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  • Journey to the SDDC – vSphere with Operations Management

    VMware vSphere Blog
    Harry Smith
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Are you looking at the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) and taking a dive into the vCloud Suite? As you take your journey it sometimes becomes confusing and potentially overwhelming as you look at all the possibilities and figure out what comes next. For example, it’s fairly easy to recognize the value in these solutions, but you also do understand that implementing change takes time and resources no matter how much you desire to get them done. Let’s start with vSphere with Operations Management™ (VSOM). You may or may not know this is a packaged solution of vCenter Operations Manager…
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    Lauren Malhoit
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
  • VMware Weekly News Recap, July 18, 2014

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    Morgan OLeary
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    VMware News In VMware news this week, VMware extends its hybrid cloud reach to the Asia-Pacific region through two new and exciting partnerships in Japan and China. We are honored and excited to work with SoftBank and China Telecom to deliver hybrid cloud services to clients. As Bill Fathers states in his blog post about […]
  • PowerCLI 5.5 r2 New Feature: Set vMotion Priority

    VMware PowerCLI Blog
    Brian Graf
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    In the latest release of PowerCLI (5.5 r2), is a new feature allowing us to set the vMotion priority of a VM. The ability to set vMotion priority is not new to vSphere. The feature was first introduced in vSphere 4.1. However, up until now, vMotions occuring through the use of the PowerCLI “Move-VM” command would only operate at standard vMotion priority. What is vMotion Priority? When a vMotion occurs, vCenter attempts to reserve the resources on both the source and destination hosts to be shared among all concurrent migrations. For vMotions set at High Priority, vCenter will give a…
  • SSH keys when using Lockdown Mode – A 5.x Hardening Guide update

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    Mike Foley
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Hi, I was informed today that there is a behavior in the 5.1 through 5.5 Update 1 Hardening Guides that is incorrectly documented. The two affected guidelines are: ESXi.enable-lockdown-mode ESXi.remove-authorized-keys The guidance in both is as follows: Note:  Lockdown mode does not apply to root users who log in using authorized keys. When you use an authorized key file for root user authentication, root users are not prevented from accessing a host with SSH even when the host is in lockdown mode.    This is not correct. As of 5.1, login with authorized keys is now…
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  • VMware Weekly News Recap, July 18, 2014

    Morgan OLeary
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    VMware News In VMware news this week, VMware extends its hybrid cloud reach to the Asia-Pacific region through two new and exciting partnerships in Japan and China. We are honored and excited to work with SoftBank and China Telecom to deliver hybrid cloud services to clients. As Bill Fathers states in his blog post about […]
  • VMware Customer Innovation Awards – Nominations Now Open

    Morgan OLeary
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Working closely with Computerworld, the VMware Customer Reference Program has launched the annual VMware Innovation Awards, with winners to be announced at VMworld in August. Now in its second year, the Innovation Awards program was created as a platform to showcase high-impact customer implementations of VMware solutions. It is a way for customers of any […]
  • VMware Extends Hybrid Cloud Reach to Asia-Pacific Region

    Bill Fathers
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    By Bill Fathers, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit I am pleased to announce the expansion of VMware’s hybrid cloud service footprint into the Asia-Pacific region through two new and exciting partnerships in Japan and China. This week in Japan, Pat Gelsinger will join Ken Miyauchi, representative director and COO […]
  • CTC and VMware Announce Plans to Build Hybrid Cloud Service in China

    VMTN
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Sanjay Mirchandani, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific and Japan Today marked a milestone development in VMware’s growth story in Greater China. We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Telecom Corporation, Cloud Computing Branch, to build a world-class hybrid cloud service that will start benefiting Chinese customers next year. This move […]
  • Weekly News Recap, July 11, 2014

    Morgan OLeary
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    VMware News This week in VMware news, VMware and Box announced integration between AirWatch by VMware and Box to enhance secure access to enterprise content for organizations leveraging AirWatch EMM. The new framework for how the integration was done is an industry first and will launch the industry into a new direction regarding how ISVs and EMM solutions integrate together. […]
 
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  • PowerCLI 5.5 r2 New Feature: Set vMotion Priority

    Brian Graf
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    In the latest release of PowerCLI (5.5 r2), is a new feature allowing us to set the vMotion priority of a VM. The ability to set vMotion priority is not new to vSphere. The feature was first introduced in vSphere 4.1. However, up until now, vMotions occuring through the use of the PowerCLI “Move-VM” command would only operate at standard vMotion priority. What is vMotion Priority? When a vMotion occurs, vCenter attempts to reserve the resources on both the source and destination hosts to be shared among all concurrent migrations. For vMotions set at High Priority, vCenter will give a…
  • Top 3 Scripts and Tools for June 2014

    Brian Graf
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    Each month I will be providing the Top 3 Scripts/Tools that are making a positive impact on the community. As this is the first post of this series, some of the tools/scripts may not have been first released in June, however they are valuable scripts that users should know about. This is a way that we can not only help promote the hardworking individuals in the community, but also assist others who are may benefit from the scripts provided. 1. WebCommander WebCommander is a VMware Fling that allows the user to run PowerShell and PowerCLI scripts from a web service. New scripts can be added to…
  • Automating Sysprep File Transfer to vCenter

    Brian Graf
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:05 am
    I was at my local Salt Lake City VMware User Group (VMUG) last week doing a Q&A when one of the users mentioned it is painful to only be able to upload one Sysprep file at a time to vCenter. I wanted to take the time to address this for him as well as any of you who may have the same issue. Problem: uploading Sysprep files to vCenter only allows for one file upload at a time. Currently to upload a Sysprep file, one must login to to the VCSA web interface click on “Summary”, then “Upload” (bottom right). You then select the desired target directory and choose the Sysprep files…
  • Creating Reports with PowerCLI

