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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

VMware Consulting Blog

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

VMware Support Insider

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

Unidesk Brings Enhanced VDI Management to Horizon 6

VMware End User Computing

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.

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.

Follow @VMwareEducation on Instagram to see more #TechTrivia every Friday and visual updates from the VMware Education and Certification community.

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.

Follow @VMwareEducation on Instagram to see more #TechTrivia every Friday and visual updates from the VMware Education and Certification community.

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/ 
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

DuaOCCCD1

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

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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.

Be sure to subscribe to the vCloud blog, follow @vCloud on Twitter or ‘like’ us on Facebook for future updates.

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

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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.

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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

VMware Horizon and Trend Micro team up for secure, agile end-user computing

VMware End User Computing

Guest blog by David Silverberg, Global Alliances Director, Trend Micro

In today’s high pressure, ultra-competitive business environment, organisations are demanding smarter, more mobile ways of working. Gone are the days of monolithic Windows desktop environments where costs were predictable and securing corporate data relatively straightforward. These changes  brought with them a whole new set of challenges for IT departments tasked with delivering end-user computing in an efficient, agile and secure manner.

That’s why VMware designed Horizon; to provide users with access to physical, virtual and mobile endpoints from any device. It’s also why we’ve been working closely with VMware on integration to make sure Horizon customers can benefit from Trend Micro protection no matter where or how they use the platform.

IT at a crossroads

IT departments are at the centre of a user-generated storm. They need to support BYOD on a multiplicity of devices and platforms, delivering an ever-increasing volume of data in a secure, compliant and efficient manner. Users want control over how they access business applications and they have high expectations regarding performance…they want and demand a great experience.  With this backdrop, it’s not surprising that many IT managers are struggling to deliver end-user computing quickly, efficiently and at low cost.

Enter Horizon 6

VMware Horizon 6 offers a new approach to these problems. It offers a device-independent workspace, providing centralised, single sign-on access to apps, files and desktop images from a wide range of mobile devices and computer platforms. With Horizon, IT can finally offer strategic innovation securely, while enabling a happier and more productive workforce. Horizon 6 includes greater manageability to ease the delivery of new workspaces and applications, as well as support for hybrid cloud environments, among many other benefits.

Trend Micro secures Horizon customers

All these benefits would be of little value, however, if they couldn’t be offered securely – and that’s where Trend Micro comes in. We’ve been a VMware partner for many years now; in fact, Trend Micro was the first company to offer agentless anti-malware to VMware customers. We’ve been working closely ever since to deliver maximum protection,and Horizon 6 is no different. Trend Micro offers four products to Horizon customers: Deep Security, OfficeScan, Mobile Security and Control Manager.

  • Deep Security uses VMware APIs to deliver agentless security tightly integrated into the hypervisor. Agentless security eliminates major challenges associated with physical protection including: resource consumption, which can increase capex and opex; performance-degrading security “storms”; “instant-on gaps”, which can introduce vulnerabilities; operational overheads associated with reconfiguring agents. Deep Security also has full visibility of your dynamic virtual environment. In a non-persistent VDI setting, this means it won’t lose track of your VMs once users log-off and then count them as new endpoints when staff log-on again.
  • OfficeScan provides security for thin terminals and other physical endpoints. It can now conduct a full system scan 40 per cent faster than before and offers a 50 per cent boot up time improvement – vital for thin terminal environments.
  • Mobile Security has also been designed with performance in mind and has an extremely low footprint. It integrates mobile device management (MDM), mobile security, data protection, and application management capabilities.
  • Trend Micro Control Manager centralises threat and data protection policy management. This is useful for Horizon customers demanding visibility into multiple layers of their IT infrastructure.

VMware Horizon 6 is ushering in a new era of end-user computing. More and more organisations are realising that a device-independent workspace can help overcome major IT challenges around mobility and application delivery, supporting business agility and meeting heightened end-user expectations. But as they take this journey, organisations also need to consider the security implications, and turn to a trusted VMware partner like Trend Micro to keep sensitive corporate data safe.

by Marina Carmody at April 15, 2014 06:00 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

Horizon 6.0 – Introducing Virtual SAN Integration

VMware End User Computing

By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Director, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

On behalf of everyone on the End-User Computing (EUC) team at VMware, I’m proud to bring you another exciting product announcement from EUC.

