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April 24, 2014

The Conference of the Future Has Arrived

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VMware’s Online VMware Forum 2014 is a free online event where you will learn how to radically simplify your IT infrastructure across the entire data center to the virtual workspace, all from the comfort of your cozy office chair. Hear VMware and industry experts discuss new products and services and find solutions to complex IT […]

by Morgan OLeary at April 24, 2014 03:00 PM

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast 275 – vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery @ccolotti

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John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer

Mike Gordon Laverick, VMware @Mike_Laverick

Eric Sloof, @esloof

Guests

Chris Colotti, VMware, @ccolotti

News

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery, Available Now, Seamlessly Extends Disaster Recovery to the Public Cloud

Announcing VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery: Making DR Simple and Affordable for Businesses

Around the Community

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VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today!

AdaptingIT – Lauren Malhoit Podcast

Virtualization Security Roundtable

vCatchup Podcast – Craig Waters

Stu McHugh’s Virtualisation Blog – vNews Podcast

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Establish your Cloud Cred!

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – Software-Defined Data Center

VUPaaS – Virtualization User Podcast as a Service

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – VMware NSX

vSoup Podcast

The Cloudcast Podcast

vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery

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7 Things To Know About vCloud Hybrid Service Disaster Recovery

vSphere Replication

vCloud Hybrid Service Disaster Recovery Sizing Considerations

vCloud Hybrid Service

VMware vSphere Replication 5.6 Release Notes includes vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery. This version of vSphere Replication adds support for securely replicating virtual machines into the vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) cloud.

VMware vSphere Replication 5.5.1 Release Notes

Common vCloud Hybrid Service Questions

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery – datasheet

Hybrid Cloud Hands-on-Labs < check it out today!

Download vCloud Hybrid Service vSphere Client Plug-in

VMware Youtube Channel – Subscribe today!

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) – Playlist YouTube

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service Solution Brief

Introducing The New vCloud Hybrid Service Marketplace

Migrate a VMware Fusion VM to vCloud Hybrid Service

Running vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery Supporting Infrastructure

New Disaster Recovery to Cloud Tutorial Videos

Service Description VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – whitepaper

by Angelo Luciani at April 24, 2014 11:25 AM

April 23, 2014

vCloud Hybrid Service Demo: Overview & Integration w/ vCloud Connector & vCloud Automation Center

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Get an overview of the vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) UI and how to configure, monitor, edit and provision a Virtual Data Center. Includes how vCHS is integrated with other VMware tools including...
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by VMware at April 23, 2014 08:07 PM

Road Trip! TechTalk Live is Visiting a City Near You to Showcase Horizon 6

VMware End User Computing

VMware is packing up its latest technology and heading out on the road to 35 cities in the US and Canada–from Atlanta to Vancouver, New York to Seattle (and everywhere in between) to give customers a closer look at VMware Horizon 6, which was just announced on April 9th.

These free, in-person seminars, called VMware TechTalk Live, will feature demonstrations from  experts on the latest in desktop and application virtualization technology, along with plenty of opportunities to network with your peers, get questions about Horizon 6 answered, and learn more about how VMware is changing the world of end-user computing.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Deliver virtual desktops, RDS remote apps, packaged apps with ThinApp, SaaS apps and even virtualized apps from Citrix, in a single platform
  • Leverage Virtual SAN as a cost effective solution for deploying VDI
  • Better manage VDI with vCenter Operations Manager for View and image management with VMware Mirage

For additional information on Horizon 6, check out the VMware End-User Computing blog and watch our CEO Pat Gelsinger provide an overview in this video message.

Our first stop is April 29. Space is limited so be sure to register for TechTalk Live now to reserve your seat. We look forward to seeing you when we’re in your city!

by Marina Carmody at April 23, 2014 08:00 PM

Enabling and Monitoring Storage I/O Control (SIOC)

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Guides the user through the process of enabling and monitoring the Storage I/O Control (SIOC) feature in a vSphere environment. Learn more: http://vmware.com/products/vsphere/features/storage-io-co...
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by VMware at April 23, 2014 07:58 PM

Intro to Storage Resource Management with Storage DRS and Storage I/O Control

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Provides a high level overview of how Storage DRS and Storage I/O Control work to alleviate storage bottlenecks in a vSphere environment. Learn more: http://vmware.com/products/vsphere/features/sto...
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by VMware at April 23, 2014 07:58 PM

Creating a Datastore Cluster with Storage DRS

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Guides the user through the process of creating and managing a datastore cluster in a vSphere environment. Learn more: http://vmware.com/products/vsphere/features/storage-drs.html?src=socmed-storag...
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by VMware at April 23, 2014 07:57 PM

Using Datastore Maintenance Mode with Storage DRS

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Guides the user through how datastore maintenance mode works and how to put a datastore in to and out of maintenance mode. Learn more: http://vmware.com/products/vsphere/features/storage-drs.html?s...
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by VMware at April 23, 2014 07:55 PM

Solve The Problem: Upgrade to vSphere with Operations Management

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Learn more about vSphere with Operations Management, the world's leading virtualization platform with insight into IT capacity and performance. Learn more: http://vmware.com/products/vsphere-operat...
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by VMware at April 23, 2014 07:41 PM

Reap The Benefits: Upgrade to vSphere with Operations Management

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Learn more about vSphere with Operations Management, the world's leading virtualization platform with insight into IT capacity and performance. Learn more: http://vmware.com/products/vsphere-operat...
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by VMware at April 23, 2014 07:41 PM

Troubleshoot Issues Before They Impact Your Business: Upgrade to vSphere with Operations Management

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Learn more about vSphere with Operations Management, the world's leading virtualization platform with insight into IT capacity and performance. Learn more: http://vmware.com/products/vsphere-operat...
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by VMware at April 23, 2014 07:41 PM

Accurately Diagnose Performance Issues with vSphere with Operations Management

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Learn more about vSphere with Operations Management, the world's leading virtualization platform with insight into IT capacity and performance. Learn more: http://vmware.com/products/vsphere-operat...
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by VMware at April 23, 2014 07:40 PM

Increase Your Savings by Using Capacity Management with vSphere with Operations Management

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Learn more about vSphere with Operations Management, the world's leading virtualization platform with insight into IT capacity and performance. Learn more: http://vmware.com/products/vsphere-operat...
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by VMware at April 23, 2014 07:40 PM

Keep the Business Running with vSphere with Operations Management

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by VMware at April 23, 2014 07:40 PM

Migrate a VMware Fusion VM to vCloud Hybrid Service

VMware vCloud Blog

By: Mike Roy, Technical Marketing Manager at VMware

This post is a repost from Mike’s personal blog, mikeroySoft.com.

So, you may have heard that my team at VMware launched the ‘vCloud Hybrid Service.’ It’s pretty exciting, and the way we built it gives instant value to existing VMware customers by allowing them to easily migrate their VMs to the cloud without having to completely rebuild them, or learn a whole new paradigm of how to do IT and deliver infrastructure.

In that vein, the service supports any workload that runs on VMware hypervisor technology, from ESXi/vSphere, all the way up to Fusion and Workstation, making it pretty easy to build a VM locally and then ‘push’ that to the Cloud with minimal tweaking.

In this post, I’ll show the process to migrate a VMware Fusion based Virtual Machine to vCloud Hybrid Service (‘vCHS’ for short). There are some subtle differences between how a Fusion VM works and how a VM that’s living in vCHS needs to behave.

So, cool, but, why do this?

There are several use-cases here. Develop an app locally, and then push to the cloud to make it public. Maybe you want a cloud-backup of an important VM. Maybe you create a standard template and then just clone it in the Cloud.  As you can see, there are many reasons why you would want to migrate a Fusion VM to the cloud.

So with that said, let’s get started!

To start off I created a VM using Fusion. In this case it was a simple Ubuntu 12.04 LTS VM after a fresh install.

I was sure to install VMware Tools while it’s still in Fusion, as Tools is the same regardless of what the host is, just some features are enabled or disabled depending on that host.

So, here’s my VM, with Tools installed, running in Fusion.

Ubuntu-in-Fusion6

First thing we do is power the VM off. Once the VM is powered off, we need to adjust some of its settings while it’s still in Fusion to remove the components, which won’t work in the cloud.

Firstly, let’s turn off the CD drive.

FusionVM-CD-settings

Second, we’ll disable any encryption.  It’s best if the VM was never encrypted in the first place, but if it is encrypted, it will work if you decrypt it.

FusionVM-encryption-settings

Turn off 3D Graphics. 

FusionVM-Display-settings

Shared Folders should be disabled as well. If you used this, be sure to disable it while the VM is running, so it removes the mount points (or network drives for Windows).

FusionVM-sharing-settings

Of course you want to remove the sound card!

FusionVM-soundcard-settings

And the printer as well.

FusionVM-Printer-Settings

Make sure to keep the VM at Hardware Version 9. 
It will also support older versions but I wouldn’t go back beyond version 7.

FusionVM-compatibility-settings

So with all that done, now we need to convert the VM to the Open Virtualzation Format or OVF ,so it’s fully compatible with the vCloud environment. To do this, we use the ‘ovftool’ which comes bundled with VMware Fusion. The command-line only app lives within the VMware Fusion application itself, so you have to know how to reference it properly and how to tell it what to do.

Thankfully, ovftool only does 1 thing by default… Export as OVF.

Terminal-ovftool-string

So, the command I had to run is the following (on one line):

/Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/VMware\ OVF\ Tool/ovftool /Users/mike/Documents/Virtual\ Machines.localized/Ubuntu-Fusion.vmwarevm/Ubuntu-WP1.vmx /Users/mike/Documents/Virtual\ Machines.localized/Ubuntu-Fusion-OVF.ovf

To break that down…

<path to ovftool> <path to .vmx> <path to .ovf output>

First part is the path to the tool itself.

/Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/VMware\ OVF\ Tool/ovftool

On a Mac, / denotes a file structure, whereas \ is an escape character needed in front of spaces in a file path (since Unix command line interfaces don’t handle spaces the same way that the UI of Mac OS X does…). So, it’s actually:

 Applications > VMware Fusion.app > Contents > Library > VMware OVF Tool > ovftool

Second part is the path to the .vmx file. Terminal supports this really neat feature where you can drag a file onto it and it will spit out that file’s path. So, I typed in the path to the ovftool, then just dragged my .vmx from Finder into Terminal.

I got to the VMX by right-clicking the VM in Fusion and clicking ‘Show in Finder’. Then I right-clicked the VM in Finder and clicked ‘Show Package Contents’. From there I just dragged the .vmx file into Terminal and it spit out the path.  Make sure you have a space after the ofvtool string though.

Then it’s just a matter of spitting out the location where you want the ovf and other files to end up.  I made a folder and used that.

If the VM is on an SSD, this goes pretty quick.

Terminal-ovftool-progress

Once the conversion is done, you’re left with a few files… The OVF file, the .vmdk (virtual disk) and a .mf file (which is just checksum data to ensure the integrity of the files).

Finder-OVF-files

Screenshot of the ofvtool output is above.

Now we should have our OVF package ready to upload to vCHS. To do this, we need to get to the vCloud Director interface of vCHS, and specifically the Catalog Management area. From the Portal, there’s a handy button to get right to vCD.

vchs-dash

The Java-based upload tool is what we’ll use to actually upload our .ovf.

vCD-Catalog

When we use this tool, it asks us for permission to run the Java apple –  so we say ‘Yes’ and then choose our .ovf file.

Upload-browse-ovf

Give it a description so you know what this is.

vCD-Upload-dialog

Progress indicators, indicating progress!

vCD-upload-progress

After upload, Importing to the Catalog.

Once complete, the VM should now live as a ‘Template’ in our ‘Catalog.’ From here, standard vCD operations begin. We want to ‘Add’ the VM to ‘My Cloud’ to deploy it.

vCD-importing

Time to Cloud!

This process starts a workflow/dialog that we need to step through so the VM lands safely in your “My Cloud.”

vCD-add-to-my-cloud

Do not choose NAT! 

vCD-network-pick-notNAT

We can step through the first screen, or change the resources. On Networking, however, we have to change the NIC to Network mapping. Since ‘Cloud’ doesn’t have the VMware Fusion ‘NAT’ network, we have to pick one that exists in this environment. In this case I’m picking my default routed network.

vCD-network-choose

Step through the confirmation screen and click ‘Finish’ to kick it off.

