According with the official web site, the “old” Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) certification level has recently been renamed in Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM). The reason is to align MCSA, MCSE, MCSD, and MCSM into a common naming scheme.
- The existing MCM certifications are unaffected by the certification name changes. And also the MCM certification will not expire.
MCSM certification is still a prerequisite for all Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) certifications.
Actually Microsoft Certified Solutions Master paths are:
Note that there is still nothing about Virtualization, Cloud and/or Management!
With the event of the 21 May, VMware (with Pat Gelsinger, CEO, Carl Eschenbach, COO and Bill Fathers, GM, Hybrid Cloud Services) has announced a new vCloud Hybrid service.
Built on the foundation of VMware vSphere and leveraging VMware’s software-defined data center technologies, vCloud Hybrid Service will provide an easy, fast path for VMware customers to achieve the agility and efficiency of the public cloud at infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) level.
VMTurbo are releasing (on the 15th May) their Virtual Health Monitor, a successor to their former Community Edition. Virtual Health Monitor offers free monitoring and reporting to provide an important capability for understanding the health and performance of a virtualized environment.
In the previous weeks Veeam has announced seven of the new features of Veeam Backup & Replication 7, by giving more application-aware functions and also a complete multi-tier backup solution (from the storage snapshots, to disk storage as a main level, to tape and/or cloud as the last or remote level). Note that tape support is more completed that was rumored inlcuding library support and more media rotation policies (included Grandfather Father Son).
Today there are two new interesting announcement of new features:
DatacenterDynamics Converged recognises the need for cross-disciplinary cooperation in the data centre. From site selection and construction to outsourcing strategy and regulation through to how best to deliver the infrastructure for your mission-critical infrastructure – DatacenterDynamics Converged reflects the interaction of the following three elements for optimum data centre operation and management.
The DatacentreDynamics census revealed an industry second-to-none in terms of development. The high level of sophistication and maturity in the market has shifted the emphasis from facility and investment expenditure to concerns of efficiency; data centre monitoring, IT optimisation and the increased adoption of outsourcing models have moved centre stage.
VMware vSphere 5.x
According with KB 2006859 (Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Operating System does not boot or install on ESXi or ESX) Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 VMs are fully supported for ESXi 5.1, ESXi 5.1 U1, ESXi 5.0 U1 and ESXi 5.0 U2.
Note: For Windows Server 2012, you must install the patch ESXi500-201209001(Patch 04) on ESXi 5.0 U1. For more information, see VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch Release ESXi500-201209001 (2032584).
In a previous post (Approaching the SMB segment), I’ve already considered some solutions and approaches for SMB. Public cloud (especially in a SaaS form) could be an interesting way in several scenarios. The interesting aspects is that there are several services also for free, valuable both for personal use, but also for SMB (mainly for small-sized companies).
As written in a previous post, starting from vSphere 5.0U1 in a HA cluster the VM Startup & Shutdown ESXi host properties is disabled.
Anyway wasn’t supported, because according with the vSphere Avalability Guide and also the KB 850 (Automating the process of starting and stopping virtual machines on VMware ESX):
The Virtual Machine Startup and Shutdown (automatic startup) feature is disabled for all virtual machines residing on hosts that are in (or moved into) a vSphere HA cluster. Automatic startup is not supported when used with vSphere HA.
So, how it’s possible handle a correct poweron and shutdown sequence of your infrastructure?
I’ve already introduced what is CloudCred and put some considerations and some doubts on its credibility and value.
As each game is great when it’s short (here we talk about more than 3 months), but especially if is played according to certain rules, which do not always seem to be present (or at least not always applied).
Starting from the 5.2 version, VMware View is now called VMware Horizon View (according with the new position in the VMware Horizon Suite).
But the upgrade path (of the View part) is still quite similar with previous version (see also VMware View 5.1.2 update or VMware View 5.1 upgrade path) and is well described in the Upgrade guide.
I’ve already write a post with the comparison between PCoIP and RDP (PCoIP vs. RDP) and some considerations on how use each protocol in a VMware View infrastructure.
Other protocols, like HP RGS (Remote Graphics Software) has been removed (from View) years ago, and protocols from other solutions (like, for example, SPICE) are not included.
But now there is also the HTML5 option (Blast protocol) included with the Horizon Suite or with the Feature Pack of Horizon View (see this post on how enable it).
VMware Horizon View 5.2 HTML5 Access is a new way to access your virtual desktop using the Blast protocol.
Actually is not integrated in the standard Horizon View package, but you need to download the required packages from the Horizon View Feature Pack section: