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vBrainstorm will be at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco!

VMworld 2015 is right around the corner in San Francisco and vBrainstorm.com will be there as an official blogger of VMworld!  What can you expect?  All the announcements made at the keynotes will be reported and summarized here.  We will be meeting with some of the vendors to report on their products.  These reports will […]

VMware vSphere 6.0 is now available

Looks like VMware has made the 6.0 version of their vSphere and related product lines available today.  Here are the links to download.  Note:  These links require a My VMware account that is licensed for these products. VMware vCloud Suite 6.0 (You can get ESXi 6.0, vCenter Server 6.0, vSphere Replication 6.0, vSphere Data Protection 6.0, vCenter […]

HyTrust KeyControl Cryptographic Module Enters Process for FIPS 140-2 Validation

For those of you in fields where regulatory requirements are important then this news from HyTrust is for you.  They have entered the process to be validated for FIPS 140-2.  A press release was released yesterday, March 11 2015.  The contents of this press release is below. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HyTrust Inc., the Cloud Security […]

Move vSphere Replicated VM files from one datastore to another

Recently at my day job we had some new storage allocated at our recovery site to use for vSphere storage.  I was tasked with decommissioning the old datastores.  The problem is that my replicated VMs resided on the old storage.  Of course I could go into my vSphere replication settings on each VM and just […]

VMware products and “Ghost” (CVE-2015-0235)

I wanted to share this information from the VMware Security and Compliance Blog.  The bottom line is that no VMware products at this time have been found that are vulnerable to the glibc gethostbyname* buffer overflow (CVE-2015-0235).  The quoted blog post is below as well as a link to the post itself. This Tuesday a buffer […]

VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2015-0001

VMware released security advisory VMSA-2015-0001 on January 27 2015.  A link to the advisory can be found here.  An overview of the items that this advisory addresses is shown below. VMware ESXi, Workstation, Player, and Fusion host privilege escalation vulnerability VMware ESXi, Workstation, Player and Fusion contain an arbitrary file write issue. Exploitation this issue may […]

vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2d recently released

On January 27 2015 VMware released an update for vCenter Server 5.5.  The release notes are located here.  A brief summary of the resolved issues from the release notes are below. vCenter Single Sign-On VMware Directory Service consumes excessive memory Backup and restore of vCenter Single Sign-On database might not replicate the data between primary […]

Initial Configuration of SolarWinds Virtualization Manager v6.1.1

So now that the Virtualization Manager appliance is installed and powered on we need to configure it.  The vBrainstorm lab has DHCP enabled but we are using static IP addresses so we need to change the appliance to use a static IP.  To do this, just right-click on the appliance in vCenter and choose to […]

Installing SolarWinds Virtualization Manager v6.1.1 in a vSphere 5.x environment

Today I am installing SolarWinds Virtualization Manager v6.1.1 in our lab here at vBrainstorm.  If you are not sure what Virtualization Manager is, here is a quick blurb from the Solarwinds website: Virtualization Manager Comprehensive Virtualization Management for VMware ® & Hyper-V ® – From VM to Storage Real-time dashboards simplify identification & troubleshooting of performance, […]