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  • What We Read This Week

    Tribal Knowledge
    Morgan OLeary
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Hyperconverged industry insight, March Madness (tech style) and indigenous innovation in China  ① EVP and GM of VMWare’s Cloud Services business unit gives us an insider’s look into how his military service helped him recognize the significance of infrastructure. Blogs.VMware.com/TribalKnowledge> ② Chuck Hollis lists ten reasons why VMware is leading — and will continue to lead — […]
  • PowerCLI 6.0 – Introducing PowerCLI Modules

    VMware PowerCLI Blog
    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…
  • vSphere 6.0 Lockdown Mode Exception Users

    VMware vSphere Blog » vSphere
    Mike Foley
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    In vSphere 6.0 we now have a new concept called Exception Users. The intent of Exception Users is that they are not general admin users. I would consider them more of a “Service Account” type of access. As a matter of fact, just the other day I got an email from someone internal at VMware that brought up a great use case for Exception Users. They were talking to a customer that wanted to access ESXi via a PowerCLI cmdlet (Get-VMHostAccount) to list out the local accounts on an ESXi server as part of their normal security reporting. But they also wanted to enable Lockdown Mode and were…
  • VMware Announces its Membership in SAFECode

    VMware Security & Compliance Blog
    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.
  • Introducing the Zephyr Benchmark

    VMware VROOM! Blog
    Harold Rosenberg
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:44 am
    The ways in which we use, design, deploy, and evaluate the performance of large-scale web applications have changed significantly in recent years.  These changes have been driven by the increase in computing capacity and flexibility provided by virtualized and cloud-based computing infrastructures. The majority of these changes are not reflected in current web-application benchmarks. Zephyr is a new web-application benchmark we have been developing as part of our work on optimizing the performance of VMware products for the next generation of cloud-scale applications. The goal of the Zephyr…
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    Tribal Knowledge

  • What We Read This Week

    Morgan OLeary
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Hyperconverged industry insight, March Madness (tech style) and indigenous innovation in China  ① EVP and GM of VMWare’s Cloud Services business unit gives us an insider’s look into how his military service helped him recognize the significance of infrastructure. Blogs.VMware.com/TribalKnowledge> ② Chuck Hollis lists ten reasons why VMware is leading — and will continue to lead — […]
  • Deploying EVO:RAIL: Why You Should Use the Checklist

    Morgan OLeary
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    When we saw him last, our intrepid engineer could hardly contain his excitement at the arrival of his brand new EVO:RAIL in the mail. Eventually he was able to temper his enthusiasm enough to get down to brass tacks, which is where we find him next. As a colleague soon demonstrates in the video below, […]
  • VMware – a natural shoe in for Brown

    Morgan OLeary
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    This post was originally published on The Bridge. Chances are you’ve bought shoes from the Brown Shoe Company — perhaps you’re even wearing one of their products right now. The $2.6 billion global footwear corporation earns a lot of its revenue through online sales, which requires a considerable investment in the cloud to ensure that customer […]
  • Seeding Indigenous Innovation in China

    Morgan OLeary
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Last October, VMware established a new R&D hub in China with the aim of fostering IT innovation and closer collaboration with the country’s local organizations and institutions. As work at VMware Labs Asia continues to thrive, we wanted to offer an overview of the types of projects that will be hosted there, as well as […]
  • VMware’s Perspective on Recent Good Litigation

    VMTN
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    By Dawn Smith, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary Last week, Good Technology issued a news release relating to reputed developments in an infringement lawsuit it filed against AirWatch in Germany last December.  In this release, Good Technology suggests AirWatch’s products have been found to infringe Good Technology’s patents and that […]
 
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    VMware PowerCLI Blog

  • 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…
  • PowerCLI 6.0 R1 Is Now Generally Available

    Brian Graf
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    I am pleased to announce that vSphere PowerCLI 6.0 Release 1 is now Generally Available to the public. With this comes many great new features and functionality. One of the great things that I love about PowerCLI is that although we are product-feature driven, we are also very much customer driven. Each new release tends to have several features or enhancements that have been asked for by YOU, our customers. These new features come to us by way of interaction at events like VMworld, Partner Exchange, VMUG Conferences, Twitter, Email, and customer visits. What better way to show our…
  • Get-View Part 2: Views and Extension Data

    Brian Graf
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:43 am
    In Get-View Part 1: Introduction I introduced the advanced feature Get-View and a little bit about what it does. Before getting into the views and extension data topic I wanted to add a few thoughts as a segway into this post. Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Extension Data Part 3: Performance Impact What is Get-View? If I wasn’t very clear in the first post, Get-View is a method that allows PowerCLI users to return more information in a much faster way. The information returned is not formatted nicely like that of normal PowerCLI cmdlets like Get-VM, however like I said previously, this is a…
  • Get-View Part 1: Introduction to Get-View

    Brian Graf
    6 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    I’ve had several people ask to understand more about Get-View. I will be doing several blog posts on this topic to hopefully help educate on what Get-View is and why it’s useful. Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Extension Data Part 3: Performance Impact ***Note: Get-view is a more advanced feature of PowerCLI. Administrators are able to fully utilize the benefits of PowerCLI without needing to learn Get-View. However, Get-view opens the door for even more flexibility and power in controlling your virtual environment. Before dealing with Get-View, we need to understand a little bit about how…
  • Going to PEX? Let’s meet up!

