud Platform, due in December, which will allow NTT to set up and manage both shared…
  • The OpenStack Times Edition 3

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

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

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

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

  • Healthcare IT is Failing (And It Needs AWS)

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    “Most industries compete on value. U.S. healthcare does not. But that is about to change.” -Tom Main and Adrian Slywotzky, The Volume-to-Value Revolution . Traditional health IT is failing — and this is good news.  Ten years ago, Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems were heralded as the great cost-saving revolution in healthcare IT. By most […] The post Healthcare IT is Failing (And It Needs AWS) appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Why AWS Marketplace Is Changing the Software Industry

    Gathering Clouds
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    The launch of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006 revolutionized the concept of technology infrastructure. AWS Marketplace is marching along the same path to transform the way software is sold and deployed. As Amazon consistently pushes out innovative products on AWS, the enterprise software world sees the AWS Marketplace as a thriving environment for their […] The post Why AWS Marketplace Is Changing the Software Industry appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Security and Advanced Automation in the Enterprise

    Gathering Clouds
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Complexity is a huge security risk for the enterprise. While security is always a top priority during the initial build phase of a cloud project, over time security tends to slip. As systems evolve, stacks change, and engineers come and go, it’s very easy to end up with a mash-up of legacy and cloud security […] The post Security and Advanced Automation in the Enterprise appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Why Enterprises Need Containers and Docker

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    At DockerCon 2015 last week, it was very clear that Docker is poised to transform enterprise IT. While it traditionally takes years for a software innovation — and especially an open source one — to reach the enterprise, Docker is defying all the rules. Analysts expect Docker will be the norm in enterprises by 2016, […] The post Why Enterprises Need Containers and Docker appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Government Cloud on the Rise: NSA, DOJ Move to Amazon Web Services

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

    Jason Gaudreau
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    Stress measures the amount of workload for a specific object over a period of time. The objects that can be measured include CPU, memory, network I/O, datastore I/O, and vSphere configuration limits. Stress only measures demand, whereas with Capacity Remaining can measure demand and allocation. The default period of time is 30 days, which can be configured in vRealize Operations 6 policy wizard. Stress is selected by default for Peak Consideration in the Capacity and Time Remaining elements; vRealize Operations uses the stress elements to account for peaks in capacity usage.The default…
  • ManageIQ with vSphere: Providers

    Jason Gaudreau
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    In a previous post, I went through the basic configuration of setting up a ManageIQ deployment. Since that time, I have configured my ManageIQ lab environment to administer my vSphere environment, Amazon EC2 account, and a RHEV environment. Today, I am going to walk you through the process of adding Providers to ManageIQ and working your infrastructure resources.To start, I am going to add my VMware vCenter server, which will inventory my clusters, hosts, virtual machines, resource pools and datastores. I add in all the basic information including:NameTypeHost Name or IP addressZoneI then…
  • VMworld 2015 Session Recommendations

    Jason Gaudreau
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:02 pm
    The last couple of years, I carved away the VMworld content catalog to 50 sessions I recommend to my customers. This year, there are 658 session available at VMworld 2015, which is an overwhelming amount of sessions! My recommendations are from past experience of seeing the presenters at VMworld, VMUGs, and interacting with them at work. Moreover, I try to make sure I have all our major product lines included, and a mix of technical and business tracks.Going along with the VMworld 2015 theme. You can be ready. Ready for VMworld 2015 and the brave new model of IT.Ready for Any.50 Recommended…
  • vRealize Operations 6 Trending

    Jason Gaudreau
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:01 am
    This week I was working with a customer; they were interested in looking at trending for host and cluster memory resources. But, when we started looking at the default views it was taking into account two memory spikes that were 1000%. Now, having memory spikes at 1000% isn't good to start with, but for capacity trending purposes it was making it difficult to gain perspective on the overall trend of resources.To remedy the problem, you can change the roll-up interval to flatten the line and gain a better understanding of the overall trend.Now, because I am not taxing my lab environment, it…
  • ManageIQ with vSphere: Deploy and Configure

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

    cpwpadmin
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    VMware VirtualCenter Server service fails to start with the error: Access ViolationWe ran into this error in our own testing environment and that is a mean one. As that service failure is based on a software bug, it was pure luck to find the solution in one of the VMware KB articles.You recognize the issue of course immediately as you can’t login into VMware vCenter anymore and looking up the windows services, you figure out, that it’s not started.It seems that only VMware vCenter 5.5 is affected with the access violation .The KB article summarizes:You are unable to log in to…
  • Orphaned VM snapshot after a failed backup

    cpwpadmin
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Orphaned VM snapshot after a failed backupVMware updated their knowledge base article covering orphaned VM snapshots after an automatic or manual backup using a backup software failed to remove the snapshot. The result is a virtual machine running on a snapshot that the VMware snapshot manager is not showing at all.Sometimes a backup application might perform a routine backup operation, by taking the snapshots of the VM. When the backup is completed the backup software automatically deletes the snapshot file. In some cases, when the backup operation fails, a stale snapshot might be…
  • Find the ESXi that owns the VMDK lock or other file lock on a VMFS datastore

    cpwpadmin
    10 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Find the ESXi that owns the VMDK lock or other file lock on a VMFS datastoreUnfortunately from time to time you can end up in a situation where your virtual machine is not reacting anymore on operations like vMotion, power-on or releasing a snapshot.The cause is very often a locked VMDK file or CBT file (changed block tracking used by backup software) by a different ESXi than the one running your virtual machine and the corresponding process. That can be a leftover from purple screens, SAN connection failures or complete power outage.Taking the example of powering on the virtual machine, the…
  • VMware vMotion requirements – Part 2

    cpwpadmin
    8 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    VMware vMotion requirements – Part 2As we see a lot of vMotion and Storage vMotion related issues we continue our series about VMware vMotion requirements in this part. If you want to read about the vMotion Technology itself, check out this blog post: VMware vMotion, how it works – Part 1 IntroductionRequirementsSince vMotion is intervening in an active virtual machine without that virtual machine’s knowledge, certain conditions must be fulfilled so that the process can run without problems or failures:▪       CPU…
  • Born Global Champions Award – WKO

    cpwpadmin
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Born Global Champions Award – WKOOur team is very proud to have been part selected and awarded as Born Global Champions. About 70 companies were honored with the Advantage Austria Award of WKO for Global success. Advantage Austria is an initiative to help Austrian Startups to connect with business partners around the world. The aim is to increase Austria’s international standing and increase imports and exports.Pedro Carvalho and Michal Nespor received the award as representatives of Opvizor.“The achievements of Austria’s Born Global Champions are simply outstanding. Their success…
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