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  • VMware Weekly News Recap, Dec. 19, 2014

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    Morgan OLeary
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    VMware News This week in VMware news, VMware announced that Apollo Education Group, one of the world’s largest private education providers, has implemented a private cloud based on VMware vCloud Suite and VCE Vblock Systems to power online courses at its open access institutions of higher education. Read the press release to learn more. One […]
  • VMware Virtual SAN and ScaleIO : Fundamentally Two different approaches to Software-Defined Storage

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    Vijay Ramachandran
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    There’ s a lot of buzz and excitement around Software-Defined Storage (SDS) and hyper-converged storage solutions.  Particularly around VMware’s recently introduced product: VMware Virtual SAN. VMware Virtual SAN is seeing tremendous traction in the market since its release. After only two full quarters of availability, we already have many hundreds of customers happily running a variety of applications on Virtual SAN, from VDI to test & development  to production applications and databases.  Virtual SAN customers love the product’s simplicity and integration with the…
  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0014

    VMware Security & Compliance Blog
    Monty Ijzerman
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2014-0014 The advisory documents CVE-2014-8372, an information disclosure vulnerability in AirWatch by VMware. AirWatch Cloud has been patched to resolve this issue, On-Premise deployments must be updated. Customers should review the security advisory and direct any questions to VMware Support. Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware Security Advisories
  • Abiquo Enables CIOs to Regain Control Over Cloud Environments With Launch of Abiquo 3.2

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    David Marshall
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:23 pm
    According to recent research, many CIOs are struggling to control the rise of shadow IT within their organisation, with over two thirds of business... Read more at VMblog.com.
  • Plexxi Offers Software-Defined Networking Starter Kits

    News
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Plexxi Inc. today announced software-defined networking (SDN) starter kits designed to provide an easy onramp to the nascent network virtualization technology, targeting three typical use cases.
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    Tribal Knowledge

  • VMware Weekly News Recap, Dec. 19, 2014

    Morgan OLeary
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    VMware News This week in VMware news, VMware announced that Apollo Education Group, one of the world’s largest private education providers, has implemented a private cloud based on VMware vCloud Suite and VCE Vblock Systems to power online courses at its open access institutions of higher education. Read the press release to learn more. One […]
  • Realizing a Simpler Path to OpenStack

    Morgan OLeary
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    The impact that the application development community is having on current approaches to IT is astounding, and one thing is apparent – developers don’t want to deal with the data center infrastructure directly. OpenStack has emerged as a framework that provides application development teams with API-based, programmatic access to the infrastructure. But organizations have found […]
  • An Award-Winning Holiday Gift for the Technophile in your Life

    Morgan OLeary
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for the techie in your life? Well look no further. The VMware Fusion team recently received an Editors’ Choice award from PCMag.com for VMware Fusion 7! What better way to celebrate the holidays than to give the gift of Windows on Mac? VMware Fusion has always had a loyal […]
  • SaaS, PaaS and IaaS: The Basics

    Morgan OLeary
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    A recently released Gartner survey revealed that “software as a service (SaaS) deployments are now ‘mission critical,’ meaning that the most commonly cited reasons the survey found for deploying SaaS were for development and testing production/mission-critical workloads.” The survey was conducted “across 10 countries in four regions to examine organizations’ adoption and deployment of cloud […]
  • VMware Weekly News Recap, Dec. 12, 2014

    Morgan OLeary
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    VMware News This week in VMware news, VMware’s Donna Wittmann has been named to the Computer Dealer News Women of the IT Channel Ecosystem 2014: Channel Chiefs list! Congratulations, Donna! Learn more about the distinction here. VMware announced that Digitalrep, experts in the retail shelf space domain, product database management, and manual process automation, has deployed VMware […]
 
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  • VMware Virtual SAN and ScaleIO : Fundamentally Two different approaches to Software-Defined Storage

    Vijay Ramachandran
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    There’ s a lot of buzz and excitement around Software-Defined Storage (SDS) and hyper-converged storage solutions.  Particularly around VMware’s recently introduced product: VMware Virtual SAN. VMware Virtual SAN is seeing tremendous traction in the market since its release. After only two full quarters of availability, we already have many hundreds of customers happily running a variety of applications on Virtual SAN, from VDI to test & development  to production applications and databases.  Virtual SAN customers love the product’s simplicity and integration with the…
  • VMware’s vSphere Big Data Extensions (BDE) achieves Hortonworks Operations Ready Certification

    Justin Murray
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Hortonworks announced on the 17th December 2014 that VMware’s Big Data Extensions tool for Hadoop on virtual machines is now both HDP Certified and Operations Ready. HDP is the Hortonworks Data Platform – an open Hadoop platform that is centered on YARN. The Operations Ready designation is a new certification introduced by Hortonworks to focus attention on those tools that integrate in an approved way with Apache Ambari by making use of the open Ambari management application programming interfaces. The focus of the program is to certify operational tools for managing a Hadoop/HDP…
  • Operationalizing VMware Virtual SAN: Automating vCenter Alarm Configuration Using PowerCLI

