VMworld 2013 Public Voting Now Open

It’s that joyous time of year again! VMworld is fast approaching and Public Voting is NOW OPEN.  This year I’ve submitted three different Ask the Expert sessions with focus on different topics, so there should be an Ask the Expert session for you! I’ve also submitted a great session on integrating two great technologies, vSphere Metro Cluster and VMware Horizon View, you should definitely vote for it if you’re planning on building a geo-clustered View environment. These sessions won’t be picked up unless you vote for them, I’d love to see you all in these sessions so please, vote early and vote often :)

  • 4569 – Ask the Expert vBloggers — Duncan EppingWilliam LamScott Lowe, Rick SchererVaughn Stewart 
    One of the highest rated sessions at VMworld is back for it’s sixth year! We got the top Virtualization Bloggers in the industry and put them on stage answering your questions in a wide array of topics.
  • 4570 – Ask the Expert VCDX’s — Chris Colotti, Matt Cowger, Jason Nash, Rick Scherer, Chris Wahl
    Come get interactive with a panel of five VMware Certified Design Experts, they’ll answer your questions live.
    Experts in Cloud, Application Modernization and End User Computing are here to help.
    Working on becoming a VCDX? Ask you questions about our panel members journey to becoming a VMware Certified Design Expert.
  • 4571 – Ask the Experts – Storage Leaders — Jason Boche, Chad Sakac, Rick Scherer, Eric Siebert, Vaughn Stewart
    Come get interactive with four huge names in the storage industry. Ask your questions to leaders from EMC, NetApp, Dell and HP. How do you build a scalable storage infrastructure to match your vSphere compute deployment? What’s the best storage protocol for your Private Cloud deployment? Should I be using Round Robin or Fixed pathing? What is a SATP or PSP? Come find out!
  • 4572 – Building a vSphere Metro Cluster for VMware Horizon View — Rick Scherer
    Learn how you can leverage the vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) reference architecture to stretch a cluster used for End User Computing. Say Hello to Always-On Follow-Me Computing.

Remember, the Ask the Expert sessions are driven by the audience… no script, no presentation, just a panel of experts hungry to answer your questions live! Please be sure to vote for these great sessions to ensure they’re scheduled at VMworld 2013!

Thanks for taking the time to vote, but please don’t stop once you’ve voted for my sessions. There are a number of other excellent sessions from people like Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, Chad Sakac, Scott Lowe, Chris Colotti, Kendrick Coleman, Jeremiah Dooley, a number of them from the EMC vSpecialists as well as a  joint session between Chad Sakac (EMC) and Vaughn Stewart (NetApp) which shouldn’t be missed!

Thanks again and I hope to see you at VMworld US and Europe!

Created on April 23, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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Phoenix Readers – Join Me for a Discussion on End User Computing

***Sadly, this event has been canceled. I hope it gets rescheduled soon!***

Transform Your End User Computing Environment

Empower End Users with EMC and VMware

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
10:00am – 2:30pm (MDT)

Octane Raceway
317 S. 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

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I’ll be in the Phoenix area the third week of September for a lunch and learn event all around End User Computing (VDI). Come join me for some good grub, an informative and educational discussion and then for some fun on the race track afterwards!

Technology is changing faster than ever for today’s mobile workforce. Can your end user computing environment provision new technologies rapidly and meet ever-escalating performance requirements? Are you able to give users access to key applications across all leading platforms and devices?

EMC and VMware solutions help transform end user computing with new efficiency and flexibility. All while providing simple management, centralized control, and maximum protection.

EMC and VMware joint solutions deliver end user freedom and IT control. Simplify desktop management with VMware View. Enable new efficiency and agility with EMC VNX unified storage and Avamar deduplication backup software and system. Plus, expertise from EMC Global Services helps you plan, deploy, manage, and protect your end user computing environment.

Our end-to-end solutions enable you to:

  • Raise Performance. Boot 1,000 desktops in 8 minutes, and speed backups by 10x
  • Raise Efficiency. Scale to thousands of users without disruption, and reduce backup storage by 10-30x
  • Choose a Proven Solution. Turn to EMC for powerful solutions validated for VMware

Join us for some indoor go-kart racing after lunch.

