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New Frontier

We all have choices in life. I choice the career within Information Technology for a couple of key reasons. Foremost, I love technology. It’s the reason I am so passionate about my career and it is why I am working with the technology I work with.

After being in the Information Technology field , I found I enjoyed helping and enabling others. This started in the service field, when I was in college; then at my first Information Technology job as helpdesk, and so on over the years. This was what kept me going as a Systems Admin. This is what keep me going through the long nights over the years. This is what made me crazy enough to Start my first User Group. Then go on to lead two VMware User Groups in Minnesota. This is why I applied for the VMware vExpert Program.

I count my self lucky in some way’s. I have had the privilege to be a part of Tech Field Day. I was able do social media events around the country as a evangelist, as a influencer or even press. As time passed, I grew networking connections, and learned a great deal about public speaking, independent thinking, and a ton about collaboration with colleagues around the world.

At some point I began to feel like I lead two life’s. One of a evangelist. Someone who shows his passion about the technology and wants to share the vision with others. And another as a Admin, who put out fires and did his best at the day to day battle. But I spent 90% of my time as a Admin. I won’t lie, I felt like I was being held back as a Admin. I wanted to do more but wasn’t sure on how I should move forward.The company I worked for didn’t have a role that I fit into anymore.

I did what I think was the perhaps best and most important choice I have made in 2014. I talked to my colleagues.I talked to colleagues who are Admin’s. I talked colleagues who are in the Social Media space. I talked to colleagues that are industry annalists. I talked to colleagues that work for partners, and vendors.

It was a wonderful experience, as it was both enlightening and humbling. I had a hundred conversations. A lot of recommendations about future paths. But none suggested that I should continue to be a System Admin. It was the verification I needed. It matched my personal feelings about the role that I was currently in as a Admin.

After a great deal of thought, I decided that my role as a Admin was over. I decided that I wanted to move on to a field that I could leverage the skill set I have developed over the years. I wanted it to be in a role that I can still enable and help others in. That role ended up being a Solutions Architect for a partner.

A couple of weeks ago I accepted a Solutions Architect role at Deltaware DataSolutions. This marks my first week fully in my role. I will not attempt to mask my excitement, as I feel both liberated and empowered in this role. I am looking forward to working with my new team.

This is my next step. My New Frontier.  I feel like a fog has lifted in some ways. I can focus on a single career and job. I plan to get more sleep. And I plan to blog more, talk to others more, and pay more attention to social media than I could as a Admin. 


As always Hit me up on twitter @rogerlund or flag me down next time you see me.




Roger Lund

Login VSI 4.1 Released

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Login VSI 4.1 was released today. Login VSI is used to load test virtualized desktop environments such as VMware Horizon View, Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop and Microsoft RDS. Testing such as benchmarking, capacity planning, load/stress testing and change impact prediction are all parts of Login VSI. Check out the link below for more information and to watch a video from Login VSI that describes the new features in 4.1.

http://www.loginvsi.com/blog/285-significant-login-vsi-update-whats-new-in-4-1

Here are some screenshots of the new version.  These screenshots were provided by Login VSI.

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12-Login-VSI-41-Pro-Analyzer-VSImax

 

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Re Post : Veeam Best Practices for VMware on Nutanix

Derek Seaman has a nice write up on Veeam Best Practices for VMware on Nutanix

I’m a fan of Veeam, and use in production today. Thus, I wanted to share the write up.

“The goal of the joint whitepaper between Veeam and Nutanix is to help customers deploy Veeam Backup & Replication v7 on Nutanix, when used with VMware vSphere 5.x. This post will highlight some of the major points and how customers can head off some potential issues. The whitepaper covers all the applicable technologies such as VMware’s VADP, CBT, and Microsoft VSS. It also includes and easy to follow checklist of all the recommendations.”

The official whitepaper can be downloaded here.


Veeam is modern data protection for virtual environments, and are also a great sponsor of my blog. The web-scale Nutanix solution and its data locality technology are complimented by the distributed and scale-out architecture of Veeam Backup & Replication v7. The combined Veeam and Nutanix solutions leverage the strengths of both products to provide network efficient backups to enable meeting recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) requirements.
The architecture is flexible enough to enable the use of either 100% virtualized Veeam components or a combination of virtual and physical components, depending on customer requirements and available hardware. You could also use existing dedicated backup appliances. In short, our joint solution is flexible enough to meet your requirements and efficiently use your physical assets. For example, if you have requirements for tape-out, then you will need at least one physical server in the mix to connect your library to since tape Fibre Channel/SAS pass-thru is not available in ESXi 5.x.

