Friday, October 29. 2010
The VCAP4-DCA is directed toward System Administrators, Consultants and Technical Support Engineers who can demonstrate their skills in VMware vSphere and VMware vCenter technologies in relation to the datacenter, as well as their knowledge of application and physical-infrastructure services and their integration with the virtual infrastructure.
The VCAP-DCD is directed toward IT Architects and Consulting Architects who are capable of designing VMware solutions in a multi-site, large enterprise environment. They have a deep understanding both of VMware core components and their relation to storage and networking, and also of datacenter design methodologies. They also possess knowledge of applications and physical infrastructure, as well as their relationship to the virtual infrastructure.
Wednesday, October 27. 2010
Zenoss has announced that it is now offering a free ZenPack for monitoring the performance of VMware ESX/ESXi servers. Similar to the Unix "Top" command, this ZenPack uses the VMware resxtop command to aggregate and alert on performance metrics in a single graphical view in order to provide administrators an expanded and deeper VMware ESX/ESXi monitoring experience. With this ZenPack, Zenoss is the first to enable proactive VMware management using esxtop.
VMware’s esxtop is a very powerful VMware administrator’s tool used to obtain a snapshot of the current server state. It not only provides metrics but give you visibility to issues such as disk latency, CPU contentions, memory over commits, etc. VMware administrators have until now used esxtop at the command line to access host server performance metrics.
Virtualization administrators, while enjoying the power of the esxtop command, have been looking for enhancements to help simplify and improve performance troubleshooting. Currently the command must be executed through the command line interface and provides no capability for reporting or alerting. Historical data analysis and graphing requires users to manually redirect data to a file for further offline analysis and charting.
The new ZenPack for esxtop enables the following:
• Performance metrics from ESX and ESXi servers are automatically captured, graphed, displayed, and continually updated in one graphical interface.
• Users can set thresholds and exception alerting based on performance metrics and events as they occur.
• Historical data is saved for in-depth root cause analysis.
“As we have been working with organizations to provide deep VMware monitoring capabilities, we saw some of our customers and community members using the esxtop command. Unfortunately, this tool was somewhat hidden and only available for power users. We are combining the strength and ease of use of Zenoss with the esxtop command to provide a simpler monitoring capability for VMware ESX environments,” said Simon Jakesch, Engineer at Zenoss. “With this free ZenPack, users can easily identify performance problems in their ESX and ESXi environment, and immediately take steps to resolve the issues before they affect the business. This capability will save administrator time and increase accessibility to a very powerful performance tool.”
ZenPacks are software extensions to Zenoss. The ZenPack for esxtop is free. For more information on how to download the ZenPack, visit the Zenoss blog. For a complete list of all the ZenPacks that are available, please visit: http://community.zenoss.org/community/zenpacks.Continue reading "Zenoss Announces Free Tool for VMware Power..." »
Tuesday, October 26. 2010
Overview: This course covers the features and functionality of the VMware vCloud Director product and what benefits the product offers in cloud.
Objectives: After completing this course, students should:
• Know the prerequisites for a VCD 1.0 installation (hardware and co-requisite software)
• Be able to perform initial setup of VCD in a Red Hat Linux virtual machine
• Know how to install and configure vShield Manager
• Understand critical VCD concepts: cell, organization, virtual datacenter, provider networks, organization networks, vApps, vApp networks, catalog
• Understand the services that vShield Edge provides to VCD
• Create an external network
• Create a network pool of virtual-machine networks
• Create an organization and allocate resources and networks to it
• Build a vApp within the organization
• Integrate the vApp into the catalog
• Understand the relationship of VCD to Chargeback Manager 1.5
Sunday, October 24. 2010
After installing the Symantec ApplicationHA Console it’s time to roll out the Symantec ApplicationHA Guest components. You can use a wizard to configure monitoring for applications, services, and processes running on virtual machines. After completing this wizard, you can start, stop, and monitor the configured components from the VMware vSphere Client or using Microsoft Internet Explorer.
You can also perform the application monitoring operations directly from a browser window using the following URL: Https://<virtualmachineNameorIPaddress>:5634/vcs/admin/application_health.html?priv=ADMIN To view the Symantec ApplicationHA view, launch the VMware vSphere Client, select a virtual machine from the Inventory pane, and in the Management pane on the right, click the ApplicationHA tab. If you have not configured single sign-on for the virtual machine, specify the user credentials of a user that has administrative privileges on the virtual machine.
If a component fails, a configurable number of attempts are made to restart it on the machine. If the component does not start, the virtual machine itself can be restarted by VMware HA, depending on the configuration settings.
It’s also possible to configure application monitoring for custom services, processes, and storage mount points on a virtual machine. You can either choose one or multiple components simultaneously.
