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  • What We Read This Week: A VMware News Recap, April 24, 2015

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    Morgan OLeary
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:48 am
    Secure Containers, Going Green at VMware HQ & The Problem with Mobile Security in Healthcare ① VMware answers some of the questions about how it plans to compete in a containerized world with the release of two tools it plans to open source, both of which help enterprises build and deploy cloud-native applications. (Insider Tip: […]
  • New PowerCLI Resource: PowerCLI Cookbook by Philip Sellers

    VMware PowerCLI Blog
    Brian Graf
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    All of you PowerCLI users, listen up. If you haven’t seen on Twitter already, a new PowerCLI book was released on March 25, 2015. I’ve had several individuals reach out to me directly and ask about this new cookbook, which appears to be a very good compliment to some of the other books already published. We asked Philip to give us the lowdown on his new book: PowerCLI Cookbook was written for beginner to intermediate PowerCLI users who mayhave some familiarity with the language but who want to learn more advanced techniques to leveraging PowerCLI for everyday problems. The book is…
  • Elite Database Workshop Program – SQL Server Event #2

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    Don Sullivan
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:16 pm
    The 3rd VMware Elite Database Workshop is set to start at 7AM on Tuesday April 21.  The program is an invitation only event for the some of the world’s top SQL Server experts in which VMware selects groups of database specialists within various disciplines to include Oracle and SQL Server and soon to include Big Data and other data focused areas.   The experience consists of Executive Welcomes from both VMware and the storage partner in delivering a particular event.  In this case the partner is Tintri who is providing an 880 high end flash array for the customized labs which will…
  • VMSA-2015-0003 (SKIP-TLS)

    VMware Security & Compliance Blog
    kshorrock
    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…
  • Scaling Web 2.0 Applications using Docker containers on vSphere 6.0

    VMware VROOM! Blog
    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…
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  • What We Read This Week: A VMware News Recap, April 24, 2015

    Morgan OLeary
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:48 am
    Secure Containers, Going Green at VMware HQ & The Problem with Mobile Security in Healthcare ① VMware answers some of the questions about how it plans to compete in a containerized world with the release of two tools it plans to open source, both of which help enterprises build and deploy cloud-native applications. (Insider Tip: […]
  • Introducing the VMware EVO:RAIL vSphere Loyalty Program

    VMTN
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Mornay van der Walt, vice president, EVO:RAIL Group, VMware Today, we are delighted to announce the launch of the VMware EVO:RAIL vSphere Loyalty Program. We developed the VMware EVO:RAIL vSphere Loyalty Program to allow our VMware vSphere customers to apply their licenses to the purchase of VMware EVO:RAIL appliances from our nine Qualified EVO:RAIL […]
  • A Look At Our LEED-Certified Palo Alto Headquarters for Earth Day

    Morgan OLeary
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Nowhere is VMware’s commitment to the environment more apparent than at our global headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, Calif. For Earth Day this year, we’ve collected some of the most eye-popping stats about our eco efforts and presented them in the infographic below. Did you know VMware generates more than […]
  • RSA 2015: VMware News, Sessions and Awards

    Morgan OLeary
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    The information security industry continues to be front and center in the news as corporate and individual privacy breaches alike seem to constantly be hitting the headlines.  And while we continue to see tremendous innovation in security, the recognition of the security industry has come paired with increased scrutiny. Enter the RSA Conference – in […]
  • Cloud-Native Apps: Making the Developer a First-Class User of the Datacenter

    VMTN
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:25 am
    By Kit Colbert, vice president & CTO, Cloud-Native Apps at VMware Today’s an exciting day for the Cloud-Native Apps team at VMware (read press release).  We’re excited to share our vision with the world, and to back it up with concrete project announcements. Before getting too far ahead of myself, let’s take a step back and reexamine the […]
 
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  • New PowerCLI Resource: PowerCLI Cookbook by Philip Sellers

    Brian Graf
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    All of you PowerCLI users, listen up. If you haven’t seen on Twitter already, a new PowerCLI book was released on March 25, 2015. I’ve had several individuals reach out to me directly and ask about this new cookbook, which appears to be a very good compliment to some of the other books already published. We asked Philip to give us the lowdown on his new book: PowerCLI Cookbook was written for beginner to intermediate PowerCLI users who mayhave some familiarity with the language but who want to learn more advanced techniques to leveraging PowerCLI for everyday problems. The book is…
  • Renamed Cmdlets in PowerCLI 6

    Brian Graf
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
      One of the many enhancements found in PowerCLI 6 R1 is that several cmdlets were renamed. This was done in an effort to better align with Microsoft’s cmdlet naming standard and to be consistent across products. This will also help individuals learn the PowerShell and cmdlet names faster because of the consistency. So, what changed? There were three cmdlets that have been renamed: Shutdown-VMGuest is now Stop-VMGuest Apply-VMHostProfile is now Invoke-VMHostProfile Apply-DrsRecommendation is now Invoke-DRSRecommendation Do I have to change my scripts to work with the new cmdlets?
  • PowerCLI For Tenants Merges into PowerCLI 6.0 R1 Installer

    Brian Graf
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
        It’s a great day in PowerCLI! As of PowerCLI 6.0 R1, we have merged the PowerCLI for Tenants installer into the core PowerCLI installer. Now customers only need to download a single installer for all PowerCLI use-cases. When installing PowerCLI you will be prompted to choose which ‘Features’ you would like to install.       Why is this great? This is great because now it is easier for our customers to install PowerCLI and select the items they need. One download, one install… Simplicity.     During the installation you will see…
  • vCloud Air Meets PowerCLI Blog Series