    Joe Cook
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Welcome to the next installment in our Operationalizing VMware Virtual SAN series. In our previous article we detailed “How to configure vCenter alarms for Virtual SAN”. In today’s article we will demonstrate how to automate that configuration workflow leveraging PowerCLI. (Many thanks to VMware genius Alan Renouf (@alanrenouf) for his contributions to this topic) [Joe Cook: @CloudAnimal] The PowerCLI code required to automate the configuration of vCenter Alarms for Virtual SAN is considerably straightforward. 1. Connect to vCenter Connect-VIServer -Server 192.168.100.1…
  • Reference Architecture for building a VMware Software–Defined Datacenter

    Mike Brown
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    The latest in our series of reference architectures is now available. This is an update to the previous version which brings in additional products and covers the vCloud Suite 5.8 release. This reference architecture describes an implementation of a software-defined data center (SDDC) using VMware vCloud® Suite Enterprise 5.8, VMware NSX™ for vSphere® 6.1, VMware IT Business Management Suite™ Standard Edition 1.1, and VMware vCenter™ Log Insight™ 2.0 to create an SDDC. This SDDC implementation is based on real-world scenarios, user workloads, and infrastructure system…
  • Infographic – Walk Through of VMware Availability

    Ken Werneburg
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    Here’s a visualization we put together to help people understand the various offerings from VMware that can positively affect your levels of availability. Hope you like it! VMware-Availability <click here for pdf>
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    VMware Security & Compliance Blog

  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0014

    Monty Ijzerman
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2014-0014 The advisory documents CVE-2014-8372, an information disclosure vulnerability in AirWatch by VMware. AirWatch Cloud has been patched to resolve this issue, On-Premise deployments must be updated. Customers should review the security advisory and direct any questions to VMware Support. Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware Security Advisories
  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0013

    Monty Ijzerman
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2014-0013 The advisory documents CVE-2014-8373, a critical remote privilege escalation vulnerability in vCloud Automation Center (vCAC). It is important to note that the provided patches will temporarily disable the vCAC “Connect (by) Using VMRC” functionality for directly connecting to vCenter Server. Customers should review the security advisory and direct any questions to VMware Support. Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware Security Advisories.
  • Changes to Transparent Page Sharing reminder and new and updated VMware Security Advisories

    Simon Bodger
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As previously noted (Oct 16 and Nov 24) VMware has introduced new TPS (Transparent Page Sharing) management options that give administrators more granular control over which Virtual Machines have the potential to share duplicate pages of memory with each other. The previous ESXi patch releases incorporated the additional functionality but did not change the default behavior. Todays update of ESXi 5.1 is the first release that 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…
  • Inter-VM Transparent Page Sharing ESXi default changing (reminder)

    Simon Bodger
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    The additional Transparent Page Sharing (TPS) management capabilities that we discussed in our blog post of October 16 have been out for about a month for ESXi 5.1 and ESXi 5.5. The same capabilities for ESXi 5.0 will follow next month. While the recent ESXi patches do not change any TPS setting, the upcoming ESXi Update/patch releases planned for 2014 and Q1 of 2015 will. As we explained in our previous TPS post, the default setting for inter-VM TPS will be such that TPS among virtual machines will no longer be enabled by default. Customers are advised to review the usage of TPS in…
  • VMware CP&C releases Major Updates to DISA STIG Windows Compliance toolkit in VCM!

    Pravin Goyal
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:41 pm
    The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) is pleased to announce the updated DISA STIG compliance toolkit for Windows based environments in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM), a key component in the VMware vRealize Operations (vR Ops). This is a major update release to prior released DISA Compliance Toolkits for Windows based environments. The compliance toolkit product data sheet can be found here. This toolkit contains below DISA STIGs: Windows Server 2012 / R2 – DC and MS – STIG Version V1R4 Windows Server 2008 R2 – DC and MS – STIG…
 
