VMware Cloud Ops Blog: The Shape Shifting Killer App

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By: Kurt Milne

In a classic August 20, 2011 Wall Street Journal editorial, Marc Andreessen pointed out that software is eating the world. He is right.  It is an exciting time to be a software developer.

What that means to you, is that somewhere out there right now, someone is furiously coding the next killer app with the intent to turn your industry on its ear.

The key question: how can you and your company make software that eats the world, faster, better and cheaper?

One way is to write a different kind of app. Not the legacy application that fills your datacenter with code written in the developer’s favorite language, that uses middleware or web server of choice, and a database that is optimized for use. Both the code and the infrastructure is tailored IT and custom fit for purpose.

The traditional enterprise application typically ends up as a monolithic blob that is:

  • Brittle – any change to application, middleware or infrastructure has a very real probability of causing service failure.
  • Hard to support – extensive documentation and training required for new developer to make changes, or for ops support team to maintain over time and then recover from outage.
  • Hard to scale – does not sense and respond as business needs and usage levels ebb and flow. Even with virtual servers, adding or removing resources, and moving work from one cluster to another is based largely on manual processes.

Your datacenter is full of them.

By contrast, the killer app that will disrupt your industry is likely to be:

  • A mashup of a loosely coupled set of components that each perform a simple task very well.
  • That call on-premise, or hosted, or public services (e.g. hybrid service oriented architecture)
  • That are designed for highly variable load conditions (e.g. rapid prototype, then fail or scale)
  • That leverage virtualized resources (compute, storage, network, security) that can be added, configured, and removed via API call.

Net result, is that your killer app will be different.  It will be architected to leverage services that rely on virtual resources (on premise or somewhere out there in the cloud) that join and leave the application as conditions change, and that cause the application topology to constantly shift.

Ponder that for a moment. The app that is going to delight your customers, and make IT a strategic contributor to your business, and drive your stock PE multiple far above your competitors — is going to be a shape shifter.

For an IT operations professional, the shape shifting killer app requires profound changes that needs to be addressed head on.  Right now.

As a result, VMware is investing in CloudOps based on four key premises:

  • Process and procedure is more important than ever before. How we do things matters. Ad hoc operations won’t cut it when managing a shape shifting killer app.
  • Many of the best practices that implement a “change control” based resiliency strategy, won’t carry forward to shape shifting apps. It may be time to let go of some things near and dear that have worked well for us in the past, but that may be holding us back.
  • We need a new IT operating model. This may be a controversial statement. But a service lifecycle perspective becomes an important part of a revised model that recognizes and optimizes a fundamentally new set of practices at the apps management layer, the service management layer, and the infrastructure management layer. Something like this may be a good starting point for a conceptual framework.
  • And we need a set of management principles and working assumptions that optimize the separation of concerns and white space between those who are focused on apps, services and infrastructure. Not focused on white space between dev and test, or between functional silos.

How do we operate in this new world? Lets work together and figure it out!

Follow us on Twitter at @VMwareCloudOps for future updates, and join the discussion by using the #cloudops and #SDDC hashtags.

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VMwareTV: Demystifying the Software-Defined Datacenter

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A round-table discussion about the common obstacles, pitfalls and opportunities companies face as they evolve beyond virtualization and cloud to a software-defined data center. Download the whitepaper mentioned in the discussion at vmware.com
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VMwareTV: VMware vCloud for Healthcare

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bit.ly -- VMware vCloud for Healthcare is an end-to-end care cloud computing platform for exchanging information and delivering products and services that can help lead to better outcomes. It is our new solution for helping healthcare IT organizations define and build the right cloud models for their organizations, and it includes a proven roadmap for how to fully realize the benefits of cloud computing.
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VMware vFabric Blog: From the Front-line of StrataConf: A VMware Perspective

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Day 2 of the O’Reilly Strata Conference is starting here in Santa Clara, California and the focus is very much on data. In 2005, Tim O’Reilly predicted: “Data is the Next Intel Inside.” At VMware, big, fast data has never been so critical for our customers and innovations are transforming the cloud applications landscape at an unprecedented rate. This conference comes at the perfect time to reset what everyone knows about big, fast data.