When the Deployment / Creation finishes you are in business!

vCD-creating

One thing to note is that thanks to VMware Tools being installed, the new cloud environment forces a password change, so make sure you know where to get that so you can log into the VM! (Hint: It’s in the VM Properties > Guest OS Customization screen, and also in the vCHS Portal itself on the VM’s Settings page).

vCD-password

So, once logged in, I like to make sure networking works before calling it a day…

vCD-console-ping

And there you have it!

In a few steps we took a VM in Fusion, exported it using OVFTool, uploaded it using the Java Upload tool directly into our vCD Catalog in vCHS, and deployed it.

Cool stuff, right?

Michael Roy is the Technical Marketing Manager for vCloud Hybrid Services at VMware. He guides product roadmap and messaging, produces and presents technical collateral, and works across teams to refine product integration strategy. Michael has been with VMware since 2009, and recently relocated to the Palo Alto headquarters.

For future updates, follow vCloud on Twitter and Facebook at @vCloud and Facebook.com/VMwarevCloud.

For more information about the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, visit vCloud.VMware.com.

by vCloud Team at April 23, 2014 05:01 PM

Determining Network/Storage firmware and driver version in vSphere ESX/ESXi

VMware Support Insider

From time to time as a vSphere ESX/ESXi administrator you may need to quickly find out what firmware levels and driver versions are present on your ESX (or ESXi) host in regards to your Network and Storage interface cards. Our video today shows you how!

This new tutorial demonstrates how to determine the driver and firmware versions for Host Bus Adapters (HBA) and physical network interface cards on VMware vSphere ESXi/ESX 4.x and 5.x.

For additional information and instructions see VMware Knowledge Base article Determining Network/Storage firmware and driver version in ESXi/ESX 4.x and ESXi 5.x (1027206).

by Graham Daly at April 23, 2014 03:10 PM

vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips: Tip #32 – vCloud OvDC Admin vCenter Operations Custom Dashboard – Part 3

VMware Virtualization Management Blog

super-mario-brosIn the second part of this series we’ve created the Virtual Machine Super Metrics needed for the OvDC Admin Custom Dashboard.

The rest of the Super Metrics we are about to create in this part, are the ones related to vCloud Resource Kinds and will focus on calculating metrics while taking Resource Kind hierarchy into account.

This Custom Dashboard is not just about VM performance, we also need to create some capacity planning, capacity control and performance Super Metrics for the rest of the Resource Kinds so eventually we will have all of our “metrics infrastructure” in place.

Hierarchy and Super Metrics

In the following Super Metrics I used the “hierarchy calculation” principle. When using the vCloud adapter within vC Ops an additional hierarchy tree is created, taking vCloud Resource Kinds into account. As a result, a VM will become a descendant of vApp which is a descendant of OvDC which is a descendant of PvDC.01. Hierarchy

Note: regardless of the vCloud adapter, in vC Ops, a Datastore is a descendant of a VM.

Although we are not focusing on PvDC in this dashboard I’ve decided to take 3-Level calculation into account, only because it can help in future higher-level dashboards.

All the following Super Metrics has been created using Attribute Kinds (and not Metrics) which mean that I double-clicked the Attribute Kind on the right column without hitting the THIS button first!

vCloud PvDC/OvDC/vApp Total Provisioned vCPUs

sumN(Virtual Machine: CPU Usage|Provisioned CPU Cores,3)

CPU Usage|Provisioned CPU Cores = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: CPU Usage > Provisioned CPU Cores

02. vCloud PvDC-OvDC-vApp Total Provisioned vCPUs

vCloud PvDC/OvDC/vApp Average CPU Demand (%)

avgN(Virtual Machine: CPU Usage|Demand (%),3)

CPU Usage|Demand (%) = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: CPU Usage > Demand (%)

03. vCloud PvDC-OvDC-vApp Average CPU Demand Percentage

vCloud PvDC/OvDC/vApp CPU Demand (GHz)

sumN(Virtual Machine: CPU Usage|Demand (MHz),3)/1000

CPU Usage|Demand (MHz) = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: CPU Usage > Demand (MHz)

04.vCloud PvDC-OvDC-vApp CPU Demand (GHz)

vCloud PvDC/OvDC/vApp VM Allocated Memory (GB)

sumN(Virtual Machine: Memory|Guest Configured Memory (KB),3)/1048576

Memory|Guest Configured Memory (KB) = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: Memory > Guest Configured Memory (KB)

05. vCloud PvDC-OvDC-vApp VM Allocated Memory (GB)

vCloud PvDC/OvDC/vApp Average Memory Demand (%)

avgN(Virtual Machine: Memory|Guest Workload (%),3)

Memory|Guest Workload (%) = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: Memory > Guest Workload (%)

06. vCloud PvDC-OvDC-vApp Average Memory Demand Percentage

vCloud PvDC/OvDC/vApp Memory Demand (GB)

sumN(Virtual Machine: Memory|Guest Demand (KB),3)/1048576

Memory|Guest Demand (KB) = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: Memory > Guest Demand (KB)

07. vCloud PvDC-OvDC-vApp Memory Demand (GB)

vCloud PvDC/OvDC/vApp Average Active Memory (%)

avgN(Virtual Machine: Memory|Guest Active Memory (%),3)

Memory|Guest Active Memory (%) = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: Memory > Guest Active Memory (%)

08. vCloud PvDC-OvDC-vApp Average Active Memory Percentage

vCloud PvDC/OvDC/vApp Used Disk Space (GB)

sumN(Virtual Machine: Disk Space|Virtual machine used (GB),3)

Disk Space|Virtual machine used (GB) = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: Disk Space > Virtual machine used (GB)

09. vCloud PvDC-OvDC-vApp Used Disk Space (GB)

vCloud PvDC/OvDC/vApp Average Disk Command Latency (ms)

avgN(Virtual Machine: Disk|Disk Command Latency (ms),3)

Disk|Disk Command Latency (ms) = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: Disk > Disk Command Latency (ms)

10. vCloud PvDC-OvDC-vApp Average Disk Command Latency (ms)

vCloud PvDC/OvDC/vApp Network Usage (MBps)

sumN(Virtual Machine: Network|Usage Rate(KBps),3)/1000

Network|Usage Rate(KBps) = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: Network > Usage Rate(KBps)

11. vCloud PvDC-OvDC-vApp Network Usage (MBps)

vCloud PvDC/OvDC/vApp Total Running VMs

sumN(Virtual Machine: System|Powered ON,3)

System|Powered ON = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: System > Powered ON

12. vCloud PvDC-OvDC-vApp Total Running VMs

vCloud PvDC/OvDC/vApp Total Num. VMs
For this Super Metrics I used the “count” function in order to count VMs with virtual disk attached to it as an indicator.

countN(Virtual Machine: Disk Space|Virtual Disk Used (GB),3)

Disk Space|Virtual Disk Used (GB) = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: Disk Space > Virtual Disk Used (GB)

13. vCloud PvDC-OvDC-vApp Total Num. VMs

In the next part for this series, we will create “Capacity Control” Super Metrics based on the OvDC Allocation Model in vCloud, stay tuned!

Please send us your feedback and comments about this #TechTip below, as well as requests for #TechTips on other topics. And yes, follow us on twitter @vcenterops to get the latest on vCenter Operations and Cloud Operations Management topics. For a full list of all blog posts in the vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips series, search for posts with the tag ‘tech tips‘, or just visit http://blogs.vmware.com/management/tag/tech-tips

by Lior Kamrat at April 23, 2014 01:00 PM

April 22, 2014

Running Internet Explorer on Mac OS through VMware Horizon

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A brief demo on an end-user running IE6 on Mac OS using VMware Horizon 6. IE6 is being delivered to the Macbook (and can be delivered to other devices) using RDSH and Horizon View.
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by VMware at April 22, 2014 11:01 PM

The Best Thing for Your Data Center since vSphere

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The Advantages of vSphere with Operations Management

It’s come to our attention that some folks are less than certain about the differences between vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management. Let’s clear things up:

As vSphere environments have grown in size, it’s become increasingly important to efficiently manage virtualized capacity and monitor performance. This is why VMware introduced the product called vSphere with Operations Management. As the name implies, it combines the vSphere virtualization you know and love with some pretty awesome capabilities to make operations simpler, more efficient and less costly.

For the vast majority of you who already run vSphere, upgrading to vSphere with Operations Management is a logical, natural progression—one with a very persuasive rationale

Gain Measurable Benefits Over Running vSphere Alone

  • 40% higher capacity utilization
  • 37% higher server consolidation ratios
  • 30% more hardware savings
  • 26% faster diagnostics and problem resolution

These are research-proven results, and here are the capabilities behind them:

Right-size Your Capacity and Optimize Your Resources

It may come as a surprise (or perhaps not), but something like 90% of all VMs are over-provisioned. vSphere with Operations Management lets you quickly identify which ones.

For each VM, it shows you the allocated amounts of CPU, memory, and disk space—together with the resources actually required to run that particular workload. You can then downsize capacity to the latter levels, reclaiming wasted resources for productive use.

Get Out of “Alert Storms” and into Smart Alerts

When traditional monitoring tools are applied to virtualized environments, administrators get overwhelmed with low-level data and false positives, infamously known as “alert storms.”  Enter vSphere with Operations Management. Its patented self-learning performance analytics and dynamic thresholds assimilate the characteristics of your environment and adapt to its behavior. Not so miraculously, all those trivial and inaccurate warnings disappear. When you do get an alert, you can be sure it’s about something you need to look into. Hence the name Smart Alerts: they minimize monitoring requirements so you can devote more time to optimization. Which is operations management the way it should be, right?

Pinpoint Problems Fast with an Intuitive Dashboard

One of the product’s niftiest innovations is an intuitive performance dashboard. Designed on the principle that proactive beats reactive, it rolls up metrics into priority-based indicators that pinpoint performance issues at a glance. You can then quickly drill down deep to diagnose root causes and resolve concerns before they become problems.

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Trying Is Believing

We hope we’ve cleared up any confusion about vSphere with Operations Management and the highly compelling reasons to move up from vSphere alone. Of course, the most persuasive case is the one you can make yourself in your own environment—with a free trial of vSphere with Operations Management. Try it now.

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by VMware SMB at April 22, 2014 10:57 PM

HP OneView and VMware vCenter Integration: Automating VM Cluster Provisioning and Management

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Bent Sullivan, the director of the HP Alliance and Jeff Carlat, the director of product management for HP Converged Systems, discuss the benefits of the HP OneView integration with VMware vCenter...
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by VMware at April 22, 2014 10:45 PM

Virtual SAN Integration with VMware Horizon 6

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This new release delivers an unmatched level of integration with Virtual SAN by to leveraging all of the key benefits Virtual SAN has to offer: • Radically simple management and configuration...
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by VMware at April 22, 2014 09:03 PM

Customer Spotlight: VMware Horizon Helps Fitchburg State University Reduce Help Desk Calls by 80%

VMware End User Computing

Guest blog by Bill Smeltzer, CTO of Focus Technology Solutions

A constant flow of help desk calls used to be a normal day for Fitchburg State University (FSU) in Massachusetts, with malware and virus calls consuming hundreds of help desk hours. The challenges FSU faces are providing end-to-end support for computers belonging to their 7,000 full- and part-time students, along with supporting the desktop computers used in classrooms and campus computer labs. FSU was looking for an alternative to costly, unmanageable desktops and at the same time recognizing that they needed to prepare for a new generation of students gravitating toward consumerized computing devices.

With expert guidance from VMware partner Focus Technology Solutions, FSU put into place a VMware Horizon virtual desktop infrastructure for 200 virtual desktops for which they had determined virtualization would deliver immediate benefits.  This solution has improved the manageability and reliability of the university’s classroom and library computers. And all of those daily help desk calls? Down by 80%! And it’s just the beginning. The solution puts FSU on the path to being able to offer device-independent desktops to students, online classes, and more.

