Browsing Posts published in August, 2012

On Thu 30 August the  VMworld 2012 US has finally been finished. In the next days  the detail of the event! Actually the first info for the edition 2013: will be again at San Francisco.

In the new vCloud suite 5.1 there are several improvements and new features in the networking and secuirity part. For vSphere 5.1 are mainly in the distribuited virtual switch (VDS) part with several news: Network Health Check support: helps detect misconfigurations across physical and virtual switches. Configuration Backup Restore: allows vSphere admins to store the VDS configuration as well as recover the network from the old configurations. Rollback and recovery: addresses the challenges that customer faced when management network failure caused the Hosts to disconnect from the vCenter Server. Port Mirroring enhancements: new troubleshooting capabilities […]

In the new vSphere 5.1, there is a missing component replaced by a new one: VMware Data Recovery (VDR) has been replaced by the new VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP). VDR was a backup solution introduced with vSphere 4.0 and based on the VMware vSphere API for Data Protection (VADP) which includes the Changed Block Tracking (CBT) technology (to have incremental backup). But was a limited product (especially not suitable to scale to with several VMs) and also the 2.0 version introduced in vSphere 5.0 was not so changed too much (except in a little […]

Another interesting feature in vSphere 5.1 is the vSphere Replication (VR) technology. This feature was first introduced on 2011 with Site Recovery Manager 5.0 (on vSphere 5.0) to protect virtual machines natively by copying their disk files to another location where they are ready to be recovered, using a VM replication technology (storage vendor independent) instead of the storage replication (storage vendor depend). It provides simple and cost-efficient replication of applications to a failover site. The big change is that now it is a component delivered simple with vSphere editions (starting from Essentials Plus), and […]

With the new vSphere 5.1 a new vMotion option has been added (only in the new Web Client) that combine vMotion and Storage vMotion in a singe hot migration step to migrate between hosts/clusters without shared storage! This could increase the mobility of the VMs and usage also of local storage (for some cases). Both VM state and VM files are transported across network using the vMotion vmkernel interfaces (so a good network design could be necessary). The requirements are: Hosts must be managed by same vCenter Server Hosts must be part of same Datacenter […]

In the previous new products release we have notice several changes in some core parts, and several components are gone (see What’s in and what’s out). Now with the new vSphere 5.1 a new historical component (from the VI 3.0) will die soon: the vSphere Client! The limits of this client are: it works only on Windows client (so it isn’t a multi-platform solution) and has some dependency with the .NET Frameworks it’s a thick client-server approach (compared with thin solutions, like browser oriented) it’s “complicated” to deploy and upgrade (strange that VMware has not […]

During the keynote of the second day, Steve Herrold have present the new End User Computing (EUC) solutions from VMware. Starting from the new View and Mirage approach where you can handle both physical and virtual desktop and you really plan both Windows OS migrations (from XP to 7 for example), but also handle the move from physical to virtual (with a real good live example from Vittorio Viarengo). The next part was the Horizon Suite that can handle the access to all desktops, applications, data of you EUC. Included the Horizon Mobile that could […]

Yesterday, during the live event, VMware has announced the new release of most of their Cloud Suite products (concept already introduced with the announce of the release 5). New release will be v5.1 for all products to adopt a uniform and consistency enumeration across products (View 5.1 was already released some month ago!). So this will be the versions changes for the suite: vSphere 5.0 -> 5.1 vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) 1.0 -> 5.1? vCloud Director 1.5 -> 5.1 vShield 5.0 -> 5.1 vCenter SRM 5.0 -> 5.1 vCenter Operations 5.0 -> 5.1? As you […]

Officially the VMworld US 2012 starts today (but yesterday there was already the opening of the Hands-on labs and the Welcome Reception event). To follow the event on Twitter just use the hashtag #VMworld. It’s curios that on the same same is also scheduled a live event (important announcements on August 27) about VMware’s cloud strategy and solutions. It’s not clear yet if will be the same opening keynote, but sounds quite obvious that VMworld and this event will probably be officially launch the new Cloud Suite. So stay tuned on both sides!

I’m boarding in my flight to San Francisco to the VMworld US 2012. This will be my first VMworld US (actually I’ve only attended to the VMworld EU edition and to one PEX) and I’m really curious and exited! I’ve already written about my expetaction and I hope that will be a great and intensive week. See also my previous post: VMworld US 2012 – More information VMworld US 2012 – Why attend One month to the VMworld US

Could seems strange, but VMware has announce the new release of Workstation 9 and Fusion 5 some days before VMworld US. Probably to keep the focus of the announces on the Enterprise and Cloud platform. For Workstation, of course this release will support Windows 8 (seems also in the Windows 8 style interface). But more interesting seems: OpenGL support in Linux Restricted Virtual Machines A new web interface to share VMs Hyper-V (although is not supported) See also: VMware Workstation 9 has been released VMware launches Workstation 9 and Fusion 5

One of the interesting feature of VMware SRM 5.0.x is the vSphere Replication (VR) technology that is a VM a replication engine (part of SRM 5.0 and that also requires ESXi 5.0 and later) to implement protecting and replicating virtual machines between sites without the need of storage array–based replication (that usually it’s costly and too much vendor dependent). It use different elements: VRA (vSphere Replication agent): included in ESXi starting from v5.0 VRMS (vSphere Replication Management Server): one virtual appliance (VA) for each site to handle the communication VRS (vSphere Replication Server): one virtual […]

Recently I got a strange issue using a cold storage migration usign the Migrate function of vCenter Server. This was the scenario: a Free Hypervisor with some VMs where a full license (Essential Plus) was added and the host was also added to a vCenter Server. For compatibility matrix reason the version 4.1 was used (although the storage can work with vSphere 5.0 but officially was not supported). Also the Free Hypervisor was build with the 4.0 version and upgraded (one year ago) to the 4.1 version. This was the issue: after a cold storage […]

Around a month ago I’ve got an issue with VMware SRM 5.0.1 during a test of the Recovery Plan. In my case the storage was well configured for the replication, but not to permit the reverse reverse replication. So the reprotect task was locked and there was no way to remove this state because also the Delete Protection group was greyed out. If you fix the storage part usually the issue could be fixed in a clean way, but in my case the original LUN was removed and was not possible resume or fix the […]

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