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Top 5 Planet V12N blog posts for week 12

This is the first time I have ever used my laptop from the gym, but I wanted to get the top 5 posts up before I get sucked into a busy weekend that’s sitting in front of me.  Enjoy the weekend…

Christian Mohn – Installing and configuring VMware vCenter Operations – VMware vCenter Operations was released to the general public a week or so ago and is available for download right now. As usual you can download a 60 day trial, and get started immediately.  Like other recent management utilities from VMware, vCenter Operations comes in the form of a .OVF template (like vCMA/vMA).

Duncan Epping – ESXi Management Network Resiliency – When we wrote the HA/DRS book both Frank and I were still very much in an “ESX Classic” mindset. Over the last weeks I had questions around resilient network configurations for ESXi. I referred people back to the book but the comments that I got were that the examples were very much ESX Classic instead of ESXi. Now in my opinion the configuration looks very much the same except that “Service Console” will need to be replace with “Management Network” but I figured I might as well just document my preference for a resilient ESXi Management Network as I needed to do it anyway as part of an update of the book to a future version of vSphere.

Christopher Wells – Real Life DR & BC, with VMware SRM – Well, I am back from a little excursion outside of Tokyo to recharge and get temporarily away from the reality of the situation at the nuclear reactors up North in Fukushima.  What better time than now to post an article about Disaster Recovery and Business Contiuity using VMware’s Site Recovery Manager product.

Christoph Dommermuth – Virtualizing SAPGUI with ThinApp now officially supported -  Deploying the SAPGUI can be very time consuming in a large enterprise environment. It can even be worse if you’re using physical desktops, virtual desktops and terminal services because you may need to deploy it to different operating systems, what means that you have to package it several times.

Kyle Gleed – Under the Covers with Storage vMotion – I recently posted on how vMotion works and figured it would be good to follow-up with a similar blog covering Storage vMotion (svMotion).  Many people think svMotion is new, but the ability to migrate a running VMs disk files to a new datastore (DS) was first introduced in VI 3.0 as an upgrade tool to help with VMFS upgrades.  In VI 3.5 it was officially given the name Storage vMotion, but only had CLI support. GUI support was finally added in 4.0 and with 4.1 there were several performance improvements. 

Top 5 Planet V12N blog posts for week 11

Massimo Re Ferre -  vShield products packaging explained (with a focus on vCloud Director) – The way VMware is packaging / positioning vShield technologies isn’t clear to everyone. This shouldn’t be surprising since we have been lately expanding the offering with a lot of new stuff. In this post I am going (to try) to make a sense of vShield, its importance and specifically how it relates to vCloud Director. I am probably doing this in a non conventional way. At least in a way that a formal product manager wouldn’t use.

Chris Colotti – Components For A vCloud Deployment – I often get asked during a vCloud Jumpstart or vCloud Accelerator delivery by both customers and other VMware Consultants…..What exactly do we need to stand up for a “Production” ready private cloud?  This got me thinking about all the considerations around what actually goes into the deployment beyond just vCenter, ESX, vCloud Director, etc.

Andre Leibovici – TPS, Large Memory Pages and your VDI environment – If you have been running VMware View 4.0 or greater the chances are that you have vSphere 4.0 U2 or vSphere 4.1 deployed in your VDI infrastructure. You may have VMware Infrastructure 3.5 U5 but I am hoping that at this stage you have already been trough the upgrade.

Jason Boche – Free VMware vSphere Client for iPad Available – It has been an exciting couple of months for VMware in terms of product releases.  Now, VMware has done it again.  Effective immediately, the vSphere Client for iPad is announced and is generally available for download from the Apple App Store.  Leave your wallet and iTunes gift cards parked.  Similar to the VMware View Client for iPad, this app is also brought to the community free of charge. 

Eric Sloof – Latest fling from VMware Labs – Thinapped vSphere Client – VMware Labs presents its latest fling Thinapped vSphere Client. This fling uses VMware ThinApp to package vSphere Client into a single portable EXE giving you instant access to your virtual infrastructure from any computer.