The conference kicked off yesterday with several brief 20 minute keynotes. They were all  succinct and to the point. Greenplum‘s Scott Yara reflected on how the big data market has grown tremendously over the past few years and mentioned several key data scientist practitioners.  Scott also mentioned the increased investment in open source Hadoop. Of course, Strata comes on the heels of the Greenplum Pivotal HD  announcement on Monday which launched their distribution of Hadoop which can improve performance 50X to 500X when compared to existing SQL-like services on top of Hadoop.

Another great keynote presentation was from Yael Garten, a Senior Data Scientist from LinkedIn. Yael leads the mobile data analytics team. She began by polling the audience and noting that many in the audience had already been on 3 different devices that morning and it wasn’t even 9:30 am yet. She noted we’re constantly connected, and we need to use data to personalize the experience for users no matter what device we’re on.  She had an interesting graph highlighting device use and laptop use during our morning time of ”coffee to couch”.  And those uses are different in the US compared to places like India.

The show floor is dominated by Hadoop distribution vendors and the what’s striking this year compared to last year is how important SQL has become. There’s a lot of talk about using SQL to directly access data stored on Hadoop. It seems that map/reduce is somewhat out of favor now.  This is somewhat like our take at VMware on adding a SQL interface into what was previously only available to Java developers, just how SQLFire added a SQL interface to GemFire.  SQLFire seems like a good complement to what’s trending in Big Data with SQL.

If you are around today, please drop by booth #809 and see what VMware has to offer for big, fast data solutions—you’ll be sure to learn something and may even get to win our Apple iPad raffle too!

Feel free to connect or see some of these links to learn more:

Screen shot 2012-07-26 at 4.31.50 PM About the Author: Blake Connell is a software product marketing professional with twenty years of industry experience at Fortune 500 technology companies and small/medium businesses. Direct experience targeting diverse market segments including consumers, developers and enterprise IT groups. Blake has worked for VMware for 2 years and is responsible for vFabric GemFire; in-memory data management for enterprise and cloud applications.

VMware vFabric Blog: Behind the Scenes: Patching PostgreSQL for Performance–vFabric Team Contributes to Open Source

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After PostgreSQL 9.2 was released, users that relied on PostgreSQL for scale, may have noticed a performance hit. In fact, the PostgreSQL community alongside the VMware vFabric Postgres team, was able to prove that the new version demonstrated a 10% performance hit over version 9.1. As part of the VMware Postgres team, we wanted to fix this problem for our own distribution, but as mentioned in previous posts, we also wanted to contribute our fixes back to the common core.  This post provides additional detail on how this problem was identified and how we worked with the open source PostgreSQL community to restore performance.

Background on the Performance Issue in PostgreSQL 9.2

Last year, during routine regression testing of vFabric Postgres, we found that PostgreSQL 9.2, the latest major release of PostgreSQL, demonstrated a significant performance regression from version 9.1. Using DBT-2, an open-source and fair-use implementation of TPC-C benchmark [1], we noticed a 10% performance degradation, which we then reported to the community [2].

To troubleshoot the problem we used git bisect to find the type of commit that caused the performance problem and cross-examined the statistical profiles using oprofile. As it turns out, the regression was caused by a commit that changed the way memory was allocated when SPI queries were executed. The commit was intended to reduce the number of allocations for queries using a cached plan at the cost of more logistics work. However, according to the DBT-2 test, we could see that this tradeoff was unfavorable for dynamic queries. So to fix it, we would need reintroduce the original tradeoff on its intended queries using conditions [3].

We proposed the fix to the wider PostgreSQL community and the ensuing discussion led to a refined resolution which was implemented in a patch [4]. This patch has been back-ported to the latest PostgreSQL 9.2.3 release and is included in the latest vFabric Postgres release [5].

Performance of the PostgreSQL 9.2.3 Patch

To be sure of our results, VMware conducted a performance test of the patch [6]. The configuration details and results follow:

System Under Test (SUT)

Model: HP ML350 G6
CPU: Two quad-core Intel Xeon E5520 @ 2.27GHz, hyper-threading disabled
Memory: 12GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz
Storage: HP P410i RAID controller (256MB battery-backed cache) creating:
- One virtual drive out of one 10k-rpm SAS disk to hold OS
- One virtual drive out of one Intel 520 SSD to hold database
OS: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 64-bit (kernel version 2.6.32.59-0.7-default)

The DBT-2 traffic driver was running on a separate machine (Dell Precision 390 with dual-core Intel Core2 E6700 @ 2.66 GHz and 8GB DDR2 @ 667MHz) connected to the SUT by a GbE crossover cable.

