VMware View 5.1 – Disable the certificate warning

One year ago, I've described how to disable the certificate warning in the Windows View Client 5.0, by using GPO or a direct change in the local registry (on the client). Now, with the new version 5.1 of the View Client there is a new way client side: As you can notice, there is a new option "Configure SSL..." that can open this window: In this window you can choose the right behavior. Note that on the smartphone and e tablet version of the client, on each connection you can choose the behaviour (in case on not valid certificate). But remember that the right approach ...

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vCenter Operations Management - Installation without a DRS cluster

The vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 is a powerful tool for monitor a vSphere environment. But, as writtent in the previous post, the software is distribuited using a vApp (with two VMs) that means the you need DRS if you deploy it on a VMware Cluster. Note that if you deploy it on a standalone ESXi host it does not require DRS. So how deploy this vApp with a vSphere edition lower than the Enterprise edition? Officially there isnt's a strict requirement of a specific edition, so you can play to use it also on Essential, Essential+ or Standard edition of vSphere. In this case, the ...

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Manage a storage array with System Center VMM 2012

One of the interesting features of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 is that it can handle several other objects and not only the VM (when the name will be changed to reflect this?). Of course it can handle hosts (not only Hyper-V hosts), but also networking and storage. All those resource are in the "fabric" tab. In this case we see a storage array with its LUNs: The storage integration in System Center is really similar to several storage plugins for VMware vCenter and the VASA functionality on vSphere 5 (in fact it also require a "provider"): you can manage your ...

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VCB with vSphere 5 and Windows Server 2008

As written in the previous post related to the upgrade to vSphere 5, the old VCB framework can still be used also with latest version, but is a not supported configuration (I've made the test only with a Windows Server 2008 R2 for the VCB proxy, but I suppose that works also with previous OS). Of course the SAN transport mode could not work (or not if you use VMFS5), but the NBD works as on the old vSphere 4.x. The only issue that I get (but honestly I've make only few tests) is on VM with Windows Server 2008 or ...

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Consideration about storage architectures

Storage is an important part of a virtual infrastructure, but compared with the server part (that provide computational "power") the different storage vendor's solutions are not so homogeneous and easy to compare or understand. Of course because there are different positioning but also a lot of different aspects, but in most cases, the most important aspects are also the "hidden" or the less described. What is probably clear is the difference between local storage (DAS) and shared storage (SAN or NAS, but sometimes also some kind of DAS) and why shared storage is so important: not necessary for the performance aspect, ...

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EqualLogic Replica aborted because the group was too busy processing a max-keep value change

Recently I've got a strange issue with an Dell EqualLogic environment and I've not found any useful info about the related error message: Subsystem: MgmtExec Event ID: 8.3.48 Schedule Replica oraria aborted because the group was too busy processing a max-keep value change to create the operation scheduled for time ... The detail does not help and also the EqualLogic reference guide does not report this error message. This issue happen after a member (to be honest was a group) upgrade and probably the replication sets was damaged during this event. The resolution is really simple (it does not fix itself, also after some days): delete ...

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My thoughts on VMware beta exams

The VCP5-DT beta period has already finished, so I would to update my thoughts on VMware beta exams (my first post about them was around one year ago). Beta vs. Regular exams Beta exams usually are for a small period before the run of the regular exams. Usually in the beta exams you have more time, more questions and a way to give feedback. Also the sign-up procedure could be different and is not possible to re-take a beta exam. The results of the beta exam are available not after the exam (as it is usual for most of the regular exam), but ...

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Building a vSphere 5 lab

For people that need to make practice for the VCAP-DCA exam (and the beta of VCAP5-DCA will start soon) a good lab environment is mandatory. But it could also be useful for other reasons, like demo environment. There are several options to build one, but most used solutions are using nested hosts on one physical system with: VMware Workstation/Fusion over a host OS: common for a notebook. ESXi 5 on a server or a whitebox: common if you plan to have a always-on or fixed solution. Actually both solution could be good, but Workstation could not scale too much, expecially if you work with ...