New community launched: VMware vSphere Client for iPad

VMware vSphere is the industry's most complete and robust virtualization platform, offering the highest levels of availability and responsiveness.  The VMware vSphere Client for iPad is a companion interface to the traditional vSphere client, optimized for viewing and managing your vSphere environment on the go.  With this client you can monitor the performance of vSphere hosts and virtual machines.  Virtual machines can be started, stopped and suspended.  vSphere hosts can be rebooted or put into maintenance mode.

via communities.vmware.com

Early this morning, a new community has been launched to go with the release of the VMware vSphere Client for iPad.

Visit the new community to discuss the new product, get help using it, and watch demo videos.

VMware Go & vSphere for SMB: Community Podcast #132

Every Wednesday, we gather online for an hour to talk virtualization and record a VMware Community Roundtable Podcast. We've been using TalkShoe for years, and although we might move to a new platform in the future, for now you can still check out all 132 of our past VMware Community Roundtable Podcasts on TalkShoe

New this week: a new VMware Community Group on Virtualization Podcasts to get informed about new episodes of the Community Roundtable and other podcasts from members of the VMware community. If you like listening to podcasts, you have plenty of podcasts to pick from these days. Stay tuned for a podcast directory and more at this new site!

This week, our topic for podcast #132 was VMware Go Pro and vSphere for SMB. I think VMware Go is an interesting service, although most of the people attending the live podcast hadn't used it yet. Just the patching feature alone makes it great. For a VAR working with a small business, being able to set up patching, software and hardware asset tracking, and a help desk seems really interesting. Along with vSphere Essentials and Acceleration Kits, we even got into ROBO a little bit, although that will be the topic of an upcoming podcast. You can listen to the podcast via the widget to the right or the mp3 file, and you can subscribe to the podcast via the RSS feed or via iTunes.

We do need to make one correction: when upgrading from a vSphere Essentials kit (which comes with vCenter Server Foundation) to another level of product (that comes with vCenter Server Standard), no vCenter Server reinstall is necessary. Just upgrade your license key and you are good to go.

Show Notes


VMTN United Kingdom group launched

Screen shot 2011-03-16 at 9.46.05 AM To offer users in different regions find expertise and help with country-specific questions, we have recently created the first in a series of international groups on VMware Community: VMTN United Kingdom (UK)

This group has been created to bring together a wide selection of resources for VMware community in United Kingdom: Forums, blogs, groups and discussion boards, as well as VMware EMEA recruiting Twitter feed.

This group is just the beginning, and there certainly will be changes and improvements to it in the future.

If you know of a regional resource and would like to see it featured on the group home page, you can start a discussion in the new group. VMware Community Manager Alex will then review the submision and update the group landing page.


New community for vCenter Operations launched

Screen shot 2011-03-15 at 9.49.15 AM  Last night, vCenter Operations has gone GA, and at the same time we have launched a new community for it.

Come check out VMware vCenter Operations community to learn about the product, watch a video tutorial given by Kit Colbert, or ask a question in the community forum.

VMware vCenter Operations helps you to proactively ensure service levels, optimum resource usage and configuration compliance in dynamic virtual and cloud environments. Through automated operations management and patented analytics, you benefit from an integrated approach to performance, capacity and configuration management.

Easy sharing of community discussions

Screen shot 2011-03-15 at 9.47.31 AM Now you can share any thread you like from the VMware community more easily with the handy “Share This Page” widget that appears in the right-hand menu.

You do not need to be logged in or even registered for this feature to work.

Simply click on one of the icons to share on Facebook, Twitter, Buzz, or LinkedIn, or click on the plus sign for more sharing options.


Top 5 Planet V12N blog posts for week 10

I have added more feeds to the V12N blog aggregator, so there is even more great content coming in now.  If you feel there is a blog site that should be part of the Planet V12N please let me know.  We want to make sure we are getting as much quality content as possible showing up for everyone.

This week we had some major announcements with vCenter Operations being launched, an acquisition announced of Wavemaker (Spring), and who could possibly have missed the VMware View iPad client?  Don’t forget, VMworld 2011 call for papers was announced, get those submissions in!  Have a great weekend!

