3 Reasons a Centralized Monitoring Platform is Important

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Feb 292016
 

By: Jon Lake, Blue Medora How many different hardware and software systems do you use in your IT environment? NetApp storage, Dell servers, Cisco Nexus switches, VMware VMs & datastores, and Microsoft SQL databases just start to scratch the surface of what’s available to build out your IT infrastructure. Combine those systems, each of which […]

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Newest Additions to the Learning Zone Video Library

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Feb 292016
 

VMware Learning Zone subscribers get one year of unlimited access to our cloud-based video training library taught by top VMware experts. Including all the latest videos we release each month, like these:

    • In vRealize Operations: An Introduction and Overview, Ellis Paul guides you through an overview of vRealize Operations, including new functionality and upgraded UI features.
    • Mike Laverick goes Under the Hood of EVO:RAIL: Prerequisites, How EVO:RAIL Works in the first of this new series which includes guidance on helpful resources available to you, pre-requisites required by EVO:RAIL, and a thorough walk-through of how EVO:RAIL works..
    • Mike Laverick shares a technical deep-dive on EVO: RAIL in Under the Hood of EVO:RAIL: vSphere Environment, What’s Next For EVO:RAIL, including configuring EVO:RAIL, what changes to look for in vSphere once the EVO:RAIL configuration has been completed, and a sneak peek preview of features coming soon in EVO:RAIL.
  • Joerg Lew demonstrates advanced techniques you can use to customize input presentation and increase your workflowusability in vRealize Orchestrator Advance Techniques (Part 4 – Input Presentation).
  • Finishing up his series on advanced vRealize Orchestrator techniques with vRealize Orchestrator Advance Techniques (Part 5 – Dynamic Data Structures), Joerg Lew helps you understand advanced javascript techniques available in vRealize Orchestrator to create dynamic data structures, including: properties type, composite types, and the use of JSON.
  • In Integrating vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator (Part 1), Alistair Sutherland demonstrates how to integrate vRealize Orchestrator with vRealize Automation and key tasks that must be accomplished correctly – with a specific focus on Infrastructure As A Service (IaaS) workflows built into vRealize Automation.
  • Integrating vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator (Part 2) by Alistair Sutherland shows you how to integrate vRealize Orchestrator with vRealize Automation focusing on using vRealize Orchestrator to achieve Anything As A Service (XaaS).
  • Ellis Paul focuses on concepts and configuration of custom views for most effective use in dashboards in his new video vRealize Operations: Using Views with Custom Dashboards.
  • These videos are available NOW to anyone with an active VMware Learning ZoneStandardorPremiumsubscription.

    Want to be the first to know when new videos are released? Follow our #NewintheZone hashtag on Twitter.

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    WEBCAST: Protect Your Environment with Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

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    Nobody wants to find out that their disaster recovery plan is inadequate when they’re in the middle of a crisis but all too often, that’s exactly what happens. The complexity and high cost of traditional disaster recovery (DR) solutions causes many companies to protect only mission-critical applications and data. Due to resource constraints, often businesses choose not to protect all their data and end up making tradeoffs they later regret. Even worse, many don’t have a DR plan at all.

    Are you wondering if you should create a DR plan or if your existing DR plan is good enough? Do you need to augment site-to-site DR or abandon it altogether because you can’t continue to support a secondary site? Maybe you want to know how to protect your vSphere environment or you just want to understand what your hybrid cloud DR options are.

    If any of this sounds like you, please join John Day, Product Marketing, VMware; Rob Lloyd, Chief Information Officer, City of Avondale; and Aaron Favata, IT Systems Engineer & Information security Office, City of Avondale for a discussion about disaster recovery and the hybrid cloud. This30-minute webcast happens Thursday, March 3, 11am PST].

    Gain insights on DR requirements and options and hear real-world uses, best practices and lessons learned from benefiting from a cloud-based DR plan.

    In this webcast, we will:

    • Introduce business drivers for cloud-based DR
    • Discuss how to evaluate cloud-based DR solutions
    • Review ideal use case situations for cloud-based DR
    • Provide an overview of VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
    • Share how City of Avondale uses VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery to protect critical applications, meet security requirements and community growth while reducing capital investments.

    Cloud-based DR has arrived on the market and it offers an affordable alternative, or addition to, traditional DR solutions.Find out how vCloud Air can protect your vSphere environment with a hybrid cloud-based disaster recovery solution that’s affordable, flexible, and keeps you prepared for just about anything.Register now to attend Thursday, March 3, 11am PST .

    If you’re ready to get started with the hybrid cloud, visitvCloud.VMware.com.

    Learn more about the City of Avondale Disaster Recovery story.

    Be sure to check out thevCloud Air Community, where you can join or start a discussion, watch our latest vTech Talk video, enter for a chance to win swag in our monthly giveaways and more. Get startedhere!

    For future updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook at@vCloudandFacebook.com/VMwarevCloud.

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    New KB articles published for week ending 2/27/16

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    Feb 292016
     

    Datacenter
    Support for Leap Year in VMware Products for 2016 (2144038)
    Date Published: 2/23/2016

    My VMware
    What permissions are required for Bundle upgrades in My VMware (2144076)
    Date Published: 2/25/2016
    How do License fulfilments to multiple components works in My VMware (2144264)
    Date Published: 2/25/2016

    VMware ESXi
    VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi-5.5.0-20160204001-no-tools (2144002)
    Date Published: 2/22/2016
    Host Profiles do not save firewall rulesets for non-default firewall rules (2144034)
    Date Published: 2/22/2016
    VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch Release ESXi600-201602001 (2144054)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016
    VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi-6.0.0-20160204001-standard (2144058)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016
    Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using Dell Storage Live Volume (2144158)
    Date Published: 2/25/2016
    In VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x, installing or upgrading NSX VIBs fails with the error: ERROR: The pending transaction requires xxx MB free space, however the maximum supported size is xxx MB (2144200)
    Date Published: 2/23/2016
    VMware Adapter for SAP LVM workaround for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144202)
    Date Published: 2/23/2016
    Linux virtual machine fails to respond after a mounted CDROM is disconnected (2144053)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016
    VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi600-201602401-SG: Updates esx-base (2144057)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016
    VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi-6.0.0-20160204001-no-tools (2144059)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016

    VMware Horizon DaaS
    VMware Horizon DaaS Bundle and Horizon DaaS On Prem Platform 6.1 for CVE-2015-7547: Catastrophic stack-based buffer overflow in glibc getaddrinfo() (2144267)
    Date Published: 2/26/2016

    VMware Horizon View
    Printing or using Print Preview from Thinprint fails after upgrading VMware Horizon (2143982)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016

    VMware Integrated OpenStack
    VMware Integrated OpenStack 1.0.x workaround for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144192)
    Date Published: 2/23/2016
    VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.0.x workaround for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144193)
    Date Published: 2/23/2016

    VMware NSX for Multi-Hypervisor
    VMware NSX for Multi-Hypervisor 4.x workaround for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144205)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016