    Alan Renouf
    11 Jun 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Following our last video where showed you how to get started with PowerCLI we wanted to take it further and address the next most common use of PowerCLI, after you have connected to your infrastructure people generally want to start learning how PowerCLI works.  They are aware of how powerful PowerCLI is so are a little bit afraid that they may cause problems if they don’t know how to harness this power in the correct way. A natural place for people to start gaining familiarity and confidence with PowerCLI is reporting, after all if you are just retrieving information from your…
  • Working with Customization Specifications in PowerCLI Part 3

    Alan Renouf
    9 Jun 2014 | 10:36 am
    PowerCLI has several cmdlets at your disposal for managing OS Customization Specifications. In our first post we showed you how to create new customization specifications, retrieve and change them, in our second post we covered a common use case, being able to work with network interface card mappings and now in this final post we will show you how to clone a customization specification and give you an end-to-end scenario showing you how to use it in a script. Cloning customization specifications PowerCLI also gives you the ability to clone a customization specification (which creates an…
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  • SSH keys when using Lockdown Mode – A 5.x Hardening Guide update

    Mike Foley
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Hi, I was informed today that there is a behavior in the 5.1 through 5.5 Update 1 Hardening Guides that is incorrectly documented. The two affected guidelines are: ESXi.enable-lockdown-mode ESXi.remove-authorized-keys The guidance in both is as follows: Note:  Lockdown mode does not apply to root users who log in using authorized keys. When you use an authorized key file for root user authentication, root users are not prevented from accessing a host with SSH even when the host is in lockdown mode.    This is not correct. As of 5.1, login with authorized keys is now…
  • vSphere Data Protection (VDP) – SSO server could not be found

    Jeff Hunter
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    I ran into the following error today while working with VDP: The SSO server could not be found. Please make sure the SSO configuration on the VDP appliance is correct. There is a KB article on this: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2072033. After reading through the article and checking those items, the issue was still not resolved. Some background info: It is my lab environment, which has a couple of DNS sources. I have vCenter Server running on Windows. The Windows server name was vc01.vmware.local and part of an Active Directory domain named vmware.local. The lab environment “outside”…
  • Journey to the SDDC – vSphere with Operations Management

    Harry Smith
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Are you looking at the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) and taking a dive into the vCloud Suite? As you take your journey it sometimes becomes confusing and potentially overwhelming as you look at all the possibilities and figure out what comes next. For example, it’s fairly easy to recognize the value in these solutions, but you also do understand that implementing change takes time and resources no matter how much you desire to get them done. Let’s start with vSphere with Operations Management™ (VSOM). You may or may not know this is a packaged solution of vCenter Operations Manager…
  • IBM Virtual SAN Ready Nodes are here!

    Rakesh Nair
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:32 pm
    What is the VMware Virtual SAN team announcing today? Virtual SAN Ready Nodes continue to gain momentum!  The Virtual SAN product team is excited to launch 5 new Virtual SAN Ready Nodes from IBM.  The IBM Ready Nodes are based on the IBM x3650 M4 and IBM x3550 M4 server series. This takes the total count of Virtual SAN Ready Nodes to 34 including the ones from Cisco (4 Ready Nodes), Dell (3 Ready Nodes), Fujitsu (5 Ready Nodes), HP (10 Ready Nodes), Hitachi (1 Ready Node) and SuperMicro (6 Ready Nodes) Great!  How can I quote/order the new IBM Ready Nodes? The IBM  Virtual SAN…
  • Horizon View and Virtual SAN Reference Architecture

    Wade Holmes
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The VMware Software-Defined Storage group and VMware End-User computing group has teamed up to  create an in-depth Reference Architecture detailing the performance and configuration of Horizon View on Virtual SAN. The VMware Horizon with View virtual desktops and Virtual SAN storage reference architecture is based on real-world test scenarios, user workloads, and infrastructure system configurations. It uses Dell R720 PowerEdge rack mount servers with local storage to support a scalable and cost-effective View linked-clone desktop deployment on VMware vSphere 5.5. Extensive user experience…
 
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    VMware Security & Compliance Blog

  • VMware CP&C releases Major Updates to DISA STIG *NIX Compliance toolkit in VCM!

    Pravin Goyal
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) is pleased to announce the updated DISA STIG compliance toolkit for UNIX and Linux based environments in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM), a key component in the VMware vCenter Operations Suite (vC Ops). This is a major update release to prior released DISA Compliance Toolkits for UNIX and Linux based environments. The compliance toolkit product data sheet can be found here. This toolkit contains below DISA STIGs: DISA AIX 6.1 V1R2 DISA HP-UX V1R4 DISA RH-5 V1R6 DISA RH-6 V1R3 DISA Solaris 10 V1R6 You can download the packages…
  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0007 and updated advisory

    Monty Ijzerman
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Today VMware has released the following new and updated security advisories: New VMSA-2014-0007 Updated 
VMSA-2014-0006.3 The new advisory details a remote code execution vulnerability in vCenter Operations Management Suite (vCOPS). This advisory also documents a workaround for customers that cannot update to the new version of vCOPS. Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware Security Advisories. Customers should review the security advisories and direct any questions to VMware Support.
  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0006

    Kieron
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2014-0006 – Link VMware product updates address OpenSSL security vulnerabilities Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to recieve new and updated VMware Security Advisories. Customers should review the security advisories and direct any questions to VMware Support.
  • VMware investigating OpenSSL security vulnerabilities

    Monty Ijzerman
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    Following the June 5, 2014 disclosure of new OpenSSL security vulnerabilities, we are currently investigating and assessing impact to our products and services as well as our own customer-facing portals. We will communicate the results of the investigation and related remediation plans in VMware Knowledge Base article 2079783. PM Update We have concluded the assessment of the issues and VMware Knowledge Base article 2079783 has been updated.
  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0005 and updated advisory

    Monty Ijzerman
    29 May 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Today VMware has released the following new and updated security advisories: New VMSA-2014-0005 Updated VMSA-2014-0002.3 The new advisory details a privilege escalation issue in VMware Tools on Windows 8.1. In order to remediate this issue, VMware Guest Tools must be updated in any pre-existing Windows 8.1 Guest Operating System. Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware Security Advisories. Customers should review the security advisories and direct any questions to VMware Support.
 
