Wednesday, September 10, 2014

VMware vCloud Suite 5.8 Released

As announced at VMworld 2014 VMware has released vCloud Suite 5.8 . Following are the various components for the suite

  • ESXi 5.5 Update 2
  • vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2
  • vCenter Orchestrator 5.5.2
  • vCenter Configurations Manager 5.7.2
  • vCenter Operations Manager 5.8.3
  • vCenter Hyperic 5.8.2
  • vCenter Infrastructure Navigator 5.8.2
  • vCloud Director 5.5.2
  • vCloud Automation Center 6.1
  • vCloud Networking and Security 5.5.3
  • vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.8
  • vSphere Replication 5.8
  • vSphere Data Protection 5.8
  • vSphere App HA 1.1
  • vSphere Big Data Extensions 2.0
  • vSphere Update Manager 5.5 Update 2
  • vCenter Support Assistant

vSphere 5.5 Update 2 is Released

What's New

  • Support for hosts with 6TB of RAM – vSphere 5.5 Update 2 starts to support hosts with 6TB of RAM.
  • VMware vShield Endpoint Thin Agent as VMware Tools Guest Introspection plugin – The vShield Endpoint driver bundled with VMware Tools is now called Guest Introspection.
  • vCenter Server database support: vCenter Server now supports the following external databases: Oracle 12c, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1and Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • vCloud Hybrid Service: The vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) introduces a new container, Hybrid Cloud Service, on the vSphere Web Client home page. The Hybrid Cloud Service container contains the vCHS installer and the new vCloud Connector installer

Virtual Volumes Deep Dive Session

Virtual Volumes (VVols) is VMware's new storage standard for external SAN/NAS storage arrays
This VMworld 2014 sessions walks you through technical aspects starting with various components and list down what benefits it provides 

VMware Product Walkthrough

VMware has released the new product walk-through portal where one can find all the interesting things related to products and their features.
This portal gives a really good technical overview of the products and their features for everyone who is interested in knowing what the products have to offer. It even gives you a clue on the kind of use case you can run to test/showcase the products.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

VMworld 2014 - My Session Schedule

As VMWorld 2014 is around the corner, I am feeling pretty excited to be attending my first ever VMWorld
I decided to some deep dive to find out which sessions I will be interested in. I manage to prepare my wish list. Hoping I will be able to attend all of them. Here is the list

Sr. No
STO2554-SPO - Zooming In: How VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols) Will Provide Shared Storage with X-ray Vision
NET2747 - VMware NSX: Software Defined Networking in the Real World
BCO2194 - Data Protection for vSphere 101: Keys to Successful Backup and Replication in a Virtual World
STO2521 - Virtual SAN Best Practices and Use Cases
SDDC1176 - Ask the Expert vBloggers
SPL-SDC-1407 - VMware Automation Solutions
BCO1152 - vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Architecting a DR Solution
BCO1893 - Site Recovery Manager and vCloud Automation Center: Self-service DR Protection for the Software-Defined Data Center
STO1963 - Virtual Volumes Business Overview
NET1468 - A Tale of Two Perspectives: IT Operations with VMware NSX
BCO1916 - Site Recovery Manager and Stretched Storage: Tech Preview of a New Approach to Active-Active Data Centers
BCO2136 - Stumbling Up the Stairs: Data Center Migration with vSphere Replication and SRM
INF1601 - Taking Reporting and Command Line Automation to the Next Level with PowerCLI
STO1965 - Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive
BCO3432-GD - Business Continuity with GS Khalsa
STO1279 - Virtual SAN Architecture Deep Dive
BCO2629 - Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication: What’s New Technical Deep Dive
EUC1323 - View Troubleshooting - Looking Under The Hood
SDDC2198 - VMware OpenStack End-to-End Demo
STO3247 - VMware VVOL Technical Preview with Dell Storage

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

EMC Hybrid Cloud Solution with VMware

EMC Hybrid Cloud Solution to deliver IT as a service (ITaaS) using private and public cloud resources. Powered by EMC and VMware.
  • Built with VMware vCloud Suite
  • Uses EMC ViPR with VNX or VMAX
  • Solutions for 1,000-10,000 VMs
  • Self-service provisioning
  • Secure multi-tenancy
  • Backup and restore options

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Introduction to VMware NSX Webinar

Webinar introduces major features of VMWare NSX including 
  • Logical switching
  • Distributed routing
  • Layer 2 bridging
  • Distributed firewall

The webinar is designed for you to learn how VMware NSX fundamentally changes the data center by adding agility and efficiency to network operations

Date: June 12, 2014 at 9am PDT

Register @

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

VMware Horizon View Remote Session Details

We received a requirement where our team wanted to see what is the license utilization for VMware Horizon View so that we can predict and plan to procure new licenses

I have mange to write up a script using View Power CLI to capture the Remote Session details for that particular point in time

Next tasks include
  • Scheduling it via Windows Task Scheduler – I seem to be having some issue with this one. If anybody can help that would be great
  • Sending Email Alert

PSOD for ESXi 5.X Due to E1000 NIC Driver

VMWare has release KB Article which states ESXi 5.x host fails with a purple diagnostic screen (PSOD)


This is a known issue affecting ESXi 5.0, 5.1, and 5.5 hosts and virtual machines using the E1000 and E1000e virtual network adapters. For more information about available network interface types, see Choosing a network adapter for your virtual machine (1001805).

This issue is resolved in:

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Troubleshooting VMware vSphere [V5.5] Webinar

The webinar discusses best practices using products VMware® ESXi™ 5.5, VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5, and vCloud Director. You’ll gain knowledge on specific troubleshooting issue techniques for:
  • SSL certificates
  • Networking
  • Storage
  • VMware vCenter™ Single Sign-On™
  • VMware vCenter Server
  • VMware ESXi host
  • VMware vSphere Cluster
  • VMware vSphere® vMotion®
  • Virtual Machine

Date: April 29, 2014 at 9am PDT

Register :

Friday, April 25, 2014

Pluralsight Access for vExperts

Pluralsight is providing 1 Year access for all the vExperts
Please register, Enjoy learning and Keep sharing

VMUG Feed Forward

I have always been thinking of having VMUG to be started in India. I always use to think when will we have this kind of sessions in India
There is an initiative which has been started. It is called VMUG Feed Forward

Where folks can express the intention to either:
Becoming a Mentor and reviewing presentations for VMUG events
Sharing a presentation at a VMUG event
Serving on a Committee to promote FeedForward

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ESXi 5.5 Heart Bleed Patch Released

VMware has rolled out update for vCenter 5.5 which is patched for Heart Bleed Bug
Looks like for ESXi they have not released major update just a patch

You can download the patch

Friday, April 18, 2014

vCenter 5.1 SSO Password Expired

Following procedure should be followed to reset the SSO expired password

The password policies in place require the password to be changed every 365 days. You cannot use the 5 previous passwords.


On the vCenter Server windows host:
  1. Open an elevated command prompt and run the command:
    • SET JAVA_HOME=C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\jre
    • Note: This is the default path of the JRE folder for vCenter Server 5.1. If vCenter Server has been installed in a custom location, change command accordingly.
  2. Navigate to the ssolscli directory
    • c:\>cd C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\SSOServer\ssolscli
  3. Run the following command:
    • ssopass -d https://:7444/lookupservice/sdk admin