VMware announce the new vSphere 6.0

During the VMware Online Launch Event, live from the VMware Partner Exchange event, Pat Gelsinger (VMware Chief Executive Officer) and Ben Fathi (VMware Chief Technology Officer) have announced the new release of their main product: VMware vSphere. The VMware vision announced (or confirmed if you prefer) during the Partner Exchange 2013 was all around three main points: Software Defined Datacenter, Hybrid Cloud and End User Computing. Most news (or the most important) are around the first point, considering that the several previous announces have already covered the Hybrid Cloud strategy and that the EUC area. VMware vSphere 6.0 After vSphere 5.0, 5.1 and 5.5, finally it's the ...

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How change the download directory in VMware Update Manager

In most cases (in small environment) a default installation of vCenter Server and its components could work. Considering that the default disk of Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 is 40 GB (at least in a VMware virtual environment) it can store all the installation without any directory changes. Except for the Upload Manager (VUM) that need a reasonable space for store the patches (usually not more than 20GB, but in some case also more, and the installer suggest at least a 120 GB disk). If you forget to change the patches directory during the installation (by default it's C: in a ...

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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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New's in vSphere 5 - Storage API

vStorage API Introduced for the first time in vSphere the vStorage API are specific functions to permit an integration more thight with external storage functions. Note that there also other integration module that are coverd in the PSA framework. For more information see: What Is New in VMware vSphere™ 4: Storage What’s New in VMware vSphere™ 5.0 – Storage vSphere Storage API - Storage Awareness (VASA) This is a new set of APIs introduced in vSphere 5.0 that will enable VMware vCenter Server to detect the capabilities of the storage array LUNs/datastores, making it much easier to select the appropriate disk for virtual machine placement or ...

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Using PCoIP on WAN connections

In a View environment the PCoIP is usually the right choice and on a LAN works really well (see also the previous post about PCoIP and RDP differences). But on a wide-area networks (WANs)you have to consider some aspects to have a reasonable reactivity or to maximize the number of remote clients: you must consider bandwidth constraints and latency issues. The PCoIP display protocol provided by VMware adapts to varying latency and bandwidth conditions, but some optimization may be needed. The best reference document is the VMware View 5 PCoIP Network Optimization Guide with a lot of useful information.  But there ...

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How handle the APD issue in vSphere

In VMware ESXi the All Paths Down (APD) or Permanent Device Loss (PDL) condition is what occurs on an ESX/ESXi host when a storage device is removed in an uncontrolled manner from the host (or the device fails), and the VMkernel core storage stack does not know how long the loss of device access will last. A typical way of getting into APD would be a Fiber Channel switch failure or (in the case of an iSCSI array) a network connectivity issue. But there are also other scenarios that we will discuss later. VMware vSphere cannot handle the case of a ...

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How to add ESXi custom drivers using an USB key

As written in the previous post, one common issue with recent servers of new generations is that maybe the NIC drivers are not included in the standard ESXi ISO. An if you use the vendor (or a personal) customized ISO, could be possible that during a patch update or a version upgrade you loose the drivers and the system is no working anymore. In those cases you may have an ESXi that complete his bootstrap, but without any network connectivity is not usable and could be hard to fix the missing drivers because VUM and other remote tools tools could not ...

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Manage a VSA with System Center VMM 2012

One of the new features of System Center VMM 2012 is the ability of manage a supported storage. In a previous post, I've described, for example, how manage a Dell storage. One interesting aspect that I've found in a recent event, is that also a Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) could be managed in the same way. Of course it must export the required interfaces to System Center, and also be supported on Hyper-V (if it runs on this kind of hypervisor). One the first products that has introduced this functionality was StarWind (that realized basically an iSCSI software target, as introduced in ...

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VMUG Advantage EVALExperience

Be a VMUG member bring several advantages and it's for free. But there is also the optional VMUG Advantage that, with a small fee, is the best way to stay on top of your technical skills with discounts on training, certifications, attendance at VMworld and on product licenses. Now there is a new reason to subscribe the VMUG Advantage and it's call VMUG Advantage EVALExperience: it gives you exclusive access to nine VMware applications to test for 365 days. EVALExperience provides all of the tools you need to stay in the game and take your career to the next level, all ...