View 5.3.1 was introduced early in the first quarter of 2014 to support Virtual SAN 5.5 GA. As you may have read recently, VMware announced the release of Horizon 6 (with View). With this release, we are continuing to expand the Virtual SAN integration capabilities delivered by Horizon. The Virtual SAN integration capabilities introduced in Horizon 6 deliver the following benefits to our customers:

  • Reduces CAPEX cost of storage by up to 50% when compared to the cost of using an external shared storage array based on magnetic disks
  • A package that contains both View and Virtual SAN
  • A simple three-step setup and management workflow
  • Performance capabilities similar to that of an all flash/all SSD external storage system

Using Horizon 6 with Virtual SAN 5.5

Using Horizon 6 with Virtual SAN 5.5 is a simple three-step process:

1. Using the vSphere web client interface set up a cluster of vSphere 5.5U1 nodes (minimum of three), with at least one SSD and one hard disk in each of the nodes. It is best to use the same number of drives on each ESXi node and keep the environment homogeneous.

2. Enable Virtual SAN using the vSphere Web Client interface, as shown in Figure 1. Select the check box labeled Turn ON Virtual SAN.

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Figure 1: vSphere Web Client Interface Showing Cluster Settings

3. Create a View desktop pool using the standard workflow. Select the Use VMware Virtual SAN option, as shown in Figure 2. After this option is selected, the next steps of the workflow allow the users to select the Virtual SAN datastore and continue with the rest of the pool creation process.

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Figure 2: Use a Virtual SAN Datastore

Horizon 6 Integration with Virtual SAN Policies

Horizon 6 integrates deeply with Virtual SAN 5.5 by automating the association of storage policies based on the desktop pool type chosen at pool creation time. Virtual SAN uses a policy-based framework for managing storage objects. The policy consists of four elements:

  • Stripes – Number of stripes of data
  • Resiliency – Number of ESXi host failures to tolerate
  • Storage Provisioning – Thick or thin provisioning
  • Cache Reservation – Read cache reservation

Horizon 6 automates the association of policies based on the desktop pool type. For Linked Clone desktop pools the following policy is applied:

For OS disk:

  • Failure to tolerate = 1 for dedicated pool, 0 for floating pool
  • Provisioning: thin

For replica disk:

  • Failure to tolerate = 1
  • Cache reservation = 10%
  • Provisioning: thin

It is important to note that the cache reservation is set to 10% only for the replica disk to insure that highest performance levels are achieved during any read-intensive IO operations on the ESXi host.

For full-clone desktop pools the following policy is applied:

  • Failure to tolerate = 1 for persistent, 0 for nonpersistent
  • Provisioning: 100% reserved (thick)

Figure 3 shows an example of the virtual machine storage policies that are automatically created by View. All the policies can be explored by double-clicking the individual policy in the vSphere Web Client Interface.

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Figure 3: vSphere Web Client Showing Horizon Auto-Created Policies

After these three steps are performed, Horizon 6 starts using the Virtual SAN datastore to store the VMDKs of the virtual desktops by associating the storage policies based on the pool type. Horizon 6 with Virtual SAN integration then delivers an ultra-low desktop TCO and great end-user experience.

by Jessica Flohr at April 15, 2014 02:00 PM

An Introduction to vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery

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by VMware at April 15, 2014 01:44 PM

vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery: Advanced Concepts

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by VMware at April 15, 2014 01:43 PM

vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery: Failing Back to vSphere On Premises

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by VMware at April 15, 2014 01:42 PM

vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery: Performing A Planned Failover

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by VMware at April 15, 2014 01:42 PM

vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery: Performing a Test Failover

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by VMware at April 15, 2014 01:41 PM

vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery: Configuring Virtual Machine Replication