Want to learn more about how FSU achieved these terrific results?  Check out the case study that details more about how FSU and Focus worked together to set FSU up for its future computing needs.

by Marina Carmody at April 22, 2014 08:00 PM

vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery at Planview

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Discover how Planview uses VMware vCloud Hybrid Service -- Disaster Recovery to provide disaster recovery services to their customers without building, managing, and supporting their own virtual...
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by VMware at April 22, 2014 07:57 PM

Paul August's Vision of How Horizon 6 Can Help Nike

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Nike's head of infrastructure architecture, Paul August, explains how Horizon 6 will help their business address the challenges of hybrid computing, published apps, and desktop virtualization.
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by VMware at April 22, 2014 07:48 PM

Four Key Innovations in VMware Horizon 6

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Sumit Dhawan, VMware's Vice President and General Manager of Desktops, introduces four of the most important new features in Horizon 6 during the launch event April 9, 2014.
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by VMware at April 22, 2014 07:48 PM

Launching and Using Apps in the Horizon 6 Unified Workspace

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Ben Goodman, VMware's Lead Evangelist for Horizon - End-User Computing, demonstrates how the unified workspace in Horizon 6 allows users to seamlessly launch and operate all their apps from one place.
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by VMware at April 22, 2014 07:43 PM

Earth Day at VMware: Five Sustainable Stats

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Happy Earth Day! Here at VMware, we think everyday is an opportunity to celebrate the planet by practicing the three Rs – reducing, reusing and recycling – across the globe. Did you know: VMware’s Palo Alto headquarters has diverted 86.5% of on-site generated construction waste from landfill.  VMware’s Palo Alto campus diverted 91.59% of waste […]

by Morgan OLeary at April 22, 2014 04:27 PM

vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips: Tip #31 – Create a one-click Cluster Capacity Dashboard – Part 2

VMware Virtualization Management Blog

As I promised in my last post, Create a One-Click Cluster Capacity Dashboard Using vCOps, I am going to share the recipe for preparing dashboards similar to the “One-Click Cluster Capacity Dashboard,” which received a lot of appreciation from the Twitterati. A number of people  deployed the dashboard and within minutes they could showcase the capacity of their vSphere Clusters.

Now I want to take this one level deeper and tell you how you can create your own cool XMLs within vCOps Custom UI (included with Advanced & Enterprise Edition) to create the dashboard to showcase to your CxO, IT VP or the NOC team who are monitoring the virtual infrastructure. I call this the “behind the scenes” post because it will get into XML coding. Creating these XMLs is way easier than I thought, so go ahead, read on….

To begin, let’s have a look at the XML file I created for scoreboard interactions in Part 1 of this two post series. Here is how the file is structured and the details of the components that make up this file. Understanding this is critical.

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Hint: Open this image on a separate page to get all the details.

Now if you have spent some time reading the details of the image above, the first question you will have is “Where can I find theadapterkindKeyresourcekindKey and the Metric attrkey to make my dream dashboard?”

adapterkindKey – This is the easiest one. If you want to see metrics from your vSphere environment, you will use VMWARE as the adapter kind. If you have collectors installed for third-party products, refer to their documentation for the adapter name.

resourcekindKey and attrkey – These keys are stored in the vCOps database. The procedure to access the database is defined inVMware KB – 2011714, but I have simplified it in the steps below.

To access the VCOps database and retrieve the resourcekindKey and attrkey

1. Open the following URL in your environment:

https:///vcops-custom/dbAccessQuery.action

2. When you see the vCOps DB Access Query page, run the following query. This will fetch the data you need. Note: Copy and paste the query starting at select and ending at ‘HostSystem’. (Ignore the asterisks.)

*********************************************************************************
select a.ADAPTER_KIND_ID, a.ADAPTER_KEY, b.RESKND_ID, b.RESKND_KEY, e.ATTRKEY_ID, e.ATTR_KEY
from AdapterKind a
inner join ResourceKind b on (b.ADAPTER_KIND_ID = a.ADAPTER_KIND_ID)
inner join AliveResource c on (c.RESKND_ID = b.RESKND_ID)
inner join ResourceAttributeKey d on (d.RESOURCE_ID = c.RESOURCE_ID)
inner join AttributeKey e on (e.ATTRKEY_ID = d.ATTRKEY_ID)

where a.ADAPTER_KEY = ‘VMWARE‘ or b.RESKND_KEY = ‘HostSystem‘

*********************************************************************************

If you are looking for keys related to an adapter other than VMware, change the values highlighted in blue in the query.

3. The query will give you all the data you need, in the following format. (The screenshot below is from my lab.)

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Here, you will see the resourcekindKey and attrkey which will help you to create your own XML for the values you want to showcase for a particular resource. Once you have done that, you just need to import this XML into the default interactions location mentioned in my last post. Now you are ready for scoreboard interactions.

It’s that easy!

I hope you will use this recipe for good, and I would appreciate if you can share the XMLs you create with it. I am planning to host a repository on my blog to include some easily re-usable dashboards that can help those in the VMware Community who are using or planning to use the vCenter Operations Manager. As always, please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section.

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by Sunny Dua at April 22, 2014 01:00 PM

Celebrate Earth Day and save on VMware Workstation

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Go green—consolidate your PCs into one with VMware Workstation 10

Virtualization is a green choice because the technology allows you to run multiple virtual machines on one physical computer. Reduce hardware and energy costs by consolidating your PCs with VMware Workstation, winner of more than 50 industry awards.

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by William Myrhang at April 22, 2014 03:15 AM

April 21, 2014

Customer Spotlight: ARcare, a Private Non-profit Healthcare Provider Horizon Solution Reference Implementation Case Study

VMware End User Computing

By Teresa Wingfield, End-User Computing Marketing Consultant

As a member of the End-User Computing marketing team, it’s always gratifying to see VMware Horizon (with View) have a meaningful impact on our customer’s business, especially an organization making a positive difference in society such as ARcare.  ARcare is a private non-profit healthcare provider serving residents of Arkansas and Kentucky. Driven by its mission “Health for All,” the company focuses on delivering affordable primary medical and dental care through a broad range of customer health, community health, employee health, and organizational health services.

Several years ago, ARcare faced an enviable dilemma: Surging demand for the company’s service offerings had helped fuel rapid growth, but the accelerating pace of growth was putting a strain on its core service-delivery infrastructure and leading to unexpectedly high CapEx and OpEx costs. In addition, the company needed to expand the geographical reach of its services, both within and outside of Arkansas.

As a result, ARcare needed an innovative yet reliable, secure, quick, and inexpensive way to extend its service offerings to the desktops of new users in remote clinics and additional branch offices. The company found an answer in virtualization—specifically VDI—and it found a reliable, trustworthy partner in VMware.

With 95 percent of its environment virtualized, including 250 end-user desktops, ARcare has achieved remarkable business results, including:

• CapEx reduction of 60 percent and OpEx reduction of 90 percent
• Fast, painless deployment of end-user desktops
• Higher end-user satisfaction due to a more consistent—and consistently high-quality—experience
• Tighter security and compliance with HIPAA and other federal regulations
• Peace of mind through reliable technology and support from VMware

How did ARcare achieve such impressive results?  ARcare shared its project approach, Horizon with Pure Storage architectural details, lessons learned and more in a recent reference implementation case study.

by Marina Carmody at April 21, 2014 04:00 PM

vSphere Distributed Switch – Network Monitoring

VMware vSphere Blog

When users adopt the vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) there is a whole new level to monitoring that becomes available that’s not possible with our vSphere Standard Switch. Industry standard tools such as Port Mirroring and Netflow and our own VDS monitoring called Health Check. These powerful tools not only help to troubleshoot issues or monitor traffic but help to ensure you don’t have issues to begin with.

The following videos and Product Walkthroughs demonstrate how to enable and use these features.

Health Check:

NetFlow:

Port Mirroring:

All of the VDS Product Walkthroughs are located at: http://featurewalkthrough.vmware.com/VDS/

Also remember we have a Hands-on Lab available for VDS, HOL-SDC-1302 – vSphere Distributed Switch from A to Z

by Mike Brown at April 21, 2014 03:31 PM

Celebrate Earth Day and save on VMware Fusion

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by Nannette Vilushis at April 21, 2014 05:16 AM

April 19, 2014

OVF upload browser plug-in vulnerability

VMware vCloud Blog

As VMware previously noted in KB 2076225, a component called ovftool is vulnerable to the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug. This tool is included in a browser plug-in used to upload OVF files (virtual machines) to vCloud Director 5.6, as used in vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS). The affected component, the “VMware Client integration plug in 5.5”, can be downloaded if you choose to directly upload an OVF file using the vCloud Director user interface.

To remediate, close your browser and uninstall the plug-in. The next time you elect to upload an OVF file directly to vCloud Director web interface in vCHS, you can download and install the patched version of the plug-in.

Previous versions are not affected. Other forms of OVF transfer such as vCloud Connector and API uploads are not vulnerable, and the vCHS service itself is also not vulnerable.

A successful attacker could read sections of process memory, potentially revealing sensitive information. It is difficult for an attacker to exploit this vulnerability, as it requires a sophisticated attack on the client and a compromised network.

For additional information about Heartbleed and VMware products and services, please see KB 2076225

by Mathew Lodge at April 19, 2014 06:13 PM

How to Set Up a BYOD/Mobility Policy

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By TJ Vatsa, Principal Architect, VMware Americas Professional Services Organization

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Smart phones have surpassed one billion worldwide for the first time in 2012 and that number will likely double by 2015, says Bloomberg. Smart phone sales are even surpassing desktop and laptop sales, according to IDC’s Worldwide Smart Connected Device Forecast Data.

Rolling out a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy and infrastructure to handle the influx of personal devices can be a harrowing journey if it’s not well planned. With users today demanding anytime access to business productivity apps, devices, and data on personal devices, not having a policy in place can be even more detrimental.

The first step to implementing a BYOD policy is to think about the devices themselves, how you’ll manage them, and the applications that are being used. VMware’s Horizon EUC (End User Computing) suite can act as the broker and management platform between devices and applications to ensure that the corporate network stays secure. (And users stay happy.)

The recent acquisition of AirWatch makes VMware the undisputed leader in the space of BYOD and mobility, providing the most mature EUC solution portfolio on the market today. This solution portfolio includes some of the key capabilities, such as:

  1. MDM: Mobile Device Management
  2. MAM: Mobile Application Management
  3. MCM: Mobile Content Management
  4. MEML Mobile Email Management
  5. SCL: Secure Content Locker
  6. And a plethora of additional features and functionalities

Now, having touched on the “why” above, let’s take a look at the “what” and “how” of the BYOD/mobility policy.

What: Devices, Applications, Management, Customizations

Below, I’ll lay out general steps to think about in your BYOD policy and tips to putting it in place. That said, every policy requires its own customizations: there’s no-one-size-fits-all approach. Healthcare has different requirements than a financial institution would, for example.

First Step: Devices and Access
With many solutions in the market, customers and integrators can overlook design. So the burning question an architect needs to ask is: “What kind of access for what types of devices?” For the purposes of this blog, we’ll look at the three most typical categories: LAN, VPN, and public network access (see chart below). You can use the sample matrix below to better assess the access you’d like to grant.

For instance, you’ll put devices on the X axis and network access on Y axis. Your LAN will need to be the most secure; therefore, only company-issued devices will have access. But BYOD devices can still gain network access through VPN or a public network, just no access to the LAN itself. These access and device controls need to be driven by your corporate security policies.

How: Design Dos and Don'ts (Devices & Access)

Second Step: Features and Capabilities
Once you’ve figured out access levels, next create a matrix to assess the desktop features and capabilities you’d like to grant. Public network settings will be the most stringent, but VPN and LAN will provide the security you need to enable most desktop features. You’ll want feature category on the X axis against network access on the Y axis, like so:

How: Design Dos & Don'ts (Features & Capabilities)

With your LAN, multimedia redirection is another consideration. If a user is accessing a desktop on the corporate network, audio and video capabilities might require provisioning on the end device. In certain cases, WAN bandwidth may cause an issue accessing corporate recordings. The same issue may happen with printing as well. Ensure that you comply with corporate IT policies while evaluating and enabling such features.

Third Step: Applications
Last, consider your applications entitlement. It’s easy to restrict applications through the catalog of applications provided in the Virtual Workspace Catalog, and the entitlements can be adjusted by department–so your finance department will get access to a different catalog of applications than HR would. Or you can restrict application entitlements based on security rules. For instance, Active Directory GPOs (Group Policy Objects) can be effectively used to enforce business/department specific security policies.
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As you can see, creating a BYOD policy doesn’t need to be daunting. If you think through the various steps, you’ll have a secure network access, happy end-users, and a policy that ensures a successful and a mature adoption of your enterprise BYOD/mobility strategy.