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  • Giving Back to the Community

    slowe
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    (This is a repost of an announcement from the Spousetivities web site. I wanted to include it here for broader coverage. —Scott) For seven years, Spousetivities has been fortunate to be part of the VMware/VMworld community. Since 2008, we’ve been the only community-focused and community-driven spouse activities program, and it’s been an honor. Spousetivities exists thanks to the support of the community. However, Spousetivities also exists to provide support back to that same community. Last week, a member of our community was tragically taken from us. Jim Ruddy died in a…
  • Spousetivities at VMworld 2014

    slowe
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Long-time readers know that since VMworld 2008 in Las Vegas, my wife Crystal has been organizing spouse activities—aka “Spousetivities”—for spouses, partners, family members, and friends traveling with VMworld conference attendees. This is a true labor of love for Crystal; she works tirelessly to gather sponsors, organize activities, and handle the logistics for the events. Although registration is opening a bit later than usual this year (Crystal’s been sick and in the hospital recently), registration for Spousetivities at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco is now…
  • Fix for Strange Issue Booting KVM Guests

    slowe
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This issue describes a fix I found for an issue I had when booting KVM guest domains on the Ubuntu/KVM hypervisors in my home lab. I’d been struggling with this issue for quite some time now, but only recently found what I believe to be the final fix for the problem. First, allow me to provide a bit of background. Some time ago—I’d say around August 2012, when I left the vSpecialist team at EMC to join an OpenStack-focused team in another part of EMC—I moved my home lab over completely to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with the KVM hypervisor. This was an important step in educating…
  • Learning NSX, Part 15: NSX Gateways, Gateway Services, and Logical Routers

    slowe
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is part 15 of my Learning NSX blog series, in which I will spend some time diving a bit deeper into some of the components involved in the logical routing process I described in part 14. Specifically, I’ll be taking a deeper look at gateway appliances, gateway services, and logical routers, and the relationships among these various components. If you haven’t read any of the prior posts in this series, it would be ideal to read all of them before continuing; you can find links on my Learning NVP/NSX page. In particular, I’d suggest reading part 6 (on adding a gateway…
  • Examining the Needs of a Policy Solution

    slowe
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In April of this year, we started a series of articles at Network Heresy on the topic of policy in the data center. The first of these articles, which I mentioned in this post, focused on the problem of policy in the data center. This was a great introduction to the need for policy and the challenges with the current ways of addressing policy in the data center. A short while ago, we published the second of our series on policy, titled “On Policy in the Data Center: The solution space”. This post describes the key features/functionality that a policy system must have to address…
 
 
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  • Must attend VMworld sessions 2014

    Duncan Epping
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Every year I do this post on the must attend VMworld sessions, and I just realized I had not done this for 2014 yet. So here it is, the list of sessions I feel are most definitely worth attending. I tend to focus on sessions which I know will have solid technical info and great presenters. Many of which over the years I have either seen presenting myself and respect very much. I tried to limit the list to 20 this year (edit: 21), so of course it could be that your session (or your fav session) is missing, unfortunately I cannot list all as that would defeat the purpose. Here we go:…
  • Software Defined Storage, which phase are you in?!

    Duncan Epping
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Working within R&D at VMware means you typically work with technology which is 1 – 2 years out, and discuss futures of products which are 2-3 years. Especially in the storage  space a lot has changed. Not just innovations within the hypervisor by VMware like Storage DRS, Storage IO Control, VMFS-5, VM Storage Policies (SPBM), vSphere Flash Read Cache, Virtual SAN etc. But also by partners who do software based solutions like PernixData (FVP), Atlantis (ILIO) and SANDisk FlashSoft. Of course there is the whole Server SAN / Hyper-converged movement with Nutanix, Scale-IO, Pivot3,…
  • Good Read: Virtual SAN data locality white paper

    Duncan Epping
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    I was reading the Virtual SAN Data Locality white paper. I think it is a well written paper, and really enjoyed it. I figured I would share the link with all of you and provide a short summary. (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/files/2014/07/Understanding-Data-Locality-in-VMware-Virtual-SAN-Ver1.0.pdf) The paper starts with an explanation of what data locality is (also referred to as “locality of reference”), and explains the different types of latency experienced in Server SAN solutions (network, SSD). It then explains how Virtual SAN caching works, how locality of reference is…
  • vSphere 5.5 and disk limits (mClock scheduler caveat)

    Duncan Epping
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    I mentioned the new disk IO scheduler in vSphere 5.5 yesterday. When discussing this new disk IO scheduler one thing that was brought to my attention is a caveat around disk limits. Lets get started by saying that disk limits are a function of the host local disk scheduler and not, I repeat, not Storage IO Control. This is an often made mistake by many. Now, when setting a limit on a virtual disk you define a limit in IOPS. The IOPS specified is the maximum number of IOPS the virtual machine can drive. The caveat is is as follows: IOPS takes the IO size in to account. (It does this as a…
  • New disk IO scheduler used in vSphere 5.5

    Duncan Epping
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    When 5.1 was released I noticed the mention of “mClock” in the advanced settings of a vSphere host. I tried enabling it but failed miserably. A couple of weeks back I noticed the same advanced setting again, but this time also noticed it was enabled. So what is this mClock thingie? Well mClock is the new disk IO scheduler used in vSphere 5.5. There isn’t much detail on mClock by itself other than an academic paper by Ajay Gulati. The paper describes in-depth why mClock was designed / developed, it primarily was to provide a better IO scheduling mechanism that allows for…
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  • Cloud & networking weekly news roundup: July 21 - 25

