Thursday, May 31. 2012
Tuesday, May 29. 2012
- 1478 Hosting Microsoft SQL Server 2012 on vSphere 5 – Best Practices
This session provides best practice guidelines for properly preparing the vSphere 5 platform to run SQL Server 2012.
- 1479 Tuning Windows 8 for Best Performance in VMware View 5
This session provides guidelines on configuring Windows 8 to be used within a VMware View 5.1 Infrastructure.
- 1616 Mythbusting Goes Virtual (with Mattias Sundling)
Based on the successful concept of fun, different and educational, the Mythbusting team is back with new virtualization myths! We have collected a series of hot topics that have been widely discussed in virtualization communities, on blogs and on Twitter. Now, we have put these topics to the test in our lab to determine if they are a myth or not.
- 1871 Snapshots Deepdive (with Michael Wilmsen)
Creating virtual machine snapshots is one of the most common tasks for an administrator Making a snapshot of a virtual machine is one of the most common tasks an administrator can do with a virtual machine. Snapshots make our life must easier by providing a robust roll-back scenario when performing a upgrade or when we change the configuration of a virtual machine. Snapshots are quest independent and easy to use. Snapshots can also be a real nightmare when used wrong. Datastores can fill up resulting in a virtual machine (suspension) crash., you’re unable to delete snapshots and backup programs leaving unmanageable snapshots behind. These are all common issues that can occur when using snapshots. What about the size of a snapshot file, how large can a snapshot file grow? This session will give you a deepdive in how snapshot actually work in the different version of vSphere and how you can solve common problems when working with snapshots.
Friday, May 25. 2012
Thursday, May 24. 2012
VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster Case Study
Tuesday, May 22. 2012
This course prepares you for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Administration [V5] certification (VCAP5-DCA). Completion of this course also satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam.
- Manage changes to the vSphere environment.
- Optimize the performance of all vSphere components.
- 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.
Saturday, May 19. 2012
- Create a vSphere conceptual design.
- Create a vSphere logical design from an existing conceptual design.
- Create a vSphere physical design from an existing logical design.
- Create and execute an implementation plan.
Thursday, May 17. 2012
VMware View Clients for Windows, Mac, Ubuntu Linux, iPad, and Android allow you to connect to your VMware View virtual desktop from your device of choice giving you on-the-go access from any location.
VMware View Client for Mac
VMware View Client for Mac
VMware View Client for iPad
VMware View Client for iPad in iTunes App Store
VMware View Client for Linux
VMware View Client for Linux in Ubuntu Software Center
VMware View Client for Windows
VMware View Client for 32-bit Windows
VMware View Client for 64-bit Windows
VMware View Client for Windows with Local Mode Option
VMware View Client for 32-bit Windows with Local Mode Option
VMware View Client for 64-bit Windows with Local Mode Option
VMware View Client for Android
VMware View Client for Android in Google Play S
VMware View Client for Kindle Fire in Amazon Android Ap
VMware View Clients for Cisco Cius in Cisco AppHQ
VMware View Client for Android Standalone Package
Wednesday, May 16. 2012
The purpose of this document is to support a self-guided, hands-on review of VMware View 5. The content is intended to show how easily you can set up a VMware View 5 environment so you can evaluate both new and important capabilities. These capabilities include creating and managing virtualized desktops, and validating the suggested use cases.
The guide is divided into the following main sections:
1. Key New Features of VMware View 5
2. Description of VMware View Components
3. Setting Up a View Evaluation Environment
4. Evaluation Tasks
An appendix includes the evaluation tasks from the View 4.6 Evaluator’s Guide, so that you can test those features if you have not yet done so. This document assumes you have basic knowledge of VMware vSphere™ or VMware ESX™ or ESXi™, and are comfortable configuring networking and storage in a virtual environment.