“When virtualizing solution the last thing you want is your backup data stored in the same location as the data you are trying to protect. So the first best practice for a 100% virtualized solution is to use a secondary Nutanix cluster. The cluster would be comprised of at least three Nutanix nodes. This is where the virtualized Veeam Backup & Replication server (along with the data repository), would reside. Should you have a problem with the production Nutanix cluster, your secondary cluster is unaffected. Depending on the amount of data you are backing up and your retention policies, you may or may not want the same Nutanix hardware models as your production cluster. For example, you may want to consider the 6000 series hardware which are ‘storage heavy’ for your secondary cluster. The following figure depicts a virtualized Veeam backup solution.”

Read the full post.

http://www.derekseaman.com/2014/04/veeam-best-practices-vmware-nutanix.html

Thanks to Derek Seaman for the write up.

Infino : An VMware Cache Acceleration kit, in a Virtual box

This year at VMworld, I was able to attend the VMworld Tech Field Day Roundtable.

At the VMworld Tech Field Day Roundtable, I thought that Infino offered a great value add to those of us that have more than one hat in our job role. Today I am going to give you an insight to what the product is, how it gives you nearly instant results, and show you can how you see the value.

Infino is VMware acceleration in a box. Setup is as easy as downloading the application, agreeing to the license agreement and walking through the wizard.

  1. Connect to vCenter
  2. Choose Datastore
  3. Verify Accelerator Resources
  4. Setup Infino Management
  5. Install Infinio Accelerator
  • Importing Management VM
  • Configuring IP settings
  • Synchronizing with vCenter
  • Deploying And Configuring Accelerator VMs
  • Install Complete
But wait, what did we just install? What is Infinio? It is a shared Memory Cache. All hosts share a single cache, deduplicated and stored once. 
Here we have it, the dashboard shows your value.

First let’s dig into : Storage boost and Requests Offload.

Storage boost shows you the boot gained, and the number of disks it would take to provide the same boost.

Requests offloaded shows the number of requests that never had to go to disk, and the trend of those requests.

Wait I brought up deuplicated cache, whats does that mean?  This should deduplicated workload’s with VM’s that have like memory set’s.

It shows you the Current, 1.3x Physical memory Cache size deuplication, with a 2x physical Memory 14-day peak.

Let’s not forget Datastore Response Time improved, Requests Offloaded, and Bandwidth Saved.

As you can see in the line graph’s, the product is providing I/O, therefore, lowing the latency, on the array.

My Impression of the product is this:

Infinio is all about providing a product, that you use, easily; without a knowledge expert, or a block of professional services from your var.

Need a use case?

If you are under the gun to provide performance in a environment that is growing, or it has increased demands. The product has the ability to be deployed fast, and without any hassle, and you get to see the results. Why is this important? A lot of IT Admin’s or System Admins have little time, and need to be able to be agile. I know, as I am a Admin in that role.

Thoughts and Comments? I plan on getting more time with Infinio in the future. Expect more to come!

I also wanted to share the Tech Field Day video coverage.

Roger Lund

Solid Performance, with a Solid Name: Welcome to Solidfire.

I had the chance to meet with the CEO and Founder of SolidFire Dave Wright while at VMworld this year. Who is SolidFire? Well, I will overview that and share a interview I had with Dave shortly.

Solid fire is a all-SSD Architecture platform, that scales and uses raid-less data protection. But if you ask me, what set’s them apart on the SSD arena; I will answer with the QOS.

“Quality of service is not a feature. It is a architecture.” They go in to state it is ” the only way to deliver guaranteed storage performance in public and private cloud infrastructure”  source
http://solidfire.com/technology/qos-benchmark-architecture/

The ability to set levels of service is critical in the service provider space. Min, Max and Burst IOPS per volume for example.


QOS Demo Video

As you can see below, the system can really push out the IO the numbers.

As you can see, fairly straight forward on the hardware side, however, I would recommend dedicated switching.

Source http://solidfire.com/technology/solidfire-storage-system/

What else? Add features like a array solutions,  VMware , openstack, to name a couple and multitenancy reporting but I won’t touch on this today.

