VMware vSphere Blog: BIOS Power Policies Affect Performance

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How should one set the BIOS power management policies of their VMware infrastructure for maximum virtual performance?

Simple: OS Controlled in the host BIOS, Balanced within vSphere

But are there exceptions?

You’ve probably heard the general guidance to configure your hosting server’s BIOS to “Maximum Performance” to draw out everything you can from a host.  While this might have been sage advice in the past, it is no longer current.  In the vSphere 5 era, VMware’s recommendation is to set the physical server’s BIOS to:

  • OS Controlled
  • Turbo Boost – Enabled
  • C1E – Enabled
  • P-States – Enabled

Reference page 17 of the Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 5.5 guide.

These settings allow vSphere to maximize power versus performance using some easily selected policies.

vSpherePowerPolicies

By default, vSphere will use a “Balanced” policy which continues to demonstrate excellent performance while providing power savings. In fact, when using this policy, Turbo Boost can provide higher performance for single threaded workloads.

There are two exceptions though worth noting:

  1. If your workloads are extremely IO latency sensitive, typically network on the order of microseconds, you should consider using the vSphere “High Performance” power policy.  This will prevent the use of all P-States and C-States beyond C1, which removes small latencies incurred when switching between these various states.  Remember though this also effectively disables Turbo Boost.
  2. If you are using performance critical MonsterVM’s, there is some benefit to leveraging the vSphere “High Performance” power policy which will provide a more predictable performance profile across the many physical cores on a host as again there will be no changing of states. This ensures that all the vCPU’s of a virtual machine make even progress.

Keep in mind, the vSphere power polices are set on a per host basis, so your decision needs to take into account all possible workloads that might be hosted or migrated there.

Two great references:

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VMware Accelerate: 4 Ways a Software-Defined Data Center Reduces TCO

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By Aernoud van de Graaff

I worked with several IT organizations last year to develop TCO studies to determine the financial impact of moving toward a software-defined data center (SDDC). And for each customer, an SDDC reduced TCO in one or more of the following areas:

1. Lower hardware (and hardware-related) costs

  • Server, storage and network consolidation, pooling, and virtualization enable you to get the most out of your existing hardware investment.
  • Automation of performance and capacity management, and dynamically optimizing hardware utilization, reduce your hardware footprint even further.
  • If you have dynamic workloads, making use of a hybrid cloud model to instantly burst workloads to a public provider eliminates the need for peak-sized capacity.
  • Less hardware directly translates into reduced power consumption maintenance and data center footprint requirements.
  • You are now hardware-agnostic and vendor-neutral. Your applications will run on any hardware, which allows you to choose your vendors, demand better discounts, and / or make the move to other (cheaper) vendors.

Example: A large service provider more than doubled the number of VMs running on its cloud environment after implementing capacity management tools. And, based on our recommendations, decided to add more memory, avoiding a $1.3M USD hardware investment.

2.  IT operations automation

  • Through automation you can now monitor, adjust, heal, and optimize your infrastructure without human intervention. This will significantly reduce the operational tasks for your system administrators, freeing them up to work on higher-value projects.
  • Automation will also reduce the number of human errors, reducing fire-fighting and limiting the need for dedicated operations roles.

Example: Another client needed 45 percent fewer admins to manage the enterprise’s virtual environment after implementing automation. The automated environment also lowered OpEx costs by 25 percent and increased efficiencies, including the number of projects that IT can now run for its business users. The organization is on track to manage its 10-20 percent projected growth without additional headcount.

3. Cloud automation

  • Automated provisioning gives your users direct control over what, where, and when to (de)provision the infrastructure he/she requires, without manual intervention from your IT staff.
  • A policy-based deployment ensures that your Dev, Test, and QA workloads run in the same conditions as the Production environment. You avoid technical problems (and costly errors) with workloads that may, for example, run fine in QA but have issues in Production due to different security settings.

Example: An IT department I’m currently working with has transformed its traditional environment to a private cloud, reducing the number of incidents related to implementations by 85 percent.

4. Cloud use in practice

  • The traditional way to set up and provision infrastructure to end users (such as developers) takes time. Once the infrastructure is delivered, your users have a tendency to not let go of it. Some users will hoard infrastructure just to make sure they have it available when they need it.
  • When infrastructure is delivered almost instantly, there is no need for your users to hang on to unused capacity. And, with the right management tools, you can determine whether infrastructure is actually being used (or not).
  • If your users don’t pay for infrastructure, hoarding tendencies will continue. However, implementing a pay-per-use policy (or at a minimum, showback of cost incurred) will sharply curb this behavior.
  • Providing infrastructure as a service can also result in increased usage, because it’s so much easier to get it up and running. To keep costs down, you will need active management to ensure that each provisioned environment adds value to the business.
  • Projects will also run more efficiently, as there is no need for users to wait for available infrastructure when projects kick off and also throughout the project when extra capacity or an additional test environment are needed.