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Some useful IT posters

During IT events like VMware PEX, VMworld, VeeamOn, TechEd, ... usually is possible collect some useful posters about specific technologies. Some of them are really valuable and printed on good paper and can become an office must (and another good reason to attend at those events). But most of them are available also for download, so if you miss one of those events or you need an additional copy you can simple download the poster that you need. Of course, in this case, the printed version could not be so useful (unless you have a plotter or a big printer), 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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VMFS5 - Upgrading vs. Fresh Install

With a vSphere 5 upgrade there is an important vDesign decision: if you already have some VMFS3 datastores could be better upgrade them to the new version of build new datastores directly with VMFS5? The upgrade procedure is quite fast and friendly and could be applied to a live datastore, so seems that there isn't a big different between an upgrade or a clean format. But usually the recommendation is to re-format each LUN to VMFS-5 rather than upgrade it. This will fix a number of issues, including: Mismatched block size: VMFS-5 introduces the 1 MB unified block size. We would be ...

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Installing Dell OMSA 7 on ESXi 5.5

Some years ago, I've write some posts on how install Dell OpenManage on VMware ESXi. The OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) is a Dell tool really useful for a central management or to be integrated in other Dell's management tools. There are different options, but basically the most used ways are: Use the Dell ESXi custom image that already include also a version of OMSA (not necessary the latest) Use the command line Use VMware Update Manager The last option is my preferred option because is really faster and simplest. Also if there is an update version (actually OMSA 7.3) the procedure is exactly the same described ...

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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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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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VMware vCenter Server 6 design

With the new VMware vSphere 6.0 there are a lot of changes, and some of them are in the new vCenter architecture both for the Windows installable version and the virtual appliance (vCSA) version. For this reason the design aspects and the deployment scenarios are changed from the previous version (see VMware vCenter 5.5 design). Windows vCenter installation experience has been enhanced with additional capabilities including custom ports, custom paths, uninstall and error messaging improvements and vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) now has a guided installer. Furthermore, all upgrade paths from Windows vCenter 5.0 and up are now supported. Note that VMware has ...

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If you have installed (or upgraded to) VMware vSphere 6.0 and you still use the old legacy vSphere client you may have some false positives about VM snapshots.

All VMs seems to have some snapshots, also if they don’t (and using consolidate does not fix it, because there aren’t snapshots to be fixed). But this apper only with the Windows vSphere Client:

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vBrownBag

Like in previous VMworld editions, the #vBrownbag TechTalks are returning also this year, both in the US and the European edition.

The TechTalks are ten-minute presentations by community members at an industry conference. Most of them (and the original idea of the vBrownBag “unconference” was this) are originated with sessions not being accepted for the main conference catalog. We know we want to learn from the community so we arranged an alternative forum. TechTalks are limited to ten minutes; they deliver the very core of an idea. Keeping presentations short also means we can do a lot of sessions in a day. Most TechTalks use a slide deck, some use a whiteboard and a few brave souls do live demonstrations.

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After several (beta) builds, available to all the Windows 10 Insider people, Microsoft Windows 10 it’s finally available to all (in 190 countries) and also for the upgrade. Yes because Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade to people using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 for qualified devices and OS version (for more information see the Windows10Upgrade page).

There are already a lot of information on all the features of this new OS, and several landing pages with presentations and comments. But the best and simple way is just try it: if you are using Windows 8.1 you can appreciate Windows 10 that become more usable both for tablet and ALSO (finally) “legacy” desktop users. If you are using Windows 7 you can have some doubts and concerns, but honestly it’s a big improvement and has the same (maybe also better, depending by the point of view) usability.

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Veeam has just announced the Veeam Vanguard program: represents their brand to the highest level in many of the different technology communities. It’s a program around the community of Veeam experts that truly get our message, understand our products and are our closest peers in IT.

For several aspects, like the VMware vExpert or Microsoft MVP program, where the communities contribution is one of the main aspect.