    VMware NSX for vSphere
    In VMware NSX for vSphere 6.2.1, ESXi 5.5.x/6.0.x host experiences a purple diagnostic screen mentioning PFFilterPacket and VSIPDVFProcessSlowPathPackets (2144018)
    Date Published: 2/22/2016
    In VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x, the NSX agencies on an ESXi host are uninstalled after unregistering the NSX Solution Plug-in (2144016)
    Date Published: 2/22/2016
    VMware vCloud Networking and Security and NSX for vSphere workaround for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144096)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016

    VMware vCenter Orchestrator
    Orchestrator Appliance 5.1.x workaround for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144156)
    Date Published: 2/22/2016

    VMware vCenter Server Appliance
    Heavy access to the Platform Services Controller Appliance 6.0 causes VMware Identity Management Service to crash (2144070)
    Date Published: 2/23/2016

    VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
    Site Recovery Manager 5.5.1.6 Express Patch Release (2144234)
    Date Published: 2/25/2016

    VMware vCenter Support Assistant
    VMware vCenter Support Assistant security update for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144081)
    Date Published: 2/22/2016

    VMware vRealize Business Standard
    vRealize Business Standard 6.x patch for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144077)
    Date Published: 2/26/2016
    vRealize Business Standard 7.x patch for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144190)
    Date Published: 2/26/2016

    VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions
    vSphere Big Data Extensions workaround for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144093)
    Date Published: 2/26/2016

    VMware vSphere Management Assistant
    VMware vSphere Management Assistant workaround for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144073)
    Date Published: 2/22/2016

    VMware vSphere Web Services SDK
    Key property of DistributedVirtualPortgroup managed object is not equal to managed object ID (2144159)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016

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    New KB articles published for week ending 2/27/16

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    Feb 292016
     

    Datacenter
    Support for Leap Year in VMware Products for 2016 (2144038)
    Date Published: 2/23/2016

    My VMware
    What permissions are required for Bundle upgrades in My VMware (2144076)
    Date Published: 2/25/2016
    How do License fulfilments to multiple components works in My VMware (2144264)
    Date Published: 2/25/2016

    VMware ESXi
    VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi-5.5.0-20160204001-no-tools (2144002)
    Date Published: 2/22/2016
    Host Profiles do not save firewall rulesets for non-default firewall rules (2144034)
    Date Published: 2/22/2016
    VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch Release ESXi600-201602001 (2144054)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016
    VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi-6.0.0-20160204001-standard (2144058)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016
    Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using Dell Storage Live Volume (2144158)
    Date Published: 2/25/2016
    In VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x, installing or upgrading NSX VIBs fails with the error: ERROR: The pending transaction requires xxx MB free space, however the maximum supported size is xxx MB (2144200)
    Date Published: 2/23/2016
    VMware Adapter for SAP LVM workaround for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144202)
    Date Published: 2/23/2016
    Linux virtual machine fails to respond after a mounted CDROM is disconnected (2144053)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016
    VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi600-201602401-SG: Updates esx-base (2144057)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016
    VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi-6.0.0-20160204001-no-tools (2144059)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016

    VMware Horizon DaaS
    VMware Horizon DaaS Bundle and Horizon DaaS On Prem Platform 6.1 for CVE-2015-7547: Catastrophic stack-based buffer overflow in glibc getaddrinfo() (2144267)
    Date Published: 2/26/2016

    VMware Horizon View
    Printing or using Print Preview from Thinprint fails after upgrading VMware Horizon (2143982)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016

    VMware Integrated OpenStack
    VMware Integrated OpenStack 1.0.x workaround for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144192)
    Date Published: 2/23/2016
    VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.0.x workaround for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144193)
    Date Published: 2/23/2016

    VMware NSX for Multi-Hypervisor
    VMware NSX for Multi-Hypervisor 4.x workaround for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144205)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016

    VMware NSX for vSphere
    In VMware NSX for vSphere 6.2.1, ESXi 5.5.x/6.0.x host experiences a purple diagnostic screen mentioning PFFilterPacket and VSIPDVFProcessSlowPathPackets (2144018)
    Date Published: 2/22/2016
    In VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x, the NSX agencies on an ESXi host are uninstalled after unregistering the NSX Solution Plug-in (2144016)
    Date Published: 2/22/2016
    VMware vCloud Networking and Security and NSX for vSphere workaround for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144096)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016

    VMware vCenter Orchestrator
    Orchestrator Appliance 5.1.x workaround for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144156)
    Date Published: 2/22/2016

    VMware vCenter Server Appliance
    Heavy access to the Platform Services Controller Appliance 6.0 causes VMware Identity Management Service to crash (2144070)
    Date Published: 2/23/2016

    VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
    Site Recovery Manager 5.5.1.6 Express Patch Release (2144234)
    Date Published: 2/25/2016

    VMware vCenter Support Assistant
    VMware vCenter Support Assistant security update for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144081)
    Date Published: 2/22/2016

    VMware vRealize Business Standard
    vRealize Business Standard 6.x patch for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144077)
    Date Published: 2/26/2016
    vRealize Business Standard 7.x patch for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144190)
    Date Published: 2/26/2016

    VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions
    vSphere Big Data Extensions workaround for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144093)
    Date Published: 2/26/2016

    VMware vSphere Management Assistant
    VMware vSphere Management Assistant workaround for CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow (2144073)
    Date Published: 2/22/2016

    VMware vSphere Web Services SDK
    Key property of DistributedVirtualPortgroup managed object is not equal to managed object ID (2144159)
    Date Published: 2/24/2016

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    Understanding the Three Types of VM Tools

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    Three different types of VM Tools are available, intended to accommodate the range of workflows required in heterogeneous datacenters. This article provides an overview of these types and a follow-on article will detail the available options for keeping VM Tools up to date.

    The Classic VM Tools ISOs for all Supported Guests

    The most familiar mechanism for consuming VM Tools is the collection of ISO images containing installers that are mounted to virtual machines for use by Windows, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and other supported guests.

    There are two sources for the VM Tools ISOs. Appropriate versions are bundled with the ESXi installer and, when applicable, ESXi patches in the form of a VIB called tools-light. Starting with version 10, VM Tools ISOs are also available for download directly from MyVMware. Installers for current guests are separated from those that are for older legacy guests, and each is available in both tar and zip archive formats for convenience. In the near future, ISOs for guests other than Windows and Linux will be available exclusively via download and not bundled with ESXi.

    The choice between using the Tools ISOs that are ESXi bundled or downloadable is a matter of customer preference and operational requirements. For environments using traditional ESXi installations and managing updates with VMware Update Manager, the original approach is still viable. For those that prefer to leverage a shared Tools repository, perhaps in conjunction with stateless Auto Deploy hosts, the ability to get the latest bundle of Tools directly from VMware is appealing. VUM can also be used to update Windows and Linux VMs using the downloaded tools, as long as the ISOs have been placed in appropriate ESXi local or shared product lockers.

    Initial installation of VM Tools is typically done immediately upon fresh guest OS install, often for a gold master template VM that will be subsequently cloned for workload VMs. This infrequent operation is initiated through the vSphere interface and manually executed via familiar GUI or CLI installers.

