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Top 20 Articles for March 2014

Here is our Top 20 KB list for March 2014. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article.

  1. VMware ESXi 5.x host experiences a purple diagnostic screen mentioning E1000PollRxRing and E1000DevRx
  2. Downloading and Installing VMware Fusion
  3. Installing async drivers on VMware ESXi 5.0, 5.1, and 5.5
  4. Determining Network/Storage firmware and driver version in ESXi/ESX 4.x and ESXi 5.x
  5. Installing Windows in a virtual machine using VMware Fusion Easy Install
  6. Troubleshooting Fusion virtual machine performance issues
  7. Upgrading to vCenter Server 5.5 best practices
  8. Investigating virtual machine file locks on ESXi/ESX
  9. Re-pointing and re-registering VMware vCenter Server 5.1 / 5.5 and components
  10. Uninstalling and manually installing VMware Tools in VMware Fusion
  11. Installing vCenter Server 5.5 best practices
  12. Purging old data from the database used by VMware vCenter Server 4.x and 5.x
  13. Troubleshooting Fusion virtual machine startup issues
  14. Installing or upgrading to ESXi 5.5 best practices
  15. Creating a persistent scratch location for ESXi 4.x and 5.x
  16. Unmounting a LUN or detaching a datastore/storage device from multiple VMware ESXi 5.x hosts
  17. Broadcom 5719/5720 NICs using tg3 driver become unresponsive and stop traffic in vSphere
  18. Update sequence for vSphere 5.5 and its compatible VMware products
  19. Installing VMware Tools in a Fusion virtual machine running Windows
  20. Methods of upgrading to vCenter Server 5.5

ALERT: Response to Heartbleed OpenSSL security issue

heartbleedThis week, a new vulnerability was discovered affecting SSL, a protocol most of the Internet uses to encrypt and secure communications. The VMware Security Engineering, Communications, and Response group (vSECR) is investigating the OpenSSL issue dubbed “Heartbleed”. For information on which VMware products may be affected and resolution/remediation steps, refer to the two KB articles at the bottom of this post.

For the curious, we would like to quickly explain why this particular vulnerability could be a risk across the Internet. The bug — dubbed “Heartbleed” — allows anybody to read the memory on a system that is supposed to be protected by SSL.

An anonymous attacker could potentially steal any information from an SSL-secured communication when the issue is not addressed. Best practices dictate that websites and web service providers should always use SSL-encrypted communication when dealing with sensitive information like usernames, passwords, and bank info. Heartbleed could breach that information to anybody who knows how to extract it without leaving a trace.

Using VMware KVM Mode with VMware Workstation 10.x

Today we have a new VMware Workstation video. In this tutorial we discuss and demonstrate how to use VMware KVM Mode with VMware Workstation 10.x.

VMware Workstation 10.x allows users to run Workstation in VMware KVM mode. This mode allows you to switch between active virtual machines using hotkeys. Virtual machines can be run in full-screen without launching the Workstation UI and manage their power state via CLI (command line interface). VMware KVM mode can be used as an alternative to run virtual machines only in full screen, allowing switching between them using a configurable hot key.

Note: VMware KVM mode is only available for Windows version of Workstation 10.x. As well, VMware Tools must be installed on the guest operating system.

For additional information, check out VMware Knowledge Base article Using VMware KVM Mode with VMware Workstation 10 (2057914).

Scheduled Maintenance April 11

VMware will be performing a system upgrade to several VMware Support Web applications on Friday, April 11th, 2014 from 7:00PM to 7:45PM Pacific Time. If you need to file a high severity support request while the upgrade is in progress, please call VMware Technical Support for assistance. Because of this maintenance window, you may experience longer than normal wait times on the phone. We encourage you to submit your lower severity support issues via the online case logging option once the website becomes available again.

While this upgrade is in progress, you will be unable to:

  • Access or manage your VMware account
  • Submit support requests online
  • Download, purchase or register VMware products
  • Manage VMware product licenses
  • Download, purchase or register VMware products Manage VMware product licenses
  • Access VMware Communities

Please note this maintenance window does not affect the VMware Knowledgebase or the various Product Support Centers where you may find articles and notes that will help you resolve issues you may encounter.

We appreciate your patience during this maintenance period. These system upgrades are part of our commitment to continued service improvements and will help VMware better serve your needs.

Top 20 vSphere 5.5 Support Topics

Here’s our Top 20 vSphere 5.5 Knowledgebase articles for vSphere 5.5 and VMware Hypervisor 5.5

These KBs address the bulk of calls into our call centers for these products. See anything familiar in this list?

  1. VMware ESXi 5.x host experiences a purple diagnostic screen mentioning E1000PollRxRing and E1000DevRx
  2. Installing async drivers on ESXi 5.0, 5.1, and 5.5
  3. Determining Network/Storage firmware and driver version in ESXi/ESX 4.x and ESXi 5.x
  4. Collecting diagnostic information for VMware ESX/ESXi using the vSphere Client
  5. Re-pointing and re-registering VMware vCenter Server 5.1 / 5.5 and components
  6. Unmounting a LUN or detaching a datastore/storage device from multiple VMware ESXi 5.x hosts
  7. Upgrading to vCenter Server 5.5 best practices
  8. Installing or upgrading to ESXi 5.5 best practices
  9. Investigating virtual machine file locks on ESXi/ESX
  10. Creating a persistent scratch location for ESXi 4.x and 5.x
  11. Reducing the size of the vCenter Server database when the rollup scripts take a long time to run
  12. Broadcom 5719/5720 NICs using tg3 driver become unresponsive and stop traffic in vSphere
  13. Methods for upgrading to ESXi 5.5
  14. Permanent Device Loss (PDL) and All-Paths-Down (APD) in vSphere 5.x
  15. Installing vCenter Server 5.5 best practices
  16. Restarting the Management agents on an ESXi or ESX host
  17. Powering off a virtual machine on an ESXi host
  18. Migrating the vCenter Server database from SQL Express to full SQL Server
  19. Resetting the VMware vCenter Server 5.x Inventory Service database
  20. Methods of upgrading to vCenter Server 5.5

Virtual SAN Interoperability – Planned migration with vSphere Replication and SRM

We have a new video today which will be of interest to those of you wondering how VMware’s new Virtual SAN offering operates with other VMware solutions that you may have in your environment, specifically with vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager.

We look at how you can perform a planned migration of a set of virtual machines from a traditional storage infrastructure onto your virtual SAN cluster.

For more information and a full write up of the operations performed within this demonstration, head on over to the VMware Blog post VMware Virtual SAN Interoperability: vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager written by Rawlinson Rivera, a Senior Technical Marketing Architect in the Cloud Infrastructure Technical Marketing Group at VMware.

Super Users and Procurement Contacts in My VMware

Following on from our post yesterday, here is another video which discusses Super Users and Procurement Contacts in My VMware and demonstrates how to find their names and email addresses, and how to change the users who have these roles.

For additional information see VMware Knowledge Base article Super Users and Procurement Contacts in My VMware (2011011).

New VSAN Resources

Just hours ago VMware announced the General Availability (GA) of Virtual SAN (VSAN) 5.5. This new product is the cornerstone of our Software-Defined Storage strategy and a key pillar of our Software-Defined Data Center vision.

In typical fashion, our Documentation and KB team have lots of fresh articles you may want to be aware of as you try this new and exciting product.

Release Notes

https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-esxi-55u1-release-notes.html

Download

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_virtual_san/5_5