Month: September 2012

Installing the vSphere 5.1 Web Client

Installing the vSphere 5.1 Web Client

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2032890 – This video discusses and demonstrates installing the vSphere 5.1 Web Client. The vSphere Web Client runs in your browser and allows you connect to a vCenter Server system to manage your vSphere environment. Before installing or upgrading the vSphere Web Client, ensure that: – The vCenter Single Sign On is installed and the Inventory Service and vCenter Server are upgraded or installed with version 5.1. – Your system meets the software requirements for the vSphere Read more […]

Installing VMware vCenter Server 5.1 using the Simple Install method

Installing VMware vCenter Server 5.1 using the Simple Install method

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2032885 – This video discusses and demonstrates how to install VMware vSphere vCenter Server 5.1 using the Simple Install method. In particular, this video tutorial shows how to perform a basic installation of the vCenter Single Sign On, Inventory Service, and vCenter Server components on a single host machine using the vCenter Server Simple Install option. Before installing vCenter Server 5.1, vSphere 5.1 requires you to install vCenter Single Sign On and install the Inventory Read more […]

Retaining resource pools when disabling VMware DRS Clusters

Retaining resource pools when disabling VMware DRS Clusters

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2032893 – In this video we discuss and demonstrate how to retain resource pools when disabling VMware DRS Clusters in vSphere 5.1 using the vSphere Web Client. After disabling DRS, the cluster’s resource pool hierarchy and affinity rules are not retained when DRS is turned back on. If you disable DRS, the resource pools are removed from the cluster. To avoid losing the resource pools when disabling DRS, you can save a snapshot of the resource pool tree on your local machine. Read more […]

Video: VMware CEO Explains Nicira, Software-Defined Networks

Video: VMware CEO Explains Nicira, Software-Defined Networks

A few days ago The VAR guy published a video where VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger explains, the Nicira acquisition, software-defined networks and VMware’s ongoing relationship with Cisco Systems. This video, taken from the audience of VMworld 2012, emphasizes the importance of virtual networking as a fundamental pillar in software-defined data centers. Read more […]

Paper: VMware vCloud Networking Poster

Paper: VMware vCloud Networking Poster

VMware, through its official blog, published the new VMware vCloud Networking Poster. The poster is a reference for vSphere Standard Switch (VSS), vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) and Virtual Extensible Local Area Network(VXLAN). In the document you can find explained the advanced features of VDS and a discussion of some best practices. Here is the direct link to the PDF. Read more […]

VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 now generally available

VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 now generally available

VMware announced the general availability of the newVMware vCloud Suite 5.1, presented onstage at VMworld  2012 in San Francisco. VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 is available in three editions, Standard, Advanced and Enterprise, is licensed per processor with no core, vRAM or number of VM limits with prices starting at $4,995 per processor.   From the press release: The VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 extends the benefits of virtualization to every domain in the datacenter – compute, storage, Read more […]

ALERT: Do not upgrade to VMware vSphere 5.1 if you are using VMware View 5.1.1 or older!

ALERT: Do not upgrade to VMware vSphere 5.1 if you are using VMware View 5.1.1 or older!

If you have VMware View 5.1.1 or older running, do not upgrade to the new release of vSphere 5.1. Currently there are NO VERSIONS of View which support VMware vSphere 5.1. As a general rule, support for a new version of vSphere takes a new release of View. It was thought that View 5.1.1 might support vSphere 5.1 but a bug was found during testing and stopped this. If VMware View 5.1.2 is released with vSphere 5.1 support you’ll be ready for the upgrade and if vSphere is patched first you Read more […]

Release: VMware Fusion 5.0.1

Release: VMware Fusion 5.0.1

After two weeks from 5.0 release, VMware has released a minor update for its desktop virtualization platform for Apple Mac: Fusion. Update 5.0.1 introduces the following fixes: Addresses an issue that affected Ivy-Bridge based Macs that were unable to startup older operating systems Fixes the detection of Windows 8 media downloaded from MSDN Improves handling of USB devices Fixes an occasional problem when entering snapshot view using Command-S shortcut Read more […]

Comparison VMware Fusion 5 vs Parallels Desktop 8

Comparison VMware Fusion 5 vs Parallels Desktop 8

VMware Fusion 5 and Parallels Desktop 8 are both desktop virtualization platforms that allow to run Windows applications on Mac and both have been released recently, yesterday CNET published an article comparing the two products. According to CNET both programs are able to launch rapidly the guest operating systems and the access to Windows program without difficulty. Apparently the test revealed the slight better performance difference in Parallels Desktop 8, overall WMware Fusion shows Read more […]