Restricting access to the VMware Data Recovery 2.0 appliance (2007248)

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Restricting access to the VMware Data Recovery 2.0 appliance (2007248)

This article provides information on how to restrict access to the VMware Data Recovery (VDR) 2.0 graphical interface, when the VDR plugin is installed. You can restrict access to

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Creating a VMware credential store file for third party plugins (2004016)

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Creating a VMware credential store file for third party plugins (2004016)

This article provides steps to create a VMware credential store XML file that is used by 3rd party plugins to authenticate with vCenter Server using credentials that are

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ESX hosts in APD may appear Not Responding in vCenter Server (1030980)

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Sep 302011
 
ESX hosts in APD may appear Not Responding in vCenter Server (1030980)

An ESX/ESXi host with one or more LUNs in an All-Paths-Down (APD) condition may become unmanageable in vCenter Server: · The ESX/ESXi host appears as Disconnected or Not

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Sep 292011
 

Sandra Cheek This is a reminder to our partners that easy online access to the most up-to-date partner training and product information on the VMware Partner Network Virtual Platform will close on September 30th!

This is your last chance to visit the recently refreshed platform with updated content and online training opportunities to continue to drive your knowledge and enablement around our new solutions.  This update includes:

1. View 5 Launch videos NEW!
2. Select Partner Track Sessions at VMworld videos NEW!
3. Enhanced tools to help users better navigate to CI sessions in language
4. Refreshed Learning Express paths with new sessions
5. FAQ’s to address common questions about the platform NEW!

10,000+ partners have experienced the Virtual Platform! If you have not yet visited this great platform, here are a few highlights of the content:

View 5 Launch
Get enabled to position and sell our new View 5 solutions. More than 10 on-demand training videos available! 

Cloud Infrastucture Launch
Choose from over 20 sales or technical on-demand videos to learn about vSphere 5. Access updated sessions on pricing, packaging and licensing and competitive positioning.

VMworld Sessions
Watch select sessions from the Partner Track at this year's event.

Visit the VMware Partner Network Virtual Platform before it’s too late! You can access the online site 24/7 from a PC, tablet or mobile device! 

-Sandra Cheek
Director, Global Partner Communications

Sep 292011
 

Sandra Cheek In my role here at VMware, I am no longer in sales. But that doesn’t mean that I’m exempt from the pressure to deliver and the witnessing of the flurry of activity between departments to sign contracts and agreements needed to bring on new customers ahead of calendar deadlines, and well, to essentially close any and all business at the quarter’s end.

We also know that our partners dread daily phone calls at the 11th hour from their vendors - adding pressure to an already busy time!

I’m always looking for tips to share with you to make your business transactions with VMware more successful. So if you read this posting this week, great timing! If not, it’s good advice for Q4.

I asked some of my sales colleagues if they had any tips for closing out a successful Q3 and as you can imagine, they certainly do. Andy Hunt, our Vice President of EMEA Channels and Alliances had a very clear message which was to ‘close everything’-specifically your Advantage+ registered opportunities. As a communications pro, I like simple and clear messaging, and Andy has delivered this.

Our Vice President of Americas Sales, Brandon Sweeney, touched on the tremendous opportunity vSphere has to offer, reminding partners that vSphere is one of the highest ROI technology investments a customer can make. He also mentioned that vCops should be a part of every vSphere quote, and don’t forget to include training credits too! Almost 50% of our transactional business is identified and closed in the same quarter. So while there are only a few days left in the quarter, there is still a lot of business that can be closed. Brandon had a specific message for our U.S Fed partners, which was to ‘capture all the fiscal year end dollars now’.

Be sure to log into Partner Central  for your PBM’s contact information, sales tools, revenue calculators and a lot of great information that will help you close business!  Also, if you haven’t checked out the VMware Partner Virtual Experience Platform , I strongly encourage you to do so-here you’ll find the most up-to-date partner training and product information-the platform closes on 9/30, so don’t wait.

Thanks for your continued support and here’s to a successful end of quarter!

Sandra Cheek
Director, Global Partner Communications

vCloud Director does not open on Internet Explorer 9 with Google add-ons installed (2005833)

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Sep 292011
 
vCloud Director does not open on Internet Explorer 9 with Google add-ons installed (2005833)

In some cases, vCloud Director does not load on Internet Explorer 9 with Google add-ons installed. This is a compatibility issue between Internet Explorer 9

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VMware vCenter Update Manager 5.0 Performance and Best Practices

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Sep 282011
 
VMware vCenter Update Manager 5.0 Performance and Best Practices

VMware vCenter Update Manager (also known as VUM) provides a patch management framework for VMware vSphere. IT administrators can use it to patch and upgrade ESX/ESXi hosts, upgrade VMware Tools and virtual hardware for virtual machines, as well as upgrade virtual appliances.