    Margaret Walker
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of July 21From Cite World: Go free, apps! Microsoft will offer their popular apps across competitors' platformsFrom Chris Swan on InfoQ: Docker Acquires Orchard Labs EIN Tech: Research and Markets: Cloud Computing Market in Canada 2014-2018 >> "Cloud Computing market in Canada will grow at a CAGR of 17.8 percent over the period 2013-2018."Re/Code: Three Big Takeaways From Amazon’s Q2 Financial Results >> despite a slower quarter for revenue growth (from 60% to about 35%) AWS estimates customer growth is 90% year over year.Happy Sys…
  • Ask a Cloud Netwoking Expert: How is IPsec secure?

    Margaret Walker
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    IPsec (Internet Protocol Security) is the communication method used to secure packets as they journey across an IP network, usually between two sites seperated by the public Internet. IPsec uses cryptographic security services to authenticate and encrypt each data packet as it travels two endpoints and protects that data from network sniffers or what we call looky-loos.IPsec connections ensure you data isn't read or tampered with when you connect in any type of network. We think IPsec is especially important when you're building hybrid deployments between owned on-premises infrastructure…
  • Secure provisioning of Docker containers

    Margaret Walker
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Nicholas Clements, Director of Engineering at CohesiveFTOne of the areas for which CohesiveFT is known is our technical support, with everyone pitching in. We provide such a high quality of support for our products that customers often ask about support and best practices for other products and services. One such event occurred recently when a customer was asking about best practices in the secure provisioning and configuration of Docker images and containers. Since we support the use of containers in version 3.5 of VNS3 Manager we were more than happy to talk.The customer wanted to know…
  • Cloud & networking weekly news roundup: July 14 - 18

    Margaret Walker
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of July 14 Gigaom Research Survey: new business will drive second wave of cloud adoption >> Surveys predict a near-term second wave of cloud technology adoption, driven by companies re-inventing their business. "Tech buyers of all stripes tell us they expect to nearly double their usage of software-defined-networking (SDN) in two years, to a nearly 30 percent adoption rate. "BizTech : SMB Awareness of SDN Technology Is Small, but Growing >> "Techaisle estimates SDN awareness among SMBs will grow substantially over the next couple of…
  • Cloud Price Wars Part 4 - Sub Penny

    Chris Swan
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Amazon recently announced the new t2 family of low end instances, which I wrote about on InfoQ. Pricing wise the headline is that the t2.micro is ¢1.3/hr, which is a fair bit cheaper than the ¢2/hr of the t1.micro it replaces. It also has much better performance, and more consistent performance, and more transparent performance characteristics, and more RAM.¢1.3/hr is good, but it's still not sub penny. It somehow reminds me of the big old pre decimal pennies that people still had in little china pots when I was a kid.¢1.3/hr is however the on demand pricing. It's also possible to get…
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  • New 5nine Manager 5.0 Released – Affordable Centralized Management for Hyper-V Infrastructures

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

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

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

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

    David Davis
    31 May 2013 | 6:17 am
    In the first ever Google Hangout conducted by TrainSignal.com, David Davis (that’s me) and J. Peter Bruzzese squared off of whether VDI was a waste of money (or worth the money). In the debate we both make some good points and end up living to debate (fight) another day. I welcome your comments and ideas for future hangouts, below.
 
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  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 7/26/14

    Rick Scherer
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:56 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 Uploading diagnostic information for VMware Federal customers (2083062) Date Published: 7/23/2014   VMware ESXi Configuring vSphere HA fails with the error: Cannot install the vCenter Server agent service. Unknown installer error (2083945) Date Published: 7/23/2014 Unable to add the host to the Active directory domain (2082924) Date Published: 7/21/2014…
  • RIP James Ruddy – Godspeed

    Rick Scherer
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Late Wednesday night (July 23, 2014) the world was robbed an amazing man. James Ruddy was one of the most intelligent, loving and respectful men that I had the pleasure of knowing. I had the amazing opportunity to work with him as a member of Team 1 of the vSpecialist team, here is a great photo of us upon the completion of our Geek Week. Jim, you will be missed. My prayers to your family and friends during this tragic time. You are a true friend and Godspeed. **Update: A memorial fund in Jim’s name has been create to assist his lovely wife Stephanie as she now faces the challenges…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 7/19/14

    Rick Scherer
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:40 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 Completing the Direct Connect 2.0 Network Connectivity form (2074923) Date Published: 7/15/2014 Socialcast On Premise v2 Creating a Town Hall meeting in Socialcast fails (2079656) Date Published: 7/17/2014 VMware ESXi Formatting LUN as VMFS 5 fails with the error: Can’t have a partition outside the disk! (2082806) Date Published: 7/14/2014 Network connectivity is lost after…
  • VMware Support Alert – ALERT: Creating tenants and adding or deleting users fails in vCloud Automation Center when using vSphere SSO

    Rick Scherer
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following Special Alert direct from VMware Support Insider. VMware has become aware of an issue wherein: Creating tenants fails and the System Exception error is displayed. Adding or deleting users from tenants fails and the System Exception error is displayed. Error messages appear in logs (details in KB) Before upgrading to vCAC 6.0.1.2, you must patch your vSphere Single Sign-On (SSO) system. For more information, see KB article: Creating tenants and adding or…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 7/12/14

    Rick Scherer
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. Desktop Horizon View 6 sizing limits and recommendations (2080467) Date Published: 7/7/2014 VMware ESX ESX/ESXi 4.x hosts disconnect from vCenter Server in a HA enabled cluster (2078727) Date Published: 7/7/2014 VMware ESXi Virtual machine configured with VMDirectPath fails to start and reports the error: msg.pciPassthru.createAdapterFailedPlatformNotSupported (2077247) Date Published:…
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  • Using Puppet to configure LLDPAD on the Open Compute Winterfell