    Brian Graf
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    Did you see that PowerCLI now connects to vCloud Air? Did you also see that we there is a great vCloud Air Meets PowerCLI blog series being posted on the https://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud page? If you haven’t had a chance to read these, there are several posts up so far, written by Massimo Re Ferre, Senior Technical Marketing Architect for vCloud Air. These are very informative posts and focus around beginning to work in vCloud Air with PowerCLI. I urge you all to take a few minutes and learn how easy it is to work in vCloud Air via PowerCLI. Below are the current posts in the series:…
  • PowerCLI 6.0 – Introducing PowerCLI Modules

    Brian Graf
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    If you read the previous post about what’s new in PowerCLI, you will have seen that we have been busy transitioning the core distribution model of PowerCLI cmdlets from Snapins to modules. This release is a hybrid deployment where you will still see several last PSSnapins. To see which PSSnapins still exist, you can run: Get-PSSnapin -Name VMware* If you open your PowerCLI Modules folder (default is found at C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\vSphere PowerCLI\Modules) you will find a number of modules that have now been converted from PSSnapins: What does this mean for PowerCLI…
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  • Elite Database Workshop Program – SQL Server Event #2

    Don Sullivan
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:16 pm
    The 3rd VMware Elite Database Workshop is set to start at 7AM on Tuesday April 21.  The program is an invitation only event for the some of the world’s top SQL Server experts in which VMware selects groups of database specialists within various disciplines to include Oracle and SQL Server and soon to include Big Data and other data focused areas.   The experience consists of Executive Welcomes from both VMware and the storage partner in delivering a particular event.  In this case the partner is Tintri who is providing an 880 high end flash array for the customized labs which will…
  • Run Containers on vSphere with Project Photon and Project Lightwave

    Eric Gray
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    When you think of VMware, virtualization clearly jumps to mind.  But if you take a step back, virtualization is really a means to an end.  IT pros don’t earn their salary because they run virtual machines — but VMs support application services that are essential to business, ultimately contributing to the bottom line.  VMware is focused on providing the best place to run any application; from LAMP stacks to business-critical workloads to big data analytics, vSphere can handle it all. Two open source projects were just announced by the Cloud-Native Apps group: Project Photon and…
  • vSphere Hardening Guide 6.0 Public Beta 1 available

    Mike Foley
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    I’m happy to announce that the vSphere 6 Hardening Guide Public Beta 1 is now available. The guide is being provided as Excel spreadsheet. I’m also making a PDF doc available for easier viewing. In addition,  I’ve also included an Excel spreadsheet of the guidelines that have moved out of the guide and into documentation. THIS IS INCOMPLETE. We are still working on some of that content. (that’s why this is a beta!) Please read the blog on the changes that have happened to the guide. LOTS of changes and the blog will explain. vSphere 6.0 Hardening Guide – Overview of…
  • Virtual Volumes and the SDDC

    Ken Werneburg
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:33 pm
    I saw a question the other day that asked “Can someone explain what the big deal is about Virtual Volumes?”   A fair question. The shortest, easiest answer is that VVols offer per-VM management of storage that helps deliver a software defined datacenter. That, however, is a pretty big statement that requires some unpacking.  Rawlinson has done a great job of showcasing Virtual Volumes already, and has talked about how it simplifies storage management, puts the VMs in charge of their own storage, and gives us more fine-grained control over VM storage.  I myself will also dive into some…
  • Oracle Licensing Discussion – The Definitive Collateral Collection

    Don Sullivan
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:47 pm
    The Oracle licensing webinar was broadcast on Mar19, 2015 and the replay is available at the link below. The webinar and the link, hosted by Database Trends and Analysis (DBTA) was delivered as a collaborative effort between VMware and a number of VMware partners. Don Sullivan moderated the event which included individual presentations of approximately 15 minutes each followed by a robust question and answer session. The presenters, who delivered, their own customized corporate presentations, included the world renowned founder of House of Brick, Dave Welch followed by “License…
 
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    VMware Security & Compliance Blog

  • VMSA-2015-0003 (SKIP-TLS)

    kshorrock
    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…
  • 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
  • VMware products and “Ghost”, glibc gethostbyname* buffer overflow (CVE-2015-0235)

    Monty Ijzerman
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
    This Tuesday a buffer overflow in the gethostbyname family of functions (“gethostbyname*”) in the widely used glibc library (CVE-2015-0235) was disclosed.  As soon as we became aware of this vulnerability we began investigating.  We regarded it as a significant vulnerabiliy since the original advisory detailed remote code execution in the Exim mail server. We quickly realized that exploitability of this vulnerability depends on where and how the vulnerable function is invoked.  In particular, if an attacker cannot control the arguments passed to the gethostbyname*…
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    VMware VROOM! Blog

  • 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…
  • Virtual SAN 6.0 Performance with VMware VMmark

    James Zubb
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Virtual SAN is a storage solution that is fully integrated with VMware vSphere. Virtual SAN leverages flash technology to cache data and improve its access time to and from the disks. We used VMware’s VMmark 2.5 benchmark to evaluate the performance of running a variety of tier-1 application workloads together on Virtual SAN 6.0. VMmark is a multi-host virtualization benchmark that uses varied application workloads and common datacenter operations to model the demands of the datacenter. Each VMmark tile contains a set of virtual machines running diverse application workloads as a unit of…
  • VMware View Planner 3.5 and Use Cases

    Banit Agrawal
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    by   Banit Agrawal     Nachiket Karmarkar VMware View Planner 3.5 was recently released which introduces a slew of new features, enhancements in user experience, and scalability. In this blog, we present some of these new features and use cases. More details can be found in the whitepaper here. In addition to retaining all the features available in VMware View Planner 3.0, View Planner 3.5 addresses the following new use cases: Support for VMware Horizon 6  (support of RDSH session and application publishing) Support for Windows 8.1 as desktops Improved user experience Audio-Video sync…
  • SQL Server VM Performance on VMware vSphere 6