I’ll wrap up with a interview of me personally interviewing Dave, Owner and founder of SolidFire.

My Thoughts?

Need a top tier, with extreme performance? Need QOS? Need multitenancy? There are a Solid reasons to consider SolidFire when looking at Storage. Now if I could get a unit in my lab…

Thanks

Roger Lund

ystem Examples*

Cluster Size 5 Nodes 20 Nodes 40 Nodes 100 Nodes
Effective Capacity** 60TB with SF3010
108TB with SF6010
173TB with SF9010
240TB with SF3010
432TB with SF6010
692TB with SF9010
480TB with SF3010
864TB with SF6010
1.4PB with SF9010
1.2PB with SF3010
2.1PB with SF6010
3.4PB with SF9010
4K Random IOPS 250,000 with SF3010/SF6010
375,000 with SF9010
1M with SF3010/SF6010
1.5M with SF9010
2M with SF3010/SF6010
3M with SF9010
5M with SF3010/SF6010
7.5M with SF9010
kW at max IO Load 1.5 kW with SF3010/SF6010
2.2 kW with SF9010
6 kW with SF3010/SF6010
9 kW with SF9010
12kW with SF3010/SF6010
18 kW with SF9010
30kW with SF3010/SF6010
45 kW with SF9010
Rack Units 5RU 20RU (half rack) 40RU (full rack) 100RU

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology/solidfire-storage-system/#sthash.ccyH5XwR.dpuf

Fine-grain, per-volume settings

SolidFire’s QoS functionality lets cloud providers set and control the fine-grain performance levels for every volume and guarantee application performance with firm SLAs.

  • Min IOPS – The minimum number of I/O operations per-second that are always available to the volume, ensuring a guaranteed level of performance even in failure conditions.
  • Max IOPS – The maximum number of sustained I/O operations per-second that a volume can process over an extended period of time.
  • Burst IOPS – The maximum number of I/O operations per-second that a volume will be allowed to process during a spike in demand, particularly effective for data migration, large file transfers, database checkpoints, and other uneven latency sensitive worklo

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology//solidfire-element-os/guaranteed-qos/#sthash.rIuGPn5K.dpuf

Quality of Service is not a feature.

It is an architecture

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology/qos-benchmark-architecture/#sthash.aTLD0AKs.dpuf

Quality of Service is not a feature.

It is an architecture.

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology/qos-benchmark-architecture/#sthash.aTLD0AKs.dpuf

Quality of Service is not a feature.

It is an architecture.

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology/qos-benchmark-architecture/#sthash.aTLD0AKs.dpuf

Quality of Service is not a feature.

It is an architecture.

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology/qos-benchmark-architecture/#sthash.aTLD0AKs.dpuf

VMware and VMware Horizon View 5.3 the advent of View Composer API for Array Integration (VCAI) support in VMware Horizon View

VMware has released VMware Horizon View 5.3 : Read all about it: VMware® Horizon View™ 5.3 with a slew of new features and bug fixes. As always make sure you read the known issues.


There’s a treasure trove of value to be found here. We’re talking about things like full workstation class user experience with high-performance 3D graphics, enhanced abilities to access virtual desktops from any HTML5-capable web browser, a beautiful new iOS 7 client, as well as a completely rewritten Windows client with support for Windows 8.1.  As if all of that weren’t enough already—we’re providing a brand new way to use Horizon View in Desktop-as-a-Service deployments using View Direct Connect. And one more thing: support for deploying Windows Server 2008 as a desktop.

Source http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2013/10/read-all-about-it-vmware-horizon-view-5-3.html

On of the new features is that now no longer tech preview is View Composer API for Array Integration (VCAI) support in VMware Horizon View.

I’m pumped!

The following KB outlines this.

 View Composer API for Array Integration (VCAI) support in VMware Horizon View (2061611) 


1. Is View Composer API for Array Integration (VCAI) supported on Horizon View? If so, which release supports it?

Horizon View 5.1 introduced VCAI as a Tech Preview feature that enabled customers to try VCAI with partner storage systems that support VAAI NAS primitives. Horizon View 5.3 introduces support for VCAI with select partner storage technologies (listed in question 2 below). VCAI leverages capabilities of VMware vSphere as well as some of the NAS storage arrays that have vSphere API for Array Integration (VAAI) NAS native snapshot capability. This feature enables customers to offload the creation of linked clones to the storage array. It is used in conjunction with linked-clone desktop pools and NFS datastores that are exported by NAS storage arrays.