    Brian Graf
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    Are you headed to VMware Partner Exchange next week? I will be leading a session on Thursday: Automation Tips and Tricks To Achieve Results Faster – CPV4258 2/5/15 (Thursday) 9:00 AM – Moscone West, Room 2008 There are still a few openings to attend and I would be thrilled to have as many of you as possible in attendance. Is your week completely booked? If you have some open time and you are deciding what you would like to do, I have opened up several hours on my schedule on both Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with you. Head on over to REMOVED to find an open time slot that works…
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    VMware vSphere Blog » vSphere

  • vSphere 6.0 Lockdown Mode Exception Users

    Mike Foley
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    In vSphere 6.0 we now have a new concept called Exception Users. The intent of Exception Users is that they are not general admin users. I would consider them more of a “Service Account” type of access. As a matter of fact, just the other day I got an email from someone internal at VMware that brought up a great use case for Exception Users. They were talking to a customer that wanted to access ESXi via a PowerCLI cmdlet (Get-VMHostAccount) to list out the local accounts on an ESXi server as part of their normal security reporting. But they also wanted to enable Lockdown Mode and were…
  • Virtualized Big Data Faster Than Bare Metal

    Mark Achtemichuk
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    VMware is excited to highlight a new partner benchmark effort in the Big Data technology space. Dell recently published two TPCx-HS results that demonstrate that Big Data technology on vSphere is actually ‘faster’ than bare metal. Let’s take a look… Many organizations and their operations teams are still not confident that big data technologies should be virtualized. But in fact, VMware has previously demonstrated the benefits of both automating and the performance of these workloads. By calling out this 3rd party, audited benchmark, we hope to increase customer…
  • Video: Virtual SAN From An Architect’s Perspective

    Chuck Hollis
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Video: Virtual SAN From An Architect’s Perspective Have you ever wanted a direct discussion with the people responsible for designing a product? Recently, Stephen Foskett brought a cadre of technical bloggers to VMware as part of Storage Field Day 7 to discuss Virtual SAN in depth.  Christos Karamanolis (@XtosK), Principle Engineer and Chief Architect for our storage group went deep on VSAN: why it was created, its architectural principles, and why the design decisions were important to customers. The result is two hours of lively technical discussion — the next best thing to…
  • Help us improve vSphere!

    Sai Gopalan
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Are you a vSphere user? If so, we want to hear from you. Attached is our new survey. Help us build a better product and make sure our features are aligned with your business needs. http://www.surveymethods.com/EndUser.aspx?B094F8E0B1F6ECE7B3  
  • How To Double Your VSAN Performance

    Chuck Hollis
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    How To Double Your VSAN Performance VSAN 6.0 is now generally available! Among many significant improvements, performance has been dramatically improved for both hybrid and newer all-flash configurations. VSAN is almost infinitely configurable: how many capacity devices, disk groups, cache devices, storage controllers, etc.  Which brings up the question: how do you get the maximum storage performance out of VSAN-based cluster? Our teams are busy running different performance characterizations, and the results are starting to surface.  The case for performance growth by simply expanding the…
 
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    VMware Security & Compliance Blog

  • 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*…
  • New VMware security advisory VMSA-2015-0002.

    Simon Bodger
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Today we released a new security advisory, VMSA-2015-0002. The advisory documents CVE-2014-4632, a certificate validation vulnerability in VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP). Customers should review the advisory and direct any question to VMware Support. Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware Security Advisories
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    VMware VROOM! Blog

  • Introducing the Zephyr Benchmark

    Harold Rosenberg
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:44 am
    The ways in which we use, design, deploy, and evaluate the performance of large-scale web applications have changed significantly in recent years.  These changes have been driven by the increase in computing capacity and flexibility provided by virtualized and cloud-based computing infrastructures. The majority of these changes are not reflected in current web-application benchmarks. Zephyr is a new web-application benchmark we have been developing as part of our work on optimizing the performance of VMware products for the next generation of cloud-scale applications. The goal of the Zephyr…
  • Virtual SAN 6.0 Performance: Scalability and Best Practices

    Julie Brodeur
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:22 pm
    A technical white paper about Virtual SAN performance has been published. This paper provides guidelines on how to get the best performance for applications deployed on a Virtual SAN cluster. We used Iometer to generate several workloads that simulate various I/O encountered in Virtual SAN production environments. These are shown in the following table. Type of I/O workload Size (1KiB = 1024 bytes) Mixed Ratio Shows / Simulates All Read 4KiB Maximum random read IOPS that a storage solution can deliver Mixed Read/Write 4KiB 70% / 30% Typical commercial applications deployed in a VSAN cluster…
  • VMware vSphere 6 and Oracle 12c Scalability Study: Scaling Monster Virtual Machines

    Todd Muirhead
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    vSphere 6 introduces the ability to run virtual machines (VMs) with up to 128 virtual CPUs (vCPUs) and 4TB of RAM. This doubles the number of vCPUs supported from the previous version and increases the amount of RAM by four times. This new capability provides the potential for customers to run larger workloads than ever before in a virtual machine. A series of tests were run with a virtual machine hosting Oracle 12c database instances. The DVD Store 2.1 open-source transactional workload was used to measure the performance of a large “Monster” VM on vSphere 6. The Oracle 12c database VM…
  • Improvements in Network I/O Control for vSphere 6

