Operations Management disciplines are converging in the cloud. Performance, capacity and configuration management are becoming inseparable due to the dynamic nature of converged infrastructure. Traditional tools and processes designed for silo-ed, static physical infrastructures don’t provide the automation and control needed to effectively manage highly virtualized and private cloud environments. This guide will walk you through some key use cases for VMware vCenter Operations Standard to help you conduct a successful product evaluation. The content includes an overview, installation and configuration, and key use cases of VMware vCenter Operations Standard to demonstrate how to diagnose and correct performance problems in the virtual infrastructure.
Thursday, April 28. 2011
Wednesday, April 27. 2011
Stephane Lalonde has been a Senior SE at VMware for 4 years. In previous roles he has worked for Citrix for over 4 years and have done extensive work on their SSL VPN solution. Stephane has also worked at one of Cisco's largest VARs where he implemented various solutions.
Stephane has created a presentation called "Networking From Physical to Virtual", the goal of this presentation is to cover networking in a VMware environment and showing the transition from a fully physical datacenter to a virtualized datacenter from a networking perspective. The talking points are all in the speakers notes and all slides are screen captures or images to help describe the networking environment.
Windows PowerShell is Microsoft’s command line shell and scripting language. PowerShell is built on the Microsoft .NET Framework and helps in system administration. By providing full access to COM (Component Object Model) and WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation), PowerShell enables administrators to perform administrative tasks on both local and remote Windows systems.
Administrators can manage the computers in the enterprise and perform administrative tasks from the command line using built-in cmdlets, which are specialized .NET classes. Unlike most other command line interfaces, PowerShell commands have been standardized using a verb-noun naming convention known as a cmdlet. This convention provides a clear description of the cmdlet, and enables access to different Windows components like the registry, file system, services, processes, and others. There are sufficient cmdlets to support most administrative activities.
VMware View PowerCLI cmdlets are provided by a dll, which is installed as part of the VMware View Connection Server (Server\bin\PowershellServiceCmdlets.dll) under the VMware Connection Server installation). This dll, once registered with PowerShell, allows all VMware View PowerCLI cmdlets to be run on the VMware Connection Server.
This technical paper covers the integration of VMware View with Windows PowerShell and PowerCLI.
SlideRocket was founded in 2007 with the vision of building a better presentation experience, one that provides for every part of the presentation lifecycle and helps you make great presentations. SlideRocket is committed to providing the best presentation experience to individuals and businesses around the world through innovative and compelling software-as-a-service.
Today, we are thrilled to announce that SlideRocket has been acquired by VMware, marking a dramatic acceleration in SlideRocket’s mission to reinvent presentations and change the way businesses and individuals communicate. VMware and SlideRocket share an affinity for seizing big opportunities to reinvent how people work, and we are aligned in our vision for the future of cloud applications – it’s a future where work becomes collaborative, social, mobile, and even fun!Continue reading "SlideRocket has been acquired by VMware" »
Friday, April 22. 2011
VMware Labs present its latest fling PXE Manager for vCenter. VMware PXE Manager is a management tool that supports automatic PXE boot (network boot using PXE) and automatic customization of large numbers of ESXi systems, other features are:
• Automated provisioning of new ESXi hosts stateless and stateful (no ESX)
• ESXi host state (firmware) backup, restore, and archiving with retention
• ESXi builds repository management (stateless and statefull)
• ESXi Patch management
• Multi vCenter support
• Multi network support with agents (Linux CentOS virtual appliance will be available later)
• Wake on Lan
• Hosts memtest
• vCenter plugin
• Deploy directly to VMware Cloud Director
• Deploy to Cisco UCS blades
Continue reading "VMware Labs present its latest fling - PXE..." »
Wednesday, April 20. 2011
This self-paced training course covers the requirements and effects of transitioning your VMware vSphere™ environment to VMware® ESXi. It provides the knowledge necessary to make fundamental design decisions and successfully add ESXi to a deployed vSphere environment. This course is based on ESXi 4.1.
