Downgrade ESXi host from ESXi 5.5 to ESXi 5.1 Update 2


I successfully downgraded 5.5 to 5.1 in our LAB environment using 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 " --server -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


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


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


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


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


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...]

Veeam Backup & Replication v7 – Patch 4 released


Patch 4 for Veeam® Backup & Replication™ v7 is now available and contains a host of resolved issues as well as new features and enhancements, including: VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) support: Added full VSAN support and enhanced the intelligent load-balancing engine to account for VSAN specifics, minimizing backup traffic on a VSAN cluster network, and thus reducing impact from backup activities on the production environment. Microsoft SQL Server 2014 support: Added support for SQL Server … [Read more...]

vSphere Beta Program, Sign up to see what’s coming


Today VMware announced the vSphere “”next version” Beta Program.  For the first time, and unlike previous beta cycles for vSphere, this vSphere Beta is open to everyone to sign up. Reminds me of the VSAN beta they opened up for everyone to enter. For the first time, and unlike previous beta cycles for vSphere, this vSphere Beta is open to everyone to sign up and allows participants to help define the direction of the world’s most widely adopted, trusted, and robust virtualization … [Read more...]

PernixData announced NFS support and adds RAM to FVP


Satyam Vaghani, CTO of PernixData just announced a whole bunch of new features in their FVP product at Storage Field Day 5. With the FVP software, companies can accelerate any virtualized application using server RAM and/or flash, making it ideal for deployment in any server environment.  In addition, FVP can be deployed in conjunction with file, block or direct attached storage, ensuring seamless integration with all existing (and future) SAN, NAS and DAS devices.  With these new enhancements, … [Read more...]

NexentaStor 4.0 Community Edition Now Available!


This latest version of NexentaStor delivers significant performance, reliability and functionality improvements to NexentaStor. Having passed through rigorous engineering, customer and partner testing with flying colors. NexentaStor will continue to be available in two editions: Community Edition (free, full-featured, community supported software for configurations up to 18TB), and Enterprise Edition (licensed by the size of the storage pool). NexentaStor 4.0 is Citrix and VMware Ready and … [Read more...]