 
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  • Blog Migration in the Works

    slowe
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    You might have noticed that blog content has been a bit sparse over the last few weeks. The reason I haven’t generated any new content is because all my spare time is taken up with preparing to migrate this site to a new hosting platform. Sometime over the holiday season, I’ll be migrating this site from a hosted WordPress installation to Jekyll running on GitHub Pages. Given that I have 9 years of content (over 1,600 blog posts), this is a pretty fair amount of work. Most of the “structural” work on the new site is already complete; you can get a preview of the site…
  • Removing OVS Configuration Settings

    slowe
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    I’ve written quite a bit about Open vSwitch (OVS), but I realized recently that despite all the articles I’ve written I still haven’t talked about how to remove a configuration setting to OVS. I’m fixing that now with this article. As part of my ongoing mission to give back to the open source community, I recently started making contributions and improvements to the OVS web site; specifically, I’ve been reformatting the configuration cookbooks to make them more readable (and to clean up the HTML source). Along the way, I’ve been adding small bits of content…
  • Technology Short Take #46

    slowe
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #46. That’s right, it’s time for yet another collection of links and articles from around the Internet on various data center-related technologies, products, projects, and efforts. As always, there is no rhyme or reason to my collection; this is just a glimpse into what I’ve seen over the past few weeks. I hope you are able to glean something useful. Networking This post by Matt Oswalt—the first in a series, apparently—provides a great introduction to 5 development tools for network engineers. I’ve already increased my usage…
  • Setting up the Tools for Contributing to OpenStack Documentation

    slowe
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    For non-programmers, making a meaningful contribution to an open source project can be difficult; this is as true for OpenStack as for other open source projects. Documentation is a way to contribute, but in the case of OpenStack there is a non-trivial setup required in order to be able to contribute to the OpenStack documentation. In this post, I’m going to share how to set up the tools to contribute to OpenStack documentation in the hopes that it will help others get past the “barrier to entry” that currently exists. I’ve long wanted to be more involved in supporting…
  • Learning NSX, Part 18: Routing Without Network Address Translation

    slowe
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is part 18 of the Learning NSX blog series, in which I talk about using layer 3 (L3) routing with VMware NSX but without network address translation (NAT). This post describes a configuration that offers yet another connectivity option for OpenStack cloud administrators and operators. In part 6, I showed you how to add a gateway appliance to your NSX installation. Part 9 leveraged the gateway appliances to create a L3 gateway service, which—as I explained in part 15—provides the functionality for logical routers in OpenStack. (Logical routing was covered in part 14.) Part 16…
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  • Management Pack for NSX for vSphere 2.0

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    The VMware vRealize Operations Management pack for NSX-vSphere is a must have for network operations and virtual infrastructure operations team who are planning on scaling their virtual networking functions out across 100's of vSphere hosts. This management pack discovers, analyzes and represents the broad number of virtual networking services available within NSX-vSphere graphically. Administrators can view this data for quickly identifying configuration, health and/or capacity problems within their virtual NSX networks, and see the impact of these problems with vSphere hosts and virtual…
  • Free e-learning course - VMware App Volumes Fundamentals

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:44 pm
    This eLearning course on VMware App Volumes will provide you a fundamental understanding of App Volumes and how it can be used for real-time application delivery with life cycle management. The course will start with an overview of App Volumes, its components, features, and benefits. Next, you will take a look at the hardware and software prerequisites and the network and security considerations for installing App Volumes. Finally, you will see how to provision App Volumes and the process for installing and configuring App Volumes. You will also gain an understanding of how App Volumes helps…
 
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    The State of Security

  • FBI Officially Blames North Korea in Sony Pictures Hack

    Maritza Santillan
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    Following the high-profile cyber attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, and continuous threats against  employees and celebrities, the FBI has released an official statement declaring the investigation has lead to “enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions.” In a press release issued Friday morning, the FBI listed several factors […]… Read More The post FBI Officially Blames North Korea in Sony Pictures Hack appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Critical Git Vulnerability Allows for Remote Code Execution

    David Bisson
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:54 am
    A critical Git vulnerability that affects all Git client versions as well as any software that interacts with Git repositories has been discovered. Ken Westin, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager and Security Analyst at Tripwire, explains the nature of the bug: “This vulnerability has serious implications for developers and other users of the popular Git client […]… Read More The post Critical Git Vulnerability Allows for Remote Code Execution appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Sony & North Korea: A Call to Cyber Arms or Better Defense?

    Ken Westin
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:27 am
    (Updated 12/9/14 11:15AM to reflect FBI announcement of North Korean attribution) There has been a great deal of “cyber saber rattling” in response to North Korea allegedly being connected to the recent Sony Pictures Entertainment breach. The FBI tied attribution to North Korea this afternoon; however, the evidence provided I feel is still lacking and […]… Read More The post Sony & North Korea: A Call to Cyber Arms or Better Defense? appeared first on The State of Security.
  • The Syrian Electronic Army Strikes Again! International Business Times Hacked

    Graham Cluley
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Online news site International Business Times has revealed that the notorious Syrian Electronic Army hacking group had successfully breached its security, and removed a story that was embarrassing to the country’s regime. The Syrian Electronic Army, a collective of pro-Assad hackers who have made a name for themselves by claiming the scalps of various media […]… Read More The post The Syrian Electronic Army Strikes Again! International Business Times Hacked appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Security Slice: The Sony Pictures Breach – Part Two

    Eva Hanscom
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    It’s been nearly a month since Sony Pictures suffered from a serious data breach and the damage is still acruing. Cyber threats connected with the attack have turned physical and hackers seem to reveal more company information each day. In the wake of a breach this far reaching, what should businesses be thinking about in […]… Read More The post Security Slice: The Sony Pictures Breach – Part Two appeared first on The State of Security.
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    Yellow Bricks

  • SIOControlFlag2 what is it?

