Archive for October, 2011

VMware vSphere 4.1 Update 2 Released

October 27th, 2011

As I sit here working on an SRM lab, VUM just sent an email to me reporting 28 new patches for ESX(i) 4.1 including the release of 4.1 Update 2.

What’s New

The VMware vCenter Server 4.1 Update 2 release offers the following improvements:

  • Support for new processors: vCenter Server 4.1 Update 2 supports hosts with processors on AMD Opteron 6200 series (Interlagos) and AMD Opteron 4200 series (Valencia).
    Note: For the AMD Opteron 6200 and 4200 series (Family 15h) processors, vCenter Server 4.1 Update 2 treats each core within a compute unit as an independent core, except while applying licenses. For the purpose of licensing, vCenter Server treats each compute unit as a core. For example, although a processor with 8 compute units can provide the processor equivalent of 16 cores on vCenter Server 4.1 Update 2, only 8 cores will be counted towards license usage calculation.
  • Additional vCenter Server Database Support: vCenter Server now supports the following databases.
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express (x32 and x64)
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express (x32 and x64)
  • Resolved Issues: This release delivers a number of bug fixes that have been documented in the Resolved Issues section.

What’s New

The following information describes some of the enhancements available in this release of VMware ESXi:

  • Support for new processors – ESXi 4.1 Update 2 supports AMD Opteron 6200 series (Interlagos) and AMD Opteron 4200 series (Valencia).Note: For the AMD Opteron 6200 and 4200 series (Family 15h) processors, ESX/ESXi 4.1 Update 2 treats each core within a compute unit as an independent core, except while applying licenses. For the purpose of licensing, ESX/ESXi treats each compute unit as a core. For example, although a processor with 8 compute units can provide the processor equivalent of 16 cores on ESX/ESXi 4.1 Update 2, it only uses 8 licenses.
  • Support for additional guest operating system ESX 4.1 Update 2 adds support for Ubuntu 11.10 guest operating system. For a complete list of guest operating systems supported with this release, see the VMware Compatibility Guide.

Resolved Issues In addition, this release delivers a number of bug fixes that are documented in the Resolved Issues section.

VMware View Client for iPad 1.2 Released

October 23rd, 2011

Back in September during the VMworld 2011 US time frame, I wrote New View Client for iPad Sneak Peak at VMworld 2011 which talked about an upcoming release and some of the new features to be expected for VMware’s tablet based View client.  I saw a tweet from Tedd Fox tonight that the new client has been released.  In checking the Apple App Store, indeed it has.

The new version is 1.2 and it boasts the following features and updates:

  • Optimized for VMware View 5 with improved performance
  • Support for iOS 5 including AirPlay
  • Presentation Mode for use with external display and AirPlay
  • Embedded RSA soft token simplifies login to desktop
  • Background tasking to move between Windows and iOS apps
  • Updated look and feel
  • Integrated online help
  • Buffered text input for multibyte text entry
  • Now in French, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese
  • Bug Fixes

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Requirements: Requires iPad iOS 4.2 or later.

I just upgraded and right away I noticed the new interface as well as some advanced finger gestures I hadn’t seen before (these may or may not be new).

The next thing that I noticed was that I could multitask!  This is the feature I’ve wanted the most personally.  I can now stop in the middle of a session, switch to another application or exit out to the iPad desktop and the View desktop connection remains established when I go back to it.

If you have in iPad, go grab your free copy.  I don’t have an Android but I’m hearing a version was released for that platform as well.

Thank you VMware and Thank you Tedd!

VMworld Europe 2011 Party Entrance Video

October 20th, 2011

See what it was like to be among the first to walk through the doors of Altitude City and explore some of things a city in the clouds has to offer!

VMworld Europe – My Schedule

October 12th, 2011

VMworld Europe is coming fast!  Last week I wrote the article VMworld Europe Is Ready And Waiting For You which spoke broadly about the many things to see and experience at the European leg of the VMworld tour. Today I’m sharing some detail about the sessions I’m interested in by detailing my schedule.  As with each VMworld, scheduling is a big challenge.  I’m not able to sign up for every session I’d like to see in Copenhagen.  Add to that, I’ve already been to a few of the key sessions I wanted in on at the Las Vegas show six weeks ago.  So keep in mind you won’t see all the great sessions this event has to offer on my schedule alone.  Have a look and remember – There’s still time to register and attend!

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
           
09:00 Free Day PAR3269 Zimbra: The New SMB Game Changer     Free Day
           
10:30   BCO1432 VMware Data Recovery – Everything You Need To Know VSP1933 Storage I/O Control for Network-Attached Storage Datastores
 
           
11:00       EUC3158 VMware Zimbra: Better than Exchange  
           
12:00   BCO2395 Stretch Clustering – Now and Beyond CIM2916 What’s New in VMware vCloud Director    
           
12:30       VSP1700 VMware vSphere 5.0 Storage Features  
           
13:30   VSP3868 VMware vStorage Best Practices CIM2231 Making Sense of VMware vShield and VMware vCloud for the Average System Administrator    
           
14:00       VSP2376 Performance and Scalability Enhancements in VMware vStorage VMFS 5  
           
15:00     VSP2894 Virtual Distributed Switch Best Practices    
           
16:30     CIM1600 VMware vCloud Networking Finally Explained    

ESXi 4.0 Update 2 hosts may PSOD after vCenter Server is upgraded to 5.0

October 11th, 2011

This important notice just came across my radar:

VMware has become aware of some ESXi 4.0 hosts experiencing a purple screen after vCenter Server is upgraded to 5.0

The Knowledgebase Team has prepared KB article: ESXi 4.0 Update 2 hosts may experience a purple screen after vCenter Server is upgraded to 5.0 (2007269) and an alert has been placed on the Support page to alert customers of this issue.