    Julie Brodeur
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Network I/O Control (NetIOC) in VMware vSphere 6 has been enhanced to support a number of exciting new features such as bandwidth reservations. A new paper published by the Performance Engineering team shows the performance of these new features. The paper also explores the performance impact of the new NetIOC algorithm. Later tests show that NetIOC offers a powerful way to achieve network resource isolation at minimal cost, in terms of latency and CPU utilization. You can read the paper here.  
  • Failover Time for vCenter Server 6.0 Protected by vSphere HA

    Jianli Shen
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    By Jianli Shen, Kimberly Wang, and Lei Chai There are many advantages to virtualizing vCenter Server over installing it on physical devices; these have been blogged about already. VMware best practice also recommends the deployment of vCenter Server as a virtual machine and to use vSphere High Availability (HA) to provide this functionality. The typical scenario is to place vCenter Server in a vSphere HA cluster. HA will protect vCenter Server just like any other virtual machine. If the ESXi server that is running vCenter Server goes down, HA will kick-in and power on this VM from the…
 
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    Virtualization Analysis (Citrix, Microsoft, VMware) - RSS

  • How to Create a New Rule with FSLogix Apps

    13 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    In the following article series, I wanted to share with you how easy it to to install, configure, and deploy applications and configurations to end-users on one image! Yup! I will do this using the FSLogix apps solution!...
  • Intro to Citrix Accelerator Company, Unifyle

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    As you know, I love innovation and because of what I do for a living I'm exposed to a slew of it. I wanted to send you this email to share with you a new Citrix Accelerator company, Unifyle, that I find to be truly solving a real problem. ...
  • SolarWinds Releases Network Performance Monitor (NPM) v11.0! Complete Citrix Support

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:43 am
    SolarWinds just released version 11 of their Network Performance Monitor (NPM) solution. NPM is an enterprise monitoring solution that gives IT the ability to detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance problems and outages through detailed monitoring and analysis of performance data from routers, switches, servers, and SNMP-enabled devices, all through a easy to view and understand visual dashboards. It even fully detects and supports Citrix solutions!...
  • NEW How To E-Book - FSLogix Apps for Citrix, RDS, VMware View, and Physical Desktops

    12 May 2014 | 9:32 pm
    I'm very happy to inform you I've updated my How To: BYOD Project ebook with both updates to the existing 1.0 version and a completely new and complete Appendix. What is an Appendix? Well let me explain?...
  • Citrix Synchronizer Virtual Machine Backup and Recovery Explained

    27 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Citrix Synchronizer has the ability to backup and restore user's PVD and custom virtual machines. By nature of a 'shared' virtual machine, user data is not backed up. To understand virtual machine backup and recovery, you need to understand how the client (DesktopPlayer and XenClient Engine) stores user data....
 
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    Scott's Weblog

  • Retiring the Rockstar: A Counterpoint

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    “You’re a rockstar!” Chances are, you’ve either a) been told this as a compliment for some work you’d done; b) heard this told to someone else for some work they’d done; or c) told someone this for some work they’d done. If you said this to someone else—I just told someone this quite recently—chances are also very likely that you had nothing but positive intentions behind this statement and your goal was to compliment them on what you saw as outstanding work. But is “rockstar” the wrong term to use? And if so, what is the right term? Recently, Tyler Britten (a very…
  • A Quick Update on OpenStack Congress

    12 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    OpenStack Congress, a project aimed at providing “policy as a service” for OpenStack clouds, is a project I’ve had the privilege of being involved in from very early days. I first mentioned Congress almost a year ago, and since then the developers have been hard at work on the project. Recently, one of the lead developers posted a summary of some pretty impressive performance improvements that have been made with Congress. I won’t repeat all the sordid details here; for all the details, I encourage you to go read the full post over at ruleyourcloud.com. Just to give you a quick…
  • Technology Short Take #49

    10 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #49 (also known as Distraction-as-a-Service)! I have here for your reading pleasure an eclectic collection of links and articles from around the web, focusing on data center-related technologies. Here’s hoping you find something useful. Bring on the content! Networking I love this post from Matt Oswalt on five next-gen skills for networking pros. I highly recommend you read the entire post, but in short the five skills Matt recommends are software skills (which includes configuration management and software development tools like Git), Linux, deep protocol…
  • Choosing CoreOS over Project Atomic

    8 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Upon hearing the news that Red Hat had released the Atomic Host variant of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, I decided that it would be a good idea for me to take a look at the CentOS flavor of the Atomic Host variant. In case you’re unfamiliar, the Atomic Host variant is the result of Project Atomic, which aimed to provide a container-optimized flavor of RHEL/CentOS/Fedora. This container-optimized flavor would leverage rpm-ostree for atomic system updates (hence the name) and come with Docker preinstalled. What I found, frankly, disappointed me. Before I continue, I will make two very important…
  • Running a Small Docker Swarm Cluster

    6 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    In this post, I’m going to show you how to set up and run your own Docker Swarm cluster. Docker Swarm is a relatively new orchestration tool from Docker (the company) that allows you to create a cluster of hosts running Docker (the open source project) and schedule containers across the cluster. However, just scheduling and running containers across a cluster isn’t enough, so I’ll show you how to add service registration and service discovery to this environment using Consul. In the event you’re interested in following along, I’ve created a set of files that will allow you to use…
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    Gabes Virtual World

  • 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?
  • What about the Windows C# Client for vSphere 6?