    Duncan Epping
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    I had a question this week what Misc SIOControlFlag2 was. Some refer to it as SIOControlFlag2 and I’ve also seen Misc.SIOControlFlag2. In the end it is the same thing. It is something that sometimes pops up in the log files, or some may stumble in to the setting in the “advanced settings” on a host level. The question I had was why the value is 0 on some hosts, 2 on others or even 34 on other hosts. Let me start with saying that it is nothing to worry about, even when you are not using Storage IO Control. It is an internal setting which is used by ESXi (hostd sets it)…
  • Virtualization networking strategies…

    Duncan Epping
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:47 pm
    I was asked a question on LinkedIn about the different virtualization networking strategies from a host point of view. The question came from someone who recently had 10GbE infrastructure introduced in to his data center and the way the network originally was architected was with 6 x 1 Gbps carved up in three bundles of 2 x 1Gbps. Three types of traffic use their own pair of NICs: Management, vMotion and VM. 10GbE was added to the current infrastructure and the question which came up was: should I use 10GbE while keeping my 1Gbps links for things like management for instance? The classic…
  • Geek Whisperers episode: Marketing, Blogging & Community

    Duncan Epping
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    I had the honor a couple of weeks ago to be on the Geek Whisperers podcast. It was very entertaining with John, Amy and Matt. The podcast deals about how I got started with blogging and communities and many other random topics. There are a couple things which I wanted to share. First and foremost, blogging and social media has got nothing do with marketing for me personally, it is what I do, it is who I am. Everyone has a different way of digesting information, learning new things, dealing with complex matters or even dealing with emotions… Some sit down behind a white board, some…
  • Must read post on Cloud Native Apps

    Duncan Epping
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
    I don’t do this too often but I wanted to share an excellent blog post by one of my colleagues. I was writing something along the same lines as it seems there is a lot of confusion around what cloud native apps are and what they bring. Even when it comes to containers there still seems to be a lot of confusion. What fits where and how you can leverage certain technologies to its full potential will all depend on your application architecture if you ask me. If you read the examples of how these types of apps are (or aren’t) administered you can also see that with the wrong…
  • Operational Efficiency (You’re not Facebook/Google/Netflix)

    Duncan Epping
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:03 am
    In previous roles, also before I joined VMware, I was a system administrator and a consultant. The tweets below reminded me of the kind of work I did in the past and triggered a train of thought that I wanted to share… @jtmcarthur56 That's only achievable when you have 50,000 servers running one application — Howard Marks (@DeepStorageNet) December 3, 2014 Howard has a great point here. For some reason many people started using Google, Facebook or Netflix as the prime example of operational efficiency. Startups use it in their pitches to describe what they can bring and how…
 
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    Cohesive Blog

  • Guest Post - Cloud Still Has a Long Way to Come

    Margaret Walker
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Chad Lawler In an exclusive viewpoint for the CohesiveFT ebook “Cloud Memoirs: Views from Below, Inside, and Above" He is the Director, Consulting Services, Cloud Computing at Hitachi ConsultingIt’s very interesting to look ahead and try to anticipate where the puck is going. The truth is that what Werner Vogels has stated about where we are in the “maturity curve” is absolutely true – that even with the progress we’ve made, we are very early in the cloud evolution. We want instant gratification with a solution that fits all of our needs, but we’re not there yet. We’re…
  • Weekly news roundup for Cloud and Networking: December 8 - 12

    Margaret Walker
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of December 8thThe Sony attack could cost the studio as much as $100 million, before estimates of lost revenues or lawsuits begins - via Reuters and are retaliating with a DDoS attack? from the RegisterU.S. Senate passed an update to the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) this week. The Act would give Office of Management and Budget authority to set federal information security policies for civilian systems and require agencies to notify Congress of a suspected major security breach within 7 days - via…
  • From the booth at AWS re:Invent 2014 - IAmOnDemand Interview with Ryan Koop

    Margaret Walker
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    A month ago at AWS re:Invent, Offir Nachmani of IAmOnDemand stopped by our booth.Offir remembered Coheisve and our Director of Products and Marketing, Ryan Koop, from some of the first "cloud migration" news he covered back in 2008. Offir asks Ryan about moving to the cloud:"The biggest challenge our customers see is that the cloud is an untrusted network. Because we're a networking company and we have a networking product, we approach cloud security and migrations from the network point of view. When companies move their applications to clouds, AWS or any other cloud, they can't have…
  • Weekly news roundup for Cloud and Networking: December 1 - 5

