Browsing Posts published in July, 2012

Reading Time: 3 minutes DataCore Software is an independent software vendor, founded on February 4, 1998 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, specializing in storage virtualization, storage management, and storage networking. Its main product, SANsymphony-V (now at the V9.0) forms a transparent, scalable virtualization layer across your storage infrastructure in order to enhance its capabilities and centralize its management. The many nuances that distinguish one model or brand of storage from another and render them mutually incompatible no longer stand in the way of using them together.

Reading Time: 5 minutes Storage is an important part of a virtual infrastructure, but compared with the server part (that provide computational “power”) the different storage vendor’s solutions are not so homogeneous and easy to compare or understand. Of course because there are different positioning but also a lot of different aspects, but in most cases, the most important aspects are also the “hidden” or the less described. What is probably clear is the difference between local storage (DAS) and shared storage (SAN or NAS, but sometimes also some kind of DAS) and why shared storage is so important: […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute In a previous post I’ve described how ignore the warning in a View 5.x environment. But the right way so solve this “issue” remain replace the self generated and signed certificates with new one signed from a trusted CA (a public on, but also an internal one could be fine, if you can push its certificate on all the clients). This may become a mandatory requirement for future version of View (although it is not yet confirmed). For how generate and replace the certificates see: Official documentation KB 1008705 Guidelines for generating and importing an […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Some weeks after the announce of the DynamicOps acquisition intent, VMware has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Nicira, a pioneer in software-defined networking (SDN) and a leader in network virtualization for Open Source initiatives. VMware will acquire Nicira for approximately $1.05 billion in cash plus approximately $210 million of assumed unvested equity awards. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The parties expect the acquisition to close during the second half of 2012. The acquisition has been approved by the boards of directors of both VMware […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute Just one year ago this blog has started its life (see the first official post: Blog goes live). Was a really intense year and a big challenge (more than 300 posts, with different length, but in most cases both in English and Italian), with several satisfactions. For example, I’ve tried to participate at the top virtualization blogs contents and the results where really interesting: I’ve received some votes and vInfrastructure site is 54 in the entire rank and 3rd in the Favorite New Blog list (and some mentions, included one from the Number 1)! Also […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute Veeam ONE is an integrated monitoring and reporting tool for virtual enviroment based on VMware vSphere and/or Microsoft Hyper-V. Also a free edition is available. In this video, Doug Hazelman, Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam Software, talks about the new Veeam ONE v6: For more information: Veeam ONE Free Edition Veeam ONE: Free vs Full

Reading Time: 3 minutes With the new version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012, the features gap is slowly reduced from the vSphere vCenter Server. But the positioning and the comparison remain not so simple due to different license (and different cost), different set of features, and different integration with other products. Note also that some features in Microsoft environment are not depending from VMM but are features of the Hyper-V or the FailOver Cluster part (so are basically included in the free Hyper-V Server), for this reason some features will change when VMM 2012 will be […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute One of the new features of System Center VMM 2012 is the ability of manage a supported storage. In a previous post, I’ve described, for example, how manage a Dell storage. One interesting aspect that I’ve found in a recent event, is that also a Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) could be managed in the same way. Of course it must export the required interfaces to System Center, and also be supported on Hyper-V (if it runs on this kind of hypervisor). One the first products that has introduced this functionality was StarWind (that realized basically […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Recently Microsoft has changed their beta exam policy (see the new official FAQ on beta tests) and now they are public and open to everyone who wished to take a beta exam: you must only look on the Prometric site for exam 71-XXX (instead of the usual 70-XXX). Previously beta test vouchers were handed out to SMEs, posted on industry blogs, or distributed at conferences. But this was usually a pain due to limited number of voucher and/or available seats. Actually there are some beta exams related to the new products and/or technologies: Now are […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute I’ve already written a post about the reintroduction of the MCSA and MCSE certifications. Now that some of them are live (MCSA on Windows Server 2008 was the first, now also the MCSE on Private Cloud is available) the new certification schema has become more clear. Seems that there on new products only this model will be adopted (so probably no new version of MCTS or MCITP certification) and those MCSE certifications are already be announced: MCSE Private Cloud: already available… Is the new version of the MCITP on virtualization and management. MCSE Server Infrastructure: […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes In previous post we have described the installation of opvizor agent. After this step a configuration is needed in order to start the data collection. Configuration could be started after the installation phase or simple by open the browser on the local server web (and by choosing the Configure opvizor Agent Settings): Basically you need to specify the opvizor data (platform server is opvizor.com) included your user account credential. Also you can configure the email and proxy settings: Then you have to specify the vCenter Server configuration and credentials: Finally you can review the data […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes In the previous post I’ve introduced what is Opvizor, the architecture and the possible benefit of it. Now let’s see the install procedure. First you have to register to the main site, then you can download the latest version of the agent (that is just the data collector). Actually is a Windows service… I’ve asked why not a virtual appliance, but this is just a simple service and the VA options was too big (and not so required) compared to the single .EXE file. Installation is quite simple: just run the Windows Installer and step […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Opvizor is a monitoring tool for virtual environment (actually only vSphere environment) that can be used to analyze and audit the environment in an automated way and to pro-actively solve possible infrastructure bottlenecks and problem areas, before they cause performance degradation or system downtime. It’s not limited to the monitoring aspect, because it also provide other functions: Analyze: opvizor® ‘s expert system automatically identifies VMware configuration issues within protocol files, performance data and network security. Solve: With 400+ fully integrated, proven best practices, opvizor’s® expert system offers “live” advice to resolve identified and specific problems. […]

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