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How to become a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5

VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5

Become a VCP5

There are different paths to VCP5 certification based on your background. Choose your path and complete the three core validation components:

  1. Attend a qualifying VMware authorized course.Already a VCP4? There is no course requirement until February 29, 2012.
  2. Gain hands-on experience with VMware vSphere 5.
  3. Pass the VCP5 Exam.

SOURCE: http://vmware.com

 

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VMware veröffentlicht vSphere 5 als „Cloud-Betriebssystem“

Endlich ist es soweit.

Mit vSphere 5 hat VMware eine neue Version seines „Cloud-Betriebssystems“ vorgestellt. Sie unterstützt virtuelle Maschinen (VM) mit bis zu 32 virtuellen Prozessoren und 1 TByte RAM. Das ist vier Mal so viel wie beim zwei Jahre alten vSphere 4. Die neue vSphere-Ausgabe erledigt 1 Million I/O-Operationen pro Sekunde – etwa 630.000 mehr als ihr Vorgänger.

Das jetzt eingeführte „Auto-Deploy“ beschleunigt das Einrichten neuer physischer Host-Systeme. Deren Profile lagern auf einem vCenter-Server und werden auf die Zielsysteme überspielt. Nach Angaben von VMware dauere die Einrichtung von 40 Servern dank Auto Deploy nur zehn Minuten statt wie zuvor 20 Stunden.

Mit „Profile Driven Storage“ lässt sich virtuellen Maschinen die passende Speicherkapazität leichter zuzuweisen. Dazu teilt man Storage-Ressourcen im Vorfeld in Leistungsklassen ein. Jede virtuelle Maschine lässt sich anschließend dem Storage-Pool zuweisen, der die geforderten Kriterien erfüllt, beispielsweise kurze Zugriffszeiten. Die Lastverteilungsfunktionen (Load Balancing) wurden um einen „Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler“ erweitert. Er verlagert virtuelle Maschinen automatisch auf Speichersysteme mit geringerer Auslastung, bevor es zu Leistungsengpässen kommt.

vSphere soll im dritten Quartal 2011 auf den Markt kommen. Drastische Änderungen gab es beim Lizenzmodell: Statt den Preis anhand der Server-CPUs und des physischen Arbeitsspeichers zu berechnen, wird er nun auf Basis von „vRAM“ bestimmt. Dies ist der den virtuellen Maschinen zugeordnete Arbeitsspeicher. Dem Anwender steht es frei, ihn nach Belieben auf einzelne VMs zu verteilen. Die Vorteile laut Hersteller: eine höhere Flexibilität und größere Unabhängigkeit von der Server-Hardware.

VMWare sieht vSphere als „Cloud-Betriebssystem“. De facto handelt es sich um eine Kombination diverser Software-Pakete, mit denen Anwender Server, Speicherkapazität und Applikationen virtualisieren und verwalten können.

 

via heise online – VMware veröffentlicht vSphere 5 als „Cloud-Betriebssystem“.

 

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Unable to connect from the View Client on Windows 7 to the View Connection Server after installing the patch in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 2482017 or 2467023

If you have some problems with Windows 7 and VMware View Client here is the solution!!!!

Source: VMware KB

Symptoms

* Unable to connect from the View Client on Windows 7 to the View Connection Server
* Connecting the View Client on Windows 7 to the View Connection Server fails
* You have installed one or both these Microsoft patches 2482017 or 2467023

Resolution
This issue occurs when you have installed one of these Microsoft patches, 2482017 or 2467023.

If you have already installed these patches, you can install VMware View Client (build 353760) or uninstall the Microsoft patches.

If you have not installed these patches, delay the installation of the Microsoft patches until you have installed VMware View Client (build 353760).

VMware View Client build 353760 has been tested on:

* Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit + Internet Explorer 8
* Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit + Internet Explorer 8
* Windows 7 Home 32 bit + Internet Explorer 8

The View Client patch can be downloaded from here. Enter your credentials, accept the EULA and download the appropriate file:

* If you are using Windows 7 32-bit, use VMware-viewclient-4.5.0-353760.exe.
* If you are using Windows 7 64-bit, use VMware-viewclient-x86_64-4.5.0-353760.exe.