Eric Sloof – vCenter Operations – Your Future Performance Dashboard – VMware has released a great new product which is able to diagnose and analyse vSphere performance metrics. vCenter Operations Standard is for vCenter administrators who want to better understand the performance of their virtual infrastructure, and to diagnose and correct performance problems easily and quickly.

Jason Boche – VMware View Client for iPad Released – There’s an old saying which goes “The best things in life are free”.  Even better are those things which will forever remain free.  Such is the case with the new VMware View Client for iPad, announced and made available this morning!  By the time you read this, the bits will already be available for download in the Apple App Store. 

Chad Sakac – Performance = art not science (with DelayedAck 10GbE example) – I’ve always found that resolving performance issues is more about the HOW than the WHAT.   In other words, it’s not like there is a list of “secret switches” that simply make things scream (ergo: “just enable jumbo frames and it will solve all your problems” or “do/don’t use thin, it will be good/bad”).  

Duncan Epping – Thin provisioned disks and VMFS fragmentation, do I really need to worry? – I’ve seen this myth floating around from time to time and as I never publicly wrote about it I figured it was time to write an article to debunk this myth. The question that is often posed is if thin disks will hurt performance due to fragmentation of the blocks allocated on the VMFS volume. I guess we need to rehash (do a search on VMFS for more info)  some basics first around Think Disks and VMFS volume…

Stephen Beaver – The See-Saw Effect: To Scale-up or Scale-out – They say history tends to repeat itself, I am going to take that statement in another direction and apply that towards technology.  Virtualization Technology Practices and Tendencies tend to flip flop over time. That in itself is a pretty general statement but I saw this video on YouTube “16 Core Processor: Upgrade from AMD Opteron 6100 Series to Upcoming “Interlagos”” and this really got me thinking about one of the very first questions presented to the Virtualization Architects when planning and designing a new deployment, for as long as I have been working with virtualization technology.  To scale up or scale out, that is the question and philosophy that has flip flopped back and forth as the technology itself has improved and functionality increased.

Top 5 Planet V12N blog posts for week 9

You guys are making this harder and harder to pick just 5 posts.  Loads of good posts this past week, I had a hard time locking down only 5 but I felt these were really good ones that should be highlighted for this week!

Mike Laverick – My View 4.5 Guide is now FREE to download – Well, I think the blogpost title kind of says it all. As of today my View 4.5 Guide is now completely free to download.  Why I have a decided to this. Well, for a couple of reasons.  View 4.6 was released today – introducing new functionality. In particular the Security Server is now compatible with PCoIP. It’s always been my policy that as new version comes out. I either write an update – or I make the previous edition free – this was the case with the SRM 1.0 and 4.0 books. If you want to learn about 4.6 new functionality watch this video below its great!

Luc Dekens – Virtual Machine logging – I recently received an interesting question in my mailbox. Someone wanted to know if it was possible to enable/disable the logging for a Virtual Machine through PowerCLI. These Virtual Machine logs can be a handy resource when analysing problems.  This logging option is available through the vSphere client when you select Edit Settings and then Options-Advanced-General. In that form there is a checkbox that allows you to enable/disable the virtual machine logging.

Christian Mohn – Installing vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) – The vMA is a Virtual Appliance that you can download from VMware. It’s primary function is to enable command line based management of your ESX/ESXi systems.  Basically this is a pre-packaged virtual machine that  includes vCLI and the vSphere SDK for Perl, which means that you don’t have to build your own management VM or install these tools locally on a management station.

Eric Sloof – Video – Deploying the vCloud Connector – In this video I’ll show how to deploy the vCloud Connector virtual appliance and connect it to a vCenter server instance.  vCloud Connector (vCC) allows the vSphere Administrators to use their familiar vSphere Client as a single pane-of-glass view across hybrid clouds. It’s also a great tool when you have to transfer virtual machines between multiple vCenter servers.

David Davis – How To Upgrade to vSphere 4.1 Update 1 by @davidmdavis – I recently posted a new article over at VirtualizationReview.com in my new “How-To Guy” section about the new vSphere 4.1 – Update 1. In the article, I cover the new features of Update 1 and the steps that you would take to get there, both for vCenter and ESX/ESXi servers.