    David Morse
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    Last October, I blogged about SQL Server performance with vSphere 5.5 using a four-socket Intel Xeon processor E7 based host.  Now that vSphere 6 is available, I’ve run an updated set of tests using this new release, on an even more powerful host, with Xeon E7 v2 processors.  A variety of virtual CPU (vCPU) and virtual machine (VM) quantities were tested to show that vSphere can handle hundreds of thousands of online transaction processing (OLTP) database operations per minute. DVD Store 2.1, an open-source OLTP database stress tool, was the workload used to stress the VMs.  The first…
 
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  • Running vSphere on AWS or GCE

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    By now you’ve probably seen or heard the news about Ravello Systems launching Inception—the ability to run nested VMware ESXi on AWS or GCE, including the ability to run VMs on these nested ESXi instances. (Here’s Ravello’s press release.) In my opinion, this is pretty cool, and it opens the door to a lot of different possibilities: upgrade testing, automation testing, new feature testing, hosted home labs (aka “Lab as a Service”). Lots of folks are interested in using this new Ravello functionality for “Lab as a Service.” Here’s Andrea Mauro’s take on this topic. As part…
  • Technology Short Take #50

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #50, the latest in my series of posts sharing various links and articles pertaining to key data center technologies. I hope that you find something useful here! Networking Tyler Christiansen recently published a post on a network automation workflow that was based on a presentation he gave at the SF Network Automation meetup. The workflow incorporates Ansible, git, Jenkins, and Gerrit. If you’re looking for more examples of how to incorporate these sorts of tools into your own network automation workflow, I’d recommend having a look at this article. This…
  • Ubuntu, cloud-init, and OpenStack Heat

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    In this post I’d like to share a couple of things I recently learned about the interaction between cloud-init and OpenStack Orchestration (aka “Heat”). This may be stuff that you already know, but in the interest of helping others who may not know I’m posting it here. One issue that I’d been repeatedly running into was an apparent “failure” on the part of Heat to properly apply cloud-init configurations to deployed Ubuntu instances. So, using a Heat template with an OS::Nova::Server resource defined like this would result in an instance that apparently wasn’t reachable via SSH…
  • Running Photon on Fusion via Vagrant

    21 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    Most of you have probably picked up on the news of VMware’s new container-optimized Linux distribution, code-named “Photon”. (More details here.) In this post, I’m going to provide a very quick walkthrough on running Photon on VMware Fusion via Vagrant. This walkthrough will leverage a Vagrant box for Photon that has already been created. To make things easier, I’ve added a photon directory to my GitHub “learning-tools” repository. Feel free to pull those files down to make it easier to follow along. I assume that you’ve already installed Vagrant, VMware Fusion, and the…
  • Running an etcd-Backed Docker Swarm Cluster

    19 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    In this post, I’ll build on a couple of previous posts and show you how to build your own Docker Swarm cluster that leverages etcd for cluster node discovery. This post builds on the information presented on how to run an etcd 2.0 cluster on Ubuntu as well as the information found in this post on running a Consul-backed Docker Swarm cluster. To help you follow along, I’ve created a Vagrant environment that you can use to turn up the configuration described in this blog post. These files are found in the “docker-swarm-etcd” directory of my GitHub learning-tools repository. Feel free to…
 
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  • 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…
  • Please vote for GabesVirtualWorld at the Top vBlog 2015

    Gabrie van Zanten
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    It’s that time of year again !!! Please vote for your top 10 favorite VMware & virtualization blogs, on the first page you will be able to select your 10 favorite blogs and on the following page will be allowed to rank them in your preference order. When voting please take the following into consideration: frequency (how often they post) quality (how well the posts are) length (how long the posts are) longevity (how long they have been blogging for) Please try to be fair and objective when voting, this isn’t a popularity contest, it’s about voting for the bloggers that…
  • vSphere 6 release date in KB?

    Gabrie van Zanten
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:40 am
    Removed by request. Sorry. See full post at: vSphere 6 release date in KB?
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  • New Book - Mastering VMware Horizon 6

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    If you are working as a desktop admin, part of a EUC team, an architect, or a consultant on a desktop virtualization project and you are looking to use VMware's Horizon solution, this book is for you. This book will demonstrate the new capabilities of Horizon 6. You should have experience in desktop management using Windows and Microsoft Office, and be familiar with Active Directory, SQL, Windows Remote Desktop Session Hosting, and VMware vSphere infrastructure (ESXi and vCenter Server) technology. Horizon 6 is VMware's latest end-user computing solution, designed not only to centralize and…
  • New Certification: VMware Certified Associate 6 - Desktop and Mobility (VCA6-DTM)

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:16 am
    Gain greater credibility when discussing desktop virtualization, the business challenges that Horizon with View and related desktop technologies are designed to address, and how virtualizing desktops and mobile devices with View addresses those challenges. You'll be able to define technical requirements for desktop virtualization, describe and differentiate Horizon with View and related products and technologies and identify common use cases and how they can be addressed. Request Authorization for this online exam
  • New Certification: VMware Certified Associate 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCA6-DCV)

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:14 am
    Gain greater credibility when discussing data center virtualization, the business challenges that vSphere is designed to address, and how virtualizing the data center with vSphere addresses those challenges. You'll be able to define the technical requirements for data center virtualization, describe and differentiate vSphere related products and technologies and identify common use cases and how they can be addressed. Request Authorization for this online exam
  • Latest Fling from VMware Labs - PowerCLI Cmdlet for NFS

    21 Apr 2015 | 11:26 pm
    VMware PowerCLI is one of the most successful command line tools for managing your VMware products. With many existing cmdlets designed for the system administrator or vSphere Admin, PowerCLI is the easiest and most powerful tool for managing your environment. In the recent release of vSphere 6.0, we announced new features like NFS 4.1 support. This Fling adds a PowerShell module with PowerCLI cmdlets for managing vSphere NFS Users, required for the Kerberos-based authentication process of NFS version 4.1 Datastore. The Fling is an extension module for the PowerCli 6.0R1 release. You can load…
  • Project Photon Runs Docker and Rocket Containers via Vagrant and VMware Fusion

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:19 am
    Project Photon from VMware is an open source container runtime platform that works great on a developer's laptop running HashiCorp Vagrant and VMware Fusion. In this video, see how easy it is to start up a Photon instance and execute apps on two different container engines.
 