I hope you will find this information handy and useful during your BYOD/mobility architecture design and deployment strategy.


TJ Vatsa has worked at VMware for over four years, with over 19 years of expertise in the IT industry, mainly focusing on the enterprise architecture. He has extensive experience in professional services consulting, cloud computing, VDI/End-User Computing infrastructure, SOA architecture planning, implementation, functional/solution architecture, and technical project management related to enterprise application development, content management, and data warehousing technologies. Catch up with TJ on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

by VMware Professional Services at April 19, 2014 12:46 AM

April 18, 2014

Safely Expanding Access to Applications

VMware End User Computing

Guest blog by Lori Mac Vittie, Senior Product Manager, Emerging Technologies

#F5, #VMwareCloud and #Horizon6 are forcing us to think about access to what matters: applications.

The industry often talks about how the data center perimeter is expanding, necessarily, due to technological shifts such as cloud and mobility and BYOD.  But that isn’t really the case. If you look closely, you’ll see that the perimeter is actually shrinking, getting tighter and tighter around the data center. With just about everything web-enabled these days, the need for access to network to enable access to applications is, well, nearly gone. I can share a file via a web-enabled application today as easily as I could by copying it onto a network share using a VPN last year. With mobile devices inside the corporate walls as well as out, it’s no longer effective to just implicitly trust what’s on the local network.

And that’s indicative of a shift that’s been occurring for years, but has really taken off with the introduction of mobile devices – and which will accelerate as more “things” connect to the Internet both inside the corporate walls and beyond.

What that means is that organizations are shrinking their network access perimeter to encircle just the data center and moving toward adopting an application-centered access paradigm. That means applications are how you send e-mail, share files, and collaborate – no matter where you are and what device you might be using.

That’s a paradigm shift VMware is supporting with new capabilities introduced with Horizon 6, such as application publishing that complements its traditional VDI, desktop and application management. This new capability is supportive of a delivery model that focuses on application – not network – access as the means to deliver the applications necessary to improve productivity and engagement for consumers and employees alike.

Whether it’s native applications or traditional VDI, the applications published with Horizon 6 will still need support from the infrastructure to ensure the performance and availability required to maintain quality of experience. Quality of experience is a critical factor that can improve productivity and engagement when it exceeds expectations – and destroy both when it falls short. Whether it’s legacy Windows apps, Web or SaaS based apps delivered via Horizon 6, their quality of experience requires an integrated, collaborative and software-defined approach to managing performance, availability and access.

F5 provides the architectural foundation necessary to ensure quality of experience regardless of application type, device, or location with F5 Synthesis. With programmable L4-7 services and APIs to integrate with software-defined data center (SDDC) systems, F5 can share with data center orchestration systems the actionable, timely metrics critical to maintaining the availability and performance of all Horizon 6 delivered applications.

F5 believes applications are transforming business, and that means transforming the data center to focus on what matters: applications. VMware Horizon 6 and its new capabilities is a great example of technology that does exactly that.

by Marina Carmody at April 18, 2014 08:00 PM

CIO Survey Gives 4 Tips to Tech Execs

VMware Accelerate

This infographic distills InformationWeek’s 2014 Strategic CIO Survey results into top focus areas. Perhaps not surprisingly, for IT execs, cutting costs ranks at the top of the list. What else keeps your peers awake at night? Speed to market, insufficient budgets, and the skills gap. Scroll through the entire image for a final section of practical advice, and share your thoughts and tips in the comments.InformationWeek Infographic_The-Transformative-CIO

by Heidi Pate at April 18, 2014 07:18 PM

ALERT: vCAC 6.0.x tenants become inaccessible and identity stores disappear

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VMware Support AlertVMware has become aware of an issue that occurs after 90 days after deployment of a template in vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 6.0.x, tenants become inaccessible and identity stores disappear due to expiration of the tenant admin password. For more information, see the article below.

For further information and updates, please refer to KB article: vCloud Automation Center 6.0.x tenants become inaccessible and identity stores disappear (2075011) in your problem description.

Note: Any updates to this issue will be reflected in the aforementioned KB article. To be alerted when this article is updated, click Subscribe to Document in the Actions box on the KB article page.

by Rick Blythe at April 18, 2014 06:19 PM

VMware TCO Comparison Calculator Now Shows that Stepping Up to Private Cloud Costs Less with vCloud Suite

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If you’ve had a chance to use the VMware TCO Comparison Calculator, you know that it factors in all the elements of a proper Total Cost of Ownership analysis to compare the true cost of building a virtual infrastructure on our vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management products to the cost of building a similar infrastructure on Microsoft’s “Cloud OS” – their name for Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center. [VMware has an even more detailed ROI/TCO Calculator to show the financial savings of virtualization and private cloud vs. physical infrastructure.]

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The results are eye-opening for many users who have seen the comparisons from our competitors that consider only the Windows operating system and virtualization software license costs. Including all the TCO elements shown above makes it very clear that the cost of virtualization software is just a small part of the overall TCO for a virtualized infrastructure.

We’ve just updated the TCO Comparison Calculator with two important new features:

  • You can select VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) as the storage technology for VMware. VSAN capital costs are significantly less than other storage options like Fibre Channel, iSCSI or NAS.
  • You can see the TCO of upgrading your vSphere infrastructure to a full-featured vCloud Suite private cloud. This option compares the cost of upgrading to vCloud Suite with the cost of migrating to a Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center private cloud.

There are three key cost elements that work strongly in VMware’s favor that show up in the calculator results:

  • Better VM density – Being able to run more VMs per CPU has always been a vSphere strength due do its outstanding memory management and DRS load balancing technology. Our customers running both vSphere and Hyper-V report higher densities on vSphere and analysts like Gartner agree, saying, “VMware’s customers have higher VM densities.” Even a conservative VM density advantage translates directly to significantly lower CapEx and OpEx costs.
  • Richer feature set – vSphere with Operations Management and vCloud Suite provide more of the management, data protection and availability, networking and disaster recovery features that customers need. Without those features, Microsoft customers must purchase, integrate and administer multiple third-party products to fill the gaps, driving up costs.
  • Much lower operational costs – Our customers that have tried competitors’ products tell us that running a vSphere and vCloud Suite infrastructure is much easier and more efficient. Third party studies have quantified VMware OpEx cost as much as 80-90% lower than Microsoft and recent studies with the latest product versions show a similar advantage. The OpEx savings from VMware’s greater administrative efficiency are built into the TCO Comparison Calculator.

A quick example from the VMware TCO Comparison Calculator shows just how much of an impact those VMware cost savings have. This example shows the two-year TCO for an infrastructure of 1,000 VMs on vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus (our highest edition) vs. Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center.

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You can see that VMware delivers 30% lower TCO from its lower OpEx costs and features that preclude the need for third-party add-ons.

Here’s an example showing that the two-year TCO for upgrading a 1000-VM vSphere Enterprise environment to our full-featured vCloud Suite Enterprise platform comes in 36% less than if that same infrastructure were migrated to Microsoft’s “Cloud OS”.

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Whether you’re new to virtualization and considering a greenfield server consolidation project or a long-time vSphere user weighing your options for a private cloud upgrade, give the VMware TCO Comparison Calculator a try – you’ll see that you can get the best for less.

by Eric Horschman at April 18, 2014 06:00 PM

Unidesk Brings Enhanced VDI Management to Horizon 6

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Guest blog by Tom Rose, Chief Marketing Officer, Unidesk Corporation

Was it a coincidence that a new version of Unidesk was announced the same day as VMware Horizon 6?  Or course not!  Over 600 customers are using VMware Horizon with Unidesk, making us IT’s most popular virtual desktop infrastructure/management combo.  Together, VMware Horizon and Unidesk simplify virtual desktops and applications for IT and make virtual desktops a fit for more users.  So of course we’re going to be one of the first to announce support for Horizon 6!

What is Unidesk?

Unidesk’s unified VDI management platform with patented desktop layering technology is the one-stop-shop for flexible desktop provisioning, streamlined image management, simple application virtualization, and complete user personalization.  With Unidesk, desktop administrators create persistent and non-persistent virtual desktops out of stackable OS and application “layers.”  IT benefits from having only one gold image of Windows to patch for all desktops and the ability to virtualize any app (usually in less than 30 minutes).  End users benefit from full personalization, including user-installed apps.  And finance people are happy that Unidesk’s storage footprint is up to 80% smaller than a full-sized clone (yes, even for persistent desktops).

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How Does Unidesk Support VMware Horizon 6?

Unidesk already has deep integration with VMware View.  Our layered desktops are automatically provisioned into View pools so they can be securely accessed through the broad range of client devices supported by View over the high-performance PCoIP protocol.  In our new release, Unidesk supports the three new editions of VMware Horizon 6 – Horizon View Standard Edition, Horizon Advanced Edition and Horizon Enterprise Edition – with enhanced support for:

  • VMware View Persona: Customers who do not want to sustain all user customizations with Unidesk’s storage-efficient persistent desktops or who want more granular control over personalization can now provision non-persistent desktops with Unidesk and use VMware View Persona to retain and/or share detailed profile information for a consistent user experience for both Unidesk-provisioned virtual desktops and physical PCs.
  • VMware Virtual SAN: Unidesk creates virtual desktops on any storage supported by VMware vSphere, including VMware Virtual SAN. Unidesk with Virtual SAN enables IT administrators to automate desktop provisioning on local storage to reduce storage costs for desktop workloads and significantly accelerate desktop I/O boosting desktop performance.
  • VMware ThinApp: Unidesk and VMware ThinApp together provide comprehensive delivery of Windows applications in VDI. Unidesk makes it easy to virtualize applications as independent layers so they can be assigned to virtual desktops and updated without ever having to be physically installed. The other lifecycle management benefits include revocation, patching, versioning, rollback, auditing, reporting, and single instance storage.

How Are Customers Deploying VMware Horizon View and Unidesk?

See for yourself in some of these recent webinars and case studies. Most of our webinars include live demos of the customers’ virtual desktop deployments.

Read the full Unidesk press release for more details on VMware Horizon 6 and Unidesk 2.6.  Or sign up for our deep-dive technical demo webinar to learn more: http://get.unidesk.com/demo-webinar

by Marina Carmody at April 18, 2014 06:00 PM

Running vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery Supporting Infrastructure

VMware vCloud Blog

by Chris Colotti

With the new release of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery there is one common question that people keep asking me, and that is “Where do I run needed supporting infrastructure like Active Director, DNS, and other things I need?”

You may, or may not, have seen your Disaster Recovery resources are not “Always-On.” What I mean is you are getting them via a subscription that is only holding replicated placeholders on storage until you fail them over. The machines are not using compute and memory until a failure or test failover occurs. In addition, the default leases on the machines is 30 days. This means you cannot stand up a real-time running machine in this offering to hose something like Active Directory and/or DNS and what I refer to in presentations as ‘Infrastructure’ machines. There is a way to solve this challenge, and as with all things cloud, you need to think outside the box.

The fact is most people that do Disaster Recovery today using traditional means run these ‘Infrastructure’ machines hot and always on in the DR site. I’ve almost never seen a Domain Controller get replicated usually because the DR site has a different IP address range. Instead it’s treated as simply another “site” in active directory and certain applications and resources are just running there waiting for failed over machines to use them. This is not always the case, but it’s what I have seen and what I set up when I was an administrator. This being said, there are a few options for solving the need for these running machines outside your vCHS-DR specific subscription.

  • Option #1 – Connect a VPN from a physical to your vCHS-DR resources.
  • Option #2 – Cross Connect to a Cage in a vCHS Data Center where those resources may already be running
  • Option #3 – Purchase a vCHS Virtual Private Cloud or Dedicated Cloud to run them and setup a cloud-to-cloud VPN.

VPN from a Physical Site Option

This option really only works if you have more than one physical site. The obvious reason is if you connect to the primary site you are protecting and it goes down, you are left without the infrastructure you initially needed. Instead if you have two sites and you are only protecting one, you can leverage the other for these resources. Below is this example in a diagram.