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Created on August 14, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2012 Session Voting

As many of you know I’m currently on my honeymoon and I certainly shouldn’t be blogging, but this is too important to pass up! VMworld 2012 Session Voting is now open and I could use all of your help in getting my sessions approved for VMworld US and EMEA. That’s right people, I’ve submitted my sessions for both conferences and this would be the first time I’ve made it to VMworld Europe. So please, vote early and vote often :)

  • 1504 – Ask the Expert vBloggers – Scott Lowe, Duncan Epping, Rick Scherer, Frank Denneman, Chad Sakac
    One of the highest rated sessions at VMworld is back for it’s fifth year! Come meet four VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX) on stage answering your questions. We get the top Virtualization Bloggers in the industry and get them on stage answering your questions in a wide array of topics.
  • 1506 – Designing a  Geo-Clustered VMware View (VDI) Environment – Rick Scherer, Tyler Baker
    Does your organization have multiple sites with a traveling workforce that may work in different locations? How does this put a damper on your VDI design and deployment? Wouldn’t it be nice to design a solution that can offer follow-me computing regardless of the location your employee is in?
    In this session you’ll learn from a real life customer deployment on how to design a VDI environment that offers multi-site replication as well as load balancing which allows the employee to connect to the desktop in the datacenter closest to them which ensures the highest levels of performance and availability.
  • 1507 – Accelerate Your Journey to Your Cloud with Application Modernization – Rick Scherer
    Truth be told, IT as a Service (ITaaS) is not the end of the Journey to Your Cloud. Although IT Automation and Orchestration is critical to a successful ITaaS deployment, you need to modernize your applications to make your business truly cloud ready.
    Application mobility is going to be a critical piece to creating business agility, simply virtualizing your existing J2EE stack isn’t going to take you all the way, you must modernize your applications for mobility as well as in consideration for the influx of the massive amounts of Big Data our organizations can leverage.
  • 2715 – How to Ensure a Successful Cloud Implementation – Rick Scherer, Craig Chapman
    There are a multitude of sessions that are addressing the technical needs of ensuring a successful cloud implementation. In this session the goal is to provide IT professionals strategies and methodologies to engage and service the business. By engaging the business IT professionals can gain an ally outside of IT in the implementation. With allies outside IT we gain valuable insight into the success of a cloud implementation.
  • 2790 – Ensuring Governance, Mitigating Risk while Maintaining Compliance in a Cloud Infrastructure – Rick Scherer
    In this session you’ll learn how companies are deploying Cloud First models to Hybrid Cloud infrastructures while setting a solid GRC foundation.
    Learn the steps require to deploy your applications securely to the Cloud, protect your data, virtualize more assets and reduce the amount of infrastructure needed by leveraging vSphere-aware security products.

Thanks for taking the time to vote, but please don’t stop once you’ve voted for my sessions. There are a number of other excellent sessions from people like Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, Chad Sakac, Scott Lowe, Chris Colotti, Kendrick Coleman, Jeremiah Dooley, a number of them from the EMC vSpecialists as well as a few joint sessions between Chad Sakac (EMC) and Vaughn Stewart (NetApp) which shouldn’t be missed!

Thanks again and I hope to see you at VMworld US and Europe!  As a gift, here is a picture from the beautiful Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

Created on June 1, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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vSphere 5 Video Series – Install vCenter 5.0 in Around 5 Minutes

In this video we’re going to cover the installation, configuration and usage of the VMware vCenter 5.0 Server Appliance (vCSA). The vCSA is a brand new production ready Virtual Appliance that allows you to stand up vCenter Server in literally a few minutes. Once you watch the video you’re going to be like, “Hey Rick, that was more than 5 minutes!”.  For that I do apologize, but when you do watch it you will realize we’re doing a lot more than just installing vCenter 5.0.

First a little disclaimer. vCSA is not for everyone, but in my opinion it should definitely be looked at and should be leveraged wherever it can. vCSA is obviously the direction of where the vCenter Server product is going and hopefully relatively soon it should be at par with its Windows based big brother.

So, why isn’t it for everyone?