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  • 8 Security Practices to Use in Your Employee Training and Awareness Program

    Tripwire Guest Authors
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This might be hard to believe, but it is true: 59 percent of data breaches are happening not because of some smart hacker who wants to do harm to your company but because of your own employees. In order to stop these incidents, you have to focus on two things (other than investing in new technology): set […]… Read More The post 8 Security Practices to Use in Your Employee Training and Awareness Program appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Computer Criminals Brought to Justice – Austin Alcala

    David Bisson
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Last time, we explored the story of Timothy Lance Lai, at one time a private tutor who was arrested for providing his former students with a keylogger, which they in turn used to change their grades. We now report on the story of Austin Alcala, a teenage hacker who infiltrated various American corporations and the United […]… Read More The post Computer Criminals Brought to Justice – Austin Alcala appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Tesla’s DNS Hacked Leading to Website and Twitter Hijacks

    Ken Westin
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:09 am
    On Saturday, the website and Twitter account of electric vehicle maker Tesla was compromised briefly, as well as CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter account. The website was defaced after the DNS for TeslaMotors.com was redirected to another server hosting an image with various messages and faces of a few people. The DNS may have been compromised […]… Read More The post Tesla’s DNS Hacked Leading to Website and Twitter Hijacks appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Ransomware Makers Convert Bitcoin Payments As Soon As Possible

    David Bisson
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:25 am
    The falling value of Bitcoin is leading many ransomware makers to convert BTC ransom payments into other forms of currency as soon as they are able. According to Etay Maor, senior fraud prevention strategist at IBM Security, this trend is evident in underground computer criminal forums. “They use Bitcoin for the money laundering part and […]… Read More The post Ransomware Makers Convert Bitcoin Payments As Soon As Possible appeared first on The State of Security.
  • The Power of the Crowd: Human Automation for the Last Mile of Security Testing

    Tripwire Guest Authors
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It could be said that the proliferation of automation is the defining characteristic of the last 100 years. In almost every area of our lives, we’ve found a way to leverage technology to increase our efficiency, freeing us up for higher-order tasks… The things we like to do, the things that are hard, the things […]… Read More The post The Power of the Crowd: Human Automation for the Last Mile of Security Testing appeared first on The State of Security.
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  • Requirements Driven Data Center

    Duncan Epping
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:37 am
    Advertise here with BSAI’ve been thinking about the term Software Defined Data Center for a while now. It is a great term “software defined” but it seems that many agree that things have been defined by software for a long time now. When talking about SDDC with customers it is typically referred to as the ability to abstract, pool and automate all aspects of an infrastructure. To me these are very important factors, but not the most important, well at least not for me as they don’t necessarily speak to the agility and flexibility a solution like this should bring. But…
  • Not submitted a VMworld session yet? How about a “quick talk”?

    Duncan Epping
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    Advertise here with BSAI was submitting some VMworld sessions and noticed there was a new type of session called a quick talk. It is something new so I started digging and found the following in the VMworld CFP Q&A: Quick Talk – 30 minutes (NEW!) Quick Talks are abridged breakouts focused on non-technical topics. More consumable, the Quick Talk will take the traditional business topic and whittle it down to essential messages, information and clarity in a targeted half-hour. These presentations do not have Q&A, but can be scheduled in tandem with Group Discussions and/or Meet the…
  • Migrate from Windows vCenter to the vCenter Appliance

    Duncan Epping
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:03 am
    Advertise here with BSAI thought that most people would have seen this awesome fling by now, but I received a couple of questions if it was already possible to migrate from the Windows vCenter Server to the vCenter Server Appliance. Surprisingly enough as William Lam wrote an excellent blog post on this subject. Anyway, this blog is just a simple short pointer to the Windows vCenter to vCenter Appliance migration tool and to William blog post. Read it, and go for it! "Migrate from Windows vCenter to the vCenter Appliance" originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com. Follow me on twitter -…
  • VMware Online Technology Forum recording available

    Duncan Epping
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    Advertise here with BSAFor those who weren’t able to attend the VMware Online Technology Forum live, the recordings are available for replay now including the Q&A sessions. If you are interested in what’s new for vSphere, VSAN, NSX, vRealize Operations, View and much much more make sure to tune in. Great way to get an overview and a better understanding of what vSphere has to offer. Click the image below to go to the OTF website, register (if you haven’t yet) and get access to a lot of free cool content! "VMware Online Technology Forum recording available" originally…
  • Awesome paper/presentation: Efficient MRC Construction with SHARDS

    Duncan Epping
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:24 am
    Advertise here with BSAWhen I joined VMware and had read a white paper on memory reclamation techniques a dozen times. I was left with a bunch of questions still and I emailed the engineer who authored it back in the days. I asked him a couple of “simple” questions and received a one pager email full with answers. Even the email I had to read twice. Not because it is insanely complex, but because there was so much information in there that it was impossible to digest at all. Carl Waldspurger was that engineer. I’d seen some of his talks when he was still at VMware but he…
 
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  • Security, Cloud and Networking Weekly News Roundup: April 20 - 23

    Margaret Walker
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    This week's news in cloud, networking, and security - week of April 20th: Until this week, Amazon's Web Services figures were buried in overall North American Sales “Other” category. We now know that in Q1 2015, AWS logged $1.57 billion in revenue, up 49% from the year-ago period. More impressively, AWS logged operating income of $265M for the quarter, up from $245 million in 2014. Bezos: Amazon Web Services is a $5 billion business—and growing fast by Barb Darrow via FortuneA study from CloudLock found that organizations have an average of 1.2M files stored in the…
  • Security, Cloud and Networking Weekly News Roundup: April 13 - 17