    Margaret Walker
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of December 1stMassive Sony data breach only gets worse. The hackers have now released thousands of usernames and passwords, crippled the company's network, and exposed sensitive data. Read up on the attack on the Register and Gizmodo.News from DockerCon in Amsterdam today includes Docker Hub Enterprise for storing Docker-style apps on-premises, Docker Machine, that expands the portability of distributed applications, Docker Swarm, a clustering service that works with Docker Engines, and the Docker Compose service to assemble applications from…
  • Guest Post - Cloud Computing in 2015

    Margaret Walker
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Patricia B. Seybold originally wrote this exclusive prediction for the CohesiveFT ebook “Cloud Memoirs: Views from Below, Inside, and Above"  She is the CEO & Sr. Consultant at the Patricia Seybold Group and the author of Customers.com, Customer Revolution, and Outside Innovation.Customers want to be able to access and manage their own information and activities from anywhere, and they want that information to be securely backed up and redundant. The most cost-effective way to satisfy customers' requirements will be to take advantage of low-cost cloud computing services.
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    VMware Videos - Virtualization News and How-To

  • vChat – Episode 36 – It’s Been a While!

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

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

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

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

  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 12/13/14

    Rick Scherer
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:25 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. Education Using SHA1sum to verify the integrity of copied files (2099397) Date Published: 12/11/2014 VMware App Volumes Enabling SSL communication on a App Volumes Agent (2091589) Date Published: 12/8/2014 Adding multiple App Volumes Managers to your App Volumes Agent (2091836) Date Published: 12/8/2014 Replacing App Volumes Manager SSL Certificate (2095969) Date Published: 12/8/2014…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 12/6/14

    Rick Scherer
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. VMware ESXi VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201412401-BG: Updates esx-base (2096282) Date Published: 12/3/2014 VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi-5.5.0-20141204001-no-tools (2096284) Date Published: 12/3/2014 In an environment with Nutanix NFS storage, the secondary FT virtual machine fails to take over when the primary FT virtual machine is down (2096296) Date Published: 12/5/2014 VMware ESXi 5.1,…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 11/29/14

    Rick Scherer
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:45 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. Miscellaneous Configuring a new Subscription Service (2094381) Date Published: 11/25/2014 Purchasing a New OnDemand Service with Subscription Credits (2094388) Date Published: 11/25/2014 Changing the Payment Method for an Existing OnDemand Subscription Service (2094393) Date Published: 11/25/2014 Modifying a Subscription Service During Renewal (2094400) Date Published: 11/25/2014…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 11/22/14

    Rick Scherer
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. VMware ESXi Deploying vShield Endpoint through Auto Deploy on vCloud Networking and Security 5.x (2092873) Date Published: 11/18/2014 Troubleshooting vShield Endpoint performance issues with anti-virus software (2094239) Date Published: 11/20/2014 ESXi stops responding with error: PageRetire:1181:Cannot access MPN 0xbdfe6 in range 0xbdfe6, 0xbdfe7 (2094868) Date Published: 11/19/2014…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 11/15/14

    Rick Scherer
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:46 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 Provisioning View desktops fails with the error: Master VM or replica no longer exists in the datastore (2091367) Date Published: 11/13/2014 My VMware How to redeem Promotion Activation Codes (2095152) Date Published: 11/14/2014 VMware ESXi Attempting to power on a restored virtual machine fails with the error: An error was received from the ESX host while powering on VM…
 
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    Vmware Scripting

  • Updated Quanta Winterfell BIOS fixes issue where you cannot send keystrokes to ESXi via IPMItool

    Eric Sarakaitis
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
    After working this issue with Quanta/VMware since July of 2014, we finally have a new working issue for the Quanta Winterfell motherboards. What was happening: You could see everything on the SOL interface, but you could not send any key sequences (no keyboard input was being accepted).… Read the rest The post Updated Quanta Winterfell BIOS fixes issue where you cannot send keystrokes to ESXi via IPMItool appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Awesome new open source Object based storage similar to S3/Haystack – Minio!

    Eric Sarakaitis
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    The Minio project is inspired by Amazon’s S3 for its API and Facebook’s Haystack for its immutable data structure. Minio Logo You can track, check-out and even contribute to the project here at their GitHub. Like Hadoop, expensive RAID controllers are not needed.… Read the rest The post Awesome new open source Object based storage similar to S3/Haystack – Minio! appeared first on vmware admins.
  • What’s Next?