A white paper that examines the performance of VUM is available. This paper includes some interesting information, including:

  • VUM deployment recommendations that maximize performance
  • A look at the latencies of common VUM operations
  • The resource consumption profile of VUM operations for CPU, network, disk, and database
  • How much time it takes to remediate a cluster sequentially vs. in parallel
  • VUM performance in a low bandwidth, high latency, or lossy network
  • How the use of bandwidth throttling affects host staging and remediation over LAN and WAN
  • Performance tips and best practices

For the full paper, see VMware vCenter Update Manager 5.0 Performance and Best Practices.

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vExpert Spotlight: Edward L. Haletky

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Sep 282011
 
vExpert Spotlight: Edward L. Haletky

Twitter Handle: @Texiwill

Blog URL: http://www.virtualizationpractice.com

Current Employer: AstroArch Consulting, Inc. 

How did you get into IT in   the first place

Naturally, I have always been interested in programming and one day a friend offered me the chance to play and program a commodore 64. Viola I was hooked. Been developing code and learning more about it every day since then. I was first involved in computational fluid dynamics where I was visualizing complex fluid flows and moved from there to writing low level graphics libraries and eventually high performance technical computing 

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?

It all started many years ago when the beta of VMware workstation v0.9 was released with the try it and tell us what breaks approach.  I tried it and it broke but it was a start. Later, I was asked by a manager, "Do you know this VMware stuff?". After saying yes, I found myself discussing server virtualization using ESX 1.5.2 and everything snowballed from there. I have written three books on virtualization and have a few more planned. I am now an independent consultant in the virtualization and cloud computing space, trying to find time to get all my little projects completed.  I consider part of my job, to give back to the community that spawned my career where every day the technology landscape changes with something new and interesting.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

Learn what you can, keep an open mind, and when presented the opportunity leap. I find the key to being a virtualization and cloud architect is knowledge. Not only what is learned, but what you can bring to the table from current and past work. You have to be a self-starter to be an independent and always aware of your brand, namely yourself. I believe giving back to the community is crucial to this brand.

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New Articles Published for Week Ending 9/24/11

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Sep 262011
 
New Articles Published for Week Ending 9/24/11

VMware ESX
After upgrading to vSphere 5, you see the HA error: vSphere HA Cannot be configured on this host because its SSL thumbprint has not been verified (2006210)
Date Published: 9/23/2011

VMware ESXi
The Summary tab of the ESXi 5.0 host reports the warning: System logging not Configured on host <hostname> (2006834)
Date Published: 9/19/2011
Installing Cisco Nexus 1000v license failed (2003602)
Date Published: 9/22/2011
Can't enable Windows Aero themes after switching back and forth between Windows 7 basic and Aero (2006746)
Date Published: 9/23/2011

VMware Fusion
Manually uninstalling VMware Tools in a Mac OS guest (2005390)
Date Published: 9/19/2011
Encrypting a virtual machine in VMware Fusion 4 (2005714)
Date Published: 9/23/2011
Adding Windows applications to your Mac's Applications folder using VMware Fusion (2005730)
Date Published: 9/19/2011
A Linux Boot Camp partition with VMware Tools installed fails to boot natively (2005913)
Date Published: 9/19/2011
DHCP over Bridged networking in Linux guests does not work when using Mac OS Lion 10.7 or later (2006775)
Date Published: 9/19/2011
Upgrading VMware Tools to Fusion 4 or Workstation 8 fails with a VMware Tools unrecoverable error (2006900)
Date Published: 9/22/2011
Installing VMware Tools in a Windows 2000 virtual machine fails with the error: Microsoft Runtime DLLs cannot be installed on this Operating System. Please see Microsoft KB835732 (2007120)
Date Published: 9/23/2011
Wacom Tablets not functioning properly after upgrading to Fusion 4 (2007106)
Date Published: 9/23/2011

VMware Service Manager
When importing Workflow templates in Service Manager, unable to select the correct value if multiple values exist with a similar name (2006699)
Date Published: 9/23/2011
Incoming emails are not generating new calls in Service Manager 9.0 (2006926)
Date Published: 9/23/2011
Cannot upload objects to a Service Manager request or call (2007014)
Date Published: 9/23/2011
Emails are not sent when Service Manager calls are forwarded for resolution per the closure rules (2007023)
Date Published: 9/23/2011

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone
Windows virtual machine reports high CPU utilization after a V2V conversion (2004323)
Date Published: 9/19/2011
P2V conversion of a Windows server fails at 1% (2006659)
Date Published: 9/23/2011