    Once VM Tools ISOs for Windows or Linux guests are installed, administrators can update to subsequent releases through a range of techniques optimized for either automation or separation of responsibilities. Other supported guests, such as FreeBSD and Solaris, must be updated using the same interactive process that is used for installation.

    The key methods of updating VM Tools ISOs for Windows and Linux:

    • Automatic update on VM boot
    • Initiate update to one or more VMs through the vSphere UI
    • VMware Update Manager: immediate, scheduled, or on boot
    • In-guest update – delegating control to app owners
    • Mass updates through PowerCLI automation

    One more note about Linux terminology: the Linux Tools ISOs are also known as “tar tools” to distinguish them from the packaged tools that will be described next.

    VM Tools Packages for Linux Guests

    In recent years, two Linux-specific VM Tools offerings have emerged. Both consist of binary packages for particular Linux distributions that are easily installed and updated without dependencies such as kernel development utilities – something that is not always the case with the “tar installer” from VM Tools ISOs for Linux guests.

    The initial effort for this approach was known as Operating System Specific Packages, or OSPs. These binary packages are built, signed, and hosted by VMware and are virtually identical to the components distributed in the VM Tools ISOs.

    Building on that momentum, VMware released the code for VM Tools as open source, allowing individual Linux distributions to directly consume these utilities for their releases at their respective paces. Open VM Tools, or OVT, is currently present in recent versions of all major Linux distributions.

    Distro maintainers are able to pick and choose which Open VM Tools components to include. The version of OVT incorporated with a release is also at their discretion, giving them confidence to offer full support. VMware has strong support agreements in place with most major Linux vendors and is committed to working together as needed to support customers using Open VM Tools. More details on Open VM Tools, including the support policy, can be found in KB 2073803.

    While the Open VM Tools source is available to anyone via GitHub, end customers are not expected to download and build OVTs themselves. In fact, only the binary packages distributed with Linux distributions are supported.

    While there are two different models of packaged Linux Tools, there is actually no decision to be made by administrators. For any given Linux distribution there is only one offering – either OSP or OVT – which is determined by version. For instance, older releases such as RHEL 6 use the original OSPs, while newer releases like RHEL 7 come integrated with OVT.

    OSPs originate from packages.vmware.com – a VMware-managed repository that is publicly accessible without need for authentication. It was recently enhanced to https-only for improved security. For environments without direct access to the Internet, it would be feasible for customers to privately mirror applicable portions of the repository internally.

    OSP installation involves one-time guest OS setup of the appropriate repository on packages.vmware.com; subsequent updates are handled just like any other Linux package using familiar tools like Yum and Apt.

    In contrast, individual Linux vendors provide OVT packages directly since they are part of their respective distributions. In fact, OVTs are often installed during the initial guest OS deployment process without any additional effort. This integration enables a single workflow for guest OS patching. For instance, administrators can update OpenSSH, foundational libraries, and VM Tools using a single process with the added advantage that the vendor has tested all of the components together.

    It’s worthwhile to know these two things about OVT that sometimes throw folks for a loop:

    GUI functionality is not normally installed by default in OVT, as many Linux environments are headless servers without X. For environments that desire features such as dynamic desktop resizing and copy/paste, simply install the auxiliary open-vm-tools-desktop package to enable those abilities.

    OVT version 9.4 and prior had an external dependency for one capability – customers that required Linux VM customization after cloning from template also needed to install a separate deployPkg component from the OSP repository. However, as of 9.10 this capability is entirely present in OVT and it is no longer necessary to install any additional OSP packages.

    Summary

    At first glance, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the various VM Tools options. But after taking a closer look, customers see that it is pretty straightforward to understand why there are three types of Tools, multiple ways to obtain them, and several approaches to install and keep Tools up to date. These options each have specific use cases that ultimately give administrators the flexibility to architect a process that works best for a certain environment.

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    Understanding the Three Types of VM Tools

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    Three different types of VM Tools are available, intended to accommodate the range of workflows required in heterogeneous datacenters. This article provides an overview of these types and a follow-on article will detail the available options for keeping VM Tools up to date.

    The Classic VM Tools ISOs for all Supported Guests

    The most familiar mechanism for consuming VM Tools is the collection of ISO images containing installers that are mounted to virtual machines for use by Windows, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and other supported guests.

    There are two sources for the VM Tools ISOs. Appropriate versions are bundled with the ESXi installer and, when applicable, ESXi patches in the form of a VIB called tools-light. Starting with version 10, VM Tools ISOs are also available for download directly from MyVMware. Installers for current guests are separated from those that are for older legacy guests, and each is available in both tar and zip archive formats for convenience. In the near future, ISOs for guests other than Windows and Linux will be available exclusively via download and not bundled with ESXi.

    The choice between using the Tools ISOs that are ESXi bundled or downloadable is a matter of customer preference and operational requirements. For environments using traditional ESXi installations and managing updates with VMware Update Manager, the original approach is still viable. For those that prefer to leverage a shared Tools repository, perhaps in conjunction with stateless Auto Deploy hosts, the ability to get the latest bundle of Tools directly from VMware is appealing. VUM can also be used to update Windows and Linux VMs using the downloaded tools, as long as the ISOs have been placed in appropriate ESXi local or shared product lockers.

    Initial installation of VM Tools is typically done immediately upon fresh guest OS install, often for a gold master template VM that will be subsequently cloned for workload VMs. This infrequent operation is initiated through the vSphere interface and manually executed via familiar GUI or CLI installers.

    Once VM Tools ISOs for Windows or Linux guests are installed, administrators can update to subsequent releases through a range of techniques optimized for either automation or separation of responsibilities. Other supported guests, such as FreeBSD and Solaris, must be updated using the same interactive process that is used for installation.

    The key methods of updating VM Tools ISOs for Windows and Linux:

    • Automatic update on VM boot
    • Initiate update to one or more VMs through the vSphere UI
    • VMware Update Manager: immediate, scheduled, or on boot
    • In-guest update – delegating control to app owners
    • Mass updates through PowerCLI automation

    One more note about Linux terminology: the Linux Tools ISOs are also known as “tar tools” to distinguish them from the packaged tools that will be described next.

    VM Tools Packages for Linux Guests

    In recent years, two Linux-specific VM Tools offerings have emerged. Both consist of binary packages for particular Linux distributions that are easily installed and updated without dependencies such as kernel development utilities – something that is not always the case with the “tar installer” from VM Tools ISOs for Linux guests.

    The initial effort for this approach was known as Operating System Specific Packages, or OSPs. These binary packages are built, signed, and hosted by VMware and are virtually identical to the components distributed in the VM Tools ISOs.

    Building on that momentum, VMware released the code for VM Tools as open source, allowing individual Linux distributions to directly consume these utilities for their releases at their respective paces. Open VM Tools, or OVT, is currently present in recent versions of all major Linux distributions.

    Distro maintainers are able to pick and choose which Open VM Tools components to include. The version of OVT incorporated with a release is also at their discretion, giving them confidence to offer full support. VMware has strong support agreements in place with most major Linux vendors and is committed to working together as needed to support customers using Open VM Tools. More details on Open VM Tools, including the support policy, can be found in KB 2073803.

