Stephane Asselin, End-User Computing Architect at VMware, presents VMware User Environment Manager in this technical product overview video.
Tuesday, April 28. 2015
Wednesday, April 22. 2015
If you are working as a desktop admin, part of a EUC team, an architect, or a consultant on a desktop virtualization project and you are looking to use VMware's Horizon solution, this book is for you.
This book will demonstrate the new capabilities of Horizon 6. You should have experience in desktop management using Windows and Microsoft Office, and be familiar with Active Directory, SQL, Windows Remote Desktop Session Hosting, and VMware vSphere infrastructure (ESXi and vCenter Server) technology.
Horizon 6 is VMware's latest end-user computing solution, designed not only to centralize and virtualize desktop environments but also to deliver individual applications securely to any device by means of a virtual workspace.
Your journey starts by investigating an end-user computing project including assessment, pilot, and production. Next, we move into the design phase where we will first take a deeper look at the Horizon 6 solution and its components and how to plan their use in a successful project.
Once we have our design and have identified our use cases, we will start to install and configure the core solution. With that in place, we will fine-tune the best end-user experience. Finally, we examine the advanced and enterprise features of Horizon 6, such as VSAN, vCOPS for View, and Horizon Mirage.
Gain greater credibility when discussing desktop virtualization, the business challenges that Horizon with View and related desktop technologies are designed to address, and how virtualizing desktops and mobile devices with View addresses those challenges.
You'll be able to define technical requirements for desktop virtualization, describe and differentiate Horizon with View and related products and technologies and identify common use cases and how they can be addressed.
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Gain greater credibility when discussing data center virtualization, the business challenges that vSphere is designed to address, and how virtualizing the data center with vSphere addresses those challenges.
You'll be able to define the technical requirements for data center virtualization, describe and differentiate vSphere related products and technologies and identify common use cases and how they can be addressed.
VMware PowerCLI is one of the most successful command line tools for managing your VMware products. With many existing cmdlets designed for the system administrator or vSphere Admin, PowerCLI is the easiest and most powerful tool for managing your environment.
In the recent release of vSphere 6.0, we announced new features like NFS 4.1 support. This Fling adds a PowerShell module with PowerCLI cmdlets for managing vSphere NFS Users, required for the Kerberos-based authentication process of NFS version 4.1 Datastore. The Fling is an extension module for the PowerCli 6.0R1 release.
You can load this Fling as a module to your PowerCli 6.0R1 installation. To see how to install, please follow the Instructions section of this Fling.
Monday, April 20. 2015
Project Photon from VMware is an open source container runtime platform that works great on a developer's laptop running HashiCorp Vagrant and VMware Fusion. In this video, see how easy it is to start up a Photon instance and execute apps on two different container engines.
Project Lightwave is an open source identity and access management suite from VMware that will offer standards-based authorization and authentication services. It's an enterprise-grade security, governance, and compliance platform for next gen apps. This video demonstrates how Lightwave can be used to create a multi-master domain with Project Photon container runtimes in order to centrally authenticate client SSH logins.
Thursday, April 16. 2015
The VMware vSphere 6 Bootcamp is an intensive combination of VMware's best-selling vSphere courses. This course is a hands-on training course delivered in two parts across five days of extended hours.
Part one focuses on installing, configuring, and managing vSphere 6, which includes VMware ESXi 6.0 and VMware vCenter Server 6.0.
- Describe the software-defined data center
- Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines
- Describe the vCenter Server architecture
- Deploy a vCenter Server instance or VMware vCenter Server™ Appliance™
- Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
- Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Client™ and VMware vSphere® Web Client
- Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
- Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage
- Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
- Create a vApp
- Describe and use the content library
- Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
- Use VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machine storage
- Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
- Manage VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
- Use VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters to improve host scalability
- Use vSphere distributed switches to improve network scalability
- Use VMware vSphere™ Update Manager™ to apply patches
- Perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations
Part two builds advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure.
- Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise
- Manage changes to the vSphere environment
Optimize the performance of all vSphere components
- Harden the vSphere environment against security threats
- Troubleshoot operational faults and identify their root causes
- Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Shell and VMware vSphere® Management Assistant to manage vSphere
- Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts
Hands-on Labs are the fastest and easiest way to test-drive the full technical capabilities of VMware products. These evaluations are free, up and running on your browser in minutes, and require no installation.
