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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

vCenter Orchestrator 5.5 Basic Work Flows

In Continuation of my post about vCenter Orchestrator Configuration following section displays my first try of basic VM Work flows

I made sure Domain Admins have made vCO Admins to avoid. You can plan it out for your production

I gave try for following VM Work Flows. Procedure is very simple. Connect via vCenter Orchestrator Client and Execute the Work Flow and it will prompt for the input

  • Create Simple Virtual Machine
  • Register Virtual Machine
  • UnRegister Virtual Machine

 Create Simple Virtual Machine


Register Virtual Machine

 Trick here is the corrct path format (Make sure square brackets are present)
[my-datastore]myFolder/my VM.vmx

UnRegister Virtual Machine

 Execute the Work Flow and Navigate to the VM which you want to un-register

HeartBleed Vendor URLs

Vendor URLs
  • Brocade              
  • Cisco     
  • Dell       
  • Embrane             
  • EMC      
  • HP         
  • IBM       
  • Microsoft           
  • NetApp               
  • Oracle  
  • VMware              

Thursday, April 10, 2014

HeartBleed Bug

The Heartbleed bug is a bug in the open-source cryptography library OpenSSL which allows an attacker to read the memory of a server or a client, allowing them to retrieve for example server ssl private keys. Examinations of audit logs appear to show that some attackers may have exploited the flaw for 5 months before it was rediscovered and published.

VMware also has published KB Article for the impacted Products

Not Affected Products

 These VMware products that ship with OpenSSL 0.9.8 have been confirmed to be unaffected:
  • ESXi/ESX 4.x
  • ESXi 5.0
  • ESXi 5.1
  • VMware Fusion 5.x
  • VMware vCenter Server 4.x
  • VMware vCenter Server 5.0
  • VMware vCenter Server 5.1
  • VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) 5.x
  • VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 6.x
  • VMware Horizon Mirage 4.3.x and earlier
  • VMware Update Manager (VUM)
  • VMware vCenter Orchestrator (vCO)
  • VMware vCloud Director (vCD)
  • VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vCOps)
  • VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM)
  • VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (vCM)
  • VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA)
  • VMware Workstation
  • VMware Player
  • VMware ThinApp
  • VMware vFabric Postgres
  • VMware vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) 5.1.2 and below
  • VMware vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) 5.5.0
  • NSX-MH 3.0 - 3.2
  • VMware View 4.x
  • VMware Horizon View 5.x
  • VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 1
  • VMware Horizon View Clients 1.x
  • VMware Horizon View Clients 2.0.x
  • VMware Horizon Workspace Client for Macintosh 1.0.0
  • VMware Horizon Workspace Client for Macintosh 1.5.0
  • VMware Horizon Workspace Client for Windows 1.0.0
  • VMware Horizon Workspace Client for Windows 1.5.0

 Affected Products

 These VMware products that ship with OpenSSL 1.0.1 have been confirmed to be affected:
  • ESXi 5.5
  • vCenter Server 5.5
  • VMware Fusion 6.0.x
  • VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 5.1.x
  • VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 5.2.x
  • VMware Horizon Mirage 4.4.0
  • vFabric Web Server 5.0.x – 5.3.x (For remediation details, see the Security Advisory on Critical Updates to vFabric Web Serverdocument.)
  • VMware vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) 5.1.3
  • VMware vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) 5.5.1
  • NSX-V 6.0.x
  • NSX-MH 3.3
  • NSX-MH 4.x
  • VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 2
  • VMware Horizon View 5.3 Feature Pack 1
  • VMware Horizon View Clients 2.1.x
  • VMware Horizon View Clients 2.2.x
  • VMware Horizon View Clients 2.3.0
  • VMware Horizon View Clients 2.4.0
  • VMware Horizon Workspace 1.0
  • VMware Horizon Workspace 1.5
  • VMware Horizon Workspace 1.8
  • VMware Horizon Workspace Client for Macintosh 1.5.1
  • VMware Horizon Workspace Client for Macintosh 1.5.2
  • VMware Horizon Workspace for Macintosh 1.8
  • VMware Horizon Workspace Client for Windows 1.5.1
  • VMware Horizon Workspace Client for Windows 1.5.2
  • VMware Horizon Workspace for Windows 1.8

Monday, April 7, 2014

vExpert 2014 awardees announced

VMware vExpert 2014 list got announced

Proud owner of the recognition for 2 continuous years (vExpert 2013 & vExpert 2014)

Hurray !!!! Party Time !!!!!!