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VMware for SMB

In the previous post I've described the challenge in the SMB segment and some possible scenarios. And how is VMware addressing this challenge? One of the news of the last VMworld, was the attention of the SMB segment with several sessions specific for it, group discussions, business cases and so on. But it's not limited to VMworld, the attention is growing due to the challenge of fit in the the SMB requirements (that in most cases are quite similar to the enterprise requirements!) and the constrains (where usually are limited budget and limited IT stuff) and apply at this period of ...

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ESXi - Partitions layout of system disk

In ESXi the partitions schema is automatically defined by the installation process and there is no way to modify it (you can only choose where install the hypervisor). There is a great post from Rickard Nobel (ESXi 5 partitions) that explain the structure of the partitions, their size and their purpose. But it does not explain how to get this information. To see the partition layout in ESXi 5, the fdisk command will not work on new GTP disk (this type is used for all new disks and for disks that are extended to more that 2 GB, as written in ...

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Copy/Paste in a VMware View session

Probably you have already notice that copy & paste operation in a VMware View session are limited for security reasons and is discussed in the View admin guide: Configure clipboard redirection Determines the direction in which clipboard redirection is allowed. You can select one of these values: Enabled client to server only  (That is, allow  copy and paste only from the client system to the View desktop.) Disabled in both directions Enabled in both directions Enabled server to client only (That is, allow  copy and paste only from the View desktop to the client system.) Clipboard  redirection is implemented as a virtual channel. If virtual channels  are disabled, ...

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OVF deployment and configuration

Some of the interesting aspects of the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) are the simplicity in the distribution, the power in the portability, the platform independence (although is not completely platform agnostic) and the ability to add additional metadata used for the configuration or simple to give more information about the OVF package. It's also an open standard, proposed and submitted to the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) in September 2007 by VMware, Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft and XenSource. About the portability there are two different formats: OVF: a multi-file distribution OVA: a single file (usually compressed) distribution But more interesting is how is possible configure ...

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Create a custom ESXi installation ISO

In previous post we have already see how add custom drivers to an ESXi installation ISO and how use ImageBuilder to make custom ESXi ISO, but in other cases you may need to define some custom settings during the installation or add custom vib files. Booting from CD is not the only way, but custom ISO could be used also for boot from USB or for boot from virtual devices (like the iDRAC or ILOE). In case you need to build custom ISO with custom option this post could help you: How to Create Bootable ESXi 5 ISO & Specifying Kernel Boot Options. If ...

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Recovering a lost partition table with a VMFS datastore

There are different reason where you can you loose or corrupt your partition table of your VMFS volumes: resignature from another system (for example the backup server, if connected in SAN mode), a human mistake (datastore / delete), or maybe some storage issues. In this case usually the VMFS partition is still there and also the related data: you have "only" to rebuild the right partition table. But this could really simple if you follow the recommended practice to have only one VMFS partition on each disk. In this case you have only to build the configuration for a single partition ...

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Build a XenServer Pool in a virtual environment

Build a XenServer Pool in a virtual environment

In the previous post I've esplain how to install XenServer 6.0 (but can works also with previous versions) in a VM, using VMware products like Workstation 8 or vSphere 5. To build a XenServer Pool (that is basically the same of a VMware Cluster) you need at least two hosts and a shared storage (and of course a shared network). I suggest to do not clone the second host from the fist because XenServer works with several UUID and in this way you will clone also the host UUID and XenCenter will be not able to identify which is the original ...

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VMTN Community and Social Media

The original post is avilable on the VMTN Community blog: Guest post: VMTN Community and Social Media I would like to talk about how VMware Community compares with (and complements) other social networks and media. I'm a VMware Community Moderator, but I'm writing this post as a "normal" Community user. I do not consider myself a social media guru, but just a beginner. If you want to be precise, the title of this post is not exactly correct, because the Community is just another form of social network.  However, there are differences between the Community approach versus the other tools that have ...