As of right now it does not have support for integration with VMware Update Manager (VUM), VMware vCenter Linked-Mode, VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (vSA), VMware vCenter Heartbeat and VMware View Composer. Another concern you may have is that it’s embedded database option (based on DB2) is limited to 5 Hosts and 50 Virtual Machines. Think of the embedded option to be similar to the SQL Express Option in vCenter Server for Windows, great for POC, Demo, Test and extremely small SMB situations, but not practical for production. The final nail in the coffin might be that it only supports Oracle to offer external DB functionality.

Some of those constraints are not going to be avoidable, for example if you require more than 1,000 hosts or 10,000 powered on virtual machines you’re obviously going to need Linked-Mode and the Windows based vCenter Server. If you’re looking to deploy a VDI solution based on VMware View, you’re going to need the Windows based vCenter Server as well. But, if you’re like the majority of VMware vSphere customers, have less than 1,000 hosts, are confident in VMware DRS and HA to protect your vCSA and are OK with the fact that you need Oracle for the external database (which you can virtualize as well)….the vCSA might be for you!

One last thing I wanted to comment on was VMware Update Manager, in my opinion the lack of VUM support for the vCSA might not be that big of an issue, and here’s why; With the introduction of vSphere 5.0, VMware also introduced a few new features, Auto Deploy and Image Builder. These features tied together with Host Profiles truly enable the concept of stateless ESXi. My thought is, if you need to update your ESXi host, simply update the Auto Deploy rule and reboot the machine. Upon the next boot it will automatically be updated and configured properly.  Obviously VUM does a lot more than just ESXi patching, but again, for the majority of vSphere customers they’d be just fine with Auto Deploy.

So have a view of this video to see just how easy it is. I have sped up some portions of the video, specifically the loading of the vSphere Client as well as the deployment of the vCSA OVF template. Also, I suggest watching the video in full-screen mode by clicking the icon on the bottom right of the video. If for whatever reason the video isn’t displaying, you can also use the following link to view; http://youtu.be/o2f1b1vYSis

Created on October 13, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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vmworld 2011 – time to vote!

it’s that time of year again! vmworld 2011 is fast approaching and some great sessions are now up for public vote! Included in all of those great sessions are (5) sessions that I’m part of and I’d love for you to review and vote on them if you’d like to see them in the agenda.

Session details are below and you can vote for them by visiting http://www.vmworld.com/cfp.jspa

1425 – Ask the Expert vBloggers
Rick Scherer, Duncan Epping, Scott Lowe, Frank Denneman, Chad Sakac

Four VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX) On Stage! Are you running a virtual environment and experiencing some problems? Are you planning your companies Private Cloud strategy? Looking to deploy VDI and have some last minute questions? Do you have a virtual infrastructure design and want it blessed by the experts? Come join us for a one hour panel session where your questions are the topic of discussion! Join the Virtualization Experts, Frank Denneman (VCDX), Duncan Epping (VCDX), Scott Lowe (VCDX) and Chad Sakac, VP-VMware Alliance within EMC, as they answer your questions on virtualization design. Moderated by VCDX #21, Rick Scherer from VMwareTips.com

1426 – Designing Virtualized Desktops for Success
Rick Scherer, Tyler Baker, Asif Khan

One of the hottest topics of 2011 has to be virtualizing desktops. Hundreds if not thousands of VDI proof of concepts have been ran, but truth of the matter is only a small percentage of these PoCs turn into production.

1427 – Battle of the Storage Experts
Rick Scherer, Chad Sakac, Vaughn Stewart, Eric Schott, Mike Koponen

Come ask a panel of the virtualization industries top Storage Experts your questions around storage and how it related to virtualization. The biggest names in the industry are here to answer you questions as well as challenge each-other. Come see these heavyweights battle it out! Experts from Dell, EMC, HP and NetApp are here to tackle your hard hitting questions. Moderated by VCDX #21 and author of VMwareTips.com, Rick Scherer.

1712 – Virtualizing SAP for Private Cloud
Rick Scherer, Eric Walter

An in-depth look on how to leverage VMware vSphere virtualization for this mission critical application. We will discuss the basics of building a solid vSphere Infrastructure that will meet your Business Continuity and Disaster Recover needs, along with some best practice recommendations, real world implementations as well as lessons learned and some very cool tips and tricks.