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Cross Connect to a Cage

vCloud Hybrid Service has an add-on option of cross-connect, which is the ability to wire from your vCHS resources directly to a cage you own in the same data center where vCHS is hosted. I’d suspect in most cases if you have a cage, that infrastructure is already connected back to your physical data center and you’ve setup basic resources there you could leverage.

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The downside here is that today cross connect is not yet available in all vCHS data centers so you’d have a limited list of choices. However, when it becomes widely available, you will have many more options and this will be a very viable solution.

Cloud to Cloud VPN with a Virtual Private Cloud or Dedicated Cloud

The last option is very good especially if you are already considering additional Infrastructure as a Service resources with vCHS. This option is also good if you will be connecting your new standard vCHS resources back to your on premises data center and creating basic services in the cloud to support your deployed applications. Once you have these you are already setup to simply configure a cloud-to-cloud VPN.

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This is in fact the setup I used in the tutorial video series located on the tutorials page. The benefit of this is you can run these resources in any vCHS location and connect them together as well as back to on premises. The idea is you need these resources additionally for new applications. This is part of your initial Hybrid Cloud data center extensibility.

Network Considerations

You do have to think about the networking considerations when configuring these VPN connections and things like Active Directory Sites and Services.

  1. For VPN the endpoint networks cannot be the same.
  2. You should define the networks in vCHS-DR as a new “Site” and assign the proper domain controller.
  3. Ensure that your VPN mappings also have the right vCNS Edge Gateway firewall rules for traffic to pass.

In the end, you can solve this problem in more than one way. The intent here is not to give the step-by-step configuration since each setup will be different, but you can see in the diagrams I have tried to show some level of detail on the networking so you can get the basic idea. Hopefully this overview has helped answer your questions and you will decide to give vCloud Hybrid Service Disaster Recovery a try.

Chris is a Principal Technical Marketing Architect with the vCloud Hybrid Services team with over 10 years of experience working with IT hardware and software solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems from the Daniel Webster College. Prior to VMware he served a Fortune 1000 company in southern NH as a Systems Architect/Administrator, architecting VMware solutions to support new application deployments. At VMware, in the roles of Consulting Architect, Chris has guided partners as well as customers in establishing a VMware practice and consulted on multiple customer projects ranging from datacenter migrations to long-term residency architecture support. Currently, Chris is working on the newest VMware vCloud Hybrid Service solutions and architectures for vSphere customers wishing to migrate to the VMware Hybrid Cloud Service. Chris is also a VMware Certified Design Expert, (VCDX #37).

by vCloud Team at April 18, 2014 05:00 PM

VMware Weekly News Recap, April 18

VMware Company Blog

VMware News This week in VMware news, Bill Fathers and the vCloud Hybrid Service team announced a new solution – VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery (DR). For far too long, enterprise-class IT business continuance and disaster recovery solutions have been out of reach for mid-size businesses. The new solution not only address this issue […]

by Morgan OLeary at April 18, 2014 04:15 PM

Delivering the Best Computing Platform for VMware Horizon 6

VMware End User Computing

Guest Blog by Jim McHugh, Vice President, Marketing, Cisco Unified Computing System

Last week’s announcement at VMware highlights the continued innovation seen in the end-user computing space, and how important our virtualized or remoted desktop and application  solutions are to delivering enterprise workspace mobility, security and business agility.

Industry-Leading Desktop Virtualization

Delivering virtualized or remoted desktops and applications with an exceptional user experience that scales, is central to what Cisco UCS has been offering our customers since its inception.  If you’re not familiar with our joint solution, I encourage you to check out this short animated whiteboard video.

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Cisco and VMware have a long, distinguished history of collaboration in delivering a complete solution for virtual desktop implementers and their end users.

The Results Speak for Themselves

I’m especially pleased with how our joint solution has delivered industry-leading results.  If you check out the infographic shown here, you’ll see just a couple proof points of how Cisco UCS with VMware Horizon (with View) has dramatically moved the needle in terms of TCO, performance and end-user experience.

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Our joint customers are using this industry-leading solution to:

  • Realize greater employee mobility
  • Deliver greater flexibility and choice through BYOD
  • Optimize business workflow and increase agility
  • Help ensure business continuity and data security
  • Reduce client computing costs

Why is Cisco UCS the Best Compute Platform for Desktop Virtualization?

The roster of testimonials in support of the Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solution is growing at a rapid clip.  Some great proof points of this success can be found in the case studies we’ve published, across a wide array of industry verticals and deployment scenarios.

Core to the success of these deployments is Cisco UCS.  Why? If you’ve followed our journey that started five years ago, you already know that we created a compute platform purpose-built for scalable, high-performance virtualization, free of the limitations and encumbrances of traditional compute architectures.  For VDI and app delivery, Cisco UCS offers the perfect balance of:

  • Industry-leading processing power
  • Low-latency, high performance unified fabric
  • Stateless provisioning model that streamlines and simplifies operations

Congratulations to VMware on the release of Horizon 6.  Our companies have jointly set our sights on driving success for our customers with desktop and app virtualization.  Our joint solution founded on Cisco UCS and VMware Horizon is enabling our customers to embrace the transformation of their desktops and applications into mobile workspaces, and we look forward to continued joint innovation in this space.

For more information, please visit www.cisco.com/go/vdivmware

by Marina Carmody at April 18, 2014 04:00 PM

Question of the Week: Horizon Mirage

VMware Education & Certification Blog

This week’s question comes from the Horizon Mirage Installation video.

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a) Dual-Instance Storage
b) Single-Instance Storage
c) Local Cache
d) Remote Cache


Click through to the comments for the answer and watch Horizon Mirage Installation video for more information.

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by VMware Professional Services at April 18, 2014 03:00 PM

VMware Fusion 6.0.3 Update

Team Fusion

On April 17th we released VMware Fusion 6.0.3, a maintenance release. This update is recommended for all users of VMware Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional.

To download VMware Fusion 6.0.3, open VMware Fusion and select VMware Fusion > Check for Updates.

For more details on Fusion 6.0.3, read the Release Notes.

Thanks to the Fusion customers reporting these issues to Fusion Support and discussing them with the VMware Fusion Community.

-The VMware Fusion Team

by Nannette Vilushis at April 18, 2014 02:58 PM

Question of the Week: vCloud

VMware Education & Certification Blog

This week’s question comes from the vCloud Concepts and Architecture module.

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a. Consolidating the workload onto individual hosts.
b. Specifying the layer at which VMs run.
c. Providing datacenter resources without binding them to a specific piece of hardware.
d. Removing the dependency on vCenter.


Click through to the comments for the answer.

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by VMware Professional Services at April 18, 2014 02:00 PM

VMware Workstation 10 and Player 6 Updates Now Available

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VMware Workstation 10.0.2 Now Available

VMware Workstation 10.0.2 is a maintenance release that is a free update for all VMware Workstation 10.x customers. Read the Release Notes for more details.

VMware Player 6.0.2 Now Available

VMware Player 6.02 is a maintenance release that is a free update for all VMware Player 6.x customers. Read the Release Notes for more details.

How to get the updates

VMware Workstation 10 will prompt you to download the update the next time you run it. You can manually check for the update from the “Help” -> “Software Updates” menu item. Alternatively, you can download it from here.

VMware Player 6 will prompt you to download the update the next time you run it. You can manually check for the update from the “Player” -> “Help” -> “Software Updates” menu item. Alternatively, you can download it from here.

PLEASE NOTE: VMware Workstation 10 includes a copy of VMware Player 6 for commercial use.  If you have VMware Workstation 10 you do not need to download VMware Player 6 separately since it is included in the VMware Workstation 10 download.

Many thanks to the Workstation 10 and Player 6 customers reporting these issues to Workstation Support and discussing them with the VMware Workstation Community.

by William Myrhang at April 18, 2014 05:50 AM

April 17, 2014

Effect of VAAI on cloning with All Flash Arrays:

VMware vSphere Blog

Cloning virtual machines is an area where VAAI can provide many advantages. Flash storage arrays provide excellent IO performance. We wanted to see what difference VAAI makes in virtual machine cloning operations for “All Flash Arrays”.

For the test 500GB of random data on a VMDK was created on a Linux virtual machine. This virtual machine was then cloned with VAAI turned off and then on to study its impact. The results of the testing truly attest to the big benefits that VAAI bring to massive write operations.

Test Infrastructure:

The following components were used for testing VAAI performance on an all Flash storage array:

  1. Dell R910 server with 40 cores and 256 GB RAM
  2. Pure FA 420 Flash Array with two shelves that included 44 238 GB Flash drives and 8.2 TB usable capacity.
  3. Centos Linux Virtual Machine with 4 vCPU, 8 GB RAM,  16 GB OS/Boot Disk & 500 GB Data Disk all on the Pure Storage Array
  4. SW ISCSI on dedicated 10GBPS ports.

Test Virtual Machine:

The virtual machine used for testing was a generic Centos Linux based system with a second virtual data disk with 500GB Capacity.  To make the cloning process be truly exercised, we want this data disk to be filled with random data. Making the data random ensures that the data being copied is not repetitive in any way and is not easily compressed or de-duplicated.

 Preparing the Data Disk:

The following command was used to create a large 460 GB file with random data with “dd” command on Linux.

dd if=/dev/urandom of=/thinprov/500gb_file bs=1M count=4600000

The disk space used in the data disk is shown below and it contains only the random data file generated with dd command.

root@linux01 thinprov]# df

Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on

/dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00 10220744   2710700   6982480  28% /

/dev/sda1               101086     20195     75672  22% /boot

tmpfs                         4087224         0   4087224   0% /dev/shm

/dev/sdb1            516054864 469853428  19987376  96% /thinprov

Tuning VAAI:

VAAI can be enabled or disabled using the following settings: (1 enables, 0 Disables)

esxcli system settings advanced set –int-value 1 –o /DataMover/HardwareAcceleratedMove

esxcli system settings advanced set –int-value 1 -o /DataMover/HardwareAcceleratedInit

esxcli system settings advanced set –int-value 1 -o /VMFS3/HardwareAcceleratedLocking

esxcli system settings advanced set –int-value 1 -o /VMFS3/EnableBlockDelete

Adjust Maximum HW Transfer size for better copy performance:

esxcli system settings advanced set –int-value 16384 –option /DataMover/ 
MaxHWTransferSize

For larger I/O sizes its found in experiments that settings IOPS to 1 have a positive effect on latency

esxcli storage nmp psp roundrobin deviceconfig set –d <device> -I 1 -t iops

On ESXi 5.5, DSNRO can be set on a per LUN basis!

esxcli storage core device set -d <device> -O 256

Set Disk SchedQuantum to maximum (64)

esxcli system settings advanced set –int-value 64 –o /Disk/SchedQuantum

Phase 1: Cloning with VAAI disabled:

For the first phase of the study VAAI was turned off and the settings validated. The cloning process was initiated for the Linux virtual machine and some of the key metrics were observed and captured at the storage array and in vCenter performance charts.

The cloning process was carefully monitored and the time for the cloning operation was observed to be 63 minutes.

VAAI1

The time in the chart between 2:06 and 3:09 PM represents the cloning operation shown as the blue area. There is a spike in latency (>2ms), IOPS (5000) and Bandwidth utilization around 420 MBPS during this cloning operation.

VAAI2

Phase 2: Cloning with VAAI Enabled:

For the second phase of the study VAAI was turned on and the settings validated. The cloning process was initiated for the Linux virtual machine and some of the key metrics were observed and captured at the storage array and in vCenter performance charts.

The cloning process was carefully monitored and the time for the cloning operation was observed to be 19 minutes.

VAAI3

The time in the chart between 3:54 and 4:13 PM represents the cloning operation shown as the blue area. There is a minimal spike in latency (0.5ms), IOPS (3000) and Bandwidth utilization around 10 MBPS during this cloning operation.

VAAI4

The performance chart for network usage does not correlate with the 10 MBPS average utilization during the cloning operation. The network utilization at the vSphere host level during the operation shows no increase in network utilization as was seen with the Non VAAI operation. This clearly shows that all the network activity occurs within the storage array with no impact the vSphere host.

Effect of VAAI on the cloning operation:

The observations highlight the huge impact that VAAI has on a large copy operation represented by a VM clone. A clone of a VM with 500 GB of random data benefits significantly through the use the use VAAI compliant storage as shown in the following table.