    While the Open VM Tools source is available to anyone via GitHub, end customers are not expected to download and build OVTs themselves. In fact, only the binary packages distributed with Linux distributions are supported.

    While there are two different models of packaged Linux Tools, there is actually no decision to be made by administrators. For any given Linux distribution there is only one offering – either OSP or OVT – which is determined by version. For instance, older releases such as RHEL 6 use the original OSPs, while newer releases like RHEL 7 come integrated with OVT.

    OSPs originate from packages.vmware.com – a VMware-managed repository that is publicly accessible without need for authentication. It was recently enhanced to https-only for improved security. For environments without direct access to the Internet, it would be feasible for customers to privately mirror applicable portions of the repository internally.

    OSP installation involves one-time guest OS setup of the appropriate repository on packages.vmware.com; subsequent updates are handled just like any other Linux package using familiar tools like Yum and Apt.

    In contrast, individual Linux vendors provide OVT packages directly since they are part of their respective distributions. In fact, OVTs are often installed during the initial guest OS deployment process without any additional effort. This integration enables a single workflow for guest OS patching. For instance, administrators can update OpenSSH, foundational libraries, and VM Tools using a single process with the added advantage that the vendor has tested all of the components together.

    It’s worthwhile to know these two things about OVT that sometimes throw folks for a loop:

    GUI functionality is not normally installed by default in OVT, as many Linux environments are headless servers without X. For environments that desire features such as dynamic desktop resizing and copy/paste, simply install the auxiliary open-vm-tools-desktop package to enable those abilities.

    OVT version 9.4 and prior had an external dependency for one capability – customers that required Linux VM customization after cloning from template also needed to install a separate deployPkg component from the OSP repository. However, as of 9.10 this capability is entirely present in OVT and it is no longer necessary to install any additional OSP packages.

    Summary

    At first glance, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the various VM Tools options. But after taking a closer look, customers see that it is pretty straightforward to understand why there are three types of Tools, multiple ways to obtain them, and several approaches to install and keep Tools up to date. These options each have specific use cases that ultimately give administrators the flexibility to architect a process that works best for a certain environment.

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    Las causas de un mundo asimétrico

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    Feb 292016
     

    A todos nos gusta la historia de un pobre desvalido que supera toda una batería de obstáculos imposibles pese a que nadie diera un duro por él. Puede que sea por esto que ha perdurado tanto la historia de David y Goliat: un luchador enclenque que convierte su debilidad en una ventaja para acabar con su oponente gigante.

    Es interesante ver el giro que ha dado esta historia en estos últimos años. El conocido pensador Malcolm Gladwell ha señalado una serie de equívocos en la leyenda, desde los poderes exagerados de Goliat hasta los defectos de David. Es fácil ver las similitudes entre esta lucha bíblica y el estado actual de los negocios.

    El mundo de los negocios siempre se ha caracterizado por el desequilibrio y la desigualdad, aunque puede que no del modo que pensáis. Como dijo Pat Gelsinger en su charla en VMworld 2015, “La gente está cambiando las reglas del juego. Empresas recién creadas con nada que perder acogen los nuevos modelos y estas son las que están atacando y amenazando a las empresas asentadas.”

    Aunque este haya sido siempre un gran negocio que se beneficiaba de un mundo empresarial asimétrico, el creciente ritmo del cambio –en expectativas de los clientes, demandas tecnológicas internas y las limitaciones del tiempo que se tarda en lanzar al mercado los productos- ha supuesto que sean ahora las empresas pequeñas las que van ganando terreno. La agilidad y flexibilidad son los elementos esenciales del éxito. Las grandes empresas soportan el peso de la tecnología heredada o procesos obsoletos frente a empresas más pequeñas que pueden ajustar su modelo empresarial a la demanda y por tanto se encuentran en una situación ideal.

    Ahora esperamos que David venza a Goliat.

    Pero este no ha sido siempre el caso. ¿Cuándo pasó a ser un mercado dominado por las empresas de reciente constitución? A continuación expongo unos factores clave que han contribuido al mundo asimétrico de hoy en día:

    Un lugar de trabajo cada vez más dinámico:

    El trabajo ya no es un mero lugar físico, sino es lo que uno hace. Nuestra relación con la oficina ha cambiado. Los equipos son cada vez más globales y los empleados, aunque pasan menos tiempo en la oficina, son más productivos que nunca, al poder trabajar remotamente desde cualquier lugar y con cualquier dispositivo.

    Las empresas que pueden reconocer esto y satisfacer las demandas de los empleados de más libertad en el lugar de trabajo podrán recoger el fruto de sus esfuerzos.

    Diversidad demográfica de la plantilla:

    Ahora tenemos más diversidad demográfica que nunca en nuestras empresas. Desde los baby boomers, pasando por las generaciones X e Y, hasta los millennials, las empresas deben atender las necesidades de toda la plantilla a la vez que les orientan para mejorar sus habilidades tecnológicas en los casos que haga falta.

    Aunque a los millenials se les ha elogiado durante los últimos años como la fuerza modernizadora que remodela la plantilla, es importante reconocer que no es por su fecha de nacimiento, sino por su actitud hacia TI. Se debería animar a los empleados de cualquier edad a que desarrollen nuevas capacidades digitales para ayudar a promover la agilidad e innovación por toda la empresa. De hecho, nuestro estudio reveló que los empleados disfrutan aprendiendo nuevas habilidades digitales y descubriendo formas de trabajar que potencien su productividad en la empresa. Tanto es así que casi dos tercios (64%) están dispuestos a dedicar su tiempo libre a lograrlo.

    Flujos de ingresos impredecibles:

    Si las empresas como Uber, AirBnB o Netflix nos han enseñado algo es que los flujos de ingresos pueden abrirse o interrumpirse en cualquier momento. Esto dificulta mucho más la planificación y la inversión. Mantenerse a la cabeza de la competencia exige un enfoque flexible para el negocio dado que las empresas deben lanzar nuevos servicios al mercado cuanto antes y alterar su estrategia siempre que haga falta.

    La relación menguante entre los requisitos de inversión y la presencia en el mercado:

    Las reglas del éxito cambian y ganar en un mercado nuevo depende ahora de mucho más que de tener los pies en un territorio determinado. La informática en la nube ha simplificado el reto de instalar una infraestructura de TI en nuevos territorios, lo que significa que las empresas pueden ahora crecer y expandirse con una inversión muy inferior a antes. Lo mismo pasa con llevar nuevos productos, servicios o unidades de negocio al mercado. La era móvil de TI implica que las empresas pueden abrir nuevas oportunidades de ingresos con más facilidad.

    Necesidades cambiantes de los clientes:

    Para seguir el ritmo del mundo fluido de hoy en día, los clientes recurren a sus dispositivos móviles para terminar las tareas estén donde estén. Quieren tener la libertad de hacer las cosas por sí mismos y esperan que las empresas con las que trabajan les den esta posibilidad. Si no podéis estar a la altura, vais a perder oportunidades de venta y corréis el riesgo de que vuestros rivales os ganen terreno.

