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In the previous post, I’ve described how is possible integrate the Dell storage array management with the new Microsoft System Center VMM 2012. But of course it is possible to do the same (and from longer time) also using VMware. With VMware vSphere we could have two different approaches for the integration: One is simple add the storage interface (or part of it) in the tab and/or the menu of vSphere Client by using a vCenter Server plug-in. In this case the integration could be strong or weak, but usually differ from storage and storage. […]

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 […]

Last week VMware release a complete update of the entire cloud platform, including the new vSphere 5.0 Update 1. But, compared with the 5.0 version, the new vCenter Server 5.0 U1 has a new feature (of bug, depending of the point of view) that now disable the VM Startup & Shutdown properties for all the host (also old version) in a VMware cluster:

In the previous days there were several updates of VMware software, not only for vSphere 5.0 (U1) and View 5.0.1 but an n update of all of the components of the Cloud Infrastructure Suite has been published: VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.0.1 (Release Notes) VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat 6.4 Update 1 (Release Notes) VMware vShield 5.0.1 (Release Notes) VMware vCloud Director 1.5.1 (Release Notes)

VMware has released the vSphere 5.0 U1 binaries that include the ESXi 5.0 Update 1 e vCenter Center (with his modules) 5.0 Update 1 (build 639890). Detailed information regarding resolved and known issues in the ESXi update can be found in the KB 2010823. For more infor about the update package, the compatibilty and the enhancements see the ESXi 5.0 Update 1 Release Notes. For more info about the vCenter update see vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1 Release Notes. The following information describes some of the enhancements available in this release of VMware ESXi: Support […]

As report on tte “Product End of Life” page on VMware site, for  Virtual Infrastructure 3.5 (aka ESX/ESXi 3.5 and vCenter Server 2.5) both the General Availability and the End of Availability are expired. But some customers still have this product, so VMware has releases some new patches:

One possible issue after a vSphere 5 upgrade using an in-place upgrade of vCenter Server could appear when you forget to remove the Converter Enterprise plugin (and/or the Guided Consolidation plugin). As you know some products has been removed from vSphere 5, and their plugins may remain in a “orphan” state. The result of this issue is that you will have a “broken” plugins list (with some plugins that are no more available) and also a wrong vCenter health status, due to some services that are no more existing:

To close the series of post on the vSphere upgrade path to version 5 I will make a few final considerations: As written several time, check the hardware and software HCL before start the migration. The HCL may change from the beta release (where, for example, there was’t any SQL Express 2005 support) but also from one week to another (for example, some weeks the Dell PoverVault MD3x00/MD3x00i were not yet included). Actually most additional software are already compliant with vSphere, or with new version (like View 5) or with simple patch. Remember that vSphere […]

In a vSphere 5 upgrade path, the vSphere part of the upgrade process is the simples part and the order is the same of previous upgrade: first the vCenter Server (that can handle new and old hosts), then VUM (if you want to use it to upgrade the hosts), then the hosts, then the VMware Tools of the VMs and finally, if needed the VMFS5 of the datastores and the virtual hardware of the VMs. vCenter Server The upgrade of the vCenter Server is really simple and if you start from a version 4.1 you […]

The upgrade path to vSphere 5 is well described in the specific guide (vSphere Upgrade Guide) and in the vSphere Upgrade Best Practices white paper.. In some cases an in-place upgrade can be applied with the advantage to require less time and to keep all (or most) of the settings and configurations. For example, a vCenter Server 4.1 can be updated to the 5.0 version (the requirements of the two versions are quite the same) or an old ESXi can be updated to ESXi 5. But in most cases, also when the in-place upgrade is […]

After the View and vSphere clients for Apple iOS, let’s see some clients for the Android devices: vmwClient: for managment of VMWare infrastructure from Android devices. iVMControl: same of the iOS version see in the previous post. VMware View for Android: this is the official View client from VMware, with full PCoIP, Security Server, Android 3 (Honeycomb) support… See also this review and the demo. Wyse PocketCloud: View client (but not only), does not support the PCoIP protocol.  

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