    Gabrie van Zanten
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Let’s be honest, nobody has made the full swap to the vSphere Web Client yet. I’ve been pushing my colleagues and some customers to start using the Web Client, but it just isn’t up to par with the Windows Client. And I hate to admit but when a host or VM is down and I have to quickly walk through my vSphere environment to check for active storage paths, check VM and host settings, I still use the Windows Client for this. On the VMware Community there is a thread running that burns down the vSphere Web Client very badly, which in my opinion is not necessary. In other occassions VMware…
  • Cannot open the disk and could not open change tracking file

    Gabrie van Zanten
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Lately I have seen a number of VMs going down after the backup has finished and snapshots get removed. At some point when cleaning the snapshot, the ESXi host decides something is wrong and then brings down the VM. After this we’re unable to power on the VM and receive the error: “Cannot open the disk ‘/vmfs/volumes/xxxxxxxxxx/xxxxx.vmdk’ or one of the snapshot disks it depends on”. When you then check the event details of the VM, you’ll see two messages: – “Cannot open the disk ‘/vmfs/volumes/xxxxxxxxxx/xxxxx.vmdk’ or one of the…
  • VMware Auto Deploy with MSCS won’t work

    Gabrie van Zanten
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our environment is fully built using VMware Auto Deploy 5.1. All the clusters have their own ruleset and we’re very content on how easily we update our hosts and deploy new hosts. However, recently we ran into a major issue with Microsoft Cluster Services inside VMs in combination with VMware Auto Deploy. In a scenario with an “old fashioned” MCSC cluster across boxes with Physical RDMs shared between the two cluster nodes (VMs), these RDMs seem to be stopping an Auto Deployed ESXi host from reconnecting to vCenter Server after a reboot.  A normal reboot of an Auto…
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    Eric Sloof - NTPRO.NL

  • New Fling - Certificate Manager for vCenter Server Appliance 5.5

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:59 am
    This Fling is a graphical user interface (GUI) application to replace digital certificates on the vCenter Server Appliance.  Easily deploy by selecting the components that need digital certificates replaced. This Fling works with vCenter Server Appliance 5.5. The GUI wizard-based tool helps you by: Replacing certificates for vCenter Server, Inventory Service, Log Browzer, and Auto Deploy Providing Single-Sign On (SSO) that uses the same certificate as the vCenter Server certificate Collecting backups of previously deployed certificates and associated files Providing tool level logging…
  • New Book - PowerCLI Cookbook

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    If you are a virtualization professional who wants to unleash the power of automation and combat the complexity of sprawling virtual environments, this book is ideal for you. This book will enhance your skills of administering VMware vSphere and vCloud Director with PowerCLI. Configure and administer VMware ESXi hosts, clusters, and vCenter Manage virtual machine configurations and operations Administer datastores, datastore clusters, and virtual machine snapshots Create and configure virtual networking in a vSphere environment Manage cluster features and affinity groups Make custom reports…
 
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    The State of Security

  • GitHub Hit With Massive DDoS Attack, China Allegedly Involved

    Maritza Santillan
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    The popular coding website GitHub was hit with a massive denial-of-service (DDoS) attack late Thursday night, with some users experiencing intermittent service outages. According to security researcher and blogger Anthr@x, the ongoing attack, which intensified on and off for more than 24 hours, appeared to originate from the Chinese web services company Baidu: “A certain […]… Read More The post GitHub Hit With Massive DDoS Attack, China Allegedly Involved appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Optus Agrees to Security Systems Review Following Three Privacy Breaches

    David Bisson
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    Optus, the second largest telecommunications company in Australia, has agreed to an independent audit of its information security systems following three separate privacy breaches. The incidents occurred between 2008 and 2013. In each case, the company was alerted to the breaches by third parties. The first breach involved the telephone directory that is listed on […]… Read More The post Optus Agrees to Security Systems Review Following Three Privacy Breaches appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Potential Consequences of Hacking Tutorials on the Web

    Tripwire Guest Authors
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    When I was about 10 years old, I read a book about Kevin Mitnick, Pengo and Robert Morris. While their exploits seemed very interesting, each story ended in jail time or at the very least, derailment of career goals. My unsophisticated Internet searching circa the early 2000s led me to the same conclusion. Hacking was […]… Read More The post Potential Consequences of Hacking Tutorials on the Web appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Bankrupt RadioShack to Auction Off Millions of Customer Records

    Maritza Santillan
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Following RadioShack’s recent bankruptcy filing, the tech retailer is now in the process of selling not only trademarks and real estate, but also millions of customer names, emails and physical addresses. According to a report by Bloomberg, the highest bid for the company’s assets came from RadioShack creditor and hedge fund Standard General at an […]… Read More The post Bankrupt RadioShack to Auction Off Millions of Customer Records appeared first on The State of Security.
  • TeslaCrypt Ransomware Encrypts Video Game Files

    David Bisson
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    A new type of ransomware is encrypting victims’ video game files in addition to targeting other documents stored on their computers. According to Bleeping Computer, the ransomware strain, dubbed “TeslaCrypt,” was first discovered by Fabian Wosar of Emsisoft earlier this year. TeslaCrypt mimics other ransomware, including CryptoLocker, in that it uses AES encryption to lock […]… Read More The post TeslaCrypt Ransomware Encrypts Video Game Files appeared first on The State of Security.
 
