vNews January 2013

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Show Notes
Virtualization and some coffee
The Network Virtualization Guide with SC 2012 – VMM SP1

System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Service Pack 1 KBs

Citrix Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer

Citrix Closes Acquisition of Zenprise

Synergy heads to sunny SoCal, LA, USA
The conference, to be held on May 22-24, 2013, at the Anaheim Convention Center

Simon Seagrave

VMware View Client for Windows Store
Christoph Harding
Cisco Office-in-a-box Solution, UCS E-Series Servers and VMware View
Nutanix Best Practise Guide for VMware View

VMware Dominates Reader’s Choice Award
Virtualization Review.

Veeam Software Reports Record-Breaking Year in 2012

Puppet Labs Secures $30 Million Investment From VMware

New VMware Training Courses
by Eric Sloof
New Training Course – VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.1]
New Training Course – VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators [V5.1]
Free eLearning course – Introducing the VMware Security Solution Fundamentals

Faking an SSD in your virtualized vSphere lab
by Duncan Epping of Yellow Bricks

Tape No Longer a Reliable Option for IT Managers Seeking to Eliminate Single Point of Failure

New eBook: The Best Virtualization Management White Papers of 2012

The VMRC console has disconnected.. attempting to reconnect – FIXED

It’s been a few months now if using Windows 8 and for some time now I have been putting up with not being able to use the VMware vSphere client direct console of virtual machines.  I belive it something to do with IE 10 but that’s all history now!

Download the latest version from with build number 913577.  At time of writting this comes with vsphere server 5.1b.  The install file should be something like this:


After installing reboot your machine and you will have the console back!! Yay!

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.