Tuesday, May 15. 2012
The DVD Store Version 2 (DS2) is a complete online e-commerce test application, with a backend database component, a web application layer, and driver programs. The goal in designing the database component as well as the midtier application was to utilize many advanced database features (transactions, stored procedures, triggers, referential integity) while keeping the database easy to install and understand. The DS2 workload may be used to test databases or as a stress tool for any purpose.
The distribution includes code for SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL and PostgreSQL.Included in the release are data generation programs, shell scripts to build data for 10MB, 1GB and 100 GB versions of the DVD Store, database build scripts and stored procedure, PHP web pages, and a C# driver program.
Monday, May 14. 2012
Fellow vExpert Duco Jaspars finally decided to start his own VMware blog. His website can be found at blog.vconsult.nl. Duco who works as a Virtualization Consultant is a well-known figure in the virtualization community. He has helped many people with advice and guidance but he has made an art of arranging free goodies, not only for his own use but also for other virtualization friends :-) Keep an eye out for blog.vconsult.nl - there are already some interesting articles available.
Friday, May 11. 2012
Cloud Resource Meter comes in two versions Free and Pro. When you sign up and download the application, you are automatically set up with the Free Plan. If you need more, you can choose to upgrade to the Pro Plan from within the application. Take a look at the intrudcution video here.
Thursday, May 10. 2012
Wednesday, May 9. 2012
This video discusses and demonstrates the new Storage Accelerator (Host Caching) feature that is available in the upcoming release of VMware View 5.1. It features Cormac Hogan who is a Senior Technical Marketing Architect for Storage at VMware. Follow and interact with Cormac Hogan on Twitter via the @VMwareStorage handle and keep updated with all things related to VMware Storage initiatives by subscribing to the blog at http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/storage/
Tuesday, May 8. 2012
This is the first and only official guide to VMware's new VCP510 (VCP 5) exam. Organized to follow VMware's newest exam blueprint, it's also designed from the ground up to be both engaging and enjoyable. Author Bill Ferguson acts like a "study buddy," encouraging virtualization professionals, anticipating their questions, and helping them gain both mastery and confidence. Throughout, he provides many illustrations, tables, figures, screenshots, and realistic sample test questions - all designed to help readers learn more, learn faster, and remember more of what they learn. Coverage includes: * Understanding how virtualization can best be integrated into today's real-world IT environments * Recognizing what to change, and what to leave alone * Planning, installing, configuring, and upgrading vCenter Server and VMware ESXi * Planning and configuring vSphere networking and storage * Deploying and Administering Virtual Machines and vApps * Establishing and Maintaining Service Levels * Performing basic troubleshooting * Monitoring vSphere implementations * Managing vCenter Server alarms * Preparing for the future of VMware virtualization.
Thursday, May 3. 2012
The VMware Reference Architecture for Stateless Virtual Desktops on Local Solid-State Storage with VMware View 5
VMware View 5 allows specific placement of different types of disks to be re-directed, even to local storage, the I/O requirements on shared storage can be drastically reduced.
The VMware View 5 Reference Architecture for Stateless Virtual Desktops involves high-performing, solid-state drives within a physical host to offload the majority of desktop virtualization IOPS needed, while providing a stateless desktop virtualization design for planned and unplanned downtime.
This use of local solid-state drives (SSDs) is a completely new approach to desktop virtualization storage. SSDs are critical to achieving a low per-desktop cost because they remove the need for operating system and application storage requirements on the SAN. By decentralizing these storage needs, the desktop environment for CPU and memory resources scales linearly, with extremely low latency.
The simplicity of the architecture that is enabled by View 5’s tiered storage capability allows for a new era in the evolution of desktop virtualization cost modeling.
Increasingly, organizations are turning to virtual desktop technologies to address the operational and strategic issues related to traditional corporate desktop environments. VMware View 5 provides not only a virtual desktop environment that is secure, cost effective, and easy to deploy; but now can also provide comprehensive storage flexibility.