2820 – Real World Storage API for Array Integration Effects, Design and Planning with VMFS and NFS
Rick Scherer, David Robertson

A deep dive into the VMware storage array integration API’s such as the vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) as well as vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA). Learn how VMware’s latest open API stack allows storage vendors to offload common data migration tasks to the array, which increases overall performance and reduces load on your virtual infrastructure. See the performance benefits and design considerations in this technical deep dive.

Once again, please check out my session abstracts and vote! http://www.vmworld.com/cfp.jspa

Created on May 12, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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VMware View 4.6 Released

vmware just dropped another dot release to their flagship desktop virtualization product, View. vmware View 4.6 is now officially available for download. Although this release is mostly a ton of bug fixes rolled up into a single package, there are a number of great new features including PCoIP support when going through a Security Server as well as Sync Support for iPhone and iPad users.

Like I mention above, the biggest feature for me is now the ability to do PCoIP through the Security Server. Before this functionality was available you were either required to use RDP or you must VPN into the network where the View Connection Broker server was located, but this typically wouldn’t work because of the added latency the VPN tunnel would create.

All of the updates in this release can be found in the official release notes, however here are the hot what’s new items:

  • Security servers can now accommodate PCoIP connections – Security servers now include a PCoIP Secure Gateway component. The PCoIP Secure Gateway connection offers the following advantages:
    • The only remote desktop traffic that can enter the corporate data center is traffic on behalf of a strongly authenticated user.
    • Users can access only the desktop resources that they are authorized to access.
    • No VPN is required, as long as PCoIP is not blocked by any networking component.
    • Security servers with PCoIP support run on Windows Server 2008 R2 and take full advantage of the 64-bit architecture.
  • Enhanced USB device compatibility – View 4.6 supports USB redirection for syncing and managing iPhones and iPads with View desktops. This release also includes improvements for using USB scanners, and adds to the list of USB printers that you can use with thin clients. For more information, see the list of View Client resolved issues.
  • Keyboard mapping improvements – Many keyboard-related issues have been fixed. For more information, see the list of View Client resolved issues.
  • New timeout setting for SSO users – With the single-sign-on (SSO) feature, after users authenticate to View Connection Server, they are automatically logged in to their View desktop operating systems. This new timeout setting allows administrators to limit the number of minutes that the SSO feature is valid for.
    • For example, if an administrator sets the time limit to 10 minutes, then 10 minutes after the user authenticates to View Connection Server, the automatic login ability expires. If the user then walks away from the desktop and it becomes inactive, when the user returns, the user is prompted for login credentials. For more information, see the VMware View Administration documentation.
  • VMware View 4.6 includes more than 160 bug fixes – For descriptions of selected resolved issues, see Resolved Issues.
  • Experimental support for Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 RC operating systems

Created on February 26, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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EMC Webcasts in February

It’s the beginning of the month and you should know what that means…. new EMC virtualization focused webcasts! These awesome webcasts run every Thursday and offer some great content on what new and exciting things EMC is working on in terms of VMware integration as well as just their general efforts on cloud computing.

This month there is even a special treat! I will be running a webcast on EMC+VMware Integration highlighting the EMC vCenter plug-ins. Be sure to register for my session now!

Install & Run the EMC Celerra Virtual Storage Appliance
Thursday, February 3, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT
Find out how to deploy and run the EMC Celerra Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) in a VMware vSphere lab environment. This webcast will also offer a comprehensive overview of the EMC Celerra.

VMware vCenter Plug-ins from EMC – Join me for my session!
Thursday, February 10, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT
Learn how EMC plug-ins for VMware vCenter deliver the visibility, provisioning, and management of EMC storage from the vCenter interface – giving you more integration and capabilities than any other storage vendor.

EMC Proven Solutions for VMware View 4.5
Thursday, February 17, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT
Discover the cost savings and flexibility offered by a virtual desktop environment with EMC Proven Solutions for VMware View 4.5.

Secure the VCE Vblock and Virtual Data Center
Thursday, February 24, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT
Explore how the RSA Solution for Cloud Security and Compliance including the RSA enVision® platform work together to secure the virtual data center with VCE Vblock.”>

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Created on February 1, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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EMC Webcasts in January

Every Thursday EMC puts on great webcasts dedicated to virtualization. This months installment includes a great customer reference discussing their adoption of desktop virtualization in the health care vertical. Be sure to keep an eye out as my webcast will be coming in February where I discuss EMC/VMware integration with some very cool and easy to use plug-ins.