2. Which partner storage technologies support VCAI?

As of the Horizon View 5.3 release date, the following partner storage technologies support VCAI.
Vendor Storage Firmware*
Hitatchi Data Systems (HDS) Hitatchi NAS 4000 Series v11.x and later
*Vendors expect VCAI to work on these and later firmware versions. 

3. What is the support model for VCAI on Horizon View? 

The VCAI feature in Horizon View is supported only on specific storage arrays from certain vendors (listed in question 2 above). The VMware Global Support Services (GSS) organization provides joint customer support for this feature on those arrays only. 
Therefore, unless you are running at  Hitatchi NAS 4000 Series, put the breaks on! Althrough, I am sure we will see more storage support soon.

Here is the Hitatchi document.




Roger Lund


In my hunt for a way to optimize my new server 2012 build’s I ran across this blog post.

In the below post , she talks about using powershell to build a template for VMware ESXi / vSphere.

Below are some useful commands.

Windows Server 2012: VM template tuning using PowerShell 

 

 

http://johansenreidar.blogspot.com/2013/06/windows-server-2012-vm-template-tuning.html

# Change Drive Letter on DVD Drive to X

gwmi Win32_Volume -Filter "DriveType = '5'" | swmi -Arguments @{DriveLetter = 'X:'}

# Initialize RAW disks

Get-Disk | Where-Object PartitionStyle –eq 'RAW' | Initialize-Disk –PartitionStyle MBR

# Format disk 0 for pagefile
# Verify correct disknumber before use

New-Partition –DiskNumber 0 -UseMaximumSize -AssignDriveLetter | Format-Volume -NewFileSystemLabel 'Pagefile' -FileSystem NTFS -AllocationUnitSize 65536 -Confirm:$false

# Disable Indexing on all drives

gwmi Win32_Volume -Filter "IndexingEnabled=$true" | swmi -Arguments @{IndexingEnabled=$false}

# Set location for dedicated dump file at system failure
# Verify correct path before use

Set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:SYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlCrashControl' -Name 'DedicatedDumpFile' -Value 'D:MEMORY.DMP'
gwmi Win32_OSRecoveryConfiguration -EnableAllPrivileges | swmi -Arguments @{DebugFilePath='D:MEMORY.DMP'}

# Use small memory dump at system failure

gwmi Win32_OSRecoveryConfiguration -EnableAllPrivileges | swmi -Arguments @{DebugInfoType=1}

# Change setting to: Do not automatically restart at system failure

gwmi Win32_OSRecoveryConfiguration -EnableAllPrivileges | swmi -Arguments @{AutoReboot=$false}

# Turn off automatically manage paging file size for all drives

gwmi Win32_ComputerSystem -EnableAllPrivileges | swmi -Arguments @{AutomaticManagedPagefile=$false}

 Since I am at a basic level with powershell, I thought this was helpful to me.

What is everyone else doing?

  All Credit to Reidar Johansen http://johansenreidar.blogspot.com

 Roger L

 

Dell PowerEdge VRTX : Dell’s Introduction into the future of Compute?

I had the pleasure of Attending Dell Enterprise forum this year. If you have not noticed Dell is growing and increasing it’s server market. “In the past three years, Dell has managed to grow its servers and networking sales from $7.6 billion to $9.3 billion” Source http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/dell-inc-dell-cisco-systems-inc-csco-are-growing-in-the-declining-global-server-market-168461/

Further stepping into the compute market, Dell announced the  PowerEdge VRTX shared infrastructure platform.

The PowerEdge VRTX is a shared infrastructure platform offering extensive performance and capacity with office-level acoustics in a single, compact tower chassis. It is an ideal solution for small and midsize businesses as well as remote and branch offices of large enterprises. The simple, efficient and versatile platform can be rapidly deployed to consolidate and manage business applications in two or three virtualized servers with shared storage and integrated networking.”

Source http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/poweredge-vrtx/pd 

Is Dell making a move into the unknown? Lets take a look.

How does it work? I will give you a high level overview, and point you in the right direction for a deep drive. Think of it as a small scale, remote office blade center.