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by VMware at April 15, 2014 01:41 PM

vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery: Configuring the Remote Site

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by VMware at April 15, 2014 01:40 PM

vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery: Pre-Requisites

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by VMware at April 15, 2014 01:40 PM

vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery at Planview

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by VMware at April 15, 2014 01:37 PM

David Davis on vCenter Operations- Post #7 – Adding Your License in vCenter Operations Manager

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In my last article in this series, Installing vCenter Operations Manager, I walked you through the three steps that you’ll take to install VMware’s vCenter Operations Manager. With over 30 graphics, I hope that you found it to be a very helpful post (or, if nothing else, at least it was visually appealing). Now that you have vC Ops up and running, I’d like to use this article to talk about licensing vCenter Operations Manager.

vCenter Operations Manager – Foundation vs Standard

With vCenter Operations Manager installed and connected to vCenter, it’s ready to use, right? Yes and No. If you go into it, it will appear that it’s working great (and it is, but it may not be to the extent that you expect). One thing that we never did is to enter a license for our version of vC Ops.

If you enter no license key (as we didn’t do in the previous post), you are using the Foundation Edition of vC Ops. That edition is completely free and will work indefinitely. The downside to the foundation edition is that no reporting based on historical data and no capacity information is available. Even if your company has no funding to purchase vC Ops Standard edition (or the Suite) today, I would recommend installing vC Ops Foundation edition and use it for performance monitoring. If at some point you can upgrade to vC Ops Standard (or above), you will have all that historical data collected and available for instant capacity analysis and you will have experience using vC Ops already. The vC Ops foundation edition still offers proactive smart alerts, intelligent operations groups, vSphere health monitoring, and self-learning analytics.

You might actually discover that you don’t have a license entered (and are thus using the foundations edition) because the vC Ops interface appears more limited than you expect. For example, the vC Ops documentation or blog posts, might tell you to go to the Risk or Efficiency dashboards but, when you go to vC Ops, you are brought to the Environment | Overview tab and, seemingly, have much more limited functionality.

The most obvious clue that you are using the Foundations edition is that your default screen looks like this:

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Instead of, like this:

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To compare vCenter Operations Manager Foundation, Standard, Advanced and Enterprise, click here, or on the graphic below.

vcenter-operations-manager-editions-comparison

To try out the more advanced features, available in standard edition and above, I suggest starting with the 60 day free trial of vCenter Operations Manager (which is enough time to solve or troubleshoot many performance / capacity issues). By initiating the 60 day trial, you’ll receive a 60 day license key that allows you full access to the vC Ops Manager standard edition

Adding a vCenter Operations Manager License

To enter your 60 day trial access license OR your commercial license key, you’ll go to the vSphere Web Client (http://[vCenter-Server-IP]/vsphere-client), login, and go to the Home tab. Click on Licensing.

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Go into your Licenses screen and click on the plus (+) sign to add a new license.

vsphere-client-licensing-2Paste in your newn vC Ops license key.

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Click Next to review your license.

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Click Finish to apply the license.

You are now ready to start using vC Ops and take advantage of all the advanced capacity management features that it offers!

In the next post in this series, you’ll learn about navigating and using vC Ops.

Note that if the license you entered in vCenter isn’t showing up over in vCenter Operations Manager, you may need to follow the instructions in VMware KB article 2042698.

by David Davis Blog at April 15, 2014 01:00 PM

Introducing VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery: Making Cloud DR Simple and Affordable

VMware Company Blog

By Bill Fathers, SVP & GM, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware  For far too long, enterprise-class IT business continuance and disaster recovery solutions have been out of reach for mid-size businesses. Today, I am excited to announce a new solution – VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ – Disaster Recovery, that not only address this issue […]

by Morgan OLeary at April 15, 2014 12:00 PM

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

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.

by vCloud Team at April 15, 2014 12:00 PM

New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0004 (Heartbleed)

VMware Security Blog

Today VMware has released the following new security advisory:

VMSA-2014-0004

This advisory list the VMware product updates and patches that address the OpenSSL Heartbleed issue, CVE-2014-0160. It is only the first release of the advisory with several more to come, as we will release more product updates and patches this week.