    Margaret Walker
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This week's news in cloud, networking, and security - week of April 13th: The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) version 1.1. of the PCI Card Production Security Requirements is now available. The updated standard includes physical and logical security measures for any organization handling credit card payments, and version 1.1 includes new requirements for firewalls, access controls, and cryptographic keys. New security requirements for payment card vendors via Net Security 66% of manufacturers surveyed by IDC report using more than 2 applications in the public cloud.
  • Security, Cloud and Networking Weekly News Roundup: April 6 - 10

    Margaret Walker
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    This week's news in cloud, networking, and security - week of April 6th: Why 2015 will be the year that the cloud comes of age via The Next WebImage Credit: the Next WebAt this week's AWS Summit in San Francisco AWS chief Andrew Jassy announced the Elastic File System, a "file system that grows and shrinks, automatically." AWS also announced a new Machine Learning system along with 2 marketplaces for desktop applications and WorkSpaces applications. Amazon Opens ‘Marketplace’ For Apps, Talks of Stealing Enterprise Workloads via Barron'sHP announces their withdraw from public…
  • VNS3 API examples #2 Snapshots

    Chris Swan
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    VNS3 sits at the confluence of network function virtualisation (NFV) - networks made out of software, and software defined networking (SDN) - networks configured by software. The key to that configuration is our API, which is thoroughly documented in the VNS3 3.5 API Instructions.The aim of this blog series is to provide some practical examples of using the API to perform typical administration tasks with VNS3. Each example will be illustrated by a simple shell script.Let your API take notes for you. Image credit: Flickr user marcoarmentFirstly some conventionsAll of these scripts need…
  • Security, Cloud and Networking Weekly News Roundup: March 30 - April 3

    Margaret Walker
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    This week's news in cloud, networking, and security - week of March 30th: Amazon also announced that they are expanding CodeDeploy to include deployments on companies’ existing data center infrastructure, not just in Amazon’s AWS. Even Amazon showing interest in hybrid cloud and bridging public and private clouds. Amazon cloud adds on-premises support to its CodeDeploy continuous-delivery tool via Venture BeatCenturyLink Cloud announced their first data center in Singapore. After the first location in Asia, the cloud provider hopes to expand in the region with data…
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  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 4/18/15

    Rick Scherer
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:21 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 Continuent for Analytics and Big Data Troubleshooting VMware Continuent (2111836) Date Published: 4/17/2015 Troubleshooting VMware Continuent Installation (2111857) Date Published: 4/17/2015 Collecting Diagnostic Information for VMware Continuent (2111859) Date Published: 4/17/2015 Initializing shell environment for VMware Continuent (2105429) Date Published:…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 4/11/15

    Rick Scherer
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:53 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 ESXi VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 hostd logs sent to an external syslog collector have a timestamp of: NoneZ (2111202) Date Published: 4/10/2015 VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch Release ESXi600-201504001 (2111975) Date Published: 4/9/2015 VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi600-201504401-BG: Updates esx-base (2111976) Date Published: 4/9/2015 VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch…
  • VMware Support Alert – Scheduled My VMware Maintenance

    Rick Scherer
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:34 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. http://ift.tt/1hbS3R4 My VMware will be undergoing a scheduled system maintenance on Saturday, April 11th, 2015.  During the time indicated below, you will not be able to place orders or download products.  myLearn login and class registrations will also be restricted. Begin: 02.00 PM PDT on Saturday, April 11 2015 End:    08.00:PM PDT on Saturday, April 11 2015 We apologize for any inconvenience…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 4/4/15

    Rick Scherer
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:20 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 Datacenter Following upgrade to or installation of ESXi 5.1, repeated message: “SSL_VerifyCbHelper: Certificate verification is disabled, so connection will proceed despite the error” in the host-probe.log (2104475) Date Published: 3/31/2015 VMware ESX Two or more virtual machines with the same name appear in the vCenter Server inventory (2108769) Date…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 3/28/15

    Rick Scherer
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:38 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. My VMware How to access the academic local stores (2112049) Date Published: 3/25/2015 VMware App Volumes VMware App Volumes information center (2107821) Date Published: 3/27/2015 VMware ESXi VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch Release ESXi510-201503001 (2099286) Date Published: 3/26/2015 VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch ESXi-5.1.0-20150304001-standard (2099288) Date Published: 3/26/2015 VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch…
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  • 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.
  • Using PowerShell to Install SNMP and configure Community, Location and Contact on Windows 2008

    Eric Sarakaitis
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:22 am
    One of the steps needed to onboard a system into our monitoring tools is to configure SNMP. If the customer template does not have SNMP pre-configured, or is not using GPO to do it; it quickly becomes a painfully slow speed-bump.… Read the rest The post Using PowerShell to Install SNMP and configure Community, Location and Contact on Windows 2008 appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Land-Grant Brewing Company on March 3rd

    Scott Bowling
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    The next Columbus vBeers will start @ 6:30pm on March 3rd. We will be at Land-Grant Brewing Company. Land-Grant is located @ 424 W. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215. Our meet-up is being sponsored by Varonis.… Read the rest The post Land-Grant Brewing Company on March 3rd appeared first on vmware admins.
  • RHEV 3.4 reports application show as not installed – Fixed

    Eric Sarakaitis
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Redhat has a KB article out there that lists steps on re-configuring rhevm-reports for RHEV 3.3 here, but nothing is listed for RHEV 3.4. Below is what I did to fix rhevm-reports: First, make sure that rhevm-reports and rhevm-dwh are not installed on the system anymore: yum remove rhevm-reports rhevm-dwh Then, I removed the databases and users from the PostgreSQL server: su postgres -c 'dropdb -U postgres ovirt_engine_history' su postgres -c 'dropdb -U postgres rhevmreports' su postgres -c "psql -c 'drop role engine_history;'" su postgres -c "psql -c…
  • vBeers Columbus Returns on January 28th

    Scott Bowling
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    Join us for the first Columbus vBeers of 2015. Our last visit to Rooster’s was in March so stop by for some wings and a beverage. This will be a non-sponsored event so bring your wallet, your sense of humor and get ready for some great IT and virtualization conversations with some of the best people in Central Ohio’s IT community (including YOU!).  … Read the rest The post vBeers Columbus Returns on January 28th appeared first on vmware admins.
 