    Eric Sarakaitis
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    On our OCP Winterfell nodes, in CentOS 6; the 10GB Mellanox NIC’s show up as eth0 and eht1, where the 1GB management interface shows up as eth2. We are also using Brocade 10GB top-of-rack switches. So configuring LLDP was necessary for the servers to advertise themselves to the upstream switches.… Read the rest The post Using Puppet to configure LLDPAD on the Open Compute Winterfell appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Create a Logical Volume, EXT4 filesystem, mounted mount point and NFS export all via Puppet

    Eric Sarakaitis
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    I was building a NFS server for our users home directories to work with our FreeIPA implementation, and instead of setting up a logical volume, filesystem and mount point manually I decided to do it via Puppet.… Read the rest The post Create a Logical Volume, EXT4 filesystem, mounted mount point and NFS export all via Puppet appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Using PowerCLI to remotely execute esxcli commands

    Eric Sarakaitis
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    First, make sure you’re using a version of PowerCLI that supports the get-esxcli cmdlet. In this case, I used a fresh install of PowerCLI 5.5. First, get-esxcli needs to be run against a single host individually, you can loop through you’re hosts later, but again, one at a time.… Read the rest The post Using PowerCLI to remotely execute esxcli commands appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Huge LACP Changes in ESX 5.5u1 from ESX 5.1

    Eric Sarakaitis
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    In vSphere 5.1, Link Aggregation Configuration Protocol (LACP) on the vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) was configured on the Uplink Porgroup. There were basic options of enabled/disabled and active/passive. These options were configured like below: LACP Enabled As you can see below, on a 5.5 vDS, these configuration options are no longer present!… Read the rest The post Huge LACP Changes in ESX 5.5u1 from ESX 5.1 appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Monitoring vSAN replication tasks using RVC

    Eric Sarakaitis
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    First, SSH to the vCenter appliance: Then, run the following commands: rvc root@localhost password: 0 / 1 localhost/ > cd localhost/vsandc/computers/ /localhost/vsandc/computers> vsan.resync_dashboard vsan 2014-06-12 14:36:47 +0000: Querying all VMs on VSAN ... 2014-06-12 14:36:47 +0000: Querying all objects in the system from r1b41g.domain.local ... … Read the rest The post Monitoring vSAN replication tasks using RVC appeared first on vmware admins.
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  • Live webinar: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2: Deduplication, Backup & Primary VM Storage

    Ilija Brajkovic
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Data deduplication is not a lofty feature anymore, and nowadays it becomes synonymous with storage for virtualization environments. With a variety of deduplication solutions available on the market it’s often hard to distinguish which one fits your environment best. Join Ryan Post of Veeam and Max Kolomyeytsev of StarWind Software in a discussion about why, [...] Copyright © Ilija Brajkovic http://www.brajkovic.info
  • Free virtualization toolkit

    Ilija Brajkovic
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    There is no better way to start virtualizing than with a FREE Microsoft Hyper-V environment, free backup, free virtual storage and free management software! With this free toolkit from Starwind, you can create your own test lab, run a small business or even scale your production environment up to 1,000 VMs. It’s a FREE way to virtualize! [...] Copyright © Ilija Brajkovic http://www.brajkovic.info
  • WEBINAR: New Approaches in Hardware-less SAN Storage for Remote & Branch Offices

    Ilija Brajkovic
    2 Jun 2014 | 4:45 am
    Join Greg Shields of Concentrated Technology and Max Kolomyeytsev of StarWind Software in this informative webinar series as they explore the new approaches in delivering SAN storage to remote and branch office situations. Don’t miss these webinars on June 3rd and June 5th! New Approaches in Hardware-less SAN Storage for Remote & Branch Offices Part [...] Copyright © Ilija Brajkovic http://www.brajkovic.info
  • StarWind Software Represents the New Generation of Shared Storage

    Ilija Brajkovic
    22 May 2014 | 6:41 am
    StarWind Software Inc., the leading provider of software defined storage for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere, announced today the immediate availability of their 8th generation software - StarWind® Virtual SAN™. The NEW generation of the product comes with several revolutionary improvements and makes StarWindSoftware (which just secured $3.25M in the Round B of VC financing) a true leader... Copyright © Ilija Brajkovic http://www.brajkovic.info
  • StarWind offers free NFR license

    Ilija Brajkovic
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:54 pm
    StarWind has a great offer for all IT professionals: Free NFR license for your lab! Get free 12-month NFR** licenses for StarWind V8 for Hyper-V and VMware that you can use for your home or work lab! Don’t miss your chance to try the new StarWind V8 release, which delivers high-performance fault-tolerant SAN at a fraction of the cost and [...] Copyright © Ilija Brajkovic http://www.brajkovic.info
 
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  • Unitrends biggest release in product history – Virtual Backup 8.0

    Roy Mikes
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Backup today goes beyond just backing up files or virtual machines. A good Disaster Recover Plan often remains out. Many companies think they have a backup and therefore can restore files, so “I’m okay”, is the first sentence I hear. Broadly they are right and the most common issues are restoring files and sometimes a virtual machine. Often you still find a mix of different Hypervisors, in a virtual and physical environment. Unitrends just announced their biggest Virtual Backup release in product history.  There are over 120 enhancements in Virtual Backup 8.0 that so many…
  • When SaaS Goes Awry