Example: My recent engagement with a financial services customer revealed that 25 percent of the provisioned infrastructure was not actively used.

A software-defined data center can reduce the TCO of your infrastructure, allowing you to redirect IT resources to innovation initiatives that will add true value to the business. That’s why more and more IT executives are incorporating the software-defined data center into their strategic plans.

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Aernoud van de Graaff is a business solutions architect with VMware Accelerate Advisory Services and is based in the Netherlands. You can follow him on Twitter @aernoudvdgraaff

VMware End User Computing: Customizing the View Portal in Horizon View 5.3

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By Alexander West, Technical Writer for End-User Computing Technical Marketing, VMware, and Hans Bader, Consulting Architect, VMware Professional Services

In Customize the View Portal for Client Download with View 5.1 we learned to personalize the portal to provide specific client download links. Since then, a few things have changed:

  • In View 5.3, the default portal page does NOT automatically provide client download links, but instead links to the View Clients download page on VMware.com.
  • With the introduction of HTML Access, previously customized portal pages will be hidden if and when you install HTML Access.

These changes do not directly affect the portal-customization process, so here’s an in-depth outline (including screenshots) to refresh your memory.

View Client Downloads via Default View Portal in View 5.3

To begin accessing Horizon View virtual desktops, users must first download View Clients to their endpoint devices. Generally, users access View Client downloads from the View Clients download page on VMware.com. The default View Portal (the upper portion of Figure 1), which is the default landing page for the Horizon View Connection Server URL, links to the View Clients download page (the lower part of Figure 1).

Fig1CombinedFigure 1: Default View Portal Leading to View Clients Downloads Page on VMware.com.

But, if you want to provide specific View Client download links on the View Portal, you can customize the portal to do so.

Customizing the View Portal in View 5.3

Customizing the View Portal involves:

  • Placing your desired View Client(s) in the following folder in the View Connection Server directory:

C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\Server\broker\webapps\downloads

  • Copying the files portal.properties and portal-links.properties to C:\ProgramData\Vmware\VDM\portal
  • Updating the files portal.properties and portal-links.properties
  • Restarting the connection service

Note: If you customize the View Portal, as described in this post, and later install VMware Horizon View HTML Access on the server, your customized portal page is replaced by an HTML Access page. For information on customizing that page, see Using VMware Horizon View HTML Access. If your View Connection Servers are fronted by a load balancer, you will have to update each View Connection Server individually.

First, download the installer files for your desired View Clients from the View Clients download page. Then determine which HTTP server will host the View Client installer files. (The files can reside on a View Connection Server instance or on another HTTP server.)

Next, create a folder for the View Client installer files on the HTTP server. For example, to place View Client files in a downloads folder in the default installation directory of the View Connection Server host, use the following path:

C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\Server\broker\webapps\downloads

Note: This is the default install location. If you installed in a different location, you will have to update the paths accordingly.

Fig2Figure 2: Client Download Location

The links to the View Client files would then use URLs with the following format:

https://<server-name>/downloads/clientinstaller-<filename.ext>

For example, a server with the name view.mycompany.com would use the following URL for View Client for Windows:

https://view.mycompany.com/downloads/VMware-viewclient.exe

In this example, the folder named downloads is located in the webapps root folder.

Copy the View Client installer files into the folder. Next, create a portal directory in C:\ProgramData\VMware\VDM\.

Fig3

Figure 3: The Portal Directory

On the View Connection Server, copy the portal-links.properties and portal.properties files from

C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\Server\Extras\PortalExamples

to

C:\ProgramData\VMware\VDM\portal (the directory you created)

The portal.properties and portal-links.properties files are located in

C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\Server\extras\PortalExamples.

Fig4Figure 4: The portal.properties and portal-links.properties Files in C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\Server\extras\PortalExamples

Edit the C:\ProgramData\VMware\VDM\portal\portal-links.properties file to point to the new location of the View Client installer files.

Fig5Figure 5: Sample portal-links.properties File Showing the View Client Files Available for Download from the View Portal

You can edit the lines of the portal-links.properties file shown in Figure 5 and add additional lines if you need to create more links. You can also delete lines. A hash tag (#) comments the line.

The portal-links.properties file contains the links to the View Client files. In Figure 5, only VMware-Horizon-View-Client-x86_64-2.2.0-1404668.exe is enabled:

link.win=https://VW53-01-CS01.neuronsparks.local/downloads/VMware-Horizon-View-Client-x86_64-2.2.0-1404668#win

The following examples show properties for creating two links for View Client for Windows and two links for View Client for Linux:

  • link.win=https://server-name/downloads/VMware-viewclient-x86_64-y.y.y-XXXX.exe#win
  • link.win.1=https://server-name/downloads/VMware-viewclient-y.y.y-XXXX.exe#win
  • link.linux=https://server-name/downloads/VMware-viewclient-x86_64-y.y.y-XXXX.rpm#linux
  • link.linux.1=https://server-name/downloads/VMware-viewclient-y.y.y-XXXX.tar.gz#linux

Next, update portal.properties, which is the text that will be displayed when the user navigates to the View Connection Server URL.

