Watch highlights from the VMworld Conference in Cannes, France (February 2009).
Tuesday, June 30. 2009
In this video, you'll see how a multi-tiered software solution (SugarCRM) can be deployed as an OVF package, how it is customized during deployment, and how it shows up in the vCenter inventory as a vApp icon. The installation experience is customized by the meta-data contained in the OVF package.
Monday, June 29. 2009
I just received a copy of Edward’s new book “VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing the Virtual Environment”. This book reflects the same hands-on approach that made Haletky’s VMware ESX Server in the Enterprise so popular with working professionals. Haletky doesn’t just reveal where you might be vulnerable; he tells you exactly what to do and how to reconfigure your infrastructure to address the problem.
VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security begins by reviewing basic server vulnerabilities and explaining how security differs on VMware virtual servers and related products. Next, Haletky drills deep into the key components of a VMware installation, identifying both real and theoretical exploits, and introducing effective countermeasures.
It’s prepping time this week. I’m working my way through the new vSphere 4 ICM instructor guide. Module 11 is fun, I was very curious about the VMware Data Recovery lab. I completed this lab once before at the VMworld 2008 in Cannes together with my blog friend Duncan Epping. I remember the beta worked straight forward, but when I tried to add destination back-up storage in my home lab, I ran into trouble.
The destination storage can be a VMFS datastore, an NFS datastore or a CIFS share. Since I’m using the StorCenter ix2 as CIFS and NFS server, I wanted to add a CIFS network share. Be sure to use the IP address of your CIFS server, the DNS name won’t work. One other thing, if you encounter a "Failed to create snapshot for vCenter, error -3948 ( vcb api exception)" error, keep in mind that for the "3948 ( vcb api exception)" error, you ensure that your appliance is capable of resolving the hostname of your ESX server.
- Network Destinations Must Be specified Using IP Addresses
Using DNS-resolved names to specify network destinations is not supported with Data Recovery. When adding network destinations using Configure > Destinations, enter an IP address. For example, use \\192.0.2.12\share rather than \\example\share.
- Non-English Characters Are not Supported with Network Shares
If a network share name, user name, or password contain non-English characters, attempts to add the network share fail. To avoid this issue, use English characters for share names, user names, and passwords.
Sunday, June 28. 2009
Saturday, June 27. 2009
In this demo devfarm will deploy a PowerCLI script that's transcribed to a workflow using PowerWF earlier to an Agent to run automatically every 3 seconds. As a result of that script running as a workflow in the agent you'll see ESX Memory Usage in the local computer's Performance Monitor.
Friday, June 26. 2009
You can prevent the ESX/ESXi host from accessing storage devices or LUNs or from using individual paths to a LUN. Use the vSphere CLI commands to mask the paths. When you mask paths, you create claim rules that assign the MASK_PATH plugin to the specified paths. Via Kevin Kress the master of VMkernel and Console Config and esxcfg-* tools.Continue reading "How to Mask Paths in vSphere" »
Thursday, June 25. 2009
Organizations are increasingly looking to automate administrators' daily lives. Microsoft and VMware responded with two key technologies: Windows PowerShell, which has become the preferred scripting language for Windows administrators, and VMware’s PowerCLI which provides a Windows PowerShell interface to the vSphere API. vSphere PowerCLI includes PowerShell Cmdlets, and documentation for administering vSphere components.
PowerWF combines both technologies into a single easy-to-use product that replaces legacy batch files, scripts and custom application development, enabling you to completely automate your vSphere environment without writing a single line of code. I created a little one minute Jing demo -how to build a PowerCLI Work Flow with PowerWF.Continue reading "PowerWF + PowerCLI = vSphere on Rails" »
PHD Virtual Technologies announced the availability of Patch Downloader version 6.0, a new freeware solution to simplify patch downloading for various VMware ESX versions. Patch Downloader is the fifth free virtualization utility to be offered by PHD Virtual as part of its longstanding commitment to the virtualization community.
The purpose of Patch Downloader is to ease the pain of downloading patches for various ESX versions from the VMware site by automating it. If a user does not want to or cannot use Update Manager (doesn't have a license, no internet access from the ESX/VC hosts) they need to download the patches manually from the VMware website through a Java Download manager. It's easy to miss a patch, and painfully slow to find and select the ones you want. These downloaded patches go on an HTTP or FTP repository, or are copied direct to each host over SSH, and the esxupdate utility is used to patch the ESX host.