In order to remediate the issue, follow these steps:
- Deploy the VMware product update or product patches that address CVE-2014-0160
- Replace certificates
- Reset passwords
The advisory lists product-specific references to installation instructions and certificate management documentation.

Customers should review the security advisory and direct any questions to VMware Support.

Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware Security Advisories.

by Monty Ijzerman at April 15, 2014 05:30 AM

April 14, 2014

App HA 1.1 Released – Now available for download

VMware vSphere Blog

App HA overview

The latest version of App HA, 1.1, was released last week and is now available for download. This release has a number of cool new features that will greatly increase the usability of App HA. I will do additional post(s) on these in the next few weeks.

  • More applications: Oracle (10g & 11g) and PostgreSQL (8.x & 9.x)
  • Support for custom services: Any service Hyperic agents are currently able to start/stop
  • Increased interoperability with vSphere: now supporting both vSphere 5.5 and 5.1
  • More flexibility: ability to edit App HA policies
  • International support: 6 additional languages now supported

Here are some links for getting started with App HA 1.1

AppHA Interop

One important note about upgrading to App HA 1.1 is that there is not an upgrade path from App HA 1.0 to 1.1. To move from App HA 1.0 to 1.1 requires that you document your current policies, uninstall App HA 1.0, upgrade Hyperic to 5.8.1, and vCenter and ESX to 5.5 U1, then install App HA 1.1 and reconfigure/reassign policies.

Please let me know what your thoughts are around the release of App HA 1.1 in the comments or reach out to me on Twitter.

by GS Khalsa at April 14, 2014 11:02 PM

Bridging the Gap between Virtual and Physical with VMware Cloud Management Integrations with Cisco UCS

VMware Technology Alliance Partner Blog

When we speak to joint VMware and Cisco customers who have built their data centers based on our virtualized infrastructure solutions, it is very clear what it takes for them to transform towards a truly private cloud environment. It is critical for customers to be able to leverage their existing Cloud Infrastructure investments in vSphere and UCS and to be able to build on top of that in terms of integrating management and automation solutions as they look to operate their I.T organizations in a self-service type model.
VMware Cloud Management and Cloud Orchestration solutions integrate with Cisco UCS Manager to bridge this gap between virtual and physical resources providing customers with a great deal of operational efficiencies.

Let us break this down in terms of how our joint solutions integrate:

  • The first level of integration is about further leveraging the notion of stateless computing that Cisco UCS provides by their service profiles abstracting all the attributes from the physical compute and integrating this with VMware Auto Deploy for a rapid & simplified provisioning solution. Auto Deploy incorporates UCS service profile attributes as part of the host profile so when you deploy ESXi, the service profile attributes are also applied appropriately and the compute nodes (blades, rack servers) obtain the required identity.
  • The next level is management integrations between vCenter and UCS Manager to achieve a single pane of glass view of the underlying infrastructure – both virtual and physical. This is achieved via Cisco UCS Plug-in for vCenter. Once imported into vCenter, it provides granular visibility into the UCS domain from vCenter including correlation of ESXi with UCS servers; chassis & fabric interconnect information and insights into service profile, service profile templates and other policies. This enables IT administrators with a number of use cases for efficiently managing their infrastructure. As an example it enables deploying native ESXi servers rapidly by associating predefined service profiles created for ESXi to non-ESXi servers. This will completely configure the physical infrastructure and in conjunction with Auto Deploy, provision ESXi as well. There are number of such use cases that we discuss in the jointly published white paper on VMware Cloud Management Integrations with Cisco UCS.