Key postgresql.conf settings

max_connections = 100
shared_buffers = 5600MB
temp_buffers = 8193kB
work_mem = 4096kB
maintenance_work_mem = 400MB
wal_buffers = -1
checkpoint_segments = 300
logging_collector = on

Key DBT-2 and experiment settings

dbt2-0.40
40 warehouses
40 db connections
zero think time
no prepared statement
shared buffer warmed up before measurement run
measurement run lasting 20 minutes
oprofile (one sample per 1 million CPU cycles) run in background

Detailed Results—Performance with the Patch

The following chart shows the performance readings (throughput, average response time, and 90th-percentile response time of all component transaction types of DBT-2) under the three concerned PostgreSQL bits (9.1.7, 9.2.2, and 9.2.2 patched). The performance regression before applying the patch is evident across all the transaction types with respect to both throughput and response time metrics; and so is the subsequent full recovery after applying the patch. 

References:

[1] http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/osdldbt/index.php?title=Main_Page#dbt2
[2] http://archives.postgresql.org/pgsql-performance/2012-11/msg00029.php
[3] http://archives.postgresql.org/pgsql-hackers/2012-12/msg01601.php
[4] http://archives.postgresql.org/pgsql-hackers/2013-01/msg00016.php
[5] https://www.vmware.com/support/vfabric-postgres/doc/vfabric-postgres-92-release-notes.html
[6] http://archives.postgresql.org/pgsql-hackers/2013-01/msg00159.php

VMware End User Computing: Dell and VMware partner to deliver end-to-end VDI solution for the mid-market

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Jonathan Arms, Dell Global Alliance Manager

At VMware’s Partner Exchange event in Las Vegas, Dell and VMware announced a strategic partnership to offer an end-to-end VDI solution for the mid-market.

This announcement is centered on a Desktop Virtualization solution that consists of VMware Horizon ViewDell Active Infrastructure , and Dell Wyse P25 thin clients.  It will be sold through Dell PartnerDirect and through the two-tier distribution model commonly used by Dell Wyse’s channel community.  The main impetus behind this new, integrated offering with VMware is to make it much easier for Dell and VMware channel partners to offer VDI solutions to their mid-market customers that are easy to order, configure, deploy, and manage. As such, one of the obvious key elements for the program’s success is motivating and enabling our channel community. To that end we will be unveiling a number of enablement and incentive programs and activities for our channel partners.

Dell Wyse and VMware have historically relied on the channel community to deliver our solutions. VMware solutions are fulfilled 100% through the channel as was the case when Wyse was a stand-alone company. Although the dynamics have changed slightly with Dell’s acquisition of Wyse, the significance of the channel remains the same – it is the primary route to market for integrated desktop virtualization solutions and products, especially in regards to End User Computing / Cloud Client Computing within Dell.

For this reason Dell and VMware have adopted a number of enablement programs and activities designed to inspire resellers to promote this end-to-end solution by making it both profitable and easy to order and deploy. Channel enablement programs include a variety of incentives and opportunities for our partners, including discounts based on competency levels, additional P25 zero clients based on deal sizes, quota retirement via closely related products, a vastly simplified ordering process that includes configuration templates and automated tools, and more.

Our agreement with VMware also includes joint marketing and go-to-market initiatives that we plan to roll out throughout the upcoming calendar year.  These activities will include jointly architected webinars, roadshows, elevated Dell presence at upcoming VMware VForum and Knowledge Series events, co-hosted roundtables, and collateral.

This joint Dell/VMware plan also includes additional training for our common channel partners as well as joint development per specific use case environments, not unlike the current Dell offerings for Mobile Secure Desktop and AlwaysOn Point of Care, both of which serve as key parts of this partnership offering today.

This heightened level of partnership between Dell and VMware should make it clear to all that the path to future success for both companies in desktop virtualization and cloud client computing is one that in large part we intend to travel together.