    Steven Beaver
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    Recently, I have had a spate of calendar issues from various sources and of various types. Some calendar entries are given the wrong time zone, others show up on one device but not another, and some have no email capability embedded. All of these issues occur when various calendar services are used by those sending me events (e.g., Google Calendar, Outlook 365, or local services such as ownCloud and others). When you consider the SaaS you use for calendars, contacts, and the like, do you think about potential problems and how to avoid them? Try as I might, the solution to the calendar issue…
  • AppSense DesktopNow Gets An Overhaul

    Steven Beaver
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    The next couple of weeks should see a major new version of AppSense’s flagship product, DesktopNow, become available for download. AppSense has long been one of the leaders in the user state virtualization (USV) arena, alongside the likes of RES Software. Besides profile and user environment management, its products cover such things as application personalization, user rights management, application management, licensing control, performance management, and profile migration. The software integrates well with technologies such as Group Policy and SCCM to allow enterprises to deploy…
  • Docker: What Is It? Hint: It’s Not a Harbour Worker

    Steven Beaver
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    There is a lot of buzz about a “new” technology called Docker. I say “new” in quotes, because most of us greybeards should remember a technology called “containers,” circa 2004, and the arguments about which was better: virtualization or containers. Well, it seems that the wheel has turned full circle, and we are back in that same place again. Somebody in the Linux world has invented Docker and marketed it. But what is it? Basically, Docker is a containerization tool for Linux—wait, déjà vu, there’s a glitch in the matrix.
  • How to Change VMware vCenter Update Manager Database Password?

    Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:36 pm
    In this post, I am going to explain you with the step by step procedure to change the Update Manager Database password using Update Manager utility. Let’s identify the situation where you really need to change the Update Manager database password. Let’s say you are in the process of upgrading your vSphere, You have upgraded your vCenter Server and next step is to upgrade the Update Manager. When you are upgrading the Update Manager, you need to provide the Update Manager database password in the upgrade wizard. Let’s assume, you don’t remember the Update Manager…
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  • Appointment of Prof. Dr. Robert Hockin as Global Ambassador, USA

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    I am very pleased to announce the appointment of  Prof. Dr. Robert Hockin as Global Ambassador, USA on the Global Ambassadors Committee of VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board.    Dr. Robert Hockin brings over 20 years of corporate management, management consulting and not-for profit experience to his role as adjunct faculty in business at Capella University and the DBA Program at Walden University. He has mentored over 42 learners to completion of their doctorates, has served on over 250 learner committees and continues to mentor numerous graduate learners.
  • Appointment of Dennis Obi Ekunie as Honorary Global Ambassador, Nigeria

    3 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    I am very pleased to announce the appointment of  Mr. Dennis Obi Ekunie, Group Managing Director of Atlantic Oil & Gas Exploration & Developing Co. Limited, Atlantic Shipping & Logistics Development Co. Limited, and Atlantic Construction & Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd, as Honorary Global Ambassador, Nigeria on the Global Ambassadors Committee of  VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board.   
  • Appointment of Dr. William Messier as Honorary Global Ambassador, USA

    3 Jun 2014 | 11:25 am
    I am very pleased to announce the appointment of  Dr. William Messier, Head of Digital Assets, Oakley, as Honorary Global Ambassador, USA on the Global Ambassadors Committee of  VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board.  
  • Appointment of Chaudhry Imtiaz Hussain as Honorary Global Ambassador, Pakistan

    3 Jun 2014 | 11:18 am
    I am very pleased to announce the appointment of  Chaudhry Imtiaz Hussain, Senior Advocate/Attorney-at-Law, as Honorary Global Ambassador, Pakistan  on the Global Ambassadors Committee of  VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board.   
  • Appointment of Ekkapon Yuangnark as Honorary Global Ambassador, Thailand

    3 Jun 2014 | 11:10 am
    I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Ekkapon Yuangnark, Managing Director, Thai Summit International Legal Consultant Ltd., as Honorary Global Ambassador, Thailand on the Global Ambassadors Committee of  VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board.   
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    VirtualizeTips

  • VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 5 setting up RDS desktops

    Brian Suhr
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAThis begins the fifth part of my Horizon 6 install series bringing us to configuring RDS desktops. RDS desktops are a new feature for VMware in Horizon 6, something that Microsoft and Citrix have been providing for a long time. I will walk you through the process of getting a new pool configured and ready to serve hosted desktops from your environment.   Other posts in this Horizon series. VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 1 connection servers VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 2 security servers VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 3 SSL certificates…
  • VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 3 SSL Certificates

    Brian Suhr
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAThe third part of my Horizon 6 install series brings us to SSL certificates. I know, I know no one likes certificates and they are usually a pain in the ass to set up. But you cannot ignore them in a Horizon installation and by allowing almost any client to connect from nearly any place the ability to ensure you’re connecting to the right server is critical. This post will focus on how to install the SSL certificate on the first connection server. This process will be repeated for each additional connection server, security server(s) and the View composer server…
  • VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 2 security server

    Brian Suhr
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAThis is the second part of this multi part series on installing VMware Horizon 6. The first part covered installing Horizon View connection servers and replica servers. In this post I will cover the install of a View Security Server, these servers are used for brokering external network connections into your datacenter for Horizon. The security servers are located in your DMZ network and establish a secure connection back to a linked connection broker. You can install multiple Security Servers into a View environment. There is a 1:1 relationship between a security…
  • VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 1 connection server

    Brian Suhr
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAWith the recent update of the entire EUC suite from VMware I thought it would be a good time to revisit the install process for Horizon 6. Yes it used to be called VMware View, then it was Horizon View and now it’s just Horizon 6. Why? well because it is no longer just VDI. Horizon 6 is now a product that offers VDI, Application presentation and Hosted shared desktops both via RDS from Microsoft. This is a big advancement by VMware and welcomed by anyone that cares about EUC. This is what drove me to revisit the install of Horizon. With these added features there…
  • CloudPhysics secures new funding and attacks storage problems