Tuesday, June 23. 2009
Nava Davuluri is a new hire into VMware's Product Marketing and he’s going to manage the sample code arena for developers and system administrators that make up the majority of VMware developer community. His biggest goal is to make our life easier by creating a community based sample code site where it will be easy to create, collect and share sample codes in one single straight forward page. This community page is called CodeCentral.
The VMware Code Central Blog is intended for VMware community developers and system administrators who use VMware infrastructure and would like to have IT control through automation.
Saturday, June 20. 2009
This year’s VMworld will last four full days instead of three. At Monday August 31th VMware will organize their first developer day. You get a chance to learn about VMware developer products from the engineers who built them. This one-day event will include seminars ranging from the vSphere SDKs to the vCloud API.
- New features of vSphere SDK 4.0
- vSphere Web Services SDK 4.0 Best Practices
- vSphere API Performance Monitoring
- vStorage API - Virtual Disk Development Kit
- Orchestrator API
- VIX API
- VMware Studio
- Developer productivity tools, Record/Replay...
Friday, June 19. 2009
This afternoon I presented at the 8th Belgium VMware User Group meeting. The slides and a short video of the demo part can be found here (thanks to Viktor van den Berg for recording). The location was great, we enjoyed some beers at the Palm Brewery in Steenhuffel. Never heard about Steenhuffel? Me neither, I was glad my Tom Tom accepted it and guided me. Eventually around 80 people showed up, much more than I expected. We had a great day.
This afternoon I presented at the Belgium VMUG event. My presentation is called “Managing VMware vSphere 4 with The Virtualization EcoShell.”, here are the slides.Continue reading "Drive PowerCLI to the max" »
PowerBoots makes it easier for scripters to create graphical user interfaces in PowerShell, exposing much of the power of WPF to PowerShell in a simple syntax which supports events, threading, and much, much, more.
PowerBoots is written as a script module which dynamically generates functions into static script files for each WPF control, combined with a compiled module called PoshWpf which was originally part of PoshConsole (and includes the Out-Wpf cmdlet and New-BootsWindow cmdlets among others) ... the module enables threaded UIs as well as enabling support for styles, control templates and data templates.
Full software management through Active Directory enables you to keep track on licenses, saving tremendous amounts of money, every day again.
• Scale from 1 to 100,000 clients
• Out Perform end user expectations
• Reduce Entire IT Environment Requirements to absolute minimum
• Secure your data- beyond military grade security
• Save on all levels-hardware, licenses, bandwidth, power, administration, support, maintenance
• Simplify installation, management and applications
• Attain 98+% Application Compatibility and Interoperability
• Improve your bottom line, ROI in 6 months or less, then see real savings
• Experience the scalability, performance and cost savings only available through DinamiQs
Here’s the a Dutch spoken video showing Virtual Storm in action managing desktops hosted on vSphere 4. The demo is presented by Mike Jansen. Continue reading "Demo Video of DinamiQs Virtual Storm" »
Thursday, June 18. 2009
This evening I attended a Dutch VMUG meeting hosted by Sun Microsystems in Amersfoort. As usual I was able to collect some video footage. The speakers at this mini event were Viktor van den Berg, Jaap Romers, Sander van der Post and Mike Jansen. They delivered a good show.
I had the opportunity to see a great demo of the Sun Ray Connector for VMware View Manager. It connects users of Sun Ray clients to Windows virtual machines via the VMware View Manager. It provides a Sun Ray kiosk session that allows users to connect to their virtual machines. The kiosk session prompts the user for their Active Directory user name and password. Then the user is shown a list of available desktops, or is logged directly into their desktop, if there is only one available. The user does not have to enter their password again at the Windows login.
I've moved. vmreference.com is so old school. I've decided to "keep up with the Joneses", and become hip with the new vReference moniker. After VMware decided to rename everything, I thought it might be a good idea to go with the flow.
Forbes is currently working his way through all the vSphere4 documentation, he hopes to have the vReference reference card for version 4 ready in the coming weeks. He plans to create a brand new one, and maintain them both separately. In the meantime, you might want to check out his growing vSphere4 notes.
Wednesday, June 17. 2009
I downloaded a copy of this workflow package and did some tests with it, these guys are awsome.
PowerWF Studio for VMware is a suite of tools for automating and administering virtual machine operations and the guests within virtual machines. Leveraging the VMware's VIX API plus several other PowerWF activities packs, PowerWF Studio for VMware offers levels of automation typically only seen in enterprise class solutions. The product supports management of VMware Server, Workstation, Player, and Virtual Infrastructure (both ESX and vCenter).