Experience VMware Virtual SAN for the first time. Learn how to deploy, configure, and manage VMware's latest hypervisor-converged storage solution.
- Virtual SAN Setup and Enable
- Virtual SAN with vMotion, Storage vMotion and HA Interoperability
- Virtual SAN Storage Level Agility
- Useful CLI Commands
- Virtual SAN Monitoring
- Virtual SAN Troubleshooting
Tuesday, April 14. 2015
Hands-on Labs are the fastest and easiest way to test-drive the full technical capabilities of VMware products. These evaluations are free, up and running on your browser in minutes, and require no installation.
The web application is a three-tier app with each tier in a different Layer 2 network. The following are some of the key services required for the application
- Load balancer service to provide better application user experience
- Firewall service that protects the three tiers of the application. Web, App and DB servers are protected from each other and from external world through Firewall rules.
- Routing service to provide access across the tiers and to the physical network
Sunday, April 12. 2015
This document addresses the challenges associated with end-user computing workloads in a virtualized environment and suggests design considerations for managing them.
It focuses on performance, capacity, and operational considerations of the storage subsystem because storage is the foundation of any virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) implementation.
Where possible, it offers multiple solutions to common design choices faced by IT architects tasked with designing and implementing a VMware Horizon storage strategy.
Friday, April 10. 2015
This white paper describes how VMware Mirage can extend and complement PC-life-cycle-management (PCLM) tools, such as Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 or 2012.
Mirage is not a replacement for SCCM, which you can use for managing PCs from inception to retirement. Rather, Mirage extends and complements certain SCCM functions.
You can use either Mirage or SCCM for building and deploying PC images and applications, migrating Windows operating systems (OSes), and migrating users to different hardware.
For example, you can use Mirage to build, deploy, and back up PC images, and use SCCM to manage inventory and client settings and to protect endpoints from viruses and malware. Mirage provides disaster recovery for endpoints, but SCCM does not.
Wednesday, April 8. 2015
VMware Certified Professional 6 – Cloud Management and Automation: Validate your skills and experience deploying and configuring vRealize Automation into a vSphere virtualized data center, using vRealize Automation and related technologies to deploy and manage services across a multi-vendor, multi-cloud infrastructure.
VMware Certified Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility: Validate your ability to deploy and configure Horizon with View into a vSphere virtualized data center, and to use View and related technologies to deploy and manage virtual desktops and applications through a single platform.
VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization: Validate your ability to install, configure, and administer a vSphere data center virtualized with VMware NSX, demonstrating creation and administration of a virtual network including Layer 2 switching and both static and dynamic Layer 3 routing, virtual network devices, and edge services such as DHCP, DNS, and NAT.
Friday, April 3. 2015
In VMware vSphere 6.0, snapshots with VMware Virtual SAN have been completely redesigned. In this paper, VMware presents the performance of Virtual SAN snapshots for two different applications, namely a source tree compilation workload to roughly mimic “test and development” scenarios, and an online transaction-based database application.
Overall, VMware has found that Virtual SAN snapshots in vSphere 6.0 perform reasonably with minimal performance degradation compared to base disk performance. We also address performance tunable configurations and sizing recommendations to optimize performance with Virtual SAN snapshots.
Thursday, April 2. 2015
The vSphere 6 Foundations Beta Exam validates you have the fundamental skills necessary to understand and begin deploying VMware vSphere 6 environments.
- Exam Number: 2V0-620
- Duration: 120 Minutes
- Associated Certification: VCP6-DCV, VCP6-CMA, VCP6-DTM, VCP6-NV
- Number of Questions: 100
- Exam Product: vSphere Version: 6
- Passing Score: Not Available for Beta Exams
- Recommended Training: vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6]
- Validated Against: vSphere 6
- Exam Price: $50 USD
- Exam Languages: English
- Format: Single and Multiple Choice, Proctored
This eLearning course on Software-Defined Storage provides an overview of the storage pillars of a Software-Defined Data Center and how VMware’s Software-Defined Storage (SDS) strategy helps to mitigate the storage challenges faced by the Hardware-Defined Data Centers.
The course will outline the technical characteristics of Virtual SAN 6.0 and vSphere Virtual Volumes. We will then compare the new Software-Defined Storage functionalities and operating model found in Virtual SAN 6.0 and vSphere Virtual Volumes with that of traditional storage.