Note: If you are using View Client 4.0.x and are experiencing this issue, you can install the appropriate View Client 4.5 for your environment.
Disclaimer: Using Windows 7 with a View Client 4.0.x is not supported, so this information is provided as is, and without testing.

To apply this patch

1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.
2. Choose the previously installed VMware View Client and click Remove.
3. Navigate to where you downloaded VMware-viewclient-xxx-4.5.0-353760.exe and run the executable file.
4. Follow the installation installation wizard to complete installation.
5. Reboot the computer.

Note: VMware View Clients with build number 353760 or later are not affected by this issue.

VMware: VMTN Blog: Introducing the VMware Express: hands-on virtual desktops coming to your town

SOURCE >>VMware: VMTN Blog: Introducing the VMware Express: hands-on virtual desktops coming to your town.

It´s  only in US and Canada. Too bad.

Introducing the VMware Express: hands-on virtual desktops coming to your town Today VMware is proud to unveil the VMware Express during its inaugural stop at the 2010 VMware Partner Exchange in Las Vegas, NV.  This state of the art mobile datacenter, demo environment and briefing center has been built to bring VMware solutions directly to our customers across the USA and Canada during the 2010 Virtualization Tour. The VMware Express is sponsored by Cisco, EMC, Dell, MDS, NetApp, Xsigo, ChipPC, Amulet Hotkey and Teradici.

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There are 5 demo stations covering both VMware desktop and server virtualization solutions. Customers will have the unique opportunity to get hands on and dig deep into solutions with VMware Experts. There are demos highlighting the following products and solutions:

VMware View

  • Best User Experience – Highlighting the power of the PCoIP display protocol to deliver a rich user experience, perfectly adapted for the network connection and end-point device.
  • Follow-Me Desktop – Enabling immediate access to desktops, applications and data while ensuring a consistent user experience across sessions and endpoint devices.
  • Access Across Boundaries – Providing access to desktops, applications and data anytime, anywhere regardless of network availability.
  • Windows 7 Migration – Reducing the costs and complexity associated with desktop and application migration.

VMware vSphere

  • The industry’s most reliable platform for datacenter virtualization offering the highest levels of availability and responsiveness for all applications and services.  Optimize IT services and deliver the highest levels of application service agreements with the lowest total cost per application workload by decoupling your business-critical applications from the underlying hardware for unprecedented flexibility and reliability.

vCenter Server

  • Learn about this scalable and extensible platform that forms the foundation for virtualization management with the family of vCenter products including CapacityIQ, AppSpeed, Chargeback and many more focused on providing advanced operational controls.

Customers will not only benefit from being able to see and interact with multiple VMware products in one place but can also take advantage of the conference room where they can have deep dive conversations with VMware solution experts. Leaving the VMware Express, visitors will have an improved understanding of the VMware Desktop partner eco-system, VMware solutions, and how they are positioned to address today’s technical and business requirements.

The VMware Express is letting us reach customers like never before and is ready to roll to industry and partner events as well as customer sites bringing VMware solutions directly to the customer.  Don’t miss your opportunity to catch the VMware Express on the 2010 Virtualization Tour as it crosses the U.S. and Canada coming to a location near you.  Learn more and keep up to date by going to http://www.vmware.com/tour

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Im Vergleich: VMware View und Citrix XenDesktop: Fachartikel

Managing VMware with PowerShell Video

Getting to know the VMware VC Administrator Portal (VCAP) – vmetc.com

This is a very nice step-by-step manual to get and configure the Beta version of VMware Administration Portal – VCAP
I will test it now.

Thanks to vmetc.com

I first heard that the new VMware Administrator Portal (VCAP) for consolidated management of multiple VirtualCenter Servers (VC) would soon be released as a free product during VMworld 2008. True to their promise, VMware provided a technology preview version for download at the end of last week. I found out it was released when Yellow-bricks.com posted about it and then the VMTN Blog and Mike D posted about the Yellow-bricks.com update. So, I downloaded the virtual appliance and did some basic testing this weekend. Although I do not have multiple VCs or a lot of VMs to test with, the following is a summary of my notes and thoughts while setting it up.

Download options

The VC Admin Portal Technology Preview page provides the VCAP distribution options and documentation currently available for download.