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vInfrastructure Blog

Just three years ago this blog has started its life (see the first official post: Blog goes live), initially with a different domain name, but fastly changed with the final one (shorted and probably simpler).

Compared to the first year (see the related post: One year of blog) and also the previous one (see the related post: Another year of blog), the blog has grow, expecially in the number of visitors (and recurring visitors) and in its popularity (for example see this ADV classification of some blogs).

It remain one of most popular virtualization related blogs (in the 2012, in the 2013, and also in the 2014) and still remain in a dual languages version: Italian and English.

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Today VMUG will launch the VMUG Engage, a new program (in a gamification form, like the CloudCred initiative) that allows to earn points every time you participate in the VMUG community.

Whether you register for a User Conference, attend the Virtual Event, post in a discussion forum or connect with another user, you’re earning points!

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CloudOps-SIG

The CloudOps VMUG SIG is working on the next events and on-line sessions. Do you have a nice idea, an interesting technology or example or would you like to hear about something special (of course CloudOps oriented)?

Just fill this Call For Paper module with your idea and suggestions in order to help the CloudOps SIG team in building a rich agenda for the next months.

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VMware certifications path is a three level model: starting from VCP, VCAP to the top level VCDX certification. Plus an initial, but not relevant in the certification step (to increase your level) Associated level (VCA). And this for each technology area: datacenter, cloud and end user computing and soon the networking path.

Now there some new information about the network virtualization path, related to the VMware NSX product.

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Infinio is launching a new content where you could be the big winner of a free full pass to VMworld 2014.

Just register to the Infinio content at this link! Deadline to enter is Monday, July 21st @ midnight

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Like in the past year, I’ve decided to stop posting (or at least reduce the number of posts) for the summer’s week, to have more time with my family, finish some pending works and also have time to prepare new posts and test new products.

There will be some post for the announce at the VMworld 2014, so stay tuned!

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In the past days, VMware has officially announced the launch of two beta programs:

Although those beta programs not public, but private, for the first time, and unlike previous beta cycles for vSphere, the vSphere beta and VVols beta are open for everyone to sign up. This approach allows participants to help define the direction of the world’s most widely adopted, trusted, and robust virtualization platform.

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According to Microsoft, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award is given to “exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others”.

The awarded are people who “actively share their … technical expertise with the different technology communities related directly or indirectly to Microsoft”. An MVP is awarded for contributions over the previous year.

Is more than an award (or accreditation) instead of certification and is quite similar (in the concept) like other “community” award, like the VMware vExpert.

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Calendar

Interesting European IT events:

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This month Packt Publishing celebrates 10 years of delivering effective learning and information services to IT professionals. To celebrate this huge milestone, they are offering ALL eBooks and Videos at just $10 each for 10 days – this promotion covers every title and you can stock up on as many copies as you like until July 5th.

There are several interesting books related to virtualization (VMware and not only) and other IT technologies.

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As happened in the past year (with the Veeam Backup & Replication 7 announces), Veeam is periodically announce new features and concepts about the new 8.0 suite, that will be called Veeam Availability Suite.

One of the recent announce is about the end-to-end encryption included in Veeam Backup & Replication v8. Encryption was not so new in Veeam products, considering that was introducted in the Veeam Backup & Replication Cloud Edition, but was only on data stored on the cloud provider.

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Nutanix does not need presentation: it’s one the first example of hyper-converged storage architecture and probably one of the most know (for an overview see this post).

Dell also does not need any presentation and their storage portfolio has some interesting products, included PowerVault MD (based on NetApp technologies), other PowerVault products, EqualLogic and Compellent solutions.

This week Dell announced is new partnership with Nutanix to provide a new series of their converged appliance built on Dell servers and powered by the Nutanix software extending Dell’s SDS portfolio. This is another step for Dell into the hyper-converged solutions for the web-scale market (there were already other OEM partnership).

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