Wednesday, August 29. 2012
Tuesday, August 28. 2012
Monday, August 27. 2012
Technical White Paper - What’s New with VMware vCloud Director 5.1.pdf
- It ensures fast, efficient protection for virtual machines even if they are powered off.
- It uses patented deduplication technology across all backup jobs, significantly reducing disk space consumption.
- VMware vSphere APIs – Data Protection (VADP) and Changed Block Training (CBT) are utilized to reduce load on the vSphere host and minimize backup windows requirements.
- It performs full virtual machine and File-Level Restore (FLR) without installing an agent in every virtual machine.
- Installation and configuration is simplified using an appliance form factor.
- Management is performed utilizing the VMware vSphere Web Client.
- The VDP appliance and its backups are protected using a checkpoint and rollback mechanism.
- Windows and Linux files can easily be restored by the end user without a Web browser.
A fundamental part of protecting IT is ensuring that the services provided by virtual machines are resilient, and robust at all levels of the compute stack, from hardware through to the application. vSphere Replication is a feature introduced with VMware vSphere 5.1. It is designed to augment the recovery capabilities of the VMware vSphere platform by providing a built-in capability to continually replicate a running virtual machine to another location.
Replication creates a copy of a virtual machine that can be stored locally within a cluster or at another site, providing a data source to rapidly restore a virtual machine within minutes. vSphere Replication augments offerings in the vSphere availability protection matrix. It provides a solution that enables recovery time better than that of restoring from backup, without introducing the complexity of a complete storage array–based replication configuration.
vSphere Replication also enables configuring replication on a per–virtual machine basis and significantly rounds out the capabilities of protection offered by vSphere. This paper will help you understand what vSphere Replication is and some of the benefits of its features. It will also discuss how it works to protect your virtual machines against failure.
This paper provides an overview of the new features and capabilities being introduced with vSphere 5.1. This paper is organized into the following four sections:
vSphere Platform Enhancements
- User Access
- vMotion Enhancements
- Extended Guest OS and CPU Support
- Agentless Antivirus and Antimalware
Virtual Machine Enhancements
- New Virtual Machine Features
- Introducing Virtual Machine Compatibility
- Stateless Caching Mode
- Stateful Install Mode
- Remote Logging and Dump Collection
- Improved Scalability
Technical White Paper - What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 – Platform.pdf
- VMware vSphere VMFS-5 ﬁle-sharing enhancements
- Space-efficient sparse virtual disks
- All paths down (APD) condition–handling enhancements
- Storage protocol supportability improvements
- VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Array Integration (VAAI)
- Boot from software Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
- I/O device management (IODM)
- Solid-state disk (SSD) monitoring
- VMware vSphere Storage I/O Control enhancements
- VMware vSphere Storage DRS enhancements
- VMware vSphere Storage vMotion enhancements
This will provide a technical overview of new capabilities and enhancements regarding each of these new storage features.
Technical White Paper - What’s New in VMware vSphere Storage.pdf
The goals of the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) 5.1 version release are twofold: The ﬁrst is to enhance the current offering to fully address small to mid sized business use cases; the second is to support adjacent markets such as remote office/branch office (ROBO).
The primary enhancements in VSA 5.1 are as follows:
- VSA 5.1 has the ability to have more than eight disk drives per VMware ESXi host.
- VSA 5.1 has the ability to select how much local disk space to allocate to the VSA as shared storage, as well as the ability to dynamically increase the storage used by the VSA.
- A single VMware vCenter Server instance now can manage multiple VSA instances.
- The vCenter Server instance managing VSA now can route to the ESXi hosts participating in the VSA storage cluster. There no longer is a requirement to have the vCenter Server instance and ESXi hosts on the same subnet.
- VSA 5.1 enables deployment on ESXi hosts that already have been conﬁgured and have running virtual machines.
The remainder of this What’s New in VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 5.1 white paper will discuss each of these enhancements in greater detail. It will also review additional, minor enhancements to the product.
Technical White Paper - What’s New in VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 5.1.pdf
Cross host and datastore vMotion allows simpler setup and use of local disk, by removing the shared storage requirement, it lowers the barrier to entry for use of non-disruptive migrations and will be very useful for the SMB market.