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  • Cloud native inhabitants

    Duncan Epping
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    Advertise here with BSAWhen ever I hear the term “cloud native” I think about my kids. It may sounds a bit strange as many of you will think about “apps” probably first when “cloud native” is dropped. Cloud native to me is not about an application, but about a problem which has been solved and a solution which is offered in a specific way. A week or so ago someone made a comment on twitter around how “Generation X” will adopt cloud faster than the current generation of IT admins… Some even say that “Generation X” is more tech…
  • Startup intro: Rubrik. Backup and recovery redefined

    Duncan Epping
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Advertise here with BSASome of you may have seen the article by The Register last week about this new startup called Rubrik. Rubrik just announced what they are working on and announced their funding at the same time: Rubrik, Inc. today announced that it has received $10 million in Series A funding and launched its Early Access Program for the Rubrik Converged Data Management platform. Rubrik offers live data access for recovery and application development by fusing enterprise data management with web-scale IT, and eliminating backup software. This marks the end of a decade-long innovation…
  • What does support for vMotion with active/active (a)sync mean?

    Duncan Epping
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    Advertise here with BSAHaving seen so many cool features being released over the last 10 years by VMware you sometimes wonder what more they can do. It is amazing to see what level of integration we’ve see between the different datacenter components. Many of you have seen the announcements around Long Distance vMotion support by now. When I saw this slide something stood out to me instantly and that is this part: Replication Support Active/Active only Synchronous Asynchronous What does this mean? Well first of all “active/active” refers to “stretched storage” aka vSphere Metro…
  • Another way to fix your non compliant host profile

    Duncan Epping
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    Advertise here with BSAI found out there is another way to fix your non compliant host profile problems with vSphere 6.0 when you have SAS drives which are detected as shared storage while they are not. This method is a bit more complicated though and there is a command line script that you will need to use: /bin/sharedStorageHostProfile.sh. It works as follows: Run the following to dump all your local details in a folder on your first host /bin/sharedStorageHostProfile.sh local /folder/youcreated1/ Run the following to dump all your local details in a folder for your second host, you…
  • Host Profile noncompliant when using local SAS drives with vSphere 6?

    Duncan Epping
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Advertise here with BSAA couple of years ago I wrote an article titled “Host Profile noncompliant when using local SAS drives with vSphere 5?” I was informed by one of our developers that we actually solved this problem in vSphere 6. It is not something I had see yet so I figured I would look at what we did to prevent this from happening and it appears there are two ways to solve it. In 5.x we would solve it by disabling the whole tree, which is kind of a nasty workaround if you ask me. In 6.0 we fixed it in a far better way. When you create a new host profile and edit is you now…
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  • Security, Cloud and Networking Weekly News Roundup: March 30 - April 3

    Margaret Walker
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    This week's news in cloud, networking, and security - week of March 30th: German cloud provider ProfitBricks attempts to attract customers from other public cloud providers with price/performance guarantees and an offer to credit users with the difference in price if others offers services at a lower cost. ProfitBricks has vowed to match the price and performance of any workload that users have running in Amazon, Google or Microsoft’s clouds. ProfitBricks ignites cloud pricing war with AWS, Google and Microsoft via Computer WeeklyA new Cloud Security Alliance survey of financial…
  • Security, Cloud and Networking Weekly News Roundup: March 16 - 20

    Margaret Walker
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This week's news in cloud, networking, and security - week of March 16th: A global Tata Communications study found that organizations with more than 500 employees are seeing tangible benefits from cloud computing.  Cloud Computing Reducing Costs, Improving Productivity  via eweek 85% say cloud has lived up to industry hype and are seeing benefits they did not expect23% responded that cloud has exceeded their expectations58% estimate they will have their compute and data storage in the cloud in 10 years, compared with 28% currentlyOpenSSL releases a patch fixing…
  • How to customize VNS3 with our API: Clientpack

    Chris Swan
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:00 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.Image credit: API Academy "What is an API"Firstly some conventionsAll of these scripts need to connect to the manager and make…
  • Bastion hosts and the new perimeter

    Chris Swan
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    TL;DRWikipedia describes a Bastion host as 'a special purpose computer on a network specifically designed and configured to withstand attacks'. This is a great description of how many of our customers use our VNS3 network manager, and is even more apt for our new VNS3:turret Application Security Controller.BackgroundI first came across the term 'Bastion host' when working at a large Swiss bank where such things were an essential part of the DMZ design. These would be the first machines that web traffic from the Internet would hit (having come straight through the firewalls that were of…
  • Security, Cloud and Networking Weekly News Roundup: March 2 - 6

    Margaret Walker
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This week's news in cloud, networking, and security - the week of March 2nd: The FREAK bug in TLS/SSL - what you need to know via Naked SecurityNTT is now the 3rd largest data center operator in Europe. NTT Communications Corp. payed about $830M to quickly expand European footprint, adding a campus in Frankfurt and data centers in Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Zurich and Vienna. Two thirds of NTT's data center footprint is now outside Japan.  NTT Making Aggressive Data Center Push via Light Reading"Both the FBI's James Comey and UK Prime Minister David Cameron recently proposed…
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  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 3/21/15