    Las causas de un mundo asimétrico

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    Feb 292016
     

    A todos nos gusta la historia de un pobre desvalido que supera toda una batería de obstáculos imposibles pese a que nadie diera un duro por él. Puede que sea por esto que ha perdurado tanto la historia de David y Goliat: un luchador enclenque que convierte su debilidad en una ventaja para acabar con su oponente gigante.

    Es interesante ver el giro que ha dado esta historia en estos últimos años. El conocido pensador Malcolm Gladwell ha señalado una serie de equívocos en la leyenda, desde los poderes exagerados de Goliat hasta los defectos de David. Es fácil ver las similitudes entre esta lucha bíblica y el estado actual de los negocios.

    El mundo de los negocios siempre se ha caracterizado por el desequilibrio y la desigualdad, aunque puede que no del modo que pensáis. Como dijo Pat Gelsinger en su charla en VMworld 2015, “La gente está cambiando las reglas del juego. Empresas recién creadas con nada que perder acogen los nuevos modelos y estas son las que están atacando y amenazando a las empresas asentadas.”

    Aunque este haya sido siempre un gran negocio que se beneficiaba de un mundo empresarial asimétrico, el creciente ritmo del cambio –en expectativas de los clientes, demandas tecnológicas internas y las limitaciones del tiempo que se tarda en lanzar al mercado los productos- ha supuesto que sean ahora las empresas pequeñas las que van ganando terreno. La agilidad y flexibilidad son los elementos esenciales del éxito. Las grandes empresas soportan el peso de la tecnología heredada o procesos obsoletos frente a empresas más pequeñas que pueden ajustar su modelo empresarial a la demanda y por tanto se encuentran en una situación ideal.

    Ahora esperamos que David venza a Goliat.

    Pero este no ha sido siempre el caso. ¿Cuándo pasó a ser un mercado dominado por las empresas de reciente constitución? A continuación expongo unos factores clave que han contribuido al mundo asimétrico de hoy en día:

    Un lugar de trabajo cada vez más dinámico:

    El trabajo ya no es un mero lugar físico, sino es lo que uno hace. Nuestra relación con la oficina ha cambiado. Los equipos son cada vez más globales y los empleados, aunque pasan menos tiempo en la oficina, son más productivos que nunca, al poder trabajar remotamente desde cualquier lugar y con cualquier dispositivo.

    Las empresas que pueden reconocer esto y satisfacer las demandas de los empleados de más libertad en el lugar de trabajo podrán recoger el fruto de sus esfuerzos.

    Diversidad demográfica de la plantilla:

    Ahora tenemos más diversidad demográfica que nunca en nuestras empresas. Desde los baby boomers, pasando por las generaciones X e Y, hasta los millennials, las empresas deben atender las necesidades de toda la plantilla a la vez que les orientan para mejorar sus habilidades tecnológicas en los casos que haga falta.

    Aunque a los millenials se les ha elogiado durante los últimos años como la fuerza modernizadora que remodela la plantilla, es importante reconocer que no es por su fecha de nacimiento, sino por su actitud hacia TI. Se debería animar a los empleados de cualquier edad a que desarrollen nuevas capacidades digitales para ayudar a promover la agilidad e innovación por toda la empresa. De hecho, nuestro estudio reveló que los empleados disfrutan aprendiendo nuevas habilidades digitales y descubriendo formas de trabajar que potencien su productividad en la empresa. Tanto es así que casi dos tercios (64%) están dispuestos a dedicar su tiempo libre a lograrlo.

    Flujos de ingresos impredecibles:

    Si las empresas como Uber, AirBnB o Netflix nos han enseñado algo es que los flujos de ingresos pueden abrirse o interrumpirse en cualquier momento. Esto dificulta mucho más la planificación y la inversión. Mantenerse a la cabeza de la competencia exige un enfoque flexible para el negocio dado que las empresas deben lanzar nuevos servicios al mercado cuanto antes y alterar su estrategia siempre que haga falta.

    La relación menguante entre los requisitos de inversión y la presencia en el mercado:

    Las reglas del éxito cambian y ganar en un mercado nuevo depende ahora de mucho más que de tener los pies en un territorio determinado. La informática en la nube ha simplificado el reto de instalar una infraestructura de TI en nuevos territorios, lo que significa que las empresas pueden ahora crecer y expandirse con una inversión muy inferior a antes. Lo mismo pasa con llevar nuevos productos, servicios o unidades de negocio al mercado. La era móvil de TI implica que las empresas pueden abrir nuevas oportunidades de ingresos con más facilidad.

    Necesidades cambiantes de los clientes:

    Para seguir el ritmo del mundo fluido de hoy en día, los clientes recurren a sus dispositivos móviles para terminar las tareas estén donde estén. Quieren tener la libertad de hacer las cosas por sí mismos y esperan que las empresas con las que trabajan les den esta posibilidad. Si no podéis estar a la altura, vais a perder oportunidades de venta y corréis el riesgo de que vuestros rivales os ganen terreno.

    The Reasons for an Asymmetric World

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    Feb 292016
     

    Everyone loves an underdog tale; one in which the smaller or weaker party succeeds in the face of impossible odds. Perhaps this is why the story of David and Goliath has been so enduring: an unfancied combatant turning weakness into advantage in order to take down his gigantic opponent.

    Interestingly, in recent years the story has been turned on its head. Noted thinker Malcolm Gladwell has pointed out a number of misconceptions in the legend, ranging from Goliath’s own overestimated powers to David’s perceived flaws. It’s easy to draw a parallel between the aforementioned biblical battle and the current state of business.

    The world of business has always been unbalance and unequal, though it may not be in the way you think it is. As Pat Gelsinger noted in the 2015 VMworld keynote, “People are changing the rules of the game. New start-ups with nothing to lose are embracing new models. They are attacking and threatening incumbents.”

    While traditionally it has been big business who benefited from an asymmetric business world, the ever increasing pace of change – in customer expectations, internal technology demands, and time to market constraints – has meant that it is now the smaller businesses who are in the ascendancy. Agility and flexibility are the crucial components of success; with large enterprises weighed down by legacy technology or outdated processes, smaller rivals who can adapt their business model on demand have found themselves in an ideal position.

    We now expect David to beat Goliath.

    But this hasn’t always been the case. When did it become a start-ups market? Here are the key factors that have helped contribute to today’s asymmetric world:

    1. An Increasingly Dynamic Workplace:

    Work is no longer just a physical place, it is what you do. Our relationship to the office has changed. Teams are becoming global and employees, although they are spending less time at their desk, are now more productive than ever – able to work remotely, from any location, via any device.

    Organisations which can recognise this, and satisfy employee demands for more workplace freedom, will be able to reap the rewards.

    1. Multiple Workforce Demographics:

    We now have more demographics in our organisations than ever before. From Baby Boomers through to Generation X and Y, and finally, Millennials, businesses must cater to the needs of the entire workforce, while offering the guidance to help improve technology proficiency where required.