In Figure 6, the text for the Windows Clients has been updated to read Updated View Clients for Windows. All other client downloads in this example are commented out with hash (#) signs.

Fig6CombinedFigure 6: Custom View Portal Page

After making changes to the View Connection Server, restart the VMware View Connection Server service.

Fig7Figure 7: VMware View Connection Server Service

Once restarted, the user can navigate to the View Portal and click on the View Client download link. Keep in mind that the prompts the user sees after clicking the download link will vary based on their browser: Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome each have different prompts.

Fig8_1 Fig8_2Figure 8: Custom View Portal Page with Internet Explorer Warning

The lower portion of Figure 8 shows a download message from Internet Explorer indicating that the executable may harm your computer. You may need to inform your users that this is okay. (This message will vary based on browser.)

Add Branding and Functionality to the View Portal with Project eXtender

VMware View Portal Project eXtender is a free tool that allows you to install and add a CMS (content management system) to the View Portal for branding and added functionality. With Project eXtender, you can customize the portal’s colors and images and add content specific for your company’s brand. With eXtender, you can also add key functionality to the View Portal with custom features like announcements, links, support information, and more.

Note: Project eXtender 2.0 supports up to VMware View 5.1.2.

Take a closer look at Project eXtender here.

VMwareTV: Millennium Pharmacy Utilizes vSphere w/ Operations Mgmt for Greater Productivity & Utilization

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VMware vCloud Blog: Get to Know the vCloud Hybrid Service at VMware Partner Exchange 2014!

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Master the new reality at VMware Partner Exchange 2014! At this year’s conference, prepare yourself to be empowered with actionable, real-world insights, strategies and tools to help you not only deliver business value, but gain a competitive advantage as well.

The vCloud team is eagerly preparing for this year’s VMware Partner Exchange, VMware’s largest event of the year for partners, ready to share all there is to know for partners looking to learn more about the vCloud Hybrid Service!

Ready to dive in to the vCloud Hybrid Service and hear from VMware technical architects and experts how you can make the most out of the fastest path to cloud? Here are the vCloud Hybrid Service sessions at this year’s VMware Partner Exchange that you won’t want to miss:

The Solutions Exchange is your destination to visit leading virtualization and cloud infrastructure companies. Here, you can connect with peers, as well as VMware experts in a face-to-face setting, sharing ideas and building better business relationships.

Solutions Exchange Hours

Monday, February 10, 2014 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 11:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
(Hall Crawl)
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2014 11:00am – 6:00pm

Session ID Session Name Date Time
HYC3656 vCHS: Cloud Architecture for Enterprise Applications

2/12/14

4:30-5:30pm
HYC3400 vCloud Hybrid Service 101: The Basics

2/11/14

1:00-2:00pm
HYC3621-SPO The Completely Virtualized Data Center – Who Owns the Last Mile?

2/11/14

1:00-2:00pm
HYC3133 VMware Cloud Credits Purchasing Program: How to Increase Value for You and Your Clients on the Journey to Public/Hybrid Cloud

2/11/14

2:15-3:15pm
HYC3374 Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Options with vCloud Hybrid Service

2/11/14

2:15-3:15pm
HYC3226 A Parallel Between vCloud Hybrid Service and Amazon Web Services

2/12/14

12:45-1:45pm
HYC3188 Learn About the Latest and Upcoming Product Additions to the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) – NDA Session

2/12/14

2:00-3:00pm
TEX3205 Tier 1 Applications Licensing in Hybrid Cloud Environments – Lifting the Fog

2/12/14

2:00-3:00pm
HYC3104 Building Sticky Clouds: Yielding Greater Success and Customer “Stickiness” Through Specialization

2/12/14

3:15-4:15pm
HYC3137-STR vCloud Hybrid Service Strategy – A Guidebook to Hybrid Cloud Vendor Landscape

2/12/14

3:15-4:15pm
HYC3296 VMware-based Backup/DR-as-a-Service for Service Providers

2/12/14

3:15-4:15pm
HYC3220 What’s New with vCloud Director for Service Providers

2/12/14

4:30-5:30pm
HYC3181 Deep Dive into Hybrid Cloud Management

2/13/14

9:00-10:00am
HYC3657 Selling vCloud Hybrid Services: Identifying and Marketing to Your Customers

2/13/14

10:15-11:15am
HYC3248 Cloud Hybrid Service: Advanced Networking and Security

2/13/14

11:30am-12:30pm
HYC2974 How To Build a Hybrid Cloud in Less Than One Day

2/11/14

8:00-9:00am
HYC3227 Migrating to vCloud – Moving Workloads from Other Cloud Providers to a VMware-Based Cloud

2/11/14

11:45am-12:45pm
HYC3340 Accelerating Your Cloud Sales with vCloud Hybrid Service

2/12/14

2:00-3:00pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

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