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Reading Time: < 1 minute Finally, after the official announce of one month ago the new vCloud Suite 5.5 it’s in GA and available on the download site. Also the documentions site has been update to the new product. Note that existing 5.x licenses still works with the new products.

Reading Time: 3 minutes With the announce of the new VMware vCloud Suite 5.5, there are some new features and also several improvements. We have already discuss about the new limits of VMware vSphere 5.5, let’s consider the other aspects. First we have to say that, as usually, most of the new features or technologies are almost related to the Enterprise Plus edition… that means no significant changes for the SMB segment. Editions remain the same of vSphere 5 and the comparison tables are already updated to the new version. Also the Licensing, Pricing and Packaging document has been […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes The installation or the upgrade procedure of vCenter Server components are quite similar. Starting from version 5.1 there are more components, so you can use the Simple Mode install or upgrade SSO, Inventory and vCenter services in different (but sequential) steps. I’ve used the Simple Mode for new installation and for upgrade from 5.0 without problems. But some people have report issues in some cases, so probably separated steps could be a better choice for an upgrade.

Reading Time: < 1 minute Finally VMware vSphere 5.1 is available (after the product announce during the VMworld). Note that now there is also a virtual appliance also for Orchestrator (when one for VUM?). Also vShield is now called VMware vCloud Networking and Security. VMware ESXi 5.1 build: 799733 VMware vCenter Center 5.1 build: 799735 What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1? VMware vSphere 5.1 download page VMware vSphere 5.1 documentation VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 documentation Note that also those other products are now available: VMware vCloud Director 5.1 VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.1

Reading Time: 2 minutes With the new vSphere 5.1 a new vMotion option has been added (only in the new Web Client) that combine vMotion and Storage vMotion in a singe hot migration step to migrate between hosts/clusters without shared storage! This could increase the mobility of the VMs and usage also of local storage (for some cases). Both VM state and VM files are transported across network using the vMotion vmkernel interfaces (so a good network design could be necessary). The requirements are: Hosts must be managed by same vCenter Server Hosts must be part of same Datacenter […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the previous new products release we have notice several changes in some core parts, and several components are gone (see What’s in and what’s out). Now with the new vSphere 5.1 a new historical component (from the VI 3.0) will die soon: the vSphere Client! The limits of this client are: it works only on Windows client (so it isn’t a multi-platform solution) and has some dependency with the .NET Frameworks it’s a thick client-server approach (compared with thin solutions, like browser oriented) it’s “complicated” to deploy and upgrade (strange that VMware has not […]

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 [] – 64 bit Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition, Standard ONE Edition Release 2 [] – 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: 3 minutes With the new version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012, the features gap is slowly reduced from the vSphere vCenter Server. But the positioning and the comparison remain not so simple due to different license (and different cost), different set of features, and different integration with other products. Note also that some features in Microsoft environment are not depending from VMM but are features of the Hyper-V or the FailOver Cluster part (so are basically included in the free Hyper-V Server), for this reason some features will change when VMM 2012 will be […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the previous post, I’ve described how is possible integrate the Dell storage array management with the new Microsoft System Center VMM 2012. But of course it is possible to do the same (and from longer time) also using VMware. With VMware vSphere we could have two different approaches for the integration: One is simple add the storage interface (or part of it) in the tab and/or the menu of vSphere Client by using a vCenter Server plug-in. In this case the integration could be strong or weak, but usually differ from storage and storage. […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes For people that need to make practice for the VCAP-DCA exam (and the beta of VCAP5-DCA will start soon) a good lab environment is mandatory. But it could also be useful for other reasons, like demo environment. There are several options to build one, but most used solutions are using nested hosts on one physical system with: VMware Workstation/Fusion over a host OS: common for a notebook. ESXi 5 on a server or a whitebox: common if you plan to have a always-on or fixed solution. Actually both solution could be good, but Workstation could […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Last week VMware release a complete update of the entire cloud platform, including the new vSphere 5.0 Update 1. But, compared with the 5.0 version, the new vCenter Server 5.0 U1 has a new feature (of bug, depending of the point of view) that now disable the VM Startup & Shutdown properties for all the host (also old version) in a VMware cluster:

Reading Time: < 1 minute In the previous days there were several updates of VMware software, not only for vSphere 5.0 (U1) and View 5.0.1 but an n update of all of the components of the Cloud Infrastructure Suite has been published: VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.0.1 (Release Notes) VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat 6.4 Update 1 (Release Notes) VMware vShield 5.0.1 (Release Notes) VMware vCloud Director 1.5.1 (Release Notes)

Reading Time: 2 minutes VMware has released the vSphere 5.0 U1 binaries that include the ESXi 5.0 Update 1 e vCenter Center (with his modules) 5.0 Update 1 (build 639890). Detailed information regarding resolved and known issues in the ESXi update can be found in the KB 2010823. For more infor about the update package, the compatibilty and the enhancements see the ESXi 5.0 Update 1 Release Notes. For more info about the vCenter update see vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1 Release Notes. The following information describes some of the enhancements available in this release of VMware ESXi: Support […]

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