In this first rounds 31 individuals are chosen for their acumen, engagement and style in their activities on and offline.

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vInfrastructure Blog

Just four 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).

In those four years I’ve wrote about all the vSphere 5.x editions (starting with the first 5.0 announce), but not only on vSphere, by covering also other VMware (and non VMware) products.

Compared to the previous year (see the related post: Third year of vInfrastructure 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).

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Dell EqualLogic Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) for VMware is a VMware vCenter plug-ins that allows administrators to manage their EqualLogic groups and coordinate data protection and recovery within their vSphere environment. The Dell VSM is a virtual appliance that is downloaded as part of the all-inclusive Dell EqualLogic software support and can be installed into an existing VMware vCenter environment.

The management can be done both within the vSphere Client (for old versions) or the vSphere Web Client (basically VSM management it’s just a web oriented interface).

Actually exist two main versions of this product:

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LXC (Linux Containers) is an operating-system-level virtualization environment for running multiple isolated Linux systems (containers) on a single Linux control host. Nothing completly new, but is reaching more and more interested also from big vendors (like VMware with cloud native applications or Microsoft with their own container implementation for Windows).

CoreOS is a minimal Linux operation system optimized to run Linux containers, such as Docker and rkt. It has a fully automated, reliable, and stable  update system but without a complete package manager. By default, it is designed to build powerful and easily manageable server clusters architecture.

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ObjectiveFS implements a secure, cloud abd log structured filesystem on top of object stores, where existing software and tools can run seamlessly in the cloud.

ObjectiveFS gives you a hassle-free storage backend, comparable to something great sysadmin teams set up and maintain, but without the setup and maintenance overhead.

Initially it was able only to support AWS S3, but now there is also the (beta) support) for Google Cloud Storage and On-premise Object Store with S3-compatible API:

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VMware vCloud Air is the public cloud offer from VMware (formally known as vCloud Hybrid Service) built on the foundation of vSphere and compatible with your on-premises VMware’s based data center. Actually it included several different services: infrastructure, disaster recovery, and various applications as service.

Usually it has a dedicated web portal for manage all the related resources. But you can manage VMware vCloud Air with other tools, including VMware Workstation 11 (in this case with several limitations). Or vCenter Server.

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VMware Workstation has an interesting feature to manage vSphere infrastructure (and also stand-alone ESXi hosts) that is really powerful and useful, for example to avoid to install the vSphere client (or the integration plugin) just to open one VM console or to change the power status for some VM.

It does not replace the vSphere Client (or the vSphere Web Client) but it’s really useful if you don’t have it (or if the version is wrong) or the vCenter Server it’s down (so that the vSphere Web Client is not available).

Starting from Workstation 11 it’s now possible also connect to a VMware vCloud Air and “manage” vCloud Air On Deman or vCloud Air Subscription, and (like for the remote server) have more than one connection.

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As you probably know, Windows Server 2003 has (finally) reach its end-of-life. For the Windows 2003 Server family the critical dates were the following:

  • On July 13, 2010 Mainstream Support for Windows Server 2003 family ended.
  • On July 14, 2015 Extended Support for Windows Server 2003 family will end.

So one year after the Microsoft Windows XP (and Office 2003) retirement, now it’s the turn of the Windows Server 2003 (and of course the R2 version) operating system family, after 12 years!

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VMware vRealize Operations Manager is the rebranded name of vCenter Operations Manager (derived from a 2011’s company acquisition) and will be part of the new vRealize suite. But will be not only a barely renaming of an existing product, instead it will be a completely new version with lot of important improvements.

Finally with the 6.0 (now at the 6.0.2) version lot of limitations and minor issues of the previous product has been solved and, although is still not a general purpose tool that can be used on all cases, it’s becoming really interesting and rich and also more easiest.

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Like in the past VMworld 2014, the location of VMworld 2015 will be in the same place: again at San Francisco (for the US edition) and Barcelona (for the EU edition).

  • US edition: will be in San Francisco during August 30 – September (with a partner day on August 30)
  • EU edition: will be in Barcelona during October 13 – 15 (with a partner day on 12)

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