    Rick Scherer
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. http://bit.ly/1hiTmwM VMware ESXi Secondary Fault Tolerance virtual machine terminates intermittently changing the Fault Tolerance state from Enabled to Need Secondary (2108749) Date Published: 3/18/2015 SNMPv3 traps are not being received on VMware ESX 5.1 and ESXi 5.5 (2108901) Date Published: 3/16/2015 Unable to provision VMs on Virtual SAN All-flash cluster (2109890) Date Published:…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 3/14/15

    Rick Scherer
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:08 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 My VMware Guide to the My VMware Portal Redesign (2109194) Date Published: 3/10/2015 Selecting an Offering Partner when configuring a Subscription Service (2095216) Date Published: 3/10/2015   VMware ESX Emulex ESXi 5.5 native mode NIC driver has limited support for networking options of ESXi 5.5 SR-IOV model (2105485) Date Published: 3/12/2015 RDMA connections do…
  • VMware Support Alert – ALERT: Important Information Before Upgrading to vSphere 6

    Rick Scherer
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:32 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 Before upgrading your environment to vSphere 6.0, VMware would like everyone to read the following KB article for important information regarding: Compatibility Considerations Database Considerations Backup and Restore Considerations Please proceed to read this article: Important Information Before Upgrading to vSphere 6.0 (2110293) Any updates to this information will be made in the…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 3/7/15

    Rick Scherer
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:48 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. Desktop How to use License Tracker Tool in My VMware (2108170) Date Published: 3/2/2015 My VMware Changing the payment method for a Subscription Service to a Subscription Fund (2102043) Date Published: 3/7/2015 VMware ESXi Migrating virtual machine may cause guest operating system clock to fall behind real time (2108828) Date Published: 3/3/2015 Migrating a virtual machine configured with…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 2/28/15

    Rick Scherer
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:28 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 Cannot find the country when signing up for vCloud Air OnDemand (2092881) Date Published: 2/25/2015 Socialcast On Premise v2 Permission denied error occurs when creating the Socialcast backup directory (2108322) Date Published: 2/26/2015 Virtual Disk Development Kit Backup fails when a non-default port is specified for VMware vCenter Server (2108658) Date Published: 2/24/2015…
 
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  • Simple Gmail Hacks That I Use Daily

    Kendrick Coleman
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Email is the thing we all love to hate. However, if we can’t use Slack, then Gmail is by far the next best thing. Having been a user for Gmail since its early early beta days when you need an invite, I’ve grown fond of it. The spam filters, the style, the responsiveness, and the access from anywhere is what I love. There are some hidden “features” that many don’t know about. I’m going to highlight some that I use daily.   In true Google form, everything always seems to be in a stage of “experimentation” like it will eventually die.
  • Beware, All You Other Clouds: Odin Wants His Cloud Back

    Steven Beaver
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    Who would have thought it? Parallels, the developer of the Mac-based hosted virtualization product, had a service provider business. As of March 24, 2015, Parallels has split it off from its core business of selling hosted virtualization to Mac users and marketed it as “Odin.” Yes, Odin, the Norse god, king of Asgard. At first… Read more → Beware, All You Other Clouds: Odin Wants His Cloud Back|The Virtualization Practice
  • Ericom Connect v7 Released

    Steven Beaver
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    This week, Ericom announced the release of Ericom Connect v7, which promises increased scalability and easier administration of both virtual applications and desktops. In reviewing this product and spending some time under the hood, there are several interesting aspects to consider. Ericom has traditionally been viewed as a virtualization solution appropriate for the small business… Read more → Ericom Connect v7 Released|The Virtualization Practice
  • Ericom has a Brand New Broker

    Steven Beaver
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    I spoke with Mendy Newman yesterday 3/24/2015 the Head of Solution Management at Ericom for the Virtualization EUC Podcast Episode 13, the day they announced their sincere entrance into the Broker Space, namely “Connect” not to be confused with Web Connect another of their products. The way it works is that the broker is shared… Read more → Ericom has a Brand New Broker|The Virtualization Practice
  • GPUs, Big Data, Security, and the IoT

    Steven Beaver
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    At the GPU Technology Conference, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and Tesla CEO Elon Musk talked about the security of a car. Musk stated that physical access is still required to hack most vehicles and that critical systems such as brakes and steering are segregated from the control display. This got me thinking about the security… Read more → GPUs, Big Data, Security, and the IoT|The Virtualization Practice
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  • 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…
  • Tintri blows the top off with 3 new models and a bucket of features

    Brian Suhr
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Advertise here with BSATintri has been selling storage arrays for almost four years now and we have seen them go from a single model offering to the current three models. Along the way they have added features and supported additional hypervisors. Today Tintri is blowing the top off of things and announcing their biggest update since coming out of stealth. If you would like to learn more about Tintri you can read the in-depth Tintri review over at Data Center Zombie. The T800 Series As part of todays release is a new set of storage arrays from Tintri. The T800 series is a line of bigger,…
 
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  • Today is World Availability Day – Because Backup is No Longer Enough!

    Rick Vanover
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:51 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…
  • What does the future of Microsoft Azure VM backup hold?