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Arrays that are VAAI capable such as the Pure Storage array used in this study dramatically improves write intensive operations such as cloning by reducing time of impact, latency, IOPS and bandwidth consumed. This study shows that even all flash arrays that have fast disks with huge IOPS can significantly benefit from VAAI for cloning

by Mohan Potheri at April 17, 2014 11:26 PM

Dell Active Infrastructure and VMware vSphere with Operations Management

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by VMware at April 17, 2014 09:02 PM

The Speed of Life at the Scale of Enterprise

VMware End User Computing

Guest blog By Andy Fenselau, EMC XtremIO

It’s all about the user experience.  From its early days, IT has been all about keeping users happy.  And now, more than ever, IT has to show its value to users—especially for desktop virtualization. “Users” are everyday people like you and me.  In the past, users were tied behind their desk to isolated desktops with homogenous operating environments. Nowadays, we are mobile, use a wide variety of devices and applications, and expect access to services and data, and to collaborate with others – at “the speed of life.” And we are a diverse mix of knowledge workers, task workers, and power users with different needs for our desktop experiences.

This single VDI question has confounded IT for years: How do I provide this at the speed of life – and at the scale of enterprise?

VMware Horizon 6 answers this question by extending the power of virtualization from the data center to devices to deliver virtual desktops and application services.  A consistently great user experience at scale is critical to success; however, virtual desktop deployments have been complex to plan and deploy, with storage as a primary bottleneck for performance, consistency, manageability, and cost.

So, with VMware’s news on Horizon 6, the VDI game is changing… and EMC XtremIO scale-out all-flash arrays are transforming storage into a true enabler in VDI environments. With Horizon, and fully converged, ready-to-run VCE Vblocks for VDI featuring XtremIO, customers can deploy VDI at any scale, with simple planning, rapid deployment, a better-than-PC all-flash user experience, and lower costs than physical desktops.

What does this mean for one of us real users? One of my favorite Horizon/XtremIO experiences comes from a sales rep at a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company who said her experience “was pure bliss”. This sales rep’s days are spent roaming the hallways of hospitals and doctors’ offices with a tablet in hand – waiting for the crucial 2-3 minute window she has to catch doctors making their rounds. Behind the scenes, the performance of her VDI would either make or break those critical few minutes with her clients. Her old VDI experience was inconsistent, unpredictable and “painful” for her and her clients. The day after her organization switched to Horizon with XtremIO, she emailed her IT team and said, “I don’t know what you did, but don’t change it back. My tablet experience is phenomenal now, and I can engage my customers with confidence and success!”

And this is just one of many speed of life stories. To find out more about the joint VMware-EMC XtremIO solution, watch this on-demand webinar or explore all our VDI resources and future webinars at www.xtremio.com/vdi.

by Marina Carmody at April 17, 2014 08:00 PM

vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips: Tip #30 – Create a One-Click Cluster Capacity Dashboard – Part 1

VMware Virtualization Management Blog

It’s easy to set up a cluster capacity dashboard in just one click and I’ll show you how to do it with vCenter Operations Manager Custom Dashboards. In this two-part blog series, I’ll guide you through steps to get this dashboard installed in your environment and explain how to create the interaction XML.

Let’s take a look at the final dashboard in the screenshot below, the problems it will solve, and its features. Then we’ll take a closer look at the process of designing this dashboard and the related customizations you can do.

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Here is a quick summary and the features of this dashboard:

  • The list of clusters in the environment being monitored in your Virtual Infrastructure (left pane).
  • Once you select a given cluster, you will see the Capacity Overview of the cluster (right scoreboard widget).
  • The scoreboard gives you the summary of the cluster, consolidation ratios, capacity remaining, waste, and stress data.
  • Each score’s color designates VMware configuration maximums. (For example, if the number of hosts comes out to 33, the box will turn red as vSphere 5.x currently supports a 32-node ESXi Cluster. You have the option to define these thresholds while creating the XML—I’ll share this in a moment.)
  • This dashboard can help CXOs get details about the capacity of each cluster with just a click of a button. It can also easily help them make procurement decisions.
  • Using this dashboard helps IT teams quickly decide which clusters can be used for any new Virtual Machine demand from the business, etc.
  • Finally, large service providers can use this dashboard to keep tabs on the resource utilization and available capacity.

Download Files

The beauty behind this customization is that I can export this dashboard right from my vCOps instance and import it into any vCOps instance with a few steps–and it will work like a charm. You can successfully reuse this dashboard in your vCOps instance, if you have the vCOps advance or Enterprise edition, which includes a custom UI.

Download the Cluster-XML.xml file below to see all of the metrics to display in the scorecard on the right as soon as a cluster is selected on the left pane. In part two of this series, I will tell you how to write this file. The Cluster-Capacity Dashboard.xml file is just a simple export of the dashboard from the Custom UI.

You can do the same for any dashboard that does not have any dependencies for resource IDs (unique identity number given by vCOps to each of its inventory object). You would take a two-step approach to use these files to achieve the final result.

Files to download:

Cluster-XML.xml

Cluster-Capacity Dashboard.xml

Step-by-Step Instructions to Place the Cluster-XML.xml in a Specific Location of UI VM

  1. Use an SCP software to login to the UI VM using the root credentials. I am using WinSCP.
    Change the directory to the following location: /usr/lib/vmware-vcops/tomcat-enterprise/webapps/vcops-custom/WEB-INF/classes/resources/reskndmetrics
  2. Drag and drop the Cluster-XML.xml file from your system where you downloaded it to this directory as shown in the screenshot below.
  3. DuaOCCCD2
  4. Right click the target file, and then click on Properties to change the permission level to 644 (for read and execute rights) as shown below.DuaOCCCD3

Now that you’ve finished the first set of steps, let’s go through the second set of instructions.

Step-by-Step Instructions: Import Cluster-Capacity Dashboard.xml Dashboard in vCOps Custom UI

  1. Log into vCOps Custom UI using an ID with administrative privileges.
  2. Click the Import Option under the Dashboard Tools menu.
    DuaOCCCD4
  3. Browse to the location where you saved the Cluster-Capacity Dashboard.xml and click Import.
    DuaOCCCD3
  4. You’ll now see a dialog box indicating that your dashboard was successfully imported. Close the window and click the Dashboards Menu to find a new dashboard named “CLUSTER-WISE CAPACITY OVERVIEW”
    DuaOCCCD6
  5. Click this and you will now have see the dashboard I displayed at beginning of this post. It’s that simple! :-)After importing the dashboard, if you do not see the names of your cluster in the Resources Widget, you must edit the “Resources” Widget -> Select “Cluster Compute Resource” in the left pane and click OK. This will list all your clusters.

Stay tuned for part two of this article where I’ll provide steps to help create your own .XML files to build additional dashboards. This is useful for those who want a single pane to view the entire capacity of a Virtual Infrastructure.

Additional Notes and Resources

Please send us your feedback and comments about this #TechTip below, as well as requests for #TechTips on other topics. And yes, follow us on twitter @vcenterops to get the latest on vCenter Operations and Cloud Operations Management topics. For a full list of all blog posts in the vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips series, search for posts with the tag ‘tech tips‘, or just visit http://blogs.vmware.com/management/tag/tech-tips.

by Sunny Dua at April 17, 2014 01:00 PM

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast 274 – VMware Horizon 6 @vmwarehorizon

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Hosts

John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer

Guests

Scott Lowe, VMware @scott_lowe

Jared Cook, VMware

News

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery, Available Now, Seamlessly Extends Disaster Recovery to the Public Cloud

VMware Unleashes Horizon 6 – Delivering Published Applications and Virtual Desktops on a Single Integrated Platform

Creating the Enterprise Cloud: A Q&A with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

VMware preps public cloud-powered disaster recovery as a service

Around the Community

vBrownbag Podcast

VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today!

AdaptingIT – Lauren Malhoit Podcast

Virtualization Security Roundtable

vCatchup Podcast – Craig Waters

Stu McHugh’s Virtualisation Blog – vNews Podcast

Geek Whisperers Podcast

Establish your Cloud Cred!

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – Software-Defined Data Center

VUPaaS – Virtualization User Podcast as a Service

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – VMware NSX

vSoup Podcast

The Cloudcast Podcast

Horizon 6

Show

NSX Seminar Series – Check it out today!

The Software-Defined Data Center – VMware

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – VMware NSX

Follow VMware NSX on twitter

VMware – The Network Virtualization Blog

VMware Horizon 6 Unveiled Today – April 9, 2014

VMware has some big news for EUC – Gunnar Berger/Gartner

Watch the REPLAY of the Horizon 6 Launch – Accelerating the Pace of Innovation with VMware Horizon 6

CIO White paper – Meeting Workforce Demands: Why – and How – IT Should Modernize End-User Computing

Save 40% when you upgrade from VMware Horizon View Standard to Horizon Advanced or Horizon Enterprise EditionsPromotion Rules – Available 4/8/2014 through 12/15/2014 at 11:59PM PT (Pacific Time).

VMware Horizon 6 – Driving Costs Down with VMware Virtual SAN Integration (Again)

Horizon 6.0 – Introducing Virtual SAN Integration

vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon (with View)

Announcing VMware Mirage 5.0

New capabilities in VMware Horizon 6 include:

  • Published Applications and Virtual Desktops Delivered Through A Single Platform – VMware Horizon 6 offers streamlined management, end-user entitlement, and quick delivery of published Windows applications, RDS-based desktops and virtual desktops across devices and locations. The new capabilities are built on a single platform that is an extension of the market leading VDI solution, VMware Horizon View™.
  • A Unified Workspace for Simplified Access – With VMware Horizon 6, end-users can access all applications and desktops from a single unified workspace. The unified workspace supports the delivery of virtualized applications hosted in the datacenter or local on the device, web and SaaS applications, RDS hosted applications, and published applications from third party platforms, such as Citrix XenApp, with a single sign-on experience.
  • Storage Optimization with VMware Virtual SAN™ and Delivery from the Software-Defined Data Center – VMware Horizon 6 is optimized for the Software-Defined Data Center. The solution provides integrated management of VMware Virtual SAN that can significantly reduce the cost of storage for virtual desktops by using local storage. With this innovation, the capital cost of virtual desktops with Horizon 6 can be similar to physical desktops.
  • Closed-Loop Management and Automation – VMware Horizon 6 offers new capabilities for end-to-end visibility and automation from datacenter-to-device. The new VMware vCenter™ Operations for View provides health and risk monitoring, proactive end-user experience monitoring and deep diagnostics from datacenter-to-device all within a single console. Horizon 6 also supports automation and self-service, allowing IT to provide line-of-business users with the ability to request desktops and applications by using built-in workflows and automated infrastructure provisioning. This closed-loop management and automation is integrated with the vCloud Automation Center™ management console, making it easier for customers with vCloud® Suite to get started with Horizon 6.
  • Central Image Management of Virtual, Physical and Employee-Owned PCs – VMware offers centralized image management for virtual, physical and employee-owned PCs from a single, integrated solution. Using the updated VMware Mirage™, IT administrators can design a single desktop with the required operating system and applications, and deliver it to end-users in a department or entire organization based on end-user needs.
  • Hybrid Cloud Delivery – VMware Horizon 6 introduces a new client that seamlessly connects to virtual desktops and applications running in an on-premise cloud, a service provider partner cloud, or through VMware vCloud Hybrid Service with the same, high performance end-user experience. This flexibility gives customers the ability to deploy Horizon 6 via the hybrid cloud – balancing between business-owned and public cloud-based infrastructure to best satisfy their needs.

New Editions to Support Modern Deployment Models

VMware customers can adopt published applications and virtual desktops based on their needs and environment. Three new editions of VMware Horizon will be available to customers, including:

Horizon View Standard Edition: Delivers simple, high-performance, VDI-based virtual desktops with a great user experience.

Horizon Advanced Edition: Offers the lowest cost solution for published and virtual applications and desktops using optimized storage from VMware Virtual SAN, central image management and a unified workspace for managing and delivering all applications and desktops.

Horizon Enterprise Edition: Delivers a cloud-ready solution for desktops and applications with advanced cloud-like automation and management capabilities for hybrid cloud flexibility.

by Angelo Luciani at April 17, 2014 11:39 AM

April 16, 2014

VMware Horizon 6, Virtual SAN and Atlantis ILIO: The Convergence of Desktop Virtualization and Software-Defined Storage

VMware End User Computing

Guest blog by Seth Knox, VP Products, Atlantis Computing

With the release of VMware Horizon 6, VMware is delivering a unified platform for desktop and application virtualization that leverages the power and flexibility of the software-defined data center. By using Virtual SAN and Atlantis ILIO software-defined storage solutions, Horizon 6 significantly drives down the cost per desktop, while delivering an amazing user experience.