Special Note: For those who prefer to learn this content in a classroom environment, whether virtual or face-to-face, there are several two-day classes scheduled worldwide. For a fee, you will receive the added value of hands-on lab exercises as well as interaction with fellow students and an instructor.
Module 1: Transition to ESXi Overview
Module 2: Compare and Contrast VMware ESXi and VMware ESX
Module 3: Install and Configure VMware ESXi
Module 4: Script Interfaces and Command Line Tools
Module 5: Performing Management Tasks
Become a true ESXi expert with the new FREE VMware eLearning course and ebook offer!
At the end of the course, you should be able to:
• Identify ESXi installation and configuration procedures
• Leverage scripting interfaces to manage ESXi
• Identify risks when migrating to ESXi
Who Should Attend? System administrators, systems engineers, technical support engineers, and consultants responsible for managing and supporting a vSphere installation.
Check the compliance of your IT infrastructure against specific standards and best practices that are applicable for the environment. The Compliance Checker is a free, downloadable, fully-functional product for checking compliance of your environment to help you ensure that it remains secure and compliant.
This product is a robust utility providing detailed compliance checks against the VMware vSphere Hardening Guidelines. Unlike other free tools in the market, Compliance Checker for vSphere is a fully functional product. For example, you can print the reports that Compliance Checker produces, and can run compliance checks across multiple ESX and ESXi servers at once.
VMware Compliance Checker for vSphere lets you:
• Check compliance for multiple VMware ESX and ESXi servers concurrently - Run compliance check on up to 5 ESX or ESXi servers at a time and produce reports.
• Supports VMware vSphere hardening guidelines - Perform checks on VMware ESX and ESXi servers to conform with the latest VMware vSphere hardening guidelines.
• Analyze compliance assessment results - After a compliance run, you can view the assessments by ESX/ESXi hosts, plus guests.
• Save and Print assessment results - You can save and print the compliance assessment reports to your team for review and they can be saved for archival needs.
Tuesday, April 19. 2011
VMware Certified Associate 4, Desktop Exam LIVE. No pre-reqs, but skills required. Get certified! VMware offers world-class Desktop certifications designed to validate and recognize individuals with the technical capabilities and real-world experience needed to increase efficiency, reliability, and availability when delivering desktops from the datacenter as a managed service.
VMware Education recommends the listed courses in preparation for the VCA4-DT exam but there are no course requirements in order to take the exam.
Monday, April 18. 2011
VMware Labs present its latest fling, the Ruby vSphere Console - RVC is an open source project. Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) is a console UI for vSphere, built on the RbVmomi bindings to the vSphere API. RVC is a console UI for VMware ESX and vCenter. The vSphere object graph is presented as a virtual filesystem, allowing you to navigate and run commands against managed entities using familiar shell syntax.
• Tab Completion
• Ruby Mode
• VMODL Introspection
• Multiple Connections
This video will show you how to get up-and-running. You'll learn how to install the Ruby vSphere Console and how to connect to the vCenter Server. I'll also show some basic tasks like powering off and -on virtual machines.
Update: Rich Lane has released RVC 1.3.5 which fixes a bunch of bugs on Windows, including VMRC support. He has created a wiki page at https://github.com/vmware/rvc/wiki/Running-on-Windows
Sunday, April 17. 2011
Last Friday I attended a seminar hosted by Arista Networks and XTG in Gouda where Frederik Vos delivered a real cool demo of the vEOS virtual appliance which is available for free at Artista’s website.
vEOS is a Virtual Appliance that provides an industry-standard CLI based management interface of a VMware vNetwork distributed switch (vDS). To a network administrator, vEOS provides the management interface just like a physical switch – SSH/telnet access, industry standard CLI, and integration with SNMP management tools like HP Openview for auto-discovery of VMs. Furthermore, vEOS simplifies network administration tasks such as:
• Configuration of ports groups
• Configuration of uplinks
• Monitoring virtual switches, operation and status
• Creation of distributed port profiles for consistent management across physical and virtual networks
Video - How to deploy the Arista vEOS
With vEOS, both server and network administrators can manage the virtualized cloud infrastructure in tandem, using their own unique and well understood workflows. Another key benefit of vEOS is that it automates network provisioning during VM migration: P2V, V2V and V2C. When a VM migrates from physical port to virtual or from one virtualized host to another across the network, vEOS migrates the corresponding network settings providing end-to-end consistency. While other solutions require replacing the existing internal virtual switch with vendor specific product, causing outage during the insertion, Arista’s EOS is unique in its ability to work with existing virtual switches while providing a consistent administrative experience.