    Anton Gostev
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Today, Microsoft announced a whole slew of enhancements to Microsoft Azure IaaS backup capabilities. While the announcement is focused on native backups (Azure to Azure), there is one adjacent development that really makes me excited: the new feature called Snapshot Extension. This is designed to allow Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) image-level access into the Azure VM backup snapshot data, which in turn opens up pretty much endless capabilities, including backup of Azure VMs back to your on-premises environment. And I am particularly excited for this, because the functionality looks to…
  • Top 4 Reasons Channel Partners Partner with Veeam

    Chris Moore
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    The Veeam ProPartner Program affirms our commitment to our partners and helping them to expand their reach in the market. We do this by providing access to the tools and resources necessary to differentiate their business so they may become more profitable. It’s our goal to help our partners maximize profit, increase revenue, and expand their virtualization business by selling industry-leading solutions that deliver Availability for the Modern Data Center™. Veeam is a 100 percent channel company. Our entire ProPartner Program, including program offerings, training and education, sales…
  • VMware vSphere 6 support coming soon

    Rick Vanover
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    Hey everyone, we've had a lot of questions coming from all directions about vSphere 6 and you likely heard that vSphere 6 is out! A big congratulations to VMware for the release, and we are excited for the new features now available. However, we are starting to see a number of support cases from customers who have upgraded to VMware vSphere 6. We would like to remind you that according to the official system requirements, generally available (GA) versions of our products DO NOT support vSphere 6. Please, DO NOT upgrade to vSphere 6 until updates to our products that include vSphere 6…
  • Happy 7th Birthday Veeam Backup & Replication!

    Rick Vanover
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    Did you know that on Thursday February 26, Veeam Backup & Replication turns 7 years old! It was first previewed publically during VMworld Europe in 2008. Doesn’t that seem like so long ago? Veeam Backup & Replication was announced on February 26, 2008 and then generally available on March 3, 2008. We are now on v8 and 2015 will have some BIG THINGS coming, so get ready! Back in 2008. Instant file-level recovery works like magic! Let’s take a look at what between then and now. While myself, this is my fifth year at Veeam; some people have been here since the beginning. Give a look…
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    Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST

  • Cloud Web Hosting or cPanel Hosting – What to Choose?

    Alice 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.
  • 5 Best Open Source Software for Project Management and Planning

    Alice Taylor
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Open Source Project Management Software – Ultimate Roadmap for Project Planning Being an entrepreneur, you might have worked on different projects. Project planning involves lot to work on – from trying to work out on a project timeline to getting … Continue reading → The post 5 Best Open Source Software for Project Management and Planning appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Big Data: The next wave of business innovation

    Jeremy Calvey
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    Texts, tweets, blogs, and posts on the social networking site – the volume of data is so-called as unstructured data, which so far exceeds than of organized data. There are nearly 14 billion years ago, the “big bang” gave birth … Continue reading → The post Big Data: The next wave of business innovation appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Windows 10 with biometrics

    Jeremy Calvey
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    Microsoft has confirmed the integration of standard FIDO 2.0 in Windows 10. This standard allows authentication through biometrics and through a multi-factor system. There will of biometrics in the future OS from Microsoft, Windows 10. At the summit on cyber … Continue reading → The post Windows 10 with biometrics appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • The HTTP 2.0 will accelerate the Web

    Paul Lopez
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    HTTP 2.0 is on the way to standardization. Its technical specifications have just been approved by the IETF. The Web is poised for a major development at least on paper. The IESG (Internet Engineering Steering Group), responsible for technical processes … Continue reading → The post The HTTP 2.0 will accelerate the Web appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
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  • Creating vSphere VM’s using Ansible

    mrlesmithjr
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Advertise here with BSACreating vSphere VM’s using Ansible I am putting this out here in case anyone else may be interested in spinning up some VM’s using Ansible. I am doing this with Ansible 1.8.4 and connecting to vCenter 6.0 GA. I will be adding to this post as I add more functionality. Currently with Ansible 1.8.4 you cannot spin up VM’s using templates but that is added in 1.9 which is currently only available from GitHub in the dev branch. Not what I want to use for this right now as I like to use products that are release versions for stability and consistency. What…
  • vSphere 6.0 Syslog Configuration

    mrlesmithjr
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    Advertise here with BSAvSphere 6.0 Syslog Configuration So in setting up a new ELK Stack from scratch (more on this later) and also standing up the GA release of vSphere 6.0 I had to go through setting up syslog from the hosts once again. Pretty much the same as before but for those that would like to know if there is anything special in regards to sending to logstash I thought that I would share this. There is nothing special at all. First thing to do is open up the UI using your favorite browser and select your host(s) from the hosts and clusters home page. Now select manage and advanced…
  • ELK Stack Presentation on #vBrownBag

    mrlesmithjr
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Advertise here with BSAELK Stack Presentation on #vBrownBag Last week (02-25-2015) I presented on the weekly #vBrownBag about using the ELK Stack. This also included a demo If you are at all interested in the ELK Stack I highly encourage you to check this out. If you have any follow up questions around this presentation feel free to leave comments and I will make sure to follow up. Enjoy!
  • Disabling SSLv3 on NSX Edge Devices

    mrlesmithjr
    6 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    Advertise here with BSADisabling SSLv3 on NSX Edge Devices So a few months back after the Poodle attack I had a request to disable SSLv3 on the NSX Edge Gateways so I started looking around and didn’t find anyway to do this other than disabling SSL versions for SSLVPN therefore I had to setup the Edge LB to do SSL passthrough to the webserver(s) themselves. Well I am here to let you know that this has now been addressed and the original KB was updated yesterday to allow disabling SSLv3 on an NSX Edge Gateway. The KB article can be read here. And the extracted portion pertaining to doing…
  • Tech Field Day – #VFD4 – Scale Computing

    mrlesmithjr
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Advertise here with BSATech Field Day – #VFD4 – Scale Computing Scale Computing was the last and final vendor to do a presentation last week at Tech Field Day – VFD4 (Virtualization Field Day 4) in Austin, TX. I really appreciated their style of presenting. Very laid back and deep knowledge of their product. Below is a snippet from their website that explains what Scale Computing is about…. ” Scale Computing integrates storage, servers, and virtualization software into an all-in-one appliance based system that is scalable, self-healing and as easy to manage as a…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • Private vs. Public vs. Hybrid Cloud: Which One to Choose?

