VMworld 2014: Infinio v2.0 Announced with FC + iSCSI Support

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Infinio Accelerator was created to help virtualization administrators scale storage performance to support growing virtualized enterprise applications and desktops, without the traditionally associated expensive upgrades to storage hardware. A software-only solution, Infinio requires no new hardware and is operationally transparent. New features include: SAN and Unified Storage support: In addition to support for the NFS storage protocol, v2.0 will also include full support for Fibre … [Read more...]

VMworld 2014: Introducing VMware EVO RAIL

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Today at VMworld US 2014, VMware introduced a new tool to make the Software Defined Datacenter happen. Introducing VMware EVO: RAIL Simplify How You Buy, Deploy and Operate Your SDDC       EVO = Software with vSphere, Virtual SAN technology is the key enabler Simple, streamlined deployment and ongoing SDDC lifecycle management One support call, 100% powered by VMware. Full EVO:RAIL set is delivered by qualified hardware vendor. VMware is NOT … [Read more...]

VMworld 2014: Introducing vRealize Suite and vRealize Operations Insight

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Early this year (Q1) VMware launched vSphere 5.5 U1 (introducing VSAN), and Log Insight 2.0. Great releases so far with VSAN . vSphere Next is still in beta and I would not expect the new version to go GA until Q1 2015. BUT, There is a lot of rebranding going on: Last week VMware rebranded their vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) to VMware vCloud Air. Here is a good overview of the rebranding: The vCloud Suite will stay in place for the Private "On Premises" Cloud and will not be … [Read more...]

VMworld 2014: VMware VIO – Production Openstack in OVA

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Today at VMworld San Francisco, VMware announced the Private beta of a new product named VIO VIO (VMware Integrated OpenStack) VIO empowers VMware Administrators to successfully deliver & operate Production Grade OpenStack. VIO = Openstack + vCloud Suite Production Grade OpenStack delivered as a vApp (OVA) Delivers standard open source OpenStack code, with tools to install and Operate OpenStack. UI based OVA install from vCenter Web Client All OpenStack & other required … [Read more...]

Downgrade ESXi host from ESXi 5.5 to ESXi 5.1 Update 2

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I successfully downgraded 5.5 to 5.1 in our LAB environment using vicfg-cfgbackup.pl with a small work-around. The key was to to change the first line in the Manifest.txt to show a 5.1 config. use VMware vSphere CLI on your workstation and execute "vicfg-cfgbackup.pl --server 10.167.5.4 -s \esxi.tar.gz" save the 5.5 config to a gzipped tar ball I used Winscp to upload the .tar.gz back to the ESXi server to change some files. I tried this with 7z. didn’t work. It needs linux to properly … [Read more...]

Install Log Insight Multiple Nodes and integrate with KEMP Load Balancer for HA

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VMware vCenter Log Insight is a VMware analytics product introduced one year ago. Part of VMware vCenter family, Log Insight delivers automated log management through log analytics, aggregation, and search, extending VMware’s leadership in analytics to log data. The new Log Insight 2.0 version is much faster, more effective and usable: 8X faster data collection 6X query performance But also able to scale up and out in several ways: Increase nodes (up to 6) to an existing Log Insight … [Read more...]

Atlantis USX 2.0: Introducing Teleport and VVOLs for any storage

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With VMworld just around the corner, Atlantis Computing has changed their corporate identity. as of this week they replaced the logo, website and have launched version 2.0 of their flagship Atlantis USX. I personally have been a very early adopter of Atlantis USX. In our company we are running Atlantis USX inside our test environment from day 1 (on VSAN). and with a lot of beta testing going on for the last few months, we are almost ready to put version 2.0 in our production environment. … [Read more...]

Cool Fling: ViewDbChk (View DB Check) Tool

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The ViewDbChk tool allows administrators to scan for, and fix provisioning errors that can not be addressed using View Administrator. Provisioning errors occur when there are inconsistencies between the LDAP, vCenter and View Composer databases. These can be caused by: direct editing of the vCenter inventory, restoring a backup, or a long term network problem. This tool allows VMware View administrators to scan for machines which can not be provisioned and remove all database entries for … [Read more...]

Cool Fling: VMware OS Optimization Tool

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The VMware OS Optimization Tool helps optimize Windows 7/8/2008/2012 systems for use with VMware Horizon View. The optimization tool includes customizable templates to enable or disable Windows system services and features, per VMware recommendations and best practices, across multiple systems. Since most Windows system services are enabled by default, the optimization tool can be used to easily disable unnecessary services and features to improve performance. You can perform the following … [Read more...]

VeeamON – The World’s Premier Data Center Availability Event

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VeeamON 2014 is the world’s first and only event to focus entirely on Availability for the Modern Data Center. An intensive 3-day conference, will include a wide variety of breakout sessions across multiple tracks. Veeam Availability Suite v8 will hopefully be released and will be full of new As an IT professional, you’ll learn new techniques, get deep-dives into products, connect with like-minded peers and get next-level advice and detailed strategies to achieve non-stop service and … [Read more...]