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In the last years, in the virtualization ecosystem, there where three big trends:

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VMware today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire DynamicOps, Inc., a provider of cloud automation solutions that enable provisioning and management of IT services across heterogeneous environments – VMware-based private and public clouds, physical infrastructures, multiple hypervisors and Amazon Web Services. Terms of the acquisition were not announced. The acquisition is scheduled to close in Q3 2012 subject to customary closing conditions.

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Rumors were from some months ago, but today Quest announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Dell. Dell will buying Quest for $2.4 Billion.

Until now, Quest acquisitions were already a big number of players, including:

Curious that Dell list only (for example) this advantages in the acquisition:

  • The Quest One Identity and Access Management solution family adds to Dell’s very strong set of security assets with SonicWALL and Secureworks, creating a comprehensive set of security solutions to address important customer needs.
  • Quest’s Performance Monitoring solutions for applications, networks and databases address a rapidly growing need for our customers. Industry analysts have consistently ranked Quest Foglight as a leading application performance monitoring solution. Businesses of all sizes are looking to reduce their IT complexity and automate workloads for their IT departments. Customers worldwide leverage Foglight to continually monitor their IT environments, proactively identifying and remedying performance issues before they become bigger problems.
  • Quest’s Windows Server Management solutions complement Dell Services’ rapidly growing application modernization practice with recently acquired Clerity Solutions and Make Technologies.
  • Effective database management is critical to the successful operation of most organizations. Quest’s Database Management capabilities offer a strong complement to Dell’s enterprise offering. Today, millions of DBAs, developers, and analysts around the world rely on Quest’s database management tools to simplify their work.

Vizioncore and VKernel products are not included in this example list (apart Foglight), but does it mean that the could become a spin-off, that there are different integration plans or simple that they are considered, but not mentioned.

Now the big challenge will also be to integrate and normalize the 228 separate software products with different languages, frameworks, infrastructure, … This will require a lot of time and also some choices: for example vRanger and AppAssure are two different backup product, one for virtual enviroment and agentless, the second system and image oriented… they could become a single product? Probably not, because are too different, but could be integrated (for example vRanger could become a “virtual agent” for AppAssure) or use common set of tools and products (for example the DR4000 appliance).

For the official announces see:

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VMware and SpringSource have released some certifications specific for the Spring Framework:

For more informations see also the Spring Framework Certification page.

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The vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 is a powerful tool for monitor a vSphere environment.

But, as writtent in the previous post, the software is distribuited using a vApp (with two VMs) that means the you need DRS if you deploy it on a VMware Cluster. Note that if you deploy it on a standalone ESXi host it does not require DRS.

So how deploy this vApp with a vSphere edition lower than the Enterprise edition?

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The core of vCenter Operations Management is a vApp with two VMs:

  • the UI VM with the user interfaces and some data
  • the analytic VM that is basically the data collect

Both must stay in the same network and on the same cluster. Really curios the choice of the OpenVPN to handle communications between the VM… Maybe there is some future plan to build a multi-tenant solution? Or simple a single UI with multiple collectors?

The installation is quite simple and is basically a OVF deployment. For more info see:

There are some points that you must check during or before the installation:

  • Before you start the deployment you will need to create IP pools in vCenter.
  • Thick Provision Eager Zeroed is the recommended provisioning format. Do not use Thin in production.
  • When you specify an IP allocation scheme, select Fixed or DHCP IP allocation.

Note also that other suite components are different piece of software:

  • vCenter Infrastructure Navigator is still an appliance
  • vCenter Chargeback Manager is a Windows software
  • vCenter Configuration Manager is a little more complicated with also some external dependency (like a DB).
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The vCenter Operations Management Suite is the product designed from VMware to monitor and manage a vSphere infrastructure (but not only).

Similar as other VMware products there are several editions (for a detailed overview see the comparison page):

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From an initiative of Gregg Robertson, this is a short interview. The original page is at: VCDX Spotlight- Andrea Mauro

How did you get into using VMware?

As most people I’ve started of course with VMware Workstation and honestly not with the ESX 1.0 (I remember that was not possible, at least in my Country) to have an evaluation or trial version.

My first virtualization project (for academic purposes) was building a virtual honeynet with Linux UML (it was the end of 2001). My first virtualization project based for a production system virtualization solution was instead with VMware ESX 2.5.

After that I’ve follow a lot of virtualization projects and I’ve started also to give some contribution to the VMTN Community (my nick is AndreTheGiant). This probably has open new perspectives, outside the limits of my Country and my native language (that isn’t English). For example, I’ve tried to applied with success to the VCDX3 path and also to vExpert 2010, 2011 and 2012.

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Some months ago I’ve wrote about a possible Storage vMotion issue with Symantec Backup Exec. Recently there were some cases where vCenter Server progress status is not correctly updated for a Backup Exec 2012 job (for example it remains fixed to 5% for some days).

This support page descrive a possible workaround solution:

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There are at least two recent news for the VMworld 2012 events:

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Link collection of the precendent posts:

For previous upgrade paths see also:

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In the previous post we have talk about the steps for a successful View 5.1 upgrade. Now let’s add some operative notes.

Event DB

If you have already configure it in View 4.6 or 5.0 the setting and the schema will be maintained. So no extra effort is required.

Connection Server

The upgrade will begin like a new installation with some differences compared to previous version.

Some new windows during the installation are the warning for the certificates requirements and the data recovery password (the password is required when you restore the View LDAP configuration from a backup):

There is also the usual window about the firewall port and a new one about the User Experience Feedback:

Secure Server

As usually the upgrade is just a new reinstallation and a new paring password is required. But the external URL are maintained correctly. The only issue, is that, during the service restart you will loose the connection to the specific Secure Server.

As written in first post (VMware View 5.1 upgrade path – Check-list) starting from 5.1 the upgrade procedure will probably change.

Composer

The in-place upgrade is really simple (note that is still a 32 bit software) and works without issue. Also it can use the existing DB connection and existing certificate.

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