    Although Millennials have received a number of plaudits over the past few years as a modernising force in reshaping the workplace, it’s important to recognise that not simply a matter of birth date but an attitude towards IT. Employees of all ages should be encouraged to develop new digitally-focused skillsets in order to help drive agility and innovation across the business. In fact, our research found that employees enjoy learning new digital skills and finding ways of working that will drive productivity in the business, so much that almost two thirds (64 per cent) are willing to use their own time to do this.

    1. Unpredictable Revenue Flows:

    If companies such as Uber, AirBnB or Netflix have taught us only one thing, then it is that revenue flows can be opened or disrupted at any time. Planning and investment is therefore far more difficult; staying ahead of the competition requires a flexible approach to business, with organisation now required to take new services to market as quickly as possible, and alter their strategy when necessary.

    1. The Fading Relationship between Investment Requirement and Market Presence:

    The rules to success are changing and winning in a new market now relies upon far more than simply having feet on the ground in a region. Cloud computing has simplified the challenge of setting up IT infrastructure in new geographies, meaning organisations are now able to grow and extend with far less investment than ever before. The same can be said for bringing new products, services, or business units to the market – the mobile era of IT means that organisations can open new revenue opportunities with greater ease.

    1. Changing Customer Needs:

    To keep pace in today’s liquid world, customers turn to their mobile device to complete tasks while on the go. They want to be able to self-serve and they expect the companies they do business with to provide these capabilities. If you can’t keep up then you’re not only losing sales, you’re in danger of losing valuable ground to your rivals.

    Take a look at our blog for more information on the future of business mobility.

    The Reasons for an Asymmetric World

     Allgemein, Knowledge Base, Updates, VMware, VMware Partner, VMware Virtual Infrastructure, vSphere  Kommentare deaktiviert für The Reasons for an Asymmetric World
    Feb 292016
     

    Everyone loves an underdog tale; one in which the smaller or weaker party succeeds in the face of impossible odds. Perhaps this is why the story of David and Goliath has been so enduring: an unfancied combatant turning weakness into advantage in order to take down his gigantic opponent.

    Interestingly, in recent years the story has been turned on its head. Noted thinker Malcolm Gladwell has pointed out a number of misconceptions in the legend, ranging from Goliath’s own overestimated powers to David’s perceived flaws. It’s easy to draw a parallel between the aforementioned biblical battle and the current state of business.

    The world of business has always been unbalance and unequal, though it may not be in the way you think it is. As Pat Gelsinger noted in the 2015 VMworld keynote, “People are changing the rules of the game. New start-ups with nothing to lose are embracing new models. They are attacking and threatening incumbents.”

    While traditionally it has been big business who benefited from an asymmetric business world, the ever increasing pace of change – in customer expectations, internal technology demands, and time to market constraints – has meant that it is now the smaller businesses who are in the ascendancy. Agility and flexibility are the crucial components of success; with large enterprises weighed down by legacy technology or outdated processes, smaller rivals who can adapt their business model on demand have found themselves in an ideal position.

    We now expect David to beat Goliath.

    But this hasn’t always been the case. When did it become a start-ups market? Here are the key factors that have helped contribute to today’s asymmetric world:

    1. An Increasingly Dynamic Workplace:

    Work is no longer just a physical place, it is what you do. Our relationship to the office has changed. Teams are becoming global and employees, although they are spending less time at their desk, are now more productive than ever – able to work remotely, from any location, via any device.

    Organisations which can recognise this, and satisfy employee demands for more workplace freedom, will be able to reap the rewards.

    1. Multiple Workforce Demographics:

    We now have more demographics in our organisations than ever before. From Baby Boomers through to Generation X and Y, and finally, Millennials, businesses must cater to the needs of the entire workforce, while offering the guidance to help improve technology proficiency where required.

    Although Millennials have received a number of plaudits over the past few years as a modernising force in reshaping the workplace, it’s important to recognise that not simply a matter of birth date but an attitude towards IT. Employees of all ages should be encouraged to develop new digitally-focused skillsets in order to help drive agility and innovation across the business. In fact, our research found that employees enjoy learning new digital skills and finding ways of working that will drive productivity in the business, so much that almost two thirds (64 per cent) are willing to use their own time to do this.

    1. Unpredictable Revenue Flows:

    If companies such as Uber, AirBnB or Netflix have taught us only one thing, then it is that revenue flows can be opened or disrupted at any time. Planning and investment is therefore far more difficult; staying ahead of the competition requires a flexible approach to business, with organisation now required to take new services to market as quickly as possible, and alter their strategy when necessary.

    1. The Fading Relationship between Investment Requirement and Market Presence:

    The rules to success are changing and winning in a new market now relies upon far more than simply having feet on the ground in a region. Cloud computing has simplified the challenge of setting up IT infrastructure in new geographies, meaning organisations are now able to grow and extend with far less investment than ever before. The same can be said for bringing new products, services, or business units to the market – the mobile era of IT means that organisations can open new revenue opportunities with greater ease.

    1. Changing Customer Needs:

    To keep pace in today’s liquid world, customers turn to their mobile device to complete tasks while on the go. They want to be able to self-serve and they expect the companies they do business with to provide these capabilities. If you can’t keep up then you’re not only losing sales, you’re in danger of losing valuable ground to your rivals.

    Take a look at our blog for more information on the future of business mobility.

    VMware NSX と IBM SoftLayer による大陸間 vMotion デモ

     Allgemein, Knowledge Base, Updates, VMware, VMware Partner, VMware Virtual Infrastructure, vSphere  Kommentare deaktiviert für VMware NSX と IBM SoftLayer による大陸間 vMotion デモ
    Feb 292016
     

    IBM と VMware は、企業のハイブリッド クラウド導入を促進するために、新たな戦略的パートナシップを発表しました。内容についてはプレスリリース(英語)を参照いただければと思いますが、本記事では、この提携が持つ大きなポテンシャルを、ある技術のデモンストレーションを通してわかりやすく紹介したいと思います。

    その技術とは、大陸間という長距離での VM のライブマイグレーション です。今回のデモでは、オーストラリアのシドニーで稼働中の VM を、アメリカのダラスまでライブマイグレーションしています。

    このデモでは、3 つのキー コンポーネントが組み合わされて使われています。

    1. Long Distance vMotion: vSphere 6.0(昨年 3 月リリース)からサポートされている、地理的に離れたサイト間でライブ マイグレーション(vMotion)をするための新機能です。vMotion を行うシステム間で 150 ms までの遅延を許容できます。
    2. NSX Universal Logical Switch: VMware NSX 6.2(昨年 8 月リリース)からサポートされている、(地理的に離れた)vCenter 間で「1 つの」論理的なスイッチを作るための新機能です。vCenter 間で同じ L2 ドメインを利用できるので、移行前後で同一の IP アドレスを VM が保持できるようになり、vCenter 間でシームレスに VM を移行することが可能になります。
    3. IBM SoftLayer プライベート ネットワーク バックボーン: すべての SoftLayer データセンターとネットワーク拠点は、IBM SoftLayer のプライベート ネットワークによって接続されています。このプライベート ネットワークはパブリック ネットワークとは切り離されているので、高い品質を持つとともに、サーバ間のデータの移動を無料で行なうことを可能にします。