VMware View 5 modernizes the desktop experience to deliver private cloud capabilities to users for a consistent experience across the global enterprise. This Desktop-as-a-Service model is possible with unmatched scalability in a stateless design. The challenges of traditional desktop administration, especially at scale, range from lost laptops with corporate data, security issues related to viruses or hackers, or simply ensuring IT resources can maintain a service level agreement (SLA) appropriate for specific end users. In addition to the challenges of operational management, IT must also consider the implication of broader system-wide issues such as compliance, corporate governance and business continuity strategies. This whitepaper provides full descriptions of the test environment as well as performance metrics captured during test validation.
Wednesday, May 2. 2012
Cormac Hogan: Although this feature is a Technology Preview in View 5.1, it is another cool storage feature of the release. View desktops deployed on VMware's linked clone technology consumes CPU on the ESXi hosts, and network bandwidth when they are deployed on NFS datastores.
With this new Native NFS Snapshot feature via VAAI (vSphere Storage APIs for Array Integration), customers can offload the cloning operation to the storage array, minimizing CPU usage and network bandwidth consumption. Once again this enhanced VAAI functionality was introduced in vSphere 5.0 specifically for VMware View.
This feature requires a VAAI NAS plugin from the storage array vendor. Once installed and configured, customers will be able to use a storage array vendor's own native snapshot feature for deploying View desktops. Selecting this new desktop deployment method can be done via standard work-flows in View Composer.
- VMware View Storage Accelerator – VMware View Storage Accelerator (formerly known as Content Based Read Cache) optimizes storage load and improves performance by caching common image blocks when reading virtual desktop images, helping to reduce overall TCO in VMware View deployments.
- VMware View Composer Array Integration (VCAI) – Offered in VMware View 5.1 as a Tech Preview, VCAI will leverage the native cloning abilities in the storage array to offload storage operations within a VMware View environment. As a result, VCAI improves provisioning speeds and management in View Composer and offers another solution for customers wanting to leverage other storage options.
- VMware View Persona Management – New in VMware View 5.1, VMware View Persona Management will extend to physical desktops, enabling IT organizations to preserve user settings across all Windows devices and streamline the migration from physical to stateless virtual desktops.
- VMware vCenter™ Operations for VMware View – Offered as a new add-on to VMware View, VMware vCenter Operations for VMware View will enable administrators to have broad insight into virtual desktop performance. Increased insight can empower administrators to quickly pinpoint and troubleshoot issues, optimize resource utilization and proactively address potential issues in real time.
- VMware View Administrator Enhancements – New performance enhancements to the administrator user interface will deliver faster response times for large-scale desktop environments in the tens-of-thousands. With VMware View 5.1, desktop provisioning with pre-created AD accounts simplifies the process and enhances compliance policy. Administrator enhancements also include editable locations for disposable disk drives.
- RADIUS Support – Support in VMware View 5.1 for RADIUS will enable greater choice for organizations looking to deploy two-factor authentication, while maintaining compatibility with existing choices.
- New VMware View Clients – Users will be able to connect to their VMware View desktop from a variety of mobile and fixed endpoints with updated clients for Mac, Windows and Linux desktops, thin or zero clients and Apple iPad, Android and Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. VMware View 5.1 with PCoIP® adapts to the end users’ network connection to provide a high-quality, customized desktop experience over the LAN or WAN.
- VMware View Media Services Enhancements: VMware View 5.1 Local Mode will add multi-monitor support and expanded USB device compatibility, improving the user experience by enabling more peripherals to connect seamlessly into VMware View virtual desktops.
- VMware View Administrator Language Support – Globalization and localization of administrator UI provides a better experience for non-English speaking IT organizations and will enable greater adoption in additional markets. Languages will include French, German, Japanese, Korean and Simplified Chinese.
View 5.1 will be made available in Q2 2012
Tuesday, May 1. 2012
- Make accurate first-level triage to help either eliminate the problem or associate the problem with the virtual infrastructure when business service users report problems.
- Assess change impact. Manage and communicate virtual infrastructure issues for critical applications.
- Understand the application and business impact of changes to the virtual infrastructure on applications.