VMware vCenter Lab Manager
Deleting a NIC from a Linux VM in Lab Manager removes the wrong IP address from the guest (1022522)
Date Published: 9/19/2011

VMware vCenter Orchestrator
Exporting and importing input parameters in vCenter Orchestrator (2007031)
Date Published: 9/21/2011
Working with vCenter Orchestrator over SSL connection (2007032)
Date Published: 9/21/2011

VMware vCenter Server
vCenter Server 5.0 does not support MS SQL Server 2005 Express (2006706)
Date Published: 9/23/2011
Installing vCenter Server 5.0 fails with the error: Setup cannot create vCenter Server Directory Services instance (2006850)
Date Published: 9/23/2011
Upgrading to vCenter Server 5.0 fails with the error: The DB user entered does not have the required permissions needed to install and configure vCenter Server with the selected DB. (2006904)
Date Published: 9/20/2011

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
VMware Site Recovery Manager 1.x service becomes unresponsive (2002538)
Date Published: 9/19/2011
Unable to failover a virtual machine in VMware vCenter SRM with a No host is compatible error (2005681)
Date Published: 9/19/2011

VMware vCenter Update Manager
Remediating an ESXi host using vCenter Update Manager 5.0 fails with the error: The operation is not supported on the selected Inventory objects. (2006847)
Date Published: 9/19/2011

VMware vCloud Director
Cannot compose a vApp or add a virtual machine to a vApp after upgrading from vCloud Director 1.x to 1.5 (2007019)
Date Published: 9/21/2011
Upgrading from vCloud Director 1.0.x to 1.5 fails during the database upgrade (2006919)
Date Published: 9/23/2011

VMware vFabric Hyperic Server
Unable to activate VMware vFabric Hyperic software using VMware vFabric tc Server 2.6 license keys  (2007158)
Date Published: 9/23/2011

VMware View Manager
In View Administrator, a View desktop has a status of "Provisioned (Missing)" (2004269)
Date Published: 9/19/2011
Installing and configuring VMware View Security Server in View Manager 4.6 and later versions (2006887)
Date Published: 9/20/2011
User Data Disk created in VMware View 4.0.x does not appear in View 4.5 or later (2006957)
Date Published: 9/21/2011
When you attach a disk to a parent virtual machine, configure View Composer linked clones with persistent disks, and customize the clones with Sysprep, provisioning operations might fail on some clones. (2006967)
Date Published: 9/19/2011
Cannot delete some VMs in a pool if the VM names are not unique (2006748)
Date Published: 9/23/2011
Configuring certificates for View security servers that use a load balancer (2006751)
Date Published: 9/23/2011
In View 5.0, View Administrator does not check for certain invalid characters in tags used to restrict View desktop access to View Connection Server instances. (2007013)
Date Published: 9/19/2011

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vExpert Spotlight: Damian Karlson

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Sep 262011
 
vExpert Spotlight: Damian Karlson

Twitter Handle: @sixfootdad

Blog URL: http://damiankarlson.com

How did you get into IT in  the first place

I've been working in and around IT for over 10 years now. I started in technical sales but got my first experiences in "hands-on" IT about seven years ago. I'd gone back to school as an adult to get an Associates in Computer Networking, and that opened up an opportunity to start working as a software tester for a 3rd party QA & testing company in Austin, TX. From there, I moved into hardware testing of various servers & storage subsystems, and eventually led a team of hardware and software testers that was responsible for testing minor and major hardware & firmware revisions on a major manufacturer's blade servers.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?

I first started working with VMware about 3 years ago. I'd inherited a small VMware server/isolated ESXi environment (on old Compaq whiteboxes, no less), and had the opportunity to lead a major VMware implementation. My team built a number of large VMware clusters and adopted a "virtualization first" policy. Anything new that needed to be deployed went on VMware (where applicable, of course), and anything existing was converted to VM.

I started blogging about a year ago, and focused on how to automate a large scale VMware implementation. I fell in love with PowerCLI, and wrote all that I could about leveraging it for things like standardized ESXi deployments, automating host remediation in clusters without DRS, automating VMware licensing assignments, etc. It was due to my blogging efforts that I was recognized as a vExpert in 2011.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do? 

I think the most important thing is a true love of technology, and also a clear understanding of how appropriate applications of technology can benefit the business side "of the house". Technology is great, but in a vacuum, it serves no purpose. Its purpose is to enable, improve, and serve as the vehicle for a company's ability to be successful.

Secondly, I'm a strong believer in social media. Get involved, talk to people that are doing what you want to do, help out other folks who may have questions or issues that you may know how to solve. Most of all, get a true understanding of how your unique talents and abilities can be a benefit to you, your family, and those around you.

