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Reading Time: 1 minute 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!

Reading Time: 1 minute 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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 […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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 […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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 […]

Reading Time: 1 minute Can’t make it to VMworld this year? But still want to hear breaking VMware news as it happens? This year there is a unique opportunity to attend at an online event: VMware NOW, a digital experience where you can watch the Keynotes and then dive into the new demos and details. Live on August 27 (when the VMworld US begin). To attend at this virtual event use this registration form, or look at the Facebook event page.

Reading Time: 1 minute On 16 August 2012, VMware has releaded a new version of vCenter Server: VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1b (build 804277). This version introduces support for the following vCenter Databases: Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition, Standard ONE Edition Release 2 [11.2.0.3] – 64 bit Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition, Standard ONE Edition Release 2 [11.2.0.3] – 32 bit Also the DB2 express embedded database provided with the vCenter Server Appliance has been replaced with VMware vPostgres database. This decreases the appliance footprint and reduces the time to deploy vCenter Server further. Finally it […]

Reading Time: 1 minute Veeam has released the first patch for Veeam Backup & Replication 6.1, that fix some issues and add some enhancements: Increased synthetic full transformation, and reverse incremental backup performance Improved Direct SAN Access mode performance Added PowerShell cmdlet for VeeamZIP operation. Fixed issues with VMware and Hyper-V For a full list refer to release notes included in the KB1671. This patch is directly available (a login is required) from veeam website: http://www.veeam.com/download_add_packs/vmware-esx-backup/patch1/

Reading Time: 1 minute If Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager is installed on the same server as Veeam Backup and Replication, and Veeam Backup and Replication is upgraded to version 6.1 without upgrading Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager, you will get an error about the Veeam Backup Catalog Data service. Upon rebooting, the server will go into an infinite reboot loop. The solution is well described in the KB 1645: Uninstall Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager and Veeam Backup Catalog service. Run Veeam_B&R_Setup_x64 to upgrade Veeam Backup and Replication to version 6.1. Allow machine to restart. Run Veeam_B&R_EnterpriseManager_Setup_x64 to upgrade Veeam Backup […]

Reading Time: 5 minutes In the previous posts we have discuss about the architecture and the deployment of NexentaVSA for View. Has you have probably notice the configuration of NexentaStor VSA is really simple: just an OVF deploy, a test to verify that all is fine and a convert to template to be used during virtual desktop pool deployment. Now let’s talk about how use this product, that it’s well described in the User Guide and also in this video. As written in the previous post, the management appliance could be controller with a simple browser (Mozilla Firefox v9 […]

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