Friday, August 24. 2012
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2033641 - This video discusses and demonstrates the steps needed to configure and use WSX in VMware Workstation 9. The WSX service enables Web based remote access of your virtual machines through a Web browser.
To be able to configure and use WSX in Workstation, ensure that:
- You are on the same network as your host to access you virtual machines
- You are using a modern browser that supports HTML5 with WebSockets.
The WSX service renders an HTML5 Web page that can connect to your Workstation hosts or ESX host, enumerates the available virtual machines, allows you to power on the virtual machines and interact with the desktop.
Wednesday, August 22. 2012
- INF-VSP1504 - Ask the Expert vBloggers
- INF-VSP1372 - What's New: vSphere
- INF-VSP1549 - What's New: vMotion Architectures, Performance, and Best Practices
- INF-VSP3046 - What's New: Cloud Infrastructure Suite
- INF-BCO2147 - What's New: VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager Technical Overview
- INF-NET2207 - vSphere Distributed Switch – Technical Deep Dive
- INF-NET1590 - What's New: vSphere Networking
- INF-NET2161 - What's New: VMware Networking 2012-Enabling the Software Defined Network
- INF-NET2162 - VXLAN Deep Dive
- INF-NET1932 - What's New: On Demand Virtual Network Gateway – vShield Edge
- OPS-CIM1775 - VMware vCenter Operations Customers Come Forward to Tell Their Story
- OPS-CSM2083 - What's New with vCloud Director
- INF-SEC1282 - Automating Security and Compliance with Disaster Recovery Using VCM, vC Ops, vShield, VIN and SRM
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Tuesday, August 21. 2012
The Official VCP5 Certification Guide presents you with an organized test preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. “Do I Know This Already?” quizzes open each chapter and enable you to decide how much time you need to spend on each section. Exam topic lists make referencing easy. Chapter-ending Exam Preparation Tasks help you drill on key concepts you must know thoroughly.
- Master VMware VCP510 exam topics
- Assess your knowledge with chapter-opening quizzes
- Review key concepts with exam preparation tasks
- Practice with realistic exam questions on the DVD
The companion DVD contains a powerful Pearson IT Certification Practice Test engine that enables you to focus on individual topic areas or take a complete, timed exam. The assessment engine also tracks your performance and provides feedback on a module-by-module basis, laying out a complete assessment of your knowledge to help you focus your study where it is needed most.
Well-regarded for its level of detail, assessment features, comprehensive design scenarios, and challenging review questions and exercises, this official study guide helps you master the concepts and techniques that will enable you to succeed on the exam the first time.
- 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
Monday, August 20. 2012
- Hands-on Labs in your browser – Explore the latest VMware products at your fingertip
- Access to the Public Beta platform using the latest VMware Cloud Infrastructure products
- If you would like to test out VMware's new portal please register to be on the list.
Saturday, August 18. 2012
VMware Mirage conceptually splits the PC into layers, combining a centrally managed Base Image (OS and core applications) with two layers from the endpoint: user-installed applications and machine state, and end user data and settings. These three components form an individually managed, centrally-stored Centralized Virtual Desktop (CVD). CVDs are hardware-agnostic, and can be easily migrated from one desktop (physical or virtual) to another, creating a wide range of use cases. The VMware Mirage Client runs a local cache of this CVD directly on the endpoint (virtual or physical) hardware, using local compute resources to enable offline productivity and ensure predictable, native PC performance regardless of network connectivity.
VMware Mirage’s Distributed Desktop Virtualization architecture includes VMware Mirage Server in the data center to centralize desktop management, protection, and support; Mirage Client to create a local cache for optimal user experience at the endpoint, and advanced DDO technology to optimize bi-directional synchronization and fast desktop streaming over the WAN.
In-Place Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration using VMware Mirage - Watch a Windows XP endpoint get upgraded in-place to Windows 7 with zero touch by IT, and without affecting user files or profiles, by using the VMware Mirage solution.
Single Image Management with VMware Mirage - See how VMware Mirage can solve your singe image management needs for physical laptops and desktops, and un-managed virtual machines.
Friday, August 17. 2012
Please join VMware on August 27 for important announcements about VMware's cloud strategy and solutions. VMware NOW is THE digital experience that helps you explore how to transform your cloud infrastructure, with on-demand access to keynotes, new product overviews, demos and more.