In this white paper, we also discuss the UCS Manager Plug-in for vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) integrating with the UCS Manager XML APIs. This enables vCO workflows to automate and integrate in to pre-built UCS Manager Workflows such as add service profile, associate service profile to a blade, remove service profile, set service profile power state and many more. In addition to the built-in workflows, vCO provides an API explorer to leverage the UCS Manager plug-in APIs to build custom workflows. This opens up many orchestration use cases and we discuss the potential by explaining an elastic capacity workflow leveraging the VMware Elastic capacity plug-in and dynamically provisioning a UCS blade with ESXi based on CPU and Memory requirements provided.

In terms of managing & troubleshooting the cloud environment, UCS content pack for Log Insight provides single source of data from UCS domain for correlation and to perform comprehensive analytics by the virtual admins.

By Bhumik Patel, Partner Architect, Strategic Alliances, VMware
@bhumikp, bhumikp@vmware.com

by Sheela Toor at April 14, 2014 10:13 PM

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Microsoft Lync 2013 in View Windows 8.0 and 8.1 Desktops

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By Tony Huynh, Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Horizon 6 with View will be adding support for Microsoft Lync 2013 VDI integration on Windows 8.0 and 8.1 desktops. In View 5.2, VMware added support for Lync 2013 Client capabilities, including VoIP and videoconferencing, in View desktops running Windows 7 SP1. With Horizon 6 with View, customers will be able to run the Lync 2013 Client with full functionality inside Windows 8.0 and 8.1 virtual desktops as well.

Customers can use View PCoIP technology to deliver an optimal user experience when accessing their View desktop. Once inside the View desktop, users can fully leverage the Lync 2013 Client to communicate and collaborate using its rich VoIP and videoconferencing capabilities.

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Figure 1: Lync Call Flow with VDI Plug-In

Figure 1 shows that the Lync VDI architecture is comprised of two components, the Microsoft Lync 2013 Client running inside the virtual desktop in the data center and the Lync VDI plug-in running on the local Windows View Client. With the Lync VDI plug-in running on the client endpoint, all the media processing takes place locally, thereby offloading the data center server. Benefits for customers include full Quality-of-Service (QoS) support, point-to-point media delivery, and optimal audio and video quality.

We’ve been asked about whether remote teleworkers accessing their View desktops can still utilize their Lync 2013 Client to make VoIP and videoconferencing calls. The answer is simply, yes! Customers access their View desktops remotely by connecting through the PCoIP Secure Gateway, all without the need for VPN connectivity. But how does the call flow work for Lync audio and video calls when the users connect remotely? Well, through Lync’s unique architecture, the audio and video flow from the Lync VDI plug-in to the Lync Edge Server, and then on to the other Lync endpoint.

With View and Microsoft Lync, customers get the best of both worlds, with the industry-leading VDI solution in View and Unified Communications capabilities from Microsoft Lync.

by Jessica Flohr at April 14, 2014 02:00 PM

April 11, 2014

Identifying Cost Savings with Service-Based IT Cost Modeling

VMware Accelerate

By Reginald Lo

ReginaldLo-cropResponsible service provisioning requires an appropriate balance between quality and cost. But this balance cannot be achieved without a clear understanding of the service costs and the relationship between cost and service levels. With this knowledge comes the power to make decisions on where and how to spend to reach the desired balance.

To achieve this, you need to:

  • Create a cost model for a service and thereby
  • Understand what contributes to costs
  • Provide levers and/or options for the business to control costs within acceptable service levels.

The major activities in this approach are:

Reg-service-based cost modeling

The availability of the right information, along with processes and procedures for capturing and maintaining the information, is critical to the success of this approach. However, I have found that many of my customers do not have all the information they need and their information processes usually need to be strengthened. Hence, you may want to conduct a pilot first with a small subset of services, identifying the information and process gaps, and creating and executing plans to address the gaps, before applying this approach to a broader set of services.

This approach can be used prior to or in parallel with a cost transparency / show-back / charge-back IT financial management assessment to prepare your IT organization to track and understand service-based costs and help prepare the business for taking a more direct role in making IT cost decisions. It provides the business with levers to control their IT spend.