    Scott Bowling
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Wow it’s been a really long time since I posted. Almost exactly 1 year ago was my last post but I’m back. I am starting a new chapter in my career that will get me back into desktop virtualization technology and leaving the world of pre-sales consulting.… Read the rest The post What’s Next? appeared first on vmware admins.
  • RedHat CloudForms actual environment Architecture Guide

    Eric Sarakaitis
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Working with RedHat CloudForms (CF) for the last several months now, I’ve come to some architecture guides/recommendations along with some easy to understand vernacular explanations. Region = database (all objects contained within) Region 99 = rollup region for performance statistics, federated view across all regions Zone = management system (vCenter, OpenStack, RHEVm, etc), typically for most users this will mean Datacenter.… Read the rest The post RedHat CloudForms actual environment Architecture Guide appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Columbus vBeers – Oct 15th

    Eric Sarakaitis
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    Columbus vBeers – Oct 15th Fall is here and it has been almost a month since the last Columbus vBeers. Let’s get back together and catch up and see what announcements you are excited about. We are meeting at the Seventh Son Brewing Company Location: Seventh Son Brewing Company Address: 1101 N. … Read the rest The post Columbus vBeers – Oct 15th appeared first on vmware admins.
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  • Break up with PBX for the Cloud – Your Office will Thank you

    Mitesh Soni
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    PBX for the Cloud-If you own a small to medium-sized business, you might feel anxious about the prospect of changing up any of your major office technologies – and for that reason, you might still be using PBX phone systems. One of the important things to recognize about owning a business in 2015, though, is […] The post Break up with PBX for the Cloud – Your Office will Thank you appeared first on Researcher’s Blog.
  • What is the Internet of Things?

    Mitesh Soni
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    As ubiquitous as it has become, it is easy to forget just how far the Internet has come in the last twenty years. From humble modem dial-up-on-demand came broadband, then “Web 2.0” and 4G mobile Internet. The next big thing? Many believe that the networking of everyday objects and devices to allow them to receive […] The post What is the Internet of Things? appeared first on Researcher’s Blog.
  • Anatomy of a Desktop Virtualization Project #1: Application Analysis

    Steven Beaver
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    At first glance, desktop virtualization seems fairly simple. Just deliver an operating system image, tune it, set the policies required, persist the user state, and you’re good to go. Right? Desktop virtualization solutions have so many moving parts that they’re never going to be that straightforward. It’s important to set concrete goals to make sure… Read more → Anatomy of a Desktop Virtualization Project #1: Application Analysis|The Virtualization Practice
  • Quick Tip : How to Format the output of ESXCLI command?

    Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    Favorite command Next to ESXTOP for many VMware administrators will be ESXCLI. It provides you with the handfull of information, which you are really looking for.You can manage many aspects of an ESXi host with the ESXCLI command set.You can run ESXCLI commands as vCLI commands or run them in the ESXi Shell in troubleshooting situations.You can also run ESXCLI commands from the PowerCLI shell by using the Get-EsxCli cmdlet. Below are the Available namespaces which are available as part of ESXCLI command. With ESXCLI, the output of the command is formatted using a “default”…
  • The Irony in IT

    Steven Beaver
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    Oh, the irony in IT. Early in my career, the Windows operating system dominated the corporate world, until Linux came along and presented an alternative to Windows dominance. Flash forward to today, and now both Amazon and Google, two of the largest cloud computing platforms that have Linux supporting the hypervisor, are able to support… Read more → The Irony in IT|The Virtualization Practice
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  • Updated Quanta Winterfell BIOS fixes issue where you cannot send keystrokes to ESXi via IPMItool

    Eric Sarakaitis
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
    After working this issue with Quanta/VMware since July of 2014, we finally have a new working issue for the Quanta Winterfell motherboards. What was happening: You could see everything on the SOL interface, but you could not send any key sequences (no keyboard input was being accepted).… Read the rest The post Updated Quanta Winterfell BIOS fixes issue where you cannot send keystrokes to ESXi via IPMItool appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Awesome new open source Object based storage similar to S3/Haystack – Minio!

    Eric Sarakaitis
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    The Minio project is inspired by Amazon’s S3 for its API and Facebook’s Haystack for its immutable data structure. Minio Logo You can track, check-out and even contribute to the project here at their GitHub. Like Hadoop, expensive RAID controllers are not needed.… Read the rest The post Awesome new open source Object based storage similar to S3/Haystack – Minio! appeared first on vmware admins.
  • What’s Next?

