VMworld US 2014 Roundup


This year’s VMworld 2014 in the U.S. promised to be a doozy and it certainly succeeded!

Although neither Steve nor I could make it in person this year that didn’t stop us being glued to our Twitter feeds and Blogger-verse to glean every last morsel of information we could get our paws on to bring you this cracking new Podcast Roundup of what we thought were the important take homes from this year’s conference.

As promised here are the show notes so simply download the podcast from here or subscribe to us on iTunes by searching for vNews.

Sit down; Relax and let Steve and I do the conference floor walking whilst you enjoy the spoils!


VMworld 2014

The General Session on Tuesday with demos of most of the things we will be talking about has been published on YouTube here:


Introducing the VMware EVO Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solutions

August 25, 2014

ByChris Wolf


Meanwhile …..

Simplivity Converged Infrastructure Adds Cisco UCS


OmniStack Integrated Solution with Cisco UCS empowers you with the following:

  1. You can set up global VM-centric policies, manage workloads in the federation and automate common tasks. This allows you to be more agile and efficient, and reduces your operational costs. OmniStack’s VM-centric approach shifts policies from underlying hardware components to workloads, enabling greater mobility and agility.
  2. You gain integrated data protection with VM-level backup policies and WAN-optimized replication to a second site or the cloud for disaster recovery and cost effective, off-site backup.
  3. OmniStack data virtualization platform manages data segments in 4K to 8K chunks and deduplicates redundant segments before data hits disk, eliminating unnecessary read/write IO. Deduplicating, compressing and optimizing data in real time saves IOPS and capacity on primary storage and throughout the workload’s lifecycle

Use Cases:

  1. ROBO/Multi-Site Central Management Projects – SimpliVity and Cisco enable unified Remote Office/Branch Office Management projects by providing data mobility services and the ability to manage remote OmniStack-powered hyperconverged infrastructure from one location and interface
  2. All-in-one IT modernization projects for broad sets of applications including mission-critical applications
  3. Backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity projects
  4. Data migration, as well as merger and acquisition projects
  5. Development, test, and QA projects
  6. Technology refresh projects

vRealize Suite: Managing Your Hybrid Cloud

August 25, 2014



Welcoming A New Member To The VMware Family – CloudVolumes

August 20, 2014



VMware + Containers = Containers without Compromise

August 12, 2014



VMWorld TV Highlights


Jeremy Van Doorn (@JCvanDoorn)

Eric Sloof (@esloof)


  • GiveBack raised $250,000 for charity

 VMware supporting OpenStack

In the same way RedHat supports Open Source Linux VMware is to support OpenStack on vSphere. VMware will provide packaging of OpenStack

 vSphere 6.0 in Beta

….. but should be available next year

  • vmtn/vspherebeta – Still under NDA but open Beta
  • Content Library which replicates files such as templates and ISOs between vCenters
  • vMotion cross vSwitch / Portgroup
  • vMotion between vCenters provided they are network accessible. Different everything “vTeleport”
  • Long Distance vMotion upto 100ms downtime. SRM still manages DR but this would allow small numbers of VMs dependent on bandwidth
  • Web Client optimized especially response times. Now more closely reflects the .NET client.
  • .NET client will be updated to manage virtual hardware version 10
  • FT now supports upto 4vCPUs. Instantaneous failover now possible.
  • vVols extended to use external drive pools. All vendors supporting EMC; NetApp; IBM; HP; Dell; etc

Do you have a highlight from VMworld? Let us know in the comments section below and we will try to spotlight it in upcoming editions of the podcast.


VMware vSphere vCenter 5.1 installation check list

I have written a short list of challenges I had when installing the VMware vSphere vCenter 5.1 server.  It’s not an exhaustive list but just a short list that may help some in the future!

Before you start:

  • Create vSphere database
  • Create Single Sign On (SSO) database and read the guide for the requirement
  • Create the two SQL users (user & DBA) for access to the SSO database and give appropriate permissions.
  • Run the SQL scripts from the install media that create the required tables
  • Make sure you DNS is working and don’t forget reverse DNS too!!!!
  • Setup the 64-bit DNS using the SQL Native Client BEFORE you start the install process.  If you get to the part where is asks for the DSN and then you create, it won’t find it until you restart the installation process.
  • Start the media install but don’t run the install all option
  • Install SSO first (Chose multi-site or cluster Basic does not let you use linked mode in the future)
  • Have a master admin password ready for SSO admin account.
  • If its the first install then choose primary but for all others choose secondary.
  • Make sure the latest version of Java is installed

Post install

  • You can administer SSO via the web console.
  • No one by default has access to vcenter except the admin account created in the install phase.

Just a short list but I hope some people find this useful.


VMware vSphere 5.1 available for download

After the announcement at VMworld vSphere 5.1 is now available for download.  There are lots of new features and advanced features available in more cost effective versions.

  • The usual larger vCPU and vRAM per guest has gone up along with vm hardware 9.  This is great as there is no more vTax!
  • vMotion is now available in Standard version of vSphere.
  • After this upgrade of VMware tools for your guest, subsequent tools upgrades will not require reboots.
  • vSphere Web client will now be the core admin tool.