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  • Why Redefine VNX – VNX F5000 / F7000 when there is XtremIO

    Roy Mikes
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    The VNX series enables you to leverage a single platform for file and block data services. Centralized management makes administration simple. Data efficiency services reduce your capacity requirements. EMC annouce the VNX-F Lets look at the VNX-F, what it is and what’s new. VNX-F is an all Flash, block only offering with advantageous pricing compared with standard VNX and all flash pools. It is designed to fit into the EMC family of Flash offerings that includes XIO in the enterprise space and VNX-F in the mid-range. VNX-F offers a low cost all-Flash configuration with outstanding and…
  • Have You Heard about the New Nano?

    Steven Beaver
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    Have you heard about the new Nano? No, you didn’t miss a new announcement from Apple. Rather, it is Microsoft that is releasing Nano into the wild. Given the name, what do you think Nano is? Dictionary.com defines Nano as “a combining form with the meaning ‘very small, minute.’” Unsurprisingly, Nano is another option for… Read more → Have You Heard about the New Nano?|The Virtualization Practice
  • Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent Announce Potential Engagement

    Steven Beaver
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    Who knew Nokia was still a thing, after Microsoft bought it? Well, as it turns out, Microsoft only bought the Devices and Services division. Nokia still has a number of other divisions, including NSN (the network infrastructure division), HERE (maps and location-based services), and Advanced Technologies (a licensing and development arm). Microsoft has been paying… Read more → Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent Announce Potential Engagement|The Virtualization Practice
  • Fewer Than 90 Days to Security Vulnerability

    Steven Beaver
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    What is the significance of July 14, 2015? It is the end of extended support date for Windows Server 2003. This date is approaching faster than many administrators care to acknowledge, and the reality is that Windows Server 2003 just won’t be a viable operating system for production environments after that date. As we look… Read more → Fewer Than 90 Days to Security Vulnerability|The Virtualization Practice
  • Linux and Android Come to Any Device

    Steven Beaver
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:47 am
    For years, the Citrix Systems cheerleading team waved its pom-poms to the resounding chant of “Any, Any, Any!” Any app, anywhere, on any device, knowing all too well that while it could deliver apps anywhere and on any device, its ability to do so for anything other than Windows apps was nothing more than some well-crafted… Read more → Linux and Android Come to Any Device|The Virtualization Practice
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  • Using Log vRealize Insight to Collect App Volumes Logs

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

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

    Simon Long
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:49 am
    Job Role Applications Now Closed! Fancy a change or a new challenge to kick off the new year? Then maybe this is for you. The OneCloud team within VMware, the team I work in, is looking for a Virtual Infrastructure Architect to join it’s strong architects team (5 VCDX’s). Job Description We are seeking a Virtual Infrastructure Architect with extensive experience working in a complex computing environment to join our internal cloud Design and Architecture team. You will work as part of a team that designs and architects VMware’s next generation internal cloud infrastructure. Your…
  • vBeers Tweetup – VMworld San Francisco 2014 (Saturday, 23th August 2014)

    Simon Long
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    VMworld San Francisco is almost here again folks and it’s time for another vBeers Tweetup!  The last vBeers Tweetup from VMworld SF 2013 was a great time with a great turnout so I couldn’t let this opportunity go by without arranging another one.  The official vBeers tweetup goes from strength to strength and increases in popularity every year that passes, though still has the same great earthy community feel that it did during it’s first one back in 2009. The VMworld San Francisco vBeers Tweetup will be held on Saturday 23rd August, kicking off from 6:00pm. The vBeers Tweetup is…
  • Graphics Acceleration In Horizon View Virtual Desktops

    Simon Long
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    A quick heads-up about an update to a my My First Published Technical White Paper. The paper talks about the following topics: Why 3D Matters for VMware Horizon View Understanding the Differences Between Soft 3D/SVGA, vDGA and vSGA Prerequisites Application Requirements and Use Cases vSGA Installation vDGA Installation (Tech Preview) VMware Horizon View Pool Configuration for vSGA Performance Tuning Tips Resource Monitoring Troubleshooting Hopefully it should cover everything you need to enable your Horizon View desktops for 3D rendering. The Paper can be downloaded here: Graphics…
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  • 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…
  • Configure Active Directory authentication for Nutanix Prism

    Brian Suhr
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAThe more I work with Nutanix the more I learn and like about the product. There have been a few things that have been on my to do list lately and a few ideas spawned from customers. So I will be writing up some articles about these topics and enable AD authentication is the first one. In this post I will walkthrough the steps needed to enable AD as a source for authentication. You will still be able to use local accounts if you wish. Configure AD source The first step here is to create a link to the AD domain that we wish to use for authentication. Use the settings icon…
  • No one application delivery strategy to rule them all

    Brian Suhr
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    Advertise here with BSAThis topic is something that has been coming up more often in conversations with customers when talking about architecture of a modern EUC environment. Enterprises are looking for better ways to manage computers that their users rely on for their work each day. A big portion is application functions such as installing, updating and controlling access. A common request is I don’t want multiple ways to do this type of work, one approach is the desire. To that I say “No one application delivery strategy to rule them all”   I understand the desire to…
  • Creating a VMware Datastore on DataGravity storage