This eLearning course on Data Center Virtualization will provide you with a fundamental understanding of VMware's Data Center Virtualization products. The course also takes you through the components and features of vSphere 6.0, and shows how the vSphere 6.0 product line helps resolve business and IT challenges commonly faced by organizations.
The course will start by providing an overview of Data Center Virtualization with VMware vSphere, its components, capabilities, and benefits. We’ll then look at the components of vSphere that accomplish Data Center Virtualization. Finally, we’ll see how vSphere 6.0 products help resolve common data center challenges.
Wednesday, April 1. 2015
Introduction to the latest version of VMware Certified Professional 6 - Data Center Virtualization certification. New for vSphere 6 the VCP6-DCV. Find out what it is , why you should consider becoming VMware certified and what you have to do to earn this new certification (or upgrade).
VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV)
Tuesday, March 31. 2015
This white paper demonstrates how to successfully implement a hybrid cloud strategy and aims to provide a better understanding of its use case and its potential. The scenario described in this white paper is based on a successful real-world customer implementation by VMware employees who are part of CTO Ambassador group.
Saturday, March 28. 2015
This Fling is a graphical user interface (GUI) application to replace digital certificates on the vCenter Server Appliance. Easily deploy by selecting the components that need digital certificates replaced. This Fling works with vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.
The GUI wizard-based tool helps you by:
- Replacing certificates for vCenter Server, Inventory Service, Log Browzer, and Auto Deploy
- Providing Single-Sign On (SSO) that uses the same certificate as the vCenter Server certificate
- Collecting backups of previously deployed certificates and associated files
- Providing tool level logging
Thursday, March 26. 2015
If you are a virtualization professional who wants to unleash the power of automation and combat the complexity of sprawling virtual environments, this book is ideal for you. This book will enhance your skills of administering VMware vSphere and vCloud Director with PowerCLI.
- Configure and administer VMware ESXi hosts, clusters, and vCenter
- Manage virtual machine configurations and operations
- Administer datastores, datastore clusters, and virtual machine snapshots
- Create and configure virtual networking in a vSphere environment
- Manage cluster features and affinity groups
- Make custom reports and notifications from vSphere
- Direct operations in vCloud Director
PowerCLI allows faster administration by executing tasks on groups of objects in the virtual environment and is flexible enough to allow complex, scripted routines to solve complex problems.
PowerCLI Cookbook illustrates the ease of performing repetitive tasks using native PowerCLI commands to speed up administration. This book teaches you how to create custom functions and modules to solve specific problems and deploy these solutions to operators. It covers all vSphere administration areas including host, cluster, and virtual machine management utilizing PowerCLI.
Finally, this book will enable administrators to execute scripts that will open new possibilities for automation and also enable them to manage VM workloads effectively.
Wednesday, March 25. 2015
- The source and destination vCenter Server instances and ESXi hosts must be 6.0 or later.
- Both vCenter Server instances must be in Enhanced Linked Mode and must be in the same vCenter Single Sign-On domain so that the source vCenter Server can authenticate to the destination vCenter Server.
- Both vCenter Server instances must be time-synchronized with each other for correct vCenter Single Sign-On token verification.
- For migration of compute resources only, both vCenter Server instances must be connected to the shared virtual machine storage.
All workloads scale linearly in both types of Virtual SAN clusters—as more hosts are added and more disk groups per host, Virtual SAN sees a corresponding increase in its ability to handle larger workloads. Virtual SAN offers an excellent way to scale up the cluster as performance requirements
Thursday, March 19. 2015
- VCP6: Data Center Virtualization Exam (exam number: 2V0-621) – Beta Coming Soon!
- VCP6: Data Center Virtualization Delta Exam (exam number: 2V0-621D) – Beta Coming Soon!
- VCP6: Desktop & Mobility Exam (exam number: 2V0-651) – Coming Soon!
- VCP6: Cloud Management and Automation Exam (exam number: 2V0-631) – Coming Soon!
- VCP6: Network Virtualization Exam (exam number: 2V0-641) – Coming Soon!
- VCP6-Cloud = VCP6-Cloud Management and Automation
- VCP6-Desktop = VCP6-Desktop and Mobility
- VCP-Network Virtualization = VCP6–Network Virtualization
- If you hold either a VCAP Administration or Design certification, you will be given credit towards the corresponding VCIX6 requirement for that track, so you only need to take the other VCIX6 exam (the one that you have not earned). For instance, if you have a VCAP5-DCA then you would only need to take the VCIX6 Data Center Design exam to earn your VCIX6-DCV.
