Browsing Posts published in February, 2014

Reading Time: 3 minutes Starting with vSphere 5.1 the VMware Tools upgrade procedure does not require a reboot, but is not always true… for example the vCenter Server or VM with database servers usually imply a reboot (and same happen if you have a version upgrade, like from vSphere 5.1 to 5.5). Anyway, when VMware Tools are installed and managed (so not the 3rd part of them, used in some virtual appliance), you can use automatic upgrade, that may imply or not (depending on the previous note) a reboot of the Windows guests. Automatic upgrade could be manually (launched by the operator) […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) certification is a way to demonstrate that an engineer possesses the necessary level of expertise to correctly architect, implement and configure Veeam Software Solutions. It’s a new certification announced by Veeam some month ago in order to bring a technical certification level in the existing partner’s related certifications (sales and technical pre-sales), similar at the (initial) certifications in the VMware partners program. It will also become mandatory for Veeam’s partners. Note that each VMCE is related to a major version of Veeam products.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Upgrade steps to VMware Horizon View 5.3 are quite the same of the upgrade to 5.2 and also their behavior and order remain the same: Check-list for HCL and also software compatibility (remember to verify also the version of VMware vSphere) Connection servers (included View Manager, Secure Servers and Transfer Servers): remember that for View Secure Servers this is almost a full reinstallation (so pairing must be done from scratch) Composer Server: this must still be a Windows Server (could be vCenter Server, if Windows, or an external server)… remember to keep the existing certificate and […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Eric Siebert (from has open again (see the related post of previous year), a contest for voting the ‘Top VMware & Virtualization Blogs’. This contest is becoming a recurring and estemeed in the VMware & virtualization world (see also the history of the top blog voting over the years). As he points out in his post, there are now over 300 blogs dedicated to VMware and Virtualization – this is definitely an impressive number which is a real indication to how passionate people feel towards the VMware range of products and virtualization in general. The […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Some years ago, I’ve write some posts on how install Dell OpenManage on VMware ESXi. The OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) is a Dell tool really useful for a central management or to be integrated in other Dell’s management tools. There are different options, but basically the most used ways are: Use the Dell ESXi custom image that already include also a version of OMSA (not necessary the latest) Use the command line Use VMware Update Manager The last option is my preferred option because is really faster and simplest.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Formally a VMware vSphere Essential Plus (or Essential) suite can only be managed by a vCenter Server Essential (which is in fact a vCenter Foundation limited to only handle Essential or Essential Plus hosts). The reason is simple: the Essential bundles were born and developed for SMEs as finished packages and not as a way to extend their infrastructure (especially since formally every company could only buy one of these bundles). But until the vSphere 4.x releases was still possible to manage one or more Essential / Essential Plus clusters with a single vCenter Server […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes FalconStor is a well knowed company in the data protection field. They have interesting appliances to handle the backup to disk (D2D using NAS frontend) or backup to (virtual) tape (using the VTL frontend). The choice between the two solutions is mainly on the front-end protocol and the existing backup environment: in some case could be better expose a tape like interface (for example in large environment with Legato NetWorker or Symantec NetBackup), in other cases the backup solutions works better with a network share and this become the first choice. Now they have just […]

Reading Time: 5 minutes Microsoft is an historical name in the IT world, both in the consumer and the professional area. Actually it’s already a player in the storage world: just consider the Windows Storage Server edition included in some storage appliances (for example the Dell PowerVault NX family). But Windows Storage Server is little more than an “embedded” version of Windows Server and basically is just a dedicated Windows Server (with a better license cost than the full edition). An enterprise storage is just more than this and must provide more functions, but first to all an high […]


Reading Time: < 1 minute With the release of the VMware Certified Design Expert – Desktop (VCDX-DT) certification, the certification path for the VMware End User Computing is finally completed. The official page shows all the details including the Handbook & Application. It does not report the dates for the defense, but they will be the same as other VCDX defense: VCDX defense schedule for 2014.

Reading Time: 2 minutes In a previous post I’ve described the limits of the (legacy) vSphere Client, especially in the 5.5 version. But also the (new) vSphere Web Client has some limits, also in the 5.5 version. First to all is VMware vSphere Web Client really a multi-platform solution? It could be, but the Flash framework (and the VM console plugin) imply some possible portability issues. Starting with 5.5 version (see 5.5a or 5.5b release notes) Linux is no more supported: Because Linux platforms are no longer supported by Adobe Flash, vSphere Web Client is not supported on the […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes As already mentioned, there could be several reasons for not upgrading to vSphere 5.5, and some are also related to the client for Windows (the vSphere Client). OF course, it will be supplanted by the new vSphere Web Client, but still this client is required for some activities (eg update the host with VUM). In addition, the Web Client works only with vCenter Server, and then in standalone configurations or configurations with the free hypervisor (which can not be managed by vCenter Server), the “old” client becomes mandatory (unless use command line). Trivially also for […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ve already write about Atlantis ILIO products and how their unique host caching solution could be interesting in several cases (mostly in VDI environments). Those solutions are appreciated by more than 440 customers (500,000 VM licenses sold globally). But now there is a really big announce: Atlantis Computing become a storage vendor and bring a new solution in this segment. The Atlantis ILIO USX™ (Unified Software-defined Storage) solution purpose-built for virtualized server workloads such as databases, big data and  any line of business application. It’s a Software-defined Storage Solution, 100% software. More important can work […]

Reading Time: 5 minutes The “call for locations” content has the first result: in April 2014 there are some special edition of the VCAP and VCDX Bootcamp in Europe, outside of the traditional big events (like VMworld or PEX). This is a great opportunity to increase you skills, knowledge but also your confidence with those certification programs. VCAP Bootcamp is mostly dedicated to the design exams, but this time also the admin exams will be considered. VCDX Bootcamp is a half day session (little less) that can really help you in the VCDX preparation, especially to understand the entire […]

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