    Brian Suhr
    29 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAI have recently been evaluating and getting to know the initial storage offering from DataGravity. In short they offer a unique storage array that offers hybrid storage and storage analytics all in one simple and easy to use offering. As I work with the product I will probably write up a few blog posts on how to work with things. Expect a detailed review over at Data Center Zombie soon after the new year. I’m finding the product to be very easy to work with and thought a simple walk through on how to create a new export that will be mounted as a VMware datastore…
 
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  • 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.
  • Using PowerShell to Install SNMP and configure Community, Location and Contact on Windows 2008

    Eric Sarakaitis
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:22 am
    One of the steps needed to onboard a system into our monitoring tools is to configure SNMP. If the customer template does not have SNMP pre-configured, or is not using GPO to do it; it quickly becomes a painfully slow speed-bump.… Read the rest The post Using PowerShell to Install SNMP and configure Community, Location and Contact on Windows 2008 appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Land-Grant Brewing Company on March 3rd

    Scott Bowling
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    The next Columbus vBeers will start @ 6:30pm on March 3rd. We will be at Land-Grant Brewing Company. Land-Grant is located @ 424 W. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215. Our meet-up is being sponsored by Varonis.… Read the rest The post Land-Grant Brewing Company on March 3rd appeared first on vmware admins.
  • RHEV 3.4 reports application show as not installed – Fixed

    Eric Sarakaitis
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Redhat has a KB article out there that lists steps on re-configuring rhevm-reports for RHEV 3.3 here, but nothing is listed for RHEV 3.4. Below is what I did to fix rhevm-reports: First, make sure that rhevm-reports and rhevm-dwh are not installed on the system anymore: yum remove rhevm-reports rhevm-dwh Then, I removed the databases and users from the PostgreSQL server: su postgres -c 'dropdb -U postgres ovirt_engine_history' su postgres -c 'dropdb -U postgres rhevmreports' su postgres -c "psql -c 'drop role engine_history;'" su postgres -c "psql -c…
  • vBeers Columbus Returns on January 28th

    Scott Bowling
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    Join us for the first Columbus vBeers of 2015. Our last visit to Rooster’s was in March so stop by for some wings and a beverage. This will be a non-sponsored event so bring your wallet, your sense of humor and get ready for some great IT and virtualization conversations with some of the best people in Central Ohio’s IT community (including YOU!).  … Read the rest The post vBeers Columbus Returns on January 28th appeared first on vmware admins.
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  • A0 poster – 47 restore scenarios from Veeam Backup & Replication v8

    Andrew Zhelezko
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Did you have a chance to print and hang either of our free Veeam posters? If not, you can still get both of these useful posters here: Veeam Backup & Replication v7 for Hyper-V and Veeam Backup & Replication v8 for VMware. Today, we have another poster for you called: 47 restore scenarios from Veeam Backup & Replication v8. From the very beginning, Veeam Backup & Replication has been consistently popular because of its highly successful recovery procedures. Here at Veeam, we have a saying that, at the end of the day, backup is worthless if you can’t restore your data on…
  • VeeamON 2015 Call for Presentations now open!

    Rick Vanover
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:25 am
    In just over 6 short months, we will be hosting VeeamON 2015, in Las Vegas! If you attended VeeamON 2014, you know this is THE event dedicated to data center Availability. If you weren’t able to join us last year, know that VeeamON has already made quite an impact industry-wide – in a good way! We have more than doubled the amount of technical programs and training for 2015, so NOW is the time join the VeeamON community and participate. Without further ado, we are pleased to announce that our Call for Presentations (CFP) is now open and live on the VeeamON website! Mark your calendars -…
  • Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is here!

    Mike Resseler
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    A couple of months ago, we announced a new solution called Veeam® Endpoint Backup FREE™. In December, we released the beta version of this software to the world. The interest in this beta software was overwhelming and we had a huge amount of testers, with more than 22,000 registered users and almost 20,000 downloads of our beta. Today, we are proud to announce the GA (general availability) of Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE! The solution Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is a standalone solution that helps you protect Windows endpoints. It is a data-protection and disaster-recovery solution for…
  • Veeam Backup & Replication now in the vCloud Air Marketplace!

    Rick Vanover
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    If you have been following Veeam over the years, you know that we move at Veeam Speed! It is one of our core values and applies to the technologies in which we work with as well as the spirit of Veeam employees. One of the key and most strategic technologies from VMware is vCloud Air, and we are happy to announce that Veeam Backup & Replication is now listed in the vCloud Air Marketplace. Additionally, Veeam Backup & Replication is designated as VMware Ready for vCloud Air. Let’s explain what this is and what it means to Veeam partners. vCloud Air is a versatile cloud platform; so…
  • Today is World Availability Day – Because Backup is No Longer Enough!

    Rick Vanover
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    World Availability Day? What the heck is this? We've been touting Availability for the Modern Data Center for a while and stake the claim that March 30 is World Availability Day. Last year we blogged about wishing the world a Happy World Backup Day on March 31, and don’t be caught on the wrong side of an April Fools’ Joke the next day! Availability is one better than just having backups. Sure, backups aren't going away and are an essential part of the Modern Data Center; but the main benefit of the full strategy is availability. The question then becomes, “How does one achieve higher…
 
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  • Even If Microsoft Puts Water In Its Wine, it Would Still Be Costlier

    Paul Lopez
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:49 am
    1) Windows Server 2003 EOL – Official:  (Don’t get surprise, still many companies use this older version) 14th July 2015, Windows Server 2003 will be turned off officially, but question is how many companies that are using this version for … Continue reading → The post Even If Microsoft Puts Water In Its Wine, it Would Still Be Costlier appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • VMware Declares Open Source Software Projects – Lightwave and Photon

