One thing that catches a few customers up is the process of installing async drivers in their ESXi host … We have a KB article on the topic here, but there is more than one method to choose from and preparation steps involved. Since these steps might seem a little tricky, we decided a quick, live video explaining the topic might help many of you.
We called upon Kiwi Ssennyonjo to walk us through the salient points.
Again, the full KB article can be found here: Installing async drivers on ESXi 5.0/5.1/5.5 (2005205)
In case you missed it, VMware Education Services has just posted ten new FREE instructional videos on varied topics that are now available for your viewing pleasure, specifically:
This video demonstrates and discusses how to check if a mobile device is VMware Ready and is usable for VMware Horizon Mobile or Horizon Workspace 1.5
For additional information refer to VMware Knowledge Base article Validating Mobile Device Readiness for Horizon Mobile (2038119).
Horizon Mobile documentation and resources:
VMware ESXi 5.5 allows you to upgrade from previous ESXi versions using several different methods. These methods are described and outlined in VMware Knowledge Base article Methods for upgrading to ESXi 5.5 (2058352).
In this new video tutorial we demonstrate how you can upgrade from VMware ESXi 5.1 to ESXi 5.5 using the Interactive Installer that is supplied on the ESXi 5.5 Installation Media. We’ll show you the step-by-step procedure for performing a basic upgrade from ESXi version 5.1 to version 5.5 using the Interactive Installation method, however the instructions apply to older versions of ESXi as well.
This video assumes that you have read the documentation for the update you are applying. For more information, see the VMware vSphere 5.5 Release Notes and the vSphere Upgrade Guide.
For information relating to the other upgrade methods, see VMware Knowledge Base article Methods for upgrading to ESXi 5.5 (2058352).
Have you heard about VMware’s new associate certifications?
Dena Tooma, a technical writer at VMware says it took less than a day to both study and write her VCA exam. Watch as she tells us how she has more confidence dealing with her peers now that she understands more of the terminology and concepts around VMware products. Certification is not just for the hard-core IT nerds anymore.
Whether you’re looking for your first certification or branching into new areas of expertise, VMware Certified Associate certifications are the easiest to achieve, giving you a firm footing on which to grow and document your expertise. They are also a great opportunity for non-technical colleagues to learn about VMware technology.
If you are interested in becoming a VMware Certified Associate (VCA), check for certification requirements here: www.vmware.com/certification
In today’s new video tutorial, we discuss and demonstrate the process for manually collecting diagnostic logs from the Android VMware Switch.
The normal method to collect the logs from a VMware Ready device is using the VMware Horizon Mobile Server console or through the Horizon Workspace console to which the device is connected. However, if the device fails to connect to the server, you may have to collect the logs from the device itself.
This video provides steps to collect the logs from a VMware Ready device on which the VMware Switch application is installed when other methods are not applicable.
For additional information, see VMware Knowledge Base article Manually collecting diagnostic logs from the Android VMware Switch (2058741).
With the vSphere 5.5 release a few weeks back a new feature called Virtual Flash was introduced.
We put together this video which provides an overview of this new Virtual Flash feature and its benefits in a vSphere environment.
In essence, Virtual Flash allows you to accelerate virtual machine performance through the use of local SSD (Solid State) disks, which serve flash memory cache to chosen virtual machines running on the ESXi host. Virtual Flash Read Cache can supply low latency for extreme latency sensitive applications which helps to enable the virtualization of some computer systems/applications previously considered too I/O intensive. Virtual Flash caching is achieved using flash memory in the form of solid state disks (SSDs).
We will be following this video up with some new short and quick tutorials over the next few days which will cover:
- Allocating Virtual Flash Read Cache to a virtual machine
- Adjusting the amount of VIrtual Flash Read Cache caching in a virtual machine
- Disabling Virtual Flash Read Cache caching in a virtual machine
We have a new video today for all of our VMware Workstation users. This video discusses and demonstrates how you can restrict access to your virtual machines in VMware Workstation 10.
VMware has enhanced the capabilities of Encrypted Virtual Machines to include the ability to expire the virtual machine on a certain date and time. This feature enables an administrator to create virtual machine that can be shared with other users that will run until the given date and time.
This feature establishes a secure connection to a time server at VMware or a server of your choice to validate the current date and time, which prevents users from rolling back the clock on their host machine to avoid expiration. VMware has also added the ability to set the synchronization frequency to control the load on the network and a lease period to allow users to run expiring virtual machines while offline.
We have another vSphere 5.5 video for you today which demonstrates how to install vSphere 5.5 on a Windows based platform using the Simple Install method.
vSphere 5.5 provides two methods to install vCenter Server:
- Simple Install – Installs all of the vSphere 5.5 components on a single system
- Custom Component Install – Installs all vSphere components separately by allowing you to choose the location of each service in your environment
For additional information see VMware Knowledge Base article: Methods for installing vCenter Server 5.5 (2053142).
This video specifically goes through the Simple Install method and is based on Installing vCenter Server 5.5 on a Microsoft Windows platform using the Simple Install method (2058224).
vSphere HA Admission Control
Learn about vSphere HA Admission Control and the policies that you can choose from.
Roles, Privileges and Permissions in the vSphere Web Client
Senior Staff Engineer Peter Shepherd discusses privileges, roles, and permissions, and demonstrates how to create a virtual machine administrator role in the vSphere Web Client
vSphere HA Slot Size and Admission Control
Learn what a slot is, how it is calculated, and how it affects your vSphere HA Admission Control.