- Configure multiple services and processes in a single wizard workflow
- Configure storage monitoring to control storage availability on the virtual machine
- Configure dependency to control orderly start and stop of components
In this example I’ve chosen to configure application monitoring for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 instances running on a virtual machine. Now I’m able to:
- Monitor SQL Database Engine service, Analysis service, and FILESTREAM
- Monitor and control the availability of SQL databases on the virtual machine
- Perform a graceful start and stop of SQL services and databases
Symantec ApplicationHA provides an interface, the Symantec ApplicationHA tab, to configure and control application monitoring. The Symantec ApplicationHA tab is integrated with the VMware vSphere Client. Use the Symantec ApplicationHA view to perform the following tasks:
- Configure and unconfigure application monitoring
- Start and stop configured applications
- Enable and disable application heartbeat
- Enter and exit maintenance mode
Saturday, October 23. 2010
I’ve just recorded a real cool video which shows you how to install and configure ApplicationHA. This new product from Symantec and VMware is able to monitor applications within the virtual machine. I’ve uploaded a High Definition version of the video to ScreenCast but you can also watch the video at Vimeo or YouTube.
Symantec ApplicationHA is an easy-to-use availability solution for virtual environments that provides application visibility and control. It is based on the industry-leading Veritas Cluster Server technology and provides application availability in coordination with VMware HA. Together Symantec and VMware work to help customers move business-critical applications into VMware virtual machines.
Thursday, October 21. 2010
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vsp4-virtualize-biz-critical-apps.pdf Continue reading "Technical White Paper: ApplicationHA" »
Tuesday, October 19. 2010
Remote Desktop Manager is a small application used to manage all your remote connections and virtual machines. Add, edit, delete, shared, organize and find your remote connection quickly. Compatible with Microsoft Remote Desktop, Terminal Services, VNC, LogMeIn, Team Viewer, Ftp, SSH, Telnet, Dameware, X Window, VMware, Virtual PC, PC Anywhere, Hyper-V, Citrix, Radmin, Microsoft Remote Assistance, Sun Virtual Box and more...
Sunday, October 17. 2010
- VMworld 2010 Copenhagen Day 0
- VMworld 2010 Copenhagen Day 1 (Partner Day)
- VMworld 2010 Copenhagen Day 2 - Linkage
- VMworld 2010 Copenhagen Day 3 - Linkage
- VMworld 2010 Copenhagen Day 4 - Linkage
- VMworld 2010 Copenhagen - Round-up
Over 150 Links - Kudos to Remon – Keep up the good work!!!
Saturday, October 16. 2010
With the L300, watching DVD-quality video on up to a 1920x1080 display comes standard for most common media formats. The game-changing access device comes packaged in a sleek low-power package that can be easily mounted on a monitor or secured to a desk. Powered by a new NComputing Numo System on a Chip (SoC), the L300 uses patent-pending hardware technology to decode and scale multimedia locally, eliminating network strain. The L300 access device costs less any other thin- or zero-client options and a quarter of the cost of desktop PCs. In combination with the NComputing vSpace software, it enables VDI solutions at one-third the price of traditional offerings.
Friday, October 15. 2010
A High Availability setup is only as good as its weakest link. In this session, learn more details about the inner workings of VMware HA and best practices for setting up and managing a robust production environment.
VMware High Availability – Futures (part of BC7803)
In larger organisations administrating a vSphere environment can cause headaches. Some of the burning questions you surely recognize: Who gave that VM 4 CPU's ? Who connected the NIC to the DMZ PortGroup and when ? In this session, Luc Dekens and Alan Renouf will show you how to automate the answers to these questions with the help of PowerCLI.
Thursday, October 14. 2010
Kudos to professional photographer @viktoriousss Continue reading "VMworld 2010 Copenhagen - Meet and greet with..." »
Kudos to stage director @viktoriousss
Wednesday, October 13. 2010
Tuesday, October 12. 2010
There are a ton of tools for managing vSphere, both from VMware and from third parties. But what tools are the best tools and how can they help you? Save your time trying all these tools and learn about the top 10 free tools for managing vSphere in this breakout session.
Kudos to cameraman @jpiscaer
Monday, October 11. 2010
The best VCI Awards were handed out by Andy Cary, Undeleeb Din and Chris Cottam . Brian Rice gave us an insight into the Education Road Map and the Certification Road Map. The VCI Program session was presented by David Day. Although a lot of information is still under NDA, I was able to shoot some video footage.
This afternoon, just after the VMworld Developer Day, I had an interview with Pablo Roesch. He’s responsible for all aspects of product marketing the powerful vSphere APIs. Enabling Partner and End User customers. Managing editor for VMware Developer Center Blog and the VMware Developer Community http://developer.vmware.com.
Follow him on twitter @heyitspablo
Kodus to cameraman Marcel Van Os
Sunday, October 10. 2010
Yes, we’re on our way to VMware’s VMworld event. I’m travelling with Viktor van den Berg and we flew from Amsterdam to Copenhagen with a KLM Boeing 737-400. Just before boarding I did a little interview with Viktor who’s the head of the Dutch VMUG and also a board member of the global VMware User Group (VMUG). His daily job is Product manager / Technical Trainer at XTG. I asked him about his expectations.
Kudos to cameraman @jpiscaer
Saturday, October 9. 2010
This article describes how to inject drivers into the VMware ESXi 4.1 installer. It’s written by Ernst Cozijnsen, he already published a great article regarding Deploying VMware ESXi 4.1 in the enterprise. All you need is a Fedora core 13 32 bit virtual machine which can be downloaded from http://www.thoughtpolice.co.uk/vmware/ . This website contains many ready to run virtual appliances with all kinds of open source operating systems.