This Knowledge Base article will be updated if new information becomes available (you can subscribe to rss feeds on individual KB articles for this purpose). If you have been affected by this, please read the KB.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. If you know how to spread the word to your friends and colleagues, please do so.

Symptoms

You may encounter an issue where:

  • You have recently upgraded your vCenter Server to version 5.0
  • You have ESXi 4.0 Update 2 hosts in the inventory of this vCenter Server
  • After the vpxa agents are upgraded, the ESXi 4.0 Update 2 hosts experience a purple screen that includes this error:NOT_IMPLEMENTED bora/vmkernel/filesystems/visorfs/visorfsObj.c:3391

Cause

This is caused by an issue in the handling of the vpxa agent upgrade.

Resolution

This issue has been resolved in 4.0 Update 3. To avoid this issue, upgrade all ESXi 4.0 Update 2 hosts to at least version ESXi 4.0 Update 3 before upgrading vCenter Server to 5.0.
ESXi 4.0 Update 3 and later versions can be downloaded from the VMware Download Center.

VMTurbo Q4 Release Assures Quality of Service for Apps in the Cloud

October 4th, 2011

Press Release:

VMTurbo Q4 Release Assures Quality of Service for Apps in the Cloud

Streamlines management of large, dynamically changing, shared environments

 

Snagit CaptureWaltham, MA, October 4, 2011 — VMTurbo, the leading provider of intelligent workload management software, today announced new features in its fourth quarter appliance release.  The new version enables enterprises and cloud service providers to guarantee application quality of service (QoS) and to improve policy control in dynamically changing shared infrastructures.

To manage virtualized workloads in large environments, infrastructure operations teams can now group and prioritize applications in order to assure QoS for mission critical workloads.  New business dashboards provide visibility across all layers of the IT stack, and recommend resolutions of the issues impacting application performance in the shared infrastructure.

The new VMTurbo release also adds features to help hosting and cloud providers better manage and support customers in shared, multi-tenant environments:

  • More customizable workload placement policies support a broad range of service level agreements, security policies and compliance requirements;
  • Flexible management of roles and permissions allows assigning a specific scope to a user account;
  • Rebranding support enables cloud service providers to transparently private-label VMTurbo as part of their overall IT offering.

“Our new release is a major step forward for enterprises and cloud service providers looking to guarantee application performance for their business units and customers,” said N. Louis Shipley, President and CEO of VMTurbo. “As more workloads get virtualized, guaranteeing application performance and guaranteeing application quality of service becomes critical.”

Pricing and Availability

For a free, 30-day VMTurbo trial download, go to: http://www.vmturbo.com/vmturbo-management-suite-download/

For more information on and screenshots of the Q4 2011VMTurbo appliance release, read the VMTurbo blog at: http://www.vmturbo.com/blog/

About VMTurbo

VMTurbo delivers an Intelligent Workload Management solution for Cloud and virtualized environments.  VMTurbo uses an economic scheduling engine to dynamically adjust resource allocation to meet business goals.  Using VMTurbo our customers ensure that applications get the resources they need to operate reliably, while utilizing infrastructure and human resources in the most efficient way.

StarWind Software Inc. Announces Opening of German Office

October 4th, 2011

Press Release:

StarWind Software Inc. Announces Opening of German Office

StarWind Software Inc. Opens a New Office in Germany to Drive Local Channel Growth

Snagit CaptureBurlington, MA – October 1, 2011StarWind Software Inc., a global leader and pioneer in SAN software for building iSCSI storage servers, announced today that it has opened a new office in Sankt Augustin, Germany to service the growing demand for StarWind’s iSCSI SAN solutions. The German office expands StarWind’s ability to offer local sales and support services to its fast growing base of customers and prospects in the region.

“We have seen substantial growth in our customer base and level of interest in our solutions in Europe,” said Artem Berman, Chief Executive Officer of StarWind Software. “Since the market potential for our products is significant, we have opened a new office in Germany to strengthen our presence there. We shall use our best efforts to complete the localization of resources.”

“Our local presence in Germany will help us to work closely with our partners and customers, to better meet their needs as well as sweepingly develop their distribution networks,” said Roman Shovkun, Chief Sales Officer of StarWind Software. “The new office permits us to deliver superior sales, support to our customers, and to the growing prospect base in the region.”

The new office is located at:
Monikastr. 13
53757 Sankt Augustin
Germany
Primary contact: Veronica Schmidberger
+49-171-5109103

About StarWind Software Inc.
StarWind Software is a global leader in storage management and SAN software for small and midsize companies. StarWind’s flagship product is SAN software that turns any industry-standard Windows Server into a fault-tolerant, fail-safe iSCSI SAN. StarWind iSCSI SAN is qualified for use with VMware, Hyper-V, XenServer and Linux and Unix environments. StarWind Software focuses on providing small and midsize companies with affordable, highly availability storage technology which previously was only available in high-end storage hardware. Advanced enterprise-class features in StarWind include Automated Storage Node Failover and Failback, Replication across a WAN, CDP and Snapshots, Thin Provisioning and Virtual Tape management.

StarWind is a pioneer, since 2003, in the iSCSI SAN software industry and is the solution of choice for over 30,000 customers worldwide in more than 100 countries and from small and midsize companies to governments and Fortune 1000 companies.