A joint solution with VMware Horizon 6, Virtual SAN and Atlantis ILIO delivers:

  • Applications and desktops through a single platform – including VDI, RDS and even XenApps
  • Hyper-converged architecture that leverages servers with local storage (even blades)
  • Optimization with Atlantis ILIO In-Memory Storage technology with inline deduplication and compression to:
    • Boost performance to improve user experience
    • Reduce storage capacity requirements to lower infrastructure costs
    • Pool storage resources across Virtual SAN and existing SAN/NAS/DAS to increase flexibility and drive up data center efficiency

Expanding on the joint solution that was launched in February 2014, Atlantis Computing and VMware have continued to work to provide a low cost, high-performance solution for our customers looking to start or expand their desktop virtualization journey. With the release of VMware Horizon 6 and the joint solution with Atlantis ILIO and VMware Virtual SAN, we are excited to help accelerate our customers’ journey to the software-defined data center.

The joint solution leverages Virtual SAN’s ability to pool local solid state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs) with Atlantis ILIO to extend and optimize Virtual SAN. Using Atlantis ILIO, IT organizations can pool Virtual SANs with existing shared SAN, NAS and All-Flash storage, while optimizing it with Atlantis ILIO In-Memory Storage technology to boost performance, reduce storage capacity and provide storage services such as high availability, fast cloning and unified management across all data center storage hardware.

To prove the joint solution, we did a series of benchmark tests including ioMeter, PassMark and a boot storm test of 375 desktops.  Desktop virtualization workloads are traditionally very unpredictable and interactive in nature with high peaks and low averages. They are also write-intensive (80% write/ 20% read) and mostly random and small block sizes (4K). As a result, traditional storage technology finds desktop virtualization very difficult to handle and read caching technologies don’t provide the same benefits in terms of performance.

Our joint solution came out at the top in every single test that we ran.  In fact, for PassMark, we are proud to announce that our joint solution achieved the 10th fastest result ever measured. We optimized Virtual SAN, to increase IOPS from 25,000 IOPS to deliver 117,000 IOPS with an average latency of 3.4 milliseconds.  From our tests, it is clear that our joint solution delivers a faster performance than a MacBook Air with Apple SSD for a fraction of the cost. (To see the full test results, visit the Atlantis Computing Blog.)

As you can see, Atlantis ILIO provides tremendous value when used in combination with Virtual SAN to provide the storage for Horizon 6. The joint solution delivers high-performance virtual desktops that outperform physical PCs with SSDs, the ability to use local storage and blade servers reduces the total cost per desktop. The simplicity of both Virtual SAN (built into vSphere) and Atlantis ILIO, which deploys automatically as a VM, provides a compelling solution across VDI, XenApp and RDS desktop virtualization deployments.

To learn more about the joint solution with VMware Horizon 6 and Virtual SAN, watch the on-demand webinar.

by Marina Carmody at April 16, 2014 08:30 PM

Horizon 6 on Pure Storage: More affordable, scalable and simpler than disk

VMware End User Computing

Guest blog by Vaughn Stewart, Chief Evangelist, Pure Storage

It’s amazing to reflect on how quickly our mobile work experience has evolved in such a short period. Over the past half dozen years, the world has advanced from remote calendars and email to the need for a rich, mobile end-user experience comprised of secure access to applications, files, and online services – all available anywhere, anytime and on any device.

However, it can be challenging to provide a consistent user experience across devices and locations.  Multiple points of access and control for end-user applications (including Windows and non-Windows based assets) contribute to user experience issues and management complexity.  Legacy disk-based storage contributes to slow response times and also leads to user dissatisfaction.

VMware and Pure Storage address these performance and management challenges.  VMware Horizon 6 delivers consistently great experiences across devices, locations, media and connections through a unified workspace and provides a central point of control for application delivery.  Pure Storage FlashArray is perfect for Horizon 6 and enables customers to host and manage desktops, provide remote file services and stream application delivery with simplicity and scalability, directly within their software-defined data center.

Pure Storage is unique in the industry, as we have removed the economic barrier to all-flash storage, ensuring an instantaneous and responsive end-user experience with price points at below $100 per Horizon user. In fact, the price per user decreases as the size of the deployment increases! Consistent sub-millisecond storage latency is key to meeting the expectations of today’s mobile user and is vital for Horizon 6 deployments. All-flash Pure Storage delivers this performance without the configuration or complexity of disk-based storage.

VMware Horizon on Pure Storage runs flawlessly and enables organizations to support new deployments for the most demanding users requiring highly responsive 3D graphics, rich media and unified communications.

Read more details on VMware Horizon on Pure Storage.

by Marina Carmody at April 16, 2014 04:00 PM

New Disaster Recovery to Cloud Tutorial Videos

VMware vCloud Blog

By Chris Colotti

I wanted to take a few minutes to explain more about the eight new VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery tutorial videos that were recently published on http://vcloud.vmware.com/tutorials.  There are approximately 8 videos that cover various areas in order of how you might setup the service.  Although these are meant for someone to use after they have purchased the service, I feel that they can be very useful even if you just want to better understand how you do things within the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery.  Below are brief explanations of each video so you have an idea of what they are all about.

Introduction Video

This video is a short compilation of the individual videos below.  It’s intended to touch on two or three key areas in an abbreviated form as an overview before diving into the individual videos. This video is a great starting point to learn basics about the service.

Prerequisites Video

Before you begin to configure VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery, like anything else there are some pre-requisites you need to cover.  This video discusses the basic things you need to have in place before you begin, such as having the right appliance and vCloud Connector components.

Configure Remote Site Video

In this video you will see all the basic steps and information you will need to get a remote site set up and configured within vSphere Replication.  You will see how to select your test and failover network, as well as hear some considerations about networking in general.

Configure Replication Video

This covers everything you need to know to get replication setup on any given virtual machine using vSphere Replication and VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery.  You will see there are very few steps involved in getting the actual replication started.

Performing a Test Failover Video

Once you have completed a replication, the next step will be to perform a test failover, which will maintain the replication in the background. This video covers the simple process of performing a failover so you can actually see a test failover in action, and the virtual machine running post test failover.

Performing a Planned Failover Video

Of course, a planned failover can be done, but it will shutdown the source machines and stop replication. In this video, you will see this process in action. Remember, once complete this process you have to perform a failback – not just a test cleanup as explained in the previous video.

Failing Back to vSphere On-Premises Video

This video is one of the longer in the series, but only because the failback process can be slightly more time intensive.  You will see the complete process for returning the failed over machine back to vSphere on premises.  This video also illustrates the restart of the replication process using the cloud-based machine as a replication seed.

Advanced Concepts Video

This final video is perhaps the most important. In many Disaster Recovery videos, all you see is the failed over machine being powered on. In this video, you will see a Windows Domain member machine logged onto a local Domain Controller failed over. Not only is the machine powered on, but it’s also logged into a new local domain controller in an adjacent vCloud Hybrid Service Virtual Private Cloud via a cloud-to-cloud VPN.

Hopefully these videos help you get a better understanding of the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery offering and how you can use it in your organization.

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Chris is a Principal Technical Marketing Architect with the vCloud Hybrid Services team with over 10 years of experience working with IT hardware and software solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems from the Daniel Webster College. Prior to VMware he served a Fortune 1000 company in southern NH as a Systems Architect/Administrator, architecting VMware solutions to support new application deployments. At VMware, in the roles of Consulting Architect, Chris has guided partners as well as customers in establishing a VMware practice and consulted on multiple customer projects ranging from datacenter migrations to long-term residency architecture support. Currently, Chris is working on the newest VMware vCloud Hybrid Service solutions and architectures for vSphere customers wishing to migrate to the VMware Hybrid Cloud Service. Chris is also a VMware Certified Design Expert, (VCDX #37).

by vCloud Team at April 16, 2014 04:00 PM

vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips: Tip #29 – vCloud OvDC Admin vCOps Custom Dashboard – Part 2

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original bd 6In the first part for this series we’ve installed and configured vCloud adapter for vC Ops.

The OvDC Admin Custom Dashboard includes many elements related to one another which are mostly rely on Super Metrics. In this post we will create the Virtual Machine related Super Metrics.

Super Metrics

As I mentioned in my previous post, OOTB the vCloud adapter will not show performance metrics for vCloud resource kinds, it will only show the logical structure.

PvDC > OvDC > vApp > VM > Datastore

For that reason, I will be using vC Ops 5.8.1 in order to create quite a few Super Metrics, starting with Virtual Machines related ones.

VM Configured Memory in GB

sum(This ResourceMemory|Guest Configured Memory (KB))/1048576

Memory|Guest Configured Memory (KB) = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: Memory > Guest Configured Memory (KB)

Note: before double clicking the metric attribute kind, click on the THIS button first01. VM Configured Memory in GB

VM Snapshot Used Space (%)

(sum(This ResourceDisk Space|Snapshot Space (GB))/sum(This ResourceDisk Space|Virtual machine used (GB)))*100

Disk Space|Snapshot Space (GB) = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: Disk Space > Snapshot Space (GB)
Disk Space|Virtual machine used (GB) = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: Disk Space > Virtual machine used (GB)

Note: before double clicking the metric attribute kind, click on the THIS button first02. VM Snapshot Used Space

The next two SM will use to show how much vCPU and vMemory is recommended for each VM in the OvDC based on how much resources are being wasted.

I used +1 basis in my calculations based on the fact that potentially vC Ops can recommend removing all vCPU/vMem for an idle VM. This doesn’t make a lot of sense so I did some manipulation to provide the minimum recommended number.

VM Recommended vCPU Based on +1 vCPU

(sum(This ResourceCPU Usage|Provisioned CPU Cores)-sum(This ResourceWaste|vCPU|Total))+1

CPU Usage|Provisioned CPU Cores = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: CPU > Provisioned CPU Cores
Waste|vCPU|Total = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: Waste > vCPU > Total

Note: before double clicking the metric attribute kind, click on the THIS button first03. VM Recommended vCPU Based on 1 vCPU

VM Recommended vMem Based on +1GB

((sum(This ResourceMemory|Guest Configured Memory (KB))-sum(This ResourceWaste|Memory|Total))/1048576)+1

Memory|Guest Configured Memory (KB) = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: Memory > Guest Configured Memory (KB)
Waste|MemoryTotal = Resource Kinds > Virtual Machine > Attribute Kinds: Waste > Memory > Total

Note: before double clicking the metric attribute kind, click on the THIS button first04. VM Recommended vMem Based on 1GB

In the next part for this series, we will be focusing on creating PvDC, OvDC and vApp level Super Metrics, stay tuned!

Please send us your feedback and comments about this #TechTip below, as well as requests for #TechTips on other topics. And yes, follow us on twitter @vcenterops to get the latest on vCenter Operations and Cloud Operations Management topics. For a full list of all blog posts in the vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips series, search for posts with the tag ‘tech tips‘, or just visit http://blogs.vmware.com/management/tag/tech-tips

by Lior Kamrat at April 16, 2014 01:00 PM

April 15, 2014

IBM x86 Systems and VMware Virtual SAN™ (VSAN) Deliver Cost Savings and Ease of Doing Business

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by VMware at April 15, 2014 11:47 PM

Hands-on Labs: Importing vPods

VMware Hands On Labs Blog

This is the fourth in my series on managing content for VMware Hands-on Labs. You can find the previous posts in the following locations:

The next phase of our multi-cloud vPod management process is sometimes a data replication, but there are times when we have multiple clouds at the same physical location. In that case, the next phase is simply an import to the target cloud. Doing this by hand is tedious and error-prone, so we employ some PowerCLI to keep us sane.