IT cost modeling is not simple – information may be missing and creative solutions may be required to estimate certain costs; policies need to be established on how to categorize and track costs, and repeatable procedures for creating and maintaining the cost model must be established. However, if IT cost modeling is done well, the benefits of true transparency and effective cost controls can far outweigh the challenges.

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Reginald Lo is Director of Service Management Transformation with VMware Accelerate Advisory Services and is based in California.

by Heidi Pate at April 11, 2014 10:01 PM

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VMware Education & Certification Blog

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by Jill Liles at April 11, 2014 08:30 PM

SDDC: Changing Organizational Cultures

VMware Cloud Ops Blog

By Tim Jones

TimJones-cropI like to think of SDDC as “service-driven data center” in addition to “software-defined data center.” The vision for SDDC expands beyond technical implementation, encompassing the transformation from IT shop to service provider and from cost center to business enabler. The idea of “service-driven” opens the conversation to include the business logic that drives how the entire service is offered. Organizations have to consider the business processes that form the basis of what to automate. They must define the roles required to support both the infrastructure and the automation. There are financial models and financial maturity necessary to drive behavior on both the customer and the service provider side. And finally, the service definitions should be derived from use cases that enable customers to use the technology and define what the infrastructure should support.

When you think through all of the above, you’re really redefining how you do business, which requires a certain amount of cultural change across the entire organization. If you don’t change the thinking about how and why you offer the technology, then you will introduce new problems alongside the problems you were trying to alleviate. (Of course the same problems will happen faster and will be delivered automatically. )

I correlate the advancement to SDDC to the shift that occurred when VMware first introduced x86 virtualization. The shift to more efficient use of resources that were previously wasted on physical servers by deploying multiple virtual machines gathered momentum very quickly. But based on my experiences, the companies that truly benefited were those that implemented new processes for server requisitioning. They worked with their customers to help them understand that they no longer needed to buy today what they might need in three years, because resources could be easily added in a virtual environment.

The successful IT shops actively managed their environments to ensure that resources weren’t wasted on unnecessary servers. They also anticipated future customer needs and planned ahead. These same shops understood the need to train support staff to manage the virtualized environment efficiently, with quick response times and personal service that matched the technology advances. They instituted a “virtualization first” mentality to drive more cost savings and extend the benefits of virtualization to the broadest possible audience. And they evangelized. They believed in the benefits virtualization offered and helped change the culture of their IT shops and the business they supported from the bottom up.

The IT shops that didn’t achieve these things ended up with VM sprawl and over-sized virtual machines designed as if they were physical servers. The environment became as expensive or more expensive than the physical-server-only environment it replaced.

The same types of things will happen with this next shift from virtualized servers to virtualized, automated infrastructure. The ability for users to deploy virtual machines without IT intervention requires strict controls around chargeback and lifecycle management. Security vulnerabilities are introduced because systems aren’t added to monitoring or virus scanning applications. Time and effort—which equate to cost—are wasted because IT continues to design services without engaging the business. Instead of shadow IT, you end up with shadow applications or platforms that self-service users create because what they need isn’t offered.

The primary way to avoid these mistakes is to remake the culture of IT—and by extension the business—to support the broader vision of offering ITaaS and not just IaaS.

Tim Jones is business transformation architect with VMware Accelerate Advisory Services and is based in California. Follow @VMwareCloudOps on Twitter for future updates, and join the conversation by using the #CloudOps and #SDDC hashtags.

by Heidi Pate at April 11, 2014 08:20 PM

The Results Are In! Findings From Our Recent @vCloud Audience Survey

VMware vCloud Blog

We asked, and you delivered. Thanks to everyone who took the time to fill out our recent audience survey – we feel like we know you all just a little bit better now. For those interested, here’s a summary of what our followers had to say in our recent vCloud audience survey:

Which of the following best describes your role in your organization?

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Not surprisingly, an overwhelming number of our followers work in IT. Nearly 40% are IT Directors, about 20% are IT practitioners, and IT Managers and VPs of IT each make up 15%.

How large is your company?

2

Nearly 40% of our audience, are at companies with 5000-9999 employees, 40% come from smaller organizations and 20% from larger.