Thursday, April 14. 2011
Getting Started with Cloud Foundry provides information about installing and starting VMware Cloud Foundry, the VMware Application Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution. This video is intended for anyone who wants to install, configure, and use VMware Cloud Foundry.
Wednesday, April 13. 2011
Here’s a little write-up regarding my experiences with creating a WebApp and uploading it to the CloudFoundry.com website. The first step is to go to the website and sign-up for an account, after signing up, you will receive an email within one business day containing a user ID and a password. Besides the username and password, the email contains some additional information including a link to the getting stared guide on the CloudFoundry.com website.
To start using CloudFoundry.com you should first download the vmc command line tool and change your password. To learn how to download and use this tool please follow the instructions here:
gem install vmc
gem install Sinatra
============== System Services ==============
| Service | Version | Description |
| mysql | 5.1 | MySQL database service |
| redis | 2.2 | Redis key-value store service |
| mongodb | 1.8 | MongoDB NoSQL store |
Put this in your pipe (taken from http://www.sinatrarb.com/)
get '/hi' do
"Hello World! (Eric Sloof-NTPRO.NL)"
== Sinatra/1.2.2 has taken the stage on 4567 for development with backup from WEBrick
[2011-04-13 13:10:47] INFO WEBrick 1.3.1
[2011-04-13 13:10:47] INFO ruby 1.9.2 (2011-02-18) [i386-mingw32]
[2011-04-13 13:10:47] INFO WEBrick::HTTPServer#start: pid=4676 port=4567
127.0.0.1 - - [13/Apr/2011 13:11:43] "GET /hi HTTP/1.1" 200 34 0.0068
EricSloof-PC - - [13/Apr/2011:13:11:43 W. Europe Daylight Time] "GET /hi HTTP/1.1" 200 34
- -> /hi
127.0.0.1 - - [13/Apr/2011 13:11:43] "GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1" 404 441 0.0010
EricSloof-PC - - [13/Apr/2011:13:11:43 W. Europe Daylight Time] "GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1" 404 441
- -> /favicon.ico
Hello World! (Eric Sloof-NTPRO.NL)
Now let’s push this WebApp to the cloud with c:\Ruby192\hello>vmc push hello and see what happens.
Hello World! (Eric Sloof-NTPRO.NL)
Monday, April 11. 2011
Installing the VMware vSphere Client every time you want to use it takes time and can slow you down. What if you could run the vSphere Client from a network share or USB key. Learn how to run the vSphere Client in ThinApp mode (application virtualization) in this video by fellow vExpert David Davis. (vmwarevideos.com) (trainsignal.com)
Thursday, April 7. 2011
VMware Forum 2011 is the place to learn how VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, and our partners are building on virtualization to deliver cloud infrastructure and management solutions that significantly reduce IT complexity, improve security and accelerate how applications are being built, deployed and run.
Check out this page for the upcoming worldwide events because this is your chance to catch up with top speakers from both VMware and its partners. Over the course of just one day, they will deliver actionable information that will ensure you can get started on optimizing your infrastructure immediately. They will show you what steps to take in building an innovative IT department that adds value and leads the company towards growth and success.
Wednesday, April 6. 2011
Mind mapping is a powerful technique that allows you to make the most of your brainpower by creating maps that use colour, lines, and images to capture and organize your ideas, information, and tasks.
VMware’s support team has created two new mind maps which will help you solving Management and Network issues. In order to use these minmaps, you have to use a recent version (9) of Adobe Acrobat.