Deploying Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to Accelerate EHR Adoption
Thursday, January 13, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT
Hear Columbia Memorial Hospital discuss how the EMC Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Solution for Healthcare helps solve the challenge of ever-increasing costs–while increasing clinical productivity, improving workflow, and securing patient information.

Automate Unified Recovery of VMware Hosts
Thursday, January 20, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT
Learn about strategies for protecting data within a unified storage infrastructure. Discover how to define protection policies, identify protection gaps, and prove compliance, as well as instantly recover from data corruption with DVR-like rollback.

Simple, Efficient, Powerful – Optimizing Your Virtualized Applications
Thursday, January 27, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT
Find out how our unified storage solutions can help you utilize resources to efficiently and dynamically embrace virtualization, and boost your infrastructure performance–with a 20% guarantee.

Register for the January VMware series now

Created on January 10, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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2010 Wrap-Up

Wow, where has the time gone? It seems like it was just yesterday that I was dabbling with VMware GSX to give some extra workstations to application developers, that was over 7 years ago. Now I’m working for a Fortune 500 company doing what I love more than anything, talking about wickedly cool stuff!

2010 has been an amazing ride, probably the best year of my life and it’s just the beginning. Beautiful brand new home, a new job working for the best company with the best people in the industry, a new addition to the family (our puppy Chloe), good health and overall happiness.

The holiday season is a great time to reflect back and to be thankful for all that you have and have done. With that I’d like to thank Chad Sakac, Wade O’Harrow and Jeff Thomas for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. I’d like to thank my beautiful partner Mandy for putting up with me and things we’ve dealt with this year (home-ownership, traveling for business and for just putting up with me :)). And finally I’d like to thank my readers, for continuing to visit the website and for sticking with me even though the amount of content has dwindled – I promise, one of my Resolutions for 2011 is to change my ways and get some more quality content online!

With that I feel I must follow in year-end blog tradition and post my thoughts on what’s to come in 2011.

  • 2009 2010 2011 will be the year of Virtual Desktops (VDI)
  • The way we think about networking will change (OTV, FCoE)
  • The way we think about storage will change (Storage Pools, Auto Tiering, HUGE Cache footprints)
  • The way we deploy virtualization will change (Vblock)
  • Mixed workload deployment (Private and Public Cloud)

Those are some high level thoughts and frankly I could dive deeply into each one of those things, but to some things up I’ll try to make it really simple. Things are going to get really easy for administrators and end-users alike and things are going to get real dynamic. We’re moving back to the mainframe days, there will be datacenter administrators that manage our virtual infrastructures which consists of compute, storage and network. Each one of these pieces inherently will simplify as well (flat converged networks, automated tiered storage and web portals for public consumption just to name a few). However, we will not leverage this internal (private) cloud for everything, some things can sit out in the external (public) cloud in an effort to be more elastic and cost effective. Then at the end of this is end-user accessibility (or mobility), in terms of VDI we’ll see the adoption of many different end-points (thin, thick, mobile, tablet, etc) giving access to a centralize desktop from anywhere. Because in the end the world is full of consumers who want what they want, when they want.

So there you have it, simple consumption, simple administration, simple design and even simplicity in deployment through complete stack offerings like the Vblock. Hopefully I’ll get some time to deep dive into each one of these things individually as they really are all amazing technologies.

With that I’m going to shut ‘er down for a few days and enjoy the holidays. May you and your family have a happy and healthy holiday and New Year!

Created on December 23, 2010 by Rick Scherer

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5000 Virtual Desktops using 10GB Storage in Minutes

Most people have never heard about NetApp’s Rapid Cloning Utility (RCU) for VMware. This tool is the magic behind the famous YouTube video that show how NetApp can very quickly create and deploy a very large number of Virtual Desktops, while using very little disk space on the filer. With desktop virtualization being hot right now this is a great tool to get to know and use. The tool is available on the NOW tool chest (a free website for NetApp customers and partners).

In this video below, NetApp demonstrates the cost savings of their zero disk cost provisioning and data deduplication software. 5000 Virtual Desktops provisioned in minutes, while only taking a little over 10GB storage.

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Created on February 5, 2009 by Rick Scherer

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