What workloads/applications are you moving, or considering moving, to the cloud?

3

When looking at the workloads that our audience is looking to move to the cloud, 60% are looking at packaged applications, 50% are looking at disaster recovery and 40% are looking at dev/test. Note: In the survey, participants were allowed to select more than one option.

Who are you considering using for your next cloud project to ensure interoperability with your internal data center? 

who are you considering

The majority of respondents, over 60%, said they are considering VMware for their next cloud project in order to ensure interoperability with their internal data center. Amazon and Microsoft follow with a little over 50% and 35% of your vote, respectively.

Are you a current VMware customer? (if you’re a VMware partner, select “No.”)

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An overwhelming majority of respondents, 70%, are current VMware customers.

As you can see, most of our audience already has a relationship with us, and for that, we’re thankful. We hope to continue to provide you with useful content about VMware and how the hybrid cloud can benefit your organization, regardless of size. 

Thanks again for everyone who took our survey, and if you were one of the first 200 respondents, enjoy the coffee.

For more information, be sure to follow us on Twitter at @vCloud or ‘like’ us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VMwarevCloud.

by vCloud Team at April 11, 2014 04:05 PM

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VMware Education & Certification Blog

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by Jill Liles at April 11, 2014 04:00 PM

Weekly News Recap, April 11

VMware Company Blog

VMware News In VMware news, Sumit Dhawan and the End-User Computing team on Wednesday announced VMware Horizon 6, the latest update to VMware’s desktop and applications solution that now offers published application delivery along with virtual desktops from a single integrated solution. This announcement represents a major product milestone in VMware’s End-User Computing portfolio as […]

by Morgan OLeary at April 11, 2014 03:57 PM

Success and Innovation Starts with the Right Platform

VMware Consulting Blog

By Gary Hamilton, Senior Cloud Management Solutions Architect, VMware

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Every day, companies like Square, Uber, Netflix, Airbnb, the Climate Corporation, and Etsy are creating innovative new business models. But they are only as innovative as the developers who build their applications and the agility of the platform on which those applications are delivered.

By using Pivotal CF, an enterprise PaaS solution (powered by Cloud Foundry) that is constantly delivering updates to and horizontally scaling their applications with no downtime, companies can develop applications at the speed of customer need/demand, not inhibited by infrastructure.

Businesses, now more than ever, have a greater need for agility and speed–a solid underlying platform is the key to delivering faster services.

We all consume software as a service (SaaS) like Gmail every day via our laptops, smart phones, and tablets. Platform as a service, or PaaS, acts as the middle layer between the applications and the infrastructure (that is compute, storage and network). If everything is operating smoothly, the actual infrastructure on which software is built is something that few users even give a second thought. And that’s how it should be.

The concept and value of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is easy to understand and grasp. Being able to consume virtual machines (VMs) on demand, instead of waiting days or weeks for a physical server, is a tangible problem. Platform as a service (PaaS) is different. Delivering VMs with middleware installed is how PaaS solutions have traditionally been presented, but isn’t that a software distribution and automation problem?

And therein lies the problem. We have neither identified the real problem, nor the real end user to whom PaaS is a real solution, and it is therefore difficult to quantify the real value proposition of PaaS.

As stated earlier, PaaS is intended to provide that middle layer between the infrastructure and the application. PaaS should be providing services that are leveraged/used by the application, enabling the application to deliver its services to its end user, abstracting that middle layer and the infrastructure. When we think about PaaS in these terms, we begin to hone in on the real problem and the real PaaS consumer: the developer.

However, the problem the developer faces is how to plug new services into an application on demand as quickly as he/she is able to develop the new application. Developers are neither DBA or Hadoop experts, nor are they experts in high availability (HA) and resilience, they are not security experts nor are they scaling and capacity management specialists.

With PaaS, developers can use services that meet functional and non-functional requirements on demand: they should be plugged right in with a variety of databases on demand. (Think of it as any database, elasticity, security, HA, or analytics on demand.) The possibilities are exciting! PaaS essentially brings in an application with business services wrapped around it and applications are enterprise-ready at the click of a button, versus waiting weeks or months to complete integration and performance testing.

