Browsing Posts published in December, 2011

Reading Time: 2 minutes I don’t like make predictions, because the future isn’t so clear or simple, and in the IT one year could be lot of time and lot of changes. Also I see a lot of predictions that seems only in a binary state (who is in, who is out)… but the real could be completely different from a simple black and white approach. For example same say that the 2012 will be the year of the VDI (I’ve heard this in the last 3 years), others that will be the big fail of the VDI and […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute This is just a recap of some posts: Installing Dell OMSA 6.5 on ESXi 5 using VUM Installing Dell OMSA 6.5 on ESXi 5 using CLI Installing Dell OMSA Web Server in a VM Install Dell OpenManage on ESXi

Reading Time: < 1 minute Kindle Fire is a tablet from Amazon, based on Android, that may become a competitor of the Apple iPad (considering also the interesting price). Although this tablet use Android, the recent new View Client for Android wasn’t included in the Amazon Android App Store. This lack as been correct in the last days, and now the new release 1.3 of the View Client, with PCoIP support, is available also for Kindle Fire. An alternative client (not strictly limited to VMware View solution) could also be the new release of Wyse PocketCloud (but actually still lack […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute As written some days ago, VMware  announced the new version of the Linux View Client with PCoIP support. Now the binaries are available for the download, actually only for the Ubuntu distribution: There is also an interesting guide on how build a full client based on a live disto: Building an Ubuntu Live CD for VMware View Note that previously there wasn’t a public (and free) version of the Linux View Client with the PCoIP: the OpenSource vmware-view-open-client project still lack of this function (and also other functions, like USB redirection). But this does […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Microsoft Windows Dynamic Disks (or Dynamic Volumes) are an abstraction layer (introduced in Windows 2000) over the partitions (similar to the LVM layer on Linux environment) to decoupled the volumes (with their NTFS data) from the disk partitions and have a greater flexibility, like hot-extend a volume by simple add new partitions (but also several other advantages). But in a virtual environment there are other way to handle disk flexibility, like hot-extend a virtual disk at hypervisor level (for VMware this feature was introduced in VI 3.5U2)… so there is no need to use dynamic […]

Reading Time: 6 minutes 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 […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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 […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute As you know, several commands from local CLI (via the ESXi shell or TSM technical support mode) are changed in latest version of ESXi (in the new ESXi 5 most are replaced by the new esxcli command). One command that was alredy replaced in ESXi 4.1 was the vmware-cmd command. A new vim-cmd must be used instead (as as described by William Lam in VMware vimsh and vim-cmd). The typical use of vmware-cmd command was get/change the state of a VM and register a VM. About the state of a VM, the VMware KB1014165 (Powering off […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the recent hours there were a lot of changes in the View Clients with new releases: New VMware View Clients for the Holidays – Mac, Linux, iPad and Android! View Client of iPad There is the new 1.3.0 version (Dec, 16) with the following changes: Connect iPad to up to 1080p (1920×1080) external displays and TVs and leverage Presentation Mode to view more of your View virtual desktop Support for virtual higher resolutions to scroll a larger screen resolution display on a smaller resolution screen Improvements to PCoIP bandwidth usage Numerous bug fixes […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute A best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark. In addition, a “best” practice can evolve to become better as improvements are discovered. But, as well described by Frank Denneman in his post, best practices are never absolute, they depends on your specific case.

Reading Time: < 1 minute On the VMUG site there is a simple pool (just one single question) about the proposal to bring back the VMTN Subscriptions: Share your opinion about the re-instatement of the VMTN Subscriptions! For more information about the #VMTNSubscriptionMovement see: Bring back VMTN Subscription? My previous post about it

Reading Time: 3 minutes As written in the previous post you can install the Dell OMSA package for ESXi 5 using VUM or the command line. Finally you need a “proxy” system with the web part of the OMSA package to connect to your ESXi. Usually this can be a physical server, like the backup server (or the media server of a backup solution). But when then backup is server is virtual and no other physical server is available? First issue is than a client OS is no supported at all (I’ve tried with Windows XP, it seems to […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes In a previous post I’ve describe how install the Dell OMSA package with VUM on ESXi 5. The Dell Open Manage (OMSA) is a useful tool (of course for physical Dell’s servers) for different reasons, like for example: configure and manage the RAID controller (for standalone servers and/or for local storage) and configure the (i)DRAC without reboot the host and enter in the POST menu (or without the physical access at the front panel). I think that the VUM approach is the simple and faster way, but some days ago I’ve got a standalone server, […]

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