Thursday, August 16. 2012
Arduino 1.0 is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It's an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board.
Arduino can be used to develop interactive objects, taking inputs from a variety of switches or sensors, and controlling a variety of lights, motors, and other physical outputs. Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or they can be communicate with software running on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP.)
The boards can be assembled by hand or purchased preassembled; the open-source IDE can be downloaded for free. The Arduino programming language is an implementation of Wiring, a similar physical computing platform, which is based on the Processing multimedia programming environment.With the Arduino Ethernet Shield, this library allows an Arduino board to connect to the internet.
To help administrating your network, RouterOS also provides a large number of small network tools to optimize your everyday tasks. Here are some of them:
- Ping, traceroute
- Bandwidth test, ping flood
- Packet sniffer, torch
- Telnet, SSH
- E-mail and SMS send tools
- Automated script execution tools
- CALEA data mirroring
- File Fetch tool
- Active connection table
- NTP Client and Server
- TFTP server
- Dynamic DNS updater
- VRRP redundancy support
- SNMP for providing graphs and stats
- RADIUS client and server (User Manager)
Tuesday, August 14. 2012
USB Network Gate is a solution which allows sharing any number of USB ports and devices on your computer over LAN/WAN/VLAN/VPN/Internet. Remote virtual machines can connect to your computer (server) and communicate with USB devices, plugged into shared remote ports, as if those devices were connected directly to virtual machines. All applications that work with remote USB devices won't see the difference and will treat them as local ones.
As USB Network Gate for Windows/Linux shares USB ports, not devices themselves, you can plug any USB device into shared USB port, then unplug this device and plug in another one, and it will automatically appear at the remote virtual machine without any additional configuration.
Currently, 3 versions of the product are available: for Windows, Linux and Mac. Different combinations of server-client model can be applied, for example, client may have USB Network Gate installed on Linux, and server - on Windows, or vice versa.
With USB Network Gate for Windows/Linux you can:
- Share USB devices on the local PC (server) so that they become available for usage on the remote PC (client)
- Share any number of USB devices
- Freely unplug USB device and plug in another one into shared USB port on the server - the device will automatically appear on the client
- Give custom names to your USB devices (label them) to let clients easily identify them
- Create callback connection (connection with a client initiated from the server side) - OEM License
- Set authorization password and enable traffic encryption
- Change traffic encryption, authorization settings and custom names on the go for already shared devices (Linux version)
- Disable current connection from the server side
- Access remote shared USB devices from virtual machine, remote desktop or blade server
- Access remote shared USB devices via Wi-Fi
- Two types of connection with remote devices are available: "Connect" and "Connect once", the latter allowing client to establish one-time connection without attempts to restore it if broken
- See who currently occupies shared USB device from other clients' side
- USB devices can be shared on the server and subsequently accessed remotely by clients over LAN/WAN/VLAN/VPN/Internet
- Any number of clients can connect to remote shared USB devices
- Server and Client are handy combined into a single application
- No need to change existing network configuration to share and access USB devices
- No system reboot is required after USB ports sharing/unsharing
- Possibility to specify TCP port which will be used in connection
- All actions performed by the program are monitored and logged into Activity log
- Special icons assigned to USB devices let you know their statuses (shared, authorization is used)
- USB v1.1 and v2.0 compatible. USB v3.0 support
- OHCI, UHCI and EHCI standards for USB are supported
- Fully compatible with Hyper-Threading Technology and multiprocessor platforms
- Works on virtual machines (VMware, VMware ESX Server, Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V support)
- Works in RDP session
Sunday, August 12. 2012
- Three active nodes for more availability.
- HA node can use other device types as a storage. It can be DiskBridge, IBV, Deduplication.
- Replication to remote iSCSI Tartet over WAN as an experimental feature.
- Data deletion support. Unused data blocks are overwritten by new actual data.
- 30% less memory usage (2MBs per 1GB of deduplicatied storage on 4kb deduplication block).
StarWind SMI-S agent: . This is now available as a separate download.
In this on-demand webinar Scott provides you with an overview of the VMware vSphere design process and the complex decisions it involves. Scott also helps you get started with mastering design concepts by presenting a list of design resources for virtualization professionals. This free webinar covers:
- What is design and why you need it
- VMware vSphere design basics
- Common design misconceptions
- Is the VCAP-DCD certification right for you