Browsing Posts published in May, 2014

After the E2EVC XX Rome event, the next European one will be in Brussels: Next event will take place in Brussels, Belgium May 30 – June 1, 2014 in Hotel Novotel Brussels Centre Tour Noire E2EVC Virtualization Conference is an independent, non-commercial, virtualization community event build from experts to experts. Started in 2003 with just 4 people and after 20 successful events grown to awell-recognized event with over 120 attendees. Those conferences has taken place in cities such as Munich, London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dublin, Paris, Nice, Lisbon, Hamburg, Vienna and Rome.

VMware vSphere Storage Appliance was a software-based shared storage solution that enables high availability and automation in vSphere without shared storage hardware (for more information see this post). VMware has announced the End of Availability of all vSphere Storage Appliance versions, effective April 1, 2014. After this date you will no longer be able to purchase this product. All support and maintenance for vSphere Storage Appliance 5.5 will be unaffected and will continue to follow the Enterprise Infrastructure Support Policy. The End of General Support life date for customers with vSphere Storage Appliance 5.5 remains […]

VMware Virtual SAN (or sometimes called also VSAN) is a powerful solution to implement an hyperconverged storage solution available, as a separated product, for vSphere 5.5 U1 environments. Actually, although it is a 1.0 version, is almost promising, but some UI pieces is (in my opinion) still missing: the vSphere Web Client is the management tool, but the VSAN dashboard is really limited an several other information (most could be obtained from the performance monitor) could be added to provide, for example detailed usage information. To be honest there is an experimental feature called VSAN […]

Using Linux as a guest OS in a VMware vSphere environment it’s, of course, well supported and more distributions are officially supported in vSphere 5 making more easy deploy Linux VM or Linux based virtual appliances. For the remote management a good option it’s usually use the SSH protocol, for the initial installation (or other special cases) you will need to use vSphere Console. Using the client from a Linux box could be difficult but with the new vSphere Web Client not so much, for more information see the KB 1006095 (Availability of vSphere Client […]

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is the management tool for virtual environment based on Microsoft Hyper-V (but note that it can also manage XenServer and vSphere infrastructures). It provide also management functionality for other “fabric” components (like storage or network). It’s not mandatory (compared to VMware vCenter that is needed to implement most of the cluster features, you can manage an Hyper-V environment with the Windows MMC snap-in or via PowerShell), but could be useful to manage the entire infrastructure from a single pane. And also it provide some new features, like library […]

VMware vCenter Standalone Converter is usually updated with new version of vSphere, although it is no more included with the vSphere suite itself (the Enterprise edition of Converter was dropped with vSphere 5.0). But there are a few issues that you can have with VMware Converter and vSphere 5.x that you have to know and take care.

If you use SSD disks connected to a RAID controller like the Dell PERC (common in most Dell PowerEdge server), is common that the disks may be not recognized as SSD on the upper level. Because this type of RAID card cannot have a pass-thought feature (or VSAN friendly in VMware world) and is threated as a common virtual disk. If the purpose is just add the SSD as a cache system, you can use the integrated (in most recentrly PERC) feature: CacheCade is used to improve random read performance of the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) […]

Veeam Software has announced the new Veeam Availability Suite (available Q3, 2014), a solution that ensures all applications and data are accessible whenever and wherever they are needed. “The introduction of the Veeam Availability Suite, which integrates Veeam’s backup and recovery software with its monitoring and reporting software, is part of a move by Veeam to play a bigger role in the modern data center”, said CEO Ratmir Timashev.

VMware vCenter Log Insight is a VMware analytics  product introduced one year ago. Part of VMware vCenter family, Log Insight delivers automated log management through log analytics, aggregation, and search, extending VMware’s leadership in analytics to log data. Now VMware is announcing the new version 2.0 of this product with new interesting features.

Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) is a technical certification introduced by Veeam to documented proof that an engineer possesses the necessary level of expertise to correctly architect, implement and configure Veeam Software Solutions. Actually, in order to gain this certification, you basically need to attend a course and pass the related exam. I’ve already described the entire process (and the benefit) for the VMCE Certification and also some comments about the VMCE Course. Finally I’ve found a timeslot time for study and some days ago I’ve passed the exam (I’ve still waiting my VMCE number, but […]

The VMware vCenter Operations Manager Suite is a powerful collection of products for help in monitoring and management tasks in a virtual (and not only) environment. Actually is also included in some vSphere 5.5 bundle and there is the foundation edition available for free with each vSphere. But the main issue of this set of products is the complexity of some of them (like the Configuration Manager) or the powerful of some specific features (like the custom UI of Operations Manager). Official documentation could be fine, but only starting and not for understanding some concepts […]

You can run the ESXi installer usually from the CD (official or customized), but also from PXE or from USB. The CD installation (still in version 5.5 the ISO fit on a CD) remain the most used option, but in some cases it’s not applicable. For example recent servers or blade systems lacks of the CD/DVD unit and in this case the only option is use the hardware management interface (like the IOLE for HP or the iDRAC for Dell), or use alternative boot options. PXE could be valuable in some cases, but require an infrastructure that […]

Granular restore of application is usually a complex and long task that may require also good knowledge of the application itself. This because most backup programs just restore the application files and then using specific application procedures you can restore specific objects from those recovered files. As written in previous posts, Veeam Backup & Replication has different ways to handle object restores: using Application Item Recovery (AIR) or, for some applications, using a specific Veeam Explorer components. For SQL Server actually there is only the U-AIR option, that is really powerful but require at least […]

Like in the past years, the VMworld 2014 session proposals could be voted with the public session voting phase of the CFP (from May 5 to May 18 at 11:59 pm PDT). I’ve not count all the sessions yet, but seems around to a number similar of past year (past year there were 954 proposals)… so really a lot of choice. Just choose the sessions that you think are valuable or the you would like to see.

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