Browsing Posts published in March, 2012

Reading Time: < 1 minute Seems that the VCAP5-DCA beta exam will be opening up in the next couple of weeks (probably in the first week of May). VMware is working to be sure that the test kits (the lab environment) have passed the alpha testing phase. Because of limited test kit availability it is not possible for many hundreds of people to take the beta. So only a part of the actually VCAP4-DCA certified people (more than 600) would be selected as beta candidates for psychometric analysis. No info yet about the beta duration, but at this point sounds […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute The agenda of the Italian meeting will be: 09:00-09:30 Registrazioni 09:30-09:35 Benvenuto/Agenda 09:35-10:15 Il futuro dello storage VMware – Enrico Signoretti 10:15-11:05 Ospite d’onore Steve Herrod, VMware CTO “Technical updates from VMware” 11:50-11:20 Coffee Break 11:20-11:30 Introduzione alla sicurezza – Luca Dell’Oca 11:30-13:00 Tavola Rotonda – Soluzioni di sicurezza in ambienti vSphere 13:00-14:30 Pranzo e brainstorming 14:30-15:15 Virtualizzazione applicata al segmento SMB – Andrea Mauro e Luigi Rosa 15:15-16:00 SSD e Virtualizzazzione: Matrimonio in Paradiso – Fabio Rapposelli 16:00-18:00 Saluti/Raffle/Networking/Aperitivo Great price at the end of the day, including: 2 signed books “VMware vSphere 5 […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes As written, VMware has release a week ago the new version of VMware View 5.0.1 (with the new build 640055), as also the new version of vSphere 5.0U1. Note that the VMware Composer remain the same 2.7.0 (build 481620) of previous version. As report in the VMware View 5.0 Installation Guide (page 10), the VMware Composer is compatible with vSphere 5.0 and later, so it is just a piece that will not need any upgrade. Actually the View documentation is not changes to reflect the new version, it remain a simple 5.0 version. So the […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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:

Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ve read some posts (see in the bottom of this post for the references) and I notice how the  hypervisor comparison and choosing criteria are still a interesting trend and not only a marketing battle between different vendors (and maybe there will be more interest will be on this aspects with the release of Windows Server 8). But in several cases the comparison is limited to the hypervisor technical characteristics (and I’ve already written something about Hyper-V 3.0, XenServer 6.0 and RHEV 3.0) without considering (except in some cases) that the those are only one […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Has written in the previous post, Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for Linux 1.1 officially support only a few Linux OS, but it can work fine also on others. Actually the distributions is RPM based, so there is a bigger effor to port it to other distro, like Debian and Ubuntu. I’ve tried with a updated release of CentOS 6.2 and it works fine, but you will need some packages that may be not installed (and also dkms that is not included in the installation source): yum install iscsi-initiator-utils libpcap gcc make rpm -Uhv […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute After a beta period, the Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for Linux V1.1 has achieved (some days ago) Early Production Access status and is available for download via the standard Dell EqualLogic download site. Note that Early Production Access software is fully supported for production use. As a reminder, HIT/Linux includes tools that provide tight integration of EqualLogic PS Series arrays with Linux environments for enhanced protection, performance and simplified configuration and administration of EqualLogic PS Series storage arrays. HIT/Linux 1.1  feature enhancements over the previous release of HIT/Linux 1.0 include the following: Auto-Snapshot Manager/Linux […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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)

Reading Time: 5 minutes As written in a previous post, I was not able to participate at the beta exam for VCP5-DT (due to no available seats in my Country). So I waited for the official exam also also when I’ve got at least a free day to study for the exam. Yesterday finally I’ve taken the exam and I’ve passed it, so my VCP-DT certifications is updated to v5. As written in the certification official page, the only requirement is have the VCP5 certification, no classes or other certification are mandatory. One year ago was also required the […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes With the release of the new VMware vSphere 5.0 U1 suite, also a new update of VMware View suite is available (but note that the official documentation of View 5.0 just give the compatibility to all vSphere 5.0 and later 5.0 version). What’s New in View 5.0.1 This maintenance release includes the following components: VMware View Connection Server 5.0.1, which also includes replica server, security server, and View Transfer Server VMware View Agent 5.0.1 VMware View Client for Windows 5.0.1 VMware View 5.0.1 includes the following new features: New bundled Mac OS X client – […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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 […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute After the acquisition of AppAssure, Dell today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SonicWALL, Inc., a leader in advanced network security and data protection. Now with the Force10 brand and the new (possible) Security brand, how will evolve the partship with Juniper (for the PowerConnect-J series)? Will finish as the one with EMC2? See also the official announce: Dell Announces Intent to Acquire SonicWALL

Reading Time: 2 minutes There are some cases, like for test and/or labs (but not only), where could be useful convert a local storage to a shared storage compatible with VMware vSphere (or other hypervisors). For local storage inside the host, the simplest solution is look for a virtual appliance that is designed for this scope (search for VSA – Virtual Storage Appliance). For a storage hosted on a Linux/Unix machine, probably the simplest solution is share the space with the NFS Server (of course it will be limited only to VMware vSphere). And when the storage is on […]

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