Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Run Containers on vSphere with Project Photon and Project Lightwave

VMware vSphere Blog announcement
Project Photon is VMware’s attempt at a lightweight Linux 
operating system for containerized applications. It completes with Red Hat's Atomic offering and Canonical’s Ubuntu Snappy. Photon is, understandably, optimized for VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Air environments.

Project Lightwave is VMware’s container identity and access management technology. The distributed nature of microservices-based applications makes it difficult for enterprises to maintain the identity and access of all interrelated components and users.

Friday, April 17, 2015

VMware Remote Console for Mac now Available!!

If you use a mac, one of the things you will notice when connecting to a vCenter 5.5 Web console is when connecting to a VM to open a console session, you only had the option to 'Launch Console' which would open up a console session in a new browser window or tab depending on how you have your browser setup. 

With the new VMware Remote Console for Mac installed, you now have a new option available which will open the VMware Remote Console in a separate application window for console sessions to running virtual machines.  Clicking on the 'I' icon next to Open will provide the details on what the VMRC will do.

Launching the VMRC will prompt you to use the newly installed application to open the VM console using the application installed rather than launching the console in a separate browser window.

Once the VMRC window has launched, you will find that the remote console session looks, acts, and feels very similar to managing a VM that was running in VMware Fusion.

 To learn more or to download the VMRC visit the VMware Download Site.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

VMware Horizon 6 View Performance Best Practices Testing

You've heard of the movie Inception?

Now take it to the next level with server virtualization. 

Learn more here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Using Docker in modern CI/CD environments, ready for primetime?

Learn more here

Upgrade your VMware 5 Certs if you passed the upgrade by the deadlines previously.

Get the details here

Monday, April 13, 2015

We have an opening at Kohl's.  If you are interested, contact me and I can help with a referral.  Here's the LinkedIn link.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

HP leaves public cloud business; Not in the race anymore


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

VMware Horizon 6 Reference Architecture

Link to the PDF Documentation

Link to the Blog site

Horizon 6 harnesses the capabilities of Remote Desktop Services (RDS) to allow multiple users to connect to a single Windows Server, but have individual desktop instances and applications. The user can connect to an application or a full desktop using PC over IP (PCoIP) for a rich end-user experience.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Disabling VAAI VMFS Heartbeats in VMware ESXi 5.5U2

We ran into something at work lately that caused some serious issues around PSODs and storage disconnects due to the way that VMware ESXi 5.5U2 changed the way VMFS heartbeats are used. Apparently VAAI now is used to manage the heartbeats in 5.5U2. If you need to disable this feature without turning off VAAI or reverting back to ESXi 5.5U1 you can used the advanced settings from esxcli below to accomplish this. You can then run the list command to validate that the setting for Default Int Value: 1 is now set so that heartbeating is disabled for VMFS. This is an issue specifically for ESXi 5.5U2 connecting to IBM SVC on microcode and other versions but more importantly and issue around the change in VAAI controlling the heartbeating for VMFS datastores on IBM SVC storage.

It's been awhile

I haven't used the blog for awhile, but I've been encouraged through work to start blogging about technology so you'll see some new items here going forward.