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Office of the CTO Blogs: Introducing VMware vCloud for Healthcare

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), with its Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act provision, kicked-started a healthcare technology modernization wave. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “ObamaCare”) ignited a national dialogue about healthcare. These and other initiatives have spawned new and disruptive business models, blurred lines between traditional providers, and opened a window for new players to enter an industry that historically has not welcomed outsiders. Concurrently, information technology has matured. Virtualization, for example, has gone from being an interesting cost-savings tool to becoming the very foundation for a new era in IT—cloud computing.

The tone of today’s discussions with healthcare CIOs is serious and business focused. Providers want to understand how they can better leverage IT and their staff to meet meaningful use deadlines, build new partnerships, and differentiate their brand through the services and care they provide—all while keeping their hospital’s name off the violations listed on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website. What has been most striking in my recent conversations has been how eager healthcare IT executives are—now that they have a seat at the decision-making table—to show what IT can do to help reinvent the healthcare industry. And as their technology partners, we can help drive this incredible transformation.

Last week, I wrote about how healthcare IT executives and their colleagues need to know technology companies are working to build reliable IT bridges to the future—paths based on proven technology and paved to support whatever the future of patient care brings. Today, I’m pleased to introduce a way to futureproof healthcare IT investments.

VMware vCloud® for Healthcare is an end-to-end care cloud computing platform for exchanging information and delivering products and services that can help lead to better outcomes. It is our new solution for helping healthcare IT organizations define and build the right cloud models for their organizations, and it includes a proven roadmap for how to fully realize the benefits of cloud computing.

Built specifically for healthcare, the vCloud for Healthcare framework of solutions and services leverages and builds on existing investments in VMware skills and platforms. It incorporates the most commonly requested and fundamental services a healthcare private cloud should deliver, including the following:

  • Integrated industry security and compliance
  • Point of care virtual desktops and workspaces
  • Self-service end-user application provisioning
  • Secure mobility and management for mobile devices
  • Virtual and physical systems and application analytics
  • Care systems and application automation
  • Care systems and application disaster recovery and continuity

And when healthcare IT is ready, it includes a hybrid cloud connector to safely and securely connect a private healthcare cloud to one or more public clouds.

vCloud for Healthcare brings all of the products in our VMware vCloud Suite and our new VMware Horizon SuiteTM together with our rich ecosystem of partners, including those that specialize in healthcare, and the more than 200 certified vCloud Datacenter Providers that support hybrid cloud computing. The integrated solution is built on our industry-leading VMware vSphere® platform, which is KLAS rated and supported by the world’s leading healthcare application vendors. When customers and partners choose vCloud for Healthcare, they can leverage validated architectures and services to deploy point of care systems such as VMware AlwaysOn Point of Care.

With vCloud for Healthcare, we are helping to remove uncertainty by providing both a vision and a roadmap that address the unique needs of a healthcare provider. We are connecting critical technologies and services to help organizations efficiently and cost-effectively meet real business goals and mandates—from meaningful use and compliance audits to establishing new business models and services, like accountable care organizations, to even becoming providers of IT services to other hospitals.

I’ve seen healthcare and IT change dramatically over the past several years. As the rate of change continues—and even accelerates—VMware and our healthcare team are dedicated to making sure that our new bridge to the future of healthcare IT remains strong during this historic industry transformation.

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Considerations for multisite Single Sign On deployment (2042849)

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When upgrading to vCenter Server 5.1 or when installing a new vCenter Server 5.1, consideration needs to be given to how the SSO component of vCenter 5.1 is configured.  With a... Published: 2/28/13

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Cannot connect SQL Management Studio Express to the vCenter Server database instance (2010314)

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This article provides steps for migrating a virtual machine that has vCenter Server installed on it and SQL Server to a different datastore. To migrate the virtual machine and SQL Server to a... Published: 2/28/13

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VMware vCloud Blog: The Journey From Virtualization to Cloud – Highlights from #cloudtalk

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Last Tuesday, we hosted our #cloudtalk on the journey from virtualization to cloud. Special thanks to everyone who participated in the chat for making it a lively and provocative discussion. We also wanted to thank Kurt Milne (@kurtmilne) and Bryan Bond (@VMJedi) for co-hosting the chat with us!

