Learn about how customers are rapidly adopting Pivotal CF on VMware, the enterprise Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that enables customers to experience turnkey PaaS capabilities on familiar vSphere and now vCloud Air environments.
Register now for the upcoming webinar: Supercharge your Application Delivery.
Jointly hosted by VMware and Pivotal, the speakers are:
- Jay Marshall, who is a Principal Cloud Development Strategist at VMware, who has spent almost 20 years working in enterprise application development and specializes in next generation application architecture on VMware’s vCloud Air cloud platform.
- Rosie Pongracz, who leads Pivotal CF and PaaS Product Marketing at Pivotal, with over 20 years of experience bringing enterprise technology to market.
I am sure most of you have heard about the “Shellshock” vulnerability – if not, you can read about it here. Seeing that the vSphere Replication 5.8 virtual appliance is running Linux, a patch is required. This short blog article shows how to fix this issue in vSphere Replication 5.8. To review more details on this security advisory, please see this page.
A few days ago there was an announcement on some security vulnerabilities potentially affecting Linux based machines (see here: VMware Security Advisory). Well, today we announced the availability of more patches for various versions of VMware Orchestrator here: VMware Orchestrator Express Patch.
Please refer to the knowledge base articles above for steps to upgrade and/or patch your current systems that may be vulnerable. Note that if you are running VMware Orchestrator installed on Windows, this machine is not impacted by this vulnerability.
Check here for the download page for these relevant patches.
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In August 2014, Unisphere Research fielded a study among the members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) to examine the current state of Oracle database sites, including the key issues, priorities and solutions being adopted by organizations. A total of 338 qualified responses were collected and analyzed. Respondents came from organizations of all sizes and across various industries. The survey was commissioned jointly by EMC2 and VMware. The sponsors of the survey were not revealed to the respondents.
Below are few of the highlights/excerpts:
- VMware vSphere is used for virtualizing Oracle environments substantially more than all other virtualization solutions combined (57% of organizations reported using VMware vSphere, followed by Oracle VM, reported by 9% of organizations). The use of vSphere for Oracle software, while widespread, has been increasing in the last few years, with almost two-thirds of organizations reporting increases over the past year.
- Although many respondents report that the top objection to virtualization is the potential for increased license costs, over 50% of respondents report that cost reduction is a primary benefit of their virtualization effort. A reasonable inference to this finding is that the potential increased licensing costs are more perception than reality, as suggested by reports of organizations with virtualization efforts experiencing significant aggregate cost reductions.
- Apart from reduced costs, the most common benefits that organizations report as a result of using virtualization within their Oracle database environments are
- Consolidation (54% of respondents)
- Standardization of infrastructure (47%)
- Greater agility (39%)
- Increased automation/reduced provisioning times (26%)
Check out the results of The Empowered Database – 2014 Enterprise Platform Decisions Survey
Source: The Empowered Database – 2014 Enterprise Platform Decisions Survey
Welcome to another episode of our Virtual SAN Troubleshooting series. In our last article we detailed guidelines and troubleshooting steps around the Virtual SAN networking requirement for layer 2 multicast. In today’s article we will show you how to quickly automate the modification of the Virtual SAN multicast group address in the event the need arises.
- PowerCLI 5.8 release 1
- (Note: It is likely to work with PowerCLI version 5.5 or above however I just happened to have version 5.8 on my test system).
- Microsoft .Net 2.0 or higher Continue reading
With the release of vSphere Replication 5.8, it is now possible to replicate virtual machines from a vCenter Server environment to another vCenter Server environment and to vCloud Air Disaster Recovery. Please understand that does not mean you can replicate the same VM to both, but rather you can configure replication for a VM to one destination or the other using the same vSphere Replication 5.8 user interface. Before vSphere Replication 5.8, you could deploy version 5.5 for replication between vCenter Server environments or deploy version 5.6 for replication to vCloud Air Disaster Recovery, but not both.
I have recorded a few short videos – less than two minutes each – to demonstrate using vSphere Replication to replicate virtual machines to both a vCenter Server environment and to vCloud Air Disaster Recovery. These videos do not have audio, but it is easy to understand what is happening in each video thanks to the simple interface vSphere Replication provides us.
Hello and welcome to the Virtual SAN Troubleshooting blog series. This series of articles is dedicated to and driven by requests from you our readers. Today we will be focusing upon one of our most requested troubleshooting topics, Layer 2 Multicast functionality from the Virtual SAN Networking requirements.
You are probably familiar with the Virtual SAN networking requirement of Layer 2 Multicast but today we would like to discuss why Virtual SAN leverages multicast forwarding for a portion of its network traffic as well as provide troubleshooting steps when it seems as though multicast traffic is not being received by the Virtual SAN VMkernels. The goal of this article is to educate the networking novice as well as provide clarification for the networking experts so we will be taking a thorough, ground up approach for our discussion.
Click the link if you need to jump directly to the testing examples Testing Multicast functionality. You will also want to make sure that you are following the guidelines below.
I recently received an inquiry about whether vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Advanced could send backup data to an EMC Data Domain appliance with encryption enabled. This scenario was easy to set up and test. In my lab, I am using a Data Domain appliance running Data Domain Operating System (DDOS) 5.4 along with VDP Advanced 5.8. First, I verified everything was working properly (before encryption) by running a few backups jobs and performing both image level (VM) restores and application level (database) restores. Then, I enabled encryption on the Data Domain appliance when I was sure there were no VDP backup jobs, integrity checks, etc. running. After encryption was enabled, I again ran backup jobs and performed image and application level restores from restore points created both before and after encryption was enabled. All of these worked fine, as expected.
More blog articles on VDP Advanced with Data Domain
Welcome to the VMware vSphere Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) two-part blog series where we will be exploring SPBM features, components, and the major role it plays in automating storage management operations in the Software Defined Data Center.
Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) is the foundation of the SDS Control Plane and enables vSphere administrators to over come upfront storage provisioning challenges, such as capacity planning, differentiated service levels and managing capacity headroom. Through defining standard storage Profiles, SPBM optimizes the virtual machine provisioning process by provisioning datastores at scale and eliminating the need to provision virtual machines on a case-by-case basis. PowerCLI, VMware vCloud Automation Center, vSphere API, Open Stack and other applications can leverage the vSphere Storage Policy Based Management API to automate storage management operations for the Software-Defined Storage infrastructure.
For more information on the Software-Defined Data Center and its related components, please visit the VMware SDDC Product pages.
The vCenter Operations Management Suite can pack a lot of different features from different areas, and bring them all together through the same interface. What this does is gives more and more meaningful data points and relative views into this data. Instead of touching on all the marketing material for this suite, we’ll discuss what that actually means for a real-life environment.
Breaking away from the vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) entry (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2014/07/journey-sddc-vsphere-operations-management.html#more-13313), the suite allows much more customization, even more in-depth troubleshooting, and allows for the addition of 3rd party plugins to consolidate the environment’s relevant information. Continue reading