Download:

Documentation:

I downloaded the VCAP Appliance, extracted the contents of the .zip to my notebook, and then copied the folder with the VM’s files to my VirtualCenter 2.0 server. I was able to run the appliance without any additional conversion.

This screen shot shows the VCAP VM after it is finished booting.

Configuration

I followed the configuration steps straight from the Installation Guide:

Configuring and Running the Virtual Appliance

  1. Run the virtual appliance in VMware Player or convert into a VM using VMware Converter, or import the .ovf file using VI Client.
  2. Login to the appliance using root/vmware as the default username and password.
  3. Open /usr/share/vcap/tomcat6/webapps/vcap/config.xml, and enter the name of the vCenter Servers you would like to connect to within the <name></name> fields. Ensure that you have “/sdk” appended to the vCenter Server name.
  4. Connect from the browser using the following URL – http://<ipaddress of appliance>. The appliance is configured to use port 80.

After changing the config.xml file for my single VC server per step 3 above I was ready to open the VCAP interface from a web browser by going to http:// [VCAP IP ADDRESS]. My first attempt to log on stalled in both Firefox and IE6, but I rebooted the VCAP appliance so the new config.xml settings would take effect and then was able to log in without issue.

Note that the https://[VCAP IP ADDRESS]:5480 URL is a VM configuration page for changing the appliance ip address, rebooting, or shutting down the VCAP VM. I know it’s just a technology preview right now, but it would be a good feature to be able to add, remove and edit your VC servers in the future from this interface too. While I am making suggestions, it would be nice to have the option to restart the appropriate services after adding the VC servers as well.

Using VCAP

The VCAP VM is actually a proxy for authenticating to the VC Servers, so you need to log on as an account with permissions in VirtualCenter and not the appliance’s root account.

Once you log on the interface is intuitive and easy to navigate.

My Thoughts

The VCAP appears to be a great tool for monitoring a VMware infrastructure. My initial impression is that it is perfect for a Network Operations Center or a Help Desk where it can provide a single pane of glass for a complex and distributed topology. The web interface eliminates the need to distribute the VI Client to multiple desktops and provides a centralized way to monitor alarms without flooding your mailbox with SMTP alerts. In some cases the VCAP could probably be an excellent alternative to installing SNMP agents on ESX hosts.

I expected to be able to perform common VirtualCenter administrative tasks from the VCAP, but there is only reporting available today. I’m not sure if I have a wrong expectation or if this ability will be added later. Hopefully the latter is the case. There is some basic management at the virtual machine level. You can filter by a few predefined fields, and once you find the VM you are seeking you can change the power state or use the remote console to connect (if you already have the VI Client installed on the computer you are browsing with).

To see the VCAP in action with multiple VCs and VMs check out the video by Alberto Gonzalez of the vpxd.blogspot.com site

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas

Follow-up from Paul Maritz on ESX / ESXi 3.5 Update 2

Hello,

As many of you already know, on August 12, 2008, we experienced a code issue with the updated versions of ESX 3.5 and ESXi 3.5 (Update 2). The issue triggered a premature expiration of the product license, causing a range of possible problems including the inability to power-on virtual machines on affected hosts.

At that time, I wrote that we would do everything in our power to ensure this type of incident is never repeated. Since then, we have initiated a major examination and evaluation of our product release and quality assurance processes. This effort has yielded a number of areas for improvement, and we have already begun making needed changes.

* We have removed any instances of the type of “time-out” code from all major, minor and maintenance code releases for VMware enterprise products and will not incorporate this type of code in our licensed products going forward.

* We are instituting a range of enhancements to our quality assurance process to place even greater emphasis on standardized, automated quality testing.

* We are driving greater transparency, accountability, and oversight on the entire product release lifecycle with new formal documentation and auditing procedures.

While these are necessary and important steps, they are by no means the sum total of our efforts in this area. VMware’s products and internal processes have been designed to support mission critical environments, and we take the responsibility that comes with our role as a core element in IT infrastructures very seriously. To that end, we are taking further actions to improve the overall VMware customer experience going forward.