    Brian Suhr
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Advertise here with BSAI’ve been a big fan and supporter of CloudPhysics for the past couple of years. Since the day that I first got a peek at what they were building I was hooked. Over time I have been lucky enough to work with them as an independent and through my work at a partner. Both avenues have allowed me to work closely and see what is being built. The product has grown greatly since its release and with this latest offering they are declaring they are more than just a reporting tool.   New Funding for CloudPhysics Today CloudPhysics announces that they have secured a new…
 
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  • Using Puppet to configure LLDPAD on the Open Compute Winterfell

    Eric Sarakaitis
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    On our OCP Winterfell nodes, in CentOS 6; the 10GB Mellanox NIC’s show up as eth0 and eht1, where the 1GB management interface shows up as eth2. We are also using Brocade 10GB top-of-rack switches. So configuring LLDP was necessary for the servers to advertise themselves to the upstream switches.… Read the rest The post Using Puppet to configure LLDPAD on the Open Compute Winterfell appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Create a Logical Volume, EXT4 filesystem, mounted mount point and NFS export all via Puppet

    Eric Sarakaitis
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    I was building a NFS server for our users home directories to work with our FreeIPA implementation, and instead of setting up a logical volume, filesystem and mount point manually I decided to do it via Puppet.… Read the rest The post Create a Logical Volume, EXT4 filesystem, mounted mount point and NFS export all via Puppet appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Using PowerCLI to remotely execute esxcli commands

    Eric Sarakaitis
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    First, make sure you’re using a version of PowerCLI that supports the get-esxcli cmdlet. In this case, I used a fresh install of PowerCLI 5.5. First, get-esxcli needs to be run against a single host individually, you can loop through you’re hosts later, but again, one at a time.… Read the rest The post Using PowerCLI to remotely execute esxcli commands appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Huge LACP Changes in ESX 5.5u1 from ESX 5.1

    Eric Sarakaitis
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    In vSphere 5.1, Link Aggregation Configuration Protocol (LACP) on the vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) was configured on the Uplink Porgroup. There were basic options of enabled/disabled and active/passive. These options were configured like below: LACP Enabled As you can see below, on a 5.5 vDS, these configuration options are no longer present!… Read the rest The post Huge LACP Changes in ESX 5.5u1 from ESX 5.1 appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Monitoring vSAN replication tasks using RVC

    Eric Sarakaitis
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    First, SSH to the vCenter appliance: Then, run the following commands: rvc root@localhost password: 0 / 1 localhost/ > cd localhost/vsandc/computers/ /localhost/vsandc/computers> vsan.resync_dashboard vsan 2014-06-12 14:36:47 +0000: Querying all VMs on VSAN ... 2014-06-12 14:36:47 +0000: Querying all objects in the system from r1b41g.domain.local ... … Read the rest The post Monitoring vSAN replication tasks using RVC appeared first on vmware admins.
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  • Happy SysAdmin Day!

    Mike Resseler
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Every year on the last Friday of July, we show our appreciation for system administrators worldwide for all of their hard work, long weekends and the sometimes very difficult circumstances they have to work in. At Veeam, many of us have a background in system administration. Many of us went through the entire cycle of starting at the helpdesk and working our way up to become a system administrator. So we know what it is to be a system administrator and we know the amount of work and effort you all do on a daily basis. We also know very well that it is sometimes difficult to get some…
  • Announcing: General Availability of Veeam Management Pack v7 for System Center

    Mike Resseler
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m very proud to announce the General Availability of Veeam Management Pack (MP) v7 for System Center. A while ago, we announced the beta of Veeam MP to the world and the positive feedback we got was overwhelming. The beta however only included the new Microsoft Hyper-V functionality. Today the product is available, including the full capabilities for VMware vSphere and Veeam Backup & Replication. Veeam Management Pack v7 for System Center As mentioned in my previous blog, we changed the product name to Veeam Management Pack v7 for System Center, from Veeam Management Pack for VMware.
  • Hyper-V hosts: To back up, or not to back up?

    Rick Vanover
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    To back up, or not to back up? That is the question. What do you back up on your Hyper-V hosts, if anything? This came to me from a discussion on Spiceworks recently. The original topic was a different matter, but the challenge I raised was that the Hyper-V host itself doesn’t need to be backed up, if you do Hyper-V well. As an important side note, definitely back up the VMs! You can use Veeam for that, it just works! But back to the central point of the Hyper-V host itself, does it need to be backed up? In the purest sense, my claim is that you don’t need to back up the host. Here is my…
  • Free poster in A0 for your office: Veeam Backup & Replication for Hyper-V

    Maria Levkina
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    How often do you feel that there are too many things to do? This week, this feeling hasn’t left me And I bet that’s the same case with the majority of Veeam employees these days.   As you know, we’re actively preparing for VeeamON, one of the most important IT events in 2014, which will take place in Las Vegas on October 6-8. Our celebrities (Veeam experts who will present at VeeamON) are under a lot of pressure. And the cool thing is that they keep surprising me!   This week, Mike Resseler, one of the best Veeam experts focused on technologies around Microsoft Hyper-V &…
  • VeeamON 2014: vote for your preferred sessions!

