- More hashing algorithms for link aggregation
- More link aggregation groups
- Traffic-filtering support
- Differentiated Service Code Point (DSCP) marking support
- Improved host-level packet-capture tool
- Improved single-root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) support
- 40GB network adapter support
Wednesday, April 9. 2014
Tuesday, February 25. 2014
- How to backup desktops deployed throughout the enterprise, protecting the unique customization, applications, and valuable data that personalize each system for its end user.
- How to efficiently migrate remote desktops from Microsoft Windows XP to Windows 7 with minimal impact on both IT resources and end-user productivity.
As the test results included in this document show, VMware Horizon Mirage can:
- Efficiently back up remote desktops located across slow wide area network (WAN) circuits, slashing the amount of data transferred to the datacenter by 46 percent through its deduplication and compression capabilities.
- Increase system performance to match increased network bandwidth, linearly decreasing the amount of time required to back up desktops.
- Migrate 10 remote desktops from Windows XP to Windows 7 in only 2 hours and 33 minutes, requiring minimal IT resources and WAN bandwidth.
- Minimize end-user downtime (and resulting productivity loss during the migration) to just 22 minutes on average.
This document defines the various types of virtual machine graphics acceleration available for 3D graphics in Horizon View, describes how to implement and troubleshoot each type, and provides knowledge around the benefits of each technology.
Monday, February 24. 2014
In this document, Mike Foley; a senior technical marketing manager at VMware will elaborate on how ESXi security architecture and controls address common concerns in the security community regarding virtualization.
This information is for experienced security professionals who are familiar with compute, storage, and networking technologies and with data center operations.
Some of the concepts discussed in this paper might require a deeper understanding of general virtualization concepts. These are documented in the Understanding Full Virtualization, Paravirtualization, and Hardware Assist and Virtualization Overview white papers.
Download the technical white paper: Security of the VMware vSphere Hypervisor
Wednesday, January 29. 2014
Download: VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0 Reference Architecture
Monday, January 27. 2014
Enhanced Management and Performance of VMware ThinApp Virtual Applications with CloudVolumes Shared VMDKs
CloudVolumes ThinApp Edition complements ThinApp by enhancing the ease of management, speed of deployment, and responsiveness of applications, all while leveraging existing storage infrastructure.
With CloudVolumes ThinApp Edition, you can utilize any VMware vSphere datastore and make individual ThinApp packages instantly available to users logging in to their virtual desktops, in real time or on demand.
Download the white paper: Enhanced Management and Performance of VMware ThinApp Virtual Applications with CloudVolumes Shared VMDKs
Friday, January 24. 2014
This technical white paper provides best practice guidelines for deploying AD DS on vSphere. The recommendations in this guide are not specific to a particular set of hardware or to the size and
scope of a specific AD DS implementation.The examples and considerations in this document
provide guidance, but do not represent strict design requirements.
As the prominent directory service and authentication store, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) is in the majority of network infrastructures. In some environments AD DS is viewed as another required service, but it does not attract much attention. In other environments AD DS is treated as the business critical application (BCA) that it is.
Considering that the ability to access network resources and the Internet, look up user information, and use email often requires AD DS, it is worth understanding the importance of this service and the stability of its underlying infrastructure. In much the same way that the criticality of AD DS differs from organization to organization, so does the acceptance of virtualizing this service.
More conservative organizations choose to virtualize a portion of the AD DS environment and retain a portion on physical hardware. The cause is typically misinformation, lack of experience in virtualization, or fear of the unknown. With the release of Windows Server 2012, new features alleviate many of the legitimate concerns that administrators have about virtualizing AD DS. These new features, the latest versions of VMware® vSphere® , and recommended practices help achieve 100 percent virtualization of AD DS.
Monday, January 20. 2014
The performance problems caused by AV software are compounded in large implementations. When many people log in around the same time, waking up dormant virtual machines and triggering simultaneous antivirus signature updates, the resulting I/O problems—login and AV storms—become time-consuming and inconvenient, to say the least.
Even with improved scheduling and other techniques designed to mitigate their effects, these I/O problems downgrade the typical user experience and precipitate expensive service calls. They are capable of bringing VDI performance to a grinding halt.
VMware vShield Endpoint addresses the problems of antivirus scanning in a large-scale virtual desktop implementation with a better solution: It consolidates and offloads all antivirus and associated operations into a centralized security virtual appliance (SVA), supplied by a VMware partner.
The SVA runs and manages antivirus software as a dedicated virtual machine on the hypervisor, with very small desktop drivers. This replaces dozens or hundreds or thousands of large AV agents on individual virtual desktops.
New technical white paper: Enabling VMware vShield Endpoint in a VMware Horizon View Environment
Wednesday, January 15. 2014
The purpose of the hardened virtual appliance operations guide is to address the remaining technical requirements that are site-specific decision required to meet the STIG. This document is intended for advanced level administrators, and should be read before deploying hardened virtual appliances in a production environment.
Hardened Virtual Appliance Operations Guide - Securing the Appliance Base Platform to Meet High Governance Requirements
vSphere has a long history of being a stable and resilient platform that offers many benefits to host cloud infrastructures. As an enterprise-class hypervisor with production-level features and support, vSphere is an excellent solution for enhancing OpenStack. Many vSphere features facilitate the implementation of OpenStack by simplifying configuration and reducing the number of steps required to provide resources.
vSphere platform capabilities are exposed to OpenStack using drivers that map OpenStack requests into equivalents that VMware solutions can interpret. VMware provides these drivers to the OpenStack community free of charge. Drivers for Cinder and Nova, illustrated in Figure 2, are examples. Significant effort is being applied to the creation of additional drivers, such as one that leverages VMware NSX™ to provide advanced networking functionality via Neutron.
Technical white paper: Getting Started with OpenStack and VMware vSphere
Wednesday, December 18. 2013
The third volume of the VMware Technical Journal, which includes papers by VMware employees, interns and collaborators in academia has been released. The breadth of papers presented reflects VMware’s focus on simplifying the delivery and consumption of applications, and the many problems and challenges associated with achieving this.
- Analysis of the Linux Pseudo-Random Number Generators
- Toward Guest OS Writable Virtual Machine Introspection
- A Benchmark for User-Perceived Display Quality on Remote Desktops
- Virtualizing Latency-Sensitive Applications: Where Does the Overhead Come From?
- Analyzing PAPI Performance on Virtual Machines
- Hierarchical Memory Resource Groups in the eSX Server
- Improving Software Robustness Using Pseudorandom Test Generation
- Toward an elastic elephant enabling hadoop for the Cloud
- vSDF: A Unified Service Discovery Framework
Thursday, December 12. 2013
The command‐line installation process includes downloading the vCenter Server installer, gathering the required data, and using the command parameters and samples in this technical note to install the products according to your specifications.