Tech Specs:

Feature
PowerEdge VRTX Technical Specifications
Chassis enclosure
Form factors:
Tower or 5U rack enclosure
Tower configuration:
48.4cm (19.1in) H with system feet x 31.0cm (12.2in) W with system feet opened x 73.0cm (28.7in) D
Weight (empty) = 31.7kg (69.7lb)
Weight (maximum) = 74.8kg (164.9lb)
Rack configuration:
21.9cm (8.6in) H x 48.2cm (19.0in) W x 73.0cm (28.7in) D
Weight (empty) = 24.7kg (54.5lb)
Weight (maximum) = 68.7kg (151.5lb)
Server node options
Dell PowerEdge M620 and M520 servers
Power supplies
Redundant power supply units:
110/220V auto-sensing
Redundant power supplies support 2+2 (AC redundancy), and 3+1, 2+1, and 1+1 (power supply
redundancy) modes
Cooling
VRTX comes standard with 6 hot-pluggable, redundant fan modules and 4 blower modules:
Based on Dell Energy Smart Technologies, VRTX fans and blowers are a breakthrough in power and
cooling efficiency
The fans and blowers deliver low-power consumption, but also use next-genera
tion fan technologies
to ensure the lowest possible amount of fresh air is consumed to cool the enclosure
Input devices
Front control panel with interactive graphical LCD:
Supports initial configuration wizard
Local server blade, enclosure, and module information and troubleshooting
Two USB keyboard/mouse connections and one video connection for local front “crash cart” console
connections
Optional DVD-RW
Raid controller
Shared PERC8
Drive bays and
hard drives
Up to 12 x 3.5in NLSAS, SAS, or SAS SSD hot-plug drives or
Up to 25 x 2.5in NLSAS, SAS, or SAS SSD hot-plug drives
Embedded NIC
1GbE internal switch module (standard) with 16 internal 1GbE ports and 8 external ports
Ethernet pass-through module with 8 external ports (optional)
I/O slots
8 flexible PCIe slots:
3 full-height/full-length slots (150W) with double-wide card support (225W)
5 low-profile/half-length slots (25W)”

 

As you can see, this is a powerful product. I ask my self, is this the first step of many for Dell into a new Future? Will Dell tackle scale computing? We will have to wait to see. I for one, am looking forward to the next lineup of Dell PowerEdge server releases.

As promised, I wanted to share a deep drive post from titled : A Detailed Look at Dell PowerEdge VRTX

Roger L 

VMware View 5.1 Released, with New Client Support.

 

VMware released a new version of VMware View , Here are the release notes.

 

What’s new?

 

What’s New in View 5.1

VMware View 5.1 delivers important features and enhancements that improve the performance, security, management, and flexibility of virtual desktops. This release of VMware View adds the following new features and support.

  • Advanced storage options that leverage vSphere 5.0 – The following performance optimizations and integration features take advantage of vSphere 5.0 enhancements:
    • View Storage Accelerator uses Content Based Read Cache (CBRC) – CBRC is an ESXi 5.0 server memory cache of common blocks. During peak I/O workloads such as logon boot storms, View desktops can access common blocks of the OS disk and shared applications in the main memory cache, improving performance, enhancing the user experience, and saving storage array costs.
    • Tech Preview: View Composer Array Integration with VAAI – Additional View Composer cloning options leverage the vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI) Native Cloning capability of Network Attached Storage (NAS). Note: The storage vendors developing support for NFS native cloning (VAAI) need additional certification to support the View workload. CBRC is not supported with the NFS native cloning feature.
    • Customizable View Composer disposable disk drive letter.
    • Support for up to 32 hosts in a cluster when Network File System (NFS) is in use. (The former limit was 8 hosts per cluster.)
  • Improved USB support.
  • Radius two-factor authentication support.
  • View Administrator user interface (UI) enhancements – These include context menus, linking to saved View Administrator pages, enhanced table column viewing, and globalization and localization in five languages.
  • Support for pre-created Active Directory machine accounts.
  • Optional customer experience improvement program. View collects anonymous data about View usage to help make View more responsive to customer needs. No user-identifiable data is collected. You can opt in or out of the program at any time.
  • View Persona Management is supported on physical computers – View Persona Management (virtual profiles) can manage user profiles across physical computers and View desktops. Simultaneous sessions are not supported.
  • View Persona Management user profile migration – The View Persona Management utility migrates Windows user profiles from Windows XP to Windows 7. The utility migrates profiles from physical computers to View or from View to View.
  • Standalone View Composer server – View supports the installation of the View Composer server on a standalone machine separate from VMware vCenter Server. “

source www.vmware.com

 

                       

                       

                      Check out the Compatibility notes.

