Browsing Posts published in June, 2012

Reading Time: 2 minutes The vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 is a powerful tool for monitor a vSphere environment. But, as writtent in the previous post, the software is distribuited using a vApp (with two VMs) that means the you need DRS if you deploy it on a VMware Cluster. Note that if you deploy it on a standalone ESXi host it does not require DRS. So how deploy this vApp with a vSphere edition lower than the Enterprise edition?

Reading Time: 2 minutes The core of vCenter Operations Management is a vApp with two VMs: the UI VM with the user interfaces and some data the analytic VM that is basically the data collect Both must stay in the same network and on the same cluster. Really curios the choice of the OpenVPN to handle communications between the VM… Maybe there is some future plan to build a multi-tenant solution? Or simple a single UI with multiple collectors? The installation is quite simple and is basically a OVF deployment. For more info see: Official deployment docs Using vCenter […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute The vCenter Operations Management Suite is the product designed from VMware to monitor and manage a vSphere infrastructure (but not only). Similar as other VMware products there are several editions (for a detailed overview see the comparison page):

Reading Time: 5 minutes From an initiative of Gregg Robertson, this is a short interview. The original page is at: VCDX Spotlight- Andrea Mauro How did you get into using VMware? As most people I’ve started of course with VMware Workstation and honestly not with the ESX 1.0 (I remember that was not possible, at least in my Country) to have an evaluation or trial version. My first virtualization project (for academic purposes) was building a virtual honeynet with Linux UML (it was the end of 2001). My first virtualization project based for a production system virtualization solution was […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute Some months ago I’ve wrote about a possible Storage vMotion issue with Symantec Backup Exec. Recently there were some cases where vCenter Server progress status is not correctly updated for a Backup Exec 2012 job (for example it remains fixed to 5% for some days). This support page descrive a possible workaround solution: vCenter progress status is not updated after a job is canceled: http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH180911

Reading Time: < 1 minute There are at least two recent news for the VMworld 2012 events: VMworld 2012 US: the band has been announced and will be Jon Bon Jovi and The Kings of Suburbia. Note that is “only” Jon Bon Jovi and not the entire music group (Bon Jovi), that means no Richie Sambora, David Bryan and Tico Torres (from the original band). Anyway Jon Bon Jovi is the leader and the voice of the group… So it could give a good performance (I hope on ’80 years songs). For people that do no like his songs (or […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute Link collection of the precendent posts: VMware View 5.1 upgrade path – Check-list VMware View 5.1 upgrade path – Steps VMware View 5.1 upgrade path – Notes For previous upgrade paths see also: VMware View 5.0.1 upgrade path Upgrade path to vSphere 5 – The View 5 part

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the previous post we have talk about the steps for a successful View 5.1 upgrade. Now let’s add some operative notes. Event DB If you have already configure it in View 4.6 or 5.0 the setting and the schema will be maintained. So no extra effort is required. Connection Server The upgrade will begin like a new installation with some differences compared to previous version. Some new windows during the installation are the warning for the certificates requirements and the data recovery password (the password is required when you restore the View LDAP configuration […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the previous post we have talk about the pre-upgrade phase during a VMware View 5.1 upgrade path. Now let’s the the steps to perform the upgrade. As written in the Upgrade Guide (VMware View Upgrade Overview) the steps are: Upgrade View Connection Server on the existing host or migrate to a new machine. See Upgrade View Connection Servers in a Replicated Group. If you use View Security Servers, upgrade to 5.1, see Upgrade View Security Server. Upgrade View Composer on an existing Windows Server 2008 host or, if you are running View Composer 2.6 […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes As written, VMware has announced and released the new VMware View 5.1 version with several improvements. One difference is that in this version the upgrade path is a little more complicated compared to previous upgrade procedures (see VMware View 5.0.1 upgrade path and Upgrade path to vSphere 5 – The View 5 part) due to some changes and a limited compatibility matrix! As you can notice, new VMware Connection Servers can “talk” with old (5.0 and 4.6) Connection Servers, Agents, but only during the upgrade phase. Also new Connection Servers could not work with old […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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  […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes When I explain the advantages of a virtual infrastructure, I usually add the virtual appliances (VA) as a good example of a plus that you can get. Similar to usual appliances, they can save your time in installation and configuration tasks… and in a virtual environment they can also same time in deployment (and sometime also money). There are several other pros described on What are the Benefits of Deploying Virtual Appliances? But they may have also some possible disadvantages…

Reading Time: < 1 minute VMware is working a new certification specific for the “cloud”: VMware Certified Professional 5 – Infrastructure as a Service (VCP5-IaaS). Some individuals are about to be invited to paticipate in the beta phase. The rumor goes that the public exam should be live late July. The exam will probably measure the skills and abilities installing, configuring and administering a vCloud environment. Sign up here to know as soon as it’s publicly available. See also: VMware Launched Cloud Certification – VCP5-IaaS Grapevine is Right – VCP5-IaaS Certification is Coming Soon More information on the VCP-IaaS page.

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