- If you hold both VCAP Design and VCAP Admin certifications for a certification track you can take either the VCIX6 Design exam or the VCIX6 Admin exam in order to upgrade to the new VCIX6 credential for your technology track (this policy was updated based upon your feedback below – thank you!).
- If you hold a VCIX-NV certification you will be automatically migrated to VCIX6-NV.
Sunday, March 15. 2015
RVTools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Interacting with VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3.5, ESX Server 3i, VirtualCenter 4.x, ESX Server 4.x, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance, ESX Server 5.0, VirtualCenter 5.1, ESX Server 5.1, VirtualCenter 5.5, ESX Server 5.5.
RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, Resource pools, Clusters, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores, Multipath info and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and RVTools is able to update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version.
What's new in Version 3.7 (March, 2015)
- VI SDK reference changed from 5.0 to 5.5
- Extended the timeout value from 10 to 20 minutes for really big environments
- New field VM Folder on vCPU, vMemory, vDisk, vPartition, vNetwork, vFloppy, vCD, vSnapshot and vTools tabpages
- On vDisk tabpage new Storage IO Allocation Information
- On vHost tabpage new fields: service tag (serial #) and OEM specific string
- On vNic tabpage new field: Name of (distributed) virtual switch
- On vMultipath tabpage added multipath info for path 5, 6, 7 and 8
- On vHealth tabpage new health check: Multipath operational state
- On vHealth tabpage new health check: Virtual machine consolidation needed check
- On vInfo tabpage new fields: boot options, firmware and Scheduled Hardware Upgrade Info
- On statusbar last refresh date time stamp
- On vhealth tabpage: Search datastore errors are now visible as health messages
- You can now export the csv files separately from the command line interface (just like the xls export)
- You can now set a auto refresh data interval in the preferences dialog box
- All datetime columns are now formatted as yyyy/mm/dd hh:mm:ss
- The export dir / filenames now have a formated datetime stamp yyyy-mm-dd_hh:mm:ss
- Bug fix: on dvPort tabpage not all networks are displayed
- Overall improved debug information
Friday, March 13. 2015
RbVmomi was created with the goal to dramatically decrease the amount of coding required to perform routine tasks, as well as increase the efficiency of task execution, all while still allowing for the full power of the API when needed.
The Ruby vSphere Console comes bundled with both the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and the Windows version of vCenter Server. RVC is quickly becoming one of the primary tools for managing and troubleshooting Virtual SAN environments.
This white paper is intended for vSphere architects, administrators, developers and any others who are interested in deploying, managing or maintaining a Virtual SAN infrastructure. To glean the most out of this document, it will help to be familiar with vSphere infrastructure, Virtual SAN hardware as well as VM provisioning workflows.
Thursday, March 12. 2015
VMware vSphere 6.0 introduces many enhancements to VMware vSphere Hypervisor, VMware virtual machines, VMware vCenter Server™, virtual storage, and virtual networking. This paper will discuss these improvements that further extend the core capabilities of the vSphere platform.
- What’s New in the VMware vSphere 6.0 Platform
- VMware vSphere 6.0 Release Notes
- vSphere 6 Direct Download Link
- VMware vSphere 6 Documentation
- Configuration Maximums vSphere 6.0
- VMware Software Manager
Wednesday, March 11. 2015
- Failing to use VCG-listed components, drivers and firmware, resulting in unpredictable behavior. Flash devices and IO controllers are particularly sensitive.
- Not properly sizing cache for capacity growth (e.g. thin volumes progressively getting fatter), resulting in declining performance over time.
- Using 1Gb networking for performance-intensive environments, with predictably poor results.
- Not understanding 3-node limitations associated with maintenance mode and protection after a failure.
- Using very large, slow disks for capacity, resulting in poor performance if an application is not cache-friendly.
- Failure to have sufficient extra capacity for operations.
VMware conducted a series of tests to demonstrate the performance and scalability of large virtual machines on vSphere 6 running Oracle Database 12c. Using a transactional workload, it was found that a single large “Monster” virtual machine can efficiently use an entire current-generation four-socket server.
These results demonstrate that even very large and demanding Oracle database workloads can be successfully run with excellent performance with vSphere.