                       

                      Compatibility Notes

                      • VMware View 5.1 is supported on the following versions of VMware vSphere:
                        • vSphere 5.0 Update 1 or later
                        • vSphere 4.1 Update 2 or later
                        • vSphere 4.0 Update 4 or later
                      • Both ESXi and ESX hosts are supported.
                      • Supported browsers for View Administrator and View Portal include Internet Explorer 8 and 9 and Firefox 6 and 7. Safari 5 is supported for browsing to View Portal on a Mac.
                      • For more system requirements, see the VMware View 5.1 Installation documentation.
                      • For more compatibility guidelines, see the View 5.1 Readme First document and VMware View Component Compatibility Matrix in the VMware View Upgrades document.”

                      source www.vmware.com

                       

                       

                      Resolved issues.

                       

                      Install and Upgrade
                      • In previous releases, you could not install View Transfer Server on a virtual machine that used LSI SAS or PVSCSI disk controllers. If the virtual machine’s guest operating system was Windows 2008, where LSI SAS controllers were configured by default, you had to ensure that the virtual machine had the proper disk-controller configuration (LSI Logic Parallel) before you began installing the operating system.
                      • An error occurred after installing View Agent on Windows XP after a reboot.
                      View Administrator
                      • Enhancements were made to allow View Administrator to support larger numbers of users. Now you can entitle a large number of users to pools.
                      • In the German View Administrator, the last three pages in the Add Pool wizard for creating a linked-clone pool were blank.
                      View Client
                      • A tunneled connection from View Client for Mac OS X to a Terminal Server desktop running on Windows Server 2003 SP2 failed to connect.
                      • In previous releases, for languages other than English, text might have been truncated in the Configure SSL dialog box of View Client.
                      • If RSA SecurID authentication was enabled and you used View Client in local mode without a network connection, if you then reestablished a network connection and attempted to perform operations such as checking in the desktop or accessing a remote desktop, the client exited unexpectedly. Attempts to restart the client failed.
                      • When a user presses Ctrl+Alt+Del in a PCoIP desktop session, the Ctrl and Alt keys are not released on the client host.
                      • When a large number of desktops were running concurrently, some desktops displayed the following error dialog: “TPAutoConnect User Agent has stopped working.”
                      • If the Enable RDP Auto-Reconnect View Client Configuration group policy is enabled, USB devices are not automatically reconnected to the View desktop after a direct RDP connection to the View Agent is lost. The USB devices are also not available on the client system.
                      Smart Card
                      • Performance has been improved for smart card use over PCoIP when desktops have more than one vCPU.
                      View Persona Management
                      • Files and folders specified as exceptions to the “Files and folders excluded from roaming” and “Windows roaming profiles synchronization” lists did not show up in the user’s desktop when a user logged in. For example, if you specified folder ABC in the “Files and folders excluded from roaming (exceptions)” group policy, and set the “Remove local persona at logoff” group policy, folder ABC did not appear when the user logged in.
                      View Composer
                      • Under rare circumstances, it was possible that View Composer could enter a repeated polling loop during a recompose operation, which could result in an unusually long completion time.
                      • If you migrated View Composer from one server to another server, and you stopped or uninstalled the View Composer service on the original server, you could not reconfigure the View Composer settings in View Administrator. This issue could occur if you stopped or uninstalled the View Composer service on the original server before you reconfigured the new View Composer settings in View Administrator.
                      • When you created an automated pool of 100 or more desktops, View Composer did not warn you to limit the prefix name to 12 characters. In an automated pool, desktop names could be no longer than 15 characters, including the prefix name and the autogenerated number. For example, if you created an automated pool with a 13-character prefix and set the maximum pool size higher than 100 desktops, View Connection Server could not provision more than 99 desktops.
                      Miscellaneous
                      • Under certain rare conditions, if connectivity between View Connection Server instances was temporarily lost, the resynchronization messages exchanged by the View Connection Server instances could fill up the JMS message queue, causing the View Connection Server instances to restart. “

                      Source www.vmware.com

                       

                       

                       

                       

                      Make sure to follow the Documentation.