    Scott Bowling
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Wow it’s been a really long time since I posted. Almost exactly 1 year ago was my last post but I’m back. I am starting a new chapter in my career that will get me back into desktop virtualization technology and leaving the world of pre-sales consulting.… Read the rest The post What’s Next? appeared first on vmware admins.
  • RedHat CloudForms actual environment Architecture Guide

    Eric Sarakaitis
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Working with RedHat CloudForms (CF) for the last several months now, I’ve come to some architecture guides/recommendations along with some easy to understand vernacular explanations. Region = database (all objects contained within) Region 99 = rollup region for performance statistics, federated view across all regions Zone = management system (vCenter, OpenStack, RHEVm, etc), typically for most users this will mean Datacenter.… Read the rest The post RedHat CloudForms actual environment Architecture Guide appeared first on vmware admins.
  • Columbus vBeers – Oct 15th

    Eric Sarakaitis
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    Columbus vBeers – Oct 15th Fall is here and it has been almost a month since the last Columbus vBeers. Let’s get back together and catch up and see what announcements you are excited about. We are meeting at the Seventh Son Brewing Company Location: Seventh Son Brewing Company Address: 1101 N. … Read the rest The post Columbus vBeers – Oct 15th appeared first on vmware admins.
 
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  • Free A0 poster for your office! Veeam Backup & Replication v8 for VMware

    Andrew Zhelezko
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    It’s been a while since we released the A0 poster: Veeam Backup & Replication v7 for Hyper-V. Since that time, we celebrated at our inaugural VeeamON 2014, released Veeam Availability Suite v8 and started sending out our Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE beta. Even though we have been very busy, we did not forget about our promise. Many of you have been asking if we would create another poster of Veeam Backup & Replication, just related to VMware. We heard you and today we are happy to announce the new poster is complete! This poster is all about Veeam Backup & Replication v8, and how…
  • What’s new in version 8 – Veeam Backup Free Edition

    Kirsten Stoner
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    The release of version 8 of Veeam Backup & Replication is adding new important features that can be used in the Modern Data Center. Veeam Backup Free Edition will also be adopting some of these new features that can be used in a production environment. Veeam Backup Free Edition will gain NetApp integration, Veeam Explorer for Active Directory, Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server, and Encryption. Here is a rundown for what's new for free. Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots (for NetApp) The release of version 8 of Veeam Backup & Replication has added integration with NetApp…
  • 8 gems in Veeam Availability Suite v8. Part 4: support for vSphere tags

    Luca Dell'Oca
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    Veeam Availability Suite v8 has been released and customers and partners are already upgrading their environments and exploring the several new features that have been added to this latest version of the software. There are many enhancements that are not part of the marketing activities, but nonetheless they all contribute to create every time an awesome version of the software. I’ve created a list of my favorite 8 new technical features, my “gems". In this series of posts, I will show you them and dive a little bit into their technical details. In this fourth episode, we will talk about…
  • Veeam Management Pack wins another award!

    Mike Resseler
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:17 am
    Veeam recently won another award for Veeam Management Pack (MP) for System Center. On November 20th, Techworld.com announced their winners in different categories and Veeam MP won in the category Virtualization Product of the Year. More information can be found here: http://awards.techworld.com/ Does it matter? You can ask yourself: Does winning another award really matter? Well, let’s be honest here, at Veeam we always love it when we win an award, and over the last couple of years, we’ve added quite a few of them to our shelf—but that is not the reason behind the question. Why would a…
  • 8 gems in Veeam Availability Suite v8. Part 3: Quick Backup

    Luca Dell'Oca
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Veeam Availability Suite v8 has been released and customers and partners are already upgrading their environments and exploring the several new features that have been added to this latest version of the software. There are many enhancements that are not part of the marketing activities, but nonetheless they all contribute to create every time an awesome version of the software. I’ve created a list of my favourite 8 new technical features, my “gems". In this series of posts, I will show you them and dive a little bit into their technical details. In this third episode, we will talk…
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    Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST

  • VMware workstation “Not enough physical memory”

    Jeremy Calvey
    28 Nov 2014 | 11:56 pm
    In this tutorial we will see how to resolve the error “No enough physical memory” in VMware Workstation on Windows 8 and 8.1 In recent weeks, a problem appears on VMware Workstation installed on Windows 8.1. Indeed, when starting a … Continue reading → The post VMware workstation “Not enough physical memory” appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • How to disable SSL 3.0 in IIS 8.5?

    Jeremy Calvey
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    In this tutorial, we will disable the SSL 3.0 protocol in IIS, the website application that is found on Windows operating systems. But why we are disabling SSL 3.0? First, this protocol is deprecated so you to use its successor … Continue reading → The post How to disable SSL 3.0 in IIS 8.5? appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Microsoft strengthen the security of AD by acquiring Aorato

    Paul Lopez
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Microsoft seizes the start-up company Aorato, which is specializing in the management of identity and access, to prevent advanced attacks. Microsoft announced on its corporate blog about the acquisition of start-up company Aorato. The latter was created in 2011 by … Continue reading → The post Microsoft strengthen the security of AD by acquiring Aorato appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • How Google tracks the SSL and TLS vulnerabilities?