Mindmap – vSphere Troubleshooting Network Issues
VMinformer has made some significant improvements to make life easier for teams running or assuring virtual infrastructure. Going beyond just simple security configuration settings, it allows you to visualize your storage in a way that enables you to pin-point key issues quickly. If you haven't tried VMinformer, or have not reviewed it recently you will be amazed to see what VMinformer shows you.
Check out more - http://www.vminformer.com/products/trial-edition A short video showing how you can use VMinformer a unique security assessment tool to rapidly identify the key security risks that effect your organizations VMware infrastructure.
When implementing virtualization technology, organizations must ensure that they can continue to maintain a secure environment and meet their compliance obligations. To do so, you will have to evaluate risks that might affect protected information and mitigate those risks through risk-appropriate standards, processes, and best practices.
This set of documents provides guidance on how to securely deploy VMware vSphere 4.1 (“vSphere”) in a production environment. The focus is on initial configuration of the virtualization infrastructure layer, which covers the following:
- The virtualization hosts (both VMware ESX® 4 and VMware ESXi™ 4)
Configuration of the virtual machine container (NOT hardening of the guest operating system (OS) or any applications running within)
- Configuration of the virtual networking infrastructure, including the management and storage networks as well as the virtual switch (but NOT security of the virtual machine’s network)
- VMware vCenter™ Server, its database and client components
VMware Update Manager (included because the regular update and patching of the ESX/ESXi hosts and the virtual machine containers are essential to maintaining the security of the environment)
Monday, April 4. 2011
The VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive is available as an eBook for the Kindle now. So if you buy it once, you can read it everywhere. The price of the Kindle version is even lower (only $ 7.50) than the paperback which was already a good bargain. In fact it's the cheapest and most cool vSphere book on the market. So hop over to Amazon.com and get your Kindle version of the VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive written by the famous authors Frank Denneman and Duncan Epping.
Get Kindle for iPad
VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive zooms in on two key components of every VMware based infrastructure and is by no means a "how to" guide. It covers the basic steps needed to create a VMware HA and DRS cluster, but even more important explains the concepts and mechanisms behind HA and DRS which will enable you to make well educated decisions. This book will take you in to the trenches of HA and DRS and will give you the tools to understand and implement e.g. HA admission control policies, DRS resource pools and host affinity rules. On top of that each section contains basic design principles that can be used for designing, implementing or improving VMware infrastructures.
Friday, April 1. 2011
Instant access to VMware View virtual desktops possible from any web browser supporting HTML5 - no software installation required on the end-user device. HTML5 technology enables development of rich, highly interactive browser-based applications. Ericom has developed a fully functional, high-performance HTML5 client that enables seamless access to VMware View virtual desktops. Running wholly within the browser, the client runs on devices with an HTML5 compatible browser and requires no additional software installation on the end-user device.
Last year, Veeam launched the not-for-resale (NFR) promotion for VMware VCPs, VCIs and vExperts (VCAPs and VCDXs as well). This provides VMware community members 2 sockets of two popular Veeam products. This is a very successful program, but in case you haven’t heard, the VMware community can still have NFR licensing for Veeam Backup & Replication v5 and Veeam ONE.
There is only one guideline for this program: An NFR license can only be used in non-production environment and for evaluation, demonstration and training purposes only.
These are the perfect tools for a VMware lab environment. Veeam Backup & Replication v5 is great for backup and restore capability. Plus, this offering of Veeam ONE includes three products: Veeam Monitor, Veeam Reporter and Veeam Business View which provide great visibility into the VMware environment.
Click here to apply for your licenses!
In this demo from Train Signal's VMware vSphere PowerCLI course, Hal Rottenberg shows how to use PowerCLI to get a VM host that is in maintenance mode and move it to an existing cluster. He'll then go into detail about cluster settings and how to make changes to them using PowerCLI. You can use these and other High Availability tasks in your own environment to minimize downtime in case of a host or virtual machine outage.