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Most enterprise IT departments now manage applications across multiple environments in a dizzyingly complex overall IT architecture. They also must constantly reevaluate their unique mix of on-premises, private cloud and public cloud infrastructure to meet new business goals and determine how applications can be migrated to the public cloud in a cost-effective way. This is […] The post Private vs. Public vs. Hybrid Cloud: Which One to Choose? appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • 3 Steps to Resilient AWS Deployments

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    Hardware fails. Versions expire. Storms happen. An ideal infrastructure is fault-tolerant, so even the failure of an entire datacenter – or Availability Zone in AWS – does not affect the availability of the application. In traditional IT environments, engineers might duplicate mission-critical tiers to achieve resiliency. This can cost thousands or hundreds of thousands of […] The post 3 Steps to Resilient AWS Deployments appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Cloud Migration: 3 Red Flags In Legacy Applications

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    When you migrate a legacy application to the cloud, a thorough audit of your app will reveal a number of elements or procedures that either do not scale well or are not compatible with your new cloud infrastructure. Unfortunately, quick “lift and shift” cloud migration tools do not always solve these issues. Our ultimate goal […] The post Cloud Migration: 3 Red Flags In Legacy Applications appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • DevOps vs. ArchOps: Foundation and Automation 

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Good order is the foundation of all things. – Edmund Burke The benefits of DevOps are widely known: seventy percent (70%) of senior IT leaders believe the need for DevOps has never been greater — and the risk of manual, undocumented, slapdash procedures has also never been clearer. The pressure to deliver software applications quickly will only […] The post DevOps vs. ArchOps: Foundation and Automation  appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Sorry, Europe: Data Localization Is Not the Killer App for Privacy

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. Edward Snowden has unleashed a torrent of activity in the name of […] The post Sorry, Europe: Data Localization Is Not the Killer App for Privacy appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    Jason Gaudreau's Blog

  • vRealize Operations Manager - Alerting Overview

    Jason Gaudreau
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
    With vRealize Automation 6.0, VMware introduced policy based alerting, which provides a much more concise view into infrastructure issues and provides actionable recommendations to relieve the problem. In the previous version, alerts were generated by a single symptom, for instance if Workload was above 90% for any object it would send out an alert. Policy based alerts with multiple symptoms, greatly enhances vRealize Operation Manager's ability to give you information for troubleshooting and remediating issues. An added benefit, this capability has been extended to VMware Partners, they have…
  • VSAN 6.0 on VMware Fusion

    Jason Gaudreau
    14 Mar 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Naturally, if you like to write about technology, having a home lab gives you an opportunity to review the latest software and compose your opinion on the features and capabilities. On my "bucket list" for a long time has been building a modest home lab, something that provides me the resources to test out several of the VMware products that my customers use on a daily basis.For my home lab, I purchased a 2012 Mac Pro with 64 GB of memory and 12 processor cores. It has three hard drives on the workstation, which includes a 256 GB Solid State SATA Drive, a 1 TB Hybrid SATA Drive (8 GB NAND…
  • vRealize Operations 6.0 Analysis - Capacity Remaining

    Jason Gaudreau
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Like its predecessor; vRealize Operations 6.0 is a much better tool to utilize when looking at the health and capacity of your infrastructure than vCenter Server. It keeps all the metrics, it keeps five-minute intervals, and it keeps them for six months. You can customize the retention length of the data by going to the Administration link, clicking on Global Settings on the Navigation Panel, and then adjusting the Time Series Data. Time Remaining SettingThis is a significant improvement over the performance statistics available in VMware vCenter Server, which shows you…
  • Top vBlog 2015

    Jason Gaudreau
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    vSphere-Land with sponsor Infinio is running the Top vBlog 2015. This is to recognize and rank contributions in virtualization blogging. Eric Siebert at vSphere-Land devotes a tremendous amount of personal time setting this up for the community. The Top vBlog voting contest helps rank the most popular blogs based on your votes and the outcome determines the ranking that is published on the vLaunchpad website. Last year over 1400 people voted from 60 different countries including Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Kuwait, Malta, Morocco, Oman, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and…
  • Right-Sizing with vRealize Operations 6.0

    Jason Gaudreau
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:53 pm
    With vRealize Operations Manager 6.0, VMware has redesigned the reclaimable capacity analysis badge and added additional functionality with the ability to set the CPU and memory on oversized virtual machines using the vCenter Python Actions Adapter.Because we want to take advantage of vRealize Operations Manager ability to configure CPU and memory settings on our virtual machines, let's take a look at how to configure the vCenter Python Actions Adapter. Click on the Administration Link in the top left corner of the vRealize Operations Product UI. Select the vCenter Python Actions Adapter in…
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