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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 […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes In the previous post I’ve described the NexentaVSA for View architecture and the files included in the download packages. The deployment, installation and configuration is not a simple and immediate step, but is well described in the Installation Guide and also on this video. There are several requirements for the vSphere datacenter (the NexentaVSA for View environment requires a separate datacenter for each ESXi cluster), the VMware cluster (the NexentaVSA for View environment requires at least one ESXi cluster that contains one or more ESXi hosts, but must also be an empty cluster or are […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes In the previous post I’ve introduced the main characteristic of NexentaVSA for View. Now let’s give more detail on the architecture of this solution. The overhall architecture is well described on the NexentaVSA VMware View HW Reference Guide (that include also some interesting sizing scenarios). In a local storage storage approach we will have the following components: NexentaVSA for View Management Appliance: provides the NexentaVSA for View management functions. The Management Appliance is installed from an included template and can be located on any ESXi host in the network. NexentaStor VSA: is a virtual storage […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes NexentaVSA for View (NV4V) is a solution developed by Nexenta, with the collaboration also of VMware, that implement an integrated virtual storage solution for VMware View deployments and provides a interesting approach to VDI implementation. It tried to solve most of the possible issues or disadvantages of a VDI approach: Performance: in common VDI environment the storage could become the bottleneck of the infrastructure, with this solution you can simple scale by adding new hosts (in the same way on how you can scale to add more computational power). Cost: it remove the need of […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes In the previous post I’ve introduced some concept of the Nutanix approach to the storage (and not only, because it include also the compute and the networking part). Basically we can use the slogan “No SAN”, but as written is more than a simple local storage approach. To have more information and some example also of the user interface see this documents: Nutanix ESG Lab Review Nutanix Complete Cluster Datasheet Nutanix and View (how use Nutanix with a VDI environment)

Reading Time: 4 minutes Nutanix is a start-up company founded in in September 2009 with the scope to realize a new SAN-less virtualized datacenter platform, converging two tiers of infrastructure down to one. On May, 14th 2012, Nutanix has officially started its EMEA division. The introduction video explains most the the basis concept of Nutanix storage approach. Also there are other blog that have a more exhaustive introduction (see in the final reference).

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.

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