Continue reading "PowerWF Studio for VMware" »
The VIX activity pack furnishes building blocks that allow you to quickly develop complex workflows that automate virtual machine operations, as well as the guests within virtual machines. PowerWF supports all the functions available within VMware's VIX API with none of complexities. PowerWF protects your existing investments by giving you myriad ways to use your workflows, including within shell scripts, an existing .NET application, or integrated with PowerShell.
Tuesday, June 16. 2009
I just received the official VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V4] training guides. If you're upgrading from VMware Infrastructure 3, VMware vSphere: What's New covers new features and how to perform the upgrade. If VMware vSphere is your first virtualization experience, VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage covers all the skills you need to get started.
• Install and configure ESX
• Install and configure vCenter Server
• Configure and manage ESX networking and storage using vCenter Server
• Deploy and manage virtual machines
• Manage user access to the VMware infrastructure
• Increase scalability using vCenter Server
• Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server
• Apply patches using VMware vCenter Update Manager
• Manage higher availability and data protection using vCenter Server
If you living in the Netherlands, you might want to attend one of the first VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage courses and Join me at the vSphere ICM training in Nieuwegein.
Monday, June 15. 2009
@cshanklin: Did anyone know about vCenter Ops Dashboard? https://yourvcip/vod/index.html just found out about it myself.
Sunday, June 14. 2009
Herco van Brug has released EDA version 0.9 which is ESX4 and ESX4i compatible. You can get your copy here : http://virtuall.eu/downloads
EDA is an appliance dedicated to deploying ESX servers fast and easy. It has a scriptbuilder to quickly create %post-scripts.
Friday, June 12. 2009
There is a lot going on in the server virtualization market these days. HP announced the new virtualization bundles that incorporate a Storage Virtual Appliance from LeftHand (acquired by HP). At VMWorld last fall, VMware started to promote the concept of Storage Virtual Appliances and presentations on vSphere 4.0 include Storage Virtual Appliances as an area of interest for VMware.
Why is there so much noise about it?
First of all, you need shared storage in order to take full advantage of the enhanced features of VMware. VMotion isn’t compelling if you’re able to move the application, but the datastore becomes unavailable. HP has already demonstrated that by incorporating a Storage Virtual Appliance they can offer bundles at prices that are attractive for SMB and branch office customers while providing access to VMotion and DRS at the same time.
Why is this important?
SMB customers and branch offices have had to go without the high availability and ease of management features they get with VMotion and DRS, because of the cost of the external shared storage. With a Storage Virtual Appliance, the cost of the shared storage is a fraction of the cost of a traditional SAN or NAS.
What’s still missing?
It’s still too complicated. Most of the virtual appliances have tried addressed the issue of leveraging the server’s resources, but haven’t addressed the complexity issue. Many are using them as a means to either demonstrate core functionality or to move customers into an external SAN.
At the end of the VMware Fast-track course I delivered this week, I did a Dry Run “Managing VMware vSphere 4 with The Virtualization EcoShell” which I will present next week at the Belgium User Group event. If you didn’t sign up yet and you’re interested in this free event you can register here. Maybe we can meet up and enjoy one of those Palm beers. All the content will be delivered in English.
Wednesday, June 10. 2009
Around a year ago Eric Siebert over at vSphere-Land started with the "Top 10 blogs that VMware administrators must read". The NTPRO.NL website ended up at the 6th place. In November 2008 NTPRO.NL went up two places and was staying at the 4th place. Eric expanded the top 10 into a top 20 recently, NTPRO.NL went up one place and is staying at the 3th place. If you’re a frequent visitor of my blog take the survey and cast your vote. Maybe you can encourage your friends and colleagues to do likewise.The results will be published on 6/30/09.
Tuesday, June 9. 2009
Liquidware Labs announced the availability of Stratusphere(TM) 4.2, a software solution delivering focused visibility into network, user, application, and desktop activity dramatically reducing the technical and financial risks associated with migrating to VDI.
"Our irrefutable method of measuring Network User Application Response Time (nuART(TM)) is extremely relevant in gauging potential VDI candidates and user experience," said David Bieneman CEO of Liquidware Labs. "Stratusphere further excels by combining these metrics to create a VDI Fit(TM) and VDI UX(TM) rating identifying good, fair and poor candidates for VDI and providing a measurement to gauge and keep user experience at a constant."