    これらのコンポーネントはそれぞれ、今日時点で全て利用できるものです。これらを組み合わせて、大陸間での長距離 vMotion をお見せしようと言うわけです。

    デモのビデオは約 10 分で、下記のリンクから見ることができます。リソースには IBM SoftLayer ベアメタル キャパシティを使っており、地理的に離れた 2 つのサイトに、それぞれホスト 3 台の小さなクラスタが構成されています。クラスタには vSphere、NSX、Virtual SAN が、それぞれ vCenter のインスタンスと共に配備されています(いわゆるハイパーコンバージドです)。データセンターおよび vCenter にまたがる形で NSX Universal Logical Switch が配備され、この論理スイッチが、地理的に離れたデータセンターを同一の IP アドレス スペースで接続する仮想ネットワークを形成します。

    まず片方のサイトに、小さな Linux の VM(16GB HDD & 1GB メモリ)が 4 つデプロイされ、上記で配備された Universal Logical Switch に接続されます。そして、その中から 1 つの VM が、SoftLayerのプライベート ネットワークのバックボーンを使ってまず vMotion されます。地理的に離れたデータセンター間での vMotion です。2 分間で VM はこの「旅」を終え、VM はサービスの切断も無く安全に移動されます。同じ論理スイッチ/L2 ドメインに接続されたままなので、IP アドレスを打ち直したり、VM を修正したりする必要はありません。

    まとめると、vSphere、NSX、そして IBM SoftLayer のプライベート ネットワークを組み合わせることで、VM を大陸間でスムースに移行できることがデモで示されました。この技術は、顧客がオンプレミスからクラウドへワークロードを移行したり、クラウドを用いて DR を行なったりすることを今までよりも容易にするでしょう。

    このデモは、この戦略的パートナーシップがもたらすであろう多くの価値の中の 1 つのシンプルな例です。今後も、このような VMware の製品・技術を活用したハイブリッド クラウドの進展にご注目いただけると幸いです。

    参考リンク: Cross Continental vMotion with VMware NSX and IBM SoftLayer Cloud

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    VMware NSX と IBM SoftLayer による大陸間 vMotion デモ

     Allgemein, Knowledge Base, Updates, VMware, VMware Partner, VMware Virtual Infrastructure, vSphere  Kommentare deaktiviert für VMware NSX と IBM SoftLayer による大陸間 vMotion デモ
    Feb 292016
     

    IBM と VMware は、企業のハイブリッド クラウド導入を促進するために、新たな戦略的パートナシップを発表しました。内容についてはプレスリリース(英語)を参照いただければと思いますが、本記事では、この提携が持つ大きなポテンシャルを、ある技術のデモンストレーションを通してわかりやすく紹介したいと思います。

    その技術とは、大陸間という長距離での VM のライブマイグレーション です。今回のデモでは、オーストラリアのシドニーで稼働中の VM を、アメリカのダラスまでライブマイグレーションしています。

    このデモでは、3 つのキー コンポーネントが組み合わされて使われています。

    1. Long Distance vMotion: vSphere 6.0(昨年 3 月リリース)からサポートされている、地理的に離れたサイト間でライブ マイグレーション(vMotion)をするための新機能です。vMotion を行うシステム間で 150 ms までの遅延を許容できます。
    2. NSX Universal Logical Switch: VMware NSX 6.2(昨年 8 月リリース)からサポートされている、(地理的に離れた)vCenter 間で「1 つの」論理的なスイッチを作るための新機能です。vCenter 間で同じ L2 ドメインを利用できるので、移行前後で同一の IP アドレスを VM が保持できるようになり、vCenter 間でシームレスに VM を移行することが可能になります。
    3. IBM SoftLayer プライベート ネットワーク バックボーン: すべての SoftLayer データセンターとネットワーク拠点は、IBM SoftLayer のプライベート ネットワークによって接続されています。このプライベート ネットワークはパブリック ネットワークとは切り離されているので、高い品質を持つとともに、サーバ間のデータの移動を無料で行なうことを可能にします。

    これらのコンポーネントはそれぞれ、今日時点で全て利用できるものです。これらを組み合わせて、大陸間での長距離 vMotion をお見せしようと言うわけです。

    デモのビデオは約 10 分で、下記のリンクから見ることができます。リソースには IBM SoftLayer ベアメタル キャパシティを使っており、地理的に離れた 2 つのサイトに、それぞれホスト 3 台の小さなクラスタが構成されています。クラスタには vSphere、NSX、Virtual SAN が、それぞれ vCenter のインスタンスと共に配備されています(いわゆるハイパーコンバージドです)。データセンターおよび vCenter にまたがる形で NSX Universal Logical Switch が配備され、この論理スイッチが、地理的に離れたデータセンターを同一の IP アドレス スペースで接続する仮想ネットワークを形成します。

    まず片方のサイトに、小さな Linux の VM(16GB HDD & 1GB メモリ)が 4 つデプロイされ、上記で配備された Universal Logical Switch に接続されます。そして、その中から 1 つの VM が、SoftLayerのプライベート ネットワークのバックボーンを使ってまず vMotion されます。地理的に離れたデータセンター間での vMotion です。2 分間で VM はこの「旅」を終え、VM はサービスの切断も無く安全に移動されます。同じ論理スイッチ/L2 ドメインに接続されたままなので、IP アドレスを打ち直したり、VM を修正したりする必要はありません。

    まとめると、vSphere、NSX、そして IBM SoftLayer のプライベート ネットワークを組み合わせることで、VM を大陸間でスムースに移行できることがデモで示されました。この技術は、顧客がオンプレミスからクラウドへワークロードを移行したり、クラウドを用いて DR を行なったりすることを今までよりも容易にするでしょう。

    このデモは、この戦略的パートナーシップがもたらすであろう多くの価値の中の 1 つのシンプルな例です。今後も、このような VMware の製品・技術を活用したハイブリッド クラウドの進展にご注目いただけると幸いです。

    参考リンク: Cross Continental vMotion with VMware NSX and IBM SoftLayer Cloud

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    vCloud Air: This Past Week in Review

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    Think you’ve had a busy week? You should see how fast the cloud has been moving this week! We’re slowing things down so you can catch up on all the latest updates in one place on the vCloud Air Blog! Here’s the past week in review:

    vForum Live Atlanta on 3/8

    If you’re looking for a chance to interface with cloud computing experts, we’ve got you covered. On March 8th, we’re hosting a free one-day event in Atlanta to discuss cutting edge IT solutions for your business. This is an event you won’t want to miss.

    The Catalog Service Menu Strategy for Cloud Providers – Part 1

    In order for cloud providers to succeed in providing self-service, they need a succinct service catalog that details offerings. In the first part of this series, VMware’s Director of Strategy & Advisory, Guy Bartram, discusses ways to approach creating catalogs for platform services.

    How a Cloud Partnership Can Deliver Trust

    Chris Wong, CEO of LifeSite, talks about partnering with VMware to deliver customers a peace of mind. Discover how this partnership helped foster unparalleled trust.

    vTech Talk: Register and Watch Our Top Webcasts Now! Part 2

    New to vCloud Air? No problem. Visit the vCloud Air Academy to discover some of the top webcasts on how to get started with the cloud.