    Pallavi Godse
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:11 am
    Microservices is going to be the modern software architecture in the near future. It’s definite but what’s buzzing the air today, is that, can microservices be pushed ahead to as much extent as possible for investments in current architecture to … Continue reading → The post VMware Declares Open Source Software Projects – Lightwave and Photon appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Introducing SSD 750 Drives to Drive Your Desktop PCs at the Fastest Speed

    Emma Taylor
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    Solid State Storage (SSD) isn’t a new word for tech geeks as it has appeared continuously on the devices used by consumers. If you are tracking the performance computing technologies then you possibly know that a fast SSD can offer … Continue reading → The post Introducing SSD 750 Drives to Drive Your Desktop PCs at the Fastest Speed appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • QuickBooks Cloud Hosting – A Cool Way of Managing Your Business Accounts

    Emma Taylor
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:50 am
    Have you recently started business? If yes, you might be knowing the thrill of that first sale and then the nerve-wracking pain of awaiting for clearing the payment finally. According to the study by Bank of America, only 12% small … Continue reading → The post QuickBooks Cloud Hosting – A Cool Way of Managing Your Business Accounts appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Cloud Web Hosting or cPanel Hosting – What to Choose?

    Emma Taylor
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:56 pm
    The first and foremost step in any start-up business is to decide on which web host service to choose. Web hosting is a big term to be described and contains numerous hosting services depending upon the features and business size. … Continue reading → The post Cloud Web Hosting or cPanel Hosting – What to Choose? appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
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  • 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…
  • Ansible – KeepAliveD

    mrlesmithjr
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Advertise here with BSAAnsible – KeepAliveD In this post I am creating a fictitious tenant using a vars file which looks like below. /tenant_1.yml --- tenant_name: tenant_1 config_forward_rules_allow_spec: false tenant_subnets: - { tenant_subnet: '192.168.70.0/24' } # Web - { tenant_subnet: '192.168.71.0/24' } # App - { tenant_subnet: '192.168.72.0/24' } # DB tenant_vips: - 10.10.10.100 - 10.10.10.101 - 10.10.10.102 - 10.10.10.103 - 10.10.10.104 # Applied on router(s) forward rules forward_rules_allow_spec: # - { protocol: 'tcp', port: '8080', source: '0.0.0.0/0', destination:…
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  • Your Cloud Needs More than Great Customer Service

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    When start-ups and enterprises first evaluate cloud providers, they often choose an out of the box solution that fits their immediate needs. Their hosting provider promises great customer service, but they have essentially the same stack as thousands of other customers and still need a large SysOps staff to monitor their infrastructure. This solution may […] The post Your Cloud Needs More than Great Customer Service appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • AWS and Puppet: DevOps Best Practices

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    While it is possible to deploy a highly available Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment without configuration management tools like Puppet, doing so significantly increases the risk of error and downtime. AWS provides many tools for managing the configuration and deployment of your AWS resources, such as CloudFormation and ElasticBeanstalk, but these tools only cover the […] The post AWS and Puppet: DevOps Best Practices appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Why Logicworks Sells Managed Cloud Services, Not Consulting Services

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Logicworks is honored to be one of a few Premier level AWS partners in the world. After 20 years focusing on complex managed hosting, we invested early in developing our AWS practice, including an extensive team of DevOps and AWS-certified cloud engineers.  As a result of our expertise in both traditional IT and AWS, Logicworks […] The post Why Logicworks Sells Managed Cloud Services, Not Consulting Services appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • How to Encrypt Data at Rest in HIPAA Compliant Cloud Hosting

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:58 am
    As more healthcare organizations and software applications move to the cloud, each must discover the right use of resources, networking features, and security protections to protect ePHI and address HIPAA compliant hosting requirements. However, the HIPAA Security Rule is not specific about the exact set of best practices and tools to protect data at rest; […] The post How to Encrypt Data at Rest in HIPAA Compliant Cloud Hosting appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Why HIPAA Compliant Data Storage Belongs in the Cloud

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    The vast majority of healthcare organizations are migrating some IT infrastructure to the cloud in 2015. Unfortunately, the risk of bungling the transition has never been greater: A new round of HIPAA audits are on their way, the healthcare market is more fiercely competitive than ever, and IT departments are feeling pressure to capture smarter […] The post Why HIPAA Compliant Data Storage Belongs in the Cloud appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
 
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  • 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…
  • Humanizing IT

    Jason Gaudreau
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Typically when we think about technology, we talk about the products and features. For instance, in several of my posts over the past few months I have explored the new capabilities of VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.0. Some of the topics included the new merged user interface, policy based alerting, and reporting. All of these are important components of the technology, but it doesn't illustrate the value of the tool to the business. This is something that is hard for most technologist to put into context, we have been working in enterprise datacenters for most of our careers,…
  • Report, report, get your vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 report here!

    Jason Gaudreau
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:25 pm
    This should be a fairly short post, because doing reports in vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 is very simple, especially after you have already created a View. The reports in vRealize Operations Manager allow you to keep track of current resources as well as predict potential risks to the environment. You can schedule automated reports at regular intervals, and then email them to systems engineers maintaining the environment or IT leadership that may want increased visibility into the health and stability of the infrastructure. vRealize Operations Manager comes with several…
  • vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 - Views

    Jason Gaudreau
    4 Apr 2015 | 4:14 am
    With vRealize Operations Manager 6.0, there is a new component called views, which provides details on a specific object that has been selected. In order to get the most out of views, VMware has provided a custom UI to build your own views. Views can be accessed right from the Analysis tab, if you find something that you want to investigate further, there is a good chance you can get the information you want from a view instead of having to dive right into the all metrics information on the Troubleshooting tab.For instance, you may find a workload issue on a host with CPU demand, under…
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