We use the built-in Import-CIVAppTemplate cmdlet for importing vApp templates. It usually does the job pretty well, but I have noticed a couple of things about the cmdlet that are worth sharing. First off, in my experience, it does not do very well with high latency links. At high latency, its bandwidth utilization is terrible when compared to even the Java-based uploader that is part of the vCD web UI. The capability to script the import process can be a worthwhile tradeoff in many cases. If the source and target clouds are geographically distributed, we usually replicate the export files to a “library” host that is LAN-connected to the target cloud and then perform the import locally anyway. I will go into more on that process in a future post in this series. Beyond that, I find that Import-CIVAppTemplate can use a little help in the resiliency department and I’ve created a little wrapper to help it out:

  1. Check to see if a template with the same name currently exists in the target catalog and, if so, do not try to import the template again
  2. Validate that all of the VMDK files referred to in the OVF are present and the correct size — if you have an incomplete export and do not do this, Import-CIVAppTemplate will not fail until it hits the missing/corrupt files. That could be hours into the process, and that’s no fun.
  3. Resume the upload if it gets interrupted. Network funniness, or system maintenance can wreak havoc with long-running tasks like uploading. When we’re preparing for a large event like VMworld, it seems like I am constantly importing pods to our various clouds. There is a -ResumeUpload switch in the cmdlet, but it requires a binding to the “in progress” template and separate call once a failure/disconnect has occurred. I put this into my wrapper along with a loop, a delay between attempts and a maximum retries counter.

My Import-Vpod wrapper function:

Function Import-Vpod {
<#
  Takes a vPod Name, Catalog, orgVDC, and a path to the vPod Library
  Imports the OVF located at <library>\vPodName\vPodName.ovf
  Will attempt to resume until successful completion or $maxRetries is exceeded
#>
  PARAM (
    $VPodName=$(throw "need -VPodName"), 
    $Catalog=$(throw "need -Catalog"),
    $OrgVDC=$(throw "need -OrgVDC"),
    $LibPath=$(throw "need -LibPath")
  )
  PROCESS {
    $ovfPath = Join-Path $LibPath $($VPodName + "\" + $VPodName + ".ovf")

    #ensure OVF exists, bail if not found
    if( !(Test-Path $ovfPath) ) {
      Write-Host -fore Red "!!! OVF file not found: $ovfPath"
      Return
    }

    ## Import-CIVAppTemplate does not check for all VMDKs, but will DIE
    ## We check to see if all the VMDK files referenced in the OVF exist
    if ( !(Test-Ovf -Ovf $ovfPath) ) {
      Write-Host -fore Red "!!! OVF export incomplete"
      Return
    }

    $maxRetries = 20
    $retryCount = 0
    $vPodExists = $null

    # If a vApp with this name already exists, don't try to import it
    try { 
      $vPodExists = Get-CIVAppTemplate -Name "$VPodName" -Catalog $Catalog -ErrorAction Stop
    }
    catch {
      Write-Host -fore Green "Importing vPod $vPodName"
      $va = Import-CIVAppTemplate -catalog $Catalog -name "$VPodName" -orgvdc $OrgVDC -sourcepath $ovfPath
      Start-Sleep -Seconds 120
      while (($va.Status -ne "Resolved") -and ($retryCount -lt $maxRetries)) {
        $retryCount += 1
        Write-Host -fore Yellow "!!! Transfer interrupted. Retry $retryCount of $maxRetries in 5 minutes..."
        Start-Sleep -Seconds 300
        Import-CIVAppTemplate -sourcepath $ovfPath -VAppTemplate $va -ResumeUpload
        #refresh $va here... 
        $va = Get-CIVAppTemplate -Name "$VPodName" -Catalog $Catalog
      }
    }
    If ($vPodExists -ne $null) { 
      Write-Host -fore Red "!!! vPod $vPodName already exists. Not importing." 
    }
  }
} #Import-Vpod

Using this function is pretty simple: connect to your cloud using the Connect-CIServer cmdlet, get the target vCD Catalog and OrgVdc where the template will be stored, specify the path to the template library and the name of the vPod, then let PowerCLI do the rest:

Import-Vpod

In the above example, I am importing a vPod called HOL-SDC-1307-v6 from the template library at E:\HOL-Library\s0\ into the HOL-Staging catalog into the only OrgVdc available in this cloud Org. Based on our naming conventions for a “template library,” the full path to the OVF in this example is E:\HOL-Library\s0\HOL-SDC-1307-v6\HOL-SDC-1307-v6.ovf 

When you’re finished, don’t forget to disconnect from the cloud using Disconnect-CIServer.

Since the Import-Vpod function uses my Test-Ovf function, it makes sense to provide that as well. This provides a good example of how you can open an OVF as an XML file by casting the result from Get-Content as [xml] then treating the variable as a series of nested arrays that follow the XML file’s structure.

Function Test-Ovf {
<#
  Tests whether all VMDKs referenced in an OVF exist on disk
  Takes full path to OVF, assumes VMDK files are in same
  Returns True or False
#>
  PARAM(
    $OVF = $(throw "need -OVF")
  )
  PROCESS {
    #Read the OVF
    [xml]$new = Get-Content $OVF

    #Read the filenames and sizes from the OVF into a hash table
    $ovfVmdks = @{}
    foreach ($disk in $new.Envelope.References.File) {
      $ovfVmdks.Add($disk.href,$disk.size)
    }
    #Get properties of the files on disk
    $vmdkFiles = Get-ChildItem $(Split-Path $ovf) -Filter "*.vmdk" | select Name, Length
    #compare disk to what is in the OVF
    foreach ($vmdk in ($vmdkFiles)) {
      if ( $ovfVmdks.ContainsKey($vmdk.Name) ) { 
        if ( $($ovfVmdks[$vmdk.Name]) -eq $($vmdk.Length) ) {
          $ovfVmdks.Remove($vmdk.Name) 
        }
      }
    }
    #if there is nothing left in the $ovfVmdks, that's good...
    if( $ovfVmdks.Count -eq 0 ) { Return $true }
    else { 
      foreach ( $vmdk in ($ovfVmdks.Keys) ) {
        Write-Host -Fore Red "Missing VMDK: $vmdk with length $($ovfVmdks[$vmdk])"
      }
      Return $false
    }
  }
} #Test-Ovf

This function does not show much unless there is something wrong, but that is the point since it is a “Test” cmdlet and usually used to feed a conditional statement. In the following example, I executed Test-Ovf twice. The first time, all of the files were present and the function returned “True.” For the second run, I removed one of the VMDK files and, as expected, the function identified the missing VMDK and returned “False.”

Test-Ovf

As usual, thank you for reading and I hope this is useful to at least some of you out there. A future post will dig into the details of the data replication mechanism we use today.

by Doug Baer at April 15, 2014 11:12 PM

Announcing VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery: Making DR Simple and Affordable for Businesses

VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog

This post originally appeared on the VMware vCloud blog

The vast majority of IT applications are not protected by Disaster Recovery because it’s too expensive and too complicated – that changes today with the availability of vCloud Hybrid Service Disaster Recovery.

A worrying minority of applications, both Tier 1 and Tier 2, are protected by DR because of that cost and complexity. vCloud® Hybrid Service™ – Disaster Recovery  is simple to install and operate, and costs just $835 per month for:

  • 1TB of storage
  • 20GB of RAM
  • 10 GHz of stand-by capacity

That’s less than half the price of competing DR offerings, and there is also no initial set-up fee and no requirement to buy professional services.

It works by replicating your virtual machines to vCloud Hybrid Service, where they are stored in a recovery virtual data center. You decide the recovery point objective, from 15 minutes to 24 hours. At any time you can start the VMs to conduct a test or recover from a disaster.

This new disaster recovery service is ideal for organizations that don’t want to have to build and maintain tertiary DR sites – it’s much more cost effective. It’s also useful for organizations that want to protect more applications from data loss and downtime during a disaster, but could not justify the cost and complexity of traditional DR.

Installation is simple: you download and install the replication virtual appliance into your vSphere environment, provide the API address for the vCloud Hybrid Service location of your choice, decide which VMs to protect and the recovery point objective(s) and then you can begin replicating. You can also ship VMware a disk containing your existing VMs to seed the initial replication process, and then only the changes (deltas) are replicated to vCHS.

Many DR services simply throw people (managed services) at the complexity of DR, which is why they’re expensive – and the complexity hasn’t gone away, which can be problematic when you want to recover. vCHS DR was designed to be simple from the outset, which helps to keep costs down – but you don’t have to manage everything yourself if you don’t want to. VMware partners are standing by, ready to help you plan and manage your business continuity and DR strategies.

Other cloud DR solutions only work with a narrow set of operating systems and applications. vCloud Hybrid Service supports the widest range of certified operating systems (90) and applications (more than 5,000) because it’s based on vSphere. No tricky VM conversions are required, which is vital when you have a real disaster and need to be sure you can run all of your applications right away. vCHS runs more versions of Windows than Microsoft Azure, and more versions of Linux than AWS and Google Compute Engine combined.

In the event of a disaster, you can run your applications on vCHS as long as you like, and transfer your VMs and data back to your own site at any time.

Don’t just take it from us though – watch Planview discuss how vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery has enabled the organization to cut costs and expand their Disaster Recovery services for customers while enjoying a flexible disaster recovery environment that’s easy to deploy (within a day), suits their needs without requiring a secondary location and is backed up by rock solid support:

To learn more about what VMware Hybrid Cloud – Disaster Recovery can do for your organization, visit vCloud.VMware.com and discover how you can protect your apps. Don’t forget to follow VMware vCloud on Facebook and Twitter for the latest in hybrid cloud news.

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by VMware SMB at April 15, 2014 08:01 PM

Building VDI Solutions to Meet Heightened Customer Expectations

VMware End User Computing

Guest blog by Patric Chang, Sr. Director Global Alliances, Fusion-io

In the new VDI world, customer expectations have progressed from robust, snappy virtual desktops to having ready access to corporate and personal applications, using multiple rich media on preferred devices to easily access content from any location.  Satisfying customers requires using highly efficient and scalable infrastructure to deliver VDI on premise or on public or hybrid clouds.  IT professionals can address heightened customer expectations by utilizing the simplicity, performance and cost effectiveness of VMware Horizon 6 and Fusion ioVDI.  Horizon 6 speeds VDI deployment with an architecture built for an on-premise and cloud-based future and delivers consistently great experiences across devices, locations, media and connections through a unified workspace.  ioVDI optimizes desktop performance so that IT professionals can deliver the following value:

  • Offloading write workload from storage arrays by up to 80% with Write Vectoring. Non-persistent desktop write activity is directed to fast server-side flash that resides in close proximity to virtual desktop VMs, making desktops more responsive. Persistent data write activity is vectored to shared storage.
  • 6x -10x improvement in boot times with Transparent File Sharing.  ioVDI reduces shared storage performance dependencies even further by allowing desktop images to simultaneously share commonly requested files from fast server-side flash, speeding both individual desktop boot times and large-scale desktop startups.
  • Reduced VRAM provisioning by 88%.  ioVDI alleviates memory contention by presenting flash as a natural extension of RAM for page swaps. This allows administrators to reduce VRAM per VM without impacting performance and frees CPU cycles for use by VMs.
  • Consistent 50ms desktop response times.  ioVDI delivers consistent 50ms desktop response times by eliminating most reads and writes to storage arrays.

iovdi

Figure 1: VMware Horizon 6 with ioVDI and ioMemory from Fusion-io

More details of these and other benefits and how you can achieve them are described in this white paper.

With a Fusion-io solution, resident doctors in a National Health Service region in the United Kingdom serving 500,000 residents found that their 5500 Horizon virtual desktops performed faster than physical desktops. In the case study, Martin Powis, the IT manager, said,  “It’s a very simple architecture that scales at low and predictable cost. As Roy Disney declared, “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”  This is very applicable to the hard VDI decisions you will have to make to address your customer’s heightened VDI expectations.

Read more on how Horizon 6 and ioVDI help prepare you for the new VDI world.

by Marina Carmody at April 15, 2014 08:00 PM

New Course Available: VMware vCloud Automation Center: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]

VMware Education & Certification Blog

New Course VMware vCloud Automation Center: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0] is now available for experienced system administrators, cloud administrators, system integrators, and operational developers. The course covers the configuration and use of the vCloud Automation Center platform, including self-service provisioning and the creation of multivendor cloud services. This 5 day course is currently available in two cities as an instructor-led workshop or globally, as a live online class where you can attend remotely from anywhere that’s most convenient for you. Check course prerequisite requirements, choose your delivery method, and sign up here.

by Elaine Sherwood at April 15, 2014 04:04 PM

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