For more info see the PDF below.


Also fresh out if the accompanying PowerCLI 5.1

Alan Renouf has blogged about it on the official VMware blog.


After all this excitement the word on the street is VMworld!

VMworld Europe isn’t far away and you can still book tickets at:


VMworld is 9th – 11th October in Barcelona.

Windows 8 on VMware vSphere ESXi 5 with vSphere 5.0 Update 1

There is already a patch to enable Windows 8 to be installed as a guest on ESXi 5.0 (http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2006859)  but now VMware have released a complete update for the vSphere family.  It’s simply vSphere 5.0 Update 1.

The things that excite me the most are that ESXi officially support Windows 8 and MAC OS X  “Lion” 10.7.3.

I look forward to cranking up the VMware View environment and bringing the guest operating systems right up to date.

Here’s is the official information:

This release provides the following improvements:

VMware ESXi

  • Support for new Intel and AMD processors
  • Adding support for Native Storage Drivers for Intel C600 series chipset and upgrades LSI MegaRAID SAS driver to version 5.34
  • Now supporting Mac OS X Server Lion 10.7.2 and 10.7.3 guest operating systems
  • Numerous bug and security fixes

VMware vCenter

  • Guest Operating System Customization Improvements: vCenter Server adds support for customization of the following guest operating systems
    • Windows 8
    • Ubuntu 11.10
    • Ubuntu 11.04
    • Ubuntu 10.10
    • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2
  • Numerous bug and security fixes

VMware vCenter Update Manager

  • Security Update: In Update Manager 5.0 Update 1, the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 database, the Oracle (Sun) JRE package and the certificate that is provided with Update Manager installation package are updated to address security related issues.
  • Improved Product Usability: Update Manager 5.0 Update 1 provides upgrade release version information, improved maintenance mode impact differentiation, and a warning message that states a snapshot of fault tolerant virtual machines cannot be created during remediation.
  • Improved Product Robustness: In Update Manager 5.0 Update 1, virtual appliance updates and the Update Manager server failure are handled in an improved manner.

Auto Deploy GUI

Yay! A GUI!  I do have friends out there who are master scripters however VMware’s latest fling is Auto Deploy GUI.  Traditionally to manage Auto Deploy images or VIB’s you need to know your way around PowerCLI.  Now you can just install the GUI to manage them!  See the link for more details:



Your Cloud. vSphere 5.0

Paul Maritz presented today in a special VMware presentation.  He talks about

Being cost affective

New people; the “‘New Facebook Generation”

New generations of applications which are device independent

Three stages:

1 IT Production

2.Business productions

3. Transformation (IT as a server)

We are just reaching 50% of all workloads are virtulised.  It’s an exciting time to get the other 50% virtualised also!

Cloud infrastructure Suite

  • vSphere 5.0 – for automation
  • SRM for business continuity
  • vCenter Operations for monitoring and management
  • vshield security for virtulaised security
  • vCloud director for policies, reporting and self-service (for the iPad also)

vSphere 5.0 Features

  • vCloud director linked clones
  • Pool-driven storage with Storage DRS
  • vSphere storage appliance 1.0 (for the SMB)
  • Autodeploy

Lots of things launching all at once!  To name some:

New training – http://www.ntpro.nl/blog/archives/1807-vSphere-5-New-Training-Courses-Whats-New-V5.0.html

and books – http://www.amazon.co.uk/vSphere-Clustering-Technical-Deepdive-ebook/dp/B005C1SARM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1310475444&sr=8-1

VMware View 4.6 is out today!

VMware View 4.6 has now been released.  I’m excited about this as it has some new cool features!  My particular favourites are:

Security server now supports PCoIP.  This is great as having to have two pools of desktops (one for external and one for internal) is not great.  When specifying to use PCoIP from an external source the desktop does not fail back to RDP thus needing a RDP pool and a PCoIP pool.  However now the security server supports PCoIP there’s no need for the old RDP pool!

Enhanced USB device compatibility.  I’m hoping this is going to support uni-directional devices but with the many many different types of USB devices out there so I’m just going have to give things a test.  I have dictation devices to test at the top of my list.

Other enhancements are:

  • Keyboard mapping improvements
  • New timeout setting for SSO users
  • 160 Bug fixes
  • Experimental support for Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 RC operating systems

The release notes can be found here:


The download for VMware View 4.6 can be found here:


Keep track of the VMware Top 25 Bloggers

Those of you less fortunate and don’t have an iPad (including myself!) can keep track of the top 25 (+1 )  via a very useful service I stubbled upon.  It basically aggregates RSS feeds and formats into a nice PDF with 2 columns and you can have it e-mail to your inbox.  I just print it out before I leave and read it on the commute.

All you need is the website link:


….. and you will find a list of the top 25 bloggers RSS feeds attached, as voted by and discussed on the excellent podcast vChat.   http://vsphere-land.com/news/top-vmware-blogger-results.html


I hope you find this useful!