The following part will show you how to:
- Extracting the driver from driver cd/dvd/floppy/tape/ls120/zip/jazz
- Extracting sys.vgz ESXi installer ramdrive
- Moving the driver(s) into place
- Compressing the newly build sys.vgz structure
- Inserting driver package in the imagedd.bz2 file
Friday, October 8. 2010
My ex-colleague and virtualization friend Ernst Cozijnsen who works a virtualization subject matter expert over at Capgemini did something awesome this week. We philosophised about unravelling the ESXi boot process in a few (long) phone calls the past few days and just before the start of the VMworld he actually did the unthinkable. Here’s his description about deploying VMware ESXi 4.1 in the enterprise.
Ok for us the time came to start deploying VMware ESXi 4.1 on some massive servers that rolled into or datacenter. Normally we use RDP (Altiris) for deployment of ESX (native) so naturally we also wanted to deploy VMware ESXi 4.1 in such a way. This article from Eric Wannemacher describes a way to inject ESXi into your RDP PXE boot menu and so giving you the possibility to PXE boot the ESXi installer and start your install.
The downside of this article is that the installer starts directly after booting the ESXi installer and destroys everything in its way including all files on your destination drive. The margin of error when using this specific method is very small and a catastrophic failure can be made very easily without any way of having a safety net. Since these kind of failures can have enormous consequences in a large enterprise environment we had to come up with a way that was more inside our "comfort zone".
Thursday, October 7. 2010
This five-day course will be released at the end of October and provides students with the knowledge and skills to utilize Windows PowerShell for administering and automating administration of Windows based servers.
The course is intended for IT Professionals already experienced in general Windows Server and Windows Client administration, including Active Directory administration. No prior experience with any version of Windows PowerShell, or any scripting language, is assumed. After completing this course, students will be able to:
• Explain how Windows PowerShell works.
• Use Windows PowerShell as an interactive, command-line shell.
• Use Core Windows PowerShell cmdlets for everyday purpose.
• Customize the output using Windows PowerShell Formatting Subsystem.
• Explain what Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is and how it can be used from Windows PowerShell.
• Manage Active Directory objects using Windows PowerShell cmdlets.
• Write basic Windows PowerShell scripts that execute batches of commands.
• Work with Windows PowerShell’s background jobs and remote administration functionality.
• Master the scripting language of Windows PowerShell.
• Use advanced techniques related to structured programming within Windows PowerShell.
• Automate Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration using Windows PowerShell.
• Identify the best practices for working with Windows PowerShell.
Wednesday, October 6. 2010
VMware will announce an exciting new product, vCloud Request Manager, on October 12, 2010 at VMworld Copenhagen. vCloud Request Manager provides enterprises with enhanced governance and control of vCloud Director based Private Clouds. It does this by:
1. Adding sophisticated approval workflows to provisioning requests,
2. Automatically tracking software license usage as vApps are commissioned and decommissioned
3. Enforcing standardized settings on vCloud Director “Organizations” through the use of policies called “Blueprints”.
Attend this VMLIVE to understand key launch dates, positioning, FAQ and supporting collateral for this key Q4 launch.
VMware vCloud Request Manager - Enhanced Governance and Control of vCloud Director based Private Clouds
Monday, October 4. 2010
The VIX Java Toolkit allows Java developers to take advantage of VMware VIX API. This is a powerful API that allows for performing in-guest operations on VMs running with vSphere, Workstation, Server and Player.
Give it a whirl, rate and leave your comments at - http://labs.vmware.com/flings/vix-java-toolkit .
The VIX Java Toolkit allows Java developers to take advantage of the VMware VIX API. This is a powerful API that allows for performing in-guest operations on VMs running with vSphere, Workstation, Server, and Player. Java developers who are writing code with the vSphere/VI APIs will find this particularly useful as the vSphere API does not currently provide any functionality for interacting with the guest operating system. In addition, this is helpful for software testing as well as systems administration.
• Provides Java wrapper for the VIX API
• Provides VIX objects and utility code to reduce complexities of using the VIX API
Sunday, October 3. 2010
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Saturday, October 2. 2010
The VMware vCloud API provides support for developers who are building interactive clients of VMware vCloud Director using a RESTful application development style. vCloud API clients and servers communicate over HTTP, exchanging representations of vCloud objects. These representations take the form of XML elements. HTTP GET requests are used to retrieve the current representation of an object, HTTP POST and PUT requests are used to create or modify an object, and HTTP DELETE requests are typically used to delete an object.
The vCloud SDK for .NET is a C# language binding for the vCloud API. It provides a set of C# class libraries and a number of sample applications. The classes and functions in the libraries encapsulate the interfaces, objects, and operations supported by the vCloud API while preserving its RESTful programming style and compatibility with the HTTP protocol family. This vCloud SDK for .NET Programming Guide provides information about setting up the SDK in the SDK.
This video (HD) will show you how to use the vCloud SDK for .NET in Visual Basic 2008.