    Luca Dell'Oca
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    This is not an actual photo, just an interpretation. Veeam has announced some weeks ago its own first worldwide conference: it’s called VeeamON, and it will take place at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, from 6 to 9 October 2014. Registrations are already open, and many sponsors already signed to join us (confirmed Platinum sponsors by now are Microsoft, HP and Cisco, all with their solutions and experts exhibiting and presenting at the show); and the final agenda is in the works. We are committed to offer all attendees a great experience, and the better way to do so is to offer them…
 
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    Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST

  • WebIDE: a complete development environment for Firefox

    Paul Lopez
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:17 am
    Image credit:  hacks.mozilla.org The Mozilla Foundation added WebIDE to Firefox. With this tool, programmers have a standard development environment in the browser. How to ensure that web developers will consider your web browser while creating applications? The answer is quite … Continue reading → The post WebIDE: a complete development environment for Firefox appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Firefox eyes on web developers

    Paul Lopez
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:18 am
    The next version of the Firefox web browser will bring multiple advanced features dedicated to web application for developers which will increase efficiency. Advance features in this new version of web browser can be of three types: purely functional for … Continue reading → The post Firefox eyes on web developers appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Key issues regarding virtual infrastructure capacity management

    Paul Lopez
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:12 am
    The beginning of virtualization has helped all of us to overcome the problems related to the management of server hardware; at least in appearance. Request for provisioning virtual servers increased, setup times reduced drastically and quality of virtualization solutions seems … Continue reading → The post Key issues regarding virtual infrastructure capacity management appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Microsoft Office 365 tools

    Paul Lopez
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Microsoft Office 365 solution includes a set of online services for an unlimited access to all of your workspace from any device connected to the Internet. The shared nature of the tools Microsoft Office 365 >> Give the work a … Continue reading → The post Microsoft Office 365 tools appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Next Generation PHP

    Paul Lopez
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:27 am
    PHP sees the future of the core Next Generation PHP developers have announced that the next kernel programming language PHP would come from the Next Generation project. Developers worked on the integration of a JIT compiler that improves application performance. … Continue reading → The post Next Generation PHP appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
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  • VMware NSX 6.0.5 Upgrade Tips

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Advertise here with BSASo I performed my first NSX upgrade today which overall was not too bad but it did take quite a long time. I ran into a few gotchas along the way and figured that I would share those. Now if you follow this guide and the release notes here you should be in good shape. However you may run into a few snags as below. The first thing you may run into is when uploading the upgrade package to the NSX Manager is the following error. What this error is telling you is that you need to rename the downloaded upgrade package. Your browser saved the file…
  • Highly Available ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana) Unicast Mode

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:51 am
    Advertise here with BSAIn the previous post we setup the complete ELK stack from top to bottom. And everything should be working as needed; however one thing you will want to do once everything is stable is to change all ES (Elasticsearch) nodes to communicate in unicast mode instead of how it was setup which was in mulitcast discovery mode. Switching to unicast mode will keep all of the network chatter down doing discovery of your ES cluster. This will also result in better performance for your cluster. I have made all of this extremely simple for you if you followed the previous post and…
  • vCenter Server 5.1 Heartbeat issue

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Advertise here with BSAI ran into this today and thought I would share with anyone else who runs into this. I had an issue where the vcenter server service would not start and would continually try to start but would keep restarting itself. I started digging around and began looking at the vpxd.log file(s) (they were spitting out too quick and were compressing themselves). I finally grabbed one of the vpxd.log.gz files and extracted it to inspect it and here is what I finally found in the log. So after finding this I started googling around and came across this VMware KB article. So after…
  • Logstash Elasticsearch searchphaseexecutionexception error

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Advertise here with BSAIn the past few days I have come across the following error on two different instances of Logstash. On the first instance I came across the mount point that elasticsearch was writing to became full. In this case I had to do the following to get everything back on it. curl -XDELETE http://localhost:9200/_all sudo service elasticsearch restart Keep in mind the above will delete all data from elasticsearch. There may be a more graceful way of doing some cleanup but for this one it worked as I did not care about retaining any previous data. On the second instance I saw this…
  • Highly Available ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana) Setup

    Larry Smith (mrlesmithjr)
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:12 am
    Advertise here with BSAIn this post I will be going over how to setup a complete ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana) stack with clustered elasticsearch and all ELK components load balanced using HAProxy. I will be setting up a total of four six servers (2-HAProxy, 2-ELK frontends and 2-Elasticsearch master/data nodes) in this setup however you can scale the ELK stack by adding additional nodes identical to logstash-1/logstash-2 for logstash processing and Kibana web interfaces and adding the additional node info to the HAProxy configuration files to load balance. You can also scale the…
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    Cloud Computing News

  • AWS & Security – Thoughts from AWS Summit New York

    JG
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Every year, the AWS Summits and re:Invent get bigger (and broader – AWS lists 15 cities for AWS Summits in 2014 on their website). In his keynote at the New York event last week, Werner Vogels, CTO of AWS announced there were 10,000+ people in attendance and thousands more participating online via the live stream. […]The post AWS & Security – Thoughts from AWS Summit New York appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Application Migration for Healthcare…Best Practices

    JG
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    There is an interesting report by Accenture on the benefits of leveraging cloud computing for healthcare.  The report states that “Given the diverse, fragmented and highly dispersed nature of the healthcare industry and value chain, the effect of cloud computing on healthcare will be magnified by the convergence between cloud, mobility and data analytics. It […]The post Application Migration for Healthcare…Best Practices appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Standardization of Cloud Contracts In Europe: Coming Soon to the U.S.?

    JG
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    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. In light of the disclosures by Edward Snowden, there has been a […]The post Standardization of Cloud Contracts In Europe: Coming Soon to the U.S.? appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Cloud Migration Best Practices for Law Firms

    JG
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
      Legal IT Professionals’ online survey of its readership presented a split decision on about a move to the cloud.  “The online news publication covering international legal information technology asked readers: ‘If your law firm’s management asked for your advice regarding moving key applications to the cloud, would you be in favor of this strategy?’ […]The post Cloud Migration Best Practices for Law Firms appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Why Lawyers Love Cloud Computing

    JG
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
      According to MSPNews, “Cloud computing services and technology is on the cusp of mass adoption by the legal industry, according to a report from LexisNexis.”  That means, the next time you see your lawyer for a will update, your will could be out on AWS S3. While lawyers are famous for not trusting anything, […]The post Why Lawyers Love Cloud Computing appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
 
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