SRM Updates – 5.1.0.1 and 5.0.2 Released

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Along with the vCenter 5.1.0B release, we now also have a few interesting updates in the Site Recovery Manager world that were just released. First, for those of you not yet ready to upgrade to 5.1, we have an SRM 5.0.2 release with a few minor but important fixes and improvements. A handful of new Read more...

ESXi 5.0 Update 2 Released

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VMware has just released Update 2 for vSphere 5.0 which contains a few minor new features and of course bug fixes to both ESXi 5.0 Update 2 and vCenter Server 5.0 Update 2. While going through the ESXi release notes and reviewing the changes (hopefully everyone is doing this), a few things caught my eyes. Read more...

Setting the Record Straight on vSphere 5.1 Backup and Recovery Support

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There has been a fair amount of conversation and blog posts regarding an issue with the VMware Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) for vSphere 5.1 that may cause backup and restore operations to hang or fail. This is no surprise considering successful backup and recovery of virtual machines is mission-critical to many organizations. To provide Read more...

Setting up vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 Edge DHCP service

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VMware vCloud Networking and Security Edge is part of the vCloud Networking and Security solution and provides network edge security and gateway services such as DHCP, VPN, NAT, Firewall and Load Balancing. Edge supports DHCP IP address pooling and one-to-one static IP address allocation. In this blog, I am going to show step-by-step configuration of Read more...

Tagging VMkernel Traffic Types Using ESXCLI 5.1

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In earlier releases of ESXi, a VMkernel interface could transport three types of traffic: Management, vMotion and Fault Tolerance. To enable a particular traffic type, one would use either the vSphere Web/C# Client or the vSphere API. Some of you may have recalled using an undocumented command-line tool called vim-cmd in the ESXi Shell to Read more...

vCloud Director Plugin For BOSH Now Available

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After many months of hard work, VMware has helped make a vCloud Director plugin for BOSH available today. BOSH (BOSH Outer Shell) is an open source tool chain designed for supporting release engineering and the deployment and lifecycle management of large scale distributed services.  Originally, BOSH was developed to support the Cloud Foundry Application-as-a-Service.  One Read more...

With vSphere 5.1 comes a new vSphere Web Client

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With the release of vSphere 5.1 there is a brand new client to manage and administer your vSphere environment. Although a web client has been been part of vCenter server since it’s introduction, it has been some what limiting in features but helpful for those times of need. In vSphere 5.1 the web client has Read more...

Major HCL changes for the vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA)

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The VMware Hardware Compatability List (HCL) has been dramatically relaxed for the vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA). VMware now simply requires that the RAID controller used by the hosts participating in the VSA cluster be certified – there is no longer a requirement to seperately certify the server. So long as the Raid Controller is certified Read more...