The discussion started off with the question, “What does the journey from virtualization to cloud mean to you?”

@millardjk was the first to chime in, stating that virtualization is a datacenter without automation, self-service or elasticity, while cloud brings all three with it. @tcrawford suggested that cloud is a maturity beyond virtualization in the progression of resource management. @jtimdodd stated that going from virtualization to cloud was going from an internal virtual infrastructure to an external environment that can scale on demand.

Several others chimed with their views, including @Dana_Gardner, who noted that going from virtualization to cloud means taking a utilization benefit to a IT transformation/strategy. @maishsk brought up a very interesting point, stating that virtualization is a consolidation/migration of workloads and cloud is more about process and culture, which @jakerobinson agreed with.  All seemed to agree after Kurt stated that “Cloud requires letting go of some traditional IT ops practices”. @jamesurqhart built upon Kurt’s view, making the point that cloud also means adopting new IT practices and skills.

We then asked participants if there were any key decisions one should look at when considering making the move from virtualization to cloud.

Co-host @VMJedi made a great point, claiming that while automation is important, getting out of the hardware maintenance and upgrade business is a huge driver for making the decision of virtualization to cloud. @Dana_Gardner talked about how organizations must decide to support a class of requirements all at once, if they want to build a repeatable fabric and if apps have to align to it. @lmacvittie discussed how decisions must balance control and agility – how some things need control, while others do not. The decision that needs to made were to figure out what applications or processes need the control and to decide to let go of what does not.

The conversation soon shifted as soon as we asked participants if they have taken steps from virtualization to cloud and if so, what roadblocks or challenges have they encountered?

Our co-host @VMJedi shared that flexible scalability “in house” is starting to become an increasingly difficult thing to do, without the agility to maneuver changes rapidly. @tcrawford suggested that too many companies are looking at the move from virtualization to cloud as a tech swap, as doing this they miss core changes and significant opportunities. @kelvinpapp shared a similar sentiment that the biggest challenge is dismissing the perception that cloud equals a loss of control, and he suggested that organizations should instead view cloud as an opportunity. Almost all agreed about one of the main difficulties for companies is finding the opportunity and value in the process of changing from virtualization to cloud.

@davidmdavis then asked participants what exactly is stopping companies from using hybrid cloud? @joshcoen stepped in and answered, sometimes the company environment just does not allow for it. Sometimes there are disparate sites and latencies higher than one second.

Security popped up as a roadblock on the move from virtualization to cloud, as well as being a potential issue stopping companies from using hybrid cloud. This brought us to ask what the best practices in approaching cloud security are.

@jgershater noted that security is a shared responsibility – the provider secures the premises and firewall, while the customer secures the app and VM. @kurtmilne brought up how every IT shop tends to think that their security is above average and needs a reality check. He also went on to say that organizations need to recognize private and public resource pools and how IT is responsible for many activites that can impact security posture. @Dana_Gardner said that one of the best practices for cloud security was to focus on access control over perimeter control, which @lmacvittie agreed with, also adding app and data control as important focus areas. @jamesurquhart agreed with both, stating to “layer them turtles, but get those turtles talking to each other.”

We then asked participants, “When crafting cloud strategy, how do users decide what to focus their POC on?”

Co-host @VMJedi shared that in eMeter’s personal POC, he included security performance and ease of deployment. @KongYang answered that strategy should always be predicated on solving customer issues and addressing customer needs. He went on to say that the customer should always be top of the mind. @Dana_Gardner  said that the proof-of-concept should show ROI, saying that he isn’t sure it is a success without a demonstrated and repeatable economic benefit.

Later, we asked how users select cloud providers that align with their cloud vision or strategy.

@lmacvittie said that when selecting a cloud provider, they should ask several questions and talk to other organizations using providers on their list, which @KongYang agreed with. @KongYang also recommended to try before you buy, as well as verifying the SLA before committing.  @maishsk cited portability, checking to see how easy it is to move workloads in and out of the cloud.

Co-host @kurtmilne posed one of the final questions, asking what inning we’re in, as far as IT Operations transformation for new SDDC and Cloud Operations practices.