    Extending Existing Apps Made Easier

    With vCloud Air you don’t have to toss your existing apps just because your infrastructure has changed. Discover why the cloud makes it easy to extend your existing apps.

    Ready to get started with the hybrid cloud? VisitCloudAir.VMware.com

    Be sure to check out thevCloud Air Community, where you can join or start a discussion, watch our latest vTech Talk video, enter for a chance to win swag in our monthly giveaways and more. Get startedhere!

    For future updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook at@vCloudandFacebook.com/VMwarevCloud

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    Feature and Mobile Updates: February 2016

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    This month, we have some awesome new features, such as EZ Link and Sameroom integration, enhancements to existing features, and new iOS and Android mobile app updates! Check out what’s new for February* below:

    1. Introducing EZ Link

    In this multi-device era, employees are constantly transitioning from laptop to mobile, to home device. As a result, it has become increasingly difficult to keep track of usernames and credentials for all the applications you use on a daily basis, and from a security standpoint it is not always acceptable to save usernames and passwords in browsers and on devices.

    Socialcast has taken a giant leap forward in simplifying our login flow. This month, we will be releasing a new feature that we’ve coined “EZ Link”. Once this feature goes live and is enabled for your community, you will see it available on the web and mobile app.

    When you’re logged into your community using a web browser, you will see a new EZ Link button at the top right-hand corner. When clicked, it will send an email to your inbox. Open the email on your mobile device and click the link in the email to automatically log you into your Socialcast mobile app. Voila, it’s that easy! No need to remember your community URL, username, or password.

    Sure the link will expire in one hour, but we guarantee it will make your life so much easier!

    The EZ Link will also be available as part of the sign in flow on our mobile apps. See the IOS and Android release notes below.

    2. Contextual Search within Projects, Challenges, Town Halls, and Profiles

    We’ve changed our search behavior so that if you’re working in a specific Project, Challenge, or Town Hall, or visiting a user’s profile page, you can now search for keywords directly within those objects. This is similar to how the existing Search within Group has worked. After searching for a keyword, you’ll notice the Search Results page will automatically filter the specific Project, Challenge, Town Hall, or User and yield the most relevant results!

    When searching within a Project, we now show matches for Objective and Task titles. This is on top of the results we already show for the content found in discussions.

    3. Manage Bulk Group Membership Invites

    Do you use Socialcast groups to manage communication with large teams? Have you ever added a batch of invites only to have the team members change out from under you? Not to worry, we now have provided a quick and easy way to Cancel or Resend invitations for a batch of members for a given group! As a group admin, simply click the membership count link at the top right hand corner of your group page. Under the Invited tab, you will see the following changes:

    • Ability to select multiple members
    • Cancel Selected Invitations
    • Resend Selected Invitations

    4. Permalink to Comments in Email Notifications

    Keeping up with key conversations in the community is critical in doing our daily jobs, which is why many of us also rely on email notifications to stay in the loop. We wanted to make it easier for users to be able to reference and jump to a specific comment if you’re subscribed or active in a discussion. That is why we made an improvement in our notification email: the timestamps included under the comments in the email notifications is now an active hyperlink that will take you directly to the message on the web and will highlight and scroll the specific comment into view.

    5. Updates to Jenkins Integration

    We’ve received feedback to support alerts for unstable builds. This information is critical in the Jenkins workflow, where a build becomes unstable if it was built successfully, but one or more publishers report it unstable. For example, if the JUnit publisher is configured and a test fails then the build will be marked unstable. Now, our Socialcast Jenkins integration will display an alert icon and message to represent an unstable build.

    6. Custom Avatars for Integrations

    We now allow you to upload custom avatars for a given integration. Often times, an Ops team might have a number of different JIRA, Jenkins, or PagerDuty integrations going with different queries in a given group. Now users can specify different avatars to visually differentiate the integrations.

    7. New Integration: Sameroom

    We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Sameroom. Sameroom offers real-time, bi-directional integrations between Socialcast and other chat services, like Slack, HipChat, Skype for Business, Flowdock, Campfire, IRC, Hangouts, and many more!

    Check out this short 35-sec video that explains how their service works.

    A community admin can enable/disable this integration by going to Admin Settings > Integrations > Apps > Sameroom > click on the gear icon > Enable. Once enabled, the Sameroom app will appear on the Apps page and all users will be able to create a tube or portal on the Sameroom website.

    Visit this site for more information on supported Sameroom integrations with Socialcast: https://sameroom.io/integrations/socialcast-integrations

    And just because we thought you’d might ask, here’s their Security Overview so you can review it prior to setting up the integration.

    *Please note that On-Premise clients will receive these features in a future release.

    Mobile App Updates

    8. Socialcast iOS 3.8 App – Available Now

    Requires iOS 8 or later

    The Socialcast iOS mobile app 3.8 release introduces the new “EZ Link” – an even simpler way to log in to the Socialcast app – and other great enhancements. Check out the list of updates below and don’t forget to download the app in the App Store today.

    • Introducing EZ Link: The simplest and fastest way to log in to the Socialcast mobile app! Tired of remembering your password when logging into your community? Now, after entering your community URL and email during the sign in flow, you will have the option to request for an EZ Link email to be immediately sent your way. The email will contain a link that automatically logs you into your Socialcast community on our mobile app so you can start collaborating right away!
      • Note: The EZ Link button will only be available to users if your community has it enabled. See announcement above. This feature on mobile is currently only available for non-SSO SaaS communities.

    • Ability to rename group chats
    • Ability to leave group chats
    • Ability to hide 1:1 chats
    • Fixed: Deep-linking from emails into the Socialcast mobile app on iOS 9
    • Other various bug fixes and performance updates


    9. Discontinued Support for iOS 7

    With the Socialcast iOS 3.8 app release, we will no longer support iOS 7. While users on iOS 7 with existing Socialcast applications may still be able to log-in, we will no longer invest in maintenance of those apps. Users will need to upgrade to a supported version of the operating system in order to download newer versions of the Socialcast app.

    According to Apple and Socialcast user data, very few users are still using iOS 7 or earlier. We appreciate your understanding with this decision as it will allow us to focus more resources on our apps development across all our platforms.

    10. Socialcast Android App 3.5 – Available Now

    The Socialcast Android mobile app 3.5 release introduces the new “EZ Link” – an even simpler way to log in to the Socialcast app – and other great enhancements. Check out the list of updates below and don’t forget to download the app in the Google Play Store today!

    • Introducing EZ Link: The simplest and fastest way to log in to the Socialcast mobile app! Tired of remembering your password when logging into your community? Now, after entering your community URL and email during the sign in flow, you will have the option to request for an EZ Link email to be immediately sent your way. The email will contain a link that automatically logs you into your Socialcast community on our mobile app so you can start collaborating right away!
      • Note: The EZ Link button will only be available to users if your community has it enabled. See announcement above. This feature on mobile is currently only available for non-SSO SaaS communities.
    • Ability to rename group chats
    • Ability to leave group chats
    • Ability to hide 1:1 chats
    • Other various bug fixes and performance updates