                       

                      VMware has also released new clients for VMware View.

                       

                      VMware View Client for Mac   
                      VMware View Client for Mac 
                      VMware View Client for iPad   
                      VMware View Client for iPad in iTunes App Store 
                      VMware View Client for Linux   
                      VMware View Client for Linux in Ubuntu Software Center 
                      VMware View Client for Windows   
                      VMware View Client for 32-bit Windows 
                      VMware View Client for 64-bit Windows 
                      VMware View Client for Windows with Local Mode Option   
                      VMware View Client for 32-bit Windows with Local Mode Option 
                      VMware View Client for 64-bit Windows with Local Mode Option 
                      VMware View Client for Android   
                      VMware View Client for Android in Google Play S
                      VMware View Client for Kindle Fire in Amazon Android Ap
                      VMware View Clients for Cisco Cius in Cisco AppHQ
                      VMware View Client for Android Standalone Package”

                       

                      Source Check out http://www.ntpro.nl/blog/archives/2050-VMware-Released-New-View-5.1-Clients-for-Windows,-Mac,-Ubuntu-Linux,-iPad,-and-Android.html

                       

                       

                      Roger L.

                       

                       

                      Xangati – Heading for the Clouds with Scaling and New features in version 9.

                      xan
                      New press release today! Xangati released a new update to the XMD Suite.

                      “Cupertino, CA – May 15, 2012 – Xangati, the recognized leader in performance management for virtualization and the cloud, today announced a powerful new release of its Xangati Management Dashboard (XMD) virtualization and cloud suite. The new release of the XMD includes capabilities that give enterprises and cloud service providers a huge advantage in performance assurance for virtualized and cloud infrastructures, delivering: a comprehensive, continuous and high-precision performance management architecture now scalable to the cloud; integrated performance and capacity management in one solution; and the ability to performance profile virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) end-user activity without agents. The new release of the XMD also allows organizations to quickly uncover cross-silo contention storms with multi-dimensional and linked alert recordings incorporated into Xangati’s flagship Performance Management Engine.
                      In addition, Xangati simultaneously announced that all of the new XMD functionality is immediately available at absolutely no cost through integration into its VI Dashboard and VDI Dashboard trial software and the Xangati for vSphere—Free single host tool. Administrators can download and use the free two-week trial within a critical cluster or Xangati’s free tool for a single vSphere host for instant insights on what contention storms are within their environment. Xangati’s software has revealed contention storms in more than 90 percent of its deployments.”

                       Link to full press release.

                      Source Xangati.
                      I love the new look of Xangati.
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                      On to the New Features!


                      Now the feature list:

                      Ø Scale

                      o Multiple vCenter Support

                      o Support for up to 32K groups or 250K IDs

                      o Support for up to 256 Hosts

                      o Multi vCenter Flow Deduplication

                      Ø Capacity Management

                      o Capacity Health Index

                      o Capacity Alerts

                      o Capacity Reports

                      Ø Alerting

                      o Best Practice Threshold Alerts

                      o Linked Alert Replay

                      o Expanded Alert Aggregation

                      Ø User Object

                      o User-Desktop Mapping in VDI Dashboard

                      o User Monitoring, Alerting, Reporting

                      Ø Mapping

                      o Revised VM Naming

                      Ø VDI/VI Dashboard

                      o Summary Dashboard View for VI/VDI

                      o System Activity Popup for VDI/VI Dashboards

                      o Auto-Addition of Members into View Objects

                      o Health Index Reporting

                      Ø General Dashboard

                      o Consistent Look-and-Feel and Reporting

                      Ø ROV

                      o Non-ID VTT Submission

                      o Health Status for ROV

                      Ø Access Control

                      o Windows-based Management User Authentication

                      Ø Notifications

                      o SNMP Trap Notifications

                      o Multi-Mode VTT Notifications

                      Ø Appliance (System) Functions

                      o Event-based System Alarm Clearing

                      o Alert/User/Triggered Recording Space Management”

                      Source Xangati
                       
                      Boom, it’s Video Time!

                      Check out the General Dashboard!

                      Check out the VDI Dashboard!

                      I hope you enjoyed the post, make sure to check out Xangati!

                      Roger L.