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Top 5 Planet V12N blog posts for week 38

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Sep 252011
 
Top 5 Planet V12N blog posts for week 38

Now that VMworld 2011 Las Vegas is behind us, we can now start ramping up for VMworld 2011 Copenhagen.  I know Frank Denneman is anxiously awaiting the event!  Here are the top 5 posts for the week, enjoy…

 

Andre Leibovici - The Right Hardware for a 10K VDI solution - I have been involved in many VDI designs over the past years, and recently I have been involved in a design and architecture for a 10,000 user VDI solution. I thought it would be interesting to share here the considerations and decisions that goes behind hardware definition for such a large project.  So, first let’s review the requirements, constraints and assumptions that must be followed during the design.

Chris Wahl - NUMA Woes – Battling High CPU %RDY on vSphere 4 - I recently starting seeing a number of alerts on one of my clusters that many VMs were getting a high %RDY for CPU. I thought this weird, as the vSphere hosts are beefy sized HP DL580 G7s loaded with 4 sockets of Intel x7542 processors and there aren’t many VMs running. Typical CPU usage was under 20% per host. How could the VMs be contending for CPU resources in this situation?

William Lam - How to Install VMware VSA in Nested ESXi 5 Host Using the GUI - We upgraded the ghettoDatacenter to vSphere 5 this weekend and one of the things I wanted to play with was the new VMware VSA (vSphere Storage Appliance). Since we only have a single host, running nested ESXi would be our only option and this would allow us to easily deploy three vESXi 5.0 hosts and vCenter to tinker with the new VMware VSA.

Duncan Epping - Multiple-NIC vMotion in vSphere 5… - How do you setup multi-NIC vMotion? I had this question 3 times in the past couple of days during workshops so I figured it was worth explaining how to do this. It is fairly straight forward to be honest and it is more or less similar to how you would setup iSCSI with multiple vmknic’s. More or less as there is one distinct difference.

Greg Mulholland - How vSphere 5 Challenges Storage Design - vSphere 5 revealed around 150 new features many of which are still to be understood. The new storage features however, got plenty of publicity. Storage DRS or SDRS, Profile Driven Storage and VASA, Datastore Clustering , VMFS5, additional VAAI capability and Storage IO Control improvements were the main ones.

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vExpert Spotlight: Andrew Mauro

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Sep 232011
 
vExpert Spotlight: Andrew Mauro

Twitter Handle: @Andrea_Mauro

Blog URL: http://virtual-infrastructure.it/

Current Employer: Assyrus Srl

How did you get into IT in  the first place?

I've started (a lot of years ago) with a Commodore 64, but only with my first experience on a PC (with MS-DOS) I understand that this passion would also be my possible work area. During University, I also played with Linux distributions and this gave me a better understanding of Operating Systems and networking. Things are really change. Now start in IT is simpler and cheaper (I remember how expensive my first PC was and how difficult it was to find good books or good documentations).

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?

As most people I've started of course with VMware Workstation and honestly not with the ESX 1.0 (I remember that was not possible, at least in my

Country) to have an evaluation or trial version.

My first virtualization project (for academic purposes) was building a virtual honeynet with Linux UML (it was the end of 2001). My first virtualization project based for a production system virtualization solution was instead with VMware ESX 2.5.

After that I've follow a lot of virtualization projects and recently (around three ago) I've started also to give some contribution to the VMTN Community. This probably has open new perspectives, outside the limits of my Country and my native language (that isn't English). For example, I've tried to applied with success to the VCDX3 path and also to vExpert 2010 and 2011.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

In the IT field and especially in the virtualization area there is a lot to do. The required knowledge is quite huge, but worst (or better. it depends) there are a lot of changes so you cannot stand still. You have always to learn new things.

For those reasons I also think that in this kind of job the collaborations is really important. You can be great, but you can greater in a group of good people.

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Using the partedUtil command line utility on ESX and ESXi (1036609)

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Using the partedUtil command line utility on ESX and ESXi (1036609)

This article provides information on using the partedUtil command line disk-partitioning utility on ESX and ESXi. Note: VMFS Datastores can be created and deleted using the vSphere

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Configuring certificates for View security servers that use a load balancer (2006751)

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Configuring certificates for View security servers that use a load balancer (2006751)

Client systems check the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) on the SSL server certificate, so that if the load balancer uses a certificate with a different name

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Unlocking View virtual machines in VirtualCenter or vCenter Server (1007950)

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Sep 232011
 
Unlocking View virtual machines in VirtualCenter or vCenter Server (1007950)

If View virtual machines become locked in VirtualCenter or vCenter Server, you can use a command-line tool to unlock them. Which tool you use depends on with version of View

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