The PaaS model is a bit different as it means consultants support a developer who then supports a business. The conventional cloud solutions are aimed at the end user or a customer, whereas now the focus is on the applications. As far as IT goes, the focus is shifting toward innovation away from the mentality that IT is about cost savings.

IT is No Longer About Saving Money

That’s right, IT is no longer about saving money. Sure, saving money is important, but that’s not where the real value is. The value is in new services that create new revenue streams.

Just look at the innovative companies I listed above. To succeed, they had to recognize that developers are the engine of innovation and innovation helps to drive revenue.

To help educate customers, consultants need to assume the role of educator so companies can understand how to become more agile in the face of a changing industry.

The problem is, many businesses see IT as a cost center and think that spending on IT isn’t money well spent. Businesses need to innovate to grow revenue. PaaS resonates with those innovative companies: they recognize that a fast and agile platform can only help them innovate and deliver new services faster. And, in turn, that leads to profitability.


Gary Hamilton is a Senior Cloud Management Solutions Architect at VMware and has worked in various IT industry roles since 1985, including support, services and solution architecture; spanning hardware, networking and software. Additionally, Gary is ITIL Service Manager certified and a published author. Before joining VMware, he worked for IBM for over 15 years, spending most of his time in the service management arena, with the last five years being fully immersed in cloud technology. He has designed cloud solutions across Europe, the Middle East and the US, and has led the implementation of first of a kind (FOAK) solutions. Follow Gary on Twitter @hamilgar.

by VMware Professional Services at April 11, 2014 12:39 PM

New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0003 and updated advisory

VMware Security Blog

Today VMware has released the following new and updated security advisories:
New
VMSA-2014-0003
Updated
VMSA-2014-0002.1

The new advisory details two security vulnerabilities in vSphere Client, CVE-2014-1209 and CVE-2014-1210. In order to remediate these issues, existing vSphere clients will need to be replaced by the newly released versions.

Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware Security Advisories.

Customers should review the security advisories and direct any questions to VMware Support.

Note:
The new and updated advisories released today are not related to the OpenSSL Heartbleed issue, CVE-2014-0160. VMware is working on remediation of this issue and update releases that address this issue will be documented in a new VMware Security Advisory.
Currently VMware Knowledge Base article 2076225 provides the latest status on VMware products and services and the OpenSSL Heartbleed issue.

by Monty Ijzerman at April 11, 2014 04:37 AM

April 10, 2014

New vCloud Director and vSphere Offerings Added to VMware Lab Connect

VMware Education & Certification Blog

It’s no secret that hands on experience is better for retention. With VMware Lab Connect™, you can take what you’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to real-world scenarios that replicate on the job training and allow you to better prepare for certification.

Two new VMware Lab Connect offerings have released:

This VMware cloud-based, self-paced, technical lab environment extends the classroom experience for 30 days or 30 hours active time, whichever comes first. Access the labs from anywhere, anytime, on your preferred device. It’s a perfect way to extend your hands-on practice time to solidify your knowledge. Check out the full list of VMware Lab Connect™ offerings.

by Elaine Sherwood at April 10, 2014 11:06 PM

Installing VMware vCenter SSO for Use with a Network Load Balancer (NLB)

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This is a multi part video series to compliment the white paper on Deploying a Centralized VMware vCenter Single Sign-On Server with a Network Load Balancer....
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by VMware at April 10, 2014 09:22 PM

Requesting and Creating the SSL Certificates for VMware vCenter SSO

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by VMware at April 10, 2014 09:19 PM

Updating the SSL Certificates for VMware vCenter

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by VMware at April 10, 2014 09:19 PM

Configuring VMware VCNS for SSO

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by VMware at April 10, 2014 09:17 PM

Configuring F5 BIG-IP for VMware vCenter SSO

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by VMware at April 10, 2014 09:17 PM

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