    Paul Lopez
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    Google recently released open source Nogotofail to uncover vulnerabilities in SSL and TLS in applications and terminals. Google encourages webmasters to generalize the use of HTTPS, connections using an encryption protocol. If this exchange provides security at an additional level … Continue reading → The post How Google tracks the SSL and TLS vulnerabilities? appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • OSv – Cloud operating system dedicated to virtual machines

    Paul Lopez
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    Still in alpha version, but OSv aims to build an environment specifically tailored to the VM. So the question is it an alternative to container? In the world of Cloud, virtualization plays an essential role. It is what provides the … Continue reading → The post OSv – Cloud operating system dedicated to virtual machines appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
 
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  • HAProxy and MySQL Checks

    mrlesmithjr
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Advertise here with BSAHAProxy and MySQL Checks I wanted to throw this out in case anyone else has a need for such a setup to use L7 for node up/down when load balancing MySQL with HAProxy. All you have to do is run the following script. Copy the content below into setup_chkmysql.sh nano setup_chkmysql.sh Copy contents from below, save and exit. chmod +x setup_chkmysql.sh sudo ./setup_chkmysql.sh Now add the following for you haproxy.cfg file on your load balancer. frontend mysql-3306 bind 192.168.1.71:3306 mode tcp log global option tcplog timeout client 60000ms default_backend mysql_tcp…
  • Homebrew NAS for vSphere

    mrlesmithjr
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Advertise here with BSAHomebrew NAS for vSphere So for the past 4 years or so I have been running Nexenta 3.x for my lab NAS; which has been working great, but I was at a point of having to rebuild my latest build to get the new 4.x Nexenta. With that I finally started kicking around some ideas on going a different route instead (knowing that ZFS was still going to be part of the new solution). I have two NAS servers that I have built for Nexenta over the years (First build and second build) so I started on this journey and figured that I would share it with everyone. I first set out to an…
  • Cisco ASA Logstash Parsing

    mrlesmithjr
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Advertise here with BSACisco ASA Logstash Parsing I recently had an opportunity to get around to creating some Cisco ASA parsing for logstash to detect some abnormal activity on the network. So now that I have created the parsing and have to say it works pretty good; I figured I would share it with anyone else that may have a need for this as well. I will also share the dashboard that I created in case you want that as well. You will need to add the following to your current logstash.conf file.. I placed this at the top of my config below all inputs before standard syslog parsing to make sure…
  • Nexenta Jumbo Frames

    mrlesmithjr
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    Advertise here with BSANexenta jumbo frames I Wanted to go through and enable jumbo frames for my lab iSCSI storage which is running on Nexenta CE (For about 4 years now). So how do you do this? Login to your Nexenta WEBUI and head over to setting and network and change the MTU from 1500 to 9000. Easy enough right? Well not quite in my case. I attempted to do this and was immediately presented with an error stating that I could not change the MTU in a bright red error at the top of the screen. (I forgot to capture this screenshot) So how do you get around this? Actually pretty easy but it…
  • VMware NSX – L2 Bridge Gateway Whiteboarding Session

    mrlesmithjr
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Advertise here with BSAVMware NSX – L2 Bridge Gateway I wanted to share this whiteboarding session as my first attempt. I am trying a new platform that I have been wanting to explore and hope it is beneficial. I apologize for the poor quality but will be working on that as well. Also sorry for the umms and all the rambling.   I hope you enjoy and please leave any comments and feedback. Enjoy!
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    Cloud Computing News

  • How DevOps can Improve Reliability When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    This the 8th part of our 10 part series on DevOps. Check out Part 7 here. Reliability, in the cloud technology era, can be defined as the likelihood that a system will provide uninterrupted fault-free services, as it is expected to, within the constraints of the environment in which it operates. According to the Information Technology […]The post How DevOps can Improve Reliability When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The Importance of DevOps in Enabling Compliance in AWS Environments

    JG
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    This the 6th part of our 10 part series on DevOps. Check out Part 5 here. The increased collaboration between Development and Operations teams in the DevOps paradigm of software development introduces compliance challenges. The primary compliance issues come in the areas of change management, code access, production environment access, segregation of duties and data […]The post The Importance of DevOps in Enabling Compliance in AWS Environments appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Meeting Audit Requirements with Managed Cloud Solutions

    JG
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:50 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. Linda Sanches, a senior advisor on health information privacy to the Department […]The post Meeting Audit Requirements with Managed Cloud Solutions appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • How DevOps Can Improve Security When Deploying With AWS

    JG
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Recent high-profile security breaches prove the difficulty in assuring the three core tenets of information security – Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA.) Throw DevOps into the mix of deploying cloud apps, and one begins to question the co-existence of Information Security and DevOps, which fosters a rapid application development culture, that in the past, generally […]The post How DevOps Can Improve Security When Deploying With AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    This is the fourth piece in our ongoing 10 part series on DevOps. Check out the third piece here: The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS – Part III. Winston Churchill once said said, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”  When it comes to the availability of systems and software in today’s computing ecosystem, […]The post DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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