* First, we will continue to ensure that VMware products are designed to support the reliability, availability and serviceability needs of enterprise production environments. We are investing significant resources towards improving how our products are installed and upgraded (such as with VMware Update Manager); developing more technology enablers that work to eliminate downtime (e.g. Storage VMotion) and redesigning how licensing and activation work. To get a sense of where we are pushing the boundaries here, I invite you to register to be part of our beta programs for VMware Infrastructure and other products.

* Second, we will improve and better align our efforts around supporting and communicating to customers in response to product issues. We have established a company-wide effort intended to streamline and standardize how we reach out to any of our customers affected by a product issue.

* Third, we will continue to provide our customers with the guidance and proven best practices to deploy, scale, and manage VMware across their datacenters. By enabling our customers to better “operationalize” their VMware environments, we will be helping them to anticipate, plan for, and easily respond to any issues that come their way. This kind of assistance is already available through our Professional Services and VMware Authorized Consultant offerings. We are making this kind of information more accessible to all VMware customers with our recently launched VI OPS portal, along with a new “VMware on VMware” program designed to provide insight into how we use our products in our own production IT environment.

We at VMware have always set high standards for ourselves in terms of product quality and customer experience. Going forward, we’ll continue to raise the bar here.

Thank you for your continued support.

Paul Maritz
President and CEO
VMware

Via: VMware Newsletter

ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 2 – Time Sync

Das Flatterte gerade in meinen Postfach.
Also wen es betrifft, der sollte den Patch schleunigst einspielen, damit es nicht zu Problemen mit den VM´s kommt.

Dear VMware Customers,

We have released the express patches for the product expiration issue. Please go to http://www.vmware.com/go/esxexpresspatches for more information.

Problem:

An issue has been discovered by many VMware customers and partners with ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 2 where Virtual Machines fail to power on or VMotion successfully. This problem began to occur on August 12, 2008 for customers that had upgraded to ESX 3.5 Update 2. The problem is caused by a build timeout that was mistakenly left enabled for the release build.

The following message is displayed in the vmware.log file for the virtual machine:

This product has expired. Be sure that your host machine’s date and time are set correctly.
There is a more recent version available at the VMware web site: http://www.vmware.com/info?id=4.
————–
Module License Power on failed.

Affected Products:

– VMware ESX 3.5 Update 2 & ESXi 3.5 Update 2.

– The problem will be seen if ESX350-200806201-UG is applied to a system.

– No other VMware products are affected.

Resolution:

VMware Engineering has produced express patches for impacted customers to resolve the issue.

FAQ:

1. What do the express patches do?

There are two express patches: one for ESX 3.5 Update 2 and one for ESXi 3.5 Update 2. They are specifically targeted for customers who have installed or fully upgraded to ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 2 or who have applied the ESX350-200806201-UG patch to ESX/ESXi 3.5 or ESX/ESX 3.5 Update 1 hosts. For customers who haven’t done either, these express patches should not be applied.

To be noted is that these patches have been validated to work with esxupdate. However, testing with the VMware Update Manager is still under way. In subsequent communications, we will provide confirmation whether the patches work with VMware Update Manger or if a re-spin is required.

We are currently testing an option to apply the patch without requiring VMotion or VM power-off and re-power-on at the point of patch application. To immediately refresh vmx on the VM, one can VMotion off running VMs, apply the patches and VMotion the VMs back. If VMotion capability is not available, VMs can be powered off before the patches are applied and powered back on afterwards.

2. When will VMware re-issue the upgrade media and patch bundles?

VMware plans to re-issue upgrade media by 6pm, August 13 PST and all update patch bundles later in the week. We will provide an ETA for the update patch bundles subsequently.

NOTE:

  • An upgrade media refers to ESX 3.5 Update 2 ISO, ESXi 3.5 Update 2 ISO, ESX 3.5 Update 2 upgrade tar and zip files. They are for customers who haven’t installed or upgraded to ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 2 but wish to.
  • The „patch bundles“ here refer to those released at GA. They are for customers who do not wish to do a full upgrade to ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 2, but apply patches that are deemed necessary to hosts running ESX/ESXi 3.5 or ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 1. They are not the same as the express patch which is described above.

3. Why does VMware plan to re-issue the upgrade media before the patch bundles?

Since we can complete building and testing of the upgrade media before the patch bundles, we want to make that available to customers right away instead of re-issuing all the binaries later in the week.