The general populous of the chat seemed to agree that the game is nowhere finished. @maishsk said we are only in the bottom of the third inning. @shawncarey went as far to say that the game is just getting started, with players still warming up! @Dana_Gardner agreed with Shawn, saying we’re in the pre-game stage, only getting to the locker room and putting equipment on.

@GeorgeReese even got his two cents in towards the end of #cloudtalk, telling the chat that approvals processes kill when it comes to cloud and if you need a PO, it isn’t cloud.

Thank you to everybody who listened or participated in our #cloudtalk, and stay tuned details around our next #cloudtalk! In the meantime, be sure to check out our Google+ Hangout on the Software-Defined Datacenter today at 10am PT! Feel free to tweet us at @vCloud with any questions or feedback!

VMware End User Computing: ThinApp EOA – Where is it going? Nowhere!

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by Diana Tsao, Product Marketing, End-User Computing

Last week, VMware announced the Horizon Suite, a comprehensive platform for workforce mobility to connect users to their data, applications, and desktops. Along with delivering new features and functionality, we have streamlined the packages for the Horizon family of products.

Packaging changes include the End of Availability of VMware ThinApp and VMware View Enterprise.  Don’t worry – End of Availability does not mean End of Life!  EOA means the current packaging will be discontinued, but the functionality is still available. End of Life (EOL) means the product will no longer be offered nor be supported by VMware.

ThinApp is absolutely not going away as application virtualization is a core enabling technology for the Horizon Suite.  To that end, we have included it in ALL of the Horizon family products.

Why Bundle ThinApp?

Horizon View & ThinApp – This solution continues to simplify desktop management by streamlining application delivery, eliminating application conflicts, and updating applications without end-user disruption.

Packing & Pricing Update: No changes to packaging here. View Premier is rebranded to Horizon View.

Horizon Mirage & ThinApp – ThinApp complements the Horizon Mirage image layering technology by including applications that need isolation or cross platform support. This means Horizon Mirage & ThinApp together can manage 100% of the application types. Read more.

Packing & Pricing Update: Horizon Mirage now includes both ThinApp AND Fusion Professional at a lower price.

Horizon Workspace & ThinApp – Packaged ThinApps can be delivered through Horizon Workspace to allow the management and provisioning of web, SaaS, and Windows apps allowing seamless end user access across multiple devices.

What about support for existing ThinApp customers?

Customers will continue to receive technical support and maintenance support for at least 18 months after the EOA date.  Customers have until December 15, 2013 to buy ThinApp standalone. After that date, ThinApp will be available in Horizon View, Horizon Mirage, Horizon Workspace and Horizon Suite. Read the FAQs.

The VMware team is actively working on improving ThinApp so stay tuned for more announcements this year.

I’m tired of hearing about ThinApp, what about View Enterprise?

All the features of View Enterprise are included in Horizon View, previously known as View Premier. The last chance buy is September 30, 2013. Support for View Enterprise will continue through the standard product lifecycle policies. The end of technical guidance for View Enterprise 4.x is November 16, 2016 and for View 5.x is September 14th, 2018. Read the FAQs or check out the support lifecycle policies for more information.

VMware Support Insider: Mismatched VMware build numbers

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We recently heard from a customer:

“I went ahead and installed vCenter 5.1.0b (all components were upgraded, SSO, Inventory Service, vCenter and Web Client). When I launched vCenter and check its build number it doesn’t show the same build number that is on the ISO file name.  The ISO file name had a build number of 947939 but vCenter shows Build 947673.  Is that right? If so, why the mismatch?”

This is due to our package build methodology.

All builds generated in our internal build server come with a unique build number. For instance, VPX is a key product build generated through our internal build server, where all Virtual Center related changes are included. Then, VIMISO gets generated, but it does so by packing multiple components like VPX,SSO,NGC,VIC, VCO and others so VIMISO comes with it’s own unique number that applies to all of the included components.

When we connect NGC/VIC to Virtual Center Server, its displays the VPX Build number whereas the file name shows the VIMISO build number.

Now that we know why this occurs, to look at the numbers you really should be concerned with, refer to KB article: Correlating vCenter Server and ESXi/ESX host build numbers to update levels (1014508).

RSA Secure Authentication Manager fails on a virtual machine with VMware Tools (2045527)

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